An Attitude of Gratitude
How often we roll on in life from one thing to another and never take time to reflect on all the good things God has done. Without reflection there can be no remembering. Without remembering we lose the benefit of encouragement and learning from our experiences: we can lose heart and lose focus.
Here is a week in review of some of the good things God has done.
I was ministering at our Newbury fortnightly bible study. 2 people wanted prayer for healing. One wanted prayer for IBS which was a constant problem that she needed medication every day to counteract. We prayed for her and commanded the IBS to lift off her. She felt a knot of tension in her stomach rise up and out as she sighed. We still need to hear the full results but that was encouraging. The other had several needs including numbness in the back of her leg caused by severed nerves from numerous operations. As we prayed for healing the feeling returned. How about that! Absolutely amazing!
That was Thursday. On Saturday we had a small team out on the streets of Reading doing HOTS. One of our team- Lozzie – was asked by a young woman to pray for he right blood pressure. Just as she was about to, the woman’s mobile rang so Lozzie waited for the call to finish. As she waited she wrote down some prophetic words for the woman. She felt God say that one of the woman’s love languages was cooking, that she was having problems sleeping because of work related issues and she had a picture of a train track signifying something to do with travel in the woman’s life.
After the phone call, she shared this with the woman who laughed as she loved cooking and being cooked for! She was also experiencing sleep problems because of work related issues and travel was significant as she came from Italy. Amazing! After prayer there were hugs and kisses. Complete strangers hugging and kissing! The woman’s friend then also wanted prayer and so she swapped places with her friend. By the end more hugging and kissing. Breakthroughs because of spiritual gifts!
I saw another lady sitting, older, silver haired. I felt God give me a word which I shared with her. She was initially reluctant and unwilling to talk but was intrigued to hear what the word was. It opened up a world of interest with her sharing her own spiritual experiences (she wasn’t a Christian). One of our team Elaine also had some words for her – all were reLevant in her life! I left them talking earnestly. Another life intrigued and wooed by the spirit of God.
I saw an African couple sitting down, looking at what we were doing. It turned out they were daughter and mother. I asked if they wanted prayer. When the daughter approved, the mother asked for prayer for her arthritic hip and knee which were currently in pain. I prayed, she tested it out by walking to the shop and back: no pain! God is good!
Last and most amazing, E and S, team members, spoke to a lady we had prayed for a few times before. S felt God encourage him to ask if she wanted to ask Jesus into her life. She did. He led her through a prayer of commitment. Amazing! A life reborn on the streets of Reading!
I am grateful that
- God is alive and well
- He uses ordinary people like us
- The kingdom of God is here now