The Lord has been convicting me to share some of the things He has done for us. I know what a blessing your testimonies have been to us! The testimonies of God's miraculous provisions in the lives of His people have been such an encouragement to my family!
I just wanted to share a couple of testimonies of how the Lord is teaching me to trust in Him for my children. I recently became a stay-at-home-mom since my baby Reuben was born. I was a full-time Registered Nurse working in a hospital for the past 5 years. Learning the Word of God has really renewed my mind and I have had to retrain myself on everything I learned in school, especially when it comes to medical knowledge! Casting down imaginations and bringing every thought to the obedience of Christ!
2COR 10:4 (for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds),
2COR 10:5 casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;
Recently I went to visit my sister who lives in south Texas, right across from Mexico. The first trial I went through was with Reuben. He did not have a bowel movement for 15 days. His normal pattern was every 4 days. He began to show signs of discomfort and I would just thank God for making everything work the way it was supposed to and rebuke any pain or discomfort. A few times he threw up and I just prayed again. Everyday there was a trial. Everyday I was hoping he would go and the trial would be over. On the 15th day I was reading the Word and in prayer. The scripture I opened to was:
PHIL 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice.
PHIL 4:5 Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
PHIL 4:6 In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
PHIL 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
PHIL 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
I felt instant peace! I could rest in the Lord! The good report was what Jesus has already done!
This was so encouraging to me! Up until this point I was still anxious at times. I was constantly having to rebuke and cast down thoughts of fear, medical knowledge, signs and symptoms of this or that. I had to ask myself, what do I believe? I believe your Word, Lord! It was a spiritual battle in my mind! Right after breakfast he went to the bathroom! I never thought I would rejoice so much for my baby going to the bathroom! Praise God!
The next trial I went through was the next day after I got home. My older son Dmishion who is 10 was complaining all day that his stomach hurt. I was not really too concerned until he stopped playing and went and laid down on the couch, doubled over in pain. This was during UBBS on a Sunday night. At this point he was moaning so I began to ask him if he ate anything funny. He said no but that he had to go to the bathroom. After he came out he told me he passed a lot of blood. I went to check and it was a large amount of bright red blood. From my experience as a nurse I knew this was very bad. I have observed a lot of GI bleeds in patients that required blood transfusions and surgical correction etc. The first thing I had to do is say, well I know that is not good but it does not matter because God is able to fix it. Dmishion asked to pray so we did. We also put in a prayer request to Bill and He agreed with us that whatever the problem was God had already fixed it! By the end of the study the stomach pain was completely gone! No more bleeding! Praise God! The Lord is teaching me to trust Him for all things!
A few weeks ago we had some visitors; about 9 people came and stayed for several days and all of them got a very bad cold cough and fevers! They were very apologetic and kept asking me if I wanted them to keep their children separated from mine. I said no, that I was not worried about it! The Lord kept us all healthy! I thank the Lord for these little trials that are teaching me and preparing me for the times to come.
1COR 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it. I hope this can encourage others too!