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If God is a God of ethereal rainbows, and flowers of every hue, shape, and bloom, and I believe He is, then wouldn't He uniquely create each person's heart and story?
My husband and I sat side by side at church, and listened as different people talked about how they had experienced God. It was inspiring.
May I share some of their stories with you? Asking for grace as I'm writing from memory.
Belinda shared how she was struggling with her identity as an administrative assistant because she didn't have a big job title, a fancy car, or lots of money. She wrote herself an e-mail about how God saw her. God showed her how much He loved her and how her identity didn't depend on a job title or how much money she made.
Her face glowed as she spoke and she seemed much younger than her 55 years. Pastor Steve said Belinda put a new twist on journaling one's thoughts/prayers to God.
Lovely white-haired Sally told of how she really wanted a beautiful glass pumpkin. She planned to buy one, despite reservations about its cost, when a good friend suggested she pray and ask God for it. Out of respect for her friend, Sally did.
Later, a woman in her Bible study, gifted Sally with a glass pumpkin, without knowing of Sally's prayer for one.
Jeff said his wife died of cancer six months ago, but he said his practice of reading Philippians 4 and Psalm 91 daily for the past 25 years, since he came to faith, has sustained him. Wow! I wanted to read Phil. 4 and Psalm 91.
Darren shared about God providing a job. He hasn't worked for a while. He also "happened" to meet a former high school student, who remembered Darren's conversations with him about God years ago.
What a blessing to know that his words had made a positive difference.
Dianna has suffered from chronic pain for the past 19 years. One day, she told God she would really like some chicken noodle soup. But she didn't have the energy to make it. Later, one of her Moms in Touch prayer friends, led by God, showed up at her door with chicken noodle soup.
To learn more about the incredible Moms in Touch prayer ministry, link here to watch a short video.
After service ended, my husband surprised me by saying he may start a journal. Hmm.
Hope you were encouraged by these stories as I was yesterday.
Did anyone's story touch you recently? When has God met you in a specially-tailored-to-you way?
"Count blessings and discover Who can be counted on." -Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts, p. 151
Giving thanks with Ann:
Being prayed for by sweet friend Nikki as part of The Blogger's Prayer Project.. I will be praying along with them although I don't have a formal list.
Praying with my dear friend Jennifer, M. and K. for our kids and our school as part of Moms in Touch.
It was our girl's first time racing 400m, and my mama heart was glad when she crossed the finish line. Did I mention her face was a tad pink?
Sweet, juicy watermelon.
Hubby mopping the floor after our dog had two accidents before church.
How God's Word is living: it convicts and it comforts.
Starting to get the rhythm of "Habernera."
The gift of praying for friends and knowing that God will work where you cannot.
Getting a glimpse of God's personalized touch on each person's life.
Linking with sweet friend Laura for a play date
and giving thanks with wise Ann
and talented L.L. Barkat
and the amazing Jen
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