I know that my role as a mom carries the responsibility to practice what I preach. To instill my children with values that will last for a lifetime. A legacy based on God’s principles. You know, Parenting 101, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
No pressure, right?
Well, what happens when your children do and say things that teach you a lesson? A spiritual lesson in an indirect kind of way – as if God ordained that very time and moment to allow His Holy Spirit to speak to your heart. And there’s no “as if.” God ordains every time and moment!
Today (July 31, 2019) while I was in the kitchen brewing my coffee, Roman hurried down the stairs calling, “Mo-meeeeee?!” I hear the inflection in his voice which gives a heads up that he is in need or something is up. I wait patiently for the unknown, because who knows what it could be. I’m hoping Zoë hasn’t coated herself in lotion or something equally drastic.
Roman dashes to my office where the lamp is left on, but no me – an empty office. He sees me in the kitchen standing there waiting for him, and says, “Mommy, we don’t want to lose power or else the power will die.”
I started to think, “I did leave the lamp on in my office, but while I make a quick cup of coffee. Do I harp about the lights being on to make him say this? I may have talked about conserving energy, but not aggressively…” Insert shoulder shrug and a light bulb moment.
His comment stirred something in me that needed to be stirred, ignited something dormant.
Roman walked in the kitchen where I was standing and said it again in a different way that I can’t recall. I responded, “You’re right, Roman?” thinking to myself, “This kid is brilliant!”
Just as quickly as he came down, he bounced back up the stairs. Maybe my little Energy Ball had something to say to me and forgot, but maybe, and I am convinced, God used him as a messenger to share something that encouraged me.
Immediately I went to my office and wrote, “We don’t want to lose power or else the power will die,” on my dry erase board. When your children say things worth remembering whether funny or deep with meaning you almost always forget to write it down. This moment warranted documentation.
I then texted my husband:
Roman called for me and I wasn’t’ in my office. Lamp was left on. He found me in the kitchen and said this (picture) – such a spiritual message. Power of the Word, talents, gifts, abilities. Not sure why it spoke to me, but WOW. And maybe he forgot to come and tell me what he wanted to initially say, but he went back upstairs: You don’t want to lose power or else the power will die.
Power of God’s Word, power of my talents, gifts, and abilities…
This is what resonated with me when Roman made that statement.
How do we lose “The Power”? Are we operating in worthless power, power with no purpose?
We know God’s Word, but do we speak it when trials come into our lives or into the lives of others who need to hear, “…count it all joy when ye fall into diver temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing,” (James 1:2-4 | KJV).
We have talents, gifts, and all sorts of abilities, but are we using it for God’s glory or even at all?
The lamp was on in my office, but for what purpose? Just simply costing me a few pennies in electricity.
No matter the cost, there was a price to pay for using the power that served no purpose.
I had to be reminded of Roman’s message just this week (continue reading on how God works):
During a quick grocery run to Aldi, this lady noticed Roman rubbing his eyes and said, “Oh baby, don’t rub your eyes too hard. You can damage your pupils” My attention diverted to her and Roman as she then explained to Roman what pupils were when he asked. I smiled and said, “Thank you. His allergies are bothering him,” and then I mentioned something about his asthma being triggered by allergies, which is why he is on daily meds. Why I proceeded to let this lady in on the intel of my son’s health was not apparent until this happened.
She responded to me as we walked side by side down the aisle of the frozen section and said, “What you need to do is pray over him every night, anoint him, and believe God for a healing from this asthma. Ask my son, he’s 38 years old and can testify that he was healed from asthma at the age of 15.”
Then she said, “You see, we got the power. We just don’t use it.”
It was a drop the mic moment.
I nodded my head in agreement while trying to focus yet I am giving this lady a glazed look or so it seemed because I am shocked. I could have just stopped and sat on the floor of the Aldi to let this all sink in.
She had no idea that on July 31, 2019, God spoke to me through Roman and here I am again being reminded of my power in Him, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I do not want to lose my power in Him and the talents, gifts, and abilities He gave me. Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that death and life are in the power of the tongue.
Stay tuned to next week, part two, on how to apply God’s Word to conquer death over the power in our talents, gifts, and abilities.