Words Spoken Into Existence 


From the beginning of time, words were used to speak things into existence.

And God SAID, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3 ESV

There is a purpose for everything God created through His spoken word.

Words have power.  God chose His spoken word to connect His eternal spiritual reality to the physical world of our lives. Words release power over our lives and the people in it.

We often fail to understand how important words are. We are unaware of the power created by speaking them.

God’s full and good will was unleashed when he spoke his creation into existence, through His Holy Spirit. And it is that same Spirit that now also lives in us just waiting to apply that same power in our lives, according to the word of God.

Words have power, even negative ones.

I grew up believing the enemy’s lies. I wasn’t good enough. I was a failure. I was unworthy and unlovable. I would never be worthy of grace or love. On and on the enemy would ramble.

I believed every word. I was each and every negative defining experience I proclaimed into my life.

Little did I know, the words I heard, for my entire life, would dictate how I acted and how I responded. 

They defined who I was.

Negative self-talk becomes a negative life lived out, and the enemy would love to see nothing more than his lies alive in our heart.  

However, we have the opportunity to receive God’s Word into our life and change absolutely everything. Words create life and they also create death. They raise us up or tear us down. They guide and direct us into action. They define who we are and help us live life along the journey God lays before us.

The act of an all knowing, all loving God was spoken; love was formed into creation.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Genesis 1:26 ESV

God had a bigger plan. He had a purpose for you and for me. His Word creates a healthy connection, wisdom, and brings loving relationships into life. His Word establishes the truth and exposes the enemy’s lies. His Word creates new life through forgiveness and redemption. 

It creates love called into action. 

Jesus defines who we are by His words that are always in truth. Do you live by the defining nature of God?

Do you believe in God’s truth spoken about you?

Do you live life by the truth of His word?

Holy Spirit, come into our lives and empower us with the truth of Your Word. Allow our hearts to be open to the wisdom you have in each word spoken. Allow your word to protect and guide us with confidence. We want to live faithfully, in obedient reverence, glorifying you. Meet us right where we stand. Lead to the path you put before us. Remind us that your word is at the tip of our tongues. It is the spoken instruction you have laid upon our heart. Enlighten us with the power of Your Word.

In Jesus Name, Amen

~ Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas 

Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown


Brown tells a fictional story of 4 women who are all at a different intersection of their life. All four are faced with the internal struggle of choosing to let the past control them or embrace the redemption and new life Christ has to offer them.

Meg has found herself alone in her mother’s house mourning the loss of her mother and husband’s death after her daughter departs to go overseas to college. She is left living with the ghosts of her pasts and deciding if it is time to sell her home and put those ghosts to rest or continue to live in the comfortable present.  

Hannah, a church minister, has devoted her life to Christ and serving other’s in His name. She gave up everything to serve God including the idea of marriage and children. After being forced into a 9 month sabbatical by her lead pastor she has to face the loss of her entire identity and everything her life stood for….and all the pain her life represents.  

Mara has forever been the rejected child. Rejected by her family, her husband, her sons and her peers. All she has ever longed for is acceptance and to become one of the popular girls in school…or at least let them feel the pain she felt every time they made fun of her. Can she ever find it in her heart to accept herself if no one can?

Charissa lived her life making all the right choices. She was raised in the right family with the right social connections. She went to the right college and married the right man. Everything in her life was perfectly planned and she always had the right answer to anything she had to face. Until the day she was faced with not having the answers to her biggest fear and the one thing she did not want to be….becoming a mother. Can she find it in her heart to walk in the role she has been called to?

All four women are called into the journey of facing their past and the current circumstances they find themselves in. What will each of them chose and will God really help them to accept where their lives are headed despite their past?

This is a quick easy read and would give it a 3.5 out of 5 ⭐️
      ~ Amy Tippins-Thorne 
You can purchase this book now on Amazon Here

Songs and quotes for peace

Today’s reblog comes from John Coyote- check out his blog and also the image today is by Beauty Beyond Bones- check out her blog too! 

Let Peace begin with you! ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Old Grandpa wisdom.”Take a town to raise a child right. We must teach the proper ways to live and respect for every person.” Foolish people believe. “They are safe when war is far away. War will find you and come to your front door. Look at today world. How many homeless because of war and […]

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The Light 

  
So last Sunday for #SongSunday we brought you a classic song remake by the band Disturbed. It was “Hauntingly Beautiful” I thought.   

See “Sound Of Silence” Here

So I proposed a question that I felt this band was trying to relay a deeper message.

Here is another song by them and I do believe behind the heavy metal sound- they are bringing a much deeper and Divine message to others. 

Your thoughts? 

~XXOO Michelle Bollom
“The Light” by Disturbed 

Perfect Fried Eggs


I read this trick recently and it works! 

