Comfort 


Just as there is comfort food, I think there are “comfort people“. 

The people you long to be with – the ones that help you take a breath and love your life. 

                       ~Susie Davis

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Tearing Down The Wall 

I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the Lord.~ Ezekiel 13:14 

I heard a great message today about the walls that are created in relationships and within ourselves. I was reminded that even the veil that separated God’s presence from his people, in the temple, was torn in two at the moment of Jesus’s death. 

I couldn’t help but to think about the walls that I have built over the years. Barriers had kept me separated from my heavenly father and from the people in my life. I used the empty space as a shield before me, around me, and in between my heart and God’s. At times, I did this unknowingly and other times it was intentional. I was afraid and needed to keep people from getting too close. 

I knew about relationships; they hurt! It was easier to keep people at a distance than to let them in to access the sacred places of my heart.

However, one thing I didn’t know was that God is the maker of all relationships. 

He wanted a relationship with me. 

He wanted me to have one with those around me. 

He wanted me exposed, bare and open, leveled, so that I could experience the greatest relationship. 

As I surrendered to the fear and pain, the Lord began to teach me the importance of having relationships and taught me the value in becoming vulnerable. 

I’ve discovered who God is. I’ve learned about others. And I have discovered things about myself, while tending to the wounded places in my heart. One of the most powerful lessons so far has been finding out that we all, deep down, desire to experience relationship.

~ Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas 

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

The Grace Of The Dance 

Maybe I should get out of bed and go to work. Maybe I should visit that church down the street. I don’t feel quite at ease; maybe I should talk to God and try to figure out what is going on in my heart.

Sometimes we wait for God to speak to us unmistakably and dramatically, when he is waiting on us to come to him in our quiet moments before the drama starts and before loud commands are needed to get our attention.

The problem may lie in our perception of God. We may see him as a God that needs to make himself dramatically known. We may see him as a God that is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to save the day and swoop in to deliver us in our hour of crisis. Maybe we need to see him as he was with Adam and Eve in the garden, walking and talking with them in the cool of the day, just enjoying sweet communion with his beloved.

Maybe he knows that if we only come to him in our moments of crisis, then our hearts really aren’t ready for a mature relationship with him. How do we feel when those we love only come to us when they are in a crisis and need something from us? We may help those we love when they are in need, but I think we would much prefer that they would come and develop a relationship with us before things in their life get out of hand. Randy Travis has a song that includes a line, “find the Lord before you need him”. Wise words, indeed!

Maybe we need to realize that Our God is a friendly God that likes having friends. Abraham was called a friend of God. Moses had an intimate face to face relationship with God. Enoch walked with God and pleased God and was saved from death. John was a disciple that Jesus loved, and his writings flow with intimate descriptions of Christ and insightful commands regarding walking in love and unity with God. 

We have heard it said that we need to listen for the still, small voice of God. It is true; the Almighty likes to whisper to us; he likes to nudge us in the right direction, and he delights when we become sensitive to his gentle ways and learn to dance with him.

Watch the artistic moves of the loving couple on the dance floor. The woman moves with her partner, and you never see a forceful, or clumsy manipulation by the man. They have learned to move as one. They have become accustomed to the grace of the dance. It is a delight to behold. It must be a delight to the dancers themselves. Let us learn to dance with Our Father.

                       ~ Brad Heilhecker 

Stand Up For The Wounded 


Scars don’t equal shame;

Strength comes from experience,

Memories you want to forget

And keep buried in the past;

Your past doesn’t define you

The One who breathed life

Into your ocean, giving you depth does;

Your past doesn’t have to break you,

It can make you stronger;

I admit I’m weak, but I have a strong God,

Therefore, in Him, I am strong;

I won’t let anything in this world take me down,

For I am His and not of this world,

Therefore, I will not be shaken 

By the constant attacks of the enemy,

For he wants to destroy me because he knows

God has a plan and purpose for my life-

A destiny that only I can fulfill, with His help;

I have wasted too much time already

And don’t want to have anymore regrets,

So I accept the challenge

I will be bold and fight the good fight

For my good Father who has called me

To go on this journey with Him;

I know it will not be easy, and at times 

I will want to quit, but I must remember 

Who I am and whose I am,

Trusting that God knows what He’s doing;

I want to reflect ONLY Him in my life,

To those who live in darkness-

A world encompassed in fear and shame,

Feeling trapped within their mind,

Like they can’t escape the pain;

No one deserves to walk alone

We must stand up for the wounded,

Leading their tired souls to God-

The only One who can mend their brokenness.

             ~Bethany Anne 

You Reign – Part 1

  

Friendly Tip: Beauty for Ashes because You Reign

 

Earlier this year, I declared victory over my life. I asked for a QUANTUM LEAP. I asked for FAVOR. I asked for COURAGE. I asked for GRACE. I asked for CLARITY. I was being called to move into my next level. I felt as if I would soon experience ELEVATION. I embraced it and remained committed to the process.    

 

I kept hearing “You Reign” and I translated “You Reign” into “We Reign.” At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t clear about my message; but I went with it anyways.

 

I was led to come from “Behind the Smile.” Behind the Smile, was a series reminding all of us that we do not have to be enslaved to our past. It is also a reminder that we will all experience a moments of feeling hurt, being hurt, or hurting others. This hurt helps us grow as people, it also helps us relate more effectively with others. Thank you for allowing me to relate more with you.  

 

Once I came from “Behind the Smile” it became apparent that I needed to “Bring the Smile.” “Bring the Smile” is my commitment to posting with a purpose- and I gave birth to 11am Smiles. You may follow me on Facebook to get my 11am Smiles. You can find me at Lereca Monik.

 

Through this, I am learning more about my purpose which is “Beyond my Smile.” “Beyond my Smile” is my WHY for living. I was given a platform to connect and relate to more people, which is beyond me. I think it all started here, as I minister to you, I minister to myself! Our latter will be greater!

 

Please join me next Monday, as I unveil his promise- my platform. I hope that you will see how your life can be transformed if you declare victory, remain obedient, operate in love, and be willing to do the work.  

 

We were all born for greatness; we are born to be queens and kings- so stop living otherwise! Experience greatness, put your crown on your head, and reclaim your seat on the throne, “We Reign,…You Reign…Let’s Reign together.”  

 

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:3 “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting the Lord, that he might be glorified.”

 

Friendly Activity:

• Make a list of everything from your past that is haunting you.  

• Pray over those past pains.  

• Make a list of everything you are grateful for (thank GOD out loud for them)

• Make a list of your hidden dreams (Dream Big)

• Ask GOD (out loud) for FAVOR in those area

 

He will trade your ashes in for beauty, if you chose to find rest in him.  

Good Night Friend.

~Lereca Monik 
 

Emptiness

  
 

Define

Emptiness can be defined as the state of containing nothing; the quality of lacking meaning; or the quality of having no value or purpose.  

 

Affirm:  

Psalms 23: 

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

 

 

Recall:  

When Michelle, asked me share stories on Restored Ministries, I initially thought about what my platform needed to be. I think I really overly thought about what her followers wanted me to write about. Now that I have been sharing stories for nearly 10 months–during this time, I have learned that people need authenticity. People need disciples that are REAL. People need to know that they are not alone in life’s journey. People need…real people…sharing…real stories…about…real life dilemmas. So in my quest to be real, authentic, and open- I invite you learn more about me.

 

For years, I was an addict of perfection. I wanted to look perfect. I wanted my life to appear perfect. I wanted perfect parents. I wanted to meet the perfect person. I wanted the perfect job. I wanted the perfect friends. I wanted the perfect relationship with GOD. This need to be perfect was just a manifestation of insecurities that was embraced over the years. This need for a “perfect” life kept me stuck, depressed, lonely, and often feeling empty.    

 

No matter how perfect I looked or it looked or how perfected I wanted it- I always was seeking more or something better. I could not accept that in my quest for perfection, I was truly living in emptiness. So then I embraced empty relationships, empty friendships, empty career choices, empty conversations, and empty expectations…the list can go on and on.  

 

Although, everything looked good, a piece of me was missing. I felt like a piece of my soul was missing. I blamed my emptiness on things like: 

• Losing my mom at an early age.

• Blaming myself for having an alcohol addiction.

• Manipulating people with my tenderness only for personal gain.

• Aborting a child that I might not ever know. 

• Not having the friendships that I wanted or just flat out not being a good friend.

• Living in guilt because of sexual immortality and creating soul ties that become soul burdens.

• Giving up on my dreams.  

• Being dissatisfied with my daily routine- whatever it was at the time, work, family, social life, school, etc. 

 

When I began thinking about life and the life I wanted to design for myself. I realized my life was empty because I selfishly had carnal desires of the heart. Carnal desires will leave you feeling empty. I was tired of emptiness. Just like the readers of RESTORED are hoping to connect to a real person, I was seeking something real.    

 

I knew my life would only be satisfied with encountering GOD and developing a more perfected- not perfect relationship with him. I knew that I could not any longer seek fleshly relationships- I need a spiritual breakthrough. I didn’t know where to start; but I started in Psalms 23.  

 

I meditated and studied PSALMS 23 for several days. In this passage, it helped me understand that sheep are helpless without their shepherd. The shepherd is the protector of his sheep. And just like the sheep, we are helpless with our shepherd- the Lord thy GOD.   

 

The passage begins with…”The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” As a sheep (child) in the Shepherd’s (fathers) care, we can rest in knowing that we will lack nothing. If you are experiencing emptiness in your life, or if you ever come to a point where you are feeling empty, please rest in this scripture. Spend time in Psalms 23.  

 

You no longer need to fill empty, GOD promises that your cup will runneth over! Let GOD restore you, lead you, comfort you, and anoint you.    

So it is! Commit to the change. I DARE YOU!

 

 

Exercise:

Dear God,

 

Thank you for showing me the empty spaces in my life. Thank you for helping me find rest in your scripture and restoration in my life. Please keep me on the path of living a fulfilled life. Thank you for your goodness and mercy. I love you.

              ~ Lereca Monik
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Never Leave A Life Unkissed 

 

 


I should have missed her sooner….
Sobering words from a friend
Wisdom sometimes tardy
Can our hearts break…
Before a tragedy occurs
Can we listen and lean
On the words spoken
Yet unheard
When someone is dying
From loneliness
Must we rush pass 
Their loss and reminisce
As if it were a holiday
Christmas
Can be so solemn
When alone
Missing the life
She never had
And now
Never will
These things
Ought not be so
Because you 
Never know 
Who needs you
Let us love
Like we miss 
And never leave
A life unkissed
By Christ’s kindness
Being extended
Through our 
Precious time
For such a 
Time as this

❤️Krystal Lynne 


What’s in Your Tank? Are You Filled To Satisfaction?

A sated man loathes honey, But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet. ~Proverbs 27:7 NASB

 

For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. ~ Jeremiah 31:25 KJV

 

Sated-having one’s appetite completely satisfied
Satiate-to satisfy (an appetite or desire) fully. To satisfy to excess. Filled to satisfaction.
Satiety- the state of being satiated. Replenish- to supply fully. To fill or build up again.
Satisfy- to cause (someone) to be happy or pleased: to provide, do, or have what is required
Indolence-an inclination not to do work or engage in activities; Laziness

 

Recently the Lord has been giving me the word “Satiate” It was one of those crazy downloads He likes to do lately, so I write the word down, then I held onto it for weeks. Then He tries to get my attention with scripture verses I see, books I am reading, or hearing someone say “Satiate”, so I know it is time to UNWRAP the word and verses.

 

The verse in Proverbs, listed above, caught my eye because of the word sated, which I knew right away, was off my “God Word” Satiate. I was confused by why a sated man would loathe honey? So I decided to dig deeper. I found this description of the verse in the Pulpit Commentary. “Self-restraint increases enjoyment; over-indulgence produces satiety, fatigue, and indolence.” Well here I was thinking Satiate was a good thing, but in this commentary it describes over-indulgence produces satiety. So if Satiate is to satisfy, and to satisfy is to cause someone to be happy or pleased, then I knew satiate could be used in a good way or in a bad way. It was all about the balance. Sort of like what kind of gas are you filling up in your tank? They can both fill it, but which is best or most beneficial for you. When stress comes and you turn to the cake (cheap gas) instead of God, (good gas) which is going to give you lasting results? Which choice benefits us and our waistlines in the long haul? And then I noticed satiety was grouped with fatigue and indolence. I knew what fatigue was, but indolence. Well I had to look that up and found it is just a fancy word for lazy.

 

So to over indulge in something can satisfy in excess (satiety), keep us tired (fatigued) or just keep us lazy (indolence); so I knew God was speaking to me. The balance and boundaries are important as well as our choices. As it says “Self-Restraint” increases our enjoyment. In the moment it does not seem enjoyable because we aren’t comfortable denying ourselves anything and face it, we sometimes can be quite rebellious and disobedient when it comes to our choices and setting boundaries or exhibiting self-restraint. The next verse in Jeremiah spoke to me and I knew that God was weaving all this to remind me of my “Sated” journey and to share it with you.

 

As far back as I can remember, as a child, once we ate a meal we would need to have something sweet afterwards. We were all about the dessert! Then after the dessert, I would say “I need a meaty after my sweetie.” It was funny as a child, but when we get to be an adult and our metabolism slows and that vicious cycle of never being “Satiated” really is an addictive cycle of trying to fill ourselves up with something other than what God designed or had in mind, it loses its humor. For years I stuffed my stomach to feel satiated. I over-indulged and was on the wrong side of the satiate scale. I was putting the cheap dirty gas (alcohol, cigarettes, food, shopping, approval, work, achievements, people pleasing, etc.) In to my tank. It was not running very well. When I begin to let God fill and replenish me, things really changed. I was first awakened to this connection to emotional stuffing and my need for God to fill those voids (those bad gas items) about 7 years ago.

 

My dear friend Annie Haydock told me about the book “When Food is your Best Friend & Worst Enemy” by Jan Johnson. That book was life altering for me. We are also ministry partners since 2009 and have a local ministry called Conquering Overeating. We have seen many people come and go each week over the years, and many that continue to keep coming back to work the steps of recovery and find support and fellowship on this journey to fill ourselves with more of God instead of food. I have not reached perfection nor conquered this area. We are continuously conquering until we get to Heaven. Our verse is Romans 8:37. “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” Emphasis Through Him. I know now that it is only when we allow God to fill us; instead of food or whatever other bad gas items that we get on the right and good side of Satiate.

 

That “Meaty vs Sweetie” and addictive cycle is a Soul Destroying Routine. We keep looking for something to satisfy us when God is always there and calling to us to put down the Cheetos, the new purse, to stop eyeballing the dessert case, learn to say no, and to simply come to Him. To trust Him enough to allow Him alone to satiate us. His word promises us that. Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. ~ John 6:35 NLT I want to hunger for more of God, instead of food or people or things or approvals or whatever compulsion it is that keeps me hopping to and fro looking to be filled or “Satiated” by the bad gas. I want to trust God that the good gas is what I need. I don’t want to hunger after those things anymore. I only want to hunger after God and the things He has for me. Friends, a “Satiated Soul” is never hungry. The only thing that can replenish our weary and sorrowful soul is Jesus. When our souls are so full of God’s presence and His word, we will be so full that we can’t do anything but pour out that goodness and love on others. Let us choose the Good Gas to fill our tanks with! ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom