Ballet Shoes

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I’ve never worn ballet shoes, and can’t help but wonder if my baby girl will. Knowing that she has dreams and talents planted in her heart waiting to bloom gives me chills. I don’t like not knowing what God has planned!  

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my month’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Psalm 139:13-14 NIV

I’ve asked several friends who are parents – how did you know what activities to enroll your kids in? By the time kids are 5 years old, they seem to have three different activities that parents are juggling to get them to – dance, baseball, or karate are the popular ones here in Texas. 

Recently a friend shared a video on Facebook and commented she was sure my baby girl would grow into being just like the girl in the video. This little girl – maybe 10 to 12 years of age – was speaking in tongues and preaching to a room full of adults! She shared how she went about healing those who crossed her path and spread the good news of the gospel at every turn.  

So while I’m thinking about how old children need to be to enroll in dance classes, and how cute the costumes would be – my friend is already seeing the significance of my daughter’s life for the furthering of the Kingdom. The reality of this hit me – big time.  

Feeling a bit overwhelmed by stewarding a child into the role they will play for the Kingdom, I was reminded me to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  Proverbs 3: 5-6 NKJV

I stand in faith that God planted a dream in my daughter’s heart that will serve His Kingdom. I do understand the enemy is cunning, and if he can, he will spoil God’s plans by attacking our children physically, mentally and spiritually. I will rebuke Satan’s attempts to steal her destiny, kill her dreams, and destroy her identity in Christ. And I stand on the promise of His word – that I can resist the devil and he will flee.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesian’s 2:10 NIV

I pray that you may know and live out your God-given dream – especially if it involves ballet shoes!

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God answers my prayers all the time, even when I forget to pray. This is the story of a divine appointment you’re not going to believe!

The same weekend we moved to a nearby town, my husband got called back into the workforce after being a stay-at-home daddy for our precious baby girl. We had to find daycare! Oh, where to start?

We didn’t know our new neighborhood so immediately started researching. My head was swimming in reviews, ratings and mommy recommendations. We narrowed it down to two, booked appointments and took Friday afternoon off to tour the facilities.

The first place was peaceful, organized and structured. The second place could not have been more different – lively, noisy, rambunctious. I walked out of the second place knowing exactly where I would want to put our baby girl if I had to pick between the two. Turns out, my husband had the exact opposite inclination! What were we going to do? We were at a crossroad and the discussion quickly turned into a good-old-fashioned-married-couple-fight.

On top of it all, I had accidentally shipped a package to our old house and had to retrieve it from a former neighbor. So in the worst part of Friday afternoon traffic, we trekked across town.

Our neighbors could tell we were upset so we explained our dilemma of needing a new daycare come Monday. The wife quickly asked why we were not looking at Primrose – as everybody knows Primrose is “the best”. So I explained there were two Primrose locations in our new town – and neither were close to our house. Also, I had heard that Primrose was expensive so quickly dismissed them as an option.

But the husband said very calmly, “Wouldn’t you pay any price, and drive any distance to ensure your baby girl is in the best possible place?”

Ouch! How could I refute that? We were stuck…why not take a serious look? Maybe this would be the compromise my husband and I desperately needed – and fast!

On the drive back home through Friday afternoon traffic, I started researching the two Primrose locations on my phone. While neither were close to our house, one was in the direction of my work, and the other in the direction of my husband’s work. I asked hubby how we would ever pick between the two locations. He graciously offered the one on the way to my work, so he would be the one driving out of his way when it was his turn to drop off or pick up the munchkin.

I accepted his loving gesture and quickly submitted an online request for a tour on Monday (grumbling under my breath the whole time about having to take more time off work). The website did not give me the definitive response I was looking for – rather a generic comment about seeing us soon. Knowing we were under a tight deadline, I dialed the daycare to book the appointment.

After telling the person that answered the phone that we wanted to come for a tour– she somehow called me by my maiden name and offered that we would could come anytime we wanted. She said, “If this is Holly McEwen, you should come right now!”

My jaw was on the floorboard of the car, as I shockingly asked how she knew who I was without even a hint of an introduction – much less my maiden name from 16 years ago!

It was Amy, my childhood best friend who had received my online submission and knew in an instant this was meant to be. We had started our lives in the church daycare together when we were only babies ourselves. We hadn’t seen each other in many, many years. Amy had only taken over as the daycare director of this location 4 weeks prior, and insisted we come at once to sign up.

