God, Dreams & Entrepreneurship: Part I

I’m not talking about daydreaming. 💤

▫︎Don’t get me wrong. Having dreams is important, but I’m talking about the dreams you have when you’re asleep. The ones that shake you, rock you, and leave you wondering if they actually happened. 💭

For God does speak—now one way, now another— though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds,

Job 33:14-15

▫︎God is so good! Quite often He reveals Himself to us in dreams and last night was no exception for me. Historically speaking, so many of my night dreams come true. Call me an old man if you must.

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

Acts 2:17

▫︎In my dream I was by the river in Manitoba, Canada and a woman came up to me and said “Because of your hard work with your business lately I am giving you my car.” It was a Hyundai. I was so grateful and happy!

▫︎Not long after, she came up to me again and said “No, I changed my mind.” “I’m going to give you my new Mercedes Benz instead!” It looked quite like the one in the above photo. White, shiny, and new. Stunning.

Um, yes please! Thank You Lord!

▫︎So today I’m saying to you work hard at all you do. Show up. Try your best and do all you do unto the Lord! Listen—there’s upgrades and level-ups available when you do! Daydreaming is great but unless you put the hard work in, those types of dreams will stay just that. Dreams.

There’s upgrades and level-ups available!

▫︎God gives good gifts—the best of which was the free gift of salvation when He gave His only Son to die for us and our sins. He is still in the business of giving good gifts to His sons and daughters!

▫︎When I awoke from my dream, the word “favor” stood out to me audibly. So today I pray for favor, and also endurance, strategy, perseverance, and upgrades for you and me as we continue to work heartily in all of entrepreneurial and career endeavours today!

fa·vor

/ˈfāvər/

noun

something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act

friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill

the state of being approved or held in regard

excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment

“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” – Psalm 90:17

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24

“You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.” – Psalm 128:2

▫︎Are you an entrepreneur? Share your business and link below! May you have favor with God and man and success in your endeavours as you look to God for strategies and guidance in all you do! Blessings!👇🏻

Tiffany x

Thankfulness in the Midst of Trouble: Lift Your Eyes Up to the Mountains

When songs pop into my head I tend to listen to them. 🎶

♩Today I started singing an old Brian Doerksen song. I have to admit. I haven’t felt much like singing lately. I’ve just been trying to make it from one minute to the next.

The song goes:

I lift my eyes up, to the mountains

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from You

Maker of heaven, Creator of the earth.

Oh how I need you Lord

You are my only hope

You’re my only prayer.

So I will wait for you

to come and rescue me

Come and give me life.

I Lift My Eyes Up – Brian Doerksen

Where does your help come from?

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

Psalms 121:1-4

♩God is so good and faithful. He has brought the most caring, loving and faithful people around us during the toughest time. I am so grateful. I’m going to publicly honour one of them a day this week thanks to a post one of my mamas made today.

♩Focusing on what He IS doing and IS providing and being grateful, honouring, and thankful is key. Keeping your eyes on Jesus when things look difficult brings our eyes UP to look in the beautiful face of Jesus instead of down on our problems.

♩It always amazes me to see how He works behind the scenes bringing help in ways you weren’t even expecting. Sometimes I think “well why don’t you just do it this way? Wouldn’t that be easier?” when He thinks in a completely different way and says “Yes, I could but if I do it this way instead then this and this will happen…”

♩Balancing being authentic and keeping it real and walking in faith has been an interesting journey full of learning and good fruit. Yes, things are tough right now but wow, I woke up to breathe a new breath and live another day. Praise the Lord!!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Psalm 150:6

♩God has been impressing this scripture upon me lately. I pray it brings you HOPE as well today:

Isaiah 55:8-9 – “”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’

♩How have you been challenged to be grateful and thankful in the midst of trouble? Do you look to God for help and how has He pulled through for you in the past? Do you trust that God’s ways and thoughts are always for the best out of His immense love for you? I would love to hear your testimonies friends!! Have an amazing day looking to the heavens! 🧡✨👇🏻

Tiffany x

Five Little Things

Sometimes we just need to breathe.

♡ I haven’t been myself this week, have you? There’s so much going on in the world and, if you’re at all sensitive like me, you feel it. Boy, do you feel it.

♡ Let’s just take a moment to enjoy 5 little things…

1. yes! a cup of hot cocoa and fresh-smelling linens. what’s your favorite comfort drink? go grab one! I’ll wait for you.
2. did someone say “beach”? picture yourself here with the sound of the surf and the warmth of the sand beneath your toes. How about a great read as you swing in the warm tropical sun? What’s one book you’ve been meaning to read? Get it – Kindle has some great options!
3. this is me not caring about the elections and covid. ok that’s a lie, but let’s just let it go. maybe you’ve done your praying. you’ve refreshed the news on your phone for the millionth time. now, I double-dog-dare you to take your socks and shoes off and go run in the grass for a minute. go!
4. here’s a cute puppy for you. ugh, so sweet! *boop, boop*
5. prefer kitties? sorry, here ya go.

♡ Don’t forget to breathe deep, take lots of time to relax, unplug, and care for your physical health. Getting good nutrition, sleep, and fresh air/exercise matters. (Yes, I’m preaching to myself). I’m also a huge fan of reading the Bible and prayer. I found a new prayer guide (well, actually it’s very old but new to me) called the Book of Common Prayer. Sometimes we just don’t know what to pray and this is super helpful. Here’s a Collect for peace in the midst of the storm. Much love, friend. ♡

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom:  Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. (BCP 2019)

Tiffany x

In the Night Hours

Awake again. 🌙

✩ I thought I’d sleep well tonight. Melatonin to make sure, but here I am. The clock flashes 4:35. Made it past the 3am grind.

✩ Being awake mid-night brings a comfort and dread only known to prayer warriors and insomniacs. There’s something beautifully haunting yet comforting about the late night/early morning hours. Reminds me of this vehicle my dad had in the 70’s. Half truck half car. Didn’t quite know what to be so it embraced both.

✩ The clock ticks so I take the battery out. Don’t need a reminder of time passing second by second as I lay here, thoughts reflecting on the strangeness of my last dream and the crossover between fantasy and reality. There’s secrets in the night hours God reveals to the available.

✩ Morning comes closer and so does the thought of

“how will I get through another day without sleep.”

Note to self. Take more melatonin tonight.

✩ The silence is beautiful yet eerie. Breath seems so loud and I realize the wonder of this body and life that keeps going at the sound of God’s voice. Note to self. Write your dream down. It could mean something. Also, thank God for the breath in your lungs. Only He knows how long it will last.

✩ Night dwellers. There’s evil and righteousness taking place right now. Such an odd thought as I lay here. Somehow we think the world revolves around us and whether we can or can’t sleep. The dark hours seem to hide the wicked but there’s many on the wall of prayer, even now, fighting for good to prevail. And it will. What’s that sound? Just my stomach. Note to self. Eat something healthy next time. Am I supposed to be praying?

☼ The curtains brighten. I know light is on the horizon. Somehow it’s a hopeful and daunting thing all at once. Turn your phone off and stop writing. Go to sleep. Yes I know, I’m trying.

☼ There’s a crossing over where God reveals in the light what happens in the dark. I’ll see you in the light, friend.

Tiffany x

The Big White House

We are in transition. Again.

Don’t you just love that charismatic language? I mean all the mention of transitions, and seasons, and hearts, and communities? For us, there’s no other way to put it, and no it’s not because we saw a bunch of 11:11’s on our clock. This transition though. Does it ever end?

◦ Let me give you a bit of history for a minute. My husband, Trevor, & I planted the Burn 24-7 Westman back in 2014. It started with a fiery prayer meeting, coincidentally, around a fire in our backyard in Brandon and grew to a large furnace that burned in towns, cities, and reserves across Manitoba and into Saskatchewan. What an honour it was to see the Lord move and work in such a great way, tearing down walls of division across Churches and denominations, races and distances, seeing new callings and ministries birth from hours and hours of worship and prayer. God moved. He saved people from the grip of the enemy. He healed and set free. He saved us from ourselves. We honestly couldn’t understand how or why we were even leading it. He gave us grace for the moment that’s for sure.

                –Some said we weren’t REALLY part of the prayer movement. Some said even worse, but we didn’t care because we knew differently. Better yet God knew differently. At the heart of it all was humility and a pure love for Jesus.

◦ Over the past year or so we felt the Lord start to lead us out of this movement; not worship and prayer and definitely not the Way of Jesus, just the Burn per se. Even while the Burn was going, I was feeling a drawing back, in a sense, to my roots in the prayer movement that had come out of Kansas City. Was it a drawing back to the structure and model of the International House of Prayer? Not necessarily. I do think though that it was a drawing back to the silence of a prayer room, the ministry to the Lord that didn’t include advertisements and mass organization; a desire for the organic simplicity that I once knew. In the last couple years of doing Burns, I longed for a place to just sit in the Lord’s presence and worship through the Word, intercede, and devote my time to Him that didn’t involve planning and putting on large-scale events with lots of volunteers, “event-goers” and unfortunately sometimes hype (not to mention exhaustion). I guess in a way I longed for the good old days, really the heart of what drew me to the Burn in the first place. Somehow the shine had gone out for me and we came to realize that running around the Province wasn’t for us anymore. Neither was long hours in ministry. And neither was the warfare. And boy was there warfare.

