Among the Gum Trees with Nathan

by Nathan Noble
(Redding, California)

I'm ready to say 'I'm glad to be alive'

I'm ready to say 'I'm glad to be alive'

Please give a warm welcome to Nathan, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HEY NATHAN, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

I'm 39, been in Redding, CA and attending Bethel for ~ 6 years; I am married with 3 children (14,11,9) and 2 new foster children (8,5) that we are looking to adopt; they've been with us for a little less than 2 months. Adoption is something my wife and I have talked about for many years and the opportunity has just come to move into that.

I came for BSSM (Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry) in 2009 and attended for 1 year but felt the Lord direct us to "put down roots" in Redding. I feel a call to business although I grew up in the fishbowl of being a pastor's kid. I currently work as a computer programmer but feel a shift coming there, where I am getting ready to step into something new in business in this season. I love to write and verbally process.

3 words to describe me:
It's funny you mention this because just the other morning, I wrote my "ABC" statement in answer to God's question about what I want as it relates to a call I have been feeling to business:

A - a voice (be a voice, release the voice God has given me)
B - business (my arena)
C - change (I want to see impact/transformation/change)

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

I started tracking with Arthur in around 2004 through my pastor connecting with his teaching through the Free Methodist church. I very much resonated with his teaching on Redemptive Gifts. I have followed his teaching intensely during some periods, and from a distance in others. For the past several years, more intensely again.

The blessings of Job CD has also been very meaningful to me as I've gone through a period in the last ~ 6 years where I've really struggled with depression and a lack of a clear sense of purpose to my life.

DO YOU KNOW YOU’RE REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

I've thought for many years I was a prophet. Recently through some helpful discussions with some SLG'rs I've realized/come to the conclusion I am a mercy who early in life adopted a "tough" exterior in order to survive and make it in a brutal world.

I am in process as God leads my spirit out of the self-made prison and allows this more free, creative mercy to express himself to and in the world.

Some words to describe me/my spirit:
fun-loving, creative, spontaneous, verbal processor, declarative, encouraging, feeler, empathetic. I love to meet with people 1 on 1 and synchronize with their story and bless/encourage them with strength to continue to the journey and to be overcomers in it...

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

Probably redemptive gifts is the biggest impact and more recently, the realization that I am a mercy has really released permission within my heart on a deep level for the creative, collaborative person to come to front, to "stand and be recognized".

I am in a process where in the last few months, I feel like my understanding of my design has in the past been good, but slightly off-center. I feel that of late my sense is more on-center and I am operating more from the core of my person.

Ephesians 3:16,17a is a Scripture I felt the Lord give me that describes this dynamic He is doing in me right now:

..that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

I would consider myself, regarding the more deliverance-focused teachings, to be a novice.

I LOVE TO 'DISCOVER A 'BIGGER VIEW OF GOD'. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING, STORY OR POEM TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

Below is a poem I wrote that shows the tension of being who He has designed me to be rather than anything else...

There are things we do because we should
Things from our training
Our environment, our upbringing.

There are things that we do because we shouldn't
Things that reach for our heart from the dark.

But there are things that we do because we must
Not because of forces that seek to wrest control
But from our design, our base, our call.

Our best prayer is the one we pray
Because we can't not.
We pray it because we must
We pray it because it Is us.

God, where in my impatience I've never given this place
Where I've distanced, discounted, dismissed, disgraced
Not given Myself the space
I'm sorry; forgive me
Give me a chance to walk this road again for the first time
Don't let me fall; help me stand
Be my cane, my walking staff; take me by the hand.

Been too busy, too afraid, too distracted
Too petulant, too productive
Too efficient, too redacted.
I'm ready now. Ready for the push.

I'm ready, ready for the laughing gas
I'm ready, I'm ready for what's next
I'm ready to duck, I'm ready to dive
I'm ready to say 'I'm glad to be alive'
I'm ready, I'm ready for the push

-U2 "Zoo Station"

WHAT IS YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE, MEANING WHAT IS ONE WAY YOU READILY CONNECT WITH GOD?

I am a words of affirmation person to the nth degree...I give and receive them with great vigor and am affected by them to a great degree also!

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

I guess an area of growth that is flowing out of my recent re-centering is something connected with stepping out into my call to business to a greater degree. That God would bring wisdom and clarity and also that I will walk with long distance runner-like courage to step and step and step into this...thank you!

check out more of Nathan's words at

N² Thoughts, prayers, and ruminations from a Christian, husband, father.

http://ruminathan.blogspot.com/2015/07/an-origin-story.html

September 16, 2015



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Among the Gum Trees with Erika

by Erika von Kaschke
(Perth, Australia)

I am passionate about Kingdom potential

I am passionate about Kingdom potential

Please give a warm welcome to Erika, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HI ERIKA, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

I’m Erika von Kaschke. I was born and raised in the Western Cape, South Africa. We left South Africa in 2004 for a three year stint in Cambodia, before relocating to Perth, Western Australia. It’s hard to describe myself in three words, but it is probably 'I make connections'. I guess the best way to describe me is that I am passionate about Kingdom potential and really making a difference in the world.

Even before I really started walking with the Lord, I have always had a huge sense of potential. If God’s Kingdom came on earth, what could the world be like; what could we be in that world? When I was a teenager the Lord pointed me to Ephesians 2:10 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

So, in my daily life this is such a reality that I am just a vessel for the Lord to work through. It fills me with immense excitement.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

I “accidentally” found SLG when I searched another ministry’s website mid 2012. They had a section listing who they listened to and SLG was still listed as Plumbline.

I’m probably a relative newbie, but I have really been so enthused by the SLG teaching that I’ve immersed myself in it over the last three years, so that it feels like I’ve always been a part of the tribe.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

When I first listened to the teaching, I immediately thought that I was Exhorter. I did feel quite strongly towards Giver and Mercy as well. Later I thought I might be Mercy, but I don’t quite fit the profile of either Exhorter or Mercy.

So, for now, I’ve stopped stressing about it, and have asked the Lord to reveal it to me . I know I am from a Giver culture, I live in a Mercy country, and I can see the imprint on my life. I’ll continue to pray that I will walk in God’s design for my life. It would be great to know for sure what my redemptive gift is.

Knowing a bit of the Redemptive Gifts has certainly changed the way I look at people and land. It gives me the ability to be more merciful to people, and to know how to deal with situations. I am able to read land better and to intercede more accurately.

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

There is a common line going through all the teachings- seeing the nature of God more clearly. I’ve learnt how to read my bible differently. Not to only look at the people and learn from their stories, but to see what the Lord did. What I can learn from His nature in all of this? It’s also taking me further away from being religious, and looking for new ways where the Lord is manifesting himself now.

Ministering to your spirit. The two teachings that my spirit has responded to most are 'Doing deliverance on the Brain', and 'Fighting Futility'. The biggest practical impact on my life has come through the YouTube clip on ‘Your spirit and surgery’. I had a baby in July last year.

I knew that I had to have another caesarian and email Arthur to ask how you would adapt that teaching in conjunction with the knowledge of the importance of how a person comes into this world, e.g. Timeline, etc. I’ve practised this teaching on my (at that time) 10 year old daughter whenever she needed brain surgery (with great results),wasn’t sure how to do this for a baby. Arthur advised me to not only do the normal three steps, but to also minister Psalm 23 to my baby, reassuring him that he is not alone, and the Lord will guide him and be there for him.

The whole birth was so much more blessed than my other two children’s were. On a physical and emotional level it was much easier for me. My recovery was much quicker. My son was so calm from the moment he was born. He looked me straight in the eyes, and have kept that sense of security fourteen months later. Even now, if he looks a bit unsettled I will speak Psalm 23 into his spirit.

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

I do a Christian radio program once a week. I walk into the studio asking the Lord to multiply the seed sown through the sound of my voice. I don’t know exactly how He works it, but I know that there is so much more to what is created and established through sound, and the colour of sound.

Also, I do a lot of work on branding and design. I am seeing how Godly character shines through. No matter how people try to build a brand to make it look shiny, etc, it is only when you ask God to shine His good character through your business and brand, that it builds a great brand that stands the test of time. It is the same with designing.

WHAT IS YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE? MEANING, HOW DO YOU READILY CONNECT WITH GOD?

Sound and touch. I feel the presence of the Lord walking outside at dusk in the cool breeze of the evening. But also just the touch of the air brushing against my cheeks.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

I would like to be more focused in my life. My biggest desire is to only do what the Lord wants me to do, but I think that I am too busy with many good things that I miss out on the best. So, I guess being blessed to clearly hear and see the Lord would be a great place to start.

September 2, 2015

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Among the Gum Trees with Debbie

The right colour combinations can make my spirit explode in worship!

The right colour combinations can make my spirit explode in worship!

Please give a warm welcome to Debbie, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HEY DEBBIE, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

I am Debbie Clarke (my maiden name). Let’s see, three words to describe me would be 1) Passion for Jesus, is a pretty good start. 2) I have a passion for creativity, working with colours, whether it be cutting up old t-shirts to make a colourful rag rug, or doing needlework. 3)Also fairly passionate about history.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

I am daily giving my life to God, and growing step by step. Living through some very hard trials, that forced me to put my roots down deep into God, and trusting him. I have been tracking with SLG roughly 6 or so years now. An acquaintance loaned some material, that introduced me to SLG, it was the Seven
Redemptive Gifts, and the Seven Curses.

DO YOU KNOW YOU’RE REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

I am an Exhorter who yearns to share the knowledge of God and his kingdom.

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

The teaching that has made the biggest impact is
Joy Unstoppable. I have been a Christian for close to 30 years now, but I have learned more about God and his kingdom from Arthur Burk, than all my years of going to church.

I LOVE TO 'DISCOVER A 'BIGGER VIEW OF GOD'. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING, STORY OR POEM TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

Just tonight, as a God sighting, without going into too many details, I learned again how much God is a God of mercy and that he steps in to save us from ourselves.

Someone I know who is dear to me, and is related to me, could have gotten himself into alot of trouble, but I started praying, and God stepped in. The many many little ways God shows me how much he loves me and cares for me.

WHAT IS YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE, MEANING WHAT IS ONE WAY YOU READILY CONNECT WITH GOD?

I connect to him when I am in motion, than otherwise. I love walking outside in the fall, during a misty rain, and worshiping God because of the gorgeous colours in the fall season. I connect through colours as well, the right colour combinations can make my my spirit explode in worship.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

Prayer would be good, taken from Proverbs: to continue growing in wisdom, knowledge and understanding, drawing closer to Jesus.


submitted October 2015

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Among the Gum Trees with Sonia

by Sonia Browness
(Canada)

I am passionate about spirit nurture, horses and my family.

I am passionate about spirit nurture, horses and my family.

Please give a warm welcome to Sonia, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HEY SONIA, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

Hello Everyone,

I'm Sonia Brownless, a First Nation's Cree from Canada. I am a lover of Jesus discovering who I am as Abba's daughter. I am passionate about spirit nurture, horses and my family.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

I discovered SLG 7 years ago through hearing Rob Mazza mention Arthur Burk's name. The rest is a history of diving deep into the treasure of SLG's abundantly rich buffet of albums :) I was hurting and in much pain at the time from my marriage and family circumstances. I was looking for help for family members but I soon chose to dig deep into the inner healing and deliverance tools that SLG offered. Arthur connected me with a prayer minister who ministered with the Father's heart to me. We put SLG tools for the redemptive gifts and spirit nurture to really good use for several years. God has performed some amazing restoration work in my spirit, soul, mind, generational line and marriage. I am in awe truly of how God heals and restores design, gifts and birthrights.
I love our SLG tribe and enjoy being life-giving to our tribe and sharing in our community :)

DO YOU KNOW YOU’RE REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

I thought I was a Mercy for the first few years but God was persistent in healing me and restoring me to my true RG Prophet design. I was very stubborn and resisted him! I am now content to unpack even more of my design. On a daily basis, I parent by design each of my children. I homeschool 3 children currently and have graduated one daughter. I very much enjoy partnering with Father as he sets each of us up in different ways to receive some fathering from him or unpack a unique bit of themselves.

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

I love many of the SLG teachings however Developing Your Spirit has had the deepest impact in me. Leaning to nurturing my spirit has paid the greatest dividends in every area of my life. My prayer minister and I used this teaching to intentionally partner with the Lord and where He wanted to heal me. I still listen to this album occasionally to do a diagnostic check on my spirit. This teaching gives a great road map with rich scripture to unpack the living treasure in the human spirit :)

I LOVE TO 'DISCOVER A 'BIGGER VIEW OF GOD'. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING, STORY OR POEM TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

I recently attended a Fatherheart conference in Calgary, Alberta. The speakers were James and Denise Jordan with Dennis and Katie Wiedrick. As they shared the heart of the Father and the message of how Father loves us, I was baptized again with love. The humility and richness of love was flowing so strong from them. I am in awe of the reparenting that Father has done in my life.

I sat there as it dawned on me that growing in sonship has been the primary journey with SLG. I've been reconciled with our heavenly father, with our King and with Holy Spirit even as I have been reconciled with my own treasure, personhood and dignity.
*I readily connect God with my own private worship while driving. My love language is touch. I am a registered massage therapist who loves to impart love through my own love language :)

Thank you so much for allowing me to share a part of my journey with you :) Would you bless me from an area of earned authority in your life? I would love to be covered in prayer for my family and those God brings to receive through massage therapy.

submitted November 2015

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Among the Gum Trees with Sue

by Sue Hinchey
(Sydney, Australia)

Sue's garden

Sue's garden

Please give a warm welcome to Sue, our first visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees.'

HI SUE, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

My full name is Sue Hinchey. I am married, have no children, and am semi-retired.
I made my adult decision to accept Christ as Saviour around the age of 17, although I feel that I have always ‘known’ God, or at least that there was one. I am one of 12 children. Dad was Catholic, Mum Church of England, They weren’t church-goers, and although they didn’t speak of it, I believe they had a faith. I grew up in the country, on a dairy farm for the most it, and we were very poor. I had the opportunity for secondary schooling but most of my older siblings did not (I’m number 10).

On leaving school I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I joined the Air Force, married at a very young age (19) which lasted 3 years. I spent the next 10 years a total mixed up emotional mess. I left the Air Force, rarely stayed in a job longer than 9 months, was very promiscuous, drank heavily, and had no idea about the basic things in life – how to make friends – living on the farm was very isolating; having boundaries and saying no; decision making; honesty, integrity, and loyalty weren’t in my vocabulary, and consequently I was treated badly by most people because I let them.

Around the time I met my now-husband, I’d discovered remedial massage therapy, which I loved doing, and was so happy that I’d finally found something that I was good at. It was something that I could do and it validated me. I worked extremely hard well into my 40’s and had a couple of physical breakdowns – chronic fatigue, pinched nerves, disc bulges, because I just couldn’t say ‘no’ to anyone. And I didn’t like to ask for help. Perhaps because there were so many of us, you couldn’t be needy or weak because there were too many others to look after, and there was no time to play or find what you were interested in.

From a very early age we all had jobs to do. Mum and Dad did their best I’m sure, but the residual things for me were abandonment, rejection, having no voice, not being noticed, not being valued.

The last 10 years has been a rollercoaster of emotions, trying to get help, trying to get healed physically and emotionally. Trying to find out who I am, and not who people needed me to be – that is what I have been good at – meeting other people’s needs. So currently I’m trying to unravel all that, and be who God created me to be – what is in that soul and spirit that He downloaded when I was born. What makes me happy? What do I find fun? If I was a child again what would my play look like?
Now, my major passion is gardening. I need a lot of space and quiet time to myself so pottering about planting vegies, building compost heaps, even just contemplatively tilling the soil brings me peace. I love to feed the soil, give back to the earth to replenish all that we have taken from it.

Three words to describe me? empathetic, long-suffering, faith-full (as in full of faith)

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

A close friend gave me the book Blessing your Spirit about 5 years ago. Initially it didn’t land, but about a year later, as you do, cleaning out a drawer, you pick up a book again, and BAM!!

Arthur’s teachings rang so many bells. Over the following couple of years I devoured as much of his slant on things as I could afford/get my hands on, and it has been such a blessing in making me feel ‘normal’ rather than feeling like an odd-ball. His teaching woke up the little voice inside of me and showed me it was safe to come outside.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

mmm possibly mixed up carnal Mercy, probably Servant.. but have spent so much of my life trying to ‘help and fix other people’s problems’, that at the moment, I’m in a season of just trying to unlearn, and ‘not do’ all the stuff the old me would’ve usually run around doing. Just sitting with God at the moment and waiting on His timing, and seeing what He reveals to me.

WE NEED DIVERSITY AND VARIETY. WHO ELSE HAS HELPED YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY?

A small group of three friends who happened to be on a similar journey of healing. Praise God for them. They know who they are. Also, Christian TV on Foxtel – this has been my ‘church’ for the many years that I haven’t been able to put foot in a real church.

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

SLG and Elijah House have both been HUGE in weeding out the childhood wounding, understanding why I over-react on things, on possibly why I have absolutely no memory of SOOO many childhood years, why I have so little value for what I do and usually put everyone else’s needs before mine. Usually because I have no idea what mine might be, because I rarely think mine are important or that I even had some and so it goes round and round.

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

We have absolutely no clue as to how big God really is. In Charles Ringma’s book ‘Dare to Journey’ he talks about God’s hidden presence. He quotes Henry Nouwen.
‘God’s presence is often a hidden presence… God’s presence is often not discernible, not even to the eye of faith, so we feel abandoned, and can’t make spiritual sense of what is happening to us. However, God is frequently closer than we think. We need to develop a new confidence and a deeper humility that He inhabits our despair as well as our praises.’

I had a near-death accident in 2012 and I can certainly say I did not feel God’s hand, presence, or comfort. It made no sense, came out of the blue, and quite frankly I was pretty shattered and felt absolutely like God had abandoned me. So He got me on exactly the ‘thing’ that has repeated itself throughout my life since age 2, when I also had a near-death experience.

The ‘thing’ for me, abandonment. I believe He allows us to go through the same stuff over and over again until we really get it, until we really know that we know that we know that God really is with us and it doesn’t always feel like it, or look like it. Until we know in our deepest of deep places that He does love us and will never ever test us more than we are able to bear.

Although it usually feels like He does – why does life have to be so hard? So if you’re going through some tough times, give yourself a pat on the back because He knows He can get you through it, and He’s chosen you to do it with.

WHAT IS YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE? MEANING, HO DO YOU READILY CONNECT WITH GOD?

Words, and actions that match the words. All the beautiful words in the world mean nothing if the person saying it doesn’t walk it out. They say silence is golden. For me silent days (no talk, phone calls, emails, txts, reading, music, people, whatever) with God are just the most treasured and special time and absolutely necessary.

I talk to Jesus, often He answers, often He doesn’t, so I just enjoy the wonder of his creation of science and nature. I plant a few seeds, study a flower really closely. Pottering around in my vegie patch with God and the chooks for company is my solace, my quiet place.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

Prayer for this coming new season for me would be wonderful, thank you. I sold my business 6 months ago. It started out a joy, I loved what I did, and I always felt it was my ‘gifting’, helping people in physical pain. It ended up extremely stressful and a people-filled nightmare of sorts.
God provided a way out at, I believe, exactly the right time. So His hand is on this time, and whatever the new way is I want to do it in His way and His timing. I have no idea what it might look like, and I’m okay with that (HA! The old me would never have said that. She would’ve kept asking, pestering, wanting to know what was going on, or she would’ve rushed ahead and done her own thing anyway, all the time wondering…..etc., etc., etc.)

‘Hello’ new me.

July 15,2015

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Among the Gum Trees with Ashley

by Ashley Elizabeth Blair Tetzlaff


Please give a warm welcome to Ashley, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HEY ASHLEY, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

Hi, my name is Ashley Elizabeth Blair Tetzlaff. I am 25 years old. I have been married for 3.5 years exactly (as of November 12, 2015) to my wonderful husband, Mark Richard Tetzlaff. Have two daughters: Abigail Joy (2 yrs 7 mo) and Joanna Elizabeth (9 mo).

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

I was first introduced to SLG and Arthur Burk through his teachings on the Redemptive gifts, which my parents purchased back in 2000 or so. So, tracking with y'all for about 15 years, give or take a year. Grew up listening to the series on redemptive gifts of individuals and cities. Right before I was married, I introduced my husband to the set, and after our marriage he took off and bought and listened to just about everything Arthur put out. So, been tracking pretty closely with SLG for the past 3 years :)

DO YOU KNOW YOU’RE REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

Though my mom originally pegged me as a Servant, I figured out in my late teens that I am a Mercy. I empathize deeply with people. Love everyone. Reach out and "feel" with people. Mostly hear God through feelings, instead of thoughts/words. Since I am divided with DID, I deal with confusion on what is really me and what is woundedness acting out, but I try to show God's heart to others as much as possible.

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

I would like to say "Whatever one I am listening to currently"! because that is so true.

We moved into a very very defiled house a week after our wedding and I struggled with the methods of casting out demons and anointing with oil and praying and declaring and etc etc etc not working. We got the set on Alien Human Spirits. And voila! Kicked several hundred AHSs out and on to eternity and have kept having to do so as more drop in periodically. Very helpful!

I was struggling with healing from sexual molestation as a kid (4-9 yrs old), and the set on DID was a big eye-opener. Discovered I had a couple dozen parts; and though that was very frightening for me, it brought me one step closer to fullness of healing.

Also have dealt a lot with suicidal thoughts since I was a kid (generational and molestation), the set on Fighting Futility brought me through the darkest time of my life, right after my 2nd daughter was born and I had severe Post Partum Depression and suicidal urges. I had that set playing morning, noon, and night. And sometimes I was so down, all I could do was sit and listen as my girls slept or played around me.

Each set I listen to impacts me deeply and at just the right time. Right now, my husband and I are listening to the set Arthur recorded in Africa on the three strongholds and seven curses. Trying to learn how to walk in dominion with those issues.

I LOVE TO 'DISCOVER A 'BIGGER VIEW OF GOD'. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING, STORY OR POEM TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

I am always amazed at God's faithfulness in my healing journey. At age 9, when the molestation finally ceased, I thought I would never ever be happy again. I could vaguely remember being happy at 4.5 before the molestation started, but I had been so miserable inside for years and years (half my life then!) that I just assumed it would always be that way.

At age 13.5, God gave me the courage to break my promise of silence and tell my parents what had happened. Though they got me no help, they also didn't reject me, something I was always so afraid of.

At 15, I was reasonably happy and felt like the past was behind me. I was so so amazed. After 10 years I actually felt happy on the inside again! God was so so good! I thought I would be content to always be in that place. But God didn't leave me there either.

At 20, I met my husband and, after a couple months, got engaged. I had never hoped that a guy would take me - soiled and defiled as I was. Certainly not a pure and righteous man! But God was faithful and gave me even greater happiness than I could have ever imagined.

Four months before I got married, I found out that a very close childhood friend of mine had just been raped. As I walked with her through the process of telling her family...family and getting help and counseling, a lot of memories that I had buried and cut off at 15 started resurfacing.

Then, at 21.5, I got married. Being in a sexual relationship again, so many memories and triggers and buried parts came up that it has been an incredibly emotionally painful 3.5 years. At first, I was very angry at God, not only for letting the past happen, but for letting it resurface right when I felt like I was at the height of joy about my upcoming marriage.

But God has used these past years for good. As a Mercy, I would have NEVER chosen to go through the pain it takes to heal. God, in His faithfulness, is leading me through this valley of the shadow to get me to the joy set before me on the other side. If God was small, He would keep me unhealed and happy. He is SO big, that He can do what needs to be done, give me temporary pain and unhappiness, to reach the level of healing and wholeness and destiny that He has for me. That amazes me so much.

1 Kings 20:28 Then a man of God came and spoke to the king of Israel, and said, "Thus says the Lord: 'Because the Syrians have said, "The Lord is God of the hills, but He is not God of the valleys," therefore I will deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord.'"
It is comforting to know that OUR GOD is also God of the Valleys in our life, as well as our mountaintop experiences. He is a faithful God.

WHAT IS YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE, MEANING, WHAT IS ONE WAY YOU READILY CONNECT WITH GOD?

Feeling, I suppose. That sounds vague, but when I have this "feeling" that this song is God speaking to me, or a "feeling" like God wants me to reach out to this person in need, or some "feeling" that God is looking out for me even though things look dark and hopeless, it means a lot to me.

In the five love languages, I am (Detailed) Words of Affirmation, but God seems to mostly speak to my spirit in "spirit" words of Affirmation, which my soul doesn't get till it filters through a couple hours or days later :) But at least I "feel" Him speaking to me. And He does speak to my soul in regular words often enough, if I take the time to focus and listen.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

Prayer for perseverance in healing. That I would understand and have clarity on what God's calling is in my life. Blessing and favor in business, if that is what God has for me on the side (family is first priority). Emotional, relational, and financial provision.

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Among the Gum Trees with Rosa

by Rosa Miller
(North Carolina, USA)

 I am passionate about family, connecting with people, land, and being transformational.

I am passionate about family, connecting with people, land, and being transformational.

 I am passionate about family, connecting with people, land, and being transformational.
I love baking pie, its like art to me.

Please give a warm welcome to Rosa, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

Hey Rosa, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hello! I'm Rosa Miller from North Carolina, USA. I am a wife, mother and grandmother, (or Oma, as they call me, based on my German roots.) I am passionate about family, connecting with people, land, and being transformational in my areas of influence in my business of property care taking. And TRAVELING!

Its been a journey, as I discover, and invest in those areas that light me up. I also am passionate about parts of Africa that I have been privileged to go to, and be a part of a medical missions team.Lots of dreams on the back burner for that!

How did you initially connect with slg? How long have you been tracking with us?

I connected with SLG through a seminar that Arthur did, about six years ago. Im not even sure HOW I was able to register for that one, because it was geared to RG Servant teaching,and I had no clue what my RG even was. Go God! Its been a wild ride.

Do you know your redemptive gift? If so, what is it and can you give us a glimpse of how that can play out on any given day?

I am RG Prophet. I was completely new to the fact that I have a RG, so I'm still in the process of learning. It was a light bulb moment when I discovered, I think I made the statement, "I felt like Cinderella must have when she discovered that the shoe fit ". It has helped me understand and accept why I function the way I do. I don't question myself so much,since I understand how I am wired.

What teaching has made the most impact in your life and how?

That's a hard one. Its ongoing! Most recent would be the Accessing Intimacy With God album. The fact that my brain can be retrained from all my pre-conceived ideas about God, and my relationship with Him, and a whole lot else!

I love to 'discover a bigger view of God.' Can you share a
God-sighting, story, or poem to help us all do that?

When I was listening to the aforementioned album, I was at the beach, and God just kept giving me these little surprises.
I was walking with friends, and right in my path, I would see sand dollars, one after the other, and my friends weren't finding any! I felt like a little kid on a treasure hunt. I probably found almost two dozen. Then I passed them out to a bevy of delighted kids. Plus, I found two starfish. He cares about little things, and takes delight in our delight!

What is your love language...meaning what is one way you readily connect with God?

Definitely when I am outside in nature. And when I climb lighthouses. And, oddly enough when I cook certain foods, and bake pies. I love baking pie, its like art to me :) Lately its been with textiles. I have a sort of obsession with linen fabric! Nubby, earthy, natural linen. And God has gifted me lately with yards and yards of it, through people that didn't want it. I was even given a four yard piece of beautiful coarse linen that had been shipped from Ireland! Happy dance! So, anyone might catch me sitting on the floor of my office/craft
room, surrounded by yards of linen,feeling it, smelling it (yes, I sniff my fabrics) and envisioning it in curtains, table cloths and chair coverings :o)

Is there something you would like prayer for or to be blessed in?

That God would continue to grow my spirit,so that His light shines brighter and clearer.

January 2016

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Among the Gum Trees with Fiona

by Fiona
(Sydney, Australia)

I find the ocean refreshing and my spirit is replenished in that place.

I find the ocean refreshing and my spirit is replenished in that place.

Please give a warm welcome to Fiona, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HEY FIONA, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, MAYBE DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS?

Hi I'm Fiona. I'm a single mum of three young adult children 25, 23 and 20. Three words to describe me: I'm loyal, caring and honest. I'm passionate about my faith, my family and love to travel.

I became a Christian at 25 and since then God has never let go of me. I don't know how people survive life without a faith in God. He has carried me through many trials and healed and taught me so much along the way. When I have been weak, He has been my strength.I have been blessed with a career in the Allied Health professional and have been able to run a small business for 30 years which has provided for myself and my family. I have a heart for the broken, as I have been one and have received God's healing, and seek to help others on the journey.

