Sunday, March 19, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
|Eve's Public Commitment to Jesus|
|Words Being Prophesied & Shared Over Eve|
One of my favorite things, is people coming into a relationship with Jesus and then sharing their new found faith and commitment through baptism. This is our second baptism in two months, of dear ones close to our heart making commitments to Jesus. This one happened to be extra special because it was in our pool. :-)
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Esther Fast Video
|Blogger Friends - Would love to have you join me in fasting and praying to Jesus for the United Sates and our President these next three days (till sundown Saturday). Below are some prayer directives from Lou Engle . . .|
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Lou Engle, the founder and leader of TheCall has called the nation to rally together in the midst of the current Ekballo Fast during what he believes is a critical 3 day window from sundown on Wednesday evening, March 8th through the evening of Saturday, March 11th. He, along with many other leaders in the body of Christ, such as Cindy Jacobs and Beni Johnson are beginning to rally their networks for a three day Esther Fast in response to the current crisis in our nation among it's leaders.
Try as we might, it's almost impossible to hide from the current climate in America. This election season, lifted a veil of sorts and has shown us all
Friday, February 24, 2017
(Video: Yes & Amen - Pat Barrett & Bethel Redding)
This song (above) is one of our favorite songs we sing right now. Recently my daughter was asking me what exactly does it mean when we say God's promises are "Yes and Amen"? So, I began to share with her the thousands of promises in scripture that as a new covenant believer, are ours because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross for us. If God blesses Abraham one way, we can receive that promise "YES" for us! If God speaks in the Psalms of a blessing to King David, we can say "AMEN" (so be it) for us!
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:20
If you are born again, you are blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1). We partake of these blessings inside of Jesus by BELIEVING them. Jesus gave us EVERYTHING we need for life (2 Peter 1). In Deuteronomy 28, the Bible lists blessings that come from obeying God and your performance as an Old Testament believer. When Jesus died and rose again he purchased EVERYTHING for life and godliness, therefore, the Deuteronomy 28 blessings are ours by faith in Jesus. On the flip side, there are also "Curses" in Deuteronomy 28, and the Bible says that JESUS redeemed us (rescued us) from the curse, by becoming a curse for us (Galatians 3). Every sickness, every disease, every curse Jesus has redeemed for us and turned it to blessing - we just have to believe it and receive it! Jesus fulfilled all of the Old Testament Commandments on our behalf and now we receive them, through faith and trusting in Jesus. The New Testament believer has faith in Jesus who did everything right, on our behalf. We get the blessing through HIS obedience and HIS performance.
In thinking about God's "Yes & Amen", blessings in my life, I thought I would share a few recent blessings with you . . .
❤ Our family has been praying for a new car. The other day a friend walked up to us at church and informed John that he was giving us a car. We have been juggling one car in our family for awhile now and with driving hours daily, it can get to be a challenge. So, this weekend, we should be receiving another car. Yes & Amen!
❤ My son, Simeon, was sick last week with the flu. He had a bad sore throat, body aches, fever, etc. and was home from school for a couple days. The morning he returned to school, I was running an errand in Phoenix and halfway to town, my back started to hurt, my body started aching and by the time I reached town I was chilled/feverish and just my clothes touching my skin hurt. I began to declare Jesus as my healer and receiving everything He purchased for me in health. A couple hours later when I got home, I crashed in bed (middle of the day). I put on a podcast and drifted in and out of sleep. I woke up to hear a healing service happening on my iPhone and then drifted off again. I woke up a couple hours later, ravenous hungry, and as I made myself something to eat, I realized every symptom was gone from my body. I had been completely healed. Yes & Amen!
❤ The last few years, we spend most of our travel/vacation funds, on our foster children, since we moved away from Washington. This winter someone dear to our family, told us that they had extra Southwest tickets and if we ever needed them we should just call. So, this week, I called, and this person made reservations for our foster kids to be here for spring break for a very minimal price out of our pocket ($22). Blessings . . . Yes & Amen!
❤ In-n-Out gave me a free double double cheese burger the other night. Ha!! :-) Yes & Amen!
