Triumph And Tragedy 

As I walk this great unknown

Questions come and questions go

Was there purpose for the pain?

Did I cry these tears in vain?

I don’t want to live in fear

I want to trust that You are near

Trust Your grace can be seen

In both triumph and tragedy

And I have this hope

In the depth of my soul

In the flood or the fire

You’re with me and You won’t let go….

What a beautiful Promise we have that in the flood or the fire, triumph or tragedy, God is always there and He won’t let us go. 

                 ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

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I Have This Hope – Tenth Avenue North 
Lyrics:

As I walk this great unknown

Questions come and questions go

Was there purpose for the pain?

Did I cry these tears in vain?

I don’t want to live in fear

I want to trust that You are near

Trust Your grace can be seen

In both triumph and tragedy

I have this hope

In the depth of my soul

In the flood or the fire

You’re with me and You won’t let go

But sometimes my faith feels thin

Like the night will never end

Will You catch every tear

Or will You just leave me here?

But I have this hope

In the depth of my soul

In the flood or the fire

You’re with me and You won’t let go

So, whatever happens I will not be afraid

Cause You are closer than this breath that I take

You calm the storm when I hear You call my name

I still believe that one day I’ll see Your face

And I have this hope

In the depth of my soul

In the flood or the fire

You’re with me

I have this hope

In the depth of my soul

In the flood or the fire

You’re with me and You won’t let go

In the flood or the fire

You’re with me and You won’t let go

Great Spirituality 


                 Great quote by Richard Rohr! 

                           #QuoteOfTheDay 
                     ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Chicanery Exposed

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SHəˈkān(ə)rē/

noun

1. the use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose.”an underhanded person who schemes corruption.

2. synonyms: trickery, deception, deceit, deceitfulness, duplicity, dishonesty, deviousness, unscrupulousness, underhandedness, subterfuge, fraud, fraudulence, swindling, cheating, duping, hoodwinking; 

Don’t fool yourself. Don’t think that you can be wise merely by being up-to-date with the times. Be God’s fool—that’s the path to true wisdom. What the world calls smart, God calls stupid. It’s written in Scripture, He exposes the chicanery of the chic. The Master sees through the smoke screens of the know-it-alls. ~1 Corinthians 3:18 MSG 

God always exposes the chicanery of the chic! 

Lord, reveal anything hidden and expose all chicanery. Clear the smoke screens and bring everything into Your perfect and glorious light of truth. Amen. 

               ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Flesh And Blood 

  
I have found it very interesting the fact that I have questioned about 30 to 40 people in the last 2 weeks who their enemies are. Every single person that I asked would name a person or people. I find it interesting because I believe the fact is, that when God is speaking about enemies in the Bible He’s not only talking about people. He’s more so talking about another kind of enemies. 

If you ask me the enemy has found even more effective tools to use against us. He tries to play games with our mind in order to have us turn away from our Heavenly Father. 

Some of our biggest enemies of all can be considered anxiety, depression, sickness, illness, disease, adultery, murder, addictions, isolation, poverty, and the list goes on and on; but as you know these are not flesh and blood. 

They are principalities just like His words teaches us in Ephesians v 12 

for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world against spiritual wickedness in high places. 

My friends our enemies are way beyond any person. Our biggest enemies are those that keep us in bondage in need of being set free. We have got to quit hating people and each other and start hating the true enemies of our lives. We all have them. 
The only way that we can fight our enemies is through God. Our most powerful, all glorious God who made heaven and earth. God who is bigger than any enemy we can face. 

Seek Him. Seek out our Lord. Feel His heartbeat against yours. Feel His loving touch and arms holding you tight. In order to seek Him out and truly have an intimate relationship with Him you have got to read His word. 
His Word is alive and active even still today. 

I encourage you on this day to start speaking to those enemies in your life, to be removed, go away, leave, never to come back. We cannot do it on our own but we can do all things through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior who strengthens us.

                            -Michelle Smith

(Ephesians 6:4-18) V4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nature and admonition of the Lord. V5 Servants be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling in the singleness of your heart as unto Christ. V6 not with eye service as men pleasers but as the servant of Christ doing the will of God from their heart. V7 With good will doing service as to the Lord, and not to men; V8 knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same the same shall he receive from the Lord whether he be bond or free. V9 And ye masters, do the same things unto them. Forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with Him. V10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. V11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. V12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world. Against spiritual wickedness in high places. V13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the the evil day, and having done all, to stand. V14 Stand therefore having your loins girt about with the truth. And having on the breastplate of righteousness; V15 and your feet Shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; V16 Above all taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the ferry darts of the wicked, V17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; V18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance. and supplication for all saints. V19 and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, V20 for which I am an ambassador in bonds; that therein I may speak boldly as I ought to speak.


