Journal of Joy ~ A Company of Dreamers Conference, Seaside, Oregon, USA ~ October 13-15, 2006
10.13.2006, Friday ~ Arising at 5:30 AM for the 6:30 AM departure, I drove from Gresham, Oregon to Seaside, Oregon, Convention Center to teach classes on Mentoring and Prophetic Glory Rings at the A Company of Dreamers Conference. I love the magnificent Oregon Coast and truly count it a gift to see even a glimpse of the extravagant Pacific Ocean anytime anywhere.
The 2-hour plus drive was mostly spent in prayer as the rain tumbled out of the sky. My season was beyond full as a full-time, Master of Divinity student at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, working part-time for two different companies, and in full-time ministry. My son just finished 19 days at St. John’s psychiatric ward as his brain began fragmenting for unknown reasons. One of the Peace Health Directors said that St. John's was recently acquired by Peace Health and known as the “arm-pit” of Peace Health. It meant many renovations were on their way. At the time, St. John’s Psychiatric Ward was deemed one of the worst in America. After visiting my son 19 consecutive days, I completely understand that assessment. It brought absolutely no comfort to this mother’s heart.
When I arrived in Seaside, Judy, a petite, bubbly, kind, energetic and friendly woman, offered to help me carry things upstairs to my assigned room. It was our first meeting and I was very grateful for any help. It seemed like a divine introduction by GOD…time will tell. As it turned out there were 40 workshops/classes at the conference with 50 in attendance…so it truly was a gathering of teachers, mentors, leaders, and dreamers.
My class on Mentoring held 15 individuals. I was clearly over prepared. As I was in a season of academia, I came prepared in academia style with books, notes, etc. Clearly over prepared. After, my one-hour class, I went to Pam’s class and stood in the back to pray for her class and provide emotional support. When her class was finished, I invited Pam, Rhonda, Sandi and Mary to Tea. Three were already part of HGRM Prayer Shield and it was a delightful opportunity to have a bit of social fun.
I am one of those individuals who keeps commitments no matter what and even though I did not feel physically strong enough because of anemia, low-blood sugar, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia to attend the conference, I believed GOD would meet me as HE has done for years. I kept seeking the LORD as to the purpose of this Conference….is essence….what am I doing here? Or better yet, what is HE doing here? The warfare seemed ridiculous which is how it always seems when one is physically exhausted.
After a season of worship in the evening, we returned to our rooms. Sleep was not available to my already exhausted being, as I stayed in a hotel room with others and a crying baby.
10.14.2006, Saturday ~ In the morning, I taught two sessions on Glory Rings, which I truly loved. It is my safe place, my anointed place, the place I feel most confident in God. Friends from New York arrived as well as other HGRM Intercessors from around Oregon which brought me great hope.
While in Alabama, earlier this year, Deborah sent 14 formals/weddings dresses to HGRM. The LORD clearly asked me to pack them for the trip (it is a lot of fluffy formal dresses to fit in the back of Subaru Impreza). On Saturday Morning, I hung all the dresses in the women’s restroom with a sign “FREE GIFT FROM YOUR KING JESUS!” It was delightful to hear the women’s oh, ah, ooh, and delightful screams of pure joy. As it turned out, perhaps a GOD plan, Kayla, Miss Clark County who was the guest singer for lunch took 3 dresses for her future engagements. Only God. It was clear this was a portion of my reason for being here, yet it did not feel like the fullness.
In the afternoon, a woman walked up to me and asked me if I remembered her. I did. She proceeded to tell me that when she attended the Beginning Glory Ring Workshop about 5 years earlier, that she was very offended by the Prophetic Word that I gave over her Glory Ring. And that she had told everyone since then that I was a "false prophet"...and more. Which easily explained the "cold shoulder" I received from so many. Then she said that she owed me an apology because the prophetic word came true recently. I asked her if there was a chance she spread the truth as rapidly as she spread the false accusation. She said that I was the first one that she told. And I wonder why is is so easy for humanity to lie about one sent by the LORD, even relentlessly, but when the Holy Spirit has exposed the truth of it, then why is it so difficult for them to tell the truth? Why is it so important for the Body of Christ to slander the one that GOD sends to them?
When I receive a "Prophetic Word" my immediate prayer is: "Father GOD, if this is of you, then BLESS IT, and if this is not of you, then let it fall to the ground. I give this word to you to release, impart, bless, multiply or discard according to Your Will! It is only Your Word, in Your Time and Season that matters to me."
Today seemed easier than yesterday. For this I am grateful. The LORD provided many opportunities for me to pray and minister to others. Electric joy filled the atmosphere like champagne bubbles. There was an open atmosphere for worship and dance.
