A Time to Pray and Listen

A Time to Pray and Listen

Kristi F

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.

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As we walk along with God, we must take the time to pray and listen.  In doing this, we can understand when to go, even if we don’t understand the why and what for at the exact moment.

A Time to Pray and Listen.

Taking the time to pray and listen to the One who holds our future is so important. He reveals bits and pieces to us along our daily journey. Sometimes, he says, “Just trust me and go.” Other times, he gives us something more tangible.

Early this year, through prayer I knew–KNEW–I was supposed to step out and take on a leadership role in our homeschool community. So I went through the process. I did the interviews and the training. I went through everything.

Misinterpreting the Reason

A few months later, something else happened in our lives and it took me aback a little. Just a little.

Beginning to question what God had called me to step up and do, I remember thinking, “God you specifically told me to step out and do this.”  I knew without a shadow of a doubt that it was something I had to do, so why now was this other situation happening?

The answer came in the form of a picture. Being a visual person, I see pictures before the words ever come. I saw Phillip talking to the Ethiopian eunuch, baptizing him, and then being whisked away.

You see, I hadn’t missed my calling. But I may have misinterpreted the reason.

I’m still praying on this one, because honestly it still isn’t completely clear what the next step will be. But what I do know is that God has a plan. His plan is not for me to necessarily stay comfortable in the role he has called me to fulfill.

I quickly realized that my job is to trust and follow him wherever he may ask me to go.

With Phillip, God needed him to talk to the Ethiopian eunuch. Once that task was finished, the Holy Spirit whisked him away in what I visualize as a small tornado!  LOL! (It doesn’t say that, but that’s what I visualize.)

What it actually says in Acts 8:26-40 is this:

“Now an angel of the Lord said to Phillip, ‘Go south to the road–the desert road–that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.'”

Look at how specific that is!  He had a clear picture of exactly where he was supposed to go. When we take time to pray and listen, we can hear our Lord’s directions.

“So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, ‘Go to that chariot and stay near it.’

Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ Philip asked.

‘How can I,’ he said, ‘unless someone explains it to me?’ So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.”

Did the Lord reveal the whole plan before Philip moved?

Did you notice that the Lord didn’t reveal his whole plan at once but once Philip started obeying and going along, he gave a little more direction? 

First, the Lord told him to go south on the desert road. So Philip started going down that road.

Then, the Lord told him to go hang out next to the chariot. Boom! Once he was given more specific direction, Philip didn’t waste anytime. He ran! 

Then, he waited!  He waited for an invitation from the Ethiopian eunuch to share about Jesus.

“Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’ And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reach Caesarea.”

Walk in Trust and not in Details

Sometimes we want to know the whole plan before we get moving, but that is when we need to walk in trust and not the details. It’s not a bad thing to ask God, do we go now or wait, but in order to do that we have to pray and listen. And once we have an answer we must start walking.

We cannot let our comfortableness in a situation keep us there. We must be willing to go about our Lord’s work, just like Philip was. God literally whisked him away the moment he accomplished what he needed to do with the eunuch.

Are We Willing to be Whisked Away?

This is the question I’ve been asking myself lately. Am I willing to be whisked away or am I so comfortable where God has placed me at the moment, that I’m willing to fight him to stay comfortable?

I don’t want to fight God, but sometimes, I inadvertently do. I put my comfortableness before his calling.

I think it is ironic that in the above situation, I hunkered down in what I thought he had called me to do, not realizing that maybe he just needed me there for a briefer reason than I initially realized. Maybe, God has a bigger plan than I can’t see. Maybe, just maybe, I was focusing on harvesting when he was only asking me to water.

But here’s the thing: As of yet I don’t know His timing and when He will call me away from it, so I will continue to walk in obedience until he points me otherwise.

How will I know? By taking the time to pray and listen. 

Friend, I encourage you to take time to do the same.

 

Prayer is powerful and a powerful gift to give!

Acts 3:6

Posted by Creating a Great Day on Friday, July 13, 2018

God Answered a Prayer that I Did Not Mean to Pray

God Answered a Prayer that I Did Not Mean to Pray

Kristi F

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.

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I sit here in awe of God, once again, as I remember how God answered a prayer that I did not mean to pray!

How He Answered a Prayer that I Did Not Mean to Pray

What actually happened was that my heart and body called out to God because I had no idea what we would do. For the first time in my life when finding out I was pregnant, my heart sank, I balled my eyes out, fell to my knees, and cried out to God:

Now? What are we going to do? God my husband still doesn’t have a job! I can’t handle another c-section. 

