Monday, September 15, 2014

John 10:10?

Earlier last week, I reached out to a lady at church named Penny who is the sister of one of my friends. I hadn't seen my friend on Facebook recently so I was asking her sister if she was doing ok and if she needed anything from her recent ankle surgery.

Penny told me that her sister was doing well and asked how our house was coming a long. She asked me exactly where it is because they lived in the next town over from us and thought it was cool that we'd be "neighbors".

Saturday afternoon, I got a message on Facebook from Penny asking if I'd be at church the next day and if so, could we talk for a bit. Uh, sure. All these things were running through my head but I assumed it had to do with her sister.

I found her after first service and we took a seat at the back of the sanctuary. She told me that she hopes I don't think she is weird for what she was about to say... and what she was about to say completely took me off guard.

She said recently she's been thinking about if God really knows her and if she needs to choose Him or if He already knows and loves her. A song came on the radio and it said something about God knows her and loves her and she burst into tears. Saturday morning, she woke up and started her prayers and again asked God if He really knows her name... and started to say something about Saul (from the bible) and said something about "Kill, Steal, and Destroy" and when those words came out of her mouth, she felt like she was lifted out of her body (and she was awake during this time!) and felt herself flying in the sky over the freeway, over a store that's in between our house, and she knew she was going to my new house, although she'd never been there. She said she said "God, why am I going to Lisa's house?" as she saw two people at my house and she said clear as day, she heard Him say the word "Warn". She kept asking over and over "God, why do I need to warn Lisa? Is she in trouble? Is something going to happen?".

As she's telling me this, I am thinking what a weird dream she had... until she reminded me that it wasn't a dream, she was awake during this. The only reason her eyes were closed were because she was praying.

She said she doesn't have a spiritual gift... that she's really never had something happen like this and she needed to let me know to take extra precautions to be safe.

So ever since then, I have been asking God to reveal to me what that was all about. How the words "Kill, Steal, and Destroy" set off such a feeling and what I needed to be warned about... and who the two people at my house were. She said that she felt very strongly about telling me. I don't know what to think about this...

***Updated 09/17/2014***

I've been praying about this, trying not to freak out. I truly believe that God uses people to send messages. Sometimes we are too stubborn to listen for ourselves, I guess. The more I am praying, the more I feel like it's something other than a physical warning. I feel like maybe Satan is mad. Jesus is doing a lot of big things in my family and we are very blessed. To show our gratitude for all He has done, we wrote bible verses all over the framing before the sheet rock. Kind of a "Hands off, Jesus has this house" kind of realization. Yes, I am praying over my family even more than usual. Praying over my marriage that we are strong and only have eyes for each other. Praying over my children to be safe in all they do. There's a lot of bad stuff going on in the world and I know I can't change the most of it so I will just keep my eyes on Jesus and continue to praise Him for his goodness.


Jolene said...

Wow! I am sure you are still praying to God about this. I do believe God talks to us and gives us messages. He allowed my Dad to come to me the day he died. I was supposed to drive to my home town the next morning to be there. Everyone told me he would make it through the night not to worry. That night I had a dream and I was at my Mom's home where my Dad was. It was time for bed and my Mom told me to come sleep in her bed but I said no I wanted to sleep on the couch next to Dad's bed. When I went to lay down my Dad called out my name and I asked him what. He told me he loved me, and how proud he is of me and what a good Mom I am and to remember always he loves me. I thanked him and told him I loved him too. We went to sleep and then I heard him take one last breath. He died peacefully. I woke up at 6 am (I fell asleep after midnight.) I thought God was trying to prepare me. Three minutes after I woke up my Mom called and told me he passed sometime between midnight and 6 am. I kept saying No I was supposed to be there. I kept repeating this all day and the next day when I drove back to my home town to make arrangements with my sisters and I heard my Dad's voice right after I said it one last time. "I was supposed to be there." I heard my Dad say, "You were." God gives us messages to help us. I believe he is sending you a message through your friend, sometimes it is not literal through. Just be cautious.

Lisa Williams said...

Thanks for sharing Jolene. I remember after my grandma died, I was at a summer camp and I swear with everything in me, that she was floating above me in my room. She had said something before she died about always being with me and I swear she was there. I do believe God does things like that for us.

As for Penny's conversation, I don't know what to think of it. At first I was thinking something physical because of some things that have happened recently... a friend was killed, my niece's relative stole something, etc. But the more I've been praying about it I feel like it's something more along the lines of mental... or relationship. I will be cautious as Penny said, but I feel like it's something different. I'll keep praying. Maybe God will reveal what He means.