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Declaring God’s Word over your Children

After I came back to the Lord and started going to church my eyes were open to the power of God’s word and how important it was for me to Declare God’s word over my children. Before I met my husband I was a single mom and I had the awesome opportunity to take my children to school every morning, so during the car ride they always heard me declaring God’s word over them.

I bet if you asked them to this day what I spoke over them they could probably repeat most of it from memory. ūüôā

I was just feeling led to share this with you all because I know sometimes it can be hard figuring out what to pray over our children.

This prayer or declaration if you will, is just the beginning of course. Our children are all so different and need us to pray specific prayers for the battles they are facing.

Our prayers for them can not be this cookie cutter thing and sometimes it takes some real digging into the scriptures to find the word of God that needs to be declared over them.

The following declaration is just something I either heard or read along the way, but it stuck with me and is very powerful when spoken with faith.

I’ve highlighted the Declaration/Prayer in bold but have given the scripture reference along the way.

You are the Head and not the Tail
You are above only and not beneath
(Deuteronomy 28:13 – The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.)

You are blessed going in and blessed coming out (Deuteronomy 28:6 – “You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.)
You are empowered to prosper 

I place on you the mind of Christ ¬†and you have the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 2:16¬†– “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” & James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”)

I plead the blood of Jesus over you from the top of your head to the soles of your feet.
I¬†thank you Father God for giving your angels charge over them that they would bear them up in their arms lest they dash their feet against a stone.¬†(Psalm 91:11-12 – “For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.¬†They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”)

I place on you the all armor of God
The helmet of Salvation to guard their thoughts
The breastplate of righteousness
I gird up their loins with the belt of truth and shod their feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.
In one hand I place the sword of the spirit which is quicker and sharper then any two edged sword that it would cut to the dividing asunder of spirit and soul
and in the other hand I place the shield of faith to quench every fiery dart the enemy would send their way.¬†(Ephesians 6:13-17 – “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”)

You have been bought with the highest price and that is the blood of Jesus.(I Corinthians 6:20 – “For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”)
You are sealed unto the day of redemption and no plague or calamity shall come near your dwelling.(Psalm 91:10 – “no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.”)

In Jesus name ~ Amen!

Then of course I would tell them to have a wonderful day, that I loved them so very much and would see them later. ūüôā

Oh how I miss those days! They are gone way to fast and we never get them back. Throughout the years God has been ever so faithful to my prayers and though two of my children have strayed from the faith, God is faithful and just and is always looking over his word to perform it.

I continue to Declare God’s word over my children, it’s just now in this season of their lives I pray different prayers for each of their situations. ūüôā

Below are some of the books I personally used to learn how to pray and declare God’s word not only over my children but also my husband, my friends, my family and even myself. What books or resources have you used that have been a blessing to you?


Is there something you declare over your children everyday? Maybe a prayer you pray for them in the morning or night. Share it with us, you never know who it might help.

Be Blessed,

Audrey

The Motherhood of the Inside Out Pants

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to let it go.

All these years I have allowed it to consume me, anger me, frustrate me and literally brought me to tears. Yes, even tears!

I use to love washing the dark clothes being that it consisted mostly of jeans which are so easy to separate, fold and put away.

That was until I had kids!

I would cringe when that day rolled around twice a week. Before I go on, I want you to keep in mind that we all do laundry differently and I was raised to turn all my laundry right-side-out, Momma knows best right?

Now that we got that out of the way… When it was time to do the dark laundry I would always ask my kids to bring me their dark clothes with their jeans right-side-out. Inevitable they would bring them to me inside out and I would do one of two things:

  1. I would gripe and complain the entire time I was pulling them right-side out or
  2. I would throw them back in their room to have them do it. Of course that always slowed the laundry process down because I had to wait on them  so let me be honest, majority of the time I just did it while complaining the whole time.

