Day 8, It’s a town called Humble, but ya can’t get there from here (until you trim the weeds)

Weed Eating Revelations #101

God gave me the privilege of working beneath the blue sky this past weekend, on a farm belonging to friends. I handled a few of their chores and they handled a few of my bills. I spent most of the day behind a sizeable weed trimmer, working along the perimeter of their property. There was a strip of rough terrain near the front entrance that presented a problem. It meets the road and then slopes back about 45 degrees, so you can’t mow it. It has no grass, only dollar weeds hovering just above the ground. But those weeds were treacherously disguising the jagged pea sized rocks underneath.

Now I’m used to suburban style weed-eating where shorts are a must, so that’s what I wore this weekend. When my friend put this section of his land on the to-do list, I sincerely thought about leaving. There’s just something about launching rocks at myself that makes reluctant. I can pay my electric bill some other way, I thought. Sure enough, 30 seconds into a 30 minute job and my shins were getting blasted. I must’ve tilted that trimmer at least 15 different angles to stop it, but nothing, just rocks. This went on for 10 minutes until blood was actually running down my leg (a few trickles) – no exaggeration. The pain was intense!

I gave it few more minutes and finally hoisted up that trimmer. “That’s it! I‘m not doing this! Hard work is one thing, but this is torture!” I reached for the kill switch to turn the motor off, but at that very moment my eyes were drawn to the trimmer head. Something was missing. I stopped its rotation and noticed that every inch of string was gone. That didn’t take long – I guess it was all those stones? The Lord reminded me of my commitment- crud! So I replaced the string, restarted the trimmer and forged ahead. I just couldn’t quit, but the remaining work seemed insurmountable. The pain was killing me. My legs continued to feel like they were being sprayed with buck shot. All I could do now was pray in frustration. “Lord why are you doing this to me? Why do want me to be in pain?” I continued trimming but got madder and madder at God for making me do this, just to pay a bill. No answer!

I finally got so tired of it I said to Him, “you know what?! I don’t care what you do to me! I WILL complete this work! I don’t care how much it hurts, I‘m going to be HUMBLE and finish, even if my legs fall off!” About 3 seconds after that, a large rock nailed me right in the fore head. The sting was intense; I even felt a little dizzy. Everything in me was screaming “stop! This is ridiculous!” I didn’t speak to God after that, but just kept working in anger, thinking my sacrifice would be seen as humility. I forgot about my iPod until it fell from my shirt pocket- must’ve been all the dancing around. I hope nobody saw that. Anyway, I’d left it on pause earlier, and shoved it in my pocket. It was a nice surprise. I pressed play with no discernment of what song was on. Anything would be a nice distraction from the beating my shins were taking. I even began to sing without paying a lick of attention. But after a moment of it, the lyrics were inescapable. I realized then that God was speaking to me through that song – answering my complaint.

“And though my heart is torn I will praise you in this storm” (Casting Crowns)

Surely He was telling me to praise Him, right then, in this storm! But He was talking about more than the shower of rocks hitting my legs and face. Honestly, I’ve been angry for months over our situation, maybe longer, and He knew it. As the song played out, I was having overwhelming thoughts of Jesus. I could see Him being mocked, beaten and spat upon, while remaining quiet. My heart softened up and I could feel tears approaching. But they were for His pain instead of my own. God impressed upon me in waves that JESUS IS humility. And He was never angry about how He was treated, only about how people treated each other. I realized what God was saying. Real humility was the quiet resolve in the midst of unfairness, and it is never angry. It is the giant that only looks small to small people. My heart sank and I was ashamed. But at least I had clarity. If humility was a town or a destination, at least now I knew which direction to start walking. At least now I had a map.

With that revelation I pressed on –just kept going! The same cuts were being hit again and again, making a red swollen mess out of my legs. But in the end my frustration was absorbed by God’s grace. The “why me?” no longer mattered, only the resolve to honor Him in the midst of it. 20 minutes later that rough section of terrain was done. I finished it with torn up legs and a mended heart. “Thank you Lord for this work to help me pay my bills!” and then I thought to myself, “next time…I’M WEARING JEANS!”

Okay, that’s good! But I kind of already know this…

We can look at Jesus all day and say “I know Him” but unless we know where we are in relation to His character, we can’t begin to approach it. In other words, we need to know where we stand before we can know how to move. If Humble is a town, you really CAN’T get there from here, if you don’t know where HERE is. I’m still about as humble as a rodeo clown, so getting pelted by a few rocks doesn’t count for much. But it was enough to help clarify to me, what real humility looks like, and where I stand in relation to it. At least now I can plot my course and begin the approach to that town called Humble (Jesus)

Is Jesus a destination (Humble Town)? Doesn’t He already live inside the believer?

