WELCOME TO FREE LIFE CHURCH
New to Free Life Church?
Our congregation consists of people united in our love for Jesus Christ and our desire to see His Kingdom impact our city and beyond.
At FLC, church is more than checking a box. We gather to worship our King and encounter the presence of God. We believe church is the household of God with Him as our Father and therefore includes family and community. It is a place to be accepted as you are and equipped to become all God has purposed you to be.
What are services like?
Kids Check-In Begins: 9:45 am
Coffee Bar Opens: 9:45 am
Worship Service: 10:00 am
Sunday mornings have a relaxed atmosphere with warm, friendly people to welcome you. You will receive a welcome packet with information about who we are and a welcome card for you to fill out so we can connect with you. Be sure to drop your card off at the Welcome Table in the lobby and grab a gift bag on the way out. Our services run about 90 minutes.
Tea and coffee are available right before and after the service. We would love to grab a cup of coffee with you and get to know you. Sunday mornings are a great time to connect in fellowship and grow in your faith.
What is the style of your worship?
At Free Life Church we love to worship. Our worship team plays contemporary music and we believe and encourage everyone to worship in their own unique way. As we worship, we are actively seeking to encounter God’s presence and be led by the Holy Spirit.
How should I dress?
At Free Life we are interested in you – not what you are wearing. You don’t need to worry about dressing up – or dressing down. Wear whatever is comfortable for you.
Building a Culture where People Know God
As believers, we are ambassadors for the Kingdom of Heaven, to bring His world and accomplish His will here on the earth.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” -Matthew 6:10, ESV
We believe that people need to encounter the God who created them. The first and greatest encounter is our salvation, but it doesn’t end there. We endeavor to build our lives pursuing God’s presence and trusting His power to manifest in our day-to-day lives.
We believe God desires His children to grow into strong and mature disciples who walk in freedom and victory in their lives. We desire to see people “equipped for the work of the ministry.”
We believe people are part of Gods family, and this requires strong, authentic relationships with other believers and to be intentional in building those relationships. We also desire to see our church engaging our community and sharing the love of Jesus with everyone.
OUR PASTORAL TEAM
Clayton, Senior Pastor of FLC, and his wife Jen have devoted their lives to serving Jesus, advancing His Kingdom, and serving people. Jen led the Youth Group at FLC when she was still a teen, then became a part of the leadership team in 2008. Clayton began full-time ministry in 2004 at New Covenant Church Bryanston in Johannesburg, South Africa. He arrived in Leesburg, VA in 2007 and has served on the eldership team since 2008. Clayton and Jen married in 2011 and now have two children.
Duane and Marie came to FLC during its earliest days in 2003. They have served the church in many capacities and have been on the eldership team since 2004. They have four children and live in Reston, Virginia.
Kevin and Katie are passionate about community and God’s design for the church to be family. They came to Free Life in 2008 where they met, later married, and served in numerous capacities. They have three children and live in Leesburg, VA.
Josh and Rachel have a desire to see lives restored, and for people to experience God in a new and powerful way. They joined FLC in 2013 and have served in several areas. They live in Ashburn VA and have four daughters.
Tommy and Carly have been with FLC since 2006. They have been involved in the leadership of multiple ministries at different times, and share a desire to see God’s people live out the gifts and callings that He has put in them. They have 3 children and live in Ashburn.
A few weeks ago my daughter was diagnosed with perioral dermatitis and was in a lot of discomfort. We laid hands on her and ended up getting an 8 week antibiotic treatment from her doctor saying it could take months for it to clear up.
She’s been taking the medicine and we’ve seen a slight improvement. However last night she was telling me that her face was starting to hurt badly again and was getting swollen.
She went off to bed discouraged and I went in faith and laid hands on her face and said “You are covered by the blood of Jesus!” I prayed that her face would be completely normal in the morning.
Morning came and I was excited to see how it looked. The swelling and pain had gone away but there were still bumps covering her face… but this evening in the car I looked over at her and noticed her face was completely healed!
Thank you, Jesus!!!!!!! Hallelujah. We are covered by His blood!!!!!
