Be Still

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still” Exodus 14:14

I have felt the importance of these words as of late. I have the tendency to ask God for help, but before He has time to answer me, I run on to the next thing. Lately, I have heard a quiet but steady voice saying, “Be still, Katie, let me handle this.” I say “Okay, God...but what about the uncertainty of my future? What about my singleness? What about, despite having a good life by most standards, feeling lost and alone?”

He’s silent, until one night I’m brought to tears in prayer. Then He answers, “Katie, are you being still? Are you letting go and letting me fight for you? Are you just living a life honoring me and loving people as I have asked?”

That beautiful, stormy night I gave all my problems and worries to Him. He’s fighting my battles and I lean into Him more and more every day. I cherish all He has given me—supportive family, loving friends, reliable job, the list is unending. He has shown me that I am not lost and alone in the things that matter. I encourage you to make a cherish list and when the tough things come up, give them over to God and He will fight for you.

Have courage, be kind.

New Year, New Me?

To be honest, I’m sad to see 2016 go. Yes, 2016 wasn’t the best for me. I fought with my best friend, I fought depression, and I questioned life in general. I also made a stronger friendship with my best friend, and God showed me that my life was worth living. I can count more good things than bad that happened in 2016. I’m not saying this because my life is so perfect, because it’s not. I just simply looked for the good and the people that made it great (shout out to my 3 best friends, you know who you are). The greatness of 2016 is up to you, along with 2017. As I fondly remember 2016, all the good and bad, I look forward to the adventures 2017 holds. Remember to look for the good and grow from the bad. Make some resolutions, now and all throughout the year. Let 2017 make you a new person by enjoying it.
Have courage, be kind.

These are my top ten Christmas songs that are a must for me every year.

1. What Christmas Means To Me // Stevie Wonder
2. Jingle Bell Rock // Daryl Hall and John Oates
3. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree // Brenda Lee
4. O Come O Come Emmanuel // Phil Wickham
5. Christmas Canon // Trans-Siberian Orchestra
6. White Christmas // Bing Crosby
7. All I Want For Christmas Is You // Mariah Carey
8. Blue Christmas // Elvis Presley
9. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm // Dean Martin
10. Christmas This Year // TobyMac ft. Leigh Nash

I've wrapped all them up in a Spotify playlist here for you!

Have courage, be kind.