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Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Concert to the Nations

There’s a concert in the air tonight.
Sweet music pours down on us,
flowing to the perfect rhythm
of God’s love.
Move your feet.
Clap your hands.
Hear the beat.
Feel the rain upon your face.
It’s not wet,
It’s His grace.

Christ understands our case, knows our needs and proportions the remedy to our situation, strengthening us and glorifying Himself.  When we are weak within, we have the option to reach out and be lifted by the grace and strength of God.  His grace is a manifestation of his power allowing us to exceed what we could not achieve by our own labors.  We know how to live in commonality, but the Lord has uncommon opportunities for us, so we must stretch beyond ourselves.

God, as an omnipotent and omnipresent force, sees the bigger picture.  “Call out to Me and I will show your great and mighty things which you do not know.” (Jer. 33:3 NKJV) We become empowered as we place our lives in His hands. (2Cor 12:9) “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.

Happy Resurrection Day!

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Below are 6 ways you can begin seeing God's healing Power in your life: (This is an excerpt from The Healing Bible.  link at the end)
1.  Prayer - Be specific, and be relentless in praying for miracles in every part of your life. Bring the promises of God before Him in your pursuit. He hasn’t forgotten what He has said and does not need our reminder. However,   He enjoys seeing us standing on His covenant when we pray. Prayer with fasting is to be an integral part of this quest, as He revealed this to be an important way to get a breakthrough.   I even pray for specific diseases for which I’m not seeing a breakthrough.                        
2.  Study - The most obvious place for study is in the scriptures.   Spend months reading and rereading the Gospels.  Look for models to follow. Look especially at all references  to the Kingdom, and ask God to open the mysteries  of the Kingdom to you.  The right to understand such things belongs to the saints who are willing to obey.   Another great place for study is to find all references  to “reformation,” those periods of transformation that  Israel went through under different leaders (revivalist)  in the scriptures. Good places to begin are with David, Hezekiah, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Their lives become  prophetic  messages for us.   All true study is driven by hunger. If you don’t have questions, you won’t recognize the answers.        
3.  Read - Find the books that have been written by the generals of God’s army—those who truly do the stuff.  There is a great storehouse of information for those willing to pursue. Don’t forget the leaders of the great healing revival of the 1950s. God’s Generals, by Roberts Liardon, is a great place to start.  If you’re afraid of reading about those who later fell into sin and deception (some of these people ended in disaster),  stay away from Gideon, Samson,  Solomon’s Proverbs, and the Song of Solomon.  The author of those books also ended in tragedy.  We must learn to eat the meat and throw out the bones.
4.  Laying on of hands – Pursue the men and women of God who carry an anointing in their lives for the miraculous.  Such an anointing can be transferred to others through the laying on of hands.  Occasionally there are ministry times when such an individual is willing to pry for those who desire an increase of anointing.  I have traveled extensively in pursuit of MORE.
5.  Associations – King David was known for killing Goliath in his youth. Yet there are at least four other giants killed in Scripture – all killed by the men who followed David, the giant killer.  If you want to kill giants, hang around a giant killer.  It rubs off. 
Grace is that which enables us to live in the Kingdom, and in part it is received by how we respond to the gift of Christ: Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.  We actually receive the grace to function from these gifts.  If you hang around an evangelist, you will thank evangelistically.  The same happens when we associate with those who regularly experience signs and wonders in their lives.
6.  Obedience - No matter how much preparation is done to increase the anointing for miracles in a life, it never comes to fruition without radical obedience.  I must look for the sick and tormented in order to pray for them.  And if they are healed, I give God the praise. If they aren’t, I still give God the praise, and continue to look for people to pray for.  I learned a long time ago that more people are healed when you pray for more people! Until we act on what we know, our knowledge is nothing more than a theory. Real learning comes through doing.
God does have the power to heal but is up to us to show others how to put their faith and their lives in God’s hands.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday.  I love Easter.  The beauty of what the Lord has done for us reduces me to tears and brings me to my knees.  I am humbled.  I rejoice.  I am contemplative.  I am giddy.  I am seriously in love with my Father, my Lord and the One that loves me most!

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday.  When I was young we always got new Easter clothes.  Even if we couldn’t afford clothes all year we dressed up fancy on Easter.  Patent leather shoes shined from under, dare I say, crinoline skirted dresses and little white purses hung from our wrists.  My brothers sported black pants, little precious suit coats and bow ties.  We were too cute. This year I have the perfect pastel beads that my African lady friends strung for me, but I have nothing to go with.  It’s cold and I’m not prepared for spring attire.  I want to stay cozy, delve deep under the quilted covers and remain firmly planted in my fuzzy, flannel pj bottoms.  

I think it’s the same feeling I get when God reveals a new prophetic word over my life.  The excitement is there, it wells up inside me but it seems too far away from the moment I’m living in to grasp it. I’m not sure how to wear it, balancing the climate of now.  It’s hard to embrace what I don’t comprehend and I would feel safer to stay where I’m at.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday.  Sometimes the season changes before the weather catches up with it and it’s time to put away the heavy coats, boots and leggings that bind us.  It’s time to say goodbye to dead leaves strewn around the yard and notice the little grass growths underneath.  It’s time to look past the wind and the rain and perceive the new life it brings to the rose bushes and daffodils.  It’s an opportunity to reach out for what we can trust will be there.  Spring comes every year; God’s word never returns void.  There’s a brilliance in the sun today belying the chill of the air and I’m ready for winter to be over.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday.  I think I’ll take the Word, my Call, from the One who rose out of His grave for me, and run.  Arms outstretched.  At the ready.  Not looking back but racing straight ahead.  Without fear and with anticipation that more will come to the knowledge of His Saving Grace because of it.  Spring has sprung in my heart and with it the birth of promise!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Those Little Foxes

I see little foxes gnawing on the roots of our grapevines. 
I believe many people are grappling right now with the insignificant (or not) distractions of the world.  Familiarity drives us to battle from a wordly place rather than from our kingdom personage. We take our eyes off of God, we lose our concentration, and we become frustrated or disjointed.  We breathe in the pollution of the air surrounding us and expect it to co-mingle with the breath of life.  But we must feed the breath; like the deer that panteth by the water.  The Lord wants us to live life in His abundance & to do that we must cling to our true home & it’s environment.
I perceived a vineyard with one great vine standing firm and strong, & watched the river of life flowing up and down within the trunk, but the branches were sagging, gnarled, thirsty and weary of pushing out too far from their source of nourishment.  I saw a hand come down.  It squeezed one limb until the water rushed through like a just-released dam.  Immediately it became green, budded and the leaves stood at attention, opening and facing upward.  It burst open & the life-giving water splashed on other limbs which also began to ‘come alive’ immediately bearing fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8
The Voice (VOICE)
7 But blessed is the one who trusts in Me alone;
the Eternal will be his confidence.
8 He is like a tree planted by water,
sending out its roots beside the stream.
It does not fear the heat or even drought.
Its leaves stay green and its fruit is dependable, no matter what it faces.

In times of the little foxes, those who trust in human beings will be impoverished and weak so they will have no strength to draw on; but those who trust in the Lord’s abundant strength have not only enough for their own needs but even for the needs of others.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Missionary Care Resources

Hi everyone!  There is a very cool website, which some of you may know about, that has many resources available on missionary care and mental health including several resources that are free and may be freely shared.

Dr. Ron Koteskey is a Member Care Consultant for GO InterNational. Through GO, Ron and his wife, Bonnie, offer on-field help to independent missionaries, to missionaries whose agencies have no one designated for missionary care, and to missionaries who would prefer talking with someone outside their agencies.

As part of this ministry they have developed a series of  brochures, a resource data base and fourteen e-books: four on re-entry, one titled What Missionaries Ought to Know (freshly revised and combining the series of brochures of the same name), several on TCKs, one on adolescence, one on marriage issues, one on singles issues, two on bribery, and another on Psychology for Missionaries.

You can visit their site at

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