Coffee, Chats and Commitment … coming home to a good God

I had the pleasure of catching up with a very dear friend this morning. In fact she is more than a friend, she is indeed a mighty woman of God and an inspiration. In any case, I had the pleasure of seeing her this morning.

When we catch up I normally see her at a shopping complex half way between where she works and my home; but today, we decided to catch up closer to her work.

We had a chat, a coffee (well I had tea and some more breaky) and there was a beautiful young girl that was serving us. When she came close to our table, I could feel the Spirit of God moving … I noted what I felt, said nothing, and thought perhaps I needed to offer to pray for her before I left.

Our time of catching up came to an end, I said goodbye to my friend and got myself sorted … as you do when you travel with a four-year old …

I chatted to God to see if I should stop to offer pray for this girl, and did not feel compelled, but as I said “thank you” to her I looked in her eyes, and stepped out in faith, and said to her “you may find this strange but I wanted to know if there was anything that you needed prayer for?”

She looked at me, tears forming in her eyes and said “why do you ask?” I said I was a Christian and had felt the Spirit of God all around when she came over to the table and wanted to see if there was anything that she needed prayer for …

She looked at me wide-eyed, and, after dealing with a few delivery people in the coffee shop she quietly said to me that she needed direction in her life, she wanted a new job and that she was a Christian but had drifted away from God …

I introduced myself and asked her if I could pray that her destiny would open and I told her a few testimonies including the story about the dad that I had prayed for that had got the job (link for story and praise report) he had been waiting on for 9 months within days of praying for him … I then told her about someone I prayed for in that very coffee shop months ago, who had the same thing happen (see link for story and praise report) she said she knew the person and said “yes, that would be great” … and I then suggested that she may want to ask Jesus back into her life, to which she replied “yes I do”.

I prayed for her, and prophesied favour and blessing. The Holy Spirit was tangibly present and although she was obviously shy about the public nature of being prayed for, she could feel Him all around her and she struggled to hold back the tears …

I declared her destiny open, shut the door on the past, called in favour and a great job, and then prophesied that, like her namesake, Esther, she was called to greatness and to a place of great authority. I prophesied that she would enter a time of soaking in God’s presence and from there she would discover her God-given identity in all its fullness … I then invited her to pray and make a re-commitment to Jesus … and she did, in her own words, quietly saying she wanted Him back in her life, apologising for leaving, and asking the Holy Spirit to come and fill her … she looked up at me and I affirmed her, gave her my number, the location of the closest church in the area, which just happened to be my church too, and gave her the service times …

I left the shop thinking how she had been on God’s heart. She had just shifted down to Melbourne from Brisbane a few months earlier …

My friend and I never usually catch up in this shop, but this morning we did … God loved Esther so much, He wanted her back in His world … and so He showed her His love in a tangible way by sending someone to ask if she needed prayer (and I nearly missed it!) … and she instantly felt loved by Her Creator and wanted Him back in her life …

God cares about the little things … He cares about each and every one of us …

My son asked me, as he watched the movie Nemo later that day, about why Nemo’s dad kept searching day and night for his son. I said, “well if you were lost I would search day and night too, because I love you”… and as I said it I realised that God does this as well … yes, I know that God knows where we are at all times, but that does not stop Him from seeking us out …

Just as I love my children, so God loves His, in fact He loves them even more … He loves the ones who know Him as their Daddy, and the ones who don’t … he loves the ones who are with Him and have never left, and he loves the ones who once knew His embrace but for whatever reason have left is side …

God will never cease looking for His children, calling them home to Him, and when they are home He lavishes His love upon them … His goodness and love follows us all the days of our lives (Ps 23:6) because…

God is Good!

God cares about the little things…luscious locks and cuddles from God

As mentioned in an earlier blog, I was at the hairdressers a couple of weeks ago (Saturday 5th November 2011).  While there a young girl was washing my hair and she was bemoaning the fact that her hair would not grow beyond her shoulders.  As she washed my hair I decided to pray for her, God had just turned up very powerfully for another girl at the salon (see the “Sunshine/Son-shine story”) and I thought, well, God cares about the little things too!

