Lift up your heads, all ye …. SALT SHAKERS????

You are a Salt Shaker!Well, God is in the Answered-Prayer-Dreams-Coming-True place now.  This is a NOW season, a NEW season of favor.  Those things that God has put in your heart ARE coming true.  I don’t believe that it is a “maybe-someday-it-will-happen” time.  It is a NOW time.  NOW JERICHO.  NOW the walls come down. (Joshua 6)

Because of your obedience, God just reminded me.

In Psalm 91, the Lord tells us

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble: I will deliver him, and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, And show him my salvation.

Last night I was formally presented to the body of Christ as a PROPHETESS.  It was completely unexpected and took me by surprise.  A gift from Abba Father, the One I love.

My anointed, professional trumpet-playing husband was asked to minister from his soaking CD at a local ministry meeting here in the area.  I went with him, mostly to enjoy the teaching by the Pastor, but also to work the CD table for my husband.

Once we arrived, we hugged the Pastor’s neck.  I set up the CD table and was fellowshipping with those people that I know (and love!) when the Pastor approached me.  She spoke quietly to me, and said that her spiritual Mom would be prophesying and praying over the people in the room at the end of the meeting.  She went on to say that if I felt led to come up.

I was STUNNED!  This was an answered prayer!  I had only dreamed of being acknowledged as a Prophet in this place.  I had longed for it, actually … to be recognized as a Prophet of God.   I know it sounds selfish, but it’s God’s desire, too, to give us the desire of our hearts.  In fact, the Bible speaks about the earth groaning, waiting for the revealing of the Sons of God.

Initially, I wasn’t sure that I had heard her properly, because we all have a filter, and maybe my filter was set to “ALL ABOUT ME”.  But later, after she had brought the Word, she called me up to join the company of prophets at the front of the room.   We were to prophesy over the Pastor.

I was really nervous, as I stood in front of this room of Godly people, when the first prophet stepped up to the Pastor and started to speak.  The Word that this prophet brought was so timely, and it came in RHYME!  My jaw dropped.  How could I possibly follow THAT???

Then the second prophet took the microphone, the Pastor’s own spiritual MOTHER, and proceeded to prophesy over the Pastor.  I realized I had NOTHING.  No Word.  NOTHING.

Now I was REALLY on the spot!  I started praying – HARD!  “God, you better have something GOOD!”

This prophet kept going and I was praying fervently, when the Lord dropped into my spirit a Word that I had given about my eyeglasses that had gone missing, and I found them again later under the chicken coop.  I said, “Oh, that’s good, Lord!!  VISION!”  At least I had SOMETHING!

Then the Lord reminded me of the vision He had given me during praise and worship, of Christ on the Cross.  I only saw His spike-pierced hand and the blood running down His arm, with His arm nailed to the wood in the vision.  I felt, rather than heard, that Jesus was a carpenter.  He worked with wood and nails.  The Lord spoke to me in the vision that the enemy has a warped sense of irony.  He is so hateful, that he had used the very tools of Jesus’ trade to impale His hands and feet with nails to the wood.  But the Lord assured me in my vision that He could take THE most devastating hurts and turn them into something good, for His Glory.  After all, Jesus is still Lord, and He is STILL turning things around and saving souls.

I KNEW that was a Word for the Pastor.   Now I had TWO things!  I felt better.

So, when it was my turn to prophesy, the Pastor turned to me and asked if she could sit down!  I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be giving her the Word the Lord gave me, but to honor her, I said, “Of course!” and reached out to touch her arm, to help her to her seat.  But, it was when I TOUCHED her….

I KNEW in my spirit I absolutely had to give the Word the Lord had spoken.  So, I started to speak about VISION with my eyeglasses, vision being lost and then found.  Next, the vision of the Lord and the wood and the nails, and how God would take your most hurtfulest (that was the way He said it, HURTFUL-EST) pain and use it to turn it for His glory.

But the last one, the Lord waited until I had touched her to give me.  I looked at her, and I said, “Why do you think your name is Kari (carry)?”  I moved away from the microphone as I hugged her, and held onto her, and said quietly, in her ear, “Because you have to carry so many people with you.”

As I walked away to my seat, the Pastor spoke into her microphone and said, “Did you hear what she said?”  She repeated the last phrase, but she said, “Because I carry so many people.”

She received it.

I was so amazed that God had spoken to her, on such a personal, deep level, and had used me.  It was so profound, but with something seemingly as simple as her name.

In hindsight, really, what is closer to a person than his own name?  Doesn’t everyone wonder why they were named the name they have?  I know I have.  That is why there are so many books on the “meanings of names”.  But I believe that God is a picture God.  He speaks in pictures.  The Hebrew language is a pictorial language, something akin to hieroglyphics.  The Bible is a series of picture stories.  I believe that your name is a picture of something that He intends for your life.

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I am in my prayer time this morning, and had just read a message by Theresa Phillips (http://elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=12505)

I felt the weight of my mantle fall on me, the prophetic mantle, pressing down, the weightiness of it pouring over me like hot wax, filling and fitting every contour, down my head, onto my shoulders and down my arms.  A new skin, a second skin.  It made my ears hum, and my eyes blink.  The top of my head is still tingling, and my arms are a little chilled.

I was aware of angels in the room, on my left, in a semicircle in front of me, big angels.  No — BIG angels.  Think REALLY BIG ANGELS.  It is a BIG Assignment, I need BIG ANGELS.   And He has sent them to assist.  They are ministering servants.

“Lord”, I say, “I need to know.  You told me to command my angels.  I need to know, do I speak directly to them, or do I quote Your Word to them so that they act?”

“BOTH,” says the Lord of Hosts, the Lord of Armies.  “Both.  Because one without the other is purposeless, useless.  They perform MY good will, MY good pleasure.  And I wish to give you the Kingdom.  They are here to perform that task, to help you obtain — to apprehend — the Kingdom.  So that you may pour it out as salt out of a salt shaker.    You are a salt shaker…as each salt shaker is different, some flow more freely than others, and some sprinkle just a little bit at a time, so are YOU (the generation of mankind).  You sprinkle salt on the earth in proportion to the amount of HOLES I give you.  More holes = more salt (flow).  My son was pierced through, and He is still pouring salt on the world.  So embrace your holes, for they allow my salt to pass through.  If you are clogged up, my Holy Spirit will clean you out.  He will clean up the clog so you may flow freely once more.”

I suddenly found myself become comfortable in the calling.  I realized I am exactly where I am supposed to be, that God will make all things possible, because His Will be done.  HIS WILL WILL be done.  It’s a not a question mark anymore, not a request.  It suddenly hit me that it WILL happen, and it’s HIS will.  He planned it.

Last night I was talking to a friend of mine, Colleen Bass.  In the course of the conversation, she said that “God reads my mail.”

I laughed, and said, “Reads it?  He WROTE IT!!!”

And He wrote YOUR mail, too.  So open up the love letter from God.  Read it, enjoy it.  You’re only getting one.

Amen!

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NOW Jericho! (Another prophetic Word)

Jericho_wall_diagram4Joshua 6, Amplified Bible. Now is the time, now is the season!  The high walls that have kept you out in the past, that impenetrable fortress, sealed up tight — where you couldn’t get in, and absolutely no blessings were coming out — God assures you that they are coming down!  God says, “SEE – I have given Jericho, its king and mighty men of valor, into your hands!”  God is giving you GOOD things, the very best, those MIGHTY things you have sought, both personally and for the sake of the Kingdom!  But you must be obedient unto death, doing whatever He tells you to do, even if it doesn’t make sense.

Whether you realize it or not, you have been marching to God’s orders.  It’s been His will this whole time that you marched round and round and round Jericho (your city He has ordained for you!).   He said, “…6-days shall you do this!”  You have marched around, waging war, railing against the “wall” that has kept you out, pounding your fist on the judge’s stand, contending, praying mightily, 6-days you have done this.  For 6-days you have knocked and knocked, seemingly with no answer!  6-days you have tried to go around this city, in the flesh, waging war in your flesh.   It has NOT all been for naught!

