Category Archives: Christian Parenting

Abba’s Fathers Reign!

My Dearest Royal Readers:

You and I just celebrated our Fathers, whether natural, spiritual, adopted or simply respected as such, and the significant role they walk out in our lives.  I pray that you had a wonderful Fathers Day Weekend.  I thank God that I did as a result of spending quality time with my natural Father, Elder Horace L. Owens, on Saturday at a gospel stage production in Baltimore, MD featuring Gospel Legendary Artist, Twinkie Clark, and my “baby” brother, Andre Owens, on keyboards (the most anointed Kingdom Keyboardist and Percussionist that I know; for bookings, e-mail: pianoismygift@gmail.com). 

Pastor Joel R Peebles Sr of City of Praise Church

Pastor Joel R Peebles Sr.

On Fathers Day, I had a blessed time with my Spiritual Father, Pastor Joel R. Peebles, Sr. and our City of Praise Church  Family at Lake Arbor Golf Course in MD, at our “Praise in the Park” Sunday worship service.  I don’t know if you know our story as a church family, but we are living proof that a church is not a building, but on the contrary, surely indeed God’s church is within the hearts and souls of His sons and daughters! Since the transition to glory of his mother (our beloved Apostle Mom, Dr. Betty P. Peebles) in 2010, I’ve witnessed my Pastor love in the midst of hurt, stand tall under enormous pain and pursue God purposefully to keep our church family unified and focused on winning souls to Jesus Christ which is our reasonable service and God’s key mandate on our lives as Christians.  I’m so proud to be spiritually covered and developed by such awesome servant leadership!

My Daddy & Daughter Darnaya

 What a blessing to still have my (natural) Daddy here on earth to spend time with as well as to glean love and wisdom from!  I thank God daily for he and my mother being such loving, giving and praying parents which has caused me to be the same way as a parent to my children.  I also thank God for the spiritual and surrogate/self-adopted fathers in my life such as Pastor Joel who continue to pour greatness into my life even as an adult woman. 

In the midst of celebrating fathers on this past Saturday’s BlogTalkRadio Show, I was impacted all over again by the significance of the ultimate – our Heavenly Father – reigning in our lives as His creation.  Without Abba God as the head of our lives and the center of our joy, we can do nothing.  In fact, without Abba God, we’d fail.  My personal celebration of Fathers Day went a great deal higher on Saturday when Abba’s powerful Spirit rested upon our heads and hearts as humble hosts of the show.  I was reminded all over again how much Abba loves us, cares for us, covers us, provides for us, and exercises His free-will grace to use us for His absolute glory. 

Gospel Recording Artist, Sonny Rivera

Gospel Recording Artist, Sonny Rivera

As special guest on “The Son & Daughter of Christ Speak” BlogTalkRadio Show, Gospel Recording Artist and Worship Leader, Sonny Rivera, poured out from the heart of Abba into us a transformational Message to men from Genesis Chapters 16-17.  Additionally, my fellow BTR Host, Min. Darren A. Davis, complimented Bro. Sonny’s Message with God-inspired revelation that just took our show and all who were tuning in to another Holy Ghost level!  My NYC Homeboy and Kingdom Bro. Sonny is an awesome Worship Musician, Leader and Artist; you truly want to purchase his CD entitled “Finally,” that will bless your worshipping soul!  I can’t wait for his new CD to release!  I also encourage you to take a listen to our “Royal Fathers Day Show 2012” for yourselfIn fact, share the link with anyone you know who needs a healing from Abba as son or daughter. Listen on iTunes by searching my name or copy and paste the link below:   http://www.Blogtalkradio.com/darnellamoore/2012/06/16/candid-kingdom-conversation-bw-sons-daughter   

Salvation isn’t about being religious, but more importantly, about being in a personal relationship as child with your Heavenly Father through the Lord Jesus Christ.  Furthermore, salvation isn’t about your name being on any man’s or denomination’s membership roll (although fellowship is important), but soul salvation is all about you being a Son or Daughter of God/Christ.  Therefore, I humbly encourage you to return home (spiritually) to Abba by yielding your life back to Him and accepting Him as Savior.  He is waiting just for you – His special possession. 

