Hedge of Protection
As Neil and I were leaving the campsite to go purchase supplies, I got a stabbing pain in my stomach. The Lord allows me to feel this type of pain so I will begin interceding for protection. The closer to town we got, the stronger the pain became. I continued praying, not understanding why or what I was praying about.
As we headed back to camp, we saw numerous law enforcement vehicles lined up along the side of the road. Neil quickly checked the news to see what he could find. There was an armed standoff that began at approximately 4:00 a.m. and it was 9:00 p.m. as we drove by. After discovering this, I knew this was what the Lord was having me pray about. Neil (my husband) is in law enforcement and he prayed for the safety and mindset of the first responders. I prayed for the person who had barricaded them self inside would peacefully surrender. After praying, the pain in my stomach subsided.
The following morning, we discovered not more than 10 minutes after we prayed, the crisis ended peacefully! I am believing the Lord was just waiting for someone to intercede and release Kingdom solutions into the atmosphere to overcome the darkness.
Signs and Wonders
During a reviveTX outreach, my team ended up on a gravel road. We saw a couple looking for their lost dog. It was amazing how the Lord used nature to speak to the lady. She disclosed she lost custody of her children while she was in active addiction. I noticed a grasshopper jump out in front of us. I encouraged her with Joel 2:25, as I believe the Lord wanted her to know He is going to restore the years the locusts have eaten.
A gust of wind blew as we prayed for peace. I encouraged her to breath in His peace and exhale all fear, worry, and anxiety. I told the Lord wants to carry her burdens and a donkey began braying! It gave me the opportunity to explain donkeys are burden bearers and Matthew 11:28-30 says His yoke is easy and His burden is light!
The Lord highlighted a guy in church after worship service, I knew He wanted to give him a word. I got out my pen and paper and the Lord instructed me what to say. I wrote: “God hears you, keep asking questions because God wants to answer your questions more than you want to hear the answers. It’s all about relationship. The more time you spend with Him, the closer and more intimate you will be. The Lord loves you so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross for you. Keep pressing in!”
I folded the note and tried to discern when to discreetly give it to him. The Lord instructed “NOW.” I thought it would be disruptive but the Lord said “NOW.” What I didn’t know was at that moment, he was seeking answers. I could tell it caught him off guard. In a few minutes, he opened it, read it, and showed it to his buddies.
After service, he came up to my husband and told him he just finished thinking he needed to ask me how I learned to worship when I handed him the note answering that very question. We learned later the young man had been struggling and denying the very existence of God. BUT GOD saw him, knew his struggle, and made Himself known to him! Please be praying for Justin; that he surrenders to the Lord!