Truth on Tuesdays

Be Present

We can miss so much by not noticing what God’s placed right in front of us.

Be intentionally present.

Artsy on a Tuesday.  *this is not my design, it belongs to someone on the internet* 

Acrylic paint on 5’7 canvas.

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Truth on Tuesdays

Rule #1: Don’t Give Up

My husband consistantly asks the youth at church, ‘What is rule #1 of being a Christian?’

The simple answer: Don’t. Give. Up.

No matter what.  No matter who.  No matter where.  No matter why or how.

Just don’t give up.

I know what it’s like to be tired.  I’ve let words like failure and defeated describe me.  I’ve  felt like I have no idea how I can fight the same battle even one more second, especially if the outcome is just going to be another failure to add to that list of faults I keep against myself.  I’ve wanted to just curl up and give up.  Stop trying.  Stop caring.  Stop loving.  Stop fighting.  Just stop.

In my experience…the pain of giving up has actually been worse than the pain of getting back up.  In my experience when I’ve given up it’s meant I’ve given up on God’s promises and plans.  It’s meant disobedience on my part thus creating distance between myself and my ever loving Father.

But when I’ve chosen to get back up…when I’ve looked up to heaven and proclaimed that the only strength I have left is that which the Lord can give to me in that moment, something powerful has stirred up within me.  Something that I know is not of myself because I had exhausted myself completly.  And those moments of weakness, where relying on God was the only way of getting back up, have proven much easier than any moment that I allowed myself to stay defeated.  

My prayer in this moment is that anyone reading this…at the edge of giving up…whatever that looks like in your life…in whatever situation…that God would stir within you a strength that can only come from faith in our great God.  A strength to get you back up on your feet…to build your faith all the more, to be able to walk through this season, not defeated but victorious.

God wants to help you.  Will you let Him?  Will you trust Him?

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”

Psalm 28:7 NIV

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Husband Brags 

Even after I was a complete jerk to him on the phone, he came home with flowers, food, and kisses, told me he was sorry my day was stressful and that he loved me.

Uhmm…I’m totally stealing a line from my new favorite TV series “my husband is a freaking super-hero”. – Rebecca, ‘This is Us’

God is so good for blessing my life with such a loving husband.  And don’t even worry I totally apologized for being such an emotional jerk-face.  I promise.

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Out of the Wilderness

Goodness it has been too long since I’ve written anything here!  I wish I could say this is the only place I removed myself from but that wouldn’t be true.  You see, I’ve been inside of a season of discouragement.  While there were many real reasons for this discouragement the only one that really means anything is this: the majority of the time I found myself only looking at my circumstances.  The things that kept happening, consumed by my feelings…and not often enough was I looking at God.  I was still reading my Bible.  I was still praying.  I was still attending church.  I still believed in God…I just magnified my circumstances instead of His goodness.

But now…

Now something new is happening.

As the lady at church said on Saturday, I have been in a wilderness.  Surrounded by barrenness and desolation.  But I am coming up out of this wilderness, leaning on my God.  I will be alive again.

God has been nothing but gracious to me, nothing but faithful.  Even when I took my eyes off of Him and looked at the turbulent waves all around me, He called my name, grabbed my hand, and saved me again and again and again.  Over and over He has proven trustworthy, even though I don’t deserve any of His goodness.

My circumstances have not changed (although I know God is working out things in ways I can’t see fully just yet) but my focus has changed.

‘You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!’

Isaiah 26:3 NLT

So dear brothers and sisters in Christ, if you have found yourself inside a wilderness, I proclaim that even as you are reading this you will begin to feel a stirring in your spirit, a strength welling up within you. And that in Jesus’ name you will rise up, look to God who is so full of everything you’ll ever need, and begin walking out of that desolate, discouraging place, leaning on our faithful Father. That you will begin to feel His loving light on your face, and His life within your bones once again.

I am greatly looking forward to sharing more of what God has been speaking to my heart but for now I will leave you with this:

“Faithful even when I wonder
You are patient, you are kind.”

Never See The End- Amanda Cook

With so much love in Christ,

-Kim

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On days like this…

On days like today I have to constantly remind myself:

I am loved by God and He is taking care of me.

I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

I am not who I used to be.

God is bigger than my feelings.

I am in control of my thoughts.

My emotions do not control me.

Even if my feelings aren’t lining up with this, I HAVE to intentionally filter these truths into my heart and mind.  And intentionally NOT dwell on the negative, untruthful thoughts and feelings that sometimes flood my being and threaten my peace and joy.

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

Philippians 3:12‭-‬14 NLT

Press on brothers and sisters.   Forget the past and look forward to what lies ahead.  Look to Jesus and be at peace.  You are so loved ❤

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Overwhelming Love

​You are loved by an almighty God.  I pray that this love would overwhelm your heart as you read these lyrics and listen to this song.  ❤

Out of Hiding- Steffany Gretzinger

Come out of hiding

You’re safe here with Me
There’s no need to cover
What I already see

You’ve got your reasons
But I hold your peace
You’ve been on lockdown
And I hold the key

‘Cause I loved you before you knew it was love
And I saw it all, still I chose the cross
And you were the one that I was thinking of
When I rose from the grave

Now rid of the shackles, My victory’s yours
I tore the veil for you to come close
There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore
You’re not far from home

I’ll be your lighthouse
When you’re lost at sea
And I will illuminate
Everything

No need to be frightened 
By intimacy
No, just throw off your fear
And come running to Me

‘Cause I loved you before you knew it was love
And I saw it all, still I chose the cross
And you were the one that I was thinking of
When I rose from the grave
Now rid of the shackles, My victory’s yours
I tore the veil for you to come close
There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore
You’re not far from home
Keep on coming

And oh as you run
What hindered love
Will only become
Part of the story.”

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Keep Praying

Specifically for anyone praying…hoping…waiting for someone they love to change….to come to God or come back to God.

There are too many testimonies of change to give up hope.

Be strengthened.

Keep praying.

Let me know if I can help you pray, help carry that burden to Jesus.  I don’t need details God knows all the details.

Keep loving.

I know the heartache of having unsaved loved ones…loved ones who make destructive choices…who need the healing love and grace of Jesus.  I know how much it hurts to watch…how discouraged it can feel to cry out to heaven day after day after day and it seems like nothing is happening.

Dont. Give. Up.

Something is happening, you just may not be able see it.  God is faithful, keep interceeding for your loved ones.  Trust in His love and never stop praying.  

“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.”    –1 Timothy 2:1 NLT-

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”      –2 Peter 3:9 NLT-

“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.”   –1 John 5:14 NLT-

With love ❤