Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Living the Call Day 2

Author: Katie

Mark 12:31: "...and the second is this, love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these."

Nothing really exciting to write today. It was a very busy day. I started journaling and spending time with God but then that time was interrupted and I had to go to the Dr. for a Cardiac MRI. Not to worry. It was just a precautionary thing...I have a healthy happy heart!

All in all it was a rather fun day which included running around with my crazy friend, Pam who makes me laugh almost the entire time we are together! We picked out paint for the new office, then I had to do some business in the admin. building at UAB. We went to lunch at this awesome artsie fartsie cafe (Lucy's) a couple blocks away before heading to the Kirklin for the MRI. We found out rather quickly that the MRI was not scheduled at the Kirklin...it was in another building in the hospital....we had lots of fun trying to find the place where I had to go.

By the time I got there we had crossed over 4 blocks without ever leaving the building (well except for a brief moment in a parking deck)! It's no fun getting lost alone but when two crazy people get lost together...it can be quite entertaining...for everyone involved! Everywhere we went people laughed and smiled. Not sure they were laughing with us or at us...but it really doesn't matter. Laughter is healing so if they were laughing at us...praise God...we brought healing into their lives.

After running a couple more errands, we headed back to the house to try out the paint samples I purchased at Lowe's. Then Michael and I watched a movie called, "To Save a Life"...and it really made a huge impact on me...one that I'm sure to talk about in future blogs. I highly recommend it to all believers. It has a pretty important message and it really can make you think about how you treat other people...and how you don't know how one interaction with another can make the difference between life and death.

As far as my interrupted time with God, I will continue where I left off in the morning. As far as ordering the day...well, we are still on the Loving God part...because loving Him...covers a multitude of things.

The thing I am pondering now is...

I am an entrepreneur like the Proverbs 31 woman (a woman I have been reading about who has been a big motivation for my leap of faith). So the question I am processing...is my call to ministry a priority over my career or my career over the ministry? Earning a living means I minister to my family...and my family comes first before church...but not before God. From where I am now, I believe that writing is supposed the top priority over Mary Kay and over other ministry activities. The writing is a big part of the call I am writing about living...ha! Figure that one out! But, so is reaching out to do my part of God's work in rebuilding the cities long devastated in the lives of modern day widows and fatherless children. All of this follows my first 2 priorities...God and my family.

Before you decide to help me as I seek answers to my questions...I am not looking for an answer from a person at this time. I am trusting God with this and I am sure He will give me the answers as I study His Word and pray.

As for day 3...

Tomorrow, I will get up early, have my time with God...then meet with a wonderful new friend to discuss a wonderful opportunity for ministry...one that will also minister to me. This is where the next part of Mark 12:30-31 comes in.

By the way..the color for the room...peach kiss! I LOVE IT! Thanks for your help, Pam!


Monday, August 30, 2010

Living the Call Day 1

Author: Katie

Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first and greatest commandment..." Mark 12:30

Today I begin a new historic moment in my life. A few months ago, God called me to take a huge leap of faith and give up my full-time job in order to live the call He placed on my life many years ago. It was not an easy decision to make by any stretch of the imagination. I had the most wonderful job in my life! I also liked my paycheck! However, He has provided for me to do this and all open doors pointed in this direction. He has set so many things into motion and now I am following His lead on yet another journey...one day at a time. I plan to record this journey as I go, here on Sister's Weblog. I know there are soooooo many fans just dying to take time out of their busy schedule to follow me on this journey! LOL.

Anyhow, this is going to be a very informal series of journals...more just to have for my personal record than anything else. However, I do invite friends and loved ones...and strangers even...to join me on this adventure. You never know...God may use it in your life somehow.

Today, as I opened the Word to seek God's order to my days. The topic of the discussion with my King was First things First...Mark 12:29-31 and Matthew 22: 37-40.

So, now I know the FIRST thing I need to do each day. Spend time with God. I didn't start today out very well because I cleaned and organized first when I was supposed to spend time with Him. Tomorrow I will do better.

The most important relationship I have needs to be the relationship I have with my Father.
Since I waited so long to start my quiet time today, I don't have time to elaborate on the things God spoke to me in this journal today...but I will edit and update tomorrow. Until then....

Love God.