“Gold” by Jesus Culture featuring Katie Torwalt off upcoming album Church Vol 1 / Live.
(Goes for the She’s too!)
“He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.”
How are you passing your time in lock down? Are you resting?
He Writes A Beautiful Story!
From Glory to Glory – beginning to ending and everything in between…
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Enjoy this great song. 👇🏻
We now see the bigger picture
Father saw when He summoned
us to the wilderness
Looking back, we so needed His intervention
If He had not intervened
We would still be stuck
in the past, with old mindsets
Clinging to religion
His love was deeply hidden
in our pain, our shortcomings
And our mistakes
When we took off our masks
Our shackles fell to the ground
The more Father uncovered
our hearts, the more we died
Every day we were tested to see who was really our God
Interrupting the lives of
those He loves with a crisis,
Was for His bride to find herself
When we thought we were at
the end of ourselves
He comes on the scene
Guiding, leading and comforting
us with His persistent love
Into our healing, restoration
till we discovered our worth
A small remnant knew
this was the turning point
A once in a lifetime
adventure awaiting them
We could not say “no”
Scared, desperate, hurt,
We took a leap of faith
To heal, to grow, to be who Papa called us to be
We chose to go on this journey
of love with our Father
He became our deepest need
We can be without everything
We were introduced to a
love that made us bold
We found ourselves, when we
Focus thieves no longer
hold our gaze
There was purpose in
In every heartbreak
In every rejection
In every loss
Our eyes are focused on
Everything that once held
our gaze, disappeared
in the background
We brought every sacrifice
He asked of us
Paid a high price to be One
with our Father
The bride has made herself ready
Leaning upon her Beloved
She is coming out of the wilderness
Ready to take up her position in
the promised land
She now sees what He saw all along!
~ Ebigale Wilson
The Promised Land
Who says you have to stay the same? You can reinvent!
It just might be time for a change, huh? ~ XXOO Michelle
I had a friend – a really close friend that I talked to and saw almost daily. We did life together for over 10 years.
She liked to gossip and talk about others.
Hey, I am not saying I was perfect because I was guilty and engaged in it too.
Sometimes, we all can still get into tricky waters and tread back into those familiar foolish things.
God started to deal with me and I remember as He began to answer that daily prayer I pray – “Nothing Hidden Stays Hidden – reveal my true friends Lord”; My eyes were opened and I would get a glimpse of some alarming things.
She and her friends would talk horrible things about their other friends and people in general. Friends they claimed they had done life with for 20+ years and I would think…Yikes! How horrible! – I hope she doesn’t say things about me like that. Sadly, she was and more and many times it came back to me.
I knew God was pinging my heart for what grieved His and I couldn’t keep sitting quietly by or even keep participating in these behaviors.
He also was opening my eyes and trying to move that relationship away but I refused to listen and clung to it; tightly; desperately; foolishly; like a pair of old Blue Jeans from High School you think you will wear again some day.
Well, she dumped me over 3 years ago on my birthday in public like a bad scene out of the real housewives of NW Houston!
She didn’t want to be my friend anymore. Her exact words! Plus a whole bunch more in a very crowded lunch spot.
It hurt like hell – I ain’t gonna lie.
But God! He worked it all out for my good. Even better than I could hope, think or ask. He also healed my heart and taught me many valuable lessons during that time. I still pray for her and her family and her friends today.
God knew she couldn’t go where He was calling me and He no longer wanted me to sit at tables with anyone that continued to do this. Because He didn’t want me to do this.
I am diligent to not allow anyone to cause discord or gossip within our Divine Connections group. I am quick to repent when I feel I cross the line and get into any conversation that turns towards gossip or speaking less than what is pure and lovely.
I hope and pray you all have the courage to leave the tables of this foolery and mess too.
Be better versions of yourself.
Be better women and friends …
and this is for all the guys too.
Surround yourself with those that sharpen and bring out the best in you and ultimately in others too.
When you know your true worth you will stop entertaining and allowing anything that cheapens you.
This is a great quick article to read!
~ XXOO Michelle
I Worship to an audience of One
My heart leaps as I sense Your presence
Transcending all boundaries in tune we are One
Always pursuing always near
Your love calms my every fear
My Safe place, my everlasting Light
I behold your Glory knowing I’m always in Your sight
Hands lifted and heart rejoicing
My King, My Hero, My next Heart Beat
My breath comes from You and so does my tune
Lovingly coaxing my every move
The length of my days are written in You
No pain, no attack can stop the unfolding of my story
Always and in all things I give You the honour and the Glory
Hallelujah, Hallelujah I exalt Your Name
Above the noise and the sound of rain
I give You Daddy God All the Praise
Forever and ever all the length of my days
I will exalt Your Name
Never again believing I deserved the shame
Only basking in Your loving gaze
Hands lifted and heart surrendered
I worship to an audience of One
~ Melissa Sedick
My Worship Belongs To You
#SongSunday this week is by Anna Golden – Changing Me
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The words I kept hearing today as I was asking Him what to write were, “Grief and Grace.”
But by God’s grace I am what I am, and his grace towards me was not in vain… (CJB)
Bad things happen. Death. Unexpected moves. Job loss. People we thought were friends stab us in the back.
These situations cause grief. The hurt is real. Tears will flow. Anger will come. So will depression. There are many different emotions that cause waves in our life.
I have to think of the movie “Inside Out”. The girl and her family move across the US and she has to start over. Anger, Joy, Fear, Disgust and Sadness. These are feelings she deals with as she starts over.
These events are part of life. Feelings are too. However, we all walk out the events and feelings differently.
Grief can take 2 weeks for some people. It might take a year for others. Men and women respond differently too. How do we handle situations like this? What does the Word of God say about how to respond in situations?
A command that is given several times is to, “give thanks.” It also says to, “fear not!” We know David shed tears. We also know David got angry and frustrated with himself and others.
BUT, what happens when others don’t respond in the same way you do? What happens when others continue in their grief longer than you think they should? How do you treat them? What do you say?
The Holy Spirit has been convicting me lately of GRACE. What does it mean to extend grace? How long does one extend grace? What does it look like within families when individuals all respond uniquely to the event(s) taking place?
I truly believe that grief and grace need to work together. In grief we must allow grace, for ourselves and for others. We must realize that feelings and emotions are part of grief and that we will all respond differently to situations we face. If we LISTEN to the Holy Spirit, He will guide us through the emotions and grief. He will also give us the grace to extend His love to others as they grieve.
If God can grant grace to you, how much more should we try to extend grace to others? I’m not saying let them live in sin, but sometimes grace means just walking away and letting God take care of the situation.
When we come to the realization that TRUSTING God to walk through life with us brings GRACE to our lives, than we can find REST in Him. We will RESTORE ourselves to Him. We are then REFRESHED to walk forward day to day.
~ Rose Horton
Rest, Refresh, Restore
I am super excited to welcome Rose Horton to the Restored Ministries Blogging Team!
Rose with Touched By Grace will be sharing each Friday new words of encouragement right here on Restored Ministries Blog.
Check out more of Rose on Touched By Grace YouTubeChannel