Posts made in September, 2015

Let God Arise

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 in Arts, Blog Posts, Dance, Ministry, Prayer, Uncategorized

A couple months ago I shared in my blog “Bringing Light To The Darkness” about me and my husband’s ministry experience on a local college campus and how I felt that the Lord was giving us a glimpse of what we are called to do here in NY…to go where he tells us to go and bring His glory and presence down through prayer, worship, and declaring His name in the dark places. This past weekend felt like our second ministry assignment on another local liberal arts college campus, and boy was it awesome!  Shortly after we walked onto the campus, the Lord highlighted what looked like a well to me and I heard the Holy Spirit clearly say in my heart, “Woman at the well.”  As we walked closer, I could read the inscription on the side of the well, “Margaret’s Well.  In Loving Memory of Margaret Johnston Bard.”  And then beneath it a Bible verse…”I was thirsty and you gave me drink.”  WOW! I began asking the Lord, “What are you saying?  Why did you highlight this well and give me that phrase?”  I remembered how the woman at the well was an outcast…not only because she was a Samaritan, but because of her immoral lifestyle.  No one wanted anything to do with her, yet when Jesus encountered her, her whole life was changed in an instant and she became the instrument God used to bring her whole village to Jesus.  I was then reminded of the testimony of Shelley Hundley….a woman I knew from IHOP-KC who was just as radically saved on her college campus and was labeled as “the hardest heart on campus” that nobody would EVER believe would come to Jesus.  We felt impressed that we were to agree in prayer and ASK God to save the hardest heart on that campus and to USE THEM to start a revival of fire just as He used the Samaritan woman.  John 4:39 – “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony.” As we began to pray, we sensed God’s presence in a strong way and Mike saw the Fire of God (like at Mt Sinai) coming down into the well infiltrating the water system with the Holy Spirit and making it living water.   We later felt God reveal that He’s not only infiltrated the drinking water, but the cooking water (all of the food), the bathrooms, the washing of the hands, the showering, and even the steam!!  Wow!  Let it be so, God! As we continued to pray and read through John 4, the Lord highlighted verses 22-24 “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”.  We realized that almost the whole time we were there, we heard different musician playing their instruments in the background, and we felt impressed to call for the worshipers to arise on that campus and for ALL of the artisans who are using their gifts for darkness to come into their God-given calling and use them for LIGHT.  We began releasing the sound of the shofar (call to worship) and then we began dancing around the well to Paul Wilbur’s “Let God Arise.”  We felt childlike freedom and joy was being immediately released...

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Purpose in the Pounding

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 in Arts, Blog Posts, Uncategorized

Last week while having quality time with a girlfriend from church, she helped me make my own pair of earrings out of copper scraps and broken glass pieces.  She was showing me all of the various ideas, shapes, pieces, and option I could use and talked about the different textures I could have through the pounding of the hammer and the firing of the blow torch.  In the process, she made a profound statement, “The more you pound the metal, the stronger it gets.”  After saying it, we both looked at each other with the same basic thought in mind…. “Now, there’s a sermon for ya!”  It’s a truth we’d rather not embrace…suffering unto strengthening…but the Word speaks of this process over and over again. James 1: 2,3 – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” 2 Cor. 4:17 – “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. Malachi 3:1-4 – “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty. But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years. I think Paul says it best in 2 Cor. 4, when he exhorts us to “Take heart…for though we are hard pressed on every side, we are not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”  And then he ends with this promise, “Death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”  Wow! Now there’s something to ponder.  May we be strengthened today in our hearts and in our spirits as we abide in HIS...

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