Jesus is the contact point for transformation, but we live in a world of dual nature and contradiction. Obedience comes through suffering – pruning and refinement, inch by inch in the right direction. So even though our destination already lives within us (Jesus), approaching Him fully, resembles a journey. It begins by clarifying the distance between us and then moving forward, toward Him. The closer you get the bigger He becomes until there is nothing left but Him.

Aren’t “WE” really the obstacles to course correction?

1.) We believe we’re more like Jesus than we really are (that would be me)
2.) We think it’s impossible to be like Him because He is God and we’re not.

We cannot be God, but we can be like Him as He is on this earth – that is the intention of the Holy Spirit. Our potential for being like Him is real. We can’t just blow it off and treat Him like some kind of magic act. He lives! And we are His body! We are called to be like Him and that makes what I’m saying here really important.On the other hand, we have to know where we stand, and that requires prunning. I thought I was being humble by pushing myself through that pain, but God revealed that it was anger, not humility. He course-corrected me, so I could take a step in the right direction. And that is a revelation I wouldn’t have received if I had quit early thinking it wasn’t possible.

Today’s scripture: Luke 22:60-62

59 About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is Galilean.”
60 Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.
61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.”
62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Wow! You can just feel the Lord’s eye’s locking onto Peter’s as the moment hangs in the air! His best friend, whom he would die for an hour earlier, he now denies even knowing! I’m convinced that Peter’s journey into the town of Humble began here. Because like us, Peter had kept company with the very essence of humility, but he never realized where he stood in relation to it before this moment. Once Jesus looked into his eyes with recognition, Peter fell to a place where he could see the chasm. It blew his mind and sank his heart. It also prepared him to lead the church on the day of Pentecost. When power came, Peter was ready for it – thanks to Jesus!

Prayer of Humility:

Father you are a consuming fire that purifies our hearts. Continue what you started in us, that every fruit of your Spirit will grow wild and sweet from these pruned and tested branches. Burn away our addictions and dual nature. Teach us to rely on you alone and remove the fear of praying these words. Teach us to stop boasting how great our love is for you and begin to boast on how great your love is for us! Continue Lord to hide just out of sight that we might seek you with our entire heart, and find you, when you are the only thing we care to chase. We rest completely in you Lord and we receive your loving yoke that you offered freely. In the greatest and most high name of Jesus we pray and we submit ourselves to your will. Amen!

On a Personal note:

We have been through a week of painful clarity as God continues to burn away the chaff in our lives. And we have seen His hand move mightily as we put our faith in Him alone. Our daily needs continue to be met. Praise God!

My focus will continue on subject of humility in the next post. If you find encouragement here or just need prayer, please sign up to receive these posts via email and I will add you to my daily prayer list. Thank you for your prayers and tender hearts toward us in this walk – we covet them and love you in Jesus.

PS: It remains my desire to post daily, but God speaks to me when He’s ready – much better that I wait for that than try to be clever and on time. Thanks so much for waiting with me!!

Be blessed my friends and thank you so much for walking with us!
Kevin

Please contact me if I can be of service to you:
Wakeupmyfaith@att.net

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About Kevin Adams

Kevin Adams is a fresh voice among today’s best Christian writers. What he’s not, however, is a pastor, theologian or pulpit preacher; he doesn’t have a church, a fan club, or a flock. He’s just a regular guy with a powerful story, and a God given gift for sharing it that will challenge the faith of even the most seasoned, veteran believers. His transparency and intentional, elevated writing style has earned him a trusted reputation across the online Christian community. His work escorts readers through his own challenging experiences of loss, betrayal and impossible odds, to just beyond the comfort level of most Christians–the place where absolute faith is required. Kevin takes a genuine approach to modern Christianity that would rather tear away empty pockets than fill them with empty promises. Yet, his story is filled with indisputable proof of our Heavenly Father’s better-than-we-can-imagine desire for each of us, and the delight He takes in our learning to rest in His arms like happy children. Kevin is the author of The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends, due for release May 6th 2014, and founding partner in a new discipleship ministry being developed around the book. He is also the founder of the Wake up My Faith blog, which has garnered a social media following of over 80,000, reflecting varied backgrounds and locales. Kevin’s life verse is Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you”. (NKJV) And his philosophy on life can be summed up in a single thought: “Only when God becomes all that we want do we truly see that He is all we need.” –Kevin Adams 2012 Kevin is husband to Holly, his beautiful partner in faith, father to three wonderful children, and a compelling new author for Zondervan.
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52 Responses to Day 8, It’s a town called Humble, but ya can’t get there from here (until you trim the weeds)

  1. Tami Heim says:

    Powerful post Kevin. I am taking care of the weeds right there with you. Bless you.

  2. Amydeanne says:

    very powerful; as city slicker turned farmer I can totally relate! (not just farming part either..)Thanks for sharing the power of your struggles with us! I look forward to reading more Kevin!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      It’s official you have one of the coolest names I’ve heard! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and share as well as telling others! You rock! You have a great blog and i look forward to reading more of your thoughts at the 160 acre woods! Blessings to you and your family!

  3. Nicole Unice says:

    Love the word pictures, Kevin. Great job…and great lesson. Thanks.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Nicole for taking time to visit – it is such an encouragemnt! I llok forward to hearing more from you- meantime i’ll check out “the stubborn servant”- that’s great!! Blessings!

  4. anewcreation says:

    Another beautiful illustration of God’s quiet small voice in the valleys, in the desert, in the drought.

    Keep reminding yourself that what you are going through right now is a season and it won’t go on forever. You are obviously learning new things and re-learning old ones, and so long as you keep not just learning His word but also doing it and putting it into practice, you will continue to move forward in the journey, and like you say, as His presence takes over more aspects of your life, you diminish, and eventually all that people see and hear when they are with you is the Lord’s glory. What a lovely picture you have given me to ponder on tonight. Thank you!

    Can I pray specifically for your situation? You can leave me a message on twitter if you wish to keep your request private.

    God bless you and your family today and forever. Amen

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Mercedes for such a well thought and kind word. God is certainly using those words to keep my chin up. And yes, please pray that God would remove all from us that is not from Him and we (my family) will be ready for powerful use in His grip. Bless you my friend – please let me know how i can pray for you as needed. Blessings!

  5. Very good post, Kevin. I enjoyed getting a little acquainted with you. We too are in the midst of one of the most difficult economic times of our lives — business owners with no work since January. We’re hoping things turn around before we, too, lose what we’ve worked so hard for. But having lost our son 3 years ago, we know things could be much, much worse than our economic woes. I will follow your journey, and trust I will learn from your insights as well as from the things the Lord is showing us in the deep places He’s leading us through.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Wow Sharon – i am further humbled to have you share. There can be no pain greater than what you have gone through. Our pastor lost his son last year and it just humbles everyone in its wake – but we can’t begin to know the intensity of what you or any parent feels in that kind of storm. Please do come back and share your wisdom. I will begin praying for you guys-for financial restoration. Bless you guys!

  6. Well done. I’ve walked through the “trim the weeds” season many times. “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Phil. 2:13 Wonderful post.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      yes! love that encouraging word of God – nothing like it!! Thank you LauraLee! God is good all the time! Thanks for taking time to read and comment -please come back and share as God leads you. It’s an honor to hear your thoughts! -Blessings

  7. Jeannette says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us and being transparent and honest… The whole post blessed me (& corrected me) ! There was one sentence that popped out to me …. “Teach us to stop boasting how great our love is for you and begin to boast on how great your love is for us!” There was a time when I made a foolish and stupid decision. God warned me in several ways that a terrible storm was approaching as a result of my decision. It was a rough ride, but God did a wonderful restoration. Holy Spirit showed me that Jesus personaly was interceding for me during this time. It brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it. Tears of gratefulness that Jesus loved me and my family so much that He interceded for me. I am still praying for you all!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Bless you a thousand times Jeannette for continued exhortation and prayers. Your decision and many of mine that trip us up just prove exactly how he loves us so far beyond the love we have for Him. And it’s okay – because He knows! Even if we move 1000 steps away, He is right there – just one step back ready to catch us. Thank you for taking your time to come and be a light here. Your prayers are coveted by us. Blessings!

  8. Kathryn Lang says:

    All I can say is WOW! The words you shared pricked my heart in a way that I would not have imagined possible. It was one more confirmation, in a line of confirmations, that today is the day! You have blessed me, and I know that as you continue your walk that the blessings will return to you 100 fold.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Kathryn! I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. It is very encouraging. Your words are a blessing. I look forward to hearing from you again soon. Blessings!

  9. Laura says:

    Interesting perspective Kevin. While I do not have all the answers, I do want you to know I am thinking of you, and will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. I will pray he protects your heart as he guides you along the path He has for you. May his peace and strength be with you right now and always.

  10. Brian Brown says:

    It always amazes me how patient and long suffering God is with me no matter how bloody my shins get. I’ve learned that He truly is more concerned about my character AND the glory that my character-building brings to Him than He is about my circumstances.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Brian that is right on!! My wife loves that thought behind God loving us enough to develop our character at the cost of our comfort. Amen. The rewards are unsearchable. thanks for taking the time to comment brother. Please come back and share some more. Blessings!

  11. Nan Jones says:

    I absolutely loved your post. Your transparency touched me and I know will continue to touch others. You are allowing God to shape you, mold you, transform you into the image of His Son. That process is painful, but the end result is a vessel of Honor for His Glory! God is SO faithful to His children, but it seems that only those of us who go through the fire truly understand this. For us, it is no longer rhetoric – we KNOW in our knower that God will never fail His children. The Body of Christ is being sifted. The Lord is searching for a people who know Him deeply and depend upon Him totally. And then, in turn, we can lead others to His Light. As difficult as this time is, you will find God in amazing ways doing incredible things on your behalf – things that your mind can hardly wrap around. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I feel especially impressed to pray for your wife. We have to die to dignity sometimes as women. Last year I had to use my husband’s deodorant because we didn’t have $2.34 to buy mine – no kidding! But guess what? We had to go to the local foodbank – the one that my husband had previously been on the board of directors of – and when we got home, in the bottom of the bag of food was a stick of women’s deodorant! No kidding! How did they know? The Holy Spirit. You will never know how much that deodorant meant to this girly-girl! And…I wrote an article about it and got published!

    David and I will take the hands of you and your wife and walk this journey with you. I can’t wait to hear what God does for you next.

    Bless you!
    Nan Jones

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Nan, i have waited to respond to your comments and story because i was so touched by them and had to read several times. Wow! You are a shining example of what we want to be – broken and then lifted up by the Rock of Ages. I love your story – that is so very encouraging to me and my wife. Yes she has had an amazingly tough go of it but has really grown to meet the challenge. The deodorant story and the fact that your husband was on the board – man! Yes again, we have both found ourselves getting help from church and a few close friends. The most difficult part is feeling like you have to explain it to everyone – everything – every detail of your spending what little there is. Its not the case with Godly folks /friends, but the feeling hangs around when there is an empty cupboard. I wish we could reach out and give you guys hugs and just let you truly know how much your thoughts mean to us. Thank you and bless you both. I will be praying for you as well and praising God that he brought you into our journey to encourage and uplift. I see Him in you!!

  12. Lidy says:

    Great blog!!! So encouraging!!! God bless U!!! \o/

  13. Hi Kevin,

    We crossed paths on Twitter. Loved your blog! I’ll definitely be back to visit. I can so relate to those humility peltings.

    Have a blessed week!

    Lisa Buffaloe

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Lisa for taking the time! I hope to hear from you as you are able to visit. I’m sure you have some wisdom that would help others through the life of the blog. Blessings!

  14. I know those seasons of pruning and weeding, though I fear had I been pelted by pebbles I might have quit. As you shared being struck by those stones, though, I could not help but think of Stephen and others who were stoned, sometimes to death, for their faith. It brings my storms into perspective. (I love that song!)

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Sandra – you know that thought did cross my mind when the rock hit me in the forehead. I wondered what it felt like to be stoned (for real). Even after that day of weed eating i still cant imagine what those martyrs went through. At least God took Stephen quickly! Thank you so much for taking time to read and comment. I hope to hear more from you as you are led. I am plannning to post more frequently in the coming weeks. Blessings!

  15. Read Day 8. Thought provoking. I need to read 1-7. Love how you have put it all on the table. God desires and deserves to be praised. What an amazing way for you to do that. I am going to post your site to my FB friends. Blessings.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Hi Lettricia – been meaning to thank you for taking time to visit and comment. Your words are a source of encouragement! I hope some of your FB friends will find the blog encouraging to them as well. Lookforward to hearing more form you as the blog continues. Blessings!

  16. Amy L Maris says:

    Dear Kevin,
    Thanks for sharing. We’re taking a rest stop in humble town too!
    The day I decided to sell my wedding rings was a low day,and it took me about four months to get up the courage to go in, but it got even lower when the lady at the jewelry store told me that my diamond was so small that if a gem that size fell on the ground, the jeweler wouldn’t even pick it up. Needless to say, I didn’t bother selling it, and God provided some other way.

