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Catch Me If You Can

Whew! It has been quite a ride lately! So terrible I haven’t blogged since October, but time flies when you’re having fun!

Let’s see… here’s what happened recently:

October 24th – My Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon (half marathon 13.1 miles)

October 29-31 – Weekend getaway with the hubby to Charlotte for Carrie Underwood in concert! Uh-Mazing btw… And a visit to Elevation Church is always awesome!

November 4-6 – I flew to Texas to watch my cousin’s nuptials to a beautiful bride & re-connected in person with many of my dad’s family that I haven’t seen in 2 years. We have a very musical family and it was so good to hear family singing in the ceremony. Such a lovely and fun wedding. So excited for those two in their new adventure together. Also this month, a friend and I had a little post-race photoshoot in downtown Wilmington, NC by a fave photographer Jen Griffin, SurfHouse lunch and facial- so fun!

November 7 and on – The launch of Barefoot Church‘s 2nd physical campus in Whiteville, NC, about 45 minutes away from our North Myrtle Beach campus. It was a great day and throughout November we’ve been building crazy momentum, building giant trains on stage, and kicked off our “Unstoppable” Christmas sermon series.

November 25 – Thanksgiving Day and week. Such a sweet time spent in the Raleigh, NC area with family. Did a mini prenatal shoot for Chad’s cousin and her husband. I also had 2 good friends give birth, my friends Joi & JB in California welcomed her 2nd baby (another son) into the world, and Cyndi & Nathan brought a 4th child and son to join us! Such precious little lives.

December 1-9 – Flew again to Texas, this time with Chad, to celebrate our “Christmas” with my side of the family. Nice to be around the parents, sibs, and extended family. And of course I made sure to get some Texas beef brisket at Rudy’s– off the chain!! I celebrated 28 years on Thursday the 2nd with some shopping and pizza too. I decided to use the $100 Forever21 gift card I got last Christmas to get stuff now that I’m wearing some smaller sizes, woohoo! There’ll be a party this weekend, a trip north to Arkansas to visit some of our closest friends, and more time with family before we head back.

And of course the rest of December is action packed with lots of festivities, multiple Christmas services and chances to show the love of Christ to others! Before you know it, the New Year will be upon us and I can’t wait to see what God has in store this next season.


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The Half of It

So I did it. A part of my weightloss journey is over. My friend Michelle encouraged me to attempt this feat in the first place… so I started out with a 5k race and set a new goal. The training was good for me. I’m good with schedules. 12 1/2 weeks ago my friend Julie and I embarked on the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon pilgrimage. Yes, people do run and put themselves through pain for the fun of it. Or at least to accomplish a goal. I think I got a lot of my race morning jitters out when I went along for the ride supporting a group of friends running their Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon in September. And my in-laws were also there rooting us on along with two of our friends that came out before sunrise to see us off. That meant so much!

I was hoping that the half marathon, which started out with horses at the Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach and ended alongside the beach at the new boardwalk, would go as well as our 10 mile run the week before. And overall I guess you could say we did well. I would’ve liked to have pushed through the last few miles though, but I just couldn’t run any faster. Mile 7 was tough, got a 2nd wind briefly, then mile 10 was tougher. Off and on between mile 11 1/2 and 12 1/2 were brutal- I got tired, my toe was throbbing from a bad blood blister (I don’t know why my 2nd toe on each foot impacts so hard), and I just flat could not run any faster. The last winding half a mile beside the ocean was beautiful, but I kept thinking “Where is the dang Finish sign?!” I’m so thankful for Julie, she has been such a great, encouraging running buddy. She could’ve easily shaved off about 15-20 minutes off her time and ran on ahead, but we trained together and we finished together.

Everyone needs those kind of friends that hang with you til the end. They push and encourage you. They stick with you even when they could run on ahead because they seem stronger. And the key is just committing to finishing in general. And we did. We finished well.

Check out some pics from the race:

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So now I need a new goal… Julie’s trying to get me to do the whole marathon… I dunno…


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“See Ya Later”

It’s been a long time since a particular person or family I know has gone through such painful, confusing circumstances that it has conjured up my dire need to pray. And I don’t mean that in a flippant, whatever kind of way, or that I don’t pray much. I mean in the sense that because I care SO much for those people and hurt right along with them, that my focus is really honed in on lifting them up in prayer. This happened about a month and 1/2 ago to some of my closest friends during one of the worst times in their family history, and constantly throughout that whole week my main focus was them. But I really couldn’t do a thing about it. But I could pray. Not that I don’t think prayer is extremely important. But you know how some circumstances REALLY open your eyes to the power of it? Yeah. And it should be a privilege to pray for anybody, not just the close ones.

