Hello, my name is Kitty!
Well, at least that is what I have been called for the last 50+ years. I grew up in rural Indiana with my five brothers. Most of the time, my humor comes out sarcastically.
I can see now how my life, my writing, my pursuit of God is so connected to how I grew up.
My biological mother left when I was just 3-years old. My dad remarried a couple years later.
There was incest and abuse to deal with. There were feelings of being unloved, unwanted, and worthlessness.
I never felt good enough about anything. Except my writing.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” NIV
It sounds much easier than it is…at first. Before I could get to the point of not dwelling on the past, I had to get sober.
I accepted Christ as my savior when I was 10, but Jesus and I were about to go on a crazy ride. I had been around drinking all of my life and it seemed like an easy way to forget what was going on in the moment.
Years later it would help me not necessarily forget, but at least suppress the past. By the age of 19, I was a functional alcoholic.
Of course, no one was kind enough to tell me. Pretty certain I was hanging out with the “wrong” people.
1 Corinthians 15:33 is pretty direct.
It says, “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” NIV
My drinking career lasted until I was 27. I couldn’t do it anymore. I hurt, and I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired. One night in October of 1995, I called AA. The woman told me to ask God to help me.
Three little words...
GOD—Creator, Father, Savior, Provider, Protector, Everlasting
HELP—I can’t do it alone, I need You. I surrender, Your will be done
ME—Your Creation, Your child, Friend, Masterpiece, Treasure
The only time I look back now, is to see how far God has brought me.
Then came love!
Not just God’s love, but man’s love.
Actually, just one man.
Mark and I had been really good friends for almost 6 years. He finally asked me to marry him.
He really is my best friend. His strengths are my weaknesses.
He knows all the dirt on me and still likes me.
His sarcastic, cynical humor keeps me laughing even when I want to throat punch him. He has made me the mother to five amazing children. The four girls are so unique in their personalities, beauty, and strengths. Our promised son is a combination of Dennis the Menace, Calvin (Hobbes’ Friend), and an Old Gospel Soul…….all on Red Bull.
The Truth is in them.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.” NKJV
We homeschool our two youngest children. All of our children attend church if they live with us.
Mark and I serve in any way we can. Our children learned to serve. They are givers.
We gave them the gift of The Truth. What they do with it is between them and God.
Being intentional in life allows me to be refined and sharpened by The Life-Giver.
I work outside the home a couple nights a week.
Mostly so I can talk to adults and be called by my name.
Lily and I used to work together at a church and have known each other for more than 10 years. We have always made such a good team. I really don’t remember how doing a podcast came up (Lily has a million ideas), but here we are. She knows me well and she knows how to motivate me. She is not afraid to tell me The Truth when my walk takes a detour. I enjoy discussing scripture together. I come at scripture in this practical way. I am always looking to see how I can apply this to everyday life, so I can teach it to my children and walk it out myself.
Ephesians 5;15-16 tells me to live with intention and purpose.“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” NIV
My reason and passion for doing ScriptureIRL is to see others set free. The Bible isn’t to limit what we can do, it’s to show the love, power, and forgiveness of a Limitless God! With God, we can do ALL things! When Lily and I have passed from this world, our children, grandchildren, and so on can hear in these podcasts how we struggled, trusted, fell short, found hope, sinned again, and regardless of our circumstances,
we turned our focus to God!
I could bore you with some facts that you may or may not find important or helpful. What I will do is just leave some hashtags here that are words/events I have walked though. If you identify with any of them, then you are here for a purpose, His purpose.
Job 2:10b “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”