Friday, January 12, 2007

No Choice But Faith, Jan 12, 2007


As I was studying scripture from a devotional that the Lord brought to me this morning, I found my mind was struggling against and confused by something Jesus said about new whine skins. It wasn't the scripture that had me confused; it made perfect sense. However, what He was trying to say to them confused me and I remembered it being said that the parables were lessons that were "hidden" from unbelievers. So ... why was my mind in turmoil and confusion about this.

I had to take it to Jesus, asking Him to show me what it was He was trying to tell them. I was strongly rebuking spirits of confusion and trying to clear my mind. I nearly broke out in a sweat thinking, "Maybe it's early dementia. I'm awfully young, but my memory is failing and I feel mental stress over simple things anymore."
Just as I completed the thought I saw myself setting with Jesus. He was waiting patiently. I felt led to "rebuke those thoughts and all the devils attempts to bring destruction and evil" against me and to claim the peace, wisdom and strength of Jesus.

Jesus gently patted my hand and raised up off of the "rock" he was setting on to walk over and pick something up from the ground. He brought it back and placed it in my cupped hands. It was a soft, fluffy, sweet little chick. He said to me that this little chick didn't know me and I had no previous connection or contact with it. It had no choice but to trust me and allow me to be loving, gentle and kind to it. It wasn't asking me for anything, but trusting that I would hold it gently.

I looked into the face of Jesus and saw the love and emotion in His eyes and knew that he just wanted to bring me to Himself and to hold me, love me, care for me and heal me.

Torn patches, busted whine bags ... it was about healing and transformation. The Pharisees were complaining about what they were observing Jesus and the disciples doing and not understanding that it's about healing the sick and reaching out to the wounded.

Tonight is activation and I've been praying for continued spiritual and physical healing for those who come trusting for Jesus to touch them. If I don't allow Jesus to transform me into the new whine skin, when He fills me with the Spirit I will "puff up" in the flesh in what "I" are doing and the healings that "I" give ... the new will "tear away from the old" and leave a bigger wound. These children of God come to us having no choice but faith in what God has for them at that moment. Let me have faith in Jesus to hold them in my hands and in his love through me, trusting in Him to provide the healing and provision we need and then to carry it forward and share it with someone else who has come to their moment of no choice but faith.

I see His beautiful smile and feel the warmth and pleasure of His heart knowing that He will be free to heal and love through me and that this is my true desire ... bringing glory to Him in all things.

In His love and Spirit

Friday, December 29, 2006

Our Days are Numbered - Ordered by Number - 2007 and 2008


This is a time that I have dedicated to the Lord to prophetically activate His word and purpose in my life as I diligently seek Him. As we close one year and begin another. I pray our year will close with blessings and unmeasurable joy and that 2007 will begin with the promise of purpose, continued blessings and the favor of the Lord for each of us.

God spoke to me yesterday of numerology. We are to consider how God placed importance on the order and pattern of numerals in scripture. It is a defining pattern He set in place. He is a God of order and discipline and sets out His order through numerals as He shows us in scripture.

The year 2006 is 2000 years which is a pattern biblically set. The number 2000 represents the Church age ending in resurrection. (Joshua 3: 4). The number 6 represents Man; beast; Satan; flesh; carnal; toil and strain of the flesh or natural realm; work; sorrow; secular completeness. (Rev. 13: 18; 1 Sam. 17: 4-7; Gen. 1: 26-31; 4: 17-18; 2 Peter 3: 8; 2 Sam. 21: 20; Num. 35: 15).

When Christ announced "it is finished" on the cross it was upon His death at the hands of His people; his earthly and pre-glorified body. I am observing in His visions and warnings that our earthly disasters and destruction over the past few years is only a taste of what is to come before "it is finished" in His purposes here. He is striving to reach us and call us back to himself.

In 2007. The number 7 represents Completion; finished work; perfection; rest; perfection in the Spirit. (Gen. 2: 1-3; Lev. 14: 7; 16: 14, 19; Matt. 18: 21-22; Jude 14; Rev. 2: 1; 8: 2; 12: 3). I believe that at the close of 2007 and entering in to 2008 we will have experienced earthquakes, storms, and other natural disasters unequalled throughout history. Even our weather patterns are shifting and showing us things are not the same. This is His finished work and call to us so that in 2008 we will have the new beginning and new realization of who He is. Revelation of the Lord will heighten and we will see even more of who He truly is and experience Him more fully.

When we look ahead to 2008 we have the continuation of the Church age ending in conjunction with the number 8 Circumcision of the flesh; liberty; salvation; new beginning; resurrection life; die to self. (Gen. 17: 12; 1 Peter 3: 20-21; 2 Chron. 29: 17; 2 Peter 1: 14). I believe this is the time that God has designated for new beginnings.

All that we look forward to as believers is promised in Covenant and God is faithful. We must be diligent in our pursuit of His purposes as He has promised to return and wants to find us ready and working towards His return; not setting and waiting, but diligently working for His purposes. I pray that 2007 will find us completing the work He has given us so that we may rest in His new beginnings at the close of 2007 moving in to 2008.

Don't wait and be found by the Lord to be unfinished and unfulfilled in His purposes. Be about His purposes now. Be found a "good and faithful servant" to the Lord. Love Him with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your strength.


In His love and Spirit,
Tammy

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Storm is coming - Dec. 19, 2006


I was riding in a car


Automobile: Similar to horses, camels, boats, and chariots as well as any and all modes of transporting a person on the ground from place to place, only they are modern day modes; Church or personal ministry; warfare and battles; personal life. (1 Kings 12: 18; 2 Kings 2: 11-12; 10:16; Ps. 104: 3; Acts 8: 28-38; 1 Thess. 2: 18)


with a dear friend of mine (April). I looked up above us and saw dark clouds and told her a funnel cloud would be dropping down any minute. Almost immediately the funnel cloud appeared and we turned into the Double Tree Hotel to go in to safety.


Tornado: See also Clouds, Storm, Thunder, Whirlwind and Wind: Distress; overcoming irresistible power; great trouble; sudden disturbance from the norm; swift change; spiritual warfare; judgment; sudden disaster or destruction; trial; persecution; opposition; witchcraft. (Is. 25: 4; 1 Thess. 5: 3; Nam. 1: 3; Eph. 4: 14; John 3: 8; Acts 2: 2-4; Job 1: 12, 19; 8: 2)
Hotel: Temporary; migratory; socially accepted place to gather; changing church. (Luke 10: 3-31, 33-34)


April just stood and watched as the funnel got closer to us. I told her we should go inside out of the storm. She was mesmerized by the storm.


We went inside and noticed a woman laying in the floor that had passed out from the fear of what was happening. We also saw a lot of people watching monitors of what was going on outside.


Television: A prophetic vision; taking into the “eye gate” information that is both evil and good as in eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (as opposed to the tree of life). (Num. 24: 16; Dan. 2: 19; 1 Chron. 13: 7, 9-10; Rom. 1: 32)


There was a lot of wind picking things up and spinning them around, but not a lot of change or lasting affect.
Wind: See also Clouds, Thunder, Tornado, Storm and Whirlwind: Powers of God or satan; breathe of life; Spirit; doctrine of devils; Holy Spirit; to challenge; empty words such as boasting; vanity; calamity; God's adjudication and correction and quota or portion; demise and failure of man; false teaching. (Eph. 4: 14; John 3: 8; Acts 2: 2-4; Job 1: 12, 19; 8: 2; Prov. 25: 14; Ez. : 10; Eph. 4: 14; Is. 32: 2; Hos. 8: 7; 13: 15)

By the slice - Dream Segment Dec. 18, 2006


I was watching my husband, Scott, as he and another man were talking to a young man who was making pizza. It seemed that the older man wanted Scott to join him in this "venture"/business and Scott wasn't understanding why or how.


He asked the young man what made this pizza so special and he shrugged his shoulders as if to say nothing really, just regular ole garlic. No one could understand why this pizza had drawn so many people to this place (another house, not really a pizza place). The tables were filled with people who were mezmerized and taken with this incredible pizza.


Again, it didn't seem to be a restaurant, just a small house filled with people eating this pizza.


Suddenly my dad appeared


Father: See also Family, Mother, Daughter and Son: Father God; the Holy Spirit; authority that is natural and/or spiritual; birthright; tradition; satan; natural father; supplier of needs; trainer; the one who nourishes; head of household; Father’s house can be the Temple or heaven. (John 8: 44, 54; Hos. 11: 1-3; Matt. 7: 8-11; Is. 1: 2; Ex. 6: 14; John 2: 14-16; 14: 2)


and asked how we thought we were going to participate in this and it was a crazy scheme. We just shrugged our shoulders and said we didn't understand it, but we knew we were supposed to be involved in it.

My Sister's Hair ... Dec. 16, 2006

I was setting at a table across from my sister

Sister in Jesus; similar qualities you see in yourself or someone else; herself; the Church. (Matt. 12: 50; Rom. 14: 10-21; 16: 1; 2 John 13; Hebrews 13: 3; Amos 1; 9; 1 Cor. 1: 1; 8: 11-13; Luke 10: 38-42; 2 Thess. 3: 6, 15; James: 1: 9; 2: 15; 1 Timothy 5: 2

I noticed her normally pretty blonde hair

Hair: Covering; covenant; too much attention paid to detail; absolute safety; respect; grief; attractiveness; affliction; destruction; fall; great numbers; humanity; numbered on our head showing His love for us; the old sin nature; doctrine; tradition; on body standing up means fear. (Pro. 16: 31; 31: 30; Hos. 7: 9; Ps. 40: 12; 1 Cor. 11:14-15; Lev. 19: 27; 1 Sam. 14: 45; 2 Sam. 14; 25, 26; Judges 16: 17, 22; 20: 16; Is. 3: 17, 24; Song 5: 2, 11; Job 4: 14-15; Ezra 9: 3; Jer. 7: 29; John 11: 2; Luke 7: 38)

was standing about 8 inches high

Eight: Circumcision of the flesh; liberty; salvation; new beginning; resurrection life; die to self. (Gen. 17: 12; 1 Peter 3: 20-21; 2 Chron. 29: 17; 2 Peter 1: 14)

in spikes all over her head.

This is very out of the ordinary and quite unusual behavior for this particular person.

Service Others - Dream Segment 12/17/06


Scott and I were in a white frame house


The church; or one's own home; person or family; dwelling place; Tabernacle or Temple of God; the true church; heaven; security or insecurity depending on dream; center of the family or family of God; people in the church are the household of God; our present life and its condition; place to relax and be entertained with ungodly things; people in the church are the members of His household; resting place; place to return to; eternal home or heaven; reference to ones character or reputation; place where evil demonic spirits dwell; the human body or body as an earthly tent; our body as a place for God and His Spirit to live. (Luke 11: 24; 15: 6; 2 Sam. 14: 13-24; Ruth 1: 21; 4: 3; Acts 16: 31, 34; Heb. 3: 6; 3: 10-21; 1 Chron. 17: 5; Judges 11: 34; 19: 9; Acts 16: 34; Gen. 14: 14; 8: 9; 2 Cor. 5: 6; Eph. 2: 19; 3: 17; Ecc. 12: 5; Matt. 12: 44; Luke 11: 25; 2: 4; 2 Corinthians 5: 1-10; Mark 13: 34-35; 2: 1, 4-5; 3: 24; John 14: 1-4, 23; 1: 11; Job 30: 23; 2 Cor. 5; 1; Heb. 10: 21; Ps. 119: 54; 122: 1; Ex. 34: 26;13: 3; Prov. 2: 18; Luke 15: 6; 11: 25; 1 Tim. 5: 4; Is. 65: 10)


and the house was full to overflowing with people that we were serving food to. It had a resteraunt atmosphere, but I don't think it was a "business".


