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I had a vision once of a beautiful red and white circus tent in the middle of pristine field. The wind that was screaming through the green plain threatened to send the tent careening and it nearly flew away with the wind. The ropes that were holding down the tent were securely attatched to solid wooden stakes in the ground. The stakes had words written on them and as I discovered, those words were: Fear, Rejection, Abandonment, Doubt, and Insecurity.

change6A hand with scissors came from nowhere and cut the ropes from the stakes and the beautiful, big tent was free to fly away in the wind. The circus below was then left exposed and naked to the elements. The tent then flew to its new destiny.

When I awoke from this vision, I pondered the dream I just had, and of course thought about it from every angle. As I quietly considered what this meant, a woman came to me and asked a very simple question, “What does ‘stoke’ mean?” I was completely caught off guard by her request, but I politely answered her without question. “’Stoke’ means to poke or stir up or add fuel to something that is burning.” As she walked away, contemplating her own thoughts, the Lord said to me, “That was for you, not for her. People will ‘stoke’ you, but I am always here.” Then He repeated it to me again to be sure I heard it right.

circus1Then the Lord said, “When the fire through the grassy, green plain is fastly approaching your beautiful tent and is being stirred up to burn hotter, cut the ropes of your shame and fly away. Who do you say I am, Julie? Have I not given you the promises to your future? Have I not given you a glimpse of your destiny? Expose the circus and move on through the winds of change. Do not look back.”

Today I am encouraged. So many things are not right, so many things today make me question what is really going on in our world for Christians to turn against other Christians then try desperately to hide behind the Cross when they are convicted. I see it every day and it is so sad. Today, I am grasping and holding fast to the hope appointed and set before me. It’s not my circus.

change5Hebrews 6:17-19 – Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain