THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

Are you in a time of transition or transformation and have been in it so long that you feel like you’re in a long dark tunnel?

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe will be a timely word for you, and as such, am re-blogging it with her permission.

Be encouraged,

Kim

unnamed-3

A WORD FOR YOU

GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU

November 25, 2016

THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

By Elaine Tavolacci

The Holy Spirit showed me a long dark tunnel. In the same way that you travel through a tunnel to go from one place to another, there are many believers in a time of transition. In the natural most people don’t like to drive through tunnels, especially if they don’t know the length of the tunnel. A tunnel could be dark and cold and seem endless. When you are in a tunnel you have a drastically narrowed field of vision and you are surrounded by walls. Many of you are in a time of transformation that you are unfamiliar with. It seems as if you have been moving forward but not experiencing victory in this cold dismal place. You have been there for so long that you have developed “tunnel vision” as your vision has become extremely narrow.

The Lord is saying to continue to go forward and don’t grow weary in well doing. His plan will begin to unfold as you diligently seek Him in this time of transition. It may be a challenging time and a difficult process, but don’t make the mistake of going back to the old door and opening it again if you know that God had closed it. When Jesus opens a door or makes a way for you, there will be no fear, neither will it be difficult or stressful.

For those of you who have been waiting on a word or promise from the Lord and you are not seeing it come to pass, don’t allow discouragement to take root. We are entering into a season of promises and destinies that are going to be fulfilled. Don’t give up or compromise in the eleventh hour. The greatest challenge is not what you went through in the past but it is the success of your future. Continue to pursue the vision that was promised to you. It will surely come to pass. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Proverbs 4:18
“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”

Daniel 12:3
“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”

Galatians 6: 9
“And Let us not be Weary in well Doing: for In due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Philippians 3:12-14
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

I hope the word was a blessing to you.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “A Word In Season” – http://www.awordinseason.info.

Image “Lion” – http://www.awordinseason.info.

THOUGHTS OF THANKS ON THANKSGIVING DAY

THOUGHTS OF THANKS ON THANKSGIVING DAY

THANKFUL

“BE THANKFUL TODAY AND ALWAYS”

 

This Thanksgiving Day, again I thank God for many, many things.

Just off the cuff, I thank Him for life, health, strength, peace, joy, rest, salvation, His love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, provision, protection, Word, Spirit, Name, and Blood, my husband, children, mother, brother, family members, friends, pastors, the church, laughter, living in the Bahamas, my pets, ……..just to name a few.

But above all things, I thank God for being who He is to me, for our relationship, for drawing me unto Himself, for allowing me the privilege of being a part of His family through faith in Christ and because of this, having hope and a glorious future to look forward to in an ever darkening world.

Thank You Father!

Also, this Thanksgiving Day, just like the past Thanksgiving Days, I thank God for every mountain He’s brought me over and for every trial that He’s seen me through.

I thank Him for my experience of being sick because it was through sickness that I got to know Him as Jehovah Rapha, my healer.

I thank Him for encountering times of need because it was in those times that I got to know Him as Jehovah Jireh, my provider.

I thank Him for seasons of loneliness and unconnectedness because in this “empty place”, I got to know Him as Jehovah Shamma, the Lord who is present, the One who is always here.

I thank Him for the times when the enemy rose against me through persons, places and things because this is how I got to see Him fight on my behalf and know Him as Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts.

I thank Him for the people in my life who did me wrong and upon whom I sought no revenge because it allowed me to know Him as Jehovah Gmolah, the God of recompense, the One who repays.

I thank Him for encountering confusion, stress, turmoil and unrest because it was in those times that I got to know Him as Jehovah Shalom, my peace.

I thank Him for the situations where people in high places set out to disadvantage me in some way but He intervened in my favor showing who really rules and carries the clout thereby allowing me to know Him as El Elyon, the Most High God.

