Princess

WORTHY THOUGHT:A true princess knows who she is in Christ Jesus.

I am not referring to the Disney character princesses. Those can give a false sense of image “how much attention can I get” in a pretend dress-up Disney character or even the beautiful American Meagan Markle we all watched on live television holding our breaths anticipating and waiting to see the absolutely stunning bride walk down the aisle to marry her Prince Harry. Meagan Markle did look like a princess in the Royal Wedding.

This is the Bible standard of a true princess:

A princess gets wisdom from The Word and defends the truth, she is humble and serves rather than be served, loves good and hates evil and for this has earned the praise of many nations.

True Royalty is not characterized by robes worn or thrones occupied, but by a faithful obedience to the most royal of all, the King of Kings. We have been called to be a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and we honor that royalty by honoring our Lord the King who gave it to us.

I came upon the sweet little girl who had never seen or heard a violin. I was playing in a village in Central America, Guatemala. This little girl walked up to me very curious about my instrument. I kneeled down on my knees to get to her level and make eye contact with this innocent creature. While I played for her, Jesus spoke to my heart and said; “This little girl is my princess”.

Someone in my group took the photo shot of that moment and you can certainly see in the photo she certainly is His princess.

Every girl, it does not matter what culture background wealthy or poor, if you are a daughter of God, believe Christ Jesus the Son of God is your true Lord and Savior then you are by Bible standards, a true princess.

Jesus said in Gospel John 15:16 ” You didn’t choose me! I choose you! I appointed you to go and produce lovely fruit always, so that no matter what you ask for from the Father, using my name he will give it to you.”

If you exalt wisdom, she will exalt you. Hold her fast and she will lead you to great honor; she will place a BEAUTIFUL crown upon your head. –Proverbs 4:9

For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus into good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” –Ephesians 2:10

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. –Philippians 4:3

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill

Image by Gemima Jimenez

Enough

I have had ENOUGH – means you’ve reached your tolerated level.

That’s ENOUGH – means you have reached an acceptable amount.

But what really is Enough? 

ENOUGH – means adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire

So why do we always throw in those doubt words…..

Like:

Coulda Shoulda Woulda 

Need to

Hafta

Outta 

Maybe

Possibly

Almost

Why do we keep buying the lie that we are not worthy enough, smart enough, pretty enough, talented enough, loved enough, liked enough, old enough, young enough, have enough or do enough. 

Why can’t ENOUGH just be ENOUGH 

No striving

No wrestling 

No doubting

No second guessing

Just Simply Take God at His Word! 

You ARE adequate and sufficient for His purpose because He says you are. 
You Are Enough because He is ENOUGH 

                ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

For His divine power has bestowed on us absolutely everything necessary for a dynamic spiritual life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises of inexpressible value, so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature. ~ 2. Peter 1:3-4 AMP 

Restoration Stories – Deborah Rodriguez 

I was born and raised in a Christian home. My father had a good stable job in the city and we lived in a middle class neighborhood in Brooklyn, NYC. We faithfully went to church whenever there was a service and I began singing at the age of four.

Our life seemed so perfect on the outside, but it was far from perfect. Inside my home was filled with chaos, anger, pain, and misery. Most days my parents would fight over the simplest of things. I also faced abuse by my older sibling and all we ever did was fight.

My dad tried his best to keep things together but it just wasn’t enough. When I was twelve years old I remember my whole family stopped attending church. I was the only one who would go every Sunday all alone, because I loved going and I especially enjoyed singing.

Eventually my parents divorced when I was thirteen. My mother decided to leave the home and didn’t want anything to do with us. I still remember so vividly that night and how I had to stay up with my little sister as she cried uncontrollably for our mother. We didn’t understand why she chose to leave us, it took me many years to even understand why.

My life began to spiral out of control and I no longer cared about having a relationship with God. In fact, I became an atheist and had a strong hate for Christians. I would curse at them and tell them there was no God because if there was He wouldn’t allow me to go through so much.

The friends I started hanging around were drug dealers and gang members, they introduced me to a whole different lifestyle and I dug myself deeper into a pit. I started partying, drinking, and smoking marijuana. I did not care about my life anymore, I used the drugs and alcohol as an escape.

There were times I wouldn’t come home for days, because I didn’t want my dad to see me high or drunk. I lost complete control and became a terrible alcoholic. I had to have it everyday, even to the point of blanking out. I became a very violent person who constantly had fights in school and the streets. Some of my closest friends no longer wanted to be around me because they felt I was too dangerous to be around. My life was a complete mess, but I could not see how lost I was.

Until I met Jesus…

I will always remember this day like it was yesterday. My aunt purchased a brand new home and we were excited to go. She said my cousins and I could have a sleep over on the weekend, but I had to go to church on Sunday. There was no way I could agree to that so I said, “No!” My cousins begged for me to stay, so I finally agreed. We had fun just watching movies, laughing at silly jokes, and talking about random stuff. Sunday came along and I went to church begrudgingly.

