Journal of Joy ~ Springhill, Florida ~ June 13-24, 2002
Beginning and Advanced Prophetic Glory Ring Workshops
06.13.2002, Thursday ~ A servant of the LORD and faithful friend provided transportation to the airport. On the flight from Portland, Oregon to Dallas, Texas they showed the movie Time Machine. I inquired of the LORD whether to watch it or not, as watching a movie is exceedingly rare for me, so I wondered what portion of the message was for me. During the movie preview, the date the person wanted to time travel was on January 19, which is my birth-day. Amazing! In a loud and clear message, what I understood from the LORD was that even though there are many portions of my life that I would like to change, I cannot go back; history cannot be changed. Even God does not change history. The second portion is that the LORD ordered my birth at this time in history for HIS plans, purposes, designs, destiny and glory. It is wisdom to accept HIS sovereignty!
On the flight from Dallas, Texas to Tampa, Florida, we flew over a lightning storm! It was a wonderful new perspective of the raw energy and power of God. Other than an uncomfortable encounter with the Portland International Airport Security check system, the day went very smoothly, and I arrived in Florida at midnight.
06.14.2002, Friday ~ Lauree met me at the airport in an SUV rental, a royal blue Trail-Blazer. Upon entering her home, I immediately noticed a large photograph of Heceta Head Lighthouse hanging on her wall. The location is one of my most common places to visit on the Oregon Coast. Her dad purchased the print in Atlanta, Georgia, and gave it to her as a gift. I do not know how many lighthouses there are in the world, but at the time it was a confirmation to me that I was at the exact place the LORD desired. Following a few hours of sleep, unpacking and settling in, we set up for the Workshop, in a beautiful multi-purpose prayer and worship room. It was a rare gift to be given the luxury of setting up 24 hours in advance.
In the early afternoon, we met Lauree’s friend Susan for lunch. It was an obvious divine appointment of the LORD. Following lunch, we went to the cemetery to place 24 white roses on the gravestone of Lauree’s husband and 10-year-old son who were killed in a tragic car accident, two years before. As Lauree was in the process of moving to Peru this week, it was one of the things the LORD clearly directed me to do with her. She had not visited the grave sites since the day of the memorial service. When we arrived, the cemetery was filled with countless American flags…then I realized that the LORD had sent us on Flag Day! We are under HIS Banner of perfect love! I purchased three dozen roses - two white for the gravestones and one yellow to honor her as a “Friend of God” in her final week of living in America. The bouquets of roses were $3.33 each (Jeremiah 33:3)! Before flying out to Florida, I understood the Holy Spirit to say that there were would be three roses on each grave. At the cemetery, there were three roses engraved in the corner of each gravestone. It was HIS way of confirming HIS word to me. HE is the most faithful of all!
In the evening, a storm blew in and pelted the roof with a deluge of rain while lightning and thunder danced the Holy Spirit’s version of the rumba, tango and cha cha across the sky. Florida has the most glorious storms!
06.15.2002, Saturday ~ In the early morning, we arose to pray and finish preparing for the Workshop. The prayer and worship room in Lauree’s home was extravagant with a 17-foot hand-painted wall mural of the city of Jerusalem, high ceilings, a ceramic lion wall fountain and tile flooring, which was perfect for worship dancing. Eight cities and five churches were represented at the first Beginning Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop ever held in Florida. Fifteen men, women and children aged from 10 to 70 completed the LORD’s beautiful tapestry of unity in HIS Body (John 17:22). The Glory of the LORD tangibly filled the room. During the lunch hour a white dove flew in and rested on the edge of the angel fountain in the enclosed garden patio area. As the dove is symbolic of the Holy Spirit, we thanked the Holy Spirit for fullness of HIS presence, power and kindness. Thank You, FATHER God for sending your Holy Spirit to teach, comfort and lead us! There were many divine appointments in the day as the LORD so ordered. The testimony of the Prophetic Glory Ring for Haiti is worth noting for the Glory of the LORD!