❤ Recently I was driving into our small town about 30 minutes from us, to pick my son up at school. The gas tank was on empty and had been since before I started the trip and I didn't know if I was going to make it. I began to lay hands on my fuel gauge and command it to be filled. I watched as the tank began to move upwards. Mind you, I was on a straight desert stretch of highway with no curves, hills, nothing. My tank went up to almost 1/4 tank of gas and the light went off empty. I was able to make it with ease to the gas station. A few days later, I again had only a little gas left in tank and my light was on (we do lots of miles weekly) but I knew I had enough to make it to the station. I watched as it continued to drop as normal, no ups and downs, no light going off, therefore continuing to confirm the miraculous of the previous days. Yes & Amen!
❤ The non-profit for sex trafficking that my husband John and I are starting needs a good video intro on our website. We were just given a promo video from XPMinistries and their professional videographer crew. Whew! Yes & Amen!
I walk in perpetual blessings. Does this mean I get everything I want all the time? No, but, I do live with an EXPECTATION for blessing to manifest and with the confidence that when things do not look like a blessing, God is working! Because, GOD WORKS EVERYTHING FOR GOOD (Romans 8). It is my inheritance in Christ.
Friday, February 3, 2017
This is a blog post I wrote for XP Missions on one of the places in life I am challenged lately . . .
Is not this the fast that I have chosen; to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every (enslaving) yoke?
Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house – when you see the naked, that you cover him, and that you hide not yourself from (the needs of) your own flesh and blood?
Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you (conducting you to peace and prosperity), and the glory for the Lord shall be your rear guard . . . And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday.
And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not. ~ Portions of Isaiah 58 (Amplified)
This portion of scripture has been challenging me lately. Sometimes we think that when everything is in order, we are feeling super anointed, our careers are stable, we have a bigger house, our ministry or our families are perfect, and all provision is available, THEN we can minister to the needs of those around us. I’m fascinated by this portion of Isaiah 58 where it talks about “dividing YOUR bread with the hungry and bringing the homeless poor into YOUR house.” Also, “And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry.” This infers that it is not out of your bounty, savings account or surplus, but out of that place of “here is what is in my hand,” “here is what is sustaining me.” Giving out of right where we currently are, whether well fed or hungry. I love it when I see and hear stories from my family and friends of how they have opened up their lives and homes to those in need. Now, of course this must be governed by the leading of Holy Spirit, but I love the stories where Holy Spirit leads and there is a good and fruitful outcome. The Bible even talks about us entertaining angels unaware (Hebrews 13:2).
I love how XP Missions is continually guided by the Lord in their rescue of women and children, feeding those in need, educating and coming alongside those who are hurting. I love how they go after wickedness and dark places and set the oppressed free. In prayer and in practical demonstration. I love how they have shared their bread and clothed the naked.
In this area I am challenged continually. This Christmas, a lady stopped by my house (while I was away), and spoke to my husband. She wanted to know if our guest house was available for her to stay in. She was in crisis and looking for a place to stay. When, my husband told her our guest house was in use, she said it would be no problem for her to stay on some property she owned in our region in her newer truck with her dogs. At the time, our foster kids where here and we had divided the kids up into the guest house to sleep. It was almost Christmas day and we were full-blown in the festivities of the season. My husband had me call her back and I explained to her that our children were staying in our guest house and I would not be comfortable with a stranger staying with them. She said she was a school teacher, grandchildren of her own and she totally understood. She would be fine staying in her truck.
I was disturbed as the nights were in the 30’s and it was cold. I would drive down to where I thought she was staying at night and could not find her, so I would pray for her. I could not shake feelings of great concern for her, so my husband and I decided to offer her our office. It had the space for a cot and we have a very comfortable large couch in the office, private French doors and it was warm. This would put her right in the middle of our lives over the Christmas season. I must admit, I was not comfortable with a stranger spending Christmas with us, as we are more of a private family. My kids were not happy about the situation, but I could not shake the need to reach out to her. So, I called her and offered our office to her, as it was warm and comfortable and access to a bathroom. She graciously declined and said she was fine.
