May 14, 2012

Monday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Job 18

Good Monday morning, SHINE girls! I hope your weekend was fabulous!

Mine started with an overnight date night in Atlanta with my Lem! We shopped in Atlanta, then dined at a yummy restaurant. Girls, it was heavenly.

Yes, I missed my little ones that evening, but it was so good to just soak up some face time with my incredible man. Did I say incredible? I meant INCREDIBLE man! (yes, i kinda like him.)

On our date night Friday night, I looked around at this crowded restaurant and felt a little bit like an alien. It is just so foreign to me to be out in the big city, away from all that is familiar to me. I told Lem that one night was just about all I could handle. 

I have to tell you, girls, that I felt a bit uneasy as we shopped that evening. Surrounded by men and women that just seemed a bit lost. When I say, "lost", I mean it in a very sincere and genuine way.

We passed women that made me blush because of the outfits they were wearing. Seriously, I wanted to put a hanky over Lem's eyes. It made me so uncomfortable.

The men were much the same, girls. Not necessarily in their dress, but in their attitudes and their demeanor. Very unconcerned with those around them, and forget about chivalry. Not a hint.

It made me sad. I felt like I was in another world. I actually prayed for all that passed by me. I prayed that each one would hear His Voice and be drawn to Truth.

Truth that still values discretion, humility, kindness, friendliness, love, and honoring those around us. 

I kept hearing the word, "Babylon".

Everywhere I turned, I would hear that word whispered in my ear. Girls, we are living in the 21st century Babylon. Truly, we are.

Babylon: 1A city or place of great luxury, sensuality, and often vice and corruption

We have gotten numb to it. It is a part of our every day lives. The "culture" that we live in. 


Babylon.

At one point, I saw a beautiful young mother. Her dress that she was wearing made me blush. Not a hint of discretion. She was dragging her little daughter behind her. The little girl was no more than 4 years old. 

It took my breath away. I wanted desperately to stop this young Mother and tell her how beautiful she was and that she did not need to show her body to win favor and approval from others. I wanted to tell her that her daughter was watching her, and would be walking in her footsteps in a very short time. 

Oh, girls. I was not judging her. I had compassion on her. I wanted to put a sweater on her little shoulders and nurture her. She probably had never been told that she was a pretty girl, or that her beauty comes from within. 

I immediately prayed for this mother. I then prayed for her daughter. 

I will never ever forget when my little girl, Presley, told me this: "Mommy, I watch you all of the time. Even when you think I don't see you."

Oh my goodness! How powerful are those words! (and a bit scary!)

Who is watching you today, sweet sisters?

Maybe you don't have daughters, maybe you have sons that are looking to you for an example of their future girlfriends and wives. Would you be proud if they chose someone like you?

Or maybe you don't have children, but I guarantee you some little eyes are watching your every move. They are desperately looking for an example to follow.


Let's examine our daily walk girls. Even when we think nobody sees us, somebody does. Always.

  • What kind of clothes are we wearing?
  •  What kind of books are we reading?
  •  What music are we listening to?
  •  What are we watching on television? 
  • How do our conversations sound to an outsider--especially ones with little ears?
  •  How do we treat our elders? 
  • Are we careful with the words that come out of our mouths?
  •  Do we say one thing, yet do another?
  • Are we hypocritical?
  • Are we truthful in all things?

I have learned a HUGE lesson with this very thing within the last year. My struggles with fear were set high on display for my children to see. I did not even think of how it may affect their little lives.(shuddering.) 

Oh, but you can be sure that the Lord shined His bright Love Light on me and convicted me of this.

He said, "Jill, they will walk where you walk. Make sure you are walking on a path that leads to Trusting Me and putting all of your Faith in Me. They will follow your path."

Talk about conviction! From that day forward, I have been on my spiritual toes around my little loves. They are watching my every move. (whoa!)

Girls, this is a big, big deal. We have the power to change this world if we start in our very own homes.

What we invest our time in, we will reap the fruit of. So, let's be sure it is something worthy of bearing the best fruit! 

What goes into our hearts and minds, will be poured back out to those around us.

For the good, or for the bad.

Let's only digest good things, girls! No, not just good things, but the BEST things! (Like the Word of God!)

Ask the Lord to open your eyes to any area of uncleanliness. It may be something that you are completely unaware of. The Lord will tell you. You can be sure of it. 

Father,

Purify our lives. We live in a modern day Babylon. Surrounded by lust, greed, selfishness, lies, and distortions. 

We refuse to believe these lies or buy into this Babylon world. We KNOW that you have given us the power to not live in bondage to this world. 

Father, open our eyes. Convict us where we need some tuning up. Let us be the ones that set the example for our little ones. If not us, then who will, Lord?

Fill us with your Power, Love, and Truth. Let purity be our destiny, Father. Not perfection, but purity of heart. Purity of our spirits.

Let us be the generation that refuses to buy into the Babylon lie. Let us be the generation that shows a better way. An everlasting way. 

We ask these things in the name of Jesus. 

Amen.



12 comments:

Lori I said...

Garbage IN Garbage OUT!!
LOVE this Jill. I love "what we invest our time in, we will reap the fruit of."
I have been feeling this exact way.
Thank you for this post this morning.

Lisa said...

Such a wonderful post Jill. So needed.

Samantha said...

AMEN!!!! Thank you for addressing this Jill!! I am praying that many SHINE girls are in a place to receive the message you are sharing! Love you friend!

Mary Hudgins Balicki said...

Thank you for this wise post. We have to think of the impact we make, for good and bad. Our daughters have a front row seat.
Help us to walk the high road, Lord.

Anonymous said...

As I sit here reading this, I know that God is speaking through you Jill. I am doubting so much in my life right now and I am losing the many reasons to endure. My beautiful daughter is a toddler, but I know that she sees me & how I live my life. Pray that I lean on God and his wisdom through this time in our lives.

Lisa said...

"the high road" - that's it exactly!!! love those words Mary. xoxo.

Anonymous said...

"Do not conform any longer 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." Romans 12:2

No matter how old we are when we finally get this, it will bring blessings and the best fruit into our lives. We cannot live "of" the world, even though we live in it. We MUST be strong and say no to the evil schemes of the enemy. Subtleness is his weapon. Let's all be on guard.

Jill Hill said...

Friend, you are blessed that God is showing this to you now with your daughter being so young. Many of us do not learn this truth until our children are grown and away from our homes. Continue reading God's word and you cannot help but to be transformed and changed. The fruit of your obedience will be more than you could ever have even dreamed of! :))

Stay strong and surround yourself with other women striving to live God's best and friends that will encourage you on this path. PRAY for these kind of friends! HE will provide! Trust Him to.

God gave you your daughter because HE KNEW you were the best momma for her. He knows what your future is, sweet girl. He chose YOU for HER. How incredible is that? :)

You cannot go wrong if you are reading His word, sweet friend. You are planting everlasting seeds...for you and your baby girl.

I am praying for you and your daughter. <3

love,

jill

Jill Hill said...

love you, Lori I!! "garbage in, garbage out"...LOVE!! <3

Erin G said...

I'm sad that you found Atlanta a bit lost. I moved to Atlanta after college and growing up in a small town. I found my way to a wonderful church that is spreading Christian love throughout the metro area. It is refreshing not to be held back by my history in my small town and church. I hope you and others experience the positive side to our big city next time. Thanks for the prayers - we need them for sure!!

Anonymous said...

Jill, I can relate as this once small town seems like a Babylon. The reason is because people here are not friendly, no matter how nice I am they seem to have an attitude, going through the grocery line with a Big Hello and smile is not received, in fact if they whisper a word in return I am yet to hear it. Mother's are a living example for their children as well as Father's and the entire family. Society has lower it's standards as to what they wear,say, and act. Nothing's worse than "Do as I say, don't do as I do." For certain it's easier to let that happen than to change ones self. 1 John 2:17 "And this world is fading away, and these evil, forbidden things will go with it, but whoever keeps doing the will of God will live forever."

Women Who Pray said...

I emailed you girl!! Loving what you've written today...same Holy Spirit...Woo Hoo!!

I've sent out to my Women Who Pray prayer warriors what the LORD game me Thursday...

Lines right up with this message...

If you'd like to have it...I'll email to you...I haven't placed it on any blog or website yet ... waiting from orders from the LORD!

The writing and sending to those who were here in my home Monday night...was a mandate...and I had a heavy weight until I sent it out...

Obedience always lightens the load! I'm taking the high road...and so thrilled to have so many on it with me...so different than my younger years as I climbed this mountain...

The Song Marching to Zion just came up in my Spirit...Yes, LORD!!!

Coming....

Love you!

Aunt Teddi

You can reach me on fb or website...and give me your email. :) <3