Live Happily Ever After 


   I just returned from the whole Disney Theme Park trip in Orlando, Florida. I am still trying to wrap my mind around the huge amounts of people these parks draw in each day. 

One would think a Thursday in February would be a smaller crowd at the Magic Kingdom. Nope, not the case at all, thousands poured in at the magic opening hour of 9 am. Since I was in line to get autographs from all the different Disney princesses my attention was drawn to watching the little girls meet and greet these beautiful Disney actors. 

They were playing their part perfectly as if they just stepped out of their particular animated movie to specifically greet you. One couldn’t help but get caught up in the wonder of the fantasy of these characters. Even so much as to go and get pixie dust in our hair after meeting Tinker Belle. Yes, the mom’s needed faith, trust and a little pixie dust dropped on their heads too. It’s quite easy for me to go into pretend mode and be a princess. After all I grew up on Cinderella and believed I too would meet my Prince Charming and live happily ever after. 

I was reminded this week at Disney that we are ALL created for a purpose bigger than ourselves. We have the DNA of our Creator flowing through us that causes us to look upward and beyond. Yes…..to infinity and beyond just like Buzz Lightyear. No wonder so many people are drawn to the Magic Kingdom. These are not just kids who are being mesmerized by the possibilities of flying like Peter Pan or having “Magic” power to make all your dreams come true. 

We were created for so much more than we are experiencing currently on earth. 

Dahhh!! 
We are the sons and daughters of the King of Kings. If we decide to step into our royal calling through the blood of Jesus. We too are sprinkled with something far more powerful than fairy dust. We have the ability to be co-heirs with Christ. 
This is a happily ever after story for us. 
We have a choice to choose the side of good and or the side of evil.  

I choose to come as a child and receive my inheritance in Christ Jesus. 

The huge Tree of Life is the center of attention at The Animal Kingdom. I will admit I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it. It has all the animals slightly hidden and carved all around the trunk and branches. 

It is our salvation in Jesus Christ that makes the Tree of Life come alive daily in all of us. 
It’s magical not easily explained. 
We are in the happiest place on earth when we rest our heads on the One who leads us through the circle of life. If we listen closely we can hear Him whisper, “You are a child of mine!”.

Have you heard the song, ‘No Longer Slaves’ by David and Melissa Helser?

Check it out below. 

Discover who you can be in Christ if you choose to step into royalty and live happily ever after to infinity and beyond. 

Princess Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com


Isaiah 62:3

“You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.”

(Co-heirs)

Romans 8:17

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
(Royalty)

I Peter 2:9

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
(Children of God)

Galatians 4:7

“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”
(Tree Of Life)

Revelation 2:7

“‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.'”

Proverbs 11:30

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.”

Ways

WORTHY THOUGHT: Is God sufficiently rooted in your heart so that you recognize the right path that leads to His ways? 

Many people don’t accomplish things for God by simply following their passion and pursuing their dreams. We have to be obedient and faithful doing what God has placed in front of us, even when we don’t understand what God’s plan is. 

People often mistakenly think they are going the wrong direction when things get hard or it is taking too long. Then they go on their own terms in a different direction thinking it is a better way. But sadly this leads them further away from God’s path for them.

We must establish a firm foundation of faithfulness to God.

Trust God to get you there in His time.  

I do believe in embracing your passion and dreams, yet we are not to be passionate about a dream but about Jesus and His cause here on earth. 

                 ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Trust in The LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all yours ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. -Proverbs 3:5-7

Winning The Race 


Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles us. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out before us. Hebrews 12:1 NIV

Last year, while on vacation at the beach, I recall watching my son race toward the shore just a half-step ahead of the waves that crashed behind him. Then he would turn and go back out toward the ocean, as far out as he could, chasing the water as it was pulled from the land. There he would stand and watch, with great joy, for the next wave which would pursue him back toward me.

The perseverance on his face entertained me, with a sweet delight, as I watched him outrun the ocean’s embrace.

He was completely consumed while demonstrating the innermost thrill of a little boy. Little did he know that he had captured my heart, and he seemed oblivious to my desire for him to win. He competed against the rolling waves for hours. His goal was to beat the ocean before it beat him.

A confident heart allowed him to run again and again to drier areas of safety. Not even for a moment, did he look back with doubt, question or fear. There was no hindrances that he couldn’t run around or jump over. He was truly invincible.

