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 ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

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Face To Face 

Moses had a face to face relationship with God. It is written that he was a very humble man. Isaiah writes that God looks to the humble and contrite in heart and those that tremble at his word. There is a current emphasis on hearing God, and this is very important. It has been said that the devil is in the details, but God is also concerned with the details.

Details like: Are we being obedient by becoming acquainted with his written word? Are we being obedient by staying in fellowship with his people? Are we being obedient by learning how to walk uprightly before him, loving like he loves, thinking like he thinks, and praying like he prays?  

Amos writes: Can two walk together unless they agree?

It is written: Watch your lives and doctrines carefully, for then you will save both yourselves and those that hear you.  

There is much written about seeking wisdom, loving wisdom, and living wisely. It is also written: Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, since he has no heart for it?  

That seems to be the issue – our heart.

 It is up to us to open our hearts to Our Father; he cannot and will not do it for us. If we will only do this, he will open the windows of heaven and pour out his heart into our hearts.  

He says, “If you had only responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you!”

             ~ Brad Heilhecker 

Science 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Science is a man’s attempt to understand God’s artistic endeavors.  

God created and revealed himself in the beginning by speaking. If we look up and all around you can see Him at every turn and what He has made. We should believe in science; God created things to be functional and useful, but be careful to not let it divide your faith. 

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. –Psalms 19: 1-2

The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperience wise. –Psalm 19:7 

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Image – Over Unsplash / Isuru Perera 

Broken-Redeemed-Beautiful-Chosen 

For many are invited, but few are chosen.” ~ (Matthew 22:14) NIV

Have you ever stopped to think how God would describe your experience in four words if He had to? I am not sure about you, but it sounds a little creepy to think about a disembodied part of the human flesh doing anything, let alone, being capable of writing four words describing someone’s life and how they lived it. In the book of Daniel, the description of King Belshazzar’s life was handwritten on the wall with four words. 

The word broken comes to describe how I happened to know and understand Jesus. I lived much of my life in a state of brokenness. When I finally had enough and realized that I couldn’t do life on my own, the Lord met me, right where I was. 

After I repented, Jesus redeemed who I was. Jesus said that I no longer was defined by my sin, but instead, He was living in me. Life as I knew it changed. 

Beautiful was the person God had created. God made me in His image, and that is nothing less than beautiful, to Him. When I started to claim God’s truth, the perception I had for myself changed and also the view I had for others. 

Chosen is the new name that I received. No longer do I live by the name attributed to my past. I received a new name. The Lord has spoken to my heart, revealing to me, a new name that I am to walk by and be confident

The beautiful thing about the description of Jesus is that He doesn’t stop at four words. He has so many reflections of me, just as He does you. He provides relationship and connection in a way that we can’t fathom. God’s love goes beyond description. Accompanied, is the action of love, one more profound that we only get to experience a piece of it. I challenge you to think about your own four words that Jesus would describe of you with. What would He say?

Dear Heavenly Father, I want to thank you today for understanding that you see me more than just a description. I want to manifest into the person you created. I want to carry out your purpose. Allow me to accept your invitation, I can’t wait to see you at the celebration. In Jesus name, Amen.

Baring His Beauty 

Tiffany Thomas 

Stripped 

She is His darling daughter 

Her beauty was perfected in the wilderness 

Living a surrendered life

Obedience even unto death 

Papa asked of her

She couldn’t refuse the desires of her King

Material things are not important to her

She is lost to this world 

and what it has to offer

His Kingdom her focus

His presence her pursuit

His voice blows on her heart 

Every second of the day

Preparing her

Perfecting her

Equipping her

For her highest calling

She had to go on this journey 

with Her Bridegroom

They visited the wilderness

She was weak

but He is strong

When she wanted to give up

He held her up

He wouldn’t let her run back to her past

Screaming, hurt, angry at times

She persevered

Till she came to that place 

of complete surrender

She was stronger than

her past haunting her

She couldn’t give up

She could never give in

He was preparing her to slay giants

Preparing her to find her identity 

forever hidden in Him

She couldn’t let him down

She went all in

Found her purpose in her mess

Her strength on the battleground

Eliminating giant’s one by one

She could do what He said

Weak or strong

He held her hand

He wiped her tears

He was strong

when she couldn’t go on

He purifies us

in the worst of conditions

Till we come to that place 

of radical obedience

Where it is only about 

the desires and requests 

of our King

We dissappear in the background

Humbly, stripped of our flesh

To only His will

We know that as His bondservants 

we have no rights

We have no will

His Kingdom our focus

We speak

We move

We live

Only in agreement 

with our King

Whatever sacrifices, He ask of us we will bring

Kicking and screaming, but we will be obedient

We have to look like our King

to experience His glory

He invaded our lives

He moved in

Coming up out of the wilderness

We lean on Him

Stripped of our old nature

Perfected in the wilderness

We represent our King

We have no rights

We have no will

We gladly surrender to this 

faith walk with our King.

~ Ebigale Wilson 

     Stripped 

 The Journey 

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A Whale Of A Tale 


I have a confession to make. 
I am getting a little bored lately in my Bible reading. It’s not the Bible’s fault, I take complete ownership of my lack of interest. 

I was challenged last week by my husband sharing with us one ‪Sunday morning‬ his discoveries in the book of Jonah. We all know the story, right? One prophet man doesn’t want to warn a particular sinful city, so he flees and God sends a whale (we like to think it’s a whale) to eat him up and throw him up on dry land three days later. The end. 

My husband went on to read us the parts we don’t read usually nor do we remember.

Did you know the book of Jonah is literally one page of the Bible. It has four short chapters. 

I find it amusing how God speaks to Jonah in the last chapter. As if a “whale” wasn’t enough God goes on to use a fast growing shade plant and then sends worms immediately to eat up the plant.  

Serious movies and novels could be made to entertain millions with the actions of some of these Bible characters and their antics. 

So here’s the sucker punch line that gets me in the last verse of Jonah chapter four. 

This is God speaking to Jonah after he had a couple sleepovers in a fish belly and got catapulted onto the shore. Now he wants to die out of frustration and weariness of warning wicked people of their fate. 

Stick a fork in Jonah, he’s done!!

“And should not I pity Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from there left and also much cattle?”

That’s how God ends the story folks. 

I honestly thought Nineveh, the city he was sent to was destroyed. I missed the best part. The Bible says the people of Nineveh believed God. “They called for a fast and put on sack cloth, and the greatest of them to the least of them.”

Guys, they repented and turned to God  and their city was spared. 

God really does not let it go and  consistently pursues Jonah to get the message to the people so they can be saved.

 I serve a COMPASSIONATE God who desires for ALL to know Him and walk out their destiny that God deposited in them before they were born. 

That was my take away. I look at what is going all around us today in 2017!!

Mass shootings, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, wild fires all circling around us at one time. God is desiring for us to repent and turn from our wicked ways and look to Him in our times of trouble. He wants me to repent. He wants me to turn from things that keep me from walking in freedom. He wants me to look  only to Him for my salvation and hope. 

You seriously have to read the book of Jonah to get the whole story and all it’s inner workings of repentance, compassion, obedience and complete and utter frustration to the point of wanting to die. 

I will post a link for you to check out the story for yourself. Of course, it will be The Message version I post. It makes it super easy for me to follow along.  Read it and see what great little nuggets God gives you about His sovereignty and His desire to draw all men unto himself.

Bonus:

Touch the link “listen” and you don’t even have to read it!!

Fish on, 

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com 

Steadfast 


Every Thursday night we meet for our Recovery Ministry that we have been doing for almost 9 years. 

Between Studies we are filling in with a great type of Soaking series on each step. Here are some takeaway’s from Step 6 for this weeks #WorthyThoughtWednesday 

Worthy Thought: renew a steadfast spirit within me. 

Step 6- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Our personal potential is stunted if we don’t change. 

Transformation-To change condition, nature, function, and identity. 
The vital matter in our transformation is prayer

          Expect God to act on our behalf

         Don’t lose patience in the process. 

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me.-Isaiah 51:10 NIV

Steadfast: Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. Firmly fixed in place -immovable, Not subject to change, firm in belief, determination, adherence, loyal.

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord. – Zechariah 4:6 
         ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 
Taken from The 12 Steps To Serenity Series 
Image by Colin Rex – Unsplash / Over