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  Every life has a story . . .

Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination.

The journey has a theme, a destination and a course.

Using samplings from my life's story, I hope to encourage you to consider your own journey. My hope is that the Holy Spirit will shed light that no mere words can. That He will illuminate the path before you. That our joined light will illuminate the paths of many others. That through this, the journey and destination will be clear for all, for every life has a story.

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Every life has a story . . .
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Every life has a story . . . Every story is part of a journey Every journey has a destination Once upon a time, is the beginning of many tales. There is a once upon a time beginning for us all. There is a God given, God desired destination for us all as well. The story of man started in the Garden. The story of man ends in the book of Revelation. In-between is my story and your story. The Holy Spirit is like a heavenly GPS. A natural GPS recalculates the directions when you miss a turn or encounter a road closure. The heavenly GPS guide, however, may not take you around a barricade. You may in fact find yourself right in the middle of a de-construction zone! It is at just such a place that my journey took an unexpected turn. A point in time There I sat. The chair was so comfortable and I......
Close encounters of the god kind
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. The weekend retreat was interesting, and at times a bit troubling. This or that makes me feel like . . . was the prescribed dialogue technique between husband and wife. Well, we were always open to new horizons, new adventures. As the saying goes, been there, done that, now what? Then The Call came! A different invitation extended. I would be in a different chair, a different setting, and positioned for a dramatic encounter. Ring! Ring! Ring, ring... We wanted to extend an invitation to a deeper marriage weekend. It has been a long while since we have asked new couples to come to this weekend. We were in prayer, and felt we were to invite you! This new weekend was called a sharing weekend. There......
A marked woman
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. The journey has a theme. The theme of my journey would be stamped by its very beginnings. I was a marked woman, marked by the devil! Perhaps that would be understandable if I had been involved with the occult. If I were dabbling in hidden arts, astrology, astro-projection or the like, even expected. I had not. In fact, in my teen years, I had an inner knowing. I somehow knew that if I ventured into astrology or any such thing that I would contact something! Thus, I steered clear of all, with the exception of brushes with childhood dabbling. Years later, a pastor would tell me that it was my conscience steering me clear. Thankfully, I listened and obeyed. Baptized in the Spirit It was the......
Spiritual odyssey beginnings
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. DEVIL? WHAT DEVIL? You mean there is a real devil! With that revelation my spiritual eyes sprang open and I was off and running. I was hungry to learn. I was also a bit unnerved. We lived in a ground floor apartment surrounded by woods. I remember thinking that if I opened the bedroom curtains at night I would see a demon just outside the window. Nevertheless, I was not the one who started the fight. What brought about such an abrupt change after the Baptism in the Spirit? Why then and not before? Why did it not happen weeks earlier when I was born again by the Spirit? Doorways The Baptism in the Spirit opens you to the spiritual realm. That is a good thing. Two kinds of spirits operate in that......
Showdown at the ok corral
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. If your God is so strong, let me see Him heal my daughter, right now! Her eyes flared like fire with the challenge. She was as confident of our failure as she was bold. She smugly proceeded to lie down on the couch and take a nap. I cringed as I realized that my purse lay on the coffee table right in front of that couch. In the meantime, we escorted her ill daughter to a downstairs room. Like Jesus, we were not going to try to pray for healing in a room full of unbelief. Let alone a room full of witchcraft. As I said earlier, my prayer for the sick often took a different turn. This case ran the same course. The girl looked seriously sick. Her animated personality added to the drama of the event.......
Score one for the enemy
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Fear is an excellent shut off valve. The fear in my soul triggered a response. I shut down the anointing of God. We were hungry, eager, excited and lacking some vital knowledge. That would aptly describe where our prayer group was at the time. Don't get me wrong. We were being fed richly the truth of our new life in Christ. What we lacked was an understanding of the difference between the anointing of God and our own soul's power. I do believe the anointing of God was in our midst. God was divinely healing, emotional, and physical ailments. Many were coming into the Kingdom. There were lasting results. Nevertheless, lack of knowledge left us vulnerable. Energy and auras came into the......
Enemy 1 -home team 0
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. The enemy scored at the end of the first period. Much like in a game, there was a time out. That wonderful nest, the prayer group, fell into disrepair. Friends separated, I had a baby, and we moved out of the area. I was now homeless. I found life in the prayer group, not the church of my childhood. I knew nothing of other churches. You could say I was spiritually dazed and confused. I found it hard to tell my 6-month-old daughter Jesus loved her. I was not sure He loved me. One night while I sat in the dark watching Christian television, I cried out to the Lord. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of His holy hill. A few days later, a former teen who we led to the Lord called......
Curses curses curses
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Break the curses! Bolting upright from a sound sleep, the words themselves served as an alarm clock. It was obvious that God was giving me instructions. There was a slight problem though. I knew nothing about curses, nor how to break them! Thankfully, there was someone to call. The man, a friend of the couple, was also a recognized deliverance minister, speaker, and pastor. He confirmed my discernment, the foreboding storm I saw over the church all summer. He informed us that the Pastor's wife was operating under a spirit of divination. That surely accounted for the accumulating darkness. As we prayed and broke the curse, it was darkness to light! Like the prince's kiss to Cinderella, she......
What skulks behind
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. The lobby was buzzing with activity. People were visiting, children gathering, kiosks buzzing with business. Off to the side, I spoke with a dear friend who was struggling. We were in a church after all, what better place to counsel and pray. Yet I felt watched, spied on, threatened! I stood there, the feeling bearing down on me with all the menace of a bully defending his turf. Stop or else! I mentally filed the incident, wondering what it was that I was sensing. On another occasion, in the same church, I spoke with a board member's wife. I could see she was very troubled. She confided that she was under extreme duress. Her emotional state was explosive. It took her as far as road rage. She......
Delivered by fire
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. I was literally three steps out the door when the revelation hit! Something existed, the likes of which I was completely unaware of before. I never heard any reference or inference about it. Nevertheless, God had just delivered me from it! The year is 1997. Over 23 years have passed since I opened that little book and my eyes fell on the words Covenant with God. Close encounters of the God kind was just the beginning of an adventurous journey. All these years, church had been my world. In fact, God and church were seemingly synonymous in those days. Our journey took us to several different churches. We worked in several different para-church ministries as well. Some moves were by choice, some by......
The cave of adullam
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Like the spies of old, they drove the neighborhood, scouting out the land. Having driven by this building on several occasions, they were surprised to see it lit. They hoped to gather information about this ministry, which was new to the area. They also wanted to leave information about their church. The Pastor told the women to go in while he waited outside with the children. On the inside, the fireworks were about to begin! The women entered a meeting full with people enjoying the presence of God. The sparks were almost instantaneous. It was a kind of spontaneous combustion in the spirit. Discerning the spirit in the room, they readily entered into the worship. Everyone welcomed them, embracing......
Turning up the heat
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. "God is going to send you into a battle. If you do not go, He will discipline you." As I heard this word of prophecy from a trusted friend, I was puzzled. After all, I am by rite of passage, a warrior. Why would God send me this word? At a different meeting a week later, I prayed for and prophesied to a woman. She was from another state, in the area to visit a friend. I commented on the pretty pin on her lapel. She approached me before she left, handing me the pin. She said the Lord impressed her to give it to me. As it was a gift, she asked her friend’s permission to give it away. Thinking no more about it, I placed it on my dining room table and temporarily forgot about it. A few......
Engaging the enemy
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. A dream is a dream . . . until it isn't! In the dream, I was out of town, looking for directions to a particular church. I entered a building to ask directions. There stood a group of executives. One man came over to me, warmly greeting me. I understand that you know what spirit is oppressing our area. I am anxious to hear what God has revealed to you! After speaking with him, I proceeded down the street. A woman came out from a yard holding a statue. The statue had outstretched hands, as many religious statues portray. She wanted to know if the statue was good or bad. As the dream progressed, I was intensely aware that the statue was demonically infused. Touching the hand of the statue, I was......
A demonic visitation
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. South Carolina: 2:15 a.m. and I awake with a start. I am freezing! The thermostat shows the temperature is 73 degrees. Why am I so cold? I add another blanket and return to bed. As morning arrives, two new challenges confront me. I awake with a headache. My mind barraged with thoughts that I am crazy. You have lost your mind. Your supposed revelations are just vain imaginations. The Holy Spirit graciously intervened. In a vision, I saw myself rocking, which to me was a sign of intercession. Upon seeing this, I began praying in the spirit. Nausea came in waves. My mind continually barraged with the thought that this will last all day, that I will have no revelation from the......
