Breaking of the Dawn

Waking up early to clear my mind and engage with the Lord. It has been a hellish 5 years for many of us but it is a new day and a new year. So I am going all out prophetic in this blog. For the past few years, I have gone one way and another way only to find myself full circle back to who I am – creatively prophetic moving in Holy Spirit engaging in the awesome adventure of Christianity, hoping to enlist a generation to join me along the way.

Man in rising sunFor many years, I listened to prophetic words come and go about breakthroughs and shifts but then came this year……..I can’t explain it nor do I want to but I sense deep in my spirit that God is going to do beyond what we can even imagine this year in our lives, our families, dreams, purpose destiny. It is a shift that has taken place in the Spirit and it is real, substantial and true.

A shift in the Spirit is just that………heaven manifesting on earth in Holy Spirit through Christ Jesus in fresh, new ways. Example: For many years, I developed a cynical attitude about anything prophetic. In doing that, I actually fought against my own DNA in whom God called me to be. Not good.

Cynicism cut my supply line to eternal reality. I kept writing it all out here on the blog as to what I deeply desired but living it lacked the spontaneity, adventure and love for Jesus that I so desperately needed in my daily life. Cynicism internally attached itself to everything and actually killed passion and hope in my life for a time. The antidote to cynicism is repent and believe again. I have done that. Passion is restored and hope sets a path of light in my life.

Each day as I wake up to the breaking of the dawn, I sit and worship, pray, read Scripture and wait on God to talk. And…..He does…. in glorious and marvelous ways. The word comes alive as I believe and I see small things begin to transpire in a new day.

EyeFor instance, I had 2 distinct, clear visions. One was of China where I stood in the land and walked the land, praying. I then saw myself taking a sheer scarf and waving it over the land in an intensity of prayer. This back up many prophetic  words from times past about a journey into China for ministry and intercession.

Truth: God is bringing back many things from our past (people, promises, dreams), placing them right in the present in order to open a door to the future.

The other vision involved an increased passionate heart for Europe where I saw a black veil being pulled over the nations. Yet I knew that when darkness increases, light increased so much more and His glory rules and reigns. The darkness is real. Yet there is coming resurrection power that will sweep through a remnant of people that will not bow their knee to that reality but will rise and shine in the power of light and sound to establish the Kingdom through Europe. Great days for Europe. Great days.

Shortly after getting these two visions, an invitation came to go back to Poland to minister prophetically. Here was the manifestation – heaven on earth.

Each day I wake up to something new taking place in my life…….small things, bigger things and everything in between. From this place of faith in the goodness and glory in Christ, I step into what God reveals and believe. From that place, He opens up more and more to me in the realm of connections, a few open doors and increasing revelation.

He is soooo good. Believe and receive…..let Him reveal Himself to you in ways that are awesome and true. Take steps of obedience, small at first, and He guides, leads provides and definitely surprises us along the way.

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra
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Creative Expression – Invisible Women – To Be Seen Or Not To Be Seen, That’s The Question

Do you ever feel invisible? Seriously. Do you ever feel that you can be in the midst of a crowd, your family, your friends and suddenly you realize that not only do they not see you, but they don’t even know they don’t see you? Ever been there? My own life is taking a turn this year. In the midst of this growing transition and inner frustration I heard this condescending remark, “You should just get a hobby.” Not a good time to say that to me.

Several months ago, I kept telling my husband that I felt invisible. A recurring picture flashed before my eyes. Parts of my body were disappearing as I looked in the mirror. About 3 weeks ago, I saw a book on Amazon. Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray. I was not even looking for a book like this. I did not even know a book was written with such clear and astute humor to address this phenomenon and to assure me that I was not alone.

Jeanne Ray wrote this at 60 years old. What can I say? It is great. It should be mandatory reading for families, churches, leaders, and friends of women over 50. It’s awesome. It’s fiction, filled with subtleties that make one burst out laughing and realities that make one cry. This book is a Godsend to me.

I relate to her in every way. It is real. It is very real. In my particular situation, a woman minister, over 50, and over 55 and almost 60, I sense that older women are the ‘new lepers’ in the church at large. Heck why not let me say that it is a reality for women of my age in general. End of sentence.

You know, I (or we) can do something about this.  Instead of shrinking back as a fading wallflower roaming the aisles of Walmart or  worse, becoming a dissatisfied, angry gritch charging forth with offense and sarcasm, we can make ourselves seen. Seen – not by force, or pride or a rotten attitude. It’s more than that. How? By being ourselves and seeing ourselves before we expect others to see us. They may never change. I can’t do anything about that. But, I can focus on me, the ‘me’ inside that is still alive in every way. The ‘me’ that walks in grace and humility, responding to condescension with a smile (most of the time). Or how about the ‘me’ that won’t get angry each time I am looked over and around but not at?

Here’s just a quick ‘aside’ for a moment. See the cover of People this month? Wow, look at Christy Brinkley at 60 after 4 marriages and 3 kids. They exalt her ability to look good ‘at her age’. There it is. That subtle comparison to what? A 40-year-old? A 30-year-old? A 20-year-old? How contrived and manipulative.

Maybe it’s just me? I have nothing against looking good but come on – there’s got to be a better way. So now my goal in life is to avoid being ‘me’ and somehow to strive to be just as good, fit, healthy, youthful, or ______ (fill in the blanks) as someone else defined by the media. Just as good – a comparison in and of itself. They don’t say it. They never say it but implication is evident by just looking at the cover. What if I want to be as good as ME? If you want affirmation, don’t look to the media. Please don’t.

Thank God for God. God, the ultimate emancipator, the consummate lover of women, proclaims, “Be free. Be released. Just BE!!!!”

And, He is saying, “Enough is enough.” I may not stop this invasive onslaught to annihilate my God-given identity as a woman of God over the great age of 50, no 55, no……okay, almost 60. But, I can ride the wave of speaking life and release to myself in Christ and to those wonderful gals coming after me.

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Let’s confront the heart attitude that must accompany this release. When I feel invisible, I feed into the norms of the culture at large that dictate my identity based upon my age or gender. It’s a double whammy. Age and gender – over 50 and a woman. So much condescension has been leveled at me over the years of being in Christian ministry. Yes, there were many men and women that supported me but there were more that tried to shut me down at times.

Invisibility permeates a woman’s life because culture at large, in many places around the globe, simply disdain women leading to everything from sex trafficking to prostitution to inner wounds of depression, anxiety and fear.

God has been teaching me a lot over these past few years regarding this subject. To actually be seen, I had to see what it was really like to be invisible. I had experience after experience in life, showing me that no matter what I did or said, people were not listening to me. I lost my voice. I lost confidence. I lost ‘me’. I did not even know why. In fact, at this conference that I just attended, a woman got up, came over to me, put her arms around me and said, “You have lost your voice. The enemy has tried to shut you down for many years. But, God is restoring your voice, sending you to the nations to speak and declare His words.” That one came from left field like a hurricane force wind through a woman of grace and glory. It was at this moment that scales dropped off my eyes.

So what do you think? Any comments?

I will leave you with a quote from the back cover of the book.

A mom in her early fifties, Clover knows she no longer turns heads the way she used to and she’s only really missed when dinner isn’t on time. Then Clover wakes up one morning to discover she’s invisible – truly invisible. She panics even more when her family doesn’t even notice a thing. Her best friend immediately observes the change, which relieves Clover immensely – she’s not losing her mind after all! – but she’s crushed by the realization that neither her husband nor her children ever truly look at her. She was invisible even before she knew it.

Clover discovers that there are others like her, women of a certain age who seem to have disappeared. As she used her invisibility to get to know her family and town better, Clover leads the way in helping invisible women become recognized and appreciated, no matter what they role. Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray

In Christ

Debra Westbrook

Please pray and consider having Rivers of Eden minister in your gathering, home group, conference or church in 2014. This is our year of release wherever and whenever God opens His doors bringing His grace and His glory through us to those to whom we are called in this season. You can contact me on Facebook or Twitter.

Some Great Quotes

QuoteHere are some great quotes challenging my growth in Christ. They comfort and assure me, challenge and confront me, and most of all let me know God is in control, even if I don’t understand it all at this time.

“You can’t have authority over what you don’t love.” Shawn Bolz

“Become a safe place for the supernatural to happen in people’s lives.” Shawn Bolz

“2014 – Restoration of the method, the message and the messenger.” James Goll

“Prophecy is high-tech love.” Shawn Bolz

“Faith and hope work together. Hope is the seed bed that faith grows in.”  Kris Vallotton

“Hope feels, faith sees.” Kris Vallotton

And here’s mine:

In Christ, Debra Westbrook

DebraPlease pray and consider having Rivers of Eden minister in your gathering, home group, conference or church in 2014. This is our year of release wherever and whenever God opens His doors bringing His grace and His glory through us to those to whom we are called in this season. Feel Free to contact us on Facebook, Twitter.