Holy Happenings: God is Good

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A Holy Happening by Tiffany Summers

HOLY HAPPENINGS: God is Good

At lunch today, my friend and I were running errands. We stopped at Walgreens, and as we pulled into the parking lot, we saw a young man helping an elderly woman into her car. The woman was white and dressed very conservatively, and the young man was African American wearing jeans and a t-shirt with a backwards hat. I say that only to paint a picture of what we saw and how we noticed that these two were not a couple and probably not related. So when we saw this young man, we were in awe of his kindness toward this woman. Unfortunately it’s not something we see everyday. As I got out of the vehicle and walked inside, I wanted to find this young man and tell him how awesome we thought he was, but he was nowhere to be found.

After work, I picked up Landry and was headed to pick up Mackie. As we drove down O’Neal Lane, I saw a young man with a gas can walking down the road. It was the same young man! I drove down and followed him to the gas station. I pulled in, parked, and told Landry to quickly get out and follow me. I shouted, “Excuse me…excuse me, sir!” He turned around and I asked if he was at Walgreens earlier today. He looked nervous and cautious (understandably so). I explained that I had seen him help the elderly woman and wanted to let him know how wonderful he was! I asked if I could buy his gas. He smiled and looked relieved. He explained that he ran out of gas before he could get to the gas station, and asked him I could bring him back to his vehicle. (As he walked inside to pay for his gas, I explained to Landry that normally mommy doesn’t give rides to strangers, and Daddy would probably think mommy was crazy for stopping…) When he was finished pumping his gas, he climbed into the vehicle and said, “God is good! He sees everything you do. You are a blessing.” I told him that he had obviously been a blessing to that woman and I just wanted to follow his example! Let us all learn to be kind to strangers and love our neighbors!

Holy Happening: Rejoice

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A Holy Happening by Heather Acord

 

HOLY HAPPENINGS: Rejoice

Since the flood a regular occurrence for me has been to read the “Standing on The Promises when I feel…” cards at my desk.  Sometimes I can’t pick which emotion I’m feeling, so I just read them all… over and over.  On days like today when I feel the anxiety creeping in, the “Anxious” card is my best friend. I have read these scriptures over and over again in my lifetime, but somehow they still bring me comfort and breathe some sense of renewal to my soul. Today as I was reading 1Peter 4:12-13, the words “REJOICE as we PARTICIPATE in the suffering of Christ…” stabbed me like a knife. Wait. What? Rejoice as we participate in the SUFFERING???? My mind began to recall the “sufferings” I have gone through in the flood ordeal  and instantly the suffering Jesus went through came to my mind. Have I been flogged? Have I been publicly humiliated? Have I been stripped and NAILED TO A CROSS? No. I haven’t. Have I suffered? Yes. Have I lost most of the things that I’ve worked so hard for? Yes. Have I felt despair? Yes. But, in all of that I’m thankful that I serve a Master that knows what suffering is. He stands with me in my suffering. He sends his Holy Spirit to comfort me. He knows what I’m going through. So, because Jesus knows my suffering I can rejoice as I participate in suffering… because He knows… He just knows… And then, when His glory is revealed… man oh man, what a great day that will be… So until then, you can find me desperately trying to rejoice in the sufferings because I know HIS glory is certainly gonna bring me joy!

 

1Peter 4:12,13

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

Holy Happening: Row Row Row Your Boat Roughly UP The Stream

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A Holy Happening by Buddy Johnson

 

HOLY HAPPENINGS:

Row Row Row Your Boat Roughly Up The Stream

 

Yep, that pretty much sums me up. Thank God, I finally had one of those holy moments. As I took time to pray, Monday a.m., or should I say took time to tell God what I was gonna do, vividly & brightly, I was clearly shown what our brother Lonnie’s sermon the day before, was supposed to mean to me. Since the Great Flood, when I would attend to pray, I would tell God what I was gonna try to do, and would He please help me out. Then as Lonnie’s words of wisdom were clearly shown to me, I was able to finally ask God, what “He” wanted me to do. I instantly was filled with a peace that I think Christians can only understand. I honestly feel for the first time since the flood, that I can take it one day at a time and not feel so over-whelmed. I know there will be some bumpy roads, but with my new found plate of armor, I know things are gonna be ok.

Buddy J.

 

To watch the sermon referred to above click here.

