How We Ended Up in Redding, CA
In my previous post, I wrote about one of my first encounters with the Lord where he was referencing the house inside of me, he said to me, “You must be able to see yourself and me at your house before you can receive it and own it.” During that encounter I received my house, but now, almost 3 years later, I am finally taking full possession of it. The Lord can heal me anywhere, and open up opportunities anywhere. However, for this season in my life, he called me out of my everyday norms and asked me to take a new adventure with him to a place I had never been before, where he is establishing something great inside of me. The newest adventure I am on with Holy Spirit, is one where he asked me to move from Atlanta, Georgia, across the USA, to a little place called Redding, California. Today, I will share with you what this trip is about and how the Lord encountered me asking me to come out here. I’m not sure he needed to encounter me as many times as he did or the way he did in order to convince me to move out here. By nature, I am already a curious and adventurous type of being, but I really think he profoundly encountered me so many times so that I understood the weight of what he was asking me to do, and so that I would stay out here for the full length of time he has planned for me to be here.
In all honesty, this has not be a cushy, easy time for me. As you could imagine, I sold everything I could within a 2 month period, and moved across the country where I knew no one except for Holy Spirit, and my 3 year old. I had a few hundred dollars in my pocket, no credit card, no car, and no real solid plan or place to live. Needless to say, things got rocky real quick but that’s when the Lord showed up, as he always does. The Lord had told me before this trip, “Fear is the opposite of love, but if you walk through it, you will find love.” During my time here, I have had to confront fear after fear of my own. I have been stretched beyond my limits, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and I have been in situations where I knew if I had chosen to agree with fear, I would have ended up defeated. I have been in situation after situation where the only answer left was a miracle in order for me to survive. Despite all the discomfort along the way, I have gotten to taste the goodness of the Lord for myself and Holy Spirit has been my comfort and the nurturing love I have needed. The best part, has not been the trail of miracles that has accompanied us the entire way, but the experience of getting to really know the heart of the Father through the miracles that have taken place. I knew this trip was going to be challenging, but the Lord promised me victory before I left.
The Lord very creatively worked on me getting here way before I was aware of what was going on. He had given me 5 bold dreams over the past years, where I woke up body buzzed with his presence. Every dream had clues pointing to me being in Redding. However, when I awoke from those dreams, I figured the Lord was speaking symbolically. I did not actually think he was showing me events that I was about to experience in Redding, CA.
The dreams were a side note compared to how the Lord got my attention over this past summer, 2017.During July 2017, Todd Bentley and Jim Drown came by our church, Life Gate International, and a revival broke out. This continued going on for weeks and the presence of the Lord was so intense, and so tangible. There were 4 nights in particular where my entire being was so overwhelmed by the bliss of Holy Spirit, that I fell back into a trance like state and encountered the Lord. The feeling of being overwhelmed by God is more euphoric and encompassing than any drug I have ever tried. As I laid on the ground, all the sounds around me sounded so far away, and there was this stillness surrounding me and this warmth of love. Each night this happened, God would begin speaking to me really loudly and clearly and I would see things in heaven while he was speaking.
The first night this happened, he began talking to me briefly about some things. He ended the conversation with, “In one week from today, you will know where I want you to go.” I got up thinking, I wonder what that means… Exactly one week later during the revival, I was knocked out again, I laid there and he said, “This is a time of art for you. You will learn the art of love. I want you to go to Redding, CA, and I will teach you the art of love…” He went on, speaking to me for a long time about what some of that would look like.
About 2 weeks later, this happened again, and this time, as soon as my head hit the floor, I saw these angels standing on either side of my view. They were blowing gold trumpets. As I looked straight ahead, Jesus was standing there holding a large open scroll right in front of me. It looked like he was holding it against a tree. I tried to read it but I couldn’t make out what it said. Right as I was about to ask him what was on the scroll, I heard God’s voice loudly and boldly and he said to me, “Kate, it’s time for you to step into your destiny. I want you to pack your bags and move to Redding. I want you to go to Bethel Church and there I will teach you many things.” Then I saw God from a distance. He was in the form of a transparent man. An older man with a big belly, white hair and a white beard, standing on a cloud a short distance from my view. He looked almost like Santa Clause except he had this royal robe on that a king would wear, the colors were so rich. His robe was red velvet and it was embroidered in this thick gold silk rope material. His crown was gold with beautiful deep colored jewels in it. He was standing on a cloud holding this scroll, it was really long. It rolled off the cloud and went down for miles and miles and miles, I looked down and couldn’t see the end of it. I said to him, “Father, what is on the scroll?” He said, “These are all the things I have planned for you to do on the earth. And you will do them all.” Then he got quiet.
