Glorious in the Mundane

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We all believe that we have some purpose in life. As Christians, we believe that God has a plan for us, but we always struggle to find it. But many times, we are looking in the wrong place, or looking for bigger things and missing out on what God has right in front of us. What if God wants to meet us even in the day-to-day things? What if the hobbies and things you enjoy are part of His design for you so that He can use them? This week, we discuss a few of those things, as we begin talking about Passion Fueled Purpose.

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What I Wish People Knew About Me…

21617827_10102608010104123_8622677117063606719_nWhat is one thing that you wish people knew about you? I answered this question on one of my favorite writers page Ann Voskamp page the other day.  The answer I gave was something you probably wouldn’t expect from me.

I said ” The one thing that I wish people knew about me was that it is really hard for me to start  conversations.”  

I know this seems like the complete opposite of who I am, but it’s true, it takes all I have to walk up to someone and start talking. Once we start talking I am outgoing as ever, but those first moments are real struggle.

Here is the most amazing part about posting this about myself..I found 100 other people with the same struggle. The notifications kept up all day of women saying “Me too” “I totally agree” It was beautiful to see so many people throughout the day encouraging each other on what they felt most vulnerable to share. If you are one of those women, thank you for saying “Me too” I believe for so many of us, that is what we need to hear. We aren’t alone in our struggle others are there too or have walked that path before us, this is the beauty of community.

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Community allows me to be a safe spot to share my heart and hear “me too” and “I am here for you in what you are in the middle of.” I am so grateful for the community I get to engage in and support and lead out in. Every time I gain the courage to speak it changes my only day because I meet another amazing person and I gain a bit more confidence to keep pushing through that wall to who I am made to be.

Push through today friends because you matter! Whatever that struggle is or that hidden part of you that you feel is “too much” that part and every part of you is loved.  Today, you can bring hope by sharing your story.

“Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we should also love one another. No one has ever seen God. But if we love one another, God lives in us. His love is made complete in us.”- 1 John 4:10-12 NLT

 

Beautiful One You Can Do Hard Things…

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What is something you are doing now that you never thought you could do? What did it take for you step forward? As I reflect on the things I find tough like initiating conversation, asking others into things I am doing, and public speaking I started to remember the things that I have overcome and what it took to do that.

  1. I had to move out of my way
  2. I chose to believe the promise that God did not give me a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and self-discipline.
  3. I didn’t listen to my feelings because they kept in a constant loop that never got me anywhere.
  4. I put my foot forward. I think I can describe that foot going forward as the moment you hit the chilly water in the pool when you cannon ball in that first time.
  5. I  keep going…don’t stop with foot, you gotta keep going or you will stop!

Today, I hit my first goal in the new business I just launched called StoryTelling Jewelry. This was my step forward believing in the company built on sisterhood, positivity, encouraging words, quality pieces, and generosity is why I stepped out of my comfort zone. All those weakness still exist, but each time I choose not to listen to the tiny voice that “I can’t” do it those things begin to be conquerable.

It is my hope to build a team of what I am deeming “Rustic Lioness” women ready to lift others up, lift each other up, and give encouragement and light using the gift of quality jewelry.  I am excited with the goals of being able to provide after school care for my kids, pay off debt and be able to encourage my husband with gifts, give even more to charities I love, give children in need books, food, and more. What could you do with a extra income? These are all my thoughts as I hit my first goal today and celebrated it and began to dream of the next goal being hit too.

It’s not going to be easy, but the hard, makes it great!

Ready to step out of your comfort zone?

Beautiful one, you can do hard things!

Find out more about joining “Rustic Lioness” at http://www.plunderdesign.com/sarahkhall or comment with questions and I can add you to our group to meet all the ladies who are loving the inspiration they are finding in their jewelry and friendships they are making by hosting parties.

 

Love,

Sarah Kate

 

 

Love, Sarah Kate

Love,Sarah Kate

I love letters, notes, and cards! In the age of social media we are losing the personal touch of that handwritten card to say “Thank you” “Thinking of you” or “Here for you”. I admit I have not done well in this area, but know I have benefited from the gift of a timely letter in my life.

