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Letter to Heaven

My Inspiration comes from the Book Letters to Heaven by Calvin Miller

We purchased this book on a trip to the store Ollie’s where we hoped to find a book on observing different bird species as well as purposed to find new reading material for Joan. Yes, at times I would call my mother-in-law by her first name, with her permission. On occasion, we would even exchange a warm friendly “Mrs. Somjak”, when referring to each other, always resulting in a smile.

The book’s premise is written with an accumulation of short stories of others who combine beautiful lessons for this life with uplifting promises for the next.

The book’s tag-line states: “Inspiration to Make Your Earthly Experience More Heavenly”.

As we later sat on our back porch, with book in hand I silently asked the Holy Spirit to direct our reading in the pages. I opened directly to the story of the late Todd Beamer on Flight 93 on 9/11 when he and others thwarted hijackers.

With that said, it is now that I would like to share with you my open Letter to Heaven addressed to Mrs. Joan M Somjak

Letter to Heaven

It’s easy to imagine you entering Heaven. I can even imagine how you’ve quickly adjusted to your new forever home. But I struggle as I imagine your suffering in your last hours, battling the limitations of earth to reach beyond to the great divide.

Here is my thank you and genuine thoughts to your brave heart. I’m sending it to your Heavenly address-the home you mentioned just days before- that you wished for while on earth, for a house that would big enough for all of us to live together.

You’ve arrived 11/04/21 to your mansion in Heaven, and because we hope in the Lord, we confidently know we will see you again. While in your latter days together we would pray the Lord’s Prayer, eye to eye.  You would frequently pray and ask, ‘Jesus, help me”, unsure of yourself at times, yet remaining seemingly confident in God.

The irony is these are the exact same two prayers Rob Beamer was recorded to have prayed before he courageously stepped forward and stated his famous words, “Let’s Roll” on 9/11. You see, it was in these same two prayers that helped give him the courage to reach beyond himself. I trust you were prepared with courage as well, because of your prayers. You had what it would take on that sacred day to step forward triumphantly entering into your eternal hope.

Hebrews 1:10 “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

You bore the image of your Heavenly Father as you held his reflection of work in your hands. Beginning at the young age of 11 working outside the home, growing into adulthood completely dedicated to serve the Lord, blessing your family, your wonderful husband, welcoming all to join at mealtime, including extended family, and church.  The Father must have been pleased with your work to extend an answer to your prayer for the healing of your arm that was due to unforeseen accident, in order that you might continue in your services to Him.  

I find your simple prayer and His response-a miracle created- astonishing and merciful.

The Bible speaks of willingly working with our hands, in Proverbs 31; giving to those in need, in Ephesians 4:28; offering food to those who are hungry, a drink to those who are thirsty, giving to those in need of clothing, visiting the sick and in those in prison.  Jesus said, inasmuch as you did it to the least of these My brethren you did it to Me.  

Ps. 90:17 “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.”

Your eyes are now fully open to the continual revealing of the Glory of God, being able to comprehend His glory over your life span: past, present, and future. I believe I’ve gotten a glimpse this side of heaven, teaching me of the Glory of God in our time spent together.

I picture you being greeted as a champion, like Todd. Not that of the same works, yet, for the same One- Jesus, who Remains on Throne, rewarding our works done in faithfulness- as well as being greeted by those you’ve never met in Heaven because of your bold service, work and witness for Christ.  Lastly, I offer your words back to you, as well as to all who loved you reading this note now: “May we meet again, in Heaven, where friendship never ends.”

Titus 3:4-6

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He pour out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Deborah Somjak 4-Unfolded Hearts

National Day of Prayer May 07, 2020

National Day of Prayer 5/07/2020

I believe there is significance to the number seven on this year National Day of Prayer. We need to draw our attention to this fact, as we make our decrees and declarations.

The Lord has had His attention on this authentic number since the ancient of days.

The number #7 Hebrew meaning appears in scripture many times.

Joshua 5:13-7:20 Seven is the number of times the Israelites walked around the walls in Jericho under Joshua command.

Genesis 7:23 Seven was the number of animals that were brought on the Ark by Noah.

Exodus 20:10 The Sabbath was celebrated on the 7th day, the day of rest.

John 6-13 Jesus states, “I AM” seven times in the gospel book of John.

Lastly, I’d like to note, the seven letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation chapters 2 and 3. The advice in these letters is prophetic, forewarning present-day Christian communities of the snares that can lure us away from our faith.

