She Speaks My Heart

PART TWO OF TWO

Throughout the book “Kisses From Katie”… Katie shares how God prepared her throughout life for what she is doing today.  When I read her words, it speaks to my heart.  I see a similar path I followed, in preparation of my future and how it led me to where I am.

As a parent though, you can understand why one might be concerned… your child, who has everything going for her from a worldly standpoint – willingly changes their course of life, not just a little bit – but in an unimaginable way – just to obey God, while in the process disobeying you.

If she doesn’t believe in a works based salvation… then why on earth would someone do that in this day in age?  Give up modern conveniences, parental approval, and “worldly successes” for… what?  To “follow God’s call”?  Does that sound like a little TOO MUCH God to you?

Well when God calls you to something – you know.  It’s not that you don’t question … why?  or how?… or “are you sure?”  But deep down in your soul – you KNOW the answer He desires for you and anything else just isn’t going to work.

I tell you, it was very humbling to read some of Katie’s journal entries – her struggles, and still – her victory in Christ, and her rejoicing… and yet, in some small way – I could relate.  I don’t live in Uganda, and I have nothing of the circumstances she has… but yet, often times I’m asked,

How do you do it?”… or

Why do you do this…?”

This could be having 8 children in 10 years, being open to life in a world that says two is almost too many (hey I agree, traveling would have been a lot easier!)… home schooling… you name it.  Even about being healthy, people think I must have some super-powers to be able to workout late at night, or not eat myself silly during stressful times…

Honestly?

It’s nothing of me.  I’m NOT special.  I don’t have super powers… and I truly don’t think of me as “doing” any thing as anything other than obedience to His call for us.  Sure, we could have chosen other things – but that wasn’t our calling… and not each call can be the same.  God uses ordinary people – He always has.  That is all I am.  Just like you.

In the book, Katie talks about all of the ordinary people God used – Moses, Jonah, David, Mary, Paul… and then she shared this:

“Sometimes, the everyday routine of my life feels so normal to me.  At other times the idea of raising all these children seems like quite a daunting task.  I realize that since I have chosen an unusual path it is easier for outsiders to look at my life and come to the conclusion that it is something extraordinary.  That I am courageous.  That I am strong.  That I am special.  But I am just a plain girl from Tennessee.  Broken in many ways, sinful and inadequate.  Common and simple with nothing special about me.  Nothing special except I choose to say “yes”.  “Yes” to the things God asks of me and “yes” to the people He places in front of me.  You can too.  I am just an ordinary person.  An ordinary person serving an extraordinary God.”

AMEN.  That about sums it up for me.
So, when you’re feeling like you can’t say NO to that temptation of food… or you’d rather say NO to exercising.  Remind yourself that you’re saying YES to God, and His plan for your health.  It’s okay to say no to things… it means we’re saying yes to something else.  Self-denial is unconventional for sure… but sometimes it’s really worth it.

“For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.”  -Romans 11:29

For what it’s worth, Katie has a blog that tells what she’s up to.  Check it out if you feel led! 🙂

Posted on February 7, 2012, in Change, Our Struggles, Truth and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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