Take Heart!

Take Heart!

I felt the Lord say this morning as I was sitting down with Him that it’s time, for many in the body of Christ, to TAKE HEART again.  Time for HOPE to arise.

It feels a bit like 2020 has taken the “heart” out of many dreams, ideas, passions, ect.  The more that I talk to people, the more I hear them say that they are quite skeptical and unsure of what 2021 will look like simply because of some of what they experienced in 2020.  We can all agree, it’s been a strange year indeed!

Yet in the midst of the strangeness and the uncertainty of the future, the Lord is inviting us again to TAKE HEART.  When I asked Him how to do this, He pointed me to Psalm 34 in The Passion Translation, and He showed me that REMEMBERING WHO HE IS and PRAISING HIM FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE opens the door wide, once again, to HOPE.

All the Prophets were saying at the end of 2019 that 2020 was the “year of the mouth,” and yet it appears in the natural to have been the year that people were silenced, isolated, intimidated and shut up with literal masks and ongoing fear.  In fact, there has been so MUCH distraction from using our mouths that some have forgotten HOW to PRAISE God and declare the GOOD THINGS He has done!

If you feel like you’ve lost heart….if you feel shut up and shut down….if you feel a sense of dread or fear over 2021….can I encourage you to start by DRINKING DEEPLY OF THE PLEASURES OF GOD! When we are connected to His heart, everything gets clear and peace starts to flood our beings.  “Gaze upon him, join your life with his, and joy will come. Your faces will glisten with glory. You’ll never wear that shame-face again.”

Allow His presence to fill you and cause you to BURST with joy over what He has done and what He WILL DO.  He will not withhold anything GOOD from those who love Him…so TAKE HEART!

Lord! I’m bursting with joy over what you’ve done for me! My lips are full of perpetual praise. I’m boasting of you and all your works, so let all who are discouraged take heart. Join me, everyone! Let’s praise the Lord together. Let’s make him famous!Let’s make his name glorious to all. Listen to my testimony: I cried to God in my distress and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears! Gaze upon him, join your life with his, and joy will come. Your faces will glisten with glory. You’ll never wear that shame-face again. When I had nothing, desperate and defeated, I cried out to the Lord and he heard me, bringing his miracle-deliverance when I needed it most. The angel of the Lord stooped down to listen as I prayed, encircling me,empowering me, and showing me how to escape. He will do this for everyone who fears God. Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God. Experience for yourself the joyous mercies he gives
to all who turn to hide themselves in him. Worship in awe and wonder, all you who’ve been made holy! For all who fear him will feast with plenty. Even the strong and the wealthy grow weak and hungry, but those who passionately pursue the Lordwill never lack any good thing.
– Psalm 34:1-10, The Passion Translation

— Mandy Woodhouse

Hear Me

Hear Me…

I need you to hear me today.

I need you to really HEAR me with everything you are, because I want to smash the lies of the enemy OFF OF YOU in this hour.

YOU HAVE A PLACE and a PURPOSE IN THIS. The Lord has mantled YOU for such a time as this.

Yes, YOU.

Regardless of where you reside in the world….This is not a time to…

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Stop Feeding The Old Man

Recently, I had a powerfully confronting dream that I am still mulling over.

In the dream, I was visiting and ministering to people who were struggling with different issues. Some were dealing with depression and anxiety, some with sickness, others with quite obvious sin such as lying, stealing and pornography. None of these people were people that I knew in real life.

At the homes of each person I visited in the dream, there was an old man lingering around.  Each home had the same situation – a struggle and an old man who barely engaged the family, but who was just simply there.  In one home that I went into, I decided to confront the old man and ask him about himself. He never gave me a direct answer about his identity, but the general sense I got from him was that he was negative, sickly, stressed and quite ashamed.  I remember him clearly telling me that he was “allowed to stay” by the person, and that he “wasn’t leaving until they said to go.” When I confronted the person about what the old man had said to me, they had a similar reaction.  “He seems harmless – I have learned to just tolerate him” the person said of the old man.  

