Daily Archives: July 21, 2008

Do you believe in the power of Prayer?

I believe in the power of prayer, I will not pretend I understand it completely, but I do know that the hand of God moves on behalf of HIS children, and HE has called us to pray.  HE has called us to pray for each other, and also to cry out to HIM on our own behalf.

I am amazed at the answers I have recieved in prayer.  Some of them “yes” and some of them “no” and some of them “you are going to have wait”…but all answers.  Today , I felt the answer to prayer from some others who are praying for me.  I know that there was a time when I would have tripped up like I did yesterday and it would have taken me months to talk about it, or to reach out and let someone help me.  But I am growing, and learning, and today I knew without a doubt that my ability to move on and live free was a direct result of prayer, and my Father answering “yes” to them.  I am honored that someone would pray for me.

If you would like someone to pray for you, and don’t know where to start…checkout Deb and let her know, she is organizing some prayer partners, and honestly, if you need some prayer that is a great place to start.  Prayer is a powerful gift given to us.  If you gave your children an awesome gift, wouldn’t you want them to use it?  I think HE sees it the same way.

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Spiritual Abuse and Healing

Yesterday, it seemed like a normal Sunday morning. It quickly turned into something I was not ready for.  I am thrilled that God is always ready and always knowing what I am walking into, and had a purpose of deliverance every single time HE allows me to fall. 

As I walked through my church I saw a pic hanging on a board of a ministry that had started up close to me, and not being prepared for who I saw there, caused me great anger, then fear, darkness that seemed to close in on me.  Fighting my mind, I listened to my Pastor preach, and what continued to yell to me was “when I am weak then I am strong in HIM”.  I prayed.  How can one pic turn me upside down and inside out so badly?  I have forgiven this person, I was walked on, I am grounded in Christ like never before, I have a good church, and a church family who prays for me, and is very supportive. 

Spiritual Abuse…I knew it happened to me, and I knew it was the grace of God and HIS mercy that lifted me out, and placed me with someone who could guide me in the way I needed to be.  I had no idea the depths that it had touched me.  The pic was of a pastor who had lied, who had wrecked my reputation, who ripped a church apart, who walked a way from the ministry. Leaving alot of people in this town in a spiritual desert of sorts, some walking away from the Lord, and others still coming out of it.

The goodness of the LORD surrounded me in my fears and tremblings, and even while I was unable to make sense of all that I was feeling…HE sent two different people to me.  One encouraged me to remember the walk I have, and the power of the Spirit with in me, the other was a sister who had the same experience years ahead of me, and without much explanation she knew all that I was talking about..and guided me greatly in the direction for the understanding and healing that I need in this area. 

I came from an abused life, I think my heart was so distorted and sick that when I met this person, I was an easy target.  I have run from God all my life, and have allowed people to define who HE is, but not anymore.  I am not running, and I wiser than I was, My GOD is great, and has once again delivered me from something that was intended to stop me, and now will make me even stronger.

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