Saturday, October 4, 2008

My Favorite Book Signing

Since I am so excited about my book signing today, I wanted to share with y'all my favorite book signing memory from my Baby Boot Camp days. I was at a LifeWay in Alabama, and I had gotten promoted on a radio show and in the newsletter of a very large church, so I was hoping that the book signing would be well attended. I was looking forward to meeting lots of new and expecting moms, and I had told the Lord that I wanted to pray for as many of those new moms that I could!

A sweet young woman, and she was tiny, too--you know those petite little women who don't even show from behind, they just look like they swallowed a basketball--it's all out in front? Yeah, she was one of those! She had driven in from a nearby town because she had heard the radio interview. She was due in just a few weeks, I think, and I said, "Oh, let me pray for you!" She was good with that, so as I began praying over her, I heard the Lord tell me to pray, "Take her to the cross." Well, who really wants to pray that for someone who is about to deliver her first child? I imagined horrible suffering, because I was specifically praying about her delivery! And I just thought that what the Lord was telling me to pray sounded kind of scary. I didn't want to do it! But He was insistent, and so I did. I'm telling you, I wouldn't have wanted someone praying that prayer over me as a mom-to-be! But when I finished, and I looked into the glowing face of that beautiful young woman, she was smiling. I just trusted God to do whatever He needed to do with that prayer.

Several months later, that young woman, by then a new mom, sent me an email. In it, she said that her delivery had been difficult. As she stared up at the hospital ceiling, crying and praying on behalf of herself and her baby, she noticed that the tiles were held in place by crosses. She remembered what I had prayed (what God had told me to pray!). She said she realized that God was calling her to come to the cross. He was taking her to the cross early in her life as a mother, and so she leaned on Him, and she trusted Him right then and there with her baby's life. Soon, both mother and baby were doing fine.

God is so good. I am always learning to trust Him more, aren't you?


Chatty Kelly said...

I love that story. What a beautiful story of obedience on your behalf, and God always knowing best.

Just loved it!

Edie said...

That is a great story. It seems that we so often want to know "why" before we do what we're told. Learning like you, to obey day by day.

Jill said...

Thanks for the story - there's always a blessing in obedience. I think I needed that reminder today!

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