Thursday, 27 October 2011

One of my Favourite Things!

I love to prophesy!  There's nothing quite like it.  There's the mixture of fear and anticipation when you walk into a room knowing nothing about the people in it but knowing you'll soon be prophesying from the stage - stepping out of your comfort zone - keeping in check once again that your identity hasn't slipped back into your performance!  There's the thrill of the risk, when you begin to share a word of knowledge that you know could be totally wrong; the fun of making mistakes, modelling what it looks like to live free from having to get it all right and the absolute joy of getting it right and seeing another one of God's kids realising at a deeper level that their heavenly Father knows them and loves them.  Prophesying is 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?
Her: Yes!
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?

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