Deep Waters Blog by Kim M. Clark

06.06.2019
Kim M. Clark
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I have very exciting news! Last week in celebration of me winning the Selah Award, as publisher and author, I offered my multiple award-winning book, Deep Waters: Lift Your Gaze for FREE for two days and now thanks to YOUR support, my book is a best seller on Amazon! Woohoo! So as another thank you for your support, I am discounting my ebook to only $3.99, less than $4, for the Kindle Version. For those of you who didn’t get a copy yet, click here: Deep Waters: Lift Your Gaze and download a Kindle copy for less than $4 as my thank you for making my book an Amazon Best Seller! I can’t even begin to thank each of you for your kind words of encouragement on my writing, how the book as touched your heart and healed deep wounds you didn’t even know existed, and how the words in my book pointed you back to the source of all love, mercy, and peace, our Lord Jesus Christ. If you loved my book, would you please take 30 seconds to post an amazing review on Amazon? That would be so helpful as the Lord impressed upon me the need to grow my Amazon presence. Also, if you would like to start a book study on my book! Please go ahead and do so! I have a short, recorded webinar on how to facilitate a book club using my book. Go to my website to watch it. Email me with questions at kim@kimmclark.com And please share this video and Amazon link with your friends! You can click on the video link below and share it on social media, email, text, etc. Thank you once again for your support. I am so grateful for each one of you. Please continue to keep me, the book, and my ministry, Lift Your Gaze which provides copies of my books to people in the prison system to change the generational trajectory of brokenness to healing and hope. To find out more go to www.liftyourgaze.org. Links again: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Waters-Li... Book Study Facilitator Recorded Webinar: https://www.kimmclark.com/deep-waters... Email: kim@kimmclark.com Ministry: www.liftyourgaze.org Thank you and God bless you!
Want to start your own book study? Need some assistance and training? Watch to this training to create, host, and facilitate a successful book study using Amazon Best-Selling and Multiple Award Winning Book, Deep Waters: Lift Your Gaze. Questions or want more info? Go to www.kimmclark.com #deepwatersliftyourgaze #liftyourgaze #kimmclark
06.06.2019
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So excited to share with you two amazing announcements! A huge praise for a successful week and prayer for the funds to provide more books for the residents at correctional facilities across the country and FREE ebook giveaway on Amazon. Go to www.liftyourgaze.org for more info! #deepwatersliftyourgaze #liftyourgaze #letsdothis
23.03.2019
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A cold, clamminess washed over my body. I broke out in a sweat. Stunned, I stared at the monitor. A teardrop ran down my cheek. One of relief, yet one of sorrow. Blinking my tears away I remembered how I had angrily defended my body as MY property, not property of the state where anyone could make medical decisions that affected MY body. I was confident that since the child could not live outside of the womb before 12 weeks gestation, it was not a living thing—it was just tissue. Now I realized I was wrong—dead wrong. I was seven weeks pregnant. The day before, I started to bleed. Terrified, I rushed to the doctors. Concerned and with worried eyes, they did an ultrasound and exhaled as they saw the screen. I was fixated on the blinking number on the bottom right. That number was the source of my tears… It was a heartbeat—the heartbeat of my baby. A tiny seahorse-shaped being, yet fully alive, with a strong beating heart. It wasn’t tissue. It was life. I realized then I had been lied to and I had swallowed the deception whole. I finally understood the truth: life begins at conception. Period. Although this isn't a video of my baby at 7 weeks (which was 18 years ago -- before the advent of smartphones) it's a video of a baby at 7 weeks, the same gestational time I had my ultrasound. Years later as a became Christian, the reminder of this truth brings me to prayer… Praying for our God to drop the scales from those who have also been deceived. Yes, the body of the mother is to be held with the upmost value. So is the body of the baby carried in the womb. Both have equal rights. Both are life. Praying for a diametrical change in our view of life inside the womb. Praying all humanity will see that a baby IS life, whether it resides inside or outside the womb. Praying we would confess that a child’s life has value as well. Praying for repentance as a nation that condones murder under the guise of abortion. Praying for those who have believed the lie and have participated in an abortion. Praying they would leave their pain at the foot of the cross with the knowledge that their sins have been fully paid. Praying that they would no longer feel any condemnation, knowing that through their faith in their Savior Jesus Christ, they are forgiven. Praying for peace and forgiveness for all who have participated in the act of abortion. Praying for all of us, including Christians, to have mercy on those who have contributed to the performance of an abortion and the entire industry. Praying for us to show love—to each other and especially to that little life inside the womb. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen.
