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Chicken soup for the soul

Good news warms the heart, so, why do we so willingly repeat bad or sad news?

There was a book, or rather a series of books, that I read over ten years ago called “Chicken Soup for the Soul”. They were lovely books, celebrating the goodness of God … the goodness of people …

I had forgotten about those books, until this Wednesday, when I received a call that warmed my heart … and the idea for the title for this blog started to stir inside me … Yet, it was on Friday, when a dear and beautiful friend landed on my doorstep with a huge pot of chicken soup, that I then knew that the title of this blog had to be “chicken soup for the soul” … I needed to affirm how good news is truly good medicine to the weary, hopeless and sad …

Last Wednesday I received a phone call from my hairdresser. It was out of the blue, but I instantly knew …

She had been trying to get pregnant for some time, and I had prayed for her a number of times, (see “Receiving some sunshine … Releasing some Son-shine“).  To be honest I was a bit puzzled as to why she had not yet got pregnant … didn’t God want to show His love strength and Glory to her?
 
I had been back in the hairdressers just over six weeks ago, getting some “sunshine”, when my hairdresser had again confirmed “not yet…no news” and thanked me for continuing to pray … 
 
I pondered the situation and wondered about His timing with these things as we chatted to one another happily. 
 
Another friend, whose mother has recently died of  breast cancer was coming in to see me, in all my glory :-), at the hairdressers.  She wanted to drop off a birthday gift for my son and while doing so I knew we would catch up and she could share with me how she was travelling … I wondered again about Gods timing …
 
This friend had also struggled to get pregnant and had miscarried a baby.  I, with others, had prayed for her, and she had conceived her second little bundle soon after.  This second little bundle was only a few months old at the time of visiting me about six weeks ago … “Coincidence?” 
 
H came, full of news of things she had been doing and shared how she had been coping with the recent death of her mother. It was a bitter-sweet conversation. Both of us tearing up a few times, but she shared how her family had rallied and how her faith in God and His goodness had carried her through thus far … 
 
As we spoke I queried God and felt  a “yes” come … she was to pray for B – it was time for her to start to see God’s vindication come to pass through her and so I shared what my hairdresser B had been walking through.  She readily agreed to pray. 
 
I shared my “idea” with B and she said she was also happy and so the two disappeared out the back …
 
On their return I said to H, my friend, and B, my hairdresser, that it would be just like God to activate H in her healing ministry and to see B get pregnant in the next cycle … Straight after H prayed … vindication, blessings … His goodness and grace revealed to two beautiful girls at once …
 
Well … good news is chicken soup to the soul … B rang last week and breathlessly said over the phone that she was six weeks pregnant, she said that our prayers had been answered, that she had called up to tell me, and to let H know too … She said that it HAD been straight after my friend H had prayed … God had started His vindication on H’s behalf and the payback had begun … And my beautiful friends both were to taste and see that God is good …
 
We pray … God takes vengeance on the enemy … He vindicates…
 
Give it away …
 
Give away the victory you have won … the victory you need to see … either way give it away and give Jesus His just reward … God will have vengeance (Romans 12:19) and we will see a 7-fold-return on all that has been stolen (Proverbs 6:31 and Psalm 79:12) … If we will just step out and give it away …
 
I believe H will also see breast cancers flee, amongst other miracles … as she steps out and prays for the sick … 
 
The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10). The good news of the gospel … the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven is chicken soup for the soul … Filling, comforting, healing …
 
So, I encourage you, ask yourself:
 
Where do I need break through?
Where have I been victorious?
Where has there been defeat in my life?
Where do I still need break through?
 
Wherever it is … give it away, let God vindicate, release His vengeance on the enemy by releasing His Kingdom through your prayers for others, and you will see the seven fold return come … and as you do celebrate every victory you see whether it is your own or another’s and watch how the Spirit of the Lord comes to invade your life and fulfil your words, your prayers, your petitions, your requests …
 
Share your stories and let them become chicken soup for the soul for those that need the break through, that need the encouragement, that need hope …
 
And through the sharing of His Goodness, through the sharing of acts of kindness and love mixed with the splendour of a good God we will continue to see that …
 
God is Good. 

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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