GATHER: The story of Kelsee Philpot

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To the ones who are in the thick of tough seasons…

How is that sentence alone even fair right? You just made it through the toughest time, got a minute of fresh air, and now you find yourself right back where you just were. Searching for hope, answers, next steps, etc.
Does that sound familiar? If so, welcome to my life. We would get along just fine! Now, I can sit there and have a pity party with the best of you; but I believe God wants more for us than that.

I think it is important for us to stand on truth during times like these. These seasons and more importantly the way we handle them define us. They become stepping-stones for our future. It is entirely up to us what the memory of them becomes. You see, I think back on high school times. Times where I would make myself sick because I was so heartbroken by gossip. Some of it maybe I had invited in my life, some of it I had not. I wasn’t sure of my identity in Christ, so I literally sank. I sank in a pool of other’s opinions of me, and walked out of that season bitter, with a flag in the air. I quit. I gave up. And darling, I can’t let you do the same.

Writing this a little wiser still learning, but knowing more about my identity and my Father…. I am here to tell you, you don’t just have one tough season. Tough times do not discriminate with age. You can be 13, 16, 25, 49. Etc. It’s part of our life when we live in a dark world. Oh how nice that would be to only have to deal with one tough season, with a golden medal at the finish line of it right? Okay, while we know life isn’t that easy, we can shift our perspective and receive hope, even when we are over our heads in tough seasons or moments.

For me, tough is the unknown. While I have a spontaneous side of me, I really do like to know what is next. And I am currently over my head in that.. not knowing what’s next, not having answers when people ask me what the next year looks like for my family, or what we are doing now that we are both almost done with ministry school…. In the thick of the silence and questions or statements in my head, I have to pause. I have to stop and tune in to my Daddy’s voice… you do too. And shortly after you do that, he will whisper a promise over your spirit that will be just enough hope to hold onto. Write that promise down. He is a promise keeper. Go back to it over and over.

For me, I know God has called my husband and I to do something big for his Kingdom. We are the least deserving people on the planet. But God sees something in us. Just like he sees something in you!! Sometimes I find myself getting impatient. Okay Lord, we got a house in the area you have us, we closed the doors you told us too, we are having a baby your will, we are doing everything you instructed…. So when are all the promises going to happen? And How? And even the …. “There’s no way.” And that’s where his word comes in…. truth. I don’t know about you, but my mind can get so far in left field with doubt and overthinking, I would go crazy if I didn’t cling to some truth. I wanted to share with you what’s getting me through this time. I pray this verse alone can bring clarity and instruction to your tough season.

God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together he gave me a fresh start. Now I’m alert to God’s ways; Everyday I review the way he works; I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I am watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.”
Psalm 18:20-24 MSG

So good, right?! Let’s break that down, and go over what we are going to do to get through this. You must have a plan.

• Give it all over to him. Daily. The good, the bad, the ugly.
• Get our act together, and line up with the way we know we are supposed too, so we can be alert. ( Get out of left field)
• Every day, get some truth. One verse is all it takes. Review it. Write it down, and absorb.
• Watch your Daddy walk you through this as you have given him permission to work on your behalf.

We girls want to deal with things on our own. We want to keep it all in, and we weren’t made to do that. Tough things were never meant to be kept to ourselves. There is freedom we receive instantly by sharing what we are going through to someone, including the Lord. Journal with him. One line a day, just something. You have to acknowledge his presence around you in this time. You may think he is so far off, but I promise he isn’t.

Open the book of your heart to his eyes. And when you do, you’ll walk out of this season wiser, stronger, and with purpose. You will walk out victorious with a banner flag of victory not defeat over you. And it will become part of your story. His goodness will be in the thick of it. I promise.

Don’t walk out of this one defeated, you’ll remember it that way forever. Instead give your Daddy permission to do work. See his goodness, and be amazed.

Flourish baby flourish,

Kelsee Philpot

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Meet Kelsee! She’s a big dreamer with a huge heart for people. She grew up in a small town in Alabama and has since lived in various places! She’s a wife to her high school sweetheart, Taylor. And a mom to Preslee, 4, Nolan, 1, and soon excepting another daughter, Vivi. She has a passion for leading women on a journey to freedom, and her writing is a step in that process. She is young, but driven. Forgiven, not perfect. Fierce, but peaceful. If Kelsee has some free time, she loves a good restaurant meal, dancing in the kitchen, & spontaneous adventures. She doesn’t consider to have it all together, but she wants you to join her on a journey to finding freedom for your life while she finds more in hers! In her writing, you can find some of her darkest memories and some of the best; all used for Heaven’s sake.

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