The Stuff of Life

Uncomfortable and Inconvenient – Week 1


I like my comfort zone. It’s pretty predictable, and well, comfortable. Sometimes I just want to put on my comfy pants, snuggle up under my comfy blanket and chill out with my family F.O.R.E.V.E.R. But, happy place that it is, I don’t believe my comfort zone is meant to be my permanent residence.

I also like to be in control of my time. I like to know what my day is going to look like and approximately how long it’s going to take to get every item checked off my list. Though planning and organization are good things, I know that I sometimes miss out on the more important things because I am too focused on the nonessentials.

Because I know my tendencies, and because I know I am missing out on opportunities that God is nudging me to act upon, I’ve decided to challenge myself. For the next 52 weeks, I am going to make a conscious effort to respond to those nudges which are generally either uncomfortable or inconvenient. (That’s probably why I’m pretty good at ignoring them.) Sometimes it may be as simple as following through on that recurring thought that so-and-so could use a note of encouragment or a phone call, and sometimes it may be the heart-pounding-out-of-my-chest type of nudge. Like when I knew I was supposed to make a blubbering mess of myself by standing up front at church with a dripping nose, crying eyes and a voice that sounded much like a croaking frog  to thank God for healing my mother-in-law of breast cancer.

I guess I don’t know what to expect, and some weeks I may fail, but I want to work on being aware of those things I know God wants me to do. Maybe you want to join me. As I update this journey each week, please post a comment about the Uncomfortable and Inconvenient things you’ve mustered the gumption to do. Then we can be uncomfortable and inconvenienced together.


Author: Kim Harms

I am the wife of a guitar-playing, worship-leading, adventure-loving husband. I am the mother of three incredible sons: two of whom recently surpassed me in height, and one of whom I am going to pretend is still my baby. I am saved by grace; a daughter of the King who was and is and is to come. *** I am a regular contributor at Today’s Christian Woman, a monthly blogger at Inspire a Fire and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts. *** The 500 Dresses ministry that I started with my mom in 2010 is our way of answering the call to serve those in poverty.

5 thoughts on “Uncomfortable and Inconvenient – Week 1

  1. Kim, Thanks for sharing your challenge. Since Mikayla’s treatment ended I have had a similar challenge for myself. It allows the Holy Spirit it spark my mind and soul and then I remember that “every good idea I ever have is a God-idea.” I will be excited to hear what you are uncomfortably and inconveniently challenged with!
    In Him, Deanna

  2. Yes! Let’s do it.

  3. Lots of encouragement to you, Kim. I’m learning that God wants your yes. What that looks like, what that means, only He knows.

  4. I love your transparency – it lets God shine through your life!

  5. Thanks for the challenge, Kim! I will be thinking about that! Definitely I need to be more open & willing. I think it begins with purposefully being mindful of how God is moving in my life each day. Thanks for sharing!!

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