Kind Wise And Gracious 

The Lord is kind, wise, and gracious to all; he is never mean, foolish, or demanding; he meets & and accepts each of us right where we are, takes us by the hand, and leads us onward and upward into our heavenly places. 
We walk right beside him; we sit right beside him; we talk with him face to face any moment we so choose, as long as we are willing to let him lead the way and have his way in us.

The Lord is kind. He is gentle. He is meek. He has not dealt with us according to our sins but according to his goodness and grace. Although he is firm and unyielding as regards to his glory and his ways, he is never harsh with us.

The Lord is wise. He knows just just how to deal with any given person or situation. He can compensate for our weaknesses and build us up in our strengths. He knows how to deal with enemies and with friends, with his family and with strangers. Nothing is too difficult for him. We will prevail if we learn to do his will, his way, in his time.

The Lord is gracious to all. He treats us all with the utmost respect and consideration. He will not violate our free will or force himself into our lives; we must invite him in. He treats us as if we are wise and noble and good, even as he is working those qualities into us.  
We need not fear his rejection. Let us not reject his kind initiatives in our lives and we will grow to be just as kind, wise, and gracious as he is.

             ~Brad Heilhecker 

How To Better The Earth 

Earth Day is a day that is recognized to help better our planet Earth. 

             It is every year on April 22nd. 

Restored Ministries for the last couple of years have gathered in groups to go serve, pray, bless, and love on others in our community.

This year we are not having meet up locations but we are encouraging everyone – everywhere to join in on BringHeaven2EarthDay2017 

What does #BringHeaven2EarthDay look like?

It is going out into your communities and neighborhoods to bless those around you.  
It is blessing and loving on those in your own family or household. 
It is showing others simple acts of love and kindness.
It is bringing the light of Christ into someone’s darkness.  
It is buying someone’s coffee or lunch.
It is holding the door open.
It is giving a smile and a helping hand.
It is visiting those suffering or alone.
It is mowing someone’s yard.
It is giving someone a ride.
It is passing out cards of encouragement.
It is visiting those in the nursing home, hospital, prison or jail. 
It is volunteering at a food kitchen, a church, or an organization. 

It is anything that you can think of that can help someone else and to us that is how we believe we can ultimately better our planet Earth.

Get creative and share on all Social Media with us by using the hashtag

#BringHeaven2EarthDay2017 

        ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Set Apart 

  
I entered the local Feed Store to get food for my pets when I heard all this “chirp chirp” noise in the middle aisles of the building. I got so excited thinking it’s almost spring time and that means new chicks and ducklings are for sale. 

I quickly got what I needed and headed over to the glorious sound of the baby chicks. 

Immediately, I noticed one chick all by itself and separated from the others in a huge container. I asked the feed store worker why she was all alone. He said she must have hurt her foot on the move to the feed store. My heart sank as I looked closely at her back right leg dragging behind her as she attempted to move forward. I thought immediately: I have to pray for a miracle for her leg and foot to stand up right and have no more pain!! 

So I did!! 

Some things are not to be shared with everyone to hear out loud. I prayed in my head with intense focus, looking at her back leg! Right after I prayed I watched to see if the little yellow chick jumped up and started running around flapping its tiny wings in a happy healing dance. 

No such luck. She was exactly the same dragging her leg behind her looking lonelier than ever. My next step was to ask to pick her up and seal the deal. 

Just then I hear this lady who was across from the chick pens say, “I will take that hurt chick over there!”. I interrupted her and the attendant, asking, “What are you going to do with her she has a hurt foot?”. “Oh, she will be fine. I will take care of her.” The lady smiled saying, “She will be raised to lay eggs and maybe I will sell her to lay eggs for someone else.

I wanted to go hug her. But I stopped myself. I have to go back there every month to get food for my animals. 
Yeah!!! You are her answer to prayer. I just prayed God would take care of her and now you are taking care of her!!” I shouted back to her!! I didn’t mention my inner chick prayer that included a miraculous healed leg with a spontaneous jump for joy flap. 

I drove home and thanked God that He sent this lady to help take care of the hurt chick. I immediately started thinking how this lady would not have even noticed this chick if it wasn’t separated and struggling with a hurt leg. 
Because the chick was “set apart”, she was chosen by the lady specifically to help the chick heal and be given extra care and love. 

I felt God speaking to my heart. 

He whispered to me. 
Kelley, when you think you are all alone and hurting separated all by yourself. 

You are not. I am actually drawing you closer to Me. I don’t make bad things happen. I am immediately there when the trials come. I will pick you up and care for you. Feed you and help you get back on your feet. 

Sometimes miracles can happen suddenly and sometimes they are a perfected process happening in my safe hands of love and attention. 

We are set apart at times so that we can easily be seen by others to help and God in the process of healing. We are strategically identified as one who needs a little extra TLC by our loving Creator and those who are called by Him to be His helpers. 


We are stronger together!

Set apart, 

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

Celebrate Each Other 

  
He was sent to us

He was in our care

He slipped through

The cracks

Of distraction…

The cares of this

World and despair 

Strangling us

To his plea

Oh

My

God

!!!

Help us to hear

To see

To listen

And 

Rush to

The rescue

Of 

The hurting

The Ian’s 

That need

Friendship

Acknowledgment 

Recognition

Validation

Visibility

Compassion 

Acceptance

Kindness

A “like”

A comment

A visitation 

Comrades 

We must

Celebrate 

Each other

Before

Eternity

Takes us away

❤️Krystal Lynne 

Compassion That Compels

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It started with a letter and a sweater…

It’s a simple mission, really. We want to reach every woman battling cancer with Compassion Bags. I used to think viral was something very bad; that is, unless it’s social media related. Since July 2013 after a Facebook post “went viral,” we’ve blessed 1289 BEAUTIFUL women battling cancer in 35 states. Compassion That Compels and Compassion Bags started with a letter, sweater and my two sisters-in-law and sister’s cancer diagnosis in a span of four years. To every good story, there’s always a backstory…

I watched through the day as sunbeams moved across the waiting room like solar spotlights, settling along the length of a piece of furniture, highlighting its occupant’s emotions. The day had passed and I was alone in the hospital waiting room. I’d read and reread my sister-in-law’s letter. Her words were written in red. “I want you to know I’m secure and very peaceful with you being here waiting on me to wake up. So while you’re in the waiting room, you show someone your heart and make their wait a little more peaceful.”

My thumb ran imaginary creases across the folds of the letter. Rather than waiting on a call, I made my way to the recovery room and slipped past the nurse’s station. The chorus of beeps and bleeps emitting from machines guided me to Sonja’s lone bed. “Sonja, I’m here.” I watched her fingers pull lightly against the sheets. “Kristianne, I knew you’d come. I kept calling for you but I knew you’d come. I’m so cold.”

I pillaged every piece of wheeled furniture around me for a blanket with no success. My eyes fell to my bag and a wrinkled cardigan sweater. I picked it up and laid it weave-like under and over the tubes that disappeared within the sheets, and into my precious sister-in-law.

I didn’t know it at the time but what started with a letter, a sweater, and my two sisters-in law and sister’s cancer battles; began my Bible studies and ministry, Compassion That Compels.

BAG: Anyone who has walked through cancer or alongside a cancer overcomer has at one time stuffed their clothes into an oversized plastic bag, closely resembling a reusable cold bag.

JESUS CALLING DEVOTIONAL: God’s word reminds you, a cancer overcomer, that you are first an overcomer in Christ.

WARM BLANKET: Covers you with God’s love. And besides, if you’re not freezing, the person next to you probably is.

SCRIPTURE TEA: Because hospital coffee at 6 pm is often thick as glue.

REUSABLE MUG: For when even coffee glue can’t be found.

JOURNAL: To record those thoughts just between you and God.

SCRIPTURE CANDY SOFT MINTS: During treatment your mouth is always dry or suddenly becomes dry when you see a doctor approaching with your chart in hand.

NOTEBOOK & PEN: To phonetically write down all those big, Latin sounding words that confirm this won’t go away with antibiotics and wish you’d paid more attention in science class.

CHICK-FIL-A GIFT CARD: Just to get away from a hospital or treatment center to a land flowing with sweet tea and nugget sauce.

I am a stranger and a temporary resident on the earth; hide not Your commandments from me. Psalm 119:19 AMP

This life is just a waiting room. So while you’re in the waiting room, do what Sonja wanted everyone to do — show your heart.
~Agape, Kristianne

Words are Kristianne’s art. A deliberate stringing of words becomes one of the highest forms of human expression when it gives a voice to the heart. Kristianne’s heart for helping spiritual sisters create a life well lived in Christ is reflected in her discipleship ministry and Bible studies..

Kristianne Stewart is a writer, speaker and founder of Compassion That Compels. Compassion That Compels is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides Compassion Bags to BEAUTIFUL women battling cancer. Her life of love is filled to overflowing for her husband Royal, and their daughters Grace and Annelise. Collecting people and gardening are among her passions. Painting lives in brilliant hues of God’s love and compassion is her purpose.
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