Monthly Archives: January 2014

Crossing the Red Sea



the wave

Proverbs 22:4

True humility and fear of the Lord
lead to riches, honor, and long life.


In this New Year I am facing many changes, as are most of you.  That’s what new beginnings bring, change, excitement, wonder, joy and a little fear and anxiety as to how it will happen.  That kind of worrisome fear does not come from the Lord and I am learning that a healthy fear of the LORD is a wonderful thing to walk into.  You have no idea where you are going…just that you are.  Kind of like the Israelites as they crossed the Red Sea.  They stood on the edge of the Sea and faced their biggest obstacles-their minds!  I can hear it now…“You want us to do what????”  Go through there???  But, but, but….”

Then they see their leader, Moses, take the staff that the LORD had given him, and raise it over his head in extreme obedience to the Lord.   I witnessed this last fall at a conference.  I watched a leader take a painting, like a staff,  and boldly raise it over his head as he marched up and down the aisles of the sanctuary declaring God’s Victory over us VISUALLY.  It was a powerful and defining moment for me.  Last week during church, I saw myself doing this.  I thought, “ What? You want me to do that ? Here?”


Today, I can only imagine, and maybe understand, a tiny little bit of what went through Moses’ mind!

“ Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through on dry ground.”   ( Ex. 14:15)

As Moses raised the staff in obedience to his Lord,  he was declaring that YES this would happen and YES they would cross and YES that the LORD has spoken!  He was declaring life, light and victory as he raised it in faith!

The waters parted…and the people began their crossing…an entire nation of people were saved from their enemies. 


My friends, this is where I am. The waters have parted and now I must make the crossing into a new adventure with the Lord.  It is one that I saw a very long time ago, yet didn’t realize what I was seeing until last year.  God plants the seeds and waters them.  Some take longer to push through the soil than others.   Last year He gave me the vision for my life.  This year He is inviting me to walk closer with Him and trust Him for every provision. 

I’ve never been in this place and it is a little intimidating and overwhelming.  Like Moses knew what he had to do, so do I.  Now I have to ask for and receive the strength of the Lord and do it.  Don’t waver or wander.    The waters are piled up and the path is dry and clear.  The Spirit of the Lord has blown through this place and He calls to me in the night hours to “come”….to cross…to make this journey with Him…He is my Light and Life, the Author of my salvation, and the Creator of my craft.  His Name is written on my heart and His brush lays down a path of righteousness and justice for all people.  He is the color of my heart and the light in my eyes and the earth under my feet.  Where He is, I am.  Where I am, He is. I am His voice and visual for the nations and I will speak and paint what He gives me to say through shape, color, line, light, texture and Truth. 

Passionate? Yes. Easy?  No.  Like a Pastor speaks his love for the flock from the pulpit.  I speak mine from the canvas of the heart of the Lord.  It’s the same love, the same Lord, the same Truth.  It’s just delivered in a different way.  A way that helps other see through the darkness of the forest floor.  Where we think we see no life or light, there IS. 

This passion is also a burden.  The Spirit of the Lord wakes me in the early morning hours and bids me to come and and pray, to draw, to write, to listen.  It is a burden of love and it is one that I am compelled to do.  If I don’t, I will bust.  I have been questioned, mocked, made fun of and misunderstood. I have also been set apart from distractions and while it has taken me time and much inner healing to understand many of these things,  I am compelled more than ever to move forward with the Lord.  Like the Israelites saw the light in pillar of cloud, I see it too and when you see it you have to share it!

In my time of reflection I see how what started, 3 years ago,  as simple blog has grown into a ministry of a wild love affair of the heart-to share the Lord with all of you through creativity.   It’s been like watching a tree grow and all of a sudden it feels like there is all of this new growth and the tree has become rounder, fuller, and filled with fruit.  Just as the LORD, my Master Gardener, cares for me, I must care for the tree.  Taking care of a tree requires wisdom, knowledge, preparation, pruning, prayer and diligence.

It also requires resting, listening, hearing, and doing everything exactly as the Lord orders.  This requires focus.  Moses went to a bush, Elijah went to cave and Jesus went to the wilderness to rest and speak to our Abba Papa. 

Last week I stood in the woods near my home and I looked UP.  What I saw there were long legged pine trees standing like sentries.  I noticed how the light came through the branches and where it fell on the frozen ground.  As I looked into the light on the ground I saw things there that I didn’t in the darkness.  Life.  As I looked up at the trees I noticed how many branches were dead and how the dead branches blocked the light from ever hitting the ground.  It reminded me of the pain, loss, death and destruction of humanity that comes through the temptations of the enemy in the world.  I looked at the trees and I saw what the loss of light does to them.  It depletes their ability to produce life.  They must be pruned.

