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

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

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

KEEP TRUSTING GOD NO MATTER WHAT

KEEP TRUSTING GOD NO MATTER WHAT

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

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

He wants you to trust the truth of His Word.

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

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

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

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

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

Be blessed.

 

SOMETIMES…….OTHER TIMES

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

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

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

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

Sometimes God gives us the very thing that we want.

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

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

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

Sometimes provision comes for financial needs way in advance.

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

Sometimes God delivers us from fiery trials.

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

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

 

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

(Romans 8:28 – NLT)

 

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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

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

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ADVICE FOR WHEN YOU GO OUT TODAY

ADVICE FOR WHEN YOU GO OUT TODAY

REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU GO OUT TODAY

REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU GO OUT TODAY

 

When you go out today

Go with the knowledge that you are a child of the Most High God,

Go with the knowledge the that Holy Spirit is in you,

Go with the knowledge that angels are encamped round about you,

Go with the knowledge that you are not alone.

 

When you go out today

Go with the knowledge that your day is not a mystery to your Father,

Go with the knowledge that His wisdom is just a prayer away,

Go with the knowledge that His power lies within you,

Go with the knowledge that there is nothing He won’t enable you to face.

 

When you go out today

Go with the knowledge that the joy of the Lord is your strength,

Go with the knowledge that no weapon formed against you shall prosper,

Go with the knowledge that you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus,

Go with the knowledge that it’s about His Kingdom, it’s not about you.

 

When you go out today

Go with the knowledge that this world is not your home,

Go with the knowledge that your citizenship is in heaven,

Go with the knowledge that you are on assignment,

Go with the knowledge that you are just passing through.

 

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:…….”

(Hosea 4:6 – KJV)

 

Now go out with this knowledge and make the most of today.

Shalom!

Kim

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MOTIVES – IT MATTERS TO GOD WHY

MOTIVES – IT MATTERS TO GOD WHY

GOD JUDGES OUR MOTIVES

GOD JUDGES OUR MOTIVES

 

OUTWARD APPEARANCE VS INWARD TRUTH

 

OUTWARD APPEARANCE – You said you joined the praise team because you believed it’s where God wants you to serve in ministry at this time.

INWARD TRUTH – You joined the praise team because you were tired of the leader “nagging” you to join and simply wanted to get her off your back.

MOTIVE – RELIEF FROM THE AGGRAVATION OF NAGGING

 

OUTWARD APPEARANCE – You said you want to become a pre-school teacher because you love teaching children in that age group.

INWARD TRUTH – You want to become a pre-school teacher because you feel it will give you more opportunities to sexually molest children and satisfy your evil deviant desires.

MOTIVE – FULFILLMENT OF SEXUAL DESIRES

 

OUTWARD APPEARANCE – You said you turned down the promotion at work because it would mean you taking on too much responsibility at this time considering your other commitments.

INWARD TRUTH – You turned down the promotion because you did not think were competent enough to handle it and thought you would fail.

MOTIVE – AVOIDANCE OF FAILURE

 

OUTWARD APPEARANCE – You said you took your wife out to dinner and bought her a nice gift because you love her and want to do something special for her.

INWARD TRUTH – You took your wife out to dinner and bought her a nice gift because  you felt temporarily guilty about your involvement in an extramarital affair.

MOTIVE – SOOTHE GUILTY CONSCIENCE

 

God will not only  judge us according to your actions, but according to our motives too.

 

“We justify our actions by appearances; God examines our motives.”

(Proverbs 21:2 – The Message Bible)

 

I posted the below poem in April of 2010 and thought I’d post it again as a reminder that God is not just concerned about what we do, He’s also concerned about why we do it; He is concerned about and will judge and hold us accountable for our motives.

