katie: contentment

from the katie: contentment reading plan

BY Guest Writer

Hello, She Reads Truth friends! I am so thankful for the invitation to share with you here on the She Reads Truth site today. I love this community, and I love that what brings us together is a desire to seek Him more and live out His truth.

One of the amazing blessings I’ve experienced as part of the She Reads Truth community is the rhythm of scripture reading I’ve developed and how as result of seeking Him more intentionally, I am able to more clearly discern His voice and hear Him speak directly to certain things I’m going through, praying about, etc.

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of being fruitful in my faith and how I can live my story more courageously, gratefully, and faithfully.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the last few years is that every season has its own value and purpose, and it’s freeing to be able to trust Him enough to embrace the story He’s written just for you.

For me, that means embracing my current season of singleness and trusting Him to bring growth and fruitfulness in the midst of the waiting and the wondering. Hope can be bittersweet — especially during times like these, as we turn our precious prayers over to His care and look to Him to guard our hearts in patience and peace.

After years of praying for marriage and waiting in delicate and hopeful anticipation, I am, for perhaps the first time, truly feeling as though I can hear His whispers about the value and purpose in this current season. He is showing me that He has plans for me right now, that He is using me right here. Dreams are being developed and nurtured, and my faith is being lived out every day, in sometimes small, but always significant ways.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  (Ephesians 2:10)

Sometimes, I think it’s easy to look at where we are and see what’s missing, or compare our story with someone else’s. But His truth reminds me that I was created for my own good works, adventures, and experiences, and He has prepared all of those things in advance. I want to trust Him so deeply that I question and complain less about where He has me and instead praise Him for it.

Recently, as I was reading The Message translation of the Soul Detox plan, I came across this verse from Romans 12: “Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.” That truth challenged my heart in mighty ways, because if I’m truthful, I had allowed some bitterness to take root.

Honestly, I don’t like even typing those words, but sharing them is important, I think, because they are an illustration of how His truth brings renewal, refreshment, and a fresh perspective. And they show how willing He is to meet us right where we are, speaking to whatever we are experiencing.

In my current season, I want to praise Him for engaging my creative heart and encouraging me to chase after dreams and grow as an artist and a writer. I want to praise Him for teaching me about discipleship and friendship and marriage and for showing me what it means to live out this verse from Hebrews 10:24: “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” When I truly take the time to reflect, I am humbled and amazed at His goodness to create this story that is unique to me.

I won’t stop praying for the desires and dreams I believe He’s placed on my heart — like marriage. But with faith, I will embrace where He has me right now, abiding in Him and finding joy in the moments He’s scripted just for me.

And as my trust in Him continues to grow, I will keep committing my deepest hopes and desires to Him, believing He will develop them, as He wills, and bring about a harvest at just the right time.



// Katie’s Blog //

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    "I want to trust Him so deeply that I question and complain less about where He has me and instead praise Him for it." AMEN! I just started reading 1000 gifts and I think you would really enjoy it and be blessed by it as well. It is about finding Joy in the now and focusing on what we have not what we don't have :) I loved hearing your heart Katie and I am checking out your blog now!

    1. Katie says:

      Hi, Elizabeth! Thanks for reading! I read 1000 Gifts over the summer, and I LOVED it. In fact, I think I need to read it again this summer. So many wise, encouraging, inspiring thoughts in her book. Happy to connect with you here. :)

  2. Ellen MR says:

    Beautiful story Katie! You’ve blessed many with your testimony. May the Lord bless you with the desires of your heart! :)

    1. Katie says:

      Thanks so much, Ellen! :) Thank you for reading and for such a sweet blessing.

  3. Lauren C says:

    Thank you, Katie for taking the time to read the comments & respond to me. How very kind! Thank you so much for that sincere, earnest prayer. My heart felt it & I am grateful. The Holy Spirit really is working here on SRT with these daily testimonies. It’s truly amazing, I’ve never experienced anything like it!

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