Thursday, March 31, 2016

Going To Guatemala with NO “Baggage”

Going To Guatemala with NO “Baggage”


As I sit here in Seattle Airport for my ‘amazing’ four hour layover, I remembered; No baggage to Guatemala! Well of course I have my “Baby Duffle”, as we have jokingly called it, that holds my clothes and necessities for adventuring off into an unfamiliar country. On the other hand, the baggage I’m referring too is my ex-boyfriend; the Lord has really prepared my heart for this trip this year in very hard ways, such as taking away an idol. This guy was a great blessing from the Lord! No doubt, however he was the main priority, not that it’s bad to have someone you love on your mind constantly, but when I had the worry and thoughts get in the way of full service to the Lord that’s when God started to get jealous. The Lord has guided me in this devastating situation to show me how much more I can do when I’m not worrying about, my boyfriend cheating, watching porn, or NOT loving me when I see him again. Those are just the issues I found myself focusing on when I wasn’t with my boyfriend, not that he was that kind of man but because satan loves to have me doubt, since it’s a weakness of mine.


Whether you know this from experience or not, relationships are baggage, you constantly think about the other, there's things you can't do out of respect for being in a relationship and they take place in your mind throughout the day. My mom actually came up with the title for this post, when I was sharing how much weight I had carried in my relationship with
(let’s call him Jo), Jo wasn't awful he just wasnt relationship focused and honestly if I was still with him during this mission’s trip I guarantee you that I wouldn't be able to be fully used by the Lord. Let's clear the air, boyfriends and relationships are not bad! God created us to need a husband, I'm not saying that you can’t do amazing things through the Lord if in a relationship, I am simply expressing what God has done in my heart to prepare me for this amazing opportunity to go to Guatemala. I have so many friends that are always there for me and my family who loves me and my dad especially loves having me be single:) but most importantly God has a purpose for putting me through so much pain this year and it makes a little easier to face the struggle knowing it wasn't for nothing.


I pray you can see issues in life as a way to prepare you for the long haul and please leave a comment of a verse that has helped you through hard times.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Working in the World

I love doing hair! I started my journey in pursuing my love of hair styling on August 5, 2015 when I began attending a local beauty school. It was easy to love the work and there were some people that were easy to get along with, but more so than not, it was very difficult relating to the people that taught me and my peers.



There were people that proclaimed to be a Christ follower but did not seem to act it out in their life and the words they spoke. It was so hard trying to be the light to those who were confused about what being a Christian even was and those who didn't know Him at all.


There was a particular peer of mine that I didn't see eye to eye with all the time. She seemed to always boss me around and call me names. She would say hurtful things about who I was as a person and the fact that I was Christian. I felt as though I couldn't stand up for myself because of the way she treated me. She was older than me. She was the teacher's pet. She was the popular one among everyone in our class. How could I say anything to a person like her?


I wasn't the only victim of her finger pointing. There was another classmate of mine who was treated similarly to the way I was treated and because of this, we clicked. She became one of my good friends but as time went on, she turned away from our friendship and started spreading rumors, putting forward commands to me, and became just like the other girl who was cruel. She started telling our classmates things that I had told her in confidence as a friend and in return, I was by myself, fighting an army of angry hairstylist.


Months passed and all I could do was stay silent and stand strong for what I believed in. (Proverbs 17:28 says, "Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.") It came to the point that I had to make a decision: do I continue and try to be a light or do I make a change for what is good for me. (Proverbs 3:5-6 says to, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight.")



After much thought, I made a change. I had to start from scratch but the change was worth it and much needed. I moved schools and started afresh.



The people that I now work with are more kind, the teacher is a greater influence, and the atmosphere is no longer filled with spikes. It has been a long hard road but I believe that God was with me through those hard times when I first started school last fall. I went through a lot but with Him by my side, I also learned a lot. He has put me in a much better place than what I chose for myself.



When I looked at schools at first, I chose, not for God, but for myself. This lead me to a lot of hard life lessons. I was able to persevere through Christ and have learned to stand up for myself and be STRONG in a very secular culture.


I can reassure everyone of you that the decisions that you make as you leave high school are going to be some of the toughest decisions that you have to make. I encourage you all to seek God's counsel, the counsel of your parents, the leaders in your church that you look up to, etc. This will help you to make wise choices and stay in the will of God.



          In Christ's Love,
          Nicole (your favorite Alaskan hairstylist)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mk 2 Serve

8 DAYS!! Counting down the days of when I land in Guatemala for my very first out of the country missions trip! I am ecstatic for this amazing opportunity and blessing. I have no expectations besides the fact I will be pushed outside my comfort zone. Way out of my comfort zone and that’s what I asked for. I prayed that God would use me in any and every way possible, I will volunteer for any singing, teaching, praying, hiking, cleaning, & carrying opportunity that is brought up throughout my 10 days of serving.

In preparing for this trip I haven’t come across much that can tell me what to expect upon arriving and living out this opportunity. I go on vacation every year and I’ve always been able to pick and choose activities and things of interest ahead of time, check the weather to pack appropriately and be prepared for weather, not to mention having the luxury of heading to the nearest Walmart if I have forgotten something. Unfortunately, Guatemala doesn’t have the “necessities” that we as Americans have been blessed with; I’m not setting any expectations for this trip besides the fact that I WILL be pouring out all the love the Lord has bestowed on me.  While my suitcase might be lacking, my heart will not.  I have prepared my heart over the years for an opportunity like this.  I may not have the right shoes, but my feet will go where the Lord calls and they will be faithful to take me into any opportunity in Guatemala that allows me to share the Good News and BE a light for Him.

