An Exuberant Declaration 

The Eternal is my light amidst my darkness and my rescue in times of trouble. So whom shall I fear? He surrounds me with a fortress of protection. So nothing should cause me alarm. 

When my enemies advanced to devour me alive,They tripped and fell flat on their faces into the soil. When the armies of the enemy surround me,I will not be afraid. When death calls for me in the midst of war,my soul is confident and unmoved. I am pleading with the Eternal for this one thing,my soul’s desire: To live with Him all of my days—in the shadow of His temple,To behold His beauty and ponder His ways in the company of His people. His house is my shelter and secret retreat. It is there I find peace in the midst of storm and turmoil. Safety sits with me in the hiding place of God. He will set me on a rock, high above the fray. God lifts me high above those with thoughts of death and deceit that call for my life. I will enter His presence, offering sacrifices and praise. In His house, I am overcome with joy As I sing, yes, and play music for the Eternal alone. I cannot shout any louder. Eternal One—hear my cry and respond with Your grace. The prodding of my heart leads me to chase after You. I am seeking You, Eternal One—don’t retreat from me. You have always answered my call. Don’t hide from me now. Don’t give up on me in anger at Your servant. You have always been there for me. Don’t throw me to the side and forget me, my God and only salvation. My father and mother have deserted me, yet the Eternal will take me in. O Eternal, show me Your way, shine Your light brightly on this path, and make it level for me, for my enemies are lurking in the recesses and ravines along the way. They are watching—hoping to seize me. Do not release me to their desires or surrender me to their will! Liars are standing against me, breathing out cruel lies hoping that I will die. I will move past my enemies with this one, sure hope:that with my own eyes, I will see the goodness of the Eternal In the land of the living. Please answer me: Don’t give up. Wait for the Eternal in expectation, and be strong. Again, wait for the Eternal. ~Psalm 27:1-14 The VOICE 

The psalms provide us with a way to think about and pray through the various threats we face. Our enemies today may not be the same as in biblical times, but they are no less real. Consider the threats on the horizon. Some may be national. Others may be more personal. Still they come to surround us and destroy us if they could only get the chance. The reality is there are times when our enemies appear to have the upper hand and our cause is lost. But wait and listen to the psalm! All is not lost because, ultimately, God is our light and salvation. The darkness will lift, and our Savior will come. He will settle all scores, and we will live in the beauty of His presence. ~Psalm 27 The VOICE Commentary 

          Some translations call this Psalm
       “An Exuberant Declaration Of Faith.”

Exuberant: filled with or characterized by a lively energy and excitement.

I have to agree with that because those of us who have truly known our former hopeless and lost state and the pitiful conditions God rescued us from are now often shameless and unrelenting in our excitement and gratitude as we declare all the wonderful things he has done, is doing, and yet to do for us.  

Jesus welcomes exuberance. 

More than anything, it reflects a genuine understanding of His grace.

What are your thoughts? 

       What are you exuberantly declaring? 
                      ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

My Abba Restores Me 

And I cry out to the Lord and He hears my petition…and He rescues me.

Oh, how life can sometimes be what you don’t want it to be!

My life is amazing. God has blessed me beyond measure, but not in the ways I would have requested. When I was 17 years old I had a liver transplant which has left me infertile. My earthly father has inflicted (intentionally at times) more hurt than love in my life. My future husband comes with his fair share of baggage…and then some that brings with it the gift of pain from his past.

My Abba restores me.  

I had a liver transplant and now I have the chance to use my story of redemption to impact other’s to tell their stories.

My heavenly father has been more than sufficient to heal the wounds of my earthly dad….and He is still healing those wounds. Abba Father is helping me come to terms with the fact that I can’t change my Beloved’s past…

I can only pray my way through it.

When the dark days and sadness come, I feel Him calling me deeper and deeper into relationship with Him. In the darkness, He calls me to sit upon His lap and cry while He speaks to my heart His love. He restores my soul and sustains me through the pain.

Oh, how I wish things were different at times…and yet, I love exactly how my life has unfolded. He is a Good, Good Father. ~Amy T.


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… 
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be rescued 
and seen… 
even in the sorrow 
and thought beautiful.
❤ Krystal Lynne