Lately I’m feeling more and more like I want to somehow live radically for Jesus, and do something that takes me to a place of being less comfortable than most of us are here in this part of the world. My flesh says no-thank-you, I’m just fine here! But my soul says that somehow we need to do more. I know that will look different for everyone, and the timing will be different too. Kent and I have talked about how it might mean serving him in other parts of the world someday when we’re retired instead of taking relaxing tropical vacations. I’ve been asking Him to show me where and how He’d like me to serve Him, but since no clear answers have shown themselves, for now I’ll continue doing the best I can to live for Him right here as a wife, Mom, sister, friend, and as someone who people reach out to daily for help with this or that health issue, which I love. Living radically for Him can also include forgiving those who hurt us, and I learned first-hand in this past year how difficult that can be, after a very disappointing issue with my Mom’s house after she died, but I know it’s what He asks us to do.
I want to share with you a book I’m reading, about a young girl who left her comfortable American life to live radically for Jesus in Uganda. None of it feels radical to her, even though her family thought she was nuts at first, and she only sees it as doing what God asks us all to do, but compared to ME and compared to most of us, it IS quite different. At the same time, it’s sad and WRONG that it’s so “out there”, because we should all be living our lives similarly, even if it’s played out in many different ways.
Here’s the book that is rocking my world these days: Kisses from Katie.
I really hope you’ll read it, it’s a great book for summer! I just ordered six of them to give out to friends and family. If you’re not into reading, at least watch this video with some of her story, and then share your thoughts in the comments below:
More posts and books you’ll love:
- How to Raise Kids to be Committed Christians
- How to Know God’s Will for Our Lives
- Recently from my other blog: This Mom Will Make You Cry: How One Small Change Brought Help and Hope for Her Autistic Son (and how this makes a difference for anyone with anxiety issues, digestive problems, auto-immune disorders, and really any health issue because it’s all related to our immune system!)
- My Conversion Story and How Our Marriage was Healed
- I finished this one recently as a read-aloud with the kids and loved it because it was about someone else living “radically” in New York City, yet only doing what we all can and should: An Invisible Thread