Archive | March 2015

Psalm 23 recited by our 7 year old

So very proud of our son. It is hard to get in front of people and speak but he did it. After he watched the video he was a little sad that he messed up but we’ve explained that he was courageous and recited scripture that some adults don’t even know.

It is our prayer that this encourages everyone to know that God is our shepherd.

Be blessed,
Team KEMP

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Anything by Jennie Allen (READING REVIEW)

I started reading this book in January, upon the recommendation of several women I know. They swore this book was so eye opening for them and definitely revived their love and enthusiasm for Kingdom building. After reading the mixed reviews on Amazon, I opted to buy the book and see for myself.

This book is broken down into three sections during which she describes her past experiences, the prayer that changed her life, and the results of the request to God. In the part one Jennie and I couldn’t get along. I just couldn’t get into this part of the book. I felt like she kept reiterating the same point of being stuck, unfulfilled in ministry, and desiring to branch out through her life and the stories of others. Don’t get me wrong, the stories were okay but I just felt like I got it and I was ready to read the next step.

In part two Mrs. Allen quickly goes through the details of the prayers she and her husband prayed to God for the opportunity to do anything. She includes the back and forth of saying “yes” to whatever he commanded and fears of the unknown. This part peeked my interest a bit more and it only took me two days to read. Part three was my favorite because she finally revealed the results and included some tips for completing this process on your own. I would’ve loved for more from part three than the other sections, as it only took me an hour to finish it.

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A few of my favorite tidbits from this book include a portion where she discusses making a commitment to God with the approval of your spouse. It is imperative as a wife that you do not try to overpower your husband and his leadership in the home in any way. I also loved how her and her husband desired the same thing which proves that they are one. Often times you can pray for something, discuss it with your spouse later and learn they were praying for the same thing. This made me think of Psalms 37:4-5 and how it is a great depiction of two becoming one. God will grant you the desires of your heart and as you grow in Him you will yearn for what he has already ordained for you.

With all my reviews, I suggest you check the book out on your own. I believe this book is for someone who feels complacent in ministry work and may desire to hear the story of someone who felt the same way. I don’t think this book was a good fit for me at this time in my life; however, it may be the push you need to endure until the end. I wanted to try her Bible studies Stuck and Chase but based on my experience with this book I will probably look for something else.

For more on my favorite scripture check out this two minute video

If you have read this book or other by Jennie Allen then please comment below about your experience.

Make this week first-class,

~Ta’Neisha K.~

The Under Appreciated Spouse

At times, my spouse feels under appreciated. I know this to be a 100% truthful statement, also known as a fact. How do I know this? Because I am his wife and I too have felt under appreciated.

Yep. Bet you didn’t see that coming. OMG HOW DID WE GET HERE? ARE WE ON THE BRINK OF DIVORCE? IS THIS THE END OF #TeamKEMP? Let’s see if I can answer those burning questions.

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My husband works hard everyday to provide for us. He pays the bills on time, plays with his children, takes the trash out, and rubs my belly to speak to the third on the way. Sounds like a winner, right? Shouldn’t I run his bath water, give him daily massages, and make the night time fun, EXTRA FUN on a regular basis? Yes. I. Should. But I don’t.

As the wife I work hard too. I’m a housewife, homeschool teacher, toddler wrangler, maid, cook, minor repair woman, dog walker, and all while currently baking number three in my belly. Sounds like a winner, right? Shouldn’t he rub my feet, send me on shopping sprees, provide candlelit dinners, and anything else that will sweep me off my feet. Of course! He should. But he doesn’t.

But don’t fret, we are still great spouses to one another. We are still together forever, as Kevin always says “there are no life boats on this love boat.” When we get into a routine I always throw a spontaneous date in to mix things up. My husband is great for the random loving text message, flowers, and chocolates. We know how to show each other that we truly love and appreciate the amazing qualities we bring to our marriage. Truth is, no matter how much married couples try to remember, some days we will forget to say “thank you spouse for… I appreciate it when you…”

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Here are some tips to stop the aforementioned feelings of under appreciation.

I believe that if you continue to do your job as a wife or husband, as described in Ephesians, then you are giving your spouse the ULTIMATE thank you. Time spent with each other, quiet gazing, hand holding, simple smiles, flirting, and a nice slap on the butt small gift are quick reminders of appreciation. A Social networking post or note in their lunch bag, car, or wallet is also a great way to show how much you care. Telling them via handwritten sentiment or romantic speech (over the Wal-Mart intercom, in your kitchen, etc) is always a great way to say “I appreciate you.”

The most important thing is to thank God for your spouse and pray that he molds you into what they need. Ask God to show you when your spouse is feeling under appreciated, overworked, stressed, etc. This may seem normal to some but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t truly pay attention to their husband or wife. When you notice your spouse in these situations then do whatever it takes to comfort them. That’s what you’re there for.

It only takes a moment to appreciate the one that you vowed to love forever. Make time to show them that you care and need them in your life. Don’t take their presence or love for granted. Your spouse is a specially crafted, one of a kind, God ordained masterpiece from The Most High and they deserve to be treated as such.

Check out this video for more on this wife talk series

Make your marriage victorious,

~Ta’Neisha K.~