See

Our struggles are often only a product of how we see ourselves.

If you see defeated – that’s how you’ll live.

If you see delivered – that’s how you’ll live.

If you see sick – that’s how you’ll live.

If you see health – that’s how you’ll live.

If you see lack – that’s how you’ll live.

If you see enough – that’s how you’ll live.

What are you seeing? Who are you agreeing with? Who are you believing? What are you confessing?

May today we all get ANew View and start to focus on the powerful promises of God.

Even when it doesn’t look good at the moment… He promises to work ALL things out for our good!

~XXOO Michelle

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Whatever 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Whatever we put into our minds determines what comes out in our words and actions.

We speak God’s word not out of artificial piety to aim to impress others nor do we cater to human respect. We are to speak truth in love that builds bridges not walls.     

We can implant good ideas and settle our differences in todays world if we fix our thoughts on what is true, good and right. 

Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. 

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable– If there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise– dwell on these things. -Philippians 4:8

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Our High And Holy Calling 

With humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life. 

What is humility? To not think of ourselves more highly than we should – to think of ourselves with sober judgement according to the measure of faith that he has given us, to consider others better than ourselves, and to cast all of our cares on the Lord. 

What is the fear of the Lord? To worship and reverence the Lord, to delight ourselves in him, to seek to please him, to be like him, to be with him, and to depart from evil.

Each of us has been given a measure of faith; we are not super men, invulnerable and flawless. We live by the mercy and grace generously provided by Our Lord. Every grace we possess has been granted to us as a gift, to the glory and praise of the Great I Am.  

There is no call to compare ourselves with one another or to think that we are better or worse than others. In Christ, we are all on the same journey of refinement by his glory and grace. We are all destined for the same glorious destination.

We are not designed to carry the weight of worry; as obedient children, we entrust all of our cares to Our Heavenly Father, trusting that he will take care of all of our needs. Also, we yield all of our ambitions and plans to his grand design for our life. We wait for his will to unfold each and every day. We find our fulfillment in walking out our daily assignments.

We delight ourselves in the fear of the Lord; we are glad and rejoice when he is lifted up and glorified. We know that he is in the process of glorifying us and conforming us to his image. 
  Worshipping the Lord is our high and holy calling; we stand taller when we are on our knees; we truly live when he is our life.

                     ~Brad Heilhecker 

Our Aim 

Christ said that you can’t even enter the kingdom unless you become more righteous than the most holy men of his time. He went on to say that to be great in the kingdom we must observe and teach others to observe the Old Testament law. If we accept this as the true word of God, which it is, how is it even possible to fulfill this law?

I think a lot of people understand that faith in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross makes us righteous in God’s eyes, but how do we go on from there to observe and teach others to observe the law? It may be helpful to limit ourselves to the 10 commandments and the 2 greatest commandments that Christ referred to in his teachings. We can probably agree that the 10 commandments are a short list of standards which are holy and good, and which, if we transgress in any of them, we sin and fall short of the glory of God.  

For argument’s sake, let us agree that if we break the 2 greatest commandments we also sin and fall short of the glory of God. For review, these 2 commandments are to love the Lord God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself.

We find ourselves in the exact position of God’s people in the Old Testament. How do we keep these commandments? My proposal is that if we surrender to Christ’s lordship, if we abide in him by keeping the faith and doing our best to walk in love, we will fulfill all 12 commands. Surrendering our lives to Christ on a daily basis for him to live in and through us fulfills the first of the 2 great commandments and the first 4 of the 10 commandments, and learning and following Christ’s instructions on how to treat others fulfills the 2nd great commandment and the last six of the 10 commandments. The whole New Testament is basically an instruction manual on how to fulfill all 12 of these prominent commands. It is not easy and is impossible with a lackadaisical attitude. It requires a fervent and whole hearted devotion to Christ and his Gospel.

To summarize: if we aim at keeping the law, we will miss Christ and also not be able to keep the law, even though we are trying very hard to keep it. If we aim at devotion to Christ, we will gain Christ and end up keeping the law, even though we are not focusing on keeping it. Our focus remains on Jesus, on pleasing him by obeying him and letting him live through us.

                   ~Brad Heilhecker

Smoldering

  
Even through the ash

Smoldering

Seeming to have no flame

I feel you Lord

Swirling about…

With your jovial gaze

Seeing me

And allowing me to see

This earthly pain

Will never get in our way

If I keep my eyes on Thee

Blazing eyes of truth

Teaching me value

Through the wait

Your patience

Appreciated

Saving me

Every day

Of my life

Every evening

Transpired

Sire 
❤ Krystal Lynne 

A Better Focus

  

Never focus on your problems.

Instead, focus on God’s promises. 

There is a promise to every problem. 

~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

                    #LiveRestored 

And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. ~2 Peter 1:4 NLT 

Humility

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“The Humble Man Has An Advantage Over All Other Men…No One Can Put Him Down!” By Graham Cooke

“We are always victims to our own smugness, arrogance and self delusion. Rest assured we will be taken down a peg or two if these attitudes persist in us. Humility begins to grow in us when we learn to recognize what we are like without Jesus and what we are capable of in Him. Humility is knowing that we have wisdom but we don’t know everything. We are prophetic but sometimes God hides a thing from us. We have power but it fully belongs to Christ in us. In the Holy Spirit we can partner to create something but we are not the Creator. We know our limits but we are also unbounded in the Lord Jesus. Humility has a foundation built upon the fruit of the Spirit. We express love in the face of opposition. We move in kindness, gentleness and patience when confronted by a mean-spirited person. When held in contempt we articulate goodness. When reviled we bless. We have a good opinion of ourselves but not higher than it should be. Humility is not self-deprecation. To believe that in Christ we have no worth is just religious nonsense. If one of His names is wonderful, and He is in us, what does that make us? Humility is the wisdom of knowing that we are unique, gifted and beloved of God, and accordingly, we empower others to realize their identity also. Humility gives us the power to rise up into a high place but not become arrogant by the promotion of God. What we possess in our circumstances, of the fruit of the Spirit, will generate a humility that will bless the Lord. In humility we are not open to the attack of the enemy. Humility guards our hearts in the beauty of God. Arrogance is the erroneous belief that because we have an anointing we are better than others. Lack of humility is our undoing. If no one can put us down, we do not have to prove ourselves. Therefore there is no need to be affronted, wounded or offended. In peace we let go of all things detrimental to us. Humility both annoys and defeats the enemy. When a hard heart comes into contact with humility it has the capacity to be softened. A soft answer turns away wrath. Humility and gentleness will always be powerful keys that bind the enemy and loose people. They are an excellent defense against our own pride and delusion.” ~Graham Cooke

I love how Cooke explains things. He always gives a great “Kingdom” perspective and doesn’t mince words. His insight on Humility is basic yet deep.

This is from his book:
Keys To Brilliant Focus
The Power of Wisdom to Reclaim Your Identity.
This was #33
The Wisdom Series Book 3.

He asks these questions at the end-

Look back over recent experiences where you have been embarrassed and humbled. What was your response in the aftermath? What preceded your humbling? What attitude and lifestyle were you displaying? Did you reap something because of your own actions? How will you cultivate humility in this next time frame? What price will you put on gentleness and kindness as a way of life?

What are your thoughts ?

How would you answer his questions?

XXOO Michelle Bollom

Redeemed Dates

Redeem: To recover ownership of. To turn in and receive something in exchange. To fulfill. To set free; rescue or ransom. To save from a state of sinfulness and its consequences. To make up for. To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of.  Variations/redeemed,redeeming,redeems.

Redeemed, what an awesome word huh?  I have come to just love that word. Maybe I associate it with my favorite book “Redeeming Love”, by Francine Rivers; I am not sure why I love the word.  God has also given me a new favorite word, Restored.  I am thrilled to see Restore is listed in the definition of Redeemed.

I am a word person.  I love quotes, I love scripture, I love great books, and I love rhymes and silly songs.   I think so many people have such great things to say.  I had an awesome walk this morning with a dear friend and the words she shared have just resonated with me all day.  She promises to blog soon about our conversation. 

