It was mid-December, snow was falling outside, which doesn’t happen as often as I would like where I live, so this made my heart happy. This happiness at the weather however, was fighting for ground in my thoughts and heart with anxiety and fear. Today was the day my ministry friend wanted to tag along and film me for a documentary idea he had.
Truthfully, I don’t like being on camera, or in front of the camera. I don’t feel like I am very photogenic and well, you know the whole adage that the camera adds 10 pounds? Yeah, I already had enough pounds, I didn’t need any help with more from a camera!
I wish I could say that I jumped out of bed ready to take on the day, but it was more like my feet dropped to the floor begrudgingly. While I got ready, I prayed asking God to prepare me and my heart for any “God-appointments” He had for me that day. I asked for courage to step out and let Jesus shine through me and for fear to not hold me back. I then asked Him if there was someone or something specific I should be “looking” for that day. As I was brushing my teeth , I had the thought and flash of an image of a lady in a pink fluffy coat. I spit out my toothpaste and laughed, “Yeah, right, who is going to wear pastel pink anything in the dead of winter in the Pacific Northwest. Especially when it is snowing!”
Later that day my friend and I headed to the store, with his trusty camera in tow. As we were making our way to the store entrance, I glanced up and saw an older lady slowly pushing a walker. I stopped took a step back and looked at my friend. She was wearing a light pink fluffy coat. There was no mistaking that God had bumped up against my thoughts that morning, and He was preparing me to encounter this woman.
God works in mysterious ways, and I try not to dictate to Him, how and when He might ask me to do something. I trust Him to lead the way and I’ve learned to discern His voice when He is speaking to me.
My sheep respond as they hear My voice; I know them intimately, and they follow Me. John 10:27 The Voice
The minute I saw the older woman, I knew I was supposed to approach her for prayer. As I did, I simply introduced myself and asked if I could have a moment of her time. She stopped walking and looked at me with a puzzled look. Before she could respond, her care giver gave me a sharp look and barked out a “No!” reply. I was taken back by the sharp tone of the care giver and addressed the woman wearing pink. I said, “Oh, I am sorry, I don’t mean to bother you, I just wondered if I might be able to pray for you.”
What happened next left me speechless and in momentary shock.
The older woman turned around and addressed her care giver “Yes, we have time. I am going to talk to her! I had a dream about her last night,” she said.
I looked over at my camera man friend and he was just as surprised as I was. Having read stories of God doing the same thing in Scripture, I knew it could be possible for Him to give someone a dream, I just never expected it to happen to me. Once I helped the women into the front seat of the car, the care giver began to unload the cart into the trunk. I explained to the women, why we were filming, and she gave permission to be recorded. I went on to explain while praying earlier that day, that God had prepared me that I might come across a woman wearing a pink coat who would need prayer.
She stopped me and said, “I don’t need you to explain, I had a dream about you last night, and you were praying for me. I know I am supposed to let you pray for me. I don’t know much about God or how this all works, I just know that you were in my dream, and I am supposed to talk to you.”
I knelt down on the cold pavement, so I could look her in the eye, and asked how I could pray for her. I fully expected her to tell me about her health conditions. Instead, she said, “I don’t want you to pray for me. I want you to pray for my kids and grandkids.” Her heart was heavy and hurting for the situation they were in especially since she was unable to help them. I was moved with compassion and began to pray for them and their situation. However, I told her I was also going to pray for her and her healing.
As I was about to leave, she reached out to grab my hand and said, “I know God sent you to me today. I have never dreamed about someone and had them just show up in my life the next day.”
I looked at her, laughed and responded, “To my knowledge, I’ve never had anyone dream about me like you did. I guess this is a first for both of us.”
My camera man and I walked away knowing this lady had been blessed and received encouragement. Not only did she receive prayer for her health needs, but she received prayer for her family and the things that weighed heavy on her heart. She also went away with a knowledge that God was real and He knew who she was and exactly what she was going through, even if she didn’t know much about Him.
God wants all His children to know, He is real, and He speaks today. He is asking us all to embrace living a lifestyle of encouragement and extend His heart to people in need.
This is why I wrote the book, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others. Jesus modeled exactly what it means to operate in the gift of prophetic encouragement. As Christ followers, He is calling us to do the same. It may be the cashier at the grocery store, the barista at our favorite coffee stand, or a lady who wearing a pink coat in the dead of winter.
While there are other books about the spiritual gift of prophecy, mine is completely unique in challenging believers to be the gift of encouragement others need today. This book is written to give an interactive experience. Here are the book’s features:
- Teaching on the gift of prophetic encouragement
- Activation Prayers and Activation Exercises to take you deeper.
- Testimonies that will build your faith and increase your boldness.
- A profound foreword by Wayne Corderio
- Chapter questions for personal study or discussion
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