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images-2Chapter 7 is all about Truth. Amazima, means “truth” in Luganda.

Truth is most often used to mean being in accord with fact or reality

The truth can be staggering and nowhere is that more true than hearing or reading the statistics that Katie shares in chapter 7.

Truth – More than sixteen thousand children died of hunger-related causes in the last twenty-four hours. Another three thousand children in the world, mostly in Africa, will die of malaria today—malaria, which is both preventable and treatable.

Truth – There are 143 million orphaned children

Truth – 11 million children will starve to death or die from preventable diseases

Truth – 8.5 million children work as child slaves, prostitutes, or under other horrific conditions

Truth – 2.3 million children live with HIV

Truth – that adds up to 164.8 million needy children.

That’s a big number right!

Truth – There are 2.1 billion people on this earth who proclaim to be Christians.

Truth – If only 8 percent of the Christians would care for one more child, there would not be any statistics left.

images-1This is the Truth, like it or not, believe it or not. Now it’s my choice as to what i do with it if anything. But i know this, the truth is not affected by my choice to accept it or not. Katie says, that with truth comes the freedom, the opportunity to do something about it. She goes on to say, “The truth is that God loves these children just as much as He loves me and now that I know, I am responsible.”

Truth has become subjective in many areas these days. But these numbers are not subjective to my own preferences nor anyone else. They are what is actually taking place as i send out this post. i do not pretend to have any idea as to what anyone should do with these numbers, or this Truth. But i am fairly certain that doing nothing is not a legitimate option.

i have been posting for a lot of years and have just a small amount or subscribers, just over two hundred but then there are hundredsimages
who read occasionally and comment but choose not to officially sign up. i have shared about the adoption of my new granddaughter taking place HOPEFULLY in the first part of 2015. If the two hundred subscribers and the hundreds of readers would give just $5.00 each we could give $1,000.00 towards this adoption. Not one cent will go to me or any administrative cost. It will all go to making her adoption happen as quickly as possible.

Remember how Katie said that the statistics could go away… well if just a small portion of those who read or listen to “me an I AM” would give, we can make a difference for this little girl. Would you like to be part of the story in removing this little girl from the statistics? If so please go to http://hopefaithlovepeterson.blogspot.com/ Click on the donate button on the top right hand side and thank you so much for sharing.

 

 

 

 

 

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If you want to live a memorable life, you have to be the kind of person who remembers to remember.

excellence-is-the-result-of-caring-more-than-others-think-is-wiseKatie created an unforgettable experience with Brenda and says, “The sense of purpose and fulfillment was nothing short of amazing, and I wanted to immerse myself in this life for the rest of my days.”

As i heard those words i sensed God asking me, ed do you have a sense of purpose and fulfillment that you want to immerse yourself into for the rest of your days? At the moment and even now it sounds to me like Jesus asking Peter, “Do you love Me? my immediate answer, much like Peter’s “Lord you know i do.” Jesus replied, “Then feed my lambs.” “Shepherd My sheep.” “Feed My Sheep.”

In the past few years when people would ask me, “What’s your passion, your dream, your desire” i would respond, “pursue God.” they would look at me like that wasn’t an acceptable answer and i suppose i understand because that doesn’t fit the normal. As i think back i have done pretty much everything i could have imagined or dreamt. i married the woman of my dreams, i’ve driven multiple makes and models of cars, i’ve done radio, television, led worship, written songs that were played on the radio, spoken to large crowds started a dozen business  or so. But today i can’t tell you anything that i have a passion for like Katie has for her children and Uganda other than my relationship with God. So there are times when i feel i’ve lost my sense of purpose and fulfillment and the desire to immerse myself into anything for the rest of my days. Normally i’m okay with that but, then as i read about Katie, it feels like i’m missing something, something big! While i have no regrets and have done much, i do hope that i am not finished.

images-1i shared in the last post that, like adoption, life, living the word, trusting God is sometimes hard and on any given day it can overwhelm me to the point of almost exhaustion and despair. But thanks to this book i have Katie’s closing words from chapter 6. “Lord, thank You that when i feel old and used up and broken and no more exciting than a cardboard box, You whisper that You love me and value me, and that in Your eyes, i am shiny and new.”

 

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Today’s post and podcast are titled Grace and i’m dr. ed peterson the host of me and I AM.