The Sons of Christ LogoAbba God is a Father Who will never leave, nor forsake you; He will be with you until the end, through the thick and the thin.  As Bro. Sonny’s soon-to-be-released worship song entitled “Regardless” that we played on the show says, “Regardless of where you’ve been or what you’ve done, He – Jesus – loves you!” 

And so do I! Royal Bro. Darren and I thank you so much for lifting our BTR Show to over 8,300+ listens to spread the Love and healing of our Daddy God all over the world! Know that I, along with our entire Royal Society Family of The Sons & Daughters of Christ, are praying for you! Abba is drawing His children back home to Him and we are so honored to be a part of His endtime Evangelistic Movement!!!

Loving You Always,
Your Sister Darnella

P.S. Kingdom Sisters in Tampa, FL, I’m coming to launch The Daughters of Christ Soarority’s newest chapter in your area on June 30, 2012 at the Chase Suite Hotel, 8:30am. You are welcome to join me to witness the induction of our Tampa Royal Soarors as well as to receive an outpouring of DaddyGod’s Love and healing from all of us! E-mail: dsocflorida@gmail.com for more information.

Reflections of My Motherhood Journey

Darnaya and I at her UMD Graduation '08On August 1, 1986, God blessed me to become a mother when my firstborn, Darnaya (who is now 25 years old and a mother of two herself), came into the world in Brooklyn, NY.  My life instantly became greater not only in responsibility, but in blessings.  Darnaya was indeed quite a gift to behold and so she is to me today: She is and has been such a wonderful daughter to me.  For that, I’m truly grateful to God and thankful to her.  She has blessed me to become a “Glam-Mommy” of two beautiful Grand-Princesses – who I’ll focus on tomorrow in my Mother’s Day Weekend Blogging reflections.   Darnaya, Mommy and I at my RU Graduation 2008

Surprisingly 13 years later on March 26, the Lord granted me another priceless gift when my baby boy, DaSean (13 years old) came into the world in the presence of my self-adopted 2nd Mom, Susan, my GodMother Earlene, and DaSean’s GodMother Ronda (his Dad’s Navy ship was in Spain at the time of his birth although we videotaped the memories).  Talk about being ecstatic to have a son – and my excitement has only increased over the years:  DaSean keeps me moving and shaking in activities, like football, that I’d never dreamed I’d learn to enjoy or even understand for that matter (LOL).  Remember, I was adjusted to being a “Girly Mom” attending dance classes and fashion shows (smile).  Now, I’ve become a sports fanatic and I’m loving it!  I thank God that as a single-Mom to DaSean, we are surrounded by an entire village of God-fearing, family-oriented and successful-minded men within our family, church and community who pour into DaSean’s life tremendously.  As a result, he is a fine young man (with “Godly Swag,” as one of my Royal Soaror Sisters recently described him) and is continuously maturing to become a fine gentleman in the future.  He is my present drummer/percussionist and future airpilot and NFL #1 Draft Pick! “Go, DaSean, I’m supporting you all the way!!!”

“Heavenly Father, I thank You for blessing me with two beautiful children to call my own, although I know they, first and foremost, belong to You. Continue to cover them with Your Love, wisdom, strength and guidance so they can continue to be blessed themselves and a blessing to others.”

DaSean recently fitted for his 1st men-sized suit“Darnaya and DaSean, thank you for being the priceless gifts that give me a reason to celebrate and be called to the beautiful role of “MOTHER.”

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND 2012!

In His Love Always,
Darnella

Single-Parenting with God the Father

Our God is an awesome God; He reins as Lord forever and ever! When everyone and all else fails, our heavenly Father remains faithful to provide for us according to His riches in glory! Hallelujah, hallelujah!

I had to begin this blog posting with a praise break as I think of the recent help God the Father has sent towards my son, DaSean, and I. God proved Himself as ultimate Father to me as a child growing up in a single-parent home and continues to do so for me as a single-mother today. My mother couldn’t have made it without God raising four children singlehandedly; we as parents—whether married or single—continue to need Him now as our total source and resource.  He is the ultimate Co-Parent that we need to help us through the journey of parenting the beloved children whom He has blessed us with.

