KARE

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. 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. 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?”

-Author Unknown

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.

Kare’s Testimony:

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!
 

12 thoughts on “KARE

  1. Bonita Timmons says:

    Hi Kare
    I was so excited to find you 🙂 I am a messianic homeschooling mom
    We have 11 chickens and we currently live in New England. The funny thing is we used to belong the the church that Ashmont hill comes from!! There Dad was our Pastor for a while. Pastor Gilbert Thompson Is the Pastor of Jubille church. I have 3 kids 4 yrs old 14 yrs old and a 20 yr old. We also have met many of the leaders of FFOZ . Are you currenty in a home fellowship?? Where do you live??
    Hope to chat soon
    Bonita

    • Kare says:

      Hi Bonita,

      Wonderful to meet you! How did you find me? 🙂

      We currently fellowship locally with a couple of families when we can. We live in Montana.

      Did you live in Michigan? That is where Ashmont Hill is, right? I think they have beautiful harmony and love the words to a couple of their songs…. Haven’t heard a lot of their stuff yet.

      Sincerely,

      Kare

  2. Terri Zimmerman says:

    Greetings to you, who feels like my friend already!!!! I can’t tell you how happy I am to find your beautiful blog and am over- the- moon to discover such a depth of like mindedness. Without repeating your entire story back to you, I will just say the similarities are incredible and I stand in awe at what YHVH is doing amongst the Gentiles. And in the most unique places. We live right above you in Alberta, Canada and continue to hear of pockets of people who are being drawn back to Torah, to embracing it, and to love it. This past year for me I feel like I have TRULY met my Father for the first time in my “Christian” walk and that has only been through the learning of the Hebrew scriptures and Hebrew itself. It is a wonderful gift to be able to teach my children Hebrew with another home schooling family, and to be able to celebrate the Feasts all together. This has been a 12 year journey and a beautiful, moving one!! Like you said, not always easy, certainly not always accepted, but rich beyond words. Anyway, not to ramble on but my husband is getting tired of me saying “listen to this…” and suggested I just respond to you! We live on a beautiful farm with our 7 kiddos and presently 1 foster baby. If you ever head north, please come visit and fellowship with us!
    Terri

    • Kare says:

      Hi Terri,

      I had a whole reply written to you and then it disappeared…

      I am so excited to meet you, my sister! What fun it would be to head up your way and see your farm and meet your beautiful children :). If not now, I look forward to meeting you during the coming reign of our Messiah which I believe will be VERY soon! Thank you for your encouraging words.

      Kare

  3. Terri says:

    I did see you mention Facebook up there to Miss Bonita, so if it is alright I may just pop on there and connect with you that way. What an odd, small world we live in at this time. One click and “welcome to my world”.

    • Kare says:

      Actually, I am no longer using fb, I just need to delete my account to make it official… 🙂 Several reasons for this… None which I will disclose here. Sorry for my short reply, typing on an iPad is not my favorite thing – lol.

  4. Terri says:

    No problem! I will stick with your blog and let you no if we are doing a fly by through Montana sometime. You will likely hear us going through!

  5. Eunice says:

    just a note to simply say…refreshing to find someone else simply listening to Father’s Word. Sometimes it can be very lonely when others just dont get this belief even though it is so simple children can understand. Stay strong in Him thanks for sharing it was a much needed oasis to find your blog today!

    • Kare says:

      Sooo lovely to meet you, Eunice! Thank you for posting. I’m so thankful the Father is using this blog to encourage others! 🙂 would love to hear more about your journey when you have time!

  6. melissa says:

    What a nice blog! I’m 2 years learning about Torah. Never had so many trials. I needed a lot of work lol. I’m liking your health stuff. Do you still use the Jordan rubin stuff. I’m trying to figure out hormones and thyroid stuff. I’ve been soooo excited to be in yah word. I’ve never read as much as now. I feel blessed we have others on this journey which can be lonely at times yet so refreshing!

    • Sojourner says:

      Hi Melissa,

      So glad you are enjoying the blog! HalleluYah!

      We still use many of the principals from Jordan Rubin. We try to eat as much organic, fresh, locally grown foods as possible as well as lots of fermented foods (sourdough, kefir, sauerkraut, etc). Our dairy of choice is from our goats and we have our own chickens for eggs. We eat very little meat, but when we do it is locally raised by someone we know or hunted.

      I also found something recently that is helping a lot of people with their health. If you are interested, fill out my contact form and we can contact each other off line =)

      YES! Being in His Word is like never before! Such excitement and so much to learn! I love to learn!

      Thank you for your encouragement! =)

      Kare

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