It’s time.

For the past few years I have often shared messages focused on the promises of God and the fulfillment of dreams. I don’t know what all we will see in the days and months and year ahead, but I have sensed that God is about to unveil things that will show the world we have indeed entered a fullness of time.

In the last two lifelines I referenced Luke 22:31-32. In that passage Jesus tells Peter he has prayed that his faith will not fail. As the story continues, we see Peter fail three times (through his denial of relationship with Jesus), but his faith ultimately does not fail because we know him today as one of the foundational leaders in the establishment of the Christian church, and one of the respected twelve apostles.

Peter had three marked moments of failure (Mark 14:66-72). But do you know what happened before he denied Jesus?

He had three marked opportunities to prepare for the journey ahead from the place of prayer (Mark 14:32-42).

Then he (Jesus) returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Mark 14:37 NLT

I wonder what the outcome would’ve looked like, in those moments when Peter was questioned about his connection to Jesus, if he would’ve stayed awake. What would’ve happened if his spirit was strengthened where his body was weak? Likewise, I wonder what the outcome will look like for you and me in the days ahead. What will we see when we choose to follow the instructions God gives us? What happens when we prepare?

Friend, it’s time. Are you ready?

Prepare from the place of prayer, but also in whatever other ways God may personally speak to you.

I have a final story for you today. There was a dream I had in March of 2022 that God brought back to my remembrance a few days before 8/18/23. In the dream the time was 8:18 and I was supposed to arrive at my destination by 8:30. I had physical CDs I placed in a backpack. I remember being super selective about which ones I chose to take with me for my ride to school. I woke up before knowing if I made it to the destination on time.

While life doesn’t look like a mirror image of what we may see in the night, I have felt such an urgency to make sure I share this while it’s still August. As I walked through the dream’s interpretation I was led to Romans 8:18-30 NIV. The Lord has used that passage to minister to me so much throughout this month. I hope you’ll read it today, and I pray this post will serve as not only a lifeline, but a clarion call to prepare as we close out 2023 with a bang. There may be hardships ahead of us or even right now, but the glory of the Lord will always be revealed! ✨



Lena 💛

p.s. Have you checked out the videos I’ve been sharing to YouTube? I am weaving together elements of what I share here on the ICU website via my channel, so I’d love for you to subscribe, I’m also releasing a new song with a friend soon so you’re one of the first to know. Make sure you’re following me on socials so you can catch the release!

p.p.s. The first Lighthouse gathering was in August 2015. I’ve been leading ICU for more than 8 years now! What a blessing! I’m currently praying about how to plan out the Songs of Thanksgiving which falls under this ministry, so please be in prayer with me. I honestly would love to host it at my new home this year. Pray with me on that as I continue to house hunt!