Encounter Heaven

Sunday, October 8th, 2023

He was showing me my identity in Heaven.
Deborah Manchac


Hi! I want to share a story with you, a testimony about how I saw Heaven for the first time. Yes. I was not asking God to see Heaven. I have heard stories about people that have been to Heaven, seen Heaven. I know there’s books out there, movies, all these amazing things. But I have never really looked into it, honestly. Not that I wasn’t interested, I just never thought that would be my story. But here I am and I want share how I saw a glimpse of Heaven and how it helped me be able to understand my purpose, my destiny, my everyday practical life here on Earth. It just helped me walk that out even better when I saw this glimpse of Heaven.

And so one day I was praying in my room and I was saying, “God, I don’t know how to be the mother, the wife, the leader of a ministry.”  I just started a women’s ministry, so many other hats that I was wearing. So many passions in my heart, so many things. I have a home to manage; cooking and doing all of the things was just really piling up on me. The simple things, the complex things, all the things. And I’m like, “How do I do all of this, God? How do I do and be all you’ve asked me to be, when every day, sometimes it’s even hard to get out of bed, thinking about all the things that I need to do for the day.”

That was literally my only prayer. It was very simple. It was not, “Lord, take me to Heaven,” none of that. But then all of a sudden I closed my eyes asking God for guidance of just guidance here on this earth, guidance Lord. And bam, all of a sudden I see I’m in a house and I’m like, whoa, where am I? Like literally in the middle of praying. It wasn’t a dream. It was literally in the middle of praying. It just came out of nowhere, this vision. And I could see the house breathing. Yes, crazy. I’ve never seen such a thing. And it was so beautiful. And it wasn’t like scary breathing or weird. It was like really like subtle, and the curtains were breathing with it. And I knew I was not on earth. I was like, where am I? This is amazing. And I could feel and know that I was in heaven and I was walking in my room, I could see everything kind of moving with the same breath. I went and grabbed a coffee that was perfectly warm and ready for me. I walk out, I look out at my surroundings of this house, and I see the beach and the waves and the grass all breathing in one. It was so beautiful. And then there were mountains right next to it, which I thought was amazing. Like I had my two favorite things, the beach and mountains right next to it. It was so beautiful. And I hear a knock on the door, and when I go to the door, I see it’s Jesus. And He’s like, “Are you ready?”  And I’m like–and apparently I knew what He was talking about– I’m like, “Yeah, I’m ready.” And I go with Him.

He takes me up this cliff and we’re talking and we’re laughing and we’re being deep and all the things on the way up this cliff and up this mountain-like area. And once I get there, He’s like, “All right, do your thing.”  And I just know what He’s talking about. And I do my thing, which was I was just dancing. I was dancing and I had these beautiful majestic looking clothes, but also very natural, just so me, but just more enhanced, like so beautiful. And I’m just dancing, doing my thing up on this mountain, dancing on the top of a mountain with Jesus. And He’s not like on a throne watching me worship Him. Like, no, I was just literally being myself and me being myself was glorifying Him. He was just like, “Be you.”

It was so beautiful and I want to continue to tell you this vision, how it helped me. It’s crazy that God gave me that to help me understand or give me what I was asking Him for. Then He says, “Okay, it’s time.”  And I’m like, “Oh,” I also knew again what He meant, apparently. And He’s like, “It’s time to get the people,” like get them. And it was almost like there was a village nearby, you know? And it was my job or like He was saying, use your voice what I’ve given you. I’m a singer in real life. I’m a singer, I’m a worship leader and I’m a songwriter and all the things with music. And there I was using my voice to call out His people. Basically I was saying, come in the song. I was like, “Come, come and let’s go work. Let’s worship Him all together. He’s waiting for us. He’s excited to see us.” And it was almost like a morning routine type thing. Like every morning you call them out, tell them to come on and to come on over. I’m waiting for them and I just want to spend time with them. And they would hear my voice and they’re like, oh, let’s go. You know? And everybody would come up the mountain and they would bring their paintbrushes or their dancing flags or whatever it is that they did. That was who they were. You know? It wasn’t like He got us again, like I said, sitting on a throne and we’re just worshiping at His feet, which I’m sure also, you know, is biblical. But I’m just saying, and for the sake of this vision and what I saw, we were just being ourselves. Everyone came with what they had and who they were. Some of them were painting on trees, some of them were playing around. And Jesus would just kind of join people. Like He would just join someone painting, or see what they’re doing because He wanted to see what they’re doing. Or He would play with someone that was just playing hide and seek in the trees. Or He’ll join someone in a really good conversation or He’ll dance with someone that’s dancing and sing, and like He’s just within us. It was so beautiful.

And then towards the end, we all sat down at a table, a beautiful wooden table, huge where we all fit. And it was full of all the foods that we love. And Jesus was just so happy to be with each one of us, that He would take His time and call out whoever He wanted to call out to sit next to Him. And He would talk to them and then someone else’s turn and He just would take turns eating and taking one-on-one time with each person at the table.

It was amazing. I’ve never seen such a thing. I just, I had never heard of anything like this. Me personally, I don’t really know that much about heaven besides a little bit of what I’ve heard from the Bible. So for me it was so crazy to see this.

And so how did it help me? Well, it helped me because after I did that, I was like, oh, this is who I am in Heaven. He was showing me my identity in Heaven. So that way the days that were very difficult and I just would get lost in the distractions of the earth. I can remember who I was in Heaven. What was the original design of me in Heaven? What did He originally design me for? Without the distractions, without the mess in the world, without the tiredness, the exhaustion, the comparison, all the things, the noise. And that’s why He showed me that. So then I was able to easily bring that down here. Not that here is perfect, but I’m able to bring down that vision He gave me of who I am and who I’m called to be and what I’m called to do. I’m called to just rest in Him. I was resting. The first thing I saw was I’m in my room resting and God was all around me. I could hear and feel His breathing. It wasn’t like I had to go somewhere to go find Him. He was there the whole time. Jesus knocked on my door and wanted one-on-one time with me. I saw what was important to Him. I saw what He prioritizes and what I was enjoying there. And so I can come down to earth and be like, okay, yes, it’s crazy, it’s hard. It’s so distracting the things as soon as I wake up. But who am I? Okay, this is who I am. I call people from the mountain with my voice, bringing them to Jesus. Alright? That’s who I am.

God just wants me to be myself. And that’s a worshiping Him. I don’t have to strive. I don’t have to try to be something else. Being me is glorifying Him. And so it was just amazing. Like I can unpack that forever long. But I just want to tell you that if you are feeling stuck or if you’re feeling overwhelmed by it all, or if you know there’s something out there for you, but you just feel like you don’t know how to even come about it, there’s a lot of noise. There’s a lot of distractions, there’s a lot. You’re overwhelmed by it all. I pray that God gives you a vision or a dream or a revelation or in any way, shape or form that God knows you’ll hear, you’ll listen and you’ll see the vision that will help you bring heaven, your original design here on Earth. And I just pray that in Jesus’ mighty name.  Amen.