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Happy Pi Day! Love So Sweet and Our Greatest Legacy
March 14, 2014
Have a Coke and a Smile for America the Beautiful
(February 2014)
"They were looking toward Heaven and the day when every tribe, tongue and nation will revere His Holy Name and sing His praise.  It is no accident that the Coca Cola Bottling Co. had different tongues singing this hymn.  Whether they realize it or not, the Lord has used this to make His Name known and give us a prophetic picture of His heart and the glorious day of His return. "
ROAR!!!!!!!!
January 24, 2014

"This generation coming up is critical in this hour in history.  Their prayers will transform their homes, their neighborhoods and even their cities. When the earth shakes, they will shake back and principalities will shatter and be broken."
Wonder Woman and the Great Snow Race
August 2013


"I believe there is a shortage of 'icebreakers' in the spirit today...
As we approach the end of the age (our own Great Snow Race), we are in desperate need of icebreakers to get the Gospel to the ends of the earth"
Crazy Faith
June 2013


"Miraculous Faith is rooted in quiet confidence in who the Lord says He is and in His love. Love is not boastful or proud, and it does not try to control, bully or bulldoze people. On the flip side... If it is frantic, or fraught with chaos, promotes self or is cloaked with spiritual superiority, it just might be crazy. The One who captivates our attention, should be JESUS. He is the only One who deserves such devotion."
"The Holy Spirit often allows the existence of spiritual bullies to train us to maturity and spark us to grow up."
~ Paul Keith Angels that Gather
Happy Pi Day! Love So Sweet and Our Greatest Legacy

Early in the month of March 2014, my son, Noah, and I had the privilege to attend an Advanced Training Seminar in the beautiful hills of Northwest Arkansas, with Crisis Response International (CRI).  CRI is a disaster relief organization whose vision is:

"to train an army of end-time, prophetic, mercy missionaries, mobilized in the spirit of night and day prayer, to release great demonstrations of power, reach the harvest in crisis and rebuild cities on the Kingdom of God"
( For more information, please visit www.criout.com).


In the days prior to the training event, we received an invitation to join others in praying and fasting for the event. Our focus was to include praying for:
  • New marching orders to be released
  • The release of individual and corporate inheritances
  • Fresh prophetic & prayer mantles
  • The great great end-time harvest of a billion souls
  • Crisis evangelists to be sent out

And most importantly (I believe)... a call to learn to love.


 

On the way to Summit, my son and I stopped for the night and I had a dream. In the dream, I was traveling in a van with some other people and  sitting in the backseat. As we drove, I could see up front in the cup holder/console area, there were two items that belonged to me. The first, was a hairpin with crystals on it. The second item was a broach that my mother passed down to me that is in the shape of an artist's pallet.


I reached for the items and said, "Hey, I believe those are mine." I did not care how they got there, but I wanted them back. The broach has always had sentimental meaning, because it was given to me by my mother. Although the hairpin was not particularly meaningful, it was mine.

The driver of the van confronted me with questions, "How do you know it's really yours?" I explained to her that I have known it my whole life! My mother had given the broach to me. It was given to her as a present when she was a little girl, and in turn, she passed it down to me.

As the debate continued, we started to ascend up a large bridge over a huge body of water, like a bay or port. Suddenly, there was a tsunami and a giant ship began to lift up out of the sea and came crashing down on top of the bridge in front of us.

I immediately cried out to Jesus. With one hand, I tried to secure my lost items in my back pocket, and with the other lifted to heaven, I cried, "Jesus! Pick us up and move us!" I knew that was only way we would survive.

I woke up from the dream with my hands in the air, praying to our merciful savior.

I was overwhelmed with this thought. I believe we are coming to a time when waters very well may rise and things could come crashing down suddenly.  Although, I do not know what it will look like, I believe it is imperative that we are sure of our identity in Christ and that which is our inheritance.

 

 

"Do not be afraid little flock, for your Father has been please to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:32

Some things are universal, as we all partake in the Body of Christ, while others are specific to the individual's gifting, calling and family heritage.  There may even be mantles that have been passed down or dropped along the way, that need to be picked back up and pressed into.  We need to have these things secured to our person as we respond quickly in this hour. I believe it is imperative!





Needless to say, I've been wrecked. He has opened my heart to so many things. Dealing with places in my heart that had pride, selfishness and a spirit of self-preservation. Drawing me into repentance for areas where I have squandered my inheritance.

But the big moment came for me mid-week...



I answered His call to CRI Chaplaincy. He spoke to my heart so clearly: "You were born for this."  My Heart LEAPT!!!

Things got interesting from there. We had the privilege of hearing from Dan Bauman of YWAM, author of "Imprisoned in Iran". He spoke about loving the one if in front of you and daring to step out in faith to go places with the Lord.

"Sometimes you need to get a little bit rowdy... Just a little bit brave... Even a little rambunctious...
Because LOVE does not 'Do Nothing'"

~Dan Baumann, YWAM




I submitted my application for Chaplaincy and was down at the altar surrendering before the lord. I prayed for courage to wherever He leads and asked Him to give me a burning desire for the places He would send me. I asked Him to teach me to love the person in front of me, wherever He sends... and to please begin downloading plans and blueprints of all the places we would go.
This girl was on fire! Ready to GO!

Then... In the sweetest, clearest, most tender way, He spoke to me at the altar:

"Go home. Bake pies and then take them to your neighbors on your street. You have lived there a year and have not extended yourself to your neighbors"


Whuuuu?!?!?!?
I laughed and cried all at the same time.
Isn't that just like Jesus? So simple. So sweet.

Love the person in front of you. Wherever you are and wherever I send you, love... You are MY ambassador of love and peace. Be faithful at home, on the street where I placed you. It will be great practice for all the places we will go.



I was expecting some big, detailed plan. Instead He gave me such a sweet, sweet directive... Bake pies and carry them to your neighbors. I decided right then, "I can do this," and asked forgiveness for not reaching out to those He put right in front of me all along.

I had a wonderful time baking pies ON PI DAY!!!! 3-14-2014
It was such a precious time, encountering Him as I worked the dough with my great-grandmother's pastry cutter, right there at home. My neighbors were surprised and appreciative. (Only one looked at me like I was nutty.) It may not have been monumental, but oftentimes love is like that.
Sweet. Simple.



Our greatest inheritance and greatest legacy is Love. Our Greatest Commission in sharing the Gospel and in reaching the end-time harvest in crisis is Love.

I had forgotten until much later, the broach I mentioned that is in the shape of an artist's pallet.... My mother said as  a little girl, it reminded her of pie, the way the tiny red and blue jewels looked like slits along the top of the pie crust. The best part is a tiny pearl, which to her, as a small child, looked like a dollop of ice cream.
Voila'! Pie A'la Mode :-)



 Our legacy should be sweet as pie as we Go, whether it is down the street or halfway around the world and back again. He has called us to love the one in front of us and represent Him well. If we are not demonstrating and emulating His love, then we have nothing of true value and we are not really about the Father's business. Further, if we cannot be a faithful witness at home, how can we be trusted to represent Him well in other parts of the world?

Do not despise the day of small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10). So often it is the proving ground for what is coming around the bend. And we never know this side of Heaven, the value of the small things we have sown in seemingly insignificant places.

Funny... I had almost dismissed the hairpin in my dream, because it was not particularly valuable (monetarily or sentimentally). But He was showing me my inheritance as a "seer". I almost missed it. Sometimes He has to move us (much like the van in my dream), gently tuck back our hair or remove things that are obstructing our view, so we can reorient our heart's perspective.

We want to represent Him well, and our banner is love, sweet, sweet love.

Lord, give us "eyes to see and ears to hear" what You are doing in this hour.
Help us to love sweetly and sincerely, as we seek to represent You well...
whether You are calling us down the street or halfway around the world and back again.
Forgive us where we have fallen short and help us start anew.
Grant us fresh eyes, fresh fire and fresh love!

For Your Name's sake. Amen.

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Then..... In the sweetest, clearest, most tender way, He spoke to me at the altar:


"Go home and bake pies... and then take them to the neighbors on your street.
You've lived there a year
and you have not extended yourself to your neighbors."


Whuuuu?!?!?!?
I laughed and cried all at the same time.
Isn't that just like Jesus.... So simple. So sweet.

Love the person in front of you. Wherever you are and wherever I send you, love... you are MY ambassador of love and peace. Be faithful at home, on the street where I've placed you. It will be great practice for all the places we go.

I was expecting some big detailed plan. Instead, He gave me such a simple, sweet directive... Bake pies and carry them to your neighbors. I decided right then, "I can do this," and asked His forgiveness for not reaching out to those He put right in front of me all along.



I had a wonderful time baking pies ON PI DAY!!!! 3-14-2014
It was such a precious time, encountering Him as I kneaded the dough with my great-grandmother's pastry cutter, right there at home. My neighbors were surprised and appreciative. It may not have been monumental, but sometimes love is like that.
Simple. Sweet.


Our greatest inheritance is Love, Our Greatest Commission in sharing the Gospel and in reaching the end-time harvest in crisis is Love.

I had forgotten, until much later, the broach I mentioned that is in the shape of an artist's pallet... My mother said when she was a little girl it reminded her of a piece of pie, the way the red and blue jewels looked like slits and the top of the pie crust. The best part being a tiny pearl. To her it looked like pie a la mode, the pearl like a dollop of ice cream.


Our legacy should be sweet as pie as we Go, whether it is halfway around the world or down the street. He has called us to love the one in front of us and represent Him well. If we are not demonstrating and emulating His love, then we've got nothing of true value and we are not really about His business. Further, if we cannot be a faithful witness at home, how can we be trusted to represent Him well in other parts of the world?

Do not despise the day of small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10). So often it is the proving ground for what is coming around the bend. And we never know this side of Heaven, the value of the small things we have sown in seemingly insignificant places. 

Funny..... I had almost dismissed the hairpin in my dream, because it was not particularly valuable (monetarily or sentimentally). But He was showing me my inheritance as a "seer". I almost missed it. Sometimes He has to move us (much like the van in my dream), gently tuck back our hair or remove things that are obstructing our view, so we can reorient our heart's perspective.


We want represent Him well, and our banner is love... sweet, sweet love.

Lord, give us "eyes to see and ears to hear" what You are doing in this hour. Help us to love sweetly and sincerely, as we seek to represent You well... whether You are calling us down the street or halfway around the world and back again. Forgive for where we have fallen short and help us to start anew. Grant us fresh eyes, fresh fire and fresh love!
For Your name's sake. Amen.


*Crisis Response International is not affiliated with GraceFields. For more information about their organization and the amazing work they are doing, please visit www.criout.com

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Have a Coke and a Smile for America the Beautiful



I may be one of the few individuals who did not watch the Super Bowl this year -- I felt like I was not supposed to.  Though I did not watch it, come the morning after, it was difficult to avoid the drama in the aftermath— celebrations for the Champions, jokes for the... errr… uhmm… “Runner-up”, critiques of the halftime show and of course (everyone’s favorite) the advertisements. 

It is hard to escape.


 

The Coca Cola Bottling Company, of all labels, seems to be leading the pack in controversy.  I wonder if the company is heavily divested in soap-boxes?  If not, they should be,  as they have triggered quite the uprising of folks who are offended that "America the Beautiful",  a Patriotic Song about America could be sung in anything other than English.  (Gasp!) After witnessing so much swirling on social media, I decided to see what the hullabaloo was all about.

 

I’m glad I did.

 

I watched the video and thought it was beautiful.  (Faint!) It was more than aesthetics. It struck my spirit as lovely and I felt like there was something significant on it. 




For those of you who believe our country is now barreling straight to Hell in a runaway beer (or Coke) truck, and doomed to burn in a lake of sugary, carbonated fire... please pause.  Take a deep breath and hear me out.  I think something prophetic and beautiful was released last night and I do not want you to miss it.  

