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My God who hears, speaks and answers…

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My mom had been fighting cancer for a number of years. As I grew up, she never came to church with me nor my brothers but was supportive of us going to church. In June, I went for a visit her before my family and I took off to Europe for six weeks.

I prayed with mom while I was there. One of the first times she was open to that. One day dad asked me if I could cancel my mom’s doctor appointment as she did not want to go. I thought wow thanks God. I had plans to see if I could go talk to her doctor to see how much longer she had and an opportunity had just been placed in my lap!

I did not cancel the appointment and met with the doctor. He asked me what I was most worried about. I told him her pain and then started crying and told him I was worried about whether I would see her in heaven as my mom did not have a relationship with Jesus. He told me not to worry. He would take care of it. 

I found out from my dad after my mom passed that the doctor came to the house and visited with mom and spoke to her about the realization that she was dying.  He then asked her “where are you going after that?"

That had a profound effect on my mom.

Days later when in Paris, I was walking on my own and went into a church I saw. I sat down and prayed and God spoke to me and told me to reach out to my dad’s pastor. I got ahold of his number and called him. I let him know my mom was in the last few weeks of her life and asked if he could speak to her about salvation.

He went the next day and spoke to mom about her faith and when he left he felt she had made a decision to follow Christ. An incredible answered prayer and a heavy, heavy weight lifted from heart.

In the weeks that have followed, I have peace knowing where she is. Her funeral became a celebration and I feel much relief and joy knowing I will see my mom in heaven.

Posted by Linda Mott with 2 Comments

Sharing our Lives

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Do you know just HOW important it is to live in community with others? To share your triumphs and struggles and to connect with others on a deeper level? Whether you’re comfortable with it or not, we are made to share our lives with those around us. Our souls crave companionship and God never intended us to live this life alone.

 

I am very aware that opening up to others can be an uncomfortable, scary, and overwhelming thing. Is it easy to be honest and bare it all? Not for the majority of us! We feel as though we are going to be judged and ridiculed or thought of as less of a person if we admit our faults and struggles. But there is something SO freeing about laying it all out there. And once you can do that, there is a deeper connection that begins to form. There is a level of comfort that comes when we openly share about all aspects of our life. Feeling compassion and encouragement from others lightens our load, strengthens us, and gives us courage to keep going.  When we extend and receive the love and forgiveness of others we are essentially feeling the love of Christ on this earth.

 

When we share our lives we aren’t burdening others, we are lightening our own load and actually giving life to those we are sharing with. When we are open and honest and REAL it gives others a feeling of “permission” to open up and be themselves. If we never talk about the nitty gritty details of our lives, it’s easy to imagine that others have it all together – but no one has it all together. Friendship is formed by commonality and if we only ever talk about surface details of our lives we will never form those deep rooted friendships we long for. By pushing fear aside and choosing to be real and transparent we are able to make an impact on our own lives AND the people we open up to. We also tend to see situations from a different perspective and may be able to rectify something we couldn’t previously see a solution to. Our lives become richer by hearing different perspectives and points of view.

 

Have you ever come away from a conversation with a friend, or group of friends, and felt absolutely refreshed? Maybe it’s a conversation over coffee, a walk at the beach, or a discipleship group gathering. You all of a sudden you have a ton of energy and feel like you could conquer the world. That’s the power of building friendships and living in community! Talking about the tough parts of our lives doesn’t necessarily stop those situations from continuing, but it sure does lift the weight of the situation off of us. Having that weight lifted can give us the room we need to breathe again, gather our thoughts, and tackle the problem. Through these relationships we can receive prayer and accountability and we can begin to experience the full power and delight of life with God when we are sharing life together with our brothers and sisters.

 

As believers in Jesus Christ we are called to make disciples of all nations; we are called to tell others about our loving Jesus. How do we do that? By forming relationships! Forming trust through relationships is such a key part of reaching this world with the Good News. Do you typically take notice and really, truly listen to someone you don’t trust? I know I don’t! Trust is key for making an impact on others and trust is more easily built when we are honest and open.  Don’t fear community and relationships – welcome them! There is so much we can gain from each other and we can make a much greater impact for Jesus when we step outside our comfort zone and have deep conversations with the people God has brought into our lives.

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