Yesterday, I woke up facing a financial shortage to meet the needs of DaSean’s extracurricular activities, but by the end of the day, God had provided everything I prayed and believed Him for. While at his first official football practice of the season on last evening, I lovingly watched he and his teammates practice as well as admired how DaSean himself gave his all to football. I also experienced sadness that his father was not present to witness or support one of the most exciting days of our son’s life—his first day of pursuing the sport of football. Looking around and seeing all the proud Dads was bittersweet for me as a single-mother: On the one hand, I was happy for the boys who were blessed with a father’s active presence in their lives and homes, while on the other, I was sad for mine who wished his dad was there for him on his special day.  It may be easier for one parent to accept the absence of another due to no choice or circumstance of their own such as death, but it’s hard to understand how a parent can willingly disconnect themselves from their own child.

Non-custodial and absentee parents who are guilty of this unfortunate crime, I pray that you will yield to and allow God to heal, touch and move in your life in such a way that you’ll be moved into active participation in the lives of your own child(ren) given to you by Him.
          ~ The Daughter of Christ

As I often do when I’m feeling low or frustrated, I called my Mom during my lunch hour, who could not only relate to my experience as a single-mother, but also to my hurt and pain as a woman. Thank God for great, dedicated and God-fearing Moms! Mommy immediately encouraged me to stand tall, trust God, and know that He is working it all out for DaSean’s greater good. He, DaSean’s ultimate Father, would not fail nor leave or forsake him. Mommy prayed with me (I thank God for a praying mother) and I instantly began to feel better.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.  
          ~ 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

Later that evening upon our return from football practice, I received a Twitter message from Judge Glenda G. Hatchett extending an open invitation to join her via teleconference to discuss the topic of single-parenting. I’d just connected with her a few days prior through Twitter direct message congratulating her on such an awesome interview and her newly-founded organization, Parent Power Now, after viewing her on CNN. I had no plans of ever communicating with Judge Hatchett again, nor had any expectations of her responding to me, but she did so immediately. I was absolutely stunned by her graciousness especially since she probably hadn’t even left the Atlanta CNN studios yet. What display of love, humility and connectedness! A true reflection of our heavenly Father.

I was honored and excited about the opportunity to join her teleconference, but I was also exhausted and emotionally drained from the day’s events. The Holy Spirit immediately spoke to my “no,” and instructed me to say “yes,” to Judge Hatchett’s invitation. I had five minutes before the teleconference began and several tasks to complete before bedtime, but I obeyed God and called in. At the end of the teleconference, I was so glad that I did! Hearing Judge Hatchett’s love, wisdom, inspiration, and candid transparency as a fellow single-parent (which I had no idea she was one) spoken to myself and others was a healing balm in Gilead that responded to my exact need at that exact moment as a single-mother. I cried during the teleconference and thereafter realizing that God had, yet again, supplied all my need (even emotionally) according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Surprisingly, through a source where I least expected it—one of my prominently successful Kingdom Sisters who I’d never imagined connecting or communicating with in life.  Iron truly sharpens iron.

For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.
          
~ 2nd Corinthians 4:18

Part of my vision for The Daughters of Christ, Inc. (Sorority) is to minister to the needs of single-parents and their children. Upon Judge Hatchett’s Twitter invitation to join her movement to uplift the lives of parents through her organization Parent Power Now, I realized that God was connecting the dots of His Kingdom Children and bringing us together to fulfill His service initiatives in the world one community at a time. God has given His Daughter, Judge Hatchett, the mantle, the vision, and the ability to address the needs of parenting issues. This responds to The Daughters of Christ Sorority’s vision to do the same: Our organization can and will collaborate with our Kingdom Sister Judge Hatchett’s vision to provide the parenting support and dialogue that we as mothers and fathers so desperately need, yet often lack. Therefore, I’m humbly asking the Kingdom Sisters & Royal Sorors within the sphere of my influence (who are parents) to join the Parent Power Now movement by building a profile at www.parentpowernow.com as I’ve done. Also, please join my Group, The Daughters of Christ Sorority, within her website.

