Sunday, January 8, 2017

Speak Faith, & A Giveaway!!

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue..."
Proverbs 18:21
(KJV)

Photo taken by my sweet husband, Kevin, in Unicoi, Tennessee

Following the fresh and bountiful outpouring of new faith inspiration God has been flooding my soul with lately, has come a series of severe tests.
Isn't that the way it always works?
What's that old saying about "reach a new level, face a new devil"?
The Apostle Paul said we are not ignorant of his devices.  (2 Corinthians 2:11)
While I realize I am nothing at all without Jesus, and I need Him desperately and always will,
I am finally learning.
It might take me longer than it takes others, but I am catching on.
The longer I serve Him and the more battle-scarred I become,
the more I am wising up to satan's schemes and how he operates.
I sort of knew it was coming, and I even heard satan's menacing threats reminding me of past times he has severely attacked after God allowed me to gain new ground and infused my soul with new depths of faith.
It reminds me of Zechariah 3:1.

"And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him."

Each and every time GOD is working in our lives,
each time He is infusing our souls with His goodness,
we can be sure and certain satan is standing close by to resist everything God is doing in our lives.
It never fails.
Satan does not like faith.
He does all he can to destroy it, to hinder it, and to squelch it.

From past experience, I knew this new, untested faith for 2017 was going to be put to the test,
so I've been bracing myself.
After all, what good is something that can't stand the test?
And, how do you know something will work and stand the test if it is never proven?

As you know, my precious niece, Kristen, who is expecting a baby boy,
has a blood clot in her lung.
Along with this situation, we have been called upon to walk through several other fiery trials, of late.

At one point, I was on my knees, and I just felt so helpless.
So dependent.
So inadequate and incapable of doing one, single thing to change any of this.

As I thought of my niece and what she is going through, and the other problems overwhelmed me,
 I prayed,
"Lord, what can I do?"
His sweet, gentle, still, small voice whispered,
"ASK"....just like He has been inspiring me in the past few posts here.

So, I did.
I asked for the exact outcome that I desire in Kristen's situation.
I asked for healing for her.
For the blood clot to dissolve.
For her to be okay, for her to live to raise her dear son, and to be blessed to live a long, healthy life on this earth.
For her precious, unborn baby to be protected.
For God to allow him to thrive in spite of all of this distress and be born full-term and healthy.
For my dear sister, (Kristen's mother), to have strength and peace and assurance that all will be okay.
For the baby's father, Mike, to be comforted in his worry and fear.
That God will wrap all of them in His tender, loving care, and just show Him His love through all of this.
And, I poured out my other requests to God and begged for His mercy in all situations.

And, even though I feel much anxiety, and fear is ever near and hovering,
God is reminding me of the significance of the words that come out of my mouth.
More and more, I am aware of how hard it is to tame a tongue and not allow myself to speak those fears into existence.

"Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be."
James 3:3-10
(Emphasis added.)

I will never forget the day that I made a discovery about the importance of our words that ended up, quite literally, changing the rest of my life.
It made me so much more aware of what I speak into existence and the enormity of power in words.
I can't recall the exact date it happened, but I do remember details that enable me to narrow down at least the general time frame it occurred.
Zach was still little enough to ride in a shopping cart, so I am thinking he must have been around four or five years old.
I can still remember the peace it gave me to know that he was still small enough to contain close to me and within my sight at all times while shopping.
Are there any other mothers who looked ahead with dread to the day their child could no longer fit inside a shopping cart?
On this particular day, I was battling a very worrisome physical affliction,
and the giant of fear was looming over me like a menacing monster.
Day after day, I would pray and plead with God to heal me and spare my life and allow Kevin and me to live and have the health to raise the dear boy riding happily in the cart in front of me.
This is a prayer I still continue to pray, to this day, and I cannot ever give God enough praise for answering it thus far.
Seeing what He has already done, fills me with fresh faith that He will continue to do the same.
I distinctly remember praying, under my breath, as I made my way through the store,
and I can tell you pretty close to the exact words I prayed.

It went something like this.
"Lord, PLEASE give me something...anything...to assure me that my prayers will be answered.
I need a sign, Lord.
I need to know that I am going to be okay.
That this sickness is 'not unto death'.
Please give me something to hold on to.
In Jesus' name, Amen."

