Get to know Dee Dee…
What brought you to Vinelife for the first time?
My brother and sister in law invited me to come. It was Palm Sunday 1992, the first day the present Sanctuary opened for services.
Why did you stay?
The Lord asked me to.
What was your first step in getting involved at Vinelife?
It was getting involved in the inner healing group here at the time it was the Elijah House prayer ministry.
Where have you plugged in at Vinelife?
I have been involved in Intercessory prayer groups, Women’s ministry, Freedom Ministries, Global and local outreaches, and the school.
One of your proudest moments?
Ministering to “prechristians” at the Boulder Creek Festival the past 8 years
What inspires you?
The secrets of God’s heart; God’s creation but especially the ocean and birds; Natural history; Cosmology; The island of Kauai especially the NaPali coast; Sitting up at Flagstaff Mountain early in the morning and letting the Presence of God move over my heart; Crushed ice with ice tea and bit of lemonade; The very tangible “one accord” that happens in the Spirit while worshipping and seeking God together: Watching the face of someone whom God has just spoken truth to: Recognizing the ways of God; Identifying Jesus in the face of others; The emotion of the one who realizes what the cross means for them.
Who inspires you?
Mike Bickel’s obedience to wait on the Lord for worship and prayer, Mother Teresa’s revelation of love, King David’s heart, Esther’s wisdom and trust in God; Isaac Newton’s ways of looking at things, Stephen Hawking’s stubbornness, Beth Moore’s passion for the word of God and her imagination of how it might have been, Oswald Chambers insight and revelation of God, survivors of severe abuse tenacity to navigate and make sense in the face of their chaotic inner world, Vivian Thomas’s humility and integrity and passion in pioneering heart surgery. Billy Graham’s righteous and upright life, William Wallace’s leadership, courage and risk taking, William Wilberforce’s perseverance, integrity, and love of justice; Abraham Lincoln’s eloquent honesty and humility in leadership, Luther’s conscience, Martin Luther King Jr. eternal perspective; Madam Guyan shameless pursuit of intimacy and her courage to write about it. Aimee Semple McPherson’s obedience to pioneer ministry being a woman. Stephen Spielberg’s ability to capture the truth of the heart on film Peter Jackson’s attention to detail, Rick Joyner’s visions, John Wimber’s determination to “do the stuff” Bill Johnson’s courage to believe. My Grant’s straight up heart and extraordinary ways, my daughter Julie, worshipping, my son Christopher’s diplomacy; my son Michael’s heart, my team’s violence in going into the Kingdom of God and our senior leadership team’s unity in the midst of diversity.
What makes you laugh?
The awareness of God’s Presence; The birds outside my window; My entire Freedom team; Cruising large ocean swells in a boat with dolphins leading the way; The expressions on one’s face while answering the question: How is that working for you? Roller coasters; When God maneuvers a license plate in front of me to say something to my heart; Bogy boarding in the ocean; Climbing into bed at night and pulling up the covers.
What’s a current indulgence for you?
What is one goal you have for the next year?
Consuming to the fullest the revelation of the finished work of the cross
What are you passionate about now, that you used to not care about?
Preparing Jesus’ Bride
What’s your day job?
Teaching, equipping and praying all the days
What’s something new that you’re learning in your job that has surprised you?
Still learning communication and how to let love reach
Your idea of a perfect day?
Well you asked – it involves some time/transportation in the Spirit but it goes something like this: Waking up to the sight and sounds of whales outside my cabin window in Alaska’s pristine air and then poof sitting down to eat breakfast strawberry cheese blintzes and eggs and hashbrowns up Flagstaff then poof again soaking in the Presence of God with his people all the day in prayer and inquiry on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and then poof watching the sunset in Princeville on the island of Kauai. Followed by a drive up the coast with the top down and wind in my hair and the stars all clear and glistening while worshiping to the latest Jonathan Helser. The evening closes out on the beach gazing at those stars on down pillows and sand between my toes with a glass of Cabernet and the sweetness of His Presence. Anyone interested?
What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
Endless Ocean Jonathan Helser
Your childhood ambition?
To be a princess
Your first job?
The Red Barn on Canyon Blvd
What is your greatest memory?
It is one I had in the Spirit: Seeing Jesus throw His head back while laughing after a victory between Him and I
What is your favorite movie?
The Lord of the Rings
Your last purchase?
The Mirror bible translation
What do you look for in a close friend?
Straight up heart talk and a passionate pursuit of the things of God’s heart.
What’s something new that you’ve learned about the Bible lately, that has surprised you?
A look at Daniel and Ezekiel in the context of a victorious eschatology
What do you think makes a good leader, someone that you’ll follow?
Someone with the pulse of God’s heartbeat and an eternal view
Your favorite snack?
If you could have lunch with a famous person, who would it be and why?
Abraham Lincoln – I would ask him about some things