Last week I was filled with joy to be able to share words with my son Sean. As I promised then, this week I am so blessed to be able to share his wife Gina’s words telling a little bit more about their story. As Mom to Sean and Gina, and Grandma to their 4 darling girls, my heart is so thankful to watch them follow God’s path for their lives. Would you join me now, as Gina shares her heart:
Bettie, my Mother-in-law asked me to write a guest post sharing part of my story, and after praying at length about it I knew I was supposed to share about the journey that God has been taking me on over the last ten months. It’s been a struggle to put into words everything that I’ve been feeling, but I trust that God will use my story to be a blessing to you the reader.
Last April we were driving home from church, back of the vehicle filled to the max with our four little girls, when my husband, Sean, brought up the game changing word that God had given him during the service. God had told him that we were supposed to go to ministry school in Florida. I started crying right away and shared the confirming word that the Lord had put on my heart a year before, but that I couldn’t say anything until God told Sean. That was all it took; we began telling family and friends that we were going to be leaving Minnesota and moving across the country to some unknown location in Florida! The next morning, bright and early, Sean came into our room and told me that God had told him we were supposed to go to YWAM (Youth With A Mission). I wasn’t surprised because the night before God had already put YWAM on my heart, and once again told me not to say anything!
Once we got the confirming words from the Lord together, we moved along quickly. We put our house on the market four days later and it was sold the following morning for higher than our asking price!
During the midst of all of this I was dealing with chronic illness that had started five years before while serving in missions in Asia. I had developed strict food restrictions, I lived in a great deal of muscle and joint pain, and struggled with anxiety. God had promised healing, but that in the waiting He had lessons for me to learn. I learned God doesn’t dole out sickness and discomfort, that’s a result of us being broken people in a broken world, but He does take a seemingly ugly situation and use it for His glory. I learned what it was to rely on His strength and turn to Him for my joy. He became a trusted friend and life source.
Several days before we began the long drive south to Florida, God gave me the word I had been waiting for…you will receive your healing soon!
Attending YWAM was the best thing that could have happened for my husband and I, our hearts were healed from years of built up hurt, our worldview was changed, and on a Friday afternoon in August God began stirring the healing waters. Through a series of clear God-speaking moments I began eating foods that I hadn’t touched in years, without any reaction! God continued the healing by going deeper than the physical and identifying areas that needed to be rebuilt from the inside. He gave me a beautiful word that He wanted to knit for me a fresh heart, all I needed to do was hand Him the knitting needles and allow Him to work.
He’s been so faithful and has done a work that only He can do!
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)
It hasn’t been an easy journey, because I still battle; I fight against the panic attacks and anxiety that have chased me down throughout my life. The difference now is that I have immediate hope, because God has promised to help me and pour out His joy over my life, I know with a certainty that God says what He means and will always follow through! Such life giving and uplifting goodness He gives!
Gina and Sean have a lovely website that details more of their story and their mission to Guyana. You can visit their site, GilbertYwamFam by clicking here. I know they would appreciate your prayers as they leave for Guyana next week. Can we pray together now?
“Dear Lord Jesus, we thank you for the ways that you lead us and guide us along your path. Thank you for always being so patient with us, even through the difficult days, when we cannot see how you are working. Oh, but, we are so grateful for the times that you show us your faithfulness and your great power! Thank you for the beautiful healing that you brought to Gina! And now, Lord, will you guide and watch over Gina and Sean and their family as they follow you in faith once more? Will you send a fresh anointing upon their words and bless the work of their hands, so that your great glory may be seen by all around them? May you call lost ones home, and bring wandering hearts back into your Kingdom of Love. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.”
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