Tuesday, January 31, 2023

For You Do Not Know What Tomorrow May Bring.....

Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow,

    for you do not know what a day may bring. 


How many know when the enemy overplays his hand, he reveals his plans???   

I just want to say, I am not writing this blog to instill fear......to coerce you into buying my product, or to bring condemnation or judgement upon you.   It is my heartfelt passion and more so compassion for God's people to prepare! 

Just recently Biden, revealed to America that FOOD SHORTAGES were coming!!  Here's just one source https://www.foxnews.com/video/6319517278112      The enemy has overplayed his hand through Biden!   

In 2009, the Lord showed me the USA would see famine.  I've shared in the blog before that the Lord has given me visions of what's coming.   This is how I got started with Thrive Life.  He is the one who led me to the company and to be a VOICE.    I have seen some progress in people getting prepared.... but I still feel it falls on deaf ears.   In 2014, the Lord told me to start interceding for His people - to open deaf ears and blind eyes to see and know the Truth.   I have prayed faithfully for that.  I have prayed for heightened discernment for His people.   And yet, I still feel many are unknowingly deceived.....or worse yet, burying their heads in the sand.  "This is America, we won't have food shortages?"   "God is our provider"  Yes, He is... but He also gives us ample notice to prepare.  Are you listening to His still small voice?  Are you asking Him for guidance.  Even Homeland Security tells people to prepare for natural disasters.   

Ezekiel 3:17-19 - Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. 

Some people think a few canned goods or a pantry and refrigerator/freezer full of food is enough.  

What if power goes down?  How will you cook your food?  How will you store your food?  How long will it last in your refrigerator or freezer?   

In 2007, the Lord showed me a "great blackout".  What that looks like, I don't know for sure, but what I sense from my talks with the Lord, is that we will see great food shortages and even power outages for up to 90 days and then maybe upgrade somewhat....but life as we know it will never return.   

Amos 3:7 Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.

We are already seeing food shortage and 300% increases in egg prices?  Egg farms are being destroyed, cattle farms are being destroyed, food plants are being burned down..... do you think that will magically not affect our food?    Heck, I just about had a heart attack when I bought asparagus last week.  When I looked at my receipt trying to figure out how 3 little bags of food cost me $89, I found I paid $14 for that asparagus.  Geez!  If I hadn't already got home, I think I might have returned it.  

This past weekend we had some friends over for dinner.  He's a store manager of a grocery store.  He is saying that is very very difficult to get what he orders.  He is having to find other avenues and even that is difficult.   

Imagine for just a minute - what if - a natural disaster hits, something that would affect our food supply instantly.  How long do you think the grocery store shelves would stay in stock?  What kind of mad house, and crazy lunatics would you have to come across trying to get what you can?  Would you really want to put yourself in that situation?  Does that bring you peace?  

Imagine this -what if things hit the fan (and they are heading that way fast).... what if you could just remain calm, knowing that you have food.  Knowing that what you have is something that will carry you through - and will last for a long time.  Does that bring you peace?   

You can prepare now.   There are so many "freeze dried" food companies out there.  They have been popping up for the last decade or so.  Many know and see the writing on the wall and they are trying to capitalize on the profits before the inevitable happens.   I have tasted at least 20+ of these companies food.  You have no idea where they are sourcing it, what quality control measures are in place and by sampling it, you will see what I mean.   

In 2009, the Lord pointed me towards Thrive Life.  They are the number one freeze dried food source and largest company in the United States - and soon to be overseas.  Why?  Because they have very strict standards, have control of their farms and food supplies.  Their quality control is over the top!  They mean business!    The 2 owners and the President and CEO are all incredibly filled with wisdom and foresight.  They are taking measures to prepare for the worst of times and yet still be able to supply the USA and other countries with food!  Wow!!!!!    My prayer is that they succeed.  And it should be your prayer too.   

And don't just prepare food - prepare for no paper products (hint toilet paper), toiletries and more.  Bartering may be our way of getting things we need.   Or we live without.  I don't know about you, but I'm not fond of the idea of not having toilet paper or water or food.  


I hope and pray we won't actually see what I have heard from the Lord.  We don't know what tomorrow brings, but we do know who holds our future in His hands.   My suggestion is to seek the Lord.  Ask Him what does He want you to prepare for.  Some people may need a bunch to care for elderly friends and family or neighbors....and others may need just enough for them.    I would rather purchase food and supplies and not "have" to use it... then to be up a creek without a paddle and not have anything.  



If you are interested in learning more - you can check out my website at https://michelecole.thrivelife.com or you can email me or call me.  

Please get prepared!   

Praise & Prayer - 

1.  Huge huge praise report...... I have been praying for a new bed for 9+ years.  We have been sleeping on the same mattress for 33 years.  We have bought inexpensive foam toppers but the one we have now is  even old.   Tonight we get a 5 year old - NEW to us Stearns & Foster mattress & box springs.  It has a built in foam topper on top of the top of the line mattress.  It is comfortable and I haven't been able to stop thanking God for this blessing.  The lady originally offered to sell to us for $100 then lowered the price to $50.  Wow!!!!   and then to top that off, someone gave us $50 out of the blue and so that is how we will pay for it.   God is so good!  I am believing that will help one with sleep but two even help with the pain in my back & hips.   So whoooohooo God!!! 

2.  Thank you for your continued prayers for Ken and having work.  Thankfully his boss likes him and he seems to get the first work available.  There are 2 guys that are not working at all - and haven't since before Christmas.   Even know we need more income to pay our bills....we are thankful for the work Ken has.  

3.  Please pray for increase in Thrive Life business..... so I can make the additional income we need... I don't want to do the business just for the income...  I am done with "sales".  Sales wears me out!  I just want people prepared, truly!  

4.  Praise - we sooo love our new church home and have been received well there.  Our home group is continuing to grow deep with God and with each other and outwardly as well.  We are already needing bigger space.  LOL!  

5.  Please pray for warmer temps.  This winter has been unusually cold.  We get snow and then a deep freeze so our roads stay icy. Our bedroom only has a space heater which we are careful how much we use (cost to use is high)..... so our temps stay between 52-55 typically.  No problem for sleeping but really cold getting out of bed to use the bathroom or shower (i know tmi)!  

Please let me know how I can pray for you.  I am thankful for those who reach out with prayer requests.   

Hugs, love and prayers.

Ken & Michele Cole 

michele@wantinsight.com

michelecole.thrivelife.com - quality freeze dried food - simple to use, quality, non GMO, nutritious & delicious.  

Here are ways you can give if you feel led:

1.  Non tax deductible donations can be made to:

     Ken & Michele Cole, 103 Geneva Ave, Hamilton, MT 59840  (preferable as the options below will tax us) 

     This is the only way currently we can use funds for our personal needs at this time.  or through 

Paypal - paypal.me/micheleacole 

Venmo- @Michele-Cole-20

Cashapp - cash.app/$micheleacole2019     


2.  Tax deductible options:

     Checks payable to Sonlit Fields, 103 Geneva Ave, Hamilton, MT 59840

     This goes into our ministry account to be used for outreach and saving towards our vision.

     Donor Fund - The Signatry - Ken & Michele Cole - listed under Want InSight Fund.

     7171 W 95th Street, Suite 501, Overland Park, KS 66212

     Phone 913 310 0279

     www.thesignatry,com

     This is an option to keep gifts anonymous - again for outreach and savings toward our vision.

Vision

God has given us a vision to build a retreat property along with ministry equipping center.  

The retreat portion of our ministry is to provide a safe place for pastors, lay leaders & other ministry folks to come and be refreshed & encouraged through prophetic ministry (if wanted).  We will offer private cabins with kitchens & full bathrooms, and plenty of places to roam on the property to get quiet with the Lord. 

We will offer other specialty retreats - marriage, healing, prophetic teaching & activating people into the world & health and wellness retreats and more.  

The Lord has graced us with the desire to come alongside the Church - to bring healing, deliverance & freedom to new/newer believers.  We are not wanting to replace their church, but better help them be ready to serve in their church. 

In our community building - we will eventually have a 24/7 prayer room, healing & prophetic rooms and a place for community worship services for those on the property.  

Our passion is to minister to a lost & hurting world.   To equip the saints to do the same and to be a blessing to our community and surrounding areas.  Our hopes are that we can pour out God's love in a mighty way to bring more and more souls into the Kingdom, get them discipled, called into their purpose & destiny and released to do God's business!!!!  We also have a passion to give generously to help those in need and to help others launch into their God given destinies.  






Thursday, January 19, 2023

Job's Friends....

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 

Do you know Job's friends?  Do you have someone in your life that always seems to know the answer to your problem or circumstance?  Is there someone you see in Christian circles that always seems to have the "fix" for everyone's problems?  

This past weekend at Sunday School.... a gentlemen shared about his health.  In context, he was saying that as he has asked God to take the disease away, God's reply has been My Grace is Sufficient for you.  He still contends for healing but yet knows God is using this disease to reach others.   His transparency however landed a comment directed at him that maybe he didn't have enough faith to be healed.  If he would only open the Word of God and read it aloud - you know faith comes by hearing, hearing by the Word.    When that came out of the person's mouth, my stomach felt like I was kicked hard.  I looked around the room and there were several of us who showed a similar response.   Ouch!!  That's what I'd call a friend of Job's.  

Since I have dealt with chronic health issues for 38+ years.... I have had many of Job's friends visit me as well.    Here's just a few of the comments I get....

1.  You must not have enough faith.

2.  You must have unforgiveness towards someone.

3.  You must not be eating right, exercising enough, etc....

4.  You must not be taking "my" supplements!  I literally had someone tell me that God told them because I was not buying their $500 a month protocol of their supplements, God would not heal me.  

5.  I need to repent, renounce everything including the kitchen sink repeatedly.  

6.  I must have so much sin in my life that God would keep me sick and debilitated. 

7.  If only you did this, or did that, you'd be healed.  

You get the point now, don't you?  

All of these points (well not #4)  have some validity and can hinder healing... but have you ever just stopped and asked them "What is God speaking to you"  What is God saying to you regarding your circumstance?  We are so quick to "put on" to others our ideas, opinions, solutions and experiences.  We don't take the time to just have compassion and kindness.   This applies to any circumstance whether it be health, or financial or anything someone is going through.   And if you don't have a one on one relationship with this person, why do you feel you can speak into that person's life in the first place.  You would have no idea on the day to day walk they have.  We are often guilty of jumping to conclusions instead of just asking a few questions and finding out more.   

Do you know how many times I've gone (and others)  into a downward spiral because we have friends like Job?  We never know how our words may affect someone in the moment?  

Years ago,  I had someone speak over me that Satan has an assignment over my life.  He is going to do everything in his power to take me out.   I was a fairly new Christian and since they were a leader, I took that into my spirit.   I thought wow I'm going to die.  When? I assumed my  health issues were my "lot" in the Christian life.     When I shared that with my home group and thankful I had such amazing sound teachers, they said oh no..... that was not good!  They prayed and broke off that word curse.      If you have something to share with someone, please learn how to word it - turn it for good... don't speak curses over them.  Seriously!!    Here's how I may have worded that.  "You have a great call on your life and God wants to use you powerfully.   Satan doesn't like that and he may try to throw everything at you to change that, but God says you are an overcomer and God is with you and nothing can thwart God's plans for your life.     Do you see the difference?  Which one would you prefer? Blessing or Curse?  

We have got to take the time to think about what we want to say and speak in a way that will be uplifting and encouraging.   Our words have power. The Word of God says life and death are in the tongue!  What is your tongue speaking over others.  

Years ago when I started this blog, I felt the Lord wanted me to be transparent.  He wanted my struggles and victories to be heard.  So many times we hear of a person having a trial and then we hear the outcome - the overcoming part, but we don't hear about the details in between.  That is what God has asked of me in this blog and in my walk.  Do you know how hard that is - the transparency part is a cake walk next to the comments and feedback I get.  Assumptions are made, answers are thrown out flippantly and sadly, all out attacks are given.   Yeah for me.  Very few actually say wow.... you are going through it.  Or how can I come alongside you and walk this out with you?  How can I support you?   This quote seems pretty appropriate right now.

“True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. People describe intercession by saying, “It is putting yourself in someone else’s place.” That is not true! Intercession is putting yourself in God’s place; it is having His mind and His perspective.” ― Oswald Chambers 

Would God shame you or condemn you?   No!!!  So why do we do that to others.  Bob Sorge said one time that God doesn't look at the day to day walk, He looks at the trajectory of our life. Are we growing?  Are we progressing upwards over time?  That's what He's looking for.  He's not beating us down because we have a bad moment or a bad day or week?  He's not even looking at if we have a bad year or two.  LIfe is hard.  Life is challenging.   He knows that.  And He is more concerned with us growing in Him.  


How can we be the body of Christ God intended?  How can we shift our attitude to one that is encouraging and uplifting?  How can we stop projecting onto others our ideas, opinions and attitudes.       Here's what I know to be true:  Hurt people, hurt people.  Healed people, heal people.   Seek the Lord, ask Him to create a clean heart in us.  Ask Him to renew a right spirit in us.  Help us to be people who truly demonstrate God's love to a lost, broken and hurting world...especially to your fellow brother and sisters in Christ.   There's a song most of us know.... here are the words:    This is what Christianity should be about - LOVE!! 

https://youtu.be/3EBShVUTH0U (listen here) 
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the LordWe are one in the Spirit, we are one in the LordAnd we pray that our unity will one day be restoredAnd they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our loveYeah they'll know we are Christians by our love
We will work with each other, we will work side by sideWe will work with each other, we will work side by sideAnd we'll guard each man's dignity and save each man's pride
And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our loveYeah, they'll know we are Christians by our love.

If you've had a friend or two like Job, I'm so sorry.  I repent on their behalf and pray that you have been able to overcome and hurt, disappointment or bitterness towards them.  IF you've been a friend like Job's, please ask the Lord for forgiveness and to help you show His love in a different way.   

We all go through challenges, trials & major setbacks.   Think about what you need when you're in one of these situations?  What brings you hope, encouragement and the courage to get through?   Do the same to others that you would want.   How can you come alongside someone?   

Praise & Prayer Reports....

1.  Thank you for your prayers for Ken's work.  His boss created a couple days of work at his own personal home.  And now he has at least a few more days on another job.  So Thankful for that!   We still need additional income beyond him full time - but God's in control! 

2.  The pain levels are extra high for some reason.  I just continue to trust that God will give me a grace to continue to walk this out until such time He chooses to heal. 

 Please let me know how I can pray for you.  I am thankful for those who reach out with prayer requests.   

Hugs, love and prayers.

Ken & Michele Cole 

michele@wantinsight.com

michelecole.thrivelife.com - quality freeze dried food - simple to use, quality, non GMO, nutritious & delicious.  

Here are ways you can give if you feel led:

1.  Non tax deductible donations can be made to:

     Ken & Michele Cole, 103 Geneva Ave, Hamilton, MT 59840  (preferable as the options below will tax us) 

     This is the only way currently we can use funds for our personal needs at this time.  or through 

Paypal - paypal.me/micheleacole 

Venmo- @Michele-Cole-20

Cashapp - cash.app/$micheleacole2019     


2.  Tax deductible options:

     Checks payable to Sonlit Fields, 103 Geneva Ave, Hamilton, MT 59840

     This goes into our ministry account to be used for outreach and saving towards our vision.

     Donor Fund - The Signatry - Ken & Michele Cole - listed under Want InSight Fund.

     7171 W 95th Street, Suite 501, Overland Park, KS 66212

     Phone 913 310 0279

     www.thesignatry,com

     This is an option to keep gifts anonymous - again for outreach and savings toward our vision.

Vision

God has given us a vision to build a retreat property along with ministry equipping center.  

The retreat portion of our ministry is to provide a safe place for pastors, lay leaders & other ministry folks to come and be refreshed & encouraged through prophetic ministry (if wanted).  We will offer private cabins with kitchens & full bathrooms, and plenty of places to roam on the property to get quiet with the Lord. 

We will offer other specialty retreats - marriage, healing, prophetic teaching & activating people into the world & health and wellness retreats and more.  

The Lord has graced us with the desire to come alongside the Church - to bring healing, deliverance & freedom to new/newer believers.  We are not wanting to replace their church, but better help them be ready to serve in their church. 

In our community building - we will eventually have a 24/7 prayer room, healing & prophetic rooms and a place for community worship services for those on the property.  

Our passion is to minister to a lost & hurting world.   To equip the saints to do the same and to be a blessing to our community and surrounding areas.  Our hopes are that we can pour out God's love in a mighty way to bring more and more souls into the Kingdom, get them discipled, called into their purpose & destiny and released to do God's business!!!!  We also have a passion to give generously to help those in need and to help others launch into their God given destinies.  



Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Going Deeper

Have your roots planted deep in Christ. Grow in Him. Get your strength from Him. Let Him make you strong in the faith as you have been taught. Your life should be full of thanks to Him. Colossians 2:7 


Have you ever prayed for something and just the opposite occurs?   I think we all have at some point.  

For the past few years, I've been crying out to God, take me deeper, restore the joy of my salvation, give me the childlike faith I used to have.  I want such a hunger and thirst for Him that I am never satisfied.  

When I first got saved, I prayed for world overcoming faith.  I really think that was the Holy Spirit prompting me to pray that, because now that I've been walking with the Lord for 20+ years, I don't think I'd word it quite that way.  LOL! 

I'm not writing this to gain sympathy.... I'm writing because one I feel like the Lord asked me to and two because I think my life parallels what the Church may be going through (just different circumstances).   Often, I "feel" an atmosphere and can pick up on what others are going through, or a spirit a city may be oppressed by.  

I have been being hit with wave after wave of depression, a longing to go home/heaven.  I am discouraged.  I'm tired of not feeling well, living with chronic pain & suffering day in and day out.  I'm tired of not sleeping much.    I find myself thinking why would I want to continue living if this is what life is going to be.  I feel like what Solomon wrote in 

Ecclesiastes 1:2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher “Utterly meaningless!  Everything is meaningless.”

I believe the Church is being pressed beyond measure.  I believe we are experiencing trial after trial and crushing after crushing for a reason.  We are experiencing hardships and suffering because God wants us to go deeper.  I don't believe He's the author of these, but I do believe He uses them for our good and for the good of helping others.  

Sunday, our pastor said the theme of this year is "Going Deeper".    I resonated with that, because I've been praying that for sometime.... I do believe God is calling His Church to a deeper more intimate relationship with Him.   We are coming upon a great storm, something that we need to know Him, trust Him and can depend on Him to see us through.   The only way we can do those things if we go deeper.  We have to be willing to go into the deep end without knowing the outcome.  We have to jump in even if we don't know how to swim.  

Last May, the Lord told me he was taking away my Facebook income.  One by one all my accounts dropped off.  In July, we were told to move out of our rental which was affordable.  The only rental God opened the door for was one that was almost double what we paid.  We jumped in - trusting Him.....     We are now paying 3x what we were (mostly because our electric/gas bill).  Our income is not enough to pay this increase and we have had to pay most by credit card.   This is the first time since 1986 that we have had any credit card debt or debt at all (except our house in KC).   This is quite difficult because we are barely keeping our head above water.   Why am I telling you this?  Well, once again the Lord is showing us WE MUST TRUST HIM - and that He is our provider.  We must learn how to depend on Him for everything.   I have had a few animated discussions with Him because I had enjoyed going back to work (remotely) and making an income again.  It was such a nice 2 years of not having to wonder how we would pay a bill or how we would be able to eat?  God has always been faithful but if you've had to depend on him for everything, you know it's still a hard walk to walk.   Just a few days ago, the Lord said to me, this is an answer to your prayer.  You asked to go deeper.  You asked for faith that would sustain you?  You asked for world overcoming faith.  I am so ready to throw in the towel.... and yet somehow, His grace sustains me and I overcome.  

It is so easy here in America to make our income our god; to make health insurance our god; to make anything that brings us comfort our god.   I believe the Lord is wanting His Church to release everything that will hinder us in going deeper with Him.  

Are we willing to surrender our daily life to the Lord?  Are  we willing to be intentional day in and day out to seek the Lord for what HE has planned for our lives that day?  And will we be obedient?  

Recently in our home group, we were talking about the passage in John 14:14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.   What it all boiled down to was as we abide with Him, as we seek His Kingdom first, then we will bear fruit.  Fruit not only the fruits of the spirit, though those are important, but fruit meaning we will know His will, hear His voice and act on what He asks of us.    I saw this graphic on Facebook and it resonated so deeply within that I wanted to share it here.  "Time is non-refundable.  Use it with  intention!"   There is so much that God wants to do in us and through us, but we have to be willing.   I'm sure some of us are doing some things that are good, but let's all ask God if that's what He wants us to be doing.   

Here are a few questions I pray and ask when I wake up each morning.  

1.  Lord, what is on your heart today?  

2.  Lord, who do you want me praying for today?  

3. Lord, is there anyone that you want me to do something special for?  Is there someone in need?  

4. Lord, what do you want me to learn today in Your Word?  How can I apply that to my walk with You?  

I pause between these questions and listen intently...journal what I hear and then act on it!  I don't mean this arrogantly but He wants people to be encouraged?  I must text sometimes upwards 10-40 people a day - something I sensed in my spirit.  I often get a response that what I sent was very timely and quite encouraging.   Sometimes we just have to be intentional on LISTENING!  Not always asking - oh and believe me, I ask and ask and ask.   

Going deeper may unfortunately take a trial or an unwanted experience to get your eyes on Jesus.   Sometimes, a thorn in the flesh helps us to become more dependent on Him.  Sometimes going deeper may mean just rest - not sleep necessarily, but rest in Him.  Cease striving and KNOW that He is God.  

Lord reveal to us Your heart - what do You have for us to do?  What is something we can do that will bring glory to YOU?   We want more of you Lord!! Take us deeper!!!


TESTIMONY - 

On another note I wanted to share a pretty cool story.   I met this lady (we'll call her Deann just for giggles).   I met Deann about a year ago.  We've become fast friends and I have been lifting her in prayer because she lost her husband unexpectedly about a month after we met.  In mid-December we were out for coffee.  I had a sense that she was going to tell me she met a man.  She did.  She told me this really amazing story on how she met this guy, a relationship was not on her radar and yet he fell into her lap.  It was love at first sight - literally.  I asked her if she met him 30 days ago.  She said oh my gosh yes exactly!   Immediately the Lord took me into what I call a "movie reel vision" - I was seeing the next 30-45 days play out in my head.  I began to smirk and she said "What? No, don't tell me"   She knows I hear from God.  So I said ok, fine, I'll text myself so that I can share it with you another time.  I texted that there was a whirlwind of activity around these two and that she would have a ring on her finger before Valentine's Day.  I really sensed that she would be married by then, not just the ring.   Well, two weeks ago, we met for coffee again.   She was telling me how they were getting super close and I asked her if they had discussed "it" yet.  She knew what I was asking and said Yes.  That they hadn't used the "word" yet but they were talked about in a round about way.  The Lord told me to tell her we were ordained just in case.    Last week, she texted me to say "they" were on the way over to our house.  She was picking up some soup I made and he was giving me some homemade elderberry syrup.  But, I knew they were going to tell me they were engaged.   When they walked in - she said "We need your services".  Lol.  She asked us to officiate their wedding which is coming up the end of this month!   How fun is that!!   What I so enjoy about this story, is that God knew what the two of them needed even before they did.  They have so many things in common and have such a great friendship already!   I also love that God does things SUDDENLY!   So if you are praying for something or not - God still knows your need and He will do it!  That's encouraging! 

Prayer & Praise Updates..

1.  Please pray for additional income.  Ken has missed almost 2 weeks of work as there is NO work.  His boss is really good to him and gave him whatever he could, but inside jobs this time of year are needed and unfortunately there isn't much work.  Other employees often don't work for months at a time.  Yikes!     I have just a little income coming in from Thrive....but not enough.  Pray for opportunity for that to grow!  

2.  Please pray as it is finally on my calendar with the help of a good friend to write my books.  The Lord has been asking this of me and I just haven't had much mental stamina or motivation due to health.  I have a friend who is going to help me write and organize my thoughts and stories.  I'm excited.  Pray we get this launched in February and it goes well!  

3.  Please pray for health - sleep & pain mostly.  I still deal with 24/7 chronic pain in back, knee, hip & feet.  I've also have many other symptoms I won't bore you with.    I am getting some sleep but it's not deep restful or long sleep.   It leaves me with little energy and limited focus.  Have you ever looked up sleep deprivation? Don't!  Chronic Pain wears me out!!    I'm hanging on by a thread..... trusting God that one day soon, I will see my healing! 

4.  Our home group is growing and I am finding myself already praying for God to expand our space once again.  I prayed that prayer for a year in our last home before he moved us here.  We love love love the house we live in.  It truly is an answer to that prayer.  We are comfortable in it - just need the resources to make sure we can keep affording it.   There is nothing here any cheaper, however.    We do love our home group.  We are truly building some deep relationships and growing in the Lord together.   

5.  We love our new church - we are attending the local Assemblies of God.  Our pastors are real, authentic & passionately in love with Jesus!    

 Please let me know how I can pray for you.  I am thankful for those who reach out with prayer requests.   

Hugs, love and prayers.

Ken & Michele Cole 

michele@wantinsight.com

michelecole.thrivelife.com - quality freeze dried food - simple to use, quality, non GMO, nutritious & delicious.  

Here are ways you can give if you feel led:

1.  Non tax deductible donations can be made to:

     Ken & Michele Cole, 103 Geneva Ave, Hamilton, MT 59840  (preferable as the options below will tax us) 

     This is the only way currently we can use funds for our personal needs at this time.  or through 

Paypal - paypal.me/micheleacole 

Venmo- @Michele-Cole-20

Cashapp - cash.app/$micheleacole2019     


2.  Tax deductible options:

     Checks payable to Sonlit Fields, 103 Geneva Ave, Hamilton, MT 59840

     This goes into our ministry account to be used for outreach and saving towards our vision.

     Donor Fund - The Signatry - Ken & Michele Cole - listed under Want InSight Fund.

     7171 W 95th Street, Suite 501, Overland Park, KS 66212

     Phone 913 310 0279

     www.thesignatry,com

     This is an option to keep gifts anonymous - again for outreach and savings toward our vision.

Vision

God has given us a vision to build a retreat property along with ministry equipping center.  

The retreat portion of our ministry is to provide a safe place for pastors, lay leaders & other ministry folks to come and be refreshed & encouraged through prophetic ministry (if wanted).  We will offer private cabins with kitchens & full bathrooms, and plenty of places to roam on the property to get quiet with the Lord. 

We will offer other specialty retreats - marriage, healing, prophetic teaching & activating people into the world & health and wellness retreats and more.  

The Lord has graced us with the desire to come alongside the Church - to bring healing, deliverance & freedom to new/newer believers.  We are not wanting to replace their church, but better help them be ready to serve in their church. 

In our community building - we will eventually have a 24/7 prayer room, healing & prophetic rooms and a place for community worship services for those on the property.  

