The Notebook Café

God's Promises are for you

By Shelly Thompson

Publisher, The Notebook Café


There I sat in the audience…one of thousands of women…each with a different story, each with a different past, each wanting to connect with God. However, I didn't really think that's why I was there…I had let events in my life shape and form an image in my mind of who I thought God was.

These women were singing, rejoicing, and praising God. That wasn't how I felt about God…I felt at the very least, God was distant, far away, never hearing...just watching as lives unraveled. That had certainly been my experience...or so I thought…

As I sat there in the auditorium watching these women, listening to the music, and hearing the speakers come out one by one giving their words of witnessing God's love...and His power...testimonies of how He changed their lives through many difficult situations.

I sat unmoved.

I then heard a faint whisper that I had long ago forgotten…the still small voice of the Holy Spirit…whispering to me...'I want you on that stage'. It was a moment in my life that I will always reflect on because as I look back...I know without a doubt...

God was whispering His plans for me…

Truly astonished upon hearing this revelation as I sat there in my seat at the conference, I laughed to myself. Just like Sarah…I laughed. Unlike Sarah, I didn’t try and conceal my laughter. I laughed at God…I thought why would You want me on the stage? These women have beautiful testimonies. I wouldn’t have that kind of a story to share because...quite honestly...looking in my past...I just see the times that You've let me down, God…

And I have certainly prayed...well anyway…I used to pray… but You didn't seem to be doing anything, God

...so I stopped...

praying...

believing…that You were really interested or truly capable…

Ironically, as I sat there after hearing the whisper of the Holy Spirit calling me to a stage to speak, laughing in my heart...a woman speaker stepped out on stage. Like the other speakers before her she explained how God had worked through all the difficult seasons in her life...she had a litany of horrific things that God could use…traumatic life events...but through His power...these events would become something meaningful, beautiful, purposeful, and insightful…

And, while her speaking was heartfelt...it wasn't her...BUT GOD...began opening my eyes...

It was as if a veil had been lifted…I slowly began to see all that God had done.

That was a pivotal moment that changed the course of my life and my faith journey. It occurred largely...because a friend had the courage to invite me to the women's conference. After I left the conference, I begin to think...and meditate...and ponder...as God revealed things to me little by little. He didn't reveal these things in a mean-spirited way as, "Oh, you didn't pay attention! You weren't watching! You weren’t listening!" He revealed how He had been working and present in a very loving way as, "I have always kept you. I have been watching from My throne. You are never far from My mind. You were always in My heart. My promises are for you. I am not against you."

BUT GOD.

He continued working in my heart and life in so many unseen ways to the discerning eye, but in 2015 several years after His initial revelation...and invitation…

…of His whisper, “I want you on that stage”…

He brought that moment to life…

His impossible-to-believe promise to me...

Promised by a God who loved me more than I could possibly understand. Not only did God place me on the stage and give me words of encouragement, testimony, faith, and inspiration to offer these women…He had changed my own life and more importantly…my heart. I remember that first moment of standing on that stage…in my heart; I once again heard that whisper that I had heard so many years before, as I sat in the audience… with a very different attitude towards God...

How else could someone like me...sinner...hard hearted...unforgiving...angry (I could go on, but I'll stop because there’s not enough paper for my list) years later...step onto a stage, sharing a testimony of faith, a journey with God, that lead not only to the opportunity to share from the stage, but a beautiful women’s ministry, The Notebook Cafe - Inspired Words for the Journey. His promise didn’t stop there, The Notebook Café today reaches over 40,000 people each month, a published book, Entwined, is in its second printing - and so many opportunities to share His love and help others see Him for who God really is...

As I said… I laughed years before as I sat in the audience at the women’s conference when God shared His promise. But over a decade later, as I STOOD on that stage… the first few seconds overwhelmed me as all I could do was truly just stand there…and be amazed at the twists and turns and events that God had put in my path to bring me to this exact point… He brought forth exactly what He had promised all those years before. I don't think the audience of women noticed it, but those first few moments I was overwhelmed by the power of both God's calling and His promises kept.

…How He lovingly revealed a promise to me which I DID NOT believe that day many years ago. And yet…inconceivable to my mind… here I stood…on the stage…giving glory to God for all that He had done.

…My journey is living proof God's promises are true. No matter how crazy, ridiculous, far off, inconceivable, or unbelievable they are…in His time…His word always returns to accomplish its purpose as His word tells us in Isaiah 55:11. Even when we laugh…even when we mock…even when we don't believe…

…that still small voice…that whispered promise…

It doesn't stop God from wrapping his arms around us and lifting us to exactly where He has called us to fulfill His promises. He many not place you on a stage, but it may be a Sunday school room, a board room, a hallway, a funeral home, a neighbors garden, a coffee shop, a church. His promise for you may be for a spouse, a child, a grandchild, a neighbor. The situation could be a divorce, addiction, anger, unforgiveness, resentment, pride, unbelief, joblessness, abuse, neglect, the list is ENDLESS…

Sweet friend…believe Him…and trust the blood of Jesus shed for all…because His promises for you are true. God cannot lie…don’t lose heart…His plans may take time. Sadly, you may not even see them in this lifetime, but He is working…He is bringing everything together,…He is moving in ways that you cannot understand or see, but HE IS NOT silent. He is active and present in your situation…

…your life…is God’s stage, to show you what HE can do…

As I stepped onto the stage at The Notebook Cafe's first women's conference on October 17, 2015, (the number 17 in the Bible always stands for victory. It was on February 17th, 2015, God started The Notebook Café and it was on October 17th, 2015 we held our first women’s conference) to speak and offer the words God would put in my heart for those women...

…I was reminded...

…looking out at the faces of all the women in the audience…

Who each had a story…who each had a different past…who each wanted to connect with God…

Maybe like me years before, they didn’t know why they were here…BUT GOD did…

His promises are kept safe. His promises never expire…

In His perfect time…

God’s promises were true for me…

His promises are true for you…

Every.Single.One…

Shelly Thompson
Publisher, The Notebook Café