I offered to pray as she rinsed my hair and she readily agreed, saying what a lovely idea it was …

After she had finished the washing I sat up, told her that God cares about the little things, and that if it matters to us it matters to Him, including hair.  I then asked for her hand and I prayed for long luscious locks, past her shoulders and down her back.  As I did I “saw” a picture of her sitting on a bed, holding her legs in her arms, sitting up near the pillow end of the bed.  The bed ran along the wall and on the same wall, above the bed, there was a window … It was as though I had looked in on her in her room from the doorway and I “saw” her there.

I asked her if her room was configured this way and she said “yes.”  I told her that I saw her sitting on her bed, and I said to her that I felt that God was waiting for her to receive a cuddle from Him.  I said to her that I felt He was saying that, although she felt she was too big to come to Him, she indeed was not and that she would always be “His little girl” in whom He delighted … that she was not too big to come … that she could come to Him at any time she pleased, to receive a “Daddy” cuddle, sit on his lap, and “snuggle”. 

I said to her that I felt that there would come a time soon when she would remember these words of love and I encouraged her that when she did so that she take the time to climb onto her bed, tuck her legs into her arms and ask God to come, and He would … and when He did He would encase her in His love and she would feel it in a very real and tangible way …

She looked delighted, teared up and said she would do so …

I sat and had my hair dried and contemplated the salon visit … one girl wanted a baby and needed hormone rebalancing, and one girl wanted hair that would grow below her shoulders.  Some might say that one was far more deserving than another, but I think that God cares about it all …luscious locks and babies … and through both encounters I believe that each girl will discover a Daddy that loves her, cares about her, and that the little things, that matter to her, matter to Him because …

God is Good!

She was called to be artistic, and salvation was hers in Christ Jesus …

Last Friday night felt very much like the end of something … it felt like the end of term, even though it was only a mid-term break for our 8 year old’s school.  With that feeling, I had the sense that we were to have dinner out … I was quite happy to have it at home, but there was this feeling that we were to eat out and it felt like a place down on the beach, close to where we live.

I called my husband and he agreed so we booked a table as the heavens opened and the torrential rains came …

We ran into the establishment through the rain and there was a beautiful young blond girl who met us at the door.  I laughed at my dishevelled look, and mentioned to the girl that we had left a message.  She replied that the storm had stopped all calls coming in and out and that she had not received the messages … she was stressed.  I motioned to the storm outside and mentioned my dishevelled look, laughing at the fizz and curls, she readily agreed saying she had stood under the hand dryer for ages, trying to dry her hair into some semblance of order … I told her she looked absolutely gorgeous (she really did) and she seemed to relax somewhat, smiling as she got us our menus and glasses of water … and laughing as our 4-year-old said something funny …

As we talked and laughed as a family, I sensed that God had a word for someone, and as I questioned it I sensed that it was for the beautiful girl who had first served us.  I got the serviette, found a pen and started to write the word I got.  It included that she had a gift for making people comfortable, but that was not all she was created for, it said that God wanted her comfortable too … for He loved her and created her for greatness …

I sensed she was artistic in what she did, that she needed to step into her destiny and it had something to do with being artistic, and I thought “oh no not a destiny word” and felt somewhat intimidated about stepping out and prophesying it … what if I got it all wrong about her?  

We ate out meals and as we were about to leave I saw where she was in the room and went over to her with my serviette. 

I explained that I was  a Christian and that sometimes I felt  got “words” from God for people, and I asked her if I could share what I felt I had heard about her …

She agreed and so I started to read …

As I read she nodded, and then I got to the destiny bit and I took a deep breath and said that the next bit frightened me a bit to say, but that I would read it and she could tell me what she felt about it … I then went on to say I felt she was artistic and that it was time for her to step out into what she was called to do … she was artistic and creative … I stopped and asked her whether any of it made sense to her and tears were in her eyes …

She went on to explain that her entire family were artistic, but she had never seen herself that way … but that she hated what she was doing, and was considering stepping out and doing interior design … and as she spoke I looked at her and said what came to me, as a knowing filled me for her and her circumstances …

I said to her, “you have been comparing yourself to your family.  You think you do not measure up.  You think you are not artistic, because of how remarkable they are, but oh, you are artistic, you were created to be artistic, you were created for greatness and I sense that God is saying no more comparison, no more comparing yourself to others, for you are created as an original and you were created to shine …” and the word went on and on about her God-given artistic ability and that the pathway was before her that she just needed to step out into with courage …

