The Power of Scent

But thanks to God who always leads us as captives in Christ's triumphal his procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God a pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are in aroma that brings death; to the other, and aroma that brings life. -2 Corinthians 2:14-16
 

Have you ever walked by somebody and was pleasantly captivated by their alluring scent? On the contrary, I'm sure you've walked past someone with an overwhelming stench that seemed to grab you by the back of your throat and make you want to gag or throw up! 

Scent is powerful! Because I am a psychology and neuroscience nerd, I have learned that the part of the brain that processes smell interacts with the region of the brain responsible for storing emotional memories. 

I'm sure we've all experienced those moments where a familiar scent transports us back in time, unlocks memories and triggers emotions that remind us of a particular person or season of our lives. This happened to me just the other day, in fact! As I put on an old perfume (Marc Jacobs Daisy) it pulled me back to two years ago as I was in a relationship with the man I thought I was going to marry. Memories of this person and that time in my life are NOT pleasant ones! (Like my experience could seriously be written as a Christian version of a Lifetime Movie Network horror film).  I'm pleased to report that my heart has healed and I am blessed to no longer be in the toxic, deceptive, and spiritually manipulative situation...but that doesn't mean I want to be pulled back to memories of that time. So when this happened, I marched around my house with a Holy boldness and went straight to the courtroom of Heaven and with prayer I petitioned God to disconnect that scent from any prior memories of this person and situation and claimed victory over my heart, mind and emotions! I began thanking God for protecting me and for leading me closer to the promises that He has in store for me. And it worked! God is good! Take it from me, friends...by the power of the Holy Spirit within you, you can disconnect the association of scent to unpleasant emotions in Jesus' name! Hallelujah! 

 

But did you know that the power of scent goes beyond the natural but also is a scensory attribute of the Spirit of God, Himself?! 


 

Yup! Holy Spirit has a scent! Have you ever smelled His presence? I have! In the times it has come upon me, it was sudden and completely overpowering and immediately struck my spirit and I began to cry in gratitude for this manifestation of His presence. It's a scent that's truly indescribable. There's not a recognizable element I could even begin to explain. It's powerful and unqiue to Him. I actually wonder if it's the same scent as the combination of anointing oil & incense as described in Exodus 30:22-38?! Those scent formulas were given to Moses by the Lord with specific instruction and a command that these scents were sacred and cannot be remade or used in any other way. 

This scent permeates within you, Dearly Beloved. As Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 2:14-16. And some will be allured to it, captivated by it, attracted to the Christ in you...and others will be repulsed as it aggrivates their decaying spirit due to rejecting Jesus. The scent of life in you confronts the spirit of death and decay in them. It will seem they don't like you or are rejecting you...let me just remind you, don't take it personal. It's Christ in you that they are rejecting. Pray for them. Don't be offended or match their actions of rejection. Just be love. Because you are a Holy reprentative who is called BELOVED! 

Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly beloved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. -Ephesians 5:1-2

 


Speaking of scents and smell goods...have you ever heard of Scentbird?! 

It's a monthly subscription service that sends you a sample of perfume or cologne each month for just $14.95! I love it! It's how I get to increase my perfume collection without having to spend boo-coo bucks. And it's actually MUCH more affordable than rollerballs. 

For example, one of my FAVORITE scents is Tom Ford Black Orchid. At Sephora, the rollerball is $45 for .2 oz. but Scentbird sends me a .27 oz sample for $14.95?!?! .... You do the math! 

My other favorite is Juliette Has A Gun, "Not a Perfume".... At Sephora, the travel size is .25 oz for $28....again Scentbird has a .27 ouz for $14.95! 

{For my guy friends...I am an absolute contesseur of men's cologne. Seriously. Love it. My fave is Versace Eros!}

*Limited time offer. Sharing this blessing blesses me via this affiliate link. Thanks for smellin' awesome! 

 

Let's Connect! 

What are your favorite scents? What triggers lovely, happy, wonderful memories when you smell them? 

 

Christmas Season for the Empaths, Intercessors and Prophetically Gifted

I have a confession...it may surprise you...please don't judge me....Christmas is not my favorite season. And I strongly dislike typical Christmas music. Like STRONGLY dislike. For years I've just felt like I wanted to escape for the month of December to a remote tropical island, away from the city, away from the crazy snowbird drivers in Arizona, away from the chaos in every single parking lot and store, away from the tension I feel around me. Gifts are not my "Love Language" so I actually get stressed out with the pressure to buy for others and I'm actually still learning how to receive gifts from others. I'm just not good at it.

The truth is, I celebrate "Christmas" (and "Easter") literally every single day. I consider every day a day to celebrate the birth, death and resurrection of my Savior and LORD. I listen to music that glorifies Him every day. I pray, give thanks and reflect on the reality of Jesus constantly. So, to be honest, I get a little tripped up on how we've diluted the meaning of these Holy-Days and how we've allowed it to become convoluted among our societal norms. In our high pressure, overly marketed world we're living in, the birth of our savior is usually last on the list of focus priorities after decorations, events, company parties, presents, Santa Claus,

 

As a gifted empath, the Christmas season, for me, feels like I'm standing in the middle of an emotional hurricane with no protection. I can't seem to escape it...I literally FEEL everything happening around me and it makes me want to run and seek solice in a dark, quiet cave until the new year comes.

