Be Still and Know that I am God

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Lung Cancer

A few months back I received a phone call that rocked my world. It was my brother Greg. He was choking on his words as he tried to tell me his beloved had been diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.

What had begun as a pneumonia diagnosis turned out to be lung cancer and worse yet it had metastasized to her bones and glands. In the days that followed, after sharing the tragic news with my family, I grieved and cried and called out to my Abba Father.

The news hit our family HARD. Wendy has always been a very health conscious and active person. She is beautiful, kind and so sweet. It was a shock and my dear brother was devastated.

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Prayer and Fasting

Later that week my daughter Renee asked me if I would join with her to fast and pray for Aunt Wendy.

My heart lept at the opportunity to draw near to God in prayer and fasting. We would lift up Wendy to our Father God together.

The night before we met I quickly whizzed through my Facebook friends and chose 50 whom I believed would join with us to pray.

  • My first request was for assurance of salvation for them both
  • Secondly, I asked for prayer that God reveal Himself to Greg and Wendy; that there would be NO question in their minds that it is God himself who reaches out as Savior, Rescuer, Lord and Provider.

Many of these dear praying friends wrote and pledged their support and prayers. Some even wrote out powerful prayers. Most simply told me they would be praying and because I know them ... I was assured that they would.

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Manifest Presence of God

The next day we started early. As I share some of the details of that day, I pray you will recognize the Manifest presence of God.

The first miracle of the day was me waking up wide awake (mornings are usually rough for me) and Renee waking up with this song in her heart, "God Still Moves." She asked me where that song came from. I told her when she was younger, (20 years ago) I used to play music written by Steve and Annie Chapman - it was their song. Renee was amazed because she never remembered hearing that song, in all of these years, neither has she ever woken up with a song. We both knew God was preparing us for what lie ahead.

We began our day by sharing insights and encouragement from our own time with God. We separated to read scripture alone. We came back to share, read scripture and join our voices in urgent prayers. We played You Tube videos (featured in this hub) to lead us into worship. We separated again; in our prayer closets, as our desperate whispers cried out to God.

We came back together once more and used our Bible concordance to search the scriptures. We prayed scripture back to God.

"While I'm Waiting," is one of the praise songs Renee chose and God used to lead us into His presence. We joined our voices together in heartfelt worship to our God who hears and answers prayer.

Chills and goosebumps still form under the surface of my skin as I recall the desperate plea's and praises of our hearts to Father God.

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Be Still and Know That I Am God

We had planned to spend this day in prayer and fasting; love moved us and Faith spurred us on. Our plan was to go until 5 pm. At 3 pm we were each in our (literal) prayer closets.

Now you'd have to know Renee to know how she ticks. At home she has her own spot - in a closet - where she goes to pray. She explained that when she talks to God there is something powerful about being separated from everything and everyone.

I smiled when she opened my closet and I discovered pillows placed strategically within. She had also placed pillows in her Dads closet across the room. Climbing in place, I had just begun to pray when an inexplicable peace washed over me. It was then God whispered in my heart, "Be Still and Know that I am God."

l opened my closet door quietly and observed Renee opening hers at the exact same moment. She said, "Mom, I was praying when I felt a blanket of peace cover me." She told me that God gave her a message ... the message was "Be Still and Know that I am God."

We shivered in the holiness of the moment - God had spoken and chose to manifest Himself to us. Our hearts were filled with big joy and we thanked Him for the assurance that He had everything covered.

Our hearts were bursting in His presence and we longed to worship Him. We played more worship music and allowed it to fill us up and open our hearts to express sincere gratitude to Him. The song we played was "Whom Shall I Fear," which is featured below.

After the music ended I heard another message in my soul .... It is Finished. I was perplexed thinking this is quite out of context ... isnt' it? ... but it was most definitely the message echoing in my soul. These words were confirmed when my daughter said that God had just spoken to her with these words: It is Finished. Once again God manifested Himself with a message to both of us at the exact same time. We knew that God was assuring us that we had been faithful and our part was done ... He would answer our prayers - He finished it.

A few days later my brother called me early in the morning. His voice was filled with emotion as he said, “Wendy woke me up early today and asked me to call you. She wants you to come and be with her.” I knew this was a door opened by God. I packed up my things and took off. I stayed with them for almost two weeks. I prayed that God would allow me to be the hands and feet of Jesus to them both.

Be Still and Know

God Hears and Answers Prayer
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God Answers Prayer

Renee and I drove together for a three hour trip to their house.

As we traveled we talked about the goodness of God. We drove with expectation and to be honest, some anxiety. We had never seen Wendy sick or my brother emotional. Our confidence was in God's calling and we sang worship songs and prayed together all the way.

God Answers Prayer. During my stay and afterwards I was blessed to experience many answers to prayer. I'd like to share some of the highlights here:

1. Physical Strength: I sent out a request for physical strength explaining that I had been fighting heavy fatigue and not sleeping well - arthritis and fibromyalgia had flared up.

  • Answer: One friend Linda told me that she was praying for me and she reminded me that God's strength is made perfect in our weakness. This verse played through my mind all 12 days I spent with my brother and wife.

2. Lift the Pain: One night Wendy was hit with severe pain. I sent out a request asking my friends to pray.

  • Answer: 30 minutes later I sent this report: Wow ... your prayers were answered - she has relief!

3. Assurance of Salvation: My greatest concern

  • Answer: Now that the pain lifted Wendy began asking me questions about God. I told her of God's love and the gift of salvation through His one and only son Jesus. She asked more questions ... I explained that God's word is unlike any other book ... it is alive and it is God's VERY words to His children. I got my Bible and read key verses from Romans to her. We talked about why Jesus died - God's holiness, Heaven and even end times. In the end she told me that she had prayed to ask for God to forgive her sins and had accepted Jesus as her Savior. She just wasn't sure she 'did it right.' :) God works in miraculous ways. My intention was only to serve as Jesus would ... yet God prompted Wendy and this conversation sprang from her heart and her sincere desire to know. I am overwhelmed by His faithfulness, love, goodness, and very specific answer to prayers.

4. Reveal Your Love: I prayed God would reveal His heart of love to Greg and Wendy

  • Answer: After learning Wendy must go through chemo treatment - an unexpected call came from the doctor. It was good news. Wendy did not have to go in for chemo because the test results revealed her type of cancer is treated with a pill (a non-chemo targeted drug) AND her chances for survival were now 40% better. We were both doing the HAPPY dance. I wrote my daughter, "Renee Lynn ... God answered your prayer for the Doctor to be amazed at the results... he is. Rejoice and be exceeding glad!" Thank you dear Lord ... thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

5. I need Your Strength: One night after Wendy went to bed I sent a request to my praying friends ... "It gets hard sometimes. I am here to serve and encourage ... but sometimes I just want to sit down and CRY .... Nite all. Your prayers are deeply appreciated." Afterwards, with tears rolling, I knelt on the floor face down,and told God I could not do this. In the quietness, I asked for His strength in my weakness. I prayed I would show His love for Wendy and Greg just as God loves them. I asked Him to use me to reveal the height, depth and breadth of His love for them. I asked to be the light in the midst of pain and confusion

  • Answer: That night I slept like a baby. I also found this powerful prayer written in the face book chat called prayers for Wendy: Carols Prayer: "Lord, Infuse Susan with the strength and stamina that she needs to serve Wendy. Help Susan, in the night, to have that perfect rest. Counsel her as she sleeps to enable her to know how to pray, what to say or do. Comforter, let Susan be Jesus in new ways, so that as she ministers to her sister-in-law, You will shine greater. Be magnified, Lord. I ask also again that you comfort Wendy, ease the pain and give her rest."

6. Lift the Fear: Wendy had been tense and very fearful up until the night before she would take her first pill. I sent out this request: Wendy has been uptight today ... please pray for peace and calm.

  • Answer: I marveled as I witnessed the fear lift as peace replaced it. The next morning was the day Wendy began her cancer pill treatment. The next morning I woke up that morning with a which I shared with Wendy: "This is the Day the Lord has made, I will REJOICE and be glad in it." She smiled big and answered, "That's Right!" then she added "I found your radio station" ... (I'd been unable to locate a Christian station though I'd searched since the day I got to their house.) The song that was playing right at that moment was "Whom then shall I Fear." The same song God gave Renee the day of our praying and fasting and then again for our trip to their house. God's grace covered their household like a blanket of love and peace. God hears, He has compassion and He answers prayer. God is good ... All the time.

7. God's Manifest Presence: I asked God's presence to manifest and for the Holy Spirit to use me.

  • Answer: After returning home I talked to Wendy on the phone. She said she missed me and that she loved me. She remarked how I had been so uplifting to her. Those words were a revelation to me because I knew right then that God had manifested His presence. He had answered my request (to be the hands and feet of Jesus) just as He had answered so many other tiny details surrounding this situation. Here's the really amazing thing about my time with them; I did not feel uplifting, I was dealing with pain, my energy was very low and my heart was so grieved for them both. It was very clear that Jesus' love had shined through in spite of my own limitations.

Whom Then Shall I Fear

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Forever Grateful

I left on a Friday morning with peace and thanksgiving in my heart. I got home in time for our Good Friday Service.

My greatest prayer request now is that the Holy Spirit leads my sweet sister-in-law and my brother into ALL truth and that they will learn to lean on the One who loves them most. I thank each of you who have lifted them up to our Father ... God heard our prayers and I am forever grateful for His grace, love and mercy.

It was a mixed bag - Blessedness, Thankfulness, Intimacy and Pain were held in my heart. But over all of it is the keen awareness that God showed up and His presence was manifested. All Glory goes to Him .... "His Love endures forever." Psalm 136 1-2

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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Jo, Thankful to read that this miracle touched your heart. It helps me to know that the hand of God, at work in this miracle, was communicated. I still feel like a very small tool in His hands.

Thank you for choosing this article for your February's Gold Award. I pray God uses it to touch many hearts and build faith in those of us who belong to Him.

God Bless you dear Jo!!

Mekenzie


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

This read was a true blessing and touched my heart. Very beautifully written and detailed. I loved everything about this. The words, pictures and the video had me in tears! So thankful to have stopped in.

Shared, Up into the Heavens to share. Also, this has been chosen for February's Gold Award. :-) Thank you so much for this blessing.

Shalom


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Buddy, It was a powerful experience to have God manifest His presence over and over in so many ways.

Wendy is still well and seems to be thriving. Thank you for stopping by for a read and as always a heart felt encouraging word.

You too have been a huge blessing to me and so many people here on the hubs with your fireside chats.

Blessings and Hugs back to You,

Mekenzie


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Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi McKenzie... powerful hub and the words you have shared here will be a comfort to many who face what Greg faced. Yes, He is with us at all times, through the good and the harder times.

You are such a blessing my dear friend... know that you are dearly loved ...

Hugs from Canada


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello Poet, wonderful to meet you. Thank you for your kind words and for picking up the heart of the message.

God is amazing and faithful and has proven Himself true and intricately connected to those who given their lives to Him.

I am still blown away by the ways of God. Why should He care so much for us??? The truth is .. He DOES and we are blessed beyond measure.

Thanks for the visit, I'll need to take a hike over to your pages to see what you are up to.

God Bless You!

Mekenzie


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poetforlife 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas.

McKenzie. Wow what an awesome testimony of God's faithfulness to His children. I was so moved this article that I was just speechless. Praise God for answering prayers and thank you for sharing such a moving piece. I am encouraged to continue to serve Him even more.


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Precious Sista! I'm blessed to know that the Holy Spirit led you to this page. God is so amazing and loving. Those that are praying for my sweet sister-in-law have been so faithful and uplifting - that includes you dearone.

You've hit on a truth we must never forget - our health is a beautiful gift - none of us know what tomorrow could bring - we must thank God and use our health to glorify Him in all that we say and do. I hear ya precious friend and my hope is firmly set on the no more pain or suffering in Heaven and there is still so much to be done.

Wendy has a cat scan coming up in 2 days on Tuesday - I soooooooo appreciate prayers.

I love you too Skye - you are such a woman of Faith and you always point the way to Jesus in all you write.

Hugs xoxoxoxo

Mekenzie


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Mek, Hello sweet sister. I was led to this page tonight the Holy Spirit moved on me in His glorious Love. I have so much thanksgiving for His grace, mercy, love, tenderness I could burst. God is so amazing. You truly got the prayer line going girl. You truly are a warrior girl and I know the favor of God smiles on you. The Holy Spirit of God has used this story to touch many all over the nation. He will continue to use it to touch hearts. Abba Father is amazing LOVE.

Our health is a beautiful gift girl and we do not know what tomorrow could bring. The good news is we are assured of eternal life. No pain suffering tears. There is much work to be done,Amen. When we are weak He is STRONG.

I am praying for you all. I do not make fb often. How is Wendy doing by now?

Thank God for you dear sister. The Love of the Lord flows in you like the fresh and living waters of Jesus Christ~~ I love it when the Lord assured both you and Rene 'it is finished' Wow, Glory to God.

Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord! You are a treasure in the chest of Jewell's sister. I love you Mekensie, Your sister Skye


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello skye, my precious friend, Your encouragement is like a refreshing stream in a dry land ... and your light shines so brightly with the love of Jesus - How blessed I am to call you friend.

I agree .. it was not 'easy' to be there but I asked God to allow me to be His hands .. His feet. I learned the key was to submit and admit I could not do it on my own and then ..... Jesus strength took over and He ministered to my sweet Wendy in exactly the way HE knew she needed. What a faithful God we serve.

I appreciate your prayers more than I can say. He answers the prayer of Faith!

Love Ya! xoxoxo

Mekenzie


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Mek Hello dear sister. I saw some of your request on fb. I do not go there often so was not aware of the update. I have prayed for you precious one. Being feet for our Lord is not always easy but Amen sista you are. Thank God He sends you where He needs you. Your family is so wonderful and special. The Holy Spirit is on you all. Be encouraged. Sounds like Wendy will have healing. God is faithful and true. What a testimony you have shared. Thank you for your faithfulness and dear heart. You are a love. I am praying for all of you. My Love, Skye


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi teaches, God is always faithful and His answers to prayer in this case absolutely knock the socks off of me. :) He is good all the time.

Thank you for your prayers - You are such a sweet friend and encourager.

God Bless you!

Mekenzie


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Thank you for sharing from your family's experience with cancer. God is always faithful and promises to see us through it all. Will uphold you and your loved ones in prayer.


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Faith, I know you have also had a front row seat to God manifesting Himself through answers to prayer. He is so good (all the time) and kind and amazing! Yes, I agree that it is important that we share these answers and miracle from God so others will see, be amazed and give Him praise too.

I am aware of our mutual Canadian friend and I am praying for my buddy Rolly. I have encouraged my praying friends to be praying for him too. I'm glad you are also praying.

"Father God hear our prayers for your servant is taken down by severe and unrelenting headaches. Please place your healing hand upon this dear man and manifest your power." Thank you Lord

The Doc.s haven't identified the cause and he has been in ER many times of late and also hospitalized overnight at least once.

I hope all who read this will join us in prayer for a man who loves so deeply and gives his heart to many of us here on hubpages.

Thanks,

Hugs and Love,

Mekenzie


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Wow, Mekenzie,

Thanks for sharing all of what our faithful Lord God has done in response to prayer here!!! He is so awesome and amazing!!! I, for one, believe that when we receive an answer to prayer or have been a witness to a miracle, we should always share this with the world to glorify Him.

Our dear and precious friend from Canada, of whom you have written here, needs our prayers now too, sweet Mckenzie. I know you will pray and God will hear and answer.

I, too, have been a witness to His healing power. Praise Him! To God be the glory.

In His Love Always, Faith Reaper


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi dear teacherjoe, God does answer prayer and we must seek His will, not ours, in ALL things. We were blessed with powerful answers to our prayers and God's presence was manifest.

Thanks for your kind encouragement and your example as a man who seeks to glorify God in all you do and say!

Be Blessed Brother!

Mekenzie


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teacherjoe52 3 years ago

Good morning precious sister.

I love to share when prayers are answered. This article can be very encouraging to others.

I find it very important to fast when we have serious prayers as instructed by the Bible and my prayers are always answered, not necessarily what I wanted to hear but having the faith that God knows what is best for me.

God bless you with beautiful blessing with answered prayers.


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

celefoe, Thank you dear friend for praying for my sister-in-law. As a result of your post I decided to go back and fill in the blanks so that all could see the hand of God at work through prayer.

What a blessing to have a son who believes God hears and answers prayer .. and who also loves his mama. :)

God Bless you and keep you to His heart!

Hugs!

Mekenzie


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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

I have prayed for her and asked God to heal her..

a year and a half ago , I was in Costa Rica, i was sent to the hospital and the dr told my son to expect me to die before we got there (didn't . without all the details , I made it to the hospital and then was sent to another, then was finally taken into the emergency room where the dr told me "your heart is quitting on you right now" and left the room. meanwhile my son called friends all over the world to pray for me. The dr returned in what seemed like forever, saw I was still breathing and gave me a shot and a pill . I spent 2 days in intensive care and 1 and a half days in a ward. the fourth day i was up, feeling better than i had in years and went home. I KNOW PRAYER WORKS . I am living proof.


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Faith, Thank you dear friend for your prayers. Miracles have surrounded this devastating news right from the start. God's mighty presence upheld, led and showed up in so many ways.

I'm not sure the poem aptly communicated my heart, but it's a start. Knowing me I will come back to it over and over again until it expresses exactly what's inside.

I am so thankful for the gift of writing. When the emotions are roaring inside, what better therapy can there be than transporting them out of me and onto paper (or hubpages.) :)

I am thankful for you .. you are such an encourager dear Faith! Have a GREAT day.

God Bless YOU

Mekenzie


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, me, Mekenzie,

I am so sorry to hear this about your precious family. I am praying and will continue to pray!

Yes, this is what family is all about, sticking together no mater what life throws at us and with the Lord God's help, we CAN get through it.

What a beautiful and profound poem, very moving.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless you and your family, and may His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding fill your hearts. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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