In The Presence of the Almighty

I started this journal to express the many ways my life has been touched since I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord. I hope to share joys, struggles, testimonies and anything I might receive from the Lord. My prayer is that anyone who reads my entries may receive in a way that is necessary for where they are at in life. May the power of the Holy Spirit fill you as you come along my journey.

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Location: Ontario, Canada

I am a full time wife and stay at home Mom. I am married to a man who places the Lord first above all else. I am embracing this season in my life to be a Mom and look forward to having more children. My husband and I will raise them in the ways of the Lord.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Part 6 - Psalm 24 days!

I just realized it has been 15 days since I wrote my last post! My goodness, the Lord is good! I have been very busy being used by the Lord to further His Kingdom! Hallelujah!

On Sunday July 3rd, we had a couple of people re-dedicate their lives to the Lord, and a man walking by come up for prayer. Afterward, 3 people decided to get baptized in the Bow River. One was a young man driving by on his bike. He came out of nowhere and said he wanted to be baptized. He openly professed that Jesus was his Lord and Saviour, was baptized and disappeared as quickly as he came! The Lord certainly draws His people!!! It was a beautiful day.

Afterward, I asked some of my brothers to pray for me as I was asked to the family's home that I ministered to on Father's Day. (See Part 3 of this Series) Their daughter was just married on Friday and they were having a family barbecue. I went inside and immediately went to the man I had prayed with only a few weeks before.

I held this man's hand. He was very weak and had a hard time speaking to me. I noticed his hands felt better and that his circulation must have improved. He looked at me with a beautiful smile and said how happy he was to see me. He said, "Karen I was just thinking about you and now here you are! I am so happy to see you. I have so much to tell you." I asked him how he was feeling as I stared into his very yellow eyes. He said he was weak, and not better although we discussed his circulation and he noted that it was improving. He said although physically he was still suffering, that something indeed had changed in him since I had been to his home and prayed with him only a few weeks before.

He held my hand tightly and with much love, said "Karen, I have been a very cynical man, a hard man to penetrate most of my life. Anyone close to me will tell you so. When it has come to any matters of religion, I have not wanted to listen to what they had to say, until you came along." He then went on to explain to me that he had talked to his mother again, perhaps offending her, but not really caring as he was speaking truth to her. He looked very deeply in my eyes, continuing to hold my hand tightly, giving it a firmer squeeze each time he became expressive in his voice and face. "Karen as I told my mother and I am telling you now, I have not ever in my life seen someone glow as you do. I have known and met many Christians but have not seen them radiate such a light as you have. In you there is truth and a purity I have not seen. It is the closest thing I have seen to God."

With tears in my eyes and rolling onto my cheeks, I asked him, "so now do you believe in God?" He also had tears in his eyes and replied, "I am not sure if I can say that to you, but I will say I am believing there is something going on with what I believe. I have not been the same man since you prayed for me. Something is changing inside of me." He was very tired, so I asked if I could pray for him and he said he would very much like that.

The Holy Spirit lead me in this prayer and filled me with an incredible boldness! I prayed that the power of God would come upon this man so mightily that he would believe in Jesus. I prayed for his salvation, and thanked God for his healing. I prayed that he would not ever depart from this earth unless he accepted Jesus into his heart. I prayed for the loving arms of our Father to wrap around him and fill him with His love. I asked the Holy Spirit to fill him to overflowing, extending and pouring out his grace and mercy into his life.

He said he would like to see me again soon. I then spent the next couple of hours with his family, talking about the glory of God and just allowing the Lord to use me as a vessel.

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On Monday July 4th, as I prepared myself for Monday Night Evangelism, I was seeking the Lord where to go to do ministry. Which location Lord? How would you like to use me? I had no particular leading, so I agreed to go wherever the Lord needed me. One of the Brothers had started a ministry out at a skateboard park the week before. So, this night would be their second night. He boldly asked for people to come with him to help out. No one stepped forward. Inside I was battling as I wanted to go back to the drop-in centre. I kept thinking of the relationships I was forming with some of those folks. Then I said to myself, 'teenagers'? Not exactly what I was looking forward to. I kept thinking of the rebellion, rejection and bad attitudes we might face. In the few seconds of thinking I looked at my brother standing, waiting for volunteers and felt the Holy spirit urge me to say what I had received in prayer earlier that day. "I will go wherever the Lord needs me", and stepped forward. He said I need you, so let's go! We managed to invite another brother, who was even more uncomfortable going to the park. When he realized what he was doing, he tried to back out of it. I said, "we need you". Give it a try and let the Lord work through you in your discomfort. We always grow when the Lord places us in the position of uncomfortablilty.

So, the three of us went off to the skateboard park with pop, chips and bibles. When we found a patch of grass, I thought if we used my massage table, we could attract attention. It worked! People thought they were getting free massages, then realized it was food and bibles! We gave away everything, except perhaps a few pops. We had many deep conversations about God and Jesus Christ. We talked to kids about sex, drugs and rock and roll. I had a conversation with a young man, perhaps between 25 and 30 years of age. He was new to Canada from China, just visiting the park and watching the bikes and skateboarders. We discussed many things about Christianity as a whole. He asked me about God and how the Trinity worked. I was sooo thankful at this moment I had researched Saint Patrick last semester. I grabbed the leaves of the tree behind me. I found three that came together on the same branch and explained how God was three in one, the Trinty, but all the same God. He seemed to really understand through illustration. He showed me three fingers, for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He then made a fist to show one God! He got it!!! Yeah!!! I gave him the web site to contact the gideons to found out about how he can get a bible that is half English/half Chinese so he can understand the bible. He thanked me very much for my time and said he would like to meet me again sometime to talk more about it.

My other brother was making headway with a youth that was struggling to give up his heavy metal music. We both explained to him that we gave up all of our heavy metal music and why. The music does not glorify God at all. Over all, we had an amzing night, being used by the Lord and being able to witness the love of Jesus Christ! Praise you God!!!

I will try to write more later on this evening, so keep posted! God Bless!

5 Comments:

Anonymous Angie said...

Karen,
Although I have not written much lately, I do follow your journal regularly. It has given me great comfort, as I struggle with some family issues, and has lead me back to my Bible for answers. Thank you for all you do, and you are in my prayers also.
Angie

July 17, 2005 1:19 PM  
Blogger pete porter said...

Karen, it's amazing how the Lord's direction is "uncomfortable" to our flesh. Thank God you were faithful to Him in spite of the situation. As we learn to yield more to these "hard places" we will see more of the work's of the Lord. Your a real encouragement.
Be Blessed,
Pete

July 18, 2005 12:30 PM  
Blogger John said...

Karen, great posts, great ministry, and a great God! Praise His wonderful name!

keep up the good work Karen!

GBYAY

July 20, 2005 6:24 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Thank all of you for your words of encouragement. I am glad to be used as a vessel both through this journal and in the ministry I have been involved in. The Lord is Good!!!

July 21, 2005 11:55 AM  
Blogger Jeannie said...

As always you inspire me..keep up the great work..

August 18, 2005 7:05 AM  

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