Written By: Pastor Cathy Prout
Psalm 40:1-5 Passion Translation
“I waited and waited and waited some more; patiently, knowing God would come through for me. Then, at last, He bent down and listened to my cry. He stooped down to lift me out of danger from the desolate pit I was in, out of the muddy mess I had fallen into. Now He has lifted me up onto a firm, secure place and steadied me while I walk along His ascending path. A new song for a new day rises up in me every time I think about how He breaks through for me! Ecstatic praise pours out of my mouth until everyone hears how God has set me free. Many will see His miracles; they’ll stand in awe of God and fall in love with Him! Blessing after blessing comes to those who love and trust the Lord. They will not fall away, for they refuse to listen to the lies of the proud. O Lord, our God, no one can compare with You. Such wonderful works and miracles are all found with You!”
Wow!! This is an accurate account of the miracle-working power of God in my life! I was raised in a Christian home, yet had no idea of my identity in Christ and therefore I strove to be accepted by “whomever” and tried to become “whatever”. At 18 years, I left home like the prodigal son and found myself in a desolate pit and a muddy mess.
Problems greater then I could solve came, one after another. Yet, all the while running from the Lord, desperately trying to find myself, He never gave up on me or the destiny and purpose He had for my life! When I called, He answered. He lifted me up onto His firm secure place and for the last 33 years He has steadied me while I walk on His path for my life. Miracle after miracle of inner healing, deliverance, and freedom from destructive behaviours have changed me radically from the inside out!
It is the miracle-working power of His unconditional love and acceptance that changes people. I couldn’t run from me, change me, or love me. But His love did. And that same miracle love continues to heal, restore, set free, and change anyone who will simply call out to Him. You haven’t run too far away, the pit isn’t too deep, the muddy mess doesn’t offend Him, and there isn’t a problem He cannot solve.
I stand in awe of what He has done in my life and what He continues to do in and through me today! Seeing God change a life… what a miracle!!!
**We are so happy to have Pastor Cathy Prout as a part of our Prayer Team here at UYM. We look forward to continue walking in ministry with this precious lady.**
About Pastor Cathy Prout:
Pastor Cathy Prout has been the Senior Pastor of Centralia Faith Tabernacle since 2000. Her passion is to see individuals fully restored and built up in order to be wholly dedicated to Jesus Christ. She believes that by returning to the fundamentals of our identity in Christ there is a new level of freedom to live out God’s purpose for our lives. She has been married to her husband Doug, for 34 years and they have 4 grown sons, 2 daughter-in-laws and 1 granddaughter. She loves to read and shop!