Friday Faves // vol. 2

How has it been a month since I have posted my Friday Faves?! I am excited to give a little sneak peek into a few of my favorite things on everyone’s favorite day… FRIDAY! I hope you all have a relaxing and fun-filled weekend ahead!

1. organic rice cakes, super YUM!

I have eaten this bad boy every morning for at least two weeks. Top it with a spoonful of natural peanut butter with nuts (my fave), an egg, or even avocado for a delicious and surprisingly filling breakfast food! Let your imagination run wild on top of this healthy thang. I buy my organic rice cakes at our local Earth Fare. Give it a try!

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2. unleash the nerd… pottermore.com

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This website was created by the author who posts updated tales straight from “Reeta Skeeter” herself.
>activate nerd side now<
Yes, we love Harry Potter. My husband and I love watching Harry Potter together. I think they’re just so fun and makes me feel like a kid again. I was never allowed to watch these as a kid since my parents jumped on the “no Harry Potter allowed in Christian homes” bandwagon. I plan on letting my kids enjoy a little Harry if they so wish. My opinion: Remind them that all things Harry Potter is make-believe & move on. Easy-peasy. As long as they are old enough to know the difference between truth & fantasy. What are your thoughts? I’m curious!

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3. it’s time for a new devotion!

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Since my Beth Moore Prayer Journal is now filled to the brim, it’s time to start a new devotional! Although this is more of a read than a daily devo, I plan on reading a few paragraphs and really dig into what the author is teaching. It’s about being intentional in your time with Jesus and not letting this busy life get to you. This book was left in my mailbox by a sweet & dear friend, Jessica. She absolutely loved it & I am so excited to get started! If you haven’t read the encounter of these two sisters & Jesus, check out Luke 10:38-42!

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4.  work it, girl!

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Our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY BEACH TRIP is approaching us quicker than I would like! My hubs and I joined an awesome gym in a local church & have been watching more closely what we eat! Our health & fitness has been a priority that we are finally seeing through. We fail a lot (we love our chocolate cupcakes) but like God’s grace, everyday is fresh & NEW! My bffs have become spinach salad with a handful of cashews & a drizzle of organic dressing, homemade coffee creamer, all kinds of fish, freezer smoothies & lots of water! Recipes & work out plans are in the works for the blog soon!!!   

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5. faithful friendships are my fave!

20140711-134526-49526799.jpgMy sweet friend, Jaimie, sent this to me this morning with the caption, “praying for you!” It’s the little things, friends! I am so thankful for friendships based on God, true care for the other person, & encouragement. Listen, God is glorified when you and I carry the burdens of the people in our lives. That’s what we are called to do! That little encouragement was just what I needed! Oh, and Jaimie is also a super-new blogger with a website I am sure you will be hearing about in my upcoming posts! Let’s focus on people rather than our blog’s fame. Friends over Facebook. Family over our own little personal bubble. Let’s live life with one another. That glorifies God.

You are loved!

-Katie

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Summer Bible Study: Romans // Ch. 7

You’re back!! It is so good to be back in my little corner of Starbucks writing to you all. Welcome to our summer bible study! We have been in Romans for the last few weeks and today we are reviewing Chapter Seven! Did anyone else highlight the entire chapter?? Did anyone else whisper “amen” or “me too” about ten times? It’s comforting to be in good company with Paul, the writer of Romans. He is so transparent & real, something that I feel we need a bit more of in our lives.

If you haven’t read Romans 7 yet, I encourage you to do that first before you read on! It’s a short yet powerful chapter. Let’s jump right in!

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Romans Chapter 7 {verses 1-12}

What is this passage saying?

Paul is calling out all of the people who base their belief of their standing with God on good works. There is no beating around the bush with this fella. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit of God, Paul, over & over, denounces this belief of self-righteousness. Through verses 1-6, Paul uses the analogy of marriage. We are born “married” to sin and the law. When a person gives their lives over to Jesus, they die to the law & their sin. The law loses it’s power over a person & Jesus becomes their Lord whom they obey. We are either bound to the law and sin or we are free in Christ. We do not gain freedom in Christ by being bound by the law because like his analogy, a wife cannot have two husbands. You are either bound by sin through the law or bound by freedom through Christ. Thank God that freedom in Christ is the only way to true peace, joy, & life.

Paul isn’t saying that the law is pointless. God created the law to point us to Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of the law. We realize our need for a Savior when we realize that we cannot keep the commands on our own. Like Paul says in verse 7, “For I would have not known covetousness unless the law had said, ‘You shall not covet.'” The law is in place so that we would KNOW how sinful we are & then seek forgiveness & cleansing from sin through Jesus. Some believe the lie that the law’s purpose is to save them.

How can I practically apply these truths to my life?

Have you realized your need for a Savior? Have you been seeking saving from something or someone other than Jesus? Understanding your sin is your first step. Maybe you have never asked for forgiveness. God WANTS you! He loves & desires a relationship with you! Do not wait another minute. Break up with sin. Freedom and life comes through faith in Jesus alone. Repent & move on with Jesus.

If you are a Christ follower, this is still practical for you. Are you trying to earn God’s acceptance? I struggled for years trying to please God with good works. I thought that the only way God loved me is if I did everything right. That’s an exhausting place to be. It’s a place that only leads to disappointment & not freedom. God loves you & He loves me regardless of what we do or do not do! There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Don’t beat yourself up over your sin but don’t flirt with it either! Like that bad ex, move on! Walk away from that sin & run into your Savior’s arms!

You’ll never be able to do it all on your own.

Rely on Him alone. Rely on God’s strength, the Holy Spirit’s power in you, & Jesus’ words to truly experience the life God has for you.

Chapter Seven {verses 13-25}

What is this passage saying?

Paul is exposing his heart to us in these last verses. He grips boldness as he spills his heart. “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.” Then, this is the part that really comforts me, “for I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells”

I am kidding myself if I think that I am a good person. Without Jesus, we are just sinful and weak. That totally blows the self-righteous belief right out the window. We are ALL in need of a Savior because we are all sinful. Until Jesus returns & makes all things new, we will always struggle.

Have you ever been there? Have you ever wondered why you keep on committing the same sin over and over? You know what you should do but you do the complete opposite?! You are in good company! Instead of God beating us down & leaving us spinning in this cycle of sin, He graciously and preciously gives us the strength we need every single day. He understands. Although we are new creations in Christ, we are still covered with human skin and this skin is soaked in sin. It’s in our DNA. We won’t be able to get away from it. We can try and try and try again. That’s why a daily relationship with Jesus is so important!

How can I practically apply these truths to my life?

Your walk with Christ isn’t a to-do list. It’s a friendship, a relationship. It’s just as real as the relationship you have with your spouse, parents, or best friend. It’s just a perfect version of a friendship. Jesus won’t ever let you down, mislead you, or lead you down the wrong path. His advice is perfect, his company is warm & fulfilling, & his words are sweet to the soul. He is amazing.

Realizing that you will never be perfect or good enough is the only way to be more intimate with God. He accepts our mess with open arms. He is big enough to handle our sins & our failures. He is the answer to every question & the antidote to every sick soul. He is faithful. He will give you joy & purpose!

Be comforted that you are not alone! You are not alone in this journey. And it’s definitely a journey. We arrive at our desired destination and will be made perfect, without sin, only when Jesus comes back or we go home to meet Him. Until then, it’s a fight. It’s a battle. It’s a journey. You’re going to fall and trip and trip again. You’re going to be exhausted. You’re going to want to turn around. Don’t. You’re not alone in this journey. We have each other, brother & sister. And we have the Greatest Friend & Strength on our side.

Ready-to-forgive, loving, strong, & compassionate Jesus ❤

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Join us back here next week to cover CHAPTER EIGHT!

You are loved!

-Katie

 

Life Lately…

Life lately has been all kinds of things. As I think of all the life going on, I come to one word that sums up this season of life that I am in: refreshment. Whether it be deep talks over coffee with a good friend, a much-needed fun date with the husband, or a reminder of our heavenly home, I am being refreshed….

 

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Over the weekend, we were able to visit both of our families for a bit. It was refreshing to see them and catch up. Right after being married, I wanted to go back home pretty much every single day. After growing closer to my husband and learning to trust God where I am at, both my husband and I think of trips back home as more special and dear to us than before. The trips are fewer now because we don’t feel that sting of needing to go back home because together, we are at home. We treasure times spent with our families now more than before & I know that that is a gift from God. I even got to snag my coffee cup I bought right before getting married that I kept leaving at my mom’s house. It’s now where it belongs & so am I.

