Synchronization

  
I love this post by my dear friend! Reminds me of #BringHeaven2EarthDay – this coming Friday 4/22 we head out into the community to experience and extend all Christ has for us. 

If in NW Houston- join us or online use the hashtag above to post your pics and stories of loving, praying and serving others in your own community. 
Enjoy this great blog and may we all get Synced up! ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

“Synchronization” 
For a few weeks now, I keep hearing the word synchronization. Everywhere I go, I hear it, see it or someone is talking about it.  I realized God was speaking to me so I slowed down and asked Him what He wanted me to learn.   Get ready, because when you ask this, He WILL answer! […]

https://iwillnotstaysilent.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/synchronization/

Choices 

  

Worthy Thought:  Most chronic diseases are choices diseases. We don’t catch them; we develop them by consistently choosing wrong foods. ~By Don Colbert, MD bestselling author “Let food be your Medicine”

“Whether therefore you eat and drink or whatsoever you do do all in the glory of God.”

(1 Corinthians 10:31) 

“Do you know your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost in which you have of God and you are not of your own. 

( 1 Corinthians 6:19-20) 

Apostle Paul calls the body “a temple of the Holy Spirit” and urges, “You are not your own . . . glorify God in your body.”

Honoring our bodies as sacred temples certainly includes eating healthy balanced foods that keep them functioning well.  

While the Bible doesn’t prescribe any specific diet plan, it does highlight the principle of balance—between healthy restraint and enjoyment of rich foods.

In other words, make a habit of disciplined, healthy eating, but on occasion let yourself enjoy a feast of God’s good gifts. ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

I Love You 

  
As I watched all the news coverage today on the flooding surrounding my area here in NW Houston, I couldn’t quite shake a few things.

I thought of the people that died. One heartbreaking story after another of them texting their mom or calling their husband or a friend moments before they were swept away.  

One story hit close to home for me. One lady drove across town to check on her twin sister and although they begged her to spend the night, she chose to drive back home and succumbed to a drainage ditch and high water and a young man found her dead in her car.  

I started to think about each one of these souls. Did they know Jesus? What were they thinking of as the flood waters engulfed their cars and filled their lungs? Did they think that they should have stayed home or stayed a little longer, hugged a little tighter, made more time for someone? Did they have regrets? Did they have unresolved issues with someone? 

I also started thinking back to a time in my life when I lost my brother suddenly. I was remembering how angry I was with him for “twisting off” and getting drunk and was rehearsing all the things I would tell him the next morning. I rehearsed how I would give him a good ole griping and rheem him out good for disappointing us. I didn’t get that chance- instead we got to plan a funeral and try to come to grips with the devastating loss. Griping him out was the last thing on my mind then. 

So why am I sharing all this? Why am I thinking all this matters? 

Today I was reminded – we are not guaranteed tomorrow. Not just by the loss of lives on the news or my own experience in losing my brother and my dad suddenly, but exactly how short life really is and in the grand scheme of things, what really is important….

Is it our jobs?

Our homes?

Our money? 

Being right?

Or 

Is it an apology from someone you are waiting for that you feel you deserve?

Is it the hurt and anger and bitterness you have grown comfortable carrying around? 

Is it your pride stopping you from reaching out? 

I implore you to not expect anything or hold too tightly to things or grudges that are really not important. Don’t hold on to the hurt, anger or bitterness one second more. If you are still waiting to have the last word, or be told you are right….STOP! 

If someone you love has made poor choices that upset you or let you down, love the person still and separate the actions from the person.  

No one has to be right or wrong. No one has to apologize to move on. We are all imperfect people but loved by a perfect God. If it is hard to love and forgive someone that hurt you- ask God to help you love and forgive them.   

God binds up the wounds and heals the broken hearted- but you have to surrender the wounds and broken pieces to Him and stop carrying them around.

Don’t wait another minute – simply just reach out and tell them you love them right where they are. Don’t let the sun go down today without you telling them you love them. We are never guaranteed tomorrow. All you have is right now- this moment.

I pray that each of you would feel the flow of God’s love fill in every crack of hurt you are experiencing right now. He is the Great Restorer. He is faithful even when we are not.

 

Pick up the phone- send that text or email or card and do it right now. A simple “I Love You” can start the healing process.
                 ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

The Big Him 

  
I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me. ~Psalm 13:6

For years, I understood Jesus to be only a tiny reflection of who He really is. He was primarily a teaching based on strict religious beliefs.

Reflecting back, I realize how little I related to him. How little I relied on him. How little I knew of him,though I thought at the time that it was much.

Truthfully, he was about as real as I might perceive a fairytale or superhero of some sort. The fact that I couldn’t see him, or touch him, or experience him in any measure of fullness, really hindered my ability to know Him or experience growth. My life had adapted and I left little room to conceive of anything more.

I believed in His existence, but had no idea of the power and strength He wanted to give me. His overwhelming love and desire to see me healed was much more than I had previously experienced. He loved me. He wanted a relationship with me. He wasn’t requiring me to be perfect in all of my ways. He wasn’t expecting me to be perfect at all. I expected that of myself.

And. . . all this time he had been waiting patiently for me to respond.

I regretfully admit, and still cringe, at how much was lost during those wasted years. My limited understanding of life, the choices I made, and my guiding principles, were based on the illusion of my environment. My life experiences had shaped my core values and beliefs, which were simultaneous as narrow and divergent as the secrets required to reinforce them.

Misguided comfort was found in the confinement of a very small world. An ever unsettled misperception of safety was there.

Moreover, I believed that Jesus lived there too (and only there). How could I have ever believed this lie? Ever so subtly the enemy had crafted my views.

How was it possible that the enemy was capable of taking so much? How is it that He could leave Almighty God to appear as a powerless deity?

My heart grieves for my blindness.
Yet, I rejoice at the magnitude of what has now been revealed. I THANK GOD for Jesus’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness. I THANK GOD that he has never defined me by wrong perceptions. I THANK GOD that his healing has given me a new life. AND I THANK GOD that he didn’t leave me or forsake me, even though I didn’t deserve the mercy and grace that was demonstrated. I am a new creation and growing quickly in his power and strength. There is great resiliency now in knowing the truth that my God can do ALL THINGS for those who believe. And I am enjoying a developing relationship with Him – the BIG HIM.

He has always been GOOD TO ME . .

…..even when I wasn’t capable of being that to myself. And I praise him at every step along the way.

Heavenly Father,

I come to you today with a humble heart, full of love and admiration for the continuation of learning about who YOU REALLY ARE. When my world seems turned upside down and the weight is carried on my shoulders, remind me of the power and strength that I have access to by the Spirit that resides in me now. Thank you for always being GOOD TO ME, even when I least deserved your mercy and grace. I will sing and praise you for all that you are and all that you have done. You are far greater than anything I have ever experienced or known. You are GOOD all the time. Amen.

                ~Baring His Beauty,

                   Tiffany Thomas 

Indescribable 

  
One of my favorite things is seeing God show off! Seeing Him work through others in magnificent ways is beyond thrilling! 

 Being a part of His plan, though, is even more…well, it’s indescribable

Use me, God! I am willing! 

 Jesus, allow me to be Your hands and feet!

 Teach me to be a fisher of men! 

 I want to be like the birds that sing Your praises, like the flowers that bloom to Your song, like the stars that shine in the darkest of nights…all being who they were created to be!

 Allow me not to wither away as the parched plant in a neverending drought. 

 Allow my heart not to hollow as with the start of petrified wood or harden as fossilized stone.  

Protect me from the weathering work of the enemy and the venom of the serpents that threaten to steal what You say is mine. 

 Seal shut the wounds deep within me that hinder Your work! 

 Stop the salty flow of pain and replace it with Your gentle kiss! 

 Show me how to love like You! 

 Accept my repentance for holding on for so long to things that were never meant for me to bear! 

Receive these things and have Your way!

 Receive ME and do as You wish! 

 May all of these things be done according only to Your will. 

Amen…and so be it.

              💙 ~ Stephanie Gable 

Washed Away 

  
Washed away all my stains forever,

 I am changed

Washed away in your grace, 

new life has broke my chains! 


Song Sunday this week is off “Real Love” album by Derek Johnson of Jesus Culture.

Enjoy! ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Washed Away – Derek Johnson 
Lyrics

You love and acceptance they have changed my reflection

Your beauty for ashes has brought me to life

How I feel your excitement, Your overflowing passion

Open my eyes to your Kingdom to peer into your heart

Oh, Your love and Your mighty waters

I’m washed away in it, I’m overcome

And I just can’t get enough
And I just can’t get enough

Now I’m dancing in living waters

I’m washed away in it, I’m overcome

Hearing Your Freedom calling me deeper

And I just can’t get enough

Your hope is guiding all that my heart is finding

There is a greater glory that starting to rise

It’s becoming clearer, Lord, that Your Kingdom’s nearer

As all of Heaven and Earth start to collide

Washed away all my stains forever, I am changed

Washed away in your grace, new life has broke my chains

Hold On Loosely 

  
Have you ever felt like you have been in a very dark valley? Boy, I have! I recently experienced an extended season of trials that started in the end of 2014. In this dark valley it has felt like shifting sand falling through my fingers. 

 You see, I was being forced to hold on loosely to everything and everyone so I could learn to hold on firmly to Christ.  

 
I felt like God was doing a major sifting and many things were shifted around, but ultimately I have been lifted. I was lifted to a higher playing field with God.

 

Oh, it was not fun getting to this current place. No, it has not really been fun at all, and sometimes I am still being sifted and shifted, but I trust firmly and completely in the One that is guiding me.

 

 

You have heard me say, “Not everyone can go where God is calling you.” That is so very true.
God really showed me some things this last year and a half through many of my dark valley moments.

 

God was showing me that not everyone stays on your team, remains in your corner, and has your back or your best interest at heart. People disappoint us; God never does. Hold on loosely, to everyone and everything ….But God!

 

God will sift alright!

The first sifting came when someone that I thought was in my “top 5”actually was not in my corner at all. They were there simply by default through a mutual friend we both shared. They had a perceived notion that something happened that didn’t and in their words of anger God revealed that this was not what was best for me. I was a little bewildered by it all at first, but I also knew that when I pray “God reveal to me who my true friends are” God is always faithful to answer my prayer.

 
The second sifting came when I felt the Lord wanting me to use my words. I am a stuffer of my emotions and feelings. Over the years I have been learning to express my feelings and not stuff my face. I also didn’t want any weirdness with holding onto the hurt feelings I felt. I resisted at first but then I chose to be obedient to the Lord, knowing full well this would go over like “a turd in the punchbowl.” And Boy did it ever! They lashed back more fierce and vile than I could have possibly even imagined but God said, “Trust Me, they are hurting so they just want to hurt others. Perception is Full of Deception. Take what you need to own and let Me sift the rest.”
I learned that Rejection is God’s ultimate protection. I have been completely guarded and protected through it all. God will restore this relationship in His perfect timing and I trust Him completely.

 
The third sifting came and it had me Offended…. at first. 

 I hate offense too! When I feel it I take it immediately to God. I remind myself that Jesus was not offended that Judas would betray Him. He washed his feet and even kissed Judas, knowing full well Judas was about to sell Jesus out. This sifting was more about sifting my emotions and reactions. Those closest to me were constantly unavailable when I felt I really needed them. I was frustrated at what I perceived was one lame excuse after another. I knew they were rearranging things that they viewed important but felt offended that they were not willing to arrange things for me. Again, perception-is always full of deception. I realized in this sifting that the Harvest is plenty, but the workers are few

 But I also knew and trusted that God would continue to provide those Aaron’s and Hur’s for me to hold up my hands when I needed it most. So I have learned to “Hold on loosely to everyone and everything….But God!” I also let others do the same and don’t feel offended when they can’t make room for me.

 

The forth sifting came and it had me feeling excluded, or “kicked to the curb”. A group I was a part of for several years, I felt God asking me to step away to focus on some other things and in my stepping away I felt that I was being excluded or forgotten more and more. I had been removed from all communications and did not even get invited to a birthday celebration of what I thought was a very close friend and had to find out by another friend. God had other plans for me that day, and I still trust Him that no matter how hard I try or my emotions miss or want to rejoin the group, God keeps shutting the door to those invitations even with non-invitations. 

I am learning to hold on loosely to everyone and everything….But God! 

Many will jump on the bandwagon, very few are willing to stay on it. Many want to ride the waves, but few are willing to paddle out to catch the waves with you. It is all about the sifting, the shifting, and the lifting. “Not Everyone Can Go Where God is Calling You.”

 

You won’t reach that “lifted up” space or higher playing field if you remain afraid to let go or speak up when God asks you to sift and shift some things.  He can force the sifting and shifting too! – remember …Hold on loosely….

Death of any kind, whether actual death or the death of a relationship, or the shifting of friends, can be terrible, but not to the sheep (or peeps) of Christ. It is God’s way of separating the wheat from the chaff. Celebrate rejection as God’s ultimate protection. 

 

Valleys are often fruitful! I would not have learned to “Hold on loosely” to everyone and everything but Christ. I would not have continued to seek God and His will or even choose the uncomfortable obedience over the opinions of others, or perceived opinions of others, or even over my fleshly emotions.

 
The Lord can make any situation pleasant if we stay plugged in to Him. We just take our hurt, our warped perceptions, our hurt emotions, and offended spirits to God. Release it all to God to be restored!

 

 

I have found that even in the darkest, lonely and most trying hours -God is near. 

 
I also know God sends Angels right when we need them. He has sent many to me. I have grown much closer with people that I have never actually met in person. Some of those connections online have reached out and given me encouragement, advice, prayers and some amazing prophetic words when I needed them most. I have also had reconnections with others and some pretty amazing opportunities through Divinely Placed people that have become some of the most amazing Divine Connections now too. I know God can even use Google to have Angels and even your Aaron’s and Hur’s to find you too. 

 

 

Hold on loosely to everyone and everything… But God! 

                  ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness,

    I am not overcome by fear.

Because You are with me in those dark moments,

    near with Your protection and guidance,

    I am comforted. ~Psalm 23:4 The VOICE

Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. ~ Psalm 23:4 TLB

Rooftop Experience 

  
Last week I had the luxury of daily going up onto the roof top to overlook the Manhattan Beach area in California. It was breathtaking and amazing to watch the ocean waves roll in from far above. 

I would start off each day in the morning downstairs on the front porch. There was a view of the beach and a walking/bike path straight ahead through the houses in front of our house. I remember sitting there one morning and God was whispering to me. 

Come up higher!!

I thought to myself this is quite nice right here on my cushion chair relaxing and watching the beach ahead of me. Thanks, but no thanks!

The sun was beaming down on me and the cool breeze, the kind that’s not too hot or not too cold was blowing by me. 

       Come up higher!!

I knew God was referring to the roof. So I gathered my journal, pen and Bible and ventured up the stairs until I reached the top of the roof. I sat down and looked over the panoramic view of the ocean and beachside.  

      When you come up higher with Me, you can see more. The expanse of your view is enlarged. 

I realized that God was reminding me that my perspective changes when I go up and look down over my situation rather than straight through it. 

God invited me to look at life the way He does. He sees from above and this enables you to see the vast surroundings you are not able to see from ground level. 

Ephesians 2:6

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–“

If we take our place where we have been seated. I am speaking about those of us who have called in and made our reservations to be seated with Him. People who have been saved through faith. 

We must realize that we no longer sit below but rather we are seated above in heavenly realms with Christ Jesus. 

In this position we are able to have a better perspective of our surroundings. 

We are able to find some hope in our troubles and possibly receive peace when we catch a glimpse of what lies ahead on our journey. 

God invites us to come up higher and see the whole picture. 

The panoramic view of understanding awaits you! Are you willing to come up higher?

Seated in heavenly places,

Kelley Allison 

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

But God…

  

I recently listened to a woman give her testimony of painful life experiences and where they had left her. She said the words “but God” through tears and pain. It struck me because others who I have heard use these words in a testimony said as if it were a breath of fresh air. 

But God shined the spotlight on the miracle I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. But God saw a way through the struggle that I could’ve never envisioned on my own. But God had other plans. 

But God’ is a turning point.  

Surviving, as much as we all want to do it, is simply the flesh. My flesh made it through the struggle. My flesh survived. My flesh overcame. If my flesh had died, my soul would have ascended into Heaven. 

If you are reading this, your soul has survived. 

When people look at me, they see my flesh. Without details of my life experiences they can only know that, thus far, I have survived. It is impossible to look at a person and know whether their soul has overcome. We go through each day with little realization of the broken souls we encounter because there is no obvious physical sign of their wounds.

I lived through being cheated on and having a child out of wedlock. I survived my grandfather disowning me because I would not have an abortion. While my flesh and my soul survived, I carried the pain and rejection of my grandfather for twenty years. My earthly father’s father disowned my flesh. He died when my daughter was one year old. There was no peace making. I kept this bruise on my soul for two decades. 

By the grace of God, my soul is not condemned to wear this bruise for eternity. I have had it long enough. Why would I choose to keep it when my God is willing and able to take it away? 

Release it to be restored. 

My flesh’s answer to granddad’s disapproval was to raise my daughter to be a beautiful, intelligent, trustworthy and witty asset to society. My soul’s resolution, my bruise removal, is faith in the One who is always faithful to me. 

My granddad’s flesh was broken. When we talk about the flesh, we may be speaking of the emotion surrounding earthly acts. My grandfather did not physically harm me, but his actions hurt my feelings. This is still the flesh. When you are ready to release it, whatever it is, and truly heal your soul, remember the Word. 

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

God has already done this for us. He has already provided you all that you need to overcome. Now you just have to choose to release it to Him. 

My soul ached for twenty years and I was prepared to ache for twenty more, but God…

Kim Weingart

Stand Firm 

  
WORTHY THOUGHT: How are we to be strong? God will never ask me to do what He does not enable me to do.

Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers against rulers of darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places.  

-Ephesians 6:10-12

Life today is not a playground- it is a spiritual battlefield!

The danger on the battlefield is that we do not take the enemy seriously, we get so sidetracked with our busy lives and therefore fail to put on the whole armor of God.

Never under estimate the strategy and strength of the devil. 

Jesus Christ in us we have spiritual authority and the gospel armor to withstand the enemy.

Stand firm and be strong with The Lord put on the full armor of God everyday and be of good courage.~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill