I saw a photo recently of The "First Daughters" going to school. I saw their mom and then the entourage of secret service agents there to protect them from dangers seen and unseen. And rightly so mind you, their father just happens to be the leader of the free world. Their covering and protection is most certainly justified if I do say so myself. I thought to myself wow....they don't even realize that they are the most protected two little girls in the world. Or are they? What I mean is what makes my two daughters (or my boys for that matter) any less protected than Malia and Sasha? Sure, I understand that they have agents with major firepower and snipers on the roof of every building they walk in, but my girls have Secret Agent Mommy and the unmatched power of God...now that's some power right there. Mom's are in secret service mode all the time and usually the kids don't recognize it. You interrogate friends, teachers, ministry leaders, other parents, coaches, ballet instructors, siblings anything or anybody that will or may have contact with your child. You even ask your child questions that will give you the information you need. Like, "That new girl Casey, what church does she go to? What does her parents do? Where did you meet her? Where does she work? What are her grades like? What does she aspire to do? What does she know about you? What does she do when she is angry? Questions like these tell me plenty about a let's say a friend of my daughter and can lead to other questions for example:
Q: What church does she go to?
A: Bay Side Double Rock Baptist
Q: Is she saved?
A: Yes, and yes ma I asked her
(A no to this question would have led to a whole line of new questions, boundaries (to protect the child) and assignments to get her led to the Lord)
Q: Where does she work?
A: She doesn't work
Q: Does she volunteer anywhere?
Q: So how does she pay for her hair appts and cell phone bill?
(This could mean you are dealing with someone lazy(no motivation to take care of themself) spoiled(parents or other family members pay for everything with no accountability to earn it) and/or selfish (since they have free time and don't even use that to give to their community, church or shelter etc..) you can imagine that they are pretty wrapped up in their needs and don't regulary think about the needs of others.) Or worst case scenario she could be with a seedy, dealing young man who "pays" for her extracurriculum activities.
I think you get my point here.
As a Secret service agent mom...I watch EVERYTHING and forget VERY LITTLE. I remember who my children can count on and who they can't. I remember who doesn't set a good example and who does. I see which friends scramble to turn down inappropriate music when they see me coming. I know what family members are good for them to learn from and which ones are not. I go through drawers, bags, under beds, in clothes pockets, under matresses, anywhere I please at any given time, for any given reason or no reason at all. I'm the mom and understand this clearly: no non-rent paying child has privacy in my home except that which is allowed when I (or my husband) deem it so at that particular time. So, if its not supposed to be there...don't bring it in my house. If I see it, and its outta order, it goes in the garbage no warning, no explanations...I don't have time. Your protection is at stake and I am doing my job.
Some parents have a problem with "evading personal space" I don't have that as an issue. There is no such thing. I have been raising children over 20 years, trust someone with a clue and experience-TRUST YOUR INSTINCT!! That's what makes you a great "agent". Now couple that with the Power of God and you are unstoppable. God will give you insight, creative ideas and that "gut" something that leads you into what you should do next.
So the 1st daughters are pretty well covered and I pray for their protection often, but I also know that my kids may not have security driving them to school or black suit ear piece wearing guards at everyturn....but they are protected. and protected,well. The bible even teaches that God will set angels to be in charge over you. My kids angels must be cream of the crop. I have seen them delivered out of some messes that you would'nt believe. I have seen God tell me things and show me things that have helped them and saved them from foolishness.
earpieces in (listen to your child, listen to God about your child, listen to people with experienced wisdom as to what to do with your child, listen to those who love your child tell you about your blind spot concerning them)
dark shades on(to increase your ability to see when everyone else may be blinded, look at everything....watch what they are watching, read what they are reading)
gun ready and loaded (set the parameters, put up the boundaries and fire when they (or those around them) go to far and shoot to kill! Kill everything negative that comes against them, kill negative thoughts that they have, kill influences from others who are, well, stupid- kill misconceptions about who they are and what they can do)
Secret Service agent always reporting for duty!