Dear Stairway family,
We had such an awesome Christmas with our children and family! It was a week and a half of pure bliss! And the week before that we celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary with time to get away and enjoy one another. It was soooo good! We hope that you had a glorious Christmas as well!
We only had one ministry engagement in December – our Philippians class & Sunday morning worship services at Grace Church in Nashville. We loved being with Pastors Jeff & Becky Dollar. And Brian brought such a truly rich teaching that was accompanied by a powerful anointing!
As we move on to 2017 we first want to go back and take a look at the accomplishments of Stairway Ministries in 2016:
Books translated: 1st & 2nd Corinthians, 1st & 2nd Thessalonians, 1st & 2nd Peter, 1st & 2nd & 3rd John, Philemon, Titus, and Jude
Books written: “The Wilderness- Where Miracles Are Born”, Revision of “Sacred Journey”, “Letters from Heaven” & “Letters of Love”
Audios recorded: Song of Songs, Mark, John, Luke & Acts, Romans, Hebrew & James, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st, 2nd Timothy, 1st, 2nd, 3rd John, 1st, 2nd Peter, and Jude
Schools held: Pasadena, CA-Philippians & Ephesians, Nashville, TN – Philippians, Calgary, CanadaEphesians, New London, CT- John, Albany, OR- Song of Songs
Online courses produced: Ephesians & Philippians
Countries visited: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel & Aruba
States visited: MI, MN, Ill, WI, TX, CT, LA, OR, FL, CA, GA, WA, VA, MASS, NC, PA, TN
- 1st Granddaughter’s wedding
- Grandson’s HS graduation
- Father’s 90th birthday celebration
- Candice’s mother’s passing
- Son’s engagement
- 45th wedding anniversary
A YEAR AHEAD
Last year was a very full and fruitful year for us! But this year will be a year like none other! The Lord said to me in a dream, “The Re’s have it!”
On New Year’s morning in a dream, the Lord came to me
and said these words, “This will be a year of redemption and restoration. And then He added the words realignment, reconstruction, and refinement. The re’s have it!” Then the next morning as I was reading a political column I noticed that it was full of words beginning with the prefix re-. There were 34 words in it beginning with re-.This was the confirmation that I needed. 2nd Cor. 13:1, “By the mouth of two or three witnesses a matter shall be established.”
A TIME OF REDEMPTION
We’re living in a wonderful time of redemption. What may look hopeless and finished God is going to restore, realign, reconstruct and refine! You will begin to see marriages, families, relationships, businesses, churches, and horrible messes that looked impossible and hopeless turnaround. Zeph. 3:9 “In the end I will turn things around for the people.” Get ready for the God of the turn around to change your mourning into dancing! And not just dancing, but a whirling dance of ecstatic praise as He wraps you in the glory-garments of gladness!” Ps. 30:11 TPT
And this will be a year of the hard cases coming into the fold. This is a year for an exponential harvest of souls to come into the kingdom. And through the word of your testimony family members, co-workers and neighbors will come. And they will want to know this God that turns it all around, the “God of the Turn Around”!
This will be the year of whole household salvations. Like the Philippian jailer ‘s family many will say, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”
That same night I saw dead limbs, dead leaves, and garbage being removed. Dead limbs represent a direction that lacks life and motivation. Dead leaves represent something that doesn’t bring healing but results in the very opposite; a place of decay, sickness & sadness and a new season approaching. And we all know what garbage represents.
New direction and motivation is coming to you! And you will begin to move forward as the Father breathes new life into those areas where you have given up. This will be your year of recovery! I saw the Father standing at the grave of Lazarus shouting, “Lazarus come forth!” It’s in God’s timetable for you to receive those things that were once dead restored back to life again. (Again is the meaning of re.) Joel 2:25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten or stolen.”
That same night I saw a game of Tetris. For those of you who’ve never played Tetris, it’s a video game played on a 10 by 20 grid called the Matrix. And Shapes called Tetriminos, or tiles fall from the top of the Matrix and come to rest at the bottom. Only one Tetrimino falls at a time. At first the Tetriminos fall rather slowly, but as the game progresses they begin to fall faster and faster as you try to solve the puzzle.
Many Puzzles of the past will be resolved!
In my dream all of the pieces were falling into place. And the Lord said, “For many people life has looked like a complex puzzle and they have felt like giving up, but God is about to take many of those difficult life puzzles and will fit the pieces back together again.” Get ready to see some amazing moves and even chain reactions. Like the game of Tetris things will start to fall into place rather slowly and then it will speed up. Things will begin to come together. One happening will trigger another, that will trigger another and then another!
More on Restoration
God is restoring you by refocusing you! The Father is going to get ahold of you and is going to remove much of your unhealthy thinking; the preoccupation of your mind with things that really don’t matter. The thought patterns of the heart and mind that once consumed your time and drained the life right out of you needs to go. God is refocusing you for the reformation that is coming to your life! 2nd Cor.11:5 You will capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One.” And as the Lord refocuses you and restores the proper vision you will become more productive than ever. And new ideas and revelations will come bringing financial gain, prosperity, and fulfillment!
And in the same way, many businesses will begin to give Me first place. Business plans that were divested in wrong areas will be rethought and retooled and that business will recover and be restored!
And I saw crutches that have held people back, being removed. For the Lord says,
“It’s time to run and you no longer need that crutch. And It’s not only time to run, but it’s time for you to spread your wings and fly!” And I saw many people for the first time discover that they had wings. Not only could they run, but they could soar! Holy Spirit is saying, “Give me your dreams and I will be the wind under your wings! Let go of the old props and rely on me” Psalm 20:7 “Some find their strength in their weapons and wisdom, but my miracle deliverance can never be won by men. Our boast is in the Lord our God who makes us strong and gives us victory!”
Is. 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” It has been prophesied over and over that this year will be a year of victory. The enemy will try to ambush you, but the circumstance that caught you off guard in years past will not bring you down now. 2nd Tim. 1:12, “The confidence of our calling enables us to overcome every difficulty without shame, for we have an intimate revelation of God. And our faith in him convinces us that He is more than able to keep all that we’ve placed in his hands safe and secure until the fullness of His appearing!” This Year you will walk in the spirit of an overcomer!
And this will be a time of great rejoicing! And at the end of this year you will turn back to reflect and say, “Look what the Lord has done!” Ps. 126:1 & 3 “It was like a dream come true. Yes, He did mighty miracles and we are overjoyed!”
Candice Simmons is a true spiritual mom in the body of Christ with a passion to see the bride of Christ awakened and brought into the full activation of their gifts and callings. She has been in ministry for 47 years mentoring both young and old, men and women. She received Christ in the early 70’s during the Jesus movement and immediately began ministering to the next generation of young people.
In the 80’s she and her husband, Brian were tribal missionaries serving in the jungles of Panama. They were field leaders and ministered to the Paya-Kuna tribe, living on the border of Panama and Colombia for nearly 8 years. In the late 80’s they returned home and established Gateway Christian Fellowship, a hub for revival and awakening in New England where they ministered for 18 years and established a network of churches called ARC.
She was a fore-runner in establishing the prophetic in New England and taught classes on the prophetic and established a prophetic ministry in their church called Impact. She is an avid dreamer and gifted in interpretation of dreams and uses this gift to minister hope and destiny to the churches.
Today they have an itinerate ministry (Passion and Fire), traveling the nations and internationally teaching and prophesying to churches. At the same time she is helping her husband with their new Bible Translation called the Passion Translation and has co-authored three books with him; The Sacred Journey, Throne Room Prayer and The Image Maker (soon to be released) and is currently working on two more books, The Stairway and The Dreamer.