Bunny Trails

I have noticed in my life and other people’s lives that when we are waiting for a big event, we often go down bunny trails. Bunny trails are paths that don’t lead to anywhere. It seems in retrospect that it’s a waste of time, energy and resources.  This happens to strong Christians too. Why do we do this? Lord, why do you let us wander like this?

God’s Word to us: That is an excellent question and I have an excellent answer.  Life provides many opportunities for good or bad or the other.  Many of these bunny trails are the other.  They have no real meaning.  Yes, they use both time and resources but that’s about it. Life is not a straight path and I wouldn’t want you to stop trying things.  That would make life very boring and you never know when you would be missing a great opportunity.  So allow a few bunny trails in your life.  It’s okay.  That’s part of what life is all about: trying new things.  And when something important comes up you’ll know it and end up on the main path again.

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. There is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 12,13

 My Heart’s Cry is for us not to be afraid to go down a bunny trail. Trying new things is good too, as well as enjoying the fruits of our labors.

I have to admit that I am too serious most of the time.  My introverted self thinks a lot. Everything must have meaning. It must have purpose.  And yet, His answer to my heart as well as the scriptures in Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 12, 13 both basically say the same thing: to lighten up!  Trying new things and enjoying the fruit of your labors are gifts from Him.  He created a interesting world with so much to explore. So give yourself permission to take a bunny trail here and there and just enjoy being alive.

Happy Friday!! Go on a bunny trail this weekend.  I’d love to hear about it.

Blessings – Kim

The Distraction of Devices

Electronic Devices are spellbinding some days. There is work to be done using them. Like typing a blog. But there is also a lot of mind numbing activities as well. I think on the days I’m not exactly excited about my life I spend more time scrolling through social media. The day I wrote this I was having a hard time transitioning from a passive activity to an active activity. Read what my heart was saying to God. Have you ever felt this way?

Lord, I don’t know what to do.  There are things I should get done today but I don’t even want to start. I could not do them but then the dishes will be piled even that much higher and we won’t have the clothes we need. These devices are just so darn addicting. I look and look. I don’t even know what I’m looking for but it’s hard to stop.  Meanwhile my house work isn’t getting done because I’m not in the mood.  Oh, what a poor housewife I am.

God’s word to us: You are not a poor housewife just a very distracted one. Maybe starting the day with your device isn’t the best thing for you.  What do you say? Wait until noon to check social media and word press updates then you’ll get to the first things first like it should be.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

It’s been a couple weeks since I wrote this prayer. The days I followed God’s advice, I do much better.  I think what we do first in the day sets the tone for the day. I do pray first but since I’m on my device for the Bible then I just roll into looking at emails, Facebook, Instagram and WordPress.  Then somehow I get lost. I get into a passive mode.

My Heart’s Cry is if you are struggling like I’ve been with getting your normal work done because of your device. Then wait til later in the day after you’ve accomplished something active. Do the important things first. And when you get sucked in, like we all do, then remember “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”

I’d love to hear your comments on how you’re managing your device time. Or comment if you’ve struggled like I have.

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Blessings -Kim



I am with you always

I struggle feeling close to God sometimes. I get so distracted. Quite frankly, some of the tasks in life don’t make me feel close to God. For example, today, I was ironing some brand new dish towels for ministry. It was quite the stack! When I washed them, they wrinkled. So ironing them seemed like the logical thing to do.  But my natural gifting is not serving. To a servant this would seem like holy work, but that’s not me. I feel close to God in nature or sitting in a quiet environment and praying. Ironing dish towels just felt like being so far away from God even though I was doing it for Him.  You see, that is why we can’t go by our feelings.  Not every moment is going to feel like a glory moment. So we need to remember what is true.  And the truth is that God loves us and is always with us, whatever task we’re doing.

Lord, Please touch my heart. I feel it needs to be touched by you. Revive it again. Bless our relationship. Let us grow again. I don’t want to be numb or distant.  I want to feel you are near. I am just not feeling you right now. I’ve been distracted. Oh Lord, don’t let me be distracted.

God’s Word to us: You know I always do. How you feel has no bearing on how much I do care about you.  It’s just how you feel at the moment. I am here with you when you fall asleep and I’m here with you when you awake again. I plan your future and I see your past. I Am is with you. Know it, trust it, believe it, even when you don’t feel like I am. For I do love you always.

 “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”  Deuteronomy 31:8

My Heart’s Cry is for you believe I Am is with you. That you will know it, trust it, and believe it even when you don’t feel His presence.  You can’t always go by your feelings. You need to believe what is true. His Word is true!

I would encourage you to spend time doing the thing that does make you feel closer to God. Ask yourself, when was the last time I felt close to God? What was I doing?  Maybe it’s time to revisit that. This is seeking God. And guess what the bible tells us? “But from there you will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.” Deuteronomy 4:29 

Likes and comments are appreciated. I would love to know how you feel close to God? I mentioned for me it’s being in nature and sitting quietly praying. But God has made us all different. Lets help each other by finding more ways to spend time with God. I look forward to your comments here or on Facebook.

I hope this helps somebody out there. God bless you and your weekend.

