It Won’t Always Be Safe – It’s A Journey of Faith

Here we are in Raleigh, North Carolina. First impression – so beautiful!

It’s our journey of faith and it’s a journey that isn’t always safe and comfortable! 

This past year faith opened my eyes to see that change is my default position. Change guides my daily routine, how I organize my days in the Holy Spirit. Change led us this year, one step at a time to move to North Carolina from Texas. One year ago God simply said, “Head east!”

Never Lose A Holy CuriosityI believed Him and wanted to obey but still struggled inside with a bit of fear.  In all my life, I never conceived of living on the East Coast.

Obedience requires sacrifice on many levels. As the struggle inside me died, the way became clear. As I submitted to His plan, the path opened up one step at a time.

This is our life! We are three hours ahead of you California. We still love you and always will. California will always be in my heart…always. Can you see that I still miss it? My life in the Spirit was formed there.

Is this our last move? I’m not sure. I’m not looking too far ahead. Right now, God calls us to settle into this area, giving our time and our anointing to build up God’s people.

My life message is creativity and journey in Holy Spirit. In creativity, Holy Spirit led us in the journey to get here.

Divine connections landed on our path in the most random places as we were seeking God for confirmation. Meeting people while in Texas that were from North Carolina. There they were, right in front of us (in dog parks, while taking a walk) to encourage us and challenge us in our journey of faith.

Dreams played into my sleep indicating a new way. I woke up with a knowing but remained quiet before the Lord.

Signs in the natural dropped onto our path. We laughed at some of them as God has a sense of humor and speaks to us so individually and creatively that we know it is Him talking to us. I’ll blog about the dimes in a few days.

It’s been a quiet journey to get us to this point. I didn’t talk about it much. I didn’t blog about this journey to get to today.  I wanted to write but God kept restraining my hand and my life to be still and trust Him. I felt out of the mix, on the move, wondering, asking but more in love with Him than anything that would stop me from following my Lord wherever He leads.

A new sound, a sure voice is rising up as I follow His path for my life.

It seems that there is a new migration of people shifting and moving in America. We are meeting so many New Yorkers here in Cary, North Carolina. Lots of Californians. Feels great to be here – God is moving! Are you where you are supposed to be? Location is very important in these days. Be perfectly positioned and placed in Christ and in the earth.

This is a journey of faith. It won’t always be safe. Enjoy this journey with me. I want to impart faith to sons and daughters of God to step out, to risk it all and to follow Holy Spirit.

Debra

 

Living with Passion and Purpose In Christ,
Debra

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Smack Down! – Quotable Living

Image“To inoculate me from the praises of man, He baptized me in the criticism of man, until I died to the control of man.” Francis Frangipane

I wrote this quote in my bible over 20 years ago. At the time that I wrote it, I felt so spiritual. I loved all the quotes that pointed to a deeper Christian life. Isn’t it funny that I could revel in the spirituality of these words while at the same time overlooking this simple fact? If I talk the talk, I will walk the walk. Anything other than that is hype.

This quote is so real to me that I can feel its sting every time I read it. I walked it out. Being a people pleaser in addition to an angry control freak, I would reject before I was rejected so that I did not have to deal with the pain. Or I would control so as to not encounter situations or circumstances that knocked me off my pedestal or position. That all did not last long.

There was a time in my life where my hunger to know God increased dramatically. It was during this time that God called me apart. What does that mean? It meant that I could not be in the mix of things, keeping busy or distracted. He wanted to work on my heart. He did and still is.

In pulling me out of the mix, I did not know that the journey to remove religious props was just beginning. The root was deep in me to constantly be affirmed by my preaching, my prophecy and the ministry. I loved being well thought of and highly respected. So in removing my source of affirmation, God ordained to withdraw praise. I don’t have time to go into great detail right now. This is only a blog. So just read these words and substitute your name in the appropriate places if any of this applies to you.

Rather than receive praise, I suddenly was being criticized. There was a purpose to this, but I surely did not see it at the time. In fact, it flat out hurt. (Flat out is a Texas term my husband uses when he means that something is no-nonsense.) I repeat that this season flat-out hurt.

Through situations and circumstances where I held my ground for what I believed, I was rejected. Those who I thought were my friends became the opposition. I don’t want to say they were my enemy. I simply can’t stoop that low or I become like they are in life. Many simply opposed me and any forward motion in my Christian walk.

It hurt. How did it hurt? It hurt because I knew that God ordained this time to strengthen me and to purify my focus on Him. God touched on the fear of man, the deep wound of rejection, and total insecurity in my life. I loved Jesus and so willingly walked through it all. Do you know, and I am sure many of you do, how hard it is to accept pain in order to deepen and strengthen a relationship? It’s worth it. It truly is.

Skipping ahead many years I realize now that Jesus Christ did indeed inoculate me from the praises of men, which are shallow and fleeting. They love you one minute and hate you the next. (Helllooooooo  Miley Cyrus! Read what Sinead O’Connor has to say to her. I would listen girlfriend.)  But when the inoculation of praise runs tandem with the baptism of criticism, the only thing left to do is cry, which I did a lot of those years. You know what emerged from those times, a woman of God, not a little girl anymore. Me.

Galatians 2:20 Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. The Message

A new me – I won’t stand for control or manipulation in my life. I have no time for that and I believe I am worth more than that. I don’t stand for it, no matter what it costs me. And it has cost me a lot – lost ministry, friends, family members and much more. But, He is worth it. Jesus Christ is totally worth it. I like the ME that I am becoming to BE.