Thirst 

  

Define

Thirst can be defined as a feeling of needing or wanting to drink something or a strong desire for something. 

 

The urban dictionary defines thirst as a form of lust of or want from members of the opposite sex. 

 

Affirm:  

John 4: 14 “but whomever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

 

Recall:  

I lay here in my bed speechless, in tears, confused, amazed, in awe, thankful, and full of the spirit.  

 

Let me take you back a few weeks ago. A few weeks ago, I was at a restaurant with a few girlfriends. I watched a group of men basically sit at their tables with this look of wanting to bite various women as they walked through the door. These men seemed at the time is–what I would call hungry. I was uncomfortable by the way they looked at other women and most importantly by the way they looked at me. These guys were in my words doing way too much. One of my girlfriends said “those guys are thirsty and the thirst is real!”    

 

That phrase never left my mind and I began searching for areas in the bible that spoke on thirst. We know how GOD delivers, he is always on time. God led me to the story of the woman at the well. I don’t think I was ready for what I was going to experience.

 

Reading the story, I learned that the woman at the well was faced with the following issues in her life: low self-esteem, hopelessness, morale, and feeling ostracized. This woman let others treat her cheaply, and as a result she treated herself very cheaply. I have been the woman at the well and I am sure many of you have too.  

 

You see, people do not grow up wanting to be treated cheaply…little girls do not aspire to be career prostitutes and little boys do not aspire to become abusers; but unfortunately children who are abused in any form, tend to abuse themselves and others. Our human nature forces us to make desperate choices in the wake of abuse and oppression. This is why we are experiencing this thirst epidemic. Men and woman have an excessive thirst to replace what was taken from them or not given to them as children…love and attention.   

 

What do you thirst for? Have you been treating yourself cheaply? Do you find yourself in abusive relationships? Are you thirsting over the opposite sex? Do you find yourself posting images on social media that seek the wrong type of attention? Are you sulking in feelings of guilt, shame, and fear- because of a past situation? What are you lusting over? 

 

Are you finding relief in the things you thirst for?   

 

Please don’t remain hostage by your past or what appears to be a social or cultural norm. Just like the woman at the well, we are dealing with issues and as a result this excessive thirst is exhausting and gives us a blurred vision.   

 

 

For years I carried the burden of molestation—I was treated cheaply by men as a child and in turn I continued to allow men to treat me cheaply (with little respect). That’s why I lay here in tears, I see so many hurting people, who like me suffered as a child. I am so thankful that we don’t have to be in bondage by what happened in our past. If we truly thirst for more, just like the woman at the well, GOD is ready to give you a drink of the living water. Go take a drink and thirst no more!

 

Commit to the change…I Dare you!

 

 

Exercise:

Dear God,

 

I want to drink from your well. Thank you for giving me an excessive thirst for you. Thank you for giving me the grace that I need to be free from past bondage. I love you. 

~Lereca Monik  

 

#lerecamonik #restoredministries #itstimeforachange #anewyou #mydearestsister #Idareyou #LiveRestored #MindBodySoul 

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First Things First 

  

Before I bring my need, I will bring my heart, before I lift my cares I will lift my arms.”

These words from this song remind me of making a promise to God. 
When we make our promises they are most likely heartfelt and made from a place of true desire, but many times fall flat. 
Well that’s not what happens with God’s promises. 
What does a promise mean when it involves God?
 It means there is always an answer, a result, a change, an assurance!
My prayer is that we continually shift our hearts to wanting, actually yearning, to SEEK and KNOW God.
 I know many of you reading this already know what it feels to like to feel God’s Spirit lovingly pull you to spend time with Him. 
The feeling of ‘I have got to just sit down and read His Word’ or an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness and reverent fear and love for your Father. But if you have never truly experienced this love relationship or you have fallen away and you feel as though your relationship with the Lord has grown stale and empty, let me remind you of God’s promise.
 “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” GOD ’s Decree. – Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13 MSG‬‬




Do not be discouraged by how much time or devotion it will take to know your Father because he is full out seeking and desiring a love relationship with you as well. 
This song is a declaration of seeking God first. 

The heart of a person desiring for God to be first, for Him to know how much we love Him. When we make the time and effort to seek Him and get to know Him and His ways, there is a result. There is something that happens to you from the inside out. 




