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September 2017

Shanah Tovah Umetukah 5778 (Hebrew) meaning "A Good and Sweet Year"

image from www.spirituallyunequalmarriage.comMy Dear Friend,

Repeat After Me:

  • I am a powerful child of God.
  • I am the head and not the tail.
  • I was created for greatness.
  • My destiny is to live in victory.
  • My destiny is to have the abundant life.
  • Today, I declare I am in transition from glory to glory and strength to strength. Hallelujah

Well Done! Let these words now move into truth in the spiritual realm and then be lived out in our physical life.

The entire church is in a GREAT transition. The awakening of the Body of Christ. And from what I am hearing almost all of us are transitioning from something that was a main part of our life to something new.

We are in the midst of a paradigm shift of massive consequence. Look at our political climate. A giant shift from a year ago. Our schools. Our churches. What I have come to realize is that often the people of God aren’t prepared for transition and struggle though one instead of live on top of them. And the devil is fully aware of this and uses confusion, fear and more to throw us off. Blame God, blame others and to discourage us to the point of giving up.

Am I right?

Let’s talk about Transitions in God’s timeline:

Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur.

  • God moves in His timeline. NEW YEAR. Rosh Hashanah typically falls somewhere in September or early October. This Year it falls on the evening of September 21 and 10 days later Yom Kippur the most solemn religious fast of the Jewish year, the last of the ten days of penitence that begin with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) In This 10-day window I’m convinced a ton of things happen in the spiritual realm.
  • God takes an account.

Historically, the ancient Rabbis base their description of Rosh Hashanah on an analogy drawn from Roman military life. Just as a Roman commander reviews the troops who pass before him, so “on Rosh Hashanah all human being pass before [God] as troops, as it is said [in Psalms 33:15], ‘He who fashions the heart of them all, who discerns all their doings'” Seeing how they conduct themselves, the commander, like God, decrees each person’s fate. This is why in the Jewish faith Rosh Hashanah is typically a somber and sobering time.

Okay, so what does it look like for God to take an account? I can only share that I have experienced this cycle over and over and finally began to recognize how the truth of changes in my life align with God’s timetable.

Every September I find that things close out. I have experienced some difficult changes in September. Relationships end. For example, in my own life, interestingly, and not planned that way, my 11-year ministry partnership ended on September 1, 2017. This was unplanned but interesting how it came to close exactly on September 1. My husband was told he was going to be laid off in 2008. (This was a major transition for us). School starts, new relationships, new teachers, closing of old friendships, old familiar territory. 

Seasons of closing happen in September.

This is of course not always how all endings happen nor new beginnings, it’s just fascinating to me how MAJOR events of my life have transitions in this window, through September and October.

So, think about what has closed out in your life in years past in the month of September? You will be amazed to realize that this happens in your life and faith life.

Why?

Why do we experience a season of closing? Well we will answer that question in the next post. I feel as though God has given me insight into His timing in order that we might not be surprised but be prepared for all He is doing in our world, in our lives.

This feels like this scripture is applicable to my life in this area: It is God's privilege to conceal things and the king's privilege to discover them. —Proverbs 25:2

God hides things for those of us who are pressing in. It is His delight to reveal His Kingdom to His kids. How cool is that?

Stay tuned because this is GOOD! Hugs, Lynn

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Today, I will pray with purpose, power and belief, using the Word with conviction, confidence and finally with unfailing courage. I will not relent or give up or give in. I will stand for goodness, honesty, integrity, and truth. I will love lavishly and forgive easily. I will offer hope and a hand to those who I can help, and I will always and forever remain loyally in love with my Jesus.

This is my high and holy calling, and I will believe nothing less. In the name of Jesus. Amen and Hallelujah!!!

PRAY WITH POWER AND AUTHORITY:

Winning Them With Prayer: by, Lynn Donovan

Winning Them With Prayer


Rosh Hashanah -Faith Practices and Realities of the Kingdom

image from www.spirituallyunequalmarriage.comWe are entering into a very interesting week. There has been A LOT of discussion about the Revelation 12 sign, the end of the age, and the rapture in Christian circles of late. But I’m not sure about it all. What I am sure about is that we, as the church, are stepping into a new season. There is something arising. It is the purposes and the power of THE CHURCH!  Hallelujah!

