Sacred Romance 


Romancethe mystery, adventure, and excitement associated with love. 

We have been invited to the greatest romance the world has ever known. 

 Our soul’s lover, Jesus, is constantly wooing us and drawing us deeper into his heart, his life, and his mind. He zealously desires to share himself with us, and our part is to follow his lead and to invite him into our hearts and lives.

We must be wary of the romance killers – fear, worry, and selfishness, for Jesus is a selfless lover; he lives to bring glory to the Father and to bless us, his brothers and sisters. His pleasure is to share himself with us and to encourage us to follow him. This requires single-minded devotion on our part, free from the worries and cares of this life. We must cast our cares onto him, for he alone is strong enough, loving enough, and wise enough to carry them for us.

We must sensitize our hearts and minds to hear and respond to his gentle guidance and encouragement. Moment by moment, he reaches out to us – through meditation on his word, through quiet prayer vigils, and through our willing obedience to what he has taught us so far. As we hold on to what he has already given us by grace – the wisdom, the courage, the faith, the hope, and the love, he increases our blessings little by little (Phillipians 3:12-16).

Let us give our hearts to Our Father’s great romantic love. Let us be enthralled by his love, captivated by his presence, and motivated to live our lives in his service. He alone holds the key to the great adventure that he has in store for each one of us. He alone is strong enough, wise enough, and loving enough to fulfill our souls’ deepest yearnings for abundant life!
                       ~Brad Heilhecker 

Hope – The Next Exit 

It sure feels hopeless at these times of transition in America. Well, maybe transition or maybe more of the same thing leading to worse things. I can’t even watch the news without getting a rise in my blood pressure. I think many Americans are feeling the same way. Hopeless!

 Last night I went to the movie “Revive Us” by Kirk Cameron. It was basically a live interactive family meeting held across many movie theaters in the US. 

The purpose was to call Christians together to do three things. 
•Pray

•Think

•Vote 

Twenty five million evangelicals who are registered to vote DID NOT vote the last election. That election candidate won by five million votes. 

Shame on us!! 
We can’t complain about what is going on all around us if we don’t exercise our right to vote. It’s a privilege and right that was paid for by Americans who fought for the freedoms in our country. We take for granted our rights and freedoms in America. 

The meeting was a great reminder for us all to go out and vote. It’s up to us Christians to get out of our little church box and go affect our culture by voting for the candidate that will protect our rights and beliefs. I was also reminded our hope is not in this world but in Christ. That doesn’t give us a pass to sit back and not be proactive in our communities. 

Let’s remember that we are not voting for a pastor or a perfect person with a perfect record. 

I’m not sure they can be found. 

Ben Carson was asked in the Revive Us meeting the question, “How do you vote for the lesser of two evils in this election?”. He reminded us that everyday we make choices that involve this concept. He gave us the scenario:

What if you had the choice between having both your legs cut off or having an irritating paper cut? The choice is quite simple. So is the candidate choice. Look at the effects of the impact. Which one will bring the most damage and loss of mobility to allow you to walk out your Christian beliefs. 

The national “family meeting” brought me hope at the next exit. We have an opportunity to impact what happens by exercising that right to vote and getting involved with helping others to pray, think and vote. 
I encourage you to take a friend and go see the Encore on Monday, October 24th at a theater near you. 

There is hope at the next exit. 
We just have to put our turn signal on and take it.

Exit now,

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

More information on the movie 

and My Faith Votes ✅
http://www.reviveus2016.com/#action-section

I Wanna See Your Face 

I wanna see Your face

In all I do

I wanna feel Your embrace

It’s what I wanna do
On this island

Seeking only You

I wanna see

What only You can do
The roar of the ocean

The weight of the sea

It all comes crashing

And I’m where I need to be
As each wave comes

Up to the shore

I know whose I am

And I’m seeking more
One step forward

With hands held high

Brings me to the One

I know hears my cry
Come let the waters

Crash over me

As each drop falls

I am part of the sea
The sea of love 

The sea of life

The sea of pain

The sea of strife
My heart swells

Within the hull

Of the ship that sails

Without control
Over the rails

And into the deep

I’m right in Your arms

With one big leap
Carry me high

Carry me low

Carry me so

I won’t let go
I’m not giving up

On what I know

To be the seed

I’ve already sown
The tide may rise

The tide may fall

No matter the season

It’s all Your call
I wanna see Your face

In all I do

I wanna feel Your embrace

It’s all I wanna do

~ S. Gable 10/14/2016

A New Path 

He pursues them and moves on unscathed, by a path his feet have not traveled before.~ Isaiah 41:3 NIV

Walking in faith isn’t always easy. I get nervous about the life I can’t see ahead. I entertain thoughts of who will accept me and who will deny me. I fear failing at things that I am actually capable of. I become afraid of the pain that will come with having relationships. I run rampant trying to control environments that are simply out of my control.

Lord, in my flesh, I am weak.

Holy Spirit come. You are welcome here. Where I am weak, you make me strong. In the circumstances that I second guess, you have no doubt. When I make borders around my heart, you come in and provide open spaces. In the places I have felt pain, you soothe and provide me comfort. Where I am afraid to move, you give me the power to pick up my feet and run.

Holy Spirit your strength is my edification.

Jesus,

You pursue my Spirit, and I praise and honour you for your dedication. Thank you for allowing me to have another opportunity to understand who you are and the purpose you’ve called me to. In this season, may it be so.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas 

What Favor Awaits You? 

Ruth left all that was familiar and comfortable to her to follow her Mother In Law Naomi, and put her trust in Naomi’s God. 

Just like us when we decide to follow Christ. We may be asked to leave behind situations or people that are not in our best interest. God may even force the separation and give us no choice but to find the courage to keep going and not go back to what was once comfortable or familiar.   

Ruth chose to be obedient and do whatever Naomi instructed her to do. Even if that meant gathering scraps in the fields or approaching Boaz on the threshing floor. 

Ruth was willing to humble herself and follow instructions, and her obedience and mercy did not go unrecognized.  

She not only gained favor in the fields, it ultimately gained her favor that radically altered her life in a very good way. 

She later married Boaz, who by those standards and that time was a pretty well off guy. She no longer had to gather scraps in the field to survive, her husband now owned the fields. 

She also restored the family name for her and Naomi with her son Obed. Obed was also the grandfather of David and is ultimately one of Jesus’ ancestors in the genealogies found in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke.

What things do you need to leave behind?

What risks are you willing to take by being obedient and follow the Lord’s direction? 

You never know what Favor awaits you if you don’t step out of fear and step into courage.

           

              Will You Answer A Call To Valor? 

                      
             ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Exert from the upcoming book : A Call To Valor by Michelle Bollom.  

#ACallToValor #LiveRestored #RestoredMinistries 

Footprints In The Sand 


This is an older song by a secular artist; Leona Lewis, that I love. The song is beautiful and such a reminder for all.  

               ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

“Footprints In The Sand”
You walked with me

Footprints in the sand

And helped me understand

Where I’m going
You walked with me

When I was all alone

With so much unknown

Along the way
Then I heard you say
I promise you

I’m always there

When your heart is filled with sorrow and despair

I’ll carry you

When you need a friend

You’ll find my footprints in the sand
I see my life

Flash across the sky

So many times have I been so afraid
And just when I

I thought I’d lost my way

You gave me strength to carry on
That’s when I heard you say
I promise you

I’m always there

When your heart is filled with sorrow and despair

And I’ll carry you

When you need a friend

You’ll find my footprints in the sand

When I’m weary

Well I know you’ll be there

And I can feel you

When you say
I promise you

Oh, I’m always there

When your heart is filled with sadness and despair

I’ll carry you

When you need a friend

You’ll find my footprints in the sand
When your heart is full of sadness and despair

I’ll carry you

When you need a friend

You’ll find my footprints in the sand

The Perils Of Unbelief 


per·il

ˈperəl/

noun

plural noun: perils

1. Serious and immediate danger.

exposure to injury, loss, or destruction; grave risk; jeopardy; danger: 

2. something that causes or may cause injury,loss, or destruction.

                The Perils Of Unbelief
Take care, brothers and sisters, that there not be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart which refuses to trust and rely on the Lord, a heart that turns away from the living God. But continually encourage one another every day, as long as it is called “Today” and there is an opportunity, so that none of you will be hardened into settled rebellion by the deceitfulness of sin (its cleverness, delusive glamour, and sophistication.) For we believers have become partakers of Christ sharing in all that the Messiah has for us, if only we hold firm our newborn confidence which originally led us to Him until the end. ~ Hebrews 3:12-14 AMP 

Lord, help me when the circumstances and questions I face seem so much more believable than You and Your promises.  Help me to build my faith with the ABC’s of Faith; to Agree, Believe, and Confess Your word over every situation that arises. Forgive me for not trusting and believing that Your Promises are always true. Thank you that I am a partaker of Christ, sharing in all that Jesus has for me.  I trust and believe, help me with any unbelief. 

              ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Each Word Is A Gift 

I am finding during this 2016 Presidential election season my emotions and conversations are getting turned up several notches of frustration and fury. I catch myself saying things that cause me to look around to see if those words could have possibly flew out of someone else’s mouth rather than mine. 
I’m so passionate about my opinions and how I can fix America to make it great again. (That was a plug) 

 
 I sometimes forget that my words I use may not be so uplifting and positive about the candidates and those who support them. So I keep getting reminded ever so gently by God that my words matter and I need to have control over them. I still believe you can kindly state your beliefs and opinions without being brass and rude. We find ourselves in a time where it is frustrating because whatever you may say or state can cause offense or be deemed politically incorrect. You find yourself being silent because quite honestly your candidate of choice is at times difficult to defend. If only everyone could see the workings behind the process of what is to come. 

How do you communicate your passion for justice and reform without causing offense and anger from the opposing camp of your beliefs? I admit I am stumped and frustrated!! 

When I came across this verse, God reminded me that I am in the place of power and position to choose what happens with my words. 
We all know the scriptures about holding your tongue and how words either bring life or death. 

I guess I have to decide if I want do what the Word says about watching my words. That’s the first step. Make a choice. 

Okay, yes I will do better and try. 

I am going to make this simple for myself and focus on these two points. 

Say only what helps

Each word is a gift 

So I will ask myself before I speak out loud. Is what I say helpful and is it a gift to the person I’m speaking about or to?
If the answer is no, it’s vetoed. 

That doesn’t mean we are not allowed to speak our beliefs and stand up for what we believe to be right. 

I just have to carefully choose my words so they help bring life to people. 

Is my truth gift carefully wrapped in love and taped up with helping words of encouragement? 

I can do this!! 

Well, actually I don’t think I can on my own. But God can help me and reveal to me the truth behind all the circumstances of my agendas so that I give them as a gift to others that brings them into a place of being respected and honored. 

Stand up for your beliefs but always make sure they are gifts of help to others. 

Gift on,

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

Fearlessness 

Fearlessness 

Binds up fear into a sphere

And catapults it into the darkness

Where it’s intended to bleed

Fearlessness

Purges yesterday

And consumes this moment,

Not worrying about tomorrow

Fearlessness

Risks it all for God 

Who breathed this ocean

Into existence, to overflow

Fearlessness

Chooses to live in a dying world,

Not blending in with the rest,

But accepting the challenge to lead

~ Bethany Anne