My fellow single-parents, be encouraged and know that God is available 24 hours a day to meet you and your children’s needs. All you have to do is give Him the lead to do so by making Him Lord of your life. He is the best Co-Parent that you could ever hope to have and the most Loving Father any child could ever dream of. He is our Father, our Daddy, our Lord. He is mine—and He is your’s. Allow Him take the wheel of your life’s journey to drive you and your children towards victory in every area of your lives.

I’m praying for you and trust that you too, are praying for me. Your heavenly Daddy loves you and your babies and so do I!

Purposefully Yours, Your Sister Darnella
The Daughter of Christ

Radio Show: Loving Family Back Together Again”

Evangelist DarnellaToday’s radio show ministered to the hearts of family members individually, as well as the family unit corporately. God has a master plan and design for your family that the enemy does not want to materialize. Hence, is the reason for some of the warfare, division, arguments, and wounds that have surfaced amongst family members (mothers against daughters, nieces against aunts, uncles against brothers, etc.). And although the Word of God speaks of family division in the end times, He also speaks of healing, wholeness and togetherness as the answer.

Love is the key ingredient to forgivess. It is the power to forgive and extend grace to one another that will begin the healing process for you and your family.

The main Scriptures on todays show for your reading/studying pleasure: Ecclesiates 4:9-12, Luke 17:1-4, Matthew 18:21, Proverbs 10:12, Philippians 3:13, Psalm 119:157-160, 1Peter 2:21-23, 1Samual 12:23, Matthew 5:44 and Romans 12:19-21).

Be blessed by this audio and please e-mail me your comments at thedaughterofchrist.gmail.com. Click “Favorite” if this BTR show is blessing you and keep me upifted as I share His Love unconditionally.

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Weeping May Endure For A Night…

A couple of weeks ago, one of my (blood) sisters were visiting our home in Brooklyn, NY to celebrate her birthday when she called me with the most horrific news that instaneously turned her trip from being a joyous occasion to a saddened one: A friend of mine had lost his 25-year-old son to gun violence leaving a 2-year-old daughter behind and one on the way in a few months. I was absolutely devasted!

I felt the pain of not only my friend (that I haven’t seen since moving away from home after college), but as a parent with two children of my own. How was my friend getting through this devastating loss of a child? At that moment, I just simply could not imagine. It made me love and appreciate all over again the two children that God has temporarily loaned to me. On the contrary, it also made me hate and abhor the gun violence our world is experiencing especially amongst the (my) African-American community’s males. As I spoke to my sister over the telephone, I was thinking, yet another family and community grieving the loss of a son gone too soon; yet another mother’s, father’s, sister’s, brother’s heart broken into pieces. My question still lingers… Why? Will somebody please tell me why?

My family and I have personally endured the grief of loosing young loved ones to gun violence. Sadly, there are few African-American families whom have not been touched (or at least know someone in their midst who have been touched) by this cruel social ill. I’ll never forget viewing my young cousins’ lifeless bodies (three to be exact–two of which were brothers killed a few years apart) in a still casket and thinking, “we were supposed to grow old together.” Anytime I hear of death by gun violence, it resurfaces my own personal painful experience all over again causing me to do what I did back then: Run into the arms of my Jesus and lay my grieving weights completely on Him!

Thank God for His Word that I read and embraced as if my life depended upon it during every grieving season: Weeping may endure for a night, BUT JOY cometh in the morning! Jeremiah 31:13 provides a promise from our heavenly Father, I will turn their mourning into joy. I thanked God for all of my friends who surrounded themselves around my family and I during our experiences of grief from death which provided us much strength. But nobody’s words (as nice as they were) could provide me the healing comfort and strength that God’s Word was able to. Through grief, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus and depend on Him more than I had before.

My thoughts are now particularly towards the mother who is now faced to raise children as single-mother without their dad. As a single mother myself, I understand clearly the challenging road that lies ahead for her. But praise God that as a Daughter of the ultimate Father, I also know without a shadow of a doubt, that by allowing her God to carry, lead and guide her, she will mother victoriously and her daughters will rise up through life successfully.

This incident has emblazened my heartfelt passion for the community service initiative that I’ve envisioned to launch, my Father Lift Her program through The Daughters of Christ, Inc., that will serve and support single mothers and her children.  It also brought back to my remembrance the police officer who was killed in a car accident in Montgomery County MD this year leaving a widow, a child and expectant triplets on the way. When I read this story, my heart broke, but I allowed it to move me into action to help this new single mom once my program is up and running as well. There are so many single mothers who need the love of a judgeless community and the compassion of a service-oriented one as well. I personally am moved into action to serve, to heal, and to love. Will you join me?

If you have recently suffered a loss and/or are experiencing grief at this time, look up, see God and allow Him to reach for you to carry and comfort you in His loving arms. Psalm 31 is my favorite to read at a time like this. I pray that you’ll find it comforting as well. You will continue to have your moments of crying or shouts of anger–that is human and a normal reaction to loss. But I also know from personal experience, that although you will never forget your loved one, you will rise to live, to love, and to leap again towards your unique purpose in life that brings you joy.

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The Lord gives his people strength. He is a safe fortress for this anointed king. Save your people! Bless Israel, your special possession. Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever. (Psalm 28:7-9)

I dedicate this blog posting to the entire Maxey family–stand strong and see the salvation of our Lord!

I Love you my Royal Family and am praying diligently for you and your’s.

Always, Your Sister Darnella
The Daughter of Christ 

Happy Daddy’s Day to His Sons!

My Kingdom Brothers, I want to wish you a very Happy Daddy’s Day!

I say Daddy, because anyone can become a father merely by producing sperm, but not all stand up to their responsibilities to be an active Father to his children. To those who are faithfully loving and serving not only their own children, but those within their communities as well, I salute you! This is your day to celebrate; it is your time to enjoy by first thanking your Creator God for loaning to and blessing you with children you can call your own heritage or lasting generation. The Word of God says that children are not only a blessing from God, but they are also the glory of fathers. Fathers, you are glorified by the presence of your child(ren). Isn’t that awesome?

On my Blog Talk Radio Show held on yesterday, entitled “Will Christian Fathers Please Stand,” (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/darnellamoore/2010/06/19/will-christian-fathers-please-stand-1) I was reminded and moved by the famine of fathers in our homes and communities, as well as the rising testimonies of men, women and children (including myself) who have beat the sad statistics that picture a glooming future for children who grow up without their Dads’ love and presence. In spite of a father’s abandonment, God the Father was invited to steer the wheel of homes by single mothers, grandparents or God-parents, and the children grew up blessed and are now being a blessing. Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. (Psalm 27:10, NLT). Hallelujah, glory to God! The enemy attempted to stop this show from going forth through technical difficulties, but I persevered, scheduled another segment immediately and moved forward! And I’m so glad that I did!!!

As Host, I interviewed and engaged with the following awesome Sons of Christ who are Fathers: Elder Rufus Simpkins (married 50 years to one woman, father of 4, grandfather of 7 and great-grandfather of 2); his Grandson, Emanual D. Young (who grew up without the active presence of his biological father, and is now a father himself); my son, DaSean W. Gallishaw (who shared his real life story of living life without the active presence or communication with his own father and how it has impacted or shaped his life as an 11-year-old); and finally, Omari L. Pearson (who inspite of losing his mother to death at the age of 6 as well as his father’s abandonment, he achieved success as a High School and College All-Star, as well as an International Basketball player). Men, women and children alike were listening in and emotionally moved by this show. I know that I shedded tears and continue to do so. So much healing and forgiveness took place on the show.

I invite and encourage you to tune in by clicking the link at the top of this post; feel free to share this blog and radio show audio with someone else. Again, Happy Daddy’s Day to all Fathers and may the love and presence of our God continue to lead and guide you as you operate in your awesome roles of leadership in our homes as well as within our communities.

In His Love Always,
Your Sister Darnella

Radio Show: “Will Christian Fathers Please Stand!”

Your Sister Darnella had a powerful internet radio show in honor of Fathers Day 2010. She honored fathers and candidly shared her thoughts on the absence of fathers in America’s homes. She interview her son, DaSean, as well as three other fathers who share their personal testimonies from various experiences. This turned out to be such a healing session for those hurting from the absence of a father in his/her home. Listen and be blessed!