Your Time of Mourning Has Ended!

July 31st, 2017

I was standing at the front of the church, waiting for the next person who wanted to receive prayer. She—I’ll call her Emily—came up to me looking very sad and burdened. She told me a story of something that she had done over 10 years previous, and she wanted to feel better. She knew that… Read more »

Christmas Never Ends!

December 29th, 2016

Do you realize that Christmas Day was just FOUR days ago? It seems like it was months since we celebrated, doesn’t it? It must have something to do with the many weeks of preparation and anticipation…and then it’s over. Or, is it? Of course, the answer is obvious since the Holy Spirit lives inside of… Read more »

“What are you Hearing?”

August 4th, 2016

“Do not fear when others speak negatively about you. Those words fall to the ground, and I don’t listen to them, and neither should you.”   That’s what I heard God saying to me a few weeks ago as I was in prayer. When I realized that He doesn’t listen to negative or accusatory things… Read more »

Do you Hear it?

June 3rd, 2016

Have you seen it? Have you felt it?  Have you noticed how everyone is talking about it?    I’m referring to the worldwide effort to bring freedom to women. Many political figures, celebrities, and organizations, both secular and Christian, have joined the effort to stop human trafficking, both sexual and labor trafficking. You may have… Read more »

“Step of to the Plate”, Part Four

April 8th, 2016

I’ve been writing about the prophetic word I received: “Step up to the Plate.” I’ve identified some heart conditions that can hinder our ability to step up, and today I’m going to write about the Captive Heart.   When I was praying for the women in Arise!, the Father spoke to me, “Some of my… Read more »

“Step up to the Plate”, Part 3

March 7th, 2016

I recently wrote about a prophetic word the Lord had given me. He said, “It’s time to step up to the plate.” I encouraged each one of us that now was the time to activate those dreams we’ve had.   I’ve identified three conditions of the heart that can keep us from stepping up to the… Read more »

“Step up to the Plate,” Part 2

February 2nd, 2016

In the previous blog, I wrote about a prophetic word the Lord had given to me. He said, “It’s time to step up to the plate.” I encouraged each one of us that now was the time to activate the dreams we have. Many of us are ready and willing to launch out, but we just… Read more »

Step up to the Plate!

January 20th, 2016

This past weekend we had a powerfully impacting time during the Arise! Women leadership retreat. In addition to the worship, teaching, and sharing during the main sessions, retreats give us those informal times of connecting during meals and free time that create a space for the Lord to work among us. Of course, those informal… Read more »

Women Have Long Arms

January 5th, 2016

“Well done!” to all of the women who baked Christmas cookies, shopped for groceries, scoured the stores for the perfect gift, sent out Christmas cards, planned a New Year’s party, cooked many delicious meals and did it all with grace and great patience. Even if like me, you were a little on the stressed side—“little”… Read more »

“What They Said at Christmas,” Elizabeth

December 23rd, 2015

Elizabeth (Mary’s cousin) upon meeting Mary when they were both pregnant said, “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord” (Luke 1:45).   What’s interesting is that both Mary, and Elizabeth’s husband Zacharias, questioned the angel when he announced to them… Read more »

“What They Said at Christmas,” Gabriel

December 17th, 2015

In Luke 1: 28-29, the angel Gabriel is speaking to Mary: ““Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.’ But Mary was greatly troubled at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this might be. And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.’”… Read more »

“These Names,” by Ashley Olson

October 20th, 2015

(Reflections from an Arise Thailand team member who ministered in September 2015)   These faces. These names.   Lists of girls met. Lists that bark at me “no hope.”   Girls I wish sometimes I could un-see. Situations that haunt me in the darkest of mornings.   But I stare deep. I tug my heart… Read more »

I Miss You

October 2nd, 2015

We are called Christians not because we have made mental assent to a list of doctrinal ideas, but because we have a real and living relationship with God.   As I was soaking to some worship music this morning, I heard the Father say, “It’s so good when you turn your face towards me to… Read more »

Who are YOU?

August 28th, 2015

Transformation. Impartation. Celebration!   I wrote an e-mail recently and I addressed the recipients as “Mighty Women.” As soon as I wrote it, I knew that some of them didn’t think of themselves as mighty. In fact, many wouldn’t use that adjective to describe themselves at all.   We were made in the image of… Read more »

Be Free!

July 22nd, 2015

I’ve been learning a lot about fighting lately, as you may have noticed from previous posts. A few months ago, the Lord spoke to me and said: “Some of my people are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.”   According to Wikipedia, Stockholm Syndrome occurs when a captive identifies with his/her captor and may adopt the perspective… Read more »

Smooth Sailing

July 7th, 2015

Look at the story of Jesus and his disciples in Mark 4: 35-41. They were in a boat going to the other side of the Sea of Galilee when all of a sudden a huge storm was upon them. Waves were crashing over the sides of the boat and it was starting to fill up… Read more »

Practicing Safe Sharing

June 25th, 2015

“Practicing Safe Sharing”   I always feel such sadness when a brother or sister stumbles, and of course, the fallout is even greater when that person has a public persona. I’m fully confident of God’s love for him or her, and I know that He can bring complete restoration and healing, but my sadness comes… Read more »

Under the Surface

June 23rd, 2015

My wife Denise and I have a favorite walking trail that runs along the Mississippi River. Of course, during the winter months, even though there is a strong current underneath and the river is about 100 yards wide, a crust of ice many feet thick forms over the surface each year.   One day in… Read more »

The Little Birds

February 10th, 2015

  There was a day early this past summer, when I was tired of the rain. It had been unusually rainy. The local farms were flooded. Entire sections of roads to the west had washed out. The wetlands seemed as though they might take over. And I wondered. What if I sketched a picture of the… Read more »

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2015

I still keep a paper calendar. You techies are probably rolling your eyes and shaking your heads as you wonder why I haven’t yet upgraded to an electronic calendar. Well, I do use Google for my work-related appointments, so I guess that’s a start.   One of my favorite things to do at the end… Read more »

“You Got Lefse?”

December 3rd, 2014

by Mary Ann Herzan   It was Christmas Eve. I had been in the hospital since November 11 recovering from the impact with an intoxicateddriver going between eighty-five and ninety miles per hour. Along with other multiple injuries, I had over sixty-fivefractures in my legs which required me to be in traction for an extended… Read more »

We’re Better Together

November 3rd, 2014

I was sitting in the Fellowship Hall drinking some juice—I hadn’t yet discovered the rich depth of flavor in a cup of coffee—and the adult Sunday School was about to start. It was in the mid-1980s, and my husband Dan was serving at a church in Des Moines, IA.   The Senior Pastor was teaching… Read more »

A Reflection on “The School of Prophecy” by Graham Cooke

October 19th, 2014

The River of freedom, grace, and the love of the Father overwhelmed us during this weekend. As soon as I walked into the building, I could feel the joyful anticipation in the hearts of the people. They were not disappointed. Through Graham Cooke’s insightful 5-fold teaching gift we learned so much about the heart of… Read more »

White Bands and Those Words

October 3rd, 2014

As I sit here waiting to board my last flight, I can’t help but turn my body towards this gentleman and lean in, all the while smiling …like a true American creeper. His Portuguese is like sugar to my cake. Cheese to my crackers. Sandbox to a playground.  Airports are some of my favorite places… Read more »

Exceedingly More

August 13th, 2014

It’s August when parents take their children shopping for school supplies—and most importantly to us girls—we get to go shopping for the very important “first-day-of-school outfit.” I have fond memories of shopping with our daughters in August, and I can also remember some of the shopping trips my mother took with me.   I remember… Read more »

Praying at the Prom

June 30th, 2014

Sometimes, all that we need is to hear the story of how someone else did this amazing thing and then we will dare to jump out from behind our fears and inhibitions. Ashley (not her real name), one of the leaders in our Uplink Groups, made the jump.   Steve Thompson, a speaker at the… Read more »

Arise! Uganda, February 13-March 1, 2014

February 13th, 2014

While I was in Africa in 2013, I was confronted with the needs of the people—the most obvious being the physical needs. But then the Lord started to speak to me about the emotional and spiritual needs, especially in the women. There are many organizations that can give food, clothing, housing, etc., but we have… Read more »

Gardening in the Kingdom

August 18th, 2013

At the 2012 Holy Spirit Conference in St. Paul, MN, I was sitting in my seat minding my own business when God’s voice interrupted my thoughts. He said, “So, you thought you were starting a nice, safe women’s ministry to nice, safe women, who act…nice? It’s time to take off those white dress gloves and exchange them for… Read more »

April 19-20, 2013: “Living the Upgraded Life…Even in Difficult Circumstances”

April 27th, 2013

Heavy, blowing snow, icy roads, accumulation of over a two feet nearby…A perfect opening day for the 2013 Arise! Minnesota women’s conference, “Living the Upgraded Life…Even in Difficult Circumstances.”   The conditions were daunting, but hunger to experience His presence and desire to receive teaching while in the company of over 1,000 of our sisters outweighed a… Read more »

Part Two: Answered Prayer in Uganda

March 24th, 2013

Follow the Relationships   The main reason we went to Gulu, Uganda, is because of the relationships that Diane Brask, our team leader, has made over the last six years. Every good thing that happens to us is because of the relationships that we have. Steve Hill (the Canadian “Hills” not the one from Pensacola,… Read more »

Be the Answer (Reflections on my trip Kenya and Uganda)

March 3rd, 2013

I was new to the conference production scene and was drowning in details with no land in sight. I walked into the coffee shop to meet a friend, but with one look at me, she could tell something was wrong.   “Are you ok?” was barely out of her mouth when I burst into tears…. Read more »

“2013: A Year of Promise” by Denise Siemens

January 21st, 2013

At this time of year many of us make promises, also known as resolutions. We promise to eat healthier, to exercise more, to cut down on TV viewing, to use our time more wisely, etc. We’re promising ourselves that we will stop our bad habits and start some good ones.   We don’t have a… Read more »