While you listen to this song, I hope you also remember this promise. 
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”-‭‭      Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

                      ~Stephanie Wanic 

                        God’s Beauty Secrets  
#SongSunday this week-

First – by Lauren Daigle 

Lyrics:

Before I bring my need

I will bring my heart

Before I lift my cares

I will lift my arms

I wanna know You

I wanna find You

In every season

In every moment

Before I bring my need

I will bring my heart

And seek You

First

I wanna seek You

I wanna seek You

First

I wanna keep You

I wanna keep You

First

More than anything I want, I want You

First

Before I speak a word

Let me hear Your voice

And in the midst of pain

Let me feel Your joy

Ooh, I wanna know You

I wanna find You

In every season

In every moment

Before I speak a word

I will bring my heart

And seek You

First

I wanna seek You

I wanna seek You

First

I wanna keep You

I wanna keep You

First

More than anything I want, I want You

First

You are my treasure and my reward

Let nothing ever come before

You are my treasure and my reward

Let nothing ever come before

I seek You

First

Help Is On The Way 

  

When you crash, He sends reinforcements. Fresh supplies! Not only does He give you your heart desires, He will accomplish your plans.  
And once you win- we plan to raise the roof and lead the parade … With banners! 
Take heart- help is on the way! Everything is going to work out. ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

  

Here is one of my absolute favorite verses in the Message translation.  
What do you think of this verse? 

GOD answer you on the day you crash, The name God-of-Jacob put you out of harm’s reach, Send reinforcements from Holy Hill, Dispatch from Zion fresh supplies, Exclaim over your offerings, Celebrate your sacrifices, Give you what your heart desires, Accomplish your plans.

When you win, we plan to raise the roof and lead the parade with our banners. May all your wishes come true! That clinches it—help’s coming, an answer’s on the way, everything’s going to work out. (‭Psalm‬ ‭20‬:‭1-6‬ MSG)

  

To Love A Man 

  

To Love A Man

Would Be To Me

The Ongoing Road

At Sunset

Nothing Facing Me

But Eternity

Shared With A Lover

Who Will Be There  

Sunrise, Happily

Someone Warm

To Hold Me

To Smile As

Our Lips Meet

To Love A Man

Is Wonderful

But Above, To Be Loved

This Is The Greatest Thing

These Hands Have Not Yet

Held A Lovers Heart

Nor Gently Brushed 

His Hair From Brow

To Kiss That Hard Day Bye

This Spirit Free, Though Alone

Would Spend Forever Searching 

For Endless Sleepless Nights 

Have Kept Her Bound

With Next To Nothing

Pillows Are Not Flesh

Satin Sheets Cannot Caress

My Side When Rain

Pours On The Outside

Ah, To Love A Man

This Is The Greatest Thing

     ❤️Krystal Lynne 
  

Reflections

  

  Every now and then I go to the antique store on my lunch break or on my way home. Not to buy anything really just to look and touch and dream. Sometimes I allow myself 15 minutes and 15 dollars, Or 10 minutes and 5 dollars. Yesterday I gave myself 20 minutes and zero dollars to look around. The minute I walked in the door I saw something that completely took my breath away. It was a dressing table from the 1920s with a marble top, solid walnut, complete with ornate brass handles and a beveled mirror that went all the way to the ceiling. I stood there and thought about what it must be like to own a piece of furniture this grand and what it must be like to sit at a mirror like this, take my time and get ready. 

   

As I looked at the mirrors’ reflection I saw myself and I looked out of place. I also saw something else. I started thinking about all the reflections that one beautiful mirror has framed over the years. How many times did she (whoever “she” was at the time) look at herself and see all her imperfections? 

How many parties did this mirror see her get ready for?  

I wonder …. Was she the same on the inside as the mirror showed the outside?  

Was she happy? 

 Did she doubt herself as a wife or a mother? 

 Did she laugh at herself or did she take things way too seriously?  

Was she slowly brushing her hair one day and wonder where all the gray came from? I wonder.

 

I would like to have time to sit and brush my hair 100 times or powder my nose and hum my favorite tune and just daydream while I get ready in the mornings.

 I’m sure she had more to do than I imagine she did but her life was much simpler….it had to be. 
As I get ready in the morning there’s one hundred little things going thru my head. I am bombarded with lists, and things to do, people to see, places to go.

 I have sticky notes stuck on the side of my dusty mirror that I see every day to remind me of important things.  

And at some point in the past I took an eye pencil and wrote “Pray” smack dab in the middle of it. So to say my mind is in a million different places in the morning is an understatement. 

The Bible teaches us that we are made in God’s image. Where we see wrinkles He looks and sees laughter, hard work and perseverance. Where we see dark circles under our sleepy eyes, He listened all night and heard every prayer we whispered, thought or cried in silence. All while everyone else slept safe and sound.  

He knows that we are doing the best we can. 

 He is there in that reflection with us. Smiling at who we are, who we are trying to be. 

 He has wiped every tear and is already expecting the troubles we will come face to face with. He is ready. Even if we’re not. 