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I understand that Christmas is often perceived as a joyful time, but not for everyone. In fact, there's often a lot of emotional suppression and stress that goes unaddressed in this season. Here's what I feel: 

  • Family division, discord, and dissension are highlighted in this season
  • Financial stress and pressure to overspend,
  • Obligatory gift giving due to the undercurrent of peer pressure is high.
  • The barrage of invasive marketing has us wanting, wishing, envying, lusting and coveting what others have.
  • Dissatisfaction, by comparison, is high - We see the highlight reel of social media and compare our less-than-favorable scene to their perfectly polished pictures of their cute families,  decadently decorated homes, food pics that look like they were styled by the Food Network Magazine, lavish gifts, etc.
  • We tend to become overstretched in our schedule with the influx of holiday parties for our church, work, club, teams, school,
  • Our minds become overburdened with the checklists, to-do's, and "don't forgets" that it can be a challenge to just slow down, relax and be fully present and engaging with others we are with. 
  • Many have a hole in their hearts by the loss of a loved one or the absence of the one their soul longs for.
  • Kids in their innocence can make you feel like a crappy parent with their direct, unfiltered comments that feel like a dagger in your heart. 

 

Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewal of your mind.   -Romans 12:2

 

Let's transform our minds together:

1. For my fellow empaths, intercessors and prophetic friends:

Don't let the enemy convince you that your blessing is a burden. The gift of empathy is a glimpse into our Father's heart. It's a blessing. You get to actually FEEL how others feel. It only gets dangerous when we allow those feelings (ours or others') to dominate our lives by not submitting them back to the feet of Jesus. One thing I've been learning over the past couple years is that being highly empathetic is an indication of a spiritual gift of intercession.

What do I mean? Sometimes we pick up on the feelings, emotions, and burdens of others because, by the Grace of Jesus, we are able to approach the Throne Room of Heaven and petition on their behalf. We have the honor and privilege of standing in the gap and praying with Holy Spirit. Often times when you do this and you ask the Lord to reveal to you what He'd like you to do with these feelings, He'll likely answer your prayer by giving you a word, vision, a feeling or a "knowing" so that you can approach someone with an encouraging word to reflect the Father's love (prophecy-more on this in a minute!).

Are you an Intercessor?

The Happy Intercessor
By Beni Johnson

Many intercessors that don't understand their gift could feel very weighed down, anxious, depressed and not even really know why. At times they may feel depleated or just "off" and not really be able to identify why. They have a tendency to retreat from large crowds because of the overstimulation of people and feelings. Often they have a special "burden" for a specific person or people. I've discovered a lot of intercessors in hiding in my life. They always felt a certain way and never understood why until they discovered this was a special gift from God and they begun the quest to learn how to use it. If this is you or someone you know, one resource I can highly recommend is: "The Happy Intercessor" by Beni Johnson.

 

Did you know that you are prophetic? Yes. YOU! As a New Creation in Jesus, you are given access to one of the greatest gifts ever: The Mind of Christ which includes an impartation of prophecy and wisdom.

What is prophecy you wonder? I'm glad you asked. And I want to tell you....But I feel the Lord telling me to encourage you to seek Him and His Word for revelation and understanding. But I will give you some clues:

  1. Pray and ask Holy Spirit to guide you into the revelation of truth and understanding.
  2. Use the dictionary/concordance in the back of your bible to find references.
  3. Some starting points:
  • Joel 2:28
  • Romans 12:6
  • 1 Corinthians 14:1-5
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

 


If this is striking your curiosity and want to learn more, I invite you to check out my friend, Havilah Cunnington's FREE  Prophetic Personalities Quiz  She also developed a SUPER helpful eCourse, Prophetic Personalities on Truth to Table that will help you better embrace the special way in which the Lord speaks to you.

Oh and BTW, I just got this email from Havilah:

PPS. And, for the first time ever, our E-Courses: Prophetic Personalities and Moms of Men are now available to give as a gift. Print the gift card and wrap it up under the tree, or send a course via email to a friend of family member.
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2. For my friends that just need advice on how to live Peacefully in the Crazy Christmas Season

...Which is probably all of us, right?! Well, I could give you my take but truthfully, my friend (who doesn't yet know she's my friend because, well, she doesn't know me in the natural yet...but we're spirit sisters...loud-mouthed, fireball, preachin', teachin', prophecyin', Jesus-lovin', Italian #WordGirls!) Havilah really said it best in her latest podcast:

Check out this awesome spoken word piece from Gospel Lee

 

Do you know the unique and special way the Lord reveals Himself to you? What tools, tips and resources have you come upon to help you understand, embrace and use your spiritual gifts?

 

 

UPDATES

Thank you for your continued encouragement and support as I continue to release new projects the Lord has put on my heart. This is just the beginning! #TheBestIsYetToCome SO many more exciting things are in the works for 2018 I can't wait to share with you! Check out the latest updates and be sure to subscribe to the Weekly Update Newsletter to be the first to know when new things release! 

 

The Podcast Has Launched!

Hey, I totally get it...not everyone is a word nerd like me. After all, we only have so many hours in the day and I am fully aware most of my blogs have a lot to say! So, in order to solve this problem, I have recorded several of by blogs as Podcasts! Now you can listen in as you're getting ready for the day, on the drive to work, or while you're cookin' dinner!


Library

I've updated the virtual bookshelf to include more of my favorite books as resources to help guide you in your faith. If any catch your eye, click the pic to purchase in Amazon!


My Faves

Looking for some holiday gift ideas or curious to check out some of my favorite companies? I've updated the Shop My Faves section for easy shopping!


This is where I feature some of my friends that have some pretty incredible creative talent. From Dina Mitchell's gorgeous handlettering keepsakes, to my super talented friend, Brad Cole who captures sacred moments photographically....to my friend Nef who created an awesome shirt to fund his desire to go to Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney.


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Obscurity & Notoriety

I often get asked if I'm trying to build this platform of HeatherFerroni.com to be widespread, writing for a broader audience, and if I desire for public speaking and traveling. I shared my heart on this a bit in HeatherFerroni.com...REALLY?!

 

Here's the truth:

I've been writing for as long as I can remember. As I mentioned in Journaling the Journey and #FunFactFriday : How I Became a Writer my passion for writing is just the way I process. It's really just an overflow of the inflow; a product of what God is processing in me. The truth is, I've been blogging for about 15 years. Never has it been my desire to have an all-out massive reach...but if there's ONE heart that is encouraged and empowered by my words, then PRAISE GOD!

I am blessed to have a lot of friends that encourage me to take it to the next level. I'm so honored that they forward me messages to submit my work to more public platforms like Propel Women. As much as I would love to be a contributor, there's a still small voice in my heart that just tells me to wait, rest and be patient. I also have friends that coach me on the importance of social media "branding" in order to better aesthetically capture the attention of more people....

{I get it, I get it...but that's not my calling. I won't become distracted from what God has put on my heart to spend an obscene amount of time to learn how to arrange images on FB & IG to make myself into a "brand"...I am not a BRAND...I am a real-life, flawed yet called, messy messenger of the Most High God. He's making me into an author and a communicator, not a social media expert..........But if YOU are a gifted social media expert and want to accentuate your God-given gift, I'd be more than honored to align with you!}

My dear friend, prayer warrior and intercessor Stephanie gave me a word of encouragement last week.

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"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;" she reminded me of Colossians 3:23. She went on to remind me that it's perfectly acceptable to keep focused, eyes fixed on Jesus and stay anchored in hope that there will be a time of promotion when HE opens doors no man can shut. And that if and when breakthrough happens, many may assume overnight success when in reality, the Lord has been working to prepare me behind the scenes all my life. Same is true for YOU, dear friend! It will be GOD {not self promotion} that will bring us from obscurity to notoriety...blessing will be a result of obedience and HE will get the glory in the story. I refuse to rush the process. If God wants to position us in a place of prominence, He has that right. Our lives are no longer our own when we surrender to Jesus as LORD and Savior!

Check out one of my favorite humans ever, Christine Caine...she unpacks this topic so wonderfully!

The Holy Spirit led me on a discovery journey through the scriptures. He brought me to the place where the prophet Isaiah delivered a prophetic warning about Jerusalem. (Jerusalem was referred to as "The Valley of Vision"...how COOL is that?!)....in this prophecy, the Lord spoke through Isaiah to warn the people against impending attack if they did not return to Him and depend on HIM for protection. See, they were so focused on their own self reliance: their ingenuity, weapons, plans to protect themselves...they left God out and even started depending on their pagan neighbors.

"In that day, I will summon my servant, Elikim, son of Hilkiah. I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand him your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah. I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts, no one can open. I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat of honor for the house of his father. All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots - all its lesser vessels. from the bowls to all the jars."  -Isaiah 22:20-24

 

Application:

With notoriety (being well known, celebrity, fame, popularity, prominence, recognition, greatness, distinction, eminence, importance, significance) comes great sacrifice, criticism, judgment, assumptions, etc. Fame doesn't sound fun to me at all. I'm not striving for the spotlight by any means.

Obscurity (ambiguity, hidden, unknown, inconspicuous, unimportant, unrecognizable) is comfortable.

I'm sure Elijah preferred hiding in the cozy cave rather than risking his life to go toe-to-toe with King Ahab and the 450 false prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah. {For more on this...check out #FridayFaves | Old Testament Story}

But here's the thing...we can only do so much to prepare for the attacks of this world, right? We can "check our walls" and "sharpen our swords" just as the people of Jerusalem did...but down at the core of our spirit, what's most important is that we depend FULLY on God to lead us, provide for us, protect us and promote us to a place of honor that grants us God-ordained authority, firmly secure for generations that come after us.

 

Pray. Work. Rest. Wait. Obey.


By the way, have you read "Own the Moment" by Carl Lentz yet?

I've been greatly encouraged by this real-talk, real-life, direct, relatable approach to how it is to be like Jesus in this beautifully strange world!


Scripture references to further your study

  • Galatians 6:9 - Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

  • Isaiah 22:20-24

  • Nehemiah 6:3

  • Jeremiah 29:11

  • 1 Samuel 15:22-24

 

Are you in a season of struggling with knowing you were made for more...big and wonderous things yet not feeling settled with navigating the how/when/why's of it? You're not alone! Let's connect and walk this out together!

 

Thanksgiving Message for My Single Sisters

 

Some throwback messages with a current word for all my #SingleSisters this holiday season

This was one of my first ever YouTube videos for Raised to Life on November 27, 2014. Just a few weeks after my radically life-altering encounter with the Holy Spirit in which I surrendered my life to Jesus not just as Savior but also as LORD. (I wrote about this a bit in My {HIS}tory as well as My {RE}birth Declaration). 

