Or is it exhaustion? Probably some of both :) VOA was great. All the messages were good, and I’m enjoying reading posts put on Facebook by other students sharing about the miracles they saw. I can’t say that I saw any personally, but then again I only prayed for a few people, and some of those prayers were about emotional things. In any event, there is no doubt God was present and up to His usual good stuff! And I was much more relaxed this year. I realized going into it how much pressure I had put on myself last year. What a difference a year makes!
I had been fasting leading up to VOA and think that was a good idea. I did break the fast on Friday (after 19 days) and had perfect peace about it. I’m planning another one in January, although I’m open to any in between if He leads me to. I had a bit of a breakthrough and I believe that played a part. Thursday night Heidi Baker spoke and at the end prayed for people. We were sitting in the back of the room watching everything on a big screen. Yes, I know, everyone wants to be up front, but God’s big and can touch you wherever you’re at. At one point during her prayer I felt as if I was being pushed forward. Actually what it felt like was when you put two magnets together which are repelling each other, so while I didn’t feel anything touch me I was being moved. Don’t know if that makes any sense, but it was something new. Interesting that Kevin and I both got touched at the same moment and got down on our knees and prayed. God spoke to him and answered some questions he’s had. I didn’t hear anything. Again. ~sigh~
But I learned something the next night when Randy did impartation. That’s something I wasn’t really looking forward to because I knew he was going to send the students out to pray for people. It’s not that I don’t want to pray for people, because I do! I just never felt that I had much to give. Most folks probably want a big encounter and “stuff” doesn’t usually happen when I pray. Well, I pretty much told my feelings to shut up and decided ahead of time that I was going to impart whatever God had given me and let it go at that. What I found interesting was that a couple of the people I prayed for were visibly moved, two of them responding at exactly that point in my prayer (and they couldn’t have heard me because it was so loud in there). They didn’t go down or anything, but I truly believe God was touching them! And the next night after worship Tom Jones told us to go hug someone and bless them. I stepped up to a young woman who had been worshiping in front of me and put my arm around her, and when I blessed her she started to shake, lol. If I hadn’t been holding her, she’d have gone down. When we were done we hugged, then she smiled and said to me, “You’re a mother to many.” :)
We missed Friday night because of going to Kevin’s class reunion. I’m glad we went. It’s been ages since we’ve seen some of those people and we got to catch up a little. It went very fast though, and twice the lights went out. Then we found out why: a tornado had gone through a mile away and actually done damage to a couple’s home who was attending the reunion. Then it touched down right across the road in a park where some kids were taking shelter under a pavilion. The pavilion collapsed, hurting quite a few, but no one was killed thankfully.
My friend from Arkansas came up and stayed with us. Saturday afternoon I missed Georgian Banov’s session to do some deliverance ministry with her on someone she knew (who had requested it). It was a good experience for me, especially considering that I’m going to be teaching on that. At one point when this woman was being led through a prayer she had difficulty getting the words “Jesus Christ is Lord” out. In the meantime in the auditorium Georgian is going after metal. I didn’t know that, but I found out afterward that when he did Kevin’s ankle started to tingle and then got hot. He has a metal plate there and one of the screws had been sticking out and bothering him. Well, guess what? It’s gone! :)
We met up with two GSI friends for dinner and they stayed for the evening service on Saturday. The crowd was considerably smaller, and part of the reason for that may have been the fact that many had already been healed! In the morning Randy asked how many had experienced some type of healing already and I’d say at least a third of the audience raised their hands!!!! It really was an amazing weekend. Our two friends prayed and prophesied over Kevin and I and then I asked them to pray for us for the baptism of fire. I watched both of them receive that at GSI. But before they could a woman stepped in with her phone to say her son was on the line and could we pray for him, he was a new Christian. Kevin and I led off and then our friends prayed and prophesied too. Then another woman came up and wanted a word. I ended up pretty much missing the ministry time up front but I suppose what we were doing counted as ministry too. And our friends never did get around to praying that for us. I figure it must not be the right timing.
We slept in yesterday and then took my friend to the airport. Today was pretty much a wash. I did manage to get a book report done that was due and a little bit of laundry, but that’s about it. I’m looking forward to going to school tomorrow and hearing more incredible stories! Someday I’ll have my own to tell :)