Who Am I?

September, 2016: My goal is to encourage and uplift every person who happens by this blog.  Where I fail or offend…please forgive!

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I am now 65 and my children are grown, so I am trying to write as full time as possible. During the week I write on various topics, including travel, current events, books, movies, or whatever has provoked me to thought or made me reflect on God. In everything, my desire is to lift up Jesus. On Sundays, I’m slowly working my way through a commentary on the Song of Solomon (from the Bible), called Rise Up, My Love. On Saturdays…well, I recently finished a series of 365 devotionals on the first year of life for new parents called Bless Your Baby, and lately I’ve been doing a series on recipes, but I do change from time to time.

Private life? My husband and I have been married 43 years. Alan is the CMO (chief medical officer) of a Christian psychiatric hospital, but I spent most of my “career” rearing and homeschooling our seven children, who are now 20-something to…the oldest turned 40 on my 65th birthday! That son is a software engineer working for Square in San Francisco, married to an artist who is homeschooling their four sons. My second is a dentist in the army stationed in Italy, married to an actress who is homeschooling their four children. The third is a college professor married to a speech pathologist; they have three preschool-age daughters. The fourth is a writer married to a graphic designer and videographer who works for a mega church in the Detroit area (and has also started his own video production business); they also have three preschoolers. The fifth is a dentist married to a nurse; they live here in GR (as do my husband and I). They had a micro-preemie  in 2015, but I’m happy to report that he survived and is now a bright and busy toddler who’s doing just fine. To look at him today, you’d never guess what he’s been through! My sixth-born is working on his PhD in musicology at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and is the pianist at his church.  My last-born is ABD (studying for a PhD in literature) from Northeastern University in Boston and has recently taken a job as an assistant editor with a Christian publishing house here in GR. It was a very tough job bringing up their mother, but they all survived, and many of them are now busy bringing up their own broods. God is good!!

One of my dearest friends once told me I reminded her of a little red helium balloon bouncing along in the sky. She envisioned my husband, Alan, as the string that kept me from floating away…and I assume that meant tethered to the realities here on earth. I buy that. Especially the idea of being a balloon. I feel like my entire existence is totally dependent on the Holy Spirit filling me, and without Christ, I’d have burst a long time ago and be lying broken in a field somewhere. All I am or ever hope to be is His! “I am my Beloved’s, and His desire is towards me” (Song of Solomon 7:10). Or, as Einstein put it, “I want to know the mind of God. Everything else is just detail.” I know that eternity will not be long enough to truly understand the ineffable mind of God, but I have tasted the love of God, and to me, there is nothing more compelling on earth. I want to share His love…to love others in a way that attracts them to Christ, who is truly the best! That’s my passion. I’m passionate about a lot of things, like family and friends and writing and photography, but nothing is as dear to me as Christ!

If you want to comment below, that is great! If you’d rather contact me personally to ask questions or ask me to pray about anything, please write me at:  kathrynwarmstrong@gmail.com

May God bless you,

Kathi

PS—April, 2008, when I first began blogging, I had this to say in response to the question, Who Am I?  Hmmm. When asked that in front of a class as a demo for how to interview a patient, I responded, “I’m a woman, a Christian, and a wife.” Nearly 40 years later, that still holds, although I’d definitely add that I’m a mom. In fact, a motherless mother. Since Alan and I are both babies in our natal families, our parents—were they still living—would be approaching 100. This translates into our beginning to live through the sixties all over again, although we’re not a part of the sandwich generation. We’ve had to give up that comfy feeling of having parents cushioning us like a slice of well buttered bread…and that pressured feeling of needing to take care of both our parents and our kids at the same time. I think we’re more like bruschetta. Our kids are pretty much baked and toasty…industrious and independent. That leaves us as the stewed tomatoes! Still, I like bruschetta. Do you?

70 responses to “Who Am I?

  1. hello I came across your site and just got really encouraged! Thank you for your faith =) God bless you and your family and friends..!

  2. This is called insanity. Why would anyone put some superstition before his/her own family and friends?!?

  3. “The patient typically finds himself impelled by some deep, inner conviction that something is true, or right, or virtuous: a conviction that doesn’t seem to owe anything to evidence or reason, but which, nevertheless, he feels as totally compelling and convincing. We doctors refer to such a belief as ‘faith’.”

