Blood and Water

May 30, 2019

Worthy to be Praised 7 (copyright)

I am watching Game 1 of the NBA Finals and feeling the adrenaline of the event (I have no doubt I’m not the only one). I have family and friends from and in Canada so I can only imagine the intense excitement (BTW: I’m rooting for the Warriors; sorry – teeheehee). I was led by Holy Spirit to look up John 13 (it’s what I do). The Wisdom of the Spirit hit me. No matter how we may feel at any given moment, there are a multitude of elemental themes that occur and recur through the Living Word of God; blood and water was my focal point tonight. That’s what we are, right?! . . . and then some more.

John 13:1-5 – Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

Watch the order of the passage as I currently see it:

  1. Jesus knew
  2. Jesus loved
  3. The Devil was already there
  4. Jesus rose from supper
  5. laid aside His garments
  6. girded Himself
  7. Then . . . He prepared the basins to wash the disciples feet [even I will have to unpack all this later] .
  8. After He did He dried them with the towel covering Him.

What captured me with this is a remembrance of God’s Shekinah Glory. There is much in just that title so here is one reference <>.

The simplest way I have heard of God’s Shekinah Glory is as His manifested Presence/Covering. The above Bible verse caused me to pause because I immediately thought of two other related courses.

Genesis 3:21-24 – Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. 22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

I heard a great teaching where I realized this fact; God covered Adam and Eve under blood BEFORE He removed them from Eden. Throughout the Bible, we see Him and His Presence covering His people in various ways and forms especially for their/our protection. [We can unpack later]

When Jesus hung upon the Cross as the storm began to roll in, the spear was lunged into His side to assure He was dead. His blood and water spilled out of Him and covered the Roman Soldier who stuck the spear in. We can never forget the many times He bled before this moment also.

With just these passages we know and see God’s unfailing Love for us though we can easily forget through the hustle and bustle of our busy days (I know I do).

I have no idea what God Almighty through Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ has in His plans for me or where He is leading me. I am finding a different kind of relationship in Him. There is much we know and much more He chooses for us to gain in “such a time as this”. If this is your first time to my page: Be sure to hit the Welcome page to view a partiality of my core. God Bless!

Digital Art: 11×14: ARS

~The In-Between(S)~

May 21, 2019

The joy of The Lord IS MY Strength
Title: Strength
Medium: Colored Pencils
Artist: Alicia R. Shipe

Exodus 20:22-26 – Then the Lord said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven. 23 You shall not make other gods [to worship] besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make [these lifeless idols] for yourselves. 24 You shall make an altar of earth for Me, and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I cause My Name to be recorded and remembered [through revelation of My divine nature] I will come to you and bless you. 25 If you make an altar of stone for Me, you shall not build it of cut stones, for if you use a chisel on it, you will profane it. 26 Nor shall you go up to My altar on steps, so that your nakedness will not be exposed on it.’ [AMP]

In this season I am embarking upon yet another refreshing of Holy Spirit’s intense Quality Assurance for Us. One of my favourite things about myself is my unique ability (at least to and for myself) to associate words. As I was returning through my journals, I stumbled across a past thought that is a start for me (many many). I looked up the Bible passage and, as most of us do or should, made another connection that I did not recognize before. Continue reading

Lemme: Stop Commanding – Church

“Visible Invisibility”: Digital Art by Alicia R. Shipe

{Read Luke 8-9}

Original Journal Entry: Monday 03/09/2013 @ 2151

A few days ago – Friday night – I had a dream that I was on a tour. It was of rooms like apartments. These rooms were underground deep in the earth. They looked liked they were decorated in the 70’s  with shag carpeting and walls. The color scheme was purple/lavender and a light shade of red. The rooms all had floor model TVs with the knobs instead of being the remote controlled TVs we have today. To go to the next room you had to go down deeper in the ground. All I know is I was with others fascinated yet confused by the decor and knowing I didn’t belong there.

After the above dream (either the same night or the night after) I dreamt I was back at my high school in the gym. First, I was at the doorway of the secondary gym watching a basketball game. I had a sense that I was an authority figure or a well-known person. Then I went to the main gym. I stood at the doorway watching that game then I looked to see where I could sit. I decided to sit with the opposite team fans rather than who I was rooting for. Everyone stared at me while I took my seat. I remember I had a book bag on my back through this whole dream and I ended up with some type of cloth (blanket or jacket) and had to lay it out to sit on.

