Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Believe, Confess, Receive


~Mark 11:23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.~
~Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.~

A friend of ours got really sick this past couple weeks and things weren't looking hopeful for her. At the time our friends told us about it they weren't giving her much of a chance to survive.  As soon as we found this out I started praying and remembering what my grandpa always says "If you believe in your heart and confess it with your mouth it will be given". The kids said a prayer for her to get healthy and better with every dinner and at bed time as well. I prayed at night and throughout the day at work. I put her on 2 prayer chains and asked everyone to keep praying for her. Countless friends and family of hers were saying their prayers for her as well. I am so happy to share that she is doing so much better! She is still in great need of prayer as she is not in the clear yet. But to make a total change like this in a weeks time when things were looking as if it could be it for her isn't just a bit of good luck. It's a true answered miracle from God!!!
Situations such as this really get a person thinking how often we take our lives and time on earth for granted. How often we take the lives of friends and family for granted as well. In an instant things could change forever. It's easy to get busy with our lives and not stop to show people we care. We met Mary Jo through facebook from our friends while we lived in Alaska. She was always so sweet and kind to us while we were up there. Then we got the pleasure of meeting her in person the weekend we moved back to Ohio. We haven't got to spend much time with her but she is one of the sweetest people we have met. She watched the kids for a whole day for Nathan and I and they fell in love with her :) They  still talk about the day they were are Mary Jo's. I am so thankful that we got the chance to meet her and even more grateful and thankful that we get more time to know her better!

In closing I just want to remind everyone life isn't a guarantee! Be sure to tell your loved ones how much you care. Go visit a friend you haven't seen in a while, send them a message, or give them a call. Try to live every day to it's fullest and praise God in every little thing!!
~Thank you Dear Lord for answering every one's prayers for Mary Jo and for showing everyone that all it takes is prayer, believing, and faith in you to overcome things of this world AMEN~