Pregnant with vision.

Expressions is sometimes hard to define.

Two years ago now, I was sitting in church on a Sunday morning with my friend Esther. God then both gave us this amazing vision of using creative arts for him.
How? we didn’t know.
When? we weren’t sure…..
but on this morning Expressions was conceived.

Since seeing the vision, I haven’t been able to drop it from my heart!…..Chasing what God wants is all I have been excited about ever since. I am pregnant with the vision.

Not that I have personally experienced pregnancy, but I hear it comes with nausea, excitement, preparation,and birthing pains…
I have in many different ways been experiencing these symptoms as the vision of Expressions starts to form.
For two years myself and friends around me having been praying about the vision and what God wants it to be. We have organised two summer workshops which have been awesome, with healings, creativity, renewed passion, amazing worship and unity between youth. We have started to see something….part of the future.

In September last year, I went to Edinburgh for a 24/7 prayer weekend. On the last day, a friend Phil, was praying for me and among other wise words he said:
‘This year is going to be a hard year, being pushed from all sides, but I feel God is saying that you are going to sing a new song. Not necessarily a literal song but maybe the way you are will bring something new’…(give or take)

Crossover, the amazing youth and schools work team that I have been a part of for almost 9 years, have been a vital strength to both myself and the Expressions vision. Crossover has also had amazing words from God about not putting old wine in new wine skins:

Matthew 9:17
Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.

Expressions will bring something new and it isn’t just myself that is getting excited. As the ‘bump’ starts to form…people around and coming to see and and understand what God is planning….

The labour pains, or the pushing from all sides, has been hard. Whether it is challenges in daily life or just when planning the business side of everything to come. There has been prayer meetings, funding meetings, and I still don’t entirely know how and when Expressions will form.

This blog is just to show that Expressions is moving forward and will need as much prayer and commitment from people around as possible…just like a new born baby.

I’ve been sick with not knowing, excited about seeing, preparing to my hearts content and definitely feeling the labour pains but this is going to be good because it is God’s.

Keep a look out and let me know if you have any passions, prayers or prophetic words to pass along.

Daniella

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Dancing in the spirit..

Dancing in the spirit can seem like quite a odd idea to some people, but I feel that it is seriously a place of pure worship.

I have been trained in dance, but dancing for God requires no training at all…just an obedient body 🙂

Last week myself and a few of the Expressions team went to Soul survivor’s Momentum. This was located in Shepton Mallet in the Bath and West grounds (Lots of fields and cow sheds)….And lots of people wanting to meet God when we arrived!…

People put up their tents to create a huuuuge open community and there is a food court to buy your sustenance for the week and a mahoooooosive tent where we all meet together for worship celebrations, teaching etc..

There’s something unique about worshipping God together with thousands of people who have the same desire as yourself.
To meet with our  creator.

After this years Expressions (Summer school), I have had more confidence to dance for Him. So at Momentum in front of thousands of others, I took that step.

Its ALWAYS the step which is the hardest part. The fear of how people are going to react and the consequences of the move….but this time it was worth it.

All week I met with God in a truly new way, and so did a lot of others around me. The free worship, in an open space seem to inspire many others to use what they have and give it to Him. I have seen ballet dancers and Breakdancers in Worship (Amazing). People who have never danced before but knew how to move….utterly beautiful.

God used me this week to touch others and I love to hear that.

When we move for God, its a powerful thing.

A couple of inspiring moments I would like to share:

1) At the back of the tent, there is an open space. A creative space….
I only found this out half way through the week. But when I first walked in, I found treasure.

People worshipping with flags, dancers of all kinds, ballet, contemporary, tap and more….They obviously wanted space to move WITH GOD.
I was instantly excited but dissapointed. Why could no-one else see and share on this experience…It was almost like they were hiding…
For me, creativity is part OF the church therefore they needed to be with everyone else…

So next time… I am hoping we will be!

2) A young girl approached me on the second day of momentum with a friend, asking whether I was dancing in worship. she said then when she looked at me she was filled with the spirit. (AWESOME GOD) …the funny part is that she had tried to not stare but couldn’t because she knew she would only be filled again if she looked back.

3) A dancer called Katie came and asked how she could worship God with Dance. It was confidence that was holding her back, scared of being judged I suppose.

Shame how our faith can be so affected by the world around us… which I have had so many times.

That night I showed her the space at the back of the room where she danced so freely among others with the same desire…Then I took her later to the front where she moved for the one she loved.

4) On the last evening, a guy came and spoke to me at the end of the worship celebration. He had been watching me all week and had a picture from God for me.

(A bit of context is needed)

The night before, I had been talking to some friends about life.
And I have used the story of the Ugly Duckling to represent my life.

In the sense, that when I was younger, no-one wanted me. I didn’t belong to a certain place and didn’t fit in. (Wasn’t the prettiest duck either 🙂 )

And as I have grown into Gods Identity for me, things are changing. I belong and Gods spirit in me attracts people…like with the dancing.

..anyways back to the Guy.

He said the picture was of a beautiful swan….and I had these wings that weren’t huge like angel wings but elegent and lengthened out to the side.

I was breathless…

I conclude with, God can use all things to show his amazing love…

Daniella

Expressions in Africa?!

This summer I went to Zambia for two weeks. The original plan was to help Lifespring Foundation on their mission of preventing and healing with HIV/AIDS.

These weeks totally transformed my life and I had an african pastor speak a prophesy over me.

‘You have not come to Africa for the reasons you think. God will continue to open doors for you’

So this made me wonder…was Expressions somehow connected?!

Most days in Africa, we visited the lifespring school, which has AMAZING kids!. I wanted them all to take home with me! 🙂

During the last few days, I decided to teach the pre-school about Noah’s ark. After telling the story, I gave out loads of different material, card, glue, glitter etc… Arts and crafts and told them to create a picture of Noah’s ark.

The kids were stunned and didn’t know what to do.

I was so confused, I thought if this was at home, kids automatically knew how to react to arts and crafts…and then it hit me! The kids in Africa NEED this opportunity. To relate to God creatively, to express worship to God in DIFFERENT ways!…..

So the next step, take a team to Zambia in the next couple of years to bring this opportunity to them…

Expressions in Africa? What do you think?

Daniella