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sapphire-connect, Issue #023 discovering a bigger view of GOD
January 13, 2017
Please disregard the previous runaway newsletter (don't ask) and a big WELCOME to the sapphire-connect newsletter to help you discover a bigger view of GOD.
The year is 2017. We are much further along in our journey, putting one foot in front of the other. Hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder..we live to breathe the air, God's air and we come into agreement and say, 'It is good. Where we are headed is good.'
now, on to the newsletter
in this issue:• upcoming events
• among the gum trees
• sapphire connection online study group
• from the directory
Upcoming EventsJANUARY 2017
Defiance Part 1: Lilith - Livestream January 09, 2017 | 6:00 PM Pacific Time
Defiance Part 2: Jealousy - Livestream January 10, 2017 | 6:00 PM Pacific Time
Defiance Part 3: Marriage - Livestream January 11, 2017 | 6:00 PM Pacific Time
Defiance Part 4: False Prophets - Livestream January 12, 2017 | 6:00 PM Pacific Time
Defiance Part 5: Community - Livestream January 13, 2017 | 6:00 PM Pacific Time
Cost includes 60 days of access after air date.
Leadership in the Mercy Season-KY March 4, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Georgetown, KY
Deliverance from Leviathan - Austria March 11, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Vienna, Austria
Change of Seasons - Austria March 18, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Innsbruck, Austria
Leadership in the Mercy Season-TX April 1, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Grey Forest, TX
Deliverance Practicum - Canada April 29, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Calgary, Alberta
Leadership in the Mercy Season-CA June 3, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Anaheim, CA
Leadership in the Mercy Season-UK June 24, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Milton Keynes, UK
Deliverance Practicum - Anaheim, CA
August 5, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Anaheim, CA
Among the Gum Trees
Please give a warm welcome to Angela, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.
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...
click here to read more
among the gum trees with Angela
don't forget to pray for Angela or leave a blessing.
Sapphire Connection Study Group
Life After Church is in the books. We have finished this series in theory but are still discussing an important topic of need vs design. This is an on the table example that spells it out so succinctly..
'Finding myself needing to be fulfilled in an area relating to fragrance niche anointing, nearly caused trouble several days ago.
Son loves dogs, cannot stand dog events. I love dogs too and love dog events that have people I love to meet. When son said maybe he'd go, I thought he'd changed, and I sort of began planning food in my imagination, as I do. Then he politely said it never really was Maybe! It was No Way! I stood there welling tears which didn't help. No, I wasn't trying to shame him into coming, it was something else! Something deep.
I asked God what was wrong me as a Mum, repenting of all sorts, to no avail! Those tears stayed aching all night and even in the morning a sort of grief was still smouldering as I set off on 2 hour drive to the dog event, no dogs! But I had SLG (Midwives) CDs in car. Arthur happened to again mention something about some issues related to soul, some to our spirit. He also mentioned design. This time I caught it!
BINGO! Soul had been hoping for son's change and was ready for doing family comfort food. Spirit recognised son's design and mine differed, and both were right! Dear old soul was trying to keep peace with the need to 'keep the peace' at all costs and as I gave my spirit room to have its say... well I burst into such laughter and tears of joy, as I recognised the amazing importance of design... in both of us! All this cruising on the highway at 110kph!
Talk about Father's exquisite timing! Even today I have had my eyes open to need vs design, and Design trumps need in God's plans every time! This will be my partnering-with-God focus for a while! Anyone like to buddy with me?'
if you would like to join in the conversation, continue reading here
I recently did a free online course – How to Pray an Effective Blessing Over Others. The 4D Blessing ~ by David Tensen.
Many of you like myself have seen first hand the power of blessing in your lives and in the lives of others. This one tool found in the Blessing Your Spirit book works because, well, it is God's idea. But the real intent of this tool is found in the back of the book on a page called, Challenge. The challenge is to write your own spirit blessings.
This course stirred up again in me the art of crafting blessings. This is such a doable, refreshing course and it is under an hour. In this short course, It shows you an easy to remember model to pray a blessing over others.
'Using this teaching will bring healing to both yourself and those you pray over. I can attest to this from my years of teaching this to thousands.'
David and his wife Natalie head up LeaderHeart. An organisation passionate about keeping the hearts of leaders and others healthy and thriving.For several years now they have been teaching people in churches, schools and homes across Australia and beyond on how to craft and pray an effective powerful blessing over those in our lives.
to learn more, click here
Enjoy a crafted blessing by one of our own Noble Subjects:
First Fruits Blessing for the Hebraic month of Tevet December-January
Draw me into your heart, my Beloved, and lead me out. We will run away together into your cloud-filled chamber. We will remember Your love as we laugh and rejoice in You, celebrating Your every kiss as better than wine. No wonder righteousness adores you! SOS 1:4 TPT
Beloved spirit, this prayer of awakened desire reflects the whispers of God burning in your heart today. It is the uncontainable, unstoppable passionate longing to meet with the Lover of your soul and hear His heartbeat for your life. The bride here is asking to be drawn away in sacred intimacy with the King = drawn out of her comfort zone, drawn away from self, into the loving arms of her Beloved. Nothing else can satisfy the thirst she feels for her Lover. She has tasted His spirit-kiss and the fragrance of His anointing, but she longs to be drawn with even greater power and glory. Is this your cry today?
In this time of stillness, allow Him to draw you into His chamber to groom you for an eternal inheritance. He will “take you away” from your SELF and ambitions so that you will run together with Him. Running with the King of Majesty with all your heart is the only proper response when He draws you with His tender mercy and compassionate love. It is an act of holy zeal. As you sit at His feet long enough, you will be willing to get your feet “dirty.” One day, if you will continue running, your panting soul will find Him and He will bring you to His secret place, fully and ultimately.
Divine fellowship in His sacred chamber awaits us. There will be a banqueting table prepared in that place, but for now we must be alone with Him in His chamber room of intimacy. In this place you will receive the living bread, the manna of His presence that nourishes our spirits.
continue reading at First Fruits Blessing
Ways To ConnectThere are a variety of ways to contribute to this newsletter.
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Especially to you, Angela, for taking the time to be counted!
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