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I Am Rosemary’s Grandaughter ~*

She’s the hub of our world, the center of our family circle;

With a smile like a light and a laugh more like a chuckle.

She always worked hard for herself…but mainly for us ~ her loves,

Watching out for our lives and our souls as if we were frail doves.

She has been there always strong and steady, though never silent nor still,

Standing for truth and speaking it clearly making us, her pain, to feel.

Though we didn’t always agree or see eye to eye,

She was always loving and there to hold us when we cry.

Now you are gone and it’s our turn to step up and be strong,

To put aside our differences, think of others and forgive all wrong.

To love Jesus Christ first, others second and ourselves last,

To look to the future, remember the good and learn from the past.

Goodbye Grandma Rosemary, you were my Grandma but you were also my friend,

And now I look to heaven and thank God for your life and a prayer I send.

You will always be a part of my life, as the clay bears the marks of the potter,

Because I know who I am…I am Rosemary’s Grandaughter.

Blessings,

Katelynn

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Fear~*

There are many times as we walk through this world of toil and pain,

That fear grabs hold of our hearts, and won’t let go driving us near insane.

We fear what know and what we don’t understand,

We fear what we see, and what we can’t, we fear being strong or taking a stand.

We fear being to open, people might get to close,

We fear being alone, solitude and friendship, both we oppose.

We fear our own strength, the responsibility is far to great,

we fear our own weakness, not knowing weakness is a human trait.

We fear our sleep, the dreams that strike, the past that haunts,

We fear the day, the present that hounds…the future that daunts.

Yet there is one who has no fear in his heart or mind,

He conquered it long ago and is loving gentle and kind,

He stretches out His nail scarred hands wanting to take your fear away,

Because of Him you need never again fear the sleep of night, or terror of day.

You may ask, “who is this man, who conquered fear for all?

Who was the One who sacrificed His life so I may live, walk and not fall?

I will tell His name, the Name that took my fear,

The Name above every name, yet remains so near.

His truth cuts through the lies of fear, like a double edged sword,

It is no secret of whom I speak… He is JESUS CHRIST THE LORD.

 

 

Blessings,

Katelynn


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Freedom Isn’t Free ~*

 

When sin holds us tight, and chains us in the dark and the cold,

We lose our hope, misplace our courage, and we forget how to be bold.

Though we may try to break the chains that bind our heart and soul,

Our own strength is futile, if freedom is our goal.

It matters not how we scream, swear or fight,

Not promises, not pleadings, nor petitions will help us out a mite.

Chained in sin, death and darkness, are we all from Adam’s race,

Cursed to walk in darkness, never seeing God’s glorious face.

You may ask, “Why have you come to tell me, that all our hope is lost?”

Despair is not my message, but you have to know the cost!

 

For the freedom of our souls, there is a price that must be paid,

An account must be given for all sins which at our feet are laid.

“Freedom is not free!!”, I have heard many people say,

This is true of many things, but especially of your soul this day!

Your soul , from deaths dark clutches, can certainly be released,

Your heart made clean, your sin removed, as far as the west is from the east.

Yet the price of your release, is greater than you can bear,

Death is the price, it must be paid, sin, God’s compassion, does not share.

 

Now…REJOICE with me, for to you good news I bring,

The price of your release has been paid, paid by the Most High King!

His Son was sent to pay the cost, death He paid for all,

Perfect in His glory, Almighty, Eternal, for us He gave up His heavenly hall.

He came and took our punishment, the beatings, scorn and shame,

He who made the heavens and earth, and knows each star by name.

Bleeding and broken He carried OUR cross, to free us from death and sin,

The Prince of Peace, God of Hosts, knew He would ultimately win…

 

The moment came, His life poured out, a sinless man was dead!

The demons cheered, the angels wept, it was for US He bled!

Death was conquered soon enough, it had no power over God’s own Son,

He came back to life to give us life and freedom, if only to Him we will come!

He bought our lives, with His own life’s blood, poured out on Calvary,

He opens His arms and has loosed our chains, now we may be free!!!!!!

 

After all of this, why are so many still in chains?

Why do you choose the darkness, why do you choose the pains?

