A very joy-filled Gratitude Day! You each are reasons to upgrade our Thankfulness!
This run Pam shares a recent testimony about our river. You’ll be encouraged!
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Hearing Ana Mendez Ferrell and watching the testimony as she shared asking forgiveness of the African Elephants was so impactful for me.So much so that I actually dreamedabout it the following night.
In the dream Ana came to me and said, “You can do this.”I was thrilled and not sure what that might look like.
As soon as we began looking at the riverfront property (we now own) we heard the accounts of the river flooding and the death and destruction that followed it.
We knew this was our property and beganapplying, “I will give you the land you step on.” and began to speak to the river.“You will remain within the boundaries God has given you, and will not flood while we own this land.” We also blessed the forest, hills and mountain range and the moisture, rain and snow.
During this summers drought we prayed daily for the right amount of rain. We always blessed thearea. Its a big thing to me to bless the area we live around.
When we lived in agricultural areas we prayed often for the right amount of rain, snow, wind so that the farmers could get the best harvest. Mostly it was praying for the drought to end and the rain to come and it always did.
We have seen the river drop to the lowest level the community has seen this past summer and now the news sources were telling us the rivers of western WA. had not been this high since 2015. Truly flood stage. Communities beyond us were being evacuated, as homes were in jeopardy,some under water.
Our closest neighbor called Steve and I could tell from his side of the conversation our neighbor was fearful.Steve offered to pray with him and led out, and then something unusual happened. The neighbor prayed, OUT LOUD. He had never done that, in fact he’d been a stinker at times and a bit of a trial for us.So humbling himself to ask for Gods help was a big deal.
Ihad complete peace yet kept praying as we watched the river rise, coming nearer and nearer to our riverfront yard.
Our neighbors started coming down (we live at the lowest point on our cul-d-sac) watching the river and parroting the past scenarios.Loss of houses, land, bridges and deaths that ensued.
Steve had gone down to measure how far the river had risen and how close it was to flooding our property, within 2 feet.
The rain had been pouring downnonstop for a few days and my weather app was indicating there was 100% rain for the next few days.
I had been watching and praying but now I sensed I was to go visit the river. With peace in my heart I told Steve, “I think I’m supposed to go to the river.”
I put on my rain gear and walked outside. I was greeted by a neighbor talking about moving his RV and another couple who were fully engaged in the fear and worry of the first guy.
They walked up to me and began to share fully.
I listened and gently but firmly replied, “Thats not going to happen today.”They shared more.I took a breath to reply and felt a shift and instead of disagreeing I agreed with them. ‘Yes, in the past these things had happened andthis may even be a perfect time for more of those things to happen again”, BUT… I let them know we had prayed over this river and I was certain this time was not that. (In my heart I was surprised as I heard myself, I was so confident, so at peace) I encouraged the neighbors to do what gave them peace patting one gentleman on his shoulder.
I walked on down to the rivers edge noting the huge beach, we enjoyed most of the time we had lived here ( 2 years), was gone. I walked along on the last rocks left above water and talked to God.
“God did you hear what I said. I sure hope you back me up. I don’t usually talk like that. Those people don’t know You and we have been gently loving them and sharing who we know.
What am I doing here?”
I sensed I was to place my feet in the water. So I stepped into the water and stood there watching the angry, brown water churn around my boots.
Looking up at the expanseof the river I spoke.“ Tilton River I release you from death and destruction and I realign you to agree with Gods plan for you, to bring forth life and that abundantly.”
That seemed to be it. I waited, but nothing more came and I worshipped with the rivers new identity, and walked back up to my home.
The rain slowed, Steve took another measurement and the river was 8 inches lower than previous.Later that day it was 2 feet lower and the rain was a light drizzle.
(I had not addressed the rain.)
The rain slowed and actually stopped for a while. Our neighbor stayed up all night watching the river.We went to bed and slept well.He called us as soon as our lights went on the next morning telling Steve, “God heard our prayers, and I’m going to bed now.”
The rain stopped for half of the day and the river has continued to go down.
And I am so excited about the life that will begin on these banks, for families and this community.
God is so good to back up my faith and my words and with Ana I learned I can partner with heaven to bring that realm to earth.
Steve and Pam Johnson