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Brave-Heart

Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Brave-Heart

BRAVE (adj) faces dangerous or difficult situations with courage. Your heart is BRAVE because you know the secret. You are powerful not because of your strength or your will But because you know… you understand the power-source that flows within you, not sourced in you but sourced in the unshakable. And so you choose everyday to be powerful and free because that is who you are created to be! Run free today! Zechariah 4:6 BRAVE prints available NOW! check out all the FREEDOM GIANT’S at...

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UNDAUNTED

Posted by on September 9, 2016 in Faith | 1 comment

UNDAUNTED

 un·daunt·ed (adjective) not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment.        This is you! You are fierce and strong You were created to overcome all difficulty You carry the invincible God and you have become invincible in Him! You can fly over anything that tries to steal your promise. Take your mantle, dust off the ashes of discouragement It is your time to step into your promise! GO! Have a high flying day! Isaiah 40:31 UNDAUNTED prints available NOW!!! Check out all the Freedom Giants… at...

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So much fun-So little time!

Posted by on June 17, 2016 in Faith | 4 comments

So much fun-So little time!

(As you can see I am using a different format for my blogs. Please make sure you have my name in your inbox so that these don’t hit your junk mail.)   Some thoughts from my desk to yours… ON YOU… You are a history maker. Your life is designed to bring God’s influence and take new ground never taken before. Your journey is mean’t to be exciting, invigorating and powerful. ON YOUR JOURNEY… Establish your priorities. Expect the incredible. Invest in yourself. ON YOUR TIME… Make time and space for your highest callings. Make weekly dates with yourself, to rest in the way that recharges you. Master your time. ON YOUR LIFE… Don’t be afraid to be imperfect. Don’t be afraid to disappoint. Don’t be afraid to leave out the good to make space for the best! Enjoy your life and you’ll attract the world.   I am so excited to be unveiling my ‘Freedom Collection’ of animals to you as they happen in my studio! Watch your inbox each Monday for new Animal Paintings!!   Happy Monday! Mandy...

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For all the invisible people

Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Faith, Latest | 0 comments

For all the invisible people

Have you ever felt invisible? Take heart, you’re very much in the center of God’s eye. David must have felt invisible many times. He worked alone in the fields with the sheep, away from the excitement of his brothers grown up and military lives. But God saw… ‘He chose David his servant
 and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him 
to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
 of Israel his inheritance.And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.’ Psalm 78:70-72 While David was a shepherd he didn’t know that he would be king. But he did know one thing; he was a shepherd boy. Do you know how David trained to become king over a nation? It didn’t happen by killing Goliath or hardening his heart for military training; long before his military exploits David learned his lessons in the fields. He learned to be a king of men by being a king of sheep. David’s heart discovered a childlike, soft compassion for the creatures he looked after. He knew what it was like to rise up and risk his life to protect a single lamb from a bear and a lion. Do you know that it was this soft heart acquired in the fields that would protect David later in life from the pride of kings that would try to destroy him? When Nathan the prophet confronted a hardened David with the need to repent of his sin, David was moved by one thing: It was that soft place that had been etched in David’s heart while he was a shepherd boy, it was the thought of a little lamb being torn from a loving heart that shook David back to his true identity; the compassionate man who he truly was. (check out the full story in 2 Samuel 12 ) God knew that the unique call on David’s life required a unique school. And David did well in the school of small beginnings. He was a faithful shepherd even to foolish proportions; risking his precious life for a stray. God saw the purity in David’s ‘foolishness’ and He sees you too! There are no small beginnings with God. God weights those little things that seem invisible and foolish to men in heavens true measurements. Stay true to your call and never sell your heart for any price, because if you are patient it will yield the harvest that is promised to...

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Get Your Joy Back

Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Faith, Latest | 3 comments

Get Your Joy Back

Get your Joy back It all begins and ends with our connection to Him letting the sun shine into our prayer lives is easier than we think…   Soak instead of perform, Rest instead of think, Receive instead of sacrifice, Listen instead of tell   Because…   When we soak we taste Him, When we receive we respond to Him, When we rest we breathe Him, When we listen we know Him He first loved, everything we do is a response Its never the other way around! There’s always another wave of grace, Step in and let Him wash over you...

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Unrestrained

Posted by on December 13, 2014 in slide | 1 comment

Unrestrained

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Wired for Pearls

Posted by on June 17, 2013 in Faith | 1 comment

Wired for Pearls

Wired for pearls The * painting below depicts the disciples looking up at the sky at the asention of Jesus. 12 imperfect men on a barren, hostile earth with an outrageously vast mandate; to continue what God Himself had begun. God seems to fill the clouds with hopefull expectation. God had made Himself vulnerable to man and satan: Before Jesus’ crucifixion He explains that now is the time for judgement to come into the world and that the prince of the world will be driven out.(Jhn 12:30) Judgement for the world came just as Jesus predicted, but the full measure of judgement meant for all evil ever commited did’nt come on the planet like in the days of Noah; instead the full measure was focused on one man alone: Jesus Christ. Satan himself was given access to carry out this judgement and all the fury of satan was released against God’s Son. That God would do this for us is uncomprehensible,it is the priceless work of God. God then gives this priceless work to mere people to continue to release. It is incredible that God trusts His children with so much. Jesus explains how He will equip us for this work: the Holy Spirit will take all things that belong to the father and will make them known to us who believe. (Jhn 15:14,15) God has trusted us with a work that is impossible with man alone, but possible with man who hears Holy Spirit. Understanding that we are wired to carry the pearls of heaven will alter the way we do life. It will cause us to believe God for more of His hidden treasue that He longs to release to us. As our relationship develops with Him more, so will we receive more pearls. God’s children are recreated holy, that is why He is able to release His pearls to us. Pearls are never released to swine (unholy, not kosher) but only to those He trusts. He trusts you if you will receive His trust. Ask Father: Enlarge my heart and understanding to see the hope and expectation that You have in me. “He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said The Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you” John 16:14-15 * Painting by Rien Poortvliet from his book”He was one of...

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When Heaven’s Culture Live at Our Address

Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Faith | 0 comments

When Heaven’s Culture Live at Our Address

When heavens culture lives @ our address In the true story ”Same kind of different as me”*, Ron, an affluent art dealer trusts a recovering homeless man to take his brand new truck across the country. He trusts his new friend Denver, or at least the best part of him does. Ron so badly wants to fully trust Denver that he allows himself to risk loss and lets him take the truck. The story ends happily as we see Denver faithfully living this new life of trusting and being trusted. What a beautiful picture of heavens culture operating on earth. Jesus gives us a picture of heavens culture in John 14:14-16 (let’s put ourselves in the disciple’s shoes for this exercise)… Firstly, Jesus invites us to ask Him for anything and He assures us He will do it. Secondly, Jesus says He will ask us to do things and we who love Him will do them. Then He goes on to say that He will ask the Father to give us the Holy Spirit and there is the absolute assumption that the Father will do it. Jesus invites us to take a peek at the relationship of perfect trust within the God head. The relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit is perfect; perfect trust based on perfect love. But Jesus doesn’t show us this relationship from a distance to help us to aspire to it. He invites us into it. Jesus starts by being vulnerable and offering to be the first to ‘go’. He invites us to ask Him anything based on this love trust relationship. He loves us and yes, though crazy as it seems He trusts us too. He trusts us knowing that we may fail, but realizes that we need Him to trust us because His trust empowers us to walk in this heavenly way of life. Heavens trust is based on love. The understanding that each one wants what is good for each other and requests that are made are for the other’s good. Jesus reveals His heart to those He trusts. He gives us His pearls because He believes we can honor what is precious. He doesn’t expect something from us that we are unable to step into. He calls us up to take part in this incredible love trust relationship within the God head. He goes on to say “I am in the Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”(vs.20) The love trust relationship is not meant to be contained within the Godhead. It begins here, but is intended to flow over into our earth relationships bringing the culture of heaven to our address. “He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him” John 14:21 ‘*Same Kind of Different as me” written by Ron Hall and Denver...

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The Rain Storm of God’s Favor

Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Faith | 2 comments

The Rain Storm of God’s Favor

The Rain-Storm of God’s Favor It is possible to be sincere, but to be sincerely wrong. Before Paul’s conversion he was a devout Jew. He kept the law to the extreme and some. He was desperately trying to earn favor with God. Paul may have been sincere but he was sincerely wrong! He didn’t understand that God had already released favor to him. What? But Paul was an unbeliever in Jesus (and an evil doer) how could he already have favor with God? When Jesus was born, the angel proclaimed; “Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” God was coming in peace and His favor rested on people. Heaven’s favor literally broke into the thick darkness on the earth. Jesus continued this message, this is what He proclaimed; “He has sent me to …… proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Read Luke 4 for full context.) Jesus declared that the time had come when God’s favor had been released to all people. This new day had begun with Jesus. It was a season when all people were living under the rain storm of God’s favor. It was raining in every place on every person. There was not a person who was not living surrounded by the wet, favor of God. It was simply a matter of believing what God had done…no more trying to earn God’s favor, His favor was already released in the atmosphere through Jesus. Believers are those who have simply believed that God has favored them. Unbelievers live under the same rain, but they have umbrellas of blindness over their heads, minds and hearts. We still live in that day of God’s favor and the rain has increased from the time Jesus first proclaimed it! Sometimes we as believers, who live under the open rain of God stick an umbrella over the head of our unbelieving friends and family by assuming they will never believe. Instead of believing for them we look at their years of spiritual and emotional decay and agree with their unbelief –that they are truly a lost case. In reality they are only one belief away from removing their umbrella and standing in the full storm of God’s favor. No-one ever earned this favor. It is the gift of God. We can only receive the gift one way; by believing Him. It is not uncommon for even the hardest person to remove their umbrella- they are only one belief away. Let’s drop our umbrellas: We are what we are today only because the full force of God’s rain has fallen on us. We didn’t get ourselves here…if God could do it for us- He can do it for them too! 1.Let’s carry hope for every lost person. 2.Let’s understand that faith is not so hard, even for them- because God favors them too! 3.Let’s believe for our unbelievers, though blind and under an umbrella- that they would smell and feel the rain, compelling them to get wet… “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that...

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Window Catchers

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Faith | 0 comments

Window Catchers

Window Catchers It’s not so hard to hear God’s voice and to respond to Him. It’s kind of like breathing; we are all able to do it. The Pharisees and Sadducees spent their lives trying to unpack their hard religion and never were successful, yet the ordinary people and children were able to connect with Jesus. It wasn’t the particularly ‘spiritual’ people, but the honest and willing people who were able to discern and respond to God. There is a story of a woman who had many broken relationships and who lived with her boyfriend. She probably didn’t have much experience with hearing God’s voice or responding to Him. Yet one ordinary day she went to get water and who did she meet at the well? Jesus! (Who revealed Himself to her.) Her normal day could have continued to be normal, but she recognized the moment. If she responded by continuing her chore she would have missed the window. But instead, this ‘unspiritual’ lady discerned that this was not a normal moment, it was a window moment. God had given her a window and she needed to catch it. She responded by leaving her water jar at the well for something more important and went into town to call the people. Earlier that day she had come to the well with a physical need for water, but she also carried within her heart a deep thirst for more. She had learned to live with this unquenchable need, but now Jesus filled her thirst! She was so impacted that she put aside her natural need and went ahead to share the new satisfying water. To the contrary, the Sadducees and Pharisees had spent their lives learning the law of God and instituting it, yet they could not see and respond like this unspiritual woman. This honest lady had met the Messiah seemingly by chance and she understood the weight of the moment couldn’t be missed. She had to put down her normal day in order to catch the new window of opportunity that God had provided. Opportunity is like a seasonal window that flashes through time, if we don’t catch the window it may not come again. Often when ‘God opportunities’ arise we may be unsure how to respond… What to do when a window in time arises: 1. We may not be sure how to respond, but we must respond intentionally. 2. If we continue life as normal until we know a clear plan, we may miss the window because most often a plan will not be clear until we step into the window by faith. 3. God will anoint our stepping out even when it’s not perfect. If we wait for God to pull us into the window we may wait forever, because when God shows us a window He invites us to respond next. 4. Often we are called to set aside normal life and reschedule our plans for a season in order to catch the window. 5. When God shows us a window it doesn’t mean that we will automatically step into it, it is simply an invitation for us to respond and step into the window. Our honest response, no matter how human and incomplete will open the window and let heaven in! Jesus wept...

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