Your friend,


In the Presence of a Meltdown

Lord, You saw the meltdown this morning.  So hard.  Oh Lord, what am I to do when a family member has a meltdown?

God’s Word to us:  Listen. Be patient with them. And hear their concerns.  They are all wrapped up in it then. You can enter in and be that safe person.  When you walk away, like you so often do, then they are all alone.  And that is where the self-loathing begins.  I know it is painful, but stay close by them when they meltdown. And when you need help to do this, pray. I will give you the inner strength and determination you need.  Thank you for asking this really important question.

“May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.”  Romans 15:5-7 

We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father.” Colossians 1:11

My Heart’s Cry is for us to have the courage to stay during a meltdown when it’s easier to leave. Pray for inner strength and determination.

How many times have you been like I have and run away, when really you should have stayed to just be there and listen.  Who better to love them? I don’t want it to spin into anything worse, like self-loathing, because that has a whole new set of problems.  But I only have what I have to give at that moment. It’s hard to give care and hang in there when I’m feeling depleted. Below are two prayers from the Bible verses of today’s post.  I’ve changed them so we can pray them for ourselves.  I hope it is useful.

Dear God, you give me patience and encouragement. Help me live in harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. I need help accepting them as Christ has accepted me, so God will be given glory.

I also pray I will be strengthened with all your glorious power, so I will have all the endurance and patience I need. May I be filled with joy, always thanking you, my Father. God, please remember I’ve prayed this prayer today, because I’m going to need all this help again, the next time my loved one has a melt down.  Thank you for caring so much.

In Jesus name, Amen.



New Steps of Faith

Today, I am feeling that nothing I do is good enough.  Where did my self-confidence go? Every time I try to do the next thing, I start questioning myself.  I hate those feelings!  Lord, please help me see why I’m struggling so much with this today.

God’s Word to us: You are about to walk in some pretty new steps of faith.  Speaking at a retreat and then starting a women’s group are not your normal day-to-day activities.  It is here where you will have to use faith. And so since these new things have begun to press in on you, you’re beginning to question your normal activities too.  My desire is for you to give it all to me and ask for My help.  Whether it be old or new, I will help you.

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

My Heart’s Cry is for us to remember that as we walk out new steps of faith, He is there. He is saying to us to ask Him for help and He will help us.  In this prayer, you saw that my new steps of faith were even affecting my old normal day-to-day activities.  When I noticed what was going on with my self confidence, I took the time to stop, sit down, and pray. Something was wrong in me. I knew something was off if I couldn’t even decide whether to wash the white clothes first or the dark clothes first.  Have you ever done that? Has even the most simple ordinary task seemed difficult? I love this verse because it says, be strong and courageous! We are not to be afraid or discouraged. Why? Because the Lord is with us. He wants us to give it all to Him. He wants us to ask Him for His help.

What new steps of faith are you walking in today?  Read this verse again then take courage! He is with you wherever you go.

Have a blessed weekend!!!  -Kim




My Rags


I feel like a rag doll coming to you. I’m not pretty on the inside or out. Just leftovers. I’ve given my best pieces to meet my family’s needs and even my own so all I have left are rags and remnants. Lord I need something new to work with. Fresh new material.  Something to get excited about again. Something new to create with. Please answer the call of my heart. It’s upsetting to live like this.

God’s word to us: I hear the cry of your heart. Life sometimes feels like it just goes on and on with no rest or breaks.  Then you do feel like this rag doll you are describing. I am here to tell you your hope needs to be in me, when you have days like this or even moments like this.  Come to me with your rags. For I can make beautiful things out of them that will put a smile on your face again.  What do you have? Let me see your bundle. Remember I created the world out of nothing. I can certainly make something out of this, your rags.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Eph 3:20

I remember this dark day. After writing this the Lord impressed upon me to bring Him what I had. One by one I listed these worn out pieces. This blue one is what I have left after a hard day’s work, and this green one is what’s left of my health, this yellow one is what’s left from doing dishes and cleaning the house, and this purple one is what is leftover after paying bills and going grocery shopping. There is just not much left of value.

My Heart’s Cry is for us to remember our hope needs to be in Him not in the bundle of rags we find ourselves still holding onto. When we surrender them He can make something beautiful. He created the world out of nothing surely He can make something nice and of value of our rags. Talk to God about it now. It’s your turn.

I find it extremely interesting that in my prayer I asked for something new. I wanted new material to work with. But His answer focused on that He can make something out was leftover. Isn’t that us. We want a new life. Something new and exciting to focus on.  What are you thoughts about this. I’d love to hear them! If you are my Facebook friend you can comment on the post in Facebook. If you are a WordPress Follower, you know what to do.  Have a great day. -Kim

What is my Goal?

What is my goal? That’s how I’m feeling. I am a housewife but I barely fit in everything I need to do in a day. I feel like I lose track of time. Please give me clarity when it comes to what I need to do.  It seems like the back end has been severed because I do and do but still there is no relief or sense of accomplishment. Please fix that part of me.

God’s word to us: Daughter, if you could see your days like I see them you would understand better. You fail to see all the little victories. All heaven is poised waiting for a kind word to be spoken, a caring heart to be shared, a loving look to be noticed and reciprocated. These are the values we look for in each day. This is what’s important. Yes, the dishes need to get done and everyone needs to get fed; but remember the greatest of these is love. So let love be your goal. Your world will slow down and you will enjoy it so much more.

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15

When I am task oriented, rather than relationship oriented, I forget to treat my loved ones with kindness, gentleness and patience. If someone is having an off day and not keeping to the schedule, we are all in trouble because then my attitude is affected. In these times I need to be flexible, give grace, and clothe myself in love which binds us all together in perfectly harmony.

My Heart’s Cry is for us to see our days the way He created them – as opportunities to love. Our values need line up with God’s values, with love as our goal.


She’s Growing Up

My daughter is growing up. She just celebrated her 9th birthday. That’s halfway to adulthood. And if I remember right from having the boys, the second half goes faster.  Oh Lord, how do I make the most of my time with her?  How do I make sure I impress on her the important things in life?

God’s word to us: Slowdown. My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways. I purposed for her to be with you right now, learning by your side.  As you learn new things she’s automatically learning them too. There is no way you could plan all that I have planned for you both. This is a very special time. So don’t fret. Trust my way for your lives. You will make the most of your time together and you’ll impress her on important things in life. Both will happen naturally. I leave you with this verse.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6

My Heart’s Cry is to trust God’s plan as He leads us while raising our children.  As we learn new things, we include our kids so they can learn them too. When we run into challenges we show them how a Christian handles life. God is using all this to shape our family and prepare us for the future.

I loved what He said, “There is no way you could plan all that I have planned for you both.” This takes so much pressure off me to be the perfect mom by having everything planned, organized and under control. My heart deeply needed to hear this. I really just need to live this verse out day by day, trusting Him and His plans. He will teach me how to best raise my daughter.

Comment on how you feel about your kids growing up. How does God’s word encourage you?



Broken Plate

A couple of days ago my daughter was doing dishes with me.  When she went to put the last plate in the dishwasher, it slipped out of her little wet hands.  It came crashing down to the floor and split in two.  Oh my, how her spirit was crushed – but mine wasn’t.  I allow room for her to be human and make mistakes. I gave her a big hug and said, “those things happen sometimes.  I’m not mad at you. I forgive you.”

Two days later I was stacking clean dishes and I didn’t lift one dish high enough. The edges collided with each other and now the dish has a chip in it.  Thankfully I can still use the dish but it’s certainly damaged.

Lord, I am incredibly hard on myself!  I love these dishes.  Why did a 1/2 inch error in my judgement make me ruin something I love? I’m just so bummed.  And the real question that’s going on in my heart is, “Why did I have so much grace for my daughter’s mistake but not for myself.  What is really going on here?”

God’s word to us: I’m glad you asked, for this is an important question.  You don’t expect her to be perfect but you expect yourself to be.  Here lies the answer to your quandary.  Love yourself just as much as I have loved you.  I have forgiven all of your mistakes.  I have forgiven every single one of them whether there was sin involved or not.  Now go away from this and be unashamed, for I have already covered it at the cross.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

My Heart’s Cry for you is to believe that God loves you. If you have asked Jesus to be your Savior, then He has forgiven all your mistakes and even all your sins. I believe God also wants us to apply this to ourselves, “Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Sometimes it’s hardest to forgive ourselves for mishandling something. We give grace to our kids for not being perfect, but we don’t give ourselves that same grace. We are so hard on ourselves. Take a moment and remember God’s great love for you. Then take time to love and forgive yourself, so you can forgive others. Love God first, love others, and then love yourself.

 Lord, Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. Matthew 6:12


A Busy Mind

I am praying and my mind has wondered off several times.  I’m thinking about what I need to get done in the next few days.  I have a tax appointment, I have to plan a dessert club talk, and my mom is flying into town for a visit.  I can’t even focus and it’s You I’m talking to! You are The God of the Universe who listens to me.  Please help me to focus more.  I really do care about my prayer time.

God’s word to us: You are so right. Your mind is all over the place.  I’m glad you’ve noticed. Sometimes you don’t.  It is in these times you need to cast your cares on Me first.  In your heart, if you already have given Me permission to help with your taxes, help with the talk and help working with the schedule, then your mind won’t need to solve these things.  It would be at rest. So take some deep breaths and let’s start again.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. I Peter 5:7

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6

My Hearts Cry is for you to know that God cares about every detail of your busy week. He asks us to give our cares and worries to Him.  This day my prayers were unfocused because I would pray a sentence and then my mind would wander off trying to figure out some little detail. Then I’d pray again and off my mind went – trying to solve another problem.  I did not feel close to Jesus.  In fact I felt guilty for how I was treating Him.

If we truly give Him our worries, we don’t need to solve them anymore. It’s a surrender.  I wonder how many times we worry through our prayers, just talking about our cares, yet never really giving our cares to Him. This affects our closeness to Him, our relationship with Him.  So the next time you have a Busy Mind, you know what to do. Give your worries to Him.