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Free to Worship

14 Aug

Anyone who knows me, who truly knows me, knows that I love to worship. There’s a safety, a peace, a comfort that I find in being in the presence of God through worship that is unknown to me in any other place. I find that I’m the happiest when I’m fully enthralled in the presence of God. It’s truly an amazing feeling. But over the last couple years things have changed. That part of my soul that lived to be in the presence of God was suppressed to the point of nearly being dead.

When I lived in New Orleans I went to a church that was extremely charismatic and worship centered. Seeing people dropped to their knees fully engulfed in the presence of God was an every Sunday occurrence. It was beautiful. Being free to worship without fear of being judged or criticized was an amazing feeling. Then I got laid off and had to move back to my hometown and leave the church that I loved so much. I was back in my hometown and back in that country baptist church where worship meant clapping along as the choir sang or if the choir was really doing their thang, you could stand.

So I suppressed my desire to be free in worship. I didn’t stand, I didn’t lift my hands, I didn’t sing along, I just sat there. I didn’t want them to see that side of me. If they did what would they think? What if I got so caught up in worship that I started speaking in tongues, which happened regularly. Would they think I was crazy? Probably. So I stopped worshiping. I just sat there service after service burying my worship further and further inside. I let what I thought others would think become more meaningful to me than being in the presence of The Almighty and soon this carried over to my personal worship time. Worship songs still moved me. Lyrics still had an impact on me, but I was no longer able to worship freely.

Over the past couple days something has changed. I feel that suppressed part of me resurfacing. The longer to be in the presence of God has become so strong I could no longer ignore it. It’s like that ex you had that you didn’t officially break up with, but just stopped calling who suddenly shows up at your house refusing to be ignored. It’s beckoning me. It’s waking me up in the middle of the night wanting me to spend time with it. It’s tired of me ignoring it and trying to bury it again whenever it attempts to resurface and I’m tired of bondage not letting it be free has created. So I’m letting it back out. I’m apologizing to God for letting my self-consciousness come before him. So far this has translated to my personal worship time, which is increasing more and more. Will I feel that same desire publicly, I’m not sure, but if I do, I refuse to suppress it. My passion and desire for God and being in His presence once again means more to me than my insecurities and care for what people think of me.  So yeah, I’m gonna sing and wave my hands like a crazy person, and cry, and speak in tongues, and let myself get so caught up in the presence of God that I have no knowledge of what’s going on around me. I’m gonna be free. #DealWithIt

xoxo

God, I owe you an apology.

15 Jul

For the majority of my life I’ve treated God poorly. I’ve been treating him like a personal genie. Like an entity who’s only purpose was to do what I wanted and to make my life better. I’ve used God like an omnipotent bodyguard set to do my bidding. I’ve treated God like his purpose was to serve me! Man did I have it twisted. I’ve been acting like a spoiled child kicking and screaming until she gets what she wants. Giving God the silent treatment because he’s not doing what I want or move at my pace. I’ve been acting like the whole world revolves around me. Like I’m God and He is my servant. I’ve been consumed in a world of pridefulness. Instead of thanking him for be so gracious as to give me life, I’ve been wanting more more more. My will be done.

I owe God an apology. God is not my personal genie. He is the creator of the universe.  Everything that exists, exists because of and for Him. If I never existed the Earth would still spin. Instead of saying “God give me more.” I should be saying “God, Thank you for all you’ve done.”

So, God, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for treating you like a servant. I’m sorry for behaving like the world revolves around me and not you. I’m sorry for behaving as if giving me life and giving your Son for me what not enough. I’m sorry for behaving like a spoiled brat. I’m sorry for being prideful. I’m sorry for being selfish. I’m sorry for not living up to the standard you created. I’m sorry for not behaving like your child. I’m sorry for idolizing myself. I’m sorry for having a skewed view of you and doing nothing to fix it. If you never do another thing for me, you’ve done enough and I’m sorry for not realizing it sooner.

Love,

Your Daughter

Judging

9 Jun

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen countless posts/arguments about whether or not we, as Christians, are supposed to judge each other. Both sides of the argument have made some very intriguing points. Another phrase that I’ve heard tossed around a lot is “WWJD?” Well? What WOULD Jesus do? While I’m not going to bombard you or beat you over the head with scripture. (You’re Welcome! ;-)) I am going to ask you to think about it.

While I do believe that we ARE supposed to offer correction to each other, my biggest problem is with the condition of the heart behind it. How are you offering correction? Are you doing it out of a place of love and desire to see your brother/sister grow and learn from their experience? Or are you doing it out of a place of disdain, dislike, you’re wrong, I’m right and because of that I’m better than you-ness? Are you only being critical of them? Or are you criticizing the behavior and offering solutions/steps for them to fix it? Are you doing it in public, making a spectacle of things, i.e. on there Facebook wall or through public twitter posts?  Are you going to them in private and being compassionate?