    These are the times that try mens’ souls and show us what we’re made of.
    Among the throng on twitter that is boasting about their accomplishments, publishing credits, speaking engagements, etc, you stand out as a person who has ordinary troubles and who, just like me, tries very hard to reconcile the love of God with very hard things. Blessings to you and your family!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Amy – that is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing that deeply personal testimony. A wedding ring is so much more valueable than the substance of its material. I read it slowly and let out a sigh as I knew God provided another way. Your willing heart is an example for every believer. Praise God that He let you feel the fire and yet protected your most sentimental possesion. What a blessing for me and others to hear. God loves us a bit more than we think! These are the kind of comments that speak to others – this blog is nothing without them – thanks for taking the time to bless me and others!

  17. Ane Mulligan says:

    Oh, my, Kevin. I was moved to tears as I saw myself in so much of this. How I chase the prize of publishing my fiction even harder than I chase a closer relationship with Jesus. Knowing He called me to write has given me an excuse to be lazy in my faith journey. I’m going to get my growth group leader to follow your blog and hold me accountable. Thank you for taking this journey and blogging it. God is using you to speak to me, and I’m sure to many others, too.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Ane – first off I love the spelling of your name- that is really cool! Thanks my new friend for your kindness and bearing your soul a bit! I cant wait to hear more from you – i already feel like we’ve been friends for a decade. Please come back and share as you have time. You are a blessing to me and others!

  18. Kevin, what an amazing journey you are on. I’m glad I had a chance to stop by. I hope I can come by more often, as time permits.

    God used that same Casting Crowns song in my life too. I love the hills in San Jose, especially at the end of summer when they look like brown suede. One day in particular, I sat in my car at traffic light. My sick daughter slept in the passenger seat. We were on our way to the neurologist to get her test results. I turned on the radio and this line played as I stared at those hills, “I lift my eyes onto the hills where does my help come from?” I knew then God was there and he was when we were told she had a brain tumor (malignant).

    That was almost two years ago. She is fine and thriving. The miracles abounded. They weren’t easy ones, but we learned so much from the smallest of moments. And those moments became so very precious.

    I don’t know why I’m telling you all this. Perhaps it’s because were are just days away from the anniversary of her diagnosis two years ago. Perhaps it’s because I can so identify with your struggle. I know there were times I wondered why God just couldn’t “fix” it all before I understood he had a plan.

    The amazing and wonderful things that have happened since could only be because of what we’ve gone through. There is always a purpose in our pain and struggles. God redeems it all. We do not suffer or struggle in vane.

    Praying for your amazing journey. 🙂

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Dineen – i have read this comment over and over the last week and i just want to let out a mighty PRAISE GOD for your daughter!! Thank you Lord for this family and what you have done in the face of darkness. Dineen, you and your story are the city on a hill and Christ is the light that passes through it!. Please keep telling others. This is truly heart warming – thank you so much!!
      PS: That verse in the song (from psalms) is my favorite part of that song. I wondered why God didnt use it on me – i love to sing that part (when no one else is listening) 😉
      Come back when ever you can – you are a breath of fresh spirit filled air for this blog. Blessings!

  19. Jennifer says:

    Kevin,

    I’m so glad we crossed paths on Twitter. This is great writing! I couldn’t help but be reminded of the story of David and Goliath when you talked about the rock hitting you in the forehead. It’s funny how God can use little things like a well-placed rock to teach us Goliath-sized lessons.

    Thanks for sharing. Humility is not my strong point either. I hope I’m able to learn from your rocks and save myself one or two!

    Jennifer

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Jennifer – thank you for you kind words about the writing. It is so encouraging as i get started on this path. Thank you for taking time to comment on it. And thanks for the deeper idea of Goliath. Maybe our pride is that giant as well? I can tell by your comment that you are a seasoned writer. Please come back and share some of your salt – i certainly need it. Bless you and your writing my friend!

  20. Haelie says:

    What a journey, Kevin. And in many ways very similar to my own. We have struggled financially for quite a while now and continue to…yet God continues to provide…always Jehovah Jireh. Will be following your journey. As constantly as He is our Provider, God is our Teacher and Counselor, so I can’t wait to read more of what He is showing you.

