Seeking Insight? 



Tasseomancy – Reading tea leaves; a divination for gaining insight. 

Divination- the practice of using signs (such as an arrangement of tea leaves or cards) or special powers to predict the future.

Tasseomancy may be a fancy word but this divination is not from God.  

For Divine Direction and gaining insight there is only One to seek and it won’t be found at the bottom of your cup.  

Stop seeking answers and insight in tea leaves, horoscopes, or psychics.  There is no peace or provision found in the universe, a higher power, or in the Secret’s vision boards.

Seek The Highest Power, the Creator of the Universe.  The Prince of Peace & The Great Provider.  He is the only One that has all the answers, peace, provision, and insight you need.   #LiveRestored 

~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. ~ Matthew 6:33 NLT 


“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. ~Matthew 6:33The Message (MSG)


Crazy Stupid Thoughts

 

Lately, I don’t know exactly why but I find at times I have some fear and doubt creep up and try to grab a hold of me.  
Thoughts of worry about my kids. 
All of the “what if’s” start to swirl around in my head. 
Crazy thoughts that shoot out or at me from no where. 

I could be driving and get a flash of an accident or a thought of complete worry just when my kids walk across the street. 

Crazy Stupid Thoughts!!

I have to quickly decide what to do with these thoughts. 
Do I dwell on it and go into the full blown worry and fret mode?
Do I just blow it off and choose to not think on those things?
I have just a couple of seconds to decide what to do with these crazy stupid thoughts. 
Sometimes I turn it around and shoot up a prayer. 


Like this:
Thank you God that you have placed angels of protection around me and my family.  I trust that you are keeping us safe and I know that I can place all of my worries in Your Hands. 

If that doesn’t work then I speak a promise from God’s Word. 

Psalm 91:11-12
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

I sometimes chuckle at some of the weird thoughts that come across my mind at times. I know they are not my thoughts because they can be so bizarre.  I can pinpoint they are not my thinking because I have not been dwelling on those specific fears. 

I know to take responsibility if I have spent time mulling over and replaying thoughts that could cause me to have fearful or not so nice thoughts. 

And then there are times when we do have circumstances that would cause any normal person to be anxious and afraid. That’s when you have to be diligent the most with what you allow to come across your thinker. 

I  am reminded of the armor of a God. We are instructed to put it on. 
Last time I checked, we really need to dress daily not just once to stayed clean and clothed.  
Gross!! Imagine if we only got dressed once in our lifetime. 
We would outgrow, out smell and be cast out in the woods with our tattered too tight of an outfit. 

Since I don’t live in a nudist colony. 
Best choice for everyone involved. 
I need to daily get dressed physically and spiritually. 

I don’t want to be caught with my armor down!! ha!

Take a look at what Paul wrote to the Ephesians under house arrest in prison.  This applies to us. At least those of us who want to be victorious and not let things like fear, doubt or worry get the best of us. Your fiery dart might come packaged with a different name. 

Grief
Discouragement
Jealousy
Rage
Offense
Lust
Revenge
Self-pity

Remember the purpose of a fiery dart is to set you on fire. It only takes a spark to get a fire going. 
The mind is the biggest battlefield. 

Ephesians  6:10-17 
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Get up each morning and put on the armor of God. 
It doesn’t have to be a long and drawn out process. 

Just say something as quick and easy as, “I am wearing you Jesus every where I go. Let’s go out and do this day together.”  

I like to keep things simple. 
If a thought comes your way that is not going to take you to a place of love, joy, peace, self-control, kindness, forbearance or gentleness then extinguish it with your intentional thoughts of the Truth. 

Strategy:
Pull down or pluck off some fruits of the Spirit from your tree of life and toss out a fruit salad to chew on. 

Amazing how much better you will feel. The negative thoughts can’t hold on to something that doesn’t come into agreement with the fiery darts of destruction.  

Galatians 5:22-23  
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

James 4:7-8
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Be fruity and don’t allow fear or any other tactic from the enemy to be worn on you today.  
It’s just not fashionable. You were not fashioned to wear such tattered too tight of clothing. 

Light On,
   Kelley Allison
    John1:4-5


Keep Looking Up! 

  

Even in the valley’s of heartbreak, struggles and despair you can still see the mountain tops if you just keep looking up! 

Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus; don’t focus on the destruction or mess around you. 

Keep pressing on. Keep believing and hoping for that beautiful mountain top view…you are closer than you think!  

#LiveRestored 

-XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Every valley shall be lifted and filled up, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked and uneven shall be made straight and level, and the rough places a plain.~ Isaiah 40:4 AMP


But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength.

  They will soar on wings as eagles.

They will run—never winded, never weary.

