When the Lord meets you right where you are.
Today my good friend, Pam, and I went to the Priscilla Shirer Simulcast at Life Church in Allentown. Pam and I used Priscilla Shirer’s book, The Resolution for Women, to have a Bible Study throughout this school year. The book and the studies have blessed Pam and I so much and it has been such a joy to grow in Christ with my dear friend. The Lord has not only blessed us individually during this year, but also blessed our friendship so much. I am so happy that I have this sister in Christ to journey through life with.
We had planned to attend this simulcast since we heard about it back in October. I remember thinking that I probably would not be able to go because I figured that I would be traveling or just have gotten home with my babies. Well, here we are- still waiting. In fact, Monday marks 10 months at #1 on the sibling list. Yeesh.
I had a long week and was feeling emotionally run down and exhausted this morning. I woke up in a little bit of a funk and prayed that the Lord would speak to me during the simulcast, that He would reveal what He wanted me to hear, that He would meet us there and bless us.
God showed up in a BIG way today. The simulcast was amazing. I’m talking hair stand on the back of your neck- wanna shout with joy- feel I am the only one in the room with the Lord- type of amazing. I am always so blown away by how God can take a broken spirit and bless it; how He can give me strength when I feel like I have none left; and how He can speak to everyone, in different situations, so personally and beautifully. Our God is amazing.
During one part of the event Priscilla Shirer had a special prayer time where she devoted one minute of prayer to different situations. For example, she began by praying for marriages. First, she asked anyone who has experienced a divine blessing in their marriage to stand up as a witness for what He can do. Then, anyone needing prayer for their marriage raised their hand and we spent a minute all praying for people’s marriages. This was such a neat way to touch on a variety of prayer requests and to connect to other women.
I loved praying for different needs: for addiction, for financial concerns, for healing. So beautiful.
Then it happened.
Priscilla said, “and now I want to pray for the women whose hearts are aching for a baby.”
My heart started to race and my head whipped up. Seriously?
She continued, “for those who are experiencing infertility, that the Lord would work a miracle in their body….and for those who the Lord has called to adopt….”
Now I was crying.
“…that the Lord will match these women with their children.” And then- I promise you this is true- she said, “I got a tweet from a woman who is in the process of adopting. She has waited for a long time to see her children’s faces and would like prayer that the Lord will reveal those faces to her soon. She is adopting from Ethiopia.”
Pam turned to me and said, “did you tweet?!?!?”
Nope. I don’t even have a twitter.
Wow. Seriously, wow. Not only did God meet me right where I was today, He spoke to me and let me know that He hears me, that He’s working, and that He will complete what He has started in my life.
Pam and I stood together, hands in the air, hugging and crying, as thousands of women prayed for infertility and adoptions.
It was a divine moment.
The Lord met me right where I was.
This day was blessed for sure. I asked the Lord to speak to me, and He did. He always does.
The actual message of the simulcast deserves its own post- it was amazing. I loved it so much.
I was blown away with the whole event, but absolutely stunned and so so so blessed by the outpouring of love from our father. I cannot believe that she not only prayed for adoptions, but for a woman waiting to meet her children from Ethiopia. I believe God sent that tweet especially for me. He was saying,
“I know, Heidi. I am here, I am working. You just keep on trusting me, girl, because I am going to bless you in ways you never ever believed possible. Don’t give up. I got you and your babies right where I want you- and that is in the palm of my hand. I will never, ever let you go. You do not have to worry about your babies because guess what? They were my children long before they were yours and I love them completely. I will take care of them, comfort them, love them when you can’t. They are my chosen and dearly beloved. I have big plans for them and I will carry them, just as I have carried you, all the days of their lives. And, one more thing, Heidi. When I do it- when I reveal my plan to everyone- there will be no way to explain it except that it came from me. Your story- your journey- your weakness- it is all to display my glory. They are coming.”
Bless it, Lord. You are amazing.