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Hi, here is just a quick update, letting you know what’s been happening since my Oregon post.  We did go to Jesus Pursuit church, which was great!  Later, after crossing the state line into California, we were fortunate to catch the 2nd half of Bethel Church‘s Sunday night service in Redding.  It was my first time at this world-famous church, and God did not disappoint!

After the 4 days, Beau and I arrived in LA at my parents’ place.  I took him around LA a bit, showed him some cool places, such as the Getty Center, before he flew back up to Seattle.

I have been down here in LA for about 1 month now, hanging out with my family, visiting various ministries, and hosting another friend (Ola from Iceland) for 5 days.  Every week down here has been pretty eventful, including lots of rain!  (I had lived in Southern California for 15+ years before, and I don’t remember it ever being so rainy in one month)

Next Tuesday I will be flying out to China for 1 month.  To learn more about my upcoming trip, click here.  You can keep me in your prayers, as I embark on this journey to the other side of the Pacific, following the Lord’s leading in 2011.

Living from rest.  Receiving His best.

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I am writing this post from a hotel in the small town of Albany, Oregon.  My friend Beau and I are here, in the midst of a 4 day road trip from Seattle to LA.  Tomorrow we will be visiting Jesus Pursuit Church here in town, and heading down to Redding, CA in the afternoon.  It has been a restful journey, and I know we will have some extraordinary God-encounters along the way.

Blessings to you from mid-Oregon.

Yeah, I know it is after Christmas already, but I couldn’t resist posting this very cute video of the Christmas Story.  Check it out!

Hi, I’m finally back on Love’s Rest, and it’s Christmas Day!  Happy birthday Jesus!

I just got back to the Seattle area, after being in Iceland for 2.5 months, and in Taiwan for 1.5 weeks.  It has been an amazing autumn for me, so action-packed, that I wasn’t able to post freshies here for a while.  Now I am glad to be back in the US to celebrate the holidays, and hopefully I can return to regularly filling this site with devotional goodies.

You can read my Iceland and Taiwan travel log at my main ministry website, www.lightamp.net

Below is a neat photo I took in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Blessings to you on this day and in 2011.

Night in Reykjavik

Julie True is one of my favorite soaking worship leader.  Read her description of soaking below.  You can check out her music at her website.

Soaking can encompass many things. It’s a time to quiet the soul, but to be awakened in the spirit to hear the heart of God in that moment, and to interact with Him in a very personal way. Soaking time for me is always associated with music. It can be music that is sung, or music that is instrumental, but it is always music that comes to life because of what Holy Spirit is doing in that moment.

Music that is birthed in the Presence of God without having been previously composed, is typically referred to as a “spontaneous song”. A spontaneous song is music that has never been heard before by anyone, including the one who sings or plays it.

Soaking music takes us outside the boundaries of traditional worship music. It is a time of total freedom to express my love for my Father God, and for Him to express His love for me. My expressions to Him can encompass many things……………praise, adoration, intimate worship, joy, celebration, thankfulness, composed songs, spontaneous songs, with words, without words…..

Above all, soaking is a time of connecting spirit to spirit and heart to heart with the one who loves us like no other, and who created us to have relationship with Him. Soaking is an authentic interactive experience with God that has no expectations or limitations typically found in our modern worship meetings. What I mean by this is that most worship experiences in the modern church are made up of singing songs that have a couple of verses, then we sing the chorus a couple of times, end the song, and go to the next song.

In a time of soaking we might sing the same song for 20 minutes as we “soak in” and receive new depths of connection with the words we are singing. It’s an expansion of expression that permeates traditional lines that have been drawn in defining what worship is, or should be.

Soaking is a time of total freedom in the spirit…..a time to make time to be saturated by the Presence of God…..a time to breathe Him in and soak Him in to every cell of our being. It’s a time to be still and know that God is God……a time to cease striving in any way and to lay my burdens at the feet of Jesus. It’s a time to receive fresh healing in my body and soul, and to fix my eyes on Jesus…..a time to rest in the shadow of God’s wings, and to know His peace that passes understanding…..a time to hear His whispers of love for me and to allow time for that love to completely overtake me.

Happy Soaking…..

Julie

welcome home…

...to a place where you can relax and refresh your spirit.

Draw close to God.
Get intimate with Him.
Drink until you overflow
with His love.

Here are some spiritual nourishments for your soul. Read the devotionals, poems, and songs. Soak and be filled in His presence. Enjoy!

The famous soaking couch

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Come to me,
all you who labor
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.

Matt 11:28


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