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March 3, 2020
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How do you trust God in the midst of tragedy and chaos? If He truly holds the future; then we have nothing to fear. | TBN Prayer Line: 1-888-731-1000

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The Source of Life | Better Together

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  • - Did you thank God forwaking up this morning?
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  • Is he fully in control ofthe very breath in our lungs?
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  • You know, he knows howmany hairs are on our heads
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  • and he has numbered our days.
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  • So do we have any say at all?
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  • Come join the conversation.
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  • (calm pop music)
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  • - I was 34 weeks pregnant
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  • and my husband had just leftto go golfing with some buddies
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  • and I startedhaving contractions.
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  • It was like midday, my first son
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  • I was with my second son,
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  • so my first son I hadbeen induced in labor,
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  • so I didn't really knowwhat it felt like to go
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  • into natural labor.
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  • And so I startedhaving contractions.
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  • He's gone golfingwith his friends
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  • I'm home with my twoyear old little boy.
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  • I'm taking him over to myin-laws house to go swimming
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  • and the contractions arekeep happening and I'm like,
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  • well that's kind of weird.
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  • You know, maybeit's braxton hicks,
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  • maybe I should take a nap.
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  • Like I dunno what's going on.
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  • And so we go home,I put him to bed,
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  • I'm still havingthe contractions
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  • and my husband's still gonewith his buddies and I'm like,
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  • maybe I'll take a bathand maybe they'll go away.
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  • So I took a bath andI texted him like,
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  • I've been havingcontractions, I'm not sure.
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  • It's probably nothinglike enjoy your friends.
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  • I was so glad he wasout with his friends
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  • 'cause it didn't dothat often enough.
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  • And so I took a bath,got out of the bath
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  • and think contractionswere worse.
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  • So I'm like, okay,come home now.
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  • I'm only 34 weeks pregnant,
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  • he's not supposedto be coming yet.
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  • So he rushes home, werushed to the hospital
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  • and we get there, I'm alreadya six already dilated,
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  • the baby is coming, there'snothing we can do about it.
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  • They call a bunch ofspecialists into the room
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  • and three hours later in themorning of the 4th of July,
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  • our little firecrackers,that death row was born,
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  • and I remember just beingabsolutely terrified
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  • you know, you hear stories ofbabies coming too early and
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  • the complications withbabies coming too early.
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  • And I was so scared likeis he going to make it?
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  • What's going to happen?
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  • And so they rushedhim to the NICU
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  • and his lungs wereunderdeveloped sothey intubated him
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  • and he was on a ventilatorand I remember the first time
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  • walking into the NICU withmy husband and I'm a mess,
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  • you know, just had a baby,
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  • don't even knowwhat's happening like
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  • how did that even happen?
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  • And walking in and stickingmy hand through the side
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  • and holding his little hand,you know, with my finger and,
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  • and begging God and, andtalking to God and telling God,
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  • why did this happen and what,
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  • what are you doing andwhy did he come so early
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  • and God, is he going to be okay?
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  • Is this, is this going to bea lifelong struggle for him?
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  • You know, being born early.
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  • And I remember justbeing absolutelyterrified, so terrified
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  • and then going home, goingback home to my two year old
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  • and having to leave mynewborn baby at the hospital.
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  • And he ended up stayingin the NICU for a month.
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  • And it was a long month ofgoing back and forth and
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  • calling in the middle of thenight and checking on him.
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  • And your heart'sjust torn in two,
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  • you know, a piece of yourheart's there and you're home.
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  • And I remember the wholetime I was so scared
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  • and my husband wasjust so confident
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  • and he would hold myhand and pray with me
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  • and remind me thatGod's got this and,
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  • and that God's got him and he'sgoing to be okay. You know?
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  • And so, but I remember, youknow, begging for his life
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  • and Beck and God just,just keep him healthy
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  • and strong and help themto get through this.
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  • And, and there were times when,
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  • when it was scary andthey were running a test
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  • and we weren't sure, youknow, what was gonna happen.
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  • And thankfully by the grace ofGod, he's five years old now,
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  • we'll never know loudand healthy and athletic
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  • and the life of the partyand you would have no idea
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  • that he spent a month in
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  • And our journey withmy son Jet in the NICU,
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  • you know, there, there wasa turning point in my heart
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  • and my soul where I hadto let go of the fear
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  • and let go of, you know, meclinging just to the fear
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  • and clinging to the worry
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  • and clinging to theanxious thoughts
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  • surrounding him beingin the hospital.
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  • We had to let go of thatand whisper to God like,
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  • I can't, but you can and it's
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  • that just prayer of surrender.
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  • Like, God, I cannot,like I can't fix this.
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  • I can't do this. LikeI can't, but you can.
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  • And that's what it meansto surrender to God.
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  • You know, it's likesurrendering the things
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  • that we cannot controland there's so many things
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  • that I've walked throughthat I just circumstances
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  • that were out of mycontrol, beyond my control.
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  • And it's that simpleprayer of surrender
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  • God, I can't, but you can andshow me what the next step is.
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  • - I love that.
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  • That's how I have Mile'sat 36 weeks, my last one.
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  • And I was so readyto go into labor,
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  • but I didn't know I was there
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  • the doctor didn'tknow I was at 36 weeks
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  • 'cause she told me, she said,
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  • well if you start havingcontractions again,
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  • you know, just call me.
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  • And so I called her, Isaid, I'm having them
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  • she said come to the hospital.
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  • But she thought Iwas further alone.
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  • And when I got there andthey ended up going ahead
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  • and inducing me when shepanic say at 36 weeks.
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  • So it made me panic.I'm like, Oh my God.
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  • So I thought it was okay to go.
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  • And she was like, no,we should have waited,
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  • but thank God she came outyou know, and she was healthy
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  • but she was small shewas like five pounds
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  • and had to stay inthere for a few days.
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  • But everything was well.
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  • But I just thank God forhis faithfulness to protect
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  • and to keep them safe.
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  • - And it's such a miracle.
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  • Every single birth, I meansuch, it takes so many little
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  • miracles to have the onemiracle of having a child.
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  • - But when you saidyou're freaking out,
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  • but Andrew was like,it's going to be fine.
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  • Do you think that'show it is in a marriage
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  • like you Kind offreak out alternately?
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  • - Oh yeah.
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  • - Absolutely.
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  • - I think that's thekindness of God too
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  • because if you bothfreak out then Oh,
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  • it wouldn't be good.
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  • - Like we have arule in my house,
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  • only one of us can lose it
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  • I mean and my son got introuble when he was like 17
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  • got in trouble andthey locked him up
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  • and my husband just lost it.
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  • And I'm saying, okay, waita minute, I'm the mama
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  • the mama supposedto lose it first.
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  • And so I'm watchinghim, he Crying,
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  • losing it.
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  • And I'm like, okay,we have this rule,
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  • only one of us canlose it at a time.
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  • So I had to juststand there and watch
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  • and it's like double Dutch,
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  • like he just didn't let up
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  • so I just said, okay,let me just join it.
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  • But I do, I believethat's how God is.
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  • He just balance us outand put us in the right,
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  • you know, relationship orone can just kind of carry.
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  • - I think that's whywe're scattered together.
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  • - That's why weneed girlfriends.
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  • - When Paris was, so my daughterwho's now 28. Oh my gosh.
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  • Anyway, when shewas two and a half,
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  • I was having a yardsale in the front yard
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  • and our neighbors walkedover with their dog
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  • and she went up to pet thedog person, animal person.
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  • And that dog grabbed herface and bit her in the face.
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  • And I'm, I'm not a panicker,
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  • I'm just not my nature. Right.
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  • And so I saw that. I saw theblood and I picked her up
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  • and you know, she's doing that,
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  • the silent cry, youknow how it is done,
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  • before the big one comes out.
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  • And so I brought herinside i looked thinking,
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  • can I bandage this together?
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  • I'm like, no, no, there'slike her lips hanging,
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  • you know, like this skin here.
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  • Yeah, no, I knowI can't do this.
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  • And so Philip was not home.
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  • And so I get herin the, you know,
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  • the car seat and, andsend somebody to get him,
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  • you know, before cell phones.
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  • Anyway, send someoneto get Phillip
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  • and we get to the hospital and
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  • that happened to have aplastic surgeon on call,
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  • which that's the miracle,
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  • he happened to bethe one that day.
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  • But this is in thatmoment where they,
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  • they just would putdrops up their nose.
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  • They're not knocking themunconscious to stitch them up.
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  • They just, these little drops
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  • and so there's blood everywhere.
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  • Phillip is amazing.
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  • Blood, No, he's like,
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  • I got this honey,
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  • remember blood schoolI got to, I got this.
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  • But yeah, I justremember that moment.
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  • You have to hold her downI had to hold her down.
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  • So that's when hefinally realized
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  • I couldn't hold it on bymyself. So he came up.
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  • So we're holding herdown and then she said,
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  • she's this little, she'sa little raspy voice.
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  • And she said, Mom, I'mfeeling better now.
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  • I'm ready to go home now.
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  • There's like bloodeverywhere. Anyway.
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  • I just think that's oneof the hardest things,
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  • right, is when you know yourkids are that and Sonia,
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  • so feel we can finallydo this together.
