5 Ministry Mistakes I’ve Made & The Lessons I’ve Learned

5 Ministry Mistakes I’ve Made & The Lessons I’ve Learned

Guess what? We all make mistakes! It’s a normal part of being human!

Even those called in the ministry (which is every professing Christian, by the way) is bound to make mistakes. I don’t know about you, but I appreciate when leaders courageously share their journey of sanctification and the lessons learned through mistakes.

In today’s journal I share some major ways God has been working on my heart this year. Here are 5 Ministry Mistakes I’ve Made and The Lessons I’ve Learned.

How to Apply Your Faith to Your Health & Wellness & Create a Lifestyle of Happy and Healthy with Jessie B. Christensen

How to Apply Your Faith to Your Health & Wellness & Create a Lifestyle of Happy and Healthy with Jessie B. Christensen

The past five years, Jessie has been on a journey of discovering what healthy truly means and how to can create a lifestyle of confidence and unashamed living. She now helps other women discover, create and implement healthy habits that enable them to ditch diets, find freedom, and confidently fulfilling their destiny that God has already prepared for them.

Learn more about her heart on health, wellness and GODfident living!


#DailyDownload - Fri May 18, 2018

#DailyDownload - Fri May 18, 2018

In today's #DailyDownload I share an incredible podcast I came upon this morning by Beth Moore on "The Mysterious Doctrine of Predestination", the amazing coffee & lunch date with the gorgeous friend Laura, my excitement for the upcoming Walk for Freedom Phoenix and some new reads I picked up by Ann Voskamp called “The Way Of Abundance” and a book containing biographies of well-known historical Christians. All links and the IG Live contained therein. Have a look!

#DailyDownload Thur May 17, 2018

#DailyDownload Thur May 17, 2018

In today’s #DailyDownload I share with you how I was personally challenged by my own message of rejection yesterday as I was confronted with a bunch of “unfollows” from people I’ve walked alongside for years. I confess, I wanted to QUIT! I share with you my personal study of learning to encourage myself in the Lord {just as David did in 1 Samuel 30:6}. I also give you some worship songs that have been ministering to me and some YouTube messages that have been encouraging me through the processing.

Wonderfully empowered by 1 Thessalonians 2:4, “For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives our our hearts.”

Feel free to share this message with a friend :)

Wondering What the MORE is in "There is More?"

Wondering What the MORE is in "There is More?"

Many people are feeling a subtle yet deep dissatisfaction in their spirits and questioning what the “MORE” is in “There is MORE”. This global prophetic offering is circulating the globe and is calling the Body of Christ out of comfort and convenience into complete alignment with God. This is an exciting time of prayer and fasting as we look inwardly and ask God to reveal to us how we can partner with Him to bring His glory to the earth for generations to come!

12 Qualities of Kingdom Leaders

12 Qualities of Kingdom Leaders

 

We all know the scripture that says, "There's wisdom in the multitude of counsel" (Proverbs 11:14), right? But the truth I've found is that it's important to choose our counselors wisely. Though scripture tells us that we are to submit to authorities and leadership, it also cautions us to guard our hearts because out of it flow the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). Giving access to our hearts to people solely based on their title or position can be incredibly destructive if not done so with discernment. This morning I asked God to reveal qualities of a leader who leads with Kingdom values in accordance with His anointing. In a matter of moments, He downloaded the following list: 

 

These attributes are universal for Christ-following leaders in every sphere of influence: 

1. Their Fruit is evident & authentic.

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23). This fruit should not only be evident but proven to be authentic. A few years ago, the Lord spoke to me about this and said, "Even fake fruit looks delicious from afar." Some fruit is plastic or styrofoam. This is why it is important to establish a quality relationship so that you are able to adequately investigate the fruit. Allow for some time and testing to happen before you entrust them to be a voice of counsel in your life.

Scripture tells us that leaders operating with His name must "live above reproach" (1 Timothy 3:2). Meaning, they take any measures necessary to guard and protect themselves, their spouses and families and the hearts of their constituents. They live a life of honor and put healthy boundaries in place to avoid compromising situations or conduct themselves in ways that could even be perceived as questionable. 

 

2. They're honest about their struggles & weaknesses.

This takes courage and vulnerability. Kingdom Leaders are less concerned about the perception of perfection but know that Transparency Transforms. By being open about their struggles and weaknesses, it increases intimacy through relatability. Who wants to follow a leader that falsely portrays they have it all together, lives in fear of appearing weak or perfectly polished and put together? This is real life and at times, it's less than glamorous. Kingdom Leaders aren't afraid to share the less-than-perfect stuff because they're confident in who they are in Christ and are committed to the sanctification process. 

