Reflection

“As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.” – Proverbs 27:19 AMP

Today is a new day; it is the start to a new beginning of what can be.

 May you be richly blessed while being an example that is holy, in HIS reflection, demonstrating the essence of the creator.

~Baring His Beauty 

  Tiffany Thomas 

Never Get Lost 


A compass is used to help you find your sense of direction and ultimately guide you where you need to be to get you where you need to go.  

            

               A great tool when lost.  

An even greater tool to always keep on hand. 

That is how many are in the world today; Lost; without a sense of direction of where they need to go.  

A compass points you North, East, South or West- but the Great Compass of life; always points to Jesus. 

You won’t get lost or wander aimlessly with Jesus.  

   
He will always help you find which way to go. 

      ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Cosmetic Christianity 


See, the days of Cosmetic Christianity are over. 

It’s time for us to show people that God has walked us through. 

Let’s stop showing our ‘there’, let’s talk about our ‘here’ where God found us. 

What we need to do is talk about where the blood found us and how the blood walked us from a place of brokenness, from a place of rebellion, into a place of obedience, into a place of worship, into a place of service, into a place of generosity. 

We need to be more like Christ when it comes to ministering to people. 

We need to become relational, relatable, and relevant.

~ Thomas Joel Trevino 

My Laid Down Life 

Alone and abandoned

I ran into You

My nakedness uncovered

for all to see

I am the clown, my life a live show

I couldn’t escape there was no where to go

My spirit was crushed

My emotions ran wild

My heart torn to pieces

The pain so surreal

Did it happen again? 

Or was it just a nightmare?

Was I revisiting the tombs of my greatest distress?

Felt the pain I have forgotten, 

all over again?

What kind of God would bring me 

to this path again?

Why do I have to rewrite this test again?

“I no longer live here God”, 

I cry through my tears

My only escape, is to surrender to 

His will

Though my flesh shouts “No!!!”

I will heed to His call

For He knows best

He sees further than me

As He put me in the fiery furnace again

I release my will and I just let go

While I softly whisper “break me and mold me, and have Your way”

I am Your servant daughter

Have Your way in and through me

Till I am totally dead, but alive in You

Invade my life with Your Spirit Lord

Till I am no more, but its all about You

And all you want to accomplish through a broken vessel, 

That has been put back together by Your Spirit alone

One day I will look back and 

see your plan along

I will shine with Your brilliance

Totally dead to self

I will know that it was never about my pain and my fear’s

It was what You wanted to accomplish 

Through my laid down life

As I move from darkness into Your light

May I resemble Your heart to 

a dying world

~ Ebigale Wilson 

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Our Journey Of Love 

A heart that was trapped in the past

A heart that could not freely love

A heart so alone and deserted

A heart that could only refrain

From the joy of loving freely

And without regret

Till You passed my way and saw me

Struggling in my own blood

You said “live!!” with so much compassion

You said “live!!” and my heart gave a leap

And for the first time in my life

I saw what You knew all along

That I could love without restrictions

That I could love deep, even,

through all my pain

Cause You have washed away all my hurt

You have anointed me with Your deep love

And clothed me with embroidered cloth

Yes, You dance and You sing over me

With one glance in my direction

One touch of Your loving hand

I am forever changed

And our Journey of love has begun

My past a vague memory

Your love has invaded my whole existence

I am leaning on my Beloved

Water walking is my second name

And my wilderness has become, 

my greatest gain 

This freedom in You makes me brave

Your love, makes me feel so undone

Because how could the King of the universe

Stop to pursue me

Stop to call me by name

With one glance in my direction

One touch of Your loving hand

I am forever changed

And our journey of love has begun

~ Ebigale Wilson 

The Dancing Bride 

I want to be mesmerized only by You

Our hearts beating as One on the dancefloor

Your embrace my safest place

Your eyes pools of love for me.
Love that became my compass

in everything I do

Taking me places, I never knew existed

Highs and higher heights,

I experience, when I am with You.
When I release and just let go,

I discover different facets of Your heart for me

It leaves me breathless like our dance of love

You have ransomed my heart, and

I twirl in Your arms

I am abandoning myself to only Your control.
As You’re taking me deeper and deeper with You

Past the veil as I discover more of You

What we have has became my lifeline

What we share my daily bread,

As I lay my head down on Your chest,

I know I was created for this all along.

~ Ebigale Wilson 
ebigale@thejourney 

Becoming Ready 

“Be ready! Be fully dressed and have your lights shining.” Luke 12:35 ERV

I typically look forward to Thanksgiving while preparing for food, connection in relationship, and fellowship amongst family and friends. However, last week, I found myself torn between being thankful for my life as it is, and for those that I knew who would meet the holiday grieved from life’s circumstances.

I have friends and family that find themselves in the midst of experiencing unexpected death of loved ones, unanticipated release from employment, finality of divorce, and seeking answers for unexplained sickness.

Great loss is never an easy journey, and sometimes, trying to come up with words for someone’s loss can seem defeating. How can anyone ever “be ready” for those things?

Personally, I think that deep down, I know that no matter what I say, or heartfelt it is, it won’t compensate for their void. And it won’t take away their pain.

But losses are supposed to be just that. Unfixed. Unfinished. Final. 

