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WHAT SEVEN MONTHS CAN DO!
By Elizabeth Cartier

In May of 2008, I was sitting in church with my family. After having attended this church for twenty years, I felt that it was time to go. I wrote in my journal that day, "I am ready to leave". And then things started happening. Not good things were happening in regards to my husband's relationship with someone in leadership at the church and my husband wanted to stop attending.

The Lord told me to cleave to my husband, so that is what I did. I just waited and spent more time with him, wondering what was going to come of this. It was a very hard time for me. I had been faithful in my service to this church as well as through this church. I went through a time of grieving, not knowing where to go or what to do. I felt at times like I was going through the wilderness, looking for God everywhere, wanting a place to rest.

 

My inner rest started to come when I was recommended to attend a women's group focusing on inner healing. So I went and I was amazed at all that God did in and through the women in that group. They offered prayer after our time together, so I went for prayer as often as I could. One day, when I went for prayer, the word they had for me was that I needed to take a spiritual bath by letting go.

 

I had thought that I was good at letting go, but I guess I wasn't. That day, when I got home and opened the mail, I received an advertisement for a CD called none other than "Letting Go". I did order that CD and it has blessed and ministered to me over and over again. Praise Him for His faithfulness.

 

On the morning of January 2,2009 while I was in prayer for pastors, during a prayer meeting with my Pastor who has a ministry to pastors, the Lord gave me an idea. The idea is to go visit churches with the purpose of praying and interceding, while having as home base the church that I had attended for twenty years. I told my husband about the idea and he agreed that it was good and that I should do it. Then I told the Pastor that I had been praying with. He gave me an assignment to visit a church where he was currently ministering to the pastor.

And so I started a new ministry and have been to a few churches since the beginning of the New Year. When I thought about and counted the previous months, the time of my wandering in the wilderness, there had been seven months. On the eighth month (the number of new beginnings), the Lord gave me a new ministry. That is what I needed to do: to leave, but not the way I had thought. I am to go out and bless the churches in New England. Praise His Holy Name !! Wait patiently for the Lord.
His ways are not our ways, they are higher than ours

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