Hi and happy Wednesday! I thought it would be fun to hear some of what inspires and challenges one of our consistent Guest Writers. Today’s guest is an authentic, God-loving Spirit filled woman whom I’ve known for a few years now. I sat down…well actually with our schedules..truth is I shot her a few questions via email (underlined and in blue below) , she prayed and responded (in caps). But first, the teal links just below take you to a few of her posts she’s graciously shared here on With Heart Wide Open. Worth the read:
JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG about my friend Kathy Halley, In her own words:
It has been a few years since we first met and so much has taken place. We are not who we used to be. We can look in the mirror and say, oh I believe is see you more Lord as you change me from the inside out. Thank you Jesus. I desire more of you, Jesus, and a much deeper relationship, and as we seek this the deepest desire in our hearts he is faithful to give us all we want. The gift keeps coming, even through the trials, and at times many trips and falls we experience, and in our weak moments. He’s always there and picks us up and leads the way. Oh how I love the Holy Spirit. Is it not wonderful to get to know, our Heavenly Father. God bless….
How do you hear The Words from the Lord? HIS WORDS ARE GENTLE, HIS WORDS ARE KIND. HIS WORDS ARE THERE IN TOUGH TIMES. I HEAR HIM THROUGH AND IN MY HEART.
How does the Lord speak to you? IT IS LIKE LETTING GO AND FALLING INTO HIS PRESENCE.
HE ALWAYS KNEW WHERE I WAS. WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN WAITING TO SHARE A LOVE THAT CONSUMES EVERY PART OF ME. LIKE A WARM BLANKET.
How did Jesus find you? Or did you find Him? DID I FIND HIM? OH YES I DID. WHEN I STOPPED RUNNING FROM WHAT GAVE ME THE BEST OF ALL THINGS. AND STOPPED STRUGGLING. AND SLOWLY THE LAYERS BEGAN TO COME OFF TO SHOW ME WHAT HE HAD DONE. WHAT HE HAS STARTED HE WILL FINISH.
Tell us a bit about your walk with Christ. MY WALK HAS BEEN LONG, AND SOMETIMES I STRAYED. BUT I AM SO THANKFUL HE WAITS FOR ME AND HAS NEVER LEFT ME. ONLY GOD, IS ALL I CAN SAY. PERHAPS ANOTHER TIME I WILL SIT DOWN AND WRITE A WORD FOR WORD JOURNEY FROM BEGINNING WITH NO END. FOR WE DO NOT END HERE, WE HAVE ETERNITY TO SHARE.
YOU ASK HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN WRITING, HOW DID I BEGIN?
NOT LONG. I GUESS IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THERE I JUST NEVER BELIEVED IT WOULD TOUCH OTHERS LIVES, AND I HAD TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF AND LISTEN TO THE DIRECTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. WHEN HE MOVES, I WRITE IT DOWN AND I AM NOT AFRAID TO SHARE NOW. IN A LADIES GROUP, I LEARNED TO TRUST, AND THEN IT SEEMED TO JUST OPEN UP. I BECAME A VESSEL WAITING AND LONGING TO BE FILLED.
Is there a message in your writing that you want readers to grasp? IT’S A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO SHARE WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS SAYING. IT NOT ONLY BLESSES ME, BUT SO MANY. HE USES OPEN VESSELS AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME. SO STEP OUT AND SHARE. OUR HEARTS ARE ALL WAITING FOR ANSWERED PRAY, AND WORDS THAT HUG OUR HEARTS. MY WORDS MAY COME FROM THINGS I AM WALKING THROUGH BUT HE KNOWS THAT OTHERS ARE WALKING A SIMILAR PATH, AND NEED A TOUCH ONE THAT SAYS “I AM WITH YOU”.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? ONE OF THE CHALLENGES I HAVE COME ACROSS IS GETTING PAST THE DOUBT IN MY OWN MIND. ABOUT MYSELF.
Do you learn anything from writing His WORDS and what was/is it? WHAT I HAVE LEARNED IS WHEN I AM AN OPEN VESSEL, AND I WAIT FOR THE SPIRIT TO MOVE AND NOT FORCE THINGS TO HAPPEN. WHEN HE IS READY, PEN AND HEART ARE READY TO RECEIVE. I HEARD ONCE THAT WE ARE CRACKED POTS, BUT THE CRACKS ARE WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH.
I AM WEAK YET HE IS STRONG.
THERE’S A MESSAGE IN THAT SONG.
THE NOTES WERE WRITTEN JUST FOR YOU.
NOW TAKE THE BEAUTY OF THESE WORDS.
FOR THERE ARE HEARTS WAITING TO HEAR.
THE COMFORT I HAVE TO SHARE.
TO LIFT THEM UP TO HOLD THEM CLOSE TO TAKE THERE HAND
AND LET THEM KNOW .
YOU ARE NEVER ALONE AND I HEAR YOUR VOICE.
JUST WAIT FOR MY BEST, SOME TIMES IT COMES FAST, SOMETIMES YOU MUST WAIT, BUT JUST KNOW THE BEST IS YET TO COME.
HOW DO YOU PUT INTO WORDS, THE ONE WHO HAS BECOME, EVERY BEAT OF YOUR HEART, AND EVERY BREATH THAT YOU TAKE. “JESUS”
A CONSTANT REMINDER HE IS ALWAYS THERE.
Poet’s Corner click on Non Author Poems tab and TODAY.
There it is Friends. Until next time Be Brilliant, Be Beautiful, Be Brave. Shandra