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June Inspired Blogger: {Kelli @ From The Inside Out}

I am so excited to introduce you to this month’s Inspired Blogger.  I cannot remember how I came across Kelli’s blog.  I am sure it was through one of the weekly link ups.  But no matter how I found her, I am so thankful that I did.  Her words resonate deep in my heart.  She has a beautiful heart for the Lord.

Without further adieu, please meet Kelli!

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Can I just say how deeply humbled I am to be here today! It is all grace, magical grace upon this messy beautiful soul. Barbie was a light of hope to me during a dark time recently, a God send into my life. She took time to comment on my posts and through her words and just her time He reminded me that He is walking this path with me… in the valley of doubts and uncertainty, when my life was turned upside down by a drastic life change. He used her to remind me that I am not alone, we are never alone. Thank you Barbie!

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am first and foremost a sinner saved by grace… fearfully and wonderfully made in His image. My life is not my own, it was bought with a price and belongs to Him. I am His… a quiet servant of necessity. But you might have already known that.  Here is some more about me…

I am unbelievably 31 years old, born on Christmas Eve. A recovering 80’s child ;). I am married to my best friend, a gift given to me 11 years ago. The mother to my 4 amazing wild souls {11, 7, 5 & 1} that daily inspire me to stop and live in every moment, and a keeper of my home, here in southern Louisiana. I believe in magic, the good kind, and live in a divinely spoken world, my very own fairytale. You can find me at home sharing life with my 4 wild souls pursuing truth and beauty together pretty much every day, creating memories and dreams. I love to read, when I can find the time, and I can be found often behind my camera stopping time and holding grace.

I used to seek joy in order to find God, now I seek God in order to find joy. My life is hidden in Him and every day I find more and more of me in Him, a daily game of hide and seek. I love my life and consider it a gift that I long to savor down to the very last crumb. All of life, every breath is grace upon this living soul.  I am grateful and strive to live grateful and laugh at my smallness.  I have big dreams, dreams to change the world from the inside out.

How long have you been blogging and how/why did you start?

I started my very first blog in 2006 after the birth of my second son. At that time in my life I was just enjoying being at home with my two boys and sharing their adventures in boyhood. I started blogging in an attempt to chronicle their little boyhood adventures and to share them with family that lived out of town. It soon turned into more of a family/homeschooling blog sharing ideas and life and then eventually I began writing with a passion to encourage.

What is the purpose of your blog?

The ultimate purpose of my blog is to reveal and bring His name glory, to magnify Him with every word. My only desire when I started blogging was, and still is for Him to receive all the glory and praise and I write with Psalm 19:14 ever in my heart, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” I write for Him and I pray that every word written is acceptable always in His sight, that my heart is right before Him before it comes before you on your viewing screen.  More specifically, I blog to awaken within the soul of every woman a passion to live in the power of the gospel in their daily lives and the transforming power of His grace and love.  My prayer is that He will use my words to inspire women to draw nearer to Him, to live in focus and in light of the gospel, and to live with eyes wide open to see the beauty and grace that surround them in the everyday joyful-chaos of the messy-beautiful life of a wife, mother, and home keeper.  I am learning that the beautiful and the messy can co-exist together in the harmony of His presence.

What do you most enjoy about blogging?

If I had to pick just one thing that I enjoy the most about blogging it would have to be the fellowship, community, and sharing of lives and faith together with other like-minded bloggers. We have been called into fellowship with Christ and we are encouraged to be devoted as the apostles were to fellowship with each other. I believe blogging is a gift in uniting believers across the world, allowing us to fellowship over words. Our lives and hearts collide here and we join each other in this journey into the sacred beautiful.

What are you passionate about?