The reunion was as joyous as you can imagine. After swooping our baby girl into her arms, Amy showed us which classroom she would be in at the daycare, gave us all the paperwork and reassured us she would keep a close eye on our precious cargo.

Leaving our baby with Amy each day is like leaving her with family. Our mother’s each shed a tear after hearing this story, remembering putting their own baby girls into the church daycare side-by-side.

I don’t know how God pulled that one off – how He used a package delivered in error to get us to the right daycare in a city with over 70 daycare options. Then, my husband picking one of the two Primrose options when they were the same distance from our house. And, if it had been 4 weeks earlier, Amy wouldn’t have been there! Thank you God!

I’m at a loss for where in the Bible it says we can be forgetful, selfish humans and forget to seek God in all things…but He will answer the desires of our heart anyway. If you have a good verse for this…please leave it in the comments. For now, I’ll leave you with this favorite:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”    Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

I am Entitled

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Three days, three offers – that’s how we sell a house in my simple, yet supernatural life! Listening to the Holy Spirit – that small, still voice in my head that guides me if I’ll listen – makes life easier.

As we were contemplating the best scenario for selling our house, the voice said what price to list. The realtor was reluctant, as the price we instructed her to use was well above the price she suggested based on comparable homes recently sold in the area. But when the Holy Spirit speaks blessings into our life, I listen and declare!

The first offer came only 24-hours after listing – and for full price. I should have been thrilled, but wasn’t moved to act. The Holy Spirit had told me that after we listed the house on Thursday, held the open house on Saturday, we would accept an offer on Sunday. The realtor was confused and even suggested “a bird in the hand” should compel us. But I knew to wait and declared that we would accept an offer on Sunday. The showing requests continued to pile up and we had to be away from the house most of the 2nd and 3rd days on the market.

After all the market attention, the realtor agreed to request that all offers be submitted by midnight on Saturday. I went to bed that night resting in the confidence that my God wants to bless me. Sure enough, the next day three offers were waiting for our deliberation.

I often tell people I consider myself blessed, but more so, I am entitled. I am entitled to the richest blessings that my Heavenly Father has to offer. I’m entitled to everything He has. I am entitled to say everything He has said – especially that I am already blessed with every spiritual blessing from above.

I act as if I were a princess, a daughter of the king. A princess knows she gets to take advantage of the spoils of the kingdom. She assumes that whatever she declares, can be made to come true.

Why do I act this way? The book of Ephesians says that I can! Right there in the first chapter Paul confirms that I am “an adopted son (and daughter) of Jesus Christ”. I am a daughter of the king! The same chapter says I also have an inheritance! What is more princess-like than that?

We each have an abundance of blessings in-store for us if we will only believe we are sons and daughters of the king who wants us to live a blessed life and declare it over our lives. Start declaring your blessings today!

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…” Romans 8:14-17 NKJV

Expectation

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I generally live with an expectation that bad things won’t happen to me. God loves me so much He only wants what’s best for my life. While the simplicity of these statements may seem juvenile – perhaps something I picked up in Sunday school as a child – as an adult I feel grounded in this knowledge through some of my favorite scriptures.

I start with promises given to us in Mark 16 – after Jesus has risen from the dead and is about to ascend to Heaven. He has one last shot to instill faith in his disciples that they will be ok without Him.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”   Mark 16:15-18 (NKJV) 

I picked up on that I could drink anything deadly and not be hurt! Jesus had used these same words earlier, when he appointed 70 people to go into the nearby city and bring healing and deliverance to the town, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. “ Luke 10:19 (NKJV)

This is enough to convince me that if apply these versus to my life, I have the mighty power of protection from my Lord and Savior and nothing shall by any means hurt me!

Next, I go to another favorite promise in His word – that God’s will is perfect:

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  Romans 12:2 (NKJV) 

Perfect? Yes, perfect! So I stand on these promises and expect bad things won’t happen. That doesn’t mean they won’t on occasion…but my expectation is perfection.  

My husband recently had a health scare and before all the tests were run, the doctors threw out the ‘C’ word. My hubby will admit he was headed to a dark place emotionally – and was confused by my calmness. I was calm because we have a newborn, and this newborn needs her father. And since God’s will is perfect, my husband has to live until a very old age to be there for our daughter.  