 



(This is not it.)  :-)


After watching the video, I took a look at the lyrics to “America the Beautiful”, which frankly I have not done in years.  Most folks consider this a patriotic song, but in reality, it is a sacred hymn and a prayer for our nation.  If it has been awhile since you have heard it in its entirety and studied the lyrics, please take time and do so.

 



Most of us remember how it begins, celebrating our nation’s physical beauty…


“O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain.”


 

But do we understand the significance of the next part?


“America! America! God shed His grace on thee.

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!”

 


The Coca Cola Bottling Co., one of the biggest players in corporate America, whether they realized it or not, has released a cry to the Most High God, beseeching His blessing and calling for unity in His Holy Spirit!  Whether or not they ever intended it, or not, it has been sent forth. 


I think it is incredibly significant that they chose this song and even more that they chose to have it sung by various tongues. 


They may not have known what they were doing, but I believe God sure did!  His hand was in this!

 


Seldom do we hear the second, third and fourth verses of “America the Beautiful.”  Though the commercial was only ONE  minute long and only provides the first verse, I believe it is noteworthy to look at the song in its entirety to understand the significance of what has occurred.  Once again, I hope you will take time to reflect on it.

 

The second verse, acknowledges our country’s founding by those escaping religious persecution and beseeches the Lord to mend everything across the land that is unholy. 

 

“O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!”

 

This thoroughfare of freedom that has beaten across the wilderness, speaks not only to the founding of our country, but also the prophecy of Isaiah found in chapter 43.

“Behold I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert… The people whom I formed for Myself will declare My praise,” (Isaiah 43:19,21)

 



The third verse begins by acknowledging our military and those who have sacrificed for our freedom. This kind of sacrifice, of course is a picture of Christ’s love for us as well.  John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”


“O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,

Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!”


This next part is uncanny.  Listen to how the cry for holiness is crafted and consider the irony of this song being selected by such a huge player in corporate America.


“America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine!”

 

Paraphrased: Lord, put everything we produce in Your refiner’s fire and may all of our success be pure, noble, holy and even divine! 

Again, the Coca Cola Company may not have a clue what they were singing about.  But I believe God’s heart for our country, including big corporations like Coca Cola, has been revealed here.



We need to be singing this... A lot!

As often as we can.

 

Why is all of this so important in this hour? Follow along in the fourth and final verse. 


“O Beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years”



Those who have gone before us in founding this country had more than our earthly well-being in mind, and likewise we should too.  They saw beyond the years and looked forward to the day of Christ’s return, when He will wipe away every tear.

"Thine alabaster cities gleam,

Undimmed by human tears!"

 Yes, they are talking about Heaven. It is not hailing cities made by human hands!

 


One last cry for His blessing and a call for unity in the Spirit.

"America! America! God shed His grace on Thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!"




Clearly, they were looking toward Heaven and the day when every tribe, tongue and nation will revere His Holy Name and sing His praise.  It is no accident that the Coca Cola Company had different tongues singing this hymn.  Whether they realize it or not, the Lord has used this to make His Name known and give us a prophetic picture of His heart and the glorious day of His return!


 

For those of you who consider yourselves Conservative, Patriotic Christians, and you have been vocalizing disdain for what transpired last night, please consider performing an Olympic-size dismount off your soapbox for a moment and ponder what I’ve shared

There is something greater at work here.

Greater than politics

Greater than the kingdoms of this earth

Greater than the issues of the day, such as immigration or whether we should have English as the national language (or even the Pepsi Challenge).

He is coming! The King is Coming!

We need to be found watching and waiting... Meanwhile, praying for our country... and living in a manner worthy of His calling... Looking forward to that glorious day.

"For it is written, 'As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God'".


ROAR!!!!

"The Name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous runs in and is safe"
~ Proverbs 18:10





The following is a word I shared with a friend of mine in ministry who serves as director of a missionary organization in Anchorage, Alaska.  Their ministry serves predominantly youth from under-served communities, by sharing the Gospel in city parks as part of a summer Vacation Bible School program.  Although some of this word is specifically for their ministry, Anchorage and the state of Alaska, I feel like it may be timely for others, particularly those in children's ministry.  I submit it to you humbly for prayer and consideration, and hope it encourages your heart.

