Hold On � Jesus Hears You and Shall Answer!!
by Alissa Lynne Griffith
(Pittsburgh, PA )
Hold On. . .
Praise the Lord for He is mighty � He is the great I am. I am thankful to know Him and so blessed to be before you yet again.
Ephesians 3:19-21 (KJV) - And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
It is mighty to know Jesus � it is the best thing ever to know Him, yet waiting on Him can really try our patience. I personally believe that the Lord does this very thing so that we do learn patience and to trust Him all the more.
Yet I have to share with you my testimony of what the Lord is doing and may this help you to understand what I need to share today and may this bless you as it has blessed me.
We all have dreams and desires that we would like to see come ot pass, it is no real secret that mine is to help people, but what might come as a little surprise is that I have always wanted to have a home for children.
When I was in my 20s I wanted to put together a group home and did all kind of research on what was needed, but at that time I was young and so many other things was creeping in my life that I just slowed down.
As many of you know, I have been trying to figure out a way to help the children in my neighborhood as many of them are suffering from all kinds of things, yet there is so much to do and no funds to do it, although I do not worry about the funds as much as I do about the things I need to do so that those that need help can receive the help. I have been praying and seeking God all the time on this.
I had only told my husband about the dreams of owning a home for children and to offer a place of peace, love, understanding and most importantly Jesus. I know enough counselors to help me in this endeavor, but I have to get things together. I have also been recently wondering why I am home, why do I have to be at home, I feel as if I am not doing anything.
My husband who is my personal minister/pastor/husband and encourager told me that God gave him peace about me being home, and that it was a time of preparation.
I did not want to hear that, preparation for what, time at home for what? Sure my son has improved with his behavior like there is no tomorrow, sure my hubby is happier, but Lord I feel like I am missing something here.
Have you ever felt like you were missing something? Have you ever felt like you were in a standstill and cannot make a move because you are not sure what to do? This is where I was. I was walking in the path that I am told but not truly understanding feeling like it was just a dream that will never come true.
Today the Lord blessed me to be in church when I really did not want to go. I did not want to go at all, I wanted to stay home in bed, but was called on to fill in with ushering on a day I normally do not usher, so I went to church, both services. As I started to listen to the singing, the words were soothing and the praise went forth. It was a strong word about it being our payday�my first thought was another payday message�but I was wrong.
It was a reminder that we have to live as God has called us to live so that we have that �payday� that His word is always speaking about, to receive abundance, we have to give in abundance, in our time, our money, and our praise. The praise was going forth and I could tell my pastor was going to begin prophesying to people.
I was praising God as she gave words to people that I knew the situation of their lives, as she spoke life into them, their praise went forth! I saw her look to my side of the room a few times but being around a bunch of people she could have been looking at anyone, but the Lord said to me that today she had a word for me specifically for me. I have been attending this church for a year and have heard my pastor speak words over others, and went in the prayer line a few times too. Yet I am used to God speaking to me personally, so I never really look for a word from Him at church and my own thoughts have always been that if He sent me a word, He was going to have to call me out of the crowds�so He did.
She spoke on the house that I wanted telling me what my heart�s desire is by letting me know that it is to come to pass�it was all I needed to hear as I was already praising Him as she spoke�
Between services, I could hear the Lord speaking to me telling me that it was coming, all that she spoke is coming and it is coming soon. It is my desire, but I had to remind myself that to receive that desire I must remain faithful, faithful in my praise and obedience to the Lord and all that He has for me to say and do. It has been shown unto me that things will change, that things will become as He said, but I must have the patience to enduring the wait, I must have the understanding that He will lead and I must follow.