Wednesday’s Words {Worth & Identity}

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Yesterday, I broke a kitchen glass. Oh, and I also washed my husband’s shoe with his work clothes. HOW DO YOU WASH A SHOE?! Only I would know. Apparently. This is what happens when I wake up and go straight to the laundry room without putting in my contacts or getting a cup of coffee down first. This morning, I forgot to add a vital part to our Keurig coffee maker which turned my nice hot cup of coffee into a murky cup of water and no time to make another cup… on my 5 AM work day. Needless to say, I’m not perfect. Surprise, surprise. Later that evening while my husband and I were getting ready for our double date, I asked him if he thought I was a good wife or not. “Of course, you’re the best.”

I am a wife but my identity and worth isn’t found in that vital & important role. I am a sister, daughter, & friend but my worth doesn’t depend on how “good” of a friend or sister or daughter I am. I am a nanny and a youth leader but my identity isn’t based on those roles. I am the worst of sinners and I tend to be negative at times but those things do not define me.

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Who I am, the essence of Katie, is found in Someone greater than I could ever be. My worth is found in Jesus Christ. HE makes me holy, righteous, & beautiful. He is the One who gives me worth, identity, and purpose. And the amazing part? I did nothing to deserve or earn it.

“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life..” Titus 3:3-7

Jesus Christ saved me and you.. not because of works done by me in righteousness but according to His own mercy.

Because of His love for me, I have purpose and worth.

I can rest in that love that gives me identity. I am no longer my own. I was bought by a price by Jesus who paid the price for my sin. My worth is found in what Christ did on the cross. He made me alive by dying for my sin and then conquering it when He arose from that grave. With that declaration of an empty tomb, my soul came alive.

My identity? Yes, I am a wife, sister, daughter, leader, friend.. But because I was saved by God’s great mercy, I am now…

alive eternally & dead to sin {Romans 6:11}

holy {Hebrews 10:10}

righteous {Romans 4:5}

blameless {1 Corinthians 1:8}

free {Galatians 5:1}

whole {Colossians 2:10}

not condemned {Romans 8:1}

LOVED {Romans 8:35}

And YOU are loved!

-Katie

Today, I am linking up with Jenni & Martha Kate again for Wednesday’s Words! Also, this was my 200th blog post! Awesome!

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Also linking up with The Artsy Cajun with..

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And Simple Moments Stick

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When God Whispered

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I am back from my three-day retreat in the mountains. It was so much fun staying up late drinking coffee and revisiting our childhood in coloring books. I never realized how relaxing it is to color. I also never realized how addicting chocolate & the Wicked soundtrack can be! It was a great girlie weekend.

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Apart from all the caffeine and coloring pencils, we had sweet and intense God time. My talented friend, Hannah, brought her guitar & we worshipped God. Here are a few lyrics from a song that we sang.. It is filled with such truth.

 

Hello, my name is defeat
I know you recognize me
Just when you think you can win
I’ll drag you right back down again
‘Til you’ve lost all belief

These are the voices, these are the lies
And I have believed them, for the very last time

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Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, and I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King

I am no longer defined
By all the wreckage behind
The one who makes all things new
Has proven it’s true
Just take a look at my life

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I went into the weekend with high expectations of how God was going to work. After time spent in prayer, worship, & reflection of my own heart, I realized that God was simply whispering this to me: “I want you to be bold. Let go of the fear and control in your life. I have called you to be fearless.” We spent time studying the Word and learning about strongholds. A stronghold is anything that is in the way of your relationship with God. Whether it be an addiction, an ungodly relationship, or something you place too much importance on such as a relationship, job, etc. I realized that my stronghold is fear itself. And control, as well, because I am too fearful to let God be God. At the end of the study, we were asked to surrender. Let go of whatever is holding us back. Drop it at the feet of God and never pick it back up. I begged God to take away my fear immediately as I have so many times before. I was scared that it wasn’t going to work.

