At the writing of this blog post, it is the end of February 2023. I haven’t actually written a blog post on this website for well over a year now. There have been podcast transcripts posted, but it’s clear to see, if you go back through my posts, that I haven’t actually been writing for over a year. It’s been a lull in the way I write. But I hope to begin writing more and more on this website.
Let me tell you what’s been happening, where I’ve been, and what I believe the future holds for this space, and this season of life.
In the last real blog post I posted, I was saying goodbye to 2021 and welcoming 2022. The 2021 year had been a very difficult one for us in a lot of spiritual ways, but by the fall, we had come back full circle. I had no idea what the Lord would have in store for our lives next. In the fall of 2021, we discovered we were pregnant with our sweet little girl. She made her grand debut later that (2022) summer in a beautiful home birth at our new home. Speaking of new home, in February of 2022, in a complete and total work of God, we bought a new house and sold our old house. And so, building a new homestead from scratch began.
The year of 2022 was a year of being exceptionally exhausted and sick between pregnancy and actual sickness. But it was also an incredible year of growth and progress. We put in our first garden on the new property. We bough a heifer calf to become a future milk cow. We got bees, chickens, turkeys, and more. We processed hundreds of chickens and canned jars and jars (and more jars) of food. If was a year of radical homesteading, which meant, I had very very little time to actually blog or make videos about homesteading. We had an urgency to get our house in order before 2023, and so, we did exactly that. We practiced what we preached and got this new property in well-working order, as much as possible. Though there are still plenty of projects to do.
And so, the end of 2022 came, and the beginning of 2023 started, and there has been a clear shift in our lives. But also, a clearer purpose for a new season.
At the end of the year I always take time to pray for the new year that is coming. At the end of 2022 the Lord told me that 2023 would be a frustrating year for us in regard to opposition and being hard-pressed on all sides when it came to our business, Homesteaders of America. But, He also told me not to fret, because He would fight these battles. Next, I felt a strong urgency that there would be more ministry taking place in our lives in 2023—but we would be the ones ministering.
3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.2 Corinthians 10:3-6 NKJV
Well, 2023 came rushing in exactly as He said it would. Opposition from angles I couldn’t have imagined. But the Holy Spirit quickly reminded me that we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual aspect of this life on earth. When we put on the kingdom mindset, often times this life makes far more sense.
I’m ready for whatever else comes our way, but I’m realizing that the opposition isn’t because people and life are crazy. It’s because there is a quickness of refinement happening within the body of Christ. And there’s another kingdom that doesn’t want it to advance. You’re either for Him, or you’re against Him. There will be no fence straddling. And that, my friends, makes people lose their minds.
Moving through January, my husband was impressed by the Lord to start a bible study at our home. But not just a Bible study. A group of people that he felt God wanted to use in a mighty way this year. A group of people that could further the kingdom of God. A group of people that were open to all things that the Holy Spirit had for us. I thought, and still think, it was a grand idea.
More-so, however, we needed a place to put these people. Over twenty of them, to be exact. Our new, very large, unused sunroom fit them perfectly. It had set empty in this house for the whole year we’d been here. And our sunroom has now become our worship room. It has now become our war room. It is now a sanctuary of sorts on this homestead. We thought we would just be using it as a place to host Bible study, but it has quickly become the place where personal ministry takes place.
Shortly after Bible study started, I began getting messages and phone calls from various women asking if they could come talk to me. They needed prayer, guidance, direction, and peace. Something only God could provide. One-by-one they have come. We have talked. We have prayed. We have seen families become set free. We have fought battles that are still being fought.
I walk into this room—because it not used for any other purpose than this—and I instantly feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. There is something special there. There is something sacred there. And I can’t help but think that even fifty years ago, when this home was built, God knew that sunroom wasn’t going to just be a sunroom. He knew it was going to be a place of refuge. A place of worship. A place of His dwelling. He built the house for Him, not for us. And suddenly it all made even more sense than it did before.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most HighPsalm 91:1 NKJV
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
We’ve entered a new season, friends. There is a shifting in the body of Christ. And if you aren’t on board with it yet, you need to either be prepared for the Lord to rock your world in the coming months (and be obedient to it). Or, you need to question whether or not you’re truly walking with the Lord. The amount of people in the body of Christ that are experiencing the same things, the same shiftings, that God is up to something new….is astounding.
Unless the Lord builds the house,Psalm 127:1
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
The amount of people I have met that are having insane amounts of spiritual warfare in their lives, in their children’s lives, in their marriages…
The amount of people I have met that are dreaming dreams, having visions, starting to experience the gifts of the Spirit, and more….
The amount of people in leadership or influence that are feeling a heaviness to do more, to minister more, to pray more (like, hours and hours), and to offer a platform to the Holy Spirit…
The amount of women I’m seeing take their rightful place in their marriages, their homes, and the leading of the Holy Spirit…
The amount of couples that are on fire for Christ and ready to move when He says move, without question…
The amount of people who are open to new paths, a deeper hunger for the word, and who want to be in a constant state of worship…
…is not a coincidence.
