Thursday, January 4, 2018

From Relief to Restoration!

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.  1 Peter 5:10 

Are you in need of restoration?  Has the previous season left you weary and broken?  I have great news for you!   God is in the restoration business!  This past very long season has been one that has shaken, refined, strengthened, and increased our faith.  

On Sunday, our pastor taught a message on Relief vs Restoration.  His message was focused on helping the needy in our community.  It was a great message and I encourage you to listen to it here.  https://vimeo.com/eldochurch.  (Permission given to use).

He defined Relief as an immediate and temporary assistance.

Here’s Oxford Dictionary definition: 

re·lief
[rəˈlēf]

NOUN
a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress:
"much to her relief, she saw the door open"
synonyms: reassurance · consolation · comfort · solace
assistance, especially in the form of food, clothing, or money, given to those in special need or difficulty:

Here’s what needing relief looks like to the one in need as I can honestly say this has been our situation for sometime.  

Needing Relief: 
Barely getting by, 
skimping,
feeling trapped
fear of lack,
doing without,
always wondering how bills will get paid, 
looking for work at every opportunity, 
praying to God to meet the needs,
attempting to sell personal goods,
not being able to put aside savings, 
asking the doctor to fill your prescription without visiting his office,
completely depending on God to fill the deficit,
trusting God to sustain your health

On the other hand, restoration looks very different.

Joe, our pastor quotes "   Restoration is an ongoing effort to restore people to their God-given potential.” 

Oxford Dictionary defines it as: 

res·to·ra·tion
[ˌrestəˈrāSH(ə)n]

NOUN
the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition:
"the restoration of Andrew's sight"
synonyms: repair · repairing · fixing · mending · refurbishment · [more]
the reinstatement of a previous practice, right, custom, or situation:
"the restoration of capital punishment”


According to reference.com, the Bible has a very different interpretation.  

“The biblical meaning of the word "restoration" is to receive back more than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original condition. The main point is that someone or something is improved beyond measure.”

Years ago when we were first being trained in the prophetic, in hearing God’s voice, we would notice a “theme”.   Often God speaks to others with the same or similar message.  It is always encouraging as it’s great confirmation that what I’m hearing is on the right track.  

I want to share what I felt the Lord spoke into my spirit this week.   Every January, I seek the Lord for a word, a scripture that I can stand on.  Typically, it gives me hope and courage to continue to contend for the promises He has spoken to me.   Last year, He spoke a year of surprises and Ephesians 3:20.   Well, those were definitely the case.   He surprised us in letting us know of “new plans” He has for us and He absolutely blew us away with His grand provision that brought “relief” in immeasurable ways.   If you’ve been following the blog, you know many of the ways He showed up and blessed us.  We are beyond thankful for your prayers, support and encouragement. 

As I was sitting with the Lord, I sensed that we had shifted from one season to the next.  I sensed that in 2017 was a year of “relief.”   And that it was!  

This year, however, 2018 is a year of restoration for us and many others!  The verses that the Lord brought to mind is: 

Psalm 126

When the Lord restored the fortunes of[a] Zion,
    we were like those who dreamed.[b]
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes,[c] Lord,
    like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them.

Joel 2:25  will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten- the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm- my great army that I sent among you.

It's time to step into the John 10:10 abundant life! 
Restoration takes on a whole new look.  It is filled with promises straight from the Word of God.  God’s promises are yes and amen and we are counting on these promises to come into fulfillment, even this year.  Here are a few I felt led to share with you.  I pray they encourage and strengthen you.  

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  
Revelation 21:4

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.  Psalm 51:12

Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy. Isaiah 61:7

Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.  Zecheriah 9:12

Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.  Jeremiah 33:6

And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.  Job 42:10

For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares! Jeremiah 30:17

I end with a few prophetic words that have been posted recently.  These words have such confirmation that restoration is coming to many.  I pray for you as well!


http://www.elijahlist.com/index.php


2018 Will Be a Year of Divine Recovery, Restoration, and Recompense!
by Angie Stolba

“For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In My faithfulness I will reward My people and make an everlasting covenant with them.” (Isaiah 61:8)

“2018 will be a year of divine recovery, restoration, and recompense,” declares the Lord! “Expect to see My swift justice in the very areas of extreme loss and hardship that you had experienced in your previous season. As it is written in the book of Isaiah,

“‘Here is My servant, whom I uphold,
My chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put My Spirit on Him,
and He will bring justice to the nations.
He will not shout or cry out,
or raise His voice in the streets.
A bruised reed He will not break,
and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out.
In faithfulness He will bring forth justice’ (Isaiah 42:1-3).

“My Bride, I have been purifying you for such a time as this. Even as you have gone through the fire, I have been burning off the dross and molding. I have been shaping you, even as the potter does with his clay. You have allowed Me to have My way with you, and you have endured the process. Now, My Beloved, you have come forth pure and restored, as only what I desire in you has remained.

“‘By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work’ (1 Corinthians 3:10-13).

“Watch now, as I open the floodgates and pour out a blessing upon you that you will not be able to contain! I am turning the bitter waters of the previous season into My sweet waters of refreshing, renewal and restoration! As I bring my restoration, things will not be like they have been before, but rather you will experience even better. I am restoring your joy, and you will laugh again! For out of your belly shall flow My living waters (John 7:38).

“Such healing and transformation are taking place right now, both physically and spiritually. Your health and vigor are even being restored in this very season! You shall rise up with wings like eagles, and you shall run and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

“I am releasing a new-found freedom in you, even now as you enter into My rest. Allow me to rejuvenate and refresh you, My Bride!

“‘My beloved spoke and said to me, ‘Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone’’ (Song of Songs 2:10-11).

“Arise and shine! Your light has come, Beloved, and My glory rises on you in this new season (Isaiah 60:1).”

“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” (Psalm 126:1-3).

Angie Stolba

Prayer Requests:
Ken - please pray for a simple inexpensive fix - we have an oil leak that is getting worse so we are forced to take it in to shop.  Appointment for tomorrow.  Please pray for God's provision.  What we really need and are praying for is a new SUV.
Also, our prayer for sometime is that Ken could find consistent full time work that would be adequate to pay our bills.   We feel we are where God wants us for now.....and so please pray that this prayer can be answered or God would shift us suddenly into destiny with full provision to do what He's asking of us.
Michele - please pray for sleep - both of us are not sleeping well.   I'm doing ok mostly, but I am still grieving the loss of Canyon - and the loss of not having any dogs at this time.
Ministry - there have been several new connections recently and more opportunities to minister and bring transformation.  We are contending and believing God for the retreat/equipping center to come into fulfillment.


Thank YOU so much for your ongoing support, prayers, love and care for us and our ministry.  We are honored to be able to pray for those who reach out to us.  Please let me know if you have any prayer needs.   For those who have been reaching out, thank you!  I am praying for your requests.  

If you have been blessed by this ministry or feel led to support what God is doing through us - financially, below are a few options.  Your generosity and your prayer support is greatly appreciated and needed as we continue to walk in faith and God's calling. 

Megablessings  - 
Ken & Michele Cole
http://www.wantinsight.com
michele@wantinsight.com, ken@wantinsight.com

Tax deductible & non tax deductible donations can be made: 
1.  Checks made payable to Sonlit Fields, PO Box 371, El Dorado Springs, MO 64744 or if you prefer anonymous giving - you can give through our Donor Fund 

2.  Non tax deductible donations can be made directly to us by:  THIS IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GET MONEY TO US FOR DAILY USE. 
 Paypal - www.paypal.com  (michele@wantinsight.com) 

3. Donor Fund - Contact National Christian Foundation - Ken & Michele Cole - Want InSight Fund -   Tax deductible 
    7171 W. 95th Street, Suite 501
Overland Park, KS 66212
    Phone: 913.310.0279

    Fax: 913.227.0254     www.nationalchristian.com 

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, December 20, 2017

Confidence in the Lord!




I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13





con·fi·dence
[ˈkänfədəns]
NOUN








   -  the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust: 

             

      synonyms: trust · belief · faith · credence · conviction
          -  the state of feeling certain about the truth of something:

If you lost your job or your income would you be able to completely trust God to provide?  
What if your health failed - would you trust God to sustain you and bring you healing? 

There are so many what if's I could ask here - all leading to the same question - would you be able to completely trust and rely on the Lord?  

In 2002, we got saved!  Life was good.  We were  so on fire for God.  We attended up to 4 bible studies a week and Sunday service at church.  We were hungry for everything we could learn about the Lord.  We made a high six figure income and had lots of money in the bank and investments.  God was teaching us about giving.  We were connected to several ministries, Crown Financial, Kingdom Advisors, National Christian Foundation, Generous Giving and more....alll teaching and equipping us to be generous givers.  It was exhilarating!  We love to give!  What we didn't know at that time, was God was having us give all our assets away....little by little and occasionally lots by lots!   

In the meantime, in 2009 my health was declining rapidly and I had to stop working.  In 2011, the Lord told Ken (with many confirmations) to quit his job and for us to step into full time ministry.  In 2012 I was in complete adrenal failure - and a domino effect of many more health issues to come. We had no insurance, no income and no savings left.  By the worlds standards, we looked foolish.   But, God was teaching us from day one in 2002, that trust and obedience is vital to living in the fullness of the Kingdom.    

Needless to say, it's been a roller coaster ride...... learning to trust God and take Him at His Word!   If you've been following my posts for a while, you definitely know the ups and downs we've gone through.   Honestly, posting these blogs has been difficult but years ago, the Lord spoke to me and said I want you to be transparent and share the journey I have you on.  Often, we all hear testimonies of how God took someone from rags to riches or death to life but we don't hear the in between details.  We don't hear of the journey and all the trials, struggles, doubt, fear and unbelief.....or even of the little victories and the provision and blessings God provides along the way.   

This last month, God has gone overboard in making His favor and provision known to us.  December is a very big month for yearly bills like insurance that come due.   And when unexpected expenses hit makes things very trying, flat tire, phone died, etc..... or at least normally they would.   Instead of going into fear, I began to just thank Him and praise Him for meeting our needs.  I didn't allow the enemy any ground in my thoughts or actions.  I stood firm on God's Word (and my life verse) that He shall supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  The enemy worked overtime in trying to put fear and other health issues on me.  I said NO!  I boldly spoke health and healing scriptures over myself and told the lying symptoms they had no place.    And you know what, God met every need.  It came in so many ways.   He gave Ken extra work painting a home.  He brought people that we haven't seen in years to buy us 4 new tires, another sent us a check to cover the radiator problem that God had to of healed.  When we told that person we were sending the check back, they said keep it and only a few days later we put Canyon down and that was the exact amount it cost.  Well, we had .22ct left over.  We even had been praying for God to give us a break away from our daily routine... we wanted to go on a retreat but in the natural just no way financially.  God showed up big time!   He had a friend again who I haven't seen in years, call me out of the blue and come pick me up - take me to her home in Arkansas and covered all of the costs.   She even gave Ken gas money so he could join me later in the week for the weekend.   He didn't miss any work, as they had just cut his hours again.   (Oh and I didn't have any pain and slept like a baby there).   What a beautiful gift from the Lord!    

It has been 15 years on this journey with the Lord.   If you would of asked me 15 years ago if I could trust in God this deeply, there is no way I could answer that honestly and say yes.   

Ask me now?  Well of course, this moment I can answer that emphatically yes.   The thoughts come to try and convince me otherwise, but right now, in this season, which I believe we have just stepped into a new one, I can.  I am so thankful!   I am thankful to God for His great care for us.  We have never lacked.  It has felt like lack, but we never went without.   He has kept His promise to sustain my health....because believe me, if I had gone to the doctor for these lying symptoms, I'm sure I would be in and out of the hospital racking up bills!   But my faith has grown leaps and bounds and I know that He will show me when and if I need to go under a doctor's care.  Some think we are foolish.  That's ok.  Years ago, we learned that we are "fools for Christ" as John Wimber says.   

Trust and Obey - for there is NO other way!  

We are thankful for the many amazing, godly, full of wisdom bible study leaders and teachers and pastors we had the privilege of learning from and continue to do so!   

We are thankful for our beautiful friends who hear God's voice and act on it!  That is what the Church is meant to be.   We thank you for those who pray for us!  Your prayers are being heard and answered!   

We still don't know when or how, but we believe God is working diligently behind the scenes preparing for the glorious day - my healing manifests and the provision comes to step into destiny!  We are confident we will see His goodness revealed over and over!   We don't always understand God's ways as they are not our own, but if we can truly grasp how good and loving He is, we would have less striving.  Being a type A personality, it has taken a very long time to grasp this.....and I'm sure I have much more to learn and grown to grasp even more!   


Ken and I want to wish you an amazing Christmas - celebrating and delighting in Jesus!!!! May all your deepest hearts desires come into the fullness this season!

Prayer Requests:
Please continue to pray for God's provision, healing, sleep and His perfect timing to step into destiny!


Thank YOU so much for your ongoing support, prayers, love and care for us and our ministry.  We are honored to be able to pray for those who reach out to us.  Please let me know if you have any prayer needs.   For those who have been reaching out, thank you!  I am praying for your requests.  

If you have been blessed by this ministry or feel led to support what God is doing through us - financially, below are a few options.  Your generosity and your prayer support is greatly appreciated and needed as we continue to walk in faith and God's calling. 

Megablessings  - 
Ken & Michele Cole
http://www.wantinsight.com
michele@wantinsight.com, ken@wantinsight.com

Tax deductible & non tax deductible donations can be made: 
1.  Checks made payable to Sonlit Fields, PO Box 371, El Dorado Springs, MO 64744 or if you prefer anonymous giving - you can give through our Donor Fund 

2.  Non tax deductible donations can be made directly to us by:  THIS IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GET MONEY TO US FOR DAILY USE. 
 Paypal - www.paypal.com  (michele@wantinsight.com) 

3. Donor Fund - Contact National Christian Foundation - Ken & Michele Cole - Want InSight Fund -   Tax deductible 
    7171 W. 95th Street, Suite 501
Overland Park, KS 66212
    Phone: 913.310.0279

    Fax: 913.227.0254     www.nationalchristian.com 

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.