28.12.2018
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“I uphold everything…” Upon considering Jesus’ power, wisdom, transcendence, I wondered, how does something that is formed respond when its very Creator walks among it? Did the earth groan when Jesus came down from his heavenly throne to be born of flesh with human limitations? Did the waters quake in reverence? Did the skies just breathe a sigh of relief that destruction did not abound on this trip? Did our Lord smile with each step, knowing the composition of each particle he stepped on? Did the earth beg to be restored to its former glory—the one Adam and Eve so freely enjoyed when they thrived in the Garden? Or did Jesus tell the earth’s core to “Hush!” as he did the storm? Did he lovingly pour out his peace, so the planet wouldn’t shudder, as he proclaimed the good news, performed miracles, and died on a piece of its wood from its womb? Seeking wisdom and understanding, I prayed. The Spirit of the Lord stirred my heart. He spoke, “I uphold everything. I AM big enough to permit the earth to withstand my presence and not collapse upon itself.” In awe of how creation withstood such holiness, I am thankful Jesus stepped down from his heavenly throne, humbled himself, and became a baby, born of a virgin. I am captivated with gratitude as he lived a life without sin. With a grateful heart, I am enthralled by his humility, as he received all the punishment for my sins on the cross from a tree he created, and rose from the dead in victory, so I am now reconciled with a holy God. Dear God, help us see with new eyes the immensity of your mercy and love. Give us an eternal perspective on the miracle of Christmas, the sinless life Jesus lived, and his work on the cross. Have us praise our Savior with a greater appreciation of how he stood in our place. Bless those who are struggling right now, help them lift their gaze to you the author and perfecter of our faith. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen. “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3). For more info click here: www.kimmclark.com
24.08.2018
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I know it's hard to trust God with all things!  But, snakes?! Really? Even though these helpful reptiles (the non-poisonous ones at least) are a blessing to us as they remove all the critters around us, I'm still not crazy about them. Maybe being a daughter of Eve, I'm still holding a grudge from the interaction in the Garden. But God...he calls us to trust him with all things, including our problems, trials, loved ones, health,  and finances, and yes, even snakes that slither across our paths. Sometimes he doesn't answer our prayers in our timing.  It might be because he has a better view of the situation and needs to hold us back to protect us.  Or maybe we aren't ready for what we are praying for and we need to wait on him. Possibly we need to wait for the snake to pass by. Regardless, we are to lean not on our own understanding but trust him. After all, he is sovereign, we are not. If we knew what he knew, we wouldn't change a thing.  Rest in  him, he's got this. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6 
My shoulders slumped, tears swelled up in my eyes -- it seemed the more I tried to "show Jesus" to this person, the more they sinned against me. Beyond weary and tired from the battle, I was now filled with anger. I was angry at this person, the situation, how I was being treated...yada...yada...yada.... Seeing no end to the persecution, I cried out to God. "Why don't you do something? I mean, hasn't this gone on long enough?!" Silence. I had been praying for years for this situation to cease and no reprieve ever came. The circumstances just seemed to get worse. Taking a deep breath, I prayed again. This time I confessed my sinful anger to God and asked him to change me instead of changing the situation. His words pierced my heart, "Why are you so angry, my beloved?  Am I not sovereign? Do I not hold the hearts of each man on Earth? Why do you direct the anger of your heart at this person?" I swallowed hard as the Creator of the Universe continued, "Direct your anger at me. After all, I am sovereign. I am allowing this time of persecution to come upon you for such a time as this to make you more like my Son. Don't you trust me?" I squeezed my eyes shut with conviction as tears rolled down my cheeks. I repented. This time when I prayed, I asked God to forgive me for my anger against him and my unbelief that he can even work good out of evil. This time, my heart emerged with a different posture -- peace. The situation did not change. Instead, God changed me. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
07.08.2018
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Why do we sometimes feel like we need to rush God?  Or to help him when things aren't moving at our pre-determined speed? Maybe the outcome isn't quite what we would have desired? Trusting God can be hard, especially when the answer to our prayers is seeing the very person you are praying for move in the opposite direction!  I had been praying for a loved one's heart to become softer, more open to hope, and to turn from their sin. But instead their heart just seemed to become harder, oppose God even more vehemently, and move deeper into behaviors that pulled them away from the Gospel. While running, I cried out to God on their behalf, I begged for mercy, redemption, and faith to prevail in their life. That's when he clearly spoke to my heart. "Beloved, would you interrupt an earthly father disciplining their child? Then why are you praying for me to truncate the very process that will lead them to repentance?" Convicted of pride in telling God what do, I repented. I had wanted God to lift the pain of suffering in their life, but that was the very tool he was using to break them, have them turn to him in repentance, and to save them. After all he is sovereign and he is big enough to even use our sin for our good and his glory. "Not my will, but yours, be done." Luke 22:42
01.08.2018
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Spiritual Fruit from Running Up Hills? REALLY? We become stronger in our faith through trials.  "Beloved, there is no progress except through pain." God gently spoke to to my heart. Ugh. Those words stung as I ran or rather trudged up and down hills for ten miles. I was training for a marathon and it wasn't pretty. Apparently, hill training (running up and down hills) and trials have the same effect: they break us. Hill training breaks down our muscles and when they repair, they are stronger. It's the same with trials. Trials break down our self, or pride, making us more dependent on God, therefore stronger.  Both produce fruit: hill training makes the runner faster, trials create amazing spiritual fruit. Both are beneficial and painful. But in both casese, hope does not disappoint because of the faithfulness of God... Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5) #deepwatersliftyourgaze
What's our response when the waves come crashing down in our life? Trust God (of course)! How many times do we meet trouble half way? Get anxious when we see a trial brewing? Or a wave is anguish is about of crash down on us and we panic? Okay, maybe that's just me. Sometimes, when a potential difficult situation is arising, I forget my God--the all-powerful, amazing, omniscient God who loves me  enough to die for and who doesn't withhold any good thing from me. Yup, that's me. And as I scurry around in worry, what kind of witness as a child of God am I?  As I watched this little boy brave the pounding waves by closing his eyes, clasping his hands in prayer, and calmly looking upward focusing only on his God, I was convicted. Whay would my life look like if that was my response to trials? How much more peace would I have in my daily life and walk with Christ? As you take a breath today and ponder your response to trials, remember to be still and know that he's God (Pslam 46:10). 
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