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Treasure at the Tip – God is Good!

One of our more retiring, gentle members of our group, called P, has been moved more and more by Holy Spirit to step out and pray for those around him as he goes.  He was the person who stopped and gave all he had in his wallet to a busker in this earlier story here and he was the person who was prompted to pray for a girl at Nandos in this story here

Our church recently hosted carols for Christmas.  He noticed a guy sitting outside in the warmth of the evening and he felt a prompting, which he is becoming more accustomed to recognise now, and he went over and quietly chatted to this person.  This act of stepping out for P is huge, as I said he is a gentle giant … gentle and mighty!

He also told me another recent God is Good story this last Sunday … where he found treasure at the tip.

P said he felt he was meant to drop some trash off at the tip on his way to work.  He headed off and unknowingly headed towards a complete God set up.

He said he stood in the line at the counter to pay, and a young girl looked at him and said something like “you look like your an older man, a father, a husband, will you please give me some advice about something?”

P was a little taken aback but said “sure” and the girl proceeded to show him a picture saved on her phone screen of the Superman actor in costume.  She said ” my partner doesn’t like me having this as my screen saver, he thinks it’s wrong and is really upset, what do you think?”  She apparently had been taking a poll with people as they came to the counter.

P looked at her and asked her a few questions (wise, gentle mighty giant).  He asked her why she thought her partner would not like it.  He explained that his wife had been through a tough divorce before meeting and marrying P and she would not like it if P had a photo of another woman (even dressed up in costume) on his phone, that it would be odd to do something like that.  He then asked the girl whether her partner may feel rejected, or had gone through anything to make him feel rejected, and she said yes that he had been through a nasty breakup/divorce.  P then suggested she reflect on that, and  the light started to dawn.

He then said to this girl, would you like me to pray for you (he did this while the line got longer behind him with people waiting to pay (bold, wise, mighty, gentle giant).  She said that she would love that, and so he prayed for her.

P had trash to drop at the tip.

God had treasure for P to find.

Because P is becoming more attuned to the voice of God as he goes about his day, he is finding the treasure hidden for him, and he is loving that treasure as God directs, and as he does, he is showing the world around him that they are loved, they are valuable and that …

God is Good!

Where have all the fathers gone?

 15 years ago my father died. 

10th October 1997. 

He died, and I was left fatherless …

In recent months I have been surrounded by numerous people who have had a father or mother die … mainly fathers, but some mothers too …

During recent months I have also seen many fathers and mothers come close to death, or suddenly become ill … many from heart issues … or from blood distribution issues … strokes …

There have been so many deaths and illnesses that it has made me wonder … “what is going on?” 

In some instances the deaths were sudden, unexpected and tragic; others were due to suicide; while others occurred through illness, disease … regardless of how … the deaths have all been untimely … a theft of something … someone good …

Happily, I also have story after story of triumph … story after story of cancer stayed; sickness overcome; strokes and the evidence of them ever being there, gone; heart attacks stopped, mid-attack, and again, the evidence of them ever having been experienced … gone.  Many mothers and fathers both in and outside the church have risen up again, victorious … prayed for and saved … including my own mother and my husband’s father, both just a few months ago …

Many of the stories of loss around me have come from the world around me … and while there are many stories of victory, providing powerful testimonies … others have not been stories of victory, yet, but they have the seed to be … but for now, in these relationships, I do my best to encourage and care, to hug and express love, in the midst of the confusion of loss and the pain of grief …

I sense that there is something in this that we need to heed … where have all the fathers gone …?

I believe it is time for the body of Christ to make a stand and declare:

No more!

It is time, I believe, for us to stand as a family and pray for the fathers and mothers of our country (in the natural and in the spiritual) … to pray for the mums and dads … to declare “no more” to sickness, disease, tragedy and untimely death for the people … to declare “no more” to abuse, and divorce, and betrayal in marriages … whether Christian or not …

It is time, I believe, to pray for the fathers and mothers in the spiritual, in the faith, in the body of Christ … and to say “no more” to any form of attack … to honour and care for and to love those that have stood firm in the faith before us, to say thankyou, and cover and protect them with our prayers …

It is also time, I believe, that we choose to step into the role of father … regardless of our past and our history … to father the fatherless and in doing so release identities and destinies …

Too long have people decreed …

“I have no father; I have had no father; no-one ever fathered me … so how can I, why should I, it’s not fair that I should be expected to … father someone else …”

It is time to cast aside our excuses of having received bad parenting, our excuses of broken families and lack of care from others, for our own failure to father others … we need to break the cycle of lack, and start to give away the very thing we needed to, or still need to, receive … to father people, regardless, … and as we do, we may just find ourselves receiving the very thing we so desperately needed and/or wanted too!

And so I call forth the fathers, and mothers, to step up and to step out and be to the next generation what never was given … to give to the next generation what was stolen in an untimely fashion, and father the generation to come …

I call forth the Body of Christ to thank, to honour and cover in prayer the fathers (the parents) in the natural and in the spiritual … the ones that have stood firm … regardless …

And, I believe, that as we do, the heart of The Father will shine and be released, and as the heart of the Father is released … identities will be revealed … established, moved into, and freedom to be will flow …

I believe that as the nations sense, as theyfeel and know and experience the heart of The Father, as a loving and good father, which He is … whether it be through an encounter with Him through us … or an encounter direct with Him …  they will then see Him, their Father and they will know without a doubt that …

God is Good!

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