29 Days …

29 Days …

29 days left in 2020

29 days left to round out this year …

29 days left until a New Month

29 days left until a New Year…

Most of the time I am ready for new calendars and new schedules and new possibilities of a New Year by now.

2020 has been “a crazy year” for most of us… actually all of us in ways.

In the beginning of 2020 I felt “Vision” and “Awakening” were the key words for the year…

Not just Vision in the natural as my eyesight was rapidly failing but I knew God wanted me to start to see things not with my natural eyes.

Boy-did I get that and so much more in 2020…

It has been a year of trusting and warring and praying and joy and sorrow and slower paces and disappointments and extreme blessings and hidden blessings and more lessons and learning and losses…. and gifts …

I wouldn’t trade a moment of it!

I find myself now in a spot of wanting to savor every last bit of 2020. Not to rush or wish these last 29 days away, but somehow make them count more.

Make them a time of deep rest and family and laughter and joyful memories amidst the sadnesses and sorrows and unknowns around us or not knowing how 2021 or years to come will look.

I don’t want to return to the “old normal” I want God’s way – which is higher than mine.

I have no great word for 2021… truth is I haven’t even asked for one this coming year.

I have no stresses or pressures to make it like all the other years.

I don’t want to rush it …

I want to still relish and recall how God Winked and provided and made a way where there seemed no ways. How He brought those looming mountains low and raised up the dark valley’s of despair. How He made crooked ways straight and rough spots smooth.

He did it … all… and more for me and for my family and for many others.

It all depends on what lens you choose to view it from.

Losses can turn into gains

Sicknesses can force rest

Sadness can make ways for new joys

Restrictions can create new ideas

Bare necessities can replace preferred luxuries…

Even with limited natural sight you can see His hand at work if you choose His perspective over our own. What was meant to harm us – can and will be turned around for our ultimate good, even when it doesn’t appear to look or feel good at the moment.

How will you spend the last bit of 2020? Will you be wonderfully waiting and savoring each last day or wishing and rushing that it would hurry up and end?

I am going to wonderfully wait and savor every last day of it ….

—XXOO Michelle Bollom

Trained By The Best

I see the passing of batons 

To a new and unknown breed

A new era where the old won’t do

A changing of the guard

A clear distinction between 

the sheep and the goats

Where do you find yourself?

Shifted and found faithful 

An army of love sick lovers

Emerging from the battlefield 

Prepared and trained in the 

gates of hell

They did not crumble under 

pressure or succumb to fear

No, the low places know their names

The familiar replaced by the unknown 

Bright lights led many away

Bowing to false idols has many

in chains

Religion slowly but surely left 

many cold

The high cost of obedience many

could not pay

An unknown, nameless, faceless 

remnant was trained in seclusion 

The fire was turned up seven 

times hotter

Enemies surrounded them in

different training camps

Known by their scars, losses, public humiliations 

They embraced the unfamiliar 

while still in pain 

The black book still their compass 

Their enemies revealed their mandate

Justice and vengeance in the 

hands of the Father

A focused and prepared bride is 

ready to pick up their mantles 

Trained by the Best

Ready to take their places in the 

highest ranks of His army 

To make their Father’s name great!!

— Ebigale Wilson

Trained By The Best

The Journey

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Red

This week I was drawn to colors (or colours for those of you in the British writing). I decided to start with the color RED since it is the first one in the rainbow. I will do my best to follow this through and see what other colors can be found in the Word of God.

Red… what verses are in the Scriptures about the color red. Because of the use of the word “scarlet” there are actually quite a few.

Exodus 27:16 “For the gateway of the courtyard there is to be a screen thirty feet made of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely woven linen. It should be in colors, the work of a weaver. It is to be on four posts in four sockets.

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now,” says Adonai, “let’s talk this over together. Even if your sins are like scarlet, they will be white as snow; even if they are red as crimson, they will be like wool.

Matthew 27:28 They stripped off his clothes and put on him a scarlet robe,

Revelation 12:3 Another sign was seen in heaven there was a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven royal crowns.

Four very different verses. A Temple linen screen made with scarlet yarn. Sins as scarlet and red as crimson. A scarlet robe worn by our Messiah. A red dragon.

Red is obviously significant in the Word of God. It was used in very significant events.

The Temple of God and how it was put together was significant, even for future prophetic events. How it was put together is significant for things to come. The colors used and the way the pieces were placed. The use of scarlet yarn woven into the screens and linens is a symbol of the robe placed on Jesus when He was being tortured.

Jesus had a “scarlet robe” placed on Him as He was being beaten. His red blood was shed for us. He was clothed in royalty as it happened.

Isaiah, the prophet, shows us that our sins are washed clean. We might be red and covered with blood, but they will all be washed away and we will be clean and white.

The book of Revelation even uses the word red. The great dragon that will come forth is red.

I remember a saying growing up which said,

“Red at night Sailor’s delight. Red in the morning Sailors take warning.”

I have observed this happen many times. I watch the sky and it really is true.

We cover our doorpost with red each Passover as a reminder of HIS blood that covers the mantle of our hearts.

One of my favorite flowers when I was in Israel was the “poppy” that sprouted all throughout the land in Spring. It really is an “anemone” I have been told. It literally springs up everywhere in the Land. We would drive around and get so excited when we saw the first ones coming forth from the ground. Fields would be filled with them. It was stunning. There are some here in Cyprus, but they don’t have the same vibrant color of red.

I asked God one year why this flower was so significant. His Spirit spoke to me and said, “These are my drops of blood that I have left on the Land. I want everyone to know that my SON shed His blood and it is sprinkled everywhere. During Passover and the Spring Harvest everyone can be reminded that I AM Who I say I AM.”

I am so glad God gave us colors. Friends, HE shows us things in so many different ways. Enjoy the COLORS He has given and find HIS teachings in everything you see. God uses HIS creation to show us “great and mighty things which we don’t know.”

Look around today and find the color red. Be THANKFUL for His blood. Be THANKFUL that the RED He has blessed us with brings us freedom and peace. Don’t look at the color red in the same way again. See it as HIS LIFE and the LIFE He gives you.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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