He Has Your Back 

  

Sometimes do you feel that no one remains faithful? People seem to break commitments so easily these days. When a better offer comes along, they are the first to bolt. Their allegiances are ever changing and makes us wonder who can we count on? 
Sometimes people are not very loving or true. Some people don’t even care if they see us struggling in our weaknesses.  

Somedays it seems like everyone is only out for themselves – and that makes us wonder, who is really for me? Who has your back? 

But do you know who sees your every move? Who is constant and faithful, loving and true, so powerful in everything they do?

Jesus

  
He is Always for us! He has your back! 
As you sing this classic song today- really speak and hear the lyrics.   
Let them resonate deeply with you. Write them on your heart to always be reminded of who He is.  
He is patient, gracious, merciful, true and wonderful in all He does.  
He is Always for me …..and He is Always for you. 
       ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

You Are For Me – Kari Jobe

Lyrics:
So faithful

So constant

So loving and so true

So powerful in all You do

You fill me

You see me

You know my every move

You love for me to sing to You

I know that You are for me

I know that You are for me

I know that You will never

Forsake me in my weaknesses
I know that You have come now

Even if to write upon my heart

To remind me who You are

So patient

So gracious

So merciful and true

So wonderful in all You do

You fill me

You see me

You know my every move

You love for me to sing to You

I know that You are for me

I know that You are for me

I know that You will never

Forsake me in my weaknesses

I know that You have come now

Even if to write upon my heart

To remind me

I know that You are for me

I know that You are for me

I know that You will never

Forsake me in my weaknesses

I know that You have come now

Even if to write upon my heart

To remind me who You are

To remind me

I know that You are for me

I know that You are for me

I know that You will never

Forsake me in my weaknesses

I know that You have come now

Even if to write upon my heart

To remind me who You….are

  

Born Again 

  
So many people are searching and lost. Many think they are broken beyond repair. Do you need a promise? Does your heart need reassurance somehow? 
Let Jesus sing His song over you. Let Him give you life and love like you have never known before. ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 
Enjoy this classic song today on #SongSunday 

Born Again by Third Day

Lyrics:
Today I found myself

After searching all these years

And the man that I saw, he wasn’t at all who I thought he’d be

I was lost when you found me here

And I was broken beyond repair

Then you came along and you sang your song over me
It feels like I’m born again

It feels like I’m living

For the very first time

For the very first time

In my life
Make a promise to me now

Reassure my heart somehow

That the love that I feel is so much more real than anything

I’ve a feeling in my soul

And I pray that I’m not wrong

That the life I have now, it is only the beginning
It feels like I’m born again

It feels like I’m living

For the very first time

For the very first time

It feels like I’m breathing

It feels like I’m moving

For the very first time

For the very first time
I wasn’t looking for something that was more

Than what I had yesterday

Then you came to me and you gave to me

Life and a love that I’ve never known

That I’ve never felt before
It feels like I’m born again

It feels like I’m living

For the very first time

I’m living for the first time

It feels like I’m breathing

It feels like I’m moving

For the very first time

I’m living for the first time

In my life

No One Can Trouble Your Heart 

  
Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me, Jesus.~John 14:1 AMP 

This weeks song Sunday is such a simple song. 
Close your eyes and really just listen to the words. 


No one and Nothing can trouble our hearts if we are with the King, He’s always got the victory.  

Sing the words over and over and praise Him for being so good to you! 
~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

United Pursuit – With The King

http://youtu.be/LnkSZMWJI_c

No one can trouble your heart

For I am with the King 

and He’s always got the victory 

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We love you Jesus 

You’re so very good to us 

X4

So very good to us 

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He’s always got the victory 

X3

Alternate Routes

  

I was shopping the other day and the department store had a great song playing I had never heard before.  I had to look it up and found that it was “Nothing More” by the band The Alternate Routes.
Interesting name for a band. 
The chorus speaks volumes:
We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and Nothing More
But let’s look at the rest of the great lyrics to this song….

To be humble, to be kind.
It is the giving of the peace in your mind.
To a stranger, To a friend
To give in such a way that has no end.

