Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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As much as I like to participate and keep these going, I will make this my last award participation. I really appreciate being nominated, but I just don’t have the time to complete all of them. I believe I have completed all the ones I was made aware of so far.
I appreciate the nominations very much. I look forward to connecting with many more new bloggers in the future. Thank you to those that follow Restored Ministries. We appreciate you very much.

Thank you Leaving a Legacy Ministries for nominating me for this latest award. 
http://leavingalegacyministries.com

Your great encouraging blog is one of my favorites! 

Check it out here:

http://leavingalegacyministries.com

Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the 10 questions given to you.
4. Nominate 10 people.
5. Ask 10 new questions for your 10 nominees to answer.
Nominees:
1. 
http://www.bravetobraver.wordpress.com

2.
http://www.cyndelbee.wordpress.com

3.
http://www.somejesusthings.wordpress.com

4.
http://www.2chicksand1oldlady.wordpress.com

5. http:://www.dailysojourner.wordpress.com

6.http://www.allthingsmessy.wordpress.com

7.
http://www.writeoutofthedarkness.wordpress.com

8. http://wordsonablackboard.com/

9. http://www.brighterthannoonday.wordpress.com

10.
https://darlynnrosh.wordpress.com/

My answers: 
1. Were you raised in a Christian home?
No
2. How long have you been living for Jesus?
Seriously living for Jesus 9 years
3. Which do you enjoy studying most: Old Testament or new?
New
4. What is your favorite song?
I have many but right now Jesus Culture “I sing my love” by Kim Walker Smith
5. What is your favorite scripture?
1 Peter 5:10- 
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you. AMP
6. Who led you to Jesus?
In 2006 it was Pastor Greg Laurie from TV
7. What’s your favorite way to spend time with Jesus? During worship and nature 
8. What do you consider your biggest blessing?
Divine Connections & friendships 
9. Based upon your personality, who do you relate to most within the Bible? The Mary with the alabaster box of perfume.
10. Who is your biggest supporter? My hubby. 

?’s for nominees to answer:
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. Are you a spirit filled Christian?
3. Who is your favorite Christian author?
4. What is your life verse?
5. The biggest thing God has done for you recently?
6. What translation of the Bible do you prefer?
7. How many hours do you blog daily?
8. What lesson is God teaching you right now?
9. What is the hardest area you have to be obedient in?
10. How many of these awards have you done? 

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XXOO, Michelle Bollom

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Venting Vertically

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When something happens or someone disappoints you do you rush to the phone to call your friends to fill their ears full of your frustrations? Do you keep repeating it to more and more friends?
After you have rehashed it to a few dozen people, how do you feel?
Does it make you feel better?

Like Dr. Phil would ask those people that kept doing something over and over without results in his funny sarcastic way:

“How’s that working for you?”

For years I tried that and it doesn’t work. You just feel worse because you keep talking about it and nothing ever gets resolved.

God does not want us to keep talking about our problems, He wants us to be taking our problems to Him.

We are to cast our cares on Him, not our friends.

My friend and Bible Group leader always says, Vent Vertically. I love that visual and reminder.

I also love this funny quote:

We need to take it to the Throne instead of the Phone – Joyce Meyer

Yesterday in our study we did something new. Each one of us went around the room and vented vertically to God about what was going on in our lives. I have to say it was encouraging to hear my sisters in Christ express some of the same feelings and frustrations I was having and each of us venting vertically and praying to God seemed to of just melted away the frustrations and disappointments we had walked in with.

After all, He is the only one that can change our circumstances or take away the hurts we are feeling, so why not call on Him first, and make it the only call we make.

The phone a friend only works on Gameshows. People will disappoint but God never does!

So the next time you are tempted to pick up that phone and tell your friends about the rotten day you had or find yourself starting to gossip about someone that hurt or disappointed you, stop and send it up! Send it straight up to God.

Venting is a good thing if we keep it vertically.

XXOO Michelle Bollom