I hope to spend more time in the future volunteering in Indonesia in an orphanage. All in God's time.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

I originally connected with SLG about 8 years ago when I attended a prophetic activation school. One of the leaders introduced me to Arthur Burk's teaching and it really landed for me. Arthur has a way of putting language to things that were already in my spirit and I was able to grow with it.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

I believe I have RG of giver. It took sometime to come to that conclusion. Friends were the ones who recognised it and pointed it out and I finally realised and acknowledged it. For many years I struggled to work out my RG and decided to just "be" who God created me to be and do what He placed in my path without having a label on it. Now I accept my design as being independent and have learnt through trials to depend on Him for my support and strength. I have been blessed with resources which God enables me to be generous towards others, be it time or material resources.

I'm able to be flexible and fit where needed. I am very relational and although I love and need time alone with God, my main focus in life is people, especially encouraging captives to get free. God has given me a love for people which hopefully reflects His love for us.

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

I've loved the teaching on nurturing your spirit and the book "Blessing Your Spirit". I believe my spirit has been developed and grown through these teachings. I've loved learning about instructing the spirit, and for it to have dominion over our body and soul. I believe that is how God intended it but our modern, western world has lost it.

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

I love to spend time in nature, especially at the the beach and also the mountains. I feel it is God's large playground which He created for our pleasure and use. It gives me a sense of God's awesomeness, that He is able to create all this and how incredible it is. I find the ocean refreshing and my spirit is replenished in that place. I find it easier to hear God's voice and seek His direction when I'm in His creation. I love to go snorkeling because it's just one example of God's creativeness that He is able to design and make such diversity of fish just for our pleasure!

WHAT IS YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE? MEANING, HOW DO YOU READILY CONNECT WITH GOD?

One of my main love languages is physical touch and I love to worship. It's during those times I feel really connected to Him and am able to really "feel" His presence and love for me. In the past the Hillsong worship song "So Close" really ministered God's love to me at a time when I really needed it. Over the years there have been many worship songs which have really touched my spirit. More recently Hillsong's "Oceans" has really touched and inspired me.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

I would love prayer for my children, that they would have their own revelation of God and He would touch their spirit in a personal way. Also I would appreciate prayer for God's continued guidance, as the future unfolds from the current season into the next one, where I hope to live in Indonesia for a time.

February 2016





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Among the Gum Trees with Jane (part 1)

by Jane Tennant

I do love connecting people. I think of who I can introduce each person to, who could add value, solve a problem, find a job, the list goes on...

I do love connecting people. I think of who I can introduce each person to, who could add value, solve a problem, find a job, the list goes on...

Please give a warm welcome to Jane, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HEY JANE, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?
Since I'm a slightly right brained Exhorter, it's hard to know where to start. Like Mary Poppins I could 'start at the very beginning...' but since I'm not Mary, I'm Jane, I'll start in the middle and work my way out.

I love the business world and have been an entrepreneur most of my working life. Originally from Cape Town, I spent most of my working life in the cities of Johannesburg & Pretoria, until God tricked me into moving to the small town of Tzaneen and later to Avondshoek Farm in the Politsi area of Limpopo Province. And so I began again in 2008, re-inventing myself, in sawmilling & then farming. For the third time. On the one hand I'm incredibly blessed waking up to the sound of fish eagles and many other birds. On the other hand, I thought, ‘how difficult can farming be?’ and then I found out.

But I love my work and have always been passionate about the meaning of work and its role in cultural transformation. Work brings Life. Putting those three words together was a seminal moment. It took years. Literally. The dignity of having work stirs me greatly. In South Africa with its high formal unemployment of around 30% and living close to the poorest of poor. Eph 4:28 which talks about the progression of getting out of crime and then working with their hands springs to mind.

Not only having work, but of our work matching our design is of tremendous importance to me too. Discovering that design, and unpacking the treasures that God carefully placed in each of us, drives me daily to dig into how we tick. I hate the poverty sprit resulting in people thinking ‘someone’ (government, employer et al) should ‘save’ them into the world of consumerism. What a lie! While it may appear that resources are few (little to no education, almost no healthcare support, no job opportunities) I know my King has the answers as I partner with Him to unpack what’s in me too.

Into the mix and interwoven is my interest in economics and politics, and the need to have a 'right model' aka Principles as raw material resources. Andrew Rugasira incarnates this for me in his book called A Good African Story, about fixing coffee trade in Africa. Did I mention I'm a bibliophile? I’m passionate about books, the smell of the paper, and the excitement contained within them. Learning new stuff. I totally get putting 6,000 books into 44 gallon drums and lugging them through the Amazon jungle. Why wouldn’t you?

I love land and weather too. I've researched the history of my now not so new home and am loving the process of identifying its Redemptive Gifts and design. I’m looking at sound portals in particular, along with many other spiritual aspects of land, air and water and even fire, as of this morning.

I've not quite worked out how to combine all this into a treasure for my King, but I think I'm on my way to seeing how the puzzle pieces could begin to fit together.

I'm also a Wife, Mom to three married children, so that makes six children in total. I’m also Granny to two delightful boys aged 2 years and 4 months respectively. Easter this year meant that I spent valuable precious moments with them all together.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?
This happened in about 2006, when my daughter was a teenager, while living in Irene, Centurion, Gauteng. Someone suggested that seeing we didn’t understand each other at all, she may be gift of Mercy (she is) and gave me some notes from a Redemptive Gifts seminar. Since I've always been passionate about understanding how people are wired (God's design), I quickly dived into it, and was even more excited to see its Biblical basis. However, I wasn’t able to take it further than that. Later in 2009 I had a neck fusion, was in a brace, and not only did I have the time, but my voracious reading habit was curtailed, so I launched into listening to Arthur's Redemptive Gifts of Individuals and Cities and worked my way through most of the material from there. My auditory learning has improved greatly since then.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?
After a convoluted five-year journey with a couple of stopovers along the way, initially thinking I was a Mercy, and then a Teacher, I realised, (shock/horror) that I was a 'Dreadful Exhorter'. Dreadful for two reasons. Firstly, because it was the gift I most disliked, having been badly hurt through the enemy using Exhorter carnality. Secondly, because my discovery came about through a very, most typical, undeniable Exhorter mistake. Actually it was sin, not just an 'unintentional mistake' (Prophets may applaud here). God has a sense of humour. Be careful of what you pray for. So after I dusted myself off, stared reality in the eye, repented over and again, I started getting used to the clothes that were mine after all. Ouch! is all I can say. Now I'm getting used to being an Exhorter. Some people even like Exhorters. What a surprise!

Being an Exhorter plays out in stories like the one above. Long stories, every day, all the time. Normally prefixed by, 'do you have time, or shall I keep it short?'. My patient husband says 'could you come down to land now'. I wake up with lots of words and many days I even carry them over to the next day. I enjoy them all. I'm learning to herd them into sentences, hopefully of the more value added variety.

It plays out in my intense focus on people. No, really….but God Himself took me aside for those five rather long and difficult years to heal me and take me for His own. Now I try always to synchronise with Him first. Preferably third level. It’s a much better way. More freedom.

I do love connecting people. I think of who I can introduce each person to, who could add value, solve a problem, find a job, the list goes on. And I ask many, many questions in my effort to understand something fully.

I’m busy. With lots of stuff all the time. As I said I’m learning to be God focused and to channel my busy-ness into His plans. So it looks like variety and it looks like my giving Him my time daily. Now I can literally feel when I’m flowing in His time, or when I’ve gone off on my own mission.

Things MUST look right. Presentation is IMPORTANT. Whether it’s words on a page, colours together, or a Powerpoint presentation, an image, a document. Sloppy is not allowed. I try! I’m amused at myself too.

I don’t think of myself as a party looking for a place to happen though. That sounds superficial and frivolous which I’m not. I’m quite serious minded. Though I’m learning to be more spontaneous. I’m told I laugh a lot. A lot.

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?
First answer (more soul answer): Regarding Arthur’s work, everything! But at different times. The Lord leads me here and there. After the Redemptive Gifts, I whizzed through the Principles, only to revisit them time and again as I struggled to understand Curses and Blessings, and Joy Unstoppable. Nurturing your Spirit lay on my shelf for a year until I finally had the courage to get started. I devoured all the material on South Africa. I’ve used Brain Deliverance to great effect. I'm learning discernment (slowly). My current favourites are the Business series and I'm looking forward to the next release after Emerald. I had the privilege of attending most of Arthur's teachings in South Africa last year. In Pursuit of Divine Design (I-PODD) in the wonderful community of Eersterus was a huge highlight (just like Cape Town, I felt right at home).

…spirit answer (soul, it’s ok to step aside):
Working with my spirit has made the most impact by far. Starting with the Training Centre modules on Prophet. Ultimately, it led to my emotional healing, which is not quite there yet, but I’m functional again and substantially whole. I think I only accepted my soul’s redemptive gift once my spirit recovered sufficiently. I could be authentic. I could be me. I could connect with God, with myself, with others.

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Among the Gum Trees with Jane (part2)

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING
OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?
Oh where to start! I was challenged to share Joy blessings every day for a month. In the natural, that was an impossibility, but I decided to trust God, since I thought it was His challenge. Of course I didn't want to disappoint the challengers either. My point is, I decided to trust God and made the commitment. And I did it! God came through with minutes here and there, sometimes more, usually less, and sometimes with Divine Speed to complete the task. Other times I found a beautiful place to record a blessing. And it wasn’t perfect, so I was helped over that hurdle too. Do it anyway. Many times my soul was not impressed. But my spirit soared! I think it blessed me even more than my precious 'blessee', a dear young boy halfway across the world.

Many people have success stories, but I have found an even bigger God when things went badly. I overcame fear, and found courage in the face of adversity. Over a period of time, I progressively laid down so many parts of my life that were very important to me. It felt like I was saying to God it was OK to destroy every part I held dear. Like Abraham and Isaac. I learnt that He never goes away, never leaves me. I know that I know that He's never going away. And never is a long time. Never is forever. So now I trust Him. He loves me, He loves me, He loves me.

Now when the enemy comes at me, it's so much easier to just say 'you again'. My God is bigger and stronger and He's here. Now. No matter what happens He can, and even if He doesn’t act the way I want or think He should, I trust Him. So lately I just up the ante. Even if I'm hurting. I actually don’t care anymore. My God is MY GOD!

WHAT IS YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE? MEANING, HOW DO YOU READILY CONNECT WITH GOD?
In joy, in laughter. In motion, whether walking on the farm down to the dam or in my car on a mission, I just keep moving. I no longer think my motion anointing is hyperactivity, it’s the way I think! I love looking up into a tree. I love all trees which is just as well since I live among orchards and forests, and yes, gum trees too. Sound. A drum beat. To dance to. (Learning the drums is on my wish list). Waking up to the call of a fish eagle, or hearing an owl as I doze. Both stir my spirit.

Behind my camera lens as I compose a beautiful landscape. With water. I recently captured a waterfall with people in it, and loved the joy and the wild movement in the people and the water. I never knew those images would move me so much. It felt like male worship. (I could share a few if you like?)

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?
It’s still hard for me to ask for anything, but if I could, I’d love to figure out how the raw materials I have, can be woven together into a treasure. This has been so long in coming, but I trust His timing too and I’m getting excited about my journey now! I’d love my family to join me on my journey.

UP FOR A CHALLENGE?

ONE OF THE THINGS ARTHUR TEACHES IS TO LEARN TO ASK BETTER QUESTIONS. CAN YOU THINK OF AN EVEN 'BETTER' QUESTION THAN THE ONES ABOVE AND THEN
ANSWER IT?

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST PARADIGM SHIFT SINCE YOU BECAME A CHRISTIAN?
It has been learning to look through the lens of design and what is good and right rather than the lens of what’s wrong with everything. Which is easy, but more often unproductive. God made everything good and He longs to redeem it all.

April 2016

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Among the Gum Trees with Arianne

by Arianne


Please give a warm welcome to Arianne, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HI ARIANNE, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

My name is Arianne de Man, I am 56 years old, mother of four adult children, married to Henk Paul van der Veer. I am working full time for the Dutch regional government. As volunteer I skipper a tourist vessel. Not in a large city (most people know that kind of tourist vessels), but through the beautiful Dutch Lowlands.

My hobbies are sailing, the dogs, and everything with fiber (knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, quilting…..you name it…..)

I have a severe hearing loss and also tinnitus. This is in fact an energy drain. Because the extra effort I have to make to understand what people say, but also because it makes sleeping difficult. Therefore I carefully have to manage the things I do that involve communicating with other people.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

In February 2009 I was in the USA for some education on pastoral work. One of the instruction was to bless each other with a very personal blessing. The blessing I received was mind blowing. We got to talk about it, and she gave me the name of Arthur Burk, then Plumbline Ministries.

I started to listen to some free MP3’s and quickly discovered I was probably a Prophet. So being a prophet I started to read and listen what I could find about it.

In May 2009 Arthur would be in St Gallen, Switzerland, for a three days meeting with a small group of prophets. So, it being in Europe, I really wanted to join. We had a great time, BTW, and some people I’m still in contact with.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE
OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

Yes, it is Prophet. Knowing this, and, more specific, knowing that this is truly how I am meant to be, has made a lot of difference. No longer I try to change, and be like other people. It doesn’t mean I always speak my mind. I am in fact rather shy. But I know when and why to stop. I know when and why people are not going to understand, so it is much easier for me to wait and speak some later time.

Also it has been very good in the relation with my husband. This was always good, but knowing our redemptive gifts has also given our relationship an extra dimension. As a couple it makes us more strong, because we value and honor the way the other is wired.

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

Actually, I have most of Arthur’s teachings on my laptop. It is difficult for me to say which has influenced me most.

Obviously it is about the redemptive gifts, because that started it all. But also the personal blessings (I use it all the time, also when people are not around). The seven curses, with the impact of freemasonry in your history. Walking in Sonship has healed me. Adrenals and kidneys. Very important is, that it is always truly biblical!

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING
OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

OK, here follows a glory-story. It has been over 20 years ago, but it still influences people to-day so I guess it has to be shared.

23 years ago I was expecting my youngest. Suddenly, after 15 weeks of pregnancy, the water broke. It was not a small leak in my amnion, but it was huge. In fact, the amnion itself came out too. So the baby was sitting in the womb without amnion.

Medical doctors said I had to end the pregnancy. There was a risk of infection and the baby would not be able to live. Even if the baby would stay in the womb for some time more the baby would need the amniotic fluid to develop the lungs, there would be severe contractions in the legs and arms because of the lack of possibilities to move.