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  • But I just remember in that
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  • moment trustingGod with her face.
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  • 40 stitches in her faceand just like, what?
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  • Ha ha, how's thisgonna work out?
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  • And now today, ifyou looked at her,
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  • you wouldn't know right.
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  • You wouldn't, you wouldn'tknow and I just think
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  • that was this momentof trusting God with,
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  • okay, I don't knowthe end of this game,
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  • but this is howmy daughter's not,
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  • that fruit doesn't fallfar from this tree,
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  • but when we get home, right,
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  • she's had the drops up her noseso she's a little like, Ooh
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  • she's still littleand so I'm holding her
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  • and she's thismommy put me down.
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  • I need to go spank that dog
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  • and she's like, amnot afraid at all.
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  • I mean, just like you're
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  • not afraid of dogs tothis day, just anyway.
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  • - I think the journey of faith
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  • takes us through through
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  • through our struggles,
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  • through trauma, through tragedy.
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  • There's a lyric of a songthat I absolutely love.
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  • It says sometimes the only
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  • way up the mountainis to climb it.
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  • You know, we, we, wewant to go around it.
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  • We want to just beable to hop over it.
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  • But sometimes it's thegrueling process of climbing
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  • the mountain, going orgoing through the situation.
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  • And you know what theHoly spirit is there
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  • to strengthen us,to to in is with us.
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  • The presence of God iswith us and sustains us
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  • through the going through.
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  • - Connect with uson social media,
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  • - We're taughtfear though, right?
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  • And that fear can paralyze us
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  • and prevent usfrom trusting God.
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  • Like, you know,we're supposed to.
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  • So thank God that shedidn't operate in that fear
  • 00:11:13.529 --> 00:11:16.365
  • because that can translate over
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  • into her relationshipwith the Lord.
  • 00:11:18.100 --> 00:11:19.635
  • - That's right.
  • 00:11:19.635 --> 00:11:20.870
  • - It's like I'm afear here, not trust
  • 00:11:20.870 --> 00:11:22.772
  • that I can handle this dog,I'm a fear over here not
  • 00:11:22.772 --> 00:11:25.307
  • trusted i couldn'teven believe God.
  • 00:11:25.307 --> 00:11:27.576
  • And so that's, that'spretty powerful,
  • 00:11:27.576 --> 00:11:30.312
  • - You know, justtrusting God with that.
  • 00:11:30.312 --> 00:11:31.914
  • - And trusting God whenthat doesn't work out.
  • 00:11:31.914 --> 00:11:36.252
  • - Absolutely.
  • 00:11:36.252 --> 00:11:37.520
  • - And that baby doesdie. Yeah. You know,
  • 00:11:37.520 --> 00:11:40.156
  • and then you startthinking, well,
  • 00:11:40.156 --> 00:11:42.158
  • did all my prayerand all my faith
  • 00:11:42.158 --> 00:11:46.829
  • and everything Iput towards that,
  • 00:11:46.829 --> 00:11:48.998
  • but yet the baby wenton to be with Jesus.
  • 00:11:48.998 --> 00:11:53.035
  • So we've seen that kind ofclubs all of us this year
  • 00:11:53.035 --> 00:11:57.673
  • up close and personal overthe kind of the holidays
  • 00:11:57.673 --> 00:12:01.277
  • and what do you do with that?
  • 00:12:01.277 --> 00:12:04.013
  • And all I know is thatyou believe God unto death
  • 00:12:04.013 --> 00:12:09.018
  • because we win either way.
  • 00:12:10.152 --> 00:12:12.855
  • Either way we win. Butit makes you, you know,
  • 00:12:12.855 --> 00:12:16.292
  • and I, and I'll pinpointkinda over Christmas,
  • 00:12:16.292 --> 00:12:20.496
  • just before Christmas,
  • 00:12:20.496 --> 00:12:22.131
  • we lost a little girl thatwe were all praying for
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  • and I think that changedthe world though.
  • 00:12:26.268 --> 00:12:30.105
  • It brought such a revival
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  • inside just believing
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  • - For the big things
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  • - For the big things.
  • 00:12:37.346 --> 00:12:38.380
  • - The impossible.
  • 00:12:38.380 --> 00:12:39.615
  • - The things God toldus that we would do.
  • 00:12:39.615 --> 00:12:41.884
  • And through that, Ithink just the tenacity
  • 00:12:41.884 --> 00:12:45.387
  • and just the faithbuilding that does,
  • 00:12:45.387 --> 00:12:48.123
  • when you believe in a God that,
  • 00:12:48.123 --> 00:12:50.926
  • that says that we believewho he says he is.
