I would like to personally welcome you to Journals of the Heart. Through ministry and life’s circumstances, I have come to realize the great need for a deeper and more intimate relationship with God. My purpose is to enable you and bring you into close contact with a loving God who cares for every aspect of your life. Through teaching, encouragement, journaling, dialogs with God, and soaking prayer along with many other resources I will endeavor to help you grow in intimacy with God, embracing all He has called you to be.
Brenda Craig is a published author, prophetic teacher and Seer whose desire is to know the Lord in all His fullness. Her writings and teachings reflect a deep intimacy with the Lord. As a worshiper, Brenda has received revelation on how to take the simple act of ‚ÄúSoaking in His Presence‚ÄĚ to a new level and developed a teaching called Soaking with a Purpose.
Soaking with a Purpose will transform lives in a way guaranteed to take the drudgery and lack of discipline out of one‚Äôs time with the Lord. If you would like a whole new way to approach meditating on the Word, practicing His presence, and to hear His direction for your life and family, Soaking with a Purpose will be of great benefit, allowing the whispers of Heaven o permeate your life.
Brenda believes that by implementing The Five P’s to Living In His Presence the Holy Spirit has revealed to her in relation to Soaking with a Purpose, lives can be transformed and changed. Genesis 1:28, Job 22:28 and Romans 12:2 will become realities in the lives of God‚Äôs sons and daughters.
Brenda Craig is the founder of Spirit Food for Life Ministries, home of Soaking With A Purpose, Journals of the Heart and Spiritual Decrees Her book Carvings In His Palm, What God Thinks When He Whispers Your Name is now available.
She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 32 years, has three children and three grandchildren. She is a recent graduate of the International Prophetic Mentoring Council‚Äôs prophetic training program (IPMC), founded by internationally recognized prophetic teacher and Psalmist, Mary Lindow.
Brenda has served alongside her husband Duane in many church leadership positions. She currently serves at Ethnos Mission Center under the leadership of Marty and Imogene Gaines in San Antonio, Texas.
Contact Information: Brenda@journalsoftheheart.com
My journey to where I am now began somewhere in 2004, not discounting a whole life of preparation. Although I have written poetry since childhood, I never wrote articles or compiled my thoughts into any other form until around this time. Spurred on by a series of trials which left us without a church home and pretty much on our own as a family, I began to seek God in a more contemplative way. Between September 2005 and March of 2005 a string of events began to catapult my life in a whole new direction. In February 2005 I joined FaithWriters and submitted my first article and continued to submit articles until sometime early 2006. What a blessing FaithWriters was and is to me. It is where I discovered I could write and came to the place where I first called myself a Writer, an Author.
In March of 2005 we visited a church in San Antonio called Church Alive. The first Sunday we walked in the door to visit, Pastor Mathis called for a fast. I was in a desperate place and told the Lord I would agree with them for whatever they were fasting for and also fast for my family. Thus began my 40 day journey of fasting two meals a day. Even though we no longer serve at Church Alive, my time spent with those wonderful people was an important season of transition and transformation in my life, preparing me for the days to come.
About two weeks into this fast, after reading Andrew Murray’s book, The Believers School of Prayer, I was lying on my couch reading the portion where he talks about coming to the Father in secret because He is waiting there for us. As I read this I felt a real sense Father God was waiting for me in my bedroom. The overwhelming urge to go in and find out overcame me and I ventured into an experience of a lifetime.
With my notebook and pen in hand, I sat on the bed and waited with an expectant heart. He did not disappoint. Suddenly it seemed as if the whole room was infused with His presence. I was overwhelmed, overcome, and saturated and began pouring my heart out to Him. With this done, I simply waited, lost in the tangible sense of His presence. No words can express being in the atmosphere of Father’s manifest love.
During this time He gave me a poem about a whole new life unfolding, more than I could imagine or dream and how all the invisible would become seen. He admonished me to dry my eyes and refrain from weeping for my promise had already been sent from the heart of His keeping. Even though I haven’t even seen a fraction of what He has promised, His Word to me still continues to unfold on a daily basis, which takes me to the rest of my journey.
I began to dialog my times with the Lord in what later became known as Love Letters from God. I would lock myself away in His presence, in the Secret Place often in the days to come, filling notebooks with love letters from Him. All the while I honed my writing skills at FaithWriters, growing in confidence daily. I had no idea at the time what He was doing in me or where I was going. I was simply learning to soak in His presence and write what He spoke to my heart.