Zach and I were shopping in a Goodwill store as I prayed that prayer.
I could take you to the exact one, in particular, and, as I quietly whispered those words to God, a Goodwill employee brought out a fresh cart of items that had just been donated and processed in the back room of the store.
All of you seasoned Goodwill shoppers will know, that throughout the day, employees routinely bring out one of these prized carts of unexplored goodies, and each time they do this, they ring a loud bell to announce the ushering in of the brand new treasure trove.
What follows the ringing of the bell sometimes resembles a madhouse, as the over-eager-to-find-a-bargain shoppers, with one accord, make a beeline, in a sometimes-not-so-polite unison, to the back of the store where the wealth of new and undiscovered gems are assembled and waiting to be picked over for the very first time.
To win the sprint and be bestowed with the honor of handling the what-used-to-be-another-man's-trash-now-suddenly-turned-most-sought-after-treasures is the goal and delight of every accomplished Goodwill, discount-loving shopper.
I remember that, on this particular thrifting expedition, Zach and I just happened to be very near the back when the familiar toll of the bell rang out and the legendary cart made its way through the swinging doors. 
Lo, and behold, as the dear Lord's providence provided, the cart landed just a few feet away from us!
I remember how excited I was to know that, if I didn't dilly dally, I would be, at the very least, the 2nd or 3rd person whose hands would have access to the hot off the press, potential charmers.
As I dashed forward, I had no idea that this was no ordinary thrift store treasure hunt, but, in reality, that particular highly-sought-after Goodwill cart held the exact answer to my prayers...namely,
"the sign" I had only moments before begged God for during that whispered, heart-wrenched prayer.
I reached the cart, and my eyes were immediately drawn to its gold-edged pages.
It instantly attracted me, because, at first, I thought the book lying there was a Bible.
It looked just like one.
I picked it up, and on the cover, it read, "God's Creative Power ~ The Gift Collection".
Hmm...what was this?
I opened it up, and, oh, my, I was drawn in from minute one of the first chapter...
"God's Creative Power Will Work For You
The Great Confession
Christianity is called the great confession, but most Christians who are defeated in life are defeated because they believe and confess the wrong things.  They have spoken the words of the enemy.  And those words hold them in bondage.  Proverbs 6:1-2 says, '...Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth.'  Faith-filled words will put you over.  Fear-filled words will defeat you.  Words are the most powerful thing in the universe."

I remember reading those words for the very first time and how convicted I was, as I realized the error of my ways.
I was so filled with fear, and I was bringing those fears to life by voicing them,
not infrequently, but often.

Of course, I held on to that dear, little book with the gold-edged pages,
and I have kept it close to me ever since.
It is right now, here on the table beside me.

Reading it has absolutely changed my outlook on words.
I highly recommend it.
You can purchase it by clicking HERE, OR how about reading to the end of this very wordy post?
You will find out about a way to enter to WIN YOUR VERY OWN COPY OF THE BOOK!!

Chapter 4 called, "God's Medicine" is my favorite chapter, and I often speak the suggested Scriptures aloud, when in the midst of illness and/or suffering.

The whole book has to do with our words...what we confess, and the long-reaching impact of what we speak into existence.

Jesus said,
"For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
Matthew 12:37

Tonight, in the midst of such trials, I am trying to be conscious of the power of the words I say.

Their potential is profound...either for good or for bad.
My words can either speak life or they can speak death.
They can encourage, or they can inject hopelessness.
They can depress, or they can uplift.
They absolutely hold sway over the ones in my inner circle whom I influence most.
They can bless, or they can curse.
They can wound, or they can heal.
They can bring peace, or they can stir up strife.

Dear Lord, help me!

No matter how concerned I feel inside,
regardless how much fear hearing the words of others ignites in me,
I want to SPEAK FAITH, in response.

Because GOD is still GOD, no matter what.
He is God, and He will always be God.
He will never lose control.
And though it takes a continual, concentrated effort to keep them there, my eyes are upon HIM,
and what HE can do.
Faith in Him and His power is what I want to give life to and to speak into existence.

God can do anything, my friends.
There is NOTHING too hard for Him.

So often, I think of Romans 4:17.
Speaking of Abraham and what God did for him, it says this,
"(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before Him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were."

Did you catch that?
God, OUR GOD, calls "those things which be not as though they were".

We hear doctor's diagnoses.
We hear "Job's comforters" telling us our situation is impossible.
We hear satan's continual, never-ending. long procession of lies, one right after the other.
We feel pain.
We feel anxiety well up, as we imagine the worst.
We feel like we are being punished.
We feel abandoned by God.
We see sickness.
We see death.
We see no hope, no change, no way things are ever going to be different for us.
We see failure, past sins, our own issues and hang-ups.

