Chill Out

When we get angry, we need to get in the habit of stepping back, waiting a few minutes, and looking at the situation from God’s point of view.

Notice the Bible says a wise man lets his anger cool down (Proverbs 29:11).

So ‘cool it’ is a Biblical term! 🤣😂

A modern translation might be:

“The wise man waits and chills out.”

Thomas Jefferson, said, “When angry, count to 10 before you speak. If very angry, count to 100.

So, chill out and count or whatever else works for you, and let’s all try to be a bit wiser today when anger stirs us to want to react badly.

~ XXOO Michelle

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Pray As If …

We used to attend a Reform Synagogue on Friday evenings when we lived in Nashville. There was a song that we sang often during the service, and then I found it in the prayer book:

“PRAY AS IF everything depended on God.

Act as if everything depended on you.”

Mishkan T’filah

A Reform Siddur

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As I was reflecting on my week, I thought of this song. It started “playing” in my head. Then I thought of verses about faith and works. God wants us to have FAITH and that is the most important. However, He definitely wants us to “act as if everything depends on us.”

God is in charge of everything! He created it all. He desires for everything to worship Him and TRUST Him. When we pray, we truly are DEPENDING on Him. He KNOWS that we put our FAITH in HIM.

Because we put our TRUST in HIM, we should DESIRE to ACT like Him. Here are a few verses that should inspire us to understand this concept of faith and actions:

Hebrews 11:6 And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust that he does exist and that he becomes a Rewarder to those who seek him out. (CJB)

Ephesians 2:8 For you have been delivered by grace through trusting, and even this is not your accomplishment but God’s gift. (CJB)

Romans 3:28 Therefore, we hold the view that a person comes to be considered righteous by God on the ground of trusting, which has nothing to do with legalistic observance of Torah commands. (CJB)

(I encourage you to understand this verse based on the Complete Jewish Bible because as you can see it has nothing to do with “law.”)

All of these verses help us see that everything is based on FAITH and TRUST in God. We know that this is the ONLY way to receive God’s gift of eternal LIFE.

James chapter 2 is the one that can cause some controversy because it seems to say in verse 24:

You see that a person is declared righteous because of actions and not because of faith alone. (CJB)

If we read earlier in the chapter from verses 12-17 we see that what is really taught is that Torah brings FREEDOM. Following what Adonai taught us should help us LIVE like He wants us too. If we don’t ACT like He taught us, than why would people believe that HE actually lives?

Keep speaking and acting like people who will be judged by a Torah which gives freedom. For judgment will be without mercy toward one who doesn’t show mercy; but mercy wins out over judgment. What good is it, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith but has no actions to prove it? Is such “faith” able to save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food, and someone says to him, “Shalom! Keep warm and eat hearty!” without giving him what he needs, what good does it do? Thus, faith by itself, unaccompanied by actions, is dead. (CJB)

I understand that this topic can get controversial. My desire is that today we “keep it simple” and stop to think about how we act. May we all realize that what we DO is important. We need to completely depend on God, but we also should make sure our actions are in line with His desires.

Will you take the time today to “Act as if the world depended on you?” Will you share HIS love, grace and mercy with those you meet along the way? Will you care for those around you and bless them as Jesus would? Will you be like Abraham who had FAITH, and acted on his faith, so he was called a “friend of God?”

James 2:23 “Abraham had faith in God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness.” He was even called God’s friend. (CJB)

 

Our FAITH needs to be COMPLETE with ACTIONS that lead those around us to the Father. Our TRUST needs to be strong enough that we bring HIS JOY to the people we come in contact with. This weekend stop and REFLECT on your actions. Are they declaring your faith to those around you? Is your faith drawing you closer to an understanding of what HE wants you to do?

I challenge you to TRUST Him, LISTEN to Him and DEPEND on HIM for everything,

then ACT on what HE is telling you to do.

It might actually change your community, than your world.

