2018 is off and running quickly…we are already half way through January! In a new year people become expectant about hearing from the Lord and anticipating what they can look forward to in the next twelve months. It is exciting to to hear what new beginnings and hope our lives will experience in the days ahead.
I believe that the Holy Spirit is speaking to our hearts about His purpose for each of us in this season. Our purpose will become more and more defined as the year progresses. As we surrender all to Him, this defined purpose will begin to change our identity. We will see more of His moving in our lives, our outlook, and perceptions of who we thought we once were. This will be characterized by our deepening relationship with Him. He is looking for hungry people. Hungry people draw attention to His favor and anointing. This is a year of new beginnings, begin yours now.
I begin each new year with a Detox…
The detox I’ve used for years is the Lemon Detox. I have more than enough lemons growing on one tree to last me a couple of years. I really makes you feel good with energy to spare; great liver cleanse.
This detox recipe is easy and the ingredients are readily available, but it only gives you the amounts for one glass and I usually drink about a gallon of it in one day. No other food (except coffee which I can’t ignore…busted)!
2 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice
2 Tablespoons of organic, grade A or B maple syrup
1/10th teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
10 oz. of filtered water. Stir and enjoy.
I’ve begun new paintings and creative projects, can’t wait to share them with you! Coming soon!
This is a partial snapshot of a painting I’m working on, continuing my “Angel” series, done with a pallet knife and finger painting. The big reveal coming.
Summer transitioning into Fall is a great picture of what’s going on in our lives now; in our spirit, and in our understanding. It is a time of change and renewal, a season of transforming. We are discovering that the change is sometimes hard to articulate…. we just “know” that something is different. I have been experiencing it in my own life; my thoughts are changing, my heart is changing, I want something new, something tangible, something fresh…I am hungry for the season of change in my relationship with God. Are you hungry for the deep things, the lasting things of the Spirit, and His Kingdom, now is the time to turn, turn, turn? Turn to the Lord, turn to the believing for new things, turn to finding your destiny as you wait for Him. This is a beautiful time of the year when God draws close, will you turn aside to engage His heart?
This is a crazy life here on this Earth, one day to the next produces unforeseen difficulties and extreme blessings – sometimes simultaneously!
Having the Holy Spirit living inside my heart is the only thing that grounds and stabilizes all the whacky things that life throws at me. Honestly, I have a hard time comprehending how pre-believers navigate on their best days. My story of the past few months is almost unbeliveable. First, I have to apologized for not posting in quite a while, literally I just was not able to. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have some clue about my journey. I will try and give you bits and pieces of what has been happening in today’s post, then I will elaborate in more detail later….so this is the bullet point draft of the past two months. I left you on my way to Where in the World was I going, and I’ll start there.
Israel and Jordan
The trip to Israel and Jordan at the end of May was the most fabulous journey ever! Landing in the Holy Land was the beginning of 13 days of awe and wonder! I thought I kind of knew what to expect but there was really no way to have known the fun, glory, and awesomeness our team experienced – for me personally it was transforming. It is quite awesome to have every team member in one mind, one accord, and one spirit. We were all focused on the same purpose there; which primarily was to pray in every part of the country; that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be known and peace would prevail in every aspect of life. We had some divine encounters, divine appointments, and truly exemplary fellowship with a great commitment to fun. Like I said, I would post next time just on the wonders of that journey.
Heal the Sick (Heal Thyself)
Some of the difficulties that I’ve had in the past two months are issues with my health. Before this, I basically felt invincible because I have never been one to tolerate any sickness in my life, since prayer for the sick has been a focal point of my ministry life. I’ve been in many countries throughout the world and have seen incredible miracles from praying for the sick. God still works in great ways, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever…He is the Great Physician!
Then I began suffering from my own illness, praying diligently trying to reconcile why I suddenly had an electrical problem with my heart, that sent me to the emergency room and a hospital stay four times with Afib, in a month. I have cherished all the prayer from everyone that I’ve gotten, but there was no change.. which led to frustration and sometimes anger at this continual attack. I needed to get at the root of the problem and to understand the triggers for these events and had to reconcile my beliefs with reality.
