Tam - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
In one of the study threads, it came up that lately we've been given specific direction and convictions. While all aren't meant to be shared, it would be interesting to hear those things that can and should be shared. I'll kick it off so no one has to "go first", lol.
I mentioned in another thread about my surgery. I didn't say that it was a radical hysterectomy. And that the night before I went to the ER I had prayed to God to take away the "anger" (we didn't know what was causing my hormonal shifts) and mood swings for the sake of my family. He did, if not quite how I planned, lol. But during the months of recovery, He opened my heart and eyes to His word. He had to get me to a place where I could "be still" so I could listen with my whole heart and whole mind.
Praise Him for His goodness!
During that time, my husband and I felt direction by the Lord which only grew stronger and though some things might be contrary or even frightening to our flesh, our souls knew peace of the correctness of the direction. Some things are private, but there are three things that I'm noticing others are also being directed to do, to stir up their souls and the body of Christ.
God had cleared the way for us to allow me to be home and homeschool our children. That was about two years ago. But since the surgery last fall, it's been pressed on me to purge. Not just my home, but my life and things/people in my life. Not all things are bad, some are simply excess that are taking me away from Him and His purpose for me. Another thing is to "prepare". For what, I'm not specifically sure, just that I need to spiritually prepare and get into the Word and really get serious in Him. (One reason I started this group). I've prayed about it and the need only grows stronger everyday and while it's not a fearful need it is an urgent need.
And one other thing that He has laid on my heart is to encourage and to uplift in prayer those who need it, those who might be wandering because they know the Word of God but might not have a real, loving and intimate relationship with Him. To direct them to Him, not to themeselves or the world. Which is why most advice I ever give (and only after I pray and feel directed to give advice) is to first pray and seek God first.
Interestingly enough, around the same time, several people in our church were given similar messages. One teacher and his wife were given a message (which he recently preached) from the Holy Spirit to "wake up" and get ready. Another woman was led to "stir up" her spirit before the darkness grows--that we are the lights called by Christ in this ever darkening world.
So, I've been curious about what the Lord might have laid on the hearts of others. Obviously, if it's personal and you don't feel like sharing, then don't. I don't want to cause anyone to sin or feel distressed in their walk with the Lord. That's not His way. But if you can and want to share, then it might be interesting for everyone to see and maybe we can encourage each other to do what has been laid on our hearts and pray for the each other more specifically.