Stories of a good God

Archive for September, 2012

Asthma healed…God is Good praise report!

Yesterday I returned to a little shop, in the village where we are currently staying, to say hello to a delightful and beautiful woman I met a year ago.

She had helped my eight year old daughter choose a trinket and a charm bracelet, and had spent many long moments helping my daughter to ponder the purchase with such gracious patience you would have thought that she was helping a person to buy a bracelet of extreme value … and of course, for my daughter, it was a purchase of great value.

I stopped by yesterday as I felt God prompt me to walk past, knowing that she was rostered on to work, and sensing that I may pray for her again.

I had prayed for her a year ago … for her son to be healed of asthma, and a few issues came up as I received a number of words of knowledge.  It was at the end of our holiday last year, and I was looking forward to hearing how she had got on … the encounter a year ago having moved me to tears as I had prayed for her and her family …

I walked into the store and said “hello”, relieved that she remembered who I was.

I could not remember the details of the prayer from the year before, just the intensity of the moment, but she quickly reminded me of a few points, and my memory started to fill in the missing dots…

A year before she shared with me how her son, a little younger than my own, struggled seriously with asthma for many years …

The details quickly returned and I recalled how she had told me that they had had many trips to the hospital … and he had been on asthma medication permanently …

I asked how he was …

She responded saying they had moved about a year ago and that the asthma was always at its worst during the winter months … the months we had just come through … she then continued to confirm that he had been perfectly healthy throughout the winter, healthy enough to come completely off his asthma medication …

It took a moment for me to register what she was telling me but as I did I burst into a smile and said, “so, he has not had any asthma since we prayed for him?”

To which she responded “no”, he had suffered no asthma that winter and was completely off his asthma medication …

I gasped at the significance … I am still astounded …

I did pray again … for her and her family …  God again generously providing me with words of knowledge about her and her family … giving me words of promise and blessing for her and her loved ones … to be released over, upon and within her …

As I said before, I am truly astounded … and yet why should I be?  I love a kind, a generous, a marvellous God …

All I can say, yet again, to the entire encounter is …

God is Good!

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Epilepsy healed…God is Good Praise Report

In my last post I wrote about a little 2-and-a-half year-old girl called J who had fitted  and was rushed to hospital. After some tests she was diagnosed with epilepsy. An MRI was scheduled by medical experts to determine the extent of the problem.

The scan was conducted Thursday 6th September and results were waited for …

My friend who had sought prayer for her daughter and had subsequently asked Jesus into her heart on the foot path outside the kindy, had felt great peace throughout the testing and waiting process … a peace very uncharacteristic of her she said …

At kindy drop off last Wednesday she said she had to speak with me.

We sat down in the foyer and she proceeded to tell me that the results had been received by post the day before. She had opened the report and it said that there was nothing to be found … Her daughter J was completely normal …

Praise God!

She subsequently sent me a confirming email which read:

A little note to let you know that J got her results back from her MRI and there was nothing to be found….all normal 🙂

Had I not listened to God on a cold blustery day and stopped, risking ridicule and rejection, and prayed for a cold to leave my friend, she would not have encountered a living God who knew she would need Him to heal her daughter of epilepsy and give her life to a month or so later … a seemingly insignificant encounter led to a life and destiny changing one …

This is told not to “blow my own horn.” This story is told, as all my stories are to say … if me … then why not you?

I am so very ordinary … I am an ordinary mum loved by an extraordinary God … who “so loves the world that He gave His one and only son … That whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life …” (John 3:16)

Jesus said … “anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works …” (John 14:12)

I am a “whoever” and if you have asked Him into your life … so are you …

So, the question remains … do you believe who Jesus says you are?

Do you believe?

If you do … will you offer the “same works and greater” to the world around you?

As we all take a hold of who and whose we are … and offer Him regardless of possible ridicule and rejection … we will do “greater things in His name” and as we do we will see the name of Jesus glorified … We will do the same things that Jesus did … and greater just because …

God is Good!

How will they know to ask if you do not show them Whose you are?

I was leaving kindy drop off on 15th August when a sweet girl I have spoken of before (click here for story) stopped me and asked for a moment of my time …

It was freezing cold but the look in her eyes told me of the importance of her request and so I stopped and listened.

She started hesitatingly, telling the story of why she was stopping me …

Her daughter had taken an ambulance ride, she said, and so I heard how her young two-year old had collapsed, had a fit and had been rushed by ambulance to hospital.  A scan was done, and an irregularity discovered in her brain … “epilepsy” was announced as the possible diagnosis … and more tests were advised …

My friend was obviously and understandably shaken, and started to sleep with her daughter, frightened she will fit again …

She told me the story … and shared her fears and as she did I knew she was reaching out to me, not as a friend, but because she knew I prayed … because in the recent past she had been healed by a loving God of a chest infection, she had felt His peace as I had prayed and she knew that God was a possible solution … and so she stepped out and asked … without asking, if I would pray …

I did pray. 

I placed my hand on her daughter’s head and commanded any irregularity to leave, for her daughter to be healed of any issues, and I told her of another friend whose daughter had been scanned and irregularities had been found in the nerves of her back … a possible diagnosis of “multiple sclerosis” had been announced … I told her how the daughter still had symptoms, but how further scans had been done, or rather, re-done, and the scan had come back completely “all clear.”  The doctors continue to search for a diagnosis and explanation for the other symptoms presenting, but the original report showing the nerve damage in the spine, was replaced with a further scan report that had come back all clear …

I told my friend this story … nerve damage identified in one scan … prayer … nerve damage all gone in the next scan … I spoke to her of God’s goodness and she shared some further fears and concerns with me … and as she did I offered her Jesus … I offered her an opportunity to ask Him into her heart … but told her to only do so if it was right for her now …

It was … she was ready … it felt right to her …

So, on the nature strip my friend quietly asked Jesus into her heart and for the Holy Spirit to fill her … she felt it … as did I …

The story is short, sweet and simple … it will be sweeter again with a report that all is well with her daughter, but for now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been released … the Kingdom of Peace, Joy, Health, Love … onto her daughter … and onto and into her mum, my friend …

I ask … unless we ask them if we can pray for them, unless we let them know we believe in a good God and believe He will heal and answer our prayers … how will they know to come to us in crisis and seek help from a loving God?

I dare you to show your Christian colours and reveal a good God … reveal a God that cares … about the big and the little … a God that heals… a God that died for all …

Do you dare … ?

If you do both, we and they will see that …

God is Good!

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