Finding My Voice

Have you ever been afraid to speak? I have. I think we all have at one time or another.   For years I kept many of my own thoughts and fears hidden inside.  The problem with not having a voice, is that the gift of God is being suppressed. Fear can entrap and silence us.  This is not what God intended.He made each person unique and divinely gifted;  and that gift is to be shared, not suppressed. No one should have to live in fear of being criticized, hurt or rejected for just being ourselves, but many are living in that fear. Co-dependent or abusive relationships often create fear that robs one of the freedom to express their own individuality.  In severely abusive relationships, the freedom to think for oneself is often sacrificed for doing whatever it takes to avoid conflict. In cases such as this, how an individual thinks, acts, and speaks is not an expression of their true self, but based upon the thoughts and opinions of others.  Complying with others can become the driving force in determining how one expresses their thoughts.   In abuse, one’s own person becomes lost and silenced by the voice of another.They become […]

New Book Released

 Wisdom Speaks Hearing Her Voice in a Noisy World In the world there are many voices.  The voices of friends, family, neighbors, employers, teachers, and government officials are all vying for our attention.  Noise is everywhere we turn. How can we hear wisdom’s voice when at times we cannot hear our own? Wise counsel is like honey on the bread of life.  Wisdom is sweeter than the words of the crowd. Solomon said that wisdom is the principle thing.  What is wisdom?  Wisdom is the art of being successful in life. No one sets out in life to fail.   No one puts failure on their bucket list. No one wants to be known as a failure.   Solomon said, seek wisdom. Wisdom shouts in the street, she lifts her voice in the square. Proverbs 1:20  Wisdom is the key to success and she has a voice. Wisdom Speaks! Get your copy, just email me at ksmith@planpurposedestiny.org to place your order.    Treasures of the Heart Gifts of the Trinity Treasures of the Heart, Gifts of the Trinity is a study of the gifts of God with a special emphasis on the motivational gifts. The gifts of the Father, Son, and Holy […]

Wisdom Speaks to be released!

Coming Soon! Wise counsel is like honey on the bread of life.  Wisdom is sweeter than the words of the crowd. Solomon said that wisdom is the principle thing.  What is wisdom?  Wisdom is the art of being successful in life. No one sets out in life to fail.   No one puts failure on their bucket list. No one wants to be known as a failure.   Solomon said, seek wisdom. Wisdom shouts in the street, she lifts her voice in the square. Proverbs 1:20  Wisdom is the key to success and she has a voice. And your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” Isaiah 30:21a Wisdom Speaks! For more information about Kathy, her books, and her ministry, you can go to www.planpurposedestiny.org or email her at ksmith@vision.edu   “Awesome! Thanks Kathy! Your teaching on this subject matter has already been a blessing to us personally and our church. May many lives be blessed by this anointed work.”  Dr. Calvin Sweeney Senior Pastor at The Tabernacle–Toledo    

Wisdom Speaks

Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom shouts in the street, she lifts her voice in the square. NASB No one sets out in life to fail.   No one puts failure on their bucket list. No one wants to be known as a failure.  Yet a certain amount of failure is inevitable. Failure is not who we are, but merely an unfortunate situation through which we must walk; it is a circumstance, not an identity.  We can choose to make set backs and mistakes a mere stepping stone to a successful and prosperous future. Thomas Edison was said to have failed at least 1000 times before success was realized in the invention of the light bulb.  He did not consider the many setbacks as failures, but rather, each failed attempt took him one step closer to the solution.  He gained wisdom with each set back, and the wisdom lead him to success. What if Lucille Ball would have quit after being dismissed from drama school for being too shy?  What if the Beetles would have given up after the Deca Recording Studio turned them down because they said guitar music was on the way out?  What if Walt Disney would have taken the criticism […]

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Your Life is a Journey, Will It Be Prosperous One?

