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.

===================================================

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!

Advertisements

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!

 

Witty Inventions Step 1. (Again) or “Will the REAL Step 2 please stand up?”

envelopesI heard a Pastor preach one time that John 1:1 is actually Genesis 1:0.  I’ll let you connect the dots.

In my last post, the first in this series, I stated that STEP 1 is to CONFESS you have an idea…which is sort of true, but when it comes to witty inventions, the first step is the first step.  So, at the risk of being rude, here is Step 1 — again.  The REAL Step 1.

In the beginning, was the IDEA.  The IDEA was without form and darkness covered the IDEA.   The Spirit of God was brooding over the IDEA.   God said, “LET THERE BE AN IDEA!”  And the IDEA was.  And God saw that the IDEA was good.  And God called the IDEA, “(Name of Idea)”.

So, that’s how the witty inventions truly start, with the idea from God.  I heard one time that God IS all the ideas, and that every single idea MAN has ever had came from Him.  This stands to reason, because the Bible says that in Him we live and move and have our being.

Although I had a little fun with the scripture above, in reality, God spoke the idea into creation, just like light.  He is the only One who can create something from NOTHING.  So, all ideas emanate from God.  At least for OUR purposes!  We’re giving God ALL the Glory!  Amen?

Amen.

Now, on to the REAL Step 2 —  MOVING on your idea.  If you are here, with a piece of paper and a writing instrument in your hand (or your laptop open to a word processor!) you are.

That was simple.

Step 3…Ok, back to Step 2.  I was just teasing you.

Moving on your idea is actually THAT.  Take your idea seriously.  Stop procrastinating.  Get moving on turning that idea into reality.  Start looking around.    Look at all the crazy stuff “As Seen On TV”!  Somebody had to think all that stuff up.  Darryl and I were shocked at Walmart to discover an entire aisle of things “As Seen On TV”, right by the cash register!

You may actually GET ideas once you start looking around.  You’ve heard the term, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”  Don’t forget, God fills our every NEED out of HIS riches in Glory by Christ Jesus!  So, start inventing!    Have a need for something?  Let Him fill it – with a brand new way of doing it.

See if your idea is useful, saleable, marketable.  Does it solve a problem?  If it is of the Lord, it probably solves someone’s problem!  What if their problem is merely as simple as a new way to comb their hair, or a unique system for hanging up clothes?  A new piece of luggage?   It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering, but what if it is?  I have heard of an electrician who was given the idea and plans for a piece of ophthalmologic (say THAT three times fast!) equipment.  He funded a major ministry with the proceeds of the sale of the idea.

What if people need and desire change, such as losing weight, or more time with their children?  How many different ways can you think of to help them?  There are as many different ways as there are people, and your ideas will solve a problem for them.

How about those things that the Lord is using to give the desires of the heart?  I can think of LOTS of ways that could happen.

We don’t have to stick with just “useful”.  I mean, look at the “Pet Rock” of the 1970’s.  Or the “Chia Pet”.   Or a great piece of jewelry?  It could be anything.

My inventor friend, who has a patent by the way, started out by inventing a game in the 1970’s.  She became a nurse, and invented several health-care related items.  She invented “The Busy Blanket”, a blanket for Altzheimer patients to keep their hands busy.  It has all kinds of buttons and yarn and zippers on it to keep their hands occupied.  She also invented “The Saddle Seat” for wheelchair bound patients.  This is a foam block shaped similarly to a western saddle to help patients sit upright and stop them from sliding out of the wheelchair.

Her most recent invention is the patented procedure and a special tool she developed for relief from a kind of facial pain called TMJ.  You can find the page for the company she sold (yes, you read that right!) on Facebook at “TMJ Pain Solutions”.  Not plugging her, just her abilities!!  She isn’t involved in this process.  But I know I can trust her advice, on this and on spiritual issues.

Anyway, we’ll go on to that in another blog.  This one is merely to tell you to do one thing:

WRITE DOWN YOUR INVENTIONS and IDEAS and MAIL THEM TO YOURSELF.

I believe you should pray over them, as I did mine.  Print out and put the pages with your ideas from the Lord into some envelopes.  Seal the envelopes with the blood of Jesus.  Mail yourself a copy and most importantly — make a copy before you seal the envelope!!  From experience I know you won’t remember them all.

And for heaven’s sake, DON’T open the envelope when it comes in the mail~!!!

Recap:

Step 1:  Confess your Favor

Step 2:  Write down the inventions and mail them to yourself

Acts 17

It seems that every so often God gets me into a particular chapter of the Word, and won’t let me out of it.  I know when He does this it’s because He is trying to get a point across, teach something, release revelation hidden away in His Word….something.

About a year or so ago it was Matthew 17.  I had read it so many times and had been in it so long that I started to use it as my password!!  In fact, one night I was in Yoakum, Texas with Paulette Reed as her ministry assistant.  We were at the home of our host there and God told me to read Matthew 17 again.  I was so aggravated with reading this same chapter over and over again that I argued with God and was a pretty petulant little child — I wanted to read something else.  I told Him I was tired of reading Matthew 17.

Whew.  I’m sure God just crossed His arms and rolled His eyes, maybe tapped that mighty toe, but as always, He just tolerated me.  His response?  “Fine.  Read Mark 6.”  Just in case you are not a  Bible scholar, Mark 6 is the same exact story as Matthew 17, the story of Jesus’ transfiguration.  Go figure.  Enough said.

These days it’s Acts 17.  Paul is going from place to place, preaching as he always does, in the synagogues and marketplace (the Amplified states that these are places of assembly, not necessarily Walmart or Kroger’s.)  Here he finds himself in Athens one day, after escaping his angry and “jealous” fellow Jews in two other cities, Thessalonica and Beroea.  His spirit man is “grieved and roused to anger” (Acts 17:16) because he sees idol worship everywhere.  (*Note — here in America it could be “Idle Worship”!)

So, what is a fitting response to idol worship, the fitting response of an angry and grieved spirit man?  Interestingly enough, more preaching!!!  BUT, this time, he catches the ears of the neighborhood intellectuals who spend all their time gossiping and trying to top each others’ stories with the newest new thing they’ve heard.  So — and this is where it gets more interesting — they take him to Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion.  Well, not really, but Darryl and I were talking, and we decided between us that the Aeropagus (Mars Hill Auditorium in Acts 17:22) was set up probably about the same way, with the clam shell background for sound, and with hills for the listeners to sit on and watch the show.

However, Paul isn’t visiting Mars Hill to sit down and listen.  He is the Main Event, THE Guest Speaker, THE Man of the Hour.   He is the evening’s entertainment!

This is amazing for a number of reasons, but the most striking and personal is that Darryl and I had just listened to a message by Joel Osteen on TV the night before I read this passage and it became rhema to me.  In his message Joel declared and decreed that God would cause favor to find us.  That we don’t have to go seeking for promotion, it will find us.  That He has all things lined up for us in advance, all the divine connections, all the people that God has chosen to bless us and help to advance us in our (His) plans.   All we have to do is SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all these things shall be added unto us.  This passage of scripture in Acts 17 backs up Matthew 6:33 perfectly!

That is exactly what Paul did.  And ALL he did.  He sought to be right with God.  He was arguing on God’s behalf.  He was seeking the Kingdom, busy about his Father’s business!  He put God FIRST in every thing, and God’s Favor found him.  God put him center stage, to perform the Father’s good pleasure, and get the Word out.

God has challenged me with this scripture to do the same, and I believe that this is a Now Word for you, too, in this season of acceleration.  If you are finding yourself striving to accomplish what you believe is God’s will, but nothing is happening — STOP.  Are you finding yourself on a different path, maybe one you don’t think is God’s plan?  Jump Tracks!!  Simply seek God, be obedient, stay in the Word, resist temptation.  Be busy about your Father’s business.  If you are doing all that you know how to do, STAND.  God will send His Favor your way.