Come On And Follow 

  
Leave all your trouble

Leave all your sorrow

Set down your burden

Come on and follow


Come on, heavy laden

Don’t wait for tomorrow

Come on, my brother

Come on and follow…….
Love this song!
And a great big Thank You to all our followers too! 
Enjoy- ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Follow You By Ben Rector 
Lyrics:
Go on, lay your troubles down

Set your feet on solid ground

Peace deep as I have found

I wanna follow you
Come on, all you weak and weary

Come round now if you can hear me

Poor, sick, and God-fearing

I wanna follow you

I said I wanna follow you
Leave all your trouble

Leave all your sorrow

Set down your burden

Come on and follow
Come on, heavy laden

Don’t wait for tomorrow

Come on, my brother

Come on and follow
Go on, leave your worries, too

Not a bit of good they do

There’s a word that’s coming through

Go on, leave your worry, too
So I call your name in the middle of the night

I wanna know can you hear my cries?

June heat and moonlight

I wanna follow you

I said I wanna follow you
Leave all your trouble

Leave all your sorrow

Set down your burden

Come on and follow

Come on, heavy laden

Don’t wait for tomorrow

Come on, my brother

Come on and follow
Set your burdens down

Set your burdens down

Set your burdens down
Leave all of your trouble

Leave all of your sorrows

Set your burdens

Come on and follow
Come on, heavy laden

Don’t wait for tomorrow

Come on, my brother

Come on and follow
Come on, my brother

Come on and follow
Leave all of your trouble

Leave all of your sorrows

Set down your burdens

Come on and follow
Come on, heavy laden

Don’t wait for tomorrow

Come on, my brother

Come on and follow
Come on, my brother

Come on and follow

  

Growing Love 

  
When I got married, I didn’t think that I could love my husband any more than I did.

 I have found this to not be true! 

I actually love my husband more today than I did back then.

We read in the book of Galatians chapter 5 about the fruit of the Spirit. (Verses 22-23). 

What does fruit do? 

It grows! 

We can cause our love to grow by practicing or cultivating it.

I shared this with my husband and we have been practicing acts of love ever since. 

He opens the car door for me (8 times out of 10), he surprises me by doing the laundry,  I walk out to greet him when he comes home from fishing or work; these are just a few acts of love we practice.

We try to give each other the best gifts that we can. We thank God for each other and pray for each other. We say, “I love you!!”  many times through out the day.

Our marriage isn’t perfect but it sure gets better and better! 

  

Another thing I do is read the Love chapter in 1 Cor. 13:4-8. 

I replace the word Love with my name.

Try it:
 _______endures with patience and serenity, _____ is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; ______does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. ______is not rude; is not self-seeking, is not provoked nor overly sensitive and easily angered; ______does not take into account a wrong endured. _______does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth when right and truth prevail. ________bears all things regardless of what comes, believes all things looking for the best in each one, hopes all things remaining steadfast during difficult times, endures all things without weakening. ______never fails; never fades nor ends.

                     ~1 Corinthians 13:4-8 AMP 

 I encourage you to ask God to show you how you can cultivate and practice love towards your spouse and family and friends. I truly believe that if I can do it, anybody can do it!

God desires that we walk in love and show love towards each other. (John 13:34). 

                         In God’s love

                            Tracy Mason
  

Be Your Attitudes

  
Haven’t we all heard of the Sermon on the Mount? The Beatitudes would be another fancy name for the passage found in the Gospel of Matthew. 
Matthew 5:1-12


 1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:


3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.


5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.


6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
7 “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.


8 “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.


9 “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.


10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

       Notice Jesus is talking to His climbing companions. He is referring to those who are committed to Him and signed up to follow Him and learn from him like an apprentice. Quite honestly, I’m not sure one would be able to properly digest this message if there wasn’t a decision to make a dedicated climb along side of Jesus. A climb usually means you are moving up and out of a location. It can be challenging but is worth the exchange of self for surrender. 

Do you want to move up and out of your current location? I’m not talking about your physical address. How about your state of mind, your daily challenges, a daunting health issue, or a reoccurring scenario you just can’t seem to escape? Does this sound like your current state of address? 
     At times recently I have had these reoccurring thoughts of disappointment and find myself retreating into my protected walls of safety. “If you don’t hope for something then you won’t be disappointed” could be clearly seen as graffiti etched on my walls of despair. 
Safety Measures Taken…… so it seems 
       But in reality it’s lonely in that little isolated fortress of decision. Bunkering down to avoid any real thought of a different strategy or escape. At first it is safe and cozy I admit, but then not so much. 

We can fill out time with things that will take our minds off the real issues at hand!!

Netflix, chocolate and ice cream could come in handy if you need hours and hours of distraction. 

Distraction never leads to satisfaction

(plus it rhymes)

   So if you decide to climb out of your comfy bed, put your feet on the cold floor and walk out this new way of thinking. Your circumstances may NOT leave but good news…….. anxiety, disappointment, fear and hopelessness can’t linger if you leave them behind. You can make the choice to surrender and drop all the emotions at the bottom of the barrel. 

      Let’s look again with new eyes at what Jesus says to you as you’re climbing with Him and you stop on the mountainside and listen to His advice. 

Be Your Attitudes
3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
7 “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
8 “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
9 “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

Be My Attitudes, (one minute at a time)

Kelley Allison 

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

It’s All Good 

  
This morning as I was unpacking my verse, I was also multi-tasking.

 I texted my twins to apologize for being naggy.

 My husband is on vacation and has thrown our normal routines off. 

 I was griping and short and just being a real nag. 

