Tuesday, November 17, 2009

a changed heart.

I've been reflecting back on Judgement House these past couple of weeks, I saw God work in ways that I didn't ever see affecting me personally. Mainly because I was raised going to church and accepted Christ as my Savior at age 5...the typical (in my mind) story of a christian. But as I was growing up circumstances and situations that came up pushed me farther and farther from God. I was very angry at God all through highschool, putting up walls all around me not only with God but also with friends and family. I'm difficult to get to know on a personal level with most people I interact with (I'm sure you could just ask some of the people in our life group!) The past 5 years a lot has happened inside me and I've been slowly changing, no longer angry at God and understanding His will for me going through the valley in my past to get here in the present.

Judgement House was different this year in that I saw first hand God working in situations that have affected me directly. The Holy Spirit moved through me in a way that I have never experienced it. It gave me hope and a purpose that I am bringing God glory. That is something I haven't felt.

On celebration Sunday after Judgement House I was given the opportunity to minister to a man who is dying with only weeks left. This, is not my comfort zone by all means. As this man reached out for my hand with tears streaming down his face and him asking me to pray with him, I opened my mouth and the words that came out of my mouth were not my own. w o w. The power of the Holy Spirit is mighty. I have never experienced ANYTHING like that before and know that I will never forget it. Discovering the body of Christ working together and praying together for strength, endurance and wisdom is uplifting. Thank you to those that prayed for this man that day, for me, my nerves and the whole situation.

I don't know if he accepted Christ as His Savior or not. He said that he wanted to do it privately when I offered to help him. If you think of him will you pray for him?

All the above to say that I have a changed heart after JH this year, like I have never felt before...even my husband can see it!


Jenilee said...

I am so excited for you! It sounds like you and God had an amazing experience together! :) Yeah for you! I can't wait to read more about what God is doing in you!

The Sieberts said...

that is AWESOME Jennalee!

Allen and Debby Graber said...

The same thing happened to both Ryan Frasier and Doug Stucky when they felt the Spirit speak through them. They said it also was a "wow" experience. They weren't even sure what they said but knew it was totally God!

Momma H said...

Your experience and your sharing of it, is wonderful. Awesome. Truly in the Biblical Awesome way.
Thank God that you are open and willing to let the Lord work through you that way. I pray it continues for you.
I've been in a group praying when the words coming out of my friend's mouth were going through my mind at the very same time. Talk about accord. That was fantastic also.
Our God is beautiful and wonderful beyond all words! Time for Holy Spirit to do the talking, huh?