Today is my birthday. It's been a fabulous day - more than words can describe. I've prayed earnestly for the last two days - and I experienced a miracle today. My birthday miracle. Something that I've prayed for - but never expected to happen in quite this way. God always answers prayer in such a way that astounds you. I think it's really awesome how He gives us exactly what we need, the way that we need it.
I was with my friend today as Hastings, scoping out used books at the bargain price of $2.99. Of course I'm in the spiritual section - looking through the grace books - and some of Joseph Prince's writings. Well, an older lady walked up and remarked that Joseph's work and ministry was wonderful - and I had to tell her about my church. We shared a bit about grace - and I noticed she was shaking. As we conversed further I asked her if she knew about Sarah Young's book 'Jesus Calling'. She said that she hadn't heard of it - so I showed it too her and told her that it was just like Jesus Himself were talking to you. She picked up the book and tried to read it, I suggested to read today's reading - June 21. She was visibly having difficulty so I ask her if I might read it to her and she was elated. So I read it to her and the tears began to fall. She grasp my arm, and told me that she was recently widowed, and that her pain was so great. I hugged her and prayed for her right on the spot. She wept. After awhile, she was able to speak again and looked me in the eye and told me that I had the eyes of Jesus. She told me that she knew that I was anointed when she first laid eyes upon me.
Now, I wouldn't think that this was a shock, it wasn't that kind of feeling, it was more humbling. I thanked her and was in awe of the present moment. We talked more. I spoke to her about grief and it's affects - and she seemed to understand and relate with what I was telling her. She became tearful again, and I prayed for her again. It was surreal. I was of course, elated. I felt as if I were walking on air. I know that there is much from the conversation that I do not recall, for I know that the Lord was speaking for me.
I'd prayed very diligently for two days, this is the interesting part, about a totally different issue. I'd asked the Lord to speak for me in another situation that I was struggling with. I'd cried and prayed about something else that was really weighing on my heart. I'd prayed and praised God, and believed that things would take care of themselves. I'm still struggling. I'm in an intolerable situation that's not over yet -- but I sure had a glimmer of (huge) hope. So, God gave me a miracle in Hastings. He was with me, spoke for me and He spoke to me this morning. God is truly at work in my life. He showed up in that sweet lady with the aching heart (whom I continue to pray for) - and told me what is in me. What a precious gift! Now, what I have to do is continue to align my heart with the heart of God - but not out of a sense of "trying to please God" or out of "works" for I will not attempt "dead-works". Christ paid it all at Calvary. I don't have to do anything out of a sense of obligation - but out of the heart of God in rest, and peace and completion. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and I don't have to work for my salvation, my salvation is secure in Christ. However -- out of a place of rest, there are things that I need to clean up in my spirit. My humanness needs purging. That's all. As a new creation, my walk with Christ has to come first in every area of my life. I wish I could remember the scripture that the Lord spoke to me this morning.... I've got feelers out for it....
Christ is indescribable. Life with him at the center, in your heart, with the word of God as a lamp to our feet - makes life so worthwhile. People can say what they want to about the Bible, it is not religion. It is a picture of Jesus. Read it, engulf is, live by it, take it into your being. You can't go wrong. God doesn't lie, His promises are the only true thing in this world. It's a living word as much today as it was thousands of years ago - if you but let the holy spirit speak to you. It's precious. What book on earth do you know of that gives you answers, miracles, direction, a way of living, love, joy, peace unspeakable, never lies to you, and guides your path? I dare not know one. Not all of those things. God's not mad, He never was - He loves you beyond your comprehension. Your job? Just love Him back with all your heart, your mind, and your soul. I'm His daughter, in His blood line. It's time I started living like the Princess that the Lord knows that I am. How wonderfully clean, honorable, and free that feels. Pristine. That's what God spoke to me this morning. Not perfection, that's not attainable, but with the heart and mind of Jesus. And why wouldn't I? He is the author and the finisher of my faith. I owe everything to Him, Christ in me - the Hope of glory. Again, I say indescribable!!!!
Philippians 2:13-15 "Brethren I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you." Amen.
Grace and Peace to you.... the journey continues..... Gina