 

 

A Holy Happening: Stuck on the Interstate

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God has placed a deep desire in my heart to create a space where we can share with one another Holy Happenings, moments when we know God is moving during this tumultuous time. When you experience a holy happening, will you take a moment to jot it down and send it to me at LeslieLuke1027@gmail.com?  I love loving God with you, Pastor Leslie

A HOLY HAPPENING: STUCK ON THE INTERSTATE

9/13/2016

Waiting. It’s what we do these days. We wait for people to return our calls. We wait for wet walls to dry. We wait for checks to be deposited. We wait for things to get better. It’s just what we do.   We wait.

Saturday as I waited . . .. . . , a stranger shared his flood story with me. Bottom line: He spent one and a half days stuck on an interstate overpass. No food. No facilities. No escape. For thirty-six hours, he waited on a concrete island for waters to recede.  He spoke about his greatest source of discomfort.   “I looked around at all those cars stuck like me, and I realized they weren’t like me at all.” His eyes widened. “They were filled with elderly people and children. I didn’t know what to do, so I just gave them what I had. Bottles of water and Gatorade.”

I don’t know about you, but if I was stuck on the interstate for one and a half days, I wouldn’t be able to think of a better gift.

Lord God, when we’re waiting today, let our greatest source of discomfort be an awareness of the discomfort of others. Help us to give them what we have. Help us to give them You. Your patience. Your kindness. Your joy. Your love. We adore you, O Christ, now and forever. Amen.

Holy Happenings #2

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A Holy Happening by Beth Lawson

HOLY HAPPENINGS #2

9/10/2016

Holy happened yesterday. In an ordinary parking lot of an extraordinarily dry housing complex. An old, rattling, white pickup truck pulled up to the back of my Prius, the only car in the lot…

”Excuse me ma’am,” the driver said, “Do you know where the office is?” “Oh, we don’t have one here on site,” I said, “there was one…but it was in Denham…and I’m certain it got water…Y’all got water?” “Yeah,” said the driver, “and somebody said there was some trailers over here we might could rent…”

“Man, I don’t even know where that would be,” I responded. “I can tell you everything past that road right there got water. And two bridges are out that way so don’t go there. And even right there across this street flooded too. You probably could go to the main road and start looking north or just keep going east…but I really don’t know…I’m sorry…I know I can pray though if that’s alright?…what’s y’all’s names?”

“I’m Tyeesha…and I’m Jamil.”

“Tyeesha and Jamil, what’s the best way I can pray for y’all?”

“…we just need a spot,” said Tyeesha.

“Ok,” I said, “Then let’s pray right now…Father Almighty, this little white truck is heading out looking for a dry spot. In the power of Your Holy Spirit, shed Your Light on the path in front of Tyeesha and Jamil and lead them to the place You would have them stay…in the name of Jesus Christ…Amen.”

Friends, as we work and play today, let’s pray … for Tyeesha and Jamil and so many others who “just need a spot” …Lord, in Your mercy, keep shedding Your extraordinary Light on ordinary safe shelters…We love You, thank You, and praise You, even in the midst of this mess. Amen.

Holy Happenings #1

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HOLY HAPPENINGS (#1)
11pm, 9/8/16
 
I saw holy happen today. At an ordinary table, in an ordinary coffee shop, 5 ordinary people prayed to an extraordinary God and holy happened.
 
Seated with Robert Poole, a city councilman for Denham Springs; Kayla Smiley, the newly appointed Director of the Denham Springs Long Term Recovery Committee; and four other pastors sat, heaven touched earth.
 
After we prayed, God stories just flowed about the notorious flood weekend. People wounded and traumatized by the flood waters were treated in a shelter by a doctor driving to Disney World with his family. Food miraculously appeared at two different sites for 250 people and for 750 people. A cook team from Amite and the staff of a Chinese restaurant found themselves among the evacuees equipped for the task at hand.We could have gone on for hours. 

But, this is what moved me most.  The city councilman leading our recovery team for Denham Springs and the Director of the team shared and spoke as much about God as they did their fervent desire to acquire funds and assistance for the people of Denham. We are blessed! Expect extraordinary to happen to this city. Our leaders love you and me.  And our leaders love God.

Thank you, Lord God, for leaders who let You lead. We adore You, O Christ, now and forever. Amen.


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.”
 
Proverbs 3:5,6