Tuesday, January 17, 2012

When You Think You Are Not Ready

I recently purchased the book Kisses From Katie, by Katie Davis. I have not yet read it, but am so excited to begin reading about her journey of faith. Katie moved to Uganda when she was just 18 years old to serve the poor. She is now a single mother to 14 Ugandan children! She is executive director of Amazima Ministries and blogs at Kisses From Katie. I am so inspired by her story and wanted to share with you an excerpt that she wrote for a blog called InCourage.

If you would like Katie's whole post, you can read it here. Here are some of Katie's inspirational words:

His perfect timing, now. Now is where He has called us. And we are just not ready yet. We need to clean up the house a bit and pray a little more and seek more counsel and we don’t know how to do that yet and oh, we have our excuses. And God says, “I’m here now, and I am ok with the mess because I am here for the messy.

God doesn’t need us to be ready for Him; He has been ready for us since the beginning of time and the Messiah is here calling us to commune with the Holy One, to eat at His table.

I want the house to be organized and kids to be clean and nicely dressed and I want dinner to come out of the oven on time, but at the end of the day the laundry still piles and there are still crumbs in the corner and can anyone remember if I brushed my teeth today? And it can’t be the New Year yet because I am just not ready for it to be a new year yet.

But I remember when I wasn’t ready to move to Uganda. I remember when I wasn’t ready to kiss the people I loved the most goodbye. I remember when I didn’t have enough money to start a ministry, and I remember when I wasn’t old enough to be a mother, and I remember when I didn’t know how to parent. I remember when I couldn’t cook for fifteen people and when I didn’t want to share my house and my things and my life with sick people and addicts. I remember when I was afraid of the slum community that now holds hundreds of friends and when I was terrified that my daughter would never walk and when I was scared that we would never heal after tragic loss. And I remember that never, not once, was I really as ready as I wanted to be. And I remember that God kept all His promises, every last one, in His perfect time.

This new season looms and I don’t know what is next. But He doesn’t need me to be ready for this season because He is ready. He just needs me to be clinging to His feet.
Now, God’s perfect time.

Video of Katie:


  1. You will love the book! I read it in December and finished it in two days!! It's amazing...such a beautiful story. :)

  2. Wow, she sounds like an amazing woman!

  3. I got the book for Christmas, but haven't had the time to read it yet. I just love her, who she is and what she stands for. I'm amazed that she is a mom to 14, but I know she does a great job.
    Thank you for sharing her post about God's Timing. I constantly need a reminder to be patient in our adoption wait. :-)

  4. I will have to check out that book. Let me know what you think of it. Very inspirational words that I really needed to hear today.