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Darla Ryden

My personal story

Life, Faith, Confidence

Thank you for visiting my website, When Kings Speak. You may be wondering who this Darla Ryden person is… well…she is an enigma: a puzzle and an unfathomable person. On a more serious note,  I’d like to start with Luke 7:47 “She has been forgiven of all her many sins. This is why she has shown me such extravagant love. ...” She is me! I want this front and center because, without Jesus, I’d have nothing to say.

Over the years the Lord has used me to teach others about the Redemptive Gifts, giving them an understanding of their uniqueness, helping them to see their function in God’s Kingdom. I look back now and see that I was operating in my gift as an exhorter at an early age when playing softball and volleyball. I was highly competitive and in it for the win, yet these sports require a team dynamic. I realize now, that although I was a great team player, my role was to carry the spirit of the team, by consistently pulling the team together during the heat of competition through words of encouragement. (I might have shouted those words, but I shouted them with heart!) In the simplest of terms, we are all part of a team that relies on one another, “For the body is not one member, but many,” 1 Corinthians 12:14. One of my greatest joys is encouraging the Body of Christ.

In 1973, at the age of ten, I had the unique opportunity to see Kathryn Kuhlman in person at a healing service in Houston, TX. I experienced Holy Spirit and His realm of glory firsthand, with miraculous healings, signs and wonders, and angelic visitations all around me. I have always known there was more, have always wanted all that there was of God, and because of this one encounter, I will not settle for anything less than more of Him.

Like any seeker of the Lord, I had issues to deal with, like many today, I grew up without a father in the home. This opened the door to molestation at the age of seven and perversion quick on its heels. I also dealt with spiritual abuse by leadership within the church and the Lord faithfully carried me through those years, bringing healing and deliverance where needed. I’ve overcome Jezebel and religious structures and my competitive spirit comes in really handy when confronting spiritual darkness because I won’t relent!

My favorite place to be is on my couch pouring over Scripture as Holy Spirit reveals the nature of the Father by unearthing the mysteries of Jesus in his majesty and glory! I like to say, “I’m called to see God, know God, and show God.” I am a watchman prophet, and as such, I watch after the Word of God by knowing the supernatural timing of His Word and recognizing the movement of His Spirit over the Word that He has spoken. There is an intercessory call to this watchman, that requires the prophet to take a stand, redeeming the land by breaking curses and declaring God's promises which prepares the region (city, state or nation) for transformation and reformation.

God has used me in Spiritual Mapping for the past 30 years. What I have learned is that Spiritual Mapping is not about spiritual mapping at all. It is a tool that God uses to reveal himself to those willing to become an intercessor (a go-between) on behalf of their city or territory. My hope is that you will explore the many prayer assignments under “Mapping” that I have had the privilege of partnering with Holy Spirit on.


Over the years, the Lord has sent me, to different countries; Belize, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, Malaysia, Argentina, Brazil, and recently Kenya, as an apostolic teacher to equip the nation changers. My heart’s desire now is to see God’s Kingdom established here on earth, by fostering sons and daughters of all ages from "every tribe, tongue, and nation" to come together so that we exemplify unity in diversity. It is that heart’s desire that you will see in When Kings Speak, a book I am currently writing. 

By my side throughout this journey has been my husband Neal. We enjoy time with our children and grandchildren who also live in Houston.

Twirling Wonder

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