Step out

Entering into my twenties has brought me a rush of feelings; fluctuating from hesitance to eagerness.

I am not certain what my future holds, but boy I am confident who holds it.

And let me tell you- when I came to terms and trusted that it wasn’t in my hands but God’s, tremendous peace poured over me.

No matter your age or the place you call home; we are all called into a vast pool of seasons. These seasons may look utterly different from one another, yet God doesn’t look at them that way. He creates every season with purpose.

The season you’re in may appear different, but it is not lesser or more than those beside you.

Man, I have to remind myself that every single day. God won’t abandon you and provide for someone next to you. He isn’t a stagnant God. He is an active, rejuvenating God who will not leave you somewhere He has placed you.

Isaiah 41:10

That is the truth of stepping out with a gospel pronounced purpose and pace. We have to step out of what we know to step into what we don’t know. The unknown is fragile but our God is secure- I believe with every bone in me that God’s will is the best will.

But to serve and expand God’s will, you have to first expand yours. We have to start changing our perspective before we begin attacking our purpose. We have to be flexible to what God is doing right now to be able to fully arrive at what He will do tomorrow. But here’s where it becomes tricky-we need to fix our focus on who holds tomorrow without being consumed in what tomorrow holds. Once you trust who is in control of your future, you won’t fear it because your eyes will be so fixed on what’s now.

Your season is now. God puts us in the season, but it is up to us where we’re going to take it and what we’re going to do with it.

I don’t think there is such thing as a dry season without a dry relationship- there may be seasons that are more difficult to find water, but that doesn’t mean the water isn’t there. You may just have to search a little harder.

We need to use our strengths AND our weaknesses to fulfill the season God has beautifully laid out for us. Notice how I said “and”- there is strength in our weakness and weakness in our strength. We have to be willing to use both to step in, whole-heartedly, to what God has for our future.

 

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me. – Erma Bombeck

With so much love,

kmp

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Make room for God

I just finished a short read from the book, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller, and let me begin by saying—I am not a reader. I always try to be, but always end up getting to the second chapter and burying it in my pile of unfinished books. But this book wasn’t just another story for me.

It was a reality.

It made me realize a lot about life. Life is beautiful, it’s messy, it’s way too complicated, or sometimes too simple, but you learn a heck of lot from it. I’m going to jump right in by saying how crazy it is that I’ve been discovering how almost all of my anxious thoughts, deepest fears, and hidden worries are not coming from anyone or anything around me. They’re coming from one (or you could say two) things: me and my ego. I put unneeded pressure on myself to become someone I’m not, to worry about something I have no control over, and to obsess over situations that have simply already happened. If your’e anything like me, I say you grab a coffee and read on.

So why do we do this? Why do we set such high expectations for ourselves that we almost never can reach? If I took one thing out of Tim Keller’s book, it would be this one word.

Pride.

We clearly think of ourselves as capable and mighty if we believe we can handle the amount of weight we put upon us. And don’t get me wrong—you are capable of many things! But not everything. Unless you’re wearing a cape and you can fly, then go you girl. If you trace back to the beginning of any problem, odds are you had a lot to do with how it all came to be. If you think about it, our thoughts and actions are almost always pertaining to ourselves. Whether it is comparing myself to squares on my feed or believing I can be the next Sigmund Freud, I am doing it not for the sake of others, but for the sake of bettering myself. And guess what? The bigger our ego, the smaller room we have for God.

The truth behind these things is that we will never be the person on our Insta feed or the hero of all problems. But we will always be purposeful. We are purposeful because of the Lord—and that alone means so much more than wearing a cape or taking artsy pictures. Jesus already told us it is finished when He laid down his life at the foot of the cross. He says He created our inmost being and knitted us together in our mother’s womb. He has set aside a purpose-filled plan for each and every one of His followers. His intentions were never to create a doubtful and distrustful child. His intentions were to create a fearful and wonderful human being.

When all is wrong and everything feels like its crumbling like a dry cookie, I challenge you to look more at what you and God are capable of doing, rather than what you alone are able to do. We were made to do life together, not apart. The less focus we put on ourselves, the more room we’ll leave for God. We alone are no where near perfect, but how sweet is it that He is?

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” -C.S. Lewis

With so much love,

Katie