I would not have considered myself a writer.  Although, my twin Sister Melissa would beg to differ I think.  I was a reader and a writer as a child.  I would write poetry, stories, letters, and songs.  She did not always enjoy my musical songwriting abilities and to this day that has become a subject of great laughs. 

Fast forward all these years and God has stirred up that love I had as a child in writing words and sharing stories.  I also credit Wendy Walters, an amazing writer and speaker that I saw earlier this year at my ordination that stirred something in me.  I am not a great writer, by far.  Thank You God for spell check and edit buttons.  My twin sister was the spelling bee champion.  It was not one of my strong suites and only time I won, she threw the competition.  I did not win until after I was busted for what the teacher thought was cheating, but was actually a lucky 8 ball I had behind my back that my sister said would bring me good luck.  Oh that is another one of those stories we can laugh for hours over. 

I am not a terrible speller, but I do occasionally make the horrible mistake of your for you’re and I rely on spell check much more as I am getting up in years.  I find it very funny and a little sad for those people that post their distaste for that spelling mistake on Facebook.  Sometimes Siri spells it that way to our defense, and sometimes I just type too fast and really don’t care if it is spelled correct or not, most know what I was trying to convey and if that is a friendship deal breaker then I give me the ole Gift of Goodbye friend, Life is too short and precious to get hung up on ‘ & E’s.

I know I drive people crazy and myself most days because I am a run on sentence kind of girl and sometimes I can go around the bush too long and I can get lost in a circle trying to remember what I was trying to say in the first place.  See I just did it right there, and got side tracked!

None the less, all that to say, I love the word Redeemed.

Recently God has been speaking to me and blessing me with “Redeemed Dates”.  I had a situation just a few weeks ago where a date that had brought me so much pain and sadness for the last 22 years was instantly transformed into a date of excitement, happiness, and anticipation of great things.  As I reflected and was shocked about the date significance, the tears, now happy tears welled up in my eyes, I started saying Thank You over and over to God for such an awesome redemption of dates and emotions for me. 

 A few days later, I read a friend’s Facebook post where a date was redeemed for her too.  Her mother had died and she always mourned the date and was affected sadly by it, but now, several years later, God gave her an amazing and beautiful granddaughter born on that date that now that date was redeemed and she will have happy memories on that date from now on. 

I saw another friend today put a post on the sadness over the loss of her son 28 years ago and was on the same date that she recently also lost a friend to cancer.  She has tied that date with those terrible losses. My heart broke for her and I began praying for her.  I remember I did that too when my brother died and then two years later when my dad died.  I hated those dates.  I would try to forget them, but subconsciously the dates would just creep up and make me miserable and sad.  I heard Dr. Phil once say that we need to not celebrate dates of death.  Our loved ones had so much more to them then the date of their deaths.  I decided then not to put so much stock into the end date and celebrate each day and the memories of those I love.   God and His word have helped me tremendously.   And just for extra blessing on a really tough date, He recently redeemed that date for me so I know it can get better.

I love this beautiful promise; Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago. I am going to do something new. It is already happening. Don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land. ~ Isaiah 43:18-19.

Oh this is one of my faves!  This is one of those verses I add to my prayers.  God is the way maker, when I need a way in the desert or a river in dry lands I call on Him.  You can too. 

And this promise; Therefore be very careful how you live and act. Let it not be as unwise men, but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. ~Ephesians 5:15-16.

We all know the days can be evil, and God is the redeemer of time, and dates!  Spend your days doing something that brings you and others joy.  Don’t live and act unwise.  Unwise is being held in bondage to depression over a date.  Remember to count the blessings, not the troubles.

And this promise; I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” ~ Isaiah 44:22

Return to Him, He is the Only one that can redeem you and sweep offenses and sins away too!

And finally this promise; The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth forever: forsake not the works thy own hands. ~Psalm 138:8

God wants to perfect and restore and redeem not only our lives and what concerneth us but our dates too.  Life is too short and precious to hold onto the sadness of our past or celebrate the dates of our losses. 

I challenge you, whatever date is haunting you, Vow right now that you will do something different this year on that date.  Decide to make new memories to fill those dates.  I pray God will bring you many redeemed dates and restored lives!  XXOO Peace & Blessings, Michelle Bollom