I prayed about it and knew I could live with a baby that would die, but that I could not live with ending the pregnancy. My obstetrician did not agree, but what could he do.

I trusted God. I didn’t like it, but I really felt taken care of. Lots of people in my church started praying, fasting, really special. Not one week, but, in fact, months and years. And very specific, about everything that needed prayers.

When I was 23 weeks pregnant I was admitted in a nearby university hospital. After 28 weeks she was born. She didn’t breathe, she needed 100% oxygen. Not good at all. But suddenly things changed. In just 5 days she was breathing on her own, with just a little extra oxygen.

Has this been the end of it? No. It turned out the lungs were still underdeveloped. The fact they had to work so hard made it difficult for her to grow. The paediatrician said she would not grow older that 3. Again everyone started to pray and fast. Months and years. Praying very specific again, asking God to heal her lungs, to develop with His healing hand what should have been.

Now she is 22. She is a normal healthy student, with work, an internship and all.

I think this is a true glory-story. People started to believe in a true personal God because of this miracle. To them it showed that God cares in a personal way. These days still people come to me, and ask about her, and want to know more.

THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT ON RAMPS TO GOD. WHAT RESONATES IN YOUR
SPIRIT THAT ENABLES YOU TO CONNECT WITH GOD?

For me music touches my heart. Not every music, but Celtic music, or Bach, or Gregorian.
Also I need to move. Not moving makes it difficult to connect.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

Yes, now that my hearing loss is getting more severe I have to find a new balance in life. The last year my job has been all consuming because communication with people has drained me. I would like prayer and blessing in finding that new balance.

May 2016


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Among the Gum Trees with Alan

by Alan Champkins

 I'm a man who is passionate about God and the things of God. I've always had a heart for people and to see them live in the fullness of what God has planned for their lives.

I'm a man who is passionate about God and the things of God. I've always had a heart for people and to see them live in the fullness of what God has planned for their lives.

Please give a warm welcome to Alan, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HEY ALAN, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

I live near Cape Town, South Africa, am married and the father of two boys. I'm a man who is passionate about God and the things of God. I've always had a heart for people and to see them live in the fullness of what God has planned for their lives. I love the outdoors and am lucky enough to both work and live on a Christian Camp where I run the camp programs.

I was saved in 1998. I was a Sangoma (African Shaman/Witchdoctor) at the time and the simple, yet deeply profound, words of a complete stranger walking up to me and saying "Jesus loves you" in a shopping mall radically changed my life. When I gave my heart to Jesus I knew it was either all or nothing and that is how I've tried to live my life.

I always thought I was destined to be a pastor in a church but God had other plans. I've been involved in full time 'Camping ministry' since 2003. I believe Christianity is a life style meant to be lived every day and not just on a Sunday.

I am currently involved in healing and deliverance ministry to those who need it and regularly pray for the sick on the streets, in hospitals and where ever I can in my day to day life.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

I really was surprised to be contacted to be interviewed for SLG Australia. I have not had that much of a history with SLG and would have honestly thought there were others out there with a far greater connection. But praise be to God, He obviously had other plans.

I first encountered SLG and Arthur Burk a couple of years ago on a conference. One of the participants I connected with got chatting about Redemptive Gifts and there importance to us and after the conference I dug a little deeper. But it was only a year ago that I really connected on a different level with people who had been listening to and applying SLG teachings on a a deeper level and this then opened the door to my 'life long learner' personality and I connected with others through Facebook. I met some really phenomenal people who all have a heart for God and for seeing His Kingdom manifest in various ways as a result and I'm grateful to be connected to them and SLG as a whole as a result.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

My three strongest gifts are Exhorter, then Prophet and then Mercy.
This fits in perfectly in many ways working in the camping ministry with children and teenagers. I am strongly a natural encourager and like to see people accomplish the tasks set before them and their own goals. It also helps tremendously in a ministry setting giving people faith and hope to continue fighting and not quit. My Prophet side definitely helps in keeping things in perspective/black and white when it comes to the healing and deliverance ministry but it does not help when people see me as being dogmatic at times. Likewise Mercy is a tremendous gift when working with people who are sick or struggling.

WHAT CHANGE IN YOUR FAITH HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

When I was saved in 1998 I purposefully rejected teachings that had to do with either the power of God or the supernatural (mainly prophetic) because I was too scared it would lead me back into the occult. But at the same time I really questioned how God could save me from what was, in my eyes at the time, the greatest spiritual force in Africa and yet the church as a whole was largely powerless.

It did not help either when Jesus said we would do the same works and greater as He did (John 14:12) and this certainly was not the case in the circles I hung around in. It really got me questioning the validity of what it means to be a Christian and how we can walk and live out our faith as Jesus did. But the answers were often more confusing than concrete.

Over time God revealed to me that I had been seeking power when what I really needed was love. But at the same time when I received His love I would then start to see His power flowing in a Righteous way that would bring Him glory.

Then in 2009 a whole chain of events occurred that changed everything and still has a lasting impact on the way I minister today. It started with God speaking to me in an audible voice whilst I was running a camp activity "Alan, if I live in you and you are seated with me in heavenly places, why are you so ineffective?"

This was followed literally a couple of days later when I was serving on an inner healing ministry conference. During the leaders devotion God gave me Psalm 103 verse 1-5 and said to me "This is not a song, but David speaking to His soul and commanding it to line up with the Word!" I shared it with the leaders but no one took much notice. Then during the ministry time later in the day I was asked to pray for a lady in a wheel chair. She had broken her spine in a drunk driving accident and needed lots of ministry to deal with her situation. But as I was asking God what to pray into I sensed Psalm 103 was needed as a command. So I took a chance and commanded her body and soul to bless the Lord and not forgot His benefits and then declared verses 3-5 over her life and body. Immediately a demon manifested and she started to kick her legs and contort her body. Once delivered she stood up before my eyes and walked!!!! Her broken spine had been healed. It was my first time to see God healing someone like that EVER!

Then a few weeks later I had to deal with an emergency deliverance session without any planning, or preparation, or intercession, AND I was in a place where I was very aware of my own sins and did not want to do any ministry. But God has a way of taking us by surprise. Literally at an angry command for Kingdom order to be restored the demonic stopped manifesting and a short while later the two ladies were set free. Only afterwards did I find out they were involved in high level witchcraft and had manifested as a result of being in an hall with people worshipping!

Afterwards I really questioned God and what I had been taught about deliverance because it did not match what I had experienced and where I knew I was with the Lord. God's simple answer was "Do you really think it was about you?? I just needed someone who knew what they were doing to set them free!"

I began to process these events and also listen to teachings about identity and find people who were operating in healing to learn from them. And over the process of a year I came to see that it really is about Christ in us doing the work and us simply being available. That as Christ's Ambassadors we act and speak on His behalf and that we are to SPEAK to the mountain in faith in order for it it move.

The learning to speak to situations regarding peoples health and even other events has made a tremendous impact on my life and on the lives of those around me. Speaking faith (Be healed, Be free, Pain leave, Speaking Life etc) has radically changed the results I see in everyday life. Being able to lay hands on people in the streets, in hospital wards and shopping malls and even at home has resulted in so many people being healed and set free and coming to the Lord as a result.

It has also changed how I see minister to myself and how I pray for others. I know it is not me, but Jesus, but what it has done is it has brought my faith radically alive and proved to me countless times that God is real. And of course, it has proven to hundreds, if not thousands, of others that God is real and that He loves them too.

The answer to my original question as to why the church is so powerless and ineffective came to me a decade after I was saved. It really is simple - If we know who we are in Christ and who Christ is in us it changes everything

Try it - step out. Place your hands on someone and say "Headache stop in Jesus name" Or "Pain leave! In Jesus name" Start with the small things and then as your faith builds up go after the impossible. That's what faith is for - to do the impossible through Christ who gives us strength! Speak Life into people and into your situations and watch it change.

A simple change in how I view faith changed my whole walk with God and purpose for being alive. All creation is groaning waiting for the sons of God to manifest (Romans 8:19. Every time you and I walk in love and defeat the works of the enemy we are manifesting as a son or daughter of God! Be blessed

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

(see question 4)God does not fit in any of our boxes but He is gracious enough to meet us where our faith is at. We sometimes make things very complicated when the Gospel is simple.

WHAT IS YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE? MEANING, HOW DO YOU READILY CONNECT WITH GOD?

My love language is Words of Affirmation. I connect easiest with God when I am outdoors and in His creation. I can see and hear Him speaking to me through what He has created - eg a stream being living water or a looking up to the mountains as stability and hope etc. I also connect with Him through ministering to the sick and those in need of healing or deliverance. I find that when I am ministering the 'tap' opens and His living water flows in and through me best. It makes me feel fully alive in Him.


IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

Thank you. I have a deep desire to meet with God on a deeper level of intimacy and relationship and would be most grateful for prayer in this regard.

June 2016

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Among the Gum Trees with Kristan

I am pretty adventurous and I enjoy being in motion..

I am pretty adventurous and I enjoy being in motion..

Please give a warm welcome to Kristan, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

My husband Steve and I have been married for 27 years. We have two grown children and two grandchildren—I LOVE being a grandmother! I love to travel to different countries and experience the land, the people and ethnic food. I am especially drawn to Ruler land. I was born in California and have lived in many different states but my favorite state by far is Virginia (Ruler land, of course!). Although I love traveling, my batteries are recharged in my flower gardens. I am pretty adventurous and I enjoy being in motion: biking, swimming, hiking, and driving fast cars. I also feel invigorated when I hear the sound of moving water.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

I have been very blessed to be a part of a mentoring group where Arthur's teachings were introduced to me. The first teaching was on Nurturing Your Spirit—wow! I think that was the first time I felt my spirit come to the front. From there we studied the Redemptive Gifts and several more studies were built upon that foundation.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

For several years I thought I was a Ruler and I could tell you all about that gift, the building, the principle, etc. but only recently I have discovered that I am really a Mercy design. Both Ruler and Mercy build but the motive is different. The Ruler builds using methods that work while the Mercy is much more inclusive and concerned with causing pain. And that was the big clue that unlocked my design for me. I was building, building, building but inside I was so concerned about who would be hurt. So I would build in such a way that would accomplish the goal with the least amount of pain to anyone. I am now learning about unproductive and productive pain and how to discern the difference between the two so that I can align myself with God and what He is doing.

In every day life, I am a college student. I've gone back to school to become a professional counselor. My campus is a large school set in an urban setting with people from all over the world—I love the diversity and the various cultures! Rather than focusing on all the differences between us, I challenge myself to find some facet of God's design in at least one person within each of my classes and during that semester, bless their spirit around God's design. It is forcing me to see beyond the sin and see God's design within and then to align myself with God and bless that portion of who He is within them.

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

There has not been a teaching that hasn't impacted my life because they are so practical and useful so it is a challenge to narrow them down to just one but I will try my best. Nurturing Your Spirit helped me to discern between my spirit and soul which was key while these three (Fractals of Two: Adrenals and Kidneys; AHS; Tools for Freedom Parts 1-3) together brought healing and freedom to be me in a profound way.

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

One of my favorite trips was to Mexico because it was there that I met the Lord in a new way.

It was unusually cold one morning and I was determined to enjoy every bit of the time in spite of the weather. I bundled myself up in a blanket and brought my coffee and Bible to the veranda to watch the sunrise with the Lord. The ocean was in fine form that morning with waves crashing against the shore. The sound traveled to my little spot and just engulfed me with all kinds of textures. I could smell the ocean in the air, I could taste the saltiness, the sound was almost deafening... I was thinking about God's creation, the ocean, and how magnificent it is; so vast, so powerful, so beautiful. What a reflection this creation is of the Creator! I "randomly" opened my Bible to:

Psa 93:1-5 NIV 1 The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. 2 Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity. 3 The seas have lifted up, LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. 4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea-- the LORD on high is mighty. 5 Your statutes, LORD, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days.

Verse 4 became alive to me and I felt the Presence of God in a relational way that was deeper, almost like when I first gave my life to Him. This was before I knew anything about my spirit or had experienced any healing or deliverance. The thought that God orchestrated my steps, brought me to Mexico, to that little patch of land next to the ocean at that specific time in my life to reveal to me a little bit of His majesty was incredible to me and profoundly expanded my view of Him.
Although this was a private sighting of God, it so profoundly changed my perspective of Him, my experience of Him as my God, my best friend, the lover of my soul, I can't help but think of it first before all other encounters.

WHAT IS YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE? MEANING, HOW DO YOU READILY CONNECT WITH GOD?

My love language is physical touch. I have been blessed with friends who give the most anointed hugs that bring such healing. They have been God with "skin on" in different seasons of my life. Other times I've connected with God in corporate worship but now it has expanded to include time outside in nature whether it is solitary walks in the woods to mornings spent sitting on my deck, surrounded by flowers and birds singing that I connect with Him while reading the Word.
Most recently, it has been during spirit to spirit ministry. He is right there in the mix and it is so wonderful! I think this is something I am growing in, in my Mercy design. I am learning to align myself with Him in every situation.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

I would so appreciate prayer for discernment. I had high discernment as a child but somehow/somewhere discernment was dulled. I would like to develop it again. In fact, I've just ordered the teachings on Developing Discernment—prayer into this would be a true blessing. That I would receive all that God is providing— thank you!

challenge: ONE OF THE THINGS ARTHUR TEACHES IS TO LEARN TO ASK BETTER QUESTIONS. CAN YOU THINK OF EVEN A 'BETTER' QUESTION THAN THE ONES HERE AND THEN ANSWER IT?

Okay, Lois, I'll give it a try!

HOW HAS KINGDOM MINDEDNESS CHANGED YOUR CULTURE?

One of the challenges I have faced is changing where to begin in ministering to someone. Let me explain...our culture does a good job of pointing out all of our deficits, religion points them out too, and in professional counseling, the focus is on where one lacks so we begin by working there. But Arthur likes to build out from the positive numbers. He spends time finding those places in us where the enemy has not robbed; those places within our spirit that have not been touched by the enemy and he builds from there. Wow!

What a difference it makes for the person receiving ministry to realize that God has protected this special place within us that no matter how much damage has been done—He has preserved this! It's powerful to know how in charge God is even in the midst of terrible pain. It turned my eyes from looking inward at all the places I needed to improve to looking outward to God and how big and powerful He is that this little place within me has been protected by Him, valued by Him and carries a bit of His essence within me. It is here that I can begin to partner with Him to bring hope. Realizing that God preservers something—even if it is only one thing— He preserved it brings to life the scripture, "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven."