The door is open, the chains are broken, death defeated and gone,

All you must do is stand up and walk out, open your eyes to the dawn!

                                                God’s only Son bought you, and offers you light and love,

He wishes to make you clean and pure from sin, to be with you forever above.

To welcome you as His child, beloved and friend,

To help you on your way, and to your death to put an end.

 

Linger no longer in your pit, going deeper into hell!

God has glories in store for you, that words could never tell.

 

Put your trust in HIM, and He will find you and carry you out,

Out of your chains, darkness and death He will take you, and the enemy He will rout.

Grab a hold and don’t let go, don’t whimper, whine or fuss,

The One who holds you will never leave you, His name is JESUS!

Blessings,

Katelynn


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The Sound Of Silence ~*

 

 

As the silence surrounds you stop and listen to the sound,

The sound of your heart beat as it goes “thump-thump” instead of “pound-pound”.

Listen to the stars as they sing praises to the Most High King.

Listen to God calling you allow your soul to take wing.

Every day there must be time to sit in silence, to reflect and pray,

How else will you find the courage and conviction to face the day?

We are called to, “Be still and know that I Am God.”

Yet so often we shun the silenceas on our path we trod.

We fill our life with noiseso loud we cannot think,

We hear only the sound of moneyas it goes, “clink-clink-clink.”

No wonder so many people don’t know who they truly are inside…

They never learned to listen but rather they learned to hide.

 

Blessings,

Katelynn

 


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Faithful ~*

Christ is always faithful, no matter my highs or lows,

He is always by my side…no matter the caresses or blows.

Friends, I’ve had a hard life that much is true,

But tell me who hasn’t…was it them or you?

We all have our own crosses to bear,

Yet we have Christ, our burden with to share.

There are times when we must walk without brother or friend,

But when all others leave us, He’ll be there to the very end.

Though its friendship that we long for, and love that we need,

There are days when we must follow, giving Christ our only heed.

And we will find when the road gets tough,

When all our friends have had enough,

That no matter how long the haul…

Our Lord will be with us through it all.

Blessings,

Katelynn


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*~Darkness and Light ~*

 

When all the lights go out around you, and you are left standing in a cold dark place;

Keep your eyes on the light that’s within you, the light of God’s love and His grace.

When all others leave you and push you away,

Keep your eyes on Jesus, don’t let yourself wander or stray.

Though the pain within your heart and your soul is so great you feel as though you’ll explode,

The pain of this world lasts only a moment, while the glories of heaven shall be your eternal abode.

So cower not from the fight that the Lord has laid before your feet,

Fight with confidence in your weakness and God’s strength, never daring to sound retreat.

He has never forsaken you, He shall certainly NOT start now,

God loves you more than you could ever know, and has given you His vow!

 

Blessings,

Katelynn


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Rain On Me *~*

 

I love the rain.

I love the smell of damp earth, the sound of thunder rolling down our canyon and the sight of lightning flashing across a dark sky.

There are some people who don’t like rain.

I can see why when I ponder on it. Rain is not “comfortable” {especially in northern NM,} it is cold, creates a really big mess {especially if you have dogs} and if you’re from the south west/west then it usually comes with a good dose of horizontal hail just to top it off. Oh! and did I mention that it brings dark, foreboding clouds and it interrupts your schedule like little else will {especially if you live in a place with lots of arroyos}?

So I see why there are days when I find one my favorite things a burden. On a day when I have a picnic with friends planned, or a day at the zoo with the nieces and nephews or just a day when I feel like playing in the sunshine. On days such as these rain is considered to be inconvenient antbest and anger inducing at worst.

 

I was thinking today how it’s the same in our relationship with God.

Rain is considered a blessing throughout Scripture

Acts 14:17

Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

 

Deuteronomy 28:12

The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

But it’s more than just physical rain,  God uses “rain” to teach us and refine us into the Christians He would have us be!

Deuteronomy 32:2

My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Romans 5:2b~5

 … and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

 

I liken “tribulation” to “rain” in my mind because we treat them the same.

Rain brings about the good end for which it was designed, it is a blessing that many don’t accept and appreciate as God’s good and perfect gift for, not only us, but those around us as well.

