Silks

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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Hope and Healing

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 in Silks, Testimonies

I was so encouraged a few weeks ago when a woman came to my silk painting class and received major breakthrough and encounter from the Lord!  As we spoke over her silk and asked the Lord to show us what He was speaking, we saw this beautiful flower blooming in the desert with rains of refreshing coming down it.  The Lord gave us Isaiah 35 – “The desert and the parched land will be glad.  The wilderness will rejoice and blossom.  Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom.  It will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.“  Praise the Lord for His goodness!!  A week later, I received this email from her: Hello Michelle, I just finished watching your video \”Wreckage\” for a second time.  I found the video on your website and it touched me even more deeply. Thank you for sharing your story because it is what I have experienced for the last 20 years. It has given me hope because my greatest fears have been that I will have no place to live and no job in the future as I believe my husband is positioning himself to divorce me…. Thank you for the scarf painting ministry!  I wear the one I painted in your studio last week because it helps to remind me that God has a good future for me.  Just last night the worry and fear began to creep in and I placed my scarf near my head to remind me that God was near and everything will be o.k. It was a privilege to meet you, thank you for all you do to bring hope and healing....

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Intercession Through Art

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 in Arts, Blog Posts, Prayer, Silks

In just a couple weeks, I’ll be on the OM Logos Hope ship and ministering among people from over 40 nations!  I’m preparing to take silks with me to leave with the people there, and one of the great privileges I have is to invite others to intercede for the nations through painting.  One friend asked me to paint a silk for Hong Kong for her and this is what the Lord put on my heart….to turn on the All Nations Prayer Room web stream (www.ihopkc.org) and listen to them sing in Chinese.  Before I ever started painting, I just soaked in the amazing worship with tears running down my face, and then felt the Lord give me this picture to paint for Hong Kong as they began singing “I am the rose, the joy for which you died.  And this I know, I move You with delight.  And when my heart condemns me on every side, I take refuge in the truth….I am the rose to You.”  It was so powerful as they sang it for over 20 minutes.  I was completely blown away while painting as I had never done a colored rose before, but Holy Spirit directed every stroke and color.   When thinking of how the Lord had also been speaking to me about being His rose, I just had the sense that we’re all the same. No matter the country, language or differences, we all have the same desires and needs….to be seen as beautiful and lovely.  And that is what we are….beautiful and perfect in God’s eyes.  Song of Sol....

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Arise and Shine

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 in Blog Posts, Ministry, Prayer, Silks, Trips

This is one of the most significant moments I’ve ever had the privilege of being a part of….standing on the rock of Gibraltar with a group of intercessors, pastors, and worshipers, doing a prophetic act to declare that Gibraltar will stand with Israel. There are no words to describe the pleasure of the Lord that felt when the very breath of God blew with such violence as I lifted up my banner….my prayer, “Arise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Isa. 60:1)....

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Out of my Comfort Zone

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 in Blog Posts, Dance, Media Bar, Silks

I had the wonderful blessing of getting to dance at the Women’s Rain conference in Fairburn, GA, this past weekend.   “Alabaster Box” was the song that I felt the Lord put on my heart, but it was definitely pushing me out of my comfort zone, as it was more of a drama piece. But, the more I prayed about it, the more it became more clear that I was to do it just because He asked me to…..as an act of obedience. I was reminded that just as Abraham offered Isaac, and Noah built the ark out of obedience, so did Mary of Bethany when she poured out her precious ointment on the feet of Jesus. This was their true worship.  Not a performance.  Not in perfection.  But, in purity of heart, for this is what He truly desires.  “God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in Spirit and in truth.”  John 4:24 May you also be encouraged today to offer YOUR extravagant gift of...

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Silk Painting in CA

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Blog Posts, Silks, Slider

Had a great time in Chino Hills, CA, painting with friends! Thanks to Mary, Carla, Lynnette, Amy, Leandra, and Rachel for your fun and creative spirits! Can’t wait to come do it...

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