Ephesians 6:18 – Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

This made me realize that in our Christian subculture, “I’m prayin’ for ya” or “I’ll be prayin’ for you” has really become like the Christian “See ya later” or “Welp, hope it works out for ya, thinkin’ good thoughts your way”! This is terrible. But we’ve all done it. Even with the best intentions of really praying for them or their situation later. We have the privilege of interceding for that person and really being there for them. I’ve begun making a conscious effort to immediately pray when I say I will as soon as someone asks for it. If time permits, I should even stop and pray for them right then. Not only do I believe that in that instant the simple act of praying in their presence can bring them such a level of comfort and encouragement, the begging of God to work in their life I think softens the heart of God. I believe that whether the outcome is something we want or not, the power of the Holy Spirit can be unleashed and his glory revealed.

James 5:16 …The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

So when you say “I’m praying for ya” or “I’ll be praying for ya” – DO it. Right then. The days of “See ya later” are over!

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Moving on in a new season

New seasons are weird. Transitionary periods are weird. God knew our choices- he knew the good ones and the bad ones over the years. Sometimes I wanna say we weren’t “meant” do something or go somewhere, but then that could get into a whole predestination debate that I don’t want to go into. Ha!

We have wrestled for the last 6 mos about making some changes, being open to want God wants, seeking Him through our dreams and goals. The decision to attend and serve at a different church was not an easy one, and it’s not that we don’t love it and the people and even have the same Kingdom-minded goals… but we felt a stirring in our hearts that God wants to lead us to something different, something greater than we could’ve imagined for ourselves. We had to learn to let go.

As God has gently tried to pry apart our fingers from what we have so tightly held in our grasp, we have discovered that if we want God-sized dreams to happen and ultimately want to make Jesus famous through our abilities, talents, and heart- then we have to be willing to go anywhere. And let go. Let go of control.

Some friends in town at Port City Church every year encourage people to decide on a different kind of New Year’s resolution. They call it One Word. Moving on from the past and moving forward with a simple one word that you feel God wants you to focus on.

For us, for me, it’s OBEDIENCE.

“Take to heart all the words of warning I have given you today. Pass them on as a command to your children so they will obey every word of these instructions. These instructions are not empty words—they are your life!” ~Deuteronomy 32: 46-47

My friend Patience told me of this study on Joshua quite a while back and I’ve just now got around to getting it. It’s written by an author and speaker Aliene Thompson out of Cary, NC; you can do the individual study, and there are also small group materials and a dvd available. This Radically Obedient study could not be more timely in my life. As we move into a new season of uncharted territory, much like when Moses passes off the baton to Joshua in Deuteronomy 31:1-8, God is constantly reminding him that He will personally go before him. He tells Joshua in Deuteronomy 30:11-20 that it’s NOT gonna be that hard, he won’t need a heavenly interpreter, that Joshua will be able to understand His instructions just fine. He instructs him to be strong and courageous. Just like Joshua, God is reminding me that he wants me to choose life- choosing to love God and obey Him through a new season.

“And don’t for a minute let this book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going, then you’ll succeed.” ~ Joshua 1:8

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“Those” Friends

You know “those” friends? Those special friends that somehow often come up in everyday conversation? People that left a mark (or several) on your life that have helped shape the way you live yours? Those friends who no matter how much time has passed you seem to be able to pick up right where you left off when you are able to get together with them?

Little did I know that a girl name Patience would have much more of an impact on my life later on than she did as my 2nd semester roomie at Liberty University. Don’t get me wrong, we always had great talks, she was inspiration, encouragement and fire. (Redheads usually are. =)

Over the last 8 1/2 years I’ve gotten to know Mrs. Patience Roddy Leino and her hubby Jordan. It’s hard to believe time has gone by that quickly. They have been friends, encouragers, fellow musicians and worship leaders.  We got to catch up with them a couple weeks ago and it was wonderful.

Somehow the funny stories, music stories, and moving stories involving the Leinos come up in conversation fairly often these days. I’m such a nerd, I’m getting teary-eyed right now as I type and remember a blog I wrote about them in ’07. I recently sat down at Chickfila with some friends. And as I was bragging on how absolutely gorgeous their 5 month old baby girl Eliana is, pulling up Facebook pictures on my phone showing off the pristine blue eyes (just like her mom), I somehow started sharing a brief and probably muddied up version of their story, and almost was in tears. Again, I’m a waterhead when it comes to certain stories… A story about their firstborn son Isaac that lived to be about the same age as Eliana is now… he touched lives all around the world, and so did the strong faith and testimony of his parents.

These past memories, stories, and even weekly blogs of Patience’s still inspire me to live a Godward life today. They truly choose to live in such a way that God is at the center of everything they do. She’s encouraged and challenged me to be thoughtful, to seek the heart of Jesus, to always build up and honor my husband (especially in public), to be the same person at home as I am on stage, to be slow in speaking and quick in listening, to persevere in every trial and trust that God means for you to live your life on purpose for his glory no matter in happy times or sad.

I encourage you to read their story from beginning to end, here. (Or rather bottom to top on this blog.) It will move your heart and challenge where you think your faith is.

