I had someone recently tell me “ Must Be Nice” as to the current state of our life right now.
I remember feeling that the comment was less than genuine and to possibly just let it go without a response….
But before I knew it I had quipped back that – “Yes, it is! Actually it is very nice! And you too can do exactly what we are doing. We all have the same choices. We all can start saying “No” to others and “Yes” to ourselves and our health and whatever other decision you need to make to live the life you want to live too.”
Life is all about choices – what do you want most versus what do you want right now.
When you are a good steward of your resources and you are a generous cheerful giver into God’s kingdom there is a miraculous exchange that happens — God always provides! Exceedingly and abundantly….
I tell you it has been CRAZY sometimes how it happens. In the natural it doesn’t make sense but in God’s supernatural ways – it makes perfect sense.
God has shown me that my obedience to Him has and will be always greater than any sacrifice.
So, the next time you want to quip about someone’s life “must be nice” and not really mean the platitude – ask yourself what am I doing to live the life I really want to live?
Stop brooding over other peoples lives and make your own life one worthy of living.
You see, the enemy wants us offended. If we can get offended that will divide the body of Christ faster than anything.
A divided “anything” isn’t very strong. James 3:16 says: Where there is strife there is every evil thing.
Unity really pisses the devil off.
He likes strife.
John Bevere’s best selling book “The Bait Of Satan” is so perfectly titled and truly depicts exactly what offense is and does. When we take the bait of offense it keeps us crippled and captive. It really is a deadly trap.
So, what do you do when you are stung by someone’s actions or words?
Being hurt or disappointed is very different than being offended – but it can feel very much the same and can turn into offense if you let it fester.
You can either speak up or stay quiet – which many choose the latter because speaking up is not always well received, but what is crucial is you MUST release the emotions to God.
Let Him remove them and heal you.
Ask God to flood your heart with love and humility so that your pride doesn’t want to call the shots and tempt you to bite and take the bait.
Also, singing this Promise helps!
Great Peace have they that love thy law and NOTHING shall offend them. ~ Psalm 119:165
Try it the next time you lose your peace or feel a sting!
Spit the hook out and say with me…
“A Humble Heart Shall Not Be Moved”
Lord, help us let go of hurts and disappointments today so they don’t fester into offense and resentments. Help us to always abide in love.
I have had ENOUGH – means you’ve reached your tolerated level.
That’s ENOUGH – means you have reached an acceptable amount.
But what really is Enough? (ENUFF!🤣)
ENOUGH – means adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire:
So why do we always throw in those doubt words…..
Coulda Shoulda Woulda
Why do we keep buying the lie that we are not worthy enough, smart enough, pretty enough, talented enough, loved enough, liked enough, old enough, young enough, have enough or do enough?
Why can’t ENOUGH just be ENOUGH
No second guessing
Just Simply Take God at His Word!
You ARE adequate and sufficient for His purpose because He says you are. You Are Enough because He is ENOUGH
😘 —XXOO Michelle Bollom
For His divine power has bestowed on us absolutely everything necessary for a dynamic spiritual life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises of inexpressible value, so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature. ~ 2. Peter 1:3-4 AMP
ENUFF now – go make someone feel loved today and let them know this Truth!
Are they people who make fun of, laugh at us, gossip or put others down?
Are they flaky or are they faithful?
Are they people that live with no boundaries or moral codes and tempt you to constantly compromise? Or become a lower version of yourself? Or make you feel bad about yourself?
The kind of people we want to be will decide what kind of friends we have.
You are who you hang out with.
My daddy had a crude but true saying: “You can’t hang around 💩 poop and not expect to start smelling.”
If we want to feel sorry for ourselves, we will choose friends who will tell us how right we are and let us complain and stay stuck in self-pity or a victim mentality.
If we want to think we’re better than others, we will hang around people who laugh at and judge or gossip about others’ and think they are entitled and always justified in doing so.
If we want to be validated or feel better in our sins and shortcomings we will surround ourselves with people that have no boundaries or problem entertaining that which cheapens them.
But if we want to be the best we can be, we will pick friends who see the good in life and the good in all people. Those who will pray and encourage us to be uniquely ourselves and who will help us try harder at things that are difficult for us. Those who sharpen us on those days we are getting dull and falling short of God’s glorious standards or best for us.
Those people that don’t compete or envy and speak truth in love when we are buying lies. They don’t talk behind our backs, share our confidences with others, and always want the best for us even when we don’t see the best for ourselves in the moment.
I want to be that kind of friend. I want to have those types of friends.
“Divine Connections” Divinely Connected by God.
Keeping Christ first and center always. Setting each other up for success. Celebrating each other. Crying with each other. Holding hands up when they can’t lift them for themselves.
No pretense – no envy – no junk or gunk. No exclusion or cliques or fake and phony stuff.
Those to call me out and those that are willing to hear the hard stuff too so we can snatch others and ourselves out of isolation and darkness and bondage when we need to.
How about you?
Take an inventory of the 5 closest people in your life. What are their strengths and weaknesses.
What do you think of the moment you think of them?
Do you feel at peace and uplifted and encouraged and don’t think of having to change how you look or act before you see them?
Or are you having to feel like you must alter your authentic self in certain ways before you can be around them and have to weigh every word?
Somethings to think on today … ~ XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom
You left heaven in search of me Found me wandering Tied to my past I could not see You My mind a daze The atmosphere changed I could hardly stand I was on holy ground Your love gushed over my broken heart A heavenly kiss A life revived Day in… Day out… You showed up… Relentlessly You fought for my heart Every angle You have restored A lovesick daughter was born Forever I will be in search of the One my heart unknowingly yearned for…