Words

  
Words…….

Oh how they can be woven together so beautifully and elegantly and bring such joy to others… And then there are those Words that can fly out unscripted in anger or emotion or just be very unpolitically correct. Either way they come out, you can’t retrieve them, they are all out there in the atmosphere swirling.  

What If we were judged, ridiculed, cursed, discarded and disqualified by every unworthy word that flew out of our mouths?

I think that would make us all be unqualified at some point.

 I think of the story of the woman caught in adultery and Jesus told the angry crowds – those of you without sin pick up your stones….. 
Many were ready to stone this woman to death. I wonder how many pridefully went to reach for a stone to throw at the woman before they realized they too had sinned?  

Whether it is Kanye West or Donald Trump or you or me, or whomever said words you did not like…May we remember….. 

We will all only answer to One Judge regarding our words. May we all put down our stones and realize none of us is perfect. 

 May we all practice saying worthy words as well as, extend forgiveness to those that haven’t.   

                   ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.” ~Matthew 12:36 NASB 

Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.” Ephesians 4:29 AMP 

Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.~ Proverbs 18:21 MSG 

Peacemakers

  
Peacemakers

Promoting Peace

Building Up

Encouraging

Turning the other cheek…

70×7

War is 

In the Heart

Of man

Not God

His Plan is to

Succeed and Thrive

Humble Yourself

In the Sight of God

Don’t you Dare

Hide From Him

Surrender

Your Life

Then Peace

Will Dwell

And You

Shall

Rest

In Him

Stop.Fighting.God.

Come In

His Kingdom

Is Coming

Enter In

❤️ Krystal Lynne 
  

Pain 

  
Define

Pain can be defined as physical or emotional suffering due to injury, illness, or torment.

 

Affirm

2 Corinthians 7:9 “Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways.”

 

Recall

A couple of weeks ago, my pastor helped me redefine how pain is important in our lives. In short, he told a story of how he got into a car accident years ago. He spoke on how he was paralyzed and that he could not feel his limbs for a few weeks. During this process; however his brain was still functioning and he could think, he just could not move. During this time frame, he let GOD know that he did not want to live in paralysis for the rest of his days. Little did he know, GOD would deliver him from being paralyzed and in his delivery he would immediately feel excruciating pain! That is exactly what happened; because his body had been battered, bruised, and broken- he felt real pain. My pastor shared with our congregation that had it not been for the pain he would not have started seeking GOD’s promise for his life. GOD’s promise for his life was for him to pastor a church with his brother and he has been ministering to others for over two decades.

 

After my pastor shared his story, I realized his story was my story, and my story is your story. Just think, in life- we experience pain to help push us to GOD and His promises for our lives. Because of pain, we cry out to GOD to help us get up from moments of paralysis so that we can navigate through our problems to walk into our purpose. Can you imagine being in a moment of paralysis forever? I can’t. I personally know how pain feels and maybe you do too- it does not feel good; but is it necessary. In hearing my pastor’s story, I can say I am so grateful for the painful moments in my life.    

I have learned that pain:

1. Will encourage you to cry out to GOD.

2. Shows up in your life so that you can grow.

3. Forces you to reexamine everything.

4. Helps you realign yourself with GOD.

5. Causes you to reassess your relationships.

6. Will appear as a life test- something for you to pass.

7. Inspires you to reevaluate your life’s purpose.

8. Helps you learn how to prioritize your life.

9. Is only temporary.

10. Will not follow you to heaven.

 

God does not allow physical and emotional suffering to hurt you, he knows that you will repent and change your ways. When you are faced with a moment of pain- just know the pain is a temporary place. Trust me you will be positioned in your place of purpose when you experience pain because your prayers will force you to declare GOD’s promises for your life.

Enjoy the journey!

 

 

Exercise:

Dear God,

Thank you so much for showing me that pain is temporary. Thank you for helping me understand that pain will help guide me to my purpose in life. Because of the pain my life will never be the same! I love you. ~Lereca Monik

 

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

Mighty One 

Today for #SongSunday we are bringing you an original song by Stephanie Gable.   May you enjoy singing this today…. and every day!

I will praise You

in the morning.

I will see You

all day long.

I will love You

in the evening.

I will sleep

to Your song.

