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

Ebola-Who Is To Blame?

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In our society today it seems everyone wants to blame someone.  People seem to take joy in seeing someone be the “Fall Guy”.  People demand resignations and picket and protest and organizations get involved that have no business being involved.  The media circus starts, and Facebook and Twitter feeds fill up with so much hate, fear, speculation, and some out right lies and hoax stories that people just keep resharing over and over filling Social Media sites full of …”Crap”
Yep the whole “Shitteree” is full of Crapola and crazyness some days.
(My mom used that word “shitteree” lately and it cracked me up but it is an excellent and funny way to say) -the whole kit n kaboodle, nothing left out, yep that’s right the Ebola stuff and all the crazy judgmental fear filled worry stricken cold hard bitter people opinions media circus frenzy crazy social media sharing stuff,  ( big breath ) exhale-
 The Whole Shitteree!
My friend said this recently and  I believe that it should be everyone’s reminder before they answer the question on who is to “blame” for Ebola.
We live within the blameless One, therefore let us not accuse or blame others.~ Donna Reiners
It is not our place to accuse, blame or judge.
When my kiddos come home and they tell me all the opinions they hear their peers say.  I am shocked! I think who are those kids hearing all this from and where are the parents? 
But I see it for myself when I go to my Facebook feed and many there have warped views and harsh opinions about the latest big news topics. Sadly, many people who claim to be Christians are some of the worst offenders spreading fear and judgement. 
I try to explain to my kiddos that usually it is just opinions and don’t pay attention to it.
I even throw their Popo’s (my Dad’s) wonderful wisdom at them-
Remember-
“Opinions are like buttholes, everyone has one” 
 
and then I use it as a deeper teaching moment to remind them that because we choose to live by a Biblical world view, and Love Jesus and love others as ourselves, then sometimes (most of the time) our opinions will go against the crowd or be different from the “popular opinion” on things.
If our thoughts and opinions don’t line up with Jesus, we better check ourselves because our opinions may not matter to everyone but they do matter to God.
Peoples negative opinions and junk can easily jump on us if we aren’t careful.  We should not align ourselves with others opinions, even with those in authority if it doesn’t line up with God.
Our opinions and most importantly our hearts always need to line up with God & His Word. 
I always tell my kiddos-
The right side to be on is always Jesus’ side. 
Recently I had one of those, “do as you have been teaching your kids moments”.  I went against “popular opinion” and replied to a post from a friend who asked if people thought the head of the CDC should be fired over this Ebola hoopla. 
Here was my reply: 
“Actually I don’t agree that the CDC head should be fired. I think that they are all human and had no idea how to treat or prevent Ebola. So this is a learning curve for all the CDC the doctors and the nurses …everyone. I’m sure enough people protesting for the firing of the CDC head, and it will happen. That is how our society is with always needing someone to blame and someone to set an example with. Unfortunately I think it leaves no room to demonstrate to our children or others compassion, mercy, forgiveness, gentleness, or kindness. Those are true examples of character missing today. If they were modeled and displayed more, our society would be a much better place.” 
Those are my thoughts not only on this, but for all situations, whether it is the CDC head, reporters, television celebrities, NFL players, lawyers, judges, Joe Shmoe next door, you, me….everyone.
We are all capable of mistakes.  We are all human.  We don’t know everything.  We are not to blame, accuse or judge.
God is still in control! 
No matter who is president Jesus is still The King! 
I don’t have all the answers, and my opinions may not matter to you, but I will tell you what I do have that makes me not buy into all the opinions and fear and crazy Crapola circulating social media these days.
I have the TriFecta of all TriFecta’s- 
I have The Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.   
The Prince of Peace lives inside of me.  I am in Christ, so that means so does all my circumstances too. 
I could care less who is responsible or who is to blame for Ebola, or gas prices or Global warming, or if Obama was playing golf, or anything else that doesn’t build people up and make the world a better place.
I am not worried or scared or fearful about any of it.
I have His Peace, Prayer & Promises!

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. ~ Romans 8:26 – 28

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.~ Romans  8:38-39
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
~ Romans 12:2
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.  Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. ~
Ephesians 4:31-32
If we are True Believers and followers of Christ, we should love others as ourselves, stop blaming and judging people and start to demonstrate love and peace to others amidst all this worlds chaos and confusion. 
Let’s all do our part to change the whole Shitteree with only Godly opinions shall we?  XXOO Michelle Bollom
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Breathe

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When one news story after another keeps hurling fear and panic to the masses and it seems as though the whole world’s gone crazy and you can’t seem to escape all the demands swirling around you- it’s time to take a break, catch your breathe. and let these words permeate your soul.

This weeks Song Sunday is by Bryan & Katie Torwalt.

I Breathe You In

Turn it up and breathe in deeply!

Lyrics:
The presence of the living God,
satisfies the depths of my heart
all of me changed when you came,
Iʼm made free by Your glory and grace

I breathe You in God, cause You are thick all around me
I breathe You in God, cause You are thick all around me
You are Good God, For You are good to me
You are Good God, For You are good to me

The brightness of Your loves pure light,
Pierces through the darkest of nights
Everything is possible now,
For God is here and God is good

When I donʼt understand Iʼll choose You
When I donʼt understand I will choose You God
When I donʼt understand I will choose to Love You God

When we don’t understand, all we have to do is choose- Choose God.

As the song says, Everything is possible now, For God is here and God is good!

Enjoy your Sunday!
XXOO Michelle Bollom

Spare Tire Tragedy

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We are all driving around town with a spare tire in our vehicles.
Some of us may not know exactly where it is located without getting out the trusty 12 inch thick car manual or taking an investigative look around in our car. Some spare tires are hidden. While some are located smack dab in the middle of the back of our vehicles for all to see.

How many of us see God as our spare tire at different times in our lives?

We only need Him when our life blows out or we hit a sharp nail that throws us off course.
We DO want Him to go everywhere with us. Just in case we need Him. A precautionary plan if needed.

Deuteronomy 31:8 says,
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

We want to know that we can pull out our spare tire named, “Help Me, God” at any time to assist us in our travel crisis. After all we need to stop blocking traffic, get off the side of the road and back on the road with our lives.

Some people may not even cry out to God for help. So the fact that we do is never to be taken lightly. He wants us to go to Him for help!!

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.” – Psalm 34:17, NIV

I don’t want to wait until things go south before I set Him in place to help me navigate through my life. That doesn’t seem considerate or very relational.
Especially if I have signed up for lifetime roadside assistance and eternity with Him.
It seems we are not utilizing all that is available to us as a son or daughter of God.
How would my father appreciate the fact that I only call him when I need something from him or help to get out of a bad situation?

What if I really took the verses I have memorized and positioned them to my front wheel alignment.

The Word of God becomes the driving force that leads me through each day.

For example I could use one I memorized in high school. Yes, in King James Version.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

I don’t have a need for a spare tire anymore.
All my tires go round and round on the Word of God in my lifetime. My warranty never expires and I am set up for Him directing my paths daily.

It only works if you are intentional and DAILY check the air in your tires.

No more need for a spare,
all four tires
filled with eternity air.

***these events were inspired by a Dr. Tony Evans daily shout out on KSBJ Christian radio in Houston, Tx

Light On,
Kelley Allison
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Something to Shout & Sing About

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By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us – set us right with Him, make us fit for Him – we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that He has already thrown open His door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand – out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary – we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented Himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put His love on the line for us by offering His Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to Him. Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of His Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of His resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah! ~
Romans 5:1-11 (MSG)

Wow! This Gem of a Promise just gets better and better.

What an awesome Promise this is and one definitely worth proclaiming.

So throw open those windows & doors sing, dance and lift up a Shout of Praise!

Hallelujah!

Have A Blessed Day!

