Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Sisters Meet for the 1st time...

I know it's YES to GOD Tuesday, but that will have to wait until Thursday. I'm not quite done with the chapter and a book this good cannot be rushed.
So Thursday come back for the conclusion of Micca Campbell's book, An Untroubled Heart. Also...keep her in your prayers as she has been sick this past week! WE LOVE YOU MICCA!

Last Wednesday our teenage daughter Alyssa, gave birth to her 2nd baby girl, Juliana Pearl.
The next day Juliana's older sister Amiyah was brought to the hospital to meet her sister.

Allow this proud Grandma to share this precious moment with you.

My sister Michelle introducing the girls...

She looks so proud....even though she probably thinks she's a doll.

Not so sure.

What are you doing?

What is she doing?

If you don't know what to do...lay on her.

Poor Juliana....
I think it's safe to say Amiyah is in love...

Juliana, on the other hand looks as if she is wondering
Who put this 2 tooth wonder in charge of me?

Please continue to pray over this family of three.
This teen Mom is overwhelmed and scared.
And I won't tell her, but this 38 year old Grandma is brought to tears easily feeling the same.
God is in control...this I believe.

I didn't talk much about this 2nd pregnancy, like I did the 1st. I think part of me was in shock since Amiyah was only 6 months old. This past winter we found out Alyssa was being beaten up by Amiyah and Juliana's uninvolved "dad". He is locked up in jail right now, but please pray she gets the counsel she needs to stay away from him for good.
This is all new to me, but let me tell you when your pregnant teenage daughter shows up with black eyes and tells you how he tried pulling her out of her moving car by her hair or how he pushed her down to the ground and kicked her in her pregnant stomach...there is something inside of you that comes out that you didn't even know was there. I called the coward and spoke anything but Scripture over him. He hasn't touched her since. He comes from a family that this is what they know. Recently him and his mom were in jail at the same time.
Anyway, please keep my 3 girls in your prayers.
She is so much more worth than she least One man thinks she is worth dying on a cross for. I think that is pretty valuable.

If you have a favorite verse, thought, poem, anything to encourage this young Mom, please leave it in the comments and I will share it with her.
Know you are a blessing.

~Many Blessings~
See you Thursday for the finale of An Untroubled Heart!


Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

SO beautiful!!!!

Congrats again, Grandma! Will be praying for all of you. I know this is rough. But God is bigger - much bigger. Phil 4:6-7, sister.


Kimberly said...

Oh, Lelia. This post made my heart think of your daughter treated that way. I remember a time in my life when I saw NO value in myself at all...and it showed in who I dated and in the choices I made. And truly, it's amazing I wasn't an unwed mother.

I am going to be praying for you all. But especially tonight for your daughter...that she will see her beauty and her worth to the Father. I'll be back with a verse.

Love to you and all of your BEAUTIFUL girls (those pictures are TOO cute!),

Paula said...

Lovely Leila! Beautiful photos and words about beautiful girls! I've sent you an email. Love you all lots! xoxo

Paula said...

Oh...a verse...or three!

Psalm 103 from the New Living Translation, in particular the following, which have helped heal parts of my broken soul -

"3 He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
9 He will not constantly accuse us,
nor remain angry forever.
12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west."

Forgiveness, healing and love!


Rachel said...

Truly, He speaks the Song of Solomon to us - the entire book. He is captivated by us and loves to give good gifts (see, she has two beautiful proofs of that).

She is so very precious - and He has entrusted these blessings to her. Prayers as she parents these beautiful girls and finds her self-worth in the One who dances over her.

And... is it just me, or is Juliana SMILING as big sis is laying on her??? :)

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

She's not lying on her; she's hugging her! And I love her little two-tooth smile.

It's so sad that sadness has to be figured into the equation at some point. I wish it were all resolved for you and all of your girls. I agree with Missy and her scripture.

Sharon said...

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:1-2)

The trauma of abuse is never fully gone from a person's consciousness. Its filthy stain leaves its residue on the soul forever. However, like all bad experiences, it is possible to turn this experience into good by developing compassion for others who have been through this experience. Many people feel that bringing meaning to a traumatic experience is a path to healing. This is not something thats easy to forget, let alone let go, But remember you are not alone, There are alot of US out here you are never alone.

"Let Go,,,,Let God!"

Find a group that you can join whether be outside of your home or on the internet. You will find there is a better life out there than the road you are traveling, a better person that will Love you for who you are, REAL LOVE! Slow down Have a chat with the Man who reallyyyyy Loves you, who wants to bless you beyond measures, breathe the precious air he has supplied to you and your beautiful children.
Look into your Mama's eyes, really look, she sees her little girl in pain, in trouble and it hurts her heart. These are your babies it's time now, don't ya think. :)

I can't say why I feel this way,
I only know I do,
My stomach's in knots my head's in bits
I know it's down to you,
You robbed me of my innocence
when I was too young
But if I'd know then what I know now
I'd have given Mom or someone a call
You use to beat me black and blue
And never once said your sorry
It just kept getting worse and worse,
If only I had listened, "I know now what I should of known then."

Please know that all of you are in my prayers. Lord, we praise You that You are in control of this situation. Lord, we come together in agreement (Matthew 18:19) that if two or more agreeing about any one-thing that you are in the midst and hear our prayers we know that it will be done for us by our Father in heaven. Lord, we pray that no weapon formed against this family will prevail. Satan, you were defeated at the cross when our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. He arose showing you His mighty power. Get away from this family!!!! Lord I ask that you will apply the blood over the tops of there heads to the ends of there toes. Lord, I especially ask that you would touch this child of yours, touch her heart, show her the right road, touch,touch oooooowe praise you Lord, we thank you in advance for all the blessings that you will pour onto this family...We pray this in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Love you all! :)

I hope you see how much you are needed and loved my precious friend :) wuvvvvvv youuuuuu

tiggerdaisy said...

Psalm 107: 19-21
"Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.

All of Psalm 139---let it be a reminder of how much God loves us!! He has formed EACH of us in our mother's womb and we are fearfully and wonderfully made!

Song of Solomon 7:10
"I am my beloved's and his desire is towards me."

Alyssa, know that you are not alone. Trust Him--He is faithful and true. He will be there when everyone else isn't. Let God love on you sweet one. Let God love on you.

Lelia, keep on keeping on girl. Trust Him--for He knows the plans He has for you and each member of your family.


Connie said... beautiful those precious babies. Praying for Alyssa and let her know that a good man does not do that and she deserves a man that will care for her and love her. Alyssa learn to love yourself and accept yourself as a good person and worth a better life and because you have two very precious girls to bring up and they need to be loved and taken care of.

James 2:2-5
Consider it all joy, my brethren when you encounter various trials, knowing the testing of your faith produces endurance(you need that as a mom), And let endurance have it's perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to ALL men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Keep reading for more great encouragement as you go through this life on earth. Praying Alyssa that you will seek God and walk with Him each day as He encourages your every step every day!


Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Beautiful pictures - I will be praying for all of you.

Love, Beth

Anonymous said...


Tears of joy over what miracles our God made in little Juliana and big sister Amiyah!

Tears of sadness for your baby-girl Alyssa and all that she has experienced in the relationship with the girls dad...

I am praying...


Jeremiah 31:3 "I have loved you with an everlasting love"

Psalm 46:1-3 "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging."

--i can only imagine how your feeling right now but God LOVES YOU with an everlasting love~~nothing you have done or not done can take that love away BUT you have to turn to him...he is waiting....HE IS YOUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH!! You have a big job in front of you raising those beautiful baby-girls and it will be tough BUT lean on HIM and let Him guide you...

there are so many women praying for you...and i for one can not wait to hear your story someday of how the Lord brought you through.

blessings, hugs and congratulations on this precious gift of Juliana!

Kim from Pa

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Beautiful babies!!! My heart is heavy reading about your daughter and what she has been through...and I would have reacted the same way you did...that is a mother's instinct to protect her own....And God is on your side, too!!

I will be praying for all of you!!


Paula (SweetPea) said...

I can't believe I missed this post. You know I have to comment on these pictures.

First "allow" this grandma to share. I think we'd hunt you down and beg you to share. There's no "allowing" we WANT to see these babies as they grown.

Love the second one where she begins to reach out.

The two "what are you/she doing" are priceless for the first encounter.

Laying her head on Juliana is just precious...the cutest thing yet.

Until we then see Amiyah putting her finger in J's mouth. How cute. I love A's inquisitive look on her face too.

I kept breathing in deep thinking I'd get a whif of the smells of A's sweet chubby cheeks.

Lastly that huge two-tooth smile is gorgeous. She's in love.

I can't wait to see pictures that we BEG not allow you to share with us as they grow together.

You're a good woman, Lelia. A good momma and good grandmomma.
Love ya,

Jeanies Heavenly Treasures said...


Please, tell your precious Alyssa that we serve a big God. He sees her pain, and fear. I would like you to give her this verse:

"Those who look on Him are rad iant: their faces are never covered with shame." Psalm 34:5

Also, for Alyssa to remember that God is a God of second chances. He's also the lifter of our heads!

Yes, you said earlier something about counseling. I think that would be a wonderful idea. It's best to get to the root of the problem. I will pray that Alyssa will be receptive to going to counseling. Also, the family (when asked to go).

Be Blessed Dear Sister In Christ,

Karen said...

Congratulations on another beautiful granddaughter -- the pictures of them together are just too sweet. I will be praying for your daughter and the whole family.

Danielle said...


God sees your heart as a mother and feels the pain with you. He understands far better than anyone else can.

As for heart goes out to her. I have never been in that situation, but I do know how feeling worthless and ashamed can break you and down keep you down. Feeling that way is not of God.

This is a poem a wrote a few years back for a Daughters of the King princess tea we were having at our meeting house.(church) Through these words, words that God flowed through me, He truly let me see into His heart and see what treasure lay there... me. I pray that my daughter will know all these truths, I pray that your daughter and grand-daughters will also learn.

Truly, it is for ANY daughter of The King.

O Daughter of Zion

Are you not beautiful
O daughter of The King
Have I not arrayed you with
a crown beyond splendor
Rubies and diamonds cannot compare to you
You, Precious one, are a fragrant blossom
Sweeter than rose or lily
Honey does not compare to the taste
of your name upon My lips
It is with joy I have inscribed you
on the palm of my hand
With delight I look upon your face
With love I enfold you in My arms
You, O daughter of Zion, are Mine
Beloved, I call you. Chosen one;
You are worth far more than jewel or gemstone
Sunrise nor sunset compare to your beauty
It is for you, My precious, that I gave all
For you, I give all that I Am
Place your hand in Mine
Together we will walk the path of life
My daughter, My princess
I love you
With a love everlasting, I will cherish you.

©D. Jones 2007

May God touch Alyssa's heart through His message.

P.S. As a side note... and I know this will sound bad, but if anyone wants to use this poem, please ask permission first. You can email me at or post a comment on my blog.

Danielle said...

Oh my! Sorry for all the typos!

Mari said...

I am so behind on reading everyone's blogs. But this post, Oh girl, it broke my heart. I can't believe as much as oyu have loved your daughter that she doesn't realize how much better she deserves than what she is settling for. I pray God opens her eyes.

And as for you mama bear moment, I am with you. He's lucky you only called him!

Both your grandgirls are beautiful! They are so lucky to have a grandma whose so young, good-looking and in love with God and them!

I'll keep praying for Alyssa. I know God will open her eyes to the truth, cause that's just how He is :)

Love and God's peace and blessings to you!

Kimberly said...

Hi. It's me. Kimberly...who SAID she was coming back with a verse and who DID have a verse and truly HAS been praying...and yet I am JUST now coming back. Sigh. I do apologize, sweet friend.

But, instead of feeling too ashamed to come by at all, I will come by very late and leave the verse I wanted to leave before.

Praying your precious Alyssa sees her great beauty and worth to the Father...that she sees herself through His eyes. She has stayed on my heart.

Love you,

"The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."
Zephaniah 3:17

debbie said...

Lelia and Alyssa,
My heart breaks and celebrates at the same time for you both. I had teenage daughters, they are 20 and 22 now, and I wish I could make their choices for them sometimes, but I can't. I have an adorable 2 year old granddaughter. There is nothing harder than knowing your kids are hurting,but there is nothing better than that kid knowing their mom has their back.

Alyssa, do not define yourself by your life right now. I always thought I deserved way less than my Savior wanted to give me,and I set the bar really low when looking for love.I let bad choices I made reinforce that belief, so every step was a backwards one. I know I'm just another lady giving adivce, but listen to your Savior. He loves you with an everlasting love. Isaiah 44:21-22 are my anchor when Satan tries to lure me back with reminders of who I was.

"Remember these things, Alyssa, for you are my servant; I formed you, you are my servant. O Alyssa, you will not be forgotten by me. I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you."

Take what you have learned and raise those babies to love the Lord and search for their meaning in Him. I'm playing a lot of catch up with my own daughters and it is not easy. Praying for all four of you sisters.