I’ve Missed You!

I’ve Missed You!

Seems like forever since I’ve posted. You might think I’ve been busy working on my de-clutter project, but no, shortly after that post, things began to hit one right after another. The de-clutter project was in full swing when I had to put on hold (But I will get back to it, I’m determined this time!). It’s been a long month of surgeries, doctor’s visits, hospital vigils and tests. We’ve had family emergencies, ministry emergencies, and the regular stuff that probably all of you deal with.

Life has been coming so fast and hard, there has been little time to write. I’ve got dozens of small starts at blog posts, when I could find time to scribble a few words on a note pad, or type out a paragraph on the laptop, but writing has been enveloped by the need for long conversations, for child care, counseling, hospital vigils, playing with grandkids, or taking my friend for another Physical Therapy session. But I haven’t forgotten about you.

Unnecessary Verbiage?

There have been many times when I’ve wondered if the blog is an added “extra” that takes too much time, if it matters, or if I’m sending out unnecessary verbiage into the atmosphere . . . but every time I ask for confirmation about keeping at this blog thing, clear confirmation presses me back into service. This blog doesn’t exist for self-serving gratification, although I love words and enjoy writing. Pouring out my thoughts on paper helps me to process, but much of my writing is scribbled out in a personal journal and never makes it into a blog post. I don’t have to put my heart out here to an online community in order to write. And this blog doesn’t exist for the purpose of building a large “audience” or following.

No, this blog exists to minister to you. And hopefully, to glorify God in the process.

My desire is to encourage you to press on in your pursuit of godliness and growth, to inspire you to dig into the Word for yourself, to see the wonder of Christ all around you and fall more deeply in love with Him. I long for you to glorify God in all areas of your life and I hope you might find just a phrase or thought here that adds to your joy of doing that.

Nothing in the Inbox!

Whenever a long stretch like this hits, and I’m not able to pause everything else and post, if you notice that no emails from me are filling your inbox, I hope you’ll pause to pray for us . . . because it probably means that family, ministry, life—the urgent and the mundane—have crowded their way into the small space I’ve reserved for writing to you. And if you haven’t noticed that I haven’t posted in awhile, then I’m probably not writing as effectively as I’d hoped.

As I write this post, I’m more than a thousand miles from home in a hotel room in Phoenix, Arizona. I only have a small space of time, and even if you haven’t missed me—I’ve missed you—and I’m taking a few moments in the quiet of the early morning to send out a word that I hope will encourage you.

“Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand.” (Psalm 121:4–5)

Our Keeper Keeps Up with Us!

No matter how hard and fast your summer may be coming at you, the Lord is your “Keeper.” Is that thought not the most reassuring fact? He keeps us. He watches over us, never pausing to sleep or get distracted, but He steadfastly keeps us.

Spurgeon describes it this way:

“It is Jehovah Himself who is the keeper of His own vineyard; He does not trust it to any other, but He makes it His own personal care. Are they not well kept whom God Himself keeps?”

Although a lot has hit our lives since April ended, none of it has been outside of His care, and none without Him keeping us through it all. May you be aware today of the fact that He is keeping you—you are KEPT by your faithful Father!



  1. Posted by Pauline Butler

    Because I have been several miles away from my home for much of the time over these past few months caring for my mother, I have not been able to keep up with your posts as I’d like. But I did, however, notice that I had not received any from you in a while and the Lord did prompt me to pray for you, for which I am very thankful. It is nice to read what you have to share when I can, and it does make a difference in my life and the lives of many others. Thank you for your faithfulness to Him and all you minister to. I believe this passage of Scripture and the quote from Spurgeon will be a blessing to some dear friends/family of mine who are going through some difficult times, just as it has been a timely blessing for me. With loving gratitude~~Pauline


  2. Posted by Kristin

    I got so excited when I got the email because I know, without a shadow of doubt, this will happen after ANY form of communication with you!
    “My desire is to encourage you to press on in your pursuit of godliness and growth, to inspire you to dig into the Word for yourself, to see the wonder of Christ all around you and fall more deeply in love with Him. I long for you to glorify God in all areas of your life and I hope you might find just a phrase or thought here that adds to your joy of doing that.”

    Thank you for always pointing me to Christ and reminding me how much He loves me! I am so thankful to be KEPT! So underserving….but so thankful ♥️


  3. Posted by Sheila Bair

    “And if you haven’t noticed that I haven’t posted in awhile, then I’m probably not writing as effectively as I’d hoped.” Oh, dear Kimberly… my not noticing is DEFINITELY NOT because your writing isn’t effective! It is because “My Home Sweet Home is Out of Control” (5/11/17)… make that my sweet LIFE is out of control and in CHAOS… of my own doing! Thank you, my similarly-struggling sister, for your honest sharing on May 11 (which I missed because I was babysitting our granddaughter) and for coming alongside me in encouragement to get back to the business of de-cluttering. I have only known an entirely orderly home for six weeks, one time, when our son was a toddler. He’s 27 now. I can feel like I’m am just hopeless to ever change.

    The Spurgeon quote is very helpful! “It is Jehovah Himself who is the keeper of His own vineyard; He does not trust it to any other, but He makes it His own personal care. Are they not well kept whom God Himself keeps?” It helps me to turn from despair to hope and trust, knowing that my Lord also wants for my life to have order, and therefore peace and power!

    So much more I could add, but my chaos is nagging, as usual. Please know that you and your gift is being as effective as ever, especially to those of us who can relate! Again, thankful that I got to meet you in person, even if only for a brief moment. I love you and pray that you will bask in the knowledge of God’s love for you, even in the “missing” seasons of life.


  4. Posted by Barb

    I’ve missed you , your blog post does make a differance in our lives


  5. Posted by Rache'l Campbell

    Always keeping you ever before the Throne of Grace!


  6. Posted by Izzy

    Yes, to glorify God. 😇. Blessed. See the beauty in His works, His creation.


  7. Posted by Rebecca

    You are a blessing to me. I thank you very much for your writings and your ministry. I was blessed beyond measure to hear you speak once in Indy. I will never forget it. Seeing how God worked in your life touched my heart! Your message was so powerful. You have made a wonderful difference for good in my life! And you continue to with all your writings. I am inspired by you and I appreciate your life for the Lord and sharing of your message to us. Thank you!


  8. Posted by Sandra Diehl

    I have missed you very much and I was concerned about your husband. How has he been feeling now?
    I pray your friend and family all will be well. Thank you for taking time for us. God bless, sandra


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