XXOO Michelle Bollom

I Saw The Sign

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For those who find themselves in a state of wonder.
I wonder what would happen if I go down this unknown road of discovery.
I am talking about traveling on a specific road that leads to destruction.
The road sign reads: Dangerous Curves Ahead.
The unknown roads that can entice any of us. They can start when we are living away from home for the first time. At a time that we are finally free to make our own decisions without parental restrictions. It’s unfortunate that sometimes we don’t listen to advice or counsel no matter how much it may make sense. There is this stubbornness in each of us that says, “I am in control of the situation and I am going to walk down that path. I will be fine.”
Even if it is quite evident there are lions, and tigers and bears oh no… lurking around each bend of the road. Until we experience the consequences ourselves we sometimes choose not to take heed to the dangers ahead.
It falls under our old nature or sin nature. Sometimes we just don’t fully grasp the danger of the curves of consequences until we actually walk through them and see for ourselves that maybe that road wasn’t the best choice after all. The best case scenario is that we learn our lesson and hopefully gain compassion for others who might have traveled that same road. As we approach the road it starts with a thought. In reality, it happens to be a bold face lie. Let’s just call it what it is.
“I would never do that!” or “I am strong enough! That won’t happen to me”. You better hold on tight to the railing. There is a slippery slope ahead. The truth is that we ALL are quite capable of falling. Especially, if we don’t take action and follow the signs posted along the path that lead us to safety. The road up ahead of us might say, “One Way”.

John 14:6 NIV

Jesus answered, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Matthew 7:14
“Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.”

The Message version puts it simply.
You have to be proactive in all that you do if you are going to find your way through life to God successfully. Well, at least without getting too many bumps and scratches.

This is my story based on my experience. Keep in mind my road map is The Bible. It has served me well, especially when I am intentional and take its recommendations on which turns I should take on this road we call life.
Let’s get real and see what happens.
For me, it started with the one thought.
Lie #1
“I would never cheat on my husband.” Honestly, I didn’t think I was capable because I had made great choices in the past and had set myself up for a pretty good marriage and relationship with my husband. I am a Christian with a strong desire to do what is right and honorable to God and my husband. Bottom line, I thought I was at low risk for any possibility of inappropriate behavior that would compromise the relationship of my marriage.
Lie #2
“I am not capable of such sin because let’s just face it….
I’m too good!!!”

Well, we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God according to Romans 3:23.

That includes me, myself and I.
Looking back, that should have been my starting point to protect me from the choices I was going to make in the future.
My road sign should have hit me smack dap on the head and said:
“I am capable of having an affair so I will NOT put myself in compromising positions of weakness.”

That includes scenarios that might make me look odd or strange by others.

This is not a wide road remember, it’s quite narrow and not too many take it. It could be considered the road less traveled.

James 4:7
“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”

I knew each time I compromised and each time it got easier to push aside that little inner voice of correction. It reminded me, “You are quite capable of having an affair and you need to stop before it’s too late.”

Of course, the voice was really the Holy Spirit gently calling me back to a place of safety. He does have the luxury of knowing the end results of all that takes place in the past, present and future.
Meanwhile, I was slowly being boiled like the poor little lobster thrown into a pot of water. The heat starts slow and steady then fires up to boiling without any warning. Before you know it, the lobster is boiled alive and didn’t even see it coming. (poor thing)
Okay, that’s a little dramatic but not really.
You slowly start making bad little choices that lead to bigger badder choices. Then before you know it you wonder how you got into this boiling pot of predicaments.
It’s really quite simple.
You believed the lies.

Say after me three times!!!

“I am capable of being boiled alive like a lobster!!!”
Or rather…… I am capable of any sin!!

You don’t have to fall into sin if your starting point is acknowledging your feet could stumble and equipping yourself with a plan of action.

Unfortunately, some of us can read this and NOT take heed. Again, our sin nature in us at times gets the best of us and we just simply don’t listen. You could tell a toddler a hundred times not to touch a hot stove. But until they touch the red hot burner and get their fingers burned they do not really get the message loud and clear.

The temptation of the forbidden fruit is extremely alluring and at times it can destroy families, lives and destinies. The enemy is not stupid and has been around a very long time scheming plans to destroy us. He starts by helping us jump on a “merry go around” of lies and dissatisfaction.
We go round and round picking up addictions, disappointments and depression with each turn we make. We start to wonder how we got stuck here and how do we get off this crazy ride. It makes us dizzy and it clouds our thinking.

