God Is Faithful, Hop On! 

Have you ever thought you were at a pretty good place of having it all together. Things are going well in your family. People may even look to you at times for encouragement or direction. 

The Faith Factor is registering high and you can conquer anything. Or maybe it is at its lowest possible degree of belief. I found myself high in believing for great things one day and then low without a thought towards any good thing another day. 

This is what I have discovered on this roller coaster ride this past month. 

You DON’T really know how much faith you have until a circumstance or crisis knocks on your “faith” door. It is usually a NEW circumstance. One that you might not have ever faced before. 

Most of the times you don’t even recognize that you are operating in fear and not faith in the these new situations. 

You have a choice. 

A new circumstance comes a knocking….👊🏼👊🏼

Do I open my heart and allow faith to take control over the crisis or circumstance? 

Do I slam the “faith” door? Then take over and attempt to manage the crisis or circumstance in fear or worry. 

We can even gather up our closest troops to help us manage the situation in prayer or discussions that we think will lead us to an answer or a solution. 

I tried all these when my new circumstance came a knocking. At first it brought me temporary relief to go over and over my frustrations and concerns with listening ears. It helped to pray and calm myself down with friends. These things are helpful to a point. I think God was waiting and waiting for me to just ask Him about the situation and ask Him what His thoughts were in the matter. Why do we wait so long before we really ask God what’s up??

He woke me up during the most inconvenient time in the middle of a night to give me answers to the questions I was asking. Maybe because I was still and not complaining to Him did He finally respond back the me. 

I got up and wrote down some frustrations about the person I was worried about. He reminded me to look back at the scriptures where I had inserted this persons name. Some were from years ago and some were recent. 

He reminded me who God is, was and always will be. His Word does not return void and is sharper than any two edged sword. 
Faithful is His name 

I don’t have to put my trust in the person I was fretting over or anyone else surrounding that situation. 
I just needed to trust and put my trust in a Faithful God. 

He had proven to be Faithful. 

That was enough. 

Bottom line, He whispered into my spirit…

“Do you want to keep walking in fear or do you want to enter into my door of Faith?” 

My faith at that point had plummeted into fear and was turning into anger. 

I needed to do the exchange. 

Trade in my fear for faith and quit complaining about the situation. 

If only I had done this two weeks earlier, I would not have wasted so much sleep, time and energy. 

Many of us can quote all the scriptures on faith and how we are to cast all our cares upon Him. It is not until we BECOME what we say and read that the exchange happens. Fear for faith. It is just empty words on a page or meaningless words we utter until we BECOME the Word. 

I’m not talking about becoming God or Jesus. We become “Christ in us” the hope of glory. We can do all things through Christ which strengthens us. Somehow it must move from our head to our hearts. The “faith” must start pumping through our blood which gives us life. I don’t have it all figured out yet!! I do know once I walked through that door of faith, I was no longer worried and I found rest. 
Do I have to keep doing this?? 

Yes, yes and yes!!!

I think in those weeks you could describe me as a bit of roller coaster ride. One day I was high with my hands in the air praising God. The next day I was headed down that same track holding on for dear life screaming get me off this ride. 

I did get off that ride and walked on to the next one. 

It is called…

God is Faithful, hop on!!
The seats are lined in scriptures and the lap bars are locked with Love. 

That’s a whole another part of the faith journey. God is faithful and God is love. 

Hold on tight, 

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com 

The Everyday Battle 


While on my fast I have been passing time while I cook or clean by listening and catching up on some of my favorite sermon series. 

 I have been a fan of Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church in the Dallas Texas area for years. I really like his practical application on how he unpacks the verses and it just really helps me to get the message of what he is preaching on. I also think he is very funny. 

 Somehow today I had a few moments and was going to check out a sermon and this oldie popped up. It actually is just about 6 months old, and this was such a great message of what he calls “The Everyday Battle.”  

He has great practical points that he lists that are myths as well as points on what to do to overcome this battle.  

I used to struggle in this area but have been making this a habit now for almost 10 years. I no longer dread it out of obligation, I actually get excited to see what I will learn each day.  

I am especially looking forward to paying attention to the song I wake up with each day! 

Enjoy! – Share your tips with us on how you overcome this battle. ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Closet Clutter Conquered


I have this ongoing problem with my closet. I start off with it super clean and everything in its proper place. It stays that way for awhile. Then one day it happens. I walk in and I am in a hurry to be somewhere, so instead of taking off my jacket and shoes and taking five seconds or less to put the items exactly where they go, I rush in and throw everything on the floor and rush out of the closet. This repeats itself several times through out the day that leads to weeks and then into months. I am left with a mile high pile of clothes, shoes, unhung jackets and pants. I know I am in trouble when I have to step over the mountain of clothes to get to the back of the closet. There sits my patient overnight bags waiting to be unpacked from trips taken weeks ago 
I immediately want to walk out of my closet and shut the door. I don’t want to be reminded of the mountain of clutter I have created over time. 

