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Authentic Community

Allume: a French word meaning to kindle, illuminate

One word…one weekend…hundreds of women changed, molded, directed, loved on and in community with one another.

Over the past 4 days I have been blessed by so many of these women and even by the Sponsors of the Allume conference. The spark of friendships began on Twitter and Facebook have been kindled in to live, real, authentic friendships.One word…one weekend…hundreds of women changed, molded, directed, loved on and in community with one another.

Authenticity is important to me.  I want to live a life of authenticity with God, myself and others.  It can be hard to do sometimes…getting lost in the myriad of Hats we wear…to remember who we are and how to be authentic in the relationships we have with those around us.

It is even more difficult to remain authentic when you write…when you aren't actually having the two way, face to face conversations…when you REALLY don’t know the ones reading the words that are flowing from rapidly typing fingertips.

This week I was able to connect with some FABULOUS women, whose hearts are so engorged with the love of God that it spills out in their smiles, their laughs, their conversations and…their writing.

This week, I have spent time getting to know ladies that have ‘kindred hearts,’ as Jennifer calls it.  I love that they want to touch others with the Love of Jesus they know to be True. I love their hearts for their husbands and children…and that they come before the writing.

I can’t wait to introduce you to them!  Trust me…you’ll love ‘em!

There is so much still to write…little things here and there that the Lord whispered into my heart, affirmations from the One who Loves me and has put the desire to write in my heart and the sweet savor of community. Authentic community.

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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 Prayerful Heart

A few years ago, the Lord began maturing in me a servant’s heart. I didn't always enjoy having a servant’s heart...but I have discovered a love for serving others in vast capacities that I didn't know before. I love how the Lord works in so many different corners of my heart...growing me into what He envisioned from before my conception. When I yield, His strength is made perfect and His perfect will can be walked out in my life.

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!"                                  Psalm 139:13-17

I have always been someone who prays for others if they asked, but my prayer life has not been my strength. I can dive into God’s Word for hours, sing worship songs until I can longer sing; I can even minister to others’ needs with little effort or complaining. As for Prayer…well, I've always had to work at it. Don’t get me wrong. I pray every day. I pray with and for my husband and children. I pray if a hardship arises. I praise the Lord in prayer for His gracious provisions…but I have never been what I consider to be a prayer warrior or an interceder.

 I love that my past does not dictate my future!

I love that the Lord is stretching me in this area, for He has burdened my heart for many things and has given me opportunity to mature more in my prayer life. I love that He is teaching me to be someone who petitions Him for the needs of others, who seeks His face for even the small details and who longs to be in His company. I am finding myself before the throne of God in greater magnitude than any time in my life…and I am thankful. I still have much to learn and mature in...but that will come over the years of walking out daily this life of prayer.

I know I am still in the making; that God isn't finished with me quite yet. I know that God’s timing is perfect. I know that it IS possible to teach an “old dog new tricks.” PRAISE THE LORD!

'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

It has been hushed here on the blog front, but only because my heart has been robustly before my King learning to pray more fervently. I usually find myself writing from what I am reading and studying…so I haven’t had much to say as of late. I pray the Lord will refresh some of the posts He put on my heart over the past month, that I did not get typed out. I am thankful to my gracious Heavenly Father who forgives disobedience and uses me nevertheless…even in my smallness, He can move.

I pray for you…my readers, even though I may not even know your name. I pray for God to transform your days, years and lives. I pray that He will “show up” and you will KNOW it is Him. I pray for you to have a zeal for His word, a compassion for His people and that you will be His hands and feet when He needs you.

So what is God doing in your life? Is He teaching you something new or refining something old? Won’t you share?

Love to you all in the name of Jesus!

Katie

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