life

I have sadly been neglecting this blog of late — but life happens, and sometimes even those things you deem important need to go by the wayside. I’m popping in to let you guys know several things:

One, things will be slow on this blog post-wise until after the New Year, most likely. Holidays are a time where family is a priority, and if I can fit in time to write, great! I’ve been able to in the past, but  this year I’ve been extremely busy with other things , and it’s just not been practical to sit at the computer. So, it’s not a priority right now =)

Two, with all that being said, there’s still going to be plenty of content going up on here. I’m apparently making up for my lack of reading all year by reviewing several books and participating in several blog tours — so expect random and scattered posts with a common theme of books :D

Three, Look for exciting things coming to Maidens for Modesty. Changes and guest posts that I never thought I’d be able to make happen here in this corner of the internet. But that’s all I’m saying about that one!

So, expect book reviews and blog tours, and know that the Lord is working to refine me and teach me several things. Patience, perseverance, and graciousness. And all of it is happening when I already have a lot going on — I was crying to Mom the other night and realized when I went to bed how selfish I sounded. I have a lot going on, I don’t have the emotional energy I need to deal with a particular situation, and therefore I’m not going to even attempt to be civil or nice.

But really, that’s no excuse. Instead of being so focused on myself and my feelings, I need to emulate Christ and His life. He was kind and gracious to everyone, even when they woke Him up because they were afraid of the storm on the sea.

I have realized I’m not like that. When I’m really busy I just try to deal with it all and cope with it all myself, without really talking about anything with anyone. And when one more thing is added to the load, I just hold it all in until all the emotions come out in the form of tears. As my mother discovered the other night at about midnight :D

I’ve discovered that the prayers of sweet friends are a precious encouragement that the Lord gives, and that I took the sweet friends who knew the circumstances and were quick to tell me they were praying for granted….and I miss it.

Yet the Lord is good and faithful, and won’t give me more than I can handle. He has been faithful to bring me to the end of myself once again, and to teach me once more that I MUST depend on Him as my all-in-all. Every single person will disappoint, but Christ is sufficient and He must be the One I turn to first, in every situation.

So, when I “officially” come back, I should have lots to write about and share with you guys.

Until then, have a blessed season of reflection on Christ’s birth!

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7 comments

  1. Bekah says:

    I loved this post, Kaitlyn. I, too, tend to hold my emotions inside when there’s so much going on and then it all of a sudden comes out in tears. (I call it the volcano affect. LOL)

    Anyway, I will be praying for you! Thank you for always writing truth on this blog. I can’t wait to read the coming posts!
    -Bekah

    • Kaitlyn S. says:

      “Volcano Effect” is a wonderfully descriptive term…..positively perfect =) I’m glad I’m not the only one in the world who holds all those feelings inside!

      Thank you for praying, my friend!

  2. Leona Ruth says:

    Thanks for the update! I’m looking forward to seeing what posts you have coming up! And what the changes are! But have a good break! :)
    How is your grandfather doing?
    I feel like I’m in a similar situation as you, as far as overwhelming busyness goes. I’m sure I have a lot less going on than you though; I have a feeling that this may be the new norm for my life (or it may get busier!), and although I am not enjoying it right now, I think I should get used to it. :P It seems like God is trying to teach me to prioritize (which I am not very good at) and to look to Him for direction in every “small” decision. It’s hard, and unfortunately I am stubborn and want my own way! But 1 Corinthians 10:14 (“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”) is encouraging, though, and also 2 Corinthians 12:9: “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” <3
    I will pray for you. <3

    • Kaitlyn S. says:

      Thank you for sharing those Scriptures, Leona! 2 Cor. 12:9 is one I have been meditating on a LOT lately!

      My life got a lot busier when my grandparents started needing help about three year ago, and has only gotten busier — I enjoy it, but it’s a lot. And prioritizing is a thing that I wasn’t so very good at, but learned rather quickly. It was either learn, or drown in all the “to-do’s” I had created for myself :D My grandfather is doing REALLY well! He is doing therapy right now, once a week, and since neither of my grandparents can drive, I am their chauffeur until at least the week before Christmas. Which means I am running all around town and getting LOTS of driving experience! Thank you for asking — it’s sweet of you to remember them, my friend!

      Thank you for praying, as well! I’ll also keep you in my prayers as you learn to navigate the busyness — it can be challenging, but I always think about how busy it will be one day if I ever marry and have lots of little ones running around =) The busyness of today is good practice!

      • Leona Ruth says:

        Praise the Lord that your grandfather is doing well! I’m glad to hear that.
        I have been feeling much less busy lately, and I’m very grateful for that; it’s a blessing to be able to trust that the Lord has everything under control and in His Hands. <3 Thank you for your prayers. :)

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