Journal of Joy ~ Old Hickory, Tennessee and Crestwood, Kentucky ~ August 2-14, 2001 Beginning Prophetic Glory Ring Workshops
08.02.2001, Thursday ~ Yesterday was a whirlwind of errands, unpacking and packing as I had less than 18 hours between flights. I arose promptly at 4:30 AM and I arrived at PDX at 5:30 AM. The LORD is good and worthy of our praise!
Signs along the way: Freedom is a beautiful thing. Boarding pass: 119 (Psalm 119) on Flight 108 (Psalm 108) to Kansas City, Missouri. Team Yellow: Speed, Precision, and Performance! Car 19 Joy, Victory, Deliverance.
On the flight to Kansas City, a beautiful little girl named Christina (about 11), sat next to me. She was flying home to Florida after visiting her aunt for a week in Portland, Oregon. She was surprised to find out that my name was the same as her mother’s. It was a sweet divine appointment of the LORD and it greatly blessed me.
At the Kansas City airport, I met Peggy and her only daughter, Rachel, who was flying to Florida to see her fiancé. As Rachel was an inexperienced traveler, I promised Peggy that I would make sure Rachel made her next connection. While we waited in the airport for the next flight, Peggy shared about a recent family tragedy. Their only son was seriously hurt in a car wreck, in a coma for six weeks, and then hospitalized for six more months. According to the doctor’s prognosis, he will never be the same again. With eyes brimming full of tears, she asked for prayer for her family. Wherever I am sent, the LORD orchestrates divine appointments for me to offer a word of encouragement and hope to HIS people. I believe He does the same for all that are called by His Name. The gate attendants were gracious in providing my request for a change of seating so that I would be able to sit next to Rachel on the next leg of the journey. True to the nature of air travel, the flight from Kansas City to Nashville was slightly delayed. I truly believe the LORD ordered my steps and I viewed the delay as a form of God’s divine protection and purpose. Although I may not be able to see the purpose immediately, I trust HIS ways.
Delay benefited delay, because I walked Rachel to her gate, I was delayed in arriving at the baggage claim area, which worked out perfectly because Mary was detained by circumstances and she arrived at the baggage claim area the same time I did. God always has it under control, we sometimes just need to relax and accept HIS grace and love.
Mary and I made the pleasant commute safely to Old Hickory. After hauling the two 70-pound suitcases up the stairs, I looked around the condo. Placed strategically on the kitchen counter of the two-bedroom, two-bath condo overlooking Old Hickory Lake was the card “Welcome to the Shulammite’s Upper Room! Please advise if there is anything you need!” That fully described the 12 days in the air-conditioned private condo that God so lavishly provided, along with the use of a rental vehicle. There was an extravagantly, beautiful wall-sized original painting of nine horses running in the living room of the condo. It spoke prophetically to me at many levels. The bedroom was decorated with an antique oak rocker placed near the window and a queen-sized bedstead covered with an antique hand-quilted tulip coverlet. The LORD generously provided a place of privacy, peace and rest.
Tennessee truly has become my home away from home, a place where I am received, loved, embraced, honored and valued. Actually, it is just southern hospitality, I believe they treat everyone the same!
After a lovely “welcome to Tennessee” dinner, the first evening was devoted to revising ministry documents with the help of other ministry volunteers. Thank you, Jesus, for the talents You have given others! Today, I received a laptop computer that was given to the ministry, which was an answer to prayer and one of God’s many miracles of the trip.
08.03.2001, Friday ~ As Joyce, Mary and I drove to Crestwood, Kentucky, we prayed through the cities of Bowling Green, Elizabethtown and Louisville. At my insistence, we drove across the state of Kentucky in one afternoon and across the border into Charlestown, Indiana, so that I could pray over the land and the Ohio River. On the way, there was a deluge of rain, lightning and thunder demonstrating the reign of God, power of God, and energy of God! Glory! During the deluge, the Holy Spirit provided Revelation 4, “Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God…” Glory! Glory! I so love a good thundering from the heavens! Perhaps it was the original rock ‘n roll.
We arrived in Crestwood about 8:30 PM and were graciously served a complete southern meal and spent time preparing for tomorrow’s Workshop.
08.04.2001, Saturday ~ The first Kentucky Beginning Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop was held in Crestwood. The Holy Spirit released a strong prophetic word for the state of Kentucky in the middle of the morning portion of the workshop, which was a different way for the Holy Spirit to move during a workshop! The group completed 10 Glory Rings and the Holy Spirit provided anointed prophetic words for each. This is the LORD’s ministry, not mine, and I find that HE usually stretches me in the same way HE stretches others requiring us to be totally dependent upon HIM. It brings me great joy to see others in the Body of Christ united in worship of our King Yeshua! It was just like God! At the close of the morning session, our ministry gave the following Glory Ring to Connie.
