Journal of Joy ~ Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Moorpark, California ~ July 6-10, 2001
Beginning and Advanced Prophetic Glory Ring Workshops
07.06.2001, Friday ~ The first portion of the flight to San Francisco from Portland was beautiful and smooth along the panoramic Pacific Ocean coastline. However, the second leg of the flight from San Francisco to Burbank was a very bumpy ride. The pilots on the final flight were Paul and Timothy, and it seemed metaphorical that the Holy Spirit was preparing me for a ministry outreach similar to Paul and Timothy’s in the first century.
Karyn and Kim met me with warm welcoming embraces in the luggage area. Karyn, with humorous affection said, “Well here is Ms. Elijah with Jezebel and 400 Baals following close behind.” We all laughed! Karyn’s remark is simply an awareness of the LORD’s mantle upon me and the Holy Spirit’s mentoring in this season. In 1998, a prophetic mentor and friend provided me with an Elijah Mantle that she made based on a vision she received from the Holy Spirit. At the time, I had very little understanding of what an Elijah Mantle meant, but three years later, I am beginning to understand more fully the purposes of the LORD.
When we arrived at Kim’s, one of the first things I noticed was Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a Victorious warrior. HE will exult over you will joy, HE will be quiet in HIS love, HE will rejoice over you with shouts of joy!” written on her kitchen blackboard…by her daughter, Molly. As it is one of my Life Scriptures, it was a huge “Welcome to California” gift to me and a confirmation of the LORD's timing of all things. I received countless lavish expressions and gifts demonstrating my Heavenly Father’s affectionate love throughout the weekend.
There were many divine appointments regarding Glory Rings including meeting Jane, Randy and Colette. Jane received the Scotland Glory Ring; she along with Randy and Colette anticipate a trip to the Isle of Skye. While I was in Kelowna, Canada in 2001, a couple there gave me The Isle of Skye as the location to send the Scotland Glory Ring. Randy and Colette have the pastor’s name, address, and email address in Scotland, so they will be contacting him and delivering the Glory Ring personally. Who but God could arrange all of that!
07.07.2001, Saturday ~ The Advanced Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop was held in Thousand Oaks, California hosted by Kim. Nine women, whom I affectionately call “The Valley Girls,” attended and all enjoyed the sweet presence of the LORD! The tangible, vibrant and holy joy of the LORD filled the atmosphere as we worshipped our King Yeshua! The 12-hour day ended with much joy and peace at the completed assignment of each one in attendance finishing their tinsel/fringe Glory Ring.
07.08.2001, Sunday ~ Kim and I went to Jubilee Church in Camarillo, California. This experience alone could be a reason for moving to Camarillo! It was a complete gift from God! The service was anointed by the LORD. The Scripture on the church bulletin was Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” which is one of my Life Scriptures. A Life Scripture is defined as a Scripture that the Holy Spirit highlights before you are born, a word that resonates meaning in all the seasons of one’s life. Before church we stopped by a local coffee shop and in the parking lot on the light pole was the sign, “The Eleventh Hour!" A message to the Body of Christ today…Jesus Christ is coming again!
The Holy Spirit released a word of knowledge through Pastor Steve for “a right shoulder injury, a woman fell on ice - fell twice,” as he touched his collarbone shoulder area in the exact place mine had hurt for more than three years. I slipped and fell on heavily iced walkways at my work place in January 1998. My cracked collar bone and sprained shoulder had not healed correctly. I moved forward for prayer anticipating the complete freedom from pain. Glory to our King Jesus!
After he prayed for my shoulder/collarbone to be healed, Pastor Steve said,
“You will be receiving visitations from the LORD for the next 14 days. Hear HIS voice! HE will be releasing things to you and from you. You dance like David danced before the LORD God. Some have and will ridicule you. Some have and will accept you. God will rebuke the assault of Michal’s against you. Let God do the rebuking of the condemnation and criticism you receive. The LORD is fitting you with HIS Righteous Breastplate; this is something the LORD is doing. You are not doing this! HE is doing this! Be expecting HIS visitations…there will be many!”
I was deeply blessed and comforted by this word and the kind, gentle strength with which he imparted it. This was certainly an unexpected divine and holy gift during this ministry outreach.
In the afternoon, Kim and I were invited to enjoy a lovely tea at Karyn’s artistically decorated home. On the way to the tea, I heard in my spirit, “It is Time” and I wondered what the Holy Spirit was indicating. The tea included delicious coconut crème pie. Following dessert, Karyn, a gifted musician, blessed us with resonating and deep-healing piano music. For the first time in my Christian walk while in the company of others, when Karyn began our prayer time with “LORD” which was all that I heard…I left immediately and went to my FATHER’s throne. It was certainly a time of visitation of the LORD! I wasn’t expecting the visitations of the LORD to begin so soon. It was a delightful surprise to all of us. Apparently, it was “Time!”
In the evening, Kim and I met with Christina who was hosting the Beginning Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop the next day. Christina, a mother of six beautiful home-schooled children, prepared a delightful Italian meal that we shared before discussing the details of tomorrow’s Workshop. Our day was blessed in many unexpected miraculous ways.
