Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am so honored by your visit today. My name is Kristi and I am married to my college sweetheart(I refer to him here as "Mr. Incredible"), momma to my 2 beautiful girls who are growing much too quickly, a high school computer teacher, photographer, and a gardener (at times~right now I'm growing weeds). I love to laugh, drink strong Starbucks coffee, take pictures, and be anywhere my family is. Jesus is my Savior and I try so hard to be the wife and momma that He has called me to be. I often fail but He lovingly picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me that with Him all things are possible. Feel free to join me on this journey of faith, stop in and say hello, look around, and leave a comment~I love comments. Why "Kiki's Corner?" My nephews call me Aunt Kiki and I love that too.

What Motivates You?

I took this picture of Hannah at Saturday's Tennis Meet.  The blank wall just seemed to beg for a verse. As I was going through my photos, I thought about part of my dad's sermon from this past Sunday.  He talked about how to have peace.  I thought it was fitting after a week where peace wasn't easy to come by...where I felt like I was treading water to keep my head above the water.  

There were moments where I felt like we were under attack...moments that I handled with grace....moments where I failed....but none the less, moments where I could have had peace in the midst of the trial if only I had listened to the Holy Spirit instead of myself.  Can anyone relate?

I felt like I had crossed the finish line of last week bruised and a bit beaten.  I have to chuckle a bit, because I often wonder how we will cross the finish line of this life?  Will we be perfectly whole and happy, or will we be a bit bruised and beaten? The Bible talks about us having fought the good fight and finished the race...which makes me think we will be so relieved to have crossed the finish line of life. We will see Jesus just as He is...what a day that will be!  

Back to Dad's sermon.  He encouraged that if we are going to have a life of peace we must spend time with the Lord...and that shouldn't exclusively consist of spending 5 minutes a week in prayer asking the Lord to bless our food.  If we are going to hear from His heart, we have got to spend time in prayer pouring out our hearts before Him, and listening to His heart too. 

To be honest, last week I had my daily devotion time with the Lord but it was more abbreviated than normal...much like my temperament.  No, I'm not taking the blame for all of the events that happened last week, but I am admitting my part in all of it. 

Which leads me back to Hannah's photo and verse.  If we are going to be part of the team, we have to practice, work hard, and put forth our best effort.  That's true in tennis but even truer in life.  If we are part of God's team, we need to spend time with our Coach, work hard, study hard, and by living a Spirit-filled life, always put forth our best effort.  One day we will be rewarded with an eternal crown...a crown that we will place at the feet of the One who is so worthy of our praise.  Just that thought alone makes me want to continue training to be more like Jesus...less of me...more of Him.


The Real Me! said...

Amen sister. Can your Dad relocate his church to Florida? LOL!

And I agree that the wall was screaming for a verse.
Have a blessed day my friend.

Erica said...

awesome analogy! Love the picture and the verse and can totally relate to feeling a bit battered and bruised...

Alida said...

Amen...great post! And I love the photo and the verse you chose!

Happy Wordfilled Wednesday!

Wonder said...

thanks for sharing this. Happy day to you!

Susan said...

Amen Kiki, that was a powerful word and great illustration to go with it.

Yes...we all will be a bit beaten and bruised. I just want to finish that race, and do it bringing glory and honor to HIM.

Have a blessed day!

PS Great picture too♥

Wanda said...

Such a lovely blog and great picture and verse pairing.

Beth in NC said...

Great reminder and a wonderful picture! That wall was perfect for a scripture!

Missie said...

Wow, what a great verse and image together! Thank you for sharing!

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