Following the Leader

Following the Leader

Here’s the thing about following God: you don’t know where He will take you.

I remember a particularly sunny day in kindergarten when my teacher decided that we should play “follow the leader.” My teacher, wearing a hula hoop as a sash that reminded me of suffragette Winnifred Banks, marched us up the stairs, out the door, and under the big tree.  As five-year-olds, we didn’t know where our teacher would take us, but we weren’t worried.  We knew that our loving leader would never put us in harm’s way.

On Tuesday night (New Year’s Eve, 3 days ago), as I reflected on 2019, I realized that following God through life is a lot like following my kindergarten teacher around the school.  When we surrender our lives to Him, we do not know where He will take us or how we will get there; all we know is that He will use every experience to sanctify us because that is His will (I Thess. 4:3a; I say more about that here).  We don’t know the joy, the hardship, the blessing, or the pain that we will experience along the way.  Like children following a trustworthy teacher, we follow our Lord blindly. (Ironically, this was also the lesson in My Utmost for His Highest on Wednesday, January 1, but that’s off topic….).

Last February, I heard about some ministry needs at a Christian school in Spain, and I began praying about how God could use me.  As I continued to pray and follow Him through 2019, I felt the growing desire to teach in Spain.  A few months ago, I completed the application process, and I committed to teach for 2 years.

I am telling you all of this for two reasons: (1) I want to look back on this post throughout 2020 and remember that following God is uncertain, but it is safe, and (2) I needed to close this blog with a good post.

I am not saying that I will never blog @ kats9lifes again, but I don’t plan to keep up with this blog for much longer.  I have started a new blog where I plan to share all about my ministry in Spain.  I hope to see you there!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Y is for Youthful

Top Ten Tuesday: Y is for Youthful

Top Ten Tuesday

Generally speaking, I still feel like a teenager.  Sure, I’m in grad school, I have a full-time job, and I pay my own rent, but when someone asks me my age, I respond, “eightee–I mean, twenty-three.”

Whether you are young-in-age or young-at-heart, strive to obey God’s six specific instructions for youth.

Ten Verses for Those Who are Young

First, God desires for youth to be obedient.

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Top Ten Tuesday: X is for Xenial

Top Ten Tuesday: X is for Xenial

Top Ten Tuesday

Xenial is not exactly a common word.  Yet, we expect each other to be xenial on a daily basis.

The Merriem-Webster dictionary says,

Xenial (adj.) of, relating to, or constituting hospitality or relations between host and guest

I first encountered the word xenial in elementary school when I read Lemony Snicket’s The Slippery Slope. He writes,

“Xenial’ is a word which refers to the giving of gifts to strangers. . . . I know that having a good vocabulary doesn’t guarantee that I’m a good person. . . . But it does mean I’ve read a great deal. And in my experience, well-read people are less likely to be evil.”

No matter which definition you prefer, I think you would agree that reading and applying God’s Word will make you more xenial.  The following ten verses are a good place to start.

Ten Verses for When You Feel Xenial

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Top Ten Tuesday: V is for Vulnerable

Top Ten Tuesday: V is for Vulnerable

Top Ten Tuesday

Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author of Lies Women Believe, wrote,

Most people–even Christians–have unthinkingly exposed themselves to so much deception that they do not even realize they are being deceived (35).

Every day, we are vulnerable to an attack from Satan.  He “holds out the glittering promise of ‘real life'” (32), desiring to “win our affections, influence our choices, and destroy our lives” (32).

On our own, we are defenseless.  Like a rose in a hurricane, we can do nothing to stop the onslaught.  Thankfully, we don’t have to fight alone.  The verses below show that when we are vulnerable to Satan’s lies, God is ready with the truth.

Ten Verses for When You Feel Vulnerable

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Top Ten Tuesday: U is for Ugly

Top Ten Tuesday: U is for Ugly

Top Ten Tuesday

I’ve never read the book Backwards Beauty, but the short videos are pretty funny.

The author of Backwards Beauty, Jessie Minassian, takes a satirical approach to showing girls, “You have a beauty the world doesn’t understand.”   After listening to her interview a few years ago on Focus on the Family, I came to appreciate her “completely illogical” approach to to teaching girls to view themselves through God’s eyes.  She gives her readers “10 steps to feel your worst!”

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Top Ten Tuesday: T is for Tired

Top Ten Tuesday: T is for Tired

Top Ten Tuesday

Last week, I said that everyone is stressed.  This week, I’ll propose that everyone is tired.

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Ten Verses for When You Feel Tired

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Top Ten Tuesday: S is for Stressed

Top Ten Tuesday: S is for Stressed

Top Ten Tuesday

Is there anyone who doesn’t feel stressed?  Hanna-Barbera told us that life would be so much easier in the 2000s when we would live like the Jetsons with robots, home computers, teleconferencing, and movies on our watches.

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