In February of 2001, we finished the Glory Ring for Haiti and sent it to one of our intercessors in Nashville, Tennessee, who planned to give it to someone going on a mission trip to Haiti. The trip did not come to fruition, so our intercessor held onto the Haiti Glory Ring and we prayed for the LORD’s divine connection. Nine months later, in November 2001 during a phone conversation with Maria, an intercessor in Gulfport, Florida, gave me the name of a contact for the Haiti Glory Ring. So, I contacted our intercessor in Nashville, Tennessee but she had already given the Glory Ring to a ministry team going to Haiti. Then I called Maria to let her know the Glory Ring had already been sent. She was very disappointed as she was sure that her connection was from the LORD. A few weeks later Joyce, our Nashville intercessor emailed me the details regarding the individual who received Haiti Glory Ring, a woman named Barbara. In my next conversation with Maria, I shared with her that the Haiti Glory Ring was sent to Barbara in St. Petersburg, Florida, and that Barbara is somehow connected with Haiti and an orphanage there. Maria was delighted and very surprised as this was the same woman the LORD spoke to her about! So, God knew! God had a plan! It was a great joy for me to meet Barbara at the Spring Hill, Florida, Workshop. She brought the Haiti Glory Ring for me to take photos with her and for us to pray over and anoint together. Who but an Almighty Loving God would take the time to touch so many people with HIS love!
February 2001 ~ For the Nation of Haiti ~ THE PRINCE OF PEACE REIGNING! Given to: George and Barbara Ragland, St. Petersburg, FL, USA. Scriptures: Isaiah 9:6-7, 26:3; John 14:27; Ephesians 2:14-18; Phil. 4:4-7. Handmade by Betty Leach and Jennifer Lynn Joy
06.16.02, Sunday ~ On Father’s Day, we left early to drive to Dunedin, Florida, home of Lauree’s mother, Mary, and Living Faith Worship Center, one of the churches that supports Lauree as a missionary to Peru. Living Faith Worship Center was certainly like coming home as a Shofar sounded to begin the service. There were many worship instruments including flags, banners, Glory Rings and a Fire Sword. Those who gathered worshiped in prophetic dance, prophetic songs and prophetic prayers! Oh! The Glory! Glory! Glory! Glory of God! Pastors Hal and Tina graciously received us. Lauree passionately shared about her vision for Peru and then we were invited to minister to the congregation in prayer and prophetic words.
In the late afternoon, on the way to The River in Tampa, Florida, the Lord released this in my spirit: A trail blazer (Lauree) with a trail blazer (Jennifer) from the city of Trail Blazers (Portland, Oregon basketball team) driving a Trail Blazer (the vehicle) passing a Trail Blazer (lane) while trail blazing (our assignment from the LORD) as Lauree prepared to go to Peru to continue trail blazing for JESUS!
At The River in Tampa, Florida the parking lot was landscaped with hundreds of date palm trees and adorned with flags for the nations. Yes, God! We were escorted and seated in the second row behind the guest speakers, which meant we were part of the television audience. I was fascinated with all the technicalities of hosting a live TV show. There truly was an anointing of the Joy of the LORD. The evening began with a prophetic proclamation, “It is time for joy!” which was repeated numerous times during the evening. And I agreed that it is time for joy! The evangelist taught on two chapters, Leviticus 25 and Deuteronomy 16, both of which were a blessing to me personally and confirmed the Word of the LORD to HGRM given through a prophet earlier this year. It was about hosting a Beginning Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop and an Advanced Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop in a seven-day period similar to the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. It is symbolic of the LORD’s harvest.
The LORD gave HGRM a mandate to hold Prophetic Glory Ring Workshops in the four- corners, border-states of America this year. California – March 2002, Florida – June 2002, Washington – August 2002 and prayerfully Maine will be in October. The challenging part is hosting Workshops back-to-back on sequential weekends. We are grateful for any prayer support you might offer to help us complete this mandate from the LORD for HIS Eternal Glory!
After the service, Lauree and I went to the bookstore located in the back of the facility to purchase some teaching tapes for her to take to Peru. We met the guest couple from Norway and the evangelist from Brazil and shook their hands, then the host came up and we greeted him as well. It was totally the LORD’s orchestration because we had no way of knowing the bookstore in the back of the church was closed on Sunday evenings, only the book table at the front of the church was open. Sometimes, God sends you one place and you think HE is doing one thing, when truly HE has something else totally planned according to HIS will. This was one of those moments! PTL!
We came home from The River absolutely filled to overflowing with the Joy of the MOST HIGH GOD!
06.17.2002, Monday ~ Maria arrived in the morning and the three of us headed for a day trip to Orlando, Florida with the possible destination of seeing Little Israel, which we learned is really a local tourist attraction called. The Holy Land Experience.