What possess me to think this way? Peek back up at Romans 12:2. It says to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind….”  

I really only have one job as a child of God, and that is to renew my mind to the fact that His will is perfect. If I can get my head around that, I can live with the expectation of perfection.  

I wasn’t sure it was worth sharing this personal philosophy, until I recently read a blog by Michael King called “According To Your Faith Let It Be Done”.  Mr. King has amazing insight to the spirit realm and similarly believes that your faith can keep the evil one at bay.  

“We must learn to understand and activate the power of our faith to destroy the work of hell and release the virtue of heaven in our midst.”  Michael King    

I believe there is an awakening occurring within the Christian family – an acknowledgement that God is not the source of our pain and our hardships. He is not passing out sickness and disease to teach us a lesson. Rather God’s will for us is perfect, and if we can renew our mind to this, the enemy cannot hurt us. 

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (NKJV)

God Put Me in Charge of a Munchkin

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It’s been months since I’ve written a blog entry, but since we last spoke – God put me in charge of a munchkin. She was born in February, and I’m still amazed the hospital sent me home with her. She was four-and-a-half pounds, four weeks early, and entirely dependent on me and my husband to care for her.

I got lost for a few weeks in the chaos of midnight feedings, poopy diapers, and crying spells – until I remembered God moved mountains to get her here (the full story is in my blog “A Beautiful Outcome”).  I figure he must have big plans for her life, and it’s up to me to shepherd her towards that future. God needs me to keep her happy and healthy so His will can manifest fully in her life.

Luckily, God is not the only one that can move mountains. God also gave us the power and authority to move mountains with our words. For example, when symptoms or side-effects attack me physically, I operate within my authority in Christ to command them to go. He told us to speak to the problem so the problem will move.

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)

While I have used this concept to get myself and others well numerous times, I realized God granted me this same authority over my household, which includes my husband and newborn daughter. God needs me to rest in the knowledge I have spent the last several years learning about my authority in Christ.

My favorite saying I picked up from Curry Blake is “Don’t talk to the Father about the problem. Talk to the problem about the Father!” Instead of praying to God to heal myself or my family, I remind the attacker that I am a child of God and it must leave me alone. God already answered my prayer for healing when Christ died on the cross; now I need to stop the evil one from trying to steal my health.

James 4:7 promises, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

What Christ accomplished on the cross gave me authority over Satan and his demons, and it is my responsibility to bring the perfection of heaven into the realities of earth – not just for me, but for my household.

I know God’s perfect will for my daughter is good, pleasing, and perfect because it is a promise in His Word. I know this translates to divine health, prosperity and joy. So I plan to take everything I have learned about divine healing and apply it to my daughter’s life.

Maybe the past few years have been training for this next assignment called parenthood? Welcome to the next phase of my simple, yet supernatural life!

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)

A Beautiful Outcome

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If you’ve been following along, you know that this past February I suffered a fall, which led to a broken leg, surgery, physical therapy, and a long recovery. When I wrote my story back in June (“I Get Knocked Down”), I shared that while I was a bit shaken how this attack got past my guardian angels, I was not going to let Satan win and steal my spirit. I remained confident that I would fully recover from this and that God is my healer.

I also remained confident in the promise in the Bible, that “… all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

Based on this promise, I ended that blog entry on this sentiment: “God can amazingly weave a beautiful outcome from a tragedy. I will continue to stand on this promise of God’s word, and can’t wait to see what else He has planned!”

My God is so amazing that I was pregnant within two weeks of hitting the publish button on that article – more than five years after my husband and I had given up on trying to have a child.

This surprise blessing came only six-months after publishing a testimony I shared in “All Miracles, No Regrets” where I documented a co-worker’s journey to her own miracle baby. I remember sharing with her, “If I knew then, what I know now…I would command Satan and his demons to leave my womb. I would command each child-producing organ in my body to accept God’s richest blessings, and operate by God’s perfect design. I would resist the devil, and he would have to flee.”

If you ever begin to doubt God’s will for your life, you only have to find a promise in His Word, and stand in faith that the promise is meant for you. While I had given up on the promise that it was God’s will that we ‘be fruitful and multiply’ – my dad had not. The day I shared that my husband and I were giving up on having children was the day my dad picked up the mantle and prayed for His will to manifest in my life.

