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When God Shows Up

Have you ever experienced that? God showing up isn’t always in big and showy ways—like mountains crumbling and earthquakes shaking. Sometimes He does that and sometimes He moves quietly, gently touching hearts and revealing Himself in small, almost unnoticeable movements.

Thank you for praying for us on Saturday. God did show up. For me, He started showing up the evening before the event began. Now, to be theologically accurate, let me just pause to say, God is always at work, ever present, and “showing up” isn’t something we can orchestrate. God “shows up” more than we realize . . . but that is another blog post for another day.

Whenever God orchestrates for me to share His Word and communicate His great truths to women in a public event, I am blown away, and I don’t take that lightly—it is a fearful and awesome responsibility. I enjoy teaching women, as well as doing marriage events with my husband (He is a much better communicator of the Word than I ever will be!) and am humbled any time I’m invited to speak, no matter the size or venue. But I never want to accept an invitation to speak unless it is God’s initiative—His work.

The thought of walking in to speak without God initiating it, leading through it, going before me, behind me, upholding me, and anointing me—scares me to death!

But before accepting a speaking invitation, my husband and I go to prayer and seek God, I seek counsel from others, we lay it all out before God to discern whether this invitation is from Him and His initiation. When we believe He has confirmed that I’m to accept, I can confidently move ahead—trusting Him to go with me.

But I struggled a bit with this one the week before we were to leave.

Since the last week of May, our family has been focused on little Adalynn’s arrival and then her subsequent hospital stays. The week before I was scheduled to leave for DC, I wondered whether I should go. I often struggle with what can seem to be a conflict between “family responsibilities and ministry responsibilities.”

But God kept assuring us this was still the assignment from Him. Little Adalynn improved greatly. Her momma and dad were supportive and prayerful for me to keep this commitment. Although, it was a bit more difficult to leave this newest little one (who is in great hands by the way—with her parents, and a loving support system from our church and other family members). This ministry opportunity allows us to be on the other side of the country where we can spend some time with the rest of our little ones and their parents.

God never ceases to amaze me. His steadfast lovingkindness knows no bounds. While I was struggling, He kept reminding me of this:

[box]Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever . . . (Psalm 136:3–4).[/box]

The evening before the event was to take place, my husband and I drove over to check out the beautiful complex at McLean Bible Church, so we would be sure to know how to get there for the Saturday morning event. As we pulled up to the top level of their parking garage, the Father had a gift waiting for me. My husband opened my door for me to get out of the car and said “Look up.”

There, right over the building where I would be speaking in less than twelve hours, God had hung His rainbow of promise in the clouds. Some people might say it was just raindrops refracting the sunlight, others might say it was a lovely coincidence. But my husband and I knew. It was a gift. It was the gift of a faithful Father who knew His daughter (who was trembling a bit with uncertainty) needed His loving assurance.

And the event Saturday morning?

It was an AWESOME experience—I wish you could’ve each been there! God’s presence was so evident, and women lined up for almost two hours after the event to talk and allow me to pray for them. I met so many interesting women, women who love God but are in deep places, I met a new believer that just came out of the Muslim faith, met women who are in the process of divorce, but were willing to go home and seek to reconcile with their husbands after hearing the message and watching our marriage video. I am so grateful that God showed up! He never ceases to amaze me.

Thank you for praying!

[box]Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever . . . (Psalm 136:3–4).[/box]

14 Comments

  • Carmen

    Kimberly, thank you for coming to DC last Saturday. Your message was timely and from God. Thank you for taking the time to break bread with a group of women who love God.

    This was my first time attending an event with Excellent Living. So I was not expecting that God would have me spend an amazing afternoon with a group of women I did not know. I had an awesome time and not to mention God chose one of my favorite places to eat Olive Garden. He showed me that he is loving me during one of the darkest times in my life. God gave me hope to continue His work and stay the course.

    Your message blessed me in a mighty way to confront with love. Gal 6:1-2
    “Stop Drop and Pray” God I need your help right now. I need to respond with the fruits of the spirit.

  • Kathryn

    Kimberly,
    Thank you for sharing God’s faithfulness to you and the woman at McLean church. Jesus loves His church. I appreciate that you share with candor your struggles about juggling family concerns as well as ministry obligations. It can be easy for woman to look at woman in ministry and think that it is somewhat glamorous(for lack of a better word). Praying for you, your husband and family. God is so faithful.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Dear Carmen!

    I am SO GLAD you were there! Wasn’t God so gracious to meet with us? It was a joy to be with all of you lovely women. Such a sweet time. So glad to see that you listened with a receptive heart and are taking away truths from the day!

    Hope you’ll stay connected here, but especially stay in His Word and let Him revive your heart daily.

    Much love, friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Kathryn ~

    Thank you so much for those kind words, that means a lot! And especially for your prayers. I am so blessed by readers like you.

    How can I pray for you?

  • Kathryn

    Kimberly,
    Thank you so much for asking how you can pray for me. Please pray that God captivates my heart and that a love for His word is cultivated and flourishes. I need go grow in self-control (food, time management, my tongue) and love. Pray for physical, mental, spiritual strength as I serve my husband, children, and work. May God continue to bless you with His presence and give you grace in all areas of your life.

  • Pauline Butler

    Thank you for sharing so honestly, Kim! I love how our loving Father “shows up”, assuring us of His loving presence. He is so faithful and good!

  • Hayley

    Amen, amen, amen! Gods timing is always perfect. God is amazing and always on time – I’m glad the event was awesome!!! I pray that your sweet grand baby continues to gain strength and health.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you, Julie, for your encouragement. Would love for you to have been there with us 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Hayley ~

    Little Adalynn is doing much better. So grateful and thankful for those of you who’ve prayed for her!

    Blessings, friend 🙂

  • Glory Carr

    Dear Kimberly,
    It was such a blessing to hear you speak at McLean Bible Church last Saturday. The video of what you and your husband went through,really ministered to my heart. That was something that God knew that I needed to see/hear. At the end of the conference, when you and Cheryl prayed, it felt as if the hand of God reached inside of my heart and took this lump of “rewind” out of me. I felt so much lighter! I would love to know how you and your husband worked through that season of your lives. Thank you again and may God continue to bless you and use you in a mighty way!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Glory ~

    Thank you so much for stopping in to leave a comment! It was such a sweet time with you all, I loved meeting many of the women and hearing how God spoke, grateful He worked in your heart. The book, “Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior” really describes the process of how God worked in our lives and provides practical help for breaking out of that destructive cycle that I talked about at the conference.

    You can also pull up several of the marriage posts from the archives and you might find those helpful as well.

    Great to hear from you, I hope you’ll stay connected here ~