God Told Me To Tell You To Adopt The Baby

When praying one morning a young woman who I had known came to my mind. God then plainly spoke to my heart and asked me to tell her not to be afraid to adopt. I had known that she and her husband struggled with the fact they could not conceive. I am a woman who is rarely afraid of speaking to people about my relationship with God, but I felt uncomfortable approaching her with this message. So as it is with my relationship with God, I told Him I would do what He asked, if He would place her before me.

The God that He is, determined to use me to to speak to her her, placed her before me while I was shopping at a local retail store. There she was, so I said to God, “I got this loud and clear.” I asked her if I could speak to her privately away from the store. She seemed hesitant, but she said, “well lets walk out to my car, I am looking for something to match this scarf.” When we got outside, I said, “Well I know you are  going to think I am crazy, but in prayer God asked me to tell you not to be afraid to adopt.” She immediately began to cry and asked me to get into the car so we could continue our conversation. There she told me that no one knew she and her husband had been approached about adopting a child, who was still in the womb of a woman who could not keep her baby.  She said they had not discussed this with anyone. She said no one knew not even their parents. They where having a hard time with it all. I told her that I told God if He placed her before me I would speak His word to her. I had not interned to shop at the store that day but in fact God lead me there. I told her that this child must be very important to God as He specifically chose her and her husband to be the guardians of the child’s life.  She said “I am sorry for the tears, but I am overwhelmed. I must go home and tell my husband.”  The child was a beautiful little girl with eyes as blue as the sky. She is about 9 years old now and she is loved beyond imagining.

Sometimes we are called to do the extraordinary. Fear can keep us from doing the work God needs us to do on His behalf. While I was not afraid, the thought of calling someone with such a message was a little intimidating, because as being a human goes, judgment is not easy. Yet God, knew I would do what He asked of me from past experience. He just needed to set things up. There are days that the ordinary walk with God ,in corporation with His will, makes a difference, though we may not see it. We just have to listen and trust Him.

Elizabeth 

Shawnee, Oklahoma

 

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I Never Left My Home

For many years I lived in fear. Fear about everything. It was so bad that I rarely left my home and my relationships suffered. Medicine and therapy seemed to help, but I still constantly worried about what was going to happen.

A friend reached out to help me. Twice a week she would visit and we’d study the Bible. God showed me that living in fear was not Him, but a lie from satan. “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (1 Timothy 1:7). As I continued to fill my fear with God’s Word, my fear lessened. Today I am fearless.

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When God Changes Your Blue Christmas To White

I suffered from mild depression several years ago right before the holidays. Maybe it was all the stress of having the perfect Christmas. For me, it never happened because I was pretty much alone. I wasn’t married, had no children, and my extended family wasn’t around. So I didn’t decorate, withdrew and stayed to myself.

But then something changed inside of me when my neighbor noticed. I won’t go into all the details, but one snowy night after work (it was really snowing), I came home to a small beautiful decorated Christmas tree in my living room. The lights lit up the room. Cookies and snacks were on my table and few presents were under the tree. I didn’t think twice about who did it as tears filled my eyes.

God sent my friend to change my heart and attitude. From then on I started noticing others and what they were going through instead of focusing on my own situations. It’s the little things in life that changes the heart, like noticing.

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Hiding Behind The Banner

Lord, my heart aches for those who hide behind the banner of Christianity. They truly don’t know You. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard stories of deceit, lies and backstabbing from those who say they follow You. Stories that hurt other Christians. Stories that would make unbelievers question Christianity.

But as I study Your Word, Your truth tells me, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness. (Matthew 7 21-23 NASB).

I hear Your Spirit in my heart tell to me that You are sovereign and to stand firm in front of the banner. My role is not to judge the motives of others, but to share Your truth that will lead others to You. Peace will follow in this broken world. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Today, I stand firm. Same for tomorrow.

*  I Seek Truth is written in first person so you can to place yourself and identify with each situation. 

 

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One Thing That Changed Me From Dreading Christmas

I really don’t have many fond memories of Christmas growing up as a child. It was always a lonely time for me, filled with disappointments and family arguments. I’m sure many people can relate and probably many feel that way now. Many dread the Christmas season. It wasn’t until I started growing up in my faith that my thoughts started to change. It’s not always about feelings. It’s about what is real.

Every family has issues. Nobody is perfect. There might be disappointments and failures. There might be disagreements, loneliness and burnt food. But in the midst of it, we have to keep growing up in our faith knowing that Christmas isn’t about feelings. It’s about Jesus and His gift to us. That alone should give us reason to celebrate. I don’t focus anymore on the material gifts, or the Christmas expectations. I focus on Jesus.

Different Kind of Day

We all have things in our lives that can bring us down to our knees. I’m not sure how people get through life without God. I lost my adult son years ago due to a drunk driver. My life was changed the moment I found out. As years pass, people forget. They don’t want to talk about it. It still hurts to this day, but I hand my pain over to Jesus. I trust He is in control and will bring good from this.

It takes time to start living a different kind of life. My days are different. I can smile. I can live knowing that I will see him again in heaven.