I started thinking of some alternates throughout the song:

Humble or Proud

Kind or Rude

Give or Take 

Friend or Stranger 

Peace or War

One or More

Darkness or Light 

Love or Anger 

Give or Take

Beginning or End  

We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and Nothing More

And then there was this great part in the lyrics…

To be bold, to be brave.
It is the thinking that the heart can still be saved
And the darkness can come quick
The Dangers in the Anger and the hanging on to it.

The Dangers in the Anger– and hanging on to it! 

Absolutely!

We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and Nothing More

And then these lyrics:

Tell me what it is that you see
A world that’s filled with endless possibilities?
Heroes don’t look like they used to, they look like you do.

What do you see? Do you see a hero staring back at you in the mirror? Do you see the alternate routes available to you as you travel this life? Do you see endless possibilities? Are you bold and brave? Humble and kind? 

Let go of all the anger.  We can be peace or we can be war- but we can’t be both at the same time.  May we always choose the right and best alternate routes.  We are how we treat each other and nothing more. 

We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and Nothing More

Nothing More by The Alternate Routes 

Turn up the volume & Enjoy this great song! 

XXOO Michelle Bollom 

http://youtu.be/HFto5Pgr8CM

The King Is Here! 

  


The tomb is empty- the grave clothes left behind.  Because He Lives- we can face whatever tomorrow brings! 

Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. – Floyd W. Tomkins 

“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.”-A.w. Tozer 


If anyone or anything tries to curse or kill the Goodness at the Center of all things, it will just keep coming back to life.  Forever Easter!-David Housholder


Happy Easter! 
Enjoy your day and this powerful song by Kim Walker-Smith 

Hallelujah – The King Is Here! 

Listen to this weeks 

XXOO, Michelle Bollom 

Finding the Right Church

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So how was your Sunday? I hope you had a great day with family and friends. Some of you went to church. Some of you even went to a church you like. That’s great. Some of you are still looking for a church to call home. Some of you have given up on finding a church for your family and still others are thinking of starting your search for a church. You know you should find a place, but it’s a bit overwhelming.

Why is it important to go to church?
Yes, it’s good for your kids.
Yes, there is free childcare and coffee.
Yes, we learn about God and sing great songs.
But the reason we are there is to worship the God who made you.
It’s not about what you get, but about what you are giving.
Worshiping God is the most important reason we go to church.

Realizing this made me see finding a church home differently when we moved from Connecticut to Houston.
1) Any church can be my church home as long as I am able to worship God there.
2) I don’t have to agree strongly with everything about the church. When we were first looking for a church home, the childcare had to be perfect for each child. There had to be a Bible study that meets during the week. My husband wanted pews and not folding chairs.
I now aim for agreeing with the church 80 percent of the time.
As Rick Warren says “It’s not about me, it’s about God”.

So if you haven’t found a church to call home. Please keep looking. Just please do not give up. We were made to be in communion with other believers. It’s good for you! Have faith, pray and listen. God has a place already picked out for you. Be still and listen, He is speaking to you.

Let’s pray.
Lord, We praise you. We love you. We know the plans you have for us are great and that you already know the places that are in our future. Lord, help us to reach out to you for wisdom and guidance. Please open our hearts and ears to hear you. We seek you! Amen

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of His household,- Ephesians 2:19 NIV

~ Marina Wright

Welcome Home

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I recently had a conversation with someone that was talking about how they felt they were distant and not really walking with the Lord right now. They felt that they were not as close as they once were because they have been living in known sin so they felt like they were not in a position or even worthy enough to have a relationship with God because of that sin.
That made me think of an encouraging word a friend spoke into my life while in Israel this Summer. He said that God loves me even when I am seeking and struggling in various areas and not to be so hard on myself.

I decided to speak those same life words into my new friends life and I want to speak them to you.

God does not have a sin scale where He grades our sins. They are all the same in His eyes, but no matter what, He still loves us.
He doesn’t leave us or love us less when we struggle.

I wrote this in my journal last week. I hope it encourages you.

“Love the you now and the you that is coming-God loves both of them the same so you should too.”

And then I heard the words of this song…”No, Mercy doesn’t care what you’ve done”.

We are all searching and struggling and looking in all the wrong places instead of looking to God. We think we have way too much baggage to come back home, but He wants to be our baggage handler and help us unpack.

Can you just picture Him saying ” its time to Come Home My child, Father is here. I am always eagerly awaiting to embrace you. Drop that heavy luggage and stop running. You can’t outrun grace anyway. No, mercy doesn’t care what you’ve done, Just Come Home.”

When you do He will take those heavy bags and simply say “Welcome Home My Child.” ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
© RestoredMinistries

Song Sunday this week is
Come Home by Luminate

http://youtu.be/Ep-8-uPT6kU

Lyrics:
Verse 1

You’re best friends with the word regret

You’re afraid that your life’s been wasted

So why hope if it’s only gonna let you down?

You don’t think people really change

You’re a mess and you’ll always be the same

And you doubt if you’ll ever get it turned around

Chorus

So you’ve been running, searching for something

But you’re looking in a place you don’t belong

It’s never too late, you can’t outrun grace

No, Mercy doesn’t care what you’ve done

Come Home

(Oh, Oh, Oh Oh Oh oh)

Come Home

(Oh, Oh, Oh Oh Oh Oh)

Verse 2

You can try to fix your broken empire

Put bricks on a cracked foundation

But you’ll be building castles on the sand

There’s power in the blood of Jesus

Your father’s screaming “Just Come Home!”

He’s reaching out His hands

Chorus

I know you’ve been running, searching for something

But you’re looking in a place you don’t belong

But it’s never too late, you can’t outrun grace

No, Mercy doesn’t care what you’ve done

Come Home

(Oh, Oh, Oh Oh Oh oh)

Come Home

(Oh, Oh, Oh Oh Oh Oh)

Bridge

From the shadows, From the wrong roads

From the darkness, From the unknown

To redemption, Something beautiful

To a new love, to a new home

Chorus

I know you’ve been running, searching for something

But you’re looking in a place you don’t belong

But it’s never too late, you can’t outrun grace

No, Mercy doesn’t care what you’ve done

Come Home

(Oh, Oh, Oh Oh Oh oh)

Come Home

(Oh, Oh, Oh Oh Oh Oh)

Breathe

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When one news story after another keeps hurling fear and panic to the masses and it seems as though the whole world’s gone crazy and you can’t seem to escape all the demands swirling around you- it’s time to take a break, catch your breathe. and let these words permeate your soul.

This weeks Song Sunday is by Bryan & Katie Torwalt.

I Breathe You In

Turn it up and breathe in deeply!

Lyrics:
The presence of the living God,
satisfies the depths of my heart
all of me changed when you came,
Iʼm made free by Your glory and grace

I breathe You in God, cause You are thick all around me
I breathe You in God, cause You are thick all around me
You are Good God, For You are good to me
You are Good God, For You are good to me

The brightness of Your loves pure light,
Pierces through the darkest of nights
Everything is possible now,
For God is here and God is good

When I donʼt understand Iʼll choose You
When I donʼt understand I will choose You God
When I donʼt understand I will choose to Love You God

When we don’t understand, all we have to do is choose- Choose God.

As the song says, Everything is possible now, For God is here and God is good!

Enjoy your Sunday!
XXOO Michelle Bollom

Song Sunday

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Where words fail, music speaks. ~ Hans Christian Anderson

I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music. ~ Billy Joel

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ~ Bob Marley

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. ~ Plato

Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us. ~Martin Luther

Music can change the world because it can change people. ~Bono

Each Sunday we will be doing
“Song Sunday” where we will share our favorite song of the week.
We hope you will let us know your favorites too.

This week is a great song:
Explode My Soul
by Jonathan David Helser
Album: Bottomless Sea – Extended Versions
by Jonathan David Helser, Melissa Helser

Lyrics: Whisper my name, so only I can hear
Call to my heart, chase away my fears
Stand up in this place, fight for the one you love
Won’t you come surround me, so I can rise above

Explode my soul, let these walls come down
All these prison thoughts crumble with the sound
Of my deliverance from my enemies
I stand up beside you, let’s watch these giants flee

Let the silence be broken, and the winter be done
Will you come out of your hiding, kiss me sweet warm sun
Let the wind of your spirit blow the dust off my feet
I ran to you broken but now I am complete

Hello Promise Land, we’ve waited for so long
To see what we’ve believed in, to sing this Promise Land song
Explode my soul, explode with praise
What he promised is what he gave

Now it’s your turn-What is your favorite Jam right now? We would love to know- please tell us in the comments below. XXOO Michelle Bollom