The Secret Place 

She has always been different

There was just something about her

That I cannot explain

The world and all its glimmer

could not entice her

She yearned for deeper things

Locked in heaven

Pursued by few

She was made for unknown places

She dwelled in heavenly realms where He was found

She had an unquenchable thirst for more of Him

She knew she had to go deep to discover it all

Go where only few dare to go

You could say her head was in the clouds

Because that was her favourite position

To meet with Him in the secret place

She was a worshiper

She went all in, distracted by no one

She had to be one with her King

She was not distracted by the voices that said “She’s to deep”

No, she crossed every border to be with her King

The depth of His presence where they would be One

She was totally ruined and overcome by Him

There was a place in Him, reserved for only her

A place few have been

Past the veil where love sick lovers are born

Where we die to self

Bit are alive in Him

She made His heart her dwelling place

His embrace her safe place

She was possessed by Him

Totally in awe of her King

No price she had to pay, would keep her from pursuing Him

She gave up everything keeping them apart

For He became her greatest need

There was a bond between them few had experienced

It was birthed through their meetings behind the veil

Secrets were shared

She was enslaved by her King

Drenched in His oil

Nothing of her past could cling to her

She had an unquenchable thirst for more of Him

She burned with His love

She was controlled by Him

They would call her “too religious”

But she didn’t care

Religion could never bring her to this place

Being overtaken and overthrown by her King

She was so in love with her Beloved

She desired His presence with her whole being

Every moment with Him left her breathless

Hungry to discover a different facet of His heart for her

She dared to go where few have been

The secret place was now her home

~ Ebigale Wilson 

Stand Up For The Wounded 


Scars don’t equal shame;

Strength comes from experience,

Memories you want to forget

And keep buried in the past;

Your past doesn’t define you

The One who breathed life

Into your ocean, giving you depth does;

Your past doesn’t have to break you,

It can make you stronger;

I admit I’m weak, but I have a strong God,

Therefore, in Him, I am strong;

I won’t let anything in this world take me down,

For I am His and not of this world,

Therefore, I will not be shaken 

By the constant attacks of the enemy,

For he wants to destroy me because he knows

God has a plan and purpose for my life-

A destiny that only I can fulfill, with His help;

I have wasted too much time already

And don’t want to have anymore regrets,

So I accept the challenge

I will be bold and fight the good fight

For my good Father who has called me

To go on this journey with Him;

I know it will not be easy, and at times 

I will want to quit, but I must remember 

Who I am and whose I am,

Trusting that God knows what He’s doing;

I want to reflect ONLY Him in my life,

To those who live in darkness-

A world encompassed in fear and shame,

Feeling trapped within their mind,

Like they can’t escape the pain;

No one deserves to walk alone

We must stand up for the wounded,

Leading their tired souls to God-

The only One who can mend their brokenness.

             ~Bethany Anne 

Casting Nets


Stumbled upon this great blog today.

  I love the name too- Running Amok Blog.

  Be sure to check them out.  Enjoy! 

             ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

I got to spend yesterday evening helping set gill nets for Asian Carp research out at the Hancock Biological Station with two Murray State graduate students. They were extremely patient with me, teaching me knots [which I only tied correctly maybe 2 times], how to set the nets, and about what their research included. I have […]

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That None Should Perish 

  
This is the desire of my heart

Every Single Second!

This one thing I know

And Believe

With every fiber of my being

Jesus loves

All of us

The same

With an exuberant

Passionate

Astounding

Fanatical

Sweet 

Precious

Abba Father 

Love

That powerful

Run after you

No matter what!!!!!

Where????

Or how……

Can snatch anyone

From hell’s pit

Rescuing them

Forever

His Saving Grace

Bleeding out 

Till His death do us part

Then

His RESURRECTION

Ensuring our safety

Announcing

Our names

And seating us with 

Him

It is His heart

And will 

And plan

That none should perish

Krystal Lynne ❤ 

The Experiment

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I am starting an experiment this week using the 5 steps of the scientific method.

The 5 Steps
1. Make an Observation
2. Develop a Hypothesis
3. Make an Experiment
4. Carry out the Experiment and Analyze results
5. Draw Conclusions

(I had to look them up!! I never taught science and personally thought it was meant to be used when you dissect cats in biology) POS
Personal Opinion Stated ❤️

Observation:
Typically in my church life I have participated in Communion during a quarterly session. (four times a year)
One church we attended had Communion weekly.
Since I’m not into religion but rather relationship. I will not focus on man’s opinion but rather God’s and choose to be still and listen to see how the Holy Spirit directs me in the Word and through the process.

What if??
What if daily I had my own Communion at home?
Would it draw me closer to God?
I thought I would develop a hypotheses and ask the question.

Hypothesis:

A hypothesis is an educated guess about how things work.
Most of the time a hypothesis is written like this: “If _____[I do this] _____, then _____[this]_____ will happen.” (Fill in the blanks with the appropriate information from your own experiment.)

Here it goes….my testable hypothesis……. Drum roll… please…..

If I daily take communion at home,
then my relationship with Jesus will
draw me closer to God.

That’s my testable hypothesis and I will see over the course of my 1 week experiment if that is proven to be true for me.

Notice I am capitalizing Communion!
It’s set as important and proper these weeks as I seek out answers to my questions.

Experiment

Materials: grape juice, Matzo crackers, shot glass (no judgements)

Procedure:
1)Each morning take the juice and cracker with reflection on the sacrifice that was made by our Savior on the cross
Focus on His blood shed
and His body broken for me
This do in remembrance of Him
2)Journal any thoughts or reflections
3)Look up Bible verses on subject

I will start with a praise and worship song as I take the elements and reflect on the things above.

Will check back with you on my findings!!

Let’s break Bread together!!
You can join me and see what happens along this journey of getting to know God in a more intimate way.

Cheers,
Kelley Allison

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I’ve Been Dipped!

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I did not really understand the ceremony or grasp the full significance of what water baptism meant as I was baptized by sprinkling in the Episcopalian Religion at eight years old. Fast forward almost 40 years later and as a person that did not always walk with the Lord and now had much to be thankful for because of His Amazing Grace that saved a wretch like me, Baptism had become a great desire for me.

I did religion most of my life; one denomination after another, spending the majority of my adult life practicing Catholicism. My husband was a cradle Catholic and we married and baptized our children Catholic as well. When all the rituals became too much for us we left religion and the Catholic Church in 2006.
We desired something more and found that in a relationship with Jesus Christ. We chose to live and raise our children by a Biblical Worldview and no longer wanted to be defined by a religious denomination. As I read my Bible and walked closer with the Lord my desire only deepened to be Baptized as the Bible describes.

The Greek word Baptizmo – where we get Baptized Or Baptism from means “to dip.” So for me, I believe that immersion baptism is the type of Baptism the Bible is referencing. For me being baptized the “Real Way” meant being fully dipped, dunked, taking the full plunge.

After desiring this for the last nine years, I got the opportunity this past summer.
I also love that God arranged for it to all go down not in Texas, but across the world in Jerusalem, Israel in the famous Jordan River.

It was an amazing and very emotional experience. I also have it on DVD to watch over and over again! (They capture all the baptisms like those roller coaster ride pictures at amusement parks)

Every time I hear this song It resonates with me. Every time I can’t help but cry. I just can’t contain my emotions.

I encourage you all if you have not done so already to take the full plunge. Get Dipped!
Dip in deep and begin to experience something about the amazing “Living” Water! I am so glad I did! Now I am changed… Now I am stronger….~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

“Something In The Water” by Carrie Underwood

He said, “I’ve been where you’ve been before.
Down every hallway’s a slamming door.
No way out, no one to come and save me.
Wasting a life that the Good Lord gave me.

Then somebody said what I’m saying to you,
Opened my eyes and told me the truth.”
They said, “Just a little faith, it’ll all get better.”
So I followed that preacher man down to the river and now I’m changed
And now I’m stronger

There must’ve been something in the water
Oh, there must’ve been something in the water

Well, I heard what he said and I went on my way
Didn’t think about it for a couple of days
Then it hit me like a lightning late one night
I was all out of hope and all out of fight

Couldn’t fight back the tears so I fell on my knees
Saying, “God, if you’re there come and rescue me.”
Felt love pouring down from above
Got washed in the water, washed in the blood and now I’m changed
And now I’m stronger

There must be something in the water
Oh, there must be something in the water

And now I’m singing along to amazing grace
Can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face
Got joy in my heart, angels on my side
Thank God almighty, I saw the light
Gonna look ahead, no turning back
Live every day, give it all that I have
Trust in someone bigger than me
Ever since the day that I believed I am changed
And now I’m stronger

There must be something in the water (amazing grace)
Oh, there must be something in the water (how sweet the sound)
Oh, there must be something in the water (that saved a wretch)
Oh, there must be something in the water (like me)
Oh, yeah

I am changed (I once was lost)
Stronger (but now I’m found)
(was blind but now I see)

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Who are you looking to?

I woke this morning singing the song “I look to You” by Whitney Houston.  I have loved this song for a while and it has been stuck on repeat during many difficult times of my life over the years.   The first time I heard this was after my dad’s death.  I know that during that time that it was only when I looked to Him could I continue on.  I did not know this song or know Jesus as I know Him now when I suffered the devastating loss of my brother Toby in 2006.  It was after my brother’s sudden death that I knew that I could not do things on my own.  It seemed that I jumped in with both feet seeking God.  I had done religion most of my life, but when I heard about Jesus and that it was a relationship and started learning about the Holy Spirit and reading God’s Promises in His word, well, it blew the door wide open for me.  I have never looked back. 

Sometimes life gets rough and we would like Jesus with skin on to walk those storms with us.  I love the part of the song when she says, “I am about to lose my breath”  Have you ever felt like the wind has been just kicked right out of you?  Maybe it is a devastating diagnosis or news from a doctor, or cancer has given you a limited time left on this earth.  I have walked through that one with a loved one, and recently have another loved one walking through this right now too.  Maybe it’s a spouse that just said they didn’t love you anymore and filed for divorce?  I know a few people walking through that blow right now.  An affair, a job loss, the death of a loved one?  Yes,  the list can go on and on.

 I have walked through many losses in my life and the ones that I did not look to Him were the most difficult to get through.  I say I grieved without Hope on my brothers death, but just two years later I grieved with Hope on my Dad’s death.  The two types of grieving make a world of difference.  Not that they are less painful, but looking to Him brings a peace and comfort I did not know before in the midst of the storm. 

This morning as this song was stuck in my head again, I thought, hmmm strange, I had not heard it in awhile and why do I awake humming and singing it?  Then I felt the Lord impress upon me that not just during the devastating blows Michelle, I need you to look to Me on the everyday little blows too.  I have to confess, sometimes I am not always looking to Him on the smaller things of life. Those moments when we are just bored, over tired, overwhelmed, insecure, lonely, sad, angry, our feelings have been hurt, our kids aren’t listening, our spouses are on our last main nerve.  When we are distracted or stressed or just don’t feel well.  

I am guilty of looking towards opinions or advise of others before Him, I am guilty of looking for something new to fill a void. I am guilty of finding comfort in Cheetos or a big honking piece of cake.  I am a recovering emotional/compulsive eater, shopping addict, approval addiction/people pleaser.  Note and emphasis on the “ing”  Yes I still struggle with looking just straight on to Him for all the little blows that life deals me.  We sometimes like to vent to our family or friends, but we need to remember to always vent vertically!  Send it all to Him, look straight to Him.  Don’t let anything distract us or let us lose our focus.  Keep it straight on and fully looking to Him!  

I am reminded of this wonderful Promise.

The LORD the Keeper of Israel.

A Song of Ascents.

1I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
         From where shall my help come?

2My help comes from the LORD,
         Who made heaven and earth.

3He will not allow your foot to slip;
         He who keeps you will not slumber.

4Behold, He who keeps Israel
         Will neither slumber nor sleep.

5The LORD is your keeper;
         The LORD is your shade on your right hand.

6The sun will not smite you by day,
         Nor the moon by night.

7The LORD will protect you from all evil;
         He will keep your soul.

8The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in
         From this time forth and forever.

What an awesome Promise this is! 

 

Release all those big and small blows to Him.  Keep looking only to Him.  He’s got you covered!  

 

 Enjoy this amazing song!   XXOO, Peace, Michelle Bollom

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