JUNE 1999 ~ For America! ~ HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON!Given to: Connie Young, Crestwood, KY, USA in August 2001. Scriptures: Ephesians 4:11; John 14:6. Handmade by Betty Leach and Jennifer Lynn Easton Joy
After the workshop, Larry and Connie blessed us with dinner at a local favorite, McAlister’s Deli. The menu provided new and different appetizing entrees including a Pot Roast Dinner Baked Potato, which is truly a pot roast dinner in the largest baked potato I have ever seen, in addition to something uniquely from Kentucky, the famous “Kentucky Derby pie” a delicately sweet concoction laced with chocolate and topped with whole pecans. The LORD faithfully provided traveling mercies and we returned to Nashville the same evening.
08.05.2001, Sunday ~ We attended church at Harvest International Church and the favor of the LORD designed a morning of many connections with Nashville friends. Susan generously offered her worship instruments, and I worshiped danced with blazing gold and flaming red flags once again in Hermitage! This is the same place that I was invited to open a conference with the “sword worship dance” in 1999, during my very first trip to Tennessee.
During the morning service, the guest speaker said, “God is not raising up an audience! He is raising up an army!” My immediate thought was, “Where are your boots, Church?” Then he asked a very thought-provoking question, “Jesus was prepared for 30 years for 3.5 years of ministry. How long have you been prepared?”
During this service there were three lightning bolts and electrical shortages (very quick power outages). It is such a parable to our walk with Christ; when the darkness presses toward us, we must learn how to access more fully the resurrection power of Christ Jesus! HE is our source, our power, our energy, our light and our revelation!
In the evening, a guest minister from England released many encouraging prophetic words to the Body of Christ gathered in that place. During the worship time I received the following prophetic word from a woman named Mary, “Just as you have gone from person to person, city to city, state to state by faith, I will send you from nation to nation. Your life will be extended for all I have for you to see in the earth.” The heavens open and poured rain, thunder and lightning inside and outside the church building.
08.06.2001, Monday ~ In the morning, I was treated to a once-in-a-lifetime rare “princess shopping spree.” The personal blessings were beyond anything I had experienced previously in my life in such a brief span of time.
In the afternoon, we visited GW at the hospital and learned from the doctor’s that he had a 70% chance of losing his leg. The Holy Spirit clearly spoke to me that HE was going to give him a miracle. Therefore, I boldly declared to him, “God did not fly me to Nashville to watch you lose your leg. God has a miracle for you!” When the Holy Spirit spoke clearly to me about this healing miracle, I became very bold and outspoken, which is not typical of my introverted behavior.
On the return trip to Old Hickory, we stopped by the car dealership to pick up the rental vehicle, a 1999 white Plymouth Neon, key chain #9191 - double portion Psalm 91. I am blessed beyond words, as it is a rare gift to be able to come and go at the Holy Spirit’s desire without asking someone for transportation.
08.07.2001, Tuesday ~ Twelve women attended the Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop in Old Hickory, in the upstairs condo. The room layout was a bit challenging for 12, yet we purposed to adjust and receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit’s impartation. The LORD richly poured out HIS prophetic words during the morning worship and then again in the afternoon. The inside atmosphere was like rich, sweet, thick amber honey, while the outside conditions included ominous dark rolling thunder, white bolts of illuminated lightning and torrential pummeling rain. Each person completed their worship instrument and received a prophetic blessing from the Holy Spirit. I remain delightfully amazed at my Heavenly Father’s overt and lavish love for HIS people.
During the morning session, the following prophetic Glory Ring made for the restoration and healing of America’s Civil War was given to Betsy who has family heritage from the North and the South.
APRIL 2001 ~ For America’s Civil War! ~ ONLY LIBERTY IN JESUS!Given to: Betsy Fletcher, Old Hickory, TN, USA - August 2001. Scriptures: Isaiah 61; Luke 4; Galatians 5; James 1, 2; 2 Corinthians 3:17. Handmade by Betty Leach and Jennifer Lynn Easton Joy
Beginning Prophetic Glory Ring Workshops have been held in the following locations: a barn, garage, house, duplex, church building, public utility meeting room, conference room, police headquarters/judge’s chambers, mansion, school, hotel, and now a condo! It has been our purpose as a ministry to go where the Holy Spirit leads us. Every day is different when God fills your day planner!
Update GW miracle: The doctors found three veins in his feet and a pulse that wasn’t there yesterday. Thank You, Jesus!
08.08.2001, Wednesday ~ During the warm summer morning I took care of two small children. The even warmer afternoon held time with precious friends in Tennessee and in the evening, we gathered at the “Women on the Frontlines” conference in Nashville.
Update GW miracle: The doctors were able to do the leg-saving surgery that was impossible on Monday. Thank You, Jesus!
08.09.2001, Thursday ~ This was a day set apart exclusively with the LORD, a time of sweet impartation, welcome rest, intensive study, radical worship and intercessory prayer. It is the ninth day of August and the Holy Spirit instructed me to be very diligent in taking communion with HIM daily. Up to this point in time, I took communion two to three times a week. There is a burning deep in my spirit and a warning that I cannot identify. The Holy Spirit has awakened me at 3:33 AM (PST) to pray for some season now. I am seeking HIM regarding the fullness of the mysteries of Jeremiah 33:1-3, “ Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the second time, while he was still confined in the court of the guard, saying, ‘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’” (NASB).
In the late afternoon, we went shopping at thrift stores for worship instrument supplies and then joined friends for an evening of table fellowship. Today, HGRM was richly blessed again with worship instrument supplies.
08.10.2001, Friday ~ We met at the “Frontlines” conference for the day. In this season of my life, I was often overtaken by the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. This morning, the presence of the LORD was even more overwhelming, and I truly needed a designated driver. It took me longer than usual to find Nashville…not that Nashville was lost. Therefore, my arrival was more than an hour into the morning session. During the morning break, Melody, who attended the Old Hickory Glory Ring Workshop, asked me to come and see what the LORD had given them for decorating the Leadership Conference room. As I entered, immediately the power and anointing of God overtook me…even more…and suddenly the Holy Spirit released a prophetic word over the room. Marty and Melody scribbled it down as fast as they could.
A little while later, Melody asked if I would give the prophetic word about the Leadership Conference room to conference leaders and their conference team. My natural response was with a bit of trepidation, even though I answered, “Whatever God wants.” During the lunch break, Rebecca introduced me to Jim and Michal Ann Goll. Jim asked where I was from. Come to find out, he and Michal Ann ministered in Oregon in a number of Vineyard churches and we knew some of the same people. They invited me to give the prophetic word. Even though I am not that comfortable being in front of a group of people, I purposed to be obedient to the LORD. Gratefully, HIS presence came and filled me with courage. I released the word regarding the Warrior Bride and the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Although, it did not seem that profound to me, they received it graciously.
Afterwards, Jim Gall asked me about my English accent. I responded, “It is from the LORD. HE gave it to me during a prayer meeting in 1998.” Jim commented that the LORD gives accents to indicate spiritual authority in a particular territory. Then he asked if I had been to any of the New England states. I shared that I was just in Connecticut and New York. He said with strong authority, “The LORD has given you an authority over the New England states and England. You need to go there!” I truly appreciated his prophetic insight. God is faithful!
Over the last couple of years I received many negative comments and unkind accusations about my "Sussex English Accent" which the LORD gave to me in a prayer meeting one evening. I was very encouraged by Jim's word and complete acceptance of the movement of the LORD in this way.
Although on the inside I felt inadequate and unqualified, the Holy Spirit confirmed in me this was my Heavenly Father’s purpose and to be at peace. As I prepared to leave, Rebecca, part of the conference ministry team, assured me that it was God’s will for the prophetic word to be released because it had never happened at a conference previously. It is in HIM that I move, trust and live my life. Humbly, I felt honored by the LORD and then even more honored as another Pastor intentionally offered his gratitude.
Before the day ended, Marty’s pastor came to thank me for the Beginning Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop held in Old Hickory and ministering to the women. He had listened to the audio recording of the prophetic word that I released over Marty’s Glory Ring. He was genuinely appreciative and grateful. It was the first time in ministry that a pastor took the time to reach out and extend a warm hand of thanks for giving a prophetic word and/or ministering to someone that was a part of their local congregation.
The joy of attending a Christian conference is relatively new to me and I am grateful for those the Holy Spirit anoints to teach, impart and lead. It is my complete honor to intercede for the leaders in the Body of Christ.
08.11.2001, Saturday ~ Morning held prayer ministry for a family in Nashville. In the afternoon, I joined Susan at her shop in Old Hickory. The Holy Spirit provided some divine appointments (aka surprise visits) when people came to shop. They left with much more than just the gifts in their bags. Sometimes it is just easier when God sends HIS divine appointments to your door!
In the evening, I went to Camille’s for dinner. Lovingly, she prepared an authentic southern meal including succotash, a corn and lima bean mixture, fried okra, golden juicy fried chicken and creamy mashed potatoes with chicken gravy. It was a southern feast.
Camille’s sister-in-law, Lee joined us for dinner. David, Camille’s brother and Lee’s husband of 26 years, was crushed by a tractor just two months earlier and unexpectedly went home to be with Jesus. After Lee shared the story of her husband’s death, we spent time in the healing presence and grace of the Holy Spirit. The LORD had clearly setup this time of prayer ministry for this family.
Update GW miracle: He was moved from ICU to a regular room today.
08.12.2001, Sunday ~ We attended the final session of the “Frontline” conference in Nashville in the morning. The LORD’s presence and power continued to draw us closer to HIM. The afternoon was shared with family and friends.
Today the ministry was blessed with essential oils for the 2002 Anointing Oil! The Holy Spirit continued to provide for HIS purposes and plans.
Update GW miracle: He checked out of the hospital today.
08.13.2001, Monday ~ DL and I spent most of the day together shopping, praying, and enjoying divine appointments. It was a rare privilege to be given this time, as her schedule is usually packed to the max. It was an extreme blessing and a HOOT (Holy Ordained Outrageous Time).
08.14.2001, Tuesday ~ The LORD provided ground transportation, a safe flight to PDX, more ground transportation, and I find myself still hidden under my Heavenly Father’s protective wings.
Update GW miracle: He went back to work today with over 200 staples in his left leg! I believe that is called faith! And perhaps a little perseverance!
Giving thanksgiving and praise to all of my FATHER's sons and daughters that pray so faithfully and give so generously.