Monday, November 7, 2011

Prairie Parsonage by Katie LaBree

Good Monday morning ladies. I know you're going to love this next wonderful lady.  Going forward.  Lets have the best week ever!

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Growing up in suburbia, I never imagined myself being where I am today.  If someone would have told me that I would marry a rancher's son turned pastor and live in the middle of the prairie, I would have laughed.  Why?  I had no idea what rural was all about.  Instead, I was going to be a successful lawyer with a big house and fancy car in the burbs.  I guess God had different plans for me because here I am, 100 miles from the nearest McDonald's (this is an important fact when you have kids), married to a wonderful man and the mother of two really sweet, kind and fun children.  

I have to admit that I am not one of those gals who love everything about living in a rural place.  I do NOT love driving 100 miles to have a baby, especially when my labor goes fast and we get stuck behind a tractor.  I REALLY do not love small town politics and I absolutely, HATE being in the spotlight.  I'd rather blend in and be a number.  About 99.9% of my wardrobe is black because I like to avoid standing out in a crowd.  

But, these things are minor compared to what I have gained from rural life.  I have been given opportunities to become bolder and stand up for myself, because in a small town, you can't just avoid the people you don't like, you have to ultimately work out your differences and for me, this means learning to not be someone else's doormat.

I love knowing and caring for each person in my church.  My husband and I often comment how much it means to be a part of the lives of those in our church.  We are privileged to walk alongside of them.  I have been one of the first people to know when a young couple is expecting a child they thought they could not have, and I have been one of the first to know when a dear saint of our church family has passed away.  The relationships we have been able to form have blessed us beyond measure and they have shaped us to be more like Christ.   In essence, I love the relationships that being a part of a rural community has given me.  It wasn't until I moved to a small, rural town that I fully understood the bond that comes with this type of community.  I am so thankful for it.  

Most of all, I love wide open skies and seeing just a glimpse of God's magnitude in the prairie sunsets.  I moved to the prairie as a freshman in college, not knowing a soul.  I had only been to ND one other time in my life and that was for the college tour.  On weekends, when all of my friends would return home and home was too far for me, I spent hours by myself looking out onto the prairie landscape, talking to God.  The wide open fields and the insanely beautiful sunsets reminds me that I am a part of something much bigger than my own little selfish life. 

So, fellow rural women, this is my story.  Actually, it is God's story.  Because God called me, I live on the prairie.  He has given me the gift of growing closer to Him through lessons and experiences that only a rural place could provide.  Yes, Rural Woman, You Rock.  I am proud to be among such a strong group of women.  But, I am even prouder to serve the One who has called me to such a unique landscape.  

Thank you for reading my story.  It is now time for me to crawl back into my comfort zone of anonymity!  Blessings to you all!

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  1. I love it! My rural story is also God's story. Thank you for sharing!! I understand about the comfort zone, I am so glad that you said all these words. You have just been a blessing.

  2. I'm with you on the anonymity. Actually, I'm scheduled for tomorrow on here and have been thinking a lot of the same thoughts. I'm getting better about having my name out there, but it's still a struggle. Thanks for sharing! You have a beautiful family and a wonderful view (both through pictures and words).

  3. Lovely! I'm a fan of anonymity as well, I've learned I'm much more productive and have more peace of mind when I can focus on things outside myself. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks ladies for coming forward and supporting Katie!

    Katie thank you for joining us, and for your wonderful post. I hope this blesses you in someway.

    Kind Regards,

    Kasse D.

  5. Wonderful post, Kate -- thank you for coming out of your comfort zone to share with us :) Looking forward to learning more about you through your posts. You have a lovely family and the landscape photo is stunning!

  6. Nice to meet you, Katie. I enjoyed your story. You have a beautiful family. God bless you as you share the love of Jesus to rural America. May this year bring about a great harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God through your ministry! Blessings!