~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
Moses had a face to face relationship with God. It is written that he was a very humble man. Isaiah writes that God looks to the humble and contrite in heart and those that tremble at his word. There is a current emphasis on hearing God, and this is very important. It has been said that the devil is in the details, but God is also concerned with the details.
Details like: Are we being obedient by becoming acquainted with his written word? Are we being obedient by staying in fellowship with his people? Are we being obedient by learning how to walk uprightly before him, loving like he loves, thinking like he thinks, and praying like he prays?
Amos writes: Can two walk together unless they agree?
It is written: Watch your lives and doctrines carefully, for then you will save both yourselves and those that hear you.
There is much written about seeking wisdom, loving wisdom, and living wisely. It is also written: Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, since he has no heart for it?
That seems to be the issue – our heart.
It is up to us to open our hearts to Our Father; he cannot and will not do it for us. If we will only do this, he will open the windows of heaven and pour out his heart into our hearts.
He says, “If you had only responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you!”
~ Brad Heilhecker
Jesus had a loving heart. If He dwells within us, hatred and bitterness will never rule us.
Jesus had a forgiving and understanding heart. If He lives within us, mercy will temper our relationships with our fellowmen.
Jesus had an unselfish heart. If He lives in us, selfishness will not predominate, but service to God and others will come before our selfish interests.
You say, “That’s a big order!” I admit that.
It would be impossible if you had to measure up to Him in your own strength and with your natural heart.
Paul recognized that he could never attain this heart purity by his own striving.
Christ is the one who gives me the strength I need to do whatever I must do. (Philippians 4:13 ERV)
So live in me today that I will be able to radiate Your love and grace, Jesus.
Living In His Power~Billy Graham
1. Has this person been placed in my life as a GIFT to help me GROW?
2. Has this person been placed in my life to DERAIL me from my DESTINY?
Evaluate whether your relationships are growing you or simply derailing you.
Are they faucets pouring into your life or a drain sucking everything out?
Make sure you are not staying just to be tolerated-good healthy and growing relationships celebrate each other.
~XXOO Michelle Bollom
Oh I still ponder how offense crept in and envy coupled with life’s storms unraveled the bond we once shared
Oh I still believe that one pressed in to Him at all costs and one chose to become bitter by the hand they were dealt
Oh I still mourn the happier memories but also have come to realize many were not as authentic and genuine as they appeared
Oh I still pray that they will take off their performance pretend perfect masks they wear and admit they took Satan’s bait and get free
Oh I still count the blessings of what I have now gained through the hard lesson that this pain caused me
Oh I still choose to forgive them fully knowing hurting people hurt people and some choose opinions more than their obedience to God
Oh I still praise God and put Him first over anyone and everything, trusting His protection that comes through rejection
Oh I still would not change a thing….
Oh I still know that not everyone can go where God calls us and some have to be left behind so that we can truly learn to fly.
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
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The call has come. The game has begun. The rules have been explained. The outcome has been determined. Now is the hour of decision. Will we play by the rules and win, or will we ignore the rules and risk defeat?
It seems simple enough; any wise individual will make the right choice. Or so you would think.
The game is life. We are all called to play. Christ is the rule maker. If we play by his rules, we gain entry into his kingdom. If we play by his rules, we win.
Ah, there is the rub – his rules, his kingdom.
What if I want to play by my rules and rule my kingdom? That is always an option, and many are those who make that choice. It is exhilarating – we get to be the king or the queen, and everybody else gets to be our subjects. What fun! Or is it?
What if nobody wants to play by our rules? What if nobody wants us to be the king or the queen? What if everybody wants to be the king or the queen?
Houston, I think we have a problem.
So, we acquiesce, and allow Jesus to be the King. Immediately, he makes us princes and princesses and gives us heavenly responsibilities in his kingdom. He gives us his name, and he shares his glory with us. Everything that he has he shares with us – his heart, his mind, his wisdom, and his wealth.
He gives us time and opportunity to work with him building an everlasting kingdom where love and peace reign. Ultimately, we get to move into the eternal mansions that we helped build with our lives of service. All of our efforts in time turned into riches that will endure forever. All because we decided to play by the rules!
~ Brad Heilhecker
No greater treasure is there to be found than a true friend.
Money can’t buy one; service can’t earn one; friendship has to be freely offered and freely received; it is a gift, a priceless gift.
Friends bind their souls together in a pact which silently says, “We will weather life’s storms together; we will share a common fate.”
That is why divorce is so deadly; a friendship pact has been torn asunder.
And it is why marriage should not be entered into unadvisedly.
All friendships are to be taken very seriously, since, in this life, we may only have a few close friends.
Friendships require a sharing of everything that we call “mine” – our time, our heart, and our love. They start with a small commitment which grows with time until that friend is a part of our daily thought and prayer life.
Amazingly, God, the creator of all, wants to be our friend. He who owns everything values our friendship above all else. He who has all power needs friends. That may be his only need.
Let us share his heart and his mind; let us be his friend. He shares everything he has with his friends; he holds nothing back. He even has committed all of his resources to help us become like him so that we can see life from his perspective, feel what he feels, and know what he knows.
He wants a relationship with equals. Though he desires for us to worship him, (for he is worthy of all worship and praise), he also wants to share himself with us. He just wants for us to value him as much as he values us.
It is a reciprocal relationship. He first gives himself to us, and, in return, we give ourselves back to him. Together, we can do all things; the possibilities are limitless. It is exactly why eternal life, which Jesus said is knowing God, lasts forever.
~ Brad Heilhecker
It is written: “A man’s steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?”
Our part is to listen closely to his quiet, yet firm leadings. His part is to prepare the engagement, straighten our paths, and oversee the whole operation. Then, after each victory, we will thank him and praise him for his wisdom, knowledge, and strength!
If we are honest, we know that we don’t have the ability to direct our lives. Our power is limited to the ability to say either “yes” or “no” to Jesus. After that, the ball is in his court.
Our fate is determined by that simple “yes” or “no” response.
May our yes’s far outweigh our no’s!
~ Brad Heilhecker