First Steps Are Important – What Are You Waiting For?

Raleigh At NightSettled in Raleigh for such a time as this. The journey to get here has been one wild ride, filled with excitement along with a bit of healthy fear mixed in. Change and transition, even when you know it is God’s direction, is still a bit crazy when you move into an area that you don’t really know.

Unfolding before me is a year filled with many exciting opportunities, writing, speaking and travel. So before I start blogging again let me give you a run down of these past 6 months. When I write it out, it gives me a perspective on God’s story for my life and how He and I are writing it out together.

Awhile back, during those weeks prior to actually stepping out in faith to come to Raleigh, God whispered to me, “In this next season, I call you to be a Travel Scribe.”

My response, “What is that?”

His reply, “Just follow me. I’ll show you.”

I stepped out in faith, allowing Him to reveal His plans for me. He directed me into several new venues, some of which took me by surprise.

This past May, Women In Ministry Network led by Patricia King ordained me and 16 other glorious women at the Women On The Frontlines Conference in Phoenix. This act of obedience catapulted me into a new realm of spiritual sight and active faith. Connections were made and it suddenly occurred to me that I found my tribe. This act of obedience connected me locally with other women, their churches and other God ordained apostolic-prophetic networks

Then through God’s leading, I joined a Scribal Prophet group led by Apostle Theresa Harvard. (Now if you have an aversion to titles or that God calls women into this, get over it. No debating here. Women are rising up in this hour.) Along with several conferences and a mentoring group, I will branch out in writing prophetically with more boldness and courage. Connections are growing and flourishing. And it is all a confirmation of the call to be a Travel Scribe.

But, there’s more. It’s time to connect with writers who are serious about their craft so I joined Jeff Goins Tribe Writers. So far, so wonderful. It’s 9 month of webinars, mentoring, writing, relationships……….

Apex Community PartAll these venues, along with a few others, came on the heels of a simple act of obedience to move to Raleigh when God said to move. We never really know what doors will open until we take that first step.

I want to expand my reach and extend my path in courage because I believe I have something to say to a prophetic generation that is rising throughout the earth. My life reveals that I carry God’s message, unique to me, as I walk it out in creative adventurous ways. I find this to be very important because it encourages people to know Holy Spirit, leading us on a grand adventure in Christ. If you love religion, you won’t like these posts. In fact, you will probably ignore them because you are satisfied with things being done in a predictable manner. That’s not me. From the moment, I encountered Jesus, I realized He was looking for me all along. When He called me to be a Travel Scribe, it resonated in my spirit before I could really grasp the reality of that call.

Add it all up->

Travel + Speaking + Writing + Photography + Adventure + Passion for Jesus + Love Holy Spirit + Spontaneity + Creativity = Debra

Who could ask for anything more? Don’t you want to be you? Ask God to lead you on His adventure to reveal His life through you.

Debra

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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!

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Debra
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Time to Move Out Into Those Wide Open Spaces In Christ

5970202685_c187cfac72_zIt’s possible.

It’s impossible.

What do I believe?

Nothing is impossible with God. He delights in giving me dreams, visions and revelation that call me out from my safe comfortable existence. I share my hopes and dreams with those who dream big, who believe in walking in the possibilities of God in Christ Jesus. His purpose for me is kingdom oriented and supernaturally driven. It’s infused with eternal perspective that is my internal GPS system.

Each day I choose to believe God. I choose to believe His word.

For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37

2017 is a year where my key words are possibility, faith, obedience and confidence.

Possibility brings me into wide-open spaces of exploration.

He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved! Psalms 18:19

Pushed to the wall, I called to God; from the wide-open spaces, he answered. God’s now at my side and I’m not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me? God’s my strong champion; I flick off my enemies like flies. Far better to take refuge in God than trust in people; Far better to take refuge in God than trust in celebrities. Ps. 118:5-9

In a negative, chaotic world, I choose to believe in possibility, a wide-open space where Jesus takes my hand and Holy Spirit leads me into adventure. In this place, promises abound, hope is eternal, and destinies are walked out in purpose, contrary to the ways of the world. I refuse to live any other way now.

My dad was a negative person due to pain in his personal life. This atmosphere infused our home. Growing up believing that I will never measure up, I stood back, always observing, never engaging with life, never taking risks. Deliverance and healing came in Christ years ago when I received His salvation and His healing. Step by step He walked me out into total freedom into my life message of journey and adventure in the Holy Spirit. It keeps getting better and better each day.

PaintbrushPossibilities are real in the spiritual realm. I see them with eyes of faith and obey the Holy Spirit’s lead to walk them out in a broad place without fear or condemnation.

Timing of the manifestation of the promise is in God’s hands but once you see it in the Spirit, it is yours. Faith calls it forth and obedience walks it out. I partner with the Holy Spirit to manifest heaven on earth through my life in Christ.

Here’s how walk it all out in my life when I receive a promise from God.

Iceland is on my heart. God put it there. He’s a good God with a keen sense of humor. I see something about Iceland in commercials on TV, on the Internet, or while I am reading. It’s like He is saying, “There it is. What are you going to do about it?”

I know I’m called there so I’m putting it out there as an example of walking in faith in journey with Holy Spirit.

I can wait until someone contacts me or I can be proactive in the spirit and start where I am right now….believing in the possibilities that exist in His promise to me.

I take the visions or dreams that He gives me and I position myself in prayer. I prophesy to myself. I pray the vision out loud in declaration until I receive more vision. I thank God for this promise seeing myself there in this beautiful nation.

He then shows me a picture of a rock tumbler and rocks’ hitting against one another and I Google what a rock tumbler is. How does this picture spiritually reveal what God is saying about Iceland and its people? This is just a small part of one vision – walking out the now step by step into the future that is on the horizon.

My call – To motivate you to move in Christ into grand adventure in your Christian walk, believing nothing is impossible with Him. Keep walking this out with me………..

Possibility = adventure and journey in Christ Jesus

Faith = believe the promise at all times, even when you don’t quite see it

Obedience = walking out small steps day by day on this journey. Get moving!

Confidence = NOT in myself but in Jesus, who strengthens me, encourages me and leads me onward.

Debra

 

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Sit Down, Take a Seat – Right in the Midst of the Battle

NowTo live in a realm where everything is possible in God, we will confront an opposing realm where people, even those close to us, will tell us that everything we believe is simply impossible to achieve

We’ve all heard them.

You can’t do this.

You will never be able to do this – you’ll never have enough money. You’re not qualified. There are too many people out there better and more connected than you.

Why even bother? Just reach low and if you miss it, then you are not disappointed.

This morning, I felt a surge of something rise up within me. It started in the core of my being. In the spiritual realm, I felt like a warrior dressed for battle, unmovable and unshakeable.

I felt resolute, steadfast, unwavering. Strong. It is all that but, it’s more than that. What to call this?

I call it faith. Faith to enter into all the possibilities that are promised me in Christ while taking a stand against what people say, the world says, or what my circumstances dictate to me on a daily basis.

To enter into God’s possibilities, we must stand strong in the promises of God, believing, despite opposition assaulting us from all sides.

JourneyWe rise above a natural reality and live in the Spirit, which in and of itself confounds the ways of the world. The Holy Spirit directs us into the possibilities of God, which defy man’s wisdom and logic.

God seats us in heavenly places in Christ and that is our reality to be walked out in the earth, right now.

Breakthrough is ours in Christ but we fight doubt, unbelief, condemnation, and worry to believe it and receive it. This is an unending battle. It’s called life. The battle will never end so what to do?

Here’s what God says about living life in the battle, not waiting for the right time or the right circumstances.

Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Psalms 23:4-5

He sets a table for us RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of our enemies and says, “Sit down and eat. Let’s dream together. Nothing is impossible with me. Sit down and focus. Focus on me. Follow Me.”

Breakthrough to enter into His possibilities? What is it? What does it mean? I am not quite sure what it means for you but for me it means crossing into promises He gave to me which fear tried to abort on a daily basis. It means restoration and reconciliation in some relationships, destroyed and beyond repair. It means open doors to travel into nations with a sure word to deliver that brings healing and deliverance into people’s lives, changing and shaking atmospheres within the sound of my voice. It’s time to move out in the Spirit, confident in His strength, resting in His grace.

What do you believe for that goes beyond any ability you have in you to obtain it?

What dream do you see yourself living out in real-time?

Do you believe, really believe that God can override all the negativity, all the pain in your life and all the dead ends and locked doors to break you out into that sweet place of destiny that your heart has longed for all these years?

Only believe and if you can’t believe, ask Him to strengthen your unbelief. Never give up.

Debra

 

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Please share this with those struggling to enter into their breakthrough to given them hope and tenacity to stand strong in Christ.

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Moving in Truth or Anchored in Opinion

TruthWe can be enslaved by opinion or moved by truth. Opinion shifts and changes hourly or even by the minute, depending on how often we open up social media or glance at the news. What’s out there, perceived as truth, is often revealed to be opinion, coated in a fine layer of distortion back up by clouded facts.

Where do we find truth? Unshakeable yet moving. Firm yet fluid. Is that possible? Doesn’t’ that seem to be somewhat of a paradox? Can you have both or is truth stoic and immoveable?

Truth is on the move! Truth calls out to each of us to move along with Him and invade territory captured by lies and distortion. Can you see it? Chaos abounds all around. We question everything and hold onto nothing, shifting our beliefs with whatever is trending or whoever seems to make a case we can hold onto. I believe that we are desperate for truth but many don’t know where to find it. They turn to every conceivable thing to alleviate their fears or calm their nerves.

All along truth calls to us within the person of Christ Jesus. Who is He? A liar? A lunatic? OR is He really who He says He is? I believe He’s truth. That forms the basis of my writing. I point the way and you choose to receive and believe or keep searching. Trust me. I kept searching and searching for many years, looking for rest and peace yet rejecting the One who offered it me. Why? He loves me.

Way Truth LifeJesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ John 14:6

Jesus and the Father are one and He longs to reveal the Father to us. He cries out, “I am the way”. He speaks unashamed and without pretense. He has the audacity to say it, because it is true. I live, move and have my being in that reality. Truth moves and I move in sync with Him.

It’s not time to batten down the hatches or hide in our personal Christian fortresses, complete with lights, camera and action on a weekly basis. Don’t hide behind closed doors afraid of the world and its opinions of what a Christian looks like, sounds like or acts like. Get out there and be truth in a world of chaos. I don’t hide waiting for the Apocalypse. Where did the apostles ever do that?

Truth shapes my life in courage. I rise and stand tall in the reality of Jesus Christ. He moves – revealing, expanding and exploding on the scene of my life to show me who He is and who the Father is. This is a grand exciting journey, moving parallel to the fear in the world but destined to overtake the darkness with the light of Christ within me.

What is truth? Let me meditate on this today according to Scripture. More in the next blog.

As I said before, please join me on this journey as I write. I am not going to settle things in one blog post but they will form a journey into the heart of Jesus Christ, the Father and Holy Spirit.

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra