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Hey everyone!

After a kookoo but good kind of day walking out being His hands & feet, I am delighted to be gaining more insight into the Kingdom.

However, I just finished work at 11pm and have a 5ish (thanks to my young cats) wake up call in the morning, so tomorrow will be a double blog post day as I let things perk.

Blessings!!!

the kingdom is here

Jesus sent His twelve harvest hands out with this charge: “Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.” Matthew 10:5-8 MSG

    When I first met the man who was to become my husband, what attracted me to him wasn’t so much his looks (although I have always found him attractive) or his caring kind personality.

    It was his fiery passion for God.

    I was not a believer when we met, yet His character through my hubby-to-be captured my attention, despite the fact we only worked together for a brief period of time that summer.

    I was slightly in awe of his ability to share about Christ, which carried into our courtship and marriage several years later.

    My giftings don’t lie in evangelism like his, and I did not used to be great meeting strangers, so as a newlywed I tended to stay in the background and let hubby share the gospel. 

    Even though I attended bible college, and love to study and talk about the Word.

    Somehow, through learning about our giftings in the church we were attending at the time, I was not encouraged to develop my testimony as evangelism wasn’t high on my list. So my story, so the lie went, wasn’t worth sharing.

    Now I have always tried to be kind and pray for my family, extended family, friends, coworkers, pastoral staff… but never initiated sharing the good news with them.

    Until after a really hard season in my life when I began to write again.

    And Holy Spirit began pulling on my heart strings to share about Him, and how He has been working in and through my life.

    Even though I have an incredible desire to travel, I am a homebody who likes to come home to her loved ones every night. I love my neighborhood, and the community we live in. 

    And this past week, I was challenged to put my salvation testimony on video as a part of any online Christian mentoring program I recently joined, and share it in the safety of a small group of 40 people.

    In obedience, I did so. With much fear and trembling, I got it written down and recorded it live on Facebook.

    The feedback was not what I expected.

    People thanked me for sharing my story of how the Kingdom impacter my life. 

    And thats when Holy Spirit illuminated the lies I had believed…

    1. That my story isn’t worth sharing.
    2. That no one would care.
    3. That no one could relate.
    4. That I am past my prime, and as such am no longer relevant.

    Just because I am planted in this neighborhood and not heading around the world to minister does not mean I cannot be used.

    God indeed cares that I follow in Jesus’ footsteps, and spread the good news that the Kingdom has come. 

    He wants me to:

    1. Go wherever I already am to whomever is lost/curious
    2. being health to the sick
    3. raise the dead to life
    4. touch those who are desparately longing to be touched
    5. kick out unwelcome enemy visitors
    6. generously share with those I encounter, as He has generously shared and blessed me.

    And if necessary, use words.

    Check out Covenant Worship’s great song about the #Kingdom:  https://youtu.be/3Am2O6jWeoA

    #Kingdomcome #homecoming 

    Kingdom come, aka homecoming 

    I love my country, which just celebrated its 150th birthday. Parts of it are older, but once it decided to become one body, it essentially became born again into its newness as Canada.

    Tomorrow, my neighbors to the south celebrate their nation on the 4th of July. The day they historically became the country they are recognized as today.

    I am proud of my country and the good it contains, as are likely all of you proud of the countries you call home.

    It has taken quite a while for me to grasp, but this country is not my true home.

    For when I accepted Jesus’s death on the cross as payment for all the wrong I had done, I became a permanent resident in His Kingdom.

    My true Home is the Kingdom of Heaven!

    When drama plays out in my community, province or country, it can become easy to get sucked into the negative news of the reality we are surrounded by…

    Yet it is NOT my true residence! Nor yours if you follow Christ, friend.

    For we have become His, His heirs and family, and are welcome into His Kingdom forevermore!

    Over the next two weeks, I am going to guide you on a brief tour (kinda like GPS) of what the Word says about the Kingdom, share a few worship songs which put to voice Kingdom matters, and write what stirs in my heart based upon each day’s verses as Holy Spirit highlights what I need to see.

    And maybe, hopefully, He will do the same for you too!

    One of my fave verses about God’s Kingdom is in Matthew, Chapter 3, Verses 11-12, MSG:

    The main character in this drama, Jesus, will ignite the #kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out!

    The kingdom of God isn’t solely a location, but lives within us as well!

    So everywhere we go as we follow His lead, His Kingdom moves with us!

    And because He goes with us where we go, we can invite Him to move in to every location & bring His Kingdom come right then and there!

    Stay tuned as He ignites His Word to come alive again for us as we dig deeper into Kingdom come, or as I like to call it, 

    Homecoming. 

    When His Kingdom comes in power here on earth!

    #Kingdomcome #homecoming 

    PS. Please check out Chris McClarney’s worship song, “On Earth as it is in Heaven” to set the atmosphere to invite His Kingdom to come.

    Happy Canada Day – my gift for you

    In celebration of my country’s 150th birthday today, I have a gift for you.

    I found the #AtoZofhowYoudefineme series profoundly impacted me, and helped to boost my faith on a few of the harder days I experienced that month.

    Because I am a huge supporter of using as many reminders as I can to help me memorize what I need to, I made a screensaver to remind me the main point I took away from the month…

    God defines me. And you!

    I liked the first one so much, I made a second one – so y’all have a choice of which to download. (Right click and save to your device!)

    Enjoy, and always remember to see yourself the way He does, and believe what He says about you!

    –Karla

     

     

     

     

     

    how He loves us so…

    ​As I ponder how much each and every one of us are loved by God, it blows my mind!

    Did you know…

    ❤YOU are the apple of His eye? 

    😙His precious handiwork?

    🌼His beloved?

    😃The one He will never stop loving, no matter what?

    🕪That God sings over you?

    😅How much God longs to bless you?

    (ps. all these are based on actual bible verses🤓)

    📖His Word is jammed packed with how much He loves you & I, poured out in black and white (and maybe red letters) for anyone who can read to see.

    🌱His artistry in creating the world about us, each type of animal, plant, season, sky, sun, moon, stars, clouds, sand, mountains, lakes, oceans… is on display for all to see.

    ♬I have been struck recently by just how many worship songs there are expressing His love for us in ways that captivate my hearing.

    As this week’s theme, #howHelovesus draws to a close tonight, I want to encourage you to…

    ✔Dig deeper into the Word to see the many different ways He mentions His love for you there.

    ✔Take some time to gaze and marvel at the wonder He has created, for those He loves to enjoy!

    ✔Search up “how God loves us lyrics” on Google and discover a new love song for Him to sing over you.

    PS. 🎤Two of my all time fave worship songs about how much He loves us are “Pieces” by Amanda Cook, and also sung by Steffi Gretzinger (Bethel Music) and “Fierce” by Chris Quilala (Jesus Culture).♩

    #howHelovesus #lovesong #hopefortheharddays 

    purposely on purpose

    As a child, I loved to blow on dandelions and watch the fluffy whiteness float away.

    As an adult, I now know I was unknowingly helping to spread dandelion seeds.

    Some times we don’t know the results of our actions until years later.

    Not so with God.

    When He chose you, it was  purposely on purpose and for a purpose.

    ✔Purposely – coz He loves you!

    ✔On purpose – YOU are and were and always will be His choice!

    ✔For a purpose – no one else can do what you can do in the Kingdom!

    Love motivates God to continue to passionately pursue His Beloved, day & night, 24/7, always.

    May the seeds of Truth take root in our souls, that we might have deeper revelations of His love for us!!!

    #chosenbyLove #Hischoice #onpurpose #hopefortheharddays 

    wearing love overall

    ​What are YOU wearing, darling? – Edna Mode, the Incredibles movie.

    Yesterday, I had a front row seat to tempers flaring in a road rage over a miscommunication, ascerbated by raised fingers and hurled insults.

    God whispered clearly to me as I saw this incident unfurl, “This is my child.” about each of the parties involved.

