I Forgive You

I forgive you.

You carefully positioned your words to cut like a sword through the weakest parts of my armor. Slicing at my heart.

I forgive you.

You’ve taken shots at me. Ones you know will harm me. Hurt my family. Get in the way of my path with Him.

I forgive you.

You have tried to destroy my self worth. Made me question if I should be here. Made me wonder why I was put here.

I forgive you.

Knowingly or not, you’ve hurt me. I would never admit that to your face, but I want you to know that I forgive you. I love you. You are so much more than a few moments.

Now, I want to say thank you. Thank you for teaching me what it looks like to kneel in grace. Thank you for allowing me to grow from something that was meant for my harm.

Father, I pray over this sweet heart. Somewhere, this person has hurt and has decided that I’m a target. I pray that you forgive them, for they know not what they do. Bless them in ways that only you can. Help them to understand their worth in you. Wrap your arms around them and breathe life in them. Whisper your love in the craziest of ways and keep them so close to your heart. In Jesus name, Amen.

~ Corinna Sharp

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You Can’t Sprint Through Grief

May Jesus give you time and space to feel your hurts, heal your wounds, and grieve your losses.

May He lead you beside still waters and restore your soul.

May He bring you friends who love you right where you are.

May you refuse to be cynical or jaded; instead, may you dare to dream again, right in the midst of the pain you’re in.

Don’t be afraid of lament.

You can’t sprint through grief.

But avoid self-pity like the plague.

You don’t need pity.

You have the promises of God!

You have the presence of God!

And He still has a powerful purpose for you.

You won’t stay in this valley.

You’re just passing through.

One honest step at a time.

You’ll get through it, and you’ll be stronger on the other side.

You can do this.

God bless you, dear one. ~ Fenich Jerry

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Courage means…

Courage means you get back up again after you’ve been knocked down.

Courage means you face your fears and move past them.

Courage means you stand up and remain confident in the face of your bullies.

Jesus was the King of Courage and He lives inside of you!

Refuse to let your enemy kick dirt in your eyes or spew lies in your ears.

YOU are a child of the Most High God.

You are someone heaven knows.

YOU are profoundly important to the greater Kingdom story.

So rise up, wrap yourself up in courage, and face your day.

God is with you! ~ Fenich Jerry

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Did You Ask

Did you ask the Lord for patience?

Did you plead for it in prayer?

But when tribulation tried you,

Did you think He didn’t care?

Oh, my child, He heard and answered,

Answered full your earnest cry:

“Tribulation worketh patience!”

Now you know the reason why.

Did you ask Him for submission?

Did you ask for it in prayer?

But when suffering came upon you,

Did you think it wasn’t fair?

Ah, my dear, He heard and answered,

Though not how you wished, ‘tis clear;

For we only learn submission

By the things we suffer here.

‘Twas unselfishness you wanted?

Did you plead for it in prayer?

But the sacrifice He asked for,

Did it seem too great to bear?

Ah, He cared, He heard and answered,

Answered full your heart-felt prayer;

For we learn to be unselfish,

By the sacrifice we bear.

Did you ask the Lord for victory?

Well, He took you at your word!

Tho’ when the battle raged around you,

You wondered if He’d heard.

Ah, my child, He heard and answered,

And He gave you your request:

For how can you win a victory

If you never face a test?

Did you ask to be made humble?

Not to have self-righteous pride?

But then wonder when He published

All your failings far and wide?

Well, my child, that was His answer

To your prayer of desperation:

The surest way to be made humble,

Is to bear humiliation.

Judge not God with mortal’s judgement,

When your prayers are answered so;

For the truest paths for Christians,

Often lead through vales of woe.

And the answers that He gives you,

Will be truly good and fair:

Though you may not understand them

Till you view from over there!

–Josephine Hope Westervelt

Poem from Streams In The Desert 2 Devotional by JH Westervelt

~XXOO Michelle

Whatever things you ask for in prayer …

Believe!

“For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.”“Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others].- Mark 11:24 – 25 AMP

The Real Mr. Clean 

As many start and continue the clean up processes of their homes and businesses after Hurricane Harvey remember… 

The greatest dissolving agent on the market is still at work! 
                 The Real Mr. Clean! 

dissolving agent – a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances; “the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution” dissolvent, dissolver, resolvent, solvent. … medium – an intervening substance through which something is achieved; the dissolving medium is called a solvent”

Water is a versatile solving agent. 

ver·sa·tile -adjective:able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities.synonyms:adaptable, flexible, all-around, multifaceted, multitalented, resourceful; More

Lord- You are the best dissolving agent and solvent I know. Christ; the Living Water; the all powerful and versatile solving agent that is multifaceted, multitalented, resourceful and MORE 

Intervene 

Cleanse and restore us…

Dissolve…..
Hearts of hate

Minds of lies

Governments of greed

Selfishness of people

Warped perceptions

Division 

Racism

Judgement

Evil

Oppression

Sickness

Poverty

Corruption

Laziness

Immortality 

Hopelessness

Grief

Doubt 

Fear

Trauma

Depression 

Addiction

Failure

Lack 

Weakness 

Curses 

Confusion 

Despair 

Disappointments 

Brokenness 

Rejection 

Rebellion 

Worry 

        And MORE 

Then I will sprinkle pure water on you and make you pure. I will wash away all your filth, the filth from those nasty idols, and I will make you pure. I will also put a new spirit in you to change your way of thinking. I will take out the heart of stone from your body and give you a tender, human heart. I will put my Spirit inside you and change you so that you will obey my laws. You will carefully obey my commands. ~ Ezekiel 36:25-27 

I firmly believe there is a purpose in every ounce of pain. Out of every mess is a message. From every test is a beautifully woven testimony. 

                    ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 
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Everyone Becomes A Poet 


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We have become His poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny He has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it! – Ephesians 2:10 The Passion Translation 

 

Just Breathe My Dear 


I see your smile slowly fading

And the twinkle in your eyes growing dim

You carry the weight of the world

And every one else’s burdens

While stuffing your hurts and desires 

to the bottom of the pile

Made to feel unworthy by past mistakes

That others throw in your face

How long How long you cry

Till you can be free of the angst

The sadness you push down sometimes so far 

You don’t even know what it is for anymore

You perform and perfect all that is around you 

Hoping that will make things easier to bear

Or just to be appeasing to the eyes 

or not add to the stress

The stress held down by the bites on your lips

The quiver if started may not be able to quit

The flowing of tears held back by a unbreakable dam for far too long

Breaking free like a release of pressure 

long over due is your dream 

Tears cleansing and flowing can only make 

You feel better for a moment 

Then you compose and carry on 

Keeping guard of your heart 

And continue carrying all those things you shouldn’t 

You find yourself stuck between the life you thought and the life you now live

Wondering ….
Am I worthy of being loved just the way I am

Faults and flaws all beautifully broken open 

On display without need for hiding anymore

If I am truly forgiven and free 

Why do I live like I am still imprisoned  

Your heart aching and longing 

for something more

Something easy and comfortable and not 

this egg shell walking dance you perform 

Moment after moment 

Day after day

Week after week

Month after month

Year after year

Grasping at the why’s….

Why do I allow them to make me feel less than 

That I don’t deserve respect and honor

That I am here as a stomping mat to

step all over 

Why do I stuff it all down till I blow 

Why do they fling these dings at my already worn out armor

Why do I keep these calluses formed on the edges of my heart from every hurtful word slung my way

Dreaming of wants …..

I want to look in the mirror and see joy and light 

I want a purpose and freedom

I want to see laugh lines instead of these 

tear stained crevices 

I want to feel love and care and comfort

wrapped tightly around me

I want this lonely silence to be filled with praise and thankfulness instead of dread and regret

I don’t know what or how but I need…

           Something More….

I need a move from something so much 

more powerful than I

I need a Savior that can rescue me

I need a hope and a future 

I need a peace that surpasses all understanding

I need for someone to come and speak truth to my soul to replace all these lies 

I don’t even know how to invite You in

I barely have the strength to keep breathing….
Then as His still small voice pierces my darkness and fills my lungs with air 

I hear “Just Breathe My Dear”
simply inhale 

And say 

I need ….You Jesus 

as you breathe in …. 
Then as you slowly exhale 

breathe out ….

You are Enough 

As you continue do that over and over 

Remember

                  My Beloved ….. 
I hear your cries

I hear your wants

I hear your wondering and your whys 

I hear you…..

You are 

enough 

worthy

free

forgiven

loved

redeemed

Keep breathing Me in …. 

Moment by moment 

Day by day

Week by week

Month by month 

Year by year 

I am here. I am always here. 

I am just a breath away


           Just Breathe My Dear 

         ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

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2 3 4 Get Ready For More

          

This morning I awoke at 2:34 am and I heard the Lord say…. 234 Get ready for more.

I got excited because I have been getting a whisper from the Lord for months now with the word “Windfall“.   

wind·fall

ˈwin(d)fôl/

noun

    * a piece of unexpected good fortune, typically one that involves receiving a large amount of money.”windfall profits”

    * synonyms:

    * bonanza, jackpot, pennies from heaven, stroke/piece of luck, godsend, manna from heaven

As I looked up the definition these 2 synonyms are what caught my attention.

           godsend, manna from heaven. 

So I asked the Lord to unpack this MORE; and Windfall for me….
I was taken to Deuteronomy 11. 
 “And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil. And he will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be full. ~ Deuteronomy 11:13-15

 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known. ~ Deuteronomy 11:26-28
                    Bingo! Jackpot!
                    The godsend

god·send

ˈɡädˌsend/

noun

1. a very helpful or valuable event, person, or thing.

2. synonyms:

3. boon, blessing, bonus, plus, benefit, advantage, help, aid, asset; More
Did you catch that right there in the synonyms? -MORE 

The benefit, bonus, advantage, help and MORE is in the godsend, God himself and also His Angels He has put on assignment for you. 

The manna from heaven (miraculous provision from God) that’s our windfall. 

The building up for us to receiving more, the key that unlocks the more, the open heaven that makes way for the windfall is in our obedience to God and His Word. 
We build upon each right choice, each moment of uncomfortable obedience we tackle, that is what makes room for more and opens up the blessings of the Lord, our manna from heaven, our windfalls to fall down. 

Where there once was / God now supplies:

Lack / Abundance

Division / Divine Connections

Weakness / Strength

Curses / Blessings 

Fear / Courage

Grief / Hope

Confusion / Clarity

Despair / New Resolve

Disappointments / Determination

Sickness / Health 

Brokenness / Wholeness

Rejection / Protection

Rebellion / Obedience

Worry / Peace 

        2…3..4… Get ready for more! 
        ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

           

Mundane 


Mundane 
I keep hearing this word! 

You know when a word hits and just keeps bouncing and boomeranging around until it lands….

Well that is what has happened with Mundane.  
The quick definition is-

Mundane: Common, ordinary, lacking excitement or interest, dull

I was asking the Lord what He was trying to show me with this word… 

Today I got this phrase upon waking ….

My Messages & Miracles Come in the Mundane 

I knew Daddy was Downloading to me but I had not stopped long enough to do the full unpacking. 
A new friend shared on Facebook tonight that

David found his destiny while searching for his dad’s lost donkeys. 

She even mentioned that word…

           Mundane 

So I want to encourage you all as you pack those lunches, wipe those counters, wash those dishes, fold those mountains of clothes, care for your children or parents or spouses or whatever it is you find yourself to be stuck in over and over like the movie GroundHog Day… 

          

             Don’t despise the mundane. 
Mundane is where God is conditioning you.  

Mundane is where God is preparing you.

Mundane is where God is building you.

Mundane is where God is growing you. 

Mundane is where God is refining you.

Mundane is where God is restoring you.
Every day, every moment, every second of the common, ordinary and even dull duties- those mundane moments are what is birthing God’s messages and miracles.  
I love this great quote:

“The glory of tomorrow is rooted in the drudgery of today. 
Many people want the glory without the cross, and the shining light without the burning fire, but crucifixion comes before coronation.”~ Streams In The Desert 

So don’t throw away your confidence—it brings a great reward. 

You need to endure so that you can receive the promises after you do God’s will. ~ Hebrews 10:36-37 

My friends, we are not those who give up hope and so are lost; but we are of the company who live by faith and so are saved. ~Hebrews 10:39 VOICE 
                   ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 
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