Saturday, September 24, 2011

Like an Earthquake

I was sitting minding my own business tonight as I used facebook (which is what everyone does on facebook you know) when I saw a friend's profile picture. In it she had the words "People get ready...Jesus is coming!" That reminded me of the incredible 10 minute long song by Misty Edwards my friend was referencing, and I couldn't get the quote out of my head as I continued surfing.

Naturally, I did what makes the most sense--I decided I should play the song.

And oh my word, the Holy Spirit just showed up right here, while I'm in my PJs alone in our apartment surfing Facebook, of all times and places!

I started crying as the power of the lyrics sunk into my spirit--"He's coming. He's coming. He's alive!"

Even before I was half way though the song, He started stirring His words in my heart--"I am coming to Kalamazoo. I am coming to Michigan."

"People get ready. Jesus is coming."

God is steadily, drumming, beating, yet whispering:
Growth is coming. Freedom is coming. That which was unhealthy in relationships, thoughts, actions and has been tolerated will no longer be tolerated. 
I've seen many, many relationships hit the true crisis point in the last two years. Marriages, friendships, work environments, family relationships--everything. And I've seen these relationships either be restored...or destroyed. It has been both humbling and sobering. "Once again I'm going to shake / Everything that can be shaken / Once again I'm going to break / Everything that can be broken."

And yet the release of freedom has been even more humbling!

I just spent the evening with my amazing parents(-in-law) and I heard story after story of the incredible freedom God is releasing in the lives of those in Paw Paw. I've heard and seen God's presence show up and miracles occur downtown at my church's young adult group, Dwell. My Facebook news-feed continues to have more and more verses as statuses. Our church has finally, after many years, broken the 200 member barrier, and are nearing 250 people gathering to seek God together. I just heard on the radio--Kalamazoo is the best city in Michigan in terms of the economy--I credit that to God and the prayers of His people here.

As this song was going, all of this was running through my mind. All this freedom that I've witnessed isn't the end--it is the beginning! God started pounding it into my heart--these are what come before the earthquake. I wasn't sure of the term, so I googled: "what are the little quakes before a big earthquake called" and found this site. I started reading and before I found the term "foreshocks" I was immediately hit--they were using snapping as an illustration for how an earthquake works! My co-worker, a leader at our church and my good friend often snaps when she is praying, and lately I've been doing it, too. I had always figured the snapping was probably a God-thing, and low and behold--this was thrown to the front of my mind as I read!

"People get ready. Jesus is coming!"


And the revelation continued to grow: before the song was 3 minutes into it, I remember The Call. This gathering of thousands and thousands of intercessors who fast leading up to the event and press into His power to bring change and spiritual freedom for the United States of America.

And The Call is coming to Detroit 11/11/11.


A spiritual earthquake is coming--and the freedom and trials many are experiencing now is this release, the foreshocks of an amazing quake to come. I believe The Call and the 40 day fast leading up to it are going to be mightily used by God in this coming earthquake.

People, are you ready?



People Get Ready Lyrics

I couldn't find the full lyrics for People Get Ready by Misty Edwards, so I watched this video (http://youtu.be/dHnltIkuM1k) and added them up here.

People Get Ready
By Misty Edwards
He's coming
Awake, awake oh sleeper
Awake, awake oh sleeper
He's coming

He's coming, He's alive
Jesus of Nazareth
The Son of David
The slain Lamb
He was born to be a King

He's alive
The Jewish man
He's alive
He's alive

Prepare the way
People get ready
People get ready
Surely, He is not a man that He would lie
He said He would come again
And He will come again
People get ready
People get ready

People get ready
Some said a carpenter
Some said a teacher
They said a prophet
They said "He's a fraud"
He is God

But He is fully a man
Born to be a King
Though He was silent
Like a lamb to the slaughter
He was silent
In His patience
He endured

But I know the end of the story
And we're only at the beginning of the beginning
He's coming
He's alive
He's alive

Look upon the One you've pierced
Look upon the One you've pierced
Who is this King of Glory?
Who is this King of Glory?

Jesus
Messiah

The root and the offspring of David

I can hear the rhythm
of the Lion of the tribe of Judah

He's alive

The same way he ascended
He will descend again

He's doing a new thing
Are you ready?
Are you ready for this?

I can hear the rhythm of
the Lion of the tribe of Judah
x8

He's doing a new thing
So we're singing a new song
x4

He's not a baby in a manger anymore
He's not a broken man on a cross
He didn't stay in the grave
And He's not staying in heaven forever!
x2

He's alive
He's alive
He's alive
He's alive!
x4

People get ready!
Jesus is coming!
x4

We join in the song of the ages
It's a new song
It's a new song
It's a new song

We say to the One who was slain,
"You have proven Your love,
And You have shown us, shown us
That You can be trusted."

So take the scroll and open
And open, and open the seals
We trust You, Jesus
And we want you to come back
So take the scroll and open the seals
So take the scroll and open the seals

I can hear the rhythm
of the Lion of the tribe of Judah
x4

He's doing a new thing
So we're singing a new song
x4

He's not a baby in a manger anymore
He's not a broken man on a cross
He didn't stay in the grave
And He's not staying in heaven forever!
x2

He's alive
He's alive
He's alive
He's alive!
x2

People get ready!
Jesus is coming!
x4

People walking around
With their fingers in the their ears
Singing, "Da da da da da."
"I don't want to hear the sound
of the coming King."
x2

But He says, He says,
"Well, I have held my peace for
A long, long, long, long, long, long time
And in my silence you thought
That I was all together like you.
And in your heart you were settled in complacency
You said, 'He won't even respond.'
You said, 'He's not interested."
You said, 'He's dead and gone."
But I've been silent for such
A long, long, long, long time
But I'm about to gasp, to pant,
To cry out, to cry out,
To cry out, to cry out,
I'm going to shout!"

Once again I'm going to shake
Everything that can be shaken
Once again I'm going to break
Everything that can be broken
x2

Are you ready?
Are you ready for this?
x 5
Are you ready?
Are you ready?

People get ready!
Jesus is coming!
x4

He's coming!
He's coming!
He's coming!
He's coming!!!
x2

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

His Presence

Generally, my life is the battle between two facts. The first is my knowledge that planning ahead, going to bed early, getting up early, eating well, exercising, doing chores etc. all equal a good, happy, productive life. The second is a husband who loves spontaneity and late nights, my own desires to read, write, create, and explore new things online (yep, that is a fancy way of saying research) spend chill time with my hubs watching movies, and, of course...the occasional computer game...which also equal a happy life. However, combined with work, sleep, etc., these two lifestyles could collectively eat up about 30 to 40 hours a day. Yep. That's not possible.

But you know what? I react differently to this now. I used to get stressed out, frustrated, annoyed, ornery, exhausted... and generally joyless. But my Jesus is so good and so faithful. No matter what I get in, from just listening to a few worship songs to spending legit time reading His Word and journaling what He says to me, my attitude is totally different.

Yes, we do have something or another going on practically every night. Yes, I do work thirty full hours a week. Yes, my husband has back to back 10 and 12 hour days. And yes, it is amazing what spending time in God's presence does.

Take today. Mind you, I didn't get up until like 8 because I was up late last night. I hastily threw some chicken in a crock-pot (score for planning ahead!) and rushed out the door. I only ate half a breakfast. My husband didn't eat a good lunch, which always weighs on me. Oh, did I mention I worked nine and a half hours today, starting at 9:30 AM? Yep. But I spent time with my King this morning, and I'm full of His joy right now.

I challenge you right now--take your relationship with Jesus to the next level. Play one more worship song in the morning than you do now. Read one more verse today than you would. Spend one more minute in prayer. And start expecting the favor I know He will give you.

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