The twilight zone
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Georgia: The wildest 15 hours of my spiritual journey thus far! Since my Spiritual odyssey beginnings, I have successfully navigated through uncharted waters. I have experienced suggestions to my mind bizarre enough to be the plot in a psycho movie. Nevertheless, it was only now that I understood the importance of my encounter the day before with the spirit of insanity. Yes, I experienced A demonic visitation. However that visitation was not just an engagement with a spirit. It was also a word of knowledge. It forewarned of what was just ahead. I would have to navigate in the strange landscape where insanity sought to rule. Demonic entryways Our next stop brought us to a beautiful rustic lodge......
A territorial engagement
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Off with a bang! That is how the trip began. I thought this ministry outing to Ohio would be short and enjoyable. From the start, it was evident that something else was in the works. I was irritated throughout the five-plus hour drive. I could not concentrate. I felt totally disconnected from God. Our evening began with a dinner engagement. I found myself unable to flow in conversation, unable to flow in the Spirit, unable to focus. My only desire was to leave. I just wanted to be in the hotel room. That made no sense to me whatever.As we entered our room for the night, I prophesied. "I will be in an intercession that will make me feel trapped, as if I am bouncing off the walls. My companions......
Phone booth transformations
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Man or superman, what would you rather be? The narration of her past life was painful to hear. All along her path the wreckage lay strewn, from early childhood on. Her testimony of salvation, however, was incredible. Dumped in the confines of a cell, left to go through withdrawal alone and unaided, she was very, very sick. Her cellmate cleaned up after her during the day. At night she wept at her bedside, calling out to God on this newcomer’s behalf. She was asking God for this woman's life. The devil may have had her, but God called her. She is yours God, pleaded the woman who knelt by her sick, broken body. A stranger was pleading with God on her behalf. These actions did what mere......
Conflicting of gifting
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Like two rams circling, horns lowered, we eyed each other. I discerned one thing, he another. I recognized a spirit in operation consuming the time, distracting, and causing other problems. He saw a purpose, a needy individual, and his ability to help. How great is our God, how unsearchable His ways. This being true, I ask you, how multifaceted are His gifts to men? Consider the complexity of it all. God chose to flow through flesh and blood. We all have different personalities, ways, quirks, and idiosyncrasies. It begs the question, how different then must the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit be through us as well? The two rams circling happen to have very similar gift packages. We both......
The plumb line
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Was it a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Some may have questioned this. I questioned it. Not that it was sudden, certainly not, and yet, I was changing. I traversed the land on the charismatic side of the church for many years. I grew in wisdom and knowledge. I experienced the weird and wacky. At times, I literally had to close my eyes in order not to judge! After all, in a gathering of thousands, each person is at a different place in their seeking, in their walk with God. Oh, the things you see with your eyes open . . . God knows at times, I too may have appeared to some as a bit out there. I did my time, I had notches on my belt to prove it. I persisted, persevered, loved and encouraged a......
The narrow path
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. A mountain stood before me. There were several paths, but one was very narrow. Along this path there were occasional small pools of water where one could drink. It steadily wound upward, wide enough for only one person. Every path I saw led upward to some extent. All held clear beautiful views, but only the solitary, narrow path would take an individual high enough for views others could only imagine. God assured me that this was the path of His design and that I would lead others to walk it as well. A man with an experience is not at the mercy of the man with an argument. For over 38 years I have climbed that mountain. My experiences, and the resulting revelations, laid the path. In this narrative,......
The army of god
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. "This word is either going to be right on, or you are going to think I have left the reservation!" It was an out of state meeting. Ministry time was in full swing. As I looked across the room, my gaze settled on one particular woman. She was mature, very refined and attractive. As I looked at her, I saw a vision. She was standing on the outside of a cottage. It looked much like a quaint country painting. She appeared to be looking in at life. It was as if she stood outside of it. She seemed to be a remote observer. She was either unable or unwilling to break through the invisible barrier. When I spoke those words, the effect was like the shattering of glass! Whatever held her shattered......
The drawing of the spirit
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Do you feel the drawing? Do you sense a longing in your heart to touch the reality of the spirit realm more deeply? Is there a yearning deep within? Are you aware of your soul drawing back? Can you feel the fear? Do you feel your heels starting to dig in? Do you hear the arguments? Do you sense the no as it reverberates inside of you? To which direction will you yield? Will you allow your spirit to lead and overcome the hesitation and self-protection of your soul? Will you boldly dare to follow? Many times over the years I have felt, sensed, and heard all these things. Each time I knew I was experiencing the drawing of the Holy Spirit and the drawing back of my soul. Combined with this was the fear......