July 2016

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Among the Gum Trees with Kate

by Kate Mazur

My name Katherine Elizabeth means pure one whom God satisfies.

My name Katherine Elizabeth means pure one whom God satisfies.

Please give a warm welcome to Kate, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

Hello Lois! It is such a delight to meet you among the gum trees! Thank you for the privilege.

I’ve been thinking a lot about your question. “Tell me a bit about yourself” is for me a loaded question.

I grew up without knowing the love of a mother. That has been the fertilizer for much in my life.

My name Katherine Elizabeth means pure one whom God satisfies. In just these last days, I have become reconciled to the fact that my heavenly Father has indeed created me to be exuberant for His life within and around me. I am obsessed with His life, His nature, His goodness and the proof of it in His abundant provision the world over, including the black letters on white page of the old and new testaments. Abundance!!

I have been married to an elegant Mercy man for 17 years. We are still in the process of raising seven children, home educating the youngest six who are fourteen and under. We have five boys, two of whom are twin toddlers. To say we are bursting at the seams with life is indeed true.

I am a lover. I love words, sunshine, fresh water, clean air, pure hearted people, watching seeds bring forth God’s life, babies, children, curious and earnest people, contemplating, writing, music which gives expression to my inner man, fixing problems, asking questions, different cultures, traveling, being in the water, being in motion, learning interesting things, planning for fun stuff (like trips with people I love), stories with ample doses of fathering, partnering with God to create safe places for His life to flourish, and talking. 

Since childhood, I watched with curiosity the business people around me, and very much felt my innards get most excited by entrepreneurial ideas. I survived government schooling and thankfully somehow learned to read and write and type there, always feeling like I was cut out and created for something very different than the systems in which I was reared but having no proof or idea what that was.

My parents divorced by the time I was a year old and my mother was very troubled. I learned to survive in very unlovely circumstances, always watching to see how different people handled life. I grew to have very little respect for ceremony. I went through the motions of life and schooling, not really knowing who I was or what I wanted.

In the past seven years since getting acquainted with SLG, first from a distance and then closer up, I have learned so much and had so many questions answered. As a youth, I often felt I was a nuisance to those who were in charge of my education. I wondered about things like multiple personality disorder as a fourteen year old (as I mentioned my Mum was not well) and mental and emotional disorders plagued my curiosity. With no answers and a myriad of questions, I stumbled into God’s family in my early twenties when the God of Abraham began to speak to me through His word. As He wooed me, I fell fast in love with Him and chased after Him with zealous abandon. He led me into a particular stream within the faith where I learned about the importance of His word and I spent years in deep study enjoying much learning about Him and His ways and caring for very little else.

A few years into my life within His beloved Body, I began to become awakened to the reality that not everything spoken by His people was in line with His word. This confused me greatly but soon I became cranky enough to insist on living according to what I saw in the scriptures- His ways (Genesis – Revelation) regardless of what I heard from the pulpit. I am not saying I did a great job of things but that my passion was to take everything I heard from within the Body and run it through the whole grid of scripture and then to build my life based on that. I was convinced (by His spirit through His word) that my heart intentions toward Him mattered even if my external life wasn’t always neat and tidy and good-looking.

Around that same time, I felt God was saying He wanted me to learn from Him for a season; that He would teach me Himself. I was SO excited and astonished and honored! When I shared with my beloved Body-people, they had strange reactions…and so began a long, hard struggle to follow my God (whom I adore with a purity words cannot describe) in spite of loosing one close relationship after another.

I have since learned (thanks to SLG) I have the Romans 12 gift of exhorting and now understand the loss of connection with people is something which affects me more deeply than I understand, BY DESIGN. Having had so much loneliness growing up, I reeled for many years trying to understand how I could relate so intensely with God while feeling so far away from many of His precious people. He has since helped me understand the deep woundedness around me and given me language for much of what was wrong.

Fast forward to now, and I see He has used all of it to prepare for some good works to bring Him glory and honor. I am excited and hopeful to begin helping His Body understand how to be life giving within the context of the current culture we live in and my social entrepreneurial self is finally getting to express herself. I have had the pleasure of SLG’s company these seven years, without which I shudder to think where I might be.

As for albums or teachings it is literally impossible for me to narrow it down. Redemptive Gifts/Principles is certainly top on the list, but so is Life, Dominion and Honor, Intimacy, Three Kinds of Time, Joy Unstoppable, Generational Blessings…then the entirety of Arthur’s content on tending to our inner man (spirit teachings), spiritual warfare, land discernment, AHS (I had a twin brother AHS hindering me MY.WHOLE.LIFE!!!), the areas of Fathering, Sonship, the Mercy season, blessings, deliverance on the brain, tools for freedom from identity issues, perspectives on the church and now LAC!!!!

I do not mean to be overly dramatic but I am not able to identify a single teaching as having a significant impact because I have been utterly freed and changed by a huge majority of Arthur’s free money as a prophet. I drink deeply from the SLG stream and fill up with so many nutrients and minerals I have so long needed…

As an exhorter, I am obsessed with knowing God and people. I live in that place of continual obsession. I LOVE seeing my children grow into their RG’s and am so happy to adjust to people as I learn what their RG is. I am learning to lean on the RG free money within each day and season and build my children’s schedule (and mine) around what I have learned. I am always looking to understand myself and others better and looking for ways to make things WORK better, convinced that God’s ways always work and that He provides more than enough in each and every endeavor (even when it means His provision is our effort and tenacity and hard work striving for excellence).

I am sorting out how to handle current responsibilities while stepping out into new ones. Blessings on those processes would be SO amazing!!

August 2016

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Among the Gum Trees with MJ

by MJ

This is the land that I have prayed over for many years. I took this photo right after I had communion in the mountains looking down into the valley.

This is the land that I have prayed over for many years. I took this photo right after I had communion in the mountains looking down into the valley.

Please give a warm welcome to MJ, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HELLO MJ,CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

I was born in the 1950's. Currently, I am a semi-retired university lecturer who lives with my wife (Teacher RG) in a retirement community in the West.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

I read and successfully went through the "release from Free Masonry" material on the website of the Late Dr Tom Hawkins. He referenced the material of Arthur and SLG.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

No doubt about it, I am Servant RG. Knowing one's RG and by implication where one's "free money" is makes all of the difference in the world. I could probably spend hours talking about this, but not today. A teaser: the teachings on being a "porcupine-hugger", having the free-money of obedience, and experiencing increased authority in spiritual warfare are very real.

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

The RG series (basic and advanced) since it is the basis for many advanced teachings. It also led to the very important RG teaching about the Servant-Teacher relationship which is profoundly evident in our marriage and in our ministries.

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

It is very hard to talk about just only one "God-Sighting". In this year, 2016, I can talk about 2-3 on most days, but talking about just one is almost impossible. Still, I will try.

A few months after we moved into our Retirement Community, we started helping prepare parties for our unit. The first time we prepared a party, we asked the more senior residents if we should pray before the food was to be served. They said, that they never had done it before.

We decided not to change anything. The next time that we prepared the party for our neighborhood, we again asked if I should pray before the food was to be served. They again responded that they had not done it in the past. I paused and they added, "but, you can pray".

I said a quick 30-second prayer asking God to bless the food and give us a fun time. The party seemed uneventful and people finally started leaving after one-hour and forty-five minutes. My wife and were very surprised when during the next few days, people kept telling us that it was the best party that they had ever had in our neighborhood. Since then, we have consistently experienced similar and bigger breakthroughs in many areas of our Retirement Community.

WHAT IS YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE? MEANING, HOW DO YOU READILY CONNECT WITH GOD?

I believe that the most important key is worshiping and inviting God's presence into every activity and every place.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

I would like nothing better than the readers of this realize what their "one RG" is and by implication pursue it until they see their "free money" in operation regularly. I pray that the readers would realize this.

NOTE: I am most wary of people who say that their RG is prophet & something else. It just means that they do not really understood the Basic RG teaching. Please make it a priority to learn the ONE area of your "free money".

September 2016

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Among the Gum Trees with Rosemary

by Rosemary Williamson
(Queensland, Australia)

I connect most readily with God when I am in my art studio, playing worship music and painting, or walking by the ocean.

I connect most readily with God when I am in my art studio, playing worship music and painting, or walking by the ocean.

I am married to Frank (42 years) with 3 grown up sons, daughters-in-law and 4 grandchildren, aged 10 months to 3 years. I live in Toowoomba, Qld., too far from my kids who are all in the Hunter Valley!

I first connected with SLG when I asked a friend ‘do I have kick me written on my forehead?’ and she answered, ‘well, yes actually!’ She then shared the teaching on the Victim Spirit and introduced me to Blessing Your Spirit.

I am redemptive gift of Mercy … married to a RG of Prophet! Ouch! Life is rarely comfortable and I even exasperate myself with my inability to make a snap decision!

All the SLG teachings have made significant impact on my life but I thing Blessing Your Spirit and Redemptive Gifts have been my ‘go to’ teachings on a daily basis, as I use those to be more aware of my interactions with others and if I have no other strategy, just to bless, bless, bless. One of my favourite teachings to listen to is The Majesty of His Artistry, it just warms and comforts my spirit.

I think I am more relaxed about life generally, more inclined to just let things roll off me and not feel I have to conform to any set pattern. I used to be inclined to think I had to perform well to please God but reading the Blessings has given me a new sense of how God sees me.

A bigger view of God? Well, a couple of years ago, in a fit of pique, I went to a jewelers to buy myself a ring, I had picked out an inexpensive Ruby but then I heard God say “No, not that one, this one” My eyes wandered to a ring with 7 small stones and I asked to try it on, the sales lady passed it to me and said, 'this is a DEAREST ring, the stones spell out dearest!' It fitted perfectly, very unusual as I have big hands. Now I can look at it anytime I feel a bit down and know that I am His dearest!

I connect most readily with God when I am in my art studio, playing worship music and painting, or walking by the ocean.

Can I think of an even better question? I’m gift of mercy … I’ll get back to you in about 3 weeks!!!

October 2016

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Among the Gum Trees with Angela

Loving yourself is a huge part of the journey to identity...

Loving yourself is a huge part of the journey to identity...

Please give a warm welcome to Angela, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HI ANGELA, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

I am a 68 year old woman who has followed Jesus for the last 40 years. I have four children and seven grandchildren. My husband Jon has four children and five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. I am currently writing a book about my journey to identity, called for right now, Finding My Shine. I have a company called Find Your Shine, created for the purpose of guiding others to find what makes them shine; in other words, what did God place in you to make you shine with His glory and change the world around you?

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

Years ago someone introduced me to Arthur Burk when he was calling his organization Plumbline. I was prompted to get the Redemptive Gifts teaching around 2001 and I was hooked. I was fortunate to be living in Washington when he was coming to Vantage to do some teaching around 2007 and 2008, including the teaching on the Mercy Season. I well remember the warring around that recording! Around that time the teaching on Blessing your Spirit showed up and my life literally took a huge leap into the joy place. I started gathering people to my place and sharing the DVD and out of that came a group that spent two years blessing each other. It is a teaching that is always close to my heart. I devoured much of the early work during the transition to The Sapphire Leadership Group. I have to admit I got lost a bit with the AHS and the Fractals teaching. Perhaps it just didn’t feel relevant to me. But recently have been drawn to the Spiritual Warfare track he is currently pursuing in the Life After Church series and have been incredibly blessed by the prayers there.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

I walk in RG Prophet, though I can tell you there are days I wonder if I am still Giver, which is what my first inclination was. But Megan pointed me toward Prophet one day in Southern California and I put it on and do believe it fits. Such intensity I had at that time. It plays out very simply for me. As each day passes, I am reminded that this is how I am bent, and while I may not always make others feel really comfortable with my intensity, it isn’t for everyone. I have become much more mellow in these later years in learning to contain my angst and allow people to be imperfect even if it kills me! I am married to a man who is quite satisfied with who he is and finds all this intensity tiring. (He is 80 and has a right not to have to change anymore.) I am learning to love him where he is and not try to fix him. That’s huge for me.

I also am unable to not build. I am currently listening to Arthur’s CD’s on Life After Church and I can so relate to the person who just can’t build and that is why they never know what to do with me at churches. They want to sideline me, to contain the fire in a more pleasing vessel. I just can’t. So I build my own groups. I have one on facebook now called Find your Shine, and there I get to be who I am and bless people with words of hope and inspiration for their day.

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

Arthur is a package, not an individual teaching. Everything segues into each other. Redemptive Gifts is so foundational and life changing but not everyone seems to get the impact from it I do. But Nurturing and Blessing your Spirit is so easy to transfer to anyone, so that is my favorite. Seeing what happens in someone’s eyes when they hear those words spoken to them is such a joy to experience. I just don’t do it enough. Discovering my human spirit added a dimension to my intimacy with God that keeps me so connected, I never fear losing Him.

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

God as my healer is a new yet old avenue for me. It is such a simple concept but I honestly haven’t seen a lot of miraculous physical healing as a result of being a faithful follower. I know the issue is we, mankind, because His promises are true. But I was in the middle of needing healing and I asked Jesus, please, you said, by your stripes I am healed. And then I got this download one early morning. It became the catalyst for my book. My theory is that all healing starts with identity, not just of who we are but mostly of who God is.
I was wakened from sleep about 4 in the morning with a vision. I saw a nine month old baby sitting in an empty room with only one window for light. Jesus was there and I asked Him who she was. Jesus called her the unloved one. She had been born to parents who had no capacity to love and so she was in dire need of love. Jesus handed her to me and asked me to love her. I literally and completely fell in love with her.

She was me. God gave me a gift that day of falling in love with myself. Undeserving me. Me who had screwed up so much in my life I would never understand how He could continue to love me. Jesus told me that day that being born into a loveless family environment was intentional. Because his mandate over me was to love His way, He was preparing me to learn love only from Him. My whole life was a journey to understand how to love and be loved. I had failed more than I got it right. But the love I felt for that baby, me, was so intense that it could have only come from and through God. Any love I had for anyone had to be from Him, because I had never really got it from any human before.

Loving yourself is a huge part of the journey to identity. I had a lot of head knowledge that I thought it should look like, and I ended three marriages because I thought I knew what love was supposed to look like. This love, however, was divine, and transferrable, and now every time I feel like a failure, I can draw upon that moment of ecstasy when I truly experienced the intimate and perfect love of God. A miracle beyond measure.