  
 

Whistle While He Works 

  
Imagine waking up each morning and having a group of 7 little dwarfs sitting at the foot of your bed eagerly awaiting to know what they can help you with today.  

Whatever it is, they are all joyfully singing and whistling; determined to getting things done.  

This morning on day 27 of my fasting experience, that was the image I got.   

My two verses today spoke of singing and the works of the Lord, so I instantly thought about the 7 dwarfs and the phrase “whistle while we work” ….

But the Lord quickly said, 

No, “Whistle while He works.” 

Instead of relying on sneezy, dopy, bashful, doc, happy, grumpy, sleepy…which is only in the fairytales; How about waking up each day relying on comforter, helper, healer, peace, advocate, counselor, savior; (My top 7 just for today) always readily available to help work all things out for our good. 

In the heat of any battle, He is not only our strength and song ensuring our victory, but He is also an endless list, not limited to just 7, of whatever we need at any given moment.   

Even on the really hard stuff, He is right there. When you don’t feel like you can sing and rejoice or praise Him, you can simply just whistle while He works on your behalf.  

A whistle is like the simple prayer of “Help” or a quiet “Thank You”. Even if you can’t get your whistle to come out just right, the slightest little breath is always enough. 

Lord, remind me to call on You each morning to help me go about my day.  Help me to remember to sing of Your faithfulness and rejoice in Your marvelous compassion.  Even if somedays I can’t sing the full song, help me to simply “whistle” while You work on my behalf. Thank You for being everything I need. 
                    ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Psalm 92:4 For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your works; At the works of Your hands I joyfully sing. AMP

Psalm 118:14 He is my strength and song in the heat of battle, and now he has given me the victory. ~TLB 

It is necessary to offer praise to God for all that He has done for us. Part of our offering should be a declaration of God’s marvelous compassion and His unceasing goodness to us. He truly is the one who brings abiding joy to our life. As we experience His faithfulness in our life, praise and thanks should be our natural response. Our prayers will serve as a declaration to others of God’s power to deliver us from the bondage of addictions.~Life Recovery Bible 

The Life Path 

  

Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way. 

                          ~ Psalm 16:11 MSG 

Thank You Lord for getting my feet on the “Life Path”. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit that helps me to stay on the right course. Thank You for Your grace and mercy that forgives and covers me when I have detoured and broke free from Your hand. I want to always walk in the rhythm of Your Spirits leading.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

                     ~Michelle Bollom 

  

Pain 

  
Define

Pain can be defined as physical or emotional suffering due to injury, illness, or torment.

 

Affirm

2 Corinthians 7:9 “Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways.”

 

Recall

A couple of weeks ago, my pastor helped me redefine how pain is important in our lives. In short, he told a story of how he got into a car accident years ago. He spoke on how he was paralyzed and that he could not feel his limbs for a few weeks. During this process; however his brain was still functioning and he could think, he just could not move. During this time frame, he let GOD know that he did not want to live in paralysis for the rest of his days. Little did he know, GOD would deliver him from being paralyzed and in his delivery he would immediately feel excruciating pain! That is exactly what happened; because his body had been battered, bruised, and broken- he felt real pain. My pastor shared with our congregation that had it not been for the pain he would not have started seeking GOD’s promise for his life. GOD’s promise for his life was for him to pastor a church with his brother and he has been ministering to others for over two decades.

 

After my pastor shared his story, I realized his story was my story, and my story is your story. Just think, in life- we experience pain to help push us to GOD and His promises for our lives. Because of pain, we cry out to GOD to help us get up from moments of paralysis so that we can navigate through our problems to walk into our purpose. Can you imagine being in a moment of paralysis forever? I can’t. I personally know how pain feels and maybe you do too- it does not feel good; but is it necessary. In hearing my pastor’s story, I can say I am so grateful for the painful moments in my life.    

I have learned that pain:

1. Will encourage you to cry out to GOD.

2. Shows up in your life so that you can grow.

3. Forces you to reexamine everything.

4. Helps you realign yourself with GOD.

5. Causes you to reassess your relationships.

6. Will appear as a life test- something for you to pass.

7. Inspires you to reevaluate your life’s purpose.

8. Helps you learn how to prioritize your life.

9. Is only temporary.

10. Will not follow you to heaven.

 

God does not allow physical and emotional suffering to hurt you, he knows that you will repent and change your ways. When you are faced with a moment of pain- just know the pain is a temporary place. Trust me you will be positioned in your place of purpose when you experience pain because your prayers will force you to declare GOD’s promises for your life.

Enjoy the journey!

 

 

Exercise:

Dear God,

Thank you so much for showing me that pain is temporary. Thank you for helping me understand that pain will help guide me to my purpose in life. Because of the pain my life will never be the same! I love you. ~Lereca Monik

 

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Bad Gardener

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Yard of the Month? Uh – no. I don’t think so! I am a bad gardener. I have a brown thumb. Things die, inexplicably, under my care. It’s not that I don’t love flowers. I do! I love to look at trees, pretty bushes, and really enjoy the smell of a forest. I know that plants swap my carbon dioxide for life-giving oxygen. I am all in, okay? But. And it’s a big one (which, ironically, I DO know how to grow), that is just not where my talents lie. Or maybe it’s that my “talents lie”. They lure me with the siren song of every garden center I drive by. It’s the lure of pansies and mums in the fall, snap dragons in the spring. And in the summer, who doesn’t love beautiful geraniums (which my neighbor was previously convinced was an “un-killable” plant)? I just wish I had a dollar for every time my husband looked at the back of my car filled with plants, shook his head in resignation and helped me unload.
I like the look of flowers. I’m a good designer. I just don’t want to be in charge of how they get into the flower bed and, consequently, stay alive. All this being said, God engineered a pretty funny situation for me a few weeks ago. After my husband was diagnosed with a severe allergy to grass, weeds and pretty much all the stuff you would find in our yard, I now find myself the owner/manager of the yard responsibility. Not cool! “YIKES! God! You know I’m not good at this!” He laughs when I freak out sometimes and holds up His index finger in the universal “Wait for it…” sign.
So Saturday found me in our flower beds raking, pulling weeds and in general cutting back things that were starting to scare our neighbors. It was a beautiful day and I even had a happy attitude. Good music in the earphones? Check. Bottle of water? Check. Was I stalling? Check. After a stern pep talk to myself, I began trimming bushes. “Please, Lord, don’t let me bald these things!” Minutes passed. I backed up to admire my handiwork and WHACK! I ran into a half-hidden, dead, jumbled mess of what used to be some kind of bush which had been cut down to the ground. I know what you’re thinking, but I really don’t think I can take the credit for this one. I’m new to this, remember? After rubbing the scratch on my ankle, I gave it a wide berth and resumed my work. Trying to stay in one section (ok, yes, I was bored), I switched to raking. Anyway, I stepped back to admire my handiwork once more and WHACK! You got it. Same mass of dead root thing. I was so busy doing my own thing that I forgot it was there. Only this time, I was ready. I got my hand-held snipper-thingy and cut as much of it away as I could. There! That ought to fix it. No way I’m getting scratched again. Five minutes later? BAM! Yep. You guessed it. I tripped over it this time and just caught myself before I went face down in the leaf pile. Not nearly as romantic as it sounds when it’s 85 degrees and humid. Grrrr! The more I looked at that thing, the more I was convinced that there was no other recourse than to pull it out by the roots, completely. That being done, though, I realized that with a big open hole in my vicinity, I was very likely to hurt myself AGAIN on it. I needed to dig the thing up, throw it away and cover the hole completely…or, wait a minute! I could plant something else there! I think my husband is shaking his head again…
And so it is with sin, Grasshopper. At first, it was half-hidden. It was not even on my radar. One minute I was doing my own thing and WHACK! It drew first blood. I knew it was there and its potential power to hurt me, but I took the lazy way out and decided just to keep an eye on it. Circle around it. The next time it “attacked”, I trimmed it down, got rid of most of it and thought I had dealt with it but WHACK! There it was again. With sin, as with dead plants and weeds, you have to uproot them. Nothing good will ever grow there as long as you have a dead thing as a place holder. If you want life-giving, beauty, you have to get rid of that dead, ugly thing taking up space. But even better than digging it up and filling the hole with dirt? Plant a beautiful thing there in its place. Ask God to help you do the heavy lifting. He’s a Master Gardener. He knows how deep you’ll need to dig to get all the roots. He knows what work you will need to do to prepare the soil. He will gladly trade out that ugly, hurt-sustaining sin with His love, His peace, His continual presence to guide you. He will grow beauty in the place where you never expected it…And just like me with my brown thumb, I’m no good left on my own. I need the help of Someone who knows about gardening. As long as I stay close to my friend, the Master Gardener, I learn a little more each day, until one day, people are driving by my house, looking at the yard…not laughing at the crazy lady hopping around in her flower bed, holding her leg. Sigh!

Warning: Off-topic moment approaching: Wow. By the way, for those of you moms who want to grasp that ever-elusive feeling of accomplishment you can’t get from driving kids around, I highly recommend raking. Effort=immediate reward, for sure! There is instant, tangible proof you can point to of what you have spent your time on. Sorry! That sounds like another post for another day…

~ Debbie Bouckley