He is Risen: Fact or Fantasy 

It is spring time and Easter celebrations have strolled on by, soon taking us into the summer season. 

“He is Risen” has  been proclaimed and heard at many church services. 

Do you ever wonder if you could scientifically prove that the resurrection of Christ really occurred thousands of years ago? 

There is a movie out in theaters now based on a book that was was written by Lee Strobel.  

Lee sets out to disprove this “theory” that he believed to be a made up story that was not based on provable facts. 

I went to see the movie not really expecting anything much. I was quite surprised how well it was made and produced. It presented facts that are interesting and eye opening. Whether or not you believe it’s a theory or it is a proven fact that Jesus died and was raised from the dead this movie will entertain all.  

Case For Christ Movie Description 
In 1980, Lee Strobel’s (Mike Vogel) award-winning, investigative reporting earns him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. Things at home aren’t going nearly as well. His wife Leslie’s (Erika Christensen) newfound faith in Christ compels Lee to utilize his journalistic and legal training to try and disprove the claims of Christianity, pitting his resolute atheism against her growing faith.

Check out the trailer below: 

Fact: He is Risen

Kelley Allison 

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

My Morning Walk On The Board Walk 

Good Morning!! 

I find myself walking this morning on the board walk in Mission Beach, San Diego. It’s beautiful walking next to the rolling waves of the ocean. Even the sounds of the waves put you in a peaceful state of mind. People are taking the time to stop and listen. I can’t help but notice on my walk this morning all the homeless, helpless and hurting people who have found their way to the board walk. 

Some have found solace in elements of nature. 
I see several people sitting on benches with eyes closed facing the ocean mediating and stopping for a moment to collect the start of their day. There are various yoga groups on the grassy patches of the cliff overlooking the ocean. They too are looking for a way to release all their worries and stretch out their cares they have picked up along the way.  

There are many homeless people waking up, gathering their treasures and moving along the walkway. Many surfers are out early to catch the best waves and ride them into the shores. The tourists like me can be found bundled up with their jackets and holding on to their warm cups of hot coffee. 

What draws people to the ocean?

That’s my thought this morning? 
I’m asking God these questions this morning as I stroll past all the sights and sounds of a busy board walk.

That’s when my answer comes through my last song on my playlist that I’m listening to in my earbuds. 

Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin

That’s it!! Us 

We don’t really know that we have a good good God who loves us like a good good Father. 

It’s quite possible we believe that because of all the bad examples of religions that don’t show or extend the Good News of God’s love to us. 

Bad news was delivered to us with many lies and no hope for our future. We choose to believe the lies and not the truth. 
Turn or Burn

God is an angry God who is absent during times of need. 

Judgement is coming 
Tragedies happen in life and we don’t have answers to our hard questions.

 
Maybe we committed sins we don’t feel are redeemable. We place ourselves in a category of unworthiness that is not deserving of receiving God’s love? There are many reasons we believe that God is not good, doesn’t exist or has no interest in us.  

But as I’m walking, I’m thinking,,,

What if somehow each of us were given a glimpse into the value that God places on each and everyone of us? 

We were able for just a brief moment to fully understood that we are loved by a God who created us with the sole desire to live life along side of us.

What if we were not just told about this Good News by someone but we actually experienced it ourselves?
It became so real that no one could take that encounter away from us. 

Why are we drawn to the ocean?

God draws us in with his majestic nature and divine creation. We long to be somewhere supernatural don’t we? Mythology becomes important to sailors. It explains the seas, history and future happenings that navigate a sailor’s course at sea.   

Are we not born asking all the questions of why are we here and what is our purpose? 

When we surround ourselves with oceans, mountains and beautiful scenes of His creation,

It calls out to us. 
We think it is nature calling us to the ocean, but it is really God, our good good Father. 

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalm 19:1

Walk on, 

Kelley Allison 

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

Polarizing Your Perception 

Who knew polarized glasses would make such a difference? 

I had no idea until I had to purchase a new pair because I left my sunshades in the car back in Houston!! I would definitely be needing them in sunny San Diego, as I was going to spend an entire week basking in the sun on the beach.

So our first stop was CVS to grab a few items and pick up some new shades. I settled on a cute blue pair of Foster Grants, with polarized lenses. They even had a light blue tint, that seemed to make everything brighter.   

Wow, I was so amazed when I put them on at the beach, I couldn’t believe how great I could see — what a perfect clear, sharp view. They seemed to make everything brighter and more defined, and I loved the blue tint, it made the water and sky so amazingly beautiful.

A few days later, a package arrived containing my “old” sunglasses that I really loved, and when I put them on, I was so surprised that I couldn’t see nearly as well, the brown tint made everything look dark and dreary. I had grown to love the “blue” perspective from my new sun shades, they just made me feel happier and more alive.

When I looked up the definition of polarized, this is what it said: Polarized lenses contain a special filter that blocks intense reflected light, reducing glare and haze so your eyes are more comfortable and you can see better. 

The moral of this story is to change your perspective, you may need a new pair of lenses. Sometimes we see our spouse and children through lenses that may be old and dirty, and may need updated to new polarized lenses that allow you to see things more clearly and have better focus.

For instance you may see your spouse as someone who has become complacent, boring, and unwilling to try new things, but what if you got some new blue polarized lenses that allowed you to see him through Jesus eyes, with love, compassion and understanding, with grace and mercy.  

Maybe you could change your perception and see that he may be a great provider, very supportive and protective of you, and start looking for the good qualities and gifts he has, and not from the same old lenses of the past. 

Matthew 6:22-23 says, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness.

Sometimes you have to take off your old lenses that are blocking you from seeing the good, and put on new polarized glasses to see people differently and change your perception. 

This works for everyone, your children, your parents, friends and even coworkers!  
Try it for yourself and see what happens.

In light,
Deb Hicks

Bowlofsplendor.com

Should I Go or Should I Stay 

Today’s post is about The Shack Movie 

*slight spoiler alert 

I read the book, The Shack by William P Young about nine years ago. My youngest daughter was about the same age as the character Missy in the book who goes missing and is tragically murdered. I remember putting the book down for two weeks when I got to the part where she disappears. It hit too close to home and the description of the little girl matched perfectly to my daughter at the time. I picked up the book again and actually skipped through the middle chapters to fast forward to the scene where Mack goes to the shack to meet Papa (God).

 I remember reading the book and being so moved by the love of these three characters (The Trinity) meeting Mack. They delicately meet him exactly where he was with this horrible tragedy that had caused him such anger, grief and sorrow. I was so impressed with how the author depicted each character of the Trinity with such unique qualities that were so different yet so similar. I remembered I finished with a great sense of who God was to me. I started understanding more fully the unconditional love He has for each of us. The three in one mystery of God is delicately portrayed through the three characters that meet Mack and help him to gain an understanding of who God really is to us and how important we are to Him. 

 God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. 

I loved how God chooses to meet Mack as a tender caring mother type figure. God knew that Mack had a hard time with his own father. He had harbored bitterness toward his father because of his past experiences with his abusive father. Mack can relax with this nurturing mother type as she answers all the hard questions he has about the tragic death of his daughter. 

 The three in one characters distinctively give Mack answers and illustrations showing him how all things are connected and effect each other. He meets up with Wisdom who shares revelations about how we choose to sit in the judgement seat and make false judgements that are without all the facts many times. I thought for sure I would be disappointed with the movie because it could never match the magnitude of the influence the book had on me nine years ago. 

 
Boy, was I completely wrong. The movie provided amazing visuals and a story line that sticks closely to the message of the book. The producers did a fantastic job not losing the power of the message and bringing the story to life on the big screen. I would recommend you see the movie and sit in the judgement seat and decide for yourself if this production doesn’t stretch your heart to allow more room for God and less room for false judgments against yourself and others. 

You will leave the theater after watching The Shack feeling like the Grinch whose heart just grew three sizes that day. 

