This is the fourth of four Journal of Joy that tell the story of the Prophetic Worship Flag Project 2016.
As we are still working on the final photo shoot of the Worship Flag Project an opportunity arises for me to meet Carolyn Rae in Portland, Oregon with plans to drive to the Oregon Coast and do the photo shoot, then return to Portland, Oregon on Monday, drop Carolyn Rae off at the airport and drive back to Redmond, Oregon. Simple, easy, plan. I am hopeful. My energy level has not been what I needed since coming home from Tennessee in October, so 3 days seems very doable.
“I can do all things through HIM who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NASB). “I know that YOU can do all things, and that no purpose of YOURS can be thwarted” (Job 42:2, NASB). November 26, 2016, Saturday – After finish packing and loading the vehicle with over 100 worship flags, anointing oil bottles, laptop, and clothes for 2 nights on the Oregon Coast, I headed to Portland, Oregon arriving about noon. It is a familiar journey that I have traveled many times. In about three hours, I picked up Carolyn Rae from a yoga class, then we headed to her hotel to pack her belongings, check out and off to the Oregon Coast.
As we were driving along, she asked, “Is there a “La Provence restaurant” here?” It was not a restaurant that I was familiar with, so she did a google search, and can you just imagine we are just a few minutes away from the La Provence in Hillsboro, Oregon. Only God!
The rain poured incessantly as it can on the Oregon Coast. Tillamook is our city of destination, the place of my Dad’s birth. The rain, the fog, the mist, the dark, the very poorly lit roads, and even poorer directions from the person renting us a house for two nights make the end of the journey less pleasant. I am thinking…Where is my driver? PAPA GOD surely you can see I need a driver.
Finally, we find the rental house and upon entering it is filled with wood smoke from a wood stove. Clearly someone forgot to open the vent. Mercy Jesus. So, we opened the windows, turned up the heat and went to the store to get provisions. Communion is part of my day, no matter what, no matter where, no matter…so we shared communion and retired. I am beyond exhausted, my lungs are screaming from the smoke, and I am reciting, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me” for the thousandth time.
November 27, 2016, Sunday – After a sleepless night, and continuous rain which makes the photo shoot not an option, we head in the direction of Missoula, Montana with tentative plans to spend the night in Spokane, Washington or Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We stopped in Cannon Beach because I believe it is a place everyone needs to see at least once. We shared breakfast and toured a couple of art galleries because Cannon Beach has wonderful art galleries…a place to spend a week at least, not a squeezed-in hour. The late fall winds and rain were typical Oregon Coast…impossible for a photo shoot. Yet the majesty of the Oregon Coast is extravagant regardless of the weather.
We then headed back to Portland, through The Dalles and on to Tri-Cities…rain, rain, rain, and more rain…through Spokane and across the Fourth of July Pass in Idaho, then arriving in Missoula after midnight…yes that is more than a 14-hour day. There is snow on the ground, I have not brought Montana type winter clothes and I continue to recite repeatedly, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.”
November 28, 2016, Monday – As Carolyn Rae had been traveling for almost a week, and she had many errands to run, I opted to join her this morning. The snow is a bit too much for a photo shoot, tomorrow promises blue skies, no snow and below freezing temperatures…perfect.
In the afternoon, I worked on the North America Indigenous Peoples Prayer Shields for 2017, as this was the week I had scheduled to finish them. Although for many years, I have written the Prayer Shields a year in advance, this year because of computer issues they are still on the pressing need to get finished agenda. I simply trust that ELOHIM will make a way for me to complete HIS assignments for HIS glory regardless of the consistent and sometimes truly overwhelming resistance.
November 29, 2016, Tuesday – Arising early to continue working on the Prayer Shields. I truly believe in the power of prayer, that GOD hears and answers our prayers, so I continue to press in, press through, because I believe in YAHWEH!
Today is the photo shoot. May I just shout, “HALLELUJAH JESUS!” Carolyn Rae took photos of the anointing oil bottles and I re-packed them and loaded them into the vehicle. Then we left to go find a place to finish the photo shoot in 32 degrees, which is freezing. However, it is not raining, hailing, snowing and so for this I give thanks. It was beyond cold and clearly, I do not have Montana winter clothes. We finish the photography shoot and I am grateful for this portion of the Worship Flag Project 2016 for my KING JESUS to be finished.
November 30, 2016, Wednesday – We began working on editing the photos which just takes hours in-between Carolyn Rae's very full schedule. I continue to work on the Prayer Shields anytime she has an appointment. This week is like the final mile of a marathon and I am pressing through because of my great love for YESHUA!
December 1, 2016, Thursday – When I was in Tennessee, I noticed the sealant on Wander’s Worship Hammer had not held, so I discussed this with Carolyn Rae and we went shopping to find Gel Medium. It is more durable that the product we used in 2009 and 2010. So, while in Montana, I re-sealed all of Carolyn Rae's Prophetic Worship Hammers.
As with all things there is a learning curve, a way to improve, new products to discover. And this new product, Gel Medium, will be used on the 51 handles of the Worship Streamers. For this I give thanksgiving and praise to ABBA ADONAI!
I brought a thumb drive of photo albums of worship instruments (swords, hammers, scepters) which somehow were all mixed up, so I spent 3 hours organizing them so they could be uploaded and videos could be created.
We spent the rest of the day creating 4 videos that will be converted to You-Tube Videos to upload to the HGRM website…something we had hoped to do for a number of years, I just did not have the software…and so now…it is finished for the GLORY of YESHUA!
December 2, 2016, Friday – In the brisk cold morning, we went to the local coffee roasters, shared a country breakfast, then treasure shopping for an hour before returning to the computer work awaiting us. I know that whatever I can accomplish here, will be less to do when I return home. I have been having chest pains off and on for a couple of months now and have viewed them as intercession for the heart of ELOHIM to be revealed in HIS People.
Signs along the way:Lewis and Clark, Silver Horse, Communion, Silver Apple, Gold Apple, Rose of Sharon, Shores of Galilee.
In the evening, I loaded the car in preparation for tomorrow’s journey, finished one more perusal over the videos and took Communion…all for HIS Glory!
December 3, 2016, Saturday – Departing at about 7:30 AM with light snow falling. I stopped in Spokane, Washington to see my brother, Mark and his family for a couple of hours. Then headed for Redmond, Oregon arriving about 7:30 PM. Always as soon as I am home, I unload the vehicle, unpack, and put everything away and am intentionally prepared for the next day. Communion was the sweet spot of the day. There is just something about my KING YESHUA, just can’t stop loving HIM!
Gratefully, the LORD sends those with talents and skills that I do not have to bring together all that HE desires. Gratefully, some say “Yes” to HIM and join in the advancement of HIS Kingdom on earth. Gratefully, some are willing to persevere and complete the assignment regardless of the interruptions and challenges. Gratefully, GOD is still and always will be on HIS THRONE!
Upon arriving home, I scheduled a doctor appointment because clearly chest pains for two months was not normal. However, before I could see a doctor six weeks later for the scheduled appointment, a raging case of shingles appeared and the answer to chest pains became clear. It took another 6 months to recover from this unkind disease. It also explained the physical challenges of the last two months. A heart stress test four months later revealed a perfectly normal heart. For this I give YESHUA praise and glory!
“Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it, the LORD is HIS name, ‘Call to ME and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know’” (Jeremiah 33:2-3, NASB).