“So the sun did not move, and the moon stopped until the people defeated their enemies. This story is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky. It did not move for a full day.” ~Joshua 10:13 ERV
Heartache, defeat, shattered dreams, and broken hearts, all experienced by an innocence that was stolen, a sun that was forgotten, while destiny and time seemed to stand still.
The battle ground seemed dreary and victory seemed hopeless, in the blanket of the night, God knew there would be freedom. He awaits, waiting as we get ready and prepared for the battle ahead.
No matter what your battle is God never stops thinking of you. He understands your pain, heavy heart, unanswered questions, and unresolved resolutions.
He is constant in the sky above and on the earth below. Find comfort in him today.
~ Baring His Beauty,
Our call is to carry the Light to guide and equip people. To point them to the Lord to bring hope, faith and a future showing God’s destiny into their souls.
For God So Loved the World
John 3:16 (ESV) For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Acts 13:47 (CEB) This is what the Lord commanded us: I have made you a light for the Gentiles, so that you could bring salvation to the end of the earth.”
~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill
Binds up fear into a sphere
And catapults it into the darkness
Where it’s intended to bleed
And consumes this moment,
Not worrying about tomorrow
Risks it all for God
Who breathed this ocean
Into existence, to overflow
Chooses to live in a dying world,
Not blending in with the rest,
But accepting the challenge to lead
~ Bethany Anne
Oh it seems
To be favor
It seems a
But the favor
Poppies before Oz
The cheap replica
For the presence
He loves the
He knows her heart
He longs to
Her from harm
For such a
Time as this
One of my favorite all time movies is My Fair Lady. I love the whole restoration transformation story line. A poor dirty and discarded woman, rescued from the gutters, restored and transformed by a professor into a proper well spoken beautiful fair lady.
My favorite part of the movie that I can so relate to is the part at the horse races where the Lady is all dressed up elegantly and she screams obscenities at the horse Dover to run faster. The crowd gasps at how this proper woman just showed her flaws, Or arse, you might say.
Today’s verse and the thoughts of my fair lady had me thinking of the many times I have appeared polished and put together on the outside, but the inside was sometimes still a wrecked foul mouthed pauper.
I am so thankful I am not where I used to be.
I am still a work in progress.
You’re blessed when you meet Lady Wisdom,when you make friends with Madame Insight. She’s worth far more than money in the bank;her friendship is better than a big salary. Her value exceeds all the trappings of wealth;nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her. With one hand she gives long life,with the other she confers recognition. Her manner is beautiful,her life wonderfully complete. She’s the very Tree of Life to those who embrace her. Hold her tight—and be blessed! ~ Proverbs 3:13 MSG
Another translation says:
Happy blessed, considered fortunate, to be admired is the man who finds skillful and godly wisdom,And the man who gains understanding and insight learning from God’s word and life’s experiences. ~Proverbs 3:13 AMP
The Lady and Madame we should meet and learn from and strive to be like are those of wisdom and knowledge.
We can’t learn skillful and godly wisdom from professor Higgins or the world or a course in proper etiquette or phonics. No we learn and gain that only from God’s Word and our life experiences.
So time to move our bloomin …. (Hmm Hmm) self, from the gutters of our flawed past and into our God ordained purpose and future. No need to play dress up or fake it,
God’s restoration completely transforms us inside and out.
~XXOO Michelle Bollom
I was looking in my hall closet when I spotted a book stacked in the corner on the floor. This was the stack of books I was intending to take to Good Will, but had yet to get around to it. I saw the sweet picture of a popular teen on the front cover. It was Miley Cyrus’s autobiography, Miles To Go, and it had belonged to one of my girls. I remember taking the girls to her concerts at the rodeo here in Houston. I confess I actually watched her show sometimes with the girls on Disney.
I only had a little bit of time before the ladies were coming over for our weekly Bible Study. I sat down and started at the end of the book on page 240. Sixteen year old Miley pours out her heart and shares her faith in God. The road she chooses to take that is equipped with a purity ring and the standards she wants to set. She says and I quote, “I want to be a good role model.” on page 242. I skim through the book and see scripture verses scattered all through out the book. She gives examples of how God uses His Word to guide her and her family through their lives. It was obvious that she had a relationship with Jesus and she placed value on Him and was making a difference in this world through her fame and influence.
Her last line in that same chapter reads, “I can do meaningful work-without compromising my values.”
My heart immediately grew heavy with sadness. The enemy had sifted and stolen this beautiful young lady down a dark path of destruction. A “Wrecking Ball” so prolifically describes her years to come. I take notice that the book was only written 5 years ago.
If someone would have showed Miley her Ghost of Christmas Future she would not have even recognized herself and probably would not believe what she would be shown. It’s not her. She wasn’t created to be where she is now. A wrecked soul looking for acceptance from anyone who will give her attention and worth.
What went wrong?
1 Peter 5:8
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
Miley is no different than any of us. She was created to make a difference in this world for good. Her real name is Destiny. Her destiny got stolen, stepped on and spit out.
I challenge you to read her book and see what her thoughts and plans were before she started taking little steps that led her into a big step of disaster.
Better yet I challenge you to read God’s plans for all His creation before we chew, chomp and spit all those who make poor choices out.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I was reminded by God today to remember He needs us….His saints to pray and go after in love those that are hurting and turning their backs on Him.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Love never fails.
Miley Smiley and all those who have temporarily stepped out of their true callings and require our prayers for a new story yet to be told.