Go see the movie with an open mind and see if your heart doesn’t burst with new revelations about God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 

His favorite, 

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com 

           You are his favorite too!!

    “Just because I work incredible good out of unspeakable tragedies doesn’t mean I orchestrate the tragedies. Don’t ever assume that my using something means I caused it or that I need it to accomplish my purposes. That will only lead you to false notions about me. Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors.”

William Paul Young, The Shack

Idol on the Walls of our Heart

It’s Spring Break and I am here in Cancun, Mexico. There is nothing better than walking on a beach with crystal clear water pushing waves slowly up on to the shore. Especially in the morning or early evening when the beach is less crowded and you have an appointment all alone with God.

 I started off this morning with my verse of the day on my phone. I woke up reading Psalm 16. 

Little did I know I would encounter a “God Wink” on my morning walk. That’s just a circumstance where God interjects himself ever so gently to remind you that He really is there with you and you both acknowledges it. 

On my morning walk to the beach I glanced over to a wall I passed and there he was all alone. Still as a statue and stoic. He caught my attention today. I didn’t notice him yesterday when I strolled by him. He appeared to have someone sitting on his head. 

I can’t believe I didn’t see him yesterday! 
He was that odd. I should be used to seeing these little idols scattered around staring at you everywhere you turn. 

This is what I had read right before I left to go on my walk.  
Psalm 16 with emphasis on verse four. 
There are multiple messages in this chapter. 

Psalm 16 
A Psalm of David 

1 Keep me safe, O God,

    for I have come to you for refuge.

2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!

    Every good thing I have comes from you.”

3 The godly people in the land

    are my true heroes!

    I take pleasure in them!

4 Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.

    I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood

    or even speak the names of their gods.

5 Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.

    You guard all that is mine.

6 The land you have given me is a pleasant land.

    What a wonderful inheritance!

7 I will bless the Lord who guides me;

    even at night my heart instructs me.

8 I know the Lord is always with me.

    I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

9 No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.

    My body rests in safety.

10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead

    or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.

11 You will show me the way of life,

    granting me the joy of your presence

    and the pleasures of living with you forever.

It was as if this guy yelled out to me, “Hey, look at me you are passing through my domain.” I snapped a picture of him and walked on to my beach chair. 

This whole resort is decorated with ancient relics and idols from the Mexican culture. I was thinking to myself this week how silly it is to put all your hope and worship into a plastic or wooden idol. I was reminded of this every time we used our restroom in our room. There is a naked lady with a big belly hovering over our toilet on the wall. My guess is she represents fertility due to her enlarged belly or she just had too much to eat like me on this trip.  

So as I was “judging” these poor people from long ago who put their trust in cement idols…. God stopped me in my sand tracks!!  
“Thou shall have no other gods before me.”

This commandment popped in my head and I was reminded that we all can put things above God.
I was included in that we. 

I think if we are truly honest with ourselves we are all guilty. Our idols may not be wooden with big bellies or have small people perched on their heads. We put other things and people above God or in place of God. Sometimes they are things that are good and great gifts that God has given us. We just forget who gave them to us and who deserves our thanks and worship. When we put God first and smash all our other “idols” we make a way for God to draw us into relationship with Him. 

It satisfies our soul and it allow all the things in our life to be balanced. We must be intentional with this act and place God on the top of our wall of our head and heart as we walk out each day.  

Let’s knock Humpty Dumpty off on the wall and look to the one true God who made it all. 

Lord, please forgive me for placing things and people above your worship and attention. I acknowledge that you are my Creator and that all good and perfect things come down from you, The Father of Lights!
Worship On,

Kelley Allison 

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

No Worries … Just Prayeries 

I really can’t explain it any better then the scriptures. So I won’t even try. 

God makes it plain and simple. 

Don’t worry about anything. 

Pray about everything.  ~Philippians 4:6

Am I worrying about anything?
Have I taken it to prayer?

That includes everything to prayer??

I guess I have a choice in the matter. 

So do you. 

I choose to pray about the matter. 

I choose to not worry. 