  They will walk—never tired, never faint. -Isaiah 40:31The Voice (VOICE)


Resurrection 

  

 

Define: 

Resurrection can be defined as the act of restoring a dead person, condition of being restored to life, and the rising again from the dead of all mankind at the Last Judgment.  

 

Affirm:  

Act 3: 13-15 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.

 

Recall:  

The past few days were days in which we gathered with friends, family, and loved ones to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  Many of us started our weekend on Good Friday- coming together to break fast from Lent.   Then many of us gathered in our communities to take our children Easter Egg hunting.  Lastly, many of us celebrated the rising of Christ on Sunday.    

 

The resurrection of Christ is a big deal and I will recap the importance of this weekend. 

1. Jesus proved how divine he is by dying on the cross.  
2. Christ died to forgive us of our sins. 
3. The resurrection proves that we can have eternal life
4. The resurrection proves that the enemy can be defeated.

 

I thank you Lord for Christ’s resurrection!  As I pondered more this Easter Sunday, I thought wow sometimes I feel like the enemy tries hard to defeat me.  I am so thankful that in GOD in Christ, I am restored.  I am so thankful that Christ died so that I can be free.  I am so glad that I can have eternal life.    


You are resurrected and God can bring restoration in your life!  


Exercise:

 

Dear GOD,

 

Thank you so much for giving up your son for me.  I am so grateful that in him I have eternal life.  Please help me to put all my trust in you O’Lord.  God just like you resurrected your son; I seek restoration, and healing in my life.  I love you and thank you.  

 

Commit to the challenge.  I DARE you. 

               ~Lereca Monik 


I enjoyed listening to this song


The King Is Here! 

  


The tomb is empty- the grave clothes left behind.  Because He Lives- we can face whatever tomorrow brings! 

Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. – Floyd W. Tomkins 

“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.”-A.w. Tozer 


If anyone or anything tries to curse or kill the Goodness at the Center of all things, it will just keep coming back to life.  Forever Easter!-David Housholder


Happy Easter! 
Enjoy your day and this powerful song by Kim Walker-Smith 

Hallelujah – The King Is Here! 

Listen to this weeks 

XXOO, Michelle Bollom 

The Tree 

  


Alone and barren it stands.
A somber sight to behold.
Though hollow and quiet,
Therein lies a secret.

Soon to be set afire by the rising sun,
Its brilliant apparition
Will present a glimpse
Of the life within. 

For dormancy brings rest.
Stillness brings peace.
All foreshadowing the
Beauty to come.
 
A stirring.  A yearning.
A reignited flame.
A newness not to replace,
But to extend.

Full and fertile, it will stand.
A breathtaking sight to behold. 
An evident gift for all
Having eyes to see and hearts to receive. 

-S. Gable

*As my family and I were traveling out of state this past Christmas, I was taken aback by the sight of an old, old tree set way back in the field along the road we traveled.  It stood alone and still.  Kansas was much further into winter than Texas, so it wasn’t a surprise that the depths of the effects of the season were undeniably apparent.  I’m certain the freezing temperatures had more than a little to do with the barren sight before me.  Having caught my eye from quite a distance, I was allowed several minutes to take it all in, and I did just that.  I knew then that there was a significance not to be forgotten , and The Lord planned for me to use it in my writing. Here I am, three months later, and a piece of that purpose is being fulfilled.  With the changing of seasons, this poem has come to light.   I believe, as with trees, God’s people go through times of dormancy, not to become comfortable in hibernation, but to be rejuvenized for the next season in order to grow and fulfill even more than before. There was much more given to me through the vision of that tree, and I look forward to future words He will soon provide.  God bless! -Stephanie 


Does This Shoe Fit You? 

  


My takeaway notes from the movie: yes, I take notes at movies….don’t judge!!!

Have courage and be kind 

The greatest risk is 
to be seen as we truly are 

Take me as I am 

I forgive you 

See the world not as it is but as it could be 

If you only believe 

    I just went to see the movie Cinderella. My girls wouldn’t go with me. So my mom and I drug my seven year old niece to it yesterday. Now granted she had already seen it last week. She was doing me a favor by obliging to go with me. 
     Let me back up and say I am a huge Cinderella fan with quite the active imagination. I grew up in the 70’s watching the original Disney edition of Cinderella. We had the bulky VHS tapes back in the day of waiting to rewind and fast forward. 
I still remember that I too fell in love with the prince and cried when the clock struck midnight and Cinderella’s dream was snatched away as she raced away in her carriage through the forest. 
I have probably seen all the movies and Cinderella book editions that were ever created or published. I remember when I taught third grade language arts and we studied several different cultural adaptions of the story of Cinderella. It seems the story goes way back and continues to still resonate with a wide audience. 