Please don’t misunderstand. I was not upset about the beautiful life growing inside me. It had just been a loooong 17 months. We had been taking care of my husband’s grandmother and my husband had not worked that whole time.

Not only that but not three weeks prior I had gotten rid of practically all of our baby items including clothes. So the things “we needed” we no longer had and there was no job available to provide for it.

And the c-section. That 4th c-section in conjunction with Diastasis Recti had taken so long to overcome that I did not want to have another one. I was told by my current OB/GYN that I could have up to 8 c-sections, but I knew there would be a price to pay for doing that.

God’s Gentle Reminder

In the midst of my ugly cry, I felt God say,

“Have I not taken care of you?”

That was enough to calm my spirit. God had definitely taken care of us for the year that we had been taking care of my husband’s grandmother. Actually, he had been taking care of us our whole lives!

So armed with that reminder, I dried my tears and asked God to help me trust Him.  Never realizing that he would answer something in that prayer that my heart longed for but my brain would no longer dare to ask.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 6:25-26

Two Weeks Later God’s Answers the 1st Part of My Prayer

Within two weeks, my husband had two job offers!  One was within two hours of where we lived and was my top choice. The other was in a place that I had been to decades before but sadly, all I could remember about it was counting the roadkill as we drove into town.

After visiting both cities with my husband and praying about them, I was overcome with another ugly cry.

Apparently, my 5th pregnancy was filled with lots of ugly crying!  Lol!

I knew in that moment that God wanted us in the city that was four and a half hours away and lined with roadkill!

God always has a plan. Sometimes we see some of the “whys” immediately and sometimes we do not.

Within a Month – Surprised with Gifts!

Upon learning that I was pregnant again, friends reached out to me and gifted our family baby items they no longer needed. From a car seat to a breast pump to clothes to cloth diapers to a jumper, all the basics that we needed were taken care of. Once again, God was reminding me that he would provide.

Every time I use one of the items gifted to us, I say a prayer of thanks to God and for those who shared their blessings with us.

Within 6 Months – The Prayer I Didn’t Mean to Pray Was Answered

Never in my wildest dreams did I expect God to work things out the way He did after we moved to Texas.

The quest for a doctor to deliver our precious daughter began. Within a few weeks, a hope began to rise that I never thought was possible. A midwife had told me about a doctor in Denton, TX that specialized in Vaginal Births After Cesareans (VBACS) after multiple c-sections!

God was answering the prayer for which my logical mind couldn’t even ask. I didn’t dare ask because I knew it was impossible. But God isn’t limited by the impossible!

No hospital in Oklahoma, that I knew of, would perform a VBAC after having 4 c-sections. Yet, here, in another state that God had sent us to, there was a man who was willing.

I sent my records over to this OB/GYN hoping and praying that he would accept me as his patient.

At 35 weeks, with eagerness and cautiousness, I saw Dr. Cummings for the first time. After discussing in depth with him my desire, past medical history, and my understanding of the complications, he agreed to allow me to not only be his patient but to have a natural birth. I was going to get my VBAC4!

I must stop here and explain before continuing. 

It was my greatest desire from my first pregnancy to have a natural birth. I know c-sections are needed in some cases, but after having so many, I have to admit that it takes a toll on the body. It is major surgery. Our bodies were not made to be cut open again and again and again and again.

Every time, recovery was a little harder. Every time, my longing to be able to have a child the way God intended grew, but with every c-section my hope faded away until God made it happen! 

God Made It Happen

On June 16, 2017, our family welcomed a beautiful baby girl into our family. We would have rejoiced even if I had another c-section, but we were in awe of God rose up a doctor who loved him and believed with all his heart that God made women’s bodies to give birth.

He was humble and trusted God through the whole process and clearly stated this when I asked him,

“Why? Why do you choose to do this when other doctors won’t?”

His answer was simple. He said,

“I’m a believer. And I believe God made women’s bodies to birth babies. I’m just here to help them along.”

Now, I have a bold new prayer!

I pray that God will raise up more OB/GYNs like Dr. Cummings. He is one man. He cannot do it all and there are many of us, who know our bodies can deliver a child the way God intended, even after having a c-section. We want the chance to have a natural birth. We want hospitals to allow this to happen. And so I pray with all my heart that other doctors will trust God the way Dr. Cummings has trusted God. I pray that with a humble spirit they will be willing to wait for a woman’s body to give birth, encourage the mother to wait for God’s perfect timing in when their child should enter the world, and be ready to step in when it’s necessary.

