Friday, June 27, 2008

And The Dots Keep Connecting

Today I was looking up more verses from the name of God I received at She Speaks. Did I tell y'all that the names of God were posted throughout the prayer room. Each of us was prayed for individually. As they felt led to, the ladies placed a slip of paper with our name on it on a name of God. For me, that name was El Shaddai - God Almighty, the God of the mountains, the All-Sufficient God. I've got two daughters, 13 and 11 (soon to be 12 in 9 days). He better be all sufficient or I'll be in the loony bin soon! All joking aside - I was moved at how appropriate this name was for me.

Well today in my quiet time I was studying one the verses associated with El Shaddai, Genesis 49:25. In the NKJV it says "By the God of your father who will help you with blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the the breasts and of the womb". Okay, I know you are thinking....."bless your heart that's so nice." Well the "so what" is that the word my promise card from Saturday night was BLESSED. Now mind you those cards were "random", we did not rummage through them looking for the "right" one. The ladies from Proverbs 31, from what I understand, had prayed for use to receive the promise that was for us. So in truth, it was not random but perfectly orchestrated by God.

I started crying when I realized my promise and the name of El Shaddai were connected. El Shaddai sends blessings from heaven, from the deep, from the breast and from the womb. I am blessed by God over and over and from all over. I don't deserve any of it but He's gracious to give it anyway. Praise Him!

So after I became unglued about that, I moved on to Ezekiel, which is the book the Lord had instructed me to read through a few weeks ago. Today I was in Ezekiel 34. Verse 16 says " I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgement". Whoa! Isn't that what the conference was about? Isn't that the calling for those who want to write, speak and do ministry? Aren't we seeking what is lost, bringing back those driven away, binding up with broken with God's Word and His love for them through our actions, and strengthening those who are sick at heart?

I prayed some time ago for God to show me His glory, reveal Himself to me in a real and tangible way. He certainly has done that - He doesn't disappoint. As I drove to work today I felt full. I could tangibly feel the presence of the Holy Spirit and I was satisfied. My thirst was quenched and I felt whole!

I am more in love with my God than I have ever been. After last weekend I am forever changed. And do you know what? He's not done with me yet. How cool is that!

Father God I praise You. You are indeed El Shaddai. You are all I need - you are more than I need. I just give you all the glory. You are patient, merciful, gracious, patient, just and completely wonderful. Thank You for who You are. Thank You for saving and setting me free. I love You. You are the answer to all my questions and the solution to all my problems. Praise and honor be to You Lord. Amen

3 comments:

Renee Swope said...

WOW, I love this story. I love to hear how what He began in us at She Speaks, He is completing each day as we seek Him. I love that your word BLESSED also tied in with the name of God that you were chosen for in the prayer room. Is God amazing or what?

I shared on my blog yesterday what word God gave to me as a total surprise after the Saturday night session. I was so not expecting that!

Keep writing girl. You glorify Him in all your telling.

Be blessed!
Renee

Mari said...

Thanks Renee. I'll keep telling as long as He keeps speaking to me.

I read about your promise on your blog. How powerful. Not only did you overcome but you helped others do overcome as well.

God is truly good!

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

What a blessing this post is. What a blessing that conference was. My word was secure from Deut. 33:12 "Let the beloved of the Lord-that's me-REST secure in Him-not my past-for He shields him-me again- all day long, and the one the Lord loves-that's us girl-REST between His shoulder"-now isn't that a beautiful picture of our relationship with God?
I never did find my name in the prayer room. When I realized the names where there it was time to go so I just scimmed. Bummer. I missed a blessing.

In His Graces~Pamela