Keep At It

Keep At It

Keep At It

To those of you who are dealing with a difficult, trying situation, and who have been praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping and waiting in faith to see a breakthrough…

And praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping and waiting in faith to see a breakthrough…

And praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping and waiting in faith to see a breakthrough…for weeks, months, and in some instances even years….

The word for you today is keep at it.

Keep at it.

Keep at it!…Keep at it!…Keep at it!

Listen Up

Don’t get discouraged.

Keep at it.

Don’t give up.

Keep at it.

Don’t listen to the voices telling you your stance in God is a waste of time.

Keep at it.

Don’t be moved by the apparent lack of progress in the natural for there’s far more progress than you can ever imagine in the spirit…where it really matters.

Keep at it.

Don’t believe the age-old lie that “God doesn’t love you and He doesn’t care about you or you won’t be going through this”.

Keep at it.

Don’t be held hostage and frustrated by your pre-conceived notion that it’s taking too long for indeed God’s timing is perfect.

Keep at it!

Don’t give up!

Keep at it.

Keep at it!…Keep at it!…Keep at it!

Keep At It

For those of you who are dealing with a situation, some for weeks months and years, and who’ve been praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping in faith to see a breakthrough…

And praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping in faith to see a breakthrough…

And praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping in faith to see a breakthrough…for weeks, months, and some instances even years…

The word for you today is keep at it.

Keep at it.

This Test Is Your Storm

My Prayer For You

Father I lift up all my sisters who are suffering from battle fatigue today. Father strengthen them by the power of Your Holy Spirit in their inner man. Fill them with Your fresh oil. Restore, re-focus, replenish, rejuvenate, revitalize them. Impart a second wind of your anointing to them. Help them to keep their eyes fixed and focused on You and Your Truth and not on their situation. Even now, let them experience Your love, presence and power like never before and begin to trust Your character, sovereignty and authority like never before. Father give them the grace to not faint, knowing that the battle is only for a season and a change will surely come. Father empower them to keep at it in Jesus’ Name…Amen.

Encouraging Scriptures

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.”

Matthew 11:28-30 – AMPC

“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”

Isaiah 41:10 – AMPC

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace andconfidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”

John 16:33 – AMPC

“For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],mSince we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.”

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 – AMPC

“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]— To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).”

Ephesians 3:20-21 – AMPC

Keep at it!

Be strengthened and encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Video “This Test Is Your Storm” off of the 1999 album “Women of Faith Gospel”courtesy of gospelmusicchannel8

Hurricane Or Rather “Terrocane” Dorian

Hurricane Or Rather “Terrocane” Dorian

Why I Have Not Posted

It’s been just over a month since I last posted…yes, that’s quite a while.

Lots has been going on at many levels that warranted my attention making the time to write limited, and when available, truthfully, the inspiration simply was not there.

The most impactful of all events during this period was Hurricane Dorian, in my opinion better termed “Terrocane” Dorian because of the terror and destruction it unleashed on my country, the Bahamas.

“Terrocane” Dorian Arrives

On Sunday. September 1st, Category 5 “Terrocane” Dorian, packing winds of 185 mph with gusts over 220 mph and storm surge of up to 25 feet, made landfall on our island of Abaco, then a day later on our island of Grand Bahama where it lingered for over 36 hours, more than 18 of which it sat almost stationary, before leaving.

“Terrocane” Dorian was the strongest Atlantic storm on record, tied only with the 1935 hurricane that hit the Florida Keys, and the strongest hurricane on record to hit the Bahamas.

“Terrocane” Dorian Destroys

“Terrocane” Dorian left UNPRECEDENTED DEATH, and CATASTROPHIC DEVASTATION.

To date, the official death count as a result of Dorian’s passage is 58 and expected to rise as there are still 600 persons missing. Approximately 13,000 homes were severely damaged or totally destroyed, about 70,000 people are homeless, and the overall damage has been estimated at over $7,000,000,000 US Dollars.

“Unbelievable! Indescribable! Unfathomable! Mind-blowing! Terrorizing! Gut wrenching! Heartbroken! Dazed! Confused! Never seen anything like it! It’s like a bomb was dropped! I have nothing left but I thank God I’m alive! I saw the water sweep people away! My son was snatched out of my arms! My mother fell off the roof into the surge! I can’t locate my sister and father! The windows of my house blew out with a boom! The roof flew off the shelter! The walls fell in! Water filled the entire bottom floor of my house up to the ceiling! Bodies were everywhere! The stench of death was in the air! Gone, everything once recognizable is gone! I want to wake up from this nightmare!”

That’s just a mini sample of some of the sentiments expressed by persons after the storm, and though riveting in and of themselves, even those words pale in their adequacy to reflect and express what transpired experientially and materially.

The Nightmare Of A Missing Relative

My family experienced first-hand the nightmare of having a missing relative after the storm.

One of my aunts, a medical doctor who lives on the island of Grand Bahama but held a clinic on the island of Abaco remained on Abaco to ride out the storm.

I spoke with her on the Sunday morning that “Terrocane” Dorian began making landfall and lost all contact with her that afternoon because of the storm.

As a result of this, my family and I had no way of finding out how she fared during the storm or if she was dead or live after it left.

Although we were outwardly calm and kept the faith, not knowing my aunt’s condition or whereabouts was a harrowing experience for me and my family, especially considering the fact that the area in which she stayed was decimated…the word was “Marsh Harbor Abaco is gone!”

Seeing all the pictures and videos of devastation and raging flood waters, and hearing multiple stories of bare survival, death, and destruction via social media and over our local television networks made the situation even more dire, yet we remained prayerful and hopeful and did all we could to find out anything at all about her well-being.

It wasn’t until 3 days later on Wednesday evening that I received a text message from an anonymous number telling me that my aunt said to let me and the family know that she was okay, she made it to a shelter and needed help to leave Abaco.

Once I verified that the information was legitimate, I let my family know my aunt was okay and the rejoicing began…we are so, so grateful to the Lord for keeping her safe and sparing her life in the midst of all the danger… Praise His Name!

Back Home Safe

The ensuing miraculous chain of events orchestrated by God that enabled my aunt to leave Abaco and arrive safely in Nassau, our capital, within the next 24 hours in the midst of thousands and thousands of people trying to do the same thing is too much too relay at this time, but again, I must express thanks and praise to God for His Grace and Favor.

God’s arm of protection was around my aunt in so many ways, especially considering that the entire second floor of the two-story building where she stayed was completely destroyed and she had absolutely no idea of the destruction that had taken place just above her head

It was not until when during the eye of the storm, fearing for their lives, her landlord and his wife who lived in that space fled downstairs to seek shelter in their other apartment unit and knocked on my aunt’s door in transit letting her know what had happened, that she realized what had occurred.

Our story has a happy ending and we are eternally grateful to the Lord for that, but many other persons were not as fortunate.

Because of this, even in the midst of our rejoicing, we mourn with the persons who lost family members to death and with those who still have them missing, and are saddened by the multiple reports of persons who have lost their homes, businesses and all their material possessions…it’s been a true bitter/sweet experience.

Moving Forward

“Terrocane” Dorian has wreaked tremendous havoc and destruction on our Abaco and Grand Bahama islands and in the lives of the people who inhabited those islands.

While addressing the United Nations General Assembly last week, our Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis described Hurricane Dorian as a “generational tragedy” and called on world leaders to take urgent action to combat the global climate crisis. This is critical not only for our nation, but for many other nations of the world.

In an effort to constructively and proactively move forward, Prime Minister, Minnis has established a new government ministry, the “Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction”, to lead recovery and development efforts, as well as future disaster responses in the country. 

If you want a better idea of what has happened and what is happening now in the Bahamas in terms of recovery and relief efforts, you can click here to start a Google Search – “Hurricane Dorian Bahamas

Grateful For Assistance

The people of my country and I are extremely grateful for the overwhelming love, concern, support, encouragement, prayer and multi-level assistance that has poured in, and continues to pour in to our nation.

Although a resourceful and resilient people, we need as much help from the international community as we can possibly get as we walk down this almost overwhelming never-before-travelled road of disaster relief, recovery and re-building.

I ask that you remember our nation in your prayers and if moved in your heart to assist in some way, here’s a link https://www.bahamas.com/relief to some of the official organizations and agencies that are able to facilitate the same.

Why God?

Some ask, “Why did God allow this to happen?”

Thoughts, opinions, theories and prophetic words abound, but the truth of the matter is that no one will fully knows or fully understands why…perhaps God may reveal it at the end of time, should He choose to do so.

What I do however know is that no matter what perplexing phenomena occurs in this earth realm, we as Believers must trust God’s Character, Wisdom and Sovereignty, respect the fact that His Ways are Higher than our ways and His Thoughts Higher than our thoughts, and accept the fact that He is God and we are not.

Heal…Re-build…Arise

“Terrocane” Dorian left UNPRECEDENTED DEATH, and CATASTROPHIC DEVASTATION on our islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, but by God’s Grace, Wisdom, Mercy, and Provision, we will heal, rebuild and arise.

MARCH ON BAHAMALAND

“The Lord is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And He knows those who trust in Him.”

Nahum 1:7 – NKJV

Peace & Blessings,

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Video “March On Bahamaland” Feat. Angelique Sabrina courtesy of REV from Cable Bahamas

Bang!…And Miraculously, Randomly…There It Is!

Bang!…And Miraculously, Randomly…There It Is!

Take a look at the books in the photo above.

Supposed I told you that in a simplified nutshell, this is how each book in the photo came into existence.

A Viable Theory?

In the beginning there was a bang!

Then out of nowhere, letters miraculously randomly appeared.

Then out of nowhere, paper miraculously randomly appeared.

Then the letters that appeared miraculously randomly placed themselves on the paper that miraculously, randomly appeared and formed correctly spelt words….

Then these miraculously randomly formed correctly spelt words miraculously randomly formed complete sentences…

Then these miraculously randomly formed complete sentences miraculously randomly formed comprehensive paragraphs…

Then these miraculously randomly formed comprehensive paragraphs miraculously randomly formed cohesive chapters…

Then these miraculously randomly formed cohesive chapters miraculously randomly came into perfect order.

Then a book cover miraculously randomly appeared out of nowhere..and designs and more letters that became words began to miraculously randomly form on it…

Then the book cover miraculously randomly opened and the paper with the words and sentences and paragraphs and chapters miraculously randomly jumped into the center of the open cover and became miraculously bound….

And poof!…there was the book!

That’s it!

There was no inspired author…just a bang and all of this miraculously, randomly happened and a book was the end result.

Would you believe me?

Of course not.

If it can’t happen for a simple book, do you think it can happen for an entire universe and every living and non-living thing in it?

Selah!

Women of God, let’s be wary of all the theories and philosophies out there that conflict with or seek to undermine or invalidate, as opposed to complement and further enlighten what God has told us in His Word about creation.

The Real Deal

Genesis 1:1 states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The rest of that chapter and chapter 2 expands on the process and Psalm 104 and Job 38-42 gives further insight.

“SO WILL I (100 BILLION X) – HILLSONG UNITED

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

John 1:1-3 – NIV

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

Colossians 1:16 – NKJV

Be encouraged today to hold fast to God’s account of how the universe and all creation came into existence, to teach it to your children, and to share it with others.

Peace and blessings,

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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When Life Seems Overwhelming

When Life Seems Overwhelming

Life Can Seem Overwhelming

As women, the matrix of our lives can be complex and difficult to handle.

At times we have so many roles to play, so many hats to wear, so many balls to juggle, and so many persons depending on us that life that seems overwhelming.

Overwhelm Threatens…God To The Rescue

In times like these when overwhelm threatens, one thing I’ve found and that I’m grateful for, is that God in His love, grace and mercy often steps in and places someone or something in my path at just the nick of time that either shifts my perspective, changes my circumstances, or speaks to my spirit so the sense of overwhelm is abated…He is so good!

Has that ever happened to you?

When overwhelm threatens, has God ever stepped in and placed someone or something in your path at just the nick of time and as a result, the sense of overwhelm abated?

Has a person ever “just shown up” in the course of your daily activities and begun a conversation or shared something with you that was exactly what you needed to hear?

Or, have you ever “had an urge” to check WhatsApp, iMessage or another social media platform such as Instagram or Facebook and found that someone had sent you a message or posted something that was applicable to your situation and encouraged you in a meaningful way?

Or, have you ever “randomly” turned on a radio or TV program or pulled up a YouTube video that “happened” to have content that spoke directly into your spirit or situation, shifted your perspective and lightened your load?

That’s happened to me many times…God is good!

My First Line of Defense

When life seems overwhelming, my first line of defense is to turn to God for comfort and direction through prayer and the Word just as He repeatedly invites us to do throughout the Scriptures.

In these times, I’ve found that anchoring myself in the Word and prayer and 1), leaning into the reality that I have a Sovereign Heavenly Father who loves me, watches over me and cares about every aspect of my life and well-being, 2), embracing the love, grace and peace of Jesus, and 3), seeking and following the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit in my situation, has been, and continues to be, the stabilizing force that restores me to my needed place of inner and outer balance, making the journey forward easier.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t do it otherwise.

When life seems overwhelming, God, in His totality, and the Truth found in His Word are my anchor, my breath, my harbor, my stabilizer, my counselor, my guide, my peace, and my way-maker, and for that I am forever grateful…\0/

When life seems overwhelming, I pray that you will too turn to God and in Him find all that you need.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 – NLT

Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

Isaiah 55:22 – NLT

“As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.”

Psalm 119:143 – NLT

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

Psalms 46:1 – NLT

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:27 – NLT

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 – NLT

“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 – NLT

Be encouraged,

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Push Through To The New

Push Through To The New

This morning when I walked onto my back patio, I saw this green shrub growing up through a crack in the concrete.

When I came inside and reflected on it and these words came to my spirit…

Push Through To The New

“Even as this shrub has pushed through this “impossible” concrete barren place and brought forth green leaves representing new things, in this season, if you determine to push through the “impossible” concrete barren place in your life, you too will bring forth green leaves of new things.”

Move Forward And Push

“Move forward and push. Push and I will help you break through the “impossible” concrete barren place. Push and I will help you penetrate that which has blocked your advancement. Push and I will cause you to break forth and flourish in the very place deemed “impossible” for you. “

Do Not Get Discouraged or Dismayed…Refocus

“Do not be discouraged. Do not be dismayed. Do not let past experiences paralyze you. Forget those things which are behind. Remember them no more. Refocus. Refocus and cast your net again. Refocus and build it again. Re-focus and step forward in faith and push, and as you push, I will make a way through what seems to be immoveable, indestructible, impenetrable barriers and will cause a breakthrough for you.”

Push Through To The New

“Even as this shrub has pushed through this “impossible” concrete barren place and brought forth green leaves representing new things, in this season if you determine to push through the “impossible” concrete barren place in your life, you too will bring forth green leaves of new things.”

Those are the words that came into my spirit as I reflected on the green shrub growing up through a crack in the concrete on my back patio.

They were a rhema word of encouragement for me because I am aware of the “impossible” concrete barren place in my life and am now determined more than ever before to trust God, refocus, and push through.

What about you?

Do you have an “impossible” concrete barren place in your life?

Do you have a dream, a vision, or a goal that you know at your very core that you need to move forward in, but you’re hesitating because you’ve tried it before and failed, or you’re afraid to try because of seemingly immoveable, indestructible, impenetrable barriers?

If so, be encouraged to trust God, refocus, and by His grace push through believing to see Him cause a breakthrough for you to His honor and glory.

God Will Make A Way

“This is what God says,
    the God who builds a road right through the ocean,
    who carves a path through pounding waves,
The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—
    they lie down and then can’t get up;
    they’re snuffed out like so many candles:
“Forget about what’s happened;
    don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
    It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,
    rivers in the badlands.”

Isaiah 43:16-19 – The Message Bible

I pray that just as this post was an igniting rhema word of encouragement for me, it was also for you.

Blessings!

Kim

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Never Underestimate The Power Of God To Move In Your Situation

Never Underestimate The Power Of God To Move In Your Situation

Yesterday while praying about a situation, some encouraging reminders were dropped in my spirit that I thought I’d share with you.

What I heard was…

Never underestimate the power of God to move in your situation.

No matter how it appears, God can move powerfully and decisively in your situation as He wills and there is no force that can stop Him.

“For the Lord of hosts has purposed, And who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, And who will turn it back?” – (Isaiah 14:27 – NKJV)

“And who can argue with that or stand in God’s way? The Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, has determined That this is how it should be. And so it will be.” – (Isaiah 14:27 – The Voice)

Never underestimate the power of God to move in your situation.

Know, recognize and understand that the apparent complexity of the situation that you face today is but a small thing in the eyes of the Lord; it may be complicated to you, but it certainly is not to Him.

Do not allow this age of scientific and technological advancement, artificial intelligence (AI) and occult practices cause you to mentally minimize or doubt the multi-dimensional relevance, availability and magnitude of God’s power in every aspect of your life today.

Who God was in the Old Testament and the New Testament eras, He still is.

What God did in the Old Testament and New Testament eras, He is still able to do.

He has not changed.

Never underestimate the power of God to move in your situation.

Be careful not to mistake God’s apparent slow intervention for weakness, a blind eye, bewilderment or a lack of concern.

Whether or not you can perceive it, He is at work.

There is a set time He has determined to move and He will.

Never underestimate the power of God to move in your situation.

God knew about your situation from before the foundation of the world was laid and has put in place everything and everyone needed to bring about His purposes.

By grace, Continue to stand in faith and not be moved by what you see in the natural, but only by the Truth that you know.

Continue to declare that no plan or weapon formed by the enemy against you or your situation shall prosper.

Continue to pray for divine wisdom and guidance and to be obedient to His Word as you navigate through.

Continue to thank Him in advance for His will being established and for a victorious breakthrough.

Never underestimate the power of God to move in your situation.

God’s purpose will prevail.

There is NOTHING too hard for Him.

The work is to stand fast and believe.

Be encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.