 

 

 ~ Rose Horton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acts Of War

If you normally read my blogs or articles, you know that I am a fan of writing from my own experiences and lessons learned in my journey with God.  I will never pretend to know it all, but there are indeed some things that I have experienced that I know He wants to use as Heavenly blueprints for others who are walking similar paths.  That’s actually one of my favorite things about the Body of Christ; I love how we all work together to hold each other up and help one another, as a whole, function in the way that God intended.

But how do you function in wholeness when you feel like you’re the target of an onslaught?  How do you stand firm when you feel as if an entire army has risen up against you?  What do you do when the warfare is so great that you feel like you can barely stand for yourself, much less for others?

Ephesians 6:13, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand firm.”

Most mature believers know the scripture in Ephesians 6 regarding the armor of God.  We know that Romans 8:37 calls us “more than conquerors.”  We understand that God calls Himself our “rear guard” in Isaiah 52:12. There are so many beautiful scriptures that we can feast upon that describes us as warriors, being in war, and having God fight for us.  We know that victory is ALWAYS ours in Christ.

But what about when we are just plain tired of the war?  We are called to do “all” to stand, but what does that look like when our knees are wobbly and our feet (and hearts) hurt?

This is the season that I am walking out of.  It isn’t always easy and I haven’t always done it super well – but it has always been worth it.

God showed me in this last season that when I feel the most tired, the most worn-out, the weariest, then that is when I must respond with my own ACTS OF WAR.  Here’s a few from my personal life that I know will help you as you navigate your own battlefields.

1. First of all, I have learned to stop swinging the sword and just REST.  God told me years ago that I am a daughter BEFORE I am a warrior.  He said to run to Him first, and find my strength in Him (Proverbs 18:10).

2. Secondly, I “raise a hallelujah!”  Your praise is a weapon.  Praise is not a language that the enemy can speak, so raise it high and loud.  I promise it will break off the heaviness (Isaiah 61:3).

3. I also take communion.  Either alone or with my husband, but it’s always a very powerful moment. We like to visualize ourselves heaping everything upon the bread (since Jesus took all of our iniquities, guilt, shame and disease upon Himself on the cross) and we Praise God for our victory as we drink His blood (Isaiah 53:4).

4. One thing that I am actually growing in is intercession.  The Lord spoke to me a few years ago and said that every criticism is actually an invitation into intercession.

WOW.  I’ve started to live that way in my daily life and in how I see every situation, especially the heavy ones.  Prayer moves mountains, and praying until we see breakthrough changes us as much as the situations we pray about.  Included in this is spending 10 minutes a day praying in the Spirit and stirring up my inner man (Mark 11:23; 1 Corinthians 14:4).

5. Another major act of war for me is just sharing Jesus with someone. Whether in person, with a stranger, on Facebook or with a relative, just talking about Jesus gets my eyes looking up, my hope is restored and it helps me just remember…remember who I am, Who He is and the lengths that the Lord has gone to for us to walk in freedom and abundance.  It’s also a nice, big kick in the devil’s face *grin* (Mark 4:15).

The truth is that if we have done everything to stand, then we have truly done everything, including the harder things like lifting up praise even in battle.  Standing in warfare is not easy, even when we are fully clothed in the armor given us by Heaven itself.  The Lord says that He will fight for us to give us the victory (Deuteronomy 20:4), but doing these ACTS OF WAR actually increases your faith and builds your spiritual muscles.  

Let these things be your battle cry as you continue to stand!  Jesus is our victory, the lifter of our heads and our confidence.

“Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident” (Psalm 27:3).

 

 

 ~ Mandy Woodhouse

In Love

Let all that you do be done in love.

~1 Corinthians 16:14

In Love…..❤️

Not…..

Anxiety

Angst

Apathy

Boredom

Bullying

Haste

Hostility

Hate

Regret

Remorse

Rage

Routine

Guilt

Grief

Guardedness

Ulterior Motive

Jealousy

Desire

Despair

Loneliness

Manipulation

Lust

Outrage

Panic

Pity

Pride

Worry….

