Thursday, January 14, 2010

Heart of God International Haiti Update

Yesterday we posted a letter from Heart of God International regarding their presence in Haiti, an update, and prayer points. Here is some bittersweet news regarding the latest. Please keep the people of Haiti in prayer.

January 14, 2010
Pastor Dicksent Alive

Dear Partners, Family, and Friends,
Thank you so much for your incredible display of concern and support for our situation in Haiti.

Colonel Dave Young, Executive Director of Heart of God Haiti, just got off the phone with Pastor Dicksent who reported 160 children survived, and 40 children from the school were killed in the earthquake. Specific details are still sketchy but Dicksent said all ten of the teachers have made it through! The school building is completely destroyed. Dave will be communicating with him over the next few days to determine exactly what we need to do to help them.

Dave only had a few minutes with Dicksent, but in that time shared that the remaining 160 students' families are huddled in a tent in an open field away from the destroyed buildings and homes. Dave said Dicksent is in very rough shape (as you can well imagine) but covets your continued prayers.

For continuous ongoing updates, please follow the blog on the Heart of God Haiti website. CLICK HERE

Thank you one and all!

Jan Ross
Heart of God International

How you can help Haiti: Heart of God International

The Narrow Gate Girls are friends with Heart of God International. We've worked with Jeanice McDade and Jan Ross with their book, Women of Passions: Ordinary Women Serving an Extraordinary God. Heart of God International has a presence in Haiti and all donations go right to Haiti for the people of Haiti. If you're looking for a way to help, Jeanice sent this note out for consideration. Let's pray.

January 13, 2010
Emergency in Haiti

Dear Partners, Family, and Friends,
As you have probably heard, Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake yesterday afternoon. Reports being shown by the news stations are showing a lot of damage and destruction.

We just spoke with Dave Young, Executive Director of Heart of God-Haiti. Our understanding is that HG-Haiti has its operations in the area where the earthquake hit the worse. Because communications are cut off, there is no way of knowing the extent of the damage or the number of our people who were affected. We can be sure, however, that some, if not all, of the Haitian team members and children are in desperate need of our prayers at this point.

Although you are more familiar with my work with JournEzine and in India, please join me as we pray for a miracle for HG-Haiti:
• Pray for the safety and well being of our Haitian team members
• Pray for the safety and well being of the children, many of whom live at the school
• Pray that medical services and supplies will be quickly available as necessary and adequate to fill the needs
• Pray that communications with home base in Rochester, NY will be quickly established so an assessment of the situation can be made and plans devised to get as much assistance to them as possible
• Pray that our team members and children will be protected
• Pray for those who are hurting and devastated emotionally, for those who have lost loved ones, for those who are injured or buried in the rubble, pray that rescue workers will quickly find the missing
• Pray that God will reach out His hand of protection and hold close to Himself those who serve Him and seek to help others in this time of disaster
• Pray for Dave and Julie Young, Executive Directors of HG-Haiti ... they are naturally devastated and feeling helpless to do much until there is some communication
• Pray for wisdom to know what to do and how to do accomplish it
• Pray that people will respond generously to the pleas that are going to be made for funding to provide as much emergency assistance as needed, not only for HG-Haiti's team but for all those who have been affected by this tragic day
Young and Company, Dave Young's CPA firm in NY, is providing matching funds, dollar for dollar, for all contributions received from generous donors to provide emergency assistance in Haiti. Please click here to make your 100% tax deductible contribution.

Please pray with me for Haiti and all those affected by this tragedy:

Father God, we can only hope and pray that our friends, the children and team members in Haiti have all escaped any injury or harm. We ask that You bring peace and comfort to those that need it during this critical time. Father I heard from news reports that while the city was in chaos people were running in the streets screaming your name. I am thankful that in the midst of turmoil and destruction that Your name was heard. Lord, I lift up the entire HGIM team, but especially Dave and Julie as they wait on baited breath for any news. Father, this situation is of no shock to You; You are not shaken by it and sit firm on Your throne. Lord help us to have faith in Your will in a time like this when we struggle to understand. Lord, lift any fear that we might have and replace it with trust in all circumstances; we need it more than ever. I ask all these things in Jesus' name. Amen

Please forward this email to everyone you know who will pray. Help us spread the word and help us to raise a substantial amount of funding to help our brothers and sisters in Christ during this critical time.

God bless,

Jeanice McDade
Heart of God International Ministries

Note: Please forgive me if you receive duplicate copies of this plea for prayer and emergency relief assistance. We are trying to reach as many contacts as possible by sending to all our email lists. If you appear on more than one list, you will receive a duplicate copy. This is not an attempt to spam you but to make sure all our contacts are contacted. Thank you for your kind understanding.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Great Article I Recommend

I found this an interesting article because over at my blog, I'm going through Jill Austin's book, Dancing with Destiny. This article originated at the ElijahList. This year my heart's cry is for people to shed the old lies and embrace restoration and celebration in Christ. This article is a good one.

Doug Addison:Spiritual Identity Theft - a Tactic of the Enemy

I woke up the day after Christmas after several dreams where I saw the enemy trying to steal peoples' destinies. As I prayed about it I heard the words "identity theft." Oftentimes, things that are happening in the natural realm reflect what is happening in the spiritual realm. The rise of identity theft in the world is symbolic of what is happening spiritually to people all around the world. I saw two covert strategies that satan is trying to use against people to keep them from seeing, finding, and fulfilling their life purpose and destiny in God.

Strategy 1: Getting Us to Believe that We are Our Behavior

Bad experiences or painful pasts can negatively affect our present. There are forces of darkness that want us to believe that we are the only ones who suffer with these issues and that it is unchangeable. This is simply not true. Too often our sin and emotional baggage gets linked to what we believe about ourselves. In other words, our personality and identity becomes associated with the things we struggle with.

The strategy of the enemy is for us to believe that we actually "are" how we feel or behave, which is not true at all. Satan wants you to believe things like: you "are" depressed, unhappy, worthless, unable to change, stupid, a failure...the list could go on and on. It is important to realize that our feelings and behavior are situational and we can change them—the truth is feelings and behavior are not who we really are. They might be things that we struggle with, but they are not our identity, or who we are in Christ.

This includes the things that you may think about yourself at a deep level. You might not consciously believe them, but you find yourself thinking them or saying them about yourself on a regular basis. Most people don't see that there is a direct connection between the way they view themselves and their destiny.

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7 NKJV

Strategy 2: Dying Too Much to Yourself and Losing Your Passion

Satan wants to steal our identities and take away any hope for change. When he is able to get us to believe the lies about ourselves in Strategy 1, he then uses Bible verses out of context as he did with Jesus to release a second deadly attack against our destinies, by getting us to over-respond to our sin.

To experience a radically transformed life we must have renewed thinking. It is interesting that while writing about how to find God's will for your life, the Apostle Paul says that we must first change our thinking by renewing our minds.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 NKJV

The process of renewing your mind involves a principle called dying to yourself. There are several verses in the Bible that talk about dying to the sinful nature or "old self" and allowing God to live through us. This is a necessary process for transforming your life. However, it is also a very misunderstood principle. Satan wants to get us to take this to the extreme and believe that we must die to all the heart desires and plans that we have.

The truth is—dying to ourselves does not mean that we cannot have any desires or ideas of our own. If that were the case you would become a robot for God. God wants us to be His sons and daughters and to have authority on the earth. God created the earth and we are created in His image. Therefore, we all have the ability to be co-creators to expand His Kingdom on earth.

God wants to give us good things that we want and desire once our motives are right. It is no wonder that so many people don't know their destiny; it may be because they have died to any desire they may have once had.

Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 NIV

Dying to yourself means that your heart has the right intentions. Not all of our desires are necessarily from God. Quite often God will give us a passion or strong desire to fulfill something in our lives. Passion is important because it brings about a divinely inspired drive to accomplish things for God.

The Remedy: God's Good Intentions for You

A really great thing about God is that He sees us as who we are becoming through His love and power. As He looks at our lives, He knows our past, understands our present, and can see us in the future, all at the same time. His love, mercy, and grace are unfathomable. Imagine the possibilities if we could see ourselves the same way that God sees us. Much of the time we are not able to see our purpose and destiny with much clarity, so we are required to rely on faith.

The principle of faith allows us to trust that there is something special and unique for us, even if our experiences have been the opposite. Sometimes there is great resistance or even setbacks before we are able to get into the fullness of God's desires for us.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 NIV

We need to be certain of the fact that God has nothing but good intentions for us, even though we may not see them yet. You'll see this in this powerful Biblical principle:

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

These are God's intentions for us. His plans are to prosper us, to give us hope and a future. If you read on, you'll see the benefits of grasping this.

Then (after you discover God's plans for you) you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:12-13 NIV

We must see what God is doing in our lives and work with Him to bring it about. It's time to take a stand against what satan has in mind for us and come into line with God's wonderful intentions for us.

If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed. Proverbs 29:18 The Message

Our Identity is in Christ

The foundation of my life is this: in Christ, I am a new creation, and all the old thoughts and behaviors no longer have power over me. I am being renewed every day with God's love and character. I share in God's divine nature because God's Spirit lives in me. I am free from condemnation and have the strength to live my life free of despairing thoughts and the competing desires of my flesh. I am God's workmanship, created to do good works, which God has prepared ahead of time for me to accomplish. I am more than a conqueror through God who loves me. I have a clear mind and can make good decisions. I am increasing daily in faith, strength, wisdom, and love. I am able to love others because God has first loved me.

Doug Addison
InLight Connection

Doug Addison's Itinerary:Note: Events are subject to change at the ministry's discretion. We suggest you always check first with the event contact listed here and/or directly visit their website for latest updates on each event.

January 10, 2010 (10:30am)
Doug speaks at Sunday morning service
The Father's House
833 E. March Lane; Stockton, CA 95207
Contact: 209-478-5200 or

January 16, 2010 (7:00pm)
Platform for the Prophets Conference
Speaker: Doug Addison
The Gathering Place of Simi Valley
9 West Bonita Dr.; Simi Valley, CA 93065
Contact: or 805-522-5916

January 17, 2010 (10:00am)
Doug speak at Sunday service
The Gathering Place of Simi Valley
9 West Bonita Dr.; Simi Valley, CA 93065
Contact: or 805-522-5916

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Maria's New Year Resolution

New Year’s Resolution

I am so grateful that through all the changes we go through in this life—the disappointments, the ups and downs of this world, the good, the bad, and the ugly-- In the midst of the business of our days—when some days, all we need is a constant….

His love is unconditional.

His mercy is new each and every morning.

His grace is overflowing.

His peace is available always.

He offers forgiveness anytime we repent.

I am so very grateful for the constant of who Jesus is in my life.

Unfortunately, like most people, the holidays bring on many stressors.

Today, now that the hustle and bustle is over, I am so grateful that I can go to His Throne room, and He is still there.

Waiting for me.


Waiting for me to stop and be still.


Slow down.

And just worship Him.

He is the constant in my life that I will be ever grateful for.

Even when I think He’s not listening, He is.

Even when there are days when I think He has forgotten about me, He hasn’t.

Even when circumstances in my life have allowed me to feel distant from Him, He’s still right next to me.

Whispering in my ear that things will be OK---pleading with me to lean on Him no matter what.

Teaching me that His grace is sufficient.

His love is overflowing.

And it is truly all I need.

Such peace there is knowing these simple, true facts of His word.

My New Year’s Resolution is to truly believe all He says and all that He is, and to be ever present in His presence.

Maria and her family reside in NE Ohio. She and her husband are the parents of two. Their daughter is a person with hemipelegic cerebral palsy.Because of her experiences, Maria provides parent-to-parent support for families involved in her local early intervention program. Her gift for writing has come directly from the Lord since her daughter’s diagnosis. She writes a monthly column entitled, “Special Parents, Special Kids” for the Mahoning Valley Parent magazine in Ohio; and has expanded into Parent magazines in parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
She is also a contributing author at's first published work is in Jan Ross and Jeanice McDade's Women of Passion's anthology, "Ordinary Women Serving an Extraordinary God". Both Kim and Maria have been selected to have their work tentatively included in Lori Wagner's upcoming book, Quilting Patches of Life, Volume 2.