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health,  just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2 Where has your journey taken you?  Prosperity is a relative term and it can be defined in a variety of different ways. It may be associated with financial assets.  Or it may be indicative of a prominent career, or a happy and healthy family life.  Others identify prosperity with owning a fancy house with a pool in the backyard and a sports car in the drive.  What do you think?  Is it related to fame, fortune, or notoriety?  What does prosperity look like to you?  The word “prosper” in the Greek refers to having a prosperous and successful journey. As we know, life itself is a journey.  It is a journey we can take with the Lord, or without him.  The choice is ours.  We get to choose how we want to live it. The choices we make directly effect the outcome. Do we take time to consult the Lord?  Or do we plunge ahead on our own?  We know that God has a plan for our journey, and he intends to make it a prosperous one.  […]

Fitting the Puzzle Pieces of Life Into God’s Plan

Plans, purpose, and destiny, hallmark terms used in conjunction with one’s search for significance.  Who am I?   Why did God create me?  What is the ultimate reason God placed me here upon the earth?   What is my assignment?  We often have more questions than answers, especially as new Christians.   While this treasure of truth may appear to be hidden, it is only hidden for a season.  The season will pass, and the truth will be revealed, to those who search for it with diligence. Proverbs 25:2 reads:  It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. Uncovering God’s plan and purpose for life is vital to fulfilling destiny.   It is the impetus for which we run the race of life.  Running the course and fulfilling the call leads us to the ultimate finish line.  It is our destiny; to cross the line, to finish the race, and hear the words of the Father, “Well done!”    Let us begin the search for truth.  A small child approaches you with a large sack full of various puzzle pieces and drops them at your feet.   He asks, “Can you help me […]

Raising Godly Kids by Kathy Smith

Many wonder how we can possibly hope to raise godly children in a world so full of hate and crime.  The nightly news seems peppered with reports of adults, teenagers, and even children committing heinous acts.  Many would say, “What has this world come to?  When will it end? ” They are alarmed with the magnitude of serious crimes being reported but wonder what can be done.  While we may not be in a position to change the whole world, or even our country, we can do something about the values and character our children see modeled in their own environment.  If we hope to see them become godly men and women, then we have an important role to play. Today we are going to discuss three important steps in cultivating godly character in our children.      Develop godly character and principles in my own life. Model that character to my children and grandchildren. Reinforce and encourage their progress as they become godly men and women. The word “cultivating” brings back memories of farmers with their tractors and plows making tireless trips up and down the expanse of dirt in the fields beside my childhood home, back in Ohio.  Often […]

Health, Hope, and Happiness

Do you remember as a child playing pin the tail on the donkey?   Or blind man’s bluff?  Or try to break the Piñata?  In each case the player is blindfolded and even though the player cannot see, he/she can rely on their instincts and the assistance of a trusted companion to get them where they need to go.  Sometimes we walk through dark places in life, and hope seems illusive.  The proverbial “glass half empty” thought process creeps into our thinking.  If we dwell on negative thoughts they begin to grow and multiply.   Paul knew this, that is why he wrote, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8 NASB) What we dwell on grows.  Negative thoughts however, bankrupt us of our hope; and when we lose hope, our heart becomes sick.  (Proverbs 13:12)  Paul knew this.  That is why he told us to dwell on the right things… for they too will begin to grow and multiply.  We can choose to focus on the good things and the […]

Mary Did You Know?

A teen named Mary found favor with God. She was a young woman with a bright future and a destiny.  Her parents had promised her to Joseph, a carpenter from Nazareth.  The course for her life was set.  However, those plans were about to be unraveled by one simple act of obedience.  This humble servant, a virgin, agreed to be impregnated with the very seed of God. What price would she pay for the honor of bearing God’s son? The customs and culture of Nazareth in the days when Mary was growing up would have been far different from anything we have experienced today.  A brief look at the historical documentation would suggest that they typically lived in small one or two room homes with dirt floors and flat roofs.    Much of everyday life was lived in a centralized courtyard outside the front door.  Typical tasks such a laundry, cooking, etc. would have been more public than what we experience.  Keeping in mind that everyone probably knew their neighbor’s business creates a whole different picture of what it might be like to live outside the accepted norm of the day.  Unlike today, pregnancy before marriage would definitely not be acceptable.  […]