Journal of Joy ~ Styx River and Orange Beach, Alabama and Perdido Bay, Florida ~ June 14-20, 2006
06.14.2006, Wednesday ~ Flag Day - A Banner Day for the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY! As I opted to spend the previous evening with friends and the opportunity to meet Bishop Steven Waweru of Nanyuki, Kenya, Africa ... anointing his feet with oil and offering prayers for Africa, which meant arriving home at midnight, then packing, then the taxi ride to the airport at 3:30 AM therefore, the flight to Pensacola, Florida was one of peaceful slumber. Brenda and Jan picked me up at the airport and as we had a bit of time, we stopped by a thrift store and found scarves for the Africa Glory Ring that I had promised Bishop Waweru the night before. We took a brief tour of the city before meeting Dena, Caroline and Melissa for dinner. There is nothing quite like the cool of a southern sweetened tea and the way the humid air embraces one so tightly. Welcome to the South! Arriving in Elberta, Alabama later in the evening I was shown the Blue Room where I would be staying for the week. And I do mean Blue room. On the bed was a huge basket of chocolates and other soul soothing gifts. Silently, I am smiling on the inside as two weeks previous I had sent a huge box of chocolate to friend on the other side of America...is this the LORD's recompense? Smiles. Gratefully the room was equipped with worship music, Glory Rings and air-conditioning. PTL! The Georgia Girls would be arriving on Friday and they would have the Rose Room next door. The Lion of Judah was there to welcome me as well.
06.15.2006, Thursday ~ I awakened early and noticed a spider bite on the top of my right foot. Clearly a sign to pray more. Today was the Christians United Ministries International monthly luncheon so there was much to prepare for.
Barbara ministered at the Christians United Ministries Monthly Luncheon ~ as per usual the LORD was having fun with miracles. After Barbara finished ministering, the Holy Spirit directed me to wash her feet with water and then pour HIS Pentecost Fire Anointing oil over them. As I was praying over her and releasing the Word of the LORD to her, the oil and water completely blended supernaturally. They became one just as the Water is symbolic of the Holy Spirit and the oil is symbolic of the Anointing...they become one in the spirit supernaturally through the resurrection power of JESUS CHRIST.
As I am in Seminary, my laptop joined me on this ministry trip as I had homework that needed to be completed, so each day I faithfully worked on my assignments and answered emails. This was a first on a ministry trip. Jan took hundreds of photos and a small portion of them are posted here. As the trip was so full to overflowing, the Prayer Journeys are on separate pages. That is also a first.
In the afternoon we went to Becky's home for our first Prayer Journey Covenant Hearts followed by a trip to Wal-Mart for Glory Ring supplies for Saturday's Workshop, then we closed out the day with dinner at O'Charley's.
06.16.2006, Friday ~ On the way to Pensacola we stopped by 2nd Best Thrift Store and were blessed beyond words with gifts. The Holy Spirit directed me to leave copies of the books and bottles of Anointing Oil to Deborah. The next stop was to pray over the location of the workshop and then to Dena's Heart of Restoration followed by another trip to a local store to find more tacky glue for the workshop and were blessed by a .25 cent sale on tassels! PTL! Returning to Alabama we stopped at Wolf Bayand gratefully home is just around the corner. Diana arrived at about 7:30 PM and then the Georgia Girls arrived a little later. On my way to retire for the evening, a rather nasty horsefly followed me to the blue room, grateful Jan's eyes were opened and so it was taken out. PTL! Truly am amazed at all that GOD is accomplishing on this ministry trip. So much like HIM! Miracle after Miracle after Miracle!
06.19.2006, Monday ~ Jan wanted me to have a little "vacation" while I was in Alabama so this was the day. We began with a Prayer Journey to the Styx River with four bottles of oil, two Glory Rings and the Shofar! PTL! We prayed, poured oil, worshiped, interceded, blew the Shofar and invited the holiness, righteousness and justice of GOD to come to this place! Seven days later:
Styx River Raid
Associated Press, Monday, June 26, 2006: STYX RIVER, Ala. (AP) - Baldwin County authorities rounded up about 35 people yesterday at a strip along the Styx River known for rowdy parties. Charges ranged from underage drinking to sex acts. State Marine Police worked with the sheriff's office and others in targeting the area. Residents for months have complained about the activity. Marine Police Lt. Ryan Bennett said the illegal activity included underage drinking, narcotics, some strong-arm robberies, sexual assaults, burglaries into cars. About half of those arrested Saturday were minors. Officers said they found drug paraphernalia in making the arrests. Authorities believe the area attracts illegal activity because it is remote. There are not many roads for police to patrol by vehicle and the water is too shallow to patrol by boat. Authorities plan more patrols and expect more arrests. Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.
