Crown of Life Dance 

“Blessed is the man or (woman in my case) who remains steadfast under trial, for when she has stood the test she will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” James 1:12

“Double Dog Dare Ya” Challenge: 

Each day take some time to “posture” or position yourself to hear from God. You will be amazed at what God deposits in your spirit when you are intentional and expecting to hear from Him. 

I read this scripture and paused to soak in what it would mean to have a crown of life. I immediately visualized myself with a golden crown on my head. It had a red heart- shaped gem in the center.

 It was as if the crown had a sound that was declaring, “Love never fails” every time I turned and twirled. My dance welcomed a new partner. Jesus appeared asking for my hand to dance. Immediately, I gave him my crown 👑. I knew the scripture verse that said at the end we return our crowns. I wanted to show respect. But just as soon as I gave it away to him, it appeared on my head again. Now we were both wearing the crowns. Jesus then proceeded to put a big purple overcoat on me that hung off of my shoulders. It drooped to the floor making me look like a small child wearing their dad’s oversized coat. 

I started to dance dragging around the coat and crown on my head. I just needed a wand as I twirled and I would have fit in a fairy tale that ended happily ever after. Immediately in my spirit or rather in my thoughts I heard Jesus say to me.

I wrote it down. 
I crown you with my crown 

I dress you with my garment of praise. 

I charge you with my dance. 

Freedom Dance 

All I did was take 5 minutes to be still and know that He is God. 

I read a scripture. 

I opened up my imagination 

I asked. 

I received. 

I received or rather danced away wearing my crown of life, knowing who I am as daughter of the King. 


I can move mountains with those garments, crown and revelation. 

Dance On, 

Kelley Allison 

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com 

Approximations Of Our Future 


Our heart’s desire – to finally be able to cease from toilsome labor and just enjoy life, to work on building relationships, to delve into the depths of our partnership with the Almighty, to know God as Father and friend, Savior and Lord. We want to develop our hobbies and passions, to re-create ourselves, to become new, fresh, and enthusiastic about life. We need time to think, to pray, and to dream. We desire time to just be without having to do.

If nothing else, heaven will be restful. 

 Here on earth, Our Father gives us glimpses of our heavenly rest as we meditate on his word and his ways, as we explore paths of peace and love, and as we set our ambitions and affections on the things of the kingdom. If earth is the appetizer, then heaven is the five course meal, a banquet of love. If earth is our apprenticeship, then heaven is our full partnership with all that is holy and good, and with all who have been adopted into the royal family.

We are told to cease striving and to be still and just know that Our God is GOD, that he will be exalted in the earth. He is the strategist; he is the master tactician. Military geniuses, master chess players, and corporate giants are only mere shadows of our creator, sustainer, and vindicator. The Lord, the King of kings, not only sees 10 moves ahead, but he sees the end from the beginning. He knows what he is going to do today, and he knows what he is going to do on the last day of mankind’s final revolt against his authority.

We can hardly imagine the paradise awaiting us, the bliss that is our inheritance. We are so accustomed to life’s toils and troubles, we might wonder what we would do with our lives if we weren’t having to overcome some difficulty. We might wonder how we would feel if all negative emotions just ceased to exist. We might wonder what we would see if everything around us was all of a sudden infinitely beautiful.

To see the eternal, the infinite, to be children of light, to live in a kingdom of light and love, to be immortal, eternal beings like our Father – this is our inheritance. Power beyond imagination, peace which passes understanding, love so strong that it would make the mighty faint – these are only approximations of our future. We will surely be like God, for we will see him as he is.

~ Brad Heilhecker 

Discarded 

  
 Many butts have

Graced your bosom

Smoke hovering your rims

Swirling slowly

Gently seeping 

Deeply into your bed

Of cold

Cut green glass

Many lives

Many cigarettes

Turning of tables

Loud music and dance

Nonchalant and elegant

Sitting back

Waiting patiently

For the last drag

Ashes

Like warm covers

Tossed aside

After love made

People

Just passers by

In this ashtrays

Masquerade. 

               ~Krystal Lynne 

Laugh On Laugh Off 




       When was the last time you just had a good laugh. I’m talking about the kind that you can’t stop and you start making weird sounds and high pitched squeaks. Then your eyes get in on the fun and start to drip tears of giggles and streams of silly. 

The worst is when you get a laughing spell at a place where your best manners are expected to be quiet and listen.   A classroom, church, graduation ceremony, funeral or a work meeting might be one of those places uncontrolled laughing might be frowned upon. 

But it has probably happened to most of us at some time or another. Possibly when we were younger or for some it was yesterday. 

Medical research shows that laughter is indeed good medicine. The Bible stated it first in Proverbs 17:22

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Amazing to me how science is always catching up with God’s unchangeable basic truths. 

God is reminding me this season of my “middle aged womanly self” to 
Laugh On 
and
Laugh Off

Remember the clap on, clap off lamps? Those were always fun to clap on the light and clap off the light from across the room. 

Now keep in mind, I’m not talking about ignoring and not addressing deep seated issues that need attention.  We all know the tragedy of one of the funniest comedians Robin Williams.  God rest his soul. This is not about putting on a happy face and hiding our sadness on the inside.  

Laugh On Laugh Off

You have a family member or friend who just tries your patience on a regular basis. Maybe they are annoying and are constantly negative. Instead of jumping up and down with them in their bouncy ball house of put downs……….
smile and say something super sweet about that person they are roasting over an open fire.
Go a crazy step further and suggest a prayer together for that person. 
Watch what happens!!
It will make you chuckle. 
Most likely they will stop trash talking or think you’re a Jesus freak cake and walk away. 
Problem solved!!
You didn’t get drawn into negative talk or stinking thinking about anyone. 

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Laugh On Laugh Off

Let’s clap onto one more example. 

This one requires your imagination and complete concentration. You may need to clear away some “I’m too old and mature” cobwebs to clearly see this on your visual screen of thought. 

This is a mind over matter deal. It goes along the line of the advice of your parents.  Remember when you had to give your first speech. You were completely scared and nerved out!! Did anyone ever say to you?  Just imagine the audience all sitting and listening to you in their underwear. (modest underwear of course) It really helped if your professor was like mine and looked like he stepped out of the 18th century with rim glasses and wiry hair sticking up and out everywhere.  I think that may have even included his nostrils. 
I only endorse this recommendation if your professor and audience resemble Albert Einstein. 

Okay, so here we go!!
Use your imagination, Barney!!

You are in a social setting and that person who just rubs you the wrong way walks up to you to say hello. They start into their conversation that always and completely centers around themselves and their other selves. 
Instead of falling into your usual false judgements about them. Which by the way they could be very valid and proven true!!
Just give them the benefit of the doubt. 

I used to watch Sesame Street as a young child and found Big Bird quite mesmerizing. Especially his big nest he occasionally climbed in and out of singing songs. 

Mind over Matter 
Back to our “me first” friend who pops into our social setting. 
Go there with your vivid wild imagination and visualize them as Big Bird from Sesame Street. They become quite tall and yellow with a bright orange beak. One that flaps quite rapidly without much hesitation. You watch as they take big steps of waddle and swag back to their nest. This being the biggest nest of human proportions which houses their soiled eggs of disappointment and rejection. 
Smile back at them and shoot that bird some blessings. 
Now it’s possible your silly Sesame Street thoughts of that person might actually turn into compassion and empathy for them. 
With God all things are possible!!
You can take the opportunity to privately pray for them as they widdle waddle away. 

With all things it takes practice to build back your imagination skills. 
Practice makes perfect!!

Congratulations you have made the choice to…….

Laugh Off
any opportunity for gossip, offense or judgements to stick to you. 

Laugh On
some new empathy, compassion and understanding for that person. 

I Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Everyone’s a winner!!

Big bird would be so proud!

Watch below 
Big Bird shares something little to help someone in a big way. 

http://youtu.be/pTXlrWumPqA

Laugh On,
Kelley Allison
Proverbs 17:22