When you crack your eggs in the non stick skillet place a plate over the skillet.  

Just for a minute or two and you will see the whites of the egg quickly are firm. 

 Makes for easier flipping and you salt and pepper and replace the plate again for a minute or so and you have perfect over easy eggs.  


You can leave plate on longer for less runny yokes.

Share your cooking tips or tricks with us.  

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Restoration Stories – Tikeetha Thomas 


Just email me your story how God has restored you with your life verse. That was all they were asking.

Wow! Too many times. Too many situations. God had restored me on so many occasions could I possibly just tell one story that would make people understand? 

Nope. Not the way that you needed to hear. Not the way you needed to understand the grace and mercy that God has shown to me. So, here’s my story…

I was molested at 13. I was sexually assaulted at 13 and I was raped at 14. Three traumatic events that shaped my belief in men. Men took from you. Men didn’t value you. You were nothing more than eye candy for men. Those were all the things that ran through my mind.

At 14 my boyfriend and I broke up. He blamed me for my rape. I was devastated. I felt unloved and alone. I tried to take my life. Life had become unbearable.

I spent that summer being depressed and crying every day. I wouldn’t get dressed. I wouldn’t play with my siblings or talk to my mother. I was broken. My mother didn’t know the real reasons for my pain. I wanted to die and I cursed God for not letting that happen.

My mother came in my room one day and sat on the bed and said, “As a parent you wish that you could kiss every tear that falls from your child’s eyes. But, you can’t. I can’t. But, this is the time when you need to go to the Lord in prayer. He will help you. He will answer you. Please just pray.” She left my room.

I sat silently in the room crying. Tears falling in big drops that left stains down my face. I fell to my knees and prayed. I simply said, “God please help me.” It was in that moment that I felt God’s reassuring love and presence. He consoled me. He loved me. He had not abandoned or forgotten me. He was there.

Many years and many life lessons later God reminded me that He is still in charge. That He is always there. Ever watching. Ever waiting for me to just let go and trust. Trust that He has not forgotten me.

I was losing my cousin to cancer. We were 9 months apart. He was the only man in this world that I ever believed loved me. Not my husband but my cousin.

My marriage was in hell. We were roommates. We had tried to have a child with no luck. I cursed God for making me barren and then taking the only man in this world from me. Letting him die. Life wasn’t fair.

But God.

God interceded and worked on my spirit. I began talking to my husband again. I began trying to fix my marriage. We tried to date and love each other again. We attempted invitro fertilization (IVF) again. We got pregnant.

The moment the nurse told me that I was pregnant I said “Thank you God”. I knew it was God. I knew he was sending me a message. He was going to give my cousin his wings. I would lose the only man that ever loved me. But, He was sending me a son. Another boy who would become a man who would love me.

The moment I saw my little embryo on the screen I said “Look at my son. Thank you God.” My husband laughed and said “It could be a girl.” I replied, “Nope, it’s a boy. God is giving me a son.” The funny thing is that I didn’t doubt God’s grace and mercy on me. I knew the message he was sending. It was clear. He confirmed it when they told me that my due date was my cousin’s birthday.

But God.

I had many complications in my pregnancy and almost lost my baby. People worried. People prayed. But I knew that he would be okay. How? Because I had prayed to God that if he let my son live that I would bring him to Him. I told God I would do as Hannah did with Samuel and I would bring my son to Him. That was my fervent prayer.

He did. He let my son live. He was born prematurely and I never worried. I knew that God had us. He always had. He had never abandoned me. My son was His gift to me.

But, life didn’t always make me believe that God heard me. I suffered so much. So many trials and tribulations that I didn’t really understand the importance of trusting God with everything that I am and everything that I have. Truly trusting and leaning on His word.

My marriage ended. I was heartbroken at the way I was being treated and I felt so alone. Many days I couldn’t get out of bed. I cried incessantly and I would fall out from the overall emotional pain of my situation. I thought I was dying. All while trying to raise a 5 year old.

My son would hold my head and say “Mommy, please don’t cry. I’ll protect you.” I was a wreck. Crying and praying. Praying and crying. God spoke to my spirit and said, “Get up! It is done!” Just like that.

I did and I prayed. He reminded me how he’s never abandoned me. He’s never left me and that His anointing has always been on my life. I was alive to tell of His grace and mercy because my words are what people understand. I would be a living testimony of how He saves.  

I am a living testimony. I will tell of His grace and mercy. Our God has not forgotten. He will forever answer you. But, we all fall short. We forget how to pray. We get so consumed with our issues and situations that we don’t just pray and listen. We pray. We listen to the noise in our head. We don’t hear His voice. We think He doesn’t care. He does.

He is never changing. He never fails. Nothing will separate us from the love of God. That is my story. The life verse that reminds me of this comes from my favorite book in the Bible….Romans.

 

Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)

38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 ~ Tikeetha Thomas 

 

 

Tikeetha Thomas is a full-time working mom with an 8 year old son who is the apple of her eye. She resides in Maryland and when she is not working and catering to her little boy, she is busy working on her unnamed novel. You can follow her on Twitter Here: https://twitter.com/mskeeinmd

 or read more about her life at her blog Here: www.athomaspointofview.com  

 

I am Still Thirsty

Great blog and a great song by Heather Clark. 

Enjoy! And be sure to check out Two Rivers Blog. ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! (John 7:37) Read: 1 Kings 11:1-43, 2 Chronicles 9:29-31, Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 Relate: Every day during the Feast of the Tabernacles a group of priests would lead a procession down to the pool of Siloam to draw […]

http://tworiversblog.com/2016/05/13/john-737-thirsty/

Lance Wallnau


What if we ALL were as vocal as Lance Wallnau?  

“We need to step up and take a stand for what we believe while freedom of speech is still our constitutional right!” 

Why is it that only 2% of the population dictates to the rest of society their agendas and we stay silent? 

Watch Lance’s Video 

Here


Kelley, Deb & Jessica

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Patient Endurance 


Patient Endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. ~ Hebrews 10:36 NLT

Years ago the Lord brought me to this verse. It was one of those verses that “Jumped Off” the page at me so I decided to look up Patient Endurance in the dictionary to see what exactly that looked like. I printed it out and had it posted for years. It has become one of my Life Verses and again God has brought it back in this season and asked me to share it. 
The definitions of Patient Endurance, I love what it reveals:    

Patient

Adj. adjective
1. Capable of Bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, annoyance, provocation, misfortune, delay, hardship, etc., with fortitude and calmness and without complaint, anger, or the like

2. Tolerant; understanding.

3. Persevering; constant.

4. Capable of calmly awaiting an outcome or result; not hasty or impulsive. 

Endurance

n. Noun
         1. The act, quality, or power of withstanding hardship, pain or stress.

2. The state or fact of persevering.

3. the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina: lasting quality; Continuing existence; duration  

This time of year I get summer fever and become tired and seem to be stuck on that hamster wheel of life. When I am going through the motions packing lunches, picking up dirty socks, being the carpool queen shuffling kids here and there and see the dust bunnies multiplying and the gym guilt screaming in my ears, but all I really want to do is throw my hands up order some pizza and watch mindless TV. 

 Remember the old Calgon commercial and how it tried to convince us a bubble bath was all it takes to restore us to sanity…I just have to say, a bubble bath never has done that for me! I always seem to get interrupted by my peeps and if I happen to take one while everyone is gone I always have a crazy fear of if I fall and hit my head and then what? I don’t want the fire department to break in and find me butt naked

 Yes, I sometimes go there, playing those crazy scenarios in my mind. I have to say the crazy traffic in my head has slowed a lot over the years. The pity party’s too have stopped, I don’t feel like giving in most days to the pizza and TV, I instead choose to get through with God’s Word. 

 When I concentrate on what He says and let those words sink deep into my heart and soul, then I feel like I can easily rock that Hamster wheel of life. Kind of like those furry Hamster things in the KIA commercials heads bopping to a funky beat. Like OK, I think I got this! 

 When people tell us to stop complaining and nagging and lovingly remind us how fortunate we are to have a great family with a grateful husband and kiddos. That you have the luxury of staying home so go back to bed if you have to. Take a nap if you need to, real friends don’t mind the dust bunnies, dirty socks will always be found and you are grateful for the feet that left them there. It won’t be long before those kiddos will have their own driver’s license and can run your errands. The gym is always there and sometimes God is wanting you to work out different muscles today so don’t beat yourself up over it.

 I am so Thankful God’s word reminds me, you are capable of bearing, enduring, with fortitude and calmness WITHOUT complaint, anger or the like. You have the ability and strength to continue and last, despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions. Then you will receive all He has promised! And His word is chalked full of promises my friends! Crack it open and let the words JUMP OFF and JUMP ALL OVER YOU. His word is the Only thing that fully Restores & Transforms us. ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

*orginally wrote this in 2014 before we set up our blog.  Dusting off some oldies!  Thanks to my friend Kim for sending me this image.  I get a giggle every time I see it! 

Salvation 


WORTHY THOUGHT: God certainly desires the salvation of all people. 

God provided Jesus to be the mediator between us and Him and assures us he “gave himself ” as ransom for all people. 

Jesus saving sinners is a true divine act of his holiness and genuine love for God the Father and for each of us. 

God our Savior, wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 

For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself- a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time. 

-1 Timothy 2:4-6 

God so loved the world he gave His one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should have everlasting life. 

-John 3:16


            ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill