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#1 MamaElephant

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 04:49 AM

Taking God as his word has set me free from constant guilt. I used to feel guilty about everything. Even doing a relaxing type chore would cause me to feel guilty. In addition, I have Christ and the Holy Spirit to help me through this time when I could lose all of my friends and family and indeed are already losing some. There are days that I have a lump in my throat until I get my Bible study done and pray for the fruit of the Spirit. It is really amazing to have joy and peace through this time. I also have my prayers obviously answered. Here are some examples:

I am constantly reminded that I am on the right path and that God is with me, as my prayers are answered. If I have a need it is met. This did not happen before I was born-again. I have prayed sincerely and in faith for needs and they have been very obviously answered over and over again. (1) One time I was staying at an ex-Jws house and I was exhausted, emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually. There were three families there and only myself and my husband were Christians. Several of them wanted to explain why they did not believe in God. I ran to my room there and I prayed and I slept. When I woke I couldn't come out of the room. I prayed to God that I needed my husband. I needed him or I couldn't leave the room. Seconds later he knocks on the door. (2) One day (after I had already received Jesus) the Holy Spirit led me to a church. I knocked on the door and I listened to the youth pastor's wife when she got her Bible. I listened and I cried. I found out later that was the one time out of the whole year that she was home on that day of the week. She has a normal routine of ministry that would have had that house empty any other day. (3) I was doing my Bible study and the topic was God's people. I knew what a scripture said but didn't know where to find it. I prayed for guidance because I knew I didn't have time to look it up and this was important to me. I turned right to the page. I didn't even believe it was the right page at first, but there is was, the third sentence I read. (4) I was on a walk with my little boy and he was being very unruly, trying to run away from me to cross the busy street. I prayed for help and when we got to the preschool, the teacher came out of her house to see if we needed help! (5) Another day I had been at my JW parent's house and was feeling very down. I needed someone. I prayed that God send someone to me because I didn't know who to go to. My long-distance Christian friend called me about an hour later. It was the second time in 2 years that we had ever spoken on the phone. (6) I was disappointed last weekend because we missed the neighborhood picnic. I was crying to my husband that nothing would ever change and we wouldn't have friends. I don't know where to find friends for my children. We have been alone for years. I prayed that God help me and my kids find a community so that we aren't alone. I didn't know if it needed to be school, a support group, a karate class, something, anything. God please lead me because I am so confused and this is too much to handle right now. We just need friends. Two days later our neighbor invited my daughter to AWANA club. She loves it. There is also a ladies bible study group the same night. It is wonderful. Friends for both of us! Then some exJW friends called me after that and invited us to there house to meet someone else who is just now coming out. The friends who called me are older than my parents, but the new ex-JWs are the same age as us with kids the same age! (7) My husband was struggling with something and I got on my knees and prayed for him. Later that day my pastor called me. He had not met my husband. Was my husband home? He asked. He could come by and talk to him for a few minutes. Yes he was home and I wasn't turning him down. God is good!

There are others but these were the prayers that were answered very quickly and very obviously, and early in my Christian life. I don't believe that all prayers were answered, but these were said in faith and need.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 07:08 AM

Thanks for sharing! It is very encouraging to see what happens when God answers our prayers.

In fact, it was one of the things that helped convince me to become a Christian, because despite having a belief in the "god" that my parents taught me to believe in, I had never seen anyone pray for something and actually receive the answer to their prayer. That was until I met the girl who became my wife who just kept on praying and receiving. I just couldn't deny it any longer...

Sometimes we pray for someone and wonder if it has any effect, but when I was reading your testimony it reminded me of a time when I was at home one day just lying on the couch. As I was lying there I just got this feeling of comfort flowing through my head and although it could have been something that just happens when you relax, I just kept feeling that it was because someone was praying for me. No sooner did those thoughts enter my mind than the phone rang, and when I picked up the receiver I heard my mother-in-laws voice. But instead of saying "hello", or something like that, the very first thing she said was "Did you feel me praying for you?"