    And I instantly knew what He meant!

    When we respond in anger, we are essentially knocking His image as represented in our target.

    If they too respond in anger, they do the same.

    When we do so? We have forgotten to clothe ourselves in His love, and that we are to go out and do the same.

    A heavy impacting message in the 3 minutes it took for this incident to end yesterday evening.

    And it didn’t end how I think it might have had I not intervened in prayer.

    I immediately prayed for the recklessly speeding driver to be brought to slow down without killing himself or anyone else with his car.

    Not even a minute later, he clipped the front end of the car he abruptly cut off as he wove through traffic, causing damage to the front of his and the other cars. 
    I suspect God used my prayers to show this driver grace, and His correcting love. For it is a sheer miracle neither driver was killed.

    Had the tempers not flared while ego flames been stoked, and had both parties been wearing love, as they treated one another with respect – this whole scenario might not have occurred.

    This afternoon, I shared with a close friend about my sense about a concern I have, and how I want to be honoring as I handle it.

    God highlighted the event last night and the verse from today in Colossians 3:12-13 to remind me that not only does His love fill me, it is to flow through me to others through ny interactions, reactions and actions.

    So my reflection question for everyone tonight – what ARE you wearing?

    • The coat of insisting you are always right?
    • The robes of pride or self righteousness?
    • The hat of indignation?
    • The cap of strike then flight?

    Or the overalls of love, as He intended for His beloved to wear over all the other spiritual clothes He has designed for us!

    #howHelovesus #wearloveoverall

    time to rest in His love again tonight

    As my looooonnnnng day draws to a close, through it all I am extra thankful for that strong sense of Your #love holding me close. 

    I wouldn’t want to have gone through it withour knowing You were with me.

    How marvelous, how wonderful and my song will ever be. How marvelous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!

    #howHelovesus #restinHim #hopefortheharddays 

    loved 4evermore

    ​”Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!” Romans 8:35-37 NIV

    Despite how hard life can be, God reassures us that His love is enough. 

    I am rediscovering just how amazing His love is as I dive deeper into His embrace & Word.

    Coz let’s face it. Many days of rain and crazy work hours left me more drained than I realized, and the more tired I get, the more I find my mind wanders.

    I am so thankful Holy Spirit in His timing woos me back to Him and the truth each time I seek Him in any and all my need.

    Because there is NOTHING that can keep us apart. Not even when I wander, because Your love is unchanging and unwavering in its devotion to me!

    The following verses captured my attention and heart anew today:

    “I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” Romans 8:38-39 MSG

    For when we become Yours, there is nothing anywhere that can get between us -EVER.

    And that is a truth to wrap about my heart like protective armor for whatever may come… 

    You love me, now and forevermore!!!

    #howHelovesus #hopefortheharddays 

    X marks the spot

    As I have been journeying through these past 5 weeks of rediscovering 25 of the ways He defines me, I thought that X would be a pass.

    Then I reached X, where God revealed the meaning of X anf how it defines me.

    X is the X-act moment where God gaves His life up for us on the cross.

    Where an X on its side carried the full weight of our sin covered in full by His love.

    As His beloved, we are now not only made clean and set free by His blood, we become defined by Him the moment we accept His love.

    Cross His heart, how He died 

    to bring His Beloved to His side

    set free from sin, loss and shame

    once & for all one Love to gain.

    “For God so loved<span class=”crossreference” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-26137A” data-link=”(A)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: “Helvetica Neue”, Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;”> the world that He gave<span class=”crossreference” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-26137B” data-link=”(B)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: “Helvetica Neue”, Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;”> His one and only Son,<span class=”crossreference” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-26137C” data-link=”(C)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: “Helvetica Neue”, Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;”> that whoever believes<span class=”crossreference” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-26137D” data-link=”(D)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: “Helvetica Neue”, Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;”> in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

    I hope you will join me this week, as I begin to unwrap the gift of His love!

    #X #Xmarksthespot #howHelovesus #AtoZofhowYoudefineme