Monday, January 25, 2016

Uncertainty... Hello Old Friend

These pictures were taken last week in Forest Park. I went on a hike in the pouring rain, and like a dodo head I didn't cover up my camera. Once I got home my new camera that I just spent a good chunk of money on, wouldn't turn on. I was so bummed. THANKFULLY, I let it sit for a couple of days, and the water drained out and it turned back on and I was able to retrieve these photos. Thank the Lord!! 

While I was hiking around in the Woods, the Fog was so consuming. There were parts of the trail where I really couldn't see all that well. And when I think about Fog, I think about the mystery of it. Fog sets in and it creates a sort of veil. It's beautiful and it's mysterious. It can be kind of scary when you are unsure what is just beyond the Fog. 

So this made me think. I went on the hike that day to sort through some things I have going on in my mind. Things in my life that are uncertain (yet again). I am in the middle of finding a new place to live. My current place is going up for sale and so yet again I am forced to move just when I felt settled. And for those of you that know me, you know I like certainty. I am a planner. I like to know what my week is going to look like a week in advance. That doesn't mean I don't have spontaneity in me, because I do but as an overall "Katie Rule," I like to plan. There are a few other moving pieces in my life that I cannot disclose just yet, but it appears that Uncertainty has crept back in just when I was feeling established. 

I think the beauty of wandering through Fog without a clue what the other side will look like, is that it forces me to get on my hands and knees. It forces me to throw my hands up and say " Jesus I need you. I need you to guide and direct me through the fog, through the uncertainty and I trust that you are a good guide." I want to/ I need to just surrender my own plans, and my own way of directing my path. Instead of sticking my hands out in front of me trying to feel my way blindly, I want to cling to Jesus as he walks before me and all I need to do is trust that he knows the way through the Fog. 

""For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.""  -Jeremiah 29:11

Love and Trusting Through the Uncertainty


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It's Simple: Love God, Love Others

I was reminded of something very important on Sunday sitting in church as the sun shone through the stain glass windows and we reflected on the previous year. 2015 was filled with lots of Evil. Evil in the hands of mass murderers, ISIS, Civil Wars in the Middle East, chaos with the upcoming Election and terrorism everywhere. All of these events perpetuating this constant state of fear, anxiety and panic.

Just when we think that it couldn't possibly get worse. That mankind couldn't possibly get more Evil, that Jesus HAS to be coming soon, I am reminded that it is NOT my job to predict this. It is NOT my job to fear. It is NOT my job to doubt that God is the Creator of the Universe and that He is in control. So what is my job? My job is simple. I am called to Love God, Love others and to pray for my Nation, and for mankind. To pray for my Political leaders. To pray for those seeking refuge. To thank God for my safety and health, and to count my blessings. This is what I need to set my focus on. It is so easy to get consumed in fear, but that's exactly what the enemy wants. Jesus said he didn't know the time or day that God would return to reclaim this world. Jesus said only the Father knows the hour. Therefore we are not to fear or worry.

Love God.

Love Others. 

That's All.

Love and Keeping it Simple


Monday, January 4, 2016

Feeling Spoiled

Birthday Tradition: Shopping with Mama 

Decided against a fancy outfit for New Years, went with my new holy black skinny jeans from Express that I LOVE!

Macaroons for my Birthday, Shout out to my sister-in-law for her beautiful decorative skills! 
Met some friends at Jack Knife downtown for a drink to celebrate my Birthday. So thankful for these dear friends of mine. Missing a few of my other besties, but they were there in spirit

Kind of a little obsessed with my sweater I got for my Birthday!! Sweater: Target; Hat: Old Navy

I had a really wonderful time celebrating my Birthday with friends and family this year! I have been very spoiled and want to say thank you to everyone who helped make me feel special (which everyone wants on their Birthday). My family always makes me feel so loved and I had the best time shopping with my mom and going out for lunch and getting our nails done. A Birthday spent pampered. We went to dinner the night before my actual Birthday with my brother, my sister-in-law and my nephews. Then on my actual Birthday we went to Bushwhackers to dance and ring in the New Year. Saturday a few of my besties came out to Jack Knife to celebrate with me, and it capped off the Birthday celebrations. 

Even though it can be easy to focus on the things in your life that frustrate you, or are not going your way, I was reminded on my Birthday to focus on the good. To focus on the fact that I am very well loved. I have so many people in my life that are dear to me, and are here to support me no matter what. Not everyone can say that, and I am aware of the gifts I have. Choosing to trust the Lord and focus on his power, his glory and his ability to guide me and direct me if I choose to listen and obey. 

So Cheers to my 27th year and to chasing after Jesus as he reveals to me what he has in store :) 

Love and One Spoiled Birthday Girl Over Here