Big God 

  
Big hair

Big dreams

Big girls

Big world

Looking through our eyes back then

I swear, I see everything

We would have been

Had we paid the price

Put our time into spirit seed

Sowing prayers

Ushering in our lives

Our destinies

Big God

Big babies

Trying to find our way today

Pulling the weeds

And Filling the cracks

That we’ve allowed from self-centeredness

Feeding our flesh on trash

Reaping the storms of harvest

Lord willing

Lord tarry

We long to be more like You

Please carry us the rest of the way

We are weary on our own

On this road less traveled on

Broken fellowship with Jesus

Lead us Great Shepherd

Let us graze on Your Grace

No tears

No trace

Of the big mess we’ve made

With our lives

Saving ourselves with our big ideas

Vanities

Insanity

Lamenting years wasted

On our own doctrines

Deceived and shocked

By realities we’ve digested

Reflected on so long

We must be weaned

From our enemy

So we can be servants

Of the Most High God

And rule this world

For His Majesty

Destroying the unbelief we encounter

Big God

Your heart is what we are after

Following You as Your own shadow

Plantings of the Lord

For the display of Your splendor.

                ~❤️Krystal Lynne 

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Shot Of Adrenaline 

 
Living an abundant life sometimes requires that we get rid of a few things first. 

Sometimes we must delegate, relinquish control or simply say no to some things so we can say yes to God and what He has purposed for us. 

But how do we do all that when we feel so defeated, burnt out, overwhelmed, overlooked, rejected, spread too thin, and don’t have a clue where to even begin…..

Here’s the good news:

When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility He plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! 

Even if you don’t like shots – this is one everyone will love.

 There is an exhilarating finish in store! 

               ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! ~ Hebrews 12:1-3 MSG

Desire 

  
Worthy Thought: 

 We should desire spiritual food more than physical food.

Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ” Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from mouth of God.”

God will strengthen your inner person when you read, meditate and obey the Word. 

Once we see our need for God’s Word as spiritual food, we begin to grow spiritual nourishment and this will lead us to grow in Christ. 

Feeding on His Word will bring joy to our hearts and He will give you what you need to face your struggles ahead.

                 ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Overlooking The Offense 

  

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11 ESV

I was disappointed by the attitude of some of my co-workers. The negative impact it was bringing into my work environment seemed toxic. It was weighing some of us down. It was hard to not try stopping it, someway, somehow, as if I had some power to do so.

How did entitlement come and settle into their hearts? Didn’t they understand the endless work and countless hours invested by others, spent before them? The excuses being made for their behavior caused me to become offended and angry. Bitterness started to reveal itself in my heart.

Have you ever had a time where you just wanted someone to see past the lie, so that they could work on the truth? Have you wanted to scream out, “YOU ARE IN DENIAL! Come out, come out, wherever you are?!”

After a few meetings, I found myself feeling defeated. I wondered why I expected anything more? Why did I expect anything at all? Brokenness causes people to act in certain ways, and fear drives most toxic situations into overdrive.

The enemy was using our individual fears as a tactic. His goal was for us to fight against one another, so all would be destroyed. He wanted to bring the company down.

What I realized was this:

Just because I looked at the situation and saw it one way didn’t mean everyone else was going to view it the same….even if the truth had presented itself to all of us.
The truth was this situation was for the Lord to oversee. It wasn’t my job to change the ungrateful hearts of my co-workers, it was God’s.

My responsibility was to pray for them.

Some things are out of our control. The message was very simple, just pray. It is difficult to let go sometimes. It’s our faith that hands it over to the Lord as he picks those things up.

Jesus, reveal to me what I need to see in my own heart before the need to look at others. Remind me of your grace when I’m confronted with the enemy’s lies. Give me strength, so I may fight against my emotions and hold on to your truth. Whisper into hearts that are depleted, may they find their way to you. Let it all be so that we may glorify the name of the Lord.

In the precious name of Jesus, Amen

Baring His Beauty-

    ~Tiffany Thomas 

You Reign – Part 1

  

Friendly Tip: Beauty for Ashes because You Reign

 

Earlier this year, I declared victory over my life. I asked for a QUANTUM LEAP. I asked for FAVOR. I asked for COURAGE. I asked for GRACE. I asked for CLARITY. I was being called to move into my next level. I felt as if I would soon experience ELEVATION. I embraced it and remained committed to the process.    

 

I kept hearing “You Reign” and I translated “You Reign” into “We Reign.” At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t clear about my message; but I went with it anyways.

