Jul 5, 2010

Faith...Knowing Jesus!

This post is subtitled:  The Most Wonderful Day

Did you hear me yesterday?

I gave a loud shout of Praise to my God...it was about 11 a.m eastern standard time. 

Do you want to know why?

Well, this year God has allowed me to lead 5 people into His family.  Five dear people were led into God's family through repentance of their sins and asking Jesus to take up residence in their hearts.  Yesterday, one of my best friends (after more than 20 years of prayer) accepted Jesus as their Savior! 

 Brent has been my friend since I was sixteen years old.  Many years I have spoken to him about having Jesus become His Savior. He married one of my best friends (Beth) and has been surrounded by Christians who have been praying and planting seeds for salvation.  Praise God, yesterday was the day Brent said yes!! 

Brent's family was also rejoicing...as each of us for years and years have been waiting for him to join our family.  I can't even tell you the number of times post Brent's decision that I spoke out *Praise God!!!* throughout the day.  I couldn't be happier for him, for his sweet wife Beth (who is a Christian) and for his 3 small children, who now will have a dad who loves and serves Jesus!!

After church each week our Pastor asks us to ask those around us if they'd like to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  If they say yes, we are to walk them down.  Brent has been coming to church for several months, many times I have wanted to ask him, but each week he was sitting to far away from me and he would leave before I could get over to him.

This week, I literally announced to my children that I needed to get to *Uncle Brent*...at Pastor's last words I flew over my children (I think literally) and grabbed Brent.  He was already making his way out of the sanctuary, toting his sister in laws car seat and a diaper bag.  I grabbed him and said, "Please, please, please Brent, let's go forward today.  Let's not wait another day.  You want to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior today. Please, please, please.  You heard Pastor say I needed to ask you.  Come on let's go."

To which he began to make excuses.  How he needed to get his kids, how today just wouldn't work....but I refused to let him go.  You see I had heard the Holy Spirit speak to me about Brent and walking him up today and there was NO WAY I was going to let him out of that building without Jesus.

Probably not the typical way to lead someone to Christ, but we are close friends and have a love for each other that overcomes any way that I would get him to walk up front.

Somewhere in the process of him saying yes He would go, his sweet wife Beth came alongside of us.  I told her what we were discussing and she began to cry.  The three of us walked up front and I began to pray over Brent as we waited for a prayer minister to come and pray with Brent.  Beth was crying quietly and holding her husband so tight.  I was standing at his other side, praying and also quietly hearing God's heart for Brent.  Post Brent confessing his sin and inviting Jesus into his life...I began to Praise my wonderful God out loud.  I let out a very loud shout of Praise, as my heart couldn't hold it in any longer!!  Twenty plus years of prayer had been answered and the angels and I were rejoicing greatly.

I got to spend the day with Brent and his family (we all went to me mum's house)...I introduced him as my new brother in Christ and just went about the day with a huge smile and thankfulness oozing out of my every ounce of being.

God is so faithful!

And just so you know.  After we prayed together....Brent said, "Thank you, I have wanted to go up for weeks now!" 

YIPPEE~ my God is so good!

And I also would add, that the night before, the enemy was trying to keep me from going to church.  I had a very bad nightmare, which I woke myself up from, as I just didn't want to have it play out in full. I got up and got a drink and do you know what...I went back into dreaming the same nightmare.  I was so tired from lack of sleep and disturbance of mind, that I pondered staying home from church.  I talked myself into pushing through the exhaustion and now I am so glad that I did.

God is so good!

Do you want to know Jesus too...send me an email and we can pray too!


Valerie said...

Kimmie, I cried the whole way through this post. Tears of joy, our God is good! :)

Diane said...

Wonderful, wonderful news Kimmie! God is so good!

andrea said...

I lovw how you listen to Him...speaks volumes in your life and everone you touch in your life! Praise God for this wonderful news!

mom said...

God is SO good! His timing is always perfect even when it's definitely not soon enough for us!

Tammy ~@~

Annie Chase said...

I am so glad that God answered your long suffering prayers and brought Brent into the family. I am sorry that you had to play out your nightmare. sometimes that happens to me too where I get up but go back down to the same nightmare right where I left off. I'm glad the total exhaustion didn't keep you from church. if that happens again, remember that in God there is eternal rest and sunday is the day of rest. no rest through the night, its ok because you can rest in Him at church!
much love,

Bird's Words said...

I just let out a shout from my office here at work! SO awesome to see God at work in the hearts of people! Thanks for sharing this!

Anita C. McCants said...

Sometimes our prayers are answered
in an instance, and sometimes they
are answered in due time. I am glad
that you did not give up.

Sometimes when I return to the
same bad dream and I know I'm in a
dream. I will tell myself...this
is a dream. Then I try to wake up
or change what is happening. When
I shared this with my kids, they
were able to do this as well.

Kristine said...

Proof positive that we should never give up praying for someones salvation! God is amazing.

Janet said...

Woo hoo!! Praising God with you!


Jared and Krista said...

Hi Kimmie-
I am so happy the you have your new daughter home. I miss talking to you. I am sorry that I haven't done a better job staying in contact. I am so happy about these new believers in Christ. It is a joyous occasion to welcome believers into the kingdom of heaven. I am praying for you and your beautiful family. I am also trying to blog again :-) I hope to hear from you soon sweet sister.

Stacy said...

WOO HOO!!!! What an amazing story, and celebrating with you, and Beth, and everyone who has been praying so faithfully! YAY!

Renata said...

God is just so good! Praise the Lord!

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