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A Glimpse Into His Heart


Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

I recently finished reading Katie Davis’ wonderful book, Kisses From Katie.

I found myself admiring Katie and being so inspired by her example of beautiful, selfless love.

She writes of venturing into the slums to search out a way to help those who live in filth,  hopelessness, despair, and extreme poverty. She seeks to discover ways to feed the hungry and educate the children. She tends to the dying, doing what she can to allow them the opportunity to leave this world with dignity.  When the sick, the bleeding, the diseased, the homeless show up at her home, she tends to them with tenderness and great care, unafraid of getting her hands dirty. She has given orphans a stable and loving home. When in America, she gives a voice to the nameless in Uganda, tirelessly raising funds so that with the bounty of the rich, the needs of the poor can be met. She is angry about injustice, defends those who have no one to speak on their behalf, weeps with those who weep and laughs with those who laugh.

Above all, she shares the hope of Jesus with everyone she encounters.

There is much to admire about Katie Davis. She is one of my heroes.

However, I recently read this verse in my quiet time: “I have been crucified with Christ (in Him I have shared His crucifixion); it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in Me  and the life I now live in the body I live by faith  (complete trust in) the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”(Galatians 2:20).

This verse was a reminder to me that who I was really admiring in the course of reading this book was Jesus Himself  living His life through Katie.

It is Jesus who seeks the lost.

It is Jesus who left the beauty and perfection of Heaven to be born in a filthy stable on earth….on a rescue mission for you.

He is the Bread of Life that fills the hungry soul.

He is our Living Hope.

He crowns us with dignity and honor.

He is our Healer.

He can feel our pain because He experienced unimaginable pain that we will never know…all for the love of you and me.

He defeated death once and for all at Calvary.

The day is coming when He will permanently right all wrongs.

He is the only One who is unafraid of the sheer depth and breadth of our need.

He loves the unlovely (which is all of us) sacrificially, completely, and joyfully.

He IS Love.

Ultimately, this wonderful book is a beautiful portrait of the heart of Christ for the lost.

I love Him so.

“We aren’t really called to save the world, not even to save one person; Jesus does that. We are just called to love with abandon. We are called to enter into our neighbors’ sufferings and love them right there.” —Katie Davis, p. 214

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Challenged


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I continue to be challenged by reading Katie Davis’ new book.

She referenced the following Scripture written by the apostle Paul and something stirred in my spirit as I read it:

People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly…in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth and when God’s showing His power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all. Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small but you’re living them in a small way...open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!  (2 Corinthians 6:10-13, The Message).

That is a supernatural existence. Jesus blazes from that kind of life. People cannot explain that kind of life.

My life is much too “safe.”

I am very self-protective at times…of my time, my resources, my home.

Yes, we all need have to have boundaries. They are important and necessary. However, I am talking about having an attitude of willingness to go with Jesus wherever and whenever He calls…without my primary concern being my comfort.

Jesus never called His followers to a life of ease. That is a lie perpetrated by the false health-and-wealth-this-is-your-best-life-now “gospel”. Rather, He tells us plainly: “If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself (disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests) and take up his cross and follow Me (cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also).” (Matthew 16:24).

Only by living that kind of life can the life described in 2 Corinthians 6 be possible.

So the question is: Am I living that kind of life?

Ann Voskamp has written that “Fear makes a life small.” That is very true.

Fear says, “Play it safe. Think about yourself and your needs first and foremost. Don’t take any chances. You can’t possibly do what God is calling you to! How in the world would it work? What would people say? This doesn’t make any sense!”

But Jesus says, “You can do ALL things through Me. It is My energy that works so powerfully within you.  I did not give you the spirit of fear. I have given you a spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind. Once you come to Me, I hold on and don’t let go.  Banish fear and doubt! Be strong and courageous! Run after Me!  Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of!  The life I have called you to is not a timid, grave-tending life. Rather, it is an  adventurously expectant life that begins each day  by asking Me, ‘What’s next?!” I will always lead you in triumph!  Quit worrying about lack. I will provide everything you need! Trust Me and you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace.  Pay attention to the hungry, the poor, the sick, the prisoners, the homeless, the cold, the orphans and the widows. I am there with them. When you minister to them, you are ministering to ME.”

I want to live that kind of life.

Jesus has been beckoning to me,  stirring my heart to let me know that He is at work and the status quo has got to go. I follow a Savior who loves extravagantly and lavishly. He is teaching me to love like that.

I don’t know the specifics quite yet (though I am noticing that He is highlighting certain themes to which I need to pay attention), but He will reveal those in time. I do know what the end result will be because He tells me in 2 Corinthians 3:18: “… Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of His face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him.” 

I don’t want my life to make sense or be easily explained. I want my life to shine a spotlight onto Jesus and His mighty power and transforming love.

I can hardly wait to see what the next step of the journey will be!

He brought me out into a spacious place…(2 Samuel 22:20)

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One


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As Jesus  continues to teach me about I Corinthians 13 love, I was reminded of a very important truth while reading an incredible book called Kisses from Katie: A Story of  Relentless Love and Redemption.

Katie Davis went to live in Uganda when she was 18, answering God’s call to serve orphans there. Today, at 22, she is the adoptive mother to thirteen precious girls, as well as the founder of Amazima Ministries, which feeds, clothes, and educates hundreds of children who otherwise would have nothing.

She is one of my heroes.

Katie admits to sometimes feeling as if she is “emptying the ocean with an eyedropper.” (p. xviii). However, she does not allow that feeling to overwhelm her. Rather “I have learned to be okay with this feeling because I have learned that I will not change the world. Jesus will do that. I can, however, change the world for one person…and if one person sees the love of Christ in me, it is worth every minute. In fact, it is worth spending my life for.” (p. xix). 

Nowhere in His Word does Jesus tell us to save the world, to try to be everything to everybody.

He asks us to live within the parameter of one 24 hour day, to serve those He brings into our lives during that period of time.

So, for today, take the hand of Christ and walk with Him into your day, asking Him to give you His eyes to see that one person who may need a listening ear, a kind word,a few dollars, a bite to eat, a smile, a Bible verse, or to hear the glorious good news of the Gospel.

Never underestimate the power of your one  life to make an eternal difference in the life of someone else.

“A journey of one thousand miles begins with one step.” —Chinese proverb

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