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Kimi Gaines
Oct 26, 2013

Prayer of Praise

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. Psalm 145:3-4 NKJV

Lord, I praise You! You are marvelous. Wondrous. Glorious. I praise You for the glory of Your grace, the riches of Your mercy, the abundance of Your blessings, the depths of Your kindness, the greatness of Your power, the splendor of Your majesty, and the overwhelming generosity of Your love. I see Your goodness in every direction I turn.

I praise You for the miracles You work, for the mystery of Your ways, for all the things about You that are past finding out—You are above and beyond anything I could know, think, or ever imagine about You.

I praise You for working in my heart, for being in my day, for sustaining me each moment. I praise You for each time you made a way for me when there seemed to be none; for each time You came to me with an answer when I didn’t know what to do; for each time You revealed something new about the wisdom of Your will and the goodness of Your ways.

I praise You for the unique way You made me and for the unexpected ways You use me. I praise You with a happy heart, with uplifted hands, with a voice of singing, and with a shout of joy—for You alone are the God of all my joys!

Scriptures: Psalm 28:7, Psalm 30:12, Psalm 33:1, Psalm 35:28, Psalm 40:3, Psalm 48:10, Psalm 50:23, Psalm 54:6, Psalm 63:3, Psalm 69:30, Psalm 71:8, Isaiah 25:1

Devotion by Roy Lessin

Kimi Gaines
Oct 19, 2013


Joni and Friends Daily Devotional October 19, 2013
Dear Kimi,
God's Narrow and Wide-Angle Lenses
"Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men."
Lamentations 3:32-33

When my paralyzing accident happened, I know the Lord took no pleasure in it. I believe it pained His heart to see me hurt, just as any father has compassion on his children. Yet I also know it pleased the Lord to permit my accident. He was as delighted then as He is now to work it all out for my good and His glory. Sound confusing? I can understand why: In some scriptures, God is described as grieving over affliction; in others, it doesn't seem to bother Him.

Dr. John Piper explains it this way. God has the capacity to look at the world through two lenses, a narrow lens and a wide-angle lens. When the Lord looks at a painful event through the narrow lens, He sees the tragedy for what it is in itself, and He is deeply grieved, as Ezekiel 18:32 says, "For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord..." He hates the isolated incident of disease, crime, or violence.

But when God looks at a painful event through His wide-angle lens, He sees the tragedy in relation to everything leading up to it, as well as everything that flows from it. He has in mind Romans 8:28, " all things God works for the good" and Ephesians 1:11, "...according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will." The connections form a mosaic stretching into eternity. This mosaic, in all its parts of good and evil, dark and light, brings Him delight.

God often wills what He despises because He has two lenses. You can trust Him today that your painful trial is part of a pattern. One day you, too, will put on that wide-angle lens. When you do, what a beautiful mosaic you will see.

My shortsightedness, Lord, keeps me from seeing how pain can result in good. Help me to look through the lens of faith.


Joni and Friends

Kimi Gaines
Oct 18, 2013


Devotion by: R.T. Kendall

A Problem of Forgiving?

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. —Matthew 6:14-15

Do you have a problem forgiving people? Perhaps you cannot forgive an unfaithful spouse. You cannot forgive your father because he wasn't a good parent, and when you think of praying to God and calling Him Father, something inside you just switches off. Perhaps you are angry with your mother because you were not her favorite. Perhaps that boss of yours wouldn't give you that recommendation. Maybe someone was unkind or unfair to your child, and you can't forgive them. Perhaps you have a son-in-law who has mistreated your daughter. You live with the feeling of being let down. Someone gave you a promise; you believed it, but he or she didn't keep it.

Do you know what it is to want to see another person hurt, smashed, humiliated, or put down? You'd like him to get sick, or you would love to hear of somebody falling into sin, all because he did something to you that wasn't very nice.

What a way to live! We can never come to terms with ourselves if we are unable to forgive others. When I can't forgive, I am the one who is hurting; I am the loser. And yet, because I have such a wicked, sinful heart, even though I know in my head I'm hurting myself, I still want to hurt someone else.

The truth is that the degree to which you hold a grudge will be the degree to which you damage your own health, and not just mentally. A person who holds a grudge and doesn't deal with it eventually gets out of touch with reality, not to mention the physical effects. The point is this: is there someone you need to forgive? Then do so; do it quickly, because the only one you are hurting is yourself.

Excerpted from All's Well That Ends Well (Authentic Media, 2005).

Kimi Gaines
Oct 2, 2013

The Danger of Compromise

Even if we are SOLD OUT to Jesus...Like David, fear can grip us, we can forget our calling, think like the world, walk away from God's plan...but the right path always leads back to Jesus...Kimi

David said to Achish, "If I have now found favor in your eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there." ... So Achish gave him Ziklag that day. ... Now the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was one full year and four months. —1 Samuel 27:5-7

Even though God had sent a message right to David that He would protect him, fear conquered his heart, and he doubted the promises. In the final lap of the race before God made him king, David stumbled into great compromise in the Philistine city of Ziklag. He chose physical security outside the will of God. And to make things worse, he promised loyalty to Achish, an archenemy of Israel. David lived with terrible tension inside of him. He was a man divided. On the one hand, he still had great zeal for the Lord. On the other hand, he was living in compromise and using the favor and anointing of God in a wrong way. For his entire time in Ziklag, David lived a charade, neglecting his destiny, disobeying the prophet's word, disregarding his other prophetic promises, betraying Achish with lies, and endangering his own men and their families. We have looked at David as the great worshiping warrior king with the heart after God's, but here we see him riddled with the same fear, doubt, and insecurity we see in ourselves.


Father, may I never forget the lesson David learned in Ziklag—where he sought to protect himself and left the security of Your will. Keep me from trying to use my own human powers instead of trusting You in faith. I don't want to find myself in Ziklag riddled with fear, doubt, and insecurity.

David's faith in divine protection was
wavering big?time. He had reached
the end of his courage.

By Mike Bickle
Loving God

Kimi Gaines
Oct 1, 2013

What Are You Affraid Of

What Are You Affraid Of
by Kimi Gaines

This is a title of a little book I got in the mail from Dr. David Jerimiah's ministry. With all that is going on in our government, as Christians should we worry? God says in His Word that worry is a sin. It is like rocking in a rocking chair and getting nowhere. What are we to gain about what is going on in government....Absolutley nothing...God say in His Word...We will be in lack of nothing. God will provide for us a Christians. He tells us in His Word to not be dismayed...

Jeremiah 23:4
New King James Version (NKJV)
4 I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the Lord.

Matthew 6:34
New King James Version (NKJV)
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

As I was listening to President Obama's tantrum on TV I wanted to laugh. I thought, how did we get here to this place in our country. Everybody blaming everybody else. Corruption has always been and big government, it is the most corrupt. We have had Kings and more Kings that ruled this earth with wicked hands.

We as Christians are to PRAY, to make godly decisions and we haven't. We depend on others to make right choices for us. I am so guilty of this I am quite ashamed of myself.

Who will stand in the days ahead? Not many....we will fret and worry unless we put our trust in the LORD and remember that He is in CONTROl...We must pray!!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Psalm 37:3
New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness

I love that "Feed on His Faithfulness".....He feed the Isralites in the wilderness....

Psalm 78:24
New King James Version (NKJV)
24 Had rained down manna on them to eat,
And given them of the bread of heaven.

Provisions are made for us...

Psalm 132:15
New King James Version (NKJV)
15 I will abundantly bless her provision;
I will satisfy her poor with bread.

Bottom line friends is that we have nothing to be affraid of...these last days are going to be filled with uncertanty and we have to prepare ourselves for the Coming of Jesus. All that is going on is calling us to keep our lamps full and be ready. Satan is waging war because he knows his time is limited. He knows his future....but we better know ours.

Matthew 12:26
New King James Version (NKJV)
26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?

Do not be affraid...the devil was and is defeated...yes he has been given permission to roam the earth...Permission ONLY....He has freedom to roam, but only for a short time.

Romans 16:20
New King James Version (NKJV)
20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Remember to gird yourself with the ARMOR of GOD!!

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Our Hope is this...

Acts 2:17
New King James Version (NKJV)
17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.

We do not have to stand with unbelievers

2 Corinthians 6:14
New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

Are you going to believe God's Word or Man's Word? Are you going to fear what may come, or are you going to stand as a Soldier for the Kingdom of God? It is a choice a true belief of faithfulness.

My husband and I were listening to President Obama and he kept saying...Listen folks over and over. I have no intention of listening to him, but I am surely going to listen to the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 24:5
New King James Version (NKJV)
5 A wise man is strong,
Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;

Matthew 7:24
New King James Version (NKJV)
Build on the Rock

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:

The "Rock" or sinking sand...I will stand on the "ROCK"

And to end this devotion is a little children's song....So simple, but so wise...

Kimi Gaines
Sep 29, 2013

Looking Around

Looking Around
by Kimi Stephens Gaines

I love to people watch, looking around and wondering people's stories. I have seen many who look like if they took one more step, it would be their last. There was an older gentlemen who I had seen on the way to my past place of employment. He was so crippled up and I wondered how he could take one more step. I really began to think what happened to him along His life's journey.

I wonder what causes people to get where they are. I had a wonderful childhood. It had it's disfuntion as all families have, but overall the lessons learned, the disicpline was correct and morals were taught. I remember the best times and the not so good times. Bottom line I know I was taught to be a person with passion and to live my life according to God's Word.

Did I have some rough patches, yes indeed. I was a fearful child which followed me into adulthood. I had high expectations with friends and family. People would come and go out of my life. Some touched my life to the very core and when they moved on and a piece of my heart broke. I would have been their friend for life. But life is not like that, is it?

Mom used to say that if you could count the number of faithful friends on one hand you've been blessed.

We can look around and try to make friendships happen, but people come in and go out of our lives. Whether just for a season, through a disagreement or just moved on. There is a saying, "The Heart Grows Fonder"...not true...once in a while I have someone in my past come to mind and I wonder where they are, how their life has turned out.

We all scatter to and throw....Our journey's should never be limited and we get too comfortable where we are sometimes. When we get to comfortable God will send us somewhere else. Reminds me of the Israelites in the wildreness. What was supposed to be 40 days turned into 40 years. I really believe that we just don't learn where we are at, or we don't hear God's call to move.

I learned this very hard lesson and it isn't like God didn't warn me. I worked at a job 15 years and left because of health reasons and then God called me back...but he told me He would only use me for a short time. I loved being was comfortable. Towards the end, I was so unhappy and complained just like the Isralites did in the wilderness. It didn't end pretty!! I was offended, hurt and angry. I held on to that for over a yr. I forgot why I was sent, why God needed me to be there. The last day I was there a worker brought in a beautiful parrot and left it with me. I knew that I was being let go that day, and yet God placed this bird in front of me. I heard God say, "you are like a caged bird and I am freeing you today." I still walked away with a downcast face. I look back and see what I didn't learn and what I did learn.

A year later I was working for a friend at her store and she knew it was too hard for me to stand, so she suggested I try out her other business, reluctent I went to work in a Auto Repair shop. I was treated like a queen!! God was healing me in a place I never expected to be. I was thanked everyday for my work. I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved going to this job. I laughed so much and my boss was the best boss I have ever had, so kind, giving and loyal. We still get together and I get chocked up when I go to the shop or out for the day with family. What I thought was a slap in the face, God blessed me with an awesome job. I still want to be there, but God only needed me there for a little over a year. I was restored and knew God used that job to build me back up and show me that His ways are not always what we want.

So I look around and see people who I hopefully have touched and made a difference and I know that this life is a journey of lessons. Lessons that will either break us or make us.

I have a couple of songs I want to share with you....It was around this time that God led me to hear these songs.

Brandon Heath - I'm Not Who I Was
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The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same, 10

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back. 15

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost

Kimi Gaines
Sep 19, 2013

When God Speaks

When God Speaks
by- Roy Lessin

While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. Acts 26:12-16 NKJV

Saul, Saul—God knows your name (first, last, and middle). He knows your heart, knows your choices, and knows your needs. He will address you personally and directly. He won’t confuse you with someone else or give you the wrong message.

Why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads (the sting of resisting My will).—Often, when God speaks, He begins with a question. He wants you to consider your ways, your attitudes, and your choices. When He speaks He clears things up immediately. He states things as they truly are in His sight.

So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.’—God wants you to be assured that He fully identifies Himself with you because you are His. When you are persecuted for righteousness sake, He is persecuted. He walks with you through every trial and comforts you in every sorrow. When anyone touches God’s people they touch the apple of God’s eye.

But rise and stand on your feet;— There is time to be down on your knees before God and there is a time to rise, stand upon your feet, and respond to His call. God has something He wants you to do, somewhere He wants you to go, and someone He wants you to reach.

I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.— When God appears to you or speaks to you, He does it for a specific purpose. God’s call to you means God’s enabling for you. He will not call you to do anything that will separate you from His presence, His power, or His peace. And remember, your step of obedience to God’s call and purpose is only the beginning. He has so much more ahead—so much more to show you, and so much more that He will do through you as you say “yes” to what He asks.

Years later, after Saul heard God call his name, it is a blessing to hear Saul’s (now Paul’s) testimony before King Agrippa, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.” May this be the testimony of each of us as we respond to the call of God upon our lives.

Kimi Gaines
Sep 18, 2013


Faith for Faithfulness
By: R.T. Kendall

The just shall live by his faith. —Habakkuk 2:4, KJV

Maybe we prayed every day during the week and yet have not experienced God's blessing or seen Him answer prayer. What then? "It is required in stewards [that is, those who have been given a trust], that a man [or woman] be found faithful" (1 Cor. 4:2, KJV). Anybody can be faithful when prayer is being answered, when the wind is at one's back, and everything is going well. But what is one to do when God suddenly hides His face? Until you have experienced the hiding of His face and come out on the other side, you won't really come to know God as a friend.

This was Habakkuk's experience. Habakkuk 2:4 is a famous verse that is quoted three times in the New Testament.

There is an intentional ambiguity here. The faithfulness can be God's faithfulness to us or our faithfulness to God: the verse can be read either way, and it means both. But it can equally describe the faithfulness of the individual himself, who doesn't give up hope. The person who trusts God and lives by His promise to bless is declared righteous in the sight of God. It applies to the future—to the fact that God will accept us in heaven—but it also applies to the present. God is saying that we are declared righteous now.

If we could only see this day, it would set us afire. If, in the moment when we don't see answered prayer, we could just look up to heaven and say, "God, I love You anyway," God would declare us righteous just because our faith pleases Him. That kind of faith has a cleansing result. We feel clean. We don't understand why God lets things happen, but we trust Him anyway.

Excerpted from Worshipping God (Hodder & Stoughton, 2004).

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