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Speak Life!

At 7 weeks, our little baby’s eyes, nose, mouth, and face are forming!

I’ve been thinking about the power of our words, and the prophetic declarations that we make every day without even realizing it.

God spoke the world into existence. Words are pretty powerful. We can speak life, or we can speak death.

There are times when Monkey runs head-first into the door-frame and I say, “that’s going to leave a mark.” Maybe I’m just stating the obvious, but it doesn’thave to bruise, so why speak that over her?

IMG_3496Last week, I woke up to discover Monkey had thrown up during the night. It was really more like spit-up – from a toddler. She had been sleeping in a little pile of food that was now matted into her hair and pjs and she wreaked like vomit. I cleaned it up, gave her a bath, and gave myself a bath. All the while thinking over and over, “this is so gross, I think I’m going to puke too.” Who knows, maybe whatever she has is contagious? Then I stopped myself. Is that really how I want to start my day? Declaring over and over, “I’m going to puke.” Our thoughts affect our beliefs, which in turn affect our behavior. If I dwell on it long enough, I probably would go throw up.

What’s in a Name?

Names are a prophetic declaration over someone’s destiny. A friend has a dog named Jezebel, and she is the most annoying dog that has ever lived. It’s a miracle no one has killed her yet. But her name is Jezebel, not Angela.

IMG_3493_2Naming our little Monkey was such a huge honor and responsibility. We proclaimed “this is who she will be.” Monkey is our new growth of worship, our little worshiper baby. She does love worship and has quite the diaper-swaying dance going on at church, and her own little sing-song hum.

Even at home, if we so much as mention music, Monkey points at the TV and looks for the remote. Because the only thing we use the TV for is streaming worship into our living room.

This week, at the YWAM Leaders Forum, Monkey discovered flags, and was running around during worship waving 24-inch sticks. It’s a terrible idea, but she hasn’t hurt anyone yet, and she loves it. How could I discourage my little worshiper from worshipping? (She just needs a lot of supervision).

IMG_3504Everyone commented on how much they love watching her, she makes everyone smile, and is the highlight of the conference. Which is great, because I didn’t know what I was thinking bringing a 19 month old to 3 full days of meetings, with no childcare.

Just think if I had named her Jezebel. We would all be having a very different experience right now.

The Power of Positive Thinking

The moment I knew Monkey existed, my first terrifying thought was, “she has to come out somehow.” There is no pain-less way out of this situation. I read a lot of great books about childbirth – the extreme ones talking about painless childbirth. I don’t know if that’s actually possible, but I do know the power of positive thinking. If I spent 9 months dreading this awful experience called birth, I’m sure it would live up to my expectations. Instead I took those negative thoughts captive, and pictured a wonderful, peaceful birth experience. My body was designed to do this, and I know I can do it. I’m strong, powerful, and in control. Yes it hurt, but afterwards, I felt like a super-hero. Did you see that? I just birthed a baby! I did it!

What declarations are you speaking over your life everyday?

Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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