Since the Lord first began preparing my heart to share this, our little community in Texas has received a resurrection miracle.  A well-loved minister (and friend of mine) in our area died five days ago-- completely unexpected.  As life left his body, his wife and children prayed (Hard!). As they prayed, the oldest child received his prayer language and began praying in the spirit for the first time.  Minutes later, without anyone actively "working on him" with anything other than prayer, he came back to life!  He is alive, well, and has no sign of illness or injury to his body.  I feel like this testimony (from people I know personally) is confirmation of some of the things the Lord has placed on my heart to share.

Thank you for taking time.  I pray it blesses your heart!
Humbly Yours,
Emily



The Lord is raising up an army of end-time believers; specifically, children.  Prayer Warriors.  Little Prayer Warriors, who are mighty in the Army of God.  When the earth and everything in it shakes, they will shake back with voices like thunder and will not be afraid-- Boldly calling on the Name of the Lord.  When they pray, the sick will be healed-- they will recover.  When they lay hands on the dead, they will rise!

This is really important that the children be taught the skills and be trained to call upon the Name of the LORD.  As things "shake" in our nation and around the world, there will be many orphans.  Your ministry is already serving many "orphans" (victims of abuse, broken families, children being raised by grandparents for a variety of reasons...)  Thus, the children need to be equipped and understand:

There is power in the name of Jesus!
And as sons and daughters of the King of Kings, they, too, carry authority to speak to the mountain and say, "move" and it will be moved for them.



This generation is critical in this hour in history.  Their prayers will transform their homes, their neighborhoods and even their cities.  When the earth shakes, they will shake back and principalities will shatter and be broken.  Adults may shrink back; but the Lord desires a generation that will not shrink back.

"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." ~Hebrews 11:6


While praying, I began to see children as little lions -- sons and daughters of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. They are still growing into their feet, so they seem disproportioned, but really cute.  There is "sweetness" about their feet!  They are precious to Him!  And He wants their feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel.  Your ministry is important because you have been tasked with helping shod their feet with the preparation of the Gospel, so that when the shaking comes, and it will come, (Not if ; it is a matter of when.  I heard the Lord say, "soon.")... When the shaking comes, they will be able to stand!



Let me say it again:
Your ministry is important,
because you have been tasked with shodding their feet with the preparation of the Gospel, so that when the shaking comes, they will be able to stand!

"The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble; He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!" ~Psalm 99:1

The Father's heart is turned toward the children.  His desire is for the fatherless-- both the orphan and the widow.  He is revealing Himself as "Abba!" in this hour.  Many of these kids have been victimized-- victims of crime, cycles of abuse, poverty, drug culture, alcoholism and human trafficking.   The Lion of the Tribe of Judah takes their plight profoundly personally-- and His love for them is as ferocious as a Lion, yet as tender as a Lamb.  He has just about had "Enough!"  As they experience the Father's love for them, and begin to explore the depths of His heart, there will be a transformation in the city.  The children will rise up and the city will be transformed when they roar!

 


"Turning Spenard to Spikenard"~ The Lord wants to redeem Anchorage's dark history.  Let the city be known for its extravagant worship-- which flows from the city and unto the ends of the earth.  I have heard you describe Anchorage as a "hub"  for the state in the natural and the spirit.  More specifically, if we can reach Anchorage for Christ, we can win the state.  I feel like the Lord wants to encourage your hearts that yes, your statewide vision is "accurate" and "you are doing well."  However, I see the Lord expanding your view-- As if you are looking through a camera lens and he is turning the lens of the scope, widening your view, so He can take you to the next level in ministry.

As the children come to know the father's heart and understand the authority they carry in the spirit, many voices will declare: "The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!"    The "oil" that is being produced there will flow down.  We can only imagine what God can do through this generation and the impact they will have globally.

