What is next, Lord?

What is next Lord

At the end of 2016, the Lord gave me a vision, “The Tsunami Is Coming. Where Will You Be and What Will You Be Doing?” At that time, I had no idea where I would be going and what I would be doing. You can read this on my blog at  The Coming Tsunami.

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In 1985 the Lord came into my office and spoke audibly to me at the moment my one-year-old had stopped breathing and turned completely blue. He spoke three words to me, “Marlene, it is time,” then my knees buckled and I hit the ground in a repentance prayer. Deliverance came from many things I’m not proud nor ashamed to share with others.

Six years later, God truly rescued me from things that only He and I know. I was called to serve and share the Gospel with the lost, broken, and hurting; and since then, I have been committed to this. Seasons of visible fruitfulness have come and gone over the years, and the Lord is continuing to teach me that walking by faith doesn’t always mean that we will see the impact we are making or that we won’t have times where the enemy has appeared to have won the battle, at least in our minds.

My pastor recently preached on “Listening.” Of course, my ears perked up because I had just recently read this quote by Beth Moore in her book, The Quest, An Excursion Toward Intimacy with God:

To unplugged ears, the New Testament testifies with deafening volume to the role of adversity and the demand for endurance in the lives of disciples on their sure way to happily ever after. Sometimes God Himself sets up an obstacle course to develop and test the runner’s discipline, stamina, and agility. With His eye around every blind curve in our road ahead, He seeks “to supply what is lacking in (our) faith” (1 Thessalonians 3:10, ESV), so we can run triumphantly. 

Satan also attends to our marathon with unanticipated patience, biding his time, studying our patterns and weaknesses. He tempts runners nearby to go rogue and trip us.

I have been so humbled by even the hard places the Lord has allowed me to walk through because now that I am older, I can see clearly the miracles He has done over and over again. He is a supernatural God, and He wants us to be supernatural people.

I don’t have any regrets for the choice I made to choose a Christ-centered life.

In 2013 I joined Globe International in Pensacola, Florida, and started working as administrative support for Missionary Sandy Britnell in the Humanitarian Aid & Child Sponsorship Department. I was blessed to be part of the Globe team, working alongside and getting to know so many wonderful mission minded people. I was also able to take my first overseas missions trips to visit children in crisis and trauma Children of Destiny in Nicaragua, Central America, and Challenge Farm in Kenya, Africa.

In 2016 I felt it was time for me to make a change to go from being a support person in order to pursue full-time ministry/missionary work. I’ve always had a ministry, but the Lord reminded me this latter season would be different. In the Tsunami Vision in 2016, the Lord spoke very clearly, “Marlene, your talents aren’t any good if they are buried, or you are not using them for My purpose and plan. In order to be fully satisfied, you must be willing to be obedient to My leading.”

My passion has always been evangelism and missions work, which includes pastoral care; teaching; and praying for the sick, wounded, and afflicted, particularly women. I’m not your typical foreign field missionary and am more like the discipleship and missionary worker you read about in the New Testament. For the past year, my work was in Alaska working with church leadership, pastors, and students from many different cultural backgrounds, and traumatic situations. There were times I felt shipwrecked, like Paul, but I would not trade the past year for anything! And I do plan to return as the Lord leads.

For the first time in my life since I was a child, I am not working a full-time job. I rely totally on the Lord and others’ support to pay for my travel and ministry expenses. This has been difficult because shifting from being self-sufficient to totally God sufficient is weighty. I have to constantly remind myself to stop looking at the job advertisements.

 “Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2, ASV).

And so I’ve asked God the question, “What is next, Lord?” As this is probably my last season of life that I am entering, I feel led to look for a place to live and study. When I am there, I will, equip, train, and encourage those He sends my way; and from there I will go to the places where He leads, taking others with me as I go.

There is no lack of crisis and trauma in the world, and plenty of disasters. So, with whatever time, I have left on this earth, I feel it is critical in this season for all of us to ask God the question, “Where do I go from here?” Then to GO!

Walking by total faith and seeking God’s direction in this hour of trouble is not easy for anyone.