Knowing that he could win, against the thunderous waters, compelled him to race again and again.

Life is a lot like this as we compete against the obstacles in it. By choosing faith and acting in it, we gain a power within. We can run life’s race with confidence and finish it well. If we throw off the things that hinder us we can persevere toward the goal that is before us. We can live invincible in Jesus.

The best part of it all is that our Heavenly Father is watching. He experiences the faith that we have in Him and He delights in us. He helps us achieve the goals He sets before us. This is all done because of his love for us and His desire for us to win.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We praise you for being our biggest cheerleader and we thank you for loving us more than what we are capable of understanding.

In Jesus name, amen

~Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Dream Big Dreams 



God wants you to dream BIG dreams! 

But how about letting God dream for us?

God had some great big dreams for Mary and David and so many others in the Bible, Bigger than they ever dreamed for themselves.

God has Big Dreams for you and your life too! 

               ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

* Casting Crowns “Dream for you”

Intimate And Organic 

  
When I started this fast on 10/4, I asked the Lord to download deeper truths and show me each day some encouragement to carry me along. 
God has been so faithful, He is 4 for 4- 

4 days -4 revelations/encouragements so far.

How do I know these revelations and “downloads” are from God?
I added almost two years ago these two practices to my morning quiet time routine. 
From my dreams, I write down all the people in my dreams. I then use The Name Book by Dorothy Astoria. It lists a bible verse for each name. 

The 2nd place I go to is Waking Words of Ancient Wisdom by Barbie Breathitt. It lists correlating Bible versus to times. 

When I awake during the night, I jot down the times and look them up the next day. Sometimes it is nothing more than that person on my mind or something too spicy for dinner or just having to get up and pee. But usually 99.99% of the time, it is God having me unpack something He is trying to teach me.   

So by now I recognize when a download is coming on, kinda like needing to go potty. I can feel it rumbling and stirring and there is no stopping it. (my son will be so proud I used a little bathroom analogy and humor today) 

So back to today …
God took me to this verse:

“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.” ~ John 15:5 MSG 

Afterwards God usually sends me to the dictionary and/or bible commentary.  

The two words that stood out were:
in·ti·mate

ˈin(t)əmət/

Closely acquainted; familiar, close. 

n. A very close friend


Or-gan·ic

\ȯr-ˈga-nik\

Of, relating to, or derived from living organisms

Right then I knew that God was downloading to me. As He also lovingly whispered to my soul:

It may get rough some days, it may make you want to give up Michelle, but cling to Me. Keep your relationship with Me and with food, intimate and organic. Keep it simple. Keep it Pure. Rest in Me. My burden is easy and light. The harvest is sure to be abundant if you stay linked up and aquainted with Me. When you separate from Me, you won’t produce a thing. You can’t do it without Me. I got this girlie! I got you in the palm of My hand. I am the true living God. All things are possible with Me. 

Yes! I am sticking close. I am clinging Lord! Today I am pressing on and thanking God for His Word and His downloads and for a light and easy burden. Instead of food being my Best Friend, God, You are my new BFF.  
I am believing with joyous hope that all things are possible and that soon I will also be lighter too.
                 XXOO Michelle Bollom 

I Don’t Revisit Painful Places

  

It was a reoccurring dream from my childhood. 

I was standing in the foyer of my great grandparents home in the dark. 

It was night time and the wind was blowing the white sheers in the long windows of each bedroom.

 I was pulling out a fleshy rope from out of my mouth. 

It was so long and it kept coming out as I wrapped it around my hand desperately trying to yank it out but there was no end. 

I was in elementary school and it was very frightening. 

It was bitter and it was choking me. I will never forget the texture or the taste. 

There was no one to help me or explain what was happening. 

My teeth felt like they were loosening and coming out. 

What a weird dream?!? 

Never understood it and 

I don’t revisit painful places 

but….this heart of mine is being provoked and tilled and the light is exposing darkness. 

The darkness has to leave and light always overcomes. 

The foyer is gone. 

The house no longer exists. 

My memories of question are not answered by bitterness! 

Oh taste and see that The Lord is Good!!! 

His sweetness and shining are triumphing over that place I stood battling that unseen force …..I’m dying but only to those lonely places…

It is time to rest and not fight. 

Bitterness will not be my plight. 

I’m learning, listening, leaning on the Lord of Life.
❤️Krystal Lynne 

Diamonds

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All she had ever desired was a diamond ring to display her worth and a family to worship God with.
She had dreamed of a husband sitting beside her on the pew with his arm lovingly wrapped around her.
She looked forward to having friends over & dining out regularly with other couples who they both knew and enjoyed equally.
None of this came to pass.
So much time had passed that she was spent with the waiting.
Every time she was in a social setting with other women she made sure not to have her left hand within view if at all possible.
That plain gold band seemed to shout of unimportance.
She knew that it was the symbol of covenant and the importance of that but her ego, heart & finger felt naked, empty & humiliated.
Over the years she had grown accustomed to not being invited to the parties and couples gatherings from her church friends since she attended church without her husband.
He had not been going with her since the first year they married.
It was going on twenty nine years so she knew the drill and felt every bit of the rejection from each celebration she would not be attending.
It stung!
The sting of it all sometimes felt unbearable.
Her life was unbelievable to her.
So many dreams aborted.
So many services alone.
She felt like a leper in the house of God.
Shunned, silenced and uninvited.
These things ought not be so!
So many women feel similar to this.
So many mothers sitting by themselves watching families standing, worshipping together.
Church can be painful for women.
Marriage can be twenty nine years with a gold band screaming into the loneliness and darkness.
You can not fit in when you feel worthless.

I might not have a diamond or a strong warm arm around my old cold shoulder at church but I have a living, loving Savior who happily lives in me, sits with me & shines brighter than a diamond through me….
Who knows my name, weight and every stretch mark I have earned….Who adores me with all of His precious heart ❤

Ladies, you are never alone. Sometimes it just seems so. In those times is when our faith is truly tested. I believe in Jesus Christ alone and He has been my companion. He is the stone that the builder rejected so He understands the diamond dilemma too. Perhaps I should lovingly refer to Him as my “literal” rock of ages allowing Him to be seen instead of fretting over a temporary stone that is not eternal and could never pay for me.
His purchase of us is what makes us so valuable. Lord, help us to see the diamond
💎

~ Krystal Lynne ❤️

May The Force Be With You 



 

Thanks to Amy Tippins for sharing her story with us from Her personal blog

  

 1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Where fear resides God cannot…unless you invite Abba to take away the fear. 

 For the past 2 years I have lived in fear. Fear that I would never be financially stable enough to become a parent. Fear of my business not being successful enough to support my family. I fear that I will run out of the mental bandwidth to handle a business and a child. I fear I will never be chosen by a birth mom. Yes, I have strong fears and sometimes they drive me to tears.

What I can attest to is that when I turn my fear over to God and asked for him to calm my heart, He always seems to come through in a way that is so much greater than I dreamed.

Society beats fear into our subconscious every step of the way in life. Growing up, it was preached to me that “certain types of girl” blessing from God never include “happily ever after” or a family. Guess what, THIS “certain type of girl” who goes against what is accepted as a “good Christian girl” found a love that accepts me in all of my faults and wonderful characteristics. I held out for what I am worthy of. I pushed forward and trusted in God despite my fear.

Fear is darkness. Think of one of the most classic movies, Star Wars, Luke lost his ability to use The Force when he allowed fear to entire his mind. When he feared his father then darkness (and sin) entered his mind and heart. When our hearts and mind fill with fear, then our actions become selfish, divisive and counter-productive to building love in our lives. To be fair, fear is as old as sin….it is the source of all sin. I lost the inability to fight fear at birth and so did you.

Most days, I have to say “This one isn’t under my control”. That scares me, but it is ok because I am not in control of this world. Somehow, when I whisper those words and ask God to fill my heart with faith then he fills my heart with peace. Most importantly, I know he won’t fail me when I invited him into my place of fear.

Fear is limits

God provided my perfect donor, a man who loves me so much that some days I shake my head at my worthiness of him, and God saved my house from going onto the auction block over a year ago. When I took the path of gratitude in my business, he tripled our business in less than 2 weeks. Yep, I think once I learned to say “Oh, I so do not have this handled” and say it with peace in my heart then he handled everything far beyond what I thought was possible.

My Abba (Father) covers my fear with His love, He is bringing my child home, and he has been creating a business that will is covering our financial needs. Yes, I don’t need to live in fear, BUT I am only human. So, He will be patient with me in the meantime and whisper into my ear “I know the plans I have for you”.  ~Amy Tippins 

The Waiting

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More beautifully wrapped than imagined,
The package has arrived!
The silver paper glistens, and
The larger-than-life bow sparkles,
Beckoning us to dive right in!
A shout of triumph escapes our lips
As we lift our heavy hearts and trudge forth!
This is it!
This is what we’ve waited for,
What we’ve prayed for,
What we’ve believed for!
With trembling hands,
We peel back the layers of adornment.
With tears of gratitude,
We acknowledge The Gift-giver.

Then,
As the promising flaps fall back,
Everything changes.
The silence is deafening.
The darkness within is not to be missed.
There is nothing.
Nothing.
Nothing.
Deflated once again, we retreat.
We waited.
We prayed.
We believed.
To no avail.
So it seems…
We wait.
We pray.
We believe.

~S. Gable 3/24/14
© RestoredMinistries

Courage

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Define:
Courage is defined as the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

Affirm:
Joshua 1:9 “I command you — be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Recall:
Considering this is the last post of the year, COURAGE is the perfect word for us to meditate on. Many of us have hopes, dreams, and visions that we want to come to pass; however, because of our fears or lack of courage we often find it extremely difficult to take the necessary steps to make our dreams become reality. Life has afforded us so many obstacles that we begin to live a life of complacency and lose sight of our ability to pursue what we know is destined for us.

I too am guilty of not exercising courage to pursue my dreams. So often people will tell you to stop and that the journey is too difficult. We often tell ourselves that it-whatever your it is- cannot be accomplished, it is not the best route for you…We create stories that are not real. We tell ourselves lies, and then believe the lie.

As I jog my memory of a time that I exercised courage, I think of being a pre-teen. As a pre-teen, I considered myself a winner. I was confident in my ability to perform academically, I was confident in my ability to memorize almost anything. For this, when given the project to recite a poem at church, I eagerly accepted the assignment. I studied the poem, recited the poem in front of my immediately family with confidence, and was prepared to share the poem in front of a 300 member congregation.

Let me set the scene.

I was supposed to be opening our church Christmas Play with a lengthy poem. I arrived to church early and sat at the back of the church with my poem in my hand. I replayed the words in my head and I thought I was prepared to recite the poem with very little effort, until my name was called. I remember hearing “Lereca is going to open today’s program with a poem.” As soon as I heard my name, my heart started beating fast, I could not breathe; yet still I proceeded to the front of the church. I knew I was prepared to give my speech and so I thought I had nothing to worry about. When I finally got in front of the church, I felt as if I could not complete the tasks. Have any of you felt fear? Did you give up? Did you follow through? Did you face your unknowns? Did you preserve? How did you respond? Despite how I felt, I exercised courage to recite the poem. It took me 14 attempts to get it right. I remember some people from the church congregation saying… “come on baby”. I remember my parents making the hand gestures for me to sit down and leave the stage. At the end I received a standing ovation. I felt accomplished and I was so happy that I recited the poem.

The lesson I learned.

I learned that when we want to accomplish something that we need to decide that we will develop a no matter what attitude. Developing a no matter what attitude will help us push through each obstacle. I also learned that along the way there will be people there to cheer you on and conversely you will also have people that will discourage you and ask you to take a seat. The main lesson I learned: DO NOT SIT DOWN ON YOUR DREAM. If GOD gave you a vision, he will give you the provision to accomplish the mission. The scripture clearly states that GOD will be with you- GOD commands us to move forward. Do not stagnate yourself.

In the words of Les Brown, “Take a leap and develop your wings as you fall!”

As we move into the New Year, I encourage you to think about something you want to accomplish, and ask GOD for the courage to help you face your fears so that you can move one more step towards your destiny.

Exercise:
Identify one area of your life/ one project/ one vision in which you need to exercise courage (list one)____________________________.
What step will you take daily to face your fear? _________________________________

Read this daily.
God I need to exercise courage in __________________________ and I commit to ______________________________________________________________________.

Commit to the challenge. I DARE you.

~Lereca Monik