The Sustainer Of My Soul 

sus·tain

səˈstān/

verb

1. strengthen or support physically or mentally.
To supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for

To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage

To support from below; keep from falling or sinking; prop.

Behold, God is my helper and ally;The Lord is the sustainer of my soul [my upholder.]~ Psalm 54:4 

A strong spirit sustains us.~Proverbs 18:14

We are never alone. We have the strength and support both physically and mentally we need. We have all our necessities and nourishment provided for us. We have support for our spirit, vitality, and resolutions to anything we face. We have encouragement and a prop holding us up and keeping us from sinking or falling.  

                   Declare these promises!  

             #LiveRestored #PrayTheWord

                   ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Trust

 
Define

Trust can be defined as the acceptance of the truth of a statement without evidence or investigation or firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

 

Affirm:  

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

 

Recall:  

In bible study a few weeks ago, our church leader made reference to Proverbs 3: 5-6. With my head, I thoroughly understand the scripture. I should trust GOD in everything I do. In theory this works; but in application I often fail.  

 

A few days later, while conversing about this concept with my cousin Lashonti, it came to the realization of why it is often difficult for us (believers) to trust GOD.

 

We have been let down by grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, and uncles. 

We have been let down by guy friends, girlfriends, and best friends.

We have been let down by our spouses, our children, and our closest loved ones. 

We have been let down by employers, co-workers, the economy, and business colleagues. 

We have been let down by Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, and Sony. 

We have been let down by pastors, first ladies, Sunday school teachers, and church friends. 

 

We have been let down by our own personal thoughts and our own personal actions. Sadly, we have let others down and at times, we have not been trust worthy ourselves.  

 

Goodness…We have witnessed so much distrust or mistrust that it seems impossible to fully trust GOD.   

 

Just think about it. Has GOD been asking you to lean on him in a specific area of your life? Do you constantly experience this cycle of giving GOD a few of your ways- not all of them? Do you find yourself falling into the same pit hole?    

 

Plain and simple, we cannot rely solely on people, things, or even self.  

 

The common denominator of what lets us down is either man or man-made! GOD on the other hand will never fail us; he will ALWAYS catch us when we are falling.  

 

How do we go from a place of not trusting GOD and move to a space of fully trusting him?

#1 READ THE WORD

Reading the word of GOD helps strengthen our faith and our belief in GOD. The word of GOD will work in us so that we can be more dependent on him.

#2 PRAY

Prayer shapes our relationship with GOD. It is through prayer that we grow spiritually and open up the lines of communication with GOD. When we pray GOD will speak directly to us.  

 

#3 WORSHIP

Worship shows GOD our reverence for him. It is through worshiping GOD that we open up our hearts to GOD. When our hearts are open he will do an amazing work in our lives. 

 

I don’t know where you are with trusting GOD in everything; but if you like me sometimes experience those moments of distrust or mistrust, I encourage you to- go back to the basics: Read the Word, Pray, and Worship- sit back and watch GOD work wonders in your life! 

 

Exercise:

Dear God,

 Thank you so much for showing me how to draw closer to you. Lord, I whole heartedly want to trust you in everything I do. In areas that I need growth, please show me how to put it all in your hands. Thank you father, I love you. 

 

Commit to the challenge. I DARE you. 

                      ~ LeReca Monik 

#mydearestsister #Idareyou #restoredministries #itstimeforachange#anewyou #LiveRestored 

  

Celebrate Earth Day 

  

Wherever you are you can spread some love and bless someone today.   Share your pictures or stories on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) using the # (hashtag) #BringHeaven2EarthDay2015.  

Please Reblog & Share to get the word out and join us!

  XXOO Michelle Bollom 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Day 2015 Event 

 Edit   Come join us as we will head out to Pray, Encourage, Give and Serve people in our community.  

Wear red and come spread the love with us! 
Can’t join us in person- join us from all over the world by using the (#) hashtag
 #BringHeaven2EarthDay2015 , on all Social Media sites for your pictures or posts of praying, encouraging, giving back, or serving others in your own community! 
If you live in the Houston TX area- come meet us here:
                On 4/22/15
10 am – Cafe Marrese 
What does spreading the “Love” look like? Buy a coffee, a meal, or groceries for someone. Pass out $ with an encouraging note. Pray for someone. Visit a nursing home, a hospital, a shopping mall, a grocery store, or a street corner and engage with someone and really listen to their story. Rake or mow someone’s yard. Take someone a meal. Flash your pearly whites and give someone a smile, a compliment, a word of encouragement. Get Creative!  
XXOO Michelle Bollom 
 
   

 

  

Hanging Up My Cape



As I sit in my little prayer corner in my room I am feeling so blessed to know the Lord is my personal Savior.  I can’t imagine my life without Him!  How did I do it for so many years before I knew Him and relied on Him so intimately? 

 I thought I had to do it all by myself.  I carried the world on my shoulders and thought it was all up to me.  I had to be a Superwoman and get it all done alone.  I tried to be everything to everyone, and I based my worth on how good I was and how much I accomplished in a day–I was a perfectionist!  I even based my value on what others thought about me or what I had done.  If I didn’t live up to their expectations, it really bothered me and I felt unworthy.  I was very uptight and worried about every word–did I sound smart?  What do they think about me?  

My self-worth being based on what others thought was a bad place to be.  It is impossible to please some people and who says their opinions are right?  Why did I allow others to control my feelings?  It was a never-ending battle and cost me lots of time and stress worrying and pondering in my head about what I should have done or said or how could I make them like me more.

Thankfully all that is in the past now.  I don’t worry or fret about being good enough or worry if someone likes me or if I looked “good”.  I have learned to speak the truth in love and base my worth on what God thinks, and what the bible says about things.  Oh what a freedom this brings! I am no longer consumed by what others think about me — I am a child of the Most High God and He loves me — He created me and calls me daughter!  My goal is to glorify Him in everything I do and to love everyone right where they are even if we don’t see things the same. I can plant seeds and hope and pray that we both grow and learn.  Finding God’s truths and my self worth in His Word, The Bible, has allowed me to begin to live in deeper faith and peace. Knowing His perfect love, really understanding that Jesus loves me, frees me from those old fears. 

I hope and pray that all my family, friends, team members and everyone reading this comes to know the Lord and experience His love and find true joy and peace in knowing we don’t have to be a Superstar–or Superwoman or Superman.   We can all hang up our capes and just be an authentic beloved child of God. 

When we invite Jesus into our hearts and choose to love the Lord with all our heart and soul and love others as ourselves, He will protect and guide us on this amazing journey called life! 


 ~ Shine your Light, Deb Hicks 

How To Pray

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pray\ˈprā\
verb
: to speak to God especially in order to give thanks or to ask for something
: to hope or wish very much for something to happen
: to seriously ask (someone) to do something

When I was little I prayed every night for a dollhouse. I never did get the dollhouse of my dreams, but I did get a dollhouse eventually. I always think of those childish prayers.
For years I did not know how to pray. I was also afraid to pray out loud or in front of others. I was repetitive in my prayers and I really sounded life I was begging. If I tried to pray out loud I got tongue tied trying to copy someone else’s words I had heard. I read a few books on prayer and tried a few prayer formulas, but none really seemed to stick.

I believe practice and the Holy Spirit are what have developed my prayer style.

I can pray in my car, as I am walking around, while cooking, cleaning, and even sometimes I wake myself up in the middle of the night praying. It comes easy and naturally to me now. I don’t use fancy words at all. I just speak from my heart and sometimes when words won’t do or fail, I pray from my spirit.

I wrote this out in my journal the other day as a way to help my children began to develop a practice on how to pray:

PRAY

P-Praise
R-Repent
A- Ask for other’s needs / Ask for your needs
Y- Yield (Be Still & Listen)

I start my prayers with Praise. Thanking God for who He is, for the sacrifice He made, for what He has done, is doing, and has yet to do. I praise Him for answered prayers, as well as, the unanswered prayers.

I then Repent. I ask God to forgive me of all my sins and shortcomings. To search my heart for anything that grieves Him. I ask Him to reveal to me areas I may not even be aware of where I did not bring Him glory.

