It never ceases to amaze me, this lovely little blogging community. Kate, who you'll meet below, has been a source of delight and encouragement over the last six months or so and it has left such an impact on my life! This gorgeous gal has a generous heart, a genuine spirit, and a grand dream to see this world bettered by the love of Jesus. I am more than thrilled to introduce you to Kate of Simply Be as we continue the Be You Bravely series today!
Who are you, my dear?
Hey! I'm Katlin Brown, but most call my Kate! I blog over at Simply Be. I'm a newlywed, that has the privilege of doing life with my best friend & forever love, Micah! I work on staff at a church in the Discipleship Ministry and Micah works for his family's business. Micah and I are blessed with getting the opportunity of doing life with many teens. Being able to witness their precious lives encounter Christ is breathtaking. I have a love for tea pots, record players, Bing Crosby and sitting on our porch with our pup soaking in God's goodness. My heart yearns for simplicity and I'm continually learning what it means to Simply Be a daughter of our King.
What does it mean to be you, bravely?
I love being transparent, so I'm going to straight forward - I am not brave! I tend to stay in my box. Where it's comfortable, things I know are "safe". About the time I really felt like life was extremely comfortable, God asked me to "go". My first experience with sincere trust and a heart that desired bravery was last October. I went to serve in Costa Rica on a mission trip in some of the worst slums in San Jose.
For me, being me bravely means: TRUSTING IN WHO GOD IS!
I love the thought of travel, but when it comes down to getting in a car or flying in a plane every fear creeps in. The thought of being in a place where I couldn't have my Dad, Micah or others that helped me feel "comfortable" terrified me. I really reflected on the following verses before the trip as well as the time I spent there:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
I had to sincerely grasp the depths of our Father's love. He loves me in my deepest & darkest spots. Those places that I fear and let worry overtake me. Being brave meant that I had to allow that love to infuse every part of my being. Be Brave, sweet gals! Allow our Father's love to envelope you so tightly!
If you could have a heart-to-heart with younger you, what would you say?
If I could have a chat with a younger me, I would tell myself to remember: "only grace". I have always been such a perfectionist and people pleaser that it often left me upset, worried and fearful. Not only of what this world thought, if I hurt someone's feelings but also of failing our God. I placed so much pressure to be the best that I forgot to simply live because ONLY GRACE can make me whole- ONLY GRACE can restore my heart to the way it was before-ONLY GRACE can teach me to forgive myself (& others) the way Christ forgives- ONLY GRACE can do any of that. Instead of trying to earn the grace I knew my Father gave so freely, I tried to His "perfect" daughter! So, younger me … learn to accept the grace our Father lavishes upon you!
What is encouraging you this week?
This week I have been so encouraged by other women of God. My heart believes in the wisdom that can be gained from a mentor, elder or women that are a season ahead of you in life. I have been reminded this past week to soak in God's love and really take the time to allow His love to be real in my life. Not simply say it, but firmly believe it!
Just for fun, what are 3 must haves?
1. My bracelet. This bracelet is placed on my hand daily. It used to be a bright green, but for my wedding I received a more classy one. The bracelet reads: Gomerica Lives / 3.9.11. You can read the story behind the bracelet here.
2. My prayer journal for Micah. As I prepared my heart to become Micah's wife I valued the thought of praying for him daily. So my journal helps me to keep to my hearts desire.
3. Colored pre-wrap. I love to walk, ride bikes, play tennis, etc. but with my hair being short & thin the regular headbands do not stay in my hair. So, from my old high school volleyball days I've returned to making pre-wrap headbands before an activity.
Isn't she just lovely?! Thanks so much for sharing, Kate!