The number-seven is considered a Divinely Perfect number, completion, spiritual perfection, and covenant.  It’s used to swear an oath, as well as represent the seven-branch on the menorah, which is symbolic of illuminating your spiritual life. The great I AM is the Light of the World ask for His Marvelous Light to be known and revealed. That walls would be brought down, shattered, dissolved, and resolved by His Might and Power. Ask for the preservation of the righteousness of His promises to stake a claim.

Today is a day of divine alignment for prayer

The menorah (/məˈnɔːrə/; Hebrew: ‫מְנוֹרָה [menoˈʁa]) is described in the Bible as the seven-lamp (six branches) ancient Hebrew lampstand made of pure gold and used in the portable sanctuary set up by Moses in the wilderness and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. Fresh olive oil of the purest quality was burned daily to light its lamps.

OT and NT are related one to another. Genesis 3 offers the first mention of Jesus. John 3:14-15 says, Just as Moses lifted up the (bronze) serpent in the desert (on a pole), so must the Son of Man be lifted up (on a cross) so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. We must pray for Jesus to be lifted up that He may draw all men unto Him. Those who have been bitten or stung by spiritual warfare or sin look unto Jesus for healing, physically and spiritually.

Prayers and Decrees

Pray, ask, and seek fresh oil from the Holy Spirit to fill you, to be an illuminating light to those around you. May your lamps to be full, daily.

John 15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the Word which I have spoken to you. …

Recall the words that He has spoken to you both the logos and the living words. He is the God who goes before you, preparing the way. The Lord spoke a word to me last August 5, 2019, regarding His Elect and Victory; I will pray into this Word contending and waging a good warfare.

Excerpt of Word August 5, 2019

This is a time to stand sure in truth, without guile. A time of moving into motion, faceting your face, coming humbly unto Me as you seek to stay with My pace.

Gears are changing: slippery slopes will be dismantled; claims will be of injustice.

But, Hear the Word of Lord: I stake My claim.

I claim I have claims in My elect: in truth, faithfulness, godliness.

Psalms 33:11,12

The counsel of the Lord stands forever,

The plans of His heart to all generations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is their Lord,

The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

Also, I was directed to Psalms 111:9 as a turn around prayer for our Nation.

“He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever:
Holy and awesome is His name.”

I have been graced with a personal and prophetic prayer assignment to declare victories and redemption even amid present dishonor. The victory is given according to His faithful covenant, mercy, and justice.

Psalms 44:4 You are my King and my God. Decree victories for your people. The verse 5-7 continues; for it is only by your power and through your name that we tread down our enemies; I do not trust my weapons. They could never save me. Only you can give us victory over those who hate us.

What has been your prayer blueprint? What have you learned as you’ve prayed? Where have you seen God grace you with His response? Is it in, thanksgiving, praise,  prophetic prayer, travailing prayer, supplication and petitions, prayer burdens, or a gentle unction leading you by the Holy Spirit. It may be likely you enter into worship with one prayer on your spirit, and then He grants you favor and leads you to the next prayer burden. I implore you, friend, begin with the one prayer, friend!

Pray from the place of faith in the full assurance in which He has called you.

The assigned will bring the aligned

1 Timothy 1:18-19

This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck

1 Peter 1:17-19

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and spot.

Praise to God for His Faithfulness and Justice

Declare a Hallelujah

111 Praise the Lord!

I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

The works of the Lord are great,
Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
His work is honorable and glorious,
And His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
He has declared to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations.

The works of His hands are verity and justice;
All His precepts are sure.
They stand fast forever and ever,
And are done in truth and uprightness.
He has sent redemption to His people;
He has commanded His covenant forever:
Holy and awesome is His name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.

Deborah ~ 4 Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Resource Noted: Israelbiblicalstudies.com

Wikipedia

 

Discerner of Thoughts and Intents of Heart.

I joined in on the church prayer call this morning. Someone prayed for food to feed the hungry and noted that this is the fast the Lord desires. Our church has been taking food donations during this time of quarantine to share with those in need.

I’d also been fasting so I thought after the call, I need to spend some time here in the Word, praying before I end my fast.

I read Isa. 58 and focused on verses 6-7, and while reading and praying through those  verses in different translations  I saw that one stated: “share your food with people.”

During this prayer time, the Holy Spirit somewhat randomly put the Christian artist Danny Gokey on my mind. When I Googled his name, the first song that came up was titled, “Haven’t Seen It Yet”. As  I listened, I thought this song is applicable for today.

Then as I  went back to prayer I decided I was going to get food and share it with those in need by dropping it off at the church.

I made a trip to Costco. As I passed an end cap on an aisle, I saw that they had a six-pack of canned chicken. I heard the Lord say, “Get that for your offering”, so I did.

While driving home, I began to think of Danny Gokey again.  I thought maybe the Lord wanted me to pray for him. So I said a prayer. Then out of the blue on the radio right after I had prayed from him, that exact song “Haven’t Seen it Yet” began to play.  I thought that’s incredible timing, and also a  bit bizarre. The Lord had my attention for sure!

As I turned into our neighborhood, a man was sitting outside on his lawn with a table set up selling golf balls with a sign that read “I’m out of work”.

As I passed the house, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart to give the six cans of chicken to that man.

I wasn’t sure at first if I heard correctly, then I heard the Lord say, “he’s your neighbor”. At that point  conviction set in for me to turn my car around.

I pulled the chicken from my grocery bag and put it in the front seat so I could easily offer it to him and turned the car around to drive back by his house.

Where did he go? I didn’t see him.

It was a cul-de-sac, and I needed to turn the car around again to leave, which naturally caused me to pass his house one last time. I saw the man was walking back to the table, so  I rolled the car window down and gave a greeting. I began talking, “I  don’t have cash on me, but I’m just getting back from the store. Would you like these?” as I held the canned chicken up.

When he asked what it was, I replied that it was chicken and he was so thrilled, saying, ”Oh my gosh, thank you, so much. This is so cool! I can eat chicken salad, thank you!” “What is your name?” he asked. “Deborah,” I replied. I asked for his name too and he replied “Marcus”.  “Marcus, I’ll be praying for you,” I said, as I drove off and he walked back to the table smiling.

I left fighting back the tears and feeling much gratitude to the Lord.

When I arrived home, I wanted to share with John what had happened. After putting away the groceries, I grabbed the closest Bible which happened to be John’s, so I could read him the verse from Isaiah 58. As I picked it up and began to open the Bible it opened right to Isaish 58.

Looking at John I exclaimed, “Oh, were you reading from Isaiah 58 this morning too?

He said, No, I wasn’t!

We both smiled at each other in amazement!

Deborah ~ 4 Unfolded Hearts

 

Simply Pray but Pray Now!

Your prayers need not be labored or lengthy or grandiose—for your Father knows what you need before you ever ask Him.

Your prayers, rather, should be simple, like this:

    Our Father in heaven,
        let Your name remain holy.
    Bring about Your kingdom.
    Manifest Your will here on earth,
        as it is manifest in heaven.
   Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—
    And forgive us our debts
        as we forgive those who owe us something.
   Lead us not into temptation,
        but deliver us from evil.
    [But let Your kingdom be,
        and let it be powerful
        and glorious forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13 Voice Version

Agreeing with you in Jesus’ Name,
Deborah 4~Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Courage

Hello friends,
This is David, pictured above. He was our Tour Guide during our recent 10 day trip to Israel. As we were traveling on foot from one site to the next, David suddenly stopped us on the side of the road. He began to explain that the battered bus pictured, is used to pick up the Jewish children every day for school; yet others in their surrounding area yell and throw rocks at them. He went on to say, this doesn’t stop the children or affect them from accomplishing their rightful place in the land and receiving an education. This picture has become a notable moment in my walk in the Holy Land. At our return the Lord etched this experience of courage by solidifying it in my spirit through His Word.

Let me explain: during a study I was completing by Stephen De Silva, it lead me directly to the words of Paul in Acts 20:22-24: And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

The profound question De Silva was asking in his study is, “What are you bound to?” Could you answer that? He further went on to say: whatever we are bound to, is where we will find our strength to persevere in the face of the enemy’s schemes.

And we know, the enemy has schemes and sabotages, that often times sound like, toil, fear, or threats yet our God has a remedy, Courage.

4 Unfolded Hearts Ministry ~ Deborah Somjak

You can listen to this specific yet short message described, at link below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/debbie-somjak/2017/03/24/courage

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and brave, and don’t tremble in fear of them, because the Eternal your God is going with you. He’ll never fail you or abandon you!