Kara Nothnagel
Simple Authentic Living


Simple. Authentic. Grace.

I think settling for a "survival mode" existence might well be one of the most frightening prospects in life to me. There has always been something in me that has gravitated and longed for the epic. The meaningful. The sense of being part of a grande narrative, where each chapter matters. Post modernism basically taught us, that there is no grand narrative. What you see, is what you get and then it's over. But...

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What do you think about yourself? How do you think about yourself? Can you even bear to think about it? I am continually blown away by how quickly I can assassinate myself in my mind if I'm not careful. Sometimes the most damning words over our lives are not from others, but actually from ourselves. You're not good enough. You're not smart enough. If only you hadn't have done.... If only you had... And before you know it, your thoughts are in a spiral of negativity and accusation.

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Events that I never thought I would see in my lifetime... have happened. And then, on the day that Brexit happened, I remember the penny dropped for me in a fresh way. I need Thee EVERY hour. And no matter WHAT is happening in the world, or who is in power, or how dark the days... or how good life feels, or how well I am doing, or if there is an abundance of money in the bank. No matter the season, my need for God doesn't change. Because every breath of my life is held together by His grace.

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If you get tired, learn to rest. That kind of makes me giggle, the idea of having to learn to rest. Why is rest not natural to so many of us? And why are we so out of touch with who we are and how we feel that we cannot discern between when we should rest and when to give up. I know, I know, we should never give up. But I don't know about you, but I have, too many times.

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LIVE | DAY 3 OF 31

There have been certain seasons in my life where I thought I would never feel free. I would never get over "that" pain. Or I would never be able to conquer that goal. The bible says that "without a vision, people perish", a friend of mine also says it this way "when the vision is unclear, the cost is always to much". But, when the vision is clear, then nothing can stop you.

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In the last week, I have had the opportunity to 'Dance on the Disappointments' of my life in a major way. You see, my teenage years ended cloaked in guilt, shame, and a sense of deep, deep disappointment. Where had the hope, innocence, and joy of my childhood gone? A lot of it was stolen; a lot of it I gave away.As I walked out of my high school, I made a vow to never enter that place again. And I hadn't. That is, until last week.

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After a season of the unexpected, I can tell you, that no matter where life and circumstance so called "plants" you, a heart planted in the hands of Father God and roots grown down into His heart, watered with His love, in soil of community and relationship will not wither and die. It will flourish. You will flourish. Grace is the key. His grace. He is the vine, remain in Him.

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Yes, my all time favourite magazine has a fresh issue for us and it's gorgeous. 

Edna, doesn't waste anytime in getting us to dive deep into truth. She beautifully and vulnerably bares her heart which is something I so honour in her. She isn't afraid to open up her life, so that others can walk in freedom. This issue like all the rest is full of treasure founded by precious women who have been willing to go on a life long adventure with God.

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I always love featuring THIRTY ONE: magazine on here. I feel like a little kid jumping up and down saying "Have you seen this?! Do you know about it?! Have you read THIRTY ONE:?!" but that is because scattered through this magazine are solid gold truths that will change truly your life. Stories from everyday, but far from average women who have seen God do exceedingly above anything they could think of or imagine.

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Oh, hey! The new issue of THIRTY ONE: Magazine is out now and this one is extraordinary! As Edna says so well in her Power Note, as we get glimpse into the lives of different women from different continents we realise "these are not lightweight contenders in the arena of life! In them is a weightiness in the Spirit that is not casually acquired, and that weightiness earmarks so many of their lives, regardless of ages and stages!"

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Every time I write it, say it or think about that word I smile. Because just saying it... Focus... Brings a stillness to my heart and a deep breath in my lungs. As I say "focus" I feel lots of pressures and tensions fall away, because I don't have to do it all! It is a quality over quantity word. It is a word that causes one to live from a posture of being proactive rather than reactive.

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Sherah has faced fears, embraced challenges and found her place in the world with a heart that loves to travel, but yet is deeply rooted in something immovable. When you get to know where she has come from you will understand why she finds her place among the beautiful brave. She is someone who loves to travel and yet for a long time, it wasn't just her legs that were restless, but her heart as well. The true essence of Sherah's bravery is found in her allowing God to place boundaries in her life and in doing so, finding a wide open space in which she can run free. I hope that this glimpse into her world will cause you to make brave and creative choices of your own.

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