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There is always a lot of talk of unity within the church – unity in leadership, unity within individual ministries, even unity in Christianity in general. While unity is important, it is vital to remember that disagreement is not only acceptable, but should be expected.

We need only to look at Paul’s second missionary journey to get a prime example of this. In his first journey he, along with Barnabas, experienced success.  They were prophets and teachers. They fasted and prayed. Many were saved. The second journey begins differently. Not having any kind of miraculous direction, Paul suggested that they return to the places where they had previously preached the Word to check on them. Here is where the disagreement comes in. Barnabas wanted to take Mark, who had previously deserted them. Paul refused, so they parted ways. This may sound like a bad thing, but many good things came…

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Graced With Glory


I am excited to announce that my new site is now LIVE and ready! I will be continuing posts on there. This blog will remain for a few weeks until everything is completely transferred over, but for those of you who would still like to receive my posts, please go to http://www.gracedwithglory.org and subscribe to my RSS feed. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter my posts will also go through on there.

 

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Thank you so much for following this blog the last few years. It really has been a joy to share!

Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed 2014!

With expectation,

Brittany L. Ketter

THRIVE – 2014


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I ask God to give me one word or picture for every year. This year I have a word and a phrase. My word God gave me this year (as seen above) is “Thrive”.

Two years ago I was told that, “His deep is crying out to your deep,” and I thought I knew what it meant, but I had not fully grasped what it was. Then last spring, it hit me. We walk in the depths that we allow God to heal in our lives and the depths that we allow His fullness to go. All last year the depths of my heart have been responding to the call from the depths of His, and level by level restoring the places in my deep that before I had not allowed to be touched. There is more for me yet, and His depths continue to cry out to mine…and in mine responding, there is a vastness and beauty in the deep that is created when our depths meet. It is in those deep places mixing with His that I can walk in the depths of who He is. 

With that being said, it gives me an outlook as to what my life looks like. Walking in the depths that I do, what then does my life for the gospel look like?  My life for the gospel looks like invading the low and dark places that only the broken and shamed are found. The victims, the abused, the prostitutes, the emotionally devastated, the hopeless, the runaway, the lost – the broken. The disillusioned who don’t know their worth after what they have been stripped down to what they see as nothing, but they know and have the thought that they were worth more than this.

My life for the gospel looks like loving the unloved and battered women and girls. To reach and hold the ones taken…the ones which innocence has been torn away. My life for the gospel looks like reaching into the dark places of a broken soul for the light the enemy has tried to steal from them. My life for the gospel brings a restoration to the broken and a recognition of redemption. 

2013 was a year of going deeper and searching the deep things of God. 2014 is my year to thrive. I cannot feed people from my roots – that is my faith, testimony and my experiences – but they can be fed by my fruit. And it is the fruit will reveal what is in the roots.

I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this next year. I am now just 5 days away from my new site launch date! On January 6th this blog will discontinue and my new site will take its place. My new site features the phrase that God has laid on my heart – Graced with Glory. I hope you continue to keep up with me there.

Wishing you the best in 2014. May your year be blessed and may you walk in the favor of God.

Do you have one word or a picture for 2014? Please share in the comments below!

 

Brittany L. Ketter

When A Woman Finds Her Voice: Community and the Wall


I am privileged to be part of Jo Ann Fore’s launch team for her soon-to-be-released book entitled: “When A Woman Finds Her Voice”.  In addition, I also have the privilege of being part of Mary DeMuth’s launch team for her upcoming book, “The Wall Around Your Heart: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You”. 

Both of these books, excellent reads, seem to go hand-in-hand. They compliment each other beautifully.

Community can be a tricky thing – at times, it can be what hurts you, other times it is what helps you. Something that I read in Everything by Mary DeMuth, is that at times, God asks we heal by walking into the very thing that wounded us. When we hurt, naturally we want to shrink back, nurse our wounds and keep to ourselves. This is exactly what the enemy wants is to keep us isolated. Community is so important!

In When A Woman Finds Her Voice, Jo Ann shares that, “God designed us for intimate community with each other. He wants us to do life together, sharing both our successes and our struggles.” 

You might be thinking that I’m crazy, (and maybe that we’re all crazy) with the thought that, “so you want me to walk right back into what hurt me?!” Yes and No. As Mary says in “The Wall Around Your Heart”: “Community does not always represent heartache. God uses people to heal us, to be agents of reconciliation. Finding true community can be amazing.” Years ago I was hurt by a group of people I saw as my friends. We shared many ups and downs and dreams. But eventually I was left in the dust. Then a few years ago when I went to school, I found a group of people that helped me to see that there is such a thing as true community. It was there that I found healing for what I thought was lost years prior. And even after leaving school and all of us going our separate ways, there is still a love that we found for each other. Many of us keep in touch, and although not all of us do, we still couldn’t have done without each other for those years.

Which brings me to something that Jo Ann wrote in, When A Woman Finds Her Voice – Hiding won’t protect our hearts forever. No matter how high our walls, someone will eventually find us.” 

When you’re hurt by people, trust doesn’t come easy. But it is true. Eventually, someone will find you. Opening up in true community brings healing.

Check out Jo Anne’s book here: When A Woman Finds Her Voice

and Mary’s book here: The Wall Around Your Heart

You will be blessed!

Grace-Walk


I am currently on a missions trip to Phoenix, Arizona with my school, VSOM. We are working in the Dream Center and today was our first ministry day! Our school is divided into 3 teams and my team went to a nursing home to minister. We got to participate in their chapel service and everything was themed grace.

I, along with another student got to share my testimony, and that is when the thought came that life is a grace-walk Much grace has been given to us, and thus, much grace we should give to others.

If we don’t have grace we don’t have anything. I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am without the grace of God. His grace kept me all of my life and brought me here to Arizona to change lives and to be changed into His likeness more and more. It’s only the first full day and God is already mightily at work! His perfect grace brought us here and His grace is sufficient!

Examine: Where do you need to give more grace?
Where have you walked in grace?

Bless the Lord for His graciousness.

21 Days of Never-the-Same – Day 13


I went to El Salvador in April with VSOM for a missions trip. I had expected to be going there to change lives, but it ended up changing me. I cannot fully express the ways in which God met me there, but He did. 10 days in El Salvador and my heart was completely won!

I got baptized in El Salvador on April 23rd.

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We climbed a mountain and were privileged to minister to the people who lived in the villages up there. This is a picture from our climb taking a rest about half-way up. 🙂

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One of the places we ministered at, a child ran out and gave us this: “Welcome to El Salvador. God bless you and your family. Thank You.”
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Marisol! Love this girl! God-blessed friendship! She’s gonna shake nations!

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Marcella & Sara – Incredible young women of God! World-changers! So blessed to connect with them!

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This was an incredibly blessed two weeks…and truly never-the-same!

21 Days of Never-the-Same – Day 7


A few years ago my Aunt Mimi took me to Emerald Isle for my graduation. It was an incredible week, ocean-view, falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the waves crashing and the smell of the sweet, salt air. You might be wondering how this would be life-changing in any way…but for me it was.

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This is what captured me.

Every day I woke up to this I was completely awestruck by the beauty of the place. The thoughts that ran through my mind were constantly, “Lord, I’m amazed by you…”

This trip restored to me the awe of the Lord and the beauty of His creation — a reflection of the master craftsman Himself. It allowed me to experience God in deeper way.

Thank you, Mimi for taking me! This was one of the best trips I’ve taken and my favorite destination! The time spent with you was blessed and beautiful! Love you! Blessings and favor! ❤

21 Days of Never-the-Same – Day 3


(So I just realized that I never hit publish on this yesterday. SORRY)

Limitless.

It is what everyone desires. “If I only…”  or “If I had…”  or “If I didn’t” is the beginning of far too many sentences. It is the beginning of too many thought processes. It is the end of too many dreams, purposes, and untapped potential.

But what if we are just making excuses? What if we are comfortable with our limitations. What if it is a reason we can stop trying what is “too hard” or to never begin in the first place. What if that is the standard we give ourselves is our own limitations?

I am finding that these “limitations” that we have, be it sickness, circumstances, culture, finances or any other thing – it is merely a mask we wear because our real fear is having no limits.

We keep this mask of inferiority and being bound by our current circumstances that we find our comfort in, and then say, “For me to do _____, it would have to be a move of God. But God has already moved! He has called us and in order to do that, we have to step out. When will we believe that we can do all things through Christ who give us strength? When will we believe that His strength is made perfect in our weakness?

Are we really willing? We are called beyond where we now stand. We are meant to walk by faith…walk…that means you are moving forward. Don’t fall into a spiritual comfort zone.

We are limitless and we fear that truth. To walk in it means stepping out in faith, and that means not always knowing where we are going. But it is not about our comfort…it is about making Him [God] known and saying “yes” and doing what He tells you to do.

I recognize that I have limited myself….and I have used those limitations as an excuse to not be more. I cheated myself, and I have misses divine appointments because of my “limitations”. Because of my “first God needs to…” attitude. He already did and He is waiting and calling me to step out. I am called to live on the edge…not to create walls for myself.

Faith is active and moving as faith without works is dead. It is open to no limitations. It doesn’t always make sense, but is a confidence in knowing that even though with man it is not possible, if God has called you to it and He told you to do it, then when you say “yes” to God, He will accomplish His purpose through you. God is faithful to complete the work.

Show up. He will meet you.

Say yes. He will complete it.

Live on the edge. 

No limitations. No excuses.

Where would we be if all God’s people didn’t fear stepping out? What if we said “yes” and didn’t make life about our comfort? What if we lived like it really is all about Him.

The possibilities are LIMITLESS


True to heart post that my brother wrote about my Nana. She was an amazing woman who touched my life and taught me what it really looks like to love unconditionally. 🙂

Forming catholic Pentecostalism

Joan wasn’t a lifelong follower of Jesus. She was never a regular part of any church fellowship. She never went on a mission trip or taught the Bible to kids in a Sunday school. She lived most of her 62 years apart from Jesus, but was never far from the Kingdom.

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Live…Pursue…Endure


It is the end of a season for me. I just graduated from my first year of Victory School of Ministry (VSOM) and have received my certification in ministry. The last 9 months have been amazing and I have learned so much in that time! God has revealed Himself to me in ways I never could have dreamed before and has given revelation after revelation. It has been an amazing journey.

But now that graduation has come and gone, I’ve returned home. It’s a transition. And it is a new season. Life here is very different from life at school. What comes with it is to dive right in and apply what I’ve learned these months in VSOM. God had much in store for me at VSOM and I took those things with me , and I know that He has much in store for me this summer. I don’t know where this summer is going to take me. There are many opportunities and divine appointments that lie ahead. This is where the rubber meets the road.

“Live…like someone left the gate open.”

That reminds me to run relentlessly.

Hebrews 12:1-2 says: “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

The road is before me and there are many others that have run it. “Witnesses” in verse 1 refers to those who have already gone before us who endured to the end. They ran their race. It is time to run mine. Relentlessly.

Don’t just stop this summer. Run all the harder.

Live. Pursue. Endure to the end. 

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