An Opportunity To Give

It’s #GivingTuesday today!

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Why not use today as an opportunity to give.

Thank you all for your generous support! ~ XXOO Michelle

Extravagant Giving

Exceeding what is reasonable or appropriate. That is the definition of Extravagant. Some definitions use the word “absurd” to describe it.

Absurd means wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate.

So, tell me some ways you like to be absurd and extravagant in your giving?

This promise says – when we give this way – it never leads to poverty!

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

Shall Not Be Spent Or Empty


Elijah was a messenger of the Lord that met the widow of Zarephath. She didn’t have much and so she told Elijah that she only had enough for her and her son. Elijah doesn’t give up- he goes a step further; he asks her to trust him with the message from God. She obeys and did what Elijah asked and she gave. 

Are you feeling spent and empty? Are you finding yourself saying “no” out of fear you won’t have enough? 

Do you want to reap this promise of not being spent and not being empty for yourself? 

It’s simple actually …… you simply 

            Trust – Obey – Give

          That’s how you reap! 

For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.~1 Kings 17:14-16 ESV -XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Blessings 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Let us not be hoarders of our blessings.

Faith + Obedience = Blessings

God Is the one who blesses us when we remain obedient to him. Our true reward is the presence of God and the power we receive through the Holy Spirit. 

When we give, God supplies us with more so we can give more.

There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. (Proverbs 11:24)

God will extend His Grace to us when we are generous with what we have regardless of the amount enabling us to be generous even though we may have very little to give.

God honors generosity!

Make it a point to share your heavenly rewards!
The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.  (Proverbs 10:22)

                ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Light 


Worthy Thought: You cannot make yourself the light of the world. Jesus says you are the light of the world because of your relationship with him. 

When Jesus again spoke to the people, he said, ” I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ( John 8:12 NIV )

When Moses lead His people out of Egypt, God’s presence was with them. God provided a pillar of fire for their protection and guidance. (Exodus 13:21,22) 

Jesus brings God’s presence, protection and guidance to us.

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16 NIV)

Just as the moon has no light of its own, reflecting the light of the sun, so are believers to reflect the Light of Christ so that all can see it in us. The Light is evident to others by the good deeds we do in faith and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

              ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Lesson Learned 


I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw. –Proverbs 24:32

Not too long ago, I was having a rough morning. I knew the day would require caffeine. I decided to take a detour towards Starbucks on my way to work. As I turned into the parking lot, I recognized the driver behind me. I remembered her well.

This woman was responsible for some ‘old history’ that was the enemies playground with my emotions. I could feel myself becoming more irritated as my mind reminisced old memories.

And then Jesus spoke, “Buy her coffee.”

“What did you say? Buy her coffee?”

Again He said, “Buy her coffee.”

I didn’t want to. Her actions had caused hurt, pain and frustration which formed bitterness within me.

Then Jesus said, “Giving isn’t always for the recipient, it may be offered as a gift to the Giver of all.”

Usually being obedient to His call is a great lesson for you.

In that moment I understood that even though my anger and bitterness had not been reconciled that my feelings reside in my heart and He was inviting me to change my heart by forgiving.

He reminded me, “I came to restore ALL.”

I had to consider that not all lessons are for other people. I learned that Jesus’ timing is perfect and he prepares specific lessons just for me.

I needed to forgive and reconcile my heart by being obedient and accept His challenge before me.

So, yes, I bought the women her coffee with the new understanding in my heart.

A heart that gives regardless of pain’s grip, is a heart ready to reflect true freedom from the Giver of all.

Do you have a gift waiting to be received?

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for giving Your life in sacrificial love to ALL of us. Thank You for reminding me when I discover hidden bitterness in my heart, that I may choose to forgive and reflect You instead. Help me to be more full of You. 

In Jesus name, Amen.

~ Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas

Rewards

  
WORTH THOUGHT: Are we sounding our own trumpet of ‘acts of righteousness’ in front of others so we can receive our own rewards or praise? 

Often times we want to receive recognition or praise in the things we do for the Lord. 

What Jesus describes in scriptures in the book of Matthew is what is our motive, is it ‘God’ centered or ‘I’ centered? 
Jesus teaches about giving to the needy;

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the •synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. •I assure you: They’ve got their reward! (earthly reward not heavenly reward) But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Matt. 6:1-4 HSCB 

When you want to help or give something to the poor and the next day you have lunch with your best friends and share with them the good deeds you did the day before for the poor, your best friends will praise you for having a good heart for helping the poor. But, Jesus is saying that is an “I” centered motive and giving yourself a pat on the back will be your earthly reward, not your heavenly reward. 

We should give only in secret to please God and receive His praise. If we give to win the praise of others or to be able to compliment ourselves then our immediate reward is earthly praise -we lose our eternal reward. 

We cannot get rewards twice. If you give in secret, only our Father will see it and He will reward you in heaven. 

                  

                   ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

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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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 

Shine Bright

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Some days my light feels kind of dim. I can have days when I struggle not to murmur and complain and grumble and find faults and of course not to mention not to offend or to be offended.
I don’t always wake up feeling all warm and fuzzy. We all can have bad days.

I read this promise recently and I was
determined to be a better beacon of Christ’s Light for others. I am also glad I have the Holy Spirit’s help to keep my Light shining bright and to be fresh air to others in a polluted society.
We must hold firmly and stay filled up with Words of Life so we can give those Words of Life to others.

Today’s #WordOfGodWednesday is:

“Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the “light-giving” Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing.~ Philippians 2:14-16 The Message

“Do your duty without murmuring’s. Do it, and do not find fault with it. Mind your work, and do not quarrel with it. By peaceableness; give no just occasion of offense. The children of God should differ from the sons of men. The more perverse others are, the more careful we should be to keep ourselves blameless and harmless. The doctrine and example of consistent believers will enlighten others, and direct their way to Christ and holiness, even as the lighthouse warns Mariners to avoid rocks, and directs their course into the harbor. Let us try thus to shine. The gospel is the word of life, it makes known to us eternal life through Jesus Christ.”
– Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

As Matthew Henry said- let us try thus to shine!

Heavenly Father, help us Shine Bright with Your Love to point people to You.

How can you Shine Bright and thus be a beacon of Light or that fresh air for others? ~XXOO Michelle Bollom

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image is courtesy of my late father Charles “Popo” Cosby from his 2003 painting “The Lighthouses of Texas”