By: Lisa Rene Delgado 2009
I acknowledge that without the Lord Jesus Christ, I can do nothing; I cannot be a good mother if I am not willing to abide in Him, trusting, learning and walking in the way He shows me. John 15.
I acknowledge that the Lord has entrusted me with every precious stone He has placed in my life and that I am responsible for my actions and the words I carefully or carelessly say around them; for to the Lord, these precious stones are His Heavenly Jewels.
It is a blessing to be surrounded by Heavenly Jewels through my grand daughters, nieces and my small group at KidzLife at Life Point Church in San Tan Valley.
It is an honor to be entrusted by the Lord with little girls, in actuality, it is such a tribute that we grown women should consider and take heed to the words of Jesus Christ as He holds one such as these in His Arms:
Mark 9:37: “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in My Name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the One who sent Me.
Mark 9:42: “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.
We as leaders not only teach those who are younger by what we say, it is a bafflement to see your little one’s act out on your actions! This is not suggesting that you send your children to Sunday school and expect them to come home little angels’; you are the leader in your home and that is where your little princess will be most impacted! Will you raise a Heavenly Jewel by you taking to your own heart first the teachings of Jesus Christ or you can lead your own child down the path of destruction by following the desires of the world.
Hebrews 12: 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained in it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not disabled, but rather healed.
Follow the Leader
Are you a follower and are you a leader?
If you are a leader; you have no idea how you influence the lives of your followers; or if you are a follower; whom are you following?
The choices we make can mold our precious stones, polishing her with love, and love is not spoiling her and giving in to her every whim.
There are times when Jesus will put the servants apron on you and expect you to follow through, even when you feel you earned the right to give your opinion because you know better.
In other words: “Been there, done that only accomplishes obstacles between you and the one the Lord has entrusted to you. You are not raising up trophies for God to set in His display cabinet. The life He displays is, His Son, Jesus Christ in you. Live it, show it, breath it and when God is ready to let you explain it, He will do it through you. You are expected to do what is right, even if you have to become a servant to the younger in order to teach them. Authority does not give you the right to use en route for controlling others by your opinions; but rather a tool to teach the younger not only with the word of God; but also by your deeds.
Titus 1:7 Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless – not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursing dishonest gain. 8Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
10For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. 11They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
1Peter5: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
Ex. 18:19; Listen now to me and I will give you some advise, and may God be with you. You must be the peoples representative before God and bring their disputes to Him. 20Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform.
Hide and Seek
A gossip is a liar and deceiver. She is a false prophet. She is a people pleaser and prophesies only what you want to hear. She is evil, provoking and destructive. Not only to the receiver but also those who hear can be influence by this destructive behavior. The Lord calls it murder! If your child is a gossip, then most likely she learned it by hearing it from you, or someone you associate with on a regularly basis. Consequently not only are you leading your own child down the path of destruction, you also influenced her to lead others down that same path of destruction. Am I suggesting that you hide from such people? No, Seek refuge in the Lord and He will make a way for you to take such conversations and turn them around for good. For instance, taking that insult and making it a compliment, lifting up the persons’ good traits, leaving the blabbermouth stunned, yet turning her own insults into edification as well.
You drive the women of my people from their pleasant homes. You take away my blessing from their children forever. 10 “Get up, go away! For this is not your resting place, because it is defiled, it is ruined, beyond all remedy.”
1Tim.24 the sins of men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them, the sins of others trial behind them.
When I was a little girl, we had a neighbor that we called, Aunt Tilley. She was my grandmothers’ best friend and she would treat me really good when I was in my grandmother’s presence. On the other hand, when grandma wasn’t around and I was alone on the front porch, as Tilley drove by, she would honk her horn and with her three daughters they would all yell out, “Hey Witch!”
Two of the daughters laughed, but one would turn her face in shame for their actions. The pain that they inflicted on me was unbearable, yet, although they did this in secret, without my mother or grandmothers’ knowledge, the Lord seen, and as surely as He lives, He also hears the scorn that scars the hearts of His children. The Lord healed my heart, but the hatred of such actions will never leave me.
If your daughter is kind, gentle and caring about others more than herself, then she is definitely a follower of you because you are a follower of Christ and He will carry you on eagles’ wings, bringing you and your followers to Himself. 1Peter 3, Ex. 19:3-6
One day my parent’s took my five-year-old baby sister Millie, to the State Fair. Millie especially loved the State Fair’s corn on the cob and my dad especially enjoyed seeing her face light up as she would dig her little face in and come up covered with butter and corn nib hanging off her long pretty eyelashes.
Millie’s first stop was always to the food trailer that had a giant Corn-on-the-Cob painted on it, and my dad would raise her up to the counter and let her place her order.
This is how it went:
Helper: “What can I get you?”
Helper: “What kind of Cone?”
Helper: “Ice cream cone?”
Millie: “No, Cone”
Helper: “I don’t understand; do you want a ice cream cone?”
Millie: “No! Cone!”
Helper: “Do you want a snow cone?”
Millie: “I want a Cone!”
Helper: “Oh, you want corn!’’’
Millie: “Yah, Cone!”
Although I have always thought this was one of the cutest things my baby sister has done, it also bothered me that she couldn’t get the RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR out of R, and my mother at the recommendation of her kindergarten teacher, Millie would begin speech therapy; and we would help her out at home. I would say, “Horse” Millie would say, “Hoosss” But with determination on Millie’s part and help from her teacher and family, she successfully got the RRRRRRRRRRRrrr sound. And she is now very successful in making her arguments very clear!
6Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the alter. 7With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
Although many children struggle with words; many adults struggle with heart matter’s that seem to well up bitter words of resentment; causing them to lash out on their loved ones, planting seeds that lead to destruction; and you can’t seem win this battle because your heart has been hardened by the storms of life; and you want to do good but your heart and mind cannot come into agreement. Your mind wants to do what is right, good and pleasing to the Lord; but your heart is still nursing its wounds and refuses to let anyone in. By now you probably feel like a failure as a parent and just want to crawl into the pit of hopelessness; but wait, there is hope for all of us!
Romans 7:14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evils I do not want to do-this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
This is the good news for us, who struggle with guilt and condemnation that is produced from the sinful nature, this is the seed that produces every kind of covetous desire that leads to death in those who do not live in Christ. When Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world and shed His Blood, He made atonement for the sin that is in you. That means, you are no longer a slave to sin, but free from the law of sin and death. God does not forgive sin; He destroys the sin in you, and gives you the nature of the One He is fully pleased with, “His Son, Jesus Christ, whom came in the flesh and was crucified.
So what is your speech therapy? “Thankful lips for the Lord Jesus Christ, who is Present in this fallen world, helping us in every detail of our lives, bringing us and our children and their offspring to Himself.