ALL that you do….do in LOVE ❤️

~XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom

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Which Boat Do You Have?

“You see, when a believer never reads the Word of God, never meditates on the truths of the Word, and doesn’t regularly renew his mind with the Word of God, he is like a simple boat that isn’t equipped for long-distance sailing.

He might be able to make it across a little lake; however, in order to victoriously make it across the sea of life and through all the storms he will encounter along the way, he will need major equipment!

That equipment is imparted to a believer when the Word becomes an integral part of his life. God’s Word working inside his heart and mind actually outfits him, decks him out, equips him, or furnishes him with all the spiritual gear he needs to take the adventurous trip God has planned for his life.

With God’s Word fitted tightly in place, that believer is ready to set sail and follow wherever the Holy Spirit leads!

So we have a choice. If we choose to not make God’s Word a priority in our lives, we are still headed to Heaven, but we’re like that first simple, plain, basic boat. In other words, we’re just believers who have only enough spiritual equipment to make it across the little lakes of life.

On the other hand, if we choose to take God’s Word deeply into our minds and hearts and then apply it to our lives, that Word will release its supernatural power to transform us from simple, basic believers to super-believers – endowed with everything needed to successfully make the long-distance journey the Holy Spirit has planned for our lives!”

~ Rick Renner / Sparkling Gems

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A Place Of Rest

Many sons and daughters experienced a season with 

many detours 

Just when we thought

breakthrough was at hand

We were redirected

to go higher with Papa

Training was on higher 

levels then in previous seasons

A sign of the urgency of 

Papa’s set apart sons and daughters to step up into higher levels of spiritual warfare, discernment, heart 

and character training

We were called into deeper 

waters and uncharted territories

unknown to us for training

Many valuable lessons were learned

Hearts were inspected,

cleansed from pride,

sin and what could potentially

hurt us in the future

As we went higher with Papa the training of our character intensified 

Just when we thought

Papa was done

We were on to the next 

learning curve

For the season ahead deep, irrevocable work had to be done

We cannot enter into the next season with the stench of the 

past still clinging to us

Many times during our 

training and daily challenges 

we were on the brink of 

giving up

Not knowing that Papa is 

busy transforming us into 

His image

He is raising up a set apart,

holy people

To represent Him in all 

spheres of society 

The bar was raised in the spiritual realm for Papa’s will do be done 

in the earth 

The issues we struggled with for years we overcome

The battles that used to drain and deplete us, we no longer engage in

Higher levels of wisdom and discernment were imparted 

to us

Our hearts were healed, while 

in severe training

Looking back over the past 

few years

We can see the growth in 

every area of our lives 

Our wilderness season 

was our most fruitful season

We can see the sacred work 

Holy Spirit has done in us

We past many character 

and heart tests

We were trained in different 

areas unfamiliar to us

While crying, crawling, limping and many times at the brink 

of giving up 

The intensity of the warfare and training would leave us confused and tired at times

Papa would always step in 

to revive our hearts again

His plans and purposes in 

our lives were too important to 

not be obedient

 

Now we are at a place of rest

Where Papa’s busy with the final touches of our heart transplants

Many experience severe attacks and trials

The storms around us is at 

its worst for a reason

This time we are battle ready!

We won’t give in!

We won’t give up!

It is time to apply what we 

have learnt during our wilderness season!

~ Ebigale Wilson

A Place Of Rest

The Journey

My Paradigm Shift

God is God Alone

And I am never on my own

My heart needs to know

He has called me as His own

I am unapologetically blessed

No need to know

what happens next

Trusting in His leading

And obeying His Call

Laughing at the future

Knowing Jesus did it all

Faith without borders

You are my rescue story

God uses your tears

to water your dreams

As impossible as it may seem

Believe as you triumph victoriously

Even if you have Faith as small

as a mustard seed

Faith, Love and Hope is All you need

You were created for much more can’t you see?

Lay down your life daily

So that you can be found acceptable in Me

All battles are won

because of Calvary

And every need is met

in His perfect timing

Keeping no account

of cancelled debt

The slate has been wiped clean

We have been redeemed!

Rejection?

No, My child it’s divine redirection

You will always be the object

of the Father’s affection

Like a child standing

on Daddy’s feet

In the dance of Love

Where He takes the lead

Lovingly guiding

As He dances to His own beat

Holding you close

never letting you go

Relentless pursuit

Forever in His Grip

I’m still in His hands

And a part of the Master’s Plan

Dance on disappointment

And watch how

your future unfolds in Me

You were purchased in full

And fully redeemed

The thought of His Love

A blissful retreat

Forgiveness abounding

At the Mercy seat

My Paradigm Shift

My place of Peace

God You are my everything

No greater Love can ever be found

Except in the Father’s loving arms

And where Grace still abounds

~ Melissa Sedick

My Paradigm Shift

♡~♡~♡~♡~♡~♡

Just CALM Yourselves Down!

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is from Exodus. It is chapter 14 verse 14 and it says:

Adonai will do battle for you. Just calm yourselves down!” (CJB)

The line, “Just calm yourselves down!” makes me laugh every time I hear it. I can hear Moses delivering that line to the Children of Israel. This situation occurred as they had left Egypt and were by the Red Sea. Pharaoh sent the army to come after them. Moses was telling the Israelites that God had taken care of them so far, so HE would once again come through and DELIVER them.

The word I heard this week was, “calm.” It’s time to be calm. It’s time to let God fight the battle for you. This is what I felt He wanted me to remind you of this week.

Let’s look at some verses with the word calm.

Psalm 107:29-30 He silenced the storm and stilled its waves,and they rejoiced as the sea grew calm. Then he brought them safely to their desired port. (CJB)

Isaiah 7:4 and say to him, ‘Take care to stay calm and unafraid; don’t be demoralized by these two smoldering stumps of firewood, by the blazing anger of Retzin and Aram or the son of Remalyah; (CJB)

Mark 4:39-40 He awoke, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind subsided, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no trust even now?” (CJB)

All of these verses have to do with TRUSTING that God will do what He says He will do. All of them have to do with WAITING for HIM and being patient that HE will take care of you!

In each situation above, God took care of the person(s) involved. If you read the whole chapter of Psalm 107 you will find that David was writing about his ancestors and the deliverance God gave them from the wilderness. David looked to the past to know the PROMISES that God followed through with.

In Isaiah there were people attempting to conquer Jerusalem. The king at the time, Ahaz, was afraid that Retzin and Aram were going to attack. God told Isaiah to meet Ahaz and give him the message that he was supposed to, “stay calm and unafraid.” God was giving the king instructions to TRUST Him because HE had it all under control.

The verses in Mark are well known. We know that Jesus did calm the waters on the Sea of Galilee. For those of you who have visited Israel during the winter months, you will know that the Sea can become quite volatile depending on the weather. It can arise quite quickly at times. Small boats would not be able to sail in this type of weather. The disciples had reason to be afraid and call on Jesus. In this case, they trusted Him enough to cry out and ask Him to help.

When we are in tough situations, do we cry out for help? Do we let HIM know of our need? Do we TRUST HIM to bring the calm to our soul?

Throughout all of the Bible TRUST brings PEACE, REST and CALM. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. That is TRUST. We cannot see the PEACE, we cannot see the REST, we do not experience the CALM, but when we TRUST and have FAITH, it comes.

Being calm, to me, means to REST in the fact that HE has everything under control. When I worry or get angry, I am not trusting HIM to do what He needs to do! When I TRUST Him, the waters will be calm.

I encourage you to find a place to LET GO of your worries and TRUST Him to bring the calm. Find a place to just breathe and let HIM bring CALM and REST to your soul.

When we come to the realization that TRUST in HIM brings us to a CALM place, than we can find REST in Him. We will RESTORE ourselves to Him. We are then REFRESHED to walk forward day to day.

Love and blessings,

Rose Horton

The picture this week is one my daughter, Abigail, took. She called it “Calm Water.” It is one of her favorites and based on this weeks teaching, one of mine too.

What Size Is Your Portion, Really?

“Lord, I have chosen you alone as my inheritance. You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion. I leave my destiny and its timing in your hands.” Psalm 16:5, TPT

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were lost together in worship.  I love to hear my husband sing, and I was ushered into the Presence of God as he sang over and over the words, “You’re my portion, YOU are my portion…”  

While singing, I entered into some kind of open vision.  Before me I saw two things. First, I saw a giant pizza-pie, like the kind I would be excited to eat in the New York area.  It was topped with everything that I love on pizza, and there was one giant slice that was removed from the whole and just sitting on a plate near the pizza.  I also saw one of the largest, longest tables that I have ever seen.

The table was incredibly inviting and covered with all of my favorite foods from across the globe.

I turned back to the pizza and went to grab the plate that held the already cut-off slice, when I heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart: “Why are you going for that one piece,” He said gently.  “Why would you reach out for the one slice when you can have the whole pizza?  Don’t you know that the entire thing is for YOU?”

Then my vision switched back to the long table covered with food, and He reminded me that He has actually set a FEAST before us in the presence of our enemies (Psalm 23:5-6).  

Song of Songs 2:4 says, “He has brought me to His banqueting hall, and His banner over me is love” (NASB).  And in the gospels, Jesus Himself compares the Kingdom of God to a giant wedding feast!  

When I came out of the vision, I asked the Lord to speak to me more in-depth regarding what I saw and what He had to say about it.  He is so faithful and indeed spoke some very personal and wonderful things to my heart.  Here are a few things that He reminded me of, which I am happy to share as an encouragement to anyone who needs it.

1. Sometimes, we need to change our perspective on what our personal portions are “supposed to” look like.  God so graciously reminded me that I am a DAUGHTER, and not an ORPHAN.  He said to me that Jesus came to give me abundant life (John 10:10), so why wouldn’t He want me to have the larger, more abundant portion? Luke 11:11 speaks of the relationship between a father and son, and that a father would never give the son a snake if he asks for a fish.  Father God wants us to have abundant portions, not left-overs! A child is not polite either – a child takes as much as she/he wants because they know that they are a son/daughter in the house. 

2. We cannot be afraid to eat it ALL!  John records several times in chapter 6 that Jesus is the “bread of life.”  Why wouldn’t we want more of Jesus?  A healthy daughter or son will take all the cuddles and kisses that they can get, because that’s what a child does with their parents.

When my Mom gave me a plate of my favorite food, I never feared the consequences of eating every last bit of my favorite food on that plate!  I ate it all because it was her delight to give it to me, and it was my absolute pleasure to partake in all of its yumminess.  The same can be said for any portion of any blessing that the Father wants to pour out upon us.

3. You don’t have to work for your portion.  “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?  Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food” (Isaiah 55:1-2, ESV).  We don’t have to work for our salvation (it’s a free gift), or for God’s approval (thanks to Jesus!), or for our inheritance as children of God.  Therefore, we don’t have to work for our “portion” of His Presence.  

He longs to give us more and more.  He longs to have us seated at His banqueting table, in the presence of our enemies at that!  You are seated, with Christ (Ephesians 2:6), in the highest place of honor far above all powers and authorities (Ephesians 1:20-21).  You are seated in Christ, which means you are seated with Him at the right hand of the Father.  And He delights in giving you ALL of Himself.  Don’t settle for the smaller portion; the whole “pizza” is yours!

…God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).

~ Mandy Woodhouse