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"I'll Give You Children"
There are times when your life is deeply
touched by a special visit from God. Even though you don't
realize the importance or lasting effect it will have on your
life. Those words "I'll give you children"
changed my history forever.
During my daughter's high school days, times
between my daughter and I had been trying. She felt a need to
spread her wings and try a different direction. I didn't think it
would work and I tried to reason with her. She would cry and I
would cry about her decision. To no avail, my wife and I helped
her move away from home. During this time, I was reminded of the
story of Abraham, and how Abraham had obeyed God concerning
Hagar. Abraham had to send Hagar and Ishmael out of the camp.
Genesis 21:11 says, "And the thing was very grievous
in Abraham's sight because of his son." I knew the
feeling. God had let me feel how the righteous feel when faced
with heart decisions. Abraham didn't jump up and down with joy
while obeying God, at that moment, but Abraham did obey God.
Several years went by, and my daughter didn't
come back home. I would find myself crying without control. I
would be thinking about my only daughter, I say only daughter
cause my wife and I couldn't have any more children. The tears
would come gushing out. I would be asking God, " why did
I feel this way? ", then I would feel better. This kept
up over the years and I tried to block the memory out.
Often I would find myself condemned, thinking,
if I had lived a better life maybe my daughter would be home.
Thank God! Jesus didn't leave me alone or I couldn't have stood
the grief. I remember the Lord asking me a question, "If
she was living the life style you are living, where would she
be?" I responded, " We wouldn't be having this
conversation, she would be happy and she would be in the worship
services." That was the point! The condemnation wasn't
mine. I was taking too much on me. The worrying should have been
on the responsible party, the one who needed to be praying and
crying out to God. Until we realize what the situation is, we
don't know what we are feeling. Jesus has to show us. This lesson
would be learned by me over and over again.
Sometimes I would think I was over the pain,
trying to forget news about my daughter. Then the pain would come
again. Crying out loud, praying from the heart. Only God would
give the relief. These were special moments, when you would hear
that still small voice. Jesus would respond to the hurting, by
saying, "I have disobedient children too." Then,
I would know how he felt about his children, he loved them, yet
didn't love the sin they were following. Jesus doesn't want his
children mistreated even when they are wrong. He'll do the
Little did I know that God was teaching me a
lesson that is worth more than gold. Money cannot buy this wisdom
Once the grief became overbearing, I began
talking to the Lord, Lord I can't stand this, Betty and I cannot
have any children, I have only one child, The pain was deep. Then
I heard that still small voice again, reply, "I'll give
you children." I didn't understand it but it felt good.
Jesus had done it again. Yet, how was Jesus going to do that?
Possibly two years went by, when God began a
work only He can do. You don't have to be a wicked person for God
to prune you. On the contrary, God prunes the righteous so they
will be fruitful. At this time in my life, all was well. I felt
clean in my soul. That's when it happened, a heart attack, right
in our worship services. Some ask me why the heart attack
happened in a worship service. I'm not completely sure, but there
are some good reasons. One, I was among the saints, praying
saints. Two, several medical people attended the service. So if
God chose that place, what a wonderful place to leave this world!
During my stay in the hospital there were many tests. I think
seven days passed. And then, I was sent home. I knew my body was
very weak so I depended more on the power of God for strength. I
thought this to be wonderful. I prayed with more earnestness.
Little did I know a big present was going to be given in our
home. The saints began to visit our home and I loved it. One
night, God arranged a special gathering there. Some of our young
people wanted the holy Ghost, so we started praying. The number
that was there, at first, was small, then the people began to
gather as the young ladies were blessed of God. I remember one
prayer that touched God's heart, a young lady with tears rolling
down her cheeks, crying, "Lord, will you help me?"
I told her, "God loves you " and the power from
heaven fell. She began to speak in tongues and joy from heaven
began to fill the room. You have heard of the holy Ghost and
fire, well the spirit moved from one hungry heart to another. The
telephone line was busy spreading the good news. Joy bells were
ringing. God was answering prayers. Soon we realized more births
were to come so we stayed busy with the deliveries. Each birth
was beautiful, God planned it that way so we could enjoy each new
life. You could picture the tears of relief on the faces of those
mothers and the saints knowing God had added to the body of Christ, the
labor pains are over, thanksgiving was in the air.
This event was so full of love! I didn't get
it, the message, "I'll give you children." It
took me a year to grasp the meaning and the timing. A year later,
the young ladies began to testify what God had done for them a
year ago, February 9. I was listening and a 'light bulb went
off', that is what God meant, "I'll give you
children". The girls received the holy Ghost with
evidence of speaking in other tongues on February 9, the same day
I received the holy Ghost, February 9, 1964. God had given me
children in our home. The promise had come true.
Now, that was important, how could God match
such events? Well, I had been praying, "What was going to
happen to my daughter?" Yet, no clear answer. One
evening the spirit of prayer was leading me to seek God. I felt a
need to know my daughter's situation when I started to ask the
LORD, I heard a still small voice, whisper, "She is
coming back". There was an assurance in those words that
you have to experience to know the feeling. I walked back into
our home; my wife and a friend were there. I told them what the
LORD said. God wanted witnesses to hear me say, "she is
Early one morning the phone rang, about 4:30
a.m., my daughter crying woke us. She had a dream about the
coming of the Lord and she wasn't prepared. This dream started
the healing process. I thought it would be a quick recovery. It
was and wasn't. For God had begun the trip home and it would be a
journey, but worth the waiting.
Soon, Amy, my daughter, was attending worship
services and Bible study classes. Her hunger for God grew with
each gathering of the saints. God fulfilled her desire and our
prayers by filling her with the blessed holy Ghost with the
evidence of speaking in other tongues. She is a happy young lady
and growing in the kingdom of God. "I will give you
children" are words with much fruit.
If you are interested in reading more
information about Amy's testimony, it is presented here: Amy
Our God is wonderful to be praised!
Bro. Earl Pittman
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