Earth Day 2015 Event 

 Edit   Come join us as we will head out to Pray, Encourage, Give and Serve people in our community.  

Wear red and come spread the love with us! 
Can’t join us in person- join us from all over the world by using the (#) hashtag
 #BringHeaven2EarthDay2015 , on all Social Media sites for your pictures or posts of praying, encouraging, giving back, or serving others in your own community! 
If you live in the Houston TX area- come meet us here:
                On 4/22/15
10 am – Cafe Marrese 
What does spreading the “Love” look like? Buy a coffee, a meal, or groceries for someone. Pass out $ with an encouraging note. Pray for someone. Visit a nursing home, a hospital, a shopping mall, a grocery store, or a street corner and engage with someone and really listen to their story. Rake or mow someone’s yard. Take someone a meal. Flash your pearly whites and give someone a smile, a compliment, a word of encouragement. Get Creative!  
XXOO Michelle Bollom 
 
   

 

  
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Marriage 

 

 

Define

Marriage can be defined as a socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.

 

Affirm

…at  the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 

Matthew 19:4-6

 

Recall:  

I am so excited to share this life lesson with you.  

 

This week I had the honor of witnessing my mom and dad’s 30thyear wedding anniversary.  I am so happy for them.  I don’t know many people that have been married for 10 years more less than 30 years.  So while celebrating with them for the past week- I thought about what I have learned from watching them for many years.  I decided to share my top five (5) lessons that I have learned from my mom and dad.    

 

MOM AND DAD CONGRATULATIONS ON 30 YEARS OF LOVE AND LIFE LONG LESSONS!

 

Lesson #1.  Love Conquers All.  

I have witnessed my parents experience struggles in all areas of their lives; which often put a strain on their relationship.  Although it would be inappropriate to specifically disclose all of their struggles, in general they experienced turmoil from financial to family to health to…..Through it all 30 years later they still stand united.  So many people would have easily thrown in the towel; but they didn’t.  Lesson learned? Love must conquer all!  

 

Lesson #2.  Love Languages Matter.  Pay Attention.

My mother and father had two distinct love languages.  My mother really enjoyed receiving gifts and my dad appreciated random acts of kindness.  I observed that my dad would often shower my mom with flowers, nice dinners, money for shopping, etc.; and my mother would ensure that simple things in the home were taken care of, such as dinner was cooked, the home was tidy, and the towels and linens were always cleaned and folded nicely.  Lesson learned?  Pay attention to your spouse’s love languages and express your love to them the way they need it most.

 

Lesson #3.  Control your own relationship.  

Over the years, my parents experienced so much.  I witnessed many people saying to them; including their children that it might be time to separate or take a break or even divorce.  If my parents would have listened to all the naysayers; they would not have made it so far in their marriage.  My parents controlled their own relationship despite what others thought.  I admire them for that!  Lesson learned?  Do not let others dictate your relationships.  Only you know how you want to respond and what you need.

 

Lesson#4.  Relationships take work.

My parents were working parents, who raised four actively involved children.  They could have easily abandoned their personal relationship because they had children to raise; but they did not.  I remember them having date night, and time away from the children so that they could continue to nurture their relationship.  I have been told what you feed will grow and my parents made sure they got quality time with each other on a regular basis.  Lesson learned?  Falling in love is by chance and to stay in love it takes work.  

 

Lesson #5. Pray Hard.  Pray Often.

There is not too much to say about this.  Simply put-pray hard and pray often.  Lesson learned?  Pray some, pray more, then pray some more.  

 

Lastly, I asked my parents two final questions.  

1. What spiritual advice would you give to others?
2. What practical advice would you give to others?

Here are their answers below: 

 

Mom 

(1) If it wasn’t for Christ, in my life- I would have given up a long time ago.
(2) Know who you are dealing with.  You can’t change anyone!

 

Dad

(1) Learn how to trust your wife.  She is truly of your rib.
(2) It’s cheaper to keep her!

 

This message can be for someone that is happily married, for someone that seems like their marriage is on the rocks, or for the unmarried.  Whoever you are, and whatever your marriage status is, you can too experience what my parents have now or one day in the future.   

 

If you are struggling in your current marriage or if you are wanting to get married, I highly suggest you review the lessons that I learned from my mom and dad.  Each lesson has a practical approach to a God connected marriage.  

