Healing in His Wings


healign in His wings

I’m writing this more for my benefit than anyone else’s, I’m sure, but decided to share in case someone else might be experiencing some of the same challenges I’m facing, thinking you may find some comfort here (smile).

The Lord’s been downloading a lot into me lately, and I haven’t been able to journal as much as I would have liked… I will prayerfully be catching up with some of what He’s been doing, as I update the writings for my books, songs; but more importantly, spending a lot of time with Jesus as He continues to walk me through a lot of personal healing.

Most recently, He’s been lifting off layers of stress associated with past experiences that my body hadn’t yet fully released and couldn’t fully heal from (mostly because I wasn’t aware that at least part of my physical ailments were connected to those events, which I thought I had already dealt with (smile)…

As He’s been walking me through these events and giving me the opportunity to pray through layers and layers of emotional and physical healing (praise His holy name!), He’s also been leading and guiding me in learning more and more about living holistically, learning what my body needs in order to reach optimal health and maintain it.

I’m still having to “unlearn” some things, as He’s rewiring the part of my brain having to do with walking in divine health, which I believe is the inheritance of all who trust in Him… many of us just don’t know what that looks like yet (smile).

On top of that, much of what He’s showing me, I feel compelled to share, so I’m in the process of organizing my notes and recipes re: healing foods and how to prepare and eat them, my notes and resource information re: essential oils and personal care products I’m learning to make that are 100% organic.

When I do go out to minister, I want to be able to have information available, whenever appropriate, along with some learning tools (books, DVDs, etc.), about holistic living, as well as information about essential oils, how to use them, where to get them (incorporating massage therapy during weekend retreats), having some of my personal care products available for purchase for anyone who’s interested, as well as my music CDs.

I have a vision of weekend gatherings for worship and prayer that include a time for personal quiet time with the Lord, and personal ministry that includes massage therapy.

It’s all about bringing healing, knowledge, comfort, equipping, raising folks up to be all God created them to be, physically and emotionally, as well as spiritually… all in a safe environment where folks have the freedom to really press into God, especially during worship, and seeing them brought into a closer, more intimate relationship with Jesus… there’s nothing better (smile).

Anyway, there is a lot I could say about a lot of things that God’s been putting on my heart, the most recent being this morning, when I woke up from a dream about worship and overcoming a situation involving a person involved in witchcraft, and woke up singing this song:

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

It really is as simple as that, if you break it down… 1) us gathering together in His name (for no other purpose than to worship and pray and seek His beautiful face), 2) He shows up with healing in His wings… and the rest is history, as they say (smile).

And then I was thinking of the following verse from the same song:

If you hear the song I sing
You will understand (listen!)
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It’s there at your command

May sound like I’m oversimplifying things, but I really do believe we choose to love, or we choose to be fearful… just like we choose to trust God.

Also, the Lord gave me a dream a few days ago about a young child who died from thirst and neglect, and it drove me to my knees, as He started showing me about the many places in the Bible where God says “neglect not.”  Neglect not the things of God, God’s house, the spiritual gift within you…  In Heb 10:24-25, it says:

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…

The best way I know of to stir up one another to love and good works, and encourage one another, is by gathering to worship and pray… which is what He so impressed on me today.

As I was praying through my dreams of late, I realized worship really is the key.  It’s the best way I know of to bring heaven to earth, to really step into God, into that heavenly realm we’re all so desperate for… it’s where I always feel closest to God, most like myself, is when I’m worshipping, and especially in a group setting.

Wherever 2 or 3 are gathered in His name, there He is in our midst.  Every time, without exception, without fail, because our God is faithful and true.  He ALWAYS shows up, and He ALWAYS comes with healing in His wings for ALL who trust in Him.  ALWAYS.

It really is as simple as that.  This is the missing key.  What’s been missing in my life and yours; the thing that truly does and will bring the real revival we’ve all been praying for is when we all are finally able to come together with a pure heart with no other agenda than simply to meet with God and love one another, and allow His Spirit to breathe new life into us, restoring the years of the locust, restoring all that’s been lost.

I believe it’s the only way we’ll see real change, because it really IS how we enter heaven and bring heaven to earth in every way that matters, including heavenly justice to right every wrong in our lives, and bring order out of chaos.

We don’t have to spend hours or days or months or years trying to figure things out or try to discern, either, like we would otherwise have to do in simple prayer or intercession.  We simply show up and commit our way, our lives to the Lord, casting all our cares on Him, and boom, He shows up and blows us all away.

Our God is faithful, and the strong arm of the Lord is reaching out to not only forgive our sins, but break off its consequences, as He cleanses us of ALL unrighteousness and heals all our diseases, including all the stress that caused it.

The blood of Jesus truly is a cleansing agent – and He gives us the ability to rewire our brain (tearing down vain imaginations, taking our thoughts captive to the knowledge of Christ that is dispelling our darkened understanding), helping us understand a better, more holistic way of living as we embrace the goodness of God that overcomes evil… and He leads us in discovering organic healing food and the right way to prepare and eat it…

It’s all connected.  The Bible tells us to love our neighbor “as ourselves” – meaning we are to care for ourselves, and take care of our bodies.  Yet, I know a LOT of people in the body of Christ who somehow think it’s okay to neglect their health, and may even think it “selfish” to care for ourselves the way God wants us to.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, if we don’t take care of ourselves, we are disobeying a direct order from God, and committing sin, just as surely as if we had lied, or cheated, or stolen something from someone… it may not seem as bad a sin as something more grievous, like murder or abuse, but just because we are sinning against ourselves and the One who created us, and not another person, doesn’t make it anymore tolerable to God.  He hates our sin, including this one, because He hates what it does to us.

If food really is medicine (and I know it is), shouldn’t we start living like it?  And shun all its counterfeits (in the pharmaceutical industry), that don’t really help us all that much, and most often serve only to cause even more problems than they solve.

And if all creation speaks of the glory of God, shouldn’t we be listening?  God is constantly putting before us life and death, saying “choose life.”

How about we just do that?!  You know, stop making things so complicated, and just do it.  Do what He puts in front of us… follow His bread trail (Jesus is the bread), go where He leads and He will bring you the life He promised.

But you have to follow His lead.  Go where He leads and ALWAYS choose the way leading to life, NOT death.

Take off your grave clothes and start really living… but NEVER take your eyes of Jesus.  NEVER stop taking His lead.  Let Him lead you into the truth that will set you free.  You have everything to gain and nothing to lose in doing so.

There is a way that seems right to a man that only leads to death.  Don’t go there (smile).

God’s ways will ALWAYS lead you to life, freedom and the ability to really live the life He has for you, enabling you to be all He created you to be.

All you have to do is follow Him.  Do whatever He puts in front of you to do, trusting Him with all the rest.  One step at a time, with your eyes on the goal, which is Jesus.  He’s your goal and your personal trainer… the One you want to be like, and the One who is gonna help you get there because He lives in the heart and life of EVERYONE who trusts in Him.

Without exception, without fail.  I guess it all comes down to whether or not we have more faith in God’s ability to come through for us, than our own ability to fail, right?

Your job is to 1) keep your mind on Him so He can keep you in His perfect peace.

And

2) Continually commit your way to Him so He can make your path straight.

And find a way to gather with others in His name to worship and pray and seek His face.  It’s the key element that’s missing right now.  The thing that will catapult us into the Kingdom like nothing else can.  Right into God’s presence, in unprecedented ways.  Because it’s the way God’s chosen to bring heaven to earth.  I KNOW this in my knower, and I’ve seen glimpses now and then in our gatherings…

So get ready, people, for God to move in unprecedented ways, every time you gather in His name.

This is the season, and worship is the key to unlocking God’s provision in this way, especially through corporate worship, where we gather in His name, fully expecting the fullness of Christ to manifest, in, around and through US – His people… the ones He inhabits.

The ones He fully expects and intends to find expression in and through, every time we worship… every time we gather IN HIS NAME!

So let’s do this, people!  For His name’s sake and the sake of all His people.

Some additional thoughts.

  1.    What to bring to a worship gathering:

     All the things you’re believing God for.

  1.    What to leave at the door:

All your misgivings, all your doubt, unbelief, disappointment and disillusionment.

It’s a new day and God wants to do a new thing in your life and turn your world around in the process.

I say we let Him!  What do we have to lose?

Matt 16:25  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it.

The only way to have a truly fulfilled life is through total surrender, seeking the leading of the Lord in all things.  Anything less is a cheap substitute and never brings the lasting peace that only comes from a life totally surrendered to the only One who is worthy, the only One who is truly able to save, deliver, heal…

Whatever things you lose in surrendering to the Lord are now found in Christ… and all that the enemy has stolen is restored, only your latter state is way more glorious than your former state (smile).

″‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.” –Haggai 2:9

I say we go for it, and we hold nothing back… why not?!  We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

The Lord downloaded a great sense of empowerment and a new purpose to me today, even though my role as a worship leader and someone who facilitates gatherings as I’m describing here was foreordained long ago.

There’s a new determination in my spirit, awakened by a fresh impression of the Spirit in me, stirring up my most holy faith to believe God for the things that seem impossible to man.  It’s time for major breakthroughs, repositioning, great releasing of the things of God, to cause our world to more closely reflect His glory, and see His Kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.   Selah.

Dare to believe with me, will you?  We come together with the faith of a child, humble ourselves and pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways, and then He will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and HEAL OUR LAND. (2 Chron 7:14)  Because He, who has promised, is faithful to complete the good work He’s begun – in ALL our lives!  (Phil 1:6)  HALLELUJAH!

Get excited!  Dare to believe once again.  Don’t worry about those who don’t understand or think you’re foolish.  You’re not here to impress them.  You don’t have to prove yourself and you don’t have to compete for anything.  God’s already accepted you, is over-the-top crazy about you (no matter WHAT you do), and there’s more than enough of His grace to go around for everybody.

Enough for now.  I hope I haven’t wasted your time.  I pray these words will somehow make their way into your heart and start a fire there that never goes out.

And I hope we meet somewhere, to gather in worship and prayer, seeking the heart of the Father as He stretches forth His hand of healing and full restoration of everything that’s been stolen from us, empowering us to be all He created us to be, and to do all He created us to do.

In the matchless name of His amazing Son…

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God Perfects Strength


God perfects strength

God really does perfect strength in our weakness.  And when we’re feeling weak, when we really need it the most, is also when it’s hardest to remember 😊  It’s easy to be encouraged in Him when things are going well, but then is not when we really need it.  So He uses the hard times in our lives to teach us how to really press into Him.  Reminds me of the adage that if you aim at nothing, you’re sure to hit it.  But then you’re stuck with nothing.  If you really want to accomplish something in life, you actually have to work at it (right?)

Anyway, that’s just some food for thought.  What I really want to do is offer some hope and real encouragement to people (like me) who have experienced a bit of burn out in life, because God’s given me some nuggets of truth that have really helped, and I hope they help you as well.

I’m not sure where, but somewhere lately, I heard or read, “give it all ‘til it hurts, and then do it again.”  And I was reminded of it today while praying, and realized that many of us (especially those of us in any kind of leadership in ministry), have given everything, one too many times, with no way to refuel, no way to replenish, and have burned out… and when someone asks us to get involved in ministry again, we can be heard to say something like: “I hear you, but I don’t know if I have it in me anymore.”  Right?

Well if that’s you, I’m asking you right now to dig deep – deeper than ever before, because there’s more at stake now than ever before… and the fields are more ready, more “white unto harvest,” than ever before…

But more importantly, all heaven is at the ready, to fully support you to be all God created you to be from this moment forward.

So dig deep, to find that childlike faith that’s been buried by all the cares of the world and disappointments of life.

You might think it insanity to do the same thing again, the same way, but expecting different results.

But I’m telling you things are not the same.  We’ve been prepped and empowered for the revolution that God’s about to bring… and all of heaven is standing at the ready to fully support everyone whose heart is completely His…

And all creation here on earth, besides continually speaking of the glory of God, is moaning and groaning in great anticipation of the revealing of mature sons and daughters of the only living God to finally take our stand, take our position as joint heirs, seated with Christ in heavenly places, far above all the powers of darkness and wisdom of man.  The reason He needs us seated with Him so high up there is so we can see clearly from afar what’s going on, but not get embroiled in it.  And since we’re seated right next to Jesus, we can clearly hear Him instructing us regarding what to do about what we see.

This seat of authority must be protected at all costs, no matter what it takes.  Don’t ever give it up.  The devil tries to talk us down from this place because he knows it’s where we have absolute power and authority over him.  He does this by whispering words of doubt in our ears, or orchestrating people and events in our lives in an effort to get us off track, to evoke strong feelings of confusion, discouragement, uncertainty, anger, frustration… anything to get you to give up your position over him, ‘cause he knows it’s the only way he can possibly get anything over on you, get you to stop being wonderful and stop destroying all his plans and assignments over your life and the life of others you care about.

But DO NOT GO THERE.  Don’t allow your thoughts to wander off course, or your emotions to run amok.  God’s given us the grace and ability to press into Him and tear down every vain imagination and take every thought captive to the knowledge that Christ is leading you into, imparting to you.

We can’t afford to ever stop guarding our hearts and our position in Christ… especially not now.  We may not like it, but we’re in a war, and the only way out of it, is to overcome it in Christ.  Well, there is another way, but it’s not really all that fun and involves becoming destroyed by the devil.  See, he’s not gonna quit, even if you do… so your only real option is to pick up your sword and fight.  The good news is, that Jesus is in you.  He’s already overcome the devil and all his dominion, and He now lives in you to empower you to go and do the same.  We win.

Now more than ever, the world needs you and is counting on you to do this.

So I’m telling you as Christ is my witness and the One who will back up these words, throw your net back over to the other side of the boat.  I know that’s where you threw it before and it yielded no results.  But this time, we are gonna do it with a new resolve, a new purpose, a new level of faith…

Because we have a much greater understanding of who we are in Christ now than we ever did before… a much greater ability to stand in His righteousness and authority, not bowing down to anyone or anything else that would draw us off the course He has set us on.

Our eyes are on Christ (so He can keep us in perfect peace), our face set like flint.  Our way is continually committed to Him (so He can make our path straight), and nothing is gonna stop us, unless we allow it, through our own doubt and uncertainty.

If God be for us, who can be against us, really?!  There’s no one greater, and He is always for us.  He goes before us to prepare the way, He has your back… He camps around EVERYONE who trusts in Him.

He’s got you fully covered.

So this time, when you feel the nudging of the Holy Spirit to go and give it all you’ve got, DO IT!  Believing Him for everything He’s promised.  And don’t ever stop believing Him for everything He’s promised, including His ability and willingness to greatly strengthen you in your weakness.

Be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove, cloaked in His humility and grace.

Stay plugged into Him as your true source of life, freedom, strength and truth, so you will give from His riches in glory, not your own lack.

Not only is the world waiting, but God and all of heaven are waiting, as well.

How can we not respond?  How can we resist Him?  The One who gave us everything?

But listen carefully as the Lord leads.  Become an expert gleaner, holding fast only to what is helpful on your journey, being careful to sift through and let go of anything and everything that would cause harm to you or anyone else.

We are God’s highway of holiness.  We are His holy mountain.  And our lives have prepared and are preparing this holy place where anyone can come and receive the healing and restoration that is theirs in Christ… Our job is to lay our lives down for one another.

In this holy place, no evil thing, no sickness or disease, can come, because it’s been set apart for God and can NEVER be defiled by anything or anyone ever again, because we, the ecclesia, governing body of Christ, will not allow it, even in our own hearts.  Under the mandate of God, we only allow here on earth what is allowed in heaven.

Listen to your body, as well.  God will instruct you that way, as well… telling you what’s needful, what your body needs in order to heal.  Your body individually and your body collectively, as God’s people, the body of Christ.

That’s about it for now.  Most everyday now God stirs up my faith and pours into me another wave of revelation and greater understanding.  I will do my best to share it the best way I can, by His grace leading and guiding my thoughts and my pen.

I am trusting that He is also leading and guiding the heart of everyone who reads this, to receive and discern and apply whatever’s needful for you to run your race with endurance and God’s perfect strength in your weakness.

Never stop believing in His mighty arm that is never too short and is always stretched out to release grace and empowerment to all who trust in Him, enabling you to be all He created you to be, and do all He created you to do.

His arm is never too short, and nothing escapes His notice.

His truth is a two-edged sword.  One side mercy, the other, justice.  Mercy on all who trust in Him, justice on behalf of all who trust in Him.  The only ones who need to worry about the justice side of His sword are His enemies.  If you have surrendered your life unto Him, you are His friend, His ally, the one He will always go to bat for, fight for, defend.

If this letter means anything to you, would you let me know?  It would mean a lot to me to know that at least one person was encouraged by the things I shared here.

But if you weren’t all that impressed, or even if you were and don’t feel like telling me, that’s okay, too… I don’t do this to try to get accolades or make people happy, though I do hope and pray you are somehow encouraged in your walk.

My real reason for writing is the same reason I do anything I feel prompted by God to do.  I must carry on and be as faithful as I can be, in fulfilling the Father heart of God, the best way I can.

Consider the following.

There once was a man who made sand sculptures by the side of the road.  A thankless job, for sure.  But the work he did was magnificent, and greatly anointed by God.

I actually had the honor of meeting this amazing man one day.  I was driving past his sculptures and noticed he was out repairing one of his creations.  After I parked my car and walked over to where he was working, I notice his tools:  a small spoon, butter knife, his hands and a small styrofoam cup half full of water (smile).

He was and still is the most humble, unassuming man I’ve ever met, and besides God, a man I can always look to for inspiration and someone who reminds me why I do what I do.

He certainly wasn’t doing it for the recognition.  I don’t know anyone else who ever even met the man.  I only saw him once in the 17 years I lived in AZ.  I’m quite certain he didn’t come there often, and if you didn’t happen to drive by while he was there, you never would have even seen him.

But his works speak for themselves.  They are easily the most beautiful, expressive works of art I’ve ever seen; one depicting Jesus at Gethsemane, the other of the last supper… all in sand.

And he certainly never did it for the money.  The only “request” for donations I ever saw was an old beat up wooden box on a wooden pole near one of the sculptures, that no one ever put money into that I know of.

And he did this amazing work despite much ridicule from family and friends.

I believe his wife may have been of some support to him, because he mentioned in our short conversation how much he missed her, saying she could no longer accompany him on these work trips to repair and maintain the sculptures because she’d gone blind and needed to stay home.

And the man was feeble.  Looked like he was in his 80s.  Strong, steady hands, but you could tell he was tired.  He was wearing an old pair of navy blue coveralls.  Just steadily, patiently, lovingly, sitting on his wooden stool.  The master craftsman, ever working on his masterpiece (smile).

He was to me, and still is, a reflection of how God’s always lovingly, patiently, steadily working on all of us.  God’s greatest masterpiece of all that He’s created… man and woman being shaped and molded into the image of His awesome Son (wow).

Now there’s food for thought.

So while it would be nice to hear back from you if this letter encouraged you at all, if you don’t, I’ll just be like that man on the side of the road, doing what God puts in front of me to do, trusting the results to Him, praying that He will so magnify and beautify my efforts that the work I do for the Kingdom will somehow be as valuable and magnificent and life changing as those sculptures by the side of the road (smile).

There are a couple really good reasons to actually follow through on each thing God tells you to do:

  1. Whenever you do, your intimacy with the Lord deepens and increases, along with your ability to discern and know His voice; and

  2. Whenever you don’t, your intimacy with the Lord lessens and becomes clouded, much like if you were to wrap a layer of gauze over your eyes and ears, and you can’t as easily discern His voice. His voice is not as clear and you’re not as sharp.  It becomes harder to discern truth from a lie, and you can more easily be tripped up and/or deceived.  You do this enough times and pretty soon you’re really bound up, deaf and blind to the things of God, unable to know with certainty what He’s asking of you.

Which is why obedience is better than sacrifice, and why God’s soul takes no delight in us when we shrink back in fear (Heb 10:38).  Anything outside of faith is sin, because it gets us off track and out of touch with God so He can’t use us as effectively.

So let’s not go there, eh?!

I don’t know what you’re called to in this season of your life, but you owe it to God and you owe it to yourself to be all you can be in Christ, and to do all you can do by His strength, for His glory and for the healing and restoration of His creation, His people.

Selah.

Be obedient, even if no one’s watching, or no one responds.  That’s the mark of a true servant of God.  One who is happy with knowing God’s acceptance and affirmation, even if no one else cares.

Simple.  Yet we make it so complicated.  Doesn’t need to be.

Pray for me if you can, and I will certainly pray for you, believing for all the breakthroughs that you need, for immediate divine intervention whenever and wherever you need it, along with complete healing and restoration and deliverance and empowerment in every area of your life, so you can be all He created you to be and do all He created you to do.

In the matchless name of Yeshua the Christ, the One who came in the flesh and now lives in the heart and life of EVERYONE who trusts in Him.

Shalom.

All Creation Speaks (3-9-18)


big daddy lying in the yard

All creation speaks of the glory of God, all the time, and I’ve never been more aware of this as when I’m on my prayer walks with my dog Holly…

It’s a beautiful, SUNNY day here today…. after weeks and weeks of cold, rainy, grey days with LOTS of gale-force winds, it’s SOOOO NICE to see the sun again (smile) – even the wildlife are rejoicing!  I always see them out and about much more when the sun’s shining, and they look like they’re really happy about it, too!

Today, I am impressed (once again) by the meekness of the deer (especially the male deer) that come into my yard for apples… some would say it’s wrong to give them apples, but God hasn’t convicted me of it yet, and it just seems wrong NOT to… I feel it’s an honor and privilege whenever I encounter one of God’s creatures, especially those that aren’t domesticated…

And call me crazy, but I actually talk to them, tell them how beautiful they are, that I love them and I’m praying for them, etc.

There are certain deer that have been coming to our yard time and time again, that I have gotten to know somewhat over the years… they each have different mannerisms and markings that make them unique…

Including a handful of males that come… they are even calmer around me than the females, as if they have absolutely NO fear of me whatsoever, even though I’ve never treated them any differently than the others, and I’ve never done anything to try to make them “pets” – i.e. I don’t make them eat out of my hand or make them follow me in order to get fed… I just put the sliced apples out in the yard, in an area designated for this purpose.

My male deer that come, come closer and look at me longer than the females, as if they trust me more completely…

One of them was standing about 3 feet from my door, today, watching me as I opened the door for my walk with Holly…

It seems, though, when they look at you, they see into your soul somehow, similar to how your dog looks at you… those of you with dogs don’t think I’m crazy, those who don’t have dogs probably think I am… but that’s okay… this is for all of you who can appreciate what I’m saying (smile)

Right now, none of the male deer have antlers.  For those of you who don’t know, their racks fall off every year, then grow back, bigger and with more points, every year (one of those weird, but cool things God does…)

And so, I have to look extra closely to recognize the male deer when they don’t have their antlers…

It’s rather easy to tell them apart when their racks are there, because each one is distinct, has a certain amount of points, etc.  It seems they walk with a certain kind of swagger, then, too… you know the kind, sort of like a male athlete does – They strut when they have their antlers, but not so much when they don’t… I swear I’m not making this stuff up 🙂

(Keep in mind as you read this, that today is a day when God is speaking to me a LOT about my identity in Him, making me strong enough to reject anyone’s opinion of me that doesn’t line up with HIS…)

Anyway, now, when they approach me without their racks, I sense a certain vulnerability that wasn’t there before, almost as if they are saying “Will you still recognize me even without my antlers?  You know, the thing that makes me look real strong and brave, the thing that makes me the most majestic in your eyes?” (this one really hit me…)

“Will you even notice me or know me as I am, without my antlers to help you identify me, to tell you it’s really me?  Without the thing that would otherwise define who I am in your eyes?”

I’m learning a lot from my deer, as I am also learning from the rest of creation as it speaks to me so eloquently of God’s glory (smile).

I consider it an honor and privilege to serve these magnificent, meek and bold creatures, even if it’s such a small way… I think they know somehow that I care for them, that I’m praying to their Creator and mine, for their well being and safety.

To me, these male deer demonstrate true meekness… true humility and a boldness in approaching me, being near me, that the female deer don’t have, as much.

And that got me thinking that their meekness may be directly related to the fact that they lose those magnificent racks EVERY YEAR – the thing that identifies them as the dominant, macho males… the ones whose seed is carried in the mothers of their young,

That maybe the shedding of their antlers every year keeps them humble in a way… that maybe they would otherwise get a little too macho, a little too feisty for their own good or the good of the other deer in the area…

So God made it so once a year, they lose the thing most associated with their macho image, so He can also teach them real humility (maybe)…

I know they’re not human and don’t think like we do, but all creation “speaks” of the glory of God… and displays certain aspects of God’s characteristics… like how the crashing waves speak to me of the many “moods” or emotions of God, the eagles speak to me of His amazing magnificence and ability to rise above any difficulty and see for miles and miles…

And the meekness of the deer, more specifically His MALE deer, shorn of their antlers, speak to me, demonstrating two sides of the same sword of truth, which I call “true humility” – knowing on the one hand we are nothing without God, but on the other hand (the other side of the double-edged sword), we can do all things through Christ:

  1. Meekness/humility. If you’re truly humbled and yielded to the absolute preeminence, sovereignty and providence of Almighty God, you realize you’re nothing without Him,

but

  1. Boldness/courage. Through Him (and ONLY Him), you can do all things. ONLY through a life totally surrendered, dedicated to the One who lives in and through you, His creation, can you receive of His bounty (in the deer’s case, the hand of God’s provision through me and others, as well as His natural provision in the grass and shrubs in the area); and He provides everything we have need of, until the moment He takes us all home…

So I was met by one of my male deer as I left the house for my prayer walk, and when I was returning, just as I left the grass trail that emptied onto the road near my home, all four of the deer that come to my home most often (three females and a young buck, not even a year old that’s still with his mama), were quietly standing on a little hill at the trailhead, beautifully silhouetted by the sun, watching me as I finished up my walk, as if they were just quietly acknowledging me, letting me know they noticed me and they’re thankful.

These four deer include an older female with a torn ear that’s been coming to my home most every day for over five years (ever since I moved here).  One other looks like she may have a problem with one or both eyes, and the third female had a little “stud muffin” late last year (he’s the cutest little thing and feisty as all get out), so he still hangs with mama and will until he’s old enough to go out on his own…

So it seems the ones that have found me may not be in the best shape, but God loves them and so do I… and every time I see them and pray for their healing, they look at me like they understand.  Hey, if God can prophesy through a donkey…

Just some food for thought – I hope it makes your day a little brighter.

And oh, btw, here’s what he looks like with this full rack!  This was a couple years ago, so it’s be quite a lot bigger this fall.  This was a couple years ago, so it’s gonna be quite a lot bigger this fall.

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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory


“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wow.

I continue to be very inspired by this man… and I really bear witness to these last few minutes of his very last recorded speech, especially the very last sentence that is audible: “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord,” in a speech that was given the night before he died.

And I have to say that my eyes have also seen the glory of the coming of the lord, and it’s something I am just beginning to wrap my head around, so I don’t want to take a lot of time trying to get into it right now without developing it some more in prayer…

But it’s not like a lot of folks may think…

I believe the coming of the glory of the Lord Jesus, will be seen in the eyes and hearts and faces of everyone who, like MLK Jr., have been in the presence of the Lord and share God’s heart for the world…

And the Jesus inside of them will be released in unprecedented ways as they are finally able to rise up and be all He created them to be, doing what they are created to do, being Christlike in all things.

And in so doing, we will see the evil overcome by the goodness of God…

The “glory of the Lord” coming through the surrendered lives of people who will stop at nothing until they see the completion of God’s saving work through His people, who have finally been awakened to the knowledge that they have been fully equipped as kings and priests to rule and reign here on earth as our Father Creator is ruling and reigning in heaven (we are ONLY to allow here on earth what’s already allowed in heaven),

And God’s Kingdom invades earth (through the lives of His people), to destroy all the works of the evil one as heaven is firmly established here on earth…  Your kingdom come, Lord, Your will be done… ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!  (Matt 6:10)

Selah.

Why I’m Believing for Heaven on Earth


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The Lord just dropped further understanding into me re: a vision He gave me a long time ago (in ’05 or ’06).

To recap, He came to me in the vision, looking all gorgeous in His dress blues, as the Commander in Chief (President of the US), and told me “there’s gonna be a hostile takeover at the highest level.”

This was back in the day when I never watched the news and had little to zero understanding of what was going on politically in this country, and had NO idea who Obama was, let alone that he would someday be our president.

In the dream, I wasn’t worried. I was dressed as a child (like in “Little House on the Prairie”) in a white nightgown – (representing the fact that I was walking in the pure faith of a child, talking to my Father in heaven)… so I just trusted Him with what He was telling me, even though I wasn’t sure what it would mean, and said to Him, “Well, I know you guys got this, so I’m just gonna take my dog, go home and rest.”  Then the vision was over.

As I prayed through the vision, the understanding He gave me was, things are gonna get real rough, but as long as you keep your trust in Me, with the faith of a child, and carefully guard your heart, you’ll be fine.

And even though we have a person filling the role of President in our nation, God is ultimately the One who rules over all things, because He is the King of Kings, and HE rules and reigns over everything, including our oval office, if we but trust Him in that role, right?

And while things may look bleak for awhile, rest assured that our God in heaven has the final say, AND the ultimate victory over everything, even the things that make no sense to us, or seem overwhelming.

Just now I was talking about this vision with my husband, and restating our need to realize and remember the fact that we are victorious in Christ, and WE (in Christ) are the “hostile takeover,” NOT the devil…

And because we have Jesus in us, along with the backing of all of heaven, as well as all the other millions of believers in the world, we overwhelmingly conquer, and overcome the world, just as Jesus did, because He now lives in us.

Then I was reminded of the verse in Matt 11:12 that says: “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”

And I was thinking “why John the Baptist” and not Elijah, or Moses, or some other significant person written of in the Bible? What was unique for John the Baptist, what did he do?  And what is “it?”

Well, the obvious answer to the first question – John the Baptist was a voice of one calling: “In the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord [clear away the obstacles]; make straight and smooth in the desert (or wastelands) a highway for our God.” (Isaiah 40:3).  John’s message was one of baptism, repentance and forgiveness of sin (in preparing our hearts for the King of Glory to come and abide in us…)

I believe the “way, or highway” spoken of here is the highway of holiness described in the book of Isaiah 35:8-10, which says:

And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it.

No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,

and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

I believe the way we “prepare” this highway, is by first of all humbly asking Jesus to come and inhabit our hearts and our lives, and being careful to always guard our hearts so no evil thing can find a place there…

But also, by laying our lives down for one another, so the crevices or deep places of the highway are filled in…
And by humbling ourselves and sharing our heartaches and struggles with one another, and comforting others as we have been comforted, so the rough places, or “high places” are evened out…

So the ones that come after us have an easier time of it and can “find their way” to salvation, to God’s healing, to the gifts and callings and mantles of authority He’s placed on their lives…
So they can walk this highway of holiness also, which leads to the Mountain of Holiness, while becoming holy themselves as they lead a consecrated life unto God themselves…

And we all become that great mountain of holiness that fills the whole earth, after the “Rock formed without hands” destroys the kingdoms of carnal man and the devil, as described in the book of Daniel…

Daniel 2:34-35:  A Rock was formed without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them.  Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But THE ROCK (JESUS) THAT STRUCK THE STATUE BECAME A GREAT MOUNTAIN AND FILLED THE WHOLE EARTH.

I believe what we’re really talking about is the heavenly Kingdom crushing the kingdoms of carnal man and the devil, then filling the earth… that’s what the violence is about.

Jesus began His years of ministry (after His 40-day fast) by preaching: “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Matt 4:17

The message then was obvious… the Kingdom of God was right there in the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One who came in the flesh and brought heaven to earth.

The message now is the same, and just as obvious to everyone who’s asked Jesus to come into their hearts – the Kingdom of God is STILL here, in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One who came in the flesh, then went back to be with the Father in heaven for a time, then returned in spirit, to now live in the heart and life of every person who believes in Him, to rule and reign with everyone of the Father’s sons and daughters (joint heirs with Christ), who are seated with Christ in high places, far above all the powers of darkness and wisdom of man.

