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Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Jesus Meme

Okay, I admit it…I “stole” this from GiBee at Kisses of Sunshine and I love that Heather (with the 2 blogs; this one, and this one) in all of her 23 years of age, and many more eons of wisdom placed in her by the Heavenly Father, came up with it and sent it out to this blogdom.

I love that out of all the Me-Me’s it’s the most Him-Him…so I’m In-In…even if I stole it from Her-Her are you tired of This-This…so either steal it from me (or GiBee) or wait to get tagged…I never was one to wait for much of anything.

1) What is your life verse:

Psalm 139:14 “I will praise Him for I am fearfully and wonderfully made!” though the verse God is constantly trying to instill in me is throughout the Epistles: “Walk in a manner worthy of your calling” (I usually read it in Ephesians.)

2) Give a bit of your testimony:

This is probably the “scariest” question for me in the blogdom because while you KNOW the me I let you see…you have no idea who I was or who I am. I will say a bit, but frankly it’s too long to fit here neat and concisely and I’m much more about who I’ve become then who I was. After all, God’s grace is sufficient…for me and for you, right?

Okay, so while I received my “fire insurance” at the tender age of 13, I had many unanswered questions about what it meant. I was deferred by clergy and leaders and that was a bit of a turn-off for the questioning girl that I am. I lived for me! for the next few years…few being about oh…hmm…til I was in my 30’s? Sure I rededicated my life a few times through my young adulthood, but true-blue, all-or-nothing faith didn’t come til I was in my 30’s, when I finally gave up! I had that prodigal moment of “it’s time to go home and beg for forgiveness”. The best part was God didn’t need me to beg. He needed my humble heart full of such repentance and He let me sit in His lap while I offered it.

I have been to the pit, jumped in, wallowed around, attempted to flee on my own, fell back in, forgot why I came and where I was going and just sort of idled there for a good part of my journey. I will tell you this: I spent a day in jail (following a bad choice), I was labeled a “prostitute” (thankfully for only a short time and NOT why I spent a day in jail), thought I’d attempt “drinking away” my problems, and I spent 15 years trying to figure out why I was created to begin with. I contemplated suicide more than once.

The good stuff that reminded me that He is never far away included: seeing an actual ANGEL in the flesh, with wings and everything…feeling a tangible touch from God on my shoulder…seeing my sister healed of terminal cancer…hearing God speak to me as clear as can be…witnessing new and renewed faith, through sharing my own story with others and hearing their stories, at the wondrous love of Jesus.

That is a part of my story so far...hopefully the uphill climb won’t be from the pit again!

3) Do you have a favorite preacher?

I love hearing T.D. Jakes preach (especially in person, but even on CD he ROCKS). I have so many…let’s see: Joyce Meyer, Paula White, Juanita Bynum, any of the Women of Faith, Liz Curtis Higgs, and most definitely Carol Kent! Oh and of course, I’m crazy about my own preacher: Ryan Abernathy, who pushes us to that point of discomfort to run, not walk, towards God and how He created us for this earthly season.

4) What's the best Bible Study you've ever done?

There are 2 that come to mind: Me and My Big Mouth ~no comments from anyone~ (Joyce Meyer), and Believing God (Beth Moore).

5) What do you feel God's calling is on your life? To encourage and disciple other women through writing and in relationship.

Okay, thankfully I did this work yesterday and can get this posted cause now I’m going to work like a dog (translation: get stuff done I won’t remember by Tuesday, and do a limited surf of my favorite reads). I’ll be posting (hopefully including some random travel shots) on the other side of this rainbow in Al-B-Ker-Key!

And to Ken, from “The Voice”, It is a beautiful city and even if you never make it during the balloon fiesta (which is quite a site with over 1100 balloon floating heavenward),

you should definitely do a trip there some time…mountains, beach (without the ocean of course, but tons of beach), great outdoor activities; skiing, hiking, biking, etc, beautiful weather, adobe homes and businesses everywhere,

Native American history and heritage, not to mention some beautiful casino’s and outdoor opera and museums and outdoor concerts…it’s gorgeous, truly, it is. And the food ROCKS and absolutely tops anywhere I’ve been

and I’ve been to over 30 states. Hopefully I can convey some of the beauty and rich culture in pictures.

I better get busy…have a wonderful and blessed Memorial Day! What/who will you be remembering? I’m remembering family that have gone before me and the love of a God so great that He gave is Only Son to die for my sins and is now seated at His right hand!
Super-Happy Thursday!


flipflop said...

Love this post! Glad you stole it! Impatient little blogger. ;)

great2beme said...

I already miss you! I can't believe you are gonna be gone the whole long weekend. Be blessed frocus on the positive like the beautiful poictures you shared and this trip can be great. Love you sister!

Heather Smith said...

Thanks for doing this me-me!! And thanks for the encouraging words!! This memorial day weekend I'll be riding the roller coasters at Carowinds! Yay!! Have a good one!

the voice said...

Awesome meme! I will do this one as soon as I get caught up with all the other stuff I'm supposed to do. Thanks for stuff on New Mexico. I think it looks like fantastic place. Can't wait to here about your trip when you get back. Have fun, and God bless you! Ken

tam said...

Whoaa! You're leaving? ok, whew! just re-checked your post and saw that you would be posting from your travel lo-cal!

Can't have you NOT post! Except then I could get caught up and soak in all the posts I have missed but would rather have you fresh and new everyday!

Have a wonderful sounds like so much fun!

Remembering this weekend? Veterans like our neighbor who is a WWII vet and gone on to heaven (we pray!)...and working with those we still have here in this world to tighten our ties (the healthy ones of course!)

Dismantle Queen said...

I love the post, , I know you will have a fabuloso weekend, and I am looking forward to reading your post(s) when we you get back, God Bless you and have a safe and revived weekend.... Cant wait..

GiBee said...

Oh, Kim ... what can I say. Goosebumps and tears. That's what the small part of your testimony sparked in the emotion part of my brain.

I am so thankful that God has plopped my path right on top you! You are such a beautiful, articulate, and gifted woman and I am honored that you stole the me-me from me so that we could all give Him-Him the glory-glory!

Hugs and kisses to you, sistah!

Shalee said...

Kim, what a gorgeous post. The meme was very defining and helpful to see where you've been and where you are going with God. I'm glad you are following your calling and administering/encouraging/helping us out. We really need it. Well, I do.

Have the BEST time with your man and come back to tell us all about it!

Overwhelmed! said...

I have a ton of Ballon Fiesta pictures, we used to live in Albuquerque. Oronzo and I were even part of a balloon chasing crew. It was a blast! :)

Have fun on your trip.

Joy M. said...

You are so right that God's Grace is sufficient. In our own minds we let ourselves get so caught up in our past, that we give too much credit to what Satan had us mired in. Sometimes it's better for our own faith to say, "look where I am" and not dwell so much on the past. There are other times, when for healings sake, it needs to ALL come out. Thank God He forgets when He forgives.