Hope Restored – Dream Again

Green DoorHope is a feeling of expectation and a desire for a certain thing to happen. Without hope, it seems that I can lose myself in shadows, like I’m wandering about in a room filled with promises given but never realized. Without hope restored, infused into the fiber of my life, I can sink down into a certain nothingness that consumes me.

Hope wants to open the door again, to call me out of that room into the light of day, where even though the promises may still be in the distance, the light of Christ brings me into the present reality of His unfailing love for me (and for you).

Without hope, my heart is sick, grieving, and sad. Hope infuses my heart with life and with light.

Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around. Proverbs 13:12 Message

Hope fires up my vision again. It renews my mind in truth. Hope sets itself against any lies of the enemy that seek to destroy my faith in the Faithful One, Jesus Christ.

Hope is the antidote to life’s ambiguity and uncertainty.

Hope restores and makes my heart beat again to the rhythm of God’s promises for me. Tweet That 

Hope rises up. I believe again and receive again.

Questions may still persist during this time of hope restoration. When? How? Has God really said? They test my resolve to stay focused on Jesus.

Yet, Hope does not disappoint me and relentlessly calls out to me loud and clear.

“Look to the One who is hope.”

As I take my eyes off of the circumstances and everything that seeks to weigh me down into life’s uncertainties, I look up to Jesus Christ, with focused intention to see Him.

Christ does not disappoint, never lets go, and never lets down.   Tweet That 

Never!

Can I believe such an absolute statement filled with light and life?

Nothing separates me from the love of Christ.

Hope is restored; Christ rises up within me, imparting a sense of complete rest. In Him I trust. The process of restoration may have its ups and downs but He is faithful. Hope infused with faith to move ahead, even when we don’t quite see it all yet.

“Rest in the journey,” He says to me.

Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge––a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete. 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 Message

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra
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To be Positioned to BE Present…….More Thoughts On This Journey

In creative ways, God graciously confirms His word to my spirit. Once He speaks, prophetic words, pictures, music or videos intersect my path. He’s got this all in control even if I don’t entirely see the whole picture.

The previous blog sets the stage for me in all of this. I acknowledge that fear tries to rise up to get me off-focus, to convince me that God can’t be trusted. I can get buried in the what-if’s along with other questions that center on doubt.

I would like to say that I simply released all control and in a quiet contemplative state I whisked through my day along a cloud of knowing.

But I didn’t. What did I do? After so many years of God showing His faithfulness to me, I still decided to make a list. I listed the pros and cons of what life would be like if we moved to various places to ‘settle’ in order to travel out to minister.

Over the course of an hour, I thought it seemed right to me. Notice what I said there – seemed right to me. I should know by now shouldn’t I?

What's next What nowMy lists show my humanness in full force. The lists went in so many different directions that I ended up doing what I usually do. I threw them away and just sat there, eyes closed, heart open. I quit. I won’t establish my path in my own wisdom.

In that moment of just being, God spoke and continued to speak over the whole day.

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him… (Psalms 37:5-7 NKJV)

Commit my way to His way in complete trust.

He does what He promises He will do.

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24 NKJV)

Little Guy With PostitsThen I read this on FB and it seemed to go hand in hand with what I am seeking in this season. Perfection.

Kris Vallotton

One of the difficulties in becoming fully actualized occurs when people find themselves in a community that doesn’t have the capacity or vision to collaborate with their calling. For example, if you want to be an actress it might be good to move to Hollywood. If you are called to be a singer maybe Nashville is the place for you. New York is a great place to become a model, and the Silicone Valley might be the best place for a High Tech start up. But moving to the Silicone Valley to pursue a career in modeling is probably a bad idea. Conversely, it might be tough to start a tech company in Hollywood. Although these examples are in no way absolutes, they serve to paint a picture in our imagination of the collaboration that takes place when we discover our people and find our Promise Land. These examples also help to explain what happens when we try to fulfill our call in the wrong community. Forging Champions

I am seeking a spiritual community of people who live and move in the direction and power of the kingdom, seeking Jesus in radical love. To me that is being positioned to BE present and the dominos just go falling down – connections, opportunities, relationships, creativity, and expansion. It’s a good thing. Where is it? Still looking, still trusting, still hoping, and still focusing on God. No more lists. Just day by day walking in sync with Him one step at a time.

KeyholeThis move seems so crucial for us to settle in order to move out and travel to the nations. What seems so overwhelmingly BIG for me is just part of God’s process for me and in Him there is peace that surpasses understanding. In this peace I will walk, wait and trust.

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. “For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:11-12 NKJV)

I want to keep focused on this so more is coming soon.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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Aligned With the Wind of the Spirit

cropped-cropped-photo2.jpgI had the incredible opportunity to share the message this past Sunday at Isle Vista Church near University of California at Santa Barbara. The room was filled with awesome young adults passionate and so hungry for God. What a joy!

I ministered and was ministered to by many of them. It was an honor! There’s something about this generation just sets me on fire. I love it.

I learned something during the course of the evening about “me” and my call, the way God wired me inside. These are things I basically knew deep within me but this particular night, confirmations by Holy Spirit exploded within my spirit. I am a woman of the Spirit and a woman of flow – as the Spirit leads, I follow.

Over the years a tension always rose up in me before I preached. As hard as I have tried to BE someone who stayed with the script, thinking that this gained credibility to be balanced and normal. I have never actually done it. Ha! I tried to be polished and teacher-like expounding the Word with finesse and wisdom. I tried to live up to expectations that I placed within myself, but I never did. As soon as the anointing begins to flow – I flow, listen and obey. It always turns out to be a glorious time when I rest in Christ. In the process, people are truly ministered to in unique ways.

It all came to the forefront and suddenly there is no tension. Whether understood or not understood by people, I pray and study and worship and then the river flows in ministry. I find myself to be a Holy Spirit orchestrator to some extent. Sunday night, the anointing flowed so smooth, so strong and so easy as I simply rested in who God has made me to be – a woman of the spirit. Holy Spirit……………..

God bless the teachers in Christ. Yet, I find that for myself I spend time in His presence and in His word and then…….the river flows and is flowing greater each day. Moving prophetically to the sound of heaven is birthing a new awe and wonder of Christ in my life. My prayer is to speak words of spirit, life and truth. That is now for me.

What am I saying? There is creative diversity in the Body of Christ. We are all needed in unique ways to preach Christ. Find your flow and stay within its creative flow, moving in the Spirit in the way deep down you are created to be.

Today Garris Elkins confirmed this to me in a word posted on Facebook.

Holy Spirit GiftsAligned with the Wind of the Spirit

You are entering a strategic season. In this season your primary task will be to make sure you are properly aligned with the coming wind of the Spirit. This alignment will position you to move forward when the wind begins to blow.

As a sailing vessel adjusts its sails to embrace the full power and energy of the wind, so it is with this season in your life. Make sure you have adjusted your life to align with the wind of the Spirit instead of trying to adjust the wind to fit your life. Bringing the proper adjustments will create the alignment required to put you in position to move forward.

If the sails of the most perfectly designed world-class sailing vessel are not rightly aligned to embrace the full potential of the wind it will be dead in the water and passed by the smallest home-built sailboat whose sails are in right relationship to the wind. In this season size, potential and personal history will mean nothing unless you are in proper alignment with the wind of the Spirit.

God is opening doors for us that no man can shut but I also realized that for so many years, He kept many doors shut by His grace to arrive in this place of glory.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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Don’t Lose the Substance by Grasping at Shadows!

Man in SunlightDon’t live in the shadows. Live in the light. Move away from living, moving and having your being in another’s life. Their life casts a shadow, a shape and a form. But, their shadow obscures the light from reaching you. It can call to you as a place of safety yet it is a place of shadow – a place where the light can neither energize nor expose, touching your own life.

A shadow is a region where light from a light source is obstructed by an opaque object, namely the person whose shadow we find ourselves in at any time. Their shadow, their form and shape which we can idolize at times, is the very thing that obscures the light from me.

I am not called to live in another’s shadow, putting on their hopes, their dreams, living within the boundaries of their purpose.

I am called to walk in the light, as He is in the light and He is the light. Jesus Christ. I live and move and have my being in the light of His glory.

The light of the world lives in me, Christ in me. I live in His light and my life is filled and flowing with the light of His glory. I do not live in another’s shadow, their purpose, their passion. What keeps me in the shadows? That’s a good question for each of us to personally answer. Is it fear of being different in our own light? Is it worry? Anxiety?

Standing in the light of Christ is the real me. The shadow that is formed from the light is my form, my substance, my silhouette. He who casts a shadow stands in the fullness of light. Shadows may appear to be safe but they obscure the light.

Sunlight Marco…His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light… (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV)

Out of darkness into the light.

Helen Keller
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

Aesop
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

As the light of His presence flows through each of us, that light will be bright and filled with life so that the world may see and desire Christ Jesus. It is not a case of rebellion or independence trying to find myself because I died and my life is hidden in Christ. He is my life and my light. I am called to shine.

Being different, being creative is a place in the light where all is real, true and authentic. That lends itself to criticism, rejection as well as honor and acceptance. But is there any other way for me? No. The passion in my heart at this time in my life is fired up by an intense desire just to be me in Christ, wherever that leads, whatever door that opens up……my life formed and transformed in the light. How about you?

DebraIn Christ
Debra

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By Accident or Intelligent Design?

cross“By accident or by intelligent design?”

When I awoke out of sleep the other night, I heard this question resounding in my spirit. I love questions from God. He also loves questioning me. I am never too quick to answer or lean into my own wisdom. Nighttime is perfect for this. I am not quite awake yet with my own thoughts.

There are always layers to questions. They are not always quite what they appear to be. What does this one mean?

This question summoned me to come apart to spend time with Him. At first I tossed and turned. I started to get up and lay back down. I tossed and turned some more. Finally, I went into my office, began to pray and waited on God with a journal close by.

Do I believe that I was born and placed in time by accident or intelligent design? It makes a difference in how I live my life. I believe I was born into time for such a time as this. I believe in my salvation in Christ, my eternal life in Christ now.

Yet, if that is true, and it is, then why am I so out of sync with life at times and even with myself – my feelings, my desires, my promises? Why do words such as breakthrough and destiny flow from my lips even when I feel out of sync saying them for I know inside of me are fears of all kinds? Why do I feel as if I wander at times, randomly waiting for life to take hold of me and suddenly push me in the right direction of my promise or breakthrough?

As a human being, I can feel fragmented and separated from my authentic self. Who exactly is my authentic self? It’s quite simple and the older I get, the simpler it becomes. I look no further than He who lives His life in and through me.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NKJVS)

I am in Christ. His life is in me. I died and now live in resurrection power in Christ. Some days that plays out better than other days when life sends its challenges and I surely forget this. When that happens, I run back into truth to recapture the revelation of the finished work of the cross of Christ. I stand in that place as I remember and Christ re-members me in His truth.

Every time that life seems to pull me in many different directions to where I don’t even know myself, He is there, reminding me that I am whole in Him. Nothing overpowers me. He is my life. I have died in Christ to live in the purity of resurrection life. That is truth – a truth that is imparted to me over and over again. In the worst of situations, His grace is sufficient for me. In my weakness, He is strong.

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. (Romans 6:4-5 NKJVS)

Soaring EagleI am joined to Christ in the power of the cross and the power of the resurrection. That is the glory of intelligent design. I live in Christ. Nothing can separate me from that – not fear, not worry, not depression, not anxiety…not anything. I am not an accident randomly placed in time to wander amidst uncertainty and apprehension, separated from my authentic self, drowning in a false image that the world at large tries to shove down my throat. I am made by His intelligent design. The breath of God courses through my life.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them (Psalms 139:14-16 NKJVS)

How can anything separate me from the love of Christ? How can anything separate me from Christ in me, my union in Christ? It can’t but it does try to create an illusion or a fog that causes me to look outside myself at circumstances, situations or any life challenge.

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39 NKJVS)

I am not randomly moving in time, wandering, and wondering. My life is in Christ and in Christ there is grace to empower me to live as a child of God. Wandering through life, without rhyme or reason, is not my lifestyle. To randomly wander in life is to be separate from this truth. I am not here by accident. I am created by intelligent design, the God of the universe who sent His Son, Jesus Christ for me so that I may live life in Him through the power of Holy Spirit.

I will end with this. There is a pressure to have answers, tie up loose ends, get to the heart of the matter and provide a solution. So many people want a way out and it is simply not possible. Again, life is about process and every step along the way; it is in the journey that we discover the heart of God. This Christian life is all about relationship and we don’t take our cues from the world in how to walk this out and how to live our life. Our life is in Christ, not the world. There is so very much to say on this as time goes on.

Debra 2In Christ,
Debra

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