Create

Lately I have felt the pull to paint and create these pictures using old hymn lyrics.

It’s fun and really brings me into a special place in the Lord’s presence.

I would love to see or hear about what you create.

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

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A Christmas Eve Reminder 


If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

 

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook…….

 

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

 

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

 

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy anothers home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens. Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

 

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

                1 CORINTHIANS 13~

             CHRISTMAS VERSION

                        ~Sharon Jaynes

Pause- grab a nice cup of cocoa – sit down – rest & reflect. 

         It doesn’t have to all be perfect.  

Be sure to not get so wrapped up in all the lights and shiny paper that you forget to focus on what really matters.    

        The Light of the Word has come! 

                ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

May The Good Lord Be With You 

  
“Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.” – Frank McKinney Hubbard

Oh don’t let this quote be true for you! 

This year I did not drag out my old Christmas CD’s as in years past. I did not even turn the radio to the Christmas music channels. The only Christmas music I heard this year was while I was out shopping on the department store intercom. 

Being a Rod Stewart fan from way back, I immediately recognized his voice and then I recognized CeeLo Green’s voice. 

 The song is “Merry Christmas Baby” 

My very favorite part is the farewell greeting:
May The Good Lord Be With You

Don’t be too quick to pack it all up and head back to normal. Savor Christmas a little longer this year.    

Make Christmas about more than gifts you give others once a year.

Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas and the Greatest Gift ever all through the year! 

                     ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Discernment

  
Define

Discernment can be defined as the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure; an act of perceiving something; a power to see what is not evident to the average mind.” 

 

Affirm

Hebrews 5:14 “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” 

 

Recall

A girlfriend and I got into a conversation about portraying a Christ-like attitude. In our conversation, we had varying positions being Christ-like. My belief about Christ is that he prayed for himself and others; but Christ was always an action. Christ helped, healed, gave, rebuked, calmed, delivered, refined, improved, influenced, and taught just to name a few.  

 

My position in our conversation was that when Christ could help someone in need, he would do just that. I made the statement that as Christians we should try to be more Christ-like. I gave the example that often we as Christians will often tell others we will pray for them- when in fact, we have the power to help them (offer an act of service). My friend made a statement, well I always ask GOD for discernment before I help others. She then said even if I could help someone, that doesn’t mean I will.  

 

Her statements confused me. Honestly, I was quiet uncomfortable with her statement because a few months prior- I had asked her for help (and I really needed the help). She didn’t understand that I was in dire need, although I explained to her that I was. I thought to myself, maybe she prayed for discernment. I was confused by the true meaning of discernment so of course I sought GOD. Here’s what I learned.

 

1. Discernment is a gift. Just like other gifts given by GOD, some of us were graced with the gift of discernment. Those with the gift of discernment can recognize authenticity and are good judges of the character of others and can easily differentiate good vs evil.

 

2. Discernment is GOD led. The Holy Spirit will lead us or give us direction in a specific matter if we seek him. In order for us to receive his direction, we must spend time with the spirit and the spirit will guide us.  

 

3. Discernment is not the same as judgment. We often judge people, places, and positions based on what we see, what we have experienced, what we have been told, and what we perceive. Discernment frees us from past and helps us compassionately step into the present.  

 

After researching more about discernment, I learned that I didn’t clearly understand the power of discernment. I am so glad I did the research because I learned so much. I learned that human nature often causes us to judge someone else’s circumstances based on what we think their experiences are, we even sometimes judge others based on our own experiences. I learned that many of us are gifted with discernment from GOD and is a gift that if not used to give GOD the glory- our gifts might be diluted. Lastly I learned that we must rely on the Holy Spirit to help us when we need discernment over a situation or circumstance (discernment is not like a wild card- you actually must spend time seeking GOD’s wisdom).  


Maybe you too have judged someone and confused judging them as discernment. Maybe you too want to develop more of a Christ-like (action) attitude towards others. Maybe you want to gain more wisdom and develop a more discerning spirit.  

