The Lord has brought Jeremiah and I on a long journey this past year and a half since we got married. A journey that has forever marked us and set us on a path of no return, a wild and crazy adventure to be discovered. This odyssey brought along with it extreme stretching and growth, an increase in reliance on God, joy, tears, adventure, fun, excitement, hardships, and more than can be expressed in words on paper (or in a blog.) Because of our diligence and obedience, our loving and faithful Father has rewarded us on so many levels and has entrusted us to new and bigger things; the greatest of which is new life. Yes, that’s right, He has made us parents of the most wonderful blessing.
Our little gift growing in my womb is the fulfillment of a promise God spoke to me while we were on our 9 month-long faith journey around the world. You see, before Jeremiah and I were married, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS. This means that small cysts form on the ovaries leading to hormonal imbalance. Often insulin resistance leading to diabetes is a result of that. PCOS is incurable and over time can affect a woman’s fertility greatly along with many other life altering consequences including developing uterine cancer, heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke, etc. Being a woman who is called by God to be a mother, I could have let this greatly discourage me and affect the way I dealt with things, especially since this was the second chronic diagnosis I had received in my life. Instead of settling for what had been spoken over me, I refused and believed the Lord for my healing. Psalm 91:1-3 states, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him. For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.”
I felt that I was supposed to continue taking the medicine the doctor gave me when we left the U.S. I clearly heard the Lord speak to me while we were traveling that I was healed so I would petition Him to stop taking the meds, however each time He told me to continue taking them. At one point, He even told me that He gave me 7 months of the meds purposely and to finish them out, revealing to me that 7 is the number of completion and perfection. From then on, I waited on Him and held that word. We were in India the end of March when I took my last pill and had felt God leading me to pray and fast for myself, believing for my healing. That this would be when I would see my body work properly. During this special time with Him, He revealed to me the gender of our child and the name very clearly, confirming it many times.
I claimed that promise and kept it close to my heart, awaiting the day that it would come to fruition, for one of my deepest desires was to be a mother. I thought it would come quicker than it did, and I would become somewhat discouraged when it didn’t. I am so thankful for my Husband, for he encouraged me every time that God was revealing to me that I really was healed as I saw my body worked perfectly. God only made me wait 3 months to bring His promise about, and interestingly enough, a total of 10 months…perfection of divine order.
I found out I was pregnant when I got back from England in July and we have been more than blessed to see fruit coming forth from God’s promise. And boy, was it a joyful day having my 19 week sonogram revealing that just as He said about 8 months ago, we would be having a sweet baby boy, baby Azariah!!! 🙂 We are overflowing with joy for all that Daddy has in store for our little miracle, for He has already used our child to minister to many people from the womb. This adventure He has us on has only gotten more exciting and adventurous! “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!
God is continuing to use us in different ways while here in Texas. It may not be how we would have thought, but He is showing us even more how to praise Him in seasons of waiting. As well as how to be faithful in not just doing the good works that benefit ourselves, but also stepping out into the Greater Works that Jesus talks about in John 14:12. May you be blessed in reading about our faith journey with the Lord and encouraged to step into the Greater Works that marked Jesus and the Apostles!!! 🙂
Jeremiah and Katie
Again, it seems as if we have not updated in a while, but God is doing amazing things. I just want to give testimony to something that happened last week. One of our friends here made us some dinner and we sat to talk with her and another guy on staff about how we have seen the Lord work. Talk ranged from the fallacy of Calvinism to the amazing power of the Lord working through healing, both physical and spiritual. After talking for about an hour, one of the guys, Ben, asked for prayer. It was almost a “I’ll take some of that” moment. We began by praying for his kidneys. Apparently, he was born with one kidney a lot larger than the other. Along with this, he was never able to sleep on his back because of the constant pain from his kidneys. As we were praying for this, Katie got a word to check his legs, and one was shorter than the other. So, she prayed and his leg grew to be the same length as the other. By the time we were done praying, his kidney pain was gone, and he has slept on his back since with no pain. We also prayed for his eyes to be healed so he would not have to wear glasses and scoliosis. In the other areas, he was instantly healed, but not his eyes.
While we were praying for Ben, another guy on staff named Richard came in and began praying with us. After we finished with Ben, he asked for prayer for his back and neck. He had trouble with them for a long time. As we prayed, my wife felt led to check his legs as well, and one leg was shorter before she prayed. We prayed several times and each time, Richard felt something happen, (muscles loosen, stiffness gone…). When we were done praying, he was not fully healed, but it felt better than it had in a while.
I do not know why both guys were not completely and instantaneously healed. I do not know why God had us do abnormal things like standing on a chair and picking Richard up and holding him in the air. But, I know that we were obedient to pray and do what He called us to do. These two guys had enough faith to ask for prayer, and they saw a measure of healing.
After we were done praying for these two, we sat around talking some more. Another girl came in and mentioned that she was having trouble with her neck and Sonya, the girl who made us dinner and the one we were talking with before the healing broke out was so filled with excitement to pray for her. We did not see anything happen then, but it was great to see how God reawakened the desire to pray for people because of what she had seen. Interestingly, two evenings later, we had a gathering of young adults here and one of the young men had a word to pray for someone with neck pain. It was the same girl that got prayer. Again, I do not know why she was not healed the first time, but God cared about her enough to reveal prophetically to someone to pray for her. In the end, I noticed something that was key to this whole situation.
These things happened because we began to speak and declare who God was. We were speaking about principles of healing, and the things that we saw God do on our trip and that led to Ben asking for prayer. We acted on it and saw Ben healed and this led to Richard’s healing. Before the young man gave this word, we had been sitting and talking about how good God was and I shared with Him the testimony of two nights earlier.
As we speak out the wonderful works of the Lord, it strengthens the faith in people and causes things to happen. God has called us to be witnesses of what we have seen and know to be true! The more we share this with the people around us, the more He is able to come and build the faith it takes for miracles to take place.
May our prayer be like the Apostles in Acts 4:29-31 (“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your Word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.)
No matter what other may think or how they may feel about you, you are a witness and are called to speak of what you have seen and know to be true! Today, begin speaking boldly about the wonderful works of God and be obedient in whatever He calls you to say or do and watch Him do greater things still!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!