Kami Scott Prayer and Bible Based Counseling

Instant Or Real Mashed Potatoes?

October 4, 2010
Instant mashed potatoes, fast food, overnight weight loss, debt consolidation loans and countless other quick fixes have this culture spending a ton of money looking to save time or get us out of a tough spot.

Although I’m not personally against instant mashed potatoes, nothing compares to the real thing. Real potatoes take time to make but most opt out for the quicker approach. Life can be like real mashed potatoes; it may take a little longer to make, but it’s well worth the effort.

It is true that the blood of Jesus can instantly wash our sin away. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” However, the consequences of our sin here on earth may take a bit longer to overcome.

I remember having to dig myself out of irresponsible financial decisions I made when I was drinking and not walking with the Lord. However, the sense of accomplishment and overwhelming joy that God had given me the grace to follow through and pay back my creditors was wonderful. God taught me the value of paying my debts as a testimony to His glory.

Even in emotional healing, people often want quick fixes. In our zeal to be free from the pain, we might seek ungodly counsel, which could lead to more trouble down the road. Proverbs 19:2 says, “Zeal without knowledge is not good: A person who moves too quickly may go the wrong way.”

People wanting to be free from financial burdens, relationship problems and other challenges this life brings often seek quick fixes. This culture gives us many ways to avoid pain, which aren’t always the ways God wants to lead us. Remember, Jesus suffered the pain of the cross onto victory in His death and Resurrection. He who knew no sin became sin on our behalf and suffered the consequences of our sin.

I believe that God will give us the grace to walk through the circumstances instead of bringing immediate dissolution in most cases. He teaches us through circumstances, some that we have created, to bring us into a better understanding of Himself.

Slow down, breathe! It’s free. Seek God’s answer through prayer and His Word and He will direct your path.

Fight! Get On Your Knees In The Mud, Stretch Out Your Arms To God

September 30, 2010
“No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.”

-- Guy H. King

Many of us have been the beneficiaries of prayer. I firmly believe that I was restored to a right relationship with Jesus Christ because of the prayers of my mother and the many she enlisted to help her pray me home.

Years ago I read a book that ignited my prayer life: “This Present Darkness,” by Frank Perretti. It is a fictional book that illustrat...

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For The Sake Of The One

September 30, 2010
I’m a puzzler, someone who loves a great whodunit movie or novel. I love looking at the overall picture and seeing how today is affected by the past. I enjoy authors who are able to weave characters in and out of each other’s lives. The cause and effect of those meetings and how they play out fascinate me greatly.

When I think back over my life and how God introduced people at a particular time and the impact of those meetings, I know that He is the greatest mystery author ever.

If you...

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In Hope Believe

September 30, 2010
“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed.” (Romans 4:18)

As I read this Scripture, it resounded in my soul: Against all hope,
Abraham in hope believed.

Talk about a hopeless set of circumstances. Abraham was about 100 years old, and his wife’s womb was dead (see Romans 4:20, 21). God had promised him a child and still no child came.

But Abraham, against all hope, in hope believed. God did deliver, in His time.

Circumstances, circumstances, circumstances -- all seem hopeless. But in hope ...
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Comforting Those Who Grieve

September 30, 2010
All of us have experienced losses of some sort in our lives:
relationships, jobs, unattained goals, unmet expectations, illnesses and deaths.

Every person’s grief is very personal. Although the stages of grief are profitable to understand, they often hem us into believing that the stages must be followed exactly or else there’s something wrong.

I have experienced grief many times, and I can tell you that I have never consciously said, “I’m in the anger stage or the acceptance stage.” ...
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Through The Pain To Victory

September 30, 2010
After counseling for almost Ten years, of one thing I am certain — avoidance does not equal healing.

As a culture, we do everything we can to avoid pain in our lives: medicate, spend money, accumulate stuff, seek approval, drink, do drugs, avoid, blame, deflect, defend, isolate and run. Although God has chosen to heal some areas of people’s lives, I believe walking through the pain is part of the key to victory.

Jesus Christ knew what was to come when He headed for the cross. He cried out t...
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The Bible Says Take Time To Rest

September 30, 2010
“Then the apostles gathered around Jesus and told Him everything they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come with Me privately to an isolated place and rest a while.’” — Mark 6:30-31

Being busy seems to be the norm for most of us.   Our calendars have very little white space available, and the pace at which we operate is fast and furious. Even our vacations can be filled with many activities and events.

As I read the Scripture above, I noticed that the apostles were telling J...

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Frustrated? Change Your Internal Goals

September 30, 2010
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have (perfect) peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer (take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted)! For I have overcome the world. (I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.)”

— John 16:33

These past few weeks — honestly months — I have been irritable, short-tempered, not so tolerant and walking in the flesh.

Being 47...

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Breathing God In

September 30, 2010

Often in our busy schedules we become bound to make it from task to task. Last week I was gently reminded to stop and breathe God in and breathe God out.

I love going to my parents’ cottage in McGregor, Minn. Sadie, my dog, loves it also. She gets to run free, chasing whatever small animal or bird attracts her attention. During one of her runs, God tapped me on the shoulder as I walked. It was like coming out of the daze of going from task to task.

I was on a dirt road and just stopped an...

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The Power Of Forgiveness

September 30, 2010
"And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you
your sins.”

Mark 11:25

The night air was cold as I stumbled down the street at 2:30 a.m. I had been drinking all day. My life played in my mind like an old-reel horror film. Anger gave way to pain and hopelessness. All of the things that I had done – the drinking, the endless revolving door of men, the stealing, the lies, the family gatherings I missed, the thoughts...

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About Me

Kami Scott I have battled many issues in my 47 years. I am now 13.5 years sober and living for Jesus. He has replaced my hopelessness with His hope, dispair with His joy and chaos for His order. I have seen through my years as a counselor, marriages saved, people delivered from many kinds of addictions, set free from depression and anxiety. I absolutely love counseling from God's word and through prayer. He is able! All blog post from "To The Summit" are reprinted with permission from Living Stones News.