"For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him." ~Isaiah 64:4

There is an invitation at this hour to "draw near."  The Lord is looking for those willing to go deeper with Him; contend in prayer with faith; and take Him at His word for the release of miracles, signs and wonders.  He is looking for those who will stand and not shrink back when the shaking comes. 
Take the City!
 


Wonder Woman and The Great Snow Race: Recognizing Strength & Beauty





Morning Glory! Oh how I love thee...


My true friends, the ones who really "get me", know I have a special relationship with my tea cups and coffee mugs.  They also know how I love spending time with the Lord over my morning coffee, tea or whatever hot beverage moves me that morning.  As cheesy as it sounds, the right inspirational cup does make a difference... and if there is some kind of prophetic message mixed in there, it is even better. 

This morning I was praying for a precious sister in the Lord, while drinking coffee from my Wonder Woman mug that declares "Strength & Beauty".
 


Most of you, I am sure, are familiar with Wonder Woman...


However, I wish you all could meet my friend Sara.  She is a powerful prayer missionary with an amazing testimony of God’s grace.  Her heart is precious like that of Mary of Bethany, who loved much because she was forgiven much (Luke Chapter 7).  Strength & Beauty-- that's my Sara. ♥ As the Lord continues to take my friend to greater depths of healing, I see her growing in grace and authority—it is beautiful to behold.  Today, as I prayed, the Lord gave me a picture of her as an Icebreaker Ship bursting through massive, frozen lies that have blocked channels far too long. 


In the natural, Icebreaker ships are used to open passages in extreme climates so other ships can safely maneuver through.  As these specialized icebreaker ships push forward, they actually rise up above the ice.  Their own weight then crushes the ice beneath them.  Most ships are not equipped to handle icy conditions and will not risk touching ice at all, no matter how gently.  Some ships have "ice strengthening" which protects them from damage caused by accidental bumping.  Similar to a water-resistant watch that may survive some splattering, but cannot withstand being submerged; ships with ice strengthening may survive a mild collision but lack the ability to plough through and overcome icy conditions.  


Today, there is a shortage of Icebreaker ships.  They are expensive to build, upwards of a billion dollars!  Because of the rigorous work they perform, they are costly to maintain—sometimes $200-$400 million for a refit that lasts a decade or less.  In order to win The Great Snow Race and access the natural resources that abound in remote places of the earth, these icebreakers are highly valued. 


I believe there is a shortage of “icebreakers” in the spirit today. 


There are individuals and communities that have long been isolated from the church.  Channels have been obstructed by lies that have compounded and solidified.  This has prevented supplies from getting in and invaluable resources from coming out and being refined.   As we approach the end of the age (our own Great Snow Race), we are in desperate need of "icebreakers" in order to get the Gospel to the ends of the earth.  The Great Commission speaks of making disciples of all nations, which encompasses physical locations, as well as people groups.  Unfortunately, certain people groups have been "blocked".  They have been ignored, mistreated, misled and outright lied to.  This has prevented many from being reconciled unto the Lord and also from coming into the fullness of fellowship with other believers.

 

Some of the lies have come from inside the walls of the church, while others stem from the community itself or society at large.  Either way, the channel must be opened and the lies must be abolished.  When this happens, I believe there will be freedom, furtherance of the Gospel and OIL.  There will be safe passage, restoration of community, opening lines of communication and intimacy.  There will be oil—oil of refreshing and healing, and a move of His Spirit greater than we can imagine.


In order for this to happen…


1.     The church must come to share God’s heart for these isolated communities.  We can no longer be afraid of “accidentally bumping into them”.  This is greater than a sense of benevolence.  We must view the people as valuable and believe we too can benefit from what they bring to the body of Christ.  As we recognize their value, we must develop a culture that is willing not only to invest, but also go to any length to access.  This is more than monetary investments.  I believe this is cultivated through prayer, fasting, reading God’s Word and spending time in the Presence of God Almighty.