When I launched Storytelling story just last week, I was so excited not only about the beautiful pieces, encouragement, and community that would happen through this company, but the chance to put into practice what I love so much a handwritten letter to all of my customers, friends, and those I love dearly.  This is the first reason you will see “Love, Sarah Kate” on many of my graphics with StoryTelling Jewelry.  This is not the most the important reason, but one that I am super excited about.

The most important reason I would love to share with you in a “Readers digest version” if it possible, but I am going to try…thanks in advance for reading on!

Love, Sarah Kate

If you have read my story leading up to May 6, 2011 when I gave my life to Jesus Christ, you may remember that my freshman year I was raped by my boyfriend and continued to stay in the abusive relationship for about 9 months. Well, after giving my life to Jesus I became brand new, my Healer set me free! In a moment I was a new creation and breathed in the new life He had promised me even more I was born. This however does not mean that life was perfect and the real hurts still not healing, that is what most amazing my Savior Jesus, He always has more healing, freedom, love, and forgiveness and grace to give us.

My husband and I over the last few years have gotten to work through past issues that have hung us up in the past and heck in the present too, and most recently I witnessed Jesus break a wall that I felt, named, but could not break myself. Only God could break that wall and HE DID! My innocence although regained the day I put my life in the trustworthy hands of Jesus, I believe was reclaimed through years of praying, working on trust with husband, and allowing little by little my heart to be softened after being guarded for so very long.

This brings us back to the heart of the story…

You see, Kathryn my middle name means PURE! It’s time to claim who I am in Jesus which is PURE, so on all my letters & graphics you will from now on see Love, Sarah Kate because God is good and never stops healing and loving us into who we were made to be.

 

The Power Of A Story! New Adventure!

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“Help others get ahead…lend a helping hand.” Phil 2:4 MSG

I love how Paul greets people in his letters! It is a warm welcome and gratefulness that give the Churches the Truth that they belong and are known in whatever they are in the middle of.  This is my love language —  to share hope, truth, and above all encouragement to people I get to encounter throughout my life. I look forward to hearing their stories, sharing in the joy and the tough stuff that this life throws at us.  Which leads me to telling you all a very big announcement that I get to share with you all!!

Tadah!

Welcome to the New Adventure of StoryTelling Jewelry! I am so excited to share with you  that I am a Plunder Independent Stylist and let me just share with you a bit of this story…

StoryTellingJewelryLogoDraftLet me begin by sharing with you that I am not a jewelry person, meaning I don’t wear it…for real. I keep my wedding rings on, and if I add a necklace there is a reason for it. It has meaning to me. Either for the person who bought it or what is on it. So, you are asking yourself, Why open a jewelry company???? Because as a surprise gift to my family, this is what God had in store. If you read in my previous blogs, you will know the wilderness I have been in over the past year. I am in no way claiming that season is done with, but I do know this is a gift to my family!

This company is beyond what I needed right now, and I wish I could put into words my shock over it all.  The more I got to know the precious women in this company, women might I add I had no connection prior, including my leader whose only connection was another fantastic LLR consultant. The weaving of our lives was just divine and it is growing.

Why Plunder?

I had to ask myself this question for many reasons, but the more I thought about it, the more it pointed to what I love most — listening to people, encouraging those around me, and having a blast doing it. Like I said, jewelry was not “in the cards” for me. I chose it because I wanted to unleash creativity through the personalization of the pieces. I wanted to give gifts that fit the moment a friend of mine was enduring. I wanted to give meaningful pieces to people I love. This company that is small now, but ever growing, has all those qualities and more.

I want to be upfront with you because I love you all. I had given up on direct sales, in home businesses, whatever you want to call it, because I saw myself as a failure in it and because I didn’t feel like it fit me well enough to go “All In”. But this was different, and it had to be a “switch the light on in my heart” feeling before beginning the process of deciding whether to jump in or not.

I did all the research and prayed A LOT! And it was my precious husband who took me out for a truly perfect date night and gave me a card that had me in tears. It basically said, “I want to provide a way for you to pursue your dream,” and I JUMPED All in.

I am excited for what the future holds and would love for you to check it out, have fun, and share your stories with this new community we are currently forming.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE STORYTELLING JEWELRY VIP GROUP PAGE: StoryTelling Jewelry VIP GROUP

CLICK HERE TO “LIKE” THE STORYTELLING JEWELRY PAGE: StoryTelling Jewelry Facebook page

Both of these spots will lead to giveaways, deals, information on how to earn free jewelry, parties, and most importantly STORIES, ENCOURAGEMENT, FUN, and of course ADVENTURE!

LOVE,

SARAH KATE 

Fill In The Blank…

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This uncaged mom of 2 is in a season that I truly I have described a million ways, but I don’t think now that I am writing that it really matters what I name it, it matters what I do with it.

I am a passionate cheerleader who believes in not giving up even when the chips are down and I am beyond grateful for this spirit that God placed in me, especially for times that I am living in currently.

Let me be clear, my world is not crashing down all around me and I am not in a pit of despair. I am in the waiting room pacing floor for what is about to be birthed in a new season! I can see the cutout of the lionness, I have heard her faint roar, but she is not fully awakened that is for sure. If you didn’t know by looking at our facebook page I am currently reading “Lionness Arising” by amazing author and warrior daughter Lisa Bevere and it is a game changing book, if you haven’t read it, well this is my recommendation to go read it.

I want so badly for God to just fill in the blank already, but that wouldn’t create the woman He made me to be, that wouldn’t give Him glory, that wouldn’t send me into the next prepared. Nope, God is patient, diligent, mighty, and most of all purposeful with our lives.

What blanks are you longing for God to fill? How do you pray for it? 

“I pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is the glorious Father.

I keep asking him to give you the wisdom and understanding that come from the Holy Spirit. I want you to know God better. I pray that you may understand more clearly. Then you will know the hope God has chosen you to receive.

You will know that what God will give his holy people is rich and glorious. And you will know God’s great power. It can’t be compared with anything else. His power works for us who believe. It is the same mighty strength …”-Ephesians 1:17-23 

Isn’t that great news! Keep asking for WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING this is how we will know God better. As I wait, I wait in hope because I ask.

Okay, enough ramblings for one day…I want to thank you for reading and getting messy in life with our family. I have only begun to share the struggles and victories that is our Uncaged Life.

 

Stirred Not Shaken

coffee-cup-spoon-cappuccinoIn the morning holding my dixie coffee to go cup I take a deep breath and choose to believe this is the day I can move my dreams forward. Lately, I have felt my heart beat faster, a stirring of something around the corner…when my husband was given the day shift at work I thought this is it! This is the next around the bend, but the stirring has not ceased…

Picking to read the book “Lionness Arising” by the fierce Christian Woman of God Lisa Bevere yesterday and reading this confirming  opening words was incredible! “To all my lioness sisters who feel something wild, fierce, and beautiful stirring within them” That’s it! Oh my goodness, I was so energized to read those words!

Ever felt this way? Like you are excited and don’t know what for? This is where I am at and this rumbling comes with it’s own set of challenges for a person with my personality. I am the “Get Up and GO”  type of person, the give me bullet points and send me off person. Although, this quality is a asset at times, it has proven to be my downfall as well. In your spiritual walk with your Savior Jesus, you want to walk with Him, not ahead in the plan. I tend to keep running and forget the very Vital Life Giving Words of BE STILL.  Stillness is something I have asked my Father God for these days, especially observing my husband and how he handles the same stirrings in his heart.

I got to see my partner in life pray, seek guidance, pray again, seek again, and then only move when he got any kind of confirmation. My husband care for the process inspired me to do the same in my life. We both agreed that we needed each other to make any choices, the resolve to move and the patience to be in the process both mattered.

 

The enemy & my own insecurity want to shake instead of listen to the stirrings in my heart, fear of success is a fear in my life. Reading Chapter 2 in “Lioness Arising” was a jolt in my spirit. “How loud must the alarm of our time become before we are aroused to fully awake?” “It is time you stirred, provoked, incited, and awakened yourself.” These words pierced me to the core because 2 years ago I heard the word Awaken and I could feel the wick of my heart being lit, now the flames are being turned up.

I am facing the fear with Truth and that causes stirrings, rumblings, and I will not be shaken!  Declaring this Truth over all of us today.

“I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”

– Psalm 16:8 (NLT)

        “The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake is confirmed by my sleeping heart. Day and night I’ll stick with God; I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.”

– Psalm 16:8 (MSG)

Will you declare this Truth with me today?