Encanto…We don’t talk about Prophecy

I’m a Christian…not in the normal “I go to church every Wednesday and Sunday, and I pay tithes,” cause I don’t. I don’t believe tithing was a part of the New Covenant expectations because the tribe of Levi is now us and we also believe in BEING the church, healing the sick and GOing like Jesus commanded us. Signs and wonders follow because we believe (we aren’t chasing after them, trust me…we don’t get out and do as often as we feel we should). We do what Jesus said to do because we believe in Him.

Anyway…

So my kids and I watched Encanto when it finally came out on regular Disney+ (we weren’t about to pay to see it). It’s been on my mind lately…a lot. Since “We don’t talk about Bruno” became the #1 song in the nation, topping the charts even above Adele, I decided to download it for my daughter and I to sing along to. Yep, there’s magic in the movie and yeah I know there’s a lot wrong with Disney (let’s be honest, they really are into some hinky stuff and it’s readily available for anyone willing to go find it) but most of the people who are working for Disney haven’t sold their souls…there’s a lot of really good people who work there that are just trying to do and be their passion (artists, engineers, filmographers, story tellers, writers and all walks of passionate people) and people just trying to feed their families. These people rock because they are putting their passions on the line for the critics (that’s us) to love or hate. Once in a while someone will do something sneaky that makes it out (think the cover on the little mermaid…and some interesting things written in the clouds on the movie itself) I don’t believe that the core of the employees doing the work is evil. I do believe they are there for good. Ever since Frozen the first I’ve noticed a pattern going on:

Frozen- Love is the answer

Big Hero 6- When we work together we can do a greater good

Inside Out- We need to be able to healthily express our emotions and be who we are without fear

Zootopia- Just because you have been underestimated, doesn’t mean you can underestimate others.

Finding Dory- The Family unit is incredibly important when it comes to who we become (even if we can’t remember them)

Moana- it’s important to remember to be true to ourselves and to see others as they truly are, not by the stories you’re told.

Cars 3 – You don’t have to be the “best” in order to be the best. We need to allow others to grow alongside us (and even surpass us) in order to carry the torch into the next generation

Incredibles 2- Same as Cars 3, a story of Humility and allowing ourselves to step back so others can take the lead.

Ralph Breaks the Internet- Friendships change. Sometimes we have to let go and allow people to do what they need to, in order to fulfill their dreams. Sometimes that means setting them free. But it’s not always goodbye.

Toy Story 4- Sometimes our enemies aren’t really our enemies. They are their own enemy because they have unfulfilled needs. We don’t need to allow them to hurt us, but we can help them.

And here’s where it gets good…

Frozen 2. I cry so hard every time I watch this movie. There’s a spiritual aspect to this movie that I’ll have to write about another time because it’s so freaking amazing. I see Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit in it all, surrendering to the Spirit, and Anna and Elsa being the “bridge”, just like Jesus and I, Jesus and you, are the bridge to reach humanity. There’s two sides. Him and us. Him inside us.

Spies in Disguise- yet another movie about not underestimating the underdog.

Onward- About appreciating what you do have instead of lamenting what you don’t have.

Soul- Finding the meaning of life and once again being true to yourself.

Raya And the Last Dragon- The whole world was worshipping just a shell of what it should have been. It wasn’t whole until Raya came in with a ragtag group of people who believed in restoring it to what it should be…and once was.

Luca- Learning to have no “Fucks” to give (sorry, not sorry), to be brave and to be true.

And now the movie I’m here to discuss…Encanto.

Encanto is a picture of the church.

Surprised?? I have been chewing on this for some time now, a month or so. I was talking with my husband in bed the other night just letting out what I had been feeling about it but I just wasn’t hitting the nail on the head. So first, lets discuss Bruno.

Bruno the Prophet- Misunderstood. Sorely misunderstood. You see, Prophets and prophetic people are misunderstood because once they speak, people assume that it will happen! It’s a done deal! But it’s NOT!! It’s never a done deal! Let’s pick apart the song “We don’t talk about Bruno”

[Pepa:]
We don’t talk about Bruno, no, no, no
We don’t talk about Bruno, but
It was my wedding day

[Félix:]
It was our wedding day

[Pepa:]
We were getting ready
And there wasn’t a cloud in the sky

[Félix:]
No clouds allowed in the sky

[Pepa:]
Bruno walks in with a mischievous grin

[Félix:]
Thunder

[Pepa:]
You’re telling the story or am I?

[Félix:]
I’m sorry, mi vida, go on

[Pepa:]
Bruno says, “It looks like rain” (Epic Brother troll, no?)

[Félix:]
Why did he tell us?

[Pepa:]
In doing so, he floods my brain (Pepa came into agreement with what Bruno said and effectively caused her own storm- he even states at the end that it wasn’t a prophecy that she looked like she was “sweating” and could use some encouragement)

[Félix:]
Abuela get the umbrellas

[Pepa:]
Married in a hurricane

[Félix:]
What a joyous day but anyway

[Pepa & Félix:]
We don’t talk about Bruno, no, no, no
We don’t talk about Bruno

[Dolores:]
Hey, grew to live in fear of Bruno stuttering or stumbling (Bruno knows his words aren’t received well)
I can always hear him sort of muttering and mumbling (Prophetics wrestle with words before given)
I associate him with the sound of falling sand, ch-ch-ch (Sand represents a gift operating outside of time)
It’s a heavy lift with a gift so humbling (Most people don’t realize how true this is)
Always left Abuela and the family fumbling
Grappling with prophecies they couldn’t understand (People push us away because they don’t understand what we have given them and fear develops because it’s hard knowing a potential future)
Do you understand?

[Camilo:]
Seven-foot frame, rats along his back (Camilo is parroting his disproportionate understanding of Bruno)
When he calls your name it all fades to black
Yeah, he sees your dreams and feasts on your screams (Hey) (He’s come to fear his uncle)

[Pepa & Camilo:]
We don’t talk about Bruno, no, no, no

[Dolores:]
No, no

[Pepa & Camilo:]
We don’t talk about Bruno

[Dolores:]
We don’t talk about Bruno

[Townsperson 1:]
He told me my fish would die, the next day, dead (Here’s where things get interesting; This is probably WHY Bruno ended up with the gift of prophecy, because HE WAS OBSERVANT TO THE BEHAVIORS OF PEOPLE AND THE PATTERN WHICH THEY LIVED THEIR LIVES!! Let’s say this woman always forgets to feed her fish or he’s observed a dirty fish bowl, or he even walked by and saw it begin to belly-up and he tells her. Well she assumes he’s seen something and doesn’t take action to stop it, resulting in the fishes demise.)

[Ensemble:]
No, no

[Townsperson 2:]
He told me I’d grow a gut and just like he said (Ok dude, are you always seen eating? It’s easy to determine someone is going to end up with a gut if you constantly see them consuming food, so this is self fulfilling prophecy. The guy didn’t do anything to stop it, he partnered with it!! He continued doing the thing that would result in him growing a gut!!)

[Ensemble:]
No, no

[Townsperson 3:]
He said that all my hair would disappear, now, look at my head (Genetics…male PATTERN baldness…)

[Ensemble:]
Hey!
No, no
Your fate is sealed when your prophecy is read

[Isabela:]
He told me that the life of my dreams
Would be promised, and someday be mine
He told me that my power would grow
Like the grapes that thrive on the vine (This in fact did happen because of the events that unfolded and Mirabels actions, but in the end while rebuilding the house, she could have remained bound to that betrothal and didn’t)

[Abuela Alma:]
Óye, Mariano’s on his way

[Dolores:]
He told me that the man of my dreams
Would be just out of reach (This one didn’t come to pass because of Mirabel’s AND Isabela’s actions which enabled Dolores’ prophecy to be overturned)
Betrothed to another
It’s like I hear him, now

[Isabela:]
Hey sis, I want not a sound out of you

[Dolores:]
It’s like I can hear him now, I can hear him now

[Mirabel:]
Um, Bruno
Yeah, about that Bruno
I really need to know about Bruno
Give me the truth and the whole truth, Bruno

And the song goes on. The truth is, Bruno doesn’t KNOW what the truth is when he’s received a true prophetic word, he’s only sharing what he’s seen. He can only guess what it means, just like everyone else, and the same goes for true prophecy. The only way we can truly know the truth is getting with Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit to determine what He’s showing you (or what the enemy is showing you) and discovering His heart for you. We don’t have to be afraid of prophecy. Prophecy is a tool towards moving forwards in our lives, learning lessons, communicating, understanding His will for us…and even understanding the enemies will for us too, remember Jesus tells Peter that Satan wants to “sift him like wheat” (Luke 22:31).

Prophecy also takes our own will and choices. If we want the prophetic word to come to pass and indeed Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit have agreed they want and have this for you, it’s up to YOU to step into it! You can’t retain the status quo and expect it to happen! Same going the other way with seeing the enemies plans. Father Jesus and Holy Spirit could be like man, no way do we want this heart attack for you! It’s not our will!! But if you continue eating the way you do, it will come to pass! So every prophetic word contains a measure of you doing your part. It’s not some magical formula, or definitive predictor, it takes YOU either way!

There’s also prophetic words that are given from the flesh…words that are so generic they blanket the masses, words focused on the Old Testament verses (Jesus was the fulfillment of all Biblical prophecy, every last bit of it has been fulfilled- Jesus himself even states it is finished on the cross) and they seem to repeat every time there’s a digit lineup that fits a verse that sounds really good (think 2/2/2022). But really these can be familiar spirits. The Holy Spirit says he will bring to your remembrance all things that Jesus said (or was said about him and are verified by being in line with who he’s shown himself to be) not the things that David said, not the things that Moses said, or Abraham said or anyone else for that matter, the things Jesus said.

So we need to test the Spirits. We need to determine if what we’ve heard points us to Jesus, and always keep Jesus as our foundation. Not the prophets, not the “forefathers”, not your pastor…Jesus.

So don’t fear Bruno…He’s just a dude operating in a gift and deserves to be a part of the family.

Amanda

SoS 8:4

I woke up this morning just excited to be alive. On my lips were songs of praise and my heart has been near bursting all day. I can’t contain it, I just want to run outside until I can’t breathe, to drive for miles so I can sing, to bask in the sunshine and praise my God.

Song of Solomon 5:8

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you– if you find my beloved, what will you tell him? Tell him I am faint with love.

My heart cries in anticipation, it aches to be held.
Oh LORD who am I that you would choose to have MERCY on me and give me a love like what you have promised me.
In your great GRACE you picked a man hand-crafted in your image to join you and cover me and my children.
You chose a mere MAN to hold you in his heart and be your hands and feet so that through him you could physically love me in this earthly body more than I ever could imagine.
You chose him for me so you could love me more.
Father, you chose me so that through me you could love him more.
I pray that I would be worthy of that calling
That you would help me to be everything that you need me to be for him, for You.
Help me to love him with YOUR love, to touch his heart with these hands of mine that YOU made.
Without you my LOVE, my LORD, the great I AM…I am nothing. But dust of the ground.
Without green tendrils to wrap my vines around
Without feathers with which to fly upon
Without roots with which to grow tall with
I would be a nothing…
A tree without shade…useless
A fish without water…dead
A bird without air…fallen
An apple fallen on parched ground…fruitless

But because of you and your great LOVE and MERCY and GRACE

You have heard me and rescued me. You have seated me with Christ at your right hand, you have given me more than I asked for, more than I deserved and more than I ever could imagine…

Fly with me my love, on the wings of Praise for He is WORTHY.

Isaiah 40:28-31

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Until we meet,

Amanda

Lightning and the Lover

Thunder and lightning streak across the sky.
Torrential rain thunders on the ground and drip drops in my window.
Cold breezes caress my face like a lover
“I know what makes you tick, this is for you…” it whispers as it trails across my ear and neck and twirls my hair like streamers around me.
The thunder reverberates through my body, celebrating my existence in this world, my purpose that can only be felt in the soul by the clap of lightning across a darkened sky and the booming that is the beating of my heart.
“I seek you” says the lightning, the thunder replies “Here, I am” as I breathe in deep the scent of rain in the air. Like a lover, fragrant to my senses as my heart travails over your presence, You lead me by the hand to the window as you streak in blinding light across the sky as I soak it in through the very fabric of my being, your blinding and unapproachable light that I might soak it in and display you on my body. That I might wear you in my being…
And be your lightning in the storm of this world.
That you would light me up Lord, and never let me go.

~Amanda Fransen 9/29/2015

I used to write poetry a long time ago. I used to draw and paint too. Much of my inspiration has waned over the years sadly due to my circumstances. I gave everything I had and had nothing left to give…myself, my time. I gave it all and shut away myself for another.

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

It is after all what God calls us as women to do and be for our husbands, and so I did. Now that God has released me, my creativity is blooming like a midnight flower…In her darkest hour, the glow of the moon causes her to bloom and radiate the bluish glow of the star of the night. (<- See what just happened there!) I have painted, I have drawn, I have poeted (yeah, totally just made that word up) and I have sung my heart out. I wrote this poem in the Spirit of the Lord and as I wrote it I was living it, I could see it and longed to lay in my bed with the window wide and blinds raised to have my cheek caressed by the wind and my lungs filled with His presence. My heart beat rapidly as I could hear the thunder and was blinded by the lightning in my vision. How anyone could not see that God is the lover and redeemer of our souls and that he cares for us and fills us with his purpose and presence and life!

OH LORD! Would that I could dance with you, like I danced in my heart with you like a Bride at a reception, like a young girl in love at a ball. You redeem me Father, you purchased me and saved me from the fire I willingly entered, from the wrath that was never meant for me. I let your Holy Temple be defiled and trampled on. Blood stained feet and hands tore me down, but you, you picked up my shattered pieces and you moved me to safety and rebuilt me. Now I stand tall as a Daughter of the Most High God, prepared for battle (I’d really love a bow and arrow), and ready to be your hands and feet. I cling to the promises you’ve shown me. You have restored me and my heart and brought me back to life. Thank you for protecting my heart and mind through the madness and through it raising up a daughter of faith. I could not be who I am now were it not for this life you have given me. Now that we have walked through the valley, it’s time to climb the mountain together towards victory.

Blessings,

~Amanda

Real and Beautiful women

Tabloids assault our eyes in the checkout lines. They assault our children’s and our men’s eyes as well but to us…to us they mean something else.

To so many women they scream “FAILURE!!”

“TOO FAT”
“THIGH GAP”
“TOO SMALL”
“TOO BIG”
“TOO SKINNY”
“DIET”

“NOT GOOD ENOUGH”

And we hang our broken hearts low and our heads shattered in hopes that no one will look at us and see our flaws, our pants size, our grey hair or lack of make up or the fact that our skin is not cooperating this week. Or see the bags under our eyes, or the circles because we are weary of being discounted, tired of being pushed aside because we aren’t good enough.

I know that any single man could potentially fall in love with me…not because of what I look like, but because of who God has made me to be. I know I have a beautiful heart, I know that I am a beautiful person but so many men out there are looking not for a beautiful heart, but a pants size, a shoe style, a look, a lusty feel, rather than taking a moment to see inside. I read two articles this morning that were amazing to me. It’s a call to men. A call to be a “beholder” and see the art of women as the mock-up of the Bride of Christ…Beautiful, Diverse, Holy when her heart rests in the hands of a Holy God.

http://www.boundless.org/relationships/2011/man-enough-to-love-a-real-woman
http://www.boundless.org/relationships/2015/where-have-all-the-beautiful-women-gone

I love the title of the second one. “Where have all the beautiful women gone”…we’re all right here, waiting. Waiting for the men of this world to realize that a spark isn’t something you see in a face, but something that is ignited with the heart, yet we’re so quick to overlook, click away. The article says:

“It reminds me of the endless exhibition of females that young men have at their fingertips today. They’re bombarded with thousands of pretty faces in Facebook profile pictures, Instagram selfies, dating apps, and advertisements. There’s no shortage of women who will pose for them in exchange for a few seconds of being noticed. And eventually, all the faces run together — even the ones in the real world, where the habit of indiscriminate viewing continues.

Pretty face, but big arms.

No spark. Click.

Nice body, but plain face.

No spark. Click.

Sweet girl, but too short.

No spark. Click.

No spark. Click.

No spark.”

A spark isn’t seen, but felt in your heart. Not your pants.

Ladies…if you are still waiting, I pray that God would make your aching heart still and TRUST that God will open the eyes of the right man, not to ogle over a tabloid cover, but to treasure and cherish you…ogling is good too 😉

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1 Peter 3:3-4 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
Song of Solomon 4:7 You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.
Proverbs 3:15 She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.

Proverbs 31:10-31

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. …

God is making many women into excellent Brides, far more precious than jewels, and He is changing the hearts of many men to capture our hearts. But he is making us ready, because we are first and foremost HIS Bride! We must be ready for Him first, before we can be ready for the one God is willing to pair us with. Our God is a jealous God, and if He’s not in the mix, he won’t want to give you away, women and men included.

Ladies, don’t give in. Don’t compromise your values, your beliefs or your loving Savior. Remember He sacrificed for you once already.

Men, stop comparing us to tabloids or Hollywood. That’s not real. It’s make believe. We are here, we are beautiful and we are waiting. Seek our hearts. Get to know us as people, and then make your determination. Why would you want to be perpetually single or unhappy. A drop dead gorgeous wife does not make a pretty life.

Blessings,

Amanda