Friday, July 20, 2012

Kisses from Katie- by Katie Davis

I have just finished reading an amazing book Kisses from Katie.  Though it is a book about depravity in Uganda and a young single woman adopting 14 girls; I learned about the depravity of my brokenness and how to more deeply love my busy boys.

"I have learned along my journey that if I really want to follow Jesus, I will go to the hard places.  Being a Christ follower means being acquainted with sorrow.  We must know sorrow to be able to fully appreciate joy.  Joy costs pain, but the pain is worth it.  After all, the murder had to take place before the resurrection.

I'll be honest: the hard places can seem unbearable.  It's dark and it's scary, and even though I know God said He will never leave or forsake me, sometimes it's so dark that I just can't see Him.  But then the most incredible thing happens: God takes me by the hand and walks me straight out of the hard place and into the beauty on the other side.  He whispers to me to be thankful, that even this will be for His good.

It takes awhile sometimes, coming out of the dark place.  Sometimes God and I come out into a desert and he has to carry me through that too.  Sometimes I slip a lot on the way out and He has to keep coming back to get me.  Always, on the other side is something beautiful, because He has used the hard place to increase my sense of urgency and to align my desires with His..."
Kisses from Katie

This excerpt is from Kisses from Katie and it just expresses beautifully how I feel and believe about my my life and struggle with depression.

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