Peace 

WORTHY THOUGHT: What does the Bible say about how to get along with difficult people?

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”Romans 12:18 NIV 

“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:8

Don’t be ruled by your emotions when someone upsets you. 

Let the peace of God act as an umpire continually in your heart. 

Have the mind of Christ and love others as Christ loves you. 

Whatever is necessary be at peace with all people and remain at peace; as commanded in Roman 12:8.

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  John 15:12 NKJV

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Everything Else Can Wait 

  
This morning- turn up the volume- lean in- everything else can wait!  
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Spirit Of The Living God by Vertical Church Band


Lyrics:

Verse 1:
Spirit of the living God,

Spirit of the living God

We only want to hear Your voice,

We’re hanging on every word

(x2)
 

Chorus:
Cause when You speak, When You move

When You do what only You can do

It changes us, it changes what we see and what we seek

When You come in the room,

When You do what only You can do

It changes us, it changes what we see and what we seek

You’re changing everything

Verse 2:
Spirit of the living God,

Spirit of the living God

We’re leaning in to all you are

Everything else can wait
 

Spirit of the living God,

Spirit of the living God

Come now and breathe upon our hearts

Come now and have your way

Chorus 

Bridge:

When You move, You move all our fears

When You move, You move us to tears

When You move, You move all our fears

When You move, You move us to tears 
 

When You fall, We fall on our knees

When You fall, We fall at Your feet

When You fall, We fall on our knees

When You fall, We fall at Your feet 

Chorus (x2)

Look Up – Look Around 

  

I love this great encouragement by my friend Donna Reiners today of Brave To Braver Blog. 

Even in a time of death, God brings signs of life

If you are discouraged,

                   look up-look around…… 

There is beauty awaiting to be discovered, it could just be disguised.  

                  ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Motivated Monday – A Winter Rose It was freezing the other day outside when I noticed this red rose in bloom. The Holy Spirit encouraged me. Even in a time of death, God brings signs of life. If you are discouraged – look up – look around. Perhaps there is a rose in bloom disguised…as […]

http://bravetobraver.com/2016/02/01/a-winter-rose/

Each Of Us Is An Original 

  
I was spending some time in Galatians this week in the Fruits of the Spirit when this title caught my eye: Two ways of Different Living in the CEB translation. I like the simplicity of CEB or ERV translations but I really love to look up verses in the Message translation because it just really hits the points home for me. Here is the Message version on the two ways of different living: 

  
My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?
It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives.                 Each of us is an original. 

                        (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭13-26‬ MSG)

  

This is all great advice!

Stop comparing- start loving! And remember – We are all an Original! 

                                  XXOO Michelle Bollom 

  

Celebrate Each Other 

  
He was sent to us

He was in our care

He slipped through

The cracks

Of distraction…

The cares of this

World and despair 

Strangling us

To his plea

Oh

My

God

!!!

Help us to hear

To see

To listen

And 

Rush to

The rescue

Of 

The hurting

The Ian’s 

That need

Friendship

Acknowledgment 

Recognition

Validation

Visibility

Compassion 

Acceptance

Kindness

A “like”

A comment

A visitation 

Comrades 

We must

Celebrate 

Each other

Before

Eternity

Takes us away

❤️Krystal Lynne 

Light Bearers 

  

We are Light bearers- helping usher others to find the Light so they too can know what it is like to leave the darkness behind.  

     ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

               #LiveRestored 

However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
~1Peter 2:9 GWT


But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.     – 1 Peter 2:9-10 MSG

  

The Story of Everything




      It’s not necessarily what you say but rather what you do.  I noticed this recently on a trip where many people did not speak the same language as me. You didn’t have to understand what they were saying but rather their expression, hand gestures and the animated tone of their conversation to figure out what they were really communicating.  
I discovered this to be true by watching the movie, “The Theory of Everything” on my plane ride to my destination. I watched on a ladies’ laptop a row in front of me.  I had to pause along with her when she shut her computer and got up or shifted around in her seat. I did not hear one word from the movie but watched in anticipation with what would happen next. I followed along holding back my tears as I watched the sacrifice this young wife made taking care of her crippled husband. I thought to myself I don’t even need to rent this and watch it again because I got main points from the story by just watching the actions and emotions of the characters unfold without hearing any words. 

Sidenote:
Then I got all choked up thinking how such a brilliant man could miss the Creator of Everything in everything. 

Hello!! Shakey Wakey!! That’s beyond me!!!

I wonder how many of us daily tell our story without any words. 
Good stories some days, not such great stories the next?

A smile
A laugh
A high five
A hug
A pat 

Or on a not so good day……

A frown 
A stare 
An evil eye
A tear
A shove

I want to tell a story everyday of thankfulness and joy as I go about my day. I carry an antidote for those who are thankless and have lost their way along the ride of life. 

I want to…….
Be a living picture that unfolds a story that is worth the watching

Let’s call it….

The Story of Everything 

I dare to pray……..
 Thank you God that you put a story in me before I was born. Help me to separate myself and get alone to hear from You in the Secret Place of Prayer. 

Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.

Let me clearly hear the deliberate chapters of my life that I am to play out in this life. I want to demonstrate the best display of Your brilliance and creation. Help me to bring out the best in others and encourage them with my actions. Even something as minor as a smile or as major as a risky detour to my regular routines that day. I want to be a part of the Story of Everything of God. 
Awake me to the possibilities of what You can do with my life. 
I strategically plan MY PART to be intentional. 
I begin today: page one. 

In Jesus Name,
Me
Kelley Allison

Check out this Video that sums it all up in less than five minutes. 

The Story of Everything

http://youtu.be/97sgcQo4GRw


Hovering 



The helicopters are coming!!!!

I hear them up above.
I can feel them swirling around looking…
I wonder if they can see our broken hearts from that high place with that big, brilliant spot light? Can they see our disappointed lives? 
The years spent waiting with no replies? 
The living on auto pilot just to get by? 
The vague and bored lies… 
Hovering. 
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be rescued 
and seen… 
even in the sorrow 
and thought beautiful.
❤ Krystal Lynne