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But He spoke to me so quietly I had to focus hard to listen. “I have already taken away your fear. It is your turn to believe it and act upon it.” I can ask God to take away my fear every day but until I step out in faith and believe that He has, I will never be free. Fear will always have a strong hold on me until I believe that it is no longer even IN me. So from now on, I must be bold. I must believe that I am fearless and that God is in control, not me. I must act & believe Him at His Word. I get scared just thinking about being fearless. But I know that those feelings aren’t from God. He has shown me that I must have more faith in Him. True walking faith, not just talking faith. Is talking faith even faith at all? Saying you believe but never truly living it out. That kind of “faith” is dead. {James 2:26} It’s time for me to step out & boldly act in faith.

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Whether it be applying for a job, trusting God in situations I have no control over, simply talking to that neighbor who has been on my heart since we moved in, or dealing with a death of a loved one, I am reminded of this verse as I think about all of the things I am afraid of…

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

What is your stronghold? What are you allowing get in the way of your relationship with your mighty, loving, & gracious Father? Let it go!

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Stand fast in the Lord, beloved…

Katie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who am I? {& a giveaway!}

Yes, a giveaway!!!! I am so excited to start my 2nd book giveaway. The giveaway starts TODAY –March 20th, 2014– and it ends two weeks from now! –April 3rd, 2014– So make sure, make sure, make sure that you enter! The giveaway is run by rafflecopter & is a random drawing. You increase your chances to win by doing things like sharing, commenting, & subscribing. Make sure to subscribe via email in order to unlock the other entry spots! But they will tell you all about it once you get there!

 Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore is a prayer journal & devotional. Wanting to increase your faith? Be more intimate with God? Work on your prayer life? Besides the Bible, of course, this devotional has enriched each of these areas in my life. And I want you to experience this joy as well! It has become more than a book to me. That is why I am giving it away!

It’s SUPER easy to enter this book giveaway, just click here:

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Yay! So glad you entered! This morning, I just want to share one verse with you that I want us to dwell on, pray about, & really think about.

“and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” Colossians 2:10

You don’t have to continue chasing the opposite sex, success, popularity, acceptance, money, power, perfection, “love”, addictions, or anything else to make you feel complete. You will never be complete with those things…ever!

Beloved, YOU are COMPLETE in JESUS.

Those other things can and will fail you because they do not have the power and authority to complete you. Only Jesus Christ can uphold you, never fail you, give you purpose, & make you complete. As much as I love my husband, he doesn’t complete me. There are times when he fails me and I fail him. There are things that I need that he cannot give. Only Jesus can give me peace, joy, hope, salvation, purpose, & wholenessEverything my heart desires is found in Jesus, believe it or not. My husband’s job doesn’t complete him. He could be the number one top salesman in the country and still not feel whole or complete. Only Jesus can give him the confidence & wholeness his heart desires.

Beloved, stop putting your trust in other things besides Jesus. Your boyfriend, your success, your own children, or your looks will never complete you.

Only Jesus, only Jesus.  

His hand is held out to you. He is at the door of your heart waiting for you to open and receive him.

He is waiting to clothe you in strength, dignity, love, joy, & hope.

Let go of those other things & let him in.

Let Him complete you.

-Katie

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Who am I? {new series}

For the past few months, I have been on a personal journey to rid myself of negativity. The goal though has changed from simply ridding myself of negative thoughts into becoming more Christ-like in my mind, heart, & thought process.

During my quiet time this morning, I kept going back to this question..

“Do I believe who I am in Christ?”

I completely believe that if we, as God’s daughters, do no truly believe who we are in Him, then we are going to be insecure, scared, fearful, prideful, & afraid. And at times, I sure am. I know that I am redeemed, saved, & born again through Jesus. But do I really BELIEVE that in my heart of hearts? Not quite. Because if I did, I wouldn’t always be worrying what I look like, what could or couldn’t happen, or what others think of me.

I am a dearly LOVED child of God. And if you claim Christ as your Savior, SO ARE YOU!

After I spent some time in prayer with Jesus, I decided to find my old journal and start finding verses that PROCLAIM TRUTH over who I REALLY am in Christ. Girlfriend, the world bombards us with lies about who we are or aren’t but God tells us personally through His word the TRUTH about who we are.

I want to start a mini-series on I am (who we are) in Christ. I’m not sure how long it will last but it’s something that has always been on my heart. Satan has tried to convince me that it’s not my place to proclaim this truth since I barely believe it myself but I want YOU & I to be set free from the lies which we believe about ourselves & start believing who we truly are in Christ.

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I believe that once we have confidence in who we are in Christ, negative thoughts & emotions will be easier to combat and will fade into something less of a struggle. Insecurity will melt away, fear will fade, and worry won’t be knocking at our door every morning our eyes open. I’m having faith that God will do a huge work in my heart in opening my eyes to believing who I am in Christ. I am praying the same thing for you.

Find a journal, open up that bible of yours, and search. Ask God to reveal to you truths about who you are in Christ. Let’s make time to learn and believe who we are in Christ.

In the comments area, please leave a verse or two that really speaks truth into your heart; I would love to hear it and add it to my journal!

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Believing who I am in Christ…

“For He chose us before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.” “For we are His creation, created in Christ for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that I should walk in them.” Ephesians 1:4, 2:10

Let that soak in…

The world tells us that we are be loved because of our abilities. They base it on how good we do things, how we look, how we dress, & how much money or success we have. That’s a lie! We must stop believing that we must somehow earn love. If you’re in a relationship (or even friendship) with someone and you feel as if you must prove yourself to that person by doing things that “get them to love you”, you don’t have to. Christ showed His love for us on the cross that paid our ransom so that we may never have to. You are already holy and blameless because of Jesus.

 You have been personally chosen by the loving Creator of the world to be holy & blameless in His sight through Jesus Christ.  It is through JESUS alone that You are called holy and blameless. That’s love, girlfriend!

You are loved!

-Katie

Battle of the Red High Heels

You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?
{1 Corinthians 3:3}

Face it. We’re women. We love to pick things apart. From our wardrobe, to our man, to the nicely dressed friend we secretly don’t ‘care for’, the one we try to dodge at the supermarket.

In my weakness and downright selfishness, I can lose sight and end up comparing myself to others.

“This one is smarter… That one is taller and fit… Oh and that one is still so skinny after 3 kids… Ugh, they sicken me…”

Are you with me, ladies?

Before I know it, I am gettin’ down at my own pity party. Bless my heart.

But…something tells me I’m not the only one who has attended a shindig like this one.

What if we stopped comparing ourselves to other fallen human beings and started examining our own hearts and lives and then comparing them with Jesus, our Ultimate Role Model? He is what we should strive to look like and act like.

Instead of a pity party, there will be a celebration when we keep our eyes focused on Jesus. But how do we get there?

You see, Jesus is everything we need. He breaks the chains of feeling like we are never good enough, of worthlessness, fear, perfectionism, addiction, and every other trial we are facing.

“..his divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence.” -2 Peter 1:3

In Christ, we truly have everything we need. Therefore, do not let the devil lie to you for one minute telling you that you aren’t good enough, or pretty enough, or smart enough.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14 NIV)

The more we compare ourselves to others, the more we think about ourselves and others in a negative way and the more we do that, the deeper we sink inwardly into our selfish ways.

Sister, you were not called to this kind of living.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than this.”

If we looked at other women (and men) like God sees them, which is at the heart and not the outward appearance, y’all, we wouldn’t be knit-picking them apart. We would be praising God for how He redeems, blesses, and saves us…ALL of us!

When we stop comparing, we are choosing the Spirit’s ways over our fleshly ways day in and day out. It’s exhausting but through His strength, we can do it!

Not one woman out there has it all together and we, as God’s royal daughters, need to take this facade of the “perfect woman” off the mantel in our minds and put Jesus back up there!

When we keep our eyes on Him, we will start to see others in a gracious and loving way.

You are loved and accepted not because of how you look (or “could” look) or how successful you are. You are loved because God is love and He has chosen to love every single human on this planet just like you. {1 John 4:8-10}

The next time you see someone who your flesh would love to pick apart because it is weak and selfish, tap into the Spirit of God living inside you and praise Him because YOU (and the person you’re judging) are both fearfully and wonderfully made.

Let’s kick off the flashy red high heels of selfish comparison and clothe ourselves with strength and dignity.

{Proverbs 31:25}

-Katie

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