Cheerful

A glad heart makes a face happy, but heartache breaks the spirit. -Proverbs 15:13 (CJB)

Cheerful! Trying times we live in. Many cannot leave their homes. Businesses suffering. Stock Market plummeting. We have all read articles and watched videos in hopes of understanding what is happening. To be honest, I don’t know what to believe. I don’t know what is TRUTH about the virus that has shut down the world. Is this virus a conspiracy theory that the government is behind to clean up evil? Was this virus started by humans, or did it evolve from animals that humans ate? Will this all blow over soon, or last for months? I don’t know! Some days it is difficult to be cheerful.

What I do know is, we are called to be DIFFERENT. If we claim to follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob we are supposed to act different. We are supposed to understand we are a CHOSEN people. We are supposed to LEAD THE WAY in our response to this situation. Unfortunately, as I read posts, most of my friends who follow Christ are freaking out more than my friends who do not believe God’s Word. My friends who are relaxed and soaking it all in are those who choose to have no care in the world. These friends are also the most cheerful.

Why do we carry a load? Why do we worry about tomorrow? Why do those of us who say we TRUST the Word of God respond with heaviness? As I read the posts I see people trying to figure out what God is saying. There are Words of prophecy that contradict each other. One “prophet” says one thing, another has a different word. As we try to “figure things out” we become so engrossed in hearing from God that we lose track of the JOY He brings.

Prophets are needed, don’t get me wrong. We need others to encourage us and correct us. We need the community to come together and work as a body for HIS purpose. However, we also need to be a LIGHT to those around us and LOVE those He sends our way. Too often we let what we think is HIS work get in the way of DOING. We become hearers, not doers.

I believe we need to laugh. I believe we need to focus on being cheerful. This is a challenge to myself. I know I do not do this often enough. Laughter brings health to our soul. If our soul is strong, than we are stronger. During these times we need inner strength. That comes from focusing on WHO God is FOR US and WHO God is in our life.

Today I challenge you to focus on the JOY in your life. Think about what is GOOD, TRUE and right. Rejoice in EVERYTHING that God has brought your way. Then let that JOY bring comfort to those around you.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day Adonai has made, a day for us to rejoice and be glad.

Love and blessings.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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No Need To Worry 

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself; sufficient for today is today’s trouble.  

It is enough to abide with Christ sufficiently that we allow him to guide us through today’s trials, that we allow him to give us the wisdom for the myriad decisions that must be made each day; that we allow him to comfort us in all of life’s inevitable sorrows; that we allow him to infuse us with his joy; and that we allow him to love through us.

God is the great I Am; we find him in each and every precious moment. He is not interested in giving us wisdom and strength for tomorrow’s trouble. For one thing, tomorrow is significantly shaped by what we allow Our Father to work in us today. If we walk with him faithfully today, then tomorrow he can guide us even further along in our faith walk. If we love well today, he will help us love even better tomorrow.

Conversely, if we fail to trust God today, we will have today’s lessons to be repeated again tomorrow, until we acquire whatever virtue that Our Father is trying to develop in us. He is relentless and very patient in his teaching. Make no mistake; he is much more patient and long suffering than we are. He will let us suffer in our resistance as long as it takes for us to finally acquiesce and capitulate, agreeing to do his will, his way, in his good time.

The opposite of worry is childlike trust. What if our children came to us persistently with tomorrow’s issues? Wouldn’t we rather that they came to us in deep trust and peace, wanting only to be with us today and to let us guide them in their daily disciplines? Wouldn’t we rather that they learn to stay in the moment, enjoying and savoring each day’s unique opportunities and satisfying experiences?

The truth is that tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us. We live breath by breath, heartbeat by heartbeat, thought to thought, prayer to prayer. Tomorrow will be of little concern, even in eternity. If we are then going to be immortal, and we are, we will have millions times millions of days in which to worship and serve Jesus. We will only be concerned with beholding him and pleasing him in each and every moment.  

Each tomorrow will hold only ever increasing wonder, bliss, and love.

 ~ Brad Heilhecker 

Easy As That 


Years ago, a surgery that was considered common and routine, took a turn for the worst. I was experiencing a lot of pain and it wouldn’t go away. Within days, I was taken back to the hospital for an exploratory surgery. It was the only answer. 

At the time, I was a single mother trying to keep life, together, within my capabilities. And for anyone who can relate to this, or to the constant juggle of life’s responsibilities, you might be able to join me in a mutual understanding when I told myself, “You don’t have time to be sick.”
I was ordered to bedrest for an indefinite time. 

Easy as that right?….Um….No…Not for me…..

Deep down, I felt a strong sense of responsibility to take on the day to day activities and my pride assured me that I could take care of everything on my own. The enemy made sure doubt would be the icing on the cake. He told me, “You can’t afford not to work, who will pay your bills? No one will take care of your children like you do. What if something happens to one of them? Tiffany, you…know….you will be all alone and life will go on without you.”

An overwhelming and paralyzing fear crept in. It imprisoned my thoughts, actions, and reactions. 
Easy as that!….FEAR took over…

After the third trip back into the hospital, I was exhausted, frustrated and done. 
I broke. 
I looked up to God and I surrendered to all of who He is.
I repented for not giving my fears, worries, and life over to him. 

Why is it, that we discover, at the end of a difficult season, there may have been an easier way to have gone through it? I made some of my difficult situations harder than they had to be. 
Sometimes…even now….I still do. 

Thankfully, God is in everything. Even when I stand in the way, it doesn’t stop Him from being ALL. Even when I took over, He was still moving. 

Jesus said, 

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt 11:30 NIV

God wants us to go through Him. He wants us to trust and have faith in the promises He has given so that we may have rest for our soul. If you are facing a trial today, may you find rest and comfort in Him. Be reminded that His burden is light. He wants to take your burden and replace it with His comfort.

Dear Jesus, 

Help me to see when I am full of pride, not considering the strength available in you. Continue to guide me, even when I try to get in your way. Thank you for having mercy and grace over my stubborn heart. Thank you for loving me when I fall short. I thank you for all of your protection and love. In Jesus name, Amen.

 ~Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas 

Be A Warrior

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Ever go on a mommy date with a worrier? It’s challenging right? The conversation revolves around the negative. To immunize or not; we worry, to homeschool or not; we worry. To breast or bottle feed; we worry.
What color was the poop…we worry.

I’m not talking about healthy concern here, I’m talking about a worrier.
As moms we are called to care for God’s children and love our spouses. We are called to be concerned for them, but not to worry over them and every possible situation they might encounter. We are called to fill one another up not drag each other down.

When we worry we take our eyes off of God and focus on the worship of self. How am I going to handle this, control this, instead of vertically venting it to God and listening for His direction.
-Marina Wright

Luke 12:22-32 NIV

Do Not Worry

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]?26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

I Won’t Worry My Life Away

As I slept last night I would suddenly become awakened and start singing “I won’t, I won’t, worry my life away…” Strangely, I don’t remember hearing this song lately.  I don’t listen to Jason Mraz normally, so I was surprised that google revealed the song stuck in my head as Remedy, I Won’t Worry by Jason Mraz.

Some of the lyrics are: I say the tragedy is how you’re gonna spend the rest of your nights with the light on So shine the light on all of your friends  When it all amounts to nothing in the end I, I won’t worry my life away I, I won’t worry my life away I, I won’t worry my life away

As I read that line in the song, “So shine the light on all of your friends”, I knew God wanted me to shed some light on “Worry”.

I used to be a big time worry wart.  I even had a worry stone that I used to love to rub. When Christ’s Spirit took up residence in me back in 2006, He started to move out some junk.  My Worry got so bad that it was not until after my dad was hospitalized for 2 years on the brink of death and during that time I also suffered a stroke at just 38 years old, that I was desperate for worry to take a hike.  I can’t tell you the exact moment all my worry went away, but I do know that I was filled with Peace, that I had never known before.

 As John 14:27 says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

The world can offer us worry stones, but only Christ offers and delivers True Lasting Peace!

Here are some more Promises to cling to when you feel like worry is taking over:

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 NIV

They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.  Psalm 112:7 NIV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

And one of my all-time favorites that helped me through my stroke and some really dark times.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.  In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.   1 Peter 5:7-10 NLT

So what about Worry and what is the big reference or revelation I got from this song stuck in my head? 

 2 words-SOCIAL MEDIA.   

First let me say, I love Social Media, I think it is such a brilliant creation.  I love the whole concept of connecting and encouraging each other.  I love to be able to see pictures and hear about my friends and family near and far.  I love to connect with people that I have only met online and never in person.  I finally get the whole # hashtag thing and twitter after I got to rap with Grammy winning Gospel Singer Mandisa in front of almost thirty thousand peeps, and learned that just tweeting an Instagram picture of Johnny Depp fishing in your hometown will set off a reporter frenzy and you can become quite “Uber Famous” as my son likes to say.   I am all self- taught at social media and am no guru or expert by any means.

I know that Social media can be used for good and bad and sometimes just the good ole ridiculous.  I admit I am a Nash Grier fan.   I prefer to keep my social media pages less ridiculous and more positive.   Some days it seems that fear and worry are plaguing the news feeds and death and doom and gloom keep filling our view, and all the negativity is drowning out any of the great good stories.  The new thing is these fake news stories, made to look like real news and people just keep getting worked up and re sharing them.  Or they take the real news stories and keep posting them and talking about them and opinions get heated and people will be fighting and cursing each other.  It just stirs up worry and fear and more hate.  People are voicing opinions and complaining on all sorts of crazy stuff and spending precious time and energy on this junk.  I scroll through the feed some days and I am just saddened at how many people are buying into all this mess of media fear, worry, fake news stories, real news stories, and horrific images that people love to just keep re sharing and re sharing over and over.

I miss the old Facebook, where you could just see what people were doing. Check out some pictures of their adventures or families.  Share in their excitement or pray for them in their time of sorrows. I like when the recipes and decorating or DIY ideas stayed on Pinterest.  The play by play actions of what people were doing were kept on Twitter, (or Facebook had a daily limit on how many times you can post).  All the cute and funny baby and animal pics were kept on Instagram, the ice bucket Videos kept on YouTube, and the big rants, revelations, or opinions were kept to WordPress on their blogs.  Don’t get me wrong, I love that you can connect all your different social media accounts, but sometimes Facebook does get just a little too much.

So what do I do to not let all that junk offend me or get me worried or worked up?  I cling to the Promises above, and when it gets too much and  people rant and rant or get too political or judgmental  I just keep scrolling by and singing  “Great Peace have they that love Your laws and nothing shall offend them! “  Psalm 119:165

I don’t get upset that friends had lunch or got together without me, I don’t get offended that someone doesn’t have the same religious beliefs I have.  I don’t think anyone has a bigger house or better car or better husband or children or ministry than me. I am content and secure. I don’t love my gay friends any less than my Christian friends.  I don’t hate Obama, even though I did not vote for him. I don’t count likes for my pictures or posts,  ( I do count them on my Facebook Restored Ministries Page so be sure to check us out on Facebook and Like Restored Ministries ) Seriously, in all honesty and joking aside, I really am unmoved by it all. Why?  I serve the God of Peace.  I serve the King Of Kings.  I have kicked worry to the curb. The Spirit of Peace resides inside of me now. Whoever is president does not affect me.  Jesus is still King regardless of who is in the White House.

I love love Love  that I have a choice not to buy into all that worry and fear or hate and complaining so I choose to just keep on scrolling and praying for all the hurting, scared, and worried people.   

 I try to live my life on this great Promise.   Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable. ~  Philippians 4:8 GWT

Won’t you let Christ fill you with real lasting Peace and stop letting the world and all its News Feeds keep you worked up and worried.  Life is too short to “Worry” it away.  ~  XXOO Michelle Bollom

Here is proof of my Uber Famous Social Media Moments below.

http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2013/aug/27/cc_johnnydepprockport_082713_218156/?print