Prayer

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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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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If God Is For Us

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 in Blog Posts, Ministry, Prayer, Uncategorized

Pressures have been mounting on every side the past few weeks and yesterday hit a pinnacle point.  As I awoke this morning, I had a song in my spirit that I hadn’t listened to in quite a few years.  It’s from Romans 8:31-38 and is one of those songs that gets your blood pumping and your spirit jumping.  Even while laying in bed remembering the tune and lyrics, I could feel my spirit stirred.  I got up, dug the song out from my cd collection, and as soon as it started playing I could feel strength rising up in my heart.  As I stood worshiping and dancing to it in my bedroom, I felt like a warrior wielding my weapon of worship and demolishing the powers of darkness (2 Cor. 10:4). Aren’t you so thankful for the Holy Spirit who is always there helping us, reminding us, and whispering just what we need to hear when we need to hear it?  I know I am.  There’s no one else like Him…and He lives in us!!   Earlier in Rom.8, verse 26 talks about how the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us.  Life can often present challenges and situations that we just don’t know how to pray for, but thank goodness we don’t have to know.  We just have to be connected to the One who knows how to pray and come into agreement with what He is saying (Rom. 8:27).  In the midst of it all, as we continue to love God and walk in His purposes for us, verse 28 assures us that God will use all things to work out for our good.  Therefore, we can boldly declare what this song says…..if God is for us, who can be against us? If God is for us, Who can be against us? He who gave His only Son, died to save us all. It is Christ who died and rose again and is sitting at the right hand of God. Who can separate us from that kind of love? Not death, not life, not angels, nor demons. Not powers, nor things present nor the things to come. Not height, not depth, nor any other creature Can separate us from the love of God. Click here to listen to the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4IQW2Zuf9o    ...

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Bringing Light to the Darkness

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 in Blog Posts, Ministry, Prayer

The other week my husband and I found ourselves prayer walking the campus of a liberal arts school in the area and admiring the beauty of the 150-year-old stone buildings.  They were breathtakingingly beautiful and looked like castles in England versus school rooms and dorms, but in spite of the beauty on the outside, much darkness prevailed in the rituals, teachings, and beliefs of the institution.  One annual event imparticular encourages students to welcome and celebrate sin as something to be prized and to mock what is holy, pure, and good. As we continued to walk and pray, we came to the chapel building and noticed the doors were open.  We entered into a magnificent sanctuary filled with pews, stained glass windows, and intricately carved angels lining the ceiling.  A large grand piano sat silent at the front of the chapel, and as we approached it, my husband encouraged me to play something.  I hesitantly proceeded to sit down, place my fingers on the keys, and open my heart to what the Lord might have me play, and as I did something beautiful happened. That empty, cold, dark room turned into a sanctuary in heaven declaring the beauty and holiness of the One true living God.  It was amazing.  I felt like I was back in a prayer room again and 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 down.  To worship Him and declare the name of Jesus Christ in the dark places where His name is not acknowledged or revered.  To lift Him up not necessarily before man, but before the throne of God and invite His presence to come and to fill that place. For the next 1 1/2 hours, we danced, we sang, we worshiped, we prayed, and we felt the peace and the presence of God in a powerful way.  Just as Ezekiel prophesied to the dry bones to live, I sensed we were prophesying life to the very foundations of that institution and to all who were to come in that place….light to their eyes, hope to their hearts, and faith to believe that there is a God and His name is Jesus. The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;  Who is he, this King of glory?  The Lord Almighty — he is the King of glory.  Psalm 24:1, 10...

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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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