 John 10:10 tells us that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. For some, the enemy has stolen their light and they cannot find their way because they cannot see the ground under their feet.  As a living flame for the Lord, I have been called to light the path for all people, not just some, but for ALL.  I have been called to paint the Glory of the Lord and speak the truth in love and to shine wherever I go.  To BE the light.  Everyday when I drop our daughter off at school my last words are these, “ Have a great day, I love you and be the light!”  I want her to remember that she is a beacon of hope wherever she goes.

She carries Jesus with her. She is a vessel filled with His Glory.  I carry Him too. He is deep in my heart and He comes out of my hands onto the canvas.  This is what I am called to do-Create for my King.  As long as there is dust on this earth and spittle in my mouth…I will create for Him using these hands that were fearfully and wonderfully made for His plans and purpose. In His image I was created.  These are His hands, not my own.  They carry His healing and His Name. They are His voice.

Sometimes my blogs ramble and I’ve been critiqued about my style of writing and my art.  I don’t apologize for those things because they are who I am.  HIS.   I am not here to please the critics or the naysayer’s, but to please the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.

He is my strength and my song.

Exodus 15:1-3

“I will sing to the Lord,
for he has triumphed gloriously;
he has hurled both horse and rider
into the sea.
2 The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.
This is my God, and I will praise him—
my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
3 The Lord is a warrior;
Yahweh is his name!

I will sing of His love and create in His Name all the day long!

Glory to God in the highest!

As I step forward, I thank you for caring, for reading, for encouraging and for lifting me up as I come to your mind.  Each of YOU has helped me along the way and I just want you to know how much the LORD loves YOU ( and me too!)  He is forever faithful.  When you hear Him calling your name…answer with this…” here I am Lord, your servant is listening…”

Then listen…

Many blessings,



Blessing with a word…


These are my friends, Heather ( left)  and Mandy ( right). 


God brought Mandy and I together through a painting.  Go figure, right?


We had a mutual friend on FB and had met there, but never really talked or anything.  One day I was painting and the LORD told me to send her the painting. I was like, “ ???  I don’t even know her….”    After going back and forth like that for a bit I sent her a FB message and asked for her address.  No questions asked-she sent it to me.  I sent her the painting and the rest is history as we know it.

rended heart-sweet spot

Since that moment a lot of things have been brought forth for both of us.  I realized who I  AM in Christ and she began to paint.  haha!  Go figure!  I thought she might have been painting, but since I never asked until recently I was surprised at her answer. “Not until you sent me the painting.”  haha!  Only the LORD could put this together!

Anyway- Mandy has recently launched her website and being the encourager I am, I am sharing it here to help her get it established.  I remember how Ronnie Collins helped me get my blog established 4 years ago.  That was so helpful to my ministry and online presence.  The LORD has brought nearly 200, 000 people to the blog site and  it has been viewed all over the world.  The Lord has used it to reach many people that I never would be able to reach on my own.  It just shows me that when we dedicate everything to HIM-He brings it forth, not us.  All GLORY to GOD! 

Mandy has been anointed to speak, teach, paint and prophesy God’s Holy Word.  Her ministry is anointed and is a gift from the LORD.  She has taught me how to rest in His Presence and know the Most High King as my Friend, my Teacher, my Rabbi, my Lover and my LORD. 

Below is the link to her website.  Please check it out and go to the survey page and answer the two questions.  She will be doing future research on these answers.  The questions have compelled me to look deeper into my own heart and into the hearts of others.  To see the world the way the LORD does.  My own family answered the questions and I was quite taken by their answers.  I think you will be surprised by your own…take a few minutes to answer and send Mandy a note of encouragement also.  We all need each other’s help and love along the way.  No one was ever meant to walk this path alone. 

I am excited for her as I have watched the LORD open new doors of opportunity for her in recent months.  Please lift her up in prayer as she walks side by side with her Rabbi, Jesus. 

Mandy….“You were made for such a time as this………..”

In His great love,


Covered by the Blood of Yeshua




Romans 14:13

So stop judging each other. Instead, this is what you should decide: never put a stumbling block or obstacle in the way of your brother or sister.

I have a friend who asked me “ if I could remove one thing from every heart what would my answer be in one word?”

The above picture is that answer.

( and yes, I even spelled it wrong-but you know what? That’s ok. Even that which I call a mistake carries a deep message.) 

