Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a US public holiday observed on the last Monday in May and often marks the beginning of summer.

Memorial Day’s meaning is to commemorate and pay tribute to soldiers who passed away while serving the military service- the Army, Air-force, Navy, SEALs, among other specialized units.

The holiday was formerly called Decoration Day because Americans decorate the graves of the fallen soldiers with flowers and American flags.

In honor of this day, the American flag is raised to half position until noon, to honor the departed souls. After 12 pm, the flag is hoisted to full staff as a reminder that the nation lives and the country will always honor the sacrifice of the soldiers by fighting for justice for all.

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Thank you to all our soldiers for your service and sacrifices.

Two Important Questions 


Continually ask yourself the following two questions when dealing with others. 

1. Has this person been placed in my life as a GIFT to help me GROW? 

2. Has this person been placed in my life to DERAIL me from my DESTINY?

Evaluate whether your relationships are growing you or simply derailing you. 

Are they faucets pouring into your life or a drain sucking everything out? 

Make sure you are not staying just to be tolerated-good healthy and growing relationships celebrate each other. 

               ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Differences 

Worthy Thought: Don’t let our differences divide us. 


For just as the body is one and yet has many parts, and all the parts, though many, form only one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Holy Spirit we were all baptized into one body, spiritually transformed—united together whether Jews or Greeks Gentiles, slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Holy Spirit since the same Holy Spirit fills each life. ~1 Corinthians 12:12-13 AMP 


         May we all celebrate our differences.  


                   ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Celebration Of New Life 

Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said, The old life is a grass life, its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers; Grass dries up, flowers droop, God’s Word goes on and on forever. This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.  ~1 Peter 22-25 MSG

It has been almost 5 years that I have been on a journey towards the heart of Jesus. However, I can clearly remember the feelings of being lost and broken. I was completely defined by the enemies lies and all of my failures. 

Life had caught up to me. 

I thought I was alone.

For years, I didn’t know who I was, nor what I was capable of becoming. One thing I knew for sure was that I was tired of holding on to life’s wounds and the unworthiness that hovered over me. I was done running. I was finished turning my face away in shame. I was ready to surrender. 

I was ready to start living and I could hear God’s call for me. He was pursuing me. He delivered a reprieve from my old life, a safe place to grieve and a process of growth. 

God has changed me from the inside. He has revealed his goodness to me, and that is where I find value and a place to belong. It is also where I have merit and a purpose to continue on his path for my life.

5 years ago, there was no possible way for me to see any light that existed, let alone, conceive where my life was headed. I was so used to weathering all of the words that depleted me. They were who I was.

Today, I have been blessed with new life. As I prepare to celebrate the last 5 years, I realize how much I have learned, not only about myself, but also about other people.

When God gives new life along with a new heart, we are capable of seeing life, people, and ourselves in a new way. I’ve learned that it doesn’t necessarily matter what a person looks like on the outside, where they’ve been or have come from. 

New life is the experience of something greater. It is the anticipation of what is to come. Life is about understanding the importance of connection, while building relationships like Jesus did through acts of transparency, safety, and acceptance. New life is about living the message of love. It is about understanding we were created for and knowing who we are in Christ. 

~ Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas

How Do You Define A Mom 


Not all who have given birth are mothers, and not all who don’t give birth are childless.  

Today let us celebrate not just moms but also celebrate the foster moms, step moms, mentor moms, dad’s that stepped in as moms, single moms and spiritual moms. 

 May we also not alienate or forget those women hoping for a child, mourning for a child, chose to give up a child, regretfully aborted a child, or never ever wanted a child.

 Just because you may not be a “Mom” as the world defines a Mom, you are no less celebrated or loved today.   
                   ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Pray Without Ceasing 


I got this item in the lead picture while traveling to Israel in 2014.  It is the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic.  

Today is the 65th National Day of Prayer.

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Let us not just remember prayer one day a year, but make it a habit to always pray without ceasing.  ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Rejoice always and delight in your faith; 17 be unceasing and persistent in prayer; 18 in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (AMP)