Sharing Your Faith 

 I was in Los Angeles last week looking at colleges with my daughter and some friends. California has an amazing climate surrounded by beautiful beaches and little mountains. It is always fun to meet new people in new places that you visit. 
On our last day I finally got some alone time with God by the pool. It’s a bonus when you get to have a meeting with God by the pool and it’s 70 degrees in June. No sweat, all glory!!

 I sat down and did my regular soak. BTW, this in no way involved getting wet. It involves just being still with open ears. You can start by listening to some worship music, mediating on a scripture verse and writing down any inspirational thoughts that home to mind. 
I was asking God the best way that I can make a difference in someone’s life especially the ones you just meet and you only have such a short time to make any kind of impact. 
I asked and He answered. I wrote down my thoughts as they streamed through my mind as fast as I could. 
Here is a sneak peak into what He said to me written in first person as a personal letter to me. 
Now, I don’t typically share all my soak notes with just anyone. They can get kind of personal. 

By sharing, I hope it helps you to know that you too can hear from God and He delights in chit chatting with you. 

My question: 
How do I affect people that are lost and don’t know you, God?
The more time you spend with me the more we become one Spirit. I will spill over to others through you. It’s not an attempt for you. It’s not even an action you make. It’s a dwelling that just is. 

I am that I am and you are because I am. 

You become what you are. You’re time spent with me fills you with love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, patience and self-control. 
Peace becomes your step. 

Joy becomes your song. 

Love becomes your stance. 
My delight is in you and your delight in me becomes you. 
It’s not a performance for you. 

It’s a passion in you.  
This spills over into a desire to delight in others and they SEE Me not you. 
This is how you affect others.

It’s the simple acts of kindness that turns the hearts of man to me. 

It could be your one act of kindness that helps turn the page to a new chapter for someone to discover their own Author and Creator. 

Here we are at a Starbucks in Hollywood Blvd and Highland Park with two new friends who were an honor to pray with and discuss about how amazing our God is to us all. The paradoxical thing about that night: You think you are affecting them in a positive way, but it turns out they end up blessing you in more ways than one. God meets us right where we are even if it’s smack dab in the middle of great disobedience, rebellion or disbelief. We as believers have the ability to meet others where they are and remind them they are created for so much more than they could ever imagine. 

Hebrews 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

Soak On, 

Kelley Allison

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Everything Is Beautiful In Its Time 

So many times we try to rush God and do our own things.   We try to accomplish something before its perfect time. 

To illustrate this message on waiting on the Lord for my children recently I used when we have Dewberries, Southern for Blackberries, that grow in our back yard.  

When we pick them before their time they can be sour or bitter, but when we wait and allow them to ripen- wow! Now that is what is really beautiful and tastes amazing.  

Just like us- we must remain connected to the Vine- Jesus.  We must trust His perfect timing so that we too will always bear the good ripened Fruit that is beautiful and sweet in its time.  
     

              ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 
Be sure to listen to this weeks song and check out the great lyrics.

The Vine by James Vincent

Endless Ocean 

This weeks Song Sunday is Endless Ocean by Jonathan & Melissa Helser

Enjoy! XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Lyrics

In the beginning, You were singing

In the end You’ll still be, singing over me

In this moment, You’re right beside me

You’re everywhere, You’re in the air that I breathe
You are an endless ocean

A bottomless sea
In my sin, You kept loving

There’s no end to Your forgiveness, and mercy

Every morning, You keep coming

Waves of Your affection, keep washing over me
You are an endless ocean

A bottomless sea
All those angels, they are swimming

In this ocean and they still can find no shore

\n Day and night, night and day

They keep seeing new sides of Your face
You are an endless ocean

A bottomless sea
You are an endless ocean

You’re a bottomless sea!
There’s no end to the affection You have for me!

There’s no end to the affection You have for me!

There’s no end to the affection You have for me!
You are an endless ocean

A bottomless sea

Where My Soul Sighs 


Oh M GHEE!

 I love a haunting violin and an amazing lyric.  

This song by All Sons And Daughters has quickly become one of my very faves.  
May you find rest in Jesus today and everyday! 

               ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

See the video below now and listen closely to the amazing lyrics! 

Deep Calls To Deep 

Deep calls to deep 

at the roar of your waterfalls; 

all your breakers 

and your waves 

have gone over me.