Tribulation brings about the good end in our lives for which it is designed and very few of us {myself included most of the time} accept and appreciate the refining that takes place in our lives that could never happen other wise.

Crops won’t grow with out rain.

Fruits of the Spirit won’t grow with out tribulation.

Blessings,

Katelynn


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Where are the Children?

Look around you, do you notice the face that’s missing? Look into the eyes of the adults around you, do you see a parent who longs for the child that they will never get to hold?

Do you know that every year in the United States Alone 1,610,000 {1 million six hundred and ten thousand} children are “missing”?

1.31 million are killed by their mothers before they ever even get to take their first breath, 300,000 are bought and sold in the human slave trade.

United States Of America

–>The global market of child trafficking at over  $12 billion a year with over 1.2 million child victims.  UNICEF

–>Nearly half of all pregnancies among American women are unintended, and 4 in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. 22% of all pregnancies end in abortion.

–>At least half of all American women will face an unintended pregnancy by age 45 and, at current rates; about one-third will have had an abortion.

–>Fifty percent of U.S. women obtaining abortion are younger than 25

–>Women who obtain abortion represent every religious affiliation. 43% of women obtaining abortion identify themselves as Protestant, and 27% as Catholic; and 13% of abortion patients describe themselves as born-again or Evangelical Christians.

–> From 1973 through 2008, nearly 50 million legal abortions occurred.[2]

WORLDWIDE

Number of abortions per year: Approximately 42 Million

Number of children bought and sold in the sex trade/slave trade: Approximately 1.2 million

I didn’t write today to go over and over statistics, many of you have heard them already. and I’m not here to rant about the evilness of people…I want to re-break your heart for what is happening in our nation and across the world. To re-awaken in your heart a love for the “least of these” that doesn’t rely on words alone but action as well.

I have prayed, cried and agonized over this post and what I am going to ask of you, I have prayed for God’s guidance and grace, I have cried over the lives killed and abused, I have agonized over the sorrow and lostness of those who would take the innocent lives that God loves and destroy them, whether for monetary gain, selfish greed, scared ignorance or political conviction it makes no difference…a life has been lost.

Matthew 19:14

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

I’m not asking for money or for you to feel bad for a moment and then go right back to life as before. I am asking for something far more personal, precious and priceless.

A National Day of Fasting and Praying for All the “Lost” Children

I’m calling for all of my brothers and sisters to join me in Spirit and in Truth on the

 17th day of NOVEMBER in the year of our LORD 2012

 to fast and pray, not for the children alone but also for the Mother’s who gave them up, the doctors who killed them, the culture that accepts and encourages the murder of innocents, the traffickers who exploit them, the men and women who abuse them, thoe who turn a blind eye. Pray for the forgiveness of our Nation and for the souls across the world that God so desires to claim as His own. Pray from your heart and let God break it and make you aware of His great love for His children.

Matthew 26:40~41

40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Please read this quote from Dr. Pendergraft taken from his website Latetermabortion where you can read all he has to say if you wish.

“We now live in a climate where physicians are legitimately intimidated and fearful of terminating even medically indicated abortions in late term because of the anti-abortion political positions maintained by the hospitals they may work in, along with the anti-abortion opinions now permeating hospital and medical boards, the legislature and our legal systems.

I am a highly trained Board Certified Ob/Gyn and completed a two year fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. I have been performing pregnancy terminations for 25 years and I have helped thousands of women in late second trimester and late term pregnancies in need of an abortion. I have been subjected to numerous false criticisms, allegations and convictions. I have encountered enormous obstacles, have spent and continue to spend endless amounts of time and incalculable funds on legal defense. I have endured threats against my life and face daunting obstructions of one form or another on a daily basis. I do this because I believe so strongly in a women’s right to choose, and particularly for those who must face fetal abnormalities in the late second or third trimester of pregnancy. When I state that I can understand why physicians do not want to take the risk of helping  those patients, I can say that I understand why.

Yet, I stand strong, committed, and even more dedicated to providing safe, compassionate, therapeutic termination of pregnancy procedures in a considerate and respectful manner. LateTermAbortion.net strives to provide professional and courteous services to women, their partners, and their families who are considering the decision to end their pregnancies for fetal or maternal reasons.”

the reason that I wanted you to read this quote is because I wanted you to see how violence is viewed, I don’t condone any behavior that is NOT Christ like and glorifying to God, and name calling, harassment and violence is not how Truth is conveyed if its acceptance is desired. I also wished for you to see the strong conviction and feeling that he is in the right, violence won’t change his heart only the love and truth of God can break through the lies that he knows and change his heart and soul for good. How is God’s love and truth made real in a life that we have never even met and probably never will? PRAYER! 

This is a call and a time to PRAY and spend time on our knees before God! If you are sincere and truly hungry to understand God’s heart and to stand in the gap for those unable to do so for themselves then I firmly believe that God will make it very clear to you how He would have you get involved.

Deuteronomy 30:15-1915 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

When our country was young anytime a great crisis arose the people were called upon to fast and to pray that God would have mercy and spare them. Now is such a time. Will we fall to our knees repent of our sins and the sins of our nation and once again seek God’s face? I hope and pray that it will be so.

I know that there are some who say that they cannot do a full fast, then talk to God and ask what you can give up other than food…how about the tv or the internet. Why not spend the time that you would’ve spent in front of a screen and spend it in front of God’s throne instead? For those that can though I do urge you to fast completely and sincerely set the 17th of November aside in order to seek God.

Links you may find helpful if you want more information on how to get deeper involved or for more detailed information on how to pray:

Save the Storks

Street Grace

SCTNOW

sincerely look forward to “meeting” with you in prayer, for “where two or more are gathered, there shall My Spirit be.”

Blessings,

Katelynn


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Pinkie Promise II ~*

Matthew 28:18~20

18  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me  in heaven and on earth. 19  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name  of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20  teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always,  even to the end of the age.”

 

 

 

Good Morning! I hope you have had a blessed week so far, God is so good!

There will be a time in the life of every one of us who walks this earth, when we will feel alone and lonely. When we will feel abandoned.

Often times those feelings arise when it seems as though the whole world is either going to crash down around us, or like the entirety of creation has forgotten we exist.

 

 

Deuteronomy  31:6

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD  your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”

God has not forgotten you.

Such simple words, yet the truth that they convey is completely life altering if we choose to believe them and apply them to our life.

God will not leave us, we can choose to walk away from Him… but He will not be the one to walk away from us.

God loves each of us to such a degree, that He not only sent His only begotten Son to die in order to pay OUR debt…He also chooses to live within us, walk beside us and pick us up when we fall!

 

 

 

Does that mean that our life should be simple? Without pain..without sacrifice…without loneliness…without struggle?

John 15:20~21

20  “Remember the word that I said to you, `A slave is not greater than his master.’  If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they  will keep yours also. 21  “But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do  not know the One who sent Me.

No it doesn’t.

We will still have pain and heartache, persecution is actually PROMISED to those who love Christ and follow after Him. Persecution was and is considered an honor and a high calling given to His people.

Even those who Messiah Yeshua, {Jesus Christ} was closest to were persecuted and then martyred for the sake of the name of Christ.

 

 

Phillip was stoned, Matthew was nailed to the ground and beheaded, Jude was beaten to death, Simon was crucified, Bartholomew was skinned alive and then beheaded…and these were the men that Christ told, “Lo’ I am with you always even to the end of the age.” !

And God meant it!

He is with you when you feel alone.

He is with you when you are teased or bullied at school.

He is with you when you are abused and beaten.

He is with you when you are in prison.

He is with you when you are being killed for your faith.

 

 

 

No matter what you go through, He goes through it with you, He weeps with you, He bleeds with you, He prays with you…and He will comfort you if you will only turn to Him trust Him and follow Him no matter where He leads. Knowing full well that if He leads you down a path that He will also give you the strength to walk that path to His glory and your good.

Psalms  37:28

For the LORD loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are  preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.

 

 

 

This weeks challenge:

Remember that God IS with you..He promised it in His Word and He cannot lie!

