Posted by: Kim | September 15, 2014

SAY IT AND BE FREE – AGAIN!

SAY IT AND BE FREE – AGAIN!

SAY IT AND BE FREE!

SAY IT AND BE FREE!

“Open rebuke is better than hidden love.” 

(Proverbs 27:5 – NIV)

 

This re-post I originally wrote in 2010 is not for everyone, but it is for someone.

It is for a person who the Lord has told to confront a particular person in your life about a specific situation but you keep putting it off because you fear what you believe the consequences will be if you tell the person what God has placed on your heart to say.

Whenever you come in contact with the person or the Holy Spirit prompts you to seek them out and say what God has told you to say, you become intimidated and push the very thought of confronting them down into the far recesses of your mind hoping it would stay there, but it doesn’t, it always resurfaces making the entire situation a continuous undercurrent of inner torment within your soul.

I don’t know you, your situation, the degree of your fear, or what the individual’s response may be should you tell them what the Lord has placed on your heart to say, but based on the Word, there are some things that I do know.

I do know that God loves you. (John 3:16, I John 4:9-11)

I know that He in His wisdom understands more about your situation than you do and that His plans are not to harm you but to do you good. (Jeremiah 29:11)

I know that the fear that you experience at even the thought of approaching the person is not of God because He has not given us a spirit of fear (I Timothy 1:7); I believe that it is satan’s strategy to stop you from obeying God because he knows that your obedience will bring a needed breakthrough in your life.

I know that God will never ask you to do anything that He has not already empowered you to do so you can approach this person and tell them what God has placed on your heart; you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13); do you believe this?

I also know that this post was distinctly impressed upon my heart by the Lord just to help and encourage you in your situation.

So, are you willing to go beyond your thoughts, feelings and assumptions and press in to the truth of the Word?

Are you willing to trust God and take the required leap of faith and do what He is telling you to do, even if you have to do it trembling?

How badly do you really want freedom from this nagging torment and inner peace once again?

Today, know and believe that God’s grace is more than sufficient for you to go ahead and boldly confront the person in a spirit of truth and love, speaking all that He has placed on your heart to say.

I urge you to say it and be free.

 

“He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue”.

(Proverbs 28:23 – NKJV)

Shalom!

Kim

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Posted by: Kim | September 9, 2014

DECEIVERS ARE DECEIVED

DECEIVERS ARE DECEIVED

"ARE YOU WALKING I DECEIT?"

“ARE YOU WALKING IN DECEIT?”

Isn’t it amazing how humans can walk in deceit, pretending to do or be something that they know is not true and think that no one will ever know.

The irony of it all is while walking in deceit, their belief that no one will ever know is the greatest deceit of all. – Now that’s deceit!

I wrote and posted the following in February of last year and thought I’d share it again.

ARE YOU WALKING IN DECEIT?

Deceit

The act or practice of deceiving;

concealment or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading;

duplicity;

fraud;

cheating;

trick;

stratagem;

the quality of being deceitful;

falseness;

an act intended to deceive.

(www.dictionary.com)

Are you walking in deceit?

Are you living a double life?

Are you purposefully misleading your spouse, children, family, friends, pastor, fellow Believers, employer, neighbors and community into falsely believing something about you that is absolutely not true?

Are you covering up a sinful practice and think that you are so slick, so smart, so sly, so cunning and so convincing that no one will ever know what you are really up to, in to, or about?

Newsflash!!!!!……..God sees and He knows.

King David was guilty of adultery and murder and had an elaborate cover-up scheme but he forgot one key factor in the picture……..God.

II Samuel 11 records the details of what transpired and the chapter ends with this sentence, “But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.”

God saw all that David did even though David sought to cover it up.

God then revealed everything David did to the Prophet Nathan and sent Nathan to confront David.

II Samuel 12 records how Nathan went to David and exposed David’s secret sins (verses 7-10) and pronounced God’s judgment upon David and his household (verses 11-12, 14).

Verse 13 records David’s subsequent confession and forgiveness. In this verse David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord” (confession) and Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin, you are not going to die” (forgiveness).

Are you walking in deceit?

Just how God knew about David’s secret sin, He knows about yours.

Just how God revealed David’s secret sin, He can reveal yours.

Just how God judged David’s secret sin, He will judge yours.

Just how God forgave David upon confession and repentance of his sins, He will forgive you.

SELAH!

Listen to how King David describes the effects of sin and deceitfulness in Psalm 32:1-5 (Amplified Bible):

1 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered.

2 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

3 When I kept silence [before I confessed], my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long.

4 For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told]—then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Are you walking in deceit?

God is a gracious God.

He warns and convicts us of our sins in the private confines of our heart and gives us a chance to repent before openly disciplining us, executing judgment upon our lives or exposing our sins publicly.

Verses 3 and 4 show us that God was dealing with David in regard to His sins, but instead of confessing them, David kept silent and resisted the conviction, even to the point of suffering physically.

Is God dealing with or convicting you of an area of deceit in your life even as you read this post?

In verse 5 David states that when he acknowledged his sin to God, no longer hid his iniquity and decided to confess his transgressions, then God forgave him the guilt and the iniquity of his sin.

I believe this was an extremely joyous experience for David and it is why he starts the Psalm out by saying, “Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” (Amplified Bible)

Wouldn’t you like to experience the joy of that forgiveness?

Wouldn’t you like to experience the joy of having your spirit free of deceit?

In verse 6 of Psalms 32 states, “For this [forgiveness] let everyone who is godly pray—pray to You in a time when You may be found; surely when the great waters [of trial] overflow, they shall not reach [the spirit in] him.”

After receiving forgiveness for his sin, David called for all godly persons in need of such forgiveness to pray to God to receive it while God may be found stating that if they do, “surely when the great waters of trial overflow” or in other words, when all hell breaks loose, “they shall not reach [the spirit in] him” or that person will not be be overcome in his spirit by whatever he has to face.

Are you walking in deceit?

God desires that you repent today.

He wants you to lay down the burden of trickery, falseness and lies.

He wants you to confess your sins and forsake them.

He wants you to receive forgiveness, regain your joy and be free again.

He wants and you to have restored fellowship with Him.

Are you willing?

Will you do what He wants so He can give you what you need?

My prayer is that you accept His invitation and make it right today.

“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].”

(I John 1:9 – Amplified Bible)

Be encouraged!

Kim

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Posted by: Kim | September 6, 2014

BUSINESS OR BUSYNESS?

BUSINESS OR BUSYNESS?

 

BUSYNESS OR BUSINESS?

BUSYNESS OR BUSINESS?

 

Business?

or

Busyness?

Which one are you about?

 

Jesus said He had to be about His Father’s business.

He did not day He had to be about His Father’s busyness.

 

Business?

or

Busyness?

Which one are you about?

 

Busyness is about being busy.

It may or may not be related to business.

All too often people mistakenly equate busyness to business.

 

Business?

or

Busyness?

Which one are you about?

 

When it comes to Kingdom work, it’s important to have clear distinction between

busy-ness, i.e., doing stuff

and  

business, i.e., doing what God sanctions and that is producing what is of value and importance to HIm.

 

SELAH!

 

“And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

(Luke 2:49 – NKJV)

 

 

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Posted by: Kim | September 3, 2014

SOMETIMES…..OTHER TIMES – IT’S A MATTER OF TRUST

SOMETIMES…….OTHER TIMES – IT’S A MATTER OF TRUST

KEEP TRUSTING GOD NO MATTER WHAT

KEEP TRUSTING GOD NO MATTER WHAT

I don’t know exactly why, but I’m back again tonight on this issue of trust.

Whatever vicissitude of life you are dealing with, whatever the situation, whatever the circumstance, recognize that God wants you to trust Him.

He wants you to trust the truth of His Word.

He wants you to trust the leading of His Holy Spirit.

He wants you to trust His wisdom, sovereignty and love.

Even if things take an unexpected turn and the outcome is not what you want, He still wants you to trust Him in the midst of it all.

Tonight, be encouraged to trust God in your situation and to show your trust in your obedience to Him, knowing that whatever the outcome, at the end of the day, He’s got your back.

I wrote and posted the following poem in July of 2012 and thought I’d re-post it again tonight to encourage you in a realistic way….:)

Be blessed.

 

SOMETIMES…….OTHER TIMES

Sometimes our prayers are like dynamite, explosively changing our situations with results easily seen.

Other times they are like a constant drip of water on a rock, steadily eroding the dynamics of our situation with changes hidden from the naked eye.

Sometimes healing manifests in our bodies instantly, miraculously, effortlessly.

