Adjust Your Sails – Catch His Wind – Experience His Lavish Love!

2016 (1-4-2016) Sailing-into-the-sunset-1600-1200Below is the heart touching testimony of a precious lady I met from Ohio. The first time we met was two years ago at a church advance where my husband and I were ministering. My heart and spirit was immediately drawn to her as I felt God’s compassion stirring within me. This is her powerful heart touching testimony of God’s love, mercy, grace, healing and deliverance in the midst of a very traumatic life changing experience.

She writes ~ “I’ve been incredibly meditative today. I did something today that I have not done in “11” years; I took decorations off my Christmas tree… As I reflect on the significance of the simple act of putting up a Christmas trees this year; I am astonished.

I once wrote in my journal the year that my love, my husband, died that my grief was like an ocean and I was tossed by the waves, and lost in an endless horizon. That my sorrow holds, surrounds, penetrates and engulfs me, keeping me, aimlessly floating, sinking and surfacing in a storm that seemed impossible to survive, and that I could only hold tight to Jesus like one clings to a life raft as she watches the ship called “her life”… sink below the tempest waves. This Christmas, I felt the last remains of the paralyzing grief that has so 2016 (1-4-2016) Beachshrouded my life like a fog, ebbing away. Like when the tide recedes back into the ocean and a new shoreline is drawn on the beach. I am overwhelmed by the love of God, shown through others to me as I have struggled to find a new normal in the past 10 years. The tempest has slowly become calmer over the years and in 2015 no trace of the hurricane remained…

Although, the hurricane dissipated, it was not an easy year; I wrestled with God once again and was forced to face my fears. During the summer storm, God pulled up from the depths the ugly, mucky, dreadful ship wrecked emotions onto the beach. As I striped off the grief waterlogged mindsets and laid my naked soul before the Father, I found God ever faithful, always protective, continuously kind, eternally truthful, constantly loving, and perpetually forgiving. I lay on the beach soaking in the warmth of His light and love.

Today, I re-listened and re-read the prophecies that were spoken over my life in 2015; again I am overcome by the lavish love of God shown through others, Bonnie HooverSheila Rhodes, Gary Hayes and a gentle man at the Graham Cooke conference. Four different people all gifted by God spoke over me and the common threads of all four were joy, serenity, restoration, contentment and God doing a new thing… in me, through me, and with me…

2016 (1-5-20166) 2016NewDirections-300x300As I look back, I can see God was preparing me with a fresh gentle breeze that the Holy Spirit started for a direction changing wind in 2016. As I ready the bow lines, I have great anticipation for the new course that God has charted for me. I am readying my sails for a “new direction” in 2016 with fasting and prayer. As I begin the Daniel Fast tomorrow, I will deactivate my Facebook account. Feel free to contact me the old fashion way, with a phone call or ship to shore radio…

Praying that you will receive all the peace, joy, hope and love that the Father has waiting for you in 2016. You just need to adjust your sails to catch His Wind and realize you have always been surrounded by His lavish love!”

 

Sheila Rhodes

About Sheila Rhodes

The greatest destiny and purpose for me is serving God with ALL my heart, soul and being! My personal relationship with the Lord brings such LIFE as He speaks to me, opens doors of ministry opportunities, and gives me insight into the hearts of others who need a word of encouragement spoken just at the right time.
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2 Responses to Adjust Your Sails – Catch His Wind – Experience His Lavish Love!

  1. Minister Vicki says:

    WOW! What a writer! Thank you God for that gift in Anita!
    Continue to reveal Yourself to her in new and wonderful ways.
    We are grateful for mercies that are new every morning, and another day to try again.

    Thank you Miss Sheila for sharing and encouraging us with this heartfelt testimony. Gives us all courage and hope that we will rise above the storms.

  2. Dan Rhodes says:

    What a great story! I love to hear how God works in people’s hearts when they are in the darkest hour of their lives. Thanks for sharing this!

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