The Devil Wants You To Live in Fear

Peace – it’s so hard to grasp the peace that passes all understanding in a world that feels like it’s spinning out of control. We read the news and chaos ensues all around us. It’s easy to fret and allow anxiety to eat away at our hearts. Anxiety then turns to fear, and fear will most times cripple us.

Did you know the Devil wants us to live in fear?

He roams around us like a roaring lion waiting to devour us. He wants us to always be looking over our shoulders for him crouching in the bushes – waiting to pounce at the right moment.

Please remember: Children of the Living God — the Evil One has been defeated. It may feel like he’s in control at this very moment; but Jesus defeated the death and conquered the grave.

 We mustn’t allow fear to cripple our effectiveness here on this earth. God has told us to be strong and courageous. He has not given us a spirit of fear. So, he was with Moses – he will be with you and me.

God has not promised us this life will be easy. Daniel was thrown in a pit with hungry lions. David had to face Goliath with a few small stones. Paul was thrown in prison for sharing his faith.

One thing is certain – God has promised us a hope and a beautiful future with him. He is triumphant in eternity and if we live in him – we share in this everlasting promise.

If the trials of this life have got you down today – look to the skies and remember the hope you have in your Savior. He will not suffer your foot to be moved!

God Sees Your Soul and Grins Over Your Devotion

Don’t lose heart. Do not get weary in well doing. I think there are a lot of us out there who need to hear this message today. In due season – you will reap a harvest if you faint not.

Clutch on to your pearl necklace and hold on to this treasure tight. This world may not look at your heart and translate that burning passion into success. But you better believe God sees your soul and grins over the faithful devotion you embrace for him in the midst of the chaos.

Sing songs of thanksgiving to our Miracle Maker, sweet children of the Living God. You were made for much more than this world has to offer.

Remember the promises your Father has spoken over you and press on – for he is our living hope.

Do not grow weary, dear heart. The Lord will renew your strength. Live each day with eternity in mind (for that is our reward!)

Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. – 2 Corinthians 4:16 💗

When I Can’t Smell The Flowers

You make all things beautiful and good. When I cannot smell the fragrance of the flowers, you remind me of the spring just beyond my grasp.

It hangs over my head, and I have not looked up to see the beauty just above my head. My mind gets in the way – when you have called me to open my heart and lean on your wisdom.

You call out to me:

Dear Child – the fauna is present in my promises. You will smell the sweet perfume of my perfection, when you concentrate on my goodness. Absorb the living water that sits by your bedside at night unopened – the words written in red. Drink from my water, and you will never be thirsty. Have I not told you things – it is written.

Often times we look for the beauty and call out to God and say – haven’t you promised the beauty in the broken?

However, we need to seek out the beautiful.

Faith isn’t just obtained. It’s requires trust in the unseen. We must trust that the seed planted in fertile soil will sprout forth and bloom in splendor.

May we smell the fragrance of God’s goodness – even when we can’t see the beauty of the rose pedals and they are not visible to our naked eyes.

We must trust that those roots will make way in due time to a well nurtured plant that displays the miraculous hand of our Creator God.

Keep trusting sweet children – God has yet to fail his children. Solider on and take your Maker at his word.

The Mighty Spirit of The Lord

The Spirit of the Lord is moving.

Can you feel it? Can you sense the wind rushing around your body?

The Spirit of the Lord is drawing near to the people of the King. It is hovering over the flesh temples of his people. A voice from the clouds calls out:

Draw nigh to me, O’ People of God. Listen for my voice. It echoes across creation. Knees throughout the earth will bow down in wonder and amazement of my power.

I am here – working amid this chaos. You may think I am absent, but I am here in the center of it all. I am providing my people a shield of protection. They will look to the heavens and gain strength that is perfected in weakness.

You will break chains – you children of the Living God. Look to me all you who are weary and downtrodden. I will envelop you in the power that shatters the darkness and makes all your enemies flee in seven directions.

You are my offspring – the image of the Rock of Ages. Feast on my words and my commands written in the scriptures. They are your food. They will fill you in this barren drought.

