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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Let’s Talk Miracles, Healing, Prophecy, and Hearing God!

New York City chick for
5 days!
On looking at the statistics of readers of my blog, I note there are certain headlines that seem to attract more attention. 

Miracles, healing, hearing God, business, partnership, prophetic, and more are certain words that seem to attract attention to my blogs.. or…it could be the photos I posted with these particular blogs. Nonetheless, I am so amazed at the readership from around the world. And thankful. By the interest in these particular headlines, I feel like there are a lot of us who need a miracle, who need healing, who are looking for connection, and would love to hear a word from God.  If you are new to this blog, let me tell you a bit of my heart for it. I am a writer. I love the internet. I love reaching people with my thoughts. I love that they actually read me. I love to connect this way. A bit introverted? Well, yes. A bit nerdy? Yes. Fulfilling and totally satisfying? Yes. 

I keep it short, to the point, and discuss whatever God has shown me He wants to discuss that day. Period. I believe each post continues to have power to change your life no matter when you read it. Thank you! Love, Chris

"Get Up!" He said.

Photo on the streets of New York City.
Just imagine
what this little boy is dreaming!
Photo by Chris Tracy
Do verses jump out at you sometimes when you read your Bible? It is happening more frequently to me and I am loving these ways that God is speaking into my circumstances.

One example this week was John 5:8 - “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’” He was speaking to a man who had waited many years to be helped into a pool to be healed. He blamed others who would always get in ahead of him. Jesus asked him if he even desired to be healed. This reminded me of my Dad when he would come wake me up and get me going on a weekend day when I would have rather been lazy. He’d have me out participating in life, in family, in chores - mowing the lawn, weeding dandelions, shoveling snow, helping clean, or just being part of the family fun. So, when I read - “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk “- I heard my Dad’s voice. “Get going! Follow your dreams! Seize the day! Conquer your fear! Slay the giant! Gain the victory!”

I have a dream. It’s a big one. And there are scary things between that dream and me. It is easy to make excuses. But that is not who my Father in Heaven made me to be. The next verse says that "at once" the man was cured. So I am to get up and expect that “at once” God is right there curing my fears - being strong in me - and being my cheerleader as I walk into my destiny. Quite a picture! Just wait till you see what I am about to do!

Bless you all today!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Grace - It's better than you think

Picture of grace:
My vet tech daughter, Erin, being legs
for a lame old boy named Buddy.

I used to think - even until today - that verses about Jesus walking in grace meant something about his dignity, royalty, stature, anointing, coordination, beauty and divinity. But though these are true of His character - these are not representations of His Grace. No. He walked in Truth (for us) and Grace (for us). Grace to forgive. Grace to understand. Grace extended to us in whatever our human state. Grace that gives us new eyes to see; new ears to hear; new legs to walk. Grace to pick us up, dust us off, and send us on a pathway to our destiny - one that is filled with hope and joy. He is grace. He is grace empowered in us for others. I want to walk in that kind of grace…love my neighbor…love those who oppose me…love those who think they are unloveable, love without fear.  I want to extend grace to family and friends - loving unconditionally in every situation. There for them. Present in today. Present with God in every moment. I have a ways to go. Thankfully, there is grace for me to get there.

John 1:14 - The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Check Out My Daily Prophetic Words!

For several months now, I have been so excited to put one of my photos with a daily word from God on a new blog I write.

About a month ahead of time, I pray and ask God for what He wants to say for the particular date. It's His word, through His present day!

Please check it out. My heart is that it will encourage you, bring you hope, and connect you daily with your Papa who says you are His favorite child!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Testimony: A Miracle Emerges From Grief

Chip, a beekeeper and geologist,
loved his honey business. I thought
this photo was a fitting tribute to my brother!

I share this very personal story in hope against hope that it may help someone who is stuck in life-sucking grief.

My only sibling, my brother Chip, passed away in a gunshot incident Jan. 1, 2013. He was alone and investigators ruled it self-inflicted. Whether an accident or intentional, there was no explanation - no easing my pain. There could not and would not ever be an answer to my "why?" (I believe it was an accident.)

I have gone through the too-early death to cancer of my mom; and an equally painful loss of my dad to cancer. I grieved for them, but nothing compared to the pain I experienced over my little brother who was just 18 months younger than me.

Our lives had grown apart in recent years with the changes in jobs, marriages, and locations. We talked or wrote letters and emailed occasionally - but I always knew he was there. He was the only other man in my life who loved me and knew me - other than my husband. I never questioned that he would not be around in my later years - when we would have more time to travel together, play music, remember old times. I was so looking forward to that.