Other times it is a painstaking process entailing physical suffering and requiring continuous faith until manifested promise.

Sometimes God gives us the very thing that we want.

Other times like a loving parent, He withholds it for our own good.

Sometimes we pray that a person lives through a life-threatening situation and they survive.

Other times we pray fervently, believing for them to live and they die.

Sometimes provision comes for financial needs way in advance.

Other times it comes on the 59th minute of the 11th hour.

Sometimes God delivers us from fiery trials.

Other times we have to walk through the fire of affliction from beginning to end.

BUT REST ASSURED THAT AT ALL TIMES GOD HAS OUR BEST INTERESTS AT HEART SO WE CAN TRUST HIM.

 

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

(Romans 8:28 – NLT)

 

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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Posted by: Kim | September 1, 2014

THIS SONG IS JUST FOR YOU

THIS SONG IS JUST FOR YOU

I heard this song this morning on one of the local radio stations and all afternoon while I was out, I kept sensing in my spirit that I need to post it because someone needs to hear it.

I don’t know who you are, but God does and when you hear the song, you’ll know that this song is just for you.

Listen and be blessed!

“I TRUST YOU” – JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA

“Those who trust in the Lord
Are like Mount Zion,
Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”
(Psalm 125:1 – NKJV)

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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WHAT TO DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO

WHEN THINGS DON'T WORK OUT AS DESIRED - TRUST HIM!

WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS DESIRED – TRUST GOD!

 

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

I don’t know the details of your situation, but if you’ve lived long enough, I do know you’ve had this experience or something very similar.

It was a situation where you desired something, some outcome concerning yourself or a person, place or thing in your life and in your view, what you desired was a good thing because after all, it did not conflict with the basic principles of God’s will as outlined in His Word and obtaining it would be beneficial.

You did everything you knew to do for things to work out.

You prayed, planned, followed the steps, took the measures, made the adjustments, met the deadlines, heeded the sound advice, put in the time, kept the faith, repented when necessary……you even fasted, prayed, came in agreement with a prayer partner, sowed a seed, decreed and declared the outcome and praised God in advance for it.

You did everything you knew to do for things to work out according to your desires……everything!

But they didn’t work out.

You still did not get the job.

You still lost your house.

Your spouse still left.

Your child still died.

The person was still not healed.

The deal still fell through.

The relationship or friendship still went sour.

Your desired outcome concerning yourself, or that person, place or thing did not materialize……….It just did not happen.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

Thousands of yeas ago, Jesus, God’s beloved, only begotten, sinless, Son had an outcome He desired as well.

He wanted another way to redeem mankind other than having to go to the cross.

It’s not that He did not want to redeem mankind, it was just that the very thought of what He would have to go through to do it shook Him to His very core causing His “soul to be exceeding sorrowful even unto death” (Matthew 26:38)

Jesus agonized and prayed so fervently over the matter that His sweat was as drops of blood…..can you imagine that!

Three times He asked the Father if there was any other possible way to get the job done, ending each request by telling the Father, nevertheless, not my will but yours be done.

After all of this intense prayer, what was the outcome?

The outcome was that Jesus’ request was denied.

Another way was not granted.

A grueling death on the cross was the only option given.

What did Jesus do?

He accepted the Father’s answer and moved on in obedience to the Father’s revealed will, trusting the Father’s sovereignty, wisdom and love.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

The great Apostle Paul who was God’s key man sent to the Gentiles and who under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote most of the New Testament had an affliction.

Exactly what it was, the Bible does not say, but it does tell us that the affliction was causing Paul enough distress for him to ask God if He would take it away.

When you think about it, this affliction must have caused Paul great distress because we never read of Paul praying to God and asking Him not to be imprisoned, stoned, flogged, mobbed or shipwrecked anymore, but we do read of how three times he prayed to God to remove this affliction.

II Corinthians 12:7, 8 states, “And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn (a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted.Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me;” (Amplified Bible)

After all of that intense prayer, what was the outcome to Paul’s request?

The outcome was that Paul’s requested was denied.

Verse 9 states, “But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!” (Amplified Bible)

Removal of the thorn in his flesh was not granted.

A messenger of satan to rack and buffet and harass him was what he had to constantly face. 

What did Paul do?