Each day I clearly see all my imperfections thru a mirror that could use a good cleaning. (I plan to add that to my list).

 I am so thankful that God sees more.  

 He made us for His Glory and loves the flaws that make us who He made us to be and He looks at our reflection thru His son Jesus and not only are we beautiful ….we are flawless. 

 ~ Susan Q, Bailey 

Genesis 1:27

So God created mankind in his own image,

  in the image of God he created them;

   male and female he created them.

Hebrews 1:3

 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 

Each Of Us Is An Original 

  
I was spending some time in Galatians this week in the Fruits of the Spirit when this title caught my eye: Two ways of Different Living in the CEB translation. I like the simplicity of CEB or ERV translations but I really love to look up verses in the Message translation because it just really hits the points home for me. Here is the Message version on the two ways of different living: 

  
My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?
It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives.                 Each of us is an original. 

                        (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭13-26‬ MSG)

  

This is all great advice!

Stop comparing- start loving! And remember – We are all an Original! 

                                  XXOO Michelle Bollom 

  

A Genesis Week 

  
I was reading in the word this week in The Message version, Psalm 51:10. It says
Psalm 51:10

God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.

 

As I was reading I felt God begin to impress on me – that is what he is wanting to do in His people. He wants to begin a Genesis week in your life. He wants to breathe new life and growth into you.

 

The universe is always expanding. Always growing, always going. Bursting with life. That began in Genesis, when God spoke it into being. There is no limit on the creative power of God.

 

God has spoken some things into being in our lives. Some of us have promises that he has given us that we have not yet seen in the natural. But the scriptures promise us that if God began a good work in you, He is faithful to complete it and that His word does not return void! Stay faithful to your covenant with God. Keep trusting. Keep looking to Him. You may not see it yet, but if God has spoken it, it is on the way.

 

Some of us have seen the fulfillment of promises in our lives. They have walked out a portion of God’s plan for their life and now they feel that their time has past. God’s word is alive in you! The fulfillment of a work in you and through you is not the end of all work in you and through you. The fulfillment of a purpose in you is not the end of all purpose in you. He has more for you. The life and power he has spoken into you through His word is always growing and always expanding.

 

His word says that He makes all things new. He has made each of us the promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. The Bible is full of promises that God spoke into being for your life. I encourage you, keep walking with God. Keep reaching out to Him and seeking Him. He wants to start a Genesis week in you and breathe His life into you.

                           ~Dana Smith 

  

Emptiness

  
 

Define

Emptiness can be defined as the state of containing nothing; the quality of lacking meaning; or the quality of having no value or purpose.  

 

Affirm:  

Psalms 23: 

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

 

 

Recall:  

When Michelle, asked me share stories on Restored Ministries, I initially thought about what my platform needed to be. I think I really overly thought about what her followers wanted me to write about. Now that I have been sharing stories for nearly 10 months–during this time, I have learned that people need authenticity. People need disciples that are REAL. People need to know that they are not alone in life’s journey. People need…real people…sharing…real stories…about…real life dilemmas. So in my quest to be real, authentic, and open- I invite you learn more about me.

 

For years, I was an addict of perfection. I wanted to look perfect. I wanted my life to appear perfect. I wanted perfect parents. I wanted to meet the perfect person. I wanted the perfect job. I wanted the perfect friends. I wanted the perfect relationship with GOD. This need to be perfect was just a manifestation of insecurities that was embraced over the years. This need for a “perfect” life kept me stuck, depressed, lonely, and often feeling empty.    

 

No matter how perfect I looked or it looked or how perfected I wanted it- I always was seeking more or something better. I could not accept that in my quest for perfection, I was truly living in emptiness. So then I embraced empty relationships, empty friendships, empty career choices, empty conversations, and empty expectations…the list can go on and on.  

 

Although, everything looked good, a piece of me was missing. I felt like a piece of my soul was missing. I blamed my emptiness on things like: 

• Losing my mom at an early age.

• Blaming myself for having an alcohol addiction.

• Manipulating people with my tenderness only for personal gain.

• Aborting a child that I might not ever know. 

• Not having the friendships that I wanted or just flat out not being a good friend.

• Living in guilt because of sexual immortality and creating soul ties that become soul burdens.

• Giving up on my dreams.  

• Being dissatisfied with my daily routine- whatever it was at the time, work, family, social life, school, etc. 

 

When I began thinking about life and the life I wanted to design for myself. I realized my life was empty because I selfishly had carnal desires of the heart. Carnal desires will leave you feeling empty. I was tired of emptiness. Just like the readers of RESTORED are hoping to connect to a real person, I was seeking something real.    