  • 00:12:50.926 --> 00:12:54.296
  • He is the healer. Don'ttake my circumstances
  • 00:12:54.296 --> 00:12:57.266
  • and when I live today
  • 00:12:57.266 --> 00:12:59.802
  • to diminish God tomy circumstance andwhat I live on a day,
  • 00:12:59.802 --> 00:13:03.572
  • God is God all by himself.
  • 00:13:03.572 --> 00:13:05.608
  • He is King of Kingsand Lord of Lords
  • 00:13:05.608 --> 00:13:08.777
  • and he knows what, andhe's sovereign God.
  • 00:13:08.777 --> 00:13:11.547
  • And sometimes the answeris my grace is sufficient.
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  • I'll, I'll give you, I'llgive you what you need
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  • to go through it and Ithink we all have to live
  • 00:13:18.053 --> 00:13:20.789
  • that every day in onearea or the other.
  • 00:13:20.789 --> 00:13:23.292
  • - Absolutely.
  • 00:13:23.292 --> 00:13:24.126
  • - I think most ofus are, we live
  • 00:13:25.294 --> 00:13:27.296
  • and die in our understanding
  • 00:13:27.296 --> 00:13:29.932
  • and we think we should beable to put everything into
  • 00:13:29.932 --> 00:13:34.503
  • how we see it.
  • 00:13:34.503 --> 00:13:35.704
  • But God is so muchbigger than our mind.
  • 00:13:35.704 --> 00:13:38.307
  • He's so much bigger thanour, how our paradigm,
  • 00:13:38.307 --> 00:13:42.478
  • He is almighty, allpowerful, all present.
  • 00:13:42.478 --> 00:13:45.881
  • He is large, big.
  • 00:13:45.881 --> 00:13:48.384
  • And so, so many times whenwe go through circumstances,
  • 00:13:48.384 --> 00:13:51.153
  • we try to put God in a box
  • 00:13:51.153 --> 00:13:53.088
  • and make it all makesense and it may not.
  • 00:13:53.088 --> 00:13:55.658
  • And so we have to be reallycareful about doing that.
  • 00:13:55.658 --> 00:13:58.260
  • We have to trust thatGod is who he says he is.
  • 00:13:58.260 --> 00:14:00.963
  • And our circumstancesare, you know,
  • 00:14:00.963 --> 00:14:03.465
  • they're real andthey're in front of us,
  • 00:14:03.465 --> 00:14:05.067
  • but it doesn't take awayfrom the truth of his word.
  • 00:14:05.067 --> 00:14:08.137
  • So if I'm praying forsomeone to get healed
  • 00:14:08.137 --> 00:14:12.574
  • and they don't, thatdoesn't mean I'm not gonna,
  • 00:14:12.574 --> 00:14:15.711
  • doesn't mean that I won'tstop praying for somebody.
  • 00:14:15.711 --> 00:14:17.413
  • I'm gonna keep praying for him
  • 00:14:17.413 --> 00:14:18.347
  • because I know who God is.
  • 00:14:18.347 --> 00:14:19.615
  • I'm not about to try toshrink God into my box.
  • 00:14:19.615 --> 00:14:22.184
  • No, I'm not going to do that.
  • 00:14:22.184 --> 00:14:23.385
  • He's bigger.
  • 00:14:23.385 --> 00:14:24.620
  • I'm just going to keeptaking the next step
  • 00:14:24.620 --> 00:14:25.955
  • on my journey with him.
  • 00:14:25.955 --> 00:14:27.122
  • - But it's so importantthat we don't allow
  • 00:14:28.257 --> 00:14:31.160
  • what somebody elsehave experience todo like what you said
  • 00:14:31.160 --> 00:14:35.464
  • diminish your faith in God.
  • 00:14:35.464 --> 00:14:36.632
  • - Yes. Yeah.
  • 00:14:36.632 --> 00:14:38.100
  • - You know becauseit's possible.
  • 00:14:38.100 --> 00:14:40.469
  • I, my husband cameback and said,
  • 00:14:40.469 --> 00:14:42.571
  • after he had a tragic,
  • 00:14:42.571 --> 00:14:44.573
  • maybe I'll have anopportunity to share,
  • 00:14:44.573 --> 00:14:46.675
  • but after he was attacked
  • 00:14:46.675 --> 00:14:48.277
  • physically in hisbody with his health,
  • 00:14:48.277 --> 00:14:50.813
  • he came back and toldthe congregation,
  • 00:14:50.813 --> 00:14:52.815
  • he said, I know fora fact if I had died,
  • 00:14:52.815 --> 00:14:56.085
  • Satan, he would have beenable to come to you and say,
  • 00:14:56.085 --> 00:14:59.021
  • look, your pastor died.