What we have to remember is this,
we do not walk by sight.
We walk by faith, remember? (2 Corinthians 5:7)

We absolutely cannot go by what we feel, hear, and see.
We have to will ourselves to look above all of that.
Because God is BIGGER, and God "calleth those things which be not as though they were."

God sees our sickness, and He calls us well.
God sees terror, and He speaks peace.
God sees the threat of death, and He tells satan to back off.

"And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee..."
Zechariah 3:1,2

Praise GOD forevermore!

"When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him."
Isaiah 59:19

God created this world out of nothing.
He is the only One Who can create.

Create - to form out of nothing

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."
Hebrews 11:3

"...that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water..."
2 Peter 3:5

God doesn't need something to create.
God starts with nothing.
Then God speaks, and everything changes.

God speaks, and the thing He speaks comes into existence.

Jesus spoke, "Lazarus, come forth", and the man who had been dead for FOUR DAYS
instantly came to life and walked out of that tomb alive!  (John 11:43)

Jesus spoke to the Nain widow's dead son who was being carried by in a burial procession,
and the dead man sat up and began to talk!  (Luke 7:11-15)

To a dead girl, Jesus spoke, "Damsel, I say unto thee, arise!", and immediately she stood up and walked!  (Mark 5:35-42)

To the man who was lame from birth and begged daily at the gate called Beautiful,
Peter spoke,
"In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God."
(Acts 3:1-8)

A disciple of Jesus named Dorcas (Tabitha) died, and her friends sent for Peter.
When he arrived, he went into her room, he prayed, then Peter spoke to her and said,
"Tabitha arise!", and she opened her eyes and sat up! (Acts 9:36-40)

When Paul was preaching in Lystra, he saw an impotent man in the crowd, who had been a cripple from his mother's womb and had never walked.
Paul perceived that the man had faith to be healed, and Paul spoke with a loud voice,
"Stand upright on thy feet.  And he leaped and walked."
(Acts 14:8-10)

Words spoken in faith will absolutely change the course of events, my friends.
Words are powerful.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue..."
Proverbs 18:21

How many of us truly believe that God can still heal?
If we believe, why do we continue to give voice to and speak doubt and unbelief?
Why do our words belie our hearts?
If we believe, why don't we start speaking faith?

God is still on the throne.
He is still the same.

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."
Hebrews 13:8

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father."
John 14:12

I do not know what you are going through, but I want to encourage you to SPEAK FAITH.
Speak THE WORD OF GOD.
Speak what you know God can do.
Give audible voice to His power.
Magnify Him through your words.

I SO want you to have a copy of the book I talked about above.
It has changed my life, and I want it to change yours.
SO, I am going to order a brand new one and have it shipped to one of you!

There is just one "catch".
In order to enter this giveaway, I want to hear you testify!
I would like for you to leave a comment below, but not just any comment.
I would love for you to just share something amazing that GOD has done for you on a personal level,
because we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
(Revelation 12:11)
And when we share what He has done for us with others, it increases their faith.
It encourages them to trust God, and to step out and speak faith into their own situations.

So, tell us what God has done for you, and you will automatically be entered to win this amazing book!!

The giveaway will end Saturday, January 14th at 12:00 am.
The winner will be chosen by this oh-so-sophisticated method:
We will number the commenters, in order, put the numbers in a container, and Zach will randomly pick one!
We are going to open this giveaway to EVERYONE!!
That includes our friends in other countries!
So, please enter, and share your testimony with us!
To God be ALL glory!
To Him it is due!
And, please, dear friends, keep Kristen and her baby in your continued prayers.
She is suffering from pain in her back behind her lung, and she is still having trouble breathing.
We appreciate it so much more than we could ever say!
God bless you!

54 comments:

  1. Hi Cheryl! What a great story about getting that precious book! How could you ever have known what God had in mind for you that day...that's what makes life so exciting isn't it? You just never know.

    As far as testifying, I have so many stories of God hearing my prayer, or answering one too. The two that jump out at me are my two children. How I prayed that God would bring me a family, children of my own. And he certainly answered me through the adoption of my son and daughter. What happy days those were, when we brought them home to live with us. What a giving and loving Father we have!!
    Happy New Year my friend. Keep that devil away from you, invoking the name of Jesus!
    Ceil

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    1. I know, isn't that the neatest thing how He helped me to find that book? I loved hearing your testimony of how He blessed you with your two precious children! Thank you ever so much for your sweet visit and for sharing your heart. God bless you in this new year, my friend!