 

God’s Not Just Looking At The Outside, He’s Looking At The Heart

 

His words came across with great passion and flair,

Electricity and excitement filled the air,

He had unquestionably mastered preaching as an art,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

 

Her voice was melodious oh what a delight,

She sung out those words with all of her might,

No doubt she was the right choice for the part,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

 

The program went beautifully the children all came,

Hot dogs, drinks, chips and a beautiful game,

Bible stories were presented on eye-catching charts,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

 

Every house was visited in the neighborhood that day,

Absolutely nothing or no one got in the way,

The outreach team moved with precision like a well aimed dart,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

 

The service was planned the special guests came,

Excellence was definitely the name of the game,

Everything went perfectly right from the start,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

 

My fellow Ambassadors remember each day,

It’s important to search our motives and pray,

Our deeds may seem good, worthy and sweet as a tart,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

 

SELAH!

 

 Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good.

(Proverbs 16:2 – The Message Bible)

 

“……..The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

(I Samuel 16:7 – KJV)

 

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

(Matthew 6:1 – NIV)

 

God will not only  judge you according to your actions, but according to your motives too.

 

SELAH!

Kim

 

Copyright © 2013 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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BEWARE OF PRIDE

BEWARE OF PRIDE

 

"BEWARE OF PRIDE"

“BEWARE OF PRIDE”

 

Are you bound by pride?

 

Do you think more highly of yourself than you ought to?

Do you look down on others because you believe that you are in some way better than they?

Is there a particular action that the Spirit of God is calling you to take yet you resist because you believe you know a better way?

Is there a person in your life whose advice you know you should take yet you resist?

Is there an apology you know you need to make, forgiveness you know you need to ask for, a fault you know you need to confess yet you refuse?

Is there help you need but would not ask for?

 

Proverbs 16:18 states:

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Selah!

The following poem is a reminder that pride can be a destructive force in our lives that yields many negative consequences.

I originally posted it in April of 2010 and thought I’d post it again.

Blessings!

Kim

Who am I?

I am so powerful yet I am so sly

I play you like a fool so you hold your high.

 

Through me you despise others looking at them down your nose

Through me you speak ill about and make fun of their clothes.

 

I am the force who makes you sit still and falter

When the Spirit of God bids you come to the altar.

 

I subtly whisper “you’re always right”

So you ignore all advice to my utter delight.

 

I urge “don’t say sorry”, “don’t apologize”

And you foolishly listen to your demise.

 

Hey hide all your problems keep them safe and sound

That’s how I know you’ll definitely remain bound.

 

Rely on yourself you don’t need help to do it

Ha! – Now you’re flat on your face, wow you’re so stupid!

 

You hearken to me at my every call and beck

Good! – That empowers me to keep my foot on your neck.

 

Okay, I’ll reveal myself no longer will I hide

I’m a stronghold in your life my name is pride.

 

 

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

James 4:6 (NIV)

 

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 14:11 (NIV)

 

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

James 4:10 (NIV)

 

 

Copyright © 2013 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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“Who am I” Copyright © 2010 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

THE VOID

The Void

“ON TOP OF THE WORLD BUT EMPTY INSIDE”

 

You’ve got the cool car, the job, the promotion,

You’ve got the degree and the house by the ocean,

You’ve got the new spouse and baby too,

But there’s something still missing inside of you.

 

 

You hang with the in crowd you’re “stylin” straight through,

When it comes to the latest no one can touch you,

Clothes, hair, cell phone, music, whatever it may be,

You’ve got it going on but you’re still unhappy.

 

 

In the middle of the night the questions run deep,

How come I have all of this and I can’t even sleep?

I have everything I want and in which I delight,

But I’m empty inside so I can’t be alright.

 

 

Now it’s not only at night but at daytime too,

The questions and discomfort are really bugging you,

Outside praise for your lifestyle continues to flow,

But deep on the inside you’re ready to blow.

 

 

Frantically you search and call out with a plea,

Who or what on this earth can deliver me?

I’ve done all I can think of and I’m still a mess

And the worse thing of all is people think I’m so blessed.

 

 

Hey my brother, my sister, listen up and don’t doubt,

It’s that God created void that’s beginning to shout,

In His love, mercy, grace and sovereign will,

He’s reserved a space in you that He wants to fill.

 

 

It’s His Holy Spirit that’s been tugging at your heart,

Only a relationship with God will satisfy that empty part,

Receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord today,

And all of that inner nagging will vanish away.

 

 

It may not seem “off the chain” “hip” or “all that” but you see,

It’s the only proven, tried, true and sure remedy,

So please don’t hesitate whatever you do,

He’s here today patiently waiting just for you.

 

 

“For he satisfieth the longing soul and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” – Psalm 107:9 (KJV)

 

“For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” – Romans 10:9, 10 (NLT)

 

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” – Psalms 34:8 (NIV, 1984)

Copyright © 2010 by Kim, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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A PLACE CALLED STUCK

A PLACE CALLED STUCK

“STUCK!”

 

Have you ever been in a place called stuck?

A place where walls seem insurmountable.

Rivers seem uncrossable.

Ideas seem impossible.

Have you ever been in a place called stuck?

A place where nothing seems to be moving.

Everything seems to be at a standstill.

Spinning your wheels seems to be the norm.

Have you ever been in a place called stuck?

A place where doors seem closed.

Windows seem locked.

Options seem shot.

Have you ever been in a place called stuck?

A place where efforts seem fruitless.

Passion seems fireless.

Progress seems only a dream.

Have you ever been in a place called stuck?

A place where prayers seem to hit the ceiling.

Praise seems void of power.

Worship seems lifeless and routine.

Have you ever been in a place called stuck?

A place where God seems to be absent.

The devil seems to be dominating.

Hope seems lost.

Have you ever been in a place called stuck?

 

Today, if you find yourself in a place called stuck,  be still and know that God is God.

As His child, recognize that if He cares deeply about you enough to number the very hairs on your head, He surely cares about every other aspect of your life.

Understand that He knows the end of your situation from the beginning and is at work in the middle even when you can not perceive His hand.

Rest in the fact that He loves you, desires only what is best for you, and is working things out according to His wisdom, purposes and timing.

I challenge you to lay aside any feelings of frustration, despair, disappointment, anxiety and/or anger that you may have as a result of what seems to be a lack of progress in your life and to renew your faith and trust in the Lord.

Renew your faith and trust  in His character.

Renew your faith and trust in His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

Renew your faith and trust in His power.

Renew your faith and trust  in His love for you.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

“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, 1984)

“………….‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

(Zechariah 4:6 – NIV, 1984)

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

(Psalms 37:4 – NIV, 19984)

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1 – NKJV)

“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

(Romans 8:26-28 – The Message Bible)

“Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

(Matthew 19:26 – NLT)

 

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

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SOMETIMES…………OTHER TIMES

Sometimes………Other Times

“TRUST GOD”

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

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

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

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

Sometimes God gives us the very thing that we want.

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

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

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

Sometimes provision comes for financial needs way in advance.

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

Sometimes God delivers us from fiery trials.

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

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

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

(Romans 8:28 – NLT)

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

Image “CATCHING TRUST WORD” by Stuart Miles courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

GOD’S LOOKING AT THE HEART

God’s Not Just Looking At The Outside, He’s Looking At The Heart

His words came across with great passion and flair,

Electricity and excitement filled the air,

He had unquestionably mastered preaching as an art,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

Her voice was melodious oh what a delight,

She sung out those words with all of her might,

No doubt she was the right choice for the part,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

The program went beautifully the children all came,

Hot dogs, drinks, chips and a beautiful game,

Bible stories were presented on eye-catching charts,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

Every house was visited in the neighborhood that day,

Absolutely nothing or no one got in the way,

The outreach team moved with precision like a well aimed dart,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

The service was planned the special guests came,

Excellence was definitely the name of the game,

Everything went perfectly right from the start,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

My fellow Ambassadors remember each day,

It’s important to search our motives and pray,

Our deeds may seem good, worthy and sweet as a tart,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

 

“……..The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

(I Samuel 16:7 – KJV)

 

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

(Matthew 6:1 – NIV)

 Copyright © 2010 by Kim, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.