I continued to have a lack of peace surrounding thoughts of her. I walked over to her property and could not see her truck from the road, so I prayed for her. I kept asking the Lord what I could do for her. Then I remembered our pool bath. So, I called her back and told her that since she was camping if she wanted to use the bathroom and shower, she could have our pool bath during her stay. I never did hear back from her. I figured she must have returned to her family and spent Christmas with them.
We celebrated Christmas, thankful for warm and cozy family time. After the first week in January, I got a call from a neighbor sharing that there had been a death on our road, a lady had been found with a truck and dogs. I was in meetings when I got the call, I left the meeting with my heart sinking and tears filling my eyes. This had to be “her”. I called my husband and he began to research. I called the police detectives and left a messages. Was it a homicide? Suicide?
We confirmed that this was indeed the woman who had stopped at our home over Christmas. We found that there was no criminal activity surrounding her death. It sounded like a suicide situation.
My heart and my daughter’s heart just wept, everyone in our family was heartbroken. What could we have done differently? Had we handled this situation right? I replayed the conversations and voice mail interactions in my head and found peace in feeling that we had done what was right. But, what I had failed to do, was be more aggressive with the continuous prodding’s of my heart. I wanted to walk onto her property, through the brush and find her. I wished I had kept calling her and checking in, even when I did not get a response.
I’m learning to lean more into Holy Spirit when he puts situations and people on my heart and does not lift them off. Isaiah 58 says that, “The Lord shall guide you continually”. Not, only am I challenged by Isaiah 58 to open my life up and let God pour me out to those He puts on my heart, but I’m also moved by His response to us . . .
Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you (conducting you to peace and prosperity), and the glory for the Lord shall be your rear guard . . . then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday. And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not. ~ A Portion of Isaiah 58
Thursday, February 2, 2017
|My Teen & Pre-Teen|
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.
~ Isaiah 44:3-4
I have been meditating on different parts of the book of Isaiah lately and receiving the promises of God for Israel into my life also. I know that God is the same yesterday today and forever (Heb. 13:8). I know that all the promises are "Yes" and "amen" in Christ (2 Cor. 1:20). If God can/will do it for Israel, He will do it for me. :-)
But the next part of this verse really touched me, "like poplar trees by flowing streams." My children are likened unto poplar trees. A poplar tree is an amazing tree, in that, it can be planted and used in a wide range of climates and soils. One of the many uses of a poplar tree is phytoremediation (taking up heavy metals to purify polluted soils) of degraded sites, rehabilitation of fragile ecosystems and forest landscape restoration. My children, full of Holy Spirit, have a purifying and rehabilitating nature that can be placed in various circumstances (climates & conditions) and release a restoration into that atmosphere. Simply put - my kids will stand tall, pulling out all the toxins and pollution of the society around them and release redemption and restoration into the climate of society. This is a beautiful promise.
Sometimes at high altitudes, Poplars are the only trees that can grow and they will be planted to provide a protective barrier from high winds and make a community livable. Wow! They also are able to absorb nitrogen arising from intensive livestock farming. This cracks me up because we live in cattle farm country and dairies. Sometimes you walk outside and that is all you smell. So, it's fascinating to think of my kids as carbon sequestration tools. :-) Taking the toxins out of the atmosphere around them and standing tall in the power of the Holy Spirit.
So, today, this is the prayer for my children (and you can join me for yours): "God, please fill my children afresh, with the fullness of Holy Spirit and may they walk in great blessing. May they spring up and leap in the fullness of Holy Spirit and restore and redeem society around them. May they shift atmosphere's and make communities around them livable, and free from toxins. May they pull out and remove from society, impurity, and rehabilitate communities and nations. And may the stream of Holy Spirit, like that of Ezekiel 47 come upon them and overtake them and release them into life abundantly, growth and fruitfulness. For this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord!
He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper. ~ Psalm 1:3
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you will notice that it is all about my FAMILY with intermixed thoughts and comments. :-) Some of you have followed the journey of my husband and I sharing a bit of our marriage pain. My blog was actually started seven years ago, when I felt God nudge me to start writing a blog with lots of articles on God's grace - His power and ability in us. At the time my husband, John was not walking with God, and I felt impressed to blog on my "thoughts" that would inspire him in his journey back to Father. My blog has changed sites and a lot of the old content is archived. It has now morphed into pictures of family and my God thoughts, but I am thrilled beyond words to testify that seven years later, not only has my husband fully returned to God, but he is walking in freedom from sexual addiction and wants his story to testify to God's redemptive goodness.
I wrote a chapter in a book, recently released entitled, "Family". An edited short version of this chapter was in a magazine article I shared several months ago on this blog. This book has various authors sharing insights on the Family. It will be a great read! I am so totally for the Family as a bedrock for our society.
So, with high hopes that those who read our chapter will look past the pain and into the HOPE that Jesus offers, here is the book:
Here is a little excerpt from the end of the chapter . . .
We are the new covenant temple of God and God is so totally for our families to be rebuilt, restored and renewed into their original intent and purpose. He has an inheritance free from shame, a double portion and everlasting joy to bestow upon our families. He is looking for a people who will turn to Him with all of their heart and with all of their soul and with all of their strength, just like King Josiah of old. Josiah did not find his identity in his grandfather or father. He pursued an identity in His Father God and it changed a nation. We and our children, have been purchased by the blood of Jesus and are of a pure and spotless bloodline. We have the DNA of our Daddy God and great grace, through all that Jesus purchased, that enables us and our children, to be fully victorious in the society around us.
Let me invite you to lift your eyes and set your gaze high. We model for our sons and daughters a kingly anointing, like that of King Josiah and invite our children into a place of non-tolerance for immorality. As King David said, in Psalms 101:2-3 “I will be careful to live a blameless life . . . I will walk within my house with a blameless heart. I will set no vile thing before my eyes.” The Family Mountain is worth fighting for and we fight from a place of rest, knowing who we are and who our Daddy is. The family mountain is in need of being rebuilt. It takes one life at a time, fully devoted, fully surrendered and yielded to the Father, willing to respond to the question, “Do you love me?” with a resounding “Yes!” And I will be love on the earth starting with my family.
“They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations and in their riches you will boast. Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land and everlasting joy will be yours.” ~ Isaiah 61:4-7
Sunday, January 22, 2017
I love the things God stirs in us at the beginning of every new year. I love to quiet myself to hear Him and then find that what He is speaking to me, He is also speaking to many others. It's so fun to be a part of the Body of Christ on the earth and experience Him together. I hope to get some time to sit with a cup of tea and blog on what God has been speaking to me and stirring for this new year soon. But for now, I would like to invite you to this event today . . .
Tonight, Patricia King will be sharing live, in person, and on webcast, prophetic insights and words for 2017. The webcast is free and worship starts at 6:00 pm Arizona timezone. I would love to invite you to join me (I will be serving at this event) and many others as we hear what is prophetically stirring in Patricia and Roberts spirits for 2017!
Monday, January 2, 2017
Christmas sometimes speeds right by and before I know it I am dropped into a new year and wishing I could rewind and capture some photo moments. So, that is exactly what I am going to do. :-) A little rewind and share a few family moments with you from Christmas.
This year we did not go back to Oregon or have extended family here, so even though we missed them all, we made special memories with just our little brood. Johnny & Julie have been here, from Washington, for a couple weeks over Christmas and we are loving time together.
On Christmas day, after eating, we did something new. Simeon decided that we were going to go on a Polar Express Train ride for Christmas this year - in our SUV. :-) The "train" ride would be complete with hot chocolate, pajamas and popcorn. My husband dressed-up in a conductor suit and held a lantern welcoming the kids on board.
We gave the kids golden tickets for access onto the "train" and John boomed out "All Aboard!!" Thus, the beginning of our adventure riding the train, drinking hot chocolate, listening to Christmas music, taking cookies to the four different fire stations in our small town and viewing Christmas lights. So fun!! The kids loved it and it was a great memory for all. By the time we made it home on Christmas night, Johnny was fast asleep curled up with pillows and blankets in his "train seat".
"When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." ~ John 8:12
During the Christmas season, God usually gives me a Christmas word or focus. This year, it was a prayer that I had been praying the months prior over my region, "God, please bring everything hidden into the light" (Luke 8:17 and Ephesians 5:13). We live in a place called, Hidden Valley. When I would pray LIGHT it was as if Holy Spirit would land on that word. When I pondered what exactly this LIGHT was that was exposing hidden places I realized I had been praying JESUS into my region. John 8 & 9 speak of Jesus being the Light of the world. I began to have an excitement and expectancy for my region. An expectancy that things that were "hidden" would not just be found out (lawlessness, injustice, etc.) but that there was this incredible LIGHT being released into dark places and bringing order and justice.
"Through Him (Jesus) all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life and that life was the LIGHT of all mankind. The LIGHT shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." ~ John 1:3-5
When I am praying, "In Jesus name, everything hidden come into the Light!" I was thinking, drug dealers being exposed by Border Patrol, child abusers being found out, wife beaters and murders (recently there was a murder on my road) coming to justice,
When Jesus shows up, peoples lives are changed, reconciled, healed, forgiven, etc.
"Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever . . . He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him." ~ Daniel 2:20 & 22
"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned." ~ Isaiah 9:2
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Our house is full of activity and great joy. Johnny & Julie have arrived for a couple weeks for Christmas. There are beach towels strewn from the icy cold pool to the house, the dog is on the trampoline with the kids, there are loud footsteps over-top the house as the kids play on the rooftop deck, lingering conversations at the dinner table, yummy smells of the kid's favorite foods filling the house, soon-to-be Christmas baking - life is rich! I'm sure I will post a few pictures in the days ahead. We are thankful for eight years ago opening our lives to a little boy half dressed eating out of a cold spaghettiO's can and a little shy girl with blond straggly hair carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. Here is a blog post I wrote for XP Missions this December.
Friday, December 16, 2016
I am a guest blogger on the XP Mission site about once a month. I love a platform where I can build awareness about sex trafficking and share some of my journey. If you would like to follow what XP Missions is doing here is the link: http://www.xpmissions.com/ I am so excited at all that XP has done this past year in Cambodia . . . women and children rescued out of being trafficked, hot meals for kids, education program sponsoring kids to go to school, house of prayer started, medical care, kids club, rice distribution, entrepreneurial outlets, the list goes on and on. Such a small handful of people, but making such a huge impact on a nation! Like I always say, it only takes a spark to get a fire going! I remember when I was in Cambodia, I asked our Director about some of the kids we saw on the streets and the rescue plan for them. She became thoughtful and said if they could only sell more handbags (http://www.xpmissions.com/everlasting-love/), they would rescue more girls and kids. Sobering. If you are looking for a place to give year-end that has an excellent return, look no further, XP Missions is an excellent outlet: http://www.xpmissions.com/get-involved/
This is a blog post I wrote in November for XP Missions. I thought some of you may not be on FB (where I posted it) and so I thought I would share it today. I will have another blog coming out next week and will try to post it on my personal blog site as well.
This is a blog post I wrote in November for XP Missions. I thought some of you may not be on FB (where I posted it) and so I thought I would share it today. I will have another blog coming out next week and will try to post it on my personal blog site as well.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
I was reading in Ephesians six this morning and penned a little declaration for myself and thought I would go ahead and share it with you . . .
I am destined for all things and will rise victorious! I receive truth into every thought and attitude today that will strengthen me in heavenly perspective. I put on Holiness like a garment. I am reconciled to Christ and presented Holy in His sight without blemish and free from accusation. I am God’s chosen one, Holy and dearly loved. I stand steadfast inside the Lord and His power and ability. I stand in authority. I stand firm in the faith and am courageous and strong. I stand in alertness. I stand against the illegal trespass of the enemy and resist him in Jesus name. I receive peace as I subdue my enemy. I receive the peace of God which transcends all understanding and receive it’s guard over my heart and mind in Jesus. For He will keep in perfect peace my mind as it is stayed/fixed on Him. I receive the faith of the Lord Jesus, shielding me from unbelief and lies. Like a helmet on my head, I embrace the power of salvation’s full deliverance, taking every thought captive and bringing it under obedience to the mind of Christ. And I release the word of God like a razor sharp sword – “No weapon formed against me will prosper, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, if God is for me, who can be against me!”. I am positioned in the armor and authority of my King.