Posted by: Kim | October 24, 2014

A SONG JUST FOR YOU TONIGHT

A SONG JUST FOR YOU TONIGHT

I heard this song on the radio on the way home tonight and sent it to someone I know who is transitioning through a major life change.

I thought I’d also post it just for anyone else who is going through a difficult time.

Be blessed,

Kim

“If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.

(Psalms 34:18 – The Message Bible)

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

(Pslams 147:3 – NIV)

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Posted by: Kim | October 18, 2014

ARE YOU PRACTICING “CHRISTIAN ATHEISM”?

ARE YOU PRACTICING “CHRISTIAN ATHEISM”? 

ARE YOU PRACTICING "CHRISTIAN ATHEISM"?

ARE YOU PRACTICING “CHRISTIAN ATHEISM”?

 

As Believers we are often quick to condemn the world for “taking God out” of certain areas of our society, denying His Lordship and in some instances, His very existence.

We get upset, protest, picket, petition, legislate, argue, debate, pray……… we rise up, we do not like it at all.

The sad part is that although we cry shame on the world for their actions, in principle, many of us do the very same thing.

What do I mean?

In principle we do the very same thing in that when convenient, we “take God out” of certain areas of our lives, deny His Lordship and in some instances, deny His very existence. 

When convenient, we temporarily, or sometimes more permanently by lifestyle choice become “sexual atheists”, “financial atheists”, “time atheists”, ‘talent atheists”, “entertainment atheists”…….need I go in?……..No, I think you get the picture.

SELAH!

So fellow Believer, the question is, are you practicing ” Christian atheism”?

Are there areas of your life that you have decided to take God out of, deny His Lordship and/or deny His very existence, perhaps because doing otherwise is too inconvenient for you, too costly socially or too painful to your flesh?

If so, do not fall into guilt and self-condemnation.

Instead, take the matter to the Lord and honestly confess it to Him as is, ask His forgiveness and His help to make it right, then make a decision to with His help, submit to His process of change, surrender and freedom.

God desires to be Lord of very aspect of our lives.

“HE WANTS IT ALL” – BY FOREVER JONES

 

Let’s be real, this level of surrender is not easy, but wanting it, and then with God’s help being willing to move toward attaining it is a necessary part of our journey if we are to effectively be and do what He has sent us to this earth for.

If you are practicing “Christian Atheism” will you continue to deny or confess?

Be encouraged to confess!

Kim

 

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Posted by: Kim | October 16, 2014

Being The Other Woman

Kim:

Two days ago I received a post from my fellow blogger from Africa, Joseyphina (www.joseyphina.wordpress.com) entitled “Being The Other Woman” that I am re-blogging with her permission because it is a well written harsh reality that women, particularly young women, need to be very mindful of.

Be enlightened as you read and be encouraged to pass it on.

Blessings!
Kim

Originally posted on Joseyphina's World:

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I never considered the sting that comes with the tag “The Other Woman” until I became one. I always stereotyped that kind of woman to be that selfish, wicked and home wrecking kind who felt no qualms of breaking another woman’s heart and bleeding it dry. The thing is, I didn’t even know I was one.

Why would that thought even cross my mind when there were no red flags? Or maybe there were but I was too blindly in love to notice them. He was always there for me- in every way. Never reached his voicemail or worst still the lady on the other side telling me the phone was off when I called. Never threw a tantrum when I demanded more of what he readily offered: his time, affection and yeah, sometimes his money.

We had our little quarrels, yes; but that’s humanly normal. He never gave me…

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Posted by: Kim | October 11, 2014

COME APART

COME APART

COME APART OR COME APART

COME APART OR COME APART

 

COME APART

OR 

COME APART

SELAH!

 

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.”

(Matthew 11:28-29 – Amplified Bible)

 

Make the best choice!

Kim

 

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DO YOU TREAT YOUR VEHICLE BETTER THAN YOU TREAT YOURSELF? 

DO YOU GO TO YOUR MANUFACTURER WHEN YOUHAVE A LIFE ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED?

DO YOU GO TO YOUR MANUFACTURER WHEN YOU HAVE A LIFE ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED?

If you own a Toyota vehicle and needed to find out how best to operate it, would you consult a Honda operating manual?

Of course not!

Why?

Because you know that in order to find out how best to operate your Toyota, you would need to consult the manual written specifically for it by its manufacturer, Toyota, and not one written by another manufacturer for another vehicle.

How dumb not so smart would it be for me or you to consult an operating manual for another vehicle instead of the manual specifically written by the manufacturer of the vehicle that we wanted to find out how best to operate? – Very dumb not so smart.

If we would not do this with our vehicles, why do we find it so easy to do it with ourselves?

If you owned a Ford, and something went wrong with it, would you take it to a BMW dealership?

Definitely not.

Why?

Because Ford is the company that made your vehicle, not BMW, so Ford would be the one best able to diagnose and advise on how to resolve the issue simply because they made it.

How dumb not so smart would it be for me or you to take a vehicle to a dealership that did not make it to be fixed? – Very dumb not so smart.

If we would not do this with our vehicles, why do we find it so easy to do it with ourselves?

What do I mean?

Who made/manufactured you?

God.

So considering this, if you want to find out how best to operate as a person in life, doesn’t it make sense to consult His operating manual written for you – the Bible?

Of course!

Since this is the case, the question we need to ask ourselves is, do I readily consult “operating manuals”, i.e., sources of information written or produced by others about how best to operate as a person in life instead of prioritizing consulting The Operating Manual, the Bible, given to me by my Maker, God Himself.

Selah!

And if something goes wrong with you, doesn’t it make sense to go to God for counsel and direction since He is the One who made you, knows you and is therefore best able to diagnose and advise you on how to resolve the issue because He is your Maker/Manufacturer?

Naturally!

Since this is the case, the question we need to ask ourselves is, do I automatically run to other sources when something goes wrong with me, as opposed to going to God, my Maker/Manufacturer first since He knows all about me?

Selah!

Remember, saints, God is our Maker/Manufacturer and the Bible is our operating Manual so let’s prioritize consulting them for matters pertaining to our lives.

Let’s not treat our vehicles better than we treat ourselves.

Amen!

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

“God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.

So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

(Genesis 1:26-27 – Amplified Bible)

“Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action)..”

(II Timothy 3:16 – Amplified Bible)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”

(James 1:5-6 – NKJV)

 

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Posted by: Kim | October 4, 2014

TRANSITIONING AGAIN

TRANSITIONING AGAIN

 

TRANSITIONING AGAIN

SHIFTING GEARS AND TRANSITIONING AGAIN

 

a Word

a mandate

shifting gears

 

transitioning again

overwhelm threatens

questions arise

 

remembering the Word

trusting Him

receiving His peace

 

following His lead 

moving ahead

resting in Him

 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

(Joshua 1:9 – NIV)

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

(Jeremiah 29:11 – NIV)

 

 

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Posted by: Kim | September 25, 2014

WHAT WILL YOU DO? – JUST CURIOUS

WHAT WILL YOU DO? – JUST CURIOUS

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

WHAT WILL YOU DO? – JUST CURIOUS

 

Are you going to be the unique, handcrafted masterpiece that God created you to be?

or 

Are you going to settle to be a cheap copy of someone else?

 

WHAT WILL YOU DO? – JUST CURIOUS

 

Are you going to discover and follow the unique path that God has marked out for you?

or

Are you going to settle and follow someone else’s path?

 

WHAT WILL YOU DO? – JUST CURIOUS

 

Are you going to let God set the pace and rhythm for your life and march to the beat to His drum for you?

or 

Are you going to settle to let others set the pace and rhythm for your life and march to the beat of their drum for you?

 

WHAT WILL YOU DO?  – JUST CURIOUS

 

Are you going to let God determine the standards, boundaries and potential of your life?

or

Are you going to settle and let the world determine these for you? 

 

WHAT WILL YOU DO? – JUST CURIOUS

SELAH!

Kim

 

 

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Posted by: Kim | September 19, 2014

THOUGHTS ARE POWERFUL

THOUGHTS ARE POWERFUL

 

THOUGHTS ARE POWERFUL!

THOUGHTS ARE POWERFUL!

 

Thoughts are powerful.

 

Thoughts create perspectives.

Thoughts generate feelings.

Thoughts birth actions.

 

Pleasant thoughts create pleasant perspectives.

Pleasant thoughts generate pleasant feelings.

Pleasant thoughts birth pleasant actions.

 

Unpleasant thoughts create unpleasant perspectives.

Unpleasant thoughts generate unpleasant feelings.

Unpleasant thoughts birth unpleasant actions.

 

Thoughts are powerful.

 

You may not have the power to change your situation

But you do have the power to change your thoughts about your situation.

 

You may not have the power to change that person

But you do have the power to change your thoughts about that person.

 

Changed thoughts create changed perspectives.

Changed thoughts generate changed feelings.

Changed thoughts birth changed actions.

 

Thoughts are powerful.

 

Selah!

 

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse”

(Philippians 4:8 – The Message Bible)

 

 

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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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