Getting to Know Me (Declare Link Up)

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Hey!
I am Kathy.
I have been married to the love of my life, Phil for 21 years and have the two most fantastic teenagers, Jackson who is 19 and Gracie who is 17.
My number one job is wife and Mum to our two kids but that season is changing at a rapid rate at the moment, and I seem to be clinging on for dear life! Outside of that, we are Senior Leaders of a Church and I run a ministry called “Daughters of the King” where we speak Gods truth into 8-12-year-old girls.
I love Jesus, Christmas and french fries and all things American!

Ohhh, and I also write a blog!

I tend to live my life in a constant state of excitement! I can always find the good in every situation and I am always excited at what God has in store for me!

One of the things that I am most excited about at the moment, is the fact that I get to jump on a plane in a few days time, travel for 28 hours and spend some time with some of my most favourite women on the planet, and also that I get to make some new friends at the same time!

When did you feel called to be a digital evangelist, what’s your main medium and how long have you been doing it?
I have been blogging for 5 years. I have my own blog and I also write for a few other blogs as well. I also love speaking to groups of women and encouraging them in their God dreams.

What is your life scripture?
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “Now choose life, so that you and your children may live, and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice and hold fast to him.”
I love these verses! Every day we get to choose, and for so long I lived my life as a victim. I love that I can now choose, and I choose life!

 

What are your passions?
I absolutely LOVE speaking and writing on dreaming with God. It is something I can write and speak on for days! I also love to speak God’s truth into young girls. To show them who they are in Christ, and to replace the lies of the enemy with His truth. And travel, I would spend my whole life travelling if I could!

What is your favorite candy and/or food?
Burgers and fries! I would honestly have them every night if I could. I also love everything American that we cant get in NZ, jolly ranchers, milk duds, krispy kreme doughnuts, cookie dough ice cream etc etc etc!

Where is your happy place and what’s it like?
I have a number of them, but I love being by the water, whether it’s walking around it, sitting by it writing, or even in it! I always find God when I am near the water!

Are you working on any exciting projects that you can share? If so, please share!
I have just started working on a 6-week study for young girls. It is all about self-esteem, being brave, knowing who they are created to be, and being ok with that! I am only in the early stages but I am super excited about it!

How can we pray for you as you prepare for this year’s conference?
I would really appreciate your prayers for travel. That all connecting flights would connect, and that jet lag would not be a problem!

Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a little better, I cannot wait to see you all at Declare!

Kathy
xxx

 

 


Wild Obedience

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Tomorrow, I am attending my first ever blogging conference, and I have to tell you, I am pretty jolly, ridiculously excited! I wrote back in March how excited I was (you can read that here) and now that it’s almost here, I find myself day dreaming about it non stop! I am so super excited to hang with like minded Christian women who get what I do and why I do it!

Blogging is not something I ever thought I would do, but it is an idea God planted in my heart a couple of years ago and I have walked out this journey ever since. Even though I loved English at school, and I have written numerous stories over the years, I never actually thought writing would be something I would pursue. And especially not honest, straight from the heart kind of writing!

I got business cards done for the conference and on them, it has my name and under that reads “Writer/Speaker” (Phil’s idea, not mine!) Me? A writer? Not really, I just string words together in some kind of random fashion and hope that it makes sense. So if that qualifies me, then I guess it is what it is! And, well, yes, that makes me  a writer! Wow, even just writing that feels weird…… I am a writer. Maybe if I write it enough times then I will start to believe it! But before I use up too many of my words, back to the conference…..

I have signed up for all the sessions, and yep, even all of the optional ones! I am signed up for absolutely everything I can possibly attend! I am not going to miss a thing God has in store for me. I am going to put on my big panties, get over my insecurities, get over my introvert tendencies and jump into everything I can! I am going to meet as many people as I can, and even the women that I have placed high on a pedestal, well I am going to talk to them too! I am not going to let anything stop me from squeezing every drop of goodness out of this conference that I possibly can!

So as I step out in Wild Obedience (the theme of the conference) I know God will do amazing things! I know this will be a time of refreshing, a time of inspiration and a time of God connections. I know without a doubt that God is waiting for me on the other side of my obedience, and I for one, can’t wait!

 


Declare Conference 4×4

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Ok, so in preparation for Declare Conference we are doing a fun 4×4 to get to know each other better, so here is my 4×4:

4 FACTS ABOUT ME:

1. I love to travel! We went to Disneyland for our honeymoon and in 2009 we lived in the USA for a year. Last year God took us to Africa to meet our sponsor kids and this year we are off to Mexico to build houses for 2 families who currently live on the streets.

2. I share a birthday with Michael J Fox, T D Jakes and Johnny Depp, who just happens to be my favourite actor.

3. I was the first child in NZ to have their birthday party at McDonalds. I think this lead to my French fry obsession!

4. When I first started public speaking, I use to vomit every time I would have to speak. I still get nervous and feel completely out of my comfort zone, but God is continually working in me and on me!

4 ENDEARING QUIRKS

1. I love Organising and labelling! My pantry is something I am very proud of, completely labelled and beautifully organised! I will label and organise everything I can get my wee hands on.

2. I am enthusiastic, about any and everything! I love to get people excited about their lives. I am great at turning the mundane into exciting and I love to “gush”

3. When I get excited I talk a million miles an hour, which apparently makes me quite hard to understand with my kiwi accent!

4. I don’t do ‘normal’ God has called me to live a life outside of normal and I love that, living by faith, doing things other people say no to and honouring God in all I do.

4 THINGS ABOUT MY BLOG

1. I am honest! Pretty much what you see is what you get with me! I am not trying to impress anyone and if you meet me in person I hope I am the same as in my blog!

2. Blogging is not something I ever thought I would do, but God has asked me to go on this crazy journey with Him, and so here I am. God has said to write and He will do the rest (what ever that may be!) I also have 2 books floating around in my head.

3. I have a love/hate relationship with being vulnerable on the internet.

4. God has blown me away with my blog, and where He is taking me. I still get so surprised when someone tells me they are reading my blog!

4 OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS

1. Christmas! I LOVE Christmas, I love the countdown, the food, the presents, the decor, the music, the anticipation…..absolutely everything about Christmas. But when it’s over, it’s over and everything is down and packed away by January 1st!

2. I love countdowns! I love counting down and looking forward to things, doesn’t matter how big or small there are always sleeps to count down!

3. Jeans and t-shirts! I am a casual girl and live in jeans, t’s and converse sneakers. My friends just about died the first time they ever saw me in a dress (happens about twice a year!)

4. Hamburgers and French fries! I’m sorry to all you healthies out there, but I just love them, I seriously could eat them every day!

So this is me in a nutshell!

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