On Good Friday, during a wonderful time of prayer for families staying in their homes because of the restrictions in many nations, we felt the heart of the Lord as we wept for specific families. Yet we are confident that in the end these events could give families hope.
We prayed for three different families we know (not living in the same house) where certain family members are not speaking to one another because of past offenses. We prayed for families that have a good relationship, but who are re-discovering the “family altar”.
We realized this is a divine moment for us to allow the Lord to work in our families. Here is what we then felt the Lord saying:
“The healing of the nations will come through the healing of the families. Come apart with Me during this time when I have called you apart from the busyness that has filled your lives.
Do not fill up the void with the voice of media. Purpose to quiet other voices to hear mine.
For this is a time when I will go deep to pull out roots of wounding between husbands and wives… between parents and children. For some, these are small wounds. For others, they are great wounds.
But My desire is to heal them all. Do not wait for the other person to take initiative to restore relationships, but hear from Me how you can take initiative to restore relationships.
In other families, there is not such a deep need for healing. But there is a need to learn again how to hear one another, how to enjoy one another, how to have fun together, how to encourage one another.
This is season where I am restoring the family altar for husband and wives to pray together, for parents and children to worship together, for families to read the Scriptures together.
As the family altars are restored, you will learn how to function more like one family within My Church and My Kingdom. For the restoration of the family must precede a greater restoration within My Church, My Ecclesia, My Kingdom.
‘See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.’ – Malachi 4:5,6 [NIV]
But as the hearts of the parents are turned to their children, and as the hearts of the children are turned to their parents, I can heal your lands.”
In this time, may your family find hope.
Rick and Patricia Ridings
6 thoughts on “Uplifting Family Hope When Sheltering from the Coronavirus”
thank you very much for your wise words of encouragement. Years before I heard a Cassette from Rick Ridings again and again. It brought joy and Peace and good advise. shalom, Elisabeth from Munich, Germany
Thank you for sharing this word! This is so beautiful and I too believe He is restoring our families at this time. Praise God!
Thank you. Sharing this with my church family.
Thank you so much! We have been praying the same prayers! Salvation to homes and turning from false replacements of homes “alternative lifestyles” back to home in THE LORD’s arms. Eyes and hearts to come back home to their one true LOVE – to realize they found their home resting in the open arms of JESUS our LORD. That they hide away and deeply come alive in their new discovery of lovr with I AM. That they live out this verse being one with their LOVE – HE WHO DWELLS IN THE SECRET PLACE OF TGE MOST HIGH SHALL ABIDE UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY. I WILL SAY OG TGE LORD HE IS MY REFUGE AND MY STRENGTH IN HIM WILL I TRUST. and S of S – all would meet HIM in deep love dripping with love for HIM! HE would be the APPLE OF THE EYE to all and the JOY and SONG to every heart!
Out of this will bring a revival to America, but during this we be in deep prayer for Isreal’s eues to be open to JESUS! As gentiles, we are indebted to Isreal for the Salvation given to us. We are responsible to bring the light back. To go back to the (S of S) “tree where your mother birthed you” USA to Isreal. When our love is back to a flame and fulfill the gentiles love for JESUS, WE need to “throw the bouquet” from our wedding – back to Isreal. This is our responsibility! To proclaim JESUS in the streets of OUR LORD in our HUSBAND’S home where HIS mother birthed HIM – HIS heart’s habitation. This is a burden of prayer to prepare this to come forth during this awakening period of the sleeping bride. THANK YOU LORD JESUS!!!! ….didn’t spell check or grammar check this because the phone screen is small to eye. Please forgive typos – Thank you
Thank you so much, Rick and Patricia, for staying in contact with GODs heart! Thank you for blessing and encouraging our families!
The Almighty loves our small units, our couples, our families, our good worthy relationships, HE loves our brothers and sisters, HE loves our land and our nations, HE loves Israel.
HE would like to make us strong spiritual units, partners, families, worthy unions and communities, nations corresponding to John 10,10. JESUS is our good Shepherd, who detects the darkness in our lives, relationships, families,
governments and administrations. HE brings light , love and justice in our personal lives, couples, families, relationships and communities. We, alone, are not able to live such love! JESUS blesses us and offers us plentifulness in our (spiritual) lives.
My desire is to pray to bring more light, joy, truth, love and justice in our families, in our surroundings and nations. More true love towards Israel and more love in Israel towards the nations. May JESUS help us to receive and to live the divine SHALOM in our families and relationships!
Thank YOU JESUS!
Thank you so much for this very timely word, as always. We keep you and your great work in our prayers.