Friday, August 25, 2006

Sitting in a suite!

Two posts in the same day means one thing. MY KIDS ARE WITH GRANDPARENTS!!!! I felt like I needed to post something again. I can't even begin to explain how amazing God is. Seriously, He does supernatural things in my life all the time. When He shows up, I KNOW it's Him. I know when He is answering a prayer or blessing me with something exciting! Today has been another day when He has done just that.

About two months ago I started getting the urge to go to Women of Faith. I have never been but I have always listened to it live on a local radio station in Dallas. The only person I knew going to the conference this year was my friend Courtney who lives in Indiana and of course she attended the conference in Indiana last weekend. But two months ago I decided to ask God to make a way for me to go. My prayer was something like this. "Lord, I really would like to go to Women of Faith this year. Please put us at a church that has a group of women going or orchestrate something that would make a clear path for me to go. We don't really have the extra money right now for me to buy a ticket so please make a way." Yep, I was specific and I just plain and simple ask God to send me to Women of Faith this year.

This past week has been a bit of a beating for me. There have been moments of discouragement, confusion and me just being tired and worn out. I completely forgot that Women of Faith was in Dallas this weekend. It never crossed my mind. If I would have thought about it, I would have been disappointed to not be going. Every night this week I was supposed to be working on stuff for a garage sale at my house this weekend. But every single afternoon when my husband got home I told him that I just couldn't get it together. I kept suggesting we do our garage sale next weekend. He told me not to worry about pricing things yet, we would do it Friday night together (tonight) since the kids would be at his mom's. So we continued to plan for tomorrow. Despite the 100 degree weather, I was game for a garage sale. Last night while I was sitting in my bathtub reading my Bible, I had a sweet moment with the Lord. I love that I can talk to Him all anytime I want, I love that Jesus really is my friend. It's so incredible to think that I AM A FRIEND OF GOD! (Which is one of my favorite songs to sing!) But as I cried out to Him while trying to relax in the tub, I ask him once again for something very specific. "Lord, I am tired. I need a break. I need some encouragement, I need to be refreshed!"

I figured that my prayer would be answered by me having some alone time today while the kids spent the night with grandparents. That always revives me! But God had something different in mind. Right before the kids left, the phone rang. It was a number I did not recognize but I answered. It was my next door neighbor that I had at my old house. (We moved over a year ago from that house) That is a neat story in itself! She is one of the first women that I had the privilege of discipling. God did some amazing things in her life and we spent many hours praying together. Anyway I have not spoken with her in almost a year! I was surprised by her call but excited too. And then, this happened! "I have just been given two VIP tickets, plus a parking pass for Women of Faith this weekend. Not only are they VIP tickets, the seats are in the Mary Kay Suite. We would be in a suite with free food, free drinks and you would not have to pay a dime. As soon as I was given these tickets, I knew I wanted you to be the first one I asked to go. So can you go?"

Garage sale tomorrow? NO! I am going to WOMEN OF FAITH!!!!!!!!!!! You see God never does things half way either! Not only am I going, but I am sitting in a suite! My friend works at the corporate office for Mary Kay and today the Lord gave her favor because she got two tickets at the last minute. Then the Lord gave me favor because I have not talked to my friend in almost a year. She had no idea I had prayed that prayer, she had no idea that I even wanted to go but the Lord put ME on her heart! My kids are with grandparents, my husband is relieved that there is no garage sale tomorrow and I am BLESSED beyond measure! So Jeremy is going to take the boat out and go fishing, which will totally recharge him and I am going to Women of Faith and I am pretty sure I will feel refreshed when I come back home! GOD IS GOOD! GOD IS SO GOOD! He has made me giggle today. Thank you Lord!

I think now I will begin praying for Thanksgiving Day Dallas Cowboy Tickets (another dream of mine!). Just kidding! But seriously, never doubt my friend. He cares about every detail of your life and he LOVES to bless you! And you never know, you just might be sitting in a suite!

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

How AWESOME!!! You deserve it!

