Advent_December 20

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Prepare the way of the Lord. Pave the way.

I want to be a way paver. In all I do, I want to direct people to Jesus.

That neighbor I told you about on Tuesday? I put a card in his door to encourage him. It said ~

“You aren’t equipped for life until you realize you aren’t equipped for life. You aren’t equipped for life until you’re in need of grace . In the moment of realizing your limitations, your shortcomings, your inescapable sins, all that you aren’t in that moment of surrendered lack, you’re given the gift you’d receive no other way: the gracious hand of an unlimited God. Repentance, turning around, is the only way to be ushered into grace.” Ann Voskamp

I read this and thought of you. If you ever want to talk, I’m here.

He left that morning and didn’t come back for 2 nights. I prayed for him.

Thursday morning, I looked out my window and his truck was there in the parking lot again. Thank you Jesus.

When I got home from work Thursday night, I made myself a tuna salad sandwich, downloaded A Charlie Brown Christmas, and settled in for the night. My doorbell rang. It was my neighbor coming to say thank you, to share his story of struggle, to thank me for reminding him that God is with him, to have hope. The struggle is real, but so is the hope. I reminded him again how much God is for him. He sent Jesus to die for us. The greatest gift ever. He might have to move away. We exchanged phone numbers. He hugged me as he walked out the door. Before he went, I invited him to come to Christmas Eve service with me and the little kid. He said yes.Thank you Jesus.

Yesterday I delivered another card with another message of hope and encouragement. Last night I got home, pulled out chicken tenders, downloaded A Christmas Carol, and settled in for the night. My doorbell rang. It was my neighbor coming to gift me with some pizza, huge smile on his face, he leaned in, kissed my cheek, said see you later. Thank you Jesus

I am a way paver. Thank you Jesus.

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20

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Advent_December 16

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“From the time she wakes up, Michelle is quietly doing what needs to be done to put forward Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of man.”

When I moved in to this place a year ago, there was just one neighbor who greeted me, who introduced himself. We see each other infrequently, but always stop for a few minutes to chat.

Yesterday, I found him slumped over the steering wheel of his truck. I went into nurse mode of course, asked him if he was okay? He nodded. But then, I could hear him crying. I asked him if I could pray for him. He nodded again. So I prayed. He just kept crying, sobbing.

He handed me his phone and I discovered the line was open to his mom! I said hello? She was sobbing on the other end. He’s been depressed. He doesn’t want to live anymore. His brothers were on there way. I promised to stay with him until they arrived.

Then in the clumsy, stumbling, wordy way I do, I told him about Jesus. I told him how Jesus changed my life. I told him Jesus loves him so much. I told him if he cries out to God, God will hear him. I just went on and on. He barely said a word, just listened as I went on incessantly. But he stopped crying briefly. He sat up. I told him not to give up, not to quit. His family loves him. God loves him!

I stayed until his brother came and got him back into his apartment. Please pray for him!

I hope the statement up above is true of me everyday, that I’m quietly doing what needs to be done to put Jesus forward. He is the only one who can save my neighbor!

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20

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the transforming power of prayer

He seemed very chipper when I walked into the holding area, chatting about the military with the anesthesiologist. I waited for their interview to be finished.

I introduced myself as his nurse for the procedure. When I asked him what surgery he was going to have, he told me with a solid voice. But a second later, his face was overshadowed by a dark cloud. He began to shake and cry.

I took hold of his hand. Can I pray for you? Eyes closed, he nodded.

Heavenly Father, I come to you in Jesus name. You know everything. Touch this man and heal him. Use us as your instruments for healing. Come with us into the OR. Don’t leave him alone for a second. In Jesus name. Amen.

I looked down. His face was transformed to sweet peace.

The transforming power of prayer. Something to think about.

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20

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