On the way to Alligator Alley, we stopped by a home in Summerdale, Alabama to pray and pour out HIS Justice Anointing Oil. Alligator Alley is the vacation part of the trip. Of course, the LORD provided a tour guide named Daryl from Northampton, England. Smiles. As I am not particularly one who enjoys reptiles - it seemed like a great opportunity to overcome some fears and try some alligator hugging. Smiles. Alligators average about 12-13 feet in length. They normally eat three times a year and are a bit lazy waiting for that opportune moment when something edible crosses their path. They can go up to 1.5 years without food. We were introduced to the sleek 500 pounds of "Captain Crunch" who was in solitary confinement, as you might imagine for "crunching his girlfriends." When a hurricane comes, alligators just snuggle down in the mud and let the hurricane pass on by.
When I first met Daryl, I thought to myself, Oh Crocodile Dundee's cousin. Smiles. I was speechless most of the time from the spiders, intense humidity and the knowledge of 120 alligators in this little swamp. Jan took about 20 photos of me with the three month old baby alligator and I am sharing a couple with you - well it took awhile before I could breathe and smile at the same time. The difference between Crocodiles and Alligators is that Croc's are about 10 feet longer at maturity and their teeth are on the outside. Ahhhhh!
We left Alligator Alley to return to the 2nd Best Thrift Store for more blessings of the LORD (four wedding dresses), a quick Prayer Journey with HIS Pentecost Anointing Oil to a local resident, stopped at the local shop where I posed as shark bait. Then to Flora-Bama, a well known beach bar for another Prayer Journey along the Gulf of Mexico. Flora-Bama is on the Alabama-Florida border with Orange Beach on the Alabama side and Perdido Beach on the Florida side. The group playing at Flora-Bama was "Hellz Yeah!"....maybe you might like to pray for their salvation.
Signs along the way home: New. Fresh. Unexpected. Crossover. Increase.
After Flora-Bama we stopped by Wolf Bay for Jan to release the sound of HIS GLORY through the shofar as we did not take it with us on the first day to Wolf Bay. I love that GOD allows room for us to add to a Prayer Journey. When I first arrived in Florida, Jan asked me if I would like to ride on a Harley. The smile on my face could not have been wider. "Oh, YES! that I would like!" After we arrived home, I poured HIS Pentecost Fire Anointing Oil through the Shofar and Jan released the sound to Alabama. The final Prayer Journey was a 24-mile ride "around the block" on the back of Don's Harley...along the way we stopped by Pirate’s Cove.
The prophetic names of the oils are:
HIS Justice! Anointing Oil
HIS 58 Covenant Blessings! Anointing Oil
HIS Holy Righteous and Pure Fire! Anointing Oil
HIS Pentecost Fire! Anointing Oil
HIS Crown and Key! Anointing Oil
06.20.2006, Tuesday ~ Departure day at 9:00 AM Diana stopped by to pick up the boxes of treasures from the thrift store to ship to Oregon, gratefully Don loaded 100 pounds of luggage, Jan and I headed for Pensacola Florida at 9:05 AM. We stopped by Becky's for Jan to release the sound of HIS PRESENCE through the Shofar to Perdido Bay...and then headed for the airport. On the way, Jan mentioned that the next time I come to Alabama, she would like to take me to lunch at Brien’s Bistro. I thought, Oh that will be delightful. The flight was delayed, delayed and then delayed again...so Jan altered the plans of her day and took me to Brien's Bistro for lunch while we waited for the flight. Sometimes our prayers are answered sooner than we expect!
Signs along the way: Victory~Freedom~8~
As we are in a new season, this ministry trip held many "firsts!"
With a grateful heart to all of the Christians United Ministries Intercessors, to Don and Jan Hicks for their gracious and generous hospitality, and HIS Glory Rings Ministries Prayer Shield of which we encourage you to pray about joining us.