~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
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.
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
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
That’s ENOUGH – means you have reached an acceptable amount.
But what really is Enough?
ENOUGH – means adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire:
So why do we always throw in those doubt words…..
Coulda Shoulda Woulda
Why do we keep buying the lie that we are not worthy enough, smart enough, pretty enough, talented enough, loved enough, liked enough, old enough, young enough, have enough or do enough.
Why can’t ENOUGH just be ENOUGH
No second guessing
Just Simply Take God at His Word!
You ARE adequate and sufficient for His purpose because He says you are.
You Are Enough because He is ENOUGH
~XXOO Michelle Bollom
For His divine power has bestowed on us absolutely everything necessary for a dynamic spiritual life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises of inexpressible value, so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature. ~ 2. Peter 1:3-4 AMP
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~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
This was a big area for me that I struggled in judgement in. I didn’t seem to extend grace to anyone that backed out of a commitment.
I had woundings from my childhood and marriage that I felt that broken promises had caused me great pain in my past so I built a hard spot for anyone else that didn’t keep their word or promises to me.
Now I am not talking about sometimes things come up and can’t be avoided. We need mercy and grace for those instances and sometimes it’s just simply dealing with our own warped and deceptive perception and emotions of not taking those instances personal.
It can’t always be avoided sometimes and I get that and know God is always in control and a Divine Detour could be in the works.
The Lord Willing Response -is a good start so you are not having to go back on your word if you struggle in the area of keeping your word-but don’t use it as an excuse either.
Also don’t be so bound that it is something you begrudgingly do or go against your peace gauge; you may be needing to step away or break a commitment in order to say your best yes for you or your family or even God.
What I am talking about is what I believe is a spirit that people operate in. They make big plans and promises consistently and even may vow their unending loyalty and commitment to you but are always backing out and usually in the very last minute with excuses after excuses and never follow through. They also have a quitter spirit and don’t like when you disagree with them.
They usually have offense issues and are offended easily and have perception issues too;their perception is so full of deception.
They also operate highly in paranoia and pity.
They perceive things and think that their discernment and perception is fact but it is so warped and wrapped up in their fickle fleshly emotions they can’t recognize it and have a hard time separating fantasy from reality. They like escapism.
They can also have confrontational, isolation and blame issues. They retreat offended then blame others for the distance they themselves created or they always want to force their opinions upon you to entice a confrontation. They can have an argumentative spirit too.
I have struggled with all of those at some time in my life too. I am not pointing fingers; this is a Divine Download to help me and others too.
This is not always a bad thing when you recognize someone operating in that spirit. It can be a good thing because once you recognize it you can set boundaries, pray to not get a spirit of criticism or judgement against them, but also rest assured in knowing that God is revealing and separating the wheat from the chaff for a reason.
You pray and love them but also know that they just can’t be relied upon so sometimes you have to love them from a healthy distance until they are willing to break free from it themselves.
Ask God to help you recognize the faithful from the flaky in your life.
(Joking! But hey, that really is a great prayer!)
If you suffer from this spirit – ask the Lord to help you break those patterns and start to follow through with what you say you will do.
Thankfully when we are not promise keepers – God is always a Promise Keeper!
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
What is your favorite Promise in God’s Word that has helped you?
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~XXOO Michelle Bollom
That did not happen!
For the sake of preserving and getting over my head cold and bronchitis I could not risk the snot session that all the memory unpacking would have created.
Instead I will share a song I ran across months ago by Nichole Nordeman that has been wrecking me with the reminiscing of how fast the years really do go by.
Today my amazing twins turn 18 years old.
In a little over a month they will be graduating High School and start college.
It is true – You do blink and they grow up right before your eyes.
To my beautiful children, you are the very breath in my lungs. Despite my short comings and failings I Thank God that He chose me and entrusted me to have the unbelievable honor of being your Mom.
Slow down would ya-just a little!
~ XXOO Mom aka Michelle Bollom