FOR ALL THE PILGRIMS WHO ARE ON A HEALING JOURNEY- A Word by Michelle Holderman
A PILGRIM is one who journeys, especially long distances, to a holy
place for a religious or spiritual purpose; one who embarks on a quest
for something conceived of as sacred; a traveler of literal travels or
of spiritual and healing journeys.
A WITNESS is a close observer; one who can give a firsthand account of
something seen, heard, or experienced; one who furnishes evidence or
serves as a sign; one who is to be present at or have personal
knowledge of; one who can testify to.
telling and important. Said another way, our deepest moments of pain
usually reveal our truest inner knowing. And while it is often difficult to
experience this, real healing calls for it because we must give voice to
the truth of our story.
This doesn’t happen casually. Instead, we must get into the messy trenches
of reality with intention. Then and only then can see what we need to see,
hear what we need to hear, feel what we need to feel, and proceed how we
need to proceed.
To look “it” in the eyes, be it grief, pain, brokenness, trauma, illness,
disappointment, despair, sadness, anger, fear, deception, or whatever the
“it” might be, to put our hands on the matter and begin the hard yet
rewarding work of uncovering the truth, is to acknowledge both it’s
existence and impact. And the moment we do this is the real moment change
starts to happen.
This type of God-designed healing process is usually not easy. We can’t
always see what it’s producing while we’re in it, but it is a worthy and
necessary process, and it always serves a higher purpose – His purpose.
To be the one who walks this path is to be a PILGRIM; it is an invitation
to discovery and awakening on deeper levels. God uses pilgrims to blaze new
trails for certain things, and your life experiences often speak to this;
although you probably won’t have the full understanding of it beforehand.
Not just anyone can accompany you on this journey; they must be handpicked
by the Father. So they are.
To be the one who accompanies the pilgrim is to be a WITNESS; it also
invites deeper discovery and awakening. God always has a witness for
everything He does, and you bear witness to what is taking place in this
journey. You are as vital to this process as the pilgrim; just differently.
Your life experiences are key to this too. You hold a special place in this
process for the pilgrim. God views it as a place of honor; a place of
The work of the pilgrim and the witness is a joint and living work that
holds eternal significance. Both are led by the Spirit of God; both are
important, and both will forever be changed as a result of this sacred
Usually, the pilgrim later becomes the witness for someone else. In fact,
pilgrims make the best witnesses. Conversely, the witness may take a
pilgrim’s journey of their own later on if they haven’t already, and
because they’ve experienced it first hand, they will know the value of
having an honest-to-goodness witness by their side.
For some, it is an interchanging journey of pilgrim and witness. In other
words, sometimes you’re both. There are moments within the process where
the witness becomes the pilgrim for a time, and the pilgrim their witness.
There may even be an ebbing and flowing of this throughout the entirety of
the journey. It requires confidence in the leadership of Holy Spirit and
trust in each other, which usually isn’t hard because there are mutual love
and honor among the three.
Perhaps it seems a paradox to switch from pilgrim to witness and vice
versa, but there’s an even greater discovery to be found within this; it’s
entirely necessary to be flexible and focused while on this journey.
While our stories might look uniquely different in detail, we can see parts
of ourselves in each other more than we might realize.
Keep in mind, we are not broken open for the sake of exposing blood, guts,
muck, and cracks. Instead, it’s to reveal truth and compassion and healing;
it is for the purpose of genuine transformation, which God desires for us.
He often reaches out His hand of love, hope, truth, and grace through His
people; His true kindness and compassion coursing through our veins make
It is Jesus, the hope of glory in us, with us, and through us that makes
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We need Him.
We need each other.
He designed it this way.
Sometimes the very thing we long for most is also the thing we most fear;
that is to be truly seen and known. It is a vulnerable place to be yet we
were created for it. We were created to know and be known by God and each
other. We were created for genuine relationship; it’s one of His greatest
Therefore, the healing journey of the pilgrim and the witness is also a
journey of revelation and knowing. And there is often a prophetic element
interlaced within this work too. Meaning the map of your journey may serve
as a blueprint for others down the road. You are destined to be successful
and make a difference.
As you travel this way, you will discover how much God values the process;
value it as well. And value one another. In doing so, you are expressing
your value for Him.
Don’t be afraid to embrace His process, pilgrim.
Don’t be afraid to accompany His process, witness.
You need Him, and you need each other. And when you come through to the
other side of this, you’ll better understand why He’s chosen to do it the
way He is (or will for those of you who haven’t begun yet).
He holds each of you in His great love.
Trust Him; you’re right where He wants you.
A fellow pilgrim and witness,
Your Promised Land Of Destiny!
A Word by Dana Jarvis
I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.
Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!
You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.
However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”
I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, $75, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!
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