Trips

You’re the God of this City

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 in Blog Posts, Ministry, Prayer, Trips

Prior to flying to South Africa, our prayer team felt that we were supposed to go to the base of three significant mountains (Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, and Devil’s Peak) before the day of the climb to intercede and prepare the way for what God wanted to do.  After our plane touched down in Cape Town, we started on our trek and stood at the base of each landmark.  The picture above was one of the powerful moments of intercession as we stood overlooking Cape Town and declaring the words to Chris Tomlin’s well-known song: “You’re the God of this city.  You’re the King of these people.  You’re the Lord of this nation.  You are.  You’re the Light in this darkness.  You’re the Hope to the hopeless.  You’re the Peace to the restless.  You are.” At the base of Lion’s Head (pictured above), the winds blew and we felt led to release the glory of God, the light of God, and the beauty of God through Jesus’ blood, purity, and living water.  We also blew the shofar and sounded the alarm on God’s holy hill!  Joel 2:1 – Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. As we prayed at the base of Devil’s Peak, we felt impressed to read Psalm 24 over the land and also felt that God was going to give the mountain a new name (Rev. 2:17).  As a prophetic act, we prayed over a white stone and released it into the land.  We were encouraged the next day to meet a man at the conference who was part of the legal board in Cape Town that has already submitted legislation to change the name.  PTL!  He also shared with me how the Lord spoke to him about 12 years ago as he looked out his window at Table Mountain.  He had frequently climbed the mountain, but this particular day he heard a song in his spirit when he looked at it……“We want to see Jesus lifted high, a banner that flies across the land.  That all might see the Truth and know that He is the way to heaven.”  He immediately knew he needed to get a banner and take it up the mountain to wave and worship with, and he proceeded to describe his purple and gold banner with the name of “Jesus” on it. He talked about the significance of banners and flags in worship and how it’s connected to the way the military used flags.  When an army is advancing and taking ground, they raise the flag! It’s a CALL TO JOIN THE ARMY!  It’s only when an army is retreating that they roll up the flag and run away.  It was amazing!  Everything he was saying went along perfectly with what I was getting ready to teach at my silk painting/prayer workshop.   The workshop was a precious and powerful time of seeing eyes opened and hearts connecting to Jesus in a new and fresh way.  It was so beautiful to see hearts coming alive and being free to be what they were created to be!  In the following days, I was blessed to hear testimonies of freedom and breakthrough from their experience of God speaking to them through the worship with the banners and through the colors....

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The Price of Freedom

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 in Blog Posts, Ministry, Prayer, Trips

He was pierced for our transgressions.  He was bruised for our iniquities, and by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 I could hardly believe what just happened as I hiked up the steep incline on Table Mountain with my walking poles.  As I hoisted myself up the next large step, I heard the sound of one of my poles piercing a hole through the silk that was hanging over my shoulder….the silk that represented the lives of women trapped in abuse, exploitation, and slavery.  I had just taken the silk out of my backpack and tied it around my shoulder to have as a tangible reminder that I’m doing this for them and prophetically “carrying” them to freedom.  So, how could God let “them” be pierced and have more damage done to them?   I immediately started asking the Lord what He was saying and felt him show me that even when you’re stepping out in courage to pursue freedom, you will still suffer pain.  The price for freedom is high.  There is a cost, but it is worth it. I felt Him remind me that just as in childbirth, there is blood and much pain involved in the process, but the outcome is LIFE.  In the same way, the journey to freedom in Christ will be filled with pain, and some of the time it will be by the hand of God himself.  Some might argue that God would never allow that kind of suffering to happen, but I beg to differ.  Isaiah 53:10 says that it was God’s will to crush his son and to cause him to suffer.   And in John 11, Jesus spoke of Lazarus’ death as not being unto death, but unto the glory of God and unto life.”  Satan’s purpose and plan in pain is death, but God’s purpose and plan in pain is LIFE. Jesus was pierced for our transgressions, and in the eyes of the world the cross looked like total death and defeat.  But, the pain and suffering of the cross was not unto death, but unto life….resurrection life.  The greatest suffering turned out to be the greatest victory.  The same is true of our lives.  We will suffer pain, betrayal, and sorrow even as we walk with God and pursue freedom, healing, and wholeness.  But, in His hand he can/will turn our greatest sufferings and pain into our greatest...