The problem is that many of us don’t like to accept the finality of things that still need time, need completion, or doesn’t make any sense. Naturally, we like to try and fix things or people, yet it is impossible to fix what is out of our control. 

When I look back on my weaknesses, and the emotional pain suffered from my own losses, I find that life didn’t stop because of my circumstances, and time never stood still, even when it felt like it had stopped. 

What I did have, in front of me, was a choice. I have always had a choice in front of me. Some things can never be gained in the way of a replacement. They can, however, be significant by the way I choose to look at my life and in the manifestation of how I live my life. 

Loss was never intended to be easy, or understood. It always seems to come with some type of price. I find myself continuing to be thankful. Being thankful despite my losses has taught me the purpose of living in the present moment and the importance of everyday moments. 

In an unexpected way, loss has shown me how to get ready, and be dressed in the light. It has guided me into what I consider the meaning of what it is to truly live.

May you join me in finding thankfulness for each and every blessing, not forgetting the ones still to come.

~ Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas

A Journey Of The Heart 

Have you ever been so badly wounded by someone that you grieved at the same depths you did for a devastating death? A betrayal so hurtful you just could not ever imagine a rainbow ever reappearing after the soul-damaging storm?  

The long road to recovery and forgiveness is brutal and this journey of the heart is not always a quick trip. 

 
My head knows that no one is perfect. We are all fallible and fall short. We all say and do things we regret. My head knows people will disappoint us, but God never does. 

 
I don’t want to walk this journey of forgiveness to recover from being wounded. I want to do like my kids did when they were little and grab God’s face with both my hands and give a deep eye-to-eye stare. I want God’s full attention! 

My heart wants an instant miracle! 

I want to say : “Look God, I need You! I am drowning here! I am hurt. It is not well with my soul! I am trying to forgive, I am trying to forget. I am trying to pray for those that hurt me and love them and live life but right now I am anything but fine! If You are counting all my tears and saving them in a bottle, I think You got more than you or I bargained for on this one.” 

 
My head knows that God restores every heart that is broken. His word promises that.  

However, healing takes time and restoration comes only in God’s perfect timing.  

But right now, my heart is not too excited or happy about it. My heart is aching and I am just plain miserable. My heart feels like it got trapped and shipwrecked somewhere on a distant shore. 
 

We are to forgive even when sometimes we don’t ever get the apology we hoped for or deserved.

 
God is the only One that rights our wrongs. 

 

My heart wants the situation changed now, but My head knows the journey of the heart to forgiveness is not an easy or quick one.

 
The head knowledge that has to come first is this: forgiveness is the ultimate act of obedience to the Father.  

He forgave us freely and commands us to forgive those who trespass against us. 

The journey from head knowledge to heart knowing is a much longer and more tedious process. It is a long, winding and, at times, unsteady road. It takes time, tears, much prayer, and a constant surrendering of our jumbled-up, raw emotions to God.  

There will be days you will feel like you can barely grasp enough air to keep breathing or the strength to even stand. That’s okay.  

The fragments of your shattered and wounded soul, like the potholes or deep grooves on a rough road, are in the process of being slowly filled and smoothed away. Forgiveness is a process, not an instantaneous feeling.  

It can’t be rushed. 

Just as you have to navigate a rough road slowly, so is the same with the road to forgiveness. Each encounter with rough terrain can only be navigated from God’s perspective and with His help.  

The restoration in the forgiveness process is something that only He can do to heal us properly.  

Eventually, the road to recovery and to forgiveness is complete when the head knowledge is now your heart-knowing that God is the Great Restorer of all things broken.  

The journey of the heart must be traveled in order to reach full forgiveness and wholeness again. 

         ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

 

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. – Psalm 56:8

It is true that you planned to do something bad to me. But really, God was planning good things. God’s plan was to use me to save the lives of many people. And that is what happened. -Genesis 50:20 ERV

 
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. -Matthew 6:14-15 NIV

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. -Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV 

 
I will make their going easy, level the mountain road and smooth the path that leads them home. -Isaiah 49:11

I wrote this last year as a guest blog for Compassion That Compels and have revamped it to encourage others on this journey of the heart to forgiveness. 

 It is a journey so worth taking! 
               

Fellowship 


WORTHY THOUGHT: Do we lose our fellowship with God when we lose our character? 

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness we lie and do not pratice in truth. but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His son, purifies us from all sin”. ( 1 John 1:5-6 ) 

God wants us to have an honest fellowship. 

Fellowship is a matter of light or darkness.

“God is light” and His children should walk in light. 

Light represents what is good, pure true, holy and reliable. Light exposes whatever exists good or bad. In the dark, good and bad look alike, but in the light they can be clearly distinguished. 

Darkness represents what is sinful and evil. Darkness cannot exist in the presences of light, sin cannot exist in the presence of God. 

A godly character cannot exist in darkness. If you lie to yourself, to God and to others you will lose fellowship.  

We can begin our spiritual journey again by asking Jesus Christ for forgiveness, for him to guide our hearts, minds and change our ways. We rely on Jesus strength not our own.
That is when we will find our joy and we are Indeed back into fellowship with God to do His will and serve Him.  

My prayer is that The God of peace rule in our hearts and for others to see in us a Godly character, showing His everlasting love to each one of us by sending His one and only son to die on the cross so we can begin our fellowship with Him. Amen.

        ~Angela Lipe- Pattengill