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For once it felt good to blend in with the crowd. I didn’t have any ministry responsibilities. No obligations. No one except my family knew who I was. No one would be making demands of my time. No one knew I was a pastor or a ministry leader. I was just another visitor enjoying a Sunday morning worship service as a guest, and it felt good.
As worship ended, I turned around to pick my phone and the bulletin off the seats, so I could sit down. As I did, three young people sitting in the row behind me caught my attention. I smiled at them and one of the young women acknowledge me and smiled back. I settled in my chair and waited for the service to transition. It was a rather large church and as they were passing the offering baskets I started to look at my phone. Then I had this word pop into my head: “Nepal” Huh, I thought this is weird, why in the world is “Nepal” popping into my mind at a time like this? I could have just shrugged it off as the strangest, most random thought ever, or I could step out in faith and ask God if He is trying to tell me something. By now I know when God is nudging and honestly this in not a thought I would have on my own, so it must be God trying to get my attention.
1 Samuel 3 tells the story of when young Samuel hears a voice that sounds familiar to him and three times he runs to the priest. Three times the priest sends Him away not understanding that God is calling out to Samuel. God is waiting for Samuel to respond in faith and acknowledge Him. When Samuel does respond to God, God delivers a message directly to Samuel.
Have you ever had a thought that you knew didn’t or couldn’t come from you? I call those God thoughts. They are times when God bumps up against our lives, so He can give us something encouraging for others. This is exactly what happened this day.
Truthfully, I knew Nepal was a country, but I had no idea where it was actually located. I grabbed my phone and searched to discover its location and then asked “So, what am I supposed to do with this information?” I felt prompted that it was for one of the young people sitting behind me, but that was all. There was nothing else, no other words, or information, just the inkling that I was supposed to ask one of them if Nepal meant something to them.
I waited until service was over and I turned around and ask the group to wait a minute. I looked at the three twenty-something adults, a very tall young man, a beautiful African American woman, and blonde haired blue eyed woman. I wasn’t sure who it was for, so I said, “this may sound strange but after worship I felt like the Lord nudged my heart and wanted me to share an encouraging word with you. The only thing I know is that Nepal means something special to one of you. In fact something about it weighs heavy on your heart.” I went on to explain that I didn’t know much about Nepal, and I confessed to researching it on my phone during offering. I was shocked when the blonde-haired woman looked at me with wide eyes and said, “it’s me. I have a friend in Nepal and I pray for her every day. She has been heavy on my heart this past week.” As we spoke, the Lord gave me some other words of prophetic encouragement to share with her and also the other two young people with her. She left church that day with joy in her heart and her burden for her friend a little lighter than when she entered. The other two also received encouragement, but their stories are for another day and another blog post.
This is why I wrote the book, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement.
There are many people around us that have heavy hearts and God wants us to be available to step out in faith and speak words of life, comfort and encouragement to others.
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About The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others
“The gift of prophetic encouragement is a necessary gift, one that the Church is in great need of during these last days.”—from the foreword by Wayne Cordeiro, president, New Hope Christian College; author, The Divine Mentor
The book clears away the confusion about the prophetic gift today, pastor and ministry leader Debbie Kitterman reveals the good news about the gift of prophecy in this practical, powerful book: We are all prophetic because we all have direct access to God. Prophecy is an ordinary part of the Christian life. In fact, it is God’s way for us to encourage and strengthen the Body of Christ.
So, open your ears to hear God and break out of your comfort zone to deliver His messages to those who need them most. Act now—His words can’t wait!
Prophetic Encouragement is Full of powerful testimonies and practical application, this book will help you break out of your comfort zone and embrace a lifestyle of encouraging others–just as Jesus did. You will learn how to deepen your relationship with God, open a direct line of communication with him, and share his words with others.
The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement 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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This last week we had two posts that stood out above the rest and tied for the most clicked post. If you haven’t had a chance to read either one, please take a minute and do so. They are both very good with timely messages for today.
The first is: For the Weary and Wounded, There is Always Room in the House Called Mercy by Lisa Murray. Lisa’s post is a powerful moving story of when Mercy calls our name and things are never the same. She says, “When Mercy calls, it will change your life and change your name.”
The second is: PSALM 18 – THE LORD CAME DOWN IN A STORM by Katrina Hamel. Katrina can weave a story with her words and draw you in. She puts us in the sandals of David as she retells this Psalm, but then takes it a step further and asks us all some deep questions.
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Blessings to you, Debbie, as you do life and promote your book, and persevere in the ministry of encouragement!
Thank you so much Michele. I am looking forward to reading your review when you have the opportunity to read and share about it. 🙂
What an amazing story! Debbie, you ARE a natural-born encourager.
Thank you Laurie. I really appreciate your words. I really do think I am a natural-born, I thrive on encouraging others.
I’m reading your book now, and enjoying it so much!
YAY!! I am so excited to hear this! I am blessed you are fitting my book into your busy schedule. Thank you Kelly 🙂
I would have to look up Nepal too. 🙂 That’s awesome that you received the word and then passed it along to the right person. God is so good.
Oh Lisa, thank you for that. I felt silly having to look it up, but that’s also how I knew it was God. hahaha… and Yes, God is good for sure
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thanks Lauren. I am excited for the summit and it is an honor to be on the summit too. 🙂
Debbie, Thanks for sharing how the Lord has been using you to encourage others.
I call those moments “urge to push” moments. When I know that it is the Lord that is leading me to do or say something and I can’t resist it. 🙂
Karen, you are most welcome 🙂 I like how you call them – “urge to push” – God gently standing behind us urging us with a little push we can’t resist. 🙂
So very true. Thanks for sharing this. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.
You are welcome Patrick. Have a great weekend yourself. 🙂
It’s great when God does that & we are obedient!
Oh yes, it is, Jennifer. God is amazing 🙂
Thank you. Sharing like this makes me inspired and brave to go through the day.
You are welcome MarEliz – I pray you are inspired and brae to take on whatever comes your way, not just today, but always. 🙂 Blessings
What a beautiful story! The Lord knows exactly what others need and hearts can be deeply touched when we are sensitive to the Spirit’s promptings. May the Lord bless you as He touches lives through you encouraging the hearts of many!
Thank you so much Cheryl! Yes, the Lord knows exactly what He’s doing and what He longs for us to do, doesn’t He? Again thank you for your blessing and for stopping by 🙂
Thank you for letting us know about this upcoming summit!
You are most welcome Elizabeth 🙂
I love all of the real-life stories you continue to share on your blog and in our book. I was so blessed by how you spur us on in your book. You encourage the reader into knowing they are equipped and called to #BeTheGift for God and others. Thank you friend!
Thank you, Mary. You’re encouragement and support of me through this process has been a wonderful blessing, so thank you!