Monday, June 25, 2018

Amazingly Beautiful Greece,

Some of our family is in Greece right now, including me, and it is amazingly beautiful!  Here are a few photos to prove my point:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

"A Tsunami Wave Over the Nation! Trees Planted and Uprooted in the White House!" Charles Shamp

A wonderful word from Charles Shamp (if you are a conservative believer, as I am)!  It was posted on The Elijah List today.  You can read it online here.

I was recently in prayer and was taken into a vision in the spirit. I looked and saw these deep-seated, old roots of corruption in the foundation of the White House.
In the vision, the White House appeared to be shaped like a very old tree with its branches withering. Suddenly, the hand of the Lord came and pulled it from the ground. Another White House was put in its place, one where its roots revealed righteousness and peace. The hand of the Lord planted it into rich soil and it began to flourish. Its branches contained beautiful fruit. As I looked at this tree, it seemed to be an olive tree.
Trees in the White House
I was again lifted up and taken to the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Supreme Court where I saw them all uprooted and replaced with new trees where the foundations were righteousness and peace. They too began to flourish and bear fruit and appeared to be olive trees with multicolored fruit. (Photo via Unsplash)
I heard the Lord speak, "I have extended an olive branch of peace to the United States of America and will extend Donald Trump's presidency into a second term by the power of My right hand. What I have done in the White House will happen with every 'branch' of government in the United States for I will pull out corruption and plant trees of righteousness that will bear much fruit.
"Even now, the ax is laid to the root of these corrupt trees. Every tree which does not bear good fruit will be cut down, pulled out and thrown into the fire! There will come forth new terms filled with peace. Branches will grow out of righteous roots. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon America again – the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the Lord which will return once again across the land."
A Tsunami Wave of Revival
I again looked and saw a massive, red tsunami wave coming to America. Suddenly, it crashed against the shores and covered the nation. I thought, "No. Does this mean a disaster will come?" I heard the Lord say, "I will come to America with another wave of revival. This will be the third wave and will crash against the shores so intensely that the nation will awaken to righteousness again. 
"I will cover this nation with My Blood. Cities will experience the salvation of My hand. I will empower My Church to preach the message of the Cross and multitudes will run to alters on street corners and stadiums as I cover the nation with the Blood of My Son from sea to shining sea."
"I Will No Longer Allow Your President to Stand On His Own"
The Lord spoke to me again, "As a sure sign of these things coming to pass, there will be a wave of conservatives elected during the midterm election in November 2018. It will be Breaking News. They will carry the House and the Senate and I will uproot, replant and rebuild the nation. 
"I will tie the three branches of government together; for a person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.  I will no longer allow your president to stand on his own. Even now, I have called others to come alongside and help bring the nation back from the dead and they will take their seats in the coming days."
I saw the House of Representatives stay in the hands of the Republicans and will move much more to a conservative position. I could see into the Senate and saw the Republicans gain nine seats. Those that took their place were considerably more conservative then those who had previously been there. I heard the Lord say, "Yes, nine will be a sign – a sign that righteousness has been birthed in the nation and earth." I saw three more constitutional conservatives were appointed to the Supreme Court by President Trump before 2020. (Photo via Flickr)
I was so stirred in my heart at the sight of the nation, it was no longer surviving... it was thriving. Waves of outpouring, renewal and revival were all around. I saw tangible glory clouds coming down. 
God will have His way in the coming days, but we must stand and continue to pray. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Charles and Brynn Shamp, President and Founders
Destiny Encounters

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Last Weekend's Heritage Days

Last weekend was Heritage Days with the Draft Horse Show.  We began Friday night with the Lloyd Wood Country Music Show which was excellent.  It rained during the night but on Saturday morning we were able to hold the Horse Farming Demonstrations.  I am always impressed by this 6 horse hitch that was here last year also.  

The draft horses are huge!  Can you imagine walking two of them at a time.  If they decided to run I don't think this guy would be able to stop them, do you?

It began to rain around 11:00 on Saturday so we postponed the Horse Show till early afternoon, but then it continued to rain so we cancelled it for the day.  The horse owners/drivers decided to start earlier on Sunday at 11:00 but then it rained all night so we ended up having only the draft 6-hitch, the haflinger 6-hitch, the mini cart (as a filler) and then the draft and haflinger carts on the road by the barns.  The racetrack in front of the grandstand was too muddy.  The drivers were happy to get their points for the national competition and the rest of the classes split the money among the registrants.  It began to rain again right after the competition ended--around 1:00 Sunday afternoon and rained all afternoon.  We ended up with over 9 inches of rain!

I was able to get photos of the beautiful hitches.  Here are a few:
A haflinger 6-hitch

I am partial to Zubrod's beautiful percherons!  They won both 6 hitch classes and received 12 points for National competition. 

Lindy Nealey was supposed to perform Roman riding during both days' shows, but Country Guy and I are the only ones who actually got to see her perform.  She was practicing Saturday night in hopes of performing Sunday.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

"There's a Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On! What is it For?" Jennifer Martin

      This article, posted on The Elijah List this morning, certainly spoke to me as I have been trying to keep my eyes on the Lord as one trying experience after another seems to come my way.  This morning I am attempting to recoup from excruciating back pain that happened as I reached for something last night.  I continue to wait on the Lord to heal the double vision that has plagued me since February, a hurdle I haven't yet crossed as this new one arrived.  I am also dealing with an imbedded rose thorn in my knuckle which has caused much pain and swelling. These are just the physical shakings happening.  Several other areas of my life are undergoing shakings, too.  Does this article resonate with you, also?   I am ready to be through with all this shaking, aren't you?   I very much appreciate these words of encouragement!!

Have you felt the shaking lately? And not only in the natural, but in the spirit? It seems that many in the Body of Christ are feeling an intense pressure going on in their lives. We've been used to dealing with things happening, but not like this. It seems as though once we cross one hurdle, we get to another, then another, and another, but it doesn't stop there. Then 2 or 3 hurdles at a time show up just when we thought we were at the end of this lap. This isn't business as usual. This is something different than any season we've ever encountered before. There's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on, but why?
"You see, you are a threat to the enemy, and he wants to shut you down."
I believe that the Lord has spoken to me through my own life as a parable for the Body of Christ. As I have been sharing about this, it has been bearing witness to many others too. We all are feeling the shaking. When it looks like you can't handle one more situation and your plate is full, something else manages to come along and jump onto your plate. 
Maybe you've been dealing with problems in your relationships, health, or finances. You've been praying and believing God to see breakthrough in these fiery trials, but the answer has not arrived...yet. You're waiting to see "the good" come out, especially after being worn out, as your hope and faith are challenged to the maximum!
The Bible says in Hebrews 12:26"At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, 'Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.'" The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken, so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
The Purpose of Shaking
Do you want to know why it's shaking all around you? God knows there is precious gold inside of you that is yet to be discovered. Just as gold is found in the earth, it is also buried in you. The Lord wants to cause the gold in you to rise to the surface. He knows exactly how to do it too. He shakes you! He shakes you in the midst of the overflowing waters, just like someone who shakes the gold pan in the river. If He shakes the pan hard enough, eventually, gold will be the only thing remaining. Then He takes the gold inside you and puts it through the fire to remove the impurities. He knows that if He turns the heat up high enough, the gold will rise to the occasion and be revealed apart from the dross. He knows that if He can shake you long enough, faith will rise, endurance will come, and eternal fruit will grow. 
The trials, which are not joyous, are for a much better you. They cause you to make a choice. They force you to confront what you really believe in your heart. Do you really trust in God? Do you believe God will surely come and destroy the devourer? Do you believe He will surely make the crooked paths straight? Would you even have faith without the testing? Who would you be right now without the suffering? How could you even know if you believe unless you are tested?
The Bible says in James 1:2-4"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
God has an ultimate goal to bring us to maturity and unfortunately, there is a price to pay: long-suffering. The Lord wants us to exercise our spiritual muscles of faith so that we may grow thereby, and become truly strong.
The Shaking of Persecution
You may believe that God is not testing you, but the enemy is persecuting you. If so, Jesus said in Luke 6:22-23"Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
"Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in Heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets."
"We all are feeling the shaking. When it looks like you can't handle one more situation, and your plate is full, yet something else manages to come along and jump onto your plate."
"If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you." (1 Peter 4:14)
You see, you are a threat to the enemy and he wants to shut you down. But nonetheless, you will have great reward and confidence that the Spirit of God surely rests on you!
A Scared Bear – You Are a Threat
I recently had a dream about a bear running towards me. I was with a group of Believers, and the people with me began to panic and run. I called to them, "WAIT!" I knew that this bear was not a threat to me and he would not dare touch me. In fact, I knew he was afraid of me. Just as the bear was within a foot of me, he stopped and stared at me. He saw something. His face changed from rage to fear, as whatever he saw IN ME caused him to turn and run for his life. He was terrified.
Don't fear what the enemy can do to you. He's afraid of what you can do to him! The enemy is scared of the gold inside of you! He wants to cause you to believe that God has left you or that you will never see the victory in your situation. He's afraid of what will happen when you find out the truth. You are GOLD refined in the fire! Nothing can stop you now. You know who you are. You know whom you fight for. And you know WHO is IN YOU!
This is not the time to allow the testing and trials to defeat you, but instead, let them strengthen and shape you. You have stood strong and proven to your God that you believe in miracles and that you believe in Him! He will surely come and His reward is with Him! Let the Word of God encourage you today: Your warfare is accomplished and your reward is here!
I hear the Lord saying this Scripture to you as a promise:
"'Comfort ye, comfort ye My people,' saith your God. 'Speak ye comfortingly to Jerusalem, and cry unto her that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she hath received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.' The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: 'Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.'"(Isaiah 40:1-5)
Be comforted! Your warfare is ending and your reward is here! God wants you to rest in His promise today. Enter into His rest. The glory of the Lord SHALL BE REVEALED in your life! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Jennifer Martin
Contagious Love International


Friday, June 1, 2018

How To Walk By The Spirit - Mark Virkler - Streaming

     As those of you who read this blog know, I am always impressed and encouraged by the resources Mark Virkler makes available.  For the next 4 days he is streaming 2 sessions each day of "How to Walk by the Spirit" free.   I have posted the information and the link below.


Have you ever noticed that Jesus lived tuned to His Spirit? Has your heart longed for what came so easy to Him to be available to you too? Are you amazed and disappointed that no one has been able to teach you step-by-step how to live this way?
I know exactly how you feel, and it spurred me to invest a year into laser-focused research. Now together, in a fraction of that time we can explore a treasure trove of 500 key verses which discuss “heart” or “spirit” and thus hold the answers we seek. We will go right to the source, the Bible, and prayerfully meditate over these vital Scriptures to uncover their meaning in our lives. Can you imagine any better way of learning how to sense your spirit, thus unlocking the spirit realm?
From June 1st – 4th we will be posting two sessions of this streaming video each day on our website for free viewing by you and all whom you would like to share this message with – worldwide!

Would You Like to Discover...

  • What your spirit does (17 specific activities which the Bible mentions)
  • 13 things which can be done to your spirit
  • Five ways the Spirit communicates
How helpful are these for anyone wanting to live and walk by the Spirit?!

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