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  2. My youngest brother, when he was about 15, was in a car accident. The car flipped, and he was in a coma. I lived several hours away at the time. I went as soon as I could get care for my son arranged. I was the only Christian in the family at the time. I was feeling the burden as I prayed. I knew that I must pray for him to be healed, but I was afraid of the enormous responsibility of it. My pastor's wife told me that God had been preparing me for this since I was born. That resonated with me. I prayed for him with words and in the spirit as I drove all those miles. Shortly after I got to ICU, I had the opportunity to be with him alone. He had been unresponsive. I laid hands on him and started praying something like, "I speak life over Brent. I speak life and healing. Life. Life." I suddenly heard him say, uuuh, and he started to move and try to get out of the bed! I immediately called the nurse since I was afraid he'd fall. He didn't wake up right then, but he became more responsive, and eventually awoke. He eventually recovered, though he was a little different, and grew up and eventually married.

    Cheryl, I speak LIFE to Kristen. LIFE HOPE PEACE JOY TRUST in FATHER GOD, in JESUS, and in HOLY SPIRIT. LIFE and healing is hers. Trust God.

    Cheryl, I really needed to read this post tonight. I'm having some troubles with my teens, and I needed to be reminded of the power of my spoken words. Thank you!

    Hugs,
    Laura

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    1. Oh, wow!!! This is just so amazing and encouraging, Laura! I can't thank you enough for sharing this demonstration of the awesome power of our God! Such a faith-builder, and I am sure you have reflected back upon this many times through life. THANK YOU for speaking life to Kristen. Praise God! I just rejoiced as I read your anointed words. I do trust Jesus to help you through this difficult season of trouble. He is with you still. Sending you love and hugs, my friend!

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  3. First of all I want you to know that I'm continuing to keep dear Kristen and her precious baby in my prayers. And that is also my testimony. God hears our prayers, I know this full well. I have prayed so often for my dear husband when he travels for business. About 10 years ago he was traveling frequently to and from Egypt and Croatia among other places. It was my habit to pray whenever I woke up in the middle night. It is still my habit. One night I woke up at 2:14 AM. I still remember the exact time. And I had the strongest feeling I was to pray for my husband. So I did. I prayed that God would surround him with his angels and protect him in whatever way he needed at that moment. After he got home I told him about this. When we figured the times out, he realized it was when he was in flight somewhere in the middle east. He said the turbulence was worse than he had ever felt on any flight and they were told that the plane could be going down and to brace for impact. He looked at his watch as he put his head down and saw the time. It was 2:14 my time. And he said right after that the plane leveled off and the flight was uneventful the rest of the way. I truly, truly believe that God put his angels on the wings of that plane and they carried it to safety. I have other times that are similar that I could tell you. I've been awoken or just stopped in the middle of my day with the overpowering urge to pray for him. Many of the places he had to travel weren't very safe. And he would later tell me what was happening during those times. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was being prompted to pray by the Holy Spirit . He doesn't have to travel nearly as many places anymore. And not to the Middle East for years. But he is flying to Vancouver, BC this week! And you can be sure I'll be praying for him. Thank you for bringing up these memories to me Cheryl. Blessings, Betsy

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    1. Dear Betsy! THANK YOU so much for continuing to faithfully pray for dear Kristen and her precious baby! You will never know how much it means to us. Oh, that was such an amazing story of how GOD came to you and burdened you for your dear husband at that specific time! And, the many, many times you have prayed for him through the urging of the precious Holy Spirit and how He has taken care of him. Oh, I just loved reading this, and I praise God with you, my friend!!! Thank you so much for sharing...I needed to hear it. God bless you and keep your dear husband safe and always bring him home safe to you. Sending you much love today and hoping you are feeling well.

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  4. I could write a book filled with my testimonies to God's goodness. But this is a very simple one. I often have to take my dear husband to medical appointments. As he is in a wheelchair I do need to find a parking space near, and big enough to let me get him and the chair out.I get very anxious if we are late to an appointment. Recently we were heading to the appointment and there was absolutely no space available. All I could do was to stop and say 'Lord, I would be so grateful if we could have somewhere to park, with extra space'. Within minutes a car had pulled out of a special Disabled space, allowing me to get in. It may not sound much but for us it was yet another example of God's goodness in the smallest things. He was right there with us in that moment.

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    1. PRAISE GOD over and over for answering your prayers like He has! It DOES sound like much...I have had similar experiences, and I know, without a doubt, that GOD is the one Who answered prayer and orchestrated the details to give me what I asked for. He is such a faithful God to all of us! How I rejoice with you, sweet friend, and I am SO grateful that you shared your heart with us. Sending you much love and gratitude!

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  5. Please add my name to your drawing.
    Thank you
    Jeannie jmorrrris9@gmail.com

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  6. My dearest, precious, cherished Cheryl,
    your dear niece Kristen and her beloved baby are always in my prayers and in my thoughts and to read, now, of the possibility of receive such a gift from you is filling my heart with such a inner joy, my eyes are shiny with tears ... blessed be !

    Hope your week is off to a good start,
    I'm sending blessings of joy on your coming days,
    be a sweetie !

    Xx Dany

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    1. Oh, thank you, dear Dany! Your prayers mean SO much to me. YES, you are included, too, my friend! Thank you for your dear visits, kind words, and support. Sending you much love all the way from the USA!

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  7. Hi Cheryl,

    It is true that the closer we come to God the harder the devil works to derail us and lead us astray. It is his job after all. It's pointless him tempting those who don't believe. Remember, he tempted Jesus often enough. So we should not be much of a challenge to him.

    When you are overwhelmed by events, by doubts, and worries, and the many pressures of life; I find the best prayer is to tell God exactly as it is. Tell Him: "I can take it no longer. I am too tired to even pray. All I can do now is to trust You. Really trust You that You love me and that You will see me through this situation, however bad it is, so that Your will be done. I accept it, as best as my Faith and my trust in you can manage!"

    Such an honest prayer is always listened to by God, and acted upon.

    Praying for Kristen and your whole family.

    Should I win the book, please give it to whoever comments here after me. Thank you.

    God bless.

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    1. That is a truly a wonderful prayer, my friend. I have reached that point at different times when I could NOT take another thing. I suppose we all have, and this prayer that you quoted is very appropriate. We surely appreciate your continued prayers for dear Kristen. I also appreciate your generosity in giving the book to the person after you, should you win! You have a kind heart, Victor. God bless you abundantly!

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  8. I continue to pray for Kristen placing her in God's healing hands.
    Your post is timely for me and I add it to the way God is speaking to me about my health, specifically joint pain. I read in Matthew 9:21 this morning how pleased Jesus was with the woman with an issue and how she reached for the hem of his robe. He mentioned her faith to believe. Couple that with the devo just before about how I have healing in my covenant with God and your post I'm choosing to speak that way over myself, and others.
    Blessings and hugs to you, special one, for your true and steady heart of love and compassion.

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    1. Thank you ever so much, sweet friend! Your dear, kind words just meant the world to me today, and uour prayers for Kristen are so appreciated. I am so thankful that your faith is so inspired, and may God grant you the very desires of your heart. It sounds like He is confirming to you in different ways that He wants to heal you and answer!! Praise His name! Thank you for your sweet visit. Sending you much love and gratitude today!

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  9. Continuing to agree with you in prayer for Kristen.
    I'm also praying that the angel of the Lord would surround her and fight off every spirit of fear that tries to break through.
    In Jesus' name,
    Amen

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    1. Amen, and amen, Ruth! Thank you ever so much for your faithfulness to pray and for your support and encouragement. It truly means so much to us!

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  10. As always, such a heartwarming post. Prayers for your niece and baby.

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    1. Thank you so much, BJ! You will never know how much we appreciate your precious prayers! You are such a blessing, my friend. :)

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  11. I am so thankful to have God's Spirit with me all the time I can feel His presence through so many "mundane", normal life happenings. From needing new snow pants for my son and we are given some within days, praying for my beekeeping and getting more honey than pretty much anybody in our area, God changing my bitterness to joy when I choose to be thankful, reminding me in little ways every day to grow in patience and love. God is so GOOD!
    I am continuing to pray for Kristen. You don't need to enter me in the drawing (as I am trying to reduce stuff right now).

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Abbi. God bless you, my friend. :) Thank you so much for your faithful prayers!

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  12. God gave me time with my mom today. It was simple. There was no fanfare. But it was just us for an hour and sometimes that makes all the difference.

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    1. Aww..that is so sweet, Becky. I am so thankful you had that time with her. Oh, my, what I would give for an hour with my dear Mom! Enjoy every moment...I know you do. God bless you, my friend. ;)

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  13. Appreciate this reminder of God's love and faithfulness. The older I get, the more I realize that I have so much to learn. :) Thank you for visiting my blog for Ceil's interview. It's great to meet you! Will pray for your niece and her baby.

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    1. Oh, thank you, Karen! It was so nice to see that you had visited here. We so appreciate your prayers for Kristen and her baby. God bless you!

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  14. Thank you for this reassuring post. I'm reminded of Johnny Cash's song "These Things shall Pass...so don't forget as shadows gather, the Lord our God still sits as king upon his throne." (see here) Sending prayers for your niece and her child.

    One thing I'm incredibly thankful to the Lord for is good health. I used to have very painful, scary migraine headaches frequently. I was prayed for, and the Lord healed me, so I only had very few after that. Now he's helped me be in better health than ever. It is so kind of Him.

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    1. Oh, Bethany! Thank you so much for this encouragement! I am listening to the song by Johnny Cash as I write this. What a beautiful song! I thought I knew nearly all of his songs, but this one is new to me. So beautiful and meaningful. Thank you ever so much for sharing this and for praying for dear Kristen and her baby. It just means so much to us! What a wonderful testimony you shared here! Praise God for His healing power! I am so thankful to Him for healing you. God bless you, sweet friend. :)

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  15. God has led me on an amazing journey-in the last two years, I've become a stay at home mom of three & started my journey to become a doula. I was always searching for what I was to be doing & when I finally stopped & focused on praying, God led the way to my new journey.

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    1. Oh, praise the Lord! What a wonderful answer to your prayers! I just love reading and hearing about the way God works in the lives of His people. I know you will be a wonderful doula, and I trust God will bless your every step. May He send many opportunities to minister through your work, and may you find it ever more fulfilling. And, what a blessing to be able to stay home with your dear children! I appreciate you sharing with us here. :)

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  16. Wow. What a powerful story and your scriptural backing to drive home the importance of our words drives the lesson deep into the heart and soul. No coincidences, sister. It wasn't by chance that you read words determined by our Father to change your heart, world, and family… and now your extended one.

    I'm praying for Kristen, her husband and baby. As well as you and yours.

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    1. You are so right...there are no coincidences. I can look back over life and see His hand in so many circumstances. You will never know how much we appreciate your faithful prayers for Kristen and her little family. It just means so much. God bless you abundantly, brother.

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  17. Hi! It's Su Ann!!
    Of course I am praying for Kristen, her baby, family, and you all! So sweet to do this giveaway...thank you!

    :0)

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    1. So happy you stopped by, Su Ann! We surely appreciate your prayers for Kristen and her family. God bless you abundantly, my friend. I am praying for you, as always.

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  18. Hi, Thank you for sharing these great faith-building words! Yes, God is so faithful, isn't He? Just this last weekend, my husband and I had talked about the hard month we had just come through, not just physically but financially also. But we ended the talk by agreeing that we trusted that God would keep seeing us through. Later that very day, we received a surprise check in the mail from a distant friend, who said she felt the Lord urge her to send us the beautiful card and check. God truly is so good to keep us walking with Him!! I am blessed to be your neighbor over at #TellHisStory this week. --Blessings to you!

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    1. Oh, praise GOD, Bettie! I just love hearing stories and testimonies like this! Praise His wonderful name for putting you on your friend's heart and that she was obedient to His prompting. I truly believe if we would all live that close to Him where we could hear His still, small voice, and then if we would walk in obedience to what He is telling us to do, then many needs would be supplied, and things would be so different. Thank you SO much for stopping and sharing this testimony. It just blessed me so much. So happy to meet you!! God bless you and continue to supply your needs!

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  19. I enjoyed hearing your story, which sounds like so many of mine! :)

    I read this post soon after you wrote it. I knew what testimony I wanted to give. But I'm always being distracted by 1 of 4 kids and pulled so many directions. Not to mention sitting at the computer is physically painful. So, I'll try to make it short, but still a testimony.

    I was born with a bad spine. When I hit age 16, I got a headache...that NEVER WENT AWAY. Ever. It morphed into what I called head pain, not a headache. My muscles across my forehead were so tight that I had to look in the mirror to make sure I wasn't scowling! I finished my last 3 years of school in this pain. I certainly didn't want to die, but I didn't want to be awake, either. It was SO BAD. Doctors could never find anything wrong with me.

