He was saved as a young man, with his mother, a lioness, praying with him beside his bed one night.  She thought, that with their Amen, life would be easy.

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But life is never easy especially when the Lord drapes his mantle over such young shoulders.


The young, sometimes they run. The prodigal trying to escape his own design, when the call of the world, the lust of the heart contrasts the Love of the Designer.


Drugging himself to silence a wooing that loves greater than the anger that comes from desire unfulfilled.


Long nights of a mother still praying beside a bed once warm with a little one that was full of hope, life, potential.  Prayers asking God to keep him from the grave, to keep him from death until salvation was realized.


The years go past as the prayers of a mother wrestle with the wilds of a prodigal.  Wrestling against principalities, and wickedness set on the high places.


A machete made of truth and Word, taken to the carvings made by human hands and wood. A machete, in the hands of a warrior-mom, a ruthless lioness, who is ready to devour any enemy to protect her child, is a thing to be feared by demons and human alike, because the Lord Jehovah goes before her in the battle!


In 2014 my heart hears the Lord calling, to prepare for his coming.  I am beginning with me and my household. As important it is to choose carefully the school our children attend, which denomination we wear on our shirt like a name tag, or even what Bible verses we can quote, we must first make sure we and our children are walking with the Lord in Salvation.


I have seen so many children grow up in the church and never understand salvation.  And when they are older, they walk away.


This year, my prayer is for people to find the Salvation of the Lord. For it to become real in their lives and not just a religious ritual of insignificance.


“Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for you brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” (Nehemiah 4:14)


Linking today with Lisa-Jo Baker and the five-minute-friday gang.


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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