While On Vacation 


I took so much more home with me on this vacation……..

As I see so many people over indulging at an All-Inclusive resort on excessive food and alcohol, I am saddened at the neglected children running around while their parents get trashed. Sadly, I was one of those parents at one time but thankfully now I choose to abstain from all alcohol. Sometime even still though my over indulgences and selfishness can take me away from my family in other areas.  

I hear angry and short-tempered moms and dads nursing hangovers and screaming and cursing at their children. Some in languages I don’t understand but their body language and tones are clearly understood. Sadly, I was one of those parents at one time, and can still be short and not as gracious as I should. 

I witness several entitled and unruly children talking back to their parents, screaming and throwing fits. One little boy around 9 years old was so disrespectful to his mother calling her stupid and telling her to sit down and shut up over and over. I was shocked and speechless. 

I watch and listen to a dad playing ball with his son and notice the smile on his son’s face is not there- it has faded because each time his pitching and catching skills are not up to his dad’s unrealistic standards his dad makes him run sprints on the hot sand and calls him sissy and other derogatory names. The little boy is clearly not having fun, but is struggling for his dad’s acceptance and approval. Sadly, I was a task-master of a mother with unrealistic expectations too at one time. 

I see so many people checked out playing on their phones but sitting right next to their families. Couples sitting in strange uncomfortable silence.  As I celebrate 20 years of marriage this year, I too remember years of strange and uncomfortable silence and am so grateful for a good, solid and loving marriage now. 

At first I was so annoyed by seeing and witnessing all of this. I just wanted to read my book and quietly listen to the waves…I wanted to tune it all out but then I knew God was answering my prayer.  

You see, I had asked God to show me specific people through Divine Encounters that needed Him and If I could be his hands, feet and mouth this week. 

Suddenly, Carlos, the waiter comes up and hands me a water bottle and asks what I want from the bar. I say, nothing right now. He said, it’s not too early for alcohol. You sure?, I then say – I don’t drink alcohol. He asks surprised, you never drank alcohol? I say, oh no I did, I just don’t drink anymore. He asks when? A month? Why? How? He is very interested in the answer.  
I begin to share that I had a problem with alcohol and after having a dream and receiving a word from God I gave it up almost 4 years ago.   
He said, Oh I wish I could! I want to but I can’t, it’s so hard. 
I said- I can pray for you.  
He very excited and anxiously replies – Please!

So right there under a cabana on the beach I reach for Carlos’s hand and pray– 
God, deliver your beloved son from the bondage of alcohol. Give him the strength to resist the temptation. Help and deliver him now. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
With tears filling up in his eyes – he whispers-

Thank You So Much Senorita. 
I replied, Gracias, my pleasure.  

Can you all join me and pray for Carlos and for all the families, the children, the marriages and for any other areas we may find ourselves struggling in. 

Lord – give me your eyes and ears to see and hear. Help me not to be annoyed and quick to judge. Help me instead to remember all the ways you have delivered me, and have my first thought and reaction be to pray for those in bondage to be delivered too. 

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

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Pedro’s Place Of Protection 

  
Ever felt like you have lost your flight? You were crippled with an injury that kept you from flying out your desires and passions. Maybe it is a physical handicap that you have been diagnosed with that has changed your flight pattern and left you feeling stranded with no hope in sight. Or maybe you are dealing with a matter or circumstance that weighs you down and you really just want to wave your white flag of surrender and escape to a deserted rocky island.
Perhaps, you might just want to be left alone to sort through your dilemma or be removed from even the thought of it. 

I discovered this sea gull on a morning walk on vacation in Cancun. 
I walked out to the end of the rocks on the beach and saw this bird from a distance. I can’t tell bird gender so I took a guess. I have a fifty fifty percent chance that I’m right. I named him Pedro. I am in Mexico so it seems fitting. 
Pedro was walking along the rocks with his wing extended out and pointing down to the ground. Keeping his distance from the splashing water on the rocks in the ocean he looked helpless to escape any possible danger that might approach him. 

Of course I felt sorry for him and wondered how he would possibly be able to survive without the capability to fly.  

My sister was with me and noticed he had medical tape on his broken wing. We looked closer and saw that someone had actually put his wing in a splint and straighten the broken wing out for it to heal properly. 

A bird vet must have intervened and came to his rescue!! I thought how amazing is that!! 

There was hope for this little guy after all. 

Somebody took the time and cared. 

Later in the afternoon I returned to the same beach area and noticed pitiful Pedro walking along the beach by the restaurant looking for crumbs that might fly his way in the wind. He stationed himself right by the restaurant porch that overlooked the water and got ready for any possible lunch that might make its way to his spot on the beach. 

Then even later I watched as he lay down right in front of the water taking a bird bath splashing himself with the salt water. It was right where everyone was walking by him. He was resting and watching the sunbathers soaking up the sun. 

Pedro was part of the vacation crew now. He had blended in with the crowd not looking so pitiful but pretty confident that someone would throw him some bread or crumbs. He was making the best of his situation and surviving even without the ability to fly. 

I thought about how my birds eye view has changed about Pedro when I noticed the splint made for his wing. The bonus of being fed by the restaurant guests and his casual walk like he owned this particular section of the beach. Well after all he did own it. 
Pedro’s Place of Protection

He was stuck there until his wing healed and he could fly away. 

He was making the best of his situation and utilizing all the help around him to heal and get better. 

Let’s face it -we need each other!! We were created to be in community not isolated on a rocky island by ourselves. 

