Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Through the Seasons

It's been such a long time since I've blogged I guess you can say I was in a "season"..a busy one! This morning meditating on Ecclesiastes 3 I realized that it's so true, there IS a season for EVERYTHING under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

For the last year I went through a wonderful season of growth being the director of the Life Builder Women's Resource Center. I have to say it was an AMAZING season that God took me through.

I can still remember the day that I was there alone, an empty building, dirty floors, so quiet i could almost hear my own breath echo in the building because it was so empty...

I remember saying to the Lord, "Why do you have me here?"
(being a stay at home mom for 11 years and enjoying it, I was a little curious!) and He said, "Because I want you to see that you can do this from the ground up"

Wow, talk about a season! A season of true growth..we went from empty to overflowing.

I met so many wonderful ladies, which many became my friends. As I sit here thinking about this season I can only imagine what the seasons were for them and what was truly nurtured in that season in their lives. (Ecclesiastes 3:2 a time to plant and a time for harvest) I have to believe that what was planted for both them and I , one day will be a wonderful harvest!

There were such great times there... it makes me smile thinking "it's true when you love what your doing, it doesn't seem like work!" It never once felt like "work".

At the center ladies learned how to manage their finances, how to start their own business, some ladies came to do 1 on 1 computer training, ladies even came out to have a fun night of zumba! I was just reminded that even the zumba instructor learned that she could do a zumba class! (that story brings tears to my eyes because she was grieving her moms death when she came in my office.)

I remember it like it was yesterday..She said, "I can't volunteer right now, but when I'm better id love to help." The Lord prompt me to ask her, "What is it that you like to do?" She said, "Zumba, I have my zumba certificate to be an instructor when I retire!" I said, "Well when your ready you can do a zumba class for us! She said, "wow really? Ive never done a class before." I told her, "Than this would be a perfect place to start! You'll be in a safe place!"

For her it was a season of new things, being ready to retire, she was ready to dance! (Ecclesiastes 3:4 a time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.)

The year was full of so much good stuff it would take me forever to share..

But in early October an injury to my neck would put me in a whole new season, a season of healing. (Ecclesiastes 3:3 a time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up)

On November 12, I walked into the center to tear it down, pack up and get stuff ready to go to storage. Our rent free lease for 1 year was up...no new building yet, so we decided to store everything until a new building was found. It was definitely an Ecclesiastes 3:5-6 time...it was time to scatter, time to gather, time to embrace, and time to turn away, there was a time of searching and a time to quit searching, a time to keep and a time to throw away.

I find myself now in late November out at the ranch believing for rest and complete healing. In another season, Ecclesiastes 3:7 a time to tear and a time to mend. a time to be quiet and a time to speak.

Wanting nothing but to mend and be back to my old self. I have to be honest with you..I find myself asking God "Is it the old self i want or the new that I should look forward to? In this season... I'm believing for an even "better me." 
If you've ever been in so much pain, you know that at times you really don't even want to speak. And at times I thought it was better that I NOT speak, fear of saying something I really didn't mean. So i stayed quiet. (that's a new me!) ;)

Though this season has been rough (pain wise) my marriage has even healed in the midst of so much pain, because there were those Ecclesiastes 3:8 moments... "a time to love and a time for hate. a time for war and a time for peace."

My husband has been so supporting in this season, and I was so surprised and proud when he mentioned and encouraged all the couples at a recent couples event, "We need to support each other in these seasons, one moment you can be lifting up your spouse and the next moment he could be lifting you up!" We need eachother!

Although we go through seasons, some good and some bad, we have to believe that God has made everything beautiful for it's own time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Pain, grief, unemployment, arguments, graduations, births, deaths, new opportunities, a finished assignment, all those things, every single one of them under heaven...has a purpose, and even though we can't see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end, we should truly find a way to enjoy and embrace EVERYTHING... for IN them are the gifts from God.

"Listen my daughter, this season shall pass, and I will continue to show you all the things that I have for you, be of good cheer, be strong and courageous, don't look to the left or to the right, but look to me, I am the one who will heal you, I am the one who loves you, I am the one who will guide you, the healing is yours, the victory is yours. Look to me."

That's Life by Kimmy G.

Friday, October 26, 2012

My Pinterest Inspired Idea!

Recently I've been so inspired by things posted on Pinterest, especially in the area of recycling and craft ideas. I about flipped over a simple but so cute of an idea pinned by Desperate Craftwives 

Yes, it's a recycled parchment paper box!!
so I held on to a freezer paper box,
just for the day that I could do this!
I used some scrapbook paper, a hole punch and some ribbon!
Oh and baked some amazing cookies from Six Sister Stuff.
well, I had 6 cookies that wouldn't fit in the box,
so I scrambled around looking for an empty box....
and what a perfect box for my "tea buddy"
so how cute is this???
I discovered a "cookie dispenser" lol
I quickly threw out all the tea bags
(you know you're going to do the same!)
covered the box in some scrapbook paper,
and cut a hole for the cookie to escape!
 Needless to say it was an absolute hit
when my bff stopped by for a quick visit!
Now, I pray I've inspired you to bless someone with your creativity!
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That's Life by Kimmy G.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Save The Date!

I'm really looking forward to speaking with these two
wonderful women of God on June 30th.
Get Your Tickets Today!

That's Life by Kimmy G.