A Snapshot: “Kenzel Mind”

Someone asked me not long ago…”How do you think?”

How do I think? It felt like that was asking me how I write or eat or wash my face. At first…at first I almost thought it was silly. Until I realized how serious a question it was – and remains

I have struggled with needing to write some blog posts. I’ve received some Words of Knowledge I’m believing I’m supposed to share but that is not something I have ever done on this blog. (Sorry for random spontaneity…)

Tonight, reading Day 117 of Book of Mysteries – the scriptures the lesson referenced was from the book of Matthew 6:33. Which says in essence that He will give you all you need each day – day to day, if you live for Him.

To say that the last month has been difficult would be an understatement. I have had to take enormous amounts of time and reflect on life; 33 plus years worth of time. No joke. (and not coincidentally I just noted the scripture reference of Matthew 6:33 and reflecting on 33 years of life….Hmm: Confirmation.)

It turns out it this journey in the wilderness the past month was a Self-Evaluation of sort provided as a means for God to show me that He is not just Sovereign and Holy and Righteous – but Wise and Loving.  He possesses an all-consuming Love that swallows up anything that doesn’t reflect HIM. In essence, He was showing me His “God Strategy” for life.

The “God Strategy” is really simple. Not easily followed…nor replicated but simple to identify, at least in theory.  God gave us Jesus and we were to follow His example as we journey through life. It sounds easy- right? It’s anything but.


Snippet of Soul Surfer (Shark Attack) – Graphic Re-enactment


The God Strategy runs counter-intuitive to EVERYthing we are as human beings. Whether saved or un-saved, we have a tendency to want to lean on our prideful, arrogant, self-centered hearts and minds.

Jesus was none of those. He came to show us what we COULD be:

Selfless-Humble-Empathetic and loving others with Agape

In the past 33 years, I buried both parents and witnessed funerals of countless relatives and friends… the young, the old.

I have witnessed how bitterness can swallow up everything that is good in man as well as how un-forgiveness can lead to utter destruction.

I have witnessed the effects of what alcoholism can do to a person – not just one person, but two…as well as the life long effects of everyone to whom those persons came in contact.

Through everything, the good, the bad – the heartache…the tears. I have almost gotten to the point of being “cried out” where I have almost no tears left to cry. And that’s when Jesus told me…that was not by accident.

Through the decades, you’ve cried and cried and then cried some more.

Mankind looks at tears as something to flee from. As though tears will weaken the human psyche. But truth may seem stranger than fiction.

Keeping physically fit is paramount in the minds of many…but like anything good, some motivations (without balance) can become an idol. When men and women exercise, the body sweats. The overall benefit to the body is an increase in strength within the body muscles: “Strength training” it’s often called. The same holds true for building your “spiritual muscles” and “empathy empowerment” when you cry. So, where physical fitness is admired and sought after, showing our emotions is looked at as anything but…

What most have never bothered to ponder are the strength in crying tears. Tears aren’t just an outlet for emotions. Tears are a powerhouse method for the building up of the person within.

This might sound counter-intuitive but think about it. Every time you’ve cried, it seems to cause a release in the body. In truth, tears are The Father’s formula to build strength.

Consider Maundy Thursday…when Jesus went to Gethsemane. He went with his disciples to pray. While Jesus was there He found himself in the fight of His “carnal” life. That night was a “Macro” snapshot of His life. He had come on a selfless mission – as a tiny baby destined to eventually be the ultimate sacrifice of Agape Love. That Thursday night in the Garden He fought his flesh. His sweat fell to the ground like they were great drops of blood (Luke 22:44) and He asked His Father for strength.

Jesus knows our plight. He knows our hurts and what makes us tick, happy, frustrated…even content.

I’ve spent the last month contemplating “The how do I think” question…and the answer is that I don’t know because I’ve always HAD to turn to God for direction. He wrote the book of my life and I’m just “walking it out.” That’s how I look at each day, it’s how I’ve had to look at each day since 1983.

Yes, I have a calendar with appointments on it but God is really the controller. I recognized this a while back. I go where He leads…I wouldn’t want to navigate these waters on my own or by myself. That wasn’t His intention anyway.

The truth is, the “how do I think” question is an everyday, hour by hour struggle of Ephesians 6:10-18. From an early age, I faced unusual circumstances that left me confused, shaken and orphaned. Before I was even a Senior in High School I was asking more questions about the “obscure” things of Life and Heaven than anyone on earth had answers for. There finally came a point I stopped asking people around me anything – because no one could relate.

Everything about who I am – how I think and feel was shaped by The Father’s plans for my life;  to quote Bethany Hamilton from Soul Surfer (1:31 seconds)

(To paraphrase and emphasize her point: “I wouldn’t want to go back and change what happened to me because, it happened for a reason, it provided a way for God to work and show His Glory….”)

Before I close for the night, here’s one more memory to share. I remember attending an Irish Wake with my Dad when I was 16. It was weird talking to the guy for whom the Wake was being presented but before he moved on to talk with another guest he said: “It’s been a pleasure talking with you…you have an amazing attitude and perspective. You’re gonna do great things.”  Well, whatever I’m gonna do in this life is really on God’s To-do list — and I’m just watching it unfold.

The very first link I included in this post was the Bethany Hamilton re-enactment. I have been led to watch several sections of this movie since March. The Father needed to remind me that though we can’t always see HOW He is working – we have to know that He is working ALL things together – to give us Hope and Purpose: (Soul Surfer RAD Night ) (1min in length)

Now, it’s time to share the finale of the movie (or at least a snippet) –   Soul Surfer – Final Wave (2:18)

(I should add that while the final wave scene is really cool in itself, the close up scene of Bethany’s face while surfing “the barrel” is pertinent as it relates to an earlier scene right after the shark attack during her emergency trip to the ER.)


May all of God’s Blessings be yours and May you be a Blessing unto others….




You – HAVE – Kingdom Authority

I had written a blog post recently about how dark it feels like the world is becoming.

Although it may feel like there is a darkness surrounding us, I was gently reminded last night that I need to share an even MORE important TRUTH.

As I read from the Book of Mysteries: The Shadow Man (Day 104)…the Father allowed me to review select events of years past in a matter of moments.

The Shadow Man – our enemy (Satan) seeks to seek and destroy. But the take-away we MUST grasp is The enemy has NO power over us – unless we give it to him. Recall that the battle over the shadows and darkness starts in the mind (Eph 6:10-18)

The reality is – The Cross was a monumental moment in history. When Jesus died, the enemy thought he had gotten the upper hand.

Keyword: thought

The point is, don’t judge a book (or situation) by its cover. What we see doesn’t always tell the whole story.

As we live and breath, each day on this journey…we all have to go through different challenges. It’s the challenges that make us who we are. It’s the “Who we are becoming” that God focuses on.

The Whole Story we really need to learn is that of Jesus. Jesus death was a surprise twist in a fantastic and epic journey. By GIVING Jesus the POWER to resurrect on that Sunday…God enabled us to receive this same power. All we have to do is Ask for it.

How is that possible? Because God, promised us He would send us help.

Because, when Jesus ascended He sent us the Holy Spirit (The Comforter). 

Because of the Holy Spirit, because of the Power associated with knowing the Word of God: if we use His Words we have the Kingdom of Heaven, on our side. 

Whether or not you know it or are willing to believe it, the enemy will FLEE when anyone uses and expresses the Word of God as their defense.

And that brings me back to the title of this entry: Your Kingdom Authority.

You Kingdom Authority. By speaking aloud the Word of God (just like Jesus did during His Time on Earth) you – YES, YOU…-  have a defense against the Shadows and the darkness.

The real question is – will you use these to your advantage? Will you apply them to your life, to break the chains? Will you give yourself the chance, to let Jesus set you free?

Today’s Scripture:

John 1:1-13


7eventh Time Down – God Is On The Move

(when I published this post earlier, I thought I had selected the correct song. In the last hour, I received a correction. The following link is the song I should have attached from the beginning; but here it is, now.)

