Before we get into the main part of today’s post I want to remind you about the Celebrating Family Photo Contest! There are two more days to enter. It will not take long for you to send a picture in and a couple of lines about it!
All photos should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Winner receives a feature post done on them and their family about activities they like to do and how they encourage their family to spend quality time together.
You can read more about the contest by clicking on the image below.
Now I want to introduce to you Katy (the main writer from Our Simple Love Story). I “sat down” with her in a virtual sense and we talked about why she blogs, her heart for people and what she has learned from marriage so far.
Monica: Why did you start blogging?
Katy: Well, I love to write. I’ve been writing in some form or fashion since I was a little girl. I originally started blogging to connect with friends and family while I was at college. I was introduced to blogging by my college roommate (who is now my best friend) because she was blogging to friends back home.
I started this blog for basically the same reason, although in addition to friends and family, I also like getting to know new people. I’ve seen amazing support and encouragement from the blogging community just in the past few weeks. The community makes it fun.
Monica: What’s the purpose behind “Our Simple Love Story”?
Katy: I think part of it is just to record the memories – the things we do together, things I am learning about our marriage or even just a recipe or two. I also hope that this blog encourages other people. I have been told lately that I have an encouraging spirit. I want to use this blog to do just that.
Monica: What have you found to be the single most important factor maintaining a solid marriage?
Katy: It’s kind of twofold. First, God needs to be the center of a marriage. In fact, my relationship with God has to come before my relationship with Michael! Second, I need to accept the flaws and uniqueness of my marriage. I was horrible at the beginning of my marriage with comparing it to other relationships (let’s face it, I still struggle with this from time to time). When it wasn’t measuring up, I thought it was because I wasn’t good enough as a wife. Through lots of open communication with God and Michael, I realized that I couldn’t define my marriage by another person’s standards, and I began to see our marriage as the beautiful living and growing thing that it is.
Monica: Has God placed any specifics dreams and visions on your heart?
Katy: I don’t think God gave me a particular life calling. I think of it more as a daily calling. Each day, He has a purpose for me. I love to encourage others (I hate to see anyone upset or hurting), and I know that God has used me in the past for that particular purpose.
Monica: If you could encourage the world with one message, what would it be?
Katy: When you disagree with someone else, always remember that they are a creation of God, and that God loves them very much. Once you remove that humanity from the person, you have lost the argument.