    Oh, and that town called Humble…I think about these types of thoughts every time I drive down to Houston and literally pass through the town of Humble, Texas. 🙂

    Bless you!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Haelie, thanks so much for sharing your about your own struggles. I will be praying for you and your family! That is so neat about the town of Humble. I never knew but it makes sense that there is one. Sounds like you are a lot closer to that town than me (literally) 🙂 Bless you my friend and thanks so much for taking time to stop by the blog. It encourages me beyond expression to get the notifications that someone has taking time to speak from there own walk. I look forward to hearing more from you as you are able!

  21. Jamie Reeder says:

    I’ve been thinking about your blog for several days… been busy and haven’t had time to write. Its funny… since I read your post, I’ve heard several lessons relating in some way to humility. The most memorable thing that stuck with me was what I heard a preacher on the radio say the other day, “If you think you’re humble, you’re not.” In other words, if the thought drifts through your mind that you are behaving humbly, you just lost your humility.
    You and your family continue to be in my prayers.
    God bless you! Keep writing!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Jamie, you are filled with such insight and have a nack for communicating it clearly. Thank you for that! I love the idea about thinking your humble means your not! I’m now trying to avoid even thinking of the word H_____ 🙂

      Thanks for taking my friend!

  22. Suzanne Burgess says:

    Kevin–
    I just got finished reading this entry for the third time. One thing in particular keeps jumping out at me. “Obedience comes through suffering.” It reminds me of something a friend recently told me. “It’s o.k. to struggle as long as you are struggling in the right direction.” No matter how hard the struggle, if it brings you closer to God then it is more than worth it.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Suzanne on so many levels for your words, your time, your talents and your friendship! I agree 100 percent with that thought process – we can walk through anything if we know there is value in the end. What greater value than to become more like Jesus. I look forward to hearing more from you – and thanks again for your kindness well beyond this blog. Hugs from me and my family!!

  23. Debbie says:

    This is a wonderful blog. I am blessed to read your stories and journey in life. Each day is a new opportunity for us to see how marvelous our God is. 🙂

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Hi Debbie, thanks so much for taking time to visit and share your thoughts – i’m encouraged by them and you! Please come back as you are able – i look forward to hearing more from you. Blessings!

  24. territiffany says:

    Just wanted you to know I am checking in to see how you are doing. We went through a humbling experience like that a while back when my husband who used to be the CEO of a construction company here in Florida, had to wait in his truck to fix up a board room of a college and the secretary would hardly look at him when he came in, just pointed. He said he cried on the way home that he had to do this but his old skills came back and he did a wonderful job. Until you are in this situation (three years now) others do not understand. But Jesus does and that’s what is important.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Wow Terri that story hits me hard!I can just see her pointing and definitely undertsand how he felt. Its very difficult circumstance, but boy does it clarify the world and people around us!- Thank you so much for sharing that. I really appreciate you taking time – and thanks so much for your encouragement! Please come back when you can – good thoughts and testimonies are so helpful. Blessings to you and your husband!

  25. Angie Battle says:

    I was looking out of pure curiosity at the list of people who were following me on Twitter. I saw mostly politicians who, I suppose, were hoping I’d return the favor and follow them. Cynically, I kept scrolling down and saw “wakeupmyfaith” following me. Oy, I thought to myself. I clicked on the link, again out of curiosity, and began reading your Tweets. I was intrigued, to say the least until I clicked again to read your blog.

    Wow…I hardly know what to say. Moved deeply doesn’t seem to cut it. What a vastly profound blog post this was. Insightful to the point of scary, but saturated with grace and peace. I’ve been listening to a song that has a chorus that goes “His river rushes to the lowest place”. I thought I had positioned myself as low as I could go. Until reading your blog, that is. My humility, or my perception of it, is so far and away from that of my Jesus. You reminded me that He Himself is humility. Hiding myself in Him means clothing myself in that humility. Oh my. What a dangerous and necessary prayer.

    I don’t know how to adequately thank you for your obedience and submission to Him in the journey you’re on. I have retweeted and reposted your blog on my Facebook page. I even sent my pastor a link to your Day 9 blog post. It’s not enough by any means, but I do want others to read and be encouraged by what you write.

    I have begun following you on Twitter (not the case for the politicians). I am truly looking forward to reading more.

    Praying God’s richest and best treasures would rush to you and your family.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Hello again my friend – I am just now a finally able to respond to this – i’ve been working yay! Angie your words are so very encouraging. they lift me up and keep me focused on what is right – Our King, The Lord Jesus. I’m glad that He used twitter – i just felt like there were some like minded folks out there that would pray for us – I believe He has brought a few of us together but you are one of the kindest! I look forward to growing with you and your husband in the Lord as we can continue to encourage one another! Blessings!

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