In the late afternoon, Sharon and Ginny, Leaders of A Company of Dreamers, asked me to be their guest luncheon speaker for next year’s conference. Of course, I was delighted and honored even though I never heard from them again.
After an evening worship, I returned to our hotel room which was housing 6 people, I hoped for rest. However, that would not be a part of this trip, as Pam and Sandi stayed up all night sewing for the tomorrow morning’s Communion Service.
I am still seeking the LORD, as to the fullness of HIS plan for this trip…it still does not seem like an overflowing cup…a full cup for sure…yet not an overflowing cup. With God, I always expect the cup to overflow in abundance as is HIS character to do so.
10.15.2006, Sunday ~ Pam and Sandi were up at 6:00 AM to set up communion. It was very elegant and very life changing for everyone.
I went to the conference center early to finishing packing the worship instruments, class supplies, left over dresses and load everything into the car. More rain was promised, so I was hoping to load the vehicle before the downpour began.
When I arrived at Conference Center there was one wedding dress left – size 4 laying on the front table – the cleaning crew put it there as it was left in bathroom. Judy came in, asked about it, tried it on, fit perfect. She did not have a wedding dress when she was married many years before as they were married in the court house. So this was her first “white wedding dress”….it was an amazing miracle of GOD.
The LORD spoke to me to go to the car and unpack the “North America Continent Glory Ring” to give to Judy. So in a torrential downpour I did just that which meant moving many things from the tightly packed trunk to the front seat, so that I could retrieve the hat box holding the Glory Ring, that was tucked in the furthermost corner of the trunk.
Now, I could see the cup overflowing. I gave the Glory Ring to Judy (a professional dance instructor at a university in Spokane, Washington), she then in her size 4 beautiful white wedding dress and with the North America Continent Glory Ring, (her first time to have and hold) danced to the song, “Moving with the Lamb.” It was pure holy glory.
During the Communion Service, I filled the “wine” glasses and helped Pam and Sandi anyway that I could. It was a life changing communion service. A beautiful table was laid with fruit, bread, dates, figs and so much more.
During the worship service, the LORD asked me to put my “Elijah Mantle” over a woman. This is not something I would do unless HE asked. When the “Elijah Mantle” touched her shoulders…she immediately began vomiting all over. A messy deliverance. GOD is so in charge.
As I see in the Spirit Realm, I am wondering if anyone else does, or at least in the same capacity. I wonder why so many demons escort those claiming to be Christians? I wonder what happened to their angels? I wonder if they realize they have the authority to rebuke satan? It was a hard lesson I learned over 15 years ago that I will never forget. The truth is JESUS IS LORD…it is our decision whether or not to embrace HIS authority, freedom, deliverance, truth and power.
After lunch, we strolled along the sandy beach. The sweet salt air, the kindness of GOD in every wave. I just love the ocean. After finding 7 sand dollars, the LORD painted a rainbow in the heavens over the Pacific Ocean. Perfection. As HE knew that I needed to see and touch HIS confirmation of a completed covenant weekend for HIS Glory.
The small group of us went shopping and Rhonda purchased 2 Lion of Judah (centers) for Glory Rings for Zak and Cody (Rhonda’s nephew). I hope to have them finished in a few weeks.
In the early evening, I returned to the hotel room, Pam’s husband had arrived with their 8 children, so that made 13 in a tiny hotel room. They were snuggled around the TV as it was pouring rain outside. To give them some family time, I walked over to a local restaurant and listened to some live guitar music for a few hours. The guitarist was named Mark, he so reminded me of my brother.
10.16.2006, Monday ~ Arising at 5:30 AM, I drove to Hillsboro to work at one of my part-time jobs for the day. When I arrived home that night, I was so exhausted, that I could not lift the suitcases out of the car, gratefully, the maintenance man came and helped me as my apartment was on the 3rd floor.
God is always faithful...no matter what!
Two Years Later….
Email from Judy Mandeville, Spokane, Washington
I danced in the wedding gown that the Lord gave me, through you (A Company of Dreamers Conference September 2006, Astoria, Oregon), as I was using the (North America Continent) Glory Ring for a Psalm Sunday EASTER, the Eternal Story in Dance. Some area dance ministries get together, each year, and present the greatest stories ever told through the dance. The piece that I danced in the wedding gown involved the entire cast, and was to the song, "I can Only Imagine." The Lord's Presence was so tangible. Thank you for your obedience, dear one....your gifts continue to have the anointing, and continue to nourish, as the Spirit sees fit!
CHRIST is RISEN!!!!!!!!! He is RISEN INDEED!
Love you..Judy ~~~ P.S. In 2011, the LORD GOD completely healed me supernaturally of anemia, low-blood sugar, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia...a sweet gift 5 years after this conference.