So now I’m on a journey of another kind. I have begun the change of a mindset many years in the making. Habits are ingrained and have to be pulled like weeds, or you find your consistent effort sabotaged. I had to learn a new way of how to live in the natural to one of a more disciplined life. Benefitting me the most is sitting quietly before the Lord, soaking in His Presence – discovering the whys. “Be still. I will fight for you.” Exodus 14:14. It is interesting that a recent fall at a Christian conference, causing an injury to my knee and possible surgery, has slowed me down even more…however, I am going after that one with lots of prayer. I am definitely listening more to the Lord’s voice now that He has a captive audience – my heart. Just being real here.
Being creative is like breathing, something I live every moment doing. I created a Fourth of July sign, transformed our fireplace with a new mantle, and started landscaping our front yard (which is temporarily on hold).
Revamp – Before and After Fireplace
My house continues to evolve. This week I added a new mantle to the fireplace. Now I can hang all my Christmas stockings there for the first time. That makes me so happy!
I am always in the process of writing and journaling. A new journal is emerging with a combination of writing, art, and bullet entries. I am loving it! Working on a video preview of two months work. This is just a page sample. Another blog post soon.
I’ve got many projects in the works that will change (remember it is inevitable) some of the course of this little blog. Look for it!
This week on Instagram I was posting pictures to guess where I would be going on my next adventure…it seems that the only people who correctly guessed were the ones I already told! Take a look at this collage of some of the pictures that I posted and see if you can find where I’ll be in the world.
If you guessed correctly, I will be going to Israel and Jordan (Indiana Jones and Petra). This has been a “bucket list” item for about forty-five years, a true heart’s desire. I’ve wanted to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, to go where He was, to experience the Holy Land and its tremendous history. I am going with a group that will be touring the sights and also following the Holy Spirit to pray for the nation and hopefully to walk in Matthew 10:8, as the Lord leads*.
Most of the time that I am doing ministry I bring along my artwork; when traveling I make postcards to give personal prayers and words of knowledge for the people I encounter. Here are a few that I’m working on before I go. I pray over the cards to be anointed for the specific person that I meet, to encourage them in God’s great love for them, and it becomes a memory of what the Lord was speaking to them. I’ve run into people that I’ve done “art” for after 25 years and they tell me how much the “words” I gave them were significant to their lives. I want those encounters to be blessed and living for each individual.
Cards in process.
Sometimes I embellish them.
(The two following are just examples to show what a finished card would look like. I may write a scripture or a personal word for a person on the back.)
One Last Thing
To encourage you, my faithful friends, I posted this on Instagram today:
(Even little ol’ me at 4 – God had me in His thoughts.)
Just imagine…you were chosen from the foundation of the world to host the presence of a holy God, to live in such a time as this, and to do incredible things!
Think big and pray bigger!
God is speaking to your heart right now about the dreams, inspiration, and callings on your life.
I’m feeling the impression to bring a word of hope today, inspired for this season. Maybe it will encourage you.
All these years the Lord has been depositing seeds into your spirit, from promises, from encounters, and people speaking into your life. They have been dormant for a while, perhaps a very long time. Perhaps you have forgotten or thought with discouragement that those promises would never come to pass, or you have begun to give up, that you have just been forgotten. Remember God’s promises are “YES” and “AMEN”! Even if you don’t feel or know any specific promise or word given to you, begin to claim what God has promised in His word. There are so many promises in the Bible regarding health, provision, children, etc. His word abides forever, there is no expiration date!
Those promised and inspired words need to be watered with prayer, believing God for them to take root, and an unwavering knowing that He loves you and always keeps His promises. Watering will bring them to life, even after decades of being dormant. Those promises will begin to sprout. This is the day that those seedling will begin to come forth bursting from the ground of your spirit, fulfilled in a way that you can not even imagine. The provision for those promises are from God’s own hand. The soil that those seeds were deposited into is now fertile and crafted to give nourishment to what is to come. They will begin to bring forth fruit, bearing abundance not only for you but the world around you. Now is the time! Now is the time! Now is the time! Water!