This post is for GOD'S 'Suitcase Women' - those gals who carry their wares from place to place, working to build their businesses, raise their families and for some, to share the love and glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been wondering for years who you are and where you girls have been! I saw you coming together a long time ago and it was astounding! You can read about it in a bit, but first, please indulge me as I share some background…
Recently in my morning time with Him, Holy took me to the 42nd and 43rd chapters of Isaiah. He reminded me again - as He has often done - that the former things are completed and He is doing a new thing. I could feel His delight in showing me the words on those pages and the promises He made to His children. He's doing a new thing.
And here is a 'new thing' He is doing now: He's bringing The Big Pink Tent Revival (Heather's business/ministry) and Heart Peace Productions (my business/ministry) together to provide a platform for women business owners to have a place where their businesses - large and small, established and new - can showcase their God-given gifts and talents and their businesses in a setting where the ministry of Holy Spirit is freely available to all who will come. With business showcases, fashion shows, music and ministry, it will be different than the usual Expos out there. It is an opportunity for women to encourage, teach and learn from other women who are business owners, make new friends, expand their customer bases and have fun as well as sell their wares!
Some of you have come from nurturing backgrounds and have been successful in business for quite a while now. You've learned the ropes and know what you need to do to keep your business alive and thriving. Many of you have lived in difficult circumstances, some in poverty at some point, some in abuse and rejection as well. Some of you are struggling to get your businesses going, wondering what it all looks like and if you'll be able to succeed. Well, if any of those descriptions describe you even a little bit, please read on!
Thirty years ago, The LORD gave me a dream about working out in a field and waiting to be called to go on stage where a telethon was taking place in a huge auditorium. When my time came to be there, I was surprised to find that the audience was already there, waiting for me to show up. The dream is more detailed, but that is enough for now. Until then, however, I was continuing to labor in the field... (Have you been out there in a 'field' of some sort for a while now, continuing to work but still...waiting for something? And who or what is waiting for you to show up?)
Fast forward several years. In another dream people were waiting for me to show up, just as they had been in the previous dream in 1988. This time, though, I was busy trying to do things for my family and laboring to get domestic chores done at home. I hadn't taken a shower yet and the time was already upon me to be on that stage... (Have you been taking care of many things, just trying to get everything done but not getting to that 'thing' you feel in your heart that you've been designed to do? Have you been neglecting the very thing that needs to be done so you can get on with what you're called to do?)
In 2002 I saw a vision. I was standing in a large arena, packed with people and the things that had taken place on the stage were finished. After giving an altar call, people were coming to the front to give their lives to Yeshua/Jesus Christ. As they came forward, they threw their addictions, sins, drugs, etc., into the huge trash barrels on either side of the stage. The vision ended, but two weeks later the Lord confirmed the truth of the vision to me when a young member of the church where I was pastor made the decision to come out of a very destructive habit. As she presented me with her 'paraphernalia' renounced her sin and asked to be baptized, the LORD immediately put that earlier vision of the arena in front of me again and said, "This is to prove to you that I'm going to do what I told you I would do. This is just the beginning." (Do you believe GOD has given you a vision or dream in your heart - a longing for something else - that hasn't happened yet and you're wondering if it will ever become a reality? It's not time to give up on it! It's NEVER time to give up on it!)
Ten years later, I met Heather. What an incredibly talented, intelligent, lovely, free-spirited ‘go-getter’ woman of GOD she is! There’s no doubt that it was a meeting the LORD planned from the very beginning and I loved her from the start. Holy Spirit planted her in my heart and she is a beloved spiritual daughter to me. Not long thereafter, I had another dream. I'm calling it 'GOD'S Suitcase Women' dream...
In this dream I was standing on another platform, waiting to go on some sort of show that would be broadcast. I didn't know what I was going to be doing on the show yet had great peace about being there. I was taken to a 'Green Room' to wait until it was time to go on. Suddenly, women began to pour through the doors, all carrying suitcases and all excitedly talking to each other. They had come from across the country and were placing their suitcases on tables scattered around the room. They were opening the cases and taking out the stuff they had in them. Those cases were packed and the women were very animated and so happy to be there. (Truly, are you one of the 'suitcase women' I saw in that dream? I hope so!)
I walked to the front of the room and began to sing. As I did, many of the women turned and listened to the music. However, I was enthralled by the accompaniment, as it was so perfectly set to the words and melody being sung. I turned to see who was playing and saw a tall slender male standing in front of a beautiful black grand piano. The lid was raised and he was leaning over and plucking the strings inside of it. It was so very tender and so incredibly beautiful! Every note, every nuance was perfect! I was amazed by the beauty and the unusual way He was playing. Without a doubt, that pianist was Holy Spirit. (He is so good at plucking our heartstrings! He knows exactly what we need to know, to see, hear, think and do, because He knows the Father's heart and will for each of us!)
Yeshua/Jesus made it a habit of coming first to the women He created while He was on the earth. Nothing has changed. He's still coming to us today - gifting, empowering, redeeming, refreshing, strengthening and restoring each one according to the glorious plan He has in mind for us - asking only that we yield to His love and follow His path for us.
And so here we are today. Beautiful Woman created by our Glorious GOD, what's in your suitcase? I’m sure it’s full of many wonderful things! Your hopes and dreams, your gifts, talents, family, precious memories and tender moments with loved ones, your creativity, your passion for all that you were designed and created to be! There may be things tucked inside that you’ve kept all to yourself, just hoping and praying that your heart’s desires would really come to life.
We (Heather and I) believe that the LORD wants to prosper each of His women in the things He's given us to do. We also believe He is bringing many of His beautiful daughters together to do a 'new thing' in the earth. He knows what that is and how it will unfold. Our prayer and desire for you is that you become part of this with us, too. So, if you feel a tug on your heartstrings to grab those suitcases, bring your business, your passion and joy and come join us!
Heart Peace Productions