October 6, 2015 KimHarms

I had the opportunity to write yesterday’s devotion over at christiandevotions.us. Wallflower or Wildflower So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV “Why am I not more like her?” You’ve thought it before, haven’t you?  She is beautiful and poised and confident. Everybody loves her. If…

October 5, 2015 KimHarms

Photo courtesy of sideshowmom at morguefile.com Proverbs 4:1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. We were getting ready for an overnight backpacking trip the week that Grandpa gave the boys a unicycle. The night before the trip, our middle son was out trying to figure the darn thing out. His father wisely advised him to put it away and pick it back up after we had completed our backpacking adventure. He’s got a smart daddy, that boy. His daddy knows Owen’s deep-seated need to take risks and try crazy stunts….

September 28, 2015 KimHarms 2Comment

Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good when it is in your power to act.   Many years ago my husband gave free guitar lessons to a young teen he met through our church youth group. That teen came to our house once a week to play guitar and often stayed afterwards to eat dinner with us. I didn’t really like the boy.  (Sometimes I’m just a jerk on the inside while I’m serving on the outside.) I didn’t like the idea of Corey giving his time to him, and I struggled with my attitude as I passed him the potatoes. But…

September 21, 2015 KimHarms

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles @ freedigitalphotos.net Proverbs 2: 1-6 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom ad applying your heart to understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.   One of my boys had a tough stretch in school last year. A particular subject…

September 14, 2015 KimHarms 7Comment

Proverbs 1:33 But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease without fear of harm. “You really let your kids shoot nails?” My friend and I were drinking coffee on my deck, and a few minutes prior she had witnessed the workings of my middle son’s most recent project. A handmade blow gun with little picture frame nails for ammunition. I may be a little on the crazy side, allowing my kids to do riskier things than some people are comfortable with. But I struggle living in a culture where we are hyper-concerned with physical protection…

September 10, 2015 KimHarms

Join me on Mondays starting September 14, as I begin a journey through Proverbs in prayer for my boys. Each Monday I’ll share one verse, a short devotional story and a prayer on behalf of my crazy beloved man-children. I’d love to have you come along and pray your boys through Proverbs too.

August 5, 2015 KimHarms

I am excited be the writer of the August 5 devo at Christian Devotions. If that site brought you to this blog, welcome.  * My devo, Nature Proclaims, was a result of the first backpacking trip my crazy husband convinced me to take with him. (We’ve since gone on 4 additional trips; 2 as a couple and 2 as a family.) * I went through my old writings and found a few photos and a list I wrote after completing that first trip. Turns out, you can learn quite a lot when you step out of your comfort zone and…

June 14, 2015 KimHarms

I’m happy to have a devo at christiandevotions.us today. If that devotion brought you to this site, welcome. I love checking out the stock photos that go with my devos and articles online. You never know what you are gonna get. In the instance of The Cheese Confession, it’s a photo of a really cute kid, but it’s not my kid. Below is the wild, crazy and wonderful kid whose cheese confession turned into a devotion. The Cheese Confession By : Kim Harms It was the night before parent-teacher conference that our kindergartener, Lewis, nervously made his cheese confession. “Mom, I…

June 3, 2015 KimHarms

In honor of heading to Chicago for my third Write-to-Publish Conference, I am posting the very first non-newspaper item that I ever had published. It was a children’s devotion called The Rotten Apple, and it was the result of a writing exercise at one of the classes I took at my first Write-to-Publish Conference. Because Terri Kelly (then editor at Devokids) chose to publish it, I started to believe I could do this writing thing. Now several years and many acceptance letters (and many rejection letters) later, I am looking forward to soaking in as much writing knowledge as I can…

May 15, 2015 KimHarms

I had the honor of being today’s devo writer at The Upper Room. In conjunction with the devo that I actually wrote 2 years ago  (the road to publication is not often a speedy one 😉 ) I was asked to provide a post for their blog. Here’s where you’ll find the devo – Counting to Ten Here’s where you’ll find the blog post – The Little Things and The Big Things While preparing the blog post, I was reminded of just how much God loves me personally. If I pay attention, I find so many instances where he takes a simple small act…