I was so certain children were not in my future, I went back on birth-control pills so it wouldn’t happen later in life when we deemed ourselves too old for children. But that tragic day in the emergency room led to a nurse telling me I needed to stop taking my pills immediately – as I was headed into surgery and the pills could cause a blood clot. My husband loves the saying, “Wanna hear God laugh? Tell Him your plans!”

A modern-day prophet I follow on social media recently posted a personal revelation – that Satan is still just an angel – and that all angels still fall under God’s dominion and authority. So while Satan goes about seeking whom he can devour – the prophet equated him to a wild dog on a leash. We learned in the story of Job that Satan had to seek God’s permission to test Job’s faith in God. Satan robbed Job of everything he had – his assets, his family, and his health – but by the end of the story Job says to God, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.”

God forgave Job for his doubt and gave him twice as much as he had lost. God gave him more children, who gave him grandchildren and great-grandchildren he enjoyed during his lifetime.

What a promise! “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

My prayer for you, if you’ve been trying to conceive – and are perhaps thinking it is not God’s will for you to have a child – is that you trust God’s will is always for you to ‘be fruitful and multiply’. Stand on this promise from God’s word, command Satan to leave your womb, and welcome Heaven’s reality into your life!

The Grinch Stole What?!

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Everyone knows the Grinch as the one who stole Christmas. He scorns the Christmas season and the holiday spirit. His primary plot involves breaking into the Whos’ homes to steal their holiday decorations and gifts. Despite his best efforts to rob the Whos’ of their Christmas cheer, they cheerfully celebrate despite his evil plans.

Acknowledging that we have also an enemy that is constantly trying to steal from us is an important step in living free of his threats.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10 (NKJV)

The thief mentioned in the Bible is Satan. And to understand Satan, you have to understand how he got here. Satan is an angle named Lucifer, who was banished from heaven when he tried to step into God’s place, be worshiped by the heavenly saints and angels, and be the center of the universe. To be relegated to earth was punishment indeed. But to forever face the reality of God’s love for every human on the planet is a torture he cannot escape. If you try to picture it, feel it, and imagine it – you can feel the hate Satan has for you. The more God loves you, the more Satan despises that unconditional love.

That is why it is so important we have the power of the Holy Spirit within. The power that raised Jesus from the dead, now lives in me. The power that put Satan in his place on the day of the resurrection, now lives in me. Satan is under the feet of Jesus, and I am at His right hand, seated in heavenly places.

God loves you so much he never wants to see Satan’s fingerprints on you. He wants you to understand your authority in Christ so that you live a conquered life – free from harassment of the evil one or his minions. God wants you to know your authority in Christ.

Satan isn’t just trying to steal the obvious stuff – your health, your loved ones, your life; he will also steal the less obvious possessions – your money and your time.

A few years ago, my husband took a fall resulting in back pain the doctors treated with medicine. The medicine’s most significant side-effect was depression. So his doctor layered on an anti-depressant to combat the first side-effect – creating a couple of more in its wake. Four medicines later, my husband barely had a personality left. My prayers for his physical pain didn’t seem to help. At some point in the frustration of paying for all these medications – I realized Satan was stealing our money! So I commanded Satan to stop stealing from us and return everything that was stolen. Without knowing I had said this prayer, my husband informed me days later he was so tired of all the medicines he was going to stop them immediately. He stopped “cold-turkey” and never looked back!

More recently, I was trying to help a co-worker pray for her ailing mother-in-law who was going on her second week in the hospital and not showing signs of improvement. My co-worker was exhausted from working all day then spending evenings and nights at the hospital. God brought my husband’s story to mind and it dawned on me that Satan was stealing my co-worker’s time. So I shared our testimony and suggested she could command Satan to stop stealing her time. Her mother-in-law was sent home from the hospital the next day!

I see examples of this all the time – a dishwasher breaks, on top of the car breaking down, on top of needing a plumber out to the house. Satan can be so subtle we don’t even recognize it!

As the bride of Christ, Jesus wants us to live free from attack, and gave us the power of three little words – “In Jesus’ name.”

Letting us use His name is exactly like being the new wife of the most powerful prince in all the land. Everyone loves this prince, and reveres his name. The prince could travel to any area of the kingdom, and the shop keepers, farmers, and landlords would show him respect. His new wife, if traveling through this same kingdom, would garner the same respect because she is traveling under his name. It doesn’t matter who she might have been as a single mistress, she is now married to a name that carries weight. She can go to those same shop keepers, farmers, and landlords, and on her husband’s name, call in the same favor as her husband.

