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Jesus still heals today and sometimes he uses pint-sized saints.

WHEN THE CHILDREN PRAYED BY GUEST AUTHOR ANGEL SIMS

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Angel shared this story with me last September and I knew it was one I just had to share with you. It is a powerful story and the best part is, it TRUE! Angel is an amazing lady! And her story is fabulous!

In February 2000, after too many asthma attacks to count we were desperate.   The adult doses of system raging steroids that kept our four year old son Jonah’s air way open day in and day out were taking their toll on his overall health and I just knew this was not God’s plan for his life.  I took Jonah with me to hear Randy Clark speak in Englewood FL.  I’d heard first hand accounts of God’s healing power moving through Randy.  I told the Lord that if, when Randy prayed, I saw a manifestation of the Spirit on Jonah I would take him off all of the medication immediately in faith.  Removing a child from such meds is serious business and not to be taken lightly.  What happened that evening threw my theology for a permanent loop.

 Jonah attended the children’s service during worship and Randy’s message.

After several hours it was time for the alter-call.  I flew to the kid’s room and asked to sign him out.  The children’s pastor tried to explain how brave Jonah was as he asked for prayer for healing asthma.  She quickly told me that the children laid hands on him and prayed.  In too much of a hurry to get him to the “real minister,” the anointed adult, I said “Oh how sweet,” and rushed off for the sanctuary.

 

I escorted Jonah to the line at the alter and waited in heart pounding anticipation.

Randy knelt in front of my precious 4 year old and prayed with power and sincerity.  Crickets sang… nothing happened.  No evidence of our powerful God setting my son free what so ever.  Heartbroken, I walked with Jonah out to the foyer to connect with my friend Deena.  My disappointment was evident as I told her how convinced I felt that my son would be healed that night.

 

Jonah clamored for my attention by tugging at my pant leg, I finally looked down and said, “What’s up buddy?”

 

He convincingly exclaimed, “Mommy, God healed me when the children prayed!”

My eyes widened, I looked again at my friend… “What am I supposed to do with that??”

How could the prayers of a child be so powerful?

They don’t understand the deep and powerful things of God!  Matthew 11:25 says “At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.’”

Such arrogance on my part is now laughable, as if any of us do completely understand.

So I looked at Jonah and said, “Are you sure?  What happened?”  With childlike faith and simplicity Jonah said, “They prayed and it left.”

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Jonah is now 17 years old and has never taken another steroid or any other asthma medication again!!!

 

Six weeks later I made an appointment with his pediatrician.  Dr. La Rue walked in the examining room and asked what was wrong with Jonah.  I said, “Just give his lungs a listen.”

Puzzled he said, “They sound great.”  I explained what happened and that Jonah had been off the meds for six weeks.  Stunned, Dr. La Rue shook his head in awe.

Praise God!!!  I’m not attempting to explain what happened or defend miraculous healing; I’m just telling it like it is… God is so good and we are indescribably grateful to Him for answering the prayers of His pint-sized saints with a resounding “YES!”

Thank you Angel, for sharing this inspiring story of a healing miracle. Thank you Father, for healing Jonah! I’m so thankful that YOU still heal today. And it’s not about the size of the hand being laid on you to pray, it’s about the size of  God’s healing hand that touches us when we dare to believe He will!

Angel Sims Adjunct Professor Writer Mom of two Lover of God & Kids

Angel Sims
Adjunct Professor
Writer
Mom of two
Lover of God & Kids

Angel is a mother of two children and an adjunct professor at South Eastern University in Lakeland, Fl. She is currently writing a book on how to bring parents back to the primary role of spiritual leadership with their  children.

I have two reasons for sharing this post

  1. I’ve started a series on prayer and what better way to talk about prayer than hear a praise report. This story illustrates answered prayer.
  2. Praise reports of God’s goodness builds faith in your heart.