Devastated and unable to sleep for months, I did not know how I was going to shake that feeling of despair. But one day I went to a conference where Will Hart was teaching on healing, Kingdom culture, and character. I heard someone say to me as I walked into the church the last night of the meetings, "don't resist me." I knew it was God because this was so foreign to what I would be normally thinking. "Lord, when do I resist you?" I asked. But I knew the answer.

Afraid to show outward emotion or physical reaction to the presence of God, I had resisted Him. I worried what others would think. I worried about getting hurt if I fell while being prayed for. Certainly I had felt the power in the past, but I had resisted.

This time, when called forward for prayer with several other people, I remembered: "Don't resist me." When Will touched my head and prayed i just surrendered - out of obedience this time - and not caring who was watching. To my amazement, as someone lowered me to the floor, I had a vision. Jesus quite simply took me to Heaven, and I saw my mom and dad and yes, my brother, standing with Jesus and me. They were so happy to see me. I remember telling them how happy I was, but that I would not be back for at least 40 years. That was it. I rested on the floor, weeping, and soon got up and took my seat.

This probably sounds very strange to many of my friends. Even crazy. All I can say is that night, the devastating grief lifted and I found peace in the knowledge that all was well with my family in Heaven. That night, God so showed His love to me in helping me "see" His reality. If I had resisted, and worried about what others thought, I would not have experienced this type of healing.

How do you know you have had an encounter with God? Everything changes. I will never forget and always be thankful for that day I did not resist Him.

He is wanting to meet with you, too. "Don't resist me," he says so patiently. I pray you have your miracle soon, too.

Bless you!

Check our my new, daily prophetic blog at Brief words for a greater day!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Safe Place

I had the pleasure and awe of being around my powerful 2-year-old grandson, Cord, this week. I forgot the influence a 2-year-old can wield. We saw running, shouting, tears, laughter, dancing, wonder, jokes, craziness, obstinance, silliness, smartness, sadness, hilarity, anger, frustration, and just a little tornado. We witnessed the angelic and the naughty all in the same breath.
And all the while, he was enveloped by a family that loves him completely. Only in that kind of love can a little one feel safe to try out his super powers. Only with that kind of love can a parent, sister, brother, grandparent, aunty, or uncle tolerate it with amusement and patience - knowing it is just a little while before he evolves into yet another form of this amazing little person. Ha ha. What a funny little guy. I guess it's kind of like God deals with me. He laughs, is amused, is in awe, and gently corrects when I act like a 2-year old - and I feel safe.
We sure enjoyed our family during the Thanksgiving through New Year holidays. Sure did!!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Declarations - My Christmas Gift to You!

 A bout of several surgeries in a short amount of time had gotten to me. I realized that gradually an insidious monster of bad attitude and negativity had taken over my thought life. It was gradual, robbing my joy.

How often does that happen to you? I know I have the tools to resist it, but sometimes I am sick or weak or it's just easier to let myself fall into it. Kind of a comfort zone.

But it's ugly and hopeless, dark and despairing. It aims to kill and it's straight from the lies of the devil. In ministry school, we were taught over and over and over that the enemy has no power over us except when we believe his lies. His job is to covertly overcome us through lies we think we're telling ourselves. "You're lonely, you're sick, it's going to turn out bad, nothing is going to work, there is only hopelessness to look forward to, you are an imposter, who cares what you think, etc., etc." These are only some of the lies the enemy tries to wield at you and me.

It is so empowering to declare out loud the opposite...the truth. The Bible says to resist the devil and he will flee. How do we resist? One way I do it is to simply declare the promises of God over myself. For example: "My prayers are powerful and effective. God richly supplies all my financial needs. I walk in ever-increasing health. I live under a supernatural protection."

I have attached a link to some of the declarations I love to say daily. When things start to look dismal in my life, I realize I have forgotten this daily discipline.

I encourage you to say these with me every day. Say them out loud. Let your ears hear them. They have the power to change the way we think. Say them enough times, and when that other voice tries to speak lies into your head, you will immediately remember the TRUTH - the promise of who you are, Who you belong to, and why you are here on earth.

Here they are. My Christmas present to you! Daily Declarations from Igniting Hope Ministries. (Steve and Wendy Backlund were some of our amazing teachers at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California.) Click here.

Find these declarations and more in my book "Tapestry, The Divine Design for Your Life." In it you will be given tools to step into your destiny, to restore hope, and to see God's plan for you. Available in print and Kindle versions here: