Kare is a gentle soul, full of love, joy and song. She leads a full life between working from home, homesteading and family. Her goal is to bring both physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing to every area of her own life as well as for others. Caring This blog is a journey of her life. We suggest you start at the beginning back in November 2009 and read through the posts in order so that it will make a lot more sense. OR you can visit the categories on the right or the tabs at the top if you have a specific interest. Thanks for stopping by!
A Little Bit About Me: For as long as I can remember, I have loved the simple things in life. In fact, since I was a little girl I always wanted to be Amish. Cozy is the word that comes to mind in describing me. But I also have another side of me that loves lace, sparkles, glitter and elegance, so I don’t know how that would work. I think what it all boils down to is that it’s ok to live simply and it’s ok to love beautiful things, just don’t become obsessed with either one.
Several years ago a friend of mine shared a story with me that I have never forgotten. While choosing a theme for this blog, I decided to look online and see if I could find a copy of this story because it encompasses so much of how I have come to feel. I found it. Enjoy.
A Short Story
The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while.
The businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full and busy life, señor.”
The businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise.”
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?” To which the businessman replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then, señor?” The businessman laughed and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.” “Millions, señor? Then what?” The businessman said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “Isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”
Oh, do I know how easy it is to get caught up in the success mentality and put our relationship with our Creator, family, and life’s simple pleasures on hold. But who ever says they wished they would have spent more time on their business when they are breathing their last breath? This present life is short. Choose wisely.
Although from the time I was a child I have continually felt my Father drawing me to Himself, there have been times throughout my life that I have strayed. We each have our own tapestry that He is weaving, yet I also think that we can try to weave our own pattern into His design, which can alter the whole picture. I am definitely a very strong-willed person and I know that He can use that in positive ways for His kingdom since I am not afraid to stand up for what I believe, but it can also work against me when I need to surrender my will. My prayer is that He will be able to use my will to further His Kingdom.
I was raised in a believing home and from the time I was 6 months old my father was in the ministry. Both of my grandfather’s were pastors and many of my cousins and family members are or were in some kind of ministry. I went to Xian schools for most of my life, as well as attending Xian camps nearly every summer. Throughout my life, my parents continually instilled in me a deep love and respect for Elohim and His Word.
I’m not really sure why I went to xian college except that everyone else was going. All I wanted to do was get married and have a family. I spent 2 1/2 years jumping from major to major only to realize I was really just wasting my time and money. I then went to a 1 year bible school way out west.
Following graduation from the one-year school, I moved back to the East and spent the next 4 years living there. It was during this time of my life that a young man asked me to marry him and I said yes. We married and moved across the country. We knew we did not want to raise a family in the East. Those first few years were very stretching for both of us, mostly due to my strong will, I’m sure.
In the next years as the children began to arrive from our loving Father, we (I) began to look at things differently from many of those around us. We decided to birth our children at home and then teach them at home. The next major influence in my life was a series of magazines that are no longer in print, but they impacted my thinking regarding modesty and women. This was also the beginning of many wonderful and beautiful changes in my life. I began to really study Scripture and as a result, began to audit all of my beliefs and test them. Shortly after this, our family began to meet weekly in homes with other families.
In 2000 I was being drawn to follow Him in obedience to keep the Sabbath, give up pagan holidays and more. Initially we kept the first day of the week as Sabbath. I don’t remember how this began or many details. As my thoughts became more evident to others, I do remember them telling me that was not correct behavior and rather than make waves, I swept it under the rug.
And then the last week of December 2009, I had 3 different things happen that led me to a second search about Xmas. (you can read it here on the blog) One thing led to another and it ended up being months (and now years) of reading, studying, praying and seeking Truth about how to conduct myself as one who is in covenant with YHWH. It has been both a beautiful and terrible journey. Beautiful because Scripture is being opened up to me in ways I never dreamed possible. Terrible because others do not always find it so beautiful when someone is different. Beautiful because that has forced me to put my trust in Him who will never let me down.
The journey has really been lifelong stepping stones to where I am now. As I look back I can see how it has all worked together. The last seven years have by far been the most stretching and there have been lots of growing pains, but I am so thankful to be on this path with His WORD as the light.
NOTE: The intention of this website is to encourage those who desire to follow YHWH at any cost. While everyone may not agree with what is presented here, I am not here to judge others who do not have the same mind, but I do have it in my heart to write what the Almighty Creator and Master of the Universe (YHWH) is revealing to me. If only we could speak face to face, you would see that I am not setting myself up as a judge over anyone (how could I, I know my own heart!), but speaking only from a heart of love, devotion and obedience to the Most High Elohim. My hope is that He will reveal to you the beauty of walking in His Way!