We all have a story to tell. Stories upon stories, upon stories. I have a library full, and not just that, I have collected from many. Those that have given us the honor to hear, what they have heard, seen, and lived through, I have filed away to give me hope. I love hearing real events and what God said or did about it. Even if I haven’t heard your redeeming part, I know that I am in the middle of your testimony, God can reveal roots and healing even in the middle of your testimony. This is where hope arises, in the beginning, in the middle and in the complete version of your story. Hope arises.
When I see brokenness, I see Jesus healing you. When I see the impossible, I see Jesus doing the impossible. How can I not love Jesus, when He is the reason for hope.
Here is a testimony
I have a dog, a ten year old dog, with a lot of attitude. I had him with my outside dog for several years although he was originally an indoor dog. We changed locations a few times and living situations didn’t allow him indoors, and during this time he started with ear infections, his breed didn’t make this transition run smoothly. His ear infections would come and go when spring would break out, or on windy days. It was manageable at first, but as he got older it got harder to work with him, he squirmed and almost bit us every time we tried putting any medicine in his ear. We finally took him in to sedate him for his ear treatment, knowing it was going to be costly. It was, and his ear didn’t get better, they sat us down and began to share that to go further it would cost us 4,000 dollars, they explained if we didn’t go further that it would be like doggy hospice. We knew this wasn’t a promised healing journey so we decided not to go that route with that big bill. His ear improved just a little and regressed.
We were discouraged. I decided to pray like I had prayed over my stomach months before, I had miraculously got healed just laying hands over my stomach in Jesus name. Coming against shame and doubt I spoke to my dogs body and commanded order for his ear in Jesus name. Nothing happened that I could see. God had a plan and I hadn’t known yet. I didn’t know, so I would sleep and wake up with heaviness and shame, that my dog could die and that it was my fault, I recognize this hard stance. I had this with my stomach as well when I was sick daily. Shame, doubt and guilt were no comfort and had been there when I was sick and now there when my dog was sick. My dog had siblings that were doing great and healthy, and mine was sick. I felt like a failure.
But then……God gave me a dream, of course He would, this is how he interrupts me with good news. So the dream goes like this, I was with my dog, something attacked him, and killed my dog. I lifted him and he was limp and dead. I then declared, “In Jesus name, In Jesus name, In Jesus name and he came to life. My dog was alive” I woke up. I first considered it was a soul dream. Soul dreams are generally just dreams you have that are not directly from God or the enemy. But I decided right there that I would lean into what I just dreamt about as a God dream. Why? Because it brought hope. At this time my dog was vomiting, weak, sleeping all the time, and his ear was smelly and kept discharging. My husband was discouraged when he saw him, and he spoke, “Honey, you know we have to prepare ourselves, he’s old and sick” In that moment I decided to say no to sickness. I didn’t want to hear that of course not. But I said, “I don’t want logic, I want faith right now, If I cant redeem faith for my dog its ok, but I want to use faith while he is alive, this is where it will count” Did I have faith? No, But this is what rose up in me with refusal to quit in this moment. Hope was arising. Wanting to see if the dream was from God, I shared it with my husband. I knew it sounded odd, that a dog could be redeemed. I know I had prayed before and nothing shifted for him, but that dream.
My mom came over and she came with hope. She started to tell me my dogs dad had the same issues. She shared with me her vet, the one that healed her dog. I googled all my dogs symptoms the vomit too, and even google gave me hope. Every description I gave to google, gave a name and solution. Im sure we all know how deadly google can be, so I felt even this was a miracle, that google would be doing this. Yet the vet prior delivered a death report. I told my husband immediately and we booked him to my moms veterinarian. It was not local, but we gave this journey to God. All of it. When we showed up, I already knew as soon as the veterinarian gave us instructions, that it was set in Gods hand. Healing has begun. Weeks of heaviness was lifted. I was full of hope and faith even more. My dog still being sick but on real recovery and affordable. I don’t mind healing being a journey. In fact aren’t we all on a journey of redemption with God. But I knew as my dog was being diagnosed, I could truly feel not just hope, but a faith so strong. It was going to carry me to the fullness of his healing.
Before I forget, God also included this moment, there was a whisper from God, to encourage me. It was “Have I said no to you?” My first thought was a few people that I haven’t seen completely healed, maybe assumed forgotten by God, But as I scanned for all my impossible situations, I realized He has also spoke on those through a dream. I hadn’t aligned them yet to see and process with faith. But they were dreamt. The plans God had were dreamt. What can a girl do in this situation. Can I truly be hearing this from God, “Have I said no to you?” Sometimes waiting for a healing feels like a no, but it is not, waiting is still a hopeful yes. I have not experienced a true no from God since Ive been His. Perhaps he has said no, Even Gods no’s are better than a yes that will hurt us. What God was doing is getting me to see what I was waiting for. The long waits pointed to Gods heart. That he is better than me, and that most of my waiting’s, were aligned with desires He literally put in my heart to expect. How could He say no when it is in His word that He will do it. Healing is His plan. Redemption is His plan. Hope is His plan. I believe this dog situation may not have pointed to a specific scripture, but it did point to His voice when I had that dream,
God Has taught me a lot. For one, If He could do it for a dog… my dog, He could do it for you. “What is the report of the Lord” is my new declaration whenever there is a bad report, what is the report of the Lord and what does His word say.
Update on my dog, he no longer has an infection in his ear, no discharge or vomiting. God is still healing his jaw, but Ive already redeemed the faith and the hope, the heaviness is gone, the doubt is gone, the shame is gone in Jesus name. He healed my dog. The end
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation,” 1 Peter 1:3
“And his name will be the hope of all the world.” Matthew 12:21
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12
“But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)” Romans 8:25
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:7
“Sometimes waiting for a healing feels like a no, but it is not, waiting is still a hopeful yes.” This is such an excellent phrase for believing the Lord for healing in my womb. So beautifully said, ugh! Praise the Lord for healing your dog, and thank you for these beautiful, encouraging words.😮💨😌💚
Thank you. These moments give me hope and to trust God with all of the waiting’s. 💖
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Absolutely! He strengthens us this way too👏🏾