Time To Strengthen Those Hands

And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work. – Nehemiah 2:18, ESV

Have you felt the shift UP a gear in the spirit? Do you find yourself RISING up in new boldness? Are you sensing something BIG is on the horizon, thought you just can’t seem to put your finger on it? Is it sometimes a struggle to believe that surely GOODNESS AND MERCY are chasing you down (Psalm 23:6) because of what you see with your eyes – yet you KNOW in your heart that God is up to something BIG?

I have wonderful news for you – God IS up to something big.  

In fact, I heard Him say this week to “strengthen your hands for the goodness.”  There are some GOOD WORKS coming up, despite the distractions and heaviness the enemy is trying to throw at you right now.

Let me encourage you…..the harvest is ripe, and you WILL see salvations.

Signs and wonders follow those who believe (Matthew 16:17).  Don’t stop believing.

Deliverance will happen in the most unexpected, most needed places.  Get ready.

Communities will be transformed by Jesus.  It’s an overflow from the REVIVAL that is taking place in individual hearts and Christian communities world-wide.

Cultural mountains will bow to the Kingdom of God.  They’ll bow so low we will be able to get a running start and take them for Jesus.

There is a weighty glory that is coming to the Bride, and she must be ready. We must strengthen our hands and hearts for what is to come so that we can carry everything He has destined us to carry. I believe that it is far more magnificent and glorious than our wildest dreams can grasp!

For some, strengthening the hands means learning to fight. Learning to take captive those thoughts that aren’t in line with scripture, and learning to fight back with a victorious decree of truth.

For some, it actually means putting down the sword and letting God fight for you while you rest in complete and utter trust in your good, good Father.

For others, this looks like a new depth to prayer and intercession like you have never known or experienced. It looks like praying in new tongues, crying out with an all-consuming depth that takes you deeper into intimacy, or even a level of travail in the spirit that you didn’t know existed. All of it is glorious and a most beautiful thing.

Yet for many others, strengthening your hands looks like finding your roar.

Bride of Christ, it’s time to strengthen our hands….because we “aint seen nothing yet!”

— Mandy Woodhouse

Unbridled Love

The world demands that God grants them freedom to live with unbridled passion, no matter who gets hurt in the process. Noble passion and enthusiasm are good things, but selfish passion for pleasure, possessions, or prominence usually involves someone else getting hurt.

So, just as we demand freedom from our creator, he requires justice from us.  In the Old Testament, if someone was hurt, exact recompense was required of the offender; equity was demanded—“an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”

Mercifully, we are now under a new covenant where forgiveness and mercy can be freely offered and received since Jesus paid the ultimate price for each and every one of our sins. We are still required to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Our God,” but we are now just better equipped and empowered by grace to do justice, to show mercy, and to walk humbly with Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

We no longer need a set of laws detailing crimes and the corresponding prescribed punishments; we are bound by the law of love written on our hearts that compels us to go above and beyond the law to assure that we stay rightly related to Our Maker and to our neighbor.

So, our creed and motto now is “unbridled love, not unbridled passion.” Having been forgiven of all of our trespasses and indiscretions, we are now highly motivated to extend this same mercy and kindness to others. We are even able now to “draw near to Our God in full assurance of faith” instead of hiding from him or slavishly trying to win his approval by our good deeds.

Truly, our love has now been “unbridled”; there is no bit in our mouth nor whip in our master’s hand demanding acquiescence; there is just his quiet indwelling Holy Spirit whispering in our ears, “Trust me; listen to me; and do what you see me doing.” The power of love has vanquished all lesser passions and compulsions; we are finally free to live life unfettered from the old nature which was ruled by self preservation and self aggrandizement.

Love is now our home.

— Brad Heilhecker

Existential Angst

Existential angst is the ever present low grade anxiety that accompanies us just because we are alive; it is a counterpart to our free will. It rarely goes away completely, and is only partially relieved when we become resolute about a particular course of action, for even when our mind is made up, there remains the necessity of following through on our decisions.

Will we have the courage of our convictions to sustain us in the battle? When the battle is over, will we still be standing for God’s truth?

This is where the example of our predecessors is invaluable. Has anyone else taken on this fight? Has anyone else stood the test? For even when the fight is prescribed by the Word of God and has been lived out by Christ himself and countless others, it remains for us to “run our race, fight our fight, and to keep our faith.” And we need the encouragement of our comrades, past and present, to sustain us in our battles. Even Christ needed the encouragement of his friends when he faced his final test. His test came when he was called upon to take upon himself the sin of the whole world. Our test comes when we are called upon to cast off our own sin and to walk uprightly before Our Maker.

The bad news is that the existential angst may never leave us completely while we are living on planet earth.  The good news is that we can be secure in the knowledge that “the genuineness of our faith will produce praise and honor and glory when Christ is revealed.”

That’s right: In the middle of our exultation and wonder at the majesty of the glorified Jesus, we ourselves will be praised, honored, and glorified—all for the simple reason that we gave our lives to Jesus and kept faith with him through thick and thin!

— Brad Heilhecker

Your Safe Place

Before the foundation of the

earth you were on His mind

He knows you a lifetime

Your every wrong turn

Every wild journey 

Away from His love

A life wasted you might think

Nothing is wasted in the presence 

of Jesus

He specializes in restoring broken lives

He is drawing you with His love

Your name etched in His hand

Your are safe and secure

Under His mighty wings

Let all confusion go

Cry if you should 

Get rid of negative emotions

He longs to heal your brokenness 

He knows the condition of

your heart

The wrong paths you took

Still His love is a banner over you

Like a mighty wind

A restless river

A runaway fire

Surrounding you from every angle

He knows your struggles 

Is One with your pain

Dry your tears now beautiful one

Your past a vague memory 

Put your hand in His

Winter is past

Your time of singing has come

It is time to run on waves

Rest in His perfect peace

You are forever One with Love

Everything will be ok

He is your strong tower

Your safe place.

— Ebigale Wilson

Your Safe Place

The Journey


Silent Disapproval

As ministers of Christ, we must learn to accept rejection, both verbal and non-verbal.  Many times, Christ’s message of repentance and faith falls on deaf ears.  We are not to hinge our confidence on the reaction of others to the truth of the Gospel.  The scripture declares that the majority of people will always be living for themselves and not for Christ.  Only those that have abandoned themselves to the abundant life that Christ offers will be receptive to the whole counsel of God.

The apostle Paul wrote to his co-worker, Timothy, that the purpose of God is that we should be living lives with “love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and an unfeigned faith.”

This is a high standard; it requires that we die to our own goals and aspirations and invite Christ to live through us. This is a daily discipline and an austere discipline indeed. It mitigates against the all too common tendency to espouse Christ but to live for our ourselves.

So, how do we cope with the silent disapproval of the majority to the hard truths of scripture? Prayerfully and wisely we must love everyone, even those that don’t love us in return. We obey the apostle Paul’s admonition and “pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace with those that call on the Lord from a pure heart.” We enter in and live for Christ ourselves, so that we will have the strength and wisdom to help others as they consider whether to live for Christ themselves.

— Brad Heilhecker



A friend of mine told me the other day that she felt like she was “holding my arms up like Moses and his held up.” Tonight as I was reflecting on this the word “lift” came to my mind.

The first verse I thought of was “lift my eyes to the hills.” Here it is in the Complete Jewish Bible:

Psalm 121:1-4 If I raise my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from Adonai, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip — your guardian is not asleep. No, the guardian of Isra’el never slumbers or sleeps.

Exodus 17:12 However, Moshe’s hands grew heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aharon and Hur held up his hands, the one on the one side and the other on the other; so that his hands stayed steady until sunset.

I realize that neither of these verses actually have the word “lift” in them, however, the idea is there.

We need to be there for one another. We need friends who will lift our hands up when we are tired. We need to know we have a community who will be there through thick and thin to walk out all kinds of troubles and issues.

Our help comes from Adonai. When we “raise our eyes” we KNOW that He is there for us. We KNOW that he will not let our foot slip.

These are STRONG promises as we walk during these days of uncertainty. These are WORDS from our Creator that we can hold onto and BELIEVE.

I am thankful for these promises too today. I am thankful for friends who “lift my hands.”