I thank Him for restraining me from going certain places I wanted to go and doing certain things I wanted to do because it enabled me to know Him as Jehovah M’Kaddesh, the Lord who sanctifies and sets apart.

I thank Him for the times I’ve failed Him and fallen into sin, exposing my inadequacies and my inability to do right in my own strength, allowing me to know Him as Jehovah Tsidkenu, my righteousness.

I thank Him for the times when I was lost and needed direction and spiritual insight because it allowed me to look to Him and get to know Him as Jehovah Roe, my Shepherd.

I thank Him for the “close scrapes” in my life because it was through them that I got to know Him as Jehovah, Nissi, my banner covering me, keeping me and preserving my life.

Thank You Father!

Be blessed by this video of:

Karen Wheaton Live – Exhortation I, the song “For Every Mountain” and Exhortation II

“Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].’

(I Thessalonians 5:18 – Amplified Bible)

Be blessed by this video of:

Judith McAllister – “O Give tHanks Unto the Lord”

“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!”

(Psalm 107:1 – Amplified Bible)

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE – ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Blessings,

Kim

Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Excerpts from “THIS THANKSGIVING” Copyright © 2012 & 2013 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Photo “HAPPY THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION” by David Castillo Dominici courtesy ofhttp://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Video “FOR EVERY MOUNTAIN” by Karen Wheaton courtesy of MinstrelProphet3 – http://www.youtube.com

Video “O GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD” by Judith McAllister courtesy of Devin Boone – http://www.youtube.com

FIVE “SANITY-KEEPING” STRATEGIES FOR WIVES

FIVE “SANITY-KEEPING” STRATEGIES FOR WIVES

"TOGETHER FOREVER"

“TOGETHER FOREVER – BY GOD’S GRACE”

 
Whenever a man and woman come together in holy matrimony, there is an intermeshing of two distinct bodies, minds, souls, spirits, families, histories, experiences, personalities, worldviews, expectations, and imperfections so conflict is inevitable at some point in the union.

This stands true whether the individuals are Believers in Christ or not……can I get a witness???…okay, I won’t get “churchy” on you (smile!).

Having recently celebrated 25 years of marriage, I’m blessed to be able to say that the canvas of my matrimonial relationship is painted with more blue skies than gray, more mountains than valleys, and more roses than thorns, nevertheless, like many other Christian women, I’ve faced my share of marital challenges.

The following are five “sanity-keeping” strategies that I’ve found helpful in my experience as a married Christian woman. 

I shared them previously in April of 2011 and felt a need to share them again today for someone…….if that’s you, my prayer is that you’ll find them helpful too.

1) Recognize and accept that your husband is not perfect.

This may come as a great surprise to you, but your husband is not the only one in your marital relationship that is not perfect, neither are you…..ouch!

It’s important to accept and recognize that the same way you’re on a life-long journey of learning, growth, and development and are therefore likely to make some mistakes or “not so good” decisions at some point, so is your husband.

Remembering this will help you to have more patience, compassion, and understanding when it comes to dealing with his shortcomings, weaknesses, and failures.

2) Look to God as your source, not your husband.

Whatever your needs, whether mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, or financial, practice going to God first about how they can be met as opposed to automatically looking to your husband to meet them.

Ask God for wisdom and direction as to how best to deal with your needs, and know that at times, He may not give you the liberty of voicing them to your husband, but may instead require you to quietly wait on Him to intervene and meet them in His way and His time.

Also, remember that by divine design, your husband will never be able to meet all of your needs so be careful not to fall into the trap of placing unreasonable demands on him, i.e., expecting him to give you what only God can give, or be to you who only God can be.

3) Don’t try to change your husband.

Although they may deny it, many Christian women secretly take on the role of “Holy Ghost Jr.” and set out to change their husbands into the man that they believe he should be.

Woman of God, do yourself and your husband a favor and “don’t go there”.

No matter what you may think, feel, or believe, the truth of the matter is that you can not change your husband, only God can, so you may as well not even try.

Setting out to change your husband is an exercise in frustration and futility because changing a person is a role reserved by God for the Holy Spirit to be done in His way and His time.

Also, be aware that even when your husband is in “error” or “at fault”, sometimes God may not change him right away, but may instead require that you adjust or change first instead.

From your view, this may not be pleasant, or even seem fair, but God is God so we must trust Him and His infinite wisdom to work, in and through our situations as He knows is best.

4) No matter what your husband does, forgive him.

Let’s face it, whether intentionally or unintentionally, sometimes husbands say and do some very hurtful and even harmful things.

When faced with this kind of situation, in spite of the temptation and or desire to retaliate or hold bitterness, anger, and resentment toward your husband, you need to forgive him.

What??????

Hold on a minute!!!!!

Do you know what he did to me?

Do you know what he said to me?

Do you know what he told others about me?

Look at how much I am suffering!

And I must forgive him?

You have got to be out of your mind!!!

Yes, I am out of my mind.

I am out of my fleshly mind because my fleshly mind would tell you to retaliate and seek some type of revenge, to find a way to as Bahamians say, “do him in!”, but that is not the way of the Kingdom; it is not the mind of Christ.

Matthew 6:14, 15 states, “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (New Living Translation)

Sobering!

No one on the face of this earth, including your husband, is worth influencing you to the point where you find yourself walking in a place of unforgiveness with God…….absolutely no one! Selah!

No matter what we face within our marriages, as Christian wives, it is critical that we diligently guard our hearts from  harboring a spirit of unforgiveness towards our husbands.

If ever you find it difficult to forgive your husband, stop and think about the many times you sinned against God and He in His mercy forgave you………..I think that should help.

5) Never love your husband more than you love God.

As Christian women, while it is Biblically correct to obey our husbands, we’re not to do so if what our husband desires is in opposition to what God requires.

God measures our love for Him by our obedience to Him so if we do what our husband desires when it is in opposition to what God requires, we show that we love our husbands more than we love God and this is never right.

God is a jealous God and He makes it emphatically clear in His Word that we are to have no other gods before him.

This means that no matter how “good” your husband may be he should never have first place in your life.

Love your husband, but never allow him to sit on the seat of the throne of your heart, that place is reserved for God alone.

If you ever allow your husband to become an idol in your heart, you can rest assured that at some point, God will take action to correct the situation.

Well, those are five “sanity-saving” strategies that I have found helpful in my experience as a married Christian woman….I hope you found them helpful too.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

 “FIVE SANITY-SAVING STRATEGIES FOR DESPERATE WIVES” Copyright © 2011 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “LOVERS” by Rosen Georgiev courtesy of http://www.FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

WORLD CRISIS ABOUNDS – WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS?

WORLD CRISIS ABOUNDS – WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS?

WORLD CRISIS

“WORLD CRISIS ABOUNDS”

 

WORLD CRISIS ABOUNDS

world crisis abounds

fear, panic and worry everywhere

resting, hoping, and trusting in God the King

 

When I look at the instability of the kingdoms and nations of this world and its leaders, I am more grateful than ever to be a part of God’s Kingdom.

A Kingdom that is unshakable, a Kingdom that has no end, a Kingdom whose citizens span every race, nation, societal level and color, a Kingdom whose King is our Great and Mighty and Matchless God.

Who is like our God?  – Who can withstand Him, who can defy Him, who can counsel Him, who can thwart His purposes, who can undo what He has decreed, who can open what He shuts, who can shut what He opens – who is like our God?

Our God is Great, Mighty and Matchless!

 

“Remember [carefully] the former things [which I did] from ages past;For I am God, and there is no one else;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end and the result from the beginning,
And from ancient times the things which have not [yet] been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will do all that pleases Me and fulfills My purpose”

(Isaiah 46:9, 10 – AMP)

 

“HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD” –  (WORLD EDITION)

FEAT. CHRIS TOMLIN

 

“Great is our [majestic and mighty] Lord and abundant in strength;
His understanding is inexhaustible [infinite, boundless].”

