Category: Answered Prayer

Another miracle story

David’s post yesterday was really inspiring!  A looooooooong time ago I promised some more miracle stories.  Here is one that I’ve had for a while but didn’t get around to posting.  This is from Janee:

I went to the doctor at age 30 concerned about symptoms I had been experiencing that were very similar to those my mother had described.  She had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  The doctor asked questions and ran lots of blood tests and came to the same conclusion….Fibromyalgia.  I didn’t have time for this.  I was getting ready to adopt 2 children.  I was prescribed medicinal “band-aids,” but the doctor said there was nothing to do but live with it and alleviate the symptoms.  So I resigned myself to the situation and spent several more years living with it and taking pills.  I eventually found out from a fellow sufferer about some OTC medication that made the symptoms almost go away as long as you took it religiously and followed some other guidelines about food and personal care products.  I lived much more happily for several more years.

Then a few years ago I became filled with the Holy Spirit and the Lord started making major changes in my family.  A year later I started having symptoms of another ailment that my mother had been recently diagnosed with and I started praying about this.  God made it very clear to me that this thing called Fibromyalgia and this new thing were not physical ailments but spiritual ones.  I can’t say if that is true for everybody but at least it was in my case.  I started praying about it and brought it up to one of the simple churches we meet with.  They immediately felt led to lay hands on me and pray in the Spirit.  After they were done I knew immediately that I had been healed of these things.  A while later the symptoms started reappearing, and I fought them off with faith that I had been healed.  I was not going to allow this to come back into my life.  Each time the symptoms try to return I remind myself and the devil who brought it that I’m healed and I will not accept this back into my life again.  The attacks have become fewer and further apart and the symptoms much weaker each time.  Now, almost 10 years later, I am completely free from this ailment and ready to see the Lord do more!  Where the Spirit of Lord is there is Liberty (freedom).

A miracle

Last Wednesday (we changed our during-the-week meeting to Wednesday, as the rest of the Southern US shuts down then anyway), we decided to do a series of blog posts about miracles that have happened to people in our small body of believers.  Just off the top of our heads, we were able to think of five or six stories to share.  Here is mine:

When I was around 18-years-old, I started having problems with my TMJ.  That’s temporomandibular joint for those of you fortunate enough not to know.  In layman’s terms, my jaw was clicking and popping just about every time I opened my mouth to a certain point.  I would also experience extreme swelling to the point where I couldn’t chew because my teeth wouldn’t meet.  This would happen in spells off and on from the time I was 18 until about five years ago.

We were at the House2House National House Church Conference in Dallas, TX.  One of the speakers was a man named Frank Gray, from the Y.E.S. Ministries team.  He was speaking about healing, something that I claimed to believe in, but didn’t really focus on very much.  As an exercise, he had us pair up and pray for each other if any healing was needed.  A lady even younger than I was prayed for me during that meeting that all my problems with my jaw would be healed and that I wouldn’t suffer from it anymore.  At that point, I was not having any particular problems with it anyway, so I didn’t think about it again.  A few months later, we were talking about that meeting as a group, and I realized that I hadn’t had any pain or swelling since that prayer.  I was astounded that God had healed something that was wrong with me, while I had very little faith that he would actually do it.  In the last 5 years, I’ve had zero problems with my TMJ, and can attribute that to the love and healing power of my Father in heaven.

At a more recent house church conference, I spoke again with the girl who had prayed for me (I wish I could remember her name).  She was happy but unsurprised that God had healed me.  This kind of faith moves mountains.

There will be several more posts like this in the next couple of weeks (get me those stories, Church!), and I pray that they strengthen the faith of everyone who reads them.

Like a mustard seed…

Well, I guess I’ve proven my imperfection yet again.  The last two weeks have not been very bloggy!  Keep praying for me, everyone, that I will blog more consistently!

I’m going to start with a recap from this past Sunday, as we had some wonderful teaching from the Lord.  We met at the Sellers’s house and sat down to a lovely meal of Macaroni and Cheese, Marty Stew, and Les’s creole kitchen chicken surprise with awesome rice and trash.  We also have a new futon mattress.  Yay!

April gave a teaching on faith that really challenged the way that we pray.  The first part of this teaching is that we often try to make God too small.  We think that God exists within the universe and that He is a part of our reality.  The truth is that God is more real than we are.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1

The next part of the teaching is that there are two kinds of faith.  There is faith in God, which as Christians we necessarily have to have!  The other kind of faith is faith in our own faith.  Here is Matthew 17:14-21:

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” 17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

The problem the disciples were having was that they didn’t have the faith in God.  People use this verse today to berate themselves for their lack of faith.  (“I don’t even have faith the size of a mustard seed!”)  We have this much faith!  We have to have this much faith, otherwise we couldn’t believe in our own salvation.  What we need is more faith that we have that much faith!  Because we don’t have faith in our faith, we think we need to use just the right words when we pray or that we need to pray just long enough.  God didn’t intend us to struggle with how much faith we have.

1 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

This man had “great faith.”  That means his faith was bigger than a mustard seed.  Do you believe that Jesus can do this?   Then you have great faith too!

Here’s another passage on faith:

20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”    22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly[f] I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”  – Mark 11:20-25

Jesus was teaching them more about the reality of God.  When Jesus cursed the fig tree, in God’s reality, that fig tree was already withered.  Apparently, it didn’t wither right away, since the disciples didn’t remark on it until the morning.  But Jesus knew what had already happened.  He believed that He had received it, and it was given to Him.  He told the disciples that God would answer them the same way.  This is why we need more faith in our faith and in God’s reality.

The last Scripture we looked at was James 5:14:

14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

This is pretty cut and dry.  (That’s what I like about the book of James.) Since we know that we have faith, we know that we can follow this Word and heal the sick members in our body!

Two of our members have been praying for healing from a disease for the past six months.  They told us on Sunday that God healed them last Friday.  Praise the Lord!

We sang praises together and talked some more about seeds and the mustard seed in Scripture.   Then we dispersed.  It was an awesome meeting!

Sorry for the delay in the Sunday recap post everyone!  We started our meeting with communion and a meal of shepherd’s pie, Mexican bean thing, and Aztec beans.  For dessert we had chocolate bread pudding with Southern whiskey sauce.   We moved to the living room where we discussed a few matters of church business.

First, we decided as a church that we need to hire someone to watch the children on Sunday nights from 6-8.  We would pay said person  $15 dollars a week and give them a hot meal.  Janee said that she would start the ball rolling on finding that person.

Next, we decided for certain that we are having our prayer retreat at the yurts at Lake Degray on December 17-18 and that we will rent two yurts for the night of the 17th.  I (Bonnie) will take care of renting the yurts.

After the business matters were settled, the men went outside to talk while the women stayed in the living room.  I won’t post exactly what was discussed here, but Les wanted me to post that part of their meeting involved Les kicking Jeremy’s tail in wrestling.

And to conclude this post, little Elijah was born healthy yesterday!  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  Thank you, everyone, for praying!

Praise the Lord!!!

Those of you who have been following the blog or coming to our meetings know that we’ve been praying for my sister and her pregnancy.  Her ultrasound today showed a healthy baby, about 9 weeks along.  Thank you so much for all your prayers!

Also, please pray continually for a friend who wishes to remain anonymous on this blog.  This friend is coming up on her 37th week of pregnancy, and the doctors are going to test her son’s lungs on Monday to find out if he is ready to be out of the womb!  They have named the boy Elijah, so please pray for Eli this weekend that he will be ready on Monday!

Last night, the church met in Hot Springs to see Ali and Brittney play their last home game of the season.   Their “David” team very nearly beat the “Goliath” they were up against, and the girls had every reason to be happy with the way they played.  Once again, a good time was had by all.  Except Jude, who fell and busted his lip.

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