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She keeps on seeing that God is Good! (Praise report and more)

This afternoon we had 5 children who needed to get outside, and although the Spring warmth turned cold and windy, we decided to head down to a nearby bay side beach.  After a bit of a play, we stopped at a bayside cafe for a cuppa.  My husband and I have been visiting this place for nearly 20 years.  In that time a young Russian girl started working there.  At the time she was young and single, a beautiful girl with an amazing loyal work ethic.  She is now is older, still beautiful and still works hard.  Time and again we have showed up and when we have seen her, we have seen that God has had her set in His sights.

To give some history, the first time I prayed for her, she was wanting a visa, we prayed for her, sensing at the time that God wanted us to stop and pray for her.  We offered, she said “yes” and we prayed.  Her visa came.

A while later, we visited again, and I sensed that she would dearly love to meet someone who she could share a life with, someone to marry and start a family.  As yet, at the time, she had not met anyone, and she was lonely.  I can remember sensing again this time to offer to pray, she said yes and confirmed that my feeling was right, she did want to meet someone special, and so I prayed, feeling God’s heart on it, and she agreed with tears.  Not long after, she met a man, whom she married and has been the love of her life.

A few years passed before we saw her again.  I don’t know why, but our paths did not cross.  I can remember seeing her and thinking she would not recognise me, but she did as I enquired about her life and whether she had met anyone.  She had, and was married!  Naturally I was delighted, and again as she spoke I felt a gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit.   I was sensing that she wanted a child, but I had to go cautiously on this one.  I asked her gently, explaining that I knew it was none of my business, if she wanted children.  Her demeanour dropped as she explained, she desperately wanted children but had not yet become pregnant.  I explained my sense, and she agreed to prayer, tears coming down her cheeks.  I gently prayed and she received in faith, and …. 😉

The next time I saw her was a few months later, she was clearly pregnant (GO God!).  She was beaming and so very happy.  She was still working hard at the cafe but she was happy, content and looking forward to the birth of her child … I was delighted …

A period of time passed again, and we did not see her for some time, but eventually, I’m not sure the time frame, we saw her and she said life was good.  She had her baby, she had her husband, she had her job … I looked at her and as we spoke I “saw” a house with a little white picket fence and I offered to pray, asking her about whether she wanted a home of her own – she did, so I told her what I “saw” and we prayed …

Well, I saw her again today.  I can’t remember if I knew that she had bought land or not, but today I said hello, she remembered us with a smile as she cleared the table, and I asked her if she had her home.  She replied that they had their land but they were waiting for the permits for the builder to build and it had been a year of trying to get the paperwork.  So yes, I offered to pray again, reminding her of the visa, the husband, the child (who she said was now four years old) and said let’s pray, and so I took her hand and called in the paperwork to completion, I called that home in for her in the name of Jesus, and she stood and received and smiled and agreed saying “yes please Jesus”, because she knows beyond a doubt that …

God is Good!

And he was seen – Praise report God is Good!

My last story, “And he was seen – God is Good” was about a young man who was at the end of his dance training in an elite training facility.  He had felt that he had never been seen, that somehow he was hidden, but one night God had other plans.  A few months ago I felt God asked me to step out and stop to pray for him.  I was to declare that it was his time to be seen, to shine, and for the doors of his destiny to open … I was to declare those doors open in the name of Jesus Christ.

Well God has been busy in this young mans life.  I saw him yesterday, and he gave me permission to write a further story outlining what else had happened so far.

What this young man told me after the first encounter was that he had been contacted by the director of a great British dance company, and he had been offered a job – just after we had prayed and released God’s will on earth through prayer and declaration.  The start date of this job offer was a little early (this year), and would not have allowed the young man to complete his training and qualifications, and so we prayed for favour as he wrote to the director to negotiate a later start date.  In response to his email, the director did offer a later start date, but it was a little too late (late next year), and so we prayed again that the job would be brought forward, and that the contracts would be coming forthwith, and yes, he was offered an earlier start date, which allowed him travel time, time to settle and a great start time … and the contracts came …

Unbeknown to him, I started to ask God that he would be seen by a major Australian company, that he would be seen and given opportunities to shine …

A couple of weeks ago, I saw him in his workplace, looking tired but happy and he said that the director of the Australian company had given him opportunities to dance with the touring company.  The roles he had been offered were unexpected, but very welcomed by him.  He explained that the director had recognised particular gifts in him for a few roles, and so gave him the roles in their touring arm of the company … it was his chance to shine … and so he did 🙂

I was delighted as he told me his story, and I fessed up that I had been praying for him.  I then encouraged him to rest, since he looked very tired, and he allowed me to pray for a deep refreshing rest as he came into this current season of exams and finalisation of his education.

Unexpectedly, I saw this young man again yesterday morning.  I greeted him and asked how things were going for him, and to my absolute delight he happily told me that a great interstate dance company had offered him a contract, as had a major New Zealand company,  but, he said he was still planning to pursue the British offer – he said it felt right in his heart. I was so pleased for him and said so, telling him that when God opened those doors He really opened those doors … he laughed agreeing with me.

With the year-end coming I asked when his exams were, and I said I would pray for him.  I mentioned that it would be lovely if he would let me know by email how he gets on occasionally.  He said he would.  I said that he was on a wonderful journey, and I hoped he knows that he is loved by a good God.  For him at this stage, he has said to me that he isn’t too sure what that grid looks like, what it’s all about.  I explained that it was ok for him not to be too sure – it was a journey of discovery, that God was pursuing him – all he need to do was to pray and ask for God’s guidance, about anything, and God would respond.   I explained that there would be a quiet assurance that he would feel about the right decisions and choices, that one of the ways to know is that he is at peace with the decision, that it would sit right in his heart …

Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always].  (Colossians 3:15)  See link here

I said to him that as a Christian I believe I know what happened for him, and who it was that had asked me to pray for him, but I explained that he was on his own journey.  I said I was happy to answer any questions he had to the best of my ability, but it was his journey, and that no-one could or should force the issue on him.  I then briefly told him about a friend who was deeply afraid of the Christian faith and who had, over a 3-4 year journey, discovered the Christian God for herself.  I explained that she was now a worship leader in her local church.  I added, with emphasis, that it was her journey with God … and so too it would be his journey with God.

As many of you will know, a journey with God is not a single encounter, but a life journey, a continuous coming deeper into a relationship with a loving God.  So, I am trusting that this young mans’ encounter with a loving God will continue.  I hope he will reach out to God for himself as he steps into this next phase of his life.  I hope he is able to establish a grid for what has happened for him to date, as he comes to know that God thoroughly and absolutely adores him for him, just as he is.  I am trusting and hoping that he will continue to discover that, without any doubt …

God is Good!

And he was seen – God is Good!

I have been meaning to write this story up for a few weeks now … and with what came next  I knew it was high time I got my skates on!

Two or three weeks ago, I was purchasing a few items in a little local organic shop near where my children attend a regular activity.  This particular shop is just across from an elite training facility in dance, and over the last few years that I have shopped there, it has hired a number of the older students, who are often in their final year of training. On this particular night I looked at the young man serving me, and felt a promoting to pray for him.  It turned out he was in his final year of training at the facility across the road.  I mentioned my unction, and asked him if I could pray for him … he readily agreed, and I took his hand in mine and, although I felt the familiar nerves, I proceeded to pray .

I felt prompted to call in his destiny … and as I did I sensed that he had not felt seen for the years that he had trained at this facility (and it had been years!).  I felt that he had not only felt this way, but in fact he had been overlooked … not seen … and so I called him into the light, I declared that he would be seen, and that the doors of his destiny would open in the name of Jesus …

I stopped and looked at him and explained what I felt and what I had prayed.  He said to me that it was exactly how he had felt.  That he had never been seen, that he was constantly overlooked, or so he felt …

He asked me my name and I gave him my first name, and he then asked for my surname … it seemed important for him to know who I was … and so I told him … and he thanked me, he looked like he had felt something, but I didn’t ask …

I went to leave, but as I did I felt a boldness come over me, and I knew it was time for him to be seen, just as I had prayed.  I saw a picture of him which I described for him … and as I described it I acted it out in that little store, a little embarrassed, but really want him to know he was not to strive …

I said that he was a king, like royalty, a prince and that he was to imagine that he was, much like the roles he danced, and as I said this I stood as tall as I could and I started to step forward, and motioned with my arms that as royalty walked through doors, that there was no effort on their behalf to open such doors, that doors were opened for them … and I acted this out for him … and then I turned and looked at him and said …

… “this is how it will be for you … you will walk and the doors will open, no effort from you, you will not need to push, you just need to walk it out … like a king, the double doors will open” and he nodded with understanding, seemingly encouraged … and I said “I call it in Jesus name” … and I smiled saying to him “no effort, no striving, it will just happen … and I look forward to hearing about it!”

Well …

I was in this little shop with a friend on Monday night.  This young man was working again and I smiled at him and said hello and he smiled back. I chatted briefly to my friend while she had her tea, and as we got up to leave  he stopped me and said smiling:

“… you remember a few weeks ago you prayed for me, well …”

I looked and felt such joy rise up inside me … “you’ve been offered a contract!?” I said

“I have” he said … I wanted to hug him  with the sheer pleasure of hearing such news … and I told him so and he invited me to hug him … so I did!

“God IS Good!” I said, and he said back “he is.”

He told me that just after I had prayed for him he had been offered a contract with a company overseas.  The company had wanted him to start with them this year, but he had decided to finish his course, and they were happy to wait for him, so he would go early next year … I jumped with sheer delight … and I hugged him again …

I raced out to collect my boy … googling the company … and then after collecting my son I popped back and he told me that he had auditioned for a role in this company in a visiting show here in town.  The strange thing was, he had not got any part in the local staging of the show … but he had been later contacted by the people that he had auditioned before,  and they asked if they could pass on his contact details to the company’s director, who had expressed a desire to speak with him directly.  He agreed, and the director, on contacting him, had offered him a contract of employment overseas, in a terrific company … he was absolutely delighted … and I was too!

I smiled and repeated “God IS Good!” and I told him that all I had done was prophesy, to hear God’s heart for him and his life and to release it in prayer … he nodded in agreement, and seemed to understand … we both knew it was answered prayer, and he said to me maybe one day you will come and see me dance … and I said what a pure pleasure that would be … and oh what an encouragement to me this little story has been, I smiled all the way home for the sheer joy of seeing God love on another human being, to be a part, even a tiny part, of another human being’s journey, to let them see that, even if others had not seen him, God had seen him,  and God had not forgotten him … such answers to prayers, such answers to prophetic decrees makes stopping for the one, even with nerves at times, still so very worth it because …

God is Good!

 

And with the flick of a wrist she was healed…God is Good!

About a week ago I was doing a big grocery shop … restocking the bare cupboard so to speak.

As my products were being swiped through I looked at the girl serving me, and a knowing feeling came upon me … and I knew I was to offer to pray.

I looked for any obvious signs of injury and could not see any … always a bit awkward I felt if you did not know why and if it was busy …

My purchase was finished up, and I could sense that the woman behind me was itching to get through and out; so, I resolved in my heart to unpack my shopping into my car, come back with the trolley and then offer to pray.  I silently hoped and trusted there would be a pause in the customers … knowing that so often there wasn’t … either way, I knew I just had to step out and offer regardless of who was there …

On my return to her check out counter I quietly waited while she finished serving the woman after me.  I mentioned to her that I wanted to pray for her, and that I would wait, and as I explained this I saw a bandage on her wrist … I had not seen it before … and I said with a smile that I now saw why I was to offer to pray …

She smiled, and kept serving the woman … turning back to me and smiling broadly …

She finished up, and another person came to be served, but instead she turned to me and I quickly asked about the wrist … it was a very sore repetitive strain injury (RSI) that required the support of a bandage for her to lift and shift the groceries …

I gently held her wrist in my hand and invited the Holy Spirit to come, explaining that I was a Christian, and I commanded the pain, the RSI and the spirit of arthritis to leave.  Once I did I released the oil of the Holy Spirit into her arm … I then asked if I could place my hand on her shoulder … she agreed and I prayed freedom of movement into her shoulder and I got her to swing her arm around, explaining to her I felt the problem extended down her arm from the shoulder, that she needed to gently move her shoulder and arm in a circular manner to release and free the arm …

She did so and I asked her to check the injury out.  She shifted her thumb …

No pain.

She wriggled her fingers …

No pain.

I suggested she take off her support, and as she did she wriggled her fingers and turned her wrist … as she looked at me smiling …

No pain!

With the flick of her wrist, the pain had gone and she was healed in Jesus name!

I said “thank you Jesus!”, smiled and thanked her for letting me pray … blessing her and encouraging her to move her shoulder and arm regularly as I left the store …

A simple prayer … a little out of my way … a small moment of my time taken to release God’s goodness and healing power … a moment to agree with God’s will for another life and now she knew that …

God is Good!

There are no tennis elbows in Heaven …

We are taught by Jesus to pray …

Your kingdom come … Your will be done … On Earth as it is in heaven

(Matthew 6:10) 

The “Lord’s Prayer”, as it is commonly known, is the only scripted prayer that Jesus left us with … it is the only “precedent prayer”, or “formula prayer” that we can stand firm on and believe for … it is the perfect prayer … it is the prayer that Jesus left us having said:

When you pray … pray this …

So, the issue was never “if” you pray, but “when” you pray … therefore, when we pray we can ask … does this exist in Heaven?  Does this issue, circumstance, sickness, disease, terror, lack, fear exist in Heaven?  If the answer is “no” then we, with absolute surety, can tell the thing, the condition, the problem, the sickness to leave, knowing that if it is not in Heaven then it is not God’s will for it to be here on Earth, and as son’s and daughters of the Kingdom of Heaven it is our job, our mandate, our privilege, to tell that thing to go and to release through prayer and decree Heaven on Earth in all situations and circumstances …

I was out shopping with my five-year-old.

