Washing Osama’s Feet

Sometimes I wonder what would happen if instead of sending thousands of soldiers overseas into war zones we sent radical followers of Jesus to TRANSFORM nations. There is a rumbling beneath the ground in the Middle East, it’s the unrest of dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction is not a bad thing if it leads people to Truth and Truth TRANSFORMS an entire REGION and the ENTIRE world! The Middle East is part of Jesus’ inheritance! MINE TOO!!

Either Jesus is who He said He is and so am I, or not. If He is, then He is worth every minute of my stepping out of my comfort zone for love. If I am, then I am a living letter to the world of HIS love.

I dare the whole body of Christ globally to get uncomfortable for the sake of LOVE. Jesus “dared” me to pour my passion into the Middle East 15 years ago when I was 16 – beyond logic, beyond reason, despite what anyone else said or thought, to LOVE extravagantly – because really that is what LOVE is – extravagant. Now, He has cordially invited me to live in Baghdad, Iraq. And I am happily accepting the invitation/dare. I’m still quite often streeeeeeeeeeetched by this dare, this beckoning, this holy addiction. And I would not have it any other way.

Nor would He.

Presently, I have seemingly zillions of thoughts regarding Osama Bin Laden’s death. In fact, upon hearing the news via text message from my sister Dana and my friend Naomi, I was up until 3am conversing with my sister Dori about the complicated appearance of the ordeal and yet the simple (albeit often difficult) mandate of LOVE.

A few months ago a very dear friend of mine who lives in Bethlehem, Israel/Palestinian Territories wrote the following to me:

“Dawn…FAITH is going to produce such results in your life…you could be the one… who sets the four corners of the middle east ablaze with fire from heaven… you’re the type of person who can truly pray for someone like Osama bin Laden and really feel God’s love for him.
Do you know how rare that is?
You’re explosive for this region”

I must say his words made my day. I was feeling discouraged and longing to be in the Middle East. I needed to hear someone remind me WHO I am and what I am called to. Moreover, as people who lived in the Middle East, amongst a people group known and stereotyped as terrorists, we know that one can not use external structure, punishment, or even democracy itself to bring the Middle East into peace. As with most issues, whether individual or national, the roots of the problems are matters of the heart. Thus, the solution for peace in the Middle East is NEW hearts. There is only one way to get a new heart: follow Jesus. Yet, we don’t love the Middle East SO they will know Jesus. NO NO NO. We love the Middle East because WE LOVE THE MIDDLE EAST, because WE love Jesus, God lives in us, and He told us to love our enemies (whether in the Middle East or next door).

WE LOVE THE MIDDLE EAST BECAUSE WE ARE WONDERFULLY, HAPHAZARDLY, UNABASHEDLY IN LOVE WITH JESUS!!!!

We simply can not resist!

<I speak to the Middle East: You are loved. You are beautiful. You have a purpose and a destiny. You were born to flourish. I will always look for ways to wash your feet. You were made in the image of God  – and recognizing that likeness in you, I cherish you. Blessings in every sphere of society. Blessings of peace and blessings of LOVE.>

Here are some other sites and thoughts in the wake of Osama’s death. Blessings of Holy Spirit wisdom and original ideas of world transformation as you read. I LOVE YOU. : )

Adopt a Terrorist for Prayer

The Pangea Blog

My dear friend Ana’s blog

Testimonies of Muslims meeting Jesus

Get out of your comfort zone and into HIS.

“As long as this deliberate refusal

to understand things from above,

even where such understanding is possible,

continues,

it is idle to talk of any final victory over materialism.”

C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

(By materialism, I would assert this refers simply to placing earthly things over heavenly things in worth.)

Someone else once said, “Things are not what they seem.”

We MUST go UP. We MUST ask the Lord to help us get HIS perspective. We must believe that much of the wisdom of God is foolishness to the world. We must let our cells, our minds, our emotions, our worldview DRINK love.


Let your worldview DRINK love. Let it be intoxicated with LOVE. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE.


Even right now, take ten minutes and lay on your floor or be still at your desk and say, “Father, I want to be intoxicated on your love. I want to commune with you spirit to spirit. I want to know you past my comfort zone and INTO yours.”

haha. Get into God’s comfort zone. Now THAT is a fun place.

Once upon a time there were some believers who heard of a man named Paul – a man who used to kill believers, their own friends and family members. They could and would keep their distance. And then God did what no one seemed to expect: He introduced Himself to Paul on a road one day. Pressing past their comfort, many welcomed him in. Pressing past their own experiences, they believed that God could do the “impossible.” Maybe some thought they had the right to despise him… but after that Damascus-going-plodding-moving day, they did not have a right to despise this man.


And you know the craziest part?

Before that Damascus day,

that fated, history-changing, metaphor-ridden, brilliant, fantastic, incredible, unthinkable,

Damascus Day

they did not have a right to despise him either.

The Greater Glory of the New Covenant

Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?  If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!  For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.  And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.  We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away.  But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.  But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:7-18


It’s always the right time to THINK FANTASTICALLY

For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom

he stood in the middle of the room, and said,

“I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you

return to square one and start over like

children, you’re not even going to get a look at

the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes

simple and elemental again, like this child, will

rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when

you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the

same as receiving me.

Matthew 18:2-5 (The Message)

“You have changed my view of God.”

Friday I returned from a two week trip to Central Asia. That night I slept 15 hours – an intense 14 days and jet lag were holding opposite ends of a jump rope and swinging in out-of-sync mayhem much too chaotic for my legs. I’m now feeling rested, but also wide awake at 1am – my internal clock jumping to the rhythm of a place 15 hours ahead of my bed in Redding, California.

I’m also really excited about the salvation of the nations – which sometimes keeps me up at night, like a newborn baby or perhaps a baby in the womb always moving about. I am attentive to the stirring of nations to be born.

As one might calm a baby, I’m going to tell a bedtime story.

Feel free to grab a stuffed lamb or a teething ring if that helps you fall asleep. Or grab God’s finger with your itsy-bitsy baby fist. He likes it when you do that.

About 80 of us went on a treasure hunt the first week of our trip. A treasure hunt is a format for finding people God is highlighting in a place through clues the Holy Spirit gives. (For more info see this book: http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Treasure-Hunt-Supernatural-Evangelism/dp/0768426022/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1302509304&sr=1-1 )

I was leading a team of five, myself included. We took about ten minutes and wrote down things we felt the Holy Spirit was bringing to mind: articles of clothing, activities, locations, and unusual items. When the five of us compared our lists over dinner a few things stood out: people eating ice cream, green carpet (astroturf), umbrellas, someone wearing red, and a problem on the right side of someone’s body. Then as we stood looking out a large second story hallway window, we spotted something surprising: green astroturf next to the ceiling in the building below us! We laughed, thinking it was a particularly “unlikely” clue and yet, there it was! AND the place was an ice cream shop! AND there were umbrellas outside! Immediately we were down the escalator and rounding the building into the front door of the shop. There were two people inside wearing red. I was drawn to a man in the back wearing a red sweater so, three stayed behind to chat with the woman in red nearby as I walked to the back with a translator.

I felt it was the man’s right ear that needed healing. We struck up a conversation. The girlfriend-ish person with the man spoke English well, whereas the man did not speak any English. We explained we were on a treasure hunt with clues and red clothing was on our list and, “Do you have any problems with your right ear?” “Well, yeah! I had an accident years ago!” “Would you like us to pray for your ear and get it healed?” “Yes!” We prayed. The man explained he didn’t have any exhibiting symptoms, it was a sporadic trouble. I replied, “Okay, I’m going to pray again and this time you are going to feel something happen around your ear. You are going to feel it getting healed and you won’t have any more problems with your ear.” I prayed. “I feel a sensation all around and in my ear,” he said in surprise. “Great. Your ear is healed,” I said. From there, the woman was fascinated. “How are you doing this?” she inquired. “We hear from God and heal through Jesus,” we explained. “You mean you hear God or Jesus speak to you?” she asked. “Yes. And you can hear Him speak to you too. Just ask Him to any time. He will speak to you. He wants to speak to you,” my translator friend explained.