“And these signs will follow those who believe: IN MY NAME they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”  Mark 16:17-18 (NKJV)

These were Jesus’ departing words before leaving earth. He had already saved us on the cross, and the very next verse says the Lord went up into Heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. He didn’t say these words, and then offer a 3-hour sermon on how to put it into practice – His words, combined with the power of the Holy Spirit that would arrive a bit later – were meant to be enough.

Try it my friends! Look around and see what Satan is stealing from you, and “in Jesus’ name” tell him to stop!  Don’t let the Grinch steal your Christmas cheer!

Nancy’s Story

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Everyone’s journey towards healing is different. I have learned there is nothing more gratifying than being used by God to help someone on that journey!

A good friend of mine recently introduced me to Nancy, a childhood friend of hers that was diagnosed with a brain tumor. While asking those closest to her for prayers, our mutual friend thought of me. After an amazing few months of tests, surgery and an enormous faith in God – Nancy is completely healed!

Nancy offered to share her story with you directly:

“I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in August of this year. A childhood friend told me about Holly, her Christian faith, and how she prays for healing for people. She asked if I’d be interested in being prayed for. Of course I said yes!

Since we live on opposite ends of Texas, Holly called me and prayed for me over the phone. I didn’t tell her or our mutual friend where the brain tumor was in my brain, but Holly said she could see it was in the front, in my forehead, which was true! She prayed for me for healing, and said she could “see” the tumor dissolving.

Holly also reached out a couple weeks later – when I had some cerebrospinal fluid leak, and after praying, the leak stopped and never returned!

I had the tumor removed surgically a few weeks ago. The procedure went very well and the entire tumor was removed. Afterwards, I ordered the medical records and saw in the description of the procedure that the doctor had used an instrument that breaks down the tumor then sucks it out (sort of like a tiny vacuum cleaner that first dissolves the thing).

So the tumor is gone, and to match Holly’s vision, it was dissolved while being removed from my brain. Also, the pathology report showed no cancer. So, now I’m fine and the doctor said I should live to be at least 86 years old (I just turned 50)!

PRAISE GOD!!! And thank you, Holly, for praying and believing!!! Thank you for all that you’re doing for the LORD and for others!”

As a strong Christian, it didn’t take much to convince Nancy that God intends us to be happy, healthy, and whole. Sickness and disease are not passed out by our heavenly Father – rather by the evil one that intends to steal, kill and destroy us all.

God is not passing out tumors or cancer to teach those who have it a lesson. God does not let people get into accidents to slow them down or get them back on the right path. God’s will for each one of us is good, and pleasing, and perfect!

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  (John 10:10 NKJV)

I thank you, God, for having so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

A Thankful Heart

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I try not to follow a formula when I pray for someone’s healing, but I often follow a pattern that continues to work for me. First, I see if the Holy Spirit is guiding me to a particular problem, body part, or name of the demon attacking the person in need of prayer. Once I feel like I have caught the demon’s attention, I tell it to leave and never return (under my authority in Jesus Christ). From there, I remind the body part I’m addressing to do its job according to God’s perfect design.

The analogy I like most, is that our body is an intricate, inter-mingling set of highways, all designed to work perfectly and keep even the heaviest traffic flowing smoothly. An attack from Satan is often a single car that stalled in the middle of one of the highways that can eventually cause a significant pile-up – stopping traffic in its tracks.

Healing prayers are simply clearing the wreck from the highway, so traffic can resume as designed.

I then close my prayers with a simple reminder for me and the person I am praying for, to thank Jesus for making it happen. While Jesus told us to heal the sick, He paid the price when He was beaten and hung on the cross.

I recently prayed for a friend who was suffering from significant knee pain, long after a surgery which should have healed by now. My friend could easily move her knee and re-create pain that she described as an 8 to 10 on the pain scale. After a few minutes of commanding the spirit of attack away from her, and commanding her knee to do its job – she could not recreate the pain that came so easily moments before. Praise God!

But I felt her pause, the reservation in being able to thank Jesus for delivering this freedom. Her reaction forced me to wonder, how important is this final step – giving thanks?

God lead me to the story in the Bible called “Ten Lepers Cleansed” in Luke’s chapter 17.

