WORTHY THOUGHT: God’s heart holds a heavenly kingdom of wisdom, love, and joy that He wants to share with you if you will listen. Fix your mind on His Words, And the God of peace will be with you.

“Finally, brothers, 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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me— put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”~Philippians 4:8-9

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill


Worthy Thought: Good teaching comes from good learners who accept correction. 

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.  -Proverbs 12:1 ESV 

To all believers part of wanting to be taught is to accept correction, to learn wisdom from others you WILL obtain favor.

Wisdom, will make the hours of your day more profitable and the years of your life more fruitful. -Proverbs 9:11 NIV 

A person who scorns wisdom and refuses criticism has a problem with pride. Such a foolish person is unlikely to be taught and only hurt themselves.

                    ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill

The Box Of Book 

Sometimes we put God in our little man made boxes. We forget that God created man. Man created boxes. 

These packages can be pretty little gift boxes all wrapped neat and tidy with a big red bow. We wouldn’t dare mess it up and rethink it with any other ideas about God. After all, we learned some of these beautiful ideas about God in church. Other times our box exists as a sloppy unkept package with rips and tears formed from our personal hurts and disappointments. It is too painful to unwrap so we push God and the box aside. 

There is no need for a package of pain to remind us of our failures in life. We put God front and center in the box of blame. The process of unknowingly characterizing God by our own limited understanding and reasoning has begun. 

God can be viewed as a distant God who wasn’t there to help us. He abandoned us when horrible things in life came knocking at our door. Sometimes we even go as far as to learn about God solely by what others teach us. We go to church and listen to others never once looking for ourselves what is the truth about God. There is no desire to seek out God for ourselves. The thought never occurs to us to look in the Bible. We don’t personally know who He really is and what His story can mean for our own lives. At times that isn’t even an option because we may have convinced ourselves that the Bible isn’t even true. 

Too many disappointments with people who claim the Bible is true causes us to to avoid the out dated book. Reasoning tells you it doesn’t seem possible that any book could survive any real divine inspiration. After all it was written by lots of imperfect people thousands of years ago. It becomes the experiences in our life that determine what we believe about God and the Book He wrote though the hands of many. 

That becomes our box we put God in and we shut out any other views of who or what He is to man. It is packaged up and signed by our life experiences and delivered. We deliver to it other people as our truth. It has become our experience so therefore it must be truth. Or it is left alone high on a shelf of disbelief and disappointments. 

I could try and convince you otherwise, but then wouldn’t that be me delivering you my package of truth? So then I wonder how do people discover what is true about God? How do they rely on a Book that comes along with Him as an instruction guide? There are so many religions and beliefs about God. I have met many amazing people who fall into lots of categories of various thoughts and beliefs. 

Here’s my thinking. I want to keep it simple. 

Boxes represent our life’s experiences or what others have told us about God. 
The Book or Bible represents what truth we know about God. 

The essential key: 

It takes faith to believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. 

What if we take a step of faith to unlock the truth. 

1) Read the Book 

2) Believe the Book 

3) Talk to the Author by 

4) Asking 

5) Seeking

6) Knocking

Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

A Truth Challenge 

    OPEN up your box of beliefs and turn it into a box of believing that God is who He says He is and does what He says He will do. Allow for the possibility that He is a good good Father who created you and has amazing plans designed just for you. Seek Him out solely with the intent to find the truth by reading His instruction manual for instructions. Ask Him. Seek Him. The truth you discover from Him and His Word will set you free from your limited box of beliefs. 

Pack one item only in your box of beliefs. 

                       The Bible 

Use your key of Faith to open it up and discover a boxless God. 

Look in the book,

Kelley Allison

More Than A Name 

I love learning new things!  Recently while I was researching and studying the story of Ruth from the Bible, I stumbled upon ruth as a word- not a person.   
So now it makes sense where the word ruthless comes from.  I never knew it was more than a name.

I believe it of course had to of been created after Ruth, the Bible character, because she was the epitome of compassion for the misery of another.  

All you words with friends and scrabble fans- here is a word you can use next time and impress your friends. 

             ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 


noun \ˈrüth\

Popularity: Bottom 50% of words

Definition of ruth

* 1
:  compassion for the misery of another

* 2
:  sorrow for one’s own faults :  remorse


bigheartedness, charity, commiseration, compassion, feeling, good-heartedness, humanity, kindheartedness, kindliness, kindness, largeheartedness, mercy, pity, heart, softheartedness, sympathy, warmheartedness


coldheartedness, hard-heartedness, inhumanity, inhumanness, mercilessness, pitilessness

Related Words

feelings, responsiveness, sensibility, sensitivity; affection, love, regard; affinity, empathy, rapport; altruism, benevolence, benignancy, benignity, generosity, goodwill, humaneness, humanism, humanitarianism, philanthropy

Near Antonyms

callousness, coldness, disinterest, indifference, unconcern; cruelty, harshness; animosity, antipathy, dislike, hatred, hostility

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 

Liking To Loving 

Behind the Smile: -My journey on the Road Less Traveled

Have any of you had that moment in life in which you were forced to look in the mirror? Have any of you experienced a situation in which you know the CREATOR was calling?  

Well I have. When I became a mother, I was forced to look in the mirror. I LIKED the image that was looking back at me; but I didn’t LOVE the image that was looking back at me. My smile was pretty; but I knew there was something else. God was clearly calling…

So guess what? I began my journey on the “Road Less Traveled”. Something needed to change. I aligned myself with GOD and…

#1- I had to DISCOVER the root of the issues. I learned about what was holding me back. I had to go back to unresolved issues in my childhood. The things I did not want to relive. However, I had to discover the problem in order to find the solution.  

#2-I had to UNCOVER my issues- It was time for me to be transparent. I was ashamed, I felt guilty, and I was embarrassed about my issues. I wrote about them so that I could release them. 

#3- I had to RECOVER his promise- I knew I was destined for greatness so I had to recover what the enemy was trying to steal from me. This was my season of reclaiming my purpose; it was also a season of pruning.  

#4-I had to COVER myself with new thoughts and new habits. This meant that I had to get serious about affirming GOD’s greatness in my life. Affirmations are posted all over my wall. The major shift occurred when I got serious about fasting. I gave up some things so that HE could use me to go up.  

In essence, we might not understand why we were dealt a certain hand…within us is the power to change our lives. 

It’s our job to align ourselves with GOD and let him help us DISCOVER, UNCOVER, RECOVER and COVER our lives. We were all born for GREATNESS. I am so grateful for all of my experiences. GOD gave me LeReine- so that I could learn to love it all! This is WHY I smile.

                   ~Lereca Monik 

#11AMSmile #LearningToLoveYourself #anewme #anewyou #lerecasmiles #itstimeforachange #liverestored #maven2016 #youreign

Becoming Altar’D

During my fasting experience I am also doing a study by Jennifer Kennedy Dean called “Altar’d”.
The subtitle is “40 Days of Transformation- Experience The Power of Resurrection.”

Today as I was unpacking my many verses, the one that I felt most stirred and excited over was:
And the Spirit of the Lord began to excite him …. ~Judges 13:25 TLB 

I had been conversing with a friend about the study and our season we both were in.  I described it as sort of a cocoon state before the butterfly is ready to break out and fly again. 

I couldn’t help but really think that like Solomon in the verse above, the Spirit is really exciting me. Since studying about denying my flesh and living in the Spirit to become Altar’d, I am really super duper excited.
  (picture a crazy happy dance inserted here) 

When the cloud of stinking thinking is removed and the bondage to food is removed and my flesh is learning not to respond but instead choosing the Spirit response, it is just amazing to me how so many things become clearer. Things begin to just flow instead of feeling forced.  Like the butterfly, the caterpillar’s life is taking shape and being transformed. 

It feels great to be in rhythm with the Holy Spirit.   
May we all be stirred and excited by the Spirit!    

                        ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Share in the hashtag fun by using #BecomingAltarD on social media and tell us your story of transformation and restoration. 

Lesson 1

Many years of home schooling can leave a mom perplexed with bipolar-like feelings. Once that last lesson is taught at the end of the year, its cause for celebration. You breathe a sigh of relief, one more successful year done, and you can bet the farm, tomorrow you will sleep until at least 7 a.m.!

