Saturday, December 19, 2009

That was fast. I'm baaaack. :-)

Ok, so maybe all I needed to do was let go of some of the pressure I was feeling about everything and just blog what came to mind.

So today I want to direct you to someone else's blog actually.

Someone who I don't even "know" in real life, but who has chosen to be open and real about what God is doing in her life and who has impacted me greatly. She will probably never know that. But that's ok- Jesus will.

She is an amazing writer. Amazing. I cry almost every time I read her blog.

And yet, that is not what has impacted me.

It is her life. Her life lived in extreme devotion to Christ. And it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

It is the life of a young woman- 20 years old... living in Uganda....

Who has adopted 14 children.

And who is in charge of the care of 400 more.

Those of you in the blog-world probably already know who I am talking about.

Because once you read her blog, you are impacted. You don't forget and the more you read the more you long for your life to be lived with that same kind of passion and faith and closeness to Jesus.

Her name is Katie. And she is an ordinary college-age girl who has chosen God's path for her life and not looked back. She is just one example of many who have taken God's word seriously and chosen the abundant life. You may have noticed the button on my sidebar.
Amazima ministries is how Katie and her team help to feed and clothe those 400+ children in Uganda.

So if I have you curious now, go on and go to her blog.

I dare you to read and not be moved.

More than that, I challenge you to read and ask yourself "what am I doing to further the Kingdom of God and be Jesus' hands and feet?" "Am I living this abundant life that Jesus talked about so much and that people like Katie are living everyday?" "How can I pray for Katie and the orphans today?" "What can I possibly do to make a difference... when there are 143 million orphans and counting?"

These are all questions I have asked myself and am still wrestling with.

And it would be easy to go on and not think about it anymore. You know, because I don't actually live in Africa, and I'm not 20 years old, and I have 4 kids (oh wait that isn't an excuse since she has 14!), and we have a mortgage to pay for, yada yada yada! EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES!

What does following Christ look like today right here in Clovis, California?

I'm not quite sure. Yet. I know of a few who are doing just that right here and I am inspired by them as well.

But as I continue to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, I'll let you know what I come up with. :-)

For now, read and be moved into action my friends!


Melissa said...

Thanks! God's been moving in our lives in a MAJOR way concerning orphan care. We've been able to join with some other families to create
I am so inspired by her story. On a somewhat related note, you should read Crazy Love by Francis Chan.


Leah said...

I have read this blog as well. What a God story.

I am glad to read your blog, too. I think we process things in life and with God very similarly, so I feel like I have a good friend when reading your blog...even though we don't even know one another. Thanks for sharing your God stories!

M, A and C too! said...

Oh my! Candace- thank you for sharing this blog- I have never heard of sweet Katie- I have no words for what I have read so far today... I can't wait to continue to read about this amazing woman of God and "steal" this post from you for my blog...


Erin said...

I am so glad to see you blogging again! I am not related to you and I read, so see not all of your readers are family! ;) Merry Christmas!

Allen and Kala said...

Wow..Thanks for posting information on her blog. It is a wonderful story and I will follow it!

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