Welcome to my new Blog. My new space. A place to write, wrestle and share my heart as I, as we, Dare to Hope.
It all started a few years back when I began blogging on my photography blog, sharing snippets of my personal life…and then I kept writing not realizing how healing it would be for me. The words kept coming & my photography blog was soon taken over by my personal life. The blog just became more than I imagined. As I kept writing and writing I realized I needed a separate space, my heart needed a space to share, to express, and to wrestle through this journey. Coffee with Katie is this space. Here on this blog is where I can express what God is and has done- through pain, suffering, & hardships. My heart is to see this blog be a conversation, a dialog over life. One of my BIG frustrations with Christians and the church is the lack of acknowledging pain & speaking openly about it. Most of us are really good at pretending- at making life prettier than it really is- at hiding the truth of the pain that fills our soul. The more I have opened up about hardships my eyes have truly been open to the pain and messy lives that people are walking through, and I have come to find just as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12, strength is found in boasting in weakness, “Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Though we often think sharing hardships makes us weak, we are wrong in this thinking. God proclaims, his power works best in weakness. This is a mind shift that is hard to live. All people, followers of Jesus or not, are facing difficult things in their lives. Sometimes we all just feel defeated and hopeless. But just as God has spoke hope over my soul, my heart is to see this space be a dialog of hope to those of us who sometimes find ourselves in a dry and weary place.
I don’t have answers, I don’t have a magic fix to offer but I have my life as testimony of this hope & his faithfulness. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. -Hebrews 10v23
Dare to Hope is the theme for this space because it is the theme for my life. Dare to hope comes from Lamentations 3. It is a word God so clearly spoken over my life in a season when I needed a taste of hope on my suffering soul. Though life may attempt to crush my weary soul, I dare to hope. I have hope in the everlasting love of my Father.
The thought of my suffering and homelessness
is bitter beyond words.[a]
I will never forget this awful time,
as I grieve over my loss.
Yet I still dare to hope
when I remember this:
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
to those who search for him.
So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.
Thank you. From the bottom of my heart thank you for reading, for joining the conversation, for sharing life together as we dare to hope. Will you join me? I would be honored to share life together with you.
I hope you join me for coffee and conversation! -Katie 🙂
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