In the silence, everything really began settling inside of me like, oh this is for real, he really wants me to go. My mind felt like it was moving a million miles an hour and I began anxiously bombarding him with questions. I could see a faint image of his transparent face made of gold light with this huge beaming smile and I could hear the smile in his voice as he gently answered all of my questions. One of my first questions was, “Lord, how am I going to get there? How am I going to have the money to do this?” He said “Kate, if you step out in faith and do this, I will do a financial miracle for you.” I continued with question after question until I didn’t have anymore in the moment. Then everything went quiet again and I saw this blinding bright light. In an instant, everything I was seeing was swallowed up in the light and completely vanished. I was back to seeing my dark eyelids. I opened my eyes. My whole body was buzzing with euphoria, my eyes were squinted from this current circulating through me. I felt so light and blissful. I sat up on the floor for a moment in this weird daze trying to process everything that had just happened.
Not too long after that encounter, I went to an early service at Bethel Church in Atlanta. I was worshiping the Lord, and I just kept saying Lord, pull me deeper, I just want to get so lost in you that it feels like only you and me are in the room. I kept saying that over and over. I encountered Jesus in such a precious way that night. During that time, he asked me, “Do you know what your destiny is?” I said, “What is my destiny Jesus?” He said, “Your destiny is to be one with me.” And when he said this, I was so overwhelmed with him, it was like he breathed his breath into my lungs. I was so captivated by him and again my entire being was overwhelmed with the euphoria of his presence. Worship came to an end, but I couldn’t stop. I was in this place with the Lord that was so deep. I could hardly open my eyes to sit in a seat. I sat down and the rest of the time I was there, I could not open my eyes, my head just rocked back and forth as I was so so deep in heaven encountering the Lord. I remember seeing the most beautiful swirls and currents and pieces of heaven as I was having a conversation with him. He said to me, “I really want you to go to Redding, I have so much for you there, but it is your choice.” I was hearing Blake Healey subtly preaching in the background, as all sound was distorted at the time and sounded so far away. The Lord kept repeating throughout our conversation, “Your destiny is to be one with me. Your destiny is to be one with me.” At some point in our conversation, he hadn’t asked me anything, but I saw this diamond ring he was holding out toward me, as if he was proposing to me. I immediately said, “Lord, I want you to know, that I love you, and my answer is yes. I will go. I am kind of scared, but I will go.” Not even a second after I finished my sentence, I heard Blake say to the congregation, if the Lord is asking you to step into something right now that you feel like you are afraid of, but he’s asking you to take the risk, I want to give you a moment to respond. Does he have your yes?” A huge smile was across my face. Then, the deep, weighty, pull in heaven lightly lifted from me, and I was back in gravity and able to fully open my eyes again.
After these encounters, I spent more time with the Lord talking about the trip. I certainly heard the voice of fear many times before leaving, but I could not deny what I had experienced with the Lord. My family on the other hand, thought I had completely lost my mind but I was at a place within, where it didn’t make sense not to go. Even if somehow I completely misunderstood or was completely delusional, I would rather take the risk and walk through fear to grab hold of love, with the possibility of failure, than sit back and let fear drive my life and miss the great opportunity of love the Lord so thoughtfully planned for me and Skye.
Thanks for reading! There are so many stories from this trip that I look forward to sharing with you about the fears that have been conquered, the miracles of provision, the healing miracles, the people and the sweet presence of the Lord along the way. Click here to read about the beginning of our trip in Redding, how the Lord tangibly showed up from the start.
Hey friends! I have been receiving messages from people who want to sow into what the Lord has been doing in my life, and Skye’s life on our journey out here in Redding. Others have messaged me who have been really moved by what the Lord is doing through Adventures with Holy Spirit and also asked how they can give. I decided to set up a give page. If this is something you are interested in, click here! Thank you so much. Blessings and Shalom to you and your family!!