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My name is Kim Wahl and this is my blog. I wouldn’t actually call myself a writer. But I am a talker. Ask anyone who knows me; since childhood I’ve never had a shortage of words. I even talked in my sleep. So I don’t really look at blogging as writing but more like electronic talking, which is right up my alley.

And generally I love to talk about Jesus. So that’s what this blog will be about – Jesus. I want to talk about living the authentic life of a Jesus follower. I want to talk about living with Him as the center of my existence. About living a life that looks more like Him and less like Kim.

I want to talk about connecting with God as my loving Abba who adores me as His baby girl. About crawling up in His lap to hear the sweet words He would whisper to my soul.

I want to talk about the struggle of surrender and submission. I want to talk about putting my life in His hands in absolute trust. I want to talk about the difficulties of faith when nothing makes sense.

I want to talk about the process. About enjoying the process. About not rushing the process. About embracing the process.

And as we talk, I’m sure the main characters of my life will emerge. So here’s the scoop on them. I’ve been married to the love of my life, Bill, for more than 28 years. He and I pastor at the most amazing church in the world, The River Church in Fort Gratiot, Michigan. We have three wonderful children, Gabrielle, Danielle and Stefan. Gabrielle is married to Scott and they have given us our first grandchild, Josiah. Danielle is married to Dylan and we anxiously await more babies to snuggle. I’m sure you’ll hear more about them as we chat.

As for me: I’m from Louisiana and have a deep appreciation for fried okra and beignets. I love to read. And I’m a communicator; I love to teach Biblical truths and principles for practical everyday living. I teach a weekly women’s Bible study, team up with Bill for sermon series and guest speak at other events as well. So this talking thing does come in handy.

If you’d like to join the conversation, please leave a comment after the blog! I look forward to visiting with you.

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  1. Am I the first one to comment on your blog? This is amazing! Kim, my friend, you continue to awe me with your many talents. Once again, I want to be just like you when I grow up. Love you!

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  2. Kim it has been a joy to watch you live a transparent, honest christian life in the short period that we got close. I see this new adventure as a natural development and more so as God using you in the way He has planned. I have often wondered could I have been one of those experiments where God was showing you His plans? Some of those discussions we had in the kitchen in New Mexico and on trips to Walmart and in the dorm have stuck with me and sent me digging in the Word. Thank you Lord for making Kim a talker as a child and an electronic one as an adult! Love you Kim.

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  3. Kim…this is a great extension of your gift of teaching! I look forward to sharing this with others, so they are able to hear what our God/Abba is down loading into your life. He has equipped you to share with others in such a real way, that it makes it easy to understand & it is wrapped so much in Love!
    Love you!

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  4. Kim, you pour so much into everyone, not just us Soul Sisters. Thank you for speaking what Holy Spirit puts on your heart, for sharing so much of yourself, and for teaching the Word without compromise.

    (& wow! I know a real live blogger!)

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  5. As i sit here reading Kim’s blog I’m thankful for all
    she has taught me and can’t wait for more.
    When struggles come i don’t want to crawl
    under the covers but run to Abba were I can
    let go and forgive. Thank you Kim love you

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  6. Well! There you go! 🙂 I am so looking forward to being a part of this wild adventure. Love you Kim. Love your uncompromising truth. And yes I even love how you make me stretch. You and Bill are an answer to many years of prayers. Never in my most perfects dreams would I have ever imagined to be part of something so cool, so God. I can hardly wait to watch this adventure unfold. So may God bless you mightily and let the game begin!

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  7. Kim, I am becoming more like Christ because you are one of the GREATEST COMMUNICATORS EVER. Just as Jesus taught his disciples using examples of their everyday lives to teach them spiritual principles……you do the same. I am looking forward to following your blog as well as following your example of Christ-Like living. Love you girlfriend!!!

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  8. well, hmm, my first time on a blog. I am not a real big talker(at least, not til I get to know someone). Then you can’t shut me up. Kim, you and your family have been God sent without a doubt. I personally have grown and seen changes in myself as I hear the word from my leaders. I seek God I ask and I always get the answers, it seems that wherever I am in my walk or whatever corrections I need the words you speak always line up to what I need. I am honored to be back at the River and under your leadership. Thank you JESUS for directing my steps. love you Pastor Kim.

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  9. Can’t wait to read more about your experiences with Jesus. There is not a more exciting topic than Him. Looking forward to learning from you.

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  10. Kim,
    I so enjoy reading your blog, listening to your Bible studies online and gleaning what I can from you. You do have a way with words. Keep up the excellent thoughts and truths that you pour out! I love you friend!!

