(Quote) Susan-940526 said:
Pleeeeeeease everybody tell me how Jesus has worked in your life. I've been spreading my stor...
(Quote) Susan-940526 said:
Pleeeeeeease everybody tell me how Jesus has worked in your life. I've been spreading my story around like wildfire and REALLY want to hear others. This psalm is touching me deeply this week. I promised Jesus I would speak his name to all who can hear for the great gift he has given me...renewed faith
Please share with all of us a story of renewed faith or successful evangelizing (term?).
God bless you all on this Good Friday.
Here is a story I normally would be quiet about but I am enjoying your renewed faith so much that I have to share.
Two years ago I went out with a man that I will describe as very very very shy. We were both really anxious on our dates. We had a few challenges of various types as he is an extreme introvert and yet he asked me very pointed questions. I was nervous while we were dating. At the time I was so blown away by some of his questions and I just had gotten so out of practice because no man had asked me anything in so LONG!
Basically it is easy to not be in practice in the dating arena , right?
I liked him a lot and yes I was pretty anxious because I put my heart
out there. When it came to the time to ask if there could be anythingfor the two of us, he did not handle it very well and he said he only wanted to be friends right now- but that it could change.(That may have been just a placating remark.) But I just did not see it coming and it hurt a lot. He wanted to still take me to see Romeo and Juliet as we had planned and I panicked and sadi I could nto handle it.
In any case we both belong to a (very small)group and have to see each other weekly. The first meeting where we had to see each other I saw how devastated he was through his body language and I saw him walk away sadly that night without saying bye to anyone.
God recently reminded me of the way he looked after he told me he only wanted to be friends.
Over the next two years, I went through my own emotions ...up..down..sideways... and down......and every kind of emotion. I had trouble letting go of the dream...
but I prayed for him on a regular basis and I used my sadness to pray
for him. I USED MY PASSION
for HIM to PRAY FOR HIM.
IT was a great thing to experience and I still do pray for him but I prayed for at least a year... or more, and I still pray for him. I attended various meetings where we both go and I appreciated his candidness in mentioning how hard it would be to see each other at these meetings but that he wanted me there...and
over time the extreme sad reaction lifted..there are and were many emotions(sadness, fear, anger) we have to deal with but it lifted and it was hard.
I missed a number of meetings because I was not well for a time this fall, and I felt very fatigued.
In March I took home baked Irish Soda Bread to the group and he devoured it with butter.
I continued to pray for him and now I have been noticing over the past month or two, that we are both getting more relaxed in a very nice way around each other (Our group saw a movie (Les Mis)and he walked me to my car, and he seemed surprised when my car came up so fast, and I did not try to talk or say anything extra and have respected his space as I promised him I would do.).....and last night I saw him all dapper and in a navy suit at mass and I felt a nice affection for him and after mass he said Happy Easter to me 3 separate times and I could see how we were both so happy to be able to just make small talk but make it with nice enjoyment and no tension.
I am blessed. I prayed for this man in great detail as he has endured many tragedies in his whole life, and I feel God is blessing those prayers in giving him whatever God is doing for him. He is very happy in his career for the first time in years and I am grateful to God to see him really shining with happiness.
I felt blessed to be able to smile and truly have some good moments showing appreciation to him when he talked to me at my car last night. So praise God!
We were both smiling and it was real, not tense and not fake because in the group where we had the safety of other people, we still got to know each other without the fear and pressure of having to date and it is good now. He is a very sensitive man and we needed that distance.
Sometimes when people stay in prayer they can have healing. That is what I am saying, nothing more.