  4. “No doubt soaring cathedrals, stirring music, moving stories and parables, help a bit. But by far the most important variable determining your religion is the accident of birth.”

  5. “Most people, I believe, think that you need a God to explain the existence of the world, and especially the existence of life. They are wrong, but our education system is such that many people don’t know it.”

  6. “The trouble is that God in this sophisticated, physicist’s sense bears no resemblance to the God of the Bible or any other religion.”

    With regard to your misunderstanding of Einstein’s methaphorical ‘God’. Einstein was an atheist.

  7. “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”

  8. “Science offers us an explanation of how complexity (the difficult) arose out of simplicity (the easy). The hypothesis of God offers no worthwhile explanation for anything, for it simply postulates what we are trying to explain.”

  9. Dear Reason,

    No one was present when the world came into existence. The thought that an infinitely complex God spoke everything into existence fits pretty neatly with the idea of a “big bang.” Although the Bible explains things in a simple way, it is nevertheless either accurate in what it states or is as plausible as any other hypothesis about creation. Faith isn’t the great cop out! It’s the great surrender to trusting the One who is ultimately the source of all love, light, and life. It is simply accepting all that Christ did to provide for our salvation and the most wonderful ideology in the world: love the perfect, good God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. This directs our hearts towards love and unselfishness. How could it be anything but good?

  10. “Faith isn’t the great cop out! It’s the great surrender…”

    Sounds like a contradiction to me. You surrender your own thinking to something that is very likely not existant. You surrender your thinking to the doctrine of some misguided church leaders that claim to be the representatives of God on Earth. How dare they?

    “How could it be anything but good?”

    Nothing bad about love and unselfishness at all, obviously. However, you don’t need religion to develop love and unselfishness, all humans are innately social cause it’s in their own survival’s interest. Religion breeds hate, superstition and intolerance more than anything. The bible in fact is full of horrible violent stories. Religious idiologies all over the world (may they be christian, muslim, jewish or whatever) are exclusive and intolerant. Now which one of them is right? Certainly none of them cause they all exclude each other by definition.
    The concepts of sin and hell are so harmful, how dare anyone tell an innocent and innately social child that something she’s done is sinful?! And on the basis of what? A book full of tales and some self proclaimed superhuman priests?!

    It is my deep conviction that humanity would be happier and more peaceful if it freed itself from the shackles of religion.

  11. Dear “Reason,”

    Wow! I hardly know where to begin in trying to respond. Just a few thoughts:

    1. If you surrender your thinking when you discover that you’ve been wrong and something else is right, then it is a happy surrender. In my surrender to God, I discovered that He IS, and He is truth. It was like discovering that 2X3=6 rather than 5. Surrender to the truths of the Bible is a joy that brings peace to my heart. “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them [’cause them to stumble’]” (Psalm 119:165).

    2. “Religion breeds hate, superstition and intolerance more than anything.” I’m sorry if you feel that way. My experience has been that getting to know the God of the Bible has bred love, freedom to know the source of all wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, and tolerance rather than intolerance. Perhaps many religions are oppressive, but not all of them. Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

    3. Each religion claiming to be correct does not mean that they are all wrong, but logically it does mean that only one can be right. We each have to examine the evidence and choose what we are going to believe. In a way, I guess you could say mathematics is intolerant because it insists that 1+1=2 despite what any person in particular may assert. Truth stands as true regardless of who believes it or who asserts that it is false. After considering the options, I believe that there is a God and that Jesus was telling the truth when he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).

    4. If you don’t believe in God, then you won’t believe in right or wrong, good or bad, sin or hell. Moral constructs presuppose a moral force, generally thought to be “God.” If a child murders his baby brother, most people would say that’s wrong. Would you? Does the term “sinful” seem stronger than the word “wrong” to you? Do you believe in right and wrong?

    5. It is my deep conviction that I am much happier and more peaceful since I have submitted to the leadership of the One who loves me more dearly than anyone on earth ever could and who is wiser than anyone on earth will ever be. These “shackles” if you will, are akin to the “shackles” of submitting to wedding vows. Marriage to a terrible person could be unbearable. But, marriage to a godly husband is a joy and privilege. I love having someone whose opinions I trust; I love the companionship of sharing life with someone who loves me and helps me in working through how to live. God is even more wonderful than my husband! Are you married? Is it a good thing in your life? Can you imagine how being in a relationship with a good, loving, omniscient God could be a good thing?

