Noticing God’s Fingerprints

Posted by Danielle Street on Sep 30, 2013 in Blog | 49 comments

Noticing God’s Fingerprints

Every day I am amazed at how God makes a lasting impression. Through observing the splendor of His creation or watching how He’s dramatically changed a person’s life, I’m so thankful we can find His fingerprints everywhere.

As I grow, the Lord is bringing to my attention more and more people who have witnessed His creative hands move and have stepped out in faith to share their testimony with others. Whether it’s through a phone call, online message, video, or book, I greatly admire a person’s choice to recognize and record God’s touch on his or her life. It’s always a clear reminder to me that our Creator’s hands are continuously working and there’s evidence of it all around us.

Let us remember to pause and reflect on God’s fingerprints of love and grace. In the midst of joy and pain, we can choose to hold tightly on to our Heavenly Father’s hand and take pleasure in noticing how He creatively leaves an eternal mark on our lives.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

Where have you noticed God’s fingerprints? When you recognize God’s hand working, how are you sharing it with others?


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    We have God’s fingerprints all over our lives. If we are walking in Him and living out His word daily, He will be constantly shaping and molding us, leaving His marks for all to see. When looking back there are many times where I can point to Him working in in me. Those are the times that I love to share with others, be it in the small group we lead or with other friends. They are also the greatest pieces of evidence to show unbelievers of God’s true existence, what He has done ones life. His fingerprints make us walking proof of His glory!

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      Very true! I love how God uses His hands to transform us, mold our relationships, and shape our dreams. May we all remember to notice God’s fingerprints and share our experiences with others!

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    Danielle, this is a great post and I love how you have worded it so beautifully. Thank you for sharing with me. ;) Bless you! Love, Hester ;)

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      Thank you, Hester! I love how you notice God’s hand working in your life and desire to share it with others through your writing and speaking. “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done” (Psalm 105:1).

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    Great post Danielle! It is so important to give God ALL the praise and glory for the things He orchestrates in our lives. He is IN everything we do! A good example of this is my husband and I had been praying for a new vehicle to help transport our growing family. We asked the Lord to direct us to the right vehicle, dealership, price within our budget and that it would be a quick transaction! God did all that and MORE! Not only did we get the best vehicle in its class for safety, it was also a deal that even the sales person recognized as “unique” and “special”. We just said it was God’s favor in our lives! And like you said RECORD the things God is doing in our lives, then you can reflect back on God’s goodness and grace when you need it most! Thank you Lord for your ‘fingerprints’ in our lives and opportunities to SHARE with others! Psalm 145:10-12 “All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.”

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      I’m so glad you shared this, Jenelle! I love how God’s fingerprints are all over your story. I love how the Lord provided for your needs. Praise God! “For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:5).

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    Danielle once again your writing amazes me. You are always so right on target with what God is showing us.

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      Thank you, Theresa! Your support, kindness, love, and encouragement mean a great deal to me!

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    Hey Danielle,
    it’s interesting you ask that question today as my husband Gary and I are featured in this month’s God@Work story in FAC’s connection guide. Really, that’s a misnomer..we’re not the feature; God is. Please check it out and feel free to share it! To God be the glory!
    I don’t always hear God or know specifically what he is saying to my heart, but he often shows me what he’s doing, demonstrating that he is there rather than telling me about it. With all the voices out there transmitting constant messages (and so many of them unable to keep their promises), it’s almost better when he’s silent–when he “does” rather than “says.” Because no one else can match him: when he shows up, it’s unmistakably him. I know that it can only be him. I also know that he knows that I know. Without either of us saying a word, it’s a conversation. We’re looking at each other, me in humbled awe & overwhelmed with joy, him smiling finally able to let me in on a surprise that he’d been planning from the beginning. I may not hear his voice, but I can clearly see the evidence of his handiwork. In those moments, what else can I do but marvel?

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      Amen! That’s wonderful, Beka! I love the examples you mentioned on how God communicates to us through demonstrations of His love. I’m glad you and your husband’s “God at Work” story will be featured in FAC’s Connection. Praise God! We can learn so much from one another when we share how God’s fingerprints are touching lives. “Then the LORD replied: ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it’ ” (Habakkuk 2:2).

