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Exploring Possibilities

A few years ago, I published a book, In His Way, for the purpose of sharing how God had radically changed my life and my marriage. I was walking around lost and broken, not even realizing it. My perception of the world around me was in 2D and black-n-white, dull and flat. Once I began to open my eyes and heart to God, I could suddenly see the beautiful 3D vibrant world that God created, all around me. The possibilities ahead of me seemed endless and fascinating!

As I’ve said before, and will continue to say, I am not a writer. I like the simplicity of numbers and equations. So when God planted the desire in my heart to write my testimony out in the form of a book, I put it in His hands when I published it. Through people, places and circumstances I realized the importance of sharing what God had done (or is doing), but had no idea how to get this into the hands of others.

They (believers of Christ Jesus) triumphed over him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony ~ Revelation 12:11

I know God has a plan and purpose for this book, my testimony, and has it timed out perfectly. Since I published In His Way, and left it in God’s hands, He has brought many wonderful opportunities to me, with very little effort or thought on my part. God is so wonderfully good isn’t He?

I’ve been featured in a few magazines and newspapers. I’ve also been blessed to participate in a few radio interviews and even a local northern California television show, Love Your Life Ministries.

God has done it again! A few months ago, the 700 Club , a television show on the Christian Broadcasting Network, contacted me. They said they wanted to explore the possibility of doing a segment on my husband and I about our testimony, which they discovered through my book. I was walking on clouds! God continues to amaze me! I don’t know why I’m always so surprised. Probably because I can’t understand how or what I could possibly do to make any kind of impact on any ones life. Thank goodness there is no need to understand what God will do or how He will do it. We must simply be willing to obediently act when He calls upon us and trust He will, in all ways, enable and equip us.

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Hebrews 13:20-21

About a week before Christmas, I received the call to schedule the interview. They wanted to come and film for an entire day, in our house. I was excited and felt as though I could barely function. My head was spinning and my to-do list suddenly grew a mile long with the thought of having them over to film in our house. The dusty blinds and cluttered corners were no longer acceptable, but how would I find the time or energy to get my house prepared for such a big event?

Thankfully, not only were we praying, but many others were praying for us as well. So I was warmly comforted by God’s peace and reminded He would give me the time and energy to get done what He desired I attend to and nothing else. I have to confess, we did have a moment of panic, worrying our house needed something to make it look presentable. We found ourselves at the store about to lay down a lot of money for new valances for the front room, which is where we planned to do the interview.

I’m glad God knew we would have this moment of weakness and made sure there wasn’t enough of anything we liked. After we stood around trying to figure out what we were going to do, we came to our senses and left the store, empty handed. We remembered God had it covered and it was going to be exactly what He wanted it to be regardless of what the valances, or lack of, looked like.

The day of the interview has come and gone. It was a beautiful cool Northern California day, perfect for a few shots outside. I enjoyed getting to know the ladies who came to film. I think I might have asked them as many questions as they asked us. They were kind, thoughtful and extremely talented in their field of work. I was sad for them to go. I could have chatted with them for hours. I find their jobs intriguing. They get to travel, meet with people in their homes and hear how God has transformed their lives. Sounds like a slice of heaven to me! I don’t think there are many other jobs as wonderful as that out there.

So stay tuned! I will definitely post a link to the interview after it airs. I’m excited to see what God will do through our testimony. I’m also ecstatic to see what God will do next, for and through my book.

If you haven’t read my book, but would like to, you can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Christianbook.com in paperback and for the kindle.

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the testimony you have given to ever believer all across the world. I pray we would obediently and boldly share it with those You place in our lives, Amen.

A Joyful Heart

joyful heartThis past week I’ve sensed the Lord and His hand in the details of my life.  I’ve felt and seen Him work in my life many times before, but this week has been different.  I’m not quite sure how to explain it.  In the midst of the unknown medical situation Robert is dealing with concerning his kidney, I feel an overwhelming sense of peace and joy.

Thursday morning was Roberts’s kidney biopsy.  Everything went amazingly well, better than in the past.  They gave him something that completely relaxed him.  He slept through most of the recovery.  Then before we knew it, it was time to take him home.  We were home much sooner than expected and happy it was behind us.  Robert slept the rest of the day and the rest of us had a quiet relaxing evening.

Friday morning Robert announced he had planned a surprise night away for us and all the details for this to happen were taken care of.  He wanted to have some alone time together before he starts the new meds and becomes sick.  I was speechless!  He had never done anything like this before.  We have had many getaways, but we always planned them together.  Our time away started with a wonderful dinner and ended the next afternoon with a late lunch and a little shopping.

On Sunday, 3/9/14, I shared my story of healing at the church we attend, Covenant Community Chruch.  It was truly an amazing experience.  To my surprise I wasn’t nervous about sharing my story.  I prayed continually throughout the week for God’s peace and trusted I would be given the words He wished for me to share.  Of course I did prepare and practice, I’m not TOTALLY crazy!  Sharing the beautiful stories God has given me fills my heart with joy.

I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you. Psalm 22:22

After the service I had the privilege of praying, with others, for those who wished to be anointed with oil and prayed over for healing.  Praying for others, lifting their prayers up to God Almighty, calling upon the Holy Spirit, is incredible.  I asked God to help me remember who I prayed for so I can connect with them at a later time to see how they are doing.  I can’t wait to hear how God revealed Himself to them and answered their prayers.

O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.  Psalm 30:2

What I thought would be a long dreadful week of waiting for Robert’s test results has been a week filled with divine appointments.  Robert’s mind has been kept busy with continued Chaplain training.  He has been surrounded by other Chaplains and Pastors who have been encouraging and uplifting, right when he needs it most.  I believe this is all part of God’s perfect timing.  God is so good!

I’ve also been kept busy, but not in an overwhelming way.  I’ve had time to work on my daily bible study, edit my manuscript and enjoy my family. I even had time to enjoy lunch with a new friend.  This might sound crazy, but I’ve even enjoyed doing the little daily things like laundry and dishes.

I heard this song on the radio today while heading out to pick up the kids.  It’s a constant prayer I have.

My prayer for us today ~ Lord I pray you give us the opportunity to share with others how you are working in our lives. I pray you prepare the hearts of those who will hear our testimonies and it will point them to You, Amen

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