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 

We Are The Choice We Make 


                     We all have choices.

We can choose to trust God or we can choose to trust in ourselves or others.

We can choose to stay stuck in the past and rehearse every hurt or we can choose to grab ahold of the great Promises for our future in Christ.  

We can choose to live in doubt and unbelief and be tossed around by our unsteady emotions or we can choose to Agree, Believe, and Confess the Word of God over every situation. 

We can choose to eat crap, over indulge in food, alcohol, smoke cigarettes or do drugs, lay around in bed or on the couch all day watching TV or playing with our gadgets online and continue to defile, vandalize, and destroy our temples or we can choose to altar our flesh and honor and respect our bodies as we should by no longer being a slave to our addictions and compulsions and instead choose healthy foods, habits and exercise. 

We can choose to stay in a dead end job or relationship or we can choose to better and respect ourselves and make a change and give some people the much needed Gift of Goodbye. 

We can choose to gripe, complain, and moan over our misfortunes or we can choose to praise God even when we are suffering and don’t understand or like what is happening.  

We can Choose Blessings or we can Choose Curses…. 
But Guess what? 
We get to choose
And you can’t choose both! 
Stop saying – I don’t have a choice.  
          You always have a choice.  

The choices you make may not be what God wants for you to make. God may have already told you what you need to do and you are still dragging your feet in disobedience.  

We must tune in and turn to God. Read, hear and do what His word says. Get up and turn off the TV and all the other devices and voices trying to influence you so you can make sure you are choosing wisely.  

Don’t just be hearers- be doers.  

            We are the choice we make.   

You can either choose to 

Give up 

Give in

Or Give it all to God! 

Choose Wisely! 

Look, you’ve got two choices: you can be blessed, or you can be cursed. If you obey His commands, which I’m giving you today, you’ll be blessed. If you don’t obey His commands—if you leave the path I’m showing you today so you can worship other gods who are foreign to you, then you’ll be cursed. ~ Deuteronomy 11:26-28 The VOICE 

You must be doers of the word and not only hearers who mislead themselves. Those who hear but don’t do the word are like those who look at their faces in a mirror. They look at themselves, walk away, and immediately forget what they were like. But there are those who study the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continue to do it. They don’t listen and then forget, but they put it into practice in their lives. They will be blessed in whatever they do. James 1:22-25 CEB 

Jesus looked at them intently, then said, “Without God, it is utterly impossible. But with God everything is possible.” ~ Mark 10:27 

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Patience 


WORTHY THOUGHT:  Patience is waiting until later for what you want now.

“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”      ~Habakkuk 2:3 NIV

If you are going to really reach your goals in life, sometimes you have to delay gratification. You have to do the tough thing instead of the fun thing.” -Rick Warren 

Nothing great is ever accomplished without persistence and patience because, in order to be successful, your dreams must translate into work. The people who succeed in life are the people who are willing to do what they don’t feel like doing. They are not mastered by their moods, they are mastered by the Master, and they establish their goals and plans according to God’s will. -Rick Warren 

God is faithful and just, you can trust Him because His character never changes and His Word never fails. God is on His throne and has everything under control. We can pray and just look up and lay hold of His assurances. 

                  ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works..-2 Corinthians 12:12

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.-Galatians 5:22-23

I Can And I Will 

  

I can and I will….

Stand and fight for those who do not know Him,

Living out my life as a reflection of Jesus Christ,

The one who freed us from slavery, death

And darkness that once lingered within our numb souls

That is now awakened in His eternal promises

 

I can and I will...

 

Speak out for those who are voiceless yet long to be heard;

I no longer care what the world thinks, for my fight is not

Against flesh and blood, but against the one who comes

To steal, kill, and destroy that which God is calling me into-

His plan and purpose for my life that will bring glory to His name

 

I can and I will….

 

Forgive as Christ forgave me, in my sin and rebellion;

Bleed a tongue of prayers raised to my heavenly Father,

Accept His will for my life, whatever it may be,

For I no longer desire what I want, but what He does

With the life He gave to me, I now give it to Him as a sacrifice

 

I can’t and I won’t….

 

Again believe the lies that I once accepted as truth,

Allowing darkness to rob me of the life given to me at birth,

For He’s calling me into the war grounds of this soul

Beating now in rhythms of perfection He’s orchestrated

Into my being, as an instrument being played by the Creator

 

I can and I will….

 

Keep fighting the good fight for my good Father

Who has saved my life from bondage in darkness

And freed my soul, breathing into its ocean,

Giving me the depth of understanding He’s entrusted to me,

For without Him, I wouldn’t exist, therefore, I am His

           ~Bethany Anne 

Do Not Waver

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“But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.” ~ James 1:6 NLT

Waver: to go back and forth between choices or opinions: to be uncertain about what you think about something or someone: to move back and forth in an unsteady way: to become unsteady because of weakness, emotion, tiredness, etc

Oh my! God has just read my mail!

Sometimes I am guilty of wavering.

I can flip flop with my emotions going back and forth from…
Faith to fear
Happy to sad
Calm to angry
Peacefilled to stressed out
Content to longing
Joy to worry

When I think of it in terms of being unsettled like a wave tossed and blown about by the wind, that does not sound like much fun to me.

I don’t want to be tossed or unsettled and have divided loyalties.

An unsettled person is an easy target for the enemy. The enemy is uncomfortable around a stable and joyful person so that is what I want to be!

Let us be encouraged to stand firm on God and His word and not let anyone or anything cause us to waver.

-XXOO Michelle Bollom
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