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O, The Deep Love of Jesus

Posted on May 13, 2014 in Blog Posts, Dance, Trips, Uncategorized

When I found out I was going to visit the Logos Hope, I asked God to give me a special time with Him on the bow of the ship during sailing….yes, to do the traditional “Titanic” pose, but more so just so I could dance for Him while at sea.  I mean, how often do you get to do that?  I had the song all picked out in my head that I wanted to dance to, and really didn’t want anyone else to be around to watch which may have been a small miracle to ask for considering there are 400 people on the ship.  But still, I asked. 🙂 When we set sail Sunday, it was glorious and exciting.  But, by Monday morning I was feeling the affects of the sea and had to stay in bed all day sleeping, resting, and of course taking sea sickness pills 🙂  I learned that it’s very important to keep food in your stomach when you’re sailing and so I was sure to still eat breakfast and lunch (thanks to Rachel bringing it to my cabin for me).  But, my goal was to be up and around by dinner time.  So, by 3:00pm I got cleaned up and showered, and then around 4:00pm I heard the faint whisper in my heart, “Go out on the bow.”  My cabin was on level 5 and just a few steps away from the door that goes out on the bow of the ship.  So, out I went with my music and ear buds all in hand and walked to the front of the bow of the ship.  It was every bit as glorious as I hoped it would be.  The only thing that wasn’t working was my music.  I wanted to dance to the “Oceans – Where Feet May Fail” song, but it wouldn’t play.  Instead, it kept jumping ahead to the next song, “O, the Deep Love of Jesus.”  Over and over again I tried to play “Oceans,” but each time it automatically jumped to the “Love of Jesus” song.  After praying, rebuking the devil out of my iPhone, and all other efforts failed, I finally gave up and thought, “Fine, I’ll guess it’ll have to be this song.”  Well, just as it would be, it turned out to be the PERFECT song for this moment.  “O, the deep deep love of Jesus….VAST, UNMEASURED, BOUNDLESS, FREE!  Rolling as a MIGHTY OCEAN in its fullness over me!  Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love. Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!”  WOW!!  As I looked at the water surrounding me on every side and listened to the words of the song, my heart overtook me and I found myself dancing wildly and freely ALL OVER the bow of the ship! If anyone was watching from the bridge of the ship, they probably feared that I was either going to massively wipe out or fall overboard!  And for a moment, I thought I might too.  But, thankfully, angels upheld me and I danced with all of my might with no one in sight!  All I felt were the eyes of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit gazing down with delight.  I just love the love of the Father…so jealous for those special moments with us and wanting them even more than we do. Even now, may all of His waves and breakers of love crash over you and overwhelm your soul! O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!  How He loveth, ever...

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Mighty Over Japan

Posted on May 6, 2014 in Arts, Blog Posts, Dance, Ministry, Prayer, Silks, Testimonies, Trips, Uncategorized

It was such a beautiful sight as we sailed into the port in Nagasaki, Japan.  I was near tears as the crew members stood out on the deck displaying their country’s flag and waving at the people welcoming the ship into the port.  Although I didn’t have a country’s flag to hold, I felt prompted by the Lord to raise the banner that I painted specifically for Japan and to declare it over them.  As I painted the silk, the Lord revealed several things:  1. His blood speaks a better word over Japan.  2. He is coming to encompass Japan with His glory.   3. He is turning the hearts of the people from their sin to repentance and that they will join with all of heaven and declare “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord.”  It was with excitement that I held up the banner saying “Yes and Amen” to all that was in God’s heart for Japan, and expecting God to move in mighty ways during our time there.   It was the very next night that the Lord opened the door for me to be invited to a sold-out event with 300+ Japanese people and to witness God touching them in a powerful way!  They were worshiping, singing and praising God for who He was, and joy was on their faces. For the next two days, I was asking God to show me the person from Japan that I was supposed to give the silk to.  I had actually been asking that question the whole time I was on the ship, but it was getting down to the final hours and I still hadn’t met her.  And then, there she was…..sitting by herself in the dining room and I felt the nudge, “Ask her if she’s from Japan.”  So, I did, and as I began to share with her about the silk and its meaning, tears started filling this precious woman’s eyes.  She was actually not a crew member on the ship, but a visiting volunteer staying on the ship for a few days to help communicate with the locals in their own language.  She wept and wept as she told me that she didn’t know why she felt she was to sit at that table by herself or why when she prayed she could only say, “Holy Holy Holy” over and over, but now she knew.  Then, she told me how she’s actually going to the All Nations Prayer Room in Jerusalem in a few months….wow!  This woman was an intercessor with a deep heart for prayer and God hand-picked her to carry this banner of intercession for her nation.  She was overwhelmed with joy, and after getting a few pictures of us together, she began dancing, skipping, and spinning down the hallway with the banner in her hand.  It was a glorious sight!! The next morning, she was still beaming with joy and told me that she had “breakthrough” and had danced outside on deck 9 with freedom and boldness with the silk….something she had never done before.  The “shy Tomoko” was gone, and the new “bold Tomoko” had come forth declaring God’s goodness and glory! Our natural minds can’t conceive the things of God and how He works, but we can be confident that He sees and hears our prayers as His word declares in 2 Cor. 10:3,4 “For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and...

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Built on the Rock

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in Blog Posts, Ministry, Prayer, Trips, Uncategorized

As I sat in the morning devotions that Tuesday morning, I became consumed by the sound of the crashing waves against the side of the vessel as we sat at the port in Hong Kong.  The reverberations blasted through the walls and through my body so fiercely and frequently, I seriously wondered if the ship could withstand the assaults.  Over and over again they came….each one louder than the next.  My mind kept imagining streams of water breaking through, and then what?  We’d be sunk.  “How are these things built anyway?” I thought.  My mind couldn’t comprehend it, and I thought how this is just like our lives.  The winds and waves of assault come crashing in over us again and again trying to discourage, defeat, and destroy us.  In and of ourselves, we are sunk.  But, the only thing that saves and sustains us is the One who built us and the One we built our lives on….Jesus Christ, the cornerstone.  He alone is the rock of our salvation.    “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? 23 And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands]. 24 So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock. 25 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand. 27 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great and complete was the fall of it. Matthew 7:21-27 “On Christ the solid rock I stand.  All other ground is sinking sand.  All other ground is sinking...

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God Will Make A Way

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 in Blog Posts, Ministry, Trips

It’s hard to believe that only 4 weeks ago I was invited to come on the Operation Mobilization’s Logos Hope ship to Hong Kong and Japan, and now I’M HERE!!!  My friends, Richard and Rachel Sharp, were going to minister/train the 400 crew members, and in passing one day at church asked me to go with them.  My heart immediately lept with excitement and wanted to go, but really didn’t think it would happen for all the usual reasons…..bad timing, too many other things going on, unknowns in financial provision, etc.  A week later on Thursday, March 20th, we sat in their dining room eating lunch together and just talking about the details of what the trip would entail.  That morning, I made a list of all of the “mountains” that had to be overcome for me to be able to go.  I seriously thought it was 90% “No,” but left the door cracked open the other 10% in case God wanted to make it happen.  Well, by the time lunch was over that day, mountains were moving and those numbers had flipped!  Now, I felt it was 90% “Yes” and only 10% “No.”  Several things still had to line up.  So, Richard, Rachel and I sat there at began to sing an old familiar song, “God will make a way where there seems to be no way. He works in ways we cannot see. He will make a way for me…..” Lo and behold in the next few days, the mountains crumbled one by one…. my passport got renewed and mailed back to me in only 5 days (instead of the expected 3 weeks), the expenses were covered for my flights and accommodation, I was accepted as a guest onto the ship for the needed time frame, I miraculously found the same flights as Richard and Rachel so we could travel together, and the list goes on….  God truly made a way where there seemed to be no way, and abundant blessings are following!! Be encouraged that no matter how many mountains appear to be standing in the way the path you are walking, God can turn the impossible into the possible!  2014 is the year of open doors and He is wanting us to “not close the doors that HE wants to open!”  Give Him room to do what He does best, and watch Him exceed all of your wildest expectations! 1 Cor. 2:9 – “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has conceived, all that God has prepared for those who love...

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