None of it is a coincidence. And all of it started before the great media coverage of the Asbury revival. Do you hear me? With bubbles of revival now popping up all over the country, and beyond, I want you to understand that this shift and movement is what STARTED these bubbles of revival. The Lord moved on New Year’s Eve, and even the weeks before. The Holy Spirit said “it’s time”. And maybe most importantly, the people of God said “we’re ready”.
In Lindell Cooley’s recent health testimony, he said that the Lord said to him, “my church doesn’t love me, but my bride will.” And that’s exactly what’s happening right now. Seperation of the wheat and tares. Separation of the wheat from the chaff. A refinement of those willing to be refined. And a move of the Holy Spirit that hasn’t been seen in decades.
28 “And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.
29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:Joel 2:28-32 NKJV
Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
32 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said,
Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.
So what’s this new season myself and my family are in? I don’t know that it has a name, but I can tell you it’s Holy. Over the last few weeks there have been moments when I have felt like we literally live in a completely different world than the rest of the world. Being in a constant state of seeking His face comes with such an incredible peace. It also comes with incredible discernment, wisdom, and refining fire.
I wish nothing more than for all of you to come to this physical place and be with us, but that’s not what the Lord is asking. However, I do believe He’s asking more of your to open up your homes during this time. To break bread and open bibles with believers in your community. To go after God in hours and hours of prayer time. To fast and weep and worship. You don’t have to be a pastor or evangelist. You can fellowship with the body of Christ.
Friend, if God is asking you to do something right now….do it. You won’t regret it. Something is coming, and His bride needs to be ready. A great movement is just getting started. Use wisdom. Seek the Holy Spirit and what He wants from you. Don’t forfeit a good covering. Don’t forcefully create anything. But just do what God tells you to do.
And I’ll be over here doing the same thing. Some months that might mean I’m just planting a garden and tending my babies. Some months that might mean I’m physically exhausted from attending and hosting Holy Ghost meetings and storming the gates of hell. Whatever it looks like, I’m here for it. All of it. And so is this blog space. An extension of what you see on social media. A call to go deeper…at least, I hope. And if not, it probably just means I’m really busy doing all those other things I said before that.
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Praying for you. Praying with you. Fighting alongside you. Sharing with you. And pursuing Kingdom things alongside you.
May the peace and goodness of God rest on you as you enter a new season of life. Whatever it is, dive all in.
Pamela lantz says
100% right where you are. This story echos everywhere now!
Amy, I cannot thank you enough for your obedience and being willing to be led by the Spirit. I pray for God’s continued blessings on you and your family.
Thank you for writing this blog post. I felt like it was what I needed. I feel such an urging from God, like He wants me to do something and I have prayed every night for Him to show me. I feel a bit lost like I’m wandering…unsure what it is I’m supposed to do…what direction should I go? I have no idea where the path is leading. I feel strongly there is a reason God has put us on this homesteading journey, there is a reason we have such a longing in our hearts to raise food, plant gardens, find fellowship with other believers and people who are on the same journey. I just wish I could see some reason why or how He wants us to use the knowledge we have learned. I want to know if we are meant to be where we are or move to a new area. I have so many questions…I just pray He will keep us going in the direction he wants us to go. Keep us in your prayers!
See you at HOA in October,
I literally got chills reading this! In the past couple of months I personally have felt the peace that surpasses all understanding in extremely stressful situations, the call to go deeper, I have prayed the prayers to be refined and used by God for His mighty purpose. I do believe we are in a shift, a rising up of His followers to do His will. Thank you for your voice!
Jennifer H says
This touches me so deeply. I am finding myself on my knees/face/standing and crying out to the heavenly Father – for guidance, help, peace, direction. Life is beautiful & an upheaval – business loss, no work (for husband for months), no job (for me after searching for 2 months & counting), attempted a fundraiser to mitigate lack of funds (mostly a dud), 8 children in the home, homeschooling – 2 graduates, 6 in school still – with the Bible as our main source of curriculum; praying, studying, crying, not stopping the hope or trust in the only One who can lift me back up. This is a beautiful post; it was extremely timely for me. Spiritual warfare – it is mega..more than ever before. May He have mercy on us all! Jennifer in NC
There are no coincidences. I’ve been led to get my house in order, both spiritually and physically. Praying hard for God’s direction and that He holds me up while I step out in faith to follow where He leads. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.
Jeff S Hamilton says
My dear Sister in the LORD Jesus Christ. Hallelujah 4 U!!! The Holy Spirit spoke to me through this. Who would have thought a few years ago when I got to know you on Facebook, bought your herbal book, and started following you in your newsletter that God was orchestrating me to be enlightened by you about His Kingdom truths? I was inspired to pray more and get back into my praise and worship of the LORD with my Uke and singing. So, I thank God for getting me back in the saddle to work for the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. To God be the Glory. Peace be with you. <3 <
Heidi Villegas says
I so very much agree with every single thing you said here, and it touched my heart. The body of Christ is changing, and things are happening….all over the place. We were called to move to move our homestead to North Idaho from our little off-grid cabin in the Southern Nevada mountains almost five years ago, now, and the number of people we have met here in Idaho who were called in the same way is simply incredible. There is a shifting, and we must be ready! Thank you for writing this, Amy.
Glad you’re writing on the website again!
Amen and amen!