Batter Batter Swing! 

  

It echoed more like Battah Battah Sweeeng– in my head as I was awoken with that saying this morning.  I am not even a big sports fan. So I thought, why do I have this phrase stuck in my head? 
I also thought of the crazy baseball taunts like:
We need a pitcher not a belly itcher”
Or my favorite -“We need a hitter not a booger flicker”
I imagined the taunts being the enemy. They usually are not as gentle or funny as the ones I listed.  The enemy lives and loves to taunt us and he wants nothing more than to yell STRIKE! when we fail.  He wants us to give up and feel defeated.
Those times when we are trying to change a situation or to do something and we slip or fail it is easy to think-  3rd strike I am out- time to throw the bat and sit back down.   
We can be so quick to give up sometimes.  
Thankfully God is not like baseball strikes when He deals with us.  We don’t get just 3 chances, we get to keep swinging! As many times as we want.  God is not wanting us to give up.  Don’t throw that bat down in frustration.  Even if you spin completely around because you have swung so hard and missed- it is still ok.  Keep getting back up to bat, keep swinging!  There are no strike outs with God. 
Stay Focused on whatever it is you are striving towards!  Don’t listen to the taunters.  Listen to God and His Promises! 
#LiveRestored
XXOO Michelle Bollom 


I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.- Philippians 3:12-14 MSG 


30 Everything God does is perfect;
    the promise of the Eternal rings true;
    He stands as a shield for all who hide in Him.-Psalm 18:30 VOICE 


I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength.-Philippians 4:13 CEB 

  

He Holds The Key

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I have a very dear friend that has been going through storm after storm lately and she is fighting to not let the enemy win.
I was praying for her on a specific event and we were conversing by text on how God had worked it all out. As I hit reply to my text this song shuffled and although I had heard it before, it was the words in that moment that pierced my heart this day and really wrecked me in a good kind of way.
I began to release so many tears and went into a full on squalling bawling doubled over deep grieving kind of hot mess crying… But strangely also a great praising God moment at the same time for the answered prayers in my friends life, for the miracles, for the hard, for the hope of her future, for her health, for her peace and comfort. As I cried I just praised God for the life lessons, for our friendship, and for hours of intense prayer interceding for her.

The words of the song became almost a prayer for not only my friend; but for several more friends and family I had been praying and interceding for, and also for myself.

Read the words as you listen to the song…. Let it fill you with hope and encourage you not to quit!
You may have been on lockdown -but He Holds The Key!
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

Out Of Hiding by Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger

http://youtu.be/XFkDqQtfs0w

Lyrics:

Come out of hiding you’re safe here with me
No need to cover what I already see
You’ve got your reasons and I hold your peace
You’ve been on lock down but I hold the key

And I loved you before you knew what was love
And I saw it all still I choose the cross
And you were the one that I was thinking off
When I rose from the grave
Now rid of the shackles, my victory’s yours
I tore the veil for you to come close
There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore
You’re not far from home

I’ll be the lighthouse when you’re lost at sea
And I will illuminate everything
No need to be frightened by intimacy
Just throw off your fear and come running to me

Oh

And Oh as you run what hindered love
Will only become part of the story

Baby you’re almost home now
Please don’t quit now