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Things My Roomie Should Know

This post is out of the ordinary for me...it's also out of my comfort zone, because it's talking about ME and not my relationship with the Lord.  It makes me feel vulnerable! LOL!  However, I am heading to a phenomenal Christian women's blogging conference, Allume, in a bit so am linking up with other attendees as we try to get to know each other a little better before the conference. SO...with no further ado, here are the 10 things my Sweet Roomie, Jennifer @ The Kindle Crew, needs to know about me ;)

1. I, too, sleep with it COLD at night!  Praise the Lord you're not cold-natured!2. I sleep with my phone on the bed next to my head and check it when I wake up...which is usually several time throughout the night.  I sleep well...when I sleep!3. I am NOT a night owl, but I AM an early bird.  The morning beckons me out of bed...along with the coffee pot! Don't miss understand...just because I'm not a night Owl, that doesn't mean I CAN'T stay up ;)

4. COFFEE...need I say more?!  I am JUST like my grandparents...I have a cup going all day...and I'm not THAT old ;)5. If I don't get the WORD in me in the morning...I'm exhausted, physically, mentally and emotionally, by evening. I think it's so awesome that the Lord fills me up in all manners...not just spiritually speaking. 6. I drink a TON of water during the night! I'll even get up and refill my cup if necessary. I drink a ton during the day, but I am always surprised at how thirsty I am in the middle of the night.7. I don't wash my face at night. I know, I know...but I don't!8. I will probably snore. It depends on how exhausted I am, but I'm sure you'll hear it at least once during our week together...SORRY!9. When I sleep, I sleep hard, yet I can hear everything! I am completely alert to whoever is in the room and then seconds later be right asleep. If you get up, I'll know it. If you turn over...I'll know. I guess it's a mom thing, right?

10. I am looking forward to spending time with you as much or more than attending the conference. God has so graciously put you in my life and it is to my great joy that we will be learning and playing together for almost a week!

So there you have it...a little about me! Whew!

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What Change Are You Resisting?

There has been lots of change occurring around here!  A new season is beginning in our home and I was reminded of this post.  I thought I'd share again...  

Change Resitant

I have always thought and said that I am a person resistant to change.  I was disgruntled when the Texas Rangers changed their colors and when they moved stadiums. I don't like when rules change, when my plans for a day are changed, when a new addition of a perfectly good book is released and I am now unfamiliar with its format or page numbers. You know...the small things that no one usually cares about!

But... this week I have been watching the beautiful color change happening outside.  Our trees are filled with vibrant golds, fiery reds and oranges, rich greens and regal burgundy.  I LOVE the change.  I love the way the air smells different and the north wind plays a different melody on my wind chimes.

Today I was thinking...I am NOT resistant to change.  In nature, it's what I love most! Spring and Autumn fill my heart with Joy as the trees and earth put on new clothes of color that give glory to the Master Artist...God.

Intentional Living

So what is it that I don't like about change?  Well...it's being out of control!  I don't like when I cannot control my environment.

The Lord is showing me...again through creation...that he is in control of everything!  He wants me to give it up...let go...let Him direct my path and order my steps so that I can enjoy the view.

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way." Psalm 37:23

I am letting go...trusting in Him who will direct my path...taking every thought of discontentment and frustration captive and punishing it to the obedience of Christ...I WILL walk in Joy and Peace...Will you?

Katie

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A New Season

As I sit outside under the canopy of trees that border my yard and shade the various sitting areas, I begin to see the changes already occurring. Yellowed leaves speckle the green grass. A cooler northern wind gently sways the wind chimes bringing forth its beautiful melodies. My rabbit is bounding about in her cage in the playful manner that the heat of Summer had robbed her from. The air smells different.

Intentional Living

A new season is brimming.  I can feel it in my soul.  I know it in my spirit.  It's not just a physical change here...God is moving and the change I feel are the preparations being made for the new and coming season.

Autumn, in the physical is a time of harvest.  It's a time of plenty. There is food, sweet and savory, and ample time with friends and family...also sweet and savoury.

I am filled with anticipation.

I am ready for the brilliant colors of the season to show forth its regal spender. I am eager to watch the unfolding of God's plan painted so magnificently in the lives of those around me. I am standing on the precipice of a new season in wonder and amazement.

God is moving...just like the north wind blowing away the chaff.

Lord, open our hearts' eyes to the beauty in the change.  Help us to marvel at what you are doing in THIS time, THIS season of our lives.  May we stand here, at the precipice of a new season eager to do your will and to watch the spectacular beauty unfold before our eyes.  Please help us not to miss it in the bustle of the jobs at hand. Thank you for your creativity. Thank you for moving in our lives. Thank you for manifesting your spender in every leaf that changes color, every breeze that blows in a new direction, every day that you lay our before us to travel.  We love you...Amen.

I am praying this over us all...

Katie

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Does This Hat Fit?

In the past I have written about being authentic and about the many Hats I wear.  I know you, too, have a plethora of hats that you adorn as you live our your life. I still struggle, however with fully embracing each one of them.  The hats seem to be so very different. It gives me cause to question each ones authenticity in my life.  Am I merely playing dress-up, or are the hat tailor-made specifically for me?

Intentional Living

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I have been speaking to the Lord about this. He is patient with me, as I have asked these questions many times before. He reminds me that I am created in HIS image, not the image that others created of me...or even the image I try to create in myself!  In short, as long as I am wearing the hats HE has tailor-made to fit me...I am wearing the right hat.

I have to take inventory, though, and purge the ones that don't fit.  The hats that others have given me.  The ones I have made and/or altered.  The ones that might look good, but aren't truly mine.  It's not easy.  It's not fun. It's a "letting go" process...but on the other hand it's Christmas!  The hats the Lord has given me to wear are more beautiful than any I could dream up on my own.  They fit better than the ones others have given me. They reflect who I am better than the ones I have tried to alter.

I have my own personal milliner...and He is a MASTER at his craft!  When I walk in the hats He gives me...I am confident.

Have you gone through your hat closet lately to inspect whose hat you're wearing?

Katie

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