Have fun, get refreshed, and can't wait to hear about it!!

Nancy

Minnie said...

I'm giggling right here with you!!! That is AWESOME news!!!! I'm so JEALOUS!

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

So glad you get to go! You will have so much fun! I might go to the one here when it comes in a few weeks.....

Wendy said...

Hope you have a great time! I've always wanted to go to one too.

Barb said...

See Amanda? In your darkest moment,God sends you something to make you giggle. Go. Enjoy. And come back and tell us all about it.

Kellie said...

Great. Great! GREAT GOD! Have a blast and walk in faith.

On Fire For Him said...

Amanda,
I am so excited for you. Reading your post this evening made me want to cry. I know that feeling of just needing to feel refreshed by the One who can only give it to us. ENJOY! ENJOY!

Kelly said...

I just love Him! He never ceases to amaze me with His wonderful love for us.
I love the way He went over the top to bless you!
Yay for you!
Kelly

Gwen said...

That is totally awesome! It is amazing what God does for us isn't it? Have a fantastic time!

cherduck said...

Congrats on the blessing! I love how God is in the details of our lives. Reading your blog reinforces that for me often. It seems to be a common theme. That's why I'm going to start praying for Oprah tickets! Thanks for sharing!

Paula said...

ENJOY!!! You HAVE to share everything!! I am so jealous. I know that is a sin, but I am anyways!!! You go girl and feel the SPIRIT!!

Renee said...

Congratulations Amanda!
We want to hear all about it!
I love to see when God miraculously works in and through us!

Kelly Ann said...

When you called yesterday to tell me about your friend calling you, I was SO excited for you! I totally remember us having this conversation a few months ago! How awesome is He?!?!?

I love you!
Kelly Ann

Dee said...

i hope you are having a WONDERFUL time and come home refreshed and renewed. and though it isn't very Godly of me, i must admit I am jealous!!!!!!!

isn't it awesome how God is sooooooo good!!!!!?!?!?!?!

as for the cowboys tickets, keep praying!!! :) LOL!

keri said...

what a neat way for him to answer your prayer. he is so creative!! i'm sure you are soaking it up right now. can't wait to hear how it was!!

Anonymous said...

This is my first visit to your site! How cool that you got a big fat "yes" from God! He is so good to us! Women of Faith would be awesome to go to--maybe I'll start praying too!

Anonymous said...

Good for you! I just love it when God shows up and makes us giggle! I prayed for you yesterday that God would encourage you and refresh you! I want to hear details!


Sherri

Life full of blessings said...

HI Amanda,
How fun and GREAT of God....(your friend, I LOVE that song too :) my hubbie plays it in Youth all the time...
I know you are home now, but I pray you will allow the LORD to work out ALL that I know He taught you at WOF.
God is great and just when we need some refreshing, He is faithful...and creative, very specific in His answers....I am so happy for you....any time away is so GREAT and a Gift from God :) Any time away not carrying a diaper bag and sippys is a BREAK :) Love to you my sister in Christ....
Glad to be able to leave a comment, I was praying for you during these last few days...
In HIM,
Liz

Life full of blessings said...

HI Amanda,
That is just wonderul, God is so good and gives us the refreshment JUST when we need it...I have been praying for you these past few days...I pray that you have soaked up ALL God brought your way this weekend...any time away without a diaper bag and sippys is a BREAK :) We serve a GREAT God.....praise HIM for all He continues to do in and through you....
Your sister in CHRIST,
Liz

Life full of blessings said...

Whoops, silly computer, sorry to post so many times..... :)
(can you tell that I got bumped and then had to retype it :) HA!
Liz

Thrills said...

That is awesome. God does care about our desires. I love stories like this.

Dionna Sanchez said...

I am so glad you are getting the opportunity to go to women of faith! I hear it's amazing. I have never been - it hasn't been in Idaho. But I am going to get to see Beth Moore in October and am so excited! :)

V. said...

I can't wait to hear all about it - hope you had a great time!

V.