A WILD Devotional by Katherine Hageman
For the first time in fifteen years as a Christian, God miraculously opened the door for me to share some Bible studies with my Mom, twin sisters, and Grams. My mom had been molested by an evangelist as a young girl, and was turned off to “church.” My sisters were living with their boyfriends, and although Grams took us to church every Christmas Eve, we never talked about the Lord.
When I first gave my heart to Jesus, I went from the “norm” of attending New Age meetings with Mom, to becoming a wild fanatic in their minds! It took many slow and steady years of prayer and love for my family to trust that “what Katherine had” was a good thing. They opened their hearts; and God, who plays the best chess game in the Universe, moved mountains so that we could study His Word, together!
It was during Bible study that we first learned of our “family scripture.” Grams’ confirmation as a young girl in church was– “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord who has mercy on you.’ — Isaiah: 54:10 (NKJV). My husband, Dean, gave the eulogy at my mom and dad’s funerals, and read that very scripture, declaring it over our family forever.
I was torn when the time came, many years ago, for us to leave this area and move to Vacaville. I didn’t want to leave my extended family without us the only “church” they cared to have. But Dean and I knew God’s plans were for us to raise our four sons there, and we thrived there for thirteen years.
A couple years before we moved back, I began to feel a deep drawing to my family. The move happened suddenly.. The Lord opened all the doors in His perfect timing, again. Our sons all grown, we now had six young nieces and nephews, and a granddaughter, to love on in Christ! Our hopes were fulfilled when we arrived home to discover that my whole family, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, desired to come worship God with us in church! Three years later, and they are all still growing in Christ! Praise God!
Do you long for your family to experience Jesus in the same life-changing way that you have? Maybe you’re reading this and you know someone in your family is praying for Jesus to become real to you. When Jesus went to the cross, He was separated, “forsaken” for the first and only time by His Father so that we could be accepted into His family as children of God. That’s how we know that Jesus loves each one of us more than we ever can love each other! Pray and watch the Lord move those mountains.
Kathy Hageman, by God’s grace, is a mom of four amazing sons, two daughter in loves, and grandma to two precious granddaughters. She and Dean have been married for 33 wonderful years She’s passionate about teaching and helping women to realize their full potential in Christ. She has been involved in women’s ministries for many years and leads the “Breakfast & Bibles” City Group with Pastor Becky.