Now it happened as [Jesus] went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”  (Luke 17: 11-19, NKJV)

Jesus rewarded the one leper that returned to give thanks. But the scripter also says all ten were cleansed on their way to the priests. Did the nine lose their healing for not returning to give thanks? While it is not clear what happened to those who did not return, there are numerous passages in the Bible commanding us to be thankful to God.

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.  (Psalms 106:1 NKJV)

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.                 (I Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV)

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans 1:21 NASB)

Giving thanks to God is a very small price to pay when we are delivered from the wiles of the evil one.

I am thankful for the gift of healing granted to God’s children under our authority in Christ Jesus. I am thankful when God uses me in amazing ways. I am thankful for my simple, yet supernatural life.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving Season?

Give Me A Break(room)

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Originally posted at gotoheavennow.com here.

Each new day offers us “divine appointments” – opportunities to be used by God. It is not every day I rise to the occasion. A million small reasons can stop me in my tracks. I know that fear is Satan’s attempt to keep me from stepping out in faith and asking someone who needs healing if I can pray for them.

God put several “divine appointments” in my path at work recently to pray for “Beth,” who I could tell was in pain. There were several wasted opportunities before I worked up the courage to do anything about it. I’d politely inquire how she was doing – would hear about the pain but also about an upcoming doctor appointment. So I thought, “let the doctors do their job, no need to put myself out there.”

But I kept running into Beth at work, and the last doctor update – that perhaps surgery was the only way forward – sent me into action. So I asked Beth if I could pray for her in the middle of the breakroom at work. She quickly agreed and said she had been healed through prayer before but had lost her healing. My faith for helping bring healing to her body rose exponentially!

Beth was suffering from a twisted spine that caused one leg to be shorter than the other, creating back, shoulder and leg pain throughout. Simply mimicking a healing video I saw online, I asked her to sit in a chair and put out her legs. By putting my thumbs on her ankle bones, we could easily see her left leg was shorter than her right by half of an inch. In Jesus’ name I simply commanded her left leg to grow to be even with her right. We both watched in amazement as it actually happened. I commanded her body back into God’s perfect alignment until my thumbs were perfectly aligned and then saw the tears build in Beth’s eyes.

Next I asked Beth to stand and straighten her arms, and similarly placed my thumbs on her wrist joints to see the alignment and commanded her arms to come back into alignment in Jesus’ name. Once again, perfectly aligned, a tear escaped Beth’s eye and ran down her check.

She said her shoulder blades were still in pain so that’s where we targeted our prayers next until the pain left, and there was no more pain in Beth’s body. I had her walk around the breakroom – which she could easily and smoothly do after limping for months. She could move her arms and legs around without feeling any pain. We thanked Jesus in a mighty way, and then decided it was time to get back to work. Amen!

Is it really so simple? Yes. Find any healing story in the Bible (or done by a modern-day minister) and mimic it! What you will notice is that Jesus does not pray to His Father in Heaven when healing the sick – He speaks to the problem in front of Him. It was Curry Blake who I heard say it best: “Don’t speak to God about the problem, speak to the problem about God!”

The numerous healing stories in the Bible were not Jesus showing off his own power or relationship with God – rather each story was meant as an example, a guide for us to follow so we could do the same.

Since Jesus knows that His Father’s will is for the person standing in front of Him to be well, He only has to tell the sickness or disease attacking the person to leave to bring that person back into alignment with God’s will. I will repeat – it is always God’s will for you to be well. It is always God’s will for us to die of old age, peacefully in our beds.

What Christ accomplished on the cross gave me authority over sickness and disease, and it is my responsibility to bring the perfection of heaven into the realities of earth. Being a child of God – accepting Jesus as our savior and inviting the Holy Spirit to become one with our own spirit – gives us everything we need to stand against the enemy.

I stand on the promise that our words, when spoken in Jesus’ name, carry power, that we only have to “say to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NKJV)

If you are not yet convinced that you can bring healings to others, I offer the training that got me started – Curry Blake’s Divine Healing Technician Training®. When I first learned of this free resource, I absorbed all eighteen hours of video in a single weekend! By the end, Curry had me convinced I only had to mimic what I saw Jesus do, or mimic the healing videos I saw other ministers do on-line – and God would use me. And He did! Trust me – He will use you too!