If God said it He meant it!

Hebrews  13:5

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content  with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL  I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”

Blessings,

Katelynn

 

 

Post Script: The pictures in today’s post are some from my Scotland trip this summer, my cousin and I both used my camera and we have no idea who took what picture, just assume that there’s an even 50/50 split on the pictures.


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I Pinkie Promise ~~ Original Post

For those of you who followed my Mountain Cottage Blog I’m starting up my Pinkie Promise series and in order to get everyone caught up to speed am reposting the two original posts. Welcome to the Pilot Post and may it bring some truth and hope into your life.

 

 

How long did your last “pinkie promise” last? A year, a month, a day…did you forget it as soon as the words were spoken?

We live in a world where promises are made and broken everyday. Look around you and you will see what I mean.

We live in a culture where divorce is at an all time high, it is socially accepted and expected for young single people to have short tern un-committed relationships in which they make promises that they can’t keep. We elect politicians and leaders who’s only seeming qualifications are their ability to look better, cheat sneakier, lie subtler and steal quieter than the other guy

Jobs are lost, kids abandoned and abused…single parents are fighting to do it all on their own and even in the church cynicism and mis-trust happen to be what is on the Sunday program.

Lets face it, we live in a world of broken promises.

Because of the culture that you find yourself in and all the broken hearts that you see scattered on the battle field of life, do you find yourself slipping into the habit of being cynical and skeptical? Do you find yourself wondering if there is anything that anyone says that can ever be trusted?

I know what it’s like to be a cynic…because I am one! I’m always ready for a fight, always ready to defend what I believe and always waiting to be let down. I’m not gonna lie that if we rely entirely on human truth and company to fulfill our hearts desire then we will be let down every single time because none of us is perfect and its foolish for us to expect someone else to fill a place in our lives that only God can fill. Only God can fill it because He created us with a longing, need and a passion that can only be filled by the ONE who made us and knows us better than any.

So you may be wondering, “Ok, where is she going with this?”, the point of this organized rambling is the fact that as God has been working in my life and pointing out all the ways that my nature, who I am and the way I think, are all very contrary to who Christ is and who God wants His children to be. We are called to imitate Christ to such a degree that when the world looks at us, they see Christ and the same is true of when God looks at us, although we are sinful man and there is no good of our own within us, He sees Christ and the blood that was poured out to cover our sins.

There are many aspects of my attitude that don’t line up with what a Christian should be and God has been “holding a mirror to my soul.” so to speak and I am convicted of the wrong thoughts and attitudes that pervade my life. So I am on a journey.

One of the roots of cynicism is the fact that I have a hard time believing people when they say something they claim to be true which includes {much to my dismay and shame} what God tells me in His Word. I have found that I have a hard time believing that all of the promises that God lays down in His Word are real, living, true and eternal. I have decided to go through and study the promises of God, repeat them to myself, write them down, memorize them…sing them! Live and breath the promises of God until they become real to me.

I’m starting with a promise that is really the beginning for me.

Matthew  7:7

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it  will be opened to you.

1 Chronicles  28:9

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with  a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and  understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find  Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

If someone were to ask me what one word describes me at this moment in time I would have to say “SEEKING”. I am seeking. I want to know…

I want to know the truths hidden and woven through Scripture.

I want to know who God is really and truly.

I want to know where I stand when it comes to my faith.

I want to know exactly what God expects of me.

I am seeking answers from Scripture. I may not be some great theologian, and I have no “formal” scripture training. But I am weary and confused by all the “leaders” of Christianity and the dissension among them and the inconsistencies in their teachings. So I will search and seek, pray and petition. I am choosing to make this promise a reality.

Deuteronomy 4:29

“But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if  you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.”

God says to seek whole heartedly, He also says that God cannot lie. So I guess that means that I am trusting a promise…but then again of all the entities in existence in the universe God IS the only ONE who has been proven faithful. As it is written, “Let God be proved true and every man a liar.”.

Numbers  23:19

“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should  repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not  make it good?

So this weeks “Pinkie Promise Challenge”?

“Seek and you WILL find.

If God said it, God meant it.

Blessings,

Katelynn