God-given opportunities come to us by the never-ending grace of God don’t they Friends?
My husband Mike and I have been blessed to be able to go on approximately six-seven Cruises and have experienced many of God’s beautiful artwork on display that he’s created.
I will admit that one of my favorite places to have seen with my natural eyes and never thought I’d be able to see was Niagra Falls. Pictures do NOT do it justice.
It’s awe-inspiring and powerful to witness.
The creator of the universe has given mankind numerous God-given opportunities to witness the wonders of his majestic power.
I want to share with you our most recent blessing from God.
Like I said we’ve gotten to go on several cruises but NOTHING like our most recent adventure.
I will tell you this much…Now that I have gotten to experience this type of cruise I will NEVER want to do anything but.
If you haven’t heard of K-LOVE before they are a gospel-centered radio station who operate on donations.
The Bible tells us that we should surround ourselves with other followers of Christ.
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors, there is safety.
I am finding a hard time trying to put into words what it was like being solely surrounded by other believers.
I would have to describe it as I imagine Heaven being in my mind.
ALL people focused on ONE objective…Worshipping and Glorifying our Savior and King…Christ Jesus!
Friends I can NOT stress enough how fired up for God you will become.
If you ever get the chance I highly encourage you to go on a K-LOVE cruise.
Trust me when I say you will NOT regret it.
Everything on board is gospel-centered. I will give you a rundown of just a few.
- Morning Worship and Preaching
- Entertainment was ALL Christian Bands
- The music playing EVERYWHERE was Christian Music
- Baptisms were performed on the top deck swimming pool
- Conversations with others were centered on Christ
- It was nothing to see small groups of people huddled in Prayer
- Upon speaking to anyone you meet you formed a common bond
Here are a few of the Baptism photos and as you can see two of the photos are of more than one individual being submerged. Married couples wanted to be baptized together.
Friends, God-given opportunities like this is like seeing a small version of what Heaven will be like.
Many people of different tribes and tongues glorifying and worshipping our Savior! Glory to GOD!!
HIGHLIGHT FOR ME from this God-Given Opportunity
I used to be a fan of what the world considers Top 40 hits/Pop music. Now I’m NOT telling you what to listen to so Please do NOT misunderstand what I’m about to explain. When I rededicated my life to Christ I was heavily convicted with the type of music I loved.
Much of today’s music and videos are highly filled with sexual innuendo foul language and to be honest nudity and leaving NOT much to the imagination and I’m sure you get my point.
I am a firm believer what you put in will come out. In other words who and what you surround yourself with makes a difference. So I prayed and asked God to PLEASE take away the love I had for this type of music.
Now when the child of God prays a specific prayer like this you’d best believe God will do exactly what you ask. Not ONLY did God take it away but now I can’t listen to any other type of music but Christian and Gospel-Centered music which is the heart of worship music.
Be careful what you pray for right? Now I am NOT saying any other kind of music is a sin but for ME personally, I am under conviction if I do. Trust me I’m trying to make a point. Not ONLY did this cruise have Christian music but the entertainment was some of my FAVORITE bands!
CAN YOU SAY YIPPEE!!
Thank You, Jesus, for this incredible God-given Opportunity! Now wait a minute it gets better.
Did I forget to mention that we not ONLY got to see them perform LIVE but we actually got to do a meet and greet and have a photo with them!
Pictures below for proof. Lol
7eventh Time Down
Big Daddy Weave
As you can probably tell in these photos we were more than a little starstruck by this God-given Opportunity! However as talented as ALL of these artists are we are ALL THE SAME in the eyes of God. They are born again followers of Jesus Christ just like you and I and have ALL the same trials and temptations as we do.
Needless to say, it was a dream come true for me!
Plus I was able to give each of them my Blog card (as you see in the pics my card is clearly in my hand way to be discreet Angie) and asked them if they felt led to share Please do. That was a blessing in itself.
NOW THE HARD PART
Y’all as citizens of the United States we are a great Country so PLEASE do NOT take this the wrong way but we are incredibly SPOILED! Just as all of the other cruises I have been blessed to be a part of it’s hard to witness some of the things in other countries.
Now I realize many of you who follow me are from other countries and I am so thankful for you! Friends we take for granted many things these other countries do NOT have. It’ so sad and it breaks my heart. I want to share something that took place while we were in Belize.
There was a group of us on a city tour and a few children spotted us. They came running as fast as their little legs could carry them. If I’m not mistaken they were around 4-5 children that ranged to be between 8-11.
I have no idea what language they were speaking but the kept shouting and waving a paper at us. The driver kept going but I know in my heart that they were wanting us to purchase something from them and help them in some way.
Children should be playing NOT having to think about ways to provide. I have grandchildren their ages who have way more than these will probably ever see. It broke my heart.
Not to mention everywhere we went people were practically begging us to help them. I’d give anything if I could help EVERYONE but I know that’s not possible because I do not have the resources to do so. However, I can and will PRAY for them.
My husband and I will often ask those we come into contact with this…”Is there a way we can Pray for YOU”
Usually, people are surprised when we boldly ask them outright and they reply…”Wow, no one has EVER asked me that before!” More often than not they have tears in their eyes with that reply.
Ignst our waiter was no different.
Friends I can not put into words his reaction but I will give you his response.
He replied with tears streaming down his face Friends. He was that shocked. His response was “YOU want to pray for ME?” “Now?” We said, ” Yes, of course!” When he was able to speak he said: “Will you please pray for my family because I have a wife and new daughter that I do NOT get to see much. “I have to make money so I can provide!”
Mike and I had tears streaming down our faces then. We wanted to bless him but unknown to him we were blessed much more. This trip has definitely changed me in many ways and I’m so thankful!!
So my dear loved ones if you find yourself in any God-Given Opportunities use it to the fullest and share the love of Jesus Christ.
When God blesses YOU in a situation WE have NO IDEA that we can receive an unexpected blessing. Remember, there is a chance to pay it forward and bless another in return even more than yourself.