Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Here we are in Texas – our new home! Adventure awaits us and journey defines our life! Over the past 10 years home was the San Francisco Bay Area (which I will always call my home), 5 years in Abu Dhabi, over 10 years of traveling in and out of Finland, (actually living there 6, at least) and Southern California for the past 3 years. That does not count all the traveling in and out and in between.

You can say that adventure is our normal, our journey, our life. This is us (Marvin and I). And for all of this I am thankful.

God knows me through and through. I love change and I consider myself fairly adaptable. Each new move I get excited about possibilities that are hidden in the mix, waiting to be discovered. I can get a bit frustrated also because I am learning the art of downsizing and paring down a life to what is really me, what I consider part of me, and what I can’t do without. With each move, our ‘stuff’ gets less and less. That’s a good thing.

What’s ahead? New relationships, divine connections with many people. Doors opening revealing new places waiting to be explored. I am thankful for all of this.

I am thankful that God has his eye on my life, knows me through and through in each step of my journey. He already knows who I am and it is indeed an adventure to walk it out discovering myself as He looks on.

10511315_794327653940721_886065626280149819_nAgain Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am so very thankful for so many things – my God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, my incredible husband, my family, my life, my friends, and my Frenchie, Chloe.

In Christ,





My Favorite Blog Posts On Creativity

Happy ThanksgivingHere are some of my favorite posts on creativity and its expression though our lives in Christ! Enjoy and be creative!

Creativity – It’s All In Christ Jesus

In the beginning, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit spoke and created the heavens and the earth. Creativity flowed! There is seen, in creation, diversity, beauty, form, flow, and function on every level, from the smallest cell to the largest star. God breathed and formed a human being. There is creativity resident in man through His breath and in the power of the Holy Spirit in Christ. Read more…..

A Circular Flow – Creativity In Christ

Jesus did not live life according to a linear reality such as a timeline. He allowed people and situations to impact His life along His journey. He knew that He came from the Father and was going back to the Father (Circular Rhythm). In this way of life, He stopped, led by the Holy Spirit, for anything that intersected with His life. He moved circularly if you get my picture visually. He lived creatively to the sound of heaven. So He valued the day-to-day, led by the Spirit. His life was full and quite busy, yet He moved in rest. Read more…..

A River of Life – Creativity

Creativity is about flow and movement in life– what is in you, flowing out of you. The alternative to flow would be creativity trapped inside, with great potential, but growing lethargic and stagnant unable to be released. Creativity is about Jesus Christ in me. That is the foundation upon which my creative passion is founded, Christ in me in the power of Holy Spirit. He is like a river that flows, unhindered and free, through my life. Read more….

The Power of the Imagination – Captured for the Cause of Truth

Lewis’ imagination flowed through His work. The fantasy and beauty of Narnia manifests the eternal truth of Jesus Christ in the flow and form of the movie. The power of imagination is wonderful. It takes me to a glorious place in the Spirit where I find myself entering into the story. Isn’t that what it is all about? I enter the story and my life narrative is transformed. Read more…..

Creating Beauty While Living in A world of Chaos

This world thrives in the midst of tension and chaos. Unsettling on every front, current events drive us either into a sense a fear or subtle escapism. In Christ, I choose to bow my knee to neither. Perfect love casts out fear. As the love of Christ flows into my life, fear evaporates in the glory of His presence. Read more…..

Imagination in Christ

Christian imagination evokes both negative and positive feelings in people. In studying this each day. I conclude that Imagination is the connector between mind/heart giving us images, pictures, revelation – in essence, bringing heaven to earth. The mind and the heart, working together. Read more…..

Creativity – Expressed

Creativity has expression through people in art, music, dance, prophetic words, visions, dreams, revelation, and on and on. The Holy Spirit is endless, varied, and multifaceted in His forms of expression in our lives or in a meeting. This post is about Holy Spirit expression in our meetings in Rivers of Eden. The Holy Spirit moves and we interpret what He is doing or saying.  I can often see the direction that He desires to move, the picture He wants to paint, and the story He wants to tell. Holy Spirit is like the master conductor that says, “Follow Me as I lead the way!” Read more…..

Courage in All Ways – Especially in Being Creative

Creativity is courageous. It is a necessary element needing to be infused into the Body of Christ. Not staged or produced but infused. The alternative to Holy Spirit creativity, as expressed through God’s people –robotic Christians who know form and structure but never touch the heart of Jesus Christ. There has been enough of that. Read more…..

