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In Full Bloom,

 

 

 

 


Michelle Bentham, Founder, Inspired Artist & Communicator

Michelle is a wife and mother who fell in love with Jesus through in-depth Bible study. Saved in 1982, Michelle wandered the desert path of a prodigal daughter until she landed in a small country church in North Texas. There she found roots for her faith and wings to fly and become all God created and redeemed her to be.

She has served in both lay and vocation ministry roles in her home church throughout the last 14 years. As she has grown in both her faith and relationship with other people, she found a passion to connect people to God’s heart through creative expression as an inspired artist and communicator. 


All information shared on this website is © 2017 Blooming Inspired Network, All Rights Reserved. Unless otherwise noted all photos are shared by Creative Commons license by permission.

Embrace | Identity: What Does It Mean to Be A Wildflower Woman?

Join Michelle for the interactive Facebook Live video where she shares about how she came to know her own identity as a wildflower and how God prompted her to identify herself as One. WILD. Broad.

Be sure to leave your comments about what God is stirring in your heart as you listen along. Thank you for joining in!

In Full Bloom,

 

 


Michelle Bentham, Founder, Inspired Artist & Communicator

Michelle is a wife and mother who fell in love with Jesus through in-depth Bible study. Saved in 1982, Michelle wandered the desert path of a prodigal daughter until she landed in a small country church in North Texas. There she found roots for her faith and wings to fly and become all God created and redeemed her to be.

She has served in both lay and vocation ministry roles in her home church throughout the last 14 years. As she has grown in both her faith and relationship with other people, she found a passion to connect people to God’s heart through creative expression as an inspired artist and communicator. 


All information shared on this website is © 2017 Blooming Inspired Network, All Rights Reserved. Unless otherwise noted all photos are shared by Creative Commons license by permission.

The Gospels: Verse-By-Verse | Chapter Five – Raising the Bar

This week will begin reading Matthew Chapter 5 as we cover the first of several discourses Matthew shares from Jesus’ three years of ministry on earth. Join us as we read through the Scriptures observing how Jesus raises the bar for those who choose to follow Him.

Here are the Notes: The Gospels: Week 5


All written material unless otherwise noted is the intellectual property of Michelle Bentham, © 2017 all rights reserved.

Encourage | Freedom after Financial Failure

In April 2013, my husband and I confronted an issue I had long sought to avoid. The issue of our finances has always been a sore, dreadful subject. We have robbed Peter to pay Paul and had never really been on a budget. We’ve been overdrawn, bankrupt and pressing on – moving right along – trying to make it work while digging a deeper hole to finally fall into.

On that Tuesday morning the long dreaded reality greeted us rudely with the culmination of years and years of poor choices and ignoring the problem. You see the problem has never been money – it is that we have never been in agreement about where we are with our money. And, to be completely honest I’ve made a lot of choices based on fear and selfishness.

After a full day of grieving and getting discouraging news, I found myself repenting to God and my husband, looking for a way to work things out prayerfully. We were seeking to find a solution that may benefit us long term. That morning we realized there is always a price to be paid.

You see – I have a destiny to get to, a dream to be fulfilled, but this one thing that so rudely interrupted my life on that day threatened to undo all of it. I knew I needed to unpack the issue with my husband for months. I even told him months before I wanted to lay it all out for him so he would know. The more I considered doing that, the more fearful I became. After all, it is my mess and he would have to help me clean it up -no doubt. The question, the lingering fear, remained. “What if he doesn’t want to be my husband anymore?”

As I worked through the painful reality I created, I spoke regularly with a friend who is counseling me and keeping me accountable.  She helped me see this is the thing that is keeping me from moving to the next level. Painful and dreadful as it is, this had to be dealt with. I find myself so grateful for the revelation that has come through such painful realities.

After the first 24 hours passed, I found myself feeling relieved. Having all of it out there – on the table. Drawn into the light, I realize it is bad.  It is what it is. But, it is not as bad as I had imagined it.

All locked up in the closet of my mind this monster of a mess grew bigger and bigger-more intimidating and fearful to me. I remained divided. I wanted desperately to unpack the issues and lay them bare. But, at the same time, I feared the outcome – the unknown. Paralyzed. I knew God wanted me to move, but I could not find my way to do it. Life patterns and my flesh overruled my spirit at every turn.

That is until Tuesday… When I had the choice. COVER UP. PRETEND. DENY and PROJECT. Or come clean. Confess, repent and move ahead. You know God is often about the process and not just the results. As I have repented, confessed, and laid out what I’ve tried to keep hidden all these years – as I examined myself alongside it.

That’s when it happened.

God began to move on our behalf. He reduced the overwhelming to what became possible, even probable. Waiting on His timing and learning patience, I have walked the path as one learning, but I would not trade these last few years for anything. I look back to the day when a necessary and dreadful thing came to light, but it is also revealed the next step to the greatness I am destined to live in and so I press on.

In the last four years I realized God cannot redeem what I will not openly address and present to Him. He cannot work and move to restore until I seek His face and submit it to Him. Until I get real, take responsibility and allow Him to show me what needs to go of my flesh in order that I may more fully become who He created me to be.

I also have to step back, give up control and let Scott take the lead. I had not ever been in that situation before. I had to release my idea of who  Scott is, so he, too, could discover who God created Him to be. Releasing my strangle-hold on my idea of how it should work proved incredibly difficult. Scott and I had to work at negotiating the peace and unity needed in these months since that day. Everyday I look back on our life and realize I have so much to be grateful to God for in my life.