                –I remember finding Sean Feucht on the web not long after he had first started the Burn out of the stairwells of his dormitory at ORU. It resonated with me. I mean really resonated with me. Up until then, I had been sitting alone as the only intercessory missionary at a house of prayer plant in Saskatoon and spending my weekend nights worshiping and praying for hours on end with a little group of young people in our garage. This was about the time Sean was starting to grow the Burn in 2009 and when I read his posts, it gave me a “YES! YOU TOO!” deep in my Spirit. Yet, we wouldn’t meet again for 5 years; timing is always of the essence and God’s timing is the best.

◦ Over time, the Lord showed me that a House of Prayer would be planted in the Westman region. At this point we had moved outside of Brandon to a peaceful little town, into a big white house – an old church manse no less. God knew we needed the rest so we gladly took it. Yet, amongst the mornings spent on the deck in the beauty of our back yard valley, the call to prayer got louder and louder again (and so did the migrating Canadian geese but that’s another story, or is it?) Why call to the reluctant wounded one that was so tired, I slept most days. I don’t know the reasons behind what God does, but trust me I ask Him.

                –Years before, we knew our move from Saskatoon to Brandon had to end in us finding our people. It had to. You know, the weird tiny remnant that actually LOVES to be in empty prayer rooms ministering to the Lord while the world seems to pass them by. As long as He was there that’s all that mattered. We were led to the Vineyard through mutual friends and had a meeting that ended in me saying: “I’m an intercessory missionary. Can I start in your church?” Weekly mornings on the keys, when our son had preschool, led to 5 years later. Then things changed. Things always have to change for more growing and rooting out, for maturity to happen. So really, I guess there is always a transition of sorts. God does not stay still and never move. He’s like the wind and the rushing water. Let’s face it. A stationary stream leads to rot and stink.

◦ In 2018, I had a picture of the next phase of life so I obeyed and started Keystone House of Prayer out of my basement. The old cracked foundation that held a century old home that had seen many winds come and go and had held decades of prayer within its walls was breathing in life again. Me and a keyboard. It was a meager offering but an offering still. I would sometimes livestream on social and other times it was just me and Jesus. The camera wasn’t there to show off or get attention, it was there in case anyone else cared to join in. It didn’t matter, there were no rules to love. True worship is obedience.

                –Did you know that a keystone is a central stone at the summit of an arch that locks the whole together? Manitoba is actually called the keystone province for this reason and there is an anointing here to link the rest of the provinces together from sea to sea across Canada. In this respect, I saw an anointing on Keystone House of Prayer to link the parts of a greater whole and region together. Perhaps it would be a family of sorts, of worshipers and intercessors and other houses of prayer. Perhaps.

◦ And here we are today, in this big white house. Some have come and some have gone but mainly I remain. Me and my keyboard. Me and my bible. A couple others see the same thing and they are welcome in this virtual house. There’s others in our region that have the same vision and instead of competing we lay down and prefer one another. I don’t know when things will come together or if they even are supposed to within the box of what we think it’s to look like. That’s the thing. God is so much bigger in His ways and thoughts than we are. One thing I do know though is that it’s ok to just be. So I’ll just be. In my house. With Jesus.

                –I think the “house of prayer” jargon can put expectations on things to look a certain way, to act a certain way, to be a certain way. Sometimes the removal of a title allows room to breathe and does away with extra mess. It also allows God to transition you how He will not how we think He will. When your heart cry is just to be with Jesus, it’s easy to lay down the rest. Titles, names, and agendas burn up anyway at the altar. It’s best to go low and then go lower still. It’s best to just be yourself.

◦ From the garage to various house of prayer plants and expressions, to the Burn 24-7, to keyHOP, to today…here we are in our Big White House. The colour might change and the size too but the heart that beats inside remains the same. We are just simple Jesus lovers simply loving Jesus. We will continue until God says not to in worship, prayer, and biblical study, while connecting, equipping, and helping prayer & worship communities thrive. Our main expression remains in an online space where anyone can join in, anyone can hear, and anyone can discover this amazing Jesus that we know.

                —Encouragement and equipping is my favorite. I can really be your best cheerleader. Speaking of which, I actually used to be a high school cheerleader in Grade 11. Never once did I give it thought that it was actually part of a calling to make others look better, to rally, to motivate, inspire, and applaud. So to all you young people out there who think you’re just doing things to do them, look beyond and see what gift it speaks of in you. There might just be more than meets the eye.

◦ If there’s anything you can garner from me, or I from you, I’ll be here. In this Big White House. I will continue to support and undergird others how I can with the energy and time I have. I’ll coach if I can and pass down what you need. I’ll step out of the way if it’s better and pass the baton when led to. Someone else might pick up the organization, and schedules, and volunteers, and hours of work and we will be grateful for them if they do. But, I will continue to be me in all my weakness, creativity, slight strangeness and callings. I won’t lay that down until God says. And if you’re feeling a little weak one day I’m good with that. Trust me, I totally understand.

“I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go into the house of the Lord.”” – Psalm 122:1

Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah” – Psalm 84:4

“You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11

There’s joy in the presence of the Lord. There’s joy in His house.

Tiffany x