July 21st, 2014

Your Destiny, His Glory


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It is truly devastating to the Body of Christ when we don’t see or relate to one another through the lens of Christ within; through the lens of our Heavenly Father perceiving each of us through the blood redemption of Christ Jesus. Our Creator, Abba Father, created each one of us uniquely (Psalm 139:13-17), complete with strengths to do the work of His Kingdom, that are also weaknesses when unredeemed and on the journey of being sanctified. In Christ, we are all being transformed and renewed, and are called to walk in His grace. It’s time to put aside the ‘me-centered’ cultural mindset we have been inundated with for far too many years: it’s all about me, it’s all about my plans, my feelings, my wants, and about how you are impacting ‘me.’ Let’s also put aside the judgement mentality of thinking we are called to judge or condemn one another’s motives, intentions, circumstances, personality, actions, or giftings. Where relationships cannot view one another through His grace and through His Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven lens, because of a religious spirit or for whatever reason, we simply must release one another in His eternal forgiveness, dust our shoes off, and move on….just as He instructed His first disciples.

Neither does this mean we are to embrace one another’s sins. We are called to simply follow Holy Spirit leading to where He is at work convicting (not condemning) and drawing others unto Himself, for the purpose of Restoration unto Father God through the atonement of Christ’s shed blood. Jesus came to bring peace within us, not between those who won’t receive His Kingdom lens for this life (Matthew 10:34-36). We are in this world but not of it. Through Holy Spirit leading, purpose to be obedient and to find those He has called you to walk in one accord with according to each of your giftings. Following our Head, as the Body He has purposed for this hour in which we live, we can together reflect the light of Christ and His glory to a broken, lost, sick, hurting and dying world needing to know Him as Redeemer, Healer, and Restorer! (John 3:16-17)

What does any of this have to do with The Arts Expressed? Every gift in Romans 12 represents a unique color lens with which we view the world and others; each one of us is created as one of these seven gifts in our very DNA. When all seven colors/giftings flow in conjunction together following our Head, the end result is white light: His glory being reflected in and through His Body – His sons and daughters on the Earth in this NOW season!

I highly recommend the book, ‘Your Destiny, His Glory: The How and Why of Your Design’ by Ruthie Young (available from both the author and on Amazon). Believers need this NOW revelation from Romans 12:4-8 in order to walk in unity advancing His Kingdom for such a time as this! Why? Study Isaiah 60-61.

November 18th, 2013

Thanks-sharing


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Eleven years ago next week, our family answered the very same call as the content of the *The Sacrifice of Thanks-sharing {Encouragement for Today} Proverbs31.org Devotion article below (totally worth your read, especially in this Thanksgiving season). For the very same reasons presented in the *article below, my husband and I traveled to Guatemala: to return to Minnesota with a precious sibling group, ages 5, 8 and 10, for the purpose of  sharing our family of five and all of the blessings we’d been given through our Heavenly Father’s love and goodness. We did not enter into the journey of family and stewarding all six children we’d been gifted lightly: we diligently, faithfully, and intentionally stewarded our covenant with the Lord, including homeschooling (for far too many reasons to list in this post). This past year has been the roughest of all the years (for also far more reasons than intended to express in this post), however, the Lord’s grace will see us through to the other side of our journey He has called us to (He told us He would), and He will receive all glory and praise. This Thanksgiving season we have added ‘the gift of donor life’ to our thankfulness, as the generosity of a donor family who endured the loss of their own young son in an accident, saved our youngest adopted son during his journey through kidney failure. Please lift up prayers this Thanksgiving season on behalf of all families who have experienced loss or illness, as this is most certainly a time to deeply reflect with heartfelt thanksgiving to the Giver of all good gifts for each and every blessing of life. Enjoy the Thanks-sharing perspective…
by Glynnis Whitwer, November 18, 2013
“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:15-16 (NASB)

‘Enough. That’s what I have. Really, more than enough.

More than enough clothes in my closet. Food in my fridge. Shoes spread on the floor. Cans in the cupboard.

My children have books, warm jackets, tennis shoes, pencils, and opportunities for more. I have clean sheets, soft pillows, a kitchen table, and indoor plumbing.

