Katie M. Reid loves to serve as the girlfriend who will have your back in times of trouble. Her blog offers up doses of help and love using Scriptures to uplift, teach, and encourage women when times seem stormy and rough. She also seeks to help tightly wound women to find freedom from perfectionism yet have the grace to live confidently in Him.
She ministers to writers. She guides writers in the craft to paint their stories as songs that whisper hope and build community.
I hope you will enjoy her profile below.
Katie M. Reid: Biography Information
Hi everyone! I’m Katie M. Reid. I’m married to Adam, we have five children, ranging from 4 months to 12 years. We live in Michigan and my husband is the Youth Minister at our church. I used to be a high school Special Education teacher before I had children and now I homeschool our kiddos. I am a big fan of musicals, hot and iced tea, and cut-to-the-chase conversations (I’m lousy at small talk). I am also a writer and speaker who encourages others to find grace in the unraveling of life.
Katie M. Reid : Gospel Story, How She Came to Know Christ as Her Savior.
I grew up in a Christian home. When I was four, we lived near Watsonville, CA. On an overcast afternoon, I swung on our metal swing set. I pumped my little legs as hard as I could as I looked to the heavens and sang, “Into my heart, into my heart. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Come in today, come in to stay. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.” With faith like a child, I asked Jesus in. However, it wasn’t until my freshman year in college, that my faith became my own as I recommitted my life to Christ and learned what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
Her Favorite Verse and How It Became Important to Her
Zephaniah 3:17 is my favorite verse.
“The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
I am a singer/songwriter and so I love the idea of God singing over us. I’m often very hard on myself, so the truth of God rejoicing and delighting in me are a gift of grace to my try hard soul.
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Her Blogging Story
I started blogging on Xanga (ha!) in the mid 2000’s and then got more consistent and serious about it around 2011 when we started the process of adopting. I’ve always liked to write, but blogging my way through our adoption wait provided free therapy and a creative outlet to process my feelings.
Her Blogging Mission
My blogging mission is to inspire others to draw closer to Jesus. I pray that God will use my words to bind up the brokenhearted and free those that are stuck or held captive by sin, hang ups, or discouragement (Isaiah 61:1).
Her Top Three Posts Based on Readership Statistics
Her Three Favorite Posts
This is my signature post about the #TightlyWoundWoman discovering that she is wound up in Christ’s love.
These two posts are from last year’s 31 day series:
What Inspires Her to Write for Christ?
I feel compelled to testify of God’s goodness, Biblical truth, and what He is teaching me.
Psalm 145:4-7 encourages me to do this:
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.
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Her Favorite Song
One of my favorite songs right now is I’d Rather Have You by Tommee Profitt and Brooke Griffith
Authors Who Inspire Her or Motivate Her to Write
Some of my favorite authors are Jennifer Dukes Lee and Shauna Niequist. Jennifer writes with talent and heart. She says things my try-hard heart needs to hear and encourages me to improve my craft through her skilled writing. Shauna inspires me with her well-crafted storytelling and poetic form. She writes about issues that I struggle with and extends grace with her words. I’m also a big fan of Karen Brown’s writing. Her blog “Stooping for Manna” is well-written and soulful.
A Personal Blogging Story
I had a woman reach out to me from New Zealand. She read my blog and opened up to me about her life.
It is an honor to share God’s truth and love with women around the world, and also in my hometown, through my website. Sometimes you feel like no one reads your words, but stories like this encourage you to keep going and trust God with the results (even if you don’t see or hear about the impact very often).
Her Blogging Tips
You can find free blogging tips on my #WeWrite page via my website (see the following image for some of them). I also encourage you to sign up for the free writing resource called, “Ladder to Rooftop” via my friend, Jami Amerine’s blog. Ladder to Rooftop is full of great ideas from other bloggers and provides on-going support as you write.
Her Thoughts To Inspire and Uplift
Dear Reader: I pray that you know how deeply you are loved by Christ. For decades I tried to earn God’s favor through works and try-hard living. I now know that I am saved by grace, through faith, and that in Jesus, I am loved and delighted in. Yes, works are important, but they don’t earn us salvation or favor. Our good works should be an outpouring of our encounter and love for Jesus not a means to try and gain worth. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8 (NIV).
Social Media Links
I am also author of “Extra Salt on the Fries” a memoir piece found in Tales of Our Lives: Reflection Pond by Matilda Butler (available on Amazon).
Your turn: What inspired you most about Katie M. Reid and her blogging story? Have you read her blog and what do you find inspirational about it?