August 27, 2013 KimHarms

Because some days I just need to be reminded. Thank you John Mark Mcmillan for blessing my morning . . . though no one in the world can sing this song better than my hubby. How He Loves Us   He is jealous for me, Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree, Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy. When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory, And I Realize just how beautiful You are, And how great Your affections are for me. Pre-Chorus: And oh, how He loves us so,…

August 22, 2013 KimHarms

The term voice gets thrown around a lot in the writing world. It is one of those concepts that I feel should be  easy to grasp, but is just out of my reach. I am not convinced I know what my voice is. I am, however, learning what it is not. Over my past couple years of freelancing, I have had two specific experiences when I read my published piece and thought, “Hmmm, that doesn’t sound like me.” Sometimes editors make very few changes to my original submission, but twice my words have been changed to the point that though…

August 21, 2013 KimHarms

…Mary Potter Kenyon.  Carter drew her name from the jar, and I am pleased to send her a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Women. She has been a blessing to me since I spent 12 hours in a car with her last June to and from a writer’s conference in Chicago. You can become fast-friends when you are in an enclosed space for such a long period of time. 🙂 She is a terrific writer whom God has taken through some deep valleys of grief. Her first book Coupon Crazy came out this summer. Her second…

August 19, 2013 KimHarms

My two oldest children are convinced they will never get married, so I very well could have just wasted my money on this book. But I’m all for being prepared “just in case.” 😉 When I first saw Kevin Leman’s picture as keynote speaker on the Hearts at Home Conference website a few years ago, I thought, “Oh great, he looks pretty stuffy, boring and preachy.”  Far from it!  He was my favorite speaker at the conference. He is completely engaging and funny in real life and in print. His books are educational and insightful, but they are also so darn entertaining, that…

August 15, 2013 KimHarms

How fitting that while we were on the Superior Hiking Trail for our first ever family overnight backpacking trip, this arrived in the mail. A box of Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Devotional Stories for Women  books with a devotional story I wrote based on my first ever backpacking trip with Corey, which also happened to be on the Superior Hiking Trail. I abandoned my comfort zone for that first trip and took part in one of Corey’s adventures.  And I enjoyed it enough that I’ve since gone on three more similar trips. What out-of-your-comfort-zone thing have you done for someone you love?…

August 13, 2013 KimHarms

I’ve been awol from the online world for a week doing adventurous things like leaping off this rocky ledge into the shockingly cold waters of Lake Superior. Brave Carter was the ringleader, but all five of us took our turn. (Even Lewis hopped in to Corey’s waiting arms. Corey wins the award for being in the frigid water the longest.) By the way, the average temperature of Lake Superior in August is 55 degrees. One jump was enough for me.

August 5, 2013 KimHarms

The reality is – Through the Holy Spirit dwelling in me I can experience peace even in uncertain and uncomfortable circumstances. The reality is –  Because of God’s great love, I am continually on the receiving end of gifts of grace. The reality is –  because Christ took on human form and  gave himself up for me, I have hope in the knowledge that God cares about my life here on earth and ultimately my eternal future. “Our trouble begins when we forget these realities and concentrate on our inadequacies, our fears, and all other manifestations of our smallness.”  (the late…

August 1, 2013 KimHarms

If you’ve been reading 26 Letters for a while, you have met Alphonsine. She has shared bits of her story of surviving and overcoming the horrors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and of God’s awesome provision in her adult life. Alphonsine now lives and works in the US and has a passion to use her life experience to help others.  The primary goal of her non-profit organization Rising Above the Storms (R.A.S.) is to “reach out, encourage and inspire people who are hurting, abandoned, or challenged in life in any way. We aim to bring hope and motivation to rebuild a brighter and more positive tomorrow.”…

July 25, 2013 KimHarms

1. Pee outside. Seriously, this is the view from the commode at our first potty break. I doubt there’s a 5-star hotel out there that can boast of a view like this from the toilet. 2. Bathe in deet. It feels like it anyway. Nothing like rubbing 98% deet all over every exposed part of my body to fend off armies of killer mosquitos. 3. Drink water that looks like this. Filtered from Cross River, Corey assured me it was safe to drink. I trusted him and survived, so I guess he was telling the truth. 4. Get very excited…