Sovereign

There are times in your life when even though you know in your head that God is sovereign over all things, you need reminders for your heart to follow along side. This week has been one of those times for me.  

I found out Thursday that I have been awarded a new position for a part time job. I will be spending two to four days a week going into public elementary school classrooms where I will be teaching on topics such as violence prevention, anger management, and bullying. I am extremely excited about this opportunity and cannot wait to begin this new chapter in my life.  

However, with each new transition in life comes new headaches and new challenges. For this reason, I have been begging God to reassure me of His continued Presence and His sovereign control. He has been so good to remind me in little ways each day.

One of my favorite ways is through this song by Chris Tomlin. What a great reminder that God is indeed in control of every detail. And with that head and heart knowledge, I can rest in Him.

Click Here to hear Sovereign, a fantastic reminder for you!

 

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God Works!

Some days I simply crave a word of encouragement – reassurance that all will be well.

I received this gift of assurance recently while listening to a presentation by the amazing Bible teacher and author, Liz Curtis Higgs. She was speaking on the book of Ruth and God’s redeeming love for us. She too shared about a deep need to know that God’s plans are always at work, and that nothing surprises Him.

Liz revealed one of her much-loved Bible verses for times such as these. She referred to Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according  to His purpose.”

Then, she stated something I never before realized.

Do you see the bolded words in the verse above?

In all things God works.

Truth to encourage.

Truth to hold to tightly.

Plain. Simple. Powerful.

Will you find encouragement with me today? After all…

In all things God works!

P.S. If you are looking for a wonderful book or Bible study to do with your girlfriends, check out Liz’s most recent release, The Girl's Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World, by clicking here. I give it five stars!

 

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Where Did That Come From?

I recently attended my first job interview in over twelve years.

Yes, I have been working as a CHO at Myers Inc. for that long. (By the way, for those of you wondering what a CHO is, it is my fancy way of saying I was the Chief Home Officer at Myers Inc., AKA stay-at-home-mom of our family!)

As most interviews go, the interviewing party asked a myriad of questions. I answered them the best way I could with the knowledge I had. I felt satisfied afterwards with my responses and didn’t think much more about them.

Today however, as I replayed the interview in my mind, I realized many of the origins of my answers were actually biblical. That’s when I realized…

All You Really Need to Know for an Interview, You Can Learn from the Bible!

(Thank you Robert Fulghum for the great title reference and for letting me change the words.)

I was so excited, I thought I would share some examples with you. Maybe they can help you today!

Question: If needed, how would you confront an issue with a co-worker?

Answer Origin:  “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over,” Matthew 18:15.

Question: What if a participant reveals a personal tragedy?

Answer Origin: “Jesus wept,” John 11:35 then later after affirming the person’s feelings, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing,” 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

Question: Tell me your salary expectations.

Answer Origin: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have…,” Hebrews 13:5.

Question: What if something happens and your plan doesn’t work out?

Answer Origin: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight,” Proverbs 3:5-6.

Always amazed,

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You're Here!!

Woohoo! You're here!!

Hello and welcome to the launch of kmspeaking.com! I am so thrilled that you decided to follow the link in your email, the tab on your Facebook, or that pin from your friend on Pinterest.

October marks the five year anniversary of my first ever blog entry. The first postings were a humble attempt to reach out and encourage others to daily walk with God.

Now, five years later, I am trying once again. 

In this new, relaunched blog, I am not promising to grant great wisdom. I am not even going to try to give outstanding recommendations for living. 

I simply want to take a brief moment to enter your day and to share what I am learning. 

What am I learning?

Simply this…

Life and faith matter!

So…

I am going to write about them here.

I look forward to sharing slices of my life and faith with you. With God’s help, maybe those pieces become something you decide to share too. (If so, check out the cool ways you can below by clicking the “share” button.)

I am excited about meeting you and journeying through life together!

Tell me, "what matters to you?"

 

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When Circumstances Aren't About You!

There are moments in your life when God reminds you that what is occuring is not always necessarily about you. You are simply to obey His leading and to leave the results to Him.

Such is the case with a job application I submitted last month for a community college teaching position.

I felt sure that God had placed this opportunity in my path and I needed to apply for it. As part of the application process, wherein you seek out references, I reconnected with my previous boss. As we spoke, she brought me up to date on the status of my former co-workers. 

In the conversation, I found out a former friend and co-worker had been diagnosed with a lung disease and placed on the transplant waiting list. Upon hearing this bit of shocking news, I informed my boss that my sister, Marla, having undergone her own double lung transplant last year, would be a great resource.

Through only God (and the miracle of email), during the past month, Marla and my former co-worker began communicating and forming a friendship in which Marla began mentoring her through the waiting process for a lung transplant.

Then last Tuesday, my friend received the call for her transplant and her new lungs. (It was on the same day I found out I did not get the job.) Marla supported her family during surgery and will continue to do so during recovery too.

