Sara’s Web – Article on Sara’s Life


Thank you Jenni Clayville for pointing me towards this article on Sara’s life.  I will link to it here as I continue to remember how powerfully Sara has impacted mine.

 

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — It had been more than three years since Sara Frankl was well enough to leave her condominium.

It had been even longer since she was able to enjoy trips into the great outdoors. For years her only forays outside her home’s four walls were for visits to the doctor or pharmacist.

But that never stopped her from living.

Read More: http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/sara-s-web-dying-cedar-falls-woman-inspired-thousands-with/article_dcec6fba-3fd2-5366-b40c-67d88cda3864.html#ixzz1ZDhsKLvu

 

To read my own tribute, go here.

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Tribute to a Friend – Sara Frankl (Gitzengirl)


Choose Joy - GitzenGirl

One of my online friends is dying.

UPDATE: Sara died on Saturday, September 24th, 11:14 PM.  Go here to read the most recent posts on her blog (Mourning into Dancing,  Arrangements)

I have followed her blog for over a year and her constant choice of joy in the face of her otherwise insurmountable obstacles has been a great blessing to me.  You see, to cut a long story short, she has had a set of diseases that have literally had her trapped in her own home for years.  She was allergic to or had some reaction to almost EVERYTHING. But I don’t want you to think that her disease defined her – oh NO…. she CHOSE joy where I would have crumbled, where most other people  would have crumbled.  Her strength of character has been unparalleled.

I have linked to her blog above …. I’m not able to articulate all I’m feeling at the moment.  I have posted my tribute that I left on her blog here as well. Please remember Sara Frankl – Gitzengirl or Gitz to her friends – and be inspired to CHOOSE JOY.

I am shaken to my core.  I am not a regular commenter here, but I have been a regular reader for a very long time – I have eagerly looked forward to your posts and your lifestyle of choosing joy….Who would think that the news that you are about to head home would be so devastating to me? I never thought it would be; I mean, I would read your words and go on with my day content, without so much as a thought of contacting you myself, the way that I have done with Mandy or Tam….But …. I am.Sweet Sara, I downloaded your songs that you posted on your blog and I have listened to them in rapt attention as your melodious voice caressed my ears and mind.I have followed Riley’s antics and smiled at every picture.

I have been with you as people come in and out of your life through the pages of your blog and some through the front door.

We have never met.  But yet, we have.

I am in Barbados.  Your life has reached me.

As Gandalf said in the Lord of the Rings, “I will not say, ‘Do not weep,’ for not all tears are an evil…”

My heart is breaking.

But I have to say two more words before you go home.

THANK YOU.

Update:  Here you can listen to one of my favourite songs sung by Sara.  My Soul’s Desire.   You can hear other songs from her on the website as well.

Repost: Welcome To the Hand of God!


I am continuing my reposting ‘series’ … and I had a thought:  I’m trying to revive my blog, but also to bring to the surface great blog posts from my archives, right? So why don’t I repost the linky-post that welcomes all new users and has several links to different posts – and some whole series as well?  So, here we go – for all you who happen to stumble in, as well as those who have subscribed or joined recently – Welcome to the Hand of God!  Links abound – comment away!!!!

Welcome to the Hand of God!

Posted on February 9, 2010 by bajanpoet | Edit

This is a special welcome to every new member of the Hand of God, especially those personally invited by my new family at the Daily Audio Bible community.  I have made a whole new set of friends on the chat rooms there, and want to shout out AmariNanny, Calico, Dennis, Servant-Ken, Newme, Jai, Southampton and all the others that I’ve started to connect with.

So, if you’re new, you’re wondering what this blog is all about, right?  Right?  Well,according to my About page (didya see that coming? Didya?…):

The purpose of the Hand of God is to chronicle God’s hand in my life, and testify of the things God does when I pray for others.  Here you will see slices of heaven on earth, where the miraculous meets the mundane.  I also share parts of my life and try to be as open online as I am in person.