 

I was led to come from “Behind the Smile.” Behind the Smile, was a series reminding all of us that we do not have to be enslaved to our past. It is also a reminder that we will all experience a moments of feeling hurt, being hurt, or hurting others. This hurt helps us grow as people, it also helps us relate more effectively with others. Thank you for allowing me to relate more with you.  

 

Once I came from “Behind the Smile” it became apparent that I needed to “Bring the Smile.” “Bring the Smile” is my commitment to posting with a purpose- and I gave birth to 11am Smiles. You may follow me on Facebook to get my 11am Smiles. You can find me at Lereca Monik.

 

Through this, I am learning more about my purpose which is “Beyond my Smile.” “Beyond my Smile” is my WHY for living. I was given a platform to connect and relate to more people, which is beyond me. I think it all started here, as I minister to you, I minister to myself! Our latter will be greater!

 

Please join me next Monday, as I unveil his promise- my platform. I hope that you will see how your life can be transformed if you declare victory, remain obedient, operate in love, and be willing to do the work.  

 

We were all born for greatness; we are born to be queens and kings- so stop living otherwise! Experience greatness, put your crown on your head, and reclaim your seat on the throne, “We Reign,…You Reign…Let’s Reign together.”  

 

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:3 “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting the Lord, that he might be glorified.”

 

Friendly Activity:

• Make a list of everything from your past that is haunting you.  

• Pray over those past pains.  

• Make a list of everything you are grateful for (thank GOD out loud for them)

• Make a list of your hidden dreams (Dream Big)

• Ask GOD (out loud) for FAVOR in those area

 

He will trade your ashes in for beauty, if you chose to find rest in him.  

Good Night Friend.

~Lereca Monik 
 

Out Of Bounds 

  
I stood before home plate, the heat from the August south Texas sun beaded upon my brow. My gut was wrenched, drawn up tight, hiding behind my rib cage. Two strikes against my oldest brother’s fast ball …… and 3 out of bounds fouls. This was the last chance for my 6 year old brother and I to have a fighting chance against my two oldest brothers. In the final inning, and potentially, the final play of the game, the ball rolled towards me, bouncing as it pulsed across the uneven surface of our front yard. I watched with great anxiety and intensity as it raced towards the dip in the ground, the one that made it bouncy and unpredictable as it barreled towards me. Four bounces once it hit the dip …. Counting, 1, 2 …… 3 … 4. A split second and it’s reached its destination.

 

I reared back my right leg, with all the severity and force my 38 lbs. could muster. It’s do or die time. This time I’m going to DO!

 

Competitive sports have never been mine to enjoy. I’ve always been scrawny, weak, the last to be picked for the team. I never really minded. I have never had a competitive, “gotta beat the other guy,” mentality. I’ve never even wanted to be best in my field. In fact, I’m so much more content to be behind the scenes, making things happen in a way that you don’t see me. I’m totally content to be the jack of all trades, but the master of none.

 

UNLESS, it involves my walk with God or my family.

 

If you’re curious, I bombed the last play of that kick ball game. Fourth foul got me out. My little brother and I lost the game because I was out of bounds.

 

Now I know I ended that game on a very undramatic note. I have always remembered that game as such …. Undramatic and lost as usual, due to my lack of strength, control, and ambition …. Nothing new to me at that age.

 

As God has been dealing with me about personal boundaries these past few weeks, this particular image from the scrapbook of my childhood has replayed over and over again in my head. At first I thought it was about the unfair odds of the two oldest boys against the two youngest, most feeble of the family. I didn’t seem to get anything from that line of thinking, although an entire novel could be written on the meanness of big brothers!

 

I started thinking about a competitive spirit. Maybe God was telling me I’ve become too competitive and wanting to win something or beat someone out of pride. Or maybe, He was wanting me to obtain that spirit of needing to win. Hahaha, yeah right. That’s not it. For 2 weeks I was stumped. All the noticeable, important factors one could see about that story were not hitting home on what He wanted to show me.

 

A few days after rejecting the idea I might need a more competitive spirit, we had storms moving through our area. I was remembering how years ago, I had warned my parents, who were vacationing in the Uvalde area one summer, to evacuate when we had lots of rain. I told them, “The little creeks are dry, low areas will flood and expand their boundaries. The river will rise quicker than you can blink. Get out now, before you’re stuck and in danger. “

 

That one thought had nothing to do with kick ball. It was irrelative to being competitive, winning or losing. It had to do with boundaries.

 

God said, “Even the mountains and seas have boundaries. How much more so, do you?”

 

For two months I have been struggling with the unpredicted situation of compromise on personal boundaries as a single parent. I’ve been fighting a stress I didn’t realize was there, until I realized how much I was compromising. The sad part is, I was compromising my own boundaries to accommodate the desires of my child. This makes it ten times worse!

 

Example: Sam loves games. All games. Card games, video games, computer games, board games. They entertain him because he is an only child. On Holly Mountain, this was curbed to a degree, because I had time and (sometimes) energy, to accommodate and play with him. Since I’ve been working and he’s been in school, there is naturally, less time (and energy) to fill the void that every child has to be entertained. And, like any kid, Sam has always pushed the limits on everything. If I say, “You can’t eat that, it’s not good for you.” He will ask, “Why isn’t it good for me? How much can I eat and get away with before it becomes NOT good for me?” Lately, he has taken this approach on video games. For months he has hounded me about relaxing my standards and personal convictions on violence and language.

 

To be true to myself and my audience, I have to tell you, I caved. Not just once, but twice. TWO games I knew I didn’t want him to play, I didn’t just let him play, I bought them ……… Thinking I would appease the need, and that would be the end of it. Honestly, I got them just to shut him up. If that’s not good parenting, I don’t know what is, haha ………..

 

Yeah right.

 

After a few weeks of hearing words that made my ears bleed, repeatedly telling him to skip that, mute this and “just put on your head phones,” because I didn’t want to see or hear ANY of it, he started asking for more. More games that offended every part of MY spirit man.

 

I became impatient. Stressed. I nagged him about the content (that I allowed him to play, mind you), and complained how he was never content when I gave in just a little. I told him his expectations were WAY out of bounds.

 

I was wrong.

 

God told ME, “YOU are way out of MY boundaries.”

 

My stress was fighting this conviction that I had violated as a parent. I did wrong. I compromised. I had to fix it. But how? I had already given consent. How do you undo bad parenting?!

 

You ask forgiveness. And you PRAY!

 

I stopped nagging Sam. It was my fault. It was, pure and simple. So, I quit blaming the kid. I allowed God to re-educate me in the boundaries of yesteryear …… how and why they were/are important. The big question was, HOW to get back to them.

 

For months I had avoided the subject, got upset at Sam for pushing the limit (literally several times every day) or simply tried to ignore it all together …… Then once I got my heart right, God came through (OF COURSE!) and I got my answer.

 

Par for the course of our evening, Sam brought up a game he wanted, but knew I wouldn’t approve. Rather than lecture or argue with him, God dropped this simple reply in my heart, which I repeated to Sam.

 

Why are you asking me? You already know how I feel. How do YOU feel about the content of this game? Do you think it’s something God would approve of?” He said, “No.” I replied, “Then why are you asking ME? Are you trying to justify doing something you know is wrong just because I said it was ok?” He said, “No.” I said, “If you are old enough to accept Christ as your savior, and old enough to know that what you are asking for isn’t something God would approve of, then I’d say you’re old enough to know it’s God’s will you should be seeking, instead of the faulty judgement of your mother. Pray about it. Instead of asking ME why I hate this stuff so much, maybe you need to ask yourself why you desire it so much. I am not your savior, Jesus is. If I have to make the final call, I will. But I’d like to see you pray through this and see where it leads you first.”

 

For the first time in months, I had silence from my son on the subject of video games.

 

As insignificant as a 3 inch sideline might seem, it can make or break the game. I’ve taken back my boundaries. In doing so, I have enabled my son to create his own.

 

Do justly, love mercy, walk HUMBLY with your God.

 

 ~ Sandra K. Yates 

Hope Conquers All 

  

There goes all my doubts

There goes all my pain

On that day you rose again

Sin no longer stains

There goes all my questioning

There goes all my fears

On that day of reckoning

Hope has reappeared

So let hope in
Open your walls
Hope conquers all

Hope Conquers ALL! Even death! 

This has become my favorite album. Another great song off Ramp Worship album The River is Rising.   

The transforming power of Christ resurrection is still available for us today. 

The power that raised Jesus and transformed others can raise us up out of our deathlike tombs and transform us too! 

Let Hope in! Let this song be your restoration and resurrection song! 

Happy Easter! Hallelujah He Is Risen Indeed! 

Enjoy! ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Let Hope In – Restoration Song by Ramp Worship featuring Catherine Mullins 

Lyrics: 
I speak to barrenness

I command life within

Come live you desolate

Spring up you living well
I speak to barrenness

I command life within

Come live you desolate

Fling wide you ancient gates
Healing power flow like a river

Reveal your mending heart

To every tormented soul

Emmanuel come quick to deliver
So let hope in

Open your walls

Hope conquers all

I speak to barrenness

I command life within

Come live you desolate

Spring up you living well
I speak to barrenness

I command life within

Come live you desolate

Fling wide you ancient gates

Healing power flow like a river

Reveal your mending heart

To every tormented soul

Emmanuel come quick to deliver
So let hope in

Open your walls

Hope conquers all
There goes all my doubts

There goes all my pain

On that day you rose again

Sin no longer stains

There goes all my questioning

There goes all my fears

On that day of reckoning

Hope has reappeared
So let hope in

Open your walls

Hope conquers all

The Secret Place 

  
It’s what happens in that secret place that puts everything where it belongs. The wounds you think may never heal, the apologies you’ve never been given, the damage that seems irreparable, the false accusations, the love that’s been lost, the confusion, the chaos…all of these things are put where they belong and no longer allowed to take hold when we meet Him in that place. 

 We need not be concerned by what man thinks but rather by being prostrate before the throne…in that secret place that no other man can touch.  

Thank you, Lord, for allowing me in Your presence and for tending to my every need.

                ~Stephanie Gable 

Hall Of Fame

  
I hate to admit this but I have never heard of this group or the song, “Hall of Fame”. 

I’m usually a couple years behind the curve ball of being hip on the latest and greatest. It was mysteriously added on my iTunes account along with three other songs that were new to me. This one and another one had a parental advisory on the bottom left corner. 

I had limited access on my phone while traveling out of the country. So I thought I would listen to my music while on the plane headed back home. 

I found out later that United Airlines had a complimentary selection that downloads on your phone while you are flying with them. 

Creepy!!

The song disappeared when I got off the plane. 

Hall of Fame 

By The Script 
Lyrics:

Yeah, You could be the greatest

You can be the best

You can be the King Kong banging on your chest

You could beat the world

You could beat the war

You could talk to God, go banging on his door

You can throw your hands up

You can beat the clock

You can move a mountain

You can break rocks

You can be a master

Don’t wait for luck

Dedicate yourself and you can find yourself

Standing in the hall of fame

And the world’s gonna know your name

‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame

And the world’s gonna know your name

And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

You could go the distance

You could run the mile

You could walk straight through hell with a smile

You could be the hero

You could get the gold

Breaking all the records that thought, never could be broke


(Warning, watch out for the “H E double hockey stick” word)

Alongside listening to the song, I was reading a short book by Jeremy Lopez called, “The Power of Mindsets”.

They both go hand in hand!

Your mindset has the potential to shift you out of negative mind patterns into new positive life changing ones. 


New mind scripts! 

I’m scared to see what other songs they sing!! 

However; this particular song has a powerful message and I am happy I discovered it. 


Be a champion!! Hall of famers can influence big or small. Even if it’s just one person you help that individual could be marked to make a difference in the world. 
You can be and do whatever you focus your thoughts and mindset upon. 

Where is your intention and attention?

Do you need to do some shifting?

For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he:” Proverbs 23:7-God

Your life is governed by what you think. Your thoughts are the steering wheel of your life. If the waters of your life look rough and you see the boat headed into a storm, just change the way you’re thinking and the boat of your life will shift 180 degrees to calmer waters.”-Jeremy Lopez

I know exactly what Jeremy is talking about on this one. I took windsurfing lessons for the first time this week. It is so true you just turn your sail and go the total opposite direction you were heading. Of course, it takes practice to perfect that turn. 

The song with lyrics on you tube. 

Happy Shifting To A New Mind Script, 

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

Arise Sleeping One

  
You have been tucked away secure in your safe little nest for far too long.  

It is time to get back up and learn to fly! 

Arise Sleeping One! 

We all have seasons needing that protective and secure nest to shelter us from the harsh elements of life. 

We sometimes may need others to feed us for awhile as we are removed from the wide open spaces so we can heal and be strengthened and built up again so our wings will be stronger when it’s time to take that leap! 

Don’t let your courage wane.  Don’t let fear keep you curled up in your warm and safe surroundings. You can’t grow or even begin to realize what heights you will be able to soar to unless you are willing to take the next step to leave the nest.  

Arise! 

Get ready to fly! 

~XXOO Michelle Bollom