I believe that this inability to prepare and predict gives me a new and afresh open mind and heart for the Lord’s desires on this missions trip. There is no doubt that the Lord will provide a way for any person that has a heart’s desire to go on a missions trip or in the mission field. How do I know that?

The mission field is everywhere.

He called us to be servants; to serve others even if we are better off than they are (Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.) He was the King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s and He washed some filthy feet!

I would appreciate prayers from everyone for the travel, for the people to be reached far and wide, the outcome of this trip, and to be able to continue the outreach by mission trips within my church. Thank you!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Lessons Learned



There has been a lot of emotions being discovered recently, the feelings began a month ago when my boyfriend for two years broke up with me. For the first 3 weeks, I began reading and memorizing scripture like crazy! In hopes to keep my mind from wondering off into the lies that Satan puts in my life such as: you weren’t good enough, you failed, he didn’t love me, He wants other girls, and so on.

After I would read verses such as: 1 Corinthians 7:23, Psalm 37:4, Psalm 139: 17, and Jeremiah 29:11-12, I was reconsidering the reasons of God’s plan for me during this heart breaking situation with giving everything; the doubts and fears, to God instead of hiding them. As time goes on I see that God wants me in the desert (Psalm 107:33-38) as Lauren Chandler said “He wants to further root our identity in Him, uproot entitlement, into our hearts for the impending season. We must learn to be encouraged that He might be leading you through a time of suffering or wilderness so that you may bear much fruit in a time of ministry.”

I believe God has much more in store for how I use my talents, my heart, my thoughts, my love, and my time. There is a man, for me and that man has spoken for me by giving me the Holy Spirit as His way to promise me that He is coming back. That man is God, I am His girl before I am another man’s girl.  In all trials God is with those who need Him, as believers we are His hands and feet, there are people who need what I have. God wants me and you; He is comfort!

Monday, March 14, 2016

TITLES

Who you are, is not just a girl, a mom or a grandma or sister not even a Christian. These are just a category the world uses to define you, to make it easier on the mind to understand who “YOU” are.

We are called by such beautiful names in the Bible, we aren’t just a daughter of the King of Kings, but we are "Beloved," Romans 9:25, "We are peculiar treasures," Exodus 19:5, "Chosen," John 15:16, "Saint," Romans 8:27, "My People," Romans 9:25, "Masterpiece," Ephesians 2:10, "Child of God," 1 John 3:1, and "A Bride," Revelations 19:7. These are what we are!  Given by God for me and for YOU! Embrace them and live like you are a Masterpiece, Chosen, and Beloved! I’ve recently taken a new eye to what it means to actually think about myself as these titles, and it is comforting and heartwarming. And I want that for all of you as well.

I would like everyone who reads this, to comment what 2 Timothy 2:21 says YOU are!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

To Be BOLD

I have never been one to go up to someone and greet them or ask them about their day. Although I enjoy talking to people and have no problem when people do it to me, I just have never been comfortable starting conversations or jumping out of my bubble of comfort.

I am the kind of person that enjoys silence. It is so much easier for me to smile at you and to me, that is a more meaningful greeting than your typical, "How are you?" "Oh, I'm good. You?" "Good," and then part ways.

With that being said, I have a story to tell...

The other day, a friend of my was describing a team building class that she had gone to. It wasn't related to church or anything of the sort. In fact, most of the people present probably didn't know a true thing about God. They went around and everyone introduced themselves and they each had opportunities to share about their lives and what they valued. Through this process,  she was able to explain that she was a Christian, that she valued her relationship with Christ and all sorts of things about her walk of faith. Towards the end of the team building, a question was asked similar to, "What do you want to be?" and she answered in a way that, before recently, I didn't think that I could proclaim because of my fear of talking to people. 


She said that she wanted to be... BOLD.

I cannot even fathom being BOLD. I have a hard time waving to my neighbors, how am I supposed to be BOLD? It has been weeks since I was told this story and I am having a hard time letting it go.

Why am I not able to be BOLD about my faith in Christ? I have been muling this question over and over again in my mind and I think I know what the answer is, I just don't want to admit it to myself.

2 Timothy 1:7 tells me that I, Kate, have not been given a spirit of fear. But rather, God has given me power, and love, and a sound mind. Who do I have to fear?

The answer is no one. No one on this earth has power over me and that spirit of fear that lingers over me and prevents me from sharing the good news of Christ is from Satan himself. Today forward, I refuse to be a toy in his game and let him control me because he doesn't have to.

"But thanks be to God! He give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ," says 1 Corinthians 15:57.

And 2 Corinthians 3:1-12 tells me, "For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great BOLDNESS of speech!"

God has equipped me with the tools. He has given me power, He has given me love, and He has given me a sound mind. I need to be picking up these weapons of truth and be BOLD for Him.

I hope that you can join me in being BOLD for Christ as He was BOLD for us when sacrificed His life for us.




With BOLDNESS in Christ,

Kate