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Written by Kim   
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I love to read and occasionally I like to post what I’ve been reading in the hopes that these books can challenge others as well.  God has gifted so many in the area of writing and I’ve gleaned little treasures from some wonderful books through the years.  Here is what is impacting me currently:

  • Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning – I read this book or portions of it at least once a year.  I don’t know anyone who writes more honestly or sincerely about the grace of God and our desperate need for it. He challenges me to look at things from a different perspective and I love that.  Brennan finished his race here on earth a few months ago and he will be greatly missed.
  • The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen – What a powerful book about the parable of the Prodigal Son.  I never realized I resembled not only the prodigal, but also naturally the elder son.  Most importantly, I should strive to resemble the Father in the story. What a great reminder.
  • Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women by Carolyn Custis James – Have you ever heard the term ezer-warrior?  Carolyn discusses this term and what it means to be a woman today and an ezer-warrior for the Kingdom of God.  Women are strong and brave and it’s time we step up to our battle positions for His Kingdom!
  • The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson – This book has forever changed my prayer life.  What do you want God to do for you?  Is it ok to even ask that question?  Mark talks candidly about deep desires and what happens when we seek God earnestly and “pray through” for His inspired desires in our lives.
  • The Freedom Of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy KellerThis is a power-packed little book.  It’s only 44 pages long, but I have most of it highlighted.  “What are the marks of a supernaturally changed heart?  A truly gospel-humble person is not a self-hating person or a self-loving person, but a self-forgetful person.”  Wow.  A deeply convicting book.

I would love to hear from you if you’ve read any of these books or if you want to share others that are impacting you right now.

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A Life Worth Living PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kim   
Monday, February 04, 2013
Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Isn’t it comforting to know that God has plans for you?  And they’re not plans to harm you, but plans for you to prosper in Him!  He has your best in mind.  So many of His children are barely hanging on by a thread, but you don’t have to live that way.  He doesn’t just want you surviving this life. He wants you to flourish!  No matter what you are facing today, I hope you will take a moment and remind yourself of this eternal truth.   Life can be hard and painful at times, yes, but God wants you to live your life as one who knows and understands that you have hope in each moment and a beautiful future in Him and with Him. That's a life worth living!

Remember:  "If the Son sets you free, you are truly free."

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The Ultimate Answer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kim   
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Happy 2013! I can hardly believe another year is completed and another chapter in the book of our lives has been written.  If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent some time recently reflecting on 2012 and also wondering what 2013 will hold.  What will this New Year bring?  What mountaintop will I experience?  What valley will I walk through?  What new doors of opportunity will God open? 

Many of us not only have questions about the future, but we also have lingering questions about the past.  Most of those questions begin with a single word: Why?  Why didn’t that relationship work out?  Why did I lose my job?  Why does God appear to be silent about a certain situation?  We’re longing for answers to our “Why” questions and we’re also trying to catch a glimpse of the future.  We want to know how certain things will work out and we’re impatient while waiting and hoping the answers will eventually come.   We’re trying to solve problems, we’re making plans, and we’re setting goals and making resolutions.   We’re all looking for answers of some kind, aren’t we?

I’ve made one resolution this year and only one:  To seek God with all my heart.  That’s it.  Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  We pursue what we love the most.  That’s just a fact.  I want to seek God more intentionally than ever.  He has the answers to the questions of my past and future.  And ultimately He IS the answer to all of my questions.

In his book, The Circle Maker (an inspiring book that I highly recommend), Mark Batterson says, “If you seek answers you won’t find them, but if you seek God, the answers will find you.”  So this year I’m going to focus on pursuing the Ultimate Answer with a deeper passion than ever before.  Above all else I will set my eyes on the One who loves me more than life itself trusting that He will reveal in His wisdom and timing everything that I need to know.

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Forget the Past PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kim   
Thursday, September 20, 2012

"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14  Are there things in your past that you need to forget?  I love how Paul says "forgetting what is behind and STRAINING toward what is ahead...."  It's almost as if the fingers of the past are pulling at us trying to drag us back to a time or circumstances that are long gone.  There are moments when we have to use all of our effort to strain toward the future.  Satan wants us stuck living in our past mistakes or perceived missed opportunities when God says we need to move on and keep looking ahead.  The past is gone.  No matter how good or how tough it was, it's gone, but God has so much for each of us here and now.  Let's stop living in the past and keep moving ahead hand-in-hand with our Savior.  He is up to something good TODAY!

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No Comparison PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kim   
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Psalm 139:13-14 says “For you created my inmost being: you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

There is no one else on earth exactly like you.  You are one of a kind.  Fight the thoughts of comparison that creep into your mind.  Whenever you begin to look around and feel unimportant, unsuccessful or unattractive, stop and remember that no one can be compared to you.  There is only one you.  God never makes comparisons and He wants to set you free from making them yourself.   He loves you passionately and He created every piece of you.

This world is based on comparisons, but God doesn’t work that way.  In his book, The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen studies the Biblical story of the prodigal son in Luke 15.  When the prodigal son returns home after squandering his wealth, his father welcomes him back with open arms and throws him a party.  His older brother, however, is resentful and doesn’t understand the father’s reaction to the prodigal’s return.  The older brother begins to make comparisons.  Henri says, “The father does not compare the two sons. He loves them both with a complete love and expresses that love according to their individual journey.  I have to let go of all comparison, all rivalry and competition, and surrender to the father’s love.  This requires a leap of faith because I have little experience of non-comparing love and do not know the healing power of such a love.”

God sees and loves each of us individually in the exact way we need to be loved according to our journeys.  No one is loved more or less. Since God doesn’t make comparisons, we shouldn’t waste our time making them either.  Instead, let’s thank Him for His overwhelming love that knows no end, remembering that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image!

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