Saturday, May 31, 2014

Kathrinka thinks...

...we need more JOY in our lives! 

Do you ever feel like this: too sometimes. But it doesn't have to be that way, we make the decision to be joyful. It's even found in the Bible:

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4 NIV)

So, next time you feel down, REJOICE in The Lord! He has given you life! Enjoy every moment of it! Today I will rejoice because:

- I have breath for another day!

- I have a God who loves me unconditionally!

- My husband is a great man who I highly respect!

- I have a home (a 552 sq ft "square" room, but it's our home that we've been blessed with for the time being!) 

- I have a great job!

- My family is awesome, supportive, and loving!

- I have five beautiful nieces!!

- My church family is just as awesome as my biological family! 

- I am blessed with wonderful friends!!

We are called to be like Christ. I encourage you to find out who Jesus Christ is, how he shared love with people, how he sacrificed so that we may have eternal joy, how he loves unconditionally and how he helps people. 

"Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus..." (Philippians 2:1-5 NIV)

Let's look to the needs of others, express your joy today in what you're thankful for and then seek out how you can attend to the interests of others. Be a blessing to someone else today! 

Here's a little handmade token from me as a reminder to find the joy in your life today...

Aaaannnnddd something cute to make you smile. :) This photo is of me and my brothers when we were young. Enjoy your day today! 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I am a pro-procrastinator!

I am a pro-procrastinator! 

Procrastinator confession: I wrote this post yesterday and told myself I would post it tomorrow! 

I started this blog, to the day, 5 years ago. May 29, 2009. I blogged off an on for a little while, quit completely for a while and then blogged again about my food adventures...but quit again a little while later. 

I have such great ideas, plans, dreams...but I just can't quite seem to get them off the ground. My goal at the beginning of 2014 was to start blogging again. Well...Here we are almost halfway through 2014, and I just keep thinking about it and never doing it! 

Oh believe you me, I've come up with excuses:
• I can't commit to even one post a month
• My pictures aren't pretty enough
• I ramble too much 
• No one is really gonna want to follow my blog anyway 
• ...I need to go cook dinner
• I should be working on my budget right now
• Laundry, laundry, laundry
• It's midnight already...
• I'm not interesting enough
• Work takes up all my time
• I don't have time to blog

And yet I keep coming back to a desire to blog! I want to share exciting experiences. 
I want to show the young, newly married woman that you CAN learn to cook! (I thought I was gonna be the biggest failure of a wife/cook/housekeeper...don't get me wrong, I'm still learning, but that's the point! You CAN learn to do what you really want to do!) 
I want to share my love of the color yellow. 
I want to enrich people's lives with beautiful photography. 
I want to help people live healthier lives by introducing them to the multitudes of benefits that Young Living Essential Oils has given to me. 
I want to encourage the depressed, to share the Love that my God so generously shares with me. 
I want to share how awesome marriage can be. 
I want to be adventurous!

I want to share my adventures in cooking, life and love! 

SO... here's to the end of procrastination and the beginning of adventures! 

Five years ago, I prayed this prayer and I'll continue to pray it: ((Lord, please give me your revelation to help guide me in my everyday walk, so that I can be the woman that I want to be. I pray for your guidance and direction, help me to be receptive to all you have to offer me. Give me clean hands and a pure heart so that everything I do will be done to the best of my ability. Thank you Jesus for all that you have given me already, and thank you for the days to come…Amen.)) 

May we all be reminded to pray: 
"Dear Jesus, give me revelation...I've got nothing without you."