By Faith and Faith Alone

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“By an act of faith, Moses’ parents hid him away for three months after his birth. They saw the child’s beauty, and they braved the king’s decree.

 By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. He valued suffering in the Messiah’s camp far greater than Egyptian wealth because he was looking ahead, anticipating the payoff. By an act of faith, he turned his heel on Egypt, indifferent to the king’s blind rage. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going. By an act of faith, he kept the Passover Feast and sprinkled Passover blood on each house so that the destroyer of the firstborn wouldn’t touch them.

 By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned.”

 -Hebrews 11:23-29 (The Message)


Going through our lives being unsure of our future and what is down the road can be very unsettling. The bible teaches us of many scenarios in which men and women of God did not fear the unknown, for they had someone much greater by their side and overruling their lives.

God calls us out to live by faith, and that is exactly what Moses did in this passage. No matter his past, he still remained focused and had had his eyes set on the one that couldn’t be seen. With that leap of faith, God blessed him abundantly and made him to be the leader of the Israelite’s and led them to freedom!

It’s not easy, I know. But think about how we have someone so mighty and powerful watching out for us. Someone who let their son die so that you may have life. How can we not pour out our lives for the most romantic God? A God who loves us so much, that he gives us new air to fill our lungs each and every day! Think about all the times that God has saved you, over and over again. You’re alive and well right now because of his grace.

We see so much proof of his outpouring love and mercy everyday, why should we even question giving over our lives completely to him? Let him take over your life and show you beauty you’ve never seen before. You are a child of the most high King and he has such great plans for your life!

Live by faith, and see what He can do for you!

Love and Blessings,

Kat A.

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Enjoying every last drop of this year

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“What are you thinking about?”, he asks me as I realize that I have a large smile on my face as I breathe in the beautiful and warming atmosphere of the coffee shop we sit in. My eyes gaze around the room, admiring each little knick knack here and there, from the art displays on the walls, to the paper hearts hanging from the ceiling. I let my lungs fill with the sweetest smell of coffee as I breathe in the steam off of my worn out mug, and answer him with a “Nothing.”

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Thoughts swirl around my head as I let my imaginations run wild. I look at the little shops around us as I peer through the glass, imagining what it would be like to own a little apartment up above a small coffee shop like this. I then feel someone lightly tracing my skin on my hand and I look up to see Jake smiling at me. I so very much enjoy his company because it’s as though we don’t need to drown our days with conversation, we’re content with just being in each others presence. We don’t need to speak because we already know what the other is thinking about through little gestures. As I sit there soaking in every moment, he is also sitting there and doing the same.

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As we finish our lunch, and enjoy every savory morsel of it too, we prepare ourselves to go out and venture to different whereabouts in the beautiful area we know as the Hudson Valley. We walk around with pink noses and frosted fingertips in the historic town of Kingston. We admire the little shops here and there that are filled with different and unique characters. Nothing compares to this area in the wintertime, for even though this is the time of frostbitten toes and dead trees, there is still so much life and spirit around us as people smile and enjoy the festivities of the giving season.

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Jake takes a hold of my hand and walks me around this beautiful town, and tells me stories of his childhood, his favorite memories, classic Marvel comic book nerd talk, and of course… Yes, you guessed… A bit of Star Wars loving. I laugh at all his little quirks and smirks and let the cold wind kiss my face as Jack Frost gives me a small “Hello.”

“What do you want to do now?” Jake asks.

“Let’s go thrifting!” I reply.

Ah, the adventures of thrifting. We roamed around the isles of clothes that are filled with character and that have been loved on a bit more than brand new clothes in retail stores. There’s nothing like buying nifty things for much less than what you’d pay for in stores nowadays.

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Of course, we had to end this perfect day with watching Star Wars and splurging on some delightful vegan ice cream. This year, overall though, is ending and wrapping up quite nicely and I couldn’t ask for a better ending to a better year. But, hey, it can only get better, huh? I’m so looking forward to all the new and exciting adventures that are held for me this new coming year. It was so very nice knowing you, 2014, you will be remembered. Well, this insomniac needs a cat nap at least, for it’s already 5 in the morning. Goodnight to my other fellow insomniacs, and good morning to the early birds!

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