Don’t forget those around you. Don’t forget to let them know you care.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

Have A Go!

One of my many favorite parts about living in Australia is learning the Aussie lingo. My very Australian husband uses slang all the time that has boggled my American mind for the past 15 years that we’ve been together. “Fair dinkum,” “Sweet as” and “She’ll be right” are just a few of these phrases. One saying in particular, “Have a go, ya mug,” has been floating around in my mind for the past few days, and I really feel like it’s a great encouragement for the Body of Christ right now in this stage of 2020.

“Have a go, ya mug,” or simply put, “Have a go,” can have a few different meanings depending upon context, but in the context that I have been thinking about, the phrase means this: To try to do something you maybe haven’t tried before.

This is where I felt the Lord begin to speak to me about the Body of Christ, here at the end of 2020. I heard Him say, “Have a go…what have you got to lose?”

There are dreams that are yet to become reality which reside in the hearts of many people.  Some of these dreams have been dormant for years, others have been delayed because of the first part of 2020.

There are destinies that were beginning to blossom before March this year which have now just been put on “stand-by.”  There are ideas, prophetic words, even words directly from the Holy Spirit spoken to people’s hearts, and also promises that have been benched.

And yet, I believe the Lord has said that 2020 is actually a great GIFT to those who have eyes to see!

I believe this for my own life as well. The disappointment, sense of loss, delay and frustration that has come from the early part of this year has actually shifted something in me, and in many others around me.  We see things differently, we don’t fear disappointment or delay like we used to, and we have learned to readjust expectations to KINGDOM EXPECTATIONS ONLY.  It’s been a challenging and sometimes painful season, and I definitely do not want to invalidate that for anyone.

Yet the beauty in it all is that I now feel like we, as the Body of Christ, have nothing to lose. So much of our world has changed, shifted, realigned – in both good and not great ways – that we can boldly rise up and just HAVE A GO without the fears and concerns that we would have had in the past season.

If a person is keeping their eyes on Jesus and living by faith in the Kingdom’s power and resources, anything is possible.  I really believe that the Father wants to outdo our wildest dreams in this season as we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit with every step we take toward our God-dreams.

Is there a book that you want to write and publish?  HAVE A GO.

Is there a business that you want to start?  HAVE A GO.

Is there an outreach project burning on your heart?  HAVE A GO.

Is there a creative project that’s been in your mind?  HAVE A GO.

Start that blog.  Have a go at that YouTube channel.  Call that friend. Take that step of faith.  Learn that new skill.  Expand your knowledge in that area.  Sign up for that Bible College for next year.  Try sharing Jesus at your local grocery store.

This is our season, Bride of Christ!


Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. – Ephesians 3:20, TPT

— Mandy Woodhouse

Struggling To Pray?

A prayer for those struggling to pray…

May God meet you anyway.

When you have no words to say

Would you let your body pray through you today.

Wordless prayers of movement, taste, and touch

Of stillness, sight, and sound

Of hands raised up

Of knees bowed down

The language of lighting a candle

Humming a song

Watering the plants

Walking the dog

Savoring your coffee

Shivering in the breeze

Stirring potato soup

Crunching fallen leaves

Breathing in his mercy

Tasting his sweetness

Listening for his goodness

Touching his kindness

When all your words fail, may you remember

That praying is much more than speaking

It is being

With the one who loves to be with you

So, go paint your prayers

Play your prayers

Dance your prayers

Draw your prayers

Bake your prayers

Breathe your prayers

Run your prayers

Hug your prayers

Laugh your prayers

Cry your prayers

And allow your hands and feet

And fingers and nose

And arms and eyes

And shoulders and toes

To carry your prayers

to the foot of the throne

To the one who needs no words

Because He already knows.

— Sarah Bourns

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Images by Alan Hirsch who says he is painting his prayers these days…

Which one is a picture of your own prayers today?

Stop Indulging In Judging

No matter who you are, before you judge the wickedness of others, you had better remember this: you are also without excuse, for you too are guilty of the same kind of things! When you judge others, and then do the same things they do, you condemn yourself. We know that God’s judgment falls upon those who practice these things. God is always right, because he has all the facts.
—Romans 2:1-2 TPT