As I spoke into her destiny, tears filled her eyes … I then asked if I could pray for her, quickly telling her the testimony of an open destiny for one of my friend’s husbands (see below for links to testimonies) and she said “yes” and so I prayed and declared her destiny open, I rebuked the lies of doubt, closed the past and released her into the fullness of who she was called to be … and the tears glistened as she dabbed at her eyes, and her eyes locked onto mine, with me trusting that she would see only God, not me, and hear the truth of all I was declaring over her  …

I then sensed God say to ask her if she wanted to ask Jesus into her heart … so I did …

She said she had been raised a Catholic.  I said, “you have never asked Him into your heart have you?” … she hadn’t and wanted to and so I led her in a very simple prayer of salvation.  She then asked Holy Spirit to fill her up.  I asked if I could hug her, and as she nodded, I wrapped my arms around her and exclaimed how incredibly special she truly was …

I then felt Holy Spirit say … “that’s it” so I said my goodbyes looking back at her as she stood in the dining room …

I wanted to fix it all for her, be her encourager, be there for her in the journey, but my part, for now, was over … it was the end of something, it was the end of the lies of deception that she had believed for so long, and it was the beginning of something new and amazing …

I saw a beautiful young girl full of promise, touched and filled by a great God, a loving God, an all-knowing God, a God who wanted her to see herself the way that He saw her … she had been touched by a God that loved her so very much that He sent us down there as a family to have dinner so He could let her know the truth about herself, so she could be released into a destiny she was born for because …

God is good!

Links:

First time declaring destiny open: http://godisgoodstories.com/2010/11/11/declaring-destinies-%e2%80%a6-last-month%e2%80%99s-prayer-is-an-open-door-into-a-family-and-their-destiny-%e2%80%93-wednesday-10th-november-2010/ 

And for associated praise report: http://godisgoodstories.com/2010/11/18/door-to-destiny-opens-%e2%80%a6-answer-to-prayer-%e2%80%a6-and-inviting-god-to-%e2%80%9cdo-again%e2%80%9d-and-%e2%80%9cagain%e2%80%9d-monday-15th-and-wednesday-17th-november-2010/)

It was time for a full alignment – praying for wholeness in Coles

This afternoon I walked into my local supermarket to purchase some nappies and shampoo (ie: mundane, everyday stuff) and was handed a basket by a woman.  I smiled at her and said “thank you” as I popped a loaf of bread into the basket and took the handles from her … I then asked how she was and she said “do you really want to know?” and I looked at her and said “you are feeling pretty “sh!! Aren’t you?” (I know, I used a swear word, sorry to those of you that do not condone such, but I believe that sometimes we need to relate to the world, without being worldly, and, in any case, sometimes there just, is not a better word).

She replied … “well I am still vertical” … and so I offered to pray for her …

I placed my hand on her upper arm, just below her shoulder and invited the Holy Spirit to come.  The anointing came strongly and swiftly.  I stopped and listened for what to pray and then prayed for “joy and peace”, she needed so much joy, and I said to my daughter to pray too, since she carries joy.  I said to Lyn “a wholeness is coming, there is an alignment coming, there is a misalignment, but an alignment is coming, a wholeness is on its way” and so I prayed and declared a release of wholeness and thanked God for the alignment with the Kingdom of Heaven and I again prayed for joy, for peace and for wholeness for this tired and weary woman called Lyn.

She asked me if I was “spiritual” and I replied that I was a Bible believing Christian.  I said I had learnt how to listen to God and pray what He told me to pray, and that such prayers worked … and I said to her that wholeness was coming and an alignment was coming for there had been a misalignment …

She responded that it was her nervous system … and then went on to say her husband had left her for another woman about a year ago, that it was the second time …

I could see she was shattered …

I started to walk away and felt to ask if she had forgiven him (not an easy question to ask) … and she replied so very honestly that she had not forgiven him … that she hated him, but loved him … I said I understood what she meant, and relayed a story of betrayal in my own life … not of such magnitude, but one that had taken me time none-the-less …

