God Changes Atmospheres As We Speak

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Just keep speaking as God directs. You have something to say. But wait, it’s as He directs, not in our timing.

In the speaking, light flows with sound, releasing creativity into the spiritual atmosphere – all through our words. There is a timing for every word released.

Words are important to God for they create, tear down, lift up………

Wait, release. Wait, release. That keeps us in step with Holy Spirit.

It’s time to get in step with Holy Spirit as the heart of the Father and the glorious beauty of the Son is revealed to us, in us and through us. Let’s not run with every word that comes to mind, every opinion, every thought. Let’s wait, meditate and then release. God longs for the word that we carry inside to impart life within us first before we speak it out. We become the message and the messenger.

Don’t run with everything you heart. Sometimes it’s just for you. No one else. Can you carry it until God says to release it? Can you? There are so many words floating around. Do you want to be known as a voice or an echo? Be patient.

When we run with an idea or thought or word that is not fully formed in Christ, it carries no weight in the Spirit. It floats around with nowhere to land.

To speak in the power of His anointing? That’s a different story. Words form within us. God directs their release and there they go, carrying the weight of eternity within them. They carry the sound of heaven. God says, “Let their BE!” And there was…..all because we wait on God.

So be patient. When life is forming within us, we don’t have to know every detail of what we carry. We don’t have to know all the answers or even to explain what we are carrying deep inside.

Misunderstood? That comes with the territory.  So many want something definitive, something they can understand and hold tight. But life is not always like that, is it? Are you carrying your dream? Then wait for the right timing to speak it out. When that time comes, we will be able to verbally speak what is inside, deep inside.

Holy Spirit whispers to many – “Follow. Me! We are going somewhere.” One step at a time.

 

In Christ,
Debra

P.S. I am in the process of developing a new web site with a new focus. It is in process. In the meantime, I will continue to post on this site until further notice.  In the future there will be a self-hosted site, separate from this  with a great clarity and creativity of what we are carrying in these times to impart into people’s lives.

What will I do with this site? Perhaps I will keep it going to just flow in random creative thoughts. Still thinking through that now. Thanks for being patient with me.

Turning the Corner Today – Creative Leaders in Christ, Rise Up

Child by WaterI want to speak to creative leaders in Christ, those willing venture outside the box of nominal Christianity to discover Jesus, creatively in His journey for our lives. He calls us ‘out’ to walk with Him in an expression of ministry that will hit the hearts of many who want to know His love, His salvation, His goodness and mercy.

Do you see God moving ‘outside’ the confines of our current definition of ministry?

Let’s walk with Him, step by step in humility and grace. God SYNCS each of us in Christ and into our creative expression. This by itself, moves us out and away from any box of comfortable Christianity. I like to call it creative expression in Christ, walking a true prophetic lifestyle in Holy Spirit.

As I move out, I immediately feel resistance. I face the choice of drawing back or to keep on walking with Him.

After years with this message stirring inside me, rising up and being shut down, today I am turning the corner. I can’t go back into what was. I press ahead. Join me on this journey as I turn the corner into the next phase of my glorious life. I write the story and perhaps you can glean something for yourself in all of this in the months and years ahead.

About 1 year ago, I attended a conference in Flower Mound, TX called ‘Limitless’. Focused on creativity in life, the revelation and impartation was amazing. There were deep times of worship, expression and waiting on God in an environment filled with His presence.

During one particular time, Jesus began to speak to me about the next phase of my life, my creative call.

I heard this……

IMG_9642Travel Scribe

Follow me in this okay? I want you to see yourself in this story.

When God said ‘travel scribe’, my natural mind kicked in and I found NO understanding as to what it meant.

Over the next year, God slowly showed me that it is a creative call, out of the box, defined by Him. It involves moving as Holy Spirit moves, involving travel, photography, speaking and writing. Along the way, we hope to establish a base in Raleigh, NC where a creative culture will be built. (Still mediating on this one as the attacks come telling me I lack everything to do this.)

This ‘travel scribe’ thing? The more I thought, the more my heart resonated with the very idea even though I had no complete understanding. Here’s my spiritual resume:

Travel – all over the world the past 20 years.

Writing through the eyes of Jesus prophetically

Love for adventure

Passion for  journey.

Still thinking how uniquely and creatively this revelation fills the very core of my being.

Next steps – a connection came with a glorious ministry out of Atlanta, GA. Check out the Scribal Conservatory Arts and Worship Center.

Something starts to form on the horizon, so small but something that draws me ever deeper into Christ as I follow along in this journey. He writes the story so I can’t stop to figure out the steps right now or I will be stopped dead in my tracks. I follow Him into what is on this horizon. He does this so as to keep me in sync with His Spirit, not my good ideas.

God wants to move outside the box and overall, change is resisted by the church at large. But, God will change His people and change the church as we know it in the process. I am part of that change? Are you?

God keeps talking about travel scribing, travel, and so much more. Places Iceland and Portugal on my heart. Opens up a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area for 2 weeks in July (my dearest home and a place I love). It’s my test trip out to see with the eyes of Christ, taking my family who live there along for the ride. I go with new lens for my IPhone 7 and fresh passion beating in my heart.

Do you see how God leads us one step at a time? Can you see a picture forming? Look for it in your own life.

I attend a Scribal Mentoring Course for 8 months, beginning in July.

Joined Tribe Writers with Jeff Goins.

I am reading, reading reading Creative Books.

Co-Creating with God Lyn Packer

Born to Create – Theresa Dedmon

I pray and worship daily as He downloads His revelation into my life.

Off I go…………..like many others, I like conclusions, a final picture or clarity but then I realize that God loves journey, adventure, walking with Him in life, NOW.

I look forward to you following along with me. God is writing my story. What about you? How is God leading you? It may be just a whisper. Don’t miss it okay?

Debra

 

Living with Passion and Purpose In Christ
Debra

Sonic Boom – Voices of Truth

1203783516_19b903a715_zI heard the Lord speak something to me many years ago that still rings true in my Spirit today. He said: “Sonic Boom”.

So what’s a sonic boom for those who may never have heard one?

When an airplane travels through the air, it produces sound waves. If the plane is traveling slower than the speed of sound (the speed of sound varies, but 700 mph is typical through air), then sound waves can propagate ahead of the plane. If the plane breaks the sound barrier and flies faster than the speed of sound, it produces a sonic boom when it flies past. The boom is the “wake” of the plane’s sound waves. All of the sound waves that would have normally propagated ahead of the plane are combined together so at first you hear nothing, and then you hear the boom they create. (www.howstuffworks.com)

The plane is moving through the air traveling faster than the speed of sound. This plane breaks the sound barrier and produces a boom when it flies past it. The boom is the evidence of the effect of the plane breaking the sound barrier. This sound is loud and penetrating. You cannot avoid hearing it.

As a little girl, growing up in Chicago, there were many summer days when I heard a sonic boom pierce the atmosphere above us and shake our house. I still vividly remember it, so much so that God brought the memory back to me today.

There’s prophetic insight here is we look close enough.

Sound Waves From MouthWhen voices of truth are sent forth by God, their words will flow from the heavenly realm, imbued with an eternal weight of glory. These words are light accompanied by sound, which will break the sound barrier here on earth and cause a sonic boom in the Spirit, which will impact the natural. These words won’t gather up before us, perpetually waiting for us to catch up. Instead, they will be energized with heavenly glory to move fast and furious into the earth realm so as to break through the natural course of events to impact the earthly with an eternal sound, an eternal reality.

As a company of people rise up to speak God’s words, words that are spirit and life, these words will be sent for a purpose from the eternal realm. According to Jeremiah, God watches over His word to perform it. It also says this in Isaiah:

Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. NKJV

Like that airplane, our words of truth in Christ break the sound barrier of the natural realm and fly faster than the speed of sound and produce a sonic boom in the spirit. When one voice is speaking, there is power. When a company of people called to speak truth in Christ speak, truth will shake, and agitate and dismantle whatever is in its path.

We often see a myriad of voices in the Body of Christ today bringing forth a sound that is birthed on earth and carries very little impact in the spirit. Words compete for attention and actually hit up against each other constantly in debate and argument. Words flow forth to defend positions and to enforce doctrine. Words also flow forth that are nebulous and vague with little substance.

God will empower our words more than we can imagine if we listen more than we speak.  (Read the Vision).  We are learning. We are listening. We are waiting to hear and speak words that hold wisdom, grace, authority, and life. I believe that I am in these waters with many of you, counting the cost to follow Jesus Christ obediently and wholeheartedly with all love and passion. Speaking the truth in Christ or saying nothing at all!

In Christ
Debra
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Stretch Out Into Today – Time Is On Our Side

ImageJesus threw Himself into the moment and sanctified time for us now by flowing in the Spirit. Our time on earth is holy, precious and filled with purpose. Do you see your time this way? I will admit that I didn’t always see it this way.

In my life, I felt like time passed me by. I felt pulled back or paralyzed, often lost in my own life, without direction. Now, I wake up and do everything for the glory of the Lord – no matter how big or small. Time is on my side and infused with the glory of eternity. I access my time by faith and obediently walk it out. I throw myself into the moments and in doing that the rush of freedom in Christ overtakes me and eternity beckons me to open my eyes to see, to stretch out into today. I walk by faith, not by sight.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while WE DO NOT LOOK AT THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN, BUT AT THE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT SEEN. For the things, which are, seen are temporary, but the things, which are not seen, are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

There is no time like the present so stretch out into today. With each passing moment, Jesus attuned His ear to heaven to hear the Father and to see what He was doing. He seized the moments and moved in eternity’s call – stopping for the woman at the well, healing the blind, raising the dead……… Each moment in time presented opportunities for Him when He captured them in faith.

He surrendered His life in time so that time would have no control over our lives. We live in time as eternal spiritual beings. Each moment I have is infused with eternity when I choose to believe and see with the eyes of faith.

Francis Chan QuoteA fear of time breeds anxiety and worry. Time tries to capture us in chaos and uncertainty unless we know, truly know that Jesus opened the door of heaven for us and invited us to live in time, within the boundless beauty of eternal glory. NOW.

So rather than wait, ponder, hesitate, procrastinate…stretch out into today. We have all we need in Christ to move in Holy Spirit to do what He’s called us to do.

Time levels itself out as we stretch out in faith. As we walk forward in faith, time presents itself in various ways.

There is the immediate in which we grasp heaven’s direction now. Moments in time overwhelm us with His beauty and glory. What was is gone and something new is here, breakthrough now.

There is that which is right ahead. We walk towards it as faith lays the path but we have to start now or we won’t get there. We see in the Spirit and walk to the sounds of a different drummer.

There is the future on the horizon. We glance at it, look at it and believe it but always remember it is the now moments in time that take us there. So time presents itself NOW and asks us the question, “What are you going to do with TODAY?”

Time is on my side and God asks me what I am going to do with it – each and every day. (Ephesians. 2:6 and Colossians 3:1)

So go ahead – dream, imagine, live it out in Holy Spirit.

Wisdom draws the boundary lines of what to do, where to go, what to believe for. Without Wisdom, we can easily get distracted and be drawn into places that are outside our heaven ordained purpose.

Jesus hems us in on all sides as Wisdom teaches us how to navigate time within wide-open place of exploration and adventure in Christ.

Wisdom walks with us, sets the pace and directs our steps in a glorious adventure. Sometimes we run, sometimes we walk, and sometimes we just stroll along with Him. Time is on our side.

Stretch out into TODAY! Each day has meaning and value…don’t lose track of the moments. In the moments there are people waiting to be healed, looking for a prophetic word from you. In the moments there are doors waiting for you to open in visions, revelation and eternal treasures in Christ. Stretch out into TODAY!

Debra

In Christ
Debra

 

 

 

The Noisy Now

Sound Waves From MouthThe Noisy Now – demanding, resounding, and LOUD.

It’s an atmosphere built upon words, and words and more words. People constantly talking, about everything and at the same time about nothing. Spend any amount of time on social media and the Noisy Now demands attention. In fact, not only does it demand attention, it makes me feel that if I don’t listen, or watch, or comment or like………….I WILL MISS OUT, BE LEFT OUT. What then? Is it necessary to always be in the mix? I don’t think so. God IS the mix and wherever I am, He is. So I don’t take my cues by the Noisy Now but from all that I glean in the silence of His presence.

If I let it, the Noisy Now manipulates me into its path intent on capturing my time. Live videos, urgent posts, pictures – before I know it, an hour flies by, then two and three. It tries to imprisons me in the grasp of its insignificant sound.

Social media has overstepped its bounds in my life so I pulled the plug, giving it no attention whatsoever unless it serves my purpose. No more entitled people, bent on arguments and constant streaming of every last thought, coming into my head. Out! Out!

This all started when I looked down my news feed on Facebook and actually got stressed out by all that I was seeing. Whether I agreed with it or not, I was tired of it all. It was as if unless I checked into the Noisy Now each and every day, my life would fade into oblivion  or lack significance. This is a dangerous place to be where I blend into every sound that is coming down the line. I will lose my voice here and I will be nothing more than an echo of all that is going on around me. No! No more!

There’s an undercurrent flowing under this noisy now. It seems that we want to be listened to, for someone to show us that our life matters. When it gets to the point where all the noise distracts me, using up precious time, I retreat into silence, into intimacy with Jesus Christ. I value alone time, silence. This is my message of impartation to those younger than me. Be quiet, get alone with Jesus to find yourself, to find out who you are and why you were born into such a time as this.

The Noisy Now is not something I want to get used to, not at all. I don’t want to be a hermit but I want to treasure silence with as much expectation as when I click on every link or picture in social media, hoping it will take me on a new adventure. It doesn’t do that but Jesus will – in the silence.

img_7240This is a message that I want to get across to a younger generation – to get away, to think. Thinking is good for the soul. As a Christian, meditation builds up and strengthens my spirit. I live in the spirit, not in the noise. Life in the spirit contradicts the noise. How can I get any direction for my life without meditative silence where I can think and hear Him?

Times of intimacy with Jesus preserves my sanity, strengthens me, and builds up my identity and faith. Quiet purges away the distractions, setting me on a path to walk in clarity of mind and strength of spirit.

There are whirlwinds of endless words trying to carry me away into confusion or distraction. In silence I gain wisdom and understanding about my life. To my younger brothers and sisters…….unplug and tune into Jesus and the Holy Spirit. In His presence are wisdom, peace, guidance, and direction.

Jesus calls us away, to come apart to spend time with Him. Be still and know that He is God. Don’t be swept away by the Noisy Now.Be still.

Debra

Living with Passion and Purpose In Christ,
Debra

Please share this – so many need to hear the simplicity of the message of Christ – peace in a noisy world. 

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