Girls With Swords

Exactly one year ago today, I lead a Girls With Swords book study at my local church. Being a big fan of Lisa Bevere's teaching and studies, I was beyond excited! But what happened in that room from the very first day was nothing I could have ever anticipated.

A group of about 15+ women from all ages and stages gathered in an upper room of our historic cathedral church in Downtown Phoenix and what happened was beyond words. I struggle to find them even now. It was beautifully powerful. Breakthroughs happened. Insecurities were broken, deep friendships were made, and lives were changed forever.

  • I witnessed women who had previously been afraid to pray aloud pray with boldness and audacity.
  • I saw Warrior Women arise and embrace their strength in Christ in fresh ways.
  • I witnessed deep seeded wounds of the heart healed.
  • I saw walls fall.
  • I witnessed true transformation.
  • I saw women who struggled with consistent Bible study gain an insatiable hunger to dive in with open hearts.

 

It was an incredible study experience. One I'd recommend for everyone!

 
 
Girls with Swords changed my perception of the church and my Sisters in Christ.

During that study, I realized that “WE” are the church, and the importance of loving, supporting and praying for one another is to grow in our walk. The Lords heart and intentions in that season changed me forever.
— Stephanie Ochoa
I went into this experience not really knowing much about what would happen or what I would be doing and even less about the book. You and Kelly opened up the opportunity and I decided to run with it...and man I was glad I did. The first day was powerful, something that I had never experienced. God was definitely at work in that room. He brought several ladies ranging from different ages and stages in life and united them on many levels. The connections that were made were incredible and instant. I loved that moment..being able to sit back and watch God’s love/plan in full gear. Throughout the book/group I found myself being fed in a different way...a way that I had yet to experience. God opened my eyes to many different life experiences and opportunities.
— Chandra Gonzalez
 

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Heartcry & Prophecy

Honest texts with a friend the other night:

It's been brought to my attention quite a bit lately that I portray myself as a high achiever, strong, confident, bulletproof. Truth is, I'm human and I hurt like everyone else.

 

Yes, it's definitely a season of ACCELERATION as I anticipated. And it's requiring a lot of sacrifice in some ways. It's hard. And it's lonely most days. I don't understand it. I battle tremendous fear sometimes. I even violate my own personal boundaries and carefully constructed plans. I confess, I even struggle taking care of myself- often forgetting to eat or falling asleep on my keyboard in the wee hours of the morning working on projects. I feel disconnected from the world as I stare at 2 (sometimes 3) computer screens for 14+ hours per day. And I wonder why. I mean I see the vision clearly. But still deep desires of my heart are unmet. 

For example:

Yesterday while driving to a meeting, I wept in my car uncontrollably because I looked in the rear view mirror and saw vacant seats. It was a shock to my spirit almost expecting to see little people back there. The agonizing reality that I'm not yet a mother. Whilst I know God knows the desires of my heart and that in His perfect timing He'll bless me beyond belief, it's still hard. I work my butt off and have nearly nothing to show for it. And in times of exhaustion, I have no chest to lay my head upon, no human heartbeat to soothe me to sleep; protected, loved.


My amazingly encouraging friend replied with words I KNOW will bless you as they blessed me. A prophetic word of encouragement:

 

Gosh, I’m sorry Heather. I wish I could take it from you or have an answer for you as to why you’re still waiting for all that or better yet grant you your desires. But please don’t lose heart. Hang in there. I believe you’re in a “THROUGH” season.

I’ve been studying a lot about dark nights of the soul. I believe it’s where David wrote Psalm 23 from, based on the change to the second person in the middle of it when he said “yea, though I walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death”...

I believe there is darkness and then a whole different level of utter darkness. The valley of the shadow of death are times of utter darkness. Or dark nights of the soul. Or crisis’ of faith. Winter. Desert. Wilderness. Many terms.

Based on my own experience and some revelation I’ve picked up a few things:

1. The place you are in is a place of honor. Though it doesn’t feel like it. The Good Shepherd is bringing you through to a ridiculous spiritual breakthrough. And I believe His two sheepdogs of goodness and mercy are the only things hunting you down every day.

2. These seasons provoke deep questions. Like the ones you’re asking. What do I have to show for it? Is it worth it? God, have you called me to it and abandoned me? How can I accept the unraveling, tearing apart or decaying of my life, dreams, etc with joy? How long? Will this require me to always be lonely? If I know there will be suffering, how possibly can I prepare to suffer without losing heart? Our souls question, based on experience, the very character of God.

These questions, doubt, depression, distance from God and others will be opportunities for ministry, not obstacles.
Lean into the questions and keep praying about them...asking God to reveal Who He is in this season.

 

3. Your belief that you can control the outcome by accepting responsibility and taking action to create a different circumstance will be greatly challenged in this season. You’ll push and pull but only find closed doors. You’ll realize you are not in control of everything. This is a tough pill to swallow because you’re used to driving things in the direction you want. You’ll learn the only move is to surrender, let go and wait.

This sucks because you feel powerless, unproductive, like you’re not advancing. It attacks your sense of feeling capable.

Keep surrendering and letting go.
He is worthy of waiting on.

 

4. Its a season of isolation, alienation, and abandonment. The people you usually reach for are gone, unavailable, not there, or worse abandon you. Your normal support system is completely wiped out, completely. So you have no consolation other than the Lord. You realize nobody can go through this for you or even with you. You journey alone with your Shepherd.

This might be the worst part because it attacks your self worth. Am I not good enough? Nobody cares? Nobody loves me or cares for my soul?

He will strip you of all other voices so He can whisper everything you are to Him.
His whisper will be the loudest voice in your life.

 

5. You’re attacked where it hurts the most. First in your hopes and dreams by holding you down for long periods of time...often marked by years. Sometimes even breaking your desire to live...you just want to die and be with the Lord.

It also attacks what means most to you...success, family, marriage, ministry, money, health, ability, reputation. Often more than one but many of those. Your main lesson will be in that area that means most, leading to confusion and despair.

This breaks us down completely, so that the old is gone.

But it is a through season. Not a stopping point.

 

Though your life may feel like it’s at a dead stop. Keep close to your Shepherd. Keep reciting Psalm 23. It’s strangely prescriptive for comfort.

 

And I’ve found there’s a strange power of song that helps. Almost like we sing our way through it...both communally and privately. Psalm 42 and 77 both talk about His song in the night.

Heather, in His faithfulness He is afflicting you right now. But it’s only for a season. Not only is it producing for you an eternal weight of glory that will make all this seem light and momentary...but I also believe His next to be revealed plans for your life here are beyond what you’ve ever dreamed.

And I know you are a dreamer. 😉

-From an incredible human, a mighty man of valor, strength and wisdom of whom I deeply respect.

 

Let's Connect!

Does this speak to your heart as it does mine? Share your thoughts in the comments below and know that I am honored to stand and pray with you!

Stronger Than the Struggle

 

What an amazing day!!!

 
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My secret soul sister, Havilah Cunnington's RELEASED her first book, Stronger than the Struggle! yesterday January 9, 2018!

If you don't know Havilah, well...you should! She's a wife, a mom to four small boys, a traveling communicator, former Director of Moral Revolution, a staple at Bethel Church in Redding, California and is now an online bible teacher at Truth to Table

In all honesty, for me, Havilah has been like my far away big sister {that still doesn't know I exist} haha. I connect with her regularly on her Instagram Live {hey, that's practically like FaceTime, right?!} and I've been really journeying with her from afar for awhile now.


Havilah is so real it's hilarious. She really relates to people because she's raw, uncut, upfront and what I really appreciate her is that she laughs constantly even when things are going completely crazy. She laughs. And I find that really admirable and helpful. Like me, she's Italian, so she's intense, loud, and amazingly passionate. She exemplifies a joy filled spirit in peace amidst the greatest storms....and oh....as you will read in this book, she's been through PLENTY of storms just like the rest of us! 

It's evident she's surrounded by an army of people who value authenticity and champion her true identity in Christ, a place where "failure" is allowed and true counsel are present. 

Havilah is a wonderfully prophetic voice in our generation. In fact, I've recommended her resources several times to my friends to learn more about the gift of prophecy,

 

Every year Havilah and her team put out a new Bible/Book study in January. Utilizing the power of social media, she makes it easy to connect with others in community and really have some time to dig through a transformational topic. I'd highly recommend you click the link and join now for free and create some space in your wonderfully full schedule to engage. Maybe that means waking up 30 minutes earlier, maybe that's how you'll spend your lunch break, or maybe it means skipping The Bachelor on Monday nights!  Trust me, it will be worth not just your time, but your spirit will thank you! Warfare is real...you best prepare yourself on how to remain the "More than a conqueror" that you are! 

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Join the FREE Book Club 

Begins January 16th

 

 

About the Book:

"Why do I still struggle if I'm faithfully following God?"

We all face challenges. On any given day, the problems of real life can take our breaths away. Our marriages, finances, relationships, and health are regular struggles, and that's just the beginning. Doesn't the Bible say the war has already been won? So why do we still battle?

In a down-to-earth, let’s-get-real approach, popular Bible teacher Havilah Cunnington cuts through the confusion and shows us how to 

  • Discern whether we’re dealing with battles within ourselves, resistance from God, or genuine fights with the Devil.
  • Throw off misconceptions about spiritual warfare, and understand what Jesus really said about our spiritual authority and the certainty we have in him.
  • Ask the right questions and build a realistic battle plan to win one day at a time.

With humor and honesty, Cunnington lays out practical tools to thrive in the face of hardship, enabling us to walk forward in the confidence that, because of Jesus, we really are stronger than the struggle.


Let's Connect!

Have you seen the free webinars with Lisa Bevere, Bill Johnson, Christine Caine, Heather Lindsey, Kerri Weems, Banning Liebscher, Dawna DeSilva, Kim Pothier, Andi Andrew, Rebekah Lyons, Bianca Olthoff, Benny Perez, Shawn Bolz, Sean Feucht, Kris Vallotton & John Bevere?!

If not you NEED to. Yes. I know, I'm bossy and I just told you what to do. Will you just trust me?! 

Word Nerd

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According to one source today is Word Nerd Day!

This Day celebrates one’s expansive vocabulary skills and the nerdiness.

I. LOVE. WORDS. 

I think part of my passion for words was born out of my early childhood development. My father was adamant that no one speak "baby talk" to me. "Baba" and "binky" were simply not permitted. My own Nana confessed many times of biting her knuckles after being corrected by my father. My father was so dedicated to my education, he went and purchased an expensive set of encyclopedias that to this day adorn the media mantle of my grandparent's home. 

I also attribute much of my love for words and reading to my Aunt Kerry who taught me how to say things like "Hair Accessory" and "Perishable Items" at a ripe old age of four. 

As I wrote in "#FunFactFriday | How I Became a Writer", my family also encouraged creative writing from elementary years. I'm a firm believer in "Journaling the Journey" hence why I can't help myself, writing is just a part of who I am. It's how I process. It's a piece of my gift of communication. 

Someone asked me recently if I'm writing a book. Truth is, I've known for years that books are inside of me, yet to be released. Until I get clearance from the Lord on what and when, my writing will be made available right here. I am SO blessed by so many of you that send me messages confirming an encouraging word. What you may not know is that I pray over every single post before I hit publish, believing that the right eyes will see and someone will be encouraged. Holy Spirit is in full control over this blog and I trust that He will do with it whatever He pleases. 

I'm absolutely in love with a free program called Grammarly. I have it attached to all my computers and phone to help me with spellchecking, grammar, and with help when I can't seem to find the right words. Each week it sends me a report showing me my productivity, words checked and compares my work with all other Grammarly users. I'm always amazed when I see numbers like these: 

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Get started and join more than 10 million happy Grammarly users today.

 

But beyond my own passion for books and writing, my greater passion is in THE WORD of God! Because THAT is the ultimate source of encouragement, teaching, wisdom and truth. I'm utterly addicted! 

 

In fact, some people even say I'm "too obsessed" with it. Some fear that I only see it as a black and white guide which may separate me from the world around me giving people the impression that I'm unrelatable or that they may not be able to be transparent with me for fear that I may knock them upside the head with cold, hard truth. 

I took this feedback before the Lord and asked Him to reveal if there's any truth to this person's "concern". "God, am I unapproachable? Do I take Your Word out of context and do I misuse it to hurt the very people You want me to help?!" 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. -Matthew 7:7

The Lord answered me by way of people sending me "random" messages thanking me for walking them through the hardest times of their lives with love and grace. A friend who called me sobbing a few months ago after having an abortion. Another friend who had a baby out of wedlock who allowed me to love her through the most difficult time in her life. And another new friend who I recently met for coffee who confessed a deep wound from a church leader who essentially judged her for confessing her struggles and just handed her a bunch of books to "get right" and asked that she get back with her after she "cleaned up her act." {So sad}. 

 

Some of you may be familiar with a popular bible verse, Joshua 1:9, right?

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

I don't know about you, but this is one of the very first Bible verses I ever committed to memory. It's powerfully encouraging, isn't it?! 

But I want to shed light into something you may not have caught. Context. Let's take a peek at the verse just before this: 

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. -Joshua 1:8

Did you catch that?! Here, I'll magnify it for you: 

 

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips

  • But we're no longer under the law you say. Yes, AND because of the gift of grace (salvation from sin AND the empowerment to live righteously in that freedom) we are still held responsible for our actions. Grace is not the ticket into Heaven and an excuse to live outside His will.
  • How can we speak HIs truth consistently if we're not dedicated to our devotion to learning His Word? 

 

meditate on it day and night

  • To me, this means BE obsessed with it. Think, stew, brew, chew on it all the time. With an insatiable hunger. Not just hearing it preached from a platform on Sunday mornings. Not just in your little daily devo in YouVersion. ALL-THE-TIME. 
  • As I like to say, "Get in the Word so the Word will get in you." 
  • Or as others say, "Don't just read the Bible, let the Bible read you." 
  • In other words, get to know the heart of the Author (and Finisher of our faith) beyond the black (sometimes red) words on the page. 

 

so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.

  • Oh how I love "SO THAT" statements. I always highlight or circle them in my Bible. ...they're always hinged to a promise. (We'll get there).
  • Being careful is showing concern. Are we concerned with the will of God found in the Word of God? 
  • To Do - Do what? Act. Participate in the practice of it by understanding the purpose of it by understanding the Perfect God who inspired it. 

 

Then you will be prosperous and successful. 

  • This is the promise! Who doesn't want to be prosperous and successful? I do! God knows what He's doing. If the Old Testament were completely dead and irrelevant, why would it still be in circulation after all this time. Let's take caution not to just concern ourselves with the New Testatment Covenant that we disregard the history and the context. It is, in essence, the "why" behind the "Who". (Jesus). 

 

So yeah, I'm a #WordNerd. Wholeheartedly. Unashamedly. And the more I go through it, the more I grow through it. (It's beautifully challenging and convicting!) And the more I grow through it, the more excited I am to sow it. I sow it by showing it, Sharing the revelation of it. Declaring the Good News...Why? Because it glorifies the heart of my Father. 

The Word is known as the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17), and is sharper than any two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). It slices through the lies of the enemy. I know who the enemy is. It's not people (Ephesians 6:12). I hope to God I deliver His truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and don't slice off the ears of the very people dying to hear it (John 18:10). I know I'm not the Holy Spirit, I'm the "Heather spirit", a conduit (not a container) of the Holy Spirit. I am commissioned (Mark 16:15) to preach, teach, edify and exhort (2 Timothy 4:2). I am called. I am chosen (Matthew 22:14). I am a child of God (Galatians 3:26). Coheirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). And with these words, my prayer, Dear Friend, is that you too will embrace your God-given mission to be a messenger speaking truth in love in a world that's seemingly comfortable with lies and hate. 

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. -2 Timothy 4:2-3

 
 

Other blogs that may be helpful: 

To empower you in your own study, here a few scriptures to unpack: 



  • Matthew 7:7
  • Joshua 1:8-9
  • Ephesians 6:17
  • Hebrews 4:12
  • Ephesians 6:12
  • Ephesians 4:15
  • Mark 16:15
  • 2 Timothy 4:2
  • Matthew 22:14
  • Galatians 3:26
  • Romans 8:17

 

 


Let's Connect!

What have been the greatest tools or resources that have helped you in your Bible study? Do you like these expository teachings? What could I do to help you fall in love with the Word and become a #WordNerd? Please share in the comments below!

Premarital Education


“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
Proverbs 2:1-6

Have you ever thought about why we are willing to invest so much time, energy and money into higher education in hopes of positioning ourselves for a stable career and a secure financial future, yet we neglect to truly prepare a foundation much more meaningful: MARRIAGE?

Since I was about 18-years-old, I’ve been fascinated with the beauty of marriage. It may sound strange, but over the past 10 years, I’ve been investing in the “higher” education of marriage. I’ve read many books on marriage in preparation for the most glorious gift I believe God gives us this side of Heaven.

My hope is to understand God’s heart so intimately in regard to marriage that I will be equipped to glorify Him when He presents me to my future husband. I want to honor God first and foremost and ensure that I am posturing my heart to best carry out His will. I pray that when He unites my soul with the one He has created me for, together we can be godly example-setters in our circles of influence–most importantly our family.

Marriage, according to God’s perfect plan, is a life-long covenant between two souls that He chooses. As we covered in "The Why & How of Adam & Eve" God shows us that He is the Author of Love and the Divine Orchestrator who unites two souls together in His perfect timing to be a real-life example of His love for us. Marriage is God’s idea, it is not some man-made idea for companionship, and it’s not a contract with clauses and bylaws. It's a covenant. An irrevocable promise in His sight. 

How would our society be different if we placed more emphasis on teaching and understanding what marriage is all about from an early age? Some may propose that marriage should be regarded according to our own personal experiences and what we observe. I think we can agree that we most definitely learn the most about marriage from our families. However if we look at the divorce rate and the increase of blended homes, it gets confusing. We may be learning more about what NOT to do than given positive examples to emulate. 

Take caution not to hear what I'm NOT saying. This message is not to cast shame on those who are divorced. My own mother and father divorced and it's never been a wonder why. God can make beauty out of ashes, this I testify. I've been blessed with a wonderful stepdad who has loved me since my earliest memory. I have 3 parents who all add their unique value and guidance to my life. 

Let me be clear, I full-heartedly believe that the Holy Bible is the best and most credible resource we have to learn from in all facets of life, including marriage. However there are some incredible authors that unpack biblical principles of marriage and present practical application that will prepare our hearts and enhance our understanding of love and marriage. I believe it would be beneficial for all people to dive into the study of marriage starting at the age when the opposite sex no longer seems like they have “cooties.”



Remember, we can’t fall “victim” to our own choices and then blame it on our lack of understanding. Worse yet, we can’t blame our upbringing or the negative and dysfunctional marriages we may have observed. That’s simply foolish because, as we concluded in Evaluating Godly Standards for Love,” we must hold ourselves responsible for walking out God’s will and keeping our hearts and minds surrendered to His plan and not be sponges of the world absorbing all of it’s muck.

(Published on Elevate 2 Great October 26, 2015)

 
Sow a Seed

What if we continued to study marriage throughout our lives? Wouldn’t it be worth the investment? Perhaps it would prevent unions outside God’s will which, in turn, would decrease the rate of divorce? 
What marriage resources do you recommend? 

A Tribute to My {Great}Grandmother


In remembrance of my great-grandmother Madeline Mattucci Ferroni Gick on the 7th anniversary of her transition to Heaven

 

She was a woman, respected and adored by many. She was a woman, unique in her own right. A true definition of strength. She was a woman who wasn't afraid to speak her mind. She exuded true feminine grace with her crimson polished fingernails and fiery red lipstick. Fashion, to her, was her main form of personal expression inspired by the most beautiful starlets of the Golden Age of Hollywood. She had an obsession with shoes and handbags and enjoyed the finer things in life. She spent her lifetime as a beautician, doing hair and making women look and feel beautiful! 

The most memorable piece of her presence was her smile- it went with her everywhere! 
She danced to the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and her favorite, Perry Como! While in Vegas once, she met Perry Como while in an elevator. She was ecstatic to be so close to one of her most favorite artists. She even pulled out pictures of her grandchildren to show him!

She wasn't afraid to defy the social norms of her time, she knew what was right and what she would not tolerate. Although it wasn't easy for her, she stood behind her strength and insisted on pushing forward. She was a true realist, understood that death and hardship were inevitable factors of life. She challenged people. One of her most memorable quotes was 

"Talk is cheap....Whiskey costs money." 



I'll never forget the times we shared together. When I was little and she'd come to visit, she'd bring me costume jewelry and we'd play dress-up together. I'll never forget those fancy rings and pearl necklaces sitting together drinking juice out of wine glasses. I'll never forget the last time I saw her in 2005. She was in her mid-eighties then and still looking fabulous as ever. She sat on the back patio of my Nana's home with her big black plastic-framed sunglasses, fishnet stockings, fancy heels and red lipstick smoking a cigarette with a sort of soft musical rhythm, just like they do in the movies. I remember observing this moment and thinking, "Wow, I could only hope to have such grace when I'm her age." I asked her that day if she could tell me about one of her most favorite memories. She paused for a moment, looked off into the distance with a mischievous smile and replied that she had enjoyed the time with her long-term gentleman friend the most. 

I wish that she had lived closer. It would have been wonderful to spend more time with her and hear the stories of the full life she had lived. But even with the distance, I can say, she's always been close to me. There's a part of her that lives within me, a deep soulful connection. I "get" her. And I respect her. I am honored to share her blood and am beyond grateful of the family that she has created that is mine!

On Christmas Day 2010, she celebrated her 91st anniversary of life. And just 8 days later, she left us. I will always remember this day not as the date of her death, but more of a passing on to another phase of life. One where I can only hope that she'll be able to remember again the life she's lived. I hope that she's above, dancing again to Perry Como reunited with her love and looking down upon us, happy with what she sees; her family that she's created and the friendships she has built. 

She was my Great Grandmother, Born with the name Netali Mattuci her name became Madeline when entering elementary school because the intake person didn't understand the spelling of this Italian name. She left this earth being known as Madeline (Madge) Ferroni Gick. To me, she was called "Grandmother." 

Knowing her, she's not resting peacefully- she's probably having a party!
And I can't wait until the day we see each other again to play dress-up in heaven.

 

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 To my Great Grandmother, Madge

December 25, 1920 - January 2, 2011

 

Obituary

 

Let's Connect! 

Who is a person of influence in your past that you could honor with a memory in the comments?

Alignment & Acceleration

Upon reflection of 2017, a major theme has been highlighted to me: "ALIGNMENT"

 

Maybe this means the Lord has aligned you with "your tribe", a significant other or brought you into a church you now consider "home." Perhaps you've made some personal adjustments in your life which have brought you into better alignment with God's purpose and plan for your life.

Maybe you've experienced some amazing "God appointments" or kairos moments where God revealed Himself in obvious ways. 


Goals

It's common and healthy to spend some time reflecting on our accomplishments the past year and evaluate what goals we wish to achieve in the coming year. I'm a big goal setter and as a coach, it's been my practice to have an ongoing plan of action to actually reverse engineer the steps it takes to achieve those goals. I utilize a formula I learned through my company, Keller Williams called a 4-1-1. It's a system that allows you to set annual goals and them break them down to action steps for monthly markers and weekly strategies. 

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.    -Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

Vision

I can't help but believe that although the Lord likes that we set goals and plans, He's more interested in us capturing His vision.

Then the Lord answered me and said, “Write the vision And engrave it plainly on [clay] tablets So that the one who reads it will run. -Habakkuk 2:2 (AMP)

Since it's 2018 and we no longer have clay tablets to etch, we have the equivalent: Paper! So keep your pen and notebook at your fingertips to record what you sense the Lord is showing you.

Reminder: God is looking more for your AVAILABILITY than your ABILITY. He doesn't call the "qualified," He qualifies the called!

he said, "Listen to my words: "When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.
-Numbers 12:6 (NIV)

Dreams

How COOL! God loves to reveal Himself and what He's up to in dreams! I've done some biblical research on dreams and found that each time they are referenced in the bible, they were a prophetic indication of future events. Sometimes they were symbolic, often times an encouragement and sometimes a warning. 

In the blog, "Are Dreams from God" I share a bit more on this. Check it out!


Prophetic Gifting

  • Have you been dreaming a lot more lately and you wake up with
  • Has God been downloading BIG vision in you?

These are indications that you have a prophetic gifting on your life! How exciting! I speak to people often who confess they have some confusion about the spiritual gifts. I get it. I admit I really struggled with understanding and embracing the gift of prophecy myself. After all, it's hard to embrace something you don't understand, right? In all honesty, I was actually kind of critical. Until I turned my criticism to curiosity and diligently went on a quest to learn about the prophetic, now I understand that this was a gift I'd always had I just didn't know it, understand it or know how to use it. 

If you are seeking to learn more about the gift of prophecy, one of the BEST resources I can recommend is Havilah Cunnington's eCourse, "Prophetic Personalities"  or take the FREE quiz, "Discover Your Prophetic Personality Type"

You can also check out:

Christmas Season for the Empaths, Intercessors and Prophetically Gifted

 

2018 = The year of ACCELERATION!

Friend, buckle up because I believe with my entire being that 2018 is the year of ACCELERATION. The dreams and visions God has put on your heart....even ones from long ago will begin to manifest! Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, your ears attune to His Word, your hands open to receive, your feet ready to MOVE and your heart postured in a permanent position of "Yes and Amen!"

Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.
-Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)

Watch the Facebook Live video about Visions | Dreams | Embracing Prophetic Gifts

 
 

By the way, have we connected on my new Facebook page yet? If not, here's your invitation. That's where you can keep up to speed on all that's happening in my world and get encouraged through live vidoes like these as we walk this journey of life out together!

 

What are some dreams and visions you've been given for the coming year? Please share in the comments below!

Convo with God in the Sauna

Happy New Year!

 

I hope you are as excited and expectant as I am for all that God has in store for 2018! Upon reflection of where I've been, where I am and where I'm going, I came across an old blog post I wrote 4 years ago that I felt I needed to share with someone today. I have a strong sense that there is a lovely soul out there that is recovering from the wounding of a heartbreak that could benefit from reading this message.

 

As I sat in the sauna (aka my "Prayer Box") at the gym one evening deeply focused in prayer, the stirring in my soul stopped completely which enabled me to hear the clear whisper of God's voice! I have still been wrestling with Him to find the answers to the questions, "Why did we break up? Why can't he see the errors of his thinking? Why is he lying to himself and others? Why doesn't he want me like he said he did?"

 

Here is our conversation:

God:  "Heather, why can't you see that it's BECAUSE I love you that I have removed him from your life? Don't you remember praying to me and asking me to intervene if the relationship was against my will? I tried telling you many times. You didn't want to listen. But I was still there, loving you right through your disobedience. Heather, stop beating yourself up. Stop mourning the loss. Focus instead on MY will. I'm not upset with you for nagging me over this because I understand that you don't know what you DON'T know. You can't see what I have in store for you. But trust ME, I have heard your prayers. I know the desires in your heart. Believe in me and FOLLOW me and I will lead you to a greater blessing than you can even fathom. I'm working for ya, girl. I have my hand of protection over you and will continue to intervene in big ways if you begin to embark on a relationship that will harm you."
Me: "But God, I loved him with my WHOLE heart."
God: "That was exactly the problem. There was no room for Me anymore. You began to call him your 'anchor,' don't you remember? I am your TRUE anchor, Heather. Your relationship together was not honoring Me and you weren't leading each other to come to know Me better. He was a distraction, Heather...and you tried to play My role of God in his life. That wasn't your place." 
Me: "God, why does it seem like all the good in me is overlooked by so many? In fact, it seems as though (especially lately) that my good deeds that have the purest intentions are somehow completely flipped around on me and I'm under attack with harsh accusations and critical judgments? What the heck is up with that?!"
God: "Like I said, I'm protecting you, Heather. The flaming arrows that you are experiencing will not harm you if you continue to turn your heart and mind toward me. The closer you get to me, the harder the enemy will try to deceive you and hunt you down. He's going to use people in your life that are far from Me to try to pull you down with them. TRUST in Me. Place your identity in ME, stop being so concerned with what other people think and say about you. That's not your burden to bear. Let Me worry about them." 