It's not often spoken of, but Holidays are often hard on the single population. There's a longing in our hearts that is exposed as we see family and friends experiencing a part of life we wish we could engage in as well. We also have a tendency to suppress these feelings, stuff them down, and remain silent to avoid the well meaning pleasantries of our faith-filled friends reminding us, "In God's timing...." The wound remains. Our soul cries are silent to the world and screaming behind the scenes before our Father in prayer. I just wanted to give voice to this reality and let you know you're not alone.

As I've journeyed through this over the years, I want to give more voice to encourage you through it.

 

Acknowledge

The first step in processing anything hard is to acknowledge it for what it is. There's beauty in acknowledging things for what they truly are...while faithfully believing they won't always be this way. So whether you, yourself are processing something difficult or you know someone that is, the best advice I can give is to acknowledge reality first before attempting to fix, soothe, counsel, encourage or correct.

 

Be Consumed With the Word

The Word of God is our weapon of defense and is the source of encouragement for every phase of life.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. -Hebrews 4:12 NIV
 

When you get in the Word, the Word gets in YOU! Allow it to penetrate your soul and spirit, heal your wounds, fill the spaces of longing and bring comfort to the hurting places of your heart. Claim the promises of God and hold them strong in your heart. Write them down and keep them as reminders to encourage you through this season.

 

Reject the Spirit of Despair & Despondency

Don't let the enemy have a foothold on you. The Accuser, the Father of Lies will often use language to provoke doubt, discouragement, despair, despondency and depression. Learn to discern between his (not-so-sly) lies and the Voice of Truth. The enemy says things like, "You're never going to get married...you're too (fill in the blank), you're probably going to end up an old, wrinkly, lonely cat lady..." etc. Don't take the bait. It will take practice, but learn to identify those lies and, like Jesus modeled for us in the wilderness when faced with temptation (Matthew 4:1-4), we can combat the attack by simply reciting the promises of God found in His Word.

 

Keep your head in heaven and feet on the ground

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.     -Philippians 4:4-9

This may take some intentionality and practice as well. Find what works for you. Consider asking Siri to set a daily alarm to help remind you to pause and ponder your blessings, make a practice of keeping a gratitude journal, or list out 100 blessings you can put in your phone and pull out to reflect on and remind yourself when you're feeling discouraged...whatever works for you...my invitation is to simply find a method to keep your blessings at the forefront of your mind.

 

Pray as if

I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you've received it, it will be yours.   -Mark 11:24
 

Come before God in prayer and intercession with a downpayment of praise for the future He's already working out for you! Realize that if you're feeling lonely and longing for your future mate, that same mate is likely lonely and longing for the future with YOU. Pray for your future husband. Lift him up. Know that he's a real, living, breathing human being on the planet that is needing your exact brand of beauty that you've been graced with.

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Was this encouraging for you today? Is there someone else you can bless with these words of encouragement? Let's keep this conversation going in the comments!

Journaling the Journey

I'm happy to report I've completed yet another journal this morning! Today alone I wrote 20 pages of life processing and prayer.


 

I've had a love for writing for as long as I can possibly remember. (I wrote about how my love for writing began in #FunFactFriday: How I Became a Writer) 

Last year as I was moving, I came across a box containing all the journals I've written. I have approximately 20 journals written cover-to-cover so far. Writing is how I process, heal, think, pray, understand, receive revelation...etc. I'm such a fan of writing I often give the gift of a journal to my friends for birthdays, life milestones, etc. Why?

Because I believe our lives are a continuation of the gospels.

 

Jesus is recorded in John 14:12 saying,

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

I hope to leave a written legacy for my future children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. My journals contain my life, my thoughts, my prayers, raw, real, unfiltered...that is how they will know me, intimately, deeply...and hopefully it will be a reflection of lessons learned from mistakes made, and a testimony of God's grace and glory through my life story.

Last night, we had the honor of having Erwin McManus join us for a night of worship and ministry. He recently released his newest book, "The Last Arrow." 

In his message, he spoke of his friend that encouraged him to put everything he's ever known into his first book, he admittedly was worried what would be left after he wrote the last word in the last sentence. The gift in that encouragement, he said, was the blank page at the end. He realized he needed to LIVE more in order to WRITE more.

 

 

 

 

 

I always get excited to begin a new journal. The blank pages are fresh and ready to receive  ink documenting my life journey. The awe and wonder of what it will contain fascinates me. I've learned to be more careful about what is written...because once documented, it's cemented in My {HIS}tory. This sometimes helps me make tough decisions as I ask, "Is this really what I want documented in my life story?" To be honest, this question is how I've come to let go of some relationships. Because when asking that question, Holy Spirit spirit confirms, "No. You must leave these pages to other things and people. Let this go so that I can give you what I intend..."

Once you hear from the Lord on a matter, you can't "un-hear" it. Surrender and obedience is a must at such point.

 

Think about your life as one big journal. It only contains so many pages. Your days are numbered. You have been given the gift of free will to choose how you fill the pages. Who will the main characters be? What will be the "theme?" What adventures would you like to document? What do you want to leave behind long after you're gone?

 

Let's Connect!

Are you a journaler? What's your favorite life chapter so far?

 

Relationships Matter

Instagram Live Video 11.16.17 @heatherferroni

On Saturday, November 11, 2017 I received a call from a former co-worker with shocking news. Our dear friend, Amy had a tragic accident and passed away. 

 

Never in a million years would I think I'd be asked to minister for a friend's memorial service. The extent of my leadership and ministry, so far, has been in serving in my local church, leading volunteer teams, hosting connect groups, and ministering to my closest friends. 

As I wrote in my previous blog, "Take Jesus to Work With You," we all have a responsibility to share our faith in the sphere of influence we've been entrusted with. We have to be willing to open ourselves up to be the salt and light of the world that is wandering, wondering, hurting and searching for the solution that can only be found in Jesus. 

Today I want to share my heart regarding the importance of placing high value on relationships. 

 

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As Romans 12:18 tells us:

So long as it depends on you, live in peace with everyone 

 

 

 

 

 

This particular verse is contained in my single most favorite chapter of scripture (at least for now). This command is conveniently wrapped within the section that speaks of "Love in Action." 

As people of God, we have a responsibility to ensure that we are the peacemakers of the world. That the words of our heart are saturated with truth and love. We are unifiers, not dividers. When drama comes to us, we must bring the peace of God in us and allow God to work through us. 

This is a practice that is presented in hardship. When division and dissension are apparent. When we COULD give in to the gossip, slander, and problems we face. When our workplace drama is escalating, when family troubles are evident, when friends have offenses, when we're hurt by people in our churches, when divorce happens and there are all kinds of issues we are forced to navigate....

 

LIVE.AT.PEACE.WITH.EVERYONE

 

I challenge you in the midst of your challenges to think of the bigger picture. To place high value on the preservation of relationships above all else. When a division must happen (changing jobs, switching churches, ending a relationship), leave with grace. Depart in peace. Do all you can to value the blessings in every situation and with each person. 

It's irrelevant which banner you're under on earth (work title, last name, etc.)...because you serve YAHWEH NISSI, "The Lord is my Banner."


Relationships Matter. I am so thankful for the friendships I've developed in the different jobs I've had. And I'm so honored to have been asked to minister at Amy's Candlelight Vigil amongst her closest family and friends. Although I felt entirely unqualified for such a task, my dear friend and prior boss Raquel said, "Heather, you're the first person I thought of. I know that you will be able to deliver a beautiful message in that moment. We wouldn't have it any other way." Wow. 

Life is so precious and so short...death reminds us of that. Reconciliation is possible so long as there is air in your lungs and a beat in your chest. If there are relationships that need mending in your life, please be empowered by this message to take a step of obedience and courageously offer a gesture of reconciliation and forgiveness. Put down the defenses, cancel the offenses and simply choose to BE.LOVE. Because you are called BELOVED. 


In memory of Amy Camacho Tsutsumi 3.23.77 - 11.11.17

 

Do you have a relationship that needs reconciliation? Please send me a message or comment below so that this community can pray with you. And in an effort to bless those who are needing the courage to mend a relationship today, please share a success story of reconciliation to encourage them!

Take Jesus to Work With You

 

Instagram Live Video 11.13.17 @heatherferroni

 

On Saturday November 11, 2017 I received a call from a former co-worker with shocking news. Our dear friend, Amy had a tragic accident and passed away. 


I worked with Amy for a short time as her Transaction Coordinator in Real Estate. We both had since left the team we were on but the bond that we shared went beyond business. 

Amy was truly a beautifully unique individual. A powerhouse. Literally. She was loud, crazy fun, full of energy and truly free from the confines of political correctness. She was authentically, unapologetically herself with every person and in every situation. I must admit, when I first met her...I didn't know how to take her. I thought she was obnoxiously rude. I remember turning to another coworker, Jenny for some help on how to approach her. Jenny just sweetly laughed and affirmed that it's not uncommon for Amy to have a strong and lasting first impression....but she encouraged me to not be offended because she knew Amy and Amy is one of the kindest people on the planet. I'm glad I let that first encounter go and made it a mission to pursue an understanding of Amy. She blessed my life tremendously. She was fierce and fearless and she helped me overcome moments of fear myself. She stood with me in times of doubt and discouragement and spoke bold truth to me kinda like a football coach would...and I would leave the conversation feeling empowered. 

Although most people think of Amy as bulletproof, I was privileged to see a different side of Amy. Her soft and vulnerable side. Once she called regarding a work matter and the conversation quickly turned into a personal one. While I would never disclose the details of our private conversation, I'm honored that she opened up to me. I remember her crying and saying, "I don't know why I'm telling you all this...I don't open up to hardly anyone. Ever!" 

In one conversation she shared her concern for business and finances. As with everyone in Real Estate, it's an emotional rollercoaster working so hard to build relationships with clients, working long, crazy hours, and not really having the option to just step away any time you want. It's a very involved, very multi-layed business with no financial guarantee. Markets shift, deals fall through, team members leave, there are times of abundance and times of scarcity. It's cyclical. 

 

As a person of faith, my first response to heaviness, heartache and hardships is PRAYER. 

 

In that conversation, I asked Amy if she'd be comfortable if I prayed. She agreed. On the phone, in my living room I started boldly declaring God's favor and provision over her life. I petitioned Heaven for a rapid response to our requests and that our Father would miraculously break in and just show her how He delights in her and that she can fully depend on Him to meet all her needs....AS I was praying she GASPED:

Heather, you're never going to believe this! I just got a text notification right now that I received a FULL PRICE offer on one of my listings. Oh my God! I can't believe it! I can't believe it. This home is overpriced and has been on the market for a long time. I was worried I was going to lose this listing. I can't believe it." 

I jumped up from my chair and started shouting praises to God, thanking Him for coming through so quickly. Excited that I got to be a part of that moment, a glimpse of time where Heaven drew near to earth and showed Himself faithful to Amy. 

God blew ME away that day. As a witness to His provision for her, it solidified my faith and now I get to share it as a testimony of His grace. That moment also further branded me as a minister. By allowing my faith to be known, I was able to be a voice of truth and love. I knew then that although my job title was "Transaction Coordinator", I've been marked by God (as all Jesus lovers are) as a representative; an ambassador of Christ. 


Friends, let this story encourage and empower you to TAKE JESUS TO WORK WITH YOU every single day. There is a wondering, wandering, hurting and searching world out there that desperately NEEDS to hear and see the Good News displayed for them. You've been entrusted with a sphere of influence in your life. Anyone that you're in contact with is in your sphere. Your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, student peers, people you do business with, people that do business with you, people in passing...if you share air with people, they're in your sphere. 

Don't leave it up to your pastors on the platform to declare the message of Jesus. You're commissioned by JESUS to share your heart with everyone you can. And the truth is, there are more people on the OUTSIDE of the church than there are inside. Therefore, you are being SENT to reach them where they are. Open yourself up to be used by God. Don't keep it quiet. Let people know your story, how God has and is moving in your life. Let Him work through YOU!

 
 

Do you have a "marketplace ministry" story to share? Please do...it encourages us all! 

Preparing the Table

I am so excited to get to be a part of the leadership launch team of our new location opening of our local church.


(Notice how I used "our" as an implication of ownership. I wanted to place emphasis on this because there are many people who simply attend church...but fewer are those who step up and step in with a commitment to serve, set the table and invite guests to experience the beauty of The Church. Hear my heart...as I shared in Welcome Home! I had spent YEARS trying to find a church "home" that I could invest in, serve and build deep and meaningful relationships. I believe it was my 2nd visit, I was invited to come the next week to step in and serve on the Welcome Team. From there, I have been privileged to continually serve in multiple capacities and it's SERVING that has brought me into a great appreciation for The Church as Christ intended it to be. I've found a spiritual family that has blessed my life tremendously. I have leaders that stretch and support me continuously and blessings on blessings on blessings have resulted in my willingness to say, "What can I help with?" If you are struggling to really feel connected in your local church...my best advice is to step in to start serving!)


My Nana is truly THE most incredible hostess I've ever witnessed in my life. She puts on a family holiday or gathering like no one I've ever seen. She exhausts herself for weeks in advance in preparation for the gathering. She has every detail meticulously planned out to ensure a beautiful, inviting, lovely experience for all who enter her home. 

Ever since I was little, I was tasked with setting the table. Under her guidance, she taught me the art of a well-set table, complete with pressed linens, fine china, gold flatware, crystal glasses, candles, festive decor, fabric napkins with monogrammed "F" napkin rings, salt and pepper carefully dispersed throughout the table and of course wine ready to be poured. {C'mon, we're Italian...wine is a staple...it's even in our food!}

 

Nana's attention to detail in setting the table is so reflective of that of Jesus' heart. 

 

I can also see Proverbs 9:2-6 was written, specifically about her. {Kidding...kind of}

"She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table. She has sent out her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city, "Come in with me," she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgment, she says, "Come, eat my food, and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment." 

 

I learned in my Life Application Study Bible {the #1 sword I recommend to literally every person I know as I wrote in Bible Sale!}, this passage has an interesting parallel to the banquet Jesus described in The Parable of the Great Feast (Luke 14:15-24)

Jesus spoke of a man who prepared a great feast and the invited guests came back with silly excuses why they couldn't attend. So the man responded by commanding his servants to go out into the streets and alleys to invite the homeless, poor, marginalized, destitute, vulnerable, and outcasts to join in the party. 


As I have been preparing both in action and in heart for the opening of this new campus, I can't help but pray for every person in our city to be drawn to our house. I pray that every pastor, leader, and volunteer is ready with arms wide open to accept every single person in through our doors and that we as a team do an exceptional job preparing the table for each guest to come in, feel at home, be well fed with the spiritually nutritious meat of the Word of God and they will leave filled and transformed by the love of God. 

Our church goes over and BEYOND in preparing the table for every event we do. It's absolutely captivating. It's stunning. It's carefully planned, every detail. And we do it because it's a way for us to provide a space reflective of God's Kingdom. His beautiful Church on earth deserves great care in preparation for the gathering of believers and non believers alike. We care because HE cares. 

I invite you to come and join our banquet. There's a seat reserved specifically for you, whoever you are. If you're local, come join us at one of our services across the valley...Hillsong is also a global church with locations in many nations...if there's not a location near you...find a local church and visit. Check it out. You'll know HOME when you find it! 

 

Speaking of incredible preparation and design, if you're hosting a special event in the Phoenix area, you've got to check out my amazing friend Olivia with Fox and West Event Design 

 

I invite honesty here...it's a safe place...if you've been resistant to church, what has been your hesitation? 

Hillsong Conference Highlights

Here are just a FEW of my notes and takeaways from Hillsong Conference 2017 in LA on November 2-4th


Craig Groechel

"The Blessing of Bold Obedience"

You have no idea what God can set in motion with your act of obedience.

  1. Obedience will attract significant spiritual opposition. If you're not ready to face opposition, then you're not ready to be used by God.
  2. Bold obedience often releases God's miracles.
  3. Bold obedience always requires faith.

Don't run from obedience because you want the details. He probably won't give you the details because the details will probably scare you. He will give you just enough to take ONE step at a time.

I don't have to understand completely to obey obediently.


Brian Houston

"Content not settled"

Key to contentment  = not wanting for anything knowing needs are met and strength is found in Christ. Be ready. Alert and on the move, in-sync with God. Excited to participate in this grand adventure WITH God.

Don't house in your soul what was birthed in your spirit.. -BCH

Would you rather reflect on the "great days of the past" or the "grace days" of the future. -BCH

  1. The absence of contentment is contention.
  2. In the absence of contentment is uselessness.
  3. In the absence of contentment is covetousness.
  4. In the absence of contentment is dissatisfaction.
  5. In the absence of contentment is abuse.

Ben Houston

"So Will I"

As heirs of the Most High, we have blessings, anointing, and provision to avail.

3 things to include myself in:

  1. I choose PRAISE
  2. I choose JUSTICE
  3. I choose LOVE

Jentzen Franklin

All you gotta do to go to hell is NOTHING. What am I doing for HEAVEN'S sake? -JF

  • Big doors swing on little hinges. Keep doing what you're doing and your gift will make room for you.
  • I will do what I can, God will do what I can't.
  • Big breakthroughs are less likely than a chain of reward according to consistent obedience.
  • If we will love the people nobody wants...God will send those everybody wants.
  • In response to the question, "HOw did you know you were called to preach?" Simple answer: It was a burden. A "got to."

Carl Lentz

"Stay Wonder-Full"

  • Wonder saves us from perpetual wander.
  • Will I allow wonder to lead my life or will I allow worry to lead my life?

Wonder : I'm depending on and believing God

Wander : I'm depending on my own wisdom and strength

  • When asking yourself, "I wonder if I have what it takes..." Embrace the truth: I DON'T. (But God will grace me for it.)
I am fearfully and wonderfully made, knit together in my mother's womb. -Psalm 139:13-14
  1. People are wonderful. (Even if they don't act like it all the time). We get encouraged by this truth yet we conveniently forget or position ourselves overly righteous as if there's some invisible exclusion list and that somehow we're more entitled and falsely equipped to be judge and jury on who this passage does and does not apply to. (Whoa)

Preconceived Graceism: How is it we can agree that racism is wrong at the same time we apply "graceism"...meaning we apply grace only to those we deem deserving. Let's decide to give unconditional grace because we have received it...we're commanded to give it.

Christians are great at answering questions nobody is asking. Trying to solve problems they aren't specifically called to, have experience in or compassion for. Some things are simply tensions to be managed rather than problems to be solved with some simple Christian solution but maybe instead a simple "I love you and I'll walk with you through this."

I'm not allowed to quit. It's going to be hard. I'm going to be tired. Expect it. Quitting is not a reason, it's an excuse.


I hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiighly encourage you to find a way and make a plan to attend Hillsong Conference 2018!

 

Let's Connect!

Did you attend Hillsong Conference 2017? What were your favorite parts?

My {RE}birth Declaration

On This Day....November 2, 2014. 

I was in a season of great turmoil. I was entangled in another unhealthy relationship and although my spirit had known for quite awhile I needed to end it, I fought and fought to hold onto it. Anxiety and depression took residence in my heart. I was miserable. On this night, everything changed. I had a radical Holy Spirit encounter while crying out uncontrollably on my bed, begging for God to break in and save me from this internal battle. It was a sudden wave of peace that came upon me in an instant. My aching heart felt no pain. My confused mind was replaced with complete clarity. It was almost as if I were transported to the "Holy of Holies" having a direct transactional conversation with God. I was changed and transformed and arose the next day knowing that life would never be the same. Jesus had become my LORD. The King of Kings. The driving force of my life. My #1. That day and always. He asked that I give Him my life, my fears, my hopes, my future....He asked that I serve Him fully and completely. He asked that I use my story for His glory. He asked that I begin to write and produce content to bring comfort, peace, and encouragement into the hearts of His people. That next day, He implanted a ministry in my heart titled, "Raised to Life." For about a year I build a site, made YouTube Videos, and shared my writing on that space and was also a featured writer for a few other online platforms. I began to get some recognition as I wrote about here, But I knew "Raised to Life" was a forthtelling prophecy which is to be fully birthed in the future. I switched gears this year and developed this platform, Heather Ferroni.com....REALLY?! 

Here is the declaration that changed the entire course of my life. I hope it grabs ahold of some hurting, wandering hearts today. I know He's desperately seeking you even MORE than you're searching for Him. Perhaps today could be YOUR (RE)birthday?