I noticed that each person had been feeding and housing their old man as well.

The dream them switched to a friend and I pushing deep into prayer together, and having a time of worship of our Jesus.  My heartbeat began to connect to His rhythm the more that I pushed into intimacy, and it was as if I had new eyes to see the world around me.

The dream continued to me coming out of this time with Jesus. I looked over at the old man, and what I saw absolutely astounded me.  It was horrifically confronting.

I saw that the old man was actually not alive, but a dead corpse that was rotting.  The corpse was being used as a puppet by two demons. None of us had seen the old man for what he really was because he had been tolerated to such a point it appeared as if he somehow belonged there.

Soon the Holy Spirit spoke to me about the corpse.  The Holy Spirit said that the “old man” was more than just a wrong mindset.  This was something that had been tolerated, fed and housed, and therefore could be used by demonic forces to keep people in a struggle.  

This “old man” – this old nature –had been tolerated for so long that the people I was visiting had actually partnered with the lie that it was harmless.  In doing so, they could no longer see the truth for what it was – that it was a dead corpse, no longer living, and just simply needed to be told to GO.

They needed God’s presence and His heartbeat to be able to see from His perspective the truth about who they are, and that they no longer needed that old man to hang around and influence their lives! What a profound dream.

Friends, let our focus be today that we have been crucified with Christ, and that it is no longer we who live but Christ who lives in us!  Whom the Son sets free is free indeed, and that includes freedom from that old man who tries to linger and lie to you.  We no longer have an obligation to engage him, to allow him to linger or to house and feed him because he no longer lives.  

We can see him as dead, and thus illegal in our lives, and definitely NOT something to be tolerated!

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32), and that truth is that the old man is a lie.  The fact is, if you feel that you have to tolerate him, that is a lie.

The truth is that you have authority to tell the enemy to GO, in the Name of Jesus, and you have the ability to smash every lie that raises itself against the knowledge of who you truly are in Christ.  Your past does not define you, neither does the sin, discouragement or shame that has tried to come on you.  We will tolerate whatever we don’t recognize, and we can only recognize the lies when the truth is louder and more visible.  This happens in His presence, connected to His heart, and allowing His love and truth to wash over us.  What a glorious place to abide!

— Mandy Woodhouse

Look Up

While in worship a few weekends ago, I suddenly felt like I was on a roller coaster.  It was the most bizarre feeling that perhaps I have ever felt supernaturally during a worship service.  When naturally odd things like this happen to me, I now know that it is the Father trying to get my attention to speak to me.

Not only could I feel the momentum and inertia of a ride like a roller coaster, but I also found that I could not move my head to either side!  It was as if I was strapped in, with a head guard snugly fitting around my face, keeping my head in position.

My eye sight was also restricted as I found that I could only look up and not side-to-side or even straight ahead.

When I came out of the encounter, I heard the Lord speak very clearly regarding a new season of momentum coming to the Bride.  

He reminded me that on a roller coaster, because of the speed and the gravity and inertia that pulls you forward, backward, upside-down, etc., a person’s eyes can never look to the side or even down.  

When on a roller coaster, you usually have only two real choices: A person can either close their eyes, or they can look straight ahead on the ride. Looking up or down actually feels quite uncomfortable at that speed, and thus usually people choose to just close their eyes completely.


HOWEVER, I felt the Father say that He is realigning our sight to only ever look up. Especially amidst the momentum of where the Lord seems to be taking us in this season, the only healthy and safe place is for us to look UP.

Just like looking up on an actual roller coaster is not always the easiest or default thing to do, looking up when the world is spinning, tilting, rocking and speeding past may seem abnormal to those around you.  But I want to remind you that as CHILDREN OF GOD, we are not called to a worldly normal.  Our lives are SUPERNATURAL, thanks to Jesus and our faith in Who He is!

Jesus is our confidence and the lifter of your head (Psalm 3:3-4). Even if there are ups, downs, acceleration, even those turns that make a person feel sick because they are upside-down and shaking all over, our gaze can always be HIM. He’s locked into you and I, and invites us to lock into HIM.

We cannot afford for our gaze to not be locked into Him.

Before the encounter ended, I felt it go into a peaceful, gentle and restful slow motion once I actually looked up and kept my gaze there. I felt His longing for us to gaze upon Him and learn to be still while we gaze. I felt His desire for our full surrender to His gaze. In that moment, nothing else mattered but me and Him. I think He loves it when that’s all that matters to us.


Despite what seems like a roller coaster ride in the nations today, let us always stay surrendered to His gaze. May we continue to LOOK UP and surrender fully to the ups and downs and twists and turns. He is our confidence, the lifter of our heads, our protector and our Psalm 91 safety. The more we surrender, the more fun we have and the more joy will be manifested in us.

LOOK UP!

— Mandy Woodhouse

Living, Two-Edged Friend

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12, NKJV

I have a serious compulsion to just keep buying Bibles.  I purchase new Bibles, not even to give away, but because I just love buying myself new Bibles.  Once upon a time as a younger believer, I struggled to even read my Bible, much less want to collect them.  Somewhere along the way, I’ve actually fallen in love with the Word of God, and I honestly can’t live a day without meditating on even the smallest little verse.

Reading the Word is honestly like oxygen to me!

My husband bought me a new, ruby-red, hand-sewn premium Bible from the UK for Christmas this year. Of course, he gave it to me early, since he knows my love for this thing and how long I’ve wanted it. It’s a bit heavier than my usual thin-line styled Bibles, and it has the most beautiful gold along the pages. I really love it.

While driving to a women’s event at Church this weekend, I had my purse on the floor of the passenger side, and my new Bible on the seat. My Bible has some weight, but it’s not as heavy as even my purse, yet for some reason it kept setting off the special alarm that my little Mazda has built in to make sure that people are buckled up.  No matter what I did, the alarm kept going off until I moved the Bible to the floor.

I felt the Lord speak to me in that moment and say that my Bible is “LIVING AND ACTIVE,” and that it is time that the Body of Christ begin to see – once again – the Word as our “best friend.”  It’s time for us to have a “Bible revival!”

The enemy is sneaky, and we are not unaware of his schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11).  He has been at work for a long time to discredit the Word.  When some don’t fall for that, he throws distractions at them. When they learn to push past the distractions, he throws confusion, fogginess, sleepiness, crying babies, barking dogs, overflowing dishwashers, etc.!  He will do whatever he can to keep you from going deep into the Bible because he knows the power that lays in the Word of God.  And he is fully aware of how this living, active word empowers believers!

Friends, your Bible is more than just a sword to cut off the head of the giants that come at you (which it is). It’s more than just a way to find peace in your soul when things are tough (which it is).  It’s also more than a book filled with truth and promises that you can declare over yourself (which it is). It is LIVING and it is ACTIVE.  It is your friend, your power, your lifeblood, your oxygen.  It keeps you grounded, it gives you fresh perspective, and it cuts through the lies.  

I am so excited to see a generation arise who love the Word, are friends of the Word, and who know how to use the Word and not compromise it.  It’s time for a Bible revival, y’all!

— Mandy Woodhouse

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

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!

JUST HAVE A GO.

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

Friendship With God

I had moment today where the Holy Spirit really caught my attention. After reading my Bible for about 30 minutes, I was putting it away and getting my head around my day when I felt Him whisper to my heart, “Is that all?  But we haven’t even chatted yet.”

Whoa.  Conviction fell on me like a heavy weight, and yet so did grief.

I realized that although I had just spent time reading the Word (important), and asking the Holy Spirit to bring revelation and understanding (also important), and even though we know that God’s Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11) – I had not spoken to Him like a friend.  I had forgotten the importance of connecting my heart to my Father’s.  I had forgotten that my time chatting with Him like a friend actually ministers to Him almost more than it ministers to me.

In His Presence – connecting heart to heart with the Father – is where you and I were created to be.  And this place seems to be the single most fought over space in the spirit realm!  The enemy hates our relationship with Him because he knows the power it holds.  He knows that our friendship with God actually is what changes our worlds. Everything comes from that special connection.

I have definitely found that there is a direct correlation between remembering who I am and my time in His Presence.  The revelation of my identity in Christ actually fuels my hunger for His Presence more than ever.  I burn for Him because of what He did for me, and then when I connect with Him, I remember that what He went through for me transformed me into the woman who is free. This makes me want to throw myself at His feet more and more in reverence, worship and adoration.  It changes my desires and longings, and it aligns my heart and thoughts to His.  It’s a beautiful place of intimacy that I had never been able to find in all my years of being saved and also a love for the Bible that I never would have imagined for myself.  

It’s in His Presence and His Word that we see just how much we look like our Heavenly Dad. And we know that it moves His heart like nothing else, when we sit against His chest for awhile and then walk away looking like Him.

Knowing that I move His heart the way that I do makes me feel more alive and awake than anything else.

You and I were created for this.  Our destiny, purpose, even our breakthrough is nothing compared to our connection to our Heavenly Father and His love for us.

Yet all of the accomplishments that I once took credit for, I’ve now forsaken them and I regard it all as nothing compared to the delight of experiencing Jesus Christ as my Lord! To truly know him meant letting go of everything from my past and throwing all my boasting on the garbage heap. It’s all like a pile of manure to me now, so that I may be enriched in the reality of knowing Jesus Christ and embrace him as Lord in all of his greatness.” – Philippians 3:7-8, TPT

My prayer is that we all pursue friendship with God in new ways.  Bible reading, prayer for others, worship music and even creative expressions of worship are all a part of this process.  But we must never forget that knowing Him intimately is the goal and the thing we have been created for.

— Mandy Woodhouse

Learn to HEADBUTT the Devil

Have you ever had a moment where your mind is bombarded with thoughts…maybe even feelings…that are so strong it’s hard to not believe them or define yourself by them?

Usually, those are lies that the enemy wants us to believe are our own thoughts, when in reality they are external whispers being delivered to us by the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). This last season has been the Holy Spirit teaching me how to not engage these thoughts, how to take them captive and how to stand in my true identity as a child of God who knows and lives out of what GOD says about me.

The enemy is on the prowl right now, desperately trying to get Christians to believe untruths about themselves. I use the word desperate, because that’s exactly what he is! The devil is desperate because he knows that his time is coming to an end, and the people of Jesus have victory over him. Sadly, one of the things he uses most to keep us in bondage to lies is our very own salvation, because so many Christians have no idea just HOW MUCH Jesus has done for them, above and beyond just forgiveness and entry into Heaven. When you don’t know what you have, you won’t use it.

What if every Christian was fully aware of exactly what Jesus did for them, and thus who we are in Him?  I long to see Christians in my generation in history truly grasp the substance of their salvation.  I long for us to learn to use the Heavenly weapons of warfare to overcome the devil’s lies.  Revelation 12:11 says that “they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.”  We have a better understanding these days about the blood, but what about the word of our TESTIMONY of what Jesus fully did for us?  If we only knew and believed, I know the lies would no longer have any power.

The Lord showed me a silly picture for my friend once, which I would love to share with you because I feel it is actually a tool to help people learn to fight the lying thoughts and feelings with their Spiritual weapons instead of worldly philosophies.  