2.     The church must become equipped with truth, love and basic skills to minister to and embrace those who have been previously isolated.  I believe there are many in the church with willing hearts and who love deeply, but simply do not know what to do.  Unfortunately, this lack of equipping often perpetuates the lies.  Just as right doctrine is meaningless without love, the converse is true too.  Love must be me met with soundness and truth for the furtherance of the Gospel to be complete.  Psalm 85: 10-11 “Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.  Truth springs from the earth, And righteousness looks down from heaven.”


3.     Those who have come out of darkness, into the light, must learn to embrace the authority they carry.  There is no place for shame in the Kingdom!  While I may be able to be trained and equipped in an area, another member of the body, who has personally walked that road, fought the battle and triumphed, carries a unique authority in the spirit in that arena.  We are overcomers by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12: 11).  We cannot afford to shy away from truth of where we have been and what He has graciously brought us through.  We must recognize our own might and the weight we carry.  We must come to appreciate the power and authority carried by others, and encourage them as well. 


The deep healing the Lord longs for each of us is not complete until we grasp these truths and learn to walk them out.  Each of us has a role to play in furthering the Gospel, whether we are laboring in prayer beseeching the Lord of the Harvest to send workers in the field; equipping others to go; or we are embarking on a journey ourselves (Matthew 9:37-38; Ephesians 4:12; Matthew 28:19-20).  We cannot fully understand our role or the authority we carry in the Kingdom without investing the time in prayer, fasting, His Word and His Presence. 


Let us begin by viewing others as valuable resources, no matter how raw they may appear.  Ask the Father for revelation of a heavenly perspective of how HE sees them and zeal to pursue and love them.  Let us invest the time in prayer, fasting, studying the word and immersing ourselves in His Presence so our own hearts are transformed.  Let His truth permeate our hearts & minds that we can go forth with boldness and authority.  Let us abolish the lies, crushing them under the weight of our testimony.  Let us train, equip and "encourage one another every day, while it is still called 'today'" (Hebrews 3:13). 


Let's go win The Great Snow Race!



"Would you like an adventure now? Or shall we have our tea first?"



"Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?"

~ Peter Pan


Crazy Faith

There is an adrenaline rush that comes with what some call crazy faith. 

No doubt, life with Christ can be exhilarating, especially when we are asked to step out of comfort zone and trust Him with the journey.  Sometimes the Lord asks us to move or give or act and (oh my goodness!) forgive, when everything in our rational mind would say not to.  The Christian walk does not always line up with conventional wisdom of the world.  Obedience CAN feel scary or risky (Ask Abraham!), but when "our knower knows" we have clearly heard His voice, there is a peace that truly does surpass all understanding. 

Miraculous faith is required when we are asked to partner with God in plans we could never accomplish in our own strength.  God is still in the miracle-working business today.  Jesus Christ IS the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow and our Heavenly Father has not left the throne.  Furthermore, without faith it is impossible to please Him.

I believe, however, there is a difference between miraculous faith and crazy faithAnd the adrenaline rush I am speaking of here, goes beyond the excitement of following Him and celebrating the amazing things He accomplishes in and around us. 

June 24, 2013, the Lord showed me a vision of a manipulative spirit trying to enchant the body, then later bulldozing everybody/ everything out of their way to obtain their goal.  The vision had three separate parts.

The first part of the vision began with believers gathered together in a circle praying, with one key person identified as the leader.  As she prayed, she started to sway hypnotically, catching everybody else up in the flow.  Her smooth speech and swaying was used to enchant the others causing them to "agree in the spirit" with what she was praying. 

The vision then shifted (to the second part).  The same individuals were circled around a game table.  It looked like a game of craps, but the table was round and everyone was packed in tightly.  The room was emotionally charged.  The same leader controlled the dice.  As she threw the dice, everyone cheered. 
I began to hear a creepy version of the old hymn May the Circle Be Unbroken, which seemed to be indicative of a twisted family alliance, similar to what is seen in households where abuse is prevalent.  The dice seemed to be representative of fate, destiny and the spirit realm.

The two images bounced back and forth.  The controller/manipulator was the spiritual leader in one setting and life of the party in the other. In both settings she was charming and manipulating the crowd  to carry out her agenda.  The disturbing part was how much fun everyone was having.  They loved it!  Being caught up in the rush was exciting for all... and then came the third part.

