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Getting those kisses from God

Do you “show and tell” the Lord and your loves ones multiple times a day, “Oh, how I love you”? Professing divine admiration and affection every day helps keep boredom — brokenness — burdensome living — away. This story stirred recently during Tuesday morning prayer at Tim’s Gift.

When friends gather around the table each Tuesday to pray for people in our communities, concerns around the world, and share praises – Great Things Happen! Tim’s Gift began hosting Tuesday prayer in 2008. Some Tuesdays the large oak table – that belonged to Dr. Howard and his lovely wife, Lina – has every seat filled with precious prayer warriors. Other Tuesdays, there may be only a few people who come for prayer, but oh the joy of experiencing God moving and having HIs own way – no matter the number who gather to pray. Tuesday morning prayer time and greeting people Monday through Wednesday coming to give help, others coming to receive help and hope, and Jennifer, Diane, or myself (praying with each person who comes) are a few of my most favorite things. What a wonderful time we share when prayers and singing fill the air, and you feel His sweet spirit as you cast your cares…on Him! Oh, that we, as a people, seeking help for the nation we love as home sweet home, would rise up faithfully as Christians with voices to be heard…and pray.

Tuesday prayer time at Tim’s Gift celebrates a decade of early morning praise and prayer this year. Tuesday Prayer includes sharing scripture and encouragement among fellow brothers and sisters who come to pray, whether they come to stay or only have a few minutes to share prayer requests before heading out the door for a busy day. Tuesday mornings at Tim’s Gift are filled with humble, heartfelt praying and divine experiences I call… ‘kisses from God’!

One memorable Tuesday morning, a five year prayer partner shared joy beyond understanding. Two years earlier, we walked with him through the valley of the shadow of death when his wife of 52 years passed away. Two years of praying together, talking about adjusting to life without loved ones by our side, and watching him grieve while going forth in faith, we celebrated his new beginning – marriage!

After prayer requests and praise reports, we prepared for prayer by sharing the Word. Reading from Mark 3, “He appointed 12 that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach”, we talked about the love shared between Jesus and his disciples, especially his beloved John and Peter. Then, I read Tuesday’s devotion, titled “Oh, how I love you’ as prayer partners sat around that old oak table in awe of the word and God’s perfect timing for the day at hand.

The love song, on the page where names of people in need of prayer throughout our communities were written, brought tears to his eyes and joy to the hearts of those of us who loved and prayed with him through sorrow and sunshine. May you also be blessed by this powerful word about how we should love Him and those He gives us to love and cherish ‘till death parts us.

“And I’ll honor you, I’ll comfort you, abide with you forever.

I’ll be true to you, stay near to you, forsake you never.

I will laugh with you, I will cry with you.

We will walk through life together;

And I’ll love you, oh, how I’ll love you!”

The love poem written by Richard Abanes and scripture about Jesus’ love for his disciples set the tone for a time of powerful praise. The gentleman had asked for prayer about the vows he and his fiance’ had decided to write before prayer began. The deep message in the poem stirred his heart to use parts of it in his pledge of love to his bride. Oh, the power of sharing God’s love through prayer!

What bride wouldn’t want to hear her groom pledge his love so beautifully? Surely, this is the kind of close relationship Christ desires to have with each of His children! As prayer time ended, happiness for our friend and heart-wrenching love for our heavenly Father filled the room with His sweet spirit prevailing in each of our hearts. Fired up to go and tell as Jesus commanded the woman at the well to do… “Oh, how we Love you — Lord”!

May each person reading this message from my heart and God’s Word be convicted to love God with all you are and to love your neighbor as yourself! Show and tell the Lord and your loved ones daily…”Oh, how I love you” and enjoy writing the rest of your love stories closely connected to Him and them!

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By Becky Spell Vann

Contributing columnist

Becky Spell Vann is the owner/operator of Tim’s Gift Love Ministry.