Personal Note from our Family: Thank you so much to all those who responded to the financial need that we asked you to help with regarding our daughter's wedding that is coming up on October 22nd. They not only received all that was lost but the Lord (and you) doubled the amount lost. This was such a wonderful testimony to this young couple who are beginning their lives together, which as we all know requires faith in God our Provider. Special thanks to all of our Canadian friends as all the donation (with the exception of one) came from our northern neighbors in Canada. "Canada, we stand on guard for
Blessings and Love~ Jeff, Kathi, Luke and Amy
Praise Report on our newest foster son, Nick: Nick asked the Lord into his heart last week after having a deep touch from the Holy Spirit. This young man (17) was immersed in darkness just two months ago and with few words but lots of love he has come out of darkness and into true Light. Thank you all who have been praying for Nick and his transition into our family.
A Holy Expectation and Miracles
by Kathi Pelton
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus¯ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus¯ mother said to him, ¯They have no more wine.¯
¯Woman, why do you involve me?¯ Jesus replied. ¯My hour has not yet come.¯
His mother said to the servants, ¯Do whatever he tells you.¯
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus said to the servants, ¯Fill the jars with water¯; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, ¯Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.¯
They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, ¯Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.¯
Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs (miracles) through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2: 1-11
The Miracle Wedding Testimony
This month our younger daughter is getting married! It is the first wedding for one of our children and the first wedding that we have ever planned. When the young man approached my husband, Jeff, and I to ask our permission to marry her we gave it him with great joy. On Christmas Eve last year (her favorite day of the year), we lit a fire in our fireplace
and put candles all over the living room. The young man put on her favorite instrumental music and in front of our Christmas tree he asked her to be his wife. It was perfect and beautiful.
Traditionally, the mother and father of the bride are responsible for paying for and planning a wedding. We wouldn¯t have it any other way with our precious daughter, Amy. However, the last number of years, we have had tremendous financial struggles that have left us depleted of any savings¯in fact, we need miracles each month just to pay our bills. So our ¯circumstantial reality¯ hit us pretty hard: How were we going to pay for a
beautiful wedding, especially when we have a very large family and many dear friends who would want to come? Then the Lord reminded us of the above story. His first miracle was at a wedding! He told us, ¯This will be a miracle wedding.¯
As January 2011 began, we also began our wedding planning...completely in faith and with no money in hand. The first miracle came when God spoke to a believer in Texas (whom we have never met in person) and asked them to pay for our daughter¯s wedding dress. They not only sent enough for the dress but enough to begin buying the decorations and put deposits down for a photographer,
We continued planning, and miraculous provision would come little by little. As summer began, we were just three months away from the wedding date and I was getting a bit more anxious! We were going to need a lot of miracles to see the wedding happen. I began losing sleep due to worrying about the small amount of time we had left and the large amount of miracles that we would need (oh...such little faith in such a faithful God!). Even in the midst of my ¯worry¯, God came through once again. First, we were given the exact amount of money that I was praying for (the amount we needed for all that had been planned to that point) and then a Christian couple offered us the use of their beautiful property at no charge to host the wedding and reception at. Just days later someone came forward and offered to cater the entire wedding as a gift to our family (all we had to do was pay for the food, not her services) and then a floral student came to us
offering to do all the florist work as her college project¯once again, at no cost to us except for the supplies.
One of our largest bills for the wedding was going to be the rentals for the tables, chairs, linens and supplies for the wedding and reception. We were so blessed when a family member came to us and offered to pay for all of the rentals. Everything was happening just the way the Lord had said it would. Our hearts were full and all of us were so grateful. Then, with less than two months till the wedding we were notified that these people who planned to pay for the rentals were no longer going to be able to do it. Suddenly, we
had a huge bill coming due and no way to pay it.
Some dear friends came to our house to pray with us regarding this and they kept hearing the words, ¯Miracle wedding.¯ God was reminding us of what He had spoken before the planning had ever begun. So, peace returned. The very next day we began receiving checks in the mail from people that God had spoken to, telling us that He wanted them to ¯sow into this wedding¯. We literally received double what was lost within two weeks.
Now we are just days from the Big Day and God has kept His promise and brought forth miracle after miracle for the wedding. We have no debt¯everything has been provided for. We will watch our daughter marry the man of her dreams in the dress she desired, in a garden she pictured, with all the friends and family that she wanted to share the day. Every detail has been provided for by the true Father of the Bride. The only detail left is the provision of a place for them to live when they come home from their honeymoon, and we are confident that He will provide this too...just at the time that they need it. We are experiencing His promise in Ephesians 3:20-21:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
As we have walked through this journey of miracles, the Holy Spirit has continually reminded me that this is how we should live in our everyday lives. Jesus is our Bridegroom and He is preparing the perfect wedding for His bride. Why do we believe
that He would not take care of His Bride during the time of preparation?
God is restoring our faith and belief in ¯Who He Is¯. Where did we lose sight of His character and His promises? Why do we struggle with doubt and unbelief? He is who He says He is! He is faithful to His written Word, and to the promises He speaks to our hearts. We need to take Him at His word! Our daughter¯s wedding is only one testimony of God¯s faithfulness and miracles at work in the life of those who walk with Him.
I believe that we have entered a time in history that we will see a new level of faith arise, and miracles will follow. Declarations of truth are coming forth from Heaven that the Church will release and see fulfilled. Entire services of His people lost in praise and thanksgiving will be more and more common. A spirit of thankfulness is coming upon God¯s people that will set many free of the pain of this past season of testing and release miracles on a level never seen by this generation before. A holy expectation will come upon us that will launch us into a new level of faith that enables us to go forth in all that He asks of us like never before. This holy expectation will release a holy acceleration of His Kingdom here on Earth.
I believe that the pain of hope deferred will be broken off of God¯s people and that we will enter into time of desires fulfilled. The release of a new level of faith (that compels obedience) and thanksgiving will minister freedom to many who have been living in a type of ¯survival mode¯ rather than living the abundant life that God has planned for His sons and daughters. The enemy has worked hard to beat down God¯s people and to steal away their faith, belief, joy and confidence in whom He is. But God is raising up His standard and lifting His people above the lie of the enemy.
He is inviting you into this new season...a season of thankfulness and miracles; a season of light and joy, a season of healing and restoration! As we personally watch our daughter¯s dream fulfilled, we will continue to pray and believe for God¯s dreams for you to be fulfilled as well.
And by the way¯our ¯wedding journey¯ continues as our son Corey recently became engaged and will be
getting married next June!
I will leave you with this exhortation from Philippians 4:
Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thankfulness let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. Philippians 4:6-8
...And my God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Blessings to you and your household~