Over the next few weeks, I want to share the significance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in our modern life and in our Christin faith. God’s timeline is not based upon the Gregorian calendar. What is fascinating to me is that year after year, I experience a significant series of events in September, again in October and again in November. These events are hugely impactful to my personal life and faith. And as I began to share my experiences of this season with others, I realized others are also experiencing significant changes in this season, year-after-year.

It appears to me that most of us are in a giant season of transition. And most of us struggle walking through transitions well.

Anyone? If this is true for you, leave me a note in the comments that you are in a transition and tell me briefly what is changing or closing out in your life. I think it will be fascinating to see what season is closing out in your life in the month of September. The month of Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hashanah begins, Wednesday evening, September 20th and ends Friday evening, September 22, 2017. Then we enter a 10-day period leading up to Yom Kippur. I will explain more as the days pass. I know in the past few years we have fasted together in this season for breakthrough together as a community. I’m not going to lead a community fast this week as I am traveling Thursday-Sunday. But, I ask you to pray and ask the Lord if He is calling you to fast this week to press in for your breakthrough. I know there are many of you who need to fast for this very reason.

These holidays are highly significant in any year but I feel a tension and an excitement over this year, specifically.

So, stay tuned and hang on because I’m going to share some thoughts that will positively take you in prayer to the Throne Room to inquire of God about what He has prepared for you in this season. And His plans will blow your mind. He always blows mine. And we are also going to look at what the enemy is doing to bring destruction during this season. And more importantly, the tools God gave me last week to completely decimate the devils works.

Can I shout HALLELUJAH again?

Say it with me now OUT LOUD: HALLELUJAH!

I love you. Let me know what transition you are facing and what is closing out in this month. There is a purpose in asking. I’ll share with you later.

Have a fantastic week! Shalom! And Happy New Year! 

*****

Today, I will pray with purpose, power and belief, using the Word with conviction, confidence and finally with unfailing courage. I will not relent or give up or give in. I will stand for goodness, honesty, integrity, and truth. I will love lavishly and forgive easily. I will offer hope and a hand to those who I can help, and I will always and forever remain loyally in love with my Jesus.

This is my high and holy calling, and I will believe nothing less. In the name of Jesus. Amen and Hallelujah!!!

PRAY WITH POWER AND AUTHORITY:

Winning Them With Prayer: by, Lynn Donovan

Winning Them With Prayer


Faith Practice That Changed My Life

I want to share the single most important and powerful thing that changed my life. 

My Daily Bible

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This is a picture of my Bible. I began reading it on June 13, 1998 and have read through God's word every year since. This Bible has become the one thing I would grab in a fire or flood that MUST be saved. It's also become a family heirloom. I record events in the margin as a memory stone of God's faithfulness and scribble notes to my Savior among the pages. Reading these memories every year is a tremendous faith builder. I have underlined passages and their are stains of coffee as well as tears. My daughter has asked that this Bible be listed as her inheritance in our will. (She cracks me up)

Through the most unusual culmination of circumstances my mother gave me this Daily Bible which she purchased for me while at a Women of Faith Event. This Bible is a 15-minute daily reading plan. It includes a portion from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. You read through the entire Bible in a year. I've read it through every year since 1998. The WORD abides in my today because of this faith practice.

In 1998, I was able to keep my dentist appointment, my hair appointment but made little effort to keep my appointment with the God of the universe. But, I wanted lasting change in my marriage  and my faith, so I knew I needed to invite God into my life every single day. I needed to know what He had to say about life.

I needed to read His Word.

So, here is the hard part. I set my alarm for 5:30 a.m. every morning and rose bleary-eyed, to meet with the Lord. I was determined to keep this appointment. At that time in my life I was working in Corporate America. I had an extraordinarily busy schedule. However, the alarm would sound and I shuffled to the coffee pot. Then picked up my Bible, my journal and there I met with Jesus.

Every morning.

I invited God into my life through His transforming words. I was forever changed and healed in so many places.

So, I ask this question of you. Are you struggling in your marriage? Are you struggling with a child or with your employment? Are you unhappy, disillusioned?

Then this is your invitation to healing. 

God is asking you to sacrifice your sleep to find peace, contentment, healing and a relationship that will ROCK your world and leave you forever changed.... for the better.

