1. My name is Kay Harms, and I’m a Bible teacher and writer, women’s speaker, pastor’s wife and mom. I’m originally from Georgia, but my pastor-husband has moved us further and further west over the years, and we’ve lived in the high desert of Arizona for the past 12 ½ years. Surprisingly, this Georgia peach loves this dry heat. It’s great for my hair! James and I have two grown kids who we miss dearly. Abigail is an actor and Christian speaker living in Georgia. Daniel is a software engineer in Ohio.
2. God has given me an uncanny love for His church, which is a good thing because we’ve been hurt by churches a few times in the ministry. But with each difficult situation, God has exercised my capacity for grace and grown my faith in Him. I love ministering to women in the church and through the church. God has called me to “watch out for women.” He’s given me a heightened radar for women who are struggling to find their place, seeking to know Him better and searching for satisfaction in some of the wrong places. I love connecting those women with others who can mentor them or come alongside them in friendship. And I love teaching them how to study the Bible, develop a daily time with God and deepen their prayer life.
3. I teach the Bible weekly at my own church, but I also love speaking at women’s Bible conferences for other churches and ministries around the world. I’ve written three Bible studies and a couple of other books, so I love getting those resources into women’s hands, too. You can get to know me more and check out my ministry at my website: www.kayharms.com .
4. After earning a degree from the University of Georgia in public relations and journalism in 1988, I felt the Lord shifting the desires of my heart. I no longer wanted to pursue a high pressured career in the area of public relations, but I wanted to serve women in the local church. That was long before women’s ministry was even a “thing!” Through the years my ministry to women has taken different forms during different seasons, but I’ve always been passionate about teaching the Bible. When I go through seasons that feel less fruitful or less structured, I sometimes question my calling. But Romans 11:29 reminds me that, “the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” While God may change some components of my ministry, He doesn’t take it away. During those seasons I’ve learned to wait patiently on Him, look to Him with expectation and use any free time I may have on my hands to pursue Him personally.
5. While I’ve always been pretty comfortable ministering in the church, there came a time when God seemed to be leading me to branch out and serve women in other churches and places. I learned that I would have to promote my ministry if that was going to happen. Because I have a PR degree, I understand the value and mechanics of good promotion, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy promoting myself at all. I really struggled with this necessary component of ministry for a number of years. But I eventually realized that if I didn’t tell people about myself and what I have to offer, they will never invite me to speak! To be faithful to the calling God has put on my life, I must promote my messages, my books, my speaking, etc. But I’m constantly praying about and working to strike a godly balance in the promotion of my ministry. It’s an ongoing struggle, really.
6. I thought I was the only one. I thought I alone struggled with self-esteem issues, mother/daughter relationship issues, boundaries in my relationships, parenting, marriage struggles, FOMO, etc. But over the years I’ve learned that most of us gals have more in common than we think. We struggle with many of the same issues, even if that struggle manifests itself differently in each life. More importantly, I’ve learned that the truths and biblical principles that have helped me find healing, direction, freedom, and growth in those areas are the same truths and biblical principles that could change other women’s lives. And that’s why I’m passionate about sharing with others what God has taught me.
7. I long to help women find the answers to their modern-day dilemmas in the pages of God’s ancient Word. More specifically, I want to help women understand that everything they need for life is found in the person of Jesus Christ. Too many women are stuck and in bondage to things like bitterness, anxiety, discontentment, and addictions. Many have believed the socially prevalent lie that we must continue to live in our brokenness, clinging to the hope that one day we’ll be whole again. But I want women to know that by drawing close to the Lord and consistently applying the truths of His Word to their lives, they can experience freedom, joy, and healing now.
8. I could talk for hours about the hope we have in Christ Jesus. He makes whole, healthy and joyful living available to us now. But we have to doggedly and consistently apply the Truth to our lives. Y’all! Real change is hard, but it is totally possible!
9. Lately, God has been teaching me to really lean into Him and listen...when I’m tempted to jump on one big idea after another! I’ve been wrestling with Isaiah 30:15-16, which says, “For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.’ But you were not willing, and you said, ‘No, for we will flee on horses,’ therefore you shall flee! ‘And we will ride on swift horses,’ therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.” I’m trying to stay off the swift horses and rest quietly in the Lord instead, listening for Him to direct me.
10. I think the greatest struggle many Christian women face today is trying to walk the narrow path that Jesus said we must walk...while the world is calling us to the wide, glittery and easy path that ultimately leads to destruction. It’s gotten harder in recent years because even the church is split in opinions over issues such as treatment of refugees, the definition of marriage, and others. We can no longer just link arms with everyone that sits in our pew. We need, more than ever, to know what the Bible really says so that we can choose to live wisely in this present age.
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