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The Floating Ax Head

ax head floatingHave you ever seen an ax head float?

I haven’t either. But Elisha did, as told in 2 Kings chapter 6. Before he could see it float he had to have the faith that it even could float…and by the most impossible means.

 

All Things are Possible

The prophet Elisha is out in the woods with his school of prophets cutting trees down to build a new facility when an ax head comes loose and goes flying in to the river.  That is when God showed Elisha that he would be retrieving it by throwing a stick upon the water in the very same area where the ax head landed. What does a stick, floating on the water, have to do with retrieving this heavy sunken object? As a prophetic man of God, and also directing a prophetic school, he was already well versed in the supernatural hand of God. He probably knew that this would be another moment when God was about to provide keen evidence that with God all things are possible.

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.” ~Heb.11:1

“Evidence.” An iron object that is not visible to the human eye coming to the surface….right next to that little stick that has no power at all – except as an instrument used by God to increase the faith of all involved. And, that is exactly what happened! 

Blessings

Another faith factor, and added drama, is the dismay of the young man who lost a borrowed ax head. In those days iron ax heads were extremely valuable. Tension is mounting. Even so, Elisha seemed unconcerned about how God would remedy this while this young man, and others, were looking on. He knew they would have to lean on his faith until they could realize it for themselves…which is part of training.  All of it is fashioned by God to bring more opportunity to disciple these men.

One of the students suggested they build a larger facility, and Elisha sent them off with his blessing. But that was not the blessing that the young man wanted.  He wanted the blessing of Elisha accompanying them. Once invited Elisha immediately agreed. So…if Elisha hears from God, and if he is the one given the mantel to carry on God’s work, why wouldn’t he be the first to know they needed to expand? By remaining silent he is passing the baton – so to speak. They will learn to take risks, be bold, trust their own judgment, learn that they are hearing from God, and that it is safe to speak it out.

Regarding the young man that lost the ax head; he was in a prophetic school experiencing the supernatural hand of God, and I believe he had great anticipation of how his mentor would model faith – in action. Almost like being “on the edge of his chair” waiting to see what God will do next. Okay, the stick is lying in the water…so…now what?  He hears a sound of gurgling…and there lay the ax head – in plain sight!

As the young man stands there taking it all in Elisha shouts, “Grab it!”  In other words, walk in to the will of God, young man.  Grab hold of it as He presents it, and before it is out of sight again.  The time is now!  In essence, this is what I am committed to model for my clients and students, “Grab hold of it.” What I am teaching, mentoring, counseling, training, and speaking in to them is to grab hold of what God just did for them, and is doing. Even if you do not believe it right now.  

God’s Calling 

For 9 years I have been accustomed to working (mostly) with people in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and even a couple of 70’s. Now God is bringing more men and women in their 20’s and 30’s. Not only are they getting sessions (healing), but they want more! They are, in fact, “on the edge of the chair”, witnessing the Holy Spirit revealing that “ax head’s” can float.

They are responding to the call to, “Grab hold!”  Grab hold of all that God is doing, and wants to do, as He shows them (for example) why they keep doing what they do not want to do (Romans 7). They know that “ax heads” sink, and know they can be quick to dive in and retrieve it.  But now!  But now they have learned that not only does God want to bring the heavy weight to the surface, but they can watch (and learn) how the –  Holy Spirit – brings greater testimony when He brings things to the surface!

They come as both single and married. They have young children, pregnant, planning a family, or maybe no plans for children.  The singles are getting healing before they make that grand choice in a spouse.  In these young people I see a  passion like I have never seen.

Some profess that they could never (no way) be a biblical counselor. I sometimes tell them how I thought the same way – if not worse!  But my pastor believed in me, and I leaned on his faith. My students will need to lean on my faith (in them) until they are throwing sticks in to the water – and believing God to do the impossible. “But for you who fear My name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will leap for joy like calves released from the stall” (Malachi 4:2).
My friend Sheryll just recently was invited, by God, to be a midwife to her daughter in Argentina. That was not her plan though.  The reason she went was to help with the other grand kids.  But…within a few minutes after her daughter’s water broke, and her first contraction, there was the baby’s head in grandma’s hand! With one more contraction Sheryll found herself grabbing her new grandson and bringing him in to life outside the womb. God knew she would be there to do what needed to be done – especially with Oliver being 2 ½ weeks early, not having full lung capacity, and no hospital near by. There was fear and anxiety, but that soon turned in to one of the most glorious and rewarding events of Sheryll’s life.  A “hands on”, grab hold of – miracle. 
To my readers.  A word from the Lord this morning: “Things are going great; your growing in the Lord; you take a risk, but in doing so you fly off the handle.  Do not dismay – it is being modeled for you to seize the opportunity – of a borrowed faith that there lies an opportunity…iron clad opportunity…to take a risk.  Grab hold before it is out of sight! “

