Get Off The Fence

You who have come to Christ for a pure heart, guard against the pictures of lewdness and sensuality which Satan flashes upon the screen of your imagination.

Select with care the books you read, choose discerningly the kind of entertainment you attend, the kind of associates with whom you mingle, and the kind of environment in which you place yourself.

You should no more allow sinful imaginations to accumulate in your mind and soul than you would let garbage collect in your living room.

~ Billy Graham

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Cling To The Hope Of Spring

The same exact tree in Spring and Winter

look very different.

One looks like death

One looks like life

One looks like the end

One looks like beginnings

One looks old

One looks new

One looks barren

One looks full

One looks hopeless

One looks hopeful

If we find ourself stuck and looking at the dead barren tree of Winter without the hope and anticipation of the coming of Spring we can’t move into the abundant future God has for us.

Seasons of life will come and go.

Some seasons our soul sings loudly “It Is Well” while other seasons our soul doesn’t seem to sing at all.

We MUST keep singing as though it is well even when nothing feels or looks well right now.

We MUST get a vision of our Winter tree in the Spring.

How does the trees weather the storms of life and the changing of seasons?

Roots!

Stop looking at the outward appearance of the tree.

The roots are what really matters.

We MUST stay grounded and rooted in Christ.

Cling to the hope of Spring …. it’s coming!

~XXOO Michelle Bollom

Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation.

Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:7 VOICE

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What Love Is

Every place the word Love is – I want you to replace it with your name. Say it out loud and declare that you are all those things!

And just because Valentine’s Day is over … remember – everyday is Hearts Day and an opportunity to be love.

Love well! ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love; it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs or celebrate injustice; but truth— yes, truth— is love’s delight! Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what. Love will never become obsolete.

~1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Voice

Share A Little Joy

“Some days, JOY is a gift. Other days it’s an all out Battle.” ♥♥ Fight on Girl.

” A Joyful Return to Zion” ~ PSALM 126:5,6

Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing. Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.

♥♥ My ‘one’ word for 2018 is JOY!! I’m learning the tapestry of JOY is weaved with so many vibrant colors and some that may not catch your eye at first glance. Yet, as the Lord gives me a new lens to see through His eyes, there is beauty beneath the surface!!

I would like to share with you a little of my journey that the Lord is walking me through. Quite honestly, I question the Lord at times, if I hear him correctly with all that’s been whirling about me in this season of profound loss and grief. My precious Mother walked through the pearly gates of Heaven a few months ago. I cannot express in words how this journey has left me forever changed and without understanding of what life looks like, NOW!!

Seeking Him for renewed hope in every moment and waking up each day. I ask the Lord to ‘breathe new breath into my lungs’ every day, because my health struggles take so much out of me. So, adding the symptoms of grief and loss. I am feeling affected on so many levels. I feel like I’m learning to walk all over again, one foot in front of the other, step by step. I run towards the Father and trust that He will catch me when I fall and pick me up when I stumble and when I lose hope to try again.

In Psalm 119:114-116 the Lord reminds me that, “He is my hiding place.”

I have found JOY in the midst of the ruins and broken gems. I have found REST in the midst of chaos and great loss, that only the LORD can give! I am learning that the JOY OF THE LORD is my strength! It’s not found in the empty promises of this world. It’s not in the busyness I find my sense of ‘whose I am’ but, IN HIM! He asks me to “Seek Him First.” Always!! He asks me to ‘Pray without ceasing.’ He asks me to ‘Worship Him’ through songs of Praise and to sit quietly, in His Presence, in the good times and hard times. He calls me by name and tells me ‘I am His own’ and He will never leave me nor forsake me. He carries me when I cannot find the strength to go on and reminds me that no matter what, ‘I AM HIS, Daughter’ and He watches over me. He tells me,  “I SEE YOU AND I HEAR YOU.”

Yes, even in the little things, He gives me JOY!! SELAH

Angels in my day when I need someone the most. A sweet child’s laughter that makes me giggle. A friend I haven’t seen in years but, God knew when to send them across my path again. A friend that picks me up to go for a drive in the sunshine ~ I am reminded of God’s beauty I so often take for granted, as I look up again.

All these little things bring me great JOY!! In the midst of my tears, He gives me JOY. In the midst of the Ruins, He shows me ‘Beauty in the Broken Gems.’

HE SEE’S YOU!! YOU ARE HIS CHERISHED ONE!!

HIS DAUGHTER WHOM HE ADORNS WITH A SACRED LOVE. YOU MATTER TO THE FATHER WHOM HAS CREATED YOU FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!!

GOD BLESS YOU & KEEP YOU & MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU! HIS BEAUTIFUL PEARL OF GREAT WORTH, A ROYAL DIADEM!!! AMEN.

“Thank you for inviting me to share a little bit of the tapestry of Grace that God is weaving in my soul.🌹❤️

~Fiona Jackson

Only By Knowledge Of The Truth

There are many propositional truths a person can know that will help them.

But it is only by knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ that we can be set free.

Many immerse themselves in Bible study hoping to find freedom in the words of Scripture, but the Bible itself isn’t the destination—it’s a roadmap to lead us to the Destination, which is Jesus Christ.

Don’t think that principles, even biblical principles, can make you free. Freedom comes when we know the Truth and trust in Him.

The inspired purpose of the Bible is to reveal Him, not give a set of moral or even religious guidelines by which we are to live.

~ Steve McVey

Great quote I stumbled across… hope you enjoyed and have a blessed day!

~XXOO Michelle Bollom

Thoughts On Grace

What is grace? What is God’s grace? What is our grace?

Webster lists one definition of grace as a controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving. Another definition is unmerited divine assistance. The first definition is to be our grace; the second God’s grace.

It is written that sin shall not be our master, for we are not under law but under grace. In our present covenant with God, God indwells us and provides unmerited divine assistance both to enter eternal life and to abide in Christ. We can overcome sin, because it is no longer us alone trying to keep the commandments of God; it is God himself working in us to guide us and empower us to keep his commands.

It is as if Our Father says to us: “Keep your eyes on me, listen for my voice, and I will guide you through this life. It is you and me against the world; I am on your side; I am with you; I am in you; let me lead the way.”

Our grace is to live self controlled, polite, and pleasant lives. We are self controlled – we yield to the Spirit’s work in our lives; we are polite – we treat others as we would want to be treated, and we are pleasant – cheerful, courteous, and considerate of other’s feelings. Also, we are thoughtful, considering how we may best encourage and strengthen others in their walks of faith.

So, grace is to be our watchword. We watch for Our Father’s grace to get us through each day. We keep our minds focused on Christ. Also, we do our best to treat all others with dignity, kindness, and respect.

~Brad Heilhecker

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Desperately Desired

Shame. A really ugly name. For someone who has left right ways and has followed foolish ways. Permanent. Indelible. Inescapable. Branded identity.

Redemption? Is it even possible? How would it even work?

Someone would need to restore such a one into polite society. Mercy and grace must be offered and accepted. Healing is needed. Time is needed. God is needed. Jesus is needed. We are needed.

Not only that, but we are wanted. Desperately desired.

Love objects of The King!

~ Brad Heilhecker

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Our Father And Mother

We long for a father’s love, and for a mother’s tenderness.  We remember the security of being protected by a strong, loving father.  We remember the joy of being cherished by a nurturing mother.  Those that somehow were denied these things begin life with an aching heart, a wounded soul, and a searching mind.  They ask, “When will I be loved?  Who is going to take care of me?”

There is good news.  Our Heavenly Father stands ready to fill in what was lost.  Even those that knew a father’s strength and a mother’s love are included in Our Heavenly Father’s perfect embrace.  It is written: “When my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up.”  Also, “Listen to your father, who gave you life.  Do not despise your mother, when she is old.  Buy the truth, and do not sell it.  Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.  The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.  May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice.”

God wants to be our father and our mother, our brother, our sister, and our friend!  He wants us to find everything that we need in him.  Then, we will be whole and complete and be able to venture out into this cold, dark world and be light bearers and sources of warmth and strength for those who are struggling and searching for answers.

As it is written: “You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”

~ Brad Heilhecker

Always Afraid

What is this fear? Why won’t it go away?

The fear is that I don’t know what I am doing, and that I don’t know where I am going.

Even if I know that heaven is my ultimate destination, what lies between here and there?

Who is making my daily decisions?

Who is taking responsibility for my life?

What is the source of my strength and hope? When will the war be over?

When will I ever be completely out of danger?

No platitudes, please. This is real life, with real life battles, with life and death decisions that have to be made.

There is only one answer to this fear, one ultimate solution. Death. When I die, there will be no need for fear.

So that’s it? I have to wait until I die?

What if I could decide to give up my life now? What if I could go to my own funeral now? What if I could decide to no longer worry or be afraid of anything that could happen?

What if I could let go now, instead of waiting until time makes the decision for me?

What if?

That may be the world’s saddest question, if it is not answered well.

So, let’s replace it!

Let’s ask,

What do you want me to do today, Father?

How may I bless your heart today?

Who may I help today?

Who needs prayer?

Who needs encouragement?

Lord, what is on your agenda for me today? Jesus, what do you want to do through me today?

Fearfulness is too high a price to pay for having my own way. I surrender to you today.

I give you my life. You make my decisions. You chart my course. You protect me, guide me, strengthen me, and give me life abundantly. Jesus, you are my life, and I thank you for it!

~ Brad Heilhecker

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