Chasing My Father | Agatha Nolen

Chasing My Father

The following is an excerpt from Chasing My Father by Agatha Nolen. It’s a featured Speakeasy selection, and there are still limited review copies available for qualified reviewers.

It was another great Christmas, serving at the midnight Christmas Eve service. I felt my focus shifting too. I was no longer sad that I didn’t have any family. In fact, my church family was my family! I had noticed another change as well. In praying for others, my needs seemed very small in comparison. Maybe this was why God commanded us to love our neighbors, so that we would center our attention on them instead of being so self-centered and focusing only on ourselves. I was looking forward to a new year, with no school and a renewed interest in serving God.

The message arrived on January 13, 2012, just as I was going to bed. It came through the email address posted on my blog, and the subject line said, “HOWDY!” All I could see on my phone was the first line of the email, but something made me read it that night, rather than waiting until morning.

Hi Agatha,

You don’t know me because I don’t go to church at St. George’s, but I’ve been reading your blog for a number of months, ever since a friend sent me the link. You’d invited everyone to come to your church for the SILENT NIGHT service and I thought, “Why not? I’ve had a lot of things happen to me this year and it would be good to hear some quiet music.” So I went and sat in your church. It wasn’t until they asked anyone who was interested in healing prayer to come forward that I saw your nametag and recognized you from the photo on your blog.

There was a long line of people already in line for you and the female priest, but I felt compelled to go forward. I am dropping this note to you to tell you how much I appreciate your blog, but also to thank you for your prayers for me that night. I awoke tonight from a deep sleep and the darkness has lifted.

The oppression has lasted seven years. I suffered greatly to know for myself the Power of Darkness, which I totally underestimated. However, even in sin, Christ in me could withstand multitudes and anything the enemy threw at me as a result of my curiosity to know, even when I already knew better. So you can get an idea of the intensity, I will let you know there is an unnatural crack in the plaster on the ceiling of my bedroom. That happened one night when something very, very large landed on my house and came into my room. Really the stuff of nightmares, but it all has purpose. I never gave over, and Christ was with me and did not allow death, but did allow me to suffer because I willfully walked outside his Glory.

I grew up in the Church, went to Christian Schools, and was taught Spiritual Warfare at the age of 17 by a former Witch who had become a Christian. Suffice it to say, everything I was taught then is just as relevant today, but now I have hope, purpose, and am being restored through the Grace and Power of Christ. Pagans used to let me know they could see a ring of fire around me in the spirit. The fire is back in my eyes and God will soon again surround me with His Holy Fire. I’ve been waiting for this season all my life.

God has had mercy on me because I have asked for those He loves to pray, specifically for me. God has heard the prayers you offered up for me (I am prompted by His spirit to tell you). Please continue to lift me up. You can imagine the ripple it causes when one of Christ’s followers almost slips off the ledge of eternity, then repents and comes back to the Father. The enemy is not happy with me at all. I did learn from that perspective it has very little to do with us and everything to do with fighting God Almighty.

The bolder I get to Testify, with love and discretion, the more intense the Battle will become. However, this time around it is all about making the biggest dent in life for the Kingdom of God while I still walk on this earth. And it will be in Spirit and Truth. You are a Prophetess (I’m certain you already know this). God is pouring out his Spirit upon the face of the earth in preparation for the change that will be here before we know it. I don’t have to go into detail here, it’s pretty obvious to most Christians right now.

Thanks for letting me freestyle some thoughts. Your blog is right on time for me. It’s like a Divine Signature. LOL I just scrolled down and saw the verse from Corinthians. Indeed, God is in control!

Blessing and Peace through Christ.

I thought back a few weeks and tried to picture the people we prayed for that night. It didn’t matter who it was, they had been relieved of their burden when we prayed for them. The verse from 1 Corinthians 10:13 was the one that I had posted on my blog: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

I had a connection with someone who I didn’t know: we both knew that God is faithful and that He heals us.

After I’d read the email three more times, I understood that I was called to devote my spiritual gifts to sharing my experiences of healing, and to pray for others to be healed.

Praise for Chasing My Father

“This book grabbed me from the first. It is very thought provoking and has caused me to stop reading and really think about the spiritual principles being presented. There are so many levels on which I can really identify with her journey to understanding, enlightenment and faith. Finding a church home and family to unconditionally accept her and lift her up as a fellow Christian is a powerful part of understanding what it means to be a child of God.”
—Amazon Review

“This book held my interest from beginning to end; in fact, I read it in a couple of days. Agatha’s story is an excellent example of how God uses everything in our lives to teach and help us. Thank you, Agatha, for sharing your sacred story and may you continue to grow in wisdom and strength each day of your life.”
—Amazon Review

“I truly enjoyed reading Chasing My Father. I felt your pain and heartaches as well as rejoiced in your blessings. I am thankful you shared your life’s journey. I know it wasn’t an easy task to put it to paper. It gives a little more insight to the wonderful person we already know professionally. May God continue to guide and bless your life.”
—Amazon Review

“This is a deeply personal account of the author’s journey through life’s most difficult challenges and the ability to rise above and beyond. This is a must read for anyone doubting how faith can give strength, bring peace and give meaning to life.
—Amazon Review

About the Author

Agatha Nolan

Dr. Agatha Nolan grew up in Geneseo, NY in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York, and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. degree from Tennessee State University. She played varsity Golf on the inaugural Women’s Golf team at OU, 1974-1976 and has practiced pharmacy in New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Tennessee. She works for HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) in the Corporate Offices located in Nashville, TN. She gives tours at the Frist Center for Visual Arts and serve on the Docent Advisory Group (2012-2014). She enjoys writing, art, photography, reading, golf, and conversation. At St. George’s Episcopal Church, she is a Healing Prayer Minister, teaches in the Inquirer’s Class, and travels to South Africa annually on mission trips.

 

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