Email from Teresa

Email from Teresa to some of her intercessors on Sunday night:

Shalom praying people!

We are finally here and settling into Jerusalem, I feel like the Lord has so much for us to do here, a few things fell through but our schedule is still PACKED!

Today we are worshipin with Living Bread ministries (where we will be staying in Jerusalem) and going to the city of David to learn about the tabernacle of David being restored here in Israel! We will also be visiting the temple mount and ministering on Ben Yahuda street where we will curb side worship and hand out “free”(prophetic)art! We would appreciate your prayers for miracles and open doors to talk about Yeshua!

Please pray for traveling graces for our team, a lot of people have been getting queezy on the bus, and I actually GOT sick 20 min away from Nazareth; so far I’m the only one tho! BUT we had an AMAZING time in Nazareth with the youth there, the Holy Spirit came down and worship was a blow out! kids Russian Orthodox back ground Messianic Jews were freed to worship in dance and be joyful! The pastor was beside himself at how the Lord came on that group in the ONE night we were there!

We are releasing a sound here! Land night was our first night is Jerusalem and we had a powerful time of intercession as we sang over the City.

Tomorrow is Jericho where there are Palestinian refugee camps we will work with. Wednesday we are going to minister to the broken City of Bethany where they are suffering because of the “intifada” (uprising against Israel) that has left their community cut off from Jerusalem (and it’s jobs!) by the huge “security wall”. We are worshiping in a church next to Lazarus’ tomb and ministering to a family who are going through very hard times, the father sis sick and unable to work but he is a believer and loves Yeshua very much.

Our team is amazing, the worship leaders are powerful and relentless, EVERY ONE is prophesying to this nation and each other!

Thank you for your prayers!

His,
Teresa

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Israel Update!

Hey Everybody!

I just wanted to give a real quick update on our trip thus far and let everyone know things are going smooth!

What we’ve done so far:

  • We started out in Washington, DC to brief with our team on important things about our trip as well as prepare our hearts for the trip. We were actually sent out in the most perfect way by Roger Joyner and the Burn crew in DC as well as Dick Simmons, who has long been a father of intercessors for National government and served on Reagan’s Transition Board. We also did a “Life” Siege” in front of the Supreme Court silently praying for the ending of abortion in our nation and the turning of hearts unto the Lord.
  • We spent a whole day (and a half maybe? …still getting time changes down) in travel via airplanes, busses, and trains.
  • We were heartily greeted on Mount Carmel by an awesome group of people who serve at a hostel that we are staying at. Did I mention they greeted us with amazing food!
  • We’ve spent much time in worship and prayer with other people here and our team alone. Last night we met in a prayer room that is built into a cave. Worship has been incredibly sweet! Our team is so amazing! We are all hearing the Lord for the benefit of Israel and ourselves! There’s so much serving and so much humility -these are the things that have really blessed Teresa and I as we lead! Not to mention, we’ve felt incredible Grace for this trip! I can remember the night before we left as I was driving home and I felt such a strong sense of this Grace! The thing is, I haven’t felt like this for a long time -I’ve needed it! Praise the Lord for providing it!

That’s as much as I can remember right now! Continue to pray for our trip. The Lord has blessed our team so much, pray for more of what the Lord is doing in giving us unity and Grace! Also pray for our plans which are falling into place quite nicely. Further what the Lord is doing! For, “The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, and the earth he has given to the children of man” (Ps 115:16) and “whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven and if two ask anything it WILLl be done…” (Matt 18:18-20). We need the backing and agreement of other Christians who will come into agreement with us so that we all can “loose on earth what will be loosed in heaven”, that is, that we would unleash angelic power to further the work of the Lord in this place! (see Daniel 10:10-14) Are not angels ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit Salvation? (Hebrews 1:14)

That’s all for now! We are so grateful for all of your prayers! I wish I could express the weight of our teams appreciation and joy for what the Lord is doing here!

I’m off to take my first shower in 3 days!

Shalom! 🙂

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Proud

What is this foreign feeling? I’ve been told again and again by the Lord since my time back from IHOP: “I’m proud of you!” And for the longest time, I’ve only understood in part.

But now it’s so clear!

All that time, I was never judged by Him the way I presumed others would judge me. It’s so true that the Lord’s values are so much higher. I found now that my heart was the object of His aim; the purpose of His discipline.

