You are a miracle!
It is amazing how you were formed in your mothers womb totally without any human hands.
You were amazing from birth.
Live in light of that!
Live in light of the fact that you were created and loved deeply by the One who hung the stars and aligned the planets.
Let every day of your life be a testament to the awesomeness that is you.
Shine your light! Live out loud!
Don’t let the cares of this world carry away your joy.
The world needs to see it.
So stir up your joy (sing a song loudly, dance with beat in your own head, etc) and pass it on.
Have an awesome day!!!!
I woke up to the following Lyrics playing in my head. Interesting because I am in need of a miracle.
It is a month till I need to move, the door to England is firmly shut and I have no place to move to here either.
I have to believe that God did not lead me here for nothing.
That a miracle is about to happen.
Sadly I am going apartment hunting down the street on Monday.
Please pray for His perfect will to be done!
It is my deepest desire to show others what can happen if we just trust God to lead us.
I want God to reach hearts through my obedience.
It looks bad but it is not over yet,
Love is a miracle
It’s a miracle if you can find it
And miracles are hard to come by these days (these days)
But the sweet Lord Jesus, he’s a miracle man
He’s got holes in His feet, in His side, in His hands
And if you ask for love, love pours through them
Like a ray of light, like a raging blaze
We didn’t know what love was ’til he came
And He gave love a face and He gave love a name
And He gave love away like the sky gives the rain and sun
We were looking for heroes, He came looking for the lost
We were searching for glory, and He showed us a cross
Now we know what love is ’cause He loves us
All the way to kingdom come (All the way)
All the way to kingdom come by Rich Mullins
As I stated in part one (read it here) my daughter was attacked with a knife by an unknown assailant while she lay sleeping in her own bed, and yet decided to forgive her attacker. I did as well as I never wanted her attacker to take any more than he had already.
My husband Allan (her father) made it known that he would “never forgive” the person who had nearly took his daughters life.
I understood his angst about his daughter being hurt by a man who came in through a window after he left for work. He wanted to protect her.
Yet I also knew that Jesus said Matthew 6:14-15
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (NIV)
So I knew it was a big deal, though in the past had wondered how big a deal it was.
Not only had Allan decided to never forgive, but he had stopped going to church (when God just had him start).
Well one day, months later, my friend had me go to the woman’s Bible study at the church that my husband had been attending (not my own) and then God led me to tell the pastor about what happened to my daughter (and we discussed forgiveness). When my husband got home told me that he was going to start going to church again.
Thank next Sunday he game home with tears in his eyes and stated “You told her about Megan didn’t you.” I asked “who?”
He then proceeded to tell me that the church he attends has two locations so each Sunday each one of the husband and wife pastor team will teach at one of the locations.
But this Sunday was different. One pastor was away so even though the Woman pastor was due to teach at the location that was not the one my husband went to, she ended up bring the sermon through a simulcast.
She taught about forgiveness and she used what happened to my daughter (and how I felt about it) as an example.
I was floored.
Allan then said “I have to forgive don’t I?”
I answered, “Yes.”
Now I cannot remember if we prayed or he just nodded his head but I do know that 8 months after my daughter lay in the emergency room, my husband lay in the exact same emergency evaluation room that my daughter had been stitched up in.
The difference was that he never left that room to go home… four day later he was gone, cancer took his life.
Later as he lay there only hours from death, as we prayed over him, God very clearly spoke something to my spirit (when I wasn’t even thinking about it at all).
God said “Lisa you do not have to worry, Allan forgave so he has been forgiven.”
I never again doubted how seriously God took forgiveness…it is a huge deal to Him.
He did all that, manipulated all those circumstances, so that Allan would be able to forgive before his death and final judgment.
Do you hold unforgiveness against someone in your life? Give it to God, forgive and let it go. It is not as important as your soul!
So I had this crazy dream the other night. Wait, actually I had a dream that wasn’t that crazy but what happened the next day was.
So here I am, trying to be a good Christian and follow God’s leading on my life. As many know He has called me to England and has asked me to trust him and follow his lead.
So I did just that. As a result I have tried to get a job in ministry that would support me and my son. There are several problems with that however.
1. Although I have a Bachelors in Theology, I have no experience.
2. I don’t yet have all of the money I will need.
3. England is a hard nut to crack as far as immigration in concerned.
4. I have been told by more than one person there that it is not Gods will for me.
5. Although God told me to go into “ministry” He never told me what kind.
This last point has caused me much frustration as I have looked for a job in England and nothing seems to click. I have been frustrated only because more than anything because I just want to do His will.
Well before going to sleep I prayed about the situation and I had this dream where I was searching for something and ended up in a youth room at church and there were rows of desks with the same sharp tool on top of each one.
I remember saying in the dream “These don’t belong here, and started picking them up.”
When I woke up God spoke to my spirit saying “just like in the dream you are searching in the wrong place. You don’t belong in that ministry.”
By itself that would have been a good enough dream, but later when I went to work I was instructed that I was to clean out some rounder’s full of tools. Because the containers were stacked on each other, I couldn’t see what tool I was grabbing as reached in.
I was shocked to see that it was none other than the very tool that was in my dream.
I later asked a customer what kind of tool it was and he said that he thought it was a blade that joind other blades to cute down wide areas.
Immediatly John 4:37 – 38 came to mind. In it Jesus says
“For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
This gives me hope that the ministry that God has for me in England calls for me to join with others to reach a people who are ready.
So although I am sometimes weary, and the road is long I will keep looking to God to pave the way because He will.
When it comes to England, I am not dreaming.
God is faithful.
Ps. Yes that is a pic of the actual tool.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Jn 4:37–38.
So for a while now I have been a bit like Noah, building my boat in the desert.
I believed God when He called me to England, even though I had no proof.
So I started to build my Ark, to I step out and do the things that God called me to do.
I did all I could do, and then I did as the Scriptures say, I stood.
I stood and waited on the goodness of the Lord.
For a season I saw not a speck of rain, not a drop.
I stood, declaring God’s goodness over my life.
I stood amidst the laughter.
But I am not going to lie, I was starting to droop a bit. I was starting to make other plans.
And then it happened….
Out of nowhere I felt a drop of rain, more than a drop actually, many, many drops…5,000 actually.
Yesterday I received an anonymous Cashier’s Check for 5,000 dollars to go towards England.
Yes, you read that right, $5,000 dollars!!!!!!
I am praising God for His goodness!!!!! I am publicly thanking the sender of the check!!!
You are awesome and I believe that God will reach many people through your generosity.
The money is now safely tucked in a separate savings account waiting for the door to England to open up.
My heart is not about going to Europe but doing Gods will. And God is faithful to bring to fruition that which He wills.
So now I wait on God with renew hope. Knowing that it will happen. God is good!!!
If God has put it on your heart to give towards England I will include a link below.
If you feel led to pray know that I covet your prayers.
May God bless you mightily as you seek and do what He has called you to do.
Know that I am praying for you to, that you may feel the rain.
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Anyone who knows me knows I suck at blogs (can I say that…ok I “stink” at them).
I have tried (and failed) at starting a blog more times that I can shake a stick at (whatever the heck that means).
To me blog writing always equaled homework (something I had to do) and so I started many blogs that were fated to die a quick death. I thought I was done…but then God…
Trusting God (this blog) was different because
1. God put on my heart to start a blog (wasn’t sure about what)
2. I mentioned it to my pastor (because I knew my history)
3. We prayed
4. The idea popped in my head, I was amazed “Trusting God” that plus my writing is what I do, the perfect fit
5. I took a step of faith and for the first time payed for a professional blog, professional layout, and all the fixings (as God led …usually my blogs were freebies with lots of distracting adds)
6. I quickly fell in love with posting (why because I love God with all my heart and know that encouraging Christians to trust him just that much more, is my thing.
7. This is the 100th post….proof that there is a God!!!
In honor of that fact I offer up the following From All in From Mark Patterson
“When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safe places to do easy things? That faithfulness is holding the fort?That playing it safe is safe? That there is any greater privilege than sacrifice? That radical is anything but normal?
Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous.
Faithfulness is not holding the fort. It is storming the gates of hell.
The will of God is not an insurance plan. It’s a daring plan.
The complete surrender of your life to the cause of Christ isn’t radicle it’s normal.
It’s time to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.
It’s time to go all in and all out for the All in All.
Ps Thanks to all who have read, liked, or added this blog. It encourages me to keep going:)
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