Thursday, January 31, 2008

Give Him Some Praise

Psalm 63:3-4

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

You know the Word tells us to "Pray without ceasing". I want to shout it from the rooftop tonight that PRAYER WORKS. Oh, I have a story for you. Our God has once again shown Himself to my family in a mighty way. He is better than life. I sure hope I can put into words just how incredible this is.

Most of you know that my Dad is a pastor. He is bi-vocational and while the church he pastors is small, they are growing spiritually. They are a group that is learning that Christianity is so much more than Sunday and Wednesday night. There is a core group of saints there who are praying for revival and God is sending it.

God put on my Dad's heart that this group of people needed to be taught just how to share their faith. They were quick to admit that they had no idea how to talk to someone about the Lord, much less tell them how to become a Christian. Earlier this month, they started digging in and researching this. They are a little scared, but ready to go!

For years my Dad has shared the Lord with his mother. She has always made comments such as "I'm as a good as the next person", or "If God is love, then He will not send me to hell..." I'm sure you've heard all of these statements, maybe even said them yourself. It has burdened our hearts for years. God says "pray without ceasing" and we have done just that. Praying that God would spare her life until she realized her need for Jesus.

She is 90 years old. Life, for her is coming to an end. Honestly, I've dreaded her death for years because I could not tell you where she would spend eternity. It terrifies me to think of her spending eternity in hell.

"Pray without ceasing".

Three words.

One command.

God heard.

Late this afternoon, my Daddy. My precious Daddy led my 90 year old grandmother to the Lord. She prayed to receive Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior!

Somebody say Hallelujah one time. Say it again, I am!!

I talked to her tonight and told her that we were all doing the praise Jesus dance, and she nervously laughed. Then, I asked her if she knew just how long we had been praying that she would receive this great gift. She broke down into tears, and said "You really prayed for me?" I told her Oh yes I did and that this was the best thing ever!

Oh friends, our God is better than life! For those of you who have been praying for that precious loved one for years, don't stop! Pray without ceasing. Don't you dare give up, don't you stop! Look what God did here! You come back here and read this over and over and then you pray harder and longer and believe. Our God can do anything. ANYTHING!!!


Fran said...

I have chills, I have tears, I have a heart that is jumping up and down and I am rejoicing with you with every ounce of my being!

I simply say. "Amen....and we praise you Jesus. We praise your Holy Name and Your Word."

Pray without ceasing friends. Pray without ceasing. He hears. He answers.

HALLELUJAH! This is the greatest and bestest news that I most love to hear!

Praise You, Praise You, Praise You!

Carol said...

OH MY WORD!!! That is SO awesome!!! I am crying! 90! Amen! Praise Jesus! Yahoo!

Amy Wyatt said...

How awesome! God is good!

Cheri said...

I got the praise report prayer request email you sent out. Then I hopped over here to read more of the story.First, I am sooo happy that your grandma will be in heaven. God is so awesome! I would also like to thank you for your words of encouragement to not stop praying for the one that seems like a "lost cause." I needed that!
Still praying,

Lindsay said...

It truly is all in God's timing isn't it? His plan is perfect.

Anonymous said...

Ok first of all, I thought she was a Christian! It makes me soo happy that we are going to be in Heaven with Mamaw.
I almost cried, but I was to excited.:)

Bev Brandon said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!
You took away my breath...
No He gave Her breath
He gave her life
He showed up
all because
you and your Daddy
opened your mouths and
God filled it with HIMSELF
Psalm 81:10...
It is so unbelievably hard for a 90-year-old to CHANGE. Your story encourages me so deeply. Tell your daddy, he just offered me hope this morning.
I came by Steph to tell you that I just love your comments so tender, so true, so right, so full of His Kindness, His Love. You are a delight! There are some tender parts of your heart that He has so invaded that so pour out and I just came to say so. Rejoicing with you and your family and your grandmother and all the angels. Hallelujah! What a Savior!

BethAnne said...

I am in tears ! Praise the Lord - His love endures forever and ever even if you are 90 years old! What an awesome testimony to the fruit of being longsuffering. Thanks for sharing that with us today.....

jenmom said...

Thanks for sharing this. Praise the Lord! I have a brother-in-law, James, that needs to be saved. He believes that being good enough is good enough. Thanks for the reminder to keep praying - "The prayers of a righteous man availeth much!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Praise God. Praise Him for His longsuffering. I am crying happy tears with you. Thanks for the reminder not to give up. I am rejoicing along with your family.


jenmom said...

Hey Steph, it's me again. It's 11:58 pm and I just finished up my sunday school lesson for my dear senior adult ladies class. We are in Genesis chapters 18-19. You know them - where Abraham is visited by the Lord and pleads for Sodom and Gommorrah. Anyway I felt led to make a point about Abraham's persistance in going before the Lord on behalf of Lot and his family. It occurred to me, "Hummmmm, I've thought about this already today." Through your post!!!!! I have included your testimony about your grandmother as an example if you don't mind. Thanks again for your wonderful blog. I feel a kindred spirit with you. God bless you my sister in the Lord!!!!!

Kristin said...

Hi Stephanie! This is such an awesome story! Praise Jesus! I am praying for my grandma as well. This story is a testimony to the power of prayer! I will continue to pray without ceasing! ~ Kristin

Carol said...

Hey girl, come by my blog for an award!

Leah said...

Well, PRAISE HIM!! JUST PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!! Yes, I am shouting. God is soooo very good!!

I thought about you and your love of music as I wrote my blog this morning. I wish you could hear the song I wrote about!! It is so awesome!!


NYC said...

Praise God!!!! This is so wonderful. Thank you for posting this story; it is such a vivid illustration of God working and a reminder to pray without ceasing :)

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Praising God with you! That is such amazing news!
Much love,

Earen said...

OH HOW WONDERFUL!! We are rejoicing with you & thrilled doesn't even begin to express my feelings of another soul committed to our sweet Jesus! Welcome to the your grandma.

jennyhope said...

PRAISE GOD STEPH!! That is AWESOME! Fran told me to come over and read. I heard a sermon on this very thing this morning. I have been struggling with a relationship for 5 years and this encourages me to continue in prayer and be patient in affliction! I need to continue to hold out hope for God to change things. Love it!

beyond this moment said...

Followed you from LPM...

What a wonderful gift from God for your grandmother and for you! We all have a new sister in Christ. AMEN!

Nikki said...

I saw the post on the LPM blog and had to read more about it!!! That is sooo amazing!! My grandfather accepted Christ when was in his late 50s. He was raised by a Nazarene pastor and still never accepted Him! I was there for that day and remember it like it was yesterday! How awesome is it that we were blessed to see the day our granparents accepted Christ and then watch them grow in Christ?! I can remember the first time my grandfather prayed at a family dinner, there wasn't a dry eye in the room.
Thanks for sharing your story!! Praise Jesus for not having an age limit!

jodi said...

Oh Stephanie! I LOVE this story! Praise God!

I have a grandma, in her 80's and hanging on to life, too stubborn to die really. :) Been in church her whole life and knows nothing of the Lord. Was taught things as a child that are simply not biblical and nobody can tell her any different. I wonder what this means for her eternity?

You've encouraged me to pray for her. Thank you!!!