“Proud of me” just became more exceptional: one more thing that I didn’t perceive in the time.

I wrestled with Him and I received a blessing. That too was His pride.

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A Call for Perseverance

Rev 14:12,13: Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

I wrote this song to capture the cry of the his beloved Bride in the final days for Jesus to come quickly.

Regardless of where this passage falls chronologically, I find the content very timely and applicable in our current day struggle to some degree, and while that degree may not be death now, it’s still be worth the cry.

While there are many valid reasons we want Jesus to come back (we want to see him face-to-face and celebrate with our Bridegroom, we want His rule and restoration finally over all governmental structures, we want His justice to finally reign over every sphere of life, etc.), this song was written specifically from our cry for needing him to come as an act of mercy from our enemies. That may include the fact that some are being killed for the name of Jesus right now, and of course, it includes spiritual principalities and authorities sent to make war on us, and maybe even common adverse circumstances. It’s the cry of desperation: “We NEED you to come for our sake.”

Again I want to point out, this isn’t the only reason we want him to come, but it is important nonetheless.

I wrote the verse one day while I was sick during my internship at IHOP and unable to leave the house. It was amazing to me how weak I felt, not just physically, but more mentally, dealing with the feeling of despair I was so sure I was done with until then (up till then, I had kept myself busy with internship activities and just constantly being in the prayer room and all these things that were so good, but I had not been alone like this in a while and it reminded me of how weak and frail I am -really dealing with the realization that I’m no “super human” with “super emotions”..) and I found myself reading the passage in 2 Corinthians where Paul talks about his “thorn.”

2 Cor 12:7-9: “…a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

And what a humbling truth for me to realize then -My only strength is from the Lord anyway! Why should I boast in the flesh? Even my own well-being, my emotions, my thoughts, my satisfaction in day-to-day life are so dim and insufficient if they don’t spring from Him. My whole life is pointless and worthless if it all doesn’t spring from Him. Thanks be to God that He provides everything as a faithful Father, ready to give everything to his darling children.

The song is also reminiscent of that longing ache for him to come and the realization of the waiting therein. “Just you wait!” are most definitely the words I can hear rolling of the Father’s lips as a comfort to His Bride. How concerned is He in providing us the Hope we need? How much does He love to remind us of His Faithfulness -and surely, this is our benefit. He has chosen to reveal His character to us and we have an everlasting Hope because of it!

Praise the Lord for his faithfulness to provide and tenderness toward his Bride. What a beautiful inheritance we have!

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what a funny time…

I feel like I’m in one of the weirdest seasons of my life right now.

I’ve been home from IHOP for 3 months now and no job. Not to mention, my car won’t drive and is in “critical condition” according to the mechanic I took it to.

The only thing I know how to do right now is seek the Lord in this time. After all, I suppose that’s the most important thing in life at all times. But in these times, how much more aware am I of the fact that I need Him.

I have so many things I want to get done right now… some are valid dreams, some are monthly needs. But I know there is purpose in this all. Would the Lord lead me into a pit? I’m so sure that I’m in the right place, but at the same time I’m wrestling to remember the faithfulness of the Lord in this time. He is always faithful, and even in this season, He is faithful.

I had coffee with a man the other day who replied to my situation, “I think the Lord is telling you to get up and go back to school!” But that was after I briefly mentioned what I believe to be the purpose of the Lord in this weird season.

It was actually a challenge to me, and I came home later and asked the Lord, “Do you want me to go back to school?” and I was all the more reassured that this was not the plan of the Lord for my life right now, although, I am excited about going back to school eventually.

Now is a time to seek the Lord. I want to gaze on His beauty and understand Him. I want to catch the dreams of His heart and the desires He has for me now.

If now is to simply to gaze on Him as my beautiful Lord now, that will be enough for me. And if it’s more, I have an exciting adventure ahead of me and I’m so ready to take -what a contrast to the under-stimulated lifestyle I’ve been in lately! Perhaps this is all to learn to take joy in the Lord and not in things! If I am to only take joy in my job, my dreams, and myself what kind of hope is that? Those can fail so easily… but the Lord, He is a strong tower! He is my refuge and my Hope.

A little heavy, a little personal, but what’s a blog for?

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Union

Oh, art! I love art!

