God…As Friend


“Someone with a bible which is falling apart, lives a life which is not.” A direct quote from a recent sermon of which I had the privilege to listen.

God’s Word can come to us in many ways. As American’s, we are blessed to freely hold in our possession God’s book of wisdom, truth and light.  Personally, I have become somewhat of a bible hoarder!  A sentimental fool of sorts, I have a new passion for leafing through bibles at antique shops. I look for hand written notes in the margin, while inhaling the scent of the aged paper. I often wonder and think about the number of blessed tears that have graced its pages. In these moments, all of these subtleties create an encounter with God.

Perhaps, the one who held the bible before had only opened it once or twice. On the other hand, it could be the opposite. Sometimes the pages are too fragile to turn and other times they are crisp and clean. Those are the times when I wonder, and ask myself, “What does God want my bible to look like?”   

“I can do all things though Christ who strengthens me,” (Philippians 4:13) a verse echoing in my heart today and bringing about thoughts of friendship.  I am going to date myself here, but when I think of God as my friend, images come to mind of somewhat historical friendships. Take for instance, Tom and Jerry; Laverne and Shirley; Laura Wilder and her lovely dog Bandit. 

These relationships portray the best of friendships however, not always glamourous or warm and fuzzy. Each also contained many instances of miscommunication, sadness, and periods of silence.  Yet, at the end of every episode, tensions were released, fences mended and their love for one another outweighed any of the turmoil.

So, now you are wondering what does all of this have to do with God and the bible, right?  Today I invite you to begin a new friendship with God. Choose one of your favorite historical friendships as a model and re-invent how you spend each day, and every moment with God. 

I invite you to begin today and ware down that bible of yours. Dust it off, pray in it.  Let your tears stain the pages. Allow your heart to feel God’s word in and through you. Don’t be afraid to write your thoughts in the margins; the space is there for a reason!

Hand Written note on Psalm 103. Written in Italian, feel free to comment if you know what it says!

Reflection moment: What does God want my bible to look like? What does my friendship with God look like? How can I strengthen my walk with God?

Are you praying with a worn out bible or have a family heirloom? I would love to hear your comments in the section below.

Many Blessings,

Kimberly

Courageous Butterfly

A Written Prayer


Jeremiah 30:2

“Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book.”

Time spent alone with God can produce inner feelings and insights for you. Sitting with God and engaging in conversation as this happens can be very helpful on your spiritual journey. Going one step further and writing it down gives us another way to connect with God while we pray. Keeping a journal can be scary and intimidating but also a beautiful way for you to see where God is leading you in prayer.

Here’s an example of how journaling in prayer gave me a “wow” moment. I think I mentioned before that while I was recovering from shoulder surgery I had my dominant arm in a sling. This made it difficult for me to write down everything I wanted to share with God in my journal. One morning God put it on my heart to write down one important sentence on the page and then when I was able to write again I would go back, reflect and journal.

Well! Let me tell you that God must have known exactly what I was going to be feeling and all that I wanted to say. About a week ago, I flipped back to those pages, and as I reflect on what was written nearly 4 months ago, I am able to finish that one sentence seamlessly as it relates to my present moments with God. I sat in wonderment looking at two pages side by side realizing that I had journaled the same passage and felt the same about it, even though the first entry was in October.

I thought to myself, “well there was no growth there because nothing with that passage has changed internally in me”. God knew differently, and eventually so did I. The Holy Spirit whispered to my heart that this area of my life needs some work. I looked again at the two pages side by side and and knew this was something God wants me to focus on.

The subject is “self forgiveness” and it stems from a broken relationship. I have been in prayer about this for several days now and I have come to realize that I am keeping myself jailed, not physically, but emotionally and spiritually.

The fruit from my journaling and reflection on both past and present journal entries has given me a task…to surrender these feelings…forgive myself…and allow God to do the rest.

I have shared these personal feelings and insights with you because
I promised Jesus I would follow Him and make fishers of men.
I promised I would listen to Gods call even when it means being vulnerable.
I promised you all that I would stay true to you and keep it real!

So, after all that… I have one question…did you journal today?
❤️❤️❤️

A Different Kind of New Year’s Eve


2 Corinthians 3:12, 18

“Since we have such hope, we act with great boldness, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face….And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”

Out with the old, in with the new…Bring on new beginnings…Let’s put this year to bed.

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I could go on and on with phrases often said to ring in the New Year. As I reflect on those I hear most I wonder…should we really focus on dumping all that 2020 brought us?  We have faced a lot of common struggles this year and we did this with faces veiled as a means of protection for us and those around us.  In a sense we were transformed into the same image, faces covered with emotions outpouring from our eyes above the mask line.

A fresh new year is a very exciting concept, our reality though is the moment that clock strikes midnight, not much will have changed.  There are however, things that you can do to ensure your 2021 begins fresh, new and blessed! Tonight, the noise makers will be limited, crowds will be via zoom and things will seem eerily quiet and different…an opportunity for “Perfect Peace”?

In that moment why not, open your heart to Hope in God; make a resolution to Act with great boldness in the coming year; look beyond the mask and see the Glory of the Lord in yourself and those around you; pray to our Heavenly Father to allow the Holy Spirit to move and transform you, filling your heart with “Perfect Peace”.

Reflect on 2020 and thank God for everything the year brought you, in the loss, thank God for compassion; in the financial struggle, thank God for Wisdom; in the loneliness, thank God for His Love; and in the Joy thank God for the fullness of your heart.

My heart feels extremely full as I reflect and see how God has used the happenings of 2020 to pull me closer to Him.  As I ring in 2021 I will welcome the year with the grace of God; openness in my heart and mind; and a willingness to surrender my own expectations and walk in the light of His will. 

I wish a brand New Shiny Year to you and your families!  I will be praying for you to look beyond the struggles of 2020 and ring in the blessings that were given to you and carry them with you at 12:01! 

With Love and Perfect Peace,

Courageous Butterfly

Kimberly