love is a timely redemption, daily tenderness, secret strength, love is God with us.

God has really changed my heart the past few years, but especially in the past year of my life. He’s been redefining the meaning of love and relationships, not just in the context of intimate relationships, but simply, all of my relationships. He has used some incredible people and some challenging circumstances to give my life new meaning. I am thankful for the books I have read, filled with an abundance of wisdom, which have really shaped my understanding on love. The Bible being the main source of these teachings and promises, in correlation with The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller, has made a big impact and given me a new perspective.

The capacity to love is the greatest gift God has blessed us with and we are able to love, only because, He first loved us {1 John 4:19}. There is a particular book in the Bible that has taught me and continues to reveal to me, love as a commitment. Through such commitment, ultimately allows Gods faithfulness to show. There is a particular person in my life that has taught me and continues to teach me about love and the everyday decision to love. Her obedience and commitment to God allows His love to shine through her, in her actions and in her words, with every person she encounters. The book in the Bible is Ruth and the person is my sister, Amaya. My sweet sister and Ruth have similar Christ-like qualities; commitment, obedience, compassion, drive, vision, humility, but not limited to just those.

For those of you not familiar with the Book of Ruth, it is one of the most beautiful love stories in the Bible. Rooted in unwavering commitment, unexpected grace and unconditional love. Ruth’s commitment to love and her act of obedience to Naomi was used by God in many ways, but ultimately, in the lineage of Jesus Christ.

Much like Ruth, my sister has always been committed to working hard and desiring to be aligned with Gods calling for her. She graduated from University of Florida, moved to Nashville for her masters at Vanderbilt University, and studied to become a Nurse Practitioner. During the first couple of years in Nashville, God really moved in her life. She got plugged into a great church and community, where the Lord began transforming her heart, reflecting Him. As her younger sister, one who has always looked up to her, I immediately noticed the changes, which now I can acknowledge as the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control {Galatians 5:22-23}. It was because of her decision to abide in the Lord in surrender, embracing His plan, she has been blessed abundantly. Like Ruth, Amaya chose to “glean in the field”, working hard towards her career, investing in relationships, with her heart set on the Lord, confident that He was going to provide in every area of her life.  I am so sure God has used Amaya’s faithfulness and love to bless many people in the past 5 years. I cannot help but feel so grateful for her humility in loving me for who I was then and who I am now. Being such an example of life in Him has had a direct influence on my own love and zeal for the Lord.  I truly believe because of her faithful prayers for my heart, God answered, and through her love in action, I was blessed to see a beautiful depiction of Christ’s love in my life.

Y’all must be wondering why I am sharing this with you….well…..about a year ago Amaya starting dating Anders, an amazing man that loves the Lord. From the beginning of this relationship, I have witnessed the fruit of the Spirit and a light and joy in Amaya like never before. I could probably speak for her, in saying that these months after our mom’s car accident, challenges and struggles have arisen, as it has been a very tough season for our family. I am so thankful that even in this season, the friendship and love has grown between Amaya and Anders. Their relationship has only become sweeter and deeper. I have witnessed more of Christ’s character in my sister through this season of hardship than any other season.

More peace, more trust, more contentment, more joy, more gratitude, more compassion, and more love.

On their one year anniversary, last Saturday, Anders proposed to my sweet sister! Our whole family is overwhelmed with joy and we are excited to continue to witness Gods amazing work through them.

“[Spiritual friendship] is eagerly helping one another know, serve, love, and resemble God in deeper and deeper ways.”- Timothy Keller

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Anders and Amaya are both incredible individual people seeking the Lord and together, they are an explosion of love and Gods faithfulness. I’m eager to celebrate their love!

This post, is but a small tribute for my radically amazing sister, in celebration of Gods favor, for the new chapter she is beginning with Anders. I am truly thankful for the both of them, their example, and their relationship in my life. It has encouraged me in so many ways. I am hopeful and expectant that God is going to be glorified in their marriage and He will use them both to further His Kingdom.

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okay, off I go to plan the wedding of the century! One that will have out of this world food, dancing till our feet can’t stop, and a reunion filled with whimsy and joy.

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To my lovely single friends, I pray this post is an encouragement for you. Let me remind you, He hasn’t forgotten about us, dear friend- God is good and sovereign. He wants to abundantly bless us.

As it is written,{ Psalm 37:4 }Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

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Lastly, my sweet friend Brittany, gave me this poem in college that I have kept as a prayer in my heart. So I want to share it with you.

Be Satisfied With Me 

Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone,
To have a deep soul relationship with another,
To be loved thoroughly and exclusively.

But to a Christian, God says, “No, not until you are satisfied,
Fulfilled and content with being loved by Me alone,
With giving yourself totally and unreservedly to Me.
With having an intensely personal and unique relationship with Me alone.

Discovering that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found,
Will you be capable of the perfect human relationship,
That I have planned for you.
You will never be united to another
Until you are united with Me.
Exclusive of anyone or anything else.
Exclusive of any other desires or longings.
I want you to stop planning, to stop wishing, and allow Me to give you
The most thrilling plan existing . . . one you cannot imagine.
I want you to have the best. Please allow Me to bring it to you.

You just keep watching Me, expecting the greatest things.
Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am.
Keep listening and learning the things that I tell you.
Just wait, that’s all. Don’t be anxious, don’t worry
Don’t look around at things others have gotten
Or that I have given them
Don’t look around at the things you think you want,
Just keep looking off and away up to Me,
Or you’ll miss what I want to show you.
And then, when you’re ready, I’ll surprise you with a love
Far more wonderful than you could dream of.

You see, until you are ready, and until the one I have for you is ready,
I am working even at this moment
To have both of you ready at the same time.
Until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me
And the life I prepared for you,
You won’t be able to experience the love that exemplified your relationship with Me.
And this is perfect love.

And dear one, I want you to have this most wonderful love,
I want you to see in the flesh a picture of your relationship with Me.
And to enjoy materially and concretely the everlasting union of beauty, perfection and love that I offer you with Myself.
Know that I love you utterly. I AM God.
Believe it and be satisfied

LOVE AND LIGHT,

K

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