 

I knew my life would only be satisfied with encountering GOD and developing a more perfected- not perfect relationship with him. I knew that I could not any longer seek fleshly relationships- I need a spiritual breakthrough. I didn’t know where to start; but I started in Psalms 23.  

 

I meditated and studied PSALMS 23 for several days. In this passage, it helped me understand that sheep are helpless without their shepherd. The shepherd is the protector of his sheep. And just like the sheep, we are helpless with our shepherd- the Lord thy GOD.   

 

The passage begins with…”The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” As a sheep (child) in the Shepherd’s (fathers) care, we can rest in knowing that we will lack nothing. If you are experiencing emptiness in your life, or if you ever come to a point where you are feeling empty, please rest in this scripture. Spend time in Psalms 23.  

 

You no longer need to fill empty, GOD promises that your cup will runneth over! Let GOD restore you, lead you, comfort you, and anoint you.    

So it is! Commit to the change. I DARE YOU!

 

 

Exercise:

Dear God,

 

Thank you for showing me the empty spaces in my life. Thank you for helping me find rest in your scripture and restoration in my life. Please keep me on the path of living a fulfilled life. Thank you for your goodness and mercy. I love you.

              ~ Lereca Monik
#lerecamonik #restoredministries #itstimeforachange #anewyou #mydearestsister #Idareyou #LiveRestored 

Everything’s Alright 

  

How long have I been in this storm?

So overwhelmed by the ocean’s shapeless form

Water’s getting harder to tread

With these waves crashing over my head
If I could just see you

Everything would be all right

If I’d see you

This darkness would turn to light
And I will walk on water

And you will catch me if I fall

And I will get lost into your eyes

I know everything will be alright

I know everything is alright
I know you didn’t bring me out here to drown

So why am I ten feet under and upside down

Barely surviving has become my purpose

Because I’m so used to living underneath the surface
If I could just see you

Everything would be all right

If I’d see you

This darkness would turn to light
And I will walk on water

And you will catch me if I fall

And I will get lost into your eyes

And I know everything will be alright
And I will walk on water

And you will catch me if I fall

And I will get lost into your eyes

Lyrics to Storm-by Lifehouse 
Do you feel 10 feet under and upside down?  

Sometimes do you just wish you could have Jesus with skin on or in the very least catch a small glimpse of Him and see how He is working all things out?

Don’t let barely surviving become your purpose.   Stop living just under the surface. He didn’t bring you this far to drown. 


It will ALL be alright. 

Everything’s Alright 

           ~XXOO Michelle Bollom

Watch this weeks SongSunday by Lifehouse here:

Holding On! 

  

The broken clock is a comfort, it helps me sleep tonight

Maybe it can stop tomorrow from stealing all my time

I am here still waiting though I still have my doubts

I am damaged at best, like you’ve already figured out
I’m falling apart, I’m barely breathing

With a broken heart that’s still beating

In the pain there is healing

In your name I find meaning

So I’m holdin’ on, I’m holdin’ on, I’m holdin’ on

I’m barely holdin’ on to you
The broken locks were a warning you got inside my head

I tried my best to be guarded, I’m an open book instead

I still see your reflection inside of my eyes

That are looking for a purpose, they’re still looking for life
I’m falling apart, I’m barely breathing

With a broken heart that’s still beating

In the pain (in the pain), is there healing

In your name (in your name) I find meaning

So I’m holdin’ on (I’m still holdin’), I’m holdin’ on (I’m still holdin’), I’m holdin’ on (I’m still holdin’)

I’m barely holdin’ on to you
I’m hangin’ on another day

Just to see what you will throw my way

And I’m hanging on to the words you say

You said that I will be OK
The broken lights on the freeway left me here alone

I may have lost my way now, haven’t forgotten my way home
I’m falling apart, I’m barely breathing

With a broken heart that’s still beating

In the pain(In the pain) there is healing

In your name I find meaning

So I’m holdin’ on (I’m still holdin’), I’m holdin’ on (I’m still holdin’), I’m holdin’ on (I’m still holdin’),

I’m barely holdin’ on to you


I’m holdin’ on (I’m still holdin’), I’m holdin’ on (I’m still holdin’), I’m holdin’ on (I’m still holdin’),

I’m barely holdin’ on to you-

 Lyrics to song “Broken” by Lifehouse 

Sometimes I just can’t wait for SongSunday to share a great song. This is an older song by Lifehouse. It is not necessarily considered a Christian song but Lifehouse is a crossover band and when I hear this song I feel like it is a song that I sing to the Lord when I am going through a trial or tough season. 

May it bring comfort to you today. Hold on! Hold on to Him, even if you are barely holding on.   

                ~XXOO Michelle Bollom