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    Thanks Danielle for your beautiful insights. As a Mom and now Grandmom, I love the fingerprints left behind. Those little prints are reminders of love and feeling at home. Seeing God’s fingerprints on my life are more treasured because they have a purpose, never to be removed. I know we glorify God when we give witness to God’s workings in our lives. However, it’s not always the easy way to walk for those of us who are private by nature and have experienced the mixed bag of feedback when we’re obedient and share the most vulnerable places of our heart. I am certain, even keeping in mind past experience, God is ALWAYS pleased with obedience and stepping out bravely to speak. When it’s all said and done, HE alone is my shield!

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      I agree! I love what you wrote, Kathi. I always learn so much from you when you share how God’s hand is working in your life. Thank you for reminding us that children are a wonderful reminder of God’s fingerprints. What a mighty, creative, and loving God we serve!!

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    my most grateful sign of God’s fingerprints is found in our marriage. although process is grueling, and many times painful, i have seen how God can work on my selfish, stubborn heart to love (even if it’s a teeny tiny bit) closer like He does. i see how God has taken two extremely fleshly people and put us together to be made more like Him. and because of His constant pursuit, i am finding richness in keeping my eyes narrowed on Him, and choosing to let the moment-to-moment circumstances drive me lower, lower – especially when my hearts tempt me to make myself higher. thanks for sharing!

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      I can relate to what you wrote, Lindsay! Thank you so much for reminding us to fix our eyes on Christ. Marriage is not easy! Even though God used His hands to powerfully shape my marriage from a path leading to divorce to one that glorified Him, we still have times when we feel like we are going back to our old ways. I am so thankful for my brothers and sisters in Christ who give me encouragement and openly share about their experiences!! When we are real and genuine with God and His family, that’s when His hand can start healing our broken hearts!

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    Hey Danielle – so true. We see Him working every day in the “mundane” – like helping kids communicate and be gracious to one another instead of fighting over toys, and sanctifying us (the grown ups) by convicting us of our own sin in the process. And we’ve also seen Him move in some big ways this year too. A long story, but Fred really felt God was calling him to walk away from teaching this past year to work toward full time ministry work. Not too long after his last pay check, the van needed some major (over $1K) repairs… but then a couple weeks later we got a surprise check for $1400. And even “funnier” than that… Every year for the past 10 years or so, Fred’s first paycheck of the school year has always come “just in time” after the summer without income. This year, the year God calls him to step out in faith and risk it all for Him, somehow we had a full extra month’s worth of budget in our bank account – and He’s got us traveling to London (in preparation to move there) and Fiji (for just a beautiful vacation). Crazy year – crazy awesome God! So excited to see what He does in the days and years ahead. Praying above all else that He’ll awaken people to His incredible, restorative, healing, protecting, guiding, providing, infinite love. :)

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      Wow! Praise God! That’s fantastic, Lacey! I love reading more stories on how God’s hand is working in His children’s lives. God’s timing is always perfect and your story reminds us that we can trust Him to provide for all our needs. Thank you for adding your comment. It motivates me to continue following God’s call and depend on His hands to shape my dreams in ministry!

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    Love the visual image of God’s fingerprints all over and around us. Funny, but when I thought of His fingerprints on my life right now I had a picture that contrasts those perfect prints you see recorded on crime scene shows. His fingerprints on my life seem to be clear in some places and smudged and murky in others. The murky places are when I was less tuned in/following His will and plans. He was still holding me tightly but I was like a squirmy toddler trying to break free from His lovely imprint. :) Bet that wasn’t what you had in mind when you wrote this Danielle. http://www.amazon.com/Women-High-Def-Purposes-Vibrant/dp/098541720X

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      LOL! The Lord has blessed you with such a creative mind, Diane. I didn’t think of it in that way. Love it! May you continue to notice God’s fingerprints in your life and boldly share it with others!

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    Danielle, I can really relate to this post ( & love it!) since I enjoy photographing nature. The verse you shared I will be sharing on my next blog post as a challenge to my readers who have many different world views. It won’t be the first time I’ve shared it… or the last. Creation truly reveals the fingerprints of its Creator.