Being able to have a VBAC4 was a redemptive experience for me. It allowed me to grow closer to God in ways I didn’t realize and brought a new understanding to light, but that is another post.

For now, I’ll just continue to be in awe of how God takes care of each one of us!

 

The Powerful 7 Minute Prayer

The Powerful 7 Minute Prayer

Kristi F

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.

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While attending a leadership seminar earlier this summer, we were challenged to take 7 minutes and pray. We didn’t wait to practice it later on our own time. No!  Right then and there, we each followed this powerful prayer pattern and prayed this 7 minute prayer.

I was blown away by this 7 minute prayer.

Y’all know I love praying!  We get to talk to the Creator of the Universe!  It’s amazing.

Why I LOVE this Powerful 7 Minute Prayer

1. It is timed.

This knocks out any excuse that “I don’t have time to pray.” I’ve said it. You’ve said it. Let’s not say it anymore. We’ve got 7 minutes!

2. Need help praying longer?

This technique may help you pray longer than you think. To some 7 minutes is a long time, but by using this format, you just might be tempted to go longer. 7 minutes may actually comes fast. And that’s ok. If you want to stretch it out, then by all means stretch it out. This is a technique to help guide you in prayer not to restrain you from connecting with your Heavenly Father.

3. This 7 minute prayer guides you in what to say.

No more do you have to wonder, what am I going to say?  It literally gives you the words.

4. Get out of the prayer rut!

This 7 minute prayer helps you get out of saying the same prayer over and over. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but sometimes, we could use a little help digging deeper and praying in a way that we wouldn’t think to pray.

5.  It keeps your mind from wandering.

If you are often tempted to wander while praying, this technique just might be the answer you are looking for. I noticed, it helped me stay more focused.

How to Pray this Powerful 7 Minute Prayer

It’s so easy!  Are you ready?

1. Open up to one of the Psalms.

Maybe start with Psalm 103, that’s the Psalm that guided us in the exercise. After you’ve prayed that one choose another the next time you pray. One lady had a great idea of taking the day of the month and adding 30 a few times and then choosing the Psalm that matched up with what she needed most at that time.

For example: If today is the 2nd, I would look at Psalm 2, Psalm 32, Psalm 62, Psalm 92, and Psalm 122 and choose which one best fits my prayer needs for that day.

2. Now that you have your Psalm, set your timer for 7 minutes.

3. Read a line. Then pray over that line.

Whatever sticks out to you in that line pray it, pray the line, pray whatever springboards from the line. Then move on to the next line.

4. When the 7 minutes is up, you can choose to either end your prayer or continue on.

I was only able to pray over a handful of lines in Psalm 103 before our 7 minutes was up. I was absolutely in awe of how deep I was able to focus on God’s awesomeness.

Give it a try! See how our Lord uses it to bring you closer to Him!

Gideon Moments

Gideon Moments

Kristi F

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.

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Oh, Lord, your ways are not my ways, but I want your ways to be my ways.  Many times, however,  I struggle and fight your ways.  Does anyone else but me seem to have this issue?  I’ve had my share of Gideon moments.  I’m not always hiding out but sometimes I struggle to understand if this is REALLY what God wants.

The Struggle

I think I struggle with accepting what God wants when it tends not to go along with what I initially want.  I don’t always know what I want but there are times, I know I don’t initially want what He is calling me to do.  Can you relate?

I think that is why when I read the story of Gideon, I feel like I can relate a little.  Here I am feeling like I am not the best choice for the position God is calling me to, but feeling called nonetheless.  And I just want to make sure that I know I’ve heard God right!

Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.”  And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water.

Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.
Judges 6:36-40

My latest Gideon moment

It started a handful of months ago.  An idea popped into my head and I thought, “Well, that’s not a bad idea but I don’t necessarily think I need to do it.”

Like all ideas, I started to vet them out, because if they are not from God, I want to know and stop them immediately.

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 4:1

So, how do I vet these thoughts?
  • I bump them up against God’s word.  If all is good, then continue to the next point.
  • Pray about it.
  • Specifically ask if this is something God wants me to do.
  • Then ask if this is something God wants me to do now or does He have a different timeline in mind.
  • Then pray about accepting it, especially if it is something I didn’t initially want to do.  Asking for forgiveness for not following God immediately typically falls in this step for me, too.