I had the nastiest attitude while sitting in the youth Sunday school class. I did not want to be there at all and I made it known. The time came for the pastor to preach and I fell asleep for the whole message. Till this day I don’t remember what the message was about, but I just know that I woke up at the end of it while the pastor was making an altar call.

My aunt asked if I wanted to go up for prayer and I declined. The pastor continued speaking and I don’t know what he said, but I suddenly felt a conviction that I was a sinner and I needed to repent. I slowly began to walk up to the altar and when I got there all I saw was my whole life flashing before my eyes. I saw all the sins I was committing and how filthy I was. I did not want to be that person any longer, I began to sob uncontrollably and that day I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior.

I had a long way to go, but slowly and surely all of the walls broke and my chains were lifted. I was no longer bound to the pain and sins of my past. I stopped partying, drinking and getting high. I surrounded my self with new people and gained some Godly friends. As I studied Gods Word, my anger ceased and my love for Jesus grew. I started singing once again and had a passion for street preaching. That is how I met my husband, Pastor Chris.

It took a few years but I did forgive my mother and we now have a healthy relationship. My father is saved and preaching once again. My family is back together and God has healed us of all past hurts, we all get along and enjoy our time with one another.

Today I am blessed with a wonderful marriage and ministry that reaches thousands for the glory of God. My life is dedicated to serving like Jesus does and that’s why I evangelize, feed the homeless every week, visit the sick, elderly, and those in prison.

I also am the founder of True Beauty Ministries, it is an online ministry that encourages other women to know their worth in Christ.

I give because He freely gave to me, even when I did not deserve it. Jesus restored me. The past is gone and a new woman has risen.

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20

          ~ Deborah Rodriguez 

Connect with Deborah on 
Facebook– God’s True Beauty

Instagram– @TrueBeautyMinistries

On Guard 


You can’t hurt me

Steal my joy
Rob my peace
Take my seed

Not tonight

Not ever.

From now on
I guard my heart

With glee, cheerfully

You can’t be
Rude to me

I’ll love you anyway

You can’t hurt my feelings

Because I will not live that way

You can’t do anything to me 

That I do not let you do

It’s not your fault

That you can’t give me what I need

You’re just unable to

While you live your life in disbelief

I am what The Word says

Not what you think or see

I am worthy of your love


But your crap, I will not take

You will never harm me

You cannot reach my heart
Because I’ve got my guard up

Beware of The Word of God.

             ~❤️Krystal Lynne 

Healing The Orphan Spirit 


Lereca shared a little on the Orphan Spirit yesterday; you can read her blog “God Loves Us More” Here

I started thinking of this teaching I watched about 4 years ago when Kelley Allison of Bowl Of Splendor shared this with me. It is a great short message on what it is and how he overcame and was healed from the Orphan Spirit. Really great info! 

When we know who our Daddy (Our Papa) is- we will know our value and worth.  
God is all about Restoring Lives ! 

Who’s your Daddy? 

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 


We would love to hear your thoughts on this? 

            

Supernatural Self 

  
 What if in real life we could step into a telephone booth and rip off our shirt labeled Self and underneath sprang out a new shirt with a Big Letter S representing “Supernatural Self”

      We would have super hero powers needed to do anything we needed to do. Leap a tall building in a single bound, fly straight up to catch an invisible airplane. (Wonder Woman would be waiting there for us)
    What if we actually BELIEVED that we are what God says we are. Even if the mirror of our life or our current circumstances didn’t quite catch the memo of our super powers. 

Memo to Super Self: 

Christ in Me the Hope of Glory 

Colossians 1:27-29 The Message (MSG)
26-29 This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: CHRIST IS IN YOU, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.

I Am A Temple of God

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 The Message (MSG)
16-17 You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple.

Residency with God 

Romans 8:11 The Message (MSG)
9-11 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!

Rip off the limitations stopping you from being your Supernatural Self and start dressing the part of who you were created to be!!
A son or daughter of God…. 

Go out and demonstrate your extraordinary God given powers, far beyond the range of normal human ability to protect the innocent and fight for the general good.

“With great power comes great responsibility”

                            – Spider-Man

Super Self On,

   Kelley Allison

Keeping It Real



Fruition 
\frü-ˈi-shən\
noun

Fruition- 
The state of bearing fruit.
attainment of anything desired; realization;accomplishment:
the state of being real or complete.

We all know the definition of “fruition” meaning attainment or accomplishment and that it is the state of bearing fruit, but I did not know that one definition is “the state of being real or complete”.  

That part of the definition really stuck with me- 
 So Fruition means also “Keeping It Real!” 