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The enemy is using the same old schemes of attack, he's not very clever. He's trying to make me believe I'm not worth it, I can't do it, I'm "too much" and "not enough" at the same time. Been so down and defeated, in isolation, under constant criticism and even being completely ignored. I may be knocked down but I'm not dead. And if I matter so little to some, they will be lovingly blessed and released because "greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world." I'm a conqueror because I am protected by Almighty God. Even though I don't deserve it because I screw up all the time, I believe in Him who has saved me and that greener pastures are meant for me. I'm ready to acquire the Promised Land. I'm ready to live life abundantly. I'm ready to pull myself up off the ground and I'm saying NO MORE to the mistreatment. My shield of faith will block me from the stones thrown. My sword is sharp and I'm ready to slice through the lies. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. Of all my good qualities to not just be overlooked but turned into negatives. No more. I'm not perfect. I never will be. (This side of Heaven). I can't take the anchor around my feet pulling me down with unrealistic expectations. Constantly being held under the gun yet expected to drop everything to pour out all my support and encouragement when they're going through a tough time. 

I just gotta be real.
Why? 

Because I believe that God allows us to face battles sometimes so that when we overcome them we can be a witness, a coach and encourager for others. I believe there are people out there that may be under attack as well and may benefit greatly from this declaration. It is my prayer, friends that you too can find the strength to face the giant. I believe you WILL overcome whatever you are up against!

#believe #walkbyfaithnotbysight #overcomer #givingin #shieldoffaith#lifeabundantly #nomoretears #itiswhatitis #prayer #telltheworld#jesusismyhomeboy #daughteroftheking#dontneedyourapprovalanymore #standingup #blessandrelease#thisismylife #notperfect

 

What's your {Re}birth story? Do you have a moment that God grabbed ahold of your heart? Please share your story in the comments below....Let's believe this will significantly impact someone today! 

The Accident

The day was just like any other day. A normal Thursday at work, October 29, 2015. I had been getting excited as I was planning on moving from Glendale to my workplace in Mesa at the time. Relieved that the 2 hour commute in crazy rush hour traffic was nearing it's end. Thrilled at the idea of getting to start fresh again. For the past 6 years since I moved back from Colorado, I hadn't had a place of my own. In a long series of events and financial hardship, I just couldn't seem to get ahead. So, finally in 1 week, I'd be moving into my own two bedroom apartment, with a beautiful office, and have people over for food and fellowship...I was delighted!

Each day on the drive I'd pass by the most catastrophic car accidents. Ones where cars flipped over medians, traffic often corralled into one lane, at times even forced to exit as there may have been a casualty. This day was no different. I drove past another wreckage, turned the music down and prayed as I usually do. 

 

 

But that day my prayers sounded a little bit different, "Lord please draw near to those that were injured in that accident and bring them rapid healing. I pray for comfort and peace for all of those involved including the families who are getting shocking news. I pray Heavenly Father that you bring your legions of angels around that medical situation and that wisdom will prevail. Heavenly Father I know that this drive is dangerous and I see accidents literally every single day on my two hour commute. Please just surround me with your safety this next week as I am moving toward my workplace and hopefully will not have to sit subject myself in dangers way. Protect me, Father on my drive and get me to my destination safely in Jesus name amen."

 

 It wasn’t about five minutes later and a few miles ahead sitting high in my big Ford F1 50 truck where I saw commotion happening in front of me. I’ve always had a fear while driving that big truck (aka a death machine, if not careful) that I could hurt or kill someone. So when I saw the commotion ahead of me I immediately slammed on my brakes. Because I’m so small (5 foot nothing, about 110 pounds) my seatbelt did not restrain me. I came up and out of my seat and held onto the steering wheel while bracing my foot on the brake so that I did not fly through the windshield. My heart beating out of my chest, I found a slight sense of relief that I  had avoided the commotion that was ahead of me....but that moment was short-lived when I realized the person behind me was not able to stop in time and slammed into the back of me. Once again I came up and out of my seat holding onto the steering wheel braced on the brake as I was in complete shock that although I had avoided hitting others, I myself had been hit.


 

 I was thankful that I didn’t sustain any external injuries,  no broken bones or blood was upon me but my spirit was crushed. I wish I could say that my prayers were thankful that I wasn’t seriously injured but instead I got angry and yelled out to God. "WHY?!" I had just asked Him to protect me on my drive as I was only one week away from moving into my apartment with the hope of avoiding a bad accident like this one. To add to the drama of the scene, the sky began to draw dark and a subtle mist of rain began to fall. 

 We sat there in the small pile up in the middle of I 10 by the 51 N. break waiting for the police to arrive. The man that hit me was bleeding out of his face. Evidently he had hit the rearview mirror or windshield or steering well and was bleeding all over. It appeared as if his tooth went through his lip. Ouch.

 When the police arrived I found out that this man had no license, no insurance, and was on probation driving his mothers car. The back of my truck was quite banged up, the tailgate totally smashed. After talking to my boss and calling my stepdad to come find me on the road to take me home, I sat on the median in the cold, wet rain just staring at the wreckage. 

 When the tow truck driver arrived to assess my truck, he called my stepdad and I over to show us something quite shocking. He had us look under the bed of the truck and pointed out that the frame of the truck had been bent by impact. He went on to tell us that had I been hit with that same impact in any other part of the vehicle I most likely would have been air-evacuated away from the scene but because I was hit on the frame of my truck I was able to sustain that type of impact and walk away a very lucky girl but that the truck itself would likely be considered totaled .

 I woke up that next day in complete shock, my body aching all over. I immediately drove to the chiropractor I’ve seen for many years and got an adj