While I wanted to post this blog on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday yesterday, it is never to late to share a word on your heart. We have such exciting times just ahead of us that my heart is bursting with anticipation at what the Lord has in store for His bride in this new year. We will get to more of this in a bit because first I want to share an amazing experience I just recently had, as well as a very challenging word for your heart. I know it's challenging because when the Lord first spoke it to me, it challenged my heart and everything I stood for.
I had been waiting and praying for a few years when the Lord first spoke to my heart about the kind of outreach ministry He was calling me into. I wrestled with whether I could do what He was asking of me and if I was brave enough to return to the places of utter darkness I would much rather leave completely behind. I couldn't shake the beckoning and the sound of the cries of the hurting, hopeless, and desperate hearts that needed Him.
I finally gave in. I would go. I would allow God to plan my steps and the type of ministry He had in mind for me, no matter what it was or what it would cost me. I came to grips with the truth that it may cost my reputation, there may even be battles on the frontlines, and I would need to get use to a continual lifestyle of prayer and fasting. There would be no way around this.
What was this calling that God had so deeply stirred in my heart you may be wondering? A calling to reach the broken and hurting girls in the strip clubs of DFW. I quickly learned that this new big city that the Lord had called us to and fought for us to arrive in was the place it would all truly begin. Nothing could prepare me for the first night I would step into what I had waited so long for. Purpose was moments away and the night before I was sick in bed like nothing I have ever felt before. Every moment that I woke up, my Pastor had told me to speak to my body and press through. That in pressing through there would be a great harvest. She was right and God was Faithful. Don't ever think the promiseland of purpose is going to come without a fight because that is far from the truth. But remember, that He has gone before you and His plans are already established. Nothing that God has ordained can stop His plans from coming to pass. Read it and believe it for yourself in Isaiah 14:27
The Lord of Heaven's Armies has spoken- who can change His plans?
When His hand is raised, who can stop Him? (NLT)
I love the message translation:
"Exactly as I planned, it will happen.
Following my blueprints, it will take shape.
There is no room for doubt and unbelief in the face of contradicting circumstances with the truth of His word like that. And that settled it for me. I knew that somehow and someway that God would get me up from the sickness and I would be going. We were scheduled to go on December 29th and would be meeting at a church together to be anointed with oil and prayed over before going.
It is amazing how when we just simply say yes to God's plans, how well he takes care of everything that concerns it coming to pass. He has the perfect plan and the way to make it happen. Just say Yes! It wasn't long after we said yes to selling our home and moving to Fort Worth that everything began to fall into place for His will to be established. I remember sitting down with Pastor Robin and sharing my heart about the mission that we in Wonder Women were called to. Upon the launching of the Wonder Women Ladies Bible study in September of last year, the Lord continued to lead us forth into this mission field in His grace and favor. It was amazing how quickly God connected us to the woman we would be partnering with. That powerful woman of God was Gina Hurd. Gina had been faithfully serving on this mission field for now eight years and had continued to plow and plow into the territory of DFW.
Before I continue with the story of a life changing event, I want to say to you that God will bring to pass the promises and words that He has deposited and spoken into your heart. Every single one will be just how He has spoken it. You see, before any connections with this mission field the Lord spoke to me concerning the city He had called us into and told me of the strongholds that we would be facing. On September 10th in the evening after prayer, a strong spirit of intercession came over me as I was looking into the clubs that were located in our city. I began to weep and travail in the spirit at the utter darkness that these girls lived in. The Lord then spoke to me very clearly; daughter there is a spirit of perversion and a spirit of seduction in the sex industry in DFW. I am joining forces to bring them down and there will be a harvest in these cities. I'm bringing a strong agreement that will plunder the enemie's camp. He has already begun to bring these forces together and we are going to see the restoration of many lives redeemed! We can even see the restoration of families that these spirits have torn up through the daughters and the men that endorse them. But something far greater is being released and the enemy has no idea what surprises our Father God has coming. Glory to God in the highest!!
God's plans cannot be hindered and as he would have it I did get to go and I'm so thankful because I will never be the same. So there we are dressed in all black with boots, and gifts for His daughters. Because of all the faithfulness and favor of the Lord, we are able to go straight back into the dressing rooms of some of the most broken hearted, hurting, and desperate women. Only you wouldn't think it on the outside, but you could see it in their eyes. I felt the pain of this one girl as she held me tight and didn't want to let me go. You have to know because of the secrecy of what we are doing for them, we are not allowed to stay long.
I'll tell you a story of the girl who crushed my heart. It was the last club we went into. Gina had given us instruction on what we are to do. Go to the girl you feel drawn to and pull out the gift in the bag and hand it to her. As soon as we got in there was this girl who was just so beautiful and yet there was something about her. So I go to her and then I open my bag. I look into it and I see that there are diamonds in my bag. You know, the beautiful pretend ones that girls like on their keychains, well I pull it out to give to her when the Lord spoke to me. He told me not to tell her that she is beautiful because she knows this and has been told this her whole life. I reached for her hand and opened it up as I placed the diamond in it. As I closed her hand over it I said "I'm not going to tell you that you are beautiful although you are. but rather that there is so much good in you and so much potential that you couldn't even imagine. You are a diamond. It's in there and I'm going to be praying that it would be seen." She looked right at me and I could see the tears welling up in her eyes and mine as well. It all happened so fast and right before I had to go, I asked if I could hug her. As I hugged her I told her that God loved her and that I loved her and that I really meant it. She wouldn't let me go but then we had to go. I didn't want to leave her there. That moment crushed me and I can still see her beautiful face and feel the tightness of her hug as she held onto me. And then as I looked back at her I'll never forget the painful look in her eyes.
I know that everyone was changed that night. I know that my Pastor Robin Bohlin had said that she could literally feel her heart bursting from her chest. It was so hard to allow your heart to broken for them, but it was really God's love for them gripping us. At one point as we were rushed out of the club she reached back and gripped my hand. It was right when she did that I needed it the most. It was a squeeze of my hand to say we can do this and it will all be worth it. You see in this kind of outreach you will never know the effects of what you did. You may never know how putting that crown on her head, placing a diamond in her hand, or simply a hug to say you care will forever change her life. You won't know this side of heaven but you will on the other side. But Isn't that what Jesus said we are here to do? Let's look at Matthew 25:34-36,40
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.'
"And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'
You see according to this word we were all placing gifts in the hands of Jesus and our hugs and love was received that night by the King of all Kings. There could be no greater purpose than to love on Him by loving on others. My heart was changed even more that night and I will tell you next time just how much and I will reveal something that Lord spoke to my heart. It completely changed everything and it brought about an even deeper commitment to follow Him even into the darkest places, The very places that Jesus would be going if He was here in flesh and blood. But Oh Church He is very much here!
What happened that night was a prophetic sign of the church being crowned and positioned. As God would have it, the night He had us going and placing crowns on their heads and diamonds in their hands was Tevet 1 on the Hebrew calendar. This was the very day that the Queen Esther received her Royal crown in Jewish history!! She was hand picked by God and bestowed with His beauty, grace and favor. Only God could have planned that! He is calling His Bride out of the darkness, out of their sorrow, and brokenness. He is going into the most unusual and unexpected places to gather His beloved. It is about to be an amazing sight to behold!
I want to invite you to get involved in helping us bring purpose, hope, and love to some broken hearts in desperate need of the truth that God loves them. Please share this and join us in the calling to bring His marvelous light into darkness. We are in prayer for partners that can donate funds and prayer and intercession. Together, we can accomplish more than we ever thought possible! With God going before us and with us, there is no doubt in my heart that we are going to see the unexpected and the unexplainable! Look what God has done and Glory to God will be the praise on our lips!
Please visit Gina Hurd's website @ www.queenestheroutreach.org for all the information on how you can get involved. There is a part for all of us to do. We are praying and believing for more partners and resources in order to bring these girls hope, love, and special gifts that we have anointed and prayed over prior to distributing them. Perhaps you will partner through intercession for the encounters or agreement for His signs and wonders in the clubs? Whatever it is that you are being stirred to do, I know it will be needed. God is up to BIG plans this year and it's all really beginning!! There will be a love revival and outpouring of His spirit flooding into the streets for His lost sons and daughters like we have never experienced before. The time is now to jump in the river!! We can talk more about the outpouring and the arrival of his Glory another time. All I can say is we had better get ready, be ready, and stay ready!
Be encouraged because there is a DAWNING of a NEW DAY upon us,
Love you all!!