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).