Restaurant: Church; service; systematic serving of the Word of God; choosing what you want as opposed to receiving what you need; honoring guest; worship; celebrating victory. (Matt 25: 35; 32: 4; Psalm 19: 9-10; John 6: 27, 48-63; 4: 32, 34; 1 Cor. 3: 1-2; Heb. 5: 14; Ester 1: 3-12; 1 Sam. 25: 11; Jer. 51: 34-44)


We went out on the front porch


Porch: See also Yard: Outreach and evangelism to the church; public place, exhibited; displayed; exposed. (Mark 14: 68; Acts 5: 12; Joel 2: 17)


and noticed cars parked on both sides of the road and packed into a gravel parking lot a few houses down.


Vehicles - a person on the ground from place to place, only they are modern day modes; Church or personal ministry; warfare and battles; personal life. (1 Kings 12: 18; 2 Kings 2: 11-12; 10:16; Ps. 104: 3; Acts 8: 28-38; 1 Thess. 2: 18)


A police officer came up on the porch where we were standing

Police: See also Guard, Lawyer and Judge: Spiritual authority of the church; Pastor or Elders; protection; natural authority; angels or demons; enforcer of the curse of the law. (Hebrews 1: 7, 14; Luke 12: 11; 22: 25; Ps. 94: 20; 2 Cor. 10: 8; Titus 2: 15; 2 Tim. 1: 12; Eph. 6: 10-18; 1 Peter 5: 8; 2 Kings 10: 25; Acts 16: 27; Prov. 4: 13; 13: 6; 21: 23)


and asked if we had permits for all of the cars parked in the street and in the lot.


Permit - permission from authority, or legal right to perform an activity or function, an authoritative or official certificate of permission; license: a written order granting special permission to do something.


We told him we hadn't expected all of these people, that this was not what we expected and he said we had to get a permit for all of these cars. We were just amazed at what was happening.


Dream Segment - Closed Garage 12/17/06


My husband, Scott, and I were standing in an oversized Garage


(Garage: Protection; storage; ministry potential for outreach. (Du. 28: 8; Luke 12: 18; Matt. 13: 30)


The garage door was closed (I felt calm and noticed that all of the product and parts we now have stored in the garage were gone and it was neat and in order)


Jesus; opening; to be given admittance; possibility of danger or good; opening of the mouth to speak edification or idle words. (Hos. 2: 15; 1 Cor. 16: 9; 2 Cor. 2: 12; Col. 4: 3; John 10: 7, 9; Rev. 3: 8, 20; 4: 1; Ps. 141: 3)


Except for the corner of the door that was hanging off track ... the door would still work, but not as well and not as smoothly.


I believe God is speaking to me about our ministry/purpose and the business He had given us. That window of opportunity has closed and our purpose is off track. We will still fill a purpose, but not as smoothly and significantly as we could have had we stayed "on track".


We are promised in His Word that we are given gifts at our birth and we do not loose them, but I believe God is impressing on me that it is essential in our service and obedience that we do not hesitate in answering His call. His full and total blessing only comes with full and total obedience.

When He Wants To Revive His People - He Sends His Prophets and Intercessors


There are seasons when God has stirred stronger among His people bringing what we call revival and/or awakening in that season. He does this by revelation, impartation, sanctification, and anointing of those who are truly seeking Him and His purposes.


The scripture below is from Zechariah 3, verses 6 - 10. It tells how His priest (Joshua) and his "colleagues" (fellow priests, prayer warriors, intercessors, prophets) have access to His presence and places to walk among those who are with Him at His throne. These priests and fellow colleagues were signs or omens (prophetic significance) of what is to come. All the providence of God through the seven eyes (Spirituality or enlightenment, Completion, Perfection, Wisdom, Sensitivity, Healing, Miracles, Faith) or facets and the sevenfold radiations of the Spirit of God. I find this so beautiful and encouraging to us as Believers and priests for His Kingdom.


Zech 3:6-10


6And the Angel of the Lord [solemnly and earnestly] protested and affirmed to Joshua, saying,
7Thus says the Lord of hosts: If you will walk in My ways and keep My charge, then also you shall rule My house and have charge of My courts, and I will give you access [to My presence] and places to walk among these who stand here.
8Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your colleagues who [usually] sit before you--for they are men who are a sign or omen [types of what is to come]--for behold, I will bring forth My servant the [b]Branch.(B)
9For behold, upon the stone which I have set before Joshua, upon that one stone are seven eyes or facets [the all-embracing providence of God and the sevenfold radiations of the Spirit of God]. Behold, I will carve upon it its inscription, says the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity and guilt of this land in a single day.(C)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Mark and Record



I knew the Lord was speaking to me strong today when he gave me two identical verses from two different books of the Bible. It was the story of throwing the first stone at the sin of others. It's so easy to recognize the sin in another's life, and so worldly to disregard the sin in our own lives.

What caught my attention even more than the story of the prostitute was the fact that Jesus went to the fig tree because He was hungry. The humanness of this is overwhelming to me. I often forget the human qualities and characteristics Christ had to overcome to remain in His perfection. The prophetic statements He made in the scripture in John 8 and Mark 11 reveals His "God side" and the fact that He fully knew what the end result of His ministry here would be. The fact that He cursed the fig tree saying, "man would not eat it's fruit" showed His disappointment and willingness to accept the human side of things. He could have caused fruit to immediately appear, but He embraced the humanness of His existence to demonstrate His love for and understanding of our needs and desires.

When I stopped to pray and thank God for His mercy and love, I saw a date stamp. God began speaking to me about recording events and documenting very accurately and plainly all that He is explaining to me and teaching me.

As I look back on previous notations, I don't remember writing much of it. I remember the message and it still stirs reaction deep in my spirit, but it doesn't bring to memory the recording of the message. This confirms to me that it is the Spirit speaking to me and I am blessed beyond measure when I recognize His hand upon me.

His love fails not ...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Massacre "in the hearts of the Arminians" and in our own hearts.


I received an email from a friend who had received the following from a friend of hers ...


I want to write of the massacre tat happened there in the early 1900’s . . . but with a focus on the ‘healing process’ tat has gotten the two nations to where they are now . . . and what part faith / religion had to play in that healing process. There is so much shit going on up in that area . . . I thought this year I’m going to look at a different angle . . . and ask the question if they could play a part in the peace process that is unfolding in that area. The war in Iraq is about to take a turn that no one is going to believe possible . . . . its going to be a dark day . . . But there is love, there is forgiveness . . . but are we all so tired that we forget how to love and forgive ? The hearts of the Arminians are a key to the stability in that region . . . .

We are all moving so fast . . . we as a planet need to stop being led by this senseless merry go round of wars and wars and heal . . . This is just how it is I know when I start writing the readers will not be ready to hear this message . . . but it’s what I gotta write . . . soon they will see Yeah . . . I believe there is a really nasty turn coming up in the war in Iraq . . . and the US is not undecided about Iran either even though the votes in the senate are a little more measured. There is a shuffling to keep the traders happy but the real powerbrokers are in the backrooms preparing for an all out assault. . just as the were months before Hiroshima and Bush wouldn’t leave the Iran issue as it stands with the next president . . His ego just wouldn’t let him. The congressional mid-terms are over and the seat of power has shifted . . but has it really ? Some say the Neocons are planning a bomb type tactic for Iran . . . I sure as hell hope not . . but the vibrations are strong out there. Aggressive preemption just has to be a thing of the past I’m hoping . . .


Wow. It must be difficult to see the reality of it all and know that it will ultimately affect every portion of the world. The effects will be felt by us all.

It is up to us to speak peace and blessings into the world and to stand exactly where God has placed us as watchmen over the Kingdom gates. We must be diligent in what we are called to and be steadfast in our faith and our hope, the hope that we have in Christ and Christ alone.

