Set Apart

A Set-Apart Season…

Some choose it
Some resist it
Some make the best of it!

God has been speaking to me lately about A “Set-Apart Season”.

As I kept seeing and hearing that word I felt like I was somehow missing God’s Divine Download on this subject and wondering why He spoke the words – …some choose it, some resist it, some make the best of it.

I began seeking Him deeper about it and got a vision of Butterflies.

My daughter likes to plant milkweed plants and that attracts the caterpillars and they eat it up and store it and she plucks them fat little wormy guys up and sets them apart in her aquariums for them to do their magic.

But despite the gold spun threaded cocoons and the beautiful butterfly emerging in brilliant colors – the vision that God kept taking me to was the time I witnessed the beautiful butterflies hatching or transforming and it was not a very pretty sight.

They actually bleed- as they are thrusting in the cocoon to come out and the cocoon is pretty wrecked when all done but that butterfly finally emerges -but it’s wings are still wet and must dry before it can began to fly.

So it just flaps its wings over and over –
kind of a mundane boring motion but it can’t be rushed, they must be dry in order to fly.

So, let’s go to simple definitions; that is usually how God helps me unpack….

Many view “Set Apart” negatively as being isolated, detached, secluded, or alone.

In Christian circles that term “Set Apart” means to usually go deeper with God to get clarity or direction.

The basic definition is:
Set Apart – set someone or something apart to make different and special.

In Jeremiah 1:5 we read that God meant “Set Apart” as chosen, handpicked, special, with a purpose.

“Before I created you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart; I made you a prophet to the nations.”

So why was God saying to me…
Some choose it
Some resist it
Some make the best of it?

Why the butterfly vision?

Let’s look at the many definitions to the word “Set”:

Set=to adjust
Set=to restore to a proper and normal state when dislocated or broken
Set=to concentrate on a purpose or goal
Set=to cause to sit (wait)

Some of us do choose a “Set-Apart Season”.
We need a time of waiting on God, to give us clear direction. Sometimes it’s a time to remove the distractions of the world so we can be restored to our proper and normal state when broken or slightly dislocated.

Many of us resist a Set-Apart Season and are not too happy when we are forced into it by sickness, circumstances, divorce or even death.

I was forced into a “Set-Apart Season” by my husband’s recent surgery. This week I was further thrust into a “Set-Apart Season” by being sick.

Was I making the best of it?
No- sadly I was not.

It brought up how selfish I can be when having to care and wait and serve someone else 24/7.

It brought up how much I complain about my pain and sickness instead of focusing on God’s promises.

It had me resentful that I had to sit and wait and let my children serve me and not get my house cleaned up and organized for upcoming company.

And many of us are forced today too in the current lockdowns and quarantines of Covid -19.

So that is what God was downloading…

We can choose a “Set-Apart Season”, we can resist the “Set-Apart Season” that feels forced upon us, or we can make the best of the “Set-Apart Season” we find ourselves in and wait and sit with God and allow Him to adjust and restore us.

Think about what could be a “Set-Apart Season” in your life and if you will choose it, resist it or embrace it to allow God to make the best out of you through it.

And now back to the butterfly-

Don’t try to rush the process.

We must feed on the Word, (like the milkweed) to prepare ourselves for the “Set-Apart Season”

We must trust God in the weaving of our cocoons but don’t get so comfortable with them that we resist the coming out part. Some butterflies die in the cocoon state and never emerge transformed.

We will have to endure the thrashing and transformation process. Yes, we will bleed some. That is what it takes to form us and restore us.

And we must not forget to wait and sit to dry our wings fully before we emerge and are able to fly again.

Let’s harness this time we have been given to let it transform us!

~ XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom restoredministries.org

This is a recycle but a good word still during these times.

A Set-Apart Season 

Some choose it 

Some resist it 

Some make the best of it!

God has been speaking to me lately about A “Set-Apart Season”.

As I kept seeing and hearing that word I felt like I was somehow missing God’s Divine Download on this subject and wondering why He spoke the words – …some choose it, some resist it, some make the best of it. 

I began seeking Him deeper and got a vision of Butterflies. 

My daughter likes to plant milkweed plants and that attracts the caterpillars and they eat it up and store it and she plucks them fat little wormy guys up and sets them apart in her aquariums for them to do their magic. 

But despite the gold spun threaded cocoons and the beautiful butterfly emerging in brilliant colors – the vision that God kept taking me to was the time I witnessed the beautiful butterflies hatching or transforming and it was not a very pretty sight.  

They actually bleed- as they are thrusting in the cocoon to come out and the cocoon is pretty wrecked when all done but that butterfly finally emerges -but it’s wings are still wet and must dry before it can began to fly. 

So it just flaps its wings over and over – 

kind of a mundane boring motion but it can’t be rushed, they must be dry in order to fly. 

So forgive me as I am trying to relay this Divine Download to you on day 4 of suffering from a head cold and bronchitis… 

Try to follow me here…..
Let us go to simple definitions- that is usually how God helps me unpack….

Many view “Set Apart” negatively as being isolated, detached, secluded, or alone.

In Christian circles that term “Set Apart” means to usually go deeper with God to get clarity or direction.

The basic definition is:

Set Apart – set someone or something apart to make different and special.

In Jeremiah 1:5 we read that God meant “Set Apart” as chosen, handpicked, special, with a purpose.

“Before I created you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart; I made you a prophet to the nations.” 

So why was God saying to me…

Some choose it 

Some resist it 

Some make the best of it?

Why the butterfly vision? 

Let’s look at the many definitions to Set:
Set=to adjust

Set=to restore to a proper and normal state when dislocated or broken

Set=to concentrate on a purpose or goal 

Set=to cause to sit (wait) 
Bingo! 

Some of us do choose a “Set-Apart Season”.  

We need a time of waiting on God, to give us clear direction. Sometimes it’s a time to remove the distractions of the world so we can be restored to our proper and normal state when broken or slightly dislocated.

Many of us resist a Set-Apart Season and are not too happy when we are forced into it by sickness, circumstances, divorce or even death.  

I was forced into a “Set-Apart Season” by my husband’s recent surgery. This week I was further thrust into a “Set-Apart Season” by being sick.  

Was I making the best of it? 

 No- sadly I was not.

It brought up how selfish I can be when having to care and wait and serve someone else 24/7. 
It brought up how much I complain about my pain and sickness instead of focusing on God’s promises. 
It had me resentful that I had to sit and wait and let my children serve me and not get my house cleaned up and organized for upcoming company. 

So back to the Download….

We can choose a “Set-Apart Season”, we can resist the “Set-Apart Season” that feels forced upon us, or we can make the best of the “Set-Apart Season” and wait and sit with God and allow Him to adjust and restore us. 

Think about what could be a “Set-Apart Season” in your life and if you will choose it, resist it or embrace it to allow God to make the best out of you through it. 
And now back to the butterfly- 

Don’t try to rush the process.  
We must feed on the Word, (like the milkweed) to prepare ourselves for the “Set-Apart Season”

We must trust God in the weaving of our cocoons but don’t get so comfortable with them that we resist the coming out part. Some butterflies die in the cocoon state and never emerge transformed. 

We will have to endure the thrashing and transformation process. Yes, we will bleed some. That is what it takes to forms us and restores us.

And we must not forget to wait and sit to dry our wings fully before we emerge and are able to fly again. 

How will you spend your “Set-Apart Season”? 
             ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

The Wilderness Bride 

She walked with her past on her face for too long

Her pain became part of her very existence

It dimmed her eyes and flowed from her mouth

She was not nice to be around

Till He allured her into the wilderness

Where He spoke kindly to her

His heart and His arms 

transformed her

Into the daughter He created 

her to be

There is a glow on her face and her tenderness in her touch

Her eyes shine with His love 

and His grace

She is free at last from her fears and her pain

In the wilderness she discovered who she really was

His covenant daughter

An atmosphere changer

Transformed into His image

Clothed with His love

She is strong and courageous

His battle axe and His weapon 

of war

He makes her strong through intimacy

And she clings to every word that He speaks over her

She became a story of His mercy and grace

Extended to all the weary ones, 

she embraces

So that they too would be lured 

into the wilderness

Never to be the same

~ Ebigale Wilson

Set Apart 

  
I entered the local Feed Store to get food for my pets when I heard all this “chirp chirp” noise in the middle aisles of the building. I got so excited thinking it’s almost spring time and that means new chicks and ducklings are for sale. 

I quickly got what I needed and headed over to the glorious sound of the baby chicks. 

Immediately, I noticed one chick all by itself and separated from the others in a huge container. I asked the feed store worker why she was all alone. He said she must have hurt her foot on the move to the feed store. My heart sank as I looked closely at her back right leg dragging behind her as she attempted to move forward. I thought immediately: I have to pray for a miracle for her leg and foot to stand up right and have no more pain!! 

So I did!! 

Some things are not to be shared with everyone to hear out loud. I prayed in my head with intense focus, looking at her back leg! Right after I prayed I watched to see if the little yellow chick jumped up and started running around flapping its tiny wings in a happy healing dance. 

No such luck. She was exactly the same dragging her leg behind her looking lonelier than ever. My next step was to ask to pick her up and seal the deal. 

Just then I hear this lady who was across from the chick pens say, “I will take that hurt chick over there!”. I interrupted her and the attendant, asking, “What are you going to do with her she has a hurt foot?”. “Oh, she will be fine. I will take care of her.” The lady smiled saying, “She will be raised to lay eggs and maybe I will sell her to lay eggs for someone else.

I wanted to go hug her. But I stopped myself. I have to go back there every month to get food for my animals. 
Yeah!!! You are her answer to prayer. I just prayed God would take care of her and now you are taking care of her!!” I shouted back to her!! I didn’t mention my inner chick prayer that included a miraculous healed leg with a spontaneous jump for joy flap. 

I drove home and thanked God that He sent this lady to help take care of the hurt chick. I immediately started thinking how this lady would not have even noticed this chick if it wasn’t separated and struggling with a hurt leg. 
Because the chick was “set apart”, she was chosen by the lady specifically to help the chick heal and be given extra care and love. 

I felt God speaking to my heart. 

He whispered to me. 
Kelley, when you think you are all alone and hurting separated all by yourself. 

You are not. I am actually drawing you closer to Me. I don’t make bad things happen. I am immediately there when the trials come. I will pick you up and care for you. Feed you and help you get back on your feet. 

Sometimes miracles can happen suddenly and sometimes they are a perfected process happening in my safe hands of love and attention. 

We are set apart at times so that we can easily be seen by others to help and God in the process of healing. We are strategically identified as one who needs a little extra TLC by our loving Creator and those who are called by Him to be His helpers. 


We are stronger together!

Set apart, 

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com