By day the Lord commands 

his steadfast love, 

and at night 

his song is with me, 

a prayer to the God of my life.

Psalms 42:7-8 ESV

If you are anything like me, every once in a while, it is comforting to know there is a safe place that I can sit and be still (in the Lord). 

It’s where I find respite from my daily routine, my wandering thoughts, and the future that is unknown…..I can find solace here, even if I fall away just for a moment. I can soak in the presence of God and connect to peace that he provides to me within. May the Highest Above call us to a deeper place with him. Today, may we rest in his steadfast love.

~ Baring His Beauty,

   Tiffany Thomas 

Once And For All 


From the corners of my deepest shame

The empty places where I’ve worn Your name

Show me the love -I say I believe

Oh this song just gets me every time! 

O let this be where I die

My Lord with thee crucified

Be lifted high as my kingdom fall

Once and for all

 

God I give You all I can today

These scattered ashes that are hid away 

I lay them all at Your feet

…… Once And For All……



Lord, help me to choose You over the distractions of this world.  I know if I am seeking You- I will be led to make the best choice.  Let me lay down my own ideas and wants and every hinderances and release it all….Once and for all. 


~XXOO Michelle Bollom 



Lyrics: Once And For All by Lauren Daigle 
God I give You all I can today

These scattered ashes that are hid away 

I lay them all at Your feet


From the corners of my deepest shame

The empty places where I’ve worn Your name

Show me the love I say I believe


O Help me to lay it down

Oh, Lord I’ll lay it down 


O let this be where I die

My Lord with thee crucified

Be lifted high as my kingdom fall

Once and for all, once and for all
There is victory in my saviors loss

and In the crimson flowing from the cross

Pour over me, pour over me


O let this be where I die

My Lord with thee crucified

Be lifted high as my kingdom fall

Once and for all, once and for all
O Lord I lay it down

O Lord I lay it down

Help me to lay it down

O Lord I lay it down


O let this be where I die

My Lord with thee crucified

Be lifted high as my kingdom fall

Once and for all
Once and for all


O Once and for all


Once and for all

Raindrops From Heaven 


Soaking is an intimate part of your relationship with God. It is a way of communicating and working out any confusion and problems that steal your joy and peace. 

    Soaking is the first step to opening the door for clarity. Clarity then opens the door for freedom to be released. When you accept the gift of Freedom it wipes out all interference that make it difficult to hear the voice of truth. When you yield to his voice and accept the truth your are giving God permission to take authority in your life. Soaking up His presence, as little raindrops of revelation sink into your heart of understanding and flow out of you. 

Grab a pen and journal to write down your thoughts and specific scriptures. Now that you know what soaking is all about let’s jump right in! 
Be still and know that He is Lord and position yourself with His Word to hear what He has to say to you today. (Psalm 46:10)

    During one of my late night soaking sessions last week I felt the Lord put Psalm 139 on my heart. At the time I was a little bit confused because I had no idea how this would fit into the circumstances I was facing. Well as I put my opinions aside and opened my ears to really listen, I heard the Holy Spirit say: the name you will give this internal battle your facing is “Victory’s Call.” If I was confused before I was really lost now. The more and more I yield to his voice the more clarity I began to receive.  

    Like most of us do at times I was facing a battle within myself. I felt forgotten, rejected, afraid, and lost, erased with no clear sense of direction. I felt as if God had taken his eyes off of me and had no idea I was struggling and couldn’t even hear me screaming for help. Like every battle we face It was more than I could handle. 

   I didn’t understand why God would name this battle “Victory’s Call ” if it felt like I was fighting for spiritual survival. But then the light hit me, and it hit me hard and fast and things were beginning to make sense. I began to write everything God was saying to me trying to not leave anything out. This is what I got. I wrote it down as fast it came to me in my journal. 

“Victory’s Call”
My son died on a cross for your sins and won the battle for any trial, problem, and sin you would face in this life. Jesus conquered it all on the cross for you and His is the VICTORY. When you were adopted into my family you gained access to this victory and now you can overcome it all because he made the way. VICTORY IS YOURS. You call all the shots, draw the lines, and set the limits to any power formed against you. Because of his great love you can overcome any trial/problem in this life. That’s the call Jesus made on the cross!!! He had ENOUGH and drew the line once and for all! You too can draw that line and walk in VICTORY. 

-Love God 

    It all began to make sense. I was fighting a battle that I already won. The solution was always within me! When we enter God’s family through Jesus He gives us full power over every trial, problem, and battle we face! This was the truth that was being drowned by the circumstance I was in. However, God reminded me that his power is made strong and perfect in my weakness. He restored my strength, by reminding me I could stand up to the enemy and yell ENOUGH. He gave me authority to draw the line to this internal battle once and for all. And so I did!!!

    But he didn’t stop there he gave me scripture to back up what he revealed to me. He gave Psalm 139! This psalm explains 4 important things we should all know.
1- God knows all about us vs: 1-6

2-we cannot hide from God vs: 7-12

3-God made us vs: 13-18

4- a prayer for every believer vs: 23-24

Psalm 139 is really mind blowing! It gives you true insight on Gods attributes, personal traits, feelings, and overall his omnipresence meaning (He is everywhere at the same time). So when I felt like He couldn’t see that I was struggling, I was wrong! He saw it all and and He was there with me through it all. And in the end He provided the solution. 

    God is good. He loves us and is more involved in our lives than we can imagine. He knows all the days of your life and nothing can fully measure to his loving thoughts about you. His eyes are always watching over you through joy and through trial. Victory is yours. 

If you want to discover more resources and information on soaking check out these two websites. 

Soaking 101
Soaking

-Allie Flores 

Washed Away 

  
Washed away all my stains forever,

 I am changed

Washed away in your grace, 

new life has broke my chains! 


Song Sunday this week is off “Real Love” album by Derek Johnson of Jesus Culture.

Enjoy! ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Washed Away – Derek Johnson 
Lyrics

You love and acceptance they have changed my reflection

Your beauty for ashes has brought me to life

How I feel your excitement, Your overflowing passion

Open my eyes to your Kingdom to peer into your heart

Oh, Your love and Your mighty waters

I’m washed away in it, I’m overcome

And I just can’t get enough
And I just can’t get enough

Now I’m dancing in living waters

I’m washed away in it, I’m overcome

Hearing Your Freedom calling me deeper

And I just can’t get enough

Your hope is guiding all that my heart is finding

There is a greater glory that starting to rise

It’s becoming clearer, Lord, that Your Kingdom’s nearer

As all of Heaven and Earth start to collide

Washed away all my stains forever, I am changed

Washed away in your grace, new life has broke my chains

Take The Plunge 

  
Have you ever just taken some time recently to sit and soak up what God might have to say you today? 
I Double Dog Dare Ya:

      Take ten minutes and go someplace where you won’t be distracted and play your favorite worship song. You know the one you hear and it lifts your spirit right out of you to high five whoever is standing closest to you. The song you know all the words and you are convinced you sound like a good singer who might audition for “The Voice”. You find yourself quite proudly singing it at the top of all two of your lungs!!

Usually for me that’s when I hear, “Mom, please stop you don’t sound as good as you think!!”. 

Today my song I choose is “Oceans” by Hillsong. 

I go to my upper room. (a room without kids, food and distractions)
I play the song first just listening and imagining me in the song with the words washing over me. 
I ask God to speak to me and show me something through the song. 

Side Thought: 

Maybe I love this song because I love water. I love lakes, oceans, rivers, creeks, streams, waterfalls, ponds, fountains, pools, bathtubs full of water and splashing in puddles. I love the smell of rain and the sound of the rain hitting the roof. 

Not a fan of water balloons. 

It’s easy to hear from God when you place yourself somewhere that feels like home or where you belong. 

So choose a song that resonates with you and you love!!
Even if your a land lover you could give this song a go around. It does have 53 million hits so it must stoke a popular chord with the masses. Just allow the music to splash over your thoughts and imagination. 
Here’s the link below. 

Three Easy Steps:
1) Listen once to song. 
Then get a journal ready and be prepared to write a rushing flood of thoughts or little splashes of revelation that God will give you as you position yourself to hear from Him. 
2) Listen again and write what comes to your mind or what you imagined. 
Expect to hear from God and you will. 

Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

3) Be amazed where He leads you in your imagination and encourages you as you surrender your time and attention to Him. 

Extra Credit:

Take a dive into the deep deep waters in your mind and take a risk. Do the things He asks of you and trust that He will lead you and not allow you to drown or abandon you. 

Take The Plunge, 

Kelley Allison 
Don’t forget your snorkel and mask!❤️

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