Friday, November 16, 2007

WOW night

WOW!! Is all I can say. What a powerful time we had last night. We had fun, laughed, ate (boy did we have a lot of food!) and spent some time bragging on our God. Some shared personal fears, others prayer concerns.... it was powerful.

Carol passed out a verse for us to read. I got two.

Psalm 63:4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.


Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never the the righteous fall.

I thought it was pretty cool that came just a few days after He gave me the verse in Isaiah. Seems as if He is telling me over and over to just do what He lays on my heart and He will take care of the rest. He can handle the consequences of my obedience.

Yesterday as I was praying about our get together, I was asking the Lord to tell me what to share. How do I "sum" up what He is doing and share it....briefly! Anyway, I just couldn't get a peace as to what to share. Sure I could share, but I wanted it to be what HE wanted. I never got a peace. In the car I prayed that God would guide our conversations and once again asked "God, what is it I'm supposed to say?" I felt nothing specific. For whatever reason, He had me not speak. So I didn't. And it was weird. I felt like I wanted to say so much, but knew that if I started to talk without His guidance, it would be a blubbering mess. :)

It was neat to hear the hearts of some ladies that I don't know that well. To watch their faces, as they let their guard down a little and share. I couldn't help but think of my mentor Bekita. An incredible Bible teacher and speaker, I used to wonder why when we were in small groups she was sometimes a little quieter. A little more slow to speak. I think tonight I got it. Sometimes you just need to listen to what women are saying, that's when you find out where they're really at. You don't have to offer a lot of words, just listen. That's what God had me do last night. Listen. I know now how to pray specifically for a few of those ladies. I wouldn't trade that for anything.

Thanks Amanda and Carol for creating an environment last night that welcomed us and God.


The Stokes Family said...

Last night was a WOW night, wasn't it! It is so funny--I JUST talked to Carol a bit ago and mentioned to her that you were so quiet last night--I just envision you as having so much to say, especially with the wealth of information here on your blog. Then I told Carol that I thought you were an incredible listener, I could just see it in your face as others spoke. And Stephanie, the prayer you prayed over Deanna was AMAZING. You spoke in such a calm, small voice, but what you said was so unbelievable powerful that it had me in tears. So you see, you DID speak last night and believe me, your prayer spoke volumns! Thank you for being such a woman of prayer and a woman of encouragement. You are a blessing to all of us!


I'm Tara. said...

It sounds like an amazing night! At one of my Bible studies a few weeks ago, I did the same thing. I didn't talk very much - - I had the same thing on my heart, that the Lord just wanted me to listen. The few times I started to open my mouth (you know, because I'm disobedient sometimes) someone else would start talking and take care of it for me! I had about 4 people ask me what was wrong after we were done -- I said the same thing, I just felt called to listen.

Carol said...

Amen and Amen! It was an AWESOME night of God's glory. Don't you love bragging on Jesus? I'm so glad you were there. Two different people commented to me on your silence and I told them both I knew you were ok. I could see it on your face. I love you to pieces. Thanks for being such a wonderful sister in Christ. I count it an honor to be your friend!