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Today was one of those days in the prayer room that I have been LONGING FOR! TO KNOW AND FEEL God. Wow. Since we started the Solemn assembly I know that things are changing in the spiritual atmosphere over this region in North Carolina. We had amazing intercession today for Israel! IT was so powerful!

Today I was just sitting and walking and praising the Lord. Just enjoying Him in intimacy. Sweet times. But then it moved me into intercession because I want EVERYONE to know Jesus this way. To sit with Him and know how amazing He is! It is the greatest thing in the world!

A song that played in the prayer room today that totally sums up how I feel is a song by Vicky Beeching called Captivated. She is singing this to Jesus! You can click her name and listen to the song on her myspace page!

Here at the lyrics:

Your laughter it echoes like a joyous thunder
Your whisper it warms me like a summer breeze
Your anger is fiercer than the sun in its splendour
You’re close and yet full of mystery
Ever since the day that I saw Your face
Try as I may, I cannot look away, I cannot look away…

Captivated by You
I am captivated by You
May my life be one unbroken gaze
Fixed upon the beauty of Your face

Beholding is becoming, so as You fill my gaze
I become more like You and my heart is changed
Beholding is becoming, so as You fill my view
Transform me into the likeness of You

This is what I ask, for all my days
That I may, never look away, never look away…
No other could ever be as beautiful
No other could ever steal my heart away
I just can’t look away…

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UPDATED:

Stellan was born at 10:19am today, Oct. 29th!!! So far the doctors haven’t found anything wrong with HIM!!!! GOD is answering our prayers!!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!! Visit the site to find out more!

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Would you all pray for Stellan? He is a precious little baby who will be born tomorrow. The journey began when his mom and dad were told he would die at 20 weeks I think. But he is still alive, and will be born tomorrow. The doctors said he has an enlarged heart, so what to expect tomorrow, when he is born, is still up in the air. He will be born at 9:30 CST.

Lets all join in prayer for the miraculous healing of baby Stellan! God has already healed him this far, and He is in control!

Head over to Stellan’s mom’s blog!

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David Gordon, the director of IHOP-AC, proclaimed a solemn assembly Sunday, Oct. 26th. Taken from Joel 2:15-16.

We are entering into a 10 day solemn assembly and time of fasting. We are fasting food and our time. We are having intercession sets from 6am-8am every morning for the 10 days, from Oct. 26th until Nov. 5th.

We are praying for Joel 2:12 changes. That we, and American would return to the Lord with all our hearts! And while America is crying out for change. We are crying out for mercy! God is the only one who can change anything in America. So we better start asking Him to do it. And that is going to take MERCY!

We are also praying for the elections. It isn’t just about 1 day, and a voting booth and one man. It’s about prayer and asking God to take control of our nation.

We are praying for righteousness and justice to be the foundation of America. America is so busy worrying about the economy and all of these different issues, when really, if we just let God have control, He says He would provide. And we aren’t worried about the issues that really matter. Like that we are murdering innocent children every day.

Actually 50 million since 1973.

Or like the sanctity of marriage. That God created it for a man and a woman. Nothing else.

These are issues of the heart. And we don’t want to deal with them. So we deal with the outer issues that we think we can change and make better. Like the economy. We think we are in control. But we can’t.

Oh God! Have mercy on this nation! We call ourselves a “Christian” nation, yet we stand for wickedness and injustice! This isn’t who you are! You are a righteous and just God! Change our hearts to be in alignment with Your heart! We need You God! Break in, send a spirit of wisdom and revelation into the knowledge of Jesus to America! We have to know You, so that we will be like You! Come God! Have mercy and make us a nation of righteousness and justice! In Jesus Name!

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Words describing my life right now…

Simply about One Thing.

On the edge of life-changing.

Dramatically passionate.

Dying in order to live.

Overwhelming with Love.

Adventurously fun.

Longing and aching for more.

Purposed and determined.

Unwavering faith and trust.

Living day by day.

Standing in wonder and awe.

Interceding night and day.

Practicing the Presence.

My life is more than I could have ever dreamed.

I am living my dreams.

All praise and glory to Him!

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Sweetness!

I have two very beautiful and precious nephews! I don’t get to see them very often, maybe twice a year. They are my sister Meagan’s children. Ethan is 3 and Logan is 1 1/2 years old.

She sent me two of the sweetest pictures of them! Here they are! I love them so much and can’t wait to see them!

I am praying for them, that they would fall in love with Jesus and live their lives completely dedicated to Him!

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Today while I was in the prayer room, Wesley came up to me and had me read something. It was powerful and really amazing. I wanted to allow you guys to read it, and to share because this is my heart.

I think that the writer is referring to the followers of Jesus, maybe the disciples.

They were living to themselves; self with its hopes and promises and dreams, still had hold of them; but the Lord began to fulfill their prayers. They had asked for contrition, and had surrendered for it to be given to them at any cost, and He sent them sorrow; they had asked for purity, and He sent them thrilling anguish; they had asked to be meek, and He had broken their hearts; they had asked to be dead to the world and He slew all their living hopes; they had asked to be made like unto Him, and He placed them in the furnace, sitting by “as a refiner and purifier of silver,” until they should reflect His image; they had asked to lay hold of His cross, and when He had reached it to them it lacerated their hands.

