CHANGE IS CALLING

CHANGE IS CALLING

IT JUST DOESN’T FIT!

 

Good morning to all my WordPress family, email subscribers and readers!

There’s something important that I need to let you know.

Have you ever had a favorite piece of clothing that you’ve worn for years then one day you try it on and it does not fit?

You want it to fit so you pull, tug, twist, wiggle, hold in, stretch, but none of that helps…it just does not fit.

It used to fit beautifully, you enjoyed wearing it, it looked good on you, you felt comfortable in it, others complimented you on it and even encouraged you to wear it often, but now it simply won’t fit.

For me, Unwalled has become that piece of clothing.

Aone time Unwalled fit in my spirit well, but things are shifting, and continuing with it as at present is like trying to squeeze into that favorite old garment that just won’t fit.

I’ve been seeking God’s wisdom on the matter and asking Him what this “mis-fitness” means and requires.

I don’t have any clear instructions yet, but whatever He tells me to do, whether it is to make some key changes or to discontinue the blog, I will do it so out of respect and fairness, I’m sharing this with you now.

When something in our life no longer fits, change, i.e., letting go of the familiar either in part or whole, is calling. 

Is there someone or something in some aspect of your life, family, work, church/ministry, friendships, health, finances, whatever, that you know no longer fits, and that you sense the Lord telling you to lay aside, put off, leave behind, walk away from, no longer be involved in, adjust or see differently?

At times just the thought of this can be daunting, so we figuratively prefer to squeeze into that old, favorite garment, keeping things the same way, but if change is what God requires, it is best that we do it in spite of our feelings because in the same way that we cannot move forward while looking back, we cannot hold on to what no longer fits and expect to progress in God’s plan for our lives.

If there is someone or something that no longer fits, I urge you to seek the Lord about it then listen to and do whatever He says, knowing that, “The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.“

By God’s grace, that’s what I intend to do, not just with Unwalled, but in every area of my life that no longer fits and requires God-inspired change.

 

“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do His good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:13 – NKJV

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13 – NKJV

 

WordPress family, email subscribers and readers, please know that I appreciate each of you.

Once I receive clarity about Unwalled and have some instructions re its future, I’ll let you know. 

 

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1 – KJV)

 

CHANGE IS CALLING!

 

Shalom!

Kim

 

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A TRIBUTE TO THE MOST AMAZING FATHER EVER!

A TRIBUTE TO THE MOST AMAZING FATHER EVER!

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I originally wrote and published this post as a tribute to my Father for Father’s Day of 2011 and thought I’d repost it again this year because He continues to be so amazing to me.

Be blessed!

Kim

I have the most amazing Father in the universe.

He is the most caring Father that you can ever imagine.

Before He formed me in my mother’s womb He knew me and called me and gave me a purpose and destiny to carry out on the earth, He even prepared good works in advance for me to do.

Although I have millions of brothers and sisters all around the world, My Father always has time for me. Whenever I call on Him, whether night or day, He is there. He has an open door policy and loves when I come to spend time with Him; He never rushes me out of His presence. Wherever I go, my Father is with me, in fact, He promised never to leave me nor forsake me. I am so special to Him that He has numbered the very hairs on my head, no I did not say counted, I said numbered, He actually has them numbered – wow!

My Father takes really good care of me. He is my source.

Because of Him, I do not have to worry about what I will eat, drink, or wear. When I have a need, all I have to do is ask Him, and guess what, He is so caring and attentive to me that He knows what I need even before I ask. Whatever I need My Father supplies whether spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, social, or material. He does it all according to His riches in glory. He has unlimited access to everything because He owns the earth and everything in it, including the cattle on a thousand hills, the gold and silver and all other resources.  – My Father is rich and generous!

Not only is my Father caring, He is also extremely loving.

He loves me so much that He allowed my oldest brother, His first-born and only Son to suffer and die to pay the price for my sins just so I could be a part of His family. Can you imagine that? He gave His first and only begotten Son to die and pay the price for me to become a part of His family and because He made such a big initial sacrifice for me, He promised not to withhold any good thing from me – I am so blessed!

Not only is my Father caring and extremely loving, He is also very forgiving.

