Stop Doubting And Start Believing 


God told me not too long ago whenever me and my girlfriend were praying over our relationship “Stay under My Will and I Will.” My first reaction was to ask “will what?” But I soon realized if God wanted me to know, then He would have told me. 

We have to come to a place in our lives where we just trust the will of our Father. We have to know that whatever is attached to the end of “and I will” is going to be more than we can imagine. 

For everything good and perfect comes from our Father. Everything to build us up to look just like Jesus and to edify our hearts to be yielded and love as He loves.
 Speaking of love, if we can get real for a second, His love is more than enough to where we can stop asking Him for anything. What He did on the cross while He hung naked with His arms stretched wide taking on the very sin in which He never committed, is the greatest thing that could be done. But our Father is so good that He doesn’t want to stop there. He wants to give us life and life more abundantly. 

He doesn’t want us to live like hell until His arrival. But rather, He wants to put heaven in us through His Holy Spirit and every good fruit that comes along with Him. He just wants us to let go of our lives and give it to Him. He wants us to seek first the kingdom and its righteousness and all things will be given to us. What is all things? It is everything that you need to live out the life that He predestined you to live and have. 

What He wants to tell you today is to stop doubting and start believing that He is good and for you to have peace and know in your heart that everything has been taken care of.  


He wants you to stay under His will and know that HE will and to know that HE has.

                  ~ Thomas Joel Trevino 

He Hears Us


We all have times where we find ourselves in need of something more. We desperately seek and search for the heart of our Father, even when we don’t realize that is what we are searching for.

  He is the fullness to our void. 

He awaits our surrendering heart. He calls us deeper into His love so that we might have life in abundance. He has been listening; He hears the voice of his children and He provides comfort to the humble heart. 

“Hear me, Lord, and answer me,

for I am poor and needy.

Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;

save your servant who trusts in you.

You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,

for I call to you all day long.

Bring joy to your servant, Lord,

for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,

abounding in love to all who call to you.

Hear my prayer, Lord;

listen to my cry for mercy.

When I am in distress, I call to you,

because you answer me.”

-Psalm 86 1-7 NIV

~ Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas 

Finding The Courage 

  
I am more than half way through my fasting experience. What would seem like a really scary and difficult task has not really been all that bad. Much easier than I thought. 

 I think a lot is due to having the right perspective and mindset going in. I wanted this to be about God revealing some transforming truths in His word for me. I wanted to crucify my flesh and live in the Spirit. I wanted to not mourn what I gave up and instead be excited with the wisdom and knowledge I would gain.

 I never imagined how wonderful this could be.  

Of all the things I gave up, I gained so much more. Some revelations have been life changing, some have been AHA (a holy answer) moments, and some have been encouragement for me to keep pressing on.  

As I am no longer turning to food to fill or stuff an emotional void it is not intended to and instead using food for just nutrition, I am finding many things about myself that have seemed hidden, start to emerge.  

Today’s Life Recovery notes on my verse talk about finding the courage. 

I started to think about the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz that was in search of courage and traveled the yellow brick road to Oz, but only to realize he really had it all along. The lion had let fear crowd his courage out.  

Courage, for me too, was like the Lion, I thought I didn’t have very much, but realized, I had it all along but fear had been crowding out my courage.

What God has been showing me is that when I tune into the Spirit over my flesh, then I will find not only the Courage, but a whole lot more things, I only thought I lacked.  
Like:  
The courage to speak up when I need to

The courage to deny my flesh

The courage in asking God for bolder and bigger prayers

The courage to let go of control 

The courage to surrender my will and my emotions fully to God 

The courage to rest in His perfect peace

The courage to try new things

The courage to love others more 

The courage to take even the slightest resentment or hurt to Him first

The courage to forgive fully 

The courage to accept instead of expect 

The courage to listen more 

The courage to speak less 

The courage to realize my worth is in God and not in my own abilities

Lord, thank You for chiseling away at all the junk to reveal the facets of the diamond You are mining instead of just revealing and leaving the flaws. Your love, mercy, and grace make it all possible. Thank You for restoration and recovery and most of all salvation. Thank You for avenging me and others who are hurting and bound by secrets, sins, or struggles. Thank You for Your many promises in Your Word and the Power of Your Holy Spirit. Thank You that You came to set the captives free and to give us a hope and a future.  
                       ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