    I prayed...I cried out to God...on a daily basis. One day someone suggested a chiropractor. So I went. He said my spine was indeed not good, and that my occiptial lobe was a mess. So he adjusted me 1-2 times a week for 3 years. By this time I was married and my husband was in a bad motorcycle accident and was life flown, etc. He couldn't work, and I had no money to pay my chiro. So again I called upon the Lord because I NEEDED these adjustments just to live! And do you know that chiro told me he would adjust me for FREE?

    Fast forward to 2005. My chiro left town. The pain came back to an unbearable state once again. I cried out to the Lord once again to spare me. I was 4 months pregnant with my second son and I was in so much pain. I, again, just wanted to sleep through it. I opened the phone book, knowing I had no money, and chose a chiropractor and called. I went in for my initial visit and explained how I was being adjusted twice a week because I couldn't function without it, and that I had no money. That chiropractor looked at me and said, "Then I won't charge you, either." !!! I am still there today, although now I have insurance.

    How many doctors do YOU know that will let you not pay for YEARS...twice a week?? Not only one, but two?? God knew I needed it, and He provided it. And I know if this chiro ever shuts down, I will either be healed or God will provide again. He promised to meet our needs, and this is proof that He does!

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    1. Praise God, Ang! This is a wonderful testimony of our dear Lord's provision for us. He can make a way where there is no way. When He speaks, everything changes. I am so grateful for you sharing your heart here, and I am believing God is going to heal you, sweet friend. Keep believing and speaking faith and speaking His Word. He is going to see you through!

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  20. It is so awesome when the Lord gives us such a sign as He did for you! Oh, many many many many things I could share with you of prayers the Lord has answered. I could write a book full of the miracles through my life, and my husband's too! Perhaps the most poignant testimony I have is the one where the enemy attacked our family in a very strange way about a year ago, and how it was revealed to us when I woke up one morning with a terrible heaviness and presence that was dark. I began to rebuke the enemy and called on the name of Jesus. Praise the Lord, the victory was won, and the Lord spared my husband from a terrible accident while I was praying! I will never forget too, how you had mailed me a card and it arrived on that very day, and it said "The Lord will protect you". I still have it sitting on my desk, and look at it often. The protection of the Lord is something we can depend on, He will never let us down, all we need to do is ask! He is faithful and we can trust Him even in the darkest situations we may face. I am praying for Kristen that the presence of the Lord will come to her in a mighty way, a special anointing and peace to carry her through these difficult moments. I personally know that the presence of the Lord comes to us most mightily at the times we need it most. He is able to do that for Kristen! Many hugs to you today dear friend, so thankful that we can share in the amazing power and fellowship of the Lord!

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    1. Yes, I suppose each one of us could write a book and proclaim all of the many things God has done for us on a personal level. That is just so neat, isn't it? I remember when you were going through this dark time, my dear, precious friend. I was so concerned and praying, and it was just amazing how the dear Lord came on the scene and revealed the enemy's tactics to you and how He delivered you and answered prayer. Oh, He is a faithful God, and I love Him so much and so appreciate all He does for each and every one of us. Thank you for your prayers for Kristen...oh, they do mean so much. God bless you and keep you always...praying for you and Dan and your family in this time of grief. Sending you much love and many hugs!!

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  21. Hello dear friend.
    This sounds like such a good book. I'd love to be entered in your giveaway, which I thank you for having. :)
    Well, I have been praying that God would send me someone I can witness to. Not someone who I can just hand a track, but someone I can talk to. Well just this past Monday, I started a sign language class at the local college, and afterwards, a girl came up and just started talking to me. I'm thanking the Lord for sending her. I pray I can be a good witness to her, even though we only see each other once a week. :)

    Also, I read one of your other posts (I wanted to leave a comment but never got to. So I just decided to leave it here. :) in which you said you all want to travel around visiting all your followers. That is such a great idea, and I know you'd have a lot of fun! I've thought about doing that before too. :)

    I've been praying for your niece and her baby. Thank you for keeping us updated.

    I hope you have a sweet day.
    Much love in Jesus,
    Ashley

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    1. Hello, sweet Ashley! It was SO nice to see that you had come by tonight...I have missed you. :) I am SO grateful God has sent you a person to pour His love into. I am excited to see how He will use you in this situation!! If we do get to do a blogging tour, we would surely love to come and see you and your sweet Mommy and family. It would be so nice to see her again and to meet all of the rest of you! God bless you, sweet friend. :) Sending you love and hugs.

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  22. Thank you for sharing this story. God's power is perfected in weakness and in His strength we are made strong.

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    1. Yes, this is so true, Karen. I so appreciate your visit and kind words. :) God bless you!

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  23. I am familiar with Charles Capps and his positive books, and God truly gave you a sign. Speaking with your mouth - faith filled words will bring miracles. For your family you might want to join hands and agree together that God place a hedge of protection around you and your loved ones. It is not praying to the devil when you speak and command Satan to "Take your hands off God's property." Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. I love his books, Hazel. They are such an uplift, and they have really opened my eyes to the power of our words and GOD'S WORD. Thank you for your advice. We have surely felt the attacks of satan, and yes, we have spoken out loud resisting him in the name of Jesus and commanding him to take his hands off. I even went so far as to walk to our front door, resisting him all the way there, and telling him to GET OUT OF OUR HOUSE. I know GOD is in control, and praise His name that greater is HE that is in us than he that is in the world. We are more than conquerors through HIM that loves us! I appreciate you, my friend. God bless you. :)

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  24. Hi Cheryl,
    Oh how I love this post about the power of words -- ours and God's and what we speak has such tremendous power over our minds and hearts. That is an amazing story about finding the book at Goodwill after your prayer! I truly believe that God answers our heart's cries when we ask him and he enlightens us with his truth. I'm keeping your sweet niece and her baby in my prayers! Thank you for these words!

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    1. Thank you ever so much, dear Valerie, for your sweet visit and kind words. You will never know how much we appreciate your prayers for dear Kristen and her baby. God bless you abundantly, my friend. :)

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  25. It is indeed our words that can change our world. Our words are so powerful that we need to be aware of what power we have with it too.

    A touching story.

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    1. You are so right, Lux. Thank you for your visit and encouragement. God bless you!

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  26. Oh my Cheryl! This post was chock full of wonderfully edifying insights!

    First of all, I had never heard the quote, ""reach a new level, face a new devil"?", but yes, it is so very true!

    Your story of how profoundly God answered your prayers in the Good Will Store was amazing and encouraging.

    Whenever I thought about the power of my words, I never thought of it in terms of how it would effect me. This has brought a whole new insight to light.

    These words you shared, "Because God is BIGGER, and God "calleth those things which be not as though they were."

    God sees our sickness, and He calls us well.
    God sees terror, and He speaks peace.
    God sees the threat of death, and He tells satan to back off."

    ... brought such encouragement to me.

    Just last night I listened to a Beth Moore on Periscope. She was coming on to talk about battling fear. And in it she said, that when she is feeling anxious, she finds that when she speaks God's promises allowed, she feels peace wash over. The verse in particular was from Isaiah 12:2 "Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation." I jotted this down immediately. Oh what peace we experience when we proclaim God's promises back to Him.

    Thank you so much sweet friend for continuing to pour your heart into such edifying posts. Even in the midst of your own fiery trials, you reach out to us with such sweet and loving words of encouragement.

    Blessings to you sweet friend. I continue to hold Kristen close in prayer, and your family close in prayer.

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    1. Dear, precious friend! Oh, how encouraging your words were to me tonight! I just cannot thank you enough for them...God always knows what we need and when we need it. He so often uses you, dear Karen, to send much needed comfort through you and your dear support, love, and friendship. May He bless you abundantly, my friend!

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  27. Hello Cheryl.What a powerful and uplifting post this is. I just recently found your blog and it has been such a blessing. I will share a brief testimony of what God has done for me. 6 months ago I noticed a small mole that had been on my face for years had seemingly overnight grown larger, turned black in color and would bleed at times. I know the symptoms of skin cancer and of course momentary fear set in. My husband and I agreed in prayer for healing and specifically prayed that the mole would dry up and fall off in Jesus name. We thanked Him daily and praise be to Him, in 3 weeks it did just that! Mark 11:22-24.
    May He continue to bless you and your family and special prayers for Kristen and her son for health and protection. Have a blessed week. :)

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    1. Dear Angela! This is just WONDERFUL!!! Praise our dear and loving Lord for hearing and answering prayer for you in such a tangible way. I know the days of miracles are NOT past, and God is still on the throne. Jesus is still the same, and I just praise Him for what He has done for you. Thank you for sharing this amazing testimony. I apologize that it is taking me so long to get back with you. This just blessed me SO much! God bless you, my friend!

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