Today I look around and my breath catches in my throat.

Surely I should take off my shoes. Or fall to my knees. Or raise up my hands. Surely this moment is holy.

Not because of anything spectacular. This morning is going the same way every morning goes. Still in my pajamas, hair disheveled, placing porridge dishes in the sink before grabbing another cup of coffee, I look around.

Regina moves into place beside me to help scrub the dishes. All four of her once-malnourished children play in the yard in front of us, strong and healthy. We both look out the window at them and look at each other and smile and don’t say a word.

As we look back out the window, Makerere walks by, not limping, raking the leaves in our back yard. He looks up and he smiles and I think of whole months when he didn’t smile and whole months when he just couldn’t leave his alcohol addiction and whole months when I could see his leg bone.

And it fills up my heart and I know it with my whole body and it tumbles out of my mouth in a barely audible whisper, “God has been good to us.”

Some days, babies die and children don’t obey. Some days, friends won’t leave their addictions or take the ARVs that could save their lives or listen when I try to share the gospel. Some days the hurt of the world muddles my vision and I forget to remember that every moment is holy and I could live here on my knees with shoes off and hands raised if I would just choose to see it.

Tomorrow or next week or in ten minutes I will forget. A devastated friend will sit on the couch and I will struggle to find words that encourage. I will cry as I peel carrots over the open, already-stained pages of Psalms. But right now I breathe deep and bend knees and raise hands high. And I say it to you and I say it to me: God has been good to us.

And to Him, the Good Father, I say thank You.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02608199440254905212 Kristen

    YES, this!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17946903135252874458 “Are These Kids All Yours?”

    PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://faithhouseafrica.org Jane

    Amen and amen!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08844997419879670821 Aislynn

    YES! His grace is beautiful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08844997419879670821 Aislynn

    YES! His grace is radiate!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00992463291294029787 DL

    Loving you from California and thanking the Sweet Lord in heaven for all he is doing! God bless you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07916941816807199477 Kati

    first comment of many, i am sure sweet Katie. This was such a blessing to me. We pray for you often, always giving thanks to the father for you and his work through you. getting our little home ready for the birth of a new school year, we placed your picture, big smile, with children all around you, on our world map; reminding us to pray for your work.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04488770965077838744 wannabeinhawaii

    I have just started following you blog, but I wanted to say thank you. You are so inspiring and motivating and a wonderful reminder to us all to be grateful and thankful for all God has blessed each of us with. I look forward to reading more. Thanks,jill

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13356914779285062244 ells

    Just Beautiful…. I want to grow in seeing the Holy moments…ones that I miss because I have not tuned my heart to give thanks in all things…the good and hard things….the big and small things. Your heart is just such a wonderful encouragement.Blessings~

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02410347414374968725 CCC Jamaica 09

    Sweet Katie,As a 42 year old mum of three I have to say, I want to be like you when I grow up. Your tender heart continues to remind me of what it is really all about. I am praying for you, your girls, your ministry and that hearts will be changed through your book. God really has been so good to us.

  • http://Www.bringlove.in Levi Benkert

    God truly is good. I am feeling the same way today as our family enjoys our last few days in America before we head back to Ethiopia. Thanks for sharing this.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16493721393475710385 Scottish Twins

    God bless you, Katie.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05529781141713935732 Emily

    This is beautiful. Thanksgiving is Holy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08790987593280780850 Tiffany Hope

    I love your blog, Katie! I'm a friend of Kristi Williams and I know you guys get to see each other sometimes. I pray for both of you as you work and serve and love for the Lord. I just wanted to tell you that.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10904592145065898092 Meg

    You don't know me. But I am grateful for your story. Thanks for the reminder that God is at work every moment. Keep fighting the good fight. You're in my prayers.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful beautiful children.

  • kathi schmidy

    Beautiful. Happy. Healthy faces. Thank-you for fulfilling His call on your life!

  • http://acousticandie.blogspot.com Marites Fabrigas

    God has been good to us..thank you for reminding me Katie.. in this busy world, in this busy days, when being inconvenient for the comfort of other people is really hard work and uncomfortable, still reading of your life and your love for God gives me no reason to give up. God has been good to us too.I Thank God for your life. God bless the works of your hands.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13125662693891255769 hannah

    lovely. amen.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05720053959287981366 B~

    Beautiful and so true Katie. I recently found your blog and have been more blessed than you would ever know. God bless and love and keep you, Brooke~

  • http://2thecross.blogspot.com Rachel

    You're absolutely amazing. Thank you for pointing us all to God's glory, and for being human with us, and failing and turning back over and over. Thanks for everything I can't even put into words.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11908546161821963936 Jason

    Indeed. God has been good to us.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06194882971992441504 danyellie

    God is so good. Thanks for the encouragement and reminder. Always praying for you and your ministry…Danielle

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09143357825553605281 Kathy

    You don't know me, Katie, but I follow your stories and then usually- they follow me (they really stick!). I was just thinking of you today…the work you do and how it can't be easy…but it really is beautiful when you soak it in the way you do. Anyway- I'm adding you to my prayer list and wanted to encourage you and say how loved and adored you are…especially by our Abba Father- Jehova Jireh. :)

  • Anonymous

    Wow! You are so amazing! I love you, Katie Davis!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07072444073473426190 amber

    thank you for sharing your heart. i am inspired and encourage…and praying for your precious family.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06032849681196942238 Brenda

    The picture of the children is darling! The post is inspiring! You sre inspiring, Katie, and a blessing to so many. I pray that HE will continue to work through you and that HE sill keep you safe. Love, Cousin Brenda

  • JenniferB

    Lovely — so many blessings! God is good to us and I am so glad you can see how good He is in your life too. I hope that comfort and sweet peace that the Holy Spirit brings fills your heart and your home every hour of every day!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07051821102578257785 Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations

    yes, God has been good to us! He is worthy to be praised! :) Your life is such a strong light!! Shine sister, Shine!! Sending you love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15267489037583661005 sara

    yours is a beautiful soul, katie. i'm just now joining you on the journey, and in awe of God's work in and through you. may the joy of the LORD be your strength. blessings! sara

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02686765519807013196 Keisha Valentina

    Amen.

  • http://trunksofages.wordpress.com/ mbfrank

    Your words, as your life, have truely reminded me why we follow our heavenly father through the narrow alleys of life with reckless abandon. I find it hard somedays to lift my head, to keep my eyes focused on the son, to open my ears to the spirit who dwells within because I forget how good he has been to me. Somehow it is more comforting to wallow in my own foolish understandings and self-pity than to remember. Thank you for this. The precious reminder that he is good, all the time. I hope you don't mind, but I wrote a brief blog about you. I heard your story on NPR and was amazed. http://www.trunksofages.wordpress.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08228234736195270443 Hilaree

    Wanted you to know that there's a little Jesus-following mama of three in New Hampshire, USA, who is following your journey and has just prayed that God would surprise you today in a tremendous way.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17898216116010442643 Mr T

    thank you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15290848768638023027 Amy (Amanda)

    Beautiful. How often does the Bible tell us to listen…hear…see…remember – because we so often forget His goodness. Thank you for this sweet reminder.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12627880699320153367 Silly Doodah

    Yes he has. Thank you for sharing your story with us. We must tell our stories – THE story. And we must hear it from others. You encourage!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17854807538208881729 Rachelwrivers

    Katie-I was led to your blog after NPR did a piece on you a few weeks ago. Your words are such a great encouragement to me- not just because of the amazing path the Lord continues to lead you on, but because of your humility, honesty, and desire that He would become more as you become less. I will be praying that as the world turns to your little corner, that they would see the one who holds all things together.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07229842260583041146 Lauryn

    I keep reading these blogs each time you post and I think to have the faith you have would be amazing. But I also figure that it did not come easily and that it's been a long hard road to get that kind of faith. I thank you for posting these and showing that there are people especially women out there with morals and good faith.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05617347930411108561 NathalieLynn

    Love reading your blogs! Look forward to new ones. I read your entire blog in 3 days, and I'm hungry for more. Yes, God is good to us.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00006137334470854259 Chasity

    Beautiful truth.

  • Amber

    Katie-you truly are one of the most amazing people I have ever come across hearing about. Thank you for your words. You paint an incredible picture of Truth and Grace. God is so good-all the time. I wish I could describe how reading about your life and your family makes me want to do something so much greater with my life. Thank you for following God's plan for your life. He will continue to be good to you. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."Matthew 5:8

  • Anonymous

    Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    As I follow your blog, I feel ashamed that I complain about my struggles. I'm truly humbled by your obedience to Him. God Bless you and keep you! Amen.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13963931911436397173 Enjoy Country Living

    Thank you for another wonder post Katie. We do forget don't we. Still praying for you, your ministry and your children. Blessings!Countrylife4me

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02738693377806799666 Kat

    Every time I come here, I learn. Thank you so much for pointing others in God's direction. It reminds me that my worries, my struggles – they don't have to be MINE, for His burden is light :)

  • http://havefunbegood.wordpress.com/ havefunbegood

    :) Amy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12725503719829562362 Alyssa

    That is wonderful! Thank you for your encouraging, ministry-minded blog…and for all you are doing in Uganda!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15254179029831758075 s450r1

    Amen! Thanks for the reminder.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06628199623206299940 Sarah

    beautiful.love how He restores, beyond our wildest dreams. wish i could be there to hear you speak in october…but will be praying for you, and praying for your daugthers when you travel. grateful for you and this little part of the kingdom you are building up…He is glorified.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17253303288242135440 Mama D.’s Dozen

    So, so true. We all need to see all of the things we need to be thankful for. What can I thank God for right now, even though life may get tough again in 5 minutes?Thanks for the reminder.:) :) :)

  • Julie Pederson

    Oh, thank you Katie for the reminder to constantly be aware of Gods goodness and his holiness. How often I forget. As always, you bless me!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15417517331142051326 Butterfly Kisses

    God truly has been good, to all of us, in the midst of our tears, our smiles, our pain and our rejoicing. I'm so thankful that His spirit touches down to dwell in us… such a broken and desperate people… yet wholly restored by His perfect presence. Thanks for sharing—dianne :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17472635062649176382 Laura

    All there is to say to this type of worship and humility is amen.

  • http://electricguitaronlinelessons.com/ Cassy

    Amen and Thanks be to God.Cassy from Guitar Made Easy

  • http://www.doterra5star.com Lana

    I am 25 and live in SE Asia where I have come to reach to the broken. I've followed your blog for a while now, and through my experiences with broken children, I can weep with you. I relate to days of wondering where God is or being nervous and feel unfilled. This year has been a process of learning to go before Jesus in worship and receive from him, and He takes the burdens away. You are further down the road in your work, but I want to say, thank you, for inspiring me.

  • http://myhumblequest.blogspot.com 4KT

    amen

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12363325415045483806 Rob

    Great job at catalyst today. Way to go!

  • Mary M.

    Amen- what we all need to remember.

  • http://www.gracetags.com Janelle @ Grace Tags

    Oh be still my heart!!JanelleGraceTags

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13005806533979363637 Heidi K.

    Katie,I just finished your book. Thank you.Numbers 6:24-26I do and will continue to pray for you to our Father in Heaven.In HIS Love,Heidi

  • http://www.mikelleliette.wordpress.com Mikelle

    This is beautiful. The ability to see the goodness of God through every situation is such a gift. Never lose sight of that. Your love is amazing, over flowing and blessing those around you, never lose sight of that. You are loved by an amazing God who will provide for you as you continue to serve Him. Never lose sight of that.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02831663933444537034 Joyful

    Sometimes we forget, sometimes we remember, and sometimes we remember that we're always happier when we do recall! My sister made up a saying that I'd like to tell you. Maybe, someday, you can use it, I don't know, but maybe. "Have hope, for sometimes it is all we have. Have faith, for without God we have no hope." I suppose it is just a simple way of saying, "Have God."God bless you,Mandy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14029861300358380117 roadkills-r-us

    Wow. Lots of good stuff throughout, but the whole Church needs to remember this. If we did, the world would look VERY different.I wonder why this one has comparatively few comments. Interesting.May God bless you– and all of us– beyond all you have dared hope for.


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