Exceeding Abundantly Above All

Exceeding Abundantly Above All

“Now unto him that is able to do
exceeding abundantly above all
that we ask or think, according to the
power that works in us.”
Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)

            God has always been in my life.

            As a little girl, I loved church and knew there was a God. When I was nine or ten, my parents went through a tough time, and we didn’t go to church as much. I really wanted to go back and I prayed, “Lord, I want to be in your church all the time.”  The year I turned thirteen, we returned.

            “God, I’m here! I’m back!” I told him when I walked through the church doors. I gave my life to the Lord that year, at least, I made it official by walking forward and getting baptized. I think my heart has always been with Him.

            When I was in college, I went to school during the day and worked in an insurance company at night, so I was unable to be as involved in church as I’d once been. One time, however, I was able to participate in a youth convention. I was in the balcony looking at a group of children clustered around the pulpit below.

            One pretty little girl had a special presence about her. She stood out to me.  Spontaneously, I prayed silently, “God, one day I want to have a baby as pretty as she is.” I felt His calm assurance.

            At work the following Monday, I and all the other employees were sitting, typing as usual, when the girl on my left stopped typing, turned to me and said, “Tonya, you’re going to have a pretty baby.” 

            I looked at her like, What?  I’d just prayed that prayer to God. How did she know? When she saw the expression on my face, she said, “Don’t worry about it. I get that all the time. God tells me stuff, and I tell people about it.” God had confirmed his promise.

            The years progressed, and I married. When my husband, Oliver, and I decided to begin our family, we experienced problems with infertility for three years, and then I had two miscarriages.

            What held me together through all our challenges and losses was remembering that God heard my prayer and confirmed His promise. Was He testing my faith? I vowed to remain faithful to His word.

            He kept his promise to me and then some. We had a beautiful baby, a girl! Then God blessed us with two more, boys! He always gives “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” Thanks be to God!  Tonya Phipps