“…And the peace of God…will guard [her] heart and mind in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7) – praying for life 13th July 2011

I was flying interstate and had settled into my seat next to someone that was happily absorbed with his i-phone.  I was looking forward to a quiet time with God on the plane.  It was a short flight.  I had stopped and prayed for someone at the airport, and did not sense that the guy next to me was someone that I had to “engage with” in any way and was happily anticipating a quiet trip.

As the final passengers boarded I looked up and saw Sarah.  I did not know that was her name until later, but it was obvious she had been to my home town for some very serious surgery on her head … she was all bandaged up and was walking gently and carefully up the isle to the last seat, the one behind and opposite me.

As she walked down the aisle I just knew she was someone that God wanted to touch.  I knew I had to stop for this one and so I said to Him that he would need to give me the timing and the words, because she looked delicate – emotionally and physically.

I picked up my book as we took off, and then later got my i-pod out and “soaked” in Him, uninterrupted for nearly the entire flight.  As I soaked I could sense and feel Holy Spirit all around.  I sensed angels entering the plane, stirring the atmosphere, and as I did I sensed that with the angelic increase a lot of darkness left, which made me smile … like the flick of a switch the light dispels the darkness.

I was travelling with two other Christian friends, although we were not sitting together and I wondered whether one of my friends was praying for someone at the time, enjoying the thought of the entourage from Heaven we must have been travelling with.  I later found out that one of my friends also had an “assignment” on the plane – a single Mum who was deeply touched by the presence of God as he prayed for her.

The plane started its descent and my mind went back to the girl.  I started noting a sharp pain behind my right ear and I wondered whether that was the point where she had been operated on.  The anointing was very strong and I just knew that God wanted her dramatically touched.

Once the plane landed I quietly leaned back and spoke to the man travelling with her, who turned out to be her fiancé.  I mentioned that I had seen she had been battling something significant and that I was a Christian and would love to pray for her, if she would like me to.  He lent back and let me address her directly and as I spoke her eyes filled with tears, saying she would love for me to pray.  She then went on to explain that she had been battling recurring malignant (cancerous) brain tumours, on the right side of her head – approximately where the pain had been on my head. She was returning home after surgery, during which they had removed some of her skull as well.

I could feel Holy Spirit in a strong way as we spoke and I suggested we get off the plane and pray in the terminal – she agreed.

Once in the terminal I explained to my friends what we were doing and they stood and prayed with me as well.

As we prayed she felt dizzy and a touch “drunk” and she swayed as the anointing came so we encouraged her to sit down.  My friends stepped aside to wait discretely and I continued to talk to her and pray.  As we spoke she told me that she was engaged to be married.  I had already prayed that her skull would regrow and that the tumour would leave, never to return, telling the cancer to get out, and releasing health, healing etc.  Once I found out about her wedding I prayed for her hair to grow back rapidly for her wedding day – some might say that something like this is insignificant given what she had been facing, but I believe God is interested in these little details too…

We continued to speak and I felt that she had known God, but was very angry with Him.  I felt Holy Spirit ask me to ask her if she wanted Him back … I asked her if she had asked Jesus into her heart.  She explained that she used to attend church but …  I asked her if she was angry at God and she said “yes” and I quietly explained that this condition was not from God and went on to explain that we are taught by Jesus to pray “on Earth as it is in Heaven” (Matt 6:10 NIV) and since there were no brain tumours or cancer in heaven it did not belong in her body, that He could not give what He did not have … I asked her if she could forgive God, and she said “yes” and so she prayed a quiet prayer of forgiveness.  I then asked if she wanted to ask Jesus onto her heart.  She did and so in her own words she rededicated her life to Him … the anointing growing in strength and with her gently weeping as she did. I also spoke to her about the Holy Spirit, thinking as I did of Jesus’ warning of the empty house (Matt 12:44-45; Luke 11:25-26) and she gladly invited Holy Spirit to come into her heart and to fill her up …

I gave her details of a local Church and a contact there so she could attend and be encouraged.  I gave her my own home number too.

Her fiancé had gone to get the car while we spoke and on his return she gently started to walk through the terminal, saying how giddy she felt with the Holy Spirit on her.  I suggested she go home and rest and press into the presence she felt.  I suggested she ask Holy Spirit for “more”, and bless what he was doing and in doing so He could continue doing what He was doing in her body.  I had explained that sometimes it took time for the fullness of healing to come.

I waved her goodbye as she climbed into her car …

Sarah was sent from God.  I know she was.  She had a destiny and a purpose and God wanted her well.  There were more coincidences around this whole event, but suffice to say I absolutely knew I had to stop for this one, and I know that Holy Spirit turned up … the airplane was pregnant with purpose, presumably with the angelic, ready to be released on a prayer, to minister to her for God’s goodness and healing to be released.

A heart turned back to Jesus, a young woman ready to step back into His arms, a healing being released … yes the battle has been won on the cross, yet she was still to see the victory in her body …

I hope she sees break through.  I know we are all special, but she was specialI want her to be tumour free, for her skull to grow back and for her hair to be pretty at her wedding.  I want her to enjoy her wedding day, grow old with her husband by her side and see her children’s children’s children grow.  I want her to be full of life and health and vitality and strength … and if I want that for a stranger called Sarah, how much more does God?

“If [we] then, though [we] are evil, know how to give good gifts to [our] children, how much more will [our] Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13 NIV)

I am trusting that:

“…the peace of God … will guard [her] heart and mind in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7)

We have the authority (Matt 28:18-19).  Healing is in our hands (Mark 16:18).  The Kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt 3:2), at our hand … Will we stop for the one and risk embarrassment, rejection, ridicule?  Will we stop for the one and in doing so “risk” life being released through us by a loving God … ?

He wants us to release Him so He can touch a dying world … will we slow life down and release Him to others … and in doing so release life?

Sarah could be healed, and she could go on to live a long and healthy life …

There is a Sarah out there for us all, if we would just look for them, and then stop our business long enough to care and pray for them …

Look around, ask God for a Sarah and then dare to stop, … risk something and offer the Kingdom of Heaven … we have nothing to lose, but they, out there have life to gain because …

God is Good!

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/

It’s time to move out!

I have suggested through out many blogs that the language of coincidence is one of the ways God speaks to us … as I step up and out I am becoming more and more convinced of this …

I was at the shopping centre Thursday 5th May 2011 buying my youngest some shoes at Myers. I could not find a single person to sell them to me … I wandered about when I eventually found a cashier and wandered over.

There was a Mum of three children all under the age of 3 or 4 years … one in a pram, one walking and the youngest was 8 weeks old in a baby sling. The toddler in the pram had very red cheeks. I asked if it was teeth and was told no she was a rosy cheeked girl, but that even so she was teething and they had been having a dreadful time of it, with four teeth coming through all together.

I quickly told the Mum about my ballet school friend whose little boy was teething and was not sleeping and we prayed and he slept through from that time on (see links below for stories) and with that testimony offered I suggested I pray.

She agreed, and I prayed for her daughter who went very quiet while she gazed into my eyes. I finished praying, wished her well and went to get the shoes.

While I had been praying the sales assistant had got the right size shoes for M, we tried them on and as we chatted at the cash register I offered to pray for her too, mentioning how well she was handling the shop sales with no staff … she readily agreed saying she had bought a house and the settlement had been held up and that she was very very stressed … I took her hand and prayed. She felt great peace. I then mentioned a friend who I had taught to go to her God space and walked her through a simple exercise for her to access God. She went straight to that place of peace and I suggested that when she got anxious she go to that place, but in the meantime the settlement would happen and the doors to her destiny would open, and as I prayed for this I explained how doors of destiny had opened last year over and over again for people that I had prayed for. She thanked me saying how calm she felt and I wandered off to complete my shop and go home.

On the way out of the complex I saw a huge sale at a major electrical store.  I felt to go in and was blessed with an amazing purchase of something I had wanted for many years, after which my son and I went home.

Later that day, I popped back up to the electrical store to confirm an issue with the purchase, not being able to get through on the phone lines. I spoke to the sales person and he mentioned he was desperate for a coffee, so while he sorted a few issues out for me, I went and got him a coffee … well the girl that made his coffee was lovely and I felt to offer to pray for her … she agreed and as I took her hand and prayed I received a word of knowledge … there was something about a house for her.  I asked if that meant anything to her … she responded stating she wanted to move out … another house issue … 2 in one day … coincidental!

I prayed telling her the open doors to destiny testimony … I know I have used that testimony many times over it is a great precedent to ask God to do again and again … She thanked me for the prayer saying she felt something and I took the coffee back to the sales person and went on my way.

The house issue was an interesting one. I went home and talked to God about it and I felt to pray that I would settle well into my new spiritual home, that nothing would stop me from finding my place in the Body of Christ … and yet now as I write about the day I realise it has far more reaching consequences … I think many of us are moving … we may not be actually selling our homes, although many people I know are in that process, but I think that many of us in the Body of Christ are being called to move … if not homes, then to just move … move on, move out, move up, move forward … just move and then He can start to steer us …

I actually think He is calling us all to move out … to take it out, to let Him out of us … for we are a store house of miracles waiting to be released … if only we would go out and let go, give away what we have … we have had plenty of time to grow up … now it is time to move … OUT!

I feel it is time for the Body of Christ to grow up. Stop allowing issues to block, acknowledge that we are old enough, have enough and know enough, because all we really need to know is Christ in us … and then out we go, taking Him with us, and where ever we go will always be “home” for … “home is where the heart is” … and I happen to believe that God’s heart is on the streets of Melbourne … or on the streets of your neighbourhood … if our heart is in His heart and His heart is in our heart and our home is where the heart is then our home is out there on the streets … AS WE GO … so lets move out with God because …

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!

Praying in the park – Monday 11th October 2010

M (my son) and I went to the local park for a play after kindy.  A little girl and her Mother were there enjoying the sun after a bleak winter.

M immediately struck up a friendship with the little girl, as only a 3 and a half year can, and scored half a banana from the little girl’s Mum.  The mum and I struck up a conversation with each other and chatted about a variety of things.  As we chatted I learnt that she was at home with her children, was studying to become a nurse and had a 7 year old daughter in Grade 1 at primary school.  She and I chatted about the challenge of juggling all the various demands of being a Mum, student, etc and laughed about how people only saw us wearing one hat when in fact we wore many.

It was a nice chat and as we got ready to go I felt God prompt me to pray for her so I asked if I could pray for her and queried whether she had anything that she needed prayer for – she responded that she needed prayer for her exams, which funnily enough I had felt was the need before I asked.

I placed my hand on her shoulder explaining that she may or may not feel anything but also explaining that regardless of what she felt, God answered prayer. As I prayed, I released peace, joy and wisdom into her life, for an ease in her walk and for wisdom in how she juggled the many hats that she had to wear as Mother, student, wife etc.  As I prayed I felt that God let me know that she strived and was very thorough with her study – I asked her about this and she laughed and said yes that was her and so I again prayed into that point releasing more peace, and also an ability to put down the striving and worry when it was time to study.  I felt God then say “that’s enough” and I encouraged her that it was possible to have peace, but yet have so much going on.  I wished her well and we all headed home … after a lovely play/pray in the park.

I don’t think I ever saw her again … or if I did neither of us recognised the other … regardless there was a chance meeting in the park, a meeting of hearts and minds … and a touch from Heaven … purely because …

God is Good!