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Be blessed, Lynn

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Today, I will pray with purpose, power and belief, using the Word with conviction, confidence and finally with unfailing courage. I will not relent or give up or give in. I will stand for goodness, honesty, integrity, and truth. I will love lavishly and forgive easily. I will offer hope and a hand to those who I can help, and I will always and forever remain loyally in love with my Jesus.

This is my high and holy calling, and I will believe nothing less. In the name of Jesus. Amen and Hallelujah!!!

PRAY WITH POWER AND AUTHORITY:

Winning Them With Prayer: by, Lynn Donovan

Winning Them With Prayer


In Pursuit of The Face of God II

image from www.spirituallyunequalmarriage.comThe Practices of Vibrant Faith

In the last week, I’ve contemplated the many seasons I’ve walked through in pursuit of the Presence of God in my life. Some are very challenging and some are utter bliss — so amazing that there isn’t adequate language to describe the encounters.

I will be sharing:

  • The power of the WORD
  • Praying with authority
  • Understanding angels and their purpose
  • Understanding the demonic and how to defeat it
  • The spiritual realm
  • Walking in our true identity
  • Defeating the lies
  • Taking captive thoughts to Christ
  • and a bunch more

These are some of the practices and divine wisdom that I’ve adopted over years. It’s a lifetime of learning to walk in victory in the power of Jesus Christ.

I loved your responses in the comments as to why you are in pursuit of God. And as I contemplate the “why” question I asked last week, I think there are a multitude of reasons to pursue God but at the core, the very first is of course, eternal salvation.

I need to state clearly some truths. The enemy of God is relentless to cloud the facts and truth about a spiritual realm and many succumb to the deception. But right now, from a clear mind, a life-long journey with God I am providing truths from my years of actual experiences:

  • God is real. I have experienced His presence, power, love and forgiveness.
  • The spiritual realm is real and it surrounds us completely. We walk in it always, whether we believe in it or not.
  • We are at war. From conception in the womb until the day we die. We have an enemy who is hell-bent on destroying us.
  • Jesus Christ is God’s son. He came to earth as an example on how we as a human being can walk in victory, power and love and have victory through His death on a cross and resurrection.
  • The Bible is a legitimate, inspired work that is living. The WORD hold enormous power and truths that have changed my life in every good way and that has changed the lives of million century after century.
  • We are children of God. That distinction offers us a multitude of promises, responsibilities and opportunities within God’s Kingdom.
  • We are born to fulfill God’s purposes on earth that were written for us before time began.

The critical truth is that we have a soul that will live on after are body dies. It WILL go to one of two places, heaven or hell. Our entire experience on earth leads to this decision. A decision that is what drives nearly all activity on earth. If you are reading this, choose wisely. Choose love, choose faith and choose Jesus Christ. He is our redemption, hope and our gate to the eternal Kingdom. (If you want to pray a prayer of salvation, click here.)

Okay, these are some of the basics and I will tackle with Biblical backing as well as my experiences in the weeks ahead.

These truths ARE the reasons I pursue God. I’ve lived life without Him and it sucks. Life lived in the Presence is an adventure, full, surprising, peaceful, and a life of victory and joy.

In my next post, I will share a Faith practice that began in earnest in my life in 1999. This practice remains in my life today. It’s life-changing and powerful. Until then, I invite you to receive the blessing of the atmosphere of heaven:

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit —Romans 14:17

I bless you today with the atmosphere in heaven. That you are filled with righteousness, peace and joy. That the goodness of God (righteousness) overflows into your life with such abundance that it takes your breath. In Jesus name.

In His grace and mercy, Lynn

Pursuit Of His Presence  August 28, 2017

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Today, I will pray with purpose, power and belief, using the Word with conviction, confidence and finally with unfailing courage. I will not relent or give up or give in. I will stand for goodness, honesty, integrity, and truth. I will love lavishly and forgive easily. I will offer hope and a hand to those who I can help, and I will always and forever remain loyally in love with my Jesus.

This is my high and holy calling, and I will believe nothing less. In the name of Jesus. Amen and Hallelujah!!!

PRAY WITH POWER AND AUTHORITY:

Winning Them With Prayer: by, Lynn Donovan

Winning Them With Prayer