Monday, June 29, 2015

Faith, Courage, and Victory

My new book came out this May! Although I have a new website now, I wanted to share this on my old Blogger site. The first book, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, was about winning the spiritual battles of life and ministry. This second book, Faith, Courage, and Victory, is about growing in faith and courage in everyday life. 

Here's a description of the book:
What are the keys to walking in faith, courage, and victory?

Scripture is filled with the stories of real people who became overcomers. They faced struggles, trials, and temptations. They battled fear, doubt, and formidable enemies. But their faith in God gave them the courage to do His will. Their stories give us timeless truths that help us to face our own spiritual battles and win.

Do you need to overcome personal doubts? See how God answered each of Moses’ doubts and questions, and helped him to stand before Pharaoh and to lead Israel out of captivity. Are you harassed by spiritual enemies? Implement Nehemiah’s strategies for victory, which enabled him to continue God’s work in spite of distractions. Is fear keeping you from doing what God has called you to do? Let Esther’s selfless courage and Deborah’s confident courage inspire you to do God’s will. Do you feel like you’re in a “foreign” land, constantly bombarded by the world’s culture and values? Learn from Daniel’s quiet courage and Joseph’s strong determination to remain faithful to God.

This Bible study capsulizes the stories of twenty-four characters of the Bible, from Abraham, the father of faith, to Paul, the great contender of the faith. Forty devotions include practical principles, moving stories, thought-provoking questions, and prayers to personalize the truths of Scripture. A leader guide is provided for using this book as a nine-week group study.

Don’t allow challenges and struggles to keep you from the fullness of life with God. Let the real-life stories of the men and women of the Bible inspire you to walk in faith, courage, and victory in this generation!  

Visit my new website - Lighthouse Bible Studies - to learn more about the book and to see my current blog! You can also check out the book here online. It's available as a paperback or e-book. 


Friday, February 21, 2014

One More Edit

Dear Friends, before you read this post, I'd like to invite you to follow "Life with God" at its new home--on the Lighthouse Bible Studies website! "Life with God" continues there with new devotions, upcoming excerpts from my book, and scrapbooking ideas. Thanks so much, and God bless you! Now, here we go...

One More Edit

I didn’t want to upload it one more time. After nine uploads and nine thorough edits of my entire e-book, I didn’t want to fix it again. Couldn’t it just be done? Couldn’t I get away with not fixing that spacing that I had somehow missed?

I knew the answer was no. And for good reason—to make my book the best it could be. Every hour I had spent formatting paragraphs and endnotes, every minute I had carefully scrolled through the whole book, every second of patience was worth the end result.

When you write, you know you’re going to have to edit. Oh, it would be nice for a paragraph to pop out right the first time! Sometimes they do. But more often than not, some wording will need to be tweaked, some sparkle will need to be added, and some principle will need to be refined. Editing is a guaranteed part of writing, and it’s a guaranteed part of life.

We don’t pop out into the world just right. Even as little children, we tend to be self-centered. It’s a tendency that has to be unlearned. A reality that needs to be transformed.

God does the transforming work. His original creation of man and woman was perfect. No edits needed. It was Adam and Eve’s choice to sin that caused a gap between the reality God wanted for us and the reality that sin brought. What reality is God working toward in us? Oneness with Himself, knowing Him personally, walking in love, and serving Him and His purposes here on earth.

Editing my little e-book helped me to better understand and appreciate God’s edits on my own heart. How I admire His patience. He never gives up. He never says He’s had enough after nine edits or nine thousand. He is patient with all His children. He loves us, gives us the truth, leads us gently, and shows us the right way to walk. Sometimes He knows we need a firm hand to lead us in the right direction, but He is so gracious. He always makes victory possible if we look to Him (1 Cor. 10:13; Rom. 8:37).

How thankful I am for God’s edits! I never want Him to stop. Father, please work in my heart. One more time. And again. And again.


© Copyright 2014 by Katy Kauffman

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mary, Did You Know?

I still remember how to sing “Mary, Did You Know?”. Oh, I never sang the solo, but for years I sang the choral part and loved it. Dressed in Hebrew costumes, we held lit candles as we made our way through the sanctuary to the stage, and knelt in a semi-circle asking that timeless question—Did you know?

Mary, a godly girl, a willing maidservant, did you know what you held that first Christmas night? Did you know that you held the hope for every soul? The power that would crush all evil? The love that would show us the Father?
Did you know that you held in bodily form the God who parted the Red Sea, stopped the mouths of lions, and rained fire from heaven? Did you know that you cradled the Savior of the world? That you gave birth to the great I AM in human form?

According to her song, I think she did (Luke 1:38, 46-55). Did she think of it in those terms? I’m not sure, but I imagine so. Do we?
Do we stop in the hustle and bustle of Christmas to consider what great miracle happened that night? Every nativity scene we see is a reminder of the love, mercy, and selflessness of our God who left heaven to become one of us so He could die for each of us. Every Christmas is a reminder that the Son of God left His celestial home so He could make the heart of every believer His permanent home.

Christmas is lovely because of its lights, decoration, and music. What makes it beautiful beyond description is the act of the Creator becoming one of the created so they could know Him forever.
One day we’ll get to ask Mary just how much she knew and understood. She may ask us—Did you know, and what did you do about it?

With the knowledge we have of the true meaning of Christmas, let’s use every opportunity to spread God's love and light this Christmas. Every time we can, let’s say “Merry Christmas” or “God bless you” or “Is there something I can pray for you?”. I’ve been surprised how many people say “Merry Christmas” in return. Perhaps people are hungry for the love that God demonstrated in sending His Son to earth. We know why He came, and we can share that with our words and our lives.
Merry Christmas, and may God’s love hug you a little tighter this Christmas! God bless you.

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? …” Isaiah 40:21, NKJV
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Friday, December 6, 2013

New Blog at Lighthouse Bible Studies


Guess what?! We're official! Lighthouse Bible Studies now has its own website where you can see more about our Lighthouse team and our books. I have a new blog on there, too!

Visit our new site at http://lighthousebiblestudies.com/. I had a hand in designing it, and I'm grateful to all those who put it together.

I would love for you to visit my new blog! I can't transfer this blog's followers to that one, so please type in your email address in the Follow box to still receive emails. This blog will remain active for a while. (I've written so much on it.) But now all my new material will be on the new site. And here it is: http://lighthousebiblestudies.com/katy-blog!

Commenting should be easier on the new blog, so please leave a comment! I'd love to talk with you about Life with God and all its adventures. So you know, all comments must be approved to avoid spam submissions, so it may take a little while for them to show up. But thank you for reading this blog, and I hope you follow the next one!

God bless you, and may you know the fullness of life's adventures with Him!

~Katy


Thursday, September 19, 2013

An Arsenal for Victory

What songs do you like to listen to again and again? Is there a song you play when you’re feeling down? I have a couple of playlists on my computer that I play when I need a good pick-me-up song. The playlists include: By Your Side (Tenth Avenue North), Shout to the Lord (Darlene Zschech), The Prayer (Josh Groban and Angie Stone), and My Help Comes from the Lord (The Museum). These songs are a part of my musical “arsenal,” that I use to fight back thoughts of worry and feelings of depression. They remind me that God is great, I can trust Him, and He has a plan.

What about Scripture? Do you have a Scriptural arsenal that you use to defeat negative thoughts that Satan shoots through your mind? When fear threatens to stop you in your tracks, when doubts cause you to worry, when Satan tempts you to give up, what Scriptures do you run to?

I run to 2 Timothy. It is a book that I can pick up again and again and find truths to calm my heart, promises to empower my spirit, and encouragement to go get ‘em. I want to share those truths and promises with you.

My book, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, is all about how to win the spiritual battles of life and ministry. It shows from 2 Timothy how God’s children can win their spiritual struggles and make a difference in the world around them. God has used the four chapters of this short book of the Bible to show me over 275 principles of victory. The apostle Paul first passed the principles of victory to Timothy, his son in the faith. Now they have been passed to us.
Click here to read the back cover.

Whatever victory you need today—over a personal struggle, temptation, or spiritual harassment—turn to God and His Word for help. In Jesus, we find the power to defeat every foe. He equips us with the wisdom, power, and strategy to win the victory. Let 2 Timothy have a special place in your Scriptural arsenal, and remember—victory is possible because God makes it possible. In Christ, we don’t just survive. We excel.

2 Timothy: Winning the Victory is available directly from Lighthouse Bible Studies by emailing lighthousebiblestudies@hotmail.com or it will soon be available to purchase online.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In the Waiting

Are you good at waiting? It's hard for me to wait for the brownies to come out of the oven, or for my favorite TV show to come on, or for my friend to receive the package I just sent her. It can be hard for me to wait for more important things, too--things that I am hoping God will do. But I have found that waiting on big things that I'm praying for doesn't necessarily equate inactivity. It doesn't mean that I just do nothing.

No, in the waiting, I discover more of who God is. Like the peace He gives me when I'm tempted to doubt He won't provide. Or the joy He gives me when I remember all the good things I do have. When I remember Him, that I always have Him and He is always faithful and good, I can wait a little longer. I can focus on my relationship with Him and the good things He has called me to do. There's so much to do! So many people to reach and love. And I get to love the best Person of all and have confidence in His character, love, and power.

So, to repost something I wrote on Facebook one day, when I was thinking about being "in the waiting," this is what I've learned:

It can be hard to wait for good things. But it seems that while you wait, you learn stuff you wouldn't have otherwise. And God becomes closer, or you just realize how close He is. And fortunately, He often provides company for the journey. So were you waiting the whole time, or were you just getting closer to your destination? (July 2013)

What have you learned "in the waiting"? May God give you new strength to trust Him while you wait, and may He give you new adventures in the waiting and in the receiving.

"But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31, NKJV).

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Snippet 1: Deer Feet

Today I'm starting a new series called "Snippets," bite-sized thoughts about Scripture, songs, and current events. These snippets won't follow a regular schedule but as God highlights a verse or song (has He done that for you?) or as current events affect the United States and believers here or around the world. If you miss any snippets, you'll be able to find them on the "Devo Series" page. Here's the first one--a verse God highlighted in my quiet time recently.


"The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills." Habakkuk 3:17, NKJV

God may not always smooth out the path before us, but He will transform our feet to walk on rocky terrain and rugged mountains. On the "high hills," we will see His strength sustain us when our own strength gives out. His presence with us will supply the courage to move forward, and His words will be our guide and wisdom.

What gives you strength on high hills?