Ocean Thoughts 

Genesis 1:10

“And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called the Seas: and God saw that it was good.”

In the beginning God created and it was good. 
Sitting here on the beach watching the waves slowly roll in from the morning ocean make me agree that it is good. God gets an A+ on creating oceans. Especially this emerald green one with white sands in Destin, Florida. 

What if we just did a simple thing each day? 

We woke up and thanked God for just one thing that is good in our life. 

It is easy to focus on the things we lack or the things that are heading south in our life. This demands our thinking time to problem solve or heed attention to these life difficult situations. 

But what if we just offered up a thank you and focused on what is good and going right for a brief moment. Would it help us navigate through the tough road ahead of us? 

Would it put into perspective our current situation? Maybe not?
Could it be our mountain we face is the biggest we have ever climbed? 

Being thankful or grateful doesn’t dismiss our current hardship but it does create a space for us to look up and shine a light down on the messy space. It’s possible we could see different aspects of our problem we would have other wise missed with our head down and flashlight off. 

Look up and see the great oceans rolling waves up onto your shores of life. Put the scriptures of light on your situation and see who God can be for you during that time of crisis. 

And it was good. 

God is good. That’s the first space of agreement one must conquer to start your attitude of gratitude. 

Thanks on,

Kelley Allison 

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

Psalm 118:1 “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.”

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I am chosen.
I have access. 
I am holy. 
I belong to God. 
I praise Him. 
I come out of the darkness. 
I am in His wonderful light. 
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Ephesians 2:18 “For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

I think that I chose God, but in fact you chose me God! Thank you for choosing me. I received Christ as my Savior which gives me full access to the the Father. Jesus opened the Bridge that allows me to walk across to you God!!  

I have permission.
Daily remind me who I am in Christ. 
I am your daughter!!

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Kelley Allison 

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You too can have full access to your Heavenly Father. 
“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].” I John 1:9 

Things Don’t Always Go As Planned

   I am quite upset today. I had to bury my new little feathery friend. 

Let me back up and start the story from the beginning. 

We have a bird nest high up above our front door under our porch covering. It belongs to a swallow couple and their babies. Every spring the mama and daddy bird come back and build their nest or use parts of their existing nest from the year before. Sometimes the nest is gone because the power washer destroyed it. Quite honestly, the birds and the nest showed up after my dad chased them away with his pokey contraption preventing them building their yearly nest. My dad had enough of the bird poop on his front porch and front door mat. So they relocated to my house across the street. 

We were happy to greet them and watch their babies hatch every year and fly off and start their own families. This year they had trouble after trouble. First the power washer guy accidentally sprayed their nest away with their baby eggs falling and breaking on our front door mat and exposing their underdeveloped selves. That was sad to see and I was so mad at the power washer guy. He immediately told my husband he was so sorry and said he tried to avoid it and it just exploded and fell. 

My husband and I watched the bird couple remake a new nest in less than 48 hours. New eggs were laid and a new family hatched. A fresh start and a total of five baby bird heads emerged  from the tiny nest!!  While I was gone on a vacation two baby birds had fallen out and were found dead under the nest. It was sad to see them not make it. Nature is the survival of the fittest is what they say. Well, another bird fell out and this time I saw it. I immediately made a new plastic nest complete with soft paper towels. I tied it up high on the window where the mom and dad could still feed him. That worked for about half a day when “Mr. Jump out of My Nest” decided he wanted out and landed on the ground again. 

I lowered his nest to the bottom level and he still didn’t like his nest. He wanted out!!! So I put the plastic nest on the ground. For two days we watched as the mom and dad dive bombed us to protect their baby. I kept an eye on him to see if he was still strong and flappy. He was walking around chirping with his mouth wide open begging for food. I tucked him into his bed at night and he flopped down with exhaustion. He woke up this morning perched in the regular spot at the edge of the step waiting for his food to swoop down and land in his mouth. 