BUT GOD….His will be done!   The 7th time around the city, on the 7th day, when the time is right (NOW) 7-priests shall bear 7-trumpets, sounding “Oh, when the saints come marching in!!” God will accomplish more in one day than you have in all the many times that you have gone around and around and around in your 6-day march!  7-speaks to Divine Perfection, Completion, “it is finished!”  7- is the perfect will of the Lord, and on the 7th day, in His perfect timing, NOW JERICHO …. all men will go over the wall right STRAIGHT in front of him!  That means you must be in position and you are!  God has supernaturally positioned you, for His Glory!  Think of musical chairs, and when that last note of the song sounds, you must find a seat.  God wants to seat you in places of authority, so He has positioned you where He wants you to be!

God told Joshua to circle the town and blow trumpets and shout loudly.  In the natural this couldn’t possibly tear down walls.  However, the walls that keep us out are supernatural, spiritual barriers, with Angels posted as sentries holding flaming swords.  This doesn’t seem possible in the natural, but with God all things are possible!    Joshua was obedient, and God MOVED on behalf of His children!

He is speaking to you today, to tell you that the obedience that you have exhibited and manifested to give Him glory, this obedience is what is bringing the walls down!  Without God they wouldn’t budge.  But because you have been obedient, the Lord is tearing the walls down FOR you – and you will be WELL rewarded for all your hard work and contending!  This is His mandate, and He will personally go before you and tear down the walls that have kept you out.

Look for it to happen NOW, JERICHO!!

Amen.

And [Edie Bayer…

And (Edie Bayer) shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth that hear of all the good I do for her, and they shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace, prosperity, security and stability I provide for her.—Jeremiah 33:9, (Amp)

Now, take out my name…insert YOUR name, DECREE it aloud and thrive!

The Blessing, The Spreadsheet and those First Few Contacts

Have you told anyone yet?  Have you divulged your secrets?  Have you taken the plunge and told anyone that you are working on your witty inventions, brilliant ideas, secret sauce?

whisperI did!  I told my brother.  He was so blessed and encouraged.  That is yet another unforeseen component of this inventions project.  I never thought about blessing other people and encouraging them just by bringing them up to date!  You should try it!  Tell someone what you are doing and lean back and enjoy the response!

That is….IF they are an inventor at heart.  My Mother just kind of looked at me funny.

I was catching up with my brother via email, and decided to give him both my Facebook and my Blog address.  He was really excited, and it got him stirred up too!  Come to find out, he’s got some inventions already in his head, some that he has written down, but some not.  He backed up our plan to write it all down (and mail it to ourselves) with Habakkuk 2:2 in the King James Bible  ‘And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.’

“To be quite frank,” he continued, “it [the blog] was very enlightening. I liked it! Yes, I mentioned earlier that I didn’t have any inventions I was working on presently. But as I continued to read, I realized I was working on a number of inventions already…actually have been over the years. Mostly Green related. I’ve written business proposals on most of them and already done the market research and such. So, to say I was intrigued, would be an understatement. Liked your notes on writing it all down and mailing it to yourself. Good idea!  So I write down most (not all :/ ) of the witty ideas and inventions God shows me. But have never mailed them to myself. I need to start. Thanks. I did save your notes, because they are a confirmation and an answer to prayer. Really. Thanks for your faithfulness in writing those notes. What a blessing.”

So, that’s the good news, we’re blessing people without even realizing it!  That ought to give you warm and fuzzies!

The not-so-good news is that I am still in the spreadsheet process.  I have contacted three manufacturer/distributors, and only gotten through to the receptionist so far with one.  I was able to both leave a voicemail and send an email to the Vice-President of one company, my first call (!) so that was exciting.  Two other companies I have only sent an inquiry email, and another one I had to leave a voicemail with the (operator).  Sigh.

I knew a man who had invented some software ideas to plug into laptops and notepads.  It was a great idea, a wonderful marketing tool for marketers.  He got derailed trying to get his computers (laptops and notepads) from China.  It takes a long time to get stuff ordered and shipped, and costs LOTS of money.

That is why we are opting for licensing and our intent is to leave the manufacturing process to those who have the time and money to do it.  However… I am contemplating hanging onto one of my products and even if I outsource the production of it, it would be a tremendous way to travel the country (dare I say the WORLD!) and market it at shows and conventions.  I MIGHT, but I am not sure.  The reason this is even pertinent is because it seems that most of the items in this line of accessories that I am trying to invent are made in China.  The bulk of my “manufacturers” are truly importers and distributors…marketers.  So, I will truly be selling an IDEA, not the actual product or the manufacturing of it, but rather the re-sale of it.

However, I’m moving forward!  I am pursuing the dream!  I am pursuing witty inventions.  I know that With God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!  All it takes is one blessing from the Lord, which will maketh one (THIS ONE!) truly rich, and He adds no sorrow with it!  I am sooooooo ready for that blessing, that the Lord will CAUSE the blessing to come upon me and my household.   Lord bless the work of my hands!

So, what would you have done differently?  Please take the poll and let me know!

 

Free Advice from a TRUE INVENTOR with a patent!!

WOW!  This will bless you!  Free Advice from a true inventor who holds a patent! My lifelong friend, spiritual mother and INVENTOR mentor — with a patent to her credit! —  Gail Falzon, has agreed to allow me to post her comment from the third post in this series, “Moving Forward”.

I believe you will find  it informative, and extremely helpful in your quest to get your inventions and ideas into the marketplace!

Not only that, Gail has become a national speaker for the very company that bought her idea and manufactured it!  So, this is an exciting development in our thought process.  You could become the spokesperson for the company that buys your ideas!   She says they pay her expenses to send her out to speak!

BRILLIANT!!

Please comment here, this is too awesome!

Thank you Gail!  I love you, my friend!  Blessings on your head!

More about Gail:  www.TMJPainSolutions.com Search on Facebook, too!

Gail.FalzonHaving licensed several products and starting one idea totally from scratch, my vote is to license! I have the grit and determination to make things happen, but that whole business from A-Z is WAY more than I bargained for. Praise God that I was able to sell it at a later date and still get paid to travel and teach. Now they do the work and I get royalty. No…its not as much as I would have gotten myself, but there comes a point when your mental health and well-being out-weighs monetary gain.
Another word of advice. Standard royalty is usually 5% of “retail” but some will only give you 2% if you have not at least filed a provisional patent. Buy the book entitled, “Patent it Yourself”. I was able to patent my first invention by myself-no attorney-and it passed. This saved me a ton of money. The company I approached liked the idea so much, they made the tooling mold for me at no cost so they could run with it. Unfortunately, they opted to veer from my market and left me with the tooling. I found a suitable company in this market who took the idea. BUT…because I OWN the tooling, my royalty is 15%. So…never feel you can’t negotiate.
One product needed no patent as there were just too many ways to change it up. Funny that this one is the most profitable!
The lucky ones who come up with a MASS market idea are the ones who will get rich “IF” they play their cards right. Is it QVC material, infomercial material? Knowing your market is crucial!! Then…look for the best in the business, and go find them!

In addition to the non-disclosure, I had the president initial each of the drawings I presented. He loved the one, I made two prototypes…and soon…money in the mail!
WARNING…inventing is addictive once you’ve figured it out. Best of luck!
Gail

Witty Inventions 4 – Momentum

Start thinking of your vanity license plate now!
It should say TXINVNTR!

As promised yesterday, I am on my way out the door to find manufacturers for my products.  I am headed to Walmart, amongst other places.  Since my ideas are largely automobile related, I am also going to a couple of auto-parts stores and the car-wash!

(Truth serum hits and she says, “Honestly, I’ve done this already. Months ago.  But I cannot find the list so I have to go out and do it again!)

Once there, I will find products that are closely related to mine in construction and potentially style.  I will find the manufacturers names and hopefully contact information.  Then when I return, I will put this data into a spreadsheet, and without further ado start to contact them.  I will keep notes on who I spoke to, and on what date, and when I am supposed to meet with who and where.  This will make it easy to refer back to when I am negotiating the sales and licensing agreements.

Once I get them on the phone, I will confirm the methods of getting my ideas into their hands, whether they would prefer to buy the idea outright or if they would rather license it.  This will dictate whether I create a proto-type, or just a sketch.  If the majority of the manufacturers prefer licensing, I will create the prototype, then get in front of the decision makers.

This is the plan.  I will update it as I go along.  I’ll update the blog as things progress, as well.  It may be a day or two before I have any activity other than what I have listed here, so I may blog on some other topics while I am waiting for forward movement.

This is exciting!  Are you coming with me?

So, this is where you are:

  • Give God the Glory!
  • Confess you are an inventor!
  • Write down your ideas and mail them to yourself!
  • Go Shopping!  Confirm your idea is marketable!
  • Make the decision, to sell the idea, license, or become the manufacturer
  • Find the manufacturers to contact

Witty Inventions Part 3. The Process – Moving Forward!

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I have received two prophetic words today from friends of mine, completely unsolicited.  The first was “Sometimes you just have to make your prophetic words come true!” and the second was, “Victory is YOURS!”

I also heard directly from the Lord today, when He said, “When are  you going to realize you hear Me?”

This gave me the courage to take the next step, which we will be doing together.  This is the last post in this series before I have to do this process WITH you!  I’ve already done some of the other steps weeks and months ago, and the next step we will take together!

For me, this is where it TRULY gets interactive.

That is why I decided to write the blog.  So I would have the crucial PUSH I needed to take the plunge.  I hope you are doing this with me!  That was the idea, to have others to encourage me and that I could encourage also…. plus add comments along the way.

Ready?  JUST DO IT!!

The next step, after you have written down your ideas and mailed them to yourself, and gone looking at the local store to see if your idea is marketable, is to actually make a decision –

  1. Do I sell the idea or
  2. Do I produce and market the item?

You can find a manufacturer who already makes something similar or along the same lines as what you have invented.  You may wish to contact them, set up a meeting, and propose they buy the idea from you outright.  In order for them to “grasp” your concept or idea, and to excite them enough to buy it, you will want to sketch out your idea.  Better yet, design and build a prototype to demonstrate the idea to the manufacturer.  However if that is not feasible, you can simply draw a picture of the finished item.  Depending on the complexity, you may need to include a diagram or schematic of how to construct it.

By the way, this is how you apply for a patent, as well.  That’s another whole elephant that we don’t have time to eat here.

Once you find a manufacturer, contact them, and schedule a meeting with the highest up person in that organization’s hierarchy that you can.  Have a non-compete, non-disclose contract at the ready, preferably one constructed by an attorney.  The manufacturer MUST sign this document before you disclose your invention.  Then you negotiate the terms of your sale, and — VOILA!!  Victory is YOURS!

Rinse and Repeat.

My friend the inventor swears that you should just sell the idea and take 5% of all retail sales.  This is called “licensing”.  This is what she has done with all her products, and her monthly royalty checks just keep getting bigger and bigger.  She likes the idea of “mailbox money” and frankly, so do I.  I want to spend my time doing other things rather than trying to sell my products.  So, when given the chance, that is what I will be doing — Licensing.

The manufacturer may be more apt to take this approach, as they don’t have to lay out a hefty fee to you up front, PLUS the costs of bringing your idea to market.  In effect, you are sharing the risk with them, while they have all the resources that you may not, including the machinery to produce, market and sell the item.

However, you can do all the work yourself, make the products, patent them, market them, ship them, and generally run all the aspects of the business yourself (or outsource them).  This is perfectly acceptable, and may be just what you are looking for – a manufacturing business.

I read an e-book by a gal who raises chickens.  She and her fiancée came up with an idea for a special chicken waterer.  They purchase the parts and put the waterers together themselves and sell them online.  They work from their farm in the country, and ship all the orders out in the mail.  She says this pays their bills, and then some.  She also authors several blogs and writes books!  She sells them as well.

They got their start with an un-successful home business idea.  Then they struck oil with the chicken waterer, and have built on that concept ever since.  It works for them, and it could work for you, too.  If you choose this route, the advice from this gal in her book is to have a SIMPLE product that you can easily construct at home and market it online.   She said that if the product itself is too complex or hard to construct it may not be suitable for a home-based business.

In my opinion, if it’s too complex, or there are too many moving parts, it may be best to simply license it, or sell the idea outright.

So, this is where you are:

  1. Give God the Glory!
  2. Confess you are an inventor!
  3. Write down your ideas and mail them to yourself!
  4. Go Shopping!  Confirm your idea is marketable!
  5. Make the decision, to sell the idea, license, or become the manufacturer