Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Novice Advertising

    I've been working on advertising for the next Elevate Praise event even though I've had no training in this area--only experience from attempting to promote our "Gatherings In The Park" these past few years.
     I spend much time trying to design eye-catching posters to hang and banners to install at Linn Park that can easily be read from a distance. Then there are the press releases to send to newspapers and letters to churches asking them to help us by promoting the event from the pulpit, plus the email announcement to those on the list I have.  It almost time to start over for another event by the time I get one promoted! Here is the latest poster in case you live within driving distance and can come to the night of worship.
     Carolyn Yoder is one of my favorite worship leaders so I feel really blessed and excited she has agreed to lead this evening.


    Since I used this format when creating the Brand New Day posters (see blog post here) I decided to keep it and change the colors and relevant information for each event.  Hopefully, it will become recognizable.

Monday, May 13, 2019

7 Ways to Stand for Rebellious Children - Kenneth Copeland Ministries

     A new friend sent me a link to this great article.  If you have rebellious children or grandchildren, or know someone who does I thought you might find it as helpful as I did.

7 Ways to Stand for Rebellious Children

May 8, 2019
7 Ways to Stand for Rebellious Children

Are you the parent of a rebellious child? There is hope. Find out how you can stand for a rebellious or prodigal child and finally see the miracle you’ve been praying for.

No one ever said parenting was easy. When you first bring your babies home from the hospital, there is so much hope and possibility for who they will become and what kind of lives they’ll lead. It doesn’t take long to realize that raising great kids is not automatic—it’s a lot of work! And you’ll have to contend for them every step of the way.
Whether their children are young or grown, many parents face the unexpected situation of dealing with a rebellious child or even a prodigal. The disappointment is stinging and the road often lonely. It can be difficult to even know where to start. First, we’ll begin with the basics.
What is rebellion?
A stubborn or rebellious spirit is one that rejects truth, challenges authority, and refuses to take personal responsibility for attitudes or actions. Further, a rebellious spirit is one that often, but not always, begins to turn away from God. Rick Rennerexplains that the word witchcraft comes from the Greek word pharmakeia, which refers to “the flesh’s attempts to avoid being confronted and changed.”
It’s important to understand that not all rebellious children are necessarily prodigals. Nonetheless, even the smallest hint of rebellion in the home must be dealt with immediately. Rolling the eyes, becoming angry when asked to take out the trash, or balking at the household rules will all open the door to a greater severity of rebellion down the line.
Perhaps your situation is much worse—stealing, lying, violence, drugs or alcohol abuse. Maybe your child is so far away from God, you can’t even see the possibility of his or her return. Know this: There is hope for your child. You are not powerless. You can see the miracle you’ve been praying for with these seven ways to stand for rebellious children.

1. Put Feelings Aside

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” –Romans 8:14 (KJV)

You’re hurt. You’re disappointed, shocked—even angry. You blame them. You blame yourself. You don’t know where to turn or what to do. When a child is rebellious, it is frustrating. When they’re extremely rebellious, it can feel downright devastating. 
Here’s where you have to be careful. The devil preys on feelings—any feelings. You don’t even have to swing the door wide open—all he needs you to do is crack it open just a tiny bit—and he’s in. He’ll have you doubting your ability to parent, questioning the moment-by-moment well-being of your child, and plummeting into deep despair. The game plan? Don’t even give him the chance.
Put all feelings aside and focus on the TRUTH. Don’t be led by thoughts or emotions—be led by the Spirit in everything you say and do regarding your child.

