Sudden Death Strikes Again

Sudden Death Strikes Again

“God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 46:1 – NKJV

Have You Ever Experienced The Sudden Death Of A Close Loved One?

Have you ever experienced the sudden death of a very close loved one?

I have…three times.

Today I write with mixed feelings.

There is joy, yet there is sorrow.

There is peace, yet there is some perplexity.

But praise the Lord, underlying it all is hope and rest in the Lord and the Truth of His Word.

Sudden Death Strikes

Joining the ranks with my father and old brother, both of whom passed away suddenly, on Monday, my cousin Frank Claude, also known as Prophet Frank passed away suddenly and went to be with the Lord.

Frank was a blessing to my life in so many ways…he was a brother, friend, prayer partner, confidant, support, spiritual covering, helper, encourager, protector and more. He was passionate about the Word, passionate about family and passionate about seeking and doing the Lord’s will and encouraging others to do the same.

I will miss our times of mutual edification and sharing and revelation about the Lord, the Word, the Kingdom, Divine Purpose, life and its vicissitudes, prophetic insights and prayers…and I’m forever grateful for his faithful prayer covering over my life and the lives of my husband and children…and for the many prayers offered up for so many of my extended family members.

Sudden Death Is Never Easy

Sudden death is never easy; it leaves you temporarily riveted in so many ways…

  • It brashly disrupts your mental, emotional and physical equilibrium.
  • It brazenly reminds you of the frailty of life.
  • It soberingly reminds you of the importance of living ready to meet the Lord.
  • It forcefully causes you to candidly evaluate the relationships in your life to see if and where any adjustments need to be made.

Sudden death is never easy…and it is powerful.

Gratefulness In The Face Of Sudden Death

One thing I am so grateful for is that in each instance where I’ve experienced the sudden death of a close loved one, all of my loved ones had received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord and had a relationship with God through faith in Him so I know, as the Word tells us, they have gone on to be with the Lord and that one day, I will see each of them again…praise the Lord…\0/…in the midst of everything, that gives me comfort and peace.

I’m also grateful for the many prayers that are going up and covering me and my family and Frank’s wife and children during this difficult time…believe me when I say that prayers lighten the burden and make a great difference.

And Father, I am grateful for Frank’s life, for all the times we shared and for the many blessings you imparted to my life through Him…thank You.

As I close, I thank you for your prayer that our Father, the God of all comfort will comfort us all as only He can as we go through this season…and I pray that should you and your family travel this road in the future, that He would do the same for you.

“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”

Matthew 5:4 – NIV

Shalom,

Kim

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

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Who Am I?

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

The song “Who Am I?” by Point of Grace from their album “Steady On” has been in my spirit all week.

When I think of God and who He is…when I think of the sovereign, eternal, glorious, awesome, wise, powerful, splendid, expansive, gracious, loving, faithful, multifaceted magnificence of His being…and then I think of me…and who I am…it totally blows me away that He would be mindful of and want a relationship with me….who am I?

Be encouraged and blessed by God’s gracious, merciful, awesomeness as you listen to “Who Am I?’.

Who Am I?

“WHO AM I?” – POINT OF GRACE

LYRICS

Over time You’ve healed so much in me,
And I am living proof.
That although my darkest hour had come,
Your light could still shine through.
Though at times it’s just enought to cast,
A shadow on the wall.
I am grateful that you’ve shined your light on me at all.

[CHORUS]
Who Am I,
That you would love me so gently?
Who Am I,
That you would recognize my name?
Who Am I,
That you would speak to me so softly?
Conversation with the Lord most high.
Who Am I?

Oh Amazing Grace how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost,
But now am found.
Was blind,
But now I see.
And the more I sing that sweet old song,
The more I understand.
That I do not comprehend this love that’s coming from your hand.

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Grace, grace.
God’s grace.
Grace that will pardon, and cleanse within.
Grace, grace.
God’s great grace.
Grace that is greater than all my sin.

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Lord, Who Am I?
Who Am I?
Lord Who Am I?
Who Am I?
Who Am I?

Who Am I?

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

(Psalms 8:3-4 – KJV)

“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?”

(Psalms 8:3-4 – NLT)

“I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way?”

(Psalms 8:3-4 – The Message Bible)

SELAH!

Who Am I?

Father I am forever grateful for You drawing me to Yourself and enabling me to have a relationship with you by grace through faith in the sacrificial death, shed blood for my sins, and resurrection of Your Son, My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in spite of who I am.

Thank you!

Kim

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

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“Who Am I” by Point of Grace courtesy of kentish001Blessing – http://www.youtube.com

POST MOTHER’S DAY ENCOURAGEMENT

POST MOTHER’S DAY ENCOURAGEMENT

Sunday past was Mother’s Day.

For many mothers…What excitement! What celebration! What fanfare! What fun!…but, not for all.

Don’t be deceived…All that glitters on Mother’s Day is not gold.

If you could peek behind the smiles of some mothers, you’d get a far different picture than what was outwardly displayed.

Behind The Smiles

Here’s what was found behind some of the smiles.

Stretched…

“I feel so stretched. I can’t juggle another plate or I’ll drop them all. I wear so many hats that one more will send me over the edge. I play so many roles I don’t even know who I am anymore. Honestly, I feel like I just want out of this mother-thing.”

Overwhelmed…

“Truthfully, I am overwhelmed by the responsibility that I carry in my household, almost to a breaking point. I am not made to bear the weight that I do, but I have to because my husband refuses to step up and do the things he knows he ought to do as a father”.

Helpless…

“I feel helpless and bound. I saw my mother walk down a crazy path when raising me and my siblings and I vowed not to walk that same kind of path with my kids yet I find myself there. It’s like I’m experiencing a nightmare and can’t wake up.”

Empty…

“At this point I’m running on empty and just going through the motions of carrying out my motherly duties. My heart is not in it at all. I don’t like being like this, but I just can’t help myself because I am so, so tired. I feel like I’m on the verge of collapse physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I am simply tired, worn-out, and weary.”

Trapped…

“As a single mother I feel trapped in my situation. If I step back and release some things, everything will fall apart, but if I don’t step back and release some things, I will fall apart. I don’t know what to do. I’m in a raging battle and weariness is taking its toll.”

Angry…

“Excuse my expression but right now I am pissed! I am so angry at the ungrateful attitude of my children and the lack of support from their fathers that I feel like I’m about to explode………only the restraining power of the Holy Spirit is keeping me in check, and I don’t know how long that will last!”

Disappointed…

“I am disappointed! I’m disappointed with myself for having so many children. Oh how I despise myself for this! Not only do I despise myself for having the number of children I have, I despise them and their father. I know this is not right but it is where I am at; at least I’m being real”

Although showered with accolades, gifts and kind words, on Mother’s Day, deep down inside some mothers were tired, frustrated, hurting, depressed and even angry.

What About You?

What about you?

What were you saying inside about your situation on Mother’s Day?

What are you saying now?

Are you, like so many women, caught in a maternal dilemma, loving and wanting what’s best for your children but weakened, wearied and frustrated by your situation and circumstances?

If so, the Spirit of the Lord has a word for you.

God’s Word To You

God’s Word to you is, “Be Strong”.

Be strong?

Yes, “Be Strong”.

You say“How can I be strong Lord when I have little or nothing left in me? How can I be strong when I am barely making it now? How can I be strong when support is constantly a struggle? How can I be strong when resources are low and sometimes barely there?”

He says, “Be strong in Me not in yourself. Be strong in Me and in the power of My might for it is not by your might, nor by your power, but by My Spirit that you shall overcome. My strength is made perfect in your weakness so come to Me afresh and anew; extend your faith I will strengthen and help you.”

Whatever you are dealing with as a mother, the Word from the Lord to you today is, “Be Strong”.

Whether married with children or a single mother, the Spirit of God knows and understands your situation and desires to impart new strength to you.

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” – Isaiah 40:29 – NIV

Will you let Him do it?

If yes, as an act of faith, raise your hands and say, “Lord, I receive Your strength right now in Jesus’ Name.”

Now believe you have received an impartation of His strength.

Thank Him for His strength.

Declare into the atmosphere, “Lord You are my strength!”

THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH

Mothers, no matter your situation, make a mindful and intentional decision to lean in and depend on the strength of the Lord that is within you and trust Him to help you, knowing that He will.

“But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.” – Psalm 22:19 – NIV

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” – Psalm 28:7 – NIV

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” – Habakkuk 3:16 – NIV

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being…” – Ephesians 3:19 – NIV

Be encouraged!

Kim

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

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The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins

Good morning,

Welcome to Unwalled Words!

The Journey

As women of God, I believe that when we hunger and thirst after God, after His essence, His presence, His being,

That when we hunger and thirst after His character being formed in us, His righteousness radiating from us, His will being done in and through us,

That when we invest time in His Word and prayer and incline our hearts to hear and obey His voice,

That when we seek to progressively discover and embrace who He is, His purposes, His principles and His plans,

That when we in essence say “yes” to Him in His entirety,

We position ourselves for incredible transformation and for the manifestation of His glory in our lives.

I believe it’s a time-tagged process, a magnificent unpredictable journey that begins with a “yes” and requires many subsequent yeses, sometimes difficult ones, but ends in priceless fulfillment and completion in His way and His time.

Thanks for joining me on this journey; I look forward to traveling with you.

Blessings,

Kim

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