An unexpected message from God

An unexpected message from God March 1, 2013

I’ve never heard God audibly speak, but two years ago, I did receive a “Message from God” in a very unlikely way. This two-word message gave me hope and I pray it does the same for you.

I had just moved my family to a new city and was serving as a pastor in a new church. The transitions and pressures of life and ministry with a young family were beginning to feel overwhelming. I felt exhausted, misunderstood, frustrated, discouraged and near the end of my rope. I wanted to quit. For the first time in my adult life, I wanted to do anything but ministry!

I was sharing all of this with my amazing wife one night and finally in frustration, I stood up from the couch and began to stomp around the living room like a toddler and said, “God, it feels like you are being completely quiet right now! Where are you? I could really use a message from you. Just tell me what I’m supposed to do here!”

I plopped back on the couch in frustration and threw my feet up on the coffee table. My wife said,“You’ve got something stuck on your foot.” 

I looked down and there was a sticker on my heel. It must have been left on the floor by one of my kids. As I peeled it off to look at it, I had to catch my breath because I was overwhelmed by what it said. I was (and still am) convinced that sticker on my foot was as clear a Message from God as I have ever received. It simply said, “KEEP GOING!”

That marked a turning point in my attitude and my perspective. I wrote the date “6-30-10″ on that sticker and placed it on the front page of my Bible as a constant reminder to Keep Going. God gave me the strength to press through that difficult season, and very quickly, almost every area of life and ministry began to improve.

We’ve all had moments where we’ve felt like giving up and moments where we’ve wondered where God is in all of it.. Maybe you’re in one of those moment right now in your marriage, your work or life in general. I pray that you are reminded that God is with you, He is for you, He will carry you through the struggle, He will bring Purpose from your Pain and He will reward your Faithfulness. Just Don’t Give Up. Keep Going until you reach the Finish Line!

“…And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2

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  • Dwayne

    Thank You! I am at a point in my life where I feel I have lost everything. Only God and people like you have given me hope.

  • Adeola Brammah

    Thank u for this message tonight . I needed this and it came right on time . Am going to keep going and am not giving up I know God had so much in store for me .

  • Tiffany Carson

    This helped me so much tonight. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Melissa

    Beautiful testimony it touched me! God is for me

  • Rf

    Thank you for sharing. This is exactly what I needed to keep me going. I pray god keeps on blessing you as you keep on blessing others!

  • tabitha

    This was an awesome story and what really made it better was when I read the sticker with the date of 06-30-10 that is my youngest sons birthday and that pregnancy almost killed me…..and ive had many health problems since but im still breathing so as my pastor says keep on kepping on 🙂

  • Kimberly

    Thank you so much for sharing !

  • Erika

    Thank you for this it’s an answer to many of my prayers! I’m glad you decided to share this particular story because it made its way to me when I need it the most

  • Sandra

    I really needed to read something like this, I’m currently having problems with my husband and worries with my oldest daughter. My daughter suffers from really bad menstrual cramps where she has even passed out. Many times I want to give up. I feel like I can’t do this anymore.

  • Pamela

    Amen what a blessing to shear that I know how you feel I been there so many times. And I want to give up cause I didn’t think God hear me. But with your message to keep going I want stop are give up,and if I do I will remember them two words. DON’T Give up. THANKS GOD BLESS You.

  • jennifer

    I had just got off the phone with my husband and we have been going through a lot the past two weeks. So much that I was ready to give up. I was on Facebook and I came across this message. As I began to read it, the tears started flowing. And all of a sudden I saw the picture with the date orealized 6/30 is the day we got married. At the moment I realized this is my sign from God that I can’t give up on this marriage.

  • hazel elle

    This story seriously made me cry.. Even the strongest fall weak. Need a push. A sign and message from our heavenly father… He knows my situation and im going thru it but keeping my faith is something ive got to do not only for my self but for my children… Normally i dont comment on things like this but this i had to stop and speak out… Thank you Father for i feel you’ve showed me yet another sign..

  • Thanks! I really needed to hear that right now!

  • David

    Thanks for the Reminder and Inspiration Dave. God Bless.

  • Gale Smith

    I needed this my 19 year old son passed away April 1,2012.and all I have wanted to do is to give up. I’ve stayed home and mourned and been by my self all most 11 months now. As if maybe I would wake up and all would be a dream knowing that I can’t call him or hug him again. I hurt so bad and I still love God but I don’t want to be here without my son. He died in his sleep of an enlarged heart it just stopped . Yes he was saved on 9-15-06. So I know I will see him again one day but the pain in my heart still hurts. I fell my friends prayers cause I know if it had not been for Gods grace I couldn’t make it from day to day. Thanks for the message from God.

  • Faith

    I loved that and I will bow to keep going in my life and marriage. Thank you.

  • Ceci

    I am going through such a time right now. It seems my God is silent. My son is a new college graduate and is needing employment. Finances are becoming overwhelming. I will keep doing all that I can and so will my son. The Word promises sowing and reaping. We will keep sowing until the harvest comes!

  • Conny Klammer

    I needed that. Thank you, for sharing!! Blessings from Austria… 🙂

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  • Touched

    I am at a breaking point. It is no accident that I read your article this morning and the date on your sticker is my anniversary date. God does speak to us when we most need it, doesn’t he?
    Thank you for posting this.

  • Heather Eberheart

    Thank you Pastor Dave! You always have an encouraging word just when I need to hear it 🙂

  • Linda Peay

    Thanks for sharing. God has spoken to me at least twice recently. What’s interesting and very similar is the brief, to-the-point message. I don’t have a sticker but I think I will find a custom sign maker and hang the quote in my bedroom.

  • stacie

    I really enjoyed your tesiimoney that is a great messeage We to have had sitiiuationsas a married
    couple were we wanted to give up ,break up divorce. We said let no man put us under to me that mean do not give up.god did it for us,he can do it for u and yours.

  • Joanna

    Ain’t it great how He communicates? God is so good!

  • J Bell

    Thanks for sharing I have alot going on and I needed this today. Truly a confirmation from God!

  • Ron

    I am beside myself, this is a wonderful testimony.
    You are blessed God is really with you so (keep on going).

  • Tears came to my eyes cause I literally just wondered why am I losing everything though I am doing my best to remain faithful and obedient. This worked wonders!

  • Bridget

    Wow! I truly needed to see this. I’ve been very discouraged and wanted to give us. Thank you for the encouragement.

  • Nydia Grieco

    Thank you so much for your words. After 23 years of marriage my husband not even 2 months ago ask me for a divorce. I’m completely destroyed. He already is living with the other woman while still married to me. I just want my family, our love back together. I will keep going because it’s in God’s hand. Just guide me Lord and let me recognize your words to me.

  • tim banks

    That’s a powerful story, and the strange part is that 06/30, is my dad’s birthday, and I was kind of feeling like you, this might be a message to me!

  • An fascinating discussion is worth comment. I believe that you really should write a lot more on this subject, it could possibly not be a taboo subject but generally individuals are not sufficient to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  • Julie

    Great words of advise. I saved them so I can read them when I feel like life is beating me down!

  • Janie Spaventa

    Thank you. Awesome message. I needed this.

  • Jessica

    I have been dealing with struggles from my past and some that are arising currently. Over the last week God gave my sister in law a clear message regarding things I was going through and had gone through and as I begin to open my eyes and see the reality of things God has placed words of wisdom,scripture,and people in my life that is intended to see me through. I stand in true amazement of God and I know if he brings me to it he will see me through it!! Thank you for the recent email it was true words of encouragement!!

  • vanessa

    Thank you for remind me that God will reward me for my faithfulness and that He is for me. Thank you for the reminder that He will bring purpose in my pains and struggle. I am going through a tough time in my marriage. But I will remain still and know that HE is GOD. Stay blessed!

  • sjdh

    Like the comments before this is the message I needed this DAY! Lord I “Thank You” for giving us what we need when we need it. You have only told us to be an open vessel to receive. I am receiving and will “Keep Going”. Thanks Dave for being an open and worthy vessel to carry the message to the mass you have obeyed your call, you and your family will be Blessed!

  • john

    Wow! This really resonated with my soul! Thanks for sharing this with us! I find this applies directly to me in my work situation at this time.

    God Bless you in all ways, especially your ministering to others like this!

  • Thank you for my message, this I feel is exactly what I needed to hear and read. Not giving up and continuing to follow what has already been planned out for me…

  • Bernard

    My wife and I had been separated because of work for 20 months but now we are back together. I got a new job as a baker but I haven’t done it for over a decade. I was working in a metal fab shop for the last 8 years. It’s tough and your message helped me to keep going. I just need God to make his promises more personal to me! Thanks

  • Tim

    My wife is in another country with our kids. She is pursuing divorce and everything is dark. I have been fighting against it for 9 months but God I feel is saying “Just trust me. I love them and know them far greater than you ever can, and I alone see the heart of man.” This story really blessed me Dave. I feel called into ministry leadership in some way but have avoided it out of fear for years. I am helping launch a church plant this sunday and I believe God will continue to use me to love my wife with Christ’s love even as I KEEP GOING and grow closer to him down here.

  • Tim

    Praying for you dear sister. Romans 8 has really encouraged me. God is for you and Marriage is His design. He will fight for it.

  • Woke up this morning next to my wife got upset witth her but used your advice if you can’t say something nice don’t say nothing so 8i got out of bed checked my email and read your post led to this and yes I am going to take God’s word and keep on going thank you for posting

  • Rich

    Love the inspiration of the the spirits ability to move in and thru people to help others. We find hope in the lives of others, as they tell our story in common words. This message is so positive, yet for me, if God might come down and give me a face to face confirmation that would be fantastic. The gratitude for my life is huge, but I’m so hoping for a sticker on my shoe.

  • itai

    Thank you for the massage ,may God bless you.

  • Katy

    Thank u for this.

  • Shelly Williamson

    This was great! Thanks! I was like a toddler today and cried out to God. I desperately want to know Gods will for me. Maybe I didn’t get a sign or message like yours but perhaps finding your message today was in a way a sign?

  • Great message, and a timely sharing here, based on the comments. So important to keep faith in what you know to be true, especially when the winds of change create instability. “Grace … must be something that can enter at the invitation of a genuine and sincere request.”

  • Quincy Matheny

    Thank you so much for your words….God led me to YOU! I needed simple words simply put just like you did! Thank you my friend may you be richly blessed in all you do!

  • R.k. Mani

    Keep Going…Have Faith and Patience are beautiful lines … I am so glad I read your message. I feel refreshed

  • Nikunj Arora

    Nice. Praise the Lord.

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