Hi, I’m Kimberly. Welcome to The Narrow Lens ~ where I’m learning to look at life a little differently. I am married to my soul-mate, Steve, and we have a ranch in Tennessee where we raise Black Angus beef cattle. However, last March my husband was called to serve as Missions Pastor for a church in northern New Jersey. So, we packed up a few things and headed north, about 10 miles outside of Manhattan, NY. Yes, I believe God has a great sense of humor to take a born and raised country boy and move him to one of the biggest cities in the country. I just love the way He works, don’t you? So unpredictable. I know He has great plans for us being here and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you in a minute.
But first, I have three children, Jeff who is 23, Courtney who is 21 and Anna Laura who is 3! Yes, you read that right. I have two adult children and a toddler. I know…I’m crazy, but I love it!
Anna Laura is a typical 3 year old, need I say more? Our house is constantly filled with pitter-patter of little feet on hardwood floors, lots of laughter and giggles, new discoveries, and demands of “mom, come here,” as well as some occasional screaming, crying, tantrum throwing, crocodile tears, kissing boo-boos, etc. Although I could pull my hair out at times, I absolutely love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything. Both Jeff and Courtney still live in Tennessee (whom I miss incredibly more and more each day). Jeff works as a manager with an oil company and gives them way too many hours each week. Courtney is a stay-at-home mom, as well as a full-time student studying to become a Pharmacist. (And, in case you didn’t do the math ~ yes, I am a
grandma Nana at the ripe old age of …. ahem, let’s move on, shall we?) Jada turned one this past June and is absolutely the best baby in the entire world, and I’m not just saying that because I’m bias, she really is!
Now I’ll share a little bit more about me and what I think God is doing in our lives. For the boring stuff… I was born a Yankee but have southern blood. Most of my childhood was spent on either the West coast (San Diego, CA) or the East coast (Virginia Beach, VA & Washington DC) due to my dad being in the Navy. I went to college later in life and earned a BA in Political Science/International Affairs with a Business Management minor. I then attempted to pursue a MA in Intercultural Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. However, two semesters in, little Anna Laura came along and my focus shifted back to being a mommy.
Now, for the good stuff… I am a born-again believer ~ a Christian. As a child, I could feel the presence of God in my life even though I didn’t know Him then. But at the age of 23, I met Jesus face-to-face and I have never been the same! I became a new person, totally sold-out and surrendered to the Lord. That doesn’t mean I’ve been perfect, just passionate. I’ve made more mistakes that I’d like to admit. Even so, I just can’t quit loving Him and daily pursuing a relationship with Him. My life truly exemplifies His grace and mercy because I fail Him everyday, yet He still loves me and forgives me. I don’t think I’ll ever comprehend this love. It’s unconditional.
Back in 1996, God called me to serve Him in missions but at the time I didn’t even know what that meant. I just knew that one day I was going to be a missionary overseas and that it would be somewhere in Africa. It took Him ten years before He would send me on my first mission trip. (I guess I needed a lot more training than even I realized!) But now, He has sent me all over the world, including Africa, and I’m hooked. In 2006, my husband and I saw a need to help small, local churches coordinate mission trips. All churches are called to “go and share the gospel” yet many of them have no idea how to do it. That led us to form a non-profit (Crosspoint International) to assist them with all the details that are involved in coordinating short-term mission trips. Missions is what we do. It’s who we are. Which leads us to today…why we are in New Jersey.
Several years ago, we put our “yes” on the table. What was the question…? We had no idea. We just knew that if we truly called ourselves Christians then any question God asked of us, our only answer had to be “yes”. If He asked us to go to Afghanistan… our answer was yes. If He asked us to go to China… our answer was yes. And for some time, even though we run the non-profit which helps the church as a whole, my husband felt like God was calling him to move to a more active role in shaping the missions program of a church, starting with the people. He is a wonderful and talented teacher and his gift is inspiring others to go on mission with God. So, when God presented this opportunity to become a Missions Pastor, our answer was yes. But I have to be honest with you, when God asked us to go to New Jersey, our first response was, “Umm, are You sure??” To me, New Jersey wasn’t a “foreign” mission field… Or is it? Down deep we already knew what our answer was, regardless of the internal struggle we were going through. So here we are.
I firmly believe that God is preparing our family for something BIG. How big is up to us. Are we willing to go all in? Are we ready to give it all up? Or are we okay with where we are? I honestly struggle with these kinds of questions daily. I know I want to follow Him where ever He is leading, but that is a scary place. It’s a place of the unknown, fully relying on Him and trusting what He has for us. Yet, here we are in New Jersey. And I wait.
This blog is the place where I’ll chronicle my waiting journey and share how God changes the way I see things. Maybe He will show you something here that can help you as you journey on your own path. From my family to yours, thanks so much for stopping by. We hope you enjoy your visit.