Casting Crowns: Courageous

So, will YOU u-s-e your Kingdom Authority?

Are you STILL searching?

Please watch this lyric video…before reading the rest of message

Rise – Danny Gokey


The only part of the video I don’t agree with is where it says “we are small, we are insignificant.”

As a human being goes, in the picture of creation…our bodies may be small as compared to the size of the earth, planets or galaxies. But that doesn’t mean we are insignificant. In fact, scripture says quite the opposite. The Word of God says we are Called by Name by our Creator (Isaiah 43:1). I’d say that makes us anything BUT insignificant!

I started this entry with this specific video because the photos from space and the galaxies were so incredibly amazing – And so useful for what our Heavenly Father wants YOU to know.

The World is facing interesting times. There is MUCH uncertainty. It feels as if we are on shifting sand as far as both Politics and the Economy are concerned.  Men and women wonder what will happen from one moment to the next and how it will affect them?

These are all valid concerns. But maybe, there is something else we should be focusing on…something that has been forgotten. Your destiny.


Did you know that when you were born, you arrived with a destiny to fulfill? I’m not talking about the idea of “What do you want to be when you grew up.” I’m talking about the person God intended you to be even before the day of your birth.

Through the course of our lives, we tend to try to “figure out” where we would BEST fit in – what our skills and aptitudes are. What we’re good at. We try to do this all on our own. Sometimes even taking personality tests (in High School/College) to help “guide us.” Our parents and families will often do their best to help navigate this process as well.

Even with the best of intentions though…how well does that really work out? How many of us actually find our TRUE calling? Before you say, “Oh yeah, I’m there…doing what I’m meant to do. I like my job a lot…” that’s not what this is about.

I’m talking about whether you might actually KNOW what your God given destiny in this life really IS. As in, have your ever taken time to ask God – that question…?


“God, What would you have me do?

What is MY Destiny?”

A lot of you are going to likely think this sounds silly. But how many reading this, have even on the BEST of days – actually thought…”What is there? Could be MORE?”

The MORE is all about what God had intended for you to accomplish while you were alive and living – in the HereNowToday.

The point IS if You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and since God already knows the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7) What would it mean – FOR YOU – to find out what God already has planned for you? He knows us better than we know ourselves (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

If you are searching for more, then maybe you are searching because He is calling out to you…and saying there is:

More Than You Think waiting for you!


Remember to ask! Ask, SEEK, FIND!

Matthew 7: 9-13

9And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?


Season’s – A Time for Everything

Although I have been reluctant to post a blog for quite a while. I need to refocus. I know myself well enough to recognize that writing is the pathway for God to help me accomplish goals like this.

This whole “journey” – years ago started off with a blog and with the twists and turns of the past weeks this almost feels like something I need to do. This particular post is for me – a letter from me to The Father, in Heaven.

Father God,

I love you but as part of your carnal human creation, it’s obvious, I don’t always understand your ways. It has been decades since I was in a place such as this.

Last week I was a in a daze. I should have been more focused on the quilt but trying to focus on anything other than day to day, was just out of reach.

Earlier this week you had me go back and listen to some of The Wilderness Series messages. It was with that first video that I wondered if you were speaking right to me.

If I am in the Wilderness, if that’s what this is? Then why? I have guesses and theories but above and beyond that I have submitted to you that you are The Potter and I am the Clay. What do I need to understand? Help me to work with you so we can progress forward.

I have been in the thick of the Wilderness before…during the years after Mom and Dad died. If I am in The Wilderness, Father  – Yahveh Ahavah, please help guide me out of this as quickly as possible. You already know my thoughts – And you know this is NOT a place I want to be.  I am searching for you…in your Word, via Book of Mysteries, in prayer and praise. Thank you for giving me Isaiah 61 and Isaiah 51.

In the meantime, While I’m waiting, I will work on the quilt and other tasks at hand.

I’ll continue listening… and I know you will answer.

Scripture I was given to include:

Ecclesiates 3:1-8

Ecclesiates 3:11





Operating in The Spiritual Gifts: Video Series Part VI


A Continuing Video Series hosted by Paul and Marla Reid.

Please enjoy; This is Part VI.

I messaged Marla recently and they are hoping/preparing and in prayer about each shows topic.

As they are posted, I will share them.

Words of Knowledge and Discernment – Part VI

Book: My Mother’s Quilts

A Devotional of

Love, Legacy, Family & Faith


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In doing so, we see a profile of a woman’s life journey and that of her ancestors. We join her on a life-time adventure as she provides glimpses into the “lost-art” of quilt making, along with lessons on love – heritage – wisdom and faith. Readers are provided with “Prayer Starters” to aid in their walk with getting closer to Jesus.


About the Author:

Ramona Richards is an award-winning editor, speaker, author of nine books, and a frequent contributor to devotional collections. An avid live music fan, Ramona loves Nashville, which she’s called home since she was ten. Sensing her mother was near the end of her life, Ramona documented her mother’s stories and lessons behind each family quilt. These stories form the devotions in My Mother’s Quilts. Find out more about Ramona and her books by visiting her online at


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The SuperNatural: A Holy Spirit Outpouring



 Tie Up Loose Ends

After I wrote the notes for last week’s Lioness call in, I was fortunate to have an email conversation with Michael regarding the confirmations he received from those words.

Tonight, I sat on the couch perusing various prophecy site posts and the WordPress Reader/Sites I follow.

Then it repeated again, “Tie up loose ends,” the word from the Lord that I shared by email.

In one of my more recent blog posts, The Lord had indicated it was time to write about February 19. Yesterday marked three months since that event happened. Part of me wants to keep what happened quiet. The righteous, “God side” of me knows how wrong that is.

Why do I want to keep it quiet? Because I’m beginning to realize that as God’s Light shines from within each of his children — at some point our Lights will begin to shine brighter as the lights of this world grow dimmer.  And that is a frightening concept, because as humans we battle daily against a carnal nature.

It is personally frightening, because I have spent most of my life huddled in the shadows, staying out of the way. After years of hearing from an onslaught of surrounding voices that you have little value or worth, you tend to seek out the corners to avoid finger pointing and accusations of failure. I didn’t start out this life wanting to amount to NOTHING….Nor was I looking for it.

Yes, Nothing.

Hurting People Hurt Others

People who are scared or have an inferiority complex say things that should never be uttered.

Low self-esteem and a need for control make people berate other human beings.

I’ve seen it and heard it all, both privately and in public.

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As I reflected on the thoughts Michael sent me regarding my “Tying up loose ends” message, the one that stood out is something many of us can likely relate to. How often we demand to know where God is in the middle of the muck and mire.

I remember feeling both anger and grief at my mother when she died. Two years later, I remember gazing at Dad in the casket realizing I was all alone. Not only had they abandoned me but God let it happen and there I was with No protection. No advocate. No help. I had few tears to cry that day but the spiritual tears of sorrow were just starting and would linger for a long, long time.

I know I’ve forgiven Mom for dying. Now I’m wondering if I still have to forgive Dad.

I won’t write here about what happened after they were buried because I have to work through that still. But I don’t think I can dive into finishing off the gritty stuff until I share God’s goodness with the group.

Write It to Lioness

Lioness of Judah is a small group of saints I know. We reason that if Jesus is the Lion of Judah, then His Bride must be the Lioness. Our founding scripture is Numbers 23:24.

I’m writing this now, because tonight he told me; “Write it to Lioness.” I think I am to consider this gathering a safety net. So, if it’s time to tie up those loose ends, I guess I’d better get to work. [Once released to Lioness of Judah, we felt the Holy Spirit’s prompting to post it here, on Increase Glory. –Ed.]

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Several months ago I remember reading through some online posts that an outpouring of the Spirit appeared to be starting. The Shemitah had concluded and we were starting The Jubilee Year. I’d read the Jubilee was known as a time of God’s restoration.

Long before I left Facebook, an online friend (Mikayla) had confirmed God’s directive (that I was given several years earlier) for me to start a blog. We were talking about my past. She was a fantastic stepping stone for my faith walk. But our correspondence ended when I deactivated Facebook. I now understand this was part of God’s plan.

Ecclesiastes speaks of there being a season for everything. The one thing she told me was that while Job had lost so much, God also saw fit to restore what had been taken. Just like God knew Jesus would die the first death, he KNEW a greater restoration was forthcoming with his resurrection.

As the season of my online friendship with Mikayla waned, I struggled because I was left quietly alone. This was a really tough time. In recollection, it was a season of silence.

I do not recall how or when I became familiar with Debra. I just know that it was orchestrated by The Father.


I mentioned earlier that I had heard about an outpouring of the Spirit. It was about this time that I learned about Lioness.  I also recall feeling that if there was an outpouring going on, I was fearful I would be overlooked. I didn’t really know what it meant but I knew it involved a Spiritual significance.

I was reading stories each day about this outpouring and my spirit ached. I wondered, “What about me, God? If I am not sealed, Please SEAL me – give me your protection.”

I also remember feeling, no matter what I did, I wouldn’t be good enough.

I’m broken and have been broken for decades. Although I was already spiritually saved because I had accepted, repented and just completed full immersion Adult baptism, I knew I was still carrying garbage around with me that had me tied up in bondage. I was a saved-sinner, but I was tired and weary from fighting a war that I didn’t know was not mine to fight.

At this point, although I knew God wanted me to write my — story — and had prompted me to press onward, I couldn’t.


The Supernatural

The morning of February 19, I drove my kids to school, as usual. The sky seemed brighter than usual. As I got out of the car to escort my daughter to the cross walk, I noticed the air. It was incredibly fresh, like a spring rain had fallen, except we’d had no rain in days and the skies were clear and blue.

I returned to the car and five minutes later, I walked my son over, and not only was the air fresh but it almost felt — tangible. Like an electric current was traveling through the air. I could feel this electricity surrounding me. I could breathe it in. The only way to describe it is to say an invisible atmospheric shift was occurring. As if they skies had been rolled back to expose the unlimited power of heaven.Lightning field

The space around me pulsated with life. Like a new energy was field was developing; although, as yet unseen. The only way to carnally describe this is to equate it with the way a person who is an Adrenaline junkie might feel skiing off the edge of the Himalaya’s – without having looked at a map. I couldn’t see what I was feeling but I knew it was there. Hair raisingAnd I was feeling an EXCITEMENT that words cannot convey. This “high” had no borders or definitions..

I left campus and drove back towards home, but stopped by Target first.

Even in the car, I could still feel the energy while I was driving. It was weird and wonderful.  The intensity was different but still present.

Ten minutes after I left the school parking lot, I arrived in the Target parking lot. I looked at the building, then the sky. The electrified feeling was not just in the air, but with me in Lightning tree strikethe car. At that point, I knew I wasn’t alone. I had no idea what might happen, until it did. The energy surged from the air surrounding me and physically entered my body. Think of what you see when you witness a lightning bolt, a surge of electricity releases from the sky to the land.

This spiritual and invisible wave of lightning-like energy POURED into my being; Top to bottom, every nook and cranny. Everything – every part of me was filled/consumed/radiating this energy source. I have NEVER felt so ALIVE in my life.

I have never felt that kind of warmth and love. I felt Heaven — Literally and physically. This energy force outpouring happened in a matter of 2 minutes or less. I recognized when its presence pulled back, I didn’t want it to. I think that is when I might have started crying.

I totally GET why people who have visited heaven in NDE’s (Near Death Experiences) say it was so hard to come back after they’d seen Heaven’s beauty and God’s Glory.

The effects of that moment, those minutes, lasted for a really LONG time. Like three – four weeks. I did walk into Target after it happened that day but I did so in a state of utter shock. I arrived home completely spent. It was such an ALL-CONSUMING – (invisible in the natural) fire that all I could do was lay on the couch and rest. I think it was either that day or the following that I timidly approached God and asked him, “What was that? What just happened?”

When I opened the Bible, it did so to the Book of Revelation, at Chapter 7. When I started reading, what jumped out at me was verse 3-4.

“Wait! Don’t hurt the land or the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants.” And I heard how many were marked with the seal of God….

I don’t remember exactly when I relayed this occurrence to Debra but one night I called her on Skype thinking it was a scheduled Lioness meeting. I knew meetings were one night and another morning, but this Tuesday night my mind fixated on there being a meeting — erroneously. That error turned into a major point of Revelation.

My “encounter” had happened the month before but I still couldn’t shake that it had greater meaning. So, we furthered the discussion and analyzed what we had.

It occurred on February 19. If dates are important to God, why would this be any different? So she suggested we translate that date into biblical references. In short order we went to the Book of Acts and looked up Chapter 2:19. That verse didn’t really resonate, so we hopped around and in the preceding verses found that Chapter 2 is titled “The Holy Spirit Comes” and when we arrived as verse 15 these words came to life:

“15. Some of you are saying, these people are drunk. It isn’t true! It’s much too early for that. People don’t get drunk by nine o’clock in the morning. 16. No, what you see this morning was predicted centuries ago by the prophet Joel.”

(This Supernatural event occurred about 8:15 am.)

“17. In those days I will pour out my Spirit upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy.”

I think I have not wanted to write this experience up because doing so is God’s way of reinforcing His work in my life. It also means my life is completely changed — because of, and FOR God.

My excuse for not writing my memoir — the story God wants me to tell — was because not only did I know I was emotionally BROKEN but I was also spiritually broken and my SOUL FELT broken. I could feel the effects of sin, especially internally. It was affecting my ability to write, to serve.

When He had the Holy Spirit pour into and through me, He brought a manifestation of Heaven with it. It was one of those moments that I realized God’s power is a very DELICATE balancing act. Too much of his power could have killed me (as I understand it, our human bodies on this earth aren’t designed to live with the full presence of God in us to the extent He exists in Heaven.)

But I had told him in the last year, I knew I couldn’t write what I needed to because I was too broken to pull it together.

Oh dear Lord, I was too broken to tie up loose ends….

You healed me from the inside out so I could fulfill my calling…..I needed Your infusion so that I could do what you’ve asked me to. Oh Lord, God, help me.

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Mother’s Day: Not Forgotten

I was ready to bypass a Mother’s Day post altogether. But – in God’s true character -he wasn’t about to let that happen.

Today, I went to see the movie God’s Not Dead 2.

This sequel blew me away! It has been on my mind since I left the auditorium, which was a good thing. The main character faced an enemy with a hidden agenda; to steal, kill and destroy.

It’s the very reason why Ephesians 6:10-18 is so important.

This afternoon, the enemy began his crafty schemes. Reminding me that MY mom is gone and has been for decades – he was set on making me feel inferior and inadequate and twisting truth.

About this time I had gone to sit outside and looked up at the sky. I remember thinking, “Lord, where are you? Don’t forget me..”

His response was so fast, “I have not forgotten you.”

In that moment, he lifted the carnal sting of Mother’s Day. I knew I had allowed myself to think as the world does and put more stock in a single “holiday” on the calendar than in the promises of My Savior. Fortunately, his Grace provided relief rather than shame.

He reminded me that my life is not dictated by how the world celebrates. I was not designed to measure myself by those factors because the world’s standards are limited compared to his position in time and space.

This Sunday is the Lord’s Day. It just so happens to also be Mother’s Day. As far as I’m concerned it is perfect, because it is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24). I have a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11). I trust that Jesus won’t forsake me and is always there ready to listen and comfort.

For ALL Motherless children reading this – may God Bless you with his Peace and wrap you in arms of love.

That is exactly the kind of love this Mom needs.