Restoring Hope (even now) 

   
 
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Every year is a year of Restoration!

               ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

I firmly believe this is a year of restoration… I may not understand everything (and probably won’t) but Papa is a restoring God. Those hopes that have been differed in my own life and yours have been heard. Those sleepless nights where it seems everyone else is having their desires met have not gone unnoticed. […]

https://gottaworship2005.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/restoring-hope-even-now/

Dream Big Daughter

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Most of these blogs come out of my quiet time with God. I think I have a thousand journals sitting around my house. My newest journal has me dreaming big!!! It’s fancy with flowers and each page has a different design.

Just yesterday I was sitting outside soaking up the morning sun in my usual spot in my backyard. I did have to wrap a blanket around me because it was a crisp 55 degrees outside.

Just to catch you up with me!!
I’m on a question quest.
I’m asking all my questions to God.
I take my journal, pen, Bible and cup of Sozo coffee. (That’s a free advertisement)
I then read some scripture.

Wait
Wait
Watch the birds sneak over to get birdseed off the table.

Wait
Wait
Listen to my cat stretching and jumping at the door to let him outside.
(Annoying)

Wait
Wait
Try to focus on my question!

Sometimes I listen to a soft song with encouraging words. My latest and greatest song this week is
No Longer Slaves by Jonathan David and Melissa Helser.
It just came out this month.

You can listen to it on a previous blog here: https://restoredministriesblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/unravel-me/

Then I write, write and write.

God seems to softly speak to me as I write and listen. It’s an art I just discovered.
Listening!!!
We do have two ears and one mouth. That was a new revelation to me.

I asked God, “What do you call me?”
Immediately, I wrote down

My daughter-You are a ray of sunshine

I knew it was a written inspiration by Him.
How do I know?
I felt like He might have called me out on other such unbecoming qualities that I might possess at times.
Such as
….failure at keeping my cool
…complaining about circumstances
….out of control thoughts

But Noo!!!!!

I wrote down.
My daughter
You are a ray of sunshine

He calls me His daughter and He thinks I’m bright like sunshine.

That was not my thoughts.

I looked to see what my Father has to say about me in His Word. (The Bible)
Since I am a girl, I am His daughter not His son.

Galatians 4:4-8
4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

I Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

I am chosen by my Father to be His daughter. I am a co-heir called out of the darkness to be a ray of Sonshine.

You too can walk out of darkness into His marvelous light and become sons and daughters of God.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:16

Light On,
Kelley Allison
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Are you hearing or listening?

Recently I had a Pastor friend post on Facebook asking if Hearing was different than Listening.

I did not really think too much about it and simply typed back this response:

“I would say for me simply hearing is head knowledge and listening is when it becomes heart knowledge.
We can hear a lot of things; but when we truly listen is when we get it at the deepest heart level.
Hearing can be done without focus and with distractions all around, but listening is more focused hearing when it is quieter and less distractions around.
So listening for me is the quiet focused heart application of hearing.
Only in listening can I hear the Holy Spirit more clearly.”

Then he referenced these verses:

I can guarantee this truth: Many prophets and many of God’s people longed to see what you see but didn’t see it, to hear what you hear but didn’t hear it. ~Matthew 13:17 GWT

Then the people who have God’s approval will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Let the person who has ears listen! ~Matthew 13:43 GWT

Matthew 13:43 refers to Mark 4:9 which says “And he said, “Whoever has ears to hear had better listen!” NET

Some translations say hear while some say listen? They use the two words almost interchangeably, but are they really different? So I dug a little deeper on the hear vs listen idea….

The Pulpit Commentary on Mark 4:9 says:
Verse 9. – And he said, Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. St. Luke (Luke 8:8) bus a stronger word than (ἔλεγεν) “he said.” He (Luke 8:8) has (ἐφώνει) “he cried.” Our Lord uses this expression, “he that hath ears to hear,” etc, when the subject-matter is figurative or obscure, as though to rouse the attention of his hearers. He has “ears to hear” who diligently attends to the words of Christ, that he may ponder and obey them. Many heard him out of curiosity, that they might bear something new, or learned, or brilliant; not that they might lay to heart the things which they heard, and endeavor to practice them in their lives. And so it is with those who go to hear sermons on account of the fame of the preacher, and not that they may learn to amend their lives; and thus the words of Jehovah to Ezekiel (Ezekiel 33:32) are fulfilled,
“Yes, to them you are like a singer of love songs who has a beautiful voice and plays skillfully on an instrument. They hear your words, but they don’t obey them.” ~ Ezekiel 33:32 HCSB

So lastly I googled and these are a few things I found on the question, Is there a difference between hearing and listening:

“Do you think there is a difference between hearing and listening? You are right, there is! Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear. If you are not hearing-impaired, hearing simply happens. Listening, however, is something you consciously choose to do. Listening requires concentration so that your brain processes meaning from words and sentences. Listening leads to learning.
Most people tend to be “hard of listening” rather than “hard of hearing.” ~University of Minnesota Duluth

Hearing and listening have quite different meanings. Hearing is a passive occurrence that requires no effort. Listening, on the other hand, is a conscious choice that demands your attention and concentration. ~Karen Hellesvig-Gaskell

So bottom line, I think I was pretty right in my initial thoughts, and there are big differences in the two.

What are your thoughts on this?

Lord, May we all learn to Listen and not simply just Hear.

XXOO, Michelle Bollom

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