You can connect with her through her website: http://www.kimberlywagner.org/ where she encourages women to be students of the Word. She enjoys sharing with women and hearing from them about what God is doing in their lives.
Kim is married to her favorite pastor, LeRoy Wagner. Their children include Rachel and her husband Adam, Caleb and his wife Lindsey, plus a growing tribe of grandchildren!
You may be enduring a winter of suffering with no hope for spring. But no matter how you entered this season of adversity, you did not enter it alone and you do not walk it without purpose. You may see adversity as your greatest enemy, but I’m throwing out a different perspective . . .
Kimberly Wagner shares highlights from the closing session of True Woman '12: "I've had huge anticipation for TW '12 and was not disappointed. Some of my takeaways from this conference have been: hope for the next generation, hope for transformation in marriages, and more than all else—hope for Revival to occur in the Church and in this nation!"
I'm entering a season of life where I’m really being stretched: physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. I hate to admit it, but some of it is due to the age I've reached (sigh). It comes with its set of issues--sleepless nights, crazy temperature extremes (some nights my husband thinks I may internally combust), along with a middle-age weight battle.
Every year when it gets close to my birthday, I start seeking God about what He wants me to focus on as an area of spiritual growth for the coming year. Each time, it has been an amazing journey as He leads me through new spiritual territory. The year my focus was on learning to trustI was given medical reports on three different occasions indicating life-threatening cancer. The year I focused on humilityI spent helping care for my father who was struggling with brain cancer . . .
On the heels of weeks of activity, I was hit with a nasty upper respiratory infection. I found myself struggling to even make it from the bed to the bathroom. When I finally returned to the land of the living, I found myself paralyzed. Not physically, but emotionally. Do you ever feel that way? I call it "hitting the wall," and here's what I find helpful when that happens.
A few years ago, I was leading a high-school Bible study,and one night several of the students started getting honest about hidden sins. They expressed two things: sincere brokenness and complete frustration. They pressed me for an answer to why . . . why was the pull of sin so strong, so powerful?
Worship isn't something we do only on Sundays during a moving praise and worship music set. Worship happens 24/7, as we turn our hearts to Him--anytime, anywhere! Worship can happen when you're putting your family's clothes in the washing machine and you're hit afresh with the wonder of His cleansing grace . . .
Cain's approach to worship seems to have been a little flippant . . . He took a short-cut when it came to offering worship and exploded in jealousy when God accepted his brother's offering over his. Apparently, obedience matters a lot when it comes to worship!
Has God ever asked you to do something you thought impossible? Pushed you beyond your comfort level? Invited you to step into that sacred gap that lies between your natural abilities and His assignment for you?
What weight lay on the shoulders of this Jewish carpenter from Nazareth--to serve as the Holy Child's guardian, to care for the sacrificial Lamb. Scripture provides telling clues as to why Joseph was chosen for this critical assignment.
There are at least a half-dozen sitcoms coming this fall that center on lead male characters struggling with the changing dynamics of men as they relate to the successful women surrounding them. According to one executive producer, "Manliness is under assault."
He notices your simple acts of service, your every tearful trial, your struggles, and your failures. He notices your humble acts of obedience and He notes every step of faith. No one else may see, but He does.
Apparently Eve was no push-over or faint-hearted wallflower. She was bold enough to hold a conversation with a talking serpent, but foolish enough to make an independent and rebellious choice. Her choice led to her curse.
When I was a little girl, I was fascinated by a couple who would occasionally drop by my parent’s home for a visit. Although elderly, the wife was still an elegant beauty. I’d pull up a chair in the kitchen beside my mom and we’d eagerly listen to her stories of travel and adventure . . .
As a young woman, one of my greatest fears was “missing out on God’s will for my life.” I think I lived under the pressure that one wrong move would spell disaster, and God’s plans for me would all be thwarted!
The wedding that’s caught my attention this year isn’t the one most people were talking about early last month. I’m focused on one a little closer to home—my son’s. Since the time he was in the womb, we’ve prayed for the woman God had in mind for him and are absolutely delighted with His choice!
What does the actress Cameron Diaz have in common with Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team? They’re both publicly recommending that we chuck the “dying institution of marriage.”
I try to keep my heart fixed on Christ, and one practical way I do that is by using visual reminders. In fact, I’d love to take you on a tour of my home. In lieu of a YouTube video, please join me on a “blog post tour” and use your imagination as you “drop by” for a visit!
I'm sure my scream took the phone from her ear. I'd asked for a boy. They'd long wanted a boy and thought their child birthing years were past. A boy. A good gift from the faithful Father. But that wasn't her only news. Pre-cancerous cells on her back.
