We are on the move…literally. 3 weeks on the road in our mini van. Then four months living with family. Then moving to Scotland. If I were to write a manual on how to move 4 kids internationally I’m not sure I would advise this process. Yet it is what we have chosen more or less. And I think it is good. We are slowly saying goodbye- like that little kids “goodnight moon” book that I’ve never understood why it is so popular…goodbye stuff, goodbye house, goodbye California, goodbye friends, goodbye sun, goodbye heat, goodbye family…you get the picture. And we are spending lots of time as a family—the 6 of us—, which is good because that is going to be life for a while.
In the midst of this transition yesterday we had a unique opportunity to receive an hour of “prophetic prayer” from the leadership team at PIHOP. We sat down with 4 people we had never met and they spent an hour listening to Jesus on our behalf and telling us what they heard. I laughed. I cried. I was once again amazed by God’s goodness and kindness. In an hour they knew from listening to the Holy Spirit—what we were about. God encouraged us through them that we were on the right path. They could not have been more accurate. As if they knew the dreams in our heart, the words Jesus has spoken to us, the faith risks we are taking in this season and the reason we are taking them.
You see we are making this move because of a dream. A dream that someday everyone would know that God is here now. That God is good. That God’s presence is healing, empowering, kind, and yet powerful and awe inducing. A dream that all disciples would know Jesus’ voice like Jesus talks about in John. And so Greg is going to study at St Andrews with some of the leading biblical scholars, going to study a biblical understanding of the presence of God. We’ve saturated ourselves in communities that are fluent in the charismatic. We’ve worked for communities passionate about biblical accuracy and there is frequently (not always) a disconnect. It is my belief that it doesn’t have to be. Holy Spirit is biblical. Healing is biblical. The prophetic is biblical. God’s presence here and now in the room, is biblical.
At one point while they were praying for me, a guy saw a picture of me folding laundry and God’s presence with me during the mundane things of my day—encouraging me that God wants to meet me during normal everyday mom life. He said "sort of like Brother Lawrence’s 'Practicing the Presence'". I laughed. Anyone who has read my blogs knows that I posted one on that very subject. He had never read my blog—didn’t know my name until during the prayer time. God was affirming me. Yes…His presence in my everyday life is where revival happens. For me it is in a life attuned to the Spirit all the time. There was more. There is more. There is more for all of us. And this is the dream for us—for us to be able to be a part of bridging the gap between the “charismatic” and the “mainline” for lack of better words. And that is why we are on the move.
Ali Millikan, Author
I love Father, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. I love my husband and kids. I believe that God is in the room with us; that hearing God's voice is for everyone and that it will change your day to day reality.