Dear Brides, I want to share how His Blessing overtook me, which is a principle my mother taught me when I was young. The day I’d forgotten to pack my swimsuit when we were traveling with my cousin (who got married last week \o/) and I tearfully told my mother. But she told me never to worry or be sad but to get excited because it meant that blessings would overtake me, meaning that the blessings would be there waiting for me when I arrived at that destination. Of course, they did! So now I look for this every time rather than worrying or feeling guilty.
“All these blessings will come upon you and OVERTAKE you if you obey the Lord your God” Voice version, “All of the following blessings will be yours—in fact, they’ll chase after you—if you’ll listen to what He tells you.” Deuteronomy 28:2 After two days of travel and four hours of sleep I finally arrived at the Heathrow Airport in London. I’d never gone for so long without sleep and was looking forward to getting into bed! The line for immigration was so long that it took me an hour to get halfway through the queue. I so appreciated my mom’s effort to keep me awake as she sent me messages while I waited. This lack of sleep was leading up to an incredible blessing the next day!! Having connected to the two Brides in London and a meeting time set, I commuted by bus and then train into the city. While on the train I realized my personal (main) phone was missing. Trying not to panic, I panicked. I felt the biggest pit in my stomach and asked the Lord to please help me and to forgive me for being so irresponsible. Tracing my steps back as it steadily rained, I did not recover my phone but a few feet away from my place was the white bag I’d been carrying with gifts for the ladies! There was so much foot traffic along this path and yet no one had bothered to touch it!! Thankfully my mother was awake in the United States by now so I phoned her on the other unlocked travel cellular phone. Guilt had flooded over me all at once, but as I know, and you know, guilt is not from above but from the enemy! His spirit of conviction is loving and much different. My mother excitedly said to not worry, that it’s only a phone, I was safe and that He was going to bring forth a blessing!!! That we must begin to praise Him! What words of encouragement! So to let everything go, when I hung up, I put my face into my hands and cried. I messaged the two ladies what had happened now rejoicing (I had to ask my mother for their contact numbers as I did not have them!).
Now on the train again, I began to thank Him, asked Him to bring me back to All the incredible places and things He’d brought me through!! I also claimed double for my mistake!!
Exiting the train, Erica had told me that I’d know it was her by the red scarf she was wearing, which was something out of a book! We hugged and with praise on our lips we shared all that had transpired and testimonies about Him. When I reached into my purse and handed Erica my gift, a little coin purse, she gasped and said, “You won’t believe this but I actually needed a coin purse! And I’d spoken to the Lord about it!”
Returning to my flat with joy in my heart, I phoned my mother once again! She told me that she’d heard the Lord say wait to deposit her personal check into her account and to instead put it into mine!!!! Can you imagine?! My account was steadily depleting from my travels but His blessings overtook me!!! The amount will allow me to purchase a new phone outright and all of this on the same day!! Take heart that He is always setting you up to bless you if we will rejoice and receive it!!!
So, once again, be sure to FOLLOW His brides individually until they meet again back in Turkey to continue the LALTour together again!
If you’re one of His brides too— consider meeting to fellowship with them along their Abundant Life Journey. Sara is on her way to Brazil, while Tara is touring Asia: the Philippines, Japan, Singapore—then onto Australia!!
If you are serious about meeting either of our brides, please email:
We can let you know the dates and locations of where they will each be and forward your email on to them.
If you’ve just joined following the Encourager blog, it began when Tara met Sara and began traveling, with their first country Athens, Greece!! (Acts 17:16) then flew up to Dublin, Ireland and then traveled north by train to Belfast, Ireland. Belfast is where Erin’s grandfather was born and immigrated from.
After Ireland, they crossed the Irish Sea by ferry and made a short stop in Glasgow before heading toEdinburgh, Scotland.
Then Sara Tara took the train down to London, England where are meeting at least 3 brides who’ve contacted us! One is Adele whose RMT you read last Saturday “Was I Sincere in the Apologies I Made to Him?” They are so excited to finally meet her!
Their first stop on the European continent was PARIS—where they hadn’t even planned to go! Yet He lovingly orchestrated a meeting with two brides in Paris, France and also another bride (and former minister) after traveling through Vienna, Austria. Saturday they were so excited to meet and spend time with Aimée in Slovakia!!
Our brides went onto Venice, Italy then stopped in Florence and Pisa before heading to ROME. For the next six weeks, they rested physically but worked in Sicily.
If there is ONE principle we repeat and follow it’s He LEADS ME…
Psalm 23: 1-3—
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He LEADS ME beside quiet waters. He restores my soul.”