My husband and I have never taken our provisions for granted. Every day we are thankful for the blessings of our home and family. Yet eight years ago we were increasingly aware of what Luke 12:48b tells us, “When someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” (NLT) We felt an obligation to do something more with our blessings…(to continue…)’

 

 

 

April 14th, 2013

Global 4/14 Day


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January 19th, 2013

New Adoption Story Book Illustrated by Jenna


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Jenna Sorenson of The Arts Expressed has recently illustrated a newly released adoption story children’s book, self-published by Brian & Renae Calva. The Princess of Igotchu tells the story of the Calva’s daughter Olivia’s adoption, spun as a sweet fairy-tale. The Calva’s purpose in publishing The Princess of Igotchu is twofold: 1) to advocate for adoption, and 2) to raise funds for their summer mission trip to work with True Hope and the orphans they serve in Ukraine. Calvas are excited to be bringing a message of purpose and destiny to orphans of all ages. You could help them by sharing this link with your friends to help us get the word out.

Jenna is our oldest adopted daughter of three siblings from Guatemala. We wholeheartedly endorse bringing a message of purpose and destiny to orphans of all ages in every nation!

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+princess+of+igotchu

Create Space:
https://www.createspace.com/4113038?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026

June 23rd, 2012

Uniquely Divine Encounters


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There are no words to describe what transpired at The Arts Expressed last night (Brian Powers, The Snowman, & Guests). Absolutely phenomenal musicians, all sons of God, giving glory to Him through sharing their testimonies & their incredible musical gifts & skills. It was an atmosphere of divinely encountering His presence & His excellence…His joy & His peace…His delight in His kids & the incomparable gifts He pours into each one…intimacy with Him. We were born to live in that place. We were to created to seek that encountering place, satisfied in Him alone…and yet, it was only an amazing glimpse. I am left speechless over the whole experience. Thank You, Lord! Hallelujah! (Hallel, Jah, as Ray Hughes would say – Hebrew, for a shout of praise to God.

My heart strings tug with sadness at the same time, by the fact that our family (7), the four musicians who came to share & the family members they brought along with them (9) made up over half those in attendance. Only 13 people (thank You, Lord, for every single one of those 13 people, the band & their family members) were able to make time in their busy schedules to encounter such an amazing evening in His presence for which there are no words. I totally understand summer is busy…so is fall…so is winter…so is spring. We will always be a people of busy schedules in this nation. Unfortunately, our busyness causes us, oftentimes through no fault of our own (work, family & Kingdom commitments that have called us elsewhere), to miss out on uniquely divine encounters beyond description.

I long for the day when seeking the Lord…His presence & His Kingdom…are the priority in our lives to the same extent (or more so) as our sports, our recreation, our jobs & all of the other requirements that pull on family life in this culture. I long for the day when true worship of our King will be a 24/7 focus & the longing of our hearts..from the youngest to the oldest…instead of something we do once or twice a week…something we teach the next generation on an hourly basis, day-by-day.

Oh, Lord…there are no words…only groans…“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” (Romans 8:26, MSG)

Thank You, Lord, for each unique & special coffeehouse we’ve had throughout this past year, & for every person You’ve gathered together in that intimate setting. Each coffeehouse has been a treasured encounter like no other. We look forward to how You desire to move forward in the coming season.

March 29th, 2012

New Art & Poetry Book


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The Arts Expressed has just released two new art pieces & one new book!

Hand of Grace
copyright 2012 Jadan Sorenson/The Arts Expressed

A beautiful Graphic Design Art piece. (Note: the jpeg image is a ‘print-to-scale’ image & the thin border lines are cropped on unframed prints. or placed behind the matte on framed prints.


 

Mountains and Fountains
copyright 2012 Jenna Sorenson/The Arts Expressed 

Inspirational Ipad Art piece. View the piece from one direction revealing fountains of glory. Flip it around revealing mountains of glory.

 

The Dance
copyright 2012 Jenna Sorenson/The Arts Expressed 

A brand new first published book of original poetry & cover Ipad art.

‘My journey of abandonment, life in an orphanage, and adoption, through original poetry.

‘You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers. I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.’
Psalm 30:11-12 MSG

This book of original poetry is dedicated to  my Heavenly Father, my Savior, my Lord.
It is because of Him I Dance.’

 

March 8th, 2012

March Coffeehouse Event: My Story Through Art & Poetry


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Friday, March 30, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., our coffeehouse event will feature artist/poet, Jenna Sorenson, who will share her story of adoption through art & poetry, accompanied by Tammy Sorenson (piano). This event will also be the release of her first published book of poetry, The Dance – A Journey Through Poetry, with her original cover art.

Suggested ticket price $8. We have also added new photography of Jessa Lyn Photography & more original artwork/poetry of Jenna Sorenson. RSVP’s (call 763-262-2607) due to limited seating: see more details below.

January 23rd, 2012

Guitar Coffeehouse Event


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Friday, January 27, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. our coffeehouse event will feature an anointed & skilled guitarist, Jadan Sorenson, who will share his gifting through electric/acoustic/bass guitar & testimony. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity! RSVP’s due to limited seating: see details below.

 

 

August 5th, 2011

Hummingbirds and Suddenlies!


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I am currently sitting on my deck (thank You, Lord, for cool enough temperatures to actually enjoy this Minnesota summer morning!), seeking the Lord, and surrounded by 60 foot pine trees and a unique symphony of bird choruses. As I gaze down at the flower garden in front of me, I see what appear to be bumblebees feasting on the nectar of bright purple and pink flowers that vividly contrast the surrounding green. Suddenly, I take note that what I am specifically observing is beside an actual bumblebee and is slightly larger, so I stand to capture a closer look. In an instant, I am keenly aware that what I have been watching in reality is a baby hummingbird, along with several other baby hummingbirds, and I am awestruck! They are so tiny, so beautiful, and so unaware of (or unconcerned by) my watchful presence. Frequently the mama and papa hummingbirds have visited the hanging plants on my deck and I always freeze, in order to take in the delight of watching for as long as they choose to hover. Never before, however, have I been abundantly blessed to witness their little ones, and so close! It stirs such joy, delight and amazement in my spirit.

I see the world through the lens of the Kingdom of Heaven, therefore, the prophetic symbolism of the hummingbird is the first thought that comes to mind. I get my resources in order to delve further into the wonder of what I have been so privileged to witness. One of my sources (www.barbiebreathitt.com) reads: “rapid success from a small beginning will be as sweet as honey; ‘flying jewels’; compact, strong muscles: tiniest of all birds, small ideas or concepts may possess much potential and power; high maneuverability to hover; travels at 65 mph then comes to a complete stop; flying forward, straight up and down, sideways, and backwards, obtain nectar and the sweet treasures of life and eat insects. Focus on the good, beauty and joy in people.”

Another states that hummingbirds symbolize freedom, energy, tireless joy, and accomplishing things that are said to be impossible. Also, as a side-note, hummingbirds are the ONLY birds that can fly backwards(http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_symbolic_meaning_of_hummingbirds#ixzz1UAHlxJKV).

Finally, (I am unable to locate my source, therefore I won’t quote, but rather, restate), one writes about the tongue of the hummingbird being able to bypass the tough, bitter outer layers of the plant in order to find hidden treasure beneath. (The essence of my book, “I Am A Good Idea,” is all about finding the hidden treasures within each individual!) I also note that these are baby hummingbirds, which always represent birthing; “something new and delicate that is totally dependent upon you taking care of it: a ministry, business in infancy stage; fruitfulness; reproduction (www.barbiebreathitt.com).”

For me, personally, this all has significance, as I have been praying, fasting, and waiting on a number of promises/prophetic prayers and words spoken over me/my family for years. The hummingbirds symbolize both reflecting back, and the ‘suddenlies’ that will take place in my life and in my family moving forward (I believe this for many prayers covering this nation and this generation as well). My eyes well up with tears as I think about the precious way the Holy Spirit chooses to so intimately and personally reveal my Heavenly Father’s answer to heartfelt cries for being His vessel in bringing His Kingdom to come and His will to be done. In the stillness, He clarifies His desires for the season that is at hand.

Years ago, the Lord instructed me to write the vision down, and though it tarried, to wait for it (Habakkuk 2:2-3). He was also clear that I was not to despise small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10). I have spent much of my adult life walking out this vision with the children the Lord has so richly blessed my husband and me with: all six…three biological, including a set of twins, and an adopted sibling group of three (all at once, older and non-English speaking :)! I have focused on teaching each one their identity in Christ through His Word, their homeschool curriculum, and through a daily journey called life. This journey has centered around intimately knowing the voice/presence of the Holy Spirit and a desire to live their lives and use their giftings for the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. I have also focused on identifying and nurturing the specific and unique giftings the Father has placed within each one. We have a drummer/studio musician/audio production specialist, a guitar/bass/graphic designer artist, a vocalist/hip hop dancer/keyboardist/photographer, a gift of helps/creative artist/missionary heart/writer/worshiper, a lyrical dancer/writer/gift of helps/worshiper, and a finder of the lost/gifts of helps/kairos Word from Scripture child…each one unique, each one special, and each one a gift from Heaven sent to Earth to be expression of His nature through their assigned giftings.

The Arts Expressed has been an evolving vision in my spirit and in my heart since the Lord gave me a heart for gifted and talented kids back in college. He has however, shaped the vision into such a portrayal of His beauty that I could not have remotely fathomed or thought of in my own strength. Over the years of walking it out in the homeschooling environment of our six children and in our family ministry, the Lord has brought it to a place where it so much better manifests His heart than my own. He has been teaching me a multitude of things about myself and the depths of the identity His Son purchased for my freedom to be who He has called me, to see myself as my Father sees me through His righteousness and nothing less, and who He has created and gifted me to be as an expression of Heaven on Earth.

From that perspective, He has so clearly emphasized that EVERY individual is gifted, talented, and created with unique purpose for a specific Kingdom assignment here on Earth. He has called me to find and release the limitless treasures He has hidden in others, regardless of age, but especially from the earliest of ages (it’s NEVER too late to discover the gifts He has placed within you!). Through Jesus, the Father has placed infinite good and infinite beauty intentionally to be expressed throughout the Earth through His vessels. He wants all people to know His love and joy (and all of the Fruits of His Spirit), and what better way to manifest His nature to a world in need than through His Son via Holy Spirit via His sons and daughters expressing the vast array of endless creative gifts He has placed within each member of His creation. Every created being is a container for expressing the Father’s inexhaustible creativity. We have each been given the freedom to choose whether to use our God-given gifts for the Kingdom of Heaven or not. The evidence of this is all around us daily. (Please note, that I am not stating that our gifts are to be used exclusively in the church. To the contrary, our gifts are to be used out in the world wherever we’ve been placed. We are to be the Kingdom of Heaven’s sphere of influence – the Church He is building and advancing – (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, wisdom, understanding, council, might, knowledge and reverential awe of the Lord) wherever those who don’t yet know Him are!

The Arts Expressed purposes to stir up, discover, nurture, and equip the giftings the Lord has placed within each individual person who seeks to discover their unique and specific purpose here on Earth; the individual assignments given to each one to develop and release. There is no one else who can contribute and share what the Father has created you to express. What an amazing and mind-boggling concept to grasp! I believe The Arts Expressed is going to be a center with high maneuverability that will ‘suddenly’ be propelled into the lives of those who are seeking identity, purpose, and to be an expression of Heaven on Earth through the development of their giftings, talents, and skills in a multitude of areas, but especially in the creative arts. I also believe there will be a non-profit piece to The Arts Expressed that will be created specifically to reach those the world has cast aside; the ones the world labels as ‘orphans,’ and those who feel isolated, alone, or ‘orphaned.’ The Father’s eyes are on each and every one and in Him, there are no orphans, only a family waiting to embrace and love them. He created each and every individual to know and receive the gift of His Son, and through Him, be activated and released in their unique giftings within; to know their specific assignment and to take their place in all He has purposed for this time in His story. His desire is for them to be trained up in the way they should go, follow Him in a vital and living love relationship, as well as develop the skills and giftings He can use to transform the atmospheres of their nations.

In the process, I will be blessed to continue to use my own giftings as a pianist, psalmist, teacher, and writer (as well as wife and mother :). The worship, prayer, prophetic giftings, identity in Christ, authority in Christ, and being a daughter who desires to be an expression of her Father’s heart and will, by His Spirit and His Word through His blood, is the foundation of my journey. In Him, I am free to be me, and in Him, I am free indeed! In Him, I am on Earth to be used to release others to walk freely as He made a way for and created them to be: free to love, free to walk in joy and peace, free to be patient/kind/and gentle, free to be self-less, free to be compassionate and merciful…free to be an inexhaustible list of adjectives that express the goodness of Heaven on Earth through who we are in Christ and what’s/Who’s inside of us to express, however we have been gifted to express it!

Yes, I have been blessed with birthing a big vision that contains much Kingdom potential and power (the hummingbirds :). I know the One who is faithful to do what He says He will do, and the One who will bring it to pass, not by might or power, but by His Spirit…SUDDENLY!

P.S. Note: The Arts Expressed also has a unique music instruction methodology that encompasses technical facility, ear training and musicianship in order to develop creativity through spontaneous improvisation and original composition, i.e. creating music. It involves learning to develop the tools of musical excellence and skill, in collaboration with identity/relationship in Christ, facilitating new/original songs, as well as following the leading of the Holy Spirit spontaneously in worship and in ministry.

FYI: mama and papa hummingbird have visited my deck three times since starting this note, and yes, that number has significance, too :)! We were blessed to capture a portion of the baby hummingbird experience on video, but unfortunately the file was too large to post on this site, even after condensing the resolution.

 

April 27th, 2011

A Journey of Discovery


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A Journey of Discovery is the preface from my book, No More Orphans! No More Orphans! is a comprehensive equipping manual for those who have vision and passion to ignite the next generation in being the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and transform nations. The book is divided into five detailed sections:

1) Hidden Treasure: I Am A Good Idea
2) Kingdom Jewels: I Have A Gift Within Me
3) Creative Jewels: I Carry Gifts The World Needs
4) His Kingdom Come and His Will Be Done
5) Practical Teaching Tools

The Practical Teaching Tools are creative lesson plans and equipping tools that impart, release, and facilitate the contents of the book. Also available are an intercessory piano CD and beautifully photographed companion book, entitled, No More Orphans! and my three children’s books containing the significant truths of No More Orphans through colorful graphics and simple stories designed specifically for kids: The Little Ugly House: A Story About Learning To Shine From Within, I Am A Good Idea!, and Hidden Treasure, Kingdom Jewels and ME!

Preface: A Journey Of Discovery
copyright 2011 Tammy Sorenson/the arts express’d

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

The pages you now hold in your hands, No More Orphans! contain revelation and practical teaching gained through an interesting journey of diligent seeking, learning, praying, fasting, obedience, repentance, surrender, studying Scripture, worship, prophecy, dreams and visions. The journey began in 1974, when I experienced my first personal encounter with Jesus Christ.

Fast forwarding through many of life’s various events, the journey went to another level in the early 1990’s, and another in 1999. It’s now 2011, eleven years later, and many pieces of this journey have begun to connect in a divine way on yet another level. I have felt called to write the vision down on the following pages (Habakkuk 2:2-3) because it is a season to prepare and equip a Kingdom generation: one that transcends age, culture, denomination, and any other impediment to unity in Kingdom purpose.

In the spring of 2002, I began to be deeply laden in prayer. Others prayed similar prayers over me, confirming what the Lord had placed in my heart. As a worshiper in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23-24), I became burdened with the heart of God and His Kingdom purposes for this generation. Many of the songs and prayers He gave me through the fall of 2002 came from Joel 2, Isaiah 6, 54, 58 and 61, and Malachi 4:6. Earlier in the same year, a prophetic ministry told me that I would be “doing kids for a long time,” including adopting three additional children into our family of three biological children. My husband, Kevan, and I are currently celebrating thirty blessed years together. I was instructed “to not forget about the rest of the world, because the Lord had put something in me it needs.”

I have spent the past eleven years seeking the meaning of that prophetic word, and laboring in prayer with the Lord over His words, His will, and Scripture. Like Mary (Luke 2:19), I “treasured up and pondered all these things in my heart.” I believe my own personal journey will benefit those who have been searching for identity, acceptance, purpose in life, and a sense of belonging. It will also facilitate those who have been seeking the Lord’s heart for themselves, their families, for this generation, and for these days we are living in.

In 2005, the Lord moved us to a place where extended prayer walks and seeking His presence through worship became necessary in order to keep focused each day (Hebrews 12:2). It was also during this time the Lord began to give several of my children and me vivid dreams and visions. Through times spent in His presence, these dreams and visions became integral pieces connecting the previous years, and culminating in this project.

In one significant dream, I had in my possession a suitcase filled with beautiful, precious jewels and gemstones. These jewels did not belong to me, yet somehow I knew they did. I opened the suitcase and began to dig frantically through all of the jewels inside to find “the box” from which these jewels had spilled. I could only find the lid.

I knew the Lord was speaking to me when I awoke the next morning. I sensed His leading regarding the jewels representing undiscovered hidden treasure within the infinite mysteries Christ accomplished for each one of us when He died on the cross. His life, death and resurrection gave each of us everything we need to carry His presence, His authority, and His glory in our lives, not only for eternity, but as we walk this Earth (2 Corinthians 4:7 and 2 Peter 1:3-8). I knew from the dream the Lord has bestowed on us so much more treasure through the blood of Jesus that the Body of Christ has not yet begun to access.

Shortly after that, our daughter, Jocilyn (age twelve at the time) was given a vision of two small flour bags of gold and a large flour bag of sand with an ephod, like those worn on the breastplate of the robes of Old Testament priests (Exodus 28:17-21), highlighting in particular, the twelve jewels. These bags dropped through the ceiling of our home onto our kitchen table. Our son, Josiah (age nine at the time) also got a vision of bags of silver and gold. He was unsure of the contents inside one of the bags he saw me opening as I played the piano. When he inquired of the Lord as to what was inside that particular bag, the Lord replied, “orphans.” All of these visions are connected to the following pages, and are detailed in Section V: Practical Teaching Tools, entitled, Practical Teaching Lesson for Kingdom Jewels Our Eternal Spiritual Kingdom Inheritance. The song, “How Did We Get To Here?” also included, will prayerfully contribute to the Lord setting the orphans of the nations free (James 1:27).

I had been prompted for several years prior to these dreams and visions to pray about man’s tendency to confine the Lord in “a box.” (The “box” represents the walls of any one place, such as a church building, or man’s limitations and restrictions of the Holy Spirit.) I knew through the dream He was confirming the immeasurable wealth of the hidden treasure in Christ, which cannot be contained in “a box.” When Christ walked the Earth, “the box” vanished and the lid was removed, yet man has not come into the fullness of His glorious and limitless riches.

The fullness of the precious treasures, the shed blood of Christ, purchased on our behalf is about to “spill out” in greater measure to everyone who is seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). These glorious treasures are to be carried into every sector of our society, far beyond the boundaries of any one place. I believe we are about to experience a manifestation of Christ in us, the hope of glory, going out into the harvest of the nations. The pages of No More Orphans! will present a foundation for a few of the treasures He has purchased for us to carry as His vessels on Earth. It will also lay out a vision for impacting the transformation of individuals, families, and communities for the Kingdom of Heaven through the creative arts and a transportable ministry called the arts express’d.

Following the dreams and visions, the Lord prompted me to meditate on Isaiah 11:1-2, and specific passages in Revelations pertaining to the seven Spirits of God. He also prompted me to order a menorah. The very day it arrived in the mail, our daughter shared a vision, in which He had shown her a menorah. A missionary friend, Alice Sharping (Every Nation Ministries, Elk River, MN), came to our house about a year later and prayed over our family. The Lord showed her a treasure chest filled with incredibly beautiful jewels submerged beneath the sea. The Lord revealed to her that the treasure of our family was submerged and held under water by some specific things we needed to pray through in personal and generational repentance. Our repentance and prayers would release the Lord to dispatch His angels to guard the treasure, and to release it at His appointed time.

The Lord has spoken Habakkuk 2:2-3, four times in the past four years pertaining to the contents and the treasure presented within these pages. The treasure is not only for and about our family, but is representative of the treasure in all those He has called by His name for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).

The Lord orchestrated our attendance at several Jim Chosa training seminars (www.daychiefministries.org), in which revelatory tools for launching us to the next step of our journey were presented. These tools related to the very things the Lord had shown our missionary friend, Alice.

Many times throughout the past eight years, the Lord has emphasized restoration, rebuilding our foundations (the bag of sand), and the “latter glory would be greater than the former” (Haggai 2:9). He has purposed “we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7). The hidden treasure of the infinite mysteries in Christ were purchased with His blood and are offered to all those who will seek Him and His righteousness (Daniel 2:19, 28-30, 47, 4:9; Matthew 13:44, Romans 16:25; Ephesians 1:9, 3:4-12, 6:19, and Colossians 1:26-27, 2:2-3, 4:3).

I pray His revelation will “spill out,” as you ask Holy Spirit to unveil, activate and release what He has already placed within you. Believe it! Receive it! Be built up, equipped and released to bring His Kingdom to come and His will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, in Jesus’ mighty name!

This is my heart as you read through the following pages:”Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:15-23).