2. Give Them Room

“‘Your children will come back to you from the distant land of the enemy. There is hope for your future,’ says the Lord. ‘Your children will come again to their own land.’” –Jeremiah 31:16-17 

Mothers and fathers, take God’s Word for it. Receive Jeremiah 31:16-17 for yourself. Stop weeping for your children and start believing the Word. That’s the only thing that will bring them around. If necessary, go to your kids and ask their forgiveness for neglecting them. 
Many times, rebellious children feel lost, insecure and angry, and are trying to discover their true identity. Give them room. The closer you push in, the more they will tend to back away from you. That doesn’t mean you stop being involved in their lives; it means you focus on encouraging and blessing them, rather than criticizing, condemning or pushing them to have a relationship with God. 
Continue to set proper boundaries in your home or with their behavior toward you, depending on their ages. And don’t stop there. Take every opportunity to minister love to your children. 

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Friday, May 10, 2019

"What God Showed Me Over the Next 5 Years" Rebecca Greenwood

I love to read prophetic words given by those who have submitted their words to trusted overseers.  This word from Rebecca Greenwood posted on The Elijah List today, is very encouraging for us as a nation in the next 5 years.


In my intercession time on April 23rd, the Lord brought a clear vision of the United States of America. Over the following week I had been in intercession concerning the vision, and on the morning of the National Day of Prayer, May 2, I felt the Lord prompting me to share what He revealed in order for the Church and the intercessors to pray in agreement. After submitting the word to trusted friends and prophetic voices, I was encouraged to share this vision publicly, as I strongly believe this word is an invitation for intercession.
In this vision, I saw Jesus standing above a large map of the nation. He was intentionally highlighting specific regions throughout the nation by positioning Himself above the regions that He began to speak to me about. He was maneuvering throughout the land with the intent of highlighting these regions and speaking His purposes for what He continued to call "The five-year period of grace and awakening."
Northern U.S. – Unlocking of Covenants
Initially, I saw Jesus in the northern region of the United States, and I heard Him say, "There will be an unlocking of original covenants in the land that will cause the nation to shift into righteous covenant. As this unlocking occurs it will pave a way throughout 2019, leading into 2020, and 4 years following 2020 for continued and increased righteous governance in the White House that will lead this land. This government will continue to decree righteousness through alignments with key nations, standing for life of the unborn, the supporting of Israel and the belief in Christian values and prayer."
Abortion Legislation
He then brought the focus to abortion and said, "Abortion will continue to be dealt with state by state, region by region; a grassroots movement of states that will stand for righteousness. This is just the beginning."
He further revealed that as we begin to advance from now through to 2024 and going into 2025, there will be 28 states that will shift abortion legislation to righteousness in which an unborn child will no longer be considered a fetus, but a human life. Legislation will begin to shift in these 28 states to the stance that abortion is murder and illegal once the heartbeat is heard in the mother's womb. In many of these 28 states I could even see a newer wave of legislation being written. The language within this new legislation will be "Life begins at the moment of conception."
The East Coast – Oil and Fire Awakening
As the vision continued, Jesus made His way to the East Coast where He said, "There is an oil and fire awakening and movement of My Spirit that is coming to the East Coast."
I could see that there is an increased awakening coming all along the East Coast. I could see a fire, a spiritual fire, moving throughout specific locations. Broward County in Florida was one of the highlighted areas. The occult practices in Broward county and the surrounding regions that have been engaged in these practices, with the intent to hold back the nation from righteous and conservative values, will be exposed and dealt with. I could see the apostolic/prophetic prayer army issuing a final blow to the schemes of the enemy in that region.
As the vision continued, I could see clearly the dark hand of the deep state that had gripped the United States. But every area and region that the Lord walked into, the grip of the deep state could no longer keeps its demonic hold on our nation. I heard Him say, "Florida, you are key for this time; for such a time as this. Where the deep state has penetrated through to Broward County, the grip will be broken and there will be a new move of My Spirit that will come into Florida and cause a righteousness to rise up."
North and South Carolina, get ready for a visitation.
Georgia was highlighted, and He spoke, "Awakening is on you, even within the government. This move of awakening will have great impact in governmental state leaders."
The South – a Gateway of Authority
I then saw Jesus standing above the South. I heard the Lord say to the South and specifically to Texas, "You are a gateway of this nation and what is established in the South will reverberate across the nation all the way up to Washington DC. It is a season of being re-established as a righteous gateway for the nation. Where it has been an entry point for evil along the border, this evil is being shut off."
I then saw that sex trafficking at the border will be dealt with. The entity of Santa Muerte, that has tried to come into our nation through the borders of Texas, will be cut off because that door of evil will be shut.
The Lord is awakening the gateway authority of the South – a spiritual position of standing at the gate. In the days ahead it will no longer be a gateway of contention, but a gate-keeping authority will continue to rise up within the Church, within the prophetic, and the intercessory army. What is unfolding within the government of Texas will have an effect and impact all the way to the nation's capital in DC. (Photo via Pixabay)
The Plains States – Awakening the Father's Heart in the Land
I then saw Him move into the center of the U.S. and He spoke to the Plains States, "You will cause the heartbeat of the Father to beat again, and there will be an awakening to the heartbeat of the Father. A recognition of the Father's heart of love will be awakened from the Plains States that will have effect across the nation."
I could see the pillars of unrighteousness that have held that area in the heartland, but I could also see new strategies being birthed and implemented in order to see those pillars of unrighteousness toppled.
There is a stirring in the Dakotas which will surprise many. There is an awakening that is coming to the First Nations people in the Dakotas, a revival awakening move of the Father's heart that will begin to beat again.
The Heartland – a Season of Grace and Breakthrough
As the vision continued, I could see and was made aware of the focus of the next 5 years. It is a season of grace and breakthrough. I noticed that every region where the Lord had positioned Himself over on the map saw changes. I saw that within the next five years the dark grip of the deep state – that demonic grip of extreme agendas to condone death of the unborn and to establish socialism in our nation – lost its grip.
I was able to see that in the heartland, in the center of the U.S., there is stake of truth and righteousness that is being driven into the land by the Lord. As it was penetrating the land, it caused the heartbeat of the Father for this nation to be awakened within the people of this land. The heart of the land began to beat again in rhythm with His purposes. In the next five years, as the pillars of unrighteousness come down we will see God's Kingdom purposes established in the heartland.
The West Coast – Shakings of Awakening 
I then saw the Lord positioned above and highlighting the West Coast. He said, "I am visiting certain regions and cities of a dry and a parched land. People have said, 'Can anything good come out of San Francisco?'" And He said, "Watch what I will do in the days ahead. In these five years of grace, a spiritual birthing of awakening will occur. There is about to be a move in San Francisco that will surprise many."
I could hear and see in my spirit, San Diego and San Bernardino. There are stirrings of His Spirit in those dry and parched lands. What the enemy meant for harm will not prevail. The Lord will cause a movement, and that which was meant for evil will be turned for His good and His glory.
I could see that there were going to be shakings in the West Coast. But these shakings will not bring devastation. These shakings will cause people to awaken to the Lord. I could see that in the West Coast, it was time for righteousness to be established from their gates.
I heard the Lord say, "There is going to be a turning around even in the West Coast, in key locations. In the midst of the several shakings that are ahead, there will not be devastation or destruction, but a shaking unto awakening of truth and holiness."
Historic Movements and Exposures
I then saw Jesus back in our nation's capital. He spoke again, "During this five-year period of time, there will be historic movements that no one has expected to see. There will be historic exposures which have not been seen; exposures of corruption, and exposures of under-the-table, corrupt agreements, where deals have been made by the shaking of hands with corrupt, elite structures."
Friends, it was evident within this vision that we are in a five-year grace period of exposure of corruption and the gavel of justice, the Lord's gavel, is coming down against these corrupt structures.
The Lord stated, "Do not be surprised when you see more revealed, more shaking, more chaos because in this season, I am exposing the corruption. And it will look like chaos, but it is exposure leading to a cleansing during this five-year period of grace."
Demonic Grip of Corruption Loosed and Holiness Movement Birthed
As this vision was unfolding, everywhere the Lord walked throughout the land, the demonic grip of darkness that has tried to control and squeeze the nation in its hold, was loosed, and no longer had the power to hold the nation in its influence.
I could see a new holiness movement coming into the land, a holiness movement without compromise. Even within the Church where there has been so much compromise, even at a denominational level, there will be some who will arise within those denominations and say, "We can no longer compromise. We must stand for truth and righteousness." It will be a cry of repentance, truth and holiness, drawing a line in the sand between those who have compromised and those who will no longer compromise. (Photo via Unsplash)
In this season, there is an understanding that is coming to the Body of Christ of the true agenda of what has been occurring at the hands of corruption and perversion. Exposure, exposure, exposure will occur in the days ahead.
We are in a five-year period of grace for this nation. What we have seen unfold, even in the past three years, will not compare to what we will see unfolding in the next five years. We have seen darkness while at the same time awesome, suddenly, unexpected surprises causing a movement toward righteousness.
The Lord spoke clearly, "In the days ahead you will see many more." We are in a five-year grace period for this nation! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Rebecca Greenwood
Christian Harvest International

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Monday, May 6, 2019

The 7eventh Time Down's Brand New Day Concert Was Amazing!

In spite of the cool temperature, the early morning rain, and the wet grass the 7eventh Time Down's Brand New Day Tour concert was excellent.  Over 500 people braved all that to worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Here are a few photos. The first is of Cloverton opening the concert.  They were amazing!  And a new-found gem for me!  Then 7eventh Time Down on stage.  I was working at the concessions stand during Jason Gray's set so didn't get a photo, but I heard many great comments about all the bands.  How blessed to be able to be part of the evening!

I can't wait for the next Elevate Praise event with Carolyn Yoder and the VWorship Team on June 2.





Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The driveway is totally finished!

This is the end result! Our driveway is finished. I promised I would post a photo, if I remembered, after the sealer was applied so you could see how it turned out.  It looks more like a patio now than a slab of concrete in front of the house.  What do you think?  

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Morel Mushroom Season

This is one of my favorite times of the year!  Springtime in the woods is breathtakingly beautiful!  The redbuds are blooming, the dogwoods are almost open, wildflowers are blanketing the floor of the forest, bluebells are in full bloom.  It is glorious!  How I wish I could store this beauty in some way!  I'm sure, though, that if I could look at it everyday the rest of my life I would begin to take it for granted.  Isn't God amazing?  He knows how we think so He created seasons to wake us up again to beauty.

He also gave us morel mushrooms--but only for a couple of weeks in spring.  What a treat!  If you've never tasted one, I'm sorry.  For a week or two, we hunt them, and eat them as often as possible, and then begin to look forward to next year so we can have them again.

We love to tell the story of our greatest mushroom picking experience.  It was a very long time ago. We had only lived in Nebraska a couple of years and were missing our yearly mushroom feed. As we were telling a friend how much we loved morel mushrooms and that if we were in Illinois we would be hunting them right now, he said he knew a place where they used to go hiking when he was in college that sounded like a place they might grow.  We didn't even know at the time that they grew in Nebraska!  Our friend didn't know either and had never tasted one, but we decided to look anyway.  We each were carrying a bag just in case we found some.  When we got to the place Gary was taking us we found them growing everywhere!  We had never seen anything like it!  We filled our bags and then took off our sweatshirts and tied the arms together to make more containers for this unexpected windfall.  When we had filled everything we could find we had to stop picking.  Since I'm a 'numbers' person, I just had to count them.  There were over 800!  The next year we returned in anticipation of another great mushroom feed only to find someone had turned the area into a subdivision.  What a waste of a wonderful mushroom patch!

I took this picture with my phone of the old photo of us on that eventful day.   As I said, it was a LONG time ago, but still a fresh memory during morel season.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Brand New Day Tour Will Be Here In A Little Over 2 weeks!

I can't believe how fast the time is approaching, but 7eventh Time Down's Brand New Day Tour will kick-off Elevate Praise, our summer monthly nights of praise, on May 4--just 2 short weeks away!

My, there is much preparation in hosting one of these events!!  There are planning meetings to be held,  newspaper press releases to be sent, radio contacts to be made, posters & banners to be printed and hung, churches to be contacted, volunteers to be coordinated, band riders to comply with, Facebook pages and website to be updated--at least weekly, if not more often, food vendors to be contacted, prayer tents to be set up and volunteers to staff them to be found, tables to be moved in for selling band merchandise, food for the bands to be arranged, parking to be arranged and overseen, shuttles to the furthest parking lots to be found, and on and on...

Anyone who has ever coordinated a large event knows exactly what I'm talking about.  New things I hadn't thought about pop up almost daily.  Those who have never had the responsibility are surprised at the work involved.  But it will all be worth it to see hundreds, if not thousands, gathered together to worship the Lord.  I am excited!!

Friday, April 12, 2019

An Interesting and Informative Article about Bayer Pharmaceuticals

This interesting article was sent by the Dr. Rath Health Foundation.  I'm sure most of us did not know this about Bayer's involvement in the World Wars.  It pays to be informed, I think, so I'm posting it here.

Three Strikes And You’re Out: Time To Bring An End To Bayer Putting Profit Over Life

On Thursday 4 April 2019, our Foundation published an article describing how, due to the growing problems following Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto, the company’s situation could lead to desperate acts. We pointed out that Bayer has already lost two court cases in which glyphosate, the active chemical in its Roundup weed killer, was found to have caused cancer, and that a further 11,000 lawsuits have now been filed against the firm, thus endangering its future existence. But Bayer’s biggest nightmare is not glyphosate – it is the role this German pharmaceutical and chemical flagship played as the economic driving force behind two world wars. [Read Full Article]

Monday, April 8, 2019

Elevate Praise at the Martinsville Linn Park Amphitheater

     I posted earlier about the 7eventh Time Down's "Brand New Day" concert we are having as a kick-off for Elevate Praise on May 4, but thought I might post the vision for Elevate Praise, also.  This is going to be a monthly meeting during the summer with the sole purpose of worshiping Jesus.  Here is the info we are sending to churches within driving distance.

Elevate Praise

Elevate Praise, a monthly night of worship, will be meeting at 7:00 p.m. during the summer months beginning Saturday, May 4, and continuing Sunday, June 2, July 7, August 4, and September 8, at the Linn Park Amphitheater in Martinsville (IL).  This beautiful outdoor facility is an excellent place to gather for worship. (Bring your lawn chairs.)  But just in case, the Martinsville High School gym has been reserved for all events in case of rain.

The vision for Elevate Praise was birthed when some members of our county began to dream of inviting believers within driving distance to meet together with the express purpose of worshipping Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  John 4:24 (The Passion Translation) says,  From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.”  That is our desire.  We are coming together as His body to please Him!  How wonderful to be able to gift the Father by satisfying His longing for true worshipers!

Even though our only purpose is to please Him through our worship we know that He has promised in Matt. 18:20 that “When two or more are gathered in His name, He is there in the midst of them.”  And Ps. 22:3 says “He is enthroned upon the praises of His people,”  Worship ushers in the presence of God.  When we come together in one accord we believe the love we have for Him and for one another will cause a desire in unbelievers to want to know Him, also.

As the introduction to Elevate Praise, God has made it possible through circumstances for us to host 7eventh Time Down’s “Brand New Day Tour” with special guests, Jason Gray and Cloverton, on Saturday, May 4.  This first night will be in concert format, the rest will be on Sunday, and will be participatory worship.  We believe this concert is an excellent way to begin.  It will be a proclamation and a declaration of what is to come.  It is a “brand new day” where believers from all denominations come together as one Body to worship the One whom we all love!  And even more exciting is that 7eventh Time Down will be singing their hit song “God Is On The Move” over our community.  This is a new beginning!  

As the world becomes darker, it is imperative that we make a way for God’s Presence to invade the darkness.  Worship does just that!  Please come as we invite the Light of the world to illumine and overcome the darkness in our area.  Without you, part of the Body will be missing.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Cloverton - God Help Me to Be (Official Lyric Video)


Are you familiar with Cloverton?  I wasn't until I found out they will be coming to Martinsville with 7eventh Time Down's "Brand New Day Tour".  So I searched for them on YouTube and really like their music.  I am excited to see them in person. Don't miss this free concert if you live within driving distance!  It is going to be great!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

We finally have a driveway!

After living in our house almost 17 years we finally have a driveway!  I am so excited!  No more trying to keep weeds from growing in the gravel or the landscape mulch mingling with gravel.  No more bump as I drive into the garage because the gravel was a little lower than the garage floor.  So many things to be thankful for!!

We like the color, even though it isn't what we thought it would look like.  It seems the color looks different from different angles but the photo below is as true as I could get.

Here is a photo of the colors we chose--smoke with a walnut release.  I have no idea where the red cast came from, but we have been told the sealer will change the color to some extent.



This is how the driveway looked before the new colored concrete:

And here is the finished driveway.  The sealer will be applied in about 2 weeks.  Supposedly, the sealer will deepen the color and add a sheen to the finish.  I will post the finished result, if I remember.



Quite a difference, isn't it?

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Difficulties!!

Something has happened to the "sign in" on my blog and it is causing me much consternation!  I also do the martinsvillelinnparkamphitheater.com website which is set up in blogger so that I can post new events.

There used to be a notification at the top of the page telling me which blog I was in, and a place to "sign out" so that I could access the other one.  Now there is only a notification that says "Create blog" or "Sign in".  Whenever I choose "sign in" it takes me to whatever blog I was already signed into.  This has been going on for 2 or 3 weeks.  After 6 or 7 days the original notifications appear and I am able to sign out of one and into the other, but then the same thing occurs so I can no longer get into the one I signed out of.  I don't know if this is making sense, but I certainly would appreciate it if somebody out there knows how to solve this.  Please let me know.  I have spent hours trying to fix it myself.  Hopefully, our grandson, will have a few minutes to look at it this weekend while he is home from college.  Until then, I will post whenever possible on whichever one is available.

So frustrating!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Seventh Time Down's Brand New Day Tour with Jason Gray & Cloverton

Martinsville will be hosting the 7eventh Time Down's"Brand New Day Tour" with Jason Gray Cloverton on May 4, at the Linn Park Amphitheater if any of you who live nearby are interested in coming.  Here is the poster:

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Charles Martin

     Don't you love a good story? A book that draws me in is like a mini vacation.  I leave cares behind and become enthralled to such an extent that I can't seem to get anything done till I know the conclusion.
      I have discovered a new (to me) author, Charles Martin.  I picked up one of his books, Water From The Heart, at a used book sale not knowing anything about him but liking the title.  When I purchase used books I bring them home and check Amazon for reviews before deciding if I want to spend time reading them.  The reviews for this book gave it 5 stars from over 1000 people, so I was excited!  And I certainly wasn't disappointed when I read the book!  I LOVED it!  I had taken it with me on our trip to Patagonia.  Since it was used I had intended to lighten my suitcase by leaving it behind after reading it, but it was so good I couldn't do that. I shared it with Country Guy who had finished the book he brought with him.  He also thought it was excellent so when we got home my friend, Donna, read it.  She loved it, too.
    I looked on my favorite used book site abebooks.com to see if I could get any more of his books.  I found several and ordered them all.
     Yesterday I began reading, Long Way Gone.  I believe, if it is possible, I am liking it even more than the first one.  He has such a wonderful way with words as he tugs at your heart with the story.  I especially like books that help me to see higher planes and cause me to want to be a better person.
     If you are wanting a good book, I highly recommend those by Charles Martin.