Hope Realized…a glimpse into the power of miracles

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Blog post by: Rayna Piazza

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome friends! I decided to call my blog “Seeking Him Today” to show what it looks like to seek Jesus in today’s world and to give each of you a glimpse into my journey of hope realized. There are so many perceptions of what seeking Jesus looks like and I want to show you my actual walk with Him.

I always find that as I’m ministering I tell my miracle stories. These are actual events that have happened in my life. I teach bible studies, mentor women, have gone on a mission trip, and help with my friends’ inner healing ministries. In each of these scenarios, I find myself sharing how God did this miracle or how He taught me revelation in an area of my life. It’s hope realized, as in realizing that there’s another way. So, I’ve decided to start my very first blog post with a miracle story.

I think these stories are so powerful because they are TRUE. And, because they are testimonies anointed by Holy Spirit these stories release power for Father God to release that same anointing on the person hearing, or in this case reading, the story. So, as you read take a deep breath and ask God to do the same for you. He will!

Here it goes.

In 2012, I was in a bible study learning the prophetic. My beautiful friend Allison was in the group with me and we both had BIG requests for the Lord. I was asking Him and believing Him for a husband and Allison was believing Him for a baby. I was 36 years old at the time with no prospective husband in sight! It was looking pretty grim in the natural but I knew that I knew in my heart that I would be married. Allison was also facing some pretty dire circumstances as she and her husband had been trying to get pregnant for quite some time and it was not happening.

Well, one morning in our group we were asking the Lord for prophetic words or visions for someone else in the group. As we prayed and waited on the Lord I began to see a vision. It was hazy and I only saw in part…but, this is what I saw.

The vision

Allison and I were posing for a photo at what seemed to be a party because there was a lot of commotion going on around us. All I could see in the vision was my left hand was on Allison’s pregnant belly and my right arm was around her shoulder and we were smiling with our heads together. As I looked down I saw that my left hand had a diamond engagement ring on it and Allison was very pregnant. My heart was nervous to believe this as I didn’t want to tell Allison this and it not happen. But, I knew I should share my vision. As I told Allison what I saw our hearts were filled with hope. We were excited! God had given me a vision of His promises to us fulfilled and we believed Him.

Turning point

Fast forward to the summer of 2014. Still no baby for Allison and some dates that “did not work out” for me. You want to talk about our circumstances not lining up with our prayers! Occasionally Allison would text me and ask if there was “any news?” I knew exactly what she was asking and the answer was usually no. I was not even close to being engaged!

Then that summer something critical happened. I had been praying and praying that my credit card debt would be paid off completely before I met my husband. During the summer of 2014 I had reached that goal. I could feel in my spirit that progress was happening.

Allison had just bought a house so I went to visit to see her gorgeous new home. As I was leaving she asked again, “Any dates?” My response was none to speak of BUT God just paid off my credit card debt. And, I explained to her my prayer to have my debt paid completely before I met my husband and how I felt deep in my heart that this was a huge turning point. I could tell this touched her heart too. Once again God filled our hearts with hope. And, we both knew that we knew that God was going to answer our prayers. We just didn’t know how.

Faith In Action

Faith in Action
11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1 New International Version (NIV)

Call it blind faith, but we both knew that the vision I saw from God would happen. And we both knew that the vision I had was from Him so in that moment and for the next few years we both clung to that hope. Allison would ask around to our friends about whether I had met anyone and I would ask if she was pregnant yet. It kind of became our joke knowing that when one of us either got their dream the other would get her dream too.

Come on God! Let’s do this. And soon.

He who promised is faithful

Jesus answered the greatest desire of my heart when I got engaged in February of 2015; three years after the vision. A precious moment of hope realized! Allison and her hubby attended our engagement party and our wedding. My heart felt deeply for Allison as I knew she was still waiting to get pregnant. I kept praying for her knowing that God’s vision would happen in our lives.

He’s in the waiting

Life got busy. I was now a wife and a stepmom but I had not given up hope for Allison and she had not given up hope for herself. And, finally the news came!! ALLISON IS PREGNANT!!! And, I was elated for her!

Several months later, Allison and I ended up being at the same party together one night and she was very pregnant. We saw each other and knew this was God’s preordained moment that He had shown me. It was our hope realized moment!! This was it! We hadn’t planned it but there we were. Allison super pregnant and me with my wedding ring!

We excitedly said, “Let’s take the pic!!” THE picture. The photo God had shown me in the 2012 vision was about to go down. And, I couldn’t help the tears in my eyes because of His faithfulness. I kept thinking to myself and saying to God, “You always knew this moment, this day, this time would come. Thank You Father God. Thank You.”

He answered

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:23 New International Version (NIV)

We knew God would answer and He most certainly DID ANSWER! It had all happened just like He had shown me. The vision gave us the hope to hold on when we were not seeing anything. What is faith in action? It’s HOPE. As scripture says, it’s confidence in what we hope for [Hebrews 11:1]. I now know the blind faith I was feeling that day in 2012 was hope. Hope realized. And, today as I write to you Allison has her second baby and my marriage and our two sweet boys are thriving! God answers our prayers.

Don’t give up your hope. It is your faith in action.

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