Here’s How God is Prompting Me…How About You?

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God has been prompting me in unexpected ways, How about you?

The last 4 years have been a wild ride for me. God has been prompting me to minister to others in ways that I could have never imagined. You don’t have all day, so here’s a quick recap…along with some questions for you.

2013

  • Counseling full time and leading workshop in the community
  • Self published “Building a Compassionate Relationship with Yourself” – Didn’t want to write it, but God kept bugging me for 6 months, so I did.
  • Went to my first writers conference, A publisher interested in publishing a new and expanded version of above book.
  • Diagnosed with breast cancer; had surgery and chemotherapy

2014

  • Got a contract to write “Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend” with Revell/Baker Publishing Group – What a blessing!
  • Finished radiation, thought I was home free, and going get my life back
  • 4 days later I noticed some trouble breathing deeply, 2 months later I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a terminal lung disease that developed as a rare side effect from chemotherapy and radiation
  • 2 months after this I had to go on supplemental oxygen

2015

2016

  • Lungs worsening, at home most of the time
  • Continuing to blog, and enjoy this so much.
  • Started doing Facetime Live Videos from home, which I love!
  • Hired by pulmonaryfibrosisnews.com to write a weekly patient blog for those with pulmonary fibrosis and their families. It is called, “Just Breathe: Compassionate Help for the PF Journey” and I am reaching a lot of patients all over the world. I’m so grateful for this opportunity!
  • Went to a writers retreat with a friend to have a fun time hanging out with the writers with my book agency. While I was there I received a STRONG impression from God that I need to write a book from a faith perspective, for those dealing with a terminal illness and their families. I decided to pay attention to Him this time right away!

Whew! What a long explanation! I share all this to let you know how God has been prompting me in unexpected directions. I’ll bet He has you as well. He has been gracious to provide me with encouragement, comfort and direction along this very unexpected path. A big part of His encouragement to keep going has come through all of you.

Thank you for being a blessing to me over these last 4 years. It has been a time of grief, fears and lots of adjusting to my ever-changing “new normal.” It’s also been full of unexpected blessings, encouragement and support.

I would appreciate your prayers as God leads me to help those dealing with a terminal illness be a kind friend to themselves along this journey.  Please pray that my future book will end up in the right hands.

I’m also looking forward to starting a new series about Pursuing Healthy Relationships with God, Ourselves and Others. I will blog about it here, and do facetime videos every other week or so.

So How About You?

God may be prompting you in a variety of ways. He might want you to care for yourself; rest and recover from a time of stress; minister to someone specifically; or something else.

I’d love you to share your input.

How has God been prompting you? What circumstances is He using to get your attention? What do you need to follow His prompting? What other thoughts or feelings surfaced as you read this post?

Please leave your comments below and share on social media or via e-mail with others who might benefit!

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24 thoughts on “Here’s How God is Prompting Me…How About You?

  1. You are an instrument of God’s Peace, sweetie! Really enjoy the information and compassionate posts, etc.! Words aren’t enough from me…but God has you in His Arms, special lady! <3

  2. Wow Kim, the Spirit in me jumps with joy as I read that you are going to write a book about those dealing with terminal illness and their families….I always would look for something for those I knew who were going through this and I couldn’t find anything….I would get the book about Heaven that Billy Graham wrote for them.
    What an amazing recap you wrote of the ups and downs in this journey called life with the Lord. He has been doing something similar with me, having me go back and read my journal of my 2015 year of Job trials….I can now read those painful pages and see He was with me all along, even though I couldn’t feel Him and thought He had abandoned me (a lie from the enemy). I am thankful for His amazing extravagant love for His kids…Praise & glory be to our great Abba Papa, Savior & Lord, Holy Spirit, the power of God inside of us! I look forward to getting several copies of your book to have ready to bless those in need.
    Blessings to you,
    Mary Ann

    1. Mary Ann…what an encouragement to read your comment…I’m so glad that when you read your journal you could see how God was with you each step of the way. He’s so good about that! Thanks too for your response about the book I’m working on. That is another conformation that I’m on the right track!

  3. I prayed at the end of the year for God to give me a word he really wanted me to engage with this year. I had many ideas of what I thought the word should/would be. Then in a crystal clear, I couldn’t ignore it kind of moment God said “your word is mercy”. Mercy?? Really?? I am still navigating through that one, but I am believing that he wants to do something great with it. I have started by studying some verses on mercy and praying with mercy in mind. Even occasionally tried to react in a more merciful way lol! It should be interesting to see what He wants to do in and through me this year!

    Thanks Kim for sharing though this blog. It is real and very helpful!

    1. Kim, You never cease to amaze me! Thanks for sharing your journey so openly and honestly–and optimistically. God is truly blessing you and your reach is far broader than ever!

      1. Thanks Bev…my whole writing career is God bugging me to write, me saying no…then finally yes, and Him blessing my efforts. He is gracious and merciful. Thanks for your encouragement.

    2. Pam…so glad you shared! What a wonderful word…mercy. My spirit relaxes when I think of how merciful God is to each of us. I’d love to hear what He shows you about mercy this year. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Kim-
    thank you for this timeline. I continue to lift you up in prayer, and it is encouraging to read how God has prompted and directed you. He has given you a unique and special voice, to be a light and hope for those experiencing such a dark time. I’m very excited about your new book and opportunities, and will continue to lift these opportunities up in prayer. You are an inspiration to so many ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Thanks so much Holly…I so appreciate your encouragement. Thanks for your excitement about the book God laid on my heart. Actually it was more like a lightening bolt! I knew I’d better pay attention. Thanks so much for your prayers and best wishes.

  5. It seems as though God is using your thirty yrs of counseling to reach further, bigger and better in you new ways. Print, electronic media. You were one on one before but almost no way to measure the multitudes you touch now. Thank you for using your rich experiences and hardships to bless others.
    We have terminal illness in our home, my husband. I look forward to new book on that topic.
    My job is still supporting him while doing a better job at self care and being kinder to self. That’s new for me, thanks to your book. I enjoy your CD.

    1. Thanks for your comment Anita. I’m so sorry you are dealing with terminal illness in your home. So hard. I’m so glad that you are talking care of yourself while caring for your loved one. I’m so delighted my book and CD are helping you be a kind friend to yourself. Wonderful! I just wrote a blog post at my PF News blog about appreciation for caregivers…this ones for you! https://pulmonaryfibrosisnews.com/2017/01/10/thanks-pf-caregivers-earn-appreciation/

  6. Kim, I loved reading: God leads me to help those dealing with a terminal illness be a kind friend to themselves along this journey. Please pray that my future book will end up in the right hands.
    YES…will do!!
    I am looking forward to your new series: Pursuing Healthy Relationships with God, Ourselves and Others
    What a blessing you are to so many!
    May God continue to bless many and may you receive many blessings from Him that strengthen you to continue in the face of such odds with your own health.
    You are loved and appreciated more than you will ever know on this earth.
    I have shared on my wall today what He has been teaching me in the HOPE that it will encourage and strengthen my sisters in Christ.

    1. Thanks so much Mary…for your prayers and encouragement. You are a blessing to me. I’m looking forward to the new series too!I know God will give me the words. Thanks for always being in my corner 🙂

  7. Kim,
    Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I am learning to live in the moment and in faith everyday. My husband recently had a leg amputation as the result of diabetes and vascular disease. He has a long way to go with convalescing and regaining his strength as a 3 week hospitalization and one and months in a skilled nursing facility. God is blessing my private practice and He provides for our needs on a daily basis. The most important lesson I am learning through this journey is to stay in the present and trust that God will provide for our daily needs.
    Our thoughts and prayers continue for you in this new year.

    1. Merri…thanks so much for your comment. I’m so sorry for all your husband is going through, and you as well. That is so big, and what a lot of grief and adjustment. He is blessed to have you by his side. I totally agree that staying in the present is key. It is where God meets us and provides for us. I’m encouraged by your faith, trust and testimony of God’s goodness in difficult times. Prayers for you both as well.

  8. Hi Kim, thank you for sharing your experiences through the last four years, it reminds me of Paul’s hardships in 2nd Corinthians 6 :3-11 and how all of that that he endured is all part of our character and being molded and made in God’s image. Paul was starting Ministry/ churches while enduring all these hardships like you. you are enduring hardships, ups and downs, and doing a ministry, reaching out to people that need to learn and know God’s compassion and love. blessings to you and your family and thank you for being what God intended you to be love you Valerie

    1. Valerie…thank you so much for your encouragement. I can’t even b=imagine being compared to Paul. I do agree that it is in these hardships that we can either collapse or grow. Or more likely, collapse and grow! I appreciate your prayers, kind words and encouragment so much.Many blessings to you

  9. Kim, you exemplify and trurly posses a resilience that I find myself wishing I had in my own personal journey over the last couple of years. The principles you share, and more importantly the example you lead by, have inspired me significantly as I had wrestled in the wake of significant injustice and betrayal. In the midst of the storm, God used you in His encouragment for me to reengage in my calling to help others reconcile personal faith with professional practice. This article has me praying again about what might be next. Thanks, Kim for helping me realize how situations we go through lead to a reflexive response to disengage. Thank you for reminding and showing us not to let circumstances lead us to disengagement. Self-compassion leads to a renewal of hope, a future with meaning, and perspective. Can’t wait to read your next book, my friend! I am looking forward to what’s next for me and my family. Blessings on you a deep gratitude for your influence… You are giving everyone the gift of perspective.

    1. Dear Ken, Thank you so much for your comment. I’m touched deeply to know this post and my journey has been an encouragement to you. That gives what I’m going through meaning and purpose. I’m looking forward too, to hear what God has in store as the next step for you and your family. You and your work is such a blessing to me and so many. Many Blessings my friend.

  10. “Collapse or grow…more likely collapse AND grow…” Thank you, Kim. Your words help me feel hopeful. It’s a relief each time you remind me that my feelings and reactions are normal and part of being human. Our circumstances are very different but when you share your struggles and I am able to apply your lessons, it helps me so much. YOU are a blessing, Kim.

    1. Roberta…so very glad to here this was helpful. I think we all need to be reminded that the thoughts and feelings we have when we are growing and changing are normal. Thanks for blessing me with your encouragement today 🙂

  11. Here I am right now, today at the beginning of a new journey…a painful, painful one to begin, but begun with the hope and faith that it will bring great healing to a hurting and exhausted heart. Not even sure where to begin, but hoping to find time to read through these blog posts and find some guidance along the way…homeschooling missionary mama of five littles overwhelmed at this point by a turbulent past rearing it’s ugly head. Trying to understand where self-care can fit into the midst of everything else, or what needs to move out of the way. The Lord has opened this up at this time in this season, and I am willing to follow, but scared out of my gourd! Hoping and trusting I’ll find some good wisdom in these pages!

    1. Canadian Mama, So good to hear you listening to yourself as you begin the is journey “with the hope and faith that it will bring great healing to a hurting and exhausted heart.” That is so beautiful. Care for your heart, give yourself time to figure things out slowly, and continue to seek the Lord for His guidance and timing. So good to have you here. Thanks for sharing your heart!

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