Beans Beans The Magical…Salad


Beans are not a fruit as the catchy rhyme would suggest, but as far as the rest of the jingle, well, you will have to find out for yourself.

2 cans Bush’s purple hull peas

1 jalapeño 

1 Roma tomato

1 cup of cilantro chopped

1 cup purple onion chopped

2 limes squeezed

1 tbsp chopped garlic

1 tsp salt & pepper 

Surprisingly this salad was very good.

I will definitely be making this again. 

You could also eat with corn chips if you wanted to like a dip. 

Enjoy! ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

If you have made something similar, share your recipe varieties with us in the comments.

A Work In Progress 

  

Sometimes we think caring for ourselves is selfish. I thought so too before I ran my health off in the ditch and suffered a stroke in 2008.   

Now seven years later I was well on my way back to the ditch; doing it again.  

We can’t be effective to our families or to God if we aren’t healthy. 

I am thankfully now well into my fasting experience. I have lost 20 lbs and several inches. I am more than half way through my fast and a 1/3 of the way to my health goals. 

I knew todays verse well. I was vandalizing my temple. I was not caring for my body as a temple that housed the Holy Spirit. Christ’s home was inside me but I was making Him to live in a cluttered run down shack.   

What I like to visualize now is that I am going through each area of my temple, each room of Christ’s home, and I am doing a major house cleaning job. I am a work in progress. A new body under construction. 

I want my outer self to reflect the inner self. I can’t have God doing amazing things within my heart, my mind, and my soul, if I still was trashing my body. 

Thankfully, God has given us amazing bodies capable of repairing themselves.   

We never have anyone or anything to blame but ourselves because we have either created or allowed it.  

This promise does not say- hey maybe you should, or maybe you might want to….. 

No, it says- you MUST honor God with your body. 

God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. ~1 Corinthians 6:20 NLT 

Lord, forgive me for vandalizing what You so graciously and wonderfully gave me. You paid for me at a very high price. Please help me to honor and show gratitude by caring properly for my temple. Thank You that you are a loving God that gives us the grace and mercy to begin again. May I never slip back to old patterns of living or thinking. Forgive me for blaming anything or anyone for what was my choice to dishonor You. Thank You that You provide strength in my weaknesses. Thank You for Your promises. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

                ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Taking Back My Life

  

For months- 

ok well more like for a few years now…. 

(Man the days are evil- they just flew by) 

I have been very lacked on my exercise or choosing the most beneficial or healthy food choices. 

A couple of years ago I was running and making better choices… And then my thyroid crapped out. The scale went up and then I worked hard to get it down and then a couple of summers of eating and being lazy … Well, I am now reaping what I sowed. The weight I lost found its way back. The lack of running, exercise, or even walking has me feeling flabby and weak.  

Don’t get me wrong- I have had some amazing things happen in the last few years, God has answered tons of prayers, grown me so much spiritually, and given me some amazing connections. I would not change anything. 

I know it took all of that and now this to wake me up and get me on to getting serious.

No way to lessen the blow, to sugar coat it- 

bottom line-I have neglected my temple

I still struggle. I am an emotional eater. I co-lead a small local ministry since 2009 helping others with this same issue, but I have just been going through the motions and letting my flesh and emotions convince me that I don’t need to exercise or watch what I eat. I have talked the talk, but not been walking the walk. Each day just kept being a promise of tomorrow I will start… And then the sin of procrastination overtook me. 
So now after the months have turned into years and some recent spiritual attacks and stress have my adrenals shot along with my thyroid, and of course my pull to emotionally choose food to cope, has my body screaming at me from all directions.  

I know I need – MUST -make a change.

I have been partially obeying, which at the end of the day, partial obedience is really just disobedience.  


I have almost let the small foxes destroy the whole vine! 

I feel like the clouds have finally lifted as I recently got away to a retreat with a great change of scenery and some amazing people. As I came home refreshed and renewed-Boom! I heard this song. I love how music speaks to me. I am taking and making it my Anthem.  

I have the Power, His Divine Power – I have had it all along- but I am now activating and turning it ON! 

I am relying on His perfect guidance in making some big changes and resting in His strength to do all that I can’t.  

Whatever it is that has just about KO’d you, I invite you to stand up! Even if your knees seem shaky… Don’t let them count you out.

Stand up and declare these words with me….(and raise your hands into a fighter’s stance like Rocky!) 

This is my fight song

Take back my life song

Prove I’m alright song

My power’s turned on

Starting right now I’ll be strong

Turn up the volume and get ready to ROCK OUT! 

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Fight Song by Rachel Platten

Like a small boat

On the ocean

Sending big waves

Into motion

Like how a single word

Can make a heart open

I might only have one match

but I can make an explosion
And all those things I didn’t say

Wrecking balls inside my brain

I will scream them loud tonight

Can you hear my voice this time
This is my fight song

Take back my life song

Prove I’m alright song

My power’s turned on

Starting right now I’ll be strong

I’ll play my fight song

And I don’t really care if nobody else believes

Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
Losing friends and I’m chasing sleep

Everybody’s worried about me

In too deep

Say I’m in too deep

And it’s been two years

I miss my home

But there’s a fire burning in my bones

And I still believe

Yeah I still believe
And all those things I didn’t say

Wrecking balls inside my brain

I will scream them loud tonight

Can you hear my voice this time
This is my fight song

Take back my life song

Prove I’m alright song

My power’s turned on

Starting right now I’ll be strong

I’ll play my fight song

And I don’t really care if nobody else believes

Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
A lot of fight left in me
Like a small boat

On the ocean

Sending big waves

Into motion

Like how a single word

Can make a heart open

I might only have one match

but I can make an explosion
This is my fight song

Take back my life song

Prove I’m alright song

My power’s turned on

Starting right now I’ll be strong

I’ll play my fight song

And I don’t really care if nobody else believes

Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
Now I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

Called To Be Prosperous

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My life wasn’t wrapped up so beautifully from the start. Growing up I was a foster child, raised in more foster homes than one could imagine. I suffered tremendous pain stemming from every aspect of abuse; physical, sexual, and emotional the entirety of my childhood. These were many homes with just a kid, ‘just passing through’. Around the age of 16 my biological parents located me and without fear of who theses strangers were, I ran away to live with them having the false pretense, ‘They finally came back! I knew one day my parents would come back! I’m rescued’. Yes, all children want the fairy tale ending with absent parents; naive I was.
Long story short, it was a horrid time 16 years old up until last year (I’m 35 now) with my biological parents. I witnessed drugs, fighting, prostitution, jail visits, and my parents continually high or drunk. Upon crossing into adulthood, all abuse stopped and yet the situations changed to a complete emotional struggle when I was old enough to move out. The emotional toll taken on me as I continually tried to, ‘parent’ my parents, was massive. I knew my parents really had great hearts, they loved me, yet just so lost in addiction they were powerless to express it or be proper role models and care takers.

You can imagine my life would’ve been tough to keep on the straight and narrow, but I did, through the protection of Christ alone. I saw the ramifications of drug use, criminal activity, and abuse, so I chose to never engage in those. In my early 20’s feeling depressed as ever, extremely withdrawn, I felt as I had exhausted all emotions and decided to give this thing called, ‘church’ a ‘try’. Yes, the first visit changed my life forever as I came to salvation that very day. Throughout the years I have been on fire for Christ, entering into ministry teaching on abuse, addiction, abandonment, identity, self-worth, and more than anything, forgiveness. I’ve made myself very transparent as to give God glory for his restoration and turn around (that He alone did in my life) so that I can inspire and reach the hurting and lost. What the enemy meant for harm in my life has been the very testimony of the greatness of our God now leading so many to hope, change, and salvation.

My adulthood has been spent winning souls to Christ through witnessing, teaching, and as many would say, ‘Just keeping it real’. However, an unfortunate tragedy occurred in my life this previous year as I lost both parents to suicide. The emotional turmoil ended as my mom passed and three days later my father, unable to cope with the death of my mom, took his own life. It was the horrid shock alone upon my mom’s passing as that was so difficult to come to grips with. Then the second wave hit three days later, I had lost my father as well to suicide. The single funeral being planned now turned double and it was such a traumatic time. HOWEVER, guess what? There is GOOD news! The enemy never took me out once, didn’t even come close. Why? Because I’m anchored in Christ alone. The only one constant, never changing, expressing endless love, restoration, and comfort, is Jesus Christ as this I had received so many years earlier post salvation. This is yet another tragic circumstance used to glorify Christ as I minister this story to those depressed, addicted, battling suicide, and many other deep emotional issues. The message is clear, “Hold on, rescue is in route!” Allowing myself to become so transparent has proven a massive healing agent for people battling suicide. Hear from the ‘victims’ mouth the pain caused for those left behind to deal with the unnecessary death while also sharing the purpose of God’s plan for our lives has helped and healed so many. Glory to God for allowing me to be His mouthpiece!
With all of this being said, throughout every trial in life, my passion & relationship has only grown stronger in the Lord.

We’re ALL, ‘called to be prosperous’ in EVERY arena of our lives because our Father is the King of ALL Kings and He took sickness, disease, and poverty to the cross! We are called into victory with a race that has already been won! May we never be victims, only victorious, over every trial and circumstance in life. Glory to God!

Be encouraged in Christ today,
Jess Drown

Jessica Drown resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Besides staying proactive for the Kingdom, she is a teen minister, PE teacher, Christian music manager, single mom of two teens, and currently manages a busy corporate office in the city. She loves Jesus, family, friends, and has a passion for ministry, wellness, fitness, and nutrition. Her goal is to help lead the lost and encourage the saved in Jesus Christ!

“Discipleship (via the Gospel) didn’t just put us into the eternal plan of God, but amongst other things, it enables us to live a prosperous life.”

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http://www.jessicadrown.com