Happily Whole

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Living Well in My Soul

Reverse Sacrificing for a Cross-Revival

February 21, 2015, written by katie
Make a reverse sacrifice so we can all create a cross revival!

Ever wonder why some Christians give something up during Lent? Maybe you do. Is it tradition, the special marking of a season or truly the sacrifice of something significant to signify our Savior’s ultimate sacrifice?

Maybe it’s presumptuous, but I’d venture to say perhaps some take ‘giving up’ for Lent a little too far…too far from its spiritual intent, to be exact

Maybe ‘giving up’ has become more self-serving than Savior seeking.

4 Soul-Revolutionizing Ways to Reach Your Resolutions

January 1, 2015, written by katie
Seek a soul revolution instead of a New Year's Resolution this year!


Living well—it’s really a matter of your heart and soul, you know. Because if you really want results, you’ve got to DO differently every day with some discipline. And to behave diligently and differently you’ve got to start with your heart. You can white knuckle your wants and wish old habits away for only so long until the honeymoon ends you’re right back to where you began.

Driven by Self or Drawn by the Savior?

November 23, 2014, written by katie
Slow the Pace to Create Space for the Lord to Fill Your List


My everyday intentions often end up getting lost in the pace of running from place to place and working wildly to cross tasks off the list on my countertop. Yeah, the list looks peaceful, even productive, with carefully drawn lines marking my to dos complete.

It feels good, doesn’t it? Making a day’s aspirations into accomplishments?

Are You What You Seem?

November 4, 2014, written by katie
Reflect on


Things aren’t always what they seem.

You can’t judge a book by its cover.

What you see isn’t always what you get.

Cliché? Perhaps. But true.

In fact, I wonder what you’d think of me if you met me in person. Does my writing lead you to who I am in my heart? Does my life reflect the values I teach in my home? Am I honoring the inner essence of me with what shows on my exterior?

Do you ever ask yourself those questions? Or is it just me thinking, again, deeper than I should be?

Paint the World Pretty

October 20, 2014, written by katie
Paint the World Pretty

We have a choice to make every day. Will we walk with Him or without Him? Will we bring Him into our worlds, words and actions? Or will we hastily make our way through the day, hoping things fall into place, unconscious of His calling.

That’s right, our mundane days hold purpose and calling even if it’s just from our own kitchens or the way we talk to our toddlers and teens. So, yeah, every day the Spirit aches for us to choose His way as we muddle along hopefully singing His song.

Pluck a Piece of Your Heart....and give it away

September 30, 2014, written by katie
A piece of your heart

What piece of your heart will the world hear today?

Will it be a gift of expressed gratitude you're giving away?

Or maybe a kind, helping hand to someone who's gone astray?

You've got something to give. Even on days you feel like you’ve lost all your luster or week’s that have worn you weary, you possess priceless pieces of your heart that are meant to be given away.

Step Out on a Limb...

September 29, 2014, written by katie
Walk out on a limb

Lately I feel like I’m living on a limb, teetering and balancing as I walk along not knowing which side of the tree I’ll fall on. With a recent past filled with pain yet purpose and a present promising a new season of heart-saving hope, I step cautiously.

I wonder if God’s calling me to yet another cliff.

Because when He says jump, the only thing to do is close your eyes on the edge of the cliff and trust. Free fall, knowing He’s used any pain and purpose of your past to prepare you for the present moment.


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