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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day everyone. Hope it was an absolutely awesome day for you. It was for me too. I shared it with the two most important men in my life, my husband and son.

I miss sharing Father’s Day with my dad. It was always a big event, with cake and gifts, just like a birthday. Some years Father’s Day fell on my parents anniversary, June 19, just like this year. I am sure that is why the big celebrations began. Between the two events, it just became normal to have cake and gifts on both days.

Daddy was an Episcopal priest, who understood the love of Christ. Not only was he the father of five, he was everyone’s dad. His nick name was Pappa J. His close relationships made it impossible for some to call him Reverend, and yet his community standing demanded respect, so Pappa J became the accepted form of compromise. He had a very charismatic personality and you could feel yourself being wrapped up with his love.

Our large family grew up in this huge house located right next to dad’s church. To us kids, it seemed like a mansion. There were three floors, with three bathrooms and four oversized bedrooms. So it shouldn’t be surprising when I tell you we often had people living with us. Mostly we had college students, and on occasion airmen from the local AF Base. But one day we had a man knock on our front door who insisted my father take in his young daughter. She was about my age and looked so sad. Her father and my father talked for a long time before my dad agreed to take her in.

The girl’s name was Sandra. For months she didn’t hear from her dad and I thought I was going to get another sister (I already had three). She told us horrifying stories about how her mother had beat her and abused her in the most awful ways. Her mom died in a fire and now her father seemed to have left her too. She cried all the time. My mom and dad tried so hard to fill in the voids but most days she was inconsolable.

The situation actually made my dad angry. He didn’t want to be saddled with another child, especially when the agreement he and Sandra’s father came to was that it was a temporary arrangement. My dad could have taken her to Social Services and just dropped her off, but he couldn’t bring himself to add insult to injury. Three months past, then six months. No sight of Sandra’s dad. Then a year past. Finally Sandra’s father came back to get her. He had needed all that time for emotional healing and to get his own life back together again before he felt equipped to be a dad to his daughter. Sandra was elated and she soon moved into an apartment her dad had rented, right across the street from the church. They stayed there long enough for Sandra to readjust to living with her dad. We have never heard from her since she moved away.

Looking back on it now gives me the shivers. It took a whole bunch of faith to take in the child of a complete stranger and then keep her long past the time her dad said he was going to come back. But my dad knew Jesus very well and trusted that everything would work out for the best. I don’t know how much longer he would have let Sandra stay with us, all I know is he let her stay long enough. He was a great dad who loved everyone and everyone loved him.

Love and peace,

Katie

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Posted by on June 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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All the Answers

I don’t have all the answers and I don’t want to either.  I want to share just enough to help you realize that sadness and unhappiness don’t have to be your lot in life and guide you to ways to help you achieve transformation.The following are just a few methods that helped me with my transformation; The Law of Attraction, EFT, positive affirmations, spirituality, metaphysics, The Reconnection, and faith healing,  None of these methods are absolute, although positive affirmations  are high on the list, so today I want to concentrate on Biblically based positive affirmations.

An affirmation is a statement you deem to be true.  It can be positive or negative.   Most people base their lives on negative affirmations.  The evidence is everywhere.  People talk negatively about their jobs, about their families, about the government and even about themselves.  This negative thought pattern holds us back from finding real joy and experiencing total goodness in life. You might want to change your environment, but let’s start with changing you, for when you see things differently all of sudden things around you change.

God created us in His image which is a totally awesome thing, but what we do with that image is up to us.  I, for one, want a crisp, clear vision of who I really am.  That is the first step in overcoming adversity.  So to help me see myself more clearly, I did a Bible search and the following is just a snippet of what I found:

I am a child of God                                                                   John 1:12

I am chosen by God                                                                Colossians 3:12

I am righteous and holy                                                           Ephesians 4:24

I am a daughter of God                                                            Romans 8:14

I am a daughter of light, not darkness                                       1 Thessalonians 5:5

I am a member of a royal priesthood and a holy nation               1  Peter 2:9

I have been given the mind of Christ                                          1 Corinthians 2:16

I have direct access to God                                                      Ephesians 2:18

I have been given a spirit of love, power and  self-discipline          2 Timothy 1:7

I have the right to come boldly before the throne of God to find mercy and grace in time of need                                                                           Hebrews 4:16

By embracing these statements about myself, I gave myself permission to know that whatever anyone says about me or to me, I am still who I am; an awesome creation by God who deserves nothing but the best.  And what God says about me is also true about you. 

If you utilize these Biblical truths as a firm foundation,  you can create a list of affirmations which  reflect who you really are too.  If you need more, the Bible is full of them.  Go and check it out.  You might find some that are even more awesome than mine.  Reciting them everyday multiple times, is a way of filling your mind with the idea that you are someone special who deserves so much. 

Here is a list of how I see myself reflecting God’s image.  Feel free to use these positive affirmations for yourself.   

I let go and let God do His thing

I delight in doing the will of God

God loves me

God takes care of all my needs

I am loved by God who created me in His image

I am thankful for God’s endless treasures

I am wonderfully made

I am inspired by God

The love of God radiates through me

God fills me with joy

God has a plan for me

I love God and live my life based on my knowledge of Him

I base my confidence on God’s Word

I believe God’s promises are true

I am a perfect piece of God’s creation

Some of the above statements are similar but that is Ok. One statement may resonate well with one person’s soul, while a different statement saying the same thing in a different  way will resonate better with another person’s soul.  And that is the goal; to internalize these statements so that you believe them without a doubt.   I promise that using positive affirmations will change your outlook on life.  Just believe that what you are saying to yourself is true and all the answers you are seeking will come. 

Love and Peace my Friends,

Katie

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2011 in God's Image, Uncategorized

 

Joy

 Although happiness and joy are often construed to be synonymous, I like to believe they are not. They can be present at the same time, but happiness is often just an outward demonstration of temporary feelings based on worldly situations. While joy, on the other hand, is felt on an emotional level, and since emotions are more engrained into our psyche than feelings, it is felt on a deeper plane. 

 Joy is a gift from God and can be present even during unhappy times. This is reflected in many of the Psalms King David wrote during difficult periods in his life. David makes it obvious that he knew God intimately as expressed in Psalm 16:11, “you have filled me with joy in your presence.” David was able to experience such joy because he understood his relationship with God and never wavered from believing in it, even when what was happening around him seemed dim.

 The verb “to rejoice” appears seventy-four times in the New Testament. The noun “joy” appears fifty-nine times. James writes in his New Testament letter,” Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” The Apostle Paul, another New Testament writer, felt joy was so important that he mentions joy seventeen times in his letter to the Philippians. In fact throughout all his letters he urges us to “be joyful always,“ “be joyful in hope,“ “ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. “

 Paul, James and David aren’t the only Biblical writers urging us to be joyful. Proverbs 17:22 says, “a cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” For me this proverb sums up what all the other verses are trying to say: despair destroys your joy and will only attract more despair.

 In order for you to attain the level of joy talked about in the Bible, consider what Albert Einstein once said, “If you want to solve your problems then you can’t think the same way you always have.” So in order to experience constant joy in your life then set the goal of thinking about your life in only positive and upbeat ways.

 Setting the goal of living a life filled with joy will be its own reward, because no matter what you are facing, God will use it for your good. Finding joy in your troubles makes them less burdensome. It makes finding the answers easier and it opens the door for spiritual growth.

 The apostle Paul believed that joy affected your very soul. He understood that God wants us to be filled with joy because it is good for us. As in his letter to the Philippians, his letter to the Romans mentions joy more than once. Romans 12:12 says “be joyful in hope.” Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.“ Keep in the forefront of your mind that God delights in caring for you, focus on God working it all out for your good, and no matter what is happening in your life, you will know that it is all OK.

 
 

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MY BRAND NEW AWESOME BLOG

I have been wanting to write a blog for some time, I  just wasn’t sure what to write about.  Then it hit me; I could write about me.  Not that I am anyone special, because we are all special, but because I have overcome some major stumbling blocks in life and I am sure my modes of victory can help others.

You see, I have been a life long victim, and I know there are many others out there who can identify with me.  We all struggle to get ahead and even though we  overcome many obstacles we  still have to deal with  using our victim mentality as our first line of defense.  Let me assure those of you who haven’t learned this lesson yet: it doesn’t work. 

Victims never get where they want to go.  So if we want to get ahead in life you need to learn to accept responsibility for yourself, which includes but isn’t limited to: who you are, what you do, your friends, your jobs, your past, present and future situations, your relationships, your children etc.  We must realize that it is only you, you and you who stand between where you are now and  your dream life.

My dream life is to have a successful business.  I also want to be able to travel.  But most of all I want to be able to help others achieve their dreams.  That is what this blog is gonna be all about.  Each day I plan to share some tidbit of info that will encourage you to rethink your situation so that you might have the courage to step out of your role as victim and into that of victor. 

In closing let me share with you one of my favorite sayings:

In life there are two things to learn; which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.

Love and Peace, Katie

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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