  • 00:14:59.021 --> 00:15:00.589
  • He teaches faith andit didn't work for him.
  • 00:15:00.589 --> 00:15:03.826
  • So regardless of whatI have gone through,
  • 00:15:03.826 --> 00:15:06.929
  • I would never want itto affect your faith
  • 00:15:06.929 --> 00:15:09.765
  • and believing a God whosaid that his word is true,
  • 00:15:09.765 --> 00:15:14.003
  • that he is not a man,that he should lie.
  • 00:15:14.003 --> 00:15:16.438
  • If he said it, it'sgoing to come to pass.
  • 00:15:16.438 --> 00:15:18.974
  • It's so important that weuse our story to be our story
  • 00:15:18.974 --> 00:15:23.512
  • to minister to somebody,
  • 00:15:23.512 --> 00:15:24.813
  • but also to not allow them to be
  • 00:15:24.813 --> 00:15:27.282
  • affected by ourstory in a negative.
  • 00:15:27.282 --> 00:15:29.685
  • - Not to make a theologyout of our experience.
  • 00:15:29.685 --> 00:15:32.588
  • - Right, right. Absolutely.
  • 00:15:32.588 --> 00:15:34.223
  • - I just remember as a youngpastor figuring that out.
  • 00:15:34.223 --> 00:15:37.192
  • I'm gonna, you knowpray for people
  • 00:15:37.192 --> 00:15:38.861
  • and some will getbetter and some don't
  • 00:15:38.861 --> 00:15:40.529
  • and I'm not going tostop praying for people.
  • 00:15:40.529 --> 00:15:42.865
  • You just keep prayingbecause God is still God
  • 00:15:42.865 --> 00:15:45.134
  • and I'm the flawed one.Right? So he's not,
  • 00:15:45.134 --> 00:15:47.936
  • so I'm going to keepdoing what I know to do
  • 00:15:47.936 --> 00:15:49.605
  • and I'm not goingto let the fact
  • 00:15:49.605 --> 00:15:51.140
  • that I prayed for this person
  • 00:15:51.140 --> 00:15:52.574
  • and they did not get bettereffect the fact that.
  • 00:15:52.574 --> 00:15:54.009
  • - And that's how welearn to trust God.
  • 00:15:54.009 --> 00:15:56.045
  • - In distress, God, I'm goingto believe who you say I am.
  • 00:15:56.045 --> 00:15:59.314
  • - But I'll be darnedif I'm budging
  • 00:15:59.314 --> 00:16:01.917
  • from the faithfulnessof God and that he knows
  • 00:16:01.917 --> 00:16:04.586
  • and that he'sabsolutely in control.
  • 00:16:04.586 --> 00:16:06.021
  • - I trust you with mylife. Period. End of story.
  • 00:16:06.021 --> 00:16:09.058
  • - I remember years ago hearinga message called you know
  • 00:16:09.058 --> 00:16:12.561
  • about if not faith, having,
  • 00:16:12.561 --> 00:16:14.163
  • if not faith like the
  • 00:16:14.163 --> 00:16:15.464
  • Shadrach, Meshach andAbednego in the fire.
  • 00:16:15.464 --> 00:16:18.033
  • My God is able to deliver me,
  • 00:16:18.033 --> 00:16:19.768
  • but I'm still not gonna bow
  • 00:16:19.768 --> 00:16:23.105
  • because I still believethat He is good,
  • 00:16:23.105 --> 00:16:25.674
  • He is who he says he is.
  • 00:16:25.674 --> 00:16:27.810
  • - Yeah. As you'resaying, if I die, I die.
  • 00:16:27.810 --> 00:16:29.745
  • - But I will go.
  • 00:16:29.745 --> 00:16:30.579
  • - God is faithfulregardless of what
  • 00:16:31.780 --> 00:16:34.616
  • anybody else has gone through.
  • 00:16:34.616 --> 00:16:36.285
  • He said in his word that he'snot a man that He should lie
  • 00:16:36.285 --> 00:16:39.688
  • neither the son of manthat he has to repent.
  • 00:16:39.688 --> 00:16:42.124
  • If he said it, he isgoing to make it good.
  • 00:16:42.124 --> 00:16:46.361
  • God is a faithful God.
  • 00:16:46.361 --> 00:16:47.796
  • All we have to do ishold fast to his promises
  • 00:16:47.796 --> 00:16:51.433
  • and knowing that he hasalready done everything
  • 00:16:51.433 --> 00:16:54.903
  • that he's going todo in the earth.
  • 00:16:54.903 --> 00:16:56.738
  • He has proven himself tobe faithful in my life.
  • 00:16:56.738 --> 00:17:00.109
  • I have seen so many testimonies,
  • 00:17:00.109 --> 00:17:02.244
  • so many thingshappen in my life,
  • 00:17:02.244 --> 00:17:04.012
  • and I would encourage you today
  • 00:17:04.012 --> 00:17:05.747
  • to trust God regardlessof the circumstances,
  • 00:17:05.747 --> 00:17:08.617
  • regardless of how things appear,
  • 00:17:08.617 --> 00:17:11.353
  • He is faithful.
  • 00:17:11.353 --> 00:17:13.555
  • - Sometimes in the middle,
  • 00:17:14.523 --> 00:17:16.024
  • like when there's just beenso much coming at you at once.
  • 00:17:16.024 --> 00:17:18.327
  • I remember God asked meone time, am I enough?
  • 00:17:18.327 --> 00:17:20.829
  • Am I enough?
  • 00:17:22.030 --> 00:17:23.132
  • - Yeah.- Yes.
  • 00:17:23.132 --> 00:17:25.567
  • - You almost got emotionalwith that. Yeah. Yeah.
  • 00:17:25.567 --> 00:17:29.238
  • - Trusting you is enough. Atthe end of the day, it's you.
  • 00:17:29.238 --> 00:17:31.473
  • I live to serve you.
  • 00:17:31.473 --> 00:17:33.041
  • - And I think voices in ourlife and stuff like that
  • 00:17:34.443 --> 00:17:37.479
  • we can kind of succumb toand listen to those voices
  • 00:17:37.479 --> 00:17:41.116
  • and we've got to realizethat we live for one
  • 00:17:41.116 --> 00:17:44.186
  • and we can't be concerned.
  • 00:17:44.186 --> 00:17:46.021
  • You know, peoplethink you're crazy
  • 00:17:46.021 --> 00:17:47.856
  • because you're that.
  • 00:17:47.856 --> 00:17:48.790
  • But if you feel a passion and
  • 00:17:48.790 --> 00:17:50.192
  • you feel God calling you there,
  • 00:17:50.192 --> 00:17:52.761
  • you better go. You know,
  • 00:17:52.761 --> 00:17:55.364
  • and trust God inthose circumstances.
  • 00:17:55.364 --> 00:17:57.966
  • - Absolutely.- Yeah.
  • 00:17:57.966 --> 00:17:59.868
  • - I think it's importantto say that it's hard.
  • 00:17:59.868 --> 00:18:01.937
  • - It's hard.
  • 00:18:01.937 --> 00:18:03.172
  • - That it's not easyand that trusting
  • 00:18:03.172 --> 00:18:04.673
  • that God is sovereignwhile you're suffering
  • 00:18:04.673 --> 00:18:07.442
  • is so incrediblydifficult and hard.
  • 00:18:07.442 --> 00:18:09.978
  • And it's so wrestling becauseyou 'cause you're human
  • 00:18:09.978 --> 00:18:12.447
  • and we have human emotionand we're angry at God
  • 00:18:12.447 --> 00:18:15.484
  • and it's okay to be angryat God and were frustrated
  • 00:18:15.484 --> 00:18:18.220
  • with their circumstances
  • 00:18:18.220 --> 00:18:19.555
  • and we're asking Godthe hard questions
  • 00:18:19.555 --> 00:18:22.291
  • and we're lookingto God like really?
  • 00:18:22.291 --> 00:18:24.459
  • Are you really whoyou say you are?
  • 00:18:24.459 --> 00:18:25.994
  • Are you really good?
  • 00:18:25.994 --> 00:18:27.329
  • Are, are you reallygoing to make this good?
  • 00:18:27.329 --> 00:18:29.298
  • cause this looksreally, really bad
  • 00:18:29.298 --> 00:18:31.099
  • and I don't know how we'regoing to recover from this.
  • 00:18:31.099 --> 00:18:33.268
  • And I think it's okay
  • 00:18:33.268 --> 00:18:34.870
  • to be honest with thosereal raw human emotions,
  • 00:18:34.870 --> 00:18:38.173
  • Cause it can be easy justto say, well just trust God.
  • 00:18:38.173 --> 00:18:40.709
  • You know, that'slike the cliche,
  • 00:18:40.709 --> 00:18:42.044
  • - Right. Right.
  • 00:18:42.044 --> 00:18:43.245
  • - Just trust Godand you'll be okay.
  • 00:18:43.245 --> 00:18:44.780
  • - And I think acknowledgingthat it's really hard
  • 00:18:44.780 --> 00:18:47.549
  • and that, that trusting and
  • 00:18:47.549 --> 00:18:49.251
  • that falling backinto God's arms and
  • 00:18:49.251 --> 00:18:51.320
  • knowing he's goingto catch you is hard.
  • 00:18:51.320 --> 00:18:54.389
  • - The trust fall.- Yeah.
  • 00:18:54.389 --> 00:18:56.124
  • - Yeah, the trustfall and the suffering
  • 00:18:56.124 --> 00:18:58.193
  • is really, really difficult.
  • 00:18:58.193 --> 00:19:00.395
  • - I think as believers we arecalled to stand and believe
  • 00:19:01.830 --> 00:19:05.300
  • casting down imaginations,
  • 00:19:06.735 --> 00:19:09.071
  • putting on our, our shieldof faith and our armor,
  • 00:19:09.071 --> 00:19:11.974
  • the whole armor of God to stand
  • 00:19:11.974 --> 00:19:15.077
  • and believe God asto who he says he is.
  • 00:19:15.077 --> 00:19:19.014
  • Whether or not
  • 00:19:19.014 --> 00:19:21.016
  • he answers us theway we want him to ,
  • 00:19:21.016 --> 00:19:23.518
  • that's where hissovereignty comes into play
  • 00:19:23.518 --> 00:19:25.921
  • and we just have totrust God and say,
  • 00:19:25.921 --> 00:19:27.956
  • God, I know you have a plan
  • 00:19:27.956 --> 00:19:30.158
  • and you have a reason andI know that that is so hard
  • 00:19:30.158 --> 00:19:33.295
  • in so many seasons of life,
  • 00:19:34.263 --> 00:19:36.765
  • but I'm tellingyou God is faithful
  • 00:19:36.765 --> 00:19:38.867
  • and he'll give you the grace
  • 00:19:38.867 --> 00:19:40.569
  • and the strength tosee through every time.
  • 00:19:40.569 --> 00:19:42.871
  • - One of the things thatI've learned, Laura, is that
  • 00:19:44.273 --> 00:19:47.075
  • in learning how todevelop my trust in God,
  • 00:19:47.075 --> 00:19:51.079
  • I had to do it whenthings were good.
  • 00:19:51.079 --> 00:19:54.316
  • You know, whenthings were on top.
  • 00:19:54.316 --> 00:19:56.852
  • Because when a storm comes,
  • 00:19:56.852 --> 00:19:58.887
  • it's very difficult to try todevelop your trust in somebody
  • 00:19:58.887 --> 00:20:02.891
  • who you've nevertrusted the whole time.
  • 00:20:02.891 --> 00:20:07.195
  • And so that was one of thethings I had to do for me
  • 00:20:07.195 --> 00:20:10.399
  • when my husband gotsick and the doctors
  • 00:20:10.399 --> 00:20:13.435
  • didn't give him any hope like,
  • 00:20:13.435 --> 00:20:14.670
  • you're dead. Thisis it. This is over.
  • 00:20:14.670 --> 00:20:17.839
  • I didn't panic because
  • 00:20:17.839 --> 00:20:19.775
  • I had developed overa period of time,
  • 00:20:19.775 --> 00:20:23.211
  • my relationship and mytrust and who he was
  • 00:20:23.211 --> 00:20:26.648
  • and I saw so many timeswhere he delivered me before
  • 00:20:26.648 --> 00:20:30.419
  • or when my bodywas healed before.
  • 00:20:30.419 --> 00:20:32.921
  • So I would got to theplace. I'm saying,
  • 00:20:32.921 --> 00:20:34.589
  • God, if you didthat for me then,
  • 00:20:34.589 --> 00:20:37.259
  • you're faithful God andI trust you in this.
  • 00:20:37.259 --> 00:20:40.162
  • And a lot of times we think we,
  • 00:20:40.162 --> 00:20:42.531
  • we don't start walkingin faith or trusting God
  • 00:20:42.531 --> 00:20:46.601
  • until something big.
  • 00:20:46.601 --> 00:20:48.403
  • It's like, God, I trustyou to pick up this.
  • 00:20:48.403 --> 00:20:50.806
  • - Right.
  • 00:20:50.806 --> 00:20:52.107
  • - I trust you thatmy hand will work.
  • 00:20:52.107 --> 00:20:53.508
  • You know, for meto lift this cup,
  • 00:20:53.508 --> 00:20:55.344
  • to be able to drink this water,
  • 00:20:55.344 --> 00:20:57.212
  • we take so many thingsfor granted that when
  • 00:20:57.212 --> 00:20:59.781
  • - Well you get on the aeroplaneand you trust the pilot
  • 00:20:59.781 --> 00:21:01.783
  • is gonna take you.
  • 00:21:01.783 --> 00:21:02.718
  • - Exactly, sure.Whatever old they end up
  • 00:21:03.785 --> 00:21:08.056
  • being in the wrong place.
  • 00:21:08.056 --> 00:21:09.691
  • It's like, yeah, we trust manso much easier than we do.
  • 00:21:09.691 --> 00:21:12.861
  • - It's the beauty ofhaving history with God.
  • 00:21:12.861 --> 00:21:15.297
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:21:15.297 --> 00:21:16.531
  • - And I can lookback and say, man,
  • 00:21:16.531 --> 00:21:17.999
  • I remember when you didthis for me in this for me.
  • 00:21:17.999 --> 00:21:19.568
  • So I'm facing thismountain right now,
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  • but I know you're faithfuland you did it here
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  • and there and you did it again,
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  • - That's a wholeDavid and Goliath.
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  • Like, Hey look, I remember when.
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  • And you know, God has givenus a memory for reason
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  • not to paralyzeus, to punish us,
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  • but to remember his goodness and
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  • evidence of whathe has done before.
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  • I mean, his goodnessshould be engraved
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  • on the canvas of ourimagination, if you will.
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  • So when we think about him,
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  • we think about whathe has done for others
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  • or what he hasdone for ourselves.
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  • You know, that's what
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  • the beauty of thiswhole show is to me.
  • 00:21:56.138 --> 00:21:58.173
  • It's like to be ableto share our stories
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  • and our testimony sopeople can glean from it
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  • And you know, let it beengraved in their soul.
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  • So if they ever go throughsomething, they'll remember,
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  • Oh, I remember Kaylawas on better together
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  • and she shared her story and
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  • I don't have to gothrough this like that.
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  • I can go through it like this.
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  • - So I think probably all ofus have gone through something
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  • that we prayed for andwe didn't get our answer.
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  • But I'm going to prayfor all of us today
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  • because we know thatJesus is at the right hand
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  • of the father makingintercession for us.
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  • And I know that he's prayingthat our faith is strong.
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  • So I'm going to pray today
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  • that in the name of Jesus,
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  • God give you the strength
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  • and the grace and the mercy
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  • that he is so good at.
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  • And I pray that he poursout his love in your life
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  • and that you can seehim in the middle of me.
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  • You might be goingthrough the darkest,
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  • darkest days of your life.
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  • I want you tostart renewing your
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  • mind about whoyou are in Christ.
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  • You are the righteousnessof God in Christ.
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  • You are more than a conquer.
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  • You have the mind of Christ.
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  • And just start telling yourselfwhat the Bible tells you.
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  • And father, I pray that
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  • that grows so big inside ofmy brothers and sisters today.
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  • God, I pray that their faithin the midst of the mess,
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  • God, that maybethey even made Lord,
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  • I pray that you bringsalvation to their spirit,
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  • salvation to their,their circumstances.
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  • Father, rescue them outof the pit of despair.
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  • God reached down with yourlove and your strong arms God.
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  • Show us who youare in these times.
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  • God, I pray that thatthrough the darkness
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  • God, we can seeyou in a light God,
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  • that we've never in a way that
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  • we've never even knownyou, God, that can just
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  • transform and andjust change our lives.
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  • Father, I pray God thatwe're strong in the Lord
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  • and in the power of his might.
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  • So I pray for mybrothers and sisters.
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  • I lift them up today. God,
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  • I agree with them in prayerand you said where two
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  • or three are gatheredtogether there you are.
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  • So father I agree with them God
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  • at what they'rebelieving you for it.
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  • I pray that you bringeven greater things
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  • for them in Jesus'precious name. Amen.
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  • - Kayla, this questionis from Candace
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  • and she, her question is,
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  • how do I trust in a God whoallows bad things to happen?
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  • - It's a good question.
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  • - Man. It's a, it'sa tough question.
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  • But here, this iswhat I believe.
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  • You know, the fact thatwe live in a broken
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  • world and on an on abroken planet ensures
  • 00:24:50.512 --> 00:24:53.882
  • that we will have trials.
  • 00:24:53.882 --> 00:24:56.151
  • We will go through reallydifficult things and
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  • and really tough thingswill happen to us.
  • 00:24:58.887 --> 00:25:01.089
  • But I believe that Godis always good and,
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  • and while yes he allowsthings to happen'
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  • but he is there for us, Hispresence is there for us
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  • and he takes it all.
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  • Romans 8:28 says,
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  • God works allthings together for
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  • the good of those who love him
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  • and who are calledaccording to his purpose.
  • 00:25:18.340 --> 00:25:19.908
  • So we have that promise
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  • that althoughdifficulties come to us
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  • and we walk throughreally hard things
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  • He is able to make somethingbeautiful out of all of it.
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