One of my goals for 2017 was to read my Jesus Calling, a book I received about 4 years ago, but not something I had consistently made part of my daily routine. There are a couple key points that made this book something that I felt I could reasonably incorporate it into my daily routine.

  1. Its short. Like, an average of 150ish short. My mom has a weekly small group where they have a devotional, and she does hours of work for it each week. I just got out of school, I am NOT about to go back to the homework daily grind. 🙂


  1. I felt the book was meeting me where I was at in life. As a 26 year old single female who works full time and owns a house, I have been feeling a little lost in who I am. I am not a recent college graduate, fresh faced and excited about finally being an adult. (Adults, that was a cruel trick you played on kids. It is not as exciting to be an adult as we were led to think.) But, at the same time, I am not settled into being an adult either. I am not married, and while I have a job I enjoy, I have no idea what I want to do when I “grow up”. I always feel like I am in some middle ground, floating and waiting for some directly. I am a task-oriented person, so when I was given directives and had something to follow, I felt a little less like a floater, and was able to keep my feet on the ground.

  1. Finally, and most importantly, this book was meeting me where my faith is at. I grew up in the Church, and have been learning about God since I was born. I was not looking for something to explain Christ’s story to me, but rather, I was looking for something that would help me cultivate a personal relationship with Him. But- like I said above- I am not ready to be a full adult yet. So my Jesus Calling helps me cultivate a habit while helping me grow as a human, and a Christian. So, to sum, I would encourage you to find something that can fill that niche in your life. Maybe for you, it is Jesus Calling, or maybe not. It can be a small group in your church, more regular prayer time with your family, or 5 minutes where you are alone with your coffee and your God. Whatever it is, take the time to find it, and then hold on to make a priority


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Katie has been a gift given to us by God. She is a regular rock star in our minds. Katie is a cross country coach for a local college and a former race coordinator for a local sports store. Her knowledge and wisdom of “all things running and event planning” is irreplaceable for our LAUGH board. She is our go to gal for our LAUGH training tips and plays a pivotal role in the training aspect of LAUGH. Katie has a funny, quiet spirit that shows itself through facial expressions and short one liners. She is always willing to give something a try and being the youngest of our board, we are quick to put this willingness to work. From stretching demonstrations to talks on chaffing, she is always up for the task. Katie is an avid runner and health activist. She serves as LAUGH’s Training Liaison. She is often found taking her adorable pup Koko out for an activity or cozying up in one of her beautiful knit blankets.


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