Along with the beautiful sunshine and budding trees there seems to be a calling for justice in the air. Some of you may not be in this swirl, but Mike and I seem to be in 3 different situations right now that are calling for truth and for someone to stand up and say they are not going away. Continue Reading
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to study about love this week…and then I got the flu:( But here’s what I found out so far:
New Living Translation
18 ‘The LORD is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.’
Deuteronomy 5: 10 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
Exodus 15:13 In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.
Exodus 34:5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
So, what we have here is a God who is filled with love, who lavishes unfailing love on us and on a thousand generations of those who love Him and His commands, abounding in love, maintaining love, forgiving to thousands of generations. That sounds like the best deal ever. All we have to do is obey His commands, and love Him. And we get all of that love back!
Hmm, what happened? Why did I not know of this love of God as a child and in my adult life? I read further and found that the Israelites didn’t want to go near God because they were afraid. So they sent Moses and so set the trend for not talking to God but through a priest. God said ok, I’ll give you a priest. Just put all of My word on your doorposts, on your gates, and even on your forehead, so you don’t forget. But I wonder what happens when we start only listening to what someone else says about God. When we don’t read it for ourselves. I wonder if it gets a little watered down, and we don’t even know about some parts. I don’t think my mom and dad ever read God’s word, although they were in church all the time when they grew up. I wonder what would have happened if they had read the word about how much God loved them? Maybe they would have taught me about it and I would have taught it to my kids.
Never too late to start. So I’m doing what I can now. I’m hoping to start the “thousand generations that will be loved by God”. I know that my mom and dad were very kingdom minded. They raised us to be kind, do not lie, definitely don’t kill anyone, don’t covet…you get the idea, but I had no idea that all came from God and that He loved me with abundant love.
Even though I began changing my life to line up with God’s word 20 years ago when I gave my life to Jesus, I never knew about His love.
But now I do. I can share it with everyone I know and I can receive it for myself and walk in it. So that everyone who meets me gets splashed with that. I love Kim Walker’s song “How He Loves”, on the album We Cry Out. (If you are reading this in an email and can’t see the video click here)
Wow, that’s the kind of love I want to carry around. There’s one part in the song where she says “If you’ve ever received His love you’d know it because you’d never be the same!” Isn’t that what we all want? To be so loved that we are never the same? I think you’re gonna have to watch this video and feel the love of God and never be the same.
Love you all this week. So thankful for my family, so thankful for the people of God, so thankful I know God. Today Mike is in charge of the marketplace prayer at Frank Consulting at noon. It’s been a rough week with his pain so I hope you’ll come and not only pray with him for the marketplace but also to love on Him and help to bring healing to his body.
On November 25, 1997, a very special little girl was born. This little girl was born with many handicaps and her parents Mike and Robbie Frank were told that she would not live. Her birthday is in 14 days, and she would have been 14 years old this year. Alexis Louise Frank was born with a condition known as Trisomy 13 and she lived a very difficult life for 3 1/2 years. During those years, Lexie taught her family about love and about how much God loves us, even when we don’t do anything. He loves us just because we are born.
We loved Lexie with all our hearts and she went to be with God in heaven on April 2, 2001. She forever changed our lives and I know that because of her life, many other people have been touched by God that never knew her. The night she went to heaven, my husband Mike and my sister Patty were baptized in our bathtub at home. My sister Patty gave her life to Jesus that night and on what should have been the most painful night of our lives, became a beautiful supernatural moment in time.
At Lexie’s funeral, many more gave their lives to Christ and many were baptized, including our daughter-in-law Britt and my sister, Mimi. Five years later, we carried on this tradition with a few people that asked Jesus into their hearts in our home in Santa Barbara, which followed with about 15 baptisms!
I am so grateful for her life, to have know this brave little girl, and I’m believing that because of her life, there will be a difference in the marketplace . I’m believing that some of the beautiful fruit of having Lexie in our lives is happening this week.
This is a very special week for me and for some new friends of ours Michael and Melody Hickerson. On July 1, 2011 Michael and Melody joined us for dinner at our home, and suddenly a giant rainbow became visible from our back patio We all ran out and took many pictures. That night, Michael and Melody Hickerson gave their hearts to Jesus and became new creations. We all celebrated and were thrilled for their new beginnings in Christ. I believe they are the first fruits of what is to come in the marketplace as God shows us new miracles here that we’ve never seen before.
Now, on 11/11/11 Michael and Melody will get baptized in our swimming pool! We couldn’t be more excited and they have given us permission to invite all of you to join them in this celebration. So, those of you that can drive out to our home on Friday at noon, please come, and those of you that can’t be here, join us in your prayers.
I think it’s only fitting that we also open the door for anyone who has not yet been baptized. Maybe you always meant to, but it never worked out or you just weren’t ready. The pool is heated:), our arms are open, and now is the time for some of you. Michael and Melody and Lexie are leading the way.
Jesus, I pray that you give our Lexie a kiss today and tell her that we love her so much and are so thankful we had her in our lives.
Kind of a strange dream, but also awakened the teachings we had gotten years ago at the House of Prayer regarding end times. How does that apply to us? What would we do differently if it were happening tomorrow? But then, like all those dreams you’re not quite sure what to do with, we wrote it down and tucked it away for thought another day.