(Psalms 147:5 – AMP)

“There is none like You, O Lord;
You are great, and great is Your mighty and powerful name.
Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
For it is appropriate and it is Your due!
For among all the wise men of the nations
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You.”

(Jeremiah 10:6,7 – AMP)

 

In the face of all the crisis that abounds in our world today, know that we serve a Great God and are citizens of a Great Kingdom.

This is the truth that we must hold fast to.

This is the truth that will anchor our souls.

Our focus on this truth or lack thereof will determine our level of peace or fear.

Our focus on this truth or lack thereof will determine whether we walk on the tumultuous waters of our times or sink in them.

If we keep our eyes on the reality of the Greatness of our God, and on the fact that He is King over all, and on the fact that we belong to His Kingdom which rules over all, we will have more peace and be water walkers, but if we allow our focus to shift onto the crisis that abounds in this world and onto the instability of its leaders, we will have more fear and sink.

Selah!

Where will your focus be?

Will it be God and His Kingdom or on world leaders and the abounding worldwide crisis?

Today God says:

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

(Psalms 46:10 – NIV, 1984)

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all [the universe].”

(Psalms 103:19 – AMP)

“Your kingdom is a kingdom eternal; you never get voted out of office. God always does what he says, and is gracious in everything he does.”

(Psalms 145:13 – MSG)

“God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.”

(Psalms 47:8 – NKJV)

“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.”

(I Timothy 1:17 – KJV)

“You will keep him in perfect peace,
 Whose mind is stayed on You,
 Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever,
 For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.”

(Isaiah 26:3, 4 – NIV, 1984)

“God is our refuge and strength,
 an ever-present help in trouble.”

(Psalms 46:1 – NIV, 1984)

 

Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

“WORLD CRISIS ABOUNDS” Copyright © 2012 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “PANIC DEFINITION BUTTON” by Stuart Miles courtesy of http://www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Video “HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD (WORLD EDITION) – FEAT. CHRIS TOMLIN” courtesy of PassionVEVO – http://www.youtube.com

MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, WE MUST PRAY FOR THOSE IN GOVERNMENT

MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, WE MUST PRAY FOR THOSE IN GOVERNMENT

DO YOU PRAY FOR YOUR GOVERNMENT?

DO YOU PRAY FOR YOUR GOVERNMENT?

Governments across the globe are struggling to find solutions to the plethora of complex issues that face them – overwhelming debt, a failing economy, increased crime and violence, rising unemployment, insufficient healthcare, shortages of food and water, social unrest, religious clashes, environmental disaster, worker dissatisfaction and labor disputes, mass demonstrations, political uprisings, moral decay and so much more.

Whether via the media, on the streets, at work, or at public or private social gatherings, it is not uncommon to hear Believers and non-believers alike express a barrage of criticism, dissatisfaction, disappointment, disillusionment and even disgust over the actions and/or inaction of some governing ruler or political party.

While responsible freedom of expression in regard to these issues has its rightful place, today I want to remind us as Believers in Christ and Kingdom Citizens to pray for those in authority over us and not just talk about what they are doing, not doing, could do, should do, etc.

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how,  for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.”

(I Timothy 2:1-3 – The Message Bible)

Do you pray for those in authority in your nation or are you simply on the verbal bandwagon of expressed feelings and opinions all the while neglecting to pray for them?

When it comes to political and governmental issues, if we as Believers are not careful, we can find ourselves so caught up in talking that we forget to pray……let’s be on alert to not fall into that trap.

Governments across the globe are struggling to find solutions to the plethora of complex issues that face them – overwhelming debt, a failing economy, increased crime and violence, rising unemployment, insufficient healthcare, shortages of food and water, social unrest, religious clashes, environmental disaster, worker dissatisfaction and labor disputes, mass demonstrations, political uprisings, moral decay and so much more.

