Has God done something amazing in your life? We want to hear about it! Why?
The Israelites were very careful to keep a record of God’s unexplainable blessings and provisions (e.g. Psalm 136). And we want to do the same. Our faith increases as we hear stories of how God has worked in our lives. Please email us your testimony and let us all be thankful and encouraged by it and the stories of others below. View stories below.
God miraculously heals Lewis Brown
God Gave Us A Reason to Live
The Angels Were Squeezing Us During the Crash
On September 20, 2014 my wife Marina and our two oldest kids were headed home to Glenwood Springs from Snowmass Village. As they rounded the corner on Highway 82 near Emma, the traffic came to a stop in the middle of highway. Once Marina realized that they were stopped she put on her flashers realizing this was not a normal place for traffic to be at a standstill. She and the kids then noticed that there was a small dog running around on the highway. The next thing they knew they were hit from behind by a large pickup pulling a trailer carrying a Bobcat.
As I waited at the hospital in Glenwood for the ambulance to arrive, I had a peace about me that seemed uncanny. God's promises were playing through my head:
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purposes." Romans 8:28
"What was intended for evil, God has used for good." Genesis 50:20
I kept praying, "God they belong to you. I know you are taking care of them." I didn't know what I was going to see when those ambulance doors opened, but I knew God was with us.
As the story of the wreck came into clarity over the coming days we realized how much God's hand was in everything: A former neighbor of ours was running nearby and saw the accident happened. She called me. A friend of ours was just behind the accident and came over and prayed for Marina and the kids in the ambulance. Another friend of ours was behind the accident and held Drew. Drew was unhurt and Abby had a concussion but both went back to school two days later. Marina was banged up, whiplashed, sprains, strains and bruising. She was in bed for two weeks but she had no broken bones and God is healing her.
After the accident, we heard from both Drew and Abby that "the car was full of angels! They were squishing us during the crash." Drew said that the angels stayed with they even after they got out of the car. Later Drew also told us that Jesus and the Holy Spirit were both in the car with them. We believe it!
Thank you to everyone who provided meals, help around the house, and prayers during the past several months. Marina is recovering well. We are praying that God would heal her to better health than she had before the accident!
Jesus Saves My Life
Billy Garaffa talks about how Jesus changed his life.
God’s Word Impacts Life
Scott Erwin talks about how memorizing Scripture has impacted his life and how it can impact yours.
When God speaks to you
Dearest sisters and brothers in Christ,
Please allow me to write you and bring you up to date. As you know, I had a head bleed from October 15th until just after Thanksgiving of 2010. What a debacle! I was completely unconscious for about 5 weeks. During that time at the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, many friends came to the hospital to pray for me. It was awesome! The elders of Crossroads Church in Aspen came and stayed with my carcass for 2 days during that time. I was later told they fasted, prayed, and sang hymns to me. Linda also prostrated herself across my body and prayed for me. All that time, my faith was rising. I thought it was at a high already. It was pretty less than that. God received my rising faith as a sweet aroma. The bottom line: I not only lived to praise Him another day, but last week I DROVE AROUND LITTLE ROCK BY MYSELF IN THE CAR ON ABOUT 5 DIFFERENT DAYS! As you can plainly see, I am getting better and better. There is still some residual dizziness (back and forth motion like a boat in rough water, not around and around), and daily sickness for few minutes. Lately, I have not been sick for over a week, and the dizziness is MUCH better.
During the time I was unconscious, I had 4 distinct hallucinations, consecutively. As you well know, hallucinations are very real. Later when I awoke, I remembered them all. Some were pretty funny. One hallucination was thinking about every country song ever written while I played a pedal steel guitar to give them an authentic country twang. Meanwhile, I traveled from North Carolina through Nashville to Little Rock by car. Over and over and over. I say that so you might believe what I tell you herein: a very real “vision” from the Lord I received. As the Apostle Paul said: “boasting is necessary but it is not profitable. On behalf of such a man I will boast, but on behalf of myself, I remain silent. I know a man, who whether in the body, or outside the body I don’t know, such a one heard inexpressible words in Paradise (the third heaven) that a man is not permitted to hear. And because of the surpassing greatness of the revelation, God permitted a messenger of Satan to buffet me, so much so that I entreated the Lord 3 times to remove it from me. But the Lord said, My grace is sufficient for you!” (2 Corinthians).
During that vision, the Lord asked me if I was a good husband. You all understand that when God speaks to you, it is suicidal to lie to Him. In fact, a simple “yes” or “no” is more than sufficient for an answer. Besides, He already knows the correct answer. He also knows why He asks the question! I never saw His face, only His robe and voice on a snow covered hill. He softly told me to love Linda first and last, and to love others with much love. He told me to forget about esoteric stuff, leave that to others, just love people, from the least to the most. Being a traditional man, I agreed but had no idea what to do next. I thought I knew, but He first had to tear me down and is rebuilding me as we speak. I don’t even want to resist Him anymore, what I have seen, heard, do is too wonderful. It is immaculate. Anymore, His grace is sufficient for me. Why He would even love me, I am confused? But, He does. He really, really does love me.
The bottom line, I am a sinner. I desperately need a Savior. God has provided a living Savior for Charles. I am alone no more. I openly receive his gift of salvation. Hallelujah! I share all this that you might know that your faith is not in vain. There is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow—Jesus There is eternal life with God after this life. Never, never doubt that fact! We hope to see you all very soon, if I am not with Him. Either way, I will see you again, here, there, or in the air!
Much love for you,
charles and linda
There's power in prayer
For some time, I’ve been suffering from lower back pain that starts at my spine and stretches around through my right hip. Sometimes, it occurs fairly frequently but I can also go for weeks without a flare-up. It can be quite severe if I don’t catch it as soon as it begins by taking an Aleve. It can get so severe that I get nauseous from the pain. I woke this morning at about 3:45 with the beginnings of this pain. As I started to reach for my Aleve on my night stand, I was reminded of Pastor Steve’s message this week about trusting even our little things to prayer. It was my opportunity to reach out to the Lord in faith instead of reaching out to the world’s solutions. So, I started praying and praising. Often I wake with praise songs in my mind and the one this time was “Shout unto God with a voice of triumph! Shout unto God with a voice of praise.” I just kept singing this song over and over, mixing in my expectant prayers between each chorus. “The enemy’s been defeated. Death couldn’t hold you down. I’m gonna lift my voice in victory! I’m gonna make your praises sound!” Then, I’d pray more. The pain only lasted about 10 minutes versus the 45 minutes to an hour that it usually lasts and it never was worse than an uncomfortable ache. Praise Him for answering my call!
In this time, He planted a message in me to bring to you. The Lord sees and hears so much doubt in our prayers. We need to strip that doubt from our prayer time and and pray with expectancy. That doubt is of the enemy and must be bound and stripped from our minds and our hearts! It is holding us back, both in our individual prayer times and in our corporate prayer time when we come together as a community. The Lord wants to bless us with answered prayers so that we can then reach out and bless others, but our doubt is restricting how much He can use us.
Our testimonies are limited by doubt, fear, and lack of faith! The Lord is saying to us that we need to trust in Him, with everything big and small! When we pray expectantly for the little things, our faith will build stronger and we’ll be ready for the bigger prayers. Remember, to God, they are all big prayers. None are too small! It is only our doubts that make them too small. The church is full of doubt and lack of faith today. If we can bind the enemy and eliminate him from our prayers, we can be more effective than we ever dreamed! The impact we can and will make will be undeniably of the Lord! So, going forward, I know I am going to pray more fervently than ever, and with high expectations! The Lord will be pleased and He will answer!!!
I will praise the Lord while I live
After five months of being on oxygen continually and without any medication, the results from my latest test have shown that my lung capacity has increased from 20% to 35%. Praise God! Jehovah Rafa: The Lord Our (my) Healer! There is still a long way to go to the point of complete healing but that is always a part of waitng on the Lord. And if it is the Lord’s will that my life will consist of some greater or lesser amount of infirmity (cf. 2 Cor. 6:4-10, “as dying yet behold, we live” v.9). I will still be one of those who “entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right” (1 Peter 4:19), for “I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the poor” (Psalm 140:12) and “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness” (Hebrews 12:11). “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 5:10-11).
So, “I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being” (Psalm 146:2) and “Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever.” (Psalm 145:2).
In conclusion, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:8). “For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayers” (1 Peter 3:12).
God has been opening doors
God has been opening doors and making ways. I am a legal advocate by profession and have been called to help those than cannot help themselves in court. Recently, we have been having victories that are restoring justice back into the court system. As you know, when the enemy gets mad, blocks are put up to try and stop God’s progress. Due to attacks, I have been able to submit case law, Supreme Court rulings, and testimonies of God’s sovereignty and true form of justice. I am traveling all over the state and cannot wait to fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Aspen. Please keep me in your prayers. I want ALL of God’s wisdom, grace, and mercy to flow through me to bring in a harvest of souls that makes Pentecost look like a small family gathering. Blessings to you all.
