“The Confirmations,” an excerpt from The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies by C. Marie, www.theholyspiritacts.com
From as early as when “Randy Wade” was an unborn baby, his mother “Beatrice” prayed about him, and one of the reasons was that his movements were so painful to her, she expected him to break his own sack. After “Randy’s” birth, he was described as a very difficult baby and a non-stop screamer, which had “Beatrice” pray furthermore.
St. Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
St. John 14:12-15, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
1 John 3:22-24, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”
In “Randy’s” infancy, he sometimes yanked his hair during moments of frustrations, and he refused to let it go until after he wore himself out from his own screams and scalp pain. “Beatrice” kept him in her prayers as he naturally stayed on her mind.
St. Matthew 21:18-22, “Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
During those days, “Randy” loved to be held and have anything touch his face. An incident happened after “Beatrice” placed him in his bed. Once she left the room, she did not anticipate checking on him until an hour later, or sooner if he was to awaken and cry. But within minutes from when she laid him down, without a thought of doing so, she found herself back into the room. Then she turned him off of his mattress-imprinted face, heard a suction noise from him, and left the room again. Instantly afterwards, she walked back into his room, taken aback from what she realized almost happened, and grateful that it did not, as she picked him up to hold. From that, she had him sleep strapped up and buckled in his infant car seat until he reached a certain age in his infancy.
When “Randy” was a toddler, he became a habitual teeth grinder, and “Beatrice” assumed that it was his method to cope with whatever frustrations that he had at the time. He had temper tantrums, and it was to the extent that “Beatrice” did not know what to expect from him. Whenever he had gotten angered enough, it was nothing for him to drop food on the floor and throw objects across the room. She also saw him tackle down another child to the ground once. On top of those acts, it was in his nature to create scenes around other people, as he sometimes screamed, stripped his clothes off, and rolled around on the ground in public places. During that stage, he had moments when he banged his head against walls, broken objects, and performed other activities that also shocked her. There were some incidences when his conducts gotten the both of them kicked out of places and led others to act mean to her, because she was his mother.
When “Randy” was a preschooler, he often jumped out of shopping carts, and once he was not in one, he tried to find ways to run off somewhere. Whenever “Beatrice” realized that he could be anywhere, in or outside the area, she found employees to help locate him.
“Beatrice” inevitably accepted the fact that it was part of his persona to be easily angered, and to not know how to control himself whenever he became frustrated, sad, and upset. Whenever she had sanctified people pray for him, she always received the same revelations. One being that she needed to completely place her son in God’s hands and to trust God to take care of her son, because her son was God’s child, and had ultimately belonged to God, which confirmed some of the past prayers that she prayed to God about.
St. Mark 11:22, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”
“Beatrice” believed in her heart that “Randy” would eventually outgrow his tantrums and learn how to express his emotions in more mature ways. Meantime, she kept him in her thoughts and prayers.
St. Luke 18:1, ”… men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
2 Corinthians 4:18, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 5:7, “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
St. Mark 9:23, “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
St. Mark 11:22-26, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
One day, “Beatrice” was seated while “Randy” played around her. Then at a particular moment, he ran up to her, stood in front of her face, and gave her a big smile. After she blinked, she believed that his face appeared as if he was a grown man who was starring at her, had some facial hair, and held a large smile on his face. She quickly blinked a few more times, squirmed around in her seat, and looked closer at him while she got in his face. Then she blinked again, and what she believed to have been a vision, was gone. She acknowledged that his face was back to being how it rightfully was at the time. Then he turned away from her and continued with whatever he previously busied himself with.
Some time later, “Beatrice” dreamed that she was in the company of “Randy,” but although she was not able to see or hear him, she acknowledged that he was a grown man. She talked to him while she joyfully cried and reminisced about all of the worries that he put her through, from when he was young and in her care. She expressed her emotions as she detailed how pleased she was of him, an adult male, as she was surprised to see him turn out the way he eventually had. As soon as she awakened, she was unable to remember any of the specific conversation that she had with the aged “Randy” from her dream, as far as how he was and the things that he done over the years. Such knowledge instantly diminished away from her. However, she took the dream as the much needed comfort about her son.
Galatians 3:11, “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.”