My New Normal: Looking At The Horizon In The Midst Of The Now

SeeKeep in sync with me – read some of the previous blogs. No Room at the Inn. And, of course, Wandering and Waiting. After going back and forth to San Diego, we found no peace to settle there, at least for now. I thought it was the place, but each time I go, we look everywhere, and come up short.

The journey sounds like the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears – the porridge is too hot, too cold, too big, too small……….finally, she finds one that is just right, perfect to taste. I want the just right – not the almost or the next best thing or the good enough.

We broadened our search to Huntington Beach, Redondo Beach, Long Beach – townhouses and homes. Nothing felt right. What’s going on here? I am not sure – not at all. Yet, I am not confused. I feel that God is walking with us, revealing a different side to Himself with each new day. I will keep you posted.

What am I waiting for? I wait for Holy Spirit to show us, “This is it.” I will know it when I see it. So wandering here there and everywhere, looking, watching and waiting is my new normal, at least for a while. I expect a lot from where I settle for a season, both spiritually and physically. There should BE community, unity, intertwining lives where one life is involved with another life, centered preaching on God’s grace, the finished work of the cross, reality, authenticity, a place of concern and love and care. Am I asking too much?

I don’t want to just ‘live’ in a place, I want to be “living” in the place where I settle.

Perhaps many of you wonder or think, “Why doesn’t she just find a place to live and be done with it?” Ah, then you don’t know my life. I don’t do it that way.

Over the years, Holy Spirit, consistently in grace, reveals to me, through dreams, visions, revelation and words of knowledge where to go, where to live, where to stay. Let me explain it this way. It’s like a ‘domino effect’. I am positioned in Christ in the right place, at the right time, and one domino sets off another domino and they all fall down. I trust. I believe. I walk one step at a time, following the leading of Holy Spirit. That ‘way’ has led us around the world, with perfect provision in perfect grace. I don’t know how else to live. If there is a different way, God will reveal that to me.

Now, in the dense urban jungle of LA, we seem to wander. It’s so BIG, so VAST, so SPREAD OUT – options, choices abound without limitations. The only constraint for most people is money and time. You get what you pay for here. You see, the closer to the beach, rents go up and up and up. Yesterday, 800 square foot house in Redondo Beach – $2400. I walked away and cringed inside. Can I believe that God will place me, position me in the right place, regardless of what the external circumstances and constraints say?

I am constrained by the voice of God to find that place to settle, not looking at the outward constraints but listening to the voice of Holy Spirit. I listen, wait and then act.

In the meantime, we pray and worship in the Spirit. In the natural realm, we wander and look at places to settle. It’s all good. Not everyone can live this way but it is our life. We always sense this quiet assurance that God is with us, does not forsake or fail us, and that a keen adventure lies right ahead of us. Just follow Him.

Remember, this is my prophetic process right now. Each of us goes our own way – thank God – in creative flow. Or, at least we should all be open to something new, something fresh. I pray your journey is well.

Why all of this? Why am I going here there and everywhere, sometimes with Chloe, our bulldog in tow? Well, I believe we are to be divinely positioned in time and space to discover divine connections, divine opportunities and divine moment that open up to us in time when we are in the right place. Every place is good, but not every place is good for me. These opportunities are heaven-sent, right smack down into the midst of time – like Peter and Cornelius, or Saul on the Road to Damascus, or Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the wall. Our life is not dull, but neither is it filled with the extravagance of riches. We walk in the simplicity of His voice. This is ‘me’.

In Christ,
Debra Westbrook

10511315_794327653940721_886065626280149819_nGod breathed Rivers of Eden Ministry into my life many years ago. I have tried to define it with the typical Christianese language. I can’t. All I know is that our heart’s cry is to focus on Christ, the Tree of Life – to show forth His grace and flow in His glory wherever we are sent. Holy Spirit flows through us (Marvin and I), in creative expression, through preaching, teaching, prophetic flow – people are healed and set free. Divine connections are the norm for us. We go where God leads us – wherever and whenever He wants us to go. The reality of Christ in me, the hope of glory, is alive and well. Now, I am ready to move out again. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter. God may want to lead us your way – to your home group, church, gathering.

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