1 Peter 5:8-11 The Message
“Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.”

I know from experience the ride is exciting and thrilling going up the track. Coming back down the roller coaster ride loops us backwards and leads to an upside down scary that can drive us to destruction.
The good news is that you can do all things through Christ.
He gave me the strength to stop the ride and jump off quickly.
It was difficult and painful to go through the long process of restoration and really reconstruction of my thinking.
The Truth was my hammer to start breaking off the chains to set me free in more ways than one. I eventually became one of those survivors who learned from my experience and gained tremendous compassion for others who wandered down that same road of infidelity.

It’s a known road now. I know what’s ahead. I can tell you every curve before you get there because I
walked on it and came out stronger and smarter on the other side.

There is hope for those who find themselves stuck on this road and are afraid to go forward or backward.
Deut. 31:6
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

I will never forget the day I sat on my bed and surrendered!! The white flag was raised high and I cried out to God. It was time for me to do what was right but I was terrified. He heard my cry!! That still small voice that I had stuffed away and couldn’t hear anymore penetrated loud and clear through my thoughts.
“If you tell the truth, I promise I will never leave you nor forsake you. The truth will set you free.”
Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom before we choose to look up and ask for help. It’s okay because God already knows ahead and is never surprised. His love reaches far and wide and we can’t escape His goodness.
He just needs our permission to work with Him on restoring all that we allowed to be taken from us.
He gives back lavishly and is patiently waiting for us to come back to Him.
The cool thing is that what the enemy meant for evil can be used for good.
Beauty for ashes!!
Isaiah 61:3
“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.”

I really can’t tell you how anyone is able to work their way out of the hole of infidelity without a faith in God. It doesn’t seem possible to be able to turn things right side up without the assistance of God helping you. I could not have done it without God leading me and my surrender to His promises. I had to believe Him at His Word and act out the faith He gave me.
Walking out this curve in the road was difficult but worth the work. It has drawn me closer to God and my husband. Our marriage is not perfect but it is stronger and smarter.
If you wake up and find yourself somewhere at the beginning, middle or end of this particular road. It doesn’t have to be a road of infidelity only. It could be compromises, disobedience, or just a road that leads to no where. Maybe you just got to where you forgot to take God with you and you are tired of being on your own without hearing His still small voice.
Be encouraged, there can always be a moment of “interruption”.

It reminds me of the song by Ace of Base band, “I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes.”

Open up your eyes!!!!

Stop Signs are possible with God and he always provides a way of escape.

Start with a sign of a
surrender with a cry of help.

Watch as God comes along side of you and brings all the resources you need to help you get back on track.

Disclaimer:
This song is not responsible for anyone singing it without proper interpretation using the
context of this blog:
Think and Sing!
I saw the sign and left situations that are not healthy for my marriage.
That’s where I (we) belong!!!

Light On,
Kelley Allison

Mr. Archie

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When I was a kid of, oh, about 4 or 5, I got to know a quiet, dignified older gentleman in our church, named Archie Hicks or to all of us, “Mr. Archie”. I first heard of him by his reputation. He was spoken of in hushed tones and was revered by all in our Sunday School building. You see, Mr. Archie was the man who always had…GUM!!! Juicy Fruit, if I’m not mistaken. What’s the big deal, you might say? Well to our family of five kids and to those who went to our church in southern Alabama in the 70s, gum and candy were the ultimate luxury items. I always remember Mr. Archie as being surrounded by kids in the church sanctuary. Just like an athlete, who trained all week, on Sunday mornings he was ready and on top of his game. As the organist played the prelude, kids would break free from their parents, run straight to him, ask for gum, be given a piece, then run back wildly, giddy, to their moms (who immediately fussed a little then shushed them back into submission). Every piece of gum came with the added bonus of a pat on the shoulder and a kind word of encouragement from him.
At first, I remember being shy of Mr. Archie, reluctant to walk over by myself. After a couple of “You’re crazy if you don’t ask!” looks and comments by my brothers, though, I figured it out pretty quickly. At first, I would hang back and wait until the crowd had come and gone. I particularly remember that Mr. Archie would say with a twinkle in his eye “Well, I don’t know, Sugar. Let me check my pockets to see if I have any gum left.” I would shift worriedly back and forth, back and forth, in my shiny, white (very uncomfortable) Sunday shoes, anxiously awaiting the verdict. He would make a show of patting his pockets, digging really deep and fishing around a bit before he would miraculously “find” that last, hiding piece that had previously been overlooked. His answer usually went something along the lines of “Well! Look-ee there! I did have some more for you!” Of all the times I asked, I can’t remember a time that he ever ran out of gum or some other treat or that he had to turn me away. Mr. Archie was a great man by many other estimations, I know now, but one of the best qualities he possessed was his love, his joy in being around children and seemingly endless generosity of his resources. Giving to us made him happy. He got a blessing out of giving and we all loved to receive from him.
I’m sure now that he’s gone on to Heaven, he fully understands exactly Who he was imitating. You see, I believe God sent Mr. Archie to model the Holy Spirit for us. In much the same way that God has all these resources that seem unfathomable to us, His children, He simply wants us to run up to the Holy Spirit and ask joyfully and confidently for what is available to us already. He is ready and on top of His game. In 2 Corinthians 1:20, the Bible says: “Christ says “Yes” to all of God’s promises. That’s why we have Christ to say “Amen” for us to the glory of God”. The answer can only be yes. That should blow your mind. Just as it was modeled for me by Mr. Archie, the Holy Spirit of God finds joy in our asking. He has access to God’s unending resources and gifts for us, permission from Christ to give them to us and yet, most are unclaimed because we are unaware…or are timid to ask…or because somewhere, someone has shushed us and told us we were overstepping. Open His Word. Search for every promise you can find God making to you or someone else in there. You are allowed and even encouraged to pray them back to Him. No kidding! And guess what? The answer is “yes” in Christ.
How tender our hearts are toward children. Jesus said his kingdom is like a little child. God had such mercy and love for us that He saw us, took pity and adopted us into His own family. The Holy Spirit is no different. He wants fervently to help us grow up to be just like Jesus. “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”
OK, so I’m going to break it down for you. Here is your cheat sheet:
Mr. Archie = representation of the Holy Spirit.
Gum = the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the product of a life lived in and through Christ…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. Got a problem with your marriage? Ask Him for more love and patience. Trouble at work? Ask Him for peace and joy. Need help raising those kids? Ask Him for kindness, goodness and gentleness, ok and maybe a little (ok a LOT) of self-control. These are the kinds of things we can ask for…and more. Did anyone else get the implication of the fact that he was handing out Juicy Fruit, for Pete’s sake?!
Me = well, that would still be me. Haha! I’m grown now but,sometimes, still a slow learner.
Or it could be you too.

If your dental work allows, stick a piece of gum in your mouth (as a tribute to Mr. Archie) and let’s try this principle out together, yes? Let’s take God up on His promises of good gifts and love towards us! Find and write out as many promises from the Bible as you think relate to you and your situation. Put a date beside them and start praying them back to God. It’s easier than you think. The answers are already “yes” and “amen” when you pray for His will to be done.

Let us hear back from you on what your results are! ~Debbie Bouckley

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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Thank you for nominating us for

“The Very Inspiring Blogger Award”

http://leavingalegacyministries.com

Rules:

Thank & Link who nominated you ✅

List & Display rules ✅

Share 7 facts about yourself ✅

Nominate 15 other bloggers & notify them ✅

Proudly display award logo & follow the blogs that nominated you ✅

7 facts about me:

1. I rapped with Grammy Winner Mandisa in front of almost 30K people in St. Louis at the Love Life Conference 2012. Proof on Vimeo! Michelle Mac is my rapper name!

2. I love to cook and create recipes.

3. I started Restored Ministries this year and want to help people #LiveRestored- check us out on all social media and our website http://www.restoredministries.org
We are a 501c3 charitable organization.

4. Just celebrated my 18th Wedding Anniversary with my hubs Joe. He is my biggest fan.

5. I love connecting women together in my community with genuine connections and we have a group that meets twice a month called Divine Connections in NW Houston, TX

6. I can count to 10 in Vietnamese

7. I am an identical twin and I have boy/girl twins.

The 15 Bloggers I nominate are:

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. https://lauraartworks.wordpress.com/
10. http://www.brighterthannoonday.wordpress.com

11. http://jenniferreneewatson.com/
12. https://darlynnrosh.wordpress.com/
13. https://insidethelifeofmoi.wordpress.com/
14. https://beingmadewholeinc.wordpress.com/
15. https://1john417.wordpress.com/

Liebster Award

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Restored Ministries has been nominated for the Liebster Award!

Thank you ReNewedChick for the nomination!

Check & follow her at :

http://www.ReNewedChick.wordpress.com

So the Liebster award is for up & coming blogs with under 200 followers.

What you have to do-

Post the award picture on your blog
Post blog link of who nominated you
Give 11 random facts about yourself
Answer 11 questions by your nominee
Nominate 11 blogs with under 200 followers
Ask 11 questions for your nominees to answer

Ok so here goes/-

11 random facts about me- Michelle Bollom of Restored Ministries Blog.

1. I am an identical twin and I have boy/ girl twins.

2. I just started blogging in June 2014.

3. I had no desire I thought to write till I was reminded of my childhood where I would sit with stacks of paper and an old typewriter/ or pen and would write poetry and stories. That image and reignited the desire and dream to write in me.

4. I am a southern girl without an accent. All my years in customer service and communications speaking to people they would be shocked I was from Texas and that I had no accent. I now speak in mostly slang and not so properly and of course I do say Ya’ll!

5. I used to cuss like a sailor- thankfully Jesus has helped me with that!

6. I rapped with Grammy Winner Mandisa in front of almost 30K people in St. Louis at the Love Life Conference. Proof on Vimeo! Michelle Mac is my rapper name!

7. I love to cook and create recipes. I don’t measure anything either/ I am an eyeballer.

8. I started Restored Ministries this year and want to help people #LiveRestored- check us out on all social media and our website http://www.restoredministries.org
We are a 501c3 charitable organization.

9. Just celebrated my 18th Wedding Anniversary with my hubs Joe. He is my biggest fan.

10. I love connecting women together in my community with genuine connections and we have a group that meets twice a month called Divine Connections in NW Houston, TX

11. I can count to 10 in Vietnamese

My ?’s From my nominee/-

1. Name of blog is based on my ministry name Restored Ministries

2. Inspiration is God who gave me the ministry name and just the love of sharing His Transformational Truths & Promises in a new different way. We have several guest bloggers so you see lots of different writing styles and we are all non professional writers!

3. Yes , have, do, and will continue to pay it forward. We all need each other!

4. One thing I would change about me is to finally lose this last 40 pounds! I love all of me but would like just a little less of me!

5. Biggest pet peeve is when people don’t return their shopping carts to the bins.

6. Next 10 years I would like to have my first book/s published and see many people #LiveRestored.

7. Blogs I like to read are varied, from poetry to photography to fashion, to encouragement, to music, to devotionals, to food and personal stories. Heck, I like it all!

8. Advice to a new blogger is to engage, tag, follow back and keep writing

9. Favorite tv show- right now is The Voice
Favorite Book- The Bible ( many translations)
The show because of the music, I love all genres of music and Blake Shelton is hilarious!
The Bible because I love the power in God’s word to transform us and our lives!

10. Travel anywhere it would be to Italy and the Capri Islands to make my own perfume.

11. I already quit my day job over 2 years ago!

The 11 Bloggers with under 200 followers I nominate are:

1.
http://leavingalegacyministries.com

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

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

4.
http://www.somejesusthings.wordpress.com

5.
http://www.2chicksand1oldlady.wordpress.com

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

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

8.
http://www.writeoutofthedarkness.wordpress.com

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

10.
http://www.eternaldomnation.wordpress.com

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

( sorry if you have over 200, I tried to find the counts but not everyone displays follower counts)

The 11 questions for the nominees to answer are:

1. What do you like to write about?

2. What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?

3. Who is your biggest inspiration?

4. What is your day job?

5. Where do you live?

6. What is a hidden talent you have?

7. Your favorite childhood memory?

8. Something that you have overcome?

9. Your favorite must have writing tool?

10. Best blog tip for others?

11. Do you know there are 2 types of amazing bloggers, those that know Jesus and those that are fixing to; which one are you?
( if you chose fixing to- please contact me and I would love to introduce you!)

Keep Blogging! XXOO Michelle Bollom