Presence

Out To Lunch

Tell us what happened?:

Yesterday after Church, we went out for Lunch with some other people from The Stirring. We were having a really great time, just catching up and connecting. As we were paying for our meals, I began feeling a light sensation in my elbow joint. I guessed it was a word of knowledge for our Server, so I took a moment think over how I was going to start the conversation. I didn't want her thinking I was 'Out to Lunch' in more ways than one... As she was about to leave I introduced myself and what I wanted to ask, before cracking a small joke to lighten the mood. Then I popped the question "Does either yourself or someone in your family have a problem with their elbow, or the joints in the body in general, like a constant uncomfortable ache or arthritis of some kind in a very specific spot?"

She replied... "Not me, but my Dad has **** which causes a fair amount of discomfort every day in his wrists"

After sharing why I was asking, and adding a little more fun at my own expense, it opened the door for me to pray for her Dad. We said a really short prayer and then she said... "Wow that would be amazing if when I get home he no longer has that condition!". She was really excited and intrigued. Our group stayed a little longer to have some coffee and keep talking, but as we were leaving she noticed and made a special effort to say goodbye.

Taking risks to extend the Kingdom is great fun, but intimidating, and it has to come from a place of rest and not performance. I have noticed that when I step out from a place of rest and fun, everything just goes better! The Father wants to talk to the people around us more than we do, and He wants to use you as the ice breaker."

Treasure Hunts

Tell us what happened:

Recently a group of us went out on a Treasure Hunt. Whilst pulling into a parking lot to start, we noticed a group of young people sitting outside of a School, listening to loud music. My friend and I noticed them and talked about maybe going to visit first, after parking. As we were gathering together as a group, they began playing my friends favourite song on their loud speakers (the person I drove with and was just talking about). It seemed like a Holy Spirit moment, as if He was getting our attention and drawing us in that direction.

While another group was on their way back from speaking to another Treasure, we decided we would go over to the group by the school. When we got there, we began a conversation about their Halloween costumes and the amount of good candy they had picked up. After building some rapport, we asked for their help, as we were on a 'Halloween treasure hunt'. After exhausting our maps with the clues, only one stood out, "sports injury". We asked her if it was in pain right then, and apparently it didn't give her problems until she played sports.

We asked if they wanted to try something out really fast, and they were intrigued enough to say yes. We prompted one of them to put her hand on her friend's injured knee and to repeat after me, "knee i command you to behave in the name of Jesus Christ". She did, and we asked her to tell us what was happening, whether she felt, or sensed anything happening. She said that her knee got really hot. I explained to her that God's healing presence often feels as heat or tingling, He was dropping in to say hello, because of how much He loved her and wanted to heal her knee. After explaining what was happening, we asked her to speak it over her again. As soon as she did, her knee began to get hot again! Afterwards, she began to really open up, enough to let us pray for her future calling (she wants to be a Doctor). We declared that God would provide all that she needed including the finances to make it happen. This future doctor, just met the great physician!

Praise God!