Our God Reigns

I was grateful to get to write for She Reads Truth‘s 1 & 2 Kings’ Reading Plan: Our God Reigns.

Day 16:

https://shereadstruth.com/2019/10/29/elishas-ministry-continues/

&

Day 11:

https://shereadstruth.com/2019/10/24/judgment-on-ahab/

Praying you’d be encouraged and grown in God’s word,

Kimberly

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“Worship Through Prayer” for She Reads Truth

Worship Through Prayer is a devotion I got to work on as part of the She Reads Truth In Spirit & in Truth: A Study of Biblical Worship reading plan.

 

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“Worship Through Obedience” for shereadstruth.com

Sometimes writing feels like an impossible puzzle to me. There are times the pieces come together, and there are times I push and push and can’t connect them all. This article was one of those puzzle battles, but the She Reads Truth editors took the pieces anyway:

Worship Through Obedience

It’s good to have people come alongside you.

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Rebekah

I was honored to write a devotion for SheReadsTruth.com:

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Can You Say “No” in Ministry?

This article is my attempt at tackling a question I’ve been wrestling with over the last few years. Many of you have walked with me in the wrestling. Thank you! I hope these words encourage you today.

 

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You Can Rest Now

Thank you to The Gospel Coalition and Melissa Kruger for helping me think out loud about rest in this article

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/get-off-hamster-wheel-and-rest

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Forgiveness

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The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand. . . .
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
–Psalm 121:5,8
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My mind goes out and comes in,
addressing past grievances against me,
perceived or maybe real.

But the Lord is my keeper,
I’m not an apt keeper.

My Lord, please keep these grievances—
they cage me when I keep them—
Keep them for me.
You are judge, I am not.

Keep them,
free me from them.
Let me cease going out and coming in from them
and rest in your shade,
the shade of one who loves me
and doesn’t hold grievances against me.

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All This Beauty

img_3356A blanket of snow
fell last night.

If I get bogged down
in the shoveling and
the ensuing puddles and
the required gear,
I miss the beauty.

So it is with life:
I can wallow in the brown slush or
choose to stop,
look up, and
watch the snow tumble down,
hushing everything,
and thank the one who sent
all this beauty.

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Work

“Let the excellence of your work be your protest.” –Bill Lane

I read this quotation tonight and immediately felt discouraged that my work this week has consisted primarily of caring for my children, felled by strep throat and high fevers.

Discouraged I didn’t have written work I could pour over and make excellent, I walked past the rooms of my sleeping children, and the words hit me—the excellence of my work. These children are the excellence. They are the excellent work of God, who has entrusted them to my care. Today, this is my work.

Today, I triumphantly unloaded the dishwasher, made different dinners for still-sick throats; read some Harry Potter, Fancy Nancy, and On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness to their respective listeners; and, under my son’s persistent tutelage, I finally beat him in the Wii Mario Olympics long jump competition. Twice.

There are so many heartbreaking events I could stand in protest against today, but tonight I stand in protest against the voices that yell, “Do something of value,” ignoring mothering as something of value. Tonight I see that God is doing excellent work in these brilliant young lives, and He’s given me a front-row seat. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

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Nothing works today—

Nothing works today—
The vacuum,
The bus,
The heat.

Nothing is complete—
The laundry,
The lists,
The house.

When nothing works the way I want,
When I cut it to the bone,
It feels like you’re out to get me, God.

But you,
You meet me there:

Yes, I’m out to get you,
My treasure.
Your heart, I’m after your heart
That’s hell-bent on your plans,
I want it bent on me.

Your plans and hopes for today are too small.
Mine are big.
Mine are better
For you.

Let loose your desires to me,
I’ll hold them fast.

Like balloons,
Dreams held down too long
Wilt.

But give me your dreams,
Release your clenched fists,
And watch them escape
From you
Into me.

Yes, things break here.
Yes, they’re incomplete.

But one day,
You’ll see
All things work
Together
For good,
All things complete.

Trust me.
I have good for you
Even today.

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