Friday, October 31, 2008
Here are the rules: "Go to as many friends as you want and tell them they've been Boo-ed." Have them link back to your blog to pick up their Halloween treat (picture) and tell them to Boo their friends. (Then put the picture in your side bar so everyone knows you've already been Boo-ed and to send the picture to someone else.) Are you scared yet!!??
Thursday, October 30, 2008
- Thank you Lord for the sense of smell so in the Fall I can smell
- leaves laying on the ground
- Apple Crisp or Apple pie baking in the oven
- pumpkin donuts and apple cider for an area farm
- hot coffee on a cool Autumn morning
- Thank you Lord for the sense of taste so I can taste
- all the things above
- soups that we start to make this time of year
- Thank you for being able to taste the coffee I love so much!!! (do you sense a theme?)
- Thank you for the sense of touch so I can
- go on walks with my family and pick up leaves
- hug my family and enjoy being together
- carve pumpkins and scoop out the inside
- feel the cool air on my face
- Thank you for my sense of sight so I can
- see the beautiful colors of Fall. Knowing there is no way that something this beautiful happened by chance
- watching the leaves fall off the trees after a big wind comes! They gently fall to the ground
- watching my children play in the leaves
- Thank you Lord for my sense of hearing so I can hear
- wind in the trees
- the laughter of my children
- the cheers from the football crowd
- the geese flying overhead
Iris's theme this week is the 5 senses! I think that is a great theme to have! It's unique and gets me thinking about how grateful I should be to have all 5 senses. What came to my mind right away is all 5 senses in Fall!
God has blessed us abundantly! Give him praise today! Visit Grace Alone to hear what others are thankful for!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The first one was beautiful and old, but heavy and very large! Did I say very heavy and very LARGE! I was telling my sister that we wanted to get Bekah a new piano and that we might look on Craig's List. She told me she had her mother-in-laws old piano in her garage and we were welcome to it!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Yep, that's me! So yesterday and today I feel God saying "Kim, are you done with this? Will you let me finally take this burden from you? You are not validated by others, you are validated by me! Do you trust me enough?
I AM HERE TO SAY "YES LORD, YES LORD, YES YES LORD! I am tired of these feelings! They are not of God! They are a lie that I have allowed satan to continue to keep me down with most of my life! God wants freedom for me! After all isn't that why he sent His son!
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,
your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me,
for I have redeemed you."
Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this;
shout aloud, O earth beneath.
Burst into song, you mountains,
you forests and all your trees,
for the LORD has redeemed Jacob,
he displays his glory in Israel.
Jerusalem to Be Inhabited
"This is what the LORD says—
your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:
I am the LORD,
who has made all things,
who alone stretched out the heavens,
who spread out the earth by myself,
Friday, October 24, 2008
I hope you enjoy!
Well according to Brenda the Vitameatavegamin video is no longer available, so I thought I would post this one for anyone else that likes Lucy! I think it fits with my Thankful Thursday Post about Friendship!!
Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades?
32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons
33 Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Ecclesiastes 4 :9-11
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls and has
no one to help him up!
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Today Iris' theme is special friendships! I have wonderful friends at church who I love as sisters in Christ! Since I don't have close relationships with most of my blood sisters, they are OH so special to me! But my first thoughts went to women I have known most of my life and who have been there through many stages and trials with me. These women stood up for me at our wedding! It never dawned on me to have anyone else! We don't see each other much anymore, because we are all so busy, but that bond of love in Christ keeps us close! We can always pick up right where we left off! The great thing is one of them is on Facebook so we can keep in touch the techy way! Those friends are Jamie and Brenda, Janet and my sister Kam! At our wedding they walked down the isle to "Friends are friends forever". It is so true! The bond we have is a heavenly bond, that transcends this earth!
So in tribute to all my friend from my church family, bloggy land, and extended life! I give thanks to God for all of you! You are precious to me and have blessed my life in more ways then I can say!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Here are my thoughts:
I do not believe that a call from God always comes with excitement. Actually I believe most of the time it is received with doubt. People doubting their ability to do said task! Consider Moses in Exodus 3: 7-14.