 

 

Maybe you need healing. The most important thing you can do right now is to build your faith with Scriptures. So I took some of the pictures that I absolutely love and put scriptures on them that I absolutely love and posted them on my site.

Here’s the link.

Healing Scriptures to pray
Healing Scriptures (verses is what we say in Children’s Ministry) to pray.

 

I hope you’ll share this post!

Don’t forget, I love you. I’m praying for you!

And don’t miss Tuesday’s post. It’s going to be a super funny. My friend Diane Daniel gave me a list of things that absolutely should never happen. I can’t wait to share them! She is one more funny lady!

Don’t forget, I love you. I’m praying for you!


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Can I Take the Boards Off Now? Warning

Can I Take The Boards Off Now? Warning!

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Several months ago, Jason let me borrow “Isaac’s Storm” by Erik Larson. Yes, it’s at my house, Jason. I love to read, but I almost never read for fun. I use every spare minute to read for work and ministry. Totally exhausted, I picked it up and decided to start reading it last week. It’s a book about the deadliest hurricane in history. After a few days of watching the steady march (Actually, I think it sorta strolled up the Gulf.) of Tropical Storm Isaac, I decided this wasn’t the best time to be reading  “Isaac’s Storm”. While Isaac didn’t come near where we live, it headed toward my home town of Mobile, AL. I have family there, so I turned to the weather channel for any warning and regular updates.

Can I Take the Boards Off Now? Warning
Now if you’ve done it you know, but if you haven’t the news clips just don’t paint the picture for you. Boarding up your windows is a lot of work. One year we boarded up our windows 5 times. Wayne finally decided to leave them up to be sure no more hurricanes were on the horizon. I couldn’t stand it, one day I took my bad self outside and removed the board off my office window. The darkness just got to me!

It takes time, money and hard work to prepare for a hurricane. If you’ve never been through one, its an interesting experience. You buy things you would never buy otherwise. Vienna Sausage. Spam. I’m feeling nauseous. Bread, even the white bread finds its way into your cart, because that’s all that’s left. And in the kitchen there’s a whole lot of cooking going on, because if the electricity goes off you gotta have something to eat. Cakes. Banana Bread. Corn Bread. And you always clean the tub really, really good and fill the tub with water. I’m not really sure why, but that’s what you do. Candles are brought out. Fresh batteries in flashlights. Battery operated radios. We even have a hand cranked radio, like I’m really going have the patience to sit there and crank it…NOT!
Now remember, the sky is clear. No wind. No rain. Just a little guy, with a map behind him blurting out, “Hurricane Warning.” A watch and warning are two entirely different things.
According to the National Weather Association:
  • A watch lets you know that weather conditions are favorable for a hazard to occur.
  • A warning requires immediate action.
Along, the Gulf Coast today, there are a lot of people removing the boards off their windows, draining their bathtub and finishing off the last of the pot of soup made to last a week. It’s not fun and some of them are wondering why they even  bothered, because they didn’t experience the catastrophic storm they expected.
But we do bother. We do board up. And while we understand the weather experts don’t have a crystal ball , still they understand the warning signs  and signals enough to predict potential danger.  And I choose to pay attention.
Still there is an inherent  danger in warnings that fizzle, that concerns me. It is still early in the hurricane season. There is a danger that the next hurricane warning will fall on doubting ears, that people will ignore the warnings and fail to prepare for the storm. That is a very scary and potentially catastrophic decision.
Maybe the sky is clear at your house. Maybe there’s not a drop of rain anywhere. But I gotta tell you, there’s a storm coming! They come to us all. Sorry, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I just want you to be prepared.
And  the warnings written in Scripture come not from a human that is observing the wind and the signs, but from a loving God that sees the future. These alarming warnings are not sent to frighten us or shame us, but they come to alert us, because God knows the consequences of evil. He warns us because He loves us. Warns! That requires immediate action. Line up your life with God’s Word. Your actions. Your attitudes. Your prayer life.
The danger comes as well because the penalty of sin and rebellion against God is not immediate. We see the grace of God that gives us opportunity to repent and think God is over-looking our sin. (2 Peter 3:9 NLT) So we ignore the warning voice of conviction and settle comfortably into a place riddled with dangers.  We move out of a safe place in the center of His will into the whirling winds of Hell’s hurricane and we don’t even realize it. But the Bible is full of warnings. Warnings that makes us uncomfortable. Warnings that propel us to repent, to change, to obey God; none of which are easy or fun.
Like the voice of the robot in the hit 1960 show, “Lost in Space” annoyingly repeating Warning! Warning! I’m warning you to take action. I’m warning my brothers and sisters in Christ to rise to the occasion. Be strong! Be diligent. Pray. Believe. Obey. It’s not too late if we pray.