But ALSO, MORE than that, we are to PRAY that the Kingdom of Heaven come to earth… as Jesus instructed His disciples (and us) to pray, the prayer we call “the Lord’s Prayer” –

“Your Kingdom come, God, Your will be done, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN” –

MEANING, we are ONLY to allow here on earth what’s already allowed in heaven… binding everything that’s NOT in heaven, and loosing everything that IS, until the earth is filled with the glory of God and we once again reflect heaven on earth, just the way we did before the fall.

How does that rock your world?!

A simple truth (if you have faith of a child), but certainly NOT easy…

That’s the struggle… the violence that the heavens have been suffering since the time of John the Baptist.

“It” is the Kingdom of God, the “thing” that “the violent” (those of us who are empowered by Christ to overcome the world) take by force

It doesn’t happen by magic; it’s not automatic.  It happens when those of us who believe in Christ and have been empowered by Him as overcomers, finally rise to our rightful place as joint heirs with Him in governing (binding and loosing); finally breaking the devil’s strongholds and releasing God’s Kingdom in unprecedented ways so heaven truly does invade earth and we begin to more perfectly reflect heaven here… through prayer and worship, but also as we live out our lives in complete surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit in every area of our lives, 24/7.

It started with John the Baptist, who was crying out for the way to be prepared for the Kingdom of heaven to inhabit the earth; and there’s been a struggle in the heavenlies to do so, ever since.

That’s what the earth is moaning and groaning for – the releasing of mature sons and daughters to walk in Kingdom authority in turning this whole thing around once and forevermore…

And what the earth is REJOICING over in Isaiah 35 — what the earth will be like when we’ve finally taken our place, seated with Christ in heavenly places, far above the powers of darkness and wisdom of man — when we finally start ruling and reigning as the real “church” or “ecclesia,” the governing body of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One who came in the flesh, and earth finally reflects heaven:

Joy of the Redeemed:

The desert and the parched land will be glad (no longer moaning and groaning for the release of mature sons and daughters because we’ve finally been released 😊 – maybe this is why I like the desert so much, I don’t know…;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom
;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy
.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord (revealed in His Sons and Daughters),
the splendor of our God.

Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way
;
say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, do not fear;
your God (will) HAS come (Jesus in the lives of all who trust in Him) – keep in mind, this was written before Jesus came to live in the hearts and lives of His people, so He hadn’t “come” back yet,
He HAS come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
He HAS come to save you.”

Then will the eyes of the (spiritually) blind be opened
and the ears of the (spiritually) deaf unstopped (when we realize what our real purpose in redeeming the world is all about – it’s about fulfilling or completing the will of the Lord that started when He sent Jesus to SAVE (NOT condemn) the world, and showed us how to live for Him, picking up our cross and following in His footsteps in redeeming the world).
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water (voices) will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams (voices) in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool (of living water),
the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
grass and reeds and papyrus will grow
.

And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Highway of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way (the way of the Lord).
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it
.
No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion (the mountain of holiness, the place of the redeemed) with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads
.
Gladness and joy will overtake them
,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away
(when earth finally reflects heaven in every way, just like it did in the garden of Eden, before sin entered the world and started messing everything up.)

This is why I believe for heaven on earth; because I believe it’s been mandated by God, and it WILL happen, with or without our permission (smile); God’s not negotiating this, not making any bargains… it’s His will and it WILL happen…

The only decision we have to make is whether we want to be a part of it or not.  The way won’t be easy, but trust me, the results will more than make up for any hardship you encounter on the way.  How do I know?  Because I’ve already seen the first fruits of my laboring in the Lord, doing my part to usher in His kingdom as I help facilitate gatherings to worship and pray and wait on the Lord as He comes to minister to His people… and since I know this is just a taste of what’s to come, I have only GREAT anticipation, because I KNOW it’s gonna be far greater than any of us can even imagination.

So my only question of you today is, will you join me in believing for the greatest transformation this world’s ever seen, as we join our faith together in believing for God’s heavenly kingdom to so thoroughly invade earth that it finally begins to reflect heaven?

I KNOW it’s His will, and I’d so LOVE to see it begin to unfold in unprecedented ways, wouldn’t you?

If so, please join me in agreeing in prayer for the Holy Spirit to bring such an outpouring of a spirit of conviction to visit the heart of every believer, along with a spirit of grace to be able to recognize and turn from any and all wrongful ways of thinking and/or living, so that our Father in heaven will hear from heaven, forgive our sin and HEAL OUR LAND (2 Chron 7:14), and so people everywhere will start reflecting the glory of God, and earth will finally start looking like heaven.

Selah.

Out of the Abundance of your Heart.


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Out of the abundance of the heart, a man speaks…

I’ve heard this taught as an admonition to carefully guard your heart against evil…

But today, I want to say to everyone who has an ear to hear…

That I see this as a good thing, for all who are followers of Christ…

If you have asked Jesus to come into your life and be your Lord and Savior… if you have given your life to Jesus, then You belong to Him, and you can safely assume that Jesus IS inside you… you have the goodness of God inside you… and you know, His goodness overcomes evil, don’t you? (big smile) –

And btw, if you haven’t yet made the decision to believe in Him and trust Him to heal you and give you guidance and protection in your life, it’s not too late, you can turn to Him anytime, all the time, and He’ll ALWAYS be there for you, because it’s who He is and it has nothing to do with you being good enough… He knows we’re not good enough and never can be, which is why He came for us in the first place… His love is that good, you see!

So for everyone who is a believer in Jesus, you are in Him and you are one with the Father, just as Jesus is…

And you have access to all the same things Jesus has access to, including the ability to love unconditionally and bring His amazing healing virtue to those who are hurting…

So those of you who are filled with the goodness of God, SPEAK! Shine your light in the dark places and be a beacon of hope to the lost and broken…

Believe first of all that there is goodness in you… believe the truth that over the years, God has invested a lot of Himself IN you, that you carry the treasures of heaven in your heart… treasures, nuggets of wisdom learned from the life lessons that God has shown you, that are just waiting to spill over into the lives of others who are hungry for what God has put inside you – REALLY!

Psalm 23 says the Lord has set a table for us “in the midst of our enemies” — He anoints our heads with oil, and our cup overflows” – REALLY! Our cup is not half full and it’s not half empty – it’s overflowing with the goodness of God and all He stands for…

Trust the Jesus in you… keep your arms wide open – your heart wide open to Him, trusting that because you are in Christ, you have everything you will ever need…

And become His expression of love and His saving grace to all those around you…

Believe it – and go forth and change your world… in the mighty name of Yeshua the Christ.

Luke 6:45 (NKJV)

A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, brings forth good; and an evil man, out of the evil treasure of his heart, brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Let Jesus truly BE the abundance of your heart so you will always speak His goodness in overcoming evil, without exception, without fail.

And never stop believing, knowing that God is now and always will be on the throne that is above every other throne, and He will ALWAYS be greater in power than all the hordes of hell combined, and way wiser than all the “wisdom” of man…

And He will ALWAYS have your best interests at heart, so you can always trust Him absolutely in every area of your life.

Selah.

Raise Us Up, Lord!


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February 19, 2017

 

The Lord’s been speaking to me for years about how important it is for those of us who trust in Jesus to know who we are In Him, so a lot of what I pray, write, sing about or share, is about building people up in Christ.

But on top of that, something that I believe is almost as important, and certainly critical for the season we’re in, is encouraging folks to be the governing body of Christ on the earth (resisting every evil thing the devil’s trying to do to destroy us and the planet we live on J, and building stronger communities… things I’ve been developing as the Lord leads in a book I’m writing called “Call to Arms.”

I’ve also prayerfully written several letters to President Trump that I have shared with several people, as “focal points” for prayer, as they address some issues that I believe are critical, and involve not just our nation, but other nations, as well.  I have yet to receive any indication that he has indeed read them, much less a response to what I consider to be grievous concerns that affect all of us… I plan on overnighting them to him, as well, in a “personal and confidential” overnight envelope to a mailing address I hope to confirm from his office.  I’m pretty sure the address I already have is legitimate, as none of my missives have been returned by the post office, but I thought I’d at least call to confirm that I have the right one.  I will post updates if I hear anything.

Beyond that, I HAVE to put my trust in God, that even if our new President is unable or unwilling (for any reason) to deal with the issues concerning us, that God Himself will intervene and raise up Godly men and women in every level of government, and give all who are trusting in Jesus, a voice that is LOUDER than all the others, and that He would silence the voice of EVERYONE who opposes Him.

