Arts

How Beautiful Are The Hands

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 in Arts, Blog Posts, Ministry, Prayer

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”  Isaiah 52:7 This past week in GA I had the privilege of joining with others to paint silks for the people of Cameroon, Africa.  A dear friend of mine is going with a ministry team to not only share the good news of Christ with any/all who will hear, but also to encourage, strengthen, and train the believers in the country and to spur them on to good works!  Just as this team’s feet are beautifully described in Isaiah 52:7, so are the hands that painted these silks, for through each color and design, the silks themselves are preaching the good news of the Gospel.  Below are 2 of the 7 silks that were painted:     As we prayed over the above silk and asked for the Lord’s heart, we felt the Lord say this banner represents a Holy Love revival pouring out in Cameroon!  The whirlwinds represent the Father stirring up intimacy and higher levels of worship in Cameroon. Pink symbolize intimacy and yellow and orange symbolize holiness and the highest praise. Can you hear the sound wave? The intensity of the cries of His people saying, “More Dad! We want all of you! We are laid down lovers for You!” We felt this silk represented the rushing waters that are coming in and covering the dusty places in Cameroon. We saw a well that has not been primed for a while and there’s rust and dirt inside, but felt a cleansing is taking place.  Felt this silk carries a breaker anointing and whoever receives this silk is one who will help prime the pump until the waters of Heaven come bursting forth!  Will you join me in praying for this team and the people of Cameroon, Africa, Feb. 24 – Mar. 4th? May God pour out this Holy Love Revival and send His mighty rushing waters to refresh weary hearts and souls and bring new life!...

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Hope Is Born

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 in Arts, Ministry, Prayer, Uncategorized

Last month, my husband and I went to pray on another local college campus and were inspired by this stained glass window in the chapel. As we looked at it, we saw an unborn baby in the womb and felt the Lord putting it on our hearts to pray protection and LIFE over the unborn babies on that campus…that their mothers and fathers would see and know the value of them and choose to bring them into the world.  It was a powerful time of prayer and intercession as we agreed with the Father’s heart for the unborn (Ps. 139:13-16). It’s no secret that anytime something new is being birthed in our lives the enemy’s plan is always to abort it.  Just as it was in Luke 2 when Jesus was about to be born, the enemy’s scheme was the same…to destroy life and specifically the prophecy of a Savior being born by calling a census and killing all the first born sons.  Long before we were even conceived in our mother’s womb, God had dreams, hopes, and desires for us, but from the onset the enemy’s goal is to keep those from coming to fruition (John 10:10 – “The enemy comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus came to give us life.”)  We can choose to partner with the enemy and “abort” our dreams, hopes, and desires by accepting doubt, disbelief, and discouragement or we can choose to agree with God and His Word in Hebrews 10:23 – “ Let us hold fast (unswervingly) to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”  In this season of hope when hope Himself was born, let us lift our vision once again as the shepherds did that night when they saw the star in Bethlehem, and dare to hold fast to hope.  For God is faithful and HE will bring forth our baby in due...

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The Spirit of Freedom

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 in Arts, Blog Posts, Dance, Ministry, Uncategorized

I was so blessed yesterday at church when I looked up and saw that the artist on stage had drawn this picture during worship…a picture of a dancer waving a banner.  It immediately grabbed my heart as I was holding my golden yellow/orange silk in my hands at that very moment and felt the Lord encouraging me to keep dancing.  You see, it had been over 4 months since I moved to NY and since I had danced during a Sunday morning worship service. It wasn’t until last week when I was encouraged to go in the balcony where there was more space and only a handful of people that I finally danced for the FIRST time.  Still not wanting to be a distraction, I tucked myself away in the far back corner, pushed myself out of my comfort zone, and proceeded to worship with my silks.  Shortly thereafter, 2 young ladies came up to me and shared how blessed they were by my worship and how one of them got tears in her eyes when she saw me dance.  Isn’t that’s just like Poppa to encourage us anytime we step out in faith and obedience? It wasn’t until the artist got up this week to share about her drawing that I found out that she was the girl who spoke to me the week before and that I was the inspiration for her drawing.  She shared how the Lord reminded her that worship comes in many forms…not just singing and playing music, but in dance and movement and expressions of freedom. Wow!  I was completely humbled and blessed.  What I love most of all about her drawing is that the dancer is in all black.  It’s not about me nor about any particular person.  It’s about the army of worshipers that are rising up in this end time harvest. A nameless and faceless generation of laid down lovers, like David, who will worship God in Spirit and in truth in spite of their weakness and brokenness. It’s the dawning of a new day, and like David, let us rise up and say, “I will sing and make melody with all my being!  Awake, O harp and lyre!  I will awake the dawn!  I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nation.”  Psalm...

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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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Goodbyes and Hellos

Posted on May 27, 2015 in Arts, Blog Posts, Ministry, Prayer

Last weekend, I was so blessed to have 2 very special goodbye parties with friends in GA, and so glad that Mike could be there with me to meet all of them.  We were filled to overflowing with words of love, prayers, and encouragement and were truly sent off with their blessing. May 20th, we loaded up the UHaul with all of my belongings, and safely made it to NY after 23 hours of driving.  (Thank you, Mike, for coming down to get me and doing all of the driving and thank you to everyone who helped us pack and load the truck!  We couldn’t have done it without you)! 🙂 The LORD is so good to not only give me friends just 20 mins away from my new home in NY, but to also provide a place for me to store my silk painting supplies at their 250+ acre children’s camp.  These are friends that I have known for the past 2.5 years from GA who recently moved back to NY. The camp is amazing and will be having 800+ kids come this summer.  They are wanting to establish a prayer room with silk painting, worship dance, and more, so the kids can encounter God in new and creative ways.  So, we are praying and excited about what the LORD might do with us working/ministering together!! Please pray with us for God’s provision, wisdom, and guidance and for the Braunlin family as they run the camp. To hear more about the transition to NY, read the next blog “Expect to Win” and “Love Mission – Part 2.” ...

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