“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,” Ephesians 3:16-18
I have been extremely grateful, ever since I got back from my trip back home…….I got the chance to see again what miracles God is doing in the lives of people. At times, it leaves me speechless, and at those times I just breath a prayer of thanks and gratitude. Endless gratitude. God is performing miracles in the lives of people, yes indeed, and I got to see Him again at work in those I know and those I don’t.
I have heard about two families brought back together from impossible places, a family who was torn apart by addiction, both homeless and scattered across the far reaches of a place I can’t even imagine. Children who weren’t sure where their next meal was coming from or where they would stay the night….I think of the agonizing nights and days spent praying for these people, these children. Lives on the brink of ruin, close to death, living out destruction. They were prayed for by so many people, for so long. Everything was done for them that could be. But in a situation like that, there is only so much that can be done…..and then our prayers landed them in a mission. That mission gave them a roof over their heads, some food, the husband a job and the Good News of Jesus Christ. We kept praying that it would “stick.”
The wife came back, got sober and clean, and so did the husband! They have now been baptized into the family of believers……my best friend got to attend church with them, her Nephew and his family, when she was there. They recently got their 2 year certificate of sobriety…..To hear of this miracle from her, to know that 6 kids are now safe and doing well, against all the odds. That is something only God could do.
Yet another friend has also been released from the prison of addiction, one we didn’t even know about until recently, a friend from long ago. She is now clean and sober, part of the family of God reunited with her daughter. She is now working with other recovering women, her life a testimony of praise!
Two impossible situations, two families brought from death to life…….No, my friends, I do not need to see anyone walk on water to believe. I see change, real and permanent, and lasting. The power of the Living God at work……
The list goes on:
Changed lives around me
Our answered prayers
The tears of gratitude
The grace that was extended
A real apology resulting in changed actions…..not just words.
Courage to rise from the ashes of bad choices
Faith to believe it is real
The knowledge that it is real
Joy that comes from seeing the heart-changer at work
A testimony of changed lives in all of us…..#631-641
Endless gratitude today, celebrate it with me, Ann and so many others……