You are the Mighty One.

You are my King.

You are the One

who gave me voice to sing.

You are mine,

and I am Yours.

When the dawn breaks,

I  will see You

Waiting there for me.

With your arms

Stretched wide open,

I will fall to my knees.

When you pick me up

And carry me

To that place

Called home,

I’ll be forever with You,

Face to face

At the throne.

You are the Mighty One.

You are my King.

You are the One

Who gave me voice to sing.

You are mine,

And I am Yours.

You are mine,

And I am Yours.

You are mine,

And I am Yours.

S. Gable

Transformation 

  

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.

When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.  Genesis 32:24-29 NIV 

 

 

1. The Confrontation Phase – When Jacob is at the forks of Jabbok he is preparing to meet with his brother Esau, whom he had wronged. He split up his belongings, servant, and family and prepared gifts, sending them ahead, hoping that Esau would spare him the retribution he had earned. He was in fear, and was preparing for his own destruction. In verse 24 it states that he was alone. And then there came a Man who began to wrestle with him.

God initiates the wrestling match. People like to say “I found the Lord” – He found you! John 6:44 says that “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” God has already prepared a way for us! He initiates contact with us when we are looking to change into His image. When we stop in our tracks and say, “I’m going to stop making my own plans and just wait.” Be still. Be silent. When we stop our actions to self destruct, that’s when God shows up and begins to interact with us.

 
2. Internal Contesting – Have you ever “wrestled” with a thought, idea, or plan of action? The wrestling that we so often do with God is the world’s philosophy and way of doing things versus God’s way. God’s way vs. our way. What we want versus Love. When we look at verse 25 we see that the angel wrestling with Jacob wasn’t winning! We can be so steeped in what we want that it’s hard for God to get His message across to us. He won’t force you. He will wrestle with your spirit, pursue you, but not force you.

 

3. The Built-In Chastisement – In verse 25 the man/angel sees that he isn’t winning and touches Jacob’s hip so that it is injured as Jacob fights him. 

God will let you have your way. He will let your actions and defiance of Him bring you pain, but it is pain with a purpose. This pain can stop the destruction that lies in wait for us. We just have to stop fighting. This is demonstrated over and over in the Bible – the pigpen was a painful place to be before the prodigal son returned to his father. The whale’s belly was a painful place to be before Jonah repented. A lot of times we change just because we are hurting so bad. The thing is, although God initiates the struggle, we are the ones who determine how long it lasts and how bad we are injured. He leaves it in our hands.

 

4. Intense Clinging Phase – In verse 25 Jacob realizes that it is almost daybreak. His time is growing short. His window of opportunity is growing smaller. How often do we let our opportunity for God to do something in us slip by because we are too busy fighting him to realize it? Jacob’s response is “I won’t let you go unless you bless me.” Jacob is just holding on to God, because he realizes he needs Him. You can know you need God, and not give up fighting Him and cling to Him. Once you stop fighting God, you have to embrace Him. You have to acknowledge your need for Him and then hold tight to Him. 

 

5. The Request – Jacob asked for blessing. In this act, he not only acknowledged his need for God, but His Lordship. He yielded to Him, and submitted to His authority. He acknowledged that God was in charge and was superior. In his submission he asked for blessing. People’s lives change when they ask for God’s blessing. (1 Chronicles 4:10) When Jabez cried out to God and asked for blessing, God granted it to him. (Joshua 2:12-14) When Rahab asked for mercy and blessing the men of God gave it to her. (Mark 10:46-52) When Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus for mercy and healing he recieved his sight. Jeremiah 33:3 promises “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” When we are in a place of submission and brokenness before God and we cry out to Him He WILL answer that call.

 

6. Identifying Yourself – In verse 27 the reply to this request is “What is your name?” And he says “Jacob.” 

In Hebrew the name Jacob means “supplanter” “one who grasps at the heel”. The root of his name comes from the Hebrew word for “to follow” and can also mean “to cheat.” Jacob identified who he was to God. He admitted his name. He admitted that he was the trickster, the cheater, one who had robbed his very brother. Repentance starts when you ADMIT what you have done wrong. When we confess our guilt to God, He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us. 1 John 1:9 -I f we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

 

7. Transformation – In verse 28 Jacob is told “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel…” 

When we have done all these things, then God gives us a new name. He gives us a new identity, one working WITH God. Confess out of your mouth that you’re a new person and believe it. GOD defines your identity. Find the word and speak it until God in you outweighs your flesh. This is why God is willing to wrestle with us – it brings change.

