As you step into this Hebraic New Year 5777 you may find yourself preparing to close the doors to some things in your past, as God continues to move you toward the future and destiny He has planned for you. Even as we experienced exceptional amounts of rain and flooding this past summer here in Florida, God is declaring there is an abundance of rain (blessing for growth, nourishment and refreshment) flowing from His throne. He has been preparing and refining His people and His stage is being set for Him to reveal Himself afresh with His power and glory. What an amazing time we have entered! Our Covenant Center family has already experienced the first fruits of this new season with the conclusion of nine years of litigation over a contaminated property. During the Feast of Tabernacles, Richard was called into the law office to sign the forms that concluded the litigation. The day after celebrating the Feast he was asked to return once again to our attorney's office where he was gifted with a donation to The Covenant Center that restored a great part of the down-payment which we thought had been lost. This is a picture of this new season and what God desires to do for you! He will help you close doors to your past, bringing some things to conclusion and finality, and move you into His season of hope, restoration and restitution.

The following is a word of encouragement you may find of interest given at The Covenant Center on September 1, 2013 by Katherine Johnson. It seems timely and appropriate to share now. 

Blessings beyond what we can imagine - ask or think. This will be the beginning of a series of years of the supernatural. Things we cannot even imagine happening will happen. We are going to begin to learn of the truth of the Rich Mullins song, "Our God is an Awesome God." Awesome things are going to happen, often without warning or foretelling. God is going to begin raining kisses down on His children and we are going to learn first-hand that God will do what He will do and no purpose of HIs can be set back. God will send out His Word and it will accomplish its full purpose - part of which is to "blow our minds." It is time for God to begin utterly destroying the neat little boxes people have built for HIm. He has not desired, until this time, to terrify us with the extent of His power, but that stops now. He will unleash His power as He wills. At times it will bring such joy we won't be able to fully or ably articulate what He has chosen to do. At other times we will not be able to put into words the word-shaking effect of a blast of His nostrils.

People who believe they hold power are going to be brought back to a full understanding of just how human and limited they are. The world is going to begin to see the consequences of either ignoring God or of discounting His power - let alone His existence. Anyone who will not see the evidence of Him and His unlimited power are going to just look like stubborn fools. This is the beginning of the manifestation of the scripture, "The fool has said in his heart there is not God." God is going to begin showing up in global matters such as hasn't been seen since the great flood. With today's media, even they will have to begin to be "on board" or look like fools. If they want to stay "on top" of the daily world news there will be no way they will be able to deny God's power. Even secular stations will be consulting true prophets of God to be able to understand what is happening and its impact. There will still be those who "pooh-pooh" these prophets, but God will vindicate His prophets. As stated in Romans One, "Those professing to be wise will become (be thought of as) fools."

This is the beginning of the time and seasons of God's revelation of Himself as Sovereign. Get ready. Get ready. Get ready. Get ready. Get ready. Get ready. Get ready. (Seven times is not by accident.) Psalm 61, "Once God has spoken, twice I have heard this; Power belongs to God." I heard "Get ready," seven times, and I hear it now again. "Get ready." (Seven times is the number of Divine Completion and eight is the number of New Beginnings. God is going to raise Himself up as the chief political influence in the world. It will not always look like it, but ultimately, that is what is the truth. God is in control and He is beginning to make that fact abundantly clear. This is the year of the beginning of God's very public and global manifestation of HImself. He's not going to be a "well-kept" secret anymore. He's not going to allow people to have mental boxes regarding His power anymore. This is the beginning of open, public and undeniable demonstrations of God revealing Himself to the earth and in the earth. People will "get on board" or they will perish. Noah's ark is being built and God is beckoning us to get on board.
Katherine Johnson 9-1-2013

And just now, as I was sitting here preparing to publish these thoughts, I received by text from my sister-in-law Katherine Kennedy this word and scripture of encouragement and reflection for these times. It seems a fitting conclusion to this post. How I love God's timing!

"Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as King and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In His days, Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is the name by which He shall be called: "The Lord our righteousness." Jeremiah 23: 5-6.