There’s something about expression that makes my heart glad.
Maybe it’s the understanding that the Lord enjoys such creativity
Something, to my understanding, neither perfect nor flawed by nature
A whole new category: My own creation!

Big or small
Simple or complex

What matters most to me is that He enjoys me simply because I’m His and He made me. Look at my little mimic work -far beneath human existence, but adequate to strike His heart, somehow!

What a loving God!

With all that said, I really wanted to expound upon my songs from, “Our Hope” (as this has been something I’ve wanted to do for a little while now, only, I’m much more comfortable telling these things in person… I thought of youtube….. but that was a little much for me, and I suppose I can write much more with a little work, and when I’m done it’s all worth it.)

Union is an interesting song, mostly because of the nature of its content. Marriage to Jesus? I could be wrong, but I think this somewhat of a neglected subject among many Christians for various reasons.. (possibly including the seemingly awkwardness of “marrying the Lord.” Who walks around singing, “You’re going to marry me someday, Jesus!” I guess, I’m in that boat.)

I find the subject very important, and a good topic in regards to the theme of the CD. When speaking of the Hope we have stored up for at his glorious appearance in the sky -the day we will see him face-to-face, and receive our glorified bodies, the day he wipes every tear from our eyes and reveals himself fully, it’s important for us to understand where we stand in this event and who we are! We, the believing church, are his Bride and we have much to look forward to in those days!

But it’s much more than some far off event we only have fractions of an imagination for. Even now, we have his Spirit living inside of us as and this causes us to be “knit” to his heart. We get to share in his joy and sufferings, experiencing every blessing in Christ. What is that like? What does it mean to be knit to his heart?

I’m only sure of good things! The Spirit of God lives inside of us as a Helper and Teacher renewing our minds to be transformed to His! What a glorious portion we have to take part in Him! He is our portion!

A pretty neat thing about this song is that the first half (purposefully the parts without the fun musical swirls and hits) is to be sung by the Bride as thankful expression toward her God who has so graciously called her into this beautiful love story. And the second half is to be sung by the Lord who loving reminds the Bride of his faithfulness to her -how he’s brought her into this love and He’s going to fulfill all that He’s promised to her in due time “just around the corner.” Both parts sing almost identical lines as a symbol of unity between Him and His Bride. Notice the final pre-chorus “vocal explosion” -this is symbolic of the Great Joy of God over His Bride! -a subject, I’d really like to emphasize, simply because we can’t even grasp the depths of His heart for us! But what does it look like when we start to get it? I can’t imagine what would happen if she understood this kind of Love! That’s something to really think on!

Another thing, the goofy violin plucks at 3:09 are synonymous for that wild Love of God… just imagine how crazy this all is in the first place. Who were we that He chose to love us before we knew him and betroth Himself to us. But now, what worth we have in Him! What purpose in life, what grandness in everything we do! All because He loves us!

The last minute of the song contains that cool “flutey”, “violiney”, somber sound… reminiscent of that longing ache for him to come back to his Bride! (and of Copeland I hear…). I’m not gonna lie, I can’t even remember if that’s what I was thinking when I played it (it might just be my disposition to play the slower, sadder songs… I’m a huge fan of those), but how cool to see the purpose of God in something as simple as that: Notice each song has a 1 minute outro and it just occurred to me that they all deal with this same feeling -exclusively waiting for his return… and then again, that is what this whole CD is about. I’m just convinced that it was more the Lord to guide me even in those “small” details. That was the overhanging feeling for this album! Of course, I shared that keen eye for detail and that surely played into this all too… but there are some things I just can’t remember if I did on purpose that ended up being extremely satisfying to me. Thank you Lord for that!

Welp… if you haven’t run across it yet, a free download of this song is “hidden” somewhere in my blog, so go give it a listen if you can find it! Enjoy every part of it.

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The Latest on Mission Trips

I just wanted to update everyone on the status of our South Africa trip. Since we haven’t reached our goal, we will not be going. All the money donated up until now is being put toward our Israel trip in August.

I’ve been so tempted to just accept defeat and commit this whole thing to failure, wallowing in defeat of my dreams and desires, but I’m reminded that the Lord works all these things for the good of those who love Him (Rom 8:28) and that His plans for me are full of the things overflowing from His love. As for who I am, I’m striving for this -not to be wrapped up in any trip, or goal or dream, but rather that I love the Lord and that I’m loved by Him -that is success in life!

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