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.

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
Rivers of Eden Ministry
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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

I would love to speak at your conference, gathering, church or home group. Contact me here, on Facebook or on Twitter. Enjoy reading about Rivers of Eden and the Timeline of our Life!

And the River Flows!

Blue Flowing RiverCreativity is like a river to me, flowing within the banks of discipline, hard work, risk, success and definitely failure. Without the restraint of the banks, the overflow of the river can be spontaneous and free but without direction and focus. It’s within the river that the work takes place in a flowing process, leading onward.

Creative people can get lost in moments that lead to other moments and before you know it, you are somewhere flowing over the banks far away from where you started. That seems free and spontaneous but it actually goes nowhere if you do that. Or we can just float along the river on a raft, enjoying the scenery but never putting creativity into action. There is restraint in creative process that requires risk and action.

I love spontaneity but I want to see my creativity harnessed within the process, between the banks of the river – greater flow, greater power to birth creative ideas. For me it’s like this. The creative process starts when I get ideas, thoughts, or revelation. As I move along with the river of God, these ideas grow and take form within me. I become focused and focus leads to action. Staying within the banks of the river requires risk and hard work. Staying within creative restraint, in the river between its banks, brings forth the work whether that is a blog post, art, music, business ideas or any number of ways. I can’t float along always talking about writing, dreaming – I take action in the flow.

Flowing RiverAt some point while flowing along in the river, faith and risk are byproducts of my discipline in the river. I got in the water. What did I expect? To float along forever, risk free, without any manifestation of my dreams, my creative ideas? That’s for people flowing over the banks – not me. I find myself alive in this creative river. I risk. I dream. I try and I keep trying. I do the work here. Creativity that only lives in ideas, never manifesting into reality, is not what I want at this point in my life. I keep flowing along. The scenery changes, birthing new ideas. People join me in the flow and we may even hook up for a bit to produce something in synergy that I could not produce alone. There is so much to say about this isn’t there?

As I live, move and have my being in Christ, rivers of living water in Holy Spirit flow out from my inner life, manifesting in so many creative diverse ways, touching other lives. It all starts in the river for me. Our ministry, Rivers of Eden, can be seen in this blog post. As I am writing this at Starbucks, I see that now. Over the years, the enemy has tried to block, dam, and dry up the river but it is still flowing through me and through Marvin, taking us on this creative journey. Now it’s time for others to join us in the river so we can impart life, love and creative destiny in Christ.

DebraIn Christ
Debra

I would love to speak at your conference, gathering, church or home group. Contact me here, on Facebook or on Twitter. Enjoy reading about Rivers of Eden and the Timeline of our Life!

Mix It Up

Color PaletteToday, try a new way!
Do one thing different!

Take a new path – turn right instead of left.
Don’t let life evolve into mundane moments so that you find yourself at some point wondering if you really lived at all.

Jesus Christ is creatively calling, wooing, drawing many to His creative expression – that which has been placed in your heart by Him alone. Yet so many along the way have lost the direction in the midst of the journey. They seem to know a way formed through cultural templates, unending information and the call of the world. Yet they have lost THE way – the person of Christ.

Color SwirlingThere are many creative expressions – Christ in you, the hope of glory. The way you move, unlike anyone else. The way you live, unlike anyone else.

In Christ there is a divine unity with eternity – on earth as it is in heaven – your life, lived in the power of Holy Spirit, gazing upon His beauty and reflecting His glory in the earth realm now. Formed in Christ, transformed in His glory for such a time as this.

Who ever told you that being different was unacceptable? Those who bully, who criticize, who push and pull on you on all sides, trying to form you into their image – that is unacceptable. You are formed in Christ, move in Christ, live in Christ and in Him there are no two alike – all so different, so creative.  Perhaps it is a day just to hear this and to let this become something you know, something so simple – be you. Don’t turn this into a cliche. Live you. Move you. Be you. In Christ. In Christ glory abounds and expression is unlimited.

Color Swirl 2Jesus is the way, the way for you. In His way, in His life, there is truth. Along the way, as the fog clears, truth forms clarity of thought and expression and the you that is in Christ, suddenly becomes evident and shining and full of the light of His glory.

Now you can see….Him. In Him all else seems to become clear.

In the way, in Him, the truth of life unfolds in glorious diversity, color, sound, light and glory. You are His expression on earth….right now. Eternally seated in heavenly places but placed in time, right now.

Haven’t you actually longed for life to begin? To get past the stuff that binds you to pain, to worry, to anxiety, to conformity, to lack…..

GlassesLive!

Choose life in Christ.

Jesus and the Father are one. Once you see Jesus you see and come to know the Father. Holy Spirit – don’t forget the Holy Spirit. He mixes it up in response to your desire, your passion for life.

You want more…..you have more…..you are in Christ. The truth unveils and reveals the way. Just believe and just receive.

IMG_6047In Christ,
Debra

I would love to speak at your conference, gathering, church or home group. Contact me here, on Facebook or on Twitter. Enjoy reading about Rivers of Eden and the Timeline of our Life!

(Some pictures above via Flickr!)