No to worries…yes to prayeries. (new word) 

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com 

Live Happily Ever After 


   I just returned from the whole Disney Theme Park trip in Orlando, Florida. I am still trying to wrap my mind around the huge amounts of people these parks draw in each day. 

One would think a Thursday in February would be a smaller crowd at the Magic Kingdom. Nope, not the case at all, thousands poured in at the magic opening hour of 9 am. Since I was in line to get autographs from all the different Disney princesses my attention was drawn to watching the little girls meet and greet these beautiful Disney actors. 

They were playing their part perfectly as if they just stepped out of their particular animated movie to specifically greet you. One couldn’t help but get caught up in the wonder of the fantasy of these characters. Even so much as to go and get pixie dust in our hair after meeting Tinker Belle. Yes, the mom’s needed faith, trust and a little pixie dust dropped on their heads too. It’s quite easy for me to go into pretend mode and be a princess. After all I grew up on Cinderella and believed I too would meet my Prince Charming and live happily ever after. 

I was reminded this week at Disney that we are ALL created for a purpose bigger than ourselves. We have the DNA of our Creator flowing through us that causes us to look upward and beyond. Yes…..to infinity and beyond just like Buzz Lightyear. No wonder so many people are drawn to the Magic Kingdom. These are not just kids who are being mesmerized by the possibilities of flying like Peter Pan or having “Magic” power to make all your dreams come true. 

We were created for so much more than we are experiencing currently on earth. 

Dahhh!! 
We are the sons and daughters of the King of Kings. If we decide to step into our royal calling through the blood of Jesus. We too are sprinkled with something far more powerful than fairy dust. We have the ability to be co-heirs with Christ. 
This is a happily ever after story for us. 
We have a choice to choose the side of good and or the side of evil.  

I choose to come as a child and receive my inheritance in Christ Jesus. 

The huge Tree of Life is the center of attention at The Animal Kingdom. I will admit I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it. It has all the animals slightly hidden and carved all around the trunk and branches. 

It is our salvation in Jesus Christ that makes the Tree of Life come alive daily in all of us. 
It’s magical not easily explained. 
We are in the happiest place on earth when we rest our heads on the One who leads us through the circle of life. If we listen closely we can hear Him whisper, “You are a child of mine!”.

Have you heard the song, ‘No Longer Slaves’ by David and Melissa Helser?

Check it out below. 

Discover who you can be in Christ if you choose to step into royalty and live happily ever after to infinity and beyond. 

Princess Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com


Isaiah 62:3

“You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.”

(Co-heirs)

Romans 8:17

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
(Royalty)

I Peter 2:9

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
(Children of God)

Galatians 4:7

“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”
(Tree Of Life)

Revelation 2:7

“‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.'”

Proverbs 11:30

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.”

Catch And Release 

How many times a day or week do we face a fear?
Sometimes they are big fear thoughts and other times they are just annoyances and little life disruptions. 
Will my children be safe today driving to school? 

Is this storm going blow my house up up and away this morning? 

What kind of choices will my son make at college next year? 

Will I be able to pack only 40 lbs for my flight? 

         (the final weigh in is at 40.5 lbs)

These were just a few thoughts I had this week. 

You really would not want to have ALL my unedited thoughts of possible catastrophes and fears of the unknown this past week. 
The point is this is normal for us all to process through these everyday situations. 
The secret sauce is knowing how to take captive each and every thought as it beams across your prefrontal cortex.

 (just looked that up)

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

Here is the trick. As soon as you have the negative thought or the fear..
False 

Evidence 

Appearing 

Real 

you make the choice to take CAPTIVE that crazy thought

1) snatch it up 

2) keep within bounds or under control (trap it)

3) make it obedient to Christ 

4) replace it with a new thought 

In other words what does Jesus say about the matter? 
Go look in the Bible and you can exchange your fear for faith in God and see what He says to do with your fears and burdens. 

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” ~1 Peter 5:7

Catch and release all of them to God!!

That’s just one verse. There are plenty more of those little helping hope Scriptures. 
This is the deal. 

When the big stuff hits us like life threatening diseases, losing jobs, family members dying or big bad life changing situations we are ready to do the GREAT EXCHANGE. 

Exchange your fears and tears for faith and triumph. 

You are victorious in Christ. 

I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:13 

You are not in this alone. If God is for you, who can be against? 

For Example: 
Capture the thought that could lead you into fear…….
I’m scared when my kids drive on the freeway. 
(Dang, I’m scared when I drive on the narrow lane next to the barrier on HWY 290 in Houston.)
Release your new thought infused in scripture. 
 “I will Trust in the LORD with all my heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all my ways I submit to him, and he will make my path and my kids path straight and safe on the highway.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6 

Now you try it!!!

Catch and release, 

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

Lighthouse For Students 

Stephen Covey’s book, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ starts off with Habit Number One: Be Proactive

Well ironically that’s exactly how Lighthouse for Students got its start. 
One person saw a need and decided not to wait around for someone else to do something. 
A suburban homeschool mom named Kelly Martens took up the challenge and made the choice to say, “I CAN!” and she did. 

Kelly gathered up a volunteer team and appointed board members to establish the nonprofit organization called Lighthouse for Students. 

This had to be done speedily as a Houston ISD school was brought to her attention after hearing this high school football team had lost to a nearby high scoring football team. 

A Facebook post showed an article where a Worthing football coach was interviewed and discussed the dangers of working at Worthing High School. You can read the article below. 
http://vype.com/houston/2014/09/12/worthing-coach-mentoring-in-line-of-fire/

After contacting the administration and meeting with them, a plan was set in motion. Lighthouse for Students brings in speakers once a month for assemblies. 

These speaker bring uplifting and encouraging messages to the students. Lighthouse meets twice a month for student leadership classes to encourage the students how to incorporate the teen’s version of Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits. 

The students are invited after the last assembly to stay after school for pizza and prayer time. 

Looking back, I don’t think Kelly realized she had started using Covey’s Number One Habit: Be Proactive to get this program up and running at Worthing High School. 

Today in our student leadership class we touched on the Number Two Habit: Begin with the End in Mind. 

I got to thinking the end picture for Worthing is plain and simple. 
LOVE ❤
Our goal is to make sure they know they matter, they are not forgotten, they are seen, they are valued and most of all we that we love them. 

Lighthouse for Students strives to help lead the students into seeing their full potential and expand their vision to all the possibilities available for them. 

The end in mind for them is set. 

Love never fails. 

Light On Lighthouse, 

Kelley Allison 

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com 

If you want to learn more and donate to this awesome adventure you can check out their website below:

http://www.lighthouseforstudents.org 

A short video of Kelly Marten’s explaining Lighthouse for Students:

National Prayer Breakfast 2017

The National Prayer Breakfast was held yesterday. It has taken place since 1953. 

According to Wikipedia…..

The National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event held in Washington, D.C., on the first Thursday of February each year. … The National Prayer Breakfast is hosted by members of the United States Congress and is organized on their behalf by The Fellowship Foundation, a Christian organization.

You may have heard about the annual event on the news, I was told the news was focusing on the complaints that were being made about what Trump said in his speech. I will leave that up for your own interpretation 

The livestream link is below. 

Listen for yourself and see if you don’t gain a sense of a hope and a future for our country. 

I listened to the WHOLE thing and found everyone’s songs, prayers and speeches unifying bringing both sides of the political arena together. 
The event was very inspiring to see our government officials……
Depending on God for Guidance 

I heard them putting their differences aside and praying together for the one common good of all people. It was an invitation to God to bless America and our government officials. 

Let’s join with them and lift our leaders and America up in prayer for protection and prosperity. 
One nation, 

under God, indivisible 

with liberty and justice 

for ALL. (That means everyone!)



https://livestream.com/accounts/16944724/events/6958245/videos/148328156?t=1486050754485

Listen in and be inspired, 

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com 

Image -Feb. 9, 1961 President John F. Kennedy at the National Prayer Breakfast.