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To Joplin I Go – God Willing :)

5 Jul

I have traveled up and down the West cost NUMEROUS times. I have even (briefly) been up to Canada as a youngin’ and Mexico twice. But I have NEVER traveled further east than Arizona. Let me show you a map of just how far East (or not so) Arizona is.

Now, I’m not one to complain. Really. I am VERY INCREDIBLY thankful to have been to Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona. But my love of accents and curiosity of the flat plains in the mid-West keeps pestering me.

On a more serious note…

When the tornadoes hit Joplin this past-May, the thought of a mission trip briefly crossed my mind. I didn’t think much of it until I overheard Shane talking to AJ about a plan to go a couple weeks ago. (I’m a middle child, i’m nosey!) I interrupted him (woops!) to verify what I heard was true…and it WAS! I was SUPER pumped about it – especially to go with many of my closest friends!!! But then…the dates were announced. September 1-9. And I was torn.

My older sister is due with her second child that same week. Right smack dab in the middle. September 6.

Sure, you can never really plan when to give birth (naturally). She can have it a week early or two weeks late. My sister wants me there, and I want to be there.

I also have my first family reunion in 11 years that same week.

I love spending time with my family, being around my own flesh and blood who love me. I want to be there, too!

But the passion to serve in my own country where people are in need was too strong to ignore and forget about.

I need to go where He wants me. And the Lord is calling me to Joplin.

With that being said, I need YOUR help.

I wholeheartedly believe that where God guides, God provides. And sometimes His provision is through support from others. I have been super blessed the last couple years I’ve gone to San Vicente, Mexico with the youth group as the timing of the trip is around the same time I get my tax refund check. But this time, it’s different and I am relying on God to provide the way for me to go. I will be saving as much as I can, but I know I won’t be able to do it all myself.

So, if you feel called to do so, please pray and if you feel lead to donate, please do. Even if all you can do is pray I will receive the funds, I will be just as thankful! Seriously!

I know how great and big our God is. The total amount for the trip is not for sure yet. Shane mentioned something in the area of $700-800. I also am taking a week off work, which is a pretty good chunk – especially coming off such a busy Summer. With that being said…my goal is $1000, ALL extra money I don’t need will be given to the Calvary Chapel in Joplin or to victims of the tornadoes directly.

I am excited for the opportunity to serve the Lord in the United States. Having been through natural disasters at my own house growing up, and being super blessed by my churches serving the Lord and helping my family, I am thankful to do the same for others.

Please pray for this trip. That all details will fall into place. That we may all be prepared to serve the Lord wholeheartedly and genuinely. That all funds for everyone will be provided, and if this trip is not the Lord’s will for me (or someone else), that we will be okay with that, too.

If you would like to donate to my trip fund, please click the image below. I am doing it through my Paypal. If you would like to send a donation in the mail, please email me at katiefargher@gmail.com.

Thank you.

In Christ love,

Kattie.

Haste the day

28 Dec

It’s been at least a week since I posted last, woops 🙂 I lacked motivation and/or a topic to write about, but alas…a topic has come to mind. And wouldn’t you know it, it was portrayed throughout my week without even realizing it!

I used to be one of those people who let fear run my life, always scared to be daring for fear of getting in trouble or yelled at. Once I got out of high school (or more so the last couple years of high school), that fear subsided…and what emerged was a fearless adventurous young woman. I guess by my 16th year, I realized there’s more to live for. Once I gave my life to Christ, fear was the only thing holding me back from enjoying life and living it to the full. For the first few years of the “new” me, I put fear behind me by doing shenanigans.

I remember my first shenanigan. I was 16 and my new church friends and I threw water balloons at cars in Marysville. It was so innocent and foolish…and yet, it changed my life for the better. I will NEVER forget the moment when we threw a balloon at a car from the MP soccer fields, their brake lights went on and we all dashed off as the bright field lights came on. All I could see amongst the fog was the silhouettes of all my friends. It was glorious. And it was only the beginning…

and then I started going to Calvary Chapel Lake Stevens, where even the pastors (one in particular) were in on the pranks. I became friends with Kaelee and Nigel, former prank-enemies, but together – indestructible. Two years of my life were full of shenanigans, but since this is not what this blog is about, I will shorten this part up with pictures of our greatest escapades.

…and then there’s Creation Fest, where shenanigans are eminent…especially when involving the Porta-potties…and pillows.

I know it seems like foolishness to many folks, but being involved with such things helped me forget about the chains of fear I placed on myself for the first 16 years of my life! I love adventure, and I very much despise letting moments pass by without redeeming the time…but not just with shenanigans.

This thought has come up a lot in the last week, I first realized it while visiting with my good friend, Deborah – who now lives in Oregon. Every conversation we had always turned back to Jesus, what He has done and is doing in our lives…and I appreciate that quality in her oh, so much…she is an AMAZING friend!

The day after Christmas I got the wonderful opportunity to visit with my aunt Tammy, uncle Jeff, and their sons from Arizona. We had dinner at Ivar’s on the sound and my one prayer for the night was to redeem the time. By the end of dinner, conversation was still fruitful and I wished I could have had more time to spend with them. Living here in Washington makes it hard to see them  as much as I’d like, but thankfully there’s facebook to keep us updated these days 🙂 It’s just more fun to interact in person!

All this being said, here’s some scripture that stuck out to me this week.

“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” Colossians 4:5-6

” ‘The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.’ ” John 10:10-11

Each moment wasted is a moment you’ll never get back, so redeem it. I don’t know about you, but when I let a moment pass in which I could live to the full…I feel like crap. It’s not just with unbelievers…but believers as well. I don’t have many friends like Deborah who always turn the conversation back to the Lord. Admiring that in her is a motivation for me to do that, humbly, with my Christian friends, too. It’s easy to get caught up in work…at work, but are you redeeming the time? Are you working for the Lord…or for men? The days when I work for the Lord are days I feel worthy of the money I earn.

When I was 19, this was portrayed as being an innocent yet silly teenager. I feel sad when I see teenagers try to act like they’re 25…because when they are actually 25, they’ll look back and realize they missed part of their youth. I had friends in school who’d look down on me for finding shenanigans fun, because real fun to them was getting drunk and high. I had people tell me that “churchies” are lame and don’t know how to have fun, really, I did. But now looking back to my teenage years, my regrets are not the times I participated in shenanigans, but the times I participated in worldly “fun”. It’s no fun.

How will you redeem today?

I have a reason to sing

18 Dec

It’s funny when I travel down a familiar road, all my surroundings are the same…but my heart isn’t.

This time during my junior year of high school, the Alderwood mall finished its remodel. My friends and I spent at least one day a week at the mall, going through the same motions each time. I could bore you with the specific details, but it always involved parking on the 3rd floor, Lovesac, and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.

I could go to the mall any other time of the year and not think twice about that time of my life…but once the Christmas comes around, memory lane rolls out with it. I was sucked into a world where Christ was not Lord back then, but I am thankful that I can look back at the time without much regret. I was naive, but what 16 year old isn’t? I am thankful for that period of my life, without those memories 6 years ago…and the people involved, i’d be a different person. It took years for me to find thankfulness…many painful years.

And yet, I found myself in a similar situation on my way home from the mall. Driving the same roads with me in my jeep…city lights in the distance, farmland to my left…everything was the same on the outside, but my heart is in a completely different place. And it made me sad, fore this battle is still being fought. This battle is still very real in my life…and it’s taking a lot more time than I’d like.

As I was driving down that road, “Desert Song” by Hillsong United was coming to a close – and my ears perked up as the last couple verses were being sung.

This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be emptied again
The seed I’ve received I will sow

I know I’ve sung that song many time either during worship or in my car, but those words were new and  pierced my heart as needed. How do we sow what we have reaped? Not by mourning, that is for sure. My favorite verse of all time is

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-3

I can’t tell you how many times that verse has given me strength and encouragement. It’s good for me to go through trials, it’s how i mature 🙂 It’s a love-hate relationship with those trials, when i’m in one…i DESPISE it! But when I am not, i WANT ONE! Weird, eh? I actually craaave a trial, Justine and the d-group girls can testify to those very words coming out of my mouth, now knowing that a month after I said that, a trial hit….of course 🙂

There was something else that stuck out to me in the “Desert Song”

All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He was the same God with the same thoughts and love for me while I was lusting over a boyfriend as he was while I was wishing that boy never existed. His thoughts of me don’t change, He always has and always will love me. I am favored by Him. And He will shower me all my life with His love and grace, I just need to branch out of the idols of my life and turn to Him for fulfillment and peace. With that being said, as “whole-hearted” was last week – this week’s topic has been all about grace.

Gratitude

25 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!

I tried sleeping in, but woke up early with a headache. Kind of scared me for a while as I slipped on the ice while sledding and hit my head on the ice last night (i am a slight hypochondriac)…thankfully it has gone away with help from caffeine and ibprofen! 🙂

A nice new layer of snow fell over night, but now it has turned to stupid rain 😦

Despite the snow, Jaden got a bunch of guys together to play football (Turkey Bowl)! Heather, Sara Kasch (and Jip), and I stayed warm in my jeep doing what girls do best!

I got a nice tall cup of Christmas blend – I have to be honest, the Christmas season was my favorite as a partner at Starbucks. Everytime I go in there or hear Aimee Mann…i kinda wanna cry cause i miss it so much!!! But at least i can still enjoy Christmas blend, cranberry bliss bars, Grandma’s turkey sandwich…albeit no 30% discount 😦

My second-round of sweet potatoes have just been removed from the oven, cooling off before I head out to the Songstad’s! They smell mightily delicious!

I am heading out with some of the Jerde clan to experience an intense day of shopping, beginning with Old Navy at midnight! We shall be having a grand time!

I hope all of y’all have a wonderful day of F’s…friends, family, food, fun… 🙂

And don’t forget to give thanks to the One who created all and is in all…even if you are lonely today, i think we can all find something to be thankful for!!!

Kattie