In the meantime we found the church had been longing in our hearts for. We are blessed to have found River City Fellowship in San Antonio, TX. It was and continues to be one of the greatest areas of blessing and support in our lives. We have truly been transformed there through the amazing worship and incredible teaching. What a privilege!
On August 6 2007 at 5:15 in the morning I woke up from a dream speaking the name Randall Niles out loud. I didn’t know him nor had I ever heard of this man’s name before.
Around the time of this dream I had been contemplating compiling my love letters/devotions into a book, inspired by Frances Robert’s book Come Away My Beloved. Even after being a part of a writing group, talking with editors I still wasn’t sure what to do or how to do it, then came the dream.
I decided to Google the name and found out he was an avowed atheist who had come back to his faith in Christ. Curiosity got the best of me and I took a chance, emailed him with my dream. Low and behold he emailed me back within an hour or so, making arrangements for us to talk. Imagine my surprise when the web signature on his email was the same as one I was receiving a daily devotion from. Divine appointment? I believe so.
Our conversation centered on how he had come back to Christ when his mother discovered she had cancer. He began to question things and to this day wholly embraces God, teaching apologetics all over the nation. You can get more information by contacting Randall Niles.
The connection Father God wanted revealed came to light when Randall told me how after his mother died he found her journals where she had written to and from God. This was and is the common thread to Randall Niles and the web site he and others founded called All About God. All this from a dream? Absolutely!
Per his request, I submitted ten love letters/devotions between August and November 2006 which precipitated the development of Journals of the Heart and can be read under the heading, Hearing From God, at All About Prayer.
My dream, my poem is still unfolding. Father God will go to any lengths necessary to help us accomplish our purpose, our destiny. His desires and dreams for you to fulfill your dreams aren’t any different than mine, for He shows no partiality with any man. Be willing to take chances, to listen and when a stream of opportunity flows by you, jump in! Imagine a dream only lasting a few seconds at best turning in to a lifetime pursuit. God is amazing.
Looking back I can still remember with great clarity the words Randall challenged me with, “Would you rather have a book only a few might pick up in a bookstore of think inside the box (the computer) and reach potentially millions of people.” I had to seriously think about his words and continue to think about them on a daily basis. I haven’t reached millions “yet” but I have presented the Father’s heart in places far and wide, some even closed to the gospel. From its inception in October 2006 until now, Journals of the Heart has grown and is continuing to grow in ways I never imagined.
To this day I continue to write love letters from the Father’s heart and I am mentoring others in how to hear, to write the thoughts and intents of His heart. Many of these articles are now posted on Journals of the Heart.
Journals of the Heart is now branching of into new adventures with our site Spiritual Decrees and Soaking With A Purpose which are in the infancy stages of development, none of which could have been or will be accomplished without the exceptional and tireless web development of my husband Duane.
Now here I am relishing the unfolding of 2008 prophesied by many to be a year of blessing and truly it is as my book Carvings In His Palm, What God Thinks When He Whispers Your Name has been published by Arrow Publications Inc., a ministry of Francis Frangipane. What a grand way it was to start the year.
And that is not enough for I am preparing and anticipating an even greater move of God, divine connections, deeper revelation and yet‚Ä¶my greatest goal beyond walking and sharing an intimate relationship with Christ is to be fruitful and multiply…to multiply myself through the discipleship and mentoring of others, thereby, enlarging the Kingdom of God in the earth.
We as believers must learn to advance the Kingdom together. No one can do it alone. Competition and fear are no longer acceptable in the advancement of the Kingdom. Our dreams must unfold together and fill the earth with His glory.
In what ways is Father God challenging you? Are you willing to take chances, willing to wait for things to unfold even in troubled times of, “How can this ever be or hath God said?”
If so you are just the kind of person He is looking for and He will move heaven and earth on your behalf to accomplish His will for your life. Because, you see, it isn’t all about you. It is about His Kingdom enlarging and filling the earth. It is about “Whom So Ever Will?”
It is about you answering yes to His question. It is about you saying, “Yes Lord, send me! Not my will but Yours be done!”
Brenda Craig, Copyright 2005-2007, All Right Reserved