WHAT IS YOUR KEY OF MUSIC FOR INTIMACY WITH GOD? HOW DO YOU READILY CONNECT?

I like to think that I am never NOT connected. And then there are the times when I am overwhelmed with His presence and I wish I could stay there endlessly. Those moments happen often with no plan. I can sit in my prayer room for hours and not really feel connected, but then take a shower and go for a drive, and something amazing will drop into my spirit and I am flying high. I live in daily readiness for Him to show himself when I need it most. Generally, it is turning off the noise of the world, closing my door and blasting worship and praise music that gets me on board for the next download. Then it is listening. And even in the silence I know He is there. I don’t let distractions get me down, because they are all part of the plan. Rest and be still. Even in the chaos.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

Please pray for my writing; the completion of this book. I really want to see this impact people to realize that ANYONE and EVERYONE has a story and it is worth sharing. And that relentlessly pursuing God results in relentlessly pursuing who we are, and there is no better antidote to the ailments of the world than knowing who He created us to be.

WHAT CHANGE IN YOUR FAITH HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

Odd question. I never considered my faith as having changed, but I have to say it has increased in direct relationship to my intimacy with God. So I guess increase is a change, but wasn’t sure if that is what your question was addressing. I think our faith grows constantly as we are put to the test to trust God more and more. I also think Faith is a gift, and sometimes it shows up when I need it even though I have no history with trusting God in that moment.
All that to say, my faith has changed because of the lens I have put on that makes situations and circumstances be less daunting and more surmountable than when I looked through the lens of fear or doubt. My perspective of God being bigger than my problems keeps me focused on the size of what I am seeing as redeemable because He is bigger. So my lens lets me see the bigger picture, and that brings a great deal of peace.


challenge: ONE OF THE THINGS ARTHUR TEACHES IS TO LEARN TO ASK BETTER QUESTIONS. CAN YOU THINK OF EVEN A 'BETTER' QUESTION THAN THE ONES HERE AND THEN ANSWER IT?

How are you different today than when you first encountered Arthur’s teachings?
That’s a question, eh?

My awareness of truth and grace has grown substantially since discovering my Redemptive Gift and pursuing the truth about the Human Spirit. I have been able to help others in a way I would have run from years ago. Now I have something to offer because I have walked the walk and seen what God can do. I currently walk alongside a SRA survivor whose journey has been wrenching, and being able to do so and see how the hand of a spiritual Mom can bring strength for her journey has been very inspiring to me. I am so grateful to know what is my call and what is just good stuff. So thankful.


January 2017

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Among the Gum Trees with Chris

by Chris

I am a staunch encourager of people to become who they were called to be

I am a staunch encourager of people to become who they were called to be

Please give a warm welcome to Chris, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HI CHRIS, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

I was born and raised in Maryland, grew up in and attended a Lutheran college. I've taken the scenic route in my career path. After two decades in sales and operating my own landscaping company, I am now back to teaching tennis. My wife Amy and I have been married almost two years. Between us, we have five kids, four grandchildren and another on the way this summer. Amy and I live in the Atlanta area, about ten minutes from Stone Mountain.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

I initially connected with SLG through Amy. She had shared with me numerous articles and videos.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

My redemptive gift is Exhorter. Mercy and Prophet come in second and third. My Exhorter gifting plays out daily in that I am certainly my wife's biggest cheerleader. Amy's calling is speaking, teaching and writing. I firmly believe that will be how we make a living in the near future. Along with being a tennis coach, I am a staunch encourager of people to become who they were called to be. Doing the same for myself can be the challenge.

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

I think the Redemptive Gifts teaching has been the most impactful. To be able to read explanations along with the definitions is awesome. We also tuned into the New Years Eve podcast and are quite intrigued by the Mercy Season and how we fit there. We are definitely on the verge of breakthrough.

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

Here's a cool God-sighting story; We have had a rough go of things financially and our Christmas was extremely frugal. I teach tennis to a bunch of sweet pre-schoolers a couple of days a week, and on the final Wednesday before Christmas, one of the moms of a sweet boy pulled me aside and had a gift bag for me. They gave me a personalized "Coach Chris" travel mug and little Braden had put his paint-covered handprint on a canvas that reads "Give Me A High Five!", which is something he loves during tennis. When I got to my car to leave, I found the Christmas card they had also included. Meredith, Braden's mom, had written the kindest note about how much I influence her son and the other kids I teach. It was amazing. It was the best Christmas present I could have asked for. The timing was incredible.

WHAT IS YOUR KEY OF MUSIC FOR INTIMACY WITH GOD? HOW DO YOU READILY CONNECT?

I wish I connected as readily as some of our SLG tribe members. For me, it's usually when I'm driving and I just begin a "conversation," which is usually me whining about something. (Oh come on, we ALL do it!). I will petition Father with concerns and questions and the way I know I'm hearing from HIM, the responses are almost always things I've never even thought before. This way, I know I'm not inserting my own hopeful responses and putting His name to them. The other very cool connection I experience is when I'm in a group I trust and the Holy Spirit shows me "video" of situations. My first experiences in that were serving on a deliverance team ministry. Very powerful stuff.

WHAT CHANGE IN YOUR FAITH/PARADIGM SHIFT HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

Here's the coolest paradigm shift I've experienced. The quick background is that for a long time I believed that time was running out, had passed me by, was wasted, etc. etc. I had a dream several months ago that the Lord placed a giant old state map on a table. Most of our SLG friends can picture this kind of map that has a zillion folds and pleats and you could never properly fold it back when you were finished with it. Anyway, the Lord said "any child can understand LINEAR time, but time is actually like this map--folds, pleats, creases and panes." I have pressed into this dream several more times, but haven't been given any more information about it.  However, it immediately cured my worries about time issues.

challenge: ONE OF THE THINGS ARTHUR TEACHES IS TO LEARN TO ASK BETTER QUESTIONS. CAN YOU THINK OF EVEN A 'BETTER' QUESTION THAN THE ONES HERE AND THEN ANSWER IT?

Although I can't answer this one definitively for myself yet, I like this question:  Where does YOUR story begin? Why there?

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

We have a couple of prayer requests. We are struggling mightily in our finances and we are also trying to figure out how to launch a ministry that would allow us to do what we believe Father is mandating. We are praying for intercession that resources are released. It's exhausting and, honestly, embarrassing.

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February 2017

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Among the Gum Trees with David Michael (part 1)

by David Michael

A fifth-generation native Texan (yeehaw), married 26 years to Ellen.

A fifth-generation native Texan (yeehaw), married 26 years to Ellen.

Please give a warm welcome to David Michael, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HEY DAVID MICHAEL, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

I go by “David Michael.” If you understand who those figures are in the Bible, you have an idea of who I am. A Worshipping Warrior King.

A fifth-generation native Texan (yeehaw), married 26 years to Ellen, with two daughters in their 20s, Victoria & Rachel. Grew up in a nice, lower middle class Christian family, who attended church frequently & regularly. Being the middle son of three, I was a creative strategist early in life, which didn’t really fit well in a strict, disciplinarian, religious environment. Much of my out-of-the-box thinking was disciplined away early in life. The curious adventurer in me lived in my inner world and came alive exploring nature and books. Being smart and a good rule follower, I excelled in school but started struggling in college. My twenties were a blur as I began deconstructing what I had been taught about God & life and started my healing journey. Got married, had kids and a stable job as a CPA.

God really arrested me in my forties, which started a whole new way of understanding my design and I left my firm to work for myself. That was a scary but courageous move. God totally blessed me. I was able to shift my work more towards the consulting side of business, being a Trusted Advisor to folks. It also allowed me freedom and time to pursue more personal healing and growth, as well as minister to many others. This was a conscious decision to pursue spiritual and personal growth over business “success”.

Eventually I realized I have what some see as unusual spiritual experiences and gifts. My normal is dreams, visions, knowing things and supernatural experiences, a mystic Seer if you will. I can’t always explain it but it’s my life. A year ago I sold my CPA practice and began what I thought would be an easy transition to my next chapter. It hasn’t gone anything close to what I anticipated. God knew I needed a year or so of allowing my spirit to unwind from the years of living in other people’s boxes. So here I am, 57 and starting, what I believe will be the most eventful & impactful period of my life.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

I have been around inner healing & counseling since the 1980’s and have always been willing to be the guinea pig in trying new things before I share with others. Several years back, started hearing references about Arthur Burk in some of my circles. Around 2012-13 I researched SLG on the internet, liked what I found, then dove into the Redemptive Gift teachings. That study provoked as many questions as answers, and led to other teachings. I contacted the office a few times, whereupon Arthur was kind enough to answer questions. Early 2014 during Arthur’s trip to Dallas, we had dinner together which precipitated a healing crises, discovery of AHS and new paradigms. Have pretty much been actively involved since. I have always done “unusual” so SLG fit me well.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

Mercy. Took me a while to land here, as I had to get some junk out of the way first. Giver surfaced first, which was more a reflection of my upbringing. Then a discussion between prophet & mercy. A few friends still think I’m prophet, but that has more to do with my other giftings I believe. I’m a worshipper at heart and connect with God easily. I see Him everywhere. I see His design in so many of the people I meet on any given day. It’s natural for me to encourage & exhort whoever it is, whether a longtime friend or the person pumping gas next to me. Or I could get an email or phone call from someone who is struggling or needs a breakthrough. Happy to oblige. I spend a lot of time alone and each day is different. I have to be filled up spiritually and emotionally in order to successfully deal with the unique things I run across each day. (Though it took me a while to learn that.)

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

That’s like going to the symphony and being asked which instrument you like the best. Some days it’s the woodwinds, others the brass, yet the strings always seem to shine and at times there is nothing better than a good beat on the kettle drums. So my answer today would be Doing Deliverance on the Brain. I find this to be a capstone teaching of sorts. Being an overachiever I had many critters and anomalies in my system to practice on. When doing brain work for others I get to incorporate spirit work, redemptive gifts, dealing with different entity types, in addition to healing memories, trauma, portals, time issues and so on. It helps to have an understanding of all these issues. Every situation is distinct & different. So both for my personal freedom and for using with others, this teaching pushed me to launch out and find new wings. I have always encountered something I had no idea how to handle, so using the principles I learned here in conjunction with other niche teachings has delivered great results.

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

So much to say here. A big question for most Christians is how do I hear God? It used to be mine. Now it’s more like, how do you not hear or see Him? He is the Creator. He is everywhere. He is a good Father. Doesn’t a good Father want to talk to His kids? Since we are all uniquely designed, we each have a unique language(s) God uses to communicate with us. Certainly through the Bible. But also creation and ways we probably still don’t understand. What is that for you? He talked to David, Daniel, Phillip, Paul and John differently. So find your God language. That happened for me once I realized the visual images I was seeing was one way He speaks to me (there are others).

We have spiritual senses that correspond to our physical senses, so maybe its taste or smell or feeling for you. One day I became aware that I see and sense angels. Jesus said he only did what he saw the Father doing. For me, becoming aware of angels is one way I know the Father is working. Much of the church is scared of angels and have relegated them to New Agers, but it was normal for folks in the Bible to interact with them. I believe that’s still true today as long as the interaction does not conflict with scripture. My dream life is also key here. Usually when I am going to minister somewhere I will have a related dream that gives me a key. I still don’t understand them all, but have spent significant time working on dream interpretation. You have something wonderful in your life God is using to communicate with you. Find out what that is and step into it.

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Among the Gum Trees with David Michael (part 2)

by David Michael

God and me

God and me

WHAT IS YOUR KEY OF MUSIC FOR INTIMACY WITH GOD? HOW DO YOU READILY CONNECT?

Music. Nature. Animals. Water. Movement. Worship. Meditation. It’s easy to worship the Creator when you see Him everywhere. Went to visit my brother a few months back and it made me realize how much time each day I actually spend connecting with God. My prayer life has become a constant dialog. It truly is one of the ways I have survived.

Since I am very visual, things with visual input like movies. I also am a prolific dreamer; most nights I dream. I get up in the morning and dialog with God about my dreams. A significant part of the Bible is actually dreams and visions, and I believe God still talks to us today in those ways. Images pop into my head all the time and many of them I realize, God is speaking to me.

What I haven’t shared is the warfare & wounding I have experienced in my life. It has been brutal, intense, and persistent. I have reclaimed my family line for the King. That has come at a cost, as has pursuing my birthright. The only way I have been successful is through intimacy with God. 

WHAT CHANGE IN YOUR FAITH/PARADIGM SHIFT HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

A couple of things come to mind. I was raised to give and serve. In the prodigal son story, I was a servant in the Father’s house. Through a lot of healing to break that dynamic, then understanding I am a son of the Father. Taking my place at the Father’s table was huge. My Father trusts me to act as a son. It’s much easier to exercise dominion as a son than as a servant. That along with owning my Seer gift which I have already mentioned.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

Absolutely. As I said I am at a crossroads and feel the best years are ahead of me. Yet it’s been a challenge to start my new consulting business and also to pursue writing and whatever else God has in store.

I recently formed The Seers Group LLC to provide strategy, consulting & coaching based on spiritual principles and use my natural and spiritual gifts. As to the writing, I have many messages stirring around and have been told repeatedly to write & share them, which has been a great challenge for me.


challenge: ONE OF THE THINGS ARTHUR TEACHES IS TO LEARN TO ASK BETTER QUESTIONS. CAN YOU THINK OF EVEN A 'BETTER' QUESTION THAN THE ONES HERE AND THEN ANSWER IT?

There are things you do right now that are easy, natural, frequent and you think everyone does them. Meanwhile your friends are looking at you going, how can you do that? You think everyone operates that way, so you just shrug and think nothing of it. But it’s a gift. Your uniqueness. It’s all you’ve ever known, so you think it’s commonplace. It’s not. At least the way you do it. So what is that for you?

For me it’s the way I see the world and perceive things. God told me a long time ago, “You see things others don’t.” OK I thought. But it’s true. I see & perceive what is happening around me and I perceive the future consequences of present decisions. Sometimes it can be frustrating trying to convince others what is happening or what may happen. As I have developed this capacity, it has enlarged. The challenge is what am I supposed to do with what I perceive. That takes wisdom, maturity and a healthy prayer life.

March 2017

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Among the Gum Trees with Wendy

by Wendy Henley
(Midlothian, TX)

I am enamored with DNA, destiny, and design. I like to solve problems, and do it in the most efficient way possible, or just ask God to multiply the time!

I am enamored with DNA, destiny, and design. I like to solve problems, and do it in the most efficient way possible, or just ask God to multiply the time!

Transformation from the Kitchen Sink

I stood listening to a conversation about city transformation when suddenly, she said, “Arthur Burk says that Dallas is a Giving City… ”Wait what? Giving City? My heart leapt, my spirit jumped within, and my eyes grew wide with excitement!
“Excuse me, what did you just say?”… I had to know everything this woman was talking about, and I would not leave that kitchen sink until I found out who this Arthur Burk was and how he knew so much about my city!

My name is Wendy Henley and I am from a small town in Texas outside of Dallas-Forth Worth.

I am enamored with DNA, destiny, and design. I like to solve problems, and do it in the most efficient way possible, or just ask God to multiply the time! I love, love, love learning about cities and the part they must play in the Kingdom. How the fractals of city, county, state, nation, and continent synchronize as a brilliant orchestra resonating the sound of Heaven back to the Father.

In 2008, I stood at that kitchen sink so stunned at what I was hearing. As you have read above, the Redemptive Gifts grid was already being built in my soul by Papa. I loved spiritual mapping and determining how I could best intercede for a city to see the most impact. This took things to a level I had never dreamt of!

I immediately got onto what was Plumbline Ministries website, and grabbed every resource I could. I shared with friends my zeal and new found passion. I threw myself into learning the ins- and outs of who I was, who my husband was, and why we were a fiery pair! I came to realize that in our design, me Prophet, and he Ruler, we were no doubt a dynamic duo of administration happening. Well, that explained a lot, and broke open some truths that changed our marriage forever.

We saw the motivations and processes that the other were operating in and suddenly we had understanding where there was frustration. We celebrated our differences, held one another accountable for our iniquities, and loved more deeply than ever.
My children also benefited a great deal from this discovery. My husband began to realize why my son, a Teacher, was so completely different than him. He began to be open to shepherding our son in a different way. The same went for my daughter and myself. She being an Exhorter and me being…well me…made synchronizing in our house a bit confusing!

Arthur even had to give us homework to take an hour break each day and not ask anyone else to synchronize around us. Today we all call out the treasures in one another and remind ourselves of the birthright God has given us!
And now, we look at everything through this grid. We understand that folks heal, develop, and grow, but the basic understanding of their hardwiring makes our relationships so much easier to navigate early on. Living in community and fostering intimacy have taken on a new flavor of love and understanding.

As far as impact on our cities, I, being an intercessor, have been able to equip many other intercessors and leaders with strategies for earning authority, and praying for their cities. I dream of seeing the impact of my seed sown in cities all over the world!

My heart for cities also translates into how I hear and sense God many times, through nature.

I feel the land speaking to me, I have butterflies swirl over me, rabbits run toward me, doves fly over me, owls perch in my palm tree, and the wind blow across my face during a hot, hard run.

I am able to not only hear from the Lord more clearly while I am outside, I feel His kisses and love for me as His creation confirms His heart toward me.

While there have been a myriad of teachings from Sapphire that have been impactful to my life, it all began with Redemptive Gifts. So many questions were answered and so much vision of destiny cast. I could write for days about how many lives have been impacted, how many marriages mended, how much hope was ignited, and how many parents will love their kids wholly, just because I heard a gal talking at the kitchen sink.

April 2017

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Among the Gum Trees with Janis

by Janis Menke Leal

So I love the beauty of His beautiful… like the sound of distant thunder, the smell of rain, a loving touch, mountains, fine woodwork, rich soil, a baby’s smile….

So I love the beauty of His beautiful… like the sound of distant thunder, the smell of rain, a loving touch, mountains, fine woodwork, rich soil, a baby’s smile….

Please give a warm welcome to Janis, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HEY JANIS, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

Although raised with mental knowledge of God and reverence for His Word, I didn’t personally “know” Him until age 30, before which my life and dreams shattered in unexpected, unimaginable ways. But there I met the Lord, married with young children. He melted and ignited my heart, allured with intense intimacy, equipping for an even more formidable yet formative journey ahead, which produced deep love, joy, fear of God, eternal treasures. Now I have ten children, a quantity I didn’t plan yet God did, who I’ve home educated-discipled for decades. They are seven daughters and three sons (no grandchildren yet… but soon?) priceless jewels from the One who always knows best.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

The Lord connected me. It was so by the spirit and Holy Spirit, in fact, that I barely remember details. When internet-searching someone’s name (can’t remember), somehow I mistakenly “stumbled” into “Arthur Burk.” He wasn’t who I was searching for, but apparently God had decided he was! Once “divinely” connected, I was all in, deeply resonating first in spirit, then in soul, intrigued by the teachings. This was about 1 ½ years ago -- such a full year, yet also somehow feels like just beginning.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT, AND CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

It’s Mercy, which my spirit and Holy Spirit clearly told me, to my soul’s great surprise! I now realize how it’s played out, feeling connected to God’s presence not just mind-to-mind, but heart-to-heart. Also, past Mercy immaturities led to pitfalls like enabling and being easily exploited, yet the Lord forged development in challenges demanding me to face and embrace pain rather than avoid or escape. Thankfully, now those are non-issues.

Being ecosystem-oriented, another Mercy trait, I celebrate God by this design in all aspects of life holistically, wired to integrate beauty, purpose, excellence, the Lord’s presence into every element of environments, whether physical, relational, spiritual, everything. It plays out in various ways, like discipling one or many, remodeling space or structures with each part “just right” in a harmonious whole, transforming landscapes toward restoration for creation and people, and in just anything, large or small.

WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

Too much to say! It’s both what my spirit is drawn to and what the situation calls for. Examples: Blessing of Job’s profound insight and greater view of God; The Gifts and the King gives perfect context for redemptive gifts, as I feel they’re ultimately for our awesome God; Your Health and the Redemptive Gifts, Fractal of Two: Adrenals and Kidneys, Office of Personhood, ALL the podcasts and live streams, Managing Transitions – all immensely practical, substantive, often mind-blowing. The land resources also deeply resonate….

Wow… All make their own powerful imprint! I love the multi-faceted colors of wisdom and life in SLG. My soul has new language, and the seeds planted in my spirit wonderfully, continually germinate.

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

His intimate care -- in everything. When each of my oldest daughters lost birthstone rings, God gently placed them in surprising places, like in a long-unused mitt buried in a bottom drawer! When e.e. cummings penned, “nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands,” he wasn’t referencing God. But I am, and my God, “touching skillfully, mysteriously,” has hands of fluid, lifegiving love smaller than a raindrop in pouring rain, touching untouchables tenderly, healing carefully, restoring thoughtfully… because He cares, and He can, as the biggest One with the smallest hands.

His sense of humor – so brilliantly purposeful. When traveling alone on airplanes, I prefer to remain ALONE, disengaged from strangers, so I close my eyes pretending to sleep if sensing infringement. Once someone sat next to me on a plane, and I silently asked with closed eyes (in more ways than one), “God, would you please make this guy kind? And while You’re at it, would You make him QUIET?” God replied, “Would you like fries and a drink with that?” My eyes popped open in surprise, then the man started talking… to me… the entire time… so my witty God could open my closed mouth in a transformational conversation… because He smiles bigger than my selfish smallness or shy ineptness, so we can laugh in His clever accomplishments.

His unlimited creativity -- not just in the beautiful, but in crafting beauty more immense than my pain and ugliness, whether spiritual, emotional, or physical. During an ugly, torturous physical condition years ago,
God gave wisdom, and more, instead of the healing I begged for.

For a year, He revealed a personalized pathway through a few of my children’s dreams and revelatory guidance to me, while four seasoned doctors couldn’t comprehend the strange complexity manifesting all over me. Why did God do it this way? I don’t know, but through it He creatively produced children grown by warring for their mother, my own expanded wisdom, more refined insight into body-soul-spirit connection, and even greater health -- not just healing.

His bigger picture, higher purposes, and greater love contain unfathomable colors of wisdom more awe-filled than any problem, more life-giving than any form of death, more beautiful than any ugliness. In both the lovely and unlovely, oh, there is my creative God!

His pure truth -- whether it feels good or not. Once He told me about someone, “You can’t make this person love you.” That hurt. He continued, “You can’t make ANYONE love you.” That’s worse. But He just wouldn’t stop: “You can’t make ME love you.” Oh, that was worst of all, as I believed I wasn’t worth being loved, and could never make it happen…. There, alone yet not alone, I gradually found true worth and identity from the relentless God of fierce Passion dressed in fierce pain, pure Love dressed in pure truth…

… because only in truth can highest Love penetrate to the deepest place, then tenderly conquer, transform, and abide, if allowed. He can’t be Love if He can’t be Truth, and His truth in love makes me able to love in truth.

His ever-burning love – which ignites love… in the steady glow of faithful lovingkindness… in cauterizing truth that hurts to heal and challenges to grow… or in the unquenchable passion of the Beloved, “strong as death… the very flame of the Lord.” His multi-faceted love is beautiful yet powerful, deep-to-deep in that exquisite, overcoming intimacy of His essence.

So I love the beauty of His beautiful… like the sound of distant thunder, the smell of rain, a loving touch, mountains, fine woodwork, rich soil, a baby’s smile…. but also marvel at His magnificence in the not-so-beautiful… indestructible in relentless toxicity, holy in unholiness, in offering what we don’t ask for and would never want, or in giving new joy, strength, and elegant grace to endure unending hardship instead of the relief or result we may desperately want. It’s all to give us something greater… like He is.

May, 2017

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Among the Gum Trees with Maria

by Maria Lillrose

..I am the most authentic, joyful, liberated version of myself that I have ever been.

..I am the most authentic, joyful, liberated version of myself that I have ever been.

Please give a warm welcome to Maria, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HEY MARIA, HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

I learned about SLG because of Arthur's teachings on redemptive gifts. A program I was in recommended digging into his teachings for more in depth understanding of our identities. I'm so very glad I did.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

I'm Servant/Mercy. For a long time I thought was Teacher because I work in the field of education, but I had a wonderful encounter where Jesus showed me who I truly was. Since embracing that, I see exactly how it has played into everything about me and how I function. When I teach, I don't do it because I love learning (although there is a part of me that does), I do it because I love creating that space for the learner to flourish, come alive, and come into who they are. 

CHOOSE A TEACHING THAT HAS MADE AN IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND TELL US HOW?

Joy Unstoppable. Hands down my favorite teaching. I've listened to it several times over and I get new understanding all the time.  I think what made it so impactful for me is twofold.  One, learning that there were righteous and unrighteous heads shifted my understanding and my strategy in a huge way. and two, I have a special love for all things water-related, especially cleansing water. Leviathan being a sea creature, this understanding has opened up doors in my design that I didn't know where there.

WHAT IS YOUR KEY OF MUSIC FOR INTIMACY WITH GOD? HOW DO YOU MOST READILY CONNECT?

Music, movement, and water. Some of the most intimate times I've had with the Lord have been as I'm washing dishes and listening to music. 

WHAT CHANGE/PARADIGM SHIFT HAS OCCURRED MAKING THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

Taking up responsibility  for my choices and stepping out of the victim/orphan mindset. I was suddenly able to see how many toxic relationships I had allowed to take over in my life and took the appropriate steps to set and enforce boundaries that honored my design as well as others. Since doing so, I am the most authentic, joyful, liberated version of myself that I have ever been.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

To come into the fullness of my identity and design.

June 2017

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Among the Gum Trees with Sheila

by Sheila

I am passionate about giving everyone room to find God for themselves...

I am passionate about giving everyone room to find God for themselves...

Please give a warm welcome to Sheila, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

Okay, let's get started. It is difficult to narrow it all down and get my thoughts in order – there's so much.

Married, mother of 6 children, 5 living, grandmother of 16, and soon to be a great-grandmother. My parents were missionaries, pastors, church planter, starters of 2 Bible Institutes.
 
First-born into a Christian family, quick to learn and believe all the "right" doctrines about God.  Saved when 5 years old, but no real "knowing" God until in mid-thirties.  My relationship with God was all fear based and about right and wrong...until it was obvious that my insides did not match my outside beliefs. I asked God to be able to choose His way because I wanted to do so, and not because I "had" to. 

Thus began transformation..."knowing" Him. I had to "let loose" of all my knowledge about Him, which was all based on what I had been taught. Even reading the Bible, I could only "hear" what I had been taught – not what God was speaking to me. But the result of that was that the revelation would come of a certain scripture, and I could say,"Oh, that's what that verse means". I am thankful for the foundational learning of scripture.
 
During the transition time, I told God it was just too emotionally painful to change – if He couldn't help me I would just leave my family and disappear.  He asked me if I knew anyone who was going through what I was, and I said no.  Then He asked me, "Who will show the way to those you love and your children if you don't find the way through this with Me?" And I knew, I could not go through the pain for myself, but for my kids, and those I loved, I would do it. (Interesting side-note on this – just recently I was remembering, and God said, "that is what I did for you!" Wow! That was just such a revelation of His heart towards me.)
 
Another side-note (perhaps a "God sighting"?): my daughter recently went through similar life-changing circumstances, and because I had walked through the pain and torment and found God in and through it, I was blessed to be able to allow her to find God for herself in it,  sharing and believing with her. I have said, if that was the only good thing that ever happened in my life, it was enough – to see her blossom into God's intent and destiny for her. I know that is not the only thing – but it would be enough. Surely that is how God feels about me – and that just blows me away. He came to her one day and told her that if she was the only one, He would have died for just her. I think I am only recently getting the revelation of that! We believe the truth, but when the revelation of it comes to our heart, it just "ruins" us with the awesomeness of it. So much I have believed for based on His word to my heart, and now it is appearing - showing up - and I am overwhelmed.
 
Somehow I knew to tell my spirit to worship the Lord, as I started this journey of knowing Him as He really is.  He connected me with a group whose only theme was the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and they let me find Him, and hear Him for myself.  And of course, it happened, and keeps happening. This is why I am passionate about giving everyone room to find God for themselves...even to sharing with them that what they struggle with is actually just God's design in them that has gone the wrong way. So much I struggled with "shutting" off the bad behavior, but the freedom came when I recognized God created me to be passionate, and shutting that off also shut Him out. So I asked for the fire of God to purify.  Anyway, that is what I give to those He connects me with.
 
I do not remember how my connection to SLG came about. It has been years. My spirit so recognized truth here. And I have loved and feasted on any series on nurturing or developing your spirit. In fact when I used to get up to listen every morning, my spirit would be so excited, up and looking around waiting for the recognition and nurturing. I had not recognized my own spirit or the difference between soul and spirit. Another impacting series was on the fractal of two. But, I love them all.
 
Redemptive gifts also helped. I identified with the Prophet gift. I recognized that discernment had always been at work in me – recognizing truth easily which fit into my obsession with knowledge (soul dominion) at the time.
 
But then came last year as I planned to attend the LAC seminar in Denver. Before the event, one morning as I woke, I felt my spirit connect strongly with SLG, and sensed God saying that I had found my home and the safe place I was created for. I am not saying I know what that means even yet! But it sits there in my heart. Then I went to the seminar, and God told me I was a Mercy!  That still brings deep weeping when I think about it. It explained so much of my life – the intimacy issue from as long as I could remember. And I had said often that I had no mercy, but because God was merciful, I would be merciful...sort of cursing or denying the very redemptive gift He had placed in me.  Oh, wow!
 
And then recently getting revelation on "sharing" our story – epistles known and read of all men – means we share our story – even to the verse that says they overcame (the enemy) him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony – the 'word of their testimony" being the sharing of our story. (I intend to jump into the study on Megan's book.)

July 2017

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Among the Gum Trees with Tracy

by Tracy Thomas

I most readily connect to the Lord out in nature, especially at the ocean shore or on a mountain top!

I most readily connect to the Lord out in nature, especially at the ocean shore or on a mountain top!

I most readily connect to the Lord out in nature, especially at the ocean shore or on a mountain top!


Please give a warm welcome to Tracy, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HEY TRACY, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

My name is Tracy Thomas. I am originally from Canada, but have been based in Los Angeles for over a decade. I am currently the worship pastor at Coast Christian Fellowship in Torrance, CA. I also regularly lead worship at Expression58 in Glendale, CA. In addition, I am the worship director at Fusion with Rabbi Jason in North Hollywood. I am a full-time itinerant worship leader, and lead worship for a number of different organizations, events, and conferences, including most recently TheCall, SAFA, Iris Global, PIHOP, and Ascend Malibu.

I have released a worship album entitled "Before the Dawn." My husband and I have a ministry in which we do worship outreach nights in Night Clubs, with our band Doma Carta. We have done worship events in almost all of the major Night Clubs in Los Angeles over the past 6.5 years. I've also been a professional actor since I was 13, and have an extensive acting background in theatre, film, and TV.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

Over 10 years ago my Mom gave me Arthur Burk's book "Blessing Your Spirit" and turned me on to a bunch of his free audio downloads. As soon as I started listening, I quickly dived deeply into his materials with my husband. We have been listening to his teachings ever since.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

I am redemptive gift of Exhorter. Listening to Arthur's materials on the redemptive gifts, and even having Arthur personally give me language concerning my design as an Exhorter, has helped me to understand myself with much greater clarity. Some of the major ways this plays out daily are related to time, relationships, and motivations. I definitely struggle with the time issue correlated to Exhorters. I always try to pack way too much work into too little time, and have an unrealistic concept of how much I can accomplish in specific windows of time.

In terms of relationships, I often revert to seeking honor and approval from man, instead of keeping my vertical relationship with the Lord on the front burner. I also tend to constantly find myself motivated to "change the world" in every single project or event I'm involved with, and I often don't seem to have realistic expectations surrounding how much impact I can have on others. In terms of the positive sides of the gift, I'm definitely great with people, make a large impact on everyone around me, and have a knack for revealing the nature of God to others!

CHOOSE A TEACHING THAT HAS MADE AN IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND TELL US HOW?

The teaching that has impacted me the most is the "Blessings of Job" series. I've experienced a substantial amount of suffering in my life, and this teaching series always helps me to regain a much larger picture of who the Lord is, and how powerful He is. This teaching has been a life-source to me for many years. It always widens my perspective and causes me to have more fear of the Lord. It takes me to a place of reverent awe for our Creator!

THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT ONRAMPS TO GOD. WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR KEYS OF MUSIC FOR INTIMACY AND HOW DO YOU MOST READILY CONNECT? 

I most readily connect to the Lord out in nature, especially at the ocean shore or on a mountain top! Rolling fog coming down over mountain peaks is my favorite! I get escorted right into the Presence of God with no effort when I see that sight!!!

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

Many years ago, 2 years before my Grandma died, she suddenly became very sick on New Year's Eve. We got a message late in the day that they didn't think she would even live through the night. She was in a remote area of Canada, and we were in New Hampshire. We felt that we should try to fly up there as soon as possible, at the chance of maybe getting to see her one last time. We looked at flight prices that night to fly out the next morning, and the cheapest fare was over $700 each, one way. I was very close to my Grandma, so was devastated about the idea of not seeing her if she was going to pass.

We prayed all evening, and kept checking flight prices. One last time at midnight I checked the prices again, and all of a sudden every flight going from our airport to the airport near her town was listed as $0. I couldn't believe it and thought it was some kind of glitch, but refreshed it and researched multiple times and it came back as $0 every time. I searched other flights to other destinations and they were all regular price, but this was the only flight for $0. So we booked it, and basically got over $1400 in flights for $0 and got to see my grandma that next night at midnight. Not only did she live through the night, but the Lord had told me that day that she would live another 2 years. So we got to see her, and she lived another 2 years, to the month! 

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?

I've been struggling with some challenging health problems for the past several years and would love prayer for complete healing and restoration.

challenge: ONE OF THE THINGS ARTHUR TEACHES IS TO LEARN TO ASK BETTER QUESTIONS. CAN YOU THINK OF A 'BETTER' QUESTION AND THEN ANSWER IT? (below are questions from previous noble subjects)

HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF LEAVING A LEGACY IN THE EARTH?

I've been around the charismatic movement for many years and have been deeply dissatisfied with many things I've seen and experienced. There seem to be a lot of platforms and Christian superstars, who, instead of leaving a legacy, spend their time fostering their own careers and building their name. My heart is to implement a biblical model of true discipleship in all of the ministry work I do, so that instead of creating a platform for myself, I raise up a generation of disciples who will then in-turn disciple others. I want to leave a legacy that is not focused on me, but is focused on the spreading of the Good News.

WHERE DOES YOUR STORY BEGIN? WHY THERE?

I would say that my real life story began when I met my husband Julian, over 13 years ago. He was truly created by the Lord just for me and is the most incredible person I have ever met. He is really my other half, and has been the biggest blessing I could ever imagine. Through our marriage, I finally became my real self and discovered how the Lord made me. I finally began the journey to becoming me. He's the most like Jesus of any person I've ever encountered. It is a dream come true! We just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary in May!

THERE ARE THINGS YOU DO RIGHT NOW THAT ARE EASY, NATURAL, FREQUENT AND YOU THINK EVERYONE DOES THEM. MEANWHILE YOUR FRIENDS ARE LOOKING AT YOU GOING, HOW CAN YOU DO THAT? YOU THINK EVERYONE OPERATES THAT WAY, SO YOU JUST SHRUG AND THINK NOTHING OF IT. BUT IT'S A GIFT. YOUR UNIQUENESS. IT'S ALL YOU'VE EVER KNOWN, SO YOU THINK IT IS COMMON PLACE. IT'S NOT. AT LEAST THE WAY YOU DO IT. SO, WHAT IS THAT FOR YOU?

For some reason I seem to be the kind of person who is generally good at anything I put my hand to. People often say of me "what can't you do?" My husband has frequently mentioned to me that I am the hardest working person he's ever known. I tend toward doing everything with high excellence and push myself to be the best I can possibly be at any task, activity, or area. I'm a high achiever and can juggle many balls at once. I used to think everyone was that way, and as a kid I used to get frustrated with kids around me who slacked off. People now call me "Triple Type-A." Hahaha!

WHAT CHANGE/PARADIGM SHIFT HAS OCCURRED MAKING THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?

For me, I've had many paradigm shifts since I first started listening to Arthur's material. One shift for me was the realization that because the Lord is infinite, there is never an end to the things we can discover about Him and His word. Arthur's teachings are so dense and rich, and bring much deeper understanding to the scriptures. They have taught me to ask more questions. Another shift has been in me challenging the beliefs that I have developed based on what I was taught in the institutional church, and me being proactive in researching the roots of the beliefs I hold, in order to discover truth. I have torn down many of my previous beliefs and have forms new ones!

HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT TODAY THAN WHEN YOU FIRST ENCOUNTERED ARTHUR'S TEACHINGS?

Oh boy! How does one articulate an entire life change in a few sentences? Almost everything in my life was completely transformed as a result of listening to Arthur's teachings. Arthur's teachings are like eating a fine steak. I had mostly been fed milk by the churches I'd been a part of, but when I started listening to Arthur, I was finally getting to eat meat. Every area of my life has been transformed by his teachings! 

HOW HAS KINGDOM MINDEDNESS CHANGED YOUR CULTURE?

Hm... well, I'm not totally sure what this question is asking specifically, but for me, being kingdom-minded has actually changed my mindset to make me very counter-cultural. I tend to shy away from the heavily Greek-mindset-influenced-culture we live in, and adjust my thinking to be more biblically based. I try to always keep a biblical mindset in everything I do, which kind of makes me an oddball in our culture, even in church!!! Lol!

September 2017

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Among the Gum Trees with Linda

by Linda Warwick

...being a 'wordy' person I often find that the Lord will bring a particular song lyric to mind.

...being a 'wordy' person I often find that the Lord will bring a particular song lyric to mind.

Please give a warm welcome to Linda, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

HEY LINDA, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

I'm a New Zealand, British & Australian citizen - yes! I moved to Melbourne (10 years ago next month) from London, England! It was a real step of faith leaving London - and I faced real challenges & obstacles on my arrival which really made me question whether I was meant to be here. One particular night I prayed and said "God - you need to prove that you want me to be here - because frankly I am not seeing the evidence of that!" The next day I had a job, stable accommodation and I met the man who was to become my husband. We now have a toddler (which is a miracle in itself as I was age 42 when I gave birth!) My background is in journalism - but I have done all kinds of things over the years. I am now a stay at home mother.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?

I found tapes - yes, it was that long ago - on the seven curses and blessings at a friends' place when I was on a retreat at their holiday home in Deal, Kent. It was known as Plumbline then - I listened to the tapes and although I didn't fully understand it all, something interested me and I understood it with my spirit - if not with my mind! It resonated with me. I got an order form from the supplier in England and got some of the tapes and CDs on various subjects. From then on I kept in touch with what was happening with SLG.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?

Redemptive gift of prophet - wow - so many examples I can use. I am highly opinionated, honest, transparent, and a huge verbal expressive - which gets me into trouble. I keep feeling i have to read and really take on more of the book of Proverbs (and all its advice about talking too much). I process out loud and can be very direct (even blunt) which can be hard for others and for me too (especially living in a mercy nation like Australia) - it can make me appear arrogant and I don't like that. I've also got a very strong sense of social justice and have always taken a great deal of interest in these issues (which resulted in me doing a BA in politics and getting involved in related causes). I have a very strong sense of right and wrong too. I think it's hard being redemptive gift of prophet  I have really had to let God 'gentle' me over the years through difficult experiences. I think these have taught me to be less harsh and judgemental of others - and rather to use right judgement and discernment (WHICH I DON'T ALWAYS HAVE TO VERBALISE - hahahaha). 

CHOOSE A TEACHING THAT HAS MADE AN IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND TELL US HOW?

An older teaching called Releasing Singles (see here for link: https://theslg.com/content/141-releasing-singles) which I ordered while I was living in London and really wanted to be married to the right man. Arthur talked about how there could be a cloak of 'invisibility' around women wanting to be brides. Because of this insight prayed that myself and my future husband would recognise each other immediately - that there would be no confusion about whether we were right for each other. That's really how things played out for me - it wasn't perfect of course, as we live in a fallen world, have an enemy and contend with sin - but it really was an immediate recognition when I first met my husband. Our testimony still amazes me!

THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT ONRAMPS TO GOD. WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR KEYS OF MUSIC FOR INTIMACY AND HOW DO YOU MOST READILY CONNECT? 

Strangely enough this has been through music and songs (especially scripture based lyrics) - being a 'wordy' person I often find that the Lord will bring a particular song lyric to mind. It will be just the encouragement I need at that moment. It might just be a scrap of something to hold on to in a difficult moment - but it reminds me that the Father is there with me in the storm and it has built my faith in him. I especially love the music of an Australian group called Sons of Korah who beautifully sing the Psalms word for word, have the most gorgeous instrumentation and make them into the most incredible songs - which is what King David and co did originally of course! (see http://sonsofkorah.com/if you want to know more) There are others I love - but this particular collective really helps me connect in an honest, intimate way with the the Lord.

I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?

So many I could mention throughout my life! We lost two pregnancies and I received a prophetic word at a Healing Rooms visit to Stairway Church in Melbourne that I would have a child by January 2016. This was before I got a diagnosis of endometriosis - which explained a lot of my fertility issues. A year after the diagnosis I conceived my daughter - she was literally born not long before that date. It still blows me away really. Health issues remain a challenge so I definitely need a bigger view of that myself.

CAN YOU SHARE WITH US A STRUGGLE IN LIFE THAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON OR HAVE OVERCOME?

I think the loss of my mother to motor neurone disease at age 61 (another close family member died of the same disease at the same age). I am intensely feeling her loss at this time of mothering a toddler. I would love to learn more about how we could overcome this stronghold of illness and infirmity in that side of my family. I also need to learn more about being a mother - and after recently fracturing my wrist and needing assistance, God sent a woman into my life who is teaching about mothering. So much for me to learn in this area. One way I am seeking to 'mother' is speaking blessings from 'Blessing Your Spirit' over my little one - I want her to have a strong spirit and pass on those 'Relentless Generational Blessings' that Arthur speaks about - perhaps I finally need to read my copy of the book that's been on my over crowded book shelves for years.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN? 

Probably, what I mentioned as an answer to my previous question - to be blessed and empowered in the mothering of my daughter and that she will grow strong in spirit, outstripping her ancestors. I'm working on it! 

challenge: ONE OF THE THINGS ARTHUR TEACHES IS TO LEARN TO ASK BETTER QUESTIONS. CAN YOU THINK OF A 'BETTER' QUESTION AND THEN ANSWER IT?

I've spent my whole life asking "why?" and it drove my mother crazy when I was a kid. That hasn't changed. I even trained as a newspaper reporter and I really can't think of a thing right now. How funny. I'll probably think of something after this is posted. 

October 2017

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