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Kathi lives with Roger and a bunch of chickens in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. There they host writer retreats, and Kathi writes about how to do life with God a little closer today than yesterday. She’s a best-selling author and absolutely loves her Clutter Free Community on Facebook.

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  1. Wow, Kathi, thank you!
    What a real and powerful testimony. My deepest sympathies to you and Roger on the death of your mother-in-law.
    Thank you for being such an encouragement to the rest of us, while you wait out this current season of storm. Praying God will protect your home and provide for all of your community who have lost so much.

  2. Oh Kathi! My prayers with you and your family. But what a wonderful message this morning. It was validating. I have my feelings of anguish over things that I wish were different, but yes, I can still praise God and be thankful for all I still have.

    • Madeline – what a perfect way of putting it: I have my feelings of anguish over things that I wish were different, but yes, I can still praise God and be thankful for all I still have.” Beautiful.

  3. Reminds me of my Life Verse —

    Hababkuk 3:17-19:
    Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
    though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
    though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,
    yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.

    The Sovereign Lord is my strength…

  4. Kathi yes all the way from Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. I saw the news about the fires. I have prayed for you all and prayed for the fire fighters who have the job of putting out the fires. Two scriptures in what you say Blessed be name of the Lord come to mind. One is Proverbs 18 verse 10 ” The name of the Lord is strong tower The righteous run to it they are safe” That is so true. That no matter what you guys go through. You know the name of the Lord is strong tower. You can know the Lord will keep you strong to help you go through all you are going through at this time. People like you all that are saved. Can run to the tower in the Lord know to you are safe. No matter what you are going through. Plus Psalm 118 verse 24 come to mind also. It says “This is the Day the Lord has made lets us rejoice and be glad in it.” Yes that might be hard to do at this difficult time. But we the saved no that matter what we go through. We are to rejoice ever day no matter what. As it says in that verse this day the Lord has made. Gods makes every day. It might be hard to rejoice in it. Especially when we are going through something in our lives. Like you guys are with the fires. Plus your friends and other who probably lost so much. In the fires. They don’t seem to especially if saved feel like rejoicing. Because God makes every day. They are probably thinking. Why why did the fires happen. Why Lord? But ours is not to ask why just pray. Remember in these times as Proverbs 18 verse 10 says The Lord is there strong tower and yours too. You and they can run to it know they are safe. As hard as that seems for any of us going through something in out lives we can do that. Plus stand on that verse. Believe the Lord will do what he says in it. Plus it. Reminds me of a song you get it on YouTube. I don’t know it perfectly. But this is how it goes. “The Lord Liveth and bless be the rock of my salvation” There is I think another song they all might be one song. It goes the “The name of the Lord is strong tower and the righteous running to it they are safe.” Then I think the course go whooo you wave your hands and do running in it as part of the actions. To say you are running you that are saved too the Lord”. You get both or if of the one song on YouTube. If I find the song on YouTube. I send another reply. With the proper name of it for you to listen to Kathi. So as you will know the Lord is with you in these times. So are my prayers. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little Enniskillen Co.Fermanagh N.Ireland. xx

  5. Kathi found out the name of the song do listen to it on YouTube. It “Blessed be the name of the Lord” the course goes “With the righteous running to it and they are safe”. It is a lively but good song. Especially for all you are going through. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  6. Kathi, this is so inspiring! I hope your house stands. No matter what, your faith will stand and God will be there with you.

  7. You brought up Job. I have always loved Job 13:15. It remains for me the ultimate worship mantra. For when we are stripped of all our earthly ‘loves’ and possessions and stand before God the only choice left is either trust Him or not. Job chose to trust. Through his pain and agony he cried, he mourned his losses, but he never stopped trusting his God. Bless you and family and chickens as you are dealing with a heavy blow. Remember the old hymn Trust and Obey. It says there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey. See you on the flip side

  8. Sorry about that last line. I’m an old lady and that is a reference to the old 45 records. There was always a more popular side and on the flip side was a lesser known song. In our case the flip side is the best side as our flip side will be spent with Jesus for eternity.

  9. I well remember the day Job 1:20 hit me between the eyes. That verse reveals the first thing Job did after tearing his robe and shaving his head in grief: he worshiped. Such faith and pure devotion Job demonstrated! You are so wise, Kathi, to prepare yourself in advance, prayerfully and with a positive attitude, relying upon God to see you through, come what may. P.S. I too am very sorry for the losses you’ve experienced during the pandemic. May God’s comfort bring you transcendent peace.

  10. Thank you, Kathi. Just finished a First5 study in Habakkuk, Not According to Plan, and between him and Job, I am clinging to Blessed be the Name of the LORD. And the glimpses of Jesus in the book of Habakkuk. My sister, Dana is in ICU on a ventilator for COVID pneumonia. The last Friday in this study shared a comment by one of the writers, Quantrilla, that resounded with me, “We can rely on the strength that only comes from depending on God in whatever circumstances we may find ourselves.” Praying God’s grace in continuing to preserve your home and that you accept that blessing without guilt and that He will touch you and your humans and critters at the point of your greatest need, daily. My go to words are always, But God….even when or especially when, trust, submission and abiding are hard. Prayers, blessings and gratitude for your faithfulness in ministry. Maranatha!

  11. Kathi

    These last few years have been mighty hard on people. Right now I feel is worst life has been. So many friends have relatives in hospital with Covid. I volunteer with Loaves & Fishes. They gave out about 10+ food boxes tonight alone. Many many hurting people. Yet the resounding theme I hear is God will see me through this. The recipients come back with God bless you for doing this. God gives us good & bad with a few ands thrown in for good measure.

    Praying for all in path of California wildfires. May God keep everyone safe. Asking God to bless your family especially your husband who lost his mom. XXXXXXXXXX(Hugs)!!

    Blessings “)

    • Beth – I love that you are finding God’s purpose in all of this with Loaves & Fishes. Thank you for the blessings you’ve heaped on my by reading your comments this morning.