Don’t Blink Moms And Dads

Oh – Momma’s and Daddy’s hold on!

You may be in the trenches of sleepless nights or walking the floors with teething tots ..but this too shall pass.

Dirty diapers and bottles galore

Spit up and drool

Too many words

Toys thrown all around

Drained bank accounts…

but this too shall pass.

Activities and projects and too many school papers to sign about to nut you up …

but this too shall pass.

Lunches packed

Lunch money forgotten

Breakfast of champions rushed

and backpacks left

Homework for too many hours

that cut into dinner time…

but this too shall pass.

Fighting and arguing

Multiple meltdowns

Slamming doors and

whining “I am Bored”…

but this too shall pass.

Dirty socks and dirty rooms and nothing ever put back in its spot

Toilet rolls empty and the last paper towel when you need two…

but this too shall pass.

Prayer and prayers

and more prayers

Uncomfortable topics discussed

Manners taught

Eagle eyes and snooping

through phones and rooms and stalking their social media accounts…

but this too shall pass.

Driving and dating and

late nights waiting…

but this too shall pass.

You wake up one day and BOOM 💥 just like that your babies are 20 and you can’t quite believe that many years have passed and you survived all of this X2!

No more Teens.

I now have amazing adults that work hard and have such an amazing and caring heart and love for God and others.

Wicked Smaht!

And crazy funny.

I always wanted a bald cotton top blue eyed boy and a curly haired green eyed girl…and I got just that!

At the same time!

I am so super blessed that these kiddos call me Mom. I could not have done it without my Jackpot of a Hubby and Baby Daddy.

Happy Birthday C & C

We love you – XXOO

Big God 

  
Big hair

Big dreams

Big girls

Big world

Looking through our eyes back then

I swear, I see everything

We would have been

Had we paid the price

Put our time into spirit seed

Sowing prayers

Ushering in our lives

Our destinies

Big God

Big babies

Trying to find our way today

Pulling the weeds

And Filling the cracks

That we’ve allowed from self-centeredness

Feeding our flesh on trash

Reaping the storms of harvest

Lord willing

Lord tarry

We long to be more like You

Please carry us the rest of the way

We are weary on our own

On this road less traveled on

Broken fellowship with Jesus

Lead us Great Shepherd

Let us graze on Your Grace

No tears

No trace

Of the big mess we’ve made

With our lives

Saving ourselves with our big ideas

Vanities

Insanity

Lamenting years wasted

On our own doctrines

Deceived and shocked

By realities we’ve digested

Reflected on so long

We must be weaned

From our enemy

So we can be servants

Of the Most High God

And rule this world

For His Majesty

Destroying the unbelief we encounter

Big God

Your heart is what we are after

Following You as Your own shadow

Plantings of the Lord

For the display of Your splendor.

                ~❤️Krystal Lynne 

Beauty Eternal 

  
    He forgives your sins—every one.


    He heals your diseases—every one.


    He redeems you from hell—saves your life!


    He crowns you with love and mercy—

     A paradise crown.


    He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.


    He renews your youth—


    you’re always young in His presence. 


                            ~ Psalm 103:3-5 MSG 

What an amazing verse! 

Read it slowly… 
Meditate on the words…
What is your favorite part of this verse? 
                            

                ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

  

Rock-Firm And Faithful 

  
“You’re all I want in heaven! You’re all I want on earth! 

When my skin sags and my bones get brittle, 

GOD is rock-firm and faithful. 

Look! Those who left you are falling apart! 

Deserters, they’ll never be heard from again. 

But I’m in the very presence of GOD — oh, how refreshing it is!

 I’ve made Lord GOD my home. 
GOD, I’m telling the world what you do!”

‭‭ ~Psalm‬ ‭73:25-28‬ ‭MSG‬‬
  
When I was not walking with God, I really was falling apart. When we stick with God and learn to stay in His presence, it is refreshing to know He is always Rock-Firm and faithful. He is the Great Restorer! We will want to tell the world what He can do. 

 We believe that with Real People, sharing Real Stories, it can bring Real Healing to others. 

  
We would love to feature how God has Restored you with others. 

 Ready to share your Restoration Story? 

If so, Email us at contact@restoredministries.org

  

                 ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

The 9m Navy Lady 

  
She had a cane

She was tall and fair

Quite old, slight and frail…

Requesting summer sandals

She walked slow 

Following my lead

My knowledge of 

What she needed

She was not demanding

Almost thankful to be

Receiving any help at all

Grateful that I had 

Even inquired if she

Needed my services

She came for tan

And settled for navy

She paid cash

The two white style’s 

I brought out for her to try

Were too narrow for her

Wide, worn, lived in feet

I fumbled as I tried to assist her

Putting them on

Awkward moment for

The both of us

She was alone and I wish I had 

Been kinder, smiling at her 

Showing mercy, care and patience

Instead she left with her 

9m Navy Sandals 

I did not watch her walk away

Or wonder where she was going

❤️ Krystal Lynne 

5/1/96

Barely Alive 

  
On that elevator 

I meet everyone

Alive

Barely….

Walkers walking…

With walkers

Tennis balls gliding

Them closer to 

Their destination

You can smell oldness

Feel their loss in the hallway

I try to cheer them

Lighten the load 

You can’t carry anybody elses burden

Burdens have to be cast away

Cast off

@%&# off!!!!

I feel the despair

Wanting to slap them

Out of their silence

Screaming Shut Up and LIVE

Dear God

Get a Grip

B4

You

Fall and can’t get 

Up

And

Kick the Dust

With your

Good old leg.
❤️

Krystal Lynne 

Time Flies

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The older I get the faster time flies. We wake up Monday and blink and sleep and then it’s Friday again. We ring in a New Year and by the time we get the Christmas decorations stored away fully then Spring fever sets in then we settle into lazy Summer days then back to the grind of school and Fall schedules and then it is nearing the end of the year with Christmas music in the air and time to get back out those decorations. We seem to rush and rush and it keeps passing us by. There is just no stopping the clock. Time really does fly!

Although it is really only October, I can’t help but reflect and feel like this year has flown by way too fast. It was packed full and now all those things have come and gone and just become memories to cherish. With my teenagers just 6 months away from turning 16, the years have seemed to of flown by just a little too quickly.
I still picture them as babies running around, but they are looking now like little adults all right before my eyes.

I think of times past and loved ones no longer on this earth. I count the years they have been gone and it shocks me to think where did the years go?
I read this verse and I know why David penned this Psalm.

“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered–how fleeting my life is. ~ Psalm 39:4 NLT

And this one…

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. ~ Psalm 90:12 NIV

And of course Solomon and his wisdom….

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 NASB

Let us make the most of our time. Slow down and enjoy life. Don’t wish for tomorrow or regret yesterday. Live right here in the now enjoying those around you. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow- all we have is today! Right now! XXOO Michelle Bollom

A New Heart

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As far back as I can remember I have loved to cook. Oh I have fond memories of an amazing play kitchen we got as a child. My sister and I would make all sorts of imaginary culinary surprises. Sometimes we would sneak into the kitchen and get real ingredients and play with them and then try to convince each other to try them out. My sister was a prankster and her culinary idea was pouring jalapeño juice in your milk if you left the table momentarily, so I was always reluctant to try her concoctions.
Fast forward 35 years and you throw some kids in the mix and a husband and work and schedules and cooking can become a chore.

When you have to prepare dinner day in and day out, it loses some of it’s charm. Especially if it is cooking healthier choices and requires lots of prep time.

I seem to do a lot of chopping lately so I have noticed a callus formed on my index finger from my new knives. ( Ok, Confession …my husband’s new knife set I bought him last Christmas that I really wanted )

Each day when I grab the knife and begin to chop, it hits this callus and irritates it over and over keeping it sore and the callus growing. I get resentful of having to chop and cook and prepare food with this little callus as a reminder. I started getting really irritated about it and contemplated going on a cooking strike, but instantly I turned that around and started declaring how grateful I was that I can prepare good food for my family. That even though my finger is sore and callused, it is worth it to have healthy food.

I started thinking back to a time when my heart was callused. I had a very hard and callused heart for way too many years. When I was wounded or hurt, I would just let it sit there, one on top of each other. Each blow would form a new hard spot, and every time it just kept adding to that spot and before I knew it I had developed a hard, stone like, callused up heart.

It becomes large, tender and cumbersome. It prevents any good from coming into our heart. It weighs us down.

Thankfully God peeled back each hardened layer of my heart and I was able to release each wounding to Him. To finally fully give them all to Him was hard. I have to say, some days I would have to visualize handing over the person or situation to Jesus or laying it down at His feet while I sobbed uncontrollably. It does not happen overnight. It takes time and God to be able to do it. The saying, Let Go and Let God. That is what I had to do. I am so thankful that I don’t have that hard heart anymore.

So today I happily chop away praising God that my finger may be callused but not my heart!

Are you holding onto hurts, disappointments, or woundings that you have carried for way too long? Are they weighing you down? Are you ready to Let Go and Let God have them?

Stop and visualize handing each of them to God as you pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, I don’t want to live one moment longer with a bitter, hard, hardened, stony, callused up heart. I want a new heart as you promised in Your word. Help me to forgive and let go of all the woundings, hurts, and disappointments that are preventing me from having a tender heart. Your word promises rest and that if we take on Your yoke and learn from You that we will find rest. You promise that your yoke is easy and your burdens light. Lord peel back each layer and help me come to you and fully release all my burdens. I can’t carry them anymore. I lay them all at your feet Lord, never to pick them back up. Help me to forgive fully like You. Thank You that you make all things new. Thank You for my new tender and responsive heart! In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Some great promises to memorize:

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” ~ Ezekiel 36:26 NLT

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

~XXOO Michelle Bollom