About a year ago, I drove out of my way to visit your church while you were ministering to the ladies in Destrehan, Louisiana. I first thought it was crazy when the Lord told me to go. I rationalized, "Lord, I don't have time." You ministered on "Turn Your Nothing Into Something." It was a time in my life where having been faithful in the small things, I was getting a bit weary and concerned for our immediate financial needs. During the offering time I planted a seed as the Lord directed. To say the least, we needed $20,000 right away to start our business for the season. I had come through many major financial hurdles in the last 13 years, but enough was enough!
So, I was obedient to come to your meeting. I wouldn't go up for prayer, but you so sweetly asked if you could pray for me. The Holy Spirit said, "Do it ". When you laid hands on me and gently pressed against my forehead my flesh said, "Don't fall!" but my Spirit said, "Let go." I fell to the floor and wept a sweet prayerful weeping at which time you completed your prayer with something like, "God, make a way for her, open doors and bless her ministry."
The next day the Lord instructed me to go to a friend's Bible Study. I gave the same rational response as I did the night before, but went anyway. To make a long story short, a lady wrote us a check for $20,000 to start our business that year! Then, God turned a piece of property appraised at $147,000 into $247,000 within a year and sold it giving us enough money to get out of debt and start all over! That is the answer to a 15-year prayer!
During that season of prayer God did far more than bless us financially. He healed me of a broken heart (childhood), set me free from "stinkin' thinkin'," blessed my marriage, restored what the canker worm stole, and much more! I'm still counting the blessings. We just returned from a two-week tour in Virginia and we are presently completing our move into a beautiful custom built home. God does exceeding, abundantly above all we think or imagine!
Thank you again Cathy, for a wonderful ministry of encouragement to the Body. Your ministry is a blessing to us. Keep up the good work.