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Are You Starstruck Or Awestruck?

Jesus Is the Way by Katie M. Reid for Purposeful Faith

Let’s give a grand welcome to Katie Reid, a brand new Purposeful Faith regular contributor. Her words speak with power to needy, achieving and controlled hearts and have been like soothing oil on the rough parts of my striving. I am looking forward to being blessed by her words – and I hope you are too. Welcome Katie!

Post by: Katie M. Reid

Somewhere along the way you took a detour. You started following the shiny stars overhead and you forgot that you were supposed to be following the Son’s lead.

Now you are disoriented and trying to find your way back to where you started. But you are far from the trail-head and so you must stop, rest, and ask Him to illuminate the next step out of this tangled mess at your feet.

You got tripped up as you rounded the bend and now you need some time to regroup.

The Shadows threaten to trip your forward motion but, sojourner, remember Truth—remember from whence you came. Call to mind the One who commissioned you to venture into the woods in the first place.

You wander in circles looking for the light. You chase your tail only to find you are dizzy and tired; depleted and going nowhere fast—wearing a trail into the ground that leads right back to you.

You feel alone in the dark, unsure of where your feet will end up.

The stars glimmer above and you wonder why you aren’t up there with them, doing important, beautiful work. You long to shine as they do.

You forgot, He has already given you His Light inside to carry; you, His light-bearer.

You look up, starstruck, blinded by the glorious display that you see. But, look beyond that. Keep your gaze fixed, higher, and see where the Glory really lies. He is beyond…and before and within.

May you be awestruck by the Majesty found in the One who breathes out stars. You see the stars shimmering but you fail to see the refining process that took place—through trials, time and testing—to get them to this place of radiance.

You try to hurry and scurry your way through the hard but it has dulled your light dear one.

Just sit down for a moment Child. You cover the most ground as you remain upon this Rock—steadfast is He who invites you to follow.

The way out of here looks different than the course you would have taken, but through the twists and turns, the low valleys and steep mountains paths, you’ll discover that this walk with Him is the very thing you need to make it. And darling, the view is breathtaking.

Jeremiah 6:16 “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.

Your candle is dim, but it’s not out yet
You need His grace, to cover your debt
You think you have peace, but you need His release
If only you’d turn and face Him now
Embrace Him now, He’s here now…

You matter so much, more than you know, but something’s gotta give here or you won’t make it out alive.

And then you remember. Someone’s gotta give—to get you out of this mess.

This is brought to mind, just in time…He is the One who already gave so you could find the way out of the darkness.

Jesus is the way.

And He sits next to you—your heart stilled—as He whispers this love song in the midst of the forest.

Child, be awestruck by the depth of Love hung upon the cedars.
You are Found. Seen. Known.

As you release your grip on this quest for significance You will find that I already conquered; My hands pierced through.

I took on the darkness found within and around as My blood was poured out
on hardened ground.

Don’t despair Child, My Love makes you Significant. You are valued, not forgotten.

The time has come, to stand up now. I have walked this way before, I know it best.
Let Me lead as we take the next step, together.

Going Deeper:
1. Have you become distracted or discouraged on your journey?
2. Is it time to rest and take off the things that are hindering your walk?
3. How does His Presence and Word bring you comfort and renewed hope as you follow His path for you?

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Katie M. Reid is a Tightly Wound Woman, and recovering perfectionist, who fumbles to receive and extend grace in  the everyday moments of life. She delights in her hubby and four children and their life in ministry. Some of Katie’s favorite things are writing, singing, speaking and photography. She is a contributing writer for God-sized Dreams and enjoys helping others take the next step in their relationship with Jesus and their God-given purpose. Katie would love to connect with you over on her blog, echoesofmyheart.com.

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Kelly, a fun-loving, active and spunky mom of two rambunctious toddlers, spends her days pushing swings, changing diapers and pursuing the Lord with all her heart. Called a "Cheerleader of Faith", Kelly's greatest desire is to help women live passionately, purposefully and unencumbered for the Lord.

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23 CommentsLeave a comment

  • Beautiful, Katie! I loved this: “May you be awestruck by the Majesty found in the One who breathes out stars. You see the stars shimmering but you fail to see the refining process that took place—through trials, time and testing—to get them to this place of radiance.”

    Kelly, I saw that Bev at Walkingwellwithgod.com quoted you last week. 🙂 I don’t think she linked you, so you may not have seen. 🙂 http://walkingwellwithgod.blogspot.com.tr/2015/05/christ-is-enough-back-to-basics.html

  • Welcome, sweet Katie,
    This is absolutely beautiful. I love this, “May you be awestruck by the Majesty found in the One who breathes out stars.” I understand the longing for significance. The evil one tries to discourage us, by telling us that our struggles are evidence of God’s abandonment. But how opposite is the truth – that our loving, heavenly Father is refining us, and making us into the people He created us to be. And we are significant because we are deeply loved and valued by Him!
    Blessings and hugs,

  • Katie, thank you for this. You encourage me to go deeper with Christ and to leave behind all other wants or perceptions that could hold me back. Thanks for this!

  • Katie!!! Welcome to the Purposeful Faith family! We are very excited to have you joining us here in this space! What a beautiful, encouraging post here…thank you for this. And I love this line: “May you be awestruck by the Majesty found in the One who breathes out stars.” Ohhhhh…that one I will remember!

  • Katie, once again your words are soothing to my soul. In my latest blog post, I wrote about yearning and wondering “How long oh Lord, will you forget me forever?” I do need to trust in this one who knows every hair upon my head and knows my every desire. God does indeed call us to be his light bearers in the world. The cool thing about candles; about light, is that they give off JUST ENOUGH LIGHT! God is like that too, isn’t he? One of my fave places in the world is the Rocky Mountains. In about a month, I will be there again. I have come to really appreciate the hiking there. You are right…come around a bend and the most glorious of God’s creation is starting right at you. It is indeed awe-some!

    • Hi Tara! Rocky mountains- sigh, how glorious. This song comes to mind, “(You) are not forgotten, (Tara, you) are not forgotten, (you) are not forgotten. God knows (your) name!”

  • Welcome to Purposeful Faith Katie!!! So glad to see you here. What a beautiful post. Such poetic words…”May you be awestruck in the One who breathes out stars.” Mmmm, rich!
    I’m looking forward to more.

  • What a beautiful work of art these words are, Katie! Thank you for sharing; I’m encouraged and intrigued. Blessings! #livefree

  • Katie, it is wonderful to see you here and loved this post! I can so relate to this feeling of having a destination and a purpose and then to get adrift and begin wandering around, looking for the light. Thank you for reminding us of the One True Light, and the Light we have inside us. He is all we need. Blessings to you, friend!

    • Hi Friend- love your words “I can so relate to this feeling of having a destination and a purpose and then to get adrift and begin wandering around, looking for the light.” Me too Abby.:-)

  • Hi Katie Reid the blog starstruck or awestruck illuminated the mistake I had been doing all my life. I realised that being special really meant following the hero jesus rather than you being the hero yourself. That jesus is the supernatural and supreme god and not me. I got caught in my own selfishness and failed to see the love of jesus and the divinity of jesus. I am not god but jesus is. Jesus is in control of the universe even when bad things happen. My job is to be the sheep that follows the shepherd.

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