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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! 🙂

Faith Like Children

PART ONE OF TWO.

My daughter is reading Kisses from Katie, a book about a young woman whose call from God, turned her life in a completely different direction than her parents had planned.  This single, 18 year-old girl left the what most would consider a perfect life in America – to follow Jesus Christ and obey His call for her life…  At now 22 years of age, this single young woman has adopted 11 children, and lives in Uganda.  Undeniably a call from God.

If you haven’t read this, here’s your warning – it’s amazingly powerful and beyond touching.  Faith in action – it’s a beautiful love story.  I have only gotten to read a few tidbits that my daughter brings to me, but each one deeply touches my heart because of her obedience and the message of Christ’s love.

This week, my husband was just getting on the kids about “playing with trash” outside to create a “home” in the garage and on our patio – using various boxes, cartons and packages we had thrown away.  The main issue was them blowing away, but obviously … that they were previously IN the trash.

Then today, I read a journal entry from Katie, where she shared about her children doing something very similar and it spoke right to my heart… and I thought how easily we forget what it’s like to be a child… this is their world, their fun and play.  What a blessing they find such wonderfulness in the simple things.  Yes, even in the things we toss away, and consider trash…  Faith like a child?  There is a reason God makes things so simple, even a child can get it.  Yet, as adults – we continue to complicate things…

Katie’s Journal –

“My goofy, trash-loving children are constant reminders of God.  They look at things that I see as used, broken, and dirty and they see treasure.  Can you imagine?  God looks at everyone broken, old, dirty, probably not a whole lot more exciting than an old toilet paper roll, and sees treasure.  Something He loves dearly, something He would die for.  Wow.

Thank you God for my trash-loving treasure-seeking children.  Thank you for so much laughter in the midst of a difficult week.  Thank You that when I feel old and used-up and broken and no more exciting than a cardboard box, You whisper that You love and value me, and that in Your eyes, I am shiny and new.” 

Beautiful words…  and so true.  Shouldn’t we see our “wrecked” bodies as God does?  Valued, loved and treasured?  IF we’re good enough to die for, shouldn’t we treat our bodies as such?

“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”  Mark 10:15-16

 

 

 

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