Monday, February 14, 2011

Help the Poor and Be Blessed

When I first began really crying out to God, He began speaking to me. I was so excited! I wanted to tell everyone how awesome it is that "God talks to us when we talk to Him! He does not ignore us when we yell out to Him! He loves us! He has an awesome plan for our lives!" I had a vision of yelling these things out from a mountaintop where the whole world could hear. That was almost 12 years ago.

I had compassion for homeless people. I would talk to them on the street about how God loves them. I would sometimes buy them food. Often, I felt like I was the one who was inspired in the end. Maybe that was God's way of blessing me for wanting to bless them. But sometimes it actually felt like they were an angel or even Jesus himself.

Soon after meeting the man God made me to be the Helper of, I learned that his desire was to share God's love through music with many people, including the homeless. He, David, had wanted to play music and share God's love at the Omaha homeless shelters. We spent our first Valentine's day sharing music and stories about God's love to the poor and homeless at the Open Door Mission.

Last Wednesday, I was super thankful to God that we can do this full time now. We were at the Open Door Mission sharing God's love through music, testimonies, and the Gospel. People were listening...clapping and cheering..thanking us a lot...encouraging us...and giving us money. I was trying to hold back tears.

One man walked over to me, while David was playing music. He said "He does a really great job. It is rare that they ever get people to clap here". I thought "Wow!" because people were clapping after almost every song, some hollering out "Yeah" or "Praise God"!

One man came up to the stage, seemed to bow his head to David, to thank him and set a dollar bill on stage. A little while later, another man came up on stage and grabbed the dollar bill. By the end of the show, the first man set a pile of change on stage. I had seen him walking around and looked like people were handing him something. I wondered if he was collecting change from the people. We were amazed that the change totaled over $4. This is from homeless people. The people who are sometimes known for begging for money. This amazed us.

One man left a note to David, started out "Dear Brother in Christ". It was a note of encouragement and one thing he wrote was "I pray God gives me the courage and faith and music to sing as he has to you".

One of the workers at the Open Door Mission came over and thanked us, saying "These guys need to hear this." He said it was so nice to be having music in there. He said, "We do not get this nearly enough".

Another gentleman who worked there thanked us a lot and spoke with us for about 10 minutes after the show. He reminded us that some of the men are there of nothing that is there own fault. For example, due to the economy and not being able to find a job. The thing that stood out the most to me is when he said if Jesus were walking planet earth right now, that is where you would find Him. He said Jesus would be everywhere, he would be in West Omaha too. But one place He would be the most would be there in the shelters. He mentioned how these people have nothing - and so many more people there are open to hearing the Truth. Unlike people who have "everything" they need.

So, we left with a little over $4 in change that day. This is not a lot of money, but it felt like we were leaving with a treasure chest overflowing with valuable riches.

"If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord - and He will repay you!" Proverbs 19:17

Here is the change that the homeless people gave us.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

An Amazing Night With David and Jesus

Last night, while sitting on our green comfy sofa, I had this awesome memory of a super special night that happened over 4 years ago. I found an old journal entry and pictures to remember the date and details...

On January 14, 2007, David and I were sitting on his green comfy sofa. We were not married at this time, although we knew God brought us together to be husband and wife and for His plans and purposes. On this evening several years ago, I felt like God was mad at me about my sin. I told David, "I wish God was with us right now in human form to talk to us." I knew God's Spirit was there but I wanted to see His face. The expression on His face especially. A little while later, I looked up at the wall there was Jesus's face (a shadow). He looked loving and kind. He didn't look angry. This shadow of His face made 2 eyes, eyebrows, nose moustache, beard, the outline of His face with cheekbones. It looked like there were clouds behind Him to His right.

The above picture is the shadow we saw. The below pics are a zoom in of the shadow.

David and I prayed and asked God to speak to us. We sat in silence for about 5 minutes to hear what God would say to us. Afterwards we started talking. David asked if I thought God was mad at me. I slowly started to cry. David began telling me how much God loves me and that I am precious to Him. I began to really cry, so much that I was sobbing. We hugged and both cried. It really meant a lot to him that I opened up and expressed my feelings. That night was super special.

The face was on the wall for at least a year after that. We would sometimes show people when they would come over and it was dark. The face only appeared when the sun was down, the living room light was off and the dining room light was on. The dining room light shone through the neon Coors beer sign and artificial plant on top of the armoire. At some point the plant or something must have got moved a little. So, this shadow is no longer on our wall. But the memory of the moment is clear.

God, Your love is amazing! I love the ways you love! Thank you for reminding me of this intimate time with You and David! Thank you for bringing us together and using our lives for Your Glory!