As I was preparing to write my blog today, I asked the Lord what He wanted me to write about. I clearly heard Him say “the homeless”. When I heard this, I felt a little guilty as I thought to myself how long it had been since I had ministered to a homeless person. When I first got set free from drugs over 8 years ago, I was so on fire to reach out to these people and would stop and pray for them and buy them food on a regular basis. These past couple of years with first a high risk twin pregnancy and then caring for twin babies, I haven’t really made time to do this. I have felt guilty more than once as I passed them by going about my own life and business saying a short prayer for them without stopping.
So today, when I heard from God that He wanted me to write a blog about the homeless, I responded with, “but what would I write Lord? I haven’t ministered to the homeless in so long!” He then said to me, “Let’s change that.” I thought yes, let’s do it! Then I got caught up in the busyness of my day and put it off as something I would focus on later thinking I would still probably need to write on something else since the blog needed to go out today.
When my husband came home from work, I decided to run to Wal-Mart for a few things before I came back home to write. When I pulled into my parking spot, the Lord spoke to me again. “I have a divine appointment for you here on what I spoke to you about earlier.” As soon as I heard this, I started to get out of my car and saw a girl walking up to my car with two loaves of banana bread. She said she was there with a group from a homeless shelter and they were selling the baked goods to help support themselves in the shelter!
Tears sprang to my eyes immediately as the Holy Spirit came over me with such love for her and I realized God was acting on the words He spoke to me so quickly! I told her absolutely, I would love to sow into her financially but I needed to run into Wal-Mart to get some money out of the ATM. She waited for me on the bench in front of the store and I came back out to give her the money. I was then able to share my own testimony with her and her friend of how God had set me free from a 15-year drug addiction, being in and out of prison and on the streets myself. Her story was just like mine, except while I have almost 9 years clean she is just completing 9 months. I told her that was HUGE and I was able to encourage them both with my testimony of all God had done for me over the years. I got their address at the shelter where I will be able to send them and all of the other women in the shelter a copy of my “Walk it Out” book. I was also able to pray with them and decree freedom over their life and future! I feel very connected to these girls and I believe God will continue to develop this relationship.
I shared with them that I would like to write about them and I asked them if I could take their picture for this blog. They were so happy to do so. (picture above) As you can see in the picture they shine with the light of Jesus. Thank God for the people who have sown into helping them get off the streets and change their lives!
I am inspired to pray for more divine appointments and will again make an effort to hear the voice of God when He wants to use me in this way as I go about my everyday life. There are people out there just waiting to hear an encouraging word. These girls I met today already knew the Lord, but they were still so blessed by my testimony; however, so many on the streets do not yet know Jesus! We are called to go out there and share the message of salvation and hope for a better life with them. If not us, then who?
I encourage all of you to take the time to stop and minister to the next homeless person God highlights to you! Be the light in their darkness! It will bless you as much as it blesses them. My heart is so full right now.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised… Luke 4:18
Written by: Ginger Brown