Co-Architects Of Design 

We are now saved because Our Savior Jesus chose to leave the riches of heaven and come walk our sod. He left glory and power for a life of humility and service. He left sovereignty and majesty for obedience and obscurity. He left celestial pleasures for earthly hardship. He left fellowship with the holy ones for ministry to the lost and hurting. He relinquished intimate communion with his Father to take on himself the sin of the whole world.

We, too, have choices to make

 We can live lives of relative comfort and peace and safety by taking our salvation and burying it in our backyards and standing guard to make sure nobody steals it. We can ignore the dying world around us, leaving others to find their own way. We can skillfully avoid the messy business of finding and nurturing relationship with our brothers and sisters in the faith. We can leave the strenuous work of building the kingdom to those with degrees and salaries.

Alternatively, we can choose to take up our crosses and follow our master. We can forsake building castles in the sand and instead yoke ourselves to the one who is working incessantly to build mansions that will endure for eternity. Then, we will have a say in where we live, how many guest rooms we will need, and who we would like to have for neighbors. We will be co-architects in the design of our community centers and fellowship halls. We will be partners in business with the wise. We will spend our vacations exploring relationships with the mighty men of God. We will raise our children with the help of the holy women of God.

        ~Brad Heilhecker 

Missionaries

Worthy Thought: We must not limit our focus to our own people. 

God wants His people to proclaim His love in words and actions to the whole world. 

He wants us to be His missionaries wherever we are, wherever He sends us. 

I love Guatemala, I’m looking forward to my next trip to be the hands and feet He created me to be.     

For more on my missions to Guatemala with Sounds Of Love follow our Facebook Page 

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

He Is Here 


Many times in my life I have questioned, “Is God really here?” Is he here when a mother loses her precious child? Is he here when she cries out in pain? Is he here when grief seems harder than living? Is he here when sickness has no end? Is he here when hate is favored over loving? Is he here when it seems as if the world were going to break? Is he here?

Even still,
HE IS HERE.

“He told them a story. “Look at a fig tree. Any tree for that matter. When the leaves begin to show, one look tells you that summer is right around the corner. The same here—when you see these things happen, you know God’s kingdom is about here. Don’t brush this off: I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for this one, too—these things will happen. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out.” Luke‬ ‭21:29-33‬ ‭MSG‬‬

~ Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas 

Always Enough 


You are Brave Enough… Strong Enough….

                    Always Enough! 

         ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

You are brave enough for today, because He is. You are strong enough for what is coming, because He is. And you are enough for ALL that is, because He ALWAYS is! ~ Ann Voskamp 

One With You 

Take me away

Till it’s just You and I 

I am desperate for more of You

I want to be One with You

It’s the best place to be

To linger with You

Where I am totally abandoned 

to You

You lead the way and I follow suit

We visit unknown realms

You show me my potential

And I agree with You

Discovering my true identity engraving in You

My faith grows deeper as waves crash over me

You smile and I know I am safe 

here with You

Deeper and deeper we go

Till I am in sync with You

I discover myself in You

I am lost in You

My challenges grow dim

With each step I take with You

My past a vague memory  

A future full of adventure with the King of my heart is luring me in

Past the veil we dance and laugh

Past the veil I came to know You

As a God who loves to meet with all 

His sons and daughters

Here we see ourselves through 

your eyes

Here we discover Your unending love for us

A love that gives us wings

A love that heal our hearts

A love that has the ability to leave us 

thirsting for more of You

We cannot but go deeper with You

We are made stronger through Your grace

Every step we take we lock eyes 

with You

We can never go back to what was

When we have experienced and tasted Your heart for us

Higher and higher we go

You nod Your head

Your eye’s filled with pride

I am undone by Your love for me

Why would the King of the universe take note of me?

A mere mortal, when all I could do 

was disappoint Him, time after time

Till I have ran into His deep love 

for me

I can never be the same again

I can never go back to my past again

I have came to know God’s heart for me

I am undone

I am forever wrecked

Nothing of this world can satisfy me again

Now that I have tasted His sweet love 

flowing like waves into my life

I have made Your presence my dwelling place

Your heart my hiding place

You make me brave

You make me tenacious

You make me crave for every facet of Your heart for me.

~ Ebigale Wilson 

I Am Undone 


Out of the presses of pain comes the souls best wine.” ~ Unknown 

The song “Undone” by Kim Walker Smith on her latest album is this weeks feature. 

