Tanya’s Testimony of Healing Today

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A couple of weeks ago I read a story of a friend, Tanya Whitfield’s, healing. I asked permission if I could share it on here as I truly believe this is a story that will encourage many, many people. She graciously agreed, saying this wasn’t her story, but God’s.

BACKGROUND
About 20 years ago, I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis in my hands. This was managed successfully with medication & to be honest, I didn’t understand what having Psoriatic Arthritis meant.

Nearly 6 years ago, I had what has since been explained as swine flu. It was awful & I was very poorly. What I hadn’t realised straight away was that in the space of 2 weeks, the Psoriatic Arthritis had spread throughout my body & other conditions that had lay dormant, suddenly had a chance to spread & take hold of me whilst my immune system was almost non existent due to the swine flu. Continue reading

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Testimony Tuesday: The Prayer Sofa

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Today I am sharing a testimony about the awesome power of prayer from my blogging friend: Beckie Lindsey.

Do you believe in the power of prayer? The “Prayer Couch” at the Desert Chapel Thrift Store in Hesperia, CA, could quite possibly make you a believer.

Owners, Andy and Mary Crothers-Anderson have witnessed firsthand God’s miracles through the power of prayer.

I read about the unexplained miracle making power of a certain prayer couch in my local newspaper. I was privileged to meet with the couple and hear their account of the steady stream of miracles that have occurred since they opened in January 2015.

“The first time I realized the couch was special and blessed was after my husband prayed for a very distraught woman on it and afterwards, it was as if she had gained a new lease on life,” said Mary, an ordained minister.

Andy says a few days after the first miracle on the Prayer Couch, another woman sat on it and was prayed for regarding her relationship with her estranged daughter. It had been four years since the woman had spoken to her daughter. Andy says she was heartbroken.

“We were in awe when the next day the woman came in to tell us that at 2:45 p.m. the previous day, at the exact time of our prayer, her daughter finally called and left a message saying she wanted to reconcile.”

On the Monday after the article appeared in the paper, Andy said a panic-stricken woman came in the store saying she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She had lumps in both breasts and was scheduled to have a double mastectomy within a few days. They lead her to the couch and covered her in prayer. She came in several days later to report she didn’t have to get the surgery because the doctors said the cancer was GONE!

Delphina Gutierrez, a volunteer at the thrift store, says since she has been working there, not only has she witnessed the miracles, but her twelve-year-old daughter, Ruby has been a recipient when a growth in her foot was healed.

Gutierrez tells of an account of a married couple who came in for prayer. “They’d fallen on hard times. Neither were working and they had financial problems. After the prayer on the couch, the couple came in four days later to report that when they got home, those who owed them money, paid them back, a neighbor bought their used car for $1,800 and the husband got a job!”

Andy recounts another woman who came in shortly after the article ran in the paper. “She came in with her 12-year-old daughter from Compton. Her son is incarcerated at a local detention center. He saw the article and told his mother to come in and sit on the couch for prayer. After praying, she said, ‘you have no idea what this means to me.’”

Andy and Mary say that to date there have been 835 prayers and 18 Pastors have come and blessed the couch.

Mary laughs saying, “God has a sense of humor. I told him I don’t do thrift stores when Andy had the idea of opening.”

“Apparently God not only has a sense of humor but also enjoys a bit of irony,”  I said to Mary. “I say this because it’s interesting to me that He would use a thrift store with used, old, and discarded things to perform miracles. Isn’t it just like God, to use the weakness of man to display His power!”

Of course Mary laughed and agreed.

Yes, God is at work at the Desert Chapel Thrift store, for those who were once downtrodden, weak, homeless, jobless, penniless and hopeless, have encountered how PERSONAL and yet powerful the Living God truly is.

Dear readers, it is not only my belief, but I have witnessed myself that God is still in the business of miracles. He longs to show Himself to His people.

We are in what the Bible refers to as ‘the last days’. As we get closer to the second coming of Christ, we will see more and more miracles such as these.

“In ‘the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy. I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below—blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:17-21 NLT

Jesus tells us in Matthew 24: 36, that no one, but the Father knows the day or the hour when Jesus will return, but He does say there will be signs.

Jesus said in Luke 21:29-30 NLT, “Notice the fig tree, or any other tree. When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near.

And in Matthew 24:28 NLT, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.”

God is a loving God. He doesn’t want anyone to perish. He is pursuing those who are lost to come to Him through his son, Jesus Christ and be saved. (2 Peter 3:9)

He will use the most seemingly unlikely sources to do so, even including using a broken-down, old sofa!

God is still in the business of saving souls and business is good!

Meet Beckie: In addition to being a wife and mom, Beckie is a Christian writer and blogger with a passion to encourage others to fall in love with the Word of God. She’s written children’s magazine stories and articles, as well as devotions and studies. She’s currently writing a young adult novel and two children’s picture books. Connect with Beckie on her blog, Spotlight at beckielindsey16.com,  where she regularly puts the spotlight on God’s Word. She’s also on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

(Late!) Testimony Tuesday: Bethan’s Story – What Childbirth Taught me about the Cross

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This weeks (late!) testimony Tuesday is from my oldest friend Bethan. (No, I don’t mean old in years, I am actually older than her, but rather in the length of time we have been friends.). She recently decided to start a blog, a mummy’s musings, so I thought I would ask her to share a testimony here.

Please don’t think from the title of this post that I was in any way reflective or engaged in ‘spiritual devotions’ during childbirth! Far from it!! But there is one thought from my labour with Josiah that I still remember very clearly, despite having managed to forget most of the rest of the ordeal.

Josiah’s birth wasn’t completely straight forward – because he had to be induced, right from the beginning his heart rate was constantly dropping and setting off the alarms. Once I hit established labour everything moved very quickly: they started prepping for surgery but there wasn’t time, so we had a room full of people – midwives, doctors, paediatric doctors and I think possibly the odd person off the street. I can’t really remember, but it was pretty busy and slightly crazy. Thankfully Josiah was fine once he was born and didn’t need the paediatric doctors, so everyone left and it calmed down a bit.

But in all this stress, and even though I knew my baby desperately needed to be born NOW there was a moment where the selfish me thought, ‘If I could stop this, right now, I would. This is beyond what I can bear. If I had any control over this situation I would just end this.’ And as soon as I thought that, with total clarity I realised something very important about Jesus.

Jesus could stop his pain. He was in total control of the situation. There was nothing I could do about my pain – he could do everything about his. The only reason I carried on was because I had no choice. Jesus had total choice – and he completely chose our salvation over his pain. My love as a mother was not enough to overcome my sinful selfishness in wishing the whole thing would just stop. But Jesus’ love was so great that he endured it all, all the while knowing he could have made it just stop.

Thankfully there’s not a lot else I remember about that labour (gas and air is a beautiful thing), but I do remember realising in a very new and real way something about the love of Jesus. A love that was so beyond anything I can comprehend that he would willingly go through a pain far worse than labour with no gas and air, and all the while knowing that he could have ended the whole ordeal. He loved us with a love that was completely selfless. While as a mother with a baby who needed so badly to be born I could still find the selfishness to put my needs first, the selfless love of Jesus put us and our salvation first.

I hope you enjoyed reading this testimony, sorry it is a bit late, I was busy enjoying the sunshine in Cornwall, but didn’t want to wait until next week to share this with you!

If you would like to share a testimony on Cherry Drop Princess please get in contact, I love sharing all kinds of stories, you never know who may need to hear your story!

If you have time, why not check out Bethan’s blog, a mummy’s musings.

Testimony Tuesday: Credit Cards!

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This weeks Testimony is very special to me – It comes from my lovely mum. I hope you are encouraged by this story.

In 1994 Myself and my Husband felt really grown up as we applied for, and received, our first ever credit card. It was a precaution, to be used in emergencies only, as we were travelling to Canada to visit relatives. Well, we survived the trip and paid off the card the next month. All good!

Skip forward 10 years and we still had our emergency credit card, only now it was being used for day to day living. We were still paying it off every month, but somehow over the years it’s use had gone from occasional use to a necessity. We were living a month ahead of ourselves. We weren’t overly worried by this, though, as we were able to clear the balance each month.

Then one weekend we were challenged by a visiting speaker about tithing and living debt free, we talked about it and decided that we should be aiming to do this. Now, we had tithed the whole of our married life, but we knew we had this problem with being ahead of ourselves financially. We worked out that by cutting back a little each month, we should be able to wean ourselves off of the credit card in 12 months.

God had a better idea!

Two days after committing ourselves to this plan, we received a surprise cheque from my in-laws. They had had an insurance pay out, or something like that, and had decided to share it with their children. We had enough, after tithing, to pay our credit card that month, leaving our pay free for us to use for that months expenses.

We were able to cut up our credit card within a week of being challenged by that speaker. How great is our God.

