Written by Minister Kim Johnson, founder of I Am My Sister Women Helping Women) LLC
My faith is constantly being tested. It seems that the more I write about having faith, the more I am tested. There have been things that I have prayed about, only to have those prayers not answered, year after year, after year.
But the difference, I think that I have now is, I have ‘hope’ inaddition, to my faith. I know that while it is uncomfortable for me, and NOT my will to wait on the things I am praying for, God has not forgotten about me.
Scripture tells us that “Faith is confidence that the Lord will do what He has promised. It is not simply wishful thinking. It is the absolute conviction that God is not only willing, but also able, to accomplish all He has pledged to us, regardless of how our circumstances may appear or what obstacles may have to be overcome. As the Saints of old learned, your confidence in Him is never in vain, for “He who promised is faithful”(Charles Stanley Bible).
(Hebrew 11:1)- Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Brothers and Sisters God is working on your behalf. Don’t give up on what you are praying about! He hears you.
Written by Minister Kim Johnson, author of I Am My Sister (Women Helping Women)
Believers Hurt Too
I was taught that people who know the Lord shouldn’t show their feelings, especially if they are hurt or grieving. The belief is, it shows a lack of trust in God and a weakness to the world.
But now that I know God for myself, and have a relationship with Him, I know that, that way of thinking isn’t correct.
For instance, in the Book of Job 1:20, when Satan was allowed to test Job, Job lost everything. And Job showed great emotion. In fact, Job was so distraught that he tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell to the ground and worshiped.
This tells me that even with someone like Job who demonstrated so much faith and trust in God that he too felt emotions. The thing is this, when tragedy strikes, believers hurt just as much as anyone else. We grieve, but not as those that have no hope (1 Thess. 4:13). We worship in tragedy, knowing nothing can separate us from God and the love He has for us (Rom. 8:35-39).
My brothers and Sisters when trouble comes your way, and it will come, give yourself permission to feel your emotions, but grieve with hope.
Apostle Paul in the Bible taught the Christians in Thessalonians about the second Coming of the Lord. Not understanding all he said, they became concerned about their love ones who are already passed on. Paul explained that because of Christ, we always have hope, and we are assured that we will see those we love again (Charles Stanley Bible).
Brothers and Sisters do you hear me! it’s alright to feel things too.
Saints, while this storm is raging all around you please do not be afraid. God is with you. He IS working everything out. I know it may not look like it, especially when you see so many people dying and your loved ones are becoming sick; and you, yourself are trying to avoid sickness. I don’t know what else to say to convince you other than, this is a true test of your faith in God.
For those that have not been tested, and who say, “trust God, ” I say, it is easy for you to say “trust God” when you, yourself, are not being tested.
But the thing is this, my friends, we must trust God in the middle of this raging test and storm, even though we know we cannot Control the situation; because God tells us too.
The Bible tells us in Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
And, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
Saints, please keep on praying, and know that God is in Control and He is with you!
Brothers and Sisters, do you hear me, don’t be afraid….
Written by Minister Kim Johnson, founder of ‘I Am My Sister (Women Helping Women)’
Waiting When God is Silent
God used to talk to me ALL the time when I was preparing for my previous conferences and I was able to do as He instructed step by step. But when I began preparing for my third women’s conference I couldn’t hear God’s voice all the time. I would hear Him now and then, and sometimes so quietly I questioned if it were Him talking to me or me talking to myself.
As a person that does not like to get a head of God, I started feeling unsure of myself and being a little double-minded. I knew that it was the enemy messing with me, which made me feel even more desperate to hear from God. I did not want to mess up with God or do anything on my own accord; so you can imagine what I was going through.
I think, during that time, it was one of my more difficult walks with God.
One of the hardest things that I have had to do in my life is to wait on God especially not hearing clear directions.
Silly me tried getting peace by asking pastors and other religious leaders what they thought or what I should do, but I still had that empty feeling inside of me after they prayed and talked to me, lol.
I finally realized that I was still in my way. I was the obstacle. I was doubting that God would speak to me.
In the Charles Stanley Bible, Pastor Stanley breaks down what I was going through eloquently and I finally understood what was happening. He writes that, “We will have difficulty listening if we come to God with uncertainty, doubting that He is going to speak.
Instead, we are to approach God confidently and expectedly, anticipating that He will communicate with us. Such an attitude expresses our faith and demonstrates that we believe His promises.
Another problem is disobedience. God instructs us, but we do not like His answer. Perhaps we want more information before we step out on faith. Maybe the Lord is commanding us to release something that is important to us or directing us to act in a way that is terrifying, challenging, or unpleasant. Either way, we want Him to change His mind and plan.”
The thing is this Saints, “ we need to keep on listening attentively and prepare to submit to whatever the Lord tells us. Our heavenly father will speak, and when He does He will bless us greatly.”
We need to relax and just chill, God hears us, we just need to stand still and wait on the Lord.
Brothers and Sisters do you hear me, are you ready to stand still and wait on the Lord even when He is Silent?
Written by Minister Kim Johnson , Founder of “I Am My Sister (Women Helping Women)”
One of the things I have learned in life is that you are either in a storm, coming out of a storm or about to enter into a storm. And that, what God has for you, is for you, and only you.
So my question is this, why are people jealous of one another?
Think on this my brothers and sisters, we have no idea what tribulations and thunderstorms that people go through in their lives. As such, we need to understand that the glory we witness in people is sometimes the manifestation of their pain that may have pushed them into their purpose or what we see in them currently. So if that is the case, why be jealous of anyone?
Do you want to go through the pain that they went through to get to where they are now?
I don’t think so! Know this, the blessing that is designed for you, is for you only, and it is on its way, in God’s timing.
In the Bible it tells us that there is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven (Ecclesiastics 3:1).
Brothers and Sisters do you hear me? Are you willing to wait on the blessing designed for you, and only you?
Written by Minister Kim Johnson, founder of I Am My Sister (Women Helping Women) Ministry
Sitting here thinking about my Christmas’ as a child and how exciting and innocent they were. My brother and I could barely sleep Christmas Eve night in anticipation of Santa’s visit and all the presents we would receive.
Today, the excitement I feel comes from being grateful and thankful that I have God in my life and understanding that Jesus is the greatest gift that I have ever received.
My dear brothers and sisters I am also grateful that I am able to share the greatest gift of all with you, Jesus Christ!
The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:15, “the greatest gift we could ever receive is salvation through the death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The reason we should embrace the privilege of giving is out of love and thankfulness for all God has already provided for us” (Charles Stanley Bible).
Brothers and Sisters do you hear me? Do you express your love for the Lord with an overflow of thankfulness in your heart?
Written by Minister Kim Johnson, founder of “I Am My Sister “Women Helping Women)
Life is so funny. You never know when grief will hit you. Something as simple as watching someone else tend to their love one can affect you.
I was eating in my favorite diner watching this woman help her elderly father put on his coat. I said to the woman “you are such a blessing” and she told me that her dad was such a good guy. As I continued to watch her fuss over him, the tears began to flow from my eyes uncontrollably.
I inwardly laughed to myself because I had to go to the register and pay for my food and I didn’t want the cashier to see my blood shot eyes.
Brothers and Sisters, it was my greatest pleasure to care for my grandfather.
Being a caretaker can be difficult but at the same time, rewarding. If I had to do it again, I definitely would.
Written by Minister Kim Johnson, founder of I Am My Sister (Women Helping Women)
It’s so easy to live our lives in the comfort zone. In the comfort zone we feel safe.
In fact, In the comfort zone we find ourselves attached to things not good for us or in situations that stop us from reaching our full potential.
Saints, I’m here to tell you that God wants us to move out of the comfort zone.
Sure, I know that sometimes it’s just not that easy and that it’s easier said than done. I also know that you worry about what will happen to you. You question whether or not, you will fail or success.
The thing is, you cannot reach your full potential if you don’t do what God is calling you to do , even if it makes you uncomfortable.
Scripture tells us, the apostles in the Bible left their comfort zones to follow Jesus. They willingly went into situations that were dangerous. They were arrested and threatened, but they were willing to serve God (Matthew 19:27).
God calls us to Obedience, even if it is difficult. Are you willing to step out on faith and do what He is calling you to do?
Written by Minister Kim Johnson, founder of I Am My Sister (Women Helping Women)
As Christians we can’t live our lives only praising God on Sunday. We have to live our lives praising God in everything that we do, All the time and every day of our lives.
We don’t want to be like the people in Jesus’ time. Scripture tells us that the crowd praised Jesus on Sunday and rejected Him on Thursday (Luke 19:28-44 and Luke 22:48-65).
Brothers and sisters, we need Jesus in every aspect of our lives and we need to stay focused on Him 24/7.
It’s really very simple, we can praise God by the way we live our lives. By not letting people take us out of character and by having faith that He will always be there for us in the good and bad times of our lives.
Brothers and Sisters do you hear me? Are you praising God everyday or only when you are in trouble or on Sunday’s?
Written by, Kim Johnson-Founder of “I Am My Sister (Women Helping Women)”
Sometimes it’s hard to remember to have faith when we are going through a rough patch in our lives, even when we know the word of God.
But the good news is, when we surround ourselves with friends and family who know the Word of God, too. We can count on them to remind us of what we already know, which is “to have faith even though we are in a dark place.”
Sister to Sister do you have people in your life that can pray and intercede for you?
Written by Kim Johnson, Author of immysister.org and I AM My Sister (Women helping Women) LLC
Sisters, I’ve been thinking about “timing” for a while now. I met a guy a few years ago that I fell in love with, but the timing just was never right for us, so we never got together. I still love this person too, but I realize that some relationships or situations are not meant to be. I like to believe that everything happens in God’s timing and not one minute before. In the bible, scripture tells us that “there is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1).
Pastor Charles Stanley explains it this way, in His wisdom and sovereignty, God sets an appropriate time for everything. For instance, at the right time, Christ was born; at the right time, He lifts us up and that we shouldn’t run ahead of God’s timing! His blessings are always worth the wait (p. 759).
Saints! I want you to understand that nothing happens by accident and that God is in control of all things, even that great love that never happened for me. More importantly, if we wait on the Lord we will surely be blessed with what He wants us to have, because God wants the best for us.
Sister to Sister do you hear me? Do you know that timing is everything and that you will not miss what God has intended for you?
Stanley, C. F. (2009). Life Principles Bible. In C. Stanley (Ed.). Thomas Nelson.