 

Louise Zevan

Revelation

With summer around the corner, and flowers springing into life, my heart longs to get into the mountains. Usually this time of year I am yearning to get back to the small mountain village in California where I found the greatest revelation ever!  I liken it to all those in the Old and New Testament who received revelation from God while on a mountain.  Look them up, and see for yourself.  Remember that expression, “mountain top experience?”  That was literal for me.

In 1976 this New Yorker not only fell in love with the Sierra Mountains, but there she also found “the knowledge of the glory of God – in the face of Christ.” The god of this world had blinded my mind so that I might not see – and know – the glory of God.  But, the joke was on him!  I was actually in the most perfect set-up imaginable to ask for God to take me out of the darkness – and He did!  (Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:4-6).

 

Please join me in another great story of God revealing Himself and a climbing one at that:

Ant carrying a contact lens

Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff. She was standing on a ledge while she was taking a breather during this, her first climb. As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens. “Great”, she thought. ‘Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry. She looked and looked, hoping to somehow find it. But it just wasn’t there. In her panic she began praying for calm; thinking of how the eyes of the Lord search to and fro throughout the whole earth.  And, thus, asking Him to show her right where it is.  After all, He knows every stone and leaf, and does know exactly where it is. She couldn’t find it, but she remained calm even though she could not clearly see across the range of mountains.

Later, while hiking down the trail to the bottom of the cliff they met another party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted, ‘Hey, you guys! Anybody loose a contact lens?’ Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it! 

Only God could make all these arrangements with the ant appearing at just the right time, picking the right branch, and going about the business of Kingdom work without even knowing it.      

Tools of God

We see equally incredible things from the Lord in our sessions.  Words of knowledge, words of wisdom, prophetic words, visions, and even animals and birds showing up at my window, in the trees, or in the yard.  Sometimes they bring symbolism, or just comfort – at just the right time. One afternoon while a client was in her most vulnerable state, and I needed to be listening, suddenly a Blue Jay came strangely close to the window right behind my head, and incessantly squawking so loud that I had to send away any evil interference.  When I did, that bird hopped backwards away from the window, flew away, and the calm returned.  My intern, who was facing the window, told me later that after the Jay left two doves came and quietly nestled together at the window –  looking in long enough to make a statement.

 

He Watches Over Us

The Holy Spirit, as the Counselor, shows up in every session in the most thrilling and amazing ways.  I get to watch as He reveals to them that He knows when a rope will snap (in their own life) and knock out a “lens”; how He loves to come into full view right when we think we have lost it all, or we want to lose hope while in total discouragement. All it takes is believing, waiting, and watching for Him to show Himself as the One who hears our prayers and acts in supernatural ways to convince anyone one of us that He is truly alive and working on our behalf.

Oh, the grand stories I have of His revelations.  I could write a book about all of them.

 

Internal Pressure

Our mountains were pushed up from the internal pressure of the earth.  They erupted from the surface of the earth’s crust to proclaim the sheer Majesty and the glory of God in all His splendor.  MLM wants others to come to a place of revelation of the power, the majesty, the glory, and the freedom that is found when our internal pressures are released. The beauty is “beneath the crust.”

We all have internal pressures and if they remain beneath the crust without any way of escape – that is where they will continue to boil.  But, God is in the business of releasing us from internal pressures by breaking through the “crust” and revealing who we truly are.  Free to live, free from pain, and free to experience the mountain peaks. God delights in letting us stand on a ledge and ask to see him… the “Light of the knowledge of the glory of God.”

 

“An island in the sea may be the top of a great mountain.”

Author unknown.

Louise Zevan

This letter is, in fact, a brief summary of how I got the name Mountain Light Ministries.

Loss, Gifts, and New Roles

“He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

This verse has been one of my favorites for a very long time, but today the meaning is profoundly new. I wouldn’t have asked for the circumstances that came my way as a means of illuminating this verse in a new way, but I will not reject it either. A quietness that only the Holy Spirit can bring, and His song becoming that gentle whisper telling me He is nearby. See: I Kings 19:12.