As Malachi 3 v 10 says

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!

We tested and God hasn’t ever let us down.

What a great story about trusting in God.

If you have a story you would like to share, please, please get in contact. You never know who needs to hear what you have to say.

Testimony Tuesday: Four Things I Never Thought I Would Do

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As a kid I hated teenagers. I thought they were smelly and scary and I never wanted to be one. As a teenager I didn’t much like teenagers either.

I never thought God would want me to would want me to work with teenagers.

God had other ideas, I had a great time leading some awesome teenagers for a couple of years.

I was always the kind of child who was scared to even put my hand up in class.

I never thought God would want me talk in front of people.

But God had other ideas, He led me to talk about him in front of large groups of people.

I grew up in an Anglican church, I heard some people say bad things about my dad. I saw the nasty side of church life.

I never thought God would want me to work in an Anglican church.

But God had other ideas, I worked in an Anglican church for three years.

I always thought that blogs were for people who thought way too much of themselves. Who cares what goes on in other people’s lives.

I never thought that God would want me to write a blog.

But God had other ideas, I started this blog a couple of months ago, and am surprised at how much it blessed me, and at the positive comments I have received.

I am amazed about the ways that God has continuously pushed me out of my comfort zone. I can’t wait to see where else he will lead me.

How had God pushed you out of your comfort zone?

Testimony Tuesday: Danielle’s Story – Master of All

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I’m so excited to share this testimony with you. I felt God speaking to me as I read it. It comes from the lovely creator of the blog Shining the Light in the Third Grade, which I really enjoy reading.

I have many stories I could share, but I think this one is the one God wants me to share:

I had been married for almost 6 months the day my husband came home early from work. I was concerned with why he was home. I’ll never forget how he sat me down on the couch and gently told me that he was laid off. It was June of 2011 and my life felt like it had been turned upside down in that one instant.

I had graduated college the previous December with a teaching degree and had been hunting for a job for months. If you’re a teacher or related to a teacher you know how difficult it can be to find a job in the middle of a school year. I knew that summer was when I would have the best chance to find a job. We lived comfortably on my husband’s salary (even though it was tiny), but without it life would present many challenges very quickly. So losing his job was losing our only income.

God instantly provided me with a full time nannying job to help provide for our monthly needs, but that $250 a week wouldn’t go far. My husband was not worried or stressed about losing his job. He was actually relieved. He was unhappy at work and knew he didn’t want to work there forever. He had been wanting to become more involved in our church’s youth group and had been praying about a mission trip opportunity for that summer also. His boss had told him no when he requested off for the mission trip, but Kyle still felt strongly that he was supposed to go.

When Kyle lost his job he immediately signed up to chaperon the youth trip to camp that summer. He signed up for the mission trip to St. Vincent (not knowing where the money would come from to pay for the trip). We also began talking about him going back to college to become a youth pastor.

All I could see was a lack of money and me without a job. God could see so much more though.

In short, God sent someone to pay for Kyle’s entire mission trip. God sent me a job at a local elementary school that I had been praying about. God provided a way for Kyle to go back to college at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Leavell College. God moved mountains in our lives that summer.

Now I see that God’s hand was all over the summer of 2011. God planned for Kyle to go to St. Vincent on a mission trip. He planned for him to go with the youth to summer camp. God planned for me to get a job. God planned for Kyle to go back to school and become a youth pastor. God planned for us to spend none of our very tiny savings. God was so good.

God continues to provide in our lives when we have no idea of where the provisions will come from. He is the master of it all!

Yes he truly is!

I really enjoyed reading this testimony, if you did too why not check out Danielle’s blog Shining the Light in The Third Grade, which I am sure you will enjoy just as much! (I love some of her crafty ideas.)

If you have a testimony you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me. You never know who you might encourage.

Testimony Tuesday: Nikki’s Story

IMG_0063Today I am sharing a short testimony from a lady I knew while I lived in Liverpool, her name is Nikki.

“I have relapse remit multiple sclerosis. Each day is a challenge but, with God in my life I leave everything in his hands. Most days are good but, from time to time I have days when even opening my eye’s can be hard. But living in scripture and prayer help. I strongly believe that God will heal me in this life or the next. So pray with me and ask for God to be in your life” xx

As you can see Nikki is a great woman of faith, she is also an excellent hairdresser. She styled my wedding hair, you can see it in my profile picture on here.

If you have a story you would like to share, please get in contact. You never know who you might encourage!