Just Once 

  

Just this once tell me you’re sorry
Just this time speak my name
With care and tenderness
Softly as if the sound was too precious to hear
I always forgive you even without your asking
Just this once I need the effort made
You picking up the pieces
Your careless words cannot erase
Breaking my trust again so casually
Just this once I need your love
Wrapping your apology around my tender heart
So that the pain will not be able 
To change my memories
Thoughtlessness invading our privacy
Your stubborn silence stealing our intimacy
Just because you’ve turned your back
Just because it’s over
Just because tears stream
Faster than the moments 
Disappearing into years
Just put aside your pride
Tell me that you love me
Try to understand
I’m only human
Not your burnt offering
Just once
Just tonight
Just for life
Treat me as your woman
Not the enemy you seem to see
Just try
Just smile
Just for me
Apologize
Just once please
    

          ~❤️Krystal Lynne 

Gravitating Depths

  
He goes before….

You and I step out, into the war grounds

Where we fight not against flesh and blood,

But against the spiritual forces of darkness

He will be with….

You in the storm that tries to pull you down

Into the gravitating depths warring against 

Your soul; He will remind you of His promises

He will never leave….

You, even when all else fades away;

His truth will suffocate all lies and bring

Your dying heart back to life

He will never forsake….

You when death seems like the only way out,

When everyone forgets you, God will not,

For His love will eventually pierce through your night

Do not be afraid….

For He doesn’t give us a spirit of fear,

But of power, love, and a sound mind;

He will smother all fear if you ask and believe

Do not be discouraged….

When you feel like your boat keeps 

Getting wrecked against the rocks;

Trust He knows what He’s doing.

     

                     ~Bethany Anne 

Crucified 

  
Worthy Thought: 

The purpose of being crucified was by love.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I that live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

—Galatians 2:20–21”

Crucified by love

“They nailed Jesus to the cross.

“Father, forgive them,” Jesus gasped. “They don’t understand what they are doing.”

“You say you have come to rescue us!” people shouted. “But you can’t even rescue yourself!”

But they were wrong. Jesus could have rescued himself. A legion of angels would have flown to his side—if he’d called.

“If you were really the Son of God, you could just climb down off that cross!” they said.

And of course they were right. Jesus could have just climbed down. Actually, he could have just said a word and made it all stop. Like when he healed the dying little girl. Stilled the storm. And fed 5,000 people with five fish and two loaves of bread. 

“You see, they didn’t understand. It wasn’t the nails that kept Jesus there.

It was love.” 

     ~Jesus Storybook Bible

“Jesus has infinite power that He denied for the sake of love.” ~ Angie Smith / Mended

“As we walk with God in our struggles we have a choice like Jesus did; to be crucified with Christ, or climb down.” ~Angie Smith / Mended. 

Jesus said to his disciples in Matthew 16:24 “Whoever wants to be my follower, must deny himself and take up the cross and follow me.”

Either way, with God or without God you will still face the same struggles. By having faith and choosing Christ brings glory to God. His abounding love will guide you and help you through your struggles and defeat the enemy.

I choose to follow Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, to share the good news of the gospel with others knowing that I must carry the heavy cross, nails to my wrist, and wear the crown of thorns on my head. My love must be like Christ and I shall not perish but have eternal life with God. 

 Jesus said, “for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ” John 3:16

If I didn’t choose Jesus Christ in this path, my struggles will continue, even worse if I die without knowing or accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, my life will be in turmoil now through eternally.  
The worst part if I perished without knowing Jesus Christ; I will never remember God’s love for me. 

Jesus said if anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. John 15:6 

 Gods love for us was sacrificed through his son Jesus Christ on that cross. When we accept this beautiful gift, God’s Love will carry you through what you think is impossible because through it, He will strengthen you, encourage you everyday until the glorious day when He calls us home because God’s son has already Risen.
                     ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

A Great Question To Ponder 

  

My dear friend writes this blog and I just love her style.  I also love her really honest truth she shared about what is my response? 

What is our response in these situations? 

Are we watering down God and the Gospel when we aren’t lovingly speaking the hard truths and realities to those we love? 

God calls us to Holy- Not Happy

And as this dear friend also says: “that right there will sing!”
A great question to ponder…..
Read more Here and be sure to follow her. 

            ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 
https://musicalclaypot.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/what-is-my-response/

The Purposeful Gift 

  
Jesus said, “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” John 10:10 TLB

I’m not sure about you, but for me, the thought that Jesus came to give me life in ALL ITS FULLNESS, surpasses my ability to understand it, at times. My Spirit seems to comprehend it, but the nature of my flesh can hinder the purpose He intended for my life. I would imagine that I’m not alone.

We live on a planet full of lost souls; people who find themselves mindlessly chasing after anything they believe might be their life’s fulfillment. While in reality, what is being sought, may at best only serve as a substitute for the true fullness we seek.

We chase after so many things, and our denial keeps us constantly searching for more, but each empty search only keep us from the one and only life-filler – Jesus.

Haven’t we all tasted something where satisfaction was only temporary, and the search continued for the next thing? If each of us were to be vulnerable and answer that question honestly, we would have to admit to chasing after something we wish might have been exchanged for His greater purpose. Maybe our attitudes, exposure to evil, sin, experiences, or even some of our thoughts and actions have hindered us from the full life Jesus wanted us to discover. Often we are the ones who limit the greatness of the gift He offers.
Ultimately finding the fullness that He came to give, is only achieved by chasing after Him.


As we sift through the areas of our life which have caused us to settle for something far short of Jesus’ purpose for us; it makes sense that our hearts would have empty places in need of restoration. The wonderful thing is that it’s not too late. Right now, today we can change those questionable areas of our lives. We can open our heart, asking for Him to fill us with more of His spirit.
Jesus has the ability to fill in a way that overflows with abundance. It is a fullness where hunger and thirst is satisfied within the wellspring of Jesus. It is the only place where the hidden holes deep within our soul can be filled.

 

Please will you join me in prayer?
Lord, I come humbly before you this day, in search of a place to rest in you. I ask that your presence still my weary and empty heart. Where there is a desire to chase after things that have no meaning, fill me with the fullness of your love. Give me an appetite that is hungry for the life you came to fulfill with in me, by your purpose. May your blessings be in abundance. May my heart be filled in all areas which are depleted. May I live life in ALL ITS FULLNESS because it pleases you for my life to reflect your glory. Thank you for this most purposeful gift.

 

In Jesus name, I pray.

Amen
~Baring His Beauty

Tiffany Thomas

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True Purpose 

  

Be encouraged to step out and take that next step God is calling you to take. Step into your true purpose.  ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Enjoy this great blog and be sure to follow them too!
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Children of God; Today I want to speak of the relationship between Purpose and Goals. Rick Warren I believe said A life without purpose is to live a life that is dead. I know we have all come across our lives and wondered what our true purpose is in the overall scheme of things.  Some […]

https://emmaonegrete.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/purpose-the-hierarchy-of-our-goals/

Everything Else Can Wait 

  
This morning- turn up the volume- lean in- everything else can wait!  
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Spirit Of The Living God by Vertical Church Band


Lyrics:

Verse 1:
Spirit of the living God,

Spirit of the living God

We only want to hear Your voice,

We’re hanging on every word

(x2)
 

Chorus:
Cause when You speak, When You move

When You do what only You can do

It changes us, it changes what we see and what we seek

When You come in the room,

When You do what only You can do

It changes us, it changes what we see and what we seek

You’re changing everything

Verse 2:
Spirit of the living God,

Spirit of the living God

We’re leaning in to all you are

Everything else can wait
 

Spirit of the living God,

Spirit of the living God

Come now and breathe upon our hearts

Come now and have your way

Chorus 

Bridge:

When You move, You move all our fears

When You move, You move us to tears

When You move, You move all our fears

When You move, You move us to tears 
 

When You fall, We fall on our knees

When You fall, We fall at Your feet

When You fall, We fall on our knees

When You fall, We fall at Your feet 

Chorus (x2)

Push Through The Pain 

  
Lord, I pour out my soul to You – just like Hannah did, Birth in me what You have promised.  

Birth honorable character and words even amidst my pain and troubles.

                   ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Hannah said: My lord, I am not drunk on wine or any strong drink; I am just a woman with a wounded spirit. I have been pouring out the pain in my soul before the Eternal One. Please don’t consider your servant some worthless woman just because I have been speaking for so long out of worry and exasperation. ~1 Samuel 1:15-16 The VOICE

Pedro’s Place Of Protection 

  
Ever felt like you have lost your flight? You were crippled with an injury that kept you from flying out your desires and passions. Maybe it is a physical handicap that you have been diagnosed with that has changed your flight pattern and left you feeling stranded with no hope in sight. Or maybe you are dealing with a matter or circumstance that weighs you down and you really just want to wave your white flag of surrender and escape to a deserted rocky island.
Perhaps, you might just want to be left alone to sort through your dilemma or be removed from even the thought of it. 

I discovered this sea gull on a morning walk on vacation in Cancun. 
I walked out to the end of the rocks on the beach and saw this bird from a distance. I can’t tell bird gender so I took a guess. I have a fifty fifty percent chance that I’m right. I named him Pedro. I am in Mexico so it seems fitting. 
Pedro was walking along the rocks with his wing extended out and pointing down to the ground. Keeping his distance from the splashing water on the rocks in the ocean he looked helpless to escape any possible danger that might approach him. 

Of course I felt sorry for him and wondered how he would possibly be able to survive without the capability to fly.  

My sister was with me and noticed he had medical tape on his broken wing. We looked closer and saw that someone had actually put his wing in a splint and straighten the broken wing out for it to heal properly. 

A bird vet must have intervened and came to his rescue!! I thought how amazing is that!! 

There was hope for this little guy after all. 

Somebody took the time and cared. 

Later in the afternoon I returned to the same beach area and noticed pitiful Pedro walking along the beach by the restaurant looking for crumbs that might fly his way in the wind. He stationed himself right by the restaurant porch that overlooked the water and got ready for any possible lunch that might make its way to his spot on the beach. 

Then even later I watched as he lay down right in front of the water taking a bird bath splashing himself with the salt water. It was right where everyone was walking by him. He was resting and watching the sunbathers soaking up the sun. 

Pedro was part of the vacation crew now. He had blended in with the crowd not looking so pitiful but pretty confident that someone would throw him some bread or crumbs. He was making the best of his situation and surviving even without the ability to fly. 

I thought about how my birds eye view has changed about Pedro when I noticed the splint made for his wing. The bonus of being fed by the restaurant guests and his casual walk like he owned this particular section of the beach. Well after all he did own it. 
Pedro’s Place of Protection

He was stuck there until his wing healed and he could fly away. 

He was making the best of his situation and utilizing all the help around him to heal and get better. 

Let’s face it -we need each other!! We were created to be in community not isolated on a rocky island by ourselves. 

Pedro would not have survived if someone didn’t stop and take the time to catch him and tape his wing back so his broken wing could be set straight and get stronger. 

Pedro needed to be located next to people who provided food and shelter. 

Pedro needed to be surrounded by people who would protect him from danger. 

I can’t tell you how many people noticed him and extended food to him or just gave him a word of encouragement.

Especially the little kids!! They were taking up his cause and offered their help. 

We need each other!! Yes, God is quite important in our dilemmas and crises that come our way. But God created us to be His hands and feet that reach out and help those in need. 

God needs us to do our part to reach out to others and for us to ask for help from others. 

Lord, 

   Help me reach out and help those in need. Help me to ask for help from people when I find myself overwhelmed and alone. Stop me from escaping to my little remote island of hopelessness. Thanks for providing me provision along the way while I am waiting at Pedro’s Place of Protection to fly and get back on my feet!!

      Gracious,

  Pedro and all my other broken-winged amigos 

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

….it takes a village 

Isaiah 40:31King James Version (KJV)

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

I See You 

  
My faith will not be shaken.  

I will not fall. 

I am grounded.   

I am rooted.  

Like the deer pants for water, I will forever pant for you, Lord.  

I’m watching You, God.  

My eyes are on You, and I see You.  

I will forever lift my head…my hands…my soul to praise You.  

I will love you in the morning.  

I will see you all day long.  

I will praise you in the evening and sleep to Your song.  

No weapon formed against me shall prosper. My enemy shall not prevail.  

You are mine, and I am Yours.  

Amen.   
❤️ ~Stephanie Gable