Children, Prayer

Take Time for Them

“All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace.”  Isaiah 53:13 NIV

As parents, aunts, cousins, sisters, and friends we are charged to love our children. Not only are we charged to love our children, but we are charged to train them. “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” Genesis 18:19 NIV

I do not believe in “bad kids”; I believe in “desperate kids”. I also don’t believe “bad parents make bad kids”; I feel that “desperate parents make desperate kids”. Sometimes parents are desperate to please, desperate for quiet, or desperate to not be interrupted, which results in children being desperate for love, attention, and affection. As an educator, I’ve seen the results of this.

My purpose for this EmpowerMoment is to EMPOWER you to start praying for your children. I don’t mean saying “grace”. You know the quick, “Lord, thank You for my kids, help them to have a good day and be safe, Amen.” I’m talking about specific prayers that speak life into your children and your home. Let them “catch” you praying for them, let them see you making a purposeful effort to pray for them, and let them join you in praying for their problems and accomplishments.

Let us pray for our children, those we’ve birthed, adopted, care for and love. Join me:

Sunday: Pray for your child’s obedience at home, at school, and towards authority. Pray for you as a parental figure in their life that you are able to show them Godly obedience and encourage them to honor God through their obedience. Teach them: “If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.” Job 36:11 NIV

Monday: Pray for your child’s attention. Pray that they are able to focus at school and that they can hone in on discerning the difference between right and wrong. Pray for you as a parental figure to give them the attention that’s healthy, non-materialistic, and authentic. Teach them: Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” Psalms 37:3 NIV

Tuesday: Pray for your child’s protection. Pray that your child is able to stand up for him/herself and show courage when they know the situation is not right. Pray that they are protected from injury, harm, and danger. Pray for you as their parental figure that you can provide security and safety in the home or within your relationship with them. Teach them: “The LORD will keep you from all harm –  he will watch over your life.” Psalms 121:7 NIV

Wednesday: Pray for your child’s Christianity. Pray for you as their parental figure that you are able to share age appropriate Christian morals and values. Teach them how to love their friends through sharing, how to respect their friends by being kind, and teach them how to pray for themselves, in their own way. Embed this in your heart: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 NIV

Thursday: Pray for your child’s character. Pray that they are able to freely grow into the person God has designed them to be. Pray that they grow to love themselves and to accept what God has created. Tell them that they are beautiful or handsome. Lavish (to their face) over their hair, the color of their eyes, or the nubbiness of their fingers. Pray for you as a parental figure that you are able to support their character grounded by Christian principles and that you do not force them out of your own desires to “be”, but out of how God leads you to nurture them. Teach them: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalms 139:14 NIV

Friday: Pray for your child’s health. Pray for you as a parental figure to teach them good hygiene and healthy eating and exercise habits. Pray that you are able to be a healthy example and that God shows you how to nurture and heal your children through His power. When you pray, pray boldly: “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NIV

Saturday: Pray for your parenting. Pray that God teaches and reveals to you how to parent, love, correct, and discipline your child. Pray that God shows you the time to say “No”, the time to release the rod and when to correct them through mild correction. Ask God to give you discernment that you are able to sense when something is wrong with your child and that you have the strength to intervene through Godly guidance. Remember: “Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.” Proverbs 14:26 NIV

Dear Daddy,

Parenting is a gift You have given us as mothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, and friends. Lord, teach us how to parent in a Godly fashion by imitating You.  Help us to be Godly parental figures to the children You have placed in our care. God give us strength to chastise when we don’t want to and give us boundaries and self-control when we feel the need to show our love through material things. Help us to give You honor through our children. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to do three things: 1) Pray over your child daily. 2) Pray with your children daily beyond the “grace” song. 3) Stop in the parking lot of a daycare or school that you are not familiar with and pray over the children and families that walk in and out of its doors.

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend Vaughn Forest Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Check out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here

Children, Gifts/Talents, Mentoring, Mother/Daughter, Motivation, Teacher/Student

A King Josiah Anointing for Our Kids

“…But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.” 1 Corinthians 7:7b ESV

My 6-year old daughter is the epitome of over exaggeration and dramatized behavior. She can produce a tear at the drop of a dime, she has a facial expression and body gesture to appeal to any situation and she has the power to convince you that something is much more serious than it really is entirely through actions. It is so evident that our family has coined her ‘Drama Mama’. I must admit her behavior is sometimes extremely annoying because I don’t know what to take seriously and what to just brush off. I often remind her of the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” But recently I have come to the realization that God has given her the gift of drama for a purpose and it is up to her father and me to channel that energy into positive experiences. Only God knows how this gift applies to her purpose and destiny in Him but the last thing that we as her parents should do is extinguish the fire. Yes, she is only six years old but God is already starting to reveal who she will be in the Kingdom. He has a mission for even the youngest of them…

In the first book of Kings we are introduced to a baby named Josiah, “…This is what the LORD says: ‘A son named Josiah will be born to the house of David.” (1 Kings 13:2 NIV) Just a few short years later in the second book of Kings, Josiah’s father, King Amon, was murdered and Josiah became king in his place. Guess how old Josiah was when he began his reign? “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years.” (2 Kings 22:1 NIV) Imagine that! At only the tender age of eight, Josiah was already ruling a nation. What great things God must’ve placed in that young lad to equip him for such a position! I imagine that as a young boy he possessed superior leadership skills (that some mistook for bossiness). He was probably an excellent decision maker (which was probably confused with being opinionated). I am sure he had the ability to persuade the people (and most may have viewed that as manipulative.) You get the point? God has given our children what they need for where He is taking them. It is our responsibility to ensure that we are encouraging and cultivating those gifts.

Outlined below is a simple three-step plan to help us help our children become everything God intended for them to be:

(1)    Ask God to reveal your children’s gifts and talents to you. Before my daughters were even born, I would pray for their futures and ask the Lord to show me a glimpse of what He had planned for them. Part of that was to know what special things they would possess so that I could help to protect and nurture their gifts. It is not too late for you to seek God about your children’s hidden treasures.

(2)    Once you know what is on the inside of your children, you MUST assist in the cultivation of those gifts. After I realized that all of my daughter’s drama was not just to get under my skin, I made a choice to help her develop her craft. I have been searching for the perfect drama and acting school to enroll her in. It is imperative that we encourage our children to be who God has created them to be!

(3)    Speak into your child’s future. “You are going to be an awesome actress one day!” That is an affirmation that I speak over my daughter because I understand that it somehow aligns with her destiny. I don’t have to know when, where or how that statement will affirm itself, I just have to believe. So it is with your children. Speak over them daily. If your daughter loves to talk (aka talks too much), tell her what a great news reporter she would make. If your son insists on bringing every stray animal in the neighborhood home, affirm his future as a veterinarian.

It is never too early to begin helping your children reach their God-given destinies. Remember Josiah was only eight years old! Your children’s hidden gifts and talents may not look like everyone else’s. They may not be straight ‘A’ students or musically talented, but God has given them SOMETHING to work with. It is your responsibility to identify it and help them utilize it!

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for blessing me with my wonderful child(ren). I ask that You would begin to reveal to me the special gifts that You have placed inside of them. Please give me the wisdom to recognize who You created them to be, the ability to affirm what You said and the resources to aid in their development. I ask that You give my child a King Josiah anointing that they may make huge impacts, even in their younger years. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to EMPOWER your children! Find their gifts and maximize their potential for the kingdom by helping them grow those gifts in the Spirit. I EMPOWER your children to walk in a King Josiah anointing!

Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant.  She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments.  As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.

Children, Generational Curses, Growth/Maturity

You Know Better!

Do you find yourself saying the same things over and over to your children?  My oldest son wears glasses, but only at his leisure so I am constantly asking, ‘Why do I have to keep telling you to put your glasses on?’ My younger son is infamous for missing the trash can, the laundry hamper, and on the rare occasion, his mouth.  So to him, I am constantly saying, ‘Why do I have to keep telling you to pick stuff up?’  Both of them are NOTORIOUS for leaving the water running in the bathroom, either before they get in for a shower, or waiting for several minutes to start brushing their teeth while the water is on. Therefore, it is a daily occurrence for me to yell, ‘How many times do I have to tell you that I pay for water?!?!’ And, of course the never-ending question is ‘Why do I have to tell you to do the same thing or not to do the same things over and over again?’

The other day, immediately after asking this question, I heard God say to me: ‘That’s the same thing I keep asking YOU!’ I was floored! Who? Me? Really? Yes, REALLY! God is asking me why I have to constantly be reminded that a little gossip is gossip nonetheless and not a character trait that He would have me display.  God is asking me why I think its ok to tell a ‘little’ lie here or there in an uncomfortable situation, or to make someone feel better. It’s not!  Oh, and the list goes on.

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. (1 Peter 1:14-15 NIV)

I hear people saying all of the time, ‘If you know better you do better’.  I had to seriously ponder this statement.  Do I do better with all that I know? Apparently not.  If I am not doing what I KNOW I should be doing, how can I expect my children to?  Our children are a reflection of us in so many ways.  Now, I am not saying that I leave garbage on the floor, and Lord knows that if I didn’t wear my glasses, I would have made the news long ago, but God is calling me to be as obedient as I would have my children be.

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. (John 15:10 NIV)

Just as I am constantly telling my children, God is also telling me, YOU KNOW BETTER!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for entrusting me to raise the children that you blessed me with.  I pray that You will strengthen me with a spirit of discernment that I might recognize behaviors that are not pleasing to You, without the need for constant reminders. I pray that the desire to be the woman You created me to be will become apparent through life that I lead, and that my children will be a reflection of all things pleasing to You.  In Jesus’ Name Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to live your life as if you know better!  As a mother, daughter, sister, friend, AND follower of Christ, He has called us to be an example to those around us, and there is no better time to start than today.  Today we know better and we will do better!

Ms. Tiffany Huff is the devoted mother of two boys, a blogger, lover of food and travel, and aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for helping others live out their purposes. She is looking forward to growing in her walk and honoring God through sharing her EmpowerMoments. One of her meditation scriptures is Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Children, God's Love, Growth/Maturity, Honesty/Truth, Inspirational, Love, Marriage, Obedience, Submission/Surrendering

I Chastise You Because I Love You

I remember as a child after my father would spank me he would always come back and tell me, “I whooped you because I love you.” I used to think, “Love doesn’t hurt and it sure doesn’t sting.” I remember him telling me that he needed to teach me right from wrong and if I did wrong, there had to be consequences. Naturally, I have a better understanding now that I have a daughter of my own. Once again as I was attempting to write my EmpowerMoment, I heard my daughter in the bathroom. I yelled, “Ken, what’s that smell?” She replied, “I don’t know Mommy.” Of course she knew but I went in the bathroom and gave her the opportunity to be honest. She still decided not to tell the truth. The floor was wet and all I smelled was Awesome All Purpose Cleaner in the air. Now the “experts” say that it’s normal and developmentally appropriate that kids lie but I’m here to tell you that I’m not raising a dishonest person. After I disciplined her, I spoke to her and said “You are in trouble because I love you and I don’t want you to lie; even if it makes me mad, always be honest with me.” I know that some people may think that I am being a little hard on her but I expect greatness because not only is she our child, but she is a child of the King.

My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction; For whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights. (Proverbs 3: 11-12 NKJV)

The same way I have to correct my child, God has to correct me. I was going through a situation where I wasn’t being perfectly honest with myself. My marriage was going down like the Titanic and I blamed it all on my husband. The way he talked, the way he walked and even the way he breathed was all aggravating to me and everything was his fault. I often told him everything he was doing wrong and never what he was doing right. God had to speak to me: “Sheka you are not perfect and you are not innocent. You need to get your house in order starting with you.” As I evaluated my situation He spoke to me further and asked me, “Do you treat him like a man is supposed to be treated? Does he feel like the king of his castle?” The answer to both of those questions was no.

The sad part was that I still didn’t change my ways and we split up. God had to chastise me by showing me that the grass was not greener on the other side. What I thought would be better was not good at all, but God let me experience it. God had to let me experience something that was not like Him in order to appreciate Him and my marriage. I know it may not seem like God was chastising me but He did by the sleepless nights, the many tears, heartaches and disappointments. God also chastised when He reminded me of His Word: “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19: 6 NIV) Who did I think I was trying to go against God’s word and look to my own understanding?  

Ladies, the truth sure does hurt but John 8: 32 says “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (NIV) The truth was that I was a part of the problem and I am glad that God loves me enough to correct me when I am wrong.  I received God’s discipline as a sign of love. When we are experiencing hard times it is tempting to believe the devil’s lie that “If God really loved you, He would never let you suffer like this.” But we know it’s precisely because God does love us that He allows us to experience problems that will develop our character and draw us closer to Him. For both children and adults, the only way to become morally pure is to learn the difference between right and wrong by suffering the consequences for our wrongdoings. The Father is faithful to provide the loving discipline His children require.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for protecting and wrapping Your loving arms around me when I don’t always make the right decisions. Thank You for loving me enough to chastise me and correct me when I’m wrong. In the future, help me to continue hearing Your voice when you are correcting my wrongs. God, help me to be receptive to Your corrections. Lord, I pray for wisdom and understanding as You correct me so I don’t keep making the same mistakes. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to receive God’s chastising and correcting as a sign of love.  Be receptive to God’s corrections because He will lead and guide you along the right path. I EMPOWER you to learn from your mistakes and bad decisions and choose what’s right. Just remember that God chastises you because He loves you!

Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations and Proverbs 29:18 –  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Black Music Month Series, Children, God's Love, Growth/Maturity, Inspirational, Marriage, Motivation, Relationships, Weight Loss

It’s the God in Me

It Ain’t What it Look Like…

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9) For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV)

When I turned 30 I was a tad devastated because I just knew I was entering this new world of “Divashness”. But what I ran into was a sensitive marriage, an extra 80 pounds of weight, health issues, low self esteem, and not sure of where my life was headed. On December 28, 2010 I made a decision because I looked depressed. I paused and took a moment with God and poured out my heart and asked God to “Create in me a new heart and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (KJV) I began to get deeper into prayer and began to slow down my chaotic life of being so busy. I began praying continuously, without ceasing so I could hear Him. I prayed getting dressed, driving to work, watching TV, eating dinner, and teaching my classes. I took “internal, eternal worship” to a whole new level in my life because I knew He could restore me. Months passed and one day my aunt said, “It’s something new about you.” By then my marriage had strengthened because I was listening to God as how to act, respond, and love my man. God gave me a sense of drive to lose weight (36 pounds to date) and exercise more. I even ran a 5K! I got bold and cut off all of my hair and started wearing a cute asymmetric cut to refresh myself. So why am I sharing all of this?

We don’t always have to look like we are down trodden because we are going through a disaster, but seek God and find joy in the midst of it.  Hasn’t God covered you, your mess and your embarrassment?  This fact is enough to EMPOWER myself. Sometimes all I can say is, “It’s the God in Me.”  The God in me is what makes me feel like a million bucks when I only have one. It’s the God in us that’s making our marriage as blissful as it is even when we aren’t sure if we are doing it right. It’s the God in me that makes being a mom look so “cute” and “fun” when I really feel inadequate.  It’s not me, not my deeds, not my actions, not even how I worship and pray, but God’s grace and mercy that has made Him show favor towards me. This is the “something” that my Aunt saw. It’s not me at all, it’s God, and for this I owe Him.

I selected “It’s the God in Me” to celebrate Black Music Month for a couple of reasons. When I’m jogging and I hear this song, I almost cry because only God could have turned me into a runner. People think that I am simply motivated, but not so much. I prayed for God to give me this drive. Not only that, but this song is so “divafied” that I feel encouraged that God has covered so many of my raggedy characteristics and made them look “polished.”

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your grace. Thank You for being a sustainer in the time of trouble. Thank You for being a strong fortress when I feel weak. God help me to share my story so that others know that they don’t have to feel beat down, but can walk in confidence knowing that if they have You, You will supply every need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Girlfriend, I EMPOWER you today to hold your head high in confidence that the God in YOU is what will keep your smile when it really is a frown. The Bible says, “Greater is He that is in YOU, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 KJV)  So don’t look beaten, because you aren’t. Jesus encourages us during times of sacrifice and fasting, “But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:17-18). Get a new tube of lip gloss, smack those lips, and walk in the beauty that God has blessed you with. The Potter is on the wheel and while you are being molded, relax, let it flow, and strut in God’s promise to never forsake you! What they don’t know won’t hurt them right? But we know, “It’s the God in Me!

Those shoes are my motivation pair. When I’m down, I strut around the house in them, just because they make me feel cute!

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6.  She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.

Children, Family, Growth/Maturity, Marriage, Patience, Relationships, Speech

Do You Understand the Words that are Coming Outta My Mouth?

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NIV

I was meditating the other day about some things that have started to either come to life or have died in my life. When I was a new bride, I had an issue with this mouth thing. My new groom and I knew that I had an issue with my mouth, so this was the bulk of most of my prayers then. “Lord please help my mouth.” I was a nagging wife, but tried to act like I was “saying” things in a nice way so it would be masked as inquiries…WRONG.

Over the years, God had to deal with me about my mouth and how I approached my husband. When I said things like “Do you just not get what I am saying?” or “I can’t believe you would do that.” My mouth was casting murder on my husband. Through this death, it didn’t help that we were going through individual emotional problems, financial problems, job problems, and identity problems. Over the years God had to teach me the true underlying issue with taming my mouth. SELF CONTROL and PATIENCE. I had to learn to stop, wait, and think before I said something.  One of my spiritual mothers said to me, “Kay, what life are you speaking into your husband.” I couldn’t answer. I’d become so mad over the years because of my judgment of his decisions, different argument style or lack thereof that I didn’t know what to do.

God started showing me, in the midst of our discussions how to approach and respond to my husband. “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4 NIV). I started speaking life over my marriage and over my husband. I WAS THE ONE TO PUT THE SUPERMAN “S” ON HIS CHEST. When he made a decision I didn’t like, I waited maybe a day or two before responding. I would take my issue to the Lord for guidance on bridling my tongue.  “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) My theme scripture mentions he that loves his mouth will eat its fruits. I must say I am definitely eating “fresh” fruits from speaking gently to my husband. The return is one hundred fold.

Not only have I learned how to speak to my husband, but I am a new mom of one daughter. Raising her is all new to me. When I  started disciplining her, it was with harsh tones. “You BETTER not do that again, you hear me.” Or “If I have to tell you one more time (screaming at her) I am going to spank you.” I was convicted every time I spoke to her like that because I felt I was depositing deathly correction into her spirit. I walked by her room one day and saw her scolding her dolls. Saying my exact words and in my exact tone, I was heart broken. At that moment, and since then, I’ve learned to provide gentle, stern correction that’s not as irate. Before, I was bearing irate fruit from her. Now that I speak more gently, yet stern, even if the rod is coming afterwards, her spirit is not broken or degraded.

There is life or death in your tongue. You have the right to choose. You can say, “I hate my job”, and you will probably go into work with that attitude, have a bad day, and leave every day feeling defeated. Or, you can wake up saying. “Lord I thank you for giving me a job. Father help me to see the good in it until you see fit for me to move on.” You can tell your spouse, “I really wish you would get your act together”, which will lead to broken spirits, broken communication, and anger. Or you can say, “Honey, I believe in you. I know things may be tough right now, but I am certain (because you prayed) that God will give you the tools you need to move forward and I am backing you 100%.” You could walk around feeling defeated because you hate how you look, your personality, your weight, your hair. Or you could say, “Lord I love me some me. You made me wonderful and until I can see what you see, encourage me to smile, because you made me.” What you say can determine how your entire body reacts. Study James 3.

Dear Daddy,

Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me. Thank you for this word today teaching me to control my tongue. I want to speak life, not death. I want to be an encourager, not a complainer. Help my mouth of praise carry over into my daily activities and my relationships. I love you for always speaking to me, so please help me to speak to others in a more virtuous way. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Is there an area in your life experiencing a premature death? Your tongue has the power to speak life. I EMPOWER you today to speak life into your dead situation and watch how God multiplies the fruit of it.

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6.  She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.

Children, God's Love, Inspirational, Motivation, Self-Esteem

Lesson Learned…Eventually!

My son Jalen is such a wonderful kid but every school year between the months of January and March he has a serious lapse in behavior. He just goes crazy like he has forgotten that his father is an Assistant Principal, and his mom and step-mom are both teachers! He goes to school and just “lets loose” on everyone with no regard for the consequences that will surely follow.  No matter how many punishments, spankings, and serious convos we have with him, he tends to revert back to the same old game of getting in trouble and lying to us about it during this time frame. It’s sad to say, but it’s like I almost have the expectation of him to “wild out” during this time period because it happens every year.  I was beginning to wonder would he ever learn his lesson? On last week I said to his dad, “What are we going to do?” and in his ever patient voice he replied, “We’re going to keep working with him until he gets it right.”

Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” (Proverbs 24: 15-16)

When I look back at my life, I recall all times that God could have given up on me. So many things I did then asked for forgiveness and did the same thing over again. At those times, God could have easily murmured when will she ever learn her lesson? I made mistake after mistake after mistake but never once did God leave me. He was there the entire time, I just didn’t realize it. I was so blinded by the shame of messing up. I felt so bad for disappointing Him. At times I was even too embarrassed to pray. I now know that no matter what I do God doesn’t love me any less. In knowing that, I’m not given a license to just do whatever I want but I am given comfort in knowing that He will never leave nor forsake me.

As for Jalen…we’re still working on him and I know in time he’ll learn his lesson and be alright!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for allowing me to know that I can always turn to You no matter what. Even when I feel ashamed You are always there to comfort me and welcome me back with open arms. I am still striving to be the woman You want me to be and even though it gets hard I am willing to keep going because I know that Your love covers me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today decide to EMPOWER yourself to simply get up. You’ve spent too much time down there. GOD is waiting on you!

Shawna Dix is a mother, educator, and all around child of God. She is passionate about God, her son Jalen, family, friends, and her students. She loves teaching because it allows her to shower our youth with love and guidance. She resides in Pentagon City, Virginia and works hard educating inner city youth in Washington DC. She prides herself in being a realist. She exclaims that she is in no way, shape, form, or fashion perfect but she has accepted that she serves a perfect God who is able to do ALL things!