    I’ve come to genuinely care about my blogging friends and desire to help them hear God’s whispers of love in nature.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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      Yes, creation reveals the beautiful fingerprints of our amazing Creator. I’m so glad you added your comment, Wendy. It’s hard for me to keep up on other people’s blogs. However, when someone comments on my blog, it reminds me to check out how God’s hand is working on someone else’s site!

      “O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom has thou made them all: the earth is full of your riches” (Psalm 104:24).

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    Danielle, my favorite God fingerprint was finding my beloved cat who had been missing for five weeks. I had given her up for dead and was having a hard time dealing with the loss. Not only did she come home but every night she sleeps tucked under my arm while I read in bed. She’s right here now in fact. I know she’s only a cat but I thank God for the comfort and joy she brings me.

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      Aw, that’s wonderful, Sky. I just read in a book that “God uses animals to fulfill His purposes!” Thank you for reminding us that we can find God’s fingerprints in His animals. I’m relieved that your cat found its way home.

      “Praise the Lord from the earth…wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens” (Psalm 148:10-13).

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    Hi Josh and Danielle,
    Another wonderful story! i enjoyed it. Would it be ok to share this on my new website called Godatworkstories.com? It is still being developed and my goal is to share stories of how God touches the lives of our friends and communities. God gave me the domain names to bear witness to the masses. He also put on my heart, that these stories will become a bigger picture of a community living in Christ and the attraction it will have on the weary and lost. We need to appeal to the younger generations and I think your story would be a wonderful first, God at work story.
    We will launch sometime in October.
    Following His call,
    William A Whitcraft
    mr.w@jerseyrose.com
    William A Whitcraft, COA

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      Hi William,
      Thank you so much! My husband and I are extremely honored that you desire to include this on your new website. Your new site sounds fantastic! I love the idea to share with more people how God’s hand is working and touching lives. I will write you an email and we can discuss it some more.
      Many Blessings,
      Danielle (and Josh)

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    I’m always in awe of how God imprints His love for me through the kindness of friends, family, and strangers…leaving me better for it. He surprises me…more often than I realize at first glance…leaving me humbled and grateful.

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      Amen! I’m so happy you added your thoughts, Michele. It reminds me and others that there are many believers in this world who are noticing God’s fingerprints of love and desire to share their experiences. May you continue to glorify the Lord in your writing and speaking!

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    As the project director at Creative Force Press, I have the honor of helping many people express the “fingerprints” God has left upon their lives, telling stories, inspiring others and giving testimony through writing books. This weekend, we hosted a writer’s retreat. Someone mentioned to me, “Someday I can say I knew you before you were famous!” I replied, “Our job now is making other people famous!” Really, it’s making God (and all His work) famous.
    Love it!! http://www.creativeforcepress.com

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      Praise God!! Thank you for mentioning your website address, Krista. I would love for more people learn how God’s hand is working in Creative Force Press. Thank you also for encouraging me to read Diana Lynn’s book called “Pieces of Me.” It was a beautiful example of how God impacts someone’s life. She was one of the people who inspired me to write this blog entry!

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        Thank you Danielle! I love your post & questions. It makes me think about all the times I didn’t realize God was at work. I’d wonder why didn’t this happen the way I wanted. Or why didn’t that go the way I wanted. Then as time would pass I would look back and say “what a blessing this or that didn’t happen.” I get caught up in my own wants and needs that I forget sometimes, it’s not about me. I need a reminder sometimes to search for those fingerprints that are not my own. Beautiful post. Thank you for the kind words about my book. It thrills me to think I could help inspire you in any way. So thankful. If anyone is interested in checking out the book you can find it at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_sabc?url=search-alias%3Daps&pageMinusResults=1&suo=1380662666326#/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pieces+of+me+diana+lynn&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apieces+of+me+diana+lynn

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          Thank you for adding your thoughts and providing us with a link to your book, Diana! “Pieces of Me” is a beautiful collection of stories that shares the trials you endured and how God’s hand worked in your life. I admire your desire to use your pain to change you into the woman God wants you to be. May you continue to notice God’s fingerprints in your life and allow Him to mold you into a mighty woman for His kingdom!

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            What a beautiful soul you are Danielle.

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    I am looking out my front window and I am seeing the leaves changing color knowing they will fall to the ground. The seasons are changing, going from the green, full of life to the drab, lacking any growth.There are seasons in my life where everything is going well and seasons when I allow my circumstances to get me down and wondering what is going on.
    The Lord pointed me to Psalms 148 where God’s fingerprint is on everything in this universe and we need to praise him for it. I am thankful that God puts his fingerprint on me so my life can use to bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. You are right, Danielle, in that we need to remember God’s fingerprint of love and grace in the midst of joy and pain.

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      Amen! I love how you observed God’s fingerprints in nature and explained it so beautifully, Don. It’s amazing how we can look at God’s creation and notice ways it can be compared to our spiritual journey. Psalm 148 is a powerful reminder that God’s fingerprints are everywhere. May we all “praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens” (Psalm 148:13).

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    I’m always reminded of God’s fingerprints on my life during this time of year. As a full-time youth leader, fall is a great time to set goals and look forward on the school year that lies ahead. As a missionary, autumn is a great time of year to testify to God’s goodness in forms of year-end newsletters and ministry summaries. If you wait until Nov./Dec., other year-end activities compete for your time, but October seems to be the perfect month with space to reflect on God’s goodness. I look back on summer, which seems so L-O-N-G ago, but I rejoice in the 105 teenage campers who made decisions to follow Christ at our English camps in Ukraine this summer. I see God’s fingerprints clearly in the 180+ young people who declared that they were committing themselves to the reading of God’s Word after camp.

    As Danielle wrote above, God really is loving and gracious. We pray for God to pour out that love and grace, particularly on these youth who are committing to a relationship with the Lord, that they, too, may recognize God’s fingerprints on their lives.

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      Thank you for sharing how God’s hand is working in your life, Kristy. I just visited your beautiful site. God’s fingerprints are all over your family and Josiah Venture ministry! It brings me great joy to see how God is using you and this ministry in a mighty way to touch the lives of young people in Ukraine. I am going to take a moment and pray right now for these youth who are seeking and desiring to build a deeper relationship with the Lord.

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    God is in control. His beauty is everywhere. I love living my life knowing that. He knows everything that is going to happen to us and how we will react. He is always there for us. I see His beauty in the sky, the stars, the beach, the innocence of a child’s eyes. His love encompasses us. We just have to stop, look, and listen! Keep growing strong, Danielle! Love, Kathy

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      Thanks, Kathy!! I love what you wrote. Thank you for reminding us to “stop, look, and listen” to God’s hand working. It’s such a powerful way our Creator communicates to us. :) xoxo

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    In this busy world, how often do we really get to pause and reflect on God’s fingerprints? Thank you for sharing this blog and reminding us how ever-present God always is. And your timing is always spot on with what’s happening in my life.

    This past weekend, my niece visited with my daughter and me while the boys went to my parents house. I had 90.5fm playing in kitchen, and in the living room my niece and daughter sat in front of the easel drawing. Their backs were facing me and the beautiful ray of sunshine came through with a breeze gently blowing the curtains. During the quietness in the house and with the music playing lightly in the background, my niece began talking about her favorite stories in the bible…. and she mention “the Giant and the little boy.” It brought so much joy to have her share thoughts and we talked about how amazing all the stories in the bible are. His fingerprint was so beautifully present. All His goodness flourished in that small moment when time slowed down long enough to witness His presence. Praise God for His never-ending amount of finger prints.

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      Wow! Praise God! I love how you reminded us God’s fingerprints are found in a beautiful moment like this, Ann. Your story demonstrated how we use each of our senses to recognize God’s hand in our lives. I truly admire how you saw, heard, and felt God’s fingerprints present in nature, music, the Bible, and His precious children. Thank you for motivating us to pause from our busy schedules and reflect on God’s loving fingerprints!

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    Danielle,

    Thank you for writing about this topic. It constantly amazes me how much God has worked in my life and how — looking back — I can see His work in every step of my life. Whenever I am struggling and need to have faith during the rough times, it is sometimes looking back at all the places where He left His fingerprints that helps me remain steadfast.

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      Hi Melissa, I’m so happy you posted a comment. Miss you! You’re right. Looking back where God left His fingerprints in our lives can help us stand firm in our faith. May we all remember to record where we’ve noticed God’s hand working and share it with others!

      “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation” (Joel 1:3).

      “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:4).

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    Great post, Danielle!

    This is one of my FAV topics! As I have tried to pin point what exactly my passion(s) is/are in this life…I believe this is it! Taking time to look for and notice the fingerprints of God. They are all over our day, our life, our circumstances! But, I’ve realized that there’s a direct correlation between my intimate time spent with Him each day and the clarity in which I see Him at work around me. These are gifts He so wants to give us…and spending time with Him opens the door for Him to do so!

    It is my passion in life to experience Him and see the amazing way He takes time to pursue us everyday. When we realize that the Creator of the Universe sometimes pauses just to reveal Himself to us in a personal way….well, it just doesn’t get much better than that! It’s CRAZY exciting!

    Of course, it’s easy to see His fingerprints all over the beautiful sunrise and sunsets (like we had here in NC this morning!) BUT, what is harder is trusting Him in those difficult times, when we can’t immediately see and feel Him, KNOWING that He IS at work….and one day (soon) our eyes will be opened to see it! These are the times that I’m learning to trust Him the most!

    Thanks, Danielle, for your wonderful post- inviting us to look for His beautiful fingerprints all around us!

    Walking with you,
    Katie

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      Yes! Amen! I love what you added, Katie. I learn so much from you and what God is teaching you. You brought up some excellent points. I agree and can relate to what you wrote. It can be very hard trusting the Lord when we can’t immediately see or feel God’s hand working. I’m truly thankful for verses in the Bible like Deuteronomy 31:8 and Joshua 1:9 that state “He will not leave you or forsake you” and “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Praise God for His unending fingerprints of love!

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    Excellent post, Danielle! I too love hearing about and witnessing testimonies of God working in the lives of others. Like your post about someone blessing you financially; it reminded me so much of the times when people blessed us financially and all the gratitude I felt then came back and I had to pause to thank God all over again. Witnessing His fingerprints on our life and in the lives of others is one of the few things in this life that gets better every time. As you said, it’s “as we grow” that we become better at recognizing His fingerprints and the more we want to share those experiences with others.
    He is good!

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      Thanks, Bill! Yes, God is good! Thank you so much for reminding me of the Lord’s fingerprints revealed in a story I shared in one of my blog posts. You’re right. God’s hand worked by leading someone to bless us financially in our family’s time of need. I’m so glad you have experienced similar situations, too. May you continue to boldly share your testimony on how God’s hand is moving in your life and the lives of others through your writing!

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    Danielle – Thanks for sharing this post with me. Yes it is so true! If we are failing to see his fingerprints, we must have our eyes closed. He can use everything to his purpose! This year, as we faced moving our family from Idaho to Georgia, I often said to friends “God’s fingerprints are all over the place.” There was no doubt with all the different things that happened, people we met that this was not just happen stance. The move was his calling…with a huge push behind it, just in case we didn’t take off our blindfold. ;-) God is so good. So…9 months later, here we are. The purpose for our being here is still not clear, but I know he will make that clear in his good time, too, and I am SOOO excited to see that – and look back and see even more fingerprints that I’m missing out on right now. Amen, sister – keep up the wonderful writing!

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      Hi Jeannette, thank you for posting a comment and sharing your thoughts! I truly admire how you listened to God’s voice, followed His call, and noticed His fingerprints along the way. Then you took the next step which is sharing your experiences with others. Love it! May you and your family continue to recognize God’s hand working in Georgia and trust Him as He guides you towards fulfilling His amazing dream for your lives! :)

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    Sister Danielle,
    I’m finally coming by per your request a few weeks ago and I’m happy I did. I see God everywhere girl! My favorite daily places of His love in my life is during my morning runs outside by myself, and in the eyes of my four beautiful children…also, when I life coach women I feel so alive. God’s living Spirit works in between and around us and lives are changed for the better! God is good girl. ~ Blessings out, Amy

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      Hi Amy, I’m so glad you stopped by my site and posted a comment. I learn so much from my sisters in Christ. We need one another to grow!! I love the examples you shared of where you see God. Yes, the Lord is good and His fingerprints are everywhere!!

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