Here there are several testimonies of God working supernaturally in my life and in the lives of others around me:

My Supernatural Stories series

Here is my series on deliverance teaching – Deliverance Foundations

Here’s another series I’ve done – Life Together series

Ok! That’s a lot!  I’ll post another links page for more forays into the innards of the blog.

Please comment in the blog if you find something you like, or contact me athandofgod.blog (at) gmail (dot) com.


The Prophetic Intersect


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I promised a good friend of mine (Hi Wen!!!) that I would get back into blogging about what God shows me through movies and television shows.  Anyone who knows me personally would know that I spend just as much time quoting from The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix and “300” just as much as I do from the Bible when I’m praying or prophesying over someone.

People would roll their eyes or groan whenever I was moved by the Holy Spirit to say,  “As Gandalf / Morpheus / Leonidas said….”  but God works in mysterious ways his wonders to perform, right?  I’ve mentioned this method of hearing God in some of my earlier blog posts.

And now, to the inspiration for today’s post.

I was listening to my friend Leah recount a story in which an international intercessor had a dream about her.  I read her story,  and as she was recounting it I started seeing all the connecting pieces – Scriptures came to mind, impressions and Spirit led conclusions just tied everything all together; when I told her what I was sensing she could only say, “Yes, that’s right.”

While that was going on I had a ‘flash’ of my own – I started remembering Chuck.  Now, for those who have not watched this show yet – GO AND FIND IT.  (ok, that’s my own bias and love of spy stories coming out! Ignore me if you’d rather watch sappy romantic comedies rather than guns blazing. Anyway… I digress….)

Chuck is a twenty something year old computer geek that accidentally downloads government secrets into his brain, and is now a secret agent going on spy missions.  Whenever he sees something that is relevant, he ‘flashes’ – bits and pieces of information from the “Intersect” (the collection of government secrets) link together – and he spits out the data to his friends in the secret agent friends.  This allows them to put pieces together that they could never do on their own.

As I was spitting out Scripture references and Spiritual impressions relevant to my friend’s story, it made me think of how the Holy Spirit in my life is like the Intersect in that show.  He resides within me, and based on the knowledge of Scripture and my experiences with Him, things tie together in my Spirit in much the same way as the Intersect interacts with Chuck.

In fact, one of the titles I was bandying around in my brain for this post was “Do Prophets have an Intersect in their Heads?)  😆

How many of us have Scripture references drop into our minds at the weirdest times, but the Scripture references fit perfectly into your situation?  How many of us feel like seemingly random events just tie together in some weirdly divine way?  How many have watched Chuck and feel like there’s an Intersect in their heads???? Ok, ok, maybe it’s just me….

For those who know that they prophesy – do you find this to be true for you as well? For those who don’t, does it still feel like the Holy Spirit drops things into your head – ties things together that otherwise wouldn’t make sense?

Personal Devotions: Sonship


Welcome to the first Personal Devotions post for 2011!

I have started to use Youversion on my Blackberry to get back into reading the Word.  Last year I was interacting with the Scripture using the Daily Audio Bible website and community, but in November I couldn’t keep up the momentum… it petered out.  So although I almost made it, I didn’t finish reading the entire Bible last year.  It was becoming a lot to take in all at once – Brian reads from the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Psalms and the Proverbs every single day – as well as gives his own inspired commentary on what was read.  Then he would pray, and there was also be a section where people from the community could call in and ask for prayer, pray for others in the community or give a praise report.

It was  great. But it was a lot to take in as the year progressed and my battle with depression deepened.   So this year, on the advice of a few good friends, I have endeavoured to look for another strategic Bible plan that will ease me back into the reading of the Word.

I had downloaded the Youversion app on my Blackberry for a while, but hadn’t really used it much until I was challenged to read the Word more – specifically the Psalms.  I decided that I would find a short Bible plan using the smartphone.  And this is day two.  I’m reading a Psalm and a Proverb.  that’s’ it.

But today I heard God speak through his word in a way that I have not heard in a while.  I was arrested by Psalm 2:7

I will proclaim the LORD’s decree:

He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.

I heard him: YOU ARE MY SON.  I cried out to him, “I have not felt like your son in ages!”  But in spite of what I feel or don’t, his word still rings true to my heart today.

This Scripture naturally makes me think of Romans 8:15 as well

15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[a] And by him we cry, Abba,[b] Father.”

And looking at Proverbs 2, I was also arrested by the beginning two words: “My son”  The entire chapter spoke to me, but I am picking out the part that I really feel impressed on my heart right now.

1 My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.

I have had so many depressed moods, so much negativity, so much pain – that focusing on the positive was a welcome change.  So here is my devotion for today.

Lord, I have not felt like your son for ages. I can say like the Prodigal, “I am not worthy to be called your son.” But you call me son anyway. Even if I fail.  Even if I fall. Even if I decide that I am still feeling rebellious… all of this time you still call me son, and still seek my heart turning back to you. I ask that you will acknowledge my baby steps, and help me to increase my momentum. Thank you Jesus. AMEN

One Word 2011


In an earlier post I mentioned my friend Alece who shared her concept of focusing on one word as the guiding post for the entire year, rather than coming up with a laundry list of New Year’s resolutions.  Last year her word was RISK, mine was RESURRECTION.  This year, she chose to LOOK more to find Christ in even the mundane things, I have had a personally rough year and have chosen to move forward, gaining MOMENTUM along the way.

As I was perusing my Facebook page just now, I realized that this concept has been extended to Facebook!  Alece has created a One Word 2011 page at  http://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Word-2011/182416081777208?v=wall.

This concept seems to be taking off! It seems so much easier to focus on one word rather than a list of ‘do’s and don’ts’.  I can attest to the fact that ‘resurrection‘ has yet to manifest itself in my life in a full way – but you can’t resurrect something until it is dead.  In fact, I would say that there’s been a lot of death in my life recently – emotionally, relationally, even spiritually – but I would also say that that is the reason I chose my word for this year as MOMENTUM.  In order to get the resurrection I seek, I have to find a way forward; I may start with baby steps, but intend to pick up the pace as I continue.

So here’s my plug for this concept – Even as Alece exclaims “Holy Crap!” at the explosion around this concept – I’m doing my part to spread the word!

So come along! Focus on One Word tis year… and be revolutionized by God!

My Last Post…..


This is going to be my last post.

Ever.

For 2010.

I’m sorry if I scared you…. I just wanted to take this time out to thank every single person who passes through these virtual doors, meanders through these cyber corridors and those who bunk here, soaking up the electric ambiance.  Thank you for making the decision to take up the blogging banner again (after my failed attempt for a couple months in 2007) one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Relationships were forged and nurtured here, and lives have been impacted here.  People have met God here and I have found lifelong friends.  And for all of that – I’m thankful.

I want to close the chapter on 2010 by challenging all of us to go after something in 2011.  For some, the pursuit of freedom from oppression is foremost on your minds.  For others, walking through emotional trauma in 2010 has left you cynical and jaded (I know that describes me pretty much!)  Others look forward to the new year with anticipation, as 2010 rocked and was the best year you ever had!

Whether you are anticipating or dreading the turn of the clock from ’10 to ’11 – I am gonna encourage you (and myself) to keep going forward.  Like I said in my last post, my one word focus for 2011 is ‘momentum’.  Specifically ‘forward momentum.’  (Yes, that’s cheating, that’s two words.)  But if I can’t cheat on my own blog, where can I cheat, huh?  Right.   Anyway, where was I?  Okay, so I am encouraging everyone reading to start moving and pick up your momentum next year.  I don’t know what that entails for any of us, but I know that on a personal level I am going to take what one of my friends said to heart: that it is insanity to keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.

So, here again – this is my last post for 2010.  But I’m looking forward to many more in 2o11!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!