GOD TOOLS: TESTED & PROVEN (By: Dana Lewis)

I’m grateful my Gurlz keep me on my knees before Almighty God. I thank God for the fact that every waking moment (in my parenting) I NEED AND RELY SOLELY ON HIM.

I am thankful for the trials and hardships which come with consistently keeping to the course of raising godly young ladies for His glory. I’m thankful for the tears I shed sometimes due to the pain and strain parenting sometimes brings. I’m thankful for the maturing parenting brings. I’m thankful for the growth I must develop – I can’t skip a single step. Parenting is a gift of the Father, the Lord of Host. It’s a real job with benefits. We will either receive good rewards by what we instill in our children – or reap the bad consequences of our poor choices. I will never forget – I was six months pregnant with my first baby and I begrudgingly asked my mother what was the best way to ensure I am a good parent and raise my baby right? (I say ”begrudgingly”, because I was sooooo filled with pride. I did not want my mother to know I feared messing up nor did I want to let on that her parenting of my brother and I was impactful… right. She had done well, despite how I turned out. I knew… Getting her wisdom was going to save us both – my baby & I)

My mother answered so gently, “Be consistent. No matter what… Be and stay consistent. Consistency is KEY! Let your yes be yes and your no be no, because the first time you say something and do not follow-thru, you can forget about it! The rest is history! I mean it! Be consistent!!”

I’ve learned a huge lesson and fact about parenting – Children will keep us consistently ~ON OUR KNEES/FACES BEFORE ALMIGHTY GOD~

Now that my Gurlz are teens – soon to be young (independent) adults I PRAY LIKE I DRINK WATER

~CONSISTENTLY~

I thank God for the humility which has developed in me from the hardships of raising independently thinking/speaking teenaged Gurlz. Listen… I PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS FOR MY POOR CHOICED WORDS, THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS MORE NOW THAN EVER!! In sincere humility, I seek forgiveness of both my Gurlz and readily admit to them my faults and shortcomings. Most importantly, I follow the lead of Holy Spirit – kneeling before the Lord, repenting, confessing, -Itemizing every thing Holy Spirit convicts my heart is/was wrong to say/do. I kneel at the feet of Jesus and speak my truth to Him – exchanging my anger, hurt, and disappointment for His promised peace and His wisdom on how to go and make things right between my children and I. I do my absolute best to get as far away from pride and “fleshiness” and to break sin and Satan’s grip on me – I SPEAK OPENLY, QUICKLY, HONESTLY OF MY MISREPRESENTATION OF THE LORD, OF MY LIFE OF WORSHIP AND MY MISREPRESENTATION OF GOD’S LOVE, FORGIVENESS AND HIS GRACE. I expose my own sinful flesh in order to receive newness of life, thinking, speaking, sounding, walking and living. The Word clearly says, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 (KJV)

Check this out, too!

Galatians 5:25-26 The Message (MSG)

25-26 “Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.”

I love the way the MSG Bible Translation just adds that extra UMPH onto it! Yes? Yes!!

It is important to me that my Gurlz don’t just see me as an authority figure in their lives, but ALSO a fellow sister-in-Christ, just as much in need of Savior Jesus, as they are! AND EVEN MORE IN NEED…!!! Glory to God!!!

I am honored God placed in the hearts of every godly parent a knowledge of “self”. Knowledge of self-pride, self-righteousness, and self-worship. Meaning: Thinking we are better than we are – than how God sees us and what He and our children KNOW of us. I am thankful Holy Spirit does not allow godly (God-fearing) parents to get away with JACK. Yeah! Not on His watch!! Giggles…

As looooooooong as we have the responsibility of caring for, protecting, and managing the lives of His precious little children MORE, MUCH, MUCH MORE will be required of US, the parents of these very strong-willed, immature, thinking they know everything, heart crushing, sometimes disrespectful, sometimes sneaky, highly emotional, moody, argumentative, bratty, little confused, naive, wasteful, irresponsible, no-good-hearin’, wannabe grown, babies of the Lord. In many ways – we are them in the eyes of God. Giggles…

I thank God He’s never given up on me.

Nailah, Alaiyah –

For the many, many times I wanted to throw in the towel and just give up, I am THANKFUL God’s mercy said, “NO!! Stay the course, Dana. -It’s YOU, I’m after… YOU I’m growing and changing.”

Mom, thank you for your wise words, “Be consistent. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. No matter what.”

I see now the purpose for receiving the blessing of bearing children –

For God to ~GROW US UP~ #Godtools🛠 #weshallbelikeHim🌈😇🌺🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

Thank you for reading and sharing in this with me.

Happy Parenting!! 😁😂😂

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