Dare To Dream 

What Dreams do you have? 


Sometimes opportunities can come and reveal Dreams that we had forgot we had. 


We must Dream Big and Pray Big! 


Surround yourself with Dream Pushers not Dream Crushers. 


How can we pray for you and your Dreams? 


                ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Worthy Thought Wednesday

Every Wednesday we have #WorthyThoughtWednesday by Angela Lipe-Pattengill.

Be sure to check out our link here to catch up on any Worthy Thoughts you may have missed. 

Follow the ( #) hashtag #WorthyThoughtWednesday on Facebook and Twitter too! 

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

ABC’s Of Faith 


I recently listened to a sermon series and heard the pastor refer to the ABC’s or building blocks of Faith.

The building blocks of Faith 

A-agree

B-believe

C-confess

The word of God over your life and circumstances in order to build your faith.  

I got an image of a child playing with blocks and how sometimes they are put out of order. Like for example the C first, which sometimes we do have to confess the word in order to begin to really believe the word and to finally come into total agreement with the word.  

I loved this visual and simple analogy.   

Sometimes it is not enough to just believe, we must agree and confess also. It doesn’t matter what order they come in as long as you have these basic ABC’s. 

So I encourage you; when you are unsure of your circumstances or how something could possibly ever turn around or change – go to your building blocks- come back to the ABC’s of Faith. Begin to Agree, Believe, and Confess the Word of God over your life and circumstances and you will see your Faith build and grow. 

Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see. 

I dare you- I double dog dare you to give it a try! 

for we walk by faith, not by sight living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises—   ~2 Corinthians 5:7 AMP 
               ~XXOO Michelle Bollom

The Lord’s Prayer Challenge 

  
My family and I are doing this Challenge during the Lent Season that begins tomorrow and runs to Easter Sunday. We are hoping to make this become a new daily routine. 

We are not about removing the same ole things (sweets, fried foods, sodas, junk foods, etc.) as much as our focus is about adding some new practices to grow deeper in the Lord.  

We are reciting the short version upon waking and before going to bed each day and we are setting an alarm for mid day or lunch time to recite the longer version daily.  

This will be in addition to our regular quiet and devotion time we practice already. 

We are hoping that it will allow us to go much deeper in prayer by praying the Lord’s Prayer differently and daily.  

Join us! ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

*Set alarm and recite these 3 X a day during Lent

Short version 

Morning/Night 

My Heavenly Father, may Your name be holy in me,

May Your kingdom rule my life

May Your will control me

May You be sovereign on earth as You are in heaven

Give me daily bread for today’s need

Forgive my debts as I forgive my debtors

Lead me not into temptation

Protect me from the evil one

Your kingdom rules in my life, Your power can do anything, and Your glory is forever and ever. Amen

Longer version 

Middle Day/Lunch Time 

Our Father who art in heaven… May Your name be hallowed in my duties today… As Your name is hallowed in heaven.

Thy kingdom come… May You reign in my life on earth as You rule heaven.

Thy will be done… In my studying… Teaching… Counseling… As Your will is done perfectly in heaven. 

Give me daily bread… For my physical strength… For all my needs this day.

Forgive me my sins… And the consequences of my sins… Including my actions and intent… And forgive others as You have forgiven me.

Lead me not into temptation… Don’t let sin overwhelm me, but give me victory today.

Deliver me from the evil one… Protect me from physical and spiritual harm.

For thine is the kingdom… I recognize Your sovereign control of my life.

For thine is the power… I recognize Your ability to do these things.

For thine is the glory… I give You credit for every answer.

In Jesus’ name…

Amen. 

Taken from book: Praying The Lord’s Prayer For Spiritual Breakthrough by Elmer L. Towns 

Steadily And Deeply 

  
Steadily and Deeply. Those two words jumped out at me today. 

My first 40 day fasting experience is almost over.  It really has been steady and deep.  
I did not think I could ever do this.  
Which, in actuality, I really didn’t.  
It was ALL God that did it!

I just obeyed Him and the Spirit and stopped giving in to my flesh. 
When we begin to live in that Altar’d state, we will begin to live so much more steadily and deeply.  

Today’s verse is: 

This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in Him, and He in us: He’s given us life from His life, from His very own Spirit. Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent His Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. ~ 1 John 4:13 

Lord, thank You for steady and deep. Thank You for the guidance and leading to do this fast. I not only have reaped so many health benefits, but the spiritual growth has been phenomenal. Thank You that when I take trust off myself and place it rightfully on You where it should be, You can work on my behalf.  

                ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Strength For The Journey 

  
I am half way through my fasting experience. I can’t say it has been easy or effortless; but I can say it has been much easier than I imagined and so very worth it.  

The scale is down almost 20 pounds. I feel so much better. My time with God is like on steroids! I can hear Him so clearly now. I have developed a much deeper spiritual walk and a deeper love for God and His word.   

God is continuing to be faithful.  

Today is 24 for 24.  

I love this verse!

If you are right with God, He strengthens you for the journey; the Eternal will be pleased with your life.~ Psalm 37:23 The VOICE 

Lord, strengthen me for the journey. May I always seek To obey You and Your word so that I am always in right-standing with You. Continue to remove my flesh responses and replace them with only Spirit responses. Thank You for Your faithfulness, Your mercy, and Your grace. Help me to continue to run my race well. Amen. 

                     ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 
  

Story

  
 

Define

Story can be defined as an account of past events in someone’s life or in the evolution of something.

 

Affirm

Psalms 107:2 “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe.

 

Recall

Yesterday’s post encouraged me to write today’s post. Stephanie asked us the following question “Have you released the power and freedom that comes with telling people what God has done in your life”

 

God has been so amazing in my life he has helped me in so many ways and maybe he has helped you too. I decided to quantify my experiences by using the words below.

 

My life has changed from:

 

Adversity to Adequacy

Broken to Blessed

Calamity to Calmness

Defiant to Destiny

Empty to Evolved

Fearful to Fearless

Guilty to Guilt-free

Hardened to Humility

Inadequacy to Inspired

Judgement to Joy

Knocked-out to Knowledgeable

Lonely to Loved

Miserable to Motivated

Neglected to Nourished

Offended to Obedient

Pain to Promise

Quarrels to Quenched

Rejected to Renewed

Sorrow to Saved

Tormented to Talented

Undeserving to Unified

Victimized to Victorious

Worried to Whole

Yucky to Youthful

Zapped to Zealous

 

My life has evolved so much within this past year; because I made a choice to give it over to GOD. I became free a year ago and I am redeemed. God encourages the redeemed to share their story as well. How has God changed your life?

 

 

 

Exercise:

Dear God,

Thank you for being so amazing in my life. Thank you so much for showing up so amazingly and abundantly more than I could ask or ever think. I love you!

 

Commit to the challenge. I DARE you.

                      Lereca Monik

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Train 

  

 

Define

Train can mean to teach a particular skill or type of behavior through practice and instruction over a period of time.

 

Affirm

Proverbs 22: 6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

 

Recall

When I became a parent, I began to appreciate all parents more. Parenthood, although one of life’s greatest blessings- can also be one of life’s greatest challenges. When you become a parent, you aren’t given a manual that gives you step by step instructions on how to parent a child. In fact, every day you are learning as your child is growing.    

 

Because, I wanted to be the best parent I could be, I began to reflect on things that contributed to my foundation. I thought about the many things that were instilled in me that molded my values, developed my character, and shaped the person I am today.

 

My assessment was narrowed down to the 4 P’s below. We should teach our children to: 

1. Pray– When we teach our children to pray, we are teaching them how to develop a personal relationship with GOD. We are also teaching them about the importance of casting all cares, fears, obstacles, and situations to him. Additionally children learn that they can unlock GOD’s power through prayer and conversation with him.  

 

2. Praise– We should teach our children to praise god and to also give others praise. When we teach children the power of praise and worship, we teach them how to love and express gratitude to GOD. We teach them how to open their hearts to letting the spirit fill them. When children praise GOD that are adding covering over all aspects of their lives. When children learn how to praise others, you plant the seed of servant leadership. You nurture the idea of honoring, appreciating, and motivating other people.

 

3. Promote– We should teach our children to promote the well-being of others. Biblical we are called to serve and help others. Fostering a Christ-like behavior is necessary for a fulfilled life. When children learn to serve and promote others at an early age, they learn the importance of aligning with something that is greater than them.

 

4. Pamper– We should teach our children to pamper themselves. In life, so many of us help others but often neglect pampering ourselves. To pamper yourself, helps you to learn about the importance of self-care. When we teach our children how to pamper themselves, we teach them the importance of the relaxing of one’s body, the renewing of one’s mind, and the rejuvenations of one’s spirit.

 

There is so much negatively going on in today society. Children need our support, they need our guidance, and they need our training. You don’t have to be a parent to influence a child. I was told it takes a village to raise a child. Yes, but it takes the power of GOD to offer sound instruction to our children to keep them protected and covered. When we teach children the 4 P’s we equip them to be powerful. When you are in a position to teach a child, I challenge you to show them how to embrace one of the 4 P’s- your life will never be the same and neither will theirs. When we train our children right, when they are older, they will not turn from it. I know- I am a product of it!  

 

Today, we need you to take a stand to train a child right. I DARE you.

 

Exercise:

Dear God,

Thank you so much for showing me how to be an example for children. Thank you for helping me to connect deeply with you so that I can portray your love and instruction for all children. Moments when I fall short- please ignite your power to keep me properly aligned.  

 

Commit to the challenge. I DARE you.

           ~ Lereca Monik 

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Discernment

  
Define

Discernment can be defined as the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure; an act of perceiving something; a power to see what is not evident to the average mind.” 

 

Affirm

Hebrews 5:14 “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” 

 

Recall

A girlfriend and I got into a conversation about portraying a Christ-like attitude. In our conversation, we had varying positions being Christ-like. My belief about Christ is that he prayed for himself and others; but Christ was always an action. Christ helped, healed, gave, rebuked, calmed, delivered, refined, improved, influenced, and taught just to name a few.  

 

My position in our conversation was that when Christ could help someone in need, he would do just that. I made the statement that as Christians we should try to be more Christ-like. I gave the example that often we as Christians will often tell others we will pray for them- when in fact, we have the power to help them (offer an act of service). My friend made a statement, well I always ask GOD for discernment before I help others. She then said even if I could help someone, that doesn’t mean I will.  

 

Her statements confused me. Honestly, I was quiet uncomfortable with her statement because a few months prior- I had asked her for help (and I really needed the help). She didn’t understand that I was in dire need, although I explained to her that I was. I thought to myself, maybe she prayed for discernment. I was confused by the true meaning of discernment so of course I sought GOD. Here’s what I learned.

 

1. Discernment is a gift. Just like other gifts given by GOD, some of us were graced with the gift of discernment. Those with the gift of discernment can recognize authenticity and are good judges of the character of others and can easily differentiate good vs evil.

 

2. Discernment is GOD led. The Holy Spirit will lead us or give us direction in a specific matter if we seek him. In order for us to receive his direction, we must spend time with the spirit and the spirit will guide us.  

 

3. Discernment is not the same as judgment. We often judge people, places, and positions based on what we see, what we have experienced, what we have been told, and what we perceive. Discernment frees us from past and helps us compassionately step into the present.  

 

After researching more about discernment, I learned that I didn’t clearly understand the power of discernment. I am so glad I did the research because I learned so much. I learned that human nature often causes us to judge someone else’s circumstances based on what we think their experiences are, we even sometimes judge others based on our own experiences. I learned that many of us are gifted with discernment from GOD and is a gift that if not used to give GOD the glory- our gifts might be diluted. Lastly I learned that we must rely on the Holy Spirit to help us when we need discernment over a situation or circumstance (discernment is not like a wild card- you actually must spend time seeking GOD’s wisdom).  


Maybe you too have judged someone and confused judging them as discernment. Maybe you too want to develop more of a Christ-like (action) attitude towards others. Maybe you want to gain more wisdom and develop a more discerning spirit.  

 

If this is you, I challenge you to ask GOD to show you how to better understand discernment- so that you can apply it to all areas of your life. Discernment is truth. Discernment is real. Discernment is present. Discernment is good. Discernment is seeing how God sees. May GOD help us to see things how he sees them. Spending time with him will help us learn how to distinguish good from evil. Let’s continue to seek GOD together in the area of discernment. I DARE You.

 
Exercise:

Dear God,

Thank you for helping me better understand discernment. Please help me to be free from judging others and help me to rest in your love when making decisions. I am so grateful your spirit will help me compassionately make Christ-like decisions.  
         ~Lereca Monik 

 

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Tithe

  

Define

Tithe can be defined as one tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the church and clergy or a tenth of a specified thing.

 

Affirm

Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”

 

Recall

Tithing seems like an ambiguous concept, especially when you are affected by the ebbs and flows of life. What this means to me is that some of us experience transitions that affect our lives and we get caught up in feeling like we are unable to tithe. I don’t know about you; but at moments in my life, in which my finances are affected- I get a little uncomfortable about my budget and I waver back in forth in my mind about my tithes.  

 

A few weeks ago, I was thinking about tithing. I was thinking….God I just want to be faithful. I didn’t have a clear understanding about tithing. In my quest for a deeper understanding, I learned that tithe can be one tenth of your earnings; but it can also be one tenth of a specific thing. The one tenth of a specific thing caught my attention….sometimes life requires us to be more strategic about how we honor GOD.    

 

So here’s what I decided…I will honor GOD with one tenth of what he’s given me. I will give him- no matter how I feel- one tenth of my income, one tenth of my time, and one tenth of my talents. I want to be intentional about giving him what he has blessed me with.  

 

You guys, I know life happens. Maybe you experienced moments of transition this year and like me, you were thinking about your tithes. Maybe you experienced: a layoff, a divorce, the loss of your home, the birth of a child, a new health condition, fostering new children, or a new bill.  

 

As we are approaching the holiday season, the enemy wants to show us what we don’t have; but our GOD is bigger than the enemy and GOD will show you what he will do. Do not allow the enemy’s distractions detach you from GOD’s promise for your life. Today is a new day and you can reattach yourself to his promise- I encourage you to honor GOD with your tithes-one tenth of what he has blessed you with.  

 

Join me in the 90-day tithe challenge. Put GOD to the test. He asks us to. I DARE You.

 

Let us know your results! We look forward to hearing from you.  

 

Exercise:

Dear God,

Thank you for your undying love. Please help me to be faithful with my tithes. Your word promises me that you will open the floodgates of heaven- I believe it and I receive it. I love you.  

~Lereca Monik 
  

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