Praise Reports

Vanessa M. Post
July 12, 2015
I wanted to share my praise report with you and the RIM family. I have only met my biological father once, and that was a little over eight years ago. After that meeting, we lost contact due to the situation of which I was conceived. After attending church on Father’s Day, I left with a conviction that I needed to reach out to him. I knew I could not call him, again due to the nature of my conception and the pain and suffering it caused his wife. So, I decided to look for my paternal brother on Facebook, and when I found him, I sent him a friend invite and a message. He immediately accepted my friend invite, and I wished him a happy father’s day and asked him to relay the same to my dad. My brother and I began communicating on a daily basis on Facebook. Last Wednesday, my brother decided to call me, and during the call he shared two of my sisters Facebook names, and I reached out to both of them. I had also met them both shortly before I met my father for the first time. It was the two of them ( sisters) that made the arrangements for me to meet my father without his wife and their mother knowing. This reunion of sorts between my paternal siblings created a pathway for me and my father to reunite. Yesterday morning I received a call from my dad, I was very surprised and caught off guard; however, I can only say Glory to God! My dad and I had spoken on the phone a few times in the past shortly after I found out I was adopted. While he never verbally denied he was my father at least to me, he never made any attempts to get to know me. I have spent most of my life with a spirit of rejection and not knowing how to have a successful relationship with a man. I have been in a cycle of abusive relationships and married more than once (but that’s another chapter in my book).
The conversation with my dad involved me listening to him as he confessed that he has not been in my life, or my children lives as he should have been. He also shared with me that he is now 80 years old and at the age of 70 he received his calling as a preacher and prophet. From day one my dad would always try to tell me how I should raise my children, but I refused to receive anything he said because he was never part of my life or my children lives. I never disrespected him openly, but I now realize, I disrespected him in my heart. This time the conversation was different as I listened to all he had to say to me including reading bible scriptures and asking me to read them with him. He continued to tell me that his children by his wife has never had to want for anything and that he plans to look out for me and my maternal sister who is also supposed to be his daughter. He told me that he has property in my hometown and that he is changing his will, and he is leaving the house to me and my sister. I responded okay, then he changed it and said "no I am going to leave it in your name, and I am leaving you some money as well." While it all sounded good, my only response was "okay". What meant the most to me was to have a conversation with my father and listen to him sharing spiritual and biblical wisdom with his daughter. It was today at church when the Holy Spirit through your message opened my eyes and ears to what He has prepared for me. A debt-free home! I have struggled to pay RENT, but I never saw myself as owning a home with not payments.
I am praising God right now, even though the deed is not officially in my hands yet.
“But it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them [me] that love him.” “Now we [I] have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we [I] might know the things that are freely given to us [me] of God.”

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