Sunday, April 10, 2016

God's Healing Embrace


This lovely lady in the photo is Sheryl of Truth and Mercy Pro-life Ministries (http://www.truthandmercyprolife.org/). She organizes the incredible outpouring of two years of baby supplies for the mamas that we counsel at the sidewalks of abortion centers who choose life over abortion. She reminds me often, it is not about the gifts, though most moms we work with desperately need them. It is about the visible evidence of the love of Christ pouring out in lavish abundance.

Saturday, we had a shower for one young mom, "K". I don't want to share specifics of K's life, but she had an enormous burden of struggle and sadness. When she chose not to abort, after meeting us on the sidewalks of the abortion center, her life began to change. It was clear God had a hold of her, and was working a miracle.

After showering her with a living room filled to the brim with gifts, we took her to lunch. She sat and talked about God with Sheryl, Sherry (the ultrasound nurse), and me for six hours over the course of the shower and lunch! YES, six hours talking about God. Though raised Catholic, she had dozens of questions about what a relationship with God was all about, who Jesus is, and what He accomplished on the cross. Though she knew the Gospel, she admitted she had never truly understood it...until now.

We had the incredible privilege of praying with her as she asked Jesus to be Lord of her life, and accepted the incomparable gift of eternal life and salvation through Him. We prayed out loud and held hands around the table at Chili's Restaurant, and a new precious soul encountered her Savior.

That never gets old!

I almost didn't go, so weary from the week of emotional and physical stress with all the doctor tests, and visits, and malignant biopsies. I was so glad I chose to go. It isn't every day that you see Heaven flung wide open to usher a grateful soul into the very presence of God.

I left the house at 9:30, and didn't return till 6. There were lots of ways I could have spent the entire day Saturday. What a blessing God prompted me to spend it in awe of His spirit beckoning a wounded soul to His healing embrace.
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Titus 3:5 

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

3 comments:

  1. In His arms indeed, dear woman.I read yesterday's post and I don't think I responded. I cried as I read it. You are so close to Him, Vicky. So close. My sister days says she's accepted Him, but I'm not do so sure she has.

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  2. In His arms indeed, dear woman.I read yesterday's post and I don't think I responded. I cried as I read it. You are so close to Him, Vicky. So close. My sister days says she's accepted Him, but I'm not do so sure she has.

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    1. You are always so faithful to encourage. Thank you

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