God healed me
In November, 2010, I was diagnosed with stage one bladder cancer. Soon after, my husband Dick and I went before the elders of Crossroads who prayed over me for complete healing. I felt an overwhelming sense of peace knowing that God was at my side and I was in His hands. (Phil. 4:6) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” God used Dick in many ways in caring for me above and beyond. (Eph 5:25) “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her….” God gave me the strength to do what I needed to do. Near the end of the medical procedures I experienced some side affects and confess I became discouraged. But God is good and He lifted me up and strengthened my faith. (1 Peter 1: 6-9) “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire– may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” Several days before the final biopsy and pathology report I said to God, “I am in your hands, I surrender it all to you.”
On May 27, 2011, the pathology report came back with no signs of cancer! There was no doubt in my mind that God had healed me. (Heb 13:15) “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that confess His name.” It is such a blessing to be in the Crossroads family and have a body of believers who believe in prayer and in God’s desire to see His people healed and leadership which encourages us to pursue the gifts and fruits of the Spirit. Praise be to God!! This testimony would not be complete without thanking all of the faithful, wonderful people from Crossroads and other churches who offered up their prayers, who provided meals, phoned, sent cards and loved me through this trial. I am blessed and grateful! Thank you! Praise be to God!
Without God I wouldn't be where I am today
On June 24, 2009 I asked God to come into my life. I sat in the local jail cell thanking God for the humility and asking for peace and forgiveness. I was charged with two different sex counts, a count for tampering with evidence, and a count for invasion of privacy. On July 16 at 10:30 PM I was acquitted on the two sex charges and found guilty for tampering with evidence and invasion of privacy. Through this entire ordeal I have lost my job as a Police Officer, been ridiculed through the press, been separated from my wife, lost a 10 year relationship with my step-daughter, and have come to the Lord. I continue to work on everything that the Courts have instructed me to do and I am more charged up with God guiding me in my walk with him than I ever have been before. Through God’s grace my wife and I are reunited and living together with our son. My relationship with my step-daughter has been severed for now, and my wife struggles with missing her, and wanting to make our relationship work. I believe God has a plan for us and that someday with the Lord’s blessing there will be a reuniting. I continue to ask for prayer from all who will give it, and I ask for forgiveness from those that have followed my case and felt wronged. I know that without God’s hand and guidance in my life I would not be where I am right now. Thank you Lord for the blessings you give to me.
God healed me
To be an encouragement to others, please use this experience on the prayer chain or where ever it can bless others!
I am a nurse – for a long period I have experienced (around 2 yrs) pain in the areas of my ovaries. After 4 children in the late 70’s I had a partial hysterectomy. They left both ovaries. In my family medical history ovarian cancer has taken the lives of many of my closest female relatives. Other symptoms of cancer can be decreased lung capacity. I had noticed lung involvement.
This week the pain in the area of my ovaries has been constant, day and night. God impressed on me to ask for prayer from Elders at Crossroads. Towards the end of their prayer for me, I felt a warmth in the area of both ovaries and less than five minutes after this prayer to God by three of Crossroads Elders and Pastor, I even noticed the lung capacity was improved to normal!
God has immediately healed me today, Sunday, November 28, 2010. to encourage others, I am sharing this. I have no doubt in God’s works of healing – but God asked me to ACT on His prompting to go to Crossroad’s Elders for prayer! He works through God’s men and women.
Original Urgent Prayer Request:
Madame Chenet’s (Director of Mercy and Sharing orphanage in Haiti)brother, Gilbert, was kidnapped last night at about 8pm. The kidnappers are demanding $500,000 for his return. He is diabetic so he needs his medicine. Joe Krabacher and John Galambos are currently in Haiti. A big fear right now is that kidnappers have stopped communicating. Please pray that God’s almighty protection would be on Gilbert, that these men would have a change of heart, for Gilbert’s safety and protection (also for Joe’s and John’s), and that he will be released before his body starts to fail him due to lack of insulin. Trusting in our Almighty God.
The family of Gilbert was able to speak to him today. So far he has not had a diabetic seizure – Praise God! The family has told the kidnappers that they have some money, but not $500,000. The kidnappers are now asking for what money they have in the family banking account which leads them to believe that it is someone close to the family. All are hopeful that Gilbert will be released tonight. I will keep you posted… Keeping the faith!
Continued Praise for Gilbert and his family:
Gilbert has been released and is currently in the hospital. He wants to thank everyone for all of their prayers, and that this is truly a miracle that he was released. Praise our Lord God Almighty!
Ruthie’s Original Prayer Request for Rachael:
“Please God show Rachael Marshall your great favor as she finds her way in life and please God provide a job soon in her major. I hope, wait and trust in Him. Believe in His promise”. Thank you so much for lifting Rachael up in your prayers.
“Praise God for He is great! Thank you for your continued prayers for my daughter, Rachael. She begins a temporary job on Monday for 3 months. It’s a beginning. May God continue to show her great favor. I pray it will open more doors and opportunities”. Thank you so much for all of your prayers.
My mom’s surgery went very well
My mom’s surgery went very well and she is at her parent’s house recovering. It will be a very long recovery process and it will take a lot of patience and determination on her part so if you could pray for those things for her and that the surgery helps relieve her of the pain she has lived with for years now. Thank you very much! The prayers have already brought her through the operation with success so Praise God for that! Thanks Again, Amanda
A testimony of thankfulness
My testimony connects to a life I have known for as many years as I can remember. Feeling the subservient heart of being a son and the pull to sonship that bears the inheritance of blessing. Thus to humbly serve and to learn of respectful ownership of talents and blessing and riches and want. 3 Augusts ago I left the realm of servanthood as a steward, a life’s perspective invested in other’s first, others all the time, the second one- me. I was impelled to move into a world of risk and unknown in starting a small business, to take and eat of more solid subsistence which my prayers needed to be fulfilled of. This always with my heart has consisted of a product of life. A quantity which on the scales of justice states the value of economy is met value for value. I believe in scales which meet that without undue percentages. Seldom does nature usurp a value upon itself, and my Lord Jesus said, “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto the Lord’s, the Lord’s. Thus I answered a call to understand what that ownership means. It has meant multiple dimensions of growth for me as a man and as a believer in Christ, in God, in Counselling Spirit. The discipline of the bride therefore to be diligent about my house waiting for the kingdom to the bridegroom to sweep me into His arms is a vaster responsibility. I feel the fulfilling promise of His coming. My prayers are recognized to be smaller than they could be as I wait and am being made ready. My recognition for the full body’s import to me and I to IT is all the more paramount. My heart, does not cry out like a suckling babe anymore and I at times know it should.
My testimony consists primarily of thankfulness to have been moved to change and to not fear one iota of that elected obedience. It has refined my awareness and caused me to know myself better, to appreciate the Father more, to seek a furthered maturity in becoming more child like even now, and to hope for love in this newer man I have become to be shared. And let me praise the name of Jesus before my church for the life He has invested in me and I do thankfully keep and give as a precious gift!
Thank you for your prayers
Here is Kathy’s original prayer request posted on September 1:
Mike Taylor is having surgery tomorrow morning at 7:30am for a partial knee replacement. Please be praying for him tomorrow and the next day that all goes well for the doctors, that it is as painless as possible for Mike, and that he has a quick recovery. The doctors say he will be in the hospital 1 to 3 days, Mike and Kathy’s prayer is that he will only be in overnight. Thank you so much for lifting Mike up in prayer. God is so amazing and good and we look forward to hearing about Mike’s miraculous recovery!
Praise Report! “Mike’s surgery went well. I am with him now. He is now sitting up and in good, but groggy, spirits! Praise God. Thank you for all your prayers. Kathy”
God Saved Me from Suicide: Let it all be for the glory of You my God!
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” - Revelation 3:20
Many can question my faith, my beliefs, my religion. But there’s one thing that nobody can question, and that is my testimony of the amazing things that God did for me. I always tell my husband that he won’t be able to fully understand all that Jesus did in my life until the day we go to heaven.
When I was a little girl, I used to dream a lot when I was awake. I would go to places where the grass was shiny green, the sky was bright blue and the wind was always blowing. I would create a world that didn’t have any darkness, where I would feel safe, and find the peace I couldn’t find at home. But then reality would knock on my door and that feeling of emptiness, hopelessness, would take away from me the desire to even breathe. I would look at that cloud standing in front of me, reminding me how ugly I was, how far I was from everything I desired, how not good enough I was for the world, how undeserving I was of love. I kept telling myself, “Hey, look at yourself, your life sucks!! If you could only be like her, if you could look like her, if you could have her family, her house, her friends, her clothes.. but guess what… you don’t! You are pathetic! You aren’t worth anything! Why do you even live? Nobody really cares about you anyway, and if they do, it is only to remind you how bad you are…Things will never get better for you, and if they do, something bad will happen, because it always does.” These are the voices I heard my whole life. I was never happy with myself, I hated everything about me. All I wanted was to be somebody else. It was almost as if I was embarrassed to be me.