Doesn’t mean I’m giving up, however (smile) – in fact, just the opposite.  I’m aware now more than ever of the importance of all who believe in Christ to stand up and act like the overcomers that He created us to be, and we have to realize that whenever we need someone to do their job and they’re not going it (even if that someone is our government), we have to do it for them (smile).

It is our privilege to do so, but this is so foreign for most of us to wrap out head around, because we’ve been so “good” at being dumb sheep, sitting back and expecting our government to take good care of us.  And I wanna say, how has that been working for us?  Not so much!

And this is so contrary to what the Lord is expecting of us – no wonder we’re in such a mess!

I’ve also written several articles under the heading “Life Lessons from God” which may evolve into another book, that will be more of a devotional, things to meditate on that God has revealed to me over the years.

This morning as I was waking and meditating on the Lord and some things He was showing me in a dream I had, I was turned again to praying for our nation and for those of us who are called to make a difference in the world (smile), and the Lord had me write the following.

I was thinking of the importance of buying things locally, whenever possible, so we can build stronger communities, in building up local businesses, farmers and ranchers who grow organic food, and others.

And I was thinking we could make a big difference if we made a concerted effort to avoid buying anything from big corporations, especially anything from other countries (especially China), and any business that is using slave labor to mass produce their goods, and instead, buy things from independent distributors, as much as possible, but especially local producers, whenever we can.

Also, pray and ask God for creative ideas about how to make money.  What can you create to sell online, at street fairs, etc., and then find a way to do it (smile).

Write books and sell them… Doug Addison wrote a very helpful book about writing books, simple ways to get motivated, and includes helpful information about how to publish them.  Amazon has even provided a way to help walk you through the process of self-publishing that looks efficient and affordable.

I also think it’s important to look up organizations that are working with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to uncover, apprehend and prosecute people involved in human trafficking, so we can co-labor with them in finding and recovering victims of this heinous crime, and help them begin their healing.

Here are a couple of websites I found that have information about some of these organizations.  I haven’t checked them out, yet, but wanted to include them here with the admonition to please do so prayerfully, because sometimes people with nefarious motives infiltrate even the most well-intentioned.

The organization I know the most about is one that was endorsed by Graham Cooke at a conference I attended in Portland… here is a video from their website which I encourage everyone to watch:

https://www.notforsalecampaign.org/

Here is a list of others I have located, but again, I have no personal opinion about any of them yet.  As I learn more, I will post online:

Trafficking Policy and Advocacy: Polaris Project

One of the most influential groups working on the issue in the United States, the Polaris Project takes a comprehensive approach to ending modern-day slavery. The organization advocates for stronger federal and state laws, operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline , provides services and support for trafficking victims, and works with survivors to develop long-term strategies to ending human trafficking.

Second-Generation Trafficking: Prajwala

In India, children who grow up in brothels with their parents often meet the same fate. In order to counteract this dangerous legacy, social activist Dr. Sunitha Krishnan co-founded Prajwala (which means “eternal flame”). Based in Hyderbad, India, the organization rescues women from brothels and then provides them with education, mental health care, and job programs. (Check out Dr. Krishnan’s powerful talk at the 2009 TedIndia Conference .)

Statelessness and Child Trafficking: COSA

Most Hill tribes in Thailand are “stateless,” or not governed by the laws of the country—which makes their women and girls particularly vulnerable to trafficking. After recognizing this, photojournalist Mickey Choothesa and social worker Anna Choothesa created the Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia to provide education, intervention, and support in Hill tribe communities. COSA works directly within trafficking communities to provide trafficked girls with healthcare, social services, and housing in the Baan Yuu Suk Shelter —as well as to bring awareness and education to the traffickers themselves.

Trafficking of Men and Young Boys: Urban Light

A number of organizations help girls in the sex industry, but very few work to aid young men. After a service trip during which she observed the industry in Thailand firsthand, Alezandra Russel realized that boys are often excluded from the human trafficking conversation. So she created Urban Light, an organization that works to help young men break free from child prostitution and sexual exploitation. By providing food, shelter, healthcare, and support services, the group helps restore and rebuild the lives of male victims.

International Sporting Events: Student World Assembly’s Red Card Project

When a large sporting event, such as the World Cup, takes place, fears often arise that trafficking will increase to meet demand from the influx of tourists. Student World Assembly’s Red Card Project mobilizes students from around the world to stage powerful and striking condemnations of human trafficking at these events, bringing large-scale and needed public awareness to the practice.

Child Labor: GoodWeave

The handmade rug industry has one of the highest child labor rates in the world. When GoodWeave began its work in 1994, there were nearly one million children—many kidnapped or trafficked—working on the looms in South Asia, often for up to 18 hours a day. Through its efforts, the organization has not only helped bring child labor in the rug industry down 75%, it has built affiliations with retail outlets all over the U.S. to ensure that all carpets sold are free from child labor.

Agape International Missions: This group seeks to stop human trafficking in Cambodia. The California based group started as a church planting group, but since has been committed since 2005 to ending child sexual slavery.

COATNET: This organization, COATNET, which stands for Christian Organizations Against Trafficking in Human Beings, links Christian groups, including the Catholic Church, to internationally fight the problem.

Covenant House: This group focuses on homeless children in the United States, who are a vulnerable group for human trafficking. This group estimates that 1 in 3 homeless kids will be approached by a human trafficker within 48 hours of being on the streets. The ministry provides housing and necessities, it also advocates for laws to protect children and put an end to human trafficking.

Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking: FAAST is a joint effort of several Christian organizations against human trafficking. It is an arm of the group World Relief, which also seeks to help refugees of all kinds. The group provides training and research as well as promoting collaboration between member organizations on the issue.

Compassion 2 One:  This Seattle-based organization works to save children from sex trafficking. The group promotes education and awareness of child abduction and trafficking that happens throughout the world. The group also promotes a “Protect-her” movement that encourages men to take a pledge not to participate in activities that support the sex trade including pornography and prostitution.

Joyce Meyer Ministries:  The Hand of Hope ministry supported my Joyce Meyer Ministries works in Thailand, Ethiopia, Eastern Europe, Cambodia and the United States. The ministry focuses on offering housing as a way out of the sex trade for women who have been coerced into trafficking and prostitution as a way out of poverty.

CBN Ministries: CBN Ministries estimates 27 million world-wide victims of human trafficking. The group says the average age of these victims is just 12 years old. CBN works with partner organizations to ease poverty and meet the needs of vulnerable women and children around the world.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center offers a help hotline for anyone who either suspects human trafficking or victims looking for help. The phone number is 1-888-373-7888

Some additional suggestions I found somewhat helpful on a website called “the muse” follows.

I just want to include here the strong admonition that as much as we all want to help, we all need to keep in mind the powers behind this heinous crime are evil and very vindictive and very driven to protect their nefarious crimes at all cost (including attacking whistleblowers and those who are exposing and investigating their evil), so we ALL need to be prayerful and use extreme caution in deciding any course of action.

1. Start a Club or Community Group

It’s hard to remain quiet knowing that human trafficking is going on, so speak up—each voice that spreads the word about the problem is important. Share the story with your friends, colleagues, and fellow concerned citizens, and work together as a group to promote awareness and take action. The students and professors of Mercer University did exactly that when they launched S.T.O.P., an organization that works to end sex trafficking through awareness, action, and dialogue. Recently, S.T.O.P. coordinated the Call to End 21st Century Slavery conference, which hosted over 900 students and citizens from across the country. To get started on your own group, host a meeting to spark interest, then decide on your group’s specific goals. Will you promote awareness, take action, or both? Once you’ve decided, you can plan events and outreach to further spread your message. Find ideas below for what your group can do.

2. Lobby Local Policymakers

In Macon, Georgia, massage parlors often operated without license—and often hosted the commercial sex trade. So S.T.O.P lobbied Macon’s mayor, city council, secretary of state, and state senator to pass SB 364, making it a law for all massage parlors to operate under legitimate licensing. You are a powerful voice in your community and your state. So if you want to see something done about human trafficking in your area, reach out to your local politicians. Schedule a meeting with them to emphasize why trafficking should be on their priority list and suggest ways they can help end this problem in your community—as well as across the nation and around the world.

