Among the Gum Trees with Donnis
by Donnis Long
My first go at pulling water from the spring.
Please give a warm welcome to Donnis, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?
Hello Friends, my name is Donnis, I live in Freedom, Pennsylvania. I am married to Danny, Mom to Joshua, Jacob & Jarrod. I have two beautiful daughter-in-laws, Joshua’s wife Heather and Jacob’s wife Carrie, Jarrod isn’t married yet, and I am honored to be “Grandma” to Cooper, Colton, Brady & Hannah. I am the oldest of three, I believe that our birth order is significant to our design and I am true to characteristics of an oldest child, just ask my sister Darlene or my brother Danny! I love family, I love blessing my family and have many, many testimonies to the greatness of God’s faithfulness to our households as He grows us up in Him.
HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?
Around June of 2013 because of a scenario that kept repeating itself in my life, I went searching for the root cause of “the spirit of jealousy”, the type of jealousy where others are jealous of you. I am one of those SLG cronies that “just happened” upon the infamous Arthur Burk! I found a link to Arthur Burk, Plumbline and his article titled The Spirit of Jealousy. The article contained answers to my many of my questions, however, this introduction to Arthur Burk and SLG Tribe intensely fueled the fire of my outside the box, pioneer, trailblazing personality that I now know to be my spirit.
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?
If truth be told, I am not sure I know my redemptive gift. I sense I am ruler. The past five years I have worked intently on an area of generational cleansing and healing in our family which gave me the idea of RG giver, however, the truth of who I am and what makes my heart sing is rebuilding brokenness to wholeness, whether it be persons or a business, an animal or plants, water or land, when I am assigned the honor of rebuilding I am happy. Aligning to Father’s heart and will by helping to restore life brings me much joy. I do not easily give up, I tend to see the potential and remain hopeful it will come into its fullness. I am thankful that my Heavenly Father inspired this quality in me as He never gives up on us, I love that about Him.
WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?
Nurturing Your Spirit was a wonderful teaching, I felt like I was introducing my soul and body to a complete stranger. It took a season for all three to learn to work together but seems to be a good team today. Me and my entire family benefited greatly from the teachings of breaking curses from family lines. I was raised in a church that led me to believe that once I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of my life everything was a-okay…nothing, I mean nothing is farther from the truth!!
I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?
In August of 2017 I met a young man who had walked an intense journey for severe, debility illness to restored wholeness and health. He shared how his journey back to health took a fast track when he responded to a lead to return to nature; I was so intrigued, I knew this meeting was kingdom orchestrated. My journey to discovering a bigger view of God started with a group hike to forage mushrooms and go to a natural spring to pull water. This was a first for me on both counts and I was over the top ecstatic about my hike into Cook Forest located in Northeast Pennsylvania.
I believe this was on-time for me in my own healing journey, I have continued learning and practicing “healing in nature”, a concept that our forefathers walked in and was some how lost in the current fast paced, consumer laced societies. The concept of “healing in nature” flows well with other natural health care modalities that I have studied and practiced since 2003. I have had the opportunity to locate and pull fresh spring water from nine springs located in five states. The water from the spring located in Woodstock, Maine tasted like none of the others and I felt like I was drinking an elixir of the most awesome living water I had ever tasted, it was an amazing, joy filled experience.
THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT ON RAMPS TO GOD. WHAT RESONATES IN YOUR
SPIRIT THAT ENABLES YOU TO CONNECT WITH GOD?
I am a feeler, highly sensitive, I am easily overcome with emotion and have learned how to decipher if the emotion is mine or someone else’s and have grown intensely the past five years to learn what I am to do with what I am feeling and/or the emotions that I am experiencing. I resonate with water; lakes, rivers, the ocean, a shower and I love the connection to the fresh water springs. In 2013 Father moved us very near to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, affectionately known as the city of bridges, there are 446 bridges, more than any other city in the world. There are three rivers that come together at the point of the city, the Allegheny, the Monongahela, they both converge into the Ohio River. Pittsburgh is a beautiful city surrounded by water and bridges to connect community. I have lived many places, this is by far my favorite place that I have lived.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST PARADIGM SHIFT SINCE YOU BECAME A CHRISTIAN?
In 2005 I made a choice to come home, ABBA Father welcomed me with open arms, I surrendered with my whole heart and soul (not knowing about my spirit until I met Arthur), it has taken several years for me to again trust Father with every area of life, I am most definitely a work in progress.
HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT TODAY THAN WHEN YOU FIRST ENCOUNTERED ARTHUR'S TEACHINGS?
I am most definitely different, interesting to describe me as different when really I think it was a long season from brokenness to restoration of my kingdom design and essence. My “free-spirited” self has found freedom to be me again! I have experienced much healing in spirit, soul and body. I have met so many beautiful people with kindred spirits, learned so much and appreciate the beauty and fullness of life today. The season between 2002 – 2016, most definitely a different story, maybe for another day!
IS THERE A DREAM OR SOMETHING THAT YOU FEEL GOD IS CALLING YOU TO THAT YOU COULD SHARE?
I feel called to share “healing in nature” with others, also to further develop and teach a concept of speaking to the body to work in the miraculous way it was created, bringing the body into homeostasis while healing from brokenness, trauma, generational issues, etc.. Blessing each body system/part; brain, spine, organs, etc. to function as it was intended from before the foundation of the earth reminds our bodies of flesh that our spirit does have dominion and authority. The body, for the most part, seems happy to align. It is amazing to see the greatness of our Father in Heaven move heaven and earth for his kids.
IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PRAYER FOR OR TO BE BLESSED IN?
I am still on a journey of healing functions/processes of the brain, I have had significant healing in this area. I know there is more restoration needed. Prayers from anyone that feels led would be received and appreciated.