I want to highlight what God is doing in FAMILY across the entire world. Some beautiful friends of mine have written some testimonies of what God has done and is doing in their families. I will share one every day this week. I know that reading these stories will cause your faith to increase for what God will do in your family, too!
God’s heart centers around family. It always has, and it always will. To Adam and Eve in the garden, He said, “Be fruitful and multiply,” (Genesis 1:28) commissioning them to create family. In the Old Testament, covenant was established through family lineages (Genesis 6:18). One of the 10 commandments is to honor your father and mother, further emphasizing God’s desire for unity and honor within families. There are many examples of this laced within Scripture, but the clearest is with Jesus. God paid the highest price, His Son, sent to die for humanity so we might become sons and daughters, part of His royal family (Galatians 4:4-7, Romans 8:14-17). He gave up everything to have His children close. Now, we are ministers of the same reconciliation that Jesus ministered to us. Second Corinthians 5:16-21 tells us that we are entrusted by God Himself with this message of reconciliation:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
God made a way for us to be in His family, now we get to create family around us. Family is always on God’s mind. God is willing, and able, to bring reconciliation in your family.
The stories and testimonies that will be showcased this week are not just for these few people, they are for you. The root word of “testimony” in Hebrew is “do again”, so as you read these testimonies of breakthrough in family, remember that God can and will do it again! God wants to bring unity, reconciliation, and redemption to your family even more than you want Him to!
WRITTEN BY ALEXA FROM TEXAS
Isn’t it wild that we still find things impossible? We hear testimony after testimony, and still we cling to the thought that we are the exception in what God can redeem. God can do all things, except end this dry season. God can do all things, except free me from addiction. God can do all things―except save my family. Last year, this was exactly my mindset as I was sitting in a circle with friends, playing a game called “What If?” We’d list off things only the Holy Spirit could accomplish.
What if our entire campus came to know Christ intimately? What if all the members of ISIS had a dream of Jesus and came to the faith? What if I healed someone with my own two hands?
As we neared more and more seemingly impossible situations, I interjected with, “What if the Lord saves my family? He could, couldn’t He?” The doubt that this could happen was overwhelming, but the hope I had was even more intrusive. From there, that became my prayer. Lord, save my family.
Growing up in my home, God was a household name, but was never let in our front door. God was reserved for Christmas, Easter, and when Grandma came in town. I think my parents held God at arm’s length because they each have had extremely difficult lives, ridden with trauma and pain. I grew up in the torment of watching my mother be emotionally and verbally abused by my father, and began to become the victim of that abuse as a means of “saving” my mother and siblings. The painful memories still linger, and my relationship with my father is still troublesome because of it, but...What If? What if my heart was completely healed from abuse? What if the lies I was told growing up were replaced with Biblical truths? What if my father became a man of God?
This past Good Friday, my family called with a surprise―they were all coming to visit me from Texas the next day for the first time. From there, they didn’t know it, but they were drenched in prayer. Friends, mentors, and roommates were all praying for revival in my family. That night at a Good Friday service, I wept like never before. Not only because of what Jesus did on the cross, but for the pain and desperation found within my broken family. As I took communion, I had a vision. I was in a white dress, walking up a staircase through an enormous doorway. As I walked in I looked up to see above me a ceiling of a cathedral clothed in gemstones. I looked down, and a short distance before me, was my family. They didn’t have to say it, but I felt the relief in their souls, “Finally,” they cried, “We’ve been waiting.” After the service, I shared the vision with a friend, and with tears in my eyes I said, “I think He’s going to do it. I think He’s going to do the impossible and save them.”
As Easter morning came, we attended my home church in Denver. Our pastor shared the heart-wrenching story of the cross and the tear-filled glory of the resurrection. With all heads bowed―I couldn’t help but peek. My youngest sister, with a kind-heart that’s swallowed by a fear of failure, raised her hand and accepted Christ as her Savior. My brother, with terrible health and consumed with insecurity, raised his hand and accepted Christ as his Savior. My father, who has spent his whole life overcome by anger and sorrow, raised his hand and accepted Christ as his Savior.
God LOVES family. Maybe even more so, God LOVES redemption. He’s just so good at it. This testimony of my family is a testimony I didn’t believe I would get to experience or tell. I thought the Father could save everyone―except my family. But I love love love when the Father proves just how wrong I can be. Not only do I have an incredible testimony of His faithfulness, but now my family will be with me in heaven. What is better than that? What is impossible for God? Absolutely nothing.