I looked over at my friend one day, and I immediately saw everything in the natural turn into a cartoon. I’m a prophetic seer, so I wasn’t surprised by this manifestation, although I had never seen the world through cartoon eyes before! When I looked over at him, I saw that he had the full armor of God on his body (Ephesians 6), and he was swinging that sword of the Spirit like he was ready to cut off the head of a giant. I saw that there was a sneaky demon coming toward him, and as he was going after it with his sword, he did not see that there was another, larger demonic force approaching his head, unnoticed, from above. What I saw next was both hilarious as well as profound: As soon as my friend had killed the demon in front of him with his sword, he quickly turned to the sneaky demon above him and he headbutted the demon with his helmet of salvation! The demon was headbutted a few times before it was defeated, but when it disappeared, I knew that it was indeed gone. Soon the cartoon encounter ended, and Ben was hugely encouraged by what I saw!

Perhaps, like me, you have always been told that the helmet of salvation is actually a defensive weapon used to cover the mind, or used to protect the mind or thoughts of the believer.  I’m not disagreeing with this teaching, but I would also like to propose that when the enemy begins to throw lying thoughts at us as believers, we have every right to take that helmet and begin to use it as an offensive weapon!  

As it is the helmet of SALVATION, once we know the true substance of our salvation and the fact that we are truly free indeed (John 8:36 – “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed”), we can fight off the enemy by using what we know about our salvation to not just protect our thoughts, but to conquer every lie that the accuser tries to throw at us.  I believe that working with the sword, the shield, and all the bits of the armor, we can stand even more victorious when we know what that helmet of salvation actually means to us.

It sounds a bit ridiculous, but I feel that we need to get really good at using that helmet of salvation to not just protect our mind, but to headbutt the devil out of our lives! The only true power he has is what we give him when we partner with his lies. I challenge you this week to ask the Lord to remind you about your true testimony, and what Jesus did for you and how Jesus transformed you – and then headbutt that old liar back to hell where he belongs!

— Mandy Woodhouse

Time To Dream Again

Looking through some of my writings from last year, the Lord drew me again to this word of encouragement for those who may have forgotten their purpose, or who have possibly lost the passionate dreams that they originally had from the Lord.  I feel that this word is pertinent to many during this season of frustration, feeling silenced and having normal life distracted by this pandemic.  

I know that His plans for His people have not changed, even if they have been disrupted.  I felt this week that He wanted to remind us of the dreams, plans, and passions that He put inside of us – REGARDLESS of what our bank accounts or job situations may look like in this season.

One of the things that He pointed out to me this week is that some need to go back to a time in their walk with God when money was of no real consequence to them. A time when they were full of radical faith and holy spirit dreams and were willing to let go of everything just to get to the ends of the Earth for Jesus. The days when they would sell all they had for the treasure in the field (Matthew 13:44). A day when, though the bank account may have said otherwise, every single bill was paid for and every need was met in an Ephesians 3:20 way.

I heard Him say that fear often masquerades as “worldly wisdom,” but you are not of THIS world! Even with children. ESPECIALLY with children, your God will meet ALLLL of your needs according to HIS glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).  

His plans for you are to PROSPER you, not to harm you.  He has a HOPE and a future for you (Jeremiah 29:11).

DON’T SETTLE FOR THE WORLD, or its ways, when you were created to take the enemy’s camp.

“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal” – John 6:27.

This is a season for sons and daughters of God to DREAM BIGGER, and not disregard the seedlings of dreams that were taking root at the beginning of 2020.  I feel such a challenge to begin to once again water those small dreams and nurture them, without forgetting or “shelving” them because of lack of finance or fear of the unknown future.  

If you are delighting in Him fully, then chances are the desires and dreams in your heart have been planted there by Him anyway (Psalm 37:4).

Today, I call you up into remembrance of what the Lord has done and has promised!! He will never lie or change His mind (Numbers 23:19).  He will always provide, always give you sufficient grace, and always guide your steps.

Don’t let what you see in the natural hold you back – it’s time to DREAM again!

— Mandy Woodhouse