3. Hold an Event to Raise Awareness

College students Justine D’Souza and Justine Yu realized the need for students to address trafficking in a social environment, so, as officers of the Rutgers University Campus Coalition Against Trafficking , they launched the annual Stop the Traffick Jam concert, which brings bands and speakers together to promote awareness and raise money for an international anti-trafficking organization. The group also hosts an annual coffee house to talk to other students about trafficking. And you can do the same! Host an event—as simple as a potluck or as elaborate as a formal conference—to spread the word about trafficking and help others gain a better understanding of what’s really going on.

4. Launch a Research Project

Understanding trafficking isn’t about barging into brothels or passing judgment. It takes research, cultural understanding, and even personal experience to get a good grasp on the issues. Recent college grads Alexandra Wolf and Mona Sulieman wanted to do just that, so the two are journeying across the U.S. to learn more about the issue and dispel the myth that it’s only an issue of the developing world. (You can follow their experience looking into the domestic challenge and response to trafficking on their blog, Traffic in Our Streets .) But you don’t have to travel far to do something similar. If you have a paper, thesis, or presentation coming up, consider investigating human trafficking in relation to your sector or field of interest. No matter what you do, there’s likely a way that you can contribute your expertise to the dialogue on trafficking.

5. Snag a Job at an Anti-Trafficking Organization

In a professional setting, fighting human trafficking can be intense, frustrating, and emotional, but it’s also extremely rewarding, and if you’re really passionate about the movement, it’s a great way to make a big impact. After working as a crisis counselor and advocate for victims of sexual assault, Laura Phillip wanted to use her experience on an international stage, so she moved to Thailand to become the director of COSA . Now, she manages the daily activities of the young women at Ban Yuu Suuk shelter, a haven for at-risk and formerly trafficked girls, coordinates volunteers, and develops programs in trafficked communities.

If you’re interested in working for an anti-trafficking organization, start by learning as much as you can about the subject. Expand your network on social media, and follow the different organizations that interest you online. Then, volunteer in a variety of roles to gain experience and get a sense for the specific positions you’d like and goals you want to achieve.

6. Pursue a Fellowship

If working in the anti-trafficking field interests you, but you aren’t ready to commit to anything long-term, apply for a short fellowship instead. There are many programs—anywhere from a few months to a year or longer—that will give you firsthand exposure in the fight to end human trafficking. The Not For Sale Campaign and Polaris Project both offer fellowships that allow you to play an integral role in their work.

7. Avoid Products and Companies that Facilitate Human Trafficking

According to research by the Polaris Project , human trafficking often operates alongside legitimate businesses. From chocolate companies to electronics producers, a number of corporations use human trafficking and forced labor as a means to making the most profit on their product. You can find out which companies still use slave labor in the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor . Do your research to make sure your investments are socially responsible and benefit companies that don’t take advantage of modern day slaves.

Whether you work within an anti-trafficking organization, discuss the issue with friends, or just rethink the purchases you make daily, the biggest aid in the fight against human trafficking is you—and your power as an individual agent of change.  (End of article.)

Every one of us was created in God’s image, and God said when He did so, “it is good.” (smile) And we ALL have God-given intelligence, talents and skillsets, meant to prosper, not harm us.

Yet many of us have been so beat down by the difficulties of life that we no longer believe we have any real value or usefulness to others.

NOT SO!  This is SUCH a lie from the pit of hell!  You are easily, effortlessly, the most valuable of ALL God’s creation and He LOVES you FAR more than you can ever imagine.

And that will never change!  In fact, God’s love for you NEVER stops and never stops increasing, right along with the eternal increase of His government and His peace (Isaiah 9:7).

We’ve been handed down so many lies over the years that it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not.

But let me tell you, that’s why God sent Jesus, who now lives in the heart of everyone who believes in Him.  And He is our comfort, our wise counsel, the One who leads and guides us into all truth.

God’s truth is a two-edged sword that rightly divides the truth from a lie, with one side extending great mercy to ALL who trust in Him, and the other side delivering perfect, heavenly justice on ALL who oppose Him.

Does He judge us, as well, yes, but not in the way that some people think.  He points out what we’re doing wrong in the same way that a loving mother or father does when they’re showing their young child how to walk; i.e., never in a condemning way, but always with encouragement, because He KNOWS we can do it!

Yes, things in the world are bad right now… much worse than many of us thought…

But make no mistake about it, our God in heaven LOVES us.  He is GOOD and He is constantly at work on our behalf.

And He is urging me to ask you right now:

Will you trust Me?  Can you TRUST Me?  Can you trust Me to actually have your best interests at heart and to MOVE on your behalf in destroying the evil that surrounds you?

Do not be deceived into thinking otherwise; I am aware of your circumstances, and I AM still on the throne!

And I AM taking matters into my own hands… the same hands that were pierced for your transgressions and disease.

The same hands that are NOW fighting on your behalf.

So be STRONG in Me, My beloved!  Trust Me in all circumstances that are beyond your understanding and control.  My arm is never too short and NOTHING escapes My notice.  Ever.

Trust Me as I lead and guide you through this difficult transition.  Trust that it IS transitional and will not last forever.  Transitional in that I am using this most difficult time of trial and testing for your growing, as you continue to keep your mind stayed on Me.

I have adopted you into my heavenly kingdom and NO ONE can snatch you out of My hands.

My ways are eternal.

My ways are healing.

My ways do NOT come with baggage or strings attached.

My ways do NOT benefit some while devastating everyone and everything else.

And together we WILL stop the genocide of the human race… the obliteration of planet earth by forces that seem beyond your control.

Know this.  Nothing is beyond my control.  After all, I created this mess, didn’t I? (tongue in cheek), and when I created it, I declared that it was good.

For a long time, the devil has been very busy trying to destroy the good in my creation, and he is leaving quite a massive wake of destruction in his path.

But his days are numbered and he knows it.  His evil is being exposed and this has caused great panic and chaos in the enemy’s camp.

He is very afraid and very confused (as the confusion and destruction he planned for you is being turned back on him), frantically running around trying to patch the walls of deception that have been holding back the truth which is now being released in the earth.

Great, overwhelming tsunamis of righteousness are breaking down the great walls of deception that have covered up the depth and depravity of the evil behind the shadow government, and the demonic forces at work behind them.

The walls of deception that have kept you back from knowing how powerful you are in Me.

The walls of deception that have kept you divided one from another.

The same walls that have kept you uninformed as to the things going on under the surface, have kept you from knowing the many ways the devil’s been working to steadily destroy you over time… this has affected your physical wellbeing, your mental health, your emotional and psychological stability and wellbeing.  He has also been working steadily over time to destroy the very world I created for your enjoyment, wealth and wellbeing.

But know this!  I am raising such a tsunami of righteousness against him, such that this world has never known.

He WILL fall, and he will fall soon.

I have heard the cries of My people.  My heart aches for you.

I have also heard the moaning and groaning of ALL My creation (Rom 8:19) as it awaits the revealing of My mature sons and daughters who are even now awakening and rising up to their full stature in Me.  Kings and priests to rule and reign with me on earth “as it is in heaven.”

Sons and daughters who I am raising up to their full potential that I created in them, with a greater understanding of who they are in Me.

As warriors…  soldiers who’ve been tried by fire, vessels of honor who carry My name, My glory and power with them wherever they go,

Seasoned worshippers who will NOT back down.

Together, we will overcome ALL evil; every obstacle that comes your way.  As long as you keep your mind stayed on Me, I will keep you in perfect peace that passes all understanding. (Is 26:3)

As long as you continue to commit your way to Me, I will make your path straight. (Prov. 3:6)

Remember ALWAYS that you are seated with Christ in heavenly places (Ephes. 2:6), and He is seated “far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.  And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.”. (Ephes 1:21-23)

[I like to sum this up by saying we are seated with Christ in heavenly places, far above the powers of darkness, doctrines of demons and wisdom of man, with our mind stayed on Him so He can keep us in His perfect peace in spite of the turmoil all around us, so we can see with clarity what’s going on, without being caught up in it, and we can respond according to what He’s showing us.]

God went on to say:

I created you all to be overcomers in My Son Jesus, to overwhelmingly conquer all the schemes of the devil.