He accepted the Lord’s answer that His grace was sufficient for him and moved on in obedience to the Lord’s revealed will, trusting the Lord’s sovereignty, wisdom and love.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

  • Do you have an emotional tantrum?
  • Do you get angry, bitter and resentful?
  • Do you doubt the love and wisdom of God?
  • Do you give up and lose faith?
  • Do you have a pity party?
  • Do you sink deep in depression?
  • Do you stop praying?
  • Do you stop attending church?
  • Do you walk away from God?

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

If Jesus, our sinless Lord and Savior, the only begotten beloved Son of God experienced things not working out as He desired in spite of doing all He could, and if the Apostle Paul, God’s key man sent to the Gentiles who under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote most of the New Testament experienced things not working out as he desired, why are we 21st century saints so shocked when things don’t work out as we want? ….SELAH!

SO WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN THINGS DO NOT WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

Let’s take a lesson from our Lord Jesus and from the Apostle Paul.

When things do not work out as desired in spite of all of our efforts, let’s rise above our thoughts and feelings, accept God’s answer, know that the Lord’s grace is sufficient to undergird us, and move on in obedience to whatever is the Lord’s revealed will, trusting His sovereignty, wisdom and love as we go. 

By His grace you can!

By his grace, I can!

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

(Romans 8:28 – NLT)

Be encouraged!

Kim

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Posted by: Kim | August 26, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TEACHERS

BACK TO SCHOOL ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TEACHERS

TEACHERS - HAVE A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL YEAR!

TEACHERS – HAVE A SAFE & SUCCESSFUL YEAR!

 

Teach well

Expect good results

Always walk in love

Cast all your cares upon the Lord

Have sanity breaks

Elevate mindsets, attitudes, and self-esteem

Remember each child is a gift from God

Set the example you want to see

 

You are needed.

You are appreciated.

You are a powerful influence.

 

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!”

(Proverbs 3:5-6 – The Message Bible)

 

Walk worthy of your calling and have a safe and successful year!

 

Kim

 

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Posted by: Kim | August 19, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL HAIKU

BACK TO SCHOOL HAIKU

 

PERSPECTIVE IMPACTS OUTCOME

PERSPECTIVE IMPACTS OUTCOME!

 

summer’s in the tomb

school year’s in the womb

mourn or rejoice

 

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:..”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1 – Amplified Bible)

 

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Posted by: Kim | August 12, 2014

HOW DO I SEND MY CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL WHEN…….

HOW DO I SEND MY CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL WHEN……

SCHOOL WILL SOON OPEN -  BE PREPARED AND PRAYERFUL!

SCHOOL WILL SOON OPEN – BE PREPARED AND BE PRAYERFUL!

With the end of August fast approaching, many parents worry about the prospect of sending their children back to school.

Some of the questions that run deep inside are:

How do I send my children back to school in a world where random shootings occur in educational institutions at any level, anywhere, anytime for any reason?

How do I send my children back to school in a world where kids glorify insulting and putting each other down, bullying is an ever-present threat, and academic failure a badge of the “in crowd”?

How do I send my children back to school in a world where seemingly more and more teachers indiscriminately take frustrations out on students, show obvious favoritism and conduct their job as if it were a necessary evil?

How do I send my children back to school in a world where systems exalt school reputation over student well-being, promote and enforce policies that dishonor God, and administrators shamelessly fight for professional brownie points?

How do  you send your children back to school in the midst of these are very real, troubling and complex issues?

As a Believer, some key things you can do are as follows:

  • Ask God for His wisdom and guidance daily
  • Make it a personal priority to continuously put the Word in your children
  • Teach them what is right and wrong in the eyes of the Lord
  • Tell  them that God is with them to protect them and help them in every situation they meet
  • Let them know that their educational opportunity is a gift from God so it is their responsibility to do their best to make the most of it
  • Actively support and encourage them however you can
  • Soak them in prayer, praying both for and with them
  • Stand and believe that God will protect, lead, guide, favor, and enable them to navigate safely through the school year and help them find good success.
  • Pray regularly for the teachers, staff and administrators of their school

I originally posted the following prayer/declaration on August 14th, 2010 and have re-posted it every year since.

As the new school year approaches, I feel the need to re-post it again this year as a prayer for our children as they return to school.

Be encouraged to not just read the prayer, but to join your faith with other Believers and pray it, not only for your own children if you have children, but for every child the Lord lays upon your heart no matter where they are in the world.

Shalom!

Kim

A PRAYER/DECLARATION AS OUR CHILDREN, OUR PRECIOUS HERITAGE OF THE LORD RETURN TO SCHOOL

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we declare that every assignment of the enemy over our children’s lives is cancelled and that no weapon formed against them shall prosper.

We cover them in the blood of Jesus from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet and request warring angels of the Lord to encamp around them and to protect them from all harm and danger.

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we cast down every high thing that would try to exalt itself against the knowledge of God that our children possess.

We declare that the Word of God is hidden in their hearts and that it is a lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path, continuously guiding their decisions and ordering their steps wherever they go and whatever they face.

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we declare that our children have a mind to work and that the spirit of excellence rests upon them, influencing their academic performance and behavior.

We declare that they submit to the rules and regulations of their schools and obey the instruction of those in authority over them as long as our children do not violate the Word.

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we declare that our children are highly favored of God and that this divine favor positively affects their relations with their school administrators, teachers and fellow students.

We declare that our children establish friendships with children who positively influence their minds, bodies, souls, and spirits, and encourage and support their academic, social and spiritual development.

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we declare that the Spirit of the living God rests upon our children, making them distinct and different in a positive way.

We declare that by the anointing of God, our children demonstrate godly character and principles—that they are salt and light on their school campuses and that God’s plans and purposes are advanced in and through them.

In our authority as the Body of Christ, we declare these things in accordance with the principles of the Word of God and by faith believe and agree that these things are so to the honor and glory of God in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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Related Posts:

 

http://unwalled.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/a-prayer-for-the-protection-of-our-school-children/

http://unwalled.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/schools-opening-get-motivated/

Posted by: Kim | August 9, 2014

WHY I DON’T FOLLOW MANY BLOGS

WHY I DON’T FOLLOW MANY BLOGS

 

WHY DO YOU FOLLOW OR NOT FOLLOW BLOGS?

WHY DO YOU FOLLOW OR NOT FOLLOW BLOGS?

 

I’ve thought about writing this post for some time and I guess today is the day.

Over the past few years I’ve often been asked why I don’t follow many blogs.

Before answering, I must say that a multitude of blogs that publish excellent material well-worthy of reading exist, many of which belong to persons who follow my blog so this is definitely not about a lack of good quality content.

So why don’t I follow many blogs?

Well, the answer for me is three-fold, time, integrity and avoidance of mental clutter; I’ll speak to time and integrity first.

Following a blog means different things to different people.

For some, it means keeping up with and reading everything published, for others it means reading anything received that captures their interest, for others, it’s simply means adding another notch on the “social wall of blog following boasting rights”………”Oh, well I follow 85 blogs”.

For me, following a blog means making a commitment to keep up with and read the published materials and support the author with occasional comments and feedback.

Naturally this takes time and because of other commitments, goals and responsibilities that I have, by necessity the budgeted amount of time for this in my life is limited so I can not follow many blogs.

Some may say, well just follow but don’t read the material, no one will know.

Although a comfortable option for some, and everyone has a right to choose, for me, doing that would be false pretense and an issue of personal integrity so I don’t view it is a viable alternative.

The bottom line is if I can not commit to keeping up with and reading what an author publishes and support him/her with occasional comments and feedback, I prefer not to subscribe to or follow their blog but will visit and comment occasionally as time permits.

The other reason why I do not follow many blogs is to avoid mental clutter and thereby enable easier discernment of the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Everything that you or I read becomes a voice in our mind that can speak to us at will through our thoughts and the more we read, the more voices are available to speak.

As a Christian writer, my goal is to write words that encourage, edify and inspire the Body of Christ and bring glory to God so it is important that I am open to hear what He wants me to say.

What helps me tremendously with this is that I monitor my mental space and do not let my mind become so cluttered with material that when it is time for me to write, it is very difficult for me to discern if what I am hearing is His voice telling me what He wants me to say, or another voice contending for the platform.

Setting boundaries relative to the amount and kind of material I expose myself to helps me greatly in this regard so this is the other key reason why I do not follow many blogs and am prayerful in regard to my reading material in general.

So, for those who wonder why I do not follow many blogs, it’s really a personal issue of time, integrity and avoidance of mental clutter so that I can more easily hear what the Lord wants me to say when I write…. that’s it!

Shalom!

Kim

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