My children have been set on fire by God. They knew the Lord; but during the fast (Feb 1-21, 2021) I was fervently praying for them to experience something more real and deeper with God. I was praying for literal encounters with Jesus. My prayer was that He would show up in big and powerful way in their lives. IT HAPPENED! They have experienced God like never before and Jesus is all they can talk about! God didn’t even wait for the fast to end. He answered this prayer rapidly and with great power. I am overjoyed to see my children with a new passion for Jesus. The ripple effect has already begun as they are now talking to my nephew about what the Lord has done for them and we are seeing God at work in his life, now, too. Do it AGAIN, Lord! Thank you for your wonders that never cease!
Part 1: Three weeks ago, coincidental with the FLC fast, I received an email from a very good customer of ours who had not been in touch with us for months. This was related to the impact which the Covid19 lockdowns had had on their business. Subsequent to the conversations which ensued, it developed that they would be moving forward with a larger volume of work in one wave than I can ever recall receiving since we have been in business.
Part 2: A material order related to a portion of the work they were moving on was large by our standards. It occurred to me to invite the supplier to consider any additional discounts which might be available on the purchase. They in fact did offer a discount. But before I tell how the math worked out on the discount, I’ll back up a bit.
I’m regularly awakened by the Holy Spirit in the fourth watch of the night (3:00AM to 6:00AM), often at precise times which have biblical numerical significance, including times which coincide with chapter and verse references in God’s Word, i.e. 3:33AM (Jeremiah 33:3), 3:16AM (do I need to say which verse?), 2:22AM (Daniel 2:22, Acts 2:22) etc.
Last Sunday morning I woke up precisely at 3:33AM. Then, on Monday, I awoke just as the clock turned to 3:16AM. At the usual time that day, I went into the office, where my testimony resumes…
I was ordering 3700 ft2 of a certain product. The extra discount offered, which I referred to above, was $.90 per square foot. I was delighted to save some money, but even more delighted when I did the math to see what the discount would amount to. 3700 ft2 x $.90 = $3330.00. Three is the number of the Godhead, and I also associate 333 with the aforementioned verse in Jeremiah “Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and unsearchable things which you do not know.” In Biblical numerology, the addition of one or more zeros does not change the character of a number, but the magnitude. As the message in this “coincidence” sunk in, I felt such gratitude to the Lord that He is with me, and for my brothers and sisters at FLC, who were fasting, in part, for the release of resources for the Lords kingdom.
How great, indeed, is our God!!!
An FLC saint
I’ve been a Christian since I was a kid. I went to Bible college for 4 years but I had never fasted.
For the past month, the Lord kept giving me words like “humble” and “humility” and then “fast”.
I’ve always shied away from fasting due to my ignorance on the matter and also because of my weight. I’m built quite small and have feared it wouldn’t be good for my body to skip meals.
But I couldn’t shake the words.
I do not attend Free Life Church, but my mother, who does, sent me a link to Clayton’s series of teaching on fasting. I listened to the first one last Friday night. I was so encouraged that I woke up and listened to the second one before my feet hit the ground that Saturday morning. And before I knew it, I committed to fasting that day. I didn’t even give myself an opportunity to “think it through”, I just found myself locked in my guest room with my Bible in my lap. I didn’t even tell my husband… I just escaped and trusted him to take care of the needs of the household.
I didn’t have anything specific I wanted to fast and pray for. I honestly just wanted to meet with the Lord and for him to reveal himself to me. So I humbled myself. Emptied myself of all that was me and just waited. It felt silly and empty at first. No real need other than just a deep desire for Him. So I waited. No music. No prayers. Just a whisper of “God, here I am. I humble myself. I just want you.”
And I waited…. and waited some more. Unsure of the time. I grew hungry. “God, this is not fun. I want you. I’m hungry for you. I want to see your heart” I opened up the Bible and read the first 9 chapters of Mark….Because I knew the things Jesus did would be in there. And that’s when He showed up. I’ve read Mark a million times it seems. But never like that. God revealed himself to me in a new way. Answering questions without me even asking them. He shed light on it all.
As I sat there hungry, God began to love on me and “feed” me. He taught me about fasting after the Bridegroom had left. He revealed truths to me that came from His heart. I turned to Psalm 119 and thought I would end my time of fasting by reading it aloud. (Phew that’s a looooong psalm!) I came out of my guest room and saw that it was now 2:00 and I missed lunch. I was only planning on missing breakfast. I decided to go ahead and break my fast at 3 so I listened to Clayton’s third sermon during that time. Funny thing is that God taught me everything that Clayton taught even before I could hear his message. Everything lined up perfectly. It was really, really cool!
