To Infinity and Beyond

TD Jakes – whenever I want to be motivated and kicked in the butt with a challenge, I listen to TD Jakes. He has the innate ability and anointing to express, with great love, the need to look at oneself and change, accepting all my imperfections and failures and KNOW – God is indeed good, very very very good. My quote of the week:

“Don’t write the memoirs of pain and agony, writing from the REAR VIEW window.” TD Jakes

Rear View Mirror SkySo, here it is. One day before we actually do the pack up and move – I feel great. It is not a ‘great’ that is motivated by false assumptions or vain imaginations of what could be based on fear. It is a ‘great’ that is filled with the reality of how good and faithful God is.

I can’t look in the rear view mirror any more. Gazing at the past with some sorrow, great disillusionment, and deep discouragement at times. This woman is moving on. It has been so busy that despite my love of blogging, I found time itself to be at a premium with the move. So, I did not sit down to write BUT I have so much stirring in me that next week, revelation and thoughts and stuff will be coming your way.

It’s time to move past blogging angst – writing of pain, sorrow, disillusionment, etc. I know that may help people at times but what helps more is a revelation of Jesus Christ and the truth in His promises to us. No writing about unanswered questions that still remain unanswered – done. Moving on past blogging about the pain, the anger, and the sorrow. Moving into Christ and the hope that fills me with such expectation that I can hardly breathe at times. Moving with Christ into a future that is promised to me because He is faithful to complete what He started in me. Moving through revelation that helps me walk day by day, one step at a time into adventure and challenge and LIFE, unedited.

Where have I been these past years? Trying to be everything to everybody. I was whooping and hollering along with TD Jakes all the way from Ventura to Valencia last night. Amening and believing it 100% – accepting the reality of my life in Christ.

Rear View MirrorI used to be filled with passion and positivity and great faith. When I found myself talking more about my past, I realized that something in me stalled and died. When I realized that I blogged about the intricacies of introspection, I realized that is not always the way I want to go. As a mother, grandmother and daughter of the King, my job is to love you and to challenge many of you to keep moving. These blogs will not always sound oooshy and gooshy with love, but they will sound forth with love that is solid and believes in the reality of Christ within a person to live in an abundant life, despite any outward circumstances that drag one down.

Like TD says (paraphrasing here) – you can live in the ghetto but you don’t have to think like the ghetto. I have not lived in any ghetto but I lived in a prison in my own mind that limited and restricted me to the opinions of others along with the guilt and condemnation that comes from the past.

When we leave Valencia tomorrow, it’s almost September, the 9th month – a birthing month. For me, spiritual birthing. That could explain why I have been in a bad mood for the past 5 years. I am carrying a baby that is long overdue to be birthed. I found my birthing room in Christ, outside the walls, outside of institutional Christianity, at least for now. There is spiritual significance in the move taking place right now. I will not be looking in the rear view mirror any more. When I do that, I can’t see the future.

Buzz LightyearSometimes when I want to detox from all the crap that comes with being an adult, I watch Disney – Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Madagascar and more. Okay, I do it a lot, not just sometimes.  There’s something that brings you into the beauty of reality when you look through the eyes of a child. This kept coming to mind today. “To infinity and beyond.”  Would you believe the Holy Spirit brought this one to me? God is indeed very very good. My trajectory is changed, catapulting into the great unknown,  infinitely filled with possibilities in Christ. It’s all good. Enjoy the next season of this journey with me.

In Christ,
Debra Westbrook

Creative Expression – Revelation on the Beach

Ventura Beach Hi Everyone! I took 10 days off so that I could just chill and be in God’s presence. I let go of any expectation that I had to be ‘in the mix’ or a ‘need to know’ on social media. This brief season of rest was for the sole purpose of connecting intimately with Jesus Christ. I want to keep this blog fresh with thoughts that Holy Spirit brings into my heart. I don’t want to be compelled to deliver anything and yet, I do want to bring life to those of you who are reading this. Thanks for being here!

While sitting on the beach in Ventura CA (yes, I know it’s hard to sit at the beach facing the beauty of the Pacific Ocean but someone has to do it so I gladly obeyed the Lord that day) I realized (smiling) that God was speaking to me about His goodness. Do you ever feel second-rate, passed over or left behind? There are days when I feel totally accepted in the beloved and then there are other days when I feel like a step-child. Truth has to make its way from my head to my heart on those days and God is faithful to make that happen as His love touches my heart.

Do we realize that God’s goodness to us is NOW? So often I am pressing in to see the manifestation of a promise, or some future goodness that I fail to know that His present goodness to me is glorious and real. He is good – NOW! It is in His goodness NOW that I walk, step by step into the future. His goodness to us IS…….wonderful, awesome, marvelous and more – not dependent on how I feel or even circumstances that are flying around me causing me to lose my focus. His goodness is NOW.

Yet, what if I or you or anyone can’t see His goodness NOW, the NOW clouded by frustration, illness, financial difficulties, divorce, depression, anxiety, family pressure or any number of things that seem to surround many of us, in fact, many many of us.

We can become distracted by the NOW only looking to the past or straining to reach the future.

Ventura BeachHis goodness is NOW for God is good, whether our circumstances dictate that or not. He is good. So I cannot stand in judgement on God regarding His ways, which often are quite higher than our own understanding. He is good.

The expanding revelation of His goodness NOW carries me forward, step by step, one day at a time. The NOW is a safe place to realize that He is good and His goodness does endure forever.

This may be a bit obscure but the NOW is always moving forward into a new NOW. One day my eyes open to see the future promise that I hoped for, believed in are right there, manifest before me in the NOW. Yet, what if I neglected to see the beauty of NOW because it did not come as I expected? What if the NOW is causing me to lose faith in God? What if the NOW is trying to abort my future through discouragement or disillusionment?

I am realizing that God IS good right NOW and forever and He does work all things for good. At this time in my life, I see that in His goodness I am living in His presence and every promise will come to pass as long as I move in the NOW in intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. That is why I had to take some time off. My focus became a bit distorted, little by little every day. I started seeing my past as a hindrance to my future. I also started seeing discouragement block my vision of my future. But, He changed all that in one simple trip to the beach in Ventura, CA. I love Cali! I absolutely love Cali! It is my home even though my heart is to travel to the nations, only to come back to that place I call home. Cali – My revelation location which allows me to breathe a long deep breath today and say with simplicity of heart – God is good……..and His mercy endures forever.

Debra and ChloeRivers of Eden Ministry is called to challenge people to a life of creativity, revelation and intimacy in Christ. Marvin and I look forward to hearing from you, allowing us the opportunity to minister in the grace and love of Christ in your gathering, church, home group or conference.  Currently we are planning a trip to Kenya in July in which we are looking forward to establishing new relationships with leaders for a Kingdom purpose. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter for more information.