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March 14th, 2012 - Daily Dish

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Some may think this post is long overdue. But in reality, I was simply waiting for the right timing to share what’s been on my heart. You see, God’s timing is sometimes different than ours. He truly did place it on my heart to wait on Him when it came to sharing this news. So with my heart fully depending on Him, I have some great things to share about my future and the future of Dashing Dish!

In case you are new to Dashing Dish or you haven’t had a chance to read my story, let me begin by telling you a little bit about my testimony because that’s where this journey truly began.

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My story began when I was about 14 years old. Young and naive, I received a series of lies and believed them as truth, which led me down a road of disordered thinking about food and my body. This eventually turned into disordered eating that took on many forms over the years. Over the next 10 years my weight fluctuated, but my weight was simply a reflection of what was taking place deep inside my heart. After many unsuccessful attempts to find this freedom on my own, I knew that the only way was with Christ. God was the only one who could change the issues that were taking place on the inside of me, which is where the healing had to begin. I made the choice to once and for all surrender every area of my life over to Him, and as I did, He transformed me in a way that only He could. Not only did He build me up spiritually, but He gave me the wisdom on how to take care of my body physically as well.

My healing took place one day at a time as I would spend countless hours in the kitchen cooking, while listening to sermons on tape.  While renewing my mind with the Word of God, I started creating recipes that I had previously enjoyed in a new and healthy way. As God revealed His perfect love for me, I started to mend on the inside. Where there were once walls built up, He stripped them down, layer by layer. Where there was once brokenness, He put me back together piece by piece. Eventually, this transformation that was taking place on the inside started to show on the outside. As I started to eat healthy and treat my body right, I found that my weight settled naturally at the place that God designed my body to be.

During this time in my life I was also attending nursing school full time to pursue my lifelong passion of becoming a Labor and Delivery nurse. After graduating from nursing school I got married and much to my surprise, I got hired as a Labor and Delivery nurse shortly after graduating nursing school. Around the same time that I began my nursing job, my husband convinced me that I should start a website where I could share my healthy recipes. Shortly after, Dashing Dish was born! I started this website with the thought that it was simply going to be a fun website to share with family and friends. However, despite all my plans, I soon began to realize that that God had something different for my life than what I had in mind.

About six months after starting Dashing Dish, I started to receive hundreds of e-mails from women of all ages, from all around the world. Whether it was about losing unwanted weight or finding freedom in the areas of eating disorders, each woman had their own story. I started to realize the great responsibility that God had given me with this website and that it was meant to share much more than recipes. I felt the Lord prompting me to share about the freedom and joy that can only be found in Him and to teach women how to find their true beauty in exchange for the ashes of their life (Isaiah 61:3). I came to a place where I knew beyond of shadow of a doubt that this was my calling and it was confirmed to me many times over.

Despite knowing my destiny was awaiting me, I started to have doubts. How could I have spent five long years in nursing school, and have the job of my dreams, and give it all up for something that wasn’t yet even established as a business or ministry!?! I began to wrestle with what my heart was telling me and I second-guessed myself every time I would listen to my head. Although it didn’t make ‘sense’ to me at the time, the Lord began to calm my thoughts with His Word. I began to realize that what God was calling me to didn’t have to go along with ‘my plans’… I knew that I  had to listen to my heart, and trust His plan. I spent many months thinking over my decision, talking to my husband, my parents, and many Godly mentors that I respect. God used every single person to confirm that this was God’s call on my life. It was then that I knew it was time to leave the ‘security’ of my nursing job and to jump full time into the business and ministry that He was calling me to. (On a side note, I believe that nursing is truly one of God’s highest callings. It is one of the ultimate acts of servanthood.  I am humbled to have worked with such caring and amazing women while working in L&D).

On August 9, 2011 I decided to step out in obedience. I had made the decision to listen to God. It was one of the hardest decisions I have made {so far} in my life. It still didn’t make sense to my head, and it certainly felt like I was ‘stepping out of the boat’. However, I have found that every time I make the decision to step out in faith, God never let’s me sink (as long as I keep my eyes on Him). On the day that I left my nursing job, God led me to the passage of scripture in 2 Timothy 4:5-6. It reads, “But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at bringing others to Christ. Complete the ministry God has given you. As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God.” I knew that by making that decision, that I had taken the first step in pursuing the ministry that God has called me to.  I made the decision to pour out my life as an offering to God, and how could I not after Jesus gave His life for me!?!

During the ‘transitional’ phase of switching over to Dashing Dish full time, God began to flood my mind with ideas and ways that I could minister to people. Little did I know that God was about to lead me to a project that was far beyond myself. Something that I could have never dreamed up or accomplished on my own….And, it has been almost 9 months exactly in the making. (How cool is God!?!)

I have spent the last 9 months developing meal plans, new content (including a clean eating and gluten free recipe section), health coaching services, devotionals, and workout routines (and in the future~ a bible study series), that will all be featured on my new Dashing Dish website! I’m so excited to share all the new features that have been added and to share what God has put on my heart with all of you!

I have put my heart, soul, and many prayers into this project. I believe God has truly given me ideas and plans for people to begin on their journey to health, and I hope that it can be a place where people will find refreshment, encouragement, and a new way to look at health and beauty through God’s eyes.

Having said all of this, I want to say that I am in no way perfect, nor do I claim to have all of the answers, but I am simply on a journey. As I make it my goal to take one step closer to Him everyday, I hope to help others along the way!

As far as the future goes, I can honestly say that I’m not exactly sure where God is going to take me. I have ideas such as Bible college, pursuing a degree in nutrition, and of course publishing my cookbook. However, despite all my plans, I have found that His timing is best so I plan to follow His leading! I also want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of your support, prayers, and encouragement, because without YOU Dashing Dish would not be possible!!! Please stay tuned for the launch of the new website in the beginning of April!

48 Comments

David Elliott said:

So awesome that you’re following your passion, all while providing people with incredibly delicious healthy recipes. My wife has made several after I recommended your site. Keep up all the hard work and we look forward to all the changes and features coming (and to come in the future) with the new site.

March 14th, 2012 — 9:20am  |  Reply

Anitra said:

CONGRATULATIONS THAT IS SO AWESOME!!! God is amazing and will do what He wants when HE wants but it’s always best for His children!

March 14th, 2012 — 9:22am  |  Reply

Shannon (Healthiful Balance) said:

Yay! I am so happy for you! :) God has such amazing plans for you! <3 You have inspired me so much!!!

March 14th, 2012 — 9:38am  |  Reply

Kathy said:

God has been able to reach, heal and restore SO many people using the the internet. Lives have been totally changed, including my own. I can completely relate to your story because I have been wrestling with some of the same ideas…you feel a prompting to move in a direction however you are still not quite sure where it’s going to go…Good for you though for taking that leap and following His lead. He is SO good isn’t he? I’m looking forward to watching you progress and minister to the many different people out there who need you. Congrats!

March 14th, 2012 — 9:38am  |  Reply

Sara McGee said:

Congrats!!! I’m so excited for this!!!

March 14th, 2012 — 9:40am  |  Reply

Sara McGee said:

Also, God will enable your plans that he has placed in your heart! It’s awesome to see His plan for us, and an amazing feeling to give Him the steering wheel :)

March 14th, 2012 — 9:45am  |  Reply

Abby said:

This is amazing Katie, I truly believe you are doing the right thing. I only found your website a week ago but so far it has made a difference for me. Congratulations! I can’t wait for your cookbook to come out and think that going to school for nutrition and bible study would both be amazing things! (especially if you did both!) Good luck in all that you do and follow your heart because it is God speaking to you!

March 14th, 2012 — 9:48am  |  Reply

Trieste said:

So exciting Katie!! Thank you for expressing your heart, and for being a willing vessel of Jesus. The Lord rewards those who diligently seek Him… His favor is upon you, and those who appreciate your dedication are interceding for you as you continue to surrender to HIS idea of a spotlight. A scary place to be, but you’re under His wings! Bless you!

