Feb 27, 2012

a recommendation

i've started reading Kisses from Katie, available at Amazon, a lovely story so far about a 20-year old who lives in Uganda and has adopted 14 children. in just reading the forward, i was motivated in my need to give my life to the service of the Lord and was particularly moved by this description of her meeting the orphanage children:

"the truth is, i saw myself in those little faces. I looked at them and felt this love that was unimaginable and knew that this is the way God sees me. the children would run to me with gifts of stone or dirt and i saw myself, filthy and broken, offering my life to the god of the universe and begging him to make it into something beautiful. i sit here in a broken world, small and dirty at his feet, and he who sits on high chooses to commune with me, to love me anyway. he blinds himself to my sin and my filth so that he can forge a relationship with me. and this is what he did for me with these precious children. he blinded me to the filth and disease, and i saw only children hungry for love that i was eager to share with them. i adored them, not because of who i was, but because of who he is. i just sat right down on that cold, hard floor and snuggled my nose into their dirty necks and kissed their fungus-covered heads and didn't even see it. i was in love."

i was moved by how much this also describes our marriage - both ian and i have entered into our marriage with nothing to offer and of no good in ourselves. and i have chosen to marry a man who is not able to even attempt to use works to win my heart, but is completely dependent on jesus' perfect view of him.

thank you, always,


Daniel said...

This was awesome! Thanks for your steady perspective of truth & wisdom!

Daniel said...

This was awesome! Thanks for your steady perspective of wisdom and truth!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to you I ordered this book from the library and have been so blessed by it. I need to order my own copy so I can mark it up and re-read it often. Thanks for sharing!
Wendy in MD

Jenny said...

This is beautiful and touching. Thank you for sharing the book - I will check it out. And for sharing your perspective on the book.

Wondered - is it possible to get a link to particular posts on your blog? I would love to be able to share this post on Facebook, but there isn't a specific link to a specific post - just get the blog's main web address.

Thank you - your words always touch my heart.

God bless you two.

Jenny said...

Sorry, have just seen the 'share on facebook' button. Ignore the second part of my comment!


Natalie said...

Hi just found your blog tonight and had to comment on this :) As I was reading I was thinking how much your blog reminded me of Katie's because both of you have such honesty and authenticity in reflecting Father. So I laughed when you mentioned her book in this post! Its not often that you can read someone else's writing and it makes you want to drop everything and just worship because it's just so raw and beautiful. I have a hard time seeing God with such clarity sometimes! Anyways I am no good with words but when I saw you mentioned Katie's book I had to post... blessings to you both and thank you for sharing your story, Father is truly using you more than you can know.