Rizzuto planned to leave her husband and two young sons for a six-month opportunity to do research for a book in Japan, but while there she made the defining choice to leave her family for good. Some are applauding her brave decision to “redefine motherhood,” while others think it is plain selfish.
Not long into the message I began to get a little uncomfortable. My discomfort increased as the preacher began a tirade against certain individuals, even referring to them as “idiots.” Years later, I don’t have a clue what his text or his point was, but I can clearly recall this preacher’s critical words.
While no one in their own power can “tame the
tongue,” thankfully, God provides all you need to discipline this unruly
critter! As you cooperate with Him, here are some practical tips to help you tame that unruly tongue.
Moms, please don’t let these days slip by too quickly. Stop to play.
Stop to sing and rock. Stop to pray with your toddler. Hug the
squabbling siblings and sneak out of the house to have a Sonic date with
This Christmas, one of my gifts came a little early. Exactly two weeks before her due date, and two days before we were planning to leavefor the nine-hour trek to their home for Christmas, my daughter called to tell me early labor had begun!
As I recently wove my way through the mass of mall shoppers, past the long line waiting for Santa’s knee, avoiding the tempting smell of far too expensive coffee, I heard familiar carols blasting overhead: “Angels we have heard on high . . .” And I wondered, What are the angels doing this Christmas?
Perhaps you struggle with insecurity or feel you have nothing to offer. Take heart, you serve One who seeks those who know they are needy, and who delights in using small and ordinary tasks as preparation for the extraordinary.
Do you remember when postal mail was the only option? As a child, I had a pen-pal in Seoul, Korea. Because of the geographic distance, our correspondence required several days of waiting patiently between letters. While I love the ease and convenience of email, I think living without “waiting” may make it difficult for us to grasp the concept of the eternal.
Some men make multiple decisions throughout the day in their vocational
role, while also carrying a large load of responsibility, but when
entering the doors of their home they feel inadequate and fearful to make the
I often find that women, usually unintentionally, have established a home environment where their husband feels “threatened.” Perhaps the husband has never admitted to this, but he may feel he can do nothing right, is unable to please his wife, or has lost all desire to try.
When we take our eyes off all we are not seeing God do, and begin thanking Him and proclaiming His goodness for all we haveseen Him do–our perspective transforms from worry . . . to praise and gratitude!
Jesus doesn’t look to rub shoulders with the high and mighty, doesn’t seek to gain popularity among the rich and famous, and doesn’t care about his approval rating among the American Idol crowd. He watches for the needy and bends low to pick up the humble child who reaches for Him.
What an awesome thought! Uniting my heart with the Almighty. Being one
with Him through abiding in Him. Having my will united with His in
truth. Being one in desire, purpose, intention, mind, motive, heart, and
spirit . . . in order to pray effectively.
When the vicious threats reach the King Hezekiah's ear, he knows just what to
do. He goes to prayer.
In childlike trust this mighty king takes the enemy’s pompous letter and literally spreads it out before God.
I’m thankful for the way God uses women who are gifted authors and speakers to motivate, inspire, and encourage, but I am equally grateful for those who serve in the nameless trenches of life–where only God and a few others glimpse their faithfulness.
I am eternally grateful for meeting Christ at a very young tender
age; but I regret times I’ve wandered through the “ordinary” days,
grumbled and complained as I trudged through the difficult days, and
frivolously skipped carefree through seasons which could’ve been spent
with more forethought and purpose.
As a teen determined to make a difference, I wanted to live all out for Christ, whether that meant heading to a third world country to spread the gospel or immersing myself in academic theological training. One aspect of “making a difference” really didn’t hit my radar screen, though . . .
The Heart-Changer who holds the power of the Resurrection can apply its transforming power to your marriage as He did mine. Please don’t lose heart. He can redeem. He delights in taking the broken and making all things new!
Throughout history women have sought liberation through political means, financial resources, even by way of self-actualization and mystical spiritual enlightenment. But nothing else can bring true liberation—one can only find true freedom in Christ.
The True Woman Conferences are designed to serve a greater purpose than just a great weekend with friends (which we hope attendees will experience), but its purpose is to inspire, equip, and prepare women to live out God's calling on their lives in the midst of a culture that presents a very unbiblical picture of womanhood.
You don't have to chart your own course or manipulate your circumstances to fit your expertly designed "master plan." You can take courage and great comfort in the knowledge that your future has been planned by the One who knows you best, loves you most, and has no problem accomplishing His purposes!
I was so encouraged by those of you who responded last week to let me know that you are joining with us in prayer. Are you eady to go shoulder-to-shoulder in prayer-battle with us with this week's requests?
When my friend suggested eating at a certain café specializing in gourmet breads, I hesitated only a moment before I agreed. I hate to remind people that I have Celiac disease and am unable to eat wheat products. But I was not prepared for my reaction. I was not prepared for this old familiar longing.
As we quickly approach the first True Woman ‘10 Conference, we are well aware that this is an endeavor of gigantic spiritual proportion, and as such we are calling on all prayer warriors to partner with us as we intercede for the details of the True Woman ‘10 Conferences.
Rodents in various sizes and stages of life, holes in the walls, the ceiling, and floors—all convinced me this was more than I could bear. But in the days to come I began to say, "Yes, Lord. I surrender to Your will."
Have you benefitted from the ministry of a pastor's wife who has faithfully served Christ? Have you demonstrated gratitude to her? You have the opportunity to get in on the "giving cycle of gratitude."
When I consider these men and women who smiled at a death that held no power over them, who longed for the Messiah from afar, who welcomed the opportunity to die as martyrs and lived as though this world had no grip on them—it humbles me.
According to a recent article I read, feminism allows individuals to redefine feminism and construct a personal feminist philosophy. So, for those who care to see it, here is my "personal feminist philosophy."
As a result of the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, we've lost over forty million babies as a nation. Four thousand pregnancies per day are ended through abortion. Did you get that? Please allow these numbers to sink in.
The miscarriage came in the early morning hours the day after the doctor’s visit. A womb emptied its treasure far too early, a daughter delved into pain deeper than she’s ever known, and questions fill the empty spaces.
The Christmas rush is over, the holiday meal is behind, and you “go-getters” have probably already relegated the lights and decorations to storage. Things should be slowing down a bit, so now is the perfect time to evaluate and plan.
As I’ve heard the regular chiming of my wall clock, the Holy Spirit keeps using the musical tones to remind me of the phrase found in Ephesians 5:16. I hear the clock chime, then “Redeem the time, redeem the time” runs through my heart and mind.
While the progressive instrumental version of "Joy to the World" blasted overhead, I observed grumbling store clerks, worn out children screaming with gusto, couples arguing, and pushy shoppers shoving. No, it was not Black Friday; this was just a typical shopping day during the holiday season. "Joy to the World" was lost in the Christmas crush. Out of desperation to bring Christ into the picture, a few years ago I started my own shopping tradition.
As a young woman preparing for marriage, I kept wondering, Where are all the little old, godly women who can help me get ready for this? . . . That is when I really began to have a burden for training younger women.
It's easy to develop an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality toward those who are truly in need. But in the last few years I've been asking God to broaden my vision beyond those who are in my immediate periphery and allow me to have His perspective on the world's helpless.
Beautifying our homes conveys some of the more creative qualities of the God we serve. If we want homes that display His glory by reflecting His character, then it helps to become students of beauty and creativity.
Ephesians 2:14 states that Jesus Christ Himself is our peace. If this is true, why are so many homes brimming over with stress-filled activity, busy schedules without margins, chaotic bustle, and conflict?
One of the most debated church issues is "women's roles." At the risk of invading seemingly "shark-infested waters," I'm going to wade in today to discuss women's role in the church. And let me say from the outset, I am NOT opposed to strong women.
As you read this post, set aside your preconceived ideas or prejudices about the Church. Ask God to allow you to see the Church from His perspective and fill you with hope for His purpose in this "Great Mystery!"
There is much debate in the Christian community over the touchy subject of role distinctions. One camp argues that the wife's role of submission was the result of the fall. If this were the case, I would have an even greater struggle with submitting!
Do you cringe when you hear the "S" word? Do thoughts of wimpy women held captive under a domineering husband's authoritarian rule come to mind? Sadly, submission is greatly misunderstood and often misapplied.
True love is not an emotion, although true love carries with it the wonder and delight of pleasurable emotions. True love is not something we "fall in" and "out of." True love is simply the demonstration of God's character.
As we sang we'd glare at the boys, while digging our heels into the ground, giving the impression of grinding them into powder. I doubt we understood the song's content, and although our little game may have been innocent, in actuality, we girls loved the feeling of power brought on by this early form of ‘male bashing.’
Today, let's consider how we express our femininity in more substantive ways than time spent in malls, dressing up for dates, collecting hundreds of lipstick colors, or the love of “Southern Living” décor.
I still have much to learn in the “school of prayer.” What I've found most helpful is studying the models and prayers of Scripture. When my prayers are shaped by Scripture, I am confident that they are in line with God's purposes and will.
My “act of surrender” was more like a little boy whose mother keeps insisting he sit down in his highchair. When he finally unlocks his knees and plops into the seat, his glare tells the real story, “I may be sitting down on the outside–but I'm still standing up on the inside!”
My husband, a pastor, eventually reached a crisis of faith brought on by his inability to reconcile the question of God’s power to transform. You see, he watched me begin every day on my knees in prayer and in diligent study of the Word, and yet I was a terror to live with.
Have you noticed how some people cringe when they hear the word “doctrine?” Recently, while sitting in a waiting room, an older gentlemen struck up a conversation with me about the book I was reading. After informing me that he was the pastor of a small country church, he boasted “I don't preach doctrine—I just preach Jesus!”
Have you ever seen a sponge fall into a sink full of water? Immediately it absorbs as much water as it can hold. Think of your mind as a dry sponge, and devise a plan for absorbing as much of the Word as it will hold!
Do you ever think about how you want others to remember you after you’re gone? Do you have a strong determination to finish well? Are you asking God to make you spiritually fruitful as long as you are alive?
The biblical model for learning the art of womanhood is this: those who have gone before gladly come alongside those who are following behind them. At almost any age, you are both older and younger than some of the women around you. So consider the women in your church body. If you are not currently investing in a woman who is younger in her faith, pray about who you should offer to disciple.
What gets you out of bed in the morning? Do you have a burden for the next generation of young women to know the truth, to live meaningful lives, to fulfill God’s purpose, to have healthy relationships, and to love their husbands and children well? Do you see it as your responsibility to pass on to them the wisdom you have gained from knowing God’s Word and learning to live it out in the laboratory of life?
How do we counteract our fears? How do we deal with life courageously? By being so familiar with God's character and His ways that His perfect love casts out all our fear. In other words, the key to overcoming fear is trust. It is not trust in a solution or a formula, but it is an abiding confidence in the character and faithfulness of God.
Rarely do we admit it, or are probably even aware of it, when we are attempting to play God or step into His position. But every time we choose to disobey Scripture, every time we take things into our own hands or decide to go our own way, we are dethroning God and stepping into that role ourselves.
Jeremiah called for the women in his day to mourn and grieve over the things that were grievous to God. Where are the “wailing women” in our day? May we be women who truly and deeply care about what concerns the heart of God.
What specific prayers are you praying for your family and closest friends? Do you know their deepest desires and longings? Are you interceding for them in prayer for specific areas of spiritual growth?
Courageous praying is done with a conscious awareness of who we are speaking to. It is praying that believes there really is a God who hears and answers prayer according to His good pleasure. It is prayer that seeks His glory supremely, above every other human desire.
Living with an eternal perspective, focusing on God’s kingdom, knowing that earthly life is temporary and that He has called us to reflect His glory in our world—this perspective infuses us with strength and courage to persevere, even in the face of great darkness.
There is nothing—nothing—more important than spending time each day at the Master’s feet. Without the intimacy that this intentional devotion provides, our hearts will grow weary, we will spend our days without clear direction, and ultimately our hearts will become dry and barren.
Although Paul was a godly man, his ability to walk in contentment was not due to some superior saintliness or mystical endowment. He “learned” contentment, just as we must do. He cultivated a contented heart by viewing his circumstances through the lens of God’s sovereignty.
When we see God as He is—high and holy—and we see ourselves as we are—sinful and needy—we are compelled to bow before Him in humility and worship. We no longer demand our “rights,” but we humbly recognize our desperate need for God’s mercy and grace and we esteem all others as better than ourselves.
Imagine what God could do with and for and through and in a woman who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him. Are you willing to be one such woman? Are you willing to say, Yes, Lord, to whatever He asks of you?
The feminine role of helper does not imply silent acquiescence toward a mate who is clearly making foolish choices, but it is a role that finds creative and supportive means to bring out the best in the men around us.
We must become discerning women—women who are trained to recognize error, who are so filled with the truth that when we are exposed to error the contrast is as jolting to us as ice-cold water thrown in the face.
A two-headed relationship, in which each individual is vying for power and control, is ineffective and will ultimately self-destruct. God turns this way of thinking upside down. He calls for the man to be a servant-leader and the woman to be a helper-partner.
It is natural to fear change, to be cautious of a “new” way of thinking. But are you willing to consider that there may be some things that need to be changed, not only in our nation, not only in your friends’ lives, but in your own heart? This could be the time that God wants to do a new work in your life!