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

365 New Chances


Today we get to start the first chapter of our next 12 chapters of 2017.  

This day is the first day of our next 365 New Chances. 

Maybe it’s a new chance to live healthier, to love deeper, to speak kinder, to leave the past behind, and embrace new opportunities.  

This year let us not just make resolutions to be better for ourselves, but be better to our families and friends and also to everyone we encounter.  

Spread kindness, love, joy, forgiveness, mercy, and hope like Confetti!

Celebrate each day as it were the next New… 

            A New Chance For A New You! 

Happy New Year! 
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 
Enjoy this short and cute song! 

My Times 

  
Good and bad

Frail and strong

My times are in your hands

Soiled or shining

Right or wrong

My times are in your hands

Every day and every night

Through the darkness 

Comes blessed dawn

My times are in your hands

Each breath I take

Each step of faith…..I crawl

My times are in your hands

My life

My times now Yours to use as willed

My times are in your hands

Your plans

Your hands

Your clay and heart to hold 

My times are in your hands

Mold me Lord

Spirit, flesh, and soul

My times are in your hands

Let this lifetime be worth the blood spent 

To purchase this heart that you now hold

My times are in your hands

My times are in your hands

My times are in your hands

❤️ Krystal Lynne 

Happy New Year from Restored Ministries 

Stronger

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Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually. ~ 3 John 1:2 HCSB

“Those who are beloved of Christ will love the brethren for His sake. Soul prosperity is the greatest blessing on this side of heaven. Grace and health are rich companions. Grace will employee health. A rich soul may be lodged in a weak body; and grace must then be exercised in submitting to such a dispensation. But we may wish and pray that those who have prosperous souls, may have healthful bodies; that their grace may shine where there is still more room for activity. How many professors there are, about whom the apostles words must be reversed, so that we must earnestly wish and pray that their souls may prosper, as their health and circumstances do! ” ~ Matthew Henry Concise Commentary

I recently stumbled across this verse and commentary and it was one I pondered on for quite some time. I feel very strong and healthy in my spirit but I do not feel strong physically. A few years ago I trained and became a runner. I felt like I was in the best shape physically than I had ever been. In the last two years since I stopped running I haven’t been consistent with any exercise or even very disciplined with healthy eating. As I declined in my physical strength I somehow have become spiritually stronger. For me it seems that when I am stronger in one area the other seems to suffer.

Anyone else ever feel like this?

I am determined this year to achieve strength and health in both areas simultaneously and permanently.

I would love to hear some ways you balance these two areas. Please share your thoughts in the comments.

“Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.” ~3 John 1:2 NLT

May God’s word and spirit transform our life….. turning us into a tower of strength!

#LiveRestored and become healthy and stronger in body and spirit.

XXOO ~ Michelle Bollom
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