I must say that God is absolutely amazing and that He continues to Rock my world in ways that I didnt think possible! So many things have happened here on campus and the Lord has revealed so much to me in a short period of time. I'm honestly very thankful that the Lord brought me to this place of Revival and Rejuvenation! It has not been easy in some senses but the Lord has a way of calling us from out of our comfort zones and placing us in a new territory that is unfamiliar to us. He does this by speaking to and through us and speaking Life into us.
For example, the Lord has really showed me His power these past few days. For years, I have struggled with doubt in knowing the power of the Lord and His mighty strength. I have heard many stories of the Lord healing people miraculously through using other fellow believers as His tools to help heal or just radiate Christ's glory and the Holy SPirit. I have personally not seen a person healed in an instant but rather have seen the person heal over a period of time, but not really known it was the Lord's power in healing them. The story I am about to share is very interesting and might be kind of confusing for some of you to believe or understand but i want to share the powleaer of the Holy Spirit.
Just some background information to precede the story. About a week before I left for DTS, my leader, Joanna put a status on our Engage DTS facebook page asking if anyone would be interested in helping to lead worship for our DTS. WHen I saw that status, I immediately responded in saying that I wanted to help lead worship because worship and leadership is something I have always been passionate about. I was able to help lead worship in middle school and high school and at church. In addition, when I was in high school at a prayer room in Spokane for missionary training, I was prophesied over that I would develop to be a worship leader and write songs to glorify the Lord. I have longed to get back into worship leading. Anways, two days before I left for my DTS, I was struck with an awful and sudden sore throat. THe intersting thing is.. is that there were no other symptoms that came along with it. No cough, no cold, no running nose or fever.. just a sudden really sore throat and my tonsils became very enlarged. I tried to ignore it because I was trying to focus on getting prepared for DTS. For days, it continued to get worse and it affected my sleeping patterns, my talking, my breathing and most importantly, my WORSHIP! I was devestated because I know that the Lord wanted me to use my voice to worship Him and that is one of the ways that I zone in during worship..is singing my heart out. I feel as if I can connect with the Lord so much more if I am worshipping aloud in song, mind and heart. I tried to take care of it by using herbal throat spray, taking Emergency airborne, vitamin C, vitamins, and I used aleve once. I really felt as if I didnt want to take medicine..and eventually it got to a point where I was almost positive I had strep throat. THere were white dots on my tonsils and my tonsils were HUGE! THey were driving me crazy and for days, I prayed that the Lord would begin to heal me in His name and that Satan would be binded from the lie that the Lord could not heal me. In fact, I felt as if the Lord wanted me to completely RELY on HIM! Therefore, I wanted to see the Lord's power. I decided to wait on going to the nurse here on campus because I knew that she would probably prescibe antibiotics for me if I had strep. I truly wanted to see the Lord's power in healing.
Anyways, as I was walking up from frozen yogurt a few nights ago with a group of friends, I was talking to one of my friends, Carleen about my really sore throat. As we waited for the rest of the people to join us, more of my friends joined us and asked if they could pray over me. A group of about 10-12 people gathered around me and some placed their hands on me. THey started to pray over me and ask the Lord for healing on my throat because its been a major distraction for worshipping God and devotion to the Lord in my quiet time. The praying continued as one of my leaders showed up. A girl from another DTS named Kailey also approached us and told us a story that she had witnessed of the Lord healing a man from spinal injuries. She actually was the one to pray over him and with her praying over him, he was also deaf and able to hear once again. He actually regained at least 75& of his hearing. Anyways, Kailey started praying over me as well. THe praying continued and all of a sudden, Heidi, my leader began to ask if anyone felt as if they had a word of wisdom or word from the Lord for me. A few minutes passed and my leader Heidi spoke up. She felt as if the LORd had told her to tell me that I was maybe struggling with doubt that God could actually heal me. that was completely true because Faith is a challenging thing:believing without actually seeing. I had been doubting that the Lord could absolutely heal me. Then my friend, Jacklynne spoke up saying that she felt the Lord was saying to her, that everyone should lift me up towards the sky so that I am closer to the LOrd and that its just me and God. So they picked me up and held my entire body up towards the sky. It was very interesting in the moment because I have never relied on a group of people to lift me off the ground and into the sky..extending their arms to lift me up tot he Lord. THey continued to pray as some prayed in their own language and in tongues. After a few minutes, they set me down and continued to pray, Every 10-15 min of so, they would ask me how my throat was and if my tonsils were feeling better. Amazingly, over those minutes, I began to feel a relieving feeling in my throat. THe pain was lessening through all of our prayers and through the power of the LOrd. After a few minutes, I felt like the song with the lyrics, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.. with all creation I sing,,praise to the King of Kings.. you are my everything,,,and I will.. Adore you.. yeahhh I will adore you..oh Jesus." THese lyrics from this worship song began to pop into my head at least 4 times while we were praying,,I felt as though the Lord wanted me to proclaim the words of this song aloud.. but I was honestly a little hesitant too. The words continued to run through my head and all of a sudden, a guy named tomas who was praying over me spoke and he began to say that he felt as if the Lord was telling him to tell me to proclaim my favorite worship song aloud to the LORd. At this moment, I was blown away by the Lord because I had just had this thought a few seconds earlier and then tomas just confirmed it byt the LOrd speaking through him. After a few seconds, I began to quietly sing the words of the song and everyone else joined in with me proclaiming those lyrics. It was probably quite an interesting sight for everyone to see passing by with them holding me up in the air and then minutes later a group of us are worshipping and proclaiming those lyrics!!! It was amazing and so God oriented. we praised Jesus for at least 10 min in song! I felt such a peace come about me in mind, body and spirit. I felt as If I jsut really needed to humble myself to Him and give up all pride and doubt and just believe in my heart that He is God and that He can do miracles. I cried out to GOd literally! It was getting late.. and I felt as if the Lord really wanted to just reassure me of His provision for my life and security in Him. Like I said, the praying contined for at least an hour and my throat began to feel much better throughout that time. It was literally 75% better by the time I went to bed that evening. As I got in the shower that night, I felt the Lord whispering to me saying, "In the quiet, in the stillness, you will know that I am God." I knew it was the Lord speaking to me and saying that even though he didnt heal me completely that evening, that He was going to prove He was God and that He was going to heal me in His time. In fact, two days went by and each day I got better. TOday I feel completely sore throat free! I am healed of whatever I had and Satan has no stronghold on me. I definitely learned that GOd can use wierd circumstances to teach us his trust and faithfulness! He is GOod and I am well!