-> Don’t know what any of this means but I continue to have dreams that take place in my high school gym.

Following is another journal entry but with descriptive images which is the main way God has me see what HE chooses me to come to know.

Original Journal Entry: Saturday 03/16/2013 @ 2119

(Visions I experienced during a time of corporate worship)

->A big diamond with a small flag on top

->Image of ‘Iwo Jima’ Statue at the Marine Corps War Memorial building  but in shadow:

->A sword piercing through layers (I drew a sketch of it in my journal)

->Then I saw balloons

-> I had a few visions of wings – some on angels, some on birds, and some just floating where I couldn’t see the figure with the wings

-> an uncertain vision of the 70’s and received the year 1973 – “generation dieing in the wilderness”

. . .

-> Saw seeds on my left side then through whole vision saw three horses (they were for me); a white one, a black one of fire, and a dark blue one [Bronco colors]

Tuesday night I dreamt of my Great Grandmother Roseanne Sloane. She was sitting on a porch in Winchester and I was at a house diagonal and across the street. I saw her a few times but never spoke to her. Then, while a festival was in town, I waved to her from the porch I was on then went to talk to her, hug her, and spend time with her. As others walked by, I spoke to them but didn’t want to do anything else except be with my Great Grandmother.

Thursday night I dreamt I was sitting at a lunch table outside (sunny skies) like a high school across from two other people. A man walked up to me wearing a brown raincoat (not long but medium length). I looked up and was a little stunned. I said in a questioning voice, “Jesus”? Then I immediately moved to the next seat to make room for Him to sit and join.

Some of these are self-explanatory. Some are more detailed. The reason I share these is because I know I am not the only one Whom Holy Spirit has cascaded upon in a newer way. As I work, my way, through the intimacy of The Ancient of Days, I am noticing/testing/recognizing ideas I have lost, tossed away, forgot, or been too timid/lonely to truly sort through. When someone changes (positively OR negatively) it is always a struggle/hassle/endeavor to make it to the next mark on the road. Life appears to be falling apart in ways (as before and always) but I’m still Me: fake smile, real smile, hearty laugh, weeping willows, tear stained face, and ALL. Because there IS ONLY One Me!!!

Journal Entry: Wednesday 03/20/2013 @ 0904

Sunday night/Monday morning, just before I woke up, I dreamt I woke up and the ground was covered with snow so school was closed. When I actually woke up, without any expectation of this happening, the ground was covered with snow and school was closed. My dream came to pass. The shocker for me at that time was not that the dream came to pass but that for once in recent memory at that time, it came to pass more than immediately and without any pre-notions from myself in any form.

Church: When will the corporate definition of Prophecy be recognized? How much longer will we deny God’s Order? There is whole new generation pushing forward with the propulsion of the angst of My Generation (The 90s from the 80s not the babies of the 90s) who respect those Who came B4 Us and those coming Up behind, for, AND With Us.

We can talk about those of old that were kicked out of the church. That makes no one feel worthy of themselves or of the benefits God Almighty bestows upon each of us in an individual manner. Life sucks. End of story. How each of us deal with it is our personal business.

Church: You’ve pushed and ignored FAR TOO LONG! I can’t and I won’t sugar coat this. Shit is coming down. We all know it and feel it. Telling a non-believer OR a believer to have hope is something that is not carrying ANY weight. Watch Holy Spirit work. How much are we paying for our attention and our children’s attention to continue to be manipulated by only God knows who? Not a revival; not this time . . . #FAM

BTW: Sorry – not SORRY/;

~Alicia R. Shipe~

I stumbled upon this group a few days ago and this song seems to fit my current mind set which is why ‘Music is Life’ and ‘Dance is Love’ for me. If ya don’t know me, ya don’t know me. DO NOT try to convince me that you do. Those that do know me. . . well . . . know me. If anyone has to ask then ya just can’t because I’m guarding my heart like never before.  I have to leave it at that. Life is precious but how we live it is . . . Cold hearts and heated tempers are what’s left after.