I said to her, with the forgiveness would come the wholeness … that she would very soon find all of a sudden that she could forgive him … I explained that forgiveness did not mean she had to trust him, like him, or agree with what he had done, but that the forgiveness would release her because the unforgiveness was hurting her …

She said she had been to a few psychics and they had all said he would come back within a year, that it was a year.  One had asked her whether she really want him back … Good question I thought.  I did not verbalise my thoughts, but instead said that true release would come through an acceptance of Jesus Christ and that it would happen … and as I walked away to collect my purchases I said I would give her my number if she wanted more prayer, for she had certainly felt the presence of God when I had prayed …

I collected and paid for the nappies and shampoo.  I gave her my number and wrote the name of a local church with the first names of the pastors that I knew …

I left saying “goodbye” and wished her the best and as I looked at her, I felt she actually looked a little better …perhaps it was my imagination, perhaps it was not just my imagination, regardless, she had received a taste of Heaven on Earth, I had prayed, she had felt the anointing, I had given her a cuddle, and reached out with my number … there was little else I could do in the natural, the rest is now up to God, and the rest will be good, because …

God is Good!

“For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” Revelation 19:10…releasing the goodness of God

“For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy … “ (Rev 19 10).  To prophesy is to declare God’s intentions, His goodness … Paul writes in 1 Cor 14:3 “But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort”; indeed, Paul writes that “I would rather have you prophesy” (1 Cor 14:5), to emphasise the importance of the prophetic word being released by believers.

Well, this story has that very power.  This story came in and a person I know read the testimony in its “raw” form.  The story is about sowing into the Kingdom of God financially … but, as a person with a benign tumour read it, the “tone in the ear shifted” … the ear has been affected by a tumour and the hearing has been affected … so, as a completely unrelated Jesus story was read it seems that power was released into the ear … this shift has encouraged that person to read more, listen to more, engage more with the testimonies of healing from a Good God!

If the spirit of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, then could Jesus and His presence ride forth on a story, on a testimony, and cause a shift in something that is unrelated to the subject of the story?  I know that Bill Johnson covers such concepts in his book “The Power of the Testimony” … healings do take place as testimonies have been released into the atmosphere, but I think (but I could be very wrong here) that the healings referred to were only ones of a similar nature to the testimony released, a similar condition … this release of power came on the reading of a financial miracle testimony, and the power of Jesus was released into an ear …

Could it be as we share our stories of a Good God that power is released for more than  just the miracle to which the story relates? …

Just one more good reason to let the world know that God is Good …

The story received by email Monday 5th September 2011 reads:

Here is a story of sowing into the kingdom of God.

It started about a month ago; my wife was invited to a Birthday morning tea. We know this family is standing in faith for financial provision, so we decided to put $100 in her birthday card.

A couple of weeks later, our family and some others were in Geelong helping my wife’s grandparents by laying gravel in their driveway. After we finished, my wife’s Pa gave us $100 as a way of saying “thank you”.

We sowed that money into the love offering for David Wagner.

Then, at a conference where our catering business was supplying food, we had sold only half of the food we prepared! So, we were giving away pies, pasties etc in the afternoon to whoever wanted something to eat rather than throwing them out. One person wanted to pay and I said “you can’t pay, but you’re more than welcome to make a love offering…” Later I found out that he gave my wife $100, we sowed that too back into the love offering for Bill Johnson and Leif Hetland.

The next day of the conference we sold EVERYTHING! We had a little bit of product left over which we were able to make into little hampers to give away – Such Fun!

So last Tuesday I was working in a factory area selling coffees, when I was described by a factory boss as being like a “white light” and … he ordered $100 extra in coffee.

Last Wednesday we went to my wife’s sister’s house to cook her some dinner. She is pregnant and not feeling the best at times. We cooked 7 meals, plus 3 serves of fried rice; our kids came too and slept on the couch.  My wife’s sister and her husband came for dinner last night, and gave us a thank you card, with a Coles voucher in it – value: $100

Makes me wonder what would happen if we started to sow $500?!

What stories of God’s goodness are you keeping to yourself?

You never know … if you start to tell the stories in your own life of a Good God, you may just release the spirit of prophecy, and with it a tumour may shift, a leg may grow out, or a heart may be healed … you will never know unless you start to speak and, I hazard a guess, that if you start power will be released … and that power will heal because …

God is Good!

