What a great idea!
Anyone else doing this?
What a great idea!
Anyone else doing this?
I love this Oswald Chambers quote in the lead image.
May we bless the strangers within our gates today and if we all do this we will ultimately bless the world!
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~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
Often times, when I am not looking above, or standing firm in the affirmations of my blessings, I can get caught up in the negative things that surround me.
I forget that I have been chosen and created for more.
I can go after hidden love, the kind I’ll never see in things, or receive by human flesh.
My mind is closed to the loving reproach of the Lord. I miss out, on an abundant life, one that should create a heart full in thankfulness.
Yet, God in his magnificent power, seems to meet me despite the learning I’ve yet to accomplish. He doesn’t condemn me. He gently reminds me that it is an open mind that finds direction.
It is from HIS heart where real love is deposited.
Baring His Beauty,
“Be ready! Be fully dressed and have your lights shining.” Luke 12:35 ERV
I typically look forward to Thanksgiving while preparing for food, connection in relationship, and fellowship amongst family and friends. However, last week, I found myself torn between being thankful for my life as it is, and for those that I knew who would meet the holiday grieved from life’s circumstances.
I have friends and family that find themselves in the midst of experiencing unexpected death of loved ones, unanticipated release from employment, finality of divorce, and seeking answers for unexplained sickness.
Great loss is never an easy journey, and sometimes, trying to come up with words for someone’s loss can seem defeating. How can anyone ever “be ready” for those things?
Personally, I think that deep down, I know that no matter what I say, or heartfelt it is, it won’t compensate for their void. And it won’t take away their pain.
But losses are supposed to be just that. Unfixed. Unfinished. Final.
The problem is that many of us don’t like to accept the finality of things that still need time, need completion, or doesn’t make any sense. Naturally, we like to try and fix things or people, yet it is impossible to fix what is out of our control.
When I look back on my weaknesses, and the emotional pain suffered from my own losses, I find that life didn’t stop because of my circumstances, and time never stood still, even when it felt like it had stopped.
What I did have, in front of me, was a choice. I have always had a choice in front of me. Some things can never be gained in the way of a replacement. They can, however, be significant by the way I choose to look at my life and in the manifestation of how I live my life.
Loss was never intended to be easy, or understood. It always seems to come with some type of price. I find myself continuing to be thankful. Being thankful despite my losses has taught me the purpose of living in the present moment and the importance of everyday moments.
In an unexpected way, loss has shown me how to get ready, and be dressed in the light. It has guided me into what I consider the meaning of what it is to truly live.
May you join me in finding thankfulness for each and every blessing, not forgetting the ones still to come.
~ Baring His Beauty,
If someone were to ask me how things have been and I were to give an honest answer I would probably say things have been tough.
Being in a transition stage of my life and trying to survive in this economy is a battle on its own. But, when you lean into your Father for strength and seek Him in His word diligently and passionately, you will be surprised. He gives you such a peace and a raging fire inside to where you don’t know whether or not you want to roar like a lion or humble yourself in tears from His overwhelming mercy and tenderness.
His joy IS our strength and His word IS our weapon and comfort. If you find yourself in the thickness of life, just run to your Father. Seek Him in His word and trust Him with every fiber of your being. Delight in Him and He will delight in you. He IS good and His mercies are from everlasting to everlasting.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the LORD, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!” Psalms 103:1-22 NKJV
~ Thomas Joel Trevino
I remember the day I found out about you. A smile still emerges. And even though it was unexpected, I found myself sweetly delighted and anticipated your coming.
I became a bit nervous over the small age difference that would lie between you and your brother. And I often wondered if I would have the energy to chase after you both.
Naturally, fear caused me to question many things; but mostly, I questioned myself and my ability at being a great mother.
It wouldn’t take long before the idea of you settled, and so did the joy within the secret places of my heart.
After hearing the sound of your heartbeat, for the first time, there was a confirmation that provided comfort to my soul. I would sit back and patiently wait to hear that distinct swishing noise mixed with the sounds of my own heartbeat.
It was a duet, sweetly arranged, and beautifully spoken between us both. And I found my soul needing to search for it over and over again.
You were alive inside of me, and though our lives weren’t connected by the outside world, we shared the same breath, it was the one breathed into us both.
There was peace knowing [that my body] offered [yours] a covering of protection. It was like a cleansing rain that washed over all doubt.
I found myself getting lost and easily entertained by your mystery.
What would you be like? Would you mirror me?
Would I be yours as you were already mine?
Additionally…I questioned if it would be possible to love you as much as I already loved your brother? How could I love more when my heart was already so full?
I didn’t grasp that love is immeasurable by height or depth.
Love just IS.
It was clear.
There was no question.
You were love.
Part one. Please join me next Tuesday for the rest of the message.
~ Baring His Beauty
“Then the man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.'” (Genesis 32:28)
After pretending to be his older brother Esau, stealing his birthright and his blessing, and spending 21 years estranged from his family, Jacob finally decides to return home and face Esau once again.
On his way home, before he meets with Esau, Jacob wrestles with God. At first, Jacob doesn’t even really know it’s God, but he is grabbed by something. Many scholars believe this was an encounter with the pre-incarnate Jesus.
The two of them wrestle until daybreak. At this point, Jacob is suffering from a broken hip. Then the Man demands for Jacob to let Him go. But Jacob replies, “I will not let you go unless you bless me” (Genesis 32:26).
Jacob is determined. The same tenacity that made him a schemer, a con man, and a deceiver is now working for him because he has it focused on the right ambition.
The Man asks Jacob his name. Remember, Jacob had been blessed by Isaac through pretending to be Esau. But he is no longer trying to be blessed through deception. He tells the Man his name, and that’s when God blesses him and gives him a new name.
God gives him the name Israel, which means triumphant with God. Jacob doesn’t just get a new name — he gets a new identity.
Our culture plays a huge role in defining our view of success, self-worth, and beauty, but God has a different view. You may think you have to be someone you’re not in order to get where you want to go.
The truth is, God can only bless who you really are, not who you pretend to be.
You will never get what you’re after if you’re always trying to get it by being someone or something you’re not. God has a destiny unique to you. Don’t settle for someone else’s blessings when God wants to give you your own.
~ Thomas Joel Trevino