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24 January 2013


I don't know why it's been so difficult for me to get into the habit of writing in this new year. I suppose life has just been a flurry of activity...and I have so many things rattling around in my head these days. It's hard to know where to begin.

I've been reading this book:
I don't recommend picking it up unless you are prepared to be profoundly challenged...and changed. Honestly, I can't say much about it quite yet. But it is pushing me towards growth in a magnificent way. Also, it's taking me a long time to read. I am typically able to make it through just a few pages before I need to set the book down in order to engage in some serious thinking and praying. But it's good...so very good.

Brett and I also embarked on a reading-the-Bible-in-a-year plan. I've never done this before. Should I be embarrassed to say that as a 32-year-old? Truthfully, I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about the whole practice. To me, it seems to take a fair amount of time, without allowing for much in-depth study or contemplation. (At least during this season of life...as a mom of 2 small children, I just don't have hours on end to spend daily in the Word.) The time I do spend with the Lord is so precious...but often brief and/or interrupted. I welcome the interruptions, as I know this is the season of life which God has called me to at this time.  So, all things considered, I'm reading the Bible through in it's entirety this year. The discipline has been good for me, and I am learning and growing. I'm especially looking forward to when the time comes to read through books I'm less likely to visit on a regular basis. Have you done this before?

I've spent a significant amount of time thinking about my Etsy shop. I'm hoping to make some changes in the coming month or so. I have some new products to list...and I'm researching some ways to get more traffic. The changes aren't really for me, though. I've been feeling a tug to give more away...we've been blessed so incredibly. The Lord has given me a passion for creativity...and time at home with my children. I'm praying about ways I can better use the resources He's given me to honor Him. I'll share more about this as it unfolds.

Well...if you're still reading, thank you!

How about a little giveaway? I've been doing more letter-writing this year, and I'd love to send one of you a fun little package. So, leave me a comment about something you're reading or learning about right now, and you just might get some fun mail from me next week. I'll announce a winner on Sunday!


  1. Hey Kate!! I still read your blog and always enjoy when you post stuff! I'm reading a couple of good books right now, but probably my favorite at the moment is called "A Place of Healing", written by Joni Eareckson Tada about her journey being a quadriplegic for over 40 years and also dealing with chronic pain. It has been inspiring and deeply encouraging as I still battle through a few health issues. I hope you are all well :)

  2. I just finished The Beggar King by Oliver Potzsch, started Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selbey, Jr., and want to read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.

  3. Thank you for sharing your heart and what you have been reading. I look forward to hearing more about Radical and your experience of reading the Word in one year. I am currently reading Love the Little Years, Psalms, The Distant Hours, and getting ready to start Room for book club. :)

  4. Reading...well, the Fairy Encyclopedia seems to be a nightly hit with the girls. Can't say as I'm reading anything more weighty and meaningful right now, though! :)
    Learning...perseverance. Especially when I feel like God has left me alone to persevere.
    These are wonderful and challenging days. :)

  5. Just clicked over from a bit of sunshine. i am learning contentment right now. thought i was content, but God is showing me where i need more work:) hang in there with reading your bible through! i did a couple of years ago, although i let myself off the hook with a time limit. having small children is just really hard. it is a great read and great to have the "full" picture:)

  6. I've read the Bible through a few times but i'm a whole lot older than you. Parts of the Old Testament can be challenging, for sure, but I love reading the Word so much.

    Currently, I'm learning all sorts of stuff as my husband and I are spending most of our time with my parents while my dad recovers from a bad fall.