Keys For Heavenly Marriage

Below is a post I was honored to share on Kelsey & Kendell’s blog (www.theradiantlifeblog.com) a few weeks ago about something so near and dear to my heart… Marriage! If you haven’t seen their site, I encourage you to follow them and I know you will find their posts encouraging. I simply wanted to re-share what I had to say, here. Enjoy!

Charlie and Brynn

I spent the better half of my teenage years reading things like, I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris and Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot along with several other Christian “marriage-prep” books (try to find that section in Barnes & Nobles). Which helped a ton, and I am a firm believer of reading these types of books as they will bring you insight, however they don’t totally prepare you for the major changes about to happen!

I married Charlie, my amazing preacher-man hubs, shortly after graduating from the Bible College we met at. This year I will be celebrating ten years of marriage and thirteen years of glorious friendship. I always like to point out the friendship key, especially for all the single ladies that are waiting for their Prince Charming to sweep them off their feet, he IS out there… and he is probably your best friend.

A few of the keys to unlocking true intimacy and creating a union so strong that no fiery tempest can abate it’s bond, are quite simple that you may have even overlooked them.

1. Friendship: As I mentioned before, my main-man was my friend first and from  there it blossomed into an ever-growing love. Cultivate this! You should still be best friends, even after you’re married.

2. Communication: I would hi-lite the computer screen on this point, that’s how important it is. Ladies, if you don’t tell him, he is not going to know. Also, let go of the manipulation you may have inherited from your Mama (or your Auntie… we aren’t pointing any fingers here). I learned the hard way, early on in my marriage that if you want something, need something, whatever something, you go straight to your husband… don’t try to butter him up or coerce the situation. It may seem little, but in the long run you will lose respect for your husband because you have been slowly undermining his authority as the head of your home. Like in the bedrock of a stream, over time corrosion will take place in your marriage. Remember to deliberately choose honor which will then create and environment for him to love you as Christ loves the church.

Ephesians 5: 22-28 (MSG) says it so beautifully, “Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands.

Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.”

3. Teamwork: You are now a united force, no longer two single units operating on parallel planes. You have become one and it’s your job to act like it. Protect your unity!

Last, I will leave you with my definition of what marriage is…

Marriage in its truest union is when you can look beyond yourself, past the fog of selfish desires, peering deep into another’s soul. Find the spark that ignites their destiny dreams and be the one who holds the match that creates the flame.

A New Chapter

Tomorrow I start a new chapter in life. A journey to an unfamiliar place… packing up my world for a few months and heading to the UK & Europe. Some of the countries we will be visiting are England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and France. What was only a dream is now reality and I’m gonna write all about it!!

I can’t wait to start this adventure with my hubs and 2 lovely kiddos. It hasn’t been easy, but there has been an ease to the planning and preparing for this special time.  This is something I have learned over the past several years serving God, if HE is in it, there is an ease to it and there’s no striving involved. So I rest in Him, knowing that we can plan as much as we want, but when His hand is on it- there’s no need for mine.

Last April, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel with Charlie to England for what was my first trip. Although he had been there several times before, this was the first time I felt it was imperative that I join him. I was there April 17- 22, 2014. On a Saturday afternoon, as we ministered in a place called Jacob’s Well I saw a vision during worship. What I saw was a great shaking in England and the blood of the martyrs (the revivalists and believers that have gone before us and laid down their lives for the Gospel) rising from the ground. As it rose, the rains from Heaven began to pour with the weight of God’s presence. Mid-air the droplets of blood and water collided, instantly transforming into golden drops. These liquid drops of golden glory fell back to the Earth, covering the ground- saturating the land. It was a declaration and confirmation that God’s glory was about to cover the Earth, but first a shaking was going to take place.

Later that evening when I returned to the hotel room, I had the image below with a news link on my Facebook page, asking if we were alright. Unbeknownst to me there had been a double earthquake in England during the time we were there! God was truly speaking about what would surely take place.

Earthquake England

So as we embark on this journey over the next few months, we tuck deep into the folds of our heart the promises of God. Intercessors in both England and America have been praying and paving a way in the spirit for our family and team members who are going with us. Not only that, but there has been years of intercession over this land for another great awakening and revival of God’s presence. We are believing for just that and are honored to be a part of what God is already doing there.

On both March 21 & 22, 2015 well-known Prophet Kim Clement released a word from London, England. (click image for full word posted to www.kimclement.com) Here is a hi-light:

Kim clement“Can Britain be great again is the question that has come before Me, says the Lord. Can I flame Europe once again with a flame of delight for My son? Yes is the answer…. Something is happening NOW and so as a prophet I pray and Lord I tear down the powers of hell and darkness that have come against this nation, against your people. So Father I pray present this to your people tomorrow and let Iran not stand and Lord let your people stand and let the blood of those that have been martyred cry out, Victory, to cry out of better things than that of Abel.

It truly is an incredible time to walk out God’s perfectly ordained steps for our family…

Yet above all, let it be known that everything we do in life, we do it for Love. For God is Love.

Love

 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”

John 3:16-21

Adventure Awaits

I woke up last Sunday morning, just as I do everyday, with the sound of a thousand tiny shrieks of joy coming from my three year old. “Mommy, get up! Mommy wake up! I want to play dress up.” I’m not exactly sure how often I sleep in anymore, it’s so rare that today 9:30 felt like noon…

I reached over, grabbed my phone and saw a text from a long-time friend saying that she was driving through Nashville on her way to Florida. As it turned out, later that evening I found myself in her car on my way to Florida as well.

Was this planned? No.

Had I thought this through, and specifically allotted three days of my week for rejuvenation? Not exactly.

So why am I writing a blog post about this? Because there is a principle, we type A-over planning-calendar loving people must learn to embrace…

Leave enough room for the SPONTANEOUS, it’s in those suddenly and unexpected moments you will find joy!

In less than 2 weeks I will be boarding a plane with my husband and 2 kids to fly across the Atlantic and live as Missionaries in England for 3 months. I have labored over the details of this adventure, tirelessly ensuring personal things will be taken care of before we depart and arrangements are on point for when we arrive.

Often times we can get so caught up in the planning and preparing, that we forget to pause and embrace the divine moments God intended for us to live in. I encourage you today, if you’re like me and find an oh-so-glorious love in the details of properly executing your To-Do List and crossing each detail off with a fine-tip sharpie… stop for just a moment.

You may not be breathing in the salty fresh ocean air that wafts over you as you lay in the warm sun on this Florida beach… but wherever you are, embrace the now. Breathe deep. Live in that moment God has placed you in. Lift your head, look around at those he has placed in your life and take time for these intentional relationships.

And please… always remember to use pencil when marking your calendar.

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Aligning Yourself to the Sound of Heaven

Revelation 4:3-8 (AMP) boldly declares,

“And He Who sat there appeared like [the crystalline brightness of] jasper and [the fiery] sardius, and encircling the throne there was a halo that looked like [a rainbow of] emerald. Twenty-four other thrones surrounded the throne, and seated on these thrones were twenty-four elders ([b]the members of the heavenly Sanhedrin), arrayed in white clothing, with crowns of gold upon their heads.

Out from the throne came flashes of lightning and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne seven blazing torches burned, which are the seven Spirits of God [[c]the sevenfold Holy Spirit];

And in front of the throne there was also what looked like a transparent glassy sea, as if of crystal. And around the throne, in the center at each side of the throne, were four living creatures (beings) who were full of eyes in front and behind [with intelligence as to what is before and at the rear of them].

The first living creature (being) was like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature had the face of a man, and the fourth living creature [was] like a flying eagle.

And the four living creatures, individually having six wings, were full of eyes all over and within [underneath their wings]; and day and night they never stop saying, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty (Omnipotent), Who was and Who is and Who is to come.”

There is a sound, a vibration, a frequency that emanates from the Heavens and permeates the Earthly like waves that crash upon the coastal shore. It is the avenue in which the supernatural becomes natural. The transient link between two worlds, merging them into one, even if for but a moment.

In my previous article I wrote about how Christ is the light of men and at the sub-atomic level in the molecules of man is congealed light. These molecules, atoms, protons, neutrons, etc. all vibrate and emit frequencies. So how do you learn to operate at a higher, heavenly frequency? How do you align yourself to Heaven’s sound? The answer is simple. Worship.

One key, that is overlooked by some, is purely worship. The Four Living Creatures never stop crying, “Holy, Holy, Holy”. The Elders around the throne continuously throw themselves down in worship and declare, “Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and dominion, for You created all things; by Your will they were [brought into being] and were created.” When you open your mouth in praise and declare the glory of God, you in turn create or ‘frame-up’ the atmosphere of worship and out of this place comes the glory realm.

I heard a preacher say it like this, “You praise until the spirit of worship comes, and then you worship until the glory comes then speak out of that glory.” It is a tangible presence, a weighty realm whose attributes can be felt. This is where the lightings and the thunders and the roars of many waters release from. Where the supernatural manifestations of God pierce through our natural dimensions and things which were not, become as though they are. Where the unseen realm produces a visible substance that points to His wondrous works and His glorious goodness.

So tonight, remember the key for your victory in accessing and aligning yourself to Heaven’s frequency is found in the depths of your worship of the Living God. If you desire His glory to manifest in your personal life, and you are asking Him for signs, miracles, and wonders… take it up higher, press in a little longer and you will feel the shift! You were created as His vessel of honor to display his glorious wonders in the Earth, so let your light shine!

For more teaching on this subject click here: The Frequencies of the Kingdom: Part 1 by Charlie Shamp (my preacher-man hubs)

Frequency of Heaven

You have authority over whatever comes into your world. Anything that makes contact with your sphere of influence, you have the jurisdiction to accept or eradicate. Whether intentional or by accident the thing that is trying to latch on to you that is of a lower frequency, shake it off.

Like the Apostle Paul (or Taylor Swift), who shook off the snake as it bit him (Acts 28)… You too can loose yourself from what appears to be a deadly poisonous attack. It is an illusion and it’s vibrations can’t penetrate the divine light of Christ that dwells within you.

light-burstJohn 1:1-5 (Amplified) declares, “In the beginning [before all time] was the Word ([a]Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God [b]Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].” 

Christ’s light is the vibration that resonates at the very core of our molecular structure. Scientist have found deep within the atom’s nucleus, beyond the protons and neutrons is congealed light. When you align yourself to Heaven’s sound, even the atoms that make up your physical body will begin to vibrate at a higher frequency. Your circumstances will have no choice but to respond and the weight of this God-given authority will saturate each word that proceeds from your mouth. You will truly ‘frame up’ or create the framework for your world with your words.

So don’t let the illusions dictate your demeanor. Tonight, take dominion over the peace in your home, the health of your children, and the love in your marriage. Reign in this life!

A Proverbs 31 Woman

Y’all… I knew I should have been a Fashion Designer! Now I have some scripture on it…

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“She makes her own clothing,
    and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
    when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
    brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
    and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
    and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
    and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
    her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
    but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
    The woman to be admired and praised
    is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
    Festoon her life with praises!”

Proverbs 31: 22-31 (MSG)