I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. Joel 2:28
“I see you speaking to groups. They will believe because of what you have been through. I see you speaking and writing. You will be like Jonah, you will have a word for many people.”
Susan Keefover – February, 1997
In the 90’s we began attending a small country church. It was a little different from the traditional main-stream denominational church I had grown up in. By that I mean they called themselves a “full-gospel” church. They took the New Testament at face value.
Nor was this little church like the church I had visited the weekend I stayed with my high school friend. Nothing weird. No one speaking a foreign language. No one hopping up and down dancing at the front of the church. This church seemed very normal.
I fell in love with what was different at this church. Once a lady was diagnosed with cancer, she came, they laid hands on her, the pastor put a smidgin of oil on her forehead and they prayed. It wasn’t a long drawn out prayer, just heartfelt… saying what The Bible says about healing and she went back to her seat. A few weeks later she came back healed.
I look back on this season of my life with fond memories. It was a time of growth in my faith and my relationship with God. It was also a time of refocusing of what I believed. I learned to read the Bible with fresh eyes based on what it said, not how I was raised.
It was while we were attending this small country church that a lady preacher came to preach a revival. That night, Janet Keefover called me down front at the end of her message and said those few words over me. (Nothing like that had ever happen in my old church.) I wasn’t the only one. She ‘prophesied’ over seven or eight others that cold night back in the winter of 1997.
At that time I hadn’t much faith to believe what she said about me. Speaking and writing? Really? Me? I was just a stay home mom. I certainly didn’t have time to speak and write. In the natural, none of what she said looked probable. But…
A wise friend had written down what Janet said to me that night. She said for me to save it. “If it comes to pass it was from God.” I wrote it in the back of my Bible, on those few pages after the maps.
Since 1997 I have had a few others give me a word of prophecy. I listed them there beside the first one and held them all close to my heart. To date, every prophecy written there has come to pass. But still I read them… as a reminder that God has a purpose for my life.
I have friends who go to great lengths to go to services where a prophet will be preaching, in hopes of “getting a word from The Lord”. I don’t do that much, mainly because I believe God speak’s to me too and if He wants to tell me something special He will lay it on the heart of the lady behind me in line at the grocery store or some other place. And occasionally someone will come up to me and tell me things that only God would know. I thank them, write it down and save it.
There have also been a few times when I have heard God say things to me that I feel He wants me to say to someone else. I’m not really sure how to explain it except to say that I just know. At first, I would try to argue with God, “I can’t tell her that, Lord!” The part that makes it easier is that I do know it’s not from me. I’ve learned to simply trust Him when I hear His voice prompting me. Obedience is better than sacrifice.
This February it will have been twenty years since that cold February night when I stood in front of the lady preacher. You see, God knows the beginning from the end. He knew that one day I would be speaking and writing.
She was right because He was right.
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Cindy Willingham is a landscape designer, small group leader, avid encourager, and sinner saved by grace who is eight years new to Birmingham, Alabama. Her sweet husband of 37 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill her life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. ~ To read Cindy’s BoP Bio click here.