I have some seriously good news. Actually, in this case, “good news” is an understatement!
Let me explain…
Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of leading worship for the Moms in Prayer International event, Come to Me, held here in Oregon. Most of you reading this are aware of the health problems I had all summer long. In fact, at almost any given point up until the event, even I would have admitted it was going to be a stretch for me physically to be there and to lead. But at Come to Me, God revealed part of his purpose in allowing me to be completely laid up for the summer. He gave me a testimony to share that was a perfect fit for the theme of the conference and the teaching from Fern Nichols (founder and president of Moms in Prayer International).
I’d been told I had two minutes Saturday morning to share my testimony. Two minutes? It would have been easier had I been given twenty! God had been doing so much in my heart, mind, spirit, and body over the summer, and he’d been evident in my family’s lives as well. And editing yourself is never easy! So I asked God to give me His words, the two-minutes-worth that was most important for those women to hear that day. What follows is exactly what I shared that morning (with some tears, I admit):
“By now many of you may have already read my testimony in your packet about God’s healing of my son Caleb. (You can read that testimony here.) What I didn’t know when I wrote that testimony a few months ago was that God had more healing he wanted to do, but this time in my own life.
Just two months ago I was lying in a hospital bed virtually paralyzed. I had gone from a chronically fatigued busy mom to suddenly being unable to walk, dress myself, or hold a glass of water with one hand, unable to text or use my fingers individually. To the doctors I was a mystery…but God had a plan. This summer, as I lay helplessly in bed, God showed me several things:
1- His love for me has nothing to do with what I do, accomplish, or don’t do. His love for me has everything to do with the fact that he chose me before the foundations of the world to belong to him. The Bible tells me that he delights in me, and even rejoices over me with singing, simply because I am his. This summer I really knew those words to be true.
2- I realized that my desire for control in my life was really a lack of trust in Him. This summer, he stripped away my ability to control even the tiniest details of my life – I couldn’t even cut my own meat, for goodness’ sake – but what I gained instead was the absolute certainty that God really is good and really will take care of me as he promised.
3- I learned that true rest is found by bringing my concerns, hurts, and sins to Jesus and allowing him to set me free. I realized I’ve been carrying burdens for many years – some big, some small – in the form of un-confessed sin and un-forgiveness towards others. This summer, I confessed and repented of each sin and renounced any foothold Satan might have gained in my life. I asked for the Holy Spirit to heal my heart and fill me with His truth. Each time I prayed this way, the Lord lifted more of my burdens and gave me his freedom and peace in their place. And as I gained spiritual healing, I also gained physical healing!
And now, I’m here to tell you that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is still at work today, lifting burdens, healing hearts and bodies, and setting people free. Hallelujah! What a Savior!”
And that, friends, is good news. It’s VERY good news. I’d say it’s great, amazing, life-altering news!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. Matthew 9:35