What Favor Awaits You? 

Ruth left all that was familiar and comfortable to her to follow her Mother In Law Naomi, and put her trust in Naomi’s God. 

Just like us when we decide to follow Christ. We may be asked to leave behind situations or people that are not in our best interest. God may even force the separation and give us no choice but to find the courage to keep going and not go back to what was once comfortable or familiar.   

Ruth chose to be obedient and do whatever Naomi instructed her to do. Even if that meant gathering scraps in the fields or approaching Boaz on the threshing floor. 

Ruth was willing to humble herself and follow instructions, and her obedience and mercy did not go unrecognized.  

She not only gained favor in the fields, it ultimately gained her favor that radically altered her life in a very good way. 

She later married Boaz, who by those standards and that time was a pretty well off guy. She no longer had to gather scraps in the field to survive, her husband now owned the fields. 

She also restored the family name for her and Naomi with her son Obed. Obed was also the grandfather of David and is ultimately one of Jesus’ ancestors in the genealogies found in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke.

What things do you need to leave behind?

What risks are you willing to take by being obedient and follow the Lord’s direction? 

You never know what Favor awaits you if you don’t step out of fear and step into courage.

           

              Will You Answer A Call To Valor? 

                      
             ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Exert from the upcoming book : A Call To Valor by Michelle Bollom.  

#ACallToValor #LiveRestored #RestoredMinistries 

Chicago Treasure Hunt 

       Lately, God has been reminding me to look for “treasures” wherever I go through out the day. I wasn’t exactly sure what was meant by the word “treasures”.  

     On a trip to Chicago with some friends two weeks ago, we all decided to became intentional looking for the “treasures” that God had in store for us each day. 

We became treasure hunters on a mission to uncover things hidden around us that had the potential to be of great value and worth. 

A treasure can be wealth or precious stones or it can fall into the category of someone or something of great value or worth. 

We were looking for people or things that lead us to an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness. 

Matthew 6:21 says,”Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

We asked God to open up our hearts and to show us all the treasures around us as we explored the city. We kept our eyes and ears open to the possibilities that God would give us the desires of our hearts. 
Our treasures were like ordering a drink. Several came in a small size cup, some were medium and others were extra large cups filled with surprises. 

Treasure Hunt 101

Step One: Ask

Step Two: Look

Step Three: Discover

Step Four: Share

We found a treasure on day one. They were dressed up as police officers protecting the block that we were walking on and gave us daily directions. These officers sacrifice their lives to protect us as we are shopping and walking up and down the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. There were three officers placed at every block. 

Do we stop and thank them? Do we acknowledge their time and sacrifice? It’s a discovery of the people and things around us. 
That is ordering a small drink of thankfulness. 

One night, we look around and discover a man and his wife coming out of the Ralph Lauren Restaurant. We were wondering why they do not sell clothes but rather serve food at a Ralph Lauren establishment. We investigate and find out that there are only three of these restaurants in the world. Curious to see what this couple thinks of the food served there, we stop and talk to them. Forty five minutes later we are still talking and sharing insights into marriage and congratulation goes out to them. They were celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary. The couple had joined their six children to celebrate their anniversary.
  Our treasure was found in the prayers and tears we shared together as we stood and conversed about life’s up and downs. 
That was our medium sized drink of encouragement and counsel. 

I won’t mention how unorganized and not so smart it was for us to wait until the last minute to order our tickets to the production of CS Lewis’s life as the reluctant convert. It really was the initial reason we went to Chicago. So let’s not focus on why we did not order the tickets in plenty of time. It’s amazing how God still leads and directs and delights in helping his children obtain the wishes and desires of their hearts. Even when we at times fall short of our responsibility to make it happen.  
No tickets, it was sold out. We ladies got bold and decided to test our faith. Deb called the ticket booth holder and he said he was sorry there was nothing he could do for us. I’m sure he was wondering why we came all the way to Chicago to see this production and failed to purchase the tickets in time. Not our best move!
Still we knew God would make a way. So we had to just ask, order up an Uber and go to the theater with the expectation that tickets would appear. This is where it is good to have others around you that have more faith than you have at the time. I figured we could try and then shop if all else fails. Not these ladies, they had unshakeable faith that we would all four see the production and God was going to provide the tickets. We got there and hovered over the poor ticket booth guy. He knew who we were from the phone call. First man walked in and said his wife was sick and he couldn’t use the the two tickets. Jessica made a deal and bought his tickets. He used the money to buy new tickets to take his wife later when she was feeling better. Second man from a performing arts company came and gave the ticket booth guy 4 tickets for anyone who wanted them. The show started in ten minutes and God showed up with ten minutes to spare. Third guy walked in with his wife to see if he could buy a ticket for he and his wife. We gave him the tickets we bought and we took the four tickets and all sat together and enjoyed the show. We had five minutes until the show started. 

That was our large cup sized order of faith. It was delivered free of charge. 

The next day we go to the beach. Yes, Chicago has a beach and a body of water without sharks and jellyfish. Lake Michigan is huge and appears to be an ocean.  
We did the whole 

1)Ask

2)Look

3)Discover 

4)Share 

Treasure Hunt Strategy

Well, in reality we sat down on a bench behind the walking path and beach under a tree. Miriam said, “Let’s do a Bible Study!“. Not really sure what that meant since we did not have a Bible. We said okay but for five minutes only. We know our dear friend is an evangelist and we could be there for hours. So we set our phone for five minutes or we would never leave that bench. “Go” we shouted. Miriam asked if anyone needed prayer as they walked by us. Honestly, we were just talking and listening to all the rejections of people going by saying, “No, thanks.” That was fine with us. We only had one minute left. Then our super sized treasure walked past us and he stopped and turned around and softly whispered 

“Sure, I could use a prayer”.  
We were surprised and all at once four moms jumped in and started praying and speaking his future over him. We were all so excited to share the potential he carried and we were perplexed what he was doing there. A homeless young man who was clean, sharp and wise above his age. He listened intently as we shared with him God’s plans and the love that His Father has for him. His eyes were piercing blue and crystal clear with vision as he was reminded of the promises of God specifically for him. Sometimes we just need a reminder. I sat there thinking this could be my son. This is somebody’s son!! We discovered that by sharing God’s love and taking our last minute left to speak hope and purpose over this young man we were the ones blessed mightily. 
We actually sat with him for over an hour as he graciously allowed us to remind him that God has a set purpose and plan for his life. 
 He was the super sized drink of compassion. 

These are NOT your normal treasures one might look for or discover on any given day. However, we found them to be of great worth and value. This particular treasure hunt investment is eternal and lasting. 
Where do your treasures lie?
Are you looking for any undiscovered treasures along your path today?
They come in all shapes, sizes and packages. 
Be on the look out!! Set a timer and I bet you find at least one!!
Ready, set, go,

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

A Place In The Sun 

  
“I am bursting with GOD -news! 

I’m walking on air. I’m laughing at my rivals. 

I’m dancing my salvation. Nothing and no one is holy like GOD, no rock mountain like our God. Don’t dare talk pretentiously— not a word of boasting, ever! 

For GOD knows what’s going on. 

He takes the measure of everything that happens. 

The weapons of the strong are smashed to pieces, while the weak are infused with fresh strength. 

The well-fed are out begging in the streets for crusts, while the hungry are getting second helpings. 

The barren woman has a houseful of children, while the mother of many is bereft.”

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“GOD brings death and GOD brings life, 

brings down to the grave and raises up. 

GOD brings poverty and GOD brings wealth; 

He lowers, He also lifts up. 

He puts poor people on their feet again; 
He rekindles burned-out lives with fresh hope, Restoring dignity and respect to their lives

— a place in the sun! 

  
For the very structures of earth are GOD ’s; 

He has laid out His operations on a firm foundation. 

He protectively cares for His faithful friends, 

step by step, but leaves the wicked to stumble in the dark. 

No one makes it in this life by sheer muscle! 

GOD ’s enemies will be blasted out of the sky, crashed in a heap and burned. 

GOD will set things right all over the earth, He’ll give strength to His king, He’ll set His anointed on top of the world!”

                 ~ ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭2:1-10‬ ‭MSG‬‬
2:1-10 Hannah’s heart rejoiced, not in Samuel, but in the Lord. She looks beyond the gift, and praises the Giver. She rejoiced in the salvation of the Lord, and in expectation of His coming, who is the whole salvation of his people. The strong are soon weakened, and the weak are soon strengthened, when God pleases. Are we poor? God made us poor, which is a good reason why we should be content, and make up our minds to our condition. Are we rich? God made us rich, which is a good reason why we should be thankful, and serve him cheerfully, and do good with the abundance he gives us. He respects not man’s wisdom or fancied excellences, but chooses those whom the world accounts foolish, teaching them to feel their guilt, and to value his free and precious salvation. This prophecy looks to the kingdom of Christ, that kingdom of grace, of which Hannah speaks, after having spoken largely of the kingdom of providence. And here is the first time that we meet with the name MESSIAH, or his Anointed. The subjects of Christ’s kingdom will be safe, and the enemies of it will be ruined; for the Anointed, the Lord Christ, is able to save, and to destroy. – Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary 

I was studying these verses recently and the phrase 

“A place in the sun” jumped out at me.
A place in the sun means -a position of favor or advantage.   

I read the commentary and a few more things jumped out at me that I highlighted above in the commentary section. 

As I meditated on the verses, my hope is that we, just like Hannah, pray this prayer and look beyond the gifts and look straight to the Giver of all good things. May we too feel our guilt and value His free and precious salvation. Take your place in the sun and share the Son with others. 

                 ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

  

Divine

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I absolutely love the word Divine. I have been stuck on this word for quite some time.

Di•Vine
dəˈvīn/
adjective:
Of, from, or like God; devoted to God; sacred.
Excellent, delightful.

I started praying for Divine Connections years ago and I have expanded it to pray that God would develop and bring me…

Divine Appointments
Divine Encounters
Divine Favor
Divine Love
Divine Support
Divine Dominion
Divine Nature
Divine Revelation
Divine Health

And my list keeps growing!

I love to recognize and pray these things in not just my own life but in other peoples lives too.

And then I stumbled across this verse:

His Divine power has given us everything we need to experience life and to reflect God’s true nature through the knowledge of the One who called us by His glory and virtue.~2 Peter 1:3 The Voice

Praise God! We have His Divine power per this promise. With His Divine Power we have all we need!

Look around and start recognizing all the Divine’s in your own life and
ask God to bring you only those things that He has Divinely ordered.
He is faithful to deliver!

~XXOO Michelle Bollom