At the beginning of this week, my husband departed on a three-day business trip to Maine. Immediately as he stepped out the door, another powerful Presence stepped in and filled my home. The spiritual atmosphere around me shifted and the glory of God suddenly became manifest and tangible. I must say that I was not seeking this!
I was sitting at my dining room table studying the Word when the Spirit of God entered. The air around me seemed to come alive with His glory. Then a deep stillness settled around me like a blanket, and I retreated to my bedroom to seek Him.
At first there were no words; there was just an undeniable glory and weightiness that seemed to permeate every cell in my body and every molecule in the room.
Even my two younger children (who were home at the time) were kept completely occupied and quiet during this time, except for goodnight kisses hours later.
As I remained in the Presence of the Lord, praying in the Spirit, I was led to pick up one of my journals from the beginning of this Jewish year 5780. When I opened it my eyes fell on notes I had made after reading Romans 1:4: “It is the Spirit of Holiness who appointed Jesus the Son of God, raising Him from the dead. You will be prepared by my Spirit for a new work. You will need to get your bearings as you ease out into the new territory I have for you..."
Clearly, the Lord had something to say about new life and new beginnings!
After several hours, when I finally turned off my light, I glanced at the clock and saw that it was exactly 10:10 pm on 1/20/2020. Time and date had "synced" in the Spirit, and I fell asleep under the blanket of His awesome Presence.
A DEEPER ENCOUNTER
At 3:45 AM, the Lord woke me again, His weighty Presence still in the room, hovering over me. The air was electrified and yet completely still at the same time, as if the Spirit were reaching down into the deep foundations of life itself and releasing an expectancy of something new, different.
As I re-entered into prayer, Holy Spirit began brooding, moving, and shifting things both within and around me. At long last He spoke, and I began to understand what He was doing.
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.