Sunday, January 21, 2018

God's Blessings

It always amazes me how richly God blesses us with His Wisdom and Knowledge.  We had such an awesome time in the Lord this morning, we were going to go to fellowship; however, we got to praising God, reading His Word, and then we watch a video by Louis Giglio – How Great is Our God, Passion Talk Series https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAzCP8SEKwc that we lost track of time (even though we started at 9), before we knew it, it was after noon!  The whole thing struck me as real powerful; however, 2 things really got me:  the quote by St.  Augustine

“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

and how small we are, yet God being so much huger than we can even imagine, takes time out to create us each individually, uniquely,  and He has a special love for each of us.  Ps. 139:14 “…I am fearfully and wonderfully made …”  God is an awesome God!
Inside of our Art Gallery

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Visions and Dreams

 I had a very powerful dream last night.  First off, I went to bed kind of irritated because we went to a fellowship last night and the preacher was teaching a simple, watered down message, which was  usual, based on Matt. 11.  At the end, he said that only those with an Apostolic  ministry, specially anointed, could raise the dead.  I was very bothered by this and spoke out and said, “Matt. 24 and other places (Mark 16, Matt: 28, John 14:12, Luke 9:1) specifically states that ‘those who believe will do greater things than Jesus – cast out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead, etc.’  So, this is open to ALL who believe – we have been given all authority in heaven and earth, in the Name of Jesus to do so.”  He kind of stammered and said, “yes, that’s right, but I’ve never seen the dead being raised,” and I replied, “but I EXPECT to.”   Then William spoke up, because what he had said earlier about John the Baptist bothered him, and he said that Jesus said that we, who are in this dispensation (2000 years after Jesus) are greater in the Kingdom of Heaven than even he.  Anyway, he just closed the service, and I left rather irritated.   I totally believe, that we, who are called by His name, are His disciples, and we are to walk in total authority, just as Jesus did, to heal the sick, cast out demons, etc. and etc.


Anyway, so that irritation went into my sleep.  God gave me a dream – a very vivid one:

I was in a city, in the lowlands with a group of people.  I looked to the mountains and along this ridge that was shaped high on either side, but downward, like a bowl, in the middle.  I could see momentum building, like water in a bowl being sloshed back and forth, building until it would spill over.  Everyone around me panicked as the water sloshed over the ridge, flowing in great waves toward the lowlands, to flood it.  The people all rushed to get to the higher ground.  I found myself in a huddle, this group of panicked people, seemingly leaderless, arguing amongst each other as to where to go and how to get there.  I noticed that I was irritated with them for being clueless, but flowed with the group.  Water was rushing around taking people out as we scrambled for higher ground, going through wreckage, around freaking out people not a part of our group, going through wrecked buildings in order to get higher, on wrecked streets, dodging cars, etc.  At one time we all got into this huge RV, crowded in, one person driving frantically, trying to dodge all the wreckage; then we wrecked the RV, going into a ditch we couldn’t get out.  Everyone fled out of the RV, again as a panicked huddle, trying to get to higher ground.  By this time, this guy and his wife connected to me, as I tried to get away from the huddle, trying to find my own path way, at the same time I was very irritated with the group and at these two people trying to attach to me.  His wife was swept away and he just looked at me and said, “thats ok, I didn’t like her anyway, I like you better, I’m just going to stick with you.”  That made me even more irritated as I tried to find away to get away from all those people.  Chaos was all about and I found this house I went into, that was dark, cluttered with damage, and like a maze, I had to make my way through, with this guy trailing me.  I finally lost the other people, that seemed to be holding me back.  It took quite a bit of time to find my way through this dark house, but at the other end, I saw like a patio, sliding glass door that went out onto a landing or a porch right beside a rushing river.  I got out and started going upward and somehow lost the guy.  I was glad and kept going upward.  I got to a ‘diaper house’ – that the only way I could describe it, a business that sold diapers.  I wandered in there and found William.  I was more irritated with him for being missing all this time, rather that glad to see him, even though at the same time I was glad to see him.  We wandered around in this store for a few minutes and found a corner that had backpacks and strollers filled with sleeping bags.  I made a beeline for them and told William to grab that large sleeping bag out of the stroller and take the child-sized one out of the backpack and replace it with the larger one, while at the same time I grabbed another backpack already filled with a large sleeping bag.  I looked to my left, where a blond-haired lady was standing over a cash register, taking care of the accounts.  She, in a distracted way, looked at me and said to take whatever we needed, pointed to a wooded area and said we needed to go camp in there tonight, and she went back to her accounts.  I sensed that she was an angel.  I also sensed that she was taking care of the accounts, because like during disasters, this place would be raided and stripped clean when darkness came.  After I was done with putting on the backpack, I turned behind me and found a fully-stocked kitchen.  I went in to get a set of silverware and some canned food for both William and I, but was distracted because I kept thinking and wanting to grab the other things I thought we would need, like a pot, bagged food, etc., but William yelled at me to hurry up, that we needed to get going.  So we only left with the backpacks, silverware, can opener, and canned food – “not enough”, I thought to myself, “but it will have to do.  God will provide the rest.”  We headed to the wooded area and I looked up behind it – there stood in great height, a huge, craggy mountain peak I knew we had to climb.  I then woke up.


I got up early this morning and started to read the Word, I was in the book of Genesis, reading about Abraham, when William came in.  He said that God spoke to him again last night, he told me what it was and then we listened to a talk-radio show with an interview discussing the prophecies with and by Mark Taylor.  He got to a certain spot in the interview and what he spoke caused me to remember the dream I had just had.  I described it to William, who gave me the interpretation:

The water represents the move of the Holy Spirit at this coming hour.  The valley is the place God’s people have settled in mediocrity of religion.  The Spirit is trying to get them on higher ground (Eph. 2:6).  As God brings revival and change to the church, people panic due to traditions they cling to.  Sometimes, it can be frustrating, as Christ was (Matt. 8:10, 26,16:8, Mark 4:40, etc.)due to lack of faith to God’s Word.    The huddle of people represented the state of the current church, adrift, in fear without true and Spirit-led leadership. The RV represents God’s people climbing on board a ministry, not knowing where it is going or following men rather than His Holy Spirit.  And sometimes, people fall away as the Spirit calls for them to give their lives away.  But beware of the motives as to why people follow after you.  Sometimes the people God gives us to minister to, we would rather He not give us.  The house represents the dark maze of lies that come from even fellowships and the evil one that keeps us locked in, and the ability to see the light and get to the river of life flowing from the Spirit.  The man and woman represents those who fall away and those who get lost in the maze of ‘church’, the maze of denominalization and doctrine.   The patio represents a place of rest in the light of God, where the river flows.  Then you begin to go up into higher ground which is the presence of God.  The diaper house represents the gospel given to the lost child called by God.  It is there doing God’s will, doing His kingdom work where God really provides: faith, love, wisdom, worldly needs, etc.  Unfortunately, fellowships are mostly clubhouses of saints waiting to slide into heaven with cost; they are broken up into denominations, divided, with people looking for human, soulish food.  The format of the proper fellowship should be:  a class for growth, real food, not just milk, followed by a sermon that manifests the power of God, a service full of healings and wonders (Mark 16:17, 20) William being there represents the place where I met him witnessing in the streets years ago.  At that time, I was frustrated as to why it took so long to find him and to finally get the simplicity of what Christianity really is.  Note, I was exchanging child-like Christian understanding for maturity, only when serving God.  The blond is an angel who is keeping the accounts, keeps the record of the Book of Remembrance.   While doing God’s will, he will keep you and guide you to safe pastures, the trees and shelter/shadow of the Almighty.  The camp is where we rest in His presence, where we stay in the simplicity of what the Gospel represents.  We stay under the wings of the Almighty, to fall at His feet in awe and reverence.   We know with all assurance He will get us to the high places in His power.  The kitchen represents the supplies, spiritually and physical, that God will give as needed (Matt. 6:30, 7:7), never wait until you have what you think you need before serving God, just GO! (Matt. 6:33).  The can opener represents the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.  Once you get on the right track of doing His will, God will take you to higher ground (hinds feed in high places (2nd Sam.22:34), to the very heavens where God awaits for us – home!




Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Spiritual growth

Wow, so much has happened, especially spiritually.   We’ve heard some prophecies for 2018 and they’re amazing!  Mel Bond – the 2018 Angel prophecy and one by Kent Christmas, plus others:

In other words, it’s going to be a great year (next few years or so) for God’s people.  Also, William was reading yesterday and God gave him a special Word for us personally:  we are coming up on our 6th anniversary, and God said that we will be greatly blessed financially to do His work and to prepare for what’s coming.  We are (according to Jewish understanding) in the 50th Jubilee year – not just a normal Jubilee (every 50 years) for the 50th of the 50, a special year of deliverance.   We’ve already believed and have seen for years, that God is bringing the greatest revival of all times, the greatest harvest and this confirms it, in that we’ve been raised up as leaders for this time - Lev. 25:20-21:  “You may ask, ‘What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?’  I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years.”  God is going to prosper us in such a way that we will be sustained and will be able to help who knows how many others.

Also, Jer. 1:12, Eph. 1:9, 3:4, 5:17 (the Word of God is the Will of God), 1 John 5:14-15 (the word confidence –  supernatural, great exploits, extra ordinary grip on faith, God hears us thus we have confidence that He will do what He says he will do), plus the sermon we heard Sunday at a new church we checked out in Myrtle Point: New Beginnings, based on Eph 1:8, Matt. 12 – vs 12-37 Pharisees of that day are the same (spirit) as in today’s denominations – if only God’s people would all come together, our cities would  be won, but we stand in judgment of one another, separate ourselves into denominations and are ineffective (a house divided).  vs 46- 50 We have left all to serve Jesus, even our own families (Mark 10:29-30).
Sunset Bay

Also, we’ve been listening to Zev Porat from Messiah of Israel Ministries (What did Yeshua (Jesus) write on the ground - Hebraic roots teaching by Messianic Rabbi Zev Porat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj1lgia5M9A) and one thing that really struck me was (and I’ve wondered over the years what it was Jesus wrote) what Jesus wrote on the ground when the woman was brought to Him (John 7:37-38, John 8:3, 5) – this took place the day after He declares Himself Messiah, rivers of Living Water, then the day after the feast of Tabernacles the woman is brought to Him.  He based His argument on Lev. 20:10 where both parties needed to be there, not just the woman (thus they were wrong from the get go), Deut. 19:16-18 (where they were bearing false witness – they were trying to set Jesus up, but Jesus knew the Word, as did they), but the clincher was Jeremiah 17:13-14 where if we are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and are saved, those who are lost are written in the earth – they were ultimately rejecting Jesus’ claim to be Messiah, that we was the spring of living water – their sins were written in the dust , the sin of turning away from the truth!  Thus, since they were full of sin, they had to turn and walk away, dropping their stones, for they knew that with what judgment they would met out, they would have to suffer!  Great teaching.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

New Year - 2018

We spent a very relaxing Christmas break (we kept the store closed so we could rest).  We took down the Christmas decorations by January 1st and changed over the windows.   We got new artwork in (sent home some of the old), and William finished making the sign for above the door.
Our storefront


On January 10th, I spoke at the Coquille Rotery meeting on homelessness.   I thought it went real well;  however, only 1 person came up to talk with me afterward and only 2 people put their name on my list of people who want to help next time we go out to feed/minister to them.  I spoke first, then I showed our ministry PowerPoint (also found on YouTube:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o0xRqrAwLQ).  I also handed out a 3 page paper of a powerful prayer I found online, along with some basic facts, as well as what they can do to help:

Pray for those who are homeless:
  • Men, women, and children
         --fastest rising populous are the elderly and children         --statistics differ from state to state, but the average states that:
         --20% are the drug/alcohol afflicted, choose to be homeless, scam the populous, and cause     
            the ‘bad’ stigma to be on all homeless
         --80% are those who didn’t choose to be homeless and don’t, for the most part, cause trouble
  • Safety and legal issues regarding where they sleep:
         --In the city/suburbs: under bridges, on park benches, in doorways, bus stations, in cardboard   
            boxes on sidewalks, along bike/park paths, etc.
         --In rural areas: hidden in the trees/forests, in the parks
         --City/state/federal parks allow up to 10-14 day stays at prices ranging from $10-$20 a day
         --Bike/hiker parks allow for 3 days at $3-$5 a day
         --Sleeping in cars/vans/RV’s
         --Not allowed by law in cars/vans in most cities
         --None are allowed to park on city streets
         --Limited places to park, like Walmart, allow for free, limited stay
         --“couch-hoppers”, those who have limited stay from family/friends
         --Missions: most city missions are dirty, bug infested, limited beds
                  -Usually ‘men’ (leaving out men who have children) only or ‘women/children’ only   
                   (even more limited in number), families have to spit apart
         --Churches: very few open their doors to the homeless; and those that do, offer showers,
            laundry facilities, meals, etc., but are harassed by government officials and local businesses
         --Half-way houses/homeless programs cater to drug, alcohol, abuse recovery only, leaving  
            out the ‘clean’ clients (of which 70-80% of the homeless are)
  • For those who find shelter at night, have to wander during the days with limited places to go
         --Families broken when they can no longer pay the rent, many having no family or friends to   
           take them in or help when times ($$) gets tough
         --The emotional/mental strain on those who lose everything (possessions, family, friends)  
             they’ve gained in life – they lose a sense of who they are/were
         --Fear and hopelessness takes over
         --Believe that society has failed them, the so-called societal safety-nets are not there for them
         --Ostracized from society – are today’s lepers (lack of understanding, education, and
            compassion from the ‘normal’ society)