Our passion is to minister to a lost & hurting world.   To equip the saints to do the same and to be a blessing to our community and surrounding areas.  Our hopes are that we can pour out God's love in a mighty way to bring more and more souls into the Kingdom, get them discipled, called into their purpose & destiny and released to do God's business!!!!  We also have a passion to give generously to help those in need and to help others launch into their God given destinies.  




Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Are YOU Doing What YOU Were Created To Do?


For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10 ESV 
   

This morning in my quiet time, I was reading a commentary on 1 Kings 5.  This is about Solomon building the temple.  In the commentary, a line jumped out at me.  "Let God's promises quicken our endeavor."    and then a quote I saw on social media. "Don't count the days' make the days count."  Danny Courtney.   

I sat with those two statements and Ephesians 2:10 came to mind. 

I want to ask you a blunt question.   Are you doing what you were created to do?   Seriously, think about that for a moment.   One question I ask people when we I first meet someone is - if you could do anything at all, your greatest passion, and not have to worry about money or anything else, what would it be?    Years ago, the Lord showed me that He truly is the one who gives us the desires IN our heart.  He prepared good works for us long before we were born.  As we mature and grow, He puts us in situations and places and introduces us to people who can help us get to the "place of good works" He predestined for us.   Think about Joseph for a minute.  God gave him a dream.  Has God give you a dream?   He gave Joseph a dream and he shared that dream with his brothers.  He shared it because he was excited about it.  He wanted to jump right into it.  But God had different plans.  God had to prepare him for it.  God had to take him through trials, testing and perseverance so that when it was time, He would be "prepared" to do the good works God predestined for His life.    The same is true for us.  God gives us many talents and gifts and resources as we grow and mature.  He molds us and shapes us into the person He needs us to be, so we can fulfill the purpose, calling and destiny on our lives.   While we are going through that process, we don't always understand or we think we must not be hitting the mark.  Or others think we are missing the boat, somehow.  Believe me I know that!   Everything that happens to us, whether good, evil or human intent, God uses to bring us to the place He has for us.   

Let's go back to those two statements.....  

1. Let God's promise quicken our endeavors -  God called Solomon to build the temple.  He didn't waste any time.  He took hold of the promise and the call and he was INTENTIONAL.   He put the pieces in motion and He got to see the results.  God predestined Solomon to be the one to do this.  God asked Solomon what he wanted.  God would give him anything he asked.  And his answer was wisdom and understanding.  He didn't ask for wealth or power.  He asked for wisdom.  Let us all endeavor to ask God for wisdom that He freely gives so that we can be sure we are DOING what He prepared in advance for us to do.     

2.  Don't count the day's, make the days count - this goes right along with that.  Each day when you get out of bed, do you seek the Lord and ask Him what He wants you to do today?  Or do you just get up and do what you're used to doing.  I can't say I do this everyday, but I do often ask Him, what is on your heart Lord.  Who do you want me to pray for?  Will you create a divine appointment or divine connection?  And then, I wait on Him, listen for His voice and act on whatever He says.   

Ken and I are NOT where we feel God has predestined for us YET!   I do feel we are on the path and He is leading and guiding us.   Our passion and desire is to step into the fullness of His call on our lives.  We are doing it on a smaller scale and long for the more.....    I want to share a recommendation from our previous pastors in El Dorado Springs, MO that relates to this.....

“Our lives have been enriched for the past four years by the ministry of Ken and Michele Cole. We have been blessed to be their pastor during a portion of this time, but beyond that, we have found this friendship to be a rare pastor-parishioner relationship in which we have received more than we have given. Anyone would be hard pressed to "out give" this couple who live out their calling every day. 


Ken and Michele have a heart for pastors and missionaries. It is rare to come across people like this who so intimately understand the demands of ministry! They continually ask us how they can pray for us, and then they DO IT. They are incredibly gifted with discernment, intercession, hospitality, faith, helps, teaching, exhortation, and service, and they utilize their gifts effectively to bring glory to God and refreshment to others.


Interestingly, though they have not yet entered their promised land (a retreat center where they can expand their ministry), for the past four years they have given 100% of their energies in ministry while waiting in the desert. They have continued to believe God was going to provide, all the while seeking out individuals who they could encourage and minister to. They haven't focused solely on the pastoral families in our church, but to multiple other pastors, leaders, and lay people; countless people in a wide geographical area have had life poured into them by Ken and Michele. Their home is filled with people nearly every day of the week, as they feed them amazing meals (we could write a whole chapter here; what unbelievable chefs they are!), pray over them, love on them, and support and serve them with their ears, hands, and hearts. 


It is our feeling that God has been preparing, grooming, and refining Ken and Michele, but it is time for their ministry to move to a new level. A couple like this - so gifted and sold out to God and His purposes for their lives - needs a bigger platform so as to minister to greater numbers of thirsty and weary pastors and leaders. We continue to pray that God will, in His abundant provision, allow them to purchase a retreat property to continue to serve in an even greater capacity. 


Thank you for considering our recommendation of Ken and Michele Cole as worthy recipients of financial backing in the realization of God's vision and plan for them”

In His service, Joe and Faith Trussell


What is it that you would do if you could do anything?   
What brings life to you?  What purpose has God created you for that can expand the Kingdom?  That can help the lonely, brokenhearted?  Feed the hungry?  Reach the lost?  Minister to those in need?  

Are you doing it?  

Make every day count for the Kingdom!  Step into the plans God has for you.   


Some very specific prayer needs.....

Additional income.  We are in a rental that is twice what we were paying for.  This is the only one God opened the door for.  It's also that time of year when all our insurances come due.   We are feeling the pressure.... and are trusting God to meet our needs.  He has been so faithful in many ways.   He has always met our needs.... it's just not always fun to have to rely on Him and not consistent income.   

We leave for Cancun 11/7-11/12.  Thankful that the entire trip, flight, resort, food, shuttle, tours etc are all paid for by the by company Thrive Life....   however we will have to pay taxes on the cost of the trip.   I am also a little apprehensive leaving the country still dealing with chronic pain in feet, knee, back and little sleep.  The flight days will be 12-14 hours long arriving at midnight in Mexico...and departure is early am so we have to be up by 3am.   That's about the time I get my best sleep.    Please pray for God's grace to give me peace...no anxiety.    We haven't been on a plan since 2011.  We haven't had a real vacation since then.  We are looking forward to feet in the sand and good food!   

Please pray for my continued healing...  Pray for my Thrive Life business to be sufficient to help pay our bills.  

Please pray for Ken's safety on job and for 40 hours a week over the winter months...that's when it tends to slow down some.  

  

Please let me know how I can pray for you.  I am thankful for those who reach out with prayer requests.   

Hugs, love and prayers.

Ken & Michele Cole 

michele@wantinsight.com

michelecole.thrivelife.com - quality freeze dried food - simple to use, quality, non GMO, nutritious & delicious.  

Here are ways you can give if you feel led:

1.  Non tax deductible donations can be made to:

     Ken & Michele Cole, 103 Geneva Ave, Hamilton, MT 59840  (preferable as the options below will tax us) 

     This is the only way currently we can use funds for our personal needs at this time.  or through 

Paypal - paypal.me/micheleacole 

Venmo- @Michele-Cole-20

Cashapp - cash.app/$micheleacole2019     


2.  Tax deductible options:

     Checks payable to Sonlit Fields, 103 Geneva Ave, Hamilton, MT 59840

     This goes into our ministry account to be used for outreach and saving towards our vision.

     Donor Fund - The Signatry - Ken & Michele Cole - listed under Want InSight Fund.

     7171 W 95th Street, Suite 501, Overland Park, KS 66212

     Phone 913 310 0279

     www.thesignatry,com

     This is an option to keep gifts anonymous - again for outreach and savings toward our vision.

Vision

God has given us a vision to build a retreat property along with ministry equipping center.  

The retreat portion of our ministry is to provide a safe place for pastors, lay leaders & other ministry folks to come and be refreshed & encouraged through prophetic ministry (if wanted).  We will offer private cabins with kitchens & full bathrooms, and plenty of places to roam on the property to get quiet with the Lord. 

We will offer other specialty retreats - marriage, healing, prophetic teaching & activating people into the world & health and wellness retreats and more.  

The Lord has graced us with the desire to come alongside the Church - to bring healing, deliverance & freedom to new/newer believers.  We are not wanting to replace their church, but better help them be ready to serve in their church. 

In our community building - we will eventually have a 24/7 prayer room, healing & prophetic rooms and a place for community worship services for those on the property.  

Our passion is to minister to a lost & hurting world.   To equip the saints to do the same and to be a blessing to our community and surrounding areas.  Our hopes are that we can pour out God's love in a mighty way to bring more and more souls into the Kingdom, get them discipled, called into their purpose & destiny and released to do God's business!!!!  We also have a passion to give generously to help those in need and to help others launch into their God given destinies.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Tell My People to Prepare......Their Hearts

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 

As I was sitting here this morning, I asked the Lord what was on His heart.  What did He want His people to hear today.  And I heard "tell my people to prepare....their hearts."  

Well, that's a loaded statement.  Who am I Lord to answer that question?  And He says.... wisdom from above will lead you and guide you.  

Who knows that our world we live in is in very tumultuous times?  What news can we trust? What can we hear or read that is truth and not biased and leading opinions?  

One of my favorite quotes is this by Abraham Lincoln - "Don't believe everything you read on the internet"     Ok....I'm pretty sure he didn't really say this - but just making a point.  LOL!! 

How can we prepare our hearts?  What does that look like? How can we know truth from lies or truth from half truths?  How can we know which direction God wants us to go?  

I can only look to the Scriptures to find these answers - here are a few I found: 

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 

Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21 

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  James 1:5 

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.  Jeremiah 33:3 (Ken's life verse) 

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.  John 16:13 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.  Psalm 32:8 

There are so many nuggets of wisdom in the Word of God that give us assurance that God leads us, that He is directing our steps and that we know His voice.   

We often second guess ourselves.  We ask is this God's will.  If it's in His Word or doesn't contradict His word, it is most likely Him.   

The most important thing we can do now TO PREPARE OUR HEARTS is to truly be committed to reading, studying and applying His Word in our lives.   The more we fill ourselves with His Truth, the more we will be confident in knowing what God is saying to us.  We will find ourselves in peace in the midst of trials and tribulation.   We will find provision in the midst of lack.  We will find strength and encouragement in the midst of uncertainty.    

The next would be to committed to a home group/fellowship.  The Church is great and I'm not discounting what that can do for us......but it is in the smaller home groups that we become real. We are more likely to be authentic and transparent which enables us to grow and become more like Christ.   

