Meredith’s Love Story

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GOD WAS AT MACY’S

Macy’s is the closest store to my house and I need a pair of pantyhose for the funeral. I’m too tired to fight through the crowds AND the last thing I want to do is run into anyone I know; just want to be left alone today. Dressed in a sweatshirt, jeans, baseball hat and sunglasses, I will make this a fast in, and out; “invisible”, head down, no eye contact.

Finally, after a long wait in line, and the ability to recite color and style of shoes worn by those who had gone before me; one child needs his, or her, laces tied, I placed my article on the counter. Someone grabs my wrist and pulls me forward within inches of her face. I feel no alarm, or fear. The saleslady, keeping a tight grip says, “I don’t know why I’m telling you this but, ‘my son was just murdered’. He was so wonderful, I don’t understand; on his birthday…only 27…why?why? only 27”

I walked around her station and gently, holding her in my arms, said, “you ‘told’ me because my husband just died and God wants me to tell you, “your son is in God’s hands, and you are not alone.” I said, “if you call me every day, we can pray together and, with God’s help, get through this together. We lowered our head and prayed . I left that store, with my head held high; no purchases, but knowing that “Connie” and I had just been in the presence of the Almighty God, in the middle of a spring sale at Macy’s Department Store; June 8, 1999.
John 5:24

Carrie’s Love Story

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Mike and I got engaged after meeting each other and dating for about 6 weeks. He was a pastor’s kid that lived the straight and narrow….simply put, I had not. A couple of weeks into the engagement and wedding planning, I was weighed down by what I knew I had to confess to Mike. So one evening he came over and I spewed it all out in all its ugliness. Mike asked 2 questions, one – was there more? Two – what was on my finger? After realizing he meant the engagement ring and not some bug crawling on me, he expressed his love for me and covered me with God’s grace. 13 years and 2 beautiful kids later, I still think of God showing His grace through Mike.

Monika Kelly’s Love Story

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I was 42 years old and recovering in the hospital after having an emergency c-section to deliver my first and only son, Joshua. Part of the recovery process involved taking pain medication that I was allergic to and had a subsequent negative reaction to. Overwhelmed, scared and exhausted, I was so grateful to my dear friend who brought in a small group of women into my hospital room to encourage me and pray for me. I was absolutely blessed by that precious, unconditional LOVE.

Living the ‘Good Life’

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In 22 days we leave for India where we will be involved in 5 health camps, serving the poor and oppressed, the widow and the orphan. The least. Our final day we get to perform check ups on all 180 orphans at New Life Children’s Home. This is what I”m looking forward to the most. Laying my hands on each child. Looking him or her in the eyes. Praying for them and having that precious and rare one on one time with them. If you’ve ever spent time in an orphanage, you know that one on one is almost non existent. I know for myself anyway, I am rarely without three to ten children sitting on me, holding my hands, just wanting to be with me and above all, for me to learn their name and remember it for the next time they ask.

It’s amazing, the feelings that accompany preparing for a trip like this. It’s quite exhilarating at times. Packing, booking flights, deciding what to bring to the orphanage that will make the children’s faces light up, daydreaming about what it will be like day by day. But I think the most overwhelming feeling of all is one that lacks an appropriate word. It’s the one that says, “are you kidding me? How am I possibly qualified for this, and why on earth would God choose me?”

Yet He did. In fact, it was predestined.

“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” Ephesians 2:10 (Amplified)

Think about that for a moment. This verse is not only for me, you know. He has a plan, and it is specifically for you, and it is good, and it is to prosper you and not to harm you, but to give you hope and a future. (Jer 29:11) The work he’s started in you? He’s going to complete it. (Phil 1:8)

So what is it? If you don’t know, why not take some time with Him and find out. I can promise you, it’s good. It’s really really good.

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