April 11, 2020

The Journey West

Welcome, and thanks for stopping by. I thought it only fitting for my first blog post to share about how this whole process of moving to California came to be. In April of 2018, I was in a youth service at my church. This service wasn’t particularly different than any other service that I had attended in the last nineteen years of my life. But God decided to use this night to cast vision for the next six years of my life that would forever change me.

First, let me give you the run down on Bethel. Bethel is a church based in Redding, California. This said church is full of Jesus lovers who are passionate about God and doing family together. Among the plethora of things Bethel does, they run many schools. In fact, they have whole college courses and four year schools. I spent my teenage years being transformed by the amazing worship music and books that have come out of Bethel. They have always been a constant inspiration in my life.

Now back to April 2018. In my moments of daydreaming I had looked into some of Bethel’s shorter programs. (They run all kinds of different three month to one year specialty and ministry schools) I was in dance classes at the time, and still am now. You see, since I was a child I have dearly loved to dance. In my wildest imaginations I saw myself dancing full time. So, I’m looking into this two year dance school that Bethel offered, and was joking with the Lord about how fun that would be attend.

On that note, we come back to that unassuming historical night. So there I was, minding my own business during worship and just chilling with the Lord. And Bam! He was like, “Guess what? Your going to Bethel in two and a half years, and your going to do their four year dance school” I was scared… I asked Him if I could do the two year school but He said no. He reiterated, “You are going to Bethel and you are doing the full four year dance school”

Let me make clear that I heard the Lord’s voice in my inner thoughts, so this was not the audible voice of God. But it might as well have been considering the weight and impact it carried. So that was the night that started this grand journey. There were more details spoke of between the two of us, but I won‘t make you privy to those at this time as some things are not meant to be shared.

Fast forward two years, some plans have changed. I am making the great journey west in August for the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. This school is what I would call their introductory school. It is a nine month school and Bethel requires it for most of their other schools. Right now Bethel is not offering the dance school that I was originally going to apply for, but a lot can change in a year. I’m not sure why God told me to attend the four year dance school that is not being offered right now. All I know is that God is smarter than me, so I will let Him lead this expedition.

I am greatly looking forward to this upcoming school year and all that it holds. I am going with the expectation that God knows what He is talking about, and that He is trustworthy. So I’m taking the step right in front of me until the next one appears. I’m glad God has my back. I would have failed and ran by now if it weren’t for Him.

Well, thanks for sticking it out to the end. I will be posting once a week about my life, teachings/notes, and updates about this crazy journey I’m on. Hopefully I will survive. If I don’t, it is better to at least die for something of worth. Until the very end I will trudge on with Jesus at my side.

From me to you,

-Emily Jacobsen


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