 

 

Proverbs 14:16 The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with great confidence.
Matthew 5:20 “But I warn you — unless you obey God better than the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees do, you can’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven at all!
Hebrews 3:13 You must warn each other every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.
1 Peter 2:11 Dear brothers and sisters, you are foreigners and aliens here. So I warn you to keep away from evil desires because they fight against your very souls.

 


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Not While I’m Driving

Not While I’m Driving- Focus

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Not While I’m DrivingI had been warned that it was cooler in the mountains, so I wore long pants and a quarter length sleeve. A light drizzle started as we approached the Blue Ridge Parkway, so we ate our picnic lunch in the car. I knew the mountains held the last of the mountain laurels and this would be my last chance to see them. We traveled through a light fog that grew increasingly more dense as we climbed the mountain. By the time we arrived at Craggy Gardens, a beautiful mountain spot with hiking trails through a canopy of mountain laurels, blueberry bushes and breath-taking vistas, the fog was horrible. We couldn’t see past the hood of our vehicle, much less any views or flowers. We turned around in the parking lot and began our descent. The effects of fog are minimal unless I’m driving, but when I’m driving all I can think is “please….not while I’m driving”.

 

I was on the lookout for the numerous motorcyclists and motorists  that were there for the same reason we were. But I was most concerned about the cyclist with straining, rippling leg muscles that pumped and pedaled and strained up the steep road way. It is beyond my ability to understand why anyone would want to cycle up a mountain…crazy…just plain crazy. My daughter in law is a mountain cyclist, so maybe they’re not all crazy.  I sat on the edge of my seat trying to see through the thick fog while Wayne slowly and so very carefully crept down the mountain, around the curves, trying to stay on the right side of the yellow line that marked the center of the road.  I wasn’t trying to see the unique orange rhododendrons any longer. I was no longer interested in the stately Queen Anne’s Lace that lined the roadway. I wasn’t listening for wood peckers or the chirps of redbirds. I was looking at the road, my focus, and helping Wayne see. I’m not sure he actually wanted my help, but he got it anyway. There is a special crown set up in heaven for Wayne just for putting up with me. (I found that in the book of Jasper too! LOL)

 

Not While I’m DrivingOf course, you know me. I was praying! Yes, one of those “I am so glad I’m a believer right now, help me prayers.” Watching and praying takes on a new meaning when you are trying to stay where you belong on a mountain road with zero visibility. Then suddenly, the fog lifted. One second there was fog and the next it was gone. I blinked my eyes in disbelief. Where had all the fog gone?

 

The thing that made this event particularly interesting to me, was the minister’s wife comments at the service that morning. Before she made announcements, she briefly encouraged the people with insight that God had share with her that week. “When you begin to pray about something, your prayer is very broad and unfocused. But as you continue to pray, if you continue to pray, without giving up, your focus will narrow and you’ll begin to see clearly how to pray and what the real need is in the situation.

 

Then within an hour of leaving church, the fog we drove through illustrated and illuminated her words. When we began our assent up that mountain road, I  lacked focus. I was trying to see everything and anything, but by the time I arrived where we were going, I had a single focus—the road. Then suddenly  the fog lifted and I could see clearly where I was going.

 

The illustration reminded me that our walk with God is just that, a journey that requires putting one foot in front of another. Sometimes we see and sometimes we just trust Him until we can see. The progress is not made via two wheeled or four wheeled vehicles, but on prayers and faith, God’s Word and obedience. It’s accomplish through the strength of relationship with Him that empowers and guides. Seeing and hearing things that only His Spirit can reveal.

 

John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not be presenting his own ideas; he will be telling you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. NLT

 

 

His influence and direction is also available for our prayer time. As we journey with God, talking and walking out every day life with Him, He wants to bring clarity and focus to our prayer life. It is very important that we learn to slow down in our prayer time and to pay attention to what God has to say. Our prayers move from God bless me and my kids and my husband to specific prayer seeds that we want God to grow in their lives and those in our prayer circle.

 

We understand the faults or weaknesses we see  in them, is not to criticize or man-handle, but to stand-in the gap for them with prayer; with prayers that access the bountiful supplies of God. We see to pray, not to say something. We see to believe God to minister life in particular areas. We see things to seek God for refreshing, correction, life, peace,victory as only He can provide.

 

Sometimes, as I pray for situations, I hear my self pray things that surprise me. Often, I’ve thought, Yes, Lord, that’s what they need.” Or “yes, Father, I really blew it, but I didn’t see it that way before. Forgive me. Thank you for allowing me to see this situation more clearly.”

 

Sometimes, I don’t know how to pray. I seem to pick at the symptoms without attacking the root of the problem. So often conflicts and situations are clouded with emotions and actions that camouflage the real problem. God wants our prayers to attack the root, not the fruit…and definitely not the person. We can’t pray that way without the help of the Holy Spirit.

 

I don’t know about you, but God doesn’t dole out many Band-Aids to  me. Most of the time, He prods me to deal with the root of the problem, because He wants me whole and complete. Wholeness, peace and joy are God’s agenda for your life and those in your prayer circle. That’s why we need His help when we pray.

 

Have you ever had a situation where God narrowed your prayer focus? Please share it with us.

 


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Not Watchers, but Warriors

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Watermelon Lickers or Watermelon Eaters- Change

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Watermelon Lickers or Watermelon EatersWe were going to cook out with Kimberly (my daughter) and her family. She’s a great cook! (Does that get me invited over again soon?)

I was excited to get with them because we’ve been on a book tour for several weeks. There’s just nothing like getting all those slobbery kisses from the grandbabies!

I offered to help her put the meal together. She asked me to bring a watermelon. Do you think maybe the flashback of all those burned meals as she was growing up, had anything to do with that suggestion?

I’m sure that wasn’t what she was thinking…she knows I’m a great cook. Sure she knows what a great cook I am?

Anyway, I picked up chips and watermelon.

It was my first watermelon of the season. I can’t begin to tell you how delicious that watermelon was. I like to eat my watermelon with salt, but I’m watching my blood pressure. Do I sound like I’m getting old or something? I passed up the salt…but I didn’t miss it on this delicious watermelon. The sweet juice dripped off my fingers and onto my clothes, but I didn’t care. I was sticky and enjoying every minute of it! Soooo good! There’s just nothing like a cold, sweet and juicy watermelon. My very favorite fruit. Skip the meal, bring on the watermelon!

Never seen a watermelon.

But pretend with me for just one moment that you had never seen a watermelon. You don’t know anyone that has ever seen one, I know that would be awful, but go there with me. Then one day a friend shows you this big green stripped football looking thing. You have no frame of reference so you ask, “What is it?” and “What do you do with it?”

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I am Pat Holland. I am a wife, mom, a Nana, and a child of God. I am living out my passion to equip and encourage believers to live out their faith through the power and presence of Precious Holy Spirit.

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