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Sweetness and destiny at Splash Mountain

I was dripping as I stood in line waiting to purchase our Splash Mountain family action photo …  I had been nominated front seat person in the wet but fun ride at Disneyland …  and I looked like a drowned rat!

As I waited for the photo I “heard” the word “sweetness” and I knew it was for the girl serving me at the counter.

I got to the counter and quickly said “hello”, explained that I was a Christian and asked if I could pray for her … She agreed introducing herself as “M”.  I in turn introduced myself.

I took her hand and said I felt she was really sweet. In fact, that there was a real sweetness about her, that the word I had “heard” for her was “sweetness“.

I said I felt that she had been hurt due to that sweetness and I prayed for a healing of those hurts.

I then felt that God wanted her destiny opened and I looked at her, explaining that I felt she had not yet discovered what she really wanted to do, what her passion was.  She agreed that this was the case, and so I declared her destiny open and prophesied that this next season would be a season in which she would find what it was that she was really passionate about, after which I encouraged her that when she found it, which she would in this next season, she should step into it, even though it may take great courage for her to do so …

I smiled, and thanked her for letting me pray … again saying what a beautiful sweetness she had about her and that I could see how beautiful and sweet she was, that God made her that way and that it was not a weakness but something lovely … a strength.

She looked and thanked me saying “you have no idea how much I needed to hear that!

I smiled wanting very much to give her cuddle and a kiss … I told her so  … Saying how I could see what a beautiful girl she was … but that I was bedraggled and dripping wet …

I know she needed to hear how she was sweet and that it was ok to be sweet …

I know that she needed to know that although she did not know what her passion was that she would find it soon and to look for it …

I know she needed a touch from God, because He had asked me to pray for her, and He did so in order for His will to be released on this Earth in her life because He loved her so …

And I know this purely and simply because …

God is Good!

 

Destinies, dancing, and release … Part 2

Continued from previous post at: Destinies, dancing and release … Part one

We headed down the street chatting about the encounter at breakfast and talking about what our day would look like.

We quickly found our “shopping list items” and felt we had completed a successful shop … nothing like “bagging” your “items” quickly, without fuss and at sale prices! 

With purchases in hand we made our way back up the street, and with enough time for me to look, we stopped at a store that had caught my eye as we walked past that morning.  We checked our intentions to stop and look with God, and we entered the store. 

I tried on some things, relishing the fact I could do so without having to attend to the frequent toileting needs, hunger statements or whingeing of children in my change room; and, while changing I heard the girl serving me tell another customer that she was currently studying fashion design.  My ears pricked up …

I finally settled on a summer dress and cardigan and with little time to pay (we had a movie booked), I chatted to the girl as she bagged my items and took my payment.  As I waited, I again had that familiar sense that I needed to pray. 

I offered …

She said “yes …”

So I took her hand and invited the Holy Spirit to come. 

The anointing swept around us.

I looked at her and said “can you feel that?”

She could …

I blessed her and released favour over her and I quietly listened to God, for His prompting for her … for I wanted to pray His heart, not my so-called wisdom.  I heard and called her destiny open in the name of Jesus, asking if I could place my hand upon her.  I then placed my hand upon her arm and released a spirit of creativity over, around and within her and had a picture of her dancing.  As I looked at the vision of her dancing I just knew Heaven would release patterns, textures, fabric designs, fashion designs to her … textures in particular …

I asked her: “Do you dance?”

She did, and looked surprised that I had asked.  I told her what I saw and sensed, and I called forth what I saw … into her future, into her present, into her person and she gasped as I prayed the heart of God for her life, for her future.

I suggested she start to dance again, in private, and as she did she should shut her eyes and ask God where He was for her and ask Him for the release of the pictures to her of the fabrics, of the textures, and of the designs she would create … and I said they would come … that she would receive designs as she danced …  and I assured her that as she asked He would release …

I finished up, aware of timing, and she thanked me … stating how amazing it all was … a touch overwhelmed.  I looked at her and said that she would be great, she was called to be great, that her name would be known …

I said goodbye, with my purchases in hand, and again did not want to leave, just as I did not want to leave the other girl that same morning …

I wanted to see her live out her destiny, I wanted to walk with her, I wanted to encourage her, cheer her on, remind her of God’s word for her … but again, I knew I had done my part … I was to pray, decree, release the will of God, call forth the heart of God for her.  I was to declare her destiny open …

I reminded myself … I had released favour, I had released her into her God-given destiny … I had released creativity and I had suggested she dance as God desired … I had suggested she call on God to release the designs of Heaven (in all ways) for her life …

I noted her name as I left the store, her calling out “thank you so very much” and as I left I sensed, I knew, that she would be great, she was born for greatness … I just knew it!  Collette Dinnigan came to mind and I knew her name would be well-known, that she would become a well-known designer, that she would do well … and I knew that if God had His way with her life she would indeed fulfill her destiny, because …

God is Good!

… to be continued …

Destinies, dancing, and release … Part one

Each year at about this time my husband and I have a two night stay in town.

The purpose of this is two fold: 1. we get to dream and talk to each other about what the year ahead will look like for the family and 2. we buy him clothing items on sale in town to fill out his work wardrobe.

Funnily enough, God often has a few assignments for us to fulfil too … and a delight they are in our relaxed unhurried state at this time of year … a reminder that our paths and footsteps are known and planned by Him.

This year we had a dinner or two booked, a movie booked and a shopping list which included a few shirts, a couple of pairs of pants and some shoes …

On the first morning we had enjoyed a quiet unhurried breakfast and were making our way out of the breakfast area of the hotel when we thanked the girl that had seated us and I completed my first assignment …

She had sat us down and as she had I knew I had to  offer to pray, and so as we left I offered and as I did her eyes grew large and damp and she accepted …

I introduced myself, held her hand and started to pray and as I did I started to received words f knowledge about her situation … I asked her about the and she gulped, saying “yes, yes” that is right …

She had suffered betrayal, hurt, sadness, had immigration issues, (she was Hungarian) and was not yet doing what her heart desired ….

And so, I called forth her destiny … I declared her destiny open in the name of Jesus, released healing of a broken heart, called forth favour, joy, peace and wisdom …

I saw her sitting in a waiting room and told her as such.  I saw her then standing and opening double doors into sunshine and I told her so … and big tears rolled down her cheeks …

I said I felt that she was in a waiting and healing time, that she was not to rush this period of time, but that it would soon pass, but that it was a time of healing, quiet and peace, that God wanted her to be healed and whole, I then said, that soon, very soon, the time would come when she would walk into her destiny, the promises, and that she would, like in the vision step into sunshine …

She looked at me and said shakily “can I hug you?”

“Of course”, I replied and I gently wrapped my arms around her and we stood at the entrance of the restaurant, me holding her in my arms and her tears gently dropping onto my shoulder …

She said she was a Christian and I asked where she went to church … she didn’t so I recommended she find one near where she lived, I gave her my number, the name of my church, and said she needed fellow Christians to walk with her and pray with her … a body of people to care for her … and I told her to feel free to call me to help her find a body of believers to plug into …

I then left saying “God loves you so very much …” and I left with her standing, tears still dripping down her face …

I wanted to fix it all for her …

I wanted immediate action, healing, clarity, resolution for her …

I felt so helpless leaving her there, knowing she needed a group of people to support her, pray for her, that she was so young, knowing, sensing that she had such deep hurts …

But I knew my job was to pray as led, and to leave the rest to her free will and God …

I was to leave the door open to her contacting me, and to leave her feeling loved …

Her destiny was open, the healing had been released, God was clearly pursuing her, the favour would now come … 

I knew that was all I could do … I knew that what I was to do was to trust that what He had asked me to do was enough … it was not my place to make any of it to happen … unless He asked me to … I knew that the rest was between her and God …

I reminded myself …

My job is to pray, obey, and release …

Her job is to decide …

The rest remains with God …

And you know, for that I am truly grateful because if I tried to fix it all in my own strength, the way I felt I could, I knew I would potentially mess it up … but if I left it to God, I knew the outcome would be marvellous, wonderful, incredible, a great testimony because …

God is Good!

To be continued …

God’s 7 fold payback…sloshing His love

It was Sunday night and our kids were having a sleep over ar my sister’s house … an exceptionally rare treat since my  sister lives in the States …

We decided to head up to Gordon Biersch, where my sister’s wedding rehearsal dinner had been held the Friday night before. That night, my mum had collapsed within 5 minutes of arriving, and we had missed the entire night (we did get to ride in an Ambulance with the sirens going); and so, my husband got the sense we were to return there this night, to somehow redeem what had been stolen …

We walked in and a lovely girl came and gave us the spiel … “I am delighted to be serving you etc etc etc …”

With ironic Australian humour I wryly looked at my husband and said “she will be delighted she served us, we are kind, friendly, I am going to pray for her, prophesy over her and we will tip her well”.

She returned and gave us our orders and I asked her how she was doing. She stopped and looked at me … maybe not many ask that question of wait staff.  She said she was doing ok, but had a sore knee.

I looked at her and repeated what I had said to my husband … rather cockily I am ashamed to say, but I was feeling reckless … It shocked even me … but it had been an intense few days …

She said “ok”so I said give me your hand, I told her the testimony of M a non-believer, who played footy after  I had prayed for his knee to be healed.  I introduced myself and she said her name was S …

I invited the Holy Spirit to come, and asked God to do for S what He had done for M back home, in Australia.The anointing flowed and she looked shocked and said “oh wow”.

I then looked at her, listening for God’s word, and I felt to open up her destiny. I said that I felt she had not yet discovered what she was destined for but that it would come and I blessed her, calling forth favour.

She got a bit teary and I told her the story of my friend’s husband who had waited nine months for a contract to come through, his dream job, and that after praying his destiny open the contract had come by email within 24 hours of the prayer …

I sensed that she had a special joy about her. I called forth the Joy of Heaven over her and said that I sensed that people would be drawn to her because of her joy and that at times she would not quite know what to do with this and that she would need to walk in wisdom in how to set boundaries for the people would come and want to be with her because she carried a special Joy.

I told her how special she was and she said how she had felt the strength of what had just happened to her … as we spoke a work mate of hers walked past and said something like “I could do with some of that” and so I stopped her and took her hand and prayed for her too …
This girls name was M and her mum needed healing so she could go home and be with her fiancée and children. I prayed for her mum, again sensing the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
I asked M if she was a Christian, she wasn’t but said all her family was … I sensed she had grown up in a Christian home though and I started to prophesy over her.
I said that when she gave her heart to Jesus that she would radiate and glow with His Glory in a very very special way. I could see it all over her!  I said that there was something really really special about her …
I do not think she quite knew what I meant but I do believe she knew she had something special in her … I sensed the promise of the Glory so strongly and I said that I felt people would be drawn to her just because they would sense this upon her … It would be nothing that she did, it would/was a gift from God …  just because of who He was …
I finished up and we returned to our snack and drinks, and as we chatted my husband looked at me and said “that’s where your 7 fold return will come … In fact it will be 14 fold because there were two” …
I cheerily agreed saying that’s the double portion blessing on our life …
Two destinies, two girls touched for God … We had returned to get back some of what was stolen the Friday night before … God had directed us back there to redeem the memory of the place, to make it a good memory for me … and to release Heaven on Earth in the atmosphere and over two young women for …
God is Good!
Post script: Yes we did tip her well if you were wondering … and what was so lovely was, as we left, the first girls knee was feeling a bit better.  She said how touched she was and I thanked her for allowing me to pray.  She then excitedly asked if we lived here,  if she could come and live with us … I laughed and said “no” so she invited us to live with her … I smiled, gave her our contact details to let us know how she gets on and gave her a cuddle… a cuddle I hope that sloshed God’s love all over her because …
God really is good!

Riding the California Screamin’ and releasing destinies…God is Good!

I had accompanied my daughter on her third “California Screaming” ride … a roller coaster ride at California Adventure Park.  She wanted to get just the right photo as proof for her friends of her daring adventures in the States.

The photo was just right and as we went ahead to purchase the shot I felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit to pray. By this time I had prayed for the woman in the Aladdin show, and another woman who was in a wheel chair, who had turned out to have some sort of back injury …

I looked at the young girl and offered  to pray. She said “oh, I’d like that but we are not allowed to talk about that here” and I replied that I had brought it up as a customer and that if there was any issue she just needed to say so, that the customer had raised it first …

She then nodded in agreement, as her work mate stood by her side.  I took her hand and she mentioned that her mum needed healing so I prayed for healing with this beautiful girl standing in her mum’s stead.

I then stopped and  listened to what I felt God wanted for her, for what I was meant to pray and release over her in the name of Jesus … to hear what His purpose and heart was for her.

I felt she was really kind; that she had not yet discovered her true passion and that I was to declare her destiny open.

I said to her that I felt she was really kind. She looked a bit shy and I looked at her coworker and he nodded agreement. I then asked/said that I felt she had not yet found what she truly wanted to do … she agreed so I prayed favour over her and declared her destiny open …. The Holy Spirit moving around us as I prayed.

I asked her if she felt it … She did and  was visibly moved.

I thanked her as she said “oh wow that was amazing” and I thanked her again, saying how truly special she was..

As we walked away, my daughter, who was happily skipping and hopping by my side looked up at me with shining eyes and said something like “well that was good mummy, we got to pray for her, I got to go on the roller coaster that I love again, and I got my photo … it all worked out perfectly as God intended”

I looked at her … her eyes shining … holding her hand in mine and I agreed that yes ..

God surely is Good!

Sweetness and Destiny in Disneyland

I was dripping wet, purchasing the photo of our family going down Splash Mountain, having been nominated the front person for the ride.  As I waited for the photo I “heard” the word “sweetness” and I knew it was for the girl serving me at the counter.

In my dripping and bedraggled state I explained that I was a Christian and asked if I could pray for her. I said I felt God wanted me to pray for her and that she had been the first since arriving in the States.

She agreed introducing herself as “M” and I in turn introduced myself

I took her hand and said I felt she was really sweet. In fact, that there was a real sweetness about her, that the word I had “heard” was “sweetness”.

I said I felt that she had been hurt due to that sweetness and I prayed for a healing of those hurts.

I then felt that God wanted her destiny opened and I looked at her, and explained that I felt she had not yet discovered what she really wanted to do, what her passion was, and she agreed and so I declared her destiny open and prophesied that this next season would be a season in which she would find what it was that she was really passionate about, after which I encouraged her that when she found it, which she would in this next season, she should step into it, even though it may take great courage to do so …

I smiled, and thanked her for letting me pray … again saying what a beautiful sweetness she had and that I could see how beautiful and sweet she was, that God made her that way and that it was not a weakness but something lovely … a strength.

She looked and thanked me saying ” you have no idea how much I needed to hear that!”

I smiled wanting very much to give her cuddle and a kiss and explained so … Saying how I could see what a beautiful girl she was … but that I was bedraggled and dripping wet …

I know she needed to hear how she was sweet and that it was ok …

I know that she needed to know that, although she did not know what her passion right now, she would find it soon, and to look for it in this next season of her life.

I know she needed a touch from God because we all do and because He asked me to pray for her in particular, in order for His will to be released on this Earth in her life, and I know this because …

God is Good!

Fragrance, colour and freedom…God is Good!

On my husband’s birthday my son and I decided to pop into his work and have a coffee with him.

We found a table at a local coffee shop.  It was a café that we had been to many times before, and I had always felt comfortable there, but this time, as I sat down I felt uneasy. 

I sat and as I waited for our orders to be taken I could smell a strong nauseating smell, a smell that was overpowering and made me want to leave … it was the same smell as someone who I know quite well that suffers from a mental illness … I pondered the smell and looked at the girl next to me and wondered whether she too was struggling with some form of mental illness.

We placed our order, and the two girls at the table next to us left to go upstairs.

There was still a “cloud” or a “heaviness” in the atmosphere … and I looked at the two girls serving, usually joyful … and thought that the girl making coffees looked “grey” … she lacked colour … and the other one swore angrily as she hit her head … a four lettered expletive came out of her mouth in front of my son and I flinched …

I felt grouchy and thought why did I bother and I went upstairs to the bathroom, having a chat to God on the way …

I sensed that He was showing me something, but I did not particularly want to offer to pray … to be quite honest, I just wanted to leave.

We finished up and my husband paid, leaving the shop to adjust my son’s car seat as I waited for my son to finish his snack.

As I did, the girls started to chat to me … and I thought “what the heck” and so I said “I want to pray for you both” …

They said “oh no, you have already paid” …

To which I responded “No … I want to pray for you both … can I pray a blessing for you both?”

They both agreed and so I leant over the counter and took the coffee makers hand and I stretched out and took the other girls hand … they told me their names and I began to pray …

For the coffee maker I prayed favour, I released colour and joy and hope, and I declared her destiny open … she visibly changed colour … her complexion suddenly filling with colour …

I then turned to the other girl and looked at her and I said to her that I felt things had been tough, but that the past was the past but that it was a new day … that the door on the past was closed and I declared her future open … I declared in “new beginnings” …

They both gasped … presumably because it was accurate … and I think that they realised that God had been released in their midst …

The second girl looked at me and said “wait, please wait …will you please do that for the girl upstairs?”

I said “sure but I have to check on my son” …

M had run out of the shop and on checking he was ok and seeing his was with my husband I shouted out what I was doing and disappeared back into the coffee shop …

I went upstairs and the second girl quickly explained in a very excited manner what I had done, how I had said stuff about her past, and that the door to the past was shut … and she said you have to get her to pray for you …

The girl looked at me and agreed.

I asked her name … noting that the strong smell around her had gone and I recognised that the smell had been a sign, a “word of knowledge” which had come in the form of smell, and I knew then, for sure, that I had been set up by God to release freedom upon this girl…

I asked if I could place my hand on her and I prayed … I said to her gently that I sensed she had been sad … very sad and she agreed.

I then said that I sensed that it had gotten so bad that it was now “clinical” … and she agreed … and so I prayed freedom, I told the depression to leave, and I released the joy of the Lord over her … I released peace and then I sensed or rather I “saw” in my mind’s eye an arrow shooting through the darkness and I felt that she had a great gift that had been turned against her and that it had gone bad for her … she needed God to show her how to walk into her gifts and in doing so she would be freed.

I explained that I felt she had a great gift, a gift of insight, that she knew things about people clearly and that she would be precise in her discernment, but that it had been misunderstood, and it had caused her to spiral down into depression … I said it was “time” … time for her to sit in her Daddy’s lap, in God’s lap and be loved and to, from that place, explore what her gift was …

All the while through she nodded in agreement …

I finished praying what I felt led to pray and I gently kissed her on the head, releasing the blessing of the Father upon her, and I told her that it was time for joy, great joy, that I saw her happy, joyfully skipping, dancing running down the street and that that was who she was created to be.

I gave her my number and told her the suburb where I lived … it was not far from her place … and I mentioned to her that we held our nights where she could safely come and sit in the lap of her Father God and learn what her true identity was … a much beloved daughter of the Most High God …

She said she would come … but that this next time she would be inSydney…

I left her, wishing her well … her smiling gently with hope on her horizon that she was not destined for the hopelessness she had been plagued with …

I went downstairs and said thanks to the two girls … saying what an amazing girl the girl upstairs was …

And the two girls stood and stared … the one behind the counter smiling broadly and the other saying earnestly …

“what can we give you … let us give you something … can we give you money … are you in ministry … we must give you something to say thankyou ..”

I looked at her and kissed her on the cheek and just said … “no you cannot give me anything, I am not in full-time ministry, just believe that God loves you and that will be payment enough”

She objected saying “but it was amazing … I felt it … “ and the girl behind the counter was saying “I never felt anything like that … the heat that came on me…”

I smiled and said “you felt the Holy Spirit …”  I said to them both “this is normal Christianity … you too can have a life like this if you believe … this is what Christianity looks and feels like … I am a normal Christian with a powerful God that loves you “ and I told them about our nights and left wishing them well.

I realised that the emotions I was feeling when I first walked in were not my own …the smell was not that girl’s smell … the heaviness was not my own … but it was all an invitation from God to pray for three girls needing a Father’s blessing, needing an encounter with a loving God … they needed to know they were loved …

I am glad I stopped, and had not run … I had nearly missed it …

The entire encounter was so rewarding … leaving them embraced in the afterglow of having been loved and held and kissed by a loving God …

I was in awe of the fact that God would use me … me so to impact them so powerfully and I was reminded that I must just step out … He does the rest …

I cannot concoct the power … I cannot heal the depression … I cannot change destinies … I cannot fix even a head ache … not without Panadol …

But, I can stop, I can offer to pray … I can release heaven and reveal His goodness … I can then step out of the way and let God do the rest … the rest is His job, and He does His job so very well, the rest is marvellous because …

God is Good!

DJs, PJs and tears … God is Good!

I was returning some PJs last Wednesday, and collecting a surf board as a surprise birthday gift for my husband …

Kevin Dedmon from Bethel Church, Redding California had been to our church a couple of weeks earlier and there had been an impartation through the laying on of hands on the Sunday night … ever since I have been aware that I needed to grow all that God had planted in me … and I was on the look out for someone to pray for, a God assignment to continue to water and grow the seed within … to give away what I had been entrusted with …

I walked past people in wheel chairs, people with slings on their arms and wondered which one, thinking about “the call to arms” and decided to return the PJ’s first and stop on my way back through … feeling a bit guilty I tried to listen to what He was directing me to do, while quieting the fear of failure …

I headed into David Jones (DJs) and a woman I had prayed for before served me.

We got talking and joking about it being the day when women could propose to men …

As she spoke I felt God’s prompting for me to pray …

I asked for her hand saying I was going to pray for her, and she mentioned how I had done so before a couple of years ago …

I started to pray and prophecy over her … calling her into her future, “seeing” what she had endured and calling out the gems, the gold within … as I looked into her eyes and released God’s words of love for her she started to tear up …  I did too …

God had seen her, God knew what she had been through, and He loved her, He wanted the best for her …

I finished up and could feel the strong presence of the Holy Spirit around us.  I felt I needed to kiss her on the forehead and I leaned over the counter, placed my hands on either side of her head and kissed her gently on the forehead letting her know that her Father God loved her …

The flood gates opened as she was kissed … she removed her glasses and as she wiped the tears away she said “gee that was powerful …”

I mentioned to her about our group that gathered regularly to learn to hear His voice, to sit in His Presence, a group of people like her that had been touched by God and wanted to learn how to reconnect with a loving God … she asked for my number again …

She may call and come tomorrow night for our next get together … she may not … but the door has been left open and she has been touched again by her loving Father in Heaven … she has tasted and seen, very powerfully this time that …

God is Good!

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Stopping for the Irish…Stopping for the one…God is Good!

Just after New Year’s my husband and I were in town taking advantage of the sales.  We had finished up in a store and were paying for our purchases and as we did I turned and spoke to a family fresh from the shores of Ireland.

The mother had spoken to me earlier, as I had tried on a summer dress.  She was kind and full of energy and enthusiasm.  Her daughter and husband were with her.  The woman and her daughter looked like they were going to the races with their pretty summer dresses on, heels and huge sun hats … gorgeous but quite out of the ordinary for shopping in inner -city Melbourne.

As we paid I overheard their daughter’s name – it was the same as my own daughter’s and so, taking the “hint” from God I checked whether I was to “stop for the one” and offer to pray … I was … and so I mentioned the “coincidence” …

I asked the young girl if she knew the meaning of her name, she didn’t, and so I told her and as I did I offered to pray for her …

I asked her parents if I could pray and the parents agreed – good naturedly.  As I prayed a blessing I started to prophesy over her … I asked her whether she was 11, she was, and I started to speak into her future … the next 10 years that would be so very pertinent to her growth and future …

The parents watched me … my husband watched them …

Later, my husband mentioned to me that he had the feeling that the mother acted a bit as if the whole deal was a bit “cute” … until a moment came when there was a shift of attitude from the mother and her focus became intense.  I believe it was possibly when the anointing became tangible, as I started to move into calling out her daughter’s destiny … when ever and what ever it was … there was apparently a definite shift of attitude …

I finished the prayer and smiled, thanking the daughter and the parents for allowing me to pray.  I asked if I could hug her and he parents agreed and as I finished hugging the daughter the mother threw herself into my arms, eyes full of tears and thanked me with an intensity that caused me to take a step back (figuratively speaking) … I was a bit overwhelmed … she was so grateful for what I had said done …

Having not been aware of the parents joking attitude at first, but discussing it afterwards, I realised that obviously some transaction had taken place that was significant for the family … I had felt the anointing … but it was obvious later due to full-on response from the mother …