Whenever I do something wrong, if I go to Him and confess it with a sincere heart, He is faithful and just and forgives me of that sin and cleanses me from all unrighteousness. He never despises a broken heart. He is long-suffering, compassionate, and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love. He does not harbor anger. My Father never treats me as my sins deserve or repays me according to my faults. To give you an idea of the size of His love toward me, go outside and look up into the sky. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for me and as far as the east is from the west, that is as far as He removes my sins. – My Father is the best!

Not only is my Father caring, extremely loving, and very forgiving, He is also wise and powerful.

There is absolutely nothing or no one more powerful than He. As a matter of fact, He holds all power and authority in the heavens and the earth and any power you see manifested has been delegated or allowed by Him. He sets up kings and queens and takes them down. He reduces the rulers of this world to nothing, no sooner are they established, He blows on them and they wither away. He laughs at His enemies. He blows them away like chaff and they melt in His presence like wax on a candle.  – You don’t fool around with my Father!

My Father is so powerful and wise that He created the heavens and stretched them out like a canopy. He created and named each star and hung them in the galaxy. He measured the waters of the earth in the palm of His hand and the dimensions of the heaven with the breadth of His hands. He commands the winds and the waves. He is so wise that no one can counsel Him. He knows and declares the end of a matter from the beginning and whatever He declares becomes; He says “be” and it is. His purposes stand and He does whatever He pleases and absolutely no one or nothing can stop Him.  – Mind blowing!

My Father is not only caring, extremely loving, very forgiving, powerful and wise, He is also entirely trustworthy.

Not only does He tell the truth, He is Truth. It is impossible for Him to lie. Whatever He says He will do, He does; He never ever breaks a promise. I can lean, rely, and completely depend on Him for all things and in all things.  – I am so privileged to have such a Father!

Who is my Father?

He is the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel, the one and only true and living God.

He is Jehovah, the Self-Existing Eternal One.

He is Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord my Provider.

He is Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord my Banner of Love and Protection.

He is Jehovah-Shalom – The Lord my perfect Peace.

He is Jehovah-Tsid-Kenu – The Lord my Righteousness.

He is Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord, the Omnipresent One.

He is Jehovah-Saboath – The Lord of Hosts, my Protector.

He is Jehovah-Rapha – The Lord my Healer

He is my Abba!

To whom can you compare my Father?

To what can you compare Him?

There is none like Him, absolutely none!

I have the most amazing Father in the universe; He is simply amazing!

On this Father’s Day, as a small tribute to Him and an expression of my love for Him, I just thought I’d let you know.

Shalom!

Kim

TO ALL FATHERS,

“HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!”

 

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GOD SAYS, REMEMBER, I AM

GOD SAYS, REMEMBER, I AM

"BELIEVE GOD"

“BELIEVE GOD”

 

Tonight God says to remember, I AM.

 

To you who are reeling in mental turmoil…

He says, remember, I AM your peace.

 

To you who are smothering under a blanket of depression…

He says, remember, I AM your joy.

 

To you who are in financial duress not knowing where the next dollar is coming from…

He says, remember, I AM your provider.

 

To you who are confused, perplexed and wondering what to do…

He says, remember, I AM your wisdom.

 

To you who are burdened down by a bad decision…

He says, remember, I AM the glory and the lifter up of your head.

 

To you who are stuck and see no way out of your situation…

He says, remember, I AM your waymaker.

 

To you who are sick in your body…

He says, remember, I AM your healer.

 

To you who are weak…

He says, remember, I AM your strength.

 

To you who are bound…

He says, remember, I AM your deliverer

 

To you who are in despair…

He says, remember, I AM your hope.

 

To you who are in mourning…

He says, remember, I AM your comforter.

 

  To you who are suffering loss…

He says, remember, I AM your restorer.

 

Today God says to remember I AM

Whatever you need…I AM that.

 

SELAH!

 

“And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them?

14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

15 God said also to Moses, This shall you say to the Israelites: The Lord, the God of your fathers, of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has sent me to you! This is My [c]name forever, and by this name I am to be remembered to all generations.”

(Exodus 3:13-15 – NLT)

 

Be encouraged!

Kim

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INTENTIONAL TIMEOUT

INTENTIONAL TIMEOUT

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Timeout – “time for rest or recreation away from one’s usual work or studies.”

(www.en.oxforddictionaries.com)

 

Intentional timeout allows…

your body to rest

your mind to de-clutter

your spirit to breathe

 

Intentional timeout allows…

noise to be minimized

relationships to be re-evaluated

priorities to be re-set

 

Intentional timeout allows…

goals to be re-formulated

boundaries to be re-calibrated

purpose to be re-assessed

 

Intentional timeout allows…

your inner ear to open

your focus to sharpen

better alignment with God’s will

 

Take some intentional time out 

Selah!

 

“Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.”

(MARK 6:31 – NLT)

 

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UNWALLED POETRY – THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK

UNWALLED POETRY – THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK

 

On several occasions over the past few weeks, I’ve been asked,

“So, how did Unwalled Poetry come about; what’s the story behind the book?”

so here it is in a nutshell.

From around 2002 or so, poems began to spontaneously drop into my spirit.

I’d be asleep at night and awakened in the wee hours of the morning with a poem and write it in my spiritual journal that I kept by my bedside.

As time passed, the poems not only came at night but began to show up anytime and anywhere so I would have to quickly find something to write them on. 

When I started “Unwalled” in February of 2010, to vary the blog’s content, I occasionally posted some of the poems. I also shared some via email.

This went on for the next few years, then in January of 2014, the Lord instructed me to compile the poems in a manuscript and have them published in a book. He also gave me the name of the book and the devotional format at that time.

I wish I could say that I promptly and joyfully obeyed, but that was not the case; I confess that internally, I resisted.

I resisted “reasoning” that the poems were already available online and blessing lives so why do a book…

that poetry books usually do not sell well so why publish a book that people are not likely to buy to read instead of publishing another that they more likely will…

that to compile the poems would be very time-consuming and a lot of my time was already tied up with the assignment of establishing my life coaching practice…

However, in spite of the fight that my carnal mind put up, my spirit prevailed and later that year, I began to compile the poems and draft the manuscript, doing a little here and there between everything else.

When 2015 rolled around, I continued to peck at the task, not really giving it the focused attention that I should have.

This continued until May of 2016 when I became ill and had to take a long break from everything.

During that time, while meditating one day, the Lord reminded me of His instruction to compile the poems and publish the book and rebuked me for the lackadaisical attitude I’d displayed toward it…His directive was to “get it done!”

Needless to say, I repented, asked His forgiveness, and as soon as I was well enough, I made every effort to do just that.

In early December of 2016, I finished the manuscript of 101 poems. 

That Christmas Day, I submitted it to Christian Living Books, a publishing company in Bowie Maryland, USA, that I’d heard good reviews about.

On New Year’s Eve, I received notification of its acceptance and received a publishing contract from the company’s President, Mrs. Kimberley Stewart.

Less than three months later in March 2017, the book, Unwalled Poetry, was published in both electronic and paperback formats…God is good…\0/.

Unwalled poetry is not a result of something I set out to produce.

It is the result of obedience to a God-given directive to take spontaneously inspired poems, compile them in a manuscript and have them published with a specific title and devotional format.

It is of Him…I am simply the vessel it came through.

So in a nutshell, that’s the story behind Unwalled Poetry – A Different Devotional Experience.

The book is available online everywhere in both paperback and e-book formats, and locally in the Bahamas at The Bible Book & Gift Center – Palmdale Shopping Plaza, The Hallmark Store – The Mall at Marathon, and Logos Bookstore – Harbour Bay Shopping Center, East Bay Street, or from me personally.

I invite you to buy and read a copy…it will give you a different devotional experience and your spiritual life will never be the same!

Peace & Blessings,

Kim

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ANNOUNCING MY NEW BOOK – “UNWALLED POETRY – A DIFFERENT DEVOTIONAL EXPERIENCE”

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Good morning all!

Are you looking for a devotional that’s different and that will give you a different, yet meaningful devotional experience; a devotional that’s relatable, enjoyable, and based on life’s realities, yet grounded in the Word, challenging and impactful to your spiritual growth and practical understanding of God?

I am pleased to announce the release of my new book, Unwalled Poetry – A Different Devotional Experience published by Christian Living Books.

In February of 2010, I started “Unwalled” to encourage, edify, and inspire the Body of Christ in the Bahamas and beyond.

To vary the blog’s content, I occasionally posted original poems birthed out of my own experiences as well as those of others that spoke to various spiritual, personal, and social issues in an easy-to-read relatable way.

The result was that God used the poems to minister to and bless the lives of persons all around the world.

Unwalled Poetry is a collection of poems from “Unwalled” compiled in one volume just for you.

Apart from its content, what makes this book unique is that unlike other poetry books, it is specially formatted for you to read and meditate on one poem and its related scripture a day, making it a different and exciting devotional.

After reading each poem and scripture, I invite you to reflect on and answer the following two questions:

  • What do you believe God is speaking to your heart?
  • How will you apply this revelation to your life?

Taking this additional step will further enrich your devotional experience, challenge you to a deeper walk with the Lord and increase your spiritual growth.

Unwalled Poetry also works well as a group devotion/discussion tool. A poem and accompanying scripture can be chosen for the group to read, then each person can share what they believe God is saying to them and how they plan to apply the revelation to their life.

In short, Unwalled Poetry is a book for persons who are looking for a devotional that’s different and that will give them a different, yet meaningful devotional experience.

Unwalled Poetry is available online in paperback and as an e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Google Books and other distributors worldwide. 

(Remember, you don’t need to own a Kindle to read Kindle books or a Nook Tablet to read Nook books, you can use free apps on your phone or device, or just read it using an internet browser.)

It’s available locally in the Bahamas at The Bible Book & Gift Center – Palmdale Shopping Plaza, The Hallmark Store – The Mall at Marathon, and Logos Bookstore – Harbour Bay Shopping Center, East Bay Street, or from me personally.

It is my prayer that God uses Unwalled Poetry to encourage hearts, edify spirits, and inspire souls all around the world…that He uses it to lead persons into a richer, deeper, fuller relationship with Him and with others…that He uses it to birth indelible change in lives for His honor and glory.

Whether used for morning contemplation, afternoon stimulation or evening relaxation, individually or in a small group, Unwalled Poetry will be a blessing to you.

Be encouraged to buy your copy today.

Here’s the Amazon link allowing you to buy, share and preview Unwalled Poetry.

 

Here’s the publisher’s link as well as those to Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

http://christianlivingbooks.com/clbookstore.html#!/Unwalled-Poetry/p/80989160/category=11

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/unwalled%20poetry

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/710522

Abundant Blessings,

Kim

https://www.amazon.com/author/kimsweeting

 

 

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CAST YOUR NETS AGAIN

CAST YOUR NETS AGAIN 

CAST YOUR NETS AGAIN!

 

Like Peter, you have cast your nets into the water time and time again with no fruit, no impact, no true effect.

You have tried and tried and tried, but nothing has worked, even though you know that the thing that you seek to do is of Me and from Me.

Time and time again you were at the point of giving up, walking away, leaving it alone…but you could not.

Time and time again, a looming cloud of discouragement threatened to quench the fire of zeal in your soul…but it could not.

It could not because I did not allow the flame of desire in your heart to go out, for indeed what you seek to do is of Me and from Me.

While you sought to cause it to be, I sought to cause you to become.

While you sought to make it, I sought to make you.

While you sought to prepare for it, I sought to prepare you for it.

While you sought to build it, I sought to build you.

SELAH!

Now that you are internally where I need you to be, I say to you, cast your nets again.

Cast them out again for this time you will catch a draught that you can not contain; a draught so large that you will need others to assist you.

Do not be discouraged.

Cast your nets again for this time, you will catch that which has seemingly been evading you.

 

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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ELECTION 2017 IS COMING! – WHOSE VOICE WILL YOU FOLLOW?

ELECTION 2017 IS COMING! – WHOSE VOICE WILL YOU FOLLOW?

WILL YOU OBEY GOD OR MAN?

Once again the Bahamas is on the verge of another general election and so-called “election fever” is beginning to permeate the air.

Almost everywhere you turn, people are talking politics or predicting who the next government and Prime Minister will be. The atmosphere is filled with opinions and political prophets abound.

With all the noise, fanfare and emotional hullabaloo in the marketplace, on the airwaves and on social media, and with upcoming rallies on the horizon, there are plenty opportunities for God’s people to become caught up in the political whirlwind and lose focus of our electorate responsibility as Believers/Kingdom Citizens.

The direction that a nation takes and the manner in which it is built is greatly influenced by its governmental leaders.

Proverbs 29:2 states, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” – (NKJV)

Proverbs 28:12 states, “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.” – (NLT)

Considering the above, it is incumbent upon us as Believers/Kingdom Citizens to use our voting privileges to, as much as possible elect godly men and women to office, and therefore as key authorities and primary decision makers in our country’s affairs.

This is extremely important for many reasons, a few being:

  • The more godly persons in positions of governmental authority, the more likely a country to retain or even expand its degree of religious freedom.
  • The more godly persons in office, the less likely the implementation of laws that oppose godly principles.
  • The more godly persons in positions of governmental authority, the easier it will be for the God’s/the King’s agenda to go forward and be established in a nation.
  • As Kingdom Citizens, we are called to obey and be subject to civil authorities (Romans 13:1, 2; I Peter 2:13-14; Titus 3:1) and it will more than likely be easier to obey godly authorities than ungodly ones.

When faced with the opportunity to exercise our voting privilege, it is our responsibility as Believers/Kingdom Citizens to carefully and prayerfully consider the presented candidates and where possible to seek to elect competent, godly men and women who not only have the potential to improve our national development, but who will also seek to be guided by God’s principles and establish His purposes.

The following are some facts about us as Believers that will help us maintain a Kingdom perspective during a political season.

1) As Believers, we are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and therefore foreigners in this earthly realm.

2) Our spiritual citizenship in God’s Kingdom is higher than, and therefore takes precedence over our earthly citizenship, i.e., our Bahamian citizenship.

3) As citizens of the Kingdom of God, our ultimate allegiance, or loyalty is to be to God as our Sovereign King.

4) The Constitution of our Kingdom is the Word of God, therefore we are to govern every aspect of our lives according to the principles contained therein. The Word of God is our supreme law and we are to obey it above all others.

5) As Kingdom Citizens, we have been appointed as ambassadors of the King. We live in the country that we do because He has called us to be His representatives/agents in that particular earthly territory.

6) As Kingdom Ambassadors, we relinquish all rights to present and act on our own personal opinions. The only position we are to take on an issue is that of our Government or King. We are to yield to and uphold the position of the King and to readily advance His Kingdom’s agenda in whichever arena or capacity we may function.

7) As Kingdom Ambassadors, our main mission is to make disciples of all nations and to expand God’s Kingdom on the earth. The cause of Christ is what we ought to live for and what we should be prepared to die for.

People of God, during this election season, more than ever before, we need to be intentionally mindful not to become so caught up in the political frenzy that we become unfocused and lose sight of our Kingdom responsibility and allow someone or something other than God to decide our involvement in the electoral process.

Because it’s election time, there is an abundance of voices in the atmosphere vying for our attention and support, and it’s okay to hear them, but at the end of the day, as Ambassadors in a foreign territory we must settle ourselves, be sober, and listen for the voice of our King…for His opinion, His desire, His instruction.

In John 10:27, Jesus, our King, and Sovereign Ruler states,My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” – (NIV-1984)

Jesus is our master mentor and one thing that stands out in His life is His obedience to the Father.

In John 5:30 He states, “I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord-but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.– (Amplified Bible)

SELAH!

God desires us to seek His will regarding our voting decision and to vote for the person He confirms in our spirit as the candidate to vote for.

Remember, as Kingdom Ambassadors, the only position we are to take on an issue or matter is that of our Government or King…it’s tight, but it’s right!

If the Lord leads you to vote for the candidate that you in and of yourself want to vote for, great!

But what if this is not the case? 

What if He leads you to vote for someone who you do not want to support?

  • What if as a diehard PLP you distinctly and unmistakably sense Him telling you to vote for the FNM candidate?
  • What if as a diehard FNM you distinctly and unmistakably sense Him telling you to vote for the DNA candidate?
  • Or, what if you are a diehard DNA and you distinctly and unmistakably sense Him telling you to vote for the PLP?

WHOSE VOICE WILL YOU FOLLOW?

Remember, as Kingdom Citizens and Ambassadors, our allegiance is to be to the King and not to any party, organization or man.

Saints, many claim to be “the man with the plan” but in reality, only God knows what is best for our nation because He alone knows the past, present and future so the bottom line is it is best to go with His leading; it’s best to go with Him.

Isaiah 30:1-3 states, “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the LORD, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; who go down to Egypt without consulting me; who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection, to Egypt’s shade for refuge. But Pharaoh’s protection will be to your shame, Egypt’s shade will bring you disgrace.” – (NIV-1984)

IT’S ELECTION TIME! – WHOSE VOICE WILL YOU FOLLOW THIS POLITICAL SEASON?

THE VOICE OF MAN?

YOUR VOICE?

OR

THE VOICE OF THE LORD?

I pray that in this 2017 election, Believers/Kingdom Citizens in the Bahamas will be sober and spiritually discerning and have the wisdom to seek the Lord re who to vote for, and once revealed, by God’s grace have the spiritual fortitude to obey and mark his/her “X” wherever the Lord says, trusting in His wisdom, sovereignty and power and not in man’s words.

“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.”

(Psalms 46:3 – NIV-1984)

“It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.”

(Psalms 118:8 – NIV-1984)

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

(Proverbs 3:5, 6 – NIV-1984)

Be encouraged!

Kim

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Excerpts from “It’s Election time – Whose Voice will you Follow this Political Season?” Copyright © 2012 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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OVERWHELMED?…THIS MAY HELP YOU – PART 2

OVERWHELMED?…THIS MAY HELP YOU

PART 2

 

IT’S IMPORTANT TO FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE

 

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Romans 8:14; Luke 14:26)

Do you feel overwhelmed?

Do you feel like your life is out of balance?

This is the last part of the post that I originally posted in April of 2010 and August 2013 but felt a need to repost again to help Believers who find themselves overwhelmed because of imbalance in their lives.

Be blessed!

Kim

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In each time and season of our lives, we need to seek God’s direction as to where we should be, when we should be there and what we should be doing, and upon receiving this information to, by God’s grace, make it a priority to act on it.

Such spirit-directed life adjustments will enable us to come to our place of right balance.

Jesus prioritized his whereabouts and tasks according to the timing and will of His Father.  He found His place of right balance by listening to and obeying His Father at all times, in all places and in all things; He never tried to be a people pleaser, nor did He prioritize pleasing Himself.  

Like Jesus, our ultimate priority in life should also be to do the will of our heavenly Father as revealed by the Holy Spirit at all times, in all places, and in all things, no matter how “big” or “small” and then we too will experience our right balance.

Please be warned though, that embarking on such a lifestyle is not without a price. As you seek to emulate Christ’s example of obedience, turbulence from others will come. 

It may come in the form of opposition, rejection, criticism, expressed anger, expressed hurt, expressed disappointment, being despised, being accused of insensitivity or of “changing”, being the object of gossip and slander, even death, – whatever the form, you can rest assured that turbulence will come.

It came for Jesus as a result of His lifestyle of obedience to our Father, and if we follow His example, it will come for us too.

Some of the turbulence that Jesus experienced as a result of His obedience to our Father’s will was that He was despised, rejected, the brunt of anger, the object of controversy, viewed as a trouble-maker, the religious order of the day was totally against Him and plotted to kill Him, He was called a wine-bibber, accused of being demon possessed, looked down upon for being with those considered “nobodies”, He was mocked, ridiculed, scorned, spit upon and eventually crucified.

Like it did with Jesus, when you make a decision to be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God, at some point, turbulence from others will arise.

It will arise because in making this choice, no matter how noble your intentions and righteous your actions in the eyes of the Lord, it is inevitable that some people, whether, family, friends, fellow Believers, associates, co-workers, neighbors, or whomever, will experience or interpret them negatively, and not hesitate to communicate this to you in some way, especially if you are not able to meet or accommodate their expectations, desires, requests, demands or needs.

When this happens, remember that it is all a part of the price of being Spirit-led, it is all a part of the price of being a mature son of God, it is all a part of taking up your cross and following after Christ so do not be discouraged.

Know ahead of time that when you embark on this lifestyle, not everyone will accept your decisions and not everyone will like or understand you, especially those who have no experience in living life in this way, and that it’s okay. 

Like Jesus, we need to have a mind to endure any turbulence from others that may arise and with the help of the Holy Spirit to not be angered, offended, or distracted by it, for when we view experiencing such turbulence from a Kingdom perspective, it truly is a “small” price to pay considering the resulting benefits of our obedience in this life and in eternity. 

As Kingdom Citizens/Believers in Christ, a key to finding the right balance in our lives is being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God.

It’s a God thing. It’s all about Him. It’s all about His will being done in each time, season and situation of our lives, not our will and not anyone else’s.

Today if you find yourself in a place of imbalance, why not pray and ask the Lord to enlighten you about your state and then make a decision to do whatever He says is necessary to achieve what He defines as the right balance for you.

Remember however, this not a one shot deal. It is a lifestyle and a life-long process and among other things, it will take commitment, effort, determination, “stick ability”, knowing the Word, dying to self, dying to being a “people pleaser”, a whole lot of prayer, a whole lot of help from the Holy Spirit, and maybe some Kleenex (smile!).

This may sound like a lot, but the good news is that based on Jesus’ life, the results of such obedience and balance will be worth it both in this life and the next.

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 our 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 AMPC)

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.

(Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG)

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
(Romans 8:14 KJV)

Be encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2017 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

“Finding The Right Balance – Part 2” Copyright © 2010 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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OVERWHELMED?…THIS MAY HELP YOU

OVERWHELMED?…THIS MAY HELP YOU 

PART 1

IT’S IMPORTANT TO FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Romans 8:14; Luke 14:26)

 

Do you feel overwhelmed?

Do you feel like your life is out of balance?

I originally posted this in April of 2010 and August 2013 but felt a need to repost it again to help Believers who find themselves overwhelmed because of imbalance in their lives.

Be blessed!

Kim

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Today we live in an extremely demanding age with a myriad of voices constantly calling out after us.

They call out after our mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual resources, after our money, our attention, our time, and sometimes even after our sense of sanity.

They call out after our mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual resources, after our money, our attention, our time, and sometimes even after our sense of sanity.

They call out through family, friends, church, employers, co-workers, social organizations, neighbors, television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, social media, smart phones, electronic devices,  and the list goes on.

They say, “come here”, “go there”, “buy this”, “eat that”, “dress like this”, “you must have that”, “give this”, “read this”, “spend time here”, “never go there”, “join us”, “email me”, “text me”,”message me”, “follow me”, “listen to me”, “like me”, “do this”, “do that”, “do the next…and on and on and on.

We are seemingly bombarded with endless demands, and we can not be all things to all people, so the question is:

How do we find the right balance in all of this?

From a Kingdom perspective, I believe that a key to finding the right balance is:

Being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God.

Jesus’ life was a perfect demonstration of this. He was always in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God, our Father, not as determined by His disciples, family, friends, emotions, circumstances, or even crises.

For example, in John chapter 11 when Jesus heard that Lazarus was extremely sick, He did not drop everything and rush off to heal him, but instead, remained where He was for two more days before leaving to deal with the issue.

If you read the account, in verse 2, the scripture makes it a point to let us know that the Lazarus who was sick was the brother of Mary who had anointed Jesus with the precious ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, in verse 3 it makes it clear that Jesus loved Lazarus, and in verse 5, it makes it clear that he also loved Mary and Martha.

Nevertheless, in spite of the circumstance and who it involved, Jesus did not allow the relationships or emotions to move Him out of divine position or timing. He got His instructions from God, our Father, and simply did as directed.

What do you think you would you have done in this circumstance?

Had Jesus succumbed to the emotion and the pressure of the situation, He would have lost His place of right balance, gotten out of the position and timing of God and aborted the purpose of the event which according to verse 4 of John 11 was, “for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby”.

Have you ever aborted the purpose of a situation because you were not Spirit led?

Jesus’ life was driven by doing His Father’s will.

In fact in John 6:38, He says that He came down from heaven “not to do His own will but the will of the one who sent Him”. His life personified right balance because He always sought to obey God our Father at all times no matter the situation, who it involved or the probable consequences.

If we desire to find the right balance in our lives, we need to approach life as Jesus did and have a Spirit-driven, not people, emotion, or circumstance driven lifestyle.

In this whole process of finding the right balance, there is a fundamentally important point to take note of:

There is no universal state of right balance; finding the right balance is a very personal, God-defined thing.

In other words, what is the right balance for you may not necessarily be the right balance for me and, what is the right balance for me may not necessarily be the right balance for you.

It is important to keep this in mind because it minimizes the temptation to be judgmental about other people’s decisions, and it also reminds us that we are each personally responsible for finding the right balance in our own lives and no one else can do it for us.

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.

(Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG)

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 our 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 AMPC)

                                                                                                        ………..to be continued

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

Copyright © 2017 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

“Finding The Right Balance – Part 1” Copyright © 2010 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “Balance Sphere’s Show Balanced Life” ” by Stuart Miles courtesy of http://www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net