Seeing cities transformed

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I have just finished reading The Supernatural Ways of Royalty by Kris Vallotton and Bill Johnson. It is a really great book and one that I recommend you read. It is about knowing your true identity as a child of the King of Kings, letting go of a pauper mentality and how to start living life as an heir to the kingdom.

In the book Kris Vallotton shares a story about the transformation of a community, a community that had been overtaken by crime, drugs and immorality and the Sheriffs department didn’t know how to solve the problem. Kris and his family began to feel a strong burden for the community and they began to pray and intercede for the town. They did this for a whole year and then Kris was approached by the county, they wanted him to work with the youth who were on probation in that community. Every week they would meet and play basketball and volleyball and during half time Kris would share a message giving them tools to deal with life and let them know how valuable they were to God. Over the course of five years the entire town was changed and transformed… “drug dealers got saved and most of the kids began respecting themselves and started having moral standards. We taught the teenagers how to deal with conflict so that the fighting stopped and the entire community cleaned up” (Kris Vallotton).

This story of an entire community transformed so inspired me. One family followed the burden that was on their hearts, they took ownership for their community and they stood up and did something about the brokenness that was surrounding them. They saw breakthrough and transformation come to their community.

As the body of Christ we need to take ownership of our communities, our towns, our cities. We need to take a stand and do something about the brokenness that surrounds us…We have love that causes people to know they are cared about. We have grace that gives them the power to change. We have mercy that picks them up when they fall. We have courage that stands in the face of violence and brings peace and we have wisdom that shows people how to live. Most of all we have an awesome father who knows how to melt the hearts of His people. We have the answers to the world problems and the devils devices. Kris Vallotton.

When we start praying and interceding for our cities God will give us strategies and strength. Strategies on how to bring healing and the strength to carry them out. We have love, we have grace, we have mercy, we have courage, we have wisdom and a Heavenly Father working miracles all around us. Let heaven come in our city.

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Good reads

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You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner.

You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax, and take it all in.
Now, go out and create something.” Jac Vanek

There is a never ending flood of books coming into our house at the moment. When Greg brings another book home to read a little part of me groans and says oh no. I groan because I am thinking that I am not even half way through the last book he passed on to me to read and I groan because I am thinking how am I ever going to get all these books back home with us to Australia!  But… each time he hands me another book to read, I read it and it always has the most powerful affect on me.

I am on a journey, a life long journey, of always learning, always growing and always seeking out more pearls of wisdom and reading has been a big part of this journey. Here is a list of the books that I have read so far that I have loved and learned from.

In no particular order…

Sun stand still by Steven Furtick

Greater by Steven Furtick

Crash the chatterbox by Steven Furtick

Compelled by love by Heidi Baker

Experiencing Fathers embrace by Jack Frost

When helping hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

When heaven evades earth by Bill Johnson

Hosting the Presence by Bill Johnson

The happy intercessor by Beni Johnson

Supernatural power of forgiveness by Chris and Jason Vallotton.

What books have you loved and learned from?  Please leave a message and let me know as I would love to read them too.

Preoccupied with the vision

seek forst his kingdomI have just finished reading another great book Hosting the Presence by Bill Johnson. In the book Bill writes Don’t get so preoccupied with the vision for your life that you miss the process entirely. Over the past few weeks I have been so preoccupied with the vision for my life that I am missing out on the process that I need to go through to get there.

So much of my effort has been thinking about all the possibilities for us after our time here at bible school. I have been looking for signs and listening for words about what he wants us to do and feeling frustrated when nothing was coming. So I started dreaming up my own plans but soon realized that was not the answer either (I wrote about that realization here).

I was definitely preoccupied with the vision that I was missing out on the process. The process of drawing close to God, to knowing him better, to having him living inside of me and resting upon me. It is through this process that I become so close to God that I can feel and hear his heartbeat. That I can feel his love for this world and hear what he wants me to do with it.

So there will be less planning and more listening, less focusing on the end goal and more focusing on the steps that I am taking to get there and more of me drawing closer to God than pulling away and trying to do everything in my own strength. I have so much to learn but it is a wonderful learning journey to be on.

Recommended reading

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A few days ago I wrote a post (you can find it here) about not praying from fear and that instead we should seek out the Fathers heart about the situation and pray and partner with him. I was inspired to write and share with you after hearing Benni Johnson briefly talk about it at church one Sunday.

I am now reading Benni Johnson’s book The Happy Intercessor and in the book she talks more in depth about this. I am finding it very insightful and am enjoying reading about her experiences. If you would like to delve deeper into this topic of not praying from fear and alining yourself with the Fathers heart or you just want to go deeper in your prayer life then I recommend that you read it too.

Happy reading.

Experiencing Fathers Embrace

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I have just finished reading a wonderful book titled Experiencing Fathers Embrace written by Jack Frost. It is one of the books that Greg is reading for school and he gave it to me to read also. The book was amazing, it was just what I needed to read at this point in my journey. I found I was searching for a deeper relationship with God, to know and love Him just like a Father and this book is really helping me in that process.

There are many good things written in this book and I encourage you to read them for yourself, but one thing that has remained with me is this…

Jack Frost writes “What reveals a genuine love for God is my ability to convince my family and others of my love for them. The bible tells us that we can not say we love God if we do not love each other…”

It is simple really. We need to love each other more, and not just the easy to love people but everybody that comes across our path. We were created to receive and express love. Love is about who we are. We can love because He first loved us. We need to be giving love away, to receive the Fathers love and then give it away to the next person we meet.

It seems easy enough but sometimes I find this challenging. Not because people are unlovable but just simply because of my own fears. I love my friends and family well but I struggle with other people. I find it difficult to talk to people that I do not know or do not know very well. I am an introvert and talking to strangers is scary! But I am being challenged to step out of my comfort zone and after reading this book I am now in a better position to see and receive Gods love being poured into me. I am getting into a better position to receive and then give His love away.

The community of Jesus followers here in Redding California are very good at doing this. Their outpouring of love to their community is amazing to see and be apart of. They are such a great example. You can just feel it as you go about daily life, there is just something different going on here and it is the Fathers love being poured out, unconditionally and without measure.