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“Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed.

For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.

Habakkuk 1:5

He Frames our Future 2019

And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!”

Ephesians 3:8-10 Message

Unfolded Hearts Ministry has been a ministry in the hands of the Lord since day one, and it will forever remain under His care and transformation. For He has created, sustains, and shapes all things according to the frame of His purpose.
My gift(s), that He has graciously bestowed, have been to serve Him. While the ministry is small-scale, He is now bringing me to a broad place in 2019. [Ps 18:19]
I don’t feel I can expound fully here all the ways the Lord has been leading.
But I can share this: I will be taking a sabbatical.
In the words of Corrie Ten Boom,“Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”
Friend, I don’t find this troubling. However, it is a transition I’m adapting to.  I’ve stated over the years to family that UHM is not who I am, but what I do.
The gift(s) reside, I remain, In Christ-that is who I am!
I have strong faith and patience endurance as I’m assured that I will receive what God has fully promised!
The Lord led me to the above verse in Ephesians 3 which clued me in to some of the framing of how I will use my gift(s) to make His Name known in 2019.
I believe we are in the 11thhour of Christ’s return. This will be UHM’s 11thyear.
If we look at the current number ten, it biblically represents completion, divine order, nothing further is needed, the cycle is complete. The number 11 can indicate a time of transition or spiritual shift, of which I’m sensing to be true in my own life.
Many years ago the Lord called me a forerunner. Often the Lord uses things in my life outwardly for what is happening prophetically as a forward sign, such as my description of the numbers in the above paragraph or for intercession or as a living parable of what is happening in this hour.
The Lord shall preserve my going out and coming in, from this time forth and even forever more.
I have much to share, steward, speak forth, and write for the great honor of our Lord.
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Let me end with this significant and timely testimony from my Mom. Significant because early in the year, I was back in MI helping my Mom due to a fall she had. While in the house and sleeping in my childhood room, I had a dream. It was an angelic encounter, as the Lord was releasing eleven thousand angels for my families generational line. I found this odd, yet I knew it was divine. I shared it with my pastors who confirmed it bore witness with them. Again, notice the number 11. After I had this dream encounter, I now personally associate the #11 with the generations and generational blessings and believe it to be a part of the transition of faith in the Body of Christ.
The Lord has my heart and fully knows that I’ve asked for the generational blessings for years. He has begun to show me where I could find them. One is through my Mom’s salvation, which took place during the time of the Charismatic movement. This is huge as my mom became aware of the work of the Holy Spirit through this moment. If we take care of the generational curses, any familiar spirits who come to bring judgement, and all forms of witchcraft, we can partake of extensive generational blessings for our families. This subject deserves more time than I can devote here, however it must be mentioned. For further information consider reading, “Blessing or Curse: You Can Choose”, Third Edition by: Derek Prince.
Be encouraged as we look back in Ephesians 3 and throughout the entire Bible, were we find mention of generations.
We read in the latter verses Ephesians 3:20-2, Message translation:
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!”
Perhaps there’s a promise you too have been asking for!
Why a timely testimony? Timely, because it’s for such an hour (11th) as this!
John and I were in Michigan earlier this month and stayed with John’s parents.
We had planned to take my Mom on a special day trip to Frankenmuth, which is well known and traveled to by many for the holidays. (If you’re curious you can Google it.) She used to go every year and I thought it would be a nice time for her to reminisce and enjoy all that it offers, including a famous chicken dinner at Bavarian Inn and also Bonner’s world’s largest CHRISTmas gift shop.
The day we arrived in MI, she was not feeling well. In fact, she had missed a doctor’s appointment the day before. She missed getting her hair done too, and if you don’t already know, for a 90year old woman making it to the hairdresser is at the top of the list!
I was a little concerned as she had a surplus of excuses as to why she probably wasn’t going to make the upcoming trip to Frankenmuth. I kept telling her that it’s OK because we’re not going to decide right now. The night before our day trip we got all her items ready and laid out her clothes, keeping it simple for her in the morning to get ready. Our trip was planned for Sunday day 5 into our visit. My mom told me she would call if she wasn’t feeling well. Sunday morning arrived and all was going well; it was a beautiful sunny and crisp day. My phone rang and I could see it was my Mom calling. John noticed too, nodding his head in doubt, certain she was calling to cancel.
I answered the call, hearing “good morning,” and was greeted by a strong and excited voice: “I just want to confirm what time you’re picking me up?” she asked. When the call ended, I told John that she’s excited to be going!
It wasn’t until we sat down for dinner that she shared with us what God had done for her that very morning. Tearfully she stated, “I want to say something. This morning I was watching TV (church) and I said to myself, I don’t want to just listen to what I think I want to hear in my own ears.”
I thought to myself that’s a mature statement- I’m listening.
She continued, “So, I turned the channel.”
It occurred to me, she was searching for God’s voice.
Mom proceeded “and would you know,” as she fought back more tears, “the Priest said, you’re going to get well. You might not think you were going to feel better, but you are. In fact, other people have been telling you you’re probably not going to be well!”
She cleared her throat and said, “do you know when I heard those words I said, OH MY GOD, You are speaking directly to me. I could feel those words inside of me. I knew He was speaking to me!”
This is amazing and it is all I could think then and now. Had I known this is what she was going to share, I would have voice-recorded her.
My mom doesn’t usually talk like this, my friend. We are in a spiritual shift. A transition in time is upon us. We will receive our generational blessings by faith.
Faith has action. Faith has sustenance. Faith has evidence.
What, where, or whom are you putting your faith in?
Let us learn from the One who was sent on our behalf, Jesus, and those exhibiting the finest of faith, as found in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews.
By Faith We Understand
Hebrews 11:1-3
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Other subtitles of Hebrews Chapter 11
Faith at the Dawn of History
Faithful Abraham
The Heavenly Hope
The Faith of the Patriarchs
The Faith of Moses
By Faith They Overcame
Hebrew 11:9
By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.
In His watchful care,
Deborah Somjak
Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Merry Christmas, may peace, joy & love dwell in your hearts and homes.

 

Vision During Worship 7/17/17

Jesus-walking

Jesus came walking among us…I could see His feet, His steps, ankles and the hem of His garment. A steady wind was blowing against His garment. He walked with intention, carrying purpose and authority.

As I saw the hem of His garment I had the thought He was present for those who needed healing. Then I heard these words: “by patience and faithfulness the promises are fulfilled.” Following the words, the understanding came. He was inviting me-all- that if we would reach out and touch the hem of His garment we could now ask for the fulfillment of the promises we have been believing for. Healing, yes, but far beyond that. Every promise!

Now, in His presence, ask for the fulfillment of His promise, in Jesus Name!

In Jesus we hear a resounding “yes” to all of God’s many promises. This is the reason we say “Amen” to and through Jesus when giving glory to God.

2 Corinthians 1:20

John’s proclamation fulfilled a promise made by the ancient prophet Isaiah, who had said, “There will be a voice calling from the desert, saying, Prepare the road for the Eternal One’s journey; repair and straighten out every mile of our God’s highway.” Matthew 3:3

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

In a vision, I saw myself. I was wearing an apron serving the Lord. I thought, inside the vision, “Oh! I’m serving the body of Christ spiritual food, as I serve in the natural, Is that right, Lord?”

Then the apron changed. It looked as though it was a butcher’s apron. I heard “preparing” He brought the interpretation, that during my times of worship, intercession & prayers, I am preparing sacrifices to the Lord on behalf of others, the church, even Nations.

Then the apron changed-this time to a baker’s apron. I heard “prepare.” I saw myself as I was preparing pastry dough of sorts, before others, for baking. In this vision – I understood while in my baker’s apron the Lord was preparing me…to RISE.

Yet, again I saw myself in another white apron. This one had an embroidered tag marked at the top right simply titled “aprons.” I was wearing it proudly walking in the church. I believe now this is a protective type covering. I recall, in the vision, thinking I don’t know that I would feel proud to be wearing an apron walking through church on any given Sunday. But it was the Lord, in me, telling me He was proud of me as I serve the body in preparation, sacrifices and offerings. The “apron marking” was an anointing producing title He had given me that I might know that He would send others that I would help in their need to prepare for their own unique celebration and offerings before the Lord.

Acts 10:10

…but he soon grew hungry. While his lunch was being prepared, Peter had a vision of his own—a vision that linked his present hunger with what was about to happen:

1 Peter 1:13

So get yourselves ready, prepare your minds to act, control yourselves, and look forward in hope as you focus on the grace that comes when Jesus the Anointed returns and is completely revealed to you.

Blessings ~

Deborah Somjak 4 Unfolded Hearts Ministry 

Mother’s Day

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is called blessed among all women, and rightfully so! Let’s take a closer look at Mary‘s life so that we might glean from the actions and attributes of the one who received such a noteworthy call.

No other person was as close to Jesus than Mary, His mother. Could you imagine?

   Actions:

  • When the Angel Gabriel appeared to her announcing she would give birth, Mary responds with maturity at her young age. She understood the scriptures, and it showed by her willingness to obey. (Luke 1:26-38)
  • Mary nurtured Jesus into manhood; in turn we are to nurture our children in the way of the Lord. (Luke 2:51,52; Eph. 6:4)

Attributes:

  • Nature of Purity and Holiness
  • Faithful Wife and Mother
  • Showed Courage & Strength to remain at Crucifixion (John 19:25-27)
  • Prayed in the Upper Room for a new coming of Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14)
  • Song of Praise (Luke 1:46-55)

The passage from chapter two of the Book of John is common to most of us as the first miracle performed by Jesus. It’s perhaps less familiar to think about Mary communicating as a parent to Jesus. While this may be a new concept as you read the scripture, allow yourself to focus on the details of Mary rather than Jesus alone, just this once. In other words, put yourself in Mary’s sandals.

I selected the Voice Version for this passage in hopes to gain understanding as we focus on what Mary says to her adult son. Let’s see how these attributes are played out for parental guidance.

Wedding Feast
John 2:1-12
Voice Version

Three days later, they all went to celebrate a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was invited together with Him and His disciples. While they were celebrating, the wine ran out; and Jesus’ mother hurried over to her son.
Mary: The host stands on the brink of embarrassment; there are many guests, and there is no more wine.
Jesus: Dear woman, is it our problem they miscalculated when buying wine and inviting guests? My time has not arrived.
But she turned to the servants.
Mary: Do whatever my son tells you.
In that area were six massive stone water pots that could each hold 20 to 30 gallons. They were typically used for Jewish purification rites. 7 Jesus’ instructions were clear:
Jesus: Fill each water pot with water until it’s ready to spill over the top; 8 then fill a cup, and deliver it to the headwaiter.
They did exactly as they were instructed. 9 After tasting the water that had become wine, the headwaiter couldn’t figure out where such wine came from (even though the servants knew), and he called over the bridegroom in amazement.
Headwaiter: This wine is delectable. Why would you save the most exquisite fruit of the vine? A host would generally serve the good wine first and, when his inebriated guests don’t notice or care, he would serve the inferior wine. You have held back the best for last.
11 Jesus performed this miracle, the first of His signs, in Cana of Galilee. They did not know how this happened; but when the disciples and the servants witnessed this miracle, their faith blossomed.
With a wedding as the setting of Jesus’ first sign, John shows how Jesus’ ministry isn’t limited to just “spiritual” things, but is His blessing for all of life.
12 Jesus then gathered His clan—His family members and disciples—for a journey to Capernaum where they lingered several days.

Mary knew her son had potential of a higher calling than what was evident in the world. Mary was a voice in her parenting: she saw it was time and that Jesus was ready to step into His calling.

She exhibited confidence in His given abilities. As a voice in parenting we are to speak of potential and praise to our children, helping them understand their identity and purpose well into their adulthood.

Outcome

Jesus’ demonstration miracle was a sign to all attending as far as the surrounding villages. The community now understood Jesus’ identity and purpose, perhaps not fully, as much more understanding was to unfold. Yet I do believe Mary knew this was the time in which it would be revealed.

The same is true for your children, my children: simply stated, if its God’s purposed role for our children they will rule in the community in which He leads. Others will take notice, not solely of the son or daughter but of the display of God’s goodness and glory through their lives. As God manifests His favor and grace may we be faithful to help point others to Him.

Lastly, we see an exchange of endearment in the end, as Jesus tenderly placed His mother in the care of John before He died.

May you be assured of the knowledge that God created you, your spouse and children with purpose to shine forth the glory of God. Through every season and circumstance hold fast to the faithfulness of His promises.

Blessings,
Deborah Somjak for Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Psalm 139:16-18 Voice
You see all things;
You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb;
Every detail of my life was already written in Your book;
You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.
Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God! I cherish each and every one of them!
How grand in scope! How many in number!
If I could count each one of them, they would be more than all the grains of sand on earth. Their number is inconceivable!

The Garden of Gethsemane

Personal photos taken in Jerusalem of March 2017.

Top photo: Current Day-Garden.

Below photo: from a Historical Museum picture of  a heel-bone from a Crucifixion. 

As Jesus began his most personal and profound prayer, knowing of the betrayal and agony set before Him as an intense physical, emotional and spiritual battle was at hand, He prayed. He prayed inviting others to join him.

 

Matthew 26:36-46 Amplified

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane (olive-press), and He told His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee [James and John], He began to be grieved and greatly distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, so that I am almost dying of sorrow. Stay here and stay awake and keep watch with Me.”

And after going a little farther, He fell face down and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible [that is, consistent with Your will], let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not stay awake and keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

He went away a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words once more. Then He returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Listen, the hour [of My sacrifice] is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners [whose way and nature is to oppose God]. Get up, let us go. Look, My betrayer is near!”

As I read the above verses from a distance, my heart is all in and for my Jesus. I find myself pressing my ear to this passage listening to the pleas He repeatedly makes to both His Father and disciples. I’m listening to learn lessons and instructions, in prayer, as He is leading His disciples to follow; for us to follow. I feel as I am there in the garden, a disciple, near to Him watching Him pray, desiring to ease His pleas and ask, “Lord, teach me to join You in prayer.”

  • We know Jesus prayed: constantly– day, night, alone, with others, before working miracles. We read here He kept returning three-times to pray. His prayer was not repetitious, but continual.
  • It seems that the Garden of Gethsemane was a favorite private place to prayer because John 18:2 says, “Jesus had often met there with his disciples.”
  • Jesus prayed out of a deep and honoring love relationship calling God “Father.” We are commanded to do the same in Matt 6:9.
  • Prayer is not always smooth, as it requires focus especially when experiencing intense emotions, physical pain, and spiritual warfare. It requires more from us when we seemingly are at our weakest. When we come before Him, with humility, at the foot of the cross, we can ask for strength to aid us, in the will of the Lord.
  • Verse 41, Jesus address’ the disciples: Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Jesus knew the power of temptation: He shares of His own distress and grieved soul.

Actively = deliberate, positive, energetic, vigorous way.

Watching = give strict attention to, be cautions, active.

Praying = to offer prayers, to pray.

 

Pray, dear one, pray to your Father…..

 

Gethsemane is where He died; the cross is only the evidence.

Leonard Ravenhill

When a man really gives up trying to make something out of himself – a saint, or a converted sinner, or a churchman (a so-called clerical somebody), a righteous or unrighteous man,…and throws himself into the arms of God…then he wakes with Christ in Gethsemane. That is faith, that is metanoia and it is thus that he becomes a man and Christian.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Jesus defeated satan in Gethsemane on the cross, not by directly confronting the devil, but by fulfilling the destiny to which He had been called. The greatest battle that was ever won was accomplished by the apparent death of the victor, without even a word of rebuke to His adversary!

Francis Frangipane

This is the centre of the gospel – this is what the Garden of Gethsemane and Good Friday are all about – that God has done astonishing and costly things to draw us near.

John Piper

EM Bounds

How difficult it appears to be for the Church to understand that the whole scheme of redemption depends upon men of prayers The work of our Lord, while here on the earth, as well of the Apostle Paul was, by teaching and example, to develop men of prayer, to whom the future of the Church should be committed. How strange that instead of learning this simple and all important lesson, the modern Church has largely overlooked it. We have need to turn afresh to that wondrous Leader of spiritual Israel, our Lord Jesus Christ, who by example and precept enjoins us to prayer and to the great Apostle to the Gentiles, who by virtue of his praying habits and prayer lessons is a model and an example to God’s people in every age and clime.

Deborah  4-Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Wishing you a Glorious, Rewarding and Thriving New Year.

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