I write because…

I’m a learner at heart.

As I read and write…I learn about myself, about God, about others, about life.

When I write, I want to capture a moment, a feeling, a piece of truth staring me down, and share that with whoever is listening.

And just maybe, sometimes, the words might strike a cord with someone else’s heart like they did with mine. They might bring up a question, bring them back to a moment, touch them, make them feel alive, let us share life.

Because when I feel deeply, the words are part of the story and what I see.  I don’t want the moment to go unnoticed, to slip away.  So, I capture the memory in the words that portray beautiful truth.  And when this happens, how can I not share the painting?

As life truly is a work of art made up of brush strokes that move us along in the journey.  So, I splash words on paper to evoke inspiration, encouragement, freedom, and the simple every day moments.

Good writing changes me, deepens me, makes my eyes go big and sometimes makes them green with tears.  And good writing itself makes me want to write to stir up the paint to make something beautiful that expresses the abundant life in Christ.

Why do you write?

Bursting at the Seams

“if we were given all we want here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next” -Elisabeth Elliot

Earlier this week this post that included the quote above greatly encouraged me.  I have asked and planned for a lot of things in my life.  If my plan had gone accordingly, I would be honeymooning right now.  Instead, I got to go to an engaging discussion about prayer tonight.  I struggle with prayer.  I struggle with how to pray, when to pray, how to not “program” prayer.  I get nervous.  I don’t speak because I’m afraid.  Yet, after I’ve spoken to the Lord, I come away with an overwhelming sense of relief and awe.  Not only do I get to speak to Him, but He listens!  Even to the minute, petty details of my life.  I want to be a prayer warrior and infuse my life with prayer that it bursts at the seams.  I want to ask and receive as well as rejoice when I see the amazing things that happen.  I can’t wait to see the awesomely cool things that are going to come about due to the changes in my plans.  So here goes.

p.s. I won’t be typical and ask everyone to comment with a prayer request, but if you would like to leave one, know that I will be praying for you!  If you have something you don’t want to publicize (I definitely know how that goes!) feel free to e-mail me at kigkat@gmail.com 

 

Ragamuffintop Week 3

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Nothing…had my biking clothes on but went to target and cleaned house with the roomies instead.  We organized the entire kitchen and finally talked about things. Yay for roomies!! 🙂

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Ran/walk: 25 minutes

Good intentions again, but I was busy running around to church, bbq, church plant, and setting up wireless internet finally!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Run/walk: 25 minutes

Biggest Loser Power Sculpt Week 1/2

Biking: 7.2 miles at 30:56 minutes

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Biggest Loser Cardio Max Week 1/2

Rollerblading…about an hour and 10 minutes? maybe something around there.

–Yay for friends who rollerblade and sweet new trails.  I will say I am finding the whole continuing to do Biggest Loser and doing all the other things I love hard–too time consuming–hence why I did week 1/2.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Biggest Loser Power Sculpt: Week 2/3

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Bike: 4 miles…

Decided to take the day off working out due to the little “car accident” on the bike.

Friday, June 13, 2008

40 minutes of Baron Baptiste’s Power Vinyasa Yoga

 

Thoughts: Interesting week and I’ve realized that I don’t like having to try to do all of the Biggest Loser Workouts and all the other fun things I like such as biking, running, kayaking, ect.  Too much and I don’t want to be inside when it’s nice outside.  I would rather supplement my workouts with Biggest Loser on rainy days or at night.  So, we’re scrapping that and focusing in on the triathlon and the pants.  So this next week will be all about the running, biking, and eating well.

Also, I would like to say thank you for all the comments and encouragement!  I love it!  I like reading other Ragamuffintop stories too so keep yours coming and keep working toward your goal 🙂  

If you haven’t joined in, now is a great time–go here to look at other bloggers and get some inspiration!

p.s. Like how my computer is reflected in my sunglasses in the video? Yeah…I like my macbook!

“The Club”

When I start a sport, I want to be part of “the club.”  People in the club not only look the part, but really know what they’re doing from equipment to training to clothing.  Part of being in “the club” consists of working hard and striving to be the best at the sport.  This drives me on like none other.  I want to bike fast, swim fast, swing well, and put in the hours to do so.  Now with many sports multiple clubs form to accommodate the different levels.  For example, in biking one finds the recreational bikers, the commuters, the cyclists, the triathletes, ect.  (FYI: I made up these “titles” on the fly).  Each “club” has different expectations, a different look, and a different purpose.  Since I’m a crazed sports addict, I usually prefer the competitive, hardcore, intense “club.”  I want to jump right into all the aspects of the hardcore, intense “club” in whatever sport I’m participating.  Hence why I invested in a sweet awesome bike (I rode it tonight and am still in love…maybe it needs a name? suggestions?).  I also doled out the cash for sweet awesome dorky bike shorts and a jersey that matches my bike.  All of this to say that I felt like part of “the club” tonight.  While I was biking along praising the Lord for the gorgeous night and the ways He’s worked in my life recently, the other “hardcore” intense bikers with their padded shorts nodded and gave me the knowing look–the look that says, “Sweet. You’re a cyclist too.”  I ate it up.  The camaraderie and encouragement that comes from these moments empowers me to pedal harder, go farther and find more joy as well as continue to excel at the sport and learn more so that I can become an expert.  In the same way, when I interact and see other Christians, I am propelled to crack open my Bible, dive into prayer, and fight the good fight.  I heard a testimony tonight that gave me renewed encouragement and drive to live every aspect of my life with passion for God including the times spent on the road while wearing the awesome dorky bike pants.

What It’s All About

Loving these quotes from this post:

“I think we focus too much energy on church growth. I think it’s all about personal growth. It’s not about growing a big church. It’s about growing big people–people who serve sacrificially, give generously, dream ridiculously, and love gracefully.”

“The way to grow larger is to grow smaller via small groups. I honestly don’t think God will grow us beyond our ability to disciple people. And if small groups are our primary context for discipleship, then the number of small groups we have will determine our growth potential as a church.”

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One of the things we have been talking a lot about at Community Group and Core Team Training has been how to multiply and keep our core values.  How do you emphasize evangelism, discipleship and community while expanding?  In part, the community groups serve as a way to relationally provide accountability, encouragement, and discipleship.  They can be one venue that spurs on personal growth.  Mentorship serves as another way to enable people to grow. Being involved in a community group and in Core Team Training, I have really started to realize the importance of these values and relationships even more than before.  Being able to share prayer request, praises, struggles, and fun with a group of people heading toward the same goal definitely has begun to create relationships and unity.

p.s. Lately, I’ve been reading through the New Testament and am struck again and again by how many times “unity” of the body is emphasized.  I’m on the verge of a blog delving into unity–so watch out!  

 

Life Together

1 Thessalonians 2:7-8

NIV

As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, 7but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. 8We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.

NASB

But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.

8Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.

ESV

But we were gentle among you,like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

 

To not only share the Gospel, but to do life together.  To share in the journey.  To be involved. To share our whole selves–the good, the bad, the struggles, the triumphs.  Authentic lives living together.  Going through life together.

Intentionally choosing to invest and “do life with others” isn’t easy!  Sometimes this choice requires being vulnerable and can get uncomfortable.  Yet, accountability, encouragement, understanding, love and such can result.

I want to be vulnerable, honest, authentic, true, and to show others that I care enough about them to share myself–my time, my struggles, my thoughts, my sin, all of me.