Over the past several months, I have been going through this process.  I kept getting the green light from God, even though most of the time I would have preferred a red.  And then my Gideon moment finally came.

I did everything I felt I was supposed to do to get the ball rolling.  I obeyed.  But I wanted to make sure this was really what He wanted me to do.  I didn’t want to go against His will at all and just felt very torn. So I laid my garment out and said to God,

“You know I want to obey you. I want your ways to be my ways but I’m torn.  I’m not sure this is even going to work out because after committing to do a certain job, I realized I forgot to mention that I might be moving, I’m going out of town for a bit, and my availability isn’t flexible at all.  Lord, I have to tell them this and if it is not your will, help them to not accept my help.  Let me know once again that this is from you and I’m not doing this outside of you. Let them say yes, if it’s from you.”

Truly, with what I had to share, it would have been very easy for them to say no and I sorta hoped they would, but instead I received a cheerful yes.

My Pride

And then I cried.  I cried for many reasons, one being that right now I’m just extra emotional. (We’ve had a tough year. Even though I see and feel all of God’s blessings, it is still a little difficult.)  Then I cried because doing this means I will be away from my kids for a little bit. Last but not least, I cried because I realized my pride was standing in the way of what God was calling me to do.

It was the last that got me the most.  I always want to be open to whatever God is calling me to do, but in this case, I stumbled over my pride.

I’m thankful for God’s grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness. I’m thankful for God finding ways to show me where pride is still lurking in my heart.  He is molding me, just like He is molding you.

When setbacks happen in your spiritual life, realize He will use them for His glory and to mold you into the person He needs you to be.  He is merciful and full of forgiveness. May we all seek His forgiveness as He continues to shine light on the darkness lurking in our hearts.

May you be encouraged the next time you too have a Gideon moment. God can take you where you are and then show you why you should wholeheartedly put your faith in Him!

 

 

Just for fun, here is a hilarious song about Gideon that a local congregation created for their VBS week:

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Praying Luke: When the Time Comes for God to Answer Your Prayers

Praying Luke: When the Time Comes for God to Answer Your Prayers

Kristi F

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.

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When the time comes for the Lord to answer your prayers how will you respond?

We often think we will respond with absolute joy, but in Luke 1 we see Zechariah responded with unbelief and fear. Prayers had been going up for years and prayers of thanksgiving were going up at that moment. When the time comes to pray, let us pray believing that God will answer our prayers in accordance to His will and aski the Lord to prepare us to accept His answer.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
1 John 5:14-15

The amazing part of how the Lord answered the prayers of Zecharaih and Elizabeth is that he not only blessed them with a child but it was the child coming in the calling of Elijah!  All children are special and have an amazing purpose from God, but this child was the one who would announce the arrival of the Messiah.

It was truly a blessing on top of a blessing! Yes, the prayer was answered in God’s timing instead of theirs, but look at how miraculous the occasion and blessings were. Are we willing to wait on God and his blessings?

Can we pray fully believing and patiently looking forward to the Lord’s answer when the time comes?

This is part of the Praying the Bible series and the second part of Praying Luke. Don’t miss the first part, Praying Luke: It’s All in the Details!

Luke 1:8-9

How good you are, Lord!

It might have seemed by chance that Zachariah entered the temple that day, but you had it all planned out. He loved you and served you. He continued to be righteous even though one of the prayers he had prayed for years and years had seemingly gone “unanswered.”

You chose from the beginning a specific moment to answer Zechariah’s prayer!

You are not fickle or uncaring. Very much the opposite! You seem to love to surprise us with your love!

When we start to doubt that our prayers are going unheard, help us to hold on to this passage and remember that your timing is perfect!

In the One who chooses the perfect time in our lives for everything – Amen!

Luke 1:10

Lord,you willingly sacrificed yourself for us and you ask us to do the same. There is nothing too difficult for you to do, but you ask us to trust you while you are doing it.

Sometimes this takes sacrificing our logical side. Suspending our physical reality to allow your spiritual power to work. Through prayer we praise you as the Lord of all, begging you to move mountains, and work in visible ways in our lives.

Let us not stand with doubting hearts as we pray, but with completely trusting hearts. May our prayers be more than just routine.

May our prayers be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of our hands be like the evening sacrifice. (Psalm 141:2).

In the one who calls us to be the aroma of Christ on earth and to sacrifice ourselves daily – Amen!


