Thursday, 27 October 2011
One of my Favourite Things!
I feel like I've had some personal breakthrough recently in terms of accuracy. The more I prophesy; the more I step out and take risks; the more I'm beginning to recognise my Dad's voice with greater clarity. I was at a ladies day in Poole recently with some friends from church. (As an aside, Carole Wilthew and Caroline Holley were speaking and were absolutely outstanding!) I spotted a girl early on in the day and God started to speak. He told me that she was a netball player and that she was captain of her team, that I was to share this and then prophesy over her about the leadership gift on her life. So I stood her up and just so I could cover my bases (that's code for 'so that the possibility of me looking stupid was minimised') I asked her about hockey as well as netball:
Me: Do you play hockey or netball?
Her: I play netball - it's the only sport I play
Me: (note to self - don't add to what God says!) Are you the captain of your team?
Me: 'Prophetic stuff about leadership'
It turns out that this girl had been having quite a tough time at school - this prophetic word was just what she needed to feel encouraged that God was with her and had big plans for her life. Result = massively encouraged girl, massively encouraged mum (sat over the other side of the room), massively encouraged me!
At another ladies event God spoke to me about a girl sat a couple of rows behind me, that she'd recently (in the last 2 weeks) had a horrible nightmare. God wanted me to pray for her and encourage her that He wanted to start to speak to her through her dreams. As I shared the word of knowledge with this shy and unassuming girl tears began to roll down her face. She'd had a really bad nightmare about a week ago and I guess had just 'suffered in silence' Now she knew that God had been with her. More than that, He had a plan for her sleep, she wasn't to fear nightmares because He wanted to begin to speak to her. God is so kind!
I think some people believe I just woke up one morning and was able to hear God's voice with real clarity. I'm so glad that's not what happened. I have spent many years being intentional about hearing God's voice, about stepping out of my comfort zone and taking risks time and time again. I've got a whole load of stuff wrong, but as I've continued to be faithful with what God has given me I've also got a whole load of stuff right. Why am I glad I didn't just wake up with this gift? Because the prophetic gift (like all the gifts) is rooted in relationship. A growing relationship of love and trust between a Father and His Daughter. I wouldn't want it any other way. How's your relationship going?