In this message, Lisa shares a reality for believers. We live in the world but are not supposed to look like it. In fact, we are called to look like Jesus. The earlier your child understands this Kingdom principle, the less heartbreak they will encounter trying desperately to fit in.
CHILD, YOU DON’T FIT IN
This was such a fun podcast to do with my friends Steve and Lorraine Ewert Box.
Seasons are so important. If you walk out the door in your swimsuit when it is -3 below, you will suffer. If you attempt to plant in the scorching heat, you will not reap a harvest. We have personal spiritual seasons, as well as corporate seasons. We must discern our season; there is a time for everything in its proper time. A friend reached out about the heaviness all around her and said, “I just want breakthrough!” I asked her from what, and she said, “Everything.” I told her I didn’t think that was the right position. I honestly do not believe breakthrough in the form of world peace is coming. I think God wants us to find our PEACE, JOY, and AUTHORITY in the midst of the chaos because we are in a purifying and strengthening season. The heat, pressure, and tension so many feel is the purification process of the Lord. Lies, wrong mindsets, hurts, offenses, wounds, trauma, false beliefs, doubt, fear, etc., are coming to the surface in the midst of the squeeze. If we do not understand this, we will MANAGE the uncomfortable season and come out the same. Yet the purpose is to purify. Don’t say NO to the season; KNOW the season. You CAN have peace, joy, and hope, but it comes from the process, not hoping circumstances become light and easy again.
I believe in honoring my leaders and being part of the solution instead of just opening my mouth to tear people down. HOWEVER, there are some public people who are not making me feel very safe or relaxed. Their words are fear-producing. My go-to in this process has been whenever I read, see or hear something that ignites worry or fear to STOP, take that thought captive and begin to declare who God is over that person. I have a mental picture of certain public figures who feel big and scary, but they are like two-year-olds to God. I declare over this person that while they may be really LOUD right now, God is not moved by their need to control.
Psalm 118:6 – “The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
Psalm 146:3 – “Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.”
Give it a try. Instead of picturing certain voices as BIG, picture them in relation to GOD!
I am intentional to guard against idle busyness. I have no problems saying NO to something when I am in the midst of a battle. I try to lie down at least once daily, even for five minutes. Some days I have to focus on my breathing and be intentional about breathing in peace, breathing out stress and worry.
Parents, you are not powerless to help your child! You might need some additional tools, but you are not powerless. Nothing is wrong with you that your child is screaming out for help. Let’s get you some more tools so that you can go after these issues in childhood.
I tell people often, “Do you pray to be filled by God? Pray for hunger because people that are full become content and lazy. Hungry people will do whatever it takes to be fed.”
I have a message specifically for YOU. I love history and ponder what it would be like to be in other people’s shoes. I think about Pearl Harbor and what that must have been like to wake up to the instant chaos of the bombings. Or the pioneer families who braved the west fighting the wilderness. Or the women who knew their husbands were on the ground during 911. We learn the facts of history but do not often hear the stories.
Pioneer – a person who is among the first to explore or settle in a new country or area.
Precious pioneer moms, you have just walked through our future’s history. The year 2020 will be recorded in our children’s children’s history books, and you were the woman who endured, fought fear, and cared for her family in the midst. I see the sweat on your brow, matted hair, and dusty clothes, but you DID IT! You pioneered in new territory. As a spiritual mom, mentor, and leader, I bless you in the name of Jesus for the grace and call on your life for such a time as this. God knew the day you were knit together in your mother’s womb that you would be alive today for this hour. Everything you have endured and walked through was part of your training ground for this season. You have walked through something no other person in history has EVER endured – not ever. You have plowed new ground and are still standing.
I want you to stop for a moment today and ponder how challenging this past season has been for you, specifically as a mother. It has required something of you that demanded you to dig deep and find your footing in the midst of gale-force winds and turbulent waters. Yet, you did it. You are still in the game. The favor of God is upon you, and many of you can say your family is stronger, more solid, and more deeply connected than ever before. Put your hand on your heart and repeat these words “(NAME), I bless you. I see how hard it has been for you as a mother in this season, but you did it, and I am so proud of you.” Ask, “Jesus, will You please show me what You see when You look at me?”
No child profits from a parent who is worn out, exhausted, and has reached their capacity to give.
At the end of each lesson in our JOURNEY online class, there is a single question to answer. Most answers are very deep and express what is happening inside their hearts. Every once in a while, I get one that is short and sweet but so powerful. Like this one: “Woah! I needed this lesson BAD! I just received so much healing in my heart. My views were so skewed.”
Skewed means distorted in a way that is regarded as inaccurate, unfair, or misleading. When God shows you where you have wrong beliefs or thoughts about who He is and aligns you with His truth, you will receive a flood of healing.
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Be kind to the first child God gave you – yourself. You will be accountable for how you treat, accept, reject, love, scold, champion, deny, uphold, tear down, believe in, deny or embrace that child. God is fiercely protective and crazy in love with that child; you should be too!