Today, Ky speaks to us about learning to rest differently, allowing ourselves to be known and a very beautiful and unique goal.
Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: I’m one of three sisters, the middle child. We grew up in the suburbs, and I have some really amazing memories as a child, playing outside until the streetlights came on. I grew up not knowing Jesus, I would only attend church with my family during Easter and Christmas services. I knew I believed in God, but He absolutely was not the center of my life. I’m so thankful for His constant pursuit of my heart.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Spiritual growth focus, at the moment: My focus has been on resting. I’m allowing more space in my life for God and sometimes that means just going on walk to admire His creation. Sometimes, it’s saying no to good/fun opportunities, so that I can slow down and cultivate the things that truly matter to me, like closeness in my relationships with my husband and children. Sometimes, it’s choosing to put down my phone and pick up my Bible. It’s not necessarily about sitting down or lying down for physical rest, but rather surrendering to God the things I tend to want control over and resting in the trust I have with Him, learning to listen, and not rush my time with Him.
Profession: I process invoices for a contracting company, and I also am the Social Media Director/Content Creator for Riverbend Community Church.
How do you incorporate your connection with God into your daily, secular work? I am in communion with God, every chance I get. I even pray in the bathroom, sometimes. I sometimes listen to sermon podcasts while doing work. I use my lunch break to journal my prayers or connect with God, while I’m out for a walk.
“I use my lunch break to journal my prayers or connect with God, while I’m out for a walk.”
If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be? If I wrote a memoir the title would be, “Known”.
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? The day after Easter in 2013, I was filled with an unexplainable peace after enduring one of the hardest nights of my life. It felt like a veil had been taken off of my eyes, and I was seeing clearly for the first time in forever.
“The day after Easter in 2013, I was filled with an unexplainable peace after enduring one of the hardest nights of my life.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Taking breaks from social-media | Attending church regularly | Participating in Revelation Wellness.
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): Currently Reading Brene Brown Daring Greatly – I’m learning that everyone has experienced shame and that it could be the one thing that connects us all if we would dare greatly and be vulnerable with one another to help heal each other.
Top three essentials: Bible, alone time, time in nature/outdoors…
How did God speak to you recently? I invited His presence in to comfort me during an emotional time and in my heart I heard the still small voice, as calm as can be, whisper to my soul, “I’m here with you” and I knew that this moment of life, though difficult, was going to grow me in a way only it could.
Hobby: Blogging, writing, reading, crocheting, walking.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: Be in a community of other believers! Allow yourself to be known. Read your Bible. Connect with God in your own way, whether it’s going for walks and admiring His creation or reading devotionals, be receptive, He’s a personal God!
“Allow yourself to be known.”
Favorite person in scripture? Jesus! He’s my everything.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? That God loves imperfect people; people that don’t have it all together but want to depend on Him. He reveals Himself to those who truly seek after Him with all of their heart.
How do you leave your mark on your community? I am as authentic as it safely permits. For example, if the opportunity arises that I can be vulnerable with a trusted person, it allows us to open and connect with one another and help each other through life. Walking alongside someone that is willing to pray with and for you is priceless.
“Walking alongside someone that is willing to pray with and for you is priceless.”
Favorite holiday? Easter.
A goal you have? To write a letter to my children, once a month that I’ll give them when they turn 18.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: We typically try to go a baseball game every year around Father’s Day, which is also right around my birthday. I love being out in the sunshine and experiencing all the fun there is to have at the ballpark.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? I’ve thought about this a lot actually and it changes from time to time. On a less serious note, I want to know God made ticks, I hate hate hate them! On a more serious note, I want to ask God what angels have been sent to protect me and my family, so I could thank them as I know He’s surrounded me with them.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: The heartache of infertility.
What does your morning routine consist of? The minute my eyes open, I thank God that He’s given me another day. I usually spend about 5 minutes just thanking Him for everything. Then, I get up and pour coffee, and sit on my bathroom floor and talk to God in prayer about the day ahead. This is when I’m praying for others and for myself, repenting, asking for forgiveness, and His protection.
What is on your nightstand? A light up scentsy warmer, a bottle of water, and my cell phone.
Define Christianity in a sentence: Christianity is the greatest gift one could ever receive if they would just open their heart to the possibility that Jesus is who He says He is.
For more Ky:
IG: @kylelara1231 and @believerlane
Until next time, keep witnessing!
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