I don’t know about anyone else, but if I steal a loaf of bread from a store, I’m much more inclined to return it, listen to, open up to, accept corrective action from someone who comes to me in private and in love and points out what I did wrong and offer ways to get past it, than I am to someone who runs after me in the parking lot, yelling and pointing there figure calling me a thief. Yes stealing is wrong, it’s sin. Maybe I stole because I was hungry, had no money and no other option or maybe I’m just a down right thief! You condemning me, showing me no compassion isn’t going to change that one way or the other. It may in fact only make it worse.

I’m #Justsayin’

Kimmie

Greater Works Than These

30 Apr

John 14:12-14 says,

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

What are these works that Jesus did that he said we’ll do greater?

These were the works that Jesus did and said we would do greater! Why aren’t we? Why aren’t we walking into hospital rooms laying hands on the sick and seeing them healed? Why aren’t we raising the dead? Why aren’t we casting out demons? Why aren’t we doing greater works than these?

Is it because we aren’t ministers/pastors? John 14:12 says “…whoever believes in me..” Is it because our faith isn’t big enough? Matt 17:20 says “…For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Do you know how small a mustard seed really is?

These are mustard seeds. Jesus said that if we have faith as little as that, we would be able to MOVE MOUNTAINS!!! Why don’t we? Could it be that we don’t believe that greater works can be accomplished through us? Yeah, we believe in Jesus and we have faith that he can heal, but can he heal through us? The answer is YES!!! He’s God, he can use whomever he wants to do whatever he wants! Again John 14:12 says, “whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do.” Not just our pastors, not just Benny Hinn or Todd White, WHOEVER. It’s time we start believing and walking in it.

Why do you think we aren’t doing greater works?

Cardboard Testimony

28 Apr

Check out this amazing video of some cardboard testimonies.

What would your cardboard testimony say?

I have tons, but I’ll give you one. Side 1: Shattered Side 2: Repaired by God

Here

28 Apr

As I sat thinking about my life and all the pain I’ve been experiencing over the last few years, I started to giggle and soon my giggle turned into a laugh. I laughed because I realized that enemy is so dumb! He’s been attacking me for years. He’s been attacking my self-esteem. “You’re so ugly.” “You’re so fat.” ” No one will ever love you.” He’s been attacking my worth. “You don’t have a good job.”  “You can’t take care of yourself” “Yeah, you sleep in a bed, in a room, but you don’t have a home.” “You haven’t had a home since your mom died.” “Everyone who says they love you abandons you.” He’s attacked my finances, but I’m not going to talk about that. And after all these attacks, all this hard work, all his plotting and planning. Here I am. Battered, bruised, worn, weary. Yet, redeemed, victorious, restored, here. Here. Here.

Genesis 1:2

30 Sep

How many times have we read the creation story in Genesis? I know I’ve read it a bunch of times. In Sunday School as a child I was taught to memorize the order of creation. But today some new thoughts on one particular verse Genesis 1:2 was brought to my attention by an awesome son of God, Christopher Easter.

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:2

Christopher made the connection between this verse and our lives before we’ve accepted the gift of salvation. My soul was stirred by this. A huge YES!!!!, leaped from my Spirit. This verse is so us! Before we’ve accepted Jesus in our hearts we’re in darkness, formless, there’s nothing in us, we merely exist. We wander around aimlessly, with no destination and no purpose. We live our lives in sin and seek after wickedness. We’re mere shells. Our lives may seem to be of meaning, it may seem that we have it together, but let me tell you that anything apart from God is nothing! No amount of riches, no relationship, no thing has any meaning when it’s apart from God.

What really grabbed my heart strings and made me praise God, is the fact that even in our sin, in our evil and wicked ways, God is hovering above us waiting for us to except Him into our hearts, so that he can mold us, fill us, put the light Jesus into us. He’s there waiting on us, wanting to pull us out or hell bound ways. Never leaving, never taking His eyes off of us. Loving us through it all. I love Him for that!

I feel compelled to pray:

Father, I need you. My life is nothingness without You. I thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die so that might live in eternity with You. Father, I dedicate my life to You. I give You all of me. I could live for a hundred years and give everything I own to the poor. I could go throughout the world feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, yet that’s nothing compared to what You’ve given me. Father, don’t just forgive me of my sins, but remove the desire to sin from me. Take anything that is not of You from my heart. Put a passion and an unquenchable desire for You in my heart. I want to live my life to please You. I want to live my life to serve You, Father. You are so worthy. My mind can’t even phantom the greatness that is You. I thank You for Your mercy and grace. I thank You for loving me when I was unlovable. I thank You hovering above me even in my wickedness. I thank You for accepting me into Your kingdom. I thank You for allowing me to be one of Your chosen. I thank You for allowing me to be you daughter. I give You all the glory, honor and praise. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.

