What a privilege to travel the world with our Daddy and hug this tiny beloved one of God! He is so in love with each of us. If you get the chance to go to Africa, just go. Don’t think twice. His heart is for Africa.
Thanks for following my blog! You’ll see the journey to Africa, while in Africa, and the life the Lord leads me into upon my return! I am honored that you are supporting me through reading this blog, prayer, and/or encouragement! I hope you are blessed by what the Lord shows me. I am on an assignment and excited to follow through with the “YES” in my heart for Him. Nothing brings me as much joy as following the one that created me and loves me!! What else would I do?! Blessings!
My friend, David and I walked the streets of Oak Lawn Friday to be love to the community. We found ourselves surrounded by sons and daughters of the most high that don’t know who they are. They are broken, lost, and searching for something that they think they are finding in their lifestyle. However, the lifestyle they are living keeps bringing disappointment, drama, and heartache. So the cycle of being broken continues to repeat. My heart was hurting. It was the first time I went out in the community and saw firsthand the ones I have been praying for.
Though there was a specific group that stood out on the streets this beautiful Friday evening, two homeless men captured my heart. I felt like I gave them each a piece of my heart because my heart yearns to see the homeless step into their destiny. It’s one thing to walk the streets and love on people for a passing second or for a few minutes, but I realized that if we were really going to help bring these men and women into their destiny, we are going to have to build relationships with them. We are going to have to walk them through the beauty of redemption and speak their identity over them.
Paul and Michael were the two men David and I met and when I looked deep into their eyes I felt like I saw Jesus. I saw a man that loves them just as much as he loves me and all these two men need is for someone to speak that truth into their hearts.
From the surface you’d see that Paul has one leg, was dressed in a dirty old army jacket, and was bracing himself on one crutch looking as helpless as you’d stereotypically assume. If you look into the heart of, Paul you’d see the beauty of the king, you’d see Paul is marked with a destiny. The whole world passes him by like his calling is to be stepped and spit on…at least that’s what the message he is receiving looks like. Not on my watch…
Then we met Michael. Michael was sitting on the ground holding his hat out and was shocked to see David and I squat down next to him to converse. From the surface Michael smelled like urine, looked half awake and broken, but there was something more to him. David and I fell in love with Michael at a our first “hello!”. I felt my heart draw closer to this man as we continued to converse with him and hear his heart. Even though people pass by and ignore him, he has the riches of the kingdom right in front of him and all he has to do is recognize it and receive it. I didn’t want to leave this man. He kissed my hand and hugged me in a way I would imagine Jesus hugging me. So lovely and pure and grateful for the one in front of him. Little did he know, until the end of our conversation, that David and I were the ones that were grateful for him!
As I walked away I started to think how that one conversation wasn’t enough. Love looks like something, right? Love looks like building relationships and trust with others. Love looks like sacrificing time and pouring truth and identity over someone. What are we doing? Why are we living so comfortably? Jesus is coming back for His bride and we have the ability to bring hundreds and thousands of people with us.
Building relationships with these men and women are what will change the atmosphere and bring truth to the hearts of the unlovely and make them lovely. Handing money to a homeless man or woman isn’t enough. Love is always enough but it really does look like something. Build relationships with these men and women so they know that you really love them. If you don’t feel that kind of love towards them then simply ask the Lord to start igniting that in your spirit. He loves us all and we have the ability to speak that truth into people lives.
Father…help our capacity to love others grow and grow and grow so that we can always know how to love the one in front of us with wisdom and beauty from your throne room.
This video changed my perspective of passivity and has drawn my heart to be proactive for the kingdom of heaven. What will we do? Will we sit around and throw our money so we can stay safe or will we go out and love the unlovely, broken, wounded, and unwanted? What will you do knowing that the king is coming back for His bride and all He wants is for her to be spotless and ready. Let’s go to the poor, lets reach out to the prostitutes and sex trafficking victims, and lets step into the kingdom of God as the warriors we were created to be. I hope that you watch this trailer. It’s worth every minute and ever second. Don’t be blind to the hatred in the world. Open your heart to it so you’ll know how to fight and where to fight! Let’s go get em!
On Sunday, April 22, 2012 Bill Johnson gave a sermon that truly changed my outlook on the rhythm to my heartbeat. He shared a study that two scientists did in regards to the human heart. The scientists laid two hearts on a table next to one another to where they were not touching. They were both beating independently from one another. When they placed the two hearts to where they were touching, they started beating at the same time to the same rhythm. Then it opened my heart to a new beat….
I don’t want my heart to beat independently from the Lord’s heartbeat. I want to seek Him with every beat and everything I have so that our hearts are touching and in the same beautiful rhythm. What a powerful way to walk in life. Oh to be able to walk, talk, sing, dance, praise, worship, rest, run, and love to the rhythm of heaven!! That’s what I’m running after.
I’m not going to find it by only going to the prayer room and church. Doing that alone doesn’t even make sense to me anymore. I want to seek Him every moment I can. I want to be living in a way that my heart does not separate from His heart. I want to talk to Him when I am driving, when I am at the grocery store, when I am running, when I am sleeping, when I am singing. The reward is only joy and it has to be fascinating to look at someone that knows what His heartbeat truly sounds like! It has to be fascinating because they would be a reflection of the most beautiful sound in the world.
I pray that the Lord’s heart reached in and touched yours when you read this. I hope that this revelation opens a new meaning to what it means to be in sync with God’s love. Let’s not just claim being a Christian and have our heart beat independently from His. Let’s truly run after Him and be who He says we are while having the privilege of touching our heart to His.
“Lovesick” by Jamie Lyn Spires at Breakthrough Artistry
I am so lovesick for this man. I am lovesick for the man that looked at me before I was born and said “You’re worth it.” He knew the joy that would come with us living and being in relationship with Him. He knew it before we were born. My heart yearns to see the face of this man.
The night after I painted this, I had dream after dream after dream of painting His beautiful face. It was beyond incredible and I pray that while you glance at this painting…the Lord encounters you in powerful ways! He is so amazing and I am honored to be a part of this bloodline.
“Majesty” painted by Jamie Lyn Spires at Breakthrough Artistry.
I had the privilege of going to the Esther call with a group of women that were clothed in armor and ready to fight for life! The Esther Call was a really powerful weekend of crying out for our nation’s leadership and praying for abortion to end. It was an all women event. During this time we worshiped our beautiful Father and cried out.
I had never heard the roar of a thousand lionesses until this weekend and let me tell you…the atmosphered shifted. The power of God was so thick in that coliseum. He loves it when His daughters sit before Him and pray and sing and pray and sing and pray and sing!!! I feel like I was a part of something incredible for “such a time as this” and I know that our voices never hit any ceiling. They penetrated the heart of a daddy who loves His daughters. I am confident that I am living during a time where we will see abortion end and a generation hit their knees as they seek the presence of the one that gives life and destiny’s far beyond anything we can imagine in our flesh!!!
I realized that I can be pro life for the rest of my life and love the Lord for the rest of my life but something changes when I stop sitting back and start being proactive with the beliefs in this heart. I’m done sitting back and just telling people how I feel when they ask. If abortion is going to end and if people are going to learn about the love of our Father….I’ve got to be proactive.
Last Sunday evening, 3 people came to Jesus and gave their life to Him because a man stood at the front of the room and would not stop until the three of them came forward. Imagine if he would have just said I know there are three of you in here that need to give your life over to Jesus and sat down?!! NOOOOOOOO….this man knew that their life would change when they said “yes!!!” to Jesus and “NO” to their flesh. There lives will never be the same because he stood firm and proactively pursued their hearts. That’s love. It looks like something! It looks like the Shepard that has 99 sheep coming in safely but runs and seeks after the one that’s lost. Yes, he loves the 99 but He SOOOO rejoices when he finds the one that was lost. I feel like the Lord gave me a glimpse of heaven in my heart that night when each of them came forward. I was overwhelmed to say the least. Jesus is Lord and alive and in love!!! I want to hold His hand forever and share that love with others.
Lord, let me walk to the rhythm of your heartbeat and sing in harmony with the ones in the throne room!! You’re worth it all, Papa!!
“Beloved” painted by Jamie Lyn Spires at Breakthrough Artistry
The Lord sent me an image of Jesus’ face. I painted an image of Jesus on the cross and then I kept asking God to show me Jesus’ eyes. While painting this image during worship, I saw them. I looked into the eyes of Jesus and He gazed back into mine. He just said “I did that (died on the cross) and rose again so I could be in relationship with you!” I melted and fell. I knew something powerful was going to happen because I could feel the Spirit so heavily on me as I shook before I even started painting Him. Just wait. There are more paintings to share with you of Jesus. I kept asking to see the eyes of Jesus and God just went ahead and gave me dreams of painting the face of the one that loves us so much. Yeah! I’ll never get tired of painting this man. Isn’t He beautiful?!
What a joy to serve the Lord! I read my previous posts and I can already tell that the Lord is really fine-tuning my heart to align more with His. I am on a journey that is seeking truth from the throne room and loving everyone I encounter during the process. This summer I am going to Africa for almost 3 months. My flesh is feeling a little uneasy about it but my spirit is roaring with a loud “YES!” I can’t wait to go and learn more about our Father’s heart and build relationships with people that are in love with the one that created love! BAhhh it’s going to be beautiful.
I’m sure that the miraculous healings and sights will be splended and encouraging but I just feel something more powerful will come from this. I believe it will be a strengthening in my relationship with the Father and secrets from His heart that He is longing to share with me will be revealed. I’d love for you to partner with me in prayer as I prepare to go. What an exciting adventure and what an honor to share it with you. I will be blogging my preparations as I get ready to go and while I am there (when I can). I love my daddy and I am so honored to be able to spend this life always learning more and growing more with Him. It NEVER gets boring!!
As Papa prepares my heart for traveling I find my heart yearning to be in sync to the rythym of the throne room. I want my whole heart to beat to the beat of the Fathers and my praise and worship to sing in tune to the ones that sing “Holy, Holy, Holy” over and over again in the throne room. What an amazing God we serve.
It’s just beautiful to live a life knowing that the King in heaven, on the throne, this very moment, is breathing life into us each day. He looks at you and me and says “yeah, that’s my beloved. My girl/boy is a shifter. They’re going to shift the atmosphere as they carry my presence. Look at her/him, watch what they’re about to do as they step into their full destiny.” I can just see heaven rejoicing over the movement of our bodies as we seek the fullness of the Spirit and even simply start moving in our destiny.
Listen, you have a destiny and a calling far beyond anything you can handle knowing in this very moment. Jesus came to earth and He knew that your destiny and life were worth dying for. As a child forms in the womb the mom and dad know the name of the child, they prepare a room for the child, and fall in love with the child before they even see their face. It heightens the anticipation and joy of knowing they’ll get to see their beloved soon. In the same way, Jesus knew our name before our time, prepared the way for us to live in the kingdom, fell in love with us, and knew that we were worth dying for. I don’t know about you but I am in love and ready to give my life over for the one that gave His completely over for me! I feel like I will tap more into this as I continue to get a deeper revelation from Papa but I hope you’re encouraged to say “YES!” to Jesus, take a leap of faith and die to your flesh so that you can live for the one that gives us life that sustains joy everyday! I pray that as you finish reading this post or as you read this blog that Papa will stir something new in your core. That Papa will stir something beautiful and powerful like a mighty wind and that you encounter His presence. Love you!