City Wide Prayer Launches its Second Year

Citywide Prayer TulsaIn late 2018, the Holy Spirit began to stir our hearts about starting City Wide prayer. I was not anxious to start any new programs. I knew that if God wasn’t in it, I would have to sustain it and ultimately it would fail.

We met with a few people – not to talk, but to pray about it. Throughout the fall of 2018, the plan began to unfold. The Holy Spirit began to instruct me; this would not look like other prayer groups we had been in. The scripture he gave me was Ephesians 4:16 from him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

The Holy Spirit helped me to understand that every person in attendance brings their supply of the presence of God. As facilitators, Dana and I would lead. But, God had a plan to use others in attendance. It was not to be the ‘Dana and Judy” show. It was his show, not ours.

Starting January 2019, we began meeting once a month. In the beginning, we alternated meeting between Okmulgee and Tulsa. Ultimately, that turned out to be confusing. Mid-year we changed the format and decided to always meet at Encounter Church of Tulsa, 2828 S 129th. At that time, City Wide Prayer also became an outreach of Encounter Church, the foursquare church we attend.

We also added a meal afterwards. We have been asked why. Koinonia is a Greek word. It means community, sharing and intimacy. It is used 19 times in the New Testament. It is scriptural to have intimate relationships. Food is another tool God uses to create unity. The more unified we are, the more effective our prayers will be.

What We Pray About

Before we pray, we worship. God had us start in Okmulgee. It was there that we met Mary and Steve Disclose. They start worship in a higher place. Mary is a concert level pianist, and her gift is amazing and she is able to quickly lead us into the presence of God.

Each month, either Dana or I share for a few minutes. We pray for the City, State and Nation as the Holy Spirit leads. God’s presence is always there to lead and guide. As a community, we follow the Holy Spirit into the deep places only found in fellowship with him. I am excited to see what 2020 holds. See you there!

Kenyan Tribe Recieves Their First Bibles

Kimyal Tribe receives Bible for the First Time.Wow… This really touched my heart.

Hurry up and Develop Patience

Fine cup of teaDid you ever struggle over something? Perhaps you wanted to communicate something, or you needed a situation to come together for you.

We can get so impatient. The McDonalds mentality has crept so far into our society. I want it now! But, there is often a dear price to pay when we get impatient. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait upon the Lord, be strong and of good courage.”

But, it takes faith to wait. We must reach out into the unseen world and use our faith. That is what you were created for. To develop and use your faith.

I once heard a minister say that he didn’t get it in his house by faith, he didn’t want it.

It seems to me that when I determine to wait for something to come to pass, things just works out.

I like to write. I see it as an art form. Sometimes I will see or hear a phrase and I think to myself, “I like that.” Then I file it in my mind and wait for an opportunity to craft it into a sentence, like pouring out a fine cup of tea. When it is read, it fits just right and to the reader it is like drinking in the fine cup of tea I poured. Proverbs 25:11 say, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” It’s beautiful-made to go there.Fine cup of tea

But, it doesn’t happen every day. I have to wait for it. The finer things in life, the really good things- you have to wait for. You cannot make them happen and you can’t be in a hurry to get it done. Determine in your heart to do it Gods way. Let him bring it to pass. You’ll be so glad you did.

Christ at Home

Christianity Begins at Home
“The greatest influence on a child’s life is their parents; what they do, how they act, and what they say. A few short years after they are born, they will leave for a life of their own, and they will either be following God or they will not.”

Deuteronomy 4:9 warns us to be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. It goes on to say, “Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” If the word of God warns us to watch ourselves closely so as to not let truth slip from us or our children, then that means that it is possible for this to happen.

A friend told his story just a few days ago that neither he, nor his children attend church anymore. They saw some things that bothered them in the church they attended, got offended and slowly, over a period of years found them no longer involved in church or sadly, the things of God.


Verse 10 continues with further instruction: Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach these words to their children. The primary responsibility to carry the word to the next generation is the parents.

But this scripture reveals another responsibility to all generations that follow: all the people are to be assembled in a group setting. In these group settings, according to the Word, the children need to be taught just as the adults are. Children will receive more if they are taught at their own level. One wouldn’t expect an eight year old to perform calculus. Similarly, eight year olds need the Word of God broken down to a level they can understand.

(Excerpt from The Secret Door)

Be Still

Take time to be still
Take time to be still

Be still and know that I am Lord”

It dawned on me one day that it takes work to be still and often we are not very good at it. We flutter about with all kinds of busyness-from Facebook to exercising that keep us more than busy. But, God is not like McDonalds-Have it your way. No, it’s his way or no way.

When we take time to become quiet in his presence, we can hear what the Spirit of God is saying to our spirits. It is not that He isn’t communicating. It is us who were are not positioned to hear. In his presence is where answers come-where understanding and revelation come.

Suddenly a scripture will be illuminated to you. Blurry things become sharp and clear. Slow down and take time with God. You will be glad you did.