    I’m wondering, would you rather continue this discussion via email rather than on my blog? I’m open to either; your choice!

  12. How come you pick and choose when it comes to morals anyway? Doesn’t the bible say “Love thy neighbours as you love yourself” (sorry, not familiar with the exact choice of words)? How can you justify denying your fellow citizens affordable and accessible health care then?

    Just to clarify things, I’m not one of your fellow citizens, so this question only interests me on a theoretical basis.

    • Hi!

      I’m in Germany right now and not in a spot where I know how to access my blog, but I’ll be thinking about your question. What country are you from? Are you an atheist, or do you think in spiritual terms at all?

      Yes, the Bible does say to love my neighbor as I love myself…and I try and fail. I believe there is a difference between what we try to do as individuals for those around us versus what a government provides. For example…to push your thinking to the extreme, would that mean that any government should provide health care for everybody in the world if they want to be “Christian?”

      Blessings, Kathi

  13. 4. Look, you don’t need religion to impose moral values on you. Every human being is a moral being by default, by nature. We are born innately social, we are a cooperating species. It would be detrimental to our survival as a species if we murdered our own family or indeed anyone who doesn’t immediately threaten our own survival. How do you think the human race survived hundreds of thousands of years without the oh so moral guidance of the Christian church? We develop empathy without needing any religious influence, we’re neurally hardwired to be empathic.

    Religion imposes artificial morals on people.

    Please tell me, what’s moral about stoning women to death who love somebody else than their forcibly married spouse?
    What’s moral about telling little children that they’ll burn in hell if they don’t do x or y?
    What’s moral about sexually abusing millions of kids and covering it up on a large scale over decades, dismissing allegations as “petty gossip”?
    What’s moral about telling indiginous tribes how to live, destroying their culture which has developed over tens of thousands of years, longer than any Christian religion?

    Just a few examples of what I view as skewed christian morality.

    Also, do you only consider behaviours to be “good” when the bible tells you so? How valuable is so called moral behaviour if that behaviour is only executed because somebody tells you so, coerces you to do it, threatens you to do it (“you’ll burn in hell if you don’t…”) or bribes you to do it (“you’ll go to heaven if you do…”)?

  14. missing part

    Sorry, your blog software didn’t let me post my reply properly.

    Look, it’s not about you personally but about the mindset behind your publications. For this reason I’d prefer your readers to be able to follow the discussion.

    1. There is evidence for 2×3=6, there is no evidence for the existence of God, let alone a God who intervenes and guides human behaviour. Your church has actually conducted a study investigating whether prayer helped sick people to recover. Guess what the results were? People who had been prayed for, actually had worse health outcomes than people who had not been prayed for. Possibly a case of too many expectations put on patients. I can find you the source if you’re interested.

    2. The tolerance of the Christian church is extremely limited. Where’s your tolerance of homosexuality?

    3. Where’s your evidence for the existence of God? Why do you believe in God and NOT in the unicorn or fairies or a teapot flying around in space? It is purely because you were brought up, indoctrinated and brainwashed from a very young age on what to believe. If 2 billion people believe in the emperor’s new clothes, doesn’t change a thing about the truth that the emperor is actually naked.
    If you can prove that 1+1 is not 2, mathematicians would be very interested in your argumentation, however no human being has been able to disprove that 1+1=2.

    By the way, I’m european and atheist (should be obvious from my posts, shouldn’t it?). About a fifth of humankind are atheist or non-religious and belief in (a) God correlates positively with age, conservative attitude and lack of education. The less you know the more you are inclined to believe what an authority tells you to.

  15. Well, I’ve been thinking about your questions. Are “Humanist” and “Reason” two different people? The numbering seems to go 1.2.3.4. as if the two entries contain connected points by one author, but I also realize my blog must have been acting up while I was gone, and so perhaps the comments are by two different individuals. At any rate, let me try to respond!

    1.&3. Is there evidence for the existence of God? EVIDENCE? Yes. Undisputable proof? No. The most convincing proof to me is the complexity of our universe. If I saw a teapot flying around, I would wonder how it worked. If I saw a beautifully decorated china teapot lying on a beach, I would wonder who made it. It would never cross my mind to imagine that it “just happened” to have spontaneously come together as a clump of sand granules that stuck together, fell by accident into a fire until it melted into a perfectly shaped glass pot, rolled into various plants that dyed them, rolled into another fire until glazed perfectly, and then just happened to come to rest on the shore. No, I would marvel at the brilliance of the artisan who made the lovely pot. Similarly, I stand amazed at the ocean’s edge as I watch a beautiful seagull “flying around in space,” swooping over the waves and diving down to spear a fish. I marvel at the brilliance of our Creator. A living bird is so much more complex than a tea pot, and yet we can tell that a tea pot isn’t spontaneously and accidentally generated. How can we imagine that something as wonderful as a living being just by some stunning improbability chanced to spontaneously generate? It is easier for me to believe in an intelligent Creator than to imagine that everything I see exists because of a series of stupendous accidents.

    There are also many evidences for the resurrection of Christ. Josh McDowell wrote a book called Evidence that Demands a Verdict, listing many, many reasons for believing both in the existence of God and in the resurrection of Christ.

    Finally, and this is something that might not make sense to you, but for those of us who do believe, there is an assurance that comes from testing the Scriptures and finding that “they work.” When we live according to the “Royal Law” (love God; love others), we find a sense of peace and joy that reinforces our faith. The Bible calls it the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives. There is a sense that “this is all true,” and it makes our faith deeper and more secure. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).” As we pray, we sense God’s Spirit teaching us and guiding us in the way that we should go. In fact, this is not because I was brought up in the Christian church and brainwashed from an early age! My father was an atheist and my mother an agnostic. I became a believer years later when I heard the “gospel”—the wonderful news that Jesus died in my place for my sins so that I could be reconciled to God. I was overjoyed and asked Christ to be my Savior that night! I’ve never regretted that decision and only find an increasing sense of the glory and wonder of God. Perfect love. I have not found it anywhere else on earth. I believe not only because of evidence but also because of experience.

    2. Regarding intolerance, I have found that all of us (myself included) struggle to be tolerant of those with whom we disagree. Tolerance in its best form is based on conviction, and it’s hard to tolerate others when we think they are wrong. Jesus taught us to “love one another” and “if it is possible, as much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men (Romans 12:18).” For me, that means that although I believe God forbids homosexual practice (for our own good), I still treat homosexuals with the respect and dignity they deserve as human beings. God calls us to testify of His love, but it is the work of the Holy Spirit to convince men of sin and their need of salvation, help, and healing. I feel deeply ashamed of people who pretend to be doing the work of God by hurting others, no matter what religious cover they wear. Christ belittled no one, and he hurt no one; his mission was to heal the sick and forgive sins.

    4. I agree with you that man is a moral being innately. In fact, that is an argument in favor of our being created in the image of a moral Creator. However, people do sometimes murder other people who are not threatening their survival. We are moral, but we’re not always morally upright. I believe that “sin” occurs when we fail to behave in a morally upright way. The Ten Commandments given in Exodus 20 still stand as a good basis for living in a morally responsible way in relationship to our God and to one another. Things like lying, stealing, cheating, adultery, and lusting for what isn’t ours are common temptations, and to be given guidelines for how to curb our desires in order to be fair with others is a good thing, I think.

    You gave good examples of skewed so-called Christian morality, because those are not truly Christian values. Adultery is wrong, but Christ did not stone the woman caught in adultery, he actually saved her from her accusers and then told her, “Go, and leave your life of sin.” Sexual abuse of children is a TERRIBLE crime and should never be covered up. The Scriptures never condone sexually impurity. I’m sure missionaries have failed many times by confusing principles of Christianity and culture. I’ve doubtless done that some with my own children. It’s hard to know what seems right and good to us because that’s what we’ve always done versus that’s what the Scripture teaches. God’s principles for living always stand as true in every culture, but I believe that although each of us will find our lives transformed and our behaviors modified by our new life in Christ, we can still live peacefully within our culture…as much as others will let us. Those who hate God will hate those who believe in Him. That’s part of the sorrow of life as we know it today. Still, God tells us, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

    A couple of miscellaneous thoughts: I would be glad to hear the source for your report that prayer is ineffective as an aid to healing. I have always heard the opposite and have seen cases of unusual healing as a result of prayer…including one man at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI, who revived after being pronounced dead.

    Also, “good” to me is what God is. God is good. “Good” behavior is that which models God, who is “gracious, and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy” (Psalm 145:8). This is the God who tells us: “He hath shown thee, O man, what is good and what the LORD requires of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God” (Micah 6:8). The believer doesn’t do good to avoid hell; he does good because he loves God. I love God because he loves me, and I try to do good to please him because I love him! I know I’m going to heaven, not because I’m “good,” but because Christ was perfect and died in my place. I’m not afraid of going to hell for the same reason. True Christianity is not a religion based on heaven as a reward for “being good” and the fear of hell as a way of scaring people into acting correctly. It is a love relationship with God based on faith in Christ, whereby we have been given eternal life and freedom to walk in the light. It’s wonderful!!!

  16. I had to use a different name and email cause your blog software wouldn’t let me post my reply.

    Anyway, I referred to the STEP project when I talked about the prayer study. You can read an overview here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studies_on_intercessory_prayer

    The example of the teapot really exposed what religious delusional people like you are about…twisting the truth. I wasn’t talking about a teapot laying around on the beach. Thanks for twisting my words, Katherine. You know exactly what I was talking about (just go back and read it if you don’t remember) so I don’t think I have to repeat myself.

  17. Dear Reason,

    What has turned you away from faith in God? Have you been hurt or betrayed by someone close to you who professes to believe in God?

  18. I was never into faith so it follows logically that there wasn’t anything that turned me away from it. How sad that people like you believe they aren’t right or good unless they follow some self professed religious saviours.

  19. So happy to hear from you!

    What makes you believe you are right and good? For me, it is the sense that I have been forgiven for the ways in which I have failed God and man and that the righteousness of God has been imputed to me through faith in Christ…not because I am good, but because Christ is perfect and has given me his righteousness. Now, this doesn’t mean I always FEEL like I’m being right and good at the moment. My sense of whether or not I’m being good is dependent on a combination of things. You might call it “conscience”? I call it walking in the Spirit…a sort of constant sense of communion with God, who is the definition of goodness and righteousness. I ask Him what He thinks I ought to do and then try to follow the prompting in my heart, cross checked by what I know of the Scriptures, which direct us to love the Lord above all else and then to love our neighbors. I get that far, and then I usually stumble, because the end of that is “love your neighbor as yourself.” I have yet to learn how to really be a Mother Teresa, who gave up everything for the sake of those who have nothing. I live a very happy, full, well-fed life and maybe give 10-20% of what I earn (beyond taxes) to help others, but not 100%!

    In fact, I have all sorts of faults and weaknesses, but I have great faith in the One who loves me—(AND YOU!)—and all of us. I understand that, “he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). I take that to mean that God will keep working in me to make me better. But, that doesn’t make me feel bad, wrong, or unhappy. That fills me with a sense of hope that I will keep becoming better! I am happy now, and I anticipate becoming happier as I get older. When I fail, I ask God (and whoever I’ve hurt) for forgiveness, and then pick up and start again. Forgiveness is a wonderful thing, made available through Christ’s death for us, but it’s only useful if we avail ourselves of it…learning both to give and receive forgiveness. I am content, but I’m motivated to improve.

    Does that make any sense to you? How does it work in your life?

    Love—in Christ—and prayers,
    Kathi

  20. I happened upon your blog and wanted to praise the Lord above for the grace for which you have extended in word and wisdom. God be glorified through the truth of His word and this conversation which will have planted beautiful seeds to anyone who has ears to hear.

    I have not been on the blog more than 15 minutes so I don’t know where your precious child stands at this time, but I know she resides with Jesus here or there. I will read further…

    My son underwent a liver transplant a few years ago. His upcoming 2 year anniversary is this week. To God be all the Glory!

    Samantha

    1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear

    Colossians 4:6
    Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

  21. Dear Samantha, Thank you for writing in! Praise God for your son’s recovery. I hope he enjoys a long and blessed life. Thank you for sharing a little of your life and heart. God is good, even though we so often are not. I am thankful every day for his mercy and faithfulness…that we serve a God who tells us to love and forgive, to “do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God”…who is love, and light, and life and hates evil…who loves us all so much that he allowed Christ to die for us so that we can be reconciled to God and live in peace with God and one another. May we all be inspired to live in that peace and goodness. Bless you!

  22. I enjoyed looking at your blog and found it inspiring. Thanks for making it. God bless you.
    -James

  23. Kathi,
    I skimmed though the discussion with “reason”. Thank you for patient, sound answers. It’s so nice to finally meet someone on WordPress who is solidly Christian! I invite you to read my “About the Author” section in mine.
    I have been through much searching and finally found the truth, as you will see.
    Your answers are so clear. Plus, you are kind.
    I once heard a pastor say, “The healing begins when the questions end.” One cannot hear “God’s voice” when they have already responded to questions with human logic. Like you, I have not sacrificed my intellect when I became born again. And I gained a continual relationship with God that cannot be surpassed by any questions. I study intently the Word of God bur he hasn’t revealed everything to us. We couldn’t handle it.
    And like you, I am very familiar with Josh McDowell. I thnk this is rare in the blog world.
    I invite you to read my post “First Voice” I think you’ll like it. I’d be honored if you would. http://simplysage.org/2012/05/13/first-voice/
    Congrats on Freshly Pressed, by the way.
    Peace,
    Alexandria

  24. I love this post!~ Thanks for a tour of the castle!

  25. Hello Kathi!

    I am thankful for people like you. I have always struggled with my faith until an unfortunate (I now consider it “fortunate”) event happened. God sent me his love through a friend who led me to know Him and get closer to Him. I used to have some unpleasant attitudes but I have changed (sometimes I still battle with them with the help of God) and I love what I have become because of His love.

    May God continue to use you as His instrument in touching and changing people’s lives.

    Thank you!

    • And, I’m thankful for people like you, who take the time to express their faith journey! May the Lord bless you as you take the grand adventure toward heaven and home!

  26. I love bruschetta!, and our Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s nice to find a kindred spirit. Have a blessed day, MoSop

  27. Umm, the pic identified here as the Mackinac Bridge is actually the Golden Gate Bridge.

  28. Hi Kathi,
    It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to drop by your blog. Hope things have been going well for you and yours!
    Anyways, I just wanted to let you know that you’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award. Click the link for full details.
    http://rhymenreview.wordpress.com/awards-nominations/the-liebster-award/
    God Bless,
    Donna

    • I feel so honored! Thank you for thinking of me. Happily (but sadly for this honor), I now have 218 blog followers, so I don’t think I qualify for your award! Still, I am deeply grateful that you nominated me! Blessings! It’s good to hear from you again. Are you getting ready for your trip?

  29. Hi Kathi, I follow your blog with my blogger profile, and always enjoy reading your posts. I’m a little late to the game, but I came across your conversation with “reason” on this page and just wanted to commend you for your incredibly wonderful, kind and intelligent responses to some very bitter-sounding comments from this person. I just wanted to say that I really appreciated every response, and the Biblical manner in which you did it. I would have really struggled to be so Christ-like with this person. Thank you for sharing your faith so eloquently!

    • Thank you for your very kind remarks, Andrea! I’m afraid I’m rather a “shoot from the hip” sort of person by nature, so in whatsoever manner my responses did reflect Christ, it was completely a work of His grace in my life! So glad to “meet” you!!

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    • Thank you for the invitation. I love your concept and mindset, and when I get something that might be appropriate, I’d like to be able to share! Thank you so much for the invitation. Bless you, brother!

  32. Hi! We found your blog the other day, and we loved it! We nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. You don’t need to do a post back if you wish not to, we just wanted to recognize you. 🙂 Thanks!

    http://dorianshand.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/i-am-a-sister-the-sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

    XO, Dorian and her Mama

  33. Kathi – I googled P.L.Travers and found your thoughts on her. As I read further I realized you are a Christian. That just brightened my day to find your blog (and you have an interest in so many things that I like too. Bunratty was awesome!) You’re a great ambassador for Christ. Richelle

    • Yes, I am a Christian, and so grateful for Jesus and the love of God. Glad to meet you! Where are you from and what do you do? Blogging has been a great source of joy to me, as it provides a way to share some of the overflow of God’s goodness in my life! Thank you so much for the encouragement!

  34. Kathy,

    My name is Robert Flood and I am the Exhibits Designer here at the High Desert Museum here in Bend Oregon. I am currently looking for a watershed image for use in an upcoming exhibit. During my searching I came across an image of yours taken from the Mackenzie river. I was hoping it would be possible to get permission to use your photo in the exhibit. I would credit you as the photographer and put your blog address
    on the credit as well if you wanted me to. We are a non-profit organization that does its own in house exhibitions, your image would be used only once for the duration of the show and we would not be gaining financially from it’s sale or usage elsewhere. We would certainly appreciate your contribution.

    Thank you, sincerely,

    Robert Flood / Exhibits Designer / High Desert Museum
    ✆ 541-382-4754 ext. 382 / 59800 S. HWY 97 / Bend Oregon 97702

    • Hi! I just tried to call you but the extension just puts me back into the introductory loop and never lets me out! You’re welcome to try calling me as well, at 616-365-2045. Yes, by all means, you can use my photo. I can send you a higher resolution if you’d like. Just let me know what you need. The High Desert Museum is awesome, so I’m especially glad to be able to help!

  35. Dear: kathrynwarmstrong.
    Enjoyed very much your take on “Saving Mr. Banks,” although I found it just a touch stentorian in character and slightly off-putting in the sideways, slightly, disparaging “life style” comments re Mr. Travers–especially in view of done from a “lack of knowledge” perspective.
    I also suspect you have some knowledge of psychology in your “psychology and mental health issues,” blog section, so I have to tell you how how much Freud would have enjoyed your slight freudian-slip, i.e., “…I personally don’t think imagination is truly the key to restoring disorder and inspiring hope.”
    Having said that, I hope you don’t find my little critique too harsh as that isn’t my intention–just an observation.
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Gene Sanders

    • On the contrary, I appreciate your tactful and thoughtful critique, and I accept that I don’t have enough knowledge to have been making authoritative comments. In fact, if you’d like to correct me, I’d appreciate it, since my goal is to shed light in as much as I can, and I suspect you have more light than I do on the subject of Mr. Travers! Thank you for taking the time to share!

  36. Thanks. Pleased to have found your thought provoking blog and looking forward to further reading here. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.

  37. Hello, Kathi,
    Wow. Just found you via a comment at Cec’s. After reading this page, I cannot believe how alike we are. In age, family size, almost every facet of your self description is nearly identical.
    And, well, there is the name, too. 🙂
    Cannot wait to get to know you better.

  38. Thank you for all you do in and for the Body of Christ! Your Christ-like answers to “reason” were a true example of the Love of our Father. May you be blessed abundantly and richly beyond what you could ever ask or imagine! May your family and marriage be blessed! I am looking forward to reading more of your insights on marriage to a physician as I share this as well 🙂 Your sister in Christ ~Yvonne

    • Thank you so much! I will look forward to looking into your insights as well! May God bless you richly. Isn’t the bond of sistership in Christ truly heavenly?!

  39. Nice to meet you and thanks for visiting my blog. All the best

  40. Kathy, virtuous woman of God! I loved reading through the conversations between Reasoning and you where your patience and love for God came through. I am thinking of my brother who bears the name immanuel who at one time even broke traffic rules waving the Bible at the officer saying I am late for church… Turned atheist a few months back after watching some programme on nag geo. please do pray that his heart again learns to love and see God even better than before.
    The Lord bless you as you walk your talk in His word.
    Rachel

    • Dear Rachel, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I did just stop to pray for your brother. As encouragement, my husband used to say that he “turned into an atheist” one weekend in college in response to reading Karl Marx’s Das Kapital, but he returned to Christianity some years later after experiencing complete despair in his godless, existentialist lifestyle. May your brother find the forgiveness, peaceable love, and joy that only Christ provides.

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  42. My wife and I were at Art Prize 8 this weekend. We basked in the beauty of yours photos and saw the magnificence of God in them. It wasn’t until I read your blog that I understood what you have represented in your art. His creation and love for us. As a former scientist and engineer, I rejoice in the fact that science reveals the absolute that there is a Creator who holds all things together. But also, a Savior who gave His life for us that we might be forgiven. Thank you for your love for Him, your willingness to share this with others and your artistic creativity. You made my day.

    • And now you’ve made my day! Thank you so much for taking the time to encourage me…and others. I’m so sorry to have missed you both. God bless you!

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