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Archive for May, 2012

Raising the dead…a God is Good praise report!

Last November I posted a story about my daughter’s new teacher.  My daughter had just changed schools and I had hoped to fly under the radar for a while, in order to at least get settled before stepping out … God had other plans.

This current story is a praise report that follows on from the earlier story.  Please read the earlier post … you will see that I nearly missed what God wanted me to do, and in fact at one stage I thought that I had got it all wrong … but God’s timing and goodness really is amazing … His loving kindness does take my breath away … he knew better!

The first week back in the Australian school year is in early February and it is hot, hot, hot! It was the first day back and I was waiting to collect my daughter in searing heat when her teacher from last year came rushing out to see me … insisting I speak with her.

Knowing I was a Christian she had shared a serious family challenge with me late last year, on the final day of school, after her first God encounter, and she had asked me to pray into it … She knew to ask because, as she put it, she knew I “believed and would pray” … how will they know to ask you to pray if they do not know you are a Christian that prays?

She came out this particular day beaming, ready to report on the issue from last year that I, and some others, had been praying for her about.  She looked somewhat rounder than the year before and she was shining!

She smiled and confirmed that she was pregnant.  She then went on to explain that the days that I had prayed for her last year had been days that she had started to cramp with extreme abdominal pain … they days she had started to miscarry her child …

Throughout our chat she looked and said “I do not know how you knew, but thank you” and her eyes misted up as she said … “I just hate to think of what would have happened if you had not come and been there to pray …” and as she did she gently rubbed her tummy …

I said, “well, God had it in hand … we were destined to come, the timing was His, He loves you so much He would send us just for you and your baby …” and it truly was a miracle, the timing that is … there were so many God connections around our daughter going to this particular school as and when she did …

She went on to confirm that all pain had ceased the Friday afternoon after I had started to pray, and after she had got the roses and the email from me …  she knows that the prayer was all God’s idea and that God had saved her baby …

Powerful and effective are the prayers of a righteous person (James 5:16) …

I stood and listened and celebrated with her while thinking on the inside … “my goodness what if I had missed it …!” knowing full well that I had struggled with the thought of looking like an idiot at the time …

So I ask:

Who in your world is waiting for you to bother … to perhaps risk looking like a dill …?

It may be the difference between a little person coming into the world or not … 

It may be the difference between someone receiving that job offer or not …

It may be the difference between someone receiving their salvation or not …

Who is waiting for you to bother? 

Then [Jesus] said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38)

We all need to go out … and stop for the one as we go … some will come and receive Jesus immediately; others will just taste and see, maturing for their harvesting at a later time …

She wants to know more for she has tasted of a miracle more than once now … and we continue to offer and invite until she says “enough” …

We all have people who God has intentionally placed around us, that He is ready to touch and show them His goodness …

Will you dare to bother …?

Will you dare to cross over and be the church … be the Body … be Christ’s representation, or re-presentation, on Earth?

If you are willing to step up into God, and out into the world, He will co-labour with you so that you, and those around you will see without doubt that …

God is indeed Good!

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Stopping for the one…a call to arms! a God is Good praise report.

A couple of moths ago I was heading up the street with my 5-year-old scootering along by my side, when I saw a man walking towards us on the footpath with a plaster cast on his arm.

I felt “the prompt” and looked at him thinking about the “call to arms” that God has prophetically been releasing to the church and knew that I needed to offer to pray. (Heaven’s clarion call to arms stories one, two three)

I did and he happily replied “yes … I’m a Catholic … you can pray …”

I found out that he had broken his wrist and if it didn’t heal properly, which at the time it wasn’t, he would need surgery.  In fact he was due to have a scan that week to determine if he needed surgery.

I told him a few stories about healings, including A’s broken legs being healed by God (see links below) and I placed my hand on the cast, invited the Holy Spirit to come, while I fought feelings of doubt in my mind …

After the prayer, during which he felt some heat and then relief, we briefly chatted about churches, faith, Christianity and when it was time to move on he asked how he could let me know how he got on, so I gave him my e-mail address and wished him well, thinking to myself that I would probably not hear from him since I rarely ever got any feed back from the “random” encounters who were given my details …

Well I was wrong!