Through my friend, I have been made keenly aware of my own judging thoughts, reactions and words.  The Lord is teaching me how to think like He does.  This is called transformation of the mind.  Romans 12. I don’t think we have any idea of how just how much we judge each other until Truth comes along and walks with us and teaches us how to listen and how to respond with the Voice of the Lord and not our own.  It takes much discipline and willingness to want to change.  It’s hard work.  It’s not easy.  It takes you to your knees and while you are on your knees you meet Jesus face to face and He tells you how much He loves you and that He forgives you.  He also tells you to give yourself some grace, to love yourself and to not be so hard on yourself.  He loves you like a Momma eagle.  Builds your nest, fluffs your feathers, brings you food and even feeds you.  When it’s time to fly He says, “ let me show you how…” and off you go into the wild blue yonder to fly with the birds of the air and of the sea, high above the land.  

You SOAR under His power, not your own. 

We cannot take our judging with us.  It weighs us down like a ball and chain.  When we have a friend who leads us to Truth and who says, “ STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!  Tell the JUDGE to GO AWAY!  This is the END of the JUDGE!!! ” something happens inside and you begin to see hearts and not minds and your own mind rushes into your heart to be cleansed and freed from all the lies that have been living there. 

Truth is the key to FREEDOM.

Truth is JESUS. Listen to His Voice.

We all need HIM and we all need a friend to lead us to HIM.

Thank you friend.

I love you.

Freedom head to heart


Do you want to get well? Then RISE!


2 Timothy 1:7

God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled.

There should seriously be a visual in my bible with a LION roaring next to this scripture.  Every time I read it I see a LION jumping out at me and hear Him ROARING!  That’s the way the LORD encourages me and I am so thankful for the vision He has given me.  Having vision requires focus and while I am focusing I have discovered some underlying fear.  Papa is always peeling away these layers of doubt, judgment, condemnation, and fear. 

Fear is crippling when we don’t address it with Truth.

It kept the lame man from getting up.  Remember him?  Every time I read this I get tears in my eyes and my heart swells with compassion. Why? Because the man was afraid to ask for help.  His own fear kept him crippled. 

John 5:5-8

A certain man was there ( by the pool waters) who had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, knowing that he had already been there a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I don’t have anyone who can put me in the water when it is stirred up. When I’m trying to get to it, someone else has gotten in ahead of me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 Immediately the man was well, and he picked up his mat and walked.

Jesus pointedly asks the man, “ do you want to get well?”

The man says…” I have no one…”

I hear my own voice saying those same words in the past…

“ I have no one understands…”

How many times have I said this very thing?  “I can’t do that, I have no one to help me, I can’t do it alone. I don’t want to do it alone.”

That’s my fear speaking.  I see it now. Thank you Lord.

As I sit here and ponder and contemplate what the LORD is asking of me, I too, am staring fear in the face.  I hear Jesus saying,  “ Rushing River, it’s time to get up and walk with Me. Trust Me.  Don’t look back, don’t look down, don’t look right or left. LOOK AT ME. TRUST ME.  You know what I’ve given you to do, it is TIME.  Get up and walk.  Free the captives.  There are many. They are waiting for you to rise.” 

As I ponder what I know to be true, I also see.  God has blessed me with eyes to see and ears to hear.  What I see is a vast army of people rising from the dust.  I can smell the dusty air, hear their voices of praise and feel the pounding of their footsteps as they receive their marching orders to RISE and run this race together with myself and millions of others.  I  see familiar faces of the people I love and as I write I see my friend BJ who is on the mission field in Kurdistan following our LORD with all of her heart.  Watching her journey gives me courage.  The LORD’S gracious hand is upon her.  Thank you LORD for every provision and protection for BJ and the team and the people of Kurdistan.

I see my friends from all over the world…. AL, TN, VA, PA, KY, IA, TX, NEV, ENGLAND, HAWAII, NC, SC, NY, CA, FL, and more.

As we move in union with the Spirit of the LORD in our act of RISING as ONE body, I see this army circling the globe   It is powerful. It is beautiful. It is GLORIOUS.  Each person carries the Sword of the Spirit in their right hand and their testimony in their left.  The word CHARGE is coming off their lips.  Healing is in their hands and grace is in their feet.  They walk in the River of Life and leave behind deposits of life and light wherever they travel.  As captives who have been set free…they have come to set others free.

While I see that I also hear the Lord saying to me, “ Look at ME Rushing River, ” He is also saying, “ NO ONE travels alone.  I have sent you trusted companions.  Gather them together and go forth in My Name.”  His Name brings freedom.  It comes with a cost.  His blood.  It brings life.  His Life.  This life is not our own.  My life is not my own.  I used to wonder how the disciples could just leave their families behind and follow Jesus like they did.

Now I know.

This is where I face my fear and when I look in the mirror I see a LION looking back at me. I hear His roar and feel His hot breath on my face as He ROARS the Truth from the throne….deep into my spirit…

“ Rushing River!   Look at ME and only ME.  Don’t look back. Listen. Come up higher and be with Me.  You must do these things.  I AM ordering your footsteps.  All of them.  There is NO FEAR where I AM.   Rise up and speak forth My Name, JESUS, YESHUA, YHWH, into the darkness.  Through you I bring light and life. Through you I break chains and set captives free.  It is I, the great I AM who lives in you, not fear or the world.  ME.  The Lover of your soul.  Jesus, Yeshua, ELOHIM.  I have paid the price of freedom and I have set you free so that by my Spirit you will set others free. 

Now go- RISE from your nest and soar with Me.” 

While I am weak-HE is strong. 


2 Corinthians 12:9

“My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.”

Isaiah 40:31

Look up at the sky and consider:
Who created these?
The one who brings out their attendants one by one,
summoning each of them by name.
Because of God’s great strength
and mighty power, not one is missing.
27 Why do you say, Jacob,
and declare, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord
my God ignores my predicament”?
28 Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the creator of the ends of the earth.
He doesn’t grow tired or weary.
His understanding is beyond human reach,
29 giving power to the tired
and reviving the exhausted.
30 Youths will become tired and weary,
young men will certainly stumble;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength;
they will fly up on wings like eagles;
they will run and not be tired;
they will walk and not be weary.

Glory to God in the Highest.  It is my prayer that what is written here is always an encouragement for others.  The LORD is my passion and what He gives me to write comes from the deepest part of the Rushing Rivers that the HE has placed within me.   

It’s all for Him and about Him. 


…Rushing River…

( my deepest gratitude and love goes to those whom the Lord sent to breath Truth into me…shaddabadomaboombala!)

Redemption’s Song



The LORD has been showing me images of Eve speaking from inside an apple and she is calling us, specifically WOMEN, to RISE and be a VOICE for our Redeemer, JESUS CHRIST. He is the only one who can save us.  He says, “ I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE.”   John 14:6

In my spirit Eve is calling out those who will speak forth TRUTH.  She is calling you and I. The blood of her son, Abel, cries out from the ground ( Gen. 4:10) and those who can hear him need to rise and speak.  Paradise was stolen from the first family ( Gen. 3) .   The matriarch of the family, Eve, is calling us to see and know the Truth.  Jesus. 

As mothers and daughters of Eve we must listen, we must not sway, we must not look back and we must link arms in union with Christ ( John 15:7)  and press into the very heart of God the Father.  We must seek Him in all our ways, in all our words and in all our heart.( not just part of it.)  The enemy is not allowed into our territory.  ( John 10:10b)   Eve is the mother of all humanity and it is her voice that I hear crying out in the night hours…”rise…”  She is a voice in the night, a watchman, for the LORD. 

Her song is FREEDOM.


Redemption is her name. 

Eve ink

Psalm 111:9

God sent redemption for his people;
God commanded that his covenant last forever.
Holy and awesome is God’s name!

Healing is in her hands.

John 14:12

I assure you that whoever believes in me will do the works that I do. They will do even greater works than these because I am going to the Father.

Rivers of Living Water flow from deep within her belly giving FREEDOM life.

John 7:37-38

On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and shouted,

“All who are thirsty should come to me!
38 All who believe in me should drink!
As the scriptures said concerning me,
Rivers of living water will flow out from within him.”


As her song rises…

Exodus 15:1-3

I will sing to the Lord, for an overflowing victory!
Horse and rider he threw into the sea!
2 The Lord is my strength and my power;[a]
he has become my salvation.
This is my God, whom I will praise,
the God of my ancestors, whom I will acclaim.
3 The Lord is a warrior;
the Lord is his name.

     eyes see, ears hear, bodies rise to LIVE.

Chains break and fall and the captives are set free!


The earth trembles under the thundering footsteps

as FREEDOM rises and marches into the Promised Land

to declare it OURS.


Arms are linked in union

     eyes are focused like an eagle

        vision is razor sharp

           strength, tenacity, endurance, honor, integrity

              love, mercy, grace and compassion are her DNA.

It flows from within and is tied to the creation of the world.

Breathed by Creator God, Elohim, in the very first breath and Word…



All of Creation rises to face the CREATOR. ( Genesis 1-2)

Adam rises from dirt.

  Eve rises from Adam.

    One become TWO.

A UNION created by the DIVINE. 

Each covered and filled with the DNA of the ALMIGHTY.

Apart but together.

….stolen…but not gone.

REDEMPTION is born to love.  ( Luke 2)

REDEMPTION is crucified and put to death. ( Matthew 27)

REDEMPTION rises.                ( Matthew 28)

REDEMPTION lives!    ( Acts 1:9)

His Name is JESUS.


“ Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM.” 2 Cor. 3:17

Let FREEDOM REIGN  and RULE in your life.

RISE and SPEAK to BE a VOICE for Truth.




Donna Godwin © 2014