 

If this is you, I challenge you to ask GOD to show you how to better understand discernment- so that you can apply it to all areas of your life. Discernment is truth. Discernment is real. Discernment is present. Discernment is good. Discernment is seeing how God sees. May GOD help us to see things how he sees them. Spending time with him will help us learn how to distinguish good from evil. Let’s continue to seek GOD together in the area of discernment. I DARE You.

 
Exercise:

Dear God,

Thank you for helping me better understand discernment. Please help me to be free from judging others and help me to rest in your love when making decisions. I am so grateful your spirit will help me compassionately make Christ-like decisions.  
         ~Lereca Monik 

 

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Tithe

  

Define

Tithe can be defined as one tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the church and clergy or a tenth of a specified thing.

 

Affirm

Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”

 

Recall

Tithing seems like an ambiguous concept, especially when you are affected by the ebbs and flows of life. What this means to me is that some of us experience transitions that affect our lives and we get caught up in feeling like we are unable to tithe. I don’t know about you; but at moments in my life, in which my finances are affected- I get a little uncomfortable about my budget and I waver back in forth in my mind about my tithes.  

 

A few weeks ago, I was thinking about tithing. I was thinking….God I just want to be faithful. I didn’t have a clear understanding about tithing. In my quest for a deeper understanding, I learned that tithe can be one tenth of your earnings; but it can also be one tenth of a specific thing. The one tenth of a specific thing caught my attention….sometimes life requires us to be more strategic about how we honor GOD.    

 

So here’s what I decided…I will honor GOD with one tenth of what he’s given me. I will give him- no matter how I feel- one tenth of my income, one tenth of my time, and one tenth of my talents. I want to be intentional about giving him what he has blessed me with.  

 

You guys, I know life happens. Maybe you experienced moments of transition this year and like me, you were thinking about your tithes. Maybe you experienced: a layoff, a divorce, the loss of your home, the birth of a child, a new health condition, fostering new children, or a new bill.  

 

As we are approaching the holiday season, the enemy wants to show us what we don’t have; but our GOD is bigger than the enemy and GOD will show you what he will do. Do not allow the enemy’s distractions detach you from GOD’s promise for your life. Today is a new day and you can reattach yourself to his promise- I encourage you to honor GOD with your tithes-one tenth of what he has blessed you with.  

 

Join me in the 90-day tithe challenge. Put GOD to the test. He asks us to. I DARE You.

 

Let us know your results! We look forward to hearing from you.  

 

Exercise:

Dear God,

Thank you for your undying love. Please help me to be faithful with my tithes. Your word promises me that you will open the floodgates of heaven- I believe it and I receive it. I love you.  

~Lereca Monik 
  

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Unlocking Your Potential 

  

What is “potential”? 
I like to think of it as simply “Unrealized Ability”

I saw this list recently of 10 keys to unlocking potential. 

            10 keys to unlocking potential:
You must establish a relationship with God — the source of your potential.

You must understand how God made you to function: by faith and by love.

You must know your purpose in life (your potential was given for just that).

You must identify the resources that help unlock your potential.

You must know and find or create the right environment you need to function at your peak performance level. Part of this is daily contact with God.

You must realize that potential is expressed through hard work.

You must cultivate your potential. Fertilize it like a seed.

You must guard your potential — from laziness, distractions, and compromise.

You must share your potential. No potential exists for itself.

You must understand and cooperate with the limitations God has placed on your potential. Remember, you’re not God! When you violate these limitations, your potential actually decreases.

                                    ~ Miles Munroe 

What do you think?
Are you ready to realize your ability and unlock your potential? 
A great place to start is in God’s Word.
Don’t ever let the world tell you what you aren’t-

Let God show you who you really are.  

Grab your Key (The Bible) and start unlocking your potential today! 
              ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

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 

  

A Gift To Myself 

Happy Birthday Lereca! 

 
Every now and then on special days like today, I like to go off line. Today I would like to open with a quote from Marianne Williamson. For some of you, it might be new and for others, it might be review.  

 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

 

As I move into this new season of life…below are my prayers for myself. 

 

• My faith: that it is so powerful and infectious that it illuminates others. 

• My words: that they are intentional and are words of peace and words of sound wisdom.

