Thursday, March 12, 2009

When it's just for you...

********Update: The friend I have mentioned, her husband went home to be with the Lord around noon today. Please pray for their family that the Lord will sustain, provide and bless beyond measure right now.

Last night was our last night of the Esther bible study I've been attending at our church. We had ourselves a little partay....=) Which was fun to see a bunch of grown up women all dressed up like Esther and waving their noise maker's around every time the name "Haman" was said!! (I are lost, so was I.)

Well, although the party was grand, I had a rough day yesterday. And I mean ROUGH.

I have never in my life experienced the kind of spiritual warfare that is going on in my home, in lives around me and I was feeling like it was getting a hold of me.

Knowing though, that the timing of this warfare is nothing new since I have a bible study starting in a week but deeply questioning what was going on.

However, throughout the other studies I've taught before, I've never had this kinda stuff going on, which led me to think I was really loosing my mind!

Therefore since the attacks are many......I know God must have some amazing women coming my way, and lives are going to be changed and hearts are going to be reached out to. And not because of me......but because of the powerful message behind this study.

Still.....even knowing that, it's very hard sometimes to keep on keeping on.

After an encouraging conversation with my mentor (who I love to pieces because she will speak the truth to me in love), I was ready to roll again! I was ready to press on! I was ready to not give up this race.

I was not crazy!! =) I wiped my tears, took a much needed nap =), and was ready to hear from the Lord at church.

And then.......if God's grace was not good enough to speak through people in my life....He spoke through Beth Moore's video last night, RIGHT AT ME!!

At the very beginning of the video she kinda went off on a little tangent.....that really had nothing to do with the bible study that night. Oh but it had everything to do with God's words for my heart.......and how He works.....and to not give up.....and to keep on, keeping on.

It was like I was the only one in the room. It seemed like no one else was around and God was just holding my head towards that screen and saying, "Listen my child, LISTEN." I felt so empowered to believe, trust and just know that God is here, He is watching ever step and He is here guiding my hand.....I will not take the wrong step with Him!

I know so many people who have stories how God worked something.....just for them. Like, snow storms closing schools on just the right day, a breeze that flies over their heads at just the right moment, a song plays on the radio at precisely the time needed, a friend will call unexpectedly "just because" and list could go on and on.

And I wonder if you would share your story with me today? I love to hear moments where God reaches out just for one.....a special moment.....through a trying time.......and an amazing way that God showed up just for you! My soul (and everyone else who reads this blog) would just be so encouraged today if you would share in the comments or send me an e-mail that I can post for you.

*Just as an update for my friend from yesterday's post......he made it through another day. Praising God for every moment that this family has together...still believing God for a miracle.....but also trusting that He is in control and for sustaining powers in their lives right now...

In case I haven't said it lately, I love you my bloggy friends and real life friends/family! You are a like a treasure from the Lord for my heart....

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the presence of His might." -Ephesians 6:10

*Final job info post coming tomorrow.....


Kay Martin said...

Isn't it amazing what comes at you when you obey God? I'm so proud of you. This is an amazing time to be available for our Father's callings. Be blessed and He always shows up with everything we need; on time. I pray mercy for your friends.

Love you.

Wendy said...

Okay, first, let me give you a verse:
For I am a chosen woman. I am a royal priest, a holy daughter. God's very own possession. As a result, I can show others the goodness of God, for he called me out fo the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Now, let me give you the story. The verse above God hand delivered to me at She Speaks last year -- as He worked lifted me out of the nearly debilitating fog of Postpartum Depression. Over this last year that verse has appeared when I need a reminder that He is here and that I am His. And I was lifted out of darkness (over and over in my life) by Him! Well, we did the Esther study in our small group and the first day of the study I opened my Bible up to Esther and what do you think was in there -- that card with the verse on it from the conference. His Word to me hidden (where I hadn't been able to find it) for just the right moment. I've seen it twice this week to on things as I do some research for an article I'm going to begin writing.

I also have another cool just from God moment that I will post on my blog today so I don't write a novel here.

Feel His hands on your head and heart -- you are loved and He is always holding you!

On Purpose said...

Praising God right now for your obedience to Him. In full agreement with you that He is going to do some LIFE CHANGING work through the Bible study you will facilitate...and the enemy will stop at nothing to keep it from happening! Praying hard for you my friend!

Louise said...

Your heart for God shines :)

Cindy said...

Hey GirlyGirl,

I have been rather overwhelmed with life but wanted to stop by and just say hi!!!

It sounds like you - along with many of our bloggy friends - are really going through it!

I believe as we approach the time of Christs return - the enemy is doing his darnedest to distract us from the purposes God has for us.

Continue to keep your eyes focused on Christ and His purpose for your life - which I'm sure is mostly being a wife and mommy to your girlies.

Blessings to you for a restful, Lord filled weekend.

Ginger said...

Hi there,

Keep the faith and your focus on Him. God has brought me out of many trials, ups and downs. Remember His mercies are new everyday. I pray for you to have some rest and peace this weekend.

Joyful said...

Nicki, I was sharing with a friend this morning that I have never experienced the oppression of the evil one like I have been lately. Circumstances are making every day a battle. I know that heaviness and warfare.

I'm debating which story to share with you about God doing something "just for me".

One day when loneliness was overwhelming me and I felt like no-one cared about me, I was home going through the motions of cleaning the house. Inwardly I was crying out to the Lord to show me that He loved me.

As I was vacuuming, I hit the desk our comupter sits on. When I did this, the screen came to life and a question appeared, "Do you want to connect?" I had NEVER seen this happen before. I decided to take a break and just check e-mail. I had one message. All it said was, "I love you".

The Lord's love is unfailing.

Praying the Lord will continue to work His plans in your life.