Needing a drink?

One of the greatest honors I have is to spend time to hear God’s heart for others. His desire to speak hope, courage and life-giving vision marks the core heart He possesses for each of us. And like a river, this encouragement that only He knows flows without interruption.

So I ask…do you need a drink of encouragement from this river today? If so, please reach out. I will share what I receive privately so that you can consider it with the Lord personally.  Hope to hear from you.

Mark

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Presence

For me, the reality of “presence” is a very important one for my journey. Whether in my relationship with Jesus, or others with skin on, the impact that presence has on my own heart is profound. I find myself regularly considering truth through the lens of presence, especially as it relates to what the Trinity speaks to me, whether in the written Word or personally. What I have come to know, day in and day out, is that I long for presence beyond my present experience. Yes, Jesus, be Emmanuel (God with Us).

Like you, I do experience it at times and in ways that defy explanation. Then there are those times that I’m found pouring my heart out without words, needing Presence to capture my fallen gaze. But answers do not always come. Many times silence reigns, both from Heaven and earth. Into that place, my questions then come about my own capacity…am I dull? Distracted? Cold? Wounded? Bitter? and the list goes on. All good questions, but not meant to be a place one should stay too long. But, some days I do stay…and in that place of broken unknown-ness, I discover a deeper longing. It’s like looking at the past-present-future reality of eternity as compared to the fragile shortness and passing of my perceived weak life (aren’t we all wounded and broken?). Some days I long for this eternity…to be present with all the other eternal beings, secure and strengthened by power beyond my own life. And yet, on other days, it feels my time here is still filled with life that needs to be lived in presence this side of heaven. A tension for sure, and one that anchors itself deep within my heart.

As I move through these shifting perspectives, I land in a place of wanting more of how I give of myself to those around me. I want to be “Present” for them, whatever that looks like. And to be sure, it changes by person and circumstance. Can I be that adaptive and sensitive? I don’t know, but am giving it all that I can.

If this echoes your own heart…let’s remember each other and be Present with one another, even when words are absent. May our paths be marked with our footprints surrounding others as we move through this dusty experience, captured by the invitation of Him who commits to us every step of the way.

Beauty that Marks God’s Kingdom

When you think about God’s Kingdom, particularly what distinguishes it on earth, what would you say? Agape or choosing love? What about the fruits of the Spirit? I suspect for each of us, our answer may be similar, but with some uniqueness given our own personal interactions with Jesus. I love this as it paints a fuller picture of the God-realm and all that it means.

For me, beauty is one specific aspect I have been seeking after, particularly its role in framing God’s kingdom on the earth both in our relationship with Jesus and with each other. I recently spoke about this at our home church to stir our hearts in this direction. I invite you to hear my comments and welcome any you may have to pass along to me (see podcast location below). I am coming to see that beauty is one way God draws us after His heart, but possibly in ways that we may not have realized. Enjoy!!

To listen, go to  The Beauty Of God Message

July 2017 Blessing

To each of you reading this post, I release over your heart new access into the heavenly realm where you both see and understand a present revelation of God’s heart for your own and how it connects to your sphere of influence. I further proclaim that the next few weeks will bring opportunity for this revelation to be more fully realized as it impacts your life at every level. In the process, may your personal union with Jesus take on a fresh and joy-filled hope no matter the circumstances of your present journey. His presence is the abundance of life in the midst of seasons of loss, pain or discouragement. When we can’t hold on, His grip never relents, always pulling us close to gaze into His eyes of life-giving love.

2017 Blessing

May your eyes be sharpened to see beyond the now and into that realm where God knows all and reveals the future;

May your heart be refashioned to hold the reality of the present, but secure in the timelessness of Jesus’ redemptive sacrifice and resurrection that brings hope to any situation;

May your strength be increased for every step in the coming journey, whether through the dark valley or the highest mountain;

May your agape, your choosing love, deepen to levels that become dangerous to your past, and footing to your future;

May your hope find its rest not on what can be, but WHO can be;

And, may each day be filled with the new and restoring mercies of God that captivate your gaze and empower your journey.

Because of Jesus and His choices, He has made you fully worth it!

Equipping Class Available

The Heart and Act of Imparting Blessings
Mark Francis, Instructor
Heaven’s Dawn Ministries

DETAILS

Description As God’s sons and daughters, we have been offered by the Father the power to bless as a birthright in Jesus. A blessing is more than kind or hopeful words; rather, they are intentional, tangible influences of life that result from specific, targeted, and crafted proclamations (oral or written), releasing Godly impact upon both the present physical world and one’s spiritual being. A primary purpose for giving and being a blessing is to establish a future legacy of overflowing life, clear destiny, and supernatural abundance for the world around us. This equipping class represents over 12 years of personal experience and practice, and explores the Biblical basis for this birthright, the role we each have for its release upon the earth, and opportunity to practice and strength our ability to offer blessing in all circumstances.

Start Date
Every Thursday evening from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Starts September 8 2016, runs 4 weeks and ends on September 29 2016

Location
The Fellowship church, 615 Sego Lily Drive, Sandy UT

Cost $40.00 / Person (due at first class)

What you receive:

  • Over 12 years of research, experience and practice from instructor
  • Copy of Details Notes, some of which will not be covered in class
  • Sample Written Blessings directed towards different audiences and serving different purposes
  • Opportunity to practice creating and recording directed blessings

Sign up Instructions/Deadline:
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, September 7th by 8 PM.
To sign up, Send message through our CONTACT page providing your name, email and phone, and how many will be attending.

Other available Equipping Classes
To explore other equipping classes that can be brought to you, visit my website at www.heavensdawn.net .

Feel free to forward to others who may be interested.

Thanks for your consideration and I’m looking forward to spending this time with you exploring how we can become greater influencers of life in our world.

 

Unrealized Promises

I have a question for those would want to share. When faced with a history of experiences that are different from what you understand as a promise of God, how do you hold these in moving forward? I personally am on a journey with this and several other questions between me and the Lord. As I deeply value the journey of others, I’m interested in hearing your thoughts about this reality.

I’m sure we’ve all experienced circumstances in life that when compared to the promises of God, they just don’t fit — extreme losses, provision challenges, deaths of dreams, etc. Certainly, we can contribute to the lack of fulfillment through our own knuckle-headedness. But I’m interested in those parts of the journey that are outside of our own failures, when we’ve believed, expected, and sought for the direction and guidance of His heart, and yet, promises remain unfulfilled or absence in our experience.

I know, some will say, “it just wasn’t God’s will”. Well, I wonder if there’s more, even beyond that potential truth. If not God’s will, why the blazing fire in my heart for it? Why the life markers along the way that continued to encourage me to continue on? You get the point. Anyway, I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

Against the Flow

Daily we all face a similar struggle, likely centered in our heart thoughts. It comes like a voice of authority, bold and loud — “conform” it says, and to what? That screaming tyranny of the moment, demanding obedience to ways of this world and its culture of self-focus. And when we don’t obey its mocking voice of arrogance? It simply takes another form, surrounding us with attack after attack on the life-giving aspects of our journey, seeking to shift us into “survival” mode. We know its taste that lingers in our mouth, one of bitterness, distraction and life-less action that consumes our best energy. Soon, the moments, then days, and months pass with little vision and revelation. Looking back, we are flooded with regret, wondering in truth what we have lost because we were too busy just trying to survive. Sound familiar? Today, and for each of us in this place, I want to plant a flag of “thus far and no more!”. Our journey, no matter the circumstances, is meant to be continuously marked by life that not only releases hope for us, but also for others around us. How do we do this? Simply put…stop, turn and face the onslaught head on. Whatever the flow against you, Jesus is greater. His life proved that no matter what things looked like, there was more to Him than could be anticipated. And so it is with us. With the Holy Spirit within us, as released by Jesus unto all who bend their knee to Him as King, we too possess life from His own that cannot be anticipated. It beats to Heaven’s rhythm, in sync with the Godhead, and with a power source that NEVER diminishes. We were made to not only stand against the flow, but to charge it with greater weapons marked by the character of God — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and so on. So, stand tall and rush forth into the thick of the onslaught. Like the Red Sea before Moses, every lying voice will be silenced and banished when contested by the real truth of Life Eternal within us. You are a warrior…Let’s become the battle to every spiritual power who mocks the life of Jesus within us. All of Heaven is rattling earth with the cry of victory!

Beyond Our Reach

Generations come and go, each marked with unique contributions to the history of humanity. Some change life and its experience in ways that bring wondrous joy while others become dark chapters stealing hope from our hearts. In either, there remains a truth that each generation seems to have to discover afresh regardless of the experience of the previous. The God of this Universe, the Great I AM, remains beyond our reach of any and all our attempts to bring Him to our realm. In contrast though, NOTHING is beyond Him and motivated by His surpassing love for each of us, He reaches into our realm to invite us near. What’s more, His reach is more than a noble gesture from the Supreme King…rather He offers a relationship with Him with the only access point created by the offering of His One and Only Son on a cross of death that humanity constructed. A wonder above wonders, that He who is out of our reach, reaches to us to give our lives value beyond this life. Thank You Jesus…