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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Discern (08/12/10)

TITLE: Mommies Really Do Have Two Pairs of Eyes


A couple of weeks ago our pastor was preaching on the Body of Christ. He was talking about the different body parts and he had a slip of the tongue and said that we had two pairs of eyes and everyone got a good laugh. He corrected himself, but I sat there and mused to myself.

When our girls were young, I could read them like a book. When they would do something they knew was a big ďNO! NO!,Ē I would catch them. They got exposed every time. I would tell them, ďDonít you know mommies have eyes in the back of their heads.Ē 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 didnít have a clue that she had been doing it.

Even when our oldest daughter had a stupid spirit on her, I knew it. I didnít know the depth of her dangerous choices, but I discerned the lying and things just didnít 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 canít 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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Cindy Barclay08/19/10
Great article! I really believe that Mommies do have two pairs of eyes. good analogy-"It is like I can see a puzzle coming together in front of me." Also I agree our generation needs to walk in and model discernment. Thanks for the insight.

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/19/10
You made some excellent points. Every parent needs to remember what it was like to be a kid. Having frequent and open talks with our children about everything from silly topics to serious challenges, helps our kids to learn they can trust us.

I have a suggestion for you. You did an excellent job of showing examples when you used your parent's intuition. However you used the word discern at least 13 times. I found myself becoming distracted. If you read the stories in Master's, you'll see that many of them never even mention the name of the topic.

You did such an outstanding job of telling your story. Have confidence in your writing that you are on topic. Keep on writing, you're doing an excellent job.
Verna Mull 08/19/10
What a superb article. I think it is so important to know ones children well enough that they can almost discern their thoughts and not be 2 steps behind them. You have a great idea for churches to grab on to!
Loren T. Lowery08/20/10
Your writing is very clear and precise. The way you presented it could have been clinical or preachy but your talent for engaging the reader in an entertaining way shined through.
Patsy Hallum08/21/10
I agree with Shann, you did use discern to often, but I love the story. Keep writing.