1. Kathy,
    I’m glad I found your post about this. Enjoyed reading this too! I did link up and hope to be able to continue. Have already made some new friends. 🙂

    I’m all for breaking this walks down in love too … in true Koinonia as it states in the NT. Partnership together as The Bride of Christ only truly can come as walls are torn down.

  2. Kathy,

    Loved your “I am” story, it filled my heart with joy. I am technically a Kathleen too, but have tried to shorten it to Kate over the years, also raised Catholic. Learning people’s stories always inspire and encourage me. You get the privilege to see across their years, the ups and downs, and the amazing things God did–all within a few minutes! How He puts a hunger in us to know Him, how He weaves the right people into our lives at the right time–and the voice of God whispering “this is the way.” GOD IS GOOD!

  3. What a great testimony you have! 🙂 I loved hearing how you made faith completely your own. My husband and I are both first borns..so I definitely understand what your saying 😉

  4. Kathy, thanks for the post! Real and honest.. I like that! BUT I keep looking at your picture and saying that you are too young to have grown children and now grands! You are beautiful, indeed!

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Thank you DeAnna, you are too kind! It was taken three years ago. I need to get it updated. This year is the big 5-0! 🙂

  5. Melissa Twitchell

    Hi, Kathy! I love your story and you have a gift for writing ( I could visualize everything your described)! Your words of breaking down denominational lines got me excited! How true and wish of mine for our family to truly be united…the way Jesus described in John 17. Funny that it seems to strike a cord with quite of few people these days…must be the Holy Spirit! 🙂

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Thank you Melissa!! So grateful to see your heart beats for unity too. May the Lord grant us grace to embrace and be grounded in His truth. Indeed, the Holy Spirit! Thank you so much for your encouragement!!!

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Thank you Terry!
      Old to new. I love that {especially in this mid-life season!} 😉
      Thanks for taking time to stop over!

  6. Your words are so much more than a single glimpse of who you are. They reveal your passion and your heart and your soul. I love sitting in the pew with you in the Catholic church of your childhood and seeing the lights on the Christmas tree and walking with you from church to church to find the Truth.

    I look forward to getting to know you here at The Loft and learning more about you and your story.

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Thank you Judith! Your words encouraged me more than you know! Glad you are joining us at #TheLoft! Thanks for taking time to stop over!

  7. Wow…just, WOW! What a powerful story of God not letting go!
    I chuckled my way through your post and was hooked – big hair 80s, Baptist cartwheels, lying about your sins (while I know *that* part isn’t funny, it’s humorous to me as I was a pretty good person, too!).
    Thank you so much for sharing – this was such fun to read, and the way you wrapped it up with the important truth that we are God’s, regardless of the name on the outside of our church.
    Would love to have some coffee and chocolate with a table full of flowers! For now, we’ll hang out at The Loft. 🙂

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Thank you Rebekah! I laughed at the way you summarized it! “Baptist Cartwheels” Haha!! News reached me much later that dancing was actually forbidden by Baptists. I certainly was confused by that one!! (And so thankful that has changed!!!)

      I think this Loft idea is going to be fun too!

  8. Yes, yes, and YES to breaking down denominational lines! So love that. And loved reading your story – all of the beautiful pieces sewn together by His love and His plans for you – like some marvelous give-God-the-glory quilt. Beautiful. Such a pleasure to meet you!
    K 🙂

  9. Oh, Kathy, you and I share the desire to ‘defuse denominational boundaries’. I am convinced Jesus would not be pleased with all the denom bickering that goes on. His church is unified, not divided. I loved reading your story…it was beautiful and transparent. So glad to be part of #TheLoft team with you.

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Thanks Leah, I will forever be grateful for Arabah Joy connecting us. You have been such a great source of encouragement and I love getting to know you. (Love having one in ‘this’ blog world in the same stage of life too!)

  10. Kim Vander Helm

    Love this Kathy!!! It’s so cool to hear your story. I love it all but I really love the breaking down denominational lines. You’re singing my song there! God bless you girl!

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