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Topic: Discern (08/12/10)
TITLE: Mommies Really Do Have Two Pairs of Eyes
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When our girls were young, I could read them like a book. When they would do something they knew was a big “NO! NO!,” I would catch them. They got exposed every time. I would tell them, “Don’t you know mommies have eyes in the back of their heads.” They believed me for a long time. Those were fun days.
I believe part of the mommy package or the second pair of eyes is the gift of discernment. We have to discern or separate fact from fiction many times when our little ones are telling on each other. When we are raising our children, we must discern or understand what their bent is and work to help them fulfill their purpose in life.
As our children grow into young adults, we must be able to discern or recognize when they are overwhelmed with the things of life. Many times our youth are getting themselves into situations that are very destructive and could be dangerous. As parents, we must be able discern that something is amiss before they end up before a judge or in a gang.
When I spend time in the Word of God, prayer and journaling, I find that I can discern more of what is going on around me. It is like I can see a puzzle coming together in front of me.
It is amazing how some of my friends never discern that their child is sneaking out at night until the police ring their doorbell in the middle of the night and there is their sweet little Bobby Jo being marched into living room. Another one, and this is a good, one is when a young girl came to me for ministry and she had been cutting herself for three years. She finally told her mother, because the mother didn’t have a clue that she had been doing it.
Even when our oldest daughter had a stupid spirit on her, I knew it. I didn’t know the depth of her dangerous choices, but I discerned the lying and things just didn’t add up. The words and the talk just did not match. Her little world finally came crashing in around her and she got rid of the stupid spirit.
When we get too busy as parents, we can’t discern PMS from depression. It is time for churches and schools to find ways of bringing in parent support groups or teams that will help sharpen the discernment in parents who have become dull minded towards their children and their needs. We need to model discernment to this generation so they can discern what is good and what is evil.
Where do we start? We start with our mommy gift, the second pair of eyes in the back of our head called discernment. We listen with our two ears and our mouths closed so we can discern the intentions of the heart. This is where I ask God for the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation and I ask him for the Spirit of Counsel and understanding so I can discern and make good healthy choices.
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