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Both Feet & Two Weeks In…Back at the Beginning

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I jumped into this blog with both feet on a leap of faith.  I don’t really know exactly how all of this works but I am pretty sure that this is may be what you see first when you look at my site!  So, two weeks in, I am taking a stab at making it worth your time by sharing how and why this all started.

I have been diligent over the past few months, setting aside time each day for time alone with God.  It is in that time that he has been calling me to this blogging journey.  He kept telling me, in my heart, “Kimmy, you have something to share, trust me and I will take care of the rest.”

PrayingGod has given us gifts and talents he wants us to use to glorify Him.  He blessed me with creativity and a compassionate heart and put me here to share them both.  I’m trusting God to guide me on this journey as I have never considered myself a writer, and honestly I still don’t.  I just believe in my heart that this is what I’m supposed to be doing.

My prayer is that God speaks through me and uses my heart and creative nature for His Glory! AMEN!

 

It’s Not About Me

There is a song I sang all through my childhood and although it is a song about my Savior, Jesus, I find myself feeling anxious at the thought of typing the words.  Do you know them?

Jesus loves the little children

All the children of the world 

Red and yellow, black and white

They are precious in his sight

Jesus loves the little children of the world

As a child, it was simply a song about Jesus and how He loves all of His children.  I’m sure you can see the cause for my anxious feelings.  In MY heart, it is still the same song about the same love.  It isn’t about the color of our skin.  It’s about love, from Jesus, who has been, IS, and always will be.

     In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and   the Word was God.  John 1:1

I am and have always been a sensitive soul.  Anyone who knows me knows that.  I tend to operate from my heart, seeking what is right (just) and good in the world Blog 3 Philippians 2 3-4and in other people.  I prefer to believe in the goodness of people.  I don’t watch or listen to the news.  I feel it is a vehicle for negativity, divisiveness, and inflammatory bits that simply add fuel to the fire, about everything.  I don’t like it!  Uninformed?  I don’t think I am.  Worldly news is near impossible to avoid these days.  I just choose to limit what and how much I expose myself to.  I see and hear what goes on in the world and it breaks my heart.  I do my best to live, not in fear, but in faith.  Not faith in the world or in myself, but faith in the One who created the world, the one who created each one of us, out of love, in the image of love, in the image of Jesus.

There are a lot of scary and evil things taking place in the world, a lot of bad news.  Controversy, racism, hate, violence, and selfishness have brought us to where we are.  By no means do I think that one blog can fix the world’s problems.  I do believe the through faith and prayer, by saying, good-bye to selfish ways, opening our hearts, and putting others first, I, YOU, WE, can begin to change the world.

     Do nothing out of selfishness or vainglory; rather humbly regard others more important that yourselves, each looking not out for his own interests, but everyone for those of others.  Philippians 2:3-4

 

How To Put Others First

  1. Pray for them:   God knows their needs and hears our prayers.  It doesn’t have to be a long, formal prayer. It can be a short prayer on your drive to work or to pick up the kids.
  2. Empathize: Try to imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes.  How would you feel and how would you want others to respond to you in the same situation?
  3. Send a card, a note, or even a handmade piece of artwork (my favorite):  I don’t know about you, but I love to get personal snail mail.  A card or note from a relative, a friend, or even an acquaintance can be the turning point in someones day.
  4. Just be kind

How do you put others first?  What one thing will you do today to make a positive difference in someone else’s life?

Please comment below.  I would love to read your thoughts and ideas.

Peace & blessings,

Kimberly

Alligators and Windmills

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  For as long as I can remember, my answer to that very question was, “I want to get married and have a family.” I didn’t know it then, but I know now that being a wife and mother was and is part of God’s plan for my life.

Nearly half of my life has been spent being just that.  At the age of 23, I married my best friend and before I hit my 30th birthday, I had been blessed with three beautiful children.  My life is amazing and I wouldn’t trade a minute for all the money in the world, but it hasn’t come without its own share of obstacles.

I’m guessing by the time most of you were 4 or 5 you had played mini golf or at least knew about it.  You probably encounobstaclestered obstacles on most of the 18-hole course, just like I did.  Trying to hit the ball through the mouth of a plastic alligator or past a spinning windmill usually set my game back by a few strokes.  If the timing or alignment of my swing were slightly off, the ball would certainly not make it.  I can remember many times, after 3, 4, or more swings of the club, if the ball had not made it to its intended destination, I would force it down the green and into the hole or pick up the ball and move on.

It’s never been a plastic alligator that threw my life out of alignment. I am my own obstacle, through sin, my own doing, and trying to force my life to go the way I want it to. Thankfully, God is quick to adjust the alignment and get me back track. God’s plans don’t fail. His timing is perfect…nothing can stop God’s plans for my life (Isaiah 14:27). I have to align myself with God and He will establish my steps. He removes the obstacles and clears the path.

My life’s goal is certainly not mastering mini golf, but to point others to Christ and to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

What are your goals? What obstacles have you faced in pursuing your goals?

I can’t see the whole staircase…

…but I don’t have to, God knows and He tells me in Jeremiah 29:11  “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 a future and a hope.”

Today is the first step in what I believe is part of God’s plan for me.  I don’t know what is to come, but my faith and trust in God are the compass for the next step on the journey of my life.

the first step - blog 1 wordpress Blogging has never been a dream of mine, but through faith, prayer, and tuning my ears to my savior, I trust I am following His plan.

My name is Kimberly.  I am almost 47 years of age.  I currently reside in Northern Virginia with my closest and dearest friend, my husband, Paul.  We recently celebrated our 23rd anniversary and are so thankful for our 3 greatest blessings, the 3 beautiful children/young adults God entrusted to our care.  We are the proud parents of 2 young men, ages 21 and 18, and 1 young lady, age 17.  For the better part of 21+ years, my children have been and still are my true labor of love, they are my heart, walking outside of my chest in the form of 3 young adult human beings.  I love being a wife and mother.  It is truly the only thing I really knew I wanted to do from a very young age.

I don’t have a college degree.  I know the world says they are important and I understand why.  But being a wife and mother is my school and my learning experience in the college of life, and most importantly, in my life of faith.

I am a Christian, a humble servant of God, doing my best to live a life pleasing to Him.  I am an artist. I am a compassionate, caring, giving, kind, and loving woman.  I pray that this place for me to share my life and faith from my heART, through my words and art, will be a blessing for you, inspire you, touch, and and maybe even plant a seed of faith in your heart.

This blogging thing is all new to me, so please be patient as I learn and grow in the process.

Peace and blessings,

Kimberly