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  11. Dear Kim, just wanted to share a thought I discovered this afternoon. Your teaching on the full armor of God has resonated through my life. It hit me today about how the shield was often soaked in water to deflect firey arrows, the water represented Holy Spirit. So now whenever doubts & fear come I just command SHIELDS UP. Thank you for your heart for the Lord. Love, jeannette

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    • Jeannette,

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Armed & Dangerous series! And you’re right on track – we’re going to talk about this next Wednesday 😄

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  12. Thank you Kim for you undying LOVE for GOD and His word. Ever since you took a stand for the truth against you school teacher in the 5th of 6th grade and caused some concerns at home, you have never backed away from speaking your mind. It is good that your mind is controlled by the Holy Spirit!
    We are so proud of how you are allowing The Spirit guide you.
    Thank you for you obedience. We love you. Remember to ‘train up a child the way he should go, and when he is OLD he will not depart from it’. I love you and Bill..

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    • Thanks Dad. I come by it honest. And you’re right – if this wasn’t Holy Spirit controlled – it would be a mess. Took me awhile to learn that….and some days it’s still a challenge. Love you too!

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  13. Kim Wahl you have been such a blessing in my life! I continuously learn from you and draw strength from you so much more than you realize! I so appreciate your honesty and your ability to look at yourself so truthfully. I thank you for all that you have done for our family. Thank you to both you and Bill.

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  14. I am in awe of you Kim and inspired by your gifts and how Abba is using you!
    You are precious to me and I am so very proud of you.
    Thank you!
    Love you!

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  15. Kim, I’ll be following you and looking forward to hearing all that God is teaching you.

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    • Hi Laura! It’s good to hear from you 😊 Thanks for following! I look forward to hearing your thoughts as well😃

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  16. What to post? I guess that this last year has undoubtly been the best year of my life. I’ve always known that God loves me but have never had it explained the way you did. Individually, tailored just for me. You see Kim, that changed my life. Forever. Not only do I talk to God, but now I know I get to talk to him like he’s sitting across from me like a best friend or a parent. BUT waaaay better. You are living out your purpose and I know this because you have changed my relationship with my Father. Thank you.

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    • Lisa, I’m so thankful Abba connected us! And I’m so glad that you are discovering how amazing HE is 🙂 Thanks for sharing. I love to hear your story!

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  17. This blog is amazing Kim. You have such wonderful insight and a knack for effectively communicating Abba’s love. You have a true gift… Something God has instilled in you and because of it, you are changing lives, bringing people closer to our Heavenly Father. I love to listen, learn, and be inspired by you. Your words of wisdom touch my heart and make me want to be a better person. You are a blessing to me and so many others and I am so glad Abba connected us. Love you sister.

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  18. Okay this is bugging me. What is beignets?
    There are some things from the south that are just not right. Okra is one of them.
    However the very best thing to come out of the south is my Pastors Bill and Kim Wahl. There are a few of us that spent years praying for Bill to bring your southern bell backside up her with your family. Not knowing it was your family that we were praying for. Quickly after I met you and Bill I knew where ever you guys were going to hang your hat is where I was going to be.
    Our Father is so amazing. I am blown away by the gift He has given us in you! We are truely blessed!

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    • Thanks for paving the path with prayer. We are so thankful to be here and love every minute of it! And thanks for being such a wonderful friend 😊 We love you!! And a beignet is a French doughnut covered in powdered sugar 😋 and worth every calorie 😉

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  19. I have only been coming to TheRiver for 6 months and I am so glad, you are all amazing loving and giving!? I have changed for the better and Thank GOD/Abba and all of you! Sometimes it feels as through Bill or you are looking right at me. Thank you Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul!! Love you guys 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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    • Jane – so thankful you’re a part of The River Family. And I’m so glad your growing in your relationship with Abba! We love you ❤️

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  20. I find a renewed strength and inner peace when I listen to you preach the word and when I read your blog. Your are beautiful, wonderfully anointed, and have such a way with words that I am instantly drawn in and I always take something away from your words that I use every day. You have changed my way of thinking, the way I pray and the way I love and shine His light unto others. I have recently taken a small hiatus from attending the church in person due to medical issues but I don’t ever miss watching online and reading this blog. You amaze me Kim and I am so glad Abba connected us. Because of you, I am a better person, friend, daughter of the King. You are a blessing Kim and I love the way Abba is using you to help others. You have such a gift and I am so glad to have you in my life. Can’t wait to see you soon and give you a great big hug.

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    • Thank you Mikki ❤️ I’ve missed seeing you – and have shared your incredible story with several. You are a miracle!! Love you much 😘

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  21. Hi Kim, I am looking forward to receiving this rather than waiting for someone remembering to send it to me😄 You always leave me with something to chew on! I truly appreciate you!

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    • Thank you Sue! I’m so glad you’ll get these directly 😊 Please join the conversation as often as you can – iron sharpens iron!

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  22. I only know you by mail.. but we have grown a deep relationship business wise and spiritually! I’ve loved watching your family grow and watching you n bill grow in your walk.. I’m not from La. But share your love of okra n beignets.. anxious to hear your thoughts..i love my Abba father. Especially since my earthly dad passed

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    • Carolyn, you’re one of our sweetest blessings! We’re so thankful Jim & Pat connected us ❤️ Thanks for following the blog, and I hope you’ll join the conversation often!!

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