Kathleen Fairchild

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I grew up in small town America- a rural community with lots of farms. I rode horses, took dance lessons, and spent way too much time getting by on my God-given abilities rather than learning to work hard. As the baby of the family, I was pretty self-absorbed (Some may have even thought I was a brat.). I went to church with my family but never really heard what the Bible taught. College was a tough adjustment for me; I didn’t know people there and felt out of place. Through this time of isolation, God humbled me. By the time I graduated, I was beginning to know Him and know that I needed Him.

After college, I moved to the Deep South (huge culture shock!). It was a time full of changes. Facing college was nothing compared to living in the real world! I had my first real job and apartment. It was a time of great spiritual growth as I studied the Bible for the first time. Until this point, I’d been content to have people spoon feed me biblical truth without questioning their accuracy. Perspective changes and growth occurs when you begin to study things for yourself. I studied verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter, book-by-book. I read it on my own yet joined small groups where we discussed what we learned. I listened and soaked it in. I wrestled with God through hard passages until He gave me peace.

So, where am I now? I still live in the South and am married to a boy I met in college. We are raising two kids to be independent and self-motivated adults (who we pray will love the Lord deeply). I drive carpool, volunteer at their schools and cheer for them as they play sports. God has given me the opportunity to teach at a bible study. Shepherding others to know and love God’s Word has become my great passion.

I never imagined I’d end up where I am! My plans fell to the wayside years ago and my dreams changed. I have no regrets about the path God chose for me or about “giving up things” for Him. He has given me much, much more than I could ever give Him. My life is best characterized by the color orange. I’m under construction, a work in progress, but He loves me anyway and will not quit until He has pruned away the last ugliness within me! To Him alone be all glory and praise!

Home Away from Home

As a newlywed, I lived 12 hours from my parents and five from my in-laws. I moved there knowing only my fiancé. My husband and I have moved to three more cities since then. Each time, we’ve known no more than a handful of people. Starting over is hard, especially if...

THEY TOOK HIS CLOTHES- JOHN 19:23

“When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes…” “…they took his clothes…” It’s too easy for us to overlook these four little words reading past them with little thought to the depth of their meaning. Jesus was publically disrobed and exposed as he hung on...

THE SIGN ON THE CROSS- JOHN 19:18-22

JOHN 19:18-22  18 There they crucified him, and with him, two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. 19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the...

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