Friday, September 19, 2008

My Husband Rocks Friday!

Big Red was the first guy I ever met that I felt any natural respect for...and for who the respect has lasted. He's never been demanding or wanting to flaunt his authority. Instead, he's been humorous, appreciative, and a great partner in all we do.

One reason I was able to respect him so fully and quickly was because of his choices in purity. Before me, Big Red had never had a girlfriend, a kiss, etc. He vowed to save it all for his wife...and did! This, of course, made our wedding mean so much more. Our pastor had fun with it as well. Just prior to allowing us to kiss, he had all the couples in our crowd of witnesses stand and show us how it was done. It's one of my favorite memories from that day.

On our wedding night Big Red gave me a couple very special gifts. One, of course, was himself. The other was a necklace he had picked out years ago. When his dad gave him "the speech" and talked to him about purity he took him shopping to pick out a piece of jewelry that he would give his wife, representative of his giving himself to her. It was a necklace with two charms - a heart with a key hole in it and a key. It's one of my most valuable possessions.

Thank you, honey, for being a man worthy of respect and an example for all men and women. You give hope that purity is still possible and that people can overcome any obstacle to maintain it. I love you and am beyond blessed that you chose me as your bride!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Birthday Gifts

So you all know you are appreciated, I've been collecting pictures of Karrots in new outfits and playing with new toys. Quite a few outfits were a size 18 month and pants so they haven't been enjoyed yet.



From Lillian, along with the pink outfit below





Top is from the Niccolis (the bottoms are too big, but are the pink ones below) and the doll from grandma




The outfit is from pastor and his wife and the shoes from the Gombojavs



Bath Puzzle from Aunt Wendy and Uncle Kevin







Learning puppy from our neighbors...this thing goes off without touching it at times!

The train puzzle Karrots is playing with me in an earlier post is from my mom...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cooking Tip: Corned Beef

I made some yummy corned beef last night that we got a Costco. Simple and easy meal for any time of the year!

Just put it in the crockpot and cover it with apple juice and cook on low for 8-10 hours. The juice gets rid of most of the salty flavor. Yum!

Enjoy!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Warning for California: San Francisco & LA

Crisis Response International (CRI) Word for California
Updated: June 6th, 2008

Introduction

Dear Friend,

Several local and national prophetic voices have been warning the Body of major natural disasters in California that will occur much sooner than many may think.

On Sunday, May 25th, 2008, four prophets from Kansas City, MO, showed up in San Jose with a strong word from the Lord. The Lord had been speaking to them for several years about a catastrophe coming to California. The Lord has recently released them, telling them to go preach in San Jose.

CRI – Crisis Response International

Several years ago, God called these four prophets with a special mission to enter into regions before major catastrophes to prepare the church and provide disaster relief. They called their team CRI, or Crisis Response International. Six months before 9/11 hit, the Lord sent Sean Malone, one of the prophets, to cry out everyday for Manhattan. He was there when 9/11 happened, and a team of them worked with the local church afterwards to provide relief. Five days before Hurricane Katrina hit, the Lord sent Sean and his family to New Orleans. Again, they were used of the Lord to minister to victims in the aftermath.

In one instance they were serving food at a soup kitchen, asking people, "So why do you think this happened?" Over and over again, the response was, "God did this. We deserved it, and I repent." Hearts everywhere were tender and open to the gospel. The disaster had produced a huge harvest field.

One Monday morning in New Orleans, while they were ministering to the victims, a fiery baptism of the Holy Spirit broke out. Demons were being cast out and people were being healed. Prostitutes were hearing the audible voice of the Lord leading them block by block to the crisis center, and telling them to enter the building where the team was ministering. The Lord was pouring out His Holy Spirit in the midst of crisis.

Three Disasters

The Lord showed this team that there would be three disasters to hit America. After the first one, the church would roll over and go back to sleep. After the second one, some of the church would wake up, but most would hit the snooze button and fall back asleep. By the third one, the crisis would be significant enough that the church would wake up for good. They believe that these three events refer to 9/11, Katrina, and now what will come to California.

Tsunami

Prophets have been speaking for many years about an earthquake as well as tsunami that would hit the coast of California. Sean had a dream in which he was on a beach in a place he later would identify as Half Moon Bay. In this dream, he saw the waters on the beach recede far out into the ocean. Knowing this was bad news, he began to run toward the hills, tied himself to a wooden post, and water rushed over him up to his neck.

Earthquake

In April of 2008, CRI received an email from Bob Jones's secretary who said that he had just walked into her office and said, "Big earthquake, California, sooner than we think."

