God’s Little Nudges


I’m short! Yes, I said it, I’m petite! At birth, my stats were 5.0 pounds and 18.5 inches long. In baby terms, that’s nothing to be concerned about, most babies appear tiny. So why am I focused on this now? Well, just yesterday, I learned that I have shrunk! According to the gal who did the measuring, I have lost 1.5 inches, bringing my new height down to 4 feet 9 inches! Of course, that hiked up (pun intended) the BMI, so now I have a new challenge ahead of me.

I know that none of that is earth shattering news, however what happened next, is worth sharing. In the moments following, I had the opportunity for a little quiet time, and I went straight to God for clarity. Not that this new height is detrimental to my health, but I needed to check in and discern if God was trying to tell me or show me something through this experience.

Sure enough! As I entered a prayerful resting state, God brought to mind a scripture verse. Though it was familiar, it is not one I typically pray with; until now.

“He must increase, but I must decrease”

John 3:30 NRSV

I chuckled at the timing of this verse because I had actually decreased. Taking a moment to laugh, I brought myself into focused prayer hoping to find the message hidden within God’s sense of humor. I considered what it was God might be guiding me toward and knew I needed to give a quick examination of my life in its current state.

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Perhaps, God is giving me a gentle reminder that He is to be in charge. I reflected on recent moments when I might have acted in haste without consulting the source of my blessings. I studied the days that disappeared due to being overly busy. In surveying them, I wondered if I had placed Jesus before all else.

In the verses before John 3:30, John the Baptist describes the joy he feels when he announces that Jesus is more than he. I placed myself at that moment and felt the awe-inspiring joy as I gave way to Jesus being front and center. “I can do this!” I whispered.

The lesson in this experience, which I believe God sent to my heart, is to slow down my pace and enjoy all the moments with God at my side—knowing that He is always one step ahead and will never guide me into anything He has not designed. 

I love the fact that God knows how to get my attention with humor. That is not always the case, but my spirit has learned when He is nudging me. This time, God approached me through a silly tiny nudge, rich with His Truth and Wisdom.

As I type this post, I am inspired by a song titled Just As I Am. For me, this song speaks to the presence of God as mightier than I. Take a listen and enjoy.

I’d love for you to share your experience or time when God used a strange circumstance to get your attention. Post in the comments section below.

Blessings,

Kimberly (Courageous Butterfly)

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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 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