Then we prophesied over the man. The woman was amazed. “Can you tell me about my future?” she queried, “This is like a fortune teller.” “No. We aren’t like a fortune teller at all. We aren’t listening to any kind of spirit, we are hearing from God. He loves you.” Then we prophesied over her. I gave her a word about starting a new job dealing with putting things in order. She laughed and clarified she recently completed university and started a new job as an editor. Her face showed the delight in her heart. God knew her and He sent us to let her know. We smiled with her joyful countenance.

That is when she artfully stated one of my favorite responses to encountering God, “Thank you. You have changed my view of God.” I laughed merrily. What a brilliant summary! From this point my translator friend asked if she had a Bible in her first language. “Yes, I have one,” she answered, “I have read some of it.” Now it was our turn to be elated! My friend explained more of how to get to know God and the woman was open-eared and eager-hearted. On top of all this sweetness, in a store full of ice cream, was the whipped cream of the Father’s love, dotted with a cherry of personal revelation.

We bid farewell to the woman and her friend, still glowing with the light of feeling known.

It was all really easy and really fun. There we were in a city of 11 million people and Papa God led us to TWO individuals. He demonstrated His great knowing and His great love in an ocean of streets, stores, lights, and cars. He took one woman and one man by the hand and swung them on His portable swing set, making them sandcastles in His heavenly sandbox. He so loved the world! He SO loved the world! He so LOVES the world!!!!!

Ah the sweetness of who He is! Sometimes I look up at the stars, the constellations in the night sky, and I am quite sure I have the world’s longest eyelashes, the tender innocence of an Eden-raised child in awe of Her Father’s strength and in wonder of His beauty. “Daddy, throw me up into the sky! I want to fly! Again! Again!”

He is gorgeous. To give Him my devotion is a weak-kneed deep drink of drunken love. The world grows blurry, His eyes engulf me. It’s bliss to know Him and it’s bliss to be known by Him.

That sweet woman in Asia said, “You have changed my view of God.” haha. I think everyday God Himself changes my “view of God.” He’s got more facets, colors, and jokes than the most sparkly star or exquisitely cut diamond.

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

In the words of Kristene Mueller, “All my devotion belongs to this man!”

http://www.box.net/shared/ejj9ehx39k

All of Asia, sing along! All the nations, sing along!

It is time to change your view of God.

He is infinitely better than you think!

And HE LOVES YOU!

"a longing fulfilled is a tree of life" (Proverbs 13:12)

Adventure – scoops of heaven one week from Asia

One week from right now I will be in Central Asia – on a missions trip for 2 weeks. Part of my journey involves one of the highest airports in the world (14,00 feet) and a 9 hour bus ride. These two things are a valentine from my Beloved. Jesus knows me so well. I LOVE ADVENTURE. Grab a hold of heaven’s rope swing and come up up up with me…

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the grasslands I get to drink with my eyes and breathe with my heart

the grasslands I get to drink with my eyes and breathe with my heart

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”

– Amelia Earhart (one of my heroes)

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”

– G.K. Chesterton

“Follow your bliss, and doors will open for you that you never knew existed. Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

– Joseph Campbell

“Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!” — Friedrich Nietzsche

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

— Thomas Alva Edison

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

— Ambrose Redmoon

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

— Anais Nin

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.”

— John A. Shedd

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

— Helen Keller

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”

– C.S. Lewis

To my mind, God is amazingly courageous.

Then I realize that is because He IS PERFECT LOVE.

Perfect love can not resist being courageous.

f S a U i C l C u E r S e S : How you see failure determines your success

There is a surprising amount of discernment necessary to grocery shop. When you purchase strawberries in a box you attempt to select the best, most ripe, most luscious ones possible. You wiggle the box around, trying to get a better view of potential stow-away strawberries – secretly moldy in an otherwise joyful strawberry ship.

Much of the time, despite the look of things, one chooses wrongly. Half the box goes straight into your garbage bin. Now, you have a choice:

1)      Continue expecting to find good strawberries

2)      Become jaded and stop purchasing them altogether

This might not seem serious, but what if strawberries are your favorite fruit? To choose not to buy, and therefore eat, your favorite fruit due to disappointment would be tragic. And how might this impact other areas of your life? Would it pollute other expectations? Would it discolor your view of the world? Of the future?

What if someone close hurts you?
Will you stop choosing intimacy with people?

What if you have an expectation of God which doesn’t get filled as you hoped?
Will you become offended at God?

Winston Churchill said,

“Success consists of going from failure to failure

without loss of enthusiasm.”

Excuse me, I’m going to go buy some

strawberries.

Seeing in the Spirit: “See all that you can see” (a little revision of an old US Army slogan (can you hear the theme song?))

Angels are our friends.

I’ve been thinking for some time about writing about seeing in the Spirit. I realize it’s an area a lot of believers don’t know much about or they are bewildered by. In actuality seeing in the Spirit is very powerful and useful. We are spirit more than we are flesh. Our citizenship is in heaven so, it’s contents should be familiar to us. My experience in seeing the unseen began, as far as I remember, with seeing demons when I was seven years old. There was no need to convince me of the reality of the unseen realms. It was more real than my matching set of bedroom furniture or my white York stereo I loved so much. From there I eventually saw other things: objects, images, and angels. It all seemed very logical and common to me. And it was handy when I’d be in a new neighborhood and I could see what was happening in the spirit: I knew how to pray and also more of how to interact with people there.

I don’t see all the time. I’ve learned to turn it off and on. This isn’t always my choice, granted – a lot of the time I start seeing into the angelic realm without warning. However, when I lived in Israel I would often engage that part of my senses when in a new place or when in a place that suddenly became chaotic or foreboding. On the other hand, in ministry school I usually don’t look to see in the spirit because it distracts me from the speaker’s teaching. There was a time a month or so ago when someone was speaking at school and I saw a company of angels behind him on the stage with raspberry-hued air around them. They were coming out into the crowd with white wedding favor bags in their hands. I was in awe; and intrigued. I heard Holy Spirit say, “Look up Latvia’s flag.” Later that day I did. Amazingly, the flag is that same raspberry color with a white horizontal stripe in the middle (at the same height as the white wedding favor bags). I instantly knew what it meant: my class was being invited to the wedding of Latvia and Jesus! We were invited to celebrate! The man who spoke that day has connections to Latvia. Thereafter I emailed him to let him know what I had seen. He was grateful I shared it and encouraged.

So, last week I did a ten-minute free write on seeing in my writing class. I thought I’d share it here.

As you read it, ask God to open your eyes like Gehazi’s in 2 Kings 6:17. “And Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” Awaken your senses to the unseen realm. Begin to posture yourself regularly with a willingness and openness to see in the spirit. God wants to reveal to you the unseen things. He also wants you to want to see them.

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Seeing is incredible. IN-CRED-IBLE, as in, almost unbelievable. And this is where faith ascends in to true belief – into the realms of the unseen. Jump over the wall of incredibility into the fields of reality. Jump. In the openness of the greatness of God is an expanse of freedom and partnership and co-reigning beyond what one could ever fathom. Everything on earth has a spiritual reality first: a stapler, a chair, a refrigerator, and even an IPAD. These pulsate with heaven’s attainability and do-ability. It is doable. The realm of revelation is a place for grasping the unseen.

It is particularly useful to see when you are in a new place – when you are overseas walking unknown neighborhoods and you have no natural awareness of issues in the neighborhood. Seeing will reveal.

I should intentionally ask for my seeing to increase. I should learn to navigate its waters more fully.

As I ponder this I realize there is an element of trepidation. I am a bit afraid of falling off the earth. I am a bit concerned about being swooped into heaven to such a degree I can no longer interact on earth. I am a bit flummoxed in thinking I might become unavoidably strange. A price worth paying for the rapturous union with God and heaven. Worth. I chase worth and blink at worth when I see. I choose to acknowledge and look into things unseen to better understand the realms of heaven, to better understand the lover of my soul. I swing on a rope swing over a gentle river and I drop in. I sink to the earth’s center and I see things that Hollywood’s up and coming film-makers dream of putting on screen. I taste life. My life is spiced with divinity and saturated in Truth. I’m addicted. MMM…. This is much of the drive to see, the addiction to Truth. I have to have it. There is nothing else. A newspaper or the news itself, a picture of an apple or the apple itself. A poem about love or LOVE itself. A book about Jesus or Jesus Himself.

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Here are some resources on seeing:

http://www.amazon.com/Discovering-Seer-You-Exploring-Prophetic/dp/0768427436/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298576015&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Seer-biblical-todays-context/dp/0982282109/ref=pd_sim_b_5

http://www.amazon.com/School-Seers-Practical-Guide-Unseen/dp/0768431018/ref=pd_sim_b_2

http://www.amazon.com/Angelic-Encounters-James-W-Goll/dp/1599790653/ref=pd_sim_b_10

http://www.amazon.com/Open-Eyes-Lord-Visitations-Experiences/dp/0975262203/ref=pd_sim_b_13

(And for those who are itching to hear that original US army jingle,

here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXc7veG9-b8 )

I’m going to Central Asia in March!

here comes the bride, all dressed in white...

Last year I went to Mexico on my official missions trip with Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. We saw hundreds of healings and we had an absolutely joyfully catalytic time increasing the blaze in La Paz, Mexico.

THIS YEAR I AM GOING TO CENTRAL ASIA!!!!!!

Let me tell you how I found myself headed so far east:
A couple months ago it was time to choose my top five choices for missions trips. Central Asia was not on my mental list. Then I felt prompted to ask a friend where he felt I should go. He instantly said, “Central Asia.” “What?!!! Why? That’s nowhere on my radar!” I exclaimed, thinking his discernment was wacky. He said he didn’t know why, but he felt like it could be the Holy Spirit dropping ideas into his head. haha. So I began asking God if there was anything to this notion.

That weekend I went to Central California to a friend’s wedding. He married a woman from Uzbekistan. As she stood there at the altar looking at him I began to cry. “It’s the Central Asian bride!” I thought to myself (and the Holy Spirit). “She’s going to fall in love with Jesus and marry Him!!!! Oh my goodness! I don’t remember ever feeling this way about Central Asia!!!! What’s going on? Uh oh… I think I might be going there in March!”

And that was it. Central Asia became my first choice for my missions trip. And lo and behold I was chosen for the team. And now I sometimes tear up when I think about this trip. I’ve never been so far east. I’ve never been in a Buddhist area. It feels abundantly too good to be true, or so good it must be true. haha. I feel exquisitely honored to be going to this region and to become part of her bright future.

Once there,
I will be investing in the lives of forerunners in remote Buddhist areas. The trip will be from March 25-April 8.

I am full of expectation for a radical explosion across the heavens and through the earth in Central Asia! Central Asia is part of Jesus’ beautiful bride!!!!!! Yahoooooo!

UPDATE 02/11/11 THUS FAR,

$1784.50 raised

$965.50 due February 18

TOTAL COST: $2,750.

If you would like to be a part of the group hug around Central Asia, you can make a tax-deductible gift here:
https://www.ibssm.org/?action=donate&target=missions&student_id=209452

I also need $193.01 immediately to renew my passport. If you want to give toward that, email me and I will send you my home address. Thanks!

If you’d like to join the facebook group, you can do so here:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=313858951906&ref=ts

THANK YOU for supporting me in my journey

and for loving the people of Central Asia!


There’s going to be a wedding!

Central Asia will be there!

My Blog’s 2010 Social Life

The technological marvel that is WordPress sent me an email with my blog stats for last year. It’s intriguing and I’m encouraged that many people drank of the golden nectar that sprouts in heaven and flowers in my life on earth. haha. Thanks for stopping by my little house in DigitalLand. There is always a throw blanket to wrap yourself in and a warm fire to heat and inspire your most exorbitantly extravagant dreams.

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 29 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 42 posts. There were 49 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 127mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 9th with 60 views. The most popular post that day was why it is important to raise the dead.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, mail.yahoo.com, mail.live.com, and blogger.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for bride-to-be paralyzed fingers collarbone, selling poetry on etsy, lovesick kim walker albums, love poems, and new jesus culture album.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

why it is important to raise the dead April 2010
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2

VICTORY – something I’m wildly excited about! August 2010

3

my ♥beat March 2009

4

I need a miracle! Isn’t that exciting? August 2010
2 comments

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Deaf Ears Opened: an oldie but a goodie September 2010