Last Friday I caught up with two beautiful Christian friends. I do life with them. They make up my writers/life accountability group.
We met for the first time in person since February. The joy was tangible. We exchanged gifts, laughter poured out, and we released shouts of glee into the outdoor restaurant.
The waitress, a young woman maybe in her late 20’s stopped and smiled: ‘oh I love gifts, Christmas is my favourite time of the year, I just love giving gifts- thank you for reminding me of this.’
We chatted briefly and offered to pray for her.
She quickly said yes.
I prophesied, noting the tattoos that ran up her arms, and released God’s heart of love for her. I said I saw her writing and felt she was a poet… I encouraged her to keep writing and spoke to other things I knew.
She was a poet, and many of the other words also affirmed her. They spoke to her heart. She was not a Christian yet, and she was clearly hungry for the love and the joy we carried as a group.
Later, she saw us outside the café, and spoke again to us, asking where we went to church, calling us angels. I told her what church I attended online and spoke more into her situation. She shared that she had been suicidal during lockdown and she struggled with drugs.
‘God can deal with that,’ I said.
She looked at me and asked, ‘Can I hug you?’
I responded ‘Of course’ and as we hugged, I whispered to her she was beautiful, I kissed her on the cheek and we exchanged details….
The following Monday night I received a message:
‘Beth thank-you all three of you beautiful angels have inspired me to actually go to a church I was heavily drawn to before seeing you which is close to me thank you thank you thank you’
And then Saturday evening, I received this message:
'Beth…. I am so overwhelmed and appreciative to tell you I HAVE given myself to God. I cried and cried after work today as I pulled into my driveway and realised I had given myself and I feel so happy to be back with God and to love God and know that he loves me. I feel so happy to be where I belong. You had such a big influence on this as did your friends. I showed this emotion to my mum and she has always gently felt the same but I suppose I wasn’t ready. And then this poem just now the first poem as I open the book….'
'In my daily life since talking with God I feel him and feel peace and when I give I feel perfect and know it is in perfect sense to do so THANK-YOU THANK-YOU THANK-YOU BETH'
'I felt drawn to a man today to buy him a smiley face biscuit and so I did and he was delighted and his friend said what made you do that and I said I had a tingly in my tummy to do so and the tinglys are clear and strong and warm and just thank-you so much'
[author’s note: anyone can do this!]
Now, I may look like I am the hero in this interaction.
I ‘m not.
As a group, the three of us felt love for one another, and we were expressing our sheer Joy… she was drawn by the Joy fruit in our life…
The three of us just stopped and turned to see a beautiful, gifted girl, and said yes to being the conduit of a loving God, a Father who loved her without reserve. He did the rest…
My friends and I are still in contact with her.
We will be by her side as much as she wants us to be, to encourage her and love her as best we can… because we are not perfect.
We know that as long as she holds onto the love of the Father’s heart of Jesus, she will be ok because…
God is Good!
As an addendum, this beautiful heart wrote:
'I am so emotional for you and the gift you are I am so thankful and so happy I wrote two poems just now just flowed straight out of me and I am going to publish my own book of poetry THANK-YOU'
'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.'
Born into an atheist home, Beth Kennedy came to faith in her early 20s. In 2008, after a series of encounters with a loving God, Beth radically changed, and started living out the idea that all are called to be the church, rather than just go to church.
In 2010, she felt a need to blog her adventures with a good God, and has done so since on her website www.GodisGoodStories.com. Over the years Beth has guest taught at Bible colleges, spoken at various churches, and has trained, equipped and mentored many individuals in order that they experientially know God’s goodness.
Together with her husband Andrew, Beth continues to train, mentor and coach others in how to deeply connect with a loving God, and in so doing respond to the voice of the Holy Spirit in everyday life. Andrew and Beth run worldwide soaking groups, and prophetic training groups to encourage, empower and equip Christians from all walks of life.