Monday, May 28, 2018

"The Place of In-Between" Karen Hardin

This is where I am right now.  Waiting on the promise of healing of double vision.  I appreciated Karen's encouragement and reminder which was posted on The Elijah List today.  Maybe you, also, are in a place of waiting.

This is a word for those who are praying and asking God, "Did I really hear Your voice? Did You really tell me that? Will You please confirm Your word to me?" If that is you, read on. 
One of the most challenging places in life is the "in-between." It is that place where patience is required and tested. It is where dreams live or die. 
A Lesson on Waiting from My Dog Darcy
As I walked onto our front porch recently, I caught a visual of what it requires to successfully maneuver the in-betweens we encounter in life. As I stood on our front porch, I saw our dog, Darcy, patiently waiting and watching a squirrel, which sat on a bench just a few feet in front of her. She sat motionless watching for any sign of movement. The squirrels often taunt her allowing her to get close before they dart away. I've watched them climb down the tree toward her and chatter at her as they remain poised just out of reach on the trunk. Once she darts over, they race further up and out of reach. 
But, no matter how many times this scenario repeats, Darcy refuses to give up. I have watched her stand at the bottom of one of our trees in the rain for an hour, waiting on the squirrel she chased up to come down. She is relentless. She is patient. She is willing to simply wait. 
"There are many now in the place of in-between. You wonder if you are crazy."
It is a picture of what God has called us to do when we are in the in-between.
"Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!"(Psalm 27:14)
Waiting is one of the hardest things to do, isn't it? It's seems so inactive. Sometimes we are just waiting as we tap our feet, cross and uncross our legs, look at our watch. We know and believe God is at work, but would He hurry up already!
There is Also Action in the Waiting
But there are other times when there is action in the waiting. Can you imagine Noah who was told to build an ark? He was obedient for a hundred years diligently working, while simultaneously waiting. For what? Rain? Something he had never seen before? He was waiting for the fulfillment of what God had spoken to his heart. 
What went through his mind as he was taunted by those around him. He must have surely second-guessed himself and wondered, "Did the Lord really tell me to do this?" Noah was in the difficult place of in-between. 
The in-between may seem like an inconsequential part in our journey, but in actuality it is extremely important. It is a place of faith where we have the opportunity to go higher. The word "between" in Hebrew is the word bayin. It means "the interval." As I study that in Scripture it holds significant meaning. (Photo via Unsplash)
The In-Between Places in Scripture
There are many "in-between" places in Scripture. Think of David as he faced Goliath. He stood with his brothers and the Israelite army on one side. The Philistines and their intimidating champion stood facing them on the other side. 
"The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them." (1 Samuel 17:3)
When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, the wilderness was their "in-between." When Jehoshaphat and the Israelites were being charged by three enemy armies, they spent their in-between in fasting, prayer and praise. They had to do their part so God could do His part. 
"This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. Tomorrow march down against them." (2 Chronicles 20:15-16)
When Nehemiah accepted the challenge to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem, which had been broken down for 152 years, the in-between started from the moment God birthed that vision in his heart until the walls were completed. It required a fierce determination to walk the vision out by faith as he went before King Artaxerxes, as he rode out at night to examine the condition and extent of the project, as he tried to motivate the people to join him, and as they began to rebuild the walls facing extreme opposition. He must have sounded like a crazy man. For as I look at each of these instances, that is what the in-between often looks like. A crazy plan. 
Nehemiah's plan began with a request to the King (of kings) and then to the king of the land as he prayed:
"Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of this Your servant and to the prayer of Your servants who delight in revering Your name. Give Your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man." (Nehemiah 1:11)
It was a crazy idea. AND YET, it was a God idea! It took courage. It took patience. It took faith. Are you in a place of in-between? 
Abram encountered God at an in-between place between Bethel and Ai. 
"The in-between may seem like an inconsequential part in our journey, but in actuality it is extremely important."
"From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD."(Genesis 12:8
All he had at that time was a promise as God told him, "Go from your country and your relatives to the land I will show you. And I will make you a great nation and I will bless you, and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing" (Genesis 12:1-2).
What a promise! And yet Abram left not knowing where he was going or what he was going to do. And he was entering a land where there was famine. It seemed crazy by natural standards. It was the place of in-between. And yet after Abram obeyed and journeyed into the unknown, just a few years later, he returned to where he had built the altar. Only now he was a very wealthy man. 
He returned to that in-between place between Bethel and Ai and called on the name of the Lord for further direction. He had experienced the blessing of walking through the in-between, that unknown place between the promise and manifestation. And he was living proof of the blessing that came from that obedience. 
Why did he physically return to that altar in the in-between place? Because he was ready do it again! He was ready for his next crazy assignment. 
"Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord." (Genesis 13:2-4)
Are You in the Place In-Between?
There are many now in the place of in-between. You wonder if you are crazy. You are second-guessing if what you heard was truly from the Lord. You may even have people around you taunting you, laughing as you stand in faith and obedience walking through this place of in-between. For some, years have passed and you are ready to give up. Don't!
While we pass through some in-between places quickly, others like for Noah lasted for years and years. And yet, God was in the timing the entire time. You are about to encounter His face and His favor. The King is opening the door to the manifestation of the promise.
"But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently." (Romans 8:25)
If you are between the promise that was spoken and the manifestation for which you wait, then the word the Lord would say to you now is to wait. I'm reminded again of the visual of my dog waiting in the rain for the squirrel to come down. Waiting, waiting, waiting. 
But like Abram, like David, like Noah, like Moses, like Nehemiah, if you will walk through the in-between and hold on, you WILL receive the manifestation of the promise! Wait!
"I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord." (Psalm 27:13-14) (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Karen Hardin

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Who Will Restore the Weak Back to Health and Honor? Steve Porter

        This word posted today on the Elijah List is exactly what I believe the Lord has been saying to me for a long time. Who is helping these who have been broken and don't know their worth in His eyes?  I feel such compassion for those who don't know where to turn.  It is the reason I have been reading and attempting to put into practice by praying for others what I have read about unforgiveness, rejection, soul ties, generational curses, inner healing, deliverance, etc. Jesus already paid the price for all of us be set free from the hurts of the past.  But who will help us know this and appropriate it?  Most of the church is failing in this respect but I believe God is calling us back into preaching "the good news" of the kingdom.  Those who don't are not preaching the whole gospel.
       I know God has a plan and destiny for each one of us but unless we are set free from the lies and chains the devil has bound us with we aren't free to step into God's will for us.  I, for one, don't want to miss the opportunity to "be Jesus" to those He brings into my life.

"They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold." (Job 24:7)
May I share with you a burden that's heavy upon my heart? There are many children of God who are naked—stripped of their nobility. They wear nothing but the shame of calamity, and they wander from place to place seeking refuge, but find none. 
The winds blow, the rain beats down upon them, and the thunder pronounces their doom. Their eyes are vacant—their cold, distant stares see nothing but more of the heartache that brought them to this awful place of anguish. They have become injured in the fight, too weak to go on. Whether their tragedy was caused by any fault of their own or inflicted by others, they still have no place to rest or recover. Who will restore these weak ones back to health and honor? 
Recovery Greatly Needed for the Wounded Ones
There is a desperate need for a recovery room for these wounded warriors! A place of healing, salvation, and unconditional love. In this special place of refuge, restoration and healing occurs, freedom takes place, and ugly scars are transformed into baby-soft skin by His power. 
It should grieve our hearts when these wounded ones are turned away from churches with nowhere to escape the cold. Papa's heart is grieved that so many places are preoccupied with their own agendas and vision, that there is no one to care for or listen to the broken ones. Many have become insulated and apathetic, so that they can no longer feel the pain and heartache of those who need them most. The Lord is calling the Church to be like a spiritual intensive care unit where all His children can find refuge, specialized care and recovery. He will send His dying, broken, repentant souls into such a Church! 
"As you wait and hold still, I will do a deep work in you."
The Lord is pouring His compassion and mercy into the hearts of those who are open to receive all of His children, holy and unholy alike. We live in a desperate time, where intensive care is needed more than at any other time in history. Because satan knows his time is short, he is bombarding the earth with temptation and snares. He seduces God's children with all forms of ungodly temptations, and he mocks them for their weakness when they fall. Many have been wounded in the fight, yet those fallen warriors are desperate to come home and find healing and freedom. 
The Lord's deepest desire is to usher these precious ones in and equip them with the tools to stand as mighty warriors and defeat the enemy on our home court. Father has already won this battle, but He needs us to stand with Him to bring it about (see Exodus 14:4). 
For those who have fallen into the depths of sin or suffering, we must provide a safe place of refuge, a spiritual care unit. So many today say this is NOT the job of the Church, but I plead with you not to harden your hearts or fail to show true compassion and mercy to those who repent and seek restoration, and to be refreshed. What if it were you or someone in your close family who was devastated beyond words and you needed a place to go and heal? 
Jesus, the Great Physician
Jesus is the Great Physician, and it is He who performs spiritual surgeries. Our job is to gently nurse the weak back to health by leading them in prayers of repentance before God, after which they will see a mighty display of His power. The awful sting of death and the curse will be shattered and exchanged for life everlasting. The sin and malignancy that plague the soul will fall away, and healing will occur by His Blood. (Photo via Wikimedia)
When desperate, fallen warriors are in the recovery room, they are not to be left alone. Never abandon them to heal on their own; embrace them, fill them with hope and encouragement from the Word, reassuring them that you will not leave them until they have fully recovered. 
When the Lord spoke of the ministry of the Church, to feed the hungry and visit those in prison, He mentioned clothing the naked (Matt. 25:36). If He places that much emphasis on physical needs, how much more should we clothe and minister to those whose spirits have been shamefully exposed? Tenderly clothe the wounded with love, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Enfold the naked in a blanket of God's tender care and keep them warm under a comforter of forgiveness and support. 
These desperate ones are on my heart right now. They need "spiritual medics" filled with compassion to come to them with words of healing and hope. They need gentle, intensive ministry. In the Old Testament, there were whole cities, called cities of refuge, where the needy could go to recover. Let the Church be a city of refuge where recovery, healing, and restoration take place, nurturing back to health every wounded warrior regardless of how his wounds came about. 
Pour Out Mercy and Forgiveness
I know one person cannot help everyone; this is truly impossible as only Jesus can help everyone, but if all of us try to reach someone who is hurting by even a kind word, a simple prayer, a loving embrace, or intensive care, we will see the most powerful representation of Jesus the world has ever seen! 
The Lord has called the Church to be a Bethesda: a place where the hurting can come and find healing, a place where the worst of the worst can receive mercy and forgiveness. If they can't come to church to find help, where can they go? When you as His people, feed the hungry, heal the wounded and love the lost, you are doing His will. So step out and let Him use you now!
Psalm 103:1-5, MSG: 
"O my soul, bless GOD. From head to toe, I'll bless His holy name! O my soul, bless GOD, don't forget a single blessing! He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. He redeems you from Hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you're always young in His presence."
Prophetic Word to the Wounded: My Healing is Here for You!
"Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD." (Psalm 27:14)
"For those who have fallen into the depths of sin or suffering, we must provide a safe place of refuge, a spiritual care unit."
"My precious child, you may say, 'Calamity of heart, you cry! All is lost and my heart is weak and broken. If you could peel the skin back to expose everything underneath, the world would plainly see the damage afflicting my soul.' 
"Right now, My Word to you is alive and powerful if you will respond to it. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. This word has quickening power—you are to "Wait on Me..." 
"Yes, wait on Me. Hold your wounded heart out to Me and I will strengthen you. As you hold still and allow My Spirit to calm your fears and worries I will pour over you healing oil. Be of good courage, for I am gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love. I will show Myself faithful and powerful in mending your heart—only come and wait on Me to touch you. Be still and know that I am God!" (See Psalm 46:10.)
"Do not rush this process. Let rivers of living water flow over the scarred places of your heart, until I fill your heart with My tender love that heals and restores as nothing else can.
"When I begin to blow My healing breath upon your heart, you will feel like you are coming alive and will be tempted to run back out to the battlefield prematurely. Hold steady and refuse to budge from that secret place of waiting until I give you the signal. Then you will be a mighty warrior—ready, eager and empowered to win!
"As you wait and hold still, I will do a deep work in you. Like a skilled surgeon who cuts away the infected parts, I will cut away all anger, bitterness, resentment, and carnal works of the flesh. I will remove every harmful thing from within your soul while cleansing you with healing waters." (Photo via Pixabay)
"And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart so you more closely reflect the heart of your heavenly Daddy."(See Ezekiel 36:26.)
"The healing process is critical, so let Me stress again, do not rush Me. Only wait and watch your Great Physician and Healer restore you to perfect health. You will become My masterpiece! I am not through with you, so stay put, and patiently wait for My healing water to saturate and restore you. My water will purify you and set you apart for Myself, giving you a heart of flesh for a heart of stone, so you can work in unity with Me. Together, we can change the world!" (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Steve Porter
Refuge Ministries


Friday, May 18, 2018

"Prophetic Signs: Justify Wins, Volcanoes Erupt & Israel Turns 70" by Johnny Enlow

Here is another interesting and encouraging word from Johnny Enlow that was posted on The Elijah List today.

Signs from the Kentucky Derby
God continues to prophesy to us through every way possible, and now again through the last Kentucky Derby impressively won by Justify. Three years ago, when American Pharaoh was winning in what would be the Triple Crown of racing, I shared how it represented an incoming president of the United States, who would rule among the nations as a Pharaoh of sorts, but specifically as the Pharaoh of Joseph's day, who had Josephs promoted. Now again, we have a Kentucky Derby so stacked with numbers and names of prophetic significance, that the message almost doesn't require deciphering.
The headlines tell us that in the 144th running of the Churchill Downs race, that a #7 horse named Justify, ridden by a jockey named Michael Smith, won the wettest and muddiest derby on record by 2 and a half lengths over #6, Good Magic. Rounded off to the nearest second, his winning time was 2 minutes and 4 seconds. Much was made of breaking the 136-year "curse of Apollo" by winning, though never having raced as a juvenile. A key part of the story is how Promises Fulfilled led the initial charge out of the gate, but it soon became the Justify story. 
There is literally so much Kingdom activity and displacement taking place that these times have to be considered among the most divinely orchestrated and destiny-charged ever. We are presently in a world extreme makeover reality that is unprecedented in its scope and scale. These are revolutionary days of wholesale transformation, and creation itself is uniquely stirred and responsive to all that is taking place. 
Ring of Fire and Earthquakes
"His story is always bigger than ours, but as we cooperate with His justice, our personal promises do find fulfillment."
The Pacific Ring of Fire is unusually active, and I counted 33 active volcanoes in one day. The Hawaii Kilauea has just been upgraded to its highest level red alert for what could be a massive eruption. A volcano in Indonesia has shot up 3 miles in the air, coating ash on nearby villages. Japan just announced another eruption of a volcano. Papua New Guinea recently had a 7.5 earthquake, which is its worst in a century.
Additionally, there is shaking all around the Ring of Fire, with underground tectonic activity all over. Even Yellowstone has just had its largest geyser erupt for the 5th time in recent weeks, baffling observers as it is not part of the actual Ring of Fire, but listed as a "hot spot". Something from the earth's core can no longer be suppressed, and it is speaking into our day when justice can no longer be suppressed as well.

Part of the Prophetic "Code" for the Kentucky Derby:

144: Connects us to the 144,000 of the book of Revelation, which simultaneously speaks of Israel as well as the Church, as it speaks of those "sealed" (justified).
Churchill Downs: This is about the Church being in a public place as Salt and Light, and no longer just in the 4 walls of a building. The courage of Winston Churchill to stand against evil is also to be noted here.
Horse #7: many things. A connection to the 7 mountains where we must be visibly carrying God's love- which looks like Justice. 7 spirits of God are what we ride on and 7 is the ultimate perfect divine number.
Justify:  The word means "vindicate" and it clearly speaks into the matter of Justice, which is God's theme for the moment. The #metoo phenomenon, the Justice League movie, are evidences of a societal agreement.
Michael Smith: The winning jockey let everyone know immediately that he is a follower of Jesus Christ. Michael means "who is like God" and it is he who is the great archangel who watches over Israel. The word Smithmeans "to treat metal by heating, hammering and forging." There is no doubt that the nations of the world are presently experiencing Israel as the anvil upon which their destiny is being forged. Zech. 12:3 is particularly relevant to this, "I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples and all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces."(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
This has been so evident in this week when Jerusalem has had the double celebrations of Israel's 70th anniversary and the world news of the United States moving its embassy to Jerusalem, and the various reactive backlashes both far and near. One cannot talk about Justice without talking about Israel and the ongoing world injustice of Israel being blamed for defending themselves against those who would destroy it. The media has been huge in this injustice.
Wettest/Muddiest: We are experiencing this as a present dynamic. Justice is raining down from Heaven and it is a wonderful thing, yet is also making for a very muddy track as we are observing "mud-slinging" going on all over. Interesting how it was widely noted that jockey Mike Smiths' silks were virtually unaffected by the muddy race. It is a muddy track, but we must press on.
Good Magic #6: I previously covered the Fountain of Youth race where Promises Fulfilled defeated Good Magic, and so we see again this horse coming in second. 6 is the number of flesh or human effort and all fleshly efforts in conjunction with the occult/magic are no longer able to triumph in the big races. Promises are being fulfilled and Justify is winning big.
Promises Fulfilled: Though it is a season of Promises Fulfilled, the bigger story is greater than that. God being vindicated/justified is the much bigger story. His story is always bigger than ours, but as we cooperate with His justice, our personal promises do find fulfillment. Find your place in His story and your story gets accelerated.
"We are presently in a world extreme makeover reality that is unprecedented in its scope and scale."
2 Minutes, 4 Seconds: In February, I gave a word on how Feb. 24, 2018 everything changed. That day was a big day with apostolic intercessors in DC, and also the day my daughter Justice had her golden birthday, meaning she turned 24 on the 24th. The numbers 2 and 4 are here again. There are 24 elders around the throne. I previously shared Acts 2:2-4 when "tongues of fire" suddenly ignited the New Testament Church. 
Is. 2:2-4 was also highlighted as happening now. We can add Ps. 2:2-4 about the nations raging against the Lord and His beloved (Israel and also the Church), and how "He who sits in the Heaven shall laugh...and hold in derision" those who oppose Him. Psalm 24 is clearly to be highlighted as well, and it starts with, "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof" and ends with "Lift up your heads the King of Glory is coming in." Don't be distracted from this reality in the midst of a muddy track.
Apollo's Curse: The word Apollo means "destroyer". It is the same root word as Apollyon, which also means "destroyer". In our 7-mountain template we identify him as the demonic principality of the mountain of media and he destroys through his propagation of bad and fake news. As Justify wins that curse gets broken. No mission field is in more need of understanding and attention as this one. 
A Jesus Justice Revolution
I recently spoke at a conference called SALT held at Angelus Temple here in Los Angeles, and it was as powerful an event as we had anticipated. The event actually was taking place the day of the Kentucky Derby race. The day before, I released a word that a "Jesus Justice Revolution" had begun. This has nothing to do with hanging on to offenses and revenge, but everything to do with Jesus coming in to make a way for previously hindered love to triumph. It will clear up many unjust situations, but it is about love prevailing. 
The morning of the race my friend Jona Toledo spoke at the conference on the theme of justice. Part of his message had to do with how his young son with the middle name of Justice had just hit a grand slam and performed an unassisted triple play in the same game, which is an ultimate rarity. God is speaking through our kids' names. Justice is being healed. Justice is being empowered. Justice is arising and shining and now ready to showcase itself in cases and places that have not seen it before. 
In my prophetic word from February I stated, "Waves and repercussions of what Heaven released on earth will only increase in the following days, but February 24 was the catalytic day for it."
How to Cooperate
In short, read again my above note on Psalm 24: The earth is the Lord's and He is coming in. Furthermore, let your heart be secured that even in the midst of happenings, sometimes hard to decipher and discern, that the Kingdom is pressing in, in accelerated fashion—and it is all tending toward good. Seek to cooperate through how you pray in agreement with His justice and how you interact with society. This is the Kingdom age and it is going to release an extended era of renaissance—in the knowledge of God. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Johnny Enlow
Johnny and Elizabeth


Monday, May 14, 2018

I saw this on the Truth About Cancer website and loved it!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

One of the Main Reasons Why I Dislike Raccoons

What a busy time!

Last week I powerwashed the screened porch, deck, front porch and the furniture we use in those places.

On Saturday Martinsville On The Move had 2 tables at the Master Gardener's Plant Sale. (Thanks to our gardens and plants donated by interested members of the community, we took over 225 plants to sell and made $420 to use to buy plants for Linn Park.)

On Monday, Sue & I worked at the Park to weed the gardens and cut back the roses which nearly died in the strange winter we had.  We also planted several plants left over from the  Plant Sale.

On Tuesday, I worked at weeding my own gardens.

On Wednesday, Norma & I took our friend Donna to the airport in Indianapolis and shopped for plants for the Linn Gardens and my own and then I came home to plant some of them.

On Thursday, I trimmed around all the trees, including the lane and around all the lawn with my wonderful DR Trimmer/Mower.  I love that little machine!!  I have an app on my phone that said I walked 8.8 miles/20,769 steps.  Did I mention I was exhausted?!!

Yesterday, Jenny came over to help me clean because I was behind and am having a college graduation party for our grandson this afternoon.

I was so pleased to get all my pots planted last night!  Everything looked so beautiful.   I found these great "drop in" flower arrangements at Walmart--already growing with 3 or 4 varieties of plants.  Just what I needed--no decisions to make about what would look nice together, no waiting for them to get established.

And then I woke up early this morning to this:

This happens every year as soon as I get the posts planted.  So irritating!!  I'm sure it isn't difficult for you to imagine why I dislike raccoons with a passion!!

The mess is cleaned up.  Hopefully, the plants will recover.   In an attempt to get rid of my frustration I am posting photos on my blog.  I don't know why that helps, but it has.  😀

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Packing Cubes

I am beginning to think about our planned trip to Greece this summer.

 A few years ago a friend introduced me to packing cubes.  Have you ever used them?  If not, you must give them a try.  I have found them extremely helpful in keeping my clothes organized and more wrinkle-free since I am not forever digging in the bottom of my suitcase for something I want to wear on a particular day.  I pack my long sleeved shirts in one, the sleeveless or short-sleeved in one, underwear in one, and depending on the room I have left my pants/jeans in one.  Sometimes I lay the jeans flat in the bottom of the suitcase and then use a packing cube for capris or shorts.  This is so helpful because I can then lift out the cubes individually, opening only those that contain the type of clothing I am looking for.

Today I was reading  this review of packing cubes so thought I would include it in case you are looking to buy some.  I don't have any of these mentioned but thought it was a helpful article.  I recently purchased these and believe they will work well for my intended purposes.  I have been unable to find the set I already had for sale again.  And since I convinced Country Guy to try them on our last trip and he now wants more.