Later in life, in my teenage years, I couldn’t find my peace anymore in the shiny grass and the bright blue sky. Thus I tried somewhere else: “Maybe if I dress very provocative, I could be somebody, people will look at me and notice me. Maybe if I drink, I will be the bad girl, and people won’t dare to hurt me. Maybe if I have these friends, I will be known. Maybe if I do this or that, I will be more happy. I was always living on the extreme, trying to find that “thing” that would allow me to go to bed at night without being scared of my dark dreams. I was shoveling the ground, digging my soul to find the water that would make my heart thirst no more. And through the years, I dug myself deeper and deeper in that hole full of darkness. It made me wish every time I woke up in the morning, not to be alive. I was trying so hard to find a reason to live. And sometimes I thought I found it, but it would only last for a time and then vanish. There was this one dream that kept repeating throughout my childhood and older years. In this dream, I’m standing in the middle of a lake of filthy waters. And I realized that I’m so dirty, covered with this filthiness and it smells really bad. So I start crying out, desperate for someone to cleanse me, but there’s only silence. That was the state of my soul.
The idea of suicide was always on my mind. It was like this little voice telling me every time something bad happened: “Why don’t you just kill yourself?” The first time I tried to do it, I was 15 years old. I took a whole bottle of painkillers and went to bed thinking I was going to be found dead in my bed. Next day I just felt really dizzy, which was a miracle!! It was God showing me His unending mercy. The second time I tried to do it was about a month later. There was this building near my school where we would go to the terrace with my friends to smoke cigarettes, since nobody could know about it. I planned for a whole week the day that I was going to go there to jump off the building and kill myself. So I picked this one afternoon and I went there. I’m sitting on the edge of the roof, looking down, thinking I was finally going to end my life. I sat there for like 3 hours, and when I was about to jump off the roof, I heard God’s voice inside me saying; “Give Me a chance to change your life”. So I didn’t do it.
But when I came down from that building, I went back to the same life that was pushing me away from God, and walked the same road that was taking me down. My dreams at night kept getting worse and worse. I remember nights where I dreamed of the devil himself, chasing me and trying to take me, telling me how ugly, undeserving, worthless I was (or he thought I was). I would wake up in shock, terrified, and so afraid to fall asleep again. I started to see a therapist, and though she helped me to understand things from my past (and today I’m really thankful for that), she left me with a bag of wounded memories that couldn’t be healed by her. My life felt like if I was trapped inside a house with no light, nothing, and I was smashing my head against the wall trying to go outside and feel free. But what I didn’t realize at that time was that there was a door that I needed to open.
The third time I tried to end my life, I was 20 years old. It was the devil himself that came inside me and took control over me. I will never forget it. I had an argument with my dad, and he said something that wasn’t really that bad, but the devil used it against me. I didn’t hesitate or think about it twice. As soon as I heard that voice telling me “Go and take those pills”, I went upstairs, opened the drawer, went to the bathroom, locked the door behind me, and took the pills. I remember looking myself in the mirror thinking: “This is it, it’s over”. So I went o to my room and sat on my bed; and that’s when it hit me. I realized what I just did and start crying. I didn’t know what else to do but to ask God to forgive me, because I know I’m going to die. In the middle of that, my boyfriend at that time calls me, telling me that he is coming to pick me up and talk to me (I didn’t tell him anything about it, again, God’s intervention). When I got in the car he looked at me and asked me what I did. So I told him that I didn’t know what he was talking about and that I didn’t do anything! But he kept pushing me to tell him what I did. So I told him that I took “some pills”. Immediately, without asking me anymore questions, he takes me to the emergency room. Next thing I know, I can hear the voices of the doctors and nurses putting tubes up and down my throat. I wake up after a day or two (I can’t remember exactly), and my family is there. The doctor tells me that if I would’ve arrived there 10 minutes later, I was going to be either dead, or brain dead for the rest of my life.
So it was that afternoon that I just told God, “I surrender, I’m tired of trying to do this on my own, show me your truth, show me who you are.” My dad told me to start reading the Bible, so I followed his advice. God started to open my eyes, and give me life through His word. All of my life I was addicted to literature. I remember every time I started a new book I did it wishing that it will give me something real, something that could change me from the inside-out. While I didn’t realize it at the time, the only book I could read that would change my life and heal my heart is the Word of God.
Not long after that, I went to church this one, great afternoon. And that was the day that my life changed forever. Jesus, my beautiful Jesus, revealed Himself to me and touched my heart, and I opened the doors, and stop hitting my head against the wall. And He asked if He could come inside and have dinner with me, and I said YES! And when we were having dinner, I gave my life to Him, and He told me that He gave His life for me too. He brought light into my darkness, and since that day, I have never dreamed those dreams anymore.
That same afternoon He promised me that He will love me always, no matter what I do, and that He will be with me always until the end of the days, and that He will never leave me. He told me that all those years, He was waiting for me to open the doors of my heart. He told me that He cried every time I cried. He told me that He wanted to be with me so very much, but I kept pushing Him away from me. He told me that He created me for Himself and that I don’t need to worry anymore, because from now on, He will guide me in every step I take. He will be a Father to me, and I will be a daughter to Him. He will be my strong tower, and my strength in the battle. He will be my joy in the storm and my peace in times of trouble. I’m not alone anymore. The God of the universe, the God of my heart, is with me. And I’m His possession. That afternoon, Jesus told me that He will carry me in the palm of His hands. He gave me hope, and peace that surpasses all understanding. He healed my heart and saved me from the death of my soul. And since that day, my life has never been the same.
He gave me to drink from His water, and I have never thirsted again. God put a great man by my side that loves for who I am, and today he is my husband. And together we have a beautiful baby girl. This is my testimony. A story in which a great King, came to save His princess from the darkness, and rescue her from the death of her heart. A story in which Jesus, my King, GAVE ME A REASON TO LIVE! Thank you my Jesus!!!!!
Thank You Jesus for saving me!
I just want to start out by saying thank you to Crossroads, Steve, Brent, Clint, Dan, and all the members of this church for the selfless gifts of prayer, the lessons to make me equipped, and the time and patience of love. I had a rough life from the start. In short, it included physical and mental abuse from my father when he was around whose primary target was my mother. In addition, I attended a Catholic all boys school with Father Patrick O’shea (you can pull him up on the internet) who sexually abused us and many more through the years. He was finally sentenced to prison at San Quentin and is now out.
I was involved with violence in the form of fighting, stabbing, and shooting to protect myself where I lived. During most of my life I was involved with drugs and drinking. My older brother denied my mother of her only grandson because his wife did not like my mother. My mother died three years ago of ALS or commonly known as Lou Gerhig’s desease. I went into a deeper self distruct mode with drugs. The Phillips family, the Laverman family, and the Crossroads family saved my life. The demon I had was very, very strong and many knees went down to get it out of me. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Saviour about 10 months ago and was baptized. I feel I have been alive only for this 10 months as the rest of my life was a lie. I live the truth in Christ. I am a soldier for Christ. He manages my life. I live the Bible. Thank You Jesus for saving me!
Pat Marquis sent in the following prayer request: Please be praying for Pat Marquis’ friend, Lisa. Pat is driving Lisa to Denver today for Lisa to have a pet scan to see if the chemo she has been receiving is working, and then she will have more chemo tomorrow. She really needs some positive feedback and feels that this is her last hope. Please pray for a miraculous healing and that the report shows the chemo is working. Also pray that they will have safe travels to Denver and that it will be a really special time for the two of them to be together and also give Pat the opportunity to share her faith as she shows the love of God by being with her. Thank you so much again. Trusting in our Almighty God!
Pat Marquis sent the following testimony: “The doctor has just reviewed Lisa’s scan. There has been almost a 30% reduction in her tumors!!!! PRAISE GOD. We are numb with joy!! The Chemo is working!!! Thank you for your prayers. God is so wonderful. Please continue keeping Lisa in your prayers. she still has a long way to go, but God is in charge!!” What an incredible reminder once again of how awesome and almighty God is.
Thank you for your prayers
Jonni Martin sent the following prayer request for her daughter and grandson: Jonni just called and asks for prayer for her new grandson, Aidan, (son of Hayley and Ty) who was born last Friday, July 30th, 5 weeks prematurely. He has been on oxygen and has a feeding tube. The doctors are saying there are new complications and the family is waiting to hear the results. Please pray for a complete miraculous healing for little Aidan so that he can come home and be with his family. Also pray for a total peace and comfort for the family. Thank you for lifting Aidan up in your prayers.
Jonni sent in the following praise report on August 12: Baby Aidan just came home from the hospital – thank you Lord! And thank you all for your many, many prayers. God is hearing them and answering!
Are you ready for this?
Pat Marquis sent the following: ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? “My doctor called with my test results. Everything is amazingly clear…no cancer!!! He went on to say “I’m thrilled, but I am completely stunned”. So stunned, in fact, that he contacted 2 other doctors to discuss my results. From my other test results he was fairly certain I had cancer and was just hoping it had not spread.
After telling me several times how stunned he is at the results, I told him about the Prayer Request emails at Crossroads Church (My doctor is Jewish and we have talked before about Jesus, my beliefs and Crossroads). His reponse about the prayer group was “Pat, those things work”. Prayer is the only thing he could attribute my great test results to.
So thank you to everyone who has prayed for me. God is certainly listening to our prayers. I’ve had two major scares in the past few weeks by two doctors I greatly respect and have known for 10-15 years. Both times God has turned things around and given me a clean bill of health. I feel He is trying to tell me something. Perhaps it’s “Just Trust and Believe, for I AM watching over you” or is He trying to show me something I am supposed to be doing for Him? I don’t know, but for sure I know He is listening and healing! Thank you again for your continued prayers. Never under estimate the power you have in Prayer.