Anyone can become homeless with just one change in finances, fire/weather related events, domestic unrest, etc.  Those who have warm homes, daily meals, and a comfortable bed need to guard themselves from becoming complacent, forgetful, and hard-hearted due to lack of education/understanding.  The homeless need compassion, justice, and empowerment from those who are Christ’s disciples with words of encouragement and be given hope through word and deed.  They need to see the Peace of Christ in and on us.  Just find one person a day to encourage and help.  Even just having a bottle of water, a sandwich, a baggie with basic needs (snacks, socks, toothbrush/paste, soap, etc.) would be a great help.  Then pray with them.  There are over 600 verses in the bible dealing with the poor and how they are close to God’s heart.

http://www.kingdombuilders.com/mobile-prayer/2014/11/a-prayer-for-the-homeless/
Psalm 126, Matthew 25:34-40, Psalm 19:1-2,7-10, Isaiah 59:1, Psalm 139:1-2, Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 26:11, Isaiah 58:7,10-11, Job 1:10, Isaiah 43:19, Matthew 9:38, Matthew 6:13, Psalm 89:8, Psalm 89:7, Amos 9:6, Job 36:5

Righteous Father, we thank You for being a God of grace and mercy.  Thank You for knowing each homeless person and family intimately. Thank You for being their protection, shelter, hope and help. The heavens proclaim Your Glory, Lord.  The skies display Your craftsmanship.  Day after day they continue to speak; night after night You are made known.  Father, Your instructions are perfect, reviving the soul.  Your decrees are trustworthy, making wise the simple. Your commandments are right, bringing joy to the heart.  Your commands are clear, giving insight for living.  Reverencing You is pure, lasting forever.  Your laws are true; each one is fair.  They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.  They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.   

Glorious Father, we confess that Your arm is not too weak to save the homeless, neither is Your ear deaf to hear their calls.  Lord, You know each of them and call them by name.  You know everything about them, when they sit down and when they stand up. You know their thoughts even when they are far away. We rejoice Mighty King, because You said You will never fail nor abandon them.  Lord, You said that the poor will always be among us, but You also mandated that we take care of them.  You said that we are to share our food with the hungry, give shelter to the homeless, and give clothes to those who need them and to not hide from our relatives who need our help.  We declare that, as a Church Family, we will commit to feeding the hungry and helping those who are in trouble.  Lord, then You will guide us continually, give us water when we are dry and restore our strength. 

Holy Spirit, we ask that You would be a wall of protection and deliverance around the homeless daily. Watch over them while they sleep and protect them from violence, abuse, and theft. Lord, many of them have jobs, but cannot afford housing. We ask that You make a pathway through the wilderness and make a pathway in this wasteland of their lives and lead them to affordable housing so that they can have a safe, warm place to call home.  We cry out on behalf of the children whose families are living on the streets.  Lord, help them to overcome their bleak beginnings and show them how precious they are in Your sight. Help them to focus and study so that they will excel in school. Encourage them when other children say mean things about them because of their circumstances.  Holy Spirit, change the hearts of the leaders of our country who continue to ignore the plight of the homeless, yet they pursue greed and avarice. Lord, for those who are homeless because of an addiction or mental illness, please help them to find the help they need so that they can get their lives back in order and begin to rebuild. Holy Spirit, please send more laborers into the vineyard.  Father, bless our Pastors and each member of our Global/Local Missions and Outreach ministries as they serve those in need.  Please continue to empower and provide for our Church Family financially so that we have the resources to battle this cultural atrocity.

Merciful Father, forgive those homeless persons whose poor decisions have led to their current situation.  Forgive those who are homeless due to drugs, alcohol, gambling, addictions, or poor work habits. Forgive those people who would seek to take advantage of the homeless.  Forgive those who look down upon the homeless.  Forgive those of us who have resources to give to the homeless but refuse to give.  Forgive those agencies who claim to be advocates for the homeless, but misappropriate the resources.  Forgive our nation for creating systems that produce a homeless population. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind the homeless of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)  Holy Spirit, help the homeless to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, where is there anyone as mighty as You?  You are entirely faithful. You are far more awesome than all who surround Your throne.  Your home reaches up to the heavens, while its foundation is on the earth. You draw water up from the oceans and pour it down as rain on the land. The Lord is Your Name!  You are mighty, but You do not despise anyone! You are mighty in both power and understanding.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Lower Sign

William and I had a powerful time in the Lord today AND we had an awesome vision – the both of us at the same time, a shared vision as we were praying.  The last time William and I had this experience was when we were in Colorado right before we got our ministry house there.  While we were praying together, this is the vision we saw:  

there was this river of water in front of our building, leading to a large waterfall and we were standing below, looking up at it.  It slowed down to a trickle and almost stopped.  We noticed activity above and saw 3 dark, shadow figures (backside only) hold 3 large, flat rocks, pushing large rocks and boulders into the river, creating a dam in order to stop the flow.  As we continued praying, they let go of the rocks, freaked out when we spoke Jesus’ name, and fled out the front of our building and down the street, out of town.  We saw these rocks and boulders start to crumble and fall away, while a great flow of water rushed through, pushing them like they were nothing, rolling away, some down the waterfall, all to disappear.  The blockage was gone.  We felt a release and saw the waterfall flow freely.  While we were watching, it divided into two large waterfalls.
Silver Falls

We looked at each other in amazement and started talking about what we were seeing.  God gave William the interpretation:

Since people were speaking to us this past month about “watch out for January, the money will stop flowing in”, we started to worry too much about finances, thus taking on doubt (thus the demons blocking the flow).  The 3 dark figures represented the spirits of doubt, fear, and lack.    They were trying to stop what God was trying to do in here by us speaking of lack.  As we prayed, God released the waters, scattered the enemy and their plots, releasing a double-flow into our ministry.  We won’t see it right away, but it is coming.  We are to walk in faith, believing what God said at the beginning, that He started this business and that He will provide all that we need, an abundance – double portion.  A double-portion means:  Deut. 21:17 (the right of Christ (right-hand) is ours!), 2nd Kings 2:9.  God blessed the earth – we have a double-portion of what is here – we believe without seeing (Heb. 11:1) what He is doing in our lives.  Is. 61:6-8.


William standing under Silver Falls

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Christmas

Wow, I am amazed and enthralled by the works of God!  I’m constantly blown away by God’s hand on this place and His provisions!  Just this week alone, His provisions for the rent and insurance!  Coming into this week, God kept saying not to worry, that He would take care of everything, and no matter how hard I tried, I had that small voice of doubt that kept creeping in, and I would chase it away again, KNOWING God would provide.  Human reasoning kept coming in – prior to this week, I knew I was getting at least $300 from Taylor, but I didn’t expect anything from IWU, I kept trying to reason in my mind how God was going to come up with what we needed.  So, on Tues. I was able to get online with Taylor and find that I was getting $322. AND on Thurs. I got online with IWU and found I was getting $286!  That was a surprise!  So, between what I had placed in my business account from sales and all of that, I paid the rent, the insurance AND had a few $$ left over.  We have everything we need, so why do I ever fret and try to figure?!  Will I ever learn!  I do pray and hope so, that I ALWAYS KNOW that God provides all that we need!

What’s even more amazing is last week – the 19th through the 23rd – we brought in $655. in sales/donations!  The most for a week to date!  Wow, God is really blessing this place.  For the month of Dec. we brought in $1,076., but grand total from Oct/Nov/Dec was $1,727.  That’s totally amazing for a new business and especially, for an art gallery in a town that has none!  What’s even more amazing, is that since Oct., we’ve only had a loss of $4090.33!  Only God could do such a thing!  What’s cool, is that in Oct. I had put in a petition to the Rotery club for $$ to help fund the after school art program.  Last Wed. they gave me $150. for that.  Also, last week, we got a check from the Chamber of Commerce for WINNING the store-front display window contest - $75.  We really worked for that one!  Throughout the month of Dec. we kept adding to and creating of Christmas displays throughout the 4 big windows we have – William found a beautiful, hand painted crèche from the Salvation Army for only $18, so William built a wooden structure (out of the old barn wood found at Elizabeth’s place) that was incredible, complete with a barn loft, stairs leading to, and straw!  Totally cool.  Then he created this hanging light over the top to signify the start – so creative and cool.  The rest of the windows held the awesomely decorated tree (each strand of tinsel hung by William – which Kathy, the Mayor, said was the deciding factor on our window winning!), the animated and lit Santas and caroler, the many little snowmen, the wintery ocean scene with the sculptures, and the window that held the items we sell.  All for a very homey, old-fashioned, store-front display we wanted to capture.


Christmas windows - storefront
The after school art program ended the year with a successful piñata party.  I had 9 kids start that first week of Dec. making piñatas, and by the last day of decorating them (Dec. 19th), only 4 kids had finished.  We held the party on the 21st, which was a greater success, because we invited extra kids to the party – what was so cool about that was that a lady with 7 kids had been wandering town, killing time until the roller skating at the community building was to start (6 pm), had wandered into my shop about 2 pm.  I invited them to come back at 3:30, which they did.  We had a wonderful evening, complete with breaking my piñata full of candy.  Velma had come over to help as well; quite a successful evening.  What’s even cooler is that we were featured on the front page of the local newspaper this week with the kids’ art program. 


Piñata party

Bethany and I sang/played in church on Sunday – New Horizons – Bethany has been going there on a regular basis, since she arrived in Oct., as well as attending the Monday morning Bible study and Thursday morning prayer meeting with the Foursquare group.  I/we haven’t been as much, since we’re been checking out other fellowships.  Bethany and I have gotten to perform a few times this Christmas season – on the 9th we were asked to perform for some sorority group’s Christmas party at the hospital and that was a hit – plus we got $50 for doing so (which was a surprise)!  Of course, we performed at our open house on Dec. 1st (which got us the gig at the hospital).  Our open house was a great success, not so much in numbers, but by who attended.  Not only that, but on the 12th, while up to my elbows in goo from paper mache and several kids participating in pinata making, our landlord came in and plopped a $50 bill on my table (next to the goo) and said Merry Christmas!  I was very surprised and he is obviously impressed with what we’re doing!


Piñata mess

We had the best Christmas season in years, we all agreed.  We have a place to live, God provides all our needs, and we’ve had fun; so much better than in past years.

Something I found interesting last week:  Wed. Dec. 20th I was wondering when I was going to get to join Rotery, because I was wanting to figure out how/when I was going to pay the $200 fee.  I started going to the meetings (pretty much every week) since Kathy invited me in Oct.  I was told to come to 6 meetings, then the board would meet to vote me in.  I went to 9 meetings or so and had asked when I would be allowed to join.  They told me to finish the paper work, which I did with Kathy and then online.  I went to a couple more meetings and asked again, they said I ‘fell between the holiday cracks’ and that that matter would be discussed on the next board meeting.  Well, Wed. morning, the President and Pres. elect came into my shop to discuss membership.  They told me that my membership app was turned down because they “wanted me to come to meetings for the next year in order to get to know me” and that since I was “new to town” they wanted to wait.  I just sat there and nodded, and they said they were “surprised on how well I took the news.”  I told them I was fine with not joining them; however, I then filled them in on the fact that I wasn’t new to town, but rather, have been here most of the last 3 years and that sure, my shop was new.  They also informed me that I was invited to continue to attend the meetings, especially today, since they voted to give me $150 for the after school kids program.  I said ok, plus, I had been asked to be the speaker for the Jan. 10th meeting, and I wanted to confirm that with the scheduler.  I remained puzzled; however, by the fact that they ‘changed the rules’ on me – that I was singled out NOT to join.  The first day I went to their meetings in Oct. several people had joined, including Velma, who does not own a store nor has she been here long (they moved here in May).  Since then, several other people started attending meetings and they were voted to join.  I believe, in reality, they didn’t want me in their club because I put “God” in my store sign and that I’m obviously a ‘real’ believer, in that I speak my mind about God/Jesus.  When I told Kathy about their decision, she was even surprised – said that NEVER happens; however, she did make note that she “wouldn’t have tied God in with my business,” and that she was surprised I called it “God’s House of Vision”.  Nonetheless, she didn’t understand, either, why I wasn’t allowed to join.  Anyway, it really doesn’t matter that they act like this, it just confirms that we’re on the right track and that we’re rattling a few cages!  Not only that, but this just confirms what I had been feeling God was telling me, is that he didn’t want me getting involved in their stuff, because He had enough for us to do with His business! 









I just finished reading a couple books by David Jeremiah:  The Handwriting on the Wall, Secrets from the Prophecies of Daniel and Escape the Coming Night which was about Revelation.  After reading both, I read both the books of Daniel and Revelation again.  I found both books interesting; however, not new info. except on a few things.  Also, that they were both written in the early 90’s and one updated in 2001; either way, back then he was very ‘immediate’ in the way he discussed the last days – how much more so now that we’re entering 2018!  Almost all of the prophecies about Jesus and the 2nd coming have already happened, so very few are remaining!  What a time to live in.  I found his rendition of the 7 letters to the churches very enlightening from the Escape book.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Thanksgiving

The sign above our studio

We hadn’t been to moms since August, so we planned to spend Thanksgiving with her.  Since mom had rented out all available space in her house, she arranged for my brother to bring back her 40’ RV, and park it in the driveway for us to stay in.  I got a frantic call from mom on the 18th – my brother crashed her RV into the workshop/tenant’s apartment, which took out the electricity for both the house and workshop AND took out the back bedroom window of the RV, torching the backside (he had hit the main power box).  She was all upset, because she had 2 tenants living upstairs in her house and one above the shop, all of whom were real upset because they had no power and they paid good money to live there.  Totally understandable.  She wasn’t thinking clearly, so I said, “yes, they paid good money to live there; therefore, you need to put them all up into a hotel”.  She wasn’t too keen on that, since she is a penny-pincher, but I convinced her to do exactly that before they all rose up in arms against her.  She finally agreed and arranged it.  I told her I would be there the next day to help however I could.  William and we (Bethany came with us, but stayed at her granddaughter’s) arrived there the afternoon of the 19th to total chaos (electricity didn’t get back on until the evening of the 20th) – I had to run interference between mom, my brother, and the tenants. 

The whole time, I was in a great deal of pain since I had been so busy getting the store ready – run, run, run everywhere – I was on my feet so much more than I had been used to.  I actually think I broke some bones in my foot, since it was so swollen up, but I kept on it.  By the time I got to moms, I could hardly walk.  But I just kept praying my way through all the pain.  I’m going to have to slow down and let this heal!

Once everything calmed down by Tuesday, we ended up having a nice Thanksgiving week with her.  I fixed a nice meal for her, invited Steve, Bethany, William’s daughter and grandkids over.   We went back to Coquille the 25th.  When we got back, Bethany commented on how glad she was that she had moved to Coquille and was with us – that she felt that God really led her there and had great plans for her!  I’m glad she feels that way.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Opening of our Art Gallery

We open God’s House of Vision officially Nov. 6th; however, I started earning money from my advertising weeks before I even opened!  Velma brought me some sewing the 2nd week of Oct.  I had my door open most of the week before, inviting people to come in to check out what we were doing.  I had my windows covered with paper all through October, but tore it down Oct. 30th.  That  very morning we were praying and asking God specifically for $100 to meet the Nov. rent – we were about $100 short of what we needed (we spent $400 on a new water heater and the landlord said to take that off the rent, leaving $100 to pay him).  That very afternoon, a lady walked in, asked about what type of lessons we would be giving and asked if I would give private lessons to her handicapped daughter.  She handed me a $100 bill to prepay!   Then on Nov. 2nd I checked the mail and got a $150 check from Steve (another person who used to help us in the ministry in Ashland) as a donation for our ministry!  I am so amazed at God’s provisions!
The first piece I sold – a painting by Carol Turner

We had the place looking nice – William did an awesome job fixing the walls (they had several issues), painting them (white with burgundy and gold trim), and the artists started bringing in their artwork on Nov. 1st – 3rd:  Pat Weaver, Carol Turner, Kathy Phillips, all of whom I met and knew from the Coquille Valley Art Center, and Rachel Smith, whom I met recently.  What was so funny, is that Carol and Rachel brought their artwork in the same day, Rachel saw a painting that Carol did and bought it!  I earned a commission and had my first sale even before I opened!  I opened up Monday the 6th and someone came in and bought one of Pat’s paintings she saw in our window!  My 2nd sale the first day I opened!  It is so obvious God has planted us here and we will thrive!
Our interior