Today, Kelsey shares with us how God cleared a path for her, the impact of Christian bosses, and how God is always by our side.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: I have fallen in love with chapter 28 of Job, but specifically Job 28:28. This chapter is an interlude regarding where wisdom can be found. After searching the whole world for wisdom, the author tells us, “The fear of the Lord — that is wisdom.” Beautiful!
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Learning to step out of my comfort zone into the realm of sharing my faith fearlessly with anyone and everyone with confidence and competence.
Profession: I am an interior designer with a side-job, just for fun, at Nothing Bundt Cakes! Both jobs have Christ-centered bosses and I have been blessed extremely through them.
“Both jobs have Christ-centered bosses and I have been blessed extremely through them.”
A one sentence bio of yourself: I am a 24-year-old South Dakotan, living a blessed life with my husband of 1.5 years and working hard, every day, to fulfill God’s purpose for me, without fear or hesitation.
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? I have been a conservative Lutheran my entire life. I haven’t known a life without God, but about 2 months ago, I realized my life was severely lacking in evangelism. I found I had always seen God as the guy in the sky, rather than the guy by my side. I believed in Him, therefore, I was saved and all was good. But since then, I’ve come to the realization that faith without action is dead. Since seeing this and through much prayer and devotion, I have an even closer and intimate relationship with Him as my Friend and Savior, and I now daily strive to live every minute as a reflection of HIM.
“I found I had always seen God as the guy in the sky, rather than the guy by my side.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Having a husband who strives to be closer to me through being closer to God has definitely helped me stay focused on my desire to know Him better. Also, having a journalling bible has made a world of difference with having the space right in my Bible to write my thoughts & what I’ve learned.
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): Joshua chapter 3 – specifically 14-16: “So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing.” What I learned: Don’t be afraid to take that first step into an area of life that scares you. Trust that the Lord will clear a path for you! (I’ve recently tested this and He 100% does clear a path! It’s so amazing!)
“Don’t be afraid to take that first step into an area of life that scares you.”
Top three essentials: Consistency, patience and daily devotions.
How did God speak to you recently? I had been struggling at my interior design job. I wasn’t seeing eye-to-eye with my coworkers and always seemed to be a punching bag for whomever was having a bad day, that day. I had had it and wanted to quit (despite loving my job!). I prayed for months that God would clear a path for me. Sure enough, the housing industry slowed down to the point where I felt my interior design job was only a part-time job. I went on Indeed.com and saw that Nothing Bundt Cakes (the happiest place on earth) was being opened in town. I said a prayer, applied and was hired three hours later! I now only work part-time at my interior design job and absolutely love the joy and uplifting atmosphere at Nothing Bundt Cakes!
Hobby: Weight lifting and cross stitching! (but not at the same time)
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: 1) PRAY. Pray and let it be. God will answer in due time and His plan is always better than our own. 2) Go to church. Even if you’re not 100% focused, the relaxing atmosphere, uplifting music and social aspect of church is so soothing to the soul. 3) Build a Christ-centered network of friends. “Bad company corrupts good character.” But good company fuels the fire to live for Christ.
Favorite person in scripture? Paul. While I haven’t read all of his books yet, he just speaks to my heart. I read the book of Acts (written by Luke) and had maybe a few things highlighted on every page. Then, I got to Romans, and I nearly used an entire highlighter pen by the 3rd chapter! God used him in more ways than could ever be imagined — both during his life and in present-day
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? I want them to know that He is a loving, caring and gracious God, who is always there for his children.
How do you leave your mark on your community? Currently: Sharing Christ’s love through my jobs and through my social media account!
Favorite holiday? Easter – Complete and total reminder of the true reason for Christ’s coming and why we should love to live for him.
A dream you have? To be a stay-at-home mom.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: Every Christmas, we get together at my Grandma’s house with all the aunts, uncles and cousins. We partake of the typical Christmas food, drinks and deserts, and gather around the tree, do a devotion and open gifts!
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? So, how many hairs are on my head?
Thing you want to raise awareness about: You don’t need to be in special circumstances (pastor, missionary, etc.) to share Christ. Your life can and should be a reflection of Him.
“Your life can and should be a reflection of Him.”
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? Hair, makeup, get dressed, 20-minute devotion, breakfast, post to Instagram and cuddle with my husband.
What is on your nightstand? A lamp, water bottle, picture of my husband and me, a Bible, pen and highlighter.
Define Christianity in a sentence: The belief in God and His story on earth, followed by the desire to share His grace and truth with others.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!