Remember, while our responsibly expressed feelings and opinions have their rightful place, our governmental leaders need our prayers more than ever, particularly those of the Faith.

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior.”

(I Timothy 2:1-3 – NLT)

SELAH!

Kim

Note: I originally posted this on June 11, 2014, then on June 14th of last year under the title “THIS GOVERNMENT!!! – DO YOU PRAY” and really felt the need to post it again as a crucial reminder to us all that more than ever before, we need to pray for those who govern our nations.

 

Reblog Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Reblog Copyright © 2015 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Original Copyright © 2014 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “World Flag” by Salvatore Vuono courtesy of http://www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net

WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

Do you know that God has called you to a task or assignment but you feel inadequate and unqualified?

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe will be a timely word for you, and as such, am re-blogging it with her permission.

Be encouraged,

Kim

unnamed-3

CALLING MIGHTY MEN AND WOMEN OF VALOR

CALLING MIGHTY MEN AND WOMEN OF VALOR

November 12, 2016

WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

Elaine Tavolacci

In the natural it may appear as if the churches are dwindling down in membership, Christian friends are falling away, great men and women of God are passing away, and believers are declining in number. But the truth is, that God has a remnant that He has chosen for His end time army to usher in the greatest harvest in history. The fields are white unto harvest and it is about time that we take our place in what we have been called to do. Many of you feel inadequate, unqualified, or uneducated to be used by God.

There was a man in the bible named Gideon who was fearful and weak in his own sight, but mighty in the eyes of God. The name Gideon means “Mighty warrior”. Gideon was called to deliver Israel from the Midianites, but one day Gideon was hiding as they were attacking Israel. God had sent an angel to him saying, “The Lord is with you, mighty man of valor”. Gideon replied with a question, if the Lord is with us, why did all these terrible things happen? The Lord responded, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man. After this encounter with the angel, Gideon went and rescued Israel from the enemy with an army which the Lord had reduced from thirty two thousand men, to three hundred men. The Lord also allowed Gideon to see into the enemies’ camp.

The Holy Spirit is showing me that many of you are fearful and you feel as if an army is rising up against you, but Jesus calls you a mighty man/woman of valor. You will defeat every enemy that attempts to overtake you, and you will be used in a great way.

The Lord says I looking for the mighty men and women of valor. They are those who will take heed to My word, and see themselves as I have created them to be. I am calling forth My warriors who are not fearful or fainthearted. I am looking for those who will walk in faith and are not moved by adverse circumstances. They are those men and women who are willing to go to the front lines regardless of what they hear and see in the natural. They will take Me at My word as they rescue and deliver the captives. Their minds are sharp and their thinking is intuitive, therefore they are not moved by bad reports but will continue to advance into all that I have called them to do. They do not fear the unknown and are not be afraid of what lies ahead. They know that I have given them everything that they need to accomplish My purpose and plan for their life. They will not become weary as the enemy seems to be battering and relentless. As they seek My counsel, I will give them clear understanding and keen discernment. They will seek Me for wisdom and direction when they are in doubt.

I am looking for those who will not tolerate idolatry. They are those who will destroy the god of Baal and the goddess of Asherah. They will sacrifice everything for My name’s sake and they are willing to burn their bridges behind them and forget the mistakes from their past. To them I will expose the plans of the adversary. They will discern the enemies’ tactics and recognize his schemes. They will then understand the assignments that the enemy has brought against them to distract them, and remove them from their purpose and destiny. I will give them discernment to thwart the plans of the enemy over their life. This discernment that I give will bring wisdom and direction. But this discernment that I give will not come without reading My word. This discernment will not come without prayer and intimacy with Me. Store My word in your heart. In the days ahead you will look back and understand that everything that you have done was not in vain.

Though there will be armies ahead of you, I have already made a way of escape. Don’t allow your circumstances to rule your thinking, but align your thoughts with My word. Do not allow discouragement and despair to wear you down. I have created you and called you for such a time as this. Stand strong in the face of adversity and do not be confused about what you see in the natural. As you pray and believe, know that your prayers are powerful and effective. I did not call you to mediocrity but I have called you to conqueror difficult situations that arise abruptly. Submit your lives in total surrender to Me, ask of Me and I will give you the wisdom, discernment and understanding for the days ahead. Just as I sent the angel to Gideon with a message, I say the same to you, rise up you mighty man/ woman of valor and carry out the assignment that I have for you says the Lord.

Judges 6:11-12
“Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”

Judges 7:13-15
“Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. “I had a dream,” he was saying. “A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed.” His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands.” When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.”

1 Corinthians 1:26 – 29
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

Original Christian Song – “Where Did Our Boldness Go?’

 written and sung by Damon Gerber

I hope the word and song was a blessing to you.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “A Word In Season” – http://www.awordinseason.info.

Image “Woman With Shofar” – http://www.awordinseason.info.

Video “Where Did The Boldness Go” by Damon Gerber courtesy of Damon Gerber – http://www.youtube.com

 

YOU ARE UNIQUE

YOU ARE UNIQUE

YOU ARE AS UNIQUE AS YOUR FINGERPRINTS

YOU ARE AS UNIQUE AS YOUR FINGERPRINTS

What do a snowflake, fingerprint, and you have in common?

Each is unique.

You are unique!

I came across the following writing a few months ago and thought I’d share it today; unfortunately, I could not find the name of its author, but it reads follows:

“You Are Unique”

“Think what a remarkable, unduplicatable, and miraculous thing it is to be you! Of all the people who have come and gone on the earth, since the beginning of time, not one of them is like you!

No one who has ever lived or is to come has had your combination of abilities, talents, appearance, friends, acquaintances, burdens, sorrows and opportunities.

No one’s hair grows exactly the way yours does. No one’s fingerprints are like yours. No one has the same combination of secret inside jokes and family expressions that you know.

The few people who laugh at all the same things you do, don’t sneeze the way you do. No one prays about exactly the same concerns as you do. No one is loved by the same combination of people that love you – no one!

There has never been anyone before like you and there will never be another.

You are absolutely unique!

Enjoy that uniqueness. You do not have to pretend in order to seem more like someone else. You weren’t meant to be like someone else. You do not have to lie to conceal the parts of you that are not like what you see in anyone else.

You were meant to be different. Nowhere ever in all of history will the same things be going on in anyone’s mind, soul and spirit as are going on in yours right now.

If you did not exist, there would be a hole in creation, a gap in history, something missing from the plan for humankind.

Treasure your uniqueness. It is a gift given only to you. Enjoy it and share it!

No one can reach out to others in the same way that you can. No one can speak your words. No one can convey your meanings. No one can comfort with your kind of comfort. No one can bring your kind of understanding to another person.

No one can be cheerful and lighthearted and joyous in your way. No one can smile your smile. No one else can bring the whole unique impact of you to another human being.

Share your uniqueness. Let it be free to flow out among your family and friends and people you meet in the rush and clutter of living wherever you are. That gift of yourself was given you to enjoy and share. Give yourself away!

See it! Receive it! Let it tickle you! Let it inform you and nudge you and inspire you!”

You are unique!

Author Unknown

You are unique!

Carl Hinderager, Ph.D.  – “God Made You Unique”

Biblical Studies at Briercrest

You are a Designer’s original uniquely fashioned by God to complement and effectively carry out the divine purpose for which He sent you to this earth.

Let God use you like He made you!

You are unique!

In Psalm 139:13-17, the Psalmist David wrote:

“For You formed my innermost parts;

You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb.

I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Wonderful are Your works,

And my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was being formed in secret,

And intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;

And in Your book were all written

The days that were appointed for me,

When as yet there was not one of them [even taking shape].

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!

How vast is the sum of them!”

(Psalms 139:13-15 – Amplified Bible)

The Psalmist David understood the uniqueness inherent in his created existence and praised and thanked God for it.

You are unique.

Embrace your uniqueness!

Cherish your uniqueness!

Celebrate your uniqueness!

Walk in your uniqueness!

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “Thumb Impression” by Digitalart courtesy of http://www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“GOD MADE YOU UNIQUE – BIBLICAL STUDIES AT BIERCREST” by Carl Hinderager, Ph.D. courtesy of  Briercrest – http://www.youtube.com

A GOOD THING???

A GOOD THING???

BE CAREFUL

A GOOD THING IS NOT ALWAYS A GOOD THING!

“Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.”

(Acts 16:6-8 – NKJV)

Speaking of the Apostle Paul and his ministry team, the above scripture states that they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the Word in Asia, then when they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but again, the Spirit did not permit them.

What!

Isn’t preaching the Word something God wants to happen?

Isn’t it something He has commanded done as a fundamental,  part of His plan to build the Body of Christ and advance His Kingdom?

Isn’t it a good thing???

Yes, in and of itself, preaching the Word is a good thing, but in these instances, to have done so at the time in these places clearly was not a good thing from God’s perspective otherwise the Holy Spirit would not have stopped them from doing so.

So what can we learn from this?

Some small yet powerful takeaways are:-

  1. God may say “no” to what we consider a good thing. 

He is Lord, so His divine purpose is ultimately key.

2. God’s definition of good entails more than our definition of good.

Many times we base our definition of good purely on the nature of an action, however, from God’s view, it is not just the nature of an action that makes it good, but also whether or not He has sanctioned the action to be done at the time, and/or place and/or with the person(s) we propose to do it.

  3.     It is not always the enemy coming against us when we attempt to do “good” things and are forbidden or blocked.

When we encounter internal or external resistance or obstructions, we need to exercise spiritual discernment to determine its source whether of God or the enemy.

Selah!

So why did the Holy Spirit not permit Paul and his ministry team to preach the Word in Asia or Bithynia, the ensuing verses reveal that God’s will was for the Apostle Paul and his ministry team to go to Macedonia at that time so that is where they instead headed.

When it comes to doing good, it is God’s will, purpose and  intention that is important, not ours.

He is Lord, so our obedience to Him is what ultimately determines whether good is truly being done.

Be encouraged,

Kim

Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “Alert Sign Meaning Notice Caution or Advisory – Stock Image” by Stuart Miles courtesy of http://www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

STORM REFLECTIONS

STORM REFLECTIONS 

The Event

We have three large trees in our front yard, one of which grew more than three storeys tall and had many branches with plush green leaves and when in bloom, lilac flowers.

During the passage of Hurricane Matthew, the wind pushed over this particular tree and it fell onto the front wall and windows of our house obstructing the walking path and preventing the windows from opening……unfortunately, we did not take a picture of the tree in this state.

After the storm passed, one of my sons and my husband proceeded to cut off the downed tree’s branches so that a path of passage could be made and the front windows opened.

 

PILE OF BRANCHES CHOPPED FROM THE TREE

PILE OF NOW DRIED BRANCHES CHOPPED FROM THE TREE

 

During the last part of this process, my husband climbed up on the tree trunk to chop off the remaining obstructing branches and when he finished and jumped off, an amazing thing happened.

After being in an  almost fully horizontal position for more than 2 days, the tree stood back up.

Once the branches were cut off or pruned, with the excess weight gone, the roots that remained in the rock were so strong that they were able to pull the tree back up as if it never fell.

I found that pretty amazing.

 

TREE RETURNED TO A VERTICAL POSITION

TREE RETURNED TO A FULLY VERTICAL POSITION

 

My Reflections

Sometimes in life, just like that tree, we find ourselves in the midst of a raging storm and the hurricane-force winds of adversity topple us over then move on, leaving us in a compromised position.

And just like my son and husband did with that tree, as we lie in that compromised position, God comes along with His pruning shears and starts pruning branches off our lives.

During this process, it is very obvious to us why some branches are being removed. There is no life in them; we know they are dead and need to go.

However, for other branches, it is not so readily apparent why they are being removed because they seem okay. But a closer look through the eyes of the Spirit reveals they are dying and have become a hindrance to our growth and/or the growth of others and so they too need to go.

Then for other branches, their removal is a total mystery. They are healthy, flourishing, beautiful, productive, beneficial to us and  to others, yet they are removed and we really do not understand why.

In an article entitled “Pruning Trees and Shrubs” by Mike Zins and Deborah Brown, posted on the University of Minnesota’s Extension Website, they list the following key reasons for pruning:-

  • To promote plant health, e.g., to remove dead, dying, diseased or infested branches, branches that rub together, branch stubs etc.
  • To maintain a plant’s intended purpose in a landscape, e.g., to encourage flower and fruit development, maintain a certain density, maintain a desired or special form, etc. 
  • To improve a plant’s appearance, e.g., to control, size, shape, proportion, density, to remove unwanted and undesirable aspects of the plant, etc.
  •  To protect people and property, e.g., to remove branches that are hazardous, weak, overhanging, interfering, that obscure vision and/or entry etc.

(Source: http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/pruning-trees-shrubs/)

God, our Father, the Master Pruner knows why He prunes branches off of our lives even when we don’t. We need to always trust Him and believe that He is doing a good and needed thing…..Selah!

Even though it fell, the tree had some roots that remained anchored in the rock throughout the storm and now that the branches were cut off and the excess weight gone, the tree was able to draw on the strength of those roots, and that strength enabled the tree to be lifted up out of its compromised position and once again stand vertically.

The roots that remained anchored in the rock were so strong that they enabled the tree to be pulled back up as if it never fell; they enabled the tree to rise again, and although in another form as a result of the pruning, be repositioned for new growth and greater productivity.

In the same way, like the tree, when we go through a raging storm in life, even if the hurricane-force winds topple us over and we have to endure a pruning process, once our spiritual roots remain anchored in The Rock, in Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, at the end of it all, the strength that we draw from Him will enable us to rise again in another form, repositioned for new growth and greater fruitfulness for His honor and glory.

The key is for us to anchor our roots of faith in The Rock, in Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord before the storm, and to keep them anchored in Him during the storm and in the aftermath of the storm during the pruning process. 

That is the key…..Selah!

 

HYMN – “WILL YOUR ANCHOR HOLD IN THE STORMS OF LIFE”

 

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:”

(Isaiah 26:3-4 – KJV)

 

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” 

(John 15:2 – NKJV)

 

Be encouraged, 

Kim

 

Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Photo “Chopped Branches” Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, All rights reserved.

Photo “Vertical Tree” Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, All rights reserved.

“WILL YOUR ANCHOR HOLD IN THE STORMS OF LIFE” courtesy of THENBA – http://www.youtube.com

BEAUTIFUL SUNSET AFTER THE STORM

BEAUTIFUL SUNSET AFTER THE STORM

The Calm After The Storm

The Beautiful Evening Sunset On October 7th, 2016, Taken From My Attic Window Following Hurricane Matthew’s Passage Over New Providence, Bahamas

 

 terrible storm ripped and raged

unprecedented damage strewn across our archipelago 

miraculously not one life lost……\O/

beautiful sunset in the aftermath

a declaration of God’s faithfulness and grace

 

“From the rising of the sun to its going down
The Lord’s name is to be praised.”

(Psalm 113:3 – NKJV)

 

Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Photo “Sunset After the Storm” Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, All rights reserved.