Sadly announcing a leave of absence…but I’ll be back!

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Hush of summer morning hums with varied and multiple twitterings, chirpings, buzzings, trills and whistles. Birds and bugs busy with the new day. 

Ducklings quack. A rooster crows at a farm nearby. And the neighbor’s dog sounds an urgent alarm.

Grass is greener than green. Garden is lush and growing.

Not too distant hills wear a flimsy shawl of morning mist. Sun climbs higher in the sky. Morning has broken.

And my spirit feels a little broken today by life’s complications and a fierce spasm that’s got my right arm, wrist, shoulder and neck locked up tight.

Painful.

I am sorry to announce a temporary leave of absence from SheilaKimball.com so I can attend to therapeutic efforts to ease the pain and heal the spasm.

But I will be back!

Hopefully in a week. If not, then as soon as I can.

And be assured that you all — valued friends and readers — are with me in my heart.

Praying blessings upon you until we meet here again…

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On thinking deeply, following more closely and how His capturing my heart benefits my marriage…

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May you know more and more of grace and peace as your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord grows deeper. He has by His own action given us everything that is necessary for living the truly good life, in allowing us to know the One who has called us to Him, through His own glorious goodness.
2 Peter 1:2-3

Often while it is yet dark and I sit still with my Father in the secret place reading the first chapter of 2 Peter, I find myself encouraged to live like Jesus to the best of my ability, hopefully becoming more like Him day by day.

This morning it was the phrase to know the One that jumped out at me.

And I continue digging deeper.

Over the years I acquired lots of knowledge about God but it is only in knowing the One who died for me that sets me free to truly follow Him.

Surrendered, submissive and obedient. In love!

Verse seven of this chapter ends in love. Agape. The highest love. Unconditional. Love, the Alpha and the Omega of all existence, for God is love.

And we were all created in love, even if our parents didn’t plan or want us.

We all have our sins covered with love never failing even when others may choose not to forgive us.

We all our blessed, even those who may not know yet, because Love hung on a tree all bloody to take away my sins, and yours.

This Love changes us, heals us, setting hearts free to be the people, spouses or parents He has created us to be.

And it is only as my heart is captured by the Son of Man who came to earth to reveal the Father’s heart that I can learn to love my husband like God does and in so doing bring Him glory.

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Getting back to Peter, it is love and the other qualities listed that render my life fruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For this very reason you must do your utmost from your side, and see that your faith carries with it real goodness of life. Your goodness must be accompanied by knowledge, your knowledge by self-control, your self-control by the ability to endure. Your endurance too must always be accompanied by devotion to God; that in turn must have in it the quality of brotherliness, and your brotherliness must lead on to Christian love.
2 Peter 1: 5-7

My confession, and maybe yours too, is that for a very long time I didn’t have true knowledge.

Rather I had predigested tidbits regurgitated to me over and over, often blindly accepted without really wrestling with those whispers in my heart about words that evoke questions.

And so often in fear, ignorance or laziness I dismissed my questions, if I had even entertained them in the first place, telling myself that they know better than me.

But God wants me to think deep and be a Berean.

Since about 2009 God has me on an interesting and challenging quest of becoming who He has created me to be by knowing Him better and being more obedient than I ever have before. And my heart and mind have been opening in ways different than in the earlier years of my continually-growing faith. With deeper thinking for myself, not merely accepting all I’ve been traditionally taught along the way.

Yet it is a process of learning and growing in love one day at a time.

As I press in more, through the Gospels where Jesus reveals the Father, I come to know God’s Father Heart in a simpler, perhaps more real or child-like way that is expanding me in love.

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I believe that God has been stirring up my previous status quo approach to things like church and doctrines and forging in me a questioning, seeking disciple heart. Willing to read the four gospel accounts AS IF I had never been taught ANYTHING about God! And asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to me what He will about God. And I see Him stirring the hearts of others as well and through respectful, noble discourse we all learn. Perhaps we all begin to wake up?

Yet God is and always will be mysterious and big…and we have these finite little brains!

No one would deny that this religion of ours is a tremendous mystery, resting as it does on the One who appeared in human flesh, was vindicated in the spirit, seen by angels; proclaimed among the nations, believed in throughout the world, taken back to Heaven in glory.
1 Timothy 3:16

I am not suggesting rising against authority in anarchy or anything like that. I am urging, however, that each of us go deeper with our Lord.

As we do our lives will change.

For it is only when our heart is made free by His love that we are released from being the world’s captive. We may be saved the moment we come to our Lord but it can take many moments over decades before we truly surrender our hearts and love like He does.

Freely.

And in His great love for us He patiently waits as we dance around the issue of submitting ourselves to His lordship and following hard after the One who followed the way to the Cross, His heart crying out take this from me if you will, but not my will but Yours be done.

Us needing to learn to surrender: Thy will, not mine. And maybe even us needing to unlearn certain things?

Can you cry that from the innermost part of your heart? Can I?

Can you give yourself so completely to this Son of Man and Son of God that you are willing to follow Him wherever He leads, trusting Him regardless of what you see or feel, exploring areas that might make you a bit uncomfortable, resting in Father’s great love even though you do not know what your future holds?

This is my prayer.

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And recently I read that the Greek word oida means to have seen or perceived, appreciate, aware, become learned, having knowledge, become conscious.

Father, I want to be fully awake and alert, highly conscious of You in truth with a heart that accepts that You are limitless and I have much to learn.

This is what I seek, before being a good wife or writer or anything else. This above all to know, love and best serve my Lord all the days of my life. So I ask Him to keep my mind and my heart open. To make me unafraid to ask Him questions on subjects I have learned to accept and maybe even take for granted.

To go forward with Him ever deeper into His heart.

And this quest is humbling. I once thought I had a handle on God. {YIKES!} And years ago when I was younger and foolish-er I would spout {read that demand} that others accept what I said because I accepted without question what others had told me. Before God ever made it real to my own heart. Prior to understanding how great is the Father’s love for us.

Forgive me, Father, for presenting you in a way that was so much less than who you truly are.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:14-21

Lord, fill me up...

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Blessings…

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Countdown…New site to better serve you launches Tuesday, November 18

 

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You have been on my mind a lot in these last few weeks and I have been praying for you.

And my prayers are that, by God’s grace, I bring you a new site — launching a week from tomorrow — that can meet your needs more closely and serve you better.

My intention is to gift you with a site where you know you’re always welcome and can share your heart, can relate to my words and stories, and leave feeling inspired and encouraged, and eager to return and to pass it on to others.

I ask Father to help me authentically share truth through my posts which can help hearts grow in faith and healing so that you — and me — can love God better and also our neighbors, and have healthier, happier marriages, the bedrock of the family unit and the family unit the foundation of society.

I’ll be posting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the morning. Most of my posts will center on marriage, both the joys and the troubles; on God’s great love for us which heals us of our brokenness; and on occasion will write about my former journeys through divorce, single parenting and then the empty nest.

And I will be looking forward to hearing from you with comments!

Along with the new website, the Longings End Facebook page will re-brand as Sheila Kimball, as will the Longins End Twitter page. And coming soon will be a new Pinterest page and You Tube channel as I venture into video postings from time to time.

The photos that so many of you have told me you love will continue being featured with my post. I love sharing them with you because God’s beauty of Creation makes my heart so happy.

Thank you kindly for your love, generosity and patience as I have pretty much been absent from posting content here, my attentions diverted to the often overwhelming task of building SheilaKimball.com

But we are in the home stretch now!! Next time I post on Tuesday, November 18, will be from the new site.

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So, let’s link arms and walk together on this path as God gives light for each next step.

I sincerely appreciate your prayers in these last remaining days as we countdown to the launch.

God bless you with love, peace and joy in your journey.

~sheila

When you’re moving and you can’t get enough of God’s grace…

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Like the fleeting hours of my favorite season sleep is short these days.

Yet the to-do list is long and hours pass quickly.

I am busier than ever with a houseful of grown kids for the summer and with closing up this old place as we prepare to close on the sale of our home in early August.

So I haven’t been able to write as much at Longings End and I thank you kindly for grace in understanding.

And humbly ask for a million prayers during this wonderful, crazy, exhausting transition.

I am working on a post, however, which I hope to put up Friday or Saturday.

Until then here is one of my favorites on the only thing that passes more quickly than summer.

Our children’s childhoods.

Click here to read that post.

And God bless you for your patience and love…

~sheila