Crossing a Finish Line…But Still Running the Race

Posted: November 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

Dear Friends,

I address you as such because over the past few years you have been so much more than just readers of my blog.  From all over the world, you have shared your stories, your tears and your own journey.  Thus, you have in many ways become long distance friends.

I have taken some months to prayerfully and thoughtfully consider this blog, those who read it and those of you who have written in to share their own stories.  I’ve taken that into consideration as well as my own heart, life direction, etc.  In this time of careful evaluation I have decided that the season of writing on this blog has come to a close.  I can’t say at this point whether I will write here again in the future or not but at least for now, I feel I have said that which has needed to be shared.  While I realize many, many people are still working through a lot of their own IHOP experiences and some are just finding this blog for the first time, my walk and my heart moved beyond IHOP years ago.  I have written down what the Father impressed upon my heart to share.  I went back through memories and re-visited experiences so as to share them with you and now I must move on into the next thing He has for me.  I will still leave the blog up as a resource but will be closing the comments on the blog.  It won’t remove existing comments.  It simply will close future ones since I will not be going in to moderate/approve them.

I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you who have been part of this journey with me…whether you were one of the first readers at the very beginning or just visited 2 weeks ago.  Many of you have shared what this blog has meant to you but let me just say that your comments, e-mails, encouragements, prayers and stories have enriched my life beyond words.  It’s been a privilege to write this blog and I never imagined that in the process of inviting you into my journey, I would become part of many of yours.  Thank you for that honor.

Honestly, deciding on a title for this blog post was the hardest one I’ve had to write yet.  I didn’t want to use the word “goodbye” because there really is no such thing as a goodbye…it’s just a “see ya later” in whatever form that later ends up being.  Maybe the Father will cause our paths to cross in another way or perhaps we’ll meet on the other side of eternity and dance together on streets of gold.  Whatever the case, I am confident that this isn’t just the end of something; it’s the beginning of many other somethings.  I had originally titled this post “On to New Beginnings” but upon further thought re-visited the post later to give it a re-name.  I left the post URL the same for those who found this page via a hyperlink.  So I’m closing this particular writing chapter of my life and crossing its finish line.  But I’m still running the race and pursuing the next phase of what the Father has for me.  I hope our paths cross again somewhere on the road.

I will still write from time to time on the Kindling Embers blog if you’d like to subscribe and keep up with me there.  You’re also welcome to drop me an e-mail at  I won’t be checking it quite as often as I did when I was managing the blog, moderating comments, etc. but will still write back when I can.

Thank you all for your faithful readership.  I pray that the things written within the posts of this blog have opened your eyes, challenged your thoughts, encouraged your heart and set your feet on a path toward truth.

Faithfully yours in our L-rd and Messiah,


  1. Bill Fawcett says:

    Blessings on you Ariel for the things you have written. I pray that the Lord may restore the years that the Locusts have eaten. That God may renew your mind. It is not easy to dwell in the “negative” for long periods of time, may God use you to impart truth and life to those He will bring your way.


  2. stem says:

    i came to the party late, having just read the Charisma article and been asked numerous questions recently about the nature of Ihop…

    still reading through old posts…

    wish you all the best and i’ll check out the other blog as well…

  3. julie says:

    You will be missed – however, I rejoice in the peace and joy that you now walk in. Bless you my sister.

  4. DeAndra says:

    Thank you soooooo much for all that youve done! God brought me to so much peace through your blog posts! I am forever grateful that you took the courage to write all of your experiences. My heart has been strengthed through what youve done! A light in the darkness of confusion for me! Thank you! Ill miss you! Until we meet again, my friend. Hugs and Joy and Peace in Jesus 😀
    Much much love,


    • Ariel says:

      DeAndra, thank you so much for your sweet comment! I’m so blessed and encouraged to hear how much this blog has ministered to your heart. Thank you for reading! It’s been a joy to share this journey with you. Blessings to you girl.

  5. mkayla says:

    Hi Ariel. Thank you for all that you have done.
    See you later. 🙂

  6. S says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your personal stories, they have touched me so much. You will be missed!

  7. Kathleen Williams says:

    Shalom! Isnt that what Salvation is all about? Being delivered and set free to go explore the wide open life outside of prison. Apparently our Father has taken you out of IHOP and IHOP out of you. Go be free and immersed in the truth! Thank you for sharing your life and your heart. You continue to be used as a light in the darkness. Beloved and Be Blessed !

    • Ariel says:

      Thank you so much Kathleen. Your words have been a great blessing & encouragement! 🙂 Shalom and blessings to you as well!