Creativity – The Breath of God

Creativity does not flow in a vacuum (a space or container in which the air has been completely or partly removed.) God breathed into Adam and that breath was life-giving. God created through His breath, forming Adam. Read more…..

Aslan is not a Tame Lion – C.S. Lewis, Imagination and Creativity

C.S. Lewis used the power of image stirring the imagination to run wild. His own imagination along with humor and creativity,all  invested in Biblical truth, still ministers to people of all ages. His passion  in telling an old story, still introduces many to God. Brilliant in theology and apologetics, He did not only rely on the preached word in a formal setting to convey Biblical truth. He used His imagination. Read more….


In Christ,

Debra Westbrook

Some Awesome Prophetic Posts

EyeHere are some of my favorite prophetic posts! Enjoy!

My Lesson While Watching Project Runway

I believe we can hear God speak to us through many diverse and quirky situations, giving us insight that will change our lives. So if I’ve grabbed your attention, read on. Read more…..

Gazing at a Picture and Whoosh, Swept into Its life

With any great work of art, to appreciate its beauty I must go beyond observation and gaze at it with new perspective. That which I gaze upon transforms me. I should look with new eyes enlightened by Holy Spirit. I continue to gaze and things seem to be moving right before my eyes. Hope is rising. Risk is at the forefront and some decisions will be made right at that moment. Believe and receive. Read more…..

Creative Expression – Soundproof Rooms

I was in a soundproof room. I began to speak – words of promise, words of destiny, words filled with faith. Over time, I realized that this room’s energy tried to contain and restrain my voice. The words seemed to be crashing against the ceiling, bouncing off of the walls, and clashing into each other. My initial response was to speak louder and louder but it did not seem to help. Read more…

Don’t Turn A Suddenly Into A Settle

In 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. Read more…..

Now You See Him, Now You Don’t – Faith And Imagination

I remember one time being so frustrated while reading the Bible that I literally threw it on the floor, laid out flat, and put my forehead right on top of the verse that I was reading. I not only wanted to read the word, I wanted to live and experience the word. I am still that way. I want to live, move and have by being in the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. Read more…..

Explosions of Light Move Me Along In Life

Life constantly brings me down into its reality, where formulas don’t work, answers run out, and everything we thought would be, did not come about. Life twists and turns along a chaotic path. It’s not built on templates, or someone else’s path to prosperity or even on enough positive thoughts. Read more…..


In Christ,

Debra Westbrook

No Turning Back – War, Whether We Want It Or Not

6068181763_0cee4d7523_zWords hold power……Scripture teaches us that over and over.

Mr. Obama spoke from Turkey this morning. I listened carefully, not only to what he said but at the overall tone, quality, strength and conviction in his words.

I heard his words drone on, sounding vacuous and vague, without power, direction and clarity. My ears are tuned into the Holy Spirit to hear. Isn’t that exactly what Jesus tells us to do?

He who has ears to hear, let him hear! (Matthew 11:15 NKJVS)

It is our responsibility to listen and hear what the Spirit is saying. There is always a sound within a sound. At least that is how I hear it.

Mr. Obama spoke yet there was no power in his words, no leadership, no strength, no direction……just droning on and on. Irrelevant words, weak and without conviction. In effect, He said nothing at all.

I have been praying all weekend about what is going on. I will contribute my small part in a few blog posts that I will write.

Isis is like a monstrous evil with one massive head, many limbs reaching out. The head directs the flow of the limbs. Unless the head is cut, the limbs, when cut, just seem to grow back. If the head is attacked and cut off, since the head is based on an evil ideology, someone else will just take the place, someone filled with passion to kill and push an evil agenda. Evil anti-christ ideology just infuses those waiting in line to push the radical Islamist agenda.

Spiritual warfare is rising in the world to an extent that we can no longer deny it, go around it, or even post hashtags and social media posts and then walk away one week later and forget about it. That seems to be the extent of involvement – short sound bytes, here today and gone tomorrow. But, this is not going away.

War is here whether we like it or not. As Christians languish in introspection in the midst of fear, we are in a war. As many are paralyzed, turning away from reality because they can’t wrap their brain around this type of evil, we are still in a war. It is a massive war in the spiritual realm that can only be fought in Christ with spiritual weapons and it is the responsibility to fight this battle in prayer, resting in our identity in Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.

This battle is being played out in the natural realm throughout the world, including within this country at some point. Of that I am sure. Natural solutions will be applied to combat this evil. They must be. That seems inevitable and we can’t avoid it or pretend that it doesn’t exist or that it will go away.

I was mentored in spiritual warfare years ago. Prayer meetings that shouted and yelled, pacing and crying out, and all the while I actually knew very little of my own authority and identity in Christ. I look back and see these were often times of presumption and immaturity. Times are now different for many of us. We are wiser and more mature in many ways. The war is on and it is time to awaken the church to stand in position in Christ Jesus.

What did we expect? Has our version of American Christianity diluted truth to the point where we can’t conceive of actually suffering for Christ, dying for Christ? Is our focus on a gospel lacking in power and authority, wordy, culturally relevant but lacking power? That simply won’t cut it any more. It is not a time to fear. It is a time to stand in Christ. And that involves warfare – for our nation, our cities, our family, our neighborhoods…….

I was born for such a time as this and if you are reading this, so are you. Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18) while the enemy roars around us seeking whom he may devour and kill (1 Peter 5:8) . It is not either or, it is both.

There is so much to say here to equip the saints to walk in power and authority that is ours in Christ. He did not say it would be easy but he did say he would never leave or forsake us.



In Christ,
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Explosions of Light Move Me Along In Life

I thought my life would go like this.

Upward Arrow

A constant upward progression – to infinity and beyond with all possibilities before me. After all that is what the Bible says doesn’t it. “For with God, nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:27)

Even as a Christian, I believed that if I followed the right formula all would turn out just right. I set out on a path to study hard, pray harder and prophesy over anything that breathed. As a pastor in California, a speaker traveling to many different nations at times, lots of different cultural scenarios – life was good. It should all flow right into bigger ministry, better opportunities and more success. Something like this.

Graph people

But, it didn’t.

It doesn’t actually work that way. Nothing is impossible with God. That’s true. But that doesn’t mean that everything is possible for me. It all works for good, though.

Life constantly brings me down into its reality, where formulas don’t work, answers run out, and everything we thought would be, did not come about. Life twists and turns along a chaotic path. It’s not built on templates, or someone else’s path to prosperity or even on enough positive thoughts.

LIght GraphWhile drinking a caramel macchiato and looking through Flickr, I came to the conclusion that if I were to graph my life, it might look like this.

Chaotic Life Cloud

Or even this other great picture.

My life is not static, but dynamic with explosions of light in between the day-to-day, Revelation finds me and I burst onto a new scene, transformed by what has gone before. The before was the years it sometimes takes to get ‘there’ where there is no forward movement but just walking along in sync with Jesus, learning of Him and discovering His ways. “There” are the times when nothing seems to be happening and I can hope to leave ‘there’ but if I do, I will miss what I am supposed to learn “there” that will take me to the next place. Whew! Understand?

My life is organic in flow and eternal in focus, in the world but not of the world. In Christ. That is my point of reference, wherever He takes me.

My life is rocked in explosions of light where Jesus, the way, truth, and life intercepts my path and simply blows everything up at times. That is the way He teaches me that life is not lived in increments, gradual increases over time. For me, there are explosions of light, which shift me into new plateaus of living. With that comes new relationships, locations, revelation and maturity.

God seems to love life explosions where transformation propels us into new places.

As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “ Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? (Acts 9:3-4 NKJVS)

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Master sitting on a throne––high, exalted! ––and the train of his robes filled the Temple. 2 Angel–seraphs hovered above him, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two their feet, and with two they flew. (Isaiah 6:1-2 Message)

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “ Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” (Luke 1:26-28 NKJVS)

My life graph is not in incremental increases of measured success. I can’t be graphed or timelined into measured points that produced measured output. Remember the post “We are not producers.” I believe in hard work and discipline IN the flow of Holy Spirit. God knows me, formed me and is intimately aware of my life path.

How can I break this down to those of you who may be a bit more practical in your thinking? As I live, move and have my being in Christ, internal transformation, the light and life of Christ in Holy Spirit leads and guides me on my life journey. Being in sync with Him means I can’t quantify my life by any worldly measurement scale of wealth, degree, knowledge, prestige, honor or fame. Those all disappear in time but that which is eternal never fades or goes away but remains forever.

Relationships, love, mercy, grace, Holy Spirit, compassion, courage, intercession, commitment, integrity, excellence………..virtues that build me up, maybe unseen by those looking for some outward measure of success. God looks on the inside, elevates those who are the least likely and turns things upside down in His kingdom. It is a glorious day to be alive.


In Christ,
Rivers of Eden Ministry
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