As The great Apostle Paul says "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Steven Furtick once said the most powerful way to connect and minister is to simply say, "Me too!" 

 

3. They model a life with healthy balance.

Kingdom Leaders model and maintain boundaries and don't buy into the lie they always have to be "on call" nor do they expect you to always be "on call." As you witness their lives, you will notice Kingdom Leaders as people who are devoted to intimate time with God,  prioritize family, strive for rest (Hebrews 4:11), and know that not everything that is emergent is an emergency. Not only do they live this way, they encourage you to do the same and do not encroach on your time simply because it's convenient or urgent for them. 

 

4. They take interest in your personal, professional and spiritual life. 

Kingdom Leaders care more about YOU and not just about what you DO. They invest time with you and express interest in all areas of your life. They show genuine care and compassion if there are challenges in your family, difficulty in your job, issues with your health, and areas in need of spiritual strengthening. They are genuinely concerned with your overall health and recognize that you are valuable and worth investing in. 

 

5. They honor their leaders. 

Even great leaders need great leaders. (Examples: Steven Furtick is pastored by Craig Groeschell, Christine Caine by Joyce Meyer, Havilah Cunnington by Lisa Bevere, Kris Vallotton by Bill Johnson). A Kingdom Leader speaks well of their leadership and shows them honor, even if they don't fully understand or agree. They can speak of challenges in a way that is encouraging and helpful and are willing to disclose not just what they're GOING through, but what they're GROWING through with their leadership. They're glad to talk about what they've learned in their journey through correction and submission recognizing the Biblical principle that we all reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).

 

6. Kingdom Leaders are learners.

Kingdom Leaders are always on the journey of growth and improvement. They take time to seek out wisdom and counsel,  mentorship, and guidance and to enhance their interpersonal communication and leadership skills. They will have a library of resources to recommend such as books, podcasts, classes, etc. They don't claim to know everything about everything but they position themselves to be a resource to The Source. 

 

7. They foster environments where failure is viewed as fertilization. 

A Kingdom Leader knows that failure is inevitable and it's a vital part of the growth process. They do not address failure with condemnation or shame, nor do they exclude or excommunicate. Instead, they journey through failures showing grace (love and forgiveness as well as empowerment and encouragement). They openly take responsibility for their part in failure and do not use blame and shame tactics. They partner with Holy Spirit and echo His counsel as Advocate and call you UP (into your kingdom identity) and not call you OUT. 

 

8. They give space for you to express your ideas, concerns and solutions. 

Kingdom Leaders are not bullies, managers or dictators. They create space for you to bring your thoughts and ideas to the table. Though your ideas may not be aligned with the overall vision, the timing may be off or it's just not a probable solution, they show gratitude for your willingness to come forth with your input.

 

9. They champion your gifts and talents & challenge your weaknesses. 

Kingdom Leaders know the great responsibility they have to coach you into your greatness not simply exploit or abuse your gifts solely for their benefit. They aim to position you for success. They want you to be in positions where you will thrive and grow. 

Kingdom Leaders will also challenge you with truth and love and will often push you beyond your comfort zone and be there to cheer you along in your growth process. They will challenge your limiting beliefs, deconstruct your fears, stretch your capacity, and cause you to dig deep even when it's uncomfortable. They will always draw your attention heavenward and inward before passing judgment, taking sides, or coming to conclusions without due diligence. 

 

10. They celebrate your God-given uniqueness.

Kingdom Leaders understand you're an intentionally designed Child of God. They aim to see you how God sees you and embrace how He's made you. They will not criticize what they don't understand, try to "reel you in" (as if you're a fish), or attempt to control you and make you conform to the image of who THEY think you should be. They partner with God and help you navigate your unique qualities. They understand that you can still have unity and be individually unique. 

Unity without diversity is conformity.
— Bill Johnson

 

11. They understand healthy confrontation. 

Kingdom Leaders don't shy away from confronting things head on to avoid confusion, misinterpretation, accusation or assumption. They are comfortable having a conversation without preconceived notions to truly seek to understand before being understood. Kingdom Leaders have a great responsibility to care for a wide range of people and there undoubtedly will be times when correction is needed. They simply approach each situation with Kingdom solutions as their goal. They speak with directness, not ambiguity, with sternness wrapped in love. They confront quickly so as not to allow room for offense or defensiveness to harbor. They don't passively shrink back, stone wall or give the silent treatment. They address what needs to be addressed and do so with an open heart knowing they may not have all the information and that their perception may be in error. 

 

12. They don't mistake ministry for manipulation.

Kingdom Leaders who are called by God understand that creating a safe place to be fully accepted and able to express who you are doesn't mean you're always going to agree. The Lord is seeing a large movement toward family-like discipleship and promoting covenant family as a means to disciple. While this ideology isn't necessarily unbiblical (we see the Apostle Paul speaking of Timothy as his spiritual son), there is a fine line of caution to address. Kingdom Leaders must be careful to check their heart. If claiming you have tons of "Spiritual sons and daughters" brings you a sense of pride, this could border on sin. Furthermore, leaders who use the covenant family concept to control or manipulate by asserting authority for personal agenda are not operating with Kingdom Leadership. Kingdom Leaders aren't looking to prop themselves up on pedestals of people's hearts which makes them an idol or striving for authority to satisfy one's need for significance. Instead, Kingdom Leaders know that CHRIST is the head of The Church and that above ALL, God is our Father. 

 

What qualities do you value most in Kingdom leadership? 

 

 

 

A Prophetic Message for Someone Feeling Anxious, Stressed & Restless

A Prophetic Message for Someone Feeling Anxious, Stressed & Restless

Have you been feeling anxious, stress and restless? It seems to be a common theme. But don’t worry, Dear One…God is stirring up a new thing in you. In this prophetic message, Heather Ferroni shares an empowering word for you to reclaim your authority in Jesus and trample the sneaky tactics of the enemy trying to get you down!

April 23rd - A Significant Day in Biblical History. A Word of Encouragement from Daniel.

A Word of Encouragement As You're Praying and Fasting for Breakthrough

Did you know April 23rd is a significant day in Biblical history? Come journey with me through Daniel chapter 10 to unpack the prophetic vision and Christ encounter with Daniel. Here we can extract a powerful word of encouragement and leave empowered through whatever season you find yourself in! 

 

Grab your Bible & let's turn to Daniel Chapter 10

Your translation may say (verse 4) this event happened on the 24th day of the 1st month...this is in reference to the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This date can be cross-checked with dates surviving Persian records and can be related accurately to our modern calendar. This event occurred on April 23, 536 B.C. 

 

What can we take from this message: 

1. Don't let the supernatural scare you out of having a God encounter. 

As we see in verse 7, the men that were with Daniel were suddenly terrified and ran away to hide. Don't be like these men and be afraid of an encounter with God and miss out on a powerful vision from God. 

 

2. God hears your prayers and sends messengers on assignment to help you.

Just as the messenger (Christ pre-incarnate) assured Daniel in verse 12, "Don't be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer." The same is true for you. Highlight this verse, write it down, have it readily available to encourage you if you're in a season of intense prayer and fasting while waiting for breakthrough. God is faithful and your prayers are powerful! 

 

3. Your prayers activate heaven and aggravate the spiritual forces of darkness. 

Stand in confidence knowing that God is faithful and hears your prayers. If you're experiencing the frustration of delay, it just may be that things are happening in the spirit realm beyond your understanding. After all, as we learn in Ephesians 6:12, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." 

As the Messenger told Daniel, his prayers reached heaven on day one but that spiritual forces were blocking or preventing help to come. Be encouraged by Daniel's persistence in prayer and fasting! 

 

4. Don't believe the lie that you are unworthy or incapable of having direct access to hear from God, gain heavenly insight & be a heaven-sent solution 

Just as God used Daniel in powerfully prophetic ways to be a heaven-sent solution who was entrusted with great vision and insight, God is equally eager to use you! Don't enable the spirit of insecurity to deceive you into believing you're unworthy or incapable of hearing from God. Let this be a confirming word that He WANTS to work through you for Kingdom purpose. You ARE a change-agent in this generation and your prophetic voice is valuable! 

Under the New Testament, we are no longer living in a visitational culture, but a habitational culture. 

God is within you and He wants us to abide with Him (John 15) so that we can hear Him, see Him, feel Him and partner with Him as representatives, change-agents, world impactors so that we can help restore this earth as He would have it in Heaven. God uses the voices of His people to speak truth and life as they obediently release words of prophecy and wisdom to build up, encourage and empower the Body of Christ, His Church. Why WOULDN'T God want to use YOU!? 

As Joel 2:28-30 & Acts 2:17-21 tells us, "I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on the servants - men and women alike. And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth - blood and fire and columns of smoke. 

Will you continue to pray and fast even when you don't see immediate breakthrough? Will you continue to contend and have faith that heaven hears your prayers? Will you commit to remaining in peace and lean into the supernatural workings of God believing that you are a valuable power player for the Kingdom of God? Will you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, with your ear inclined to Him and obediently release the solutions given to you through your encounter with Him to prophetically encourage, equip, edify and exhort the Body of Christ in these end-time days? 

Receive it. Release it. In Jesus' name! 

 

Was this message encouraging for you today? Please share with a friend in need! I'd love to hear your prayer requests in the comments below or, as always, I'm always just a message away! 

 

3 Major Ways God Is Moving in the Marketplace, Music Industry & The Hearts of Men - Prophetic Vision

3 Major Ways God is Moving in the Marketplace, Music Industry & in the Hearts of Men

 

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While in deep worship the other day, I received vivid prophetic vision regarding 3 main ways Holy Spirit is on the move! Let's celebrate! 

 

For those with the gift of prayer and intercession, this may just bring language to what you've already been sensing. For others that are still learning to incline their ear to the Lord, this news is an invitation to pray and believe, ignite your expectation and celebrate in advance for all that God is doing! Hallelujah! 

Holy Spirit is grieving in some ways because He's been rejected, neglected, forgotten or set as second fiddle. He's wanting to reclaim His leadership in The Church. He does so by transforming people's hearts, giving them new vision, guidance, insight to the things of Heaven. But His work is not limited to church buildings. He showed me in this vision He's invading hearts and we will see that manifest in 3 major ways: 

1. In the Marketplace

I heard in my spirit over and over, as real as an audible sound of paper ripping. The Lord showed me He is invading hearts of business owners, CEO's, and high-level leaders of big organizations, both in secular spheres and religous. He is coming upon them mightily and convicting their hearts. They will walk into board meetings, staff meetings and rip plans apart and throw them away. I saw papers being swept off desks and conference room tables into the trash. These leaders will approach their teams and declare that God has grabbed ahold of their hearts and things are about to change - organizational structures, missions and values, plans and projects...from top to bottom, left to right, everything is changing! 

If this happens in your world, don't worry or freak out. Trust that God is on the move and this is for His glory! Hallelujah! 

 

2. Music & Entertainment

Though I personally know nothing about music and production, the Lord showed me He's giving a new heart to music producers all over the world. In an instant, He will gain their hearts and attention leading them to be convicted to walk into music studios and immediately resign. They'll confess they've been convicted by God and can no longer produce music that is dishonoring God. They'll boldly face any lawsuits or financial recompense for leaving songs undone and albums unfinished. They will begin to use their same gift, passion, talent and skill to align with Holy Spirit to produce content that is God-glorifying. 

I also saw entertainers being radically transformed by God's grace. They will make bold changes to their set list, stage design and wardrobe choices. 

Keep watch...you should expect to see these changes hit the media! It won't be a secret. This is a word of the Lord, and it will not come up dry. Hallelujah! 

 

3. Holy Spirit is touching the hearts of men and reinstituting God-given masculinity.

In the vision I saw Holy Spirit coming upon the hearts of men all over the world. He will convict (enable them to see into their error & empower them to change) them to submit their flesh and desires to God. Single men that have been sexually irresponsible with their girlfriends will repent and approach them asking for forgiveness and take a stand for sexual purity. They will confess they have been sexually irresponsible and harmful to God's daughters and will no longer partake in premarital sex in order to glorify God.

Men that have struggled with other sexual impurities, such as addiction to pornography will confess, repent and be set free by the masses. For those that have been involved in affairs will also cease and desist their activities and humbly approach all that have been wounded and they will commit to the healing and restoration process! 

So if you've been praying for your husband, boyfriend, son, or grandson or you know someone that is...stand on this truth and praise God for all He's doing! 


Have you been praying about these topics? Do you have a praise to share! Let's confirm the word in the comments below. and, as always, I'm always just a message away!

My Current Favorites

Who else loves a good recommendation? I do! So for today's post, I thought I'd share some of my recent favorites! 

 

Many of my friends know I have had a tendency to neglect my health. Like to the extreme. I haven't been to the gym in a few years and I have difficulty with eating. In fact, for the first time ever I'm going to confess, it was a borderline eating disorder. Not that I was bulimic or anorexic, but I had issues with eating. I'm comfortable with my body and I love food but because my relationship with food is connected to a social experience, I found that because I spend so much time alone, I found eating to be an inconvenience. And when I'm super busy, intensely focused or stressed (which is pretty much always), that part of my brain that says, "Hey silly, you haven't eaten in 16 hours!" didn't seem to work. I upgraded to the Fitbit Ionic recently and have been enjoying tracking my activity, exercise, water intake and nutrition. It's been super fun to set goals for myself and even participate in challenges with friends. Do you have a FitBit? If so, let's connect there and encourage one another! 


I used to be a complete caffeine addict. A friend helped me realize recently, however, that it could be a sensitivity to caffeine that was triggering feelings of anxiety. I've since been limiting coffee, Diet Coke and green Redbull intake and have felt so much better!  I've been a big fan of Amino Energy because all flavors are so delicious. I get some energy, vitamins, a tad bit of caffeine and it's helped with focus. I've had a few friends try it and they all LOVE it! I promise, you'll love it too! And it's super convenient to put a couple scoops in little baggies to throw in my purse or work bag so that I can mix up a yummy drink any time I'm on the go. 


Alright, I'm SO not a runner. Never have been. But I've really been making a greater effort to get out and walk. Last week alone I walked 33.26 miles and completed over 86,000 steps. It's been awesome to step away from my computer, soak in some sunshine and Vitamin D and go on a worship walk in this nice Arizona spring weather (Somes up to 2 hours/day!). I didn't enjoy carrying my big 'ol phone in my hand so I did some research and someone recommended the Flip Belt. I didn't want to spend $30 on it so I found a lesser expensive alternative and let me tell you, it's AWESOME! 


I get asked ALLLLLLLL the time how I can manage so much in life. I have a business, a ministry, church responsibilities, side projects and ideas and just the to-do's of everyday life. I'm a big list maker and found that I was getting spun out and overwhelmed when I had one giant list of to-do's. Instead of having a zillion notes everywhere or things getting lost in the many productivity apps I tried, I've been using the Arc Notebook for a few years. I found it's easier to have a 5-tab organization system with notes, ideas, and to-do's so that I can stay focused on one thing at a time and yet still have everything in one place. 


Would you believe I get comments and messages frequently asking how I keep my teeth so white?! It makes me laugh! I have been using 5 Minute White for about 3 years now and it's spectacular! I kid you not, I've recommended this to no less than 6 of my friends. All of them have purchased it and ALL of them have gotten great results. Super easy and inexpensive! 


Alright so, I love makeup. And for the past several years my go-to has been the inexpensive NYX concealer. That is, until a lovely beauty blogger raved about the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer and I used my sisters did I understand the rave. It's like I have a complete face now...it's the piece that's been missing all these years! It just brightens my eyes up, makes me look fresh, awake and put together. It helps, ya know...because how many of you know, we don't always FEEL fresh, awake and put together?! {And my Mama friends say "Amen!"}. 


I always love a good recommendation...what are some of your favorite Amazon finds?

There Is More

It's been one blessed week since this book was released in America! If you haven't gotten your copy yet, whatcha waiting for?! 


Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars

You'll want to get this into the hands of your friends and family! Buy some extra copies!

By Heather Ferroni on March 23, 2018

I have been so encouraged by Pastor Brian's personal stories of victory and triumph in this book. This book has been such an infusion of encouragement. It's like a triple shot of espresso to your spirit! Seriously. I'd recommend reading this book in the morning because reading it at night may just keep you awake with excitement! I love how this book was written with an authentic tone of humility with JESUS at the core. It's not a how-to guide on life or a brag about what Hillsong Church has become, but it's an empowering book written to the Body of Christ to embrace the truth that it is Christ's work in us that we are able to accomplish exceedingly, abundantly above what we ourselves could ever think or dream. Whatever season you are in, you will be encouraged through these pages. Take my advice, you'll want to get this in the hands of your friends. Buy some extra copies!


Would you please consider taking a few moments to leave a review on Amazon

 

For those of you who are digging into it, what is your favorite quote, chapter or concept so far? Share this goodness in the comments below! 

Palm Sunday

“Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of Yahweh!” 🌴



Hosanna = a declaration of praise. Hebrew root words yasha (“deliver, save”) and anna (“beg, beseech”) combine to form the word that in English literally means “I beg you to save!” or “please deliver us!”

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Palm trees and leaves have such significance in the Bible. They’re referenced many times. 

 

 

Bible Study Tip:

Try using the YouVersion Bible App (and let's be friends) and type in a keyword to pull up all references to that word. This is a great way for a quick study, easy reference, and a wonderful tool for reference. 

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Most Bibles have a dictionary/concordance at the back. I personally recommend using the good 'ol fashioned paper Bible for personal study. Let Holy Spirit take you on a personalized adventure of revelation through the pages. Yes, it takes more time...but quality relationships require intentional time. 


 

 

For example, Palm Trees are mentioned in 1 Kings 6:29 including being carved into the walls and doors of the Temple. Psalm 92:12, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree.” 
 

Today we celebrate Jesus’ prophetic entry into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week, the final days of Jesus’ life on earth.

 

In which ways are you meditating and reflecting on Jesus' life, death and resurrection in this Lenten season as we approach Easter with a deeper appreciation for the gift of freedom and eternal life through Jesus? Please share in the comments below! 

Soul Care

2 years ago my life took a wild turn. I was planning on joining my life with 4 others- as a wife and “bonus mom” of 3 girls which also was to include a cross-country move. After an intense week of prayer and fasting the Lord spoke clearly: “The spirits that are on him are trying to kill the Spirit that is in you!” 😳 I couldn’t unhear that. The next morning, it was over. How many of you know that what’s right isn’t always easy? 🙋🏻‍♀️ ⠀
It took several months of #SoulCare & #SpiritRecovery. ⠀

 

Spirit Wars


During that process, I took an online eCourse, #SpiritWars by @kvministries and it gave me wisdom and insight into how God has made us. The reality that we’re “Tri-polar” beings: Body, Soul & Spirit. And we must keep all healthily calibrated for truepeace and harmony. ⠀

This book is great, trust that. But I truly recommend you drop a bit of $ an invest in the eCourse. Why? Because you'll have access to video teaching, activations, and a digital workbook that will enable you to dig through your limiting beliefs and explore the scriptures for truth. I have and will continue to recommend this course to everyone. We're in a war, friends, and ignorance is not bliss, friends of God! 
 

 

 

The Year of Acceleration Comes at a Cost!

When the Lord spoke to me at the turn of this year and said it was #TheYearOfAcceleration, I was psyched! Little did I know that meant getting my butt kicked {Body, Soul & Spirit} 🤣 It’s been an intensive season! I’ve experienced death, loss, financial hardship, petty drama, anxiety, discouragement, depression, transition, SO much insecurity and confusion. And man, I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve made all kinds of mistakes! 


I’ve really been laying low, refocusing, letting the Lord and my wise and trusted counselors minister to me. I’ve completely cut my schedule back and have been striving to recalibrate my body by exercise & nutrition. My prayers have intensified, my time is intentionally shared, and it’s been really great taking a break and enjoying time with my small but significant inner circle of friends. ⠀


So here’s my encouragement: DO YOU, BOO!

No one will care for you as you care for you. Slow down. Relax. Breathe. Let other people step up and fill gaps. They’ll figure it out. Learn to say “No thank you”, learn to break up with drama, rebuke the assaults, pray for those that hurt you, forgive, clean your heart out, do a Sozo session, pray incessantly, praise boldly, get some rest, eat quality food, move your body, drink some water, slather on some essential oils- do whatever you gotta do, just TAKE CARE OF YOU! You ARE worth dying for, Jesus proved that! Love & be-loved. #Beloved

 

What is ONE thing you can do today that can better take care of your soul? Have you ever experienced a season of intense spiritual warfare? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

What's in a Name?

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Who is Hadassah? Anyone know?

Hadassah is Queen Esther's original Jewish name and it means "myrtle". Looked it up. Myrtle is a plant, a shrub that produces star-shaped flowers and blackberry-like fruits. Did some research to find it has many medicinal benefits including essential oil (which always signifies anointing in the Bible) and was used in Jewish rituals like the Feast of the Tabernacles.

Esther means "star"....do you see the connection? Hadassah became known as Esther and was highly anointed to bring healing to the threat of Jewish annihilation of her time.

Heather is also a low-growing (short girl reference, ha!) shrub which also produces purple/white flowers and works well as both an antiseptic and detoxifier. LOL. (I'll gladly take that anointing)

Ha! God is so cool! I love when Holy Spirit takes me on a discovery journey like this one to discover deeper truths and spiritual significance that lies below the surface. #NerdoftheWord


Names are prophetic declarations. Just as bad names can hold people in bondage and lead them into destruction, great names can release power into our lives and bring us into our God-given destinies. 

We must break free from all aliases that we have been given by the world.
— Kris Vallotton, The Supernatural Ways of Royalty (Page 65)
 

What does your name mean? Tell me in the comments below! 

SOZO

What is Sozo?

Definition

  1. to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
    1. one (from injury or peril)
      1. to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health
      2. to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue
    2. to save in the technical biblical sense
      1. negatively 1b
    3. to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment 1b
    4. to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance (Source)

In early 2016 after the relationship ended with the man I was preparing to marry, I found myself in the midst of a soul-crushing recovery process full of spiritual warfare. It was horrific. I really only let a handful of close friends and my mentor pastor walk with me through it. I suffered silently trying to recover the hope that had been shattered. I alluded to this experience in HeatherFerroni.com...REALLY?! and Connecting Relationally With Your Teams  and The Power of Scent and Behind These Eyes. I kid you not, this heartwrenching experience could be made into a Christian version of a Lifetime Movie Network film. 

 

I needed help and healing. Immediately.

 

I had heard of Sozo Ministry from a friend and decided to look it up:

 

SOZO is the Greek word translated “saved, healed, delivered.” Sozo ministry is a unique inner healing and deliverance ministry aimed to get to the root of things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. With a healed connection, you can walk in the destiny to which you have been called.

A Sozo session is a time for the Sozo team to sit down with you and with the help of the Holy Spirit walk you through the process of freedom and wholeness. Sozo is not a counseling session but a time of interacting with Father, Son and Holy Spirit for wholeness and pursuing of your destiny. (Source). 

 

I found a local church that facilitated this experience and booked the soonest available session. 


Before I share my experience, I want to admit that I was nervous. I was worried that I was opening a doorway to the spirit realm that I wasn't prepared for. Spiritual Warfare had not been a topic I had been exposed to in my religious upbringing and it's not often spoken of from the pulpits of the churches I had attended. It all seemed a little "woo-woo" to me. And I questioned if this healing process was really in alignment with Biblical standards. I was immature in my faith and still held captive in the bondage of fear introduced by the spirit of religion. So, if you identify with these concerns...just know...I had them too. 


I nervously walked into a room with two female pastors. They explained that for the next approximately 2 hours we were going to go on a journey of prayer with the triune God to discover areas in need of God's healing touch. One woman walked me through a series of questions to prayerfully ask God while the other gal recorded the questions and revelations. 

In my session, I discovered the first memory of fear entering my life and went through a process of release and forgiveness. I also discovered a vision of generational bondage that was at work in my family and I broke the chains of that bondage and released the spirit of captivity. I safely identified the demonic spirits that were at play in my failed relationship and released the soul tie to the man that I nearly pledged my life to. So many deeply seeded issues came to light. I felt a strong presence of the Lord's Spirit of Peace with me through it all. I felt as if I were literally in the Throne Room of Heaven having a very personal conversation with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

As I mentioned in "Get to Know Me: Faith Journey", I discovered in this process that I had been mislead in my understanding of the Godhead. It came to my awareness that the early developmental programming of the Byzantine Catholic doctrine had given me a very "scary" idea of God and Jesus. I shared a bit about this (including the Greek/Orthodox pictures of Jesus and the Saints that terrified me as a child in my blog: Get to Know Me: Faith Journey). With the help of the Holy Spirit, I denounced the false doctrine, and came to a personal understanding of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in a way that brought me peace, joy and a great sense of the true definition of LOVE. 

Then came the topic of tongues. I'll have to write another blog post about my journey of understanding this spiritual gift because it's quite the process I feel could really be beneficial to others who struggle with understanding. But I can say, something beautiful happened in the room when I asked for the Lord to empower me with this gift. My early utterances of speaking in tongues began. It didn't so much open up to the full manifestation of this gift, but it DID close the door on my preconceived notions and impure judgments. For this, I am SO thankful! 

I left my session feeling light, free, joyfilled and excited. Anxiety and fear were gone. I felt as if I had been released from heavy chains of bondage, released bitterness and unforgiveness, had a greater awareness of God, a deeper understanding of His love and felt whole, alive and strengthened. 

I've recommended the Sozo Healing Ministry to many of my close friends. And I'm going to recommend it to you. Every experience is deeply personal and I believe with all my heart it's a meeting God wants to have with ALL His kids. Seriously. Yes, it's deep inner healing work. Yes, things will surface and come to light. But because it's a journey that's solely focused in the presence of God, there is peace. If you're in the Phoenix area, check out Living Streams Church Sozo and book your session. For other Sozo locations around the US and Internationally, you can visit the Bethel Sozo Network

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
— 2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV
 
I personally believe that it is the Lord’s will for all His beloved children to experience instantaneous peace, freedom and deliverance.

Studying the stories of healing in the Bible, not ONE time have I found Jesus or the disciples encouraging anyone to take an 8 week course for inner healing. While I'm sure programs like "Mending the Soul" and "Healing from the Inside Out" are wonderful and have produced many beautiful testimonies, I personally believe that it is the Lord's will for all His beloved children to experience instantaneous peace, freedom and deliverance. We see story after story in the scriptures that one touch from God brought the dead to life, blind eyes to see, lepers healed, demons fled, etc. 

 

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Have you had a Sozo healing session? Would you be willing to share your experience in the comments below? Are you curious about having a Sozo - Do you have any questions or reservations? 

Get to Know Me: Faith Journey

 

Baptized Catholic as a Baby

Both my mother and father's side of the family are devout Catholics. As a baby, I was raised in the very small Saint Stephens Byzantine Catholic Church in Phoenix, Arizona. This was an Eastern/Greek Orthodox tradition which meant the entire mass was sung (many parts in Latin), had super intoxicating incense pearmeating the building and "holy water" flung at us from the priest walking up and down the isles. There was a very strange altar, confessional booths that were dark and dreary, a cold basement that was smelly and weird, eerie stained glass windows,  and a "Pay to pray to the Saints" candlelight kneeling prayer area. The pictures of Jesus and the Saints were literally everywhere and they creeped me out. They looked like aliens throwing up gang signs with masonic type symbols everywhere. Creepy. Super creepy! These images were so jolting to my spirit as a small child. Along with the indoctrination that I was a sinner and made to believe God was mad at me and I had to perform and be perfect or be damned to hell. The Lord and I worked through this false teaching and the damage this caused during a Sozo Healing Session at age 30. {More on this later}.  

