Restoration Stories – David Travis Fowler

We all have a past, there’s no denying. As I look back at mine, there is no regret or shame, but lessons to be learned. It’s imperative to always remember WHOSE you are and WHO you are in Christ Jesus. Today, I celebrate DELIVERANCE as a reminder of what the cost was on Calvary. It cost heaven it’s best, Jesus Christ. I’m reminded of how far God has brought me and that His grace abounds much more than our sin.

Jesus delivered me out of the mouth of the lion, and placed my feet on solid ground.

My life was chaotic, and addiction/SIN had a stronghold over my life. In and out of jail and toxic relationships was the norm. I had one foot in hell and the other on a banana peel. One night, in desperation, I cried out to Jesus for the first time in YEARS. I remember clearly saying to Him “I need you now more than ever Lord, please help me.” He was listening. He had compassion for me. He rescued me. I’m forever grateful and forever in debt to our Father.

Today, I try to live life to its fullest. God has given me a covenant with the biggest blessing of all, my wife Hillary. We own a successful business, which by His hand, continues to grow. He has shown us favor.

Every Sunday, God has called me to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the local nursing home. It brings my heart such joy. They are a blessing to me.

While not every relationship that was damaged has been restored, I do have FAITH and through PRAYER, believe those relationships can and will be restored in His timing, because he restored the messed up me. I will testify of His goodness all of my days.

In this photo, I hold a token of 9 years of recovery, but more importantly is what’s behind the token….. the Bible, God’s Word. To Christ be all the Glory!

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,

Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south.

Psalm 107:2-3

— David Travis Fowler

Restoration Stories – Nichole Marbach 


A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.~ John 10:10 The Message 



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Who Am I ? 

Who am I? 
            Let’s see…
Maybe I am my bank account.  
Maybe I am my popularity.  
My position?  
My status?  
                  Really now…
Am I my achievements? 
The sum of all the pleasures I enjoy?  
My good health?  
My appearance?
                     How frail we are!  
What if I lost everything – my health, my popularity, my acceptable appearance, my money, my friends, my home, my family, my mind? Who would I be?  

Would I still be loved?  
Is there something at my core that is lovable?

We were created in love, by love, and for love.  

Who’s your daddy?  
My daddy is Love.  
Does he have a last name?  
No, just Love.  
What does he do?  
He loves.  
Anything else?  
No, just loves.  
Does he ever stop loving?  

No
Never! 

~ Brad Heilhecker 

My Everything 

Love that would reach 

past my deepest despair

Love that would see past 

the prodigal I have become

Love that looked past 

my sin and mistakes

To what I could become

He drew me in 

when I wanted to run

He drew me in 

when I clung to my past

He drew me in

He wouldn’t let go

I have gone too far, 

or so I believed

No one took the time 

to tell me it’s a lie

For years I sunk 

deeper into sin

Further and further

I drifted from His light

Past hopelessness

Past broken dreams

Shame and guilt like shadows, 

leading me further away 

from the Light

Torturing me with the 

ghosts of my past

Torturing me by the choices

I chose to make

Alone with no way of escape

I sunk deeper

I chose to believe the enemies lies

He lost his grip on me

The day Love got a hold of me

He lured me in

Captured me

Till I didn’t want to break free

He set me on a path

Of knowing Him

Amidst the daily battles I fight

Amidst the enemy pleading his plight

I have to discern whose voice 

will be louder

If I want to grow

If I want to win

If I want to meet 

one day with my King

Even when my fears want to win

When the enemy paints pictures 

of losing the battle

He invites me to run 

on waves with Him

Deeper and deeper we go

Till I surrender and let faith win

Past my fears that have kept me 

in chains for years

Past my shame that told me 

I am worthless

Past my pain that kept me in bondage for years

So that only His will, will be done in my life

He loves His son’s and daughter’s

A love that could never be compared 

by the good we have done

He will go down the gutter to

be One with us

Break every barrier

Erasing whatever keeps us 

from experiencing His heart

Nothing compares when we find Him

He is the light on my path

The air that I breath

The love of my life

My everything

~ Ebigale Wilson 

Image – Elena Kelis – Pinterest 

Level Places 


Don’t worry about what seems to be looming over your head right now.  

Declare this promise over whatever it is you are facing today. 

 “God will go before me and level the exalted places.” ~ Isaiah 45:2 ESV 

God is going before you and leveling things out! 

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Shifting Point – My Moment Of Truth 


Recently when moving a dog food bag of about 50 pounds I was struck by how heavy it was, and that for me I was carrying around about this much of extra weight each and every day on my body. 

I know it is not healthy and have tried countless ways to jumpstart this process but I am usually quite discouraged by how slow the scale moves and allow the busyness of life to take over and then the days blend together and I seem to blink and another year has flown by. 

      The same 40/50 pounds still here.

I decided that I could no longer just go about it like it was a minor thing and needed to get intentional about doing something. 

My twins just turned 18 and graduated – so the baby weight is no longer a valid excuse. 
          I reached my shifting point! 

I researched about Intermittent Fasting and found a program I liked. 
I did my before pics and took all my measurements and jumped on the scale …determined! 
WOW – I started thinking back and counted the years since I held a consistent workout routine and ate really clean.  
      Shocking it had been over 3 years! 

I have done fasts like the one I blogged about almost 2 years ago and lost 25 pounds and have done other challenges and have exercised a bit here and there but the paper staring back at me and the pictures were shocking that I could no longer ignore or deny or put it on the back burner for any longer. 

I didn’t get discouraged. I took it all like a big girl and pulled up my big girl panties and said….

I may have a lot medically working against me, but I too can be the biggest hinderance to me…

    But greater is He that is in me! 

     With You Lord- I can do this! 



I went to bed with great anticipation and then I was suddenly awakened at 4:44 am.

Somehow I knew it had a deeper meaning so I wrote it down. 
When I had time, I looked up the number 4.

4= Dalet / Hebrew 

Meaning:

A tent door

Pathway

Entrance to Promise Land

Material creation

Number of the Kingdom

Enter into your physical deliverance 

BOOM! I like that Lord! I am READY!

Weeks ago when the Lord first spoke Shifting Point to me I wrote down these tidbits…

Combat always comes before victory. 

Believing is the condition for receiving. 

God’s truth does not change with my moods. 
        

           So here’s to my Shifting Point
      I will keep you posted on how it goes. 

For grins I checked out the definitions……


shift·ing

ˈSHiftiNG/

adjective

changing

Point 

\ˈpȯint\

noun 

a particular instant of time
a critical position in a course of affairs

a decisive state of circumstances

the important or essential thing

Synonyms: juncture, moment of truth

        What is your moment of truth? 
    Where do you need a Shifting Point?
 

         ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Deep Love 

You saw me

When no one did

You searched for me

When I was lost

You wooed me in

When I wasn’t even aware of You

What God is this that would follow us to the ends of the earth?

What God is this that never gives 

up on us?

What God is this that fights for us when we don’t even know?

His love is relentless

It follows us into the darkest 

of places

It follows us through the valley 

of death

It follows us till we have reached 

the end

Finds it way through every crack 

in our heart

Found its way to my dark soul

See behind the masks I chop 

and change

The picturized smile I portray

He doesn’t give up, even when I reject His love

He doesn’t give up, even when I tell Him to

He pursue me relentless

Shows me that I am worthy

Till I run into His arms of love

His love mixed with my tears of shame and guilt

Cleanse my heart

Uproot my fears

Heal my scars

Erase my shame

Transform my life

Till all I can see is His love 

flowing from the cross to me

A wretch

A sinner

Turned into a son and a daughter

I never knew a love so deep existed

It leaves me breathless

hungry for more

It is deeper then my loudest sin

Higher then my silent shame

Wider then my desperate fears

I am lost in it

Forever one with it

I will never get enough of it!