March 14th, 2012 — 9:59am  |  Reply

Vera said:

You are truly a blessing! It’s wonderful that God has given you the opportunity to share his love with others along educating and helping the public about health and nutrition. I truly enjoy reading your posts. I as well have learned that God’s timing is everything! He answers more than we ask, he gives more than we imagine, but in his own time and his own way. I’m so grateful to have found your website. It has given me encouragement as I continue to pursue my passion to complete graduate school (in the medical field), and learning how to become a healthier person by incorporating the tools you’ve shared. I look forward to the new Dashing Dish… Can’t wait!

March 14th, 2012 — 10:04am  |  Reply

Lori said:

I know you have been a huge inspiration for me so I can only imagine how you’ve impacted others in even more need than myself.

Congratulations on seeing your calling. I think it’s awesome that you LISTEN TO GOD. That’s an issue for so many; to quit talking and listen. If more of us did that, we’d know our purpose as well. :)

March 14th, 2012 — 10:11am  |  Reply

Kaarin said:

This is so exciting! Congratulations on your accomplishments! And thank you for all of your hard work. Your website has been a source of inspiration for me – spiritually and as I am on a journey to eat healthier. I really appreciate that your recipes are not overly complicated (as I am not a great cook), taste great, and are healthy. Thank you again and best wishes as you continue your adventure! P.S. I cannot wait for your cookbook!

March 14th, 2012 — 10:21am  |  Reply

Jessica Daly said:

Katie, This gave me goosebumps. Stepping out into the life Christ has called you to may seem scary to some, but when you know the end is Christ’s ultimate glory, you can rest easy. I will pray for you as you continue to follow His lead. He is being glorified. What an awesome journey!

March 14th, 2012 — 10:38am  |  Reply

Alicia said:

Congratulations! I am very excited for April now! :) I enjoy your website very much and love that you post about God and healthy food because I am working on growing in both those areas. Well #1 to become more reliant on Him vs. bad for me food and your recipes are helping me inch my way towards that! Thank you for sharing on your site and for taking the step of faith that you have! Excited to get your cookbook as well!

March 14th, 2012 — 11:09am  |  Reply

Angie said:

What an amazing story and you are such an inspiration with how you continue to step out in faith, each and every day. I, too, found little success with healthy eating and weight loss until I turned it over the Lord and gave Him control. I still backslide and am struggling again, but pray that I will find my way back to finally giving Him all control. I have a feeling you will be a big part of that inspiration and reminder for me!

March 14th, 2012 — 12:00pm  |  Reply

eileen said:

I am not sure how I found you, but I did. I enjoy your food, outlook and faith. You inspire me.
I have to tell you your website format was really wearing on me – it is hard to navigate and slow to load (sorry current web person). This latest news is exciting. Looking forward to spending more time with you :)
May I suggest your receipes have a print option? IMHO – I don’t like to cut and paste and find that if I have to…..I generally don’t.
Continued blessings to you and your family~

March 14th, 2012 — 12:23pm  |  Reply

Lindsay said:

Congratulations! What an amazing story to read and again I am in awe of you faith and trust in the Lord. You are an inspiration. Can’t wait to see the new site!

March 14th, 2012 — 12:25pm  |  Reply

Kristyn said:

Katie,

I really don’t think that I would be able to put into words how much you have helped me. Not only through your great recipes that make wanting to better yourself and your family easier, but through your unfailing love for God. You truly inspire me to want this for myself. I feel like God brought me to this blog so that I may see that anything is possible with him! He truly is amazing isn’t he! Thank You Katie! I am so excited to see what else you will be adding and can’t wait to try what you already have on here. God Bless You and I praise God for leading you to this. =]
Kristyn

March 14th, 2012 — 12:51pm  |  Reply

Nicole said:

I just ran into your blog last night from Pinterest. I am loving looking at your healthy meals. You are definitely an inspiration and I look forward to following your blog and seeing what God has in store for you! Good luck! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes! :)

March 14th, 2012 — 1:06pm  |  Reply

Missy said:

Katie, Congratulations on your new website! You are such an inspiration to me and so many others, I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us!!

