It’s Time To Choose

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When I hear a prophetic word that confirms what I am also hearing in my spirit, I meditate on it for a few days. I go over it a little at a time.  Holy Spirit speaks to me about how it applies to my life.

I stood at this intersection (referred to in this word)  for the past few months, paralyzing my forward movement. It suddenly dawned on me that God called me to trust Him in greater ways, moving in radical faith through obedience to His directions.

This word that I share with you today brought life into my spirit, freeing me from confusion and worry about our next move. I pray it also blesses you.

It’s Time To Choose
Garris Elkins

You are standing at an intersection trying to choose which way to go. You have reduced your life down to this single decision. It has stalled your forward progress. The stalling reveals a flaw in your understanding of God’s heart. This is not a decision about you following Jesus. You have already made that decision. You are on His right path. This is a lesser decision you should not give equal importance to like the decision you made to follow Jesus.

This decision is intended to be a learning experience. You are about to learn something profound about God’s heart for you. God is not nervous about the choice you will eventually make. He wants to use that decision to draw our your untapped courage and deepen your trust in Him.

As this word came to me, the Lord took me higher like I was gaining altitude in a helicopter. I flew over the place of your decision. What you now stand it does look like a fork in the road with two distinctly different paths. From Heaven’s perspective it looks very different. Viewing from above, I was able to see off in the distance. In the future these two paths actually come together to form a single path. No matter which way you go with this choice, God will bring it all back together again. Both decisions have His goodness waiting for you. God wants to give you the desires of your heart. That will only happen if you first trust His heart. Regarding which path to take, God said, “Choose one. I will make it work”



Living with Passion and Purpose in Christ,

Great Bill Johnson Video – Thankfulness In The Midst Of…..

This is short and powerful about being thankful in the midst of losing hope, feeling out of it all, loss, grief……..goes hand in hand with the past few blog posts on hope. Breathe and savor the blessing from the video.



In Christ,

No Plan B – Don’t Settle, Don’t Opt Out!

Jeremiah 29:11For those encountering ‘God’s delay’ in fulfilling a promise given to you years ago or seeing breakthrough in any number of areas, this blog is for you and me. God breathed the ministry of Rivers of Eden into my heart in 1997. Over all these years, seasons of discouragement filled my life when I was so far away from any semblance of the promise. Many times in the midst of great regret, I railed at God for being less than faithful to me. I cried deep tears wondering if this life as it existed was all I could ever dream for or hope to get. There is so more but all I can tell you is that I went though so much stuff, like many of you.

In all these years the vision of Rivers of Eden has never died within my being. It seems like this promise is interwoven into my framework, my DNA. In times where I wanted to walk away, I realized that no matter what I did, my heart was set on the promise given to me by God. It was today, while driving, that I realized so clearly that I never wanted a plan B. I never opted out no matter what came my way. His grace sustained me in the journey, even when I did not see Him or feel Him in the slightest way.

There is no glory in plan B for me. In fact, there is no plan B for me. Only Plan A – the promises of God, as He spoke them to my heart, alive and flowing in me out to the nations.

Now having said that, I also want to say this. Plan A does not work itself out like we think. The way I thought Rivers of Eden would flow is not the way God saw it flowing in my life. So His Plan A is different from my perception of Plan A. His seed of promise is growing in me and I tried to work it out my way, in my time. Now, I see He is faithful to His way in His timing in His wisdom.

So for those reading – don’t settle for anything less than what God promised you. No matter how long it takes to see fulfillment. No matter how far away you seem to be from it, don’t settle. As God aligns your vision with His, and as you hear His sound, rest in His way and release what you thought into His process. Eventually passion and joy will be infused into your life as you realize that you are not forgotten and something greater than you can imagine is upon you, unfolding one step at a time.

Why am I so encouraged right now? Well quite simply, I just watched a movie today called “Mr. Holland’s Opus.’ I’ve seen it many times but Holy Spirit kept prompting me to watch it again with spiritual eyes and ears open to receive.

Here’s a brief recap of the story. Mr. Holland has a dream – to write his symphony, his opus, as a composer. He thinks about it all the time. He works on it all the time. Then, life hits – bills to pay, baby on the way, house to buy, job needed…you see the picture. Life has a way of distracting and diverting us from our dreams.

He accepts a teaching job but over the years, his involvement with the students increases to the point where his symphony seems to take a place way down on his list of priorities.

All through the movie, he deals with regret, loss of vision and discouragement. He feels he is losing his passion and his dream in the daily outworking of his life. Yet behind the scenes something was happening that he didn’t see. Plan A was still being worked out, but not the way He thought it would come together.

It all happens in the last scene of the movie. He walks into an auditorium to find people, hundreds of people who are there to honor him for how he impacted their lives over the course of many years. While he thought his dream was dying, it was birthing itself over and over in the lives of people. They were his symphony, his opus.

The stage is full with an orchestra made up of former students. Their lives were his opus from years of of his encouragement, his patience and his love for each of them. But, he never saw it until that day. As he began to lead this orchestra in the symphony, his dream, his Plan A came forth in the sound of beauty, honor, love, respect and so much more. It came together, not in the way he planned it, but in a much greater way than he could ever imagine.

As for me, there is no Plan B. There is only Plan A fulfilling itself right now in the journey in God’s way in His timing. He is faithful to complete what He seeds into us. I will enjoy the journey, rest in His grace and walk step by step in His promises right now as He leads the way. I pray this encourages you in some small way today.

DebraIn Christ,

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The Journey Out Is By Settling In – Part1/3

Jeremiah 29:11The Story – Jeremiah 29 – A Desire to Escape At any Cost – There they were, thousands of Jews in captivity. This was a physical captivity but it affected their life – spiritually and emotionally, too. Their reality in life felt like a prison, something they did not want and were not used to. Could they have wanted a way out so bad that their only possible escape route was to believe ‘positive press?’ Positive press meaning exiled false prophets who were quick on the draw to prophesy…positive things, a way out, or an escape clause.

“You my dear friends, will be released soon and a breakthrough is coming. Can’ you see? There is a fall coming – the fall of Babylon and you, you, you all will be restored to all that is pleasant in Jerusalem. Keep focused on moving out. It will happen before long.”

In the midst of this positive affirmation, Jeremiah comes along and simply says, “Wait patiently for the Lord. He has not forgotten you. Settle into your current circumstance, yet focus on God, His goodness to you, His faithfulness. He sees you all and knows your condition BUT you are not going anywhere yet.”

IMG_5481Two conflicting messages. Of course, the Jews wanted to believe that which was more positive, encouraging, uplifting. I mean, who wants to face suffering, pain and trial, right? But, then again, isn’t life a kaleidoscope, constantly changing, moving, shifting often beyond our understanding and just out of our reach to change anything. That can be very frustrating.

Jeremiah was a prophet. He loved God and he loved the people of God. Sent with a challenging message for the times, he burned with a fire within to speak the truth. There was no other option. Yet, he faced a false narrative being spoken all around him by a group of false prophets who were prophesying only good things. Two conflicting messages, for sure.

IMG_5478Jeremiah keeps speaking.

“Build houses and make yourselves at home. Put in gardens and eat what grows in that country. Marry and have children. Encourage your children to marry and have children so that you’ll thrive in that country and not waste away. Make yourselves at home there and work for the country’s welfare. Pray for Babylon’s well–being. If things go well for Babylon, things will go well for you. (Jeremiah 29:5-7 Message)

Jeremiah keeps speaking.

This is God ‘s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out––plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. (Jeremiah 29:10-11 Message)

Jeremiah keeps saying, “God loves you. He has not forgotten you but my children; you just have to stay put for a bit for this is God’s will for you. Don’t fight me on this. I know what I am saying. As much as you would love to move, change places, just BE somewhere else…just BE where I have planted you, for a season.”

IMG_5479Jeremiah’s words rang true outside of abounding clichés. His words rang with truth, in love, but truth nonetheless. The clichés spoken by the exiled prophets of the day can only hold water for a while and then they show to be without power.

Jeremiah was speaking truth. I can only believe he was thinking something like this. “Don’t look at circumstances. Know that God IS faithful in all things and in all ways. Don’t make god in an image that is manageable. Sometimes, my children, things don’t go the way that you think they should go. Just be still and know God IN this situation, not out of it. There is great learning to be had in this place and great wisdom to be had. Be still.”

We do not like to hear that, today or any day. It is hard to stay in a place of suffering let alone to allow the Lord to use that suffering for His glory. What to do? That is the next blog post. Think about this okay?

DebraIn Christ,