 

WOW. WOW. WOW. 

GOD IS SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!! 

I cannot even tell you how rested and peaceful I have felt ever since our talk in the sauna that night! 

Overflowing with gratitude for His love, grace and protection!!! 

 

The harsh life lessons that God allowed me to go through in 2013 such as hardship, loss, deceit, false friends, unmet hopes and brokenness are received and behind me. I come to you now as a conqueror and a warrior woman in training!  God truly carried me through the darkest moments by shining His  Heavenly light in my soul. Although I had chosen a sinfilled, windy road and am still experiencing some pains associated with living such a life, the reality is, God has chosen ME and has been faithful and loving and provided JUST the amount of strength I needed to get through to the next day! 

 

 

2018 is going to be the best year YET! Believe it. Receive it. In Jesus' name!

 

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On January 1, 2014  I got this tattoo to represent the wonderful reminder of:

  • Hebrews 6:19, "We have this hope as an ANCHOR for the soul, firm and secure."
  • As well as 1 Corinthians 13:13, "Three things will always remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 
 

Are you in the process of heart-recovery from a breakup? Need someone to talk to and pray with? Please don't hesitate to send me a message as I'd be honored to walk you through this. Perhaps someone you know is in this battle right now...do them a favor and share this encouraging word with them! 

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Your Worth in Christ

This is part 3 of the Relationship Series. Check out "The Why & How of Adam & Eve" and "Evaluating Godly Standards for Love" 

This past week has been an emotionally trying one for me. I found myself in a state of burn-out as I’ve been pouring out so much for others. I consider it such an honor to be entrusted with the circle of influence in my life and love that God has enabled me to be a source of prayer and encouragement to my friends and family going through significant relationship issues.

In the midst of emotional exhaustion for their suffering, the Lord spoke to me. I was reminded of the story of the woman who poured out her alabaster jar of perfume (or oil) on Jesus. I happen to like the detailed account as found in Mark 14:3-10:

While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, ‘Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.’ And they rebuked her harshly.

‘Leave her alone,’ said Jesus. ‘Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’ ”

First let’s look at this grand gesture of worship and admiration this woman had for Jesus. The alabaster jar she had may have been an heirloom or a piece of dowry handed down from her family. It was likely the most valuable possession she owned. Alabaster jars of expensive perfumes were generally given to women of this time as a symbol of their worth when presented with marriage. In some commentaries I read, this perfume was used to anoint her fiancé after a marriage proposal.

This woman’s act of worship was essentially giving all of her worth away to her one, true love: Jesus. In John’s gospel account, Judas Iscariot was especially mentioned as one who objected to her outpour. And it’s no surprise considering his mind was frequently on the money and he would be the one to sell out Jesus for profit.

The point that I want to make, though, is that Jesus recognized her selfless act of love and devotion as of higher worth than the monetary value of the perfume.

The Holy Spirit guided me to really understand the relative significance of this story. He helped me to see that He has equipped each of us with a special anointing on our lives. We each have our own “alabaster jar” of perfume that is precious, highly valuable and is to be preserved. We must guard and protect it so as not to waste it on anyone other than those He anoints. The sad reality is, not everyone will recognize and honor your worth.

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. (Proverbs 31:10)

A man’s greatest treasure is his wife—she is a gift from the Lord. (Proverbs 18:22)

I began to think of this in terms of dating and marriage. Of course, physical purity comes to mind. But beyond that, I believe it’s a matter of our heart as well. We have to really embrace who we are in Christ and operate in such a way that glorifies Him. We must accept that we are bought at a high price (the blood of Jesus), we are chosen, special, a treasure, anointed and set apart.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)

I encourage you today to take inventory of your perfume and examine the condition of your heart to see if you’ve been pouring out your precious oil on people who are unable to recognize and appreciate your God-given worth. Begin to embrace your anointing and operate in your Kingdom identity. When you do, it will become easy to protect your heart and realize that there is someone who God has in your future that is able to honor the treasure you are, and is deserving of calling you their husband or wife.

(Published on Elevate 2 Great October 19, 2015)

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