March 14th, 2012 — 1:13pm  |  Reply

Catherine said:

You were the first blogger I ever discovered and continue to remain one of my favorites. You combine so many wonderful things into one and I admire your love for Jesus and your boldness to share it (the Internet can be mean!) I’m so excited for you and for this new website. I know we all we love it. Reading your devotionals always teaches me something- can’t wait to continue reading your blog for a long long time! :)

March 14th, 2012 — 2:11pm  |  Reply

Sara said:

So excited for you and the direction that God is taking you! I love hearing how God is leading you! God has spoken things into my life that seem intimidating to me however it is not by my might nor by my power but by the Spirit of Almighty God that these things will come to pass. I also am waiting on His timing. It is wonderful to read your stuff because it is encouraging to me in my waiting as well!

March 14th, 2012 — 2:21pm  |  Reply

Susanna S. said:

I’m so excited for you! God has the best plans :)

March 14th, 2012 — 3:25pm  |  Reply

Alisha said:

I am very happy that you are following what God has planned for you! I only hope that someday I too can figure out what God has in store for me. Your website is wonderful and I look forward to your new site! Thank you for you recipes, workouts, devotionals and encouragements! God Bless you!

March 14th, 2012 — 4:30pm  |  Reply

Kali O'Rear said:

Wow, You are such an inspiration to me! I feel like I am re-living everything you have. I have struggled with similar issues that you have. I have turned all of my life to the Lord but I never thought to talk to him about what I eat. Thanks to your inspirational story I have surrendered it to Him and I have been happier. I am actually finishing my fourth year in radiography school. Mid-way through this year the Lord has directed me away from x-ray and into teaching! I am not sure where I will teach or what I will do but I know He will take care of me. I can not wait to see what you have in store for us! Thank you for everything you do, I truly appreciate every blog you write! —Kali :)

March 14th, 2012 — 5:09pm  |  Reply

Laura said:

You are a true inspiration and gift from God! I recently found your blog and have been struggling with becoming healthier as well as a more personal relationship with Jesus. I believe God lead me to your site to assist in my journey. The love you share for our savior is very in depth and evident. I feel as even though I do not know you personally, I can look to you for guidance. I am really looking forward to the new site.

March 14th, 2012 — 7:29pm  |  Reply

Pure2raw Twins said:

congrats!! and loved hearing more about you and your story, and where you are today! such an amazing person and story. we are so glad we came across your blog a few months ago. we wish you all the best!

March 14th, 2012 — 7:30pm  |  Reply

Morgan said:

Katie, you are an absolute blessing. Thank you for being so open about your struggles, and for allowing God to lead you to do this website. You are such a huge blessing! I hope to thank you one day in person, whether here or in the presence of our wonderful Father.

Thank you. :)

March 14th, 2012 — 9:17pm  |  Reply

Charissa said:

This is SOOOO exciting! It’s amazing how God leads us…and it seems pretty evident where He’s taking you! I know He’ll be using you in lots of women’s lives and hearts!

You’ve been such an encouragement to me.

March 14th, 2012 — 9:36pm  |  Reply

olviya ivanov @olivehealth.tumblr.com said:

Good job for taking that hard step of faith! God will provide:) I’m so excited to see the great things to come!

March 14th, 2012 — 9:55pm  |  Reply

Erin said:

Katie,
What a wonderful testimony of following the call that God has placed on your life. I think of Romans 8:28 and know that as you are following His plan, He will surprise and fulfill you in ways you can’t even imagine. I am so looking forward to continuing to follow Dashing Dish and to see how God uses you to bring light to the darkness.
In Him,
Erin

March 14th, 2012 — 10:41pm  |  Reply

Katie said:

This is so exciting! I have been following your story for some time now, and turn to your recipes all the time in my own kitchen to put healthy meals on my table. I love it how you cover many angles of healthy living from meals to workouts to inspiration. Congratulations, and I look forward to what the future has in store for Dashing Dish!

March 15th, 2012 — 4:24am  |  Reply

Megan said:

This is so exciting!!! I am so encouraged by you. :)

March 15th, 2012 — 5:40am  |  Reply

Sarah said:

Katie, what an encouraging story! I am so glad to hear about your life adventure- I’m looking forward to following along as you share:-).

March 15th, 2012 — 10:57am  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

I am so excited for you! This is incredible.

Dashing Dish has become a huge tool in my own weightloss journey as I know I can always count on you for a good meal/dessert idea.

I can’t wait to see what the future holds! You are an amazing woman, whom I am constantly inspired by, thank you.

March 15th, 2012 — 2:03pm  |  Reply

Suzie said:

Wow, what a, incredible and touching testimony!! It was such an encouragement to read this as I think many women/girls can relate to your struggle, but to see the joy of the Lord set you free and His abundant love change your mindset and turn it all to do His works is simply beautiful! And so grateful that you listened to Him and pursuing something unknown as His timing is perfect and His plan is beyond what we ca even imagine or think. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to the new attributes of the site. Blessings! :)

March 15th, 2012 — 9:51pm  |  Reply

Pam Moore said:

Hi Katie,
This is so exciting! God is SO good, isn’t He? I know I just recently found your blog, but it has helped me already tremendously. Not only the recipes, but the faith filled words of encouragement. God bless you Katie, I look forward to seeing all that the Lord has in store for you!
xo

March 16th, 2012 — 7:56am  |  Reply

Kimberly said:

Katie this is amazing! I adore your heart for the Lord and how you are constantly desiring to serve Him and put Him first. He is truly using you as such a fine instrument on the internet. Your website has become a breath of fresh air for me other the past few months. You have inspired me to make God the center of my healthy decisions. For the first time thanks to you, I feel like food isn’t the enemy. I am not a failure and God knows what He is doing even in the realm of food. I will definitely be a prayer warrior for you over this journey. Step out. Trust God. I am excited to see where He is going to take you and DashingDish.

March 16th, 2012 — 3:14pm  |  Reply

Jennie S. said:

It may sound strange coming from a complete stranger but…I am so proud of you. I am glad to be a follower of your blog and look forward to the future site and all that God has in store for you. Congratulations!

March 16th, 2012 — 5:50pm  |  Reply

Deanna said:

Congratulations!!!!! So inspiring!!!

March 16th, 2012 — 8:35pm  |  Reply

Sylvie said:

Praise the Lord! Looking forward to it!

March 20th, 2012 — 1:00pm  |  Reply

Angela Fulton said:

I’m so excited for you! I think this is a wonderful next transition in your life. Congratulations! I’m glad that the positive power of prayer has enabled you to make this next step a smooth transition.
I am looking forward to seeing your new website and trying your new recipes! I look forward to the Gluten Free aspect as well.
Big HUGS and God Bless!
Angela

March 20th, 2012 — 1:12pm  |  Reply

Sonya Schroeder said:

Girl everytime I read something on your blog I feel that God is giving me a little more of who He is through you. I am truly blessed that God lead us together. Your words truly bless me. Looking forward to the journey! Much love sweetie :)

April 24th, 2012 — 1:32pm  |  Reply

Josephina Montoya said:

This is so inspiring! Good for you! I LOVE all your recipes and positive outlook on life. Thanks!!

April 24th, 2012 — 5:27pm  |  Reply

Marci said:

Truly an inspiration. Thank you!

April 25th, 2012 — 3:48pm  |  Reply

Laura said:

You are an inspiring young woman. I am also a nurse and worked for most of my career (20yrs) in L&D. Five years ago I left the hospital to work full time as the director of a pregnancy resource center ministry. So, I understand about taking that leap of faith :) I was recently diagnosed w/ celiac disease and am happy to have found your site. I wish you the best in this new venture. God bless.

June 2nd, 2012 — 9:52pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

thank you for this laura~ :) it meant a lot

June 3rd, 2012 — 7:08am  | 

Ginny Stroike said:

I stumbled onto your website yesterday and I love it. My story is much like yours and my heart is in people the info about nutrition but most of all that God is the one who will take care of everything. We can not do anything on our own even lose the weight and keep it off. Thank you for taking a step of faith and listening to God. I am so excited to read more on your blog.

August 2nd, 2012 — 9:25pm  |  Reply

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