Science 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Science is a man’s attempt to understand God’s artistic endeavors.  

God created and revealed himself in the beginning by speaking. If we look up and all around you can see Him at every turn and what He has made. We should believe in science; God created things to be functional and useful, but be careful to not let it divide your faith. 

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. –Psalms 19: 1-2

The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperience wise. –Psalm 19:7 

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Image – Over Unsplash / Isuru Perera 

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Steadfast 


Every Thursday night we meet for our Recovery Ministry that we have been doing for almost 9 years. 

Between Studies we are filling in with a great type of Soaking series on each step. Here are some takeaway’s from Step 6 for this weeks #WorthyThoughtWednesday 

Worthy Thought: renew a steadfast spirit within me. 

Step 6- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Our personal potential is stunted if we don’t change. 

Transformation-To change condition, nature, function, and identity. 
The vital matter in our transformation is prayer

          Expect God to act on our behalf

         Don’t lose patience in the process. 

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me.-Isaiah 51:10 NIV

Steadfast: Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. Firmly fixed in place -immovable, Not subject to change, firm in belief, determination, adherence, loyal.

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord. – Zechariah 4:6 
         ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 
Taken from The 12 Steps To Serenity Series 
Image by Colin Rex – Unsplash / Over 

Limit 

lim·it

ˈlimit

noun

1. a point or level beyond which something does not or may not extend or pass.

2. a restriction on the size or amount of something permissible or possible.

Many things have limits but only God promises to love us without limits. 

                ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Up

WORTHY THOUGHT: Our bad choices can cause us to drag our heads down in disappointments, shame and fear. 

To God be the glory, He can lift up our heads. 

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard from me from His holy hill. -Psalm 3:3-4  

Sometimes in our decision-making tends to make us look down at the dirt. Remember, He brought you a Savior to look above. 

In country of Keyna, in East Africa, the children are taught to approach their elders with lowered heads. It is not until the elder recognizes the child by the touch of their hand the child may lift his head and look up. 

God’s son, Jesus Christ, has the power to touch us and lift our heads in order that we may once again walk with humble heart before Him as a result of His abounding mercy and glorious grace. ~Dr. Johnny Hunt

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Help

The Solar Eclipse happened on 8/21. 

Hurricane Harvey hit 8/25. 

The great floods started 8/26. 

This verse has began circulating social media ….

Luke 21:25-27
I prefer the Message Translation 

“It will seem like all hell has broken loose—sun, moon, stars, earth, sea, in an uproar and everyone all over the world in a panic, the wind knocked out of them by the threat of doom, the powers-that-be quaking. “And then—then!—they’ll see the Son of Man welcomed in grand style—a glorious welcome! When all this starts to happen, up on your feet. Stand tall with your heads high. Help is on the way!” ~ Luke 21:25,26,27 MSG 

Why Luke? 

Luke means Light Giver – Also Luke in the Bible was a physician. I seem to think whoever generated it definitely heard from the Lord. He still speaks – to each person differently and we just need ears to hear and eyes to see. I don’t take it as a dooms day or end times message. I take it as the Message Translations says- when all those tragedies happen and people have the wind knocked out of them then they will welcome the Son of Man – He is their helper in time of need. 

Help was and is on the way still…. in more ways imaginable. Strangers helping strangers. People coming together to unite instead of divide. 

Still the greatest Help available is Jesus Christ. 

          What Help do you need? 

If it’s peace-He is the Prince Of Peace

If it’s healing-He is the Great Physician 

If it’s provision-He is the Great Provider

If it’s a way-He is the Way Maker

If it’s hope-He is the Bright Morning Star

If it’s redemption-He is the Great Redeemer 

If it’s resurrecting-He is the Resurrection Life

If it’s comfort-He is the Great Comforter

If it’s darkness-He is the Light Of The World 

If it’s direction-He is the Good Shepherd

If it’s protection-He is Our Shield 

If it’s shelter-He is Our Strong Tower 

If it’s rebuilding-He is the Chief Cornerstone 

If it’s a witness-He is the Faithful True Witness

If it’s a word-He Is THE Word

If it’s nourishment-He is the Bread Of Life 

If it’s counsel-He is the Wonderful Counselor

If it’s grief-He Is the Man Of Sorrows

If it’s truth-He is the Way, Truth and Life 

If it’s someone with you-He is Immanuel      (GodWithUs)

He is King Of Kings – Lord Of Lords – Alpha Omega / The beginning and the end. 

    
     Will you accept Him and His help? 

Lord, I don’t know where to start but I want to start right now right here with You. Forgive me my sins. I accept You as my Help. My Lord and Savior. Come into my life. Restore and rebuild me. I believe you died and rose again for me. Thank You for the sacrifice of Your only son Jesus Christ on my behalf. Teach me your ways. Direct my path from this moment on. Remove all that doesn’t bring You glory within me and my life. I trust You and accept You now. 

If you prayed that prayer….
        Welcome Home.

             ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Behold, God is my helper and ally; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul – my upholder. ~ Psalm 54:4 AMP 

Rise up; come to our help! Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love! ~Psalm 44:26 ESV 

Laughter 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Laughter is good for the heart. 

A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength. -Proverbs 17:22 NCV

Laughter makes us feel wonderful all over. 

The medicine community and spiritual community are in agreement about the value of laughter. Just like a good feeling after a workout, we have laugh muscles (fifteen to be exact) that get involved when we laugh. 

We change physiologically when we laugh. 

We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues and boost immune cells to our bodies.

It is Biblical if you continually sustain laughter in your life, it will keep your heart healthy and happy. 

Then they were filled with laughter, and we sang happy songs. Then the other nations said, The Lord has done great things for them. The Lord has done great things for us, and we are very glad. -Psalm 122:2-3 NCV

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Your Character 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Does your character reflect the humility and self sacrifices of Jesus our King, or is it a carbon copy of the world’s selfishness.

“Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,

for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

-Matthew 5:1-12 Holy Bible (NIV)

Following Jesus can often bring great popularity, however if we do not live by Jesus’ word’s in his sermon, we could find ourselves using God’s message to promote ourselves.  

“In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but passing it over, he is superior” -Francis Bacon

God majors on a person’s character and we should too. 

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill