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Face-Planted: Over the past couple of days I entered a state of wrestling with the Lord. It's the kind where you know something is out of joint, but it's so deep you know it will require Him to go on an excavation mission to help you understand the source of the discomfort, perhaps even agony. After asking and digging and begging and listening, His finger finally fell on the question that continues to send reverb through my deep…"will you risk it all to follow me?" ~Yikes! We are so quick to move in emotional conviction, but when reality meets the heartfelt stir it is often not strong enough to seal the deal. This is not a question to ask lightly or answer quickly, but it is a question that many of us will have to answer…perhaps many times in a lifetime. Would you pray for me as I search my insides for a firm and resounding "yes" that I can stand on no matter what my earthly eyes see and heart longs for? Would you pray for us, for Firefall Soul Ministries, to have a faith foundation so sturdy in the Lord and His promises that we will, without hesitation, answer the call…each time…as we hear the Savior say "come." There is much to be risked, and so much more to be lost if fear stands in between the faith and courage the Lord is extending and our soul's grabbing hold of these to go wherever He leads. May you have the courage to ask the hard questions, and to remain at the Throne until you have given your Lord an answer. I would encourage you to read Psalm 84, a few times in different versions, and ask the Holy Spirit to stir in you an encouraged and faithful "yes" to whatever question He has set before you. The Lord's strength, courage and tenderness surround you. Trish
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ… 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 I found a little tucked away coffee shop and in their dessert case a sign read, “Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backwards.” I’ll start by saying I’m a word person so any little play on words, a deeper meaning of some kind, a new discovery of three other words that mean the same thing – all make for a great moment. I walk away a bit taller, feeling more aware of the world that surrounds me. I know, I know - small triumphs - but truly ones that build a bridge to a better day. As I sat eating an excellent breakfast sandwich and drinking French pressed coffee, I pondered the deeper meaning of spelling “stressed” backwards. I’d just come off a tumultuous week. Every corner of my identity in relationship and business had been pushed on and set up for plummet. The familiar mental tapes – evil lies told to me from very young – had driven a caravan into my mind and taken up camp. The smoke from their fire clouded my thoughts, judgment and perception for days. As much as I’d tried I couldn’t squelch their flame despite showering best faith intentions and mental muscle. Every part of how I viewed myself, my capabilities and giftings, my future and even whether I wanted or would be able to have relationships was “stressed”. It was a complete “in and through,” as Trish would say. I’ve relied on certain fail-safe faith patterns to bring me out of dark places. God has been faithful to lead me in how to see through a fire, speak His truth to a well attended enemy camp and watch His power take over, clean out, and renew me. But this was different. This time I needed the very thing that I was afraid of – deep relationship – to stand next to me and show His hand. It was a raw, vulnerable space laden with deep fears and paralyzing chasms. He wasn’t allowing release from this spot without learning the value of who He had placed in my life, what that meant for my walk with Him, and a new heart understanding of how much I needed how He works through others for my benefit and well being. Being in unity and fully alive in community with someone is a vulnerable, sometimes scary place. All my fellow first-borns out there can give a shout-out to the solidity that can be found in the “I can do it myself” lifestyle. But, without being open to how God moves in others to show Himself to our hearts, for our strength, to teach us grace and true love, we leave out a good portion of His “dessert” on this earth. The stresses, voices, and lies that wrap us up and threaten to suffocate His purpose often take Him moving in others on our behalf to break through to a sweet space of freedom. He made us for one another, to love one another in His fullness and to drink in the sweet fragrance of brother/sisterhood. Today, on the other side of one stressed week, I am rewarded with a new, sweet, dessert-worthy understanding of His purpose for me in relationship with His people …and also a raspberry torte. 1 John 3:19-24 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. Praying you find His love for you in the hearts of those around you! Jamie
Matthew 7:7-8 (ESV) 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." Today I have been challenged by Holy Trinity asking if I understand, and more importantly if I believe, just how much He loves to respond to His children. We often wait for the Lord to move, longing for Him to pursue and make the first effort. The truth is, He has made every first effort! I can only imagine that after such great lengths of initiating with us, one of His greatest delights is when we turn and point our whole selves determinedly in His direction to seek Him back. Lord, turn our hearts to You in firm belief and expectation that as we ask, seek and knock we will find You in ways that will change our lives. Thank you for your PROMISE to respond as we seek You. Be blessed! Trish
We tend to love the sentiment of a "new year," a chance to start again, do differently, redirect patterns, or make a change. There's something about a ceremonial "turning of the page" on our calendars that with it brings hope of possibilities. We want to believe a new year will bring fresh motivation, new perspective and the next "better" or "more." It seems we naturally incline ourselves toward the things our hearts refuse to forget we are about. For all of the resolutions I would like to make and believe I will keep, there is only one I have fully latched on to...that my heart would be bent more eagerly toward the One that has restored it from ruin. Two truths shove me into 2013 with a sober and hopeful heart: if not by His grace...and...His grace is sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9). I pray that the coming year would, above all, be filled with the Lord's grace in your life. Grace that saves. Grace that reveals. Grace that strengthens and empowers. Grace that heals. We don't understand until we have experienced the truth that He promises - it WILL be ENOUGH. "Oh, for grace to trust Him more." Do not begin your new year without asking Holy Trinity to take you all the way in to the experience of His divine grace.
The power of a true mentor - when a healthy and invested voice finds its way into your life at just the right time, and something in you is both torn down and built up as you step for a bit with their way of existing. Tonight I got to sit in the presence of a man that I consider one of the "Greats" of our day. The kind who by his very nature creates a space where your heart can't help but be beckoned into the light of God's presence...the kind of man that makes you better just for having shared the same space with him for a moment. In all of his quirkiness and absolute humanity, Jesus becomes experientially a friend and lover of the soul. Papa Dawson, you will forever be one of my most important and treasured mentors. Thank you.
Ephesians 4 Amplified Bible (AMP) 11 And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers. 12 His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church), 13 [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [[b]full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.
If only our fear of being unknown would be greater than our fear of authenticity--surely the gain is far greater than the risk. I pray you know being known and loved, even amidst your mess.
Have you ever found yourself with your head so far buried in the sand that you're unsure how to find your way back to upright and eyes open? It is a painfully awkward (not to mention less than lovely) position that, once denial gives way and the sand blows from around your neck exposing your position, you look around to see if anyone was looking and hope to regain composure before anyone notices. Let's make it a verb...we'll call it "osteriching." There are times I believe the Lord will allow us to stay in this state for a season because He knows there may be a protective measure in our ignorance or avoidance. But when He decides it's time to smell the roses and uncover the facade of safety we have convinced ourselves of, the realization of what we need to face can be unnerving at best, and terrifying at worst. This week I have been challenged on a fundamental level regarding political topics. I have been so unraveled and overwhelmed by the complexity of the issues that often become stage fights in what we typically refer to as the "political arena" that rather than sit with the Lord on those matters and engage in meaning (albeit difficult) conversations with others, I have elected to back away, throw hands up, and shut down. Turns out the fact that we have structure and governing in society is to be expected...has it not been so since God created man? Though the answers and solid ground I so long to find may be slow in coming, I am no longer allowed to stay in my place of blissful oblivion under the blessed grains that have been dehydrating my eyes. It is not just my "right" to care, or merely a matter of joining forces with an opinion and giving me another cause to back. No, the Lord is asking for His people to give voice to His heart and ways. Do not, dear one, take this request from Him lightly. Be ever and soberly before Him...leave not His presence without the assurance of hearing from Him, and then once you know He's spoken go back again for deeper and clearer revelation still on the matter. He does ask us to speak, but His desire is that we speak His true words. He does ask that we not be enamored with the many distractions of the world, but never exemplified ignorance or denial in His consecrated life on earth. Be transformed first, humbly and openly...and when He does speak, open your mouth and let His words come forth that His kingdom might come yet in this generation! Get involved...not because you want to, not because you have an axe to grind, but because God cares about everything that concerns His children, and we will not find ourselves useful to our Lord if we pretend there are not places we need to become careful and aware influencers.
May we not be afraid of facing the realities of the state of our lives...the state of our hearts; but rather be deeply motivated by fear of any place remaining that Jesus has not been allowed to touch and make whole..."For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." Gal. 5:1 (NIV).
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Today...another day the Lord has made and invited us in to...intentioned and purposed, no matter how mundane it may seem. Nothing is wasted by the Creator! I challenge you to look for Him today until you find Him...something new, something you need, something exciting, something hard...but search and you shall find...
Adventures in Facebook'ing continue. Well, ok, for those of us who were a bit slow getting on the bandwagon, they are truly just now beginning. I pray this will be a place of community, a place of ministry, a place of staying connected. I am taking a leap into cyber world with ya'll. Blessings...