Seventeen years ago I had just come out of a personal “dark night of the soul” that I honestly didn’t know if I’d survive. It was brutal and the hardest thing that I’ve ever faced. I was beginning to awaken to a new day where light and life was coming back after the darkest of nights. The darkness wasn’t so much circumstantial but emotional and spiritual and lasted three years.
Right about the time that I felt everything in my life and emotions returning to normal some friends asked me to attend a conference in another state. I really didn’t want to go but after they insisted I finally agreed. I had no expectations other than to make my friends who had invited me happy. The night that we arrived at the large conference we went into this huge outdoor tent (where the conference was being held) and we sat near the back of the crowded tent. I was tired from the long drive from out of state. As the worship band prepared to begin their set I stood up hoping that I’d stay awake through worship and the evening.
Then, as the first strum of the guitar rung out it was as if I was hit with a spiritual lightening bolt. I was on the floor with my body shaking in a way I had never experienced. What was happening? I had never felt His presence or His power in that way. I was experiencing shockwaves of His love, presence and power over and over again.
This went on for quite some time! When I say “quite some time” what I mean to say is for THIRTY DAYS!! Not occasionally for thirty days but 24-hours a day for thirty days. It was like healing and awakening happening all at the same time. Everything about God was re-defined as I was being renewed and revived. I could feel His tangible presence in the very cells of my body, as well as in my soul and spirit. As this occurred I began to see in the Spirit in ways I never dreamed of and fall in love with Him in ways I never dreamed. Everything became more than I could have ever asked or imagined! I wouldn’t have believed it to be possible.
I am sharing this story because there continues to be a strong sense in my spirit that we are about to experience these kinds of things throughout the body of Christ and even possibly coming upon those who have never known Him in the coming days.
Many are coming out of a long, hard and dark time where they are just plain weary. They have continued on in faith and perseverance but hope for little more than that. But like that evening, back in the year 2000 when I was coming out of a brutal three years of pain and God took me by complete surprise, I believe that He is coming to revive and renew many who are weary and in need of “more”.
I have never been the same! Those thirty days changed my entire life as well as fulfilled every longing that I had. A tree of life grew inside of my time of “hope fulfilled”. Every need was answered in the midst of His presence and the fruit of that experience is still visible in my life today. It both felt good and produced good fruit.
I didn’t go looking for this experience or even hoping for it. I was completely unaware that such a thing could even happen, especially to me. It impacted our church, the people around me, my friends, my family and MY LIFE! Even my young kids felt incredible joy as this happened to their mom.
I continue to pray and declare Ephesians 3:20-21 over the body of Christ since the beginning of 2017. I believe that we are about to experience reviving and renewing that comes suddenly and by surprise to many!
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Let it be so Lord Jesus!
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