I never really put much thought into the story comparing it to my relationship with Jesus until just recently I had a revelation. 

  Not too long ago I was nestled away in a cabin surrounded by a dark forest. Seven dwarfs or rather a couple of friends were spending the weekend with me. Any excuse to get away and have some fun with your friends. We had spent some time reading scripture and journaling. We purposely positioned ourselves to be alone and quiet as to hear the still voice inside of each of us. Sometimes we have to be intentional on being quiet and still to hear what the Holy Spirit is whispering to us
This day I got a whole earful on Cinderella and how Jesus wants to be my Prince Charming. 
I know your thinking, “That’s a weird thought.”.
Keep in mind God knows my inner thoughts and desires before I was even born.   
Remember He knows all my stuff all the way back to my desires and thoughts as a child. 

Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Psalm 139:2
“You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.”

Our Father knows how to individually speak to us like no one else could possibly imagine. 

I wish I could find my journal to share exactly what He revealed to me that day out in the woods.  The main point was that I got the revelation that He too was pursuing me like the prince was searching out for his lost princess. 

Does this shoe fit you?

Are you longing for someone to fill that void of discontentment ?

Are you wishing someone would come and rescue you out of your mundane life of cinders?

Maybe you never thought of Jesus being one who pursues you and desires to dance with you as you walk out the details of your everyday life. 

John 14:21 
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

Bippity boppity boo

You too can experience your Prince Charming without any midnight strikes turning you and your things back into old rags, cinders, pumpkins, lizards or rats. 

John 10:10 (The Message)
” A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”

“Why do some persons ‘find’ God in a way that others do not? Why does God manifest His Presence to some and let multitudes of others struggle along in the half-light of imperfect Christian experience? Of course the will of God is the same for all. He has no favorites within His household. All He has ever done for any of His children He will do for all of His children. The difference lies not with God but with us.”
A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

Get out of the woods and ask Him for that first dance?

BTW, I give the Cinderella movie three thumbs up. Go see it!!

Glass Slipper On,
   Kelley Allison
    John1:4-5

  

The Quivering Seed 

 

 

Yearning to believe 
Yet a little frightened
The mustard seed of faith…
Quivers in the silence
Darkness dawning the new day
Hope & Trust paving the way
Lastly Love nurturing
Mother Earths moist guidance
Propelling the seed upward
The life inside
Exploding
Joyously breaking
Through soil
Pained by tribulation
Patience birthed
By the hell we loathe
Called waiting
It’s easier to believe
For you
Because I feel no pain
Faith for me is tiring
Because I’m exhausted
Flickering flames
Quivering faith
Seeds …..
We just walk away
Will our tears
Water the prayer
Gone forth?
God is not moved
By emotion
But trust
If I can muster 
A tiny seed
I know my heart
Can still believe.

❤️ Krystal Lynne 


Joy & Happiness 

  

I’ve often been told by visiting my friends or family members that I always look happy. They have known and seen my painful struggle with hardships in finances, divorce, betrayal and loss but still I always appear cheerfully encouraged. 
I tell them I found joy in my heart. That’s the part they don’t understand most. How do you get joy in your heart when you go through hard times? 
I thought that is very a good question. 
Is there a difference between Joy and Happiness?
 As I prayed to Holy Spirit to orchestrate my thoughts, I was led to:
 “Joy of the Lord is your strength” 
        -Nehemiah 12:42-43.
This means God strengthens us spiritually in the midst of suffering with the joy given only by the Holy Spirit.  
In my opinion Happiness is a decision or a perspective. It is unrelated to my circumstances. Happiness, like most things, is dependent on our relationship with God who is unwavering and eternal. We don’t base our life on circumstances, but on God. 
My example was my mission trip. In Guatemala, I visited children who have very little or nothing yet were happy.  Food, shelter and safety is all they needed. 
Happiness is unrelated to stuff. 
True joy however is far deeper than happiness. We can feel the joy in spite of our deepest troubles. Happiness is temporary because it is based on external circumstance, but joy is lasting because it is based on God’s presence. 
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalms 30:5
And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; it shall rejoice in His Salvation.” Psalm 35:9
I read a devotional article “Choose Joy: Because happiness is not Enough”,  by Karen Warren co-founder of SaddleBack Church with her husband Rick Warren in Lake Forest, California. 
She wrote; “the meaning of Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of your life. the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.” 
My conclusion to the question on Joy and Happiness is, yes; I’m happy because I choose to be happy, knowing God is with me every step of the way.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and he will set your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-7
This is where I find my joy; Knowing a deeper truth that He is in control no matter what my circumstances are and I trust hope and love deeply in Him. ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill