Awake, Awake!


by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28

 

Awake, awake!

Put on your strength, O Zion;

put on your beautiful garments,

 O Jerusalem, the holy city!

Isaiah 52:1a NKJV

 

Awake to light, awake to hope!

Awake to strength replacing weakness.

Awake to beauty displacing misery.

 

Are you ready for the onslaught of good that will come?

Of God rising, His wings drowning out the cries of hopelessness.

Of God fighting, His sword clashing with the lies and schemes of the enemy.

 

poetry, hopelessness, adversity, trials, victory, spiritual warfare, Isaiah 51:1, Awake, Awake!, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Grunt, Don’t Grunt


by Katy Kauffman


Grunt. Don’t grunt. Grunt. Don’t grunt. I wondered which way it is.


Do we “grunt” to be more like Christ, or is it a work He performs in us? What’s our part? What’s His? These questions usually come to mind when I hear someone say, “Jesus was won the victory for us. Rest in that victory.” Yes, Jesus’ death defeated sin’s power over us and set us free from sin’s penalty of eternal separation from God. But in my daily Christian life, I feel the tug of war between good and evil, between what I want and what God wants for me.


So grunt? Philippians 2:12 (NKJV*) teaches, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” We have a part to play in our spiritual growth, and it’s going to take some fierce respect and love for God because we are in a fierce spiritual battle. As Satan’s kingdom wars against God’s, as the world’s ways war against God’s holy principles, as our sinful nature competes for supremacy with the Holy Spirit’s leadership, we are called to fight. To “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12) and to flee what’s evil and pursue what’s good (1 Timothy 6:11, 2 Timothy 2:22).

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The Power of One


by Katy Kauffman


The Pakistani mountain called “K2” has been nicknamed the “Savage Mountain” because “for every four climbers that reach the summit, one dies trying.”1 Many feel it’s more difficult to climb than Mt. Everest, which is only 800 feet taller.2


In 1953, a group of American mountain climbers gave up on their attempt to conquer the summit when one of them developed blood clots. Secured by ropes, the team descended the mountain. One of the climbers lost his footing on an icy slope and fell,  bringing five of the team with him. But one man held his ground. Pete Schoening thrust his ice axe into the slope. The axe held fast, securing the rope and saving the climbers attached to it.  

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Celebrating the Beauty and Strength of Love

by Katy Kauffman


A blue dress and Cinderella shoes. I’m ready for Saturday. This weekend one of my best friends will marry her prince. Seven bridesmaids dressed in blue chiffon will walk before her down the aisle. I’m privilege to be one of them.


In honor of my friend who is like a sister to me, this week I am sharing a passage from Scripture that shows the richness of love. How it acts, how it doesn’t act. How God treats us, how He desires we treat others. This kind of love I see between my friend and her soon-to-be husband. I see it exhibited in the group of friends that we call family. As we celebrate their union this weekend, we can all celebrate the beauty and strength of the love of God.

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The Light in My Soul: A Poem for This Week

by Katy Kauffman

Next week is an exciting week. We release a double issue of Refresh and launch our new Bible study compilation, Heart Renovation. I hope you consider joining us for the book release party on Facebook! The blog post I wanted to share with you (last week, actually) is not quite ready yet, but it will be a good one. So I would like to share with you a poem I wrote at the beginning of last year. See if it resonates with your own soul, and share your thoughts in the comments below. God bless you this week. 

 

Quiet fills the room where I sit and work and pray.

The world stands still, but I’m at a loss for what to say.

I know many hurt, God; they need someone like You.

Help them to hold on to what is good, lovely, and true.

The Light in My Soul, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Have Your Way, O LORD: A Poem


This week I want to share the following poem with you as we are preparing to release our new Bible study compilation, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character. Just like a homeowner has to open up his house to a renovation team, we have to open our hearts to God for Him to work in us and conform us to Christ’s likeness. This poem was first published in the Fruit of the Spirit issue of Refresh, which was the basis of Heart Renovation.

 

“Prepare the way of the LORD,

Make His paths straight.

Every valley shall be filled

And every mountain and hill brought low;

The crooked places shall be made straight

And the rough ways smooth.”

Luke 3:4-5 NKJV

 

I can dream, but I don’t know

Of all the beauty You want to show,

Of who You are and what You can do

In a life that’s totally committed to You.

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A Fine Book

by Becky Hitchcock


I meet once a month with a dear and trusted friend. Her name is Caroline. We share in confidence the things which tug at our hearts. We laugh, too. We talk about the beach and pedicures. Good food, favorite authors, pastors, and Bible studies are also in the mix. She loans me fine books from her library and we pray together.


Once, when an evening reached well spent before we had actually begun to pray, Caroline said we needn’t be dismayed. She directed me to Malachi 3:16 (KJV):


Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another:
And the Lord hearkened, and heard it;
And a book of remembrance was written before him
For them that feared the Lord
And that thought upon his name.

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Flying on God’s Promises

by Katy Kauffman


A plane ticket is a promise. It’s the promise of a destination. The promise of adventure. For me, my plane ticket to Florida this month is the promise of meeting writers at the Florida Christian Writers Conference and having one of the best adventures of the year.


When I arrive at my flight’s gate, I count on my boarding pass to work and to allow me to board the plane. I count on the flight attendants to bring me Sprite to soothe my motion-sickness-prone tummy, and (with a few prayers) I depend on the pilots to land the plane safely in Orlando.


A promise is something we hold on to, a guarantee. As humans, we make promises and we do our best to keep them. But we can’t guarantee every promise, because we have weaknesses and life happens. Emergencies surprise us. Our own strength fails.

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4 Truths to Warm Your Soul This Winter

by Katy Kauffman


Pain. That’s what I associate with winter, even in North Georgia. If I’m not careful, the cold can bring pain to my hands and head, and it can cause sinus infections that last for weeks. The cold temperatures translate into four or five layers of clothing; a colorful array of gloves, scarves, and hats; regular doses of hot chocolate; and watching movies underneath my snuggie (a soft, blue blanket with sleeves).


I’m a sunshine girl, so I also have to guard my attitude from turning as gray as the clouds above. Yesterday the fresh snowfall lit up my study with a radiant white light. It’s nice when God gives us some sunshine in the midst of a cold winter.


The soul has its winters too. We go through periods of isolation, coldness, or seclusion. Life’s trials can weather us, causing our joy to fade or our strength to diminish. But He who releases heaven’s storehouses of snow also shares with His children treasures of joy, peace, and grace. Do you need a little more warmth this winter?

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Be Still and Know: A Guest Post by Michelle Adserias

Today a gentle snow falls. Large clusters of flakes tumble earthward, holding hands and dancing to a muted tune only they can hear. It must be warmer today. I put on my coat and head down the snow-cloaked road.


It’s so quiet my crunchy footsteps resound irreverently across the wintry expanse. When I reach the hilltop, I stop. A profound stillness envelops me. I strain to hear something … anything. There’s nothing—not the rustle of crisp, brown oak leaves, not the cheerful call of the chickadees, not a whisper from the wind. My whole world pays silent homage to God.

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