God has completely changed my life in many ways through your book Destined To Reign. But here is one way that really stands out to me.
My mom and I have not had a good relationship since I was about 11 or 12 years old. I am 45 now. I can only remember a few times that she ever told me that she loved me. It was so rare for her to say that that I had a running joke with one of my sisters about it.
I would always make sure that I said, “I love you,” to my mom whenever I ended a phone conversation with her, just to see if she would say it back to me. Sometimes, I don’t know if I even meant it. It just became some sort of a test for her. She never said it back. So every time after talking to my mom on the phone, I would call or text my sister to say, “Well, my mom still doesn’t love me,” and we would laugh.
While reading Destined To Reign, God showed me that the reason my mom was such a hard person was the same reason I was. She had never been taught about grace. The Lord led me to pray differently for her than I had in the past. I asked Him for a revelation of His love for her like I was experiencing while reading your book.
The very next time I spoke with her she said, “I love you too,” just before we hung up, which might not sound like much to most people, but it meant the world to me!
I am planning a trip to see her for her 80th birthday and I am actually looking forward to spending time with her, instead of it being a duty like it has seemed in the past. I have great hopes for the future of our relationship and I am continuing to believe for my mom’s later years to be better than all her younger ones put together!
This is just one of the many things God is restoring to me through your teachings. I know God gets all the praise, but I just want to thank you for getting His message out there!
Andrea Vickers | Alabama, United States