Now that is something we should all strive to do, and with this new definition discovery it had me thinking-or pondering a little deeper- or maybe just scratching my head- but anyway I wrote this down:
When we are keeping it real and we understand we are complete in Christ, we won’t feel the need to be putting on airs, operating in a false self or finding our worth in incomplete things.  People will know we are Christ’s disciples because our fruit will be good and recognizable when we are keeping it real.  
Then I read these verses:

But you will recognize them by their fruits. You don’t find sweet, delicious grapes growing on thorny bushes, do you? You don’t find delectable figs growing in the midst of prickly thistles. 17 People and their lives are like trees.Good trees bear beautiful, tasty fruit, but bad trees bear ugly, bitter fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear ugly, bitter fruit; nor can a bad tree bear fruit that is beautiful and tasty. 19 And what happens to the rotten trees? They are cut down. They are used for firewood. 20 When a prophet comes to you and preaches this or that, look for his fruits: sweet or sour? rotten or ripe? ~Matthew 7:16-20The Voice (VOICE)


This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” ~John 15:8

So my final thoughts on all this…
Let’s live the fruition definition by keeping it real friends, show ourselves as Christ’s disciples and be about bearing much good fruit. 

XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Diamonds

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All she had ever desired was a diamond ring to display her worth and a family to worship God with.
She had dreamed of a husband sitting beside her on the pew with his arm lovingly wrapped around her.
She looked forward to having friends over & dining out regularly with other couples who they both knew and enjoyed equally.
None of this came to pass.
So much time had passed that she was spent with the waiting.
Every time she was in a social setting with other women she made sure not to have her left hand within view if at all possible.
That plain gold band seemed to shout of unimportance.
She knew that it was the symbol of covenant and the importance of that but her ego, heart & finger felt naked, empty & humiliated.
Over the years she had grown accustomed to not being invited to the parties and couples gatherings from her church friends since she attended church without her husband.
He had not been going with her since the first year they married.
It was going on twenty nine years so she knew the drill and felt every bit of the rejection from each celebration she would not be attending.
It stung!
The sting of it all sometimes felt unbearable.
Her life was unbelievable to her.
So many dreams aborted.
So many services alone.
She felt like a leper in the house of God.
Shunned, silenced and uninvited.
These things ought not be so!
So many women feel similar to this.
So many mothers sitting by themselves watching families standing, worshipping together.
Church can be painful for women.
Marriage can be twenty nine years with a gold band screaming into the loneliness and darkness.
You can not fit in when you feel worthless.

I might not have a diamond or a strong warm arm around my old cold shoulder at church but I have a living, loving Savior who happily lives in me, sits with me & shines brighter than a diamond through me….
Who knows my name, weight and every stretch mark I have earned….Who adores me with all of His precious heart ❤

Ladies, you are never alone. Sometimes it just seems so. In those times is when our faith is truly tested. I believe in Jesus Christ alone and He has been my companion. He is the stone that the builder rejected so He understands the diamond dilemma too. Perhaps I should lovingly refer to Him as my “literal” rock of ages allowing Him to be seen instead of fretting over a temporary stone that is not eternal and could never pay for me.
His purchase of us is what makes us so valuable. Lord, help us to see the diamond
💎

~ Krystal Lynne ❤️

Hanging Up My Cape



As I sit in my little prayer corner in my room I am feeling so blessed to know the Lord is my personal Savior.  I can’t imagine my life without Him!  How did I do it for so many years before I knew Him and relied on Him so intimately? 

 I thought I had to do it all by myself.  I carried the world on my shoulders and thought it was all up to me.  I had to be a Superwoman and get it all done alone.  I tried to be everything to everyone, and I based my worth on how good I was and how much I accomplished in a day–I was a perfectionist!  I even based my value on what others thought about me or what I had done.  If I didn’t live up to their expectations, it really bothered me and I felt unworthy.  I was very uptight and worried about every word–did I sound smart?  What do they think about me?  

My self-worth being based on what others thought was a bad place to be.  It is impossible to please some people and who says their opinions are right?  Why did I allow others to control my feelings?  It was a never-ending battle and cost me lots of time and stress worrying and pondering in my head about what I should have done or said or how could I make them like me more.

Thankfully all that is in the past now.  I don’t worry or fret about being good enough or worry if someone likes me or if I looked “good”.  I have learned to speak the truth in love and base my worth on what God thinks, and what the bible says about things.  Oh what a freedom this brings! I am no longer consumed by what others think about me — I am a child of the Most High God and He loves me — He created me and calls me daughter!  My goal is to glorify Him in everything I do and to love everyone right where they are even if we don’t see things the same. I can plant seeds and hope and pray that we both grow and learn.  Finding God’s truths and my self worth in His Word, The Bible, has allowed me to begin to live in deeper faith and peace. Knowing His perfect love, really understanding that Jesus loves me, frees me from those old fears. 

I hope and pray that all my family, friends, team members and everyone reading this comes to know the Lord and experience His love and find true joy and peace in knowing we don’t have to be a Superstar–or Superwoman or Superman.   We can all hang up our capes and just be an authentic beloved child of God. 

When we invite Jesus into our hearts and choose to love the Lord with all our heart and soul and love others as ourselves, He will protect and guide us on this amazing journey called life! 


 ~ Shine your Light, Deb Hicks