Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! (must read)
Children are a gift from God. I love my family. I am grateful to the Lord for blessing me with a great woman. This woman (my wife) has birth to me two girls and one boy. I want to share a conversation I had with my oldest girl (6 years old) that I hope will encourage you to continue to teach your children about what true Christianity is about. Many Christian parents would have been disturb if their child had brought up the conversation you are about to read. Read it like you would a play. Before you start reading our conversation I want to say “thank you (sarcastically) to Memphis City Schools (MCS) for what my daughter is learning from the pagans in your school system. You are making sure that we train our child in the way of the Lord. You make Family devotion very interesting. We don’t struggle to figure out what to teach as your system is full of teachable moments? We love you for that. We were thinking about taking our daughter out of your system but find that that would be the easy thing to do. So, we have decided to teach her and our other two, how to be salt and light.
Mr and Mrs Mondonico Williams
Mykenzie: Me and Mary Ann are the “hottest” girls in class. Me: HOT! now what does that mean? Mykenzie: I don’t know but don’t you wish your girlfriend was “HOT” like me. DON’T YOU WISH UR GIRLFRIEND WAS FREE LIKE ME (singing over & over). Me: (no words just waiting on the Lord for wisdom) Mykenzie: I like Jett. Me: (still no words just waiting on the Lord 4 wisdom while looking dumbfounded) Mykenzie: I think he is cute with his little self. He is this tall (her hand comes to her waist displaying his height). He is as tall as a pre-schooler. Me: (wisdom has arrived) So tell me more about him. Mykenzie: he has blond hair and blue eyes and a nice tan! Me: oh! (looking real dumbfounded, a tan? What does she know about a tan) So why do you like him? Mykenzie: because I think its cool that he is in 1st grade and that short. Me: (jealousy has arrived) So…do u like him more than me? Mykenzie: of course not dad. I can’t like him like that, I’m too young for that and plus he is too short for me. Me (as the shout music plays in my head) aw ok…..
Lesson learned: Wait on the Lord for wisdom (i didn’t look for a scripture but if you got one feel free to post it). Always be lead by the Holy Spirit as He will lead and guide you into all truth (John 16:13). We did not get a manual on “How to raise children” from the hospital when our children were born. But we do have biblical one on how to raise them.
I had a good friend ask me yesterday how is life at home. I told him all is well. He said, “man I don’t know how you do it…balance a wife two kids, a newborn, work, and school.” Well, I’ll tell you how I do it. There are 3 people groups that keep me focused, even when I want to give up. My family (mainly my children) this people group sees me day in and day out. They believe that God has given them to me priest prophet, and provider. My supporters (financial) this people group are those that believe that God has given me an assignment and believe in the training that I am receiving. Last, but not lest, the harvest (God’s elect) this people group are those who my gift and training will be used to edify and equip. So, that’s how I do it. I know that my life no longer belong to me (Gal 2:20).
God has definatly shined on the Williams household. On Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm, My wife (LaToshia) gave birth to a health little girl, who is our third child, and second daughter. We named her Mykilei Charis Williams. Her name is pronounced Mu-ky-lee, which means God has show or is showing. Her middle name, Charis, is the greek word for grace. So, when you put it all together, her name means “God has show or is showing us grace”. I love it! LaToshia and Mykilie are doing very well and are home resting. Mykenzie and Kylen are the best big sister and brother anyone could ask for. They have received Mykilei with open arms (literally)! Thanks for your prayers.
As I sat in an expository seminar today, I heard Dr. Ted Traylor teach the word of God today from Malachi 2:1-6. The title of his message was “The Church Needs Spiritual Leaders”. True spiritual leader are those who are born again believers in Jesus Christ’s birth, death on the cross, his resurrection, and that He is God incarnate. As a spiritual leader in God’s Grad-School of Greatness, I’m constantly reminded of some of the “great” leaders of the bible, church history, and our time has messed up. These guys have not only messed up their lives, but the lives of all the people around him. Moreover, these guys have not only disgrace themselves, but most importantly, disqualified themselves as spiritual leaders. With all of the mistake that have been made on the part of spiritual leaders, I’m comforted in the scripture found in 1 Corinthians 9:27, …I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. It is my heart’s desire not to be disqualified due to the rejection of God’s grace resonating in my life. There is nothing more that concerns me more than the realization that I am not exempt from falling from grace.