Unknown-1While today’s post and podcast have nothing to do with Kisses From Katie directly it’s a summary of where i am in my fearless moral inventory thus far. i had not planned on posting today but left it open for God to share something with me and this morning as i put my headphones on and turned on Pandora this song began. Here i am at work with tears running down my face for the entire song, but not really caring as i listened. i am including a link so you can listen as well.

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On this Christmas Eve be blessed as you read or listen to Laura Story – Grace.

My heart is so proud. My mind is so unfocused.
I see the things You do through me as great things I have done.
And now You gently break me, then lovingly You take me
And hold me as my father and mold me as my maker.

[Chorus:]
I ask you: “How many times will you pick me up,
When I keep on letting you down?
And each time I will fall short of Your glory,
How far will forgiveness abound?”
And You answer: “My child, I love you.
And as long as you’re seeking My face,
You’ll walk in the power of My daily sufficient grace.”

At times I may grow weak and feel a bit discouraged,
Knowing that someone, somewhere could do a better job.
For who am I to serve You? I know I don’t deserve You.
And that’s the part that burns in my heart and keeps me hanging on.

[Chorus:]
I ask you: “How many times will you pick me up,Unknown
When I keep on letting you down?
And each time I will fall short of Your glory,
How far will forgiveness abound?”
And You answer: “My child, I love you.
And as long as you’re seeking My face,
You’ll walk in the power of My daily sufficient grace.”
You are so patient with me, Lord.

As I walk with You, I’m learning what Your grace really means.
The price that I could never pay was paid at Calvary.
So, instead of trying to repay You, I’m learning to simply obey You
By giving up my life to you For all that You’ve given to me.

[Chorus:]
I ask you: “How many times will you pick me up,Unknown
When I keep on letting you down?
And each time I will fall short of Your glory,
How far will forgiveness abound?”
And You answer: “My child, I love you.
And as long as you’re seeking My face,
You’ll walk in the power of My daily sufficient grace.”

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UnknownIn Chapter 6 Katie shares about the hardships for her as a parent which made me think about my kids role as parents and my role as a papa. Imagine not knowing when your child or grandchild took her first steps. What was her first word? It’s hard right now as i write this to not know if she is hugged every day and told that she is loved. Whose shoulder does she cry on? As a child, it’s hard to remember your biological parents’ death, no matter how much you love your new mom. It’s hard to have your mom be a different color than you because inevitably people are going to ask why. It’s hard that your mom wasn’t there for all the times you had no dinner and all the times you were sick and all the times you needed help with your homework. It’s hard when you have to make up your birthday. It’s hard when you can’t understand the concept of being a family forever yet, because your first family wasn’t forever.

i am absolutely sure that my children are not adopting this child, as images-2though they are doing their good deed for the day. They’re not doing it to “help out this poor child.” i’ve watched over the years as spiritual awareness and growth began to invade various portions of their lives. Jesus says in Luke 12:48 that to whom much has been given, much will be demanded. God is showing our entire family His heart and His Word in new ways.

Heads up… i’m switching tracks. Katie shares near the end of chapter 6 about a 13 year old girl named Brenda. She says, “Not knowing what else to do, I immediately laid my hands on her and began to pray. Within minutes my six little girls were huddled around the bed also lifting their voices to the Lord on behalf of this little girl. Different sizes, different ages, different races, speaking different languages, each of us in our own way pleaded with God for this little girl’s life.

Katie says that her life was being filled with unforgettable experiences. i’d have to say that Ann Marie and i have had our fair share of unforgettable experiences, but i say that realizing that some were missed and believing that there are more to come.

Let’s remember today that as His representative we a responsibility and the ability to do good for someone. i’m Dr. ed peterson, thanks for joining me!

 

 

 

 

Revealed… Chapter 5

Posted: December 22, 2014 in Podcasts, Revealed...!

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What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?

Greetings! i’m dr. ed peterson and i’m sharing my fearless moral inventory through the reading of a book about Relentless love and redemption titled Kisses From Katie.

Chapter 5… Chapter 5 for me was not meant for words. It is for visualizing and that’s what i did. I stopped listening and waited for a time images-2when i could close my eyes and listen intently as she describes scene after scene of what life is like in Uganda. Life changing moments.

“They are clapping because what you are doing cannot be possible here. Something so good cannot happen to us.” Oliver is explaining to me that everyone is cheering because we have just told them we will be providing all children in our sponsorship program with school supplies. Here in Uganda, school supplies consist of a pencil, a pen and a notebook.

Clapping and cheering because they are going to get a pencil, a pen and a notebook! i wonder how that would go over if this Christmas i or any of us would wrap up a pencil, a pen and a notebook and put it under the tree for one of our children or grandchildren?

hungry-comparison-graphici have never thought of myself as a material possession kinda guy, but… i certainly do enjoy them if i have them. When i recently started a new job and we had to buy a second car after not having one for over 15 years i insisted that it have bluetooth or an audio input jack so i could listen to my music. i guess i’m more materialistic than i care to admit. But in my defense and being perfectly honest i could live without any of it. We went 7 years without cable television, watching only what was available from an antenna… and i say that like it’s a sacrifice… my, my, my.

i want to share a paragraph from the end of Chapter 5. Katie is talking about being called Mommy and then relates it to us calling out the name of Jesus.

“Dignified men, store clerks, and parking attendants call me Mommy. Teachers and the doctors at the local hospital call me Mommy. I hear it in shouts as I drive down these insanely bumpy red roads ; it is sung as my daughters burst through the door when they get home , it is whispered in my ear as I wake up each morning. It is hollered with joy or sobbed with longing for comfort.

images-3And every time I hear it, my heart leaps. I am willing to bet this is how our heavenly Father feels each time we whisper His name, each time we shout it with joy or cry out in pain, every time we tell Him exactly what we need or feel: “Father, I trust you.” “Father, you will protect me.” “You are my comfort place, my safe place.” “You are mine and I am yours and we are family.” His heart leaps and He delights in us and this is unfathomable.

This words reminded me of Isaiah 49:16 which says, ed, remember, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands; ed, your walls are continually before Me.

The Message is far more descriptive. ed said, “I don’t get it. God has left me. My Master has forgotten I even exist.”

“Can a mother forget the infant at her breast, walk away from the baby she bore? But even if mothers forget, I’d never forget you—never. Look, I’ve written your name on the backs of my hands.

Let’s celebrate the name of Jesus during this Christmas season and know that no matter how much you have, how much you wanted and didn’t get, use Katie’s words as a prayer, “Father, You are mine and I am yours and we are family.” Then pause and know that His heart leaps and He delights in you.

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Greetings! my name is Dr. ed peterson and i’m the host of the me and i am post and podcast. Thanks for joining me today as i continue sharing my thoughts and revelations regarding my own life as i read a book of relentless love and redemption titled Kisses From Katie.

Chapter 4 was like a breather for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s packed with trinkets but they were far more subtle than the previous chapters.

UnknownWhile Katie shares the following words almost as though everyone already knows them, which they may but me… i needed to be reminded. She says, “My love for the people around me was not something I could muster up myself; it was God-given, it came from the overflow of the love He had lavished on me.” The love that is thrown around these days is exactly what Katie says, “something i could muster up myself.” i remember my daughter telling me that i had hurt her husbands feelings because after talking on the phone i didn’t say i love you before hanging up. At the time i didn’t think i need to say it. Which i didn’t for me but for him… that’s another story. When Ann Marie and i were first married she said to me one day, you never tell me you love me.” My response was simple… “No news is good news.” Today i know just how wrong that was but i am never going to be one to just include i love you for the sake of it. If i say i love you, you can be assured that it comes from my heart and it comes with commitment. my intention is for my words and actions to line up with what loving someone looks like through the eyes of Jesus. i want my love to be just like what Katie describes… an overflow of the love God lavished for me.

As i shared there are other trinkets to be found in chapter 4 but my favorite one came at the end. “Oliver’s friends noticed her helping me and teased her about it. “Why do you follow around that small white girl?” they asked. “Because God is going to do something with her here,” she replied.

Because God is going to do something with her here! And i wondered if anyone was following me around with an expectation that God is going to do something with me here? And then i wondered… who am i following around with an expectation that God is going to do something with them? my answer to the last thought was my children.

Unknown-1My son and his wife as they began this whole process to adopt a child from Africa. So many God stories to be shared and you can read some of them for yourselves by going to (http://hopefaithlovepeterson.blogspot.com/2014/08/getting-started.html?m=1) i can hardly wait to hear the updates as i’m expecting the God things to get bigger and bigger. As part of this i am preparing to make a copy of Kisses From Katie available to anyone who will make a contribution towards the adoption. More details to follow when it’s ready. And i can hardly wait to see what my two grandsons will be like as they grow up with God being such an intricate part of their lives.

Then there is my daughter and her husband. It would take weeks to share the process they have been going through and oh so many times where God just showed up in so many places. And i know that i know He is not done with them yet… nope, not even close.

imagesmy grandson… God is becoming a close friend with him regularly. Let me share a faith project he is working on right now. Students at his school are traveling on an exciting trip to Washington, D.C., with WorldStrides. His history lessons will come to life as he walks in the footsteps of influential past and present leaders and learn about the events that shaped our nation. He have the wonderful opportunity to go on this educational travel program with his classmates. I am so excited for him to be invited to go on this trip despite the large expense. Contributions will make this trip possible. Will you consider sponsoring him?

It’s easy to make a donation online! Go to the WorldStrides website! Enter my Account Number: 102746769. Enter my last name: Lucci.

i have never asked or made any type of giving available in the over 12 years i have been blogging but i could not resist offering the opportunity for these two great causes. i’ve been asked in the past so here are the opportunities.

 

 

 

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i love Katie’s honesty when she images-1says, “I truly love my new life but compared to the life i had been living, it is hard.” This journey to follow after God is not an easy one, it is hard and filled with loneliness as not many have the will nor the desire to put in the effort.

The journey becomes even more difficult if i spend my time and thoughts on looking back. The way i am able to survive is to look forward to the plans that God has for me… Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the plans I have for you,” plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” If i don’t believe any other verse in the Bible this one will take me a long way on a day by day basis.

Once again God shows me in Chapter 2 that this book is His perfect plan for me as Katie shares, “I learned so much from them as they made my frustrations seem small and petty and taught me to rejoice in the simple pleasures God had surrounded me with.” God has been teaching me, in baby steps, about finding contentment and fulfillment in being a simple creation of His. God has been opening my eyes to a new way of living, to a new way of loving, serving and obeying Him. If i want to be in His presence all i have to do is enter into someone’s pain and sit with them and know.

imagesKatie shares at the end of chapter 2 how there was a deep fulfillment that began to swallow her every frustration. She shares about a moment when it was raining outside so they had to have prayer time in doors. She was in a room with 25 children praising God. She says that she had never seen anyone so alive for their Maker. Some stand with their hands in the air. Others like her, overwhelmed with awe, have fallen to their knees on the cold cement floor. The beautiful sound of 26 voices lifted in prayer drowns out the beating of the rain on the tin roof. God is in this moment!

This is what i was reminded of as i listened to it the first time. When my grandchildren were born and i would get to hold them i never missed an opportunity to pray over them as we paced the floor or sat quietly. It was one of those hard lessons learned as i let my oldest grandson go home the first time without taking advantage of the opportunity. i remember it like it was yesterday as he left and i realized what i had missed. While i don’t carry them anymore as they’ve grown, sitting on papa’s lap or even wrestling works just as well. i’m also reminded of the granddaughter that will greet me when i get to heaven. While i never got to hold her or meet her here on earth i have known for years that she is waiting for me in heaven and i will hold her close… for a very long time… and we will make up for every second missed.

This is not something that i can explain. This is not something that my words can capture. This is experiential and i look forward to the day that i will be able to share a moment like that with my new granddaughter. But i sense that this will not be something i will teach her… no, she will teach me. Soon she will have a family and more specifically a Papa who will love her unconditionally just as he does his other grandchildren.

Katie says that her deepest prayer is that she would know the Lord the way the first grader sitting next to her does. me too! As i write this i am stirred with the presence of God in this room and as i leave chapter 2 and today’s post it is not for the purpose of jumping back soakinginto life. It is for the purpose of turning on some worship music, closing my eyes, envisioning sitting in that room with those 26 voices and just soaking in His presence.

How about you…? Can you spare a moment? How about just one song?

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Revealed… Chapter #2

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i love Katie’s honesty when she images-1says, “I truly love my new life but compared to the life i had been living, it is hard.” This journey to follow after God is not an easy one, it is hard and filled with loneliness as not many have the will nor the desire to put in the effort.

