Double For Your Troubles 

Many people have had so many troubles this week.

Trouble of all kinds

Computer troubles

Car troubles

Marriage troubles

Health troubles

Finance troubles

Children troubles

House troubles

Work troubles 

Insurance troubles 

Those are just the few I have heard or read about from my friends and family, or my own family have experienced this week. 

Our Country has also had some pretty horrific troubles just this week. In the Orlando Florida area alone they had 3 big news stories that shocked many of us. 
1. Christina Grimme- the Voice finalist and singer gunned down after a concert.

2. The Pulse Nightclub massacre with the horrific act of terrorism by an individual killing 50 and wounding 50+. 

3. A small child at the Happiest Place On Earth, carried away by an alligator as his dad fought to free him and now they have to prepare for a funeral; not enjoy the rest of their vacation. 

I have been in deep prayer all week for many many people going through all sorts of troubles. 

Today as I was unpacking my groceries, I was washing a big bag of cherries. I noticed a double cherry and thought- Oh How Cute! Twins! 

Being an identical twin that also has boy/girl twins- I love Twinning! 

Twinning Is Winning! 
I decided to check to see if in fact there were two separate seeds- so I ate it and sure enough it did! 
As I finished washing the bag of cherries- I kept picking out Twin cherries again … And again…. And Again…..And Again…. 

Another 53 times I pulled out Double Cherries! 

I quickly felt my spirit stir and knew God was trying to speak to me. So I added up the total. I counted a total of 54 Double Cherries! (remember I ate one set!)  

So I doubled the 54 which is 108.  
I thought- what does those numbers represent? What is the significance Lord? 
I felt the Lord whisper Psalm 108.  

So, I looked it up…..

Psalm 108 

O God, my heart is ready to praise you! I will sing and rejoice before you. Say thank you to the Lord for being so good, for always being so loving and kind. Wake up, O harp and lyre! We will meet the dawn with song. I will praise you everywhere around the world, in every nation. For your loving-kindness is great beyond measure, high as the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches the skies. His glory is far more vast than the heavens. It towers above the earth. Hear the cry of your beloved child—come with mighty power and rescue me. God has given sacred promises; no wonder I exult! He has promised to give us all the land of Shechem and also Succoth Valley. “Gilead is mine to give to you,” he says, “and Manasseh as well; the land of Ephraim is the helmet on my head. Judah is my scepter. But Moab and Edom are despised; and I will shout in triumph over the Philistines.” Who but God can give me strength to conquer these fortified cities? Who else can lead me into Edom? Lord, have you thrown us away? Have you deserted our army? Oh, help us fight against our enemies, for men are useless allies. But with the help of God we shall do mighty acts of valor. For he treads down our foes. ~Psalm 108:1-13 

Right at the end is where God got my attention:
Oh, help us fight against our enemies, for men are useless allies. But with the help of God we shall do mighty acts of valor. For he treads down our foes. ~Psalm 108:1-13 

With the help of God we shall do mighty acts of valor! 

Yes! Yes! Indeed we can! 
We have been Called To Valor! (See that prior Prophetic Word Here

Christ First- Christ Centered is what I have been sharing with my kiddos, with my friends, and with my family lately. 

The help for All our troubles – for this countries troubles – the Nations troubles – the World’s troubles…. is Only God.  

Christ First- Christ Centered 

God needs us! We must answer the Call To Valor! 
God needs all of us to help Him reach the World! 
We must abide in Christ! 

Get synced up with Jesus! 

The Power of Christ in us; The Holy Spirit, is the Only Power To Empower us! 

Together– In Christ and in love is how we rid the World from all the evil and darkness erupting all around us. That is how we heal the horrific hurts and troubles we and so many others are facing. That is how our land is united and our lives are Restored! 

By the way….He is also the only God that Promises Double for our troubles! 

Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, Your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever. ~ Isaiah 61:7 MSG 

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
#RestoredMinistries #ACallToValor #LiveRestored #MindBodySoul 

Redeemed Dates

Redeem: To recover ownership of. To turn in and receive something in exchange. To fulfill. To set free; rescue or ransom. To save from a state of sinfulness and its consequences. To make up for. To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of.  Variations/redeemed,redeeming,redeems.

Redeemed, what an awesome word huh?  I have come to just love that word. Maybe I associate it with my favorite book “Redeeming Love”, by Francine Rivers; I am not sure why I love the word.  God has also given me a new favorite word, Restored.  I am thrilled to see Restore is listed in the definition of Redeemed.

I am a word person.  I love quotes, I love scripture, I love great books, and I love rhymes and silly songs.   I think so many people have such great things to say.  I had an awesome walk this morning with a dear friend and the words she shared have just resonated with me all day.  She promises to blog soon about our conversation. 

I would not have considered myself a writer.  Although, my twin Sister Melissa would beg to differ I think.  I was a reader and a writer as a child.  I would write poetry, stories, letters, and songs.  She did not always enjoy my musical songwriting abilities and to this day that has become a subject of great laughs. 

Fast forward all these years and God has stirred up that love I had as a child in writing words and sharing stories.  I also credit Wendy Walters, an amazing writer and speaker that I saw earlier this year at my ordination that stirred something in me.  I am not a great writer, by far.  Thank You God for spell check and edit buttons.  My twin sister was the spelling bee champion.  It was not one of my strong suites and only time I won, she threw the competition.  I did not win until after I was busted for what the teacher thought was cheating, but was actually a lucky 8 ball I had behind my back that my sister said would bring me good luck.  Oh that is another one of those stories we can laugh for hours over. 

I am not a terrible speller, but I do occasionally make the horrible mistake of your for you’re and I rely on spell check much more as I am getting up in years.  I find it very funny and a little sad for those people that post their distaste for that spelling mistake on Facebook.  Sometimes Siri spells it that way to our defense, and sometimes I just type too fast and really don’t care if it is spelled correct or not, most know what I was trying to convey and if that is a friendship deal breaker then I give me the ole Gift of Goodbye friend, Life is too short and precious to get hung up on ‘ & E’s.

I know I drive people crazy and myself most days because I am a run on sentence kind of girl and sometimes I can go around the bush too long and I can get lost in a circle trying to remember what I was trying to say in the first place.  See I just did it right there, and got side tracked!

None the less, all that to say, I love the word Redeemed.

Recently God has been speaking to me and blessing me with “Redeemed Dates”.  I had a situation just a few weeks ago where a date that had brought me so much pain and sadness for the last 22 years was instantly transformed into a date of excitement, happiness, and anticipation of great things.  As I reflected and was shocked about the date significance, the tears, now happy tears welled up in my eyes, I started saying Thank You over and over to God for such an awesome redemption of dates and emotions for me. 

 A few days later, I read a friend’s Facebook post where a date was redeemed for her too.  Her mother had died and she always mourned the date and was affected sadly by it, but now, several years later, God gave her an amazing and beautiful granddaughter born on that date that now that date was redeemed and she will have happy memories on that date from now on. 

I saw another friend today put a post on the sadness over the loss of her son 28 years ago and was on the same date that she recently also lost a friend to cancer.  She has tied that date with those terrible losses. My heart broke for her and I began praying for her.  I remember I did that too when my brother died and then two years later when my dad died.  I hated those dates.  I would try to forget them, but subconsciously the dates would just creep up and make me miserable and sad.  I heard Dr. Phil once say that we need to not celebrate dates of death.  Our loved ones had so much more to them then the date of their deaths.  I decided then not to put so much stock into the end date and celebrate each day and the memories of those I love.   God and His word have helped me tremendously.   And just for extra blessing on a really tough date, He recently redeemed that date for me so I know it can get better.

I love this beautiful promise; Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago. I am going to do something new. It is already happening. Don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land. ~ Isaiah 43:18-19.

Oh this is one of my faves!  This is one of those verses I add to my prayers.  God is the way maker, when I need a way in the desert or a river in dry lands I call on Him.  You can too. 

And this promise; Therefore be very careful how you live and act. Let it not be as unwise men, but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. ~Ephesians 5:15-16.

We all know the days can be evil, and God is the redeemer of time, and dates!  Spend your days doing something that brings you and others joy.  Don’t live and act unwise.  Unwise is being held in bondage to depression over a date.  Remember to count the blessings, not the troubles.

And this promise; I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” ~ Isaiah 44:22

Return to Him, He is the Only one that can redeem you and sweep offenses and sins away too!

And finally this promise; The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth forever: forsake not the works thy own hands. ~Psalm 138:8

God wants to perfect and restore and redeem not only our lives and what concerneth us but our dates too.  Life is too short and precious to hold onto the sadness of our past or celebrate the dates of our losses. 

I challenge you, whatever date is haunting you, Vow right now that you will do something different this year on that date.  Decide to make new memories to fill those dates.  I pray God will bring you many redeemed dates and restored lives!  XXOO Peace & Blessings, Michelle Bollom