 God quickly dealt with me and said to apologize so I sent the text. My daughter quickly replied: 

It’s all good love you😘
She even sent me a kiss emoticon.
I returned to my verse unpacking and this is what it said: 
 “All right,” Hezekiah replied. “Whatever the Lord says is good. At least there will be peace during my lifetime!” ~Isaiah 39:8 

Isn’t that the truth!  

Whatever the Lord tells us to do, it is good. It may not feel good, or be the popular thing to do, it might require swallowing our pride and humbly obeying God, but in the end it is all good.  

And just like Hezekiah, there will be peace during our lifetime! 

              
So make that call and reach out and apologize to someone that you know the Lord has asked you to. It will bring peace and restoration. 

                          ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

A Glimpse Of Light 

  
And I pray that you, being rooted in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.~Ephesians 3:17-18 NIV 

Much of my life, I lived in what was (seemingly full) of darkness, pain and shame. I didn’t understand why, nor had I learned healthy skills to survive in its harsh elements. I grew to depend on myself, devouring any nourishment that would or could feed me, even if it meant sacrificing myself. I’ve since discovered that being unequipped simply led to the inability to connect in relationships, even though my heart was purposed for it.

The shame, I left home with, were new chapters that identified every milestone and every mistake that I went on to make in my adult life. My road markers continued to remind me of the cycle of pain, not only endured by myself, those around me, also those before me. 

I felt abandoned and alone. The silence I had carried from childhood became my bondage buried in a hardened and pain-filled heart. I went into the world unprepared, living in the same brokenness, the same undeveloped skillset. Only now, I was an adult. 

Isn’t it interesting that our gift of grace becomes measurable when we get older? The innocence of grace that we had as children becomes defined as we get older.

Early on, my innocence had been taken, God, in his abundant and merciful heart, preserved a piece of mine. His pursuit caused me to desire a way out of this desert place. Though, I had felt abandoned and alone, lost without a voice, His presence of grace was gifted to me. I was an unworthy soul, but he came and walked beside me anyway. He came to deliver and unveil his love and beauty.

Have you ever felt alone? Have you felt as though no one cared, as if you were lost without any hope? Maybe you’ve only felt one of these things? Maybe you have felt them all?

I felt these things. At times, for a quick moment, I still feel some of these. But then I am reminded that amidst my pain, God came and rescued me. He showed me what beauty was by mirroring his reflection back onto me. He has taught me who I am in him, as his beautiful masterpiece. He was always with me, I just had to search and find Him.

God has a plan for me. God has a plan for you.

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

There is hope and a love far greater than the East is from the West. There is no measurement to the amount of love that is given. Nor is there a specific qualification that has to be met in order to accept the invitation. 

~Baring His Redemptive Beauty,

        Tiffany Thomas    

My passion is to reach out to the unreachable, hurting and the hopeless. Please join me in the unleashing of hope that is restored through Christ.
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O Mighty Ones 

  
The album The River Is Rising by Ramp Worship featuring Catherine Mullins is my newest favorite!   
I have been a Catherine Mullins fan for awhile but I have now moved into Super Fan Status.  

O Mighty Ones has been on my repeat lately so I am featuring it for today’s Song Sunday. 
The video below will have the lyrics on the video since I could not find the complete lyrics posted anywhere. 
Enjoy! 
Caution alert: you will not be able to sit still! 
Get ready to start your own Dance Party, Praise Party- whatever the party …because you will surely get your Praise On O Mighty Ones with this song! ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Why Bloggers Blog: The Power of Connecting

  

I love this blog and it is so true.  Please go follow Dream Big Dream Often.   He has a great blog and is all about helping to promote and encourage others.  You will be blessed! 
Happy Connecting!  XXOO Michelle Bollom 
Why do we blog?  The answers to this question vary greatly.  If I were to ask 1,000 bloggers why they spend countless hours writing and networking for little to no money, I would receive 1,001 different answers. Many write to express themselves.  Some write to relieve the pain of an emotional scar.  A few blog […]

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Plays Well With Others 

  
No matter what life throws at you, when you let God be in control, there isn’t a single person on this planet that can take His favor from you. 

There is no need to panic, stress out, or be hurt and angry. That’s wasted energy. It takes away from your focus and distracts from the acute, hearing ear needed to stay in tune with God’s will for your life. 

Everyone is walking their own walk. Remember, whatever is done to you, even if indirectly and you’re simply caught in the crossfire, God isn’t saying He is upset or dissatisfied with you. It’s a season of growth, and many times, it’s not specifically YOUR growth. 

Take heart in knowing there is honor in this place, where sometimes it is necessary to take one for your fellow man in order for them to come up higher. 

We are all in this together. While you are not accountable for your neighbors spiritual report card, you are accountable for your own. 

I know I want mine to say, “Plays well with others,” ….. A+!

Go with God sweet friends, and rest in the salvation of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

                ~Sandra K. Yates 

Steadily And Deeply 

  
Steadily and Deeply. Those two words jumped out at me today. 

My first 40 day fasting experience is almost over.  It really has been steady and deep.  
I did not think I could ever do this.  
Which, in actuality, I really didn’t.  
It was ALL God that did it!

I just obeyed Him and the Spirit and stopped giving in to my flesh. 
When we begin to live in that Altar’d state, we will begin to live so much more steadily and deeply.  

Today’s verse is: 

This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in Him, and He in us: He’s given us life from His life, from His very own Spirit. Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent His Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. ~ 1 John 4:13 

Lord, thank You for steady and deep. Thank You for the guidance and leading to do this fast. I not only have reaped so many health benefits, but the spiritual growth has been phenomenal. Thank You that when I take trust off myself and place it rightfully on You where it should be, You can work on my behalf.  

                ~XXOO Michelle Bollom