Will you let your prayer for me and all of the spiritual leaders around the world be that: True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me [God] in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity (Malachi 2:6). Please pray that God make this scripture real in my life and those that serve you as spiritual leaders.
I want to be found not only in a pulpit, a stage, or big conferences preaching the word of God, but on the streets, in the remote parts of other countries, in the hood with the lost telling them about Jesus.
When God calls me home, let it be said that there was a man named Mondonico Williams, who was not the light bore witness of the “LIGHT”. True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity.
This year marks a special move of God in my life. Since January 2009, I have consistently seen the hand of God on my life. The bible says that God will supply all of your need, and that He has done. Every financial need that we have had, God has met the need. It all started with support raising for a mission trip to the Philippines. Last week, I needed funds to pay for seminary tuition (I am working on a Masters of Divinity). I needed the funds on the 15th but only got $500 (scholarship). Then on the 17th, I got a check for $660, on the 18th I got another check in the mail for $330, and on the 19th I got a check for $1200. In four days God supplied the need. I am raising support for my residency training. God blessed me to raise 53% of my support in 33 days, he has supplied us with GOOD health insurance. Now for those of you that are apposed to the “prosperity gospel”, please hear me out. By no means am I am I teaching prosperity (so don’t go calling the The-Pos [Theology Police] on me), but what I am teaching is TRUST. The prosperity message says, “If you put in you will get out.” TRUST says, “I’m taking my hands off and allowing God to put His hand in.”
This summer we were dedicated to ensuring our children learned to swim. Well, one day I attempted to teach them to float on their backs. One child, although very hesitant, allowed me to hold them up and let them go. This child kept repeating “daddy I trust you”, daddy I trust you”. As I released them, they floated, but then slowly began to sink. I quickly prevented them from sinking and repeated the process. The repetition built this child’s trust in me. Well, one would think that after witnessing this process, the other child would have had their trust built. As I attempted to repeat this process, I was met with opposition. Our other child would not lay on their back. They refused to allow me to hold them up. They saw the first child’s experience, but would not trust me to hold them. Even after hearing me express my deepest love for them, they would not trust me. How many of us are like my child. We see and experience the Father’s love and daily provision for us but totally fail to trust him.
Abram had that problem in Genesis 12:10. He trusted God to show him but when times got hard, he reverted to what he (Abram) knew. I too was like my child, afraid to trust my God. Could it be that our trust is somehow linked to our obedience? Proverbs 3:5 says ”Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” It amazes me how God will so Himself BIG in one’s life when we submit, obey, and trust Him. I have personally found that the way in which God wants to use me for his glory is far better than the way I wanted to be used. I wanted to be a “tent making” preacher, but God wants me to be a “trust Him making-a-way” preacher (you get the picture!). I love Him! His ways are not ours nor His thoughts our thoughts.
LaToshia is reading a book called Grace Based Parenting. She highly recommends that I read it as well. I haven’t got a chance to read it as I have had my head in other great reads. As many of you know, I feel apart of my calling is to equip families. Well Engage Memphis is hosting a preview with Dr Tim Kimmel (the author of Grace Based Parenting) on August 28 and 29. This is going to be a great event. The actual event will be held October 30 & 31. Check out the link for more info. http://www.engagememphis.org/
I need you to survive! This statement is so true for the one that has not been presented the gospel of Jesus Christ. They need you and I, as we are going to teach them about our Savior. This clip reminds me of my time living in Hawaii and Japan worshipping with people from “most” nations. I say most because I am certain all nations weren’t represented. Watch the clip and know that Jesus came to redeem “ALL NATIONS” (Matthew 28:19).