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Also over the weekend, we attended the funeral & life celebration of a dear man in our home church who finished his race well and left this earth to be with our mighty and sweet Jesus. His name is Bob & I have known him since I was young. He founded & was president of a mission organization focused in Romania. If ever was a man who LOVED Jesus and served Him in every way, it was this man. I always saw him in worship with a smile on his face and arms directing worship. He wasn’t perfect but he was in love with Christ. Thousands and thousands of people, here in the US and in Romania, have been changed because one man loved Jesus so much that He answered the call to go. His life is an inspiration to me to focus ONLY on Jesus & the souls around me. Before his death, I read pages upon pages of facebook posts written by all of the lives that he had touched for Christ. He truly was just a man who served a great God and now He is in the presence of His great God & Savior. Please pray for his wife, Yvonne. Having a husband myself, I can only imagine what she is feeling. I am so thankful that she is in love with the Man who has her man of over forty years safe now in His everlasting arms. It amazes me how the death of a Saint opens up eyes (especially mine) to the reality of Heaven. It’s not a fairytale, far-away place. It is the presence of God in REAL LIFE. Oh, I cannot wait to get home.

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Penny, our Siberian Retriever puppy, made some new friends on our family land this weekend. I’m not sure if she wanted to play or chase them down. They were quite curious as well to see a little deer-looking things sniffing at them.

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My mother-in-law’s tree right outside her window that is always all kinds of pretty depending on the weather. I especially love seeing it today since it’s 50 degrees and rainy this week. It reminds me of this verse six in Nehemiah 9… “You alone are the Lord. You have made the heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their hosts, the earth & everything on it, the seas and all that is in them. And you preserve them all. The host of heaven worships you.” It’s encouraging to know that just like God preserves the beautiful flowers, trees, and the air itself, He preserves us. You and me. We are His beloved children. And He never ever leaves us.

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 I had the delightful opportunity to meet up at a little coffee shop with a dear friend who is finishing up her dental hygiene schooling. We talked about our family, faith, & fears. We are both so much alike {and it’s such a relief to know I’m not crazy} and we both have quite the same personality. The weekend before, on my girls retreat, we took a personality/spiritual gifts test/quiz/cool thing. It revealed what I totally knew was true. I am a type C personality which means cautious, reserved, serving, & sensitive and showed me things I needed to work on spiritually speaking. It was encouraging & refreshing to know that I am not the only one dealing with fear and other things. We were also able to talk lots of photography as we are both up&coming photographers. Oh, and I tried a macaroon for the first time ever. Delish. These things are just too cute. I am now on a mission to be the next macaroon baker. We’ll see. 😉

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And last but certainly not least, my husband and I spent our beautiful Sunday very well. After worshipping, learning, and hearing God speak to us, we set out for downtown. We ate at our favorite local restaurant, went bike shopping only to learn that the bike shops are closed on Sunday and then found ourselves in our new favorite cupcake shop. I indulged in a cookie dough cupcake that had actual cookie dough baked inside the cupcake & hubby inhaled a reece’s peanut butter and fudge cupcake. It was safe to say that our gluten-free diet was over for the month. HA! But it really was. We were proud. And I have decided that I can’t/won’t go back to bread-eating. Oh, besides all of those delicious cupcakes that are calling my name right.. about.. now..

❤ cheers to a new week. and a VERY SPECIAL week, at that. In six short days, we will celebrate the resurrection of the ONE who changed history & eternity forever!

Here is the song we sang Sunday in worship that completely broke me down. While trying to trust God in the hard & good times, I want this to be my heart’s song no matter what.

 

 

xoxo

-Katie

 

 

 

Testimony Tuesday – From Death to Life

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Friends! I am so excited that it is finally Tuesday! Last Friday or so, I shared with  you all about how we are starting a new series on Life Stories. Each Tuesday I will be sharing the life story or TESTIMONY of an individual who has touched my life and I know it will touch yours. I am blown away by reading their stories about God’s redemption and perfect plan. For those of you who are leery or unsure about God, please take the time to follow this series. There is so much more to life than fighting through it on your own.  For those of you who are Christ followers, I am praying that God will use each testimony to change your heart and mind and draw you closer to God.

Today’s story will blow you away. Read it for yourself.

“Going to church was a regular part of my childhood.  Every Sunday, we were the first family to arrive; we unlocked the doors, set up the chairs, put out the hymnals, and greeted everyone who arrived after us with a hug.  We were also the last family to leave after putting everything away.  It was natural to me; a habit.  Something we did as a family.  But that’s all it was.  Something I grew up doing.

The older I got, the less church mattered to me.  When I was in college I didn’t go at all.  And that was when I needed it the most.  I was so busy trying to be the girl my friends expected me to be that I never found out who I really was.  I drank, partied, and even experimented with pot a couple of times. I’m very thankful that didn’t become an addiction

but alcohol was an addiction.  My life was an endless cycle of school during the week and parties on the weekend.  But this was not a satisfying way to live.  I battled depression and thoughts of suicide.  I never felt good enough.  I never believed that I measured up or had any real value.  My friendships were superficial and the guys I dated didn’t want to get to know the real me, and so I suffered in silence.  I never told anyone about the anxiety attacks, the depression, or about the night that I almost took my own life. 

During the darkest night of my life I sat huddled in a corner of my bathroom with a knife held to my wrist.  I was locked in a battle that I could neither see nor hear.  Whether I sat there for minutes or hours I do not know.  What I do know is that someone, somewhere, was on their knees that night.  When I awoke the next morning I wondered why there was a kitchen knife in my bathroom sink.  Slowly the memory of the previous night came back to me.  And still my life didn’t change.

Several years later I began seeking something different.  I didn’t know what I was seeking

I just knew that I wanted something different.  It was during the summer of 1999 when I was working one of my first professional acting jobs.  I found myself not wanting to go out with the rest of the cast after rehearsals and performances.  I spent a lot of time by myself that summer.  When I returned home at the end of the summer I found myself visiting a new church (only because mom and dad were visiting there).  For the first time in my life I really listened to the sermons; and it seemed that the pastor knew all about me.  His sermons spoke specifics about my life; my emptiness; my hurts; my mistakes.  After about a month of visiting the church the wall around my heart came crashing down as I whispered the words “Yes, Lord.”  I didn’t even know what I was saying “yes” to.  My heart and soul wanted the peace and joy my pastor was talking about.  I don’t know if I really believed it then or not, but I sure do now.  In an instant the Holy Spirit came flooding into my life and washed away the dirt and the grime. 

I had no desire to drink after that day.  The profanity that I used to use on a regular basis would no longer form on my tongue.  My friends were no longer the people I wanted to hang out with (and their off-color jokes weren’t appealing any more).  God quickly replaced them with mature, godly friends who helped me grow in the Lord.  Most notably was the addition of a mentor after I’d been saved for a few years.  Mrs. Amy became a very important part of my life and it’s because of her that I began to mentor young ladies.

I’ve been saved for 14 years now and God has blessed me immensely.   I’ve never regretted the decision to give my life to Christ Jesus.  I’ve seen Him work in my life and change me into the woman of God He desires me to be (and He’s not done yet, by the way).  I know now that I do have value.  I am a daughter of the King.  My purpose is to glorify Him.  The depression is gone.  I’ve only had one anxiety attack since I’ve been saved and because I turned to Christ in prayer it was gone just as quickly as it came on.

Following Christ hasn’t been easy.  It’s difficult.  It’s very difficult.  Don’t be deceived into thinking that becoming a Christian will suddenly make all your problems go away.  To this day, I still deal with consequences from decisions I made before I met Christ.  Satan tries to steal my joy on a regular basis.  He reminds me of my past and tries to make me feel worthless and useless.  Sometimes, he is successful.  But God always reminds me of His love for me.  I am worthy because I belong to Christ.  I am useful because I serve Jesus.  I am of great value because the King of the universe gave Himself for me.  My story is simple: I am a sinner who has been saved by grace.  It is my prayer that all who read this share the same story:  Sinner saved by grace.”

For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift.”  Eph. 2:8 HCSB

-Cheryl

Below are some verses that God uses to lift me up when I am feeling down.  I pray these bless you as they have blessed me.

Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past.  Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it?  Isaiah 43:18-19a NASB

The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save.  He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.  Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  1 Peter 2:9 HCSB

God has used this one woman’s life to change and enrich so many others. I believe this because my life has been one of those changed by her life and willingness to encourage and serve others. Cheryl’s commitment and faithfulness to the Lord is breathtaking. She mentored me while I was single and searching. She taught me, not only with words but with actions, how important it is to put your relationship with Christ far above any other relationship. Her joyous smile captivates people and draws them right into the very face of Christ. I hope and pray that her life story will always be one that you can look to and SEE and BELIEVE how deep and wide and long and far the love Christ has for you truly is.

“My Stinky Relationship Skills..”

As a follower of Christ, there are days when I feel so close to God and there are days when I don’t.

Plain and simple, it’s my own fault.

Confession: Lately, I haven’t been investing time in my relationship with Christ like I want to be.

I let the excuse of being too busy get in the way of sitting down or kneeling down and having some much-needed one on one time with the King, Jesus.

Last night, after some much-needed girl time and then coming home and watching my husband and his friends play (video games and ping pong are his thing), I decided to flip open Psalms and start from the beginning… and what I came across was like fresh cold water to a died up and possibly cracked cistern.

Psalm 1:1-3
“Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.”

Really though, go back and read that again.

The man who is blessed, his delight is in the law of The Lord.

Who doesn’t want to be blessed?

Whether is it physical or spiritual, I know I want to be blessed because I know blessings come straight from God and I want to be near to Him.

God’s Word says that the blessed man or woman is the one who delights in God’s Word.

Delights!

My desire is that I may delight in God’s Word day and night because delighting in His Word means delighting in Him. It’s the place where I hear from Him, learn about Him, grow near to Him.

“And in His law he meditates day and night…”

Blessed is the woman who meditates, sits quietly, focuses in on God. God Himself, Jesus, His Word… day and night!

Confession: I am yearning to hear Him. To be close to Him. I am over barely talking to Him.

The dishes can wait. That text can wait. My dog can wait. For crying out loud, lunch can wait.

Reading those three short verses of Psalms got to me.

I

Need

Jesus

More

Than

Ever.

I have a marriage, friendships, and responsibilities that need Jesus.
They aren’t in jeopardy or anything right now, but who do I think I am if I only run to God when things get bad. “Oh, no God, you can’t have my life. It’s pretty good right now, I don’t need you right now. I’ll let ya know if things start looking bad and that’s when you can fix ’em right up.”

No.

Here I am, God. I lay my marriage at your feet because I am not strong enough to do it on my own. I lay my social life at your feet because without your help, I am just a selfish person. Here is my life along with all of my plans because I don’t even know what is happening tomorrow.

God knows. He knows you, your heart, your thoughts… And He cares. He longs for us. He died to save us from sin, hell, our own selves… so that we could be in relationship with Him.

I think little ole me can make time to kneel at His feet and praise Him.

Confession: God wants a relationship with you. A day and night for the rest of your years intimate relationship.

He wants the kind of relationship where you talk and walk together. You know His heart and He knows yours. You can’t get that by sitting in a church pew on Sunday and going out to the bar on Monday. You can’t get that by reading the Bible once or twice a year. You can’t get that by only talking to God when you need Him to do something for you.

You get that by praying day and night, reading His Word day and night, praising Him day and night, sharing His love with others day and night, boasting in Jesus only day and night, knowing and loving His ways day and night, walking with Him day and night.

The life that knows God…That’s a blessed life.

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iAmThankful! Day 21 and on!

“So now my heart will sing to you and not be silent; O Lord my God, I will always give thanks to you.” Psalms 30:12

Can you even believe that it is already November 21?! Time flies when you’re having fun 🙂

This weekend is a special one. My husband and I are going on a mini-getaway with a sweet married (and expecting!) couple up in the mountains to stay in a cabin, play some pool, sleep in super late, and eat-eat-eat! Now that is what I call a vacation!

Since my husband and I made an agreement that we will spend the weekend phone-free (yay!!), I am dedicating this one post to the next three days (21th-24th) of thankfulness.

Moving to a new town to live in a new home and attend a new church is hard to say the least. Besides Joe’s cousin and a friend from Joe’s work, upon arriving to C, we knew no one!This was a bittersweet time for me. I love my husband and it has brought us closer together, but I didn’t have any girl friends at all and it’s always good to have a friend to drink lattes with, shop with, and vent about life to! Right?! Since then, God has blessed us with a great group of fellow believers and friends at church, awesome neighbors who are too sweet and have the coolest kids, and this morning I met a sweet new friend for Starbucks coffee. We attended the same high school at the same time back home and God brought both of us to C at different times and we just reconnected recently. We’re the same age, we’re both married, and we have the same hobbies & interests! It’s so awesome to see how God works! What a small world it really is! Therefore, today, I am super thankful for new friendships!

For Day 22, I think it’s only fitting that I thank God for the ability to go on random getaways with my husband and our friends! We always have the greatest times together going on excursions and getaways. It’s always nice to get away for the weekend and forget about whatever it is that stresses you out whether it be work, school, family, or life in general. These are the times in our life and marriage that I don’t want to let pass by without a notice. I know that there could be a day where we won’t be able to get away whether it be because of kids or money. I don’t want to take this time for granted! The Enemy wants to keep you from enjoying the moment, the time God is giving you now. He wants you to look back and feel guilt or look to the future and wish your life away. In my weakness, I find myself wishing too much. If I’m not careful, I lose sight of what I have in the now! And what I have in the nowis far greater than anything I’ve ever had! I am thankful for this season of our marriage and the ability to go on trips together and enjoy all of life’s blessings.

For days 23 and 24, I would have to say that I am thankful for the opportunity to blog and share with you all! I absolutely love writing, encouraging, and sometimes just rambling on and on about how awesome God is. I really believe that social media can be used in a great way to glorify God and reach out to people, even if they are half way around the world!

There ya have it. My fingers are about to fall off from typing so much and my hubby just got home so I am calling it quits for the weekend 🙂

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

Count your blessings!

-Katie

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Day 12&13 iAmThankful

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For Days 12 & 13, I am thankful for my small group.

A small group, also known as a lifegroup, is a small group of people from our church who get together at someone’s house and review what we learned at church that morning. Our small group isn’t just a group of people who meet together. We are family. We laugh together, share our deepest fears and joys together, cry together, lift one another up, always pray for one another, encourage one another, and help one another. It’s like a Sunday school class minus the rules, blank stares, and boring talkers. There is no condemnation or judgment. It is an awesome thing.

When we meet together, we are in unity to lift each other up in prayer to our God and to direct each other to Him.

Our small group is made up of women I can go to with and for anything. For Joe, it’s a great place to relate to other Christian guys who are married and living life together.

That’s what we do, we live life together. The Christian life is not something you are to do all on your own with. We are meant to be in community together. How is the body of Christ supposed to flourish and work when no one is real with one another? It’s not some group that only meets one time a week. We get together throughout the week, pray for each other, text and call one another.

It is the picture of the body of Christ, what church really looks like.

It isn’t scripted or fake. The people are as real as the struggles they are facing.

We have the same hope and trust- God our Father and we rely on Him each step of the way.

We laugh alot together. We recently had a party and played a game where people try to guess who’s most embarrassing moment was who’s. Even last night, I and some of the ladies got together and went bowling. So. Fun. See, church isn’t supposed to be dry and boring. God is love and He loves to see His children get together and enjoy life together. {Thank you Sally, Lee, Dawn, Miracle, Lauren, Linda, Jessica, Cindy, & Kellye for being awesome! And my sweet Lifegroup back home; Cheryl, Hannah, Katy, Cheyenne, Rachael, & Chelsi!)

I am telling you all of this in hopes that God can lead you to a church and SmallGroup like the one that God led my husband and me to. It is so vital to our Christian walk to be real, open, and honest with one another so that we can grow stronger in our faith. It’s about time we take off those masks. In our SmallGroup, not one exists. That’s God-glorifying.

“So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness.” -James 5:16

We are the body of Christ for a reason. No member is more important than the other but when we all work, live, and grow together, we glorify God through His church.

“Now you are Christ’s body, and each of you is a member of it.”
-1 Corinthians 12:27

iAmThankful for my SmallGroup! My prayer is that you and your family will be lead and able to join with other followers of Christ together to live life with one another, encouraging and being encouraged, glorifying God in all that you do. You’re not meant to do it alone! 🙂

Have a blessed day today. I challenge you to reach out to one friend today and lift them up in prayer and encouragement!

-Katie