Thursday, August 14, 2008

Give God the Glory... Part I


I love that song by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir...

Give God the Glory...
Give God the Glory
Give God the Glory
and He will give you...
and he will give you...
...and He will give you...the victory!

I just have to share every good thing I can that God is doing. If you've been reading lately you know I've been going through an extremely challenging time. Through all of this I have been saying, "I will bless the Lord at ALL TIMES... and His praise shall CONTINUALLY be in my mouth. No matter how I feel, I will BLESS HIM! I will not lose my song. Like another Brooklyn Tabernacle song says, "I've never lost my praise!" I've lost a lot of other stuff lately, but my praise...NO. And I'm going to keep praising Him for everything possible. Because praise brings victory. Two things I want to share...

1) We had a FANTASTIC service last night. The Fusion groups are going incredible. Just like I dreamed! And more! The leaders are doing a spectacular job! God is blessing the Wednesday night service greatly. We also had four visitors last night, who seemed to love it. We're already maxed out on our groups and adding another one. Let me say, the fact that I can get up and minister right now is seriously GRACE. The amazing thing is, I feel like an unusually strong anointing when the moment comes and I have to speak. I say, "have to" because usually even five minutes before I think I can't. (You have to realize, that's very unusual for me...) But last night in my office I listened to "I have to believe" by Rita Springer four times before I went into the sanctuary, just to saturate myself in His presence so I could have strength do what I usually can't wait to do, but now ask God to give me strength to get through. He's helping me to do more than just get through! He's giving me some of the best messages of my life and helping me to deliver them. Praise God for His faithfulness. In our weakness, HE is strong!

2) INCREDIBLE TESTIMONY...there's a man in our church who has attended almost three months. Less than three months ago he was in our parking lot trying to kill himself with a pair of box cutters when Rob, our outreach director found him, stopped him from committing suicide and led Him to Jesus. What has unfolded in his life is just miraculous...

In less than three months this precious man has come off the streets. (He was homeless and living out of his car and previous to his conversion had simply lost hope.) These past few months He has been transformed by the power of God. Rob discipling him has also been key in his transformation. He gave a testimony about 2 weeks after beginning to attend church that he had started showering daily. This sounds like an odd testimony, but understand that prior to giving His life to the Lord, he wasn't even showering once a month! Not only does he shower, but he's an extremely sharp man. He cleans up well! (SMILE) He has also been reunited with his 8 year old son who lives in another state, and Rob helped him to find a room to rent at a transition house. Shortly thereafter, Rob also helped him get a construction job, building a new local hospital. He's been working the job about a month and a half. He started paying child support again after being a "delinquent dad" for these past years. He sits on the second row of church each service and soaks it in. But that's not all... He's started ministering already! The past month he's been working in our homeless ministry, helping people who are like he used to be just less than three months ago. This past Saturday, they had him give his testimony! But that's not all...

He has heard me get up each week and passionately ask the people to give scholarships so that women in ministry who are financially challenged and couldn't otherwise come to Unstoppable will have a way to come and be refreshed, and in many cases, restored. Although he was just getting on his feet, he came to me and said, "I'm going to sponsor one of those women!" I was shocked. There are people in our church who have a hundred times the resources this man has who probably think they can't afford to sponsor somebody. But here he was, a new Christian - fired up, and ready to respond to the call. He said, "I can't give it to you all at once, I'll have to do it in several payments, since I'm just starting to get paid..." And each week, for the past four weeks, he's given something until last week, he gave the final amount to fully sponsor a woman. Amazing! Well, the story doesn't end there...

Last night he testified at church that his boss called him in a few days ago and told him that they have chosen him for a scholarship for a college apprenticeship program. In addition they gave him a raise! He will continue working his construction job during the day, but they are FULLY PAYING for him to go to college at night!!! They are PAYING FOR THIS MAN'S EDUCATION!!! He said to Pastor Trinity and I last night, "I thought it was kind of ironic that I just paid the last payment on that Unstoppable scholarship last Wednesday night and the Lord opened that door for a scholarship for my own education a few days later."

GIVE A SHOUT NOW!

This man is far ahead of many long-term believers in his level of obedience and faith. But friends, that's not all! There's part II of this testimony...

but you'll have to check out my blog tomorrow to find out what it is...

And as Danella is famous for saying... (I'll steal her slogan just this once...)

tGbtg,



10 comments:

LAURIE said...

God is soooo good! Truly TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

You are a testimony as you continue to stand in your faith even during your difficult time, Its not about our trial but that God will recieve Glory IN our trial.

I am going thru something that seemingly is over my head, but I am praising God for each step and taking one step at a time and knowing with each step - it is a step closer to victory. I covet your prayers for a physical and financial miracle.

God bless, Laurie

Melissa said...

WOOO HOOOO! Go GOD! That is so awesome! I get so excited about what and how God does things in people's lives. A little obedience is all it takes for God to pour His blessings in our lives!
Praying for you!

CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE said...

God is certainly using you as a testimony to many of us as you walk through these challenging times.

We love you and appreciate you!

DaNella Auten said...

Sharon says I can't post this with out your permission... so, can I post this testamony on my blog? That just really touched me...

Deanna Shrodes said...

You can post anything from my blog at any time that I've written. You have my carte blanche permission to use ANYTHING of "mine" because nothing's really mine, it's all God's and my life and all it's contents belong to Him. I am honored that you'd want to post something. Take it!

Love you all

Tara Sloan said...

I am speechless... literally... woo- hoo! Go God!!!! Wow! WOW! WOW!!!!!

I have goose bumps on my goose bumps!!!!!!!

Awesome PD!

Valerie said...

This was awesome! I have had a difficult year this past year myself and this is definitely encouragement for me and makes me realize that there are others a lot worse off than me out there! Thank you for sharing! Hey, have you checked out my web page yet? I gave you my web address in a comment I left you a few days ago.

LaDonna said...

Deanna,
This totally BLOWS me away! I AM MOVED BEYONG WORDS.... This precious man has sponsored a woman to go to "Unstoppable". God bless him and it looks like he is!!!! And the devil thought he had the last laugh!

Anonymous said...

Pastor Deanna, I'm not sure if you remember me, I saw you at the inspire conference the last 2 years, I spoke to you about your book " intimate woman " this year, I also was the one who won the saks basket. I just wanted to tell you I read your blog almost nightly, I've grown quite fond of it. And it blesses me daily, you are truly an inspiration, even when your struggling to inspire yourself. Thank You ! Danielle

Deanna Shrodes said...

Hi Danielle...yes, I actually DO remember you! You spoke to me when I first came in the room on the first evening of Inspire this year. And I remember when you won the Saks basket too. If memory serves me right, didn't you read Intimate Woman and then get pregnant shortly thereafter? (GRIN) I am thinking it was you who told me that...if not please forgive my poor memory, but anyway...way to go! (That's the way God designed it...first be an intimate woman, THEN get pregnant...) LOL

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. It means a lot. If memory serves me right, you are also from Pastor Sandy's church. You're in good hands. :-) Crazy about that Pastor Sandy...

Much love to you...