~ Ebigale Wilson 

SOS-A Desperate Call For Help

Psalm 107 The Message 

1 Oh, thank God – he’s so good! His love never runs out. 2 All of you set free by God, tell the world! Tell how he freed you from oppression,3 Then rounded you up from all over the place, from the four winds, from the seven seas. 4 Some of you wandered for years in the desert, looking but not finding a good place to live, 5 Half-starved and parched with thirst, staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion. 6 Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God. He got you out in the nick of time; 7 He put your feet on a wonderful road that took you straight to a good place to live. 8 So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves. 9 He poured great draughts of water down parched throats; the starved and hungry got plenty to eat. 10 Some of you were locked in a dark cell, cruelly confined behind bars, 11 Punished for defying God’s Word, for turning your back on the High God’s counsel – 12 A hard sentence, and your hearts so heavy, and not a soul in sight to help. 13 Then you called out to God in your desperate condition; he got you out in the nick of time.14 He led you out of your dark, dark cell, broke open the jail and led you out. 15 So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves; 16 He shattered the heavy jailhouse doors, he snapped the prison bars like matchsticks! 17Some of you were sick because you’d lived a bad life, your bodies feeling the effects of your sin; 18 You couldn’t stand the sight of food, so miserable you thought you’d be better off dead. 19 Then you called out to God in your desperate condition; he got you out in the nick of time. 20 He spoke the word that healed you, that pulled you back from the brink of death. 21 So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves; 22 Offer thanksgiving sacrifices, tell the world what he’s done – sing it out! 23 Some of you set sail in big ships; you put to sea to do business in faraway ports. 24 Out at sea you saw God in action, saw his breathtaking ways with the ocean: 25 With a word he called up the wind – an ocean storm, towering waves!26 You shot high in the sky, then the bottom dropped out; your hearts were stuck in your throats. 27 You were spun like a top, you reeled like a drunk, you didn’t know which end was up. 28 Then you called out to God in your desperate condition; he got you out in the nick of time. 29 He quieted the wind down to a whisper, put a muzzle on all the big waves. 30And you were so glad when the storm died down, and he led you safely back to harbor.31 So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves. 32Lift high your praises when the people assemble, shout Hallelujah when the elders meet! 33 God turned rivers into wasteland, springs of water into sunbaked mud; 34Luscious orchards became alkali flats because of the evil of the people who lived there. 35Then he changed wasteland into fresh pools of water, arid earth into springs of water, 36Brought in the hungry and settled them there; they moved in – what a great place to live! 37They sowed the fields, they planted vineyards, they reaped a bountiful harvest. 38 He blessed them and they prospered greatly; their herds of cattle never decreased. 39 But abuse and evil and trouble declined 40 as he heaped scorn on princes and sent them away. He gave the poor a safe place to live, 41 treated their clans like well-cared-for sheep. 42 Good people see this and are glad; bad people are speechless, stopped in their tracks. 43 If you are really wise, you’ll think this over – it’s time you appreciated God’s deep love.

A Desperate Call
As you can see in this one passage of the scriptures in Psalms that there is no calamity that is too hard for God to breakthrough and help you. You are NOT too far gone to be brought back. 
Prisoners 

Wanderers

Sinners 

Storm-tossed

Sick

Hungry 

Thirsty

Hopeless

Depressed

Gloomy

Rebels

Despisers of God

Fools

Sufferers 

Dying 

Afflicted 

Drunk

Wicked 

Poor 

All these types of people in this particular passage cried out and asked God for help. God heard their desperate call and delivered them. 


Send out your SOS to God to rescue you!! 

Run back to Him. 

Come To The Altar by Elevation 

Jesus is calling…

Come to the Altar 

The Father’s arms are open wide 

Forgiveness was bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ 
Listen in and see that you are not too far from God to be found. Not only does He save you, but He restores what was lost. 

Bonus: He increases your everything!!
His deep love is waiting for you. 

Thankful,

Kelley Allison 

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com