Wednesday, March 1, 2017

My Intimate Moment with the Creator

My last morning in Hawaii I sat on a lava rock wall by the ocean. The sea was in turmoil with waves that crested and landed on the shore, beating the large lava rocks below me. The whales were extremely active in the distance, coming up out of the water completely and landing with the big splash or blowing waterspouts in multiples, evidence of the many whales beneath the surface.

My aha moment, my intimate moment with the Creator of the vastness of all of this, the Creator of fish so large that their tails were distinct even at a great distance, the Creator of such an amount of water that fills the ocean, the end of which I could not see, the Upholder of the power of the waves by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3) overwhelmed me. 

I am asking Him for answers to some pretty big requests. My prayers are full of situations that need a miracle, and in that moment, sitting by the incredible creation, evidence of the incredible God, it was impressed on me so strongly that a God that big can do anything. ANYTHING!

So, sitting right there, I asked.

He reminded me of the promise He's given me.

He can. He will. I am in awe of Him!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I am walking in victory while praying through circumstances.

Monday I was talking to a friend about my life in regards to my prodigal, and God dropped this sentence into my mouth. 

Prodigals by definition are not in a good place in their lives, and with their life comes so many complications, bad decisions, heartaches, heartbreaks, needs, strongholds, disappointments, etc.  My prodigal is no different. 

When we know of those times, we pray.  We pray through the circumstances. 

When God lays a burden on our heart, we pray.  We pray until the burden is lifted.

When we are tired of the fight, we pray.  We pray until we are strengthened for the fight.

When we suddenly feel anxious, we pray.  We pray until we have peace. 

Our position is complicated by parent's or grandparent's love.  God puts protection instincts into us, fix-it instincts, because that is what it takes to raise a child, but this can get in the way of the work God is wanting to do in their prodigal life, so we have to find our place of rest. 
     -When God promises, it is done, so rest.
     -God is working, so rest.
     -God is answering your prayers, so rest.
     -When circumstances are hard, remember that CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT CHANGE THE PROMISE, so rest.
  
Trust God.  Rest.

We are walking in the victory won on the cross, the victory promised in God's true Word, and the victory that He has promised us personally.

Trust God.  Rest.

I am walking in victory while praying through the circumstances. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Another praise report!

A prodigal has moved to New York City, out of the Bible Belt, away from godly family. 

However, God still knows where he is and has answered prayers that God would send laborers into that harvest field:  the heart of this prodigal.

The way I understand it is that he was standing in line to appear on a TV show when he spotted a group of young people.  He told his parents that they looked like they were part of a youth group, something with which he is VERY familiar, because he used to be one!  =)  Somehow, they struck up a conversation, and one of them is a preacher, and that group of people is in Brooklyn to plant a church!  That preacher has kept in touch with this prodigal, and even went to one of the prodigal's concerts (the prodigal is a musician), later saying that he had never been to a rock concert. 

I do not believe in coincidence in the life of a Christian.  I believe in God's answering prayers!  I believe God sent that group and that preacher specifically into that harvest field!  Out of all of the places in Brooklyn that the prodigal could be, and out of all the places in Brooklyn that the group could be, they were together in the same place at the same time!

Thanks be to our God, who loves our prodigals more than we do!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Another saved!

My uncle was saved on his death bed, and I am so very thankful!  That makes 25!  25!!!!

He was in his 70s and had never given his heart to the LORD as far as any of us knew.  He was raised in a Christian home and prayed for by his parents.  We have all prayed for him.

And God prepared his heart to be reached and sent someone to simply say, "Don't you think it is time?"  And he said, "Yes!" 

I am so very thankful!

Never give up!
When I awoke this morning, the Holy Spirit laid this psalm on my heart to pray for and to claim for and to speak over my prodigal.  It is full of so many things I want my prodigal to live out.  It is perfect for where I am in my praying.

"Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!  Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.  Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.  Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.  For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations."  (Psalm 100 NKJV)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

God pointed out a promise to me!

Last night at Elevate Prayer, a weekly Monday night prayer meeting of Life Church Huntsville, God kept urging me to turn to Acts 2.  I thought, "I already know what is in Acts 2."  But it kept coming, so I sat in my seat to read. 

It read, "But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.  And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.' " (Acts 2:16-17, 21 NKJV)

I had no choice but to hit my knees and cry out to Him that I receive this promise, and to pray this promise over my prodigal!  The presence of God was so very palpable.  It was a God-ordained prayer!!  He called me to that very moment, and it was incredible!

Suddenly, my focus was changed to the music that was playing.  The song was "Standing" by William McDowell.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lGwzKP5tcQ) 

God had created a very special time of prayer for us, and I am grateful.   I do "believe every single word!"

Friday, October 28, 2016

I just had to share this word:

(Isaiah 49:24-25) “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, Or the captives of the righteous be delivered?  But thus says the LORD:  ‘Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, And the prey of the terrible be delivered; For I will contend with him who contends with you, And I will save your children.’ ”


It does not matter the strength of the one who has taken our prodigals captive; God Himself has promised to save our children!

Believe it!