Jeremiah 11:1-11 – The Broken Covenant

The CRI team from Kansas City received repeated occurrences of the number 11-11, or 111. For example, they would show up to a hotel and get Room 111. They would throw their change onto the dresser and it would be 11 cents in one pocket and 11 cents in another. Sean would lay down on the bed and open up a book to Jeremiah 11:11. He would get ready to speak to a man named Jeremiah about California, when a friend would come up to him and say, "It's 11:11," referring to what time it was at the moment.

This and countless other confirmations showed that the Lord was speaking about Jeremiah 11:1-11, which is a passage about the broken covenant of Israel. It talks about how God's people turned their back on him to serve other idols and go after other gods. "Therefore this is what the LORD says: 'I will bring on them a disaster they cannot escape. Although they cry out to me, I will not listen to them.'" (Jeremiah 11:11)

Then the Lord told Sean to go back and look at the Mayflower Compact, signed by the forefathers of America. It says that "We hereby covenant ourselves to Almighty God. This nation is formed for the perpetuation of the gospel of Jesus Christ" (paraphrased). It was signed on November 11th, or 11/11. America made a covenant with God when it was formed, but has strayed.

Pony Express: Prophetic Messengers Coming to California

And then the Lord started to speak about the Pony Express. For years, Sean had a post card with an advertisement for the Pony Express: "Looking for young, 18 – 25 year old riders for the Pony Express." Turns out, Rod, one of these four from KC, is a former postmaster in Missouri. One day as they are on the road, the presence of God fills the car and Rod gets a manifestation as if he were grunting like a horse. Just then as they turn a bend on the road, they drive past a truck full of horses with the Pony Express logo on the side. The Pony Express, as it turns out, was a mail service that ran from Missouri to Sacramento, with the trip taking 11 days, both ways.

Before a disaster, the Lord would always send messengers with a warning for the people to repent. He sent Jonah to Nineveh to preach repentance. There needed to be widespread revelation in the land in order for the people to respond correctly. CRI believes that God wants to rise up prophetic messengers with a message in their hearts for California. Currently they are training 44 young preachers in Missouri to come to California and proclaim the word of the Lord. There will be four bus loads of fiery preachers camping out on a mobile 24/7 prayer tent interceding and preaching all over the Bay Area. Lou Engle intends to bring 100+ young people as well from The Call to California to do the same thing.

Bob Jones's Prophecies

On Saturday, May 24th, 2008, Bob Jones released a prophecy about California, saying that "the cup of iniquity of California is full, and prayer cannot stop judgment for San Francisco and LA."

He also had prophesied that there would be a few other indicators that the catastrophe was soon to come:

There would be a great quake in Japan first, followed by a great quake in California
When you see the evangelists leave the streets, then get ready, San Francisco.

The CRI team from Kansas City believes that these evangelists refer to the 44 young messengers the Lord is sending from Missouri to California to declare the word of the Lord.

God's Heart in Judging a Nation

The Bible also says that there will be earthquakes, famines, wars and rumors of wars in the days leading up to the end times (Mark 13:8). In the midst of these inevitabilities, it is important to understand God's heart in bringing catastrophe upon a nation. He is not a big bad angry God who simply wants to punish people for stepping out of line. Rather, he does everything in the name of love, disciplining those He cares about. He allows a measure of pain to produce a great amount of good. Scripture shows that the Lord often delivered the wayward Israelites into the hands of their enemies in order to bring them back to a covenant relationship with Him.

Protection for the Righteous

The Lord spoke to the team about Psalm 91:3. In one meeting, feathers started to rain from the ceiling, followed by a random phone call from a friend who said, "It's Psalm 91:3." Shortly thereafter, a license plate they ordered showed up in the mail, with a picture of the Louisiana State bird and the numbers "913" on it.

This passage says that there is protection and deliverance for the ones who abide in Him.

"For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler." (Psalm 91:3-4)

In light of these warnings, God is not calling his people to act out of fear or self-preservation, but to seek Him and trust in Him. He is calling them back to the secret place. Although it is good to be physically prepared, the only thing that will truly prepare us for the times ahead is intimacy with the Lord.

The Coming Revival

Many have heard by now about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Florida that is spreading around the globe. We all talk about Joel 2 and the Spirit being poured out upon all flesh in the last days, but we forget the context. The outpouring is for crisis. CRI believes that the Lord is raising up a Joel 2 army for major crisis that is coming.

One day, Sean was on the phone with a disaster relief coordinator from Morningstar Ministries in Charlotte, NC, who said that it was their belief that the Florida revival is a Joel 2 outpouring in preparation for an earthquake. He hung up the phone, and then got an email with a clipping of an April 22nd newspaper article in which the headline read, "US ARMY PREPARES FOR MASSIVE QUAKE." Immediately after that, he received a second email from a secretary saying that well known prophet Bob Jones had just walked into her office and said, "Big earthquake, California, sooner than we think."

This was again confirmed a few days later when Todd Bentley was honoring the fathers by having John Kilpatrick and Steve Hill from the previous revival in Pensacola, FL, on stage. John Kilpatrick, from the previous revival in Pensacola, FL, said that the Lord told him that one day a 3rd wave of revival was coming (speaking of this present one), but this revival was going to be different in that it would be in tandem with major end-time events. He then goes on to preach out of Joel 2 and describes a vision he had of an earthquake.

History has shown that there is no greater harvest field than the one that is borne out of the vacuum of crisis. This is a kairos moment for the church to become the hands and feet of Jesus and minister in the power of the Holy Spiirt.

Three Ways to Respond


How is the Holy Spirit telling you to respond? Here are three suggestions.

Be Praying

For His people to have rest and intimacy with the Lord, staying rooted and grounded in love.
For the body of Christ to be awakened and arise out of its slumber.
For the Lord of the Harvest to send out his laborers to minister and become the hands and feet of Jesus.
For an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and for a great harvest to come in.

Be Sharing the Word

Ezekiel 3:16-21 says that if a person has a word from the Lord and they have the opportunity to turn a wicked man from his ways, but doesn't, then the blood of this wicked person is on his hands. Since we have heard the word of the Lord, we have a responsibility to share it with people so that they have a chance to repent. There is still time for people to hear the gospel of Christ before disaster.

Be Ready to Serve

Did you know that showing up to volunteer at a disaster in America is a bad idea? You must be pre-trained to be useful; otherwise, you will be turned away.

Red Cross disaster training is free. There are Eight Basic Disaster Courses. Prior to those 8 classes, you must take the "New Volunteer Orientation" and "Fulfilling Our Mission" class, fill out an online application and criminal background check at no cost: Become a Volunteer

At the following location: 2731 N. 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95134

2 Courses Available Online: "Intro to Disaster Services" and "Going On A Disaster Assignment" courses must be completed online prior to deployment for disaster relief. Core Courses

For more info on Red Cross disaster training:
San Francisco: www.redcrossbayarea.org (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano, Travis) 888 229-8652
San Jose: www.scv-redcross.org (Santa Clara Valley) 408 577-2020
Palo Alto: www.paarc.org (Mt View, Los Altos, Stanford)
Salinas: www.montereyarc.org (Monterey-San Benito Counties Chapter)
Santa Cruz: www.sccredcross.org
Santa Rosa: www.arcsm.org (Sonoma & Mendocino Counties)

Disaster Resources

FEMA has one of the best guides on what to do in the event of an earthquake and how to prepare in advance: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/earthquake/index.shtm

They also have a tsunami page with guides on what to do before and after a tsunami: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/tsunami/index.shtm

Here is a comprehensive tutorial on how to assemble a disaster supplies kit: http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/supplykit.shtm

Other Prophetic Words Regarding California

Allen Hood's Dream

In December of 2007, Allen Hood from IHOP-KC had a dream in which he stood before the Lord, praying and interceding for revival in America. Just then, the Lord boomed, "But Allen! What about the drunkenness of California?" Just then, Allen began to cry out for mercy for California. And then he saw before him a scale, with judgment on one side and mercy on the other. The needle was pointed toward judgment, but as he prayed it shifted toward mercy, and when it came to the middle, the dream stopped. When Allen shared this at The Call in Kansas City, the Lord shifted the focus of the meeting and they spent hours crying out for California.

Bob Hartley's Prophecy

"George W. Bush would have an opportunity to show great mercy to California before he leaves office."

Julie Meyer's Dream for San Francisco

"I was standing right at the edge of the sea again and could see a great shaking. A great shaking will come right down the middle of San Francisco. It will be a city split in two, 1/2 covered by the mouth of the sea. Therefore God will stir the prophets of the nations to cry out again, 'Let the wicked turn to God and let the righteous man flee San Francisco for it is a city that will be split right down the middle. Let the wicked turn to God and let the righteous man flee San Francisco for it is a city that will be split right down the middle. Half will fall into the mouth of the great deep, the other will be barren covered by sand and the tides of the sea, no more bridges, no more highways over the ocean. They have been swallowed by the waters of the great deep.'

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I Think We Finally Decided on Housing!

My dad offered us the house I grew up in as a wee one for a great price. It's a 4 bedroom 2 bath with a 2 car garage and he just remodeled it with granite counters, red oak cabinets, new tile, new bathrooms, new master closet, tore the old enclosed patio (room) out to make outdoors bigger, etc. He's going to let us pick the carpet, too.

Can't wait! When I get pix I'll share...