Pastor's Note 05.15.2020

16 Come close and listen,

all you who honor God;

I will tell you

what God has done for me:

17 My mouth cried out to him

with praise on my tongue.

18 If I had cherished evil in my heart,

my Lord would not have listened.

19 But God definitely listened.

He heard the sound of my prayer.

20 Bless God! He didn’t reject my prayer;

he didn’t withhold

his faithful love from me. (Psalm 66:16-20)

Good Day Family,

Testimony

What has the Lord done for you? Given you a home and a family? Healed you from disease? Encouraged you in the time of trouble? Extended grace and forgiveness when you’ve messed up? All of the above? More?

I can truly say that God has heard my prayers over the years. Sometimes, the answer was no, and sometimes it just appeared to be no, when in fact, God’s response to my timing was not yet. There have been many times when I will find a new opportunity or recovery of something lost months—even years—past the time I stopped praying about a thing. I thought the answer was no, but in fact, it was not yet.

God’s timing is not ours. It is perfect, intentional, and purposeful. It can also be frustrating and discouraging when we’re impatient or just weary. There are moments when we’re just barely holding onto our hope as we wait for the Lord.

Sharing our testimony is so important. It provides that encouragement to others who may find themselves in a similar situation. It also reminds us what God has done for us, communally and individually. The Bible is full of testimony. In fact, the most consistent part of scripture is the unfolding story of God’s love, compassion, and presence among God’s creation. That’s a testimony worth sharing, and so is yours. So I encourage you to share your testimony. You never know who needs it.

Ready to testify,

Be well,

Pastor Cheryl

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