I saw the above quote on my friend’s Facebook note after she shared about a painful experience. 

My friend Alane is a gifted wordsmith and has an amazing way with words (she has also been a guest blogger before on Restored Ministries) this is her post, a beautiful note called The Prayer

In our moments of pain we must not be ashamed to share our stories.

You never know who they will touch.

Lastly, when I hear this song I am contantly reminded of Isaiah 6:5-when Isaiah cried out:

Woe is me! I Am Undone; when he saw the Heavenly King of Kings- Our Lord. 

 ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

To read Alane’s other posts on Restored Ministries  – click here

Kind Wise And Gracious 

The Lord is kind, wise, and gracious to all; he is never mean, foolish, or demanding; he meets & and accepts each of us right where we are, takes us by the hand, and leads us onward and upward into our heavenly places. 
We walk right beside him; we sit right beside him; we talk with him face to face any moment we so choose, as long as we are willing to let him lead the way and have his way in us.

The Lord is kind. He is gentle. He is meek. He has not dealt with us according to our sins but according to his goodness and grace. Although he is firm and unyielding as regards to his glory and his ways, he is never harsh with us.

The Lord is wise. He knows just just how to deal with any given person or situation. He can compensate for our weaknesses and build us up in our strengths. He knows how to deal with enemies and with friends, with his family and with strangers. Nothing is too difficult for him. We will prevail if we learn to do his will, his way, in his time.

The Lord is gracious to all. He treats us all with the utmost respect and consideration. He will not violate our free will or force himself into our lives; we must invite him in. He treats us as if we are wise and noble and good, even as he is working those qualities into us.  
We need not fear his rejection. Let us not reject his kind initiatives in our lives and we will grow to be just as kind, wise, and gracious as he is.

             ~Brad Heilhecker 

We Need To Know 


For nearly 24 long years there was not one Christian that told me about Jesus and how much He loved me. 

Just thinking about this breaks my heart like no bodies business because I can only imagine how common this fact is. 

My brothers and sisters, we are His hands and feet. We have the same spirit that Jesus had when he was walking on earths soil. He died so that we can come back to our Father and walk as He walked. Let’s not be boxed in Christians. 

Everywhere we go we must let Christ’s fragrance fill the atmosphere. We must pour Him out like a liquid offering. 

Christians need to know that Jesus loves them. Non-believers need to know Jesus loves them. Atheist need to know that Jesus loves them. Witches and satan worshipers need to know that Jesus loves them.

Everyone that walks on this earth needs to know that Jesus loves them and it is up to us to show them and tell them! Let’s get em!!

~Thomas Joel Trevino 

But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? ~ Romans 10:14 NLT 

Abundance 


We might dream of the abundant life. 

 What would it be like if we had so much money that we didn’t have to work? 

 What if we were so healthy that we never had to see a doctor again? 

 What if we had so many friends that we were never lonely? 

 What if we had so much energy that we never needed to sleep? 

 What if we had so much time, that we could accomplish all of our dreams? 

 What if we had so much wisdom that we never had to ask advice again? 

 What if we had so much understanding that we didn’t need for God to reveal himself to us? 

 What if we had so much knowledge that we understood perfectly how everything worked? 

What if we never had to fear or worry about anything ever again?

Incredibly, that is the inheritance of every believer

  We have a home in Heaven with Our Father, Our Lord, and our loved ones. Not only is this home permanent, infinite, and eternal, it is also perfect. There will be no more lack, no more sorrow, no more fear, no more danger, and no more sin. It is almost impossible to believe, since we are so accustomed to a life of multiple limitations and struggling faith. 

While we are here, we are always learning and growing and being prepared for our “life without limits”. It is by abiding in consistent faith that we develop the characteristics of Christlikeness that are so invaluable to Our Father and necessary for our well being, both here and now and for all eternity.
While here, there is still abundance to be found, however. 

We can be rich in faith, rich in hope, and rich in love

We can be filled with the Spirit. We can walk hand in hand with Our Father and with Our Lord. We can pray powerful prayers. We can think noble and pure thoughts. We can wait breathlessly and expectantly for the return of Our Savior. We can experience precious unity with other believers as we work together, hastening the Day of the Lord. We can be guides to eternal life for everyone we meet. We can work diligently. We can rest peacefully. We can abide in Christ and walk in the truth and bring great joy to Our Father’s heart and great encouragement to our fellow believers. We can know that we are laying up treasures that will last for all eternity!

~ Brad Heilhecker