Journal of Joy ~ March Forth - Oregon Territory ~ March 9-13, 2022
Scripture Focus: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth and making it produce and sprout, And providing seed to the Sower and bread to the eater; So will My Word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the purpose for which I sent it. For you will go out with joy and be lead in peace; The mountains and the hills will break into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush, the juniper will come up, And instead of the stinging nettle, the myrtle will come up; And it will be a memorial to the LORD, An everlasting sign which will not be eliminated.” ~ Isaiah 55:9-13, NASB.
March 9, 2022, Wednesday ~
5:45 AM departure. 4:30 PM arrival. 34 degrees. Safe journey. To ABBA ADONAI be the Glory.
The first two hours of this familiar journey were snow, ice, rain, sleet and very slippery roads which sent three semi’s careening into the ditches. A rock hit the windshield leaving an indentation. The final ten hours of the drive held dry roads and easy travel without construction stops or other interruptions. Sometimes we must simply press in and press through to walk in obedience to the YHVHLORD.
The majestic Columbia River rolling 1234 miles from Canada to the Pacific Ocean creating the border between the States of Oregon and Washington is just as extravagant, beautiful and powerful as it has always been. The horizon and landscapes have not changed; however the atmosphere is very different…there is a hovering sadness over the land. It is as though every last ounce of hope has been spent leaving shadows of former seasons.
A heartfelt welcome in Lolo with good friends at a warmly remembered most excellent restaurant. They dropped me off at the entrance to check in for a table while they parked their vehicles. A kindness. Promptly, I was seated at a table before they came into the steak house, this was an unexpected surprise as the waiting queue is usually quite long. As soon as our waiter took our orders, a hovering mist of Glory surrounded us. This has happened to me only two times previous, once in Robertsdale, Alabama (2007) and the second time in Milwaukie, Oregon (2014) which were in church ministry settings. This is to acknowledge the Glory of YHVH GOD cannot be separated from HIS Presence. It is simply impossible. However, the weight of HIS Glory appears in various forms depending on the situation. During the course of our most excellent meal, I could only see those gathered at our table. It was as though a veil of HIS Golden Glory not only surrounded us but created a shield of protection and privacy. This was an exceedingly rare gift and a most delightful way to be welcomed to Montana.
Scripture: “Then I will set the key of the house of David on his shoulder; When he opens, no one will shut, When he shuts, no one will open. I will drive him like a peg in a firm place And he will become a throne of glory to his father’s house.” ~ Isaiah 22:22-23, NASB20
Cities: Redmond, Madras, Warm Springs, Shaniko, Grass Valley, Moro, Wasco, Boardman, and Umatilla, Oregon. Pasc0, Kennewick, Richland, Connell, Ritzville, Sprague, Spokane, and Spokane Valley, Washington. Post Falls, Coeur d’ Alene, Kellogg, Osburn, and Wallace, Idaho. St. Regis, Alberton, Huson, Missoula, Lolo, Florence and Stevensville, Montana.
Rivers and Creeks: Deschutes, John Day, Umatilla, and Columbia, Oregon. Spokane River, Washington. St. Regis, Clark Fork, Bitterroot Rivers and Kootenai Creek, Montana.
Signs along the way: “Sunrise Express, 333 miles, 8:15 am”; “9:08 AM – Refuse to Fail Services LLC, We Refuse to Fail”; Flying J, 33 degrees, 11:11 AM (Hebrews 11:11).
Gifts along the way: Warm winter hat.
March 10, 2022, Thursday ~
8:30 AM departure. 8:30 PM arrival. 9 degrees F. Safe journey. To God be the Glory.
The rock chip from yesterday turned into a landscape design crack across the windshield, fortunately in the lower six inches, so our view was not impaired.
We headed north from Stevensville over familiar territory, places we have traveled during previous prayer journeys. We noticed American Bald Eagles gracefully and purposefully soaring above. As we traveled, simply following the leading of the Holy Spirit without our own agenda, I heard in the Spirit realm the sound of closing gates. The Holy Spirit unfolded one petal at a time like a rose warmed by the morning sun as each gate and each doorway closed. The foundations and walls sealed. It was like one sealing a letter with wax melted by a candle flame. A season past. The day is finished. A purpose completed. The song’s final note. Often I have found as I move in obedience, take one step in faith…then ABBA ADONAI meets me with HIS purposes, plan, provision, providence, and protection. Trusting HIM implicitly is always the life of wisdom.