So many things! I have a passion to love my husband to the depth and breadth and height that my very soul can reach, to show my children my deep and abiding love for them every day, to find the magic in the ordinary, to create a beautiful place for my family to find refuge from the world.  But there is one passion that has roots that go deep into my soul…He at some point in my life engraved it on my heart with this verse, penetrating truth into the very marrow of my soul…

“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (James 4:14)

And then this quote:

“Only one life twill soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last.” C.T. Studd

My life has never been the same since. This is my passion in life… to learn to number my days and keep it all in perspective. Every moment is valuable. Time is His, a gift given with every breath and I long to inhale and exhale every living moment for Him. All the great heroes of the faith lived with this same passion, desiring for their lives to count for the sake of the gospel, for the sake of His name.  It is a struggle for me because I have so many insecurities and fears that hinder this passion but by grace He continues to teach me and lead me into a courageous soul, daring to live on the edge.

Who or what inspires you?

Everything and yet just this one thing…Him, beauty and truth woven into life all around me. It is inescapable and uncontainable. It finds me everywhere and when I least expect it. I cannot separate the sacred from the secular, none of us can, they dance ever together before me.

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

All of life has a part to play in the divine play, a part in displaying His glory. I find my inspiration often in music, it has a way of moving me into His presence, tuning my heart to His, books, fiction and non-fiction, fairy tales and poetry, these words that fill pages and eventually my heart. My husband and his relentless passion for truth, my children and their relentless passion for life. I find it in the little chores in life like mowing, gardening, washing the dishes, peeling potatoes with my girl, ironing clothes, scrubbing the toilets, and cutting my hair to the simple pleasures in life like running, daydreaming on the trampoline, photography, swimming, enjoying a sunset, coffee cups, and breathing and I find it in my struggles.

Tell us something random about yourself.

Well, I could tell you that I am Hawaiian and my middle name is Kalani or that I cut my own hair and just recently learned a lesson to never do it when I am having a bad day. Or maybe that I have a fear of airplanes… not just flying in one but one flying into me, it is laughable I know but so true. Oh, and one more… I have a very annoying habit of talking to myself when I am nervous or when people are watching me.

Will you share with us one of your favorite posts and what you love about it?

I recently shared how motherhood saved me then and now.  It shares what I believe to be one of the places in my life where He reached down into my story and changed everything. It is still a place where He continually reaches down into my life and changes me. This stewardship of being entrusted with eternal souls, this life’s work, this mission and ministry must impact the soul of the mother; I don’t see how it couldn’t. It is a divine and humbling task.  Elisabeth Elliot says it well in her book The Shaping of a Christian Family,

“The process of shaping the child shapes also the mother herself. Reverence for her sacred burden calls her to all that is pure and good, that she may teach primarily by her own humble, daily example. “

Blogging, this place for the soul to breathe, is an interesting adventure because the posts do not always come out easily, like words dripping from within. Sometimes I have to wring them out. This post was one of those that just poured out of me, I love those.

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Would you stop on over to Kelli’s place and pay her a visit?  You will be tremendously blessed!

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Nikki
    May 31, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Nice to meet you, Kelli! Looking forward to getting to know your heart more. Isn’t Barbie such a selfless soul? She just radiates Christ!

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      joyfullyinhim
      May 31, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Oh, indeed she is Nikki! Such a blessing 😉

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        Barbie
        May 31, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        Thank you Kelli!

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      Barbie
      May 31, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      You are too kind Nikki!

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    joyfullyinhim
    May 31, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Barbie, thank you again for your heart and your presence in my life… in such a simple yet profound way. Can I tell you how much your interview challenged me and helped God to reveal more of Himself to me and His purpose for the passions and gifts He has given me? I know that every post I write, is written always first and foremost for this beautiful messy soul and I pray that He uses them in other women’s lives as well! Every word is for me, reminders, encouragements, and admonishments to live a life worthy of the gospel.
    Thank you for helping me to see a little more clearly today 😉

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      Barbie
      May 31, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Awe you’re so welcome my friend. Thank you for giving me the honor of hosting you here on my blog!

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