After it got real and we took responsibility – we had to be willing to accept the consequences and pay the price. In my heart – the answer is yes – always yes. Some days, the struggle is still real – my spirit is always willing, but, in my mind, I have ongoing, long drawn out conversations and debates about what to do.

These lessons we’ve learned are invaluable to my dream goals and my hopes for the future. In creating an atmosphere where your wildest dreams come true one must commit to: 1.) Owning the dream and taking the responsibility for the actions required to see that dream become a reality; and 2.) be willing to pay the price. Taking the risk and making the sacrifices until seeing that dream bear fruit, or God releases you from the burden. His ways remain better and higher than my own. So grateful for confrontation, a loving God who cares deeply for us and a husband who lives so gracefully with me.

  • What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about today?
  • Is there something you’ve been secretly struggling with or dreading the day it comes to the light?
  • Is there a Scripture that you are hearing in your heart right now?

Take some time to journal through your answers and listen to God’s heart for you.

In Full Bloom,

Embrace | Comfort through Intimacy

In this interactive Facebook Video, Michelle shares how she has developed a deep, life-giving relationship with God through intimate encounters with the living God in her secret place.

 

Be sure to leave your comments about what God is stirring in your heart as you listen along. Thank you for joining in!

In Full Bloom,

 

 


Michelle Bentham, Founder, Inspired Artist & Communicator

Michelle is a wife and mother who fell in love with Jesus through in-depth Bible study. Saved in 1982, Michelle wandered the desert path of a prodigal daughter until she landed in a small country church in North Texas. There she found roots for her faith and wings to fly and become all God created and redeemed her to be.

She has served in both lay and vocation ministry roles in her home church throughout the last 14 years. As she has grown in both her faith and relationship with other people, she found a passion to connect people to God’s heart through creative expression as an inspired artist and communicator. 


All information shared on this website is © 2017 Blooming Inspired Network, All Rights Reserved. Unless otherwise noted all photos are shared by Creative Commons license by permission.

The Gospels: Verse-By-Verse | Chapter Four – Tested, Tempted and Tried

This week we are introduced to a wild man preaching in the wilderness preparing the way for Jesus that leads to the Father revealing Him as the Son of God. Watch it now:

[Notes are not yet published for this week, they will be uploaded as soon as they are prepared.]

Please add questions or comments on the study in the comments below! We’d love to hear your thoughts as we walk our way through The Gospels: Verse-By-Verse! Click here to download a pdf of this week’s notes: The Gospels: Week Four


All written material unless otherwise noted is the intellectual property of Michelle Bentham, © 2017 all rights reserved.

The Gospels: Verse-By-Verse | Chapter Three – The Forerunner

This week we are introduced to a wild man preaching in the wilderness preparing the way for Jesus that leads to the Father revealing Him as the Son of God. Watch it now:

Please add questions or comments on the study in the comments below! We’d love to hear your thoughts as we walk our way through The Gospels: Verse-By-Verse! Click here to download a pdf of this week’s notes: The Gospels: Matthew Three Notes


All written material unless otherwise noted is the intellectual property of Michelle Bentham, © 2017 all rights reserved.

The Gospels: Verse-By-Verse | Chapter Two – Joseph’s Son, A Nazarene

This week we conclude our reading in chapter one and begin reading the second chapter of Matthew. This week we reviewed the legacy of Jesus Christ through His family line from Abraham. Watch it now:

Please add questions or comments on the study in the comments below! We’d love to hear your thoughts as we walk our way through The Gospels: Verse-By-Verse! Click here to download a pdf of this week’s notes: The Gospels: Matthew Two Notes


All written material unless otherwise noted is the intellectual property of Michelle Bentham, © 2017 all rights reserved.

The Gospels: Verse-By-Verse | Chapter One – A Very Jewish Legacy

Our first week of Bible study as we dig into the first chapter of Matthew in the New Testament. This week we reviewed the legacy of Jesus Christ through His family line from Abraham. Watch it now:

Please add questions or comments on the study in the comments below! We’d love to hear your thoughts as we walk our way through The Gospels: Verse-By-Verse! Click here to download a pdf of this week’s notes: The Gospels: Matthew One Notes


All written material unless otherwise noted is the intellectual property of Michelle Bentham, © 2017 all rights reserved.

Embracing Who God Created You To Be!

Embrace Your Identity! 

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a special people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies, the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 (AMP)

You are called to be special and set apart or consecrated as a royal priesthood. As a woman, you are uniquely fashioned with a specific set of gifts, strengths, experiences – both good and bad – and opportunities that only you can lay hold of in this life. You were designed with a purpose – a specific purpose that is tied to who God designed and created you to be. Living life on purpose is tied to your identity in Christ. Discovering and embracing all He created you to be powerfully free!

Step into all He created and died to empower you to discover as you embrace fully who He says you are!

In Full Bloom,

 

 


Michelle Bentham, Founder, Inspired Artist & Communicator

Michelle is a wife and mother who fell in love with Jesus through in-depth Bible study. Saved in 1982, Michelle wandered the desert path of a prodigal daughter until she landed in a small country church in North Texas. There she found roots for her faith and wings to fly and become all God created and redeemed her to be.

She has served in both lay and vocation ministry roles in her home church throughout the last 14 years. As she has grown in both her faith and relationship with other people, she found a passion to connect people to God’s heart through creative expression as an inspired artist and communicator. 


All information shared on this website is © 2017 Blooming Inspired Network, All Rights Reserved. Unless otherwise noted all photos are shared by Creative Commons license by permission.