The following testimony is from a lady who has profoundly affected my life.  Her commitment to prayer sets the bar for those of us who call Empty Vessels home.  Be blessed in the Name of the Lord.


The Prophetic Word of God
by Debbie Jean Dodson
September 18, 2010

If we could just take a step back and look at where we once were and where we are now we could see the Prophetic Word of God as it has happened in our life.  We may not always feel like doing what God has called us to do, but do you realize that every good and every bad thing we have faced in the past was necessary to mold us so we could accomplish His calling in our life.
 
My life has been pretty much filled up with helping other people and taking care of them.  It started out when my sister, Donna was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 2 years.  Hot tub baths, 8 aspirin every 4 hours, therapy for range of motion was a daily thing.  I had to help with that.  At 12 yrs. of age I was the one responsible to get her up, dressed and off to school, then clean the house before I went to school.  Then along came my niece, Michelle, who is now 33 yrs. of age and lives in Milestone, a residential home for the disabled.  From birth to about 5 yrs. old, I helped take care of her, sometimes taking her for her daily therapy.  My mom and dad were both diagnosed with colon cancer.  It was Gods choice to take them home to their reward.  I helped take care of my dad who was bedridden, then had to pretty much take care of my mom as she got worse.  After my mom passed away, I took on helping my sister, Donna, when she needed it.  As she has gotten older, she faces multiple health issues and is needing a PA to help her in several areas.  I have said all that to say this; I was working 40 hrs a week, then coming home and helping her.  Pretty much burned out.  Not from helping her, just tired.
 
I went to a Women's conference and was called out by a Woman of God.  She said, "Are you a nurse?" When I said no she gave me a confused look then she said, "Well you have a nursing spirit.  Sometimes you ask God, "Why do I have to do this?" She then said, "God said You are the only one able to do it and you are willing to do it."  It was a year later that another woman of God called me out at the same Women's Conference.  She said, "You have lived a life of sacrifice for others." Then she said, "God said that now He is going to pay you back for all that you have done." At this time I was working long hours, not getting home till 7 pm then helping my sister.  I was making 8.82 an hr. and pinching pennies.

LISTEN TO THIS!  Less than a month later, they finally approved me as a PA for my sister. I had flexible hours and I was getting paid for what I already did.  I went from $8.82/hr. to $11.20/hr.  If I had not gone through all that I went through; if I had not learned at an early age how to put others first, I would have not been able to be there for my sister. Yeah, sometimes I want a different path, but the thing is, I would not trade my family for anything and I am at peace and comfortable with what I do. God is good, all the time, and all the time God is good.