We left with our goodies in our hands … business shirts in bag and a new summer dress 🙂 …

And, this lovely Irish family, that had just reached our shores to live, left with God’s promises for their daughter … His encouragement for a good future in a foreign land, where different pressures would come to play out on her life as compared to a life in Ireland, and, as I pointed out to the young girl … God obviously loved her a lot if He was going to put it onto my heart … a stranger’s heart … to stop and offer to pray for them to call out details of her inner beauty, to call out her potential and future promise …

The future is good for this young girl … and I trust and hope that she will always remember that God loved enough to speak to me about her … He let a stranger “read her mail” and call out her future …

I trust it will be an encounter that she remembers when she doubts her worth … I encouraged her that she was significant enough for me to stop, sense the heart of God for her and to step out and offer to pray … even though it was uncomfortable for me to do so …

I trust the same for her mother … when she doubts …

I trust that through this encounter with God that they will remember and hold dear in their hearts that indeed

God is Good!

Pedicures and the Father’s Blessing…God is Good!

While away a friend gave me a voucher for a pedicure as a gift … a pedicure that I booked in for last Friday morning. 

I woke on Friday, not feeling the best, and thought about calling to cancel … but I then thought that the appointment may be a “God appointment” and so I took a deep breath, and went regardless, knowing I would enjoy the pedicure in any event … and the effect of fine feet afterwards …

As soon as I got to my appointment the feeling of being unwell lifted and I happily chatted to the gorgeous girl who had been assigned to me about colour …

As I sat and had my feet scrubbed I sensed that this was a God appointment and I felt that I was to pray, a little later, for this girl with whom I had struck up an immediate rapport. 

She is a mum of a four-year-old boy, and a step-mum to two teenage girls.  She lives in a large country town, not far from Melbourne, and the girls live in a Melbourne suburb, not far from where I live.  As we chatted I also discovered that her mum was a mid-wife, at the hospital where I had my two children, and as we talked even further, we worked out that her mum had helped me deliver my first child … on reflection (after the God encounter) I realised that this too was no coincidence … this appointment had been set up … way back in 2003!

As the pedicure came to an end I said “I would love to pray for you”.

She said “sure” and her eyes immediately filled with tears … the Holy Spirit was physically tangible around us.

I stood and took her hand in mine and invited the Holy Spirit to come (even though He was already there) and her eyes overflowed with tears as the anointing came even more powerfully …

I prayed as I felt led … I declared her destiny open, I declared open doors over her life, I blessed her and released favour.

I then felt to pray a Father’s Blessing over her and as I did, with my hand on her head she openly wept … and I gently kissed her on the forehead.

I asked her if she had asked Jesus into her heart – she responded “we’re Catholics, of course” so I said “just ask Holy Spirit to fill you up”. And she did … with tears running down her face.

I kissed her on the cheek and held her for a very long time as she cried, and I told her gently that she was beautiful, that God delighted in her, that she no longer had to do it on her own, and that although her natural father had not been there for her, God was, and it was time for her to go to Him … I said how she had been so very strong for so very long, but that now, it was time for her to go to Him and allow Him to take the load and, to hold her …

I briefly talked to her about going to where God was for her (her “God space“) and explained (aware of the time) that where that was would always feel safe, it would feel for her like she had felt as I had prayed … surrounded and filled with love – she nodded with me saying it had felt very safe and full of love.

I sat in the waiting room as she got me a tea and I asked if she ever came up to Melbourne on Tuesday nights … She said her partner visited his girls on a Tuesday night.  I explained I held a group on a Tuesday night for people to discover more of God … the timing another coincidence that she pointed out to me and … I gave her my details and said she would be welcome to come if she wanted … or she could just call …

Whether she calls or not, or comes or not, she has had an encounter with the Creator of the universe … she has had an encounter with God … she has had an encounter with a Father, with a loving Father, a God who is a Father who “so loved the world that He gave His one and only son … ” (John 3:16 – emphasis added) … she tasted and saw that God is Good (Psalm 34:8)…

I hope she chooses to call or email … I hope she chooses to come to our nights … where that will lead I do not know, but I do know that if she chooses to go on her journey with God, as her loving Father, as her Loving Saviour, as her Loving Friend … she will  see that …

God is Good!

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