Godly Confidence

Drawn up from dust and created to shine

Filled with love; Your heart and mine.​ ​

Each given traits and gifts bestowed, ​​

Individually blessed, with no baggage in tow. ​

Growing toward the grace of God,

Seeking light in the fleshy world,​​​

Climbing out of negative thoughts, ​​

Dodging lies that the enemy would hurl.

A learned journey, this rocky path​

For a smooth trip is no teacher. ​​

Trusting that God has made us prepared,​

He equipped us with this feature. ​​

A Godly confidence, firm trust in Him,​​

Is our gift to combat the lies.​​

God knows who we are deep in our hearts

And wants us to see ourselves through His eyes.

~ Kim Weingart

Godly Confidence

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Get Off The Fence

You who have come to Christ for a pure heart, guard against the pictures of lewdness and sensuality which Satan flashes upon the screen of your imagination.

Select with care the books you read, choose discerningly the kind of entertainment you attend, the kind of associates with whom you mingle, and the kind of environment in which you place yourself.

You should no more allow sinful imaginations to accumulate in your mind and soul than you would let garbage collect in your living room.

~ Billy Graham

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Cling To The Hope Of Spring

The same exact tree in Spring and Winter

look very different.

One looks like death

One looks like life

One looks like the end

One looks like beginnings

One looks old

One looks new

One looks barren

One looks full

One looks hopeless

One looks hopeful

If we find ourself stuck and looking at the dead barren tree of Winter without the hope and anticipation of the coming of Spring we can’t move into the abundant future God has for us.

Seasons of life will come and go.

Some seasons our soul sings loudly “It Is Well” while other seasons our soul doesn’t seem to sing at all.

We MUST keep singing as though it is well even when nothing feels or looks well right now.

We MUST get a vision of our Winter tree in the Spring.

How does the trees weather the storms of life and the changing of seasons?

Roots!

Stop looking at the outward appearance of the tree.

The roots are what really matters.

We MUST stay grounded and rooted in Christ.

Cling to the hope of Spring …. it’s coming!

~XXOO Michelle Bollom

Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation.

Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:7 VOICE

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Rejection

WORTH THOUGHT: When we feel a sting of rejection, we must keep in mind the hope and victory God promises to us.

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.~Psalms 34:17-20

It is His specialty, God loves to restore in us what has been devoured in our lives.

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill

Intentional Purpose

Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. ~ John 11:45 ESV

I can’t tell you how many times I catch myself using the term “busy” when someone asks me how I am doing. I am not sure how I have arrived at a place where being busy expresses the condition of my heart.

I get caught up in all of the things I need to accomplish instead of being intentional about whose heart I might touch.

Can you relate?

I think we get consumed in what our lives should look like, or where we believe we should be standing in them.

A messenger was sent after Jesus because his friend Lazarus was deathly ill. Yet, Jesus did not rush to him. In fact, in John, it states that he remained in the place where he was for two more days.

Could you imagine the emotions Martha had over the death of her brother when she met Jesus? She said, my brother wouldn’t have died had you rushed and hurried to him.

There was a purpose for the time that lapsed in Lazarus’s death. The resurrection of Lazarus provided an opportunity for others to see God’s power and accept Him by faith. Jesus gives many examples where he took the time to care for the broken-hearted.

Could our lives be different if we considered slowing down, looking around, and were intentional about the journey we are on?

We do not know how many hearts are desperately waiting for the crossing of our paths. We can get in a hurry, get caught up, in many things that provide no purpose.

How many people turned believed in God after the resurrection of Lazarus? How many people’s heart did Jesus touch in the two days that he stayed where He was?

When I think about the life of Jesus, I wonder how many people converted their heart, over to God, because he chose to be intentional with his time.

Dear Jesus, thank you for today. Thank you that there is a purpose in this life that you give. May we be intentional today, touching the lives of those around us so that they can see the power in who you are. We provide you with praise and glory in all that you do, Amen.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Pleading Your Case

It feels as if you give

one step forward

And a few steps back

The road looks so dark

With no light in sight

On and on you go

A dark cloud always following you

When last was joy your portion?

When last had victory knocked on your door?

You sigh ‘When God’?

Your mind a battleground

Your face tells a story of defeat

You are weary of the wait

Tired of the journey

Feels like you’re on your way nowhere

Hanging on to His promises

Your only hope

Darkness tries it best

To wheel you in

Sometimes it looks like

your enemies have won

Like they’re standing

with trophies of battles won

Don’t fix your eyes

on what you see

Smokescreens might look real

When I am not on the scene

This is a season

Where I am pleading your case

A season where I take vengeance for you

I have seen your tears

The price you had to pay

Enemies humiliated you

Laughing in your face

Not knowing that I see

the intent of their hearts

What they represent

is not of Me

Arise this day

position yourself

I am at work on your behalf

I have heard your petitions

I have heard your prayers

You just see what the enemy

wants you to see

I am a God of recompense

I will surely repay

I never slumber

I never sleep

What a man sows

He will also reap

I am a God of love

but I am also a holy God

I love justice and righteousness

It might look like

the enemy has won

Look again

My word is coming into fulfillment

Don’t give up now

You are closer to victory

then you think

The road I have asked

you to walk

Was not easy

Yet in the midst of many storms

You never gave up

When I asked you to surrender

I knew what I was doing

Your victory laid in your silence

completely trusting Me

Soon you will know all the answers

As it unfolds before your eyes

I am your ‘Jehu’ overthrowing

Every plot and plan

of the enemy

Look again

The battle has already been won

No one could touch you

Though they think that they did

Your battles were Mine

Valuable lessons had to be learnt

For you to represent Me

with your every turn

Your pain did not stop you

From doing My will

Every day you were ready

to complete your race

Tired, weak

but you never retreat

Showing Me

that Our love

was real

You will dance

You will leap

You will gather the spoils

You will walk through open doors

With My heart beating in you

You will represent Me well

For this journey had its purpose

You have passed your tests

For surely this is your time of recompense

~ Ebigale Wilson

Pleading Your Case

The Journey

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Forgive Me

I recently heard this song and it was one of those songs that wrecks you in a good way.

It’s “Forgive Me” by Nicole C. Mullen

Here are the lyrics:

Like many water falls I cry,

Like something deep inside has died;

Oh the hurt, the3 guilt, the pain,

To know I broke Your heart again.

And like a hurricane that blows

A thunderstorm inside my soul;

So can you speak unto the wind

And renew my life again?

Forgive me, I have sinned;

I am guilty of the nails that pierced Your hands,

Oh I’m cryin’ out, purify,

Rid me of this guiltiness I feel inside;

I’m beggin’ please forgive me.

I can’t describe what’s in my soul,

I feel ashamed to let You know;

Oh the burden, oh the weight

That I’ve carried from that day.

But You were there, You saw it all,

Every detail, great and small;

And yet You love me just the same,

And You remind me that You came; Lord You came to

Forgive me, I have sinned;

I am guilty of the nails that pierced Your hands,

Oh I’m cryin’ out, purify,

Rid me of this barrenness I feel inside;

I’m beggin’ please.

Create in me a clean heart;

Renew my spirit too.

Restore to me joy, real joy.

Make me more like You, more like You, yeah!

Forgive me, I have sinned;

I am guilty of the nails that pierced Your hands,

Oh I’m cryin’ out, purify,

Rid me of this brokenness I feel inside;

Oh, I’m beggin’ please.

Forgive me, I have sinned;

I am guilty of the nails that pierced Your hands;

I know I’m guilty, I’m guilty.

But when I cry out, You purify

And heal me of this brokenness I feel inside;

And faithfully Your hear my plea;

You faithfully, You forgive me.

Jesus You forgive me.

I hope you enjoy this weeks #SongSunday

~XXOO Michelle Bollom

What Love Is

Every place the word Love is – I want you to replace it with your name. Say it out loud and declare that you are all those things!

And just because Valentine’s Day is over … remember – everyday is Hearts Day and an opportunity to be love.

Love well! ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love; it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs or celebrate injustice; but truth— yes, truth— is love’s delight! Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what. Love will never become obsolete.

~1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Voice

Share A Little Joy

“Some days, JOY is a gift. Other days it’s an all out Battle.” ♥♥ Fight on Girl.

” A Joyful Return to Zion” ~ PSALM 126:5,6

Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing. Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.

♥♥ My ‘one’ word for 2018 is JOY!! I’m learning the tapestry of JOY is weaved with so many vibrant colors and some that may not catch your eye at first glance. Yet, as the Lord gives me a new lens to see through His eyes, there is beauty beneath the surface!!

I would like to share with you a little of my journey that the Lord is walking me through. Quite honestly, I question the Lord at times, if I hear him correctly with all that’s been whirling about me in this season of profound loss and grief. My precious Mother walked through the pearly gates of Heaven a few months ago. I cannot express in words how this journey has left me forever changed and without understanding of what life looks like, NOW!!

Seeking Him for renewed hope in every moment and waking up each day. I ask the Lord to ‘breathe new breath into my lungs’ every day, because my health struggles take so much out of me. So, adding the symptoms of grief and loss. I am feeling affected on so many levels. I feel like I’m learning to walk all over again, one foot in front of the other, step by step. I run towards the Father and trust that He will catch me when I fall and pick me up when I stumble and when I lose hope to try again.

In Psalm 119:114-116 the Lord reminds me that, “He is my hiding place.”

I have found JOY in the midst of the ruins and broken gems. I have found REST in the midst of chaos and great loss, that only the LORD can give! I am learning that the JOY OF THE LORD is my strength! It’s not found in the empty promises of this world. It’s not in the busyness I find my sense of ‘whose I am’ but, IN HIM! He asks me to “Seek Him First.” Always!! He asks me to ‘Pray without ceasing.’ He asks me to ‘Worship Him’ through songs of Praise and to sit quietly, in His Presence, in the good times and hard times. He calls me by name and tells me ‘I am His own’ and He will never leave me nor forsake me. He carries me when I cannot find the strength to go on and reminds me that no matter what, ‘I AM HIS, Daughter’ and He watches over me. He tells me,  “I SEE YOU AND I HEAR YOU.”

Yes, even in the little things, He gives me JOY!! SELAH

Angels in my day when I need someone the most. A sweet child’s laughter that makes me giggle. A friend I haven’t seen in years but, God knew when to send them across my path again. A friend that picks me up to go for a drive in the sunshine ~ I am reminded of God’s beauty I so often take for granted, as I look up again.

All these little things bring me great JOY!! In the midst of my tears, He gives me JOY. In the midst of the Ruins, He shows me ‘Beauty in the Broken Gems.’

HE SEE’S YOU!! YOU ARE HIS CHERISHED ONE!!

HIS DAUGHTER WHOM HE ADORNS WITH A SACRED LOVE. YOU MATTER TO THE FATHER WHOM HAS CREATED YOU FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!!

GOD BLESS YOU & KEEP YOU & MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU! HIS BEAUTIFUL PEARL OF GREAT WORTH, A ROYAL DIADEM!!! AMEN.

“Thank you for inviting me to share a little bit of the tapestry of Grace that God is weaving in my soul.🌹❤️

~Fiona Jackson

God Sees It All

European astronomers have taken a stunning photo of a Big Brother-style cosmic eye, nicknamed the Eye of God…

My heart is full and discouraged at times when I discover more and more atrocities going on all around us. Some are widely seen and displayed such as mass shootings at schools and venues. Others are under cover and progress slowly with a hidden agenda set in motion by people of power and honor.

Nothing is ever as it seems, as I discover more and more the lies and the hypocrisy that we as humans are capable of possessing. I feel helpless at times when I stop and look around and see situations that children are living under and the seemingly dim future ahead for those less fortunate. As I become more aware, I find my self asking God why doesn’t He stop these perpetrators that are seemingly getting away with literal murder all around us.

I was asked yesterday by a high school student how do I survive? Can you please give me advice so that I can make it. She said she had accepted Jesus as her Savior earlier when our group had come to share the gospel.  Her circumstances didn’t change. It had become increasingly more difficult she explained. She went on to say she felt discouraged after listening to our speaker. We had brought in a lady who had overcome extreme poverty and obstacles to help encourage the student. Her message was powerful and she gave the students an example of possibility that they too did not need to be a product of their environment.

I asked the discouraged student if she had anyone to go to for help and guidance. She said no. There was no church she attended, no parents of sound mind, no friends of positive influence and no teachers with any time.

My heart was heavy because I knew a quick prayer over her wouldn’t fix her and I honestly had no answers for her to magically erase her problems. Our team had to go and I grabbed our speaker and pointed out the student and told her the situation. As I was leaving I saw the young student writing down the speaker’s phone number as she called it out to a couple students who would NOT leave because they had more questions.

These kids were hoping to find something to help them set in motion a way to graduate and make their life a success. I reflect back on how I can take all these legitimate worries for our safety and our children’s safety in this broken world of 2018. I go to the only thing I know can help give me hope.

I do my normal flip to a passage in the Bible and ask God to answer my cry for this time we find ourselves living. I know Psalms is a good landing spot, so I open up to Psalm 103 and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for a good God who is rich in love and mercy. He has a divine plan of restitution set up for victims and makes everything right in the end. I am reminded He has eyes and sees everything and nothing gets by Him as He sits in His throne and rules over us all.

Praise the Lord, O my soul!!

Thank you God,

Kelley Allison

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Restitution Definition:

The restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner.

Recompense for injury or loss.

The restoration of something to its original state.

Psalm 103 The Message 

O my soul, bless God.
From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless God,
don’t forget a single blessing!

He forgives your sins-everyone.

He heals your diseases—every one.

He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.

God makes everything come out right;
he puts victims back on their feet.
He showed Moses how he went about his work,
opened up his plans to all Israel.
God is sheer mercy and grace;
not easily angered, he’s rich in love.
He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold,
nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,
nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth,
so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
he has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children,
God feels for those who fear him.
He knows us inside and out,
keeps in mind that we’re made of mud.
Men and women don’t live very long;
like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly,
leaving nothing to show they were here.
God’s love, though, is ever and always,
eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children
as they follow his Covenant ways
and remember to do whatever he said.

God set his throne in heaven he rules over us all. He’s the King!
So bless God, you angels,
ready and able to fly at his bidding quick to hear and do what he says.
Bless God, all you armies of angels,
alert to respond to whatever he wills.
Bless God, all creatures, wherever you are—
everything and everyone made by God.

And you, O my soul, bless God!