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Alisa Keeton: Act II

 

In my body it is about twelve measurable inches from my head to my heart. In my soul it has taken 46 years to travel the journey from being lost in my orphan mind to being found in my heart as a royal and beloved daughter of The King of the Universe. The physical world will always underestimate the depth of the spiritual world that calls us back to the place of peace – shalom.

I am not ashamed to tell you that close to five months ago I flat-lined. It was code red in my home. I fell deep into the pit of despair, a place where I had heard tales that past Christian leaders had fallen into. I was certain I had put out enough safety stops to keep me from falling into such a pit. I was not going to be another one of “those” leaders. Like Peter before Jesus’ death and resurrection, I was committed. I made my vows. There was no turning back.

It turns out that my heart wrote another check that even my mind, soul and strength couldn’t cash. Just like Peter, I had blind spots. Blind spots that only the people who lived in my home could possibly see.

“Lord have mercy on me, the sinner.”

Five months ago, God spoke like a hurricane. God’s voice is often found in a whisper, but if our lives are too big and too busy to respond to His whisper, God will crank up the volume because Love never gives up. When necessary, a fire, great wind, or an earthquake will rock our worlds. A good Father who is in charge won’t quit on his kids. He won’t quit until His kids are complete and living in line with their Kingdom design; free from worry, strife, striving, guilt, shame or fear.

Oh how God loves us. He loves us so much. Now brave yourself for this next statement, because it’s not going to be an easy one to swallow. He loves us so much so that He will wound us and let our worlds fall apart so that we might turn and be healed.

“For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.”– Job 5:18

I have learned that some of the deepest levels of personal healing will only come through earth-shattering pain. Like the Good Samaritan who finds a bleeding man on the side of the street, in order to save a life, God draws near and presses hard into our wounds to stop the bleeding.

No pain feels good at the time–but oh–what a sweet journey into rest and recovery.

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11

Five months ago I was unexpectedly knocked unconscious and woke up in Heaven’s I.C.U. Like most people who escape death, life for me will never be the same. Deep rest and recovery are no longer good suggestions for me, like something a fitness magazine might suggest. Nope. For me, established rhythms of rest are the gifts I have received. These are the same gifts that God was whispering to me that I should take before my code red, but my stinking thinking would not permit me to take them.

I find myself in a new and strange land. A land where striving has ceased, a land where God tends to the ground through the watering of His Holy Spirit.

“The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. It is a land the LORD your God cares for; the eyes of the LORD your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.” -Deuteronomy 11:10-12

This is Act II of my story. This part includes scenes like seeking silence (a crazy new thing for a girl who always needed noise and could only fall asleep with the TV on as a kid), solitude (something I despised before because most recovering orphan spirits hate to be alone), living with limits (something new for a “can do” gal), and practicing the Sabbath on the regular. You will certainly hear me talk more about all of these things in this ministry as we move towards God in wholeness together.

Through rest and recovery, I have kissed heaven.

I have seen the face of God.
God is seated. A position of authority.
God is rested. An effect of living from faith.

And He throws a really, really good party in an I.C.U.

Welcome to Act II of my story.

This part is going to be good.

 

Alisa

 

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Comments (13)

  1. Wow, I guess this is what God has been trying to get to me all along. I have been so busy striving and trying to make things happen myself that I have come up empty, frustrated, angry, bitter, and restless. No peace at all. My mind has been weary from trying to figure out the next thing to do, to strive for to make it work out for me, and all God was saying is rest. I am used to the term from church “let it go”.. “let go and let God”.. I have heard those phrases all of my life, and often wondered what does that mean? How do I do that. I even asked soneone who told me that “what does that mean”, they were not able to explain to me what it was. The term let go, gives a since that you are losing something. I realize that God is requiring us to lose our lives and all those things that separate us from Him. However, the word “rest” brings comfort. Even if God is requiring that I lose something, His rest gives me the grace to let it go. I have a new hope in this process that God is taking me through. God’s rest. To retire from striving.

    God Bless,
    Pamela

  2. I thought I received confirmation of my registering for the 7 day Detox but I cannot find it now. If you do publish it or run it again, I would love to be apart. This message today is exactly what God has been doing in my life for the past 1 1/2 years. It has been slower than your code red but same message! Keep going and teaching, encouraging and learning with all,of us, your readers!

  3. Heaven’s ICU… I think I may have a bed on that floor too! I’m recovering from a heart operation. God is taking me on a journey of discovery. Just like John and Peter,who were recognized as bold, ordinary men who had been with Jesus, I want to be a woman who’s confident in who God is. Not the what He can give. I desire to abide and not strive. To be and do. I don’t want to do as the world suggests. I want to be anchored in God’s great love for me. Ahhhh, what an operation!

    May God continue to bless you, Revelation wellness ministry, instructors, and all the people you pour into across the globe. May God give you grace and peace. XOXO

  4. I am so thankful for woman like you leading with authenticity. For the last three years I have been teaching Holy yoga, most recently in Denmark and now off to Belgium. It would be wonderful to talk to someone about the possibility of being cross trained in Rev Well. My favorite parts of my HY training were the morning meditations and the Joy dance party led by Alisa at the end. I miss Alisa’s input and am looking forward to participating in more Rev Well happenings. Thank you.

  5. Hi! I have attended just one of your classes at Kiving Streams and it was about three years ago in the pit of my own despair. Since this time God has called me out of that season of sorrow and into rest thru the observing the sabbath as well! He works while we REST!! I’m so encouraged by you and your testimony as our personalities and characteristics are SO similar. I had thought I was the only one God was working on to rest thru the sabbath but So thankful He has put you in my life. Hallelujah!!

  6. I have been going through something similar since embarking on the “little way”! Thank you for sharing your recent journey which helps to validate mine and also free from condemnation thinking I angered God!

  7. Really missed the outdoors podcast. Loved the written text for both days. I used yesterday’s podcast, it is so powerful and definitely worth a second run.

  8. I totally ❤️This post! It was just what I needed today! Thank you so much! Yes I want to do these classes to become an instructor but unable to do at this time. However just to let you know that I ordered your book that just came out. Barnes and noble in Lincoln Nebraska said they will be in in a few days and will save one for me. Just can’t wait!

  9. “Most recovering orphan spirits hate to be alone.” Ouchie! God has been calling me to more rest (even in my movement with more yoga- which is not typically me) and solitude. More silent time in His Presence has been easier as I go….but solitude…that word makes me kind of wonky.

  10. Alisa…A powerful message that has struck me where I live! Three years ago I had reached the depths, and I had a choice. And I tell people I met the devil at his door and spit in his eye. And as I turned away from Satan, I fell into the arms of the Lord. He was there, as always, waiting for me. And I joined with Him. My life will never be the same!

    I have a tattoo on my right arm that reads “Organized religion is for people who are afraid of hell. Spirituality is for people who have been there.” This is MY Act 2. What a wonderful place to be! The wonder at the joy I experience every day can not be explained or measured. And I feel you know of that which I speak. And it took me 56 years to get here. But the destination is surely worth the trip, no matter how difficult it may be.

    With Him,

    Mark

  11. I started the 7day detox a little late….and listened to the last east podcast regarding your new book. I felt like you know me personally. Obsessed with diet and working out and that not being enough…..always looking for something more. I have experienced an injury currently and have had to stop doing what I love Orangetheory at least 4x/wk…..to doing nothing but being able to walk slowly….very hard adjustment. But as you talked about the obsessed saying that the workouts would be tuned down I am willing to go there. God is calling and this time I am listening…..let go…feed the spirit first! So I can’t wait to get the book and start working at this. Thanks for listening to God….because I truly needed this. ❤️

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