I had so much clarity during that time with the Lord. He revealed so much to me and gave me understanding. All I wanted was HIM and HE showed up. I am so thankful for that. Praise Him! He is Holy!!
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share this.
I have been on a spiritual journey for most of my life. Growing up in a culturally Jewish home, I never read the Bible, went to temple or worshiped God in any way, shape or form. I knew that he existed however because no matter what happened in my life, I trusted that all would be well in the end . . . and it was. While I didn’t have an ideal childhood, I felt guided by an inherent knowing . . . not really knowing what that was.
I have visited temples, churches, studied other faiths and nothing felt quite right. From the very first day my husband and I attended Free Life I felt something move in me…I spent most of that morning worshiping in tears and asked for prayer.
Today . . . my relationship with [with the Lord] is growing and reading or listening to the Bible has become a part of my joy and curiosity. I cannot think of a better book to immerse myself in. After reading the book of Revelation (yes I started at the end) I am totally convinced that walking in the path of Jesus Christ is the only path for me.
I was recently affected by the chickenpox virus. According to doctors healing could take about 10-15 days. I prayed and asked God to please have a speedy supernatural recovery so I could go back to work as soon as possible. After only 2 days God healed my body.
Thanks, praise and glory to our mighty God!!
I had an infection and the doctor prescribed an antibiotic. After a few days, the symptoms hadn’t really changed. I wondered if the dose was strong enough, or if the medicine itself was strong enough. The symptoms made me very uncomfortable and took me away from important things that I needed and wanted to do.
A leader prayed for me and the symptoms started to get worse – worse than they had been before. After about an hour, they almost completely disappeared and stayed that way. My only conclusion was that the prayer had activated the medicine and kicked into high gear.
A few days later, the doctor called to tell me that the infection involved a bacteria that was resistant to the antibiotic they prescribed for me, which meant that the antibiotic would not work. It hit me that prayer did not activate the medicine, prayer was responsible for 100% of the healing.
I got to tell the nurse that it was OK, because the symptoms were gone anyway. God is good!!
During this past Sunday’s baby dedication I service, I wondered if I was dedicated as a baby as my now deceased parents didn’t tell me – I’m now a grandma, long time in wondering about it. Well, I said it would be no harm ‘dedicating myself’ alongside the babies being dedicated. I especially connected with Eden’s mom who said that all the lies she’d believed left because of Eden, or something like that. I said, whatever it is in my life that needs to leave should leave as well. I prayed alongside Josh as he prayed for the individual families, and immediately after the service I went into my closet, knelt down, anointed myself with oil and prayed a blessing over my life. Later that day I called our oldest sister and asked her if we were dedicated as babies and she said no, and I told her what I’d done.
It is difficult to explain what has happened to me, but is like God has put in me order, not that I was disorganized, I’m very regimented, though at times it would be stressful, but God has just supernaturally transformed me. Like I say, it’s difficult to explain it, but it feels good!!
During the recent fast in October, one of the elders prayed for me to have dreams. I have not been one to have dreams very often, or at least none that I remember. That same week, I had a dream that was so clearly from the Lord and I knew it was important for me. While I don’t fully understand the dream, it was encouraging that the Lord spoke to me through this. He provided me with peace in what seemed quite a dark situation. I was able in the dream to walk through whatever attacks or barriers were taking down others, and arrive peacefully on the other side. The Lord is so good to reveal truth in His timing. I trust He will provide more understanding when it is needed. For now, I feel encouraged and emboldened for the journey ahead.
Over the last year and a half, I was experiencing problems with my eyes that were becoming more intense, more painful, and more frequent. It was hindering my ability to work for several days at a time. During the recent fast in October, the leaders prayed for my eyes and immediately the pain was gone. I felt only pressure. Within two days my eyes were completely healed. The Lord used the obedience and authority of the Elders to speak truth over the lie that sickness/disease/corruption is allowed to remain in God’s pure and righteous temple. I believe the Lord healed my eyes completely and this is the end of the attacks that are distracting me from seeing the vision and fulfilling the call the Lord has for me.-CO
We are with you online and I asked for prayer for my husband’s spinal fusion surgeries. I know you all have been praying. By His Stripes we are healed. By way of a praise report and to say thanks for the prayers that you prayed, my husband is way ahead of schedule in his healing process after surgery. He is walking without a walker and a cane. He is nearly pain free, which is a drastic change from where we started. His PT said his progress is more advanced than any patient she has ever had at this point in the process. So I am thanking Jesus for His miraculous power and willingness to heal my husband, and thanking you for your prayers. God is faithful, always faithful, and worthy to be praised!
My daughter in law attended the Encounter Night on October 10. It was her first time being at FLC. She was so moved by the Presence of God. Josh had a word of knowledge for someone who had recently injured their clavicle. She turned toward me and her eyes got big and she said… that’s me! She had been injured trying to lift something too heavy, and the large item had hit her in the clavicle. She had been on meds to help reduce the pain for several days. When she said it was her, I led her over to Josh for prayer. As we left the church I asked how she was feeling and she said there was no change. I checked on her again in the morning and she was ecstatic. She said the pain was gone, no more meds and that she woke with an immense amount of peace that overwhelmed her. The Father is revealing Himself to her in wonderful ways!”-TM
Recently my 2 granddaughters, 5 and 3, came for a visit. They are a bundle of fun, energy and always curious. The 5-year-old asked if she could help me make eggs at the stove as that is what her Daddy taught her. Of course, I said yes, wanting to see her culinary skills:-)I assisted her and at the last moment, she reached forward and her forearm touched the sizzling hot pan. She let out a wail!!! I fully expected she would have a bad burn so we put ice on it (which made her cry louder), and then I told her we were going to pray and thank Jesus for the healing that HE was going to bring. She quieted and received the prayer.Five minutes later we looked at her arm and the large, bright red mark did not turn brighter or blister. It was fading. I told my granddaughter that we will just keep thanking Jesus for the healing that He purchased for her. So we sang the chorus together, “I raise a Hallelujah, in the presence of my burn.” Five minutes later we checked, and the skin was barely light pink. Later that night – totally healed!A few weeks later she came back for a visit. I was cooking at the stove and said to her, “Do you remember when you got your burn?” She said, “Oma, why are you bringing that up again? That’s over, Jesus healed me”. Then I had the opportunity to teach her about the power of the testimony and how God wants to replicate the healing for others, and how she can share what Jesus did for her to others and see them be healed too. She said, “I can do that Oma!”-TH
This summer’s activities were very much in question as event after event was cancelled due to COVID. Since the two week theatre day camp I work for and help to run operates out of Loudoun County Public School facilities, we deferred our decision making until LCPS gave us directives. When they opened the buildings In June for activities, we made plans and set up policies for the safety of campers and staff and were given permission to run our camp. On a hot Monday in July, 80 campers, 30 high school interns, and 20 staff showed up to act, sing, dance, build, and paint together. The staff and the campers handled the restrictions and the challenges incredibly well. It was such a joy to see kids in each other‘s company and working together towards a common goal.On the Thursday of the second week, my principal called us, meaning me and the other camp administrator, to the office and told us that someone (we don’t know who) made a complaint to the administrative offices of LCPS about our program. They complained that we were being unsafe and not following policies. As I sat there listening, I felt no fear or worry. I had prayed into this camp for weeks: for the safety of all involved and for the protection of the Lord to be over the camp. I had taken authority over my territory and claimed that ground for the Lord. I knew that the complaint that had been taken to the administrative office was an outright lie. My principal is an excellent leader. He spoke directly to the administrator who had communicated the concern to him and invited that person to come and see our camp in person. On Friday he stopped by to observe and said to our principal that it was an incredible thing to witness and he saw no concerns or issues.I felt the Lord‘s blessing over the entire experience. For me it was so important to be able to provide this service and this opportunity to our community here in Loudoun. Parents of campers were emailing us that their children were crying leaving camp every day – not because camp was a bad experience but because it was so good that they didn’t want it to end. There were challenges, and it was an adjustment, but it was a beautiful experience. The enemy tried to invade the camp but he was turned away at the borders. And at the time of this writing it is 3 weeks since camp ended. I have not heard of a single illness in any of our campers or staff.-RH
In a recent trip back to my home of younger years…
A few months ago my sister had gone into the doctors complaining of major pain, swelling and the toes and lower leg turning green and black. The results of the exam were not good and he tells her that she has no blood flow into the lower part of the leg, the small toe has gangrene now in it and if she does not have the leg amputated above the knee she could lose the whole leg and possibly her life. She left very down and called a few of the family members to include me. I asked her what she was going to do and how should I pray for her. She said she wanted to be healed and she absolutely was not going to have her leg cut off. I prayed for her on the phone but felt prompted of the Holy Spirit to call Her son. He is a strong believer and I reminded him that the same power that raised Jesus he also had within him to go and lay hands on her leg and cast out the sickness. He did so and frankly I had dismissed It as being healed.
I walked in her apartment last week, looked down and asked “so, when did receive your healing?” and she said all within 30 days that her leg started getting color back in it but her little toe got real black and became hard. The swelling was going down and the pain went away. Then one morning she woke and the little toe had fallen off, separated from the foot cleanly as if surgically removed and all the color, feeling had come back with no more pain. As I looked at the severed toe and leg; I was amazed at His works because I know that I know His promises to be so true and I was so thankful for His goodness and mercy He shows all of us through His son Jesus and in His name.
I hadn’t been sleeping well for a while. Someone at my Life Group prayed for a few of us in the same situation. Since that night, things have changed and I’ve been sleeping well.-MJ
I had been studying for the GRE for 2 months straight and was struggling with feeling anxious and guilty every time I took a break. It got to the point where I would struggle to sleep at night. I’m aiming for really high-level graduate schools, so a lot was riding on my test scores. Two days before my test, the Lord told me to stop studying, and to give my extra time to Him instead (this was VERY hard for me to do). I also had people at my Life Group pray for me. The day of the test, I didn’t know a lot of the answers, but I maintained my peace throughout the entire test. I’d Just ask the Holy Spirit to guide me to the right answers. I wound up getting within the score range that I needed!
I usually start my workday at 7:20am. The other day, I didn’t have a client until 10am so I slept in and spent some time with the Lord. I was planning on going to the office just after 9. While I was praying, I kept feeling urged to look at my schedule, to the point where the prompting distracted me from spending time with the Lord. I looked at my schedule, and someone had booked an appointment online for 9am.
If I hadn’t checked my schedule, I would’ve been late for my first client. As annoyed as I was to have to cut short my time with Jesus, I would have been much more frustrated if I was late to that appointment. It was a cool experience to be reminded of how much He cares in the little things. He knows how much it stresses me to be late or even to cut it close, so He stepped in and helped when I didn’t even know I needed it.-MB
I was responsible for envisioning, creating, and facilitating a large event at work – the first of its kind. Several high-profile people would be in attendance to see how the event, and I, fared. The night before, I prayed with my Life Group for the success of the event.It ended up having a higher turnout rate than any event in the history of the company, and was a wild success. Specific details were prophesied over and came to pass, including attentiveness for everyone that came. Not a single person was seen on their phone for the duration. We had also prayed for wisdom, and I felt led with confidence to actually end the event early to avoid impending rain. It proved to be God’s wisdom – I was able to get everyone out of the event safely without getting wet, and received help cleaning everything up before the end of the allotted timeframe.-AN
I got delivered from anger in the summer of 2019. Since then, I have been walking that freedom out in my daily life. It has been really hard – but I could see some fruit in small ways. I spoke over myself often, “I am free. I am free. Even if I don’t feel free, Christ has set me free.”
In the summer of 2020, I got delivered from a deeper level of anger (I see the fruit of it in a greater measure). God gave me a prophetic picture of my situation, which I talked about with some of the leaders to get help understanding it. They encouraged me to meet for a Living Free session to have the issue dealt with and healed on a spiritual level.
Since that meeting, I’ve realized that the anger isn’t part of my character, as I had thought it was. It’s now easier to be nice to my husband, and easier to practice patience with myself, my children, and my husband. My responses to situations are different. In fact, I’ve even experienced a joy and underlying peace to it all. I’ve also found it easier to read my Bible.
I went up for prayer this last Sunday for my right wrist which had been weak and hurting during use. After receiving prayer, the pain from simply turning my wrist immediately went away, although it still didn’t feel fully normal.One day later I would estimate that my wrist is at 95% strength and the weakness, pain, and fear of using it are gone.God is so awesome… thank you!-KP
This past Sunday, after being filled with truth and given a Rhema Word during Pastor Clayton’s teaching on Kingdom Warfare, I received a text from my daughter in law saying that my son was suffering from extreme heat exhaustion and was contemplating going to the ER. He had worked outside on Saturday, and Sunday morning he was coaching Little League Baseball games. He began to experience symptoms of dehydration, his body temperature was elevated, and he was having heart palpitations.Normally, I would be gripped in panic and fear, but the Spirit of the Lord quickly reminded me of the truths I had just received in my spirit that morning at Free Life. So I jumped in my car and went to their home where my son was laying in his bed. I immediately laid hands on him and using the authority given to me by Jesus through His Holy Spirit, I spoke those truths from God’s Word over my son. His body temperature cooled and his heart rate came down. He is now hydrating like crazy, and resting, which is a feat in itself because my son has never been one to be still. He’s the father of 3 of my grandkids with another due in August! I’m praising the Lord and filled with gratitude for the sound teaching that morning that equipped me to take action. All Glory to God! My husband and I are thankful to have discovered Free Life!-TM
This past Sunday I received prayer for pain in my back. It was gone before I left the church!-KH
Our son slipped and fell into a pool, bruising and scraping one of his knees and a toe. We prayed together and thanked the Holy Spirit for making his body whole and healthy. By the time we finished, we had seen the bruise dramatically decrease, and the bleeding that had begun, had stopped. God is good!!– TC
Last year, Clayton gave a message on the power of Communion, and that we can claim healing through it. Well I took Communion that day in faith that the sciatic nerve pain I had been experiencing would be healed, and it instantly was that day. I had had pain in both legs that sprung up out of nowhere.Fast forward to this past week – the sciatic nerve pain returned in my leg. Last night, I was laying in bed and my leg was hurting. I thought to myself, “Wait, I took Communion and got healthier; free from this.” Literally, the pain instantly went away!!-DP
On May 15th I unexpectedly lost my job of 8 years in a company-wide reorganization that reduced the workforce by 600 people. Fortunately, two days before our life group (Kingdom Life) studied a chapter in Bill Johnson’s “Strengthen Yourself in the Lord” about thanksgiving. Give thanks to God in all things, and all situations, to strengthen yourself. Thanksgiving opens the door for peace to enter in. Peace is the portal for rejoicing. As the verse says, “ We enter his gates with thanksgiving in our hearts, we enter his courts with praise(rejoicing)” I had started practicing thanksgiving in my daily prayer times and I have had peace throughout this transition.
Here is the awesome part: I was contacted by a recruiter a couple days later who had an interesting opportunity that I agreed to pursue. It only took about two weeks, and signed an offer letter yesterday which includes better benefits and a 10% increase in salary. This feels like a promotion. Our God is a good good Father and gives great gifts to his children.
Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.“
I haven’t been able to see my family much during the quarantine, and when I have, it’s been with social distancing. There’s been a lot of fear around all of this with COVID and with my family seeing me. It’s been hard for me emotionally for many reasons, including not being able to see my sister’s newborn baby. Today I saw my mom and for the first time since all this started, we hugged, said she heard from the Lord about loving me and coming along side me in this time. We agreed we needed to fight whatever fear was coming against our family. Such restoration and transformation in a short period of time with my mom, all from the Lord speaking to her regarding not fearing and stepping out in love. I’m believing for continued transformation in my family. I want to encourage you that the Lord is on the move! Thank you Jesus!
My wife and I weren’t sleeping well for several nights in a row. Nothing about our sleeping environment had changed, but we were sleeping less. I put a bit of oil on our headboard last night to anoint it, and in prayer, took authority in the name of Jesus over our sleep. I spoke peace and rest over it.We both slept much better last night!– TC
My son, a toddler, had a close encounter with a copperhead snake. My daughter (a few years older) and I were pretty shaken up by it. My mind kept going over all of the “what if” scenarios for how badly that encounter could have gone, and it was making me terrified of possibilities in a situation where we’d already been saved (also making me afraid to take my kids into the woods again without being super on-edge). My daughter was acting afraid that the snake would now hunt her down.
My mom was nearby and said, “Thank goodness we have a big God,” just in passing, but it was a wake up call for me. I began focusing on what God had done to protect us and save us from this venomous creature. I repeated these things out loud to my daughter, and we even told fear to go and prayed for Jesus to give her bravery…but mainly we focused on thanking Him. The atmosphere shifted and now she even talks about it as if it was just a big adventure we had, without the overwhelming fear. It taught me how easy it can be to shift an atmosphere, and how important it is to do so, even when we are past a situation that already worked out in our favor. It surprised me how quickly and comfortably my mind went into the negative tailspin after something that was actually a good outcome.