But as for Judah, it will always be full of people.Eternal One: Jerusalem, too, will endure for generations to come. I will avenge those who were hurt, enslaved, exiled, and killed;I will not let the guilty go free.For the Eternal One lives in Zion. ~ Joel 3:20-21 The VOICE 

God has a good future planned for all who trust in Him. Restoration and recovery will be complete; salvation will be forever. With this hope for the future, we can find the courage we need to persevere through our problems today. Since the final goal of our recovery process is assured, we need not fear the dark days still ahead. ~Life Recovery Bible 

First Things First 

  

Before I bring my need, I will bring my heart, before I lift my cares I will lift my arms.”

These words from this song remind me of making a promise to God. 
When we make our promises they are most likely heartfelt and made from a place of true desire, but many times fall flat. 
Well that’s not what happens with God’s promises. 
What does a promise mean when it involves God?
 It means there is always an answer, a result, a change, an assurance!
My prayer is that we continually shift our hearts to wanting, actually yearning, to SEEK and KNOW God.
 I know many of you reading this already know what it feels to like to feel God’s Spirit lovingly pull you to spend time with Him. 
The feeling of ‘I have got to just sit down and read His Word’ or an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness and reverent fear and love for your Father. But if you have never truly experienced this love relationship or you have fallen away and you feel as though your relationship with the Lord has grown stale and empty, let me remind you of God’s promise.
 “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” GOD ’s Decree. – Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13 MSG‬‬




Do not be discouraged by how much time or devotion it will take to know your Father because he is full out seeking and desiring a love relationship with you as well. 
This song is a declaration of seeking God first. 

The heart of a person desiring for God to be first, for Him to know how much we love Him. When we make the time and effort to seek Him and get to know Him and His ways, there is a result. There is something that happens to you from the inside out. 




While you listen to this song, I hope you also remember this promise. 
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”-‭‭      Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

                      ~Stephanie Wanic 

                        God’s Beauty Secrets  
#SongSunday this week-

First – by Lauren Daigle 

Lyrics:

Before I bring my need

I will bring my heart

Before I lift my cares

I will lift my arms

I wanna know You

I wanna find You

In every season

In every moment

Before I bring my need

I will bring my heart

And seek You

First

I wanna seek You

I wanna seek You

First

I wanna keep You

I wanna keep You

First

More than anything I want, I want You

First

Before I speak a word

Let me hear Your voice

And in the midst of pain

Let me feel Your joy

Ooh, I wanna know You

I wanna find You

In every season

In every moment

Before I speak a word

I will bring my heart

And seek You

First

I wanna seek You

I wanna seek You

First

I wanna keep You

I wanna keep You

First

More than anything I want, I want You

First

You are my treasure and my reward

Let nothing ever come before

You are my treasure and my reward

Let nothing ever come before

I seek You

First

Seeking Insight? 



Tasseomancy – Reading tea leaves; a divination for gaining insight. 

Divination- the practice of using signs (such as an arrangement of tea leaves or cards) or special powers to predict the future.

Tasseomancy may be a fancy word but this divination is not from God.  

For Divine Direction and gaining insight there is only One to seek and it won’t be found at the bottom of your cup.  

Stop seeking answers and insight in tea leaves, horoscopes, or psychics.  There is no peace or provision found in the universe, a higher power, or in the Secret’s vision boards.

