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