Yes, we narrowly avoided a copperhead, but we DID, and God protected us. Thank you, Jesus, for protecting my children, my mom, and me!
Last week, we asked our Life Group to pray for my parents’ business, which has been affected by COVID. They have lost business, but have continued to keep on all employees and have even done work for one customer for free, because it’s what the Lord put on their hearts. Also, they did not get the PPP stimulus, even though they qualified, because the money ran out.
We prayed, and this week I heard from my parents. Firstly, they are still super optimistic that God is going to take care of them through all this. Second, they received a Small Business grant from their county for a few thousand dollars. Finally, after they dropped off a deposit, their bank called to inform them that there was an extra check that they missed, and the bank adjusted the deposit to account for it. It ended up being about $200 more than what they had intended to deposit.
My family has been has been getting updates from extended family in NYC where a close family friend, in normal health and not at-risk, was diagnosed with the coronavirus. His condition went downhill quickly to the point where doctors coordinated a phone call with his mother to say goodbye, and the phone was held up to his ear. Some of my family and I decided to fast and pray together for his healing and recovery. The morning after the phone call, we received reports that his condition was improving and stabilizing, unlike those around him. Doctors were able to identify specific issues and begin treating them. We are continuing to pray and trust, as people in my family in VA and those in NYC are being encouraged in their faith – at ALL levels of faith – because of what God is doing in this man.
I’m a chiropractor and am still working at the office. Virginia has declared chiropractic essential healthcare, so praise God I still have a job! One of my patients expressed to me she was very fearful and worried about her work situation. She said they have already cut her hours to 1/3 of what it was previously. She didn’t know how much more they were going to cut her hours and she was getting concerned that she would have to file for unemployment. Her husband currently has a steady work situation, but I could tell she was very worried about hers. She is a patient with whom I’ve had some spiritual conversation, and she is open to many worldviews, and I have shared mine with her. Today I asked if I could pray for her before she left the office –she smiled and said yes. I simply prayed for provision for her and her family and her business, and that the Lord would bring blessings and provide, as it is His nature and part of who he is. After I finished praying, she was in tears and I gave her a hug. She said she was very grateful that she had not delayed her appointment, as she had planned to.
Almost immediately when the fast began, we started experiencing a downturn in our business. Clients were leaving every day over the littlest things. It wasn’t making sense in the natural realm but we knew it was a time of testing in the spiritual realm. While we lost 10-20 clients (mostly lower-fee), we gained a focus and strength from the fast that we needed just in time for that 2-week period before things settled out. I’m happy to report now that God has provided new clients during this fast (and continues to do so) and we’re moving through this “shift” in our business toward more health and growth. We’re excited about how He continues to bless and use us through our CPA firm.
Well it is still amazing to see what God can do.
Back on Jan. 5th I prayed with a leader for miracles to become real in my life as I faced cancer surgery. I know that he was in it from the beginning even in the miracle of finding out that I had cancer. I had no symptoms of issues…but an MRI revealed a tumor that was odd shaped and out of the edges. It ended up being a Gleeson score of 7, which is not the most aggressive but can become deadly if left to its own way.
God led us to a doctor in Houston that uses a unique combination of existing technology that’s only being used in 3 places in the US. It uses a laser to burn the cancer instead of trying to cut it out with damaging other nerves and structures while the whole procedure is being observed in real time in an MRI machine. Details of each cell type are identifiable in order to remove all of the cancer without damaging other things.
We prayed that it would be gone, and though it wasn’t, it did shrink to where it could be removed without causing more harm. Now, after 4 weeks, I have no side effects of the surgery or of ever having cancer.
God is truly a gracious, loving, and merciful to us.
I was cooking in the oven with a cast iron pan. I had just taken it out of the oven and it was sitting on the counter top. I wasn’t thinking when I was preparing dinner so I grabbed it–burning my ring finger (thankfully it wasn’t any more of my hand). I had seen a friend pray for her daughter’s finger the previous day so it encouraged me to pray for my finger. I ran it under some cool water and prayed over it. The next morning I woke up and was reading and thought wait, I burnt my finger last night it should hurt. I started rubbing it and saw that there wasn’t any mark, and no pain at all. I keep rubbing it out of surprise because I genuinely thought it should hurt more, but it was completely fine–not even a shiny mark from a small burn!