You know how whenever someone got to really glimpse Him in His glory, how they talked about the train of His robe filling the temple?
Last night I attended a special church family retreat. It was just a few hours long, but during the worship God kept showing me this piece of cloth. It was just a corner of it- deep navy blue cloth of a thick and sturdy cotton blend. And there was embroidery on it – embroidery that in my minds eye kept getting more and more detailed and intricate. And then I remembered the verse where when Jesus entered Jerusalem the people threw down their coats for him to pass over them.
…at the beginning of His ministry satan had tempted him to bow down and worship him and so gain all the kingdoms of the earth- to jump and trust that God would not let His sons foot touch the ground… Now at the last of Jesus’ ministry the kingdoms were about to be His…and the crowds were gathered, they threw down their garments so that not even his donkeys foot would touch the ground… But…why?
During the worship all I knew was that Jesus was telling me that He was making me beautiful so that when He came I’d have something beautiful to offer Him.
So what am I saying???
my friend posted this picture (featured above) of this slection of cloth designs/choices, and instantly my heart began to simmer a bit because I love cloth; I love textiles and textures. So I logged in and just started to write.
I had this idea that I wanted to shared about seeing the robes of God, the mantles of God that He robes His people in to do His work, to give them authority.
Remember the robe of Elijah? 2Kings2:9-14
The robing of Mordecci to honor and the ring to power? Esther 6,8
The parable of the two sons? Luke 15;22-24 -Where the prodigal son is marked again as part of the family and given authority once more?
The mantles they talk about in the New Testament – (a kind of anointing from God thru leaders to others for the work Gods prepared us for)? 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5, Luke 10:19, Acts 13:2-3, Acts 1:24, Ephesians 4:12-12
Is the train of God -that fills the temple- all the marks of authority thrown down once more at His feet when we’ve accomplished the will He’s empowered us to accomplish???
So if you don’t know, I’ve applied for and been accepted into ministry with Adventures in Missions this next year. The specific ministry I will be doing with them is a missions trip that visits 11 countries and partners with the native pastors and believers to minister in their districts and regions to be the hands and feet of Jesus among the lost and broken. It’s also to spend time encouraging and edifying those leaders and ministry partners around the world and in doing so to be mutually edified and built up as brothers and sisters of Gods family.
I am eager to see all that God has and is and will empower His people to reach with unending love His orphaned, suffering, and even stubborn people.
I’m so excited to be able to walk into the closet of God and see all the mantles of authority, blessing, healing, joy, faithfulness, longsuffering, kindness, mercy, grace, etc. that He’s clothed and is clothing His people around the world with -to heal and deliver and bring life to people all around the world!
To feel the textures and see the beauty of all He is weaving and has woven!
i cannot wait!!!!
WorldRace here I come!!
And I promise to bring back pictures and keep writing and telling all that I see and get to encounter!
Please join me!
Would you like to sow into what I’m joining God in this next year?
Please join me!
Please join me in prayer:
-for health for me and my team
-for unity and harmony in my team
-for open eyes, ears (to see and hear what God is doing and how to join Him), and wisdom with words!
Please join me financially!
Q: Is my position a fundraising position?
A: Why yes it is!
– I need a financial team!
Q: How much do you need to raise for your ministry?
A: Thanks for asking!
– my entire years financial cost is about $18,500
– since this is a traveling ministry the costs have to mostly be upfront to cover early visa and flight ticket acquisitions!
– by my training in August I need 5000
– by my launch in October I need 10,000
– by January 2018 I need total funding!
Q: What are you doing to raise support?
A: Right now I’m working and also supporting missionaries in the field
I will be finishing my current job at the end of May and plan to return to the states and find work for two months before I leave for training.
I also will be painting some landscapes and selling originals and reproductions.
I will probably be making some jewelry and some small stuffed animals – keychain animals and stuff 🙂
I’m working on and hoping to finish a book and get it published! (Wouldn’t that be amazing?!?)
Also I will be praying for a financial team to sow into what God is doing.
First and foremost! –> Please come alongside me and pray for Gods provision for my trip!
I fully believe that without prayer everything else lacks power! So please pray! Please realize that I need prayer the most!!!
Thanks!!! I appreciate your time and your prayers so much!
*[featured photo: by Abigail Bowers]