I remember when I first met my husband, David. I bet I ran into him on AT LEAST five separate occasions.
It seemed like every time I turned around, THERE HE WAS with some cheesy pickup line, giving me his phone number…AGAIN! (What is WITH this guy?)
I had just been through an abusive relationship and divorce. I tried dating a couple of times, but it didn’t work out. So, I really wasn’t LOOKING for a man.
David was different. He was very sweet! And even though he gave me his phone number FIVE times, I NEVER called him!
Sometimes, the answer to our prayers comes walking right into the room, but we just don’t RECOGNIZE it, at first.
We’re so afraid of being hurt that we lock ourselves behind imaginary walls, thinking that we’re protecting our hearts.
That’s what the disciples did when they found out that Jesus had risen from the dead. They locked themselves in an upper room because they were AFRAID. (John 20:19)
They thought they were locking out their enemies. Instead, they almost locked out Jesus, their ANSWER.
Well, FINALLY I gave in. It only took one date for me to realize that David was the one I’d been waiting for my ENTIRE LIFE!
My BLESSING had been right in front of me the whole time!
Are you afraid of being hurt, again? Have you been HIDING your heart from the world?
It’s time to UNLOCK the door!
Continue reading “When People Hurt Me” on page 125 of the Hi God Devotional. Pick up a few extra copies to give as Christmas gifts. HI GOD, IT’S ME AGAIN makes a perfect stocking stuffer!
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I thank God for having both of you as my pastor. God never make mistakes. God bless you and the church family.
This is so true. It’s kind of scary, but that’s where faith has to take over, right?
As usual, your message from God is extremely timely for my life right now, because something very similar appears to be unfolding for me. I can honestly say that for over a year now, God has spoke directly to me through messages you and Pastor David shared.
For example, one Saturday night I had a dream about my late father. During that time I was considering becoming a member of Faith Church, but I was hesitant because Pastor David is younger than me, and I longed for the maturity and guidance of my earthly father, and I expected my spiritual father to be my elder as well. THAT Sunday, Pastor David’s message was (paraphrased) ‘I know I am young in age, but God has anointed me to be your spiritual father, if you will accept me’.
I got immediate answers to two prayers in one. Wow. Really?
‘Before I could even ask, (He) answered me’…
“Yes, I am calling you to be a part of the Faith Church spiritual family, and Yes, I can, and I will, use a younger man to fill the shoes your earthly father wore and continue to guide you in My ways.”
Thank you, Lord, and Amen!
Another time, November 6, 2016, I believe, Pastor Nicole, you delivered a message where you used three mirrors as props, to show us what distorted self images can look like, vs how God sees us. I have written several books. One of them that I wrote the year before you did this was still on my computer, where it remains to this day. Now, would you believe that it contains a scene where a therapist presents the EXACT same message to her patient, along with three mirrors? That was so unbelievable, I had to email that scene from my book to my friend. LOL.
Again…REALLY? ( I’m going to try to forward you the email I sent my friend so you can see it for yourself.)
Those are just two examples. I have experienced countless more. Only a loving God, who cares about each of us personally, does that. And only through His willing vessels. Thank you two so much for being His willing vessels and letting Him use you to be such a blessing in my life.
One more thing.
With regard to my potential relationship – I am not certain yet — time will tell. But I won’t know if he is MY BLESSING or not unless I trust God and take a chance, so I will, and if this isn’t His plan, I am confident He has a better one. I’m sure you know this ‘trusting and giving it a chance’ part is what I was talking about when I said “it’s kinda scary”. But what is even scarier is that I almost didn’t read this message from you, and I would have have missed THIS BLESSING, that was right in front of me — ‘A word spoken in due season, like apples of gold, framed in silver’.
So glad I clicked on it! LOL
Please keep me in your prayers as I continue to pray for and grow with you all.
God’s continual blessings to you and your family!!