Unconventional Weapons

25 Sep

Several months ago I heard a sermon on Unconventional Covenants and last night the context of that sermon came flooding back to me and God gave me some new thoughts on the text. The message came from Judges 3 and talks about, how the children of Israel were doing evil in God’s sight, again, so God allowed the Moabites to overtake them. The text I want to concentrate on is:

But when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man left-handed: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.ss16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

Ehud was left-handed so the weapon he made was left-handed. It also says that the weapon was double edged, which probably means that it was not made from bronze, like weapons at the time were, but iron. It was an unusual or unconventional weapon.  If you read the rest of the story, you’ll know that this unconventional weapon worked.

I believe that God is calling us to make ourselves into unconventional weapons. The weapons we’ve been using thus far, aren’t working very effectively. Look at the world. Look at television. Sin is becoming more and more acceptable. It’s time to change up and use some unconventional weapons.

Allow me to use a sports analogy. Let’s say there’s a running back, he’s just starting out in the NFL and he’s incredible. Every game he’s rushing for 100+ yards. He’s getting selected for the Pro Bowl every year. Well, as his career continues, he becomes less and less effective, why? As he rushes against his opponents more and more, they learn his moves more and more, and they notice that he’s good at running up the middle and running to the left, but he doesn’t cut right, ever.  So they began plugging the middle and blocking his left, preventing him for gaining many yards. Now this once 100+ yard running back, isn’t gaining many yards anymore. What is he to do? He must learn to cut left. His offensive isn’t working anymore it’s time for him learn a new way.

In the same regard, it’s time for us to learn a new way. It’s time for us to make some unconventional weapons. Whatever or whomever our opponent is has learned our moves, he knows our weapons, and he’s stopping us from being effective. We are losing. We are  losing our children, we are losing our marriages, we are losing our families and we are losing ourselves. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of losing. I’m ready to make some unconventional weapons. I’m ready to learn some new skills. I’m ready to go at my opponent in ways he’s never seen.  Let’s make some unconventional weapons. Let’s take it to our opponent.

The Dream of Life

23 Sep

I dreamed a dream last night,

A dream that seemed awkward to me,

The Dream of Life, you see.

I dreamed I was walking on a road,

A long, sometimes dark and narrow street

A road that I thought would bring great danger.

A road that I thought would bring defeat.

On this road I had close encounters

With things that I knew were wrong,

These things tempted me and attempted to hurt me,

But like I was taught I said, “Be gone”.

At the end of this road I saw a Man,

With His arms opened, he said, “My son.”

At this I didn’t quite know how to react,

But I knew when he said, “Well Done!”

Environment

1 Aug

Today I’m going to talk about environment. The word environment is defined as the aggregate of surrounding things, conditions, or influences; surroundings; milieu. If you read the first few chapters of Genesis you will see that God created certain environments for certain creations. We must cherish our environments and make sure no foreign elements contaminate or remove us from our environment. If that takes place, bad stuff happens. Let’s look at 3 illustrations of that.

First let’s look at the rose. Did you know that there are roses in the United States that are 250 years old. These roses are this old because they are living in the environment God prepared for them, their rose bushes. If you introduce shears to the rose bush and take a rose out of its prepared environment, it’ll die in about a week and a half. Why? Because the rose isn’t prepared to survive any where except for the place that was created for it.

Let’s look at fish. In the sea, ocean, river, lake, its prepared environment, fish thrive.  A goldfish can live anywhere from 10 to 30 years in its prepared environment. Once a foreign element such as a fishermen’s net is introduced into that environment and the fish unbeknownst are not swims into that net and the fisherman swoops it up and places it in a fish bowl, which though it is water, is not the goldfish’s prepared environment, it’ll live for what a few weeks usually?

Now let’s look at man. If you look at Gen. 2:8 you’ll see where it says God placed the man He made there. Eden was our prepared environment. What makes Eden any different than any other garden? Well it says in Gen 3:8 “And they heard the sound of Jehovah God walking up and down in the garden at the breeze of the day.” God was there. God’s presence was a part of the environment in Eden.  I’m just going to say that God’s presence was the environment in Eden. God’s presence is our prepared environment.  Most of us know the events that took place there. The serpent contaminates the environment and because of that Adam and Eve were kicked out. Once they were kicked out of their prepared environment they immediately began to die. If you look throughout you’ll notice that through the ages people began to die younger and younger. Methuselah lived for 969 years, chances are we won’t make it to 110. Could it be because as the generations progressed, so has the separation from our prepared environment, God’s presence, progressed?  Have you ever been feeling not so well, started worshipping God, got into His presence, and started feeling better? I sure have. Could the reason be that, in that moment of time we were back in our prepared environment? So my challenged to you is to get back into our prepared environment as often as you can, and take note, see how being in the presence of God affects your life, watch the healing, watch the blessing, watch your quality of life increase.