Sunday, July 10, 2016

Parents Must Parent--Part 2 (A Charge to Action)

So...what does parenting require? From experience, I believe it requires faith in Jesus Christ and consistent time with our children. Parenting is not an event--a trip to Disneyworld; a day at the pool; an ice cream cone on a hot day; or a few hours of 'quality time'. Parenting is dedicated time and attention to the children, that by our choices, have been born into the world. They didn't ask to come. But now that they're here, bearing our name, it becomes our unique responsibility to make their growth and well-being our No. 1 priority.
With this in mind, why do you go to that job? To impress your boss? To hang-out with your co-workers? To show off your stuff? No! You go to that job to milk that cow that the Lord has provided you, and you bring the milk home to your family. You can't afford to let friends, family or electronic devices sway you from your appointed duty of making sure you have the time to sit quietly and talk to your children; listen to your children; get to know your children; and let them get to know you. In the words of a popular song, 'you need to put your phone down', and let your children know what you stand for; what you believe in; and what you want them to believe in--in this rocky world. Your children need to know what your family stands for, and what it doesn't stand for. Knowing this will give them a firmer foundation--make them less edgy and twitchy--because they have something and someone they can trust and rely on to tell them the truth and to enforce the truth--you! And with a firm foundation, your children will be able to approach the world (which, keep in mind, is not their friend) more confidently and courageously because they know where you stand; they know where they stand; and they know where the rest of the world stands.
As Black people, we have a unique history in these United States, and our children need to know that. Not in an effort to make them angry or fearful. But in an effort to make them aware that although things change and times change, the heart of man remains the same. And you need to know that in order to deal successfully with all people. Yes, people fought, bled and died for our freedoms, but they did it with dignity and a steadfast faith that their position--that all men are created equal--was a God-given right, not to be exploited and spat upon, but to be realized and enjoyed. Therefore, the place for sagging pants and head rags does not exist among a people who know their God and know their privileged position in His world. It is time for us to gird up our loins and lift up our hands and heads that hang down and take up what is rightfully ours--the dignity that God gives to all mankind. No one can take that from you, but we can certainly give it away by our actions, by our neglect, by our unbelief in who God is and who He wants us to be in His world.
Parents have the unique responsibility not to let that happen. "Not in my house!" should be the rallying cry of every parent. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!" And I don't mean just going to church every Sunday. I mean serve the Lord by opening our Bibles and walking in His way--day by day. By turning our hearts and minds to love Him and to receive the love He has for us. His love has set us free to live out the intended purpose for our lives. And in order to be productive in our roles and responsibilities as parents, we've got to believe that!
We don't have time to be bored or lethargic. We don't have time to waste on games and other people's foolishness. We've got an important work to do! We have a charge, which no one can take from us, and no one can do for us. We have a charge to parent our own children--to love them, lead them, teach them, and guide them, day by day--so they can hold up their heads and live safe, expectant and productive lives. That's our primary job as parents. It's a very exciting role in a very challenging time. Let's get to it!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Parents Must Parent--Part 1 (The Testimony)

I was the biggest 'gay-popper' there ever was. I put the 'P' in Par-tay! My theme song was, 'Where the party at??' But by the time I became a parent, the Lord had captured me with the love in His word, and the love of His word. By 'so many toils and snares', I had come to believe that His word was the only true word in the world. And if I followed Him through His word, He would guide me into all truth, which included how to raise my children. Because, believe me, I didn't have a clue! I am an only child; had never been around children. And my parents--like so many others who were trying to discourage their daughters from giving birth out of wedlock--did not discuss such things.
I was saved as a young child in church, as were so many. But when I met Jesus Christ on my own Damascus Road--when my eyes were enlightened to see Him not only as my Saviour, but also, my Lord--my life, my attitudes, my actions started to change. (But don't get me wrong, now, I can still dance you under the table.) But I started to believe: "I was young and now I am old, and I've never seen the righteous forsaken or their seed begging bread. (Psalm 37:25) "Spare the rod and spoil the child." (Proverbs 13:24) "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)
And after enough stuff and people have forsaken you, if you're like me, you start to cling to His promises for dear life. It's Jesus or nothing, and His way is right. And my new theme song became, 'Yes, Lord!' So I put aside what I thought I knew--what had turned me on up until now--and I picked up my Bible. And I began to understand just how much Jesus loves me, and how He would never lead me astray. That He would, indeed, make straight paths for my feet. And in spite of every loss, every disappointment, He would stick with me and teach me how to raise my children, how to be a parent--a single parent. And He did! Praise God--He did!
He did not stop all the headaches & heartaches. This is a world of trouble, and there's no getting around that. But as an old preacher so aptly put it: 'It is also the day of the Lord!' The Lord did not promise we wouldn't have trouble. He promised He has all the power He needs to deliver us out of it all--be with us through it all. And if we trust Him, He'll bring us out victorious on the other side. I'm a witness--He did!!
(...more to come...)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Jesus Never Intended . . .

Good morning, everybody! You know I be getting these early morning revelations— mostly intended to get me straight—but I thought I’d share this one with you. J
Jesus never intended for us to be saved in accordance with Romans 10:9-10, and then say, “Lord, I’ll take it from here. I'll obey all your rules, and I will live a perfect life.” Oh, no! Jesus always wants us to be in relationship with Him—a 'dependent' relationship—in which we will always need His grace and mercy, and The Balm of Gilead for our cuts & scrapes as we stumble & bumble along this way. Our part in the relationship is to give Him all the praise and adoration due His Great Name!
In fact, I think He sometimes allows life to get plenty tough, causing our human efforts at perfection to fail. At which point, we have two choices. We can either scramble around trying to put the pieces of our perfect lives back together, or we can look up and live. Jesus loves to hear us cry out to Him, “Lord, help me! Lord, I need you!” And when we do, He gently reminds us that we are saved by His grace; we grow by His grace; and we live in His grace. [Acts 17:28; Ephesians 2:8; 2 Timothy 1:9; 2 Peter 3:18] He reminds us that He alone is Lord of all—the wanted & the unwanted. [Acts 2:36; Acts 10:36] He never wants us to forget that we are in an eternal relationship with Him. [John 10:28] The Lord Jesus has finished the work to make us perfect, righteous, and complete in Him. [John 19:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 2:10; Hebrews 10:14] We will always need Him. And we never have to worry, or try to be perfect in our own strength. [Matthew 5:36] We can lean and depend on our Saviour!
On this Christian walk to heaven, Jesus never intended for us to leave Him out. [Luke 24:32] Accept His Blessings!

Look Up & Live (~:jeanetta britt)
Lord, You drove me to my knees
With the thing I treasured most
So I would look up
And live again
So I would look up
And see You again
So I would look up
And love You again
So I would look up
And breathe free
Thank you, Lord!