So Church on Sunday was really wonderful. It was the most comforting service I have ever been to. I hadn't been to church in about 3 weeks because of my meltdown in the parking lot & my tiredness & frustration of praying & praying & no answer was coming. For about a year and a half now. That's a long time.
Almost as soon as I got to Church I started to cry. Don't know why, except maybe frustration. But then my friends started crying too as they comforted me. These are friends that don't know much about my problems, they are acquaintance friends. I don't really speak about our financial hardships, I speak that we're hurting but I don't advertise it & whine like I do here in the blog. Sooo, they cried too. Which was comforting because I knew they cared. Then a designer friend/customer saw me & she came up to me already crying. She had also called my home twice that morning, she said she woke up in the middle of the night thinking about me. I had confided in her Saturday evening that I had anger feelings towards God & I was fighting them. So she has all these grand plans to help me for free in my store. She wants to surround me & help the way God has gifted her. It was really so strange to be surrounded by wonderful women who were godly & genuine. Then other people were crying too. Then as one of the men was making an announcement at the podium he started to cry. He apologized & said he didn't know where his next paycheck was coming from. He was so stressed & hurting he just started to cry & couldn't stop. Then the pastor asked if anybody had anything they wanted to say to God. They did. WOW!! A church full of people hurt by this crisis & they all had the guts to share it & show it. Why do we always feel like we have to say we are okay when sometimes we're not? We all comforted each other. Pastor called everyone down to the altar to pray. Everything about that service reeked of God. The comfort level of just being surrounded by comfort & love was incredible!! The pastor let everyone in the congregation who wanted to say things again at the end of the service. Then my designer friend stood up & told the whole church that she had to make a shameless plug for a friend. She said that there is a wonderful little gift shop just down the road & named my store & my center. She told everyone that even though Christmas was going to be small for us all, we would all still be buying & that there would be at least one item that each person in that Church could buy so she told them all to go down to my store & help a fellow Christian Church member out. I am new to the Church. I cried again. The whole service was just geared towards those of us effected by layoffs, etc. I have never seem so many grown adults cry when it wasn't a funeral!!!!!!!!!!! You know, it felt wonderful because I didn't feel alone anymore.
Then I was watching a Christian channel last night. A guy by the name of Wommack was on & he was preaching about prayer & how our answered prayers can be hindered. I have never heard of this before. He was saying that if our answered prayer involves God involving another person, then God can answer our prayer, speak to that person, but then a evil spirit can hinder your blessing by causing that person not to do what God has directed them to or by confusing them. He gave a few examples of a guy who needed to sell his home. He prayed for God to sell his house, put it up for say By Owner & bought another home. Two years later the house was still for sale & he was getting in deep financial trouble from paying two mortgages. He was getting really anxious and getting a little angry with God for not answering his prayer ( sound like anybody?) he was a good Christian guy after all... So he just kept continually praying for God to sell his house for 2 years. Then in a sermon he heard about hindered prayers & that evil spirits can effect the person God is using to give you your answered prayer. He said the guy prayed in tongues ( I don't know how to do that ) & he said he didn't know what he was saying but he knew the Holy Spirit was interceding for him & taking the power & authority from God to rebuke that evil spirit hindering him from selling his house. Two days later a guy called him & said he had the cash to buy his house. Two days later they went to closing.....At closing when they were signing the papers the man told him that the very day 2 years ago when the house was put up for sale he told his wife that they were buying the house. He had to sell his house first & the guy who wanted to buy his house had to sell his etc. He said nothing just ever seemed to work out until 2 days ago. He said 2 days ago the closing on his home finally went through & he called up immediately to buy the 2 year old home. Then the guy selling remembered that it had only been two days earlier that he prayed in tongues to rebuke the evil spirit that may have been hindering his answered prayer. He said first, though that he had prayed to God to forgive him for ever doubting.
Wow. That's huge. What if God is sending down answers to my prayers & they are being hindered? Does that really happen? Does that also mean if you can't pray in tongues you can't rebuke the evil spirit? I am confused but the lesson was really fantastic. I am going to study this for awhile until I have an answer.
The store was still in moving around mode when I took these. It's more tweaked out now. Especially since my designer friend from Church has spent two days with me. She is the sweetest lady!! I like my new layout & so far my sales have been increasing. I am still playing with it. The rugs are hidden under the wagon still!!! At least I'm selling stuff. So I actually turned on my OPEN sign today & have beaten yesterday's sales already thank goodness. What a doo doo I am sometimes.
Well, I am off to pay bills & hang Christmas ornaments the size of my head from the ceiling. If you don't hear from me again there will have been a terrible ladder accident. OOOOOHHHH!! I forgot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My super di dooper big news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was on 104.7 The Fish this morning for their Battle of the Sexes contest. It was recorded but will air in a couple of weeks. It was a blast but I'm not telling who won until it airs. That was so so so much fun & they let me plug the store!! Yee haw!!