I think people today are seeking the highs when expecting and answering a call from God! They want to be all excited about their ministry/mission. Consider these people who had a call from God, how did they respond?
Sampson (He was a Nazarene, but did not go merrily.)
Job (Do you think Job said UHHH...UHHH... Pick me to suffer like he did?)
Jonah (well we all know what he did in response!)
Jeremiah (who wants to always be the bearer of bad news?)
Isaiah (How would you feel if no one listened, when you told them of judgement?)
Hosea (now how would you feel if God told you to marry a woman of ill repute?)
David (now this is kind of reversed. David wanted to build the temple, but God said NO. How do you think he felt?)
Paul (Look at how he suffered for Christ!) Looked at what God said about him in Acts 9:16
The list goes on and on!
I'm not saying that excitement and fulfillment is not there. I believe blessings come when we answer the call. Even with our doubts. After all it is I AM that is sending us!
What is the one thing necessary to accept the call? I believe it is obedience!
If we are obedient to God's call, there will be times of excitement and fulfillment! Perseverance is necessary! I like what e-mom said about "inner confirmation", "peace", "rooted steadfastness", and "assurance".
I am troubled by those who may not answer the call because they don't have that Awe feeling!
I have to admit there are times (alot of times) where I wish I was not doing at least parts of what I am doing now! The sense of frustration and lack of ability to get things done, or the sense of feeling that I am not setting forth the vision for Children's Ministries in a way that people understand and get behind is overwhelming! The frustrating this for me is discerning whether God has lifted His call or whether he just needs me to trust more! But one thing I have learned along this road is just because he calls you does not mean its going to be a "rose garden". Well maybe it with be a "rose garden" but with lots of thorns!
Well that's it. I don't know if this make sense or not, but it was on my mind and I needed to get it out! Thanks for your responses. I hope it has maybe gotten you thinking as well. Maybe even digging into scripture more.
Monday, October 20, 2008
When God has given you a call to do something for Him, should that be accompanied by great excitement and anticipation in order to consider it a true calling of God?
Saturday, October 18, 2008
"Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
21 He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
22 He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
What came to mind as soon as I saw Iris' theme for this week was the song "There is Joy in Serving Jesus!" Sometimes I find myself smiling and humming that tune and the starting to sing it, in alot of different situations. Do you know the song? I posted about it here.
I agree with Iris that Joy comes from the inside, because there are times where you just shouldn't have joy, but it is there still.
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to him in song.
It's late so I need to get to my thankful list! I so wish that I had more time to visit you all tonight, but I am tired and need to sleep! Hopefully tomorrow will bring the time that I can visit your sites as well.
Thankful for these:
- The moon has been so gorgeous the last few nights! Don't you love how when the seasons change, the moon and sun does too! It is truly an "Autumn Moon" out there!
- I'm thankful for a handy husband! Our dishwasher quit working the other day, and I had to wash dishes pioneer style! I'm sorry but I don't do good that way. By the time I got home today it was fixed!!!! YEAH!!!
- I'm thankful for what God has shown me this week in His word! Especially Isaiah 46!
- I love the surprises in scripture! Did you know there is a ghost in scripture - yes- go see I Samuel 28! Exciting story! Bad news for Saul, but boy good lessons too!
- I'm thankful that Steve and I got to go away together last weekend! Looking forward to this weekend with the whole family!
- Have a blessed week! Go check out the other thankful hearts at Sting my heart!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
King James Version (KJV)
5The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
6And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.
Gods of Babylon
3 "Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
4 Even to your old age and gray hairs
5 "To whom will you compare me or count me equal?
6 Some pour out gold from their bags
7 They lift it to their shoulders and carry it;
9 Remember the former things, those of long ago;
10 I make known the end from the beginning,
11 From the east I summon a bird of prey;
12 Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted,
13 I am bringing my righteousness near,
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Congratulations on a year. I have been blessed by your year of blogging and I think I can say I have read them all! My question is - If you were going to live anywhere but West Michigan, where would it be?
October 7, 2008 7:01 PM
Oh Mari, that is such an easy one, thank you!!! Are you ready?! The U.P. Preferably close to Copper Harbor!!!!!
Laurel Wreath said...
October 7, 2008 7:08 PM
Wow! I am going to have to go check how long it has been for me. I didn't think it could have been a year but I think I started before you. That just goes to show you how time flies!My question... What was your favorite sport/extracurricular activity in High School?Smiles!
October 7, 2008 7:52 PM
In all honesty and not very proud I did not have any extra curricular activities that I did when I was in High School! Suffice it to say I was part of the "partying crowd"! Back then it was all about trying to fit in, and I was trying to fit in with the wrong people!
Thanks for the great questions!
Monkey Giggles said...
Hey!!! Congrats girl. I have been blessed by reading your blog. My question is: How do you think you have changed because of blogging?
October 7, 2008 8:08 PM
Oh I like that one!! I am amazed at how many blogs I have gone to and the scripture they have posted was exactly what I needed in that moment! So many women have helped grow me into the more Christ centered woman I am today! Not that I don't have a long way to go, but God has used all of you to help me in my learning to WAIT on Him! For that I say a big THANK YOU!!!
Happy blogiversary! I totally missed mine....I think it was middle of September or something....I'd like to know, what is your favorite thing to do with your family?
October 7, 2008 9:51 PM
Well there are two things really Camping and Hiking! We are also adding Canoeing and hopefully Kayaking! We love being outside together away from things! Great question Melissa!
Happy first blogaversary! Whoohoo! Isn't this bloggy community just amazing? I'm so glad you joined us.And hey, thanks for your coffee giveaway. Here's my question: Do you have a life verse? Is a there a Bible passage that keeps you going, year after year? Hugs!
October 8, 2008 12:47 AM
Why yes I do! There are actually several that help to remind me of God's love for me, but this one is the one I keep going to for a reminder of how he sees me! You see I have a problem with self worth and feeling down about myself at times! This passage jumped out at me - GOD DELIGHTS IN ME!!! And can you believe it's from Zephaniah!!!
Sing, O Daughter of Zion;
shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
O Daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The LORD has taken away your punishment,
he has turned back your enemy.
The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you;
never again will you fear any harm.
16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem,
"Do not fear, O Zion;
do not let your hands hang limp.
17 The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."
WOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO! Congratulations on your blogoversary!!!I think one year of blogging is like 10 dog years or something like that. Hmmmm, so what question to ask you?Ok, what tasty treat are you selfish with? Is there an edible yummy that you won't share with your kids or hubby?
October 8, 2008 1:31 AM
Oh my goodness yes!!! It's my sister Kam's Carmel Corn!!! Those that have had it understand why! She makes a batch for me special for my birthday each year! I am very selfish with it!! Isn't that awful!!!!!
Congrats on a year in blogworld! I've enjoyed your posts - this allowed me to dig even deeper into the world of Kim! ;)Ok, "e-mom" kinda touched on my question but I'll change it just a little.What verse or verses from the Bible have majorly effected the way you live your life?
October 8, 2008 8:13 AM
Well there are alot of them but most recently it would be: Philippians 1:27a "Whatever happens, conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ"
Always at the forefront of my mind should be preserving his character and holiness which is reflected in what I do or say.
Yeah- congrats on 1 year!!My question is:What would be your best advice for new parents?
October 8, 2008 8:21 AM
Best advice for new parents. hummm..... Entrust those little ones to the Lord everyday! Don't be so hard on yourself and them. Learn to relax, and realize everything does not have to happen at a certain time! They are all different, learn to work with their unique qualities. You will never have it figured out so trust the One who knows them and loves them more then you! Remember they are not yours, they are His and he has entrusted you with them, so he thinks alot of you! Also remember that they can teach you things too!