I think that sometimes when we pray it falls on people like rain falling on dry ground. We might not see anything concrete directly, but given time rain it will eventually manifest into something visible. Just a thought. :)

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 07:48 AM

Ah, so that is what happened yesterday. I had some friends in the Orthodox inquirers group thinking of me. B)

Thanks for sharing! It is very encouraging to see what happens when God answers our prayers.

In fact, it was one of the things that helped convince me to become a Christian, because despite having a belief in the "god" that my parents taught me to believe in, I had never seen anyone pray for something and actually receive the answer to their prayer. That was until I met the girl who became my wife who just kept on praying and receiving. I just couldn't deny it any longer...

Sometimes we pray for someone and wonder if it has any effect, but when I was reading your testimony it reminded me of a time when I was at home one day just lying on the couch. As I was lying there I just got this feeling of comfort flowing through my head and although it could have been something that just happens when you relax, I just kept feeling that it was because someone was praying for me. No sooner did those thoughts enter my mind than the phone rang, and when I picked up the receiver I heard my mother-in-laws voice. But instead of saying "hello", or something like that, the very first thing she said was "Did you feel me praying for you?"

I think that sometimes when we pray it falls on people like rain falling on dry ground. We might not see anything concrete directly, but given time rain it will eventually manifest into something visible. Just a thought. :)



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Posted 13 October 2011 - 10:42 AM

This is great ME, I am sure there is more to come. Some prayers take longer to answer, I think you know which ones I'm speaking of.

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 03:41 AM

I started documenting my answered prayers in a book, because it helps me when I am struggling to look back and see how faithful God has been through the years, and how He can get me out of anything I could get myself into. I will post some of them here later, but right now I am reminded that I need to add more to the book first.

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 07:06 AM

I started documenting my answered prayers in a book, because it helps me when I am struggling to look back and see how faithful God has been through the years, and how He can get me out of anything I could get myself into. I will post some of them here later, but right now I am reminded that I need to add more to the book first.

Good idea. I have more that I should add. What amazes me is the power of the Spirit when I ask for clarity or peace or joy. I have gotten through many situations with my family by asking for help and the Spirit whisks the thoughts out of my mind so that I won't say things I shouldn't. Looking back out how I was so easily innocent by simply forgetting those things during conversations is amazing to me... of course it doesn't mean much to someone else. I just ask that I have God's timing and not my own. B)

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 07:07 AM

This is great ME, I am sure there is more to come. Some prayers take longer to answer, I think you know which ones I'm speaking of.

Yes, in the mean time I can trust that nothing happens that God does not allow. All is in His hands and He is infinitely wiser than myself.

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 07:31 PM

One miracle that happened recently, happened too fast for me to pray for: My wife got her drivers license and we were driving around. It was a bit icy but she was being careful. She wanted to turn around so I tell her to turn down a side street. Going no less than 30 MPH, she turns the wheel. At this point I was wondering what the damage was going to be, why she had turned the wheel, and if we were going to be ok. The car spun on some ice, into the side street, narrowly avoiding a parked car, missing an oncoming car by inches, and stopping just shy of a fence. Zero damage.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 04:44 PM

I was working at a fast food place a little over a year ago and they have some "unredeemed" music to say the least. It was glorifying a lifestyle of getting extremely drunk, losing clothes, dignity etc. They were borderline pornographic at times and at the time I was struggling with P*rn*gr*phy. I kept praying day after day, every time a vulgar song came on "You're will be done God, but I hate this music. Please get rid of it!" I walked into work one day and I heard the radio singing out the Holy name! Jesus Christ! It was Gospel music!!!

This Gospel music lasted for a week, and after that, the music was completely turned off because "it is a distraction", but it was so obvious that He had answered my prayer! I was absolutely excited about it that whole day, praising Him, thanking Him. It was awesome.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 04:51 PM

I would also like to add a great sermon about prayer from Matt Chandler that I listened to today. It was very encouraging and enlightening.

http://www.thevillag...s-and-responds/

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 08:23 PM

Woman comes back to life after 17 hours of no brain activity, rigor mortis, and no signs of life. Family prayed for her:

http://www.godvine.c...es-Up-1028.html




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