I was baptized as an infant with water being sprinked on my head over a basin and then completed my First Holy Communion at age 7 which was supposedly my declaration to accepting Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord. It's silly to think back on now. I just did what I was told, along with all my peers in my catacism class and I felt pretty special that I got to wear a pretty white dress and veil and have my whole family there to celebrate me. 

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Went to Church with Grandma

Not long after I completed my First Holy Communion, there were some changes to the doctrine. All of a sudden the bishops or cardinals (Idk, who understands Catholic heirarcy of power anyway?!) decided that they were going to wrap their 3 main faith declarations of confirmation, communion and baptism all in one. This meant that infants would be baptized, which gave them auto entry into Heaven. My family didn't agree. So my grandmother switched to subscribe to the standard, Roman Catholic doctrine. My parents pretty much checked out all together. They really didn't attend church after my little sister and brother both completed their "First Holy Communion" both around age 6-7. But my heart wanted more of God. Even though I couldn't relate to or understand anything that was said during Sunday mass and the repetitive responses seemed cultish to me and even though I was met with resistence any time I asked any questions, I still wanted to go. So for a little while my grandma would pick me up, take me to church, have brunch and take me back home. 

 

Introduced to Relationship Outside of Religion

It wasn't until I was 16 and my high school boyfriend bought me my first Bible. His family were leaders in a large local church, Phoenix First Assembly of God (now Dream City Church). This was my first church experience outside the Catholic church! I was in AWE! I couldn't believe how JOYFILLED everyone around me was! This exposure outside the Catholic religion really created a stir in my family, though. I was given strict instructions to never speak of "my religion" to my younger sister and brother or share "my Bible" with them or I would be evicted from my home. It was hard. I didn't understand it. I couldn't understand why the Bible was not welcomed when, to my understanding at the time, Catholicism was founded on it? 

I know now that one cannot support what they do not understand. 

My family were indoctrinated and some even had negative experiences with evangelicals. I was viewed as a Bible-thumper and a radical weirdo. 

 

Intrigued but not TRANSFORMED

As I mentioned in My Testimony, most of my 20's were spent being defiant and damaging to the Kingdom. At one point, my best friend in high school (who claimed to be an atheist) called me out, "Heather, you claim to be a Christian, but really I only see that you go to church every once in awhile." Whoa! She was right. I read the Bible occassionally, but I was living so apart from God. I got drunk frequently and lived promiscuiously. 

 

Church Search

For many years, I was craving a Church to call "Home." I went to many churches around the valley and none seemed to fit. And believe me, I tried. As I wrote in Welcome HOME! I tried connecting, volunteering, getting involved in groups and studies, and experience a place with vibrant worship and exemplary Christlike leadership. Nothing clicked.

 

The Radical Holy Spirit Encounter of 11.2.14

Check out my HIStory {His Story @ Work in Me} there you will find more on my journey of finding relationship outside of religion, and the radical transformation moment after a Holy Spirit encounter while crying out in despair in my bedroom. 

On November 2, 2014, I had a radical Holy Spirit encounter. I surrendered my life to Jesus not just as Savior but as LORD. From that moment on, EVERYTHING changed and I’ve never been the same since!
 

All-In

In August 2015 I saw an ad on My Facebook for a Propel Women event hosted at a local church, then called City of Grace. I had never heard of that church so I looked online and saw they had 3 campuses in the valley, one of which was an old cathedral in the heart of downtown Phoenix. I called my friend Rachael and we went that weekend. Instantly we both felt at HOME! On our first or second visit, we met the campus Pastor, Ruth (who quickly became MY mentor pastor) and she invited us to come early the next week and begin serving. I was shocked! No red tape, no membership classes...just show up and join the huddle! 

The next month we hosted the Propel event at our Mesa campus and Pastor Ruth invited me to serve. She said she had a "special assignment" for me. She invited me to serve backstage. This experience changed EVERYTHING for me! {More on this to come...stay tuned!} 



I would LOVE to hear YOUR Faith Journey story!     When did you accept Jesus as YOUR personal Lord and Savior? Please share in the comments below or send me a message!
 

I am beginning a project soon about testimonies of faith and I'd LOVE to hear YOURS!