Why She Does It: Kate
Happy Saturday! Today we're super excited to be sharing this fab interview from Kate. Kate shares some beautiful thoughts about how she seeks to keep God at the centre of all she does, as well as some of her favourite Bible verses and stories of how God's been at work in her life this year. This interview is packed full of encouragements and challenges and we're praying that God uses it to bless you. MP Team x
Song I listen to on repeat: This changes every week, at the moment it’s french Disney soundtracks!
Dream holiday destination: IKEA
Favourite month: April/December/whenever there’s something fun going on!
Quality I’d most like to have: I love talking, but I’d like to listen more…
1. Tell us what you are up to at the moment? What does a typical day/week look like for you?
I’ve just finished doing my A-levels, so until very recently, a typical day for me was a mixture of revision and procrastination and lots of cups of tea!!! But now I’m a free gal as summer has hit (my days still involve multiple tea-drinking sessions though.)
2. What’s the highlight of your week? Which parts of your everyday life do you love most?
Right now my favourite part of everyday life is spending time with my friends, and going for a walk as the sun sets.
3. Why are you doing life in the way you are?
I try to live life keeping the following three things as central to all I do, because I have come to the conclusion that this is how God intended us to live:
1. To love God
I believe that Jesus wants to be our friend, and when you have a relationship with a friend, it can’t be all one-sided. I think that as well as talking to God, we need to listen to Him and spend time just being with Him, loving Him and thanking Him for who He is and what He has done for us. So often I reel off my list of ‘demands’ to God, but I am trying to spend more time just being quiet, to focus on God more and myself less.
2. To love others with God’s love
God has given us the responsibility of loving others - those that know Him and those that don’t - in a way that points back to Him. As lots of people have said before ‘Love is a doing word,’ and I think often it’s through our actions that we can spread God’s love. Jesus set a perfect example of this. One of my favourite examples is in John 21, when Jesus makes breakfast for His disciples (of all the things the Saviour of the world could be doing in that moment, He’s cooking up a feast for his friends. ALL THE FEELS!)
3. To be loved by God
The Bible tells us time and time again that God loves us, and whilst we can accept this in our heads, truly believing it with every fibre of our beings can be a lot harder. I struggle in particular with this one, and still have moments where I half don’t believe that God could love me. When these moments of doubt hit I read the verses in the Bible which remind me of the truth (take Mark 2:17) Reorientating ourselves to the powerful truth of God’s love each day is crucial. How can we expect others to believe God loves them if we don’t really believe it for ourselves?
"God is love." (1 John 4:16)
4. What is the one big thing that you think God is teaching you at the moment? How is He challenging and encouraging you?
One of the verses that resonated with me recently is this classic:
‘Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” ’ -2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NLT)
We know that sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers in the way we want Him to. We know that in life there are many struggles and unfair, horrible stuff can happen to us, and when it does it can be hard to understand why God doesn’t rush in and mop up all our problems straight away. This verse has reminded me in tough times that I am going to be okay, not because of anything that I can do, but because God‘s grace will see me through. It’s okay to be weak; His power works best in weakness.
5. When life is busy, how do you make time and space to focus on God? How do you try to keep Him at the centre?
Like everyone I’m still working out how best to keep God the main thing when life is chaotic. Often I have to choose to focus on God, even when it feels like God can wait, but surely Instagram/revision/life can’t...? Personally I have found setting a routine for myself of writing in my journal each day to be helpful, I like writing down my prayers /thoughts/current fave Bible verses, as this allows me to focus on God.
Something else that I have found keeps me wanting to spend time with God is this:
Make your Bible your own. Highlight and doodle away, copy out those lush Hillsong lyrics into the empty pages at the back, stick a photo of a person you’re praying for in the front, pray that God would speak to you through His Word before you read it, take it to church with you, use bookmarks that make you smile. For me, actively loving and using my Bible like this has helped me to love and to access God’s Word inside it more.
6. Looking back at the last year, what encourages you about how God’s been at work in your life?
I am so grateful to God for the marvelous friends He has put in my life this past year, God has used them to encourage me many times, and I feel rather overwhelmed with love for them. Ahhh, people are the best!