are you motivated to seek wisdom?

I love that the playing field of wisdom is a level one — you don’t have to be smart, accomplished or even well-educated to get it. Anyone can become wise.
But you do have to seek wisdom. James 1:5 tells us if we need wisdom, we can ask for it and God will give it liberally! Many times in my life, I have felt stretched because the tasks or situation at hand required wisdom that I just didn’t have. Being a mother of many, loving someone with an addiction, straightening up my own messed up thoughts and emotions, and trying to make marriage work are all things that brought me face-to-face with my deep need for wisdom. Even during this season of my life, I am being stretched by my business endeavors and always seem to need more wisdom! I am continually asking for more.
And God has never failed to keep this promise! I have received the wisdom and understanding I’ve needed many, many times. Even when I was slow to ask or slow to hear, eventually, it came. When it comes down to it, I am just a fool who eventually remembers to ask for wisdom. 
No, we don’t become wise by osmosis or with gray hair alone. (I wish!) God’s Word tells us many times we must seek wisdom with a whole heart and treat is like a rare jewel. The Book of Proverbs tells us:
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. 
~Proverbs 4:6-7
 
I think the remarkable story Rick Rigsby tells in this video perfectly demonstrates that verse. What do you think? (You’ll have to watch it to answer.)


Now are you motivated to seek wisdom? I sure am! I pray that this week’s #mondaymotivation lasts you a lifetime.
XOXO,
Kimberly

is my love enough?

Is my love enough?
 
This is a question someone asked me recently. So what do you think? If you are loving someone with all of your strength and ability, is it enough?
NO.
This Wednesday is Valentine’s Day, LOVE Day, as I call it. (I love celebrating LOVE!) We give Valentines & candy hearts to our friends, spouses, children. It is our time to “share the love,” right? Well then, no better time for some real talk about love. Back to my opening question: Is my love enough?
Here’s the real deal with your love: It will run out.
I bet you even know (from experience) what I’m talking about! You work so hard to love, forgive, accept and get along with someone, but it just isn’t enough. Things are just NOT going as planned! Well, maybe, just maybe, it is because the only love you are accessing is your own — and human’s ability to love is limited. But…
What if you allowed God’s unlimited, unconditional love to flow through you instead?
The ONLY way to truly love others, without running out of love, is to love them the way God loves us. (And WOW, His love is insane! I mean, total acceptance, total forgiveness and total selfless sacrifice! His love is ALWAYS enough!) But to love others with this kind of love, you must first receive it for yourself. So, have you?
 
Have you received God’s extravagant & sacrificial love and forgiveness for yourself?
If not, how about making this Valentine’s Day the one you remember for the rest of your life? By inviting God’s Love into your heart, the Love He expressed through His Son’s sacrifice on The Cross, not only will you finally know what unconditional love feels like, but you will be able to give it away when your own love runs out.
I’m not being dramatic when I say, this Love, God’s Love, has saved my life. It has saved relationships in my life that would otherwise be non-existent. It has kept me on the path of Light and Life. This Love, in my opinion, is the best Valentine I could give you, because it is the only way you will have what you need to love your people with a love that will not run out.
“We love because He first loved us.” Or you could say it this way, we CAN love because He first loved us! Happy Valentine’s Day!
With So Much LOVE!
Kimberly XOXO

confidence is beautiful…

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Confidence is beautiful… and confidence in what God says about you is UNBREAKABLE.
Not only is it unbreakable, it is the *secret* to being a confident woman! If I put my confidence in myself… uh-oh. No one knows better how to poke holes in me…than me! In fact, I can more easily talk myself out of being confident than into it! (Can you relate?)
Well, what if I put my confidence in who God says I am? Well then! Now we are talking! This may actually be the only way that I can be a confident woman! If I simply choose to see what He sees, believe what He believes and say what He says about me, then I think I can do this confidence thing! Here’s how:
I am weak, but He sees me as Strong.
I am flawed, but He sees me as Beautiful.
I am broken, but He sees me as Whole.
I am foolish, but He gives me Wisdom.
I am hard on myself, but He shows me Mercy.
I am guilty, but He says I’m Forgiven.
I have failed, but He says I am an Overcomer.
My thoughts are a mess, but He says I have His Mind.
My emotions are fickle, but He says I am Self-Controlled.
I’ve lived in the dark, but He says I’m a Light.
I’ve tried to hide, but He says I’m a City on a Hill.
I’ve been abandoned, but He promises to never Leave.
I’ve been stained by the world, but He says I’m Clean.
I’ve been thrown away, but He says I’m Chosen.
I’ve been rejected, but He pursues my Heart.
I’ve been despised, but He says I am LOVED.
He says I’m His Beloved, His Bride, His Righteousness and His Joy and that He won’t stop His work in me until I look just like Him! He says He loves me just the way I am but He loves me too much to leave me this way! He says I’m growing, being transformed daily and that He will make all things new!
Wow! What’s there NOT to be confident in??
If you are “in Christ,” and He is in you, then there is no reason to struggle with insecurity anymore.
It’s time to walk in our God-given confidence,
Kimberly xo!