My Living Letter

Name: Kimberly Rickert

Occupation: IT Manager

Favorite verse(s):
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. -Proverbs 3:5-6
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
-Philippians 4:13

Why this verse is important: 

What do you do when your world is turned upside down?  Your husband of 15 years tells you he wants a divorce, your best friend who is 58 years old tells you she has rapid dementia, three people you care about at work get laid off, you have to give a tough coaching conversation to one of your work colleagues, you learn your father has Alzheimer’s….you turn to Bible verses Proverbs 3:5-6 and Philippians 4:13.

Let me start at the beginning…my first real trial in adulthood was when my husband of 15 years told me he wanted a divorce.  We had gone to Christian counseling and I had tried everything I could to save our marriage.  It was at this time in my life that I fell away from God.  Angry that He would even let me go through something so horrible.  I felt so alone and unworthy.  I stopped going to the church my husband and I attended.

It was hard to get up in the morning knowing I had to go through another day of the grieving process, away from the one I loved.  That’s when God stepped in.  One Saturday my brother and his wife visited me and the kids.  They started talking about the church they were going to and how comfortable they felt there.  I remember my daughter breaking into the conversation and saying “Mom we need to go back to church.”  It was at this point I felt the Holy Spirit tugging on my heart.

I decided to visit my brother’s church.  We went to one service and my kids said “Mom when can we join?”.  Since the kids liked our first visit I began investigating adult classes and volunteer activities that were available.  I enrolled in a two-year class on the Bible.  I had been Catholic most of my life and knew pieces of the Bible but had never read the entire book.

It was during this class that I dug deeper into Scripture and began to pray.  As I studied the Bible I saw so many verses of encouragement for what I was going through, and God kept putting these Bible verses in front of me repeatedly through sermons at church, during scripture studies, confirmation classes, and my devotional time.  It was as if the Holy Spirit was placing these verses on my heart.

I decided to listen to the tugs on my heart and make these Bible verses, Proverbs 3:5-6 and Philippians 4:13, the foundation of how I handled future challenges and disappointments in life.  These verses speak about seeking God’s will in everything you do and trusting in him with all your heart.  They encourage you to rely on God when you can’t foster enough strength to get through a difficult situation in life.  So what am I doing differently because of this scripture?

  1. Making it a goal to seek God first every day.
  1. Praying daily that God’s perfect will be done in my life and that he uses me to drive his will forward.
  1. Accepting that this is an imperfect world and when things don’t go my way to give control back to my creator. His understanding is far greater than mine, and I can’t see the whole picture.
  1. Praying before a challenging interaction with others that God guides me through it, and that I portray His character.  It is amazing how tough conversations or challenging situations can go easier when God’s got your back and you give Him ultimate control!

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