An answer to prayer
Meg Simon sent the following: Answered prayer! Meg Simon finally won the housing lottery after trying for over two years – Praise God!
Her prayer now is that her financing gets approved. Please keep Meg in your prayers that she gets the financing she needs and that everything goes smoothly and without much stress involved. Thank you so much. And again, how great is God?
Thank you for your prayers
Pat Marquis sent the following: “I’m fine!!! It’s been an interesting 36 hours… The doctor said my EKG yesterday showed I had had a heart attack at some point so he sent me to a heart specialist today. They did another EKG, stress test, and numerous other tests. ALL tests indicate I’m healthy!! So I’m now on my way to the airport so Vanessa and I can go to Thailand!!! Yea!!! Thank you for your prayers! This afternoon I reviewed today’s test results with yesterday’s EKG and even I can see why my doctor was so concerned, but today’s tests show a very healthy heart! Praise God!!!” Thank you for all of your prayers. God is so good!
Thank you for your prayers
Judy (Don’s cousin) is recovering rapidly due to prayers. Thank you Lord!
Pray for healing
My son Pierce HAD been terribly allergic to cats since he was a baby, but in time, and with much joint family prayer we believe he is healed! So much so that we allowed the children to bring a kitten home from the shelter today. So our family prayer is for continued healing from any allergic reaction to this kitten, and for smooth and blessed training. Seems silly I know, but the pure joy and unity a pet like this brings to our blended family home where the children come and go is truly divine. I have noticed that Pierce is sneezing some. He was healed from being allergic to grass just three years ago, and I believe with all my heart that Satan does not want our children to have this little bundle of joy. Please pray for complete healing of any allergic reaction to this cat, and for continued unity as our children learn that we serve a God of the impossible, and that he does care about the delights of our hearts. Thank you Lord!
An answer to prayer
Original Prayer Request for Tom: Please lift up Tom Wenzel who is having a cat scan. They were doing some normal testing very recently and discovered something very unusual. I don’t know anymore details but the family has called and asked us to prayer for Tom for all tests to come back negative and for the all of them to have the peace of Christ through this whole situation. Testimony following Prayer Request: “Thank you for your prayers for Tom. We went to University Hospital in Denver on Tuesday for an angiogram and the cardiologist did not have to put in a stint. So we were very relieved with that outcome. It was a blessing to know that people were praying for him. Thanks again.” Way to go!
An answer to prayer
Below is a summary of the original prayer request from Kyle and Sarah and a follow up praise to our Heavenly Father for showing favor upon them and their growing family! Prayer Request: Hey all- I know this is a little last minute, but Sarah and I have entered our name in the housing lottery for a 3 bed/3 bath townhome on Ute Ave by the Aspen Club. The drawing is at noon,(June 28) and we are just asking for prayer over that drawing when it happens. Although we love the spot we are in now, we are excited about the prospect of getting into a bigger place, especially with #2 on the way. Please pray that God would show us His favor in this lottery. Testimony: Praise God! Pam from the housing office called me at about 3 today (June 30) to tell me that the winners had passed on the house, so it is now ours as long as we like it and can secure our financing! What an answer to prayer…thank you all…our God is good! I would now ask for your prayers that our financing would work out smoothly!
God has a plan
Praise God!!! John is beginning to look himself and is finally sitting up in a chair and watching the Rockies game, so we are rejoicing. It is the first time I have seen him be himself for the past week. This hospital experience has been a wonderful chapter in this unexpected journey. The hearts of these servants and each of you has blessed us beyond expectation. You have all made sure that I, Pam, have not felt alone or abandoned. Thank you. Phone calls, texts with scripture, songs, and help with the hospital computer and kitties, delicious food delivered by scooter personally touched us deeply. A trip to the grocery store and flowers and hugs for Pam just when she needed it most was amazing. Visits from pastors and prayers of those called to intercession and healing showed us what obedience looks like and how it blesses the receivers. You are all family. We are hoping for continued improvement of his oxygen levels, decrease of inflammation and infection and no side effects from the multiple antibiotics and pain medicine. WOW! is the only way to describe all of this. God has a plan and we are not doubting it. John will live and declare the works of the Lord. Psalm 118. Bless each of you for being a part of that. As for the saints who are in the earth, they are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. Psalm 16:3 God is so gracious and good!
“Rejoice always! Thank you Lord! I want to praise our awesome God – Rachael found a space for 2 months. I pray the money transaction goes smoothly Monday and there will be no changes, no surprises and a life lesson has been learned”.