The scene changed. The leader became a sheep dog, but not like any dog I have ever seen before.  She was part dog, part bear and enormous!  She was herding cattle, again circling them with everyone cheering in delight over her championship.  It was such a stellar performance that they honored her with a parade.  She marched through the streets and into the mall, with her entourage faithfully trailing behind her.  The shop owners were forced to clear everything out of her path-- furniture and fixtures were quickly picked up and moved out of the way.  It was move or get mowed over.  She was coming through and everybody better make way.

In all three parts the same individual, or spirit, was in control and enchanted the crowd.  In each scene, her showmanship was incredible!  She was thrilled and thrilling.  The crowd loved her and was obviously mesmerized, to the point that most folks did not seem to mind getting mowed over.  They were enjoying it almost as much as she was, even to their own demise.  Pretty frightening.

Through the night and the next morning I continued to pray about this vision. God, what are you saying through this?  The vision unfortunately (or fortunately) was preparation for a real life drama that would soon unfold.  Suffice it to say, it was painful.  Much like the people in the third part, I felt pretty mowed over (body, soul and spirit).



Prior to this vision and the heartbreaking events that occurred in real life, I had been reading biographies of "old school" missionaries and evangelists who lived by radical faith.  Their stories are amazing!  Time after time they trusted the Lord for provision and paving the way for their next journey.  In each testimony,  there is account of a laboring process of  prayer that prepared the way.... sometimes months, sometimes years, and never in haste.  Over and over provision came without them ever saying a word to anyone but God. The Lord made a way where there seemed to be no way.  That is miraculous!

Through each testimony found in these old school biographies, I picked up on the quiet confidence that the Lord will provide.  There was no wielding of manipulation, no fanfare, or even publicity.  There was no haste or frantically leaving town-- only stories of peacefully trusting the Lord, declaring HE IS MARVELOUS!

The real life drama I witnessed was not like this. Instead it was a hard lesson in learning to discern the difference between Crazy Faith and Miraculous Faith.  From what I can tell, both seem to get the job done; however, one seems to have a lot of potential for harm.  (I am still scratching my head on this one unfortunately.)  Miraculous Faith is rooted in quiet confidence in who the Lord says He is and His love.  Love is not boastful or proud, and it does not try to control, bully or bulldoze people.

On the flip side.... If it is frantic, or fraught with chaos, promotes self or cloaked spiritual superiority, it just might be crazy.  The one who captivates our attention should be JESUS.  He is the only One who deserves such devotion.  If there is guilt, shame, or compulsion, it probably is not Jesus.  If there is an attempt to control or be divisive, again... it probably is not Jesus. 

The other thing I noticed, is resistance to wisdom.  This may seem contradictory to my opening statements about miraculous faith and the Christian walk sometimes opposing conventional wisdom. 
Conventional wisdom should not necessarily be our only litmus test. We must discern His voice and His leading and be obedient.  Unfortunately, I have observed a pattern in some believers, who tend to reject wisdom they believe is conventional, some how deeming it "less spiritual." 

Herein lies the heart of the matter: some folks simply enjoy the "high" or the adrenaline rush associated with crazy faith. 

James 3:17 says,  "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." 

Funny... Nowhere do I see mention of "radical" or "rush".

If suggestions of wisdom are met with fierce resistance, accusations of control or suggestions of disloyalty, it just might be crazy.  If the brother or sister is not exhibiting fruit of the Spirit, then the ordeal may not be Spirit-led.

These are hard lessons, especially when faced with people we love who can be very convincing.

Paul Keith says in his book Angels that Gather, "The Holy Spirit often allows the existence of spiritual 'bullies' to train us to maturity and spark us to grow up."  This painful lesson I experienced, I suppose, is part of that training. 

Be careful who you follow and who you are sowing into, especially if they are captivating.  You'll know which ones by their "fruit".  Fruit that is good tastes sweet and leaves a pleasant aroma. Ask Holy Spirit to heighten your senses.