Location, Location, Location

Real estate is all about the location

Recently, I dreamed of two interns.   One was in the operating room assisting the Chief Physician in an operation, but he made a mistake, a costly mistake even.  The physician said it was serious enough but he was able to correct it and cover over it so that there was no damage or scar.  He then took that opportunity to explain and teach the young intern so that he could avoid this kind of mistake in the future.

The second intern wandered off to another operating room.  He was merely curious and wanted to observe, however the only person in that room was he himself and there did not appear to be anything going on. He touched nothing and did “nothing wrong”  but something went wrong (in the dream it was not clear what that was) and he was formally accused and “tried”, because he was the only one in the room at the time. He was not where he belonged.

Interpretation:  The Lord is our Chief Physician. I felt the Operating Room He was operating in was “The Grace Room”  while the other operating room was “The Judgement Room”.   As long as we remain in the place He has called us to be, all our mistakes, even grave ones, are covered with grace.  That does not mean we get away with anything.  The Chief Physician uses these errors to teach us valuable lessons.   We are safe as long as we are with Him.    However, if we wander away from His watchful eye, from the place He has called us to be, we are wrong no matter if we have done nothing wrong.

 

And I, I alone, am Left

(or “I Am Not Right”)

1 Kings 19:14 He said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts, because the Israelites have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down Your altars, and slain Your prophets with the sword. And I, I only, am left, and they seek my life, to destroy it.

Elijah just had his greatest victory on Mt Carmel.  (1 Kings 18)  Elijah gathered all the men of Israel and said to them “How long will you waiver between two opinions?  If God is God, then follow Him, and if Baal is God, then follow him”   Basically “Get off the fence and live what you believe!”   And in front of all Israel he said “I alone am left a prophet of the LORD, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men.

Now, Elijah has made an error here, for he was NOT the only prophet left.

He was like the intern in my dream, in “The Grace Room” operating under the watchful, careful eye of the Lord.   Not only does the Lord NOT publicly humiliate him, he doesn’t even correct him.   Instead, the Lord validates and performs His glory in front of all Israel, and 450 prophets of Baal AND 400 prophets of the Asherah, based upon Elijah’s faith in God.

Please don’t miss that!  Elijah has claimed he was “the only prophet left” a few times.  The first time he declared that,  he received no rebuke or correction.  Why not?

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah is seen running from one woman.   He just performed the greatest miracle of his career, and now he is running from ONE woman.

What follows?   Depression for starters.   Severe depression.   He calls out to the Lord to take his life.  This is not “the blues” we get from time to time.   This is severe depression when you call out to God “Take my life.”   He questioned the Lord, basically, as to what was His purpose for keeping him around.  He was no better than his ancestors.

However, the response to Elijah was via the Angel of the Lord who provided him food because his journey was going to be a long one.   Elijah was going BACK into the wilderness.  He was IN the wilderness in 1 Kings 17, and strengthened by the food brought by the ravens.  He recognized supernatural provision then, and was even able to perform the miracle of the widow’s oil, but here, he was sent back into the wilderness where he was fed by an angel this time.

He goes on his journey and then comes to Mt Horeb where he inquires of God.  “What are you doing here Elijah?”

Ever get that word from the Lord?

“What are you doing here Darlene?”  

It’s like you once thought it was okay to go certain places because you thought you were invincible and God would just follow you and answer you and vindicate you because you are so great at what you do for Him, and nobody does it quite like you, that it doesn’t really matter where you go or how you speak to Him.

Or does it?

Elijah’s response again? “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”  (vs 10)

The Lord gives him one more time to respond with the HeArT rEsPoNsE He requires of Elijah, but the Lord isn’t asking Elijah because He Himself doesn’t know.  He is giving Elijah time to think about where he is and why.

Location, Location, Location.

“Tell me Elijah, why are you here?”  

The Lord tells Elijah to go stand at a different place upon the mountain.  He passed by but Elijah could not see Him.  And then a fierce storm came, and the Lord was not in it. An earthquake came, and the Lord was not to be found.  Elijah then found the Lord again.   He was in the still, small voice.   He was found in peace.

The Lord asks one more time “What are you doing here Elijah?”     Again, He wants a proper heart response from Elijah.

Location, Location, Location.

“Where is your heart, Elijah?  Is it operating in The Grace Room or have you wandered off to The Judgement Room again? You will be tried there, you know. I’m not there to bail you out. I’m not there to cover you”

Elijah’s response again?

“I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”   (Vs 14)

What Elijah was telling the Lord is that he had this awesome, heavy duty, magnificent call, that nobody else had, or if they did, they are not obeying the Lord quite like Elijah himself is because he doesn’t see anybody coming forth to help him out!

“Who will do this if I don’t?”

THE JOB WILL NOT GET DONE!

“At least not the RIGHT way”

(vs 15-18) The Lord said to him, Go,

return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus;

and when you arrive, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. And anoint Jehu son of Nimshi to be king over Israel, and

anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah to be prophet in your place. 

And him who escapes from the sword of Hazael Jehu shall slay, and him who escapes the sword of Jehu Elisha shall slay.    

Yet I will leave Myself 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.

Elijah’s mantle of authority was removed by the Lord in the same breath that He told Elijah to go back to the wilderness.  Back to the drawing board.

I counseled someone I work with on this scripture the other day.  As soon as I mentioned that Elijah lost his authority, she had an “aha!”  moment.

“That’s because I’ll be bitter, isn’t it? I don’t have power to lead anyone if I am bitter.  And they won’t pick up the slack if I think I have to do it all, therefore I do it all, right? ”

Correctamundo.   She will not do the job well, if she does what she doesn’t have grace to do, just because she thinks nobody else will do it.

I know of a handful of people that I can think of right now within seconds, who felt as if they were dead in the water waiting for God to move in their lives.  They either criticized the leaders in the geographical area they were in for not obeying the Lord as they have been, or were bitter because God was not moving in their lives but once they moved to a another location, the power of God fell upon their ministry.

Another person had to move his residence in order to gain employment and healing.  It wasn’t like the state he was in didn’t provide that for many, but it was because God’s grace for this person was not in the location he was currently in.  Once he did, God’s wisdom fell upon this one.

Another person waited for decades to be in church ministry.  As she was passed over many times, her heart became bitter.  But once she stopped seeking ministry in the church and found her call in the marketplace, she was respected and sought after, and God moved.  Her heart became sweeter and it resulted in healing in her own body.

Some of you who are reading this are feeling dead in the water.  Nothing is moving. Nothing is happening. Nobody is helping you. Nobody responds. And you wonder where God is in your life.  Maybe, just maybe, it’s not about anything except your location.

It’s like being in “The Grace Room”  under His watchful eye.  Being where He calls us to be.  Doing only as He instructs us to do.  Receiving grace to perform. Empowerment to succeed.  He causes success and he thwarts it.  It’s not about how much we do.  It isn’t even about how great we perform the duties of our call.

 

It’s about how well we follow His lead.

 

sword in the mouth

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The Civil War

The link above is the word the Lord gave me on December 31, 2017.  The Civil War is between those who have authority backed by God’s power, and those who no longer do.  Those who do not have it, but think they still do, will rise against those who now do.

2 Samuel 2:12
Now Abner the son of Ner, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon with the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul.

vs 13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah and the servants of David went out and met them by the pool of Gibeon; and they sat down, one on the one side of the pool and the other on the other side of the pool.

vs 14 Then Abner said to Joab, “Now let the young men arise and hold a contest before us.” And Joab said, “Let them arise.”

vs 15 So they arose and went over by count, twelve for Benjamin and Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.

vs 16 Each one of them seized his opponent by the head and thrust his sword in his opponent’s side; so they fell down together. Therefore that place was called Helkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon.

vs 17 That day the battle was very severe, and Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before the servants of David.

Isaiah 49:2 He has made My mouth like a sharp sword,
In the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me;

The number 12 is the number of government; Gods’s actually.

The sword is symbolic of the word of God coming forth from our mouth.

The battle right now is for control of the narrative; what everyone is talking about.

The Wrap-Up Smear  

The above link is an explanation of a political tactic called The Wrap Up Smear – where you smear someone all over social media and then get the press to write about the smear.   All of a sudden, people get talking and before you know it, everyone is writing about it and it becomes “true”.    This is narrative control and is a sword thrust into the bellies of the opponents.

In 2 Samuel 2, one of the scriptures the Lord had given me to follow for this year, you see both sides participating.  You also see David beat Abner and the house of Israel.

David was anointed by God to be king over Judah.  Judah means praise.

David was anointed by God to be king, but Ishbosheth, the son of Saul, was appointed not by God but by Abner, to be king of Israel.

SAUL DIED and GOD ANOINTED DAVID but we see the house of Saul still trying to take control.  Sound familiar?

We ALWAYS should use the Sword in our mouths to bless, and praise, not curse and destroy, but never in our times has it been more important to do so.   In this season where people are using their mouths to cut, slice, slander, destroy others, we need to avoid this at all costs.

The Lord has given us His word as the playbook to follow.   Become part of the house of David and offer praise to God because in doing so, you let Him be Commander- in – Chief and Executioner over all opponents of righteousness.

Psalm 149:5 Let the godly ones exult in glory;
Let them sing for joy on their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,  (my note: let your mouth AND hands praise Him)
7 To execute vengeance on the nations
And punishment on the peoples,
To bind their kings with chains
And their nobles with fetters of iron,
To execute on them the judgment written;
This is an honor for all His godly ones.
Praise the Lord!

Only Thou Art Holy

1 Sam 15:1 SAMUEL TOLD Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people Israel. Now listen and heed the words of the Lord.

 vs 2 Thus says the Lord of hosts, I have considered and will punish what Amalek did to Israel, how he set himself against him in the way when [Israel] came out of Egypt.

 vs 3 Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.

vs 9 Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, oxen, fatlings, lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them; but all that was undesirable or worthless they destroyed utterly.

 Saul was to destroy all the possessions of the Amalekites but instead he kept back for himself that which would benefit him.  He destroyed only what was undesirable to him, or what he considered worthless.

But here is what Samuel said to Saul regarding his sin:

 vs 22 Samuel said, Has the Lord as great a delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

 vs 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim (household good luck images). Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.

This oft-quoted scripture is commonly used to point out that the nature of rebellion is rooted in witchcraft, but something struck me about this, earlier this morning.

 Stubbornness is as idolatry and TERAPHIM.   I’d never heard of teraphim before.    Seraphim, yes.  Cherubim, yes.  But teraphim,  no.

 (Of course I had to investigate).

  The word Teraphim comes from the Hebrew word “Teraphiym” and literally means idolatry, idols used in household shrine or worship; family idol.   (Can we think of any household shrines that can be used as a family idol in our own homes?)

 I then went to look up the root, thinking the root would be tera, meaning earth, or earthy.   Instead I found that the root was Rapha.

Healing.

 And specifically, those idols which we believe is good and right for our family

Such as in Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord our Healer.   

 This, however, was not Jehovah-Rapha.  This, was Teraphiym.   Other gods. Other gods that bring false comfort and healing.

 And is the root of stubborness.   Wanting our way!  No budging of opinion, stand, behavior; no listening to Truth, even if staring right at it.   Saul wasn’t yet at the place of stubborness revealed, but he opened the door. 

 And it cost him his authority over his enemies.

All he did was open the door and it cost him his authority!  How many times do we not only open the door but become stubborn in our sin and wonder why we are defeated? 

Contrast that with the Seraphim of Isaiah 6:

 Is 6:2  Above Him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two [each] covered his [own] face, and with two [each] covered his feet, and with two [each] flew.

vs 3 And one cried to another and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!

Seraphim is the Hebrew word Seraph and means

1) serpent, fiery serpent

a) poisonous serpent (fiery from burning effect  of  poison)

2) seraph, seraphim

a) majestic beings with 6 wings, human hands or voices in attendance upon God.

 

 

Is 6:4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

 

Is 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!

Is 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphim [heavenly beings] to me, having a live coal in his hand which he had taken with tongs from off the altar;

vs 7 And with it he touched my mouth and said, Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity and guilt are taken away, and your sin is completely atoned for and forgiven.

Without a knowledge of the Lord, who chooses a winged serpent of fire over comfort?  It requires a pursuit of the knowledge of Jesus Himself.

In my ignorance,  I asked the Lord to place seraphim at the windows of my home, and entryways.

 

These seraphim, these fiery winged serpents,  would destroy all with their fire.  Even those who do not know the Lord….yet.

 It is the Cherubim who are placed to guard and protect, with mercy.  Like the Cherubim guarded the entrance to the garden of Eden.  Or the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant.

 

But, for us who know Him,  and seek holiness, what would happen if we asked for the seraphim to guard our personal eyegates,  eargates,  heartgates?   What would happen if we asked for them to touch our lips with burning coal because we dwell among an unclean people?

Maybe in our workplace, even our own homes. Would the desire for teraphim be utterly destroyed?

Or shall we continue to open the door for the teraphim to make themselves at home?

Before we are victorious in the area we are given charge over, there must be nothing of spiritual “Saul” in us.    And yet, there IS no way,  except THE Way of the of the One who baptizes us with Fire, as He comes,  attended by the seraphim who cry  “Holy, Holy Holy.”

Matthew 3:11  I indeed baptize you in (with) water because of repentance [that is, because of your changing your minds for the better, heartily amending your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins]. But He Who is coming after me is mightier than I, Whose sandals I am not worthy or fit to take off or carry; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

 

The Hand of God is Lifting

The Tribulation is a time in history when the sin that is in mankind will no longer be shut up inside their heart, but brought to the surface; like a magnet draws mettle.  (spelling intended).

Matthew 24:21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

A few years ago, I had a vision of a VERY LARGE MAGNETIC HAND, touching down upon the earth.  It slowly started lifting and as it did, there were some people who were attracted to this magnetic hand and were lifted up with it.  Those who were not, were left on the earth where chaos and confusion intensified. (What I saw was mettle shavings moving about like crazy ants move quickly and without direction).

As we who are held in the palms of His hands by His grace are raised up with Him as He lifts His hand, those who remain are feeling the effects of the removal of His grace upon them and this removal exposes darkness upon the earth and in hearts – this purpose is to show that it is only by God’s grace we can live in a peaceful existence.

The hand of God is lifting but the peace of God is with all those who are firmly in the palm of His hand.

Get Ready

A Prophetic Warning, Word of Knowledge and Word of Wisdom

In December 2017, the word I had received from the Lord for 2018 was partially obscure to me; I just wrote it as I heard it.  Some people asked what I meant by a few things and all I could say was what was written.

Some of it was not obscure, however.  I have been telling a few people I believe we are on the precipice of the Tribulation – the time that will be the best of times, yet the worst of times, for in the midst of intense persecution and sorrow like the world has never known, there will be an outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord.  This outpouring will pour out upon all flesh –

but, remember why the Holy Spirit came – to convict the world of sin and righteousness as well as point to Christ and speak through and empower those who belong to Him.

I think there are quite a few prophets however, who have said “something is coming” and we all wonder what that is, and what it looks like, but back in December the Lord gave me a word about what the year 2018 will look like and I’ve been watching it come to pass.

I saw the civil war but it is not a war between Democrats and Republicans, though it appears that way.  It is not a war between gender status’ and male and female, thought it may appear that way.  It is not a war between nations though it may involve war between nations, it is not a war between liberals and conservatives, Jew vs Gentile, Catholic vs Protestant, old vs young.

It is a war between good and evil and it is a battle for the narrative;  it is a war that the whole world will be involved in, in one way or another; you will not be a spectator.   It is a war about who is in power.

As you read the word from December, keep in mind that it is going to get more intense very quickly.

Christians, we need to review the basics of Christianity and return to our first love.

Remember His love for you and walk in it.   Pray for your President and for each other.

Read this latest by Dutch Sheets –

Listen to this video by Lance Wallnau

More later.

 

 

He Answered Faith

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Psalm 28: 1 To You, O Lord, I call;
My rock, do not be deaf to me,
For if You are silent to me,
I will become like those who go down to the pit.

Yesterday I went to the ER; I had double vision – but not side by side vision.  It was rather one image stacked on top of its identical image; top on bottom.  In addition, I was feeling disoriented and confused.

When I arrived at the hospital, they took my blood pressure.  201/117.  I don’t have high blood pressure normally.  I’m not on medication.  So it was being ruled out as a stroke.

I got on facebook about 2:45 to ask for prayer for my symptoms and about 3:15 my vision started returning to normal and blood pressure was going down.  My cat scan was very clear.  In fact it was perfect.   The doctor came in and said he was somewhat confused because my symptoms were of someone who had previous heart disease or was having a stroke, but the tests indicated differently.

What was it?

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I knew that I could pray but I also knew that if I asked the body of Christ to pray for me, they would be mobilized against this attack and I could rest.  And, rest I did.  I slept for a few hours afterwards and was released to go home about 6:30 last night.

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Answer to prayer.  Not just prayer but the prayer of faith.  Now listen, I have faith in God, but I also know He chooses to work through His people.  I had faith that God would work through them on my behalf so I could get some rest.  He answered me, but He answered them.  I am not a lone stranger on this journey here.  We need each other.

Without answered prayer, we are nothing but wishers and rely-ers on luck.  We are like those who have no hope.  I was not afraid in the ER, in fact, I was thanking the Lord for needed rest and helping me to fast (I didn’t have a thing to eat until 7 pm – having had nothing but a half cup of coffee in about 22 hours).  I was also feeling a little inconvenienced by these symptoms because I had plans for the day but it is wise to have stroke or heart symptoms checked with urgency.

My brothers and sisters moved on my behalf.  THAT in and of itself was amazing but that within 30 minutes of the asking, my symptoms started returning to normal.  GOD was on the scene.  GOD had answered my prayer.

So, some might ask, if God is so great, why didn’t He just stop those symptoms from happening in the first place?   Well, He could have.  I have gotten past trying to figure Him out and control how He should do things.

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I do know that if He kept me from these symptoms, I would have no reason to reach out to the body for prayer and FIND HIM IN THE MIDST and wouldn’t find the greater thing.

God answers!  If we have no need, He has nothing to answer.

I woke up this morning feeling wonderfully refreshed.  I was thinking about how loved I am and how this love that is poured out on us is more powerful than the most brilliant sermon.  Love, poured out from God via imperfect people.

God ANSWERS us.  God RESPONDS to faith. Without that, we are just like those who have no hope.

Annointed to “Make Supper”

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This sounds strange, I know, but this was the word I heard in my spirit in the early 2000s as I was sitting in church, wondering what my own calling was. “You are anointed to make supper.”

I remember grimacing my face because it was way out in left field, what my kids would call “so random” and it was just not a recognized, “real anointing”.

Then in 2005, I visited a friend’s church in CT and it was a custom to have a prophetic word given by a prophetic team to new visitors.  I loved how some on the team talked about being refreshed by gentle rains but one of the ladies say “I see you in the kitchen making soup for supper.  Do you work in a homeless shelter or something?”   I said “No”.
In fact, I didn’t like cooking much at all, but there it was again.

Over the next few years, the Lord would confirm in small ways, what He was calling me to do.  It always seemed like a little piece of the puzzle here, a little piece there.  There were several times it was prophesied over me that the Lord had called me as a prophet, and I would think “Ok. What does one do? Am I doing it? When will I do it?”   Then I was told to just “be” and I would think “I AM just being. I still don’t know what my calling looks like.”

I did sense I was being called back to school (at age 48) into the holistic health field.  Nutrition, Wellness, Herbalism, etc.  As I was learning about nutrition, I recalled our big family feasts every single Sunday.  It was a combination Italian and Portuguese get together and included pasta and meatballs and antipasto and canoli’s and cake etc.  Supper (we called it supper, not dinner.  Supper sounded friendlier but less structured and often nothing fancy.)  Angolo-di-tavolata-e1354905095292

What would happen if we never had weekly supper, only family feasts?   There would literally be no nutrition throughout the week, we would have no relational time with just our intimate family, we would be starved, and couldn’t function.

Then the word came back to me “You make supper.”   And it was becoming clearer.  I am anointed to provide nutrition!

Yes and no.  It was again, another piece. How did that fit in with all the times having hands laid upon me, that my anointing was prophet?

I read the word daily.  It is where I have trained myself to look for Him.  There are sometimes major revelations as I read, but usually, I just read.  Every time I do, I have tucked a nugget of gold inside my heart.  Sometimes it is an answer and sometimes it is a revelatory word for a future event, and most times they are reminders of His goodness.

Along the way, I give these little nuggets of gold that I have tucked away in my heart to others; nuggets of wisdom, love, insight, friendship, acceptance, etc.  Whatever is needed at the moment, it’s like the Lord Himself reaches into my heart to provide a hidden gem for another person.  Sometimes it’s a plain word but it’s always good.

This morning I was reading Psalm 23 (today is August 23, it is my scheduled reading for today according to the date and it is my mother’s (now in heaven) birthday.)

I read ‘you prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies,  you have anointed my head with oil, my cup runs over” and I heard “You make supper” all over again, as I recalled my mother fixing supper all those many years.  Every day, day in and day out.  What could seem ordinary was actually nutrition being provided.  We were full.

But I looked again.  Every day I read the word, I take in spiritual supper.  Every day I write a blog, I provide nutrition.  Every time I talk with someone and give that one the word with love and friendship, I provide nutrition.

What would happen if we never had supper?  We would be weak, we would be hungry and likely go searching elsewhere to find food.

I have one more month before I become a certified nutritionist.  All along the way, the Lord has held my hand as I walk through the complexity of it, never letting go and teaching me about Himself through it all.   “Bring the fatted calf” helped me investigate more into the fact that fat was actually good for us.  Genesis 9 tells us God provides meat for food.  Romans 14 tells us that eating meat and being a vegetarian is our choice and done unto Him.  I’ve learned that He desires WHOLE food, not processed food where goodness is stripped and junk added back for taste.   He desires us to eat organically, not anything sprayed with chemicals.   But there’s more.

Every word of God is an acknowledgment of who He is.  Every word of God provides strength for the moment, and the day, and power over the enemy.  Every word of God provides a fresh perspective, and mercy.

And, most often, being a prophet is more about the supper than it is about the Sunday dinner.  I make supper.