The Spirit of the Lord falls upon all who fear him and call him the Commander of their lives.

We say in unison, “Fall on us, sweet Spirit of God.”

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:2

Inner Court Worshipper

I want to be an inner court worshipper. I pray I have the boldness to enter into your throne room and throw myself at your precious feet, Jesus. May I live my life on my knees, hands up, giving glory, honor and praise to you sweet King of Kings.

For I know that I am not worthy – but by your grace and mercy you have made me more than a conqueror.

You have handed me a sword – that will never be tarnished. It glimmers in the light of your goodness. I hold it up – for you say – in my weakness you are strong. You line your children’s feet with guidance.

You speak openly and directly:

 “This is the way, walk forward child. I will protect you. I will equip you. You are ready, sweet one. Answer my call.”

I am but a mortal being. Fear often invades my mind in your most fervent time of calling. May I carry the courage of David when he approached the great giant – outnumbered in strength and size.  May I embody the boldness of Esther when she announced herself to King Xerxes knowing full well that she may encounter death. May I display the faith of Mary when the angel appeared to her and told her she was with child – and not just any child the Spotless Lamb of God.

It is the cry of my heart that your words are always on my lips, Sweet Savior. This world is but a fleeting moment in the outlook of eternity. It is my zealous desire to be the light you have called every single one of your followers to be – bright, bold, beautiful, and full of passion.  

Let your faith well in up in my soul. May my ears be fine-tuned to discern what you are speaking over me. Give me the confidence to shout these promises from the rooftops.

I want to be a vessel that can be used for your utmost glory. I praise you – for you have come to give hope to the weary. You walk with your children every day, God. You carried our burdens to the cross.

You alone are worthy.

Godly Leaders Are Not Formed Through Screen Time

We get wrapped up in the temporary – the shiny, fleeting things of this world. The computer calls us to dig deeper into news stories, compare our lives to others’ fancy, edited photos and gain more traction than our followers on these instant gratification social sharing sites.

Meanwhile, our children sit in the background (with their impressionable minds) and observe our digital obsessions. We are normalizing this behavior in front of them. We are sending silent messages noting that it’s alright to spend hours staring into a screen. Yes, at times technology can be used as a tool to help – but it can also be used as a tool to suck time and energy away from our families.

Let’s rise above this fixation parents!

It is written in Deuteronomy 6:6-7:

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

This verse should serve as a springboard to all Christian parents. May we launch our households into a new era (for such a time as this!) – one in which we impress the brilliant truths of the LORD upon our children’s hearts and minds.

Technology (while not always sinister) is weakening our family units. Kids and teens age 8 to 18 spend an average of more than seven hours a day looking at screens. That is unacceptable! We, as the parents, need to set the examples. We need to take the strong step and enforce rules in the household (though it is not easy) to limit screen time. Our children will benefit from this endeavor.

Let’s teach our children that beauty is found in the here and now. It’s painted in the leaves falling in the backyard. It’s etched in the smile lines on kind faces. It’s displayed in the connection found in the spoken word.

Let’s take the time to teach our children the truths of their Savior. These truths will serve as their bedrock and guiding light. May these bright promises be emblazoned in the memory banks of their minds.

Let’s set down the phones and talk to our children and teach them the difference between right and wrong. Share with them the beatitudes, powerful Bible stories of old and the fruits of the Spirit.

We are raising the leaders of tomorrow. Godly leaders are not formed through screen time with the wisdom of this world. They are birthed through our prayers, righteous instruction, devotion, and quality time.

Press on in Honesty and Holiness

Let’s make it a practice to come to the Father in honesty and humility acknowledging that apart from him we can do nothing.Last night my three-year-old threw spaghetti across the room and when asked if he threw his dinner — he lied. He looked in my face and said, “no.”

Of course I saw his sauce slinging action and the messy red noodle sprawled out across the ottoman. But, somehow in his mind he thought he could get away with it.

Obviously we took the time to explain to him the difference between lying and telling the truth. Even though it is exhausting a lot of the times, it is so important for parents to take the time and explain these truths to their children.

This spaghetti incident made me ponder the question — how often do we present falsehoods to our Heavenly Father, hoping to get away with it?

We know full well — that our Maker sees us; yet we choose to cling on to that sin nature. We hide like Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden after they sinned – our postures noting “nothing to see here.” However, God knows – he sees our hearts and it grieves him when we decide to blanket ourselves in dishonesty.

No one is perfect. I mess up time and time again; and it’s beautiful that our Maker still loves us despite our failures. He loved us enough to die on the cross for us and the sin we carry. He loves us as we are; however, he calls us to live holy and pleasing lives.

Let’s make it a practice to come to the Father in honesty and humility acknowledging that apart from him we can do nothing. May we digest the truth – the only good in me is Jesus!

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  – Galatians 2:20

Our Heavenly Father loves us with an everlasting love. He will always embrace us and petition us to press on in his honesty and holiness.

Hallelujah in the Waiting

We will walk forward in faith fully trusting your divine direction. You lead your people into abundance.You are the God that moves mountains. You are the King that reigns in gentleness but also authority. We look to you when times appear bleak. We look to you when we feel like we are waiting for answers.

We avert our gaze from the things of this world and focus on the glory that shines from your face. Looking at you sets our minds at ease. You are our banner that flows forcibly in the wind. When we want to surrender, your strength sustains us.

Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God! – Psalm 68:35

Move in mighty ways, Dear Lord. May we see your hands extended in these days – showering your children with love, blessings, and power.

We will walk forward in faith fully trusting in your divine direction. You lead your people into abundance. May we sing to you and lift our voices loud with utmost affection. You are the God who still moves and preforms miracles.

We see you in the clouds, God. We wait for your direction and shout “hallelujah” in the waiting – for you are always good.

You are Invited: Free Motherhood Webinar|Learning How to Pray for our Children (Tues, May 19th)

FB Promo_KimberlyYou are invited to a FREE motherhood webinar on Tuesday, May 19th at 2PM EST!

I will be talking to Chimene Shipley Dupler — the Founder and CEO of Passion4Moms, a ministry that equips mothers to impact the next generation of World Changers with grit and grace.

We will discuss the importance of praying for our children, and talk about my new book “Crowned in Promise: 100 Prayers for Your Children.” 

Topic: Motherhood – “Learning How to Pray for our Children”

Description: Moms – You are Leaders. You are World Changers. You are the impact of the future!

You must register for the event via the link below:

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Please join us!

Awaiting Big Things with Expectation

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.You are the God who does big things! Often, it’s difficult for my feeble mind to grasp the greatness of what you have promised in your Word. However, your Word tells us that you reward those who earnestly seek you (Hebrews 11:6).

So we seek you, Father.

We look up to the heavens and cry out, “Heal our land.” We gaze into the vastness of the oceans you formed and petition you to move and work within our lives. We fall face down and cry out to you.

We thank you endlessly for you pledge – that you are the one who began the good work within us and you will be faithful to complete this perfect work (Philippians 1:6).

Carry out your work within our lives!

You move like a great and mighty lion. You are majestic! May our hearts tremble when you step forward and fight on our behalf. You are the fearless King who charges into the bloody battlefield for his people. Hallelujah!

Please move, God, in great and mighty ways. Show us your gory. Display that beautiful glory to the generations behind and before us.

We will sing of this unfathomable glory forevermore.

May we never lose sight that you are the great Miracle Worker and nothing is impossible for you. May we see the wonders of your hands come to fruition before our very own eyes — for such a time as this! May we proclaim your healing power from the mountain tops of joy and from our valleys of despair.

You are Way maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper,

Light in the darkness, My God, that is who You are.

– Way Maker lyrics ©

We wait for your big things with glorious expectation and anticipation. We trust that you are going to bring them to pass. We open our hands and beseech you to pour your spirit out into our hearts.

Fill us with your translucent light.

May we walk with purpose and trust that you will hold fast and true to your powerful, living words. They are active! Praise be to God.

You are moving.