Moving Through Time – At God’s Pace

In this season, I find myself gliding through time observing and watching the moments- without an internal presumption of want to know or need to know. Often there is little interaction as situations swirl around me. It seems I am restrained from fully seeing but instructed to just keep on moving, keep on observing. Don’t speak…….yet.

I was always in a hurry in times past. Where am I going? What does this mean?  I loved to move to my own beat, my own sound. I always wanted to see and to know, NOW. I grabbed each moment and formed a life picture, in my own wisdom and strength.

Remind myselfLately, God slows me down and says, “Enjoy the journey and be amazed!”

Moving along what seems to be a slow conveyor belt, I adjust myself to this slower speed, taking in all the details I would miss if I determined to form time my own way. Anointed by the hand of God, time itself only lays down bits and pieces of the journey. I apprehend moments with a sense of awe and wonder. As discontent and frustration leaves me, life is getting a bit easier. Funny to say that now, in a time when chaos abounds throughout the earth. Yet inside myself, I am slowing down to see and to know what is behind the facade of the times.

He is not giving me the full picture. It’s not supposed to be that way. I see a little bit here and little bit there, trusting Him every step along the way.

Peace settles into the journey displacing any confusion or fear. Slowly, time reveals the beauty of moments, one at a time, forming a picture of fullness right before my eyes. Ah! Now I see. Now I know. Enjoy the journey in Holy Spirit.

ListenGliding through time is necessary in a fast-paced world that is built on a chaotic shallow foundation. I don’t fight this. I want to go deeper in a revelation of Jesus Christ. I am in a hurry. He is not.

Relish this time! Savor it. Don’t waste it.

What transformation is taking place within me? An increased sensitivity to Holy Spirit. Wisdom to discern and interpret the times. To know when to move, when to be still. When to act instead of react. How to move in sync with Jesus in time in Holy Spirit. And…so much more.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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Cast Away – The Other Side Looks Great

And He said to them, “ Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. (John 21:6 NKJV)

Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results is insanity….so says Einstein.

Thai BoatI like what Jesus said above lot better. Cast on the other side. He is talking to me….now.

“You keep doing things this way. Now switch it up and do what I tell you to do. Do it now AND don’t think about it because you wisdom seems to get in the way at times.”

On the other side of the boat there is an abundance of fish waiting to be caught. It says in this story in John 21 that they caught 153 fish when they obeyed the Lord. All I have to do is cast, contrary to what may feel comfortable. I cast by faith in the direction that Jesus is telling me to cast.

Like many, I sometimes tend to stay too long in one place. That does not have to be just a physical location but can be a spiritual place or even an emotional healing . For me, I have a bit of a preconceived notion of what Rivers of Eden Ministry should look like so I tended to run in that direction, my own ideas at times. Catching nothing, but there I was, persistent in casting, somehow feeling noble about it all OR so spiritual in hanging in there and suffering for Jesus.

When God spoke this verse to me a few days back, I tended to want to lump it in as a cliché verse that I heard a million times. It landed with a thump and a thud, no pizzazz, no lightening strike. Just a simple: Cast that net the other way!

And at the moment that He said it, I was fed up with a lot of things. Whining a bit at how things weren’t going the way I thought. Bad day! Ever had one of those pacing the floor, angry at people, trying to act more spiritual that we really are. I was perturbed with a few things and was praying it all through when God spoke a simply directive. Cast the net on the other side!

Woman FishingIt’s time to let go of all the stuff that seemed to work in times past – let it go. Cast on the other side. I received it – hook, line and sinker…….forgive the pun. I know – a bit hokey but hey it’s almost midnight in California and I just felt like writing this tonight.

Going to Kenya in August/September with a fresh new perspective. Working with one couple to build a habitation for God’s glory. Keeping it small just like Jesus did, away from big meetings and all the hype that we have seen happen in times past to equip in a Christ centered, eternal purpose, inheritance, creative expression focus with hungry people. Three weeks of relationship building so as to lay a firm foundation to prepare for future visits. That’s a good thing.

Good night for now! I will share the details of the trip in the next blog. Casting for His glory.

DebraIn Christ
Debra

I would love to speak at your conference, gathering, church or home group. Contact me here, on Facebook or on Twitter. Enjoy reading about Rivers of Eden and the Timeline of our Life!

Don’t Turn A Suddenly Into A Settle!

For years, prophetic voices cried out, “Suddenly…” Things turning, changing, shifting and moving – suddenly. When we least expect it or when something takes us by surprise, situations change or doors open – suddenly. Suddenly, hope deferred, which has made many of our hearts sick or discouraged, is restored. Our vision clears and we don’t feel so left behind or out of the mix. Suddenly, we are in the flow of the Spirit again.

Rear View Mirror SkyIn worship and prayer this morning, I found myself inquiring of God about a door in ministry that suddenly and recently opened for me. What I heard Him say, quite honestly, astounded me. He spoke to the deep well within me.

“Just as I open doors to show you how suddenly I can move in your life……you turn a suddenly into a settle……when I have not called you to settle into the suddenly. The anointing infusing a suddenly is not the anointing for a settle.”

I got it. I was gazing upon the suddenly as if it were a place for me to hunker down, to join up and to be part of something for God’s purpose. God was saying, “Not yet.” This suddenly, an open door to minister, anointed me to flow in power and strength for that particular time. Having been in the wilderness for so long, I wanted it to be more. It isn’t. It’s just a suddenly to assure me that He has His eyes on me at all times. I am in process and still moving forward in time to another location, another position, both spiritually and physically.

I am speaking prophetically to people who are waiting for that moment where dreams are realized in the natural and promises are breaking though from years of waiting on God. These ‘suddenlies’ are moments of God assuring us that there is so much more coming BUT God is working a work within us – greater healing in our lives.

PaintbrushThis confirmed so much within my heart. I wanted to settle into my suddenly, finding my position or place in community but that was not the purpose of the suddenly, this open door from the Lord. It’s purpose was assurance and affirmation on all fronts.

While driving along the Pacific the other day. God broke my heart. Going quite deep, He brought to mind leaders that have cursed me with words that hit my heart so hard and caused great wounding. I simply forgave, and continue to forgive. I wept so hard, I had to pull over to the far right lane to keep focused on driving. I am not sure why I did not stop but I didn’t as the tears flowed. All of this came on the heels of moving powerfully in the anointing of ministry  which just goes to show us that it is NOT about us at all. Something broke in me and something changed that day……suddenly!

I get it God. I am not going to turn this suddenly into a settle. I know you are showing me that these deep dreams and promises will be fulfilled in greater ways than I could ever conceive or expect. As for right now, I concentrate on the journey. The by-product of all of this – my vision cleared considerably because I eliminated a choice that I deemed in my own wisdom as a place to settle when I am just passing through.

Any of you prophetic people out there understanding this and how it may apply to you?

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

I would love to speak at your conference, gathering, church or home group. Contact me here, on Facebook or on Twitter. Enjoy reading about Rivers of Eden and the Timeline of our Life!

That Thing That Stands In The Way

Took this quote from a post by Don Milan on Facebook. It is so good.

“There must be, and, if we are honest, there always will be at least one situation in our lives that we cannot fix, control, explain, change, or even understand. For Jesus and for his followers, the crucifixion became the dramatic symbol of that necessary and absurd stumbling stone.” (Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life)

crossIn our lives there is always something that just stands “there,” right in our path, an obstacle in our field of vision. Its sound is one of mockery and accusation. It constantly reminds us of our failure,  if we allow the enemy to portray it as such. Don’t we all face this?

Yet the redemptive loving power and grace of God takes that which seems utterly out of our control and anoints it for his glory in our lives. Yet, it may still rise up in our peripheral vision at times attempting to position us in the past. We are no longer there.

As Graham Cooke speaks about – we are present-future, not present-past.

The cross of Christ in all its glory defies the wisdom of the ages with the sound of total redemption and freedom to live, move and have our being in Christ in total freedom. Present-future. Life is good!

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

Walk As Children Of Light

Arise, shine; for your light has come! and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you (Isaiah 60:1-2 NKJV)

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “ I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. (John 8:12 NKJV)

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7 NKJV)

3487040811_34c1ae6f37_zAs children of the light, in Christ, we shine in the darkness. The darkness can not comprehend this light of Christ in us us even as it tries to attack us.  We are enigmas, easily misunderstood by the darkness as grow brighter and brighter each day. Revelation floods our being with mysteries unfolding of our identity and inheritance in Christ. It is time to truly receive a revelation of our life, hidden in Christ in His light.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord (Ephesians 5:8-10 NKJV)

It is implicitly evident that light always overpowers darkness. The problem is that we tend to retreat from the very darkness we, as Christians are called into, to walk in, to confront, to challenge and to overcome.

Do we know how brightly we shine or are we inherently dimmed by the darkness that seems to be encroaching upon the earth at large? We are in Christ and in Christ we arise in the reality of light to BE His light in the world.

Reflect on this in the times of encroaching darkness in the world today, closing in on all sides.

It is in darkness that we shine and power flows from our innermost beings.

God keeps me in the Book of Acts where the demonstration of heaven’s power in Christ through His servants was also accompanied by persecution, trials and tribulation. In the midst of darkness, the light shone so brightly. So as it was then, so shall it be right now. It is a great day to be in the Kingdom for those who live, move and have their being in Christ. It is time to open wide our spiritual eyes to see that those who are for us are greater than those against us.

Just some prophetic thoughts today to encourage you on the journey.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra