Simplicity & Changes for 2017

micah-6-8Looking ahead holds such hope and excitement, but before we talk about the New Year, we should take a moment to look back and be thankful for all God has done.

My word for 2016 was convergence, and the idea was to move toward a central goal or purpose. As I think back over all that God has done, I see how He guided, not as I expected, but oh so much better.

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A website change in the New Year

One way I’m simplifying is to move all my posts to one website: I love the journey we’ve taken here at and the friends I’ve made along the way! Now, I’m just asking you to continue that journey with me at my main site.

The challenges, giveaways, and goodies you found at aren’t going away! They’re just moving. If you subscribed, you will still receive the email newsletter; it will just have a different name.

I am so thankful for you, my friends! Wishing you all a blessed and simplified New Year!

~ Kristen



Dragging last year’s burdens? Drop them.

Photo credit: Miss Kristen

My favorite time to run is the morning. Not because it’s the easiest time of day to run for me. (It’s not; I wake up stiff and have to limber up like every other mortal out there.)

I like running early, because the day is fresh and the sun is just starting to peek through the morning mist. In nature, I always feel closer to God, because I see His Hand everywhere.

Usually, it’s just God and I time. The other day, I turned a corner and saw two young boys, struggling together over something they were carrying. As I jogged closer, the object developed legs, a tail and a confused face. The poor dog was the middle of a tug-of-war carrying competition.

Although the dog was perfectly capable of walking on its own, the boys were fighting over who would carry it – or most of it. And so, the struggle continued until one of the boys won the prize of carrying the poor pooch the rest of the way on his own.

The boy staggered under the weight and teetered on his way behind his friend.

As I jogged past them, the thought struck me: How often am I like those boys – trying to carry a load I was never intended to carry? Maybe you’re like them too.

When we try to do life on our own, we only cause problems for ourselves and make our circumstances harder to bear than they need to be.

Don’t carry unnecessary burdens into the New Year. The ones we stubbornly grip, refusing to let go, only weigh us down and wear us out. Instead, lay them down at the feet of the One who encourages us to cast our cares on Him, because He cares for us (I Peter 5:7).

Will we still have burdens in life? Yes. But we can rest and take comfort knowing we never have to carry them alone.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)

Wishing you a blessed New Year!

~ Kristen

My Lord goes before and stands behind me

Photo credit: Miss Kristen
Photo credit: Miss Kristen

We’ve reached the finish line for the year! My thoughts always feel jumbled when trying to sort out all the emotions and experiences of another year that’s come and gone. All the highs and lows. All the ups and downs.

What did I learn from it all? How can God make sense of my blunders, and where can I find His hand in my successes?

I was reading Isaiah 52:12 this morning in my KJV Bible and wondered what the old English word “rereward” meant. Was is some kind of reward? But I was putting the emphasis on the wrong part of the word. It doesn’t mean some kind of “re” reward but rather a “rere” or “rear” ward. The NKJV makes this clear.

For you shall not go out with haste,
Nor go by flight;
For the Lord will go before you,
And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

The song “Whom Shall I Fear” by Chris Tomlin immediately came to mind.

I know Who goes before me. I know Who stands behind. The God of angel armies is always by my side.

Sometimes, we can see God’s clear purpose for our lives, and sometimes, we can’t. Regardless, we can walk softly in faith, knowing that He is always faithful to guide us and that He will go before us this new year – and stand as a guard behind us.

~ Miss Kristen