Hearing the old country preachers teach about the love of Jesus Christ created an image of a kind and loving Master in Kim's young mind. In this setting, the foundation for good moral principles was born. At the age of 16, Kim accepted the gift of Christ on the cross and began her journey of getting to know Him and His kindness. Her venture of nearly 25 years has been exhilarating, tumultuous and life-changing.
Through many fiery trials~growing up despite an absent father, enduring a dysfunctional family, surviving turbulent teen years, overcoming victimization, mourning the death of a close loved one~Kim has experienced God's faithfulness though she was not always faithful to Him.
The journey toward God has been an amazing labyrinth of ups and downs, twists and turns, laughter and tears with Christ sitting right beside her and guiding her every step. Embracing Romans 8:28 and 2 Corinthians 1:4, Kim believed that God would 'work all things together for the good' and that someday her hard times would inspire women in need to find 'the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.' She sensed God's calling several years ago when He started giving her a passion for studying His Word and the courage to speak publicly about her challenges.
Prayerful devotion and a willingness to give her wounds over to God allowed Kim's heart to heal. Kim's ministry focus is to help all women understand who they are in Christ so they can be better mothers, better wives and better women of God. Jesus died so that we 'may have life and have it abundantly.' (John 10:10) Kim knew that God was calling her 'for such a time as this' to share her story, teach His word, and give hope to those who want to follow Christ's will for their lives.
Kim's teaching style is refreshingly honest, open, compassionate and straight from the Word of God. She can make you laugh and make you cry, sometimes all at once! She peppers her teaching with humor, energy, humility and grace.
Kim has the life experience of 23 years of marriage. She and Todd have five children, ranging in age from 22 to 3 (yes, God has a sense of humor!). She serves in her home church as Sunday school teacher, Bible study teacher and lay counselor. Kim has founded The Water's Edge Ministry, which reaches women across several states. She also writes a monthly devotion sharing insights from the lessons God continues to teach her.
The Water's Edge Ministry
Now, if sin had no real consequence...then, "none of this would matter". But God's word says, "...man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment." Hebrews 9:27. Sin matters.
Revelation 20:11-15 pictures this judgment. Books will be opened and men will be judged by what is written in those books. Heaven has a perfect and complete record, not only of every act of sin, but also of every evil thought and motive. The secret things hidden in men's hearts will no longer be secret "on that day". Let's ask ourselves what will heaven's record reveal about me? Measured by the standard of God's own holiness how will we fare?
And what can we do about it? Can we travel to heaven, find the books, and erase the record of our sins? Do we hope to convince God to overlook our sins on that day by promising to "do better," or by piling up enough "good deeds" to outweigh the bad? Will we blame someone else for our failures?
No. The facts are inescapable. Heaven has an accurate record of every thought, deed, and word. Death and judgment are appointments we will keep. We won't be able to say, "I don't believe I can come, Lord. Death and judgment just don't fit into my plans." All will be there, small and great. And there's not a man alive who has the power to erase the guilt of his own sins. That fact alone makes a savior necessary if we're to escape "the hell we deserve".
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye
not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
(2 Corinthians 13:5)
Do you not know yourselves?---We've all learned many things through trial and suffering over the years, but it hasn't been all pain and agony. At various times, we've abounded with joy, contentment, peace, and growth as well, and we should thank God who has engineered and authored these blessings. However, beyond honestly identifying how far we've come, we also need to recognize and acknowledge "the stony parts" that are still in us, repenting before God with our whole hearts.
As Paul says in I Corinthians 6:19-20, "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." To paraphrase, don't we realize the magnitude of our relationship with God and "the obligation this puts us under" to live every second as an example of God's way of life? God's people are not ordinary in any sense!
Solomon writes in Proverbs 4:23, "Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life." The heart, the mind, is the storehouse of our character. We must spend time in meditation and in prayer asking for insight from God to reveal to us exactly who we are—inside—where normally only God can see. We must implore Him for understanding about who we really are right now in His eyes. We need this information to understand properly our relationship with Him.
This is a solemn and sobering process, but it shouldn't be something we fear. Still, we must come to God in this process with humility and a heart ready to repent immediately of flaws that He shows us. This process isn't superficial by any means, but one designed to reach to the very heart of our being.
Remember, God may be a consuming fire to His enemies (Hebrews 12:29), but to His own children, He's a boundless provider and loving Father (Ephesians 3:14-21). He's quick to forgive---if we freely confess our sins to Him (I John 1:9).