He wrote by e-mail received yesterday (24th May 2012) the following:

Hi …., I’m the guy you met … a few weeks ago, thought I’d better get in touch, and give you an update. I was told in my first follow up visit to hospital that I may need surgery to insert a pin in my wrist. When I went in last Thursday, they advised the wrist was almost completely healed, no surgery required, and the plaster removed, hopefully the prayers you so kindly offered contributed to this quick recovery-so I thank you most sincerely, and more importantly the higher power you invoked.

He went on to say:

Many years ago when I was really struggling financially, after attending Mass, I was chatting to an older lady, who told me something quite miraculous was about to happen to me, and she gave me some Lourdes water, after I put my dole form into Centrelink, I blest my self with the water, and bought a $6.00 lotto quickpic, and won over $3000.00! I know praying for financial relief is not something so accepted, but it certainly gave me the chance to get back on my feet again.

In the same e-mail he then asked for more prayer, around another issue saying:

Now I’m confronted with another problem that would require more than a miracle to overcome … (details are left out by author)

He then completed the email with:

Thank you so much for your prayers, God bless you, D

He knew where to come back for help … the Christian who stopped and prayed for him on the street … the Christian who believed in the power of prayer for

powerful and effective are the prayers of a righteous person” (James 5:16).

What random encounter is being set up for you today? 

Look for the arms in bandages … is He calling you to arms?

How many miracles are we walking past every day of our lives?

Will you stop for the one and let God …?

I could have walked past this one, but chose not to, and by “stopping for the one” a man tasted and saw once more in his life that …

God is Good!

Links to A’s story of healing and a family’s salvation (in three parts) see: Part 1 for the start of the story and Part 2 and Part 3 for the praise reports

And the termination was cancelled because…God IS Good! Praise Report!

In my last post I told a story of a friend of mine who stepped out and prayed for a pregnant woman.  The woman was carrying a child who had been diagnosed by the medical world as having downs syndrome and as missing a nose … the story includes how my friend took another testimony and used it as a precedent upon which to rely and ask God to do again …

Well, this testimony, is the testimony upon which my friend relied … this was the first testimony that was told at a church service, which relates to miracle healings … not of just one baby, and not just one healing, but a healing of twins and a number of healings …

The first section of the testimony retold here is the testimony that was released at church.  The second section is the more …

I received permission to retell the first testimony … with the more … because when you choose to step out and into who you are with God … the story never ends just there, with the prayer and healing, so often it is just the beginning of a journey for you and for the one you pray for … as you will no doubt see as you read …

The first part of the testimony retold in our church service a few weeks ago was this:

After having a shocking run of complications last year, my friend fell pregnant in December with twins and was very excited. One day soon after she fell pregnant, we bumped into each other and I felt strongly to ask her if it was ok for me to pray for her for a great pregnancy. She agreed, but since she is not a Christian, was a little cool about it.

Last month, I bumped into her again and she looked absolutely shocking. She told me that she had just come back from her doctors’ and was being encouraged to terminate the pregnancy due to one of the babies being profoundly disabled and both babies appearing to have severe heart defects. She was in a shocking place and very conflicted, as you can imagine. She told me that some Christian family members had said to her that her babies were damaged due to her ‘sinful’ lifestyle and that she needed to repent. Obviously she was angry and confused and very sad.

I just sat with her and cried with her, one: because I didn’t know what to say or do, and two: because I recognised that her situation was horrible and an impossibly hard one to find herself in. I asked her again if she minded if I prayed and whether she would mind if I got some of my friends to pray for her and her family. She said yes and I prayed explaining that God was crying with us and that He felt her pain and just wanted to hold her during this tough time. I told her that He was a God of miracles and that He cared for her and her babies dearly.