Salvation at the hairdressers – God is Good!

I was up at the hairdressers last Wednesday (27th July 2011) and I was offered a free blow wave by the salon.  I was planning to just have a dry off, which means they do not style it thereby saving time, since I was tired and wanted to get home; however, when the offer was made I felt Holy Spirit say “take it, say yes” and so I did, wondering why, and feeling a bit embarrassed receiving it.

C was washing my hair.  I had said to her earlier that she seemed to be in a good place .  She looked at me and quizzed me how I knew.  I did not realise that she had known about G, who was the young guy that I had prophesied to two years ago, and who had told me recently what an impact the written prophetic word had made – he carried it in his wallet and read it regularly (see below for link to related story).  In any case, G had undergone quite a change.  He no longer dressed in a very “camp” way, but had seemed to tone it down, and I wondered if that was in direct relation to the word I had written which was full of God’s love and acceptance for him.  C mentioned it, and agreed with my observation, and she was intrigued by the whole event … 

C was going to blow dry my hair and she started chatting about it all, commenting on how much the written prophecy had impacted G and how she marvelled at being able to do that.  She then went on to say that she was frightened of dying … I sat and listened thinking “what are you up to God?

As she spoke I suggested that everyone could hear from God, because He loved us all, Christian and non-Christian, and He spoke to us all more than we thought.  She agreed that he loved us all.  I found out later that C had come from a Catholic background, having been brough up in “the faith” with an Italian background, but without a personal relationship with God.

When I said she could hear from God too she seemed excited.  I went on to explain that we all had a “God space”  (see http://www.refocussing.com.au/godspaces) and that He wanted to connect with her so badly He would let her know where He was for her right then, in the salon as she was drying my hair (and I held my breath as I said it trusting God would show up!).  So, as she dried I suggested to ask Him where He was for her and she said “Jesus, where are you for me right now?” and then her eyes lit up as she looked at me in the mirror.  I said “where is He?”  She replied “He is right above me looking down”

I thought of the woman in Myers from last year, who had asked Jesus to come closer and closer, and then asked Him to come in her heart (see below for link) and I said to C “Do you want him to come closer?”  She replied “yes” so I said to her to ask Him to come closer.  As she did, she lit up more and I said “where is He?” and she said “right next to me on my right”, and she motioned to the place. 

I said again, “do you want Him closer?”  She did and so she asked Him closer and He came closer, and was right next to her, as she invited Him closer I could feel the anointing increase.  I then said, “do you want to ask Him into you, so you have Him inside, do you want to ask Him into your heart?”  She looked at me in the mirror, all excited and said she did and so, as I watched her in the mirror, in the middle of the busy hairdresser, as she dried my hair she said “Jesus, come into my heart” and as she did her face changed.  She told me she felt a “shift”, and she felt completely different.  She said she was full of joy, and she looked it!

I then suggested she say sorry for being away from Him, to accept what he did on the cross for her etc, which she did and she looked so delighted she looked like “the cat that swallowed the canary” except it was that she had taken in the saviour of the world instead …

We kept talking.  I asked whether she felt any more fear of dying … she stood and thought for a moment and said “No!”  She was so excited!

I then told her about the gift of the Holy Spirit, that Jesus said that he would not leave us as orphans and that when He left He would send another, the Holy Spirit.  I quickly explained the gift of healing, the gift of prophecy which she was so intrigued with, and the gift of tongues, and there, in the hairdressers, I prayed for a baptism of the Holy Spirit, and for an impartation of all three gifts … and she quietly started to pray in tongues.

I gave her a cuddle and told her about the angels around her, dancing and celebrating at her new life,  told her about the angels in Heaven, and the great crowd of witnesses that were all celebrating and dancing, and as I did a little dance to the groovy music playing in the salon to make my point … her beaming the entire time.

I gave her my personal details, suggested she read the book of John as a start and encouraged her to plug into a local church, making a few recommendations and giving her details of her preferred choices next service … she very excitedly said she would go, and would take her brother with her … I thought ooo another saved soul on the way to Heaven …

I left that night with a blow wave, and she left with her salvation intact … she left her fear of death behind in her old life, having stepped into the new … alive to Christ, ready to get to know her God, ready to hear from Jesus, ready for a fullness of life with the Holy Spirit, and I know she will if she pursues it (as I think she will) because …

God is Good!.

Links:

Story that refers to the prophetic word given to G: http://godisgoodstories.com/2011/07/09/toothache-heartache-god-cares-about-it-all/

Story that refers to Myers salvation: http://godisgoodstories.com/2010/11/30/myer-is-full-of-the-spirit-of-god-%e2%80%93-a-prodigal-daughter-comes-home-wednesday-9th-june-2010/

toothache, heartache … God cares about it all

Thursday 7th July 2011, 4 year old M and I popped into the local hairdresser to buy some shampoo.  I had kept forgetting but I felt that God had reminded me while out this morning and, strangely, while there I felt to ask, on the off chance, whether there was anyone available to cut M’s hair.  Usually they would be booked out, but someone was available and so, after a chat about the cost (usually more expensive for kids on a Thursday) we were given a 40% discount rate rather than a 20% discount rate, and M delightedly made his way to the chair …

M happily sat down, put in his order for a hot chocolate and chocolate chip biscuit and proceeded to chat to the girl that was cutting his hair. 

As I sat I had a chat to a young Mum with foils in her hair.  She had a petite 16 month old and as we chatted about “Mummy stuff” she told me that her daughter was having trouble with teething.  I remembered the miracle of the teething 1 year old who had slept through from the night I had laid hands on his Mum and prayed for him (see links below for story and praise report).  I mentioned this to the Mum and offered to pray.  She said she was a Catholic and had not ever heard of such a thing.  I replied that I had decided a couple of years ago to believe the word in the Bible that said: “these signs shall follow those that believe … they shall lay hands on the sick and see them healed”.  From that time on I told her I had seen healings take place, and I told her a few more testimonies of God’s goodness.

She went to have her hair rinsed so I went in with her and laid hands on her daughter.  I released peace and told her daughters body to cut teeth without pain … and when I felt it was enough I stopped.

The Mum kept chatting to me and I felt to ask her if she wanted the gift of healing.  She said yes.  I sensed that she was intrigued and so I said to her that I felt she would check it out and that she would be shocked to see God heal people.  She gave me her hands and I prayed as I knelt before her – she was having her toner put in her hair by a male hairdresser who watched and listened as I prayed. 

Once I finished praying for an impartation of the gift she started to tell me about her problems in her 5 year old marriage and how it had been really tough.  I again said give me your hands and I prayed.  She felt her heart tighten and I said to her that I believed she would go home and think about this and that she would ask Jesus “where are you for me right now?”  I told her she would feel Him and I said when that happens she should ask Him to come into her heart (I did not feel to lead her to Christ then and there).  I told her from that time on things would change for the better for her and that she would be amazed.  She agreed. 

As I spoke I talked of God’s love, that there was no sickness in Heaven.  I told her about how I had given the young man washing her hair a word from God about 18 months earlier (he said – “that was you!? I keep that in my wallet.” And he said something along the lines of how special it had been to him).  I explained how God had wanted us to know how loved we were regardless of what we had done, who we were, how we lived, that He loved us regardless.  The guy doing her hair nodded all the way through as I spoke. 

The girl listened and as we spoke her husband rang.  Coincidence? I think not.

As she spoke to him I prayed for them, for unity in the marriage.  When she finished I prayed for her again, and spoke unity and peace, joy and the “shalom” of God.  I explained briefly what that meant.  I finished praying and gave her my number telling her about how some people I had met as late as a year later had called me.  We spoke for a little longer and I said goodbye, encouraging her as I went to ask Jesus where He was and ask Him into her heart, and I confirmed that things would shift for the better.

I left … encouraged that the meeting was not by chance.  The discounted hair cut was not by chance.  Remembering to buy my hair shampoo that morning was not by chance …

I left encouraged that a word I had given, so very nervously, just after I had completed a prophetic course, had impacted a young man so strongly that he still carried those pieces of paper that identified how much God loved him …

God has a plan and a path for our lives … most of us just need to know how loved we are by Him, He will do the rest …

The impact of the words written in love to a young man … the impact of offering to pray … the impact of chatting to a young Mum who looked all shiny on the outside, but was hurting so much on the inside … the impact of speaking the Truth of God’s Kingdom, of healing and love and joy … the impact of taking the time to stop and chat, although I had many other things I could have got on with …

The impact of it all I will never really know, but that young man is an indication and an encouragement to me because, I know it I will just stop, step out and release His love to people as I go those around me will start to see that …

God is good!

Links:

Ballet mum receives the gift of healing and is ready for a good night’s sleep dated Saturday 26th February 2011 http://godisgoodstories.com/2011/03/04/ballet-mum-receives-the-gift-of-healing-and-is-ready-for-a-good-nights-sleep-saturday-26th-february-2011/ 

Praise report – God is Good dated Saturday 5th March 2011

http://godisgoodstories.com/2011/03/07/praise-report-god-is-good-saturday-5th-march-2011/

Ballet mum receives the gift of healing and is ready for a good night’s sleep – Saturday 26th February 2011

If we will step out and let people know about God and his goodness then they will have a solution. Some will want what we have and then they can spread the Good News …

I am discovering that many people are waiting for us to step out and into who we truly are, and as we do we reveal who God truly is too.  In doing so they often ask “what took you so long” because they want Him too!

While waiting to collect my daughter from ballet I asked a Mum how her little baby boy was doing. She said he was cutting molars and was not happy … neither was she … she needed a good night’s sleep!

As she spoke, I got a picture of me placing my hands on either side of her face and praying for her boy. I kept listening to her and decided to step out and offer to pray for her, trusting that the picture God had given me would provide the key to her boy teething without pain.

I explained what I had seen and asked if it was ok to pray for her, saying that obviously it may seem strange but that sometimes people received healing for others as they stood in their place and received prayer on the person’s behalf. She agreed to give it a go and I put my hands on either side of her face and started to pray that her little boy would no longer feel teething pain, that he would sleep peacefully and that there would be peace in the home.

Another ballet mum watched (the mum I had prayed for a few weeks prior regarding a solution to her children’s schooling see “God’s provision for a family from ballet, posted 2nd March, dated 15th February 2011). I prayed for the peace of God to rest upon her little boy and I also prayed for the “Shalom” of God, and I explained later as we left that the Hebrew word “shalom” not only meant “peace” but so much more … everything that she could imagine the Kingdom of God to contain was contained in the word “shalom” … it was so much richer than just “peace”.

As I prayed I asked her if she felt anything – she did.

I then felt to ask God to give her the gift of healing. I asked her if she would like that gift and explained that she could take the gift and lay her hands on her child and release healing on him. She said “yes” and so I asked God to give her the gift of healing and she said “oh my gosh, my hands are getting hot”. I explained that was the gift being given to her and suggested she laid her hands onto her little boy and pray for healing for him when she got home.

We wandered down the stairs and our other friend from the earlier story was exclaiming … “we have known you for a whole year and we never knew you did this!”

I explained that I would have if I had seen a need, or felt prompted by God to step out and pray for them … however, for her it was as if I had been keeping an amazing secret from them all this time!

In the car park we kept talking. I asked her whether she believed in God. She said she did – that she was a Catholic. I said “the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead resides in you, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is in you” and I asked her if she had ever actually asked Jesus into her heart. She responded “no”, but on being asked if she wanted to she said she would, and so in the car park a mum asked Jesus to come into her heart. Her eyes got teary as she felt His love in a tangible way …

I then suggested she ask for the Holy Spirit to come and live in her too, which she did … and with a big grin I said to her …. “now the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in you” and I explained that the Bible said “these signs shall follow those that believe … they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall be healed, they shall raise the dead …” and I quickly told of my friend who has called someone back from the dead and I said “and now you can too …”

She looked at me teary.  Her daughter was calling for her to get in the car.  She seemed a bit in awe of what had just happened to her. God was moving and she could feel Him.  She said “My Grandmother used to do this stuff but I have never heard about it in the church …”

I said “well its in the Bible … you have it, now go home and use it” and with that she went to get into her car and as she did she called out to me and said she was going straight home to “give it a go” … and I know something will happen because …

God is Good!