We also need to be "practicing" hearing God's voice.  It's easy to discount what we hear as our voice, or easily the voice of the enemy (John 10:10) but how do we practice hearing God's voice...  first and foremost it means get in the Word.  His voice will become second nature.  The other that I learned early on - if you have an intersecting thought.  Imagine with me you're going about your day and someone's name pops in your head.  Ask the Lord why? Ask the Lord how He wants you to pray?  Ask the Lord if you should reach out to them and just let them know you're thinking of them and praying for them.  Being on the receiving end of that is encouraging at least.    Here's a recent example of that.  Yesterday morning I was sitting with the Lord and this couple (who I do not know) who lives in Mexico came to mind.  (they are friends of friends our home group).   I began to pray as I felt a spirit of death on the husband.  I felt he was in a very dark place and he wasn't safe.  I reached out to my friend and she told me that he had attempted suicide and was in the hospital.  I told her what I had sensed and added a few other things I heard.  She said it was spot on.   

God wants us to know His voice.  He wants us to be so deeply in love with Him that we will do whatever He says to do.  We must be obedient and we must ACT on whatever it is.  Sometimes that will be for our own protection and safety and other times it will be for others.  We need to be able to encourage the body of Christ in these tumultuous times.  We need to be sober and alert.  We need to know that He will give us the grace we need to accomplish all He asks.   

Are you willing?  Are you willing to look different & act different than the world?  Are you willing to do whatever He says without question?  

I am!!  I'm all in.  I won't say it's easy, but it's rewarding and He is faithful!  

What is He asking of you today?  Will you do it?  

Here's a little excerpt from David Jeremiah:

Never forget, prophecy is practical!
God lets us in on His plans for the future so we can establish our plans for today. His promises should shape our priorities and sustain our spirits. Billy Graham said, “When the ‘evil day’ comes, we do not have to be dependent upon the circumstances around us, but rather on the resources of God.”
Christians are not normal people. They are extraordinary people living with supernatural power in a downward-spiraling world. We are on a mission to help others and to spread gospel hope. There’s a glorious work for you to do.
We can no longer operate with confusion or complacency. The last days are accelerating, and to me it’s exhilarating. Let’s stand as never before with biblical, Spirit-inspired determination, committed to serve Christ with all our hearts, whether by life or by death.

This I know with all my mind and believe with all my heart: time is short. Our Lord’s words are unflagging and unfailing. They must shape our priorities and energize our plans. As we study our Lord’s great sermon, every word of it underscores our mission. Every syllable establishes our glorious priorities as we await His impending return—that blessed hope—and as we say, Amen! Even so, come Lord Jesus!"

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22


Prayer & Praise - 

I've said it before but I'll say it again- I am soooooooo THANKFUL for God shifting us into this new rental home.  God has provide so faithfully to provide things we need - refrigerator, 2 couches, blinds for doors & windows, buffet, 3 ceiling fans, carpet for the garage.... wow!!!

Pray for Ken's back please- He is doing some better but still is hurting when he sits down.  He pulled a muscle a couple weeks ago working.   Pray for endurance for him.  

Pray for me please - sleep & pain.   Someday I will share of God's goodness of healing but until that time, I need the ability to endure.  

Pray for provision please- we are still navigating double rent and utilities.  Doing all we can to keep costs down so no surprises (hopefully).   Groceries here are ridiculous.  We try to make it up to Missoula (an hour away) to shop at Winco where its much more affordable but with a gas over $4 here - we have to have a pretty big list to make it worth the trip.  Pray for my Thrive Life business to grow and more opportunity to share it.  michelecole.thrivelife.com  

Please pray for my neighbors - two opportunities so far to share the gospel.  Pray it's received! 

Please let me know how I can pray for you.  I am thankful for those who reach out with prayer requests.   

Hugs, love and prayers.

Ken & Michele Cole 

michele@wantinsight.com

michelecole.thrivelife.com - quality freeze dried food - simple to use, quality, non GMO, nutritious & delicious.  

Here are ways you can give if you feel led:

1.  Non tax deductible donations can be made to:

     Ken & Michele Cole, 103 Geneva Ave, Hamilton, MT 59840  (preferable as the options below will tax us) 

     This is the only way currently we can use funds for our personal needs at this time.  or through 

Paypal - paypal.me/micheleacole 

Venmo- @Michele-Cole-20

Cashapp - cash.app/$micheleacole2019     


2.  Tax deductible options:

     Checks payable to Sonlit Fields, 103 Geneva Ave, Hamilton, MT 59840

     This goes into our ministry account to be used for outreach and saving towards our vision.

     Donor Fund - The Signatry - Ken & Michele Cole - listed under Want InSight Fund.

     7171 W 95th Street, Suite 501, Overland Park, KS 66212

     Phone 913 310 0279

     www.thesignatry,com

     This is an option to keep gifts anonymous - again for outreach and savings toward our vision.

Vision

God has given us a vision to build a retreat property along with ministry equipping center.  

The retreat portion of our ministry is to provide a safe place for pastors, lay leaders & other ministry folks to come and be refreshed & encouraged through prophetic ministry (if wanted).  We will offer private cabins with kitchens & full bathrooms, and plenty of places to roam on the property to get quiet with the Lord. 

We will offer other specialty retreats - marriage, healing, prophetic teaching & activating people into the world & health and wellness retreats and more.  

The Lord has graced us with the desire to come alongside the Church - to bring healing, deliverance & freedom to new/newer believers.  We are not wanting to replace their church, but better help them be ready to serve in their church. 

In our community building - we will eventually have a 24/7 prayer room, healing & prophetic rooms and a place for community worship services for those on the property.  

Our passion is to minister to a lost & hurting world.   To equip the saints to do the same and to be a blessing to our community and surrounding areas.  Our hopes are that we can pour out God's love in a mighty way to bring more and more souls into the Kingdom, get them discipled, called into their purpose & destiny and released to do God's business!!!!  We also have a passion to give generously to help those in need and to help others launch into their God given destinies.