 

Losing My Mom

As I shared in my February letter my mother went to be with the Lord. Suddenly, one day, I was no longer sharing life with her. It has been a difficult time for me in so many ways. The past two years I was the sole caregiver – and the “general” that kept the staff at the nursing home on their toes for two months while she was recovering from her last injuries which shattered both her knee cap and her elbow. Just a few months prior it was her wrist that was shattered. She recovered beautifully, both times, and each time happily went back to work!  In fact, Reno Orthopedic Clinic told her: “For an 87 year old, you recovered more quickly than some young people….and with a great attitude.”  She was an incredible woman, my mom.

Then a few months ago….shingles. She never fully recovered. She never had a chance, and it did horrendous things to her body. Just before that we were planning activities with loved ones, and thinking about the coming year – then suddenly she was gone. I fully expected her to recover…..one more time.

As prayer ministers the verse we quote so often is the 5th commandment that tells us to honor our mother and father so that it will go well with us. I can say that it is well – in my soul!  It was such an honor to be there for her – especially in this high tech, fast-paced world. I fear for those of the “silent generation” who do not have family to take care of them, and their affairs. In fact, my prayer is that advocates will rise up for that generation.

I had the privilege of being there to take my mother to all her appointments, care for her when recovering, listen to her, love her and pray for her. While suffering with shingles I would lay next to her in bed, hold her hand, and pray for her. Sometimes all she could do was squeeze my hand and say “Amen.” I miss holding her hand and just loving her. We talked about heaven, all her angels that constantly watched over her, and Jesus. It was a quiet love. I hold those memories close to my heart.

One of the last things she said to me was, “My days on this earth are over and I am going to heaven to meet my Savior.”  My blood relatives were not with me in ICU, but my brothers and sisters, in Christ, came in one after the other – to hold me, to hold me up, to pray for me, and as she took her last breath, to let her know I was not alone. God continues to prove to me the amazing support system I have.

 

Gifts

My brother, who I had not seen in 25 years, came from NY for the memorial service. What a gift for me – to have him there to (literally) lean on. I did the eulogy, and he gave me permission to share what he wrote on a Face book page:

“Lost my Mom this past Monday, life’s fate kept us apart for way too many years. I feel like I lost a lot of both of our lives. Keep your family close to you because you really don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Love You Mom.”

I closed with that quote, and an admonition for all present, to honor your mother and father.

Father God arranged it so that my mother and I would be living together and begin to develop a relationship that we had never had before. I urge anyone one of you who may be estranged from your parents – take action. My mother needed casts, braces, wheel chair, walker, cane, and physical therapy to even be able to walk again. A broken family and/or broken relationships also need many different components to have things set straight as well, and without “therapy” they will never walk the same again. Let each of us search our hearts and find what “therapy” means in our circumstances.

 

New Role

Since my mothers death I am not the same person, and I know that deep within my soul and spirit. Something happened at mom’s bedside in ICU as I lay crumbled on the floor. I felt something happening that is yet to be fully defined. I spent my entire life protecting my mother even when I did not know I was doing it. At a very young age I made this decision and it became locked in to the very depth of my being – so much so that it became my identity. My spirit was slumbering, in that area, because I was “living for someone else.” God, through the Holy Spirit, was waiting so that he could set me free from playing God, and so that he could be God in my relationship with my mother. But my vow had me locked there.

When I started getting inner healing (13 years ago) I was learning about this, but this area could never be reached until this year. I was in control because that was all I knew. Just one month before my mother went to be with the Lord, I did something I had been putting off for a long time. I gave this job to the Lord Jesus. My mother is now resting in the arms of Jesus. And, I am learning who I am without this role.

The redeeming part of this story is that by being so strong, and knowing how to stand firm, I was actually in a perpetual training ground for me as a warrior for the Kingdom of God. It wreaked havoc on me because I was taking the place of God.  But God does not waste anything. I have always been a fierce and zealous advocate for protecting mom – and those in harm. John the Baptist had an ardent zeal to share the kingdom of heaven. Some versions saw “violent” zeal (Matt. 11:12). Mom did not give me the name Louise (mighty maiden warrior) for nothing. God knew what birthright I should have. Thank you mom!

 

Before I was born the Lord called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me. He made me a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.”

Isa.49:1,2

He is polishing me, in this season, so that I can hit the target – so to speak. And preparing me to speak in such a fashion that it will be His sharpened sword. And it will be precise! It is another season of being “hidden.” I have known seasons of this likeness, but this is in a whole new realm. I am resting in His quiver, close to His heart, and waiting for Him to evenly line me up with the bow – and go with the wind. The wind of his Spirit that takes me on a journey that is defined with precise boundaries.

 

Taking a Break

Recently I have been researching my volumes of journals, notes, poems and prophetic words from the past 30 years, and I found the following portion of a prophetic word given to me from former Executive Director at Elijah House, Gene Neiderkliene. While there for an intensive in 2002 the Holy Spirit said through him:

“The Lord will hide his warriors. Because of this isolation he is protecting you……You will be imparting, and not necessarily to large groups, but the impact on them will influence large groups. When the time comes you will not teach, you will impart…..” This is happening.

 

In order for me to further advance the already fulfilled prophecy for MLM I will need to have that necessary (and overdue) sabbatical/vacation. The greatest years of my life, with my mother, were these past two years. But care giving, and with a busier ministry work schedule than ever, it has taken it’s toll on me.

On high alert, my 17 intercessors and some friends saw what shape I was in, and at the memorial service (where 50 of them came) they were in cahoots raising money for me to get out of town…and get some sessions for myself. That I did. And there was tremendous fruit. It wasn’t until my prayer minister pointed it out to me – did I realize how totally exhausted I am. Thank you, again, all of you who raised the money, and for all that were praying! Now, I will be planning a vacation for some time in the future. When I told one young woman on staff at my church that I have not taken a vacation in years, she said, “Not having a vacation in years should be illegal!”  I like that.

Oswald Chambers/My Upmost for His Highest said:

“Whenever God gives a vision to a saint, he puts him, as it were, in the shadow of his hand, and the saint’s duty is to be still and listen. There is a darkness which comes from excess of light, and then is the time to listen. For example Genesis 16. God gives a vision and darkness follows – wait. God will make you in accordance with the vision he has given you if you will wait his time.”

 

I am resting; I am listening; I am celebrating what I inherited from my mother; I am soaking in the thoughts of that singing arrow; and I am learning, anew, of His quiet love.

~Louise Zevan

Sierra Wave: Lingering in His Presence

How many times have you watched a sunset or sunrise and just gasped at its beauty?  Or in Nevada, a cloud formation that we call Sierra Wave, with its outstanding design!  A revelation of the perfection of the Creator, and how he loves to present such things to us as a means of bringing us closer to an understanding of who he is, to bring joy to our soul and spirit, and to take us to the place where (suddenly) we are focused on him instead of ourselves.

Before I knew Christ Jesus as my personal Savior I was deeply moved by his beauty, but did not understand the Creator of this panoramic beauty.  I saw it, and then turned to walk right back into the stress I knew so well – and the well-formed habit of focusing on myself.  Since I invited Him, as the Son of God, to lead me out of the urgency of making a day happen, and (instead) resting where his glory is already happening, I am finding that this is where I was created to be…and did not know it.

Revelations

Through my own inner healing, with prayer ministers, the Holy Spirit began revealing why I had the urgency to be in control.  I gasped the same as I did when I saw my first Sierra Wave.  I was astounded with the journey that the Holy Spirit took me on while ministering to my inmost being – even before I had intellectual knowledge of right and wrong.  In the months that I had inner healing we found bitter roots that I did not know I had.  The Holy Spirit revealed things to me that no one knew about but Him.  Astounding…to see what was there.

The formation of the lenticular clouds is dependent upon many factors, including wind speed and direction, leeward wind patterns, and water vapor.  Thus, their formation is unpredictable.  It is the same with us.  God creates many factors throughout our life to bring us to the place where we are ready for him to reveal things to us, and why we could not see them before.  And in His timing.  When He does bring revelation, just like the Sierra Wave, the wind of His Spirit can take our breath away.  Unlike other clouds the Sierra Wave can remain stationary for many hours.  Many hours of lingering in the awe-inspiring presence of God.

Roles

In my role as Prayer Minister and facilitator of Elijah House Training Courses I am, in fact, observing my clients and students having their breath taken away with all the revelations from God.  What an awesome privilege and joy to my heart.  It is inspiring, satisfying, and continually affirming that I am in the right place.  They are astounded with what is revealed to them – at a deeper level.  I should write a book about all the “wow moments.”  It truly can be breath-taking for both them and myself.

Because my students continually, year after year, communicate that everyone needs to do this Elijah House Training Course I am dedicating this newsletter to invite you, and anyone you may know with a possible interest, to consider attending our next class.  Many of you have already taken the training, some are already Prayer Ministers, some have wanted to do it for years, and others are just learning about it.  Listen to the wind of the Spirit, soak up the vapors, rest in His presence and see if He is telling you to acquire new tools for setting people free….beginning with ourselves!

~Louise Zevan 

 

Disarming Fear

Mountain Light Ministries, in its teen years, is experiencing some obvious and not so obvious transitions and variations. You will be hearing more about it as time goes on.

The Team of Intercessors

One such arm of the ministry is the newly formed Team of Intercessors who now meet monthly (in person) to pray for MLM and its founder. This Team is derived from the 16 intercessors who have been interceding for the ministry for years through email. You can only imagine how happy I am that some of the intercessors are finally meeting with me in person.  However, not all can attend because some live in other states and others cannot make a weekday meeting.

During out last meeting an intercessor quoted Matt. 7:13 & 14 to me; “Go in by the narrow gate. For the wide gate has a broad road that leads to disaster, and many are going that way. The narrow gate and the hard road lead out in to life and only a few who find it.”

Fear

I’ve seen the destructive effects that fear of the unknown has on people, including my own life. The most recent would have been the immediate fear about America’s future that initially overpowered me. Then the Holy Spirit washes over me with peace – supernaturally. Supernaturally because I cannot create that peace. It is God-given. And, God-given because he heard me when I told him I want him to be Lord of everything, including what he does in this nation. So, while it rests in His hands that washing becomes a wave of the Holy Spirit picking me up from where I am and moving me along to a place of rest. Striving ceases.

It could be that few take the hard path to the narrow gate because of the fear of being out of control, like my testimony above. Fear can surface because there is often nothing in sight and no definition. The wide gate offers definition with its entitlement mentality that we have become accustomed to…but ultimately leads to destruction. Other reasons it could seem easier is because there is more room (on the broad road) to depend on someone or something else besides God. Or, the cry that I am already dealing with enough pain…what if God does not show up!

In the beginning years of life I experienced that trail of disaster, and have no desire to even look at that path again. Yet, when I began my walk with Jesus the narrow gate was frightening because I could not imagine (not) being in control, and giving full control to God…as if to say, “Does He know what He is doing?”

Choices

Day by day I began choosing the gate that leads to life and began learning how to live under that shower of peace. I have also learned that when I want to control the future it is open season for the temptation to go back to destruction and/or disaster.

In God we trust! Not in men. You alone are our provider, healer and KING! Only one thing will save this country and it is not a man…it is an awakening to God. God bless our president, and save him. We bind his mind, his will and emotions to the mind, will and emotions of God. I bind America’s feet to the path You have set before her! In Jesus name, Amen.

This was written by one of my intercessors, an intern, and young enough to be my daughter. Her generation believes that God is calling us to a tougher stand! She feels privileged to be called to such a time as this, and believes we have each been hand crafted for such a time as this.

She went on to say,

 Daniel and his three friends ruled Babylon through prayer and standing. They did not bow.

They did not bow to the “easier” way, the way that will actually defeat them and their testimony.

Wrap Up

Image courtesy of anankkml/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of anankkml/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Recently, while writing to my 16 intercessors, I had a vision of me wearing a holster with six-shooters. The holster was packed with bullets all around my waste ready for re-load. I told them that they are the bullets, we are in this together, and what a joy it is to be able to reach for them with confidence that the ammunition is readily available. The target?  For one – unprecedented fear that will, in fact, destroy “One Nation Under God” in our homes, offices, churches, relationships, and the exciting things that Lord is doing in MLM.

Are we going to be the many or the few; the wide or the narrow; learn through the hard, or succumb to disaster? On the Atlantic Ocean when fishermen catch blue crab they have found that when one crab is left in the bucket it will try to crawl out, but when they have more than one it becomes a mutual fight to keep the others from crawling out. My translation: let us, now, more than ever, stand together rather than pull each other down. For me…I want MLM to be a leader that will build each other up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.  (Jude 1:20)

~Louise Zevan

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.

~Psalm 100:4 

 May the Lord bless you this Thanksgiving Day with family, friends, new acquaintances and vision into the narrow gate…where there is life!