I then move into Asking. I ask for the needs of my friends and family or whomever God places on my heart. Sometimes it is strangers on the news or someone I may have come in contact with, or something I saw or read or people that have asked for me to pray for them.
I then ask for my own needs and desires. I ask for God’s direction and God’s desires to be made known to me.

Lastly, I Yield. I pause and wait to see what God speaks to my heart or where He leads me. I have learned to get comfortable with the silence. That is what brings me the peace and knowing in my knower what and how I should pray. Many times I just begin to pray in my spirit God’s perfect prayers. I also review the following list to make sure nothing is hindering my prayers.

*Here are some things that can hinder our prayers according to thebestlife.net :

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1) Unforgiveness
If we do not forgive others, our Heavenly Father will not forgive us. (Matthew 6:15)

2) An Unthankful Heart
Give God thanks in all things, because in all trials, painful situations, He is always with us. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

3) Unbelief
Pray with confidence, believing God to do what He said He will do. James 1:6-7 says “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.”

4) Selfishness
Ask for the things in God’s will, the outcome of which is to honour and glorify God. James 4:3 says “You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

5) Failure to ask God to supply our needs
James 4:2 says “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.”

6) Disobedience
Pray and ask God with confidence, obeying His commandments. 1 John 3:22 says “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things which are pleasing in His sight.”

7) Praying Alone
Pray with others and agree in faith. Matthew 18:19 says “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”

8) Disharmony in family or with others
Be at peace with one another. 1 Peter 3:7 says “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honour to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”

9) Idols
– Not putting God first in our lives. Ezekiel 14:2-5 says “And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of by them? Therefore speak to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: ‘Everyone of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, and then comes to the prophet, I the Lord will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols, that I may seize the house of Israel by their heart, because they are all estranged from Me by their idols. ‘”

10 Forgetting the Poor
– Ignoring and not having compassion. Proverbs 21:13 says “Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard.”

11) Lack of reconciliation
– Bearing malice, hate, grudge etc. Matthew 5:23,24 says “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

12) Not wanting to wait on God
Matthew 7:7,8 says “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

The Blessed Holy Spirit can lead us, teach us and guide us to overcome these hindrances, if we ask Him to help us in our daily Christian walk with Jesus Christ.

You can also do an Internet search for many more resources on prayer.

If you seek God with your whole heart, He will reveal to you what you need to know.
All people of all ages can pray.
It is never too late or too early to develop your own style or practice of praying.

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
© RestoredMinistries

Get Connected

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Do you shy away from really connecting with other women in your life? Are you afraid of being judged? Afraid of being hurt by a friendship? Well, stop that! We are live wires to
connecting others to God. God works in and through us to connect with people…especially women! We need relationships with other women for this very reason!

So open up, buttercup!
Mind you, you can’t just tell everyone …your junk, but there are certain relationships in your life that God has ordained to help you through what you are going through at this very moment.

I get so excited and encouraged when I am a part of other women connecting, getting vulnerable, and relating and encouraging each other through God! Seriously, it brings me such joy!

So, what if you don’t have women in your life that you feel comfortable relating or sharing with? Well, pray for them to pop up. Be that person for someone else!

When I moved to the outskirts of Houston with my would-be husband, in 2006, I had one friend in our neighborhood and my closest friend was still living in town miles away. I remember Jeff telling me for such a long time, you really need to make friends. You need to join a play group or something, but I just wasn’t ready. I just wasn’t ready to connect. I wasn’t happy with myself or fully happy with the life I was living.

It took me almost 2 years to join a Bible study group at my church. That one group of women has been a part of radically changing my life. That one group has evolved and grown and is still a foundation for me. That one group has helped me open up, reveal, get real, deal, heal and start stepping into my calling of encouraging others through Christ!

So, get vulnerable ladies. Find some peeps to get real with and blow the roof off your life!

~Stephanie Wanic

#godsbeautysecrets #beautyqueenwisdom #getreal#getvulnerable

Prayer

I will be traveling to Israel in just a few days. I thank you for your support & prayers and look forward to sharing this journey with you. Please continue to keep me and the team with Joan Hunter Ministries in your prayers.

Enjoy some of these great quotes on prayer and share your favorites with us in the comments too.

xxoo~ Michelle Bollom

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