Come Rest Ministries, Cedar Rapids Iowa

Local and national friends remain willing and ready to race

Local and national friends remain willing and ready to race

Dear Friends,

For several months, the Holy Spirit keeps bringing 1 Kings 18 to mind. Each time we now declare, “We hear the sound of abundance of rain. We declare it over my household, the households of Come Rest, and all the households of the Body of Christ!” The Lord is giving us faith for declaring His unprecedented abundance—financially, relationally, and spiritually. Ask the Lord to do the same with you. Two weeks ago, I awoke to the words “Irish revival.” I went online and was immediately taken to the 1859 Ulster Revival. Check it out. Years of spiritual drought ended when four newly saved lay people began gathering and crying out to the Lord for Him to pour out His Spirit upon Ireland. Eventually, thousands of in-home prayer gatherings resulted in over 100,000 lost people saved, countless believers renewed. Kindness, praise, and generosity replaced hatred, cursing, and stinginess in daily discourse. The Irish revival spread to Scotland where 300,000 were saved; then to Great Britain producing unprecedented missionary zeal for the nations. Real revival has deep, lasting effects upon nations.

We need His awakening rains in America. That night the Lord made it clear to me that the recent “bomb cyclone” that visited and flooded the Midwest is a sign in the natural from Him precedingwhat He is bringing to America in the spiritual. The next morning as Kim and I were praying about a new Rehoboth house, she heard the Lord say to her heart, “REMAIN WILLING.”  Though He has shown we do not need a large property going forward, He wants us to remain willing to let our home be open for prayer in the coming revival–whatever He desires. A few days later, as we drove I-380 through Cedar Rapids, Kim happened to glance out at the exact moment to see a large neon scrolling sign read, “KIM, READY TO RACE?” Wow. When the abundance of rain finally hit, the hand of the Lord moved upon Elijah and he supernaturally outraced evil King Ahab’s chariot to Jezreel. During his life, Billy Graham once prophesied the next great revival of America would spring from the Methodists. He said to watch the Methodists. The Lord recently helped the United Methodists to officially stand for the His Word; faithfully opposing the ordination or marriage of those who practice homosexuality. In the context of 1 Kings 18, it’s like a small cloud the size of a man’s hand in the sky. Jesus said, “I only do what I see My Father doing. I only speak what I hear My Father saying.” He describes the lifestyle of rest—the Spirit-led life. Resting in the Lord is letting Him love us and lead us at His pace. Sometimes He sits. Sometimes He walks. Sometimes He runs. We declare the sound of the abundance of His rain for America. Join us. It’s coming. Everyday believers meeting night or day in one another’s homes beseeching Heaven for outpouring on Earth. His resounding praise and resplendent presence manifest in the churches. His renewing joy and restorative kindness manifest on the streets. Open your hearts, your mouths, your homes afresh. Remain willing; ready to race.

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We continue format/cover work on our new book! Thanks for continued prayers! Keep sending your requests! Thank you!

We love and bless you all!

Dick & Kim Speight

The Lord will perfect all things concerning me. Your steadfast love, O Lord will endure forever. Do not forsake the work of Your hands. Ps 138:8

The Lord will perfect all things concerning me. Your steadfast love, O Lord will endure forever. Do not forsake the work of Your hands. Ps 138:8

The Lord will perfect all things concerning me. Your steadfast love, O Lord will endure forever. Do not forsake the work of Your hands. Ps 138:8

Dear friends,

  • Kim and I have been listening to an favorite Christian music artist, Chris Rice. I am especially moved today by his song “Wind and Spirit.” Go find it on Google or You Tube and enjoy. I suspect, like us, you will be stirred to holiness.
  • The Lord has been pouring it on me recently through dreams( four straight nights recently). I have been waking refreshed and grateful for His grace with a deep sense of the words “FRESH START.” I am aware He is changing me, growing me more like Him. I don’t deserve this and have not earned it. None of us do. Grace remains grace. He is relentlessly patient and persistent in perfecting what He has begun in us. We can’t defeat Him. We can delay Him. Ask the Lord for good dreams at night to show you His love. Ask Him for a fresh start. He will give it and insight with whatever adjustments He wants you to make as He continues perfecting all things concerning you. The verse above is my focus verse of intercession lately for myself and anyonefor whom I pray. Try it. Stop resisting and start resting in the Relentless One.
  • Local friends, we are having a special I-58 house worship meeting at our home this Sunday from 4-520 pm. It’s Super Bowl Sunday and we believe it’s important to not miss out on the Spirit-led worship that continues to heat up in our gatherings. So we are moving the I-58 meeting ahead to 4pm. Come worship and then feel free to go off to other parties or stay and enjoy fellowship with us as we turn on the game at 530. Bring your favorite snacks and soft drinks to share.

Blessings,

Dick and Kim

Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. Ps. 134:1-2

Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. Ps. 134:1-2

Friends,

The Lord has my attention as to how He wants me spending my time after the sun goes down. He wants us to love Him back intimately with lifted hands, hearts, and eyes. Oh how He enjoys you enjoying your evenings with Him—by doing the stuff of your life in awareness, acknowledgement, and adoration of Him.  He wants to help us each finish our day soft, surrendered, & peaceful–our eyes fixed on Him in thanks, praise, and prayer–even as we close them in sleep.

He wants us to stop “vegging out” in worldliness at night and start branching out in holiness in the Light. He wants our pursuits to be truly recreative—good clean fun that builds us up, not wears us down. Godly changes in behavior are awkward to our flesh, but oh how He loves to help us rest, rejoice, and renew in Him.

Ask Him to help you finish each day simpler in trust, purer in praise, and deeper in love with Him. He deserves it and you will be better off for it..

Let Him prune and shape your evening activity toward more love, peace, & joy. He’s waiting.

Where do you start? Ask Him to bring to your mind how He wants you to spend your last 30 minutes before bed for Him, yourself, and others in your household. Experiment with Him. You don’t have to make changes, you get to. He loves you as you are. You can’t make Him love you more. But He can make you more loving.

Lift up your hands and bless Him. Watch how He lifts and blesses you.

Love and blessings,

Dick Speight