Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rosh Hashanah 2011

So today is Rosh Hashanah, one of the highest holy days on the Jewish calendar. I've honestly never paid much attention to it, but as I've read some prophecies and Scriptures I am starting to see what a significant time it is. I wanted to include a couple of notes from things I've read that I believe are important for this season. (Rosh Hashanah, or the Feast of Trumpets is today, and the next ten days are called the Ten Days of Awe, and end in Yom Kippur and the Day of Atonement).

This is a time of transition and realignment is occurring. September, coming into the Jewish New Year, is often a time of transition and change. When the Lord brings change there comes a realignment of things, and a cutting away occurs. This brings realignment of the body of Christ so that we are in the right place at the right time for the purposes of the Kingdom. If you know what my last month has looked like, I see this so evidently. I've had things cut away, and a realignment has been happening, and will solidify on Monday, October 3. New season of ministry. New way of outreach. New set of relationships. And the way I understand and execute the purposes of the Kingdom will have to shift.

There is a call going out for both holiness and power. And for spiritual maturity. 

God is bringing the church into a place of true sonship. As these changes have been happening in the natural in my life, I've started to see an increased value for fathers. In a way I've never experienced before, I've just wanted to be a child and to be around good fathers.

The position we take before God will determine the direction of the rest of the year. What we sow now will release a harvest for the coming year. 

During this season, God is releasing fresh commissioning directives. There are new battle plans and strategies from heaven that He is releasing for those who will take the time to rest in Him, seek His face, shake off past discouragement and sin, gather with God's people, release your love and offerings to Him, and expect God to visit in an unprecedented way this season. 

September and October are "seasonal portals" - where we can experience exceptional times of open heavens and intimate times with God. So why not seek out these intimate times? Take advantage of these holy days that have breakthrough associated with them?

I just wanted to shed a little bit of insight into Rosh Hashanah 2011. Pray about what this shift in seasons means for you. What you need to let go of or walk into. Expect breakthrough. Expect intimacy and strategies from heaven. What do you need to be sowing? What is realigning? It is time we become like the Sons of Issachar who understood the times and the seasons. There is so much more awaiting us.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Donald Miller Would be Disappointed

I'm trying to figure myself out these days. In a post that will come much later, I'll explain the ups and downs of that, and what my insides truly look like when I feel like my hearts been put through a meat grinder on high and then roasted in a Big Green Egg for 6 8 hours. But that post is not this post. Sorry.

This post is me asking myself some hard questions. Am I really doing all that I want to do? Am I viewing life as a grand adventure and choosing to live the story of each day? Am I investing well in my relationships? Who do I need to invest in more, and who needs to invest in me? By buying a house did I anchor myself down so much so that I can't still pursue things I want to pursue? Or is my house a catalyst for relationship development and change?

Sheesh. Someone must have turned on the "adult" switch in my brain this morning. 

But seriously. I have some dear friends (who yes I am VERY jealous of and am actively ignoring the 10th commandment) who just moved to Cambridge, MA to get their MBA. And I look at pictures of these beautiful people on this grand life adventure together and wonder what dream am I living? And yes, buying a house is a great dream realized. Having a husband, a 2 pet flock of animals, a yard, a neighborhood, and a great Church community are also wonderful pieces of my dreams as well. But this is more of a "stay put" season, rather than a "go get 'em" season. And sometimes I want the best of both of those worlds. How do I see the world, touch nations, and let the vastness of the world sink into my skin when I have a dog that needs to be taken out to the bathroom and a yard that needs mowing?

At some point I need to dig into the value and meaning of this season. When the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land, the battles were fought differently. The mentality had to be shifted from "captivity" to "freedom." So that is my goal in this next season. To find value. To develop relationships. GOOD authentic and accountable relationships. To see how to shift my mindset to embrace freedom and promise. And to use this season as a step forward. 

In conclusion, I'll leave you with a quote from one of my favorite people: Amy Poehler.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Christmas Gifts

So I know it's kind of early to start thinking Christmas, but I have a great gift idea for you this season. Especially if your heart is to give more than just a "gift." Krochet Kids is a group based in California that was recently featured on a Bing commercial. This group has found a way to use crocheting to support over 120 women in Uganda - and we get to reap the benefits of the beautiful things they make!

Here are some of my faves:

Check out this short video to learn a little bit more about who Krochet Kids is and how they got started. I promise you'll want to head over to their website pronto and load up your cart. Feel free to get an extra hat for me. 

So consider giving one of these beautiful hats to your friends this year and invest in more than just a great product.