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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Studies of Humility: Conclusion

Studies of Humility: Conclusion

I don’t want to call this post a conclusion.  To me, conclusion brings the idea of the end a story or the closing of a presentation.  But this post is not a conclusion because our desire to live humbly should not end after we read this post; we should clothe ourselves in humility for the duration of our lives.

That being said, this series has lasted several weeks, and I think a summary is in order.

Humility

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Studies of Humility: Ruth

Studies of Humility: Ruth

In case you didn’t know, I am not married, I don’t have a boyfriend, and I have never been on a date.  If you need relationship advice, don’t come to me.

My friends sometimes ask if I want a boyfriend.  While I wouldn’t be opposed to starting a relationship, I realize that singleness gives me the freedom to travel where I want, eat what I want, and study when I want.  Ruth, the heroine of the Bible’s best-known love story, had a different view of personal freedom, however.

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Studies of Humility: Jesus

Studies of Humility: Jesus

When you write a persuasive essay, you should save your strongest argument for last.  However, when I started outlining this series on humility, I felt negligent starting with anyone but Christ.  

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Studies of Humility: Introduction

Studies of Humility: Introduction

In mid-December, God threw a hard blow at my pride.  Unintentionally, I found myself reading an acquaintance’s opinion of me, and the evaluation was less than stellar.  Immediately, my competitive spirit became defensive, arguing, “well she obviously doesn’t really know me…”.  After I cried a little and tried to mentally justify my every interaction with this individual, and I realized the heart of the issue.  In my pride, I had not taken the time to really know her. 

So I did what any good writer would do.  I sat down with my laptop and admitted my conceit to the entire blogosphere–with good intentions, of course!  For the next few weeks, I hope to share Biblical examples of humility with practical tips for demoting ourselves and elevating God (John 3:30).

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Joy: Advent Week 4

Joy: Advent Week 4

When I was little, I loved any song with the word joy, mostly because my middle name is Joye (pronounced joy), and I liked the idea that people were singing about me.

One of the most common Christmas carols with the word joy is “Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts.  Surprisingly, Watts’s inspiration was not Luke 2, the account of Jesus’ birth, but Psalm 98, a psalm that praises Christ for His imminent return.  That’s right: one of our favorite “Christmas” songs is actually about Christ’s second coming.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Z is for Zealous

Top Ten Tuesday: Z is for Zealous

Top Ten Tuesday

Our brains are truly incredible; as I wrote this post, my mind sang a song that I have not heard in 6 years.

The lyrics are pretty simple, but they are appropriate for this post.

I’m not ashamed of the one who saved my soul.
This fire inside of me is burning for your name;
I’m not ashamed!

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