There is so much more I would like to say, but will save this for another time (or even a book :), but as we began to speak prophetically over the situation and remember the prophetic words spoken over our lives,
I remembered once hearing that your life does not reach its end until the prophecies spoken over you have been realised. So, in faith we planned towards what we could ‘see’ with our spiritual eyes. A Thanksgiving service. Praise God!
There in the hospital, I was also reminded of the very familiar story of Jesus blessing the Samaritan. Along came ten lepers. As Jesus healed the ten lepers who were indeed cleansed, only one returned to Jesus falling down on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks.
“Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?” “Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” (Luke 17:15-18)
‘Velveta, daughter of Zion wake up’
Thank God for His words which not only trains and prepares us for battle but coaches us how to respond instead of reacting negatively in really difficult and challenging times. This was our challenging time! BUT, as we worshipped and gave God thanks, I still remember one of the darkest night (or should I say, really early morning) when I received particular words to pray over Velveta, ‘Velveta, daughter of Zion wake up‘. This moment will be forever, etched in my memory. A prophetic moment translated by a good friend of ours, Helen Yousaf who portrayed this moment through a beautiful painting. (Painting on left)
This Christmas celebration of 2017, as you can imagine, has been a really special festive season as we celebrate life with my dear wife, Velveta. I love this woman so much and know that God has plans for our lives as he does yours. But, we simply must wake each morning with Thanksgiving in our hearts. Each day, we enter His courts with praise. We declare this is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice for He has made us glad. My heart is filled with much gratitude, praise, love and thankfulness.
Whatever you may be facing today, remember the encouragement from the Apostle Paul, ‘Giving thanks always for all things – Ephesians 5:20′ All Glory to God! At the end of the trial, the long night, perseverance, Jesus will be glorified.
May God help us to go beyond the formal rituals of thanksgiving. Every waking hour, I find myself pausing simply to pray and say to Abba Father ‘Thank you for Velveta, thank you for my family, thank you for LIFE‘.
So, this is how we intend to move into 2018 and throughout – giving God praise, worship and thanks for ALL things, even those arduous journeys of life we may not understand, for He truly does turn all things around for His glory. Would I want to go down those dark lanes again, no, who would chose that aspect of life, but should we have to face those lanes again, we will be reminded by the Holy Spirit, we will never be forsaken, as he walks with us along every dark road, circumstances or life-threatening situation as the one we had to face.
Velveta, you are my priceless jewel and I honour you as the Father honours us and our prayers. Forever grateful. Here we go!