• My friends: that I learn how to discern areas of their lives in which they need my support.  

• My family: that they love unconditionally. 

• My daughter: that she continues to develop into the beautiful, smart, loving, woman that GOD wants her to be.

• My husband: that I learn how to be the godly wife he desires.

• My church: that I serve like no other.

• My relationships: that I continue to plant seeds of life.

• My heart: that I remain open and willing to learn.

• My dreams: that I have the courage to move towards them daily.

• My light: that I let it shine brightly.

 

I want to consciously live in the light. This can only be delivered if I continue to live in GOD’s perfect will. I have committed myself to surrendering to his plan for my life. I am so grateful for everything GOD has blessed me with. I am so grateful that I am able to share a little example of his grace weekly with all of you. I am so grateful for this new season, this new chapter. 

 Happy Birthday to myself!

 

Thank you for allowing me to share! Enjoy your week! ~Lereca Monik 

Can God Trust You 

  

Here’s the question of the day? Can you be trusted? Christians can we be trusted? 

People are always stating things like if they won the lottery they would do this and they would do that.. or if they made more money they would this, that and the other..but the ultimate question is can you be trusted? We all want God’s blessings but can He trust us enough to bless us?

Let’s be honest no one wants to be in a relationship with anyone that they can’t trust. Whether it’s our husband,wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, we want to assume that we can trust our mates and they will not lie, cheat or steal from us.

Even if it’s something as simple as employment, we want to be able to trust our employer to tell the truth about the possibilities in making more money in our career or even a promotion.

In most of our day to day lives we pretty much demand honesty and trust from everyone that we encounter.

Some people wonder why they are not where they should be in life and they want to know why they are not being blessed, but God wants to know that He can trust us.

Example: If He blesses us with a ministry would we continue to push the ministry to the fullest or would we take shortcuts or delegate the ministry to someone else?
Example: If He blessed us with expensive cars,bigger homes or a better job will we remain humble and continue to help others who are less fortunate?
Luke 12:48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Understand that the more God gives us more is REQUIRED from you.

Scripture used for today’s devotion:

Job 1:7-8

7 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” 

8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” 

In this verse where Satan looked for someone “righteous”, Jesus said, ” Have you considered my friend Job?” Most people have always admired the scriptures of Job because it taught us as Christians about patience and endurance but if we really think of this passage closely – Jesus REFERRED Job to Satan because he was TRUSTWORTHY.  Jesus knew that Job would do whatever to serve Him regardless of what trials and tribulations that he experienced

 Job lost his children, his livestock,property, dignity and some parts of his mind, but he was trustworthy because of his faithfulness to God.

So going back to the subject:

Most of us are known to stay faithful and trustworthy to God when we need something, but He is waiting on a steady commitment. With alot of us we are looking for a quick fix type of God. When most of us are down and out it’s really easy for us to stay faithful to God. When we experience deaths in the family, job loss, when bills are due we become really close with God.

He has the power to do all things for us but can He trust you? Walking with Christ is not a sugar daddy type of relationship where you only call on Him when you need Him, He needs a real commitment from you. ~LaNette Kincaid 
 {Sidenote: A sugar daddy is someone that only came around when you called him and he would pay and handle everything lacking for you. The sugar daddy wasn’t to serve any other purpose other than to handle bills and business-no real relationship. Also known as “The big spender”or a pimp}
  
Women With Gifts is an organization that promotes women to use the gifts and talents that GOD has given them for survival. Our organization believes in leadership development, teaching and motivating others. Essentially, we are the products of the seeds we’ve sown. Growing Roses from a Briefcase is an inspirational motto we use that means we are believers and we have the ability to do anything that we put our minds to. Growing roses from a briefcase sounds difficult but “WE can do all things through Christ who strengthens US.” Philippians 4:13
LaNette Kincaid is a Marine wife and mother of two, that took on the challenge of owning a business shortly after graduating college. Most of her tips and advice that you will read come from her personal experiences of trial and error. To see more of LaNette’s business and inspirational tips be sure to follow her on Twitter @LaNetteKincaid