Today being the 11th of January is kind of a neat day… we have 11 more days until Olivia’s due date. She is, according to Dr. Osborne, ready whenever she wants to come. We’re “over the hump” and whenever she wants to make an appearance will be alright with him. I’m so excited! Brad and I both want to meet her so badly. I want to know what color hair and eyes she has… whose features she is most similar to. Of course she won’t look the same a few months after she is born as she does when she is a newborn. But I’m just so excited to know what she’s like! The nursery is finished… mostly. We still have one picture to hang and the car seat to get installed. Other than that we are ready to roll!
These past few weeks have rolled by so quickly it seems. Work has been good but getting increasingly tough with my current pregnant state. You wouldn’t think that pulling/pushing those stretchers at the hospital would be so much work on your body, but I am definitely noticing it. By the mid part of my day, I’m starting to get pretty sore and my legs are getting tired. I don’t have the endurance that I once had. I know that it is expected but it is still bewildering at times. I did a half marathon last year… and now I can’t even finish a 3 mile walk without wanting to lie down afterwards. Then again, I wasn’t carrying an extra human when I did the half. When we did the half last year, Rachel Simonis and I, neither of us had children. We both wanted them… prayed for them… talked about it… and now our lives have exploded in blessings: she is the foster mother of 3 precious boys and I’m pregnant with my first. Its nearly a year later and we’ll both be mothers a year from our half-marathon. I’m delighted. Its incredible how much changes in a year.
Brad and I have been talking about a lot of things pertaining to the future. We’re not sure how 2014 is going to shape up… but I do know we will have an exciting year. It feels as if things are going to shift very soon. The stuff that we have talked about are the following: Brad going to Global Awakening in PA, me going back to school for my BSN and ultimately my MSN with the intention of teaching nursing, changing jobs, moving to Pennsylvania, going deeper with Jesus, flowing in healing, flowing in the prophetic, being parents, selling the condo, moving in with my parents until we’ve made a decision on direction. This past Thursday, Jan 9th, we had the opportunity to eat dinner with a prophet named David McDonald and his family: Dee, Gabby, and Daniel. They were absolutely fantastic. It was our intention to meet him and get a feel for what he is doing in Charleston. Revival… building churches… refreshing churches… etc. We weren’t sure. When we got there, David started prophesying to the two of us. It was a really great word… this is what we remember:
God put us together as “opposites” for a reason. We’d be unique in the world that way. We are like chalk and cheese. I am like the fire, Brad is calm and patient. I am an exhorter, love to stir things up. I am creative. That God speaks to me in very visual ways – with visions and dreams and images. That I am to tell Brad the pictures I get. God has put love for people and compassion into Brad, he’s a pastor. I have a significant teaching gift within me. I am thinking about going back to school and God is going to provide a way so it is not a financial burden at all. He will provide a scholarship. It seems like he will make sure there is no financial burden ahead for us to prove a point to someone. He instructed me to ask God for what it is that I want and he will delight in giving it to me. He says that we will not have financial hardship.
He said there is a calling on our lives. He detected a healing anointing and said Brad has a calling into full-time ministry as a pastor. Brad will have a greater affirmation of sonship in the time ahead, which he has been unsure of. When I mentioned the prophecy of the girl we spoke to in the past, he said the gold item in Brad’s hand was a scepter and he was wearing a robe. Brad would receive a new robe and a new ring. Brad has been given divine favor and opportunities with no effort on his part so that people would question why it was being given to him. He sees contracts in Brad’s future. He is not to strive or work for any of it, just receive it.
He said he sees a map for both of us with our preordained, predestined works being connected over time. The pieces would become clear as time passes and our vision would be united. With regards to Global School, he said that would be a great place to grow in love and in healing and being prepared for full-time ministry, but wait to hear from God on that. Also it is a great network to be plugged into… for ministry.
Having a child will be a real turning point that will affect our life and ministry to the world. He said for us to wait on the Lord… that we are not to get in a hurry but to remain patient and wait on Him. He invited us to go to Uganda with him in the future… where he is the overseer for 40+ churches there.
To say the least… it is very interesting. He also said that Isaiah 58: 11, 12 are life verses for us. They are: “And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.” This is also quite neat as when Brad and I were married, we had an artist paint a picture during our ceremony. The header is the painting he came up with. Look at the picture and then read the verses again. Talk about amazing! That painting was created over 6 years ago. 😉