Posts made in September, 2014

Happy New Year!

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Blog Posts, Dance, Ministry

           Happy New Year!  As many of you know, last Thurday, Sept. 25th was Rosh HaShanah, also known as the Feast of Trumpets, which marks the beginning of the new year on the Jewish calendar.  Many customs are associated with this day, one of them being the sounding of the shofar 100 times to release the blessing on the new year.  Since my parents were here, we got to go up to Stone Mountain (one of the highest points in Atlanta) and “proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants” (Lev. 25:8-10).  High places are often associated with spiritual authority and power in the Bible, so this was pretty cool and powerful. We were also blessed to get to go to The Potter’s House in Griffin, GA. and minister together to the ladies there.  My dad shared about the Jewish customs of Rosh HaShanah along the meanings/purposes of the shofar as a spiritual weapon of warfare for us now.  (To learn more, go to his ministry website, Shofar Call International) http://www.shofarcall.com/teaching—how—when–where.html I taught a traditional Jewish dance, called Davidic Dance, and led the ladies in freedom with flags, streamers, and free worship.  It was such a blessed, fun, and freeing time together and God touched many with healing both physically and emotionally.  PTL! Psalm 150 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary;     praise him in his mighty heavens. 2 Praise him for his acts of power;     praise him for his surpassing greatness. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,     praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,     praise him with the strings and pipe, 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,     praise him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.  ...

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Tribute of Honor

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in Blog Posts, Ministry

This past week, I had the privilege of having my parents come visit me here in Atlanta and celebrating them in a special way on their 46th wedding anniversary by presenting letters of tribute to them.  It was truly a God-orchestrated thing as the Lord had recently put a book in my hands during my sabbatical called “The Forgotten Commandment: The Blessing of Honoring Your Parents.”  I immediately knew I wanted to read it and really learn how to do this thing called “honoring your parents.”  Of course, I knew the Bible talked about it, but it was something that I felt I didn’t really know how to do in a practical way. I remember when it felt like the scarlet letter to admit that you were raised in a dysfunctional family, but let’s face it….every family is dysfunctional in one way or another simply because society is dysfunctional.  Parents make mistakes, get divorced, say and do hurtful things, and/or just plain drive you crazy, but in the midst of it all, they are often doing the best they can. There is something in our human nature that automatically focuses on the negative things in life.  Whether it’s the weather, our boss, the dirty socks on the floor, or the slow car in front of us, we tend to voice our gripes and complaints rather than our praises and blessings.  The fact is, no matter how bad something is, there is always something good to say IF we look for it.  In the same manner, no matter how terrible your parents may have been, there is something that they did right.  Even if it’s just the fact that you are alive today and they didn’t choose to abort you.  The gift of life itself is a blessing and something to thank them for. In Ephesians 6:2, the Bible says to “Honor your father and mother,” but that’s not all.  There is a promise attached to it….. “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”  It’s interesting that none of the other nine commandments have a promise attached to them.   God is serious about honor and about blessing Life may be going well for you, but how many blessings have been hindered in your life because of lack of obedience in this area?  I don’t know, but what I do know is the shift that I felt in my heart just by writing the letters and remembering good memories and the positive things and sacrifices that my parents made for me. Maybe this is something the Lord is putting on your heart to do for your parents?  If so, go for it!  You will be abundantly blessed, as will they….not to mention the many people that surround you.  We are not guaranteed tomorrow, so don’t delay.  Tell them now and release the blessing of long life, healing, and joy…..while it’s still called today.   Luke 19:9 – “Today salvation has come to this house…”...

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Rescued From My Strong Enemy

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 in Blog Posts, Ministry, Prayer, Uncategorized

The last time I was in S. Africa almost 4 years ago, I had the opportunity to see a girl get rescued out of the brothel that we were ministering at.  It was amazing.  Then, while we were at the Sheriffs Dept. with her, I felt the Father prompt me to adorn her with one of my silk scarves as a royal garment and speak truth over her.  It was a precious and priceless moment, and one that I’ll never forget. Now, to have this opportunity to go back to S. Africa and be a part of The Freedom Climb is thrilling on so many levels.  Not only do I get to join with an amazing group of intercessors to pray for this event, but I get to join in the climb of Table Mountain and identify with the suffering of so many women and children as they journey on their climb to freedom.  Throughout scripture, mountains seem to be God’s select spots to speak revelation and vision to His people. When we stand on the top of the mountain, we will be declaring life and freedom for those who cannot speak for themselves. (Proverbs 31:8-­‐9) Just as David declares in Psalm 18:17, “He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me,” so have we been rescued, ransomed, and set free from our strong enemy.  You may not be able to come with me and climb the mountain, but you can sow into this project and help deliver someone else from their strong enemy. As a climber, I’m committed to raising $2,000 for The Freedom Climb project and am currently at 30% of my goal.  Would you consider joining me and help me reach my goal by giving a $25, $50, $100, or gift of any other amount to The Freedom Climb.  You can give a tax-deductible gift at this link: http://fundraise.omusa.org/site/TR/Climb/General?px=1004861&pg=personal&fr_id=1080 Thank you for joining with me in the fight for freedom!  I couldn’t do this without you, your prayers, your support, and your help....

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To All Who Believe

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 in Blog Posts, Ministry, Uncategorized

Last Friday, I was blessed to have a local restaurant partner with His Jewel, Inc. to help raise funds for The Freedom Climb.  It was such a fun day interacting with people, sharing about the Freedom Climb and letting people know about how they can help rescue women and children out of human trafficking.  Many gave donations, several entered the raffle to win a hand-painted silk, and the restaurant gave a portion of their proceeds resulting in $367.00 coming in for the project.  I was so thankful for the abundant provision that came in, but the best part of the day was connecting with the people…. One of my favorite moments was getting to pray for a man who was on his work break and not feeling well, and then seeing Jesus bring healing to him in just a few minutes.  Go God!  Another highlight was sharing the Gospel with an older gentleman who was eating lunch by himself.  I felt a nudge to sit down next to him and ask him about his occupation and family, but I had no idea what I was in for.  I quickly found out that he had no family.  Then after asking him the “One Wish” question, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ND92_Vpzzs), I learned that he had no hopes, no desires, no beliefs, and no wishes…..and in fact that he didn’t believe in wishes or beliefs.  It was like playing racquetball and “hitting a wall” with every word I said.  But, still he listened as I shared the truth of his value to God like a beautiful diamond and how we’re separated from God because of our sin.  And the hope we have because of Jesus taking all of our sin on the cross and His invitation to a divine friendship with Him.  For a brief moment his heart softened as he admitted that he had never heard about that kind of Jesus, and he let me pray for him.  I could see Holy Spirit touching his heart and him wanting to believe it, but the strength of his mind and the fear in his heart resisting it.  I thanked him for His honesty and reaffirmed how much God loved him and valued him.  After he left, I was so encouraged again by the truth that God cares for the “one” and that even if we don’t believe in God, He believes in US.  He knows us, cares deeply about us, and loves us 100%….even if we never plan to change.  My raffle that day may have only had one winner and cost money, but God’s perfect gift of Jesus is for ALL who believe….and it’s free!   Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name,he gave the right to become children of God.  John 1:12 ...

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I Set Before You Life and Good

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 in Ministry, Uncategorized

  I have officially “resurfaced” from my sabbatical and have hit the ground running!  I can’t say enough about these past 5 weeks of rest, recuperation, healing, and refocusing.  I am so thankful for the Lord’s prompting to take that time away and for the rich deposits He gave me.  One of the main themes the Lord highlighted to me was “Life” and the verse in Deut. 30: 15 – “See, I set before you today life and good…”  I even came across Joseph Prince teaching on TV about Gematria (the numerical system of the Hebrew language) and how when he asked his Jewish friend what 2014 meant, the only verse that came up was the first half of Deut. 30:15 – “See, I set before you today life and good…”  Two weeks later I read a word about the year 2014 being a year of the “path” or “way to life” (first used in Genesis 3:24 when referring to “the path to the tree of life.”) That word said that many will come into their destiny as they see clearly the way God has called them to walk in. That they will leave the places of confinement and move into their assignment. Much like the butterfly in the dark and uncomfortable cocoon, or a baby in the mother’s womb, so is the vision that is hidden in our hearts until the time of birthing.  Nine months ago, I began the process of acquiring my 501c3 non-profit status, and I am now in the finishing stages.  But, just as the baby has to be in the right position (head first) before coming out, the Lord has been repositioning my ministry and “putting the head first” before officially launching the non-profit.  For His Jewel, Inc. that means bringing the vision of the restoration of women to the forefront and to state clearly that it is a ministry to restore the hearts of women to LIFE, FREEDOM, and WHOLENESS in Christ.  This has always been the heart of my ministry and the fruit that has come forth in me and many others through the intercessory prayer, prophetic dance, and silk painting classes these past 7 years.  But now I feel it’s time to soar to a whole new level and intentionally connect with women’s issues, ministries, and more. Last Thursday, I was blessed to already experience a divine connection with a women’s discipleship program which houses women coming out of life-altering addictions called “The Potter’s House.”  I spent about 12 hours with these beautiful ladies, joined in their daily schedule, and then had the opportunity to dance and share my testimony with them.  It was a powerful time of seeing God touch hearts with life and freedom!  Next month, I’ve also been invited to go to Cape Town, South Africa, and be a part of the prayer team for the Freedom Climb, a project that raises funds and awareness for women and children in human trafficking.  So excited about that!  More on that to come... I have no doubt that MANY women are being called up to take their place in the army of God in greater measure.  Psalm 68:11 says, “The Lord gave the word, and great was the company of women who proclaimed it.”  Woman of God, YOU are needed in this urgent hour like never before.  NOW is the time!  Trust the Lord and the path He has set before you….for it is LIFE and it is GOOD.    ...

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