Monthly Partner Letter – August 2020
This month, I want to share my heart with you.
First of all, I want to thank each of you for your faithfulness to this ministry. I have been overwhelmed at the faithfulness of God through this season.
When the Lord began to deal with me in January and February of this year about preparing, I could not have imagined what would transpire. Some days, even though we are walking through it, I still can’t believe it. Yet here we are.
I have been thinking a lot about God speaking to me to prepare back at the beginning of the year. I assumed He wanted me/ us to spiritually prepare for something that was coming down the road. Looking back, I wish I had prayed into it more.
I was spiritually prepared, however, I wasn’t prepared mentally or physically. If I had prayed into what God was saying, instead of assuming I knew, I would have been better prepared and could have avoided the chaos to a large degree. I have, therefore, purposed in my heart to listen more carefully and pray into what God is saying in the future.
That being said, I believe He is again speaking to me to prepare. It started in July. I once again heard that still, small voice saying, “prepare.”
This time, I took time to pray into what He was saying and get a little more direction.
I am not a doom and gloom person. I believe with my whole heart there is always, always hope in God. I believe if we keep our eyes on Him, we will remain in perfect peace. However, if we set our focus on fear in the earth and the chaos, it is hard to remain in a place of peace.
Also, lately, it seems the internet is inundated with prophecies and dreams “from the Lord”, some have good outcomes, some do not. Many have gotten into fear over these dreams and words floating around the internet. I don’t go there. It will produce no good fruit. I instead press into God and His word. I believe HIS report. I pray more. I listen more carefully and I obey.
God says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
God’s plan for us is good. Filled with hope. Not evil. For that I am ever thankful.
That being said, we would have to be blind to not see the enemy is rampant across our world today. He has a plan and he is working hard through people to fulfill it. For this reason, it is more important than ever that we stand in faith and trust in the faithfulness of our God and His word. We must continue to daily declare His word.
If we look back through Bible times, we see where God often told His people to prepare for what lie ahead. He did not tell them this to frighten them, He told them so that they would be prepared. So that they would not be touched by what was ahead of them, instead they would walk through it in peace, knowing God had a good plan for them.
I think about Joseph. God gave him a plan and a strategy before the famine came. It was such a great plan that it protected Joseph, his entire family AND the nation he was living in. That is the God we serve.
If we listen, God will do the same for us.
This time, as I heard prepare, I was determined to prepare, in every way.
I would love to believe we will see a quick end to this chaotic season – however, I am not sure we will until after the election in November. The enemy is fighting hard, even though we ALREADY have victory in Christ.
This time, I have been more diligent to prepare spiritually. I am also preparing mentally and in the natural. This is for ME, please understand this, I am NOT telling you to do this or even recommending it – I am only asking you to pray and do whatever God would lead you to do.
For me, I felt God led me to stock up a few things. Not things I don’t use. Not because the end is upon us. There has been absolutely NO FEAR in this instruction. I believe what He is speaking to me is wisdom. We have all learned in the past few months, it is wisdom to stock up and have the simple things we use weekly on hand, just in case we don’t want to get out in the chaos, whatever that may be. We have seen people get into fear, the shelves empty quickly and we are caught off guard, even with simple, yet essential things. So, I have spent the last few weeks, preparing, as God is leading me to do.
More than anything, I am preparing myself mentally. If and I am saying, if, we have another season where we are sheltered inside, I want to be at peace with that. Knowing God shut Noah in, not to punish him, but to protect him. Not only him, but his entire family. Just like He did with Joseph. Rest assured, whatever is coming, not only you, but your family is safe in God, if we choose to trust in Him.
Also, with the City-by-City prayer strategy, I am praying diligently over my city. We cannot have a strong nation without strong cities. We must pray, not only for our family, but for our cities and states, and our nation. I expect the hand of God to rest upon my city AND my family. We can all make that stand. We MUST take a stand and declare God’s word and His will over our city and our nation. Start now, if you haven’t already. Don’t wait another day. (City-By-City.org)
This is not a time to feel helpless, this is a time for HOPE like never before. If God is saying prepare, it is not because something is coming that He can’t protect us from. It is because He wants us to walk through this next season in peace and power. He wants us to come out without the smell of smoke. And He wants us to emerge stronger than before, with ALL the plunder of the enemy.
Fall has always been my favorite time of year. It is harvest season and August is my birthday month and September is my daughter, Breanne’s. We normally try to plan a trip or small adventure to celebrate both our birthdays at this time. With everything going on, we can’t do that this year. However, I refuse to give the enemy any place, we will be celebrating God’s faithfulness wherever we are. We are going to see the hand of God move this fall, like never before. We are going to stand firm in faith and power. Together, church, we are strong. The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church, we have God’s promise on that truth.
I hope you receive this, not in fear, or confusion, but from a simple sharing of my heart and what I believe God is speaking to me.
This is our time to shine with the glory of God. Let’s stand and shine together.
As you sow your seed this month – let’s sow for change. That instead of chaos in our nation, we see revival. We see an awakening to God and His truth. Let God arise and scatter all His enemies and let His glory cover the earth. That is my prayer and my stand of faith.
Again, we LOVE you and APPRECIATE you…