Of course while I was complaining I was also crying, silently or sometimes out loud, of how I don’t feel loved by my kids and why can’t they do this simple little task to make my life so much easier. The crying didn’t happen all the time but the frustration did.

I’m not proud of this but the fact of the matter is, this went on up until just a month ago. Mind you my 21 yr. old son and 19 yr. old daughter are out of the house which leaves me with my youngest who is 15 yrs. old. It just so happens that she doesn’t understand this concept of¬†right-side out either.

So last month I have a few dark clothes that need to be cleaned but in order to have a full load I asked my daughter to bring me some of her dark’s. What do you think she does?

You got it! She brought me her jeans, all 4 pairs INSIDE OUT! My first thought was to give them back to her but I thought twice and asked myself if it really matters that they are inside out. Without griping or complaining I threw them in the washer, then in the dryer then came the folding.

Instead of pulling the legs through and folding it right side out so it looks nice and she knows which jeans are which I decided that after all these years I needed to let it go and just fold the darn jeans and send them off to her room.

You know what the funny part is? I didn’t even think about it until I saw her with one of those pair of jean on that she HAD to put those jeans¬†right-side out in order to put them on and at that moment I knew I had finally WON the war!

I share this story with you for two reasons really.

First, if you are like I am when it comes to laundry and feel like you have to have your clothes right-side out but your children are just not working with you, wash it like that, fold it like that and let them sort it out. They will get the picture that either way THEY will be turning those clothes right-side out.

Second, let it go and Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Seriously, when you look back on this time with your children you’ll realize¬† there were things you could have let go and been so much happier just enjoying your time with them.

As a matter of fact I know while reading this you probably thought of at least 5 things (I know I’m still working on some of them)¬† you could let go of and have more happiness in your life, less stress, and more time with your children. Share with me in the comments below some of the things that popped in your head and how can you let them go?

In the end, when it’s all said and done:

A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. ~ Forest E Whitcraft

To all you Moms out there that are part of the Motherhood of the Inside Out Pants! You ROCK!


3 Silly Questions that Helped Overcome my Depression Today

3 Silly Questions that Helped Overcome my Depression Today

Today was one of those days.

I’ve been struggling with depression this entire week and today I kicked its butt! But not without the help of my heavenly Father and my earthly Dad.

You see I have a 21 yr. old son that I only hear from when he needs something and though I Praise God that he is still alive and well to be able to call me and ask me for things, it sometimes gets to me. We use to be so close, he’s a Momma boy, still is to this day but he’s been hurt over the years and has this wall up so he won’t get hurt again and shuts everyone out that loves him.

I know that one day God will tear down that wall and raise him up to be the man of God he was created to be, but until then I pray, intercede and just love him where he is at.

This same son has a 2 yr. old daughter, my precious Grand daughter Orion, whom I get to watch this weekend while her Momma goes to a wedding. Being able to see my grand daughter is an answer to prayer and something I don’t take lightly but I’ll be honest, I was allowing the world to creep in and try to steal my joy.

 

I’ve been working on this website along with my Rediscover Your Purpose website and feel like I’m not moving forward. Working from home you face challenges that many don’t realize you face. Even though I work for myself I have goals that I need to meet, the focus is everything because there are so many things that try to distract you and when the day is over and you haven’t met your goals or accomplished anything you wanted to, it can be disheartening. Then have days like that, that turn into weeks and you’re battling depression and oppression.

That’s where I was this week. I hadn’t accomplished everything I set out to do and having my grand daughter for 4 days was going to set me back even more.

How absolutely sad when the very thing you prayed years for is answered and you can’t enjoy it because you’re so worried about earthly things, like your own business, money and time. Let’s just say that it was a harsh slap in the face and something I knew I needed God to help me through.

So I went straight to the Bible, the living word of God that is more powerful and “sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.¬†“ Hebrews 4:12

I started to meditate on the scriptures when my Dad calls me and he knows right away that something is wrong.

I explain to him everything I’m feeling and the thoughts I’m experiencing and he asks me 3 simple questions.

Question # 1: Is your boss General Custer? (I thought he said, Colonial Mustard, hee hee)
To which I respond, “I don’t even know who Colonial Mustard is other than a suspect in the game of Clue.” (One of my many blonde, Polack moments lol) He proceeds to tell me it’s the guy who led his troops against the Indians and they all died. So my answer to that question was definitely No!

Question # 2: The work you would be doing in the next 4 days that you have your grand daughter Orion, will your name be in the History books 200 yrs. from now?
Well…no it wouldn’t be and frankly, none of the work I’ve ever done up to this point would get my name in the History books.

Question # 3: If you don’t do nothing on your websites for the next 4 days will you still get into heaven?
Well since we don’t get into heaven by works but through the belief in Jesus Christ that he was the son of God and went to the cross for our sins and rose again then Yes, I’ll still make it into heaven.

So then, if your boss isn’t General Custer and you’re not being led to die today and the work you would have done won’t get your name in the History books nor will it get you into heaven then LET IT ALL GO and enjoy every single moment you have with your grand daughter this weekend.

That was all I needed to hear. Coupled in with the scriptures that I meditated on like:

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.¬†Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.¬†If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith?¬†So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’¬†For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.¬†But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”¬†Matthew 6:27-33

So today, when I get off this computer it will be shut down until Tuesday morning. I’m going to enjoy EVERY SINGLE moment I have with my grand daughter. I’m going to spoil her with hugs, kisses, and toys that we shall play with together. We will swim in the pool (if the sun comes out), we shall visit the park, we shall get dirty playing with the finger paint and we will bond just as my mother bonded with her grand children.

I’m so excited I can hardly wait.

What is it you are struggling with today that should bring you so much joy but you are allowing the cares of this world to choke it? Let me know how I can pray for you in the comments below and I’ll stand with you in faith believing that God will lift that spirit of heaviness, oppression, and depression off of you so that you to can experience true joy in all things.

What are some scriptures or questions you ask yourself that have helped you over come depression? Share it in the comments below so that others can be encouraged.

 

 

 

Who Cried for the Little Boy Book Review

Who Cried for the Little Boy Book Review

DESCRIPTION: Ellen Huntington was a happily married mother of two when 17-year-old Josh entered her life. As Ellen deals with Josh’s past issues of abandonment, abuse, and dysfunction, she digs deep into her faith to survive in an unfamiliar world. After all the heart-wrenching struggles Ellen and Josh endured, is Ellen’s unconditional love enough or will Josh give up it all?

When I purchased this book I was really thinking about a dear friend of mine that is about to embark on a new journey in her life. Her and her husband, after raising two boys of their own, are becoming foster parents this month (January 2013) so I thought maybe this book could really minister to her.

Well, of course after reading the description I couldn’t pass it on before I read it myself.¬†¬†ūüôā

MY REVIEW: You know what I loved most about this book? The complete transparency that Ellen Huntington shows through out it. There is no sugar-coating in this book. It is a raw emotion that leaps off the page and makes you feel like you are living it with her. Unlike other books where you feel like the author is talking at you, Ellen unveils her story as if she were sitting right in front of you and sharing it with you.

Ellen walks you through the highs and lows, the hopes and fears, the trials and triumphs of being first Josh’s mentor, then his mother.¬†This book opened my eyes even further to the fact that so many of our youth are walking around in torment seeking and longing for someone just to love them and that is exactly what Ellen did so unselfishly for Josh…she loved him right where he was at.

Once Josh was able to open up about one particular memory he had at the age of 4 Yrs. old it seemed like the memories for Josh came rushing in like a damn had broken. My heart just broke for him and I can honestly say that I cried for this little boy. :'( From counselor visits, sleepless nights, comforting, consoling and crying out to God Ellen shows what it means to love unconditionally.

One other thing that I really appreciated about this book is that it intermingled the thoughts, feelings, and struggles that her husband, ¬†two son’s and close friends went through as well. I have always wondered, when reading other people’s testimony, how the family coped with everything. You hear the authors side of what was going on but you never get to peek into the lives of those it affected as well. This book gives you that glimpse into the lives of those that walked with Ellen and Josh throughout this journey.

Unlike movies that have an ending, this book is still in the process of writing its own ending. I pray that through God’s love, mercy and grace Josh would finally be set free from the tormenting spirits that have haunted him for far too long and that¬†one day Josh will be able to write the ending to this story!

If you are called to mentor teenagers, become a foster parent, adopt a child or even have children of your own, you don’t want to pass up reading this book. It will inspire you and give you hope.

Click on the book below to GRAB YOUR COPY TODAY!

 

For more information about the author Ellen Huntington visit her site here: http://ellenhuntingtonauthor.com/

 

I’m Thankful for being able to work from home

I’m Thankful for being able to work from home

As I sit here and write this post I look at the clock that reads 12:00 pm and I realize I’m still in my PJ’s!

So on this 5th day of #30DaysofPraise I am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to work in the comfort of my own home.

I’m not going to lie and say it’s all peaches and cream because it’s NOT. I’ve been working from home ever since 2001 and it’s been an adjustment to say the least. To be able to walk over clothes, tune out the television, forget about the dishes, not allow interruptions from neighbors or children and so can be a real challenge. ¬†(Heck I’m still learning every day to say NO to certain things that creep up on me and try to steal my time)

My sister Melissa and I own a Digital Marketing Agency eStategies Inc. where we help businesses with their Online Marketing needs. Anything from Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing to Email Marketing and PPC Campaigns we can help. It’s great because we are able to do what we love while working from home, or anywhere for that matter. We’ve built this business over time and are very blessed to have the clients we have.

On top of working with my sister I’m also part of an amazing group of people who have been helping me build affiliate websites that generate an income once they are built. I joined this group back in August of this year and I really wish I would have found them sooner. If you ever wondered about working from home and truly building an online business then head over to Wealthy Affiliates and sign up for Free!¬†These people are the real deal and help you with EVERY aspect of this business.

 

While being in this group, I finally found focus for this website LivinLyfe and through building this site I’ve been able to find a couple of niche markets that I’m building sites for.

What is a niche market you may be asking. A niche market is a focused, targetable portion of a market. Basically you find a highly targeted want or need and you focus in on that niche market.

For example, one of my favorite poems is “Footprints in the Sand” and after doing a lot of research I found that this poem must be a favorite of many others because of the massive amount of searches people do in a month for this keyword phrase. ¬†So…armed with the knowledge that I’ve received within Wealthy Affiliates, I decided to build an entire website around this niche market of Footprints in the Sand.

I’m still in the process of building the site but if you want to take a look at it ¬†head over to Footprints in the Sand and you can get a better idea as to what I’m talking about.

I think the most important thing I’ve learned while working from home is TIME Management! One of the biggest tips I can give to you right now is ONLINE STOPWATCH¬†
Yeppers…a stopwatch is what keeps me focused and on task. Do these 5 simple steps and you will be on your way to accomplishing many great things.

  • Choose a goal
  • Determine the amount of time you will work on this one thing
  • Close all distractions on your computer (yes that means close out that Facebook window and all instant message programs )
  • Set the timer
  • Focus all your time and effort on that one task

and finally get the job done.

I share these endeavors with you because I want you to know there is hope. Whether you already work from home, just starting out or thinking about it, there is a way that you do this and still bring in an income for your family. It’s not an over night deal though and it takes a lot of work, discipline and time but if God is calling you to it and you set your mind to do it then it can and will be done.

Work from home already and have some tips for newbies? Please share them with us in the comment section.

Just starting out and have a ton of questions? Ask away in the comment section, I’m more than happy to help in any way I can.

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I’m Thankful for answered prayers

I’m Thankful for answered prayers

Have you ever prayed for something and your prayers were answered in the most amazing way?

I have! So on this 4th day of¬†#30DaysofPraise I have to share with you how awesome our God is and how if we truly trust him to answer our prayers when and how he feels is best for us, we’ll never doubt him.

It was just about 2 years ago I received a call from my son Shane saying that his ex-girlfriend called and told him that she was pregnant with his child. This didn’t really surprise me but I’ll be honest I was deeply saddened because I had this vision of my kids getting married THEN having children. I knew in my spirit that it was his baby even though there was some talk that it might not be.

Shane and her were not getting back together but the mom wanted me to be a part of the baby’s life so she sent me a friend request on Facebook and I was able to watch my grand baby grow within her belly.

Then one day she was not only not my friend she had blocked me. I was devastated! I called my son and I remember him saying something about him not wanting to be in his baby’s life and that he didn’t think it was even his. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. There were so many other rumors I heard but I just couldn’t listen to them.

So many emotions ran through me. How could my son just give up like that? How could he not step up to the plate and be the man I raised him to be? How could the mom just delete me with no explanation? You have to understand. My son has a heart of gold and swore all the time if he ever had a baby he would do everything for it. But, after my mom passed away my son changed. He put up a wall around his heart and has not let anyone else in. I’m in constant prayer for him and I KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that God will restore his heart and he will be the man of God he was created to be!!! but for now he is living for himself.

Well, my grand-daughter was born on May 20, 2011 and the only pictures I saw was when the mom would send pictures of her to my daughter Brianna. She was a spitting image of Brianna and there was NO denying she was my son’s daughter.

There were so many times I wrote a letter to the Mom, only to delete it and re write it. Looking back over the last 1 1/2 yrs. I can see how with each letter I wrote more healing came. Months would go by and when I went back into write again I would find that what I was feeling on the last note was gone and now something new was coming up to the surface.

It was a continual washing by the word of God! It was simply amazing!

About a month ago the mom requested me on Facebook again. I was soooo EXCITED that whole day because I knew God was working out a miracle right before my eyes. I quickly accepted her friend request and went through all the pictures of my beautiful Grand Daughter Orion. Oh she is just so precious and a true gift from God.

Then guess what happened???

The mom wanted me to meet Orion before they moved up to Virginia to live with my son Shane. So she came to visit this past weekend and stayed with us.

The whole weekend I just kept Praising God! Throughout the course of this walk I followed the Holy Spirit. I allowed myself to be led by God and not my emotions. Do you know how hard it was to sit back and do nothing? Knowing I have a grand-daughter out there that I should be a part of her life.

My grand daughter Orion

So many times we allow our emotions to rule us and what we feel should happen. When we do this we miss the opportunity of God working everything out for our good and HIS glory. This miracle had nothing to do with anything I did  because I never sent any of those letters. God never allowed me to, he never led me to, they were for my healing, for my growth and for my faith to grow.  I prayed God would allow me to be a part of my grand daughters life in his perfect timing and no matter what timing that would be I would trust him. This reminds me of the following scripture. I prayed

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6

I had the most amazing weekend getting to know my grand-daughter Orion and her Mommy. God couldn’t have chosen a better Mommy for her. I felt like she was one of my daughters and was so proud of the way she was raising Orion. Oh and Orion has the sweetest spirit and just makes me want to grab those chubby cheeks and squeeze them. I loved, hugged and kissed all over her. We went to the park and just enjoyed the time we had together.

My prayer for you today is that you would have the strength to follow the Holy Spirit no matter what he’s telling you to do. That you would be able to discern between your emotions and the Holy Spirit. That while waiting for your prayer to be answered in the open your faith would grow as well as your relationship with our heavenly father. In Jesus name – Amen!

Is there a prayer you’ve prayed in the secret place that God has answered openly for you? I’d love to hear all about it.