Beginning Prophetic Worship Glory Ring Workshop ~ Tennessee, USA
May 3, 2001, Thursday ~ The favor of the LORD was upon me as I was moved from coach class to first class during the flight from Portland, Oregon to Nashville, Tennessee…a first and rare, but deeply appreciated gift. The flight was good and as I arrived, the Holy Spirit spoke to me that some of the plans were being changed. I find this expression of kindness to be a gift in my relationship with the LORD, because I do not have the personality that easily allows me to shift gears as quickly as others I know.
While waiting for the luggage, Joyce explained that the prophet’s house where I was invited to stay had been given to another family and that I would be staying in a prophet’s room in Lacassas. It is always my heart’s desire to be in syncopated rhythm with the Holy Spirit’s movements, which I am learning requires unconditional and relentless focus on Yeshua. The expansive southern mansion had many rooms and the accommodations were breathtakingly beautiful. It had taken much to prepare this dwelling place as the location for a Beginning Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop.
May 4, 2001, Friday ~ After being served a lovely home-cooked breakfast in the mansion’s informal dining room, Joyce provided transportation to the Utility Company Building to prepare for this evening’s teaching. The day was filled with many divine appointments and opportunities to walk in faith, and trust the LORD with the outcome of my life. Experientially, I have learned that traveling in ministry provides ample opportunity to be an overcomer!
Upon arriving in Tennessee, one of our ministry intercessors had shipped Worship Flags to the place where I was staying so that I would have them for tonight’s worship dance ministry. It is a remarkable gift to have someone see and hear the Holy Spirit so clearly, then walk in immediate obedience.
During the evening, I was a guest speaker for a Christian women gathering. The topic the Holy Spirit gave in advance was “The Consuming Fire of God!” It truly did not occur to me that the message might be indicative of the spiritual and earthly atmosphere during this evening that was inundated with stress, warfare, contention, aggression and a lack of unity in the Body of Christ. As an example of the chaos during the worship time, one of the musicians hit another musician with her guitar and then stormed off stage in a fit of anger. This was an unprecedented ministry experience and my understanding of the value of having prayer warriors soared to a new level. It was training for me in overcoming cultural languages, socio-economic behaviors and religious traditions. The Holy Spirit was teaching me how to see and hear more clearly what God sees and hears amidst much chaos and confusion.
As I am learning to travel and how to facilitate ministry outreaches, it is clear that having components of a Workshop in two different cities is not efficient or effective time management when one evaluates the time it takes to setup, take-down and travel. The value of this lesson hit a peak during this ministry outreach, and I find myself whispering repeatedly, “Help me, Jesus!”
May 5, 2001, Saturday ~ Before the day closed I realized the theme of the LORD’s consuming fire is for the entire weekend, not just one evening. Each moment held an opportunity to tenaciously cling to the strength and power of Yeshua. We arose very early to setup for today’s Beginning Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop, which was scheduled to begin at 8:30 AM. Most did not arrive until after 9:30 AM, which altered the schedule of the day dramatically.
Solitarily, one woman sat outside on a painted white lounge chair on the expansive porch. When I walked outside and invited her to join us, she caustically retorted, “I don’t have any peace from God about that and I don’t worship like that! Besides, it is my Birthday and I want to go to lunch with my friends to celebrate MY Birthday!” I was completely unprepared for this response as it did not make any sense to me why she came at all. Then I remembered this is the South, and the social and cultural rules of etiquette are much different than my home in Oregon. Where we know it to be socially true: “there is no crying at parties and no hitting in church!”
Gratefully, those she came with left in the afternoon to take her to dinner to celebrate her Birthday. In addition to this challenge, the host had forgotten to pick up the tables that we needed for the afternoon session, so the women were scattered through the many rooms of the house, most sitting on the floor to make their Glory Rings.
Facilitating a workshop in someone’s home changes the atmosphere focus from a learning experience to a social, just as facilitating a workshop in a denominational church building may change the spiritual atmosphere or focus from Unity in Christ (John 17) to a denominational doctrine and tradition.
The five women who remained were grateful to be a part of the LORD’s purposes and readily welcomed the prophetic encouragement of the Holy Spirit. I remember the five virgins that came prepared in the parable that Jesus taught recorded in Matthew 25:1-13. And I am learning that those who truly desire to worship in spirit and truth are not the majority of the Body of Christ. One woman in attendance brought Glory Ring supplies to share as a gift to all in attendance. The evening closed long after midnight as we needed to clean-up and pack up after everyone departed.
May 6, 2001, Sunday ~ We went to Hermitage, Tennessee for morning worship. The Holy Spirit has given me eyes to see, so I am learning how to pray and function more effectively in the anointing of Christ. Gratefully, Yeshua is faithful to walk with me through the fire.
The afternoon and evening held more fire through the avenues of personal ministry to others, along with more transition and changes as I stayed in another home in a different city tonight. It is the third time since arriving that I have loaded and unloaded two 70-pound suitcases in and out of cars and I am wondering if there might be an easier way.
May 7, 2001, Monday ~ In the morning, we shared a home-cooked breakfast, table fellowship and prayer, followed by some time in worship. We prayed blessings over Mary’s property and home before I departed for Portland, Oregon in the afternoon. As we changed planes in Detroit, I felt the Holy Spirit’s comfort reigning over my spirit, through a huge rainbow that welcomed us, even though I was quite discouraged at the outcome of the trip. It seemed as though I had made enough mistakes to last a lifetime.
Arriving in Portland, I had another hour plus wait at the airport because the person scheduled to provide transportation failed to show up. Therefore, I made a number of phone calls to successfully arrange for transportation to Gresham. In this season, I am also learning that each time I am positioned to wait somewhere for any reason, the Holy Spirit desires to redeem the time for my FATHER’s Glory. It is not about me being inconvenienced, delayed or forgotten, it is about the sovereignty of the LORD.