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Following God is…

How would you fill in that blank?

  • An adventure or mundane
  • Joy-filled or hard
  • Continual fellowship or lonely

Well, if I were answering, I would give you a resounding–all of the above.

Anything worth doing is costly. There are days you feel on top of the world and days you want to give up. There are days where you feel invincible and days where you feel the slightest breeze could blow you into oblivion. One is not wrong and the other right. This is the nature of the human experience.

Katie tells some amazing testimonies in the chapter of lives changed through adoption, children being healed, and families being loved. What I so appreciated though was her honesty about the life she was called to and even the nature of adoption.

 

Excerpt from Chapter 6

From Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis and Beth Clark

She’s not being schizophrenic. I can testify through our family’s own experiences with adoption that this is true. It can be exciting and it can be boring. It can be incredibly rewarding and incredibly challenging. It can spiritually enlightening and it can be spiritually draining.

That’s true with being married, having a family, owning a business, pastoring a church, being a missionary, or anything else.

We were each created to express His glory and light in every situation we find ourselves in (both good or bad). There are elements of His heart and character in every step we make in obedience to His word as we live out faith.

Don’t back down from what God puts on your heart because it won’t all be “joy and glory.” The end is guaranteed and He promises to be there every step of the way with peace and life.

I know some things God has put on my heart appear impossible, and you may be in the same boat.  But He’s never asked you or me to carry it alone. Jesus is yoked with us and He will surround us with people who will astonish you in their ability to carry His vision and covenant with you.

What do you feel God is leading you into? Have you resisted or are you ready to go? Why is that?


This is part of our book club discussion on Week 6 of Kisses from Katie (disclosure) by Katie J. Davis and Beth Clark. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, add it in the link widget below and be sure to check out the other entries. Also head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for another great take. Whether you’ve read the selection or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.

16 Comments

  1. God is really pounding me (in a good way) with lessons of love right now. Not sure where it will eventually lead, but right now there is plenty of applications right where I am.

    I am looking for the progression as He leads me.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..I Am Adopted. It Saved My Life.My Profile

    • That seems to always be the case--there are so many needs right in our own backyard and we have a hand to lend and a life to offer. Also, glad God is pounding you because we get the benefit as well. :) Thanks Dusty.

  2. Your post is so true. We cannot accept only the good from God. We live in the world, therefore we will have good and bad days, we will be happy and we will cry- but is there through it all!

    I feel God growing my faith and knowledge of him. I feel him leading me to speak out to the lost and to those who have grown complacent in their walks with Him. I’m not completely sure how He wants all this done, but I know I am willing!
    TC Avey recently posted..I Am A Follower: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus Book ReviewMy Profile

    • That’s excellent, TC. I’ve heard it said that the only ability God cares about is our avail-ability. If you are willing, He will make a way for you to express His heart and love in powerful ways. Blessings to you and thanks for sharing.

  3. I think God hard wired us to gain much from sacrifice in the long haul. The short haul is full of being to close to the forest so to speak.

    It’s always in hindsight that we can see 20/20 and feel fulfilled in our soul.
    floyd recently posted..HAUNTEDMy Profile

    • I agree with you, but would only add: in God’s wisdom our hindsight is 20/20. I know that may seem nit-picky but there are plenty of people who long for the “good old days” that aren’t seeing correctly (sort of like how Israel kept wanting to go back to Egypt and their slavery).

      That said, there are some hard things to go through, but like you, I can look back now and see His hand and grace in all of it. Thank you, Floyd.

  4. Following God to me is Joy. As a business owner I lean on the wisdom of The Holy Spirit. And every time I do what the spirit says I see a door open or a victory. And when I don’t listen to the spirit I miss that victory or open door. As Christians Our Joy shouldn’t only be confide in the 4 walls alone but in every area of life. Psalms 35:27 says
    Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

    Prosperity isn’t only about money. Prosperity means having wholeness in all areas of life. (Health,Work, etc)

    Right now in the sports world There are 2 people that are making a splash big time Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin the reason I believe there having success is because of The Joy of Following The Lord.
    And when they lose they still give Glory to God !
    andrew singh recently posted..Christmas-Winterland Photo ExtravaganzaMy Profile

    • Absolutely, the overwhelming and overarching emphasis of our walk in Him is joy, but we can also run into difficulties and challenges that test us and try our faith (the awesome thing is, in those moments, we also prove our faith). I’m fully persuaded and can’t turn back, but I can’t deny that there are days of disappointment and mundane or un-preferred tasks sometimes (granted, it’s because I fail to see things in His perspective). The good or the bad does not change Who He is and what He has planned to do in and through us. He is enthroned over the flood and will lead us THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death. Thanks Andrew--appreciate your thoughts.

      • One experience In life I can tell everyone about was when we bought our first house In Minnesota. I was so full of joy there are 2 reasons why was because there was 3 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms in the house !. I grew up in New York City and at that time in our lives we where living in a apartment with one bathroom which was in adjunct to the living room. (so if you had to go you had to go in through the living room and might step on a toy or bump into something) And one of my dreams back then was to live in house with a backyard to play and a big living room to wrestle in ! Well when we first came to Minnesota we learned that in order to buy a house you have to live in the state for six months and have a job. (I think that law is gone now) So we had to settle for another apartment with one bathroom again. Well once that six months was done we found a house had 3 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms. I didn’t get to have my own room yet but the room was big enough to have my own side. Then in 1999 we bought another house which was 15 miles away from our church which my mom and dad pastor at now. The basement wasn’t complete yet so we had to settle for sharing 1 bathroom for a year. Well one day I was coming home from basketball practice and I saw this truck with all this lumber,sheetrock, plumbing equipment,showertub, and a toilet. When I came inside I see a whole bunch of people hammering and nailing away. 2 weeks later I got my own room and bathroom ! Well 5 years later we bought another house and now we each have our own room and enough bathrooms ! Moral of the story never let you current situations steal your joy. Dream big cause we serve a Big God ! Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
        andrew singh recently posted..Christmas-Winterland Photo ExtravaganzaMy Profile

        • I love stories like that, Andrew! Some may think God only cares for the “big things” but He knows every desire of our hearts and He is exceedingly good. You’re so right. We can’t let circumstances dictate how we live our lives. We have His word and promise--through the triumphs and through the battles. Thanks.

  5. Praying for your family’s perseverance in every way. Nothing can thwart God’s plans. Praying for all of you in every way. Walk in His strength. : )
    Blessings!
    Cherie

    2 Corinthians 4:1,8
    Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way,[a] we never give up. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

    Matthew 19:26
    Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

    • There is always grace THROUGH it all. We so appreciate the prayers, Cherie! It is an exciting and joy-filled time that can also be exhausting and draining. Sounds like parenthood to me! :) Thanks again.

  6. I am in the process of going, but there are days when I’m still hesitant -- mostly out of wondering if I’m doing the right thing, if I heard God correctly or if I have what it takes to accomplish the task. Thankfully, those days aren’t frequent!
    Jason Vana recently posted..Creating Sacred SpacesMy Profile

    • The enemy certainly knows how to push those buttons, right? I understand completely. Looking at the fruit of all God continues to do through you, it certainly looks as if you are on the right track! :) Thanks Jason.

  7. “Don’t back down from what God puts on your heart because it won’t all be “joy and glory.” The end is guaranteed and He promises to be there every step of the way with peace and life.”

    Very encouraging and worth remembering when times are hard or we’re not getting our way. The end IS guaranteed, so we should never back down. Thanks, Jason
    Frank recently posted..Eyes and EarsMy Profile

    • We have to trust He leads us along the best paths for our lives. Thanks so much, Frank.