                                        ~Dana Smith 
  

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Unlocking Your Potential 

  

What is “potential”? 
I like to think of it as simply “Unrealized Ability”

I saw this list recently of 10 keys to unlocking potential. 

            10 keys to unlocking potential:
You must establish a relationship with God — the source of your potential.

You must understand how God made you to function: by faith and by love.

You must know your purpose in life (your potential was given for just that).

You must identify the resources that help unlock your potential.

You must know and find or create the right environment you need to function at your peak performance level. Part of this is daily contact with God.

You must realize that potential is expressed through hard work.

You must cultivate your potential. Fertilize it like a seed.

You must guard your potential — from laziness, distractions, and compromise.

You must share your potential. No potential exists for itself.

You must understand and cooperate with the limitations God has placed on your potential. Remember, you’re not God! When you violate these limitations, your potential actually decreases.

                                    ~ Miles Munroe 

What do you think?
Are you ready to realize your ability and unlock your potential? 
A great place to start is in God’s Word.
Don’t ever let the world tell you what you aren’t-

Let God show you who you really are.  

Grab your Key (The Bible) and start unlocking your potential today! 
              ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Tend To The Roses 

  
I saw him standing outside in his new yard 

looking at his old yard

What was he thinking? 

Did he hear the sounds of his families laughter and business before they faded away?

I hope his new life and family bring him some kind of solace! 

These tragedies occur right in our neighborhoods and we smile 

We wave and pretend

Nothing has changed

What if crosses were put in that yard 

With the names of his children 

And the wife of his youth 

To remind us to slow down 

And smell and tend to the roses 

❤️~ Krystal Lynne

  

Words Matter 

  

We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. ~Winston Churchill

     I was reading in the book of James this morning. When all of a sudden I got halted and stopped on chapter one verse 26…….

James 1:26 “If someone expects to minister for God but fails to guard his words then his heart is drifting away and his ministry is shallow and empty.”  Passion Translation 

I was thinking about the thought surrounding what’s going on in our culture today. We hear on the news the catch phrases:

 “Black Lives Matter” 

“Lives Matter”

Two or three words can tell a story or paint a picture with little effort. 

One word has the ability to change the whole definition of a phrase or sentence. 

Example: 
I love you!

(add a word or a contraction)
I don’t love you! 

(change the end marks)
I sorta love you?

It’s a whole different message being received by the reader or audience. 
I would like to add that “Words Matter”. 

If we choose better words or restrain from some words that want to come bounding out of our mouths. What about the tone and manner in which we speak?

I have a feeling there would be no need to have a reminder that 

“Lives Do Matter” regardless of color, gender, socio economic status or age. 

Proverbs 18:21“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” 
It’s pretty simple. 

Words Matter 

Lord,

  Today…….. help me to choose words that bring life and encouragement to others. I agree that the Word matters and will do my best to put it into action one day at a time. 

1 Thessalonians 5:11(NIV) “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

News Flash To Me

The National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) celebrates Words Matter Week. 

Evidently, it is first week of March each year. 

We are onto something big here!😜
One Word At A Time,

Kelley Allison 

Calling My Bride 

  
I am calling to My Bride – Come out from among them! Step out from the kingdoms of religion that man has built for himself and into your destiny as My Beloved. You do not see Me in the flesh at this time, but I am already with you! Time is growing short. The time for action is now! Turn a deaf ear to any voice but Mine. Turn your attention from any influence but Mine. Walk in the steps that I have laid for you. The pattern has already been set – walk in it! I have shown you how to live your life in this earth.
 

Remember who you are! You are my sons and daughters. You are my beloved. I have already paid for your victories! I have already paid for your healing! I have already paid for each soul that I have created. I have put My power in your hands. I have enabled you to use it, to perform signs and wonders in this earth. Put your focus on me and listen to My voice and I will use you to turn the world on it’s ear. 

 The time for the uprising of My Bride is upon you! Remember who you are in Me!
                     ~Dana Smith