Last night I was at a Leadership Advance Conference at Bethel Church and a surprise guest was asked to come up on the stage and tell about some dreams she had been having. She told the story about the recurring dreams she’s been having about the return of Jesus. Her name is Tracey Evans and she left this area years ago to take care of villages in Mozambique; which is an amazing story if you ever have time to read about her. In her dreams, Jesus returns on a cloud of glory and the cloud resembles sparkling gold, similar to the cloud that was present in the church a couple nights ago of swirling gold dust. (yes, that really did happen in our church). In her dream, people kept trying to stop her from concerning herself with the return of Jesus, saying it’s going to happen, but just sit down, and have yourself a cup of coffee, don’t worry. To this day she doesn’t drink coffee to remind herself that she needs to always be aware of His return and to live her life as if He will return today! She then asked us “What are the gifts you will lay at the feet of Jesus when you see Him? When He asks ‘What have you done with the gifts I have given you?”
First of all, she just kind of comes in and blows my socks off! Many times I get so distracted by the little things of life, and totally forget that I’m on this planet to love and be loved by God and that some day He really is going to ask me what I did with what He gave me. Listening to her helped me to get back on track again. What would I do differently? How would I live my life in a more intentional way if I knew He was returning tomorrow…or very soon? Here’s what I’m thinking about today:
Wake up every morning full of thankfulness for His love and His gifts, especially my family.
Going out every day knowing not to worry about tomorrow because if I focus on today, God’s going to help me live well today, have divine encounters, and love on the people He puts around me.
Slow down! So that those around me know they are loved, so that I can know what their hurts are and how can I pray for them?
I want to be able to have time to stop and pray for people, to give them an encouraging word, to take them closer to Jesus, not think “wow, I’d love to talk, but I’ve got a schedule to keep to!”.
Can you imagine what the marketplace would look like if we all did that? I don’t have to go out and do a crusade, just slow down enough so that everyone God puts in my path today feels loved today. Wow. I know this is possible. I know God wants this. Now I just have to live it.
What would you do?
Hope to see you all at the office on Friday at noon to pray for the marketplace and thinking differently about the return of Jesus.
After working as a makeup artist at New York fashion week and in LA on tv and film sets, it could ONLY have been God that inspired young and muti-talented entrepreneur Alexia Culton to move to the midwest and set up a salon in Kansas City. Many people looked at her with the attitude of, “Um, why would you move from LA to Kansas City?” But Alexia knew that she had an assignment from God, and she packed her bags anyway. Against many odds, EJ Bain has since become one of the most talked about salons in the city, and Alexia continues to travel and work her makeup magic in the fashion world. Check out her amazing story!
As I’ve mentioned before, Mike and I were blessed to be able to visit Napa Valley and see so many portions of the grape harvest. We saw the thick shiny grapes sparkling in the sun hanging plumply from the vines…perfection! and then the workers coming to slice each cluster off and toss them into a large green plastic box with grates in the bottom. Each box was stacked up into a truck and driven away to large electronic equipment which destemmed them and then crushed them in a gigantic silver tub. Mike even got to scrape out some of the grape skins from the bottom of the vat, which were then carted off to be used for something else! We loved it! and even made a visit the Frank Family Vineyard and “imagined” what it would be like to own a vineyard. No worries here, we’ve met too many vineyard owners who gave us the “real” story behind the romance. Then off to visit a castle Castello Di Amorosa that had been built with bricks from Europe with 4 floors underground to store tubs of wine everywhere! Did I hear $43,000,000 to build?
Made us wonder about the coming harvest in the world. We’re believing that much fruit is to be harvested in the coming days, and we get to harvest some things that we didn’t plant, water or tend, and there will be others harvesting the seeds that we planted. The amazing part of all this growth is the fact that cutting off branches on the vine actually produce a better fruit. And Jesus reminds us many times about how this pruning will affect the coming harvest. “That it may bear more fruit”. There are many here in Redding that have gone through some serious pruning and they are still here to say “God is good! and His love endures forever! Nothing is impossible with God!” and so we stand together in faith, believing that miracles are coming, the small beginnings just starting to show.
We received this scripture from our friend John Dawson, President of YWAM, who is going through some very difficult times with his wife Julie who was diagnosed with cancer in August 2010. I think it’s good to meditate on them, and hope that there will be those that lift them up in prayer.
Do not be anxious:
Jeremiah 17:7, 8 - “Thus says the LORD: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.’”
John 15:1-11 – “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
So this is what is in my spirit for you. May your bewildered mind be replaced by a comforted heart. You will rise. What is shattering to the self-sufficient person is mere pruning to the child of the Father. You will rise, seven times if necessary. You will be fruitful again in this life and eventually you will rise again with Jesus. Meditate on these passages with me. Let us strengthen one another in prayer and turn our hearts toward others who are suffering and discouraged in any way…john dawson.
I want to be the person that rises every day, full of thankfulness and praise, and is aware of others around me that might need an extra encouragement. To help them know this amazing God that loves them and is for them. Hope you have an amazing fruitful week and enjoy the harvest!!!! Hope to see you Friday, at noon to pray for the marketplace and the coming harvest!