Little did I know his parents were not giving him much to sustain him and he went from super strong  to laying down hardly moving in a matter of an hour. My daughter and I rushed him to the animal refuge thirty minutes away. He made it to minute 15 in the car and was gone. We turned around and gave him a nice burial in my backyard complete with a scripture reading and flowers to come. 

What’s the point of this silly blog about a bird?

God cares about everything in our lives

It didn’t feel so much like it at first. I have been praying over this bird, spending time with him and caring for his every need that I could.  

All for nothing it felt like to me. I was more upset than I expected and probably surprised my daughter with my emotional response to our bird battle lost and now buried. 

As I was cleaning up the bird poop off the front porch and sat scrubbing away all the places he had perched and rested. I was telling God it’s not fair. He brought life and didn’t protect it. This is not what I asked for and this is not the result I expected.  As I was scrubbing away,  I  thought of people who are watching their children die in hospitals, hospice, unfair tragic circumstances or just the heartaches that can find their way to our doorsteps. This is just a silly bird. 

How do these people cope with such tragic loss. 
Maybe they too prayed for a miracle only to not receive one. It doesn’t make sense to us in the natural. No one can fully explain how God works or doesn’t seem to work on our behalf. 

Quite honestly, I don’t think you can be comforted until the time is right for you to clear away the grief and be willing to hear the still small voice whispering to you. 

It’s God reaching out you to comfort you. 
We live in a fallen world full of brokenness brought in by sin. This was not God’s plan when He created us and the world. 
His plan is to bring life out of death and joy out of sorrow. As I continued wiping away the bird poop, I heard the whisper in my head. 

He can now fly forever.

You showed great love.  

Love never fails. ❤️

This is a time for me to reflect and receive comfort from above that God cares about everything that I care about. 

Thank you God for caring about me and my baby bird. 

~Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofspendor.com 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 

3 To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:

2 A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted,

3 A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up,

4 A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

6 A time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away,

7 A time to rend and a time to sew, a time to keep silence and a time to speak,

8 A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Sharing Your Faith 

 I was in Los Angeles last week looking at colleges with my daughter and some friends. California has an amazing climate surrounded by beautiful beaches and little mountains. It is always fun to meet new people in new places that you visit. 
On our last day I finally got some alone time with God by the pool. It’s a bonus when you get to have a meeting with God by the pool and it’s 70 degrees in June. No sweat, all glory!!

 I sat down and did my regular soak. BTW, this in no way involved getting wet. It involves just being still with open ears. You can start by listening to some worship music, mediating on a scripture verse and writing down any inspirational thoughts that home to mind. 
I was asking God the best way that I can make a difference in someone’s life especially the ones you just meet and you only have such a short time to make any kind of impact. 
I asked and He answered. I wrote down my thoughts as they streamed through my mind as fast as I could. 
Here is a sneak peak into what He said to me written in first person as a personal letter to me. 
Now, I don’t typically share all my soak notes with just anyone. They can get kind of personal. 

By sharing, I hope it helps you to know that you too can hear from God and He delights in chit chatting with you. 

My question: 
How do I affect people that are lost and don’t know you, God?
The more time you spend with me the more we become one Spirit. I will spill over to others through you. It’s not an attempt for you. It’s not even an action you make. It’s a dwelling that just is. 

I am that I am and you are because I am. 

You become what you are. You’re time spent with me fills you with love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, patience and self-control. 
Peace becomes your step. 

Joy becomes your song. 

Love becomes your stance. 
My delight is in you and your delight in me becomes you. 
It’s not a performance for you. 

It’s a passion in you.  
This spills over into a desire to delight in others and they SEE Me not you. 
This is how you affect others.

It’s the simple acts of kindness that turns the hearts of man to me. 

It could be your one act of kindness that helps turn the page to a new chapter for someone to discover their own Author and Creator. 

Here we are at a Starbucks in Hollywood Blvd and Highland Park with two new friends who were an honor to pray with and discuss about how amazing our God is to us all. The paradoxical thing about that night: You think you are affecting them in a positive way, but it turns out they end up blessing you in more ways than one. God meets us right where we are even if it’s smack dab in the middle of great disobedience, rebellion or disbelief. We as believers have the ability to meet others where they are and remind them they are created for so much more than they could ever imagine. 

Hebrews 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

Soak On, 

Kelley Allison

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SOS-A Desperate Call For Help

Psalm 107 The Message 

1 Oh, thank God – he’s so good! His love never runs out. 2 All of you set free by God, tell the world! Tell how he freed you from oppression,3 Then rounded you up from all over the place, from the four winds, from the seven seas. 4 Some of you wandered for years in the desert, looking but not finding a good place to live, 5 Half-starved and parched with thirst, staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion. 6 Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God. He got you out in the nick of time; 7 He put your feet on a wonderful road that took you straight to a good place to live. 8 So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves. 9 He poured great draughts of water down parched throats; the starved and hungry got plenty to eat. 10 Some of you were locked in a dark cell, cruelly confined behind bars, 11 Punished for defying God’s Word, for turning your back on the High God’s counsel – 12 A hard sentence, and your hearts so heavy, and not a soul in sight to help. 13 Then you called out to God in your desperate condition; he got you out in the nick of time.14 He led you out of your dark, dark cell, broke open the jail and led you out. 15 So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves; 16 He shattered the heavy jailhouse doors, he snapped the prison bars like matchsticks! 17Some of you were sick because you’d lived a bad life, your bodies feeling the effects of your sin; 18 You couldn’t stand the sight of food, so miserable you thought you’d be better off dead. 19 Then you called out to God in your desperate condition; he got you out in the nick of time. 20 He spoke the word that healed you, that pulled you back from the brink of death. 21 So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves; 22 Offer thanksgiving sacrifices, tell the world what he’s done – sing it out! 23 Some of you set sail in big ships; you put to sea to do business in faraway ports. 24 Out at sea you saw God in action, saw his breathtaking ways with the ocean: 25 With a word he called up the wind – an ocean storm, towering waves!26 You shot high in the sky, then the bottom dropped out; your hearts were stuck in your throats. 27 You were spun like a top, you reeled like a drunk, you didn’t know which end was up. 28 Then you called out to God in your desperate condition; he got you out in the nick of time. 29 He quieted the wind down to a whisper, put a muzzle on all the big waves. 30And you were so glad when the storm died down, and he led you safely back to harbor.31 So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves. 32Lift high your praises when the people assemble, shout Hallelujah when the elders meet! 33 God turned rivers into wasteland, springs of water into sunbaked mud; 34Luscious orchards became alkali flats because of the evil of the people who lived there. 35Then he changed wasteland into fresh pools of water, arid earth into springs of water, 36Brought in the hungry and settled them there; they moved in – what a great place to live! 37They sowed the fields, they planted vineyards, they reaped a bountiful harvest. 38 He blessed them and they prospered greatly; their herds of cattle never decreased. 39 But abuse and evil and trouble declined 40 as he heaped scorn on princes and sent them away. He gave the poor a safe place to live, 41 treated their clans like well-cared-for sheep. 42 Good people see this and are glad; bad people are speechless, stopped in their tracks. 43 If you are really wise, you’ll think this over – it’s time you appreciated God’s deep love.

A Desperate Call
As you can see in this one passage of the scriptures in Psalms that there is no calamity that is too hard for God to breakthrough and help you. You are NOT too far gone to be brought back. 
Prisoners 

Wanderers

Sinners 

Storm-tossed

Sick

Hungry 

Thirsty

Hopeless

Depressed

Gloomy

Rebels

Despisers of God

Fools

Sufferers 

Dying 

Afflicted 

Drunk

Wicked 

Poor 

All these types of people in this particular passage cried out and asked God for help. God heard their desperate call and delivered them. 


Send out your SOS to God to rescue you!! 

Run back to Him. 

Come To The Altar by Elevation 

Jesus is calling…

Come to the Altar 

The Father’s arms are open wide 

Forgiveness was bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ 
Listen in and see that you are not too far from God to be found. Not only does He save you, but He restores what was lost. 

Bonus: He increases your everything!!
His deep love is waiting for you. 

Thankful,

Kelley Allison 

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com 

God Is Faithful, Hop On! 

Have you ever thought you were at a pretty good place of having it all together. Things are going well in your family. People may even look to you at times for encouragement or direction. 

The Faith Factor is registering high and you can conquer anything. Or maybe it is at its lowest possible degree of belief. I found myself high in believing for great things one day and then low without a thought towards any good thing another day. 

This is what I have discovered on this roller coaster ride this past month. 

You DON’T really know how much faith you have until a circumstance or crisis knocks on your “faith” door. It is usually a NEW circumstance. One that you might not have ever faced before. 

Most of the times you don’t even recognize that you are operating in fear and not faith in the these new situations. 

You have a choice. 

A new circumstance comes a knocking….👊🏼👊🏼

Do I open my heart and allow faith to take control over the crisis or circumstance? 

Do I slam the “faith” door? Then take over and attempt to manage the crisis or circumstance in fear or worry. 

We can even gather up our closest troops to help us manage the situation in prayer or discussions that we think will lead us to an answer or a solution. 

I tried all these when my new circumstance came a knocking. At first it brought me temporary relief to go over and over my frustrations and concerns with listening ears. It helped to pray and calm myself down with friends. These things are helpful to a point. I think God was waiting and waiting for me to just ask Him about the situation and ask Him what His thoughts were in the matter. Why do we wait so long before we really ask God what’s up??

He woke me up during the most inconvenient time in the middle of a night to give me answers to the questions I was asking. Maybe because I was still and not complaining to Him did He finally respond back the me. 

I got up and wrote down some frustrations about the person I was worried about. He reminded me to look back at the scriptures where I had inserted this persons name. Some were from years ago and some were recent. 

He reminded me who God is, was and always will be. His Word does not return void and is sharper than any two edged sword. 
Faithful is His name 

I don’t have to put my trust in the person I was fretting over or anyone else surrounding that situation. 
I just needed to trust and put my trust in a Faithful God. 

He had proven to be Faithful. 

That was enough. 

Bottom line, He whispered into my spirit…

“Do you want to keep walking in fear or do you want to enter into my door of Faith?” 

My faith at that point had plummeted into fear and was turning into anger. 

I needed to do the exchange. 

Trade in my fear for faith and quit complaining about the situation. 

If only I had done this two weeks earlier, I would not have wasted so much sleep, time and energy. 

Many of us can quote all the scriptures on faith and how we are to cast all our cares upon Him. It is not until we BECOME what we say and read that the exchange happens. Fear for faith. It is just empty words on a page or meaningless words we utter until we BECOME the Word. 

I’m not talking about becoming God or Jesus. We become “Christ in us” the hope of glory. We can do all things through Christ which strengthens us. Somehow it must move from our head to our hearts. The “faith” must start pumping through our blood which gives us life. I don’t have it all figured out yet!! I do know once I walked through that door of faith, I was no longer worried and I found rest. 
Do I have to keep doing this?? 

Yes, yes and yes!!!

I think in those weeks you could describe me as a bit of roller coaster ride. One day I was high with my hands in the air praising God. The next day I was headed down that same track holding on for dear life screaming get me off this ride. 

I did get off that ride and walked on to the next one. 

It is called…

God is Faithful, hop on!!
The seats are lined in scriptures and the lap bars are locked with Love. 

That’s a whole another part of the faith journey. God is faithful and God is love. 

Hold on tight, 

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com 

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