07.09.2001, Monday ~ Twelve women attended the Simi Valley Beginning Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop and each one completed a Glory Ring and received a prophetic word. Kim’s presence and prophetic intercessory anointing was a great comfort to me. The LORD’s tangible presence, power and love invigorated us for the full 14-hour day. The day held unusual challenges with the presence of many young children and in-house dogs needing attention, along with people coming and going at various times based on their schedules. For me, the greatest time of ministry is when the Holy Spirit releases prophetic words over the Glory Rings...each person’s face lights up with delightful surprise and often tears of joy stream down their faces as God meets them, confirming HIS love, power, presence, purposes and plans.
Amaryllis arrived late to the workshop and was ambivalent about attending the Workshop and was not interested in making a Glory Ring. Alone, she sat apart from everyone else, on the overstuffed colorful couch. One of the guests opened the only Glory Ring notebook to show her a photo of the Puerto Rico Glory Ring.
Amaryllis, a Puerto Rican native, took the time to read the copy of the email from Jose’ about the Puerto Rico Glory Ring and the testimony of his trip to Dorado. Unexpectedly, she proclaimed loudly, “This is my church! I was a dance leader in this church for four years! I know this woman you gave this Glory Ring to! She was on my dance team!” Her countenance immediately changed, the resistance melted, and she positioned herself to receive the fullness of the LORD’s blessing. The Holy Spirit’s divine timing and presentation was more than a miracle!
The story began in March 2001, when I went to Vernonia, Oregon (a tiny city of 2000 people in northeast Oregon) and held a Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop for a family with eight children. Jose’, a native Puerto Rican and guest visiting from Delaware joined us. In May 2001, I mailed the Prophetic Glory Ring for Puerto Rico, to Jose’ in Delaware. He then took it home to Puerto Rico in June 2001.
Glory Ring ~ April 2001~ For Puerto Rico ~ HIS Redeeming Joy and Life! ~ Given to: Jose’ Benitz, New Castle, Delaware, USA. Given to: Lilia Rivera, Dorado, Puerto Rico ~ June 2001. Scriptures: Isaiah 61; John 5, 6, 11, 12, 15, 17; James. 1; Ephesians 1; 3 John. Handmade by Betty Leach and Jennifer Lynn Joy.
Less than three weeks later, Amaryllis unexpectedly attended a Prophetic Glory Ring Workshop in Simi Valley, California. Another woman came to the workshop, then left and went to care for Amaryllis’ daughter so that she could attend. Amaryllis arrived about 90 minutes late. Only the Holy Spirit could have orchestrated such a beautiful gift of hope for this woman. It was a divine connection of the Most Holy.
Before the day ended, there was another divine appointment for the Chile Glory Ring through meeting Kathleen, whose niece is a missionary to Chile. Praise the LORD!
07.10.2001, Tuesday ~ The LORD awakened us at 6:15 AM. to go pray over the land. Our morning adventure took us to Boney Mountain, where we walked along the Sierra Vista Satwina Trail. The drought had painted the hillsides a dull opaque brown and seemed lifeless compared to the lush shades of green upon green in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Above us, three doves sang to each other, cooing melodies of affection. It was as though the Father, Son and Holy Spirit were singing to us. The warm, arid atmosphere was electric with angelic movements. On the back side of the trail, we came across a Native American campfire area with masks hanging on poles. We prayed and poured out Holy Anointing Oil, and declared, “May Yeshua’s anointing touch the Native Americans that gathered in this place. May the consuming fire of ADONAI embrace this land and HIS indigenous people!”
Unintentionally, we walked the trail in the opposite direction of what the map indicated. It was as though we had entered the area through the back door. Along the dirt trail we saw trap-door spiders, ground bees, rattlesnakes and stinkbugs. Just a little reminder to keep our eyes on JESUS! We came across a small murky pond that provided a place for cattails to feebly grow. We found tiny wild pink roses among the rocks and one little brown rabbit hiding beneath the dry brush during the 2.4-mile journey. Next time I will remember my walking shoes – although dancing shoes may have had a more eternal purpose!
As Kim and I left the arid territory, a huge white cross loomed above us, purposefully positioned on a local church. Life seems to always return us to the cross of Christ, the atonement and then move us forward to HIS glorious resurrection and ascension. Following the morning walk we traveled a short distance to a friend’s home.
We met at Tina’s lovely home and delightfully satisfied our appetites on a savory Californian summer breakfast. The time with Tina turned out to be another divine appointment and specific answer to prayer. Tina offered to assist as a ministry financial advisor, which is a blessing to HGRM. Tina, Karyn, Kim and I shared table fellowship before my late afternoon flight.
Everything was easy until I arrived at the airport. Then there were extra fees for luggage, delayed flight and flight changes. Once in the air on the second portion of the journey, the flight was smooth and effortless as we headed for Portland, Oregon. I remain in awe of what God intentionally does to demonstrate HIS love to HIS people in some of the most profound ways.