They had asked they knew not what, nor how, but He had taken them at their word, and granted them all their petitions. They were hardly willing to follow Him so far, or to draw so nigh to Him. They had upon them awe and fear, as Jacob at Bethel, or Eliphaz in the night visions, or as the apostles when they thought that they had seen a spirit, and knew not that it was Jesus. They could almost pray Him to depart from them, or to hide His awfulness. They found it easier to obey than to suffer, to do than to give up, to bear the cross than to hang on it. But they cannot go back, for they have come too near the unseen cross, and its virtues have pierced too deeply within them. He is fulfilling to them His promise, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” (John 12:32).

But how at last their turn has come. Before, they had only heard of the mystery, but now they feel it. He has fastened on them His look of love, as He did on Mary and Peter, and they can but choose to follow.

Little by little, from time to time, by flitting gleams, the mystery of His cross shines out upon them. They behold Him lifted up, they gaze on the glory which rays from the wounds of His holy passion; and as they gaze they advance, and are changed into His likeness, and His name shines out through them for He dwells in them. They live alone with Him above, in unspeakable fellowship; willing to lack what others own (and what they might have had), and to be unlike all so that they are only like HIm.

Such, are they in all ages, “Who follow the Lamb wither soever He goeth.”

Had they chosen for themselves, or their friends chosen for them, they would have chosen otherwise. They would have been brighter here, but less glorious in His kingdom. They would have had Lots portion, not Abraham’s. If they had halted anywhere–if God had taken off His hand and let them stray back–what would they not have lost? What forfeits in the resurrection?

But He stayed them up, even against themselves. Many a time their foot had well nigh slipped; but He in mercy held them up. Now, even in this life, they know all He did was done well. It was good to suffer here, that they might reign hereafter; to bear the cross below, for they shall wear the crown above; and that not their will but His was done on them and in them.

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I know this is crazy deep. But in essence, once we finally and truly totally surrender to the Lord, we will find a place we can never leave. We as His children are still so hesitant to really give ourselves to Him. Because in all honesty, it is so hard. He will take us places we never would have willingly gone, but OH THE JOY that comes when we get through! He will wound us (with love) in such a way there is no where else to turn but to Him, the Healer! And at the end we realize, we are doing it not for anything down here in this world that is fading away, but all in light of Eternity! Where we will be with Him forever. So we will get to the place in our lives here on earth where it is not our will being done in our lives, but His and His alone!

Oh what a glorious place! Have you completely surrendered? Totally surrendered everything over to Jesus? Well if you haven’t I urge you to do so as quickly as possible! OH the freedom and life that comes from giving everything to the One who is in complete control! He is amazing and wonderful and everything you will ever need! My prayer is that He will touch your hearts in a way that will cause you to really know Him, and then walk in lovesickness! When you start to walk in lovesickness, there is nothing you can do but follow Him. IT IS AMAZING! HE IS AMAZING!

I am not at all saying that every moment of every day I live in total surrender. That is far from true. But I am saying yes to the total surrender and letting Him have His way. He is the One who does it. He is the One who pours out the grace and strength. We are utterly depraved and cannot do it ourselves! But He is so faithful! Just let Him take control!

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I was in a terrible mood this weekend. It was awful. BUT God is so good. Yesterday I went on a mini road trip with Wesley to see some of our friends from IHOP-ATL. It was an amazing time! It couldn’t have been more perfect. And the Lord blessed me even in the midst of me being terrible. I love HIM! It makes my heart sing with love for GOD!

Two of our friends got married about 3 hours away from where we live. So we got to drive there and attend the wedding. It was the most amazing wedding I’ve ever been to. Because the presence of God was there! We worshiped and He showed up! It was such a beautiful picture of Jesus and the Church! (Eph. 5)

I will have pictures coming soon as I get them from other people. Our friends prophesied over us and prayed over us and just encouraged us with their words! The Lord was truly speaking through them right to our hearts. My weekend was turned into JOY! Because in His presence is FULLNESS of JOY! WooHOO!

So I love the Lord. Without Him I would totally be in a pit of despair. This world has nothing to offer, and I would be miserable with out Him!

Oh yeah! I almost forgot…

My car broke down on the way back from the wedding! On the way there my battery light came on. I thought that was a bad sign but nothing else happened. Then I was afraid my car wouldn’t start after the wedding but praise the Lord it did!

But as we were riding down the highway a couple of miles, the lights began to get dimmer, and then my speedometer stopped working and all the inside lights shut off. Then my blinkers stopped. By this time I am pulling of an exit into a gas station. Me and Wesley were praying over the car. We pull in and I shut it off, and it won’t start again. Which is what I thought would happen. So me and Wesley go into the gas station and Wesley proceeds to ask in a very loud voice from the front of the door…”Does anyone have jumper cables?” And these two guys said they could help us. So they took a look at my battery. It seems that the connection was bad. So they fixed it up and charged my battery and my car worked perfectly the rest of the way home and still is working today!!!! GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS! 🙂 He is so amazing! And so faithful!

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