Out of sight out of mind!!

Well, until I have to walk in the closet to get dressed each morning. 

Do you ever just feel like You have become overwhelmed with life’s circumstances? You keep looking for an exit door to escape the piles and piles of life’s closet clutter that have stacked up and become so high you don’t know where to begin to fold yourself back to some sort of peaceful order and structure. 

Everything in your life just starts to pile higher and higher that you can’t see past the mountain of chaos and confusion. 

Frustration enters in and brings their friends named Disappointment and Dissatisfaction. They might as well be Siamese twins because they always seem to be joined at the hip. Two talking heads that keep bantering in your ears that your life or your circumstances are too hard and you just might as well walk out and shut the door behind you. 

Sometimes these waves come in strong and other times they just bring in little splashes of whispers messing with your thinking and pushing you to lose hope and give up on whatever it is you are facing. 

It could also be compared to a constant headache that follows you throughout the day. You might forget about if for awhile but you become more aware of the pain again when you settle yourself down and the noise around you stops. You have to face the throbbing pain on your forehead. Do I take something for immediate relief to mask the pain or trudge through the annoyance of the pain? 
The deepest of solutions would be to figure out why the headache started and how can I prevent it from coming back again. Again that takes more time and more thought. 

What do you do at this point? Go with the flow of negative destructive thoughts or make a conscious decision to face the defeating THOUGHTS and put a stop to it? Do you take a directional detour in your thinking or just keep trudging though the pain of the ongoing annoying circumstances? Do you grab the shovel and start digging out the roots of the problem? What would motivate you to start picking up the pieces or pulling out the roots of disappointment and dissatisfaction? 

Well, the good news is I inspired myself to organize and clean out my closet. Truth be told, my real motivation behind that endeavor was Purple Heart showing up to collect donation items. It wasn’t fun. It took time and energy. I picked up one item at a time. Slowly, I put everything back in its proper place. Eventually the mountain disappeared and I could get to the back of my closet. When I walk in my closet now I am happy. I could pull up a chair and hang out there for a bit. I actually know what I have to wear and where it is located. I have a sense of accomplishment and I notice my friends Disappointment and Dissatisfaction weren’t hanging around anymore. In fact they disappeared. New friends, Delight and Accomplishment appeared each time I opened my closet door. 

It takes just ONE action of starting to move you into the right direction of conquering your mountain of closet clutter. 

Great News!!
As followers of Jesus we are not alone in our journey of closet clutter cleaning. In fact we are reminded that we are to COMPLETELY rely on Him to help us in every way to accomplish this feat. 

Ephesians 6:10-18

The Message

A Fight to the Finish

10-12 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

Clean on,

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

Patient Endurance 


Patient Endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. ~ Hebrews 10:36 NLT

Years ago the Lord brought me to this verse. It was one of those verses that “Jumped Off” the page at me so I decided to look up Patient Endurance in the dictionary to see what exactly that looked like. I printed it out and had it posted for years. It has become one of my Life Verses and again God has brought it back in this season and asked me to share it. 
The definitions of Patient Endurance, I love what it reveals:    

Patient

Adj. adjective
1. Capable of Bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, annoyance, provocation, misfortune, delay, hardship, etc., with fortitude and calmness and without complaint, anger, or the like

2. Tolerant; understanding.

3. Persevering; constant.

4. Capable of calmly awaiting an outcome or result; not hasty or impulsive. 

Endurance

n. Noun
         1. The act, quality, or power of withstanding hardship, pain or stress.

2. The state or fact of persevering.

3. the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina: lasting quality; Continuing existence; duration  

This time of year I get summer fever and become tired and seem to be stuck on that hamster wheel of life. When I am going through the motions packing lunches, picking up dirty socks, being the carpool queen shuffling kids here and there and see the dust bunnies multiplying and the gym guilt screaming in my ears, but all I really want to do is throw my hands up order some pizza and watch mindless TV. 

 Remember the old Calgon commercial and how it tried to convince us a bubble bath was all it takes to restore us to sanity…I just have to say, a bubble bath never has done that for me! I always seem to get interrupted by my peeps and if I happen to take one while everyone is gone I always have a crazy fear of if I fall and hit my head and then what? I don’t want the fire department to break in and find me butt naked

 Yes, I sometimes go there, playing those crazy scenarios in my mind. I have to say the crazy traffic in my head has slowed a lot over the years. The pity party’s too have stopped, I don’t feel like giving in most days to the pizza and TV, I instead choose to get through with God’s Word. 

 When I concentrate on what He says and let those words sink deep into my heart and soul, then I feel like I can easily rock that Hamster wheel of life. Kind of like those furry Hamster things in the KIA commercials heads bopping to a funky beat. Like OK, I think I got this! 

