Thursday, October 24, 2013

Prodigal Daughter

     I don't know how many of you know who Caleb Kinnaird is, especially those of you who are not from these parts, but if you don't know about him, you should check out his mom's blog. It can be found here: Though Caleb is only a child, the Lord is using him in people's lives. I know God has used Caleb in my life. There really are no words to describe the type of anointing the Lord has placed on Caleb. For lack of a better word, it's almost magical. There is something super-natural about his story and the power is has to reconcile people to the Lord.
     Here is my testimony about what the Lord did in my life recently; I hadn't been a part of a church for a long time and, I certainly wasn't focused on God. Sure, He was there, but on the back burner of my mind. My life had ended up in a vulgar place, much like the Prodigal Son. While he was in a literal pigsty, I was in a metaphorical one. My life had sank into darkness. I no longer felt gratitude. There was an emptiness in me that was a source of great sadness.I had been watching Caleb's story since before he was born. In all honesty, I didn't think things would end well and my heart ached for him and his family. I haven't prayed much in the past couple years, but I couldn't help praying for Caleb. My heart desired a miracle for him, though, I had lost faith in the Lord and His willingness to help any of us. I thought the Lord was finished with me, that He would never forgive me or renew me, and I dared not ask. I ask for the Lord to help Caleb, but I dared not believe.
     One day, a few weeks ago, I logged onto facebook to find a miracle had happened. Caleb had a new heart. I was shocked that the Lord had, indeed, answered my (and so many others) prayers! I became very emotional. Tears slid down my cheeks. I put my hands in the air and began to praise God. I got lost in the moment, worshipping Him. I don't know how long I went on praising Him, but when all was said and done, Caleb wasn't the only one who received a new heart that day.I had a new heart, as well.
    I rededicated my life to the Lord that day. I have been filled with the Holy Spirit since. I know I am a new creation. I don't really know what is going to happen next, but my faith has been restored. My heart is filled with gratitude and hope for the future. My faith is renewed in the risen Christ.
    This has been the song my heart is singing:
Please, keep me in your prayers, that I continue to grow strong in Christ. The spiritual battles have already begun in my mind and life. I'm not going to let go this time. I will cling to the Lord. Also, keep Caleb and his precious family in your prayers.