Since the spring I have been asking God to bless my photography. During the mens Moab Trip we decided to hike up to delicate arch, the Arch on the Utah State license plate. As we parked the car we noticed a storm passing by in the distance and brought our rain coats along just in case. We got up to the arch a few hours before dusk and just hung out taking photos and admiring God\’s Work. After an hour our so we were about to head down and a rainbow appeared below the storm clouds in the distance. I got in right place to position the rainbow right underneith the arch and started snapping away. When I got home I was reading the USA today, which I do not read everyday, and noticed they had a photography competition for discoveramerica.com. I sent my photo in. I knew it was good but I did not think I was going to win anything with the thousands of other photos sent in. I got an email a few weeks ago that I Got 3rd Place in the photography competition! My picture is in the cover of the Life Section of the USA today Friday June 26th. I know it was God placing the rainbow right there behind delicate arch. If we were there 15 minutes before or after we would have missed the rainbow, so I know it was Gods timing as well. This is a testimony to what God can do when you ask him to confirm and establish the work of your hands. Psalm 90:17, “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.”
The Spirit is always right
While traveling on our bikes 2 winter’s ago, my husband was pulling a small pop up camper which makes only a queen size bed. We pull off in campgrounds or just behind some trees or in a rest stop to sleep. This night my husband was particularly tired so we pulled off the highway and he began riding around to search for a spot. I said a prayer as usual for help to find the right spot as I followed my husband in and out of places. Then suddenly the Holy Spirit said, “go back past the abandoned building and turn right”. So I worked at catching up on the side of my husband to let him know. He turned back and went past the abandoned building and turned right up a driveway which was a dirt road that went back into some trees. We parked our bikes and got out our flashlights and looked around. He said, ” this is perfect, what possibly made you come up with this”. I replied, “I didn’t come up with it, the Holy Spirit just said that so I repeated what He said”. It was in a spot that we would have never noticed without His help.
Praise His Name. He’s always there to lead and teach us. Psalm 139: 3 “You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. V.5-7 You have hedged me behind and before, and laid your hand on me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
God even hears our small prayers
June 3, 2009 my family woke up ready to get started on the many things we needed to do for this huge party we were having. My Parents amazingly said that my sisters and I could have a party of all of our 6th and 7th grade friends from school to celabrate Summer time. For days my sister and I were praying that it would be sunny because my dad had threaten to cancel the party if it was bad weather.Sure enough looking outside it was raining and thundering and only one hour to the party. Many of my friends were txting me asking if it was cancled but i new God heard my pray and that it would be sunny so I said that it was still on. 15 min before the party it wasnt only good weather but sunny so we could play vollyball and jump on the tramp. 15 min after the party it started rainning again. This reminds me of James 5 when in verse 16 it say \”the prayer of a righteos man is powerful\” then talks about when Elijah was a man just like us and he asked God to stop the rain and it stoped for three years then he asked it to rain and it rained. God even hears our small prayers and not only did we have a great party but it was a great testimonie for all the friends that came.
An answer to prayer
Dec 8, 2007 I woke up early Sunday morning as usual to get ready to come to the church and found that the big mole on the back of my leg seemed to be irritated and discolored. Immediately, fear of cancer gripped me and I could not shake it all Sunday morning. I even had Dr. Charles look at it after service and he said I should have it checked out. On the way home I prayed that God would take not only my fear away but the mole itself. That week my prayer group prayed over me and the following Saturday – it just fell off!! Literally disappeared and has never come back. Thank you Lord.
First healing miracle I've ever experienced
Since moving to Aspen, my biggest encounter with the power of God at work in my life was after a major ski wreck on March 15, 2007. I was actually skiing with fellow pastors from Crossroads, Steve, Derek and Chris. It was a flat-light day, I was skiing quite fast on a run I was not familiar with (so let’s concede it was not the most brilliant of moves). Before I had time to adjust I noticed I was about to hit a lip in the snow that I was not anticipating. I went airborne – what must have been 50 feet landing on my head and right shoulder. I heard bones break and felt tremendous pain as I rolled down at least another 50 feet of slope. When the guys caught up to me, I was hunched over, could hardly talk and according to Derek, he could see my collar bone sticking up under my jacket. They called Ski Patrol and then prayed over me. I am not sure when, but all I know is that by the time I reached the hospital, and was x-rayed, they found nothing wrong. The shoulder was bruised and there was an ever so slight a-c separation (which later fell into place), but there was not one broken bone and the collar bone was fully intact. It is the first healing miracle I have ever personally experienced in my life and thank God for showing me His healing power.