August 23, 2015
God has really shown me His favor over the last few days! I am so extremely blessed to be His child and very excited to be part of His team — making Him known and striving to show His love to others.
This past Wednesday night, the spiritual warfare began. It was heavy upon me and I couldn’t seem to shake it. I felt alone, I mean, I knew God was by my side, in fact He felt very close but I felt that I was facing something that no one else, up to that point, had gone through. I opened my email and there it was, an answer to my prayer. A friend I had been confiding in shared with me a story of someone they had read about that was facing the same battle. In that very moment, I felt a chain break around my heart and mind. I am not alone in my struggle. I just wept. I was in such a dark place and I was just crying out to the Lord. I wanted deliverance and the Lord to set me free. As I was sitting in my chair weeping, a friend texted me asking if I was okay. It was clearly from the Lord. Later, she said that she had been burdened to pray for me all week. I had been heavy on her heart and she was not sure why. Now we knew. After reading the email, letting the tears out and texting a few friends, I began to feel better. It felt like a very special moment.
Let me pause this story to give you some background. I had been in need of $3,000 to continue my flight training. The goal was to finish my pilots license by the end of the year when my written test expires, but I lacked the funds. I sensed that the Lord would provide but I was not sure how. I did know that I should be receiving some travel reimbursement from the military from my time in Utah but I had no idea how much I would receive. I expected that it might be somewhere between $50 and $2,000 — a huge range.
I had received an email confirming that the reimbursement had been processed and I was surprised at what I saw. I didn’t say anything to anyone. I wanted to make sure I understood the email correctly. I wanted to see the funds in my bank account.
So there I was Thursday night, after the broken chain, tears and encouragement from others, I felt like I should check my bank account. There it was– a deposit of $4,582.60!!! I was instantly filled with an overwhelming joy. I felt like God just said, “I love you and you are going to make it.” I was so in awe of Him!!!
Apparently, God was not done blessing me yet. The next day, while I was closing out my day at work, a customer came in to see if we could look at his airplane. Something minor had broken when he landed and he was hoping we could take a look at it. While his plane was being looked at, we were able to talk for a little bit and he asked me if I was enjoying my time working toward my mechanics license. I said something about wanting to fly but how I had run out of money. I also mentioned that I had just received more funds but I don’t know if he heard that.
After his airplane was repaired, he asked the director if he could take a student up flying and Jon said, “yes.” The pilot pointed to me and told me that we were going flying. It was such an unexpected blessing! It had been 3 months, almost to the day, since I had last flown. As it turns out, the pilot was actually a flight instructor who trains airline pilots on the Boeing 737. I was shocked! He gave me several compliments and reiterated those to Jon when we got on the ground. It was such a boost of confidence. Once again, I felt like God was saying, “I love you.” It was such a special time.
Since then, I have been able to share my passion and ministry with many people who seem to be excited about this journey the Lord has me on. God is doing great things!
I plan to start flying this week. The plan is to fly 2-3 times per week. I will be flying after work on Tuesdays and Thursdays and when I can on Saturdays. I would appreciate your prayers as this time will be demanding.
Thank you all for your continued prayers. I hope this letter shows you how powerful prayer and encouragement are. I pray that we would all go out of our way today to encourage one person. The world would be a happier place if that became a pattern. I know that being on the receiving end of that is priceless.
Stay strong in the Lord and I will write again soon,
Most gratefully His,