I thought I would be upset I didn't receive a job interview. I really thought this would be the one for me.
Yet, I am not upset. In fact, I am amazed at how everything occurred with such perfect timing. I also am humbled at how God used me as a conduit for His plan. 
Most of all, I am grateful God taught me two important lessons through this process. First - sometimes God withholds things from us for His greater good. And second - many times, the results of obeying Him are better than we ever imagined and in the end, not even about us.

Where Are You? Where I Am!

Recently, I have had several people ask "Where Are You?" They said they have not read a recent blog post or seen me speaking. I could only smile and tell them my answer to the question "Where Are You?" is simply "Where I Am!"

You see, I had naive dreams that writing Coffee with the Savior, speaking at out-of-state venues, and writing a regular blog would shoot me into Christian stardom. I tried. Oh yes, I tried with all my might to make my dream happen.

But God...

Instead of going to the places I wanted to go - Women of Faith Conferences, teaching at large churches, responding to large numbers of blog comments - God reminded me that HIS plan is greater.

So for the past six months, He has had me humbly serving, writing, and teaching to the most important crowd I could ever imagine. 

My own family.

I had days in which I thought I would write out amazing chapters to a new book. But God had me write simple notes on the bathroom mirror encouraging my husband and boys.

There were moments when I believed I would be speaking to large crowds of women about the faithfulness and love of our God. But God had me speaking words of love and faithfulness to the man I married.

I woke to mornings when I hoped to teach the truths of the Bible to women in a study of my book. But God showed me I needed to teach these truths to my boys through a daily study of The Book.

I can't say that I always have accepted God's detour with a willing heart. In fact, many mornings have been filled with some arguing and questioning with my Father. Yet, as each day has passed, I see the love of Jesus pouring through my family. I can't help but know God's ways are working.

I wouldn't trade it for the world, or my dreams!

So for those of you asking: Yes. I still want to speak and teach. I still hope to write. But...all in God's timing. For now, I know that "where I am" is where I am supposed to be.

A New Favorite

Hello Friends.

Sorry for the lack in consistent posting. I appreciate your understanding as I attempt to follow where God is leading me in ministry. Unfortunately that has meant less time online for me. Fortunately however, my face-to-face time with other women is growing.

With more drive time to meetings comes more listening time to awesome music. The song below is my new favorite. It always puts my mind and heart in a state of worship, focusing on the right Person.

Have a grace-filled day!

  

Welcome! Welcome!

A special welcome to the Women of Grace PCA. You may be visiting in order to find out about the speaker for your “Living By Letting Go” Women’s Retreat. In that case, let me be the first to say “Hello. I’m so glad you stopped by here.”

I understand your need to check out someone before meeting them. I know that I am guilty of even Googling a speaker before meeting her in person. Somehow, being able to peek into her life helps me connect with her more.

So who am I?

I am a completely real imperfect person - mom, wife, sister, aunt, speaker, and friend. I struggle with whiny people, busy schedules, never-ending laundry, monthly hormones, fattening food, and the constant question of "Am I normal?" I am not holier than you, nor do I falsely believe that I have all the answers to life’s questions. I simply am a woman who daily is seeking how to live this thing called “life” in the best way possible.

Most recently, I have learned that life is best lived by “letting go.”

Maybe you have never lived by “letting go.” Would you like to know what it feels like? Then let’s try a little experiment together:

Start by closing your eyes and then tense every single muscle in your body - from your forehead, through your face, to your arms, through your stomach, down your legs, and even to your toes. Now hold that tension for at least thirty seconds. Go ahead. You can even count with me (with clenched teeth, of course) – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6…29, 30.

Now release!

Take a deep breath. Refill your lungs. Exhale.

Do you feel the difference? Do you sense the peace? Do you notice the stillness?

Friend, while this is only an experiment to illustrate a point, Jesus does promise us His peace as we “let go” of everything and release it to Him.

Want to know more? Then please join me at the “Living By Letting Go” Women’s Retreat, April 13th and 14th. Together, let’s learn to release ourselves and our lives and to refill them with Jesus.

Still Faithful in the New Year?

I've received several emails lately describing yet another friend's struggles. Whether it's a wayward child, physical challenges, family discord, or many other things, each is wondering why 2012 isn't starting off differently. After all, a New Year means a new start, doesn't it?

I was reminded yesterday in church that Jesus never promised us an easy life, but He did promise us an easy answer - an answer that remains the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The answer is Him!

He is faithful to walk with us through the messiness of life. He is faithful to stay close, never leaving or forsaking. He never once lets us walk alone. Jesus is always here with us, whether we feel it or not.

Sing with me the truths in this song. While our circumstances may not change today, our outlook can. God is faithful - always and forever, no matter what!

Hugs to all of you.

 

Happy 2012!

Here's to a New Year of learning to release guilt and to receive grace.

May you find God's grace sufficient for all your wants and needs this year.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with your generous Spirit (Psalm 51:12 - NKJV).

Happy 2012!