I was over the experience; however, I had promised him that we would look at the Christmas decorations in Myers in the hope of finding his piano and ballet teachers a gift …

I had decided to head home, but as I did, he reminded me, steadfast in his focus, that we had still to visit the Christmas decoration section … his favourite section at Christmas time.

I knew I had to see the promise through … not just as a matter of integrity, but because I sensed, through his reminder that there may just be something in it … I sensed that his reminder was prophetic in nature (through the lips of babes :-)) … perhaps God had something there for me, for him, for us … for someone else?  Perhaps we would find that elusive gift, I hoped so … but regardless I just knew we had to go … and so I took a deep breath and made my way up the escalators … that cup of tea at home would wait.

We wandered around looking for a musical decoration, to suit his piano teacher, or a ballerina decoration, for his ballet teacher … and as I scanned the items I found some gold keys with imitation amethyst stones in the handles (there were two types of keys, both the same, but with different locks) … I looked and knew  I had to buy them as a set … I sensed they were for a friend, but they were so pretty I decided I wanted some too.  I checked internally with God and felt His assent at the purchase and so with two sets of keys in hand, one set for me and one set for my friend, I made my way to the cash register, knowing I had found the treasure God had wanted me to find here … 

As I paid I noticed that the woman behind the counter had a brace on her elbow.  I silently asked God if I was to offer to pray for her … I didn’t want to – I just knew she would say “no” … she looked like a “no” … and I really did not feel like copping another “no” …

I stood, knowing what God wanted me to do, and so I assented to His will, to His desire, and gently asked this woman if she had tennis elbow and asked if she would like me to pray, explaining that I was a Christian and that the injury was not God’s will for her … especially not at Christmas time.

She looked at me, immediately lit up and said “oh yes please, would you, that would be lovely, oh, but you are so busy, do you have time?”

Surprised and relieved I explained that yes, I was busy, but I would wait for her to serve the other person standing at the counter, with me, that God wanted her healed, and that she was worth the wait, in His eyes and in mine … and, as I said this a large number of people started to queue where before there had been just been one …

My son and I silently waited to the side, for her to finish serving the people … her looking over to me, apologising, and me saying it was ok … I would wait …

As she finished, she hurried over to me, asking where she should stand, how she should stand, how long would it take etc …

I said just stand here, it will only take a minute and I asked her name as I told her mine …

I placed my hand on her arm, invited the Holy Spirit to come and commanded the elbow to be healed, telling all pain to leave.  I then released healing and the oil of the Holy Spirit.  “On earth as it is in Heaven” I prayed …

The anointing came quickly and powerfully, I felt it sweep and swirl all around me, powerful with intent … and then it left, as quickly and as it came …

I felt like I should pray longer … thoughts raced through my head … surely I had to pray more, but I corrected myself, knowing that I should not be religious and pray past the purposes of God … so in faith I stopped and asked her to check it out …

She gently twisted her arm, moved it up and down, and opened and shut her hand … and she said there was no pain …

I said are you sure?  Check it out some more …

She tried it out more aggressively … saying with eyes wide open … “the pain is completely gone!”

I smiled and said … “well God loves you and does not want you in pain anymore … there are no tennis elbows in Heaven, so it does not belong in you here on Earth … Jesus taught us to pray “on Earth as it is in Heaven” and he wants you healed, especially at Christmas time …

Overwhelmed with a love and affection for her I asked if I could give her a kiss.  She assented and I gave her a hug and kiss, wished her a Merry Christmas and with relief that I was now going home to a cup of tea and with the excitement that I had seen an instant healing after such a long time of gradual healings, or emotional healings (which are just as valuable but are not seen) … I left, full of joy, gratitude and hope knowing that she would have a lovely Christmas … having been touched by a loving God that gave His only Son …

Yes, I happily left, full of that wonderful feeling of being used by a Good God.  I walked out with an afterglow of anointing still discernible, mixed with a sense of His thanks and pleasure … 

Both she and I had encountered God’s goodness in an experiential manner and both of us knew beyond any intellectual doubt that …

God is Good!

Post Script: ironically, all four keys were for the friend … He does have a sense of humour, but that is another story.

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!

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!

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