The next day, I got some of the young adults in our YA connect group to agree to fast and pray with me, as well as some friends of mine. Within 6 days, she rang me to say that the nuchal fold measurement which was showing severe Downs Syndrome in numerous previous tests had now REDUCED from a 6.8 reading to a 3.5 reading, which was approaching a normal reading. She said that neither her nor her doctor could understand this change at this stage of the pregnancy, but that it was a great sign and that instead of terminating, the doctor had suggested she wait another 3 weeks for further tests and decide after that. She begged me to keep praying (how cool!)

Well, yesterday was the end of the 3 weeks and I got a very excited phone call from the doctor’s office. Both babies are looking fine, the nuchal fold reading is normal, the blood tests are normal, there is no fluid in the brain or stomach of either baby, and the heart defects appear to be totally gone!

In her words: “Miracles Definitely Happen!”

As a nurse and healthcare professional, it was so much easier for me to go to a place of ‘realistic expectation’ and just be resigned to this situation, but I’m learning to go to a place of expecting that my Papa God has a better idea and REALLY WANTS to make an awful situation into a brilliant encounter with His love.

I’m overwhelmed at how amazing He is – this ‘crossing the chicken line thing’ is definitely the place we are meant to live from! Yay Papa!

My friend then went to write the further instalment to the story …

Since then there was a report that the smaller baby had a blood supply problem and was not growing, so we prayed for that and the next time the blood issue was gone too.

The next test revealed that one twin had shorter legs and this was a concern again with respect to possible Downes, so we prayed again for the baby’s legs to grow and the following scan showed no signs of short legs anymore.

Mum is healthy, babies are healthy and now past the 24 weeks viable delivery stage.

She has also had a 3D scan done and both babies have beautiful, normal healthy faces with no signs of anything untoward. It’s nearly like we were able to pray and tick all her concerns off the list. I’ve learnt that so often we get discouraged by small set-backs, but we can stand against those too and claim victory at every stage!

As a nurse and healthcare professional, this has totally blown my mind. I used to think that there were simply certain “medical truths” that couldn’t be refuted or altered. I have since learnt that the ONLY TRUTH is God’s truth.

Keep sharing testimony … because GOD IS CERTAINLY ONLY GOOD!

Do you have a story of God’s goodness that you can share?

Will you step out into your destiny with God and release Him to a world that needs His love so desperately?

This first testimony was available at our church because one girl decided to “cross the chicken line” for herself and allow God to be God … she reached out at the risk of being rejected, looking foolish, looking like a religious freak …and offered to pray … and as a result two little babies are healthy to go … and a testimony was then available for another person of courage to take and use in stepping over the chicken line and offer to pray, also at the risk of ridicule and rejection … and another baby was healed and born whole and healthy …

Who is waiting for you to “cross the chicken line” and to be all you were created to be?

Together, with God we have the power to change the face of this country … to change the face of the world … if we will just dare to stand up and be who we are called to be … if we will only offer Him to the world … as we go … we will impact an entire generation for His Glory and the world will be a vastly better place because …

God IS Good!

Post script: the “chicken line” is a phrase coined by Kevin Dedmon that describes the act of stepping out into a place of risk by offering God’s love, in whatever form that may take, to others around us …

I believe the “chicken line” is different for us all … but we are all called to cross over into that place, because in that place is where we experience risk which is faith in action (see Kevin Dedmon and Chad Dedmon’s book entitled the Risk factor: Crossing the chicken line into your supernatural destiny (2011 Destiny Image Publishers).

For some fun check out our church website and find the You tube videos of people at our church stepping over their chicken line …

Give it a go … its fun and God really does turn up because … well you know … God is Good! J

And the baby had down syndrome no more because…God is Good!

On Wednesday 9th May 2012 I received the following testimony from a dear and beautiful friend who takes God at His word …

She believes, she stands, she declares and she releases … fully knowing and fully believing with all her heart that God is Good!

She writes:

In early February I had the opportunity to meet and pray for a woman called M.  She was about 6 months pregnant at the time. I prayed for her and the baby, that all would be well for the baby and for the Mum, not really knowing anything about her background or circumstances, etc .

Later into the pregnancy, I found out that the baby was diagnosed as having “down syndrome” and was missing a nose.  I was told that the mother of this baby was in shock and in total fear of how she was going to cope with such a baby.

Some time later, at church, I heard a testimony of a woman in our church praying for a pregnant woman who had also been told that she was carrying a baby with down syndrome.  The woman at church had prayed for the pregnant woman and the baby had been completely healed by God.  When I heard the testimony at church I elbowed my husband and said, “that’s for M“ and I “took” the testimony for her knowing what God had done for one … he could and would  do for her … and so, when I saw M again, I was full of faith and I released the testimony and God’s Kingdom over her, praying for the same … a fully healthy baby…

On the way to church last Sunday (May 5) I heard the news that the baby had been born at home, early that morning, and that the baby appeared to be totally healthy, with a fully formed nose.

I was told that, after getting to the hospital, the doctors assessed the baby, in full knowledge of the diagnosis of down syndrome and that although all appeared well, a blood test would have to be done to be sure the baby was fully healthy.

Late Monday afternoon, the blood tests came back … all clear!

I saw the baby today.  He is totally healed, totally whole,  and is absolutely delightful!!!!!

Glory to God!!!

And so …

A loving woman, full of God, stepped out and prayed … she heard the testimony of God healing another …  she took the testimony, as something of substance to take be taken a hold of, she claimed it for another … she released it … in faith … and saw God move …

And as a result … another baby, declared by the medical profession as being a hopeless case, declared as being destined for a life of struggle and sadness, is instead set free to step into the fullness of his God’s given destiny … just because she chose to believe, and offer what she had to another, fully knowing and believing that …

 God IS Good!

Note: in referring to “taking” the testimony see Revelation 19:10.  There is power that is released as a testimony is told and as such there is an open invitation to see that testimony (miracle, healing etc) repeated …

“They overcame him [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” Revelation 12:11 each and every testimony is powerful in and of itself.  

See Bill Johnson’s book “Release the Power of Jesus and see this story for demonstration of the concept in my world where we later discovered that the tumour shrank (even though Dr’s said it would never shrink) … and we believe that the tumour shrank when this testimony was read …

The power of the testimony is a powerful and effective tool to use when you are about to pray for someone, regardless of situation … using a testimony of His goodness that matches the situation, if you have such, or a story that doesn’t match but that demonstrates God’s goodness and power if you do not have a matching testimony … either way I have found testimonies increase faith in me and the person I am about to pray for, and it often releases the anointing in a very tangible way … this is why I tell and retell the stories of God’s goodness on this blog – we are all one family, who can share each other’s victories and retell and ask God to do the same in our lives and in the lives of those we encounter as we go … your victory is mine … and my victory is yours … so let’s tell and share and see the power of God’s goodness infect the world … because …

God IS Good!

A Psalm 34:8 healing – she tasted and she saw that God is Good!

A couple of weeks ago I was at my son’s kindy and saw one of the mums standing outside in the cold, looking miserable with a snuffly, red-nose.  She was clearly full of an infection. 

I stopped and asked how she was doing.  She said she was standing outside so as not to infect anyone inside with her cold… so she was standing in the drizzle, in the cold wind, out of concern for others …

This girl is one of those beautiful people … a heart of service and kindness, caring for others as well as caring for her two young children … always with great patience and love …

She went on to explain that she did not seem to be able to shake a string of infections that kept on hitting her chest …

I empathised, and told her my story of continuous illnesses for over more than two years, illnesses that just kept coming.  I went on to tell her of one woman, one special friend, who started to pray for me daily and the infections immediately stopped (“the prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective” – James 5:16) …  

As I told my testimony I felt the familiar prompting, and offered to pray. 

She agreed. 

I asked if I could pop my hand onto her chest … over the point of infection. 

She agreed.

I laid my hand on her chest as she snuffled and I invited the Holy Spirit to come.  I commanded all sickness to leave in the name of Jesus, and I commanded her chest to be clear of all infection …

I said to her that I was going to ask for “pay back”, and I did … I asked for a seven-fold pay back on all the illnesses I had suffered from and then I commanded any spirit of sickness to leave, releasing the Kingdom of Heaven as I did and asking for the Holy Spirit to fill her with His healing Presence and oil …

Feeling a little embarrassed, I said “let me know how you get on”

She responded that she felt better already, that she felt like something had lifted off her chest … I smiled and said something like … “well God wants you well, there is no sickness in Heaven so it does not belong in you”… and I went into the kindy to collect my son …

A couple of days later I saw my friend.  She looked at me over the sea of heads at kindy pick up and she said she felt sooo much better …

That was a few weeks ago …

I have seen her regularly since and this morning I again asked how she was.  She responded that she was great … all healthy …

It is a simple little story, but this encounter showed my friend the love of Jesus for her

He cared that she kept getting sick, and He wanted her well … and so … a loving God reached out, touched her life and healed her …

She tasted and saw that …

God is Good!  (Psalm 34:8)

Pulling back and stepping over…either way…God is Good!

I had collected my 5 year-old son from kindy, and felt to pop up to the local shopping centre for a coffee and a donut … a regular “treat” for the two of us …

I had originally thought we were heading straight home (I was tired), but on sensing the prompting of God to go the shops I said to my son “do you get S’land or home? … ask God” …

My son knows how to “play the game” and he piped up from the back seat “S’land.”

So I said, “do you get DJ’s or M?” (sensing to park at the Myer end of the shopping centre) and he instantly responded “M … what does that mean Mum?” and as I steered the car in the direction of S’land I explained where we were going and what “M” meant …

We found a park, and to be completely honest, I hoped that the trip was just a “treat” for the two of us, as opposed to an “assignment”, but as we walked into the centre I saw a man in a wheel chair and felt that familiar prompting from God …

I ignored it – I told you I am willing to share the good, the bad and the ugly and I am human.  I did not want to  stop, I just wanted a treat with my boy, I was stressed (or so I had been told by my GP the day before and my GP must know … pathetic reasoning, but I am being honest) …

I walked on, feeling sad and I said “sorry” to God … knowing I was loved by Him all the same, but feeling sad at my own response.  There was no self-condemnation, well, not for long anyway, but there was a sense of sadness … God’s sadness, and my own sense of sadness at my own response and I intentionally spoke to myself, bringing to mind my own testimonies of a Good God who had seen me through time and time again when I had stopped for “the one” …

Regardless of my choices my little boy and I thoroughly enjoyed our time together, and as we wandered through the centre to leave we walked past another wheelchair … well, it was not a “wheelchair” per se, but a person in a wheelchair, for those that are in “the wheelchair” are people … loved by a Good God … people He wants to touch!

I noted the gentle prompting, as I walked past …

My little boy looked up at me and said: “there’s a wheelchair mummy…”.

From the mouths of babes …

I looked at him and said “should we pray for him? you ask God” … he got a “no” but I looked back at the man and knew, and I knew that my boy knew too … so I said “Come on …”.

We approached the man, said “hello”, and I explained what had happened, quickly repeating a testimony of broken legs being healed and I asked if I could pray for him.

He said “you will have to be quick because my wife is in the toilets …” and with that I introduced myself and my son and asked what the problem was.

His name was Dave.  He had muscular dystrophy …

“incurable” he said …

“But for a miracle” I said  “so we will pray for a miracle” … and I held his hand and prayed …

I felt the anointing come.  I prayed for a few moments, felt the release and finished up and I repeated the testimony of A’s healing pointing out how her healing came over two weeks.  I thanked him for allowing me to pray, and he thanked me and as I turned and walked away with my son … I was faced with another wheelchair …

My boy looked and said “maybe we should pray for him too” … and I thought to myself “maybe we should …”

I wish I could say I did …

I didn’t …

There are times when it can be all too much, and yes I agree,  in those times we need to push back and walk through to the promise … I know that in the times we feel we have nothing to give … then God (see when my barrel was empty…then God for a link to such a story).

God was inviting me into something today … I answered just once …

We are always free to choose and, as a beautiful friend said to me on the phone that afternoon, “we are not Jesus … we are being transformed” but she also went on to say “… that of course, that does not excuse us from not walking as Jesus did…” and in doing so she called me to the standard …. she was calling me to be who I am in Christ

Yes, we are all human … we are not Jesus … but we are all called to be like Him, to believe Him when he says …

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12) (emphasis added)

I believe God invites us into encounters, invites us to co-labour with Him to achieve His purposes, for the world, for others, for the one, but also for us … I believe every time we say “yes” He celebrates, I am sure I feel the joy of the Father every time I say “yes” … and each time we do we step more deeply into our identity in Him … it’s a “win-win” … the world gets touched, and we get transformed!

I know that he loves us, regardless of whether we say “yes Lord” as the young Samuel did in 1 Samuel 3.  However, I do feel the Father’s delight when I choose to step in and up.  As I do, I reach further into the promises of God for my own life … and for the life of those around me … and as I do I connect with a loving Father’s heart, for me and for the one, and that heart is full of splendour and glory for …

God is Good!

Gotta let the Son-shine because…God is Good! Thank you pd hagar for the “Sunshine Blogger Award”

Thank you

I believe it is important to let the sunshine … or rather let the Son shine … from us, around us, where ever we go … release it to the world who so desperately need the goodness of God …

I believe that if we do dare to let Him out, the prophetic word found in Habakkuk 2:14 will be fulfilled  and … “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (emphasis added) …

Let all those who call Jesus Christ “Lord” be Son-shine people … and dare to be a light on a mountain (Matthew 5:14) … rather than hide the light under a bowl (Matthew 5:15) … let us together dare to be … “the light of the world … [for] a city on a hill cannot be hidden” …

and so I say thank you

Thank you to all those in blog-land that have nominated “God is Good” for an award over recent months.  I plan to post each award over time, working backwards from most recent in time … and so I must thank pd hagar at http://ldsconvertblog.com/ for the kind award nomination of the Sunshine Blogger Award

The Rules in accepting: *made to be broken … so I am told*

  1. Include the award Logo(s) in a post or in your blog.
  2. Answer 10 question about your self … author’s comment … 5 is more than enough
  3. Nominate 10 other fabulous bloggers …
  4. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.
  5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

1. Favourite colour: rainbow … 🙂

2. Favourite animal: …?

3. Favourite non-alcoholic drink? My beautiful friend, and fellow chicken-line crosser, A makes the bestest lemon cordial … you know who you are … yum yum!

4.  Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?  I have no idea how to use either 🙂

5.  What’s your passion? Being in the Presence of God, followed by being in the Presence of God with others … on the street and/or at church, and/or at home … anywhere really …

I nominate the following fellow bloggers for the SUNSHINE AWARD” … for spreading sunshine … or rather for spreading … Son-shine:

My 8-year-old daughter R … at God is Good for Kids at http://godisgoodforkids.wordpress.com/ who is a walking, talking example of God’s goodness to all those around her and who releases sun-shine where ever she goes …

Jessie … my encouraging online buddy who lets the Son-shine so magnificently at http://overflowofaforgivensoul.wordpress.com/

Derek at http://nothrowaways.wordpress.com/for his passion for his kids (all four of them), and the teens he works with … and for his rare honesty about His call and walk with Christ and for his unceasing encouragement in taking the time to comment and encourage a stranger on the other side of the world …

The team at “Pure Glory” for their words of wisdom and insight at … and again unceasing encouragement… http://pureglory.net/

Parent boost (my buddies from Stairway Church) whose parenting skills are inspiring and a standard to aspire to … and who so generously sow into so many children’s lives everywhere they go at https://parentboost.wordpress.com/

Get happy at the Happiness Nest http://happinessnest.wordpress.com/ for inspiring others to be happy and get in the sunshine …

With thanks …

God is Good!

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