So get your head out of the sand and come out of your cave, oh mighty men and women of valor…

I need you to come alive.  Shake off your graveclothes.

Arise and shine!  Be My beacon of hope to those around you. 

Be My messenger of life-changing, all-powerful, unconditional love, healing, restoration and redemption to ALL who are broken and lost.

Pray for everyone who trusts in Me… for every seeker of truth.

Many are seeking, but have not yet found… they are seeking truth, peace, love, hope, justice, healing, grace.

All who know Me, know these things.

And all who seek these things, will find them only in Me.

Because I am all these things and more.

I am in all things and all creation constantly speaks of My glory.

Listen and you will hear.

Keep your eyes open, stay on high alert.  Pay attention and pray ALL the time.  Then when you see something unusual, ask Me what I want to show you and what you should do about it.

And you will see and understand great things as I lead you into all truth.

The truth that will set you and others around you, free from the bondage of lies and deception, from the reign of terror that the devil’s been waging.

Know this – you are overcomers because I say you are.

Your fears and failures do NOT define who you are, so you have to let them go, along with all shame and feelings of condemnation and worthlessness.

And no one but Me gets to say whether you live or die.  Trust Me on this.  I WILL provide everything you have need of on this earth, including divine health, until the moment I take you home to be with Me in paradise, forever!  Where there will be no more suffering and pain.

If you will but TRUST in Me.

Make no mistake about it, I AM still on the throne and I will ALWAYS have your best interests at heart.  I never sleep or slumber and I am always working on your behalf!

Join Me in this good fight.  This war of waging My goodness over evil.  Keep in mind that My goodness DOES overcome evil (Rom 12:21) and it’s My kindness that leads to repentance (Rom 2:4).  Count on it!

And remember – you and I are the majority!

Stand STRONG and see the salvation of your God (2 Chron 20:17).

Remember always that Jesus is the Rock of your salvation (Ps 18:2), your Strong Tower that you can run to and be safe (Ps 18:10 and 61:3).

He is also the Rock formed without hands spoken of in the book of Daniel, that crushes the kingdom of man (which is enmeshed with the powers of darkness), then becomes a great mountain that fills the whole earth.  This is what’s happening now if you only have eyes to see and ears to hear.  [The Lord has shown me more on this that I will share more about later…]

It’s so important to always guard your heart in Me.  Your heart is where you store all the things I’ve shown you in life… every nugget of hope, every pearl of great price.

This is how you overcome the devil’s attempt to keep you off-balance, buffeted by strange winds of doctrine (more lies of the devil), or incorrect interpretations of My word and who I am in your life.

Guarding your heart and the truths I’ve downloaded into you over the years is how you “build your house [or your life] on the Rock,” and NOT on shifting sand.  The Rock is Jesus, and you build your life on Him, the One who is immovable, constant, unchanging, unshakable, eternal, by guarding your heart and the secrets I have revealed to you over the years.

Let no man steal your crown.  Don’t let the enemy trick you into leaving your position of authority in me by causing you to lose your composure, by causing you to give in to worry, fear, anger, discouragement, confusion, or any other “trigger” that would cause you to lose faith in Me.  You must stay strong in knowing who you are in Jesus, and you must not give up your position in Me for anything or anyone.

This is how you stand your ground and defend your boundaries in Me.

This is how you take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and tear down every vain imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, when you get in the habit of turning every troubling situation, disturbing thought or vexing emotion, over to Me, so I can turn it around for your good and the good of others involved.

Trust me to lift you above every obstacle, everything outside your control.  Haven’t I promised to turn everything the enemy meant for harm, around for your good?  And I will, because I LOVE you and I’m faithful, even to complete the good work I’ve begun in your life (smile).

Shifting sand are the lies and deceptions the devil is constantly throwing around in his veiled attempt to destroy you.  Don’t go there.

Simply stand.  But stand TALL in the righteousness and resurrection power of Christ, knowing you ARE redeemed by His shed blood.

It’s not your own abilities or your own “self righteousness” that can save you anyway.

You know this.  Most people don’t need anyone to tell them how miserably they’ve failed in life.

That’s why I’m here… to tell you how victorious you are – in Me.

You are victorious, you are successful, you are all winners – in Me.

You are the head and NOT the tail.  And you rule and reign over My creation as joint-heirs with Jesus.

That’s the truth.

Now walk in it.

While very few people need to hear what failures they’ve been, EVERYONE needs to know Jesus in real time… Jesus personified, through everyone who believes in Him.

Keep in mind that no one can stand in His presence, including the most diabolically controlled person, and the demons themselves, all know who He is, and they wouldn’t think of trying to mess with Him because they already know they’d lose.

And the same power that raised Christ from the dead and causes demons to tremble is available to anyone who is totally surrendered to Christ and so trusting in His presence in their lives that they reflect His glory and power in every circumstance, right?  This is how it was when Peter’s shadow fell on folks and they were healed.  [The word shadow hear reminds me of the saying “shadow of things to come” also, because this anointing that breaks every yoke is on everyone who believes in Christ].

I AM your loving, sovereign, faithful Father in heaven.  And you can trust Me because I am also your Almighty God, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Ancient of Days, Alpha and Omega, the high court above every other court, the God outside of time who never breaks covenant, who is your ever present help in time of need.  The only One true living God.

And I will NEVER stop loving you, no matter what you do or where you go, because I love who you are, no matter what – although I do get pretty excited about the lives that are changed when you act on the things I tell you to do.

Remember, faith without works is dead.  So let Me move you out of your complacency today.  Give Me ears that hear and a heart ready to go and do My bidding; always standing in the gap as My governing body, binding and loosing, allowing or not allowing things on earth, according to whether or not they are allowed in heaven.  You be the judge in this, I trust you (smile).

Selah.

END of God’s message.

I’ve been writing this for the past couple hours.  And just as I typed the word “Selah,” I was struck with such a strong presence of God’s perfect peace, both inside the house and outside, as well… and when I looked outside, all was calm and the sun was breaking through.

This may not have been so dramatic except that there’s been a constant, raging wind and rain storm here for the past 2 days!  I LOVE You LORD!  ALL creations is still speaking of Your glory, all the time (smile).

Much love to everyone from the tundra in Ocean Shores,

 

Mary and Pat

PS  I will prayerfully be writing more about what the Lord’s been showing me about how He is pouring out an infusion of truth and love all over the earth right now.  Truth is exposing and overturning layers and layers of deception in the earth and God’s LOVE is making the truth “palatable” so we can process it, and take great comfort in knowing that our loving Father in heaven is right by our side in this great transition.  His goodness is overcoming evil in an unprecedented way right now.

Be watching for truth everywhere you go and remember, truth is truth, no matter who’s speaking it… often it comes from unexpected places… so keep in mind Jesus, who IS truth, is manifesting truth everywhere right now as people are searching for it more than ever and are being awakened to it more and more.

He is also justice, peace, love, healing, hope, all things that desperate people everywhere are seeking, and all who seek these things WILL find them, because Jesus is manifesting them and making them available for ALL who seek, whether they know it’s Jesus behind them or not… this is how He draws people to Himself… they can’t have real peace, or real love, or any of the other things mentioned, without Him… so keep praying, believing, and looking for these types of manifestations in the lives of people around you so you can remind them where these infusions are coming from (smile).

He is also, right now, raising up multitudes of believers who are “covering” the earth, much like a massive cloud cover!  People of faith who will not back down, a formidable force ordained by God to push back the forces of evil and establish His government on earth as it is in heaven.

Something to keep in mind, something He just “put together” for me as I was reading a book by Russ Walton about meteorology, is how real clouds that are full of water and reflect the sun form a rainbow.

If we think of the multitude of believers as clouds (the Bible refers to a cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 12), and we have Jesus inside us (John 7:38-39 “He who believes in Me, from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water”) and our Father shines His light on us, He sees a rainbow in us, as well (smile)… might sound corny at first, but it’s really profound when you think about it.

Jesus in us is the hope of glory and God’s reminder to never again destroy the earth through a flood.  Gives a new meaning to the scripture that talks of “glory clouds” (because we have Jesus in us we carry His “glory” with us wherever we go) , and the verse that talks of Jesus coming “in a cloud” – just sayin’ (smile).

So be it, God.  Selah.