 In the first weeks of summer, the last thing you want to do, or even think about, is school. Just about the time you’ve become relaxed and comfortable with an academically unaccountable lifestyle, you feel that gentle, though ever present gnawing at the back of your brain. It progressively grows, like the unrelenting itch of poison ivy. You have to scratch it, it even feels good to scratch, but you know the more you scratch, the more the itch will spread. 
You carefully weigh the consequences. Are you ready for this? Can your brain handle it yet? Are you really ready to go all in? You know, once you’ve scratched, the infectious thrill of imparting knowledge will slowly consume you and take over your ever present thought, so you better be sure you’re willing to dive in.
Today, as I had come to the end of the administrative duties for the 2015-2016 school year, I found myself in the final stages of introducing a bright new world of 5th grade through the simple outlining of lessons. It became real with the first entry of my lesson plan book, 
Lesson 1.
 One. An eternity from the required 180 lessons to come. 
Briefly, my enthusiasm waned. It’s like starting an entire life all over again. So daunting. It’s a triumph and a trial that flow together, mingling like the concoction of my cucumber salad of vinegar and sugar.
I’ve never been one to back away from a challenge. As I deliberately and meticulously wrote, Lesson 1, it felt like “the valley.” I thought, “So far from accomplishment, but so enticing nonetheless.”
Now THERE is a lesson!
I walked through a spiritual valley this summer. I relate to everything on a spiritual level. Everything. God is always teaching to those who will learn. How can I be a good teacher if I don’t actively embrace the concept of learning? There is a lesson in every trial, every low, AND on every high mountain top. Most people see the valley as the test. This is where you prove your faith and maturity, and rightly so. Without perseverance in our faith, we cannot grow. But lately the test of my maturity has been pressed upon the mountain top. Will I maintain faith, relationship, and fellowship with my God when I bask in His Glory and feel confident in His Will? 
Somewhere in your spirit, you know, just as a home schooling mom knows, when it’s time to move to the next level. At first, you may resist and hesitate, but the knowing that God has something greater for you …… growth, learning, knowledge ……… He draws your heart to the challenge. 
You KNOW this will require effort. You know this is starting over at ONE, on a new plane of understanding. But you can’t resist. You have to go. There is no alternative because you love God, just as I love my child and want to do the best I can by him. You know there’s more. You want it. I want it. Always. 
As I wrote the all-inclusive, “Lesson 1,” today, I knew it was the beginning of 180 days of effort. 180 days of trial, learning, growing, occasional resistance from my 10 year old son at times, but it’s GODLY instruction that He has commanded me to bestow upon my child. It HAS to be done. Just as the next spurt of growth and spiritual revelation that God intends to bless me with is coming. One and the same. 
So much rides on how we embrace His lessons. We learn so much better through a receptive heart, willing and eager to soar!
I see my spiritual growth, not like my son sees multiples or learning 4 digit division, but rather how he enjoys his favorite subjects of history and science. It’s exciting! It’s new and wondrous! It invites me to want to know more. 
This analogy has given me a new perspective of Lesson 1. It doesn’t matter how far you’ve come, there is always a situation, a subject, a personal issue, SOMETHING, that God wants to talk to you about that starts us over at Day One. One day at a time for 180 days, 9 months, 36 weeks, gains my son a year of education. Can you imagine, how far God can bring us in 180 days on a spiritual level, with all that He has grown us in already?! 
As that invasive, gnawing sensation of God’s beckoning turns into an itch, and as the itch demands to be scratched, and as your spiritual man cries out to answer the call ….. let your spirit be quickened, let your heart be encouraged, as you become aware of that which draws you towards greater strength, growth, and love for your God. Expect challenge, know there will be hard days, and embrace the longevity of strength. But know in the end, you will proceed to the next level. You will prevail …. In all your learning, perseverance, faith and growth, you will maintain the mountain top! Now that you’re aware of the itch, it’s almost impossible not to succumb. 
One more time, I will start again, with Lesson 1.
~Sandra K. Yates