I pray protection and mercy over those who are in danger's way. I pray blessings over those who are in the midst of the battles ministering to and loving the lost in those areas.

May God have mercy on us all and provide wisdom and discernment in all things.

In the name of Jesus,
Tam

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A Prayer For Healing, Forgiveness & Restoration


Intense prayer time this morning in the Spirit led me to take account of all the areas in my life where there might be the appearance of indiscretion and how it damages our testimony and ability to witness to those who would see it through fleshly eyes. God continues to remind me of His call to integrity and honorable living. We are to be ever mindful of how our actions are scrutinized by the world. We are not to turn our backs on those who would unknowingly put our character in compromising positions, but we are to be ever aware of how we reflect Christ and how innocent loved ones perceive situations. We are to reach out in love and mercy, but also the guard our hearts and our spirits from those who are not fully controlled by God's Holy Spirit in their discernment and actions.

God led me to this prayer to pray over myself and all those I love and cherish.
"Father, I pray for conviction for any areas of our lives where the flesh has become stronger than our discernment and for repentance of anything God reveals as unacceptable or displeasing to Him. I pray for mercy in the eyes of those who recognize our indiscretions before we are willing to see them ourselves. I pray for forgiveness from those who would be in a position to judge us and for healing love to relationships that have been attacked by Satan's schemes. In the name of Jesus I claim your promises of hope, prosperity and strength through your Holy Spirit. Be glorified through me, Father. Have your way in my life. In the name of Jesus. Amen"

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Vulnerable To and Discernment Against


So many different segments I can't even begin to remember all that took place.

At one point I was with Beth and we were running to catch a bus. I realized I had forgotten my purse and wouldn't have my keys to get in and start the car. (running ahead of provision, forgetting the One who provides). She ran ahead looking back at me and I turned and went back to get my purse.

Another segment ...
I was at the hospital visiting a sick (?) friend, Brian. I remember laying beside him and just holding him next to me. There were many people there, however, our spirits were connected seeming intertwined and I knew that this was leaving me "naked"/exposed before everyone who was there to be with him. I denied the feeling of exposure and vulnerability and continued to rock and cradle him in my arms, close to me.

I looked out the window and noticed that one of the young women/nurses, had left the room and was standing outside the window crying and praying over us because she was so moved by the power of the Spirit in the room.

Another segment ...
A flash of family friends from my childhood and the siblings were visiting with us. The younger one had all of her dolls and figurines, etc. lined up along in front of and on the top of her pillows on her bed. One of them, something similar to a Troll Doll, made her uncomfortable and she said it was an evil spirit. I was explaining to her in the dream that they (the spirits) are real and travel from person to person in search of an open door to enter in to and reside. If they can't find a person immediately then they will reside where ever they can waiting for admission to another person's spirit.

God is showing me we are not to get ahead of Him in following or moving with people we know here. Keeping up with them and hurrying to keep their pace will distract us and cause us to forget that He has provision for us. We are to be ever mindful of His guiding and provision.

There will be times when we are in vulnerable and exposed situations providing spiritual comfort, healing and restoration for those we love and care about. Our outward gestures will move others to a point of awakening and renewal that is an outward expression of their desire to be in relationship with and to be cared for by God.

We are not to ignore the subtle discernment in our spirit as God teaches and warns us about the spiritual realm. Spiritual warfare and spiritual movement is not always evident to the naked eye, but our spiritual eyes reveal it to us and God gives to us power to deal with the evil.

To God be the glory ...

Tammy

Friday, November 10, 2006

Pushing Through To Hear


I've had a little trouble sleeping for the past few weeks. This is not to say I haven't gotten any sleep. I have slept. It seems my sleep is only a mechanism for God to communicate with me and I've been experiencing difficulty in remembering what it is He has been showing me. Medications can dull our memory of the dream state and my medications have been increased as a preventative to migraines (my thorn in the flesh).

I've been praying about cutting the dosage in half to see if it will help me to be more alert during my waking hours and to increase my ability to remember the dreams God gives me. God is being diligent in working with me until such time as the medications are regulated. He wakes me up frequently during the night so that I can process what I've been shown before moving on to sleep again and receive more of what He has for me.

I'm still having a lot of difficulty remembering everything, and usually only succeed in remembering one main dream segment a night. This is not nearly complete enough for my comfort, and I know that God will resolve the problem in His perfect timing.

However, when I awoke at 1:23 or 2:34 this morning (I woke both times, but can't remember which time the Lord gave me this vision), as I was going back to sleep I saw a "membrane" stretched before me. I could see the elbows, knees, faces, hands, arms, etc. of people trying to push through the membrane. I remember thinking, "Huh, that looks like an eardrum/tympanic membrane." As I was drifting off I could almost hear the Lord saying, they are attempting to push through, but they aren't hearing me.

"There is no true joy or happiness to be found apart from Me."

Then the Lord led me to this scripture (I'm pulling from The Message because it aligned so significantly with the vision the Lord gave me). I can't help but ask, are we truly pushing through to get to Jesus? Are we diligently seeking Him as we would seek sustenance if we were impoverished? Only this type of pushing through difficulties and everyday life situations will bring us face-to-face and heart-to-heart with the Father. This is where we will find our pure joy. The joy God intended for us when He created us. In constant fellowship and communion with us, spirit to Spirit.

Ecclesiastes 6 (The Message)
The Message (MSG)

Ecclesiastes 6
Things Are Bad 1-2 I looked long and hard at what goes on around here, and let me tell you, things are bad. And people feel it. There are people, for instance, on whom God showers everything—money, property, reputation—all they ever wanted or dreamed of. And then God doesn't let them enjoy it. Some stranger comes along and has all the fun. It's more of what I'm calling smoke. A bad business.
3-5 Say a couple have scores of children and live a long, long life but never enjoy themselves—even though they end up with a big funeral! I'd say that a stillborn baby gets the better deal. It gets its start in a mist and ends up in the dark—unnamed. It sees nothing and knows nothing, but is better off by far than anyone living.
6 Even if someone lived a thousand years—make it two thousand!—but didn't enjoy anything, what's the point? Doesn't everyone end up in the same place? 7 We work to feed our appetites; Meanwhile our souls go hungry.
8-9 So what advantage has a sage over a fool, or over some poor wretch who barely gets by? Just grab whatever you can while you can; don't assume something better might turn up by and by. All it amounts to anyway is smoke. And spitting into the wind. 10 Whatever happens, happens. Its destiny is fixed. You can't argue with fate.
11-12 The more words that are spoken, the more smoke there is in the air. And who is any better off? And who knows what's best for us as we live out our meager smoke-and-shadow lives? And who can tell any of us the next chapter of our lives?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Patients Dream


God spoke to me last night in my dreams about a time that is coming. None of the faces were familiar to me, and I knew that it was the situation that was notable, not necessarily the people.

In one segment of the dream I was with a young woman who was lying in a hospital bed. She looked to be in her late 20's or early 30's with pale, porcelain skin and blond hair. I was holding her hand and felt the pain of her heart as she laid in bed wondering where her husband was. It was not the physical illness that was of concern to the Lord, it was her emotional and spiritual struggle that was manifesting in the physical.

The next segment revealed a young boy that appeared to be about nine or ten years old. He had what appeared to be a neck collar/brace around his torso. I felt it had something to do with his ribcage and immediately was amazed that "the fall" hadn't killed him. His mother was beside him and there seemed to be no concern in either of them. They were watching cartoons. There was no recognition or praise for this life that had been spared.

The third segment showed a lot of activity around a young woman, in possibly her early twenties. Her face or appearance was not significant in that I don't remember anything except that there were many physicians gathered around her. I held her hand as she received a recommendation from one of the physicians telling her something about surgery (I perceived it to be a sinus problem). She looked at me, squeezed my hand and said, "Okay." There was a peace about the situation and she was quite content with love being passed between us through holding hands.