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Can You Believe it?

Last Thursday was our three year anniversary! I can hardly believe it’s been three years since my gracious friends at Moody Publishers had this vision. They built this website as a place where women could connect, communicate, and share stories of God’s faithfulness. On July 9th, 2012, the first blog post was published and it still amazes me that for three years He’s provided the opportunity to spread His Word and truth through this little channel of communication.

I view this spot as a community of women who are pressing into the Word together and encouraging one another in their pursuit of Christ. 

A dear friend left these precious words on a blog comment:

“When I read your stuff, I always walk away wanting to love Him more. Thank you for that, Kim.”

No more precious thing could anyone say to me about their experience on the blog than this.

The goal of every blog post is to ignite women with a greater passion to glorify God.

By God’s grace (and COMPLETELY His grace!) He’s supplied blog content every week, Monday through Friday, for the past three years. Sometimes I wondered if it would even be possible to fill the site with a full year’s worth of content without a break, but He did it!

You may not follow this blog every day. In fact, today may be your first visit here. I’m glad you stopped by and I hope you’ll settle in and stay awhile. Take a look around. We have some videos you might want to share with your friends here. We have some free resources here. We have some radio programs you might want to check out here.

To make it easy to connect here daily, you can subscribe (for free) to have the blogs sent to your inbox (see the Subscribe gadget on the upper left column). 

Today, in light of this marker, I want to revisit and share with you this site’s first blog post. It really explains my heart and the reason behind my desire to write. If this site has encouraged you in your walk with Christ, would you leave a comment below? I think that would bless my friends at Moody Publishers.

Also, your comments are a powerful source of encouragement to me on days when I wonder if anyone is reading . . .

Fire in My Bones

The reason I write is that I have to. This driving impulse to communicate God’s reality and goodness to others is like a burning fire. Because of who He is, the desire for others to know and love Him consumes me. He is my passion and I don’t want to waste a moment but live all out for His glory—and I want others to join me in this pursuit. I long for the day when all will know that He alone is God.

I think it’s kind of like what the prophet Jeremiah said:

[box]If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot (Jeremiah 20:9).[/box]

That burning fire is what I felt when I couldn’t keep quiet about Him, so I stood up in front of my fourth-grade-public-school class to tell them about Jesus dying on the cross, and why I hoped to spend my life as a missionary in Chad, Africa.

That same fire burns when I’m sitting beside a young woman who’s grappling with the purpose for her existence. Or when I’m counseling a woman who is ready to leave her husband. It’s the burning fire of God’s glory; the burning desire to let them know—

He is God.

He is alive.

He does care.

And He is at work.

Tasting God is so incredibly good, and His reality so intimate yet profound, that it is impossible to be silent about Him. I’m still amazed He would choose us to display His gospel, to be light in the darkness, to sound out truth in the cacophony.

I never planned to grow up and be a blogger. But I can see how it fits with the desire to spend my life in Chad, Africa. Writing blogs allows me to disciple more women than I would ever have opportunity to actually meet. In this small corner of the blogger world, women from across the globe can experience the adventure of growing together in Christ.

My purpose for this blog is to encourage women to live ALL out for God’s glory.

I hope this site will serve as iron sharpening iron as we encourage one another. I desire for this to be a community where He is exalted; where we can share stories of His transforming power. I want us to shout His Name and works here, but also to sit quietly at His feet and learn from His Word.

His desire is to fill the earth with His glory and I’m inviting you to join me in this grand pursuit.

Is a fire burning in your bones?

Do you want to shout His goodness?

Please feel free to share His glorious works here.

[box]“Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!” (Psalm 72:19)[/box]

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8 Comments

  • Marybeth

    Thank you for writing Kim. I’ve been reading your post each morning since I signed up a bit after you came to visit us in Brazil. I appreciate you faithfully writing each day as the Spirit leads.

  • Julie Musil

    Oh, Kimberly, happy blog anniversary! (Blogaversary?) I’m so, SO glad we’ve connected here. I searched for you after reading “Fierce Women” and boy am I glad I found you here. This blog has been a source of hope, love, and guidance. It’s helped me immensely on my own spiritual journey.

    True story: at the beginning of the year, I decided to do one of those “read the Bible in a year” plans. I’d grown up in the church, so I had been reading verses since I was a child. When I started the program in January, I set a reminder on my phone so that I wouldn’t miss a day.

    Recently I removed the timer. Quiet time with God is now the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night. I’ve become hungry for His word in a way I can’t describe. Oh, how I wished I’d sought him before and listened to his wisdom before. But I’m here now, listening intently for whatever His plan is for me.

    I’m still rather quiet about my spiritual journey, but I do often think of how much peace and joy He’s brought me during times of difficulty, and how I wish others would experience it as well. I’m a work in progress, and I’m confident the time will come when I will be more open.

    Thanks so much for what you do here. Your quiet, tender posts are filled with love for Him, which encourages us to seek Him and love Him more. I still remember the post about seeking Him–where you reminded us that if we’re seeking God, it’s because he drew us to Him. He wanted me to seek Him. That was a “wow” moment for me.

    Thank you!

  • Michele Morin

    Funny coincidence — WordPress told me this morning that today is my blogging anniversary. One year!
    I do enjoy reading your words, and am thankful for the vision for communicating truth to women that got this whole thing started!
    Blessings on our special day!

  • Jenny

    Thank you Kim, the Lord allowed me to find your blog little over a year ago. I have been so encouraged & blessed as I read them each day!! Thank you for allowing God to direct your life in this direction & being obedient to Him as you write each day! May God continue to richly bless you!! ~Jenny~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Marybeth!

    So good to hear from you and thankful that you’re reading the blog. I hope you are encouraged and that you’re sharing it with your friends in Brazil.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Julie ~

    Your comment was SO ENCOURAGING to me! I love the fact that God directed you here, and am so thankful for how He is meeting with you daily and has increased your love for Him and His Word! That is the reason I continue to blog–for women to love Him more, to study His Word, and then to live that out–which ultimately glorifies Him alone!

    Thank you for your word of affirmation and appreciation, friend!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Happy Anniversary to you, Michelle!! So glad you are blogging, it is a great way to use the Internet to share God’s truth with others. Thank you for your words of encouragement 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Jenny ~

    Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I’m so thankful that God led you here and pray He uses the blog to cultivate a greater love for Him and His Word!

    God bless ~