We stopped in Bigfork for lunch at Pocketstone Cafe', one of our favorite restaurants and were hoping to spend a bit of time perusing the many art galleries in Bigfork. It was quite disappointing to count over twelve new real estate offices replacing the art galleries. The atmosphere of Bigfork changed from extravagant beauty to business. A sad moment in our journey.
The apex of our journey was the Railway Station in White Fish, Montana where we poured Holy Anointing Oil. It is where I first noticed the “Operation Stop” signs. Then later when in Kalispell, we found two “Operation Stop” buttons at a thrift store which we purchased for the State of Montana Prophetic Worship Glory Ring and the North American Continent Prophetic Worship Glory Ring.
Scripture: “But thanks be to God (ELOHIM), who always leads us in triumph in Christ (YESHUA), and through us reveals the fragrance of the knowledge of Him in every place.” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:14, NASB20
Cities: Stevensville (2), Florence (2), Lolo (2), Missoula (2), Arlee (2), St. Ignatius, Ronan, Poulson (2), Yellow Bay, Woods Bay, Big Fork, White Fish, Kalispell (2), Lakeside, Rollins, Nine Pipes, Poulson (2),– a full circle around Flathead Lake.
College: Village Kootenai College
Rivers and Creeks: Bitterroot, Flathead and Clark Fork, Montana. Kootenai Creek, Montana.
Lakes: Flathead Lake
Signs along the way: UPS Truck parade/convoy in Missoula – over 50 UPS trucks
Gifts along the way: Eagle Feather (St. Ignatius, Montana) Two Linen Hankies, Two Operation Stop Pins, One Shield/Breastplate Adornment (Kalispell, Montana) and One Rose Essential Oil from France (Rollins, Montana)
March 11, 2022, Friday ~
11:00 AM departure. 7:30 PM arrival. Safe journey. To YHVH LORD be the Glory.
We began our journey by driving by the Revive Church and Cup of Joy business to pray and pour out Anointing Oil, then south to the Cup of Coffee Café in Darby for a late breakfast. When we walked into the café I was purely delighted to see my grandmother’s tea set pattern adorning the walls.
The Holy Spirit led us to continue our prayer journey to the Idaho border as Darby was the furthest south I had traveled previously. The fire devastation from August 6, 2000, “The Valley Complex Fire” in Sula was staggering. The pristine snow-covered mountains marred with the countless remains of charcoal charred trees.
On the return trip north we stopped in Hamilton to pray over some local businesses and "Ministry on Main".
Scripture: “For the LORD GOD is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; He withholds no good thing from those who walk with integrity.” ~ Psalm 84:11, NASB20
Cities: Stevensville (2), Bell Crossing (2), Victor (2), Corvallis (2), Four Corners (2), Hamilton (2), Darby (2), Conner (2), Sula (2), Lost Trail Ski Resort-Idaho Border (Lost Trail Pass and Chief Joseph Pass).
Rivers and Creeks: Kootenai and Dickson Creeks; East Bitterroot River, Bitterroot River. On the journey north from the Idaho border we crossed the Veteran’s Bridge.
Signs along the way: At the Cup of Coffee Café in Darby, Montana was a full setting of my grandmother’s tea set: Blossom Time
Gifts along the way: Mr. T’s in Darby, Montana – 2 Easton camouflage arrows and 1 slingshot ammo. Stevensville Hardware – 3 bags slingshot ammos along with a B52 Slingshot and F16 Slingshot.
March 12, 2022, Saturday ~
Safe journey. To YESHUA be the Glory.
The morning was filled with prayer over a local ranch and four “rescued” ponies, two mustangs, Justice and Freedom, a pinto which had a negative reaction to a vaccine. Two beautiful mares, Diamond Lily, a dark chocolate Hanoverian and Have You Heard About Grace, a thoroughbred painted shades of gray, also blessed our morning prayer walk with their presence. I truly enjoyed walking the pastures of a ranch, reminiscent of my idyllic childhood days, in a brief three-year window of time when we lived on a 21-acre farm in the Mohawk Valley between my seventh and tenth years. The majestic American Bald eagles soared above as we walked and prayed under the warm Montana sun.
Then we traveled south to Victor for a strategic prayer assignment, followed by a late lunch at Cowboy Troy’s and a return journey to Stevensville where we stopped and prayed over St. Mary’s Mission. While at St. Mary's a large silver bell beckoned us to ring it, so I did. The bell sounded twice, once for victory in the heavens and once for victory in the earth! YHVH is faithful. Immediately, Father David came running out to see who rang the bell. We had a lovely conversation, followed by his heartfelt invitation to evening mass. On our journey home we were surprised by an amazing herd of elk which required a quick turn-around to take the photos, then continue our journey.
We drove north to Missoula to stop by the Thrift Store where the Nations and States Holy Anointing Oils were birthed in 2010. Although the store was in a new location, the anointing and favor on the establishment was the same. It was good and it was God. This was followed by a prophetic act similar to David moving the Ark of the Covenant to the Tabernacle, a specific assignment of the YHVH LORD.
The mountains of Montana still stand tall, majestic, magnificent and beautiful as ever, seemingly untouched by the storms of life. Faces lifted to their Creator in worship. I remain in awe with a grateful heart.
Scripture: “I am the rose of Sharon, The lily of the valleys.” ~ Songs of Solomon 2:1, NASB20
Cities: Stevensville, Victor, Florence, Lolo, and Missoula, Montana
Missions: Historic St. Mary’s Mission and Museum, Stevensville, Montana (Circa 1880)
Parks: Silver Park, Missoula, Montana
Rivers and Creeks: Bitterroot and Clark Fork, Rivers and Kootenai Creek.
Gifts along the way: Missoula Thrift store - Worship Instrument supplies (ribbons and scarves). Stevensville Hardware - Mallet Hammer and Groundbreaking Hammer. Stevensville Thrift store - three Anointing Oil Bottles and two scarves.
March 13, 2022, Sunday ~
7:30 AM departure. 4:30 PM arrival. 1775 miles total. Safe journey. To God be the Glory.
As I departed Stevensville, the heavens were unloading snow and sleet mixed as they did, when I departed Redmond five days earlier. The first two hours of the trip were similar to the first two hours of the trip last Wednesday: sleet, snow, ice, rain. Some years ago while in Alabama on a Prayer Journey, I traveled with a long-haul driver, one who drove Highway 10 weekly behind the wheel of a semi. Randy shared some of his experiences while I listened, learned and remembered. As I was climbing Look Out Pass I noticed a full-length black semi in front of me. As I passed on the left, I observed that the semi had no lettering, no signs, no company name….nothing. Just a jet-black semi. My friends from Montana called to check on the road conditions, which quickened my Spirit and I was on high alert. I pulled in front of the semi until we crested the top of the pass and remembering my friend’s words, I moved to the left lane, as he had mentioned “it is never safe to have a semi follow you downhill on snow and ice. It is 80,000 pounds that can easily go out of control.” I remembered the three semis in the ditches on the journey here. The road was covered with chunks of snow and ice. Truly just a winter mess. As we headed down hill, I moved as close as I could to the left line to give the semi any extra inches that I could. Then I noticed that he was sliding in my direction as we were turning left around a corner. I moved over closer to the guard rail slipping and sliding yet maintaining some semblance of control. Then I realized the semi was leaning in my direction and there was not anything going to stop 80,000 pounds on ice. In a split second, I said out loud, “PAPA, I am ready to come home.” Then I heard, “I don’t think so.” And just like that 80,000 pounds of semi began pulling in the opposite direction even though our turn in the corner was not even halfway over. I said, “Okay, PAPA, I am still your girl here on earth.” The question remains: How many angels does it take to pull a semi weighing 80,000 pounds in the opposite direction taking into consideration a 20:1 weight ratio, centrifugal force, ice and snow? And by the time we had descended Look Out Pass and Fourth of July Pass the snow had transformed to sputtering rain and the freeway was ice free.
I share this for three reasons: First of all, to thank God for HIS sovereign will in my life. To thank my friend for his words of wisdom which made a difference. And to thank the HGRM Intercessors as clearly someone was praying. Never, never, never, never, never underestimate the power of prayer.
Scripture: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is narrow and the way is constricted that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” ~ Matthew 7:13-14, NASB20
Cities: Stevensville, Florence, Lolo, Missoula, Huson, Alberton, and St. Regis, Montana. Wallace, Osburn, Kellogg, Coeur d' Alene, and Post Falls, Idaho. Spokane Valley, Spokane, Sprague, Ritzville, Connell, Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland, Washington. Umatilla, Boardman, Wasco, Moro, Grass Valley, Shaniko, Warm Springs, Madras, and Redmond, Oregon. Rivers and Creeks: Kootenai Creek, Bitterroot, Clark Fork and St. Regis Rivers and Kootenai Creek, Montana. Spokane River, Washington. Columbia, Umatilla, John Day and Deschutes Rivers, Oregon.
My heart remains grateful for the HGRM Intercessors’ prayers and for the dear friends hosting this brief Prayer Journey. For the Glory of ABBA ADONAI…always.