The journey becomes even more difficult if i spend my time and thoughts on looking back. The way i am able to survive is to look forward to the plans that God has for me… Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the plans I have for you,” plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” If i don’t believe any other verse in the Bible this one will take me a long way on a day by day basis.

Once again God shows me in Chapter 2 that this book is His perfect plan for me as Katie shares, “I learned so much from them as they made my frustrations seem small and petty and taught me to rejoice in the simple pleasures God had surrounded me with.” God has been teaching me, in baby steps, about finding contentment and fulfillment in being a simple creation of His. God has been opening my eyes to a new way of living, to a new way of loving, serving and obeying Him. If i want to be in His presence all i have to do is enter into someone’s pain and sit with them and know.

imagesKatie shares at the end of chapter 2 how there was a deep fulfillment that began to swallow her every frustration. She shares about a moment when it was raining outside so they had to have prayer time in doors. She was in a room with 25 children praising God. She says that she had never seen anyone so alive for their Maker. Some stand with their hands in the air. Others like her, overwhelmed with awe, have fallen to their knees on the cold cement floor. The beautiful sound of 26 voices lifted in prayer drowns out the beating of the rain on the tin roof. God is in this moment!

This is what i was reminded of as i listened to it the first time. When my grandchildren were born and i would get to hold them i never missed an opportunity to pray over them as we paced the floor or sat quietly. It was one of those hard lessons learned as i let my oldest grandson go home the first time without taking advantage of the opportunity. i remember it like it was yesterday as he left and i realized what i had missed. While i don’t carry them anymore as they’ve grown, sitting on papa’s lap or even wrestling works just as well. i’m also reminded of the granddaughter that will greet me when i get to heaven. While i never got to hold her or meet her here on earth i have known for years that she is waiting for me in heaven and i will hold her close… for a very long time… and we will make up for every second missed.

This is not something that i can explain. This is not something that my words can capture. This is experiential and i look forward to the day that i will be able to share a moment like that with my new granddaughter. But i sense that this will not be something i will teach her… no, she will teach me. Soon she will have a family and more specifically a Papa who will love her unconditionally just as he does his other grandchildren.

Katie says that her deepest prayer is that she would know the Lord the way the first grader sitting next to her does. me too! As i write this i am stirred with the presence of God in this room and as i leave chapter 2 and today’s post it is not for the purpose of jumping back soakinginto life. It is for the purpose of turning on some worship music, closing my eyes, envisioning sitting in that room with those 26 voices and just soaking in His presence.

How about you…? Can you spare a moment? How about just one song?

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i’m Dr. ed peterson and today i am sharing from Chapter 3 of Kisses From Katie a book about relentless love and redemption. This isn’t a book review but a fearless moral inventory regarding my life. Chapter 3 is filled with revealing thoughts that stirred my emotions but
none better than Katies actual journal page from November 22, 2007 “One Day.”

UnknownPeter is the rock on which God built His church. But first, Peter was probably the worst disciple ever. I am Peter. Jesus tells Peter that he (Peter) will deny Him 3 times; Peter says, “No! I love you, I could never deny you, Lord.” Yet we all know that Peter does in fact deny Jesus three times. I know in my heart and my soul and the core of my being that I love the Lord, that I would do anything for Him, go to the ends of the earth for Him, but how often do I forget to give the glory to His name? How often do I take compliments without giving Him the credit? Do I, like Peter, deny Jesus the glory that is His?

Jesus told His disciples that it was God’s will for Him to be arrested. He went willingly when the soldiers came to take Him, but enthusiastic, loving Peter raised his sword and cut off a soldier’s ear. “Put your sword away,” Jesus commanded. “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” I am Peter. I have my own time frame. When I don’t see things happening, I try to make them happen. And Jesus says, “Put away your sword, put away your plans. Shall we not do what the Father has asked of us?” So like Peter, I put away my plans, my defenses, and watch as everything happens perfectly, in God’s own timing.

After Jesus had risen, He appeared to His disciples while they were fishing. When Peter saw his beloved Savior, he excitedly jumped out of the boat and began swimming to where Jesus stood. Needless to say, the boat probably reached the shore long before Peter. I am Peter— excitedly jumping into things and then standing, sopping wet, at the feet of the Lord, smiling at my stupidity. I get excited, forget to think things through, and end up doing them the long way. Every time, though, just as with Peter, Jesus welcomes my soaking wet self into His arms and is simply happy to see me.

I am Peter who made many mistakes, but I am Peter for whom God had great plans, whom God established to do His work. Peter is the rock on which Jesus built His church. The very night when Peter foolishly jumped out of the boat, Jesus reinstated Him in the presence of the other disciples. “Do you truly love me?” He asked. “Then feed my lambs.” “Do you really love me? Take care of my lambs.” “Peter, do you love me? Feed my sheep, and come follow Me.” For each time I deny God the glory that is His, for each time I follow my will instead of listening to His, for each time I jump ahead without first consulting my Lord, He asks, “Daughter, do you truly love me?” and I do. “Feed my sheep.” And I will. And I do. “Come follow me.” And I am, or at least I am trying.

These final words describe me just as they described Katie. I am Peter. I mess up. I make mistakes, I am far from perfect, and God will use me. God will establish great things through me.

In closing… You are Peter. God already knows that you will make a mess, but His plan for you is great. Go. Feed His sheep.

Davis, Katie J. (2011-10-04). Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption (pp. 40-42). Howard Books. Kindle Edition.

 

 

 

 

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Katie says, “Sometimes it hits me like a brick to the head. my life has been kinda insane.” That’s the way i feel when i come to the end of a year and begin to take one of these inventories of my life. As a kid i lived in 19 different places by the time i was 18. As an adult i’ve had 23 different addresses over 42 years. i’ve started a dozen or so different businesses. i have traveled frequently to beautiful places. i have done most of the things i have dreamed. i have more than the necessities of life. i have been and continue to live a very exciting and blessed life.

Katie goes on, “To me there is nothing spectacular about this everyday craziness, it is just the result of following Jesus into the impossible, doing the little i can and trusting Him to do the rest.” As i look back at all the moves, new businesses, serving in full-time ministry, and all the travel, much of it was following God into the impossible. The rest of the much of it… was due to pursuing position, titles, finances… all the things i felt i missed out on while growing up. All the things that i thought would make me different.

It is only in the past few years that i have realized that i can do nothing incredible, but i can follow God into impossible situations and He can do incredible things through me.

Without giving away to much of the book by sharing all the background for these next words there came a very important realization for me. The book says, “Before long her reluctance turned into anxious enthusiasm and she became excited to be the person who would share this dream with me.” Katie is speaking about her mother agreeing to go with her on her first trip to Uganda.

images-2These words caused me to remember the people, whom became excited to share my dreams with me. Ann Marie my wife, best friend and love has been my rock. She has shared every dream with me, supporting me all along the way. While it would be understandable if she wasn’t always excited about sharing my dreams she has never shown it. If she has ever been reluctant it has been hidden by her encouragement for me to pursue the life i dreamed.

Listening to chapter 1 again assured me that it was God’s plan for me to read this book as Katie shares, “I saw strength and depth of character in people’s eyes.” i immediately recalled my focus prayer for this year, “Lord teach my eyes to hear before they see.” You can learn a lot about a person and their life by looking into their eyes and just listening.

Chapter one is filled with many thoughts but one that stands out for me is where Katie shares about bed time with her children. It would last about an hour as the children would sing with all their hearts, laugh, cry and pray. She describes it as simply being with Jesus and that she could feel the presence of God there more strongly than ever before. This reminded her that she had one purpose in Uganda and in life, and that was to love. Her words reinforce in me the very same thoughts, although i am not in Uganda, but where ever i am, i have one purpose and that is to love. Love God with all my heart, mind soul and strength. To love others as myself and i sense that this is where God is working in me through this book. i feel like Peter when i say, “You know i love you Lord.” And i do in spite of falling short many times. But learning to love to myself so that i can share it with others… well there has been the rub.

Luke 12:48 says “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” i have been given much.

Chapter 1 of this story about “Relentless Love and Redemption leaves me with this.

images-1God is making it clear that this is the place… here in Florida, for an unknown amount of time, is where i am supposed to follow Jesus, obey Him , and make my best effort, with His gracious help, to treat people with dignity and care for them unconditionally.