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A Word of Glory 2019: My Favorite Read

Although this prophetic word was shared on our Instagram page, it somehow managed to not be shared here. I am so grateful to the Lord that He has been nudging me to share this word that He gave to Briana Lassiter at the start of this 2019 year. This is such a needed reminder for all of us. God is not finished. The seasons are changing and the harvests is ours! A WORD OF GLORY FOR 2019 by Briana Lassiter “For many of His (God’s) Children, this year will bring a new season of growth, becoming established and settled and rooted and grounded in His love and His ways. This will be a spring season of growing and stretching, becoming deeply watered and the explosion of flowers where there was once dry cracked dust.” Wow! This makes my soul excited and reminds me of the scripture in Isaiah 43:18-19, “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make …

My Favorite Read: Made Wonder-Full by Candice Coates

One of the most humbling blessings of having a writing ministry is that I not only get to speak to the Children of God and encourage them in their faith-walk and identity but that I too get to be encouraged by the words the Lord has placed in my heart to share. I often liken myself to a stenographer; I write what I hear and share that with others. This week, in My Favorite Reads, I want to share Made Wonder Full. The reason I want to share this read is because of the simple and yet powerful truth that it embodies: You are made with wonder! The Creator of the Universe, the Everlasting Father, created you, His beloved child with wonder! What is wonder mean? According to some definitions, Wonder in the noun form means, “a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.” “Not only did the God of all Creation create you fearfully, but He knit you together, which means He got personal when He formed you! …

Our Favorite Reads!: Single While Serving & The Blessing in Both

Hello Creatives! This summer we, at ICFTS, are compiling a list of Our Favorite Reads, articles, and teachings that blessed us the most. Both Briana & Candice will be sharing their favorite reads and giving a quick explanation of why they love them so much. Below is our first Favorite Read, by Briana Lassiter.  Enjoy! Over the three years that I (Briana) have been blessed to be acquainted with the ministry and writings of Candice Coates. There have been many things she has written that have spoken joy and life to my spirit, and I’m really excited to share my personal favorites of the articles she’s written, that others may not have had a chance to read and love as I have! Funny enough, one of my favorite things she’s written is entitled “Single While Serving & The Blessing in Both.” And while I personally haven’t been single for almost 10 years, the truths in the article don’t care what your situation is, and they resonate fiercely whatever your relationship status. I think wherever you …

Where Are Your Weapons by Briana Lassiter

Before every successful battle in the Old Testament, the people of God always began by enquiring of the Lord. “Lord, what do YOU say about this battle? What should I expect, and how should I proceed?” When given, and acting upon the Lord’s direction, they were always victorious. By man’s standards, many of the Old Testament battles seem to be fodder for unbelief and proof that the Bible is a fairytale because their feats were so preposterous and impossible. Many times they would go into battle without the weapons that we would think were necessary, like in the defeat of the city Jericho, where the Lord told them to walk around silently for 7 days…and be armed with…trumpets… Let that sink in…trumpets. The Lord told them to go fight an entire city with trumpets, and oddly specific, silent walking. You know what happened? The people listened to what God said would happen, they believed Him, and they did exactly what He said. Total victory ensues. Believe it or not, the Lord is still working in …

Vision in the Gap: The Crushing pt 2

The theme of ‘gaps’ has been swirling around my spirit for a few months now. At first, facing the gaps, acknowledging that they are indeed there and that there is a palpable distance in between myself and Christ is, at first, staggering, then confusing, and then later tempting. The temptation is not one of a negative sense, but it is one that drives my spirit into a desire for more, a thirst for more of Him; more closeness, more revelation, more outpouring. JUST. MORE! EXPLORING THE GAP Taking the first steps of faith to question the Lord about the gap, I found that the distance was and is an invitation for the more, the teaser reel to the grand adventure that awaits me, and all of us, if we will step forward in faith. The gap is created as a call to lay claim to what is already ours, to realize that we have victory over every fear, worry, circumstances, spirit, and mountain. But gap by stretching gap, the Lord calls us into communion and …

The Wisdom of Resting

“And He (Jesus) said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” ~MARK 6:31 Sometimes we confuse rest with being lazy which to think this way about rest is the antithesis of what we are called to do in Hebrews 4. We are actually told to fear not entering the Lord’s rest. We often think that if we are in the midst of pursuing our dreams and passion that if we pause to rest it is akin to giving up which is born from taking the verses in Isaiah out of context that says we won’t get weary…I have been guilty of this faulty mindset as well. But there is a wisdom in resting, especially when our roads of pursuit reach a point of intermission, quite like being in-between several floors while on an elevator. While in the midst of that transition, you wait and you rest and only walk once the door to your destination …

A Letter to the Mother’s & Children Who Never Got to Embrace on Mother’s Day by Briana Lassiter

Some might think it’s a little bit of a downer to talk about miscarriage on Mothers Day, but the statistics show that about 1 in 4 pregnancies ends with loss, so I know that my experience is far from uncommon. I feel like there’s a stigma surrounding miscarriage that usually keeps women from even speaking about the experience, much less processing their loss in a supported way. I’m not really here for that stigma, and I hope you know that if you’re struggling today, it’s okay. It’s okay to grieve today. It’s okay to feel heartbroken today. It’s okay to take care of you today. You are loved, you are seen, and you are not alone. I pray that the sting of others insensitive words and actions regarding your loss, be lifted off you, and your heart be given the freedom to heal from this experience fully and that you find the grace to know that it’s okay not to be okay today. To my babe, (and all Moms who have lost them) I didn’t …

Stepping Forward in Faith: Crushed in the Gaps

There are times in our faith-walk that we feel like a sudden cool breeze and darkness has fallen upon our path. And somewhere in the midst of that, in the midst of us grappling to hold tightly to the truth in faith in the face of panic that tries to take up residence, we feel like Christ has abandoned us. We feel like in the very presence of challenge our Lord has forsaken us, leaving us to face the challenge and fear alone, even though we know that His Word has promised that forsaking us is something He would never do (HEBREWS 13:5, DEUT. 31:6). Have you felt this before? If so, know you are not alone. Recently I asked the Lord about this feeling as I stood in the dark fog of my own faith-walk, questioning the feeling that He had withdrawn from me, and what He showed me made me love Him all the more, but also reminded me that He is always at work in us for our good because He loves …

Walking on Broken Bones: Receiving Healing You Never Knew You Needed

*Revised from January 14, 2015 I am sure that you heard the saying in regard to broken bones that, “If you can walk on it, it’s not broken.” I am even willing to bet that you have not only heard that saying, but that you have said it before as if it were the truth. And if you, like me, have said this before, then it is a safe bet that you didn’t know that the converse is the truth. You CAN walk on a broken bone and never know that bone is broken. Actually, the only way to tell if a bone is broken assuming it is not bent improperly or protruding from the skin is for a Doctor to get a deep look at it by way of an x-ray. For all of us born into this fallen world, born into sin, we go through life walking on broken bones. We are hit by hands, and often times far worse, words that sink into the core of our very being that draw blood …

Take Your Promise, A Prophetic Word for Passover: Season of Salvation pt 2

“My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.” ~PSLAM 89:34 In Psalm 89:34 the word of the Lord says, “My Covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that is gone out of my lips.” Several nights ago the Lord gave me a dream and in that dream, I was on vacation with a group of people. I looked out the window at the night sky and the sky was black but out of nowhere a cloud that looked like smoke upon the dark sky started to turn to the colors of the rainbow. The actual colors were red, yellow, purple, green, and blue. Suddenly the cloud began to move and as it moved it turned into a ring in the heavens. It was like an opening in the firmament and had Hebrew words going through it. But then the cloud-ring froze over and out of it poured snow. I watched people going out and standing with the light under this rainbow-ring that was now frozen with …