Congratulations!! Wooo Hoooo!!!!O.K...let's see, hmm... o.k. how about this?If you could write a letter to God, what would you ask Him and would any one answer change the direction of your life today?:)
October 8, 2008 8:53 AM
I guess this would be a somewhat funny question, but one I think of often! Why oh why did you make Men and Women so different in the S_X area! Why are they always needing it and we are always to tired or whatever! Would this change the direction of my life? Possibly, I'm not sure! But boy I sure want to know!!!!!
Hi, Kimberly!Happy Blogiversary!HMMM... What to ask, what to ask???Oh, I know.. what's your favorite place to shop???
I guess my favorite place to shop for clothes would be Kohl's! I don't know if you have them in the south. I really love browsing through Christian Book Stores, especially Parable Books in Grandville! Oh the books I'd love to buy!!!!!
Hey Kim! You have really been a blessing for me. I love reading your comments on my blog! You are so sweet! My question.....What is your favorite post YOU have written and was it easy to write??? ooopps!! That is two questions huh?
October 8, 2008 6:18 PM
Good but very hard questions. It's hard to pick, but I would say the ones that are closest to my heart are ones that I wrote when the Holy Spirit revealed something to me. I looked back and found this one:
and this one:
All posts that were truly inspired by God were easy to write. I just felt like I had to share them. I don't feel like I've had many lately. It seems my intimate time with God is not as intimate as it has been. I hope this season will be over soon, and God will continue to speak to me about himself! Also any post that has dealt with what the Lord has laid on my heart about waiting is a favorite post! He is teaching me much!!!
OH did you say one!!!! : )
Bobbi Jo said...
Congratulations on 1 year. This is my first time here. I found you through CWO blogroll. I enjoyed your post "Things I Love About Fall." That is my favorite time of year.
Thanks for stopping by Bobbi Jo! Thanks so much for the encouraging words!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
15John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' " 16From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
I love that Iris put the definition of grace in her post! Apart from God and His son Jesus we have no grace or mercy! I too love how both words and meanings are intertwined! We have so much to be thankful for don't we!!!!!!!
- I am thankful for Jeremiah's Court of Honor for Boy Scouts and how well he is doing in school!
- I am thankful that I was able to celebrate my mom's 80th birthday with her on Friday!
- I'm thankful that Steve and I are FINALLY getting away together over night this Friday!
- I'm thankful for the wonderful 4th grade girls I get to lead this year in our Wednesday NIGHT! ministry! They are all wonderful and I look forward to guiding them in their relationship with Christ!
- I'm thankful for all the women and one man that coordinate the children's ministries at our church! Especially one EM! She has worked so diligently to get Wednesday Night going! She is such a blessing to me, and I so know her love for the Lord and the children he has placed in our care!!!
- I'm thankful for the verse that God gave me in Colossians this morning:
- 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
- We have so so much to be grateful for today! Join other grateful hearts at Sting my Heart!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Here are a few post from my grand beginnings:
Why Scattered Stones?
Things I love about Fall!
Now I thought I would do something like Jennifer did for her 100th post!!!! I thought I would let you ask me any question that you might want to know about me. Just ask in the comment section and I will answer them in another post. I will leave the comments open until Friday, then after that I will randomly pick a winner! I'm thinking the prize will be Coffee, either from Starbucks, Biggby's or Seattle's best!!!!!! If you don't have a blog you can still play along, just remember to add your name!!!
EDIT: I will post all comments and answers in one post on friday!
Thanks for a great year!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Here they are:
- Sweet Girls
- Lake Superior
I couldn't figure out the picture thingy so I couldn't post cool pictures like Mari! If you'd like to join in let me know and I'll give you a letter!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I absolutely love The Andy Griffith Show! This episode has been on my mind lately and since I have nothing profound to post about I was so glad to find it today! Lessons I learn from this segment:
- Get enough sleep on Saturday night!
- Don't go off on my own, follow the hymnal!
- Slow Down! No really that is a good one!
- Pay attention!
Enjoy and have a good laugh I sure did! Did you seen any other lessons?