100 ~ Columbia River
April 29, 2016 – May 1, 2016
Jennifer Lynn Joy © 2017
04.29.2016– Friday - The morning was easy and I
left about 10:00 AM for the jaunt to Vancouver, Washington to deliver the State of Ohio
Worship Scepter to Robin Layne, Pastor of Shiloh Fellowship in Vancouver, Washington.
While delivering the Worship Scepter I prayed for Robin with another intercessor at
their church. During that time Pastor Carney Layne came in to join us and at
the close of the prayer session, he invited me to minister to their
congregation on Sunday. This was clearly a “Be prepared in and out of season”
time as I had not brought a prepared message. Yet, I knew in my Spirit that
ABBA ADONAI had clearly prepared me.
Leaving Vancouver, Washington I headed southeast over the Columbia River
to Gresham, Oregon to meet Cynthia in preparation for our prayer journey to the
convergence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean.
Today is my grandson, Elijah’s 16 birthday. I am
remembering him this day and missing him greatly as it has been 2 years since I
have seen him.
– Saturday - We left in the morning heading toward Astoria,
Oregon driving through Longview, Washington. Once on the Oregon coastline we
headed north to Long Beach, Washington driving over the Columbia River. We are
blessed with beautiful blue skies and a bit of normal coastal winds.
We stopped briefly in Astoria to enjoy lunch. The city was
founded in 1811 after John Jacob Astor, an investor from New York City whose
America Fur Company founded Fort Astoria in 1811. This is the city where
“Kindergarten Cop” was filmed in the 1990s.
After crossing the Columbia River and praying over the Long
Beach, Washington area we returned to the Oregon Beach to pour out oil and prayer.
I have traveled for 22 years to countless rivers, lakes, and oceans pouring out
oil, salt, and wine…yet this trip I see something that I have never seen
before. As I pour the oil, I just allow the movement of the winds to design a
pattern from the oil on the water. In Pensacola Bay, Florida clearly a
butterfly, in the waters of Alabama a sword, and sometimes just ripples in the
waves and reflections of the oil.
Today, when Cynthia poured the oil, a red heart formed. It is
a signature from the LORD to her as when she was traveling in Florida HE formed
a heart opening in the clouds.
The LORD GOD is faithful to communicate with us in languages
that we understand. HE absolutely loves to bless us and shower HIS deep love
In the photos, you will clearly see my splotch of no design
and Cynthia’s heart of definite design. Only God.
On our way home, we drove south and visited Cynthia's family
that was living on the coast at that time.
– Sunday - In the morning, I headed back over the Columbia
River to Shiloh Fellowship, in Vancouver, Washington. Pastors Carney and Robin
Layne are warm and welcoming. For the first time in my ministry career, I preached a message from scriptures on an Iphone. It was so different for me. Yet, I know
I must always be flexible to move when GOD moves, no matter how unconventional
it seems. During the ministry and prayer time, instead of people coming up
front in a typical line for prayer, the LORD asked me to walk among the
congregation. This was also a different format than to which I am accustomed. It is
too easy to develop habits of convention when GOD is truly a GOD of innovative,
creative, resolutions and movements. I wondered how many places I have ministered and there
were those sitting in the audience that truly needed or wanted prayer yet for
some reason did not come forward. And perhaps it is time for me to go to them,
instead of expecting them to come to me. Perhaps I need to look at this
differently. I am wondering if YESHUA formed a prayer line or if HE walked
among the crowds. Or perhaps HE ministered in both patterns depending on the
Hebrews 10:38-39, NASB, “BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY
FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM. But we are not of
those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the
preserving of the soul.”
After a potluck dinner at the church and a time of sweet
fellowship, I drove home to Bend, Oregon.
This trip was the second half of the American Prayer Journey 2016 trip to OR-WA-CAN-ID-MT to
anoint the headwaters of the Columbia River in British Columbia, Canada. The
Columbia River is 1234 miles of relentless extravaganza providing power,
fishing, recreation, and life to thousands.
I am giving thanksgiving and praise to YESHUA, MY KING for HIS
provision, protection, providence and power for this journey.
Lynn Easton Joy, M.Div., Ordained Minister
© JENNIFER LYNN EASTON JOY