Seek The Highest Power, the Creator of the Universe.  The Prince of Peace & The Great Provider.  He is the only One that has all the answers, peace, provision, and insight you need.   #LiveRestored 

~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. ~ Matthew 6:33 NLT 


“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. ~Matthew 6:33The Message (MSG)


All I Seek

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I am guilty of seeking other things to fill me instead of allowing God to fill me fully. It is hard not to get distracted with so many things that vie for our attention. The world shouts to us with the lure that something will make us something we are not or do something it can’t. I don’t want my soul waging war with the cravings and seeking of anything other than God. It has waged on for way too long. As I listened to the words I closed my eyes and imagined seeking God’s face. I visualized the closer and clearer God’s face came into my vision the distractions and cravings of the world disappeared.

I want to sing and mean it; Your face is All I seek!

I am passionate to share about God’s Promises in His Word are Life Giving and Transforming tools so readily available to us. I love looking at different translations of verses and studying the commentary on various scriptures. The Word is alive and powerful!

I especially love the line in the song :
“I want to take Your Word and shine it all around But first help me just to live it Lord”

That sums up my life! I want to take His word and shine it around and help people to escape the darkness. I want people to live restored and see that a relationship with Christ is so much better than religion. I also know that every day I need Him and His Word to help me to Live it too.

We are all on a journey!

May God be ALL we seek.

Enjoy today’s #SongSunday

XXOO Michelle Bollom

© RestoredMinistries

Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful- JesusCulture

Lyrics:

Oh Lord, you’re beautiful
Your face is all I seek
And when your eyes are on this child
Your grace abounds to me

I want to take your word and shine it all around
But first help me just to live it Lord
And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown
For my reward is giving glory to you

Oh Lord, you’re beautiful
Your face is all I seek
And when your eyes are on this child
Your grace abounds to me

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Forever His

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Tear-stained cheeks
And worn-out knees.
White-knuckled hands
And a heart that seeks.

A silent cry that speaks volumes
And a whimper that surrenders.
A shout that brings silence
And His promise she remembers.

A promise to forever keep as His, her…

Tear-stained cheeks
And worn-out knees.
White-knuckled hands
And a heart that seeks.

~ S. Gable 2014

A Beautiful Mess

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Well, I’m convinced that the first Christmas wasn’t a quiet night. Let’s review…

Luke 2:4-7 NIV
The Birth of Jesus

“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”

I’m bracing myself for Christmas. I know I should be telling you all about how to have a calm and peaceful Christmas Eve when kids read themselves stories and tuck themselves into bed. When shopping has been done for weeks and you have time to rest by the wood fire sipping tea and having a conversation with your hubby.

Every year I’m blessed with Christmas amnesia. I only remember the good and forget the weird, grumpy, or just plain crazy stuff that goes on in my house. Remember, just because we love Jesus and are saved doesn’t mean we are perfect or that will have the perfect Christmas. It just means that we are continually under construction.

So we seek H I M.

Just like the wisemen, we still seek Him.

We especially seek Him at Christmas time. God’s Word says He will never leave us or forsake us, so why the need to seek Him? Isn’t He already there?
Beloved, there is a place inside each one of us longing to be filled. It’s the perfect place for Jesus. Without Him we seek to fill the void with semi positive and negative behaviors. Helicopter parenting, excessive worry, additions and idols, we will seek to fill a place meant for only Jesus to occupy. Other things just don’t fit and leave us feeling empty and still searching.

At Christmastime we are seeking to have a deeper more fulfilling relationship with Him. This Christmas go deeper. Seek to know Him more and know who you are in Him. On Christmas morning my family wakes up. We sing happy birthday to Jesus. We light the Christmas candle on the advent wreath and we read the kid version of the Christmas story. That’s the important part of the celebration for me. Then chaos happens. It’s a blurred frenzy of family, friends,gifts, food and way too much screen time and garbage. My Christmas is very messy. It’s filled with Jesus, love, joy, peace and there are also tears (he just opened that …he’s not sharing …you’re not my best brother anymore…wrapping paper flying …odd comments and just a whole lotta weird.) No wonder I have Christmas amnesia each year!

It’s a beautiful mess, our beautiful mess, and I don’t mind; I know my identity in Jesus. He’s the greatest gift to me.
And the greatest gift we can give is sharing with our friends and loved ones who they are in Christ.
~Marina Wright