Luke 1:11-12

Lord, you are to be revered, feared, and honored!

Zechariah was there in the temple in your presence and yet the sight of the angel of the Lord took him by surprise and gripped him with fear.

To feel alone one minute and then be taken by surprise realizing that we are not alone, is a powerful gesture towards us as well. You sent Jesus to let us know that we are not alone and that we do not haveto walk this world in our own power but in yours!

Oh, Lord, let us realize that your ever present power is with us. That we are never alone in this life, even when we can’t physically see you.

In the One whose presence cast’s out all fear and yet leaves us trembling in His glory – Amen!

Luke 1:13-17

Lord, long before people started laying palm branches along the road and yelling “Hosanna,” you were preparing a way for us to recognize who the Messiah is.

You sent prophets and gave them specific details. You told Zechariah not to be afraid because he was going to have a son, who would prepare peoples’ hearts for the Lord.

Praise you Lord, for preparing us and our hearts to receive your son, our Savior.

May we help prepare the hearts of others by sharing your amazing good news with them.

In the One to whom we cry “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” – Amen!

 

 

Luke 1:19-20

Lord, you are so merciful and gracious! You are the best gift giver and want to share the joy of what’s coming.

When you did share the good news with Zechariah about the gift that would be coming, he had a difficult time believing you.

The angel was shocked that Zechariah did not believe someone who was sent from the presence of God to tell him about this amazing blessing.

Oh, Lord, help us to believe you not just as we read about your mighty ways in the Bible but that you still work in mighty ways in our lives daily!

Help us with wisdom and discernment accept the news of what is coming!

In the One who is our good news and is coming back – Amen!

Luke 1:21-22

Your blessings mean so much to us, Lord!

We wait on you and your blessings in our lives, like the Israelites waited on Zechariah to give them the customary blessing after he came out of the temple.

They had no idea that he was actually receiving such a tremendous blessing from you!

Sometimes, Lord, we become so focused and impatient on waiting on being blessed that we forget others need and are patiently waiting on your blessings too.

Let us graciously share what we have received from you with others with a cheerful heart. Help us to realize that as we share the blessings you’ve given us with others, their prayers for blessings are being answered as well.

Oh, Lord, you do work in mighty and wondrous ways still today!

May we glorify you as we rejoice in how you have blessed us through our Savior, Jesus Christ!

In Jesus’ powerful name – Amen!

Luke 1:23-25

Lord, we praise you for who you are! You have done amazing things in all our lives and have gifted us with our mothers.

Lord, this day that we celebrate motherhood is a joyous day but it is also difficult one for so many.

You are aware of those whose hearts and arms ache. We praise you because you know their hearts and comfort them.

Elizabeth is one whose heart ached. She was barren and was very old. Her hope of having a child seemed lost but then her faith remembered Abraham and Sarah having a child at 90 & 100. Her prayers continued.

Her faith led her to glorify you even when you had not blessed her with what she hoped. Then in your own timing and for your own purpose, you answered her prayer.

Lord, we pray for patience as we lean into you with heavy hearts praying with all our might. We pray we will lean into your will and timing in our lives and not our own. As our hearts ache, we thank you for comforting us and preparing us for the days ahead.

Thank you for never tiring of hearing the same prayers.

In the One who is the beginning and the end and yet, chose to be born as a baby into this world – Amen!

 

The Miracle

The Miracle

Toni D

Toni D

Toni was born and raised in a small town in Oklahoma.She graduated from East Central University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics.After college, she returned to her hometown to marry her best friend, Charles.Toni is a stay at home mom to their three teens, two boys and a girl, whom God led them to homeschool.Her goal is to raise her children to love and serve the Lord.They live on a farm where they grow produce to sell at several farmers markets.She also plays the piano at church and teaches piano.
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Six Years Before The Miracle Happened

Six years ago, a few minutes after we ate lunch my husband started getting an upset stomach, hives, itchy eyes, and his throat started swelling shut.  He was having an allergic reaction to something he had eaten.  I drove him very quickly to the emergency room.  By the time we arrived, he was unrecognizable from the swelling.  They quickly went to work to stop the reaction.  We answered all of their questions about what he had eaten and that he had no known food or drug allergies.

After several hours of treatment, we were told to keep a food diary, try food elimination, follow up with our primary care physician, and return to the emergency room if he had another reaction.  And so began our journey to a miracle.

He did not have another reaction for several months.  Suddenly, we were on our way to the emergency room again.  Food elimination did not show anything. There had been nothing new added to his diet either time.

We once again followed up with our physician and he decided to do a lab test to check for common food allergies (IgE).  He was tested for around 20 different foods.  A few days later we were called with the results that he was allergic to gluten, not just wheat.  Gluten occurs in many grains.  Ironically, the call came as I was putting spaghetti on the table for dinner.

Living the Gluten Free Life

He started on a gluten free diet but was so sensitive to gluten that the smallest amount of cross contamination would send him to the emergency room.  His sensitivity was so acute that after drinking iced tea from a pitcher that had previously been washed with a sponge, which had also been used to clean out a wheat-flour based batter, he ended up in the emergency room. This was the third and worst reaction yet.

He was so sensitive that he ended up in the emergency room after drinking iced tea that had been in a pitcher, which had been washed with a sponge, which had also been used to wash out a bowl that contained a wheat-flour based batter in it.

Through the years, we got more careful and there were fewer trips to the emergency room.  We removed all gluten based flours/powders from our home.  I mostly quit baking.  All “regular” desserts and baked goods were now store bought.  We still had pasta but it had to be prepared in pots and pans that I bought specifically for our children and me to use for “gluten foods”.

We even had a counter in the kitchen designated for gluten.  Even everyday condiments could not be “contaminated”.  There was no spreading peanut butter and jelly on regular bread and then putting the knife back in the jar to get more out.  There were even certain items that we had one for my husband and one for the rest of us.  We would put an “X” on the lid so that he knew he could not eat it.  Even eating out was difficult because so many people did not understand that it was not celiac but anaphylaxis.  We went to the emergency room after one such incident.

One Year Before the Miracle

About a year ago, I started investigating food allergy desensitization.  Unfortunately at the time, the closest facility that treated wheat was three hours away and the treatments are bi-weekly.  This was just not feasible.  I kept googling every few months and finally found a clinic a little over an hour away but they were building another office 30 minutes from us.  Just after they opened, I called and they agreed to see my husband.

At our first appointment, we were seen by a Physician’s Assistant (PA), who did not give us much hope.  We were told, he would probably not be a good candidate because of his history of a heart attack. The best that they could do was make it to where cross contamination would not send him to the hospital.  After receiving his medical records, she also ordered a long list of blood work and scheduled a meeting with an allergist.

When we returned for his follow-up, we were told that the only lab that was abnormal, other than his IgE level for gluten, was his Vitamin D level.  It was almost non-existent. This “could” lower a person’s immune response and make an allergic reaction more severe.  He was prescribed a Vitamin D supplement and scheduled for a monitored “food challenge” test.

My Prayers Changed

I don’t subscribe to prosperity theology. But, I do believe that God answers our prayers and gives us the desires of our heart.

Before his first appointment I had already been praying.  Of course, I had been praying for years, but my prayers changed at this point.  I earnestly began to pray for healing.  I KNEW God was going to heal him.  I was claiming healing and I refused to believe otherwise.  I would talk about each doctor’s visit and test and where we would eat WHEN he was healed, NOT IF!

My husband started to believe also, but he was nervous.

The Test

Almost exactly six years after this ordeal began, we went for his food challenge test.  We bought the softest, most wonderful loaf of multigrain bread for this test.

We were taken into a room marked “Emergency Room” along with several syringes of all the medications he would need for any allergic reaction. He was brought a carefully weighed out bite of bread to start.  My husband told her that if anything was going to happen, he would start having symptoms within ten minutes.  She chit-chatted with us for about fifteen minutes and left the room with the instruction to let her know if we needed anything.

This continued every 30 minutes in increasing doses followed by vital signs until he ate an entire slice…with no reaction.

The Miracle

The PA that administered the test was surprised and at a loss as to what happened.  I told her it was a miracle!  His IgE level still shows that he has an allergy to gluten.  The only slight explanation she has is the Vitamin D level.  But, we know that it was all God.


We are slowly returning to a normal life as per the PA’s instructions.  As of this writing, he has eaten donuts, pizza, and biscuits.  Every “new food” is an exciting experience.

We can now accept dinner invitations without hesitation or bringing food for him.  Vacations will be less stressful.

This has been life-changing! It will take us some time to quit doing some of the “odd” things we had to do before to prevent cross-contamination.  We do not know why God has chosen him for this miracle at this time.  But, we do know that God has given us a true miracle!

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