Just as the sun finally snuck through what has been mostly clouds for months, as I walked along a briskly cold southern winter day with paralyzed Miss Mercy in the wheelchair praising and singing to the Lord, the Lord gave me a vision in my heart of something. An eagle.
Why the eagle? I looked to the Lord, and His answer came quickly and simply. He gave me a Bible verse and then spoke to my heart.
“But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
His Holy Spirit then essentially spoke this to my heart. “You have waited. Now mount up.”
Mount up? After decades of being broken beyond human hope and repair, I have been on the road for Jesus and ministry for about four years. Last March, I left New York City after 8 months of streets ministry there. I was sick right when Covid got started there. They did little testing at the time, but my symptoms made it such I may have had it. The Lord sent me out of the city just before it became the epicenter of the pandemic and sent me to South Carolina for what I thought would be a few weeks of rest and healing. He healed me, and then opened wide the doors to nearly a year of much ministry in this location. I would not have chosen to be here beyond those weeks, but I submitted to God and obeyed.
Now He has made clear I waited as He wanted. And now it is time to mount up.
He has made clear my next location, and He is leading me to go for a day with my beloved handicapped ministry dogs to “spy out the land” as the people did in the Bible where they went ahead to see what would be in store for them. Joshua and Caleb had a good report because they saw all the potential and put their trust in the Lord and knew through the Lord they would overcome the giants, i.e. their obstacles. The others saw the potential but gave a bad report because they were intimidated by the giants and looked to themselves and knew they would never overcome the obstacles.
The Lord has made clear He is sending me to a part of the country I have known for over a year now He would send me to. But I did not realize He would choose the first city He has chosen.
And it is a big city where I do not know a single human being personally. And it is a city where I have had absolutely zero desire to ever visit let alone stay for any period of time.
I am 53-years-old with three handicapped dogs, some health issues on and off over the past few years, much fatigue from not sleeping well for years and from working really hard in my ministry work, and I have no humans traveling with me. It all seems so impossible, doesn’t it?
NOTHING is impossible with God and when it’s His will and we live in obedience to Him. For years, I believed in Jesus Christ as Lord but didn’t live my life accordingly. This verse was the perfect fit for me.
“”But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46
Now, the perfect verse for me is this one because the Lord has so very much transformed me.
“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15
I live and breathe to love and glorify the Lord and to tell the world about Him, and I do my best to live in obedience to Him. Though my heart yearns to return to New York City to do more ministry work there, I choose instead to humble myself and obey God. I will go where He sends me.
For about four years now, I have prayed my heart out to ensure I do my best to follow the Lord from location to location in His time for His glory. I have kept my heart open to correction along the way so that if I ever am wrong about what I believe He has spoken to my heart, I will make any and all necessary changes. I have also learned that sometimes He sends me to places for long periods and sometimes for as little as a night. He is in charge of my life.
Friend, I am by nature a woman filled with fear and worry and anxiety and negativity. I am the last person in the world you would imagine would be on the road for Jesus and ministry full-time without any permanent base anywhere on this earth. My home, my permanent location, is in heaven with Jesus when it’s time for me to be with Him. The Bible says o those who turn from their sins, believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and in His death and resurrection, truly committing their lives to God and His ways, this: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,” Philippians 3:20
In the meantime, I will continue to do my very best to follow my beloved Jesus as the Spirit of Christ leads me forth.
I promise Lord willing in the Lord’s time to give you more detailed information on this next chapter of my journey on the road for Jesus. I am hoping to do so very soon. I do not know the exact timing of the actual drive to my next location, but I am sensing that it could be very soon. The “spying out the land” is in fact Lord willing likely to be tomorrow if not in the very near future.
The Lord has made clear He has prepared me physically, emotionally, and spiritually to go forth as He leads me.
Please would you pray for me as I press on in faith in the Lord? I imagine I will likely face some giants along the way. But my trust is in the Lord, and my wings will be as eagles because of the Lord.
My heart’s cry for you, friend, is that you too will be totally devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ now and forevermore. If you need help beginning and/or pressing forward in a forever relationship with Jesus instead of spending forever in hell and the lake of fire, please don’t hesitate to reach out at 843-338-2219 or lara@GoodNews.love. I prefer NO TEXTS unless it is urgent or you have no other way to get in touch. Please be patient in hearing back from me, and please mark your contact as urgent or call back if you have not heard back from me in a timely manner and it is in fact urgent.
Love & blessings,