 

My parents came together 30 years ago, and watching them examples how LOVE heals everything.   God joined them as one flesh and they have let no one separate them…not even themselves.  

 

I encourage you to place GOD at the center of your relationships.   If you are married, do not let anyone separate you from your spouse.  If you feel you are at that breaking point- I challenge you to take your problems to GOD!

 

Expression:

Dear GOD,

 

Thank you for allowing me to witness your undying love in others.  Lord, please help me to keep you at the center of all of my relationships.    Lord if I fall short in my love for my spouse or others please ignite me with a burning desire to shine your love on others.

 

Commit to the challenge.  I DARE you. ~ Lereca Monik


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Nearness 

 

My song of the past two weeks is “Nearness by Bethel Music. It is on their latest album, “We Will Not Be Shaken”. 

If you are wondering where God is today and if He hears your cries. 

If you are frustrated because you can’t seem to find the answers to your questions. 

Or maybe you just need to be reminded that God is good and does indeed hear your prayers. 

Listen to this song. But first ask God to speak to you about your own circumstances and be ready to write down His responses to you. 

Get the tissues for your issues!!
He will wipe away every tear of disappointment and fear. 
Pass Him the box and allow Him to walk through your pain to gain insight and understanding. 

“Nearness” 
by Bethel Music 

I stand with so many questions
But You know all of the answers
And whether this side of Heaven
I know that You are the Healer

And my heart will stay steadfast
I know that You are good
And my heart will stay steadfast
I know that You are good

[Chorus:]
Comforter You are to me
Shelter from the cold
Constant how You carry me
Never letting go
You are with me 

Your voice holds me together 
When I feel like I’m falling apart
I place my world in Your hands
You come and steady my heart

I feel you in the stillness 
I know that You are good 
I feel you in the stillness
I know that You are good 

[Chorus x2]

My heart will stay steadfast 
I know that You are good 
[x2]

I feel You in the stillness
I know that You are good
[x2]

Emmanuel God with us
Emmanuel God with us

The link below is one minute and 38 seconds long. Listen in as the singer Jenn Johnson explains how this song was written in response to circumstances in her life and others. 

http://youtu.be/YANgrUXEJMk

The link to the song below:



http://youtu.be/w4DzchgqhEk

Light On,
   Kelley Allison
    John1:4-5


Time To Rise 

  

She saw herself
Strewn about
Many bones
Dismembered
Heaped up…
With millions 
Of bones
In a valley
She was beside herself
Frantically searching
For
Wholeness
What happened?
To her life???
What decision
Was to blame!?!
Amidst
The pain & sorrow
She heard
A great wind
Stirring
From a distance
Could she muster
The courage
To expect
Resurrection?
Would she
Exercise her faith
To believe?
She could smell
Water rushing
Moisture
Ready to restore
Rattling was ringing
In her ear
Freedom
Whispering
With eyes that SEE
Lazurus & Ezekiel
Speaking
Under the Authority
Of The
Breath of God
Get UP!!!!!!!
Rise to this Occasion
Of My Truth
It is I
I Am
It is Written
My Word
Will NOT
Return void
Trust Me

❤️ Krystal Lynne 

Waiting On His Arms 

  

Recently, my partner and I started praying together over having a child.  He was asking God to open up his heart to become a father and I was praying to God asking Him to heal the pain in my heart of infertility.  We were both asking God to put His will for a family in our hearts; our hearts and desires remain divided.  

Our relationship is so wonderful, but this one issue remains the painful division between us.  

As a couple, we have been a bit “unequally yoked” to an extent.  I was raised in the church and my faith remains a vital part of my life and he was raised in the church, but his faith has never been a focus more than the holidays.  Praying together has been a bit of an interesting and wonderful journey together.  We have become closer as a couple and I have been able to watch his heart open to understand the love affair possible with God.  In 6 weeks I have watched him move from feeling a bit uncomfortable with praying out loud to offering to lead us in prayer.  

In 6 weeks we have had more challenge and pain thrown at our relationship than we have had in our entire time of knowing each other as friends or as being partners.  We have delt with dishonesty, vindictive ex’s and emotional assault on us as a couple and individually.  We have been to hell and back; while we have always been wonderful at turning into each other during bad times, we have not grown as individuals during that time.  Prayer has kept us focused on being a team and not enemies.  There is still a great deal of pain and it doesn’t look like it is coming to an end in the near future.  

Truth be told, we came to the end of our 45 day period of prayer and we are still praying together.  We are still far from being on the same page when it comes to having a child and my heart still aches for a child.  As a woman, the pain of being childless is more than I know how to deal with.  I am a bit jealous that God is working in his life to transform him and leaving my pain unresolved.  I spend hours a day begging God to heal my heart and I feel that God has been silent.  Yet, he is also answering a prayer I have had…the prayer of asking God to have my future husband to fall in love with him.  

I am aware that God does his best work when he is silent.  I feel it and I am seeing my wonderful partner is not only falling in love with God, but happily dealing with his past scars on his heart to make us stronger.  God is making him into the leader in my life that I have asked God for since I was a little girl.  

So, I wait….I wait to hear His voice, feel His healing and His arms rock away the pain in my heart.  

God knows what is best for me and so, I shall be happy to sit and wait upon Him.

                              ~ Amy Tippins 


The Story of Everything




      It’s not necessarily what you say but rather what you do.  I noticed this recently on a trip where many people did not speak the same language as me. You didn’t have to understand what they were saying but rather their expression, hand gestures and the animated tone of their conversation to figure out what they were really communicating.  
I discovered this to be true by watching the movie, “The Theory of Everything” on my plane ride to my destination. I watched on a ladies’ laptop a row in front of me.  I had to pause along with her when she shut her computer and got up or shifted around in her seat. I did not hear one word from the movie but watched in anticipation with what would happen next. I followed along holding back my tears as I watched the sacrifice this young wife made taking care of her crippled husband. I thought to myself I don’t even need to rent this and watch it again because I got main points from the story by just watching the actions and emotions of the characters unfold without hearing any words. 

Sidenote:
Then I got all choked up thinking how such a brilliant man could miss the Creator of Everything in everything. 

Hello!! Shakey Wakey!! That’s beyond me!!!

I wonder how many of us daily tell our story without any words. 
Good stories some days, not such great stories the next?

A smile
A laugh
A high five
A hug
A pat 

Or on a not so good day……

A frown 
A stare 
An evil eye
A tear
A shove

I want to tell a story everyday of thankfulness and joy as I go about my day. I carry an antidote for those who are thankless and have lost their way along the ride of life. 

I want to…….
Be a living picture that unfolds a story that is worth the watching

Let’s call it….

The Story of Everything 

I dare to pray……..
 Thank you God that you put a story in me before I was born. Help me to separate myself and get alone to hear from You in the Secret Place of Prayer. 

Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.

Let me clearly hear the deliberate chapters of my life that I am to play out in this life. I want to demonstrate the best display of Your brilliance and creation. Help me to bring out the best in others and encourage them with my actions. Even something as minor as a smile or as major as a risky detour to my regular routines that day. I want to be a part of the Story of Everything of God. 
Awake me to the possibilities of what You can do with my life. 
I strategically plan MY PART to be intentional. 
I begin today: page one. 

In Jesus Name,
Me
Kelley Allison

Check out this Video that sums it all up in less than five minutes. 

The Story of Everything

http://youtu.be/97sgcQo4GRw


Keeping It Real



Fruition 
\frü-ˈi-shən\
noun

Fruition- 
The state of bearing fruit.
attainment of anything desired; realization;accomplishment:
the state of being real or complete.

We all know the definition of “fruition” meaning attainment or accomplishment and that it is the state of bearing fruit, but I did not know that one definition is “the state of being real or complete”.  

That part of the definition really stuck with me- 
 So Fruition means also “Keeping It Real!” 

Now that is something we should all strive to do, and with this new definition discovery it had me thinking-or pondering a little deeper- or maybe just scratching my head- but anyway I wrote this down:
When we are keeping it real and we understand we are complete in Christ, we won’t feel the need to be putting on airs, operating in a false self or finding our worth in incomplete things.  People will know we are Christ’s disciples because our fruit will be good and recognizable when we are keeping it real.  
Then I read these verses:

But you will recognize them by their fruits. You don’t find sweet, delicious grapes growing on thorny bushes, do you? You don’t find delectable figs growing in the midst of prickly thistles. 17 People and their lives are like trees.Good trees bear beautiful, tasty fruit, but bad trees bear ugly, bitter fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear ugly, bitter fruit; nor can a bad tree bear fruit that is beautiful and tasty. 19 And what happens to the rotten trees? They are cut down. They are used for firewood. 20 When a prophet comes to you and preaches this or that, look for his fruits: sweet or sour? rotten or ripe? ~Matthew 7:16-20The Voice (VOICE)


This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” ~John 15:8

So my final thoughts on all this…
Let’s live the fruition definition by keeping it real friends, show ourselves as Christ’s disciples and be about bearing much good fruit. 

XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Strong Girl



Once upon a troubled time, along life’s bumpy road,

A woman found herself alone, beside a heavy load.

Burdens tossed, abandoned; she stood in disbelief 

And for a moment, dropped her head and sobbed amid her grief.

But tears, she learned, did nothing to make the burden light

And so she reached, and grabbed the burden – tugged with all her might.

It barely moved, she didn’t have the strength that it would take

To carry such a burden; there was so much at stake.

“What do I do?” she whispered, peering through the mist

But alas, no one appeared.  She was alone in this.

“Chin up, jaw firm, eyes ahead!” This chant became her theme,

And suddenly the load was not as heavy, so it seemed.

She put her back beneath the weight, and slowly then, it moved

And she began to walk along.  Her own strength she proved.

With every step, her strength improved, and she began to smile

Her confidence began to grow with every passing mile.

The brilliant sunshine warmed her face, then faded into night

But she kept walking, knowing with the dawn, there’d be more light.

The night was long and very dark, and danger lurked nearby

The woman kept on walking, scared to death but head held high.

The storm would come, the wind would blow, and whip the load around

Sometimes she cried and yelled aloud; sometimes she made no sound.

And all the while the strength that once was too hard to obtain

Grew and grew and she stood taller, strong beneath the strain.

The road could be so merciless, sometimes a storm’s attack

Added to the burden that she carried on her back.

Another weight, another task, a trial to be borne

She cried and staggered, almost falling, discouraged and forlorn.

“But wait,” she said, remembering, “I’ve walked this road a while,

And I have gained a lot of muscle, along each grueling mile.”

And so she put her back again, against the load she bore,

And much to her surprise, it lifted, easier than before.

The days wore into weeks and months and soon, when troubles came

She would eye the trouble, smiling, “Are we doing this again?”

Travelers who met her, as they journeyed on her path,

Would say, “How do you do that?” and she would simply laugh.

“I want to say I do not know but that would not be true.

I simply keep on walking, just the way you do.”

You might know a woman who seems to be so strong

She didn’t plan to be that way, but then, walking along

She very simply chose to live in joy instead of pain

She may not even think of it too much, unless there’s rain

Or storms, or falls, or bruises, but just as she’s done before

She’ll stagger, gain her balance, and carry on once more.

In her heart, although she’s strong, she’s still so much a girl

Strong girls bring the best of strength and sweetness to the world.

So if you are a strong girl friend, I know you understand.

If you know one, you don’t have to ask to lend a hand.

Just pray for happy traveling, and a mostly sunny sky.

And if you like, snap a salute when she goes marching by. 


~ Alane Roberts 

God’s Hands

  

 

Define: 

God can be defined as the being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe and a spirit that has great power, strength, and knowledge, etc.  and that can affect nature and the lives of people.

 

Affirm:  

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”  Psalms 55:22

 

Recall:  

When we feel turmoil is taking place in our lives, it is absolutely normal to feel overwhelmed and worried.  It’s also normal to feel that there is no other way.  As I get wiser, I am witnessing the truth in GOD’s promises.  I have personally witnessed God’s work in all areas of my life.    Nothing is impossible for GOD.  He wants us to bring all of our problems to him.  

He told me so and God encouraged me to share this with you. 

 


I can do what man cannot nothing is impossible for my hands

 

You must have faith.  You must cleanse your hearts. You must believe and trust that I can.

 

Didn’t you read the stories of the many miracles in my holy book?

 

I gave you my only begotten son, to relieve you of your sins- for you his life I took.

 

Didn’t you bear witness to the co-worker, friend, and family member so terminally ill- the dr. diagnosed six months of life with no time to die?

 

Just remember the doctors were clueless, did not have the cure, the medicine was inactive; but many prayed so I extended life- and why?  I heard those cries.

 

Recall the drug addict, the alcoholic, the abuse, the thief, the liar, and the murderer you knew would not change.

 

Were you not surprised to see a renewed spirit- sharing my word, a new body in Christ, preaching the gospel, calling out my name?

 

Troubled marriages, relationships, friendships- were hanging onto the last string.

Do you see now that your patience, meditation, hallelujahs, helped you realized that Christ brings a possibility to all things.

 

What about that time you were ready -ready to give up? 

ready to throw in the towel?  You felt you had no strength, you sat in misery pondering in sadness that there was no other way?

 

Must I remind you that I remodeled your life- I created change for I am the potter and you are the clay.

 

I have turned many of your no’s into yes’.

 

I have made the impossible become possible

 

I am the one that turns darkness into light.

 

I am the one that takes away frowns and replaces them with smiles.

 

I am God of Gods, I gave you life, and I am the father of all man.

 

I can do what man cannot nothing is impossible for my hands.

 

God has the power to change our lives immediately.  We have to trust him.  When we choose to look at all the ways he has blessed us, it will be easier to cast our cares on him.  

 

Just know that turmoil is your testimony and your testimony and you will someday help someone else that is being tested!  

 

If you feel that you are being tested, I challenge you to cast your cares onto the Lord.  We know that nothing is impossible for GOD’s hands. When we succumb to a place of total surrender, our lives will never be the same!

 

Expression:

Dear GOD,

 

I am casting my cares on you.  If there are areas of my life that I need to place in your hands, please show me clearly so that I can surrender them all to you.  I know that I cannot get through this test without your hands.  God I am so grateful for healing and restoration in my life and the lives of others.  I thank you and love you dearly.  

 

Commit to the challenge.  I DARE you. ~ Lereca Monik 


#mydearestsister #Idareyou #restoredministries #itstimeforachange#anewyou #LiveRestored 

 

 


Day One 



You don’t know this, but today is the first day of the rest of my life.”  Those were the words I spoke to my BFF one morning in August of 2012 shortly after moving to a new city.  “Um, OK.” was the response I got.  I am always up to something, and she is always willing to humor me and hop on for the ride.  I gotta do something, here goes nothin’So began my 5:00AM running program.  Day One-5 min walk/2 min jog/5 min walk. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? But I did it. My rule was if I didn’t accomplish the day’s requirements, I repeated it the next day. Every morning I ran in the dark, no one could see that I’m NOT a perfect picture of somebody who’s never not good enough. Each morning was a new Day One and I was actually getting through the program. By week 5 I was saying, “only a 10 minute jog today!”  Morning after morning as I made my first turn, a single star was waiting to guide me and I would pray to get through the daily set.  Weeks 8, 9, and 10 just kept on rolling.  I wasn’t wishing any more, I was actually doing it. It was the final day! Ooh….the.final.day.– a 30 minute jog.  Again, this required a phone call to the BFF on the night prior, “How am I going to DO this?” In her simple, loving, smack-down way she assured me, “you just will.”  And, I did!  It was 5:00AM and my star was right there to guide me along with many prayers of thanks. My best days are not behind me, they are shining brightly in front of me. They’re numerous, and joyful, and amazing, and inspiring. Every day is Day One for that day’s adventure filled with God’s mercy and grace. The Sun’s Coming Up, The Beginning Has Begun.


              ~Heather Doughty 



Day One – Matthew West

http://youtu.be/Qq2Tp3asLU8

Well, I wish I had a short term memory
Wish the only thing my eyes could see
Was the future burning bright right in front of me
But I can’t stop looking back

Yeah, I wish I was a perfect picture of
Somebody who’s never not good enough
I try to measure up but I mess it up
And I wish I wasn’t like that

I wish I wasn’t wishing anymore
Wish I could remember that nobody’s keeping score
I’m tired of throwing pennies in a well
I gotta do something
Here goes nothin’

It’s day one of the rest of my life
It’s day one of the best of my life
I’m marching on to the beat of a brand new drum
Yeah, here I come 
The future has begun
Day one

Well, every single day Your grace reminds me
That my best days are not behind me
Wherever my yesterday may find me
Well, I don’t have to stay there

See my hourglass is upside down
My someday soon is here and now
The clock is tickin’
And I’m so sick and tired of missing out

It’s day one
And here comes the sun

Every morning, every morning
Every morning, mercy’s new
Every morning, every morning
Every morning, I will fix my eyes on You
Every morning, every morning
Every morning, mercy’s new
Every morning, every morning
Sun’s coming up, the beginning has begun

Starting over, I’m starting over
Starting over, I’m starting over, starting now
I’m starting over
Starting over, I’m starting over
Starting over
Starting over, starting now
I’m starting over