We stopped by the Cracker Barrel for lunch. We were still laughing so much because we were still overwhelmed by the Joy of the LORD from the night before. As we ate, a man walked by and said, “I’ll have what they are having!” because we simply could not stop giggling. In case you were wondering, it is called the “Ministry of Giggles!” When we left the restaurant, I thought they should consider renaming it to the Laughter Barrel instead of the Cracker Barrel. As the rain was coming down in a deluge, Lauree drove the SUV on the sidewalk to the front door to pick us up because we did not have any rain gear. It was hysterically funny!
As one of my childhood dreams was to walk where JESUS walked in the Holy Land, I completely embraced and enjoyed this experience. The Holy Land Experience holds miniatures and life-size demonstrations of the tabernacle, the face of the temple, the tomb of JESUS, a live baby camel, drama presentations, gift shops and a City of Jerusalem miniature model. We were privileged to see and experience a drama presentation of the Levitical priests performing the prescribed duties in the outer court, inner court and Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement. We closed the day with an aromatic cup of warm, soothing java and a couple of divine appointments for sharing the Holy Anointing Oil of the LORD in Orlando, Florida.
06.18.2002, Tuesday ~ As this was Lauree’s last week in Florida, we spent much of it finalizing the long, detailed task list required when someone moves from one nation to another.
In the evening, we met Margarit who treated us to a lovely dinner in Tarpon Springs, Florida at Hella’s Greek Restaurant along the Sponge Docks. It is a small Greek community where they actually dive for ocean sponges. It is their way of life and one of their exports. The fragrant sea waters lapped along the weather-beaten docks. The salty ocean winds swirled around us as we made our way across the cracked and oil-stained cement parking lot. Wispy white and cotton-candy pink clouds looked like antique lace appliquéd to the seamless fabric of the sapphire blue sky.
Once seated in the restaurant at a lovely table adorned with white linens and fresh cut flowers, we were still giggling beyond belief and the waiter wanted to know why we were laughing. As Lauree and Margarit were completely overcome with merriment, giggles and snickers, I asked him, “Have you heard of Holy Laughter?” His eyes candidly lit up and he said in a thick Greek accent, “Holy Ghost party!” I nodded yes and then he explained to all the waiters in the restaurant why we were laughing. They began dropping by the table to see if we needed, water, salt, pepper, napkins, any excuse to tap into the joy of the LORD! It was convivial and entertaining at best.
Afterwards as we walked along the boat docks in Tarpon Springs, Elijah called and said, “Grandma Joy, fire trucks go woooo….woooo…woooo!” and then immediately hung up the phone. I knew in my spirit that the phone call was inspired by the Holy Spirit because even though he is only two years old, he hears from the LORD. The sound of a fire truck was a warning. My eyes searched the waterfront area and I noticed a man, near the edge of the dock, staring aimlessly at the water. Lauree looked at me knowingly and we began praying in the Spirit and taking authority over the spirit of suicide as we walked quickly towards the man. Suddenly, he lifted his head, turned and walked towards us. I asked him, “Are you okay?” He answered, “I am now” as he walked on by. We were very in tune with the movements of the Holy Spirit and continued to pray along the panoramic waterfront and poured out Holy Anointing Oil along the way. It was a perfectly pleasurable evening. Cool summer winds whispered melodies of HIS glory while the heavens presented an extravagant tangerine, blueberry, raspberry and cranberry colored sunset.
06.19.2002, Wednesday ~ The majority of the day was spent packing, cleaning, repairing and assisting Lauree with anything in preparation for her move to Peru. For Lauree, it was a week of sorting, packing, cleaning, giving away and offering the last, farewell to her life in Florida.
In the evening, we purchased supplies so that I could make a Worship Hammer for Lauree to take to Peru. This was a first for me personally and a bit of a stretch. Yet, I strongly sensed that it was the LORD’s desire. So, the first Worship Hammer, HIS New Wine! went to Tarapoto, Peru with Lauree.
06.20.2002, Thursday ~ The morning was filled with appointments and preparation. We took a break in the late afternoon for dinner at Longhorn’s. I was stunned, perhaps even traumatized as the restaurant was filled with stuffed and mounted animals. I am talking about the kind of animals that a taxidermist prepares, including a skunk, rooster, fox, goat, deer, bobcat, coyote, moose and so many more. I felt very uncomfortable eating dinner with so many pairs of glass-bead eyes staring in my direction. Personally, I am much more comfortable with fresh flowers, linens, lace, china and crystal as there is a bit of English in my heritage.
In the evening, we went to Calvary Chapel, another Florida church that supports Lauree’s missionary work. Between church and the prayer meeting, we received the good news that the property Lauree had listed just 48 hours ago had sold. Only God!
After church, five women gathered to pray, intercede, worship and praise in the power and presence of God during a 4-hour prayer meeting for Peru. The Scripture about the five virgins in the Gospel of Matthew seemed relevant at the time. The Holy Spirit confirmed in my spirit that we were to send four worship instruments with Lauree to Peru: The Consuming Fire of God’s Reign Glory Ring, The Fire Flags, The New Wine Hammer, and The Warrior Bride Scepter. It was so exciting to be a part of what the LORD was preparing for the next season in another country of the world. Glory!
There was an undercurrent of intense warfare that I was not able to identify, yet it was verified by a number of people cancelling their registrations for the Advanced Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop on Saturday. Those cancelling would not provide any reason except that they could not attend.
06.21.2002, Friday ~ In the morning, a semi-truck arrived with a container for shipping Lauree’s things to Peru. As there was no one to help load as the driver is hired to drive, not load…so the angels, Lauree and I loaded 70 boxes weighing 2400 hundred pounds into a semi. Glory to Jesus!
After overcoming a few more challenges with a misplaced birth certificate and other documents needed for the flight to Peru, I drove Lauree and Ana, a traveling companion to the airport. In the Florida airport they do not have “exit” signs they have “out” signs, which I was very unfamiliar with, so we took a couple extra scenic cruises around the airport trying to find a parking place. As there was an embargo in Lima, Peru, two of the six 70-pound suitcases came back with me to be shipped at a later date. One of the questions I did not think to ask…is there a luggage embargo in Lima, Peru?
Following an emotionally charged farewell, I returned to Lauree’s home after 7:00 p.m. and prepared for the Workshop in the morning.
Although, I did not know until a few months later, one of the churches that supported Lauree in her missions outreach was diametrically opposed to any freedom in worship that included Shofars, tambourines, tabrets, and flags (Psalm 150). Therefore, the leadership of the church banned anyone in their church from attending the Advanced Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop and instructed their church members who attended the Beginning Workshop to discard their Glory Rings and booklets.
06.22.2002, Saturday ~ Maria arrived at 7:45 AM. to prepare for the first Advanced Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop to be held in Florida. The LORD has blessed her with extraordinary gifts of administrative presentation management, in addition to being exceedingly artistically and musically talented. The atmosphere at the Workshop was very easy and peaceful for the three in attendance. Each person was successful in the completion of their tinsel Glory Rings. Although I was sad for those that had chosen not to attend, I have learned that in order to walk on water, one must get out of the boat. As Peter stepped out of the boat to experience the miraculous of GOD, eleven others watched. Walking on water means leaving the opinions of others behind and keeping your eyes on Yeshua! Today, I witnessed three stepping out of the boat to walk into the supernatural realm of the Holy of Holies with GOD! Glory to Jesus!
In the late evening, I sequestered myself in the quiet of the evening with a good book and enjoyed the leisurely pleasure of reading. The heavens have sent resounding thunder, electric lightning and pelting rain almost every single day during this ministry outreach. The intentional movements of God have not gone unnoticed.
06.23.2002, Sunday ~ Margarit arrived about 2:30 PM with chocolates and two new dresses as a gift. Must be God! As I live a life of faith, new clothes are a rare gift. Margarit then graciously drove us on a Holy Spirit led “prayer excursion” to Port Richey, New Port Richey, Anclote, Green Key Beach, Port Richey Beach, Palm Harbor, Holiday, ancient Indian burial grounds, Moon Lake and more. It was truly the desire of my heart to be positioned to pour Holy Anointing Oil in the Gulf of Mexico and pray over the land. We finished the memorable day with dinner at Catches Restaurant. It was a perfect day for fishing!
06.24.2002, Monday ~ I arose early the next morning, 1:00 AM PST to prepare for the trip back to Oregon. After I drove to the airport and returned the rental vehicle, everything went smooth as silk in the airports with connections, luggage transfers, etc. Trusting God to complete the good work that He has begun in each of us (Philippians 1:6, NASB)! For HIS Glory Only!