There is much reassurance and bliss that travels from these words to the listener’s heart.
This song is beautiful!!!!!! I dream and pray for more songs of true hope to arise around the world!
“Gifts are free, maturity is expensive.
Pursue God in the secret place, it prepares for the impossible.”
− Bill Johnson
About two weeks ago I had a dream while sleeping. I dreamed I was in a house in the Middle East; and as I was moving toward the door to leave the woman of the house came out of the kitchen. In her hands was a basket shaped like a grasshopper. She explained to me that it was a gift, meant for use in folk religion, but she had redefined it and redeemed it for her own Jesus-centered purposes. She said it was a reminder of a prayer strategy. She then took the lid off, which was the grasshopper’s head, and showed me a circle of colors inside the lid. Each color represented a prayer focus. It was really insightful and the hidden nature of the colors was important. The colors were inside the grasshopper and they required revelation in order to understand what they represented.
It was a powerful moment. As I thanked the woman and left the house I knew the wisdom she gave me would be a key to my approach to life in the Middle East for years to come.
Interestingly, later that week a top US military person told me the prayer strategy God gave him for Iraq over the course of two years.
I knew the grasshopper was important in its symbolism so I google-d it. The first and only link I clicked on said the following:
Grasshopper Symbology — The grasshopper is associated with astral travel. They have the ability to leap through time and into space where the true mysteries of life exist. People with this medicine have the wisdom necessary to overcome obstacles efficiently and are able to jump into successful ventures without preparation or planning. When the grasshopper appears to us we are being asked to take a leap of faith and jump forward into a specific area of life without fear. Usually that specific area is one that we have avoided and is often connected to change on a larger scale. This can represent a change in location, relationships, career or just in the way we perceive ourselves.
Grasshoppers can only jump forward….not backward, or sideways. So, when grasshopper shows up he could be reaffirming to you that you are taking the right steps to move forward in your current situation. Or it could be that he is telling you to go ahead and move forward, getting past what is hindering you. This is why grasshopper is the symbol of good luck all over the world. Grasshopper’s ability to connect and understand sound vibrations is why he is also a symbol of your inner voice. he could be telling you to trust yours. *
I read the explanation out loud to a friend nearby. We both opened our eyes wide and laughed substantially: the laugh of discovery, awe, and whoa-God-is-omniscient-eeriness. It felt like the words were exactly for me. There I was sitting in Iraq, the place I’d dreamed and prayed about for 16 years, dreams were materializing; yet, I was on the brink of another sequence of large decisions to LEAP forward WITHOUT FEAR.
That move forward is happening. I am building relationships with people in Iraq that will facilitate my path back here one day. Moreover, inside me is a prayer strategy, simple, but expanding. There is a rainbow ring of promise around my neck, around my voice, and it will be unveiled. The purposes of heaven will be made manifest in my life and in Iraq’s life.
We are bound for glory to glory, so forward we shall go.
Some days I am immensely thankful for the power of a heavenly perspective. When things are not as one prefers, when the cost is high, when isolation is tangible, and when the gap between now and then feels full of LONG seconds.
Today I heard the following song by Jason Upton and I was brought back to a moment in 2005 when I was at a One Thing Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Jason was leading worship. I was suddenly overcome with love and compassion for the Middle East. I laid on the floor face down and sobbed, praying for the Middle East to know Jesus; and praying for my path into the Middle East to be clear and easy, strategic and powerful. Then Lou Engle walked on stage and said something like, “I feel like we are supposed to be praying for the Middle East, for Muslims to meet Jesus, and for terrorists to encounter God.” The patch of wet carpet beneath my eyes grew.
Now I am in Baghdad, Iraq making new decisions about surrender, faith, and love. As always, I’m holding onto promises and I’m holding on to The Promiser. I am thankful I have learned not only to trust God, but to delight in Him.
Moreover, I know through and through that He is worth it all.
If I had two fists full of marbles, I’d give them all to Him.
If I had a closet full of dollars, I’d give them all to Him.
If I had a mountain made of ideas, I’d give them all to Him.
If I had a life full of life, I’d give it all to Him.
And so I will. With consummate love and outrageous hope, I will continue to give Him my life.
It is wonderful to be able to give Jesus my life! haha! What sheer delight! What thrill! What joy!
It’s all for His glory. HIS GLORY!!!!!! GLORY!!!!!
I love His GLORY!
On top of all that, here is one of my favorite songs about my favorite person: God.
And Steffany Frizzell’s thoughts on worship
While worshiping Jesus at church today tears appeared on my face like dew on tulips in early morning. The sunlight’s tension yearning beyond the night’s cool, causing the droplets. My life’s hopes slamming into the embodiment of hope: Jesus Himself.
I am simply undone by the stirring brightness of Jesus. I can not fathom a better King, a truer lover, nor a deeper friend. I am infinitely thankful I know Him. For Him, I would do anything, go anywhere, and love anyone. My heart longs for the whole world to know Him, to really KNOW Him. He’s it. He really is. He’s the fulfillment, the treasure, the resurrection, and the life. And once you choose to follow Him, you are inseparable. A match made in heaven which will stay in heaven forever.
If you haven’t met Him, if you haven’t chosen to follow Him, you can decide to do so any time. Simply tell Jesus you want to follow Him and tell Him you are giving Him your life. You can talk out loud, if you want. Ask Him to tangibly demonstrate His love to you. Then listen for His direction. He’ll speak. Keep talking to Him- daily, hourly, constantly – chat with Him as you would a friend. He loves you. And the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth. I recommend finding a Bible and reading it: starting with the book of John in the New Testament. It’s really scrumptious. The main thing is keep talking to God AND listen for His response.
(And if you choose to follow Him, let me know. I’ll throw some imaginary confetti and laugh with joy.)
“Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss
compared to the possession
of the priceless privilege
(the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage)
of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord
and of progressively becoming more deeply and
intimately acquainted with Him
[of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him
more fully and clearly].
For His sake I have lost everything
and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs),
in order that I may win (gain) Christ
(the Anointed One)”
Philippians 3:8 (AMP)
the prelude to faith;
and laughter is the beginning of prayer.”
– Reinhold Niebuhr