Pedro would not have survived if someone didn’t stop and take the time to catch him and tape his wing back so his broken wing could be set straight and get stronger. 

Pedro needed to be located next to people who provided food and shelter. 

Pedro needed to be surrounded by people who would protect him from danger. 

I can’t tell you how many people noticed him and extended food to him or just gave him a word of encouragement.

Especially the little kids!! They were taking up his cause and offered their help. 

We need each other!! Yes, God is quite important in our dilemmas and crises that come our way. But God created us to be His hands and feet that reach out and help those in need. 

God needs us to do our part to reach out to others and for us to ask for help from others. 

Lord, 

   Help me reach out and help those in need. Help me to ask for help from people when I find myself overwhelmed and alone. Stop me from escaping to my little remote island of hopelessness. Thanks for providing me provision along the way while I am waiting at Pedro’s Place of Protection to fly and get back on my feet!!

      Gracious,

  Pedro and all my other broken-winged amigos 

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

….it takes a village 

Isaiah 40:31King James Version (KJV)

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The Beach 

  

What is it about the beach that causes one to be so relaxed and fresh minded. Since all of my not so old life that I can remember I feel more at home sitting on the beach or a near a body of water.

I used to tease that I must have been a mermaid or dolphin in another life. But since I know that I was created by an awesome Creator who designed me to like what I like and be what I am. 

Which in not a mermaid or dolphin. 

I continue to draw near to the water and sun every chance I get.

I know the truth. 

The truth is:

God created us from the dust of the earth. 
Genesis 2:7

“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
There must be something to many of us feeling so at home near where we came from. Yes, I have been called a tree hugger, granola girl and hippie at times. 

I’m really just a lover of nature and all things connected with it. 

I do eat meat!!😜
BTW, trees tell us stories with their rings found in their stumps and could tell us some whoppers if they could speak. 

Stop and look at a tree. I dare you to ask it a story!! 
I love the earth that God created. Just when I think I have seen the most beautiful thing, I am amazed at another scene before me with backdrops of His majesty. 

Right now it just happens to be a creative canvas of turquoise ocean and white sand. 
Rosemary Beach, Florida

Wake up and smell the flowers!!!
Check out Isaiah 60. 

I couldn’t stop at verse 2 because it has so much more insight for those who want to go deeper. 

Isaiah 60 


The Glory of Zion

60 “Arise, shine, for your light has come,

   and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

2 See, darkness covers the earth

   and thick darkness is over the peoples,

but the Lord rises upon you

   and his glory appears over you.

3 Nations will come to your light,

   and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you:

   All assemble and come to you;

your sons come from afar,

   and your daughters are carried on the hip.

5 Then you will look and be radiant,

   your heart will throb and swell with joy;

the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,

   to you the riches of the nations will come.

6 Herds of camels will cover your land,

   young camels of Midian and Ephah.

And all from Sheba will come,

   bearing gold and incense

   and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.

7 All Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you,

   the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;

they will be accepted as offerings on my altar,

   and I will adorn my glorious temple.

8 “Who are these that fly along like clouds,

   like doves to their nests?

9 Surely the islands look to me;

   in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,[a]

bringing your children from afar,

   with their silver and gold,

to the honor of the Lord your God,

   the Holy One of Israel,

   for he has endowed you with splendor.

10 “Foreigners will rebuild your walls,

   and their kings will serve you.

Though in anger I struck you,

   in favor I will show you compassion.

11 Your gates will always stand open,

   they will never be shut, day or night,

so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations—

   their kings led in triumphal procession.

12 For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish;

   it will be utterly ruined.

13 “The glory of Lebanon will come to you,

   the juniper, the fir and the cypress together,

to adorn my sanctuary;

   and I will glorify the place for my feet.

14 The children of your oppressors will come bowing before you;

   all who despise you will bow down at your feet

and will call you the City of the Lord,

   Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 “Although you have been forsaken and hated,

   with no one traveling through,

I will make you the everlasting pride

   and the joy of all generations.

16 You will drink the milk of nations

   and be nursed at royal breasts.

Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior,

   your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

17 Instead of bronze I will bring you gold,

   and silver in place of iron.

Instead of wood I will bring you bronze,

   and iron in place of stones.

I will make peace your governor

   and well-being your ruler.

18 No longer will violence be heard in your land,

   nor ruin or destruction within your borders,

but you will call your walls Salvation

   and your gates Praise.

19 The sun will no more be your light by day,

   nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,

for the Lord will be your everlasting light,

   and your God will be your glory.

20 Your sun will never set again,

   and your moon will wane no more;

the Lord will be your everlasting light,

   and your days of sorrow will end.

21 Then all your people will be righteous

   and they will possess the land forever.
Our Creator loves us so much He gave us all the wonderful places to visit and soak in His light and allow His glory to appear over us. 

DAVID CROWDER

How He Loves Lyrics 

He is jealous for me, loves like a hurricane, I am a tree

Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy

When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions

Eclipsed by glory and I realize just how beautiful You are

And how great Your affections are for me

And oh, how He loves us, oh

Oh, how He loves us, how He loves us all

He is jealous for me, loves like a hurricane, I am a tree

Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy

When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions

Eclipsed by glory and I realize just how beautiful You are

And how great Your affections are for me

I hope you all get a chance this summer to go and just sit to be amazed at His creation. Let Him speak to you through the breezes, rain falling, leaves whistling, waves breaking or just your backyard birds chirping. 
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David Crowder

How He Loves Us

Beach On,

Kelley Allison