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One of My Favorite Recipes

One of my closest friends has this Easy Vegetarian Dinners cookbook. And since she first made this dish, it’s become a staple at the King household. You can use any kind of mixed vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, carrots, etc.  It’s easy, low calorie, and quite tasty.

Lentil and Veggie Tostadas

Makes 6-8 tostadas, Start to Finish Time: approx. 25 minutes


1 3/4 c water                                                           1 clove garlic, minced

3/4 cup dry red lentils, rinsed and drained             6-8 tostada shells

1/4 c chopped onion                                                 2 c assorted chopped vegetables

1-2 tbs snipped fresh cilantro                                  1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cumin                                               3/4 c shredded Monterey Jack or Mozzarella cheese

Directions: In a medium saucepan stir together water, lentils, onion, cilantro, salt, cumin and garlic. (Sometimes I use a little more garlic.) Bring to a boil, reduce heat.  Cover and simmer for about 12-15 minutes or until lentils are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Use a fork or potato masher to mash the cooked lentils into a paste.

Spread the lentil mixture on tostada shells; top with your choice of vegetables and cheese. Place on a large baking sheet and broil 3-4 inches from heat about 2 minutes or until cheese melts. *Sometimes I add grilled chicken for my man if he needs a little more meat! You could also use beef or shrimp if you like.

Nutrition: 285 calories, 11 g total fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 526 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 16 g protein

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Mind Dump of the Past Year

I was talking with some close friends about faith, struggles, life, and made the general statement that I felt I’d grown so much this year in EVERY aspect of my life. And they said “like what?” I was caught. I had thought of some things over time, but it was amazing to have to think quickly and verbalize them all.  So now I’m writing them down. This has been a year of pruning, stretching and maturing for me. I’d like to share some things I’ve learned this year through people, sermons, my daily bible reading, and just whisperings of the Holy Spirit in my soul-

  • You’re either in a dip, were in a dip, or about to go thru a dip- the way we get thru that is to Receive God’s present activity, Remember God’s past faithfulness, Respond to God’s direction. (Steven Furtick)
  • Like Elijah in 1 Kings 19 sometimes God tells us to go back the way we came so he can move us onto our next steps- we did that this year, moving back from Nashville, passed thru Clayton/C3 Church in Chad’s hometown, and came thru Lifepoint, and now onto this next season in our life whatever that is.
  • Humility.
  • Would I request a “do-over” of the past year? No, because despite some pain, I wouldn’t have learned anything, and I wouldn’t have the story I have now to impact other people in the future.
  • I learned how to cook better and became a little crafty thanks to some good friends. A new found love for knitting!
  • “Worship is not added to joy, and joy is not the by-product of worship. Worship is the valuing of God. And when this valuing is intense, it is JOY in God. Therefore the essence of worship is delight in God, which displays his all-satisfying value.” John Piper.
  • People are messy. Relationships are messy. But those people, are just people. In need of grace just like me.
  • I know the kind of friend, mother and wife I want to be- I’ve had some great examples this year.
  • “Rebekah, when you finally release control of the things in your life you think you have control of, THEN will I pour out blessing on you, give you the things you dream of, and show you the next step. When you let go, and know me for Me, I will do things you can’t even imagine.”
  • I prayed for friends closer than a brother, what I got was totally unexpected. I got 2 best friends, whom I would give my life for, that know me better than anyone, encourage me, challenge me, pray for me, and ask me the really tough questions about myself.
  • We have GOT to get a handle on our finances- there is NO freedom in debt. NO fun in not being able to give generously.
  • It is extremely dangerous and unhealthy to put any one person or thing in such a place that you think your bad decisions or unhappiness is caused by something they did or didn’t do- that puts the control in their hands, and OUT of God’s. This is very wrong and a tremendous burden on the person that doesn’t even belong there. You need to apologize to them if you’ve been there.
  • “Worship ministry was like an iceberg. The part that people see onstage needs to be the tip, and beneath the surface has to be a deep, hidden life with God. That challenged and inspired me to go deep in Jesus and make sure the public part of worship ministry was just the surface and that much lies beneath.” Vicky Beeching.
  • You have to get your feet a little wet and closer to the water for God to part the Red Seas in your life.
  • My marriage has been strengthened and we are closer than ever thru learning how to depend on God.
  • Even if the way God has provided for me isn’t my grand ideal way of providing, it STILL is provision and I aught not turn my nose up at it.
  • I’d rather not sit in a dumb cubicle taking calls about an industry I know nothing about and I don’t understand why I’m there, but that job is God’s PROVISION for a season.
  • We have made major decisions in the last 2 years, that weren’t necessarily good ones- decisions that I made and got Chad to go along with. I had to own up to this mistake and allow my husband to lead our family. And resist the urge to lead.
  • I LOVE and BELIEVE in my husband. And he needs to hear it more often.

And the biggest ones:

Deuteronomy 31:8 “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Circumstances (can) = Happiness. Joy = CHOICE.

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with JOY and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with CONFIDENT HOPE through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13.

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