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Being alone at times for me is difficult. If you have a group of women or young people who need to be prayed for and encouraged, I would love to come and speak to them.

I also believe there are many individuals who are discouraged, (especially during the holidays and the traumatic times we are currently experiencing). I want to encourage you to draw near to the Lord, get back into the battle, and to fulfill what the Lord created you to do! If this is you, I would love to hear from you, so I can add you to my vision board and pray for you! My cell is (850)-661-6104. My email is CinderellaReleased@gmail.com.

Again, please consider helping by praying or asking the Lord how you can support me by fasting, praying, or giving financially. Please consider this ministry for your end of the year giving, and/or asking your company or business to consider this ministry as one of your charitable organizations to support in 2018.

Whatever you do, please do it as unto the Lord, and may He get the glory! He has done such great things in our lives.

Searching for God’s treasure,

Marlene

From ashes to beauty
Cinderella Released

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Choices… we all have to make them

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CHOICES – People may often misunderstand your goals, your vision, your mission ~ but keep going, keep striving and continue to push, having faith in the specific calling you have been given! (While at the same time being open for Godly accountability and constructive criticism) FB Post by Maverick Hoenig June 3, 2017.

CHOICES

When I read this today the Holy Spirit quickened my spirit. In the area of crisis and trauma care, I see every day where hurting individuals are faced with choices that they weren’t expecting to make or having to live with choices that were made for them.

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I recently talked to one of my spiritual sons who was in an accident where a semi-truck made too close a turn and drug him and his motorcycle down the road. It not only caused him to literally being run over and left critically injured and badly broken. He now has to walk with a cane and has severe health issues. He said to me,

“Mom” I can either choose to give up, gripe and B**** about my life. I’ve got to get up and live life to the fullest.”

Throughout his life, I’ve watched this young man battle through many obstacles, some self inflicted and we have had many conversations about his walk with God. He’s still sorting through his life’s purpose and I have no doubt that God is already using him in ways even he can’t see or understand. But, even through his difficult times he has been there for me when I felt like giving up.  He has walked with me through crisis, trauma and hopelessness.

Today happened to be one of those days where I was questioning why things happen and if I should have made different choices.

Our conversation helped steer me and get my mind back to where it should be… on choosing to living and loving myself & others “God’s Way” – not my own.

I’ve got so much to be thankful for. Looking back I see the hard choices I had to make at times, especially when I wondered at the time if they were the right ones.  God has always redeemed even my poor choices into life giving miracles….

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CHOICE – **Note – FB Post from 12/19/2015 –  Maverick Hoenig, Father

Wow! Jonah David Hoenig has arrived!!! 7.12 lbs! God is great and the miracle of life astounds me today!

“When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.” John 16:12

Amy did such an amazing job in labor and I am so proud of her!!

Life isnt waiting for the storm to pass

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Blessings on your day,
Choose Wisely…

Marlene
from ashes to beauty…

P. S.  If you or someone you know is battling with their choices, or is suffering from crisis and trauma in their life. I am available 24/7.  Please check out my website for ways to contact me. Website Link Continue reading →

Senseless Shootings in Colorado – Is God Still Merciful?


SO YOU STILL THINK GOD IS A MERCIFUL GOD?!

(Maybe, just maybe God spared my life because He loves YOU and wants you to hear this..He wants you to believe that He loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son that if you would believe in Him you would have eternal life.)

So, you still believe in a merciful God?”  Some of the comments online are genuinely inquisitive, others are contemptuous in nature. Regardless of the motive behind the question, I will respond the same way.

Yes.

Yes, I do indeed.

Absolutely, positively, unequivocally.

Let’s get something straight: the theater shooting was an evil, horrendous act done by a man controlled by evil.  God did not take a gun and pull the trigger in a crowded theater. He didn’t even suggest it. A man did.

In His sovereignty, God made man in His image with the ability to choose good and evil.

Unfortunately, sometimes man chooses evil.

I was there in theater 9 at midnight, straining to make out the words and trying to figure out the story line as The Dark Night Rises began. I’m not a big movie-goer. The HH and I prefer to watch movies in the comfort of our own home…where I can use subtitles and get a foot rub. I don’t like action movies. And I don’t like midnight showings.  But, as I wrote in my last post, parents sometimes make sacrifices for their kiddos and I decided I would take my fourteen year old and sixteen year old daughters who were chomping at the bit to see this eagerly anticipated third movie in the Batman Trilogy. Twice I had the opportunity to back out and twice I was quite tempted. But something in me said just go with your girls. I did.

So I was there with them, fidgeting in my seat, some forty or  fifty feet away from the man with the gun. It’s still a bit surreal, but I do know that when the seemingly endless shooting started, as my girls were struggling from whatever gas or chemical had been released, and we figured out what was happening, we hit the floor. I threw myself on top of my fourteen year old who was on the end of the row, straight up the aisle from the shooter.  In that moment, as the rapid-fire shots continued, I truly thought I was going to die. And I realized that I was ready. I have put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ as the redeemer of my soul, and there wasn’t the slightest doubt that I would be received into heaven, not because of any good thing that I have done but because of His merciful nature and the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Still, as I lay over my daughter, I began praying out loud. I don’t even remember what I prayed, but I don’t imagine it really matters. I’m sure it was for protection and peace. It drew me closer into the presence of God. When there was a pause in the shooting, people began to clamor for the exits. The girls and I jumped up and joined the masses. We had to step over a lifeless body, not knowing where the shooter was. We raced to our car and I dumped my purse, frantically searching for keys, looking all around, prepared to hit the ground. I yelled at Michelle to call Matthew and find out if he had made it out of the theater next door. She did. He did. We booked on out of there.

Why would you think such a tragedy would make me question the goodness of God? If anything, both of my girls said it made Him a much more real presence to them; the youngest shared this verse: Do not be afraid of sudden fear nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your feet from being caught.

He is not the cause of evil, but He is the one who can bring comfort and peace in the midst of evil.  It’s been amazing to see the outpouring of love from so many people after this unthinkable act.  Yes, there was one evil act, but it is being covered by thousands, possibly millions of acts of kindness.

We have not yet slept, so the girls and I are overtired and a bit emotional.  But overall, we are praising God and resting in His Goodness.   I love this word of wisdom and encouragement from a former pastor of mine:

Up to this point I haven’t had words to say that would matter. Of course we are all glad that you and the family are safe. Of course we would all state the obvious that this is horrific and senseless. But those words still don’t carry weight that remain in the midst of the questions. Then it hit me… Do you know what the difference was between Job and his wife in their response to the tragedy of losing everything… Job 1:20 Job was the only one that worshiped in the midst of it. Marie, I know your heart and I’ve seen your worship lived out before your family. Before the weight of this becomes unbearable… worship. Your profile pic was not coincidence, not by accident that you changed it on July 15th, but a beautiful foreshadowing of your need to hear the cry of your heart and give Him praise.  

Though we don’t have all the answers, we do indeed listen to the cry of our hearts: When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What  can mere man  do to me? Psalm 56:3-4

God is always good.

Man is not.

Don’t get the two confused.

We will continue to praise and worship our mighty God, anticipating that He will bring beauty from ashes, as only He can do.

If you want to know how to pray for us: first and foremost, we need sleep. Somehow our bodies seem too wired. We also want the life that God has graciously allowed us to continue to live to not be a gift given in vain, we want our lives to draw others closer to Him. We do not want fear to dominate, for God has not given us a spirit of fear. We want His joy to be seen and experienced in all that we do.

Pray for the families who lost loved ones, and for young people who witnessed such horror. Pray for this to be an opportunity for God to manifest Himself in mighty ways.

As for you…we will pray that YOU might know His goodness.

Still grateful for this wonderful life,

Marie

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Life is unfolding before you….there are divine appointments you don’t want to miss.

Life is unfolding before you....there are divine appointments you don't want to miss.

I was reading in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 this morning where the Apostle Paul wrote,

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it(a thorn in his flesh) away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Trauma, stress, doubt, fear is all around us today. There are many things that are “thorns in our flesh” and hopelessness and despair can come in to cloud our vision. There is life after trauma, divorce, sickness and loss. I want to help you recover your joy!