 When people tell us to stop complaining and nagging and lovingly remind us how fortunate we are to have a great family with a grateful husband and kiddos. That you have the luxury of staying home so go back to bed if you have to. Take a nap if you need to, real friends don’t mind the dust bunnies, dirty socks will always be found and you are grateful for the feet that left them there. It won’t be long before those kiddos will have their own driver’s license and can run your errands. The gym is always there and sometimes God is wanting you to work out different muscles today so don’t beat yourself up over it.

 I am so Thankful God’s word reminds me, you are capable of bearing, enduring, with fortitude and calmness WITHOUT complaint, anger or the like. You have the ability and strength to continue and last, despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions. Then you will receive all He has promised! And His word is chalked full of promises my friends! Crack it open and let the words JUMP OFF and JUMP ALL OVER YOU. His word is the Only thing that fully Restores & Transforms us. ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

*orginally wrote this in 2014 before we set up our blog.  Dusting off some oldies!  Thanks to my friend Kim for sending me this image.  I get a giggle every time I see it! 

Pity Party 

  

The Urban Dictionary defines “Pity Party” as:

A way of experiencing grief, in which you spend your time feeling sorry for yourself and whining endlessly about how crappy your life is. 

Pity parties can be just for one or for many people, such as maybe your friends and close people, who will try to comfort you or just be there for you while you keep asking yourself what did you do to deserve whatever it is that made you so sad in the first place 
Pity Parties require the proper outfit, which is usually pajamas cause you dont get all dressed up during those feeling-sorry-for-myself moments. Also you should have no make up on or just the one from the night before; hair undone as well. 
It also involves tissues, comfort food such as ice cream; chocolate; potato chips; cookies; cake; and candy. Low fat food is banned 

Alcohol might or might not be allowed (if alcohol makes you go wild, no alcohol should be brought to the pity party in that case since the point is not exactly to have fun). 
The purpose of a Pity Party is to dumpt the pity. 

Music is also very important at pity parties, including songs like “One is the Loneliest Number”, “All by Myself” and any other song that makes you feel like throwing yourself from the nearest cliff.

 

Pity parties usually end after you are done whining or if someone breaks it up. This will usually be a cynical loved one who will not let you drown in self pity and will take you either to have the best time ever, drinking and partying or will just make you crawl out of bed by making you see how pathetic you look and how you should cut the whining and just do something to make things better. ~Urban Dictionary 

Although this is quite funny-A “Pity Party” is one party we should never attend. 

As Momma Joyce Meyer says: 
You can’t be pitiful and powerful at the same time.  Choose what you want to be! 

           ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 
  

Flying High 

  
I find myself looking out a window headed back home on an airplane. 

My thoughts start soaring up above as I listen over and over to the song, Beautiful Things by Gungor from 2010. 

Leave it me to discover this song a little behind the eight ball.  

It is a brand new song to me!! 

I love it!!
It says,”You are making me new!! You make beautiful things out of the dust!”. 

I love that God continues to create. He hasn’t stopped. He started a long time ago when He created the world and continues to this day to keep creating and making things new. 
Of course not everyone believes that is how the “beginning of time” party got started but that’s 

okay!!

I say, “Let’s get this party started!”.

Each to his own. I choose to believe that the creation process continues. Okay, I am not talking about spontaneous generation!!

Think about it. Everything that is alive is always changing and moving. 

We have four seasons that involve quite a bit of growing, recreating, and harvesting. 

The animal and human kingdom follow suit with the circle of life involving reproducing, birthing and dying. 

So how is it possible for us to be recreated?

The Bible says you are a new creature in Christ!!

It would be cool if we did have spirit eyes to see our new spiritual form and creature like stature. 

I visualize my spirit as Wonder Woman standing tall with her arms crossed and ready to combat any evil spiritual forces. I would of course need my invisible airplane. 

That’s how I need to see myself when I’m not feeling so tall strong and mighty. When my day is not going as planned and I am ready to give up or just give out. 

It’s refreshing to know that God who made us from the get go is still in the process of molding and shaping us into something new. 

We are a strong and mighty force to be reckoned with when see ourselves the way God sees us. When we walk it out and actually believe we are that strong and powerful in Christ then things start to shake, rattle and roll. 
We have to be willing and ready to surrender our hands, hearts and feet for an exchange of His ways, power and strength. 

Are you wanting something new in your life?
Maybe you are tired of the same old merry go round turning out the same old life?
Or maybe you just need a new fresh start! 
A new day to start over. 

Hit the refresh button and watch and see how all things can be made new. 

He makes all things new….” Rev. 21:5 

Fly up high above the clouds on this airplane with me and let’s see ourselves the way God does. It could be our invisible airplane!!
We are strong and mighty. God is making beautiful things out of us (the dust) and forming us into new creatures in Christ!!

Check out the song Here https://restoredministriesblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/beautiful-things/

Flying high,

Kelley Allison

bowlofsplendor.com

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