Book Review: Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

Hi, lovely readers! I’m finally posting on Wednesday! 😛 So, today I’m going to be doing something a bit different from usual. I’m going to be reviewing the book Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis!


Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
Our Jesus Christ is born

Songwriters: Aaron Joseph Neville / John W. Work
Go Tell It on the Mountain lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Grou
The audiobook cover (I read a paperback)

This book was life-changing. It made me tear up because I wished I could do something like Katie did.

Katie Davis is a missionary in Uganda, and mother of thirteen adopted Ugandan children. Her book followed her story, a story of hope, healing, and love.

She talked about trusting in God when you are afraid, being brave when you feel anything but, and sacrificing everything to serve others. Katie’s story is full of light, and this book was too.

My favorite parts of the book were when she described how she got each of her daughters, the One Day… journal entries, and the photo inserts.

I couldn’t put it down! Every word was perfectly written, every chapter full of more surprises, and there were even pictures of her adorable adopted children. Jane’s story made me almost cry. The whole book almost made me cry.

And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.

Mark 16:15-16

Because Katie is an example of someone who is willing to be God’s hands and feet and serve others.

The cover was gorgeous, and so was the blurb, and every aspect of the book was generally awesome. I definitely rate this book 5 stars, and I 110% recommend it! I got my copy from the library, but you can also purchase it here. She also wrote a sequel that I can’t wait to read!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)

Overall, this is a truly awesome book that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, respectworthy, excellent, and praiseworthy!

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Have you read this book? If so, what was your favorite part? Are you planning on reading it? Would you like to see more posts like this?

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Flexible + I Need Your Help!

Part 1 – Release

Part 2 – Flexible

Sorry this is late! I had ballet and school yesterday, and on Wednesday I was super busy with schoolwork and more dance!

Hey guys! Before we begin, I would like to thank everyone for your support for the giveaway! We’ve gotten a lot of entries and I’m super excited! I’m so impatient to find out who wins, I don’t think I can wait until February 3! We also are also at 60 followers now, so thank you so much!!

I mentioned in my post Release that my personal word of the year is Flexible, and I’m going to share with you today what that means to me!


flexible [flek-suh-buhl]
adjective

-capable of bending easily without breaking
-able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances or conditions.
-(of a person) ready and able to change so as to adapt to different circumstances.

Google Dictionary

I’m a dancer, so being flexible is important. If you can do the splits on the ground, you’ll be able to leap into the air beautifully onstage. You can bend your body to perform better, and strengthen your muscles to help you hold flexible positions longer.

But the word flexible doesn’t only apply to dancers, contortionists, gymnasts, and more, it also applies to personality!

12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:12-13 English Standard Version (ESV)

I like things to be nice, even, clear. I set a lot of deadlines for myself, and get really stressed out if I don’t finish them. (I thought I was going to be able to film my Christmas AGSM by December 21, but I only finished it on New Years’ Day!)

So, this year, I’m trying to be more flexible with my schedule, “deadlines”, and accept changes in my life as part of God’s plan.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2 ESV

Last year I faced a lot of changes and a lot of new things, and this year might not bring such drastic alterations to my life. But it surely will bring changes.

In a way, being flexible kind of means being strong, too: “capable of bending easily without breaking.” Even though this definition is probably more for material things, I think it can also apply to life! If you are flexible, you’ll be able to stand more firm in your faith.

(Anna McNulty) Via

To keep this series going, I need your help! What’s YOUR word of the year? If you share it in the comments, it might be featured in the next part of the series! Thank you so much for your help, guys! God bless!

PS: We’re no longer accepting guest posts and new authors for the time being, but submissions will reopen in spring.

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What’s your word of the year? Do you like this series?

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Rest in His Presence

Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.  Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 4:6-7

Have you ever lay on your bed, on the verge of tears? Have you ever chased rest, but it slipped away from you the moment you thought sleep was finally going to come?

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

-Matthew 11:28-30

The dictionary says a yoke is ‘a frame fitting the neck and shoulders of a person, for carrying a pair of buckets or the like, one at each end.’

A yoke is a heavy thing to carry; it takes extreme strength and perseverance to simply lift it on to your shoulders. If we lived our lives carrying a burden such as this, we would eventually give out or give up.

But we no longer have to carry this yoke, for God says that we can give all of our troubles and burdens to Him! He will take them away or use them for our good. He loves us, even at 2:00 a.m. when our eyes can’t seem to close.

Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

-1 Peter 5:7 ESV

 

That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

– Romans 8:28 MSG*

The next time you just can’t sleep, don’t worry. God is there by your side, no matter what. Every storm eventually passes.

God will give you rest!

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*The Message (MSG) is a modern Bible translation. It doesn’t add to the Bible, for God’s Word speaks for itself, but offers modern wording to help aid the ordinary reader’s understanding.


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Verse of The Week // Week 1

Hello, sons and daughters of the King!

This week’s Bible verse I stumbled across in my Bible App, when I was doing a devotional:

Philippians 3:12

I don’t mean that I am exactly what God wants me to be. I have not yet reached that goal. But I continue trying to reach it and make it mine. That’s what Christ Jesus wants me to do. It is the reason He made me His.

I love this verse because EVERY. SINGLE. HUMAN. BEING can relate! Philippians 3:12 tells us that we are not perfect, because we are humans. Because we are humans, we are sinners. But our goal should be not to sin, but not to sin. God wants you to keep trying to reach that goal of being a Godly person so you can spend Eternal Life with Him in Heaven! It is the reason you are His, it is the reason the Shepherd looks over us, his sheep.

Emmie