“I just want to remember,” she says matter-of-factly, and she pulls the covers right back up over her head.

It is well after our 8 o’clock bed time. I have been sunk deep in the couch and in the Word knowing that 13 pairs of feet were tucked snugly in 13 beds. But as I make my way from the couch to my room, something catches my eye and I peek my head in the girls’ bedroom.

There flat on the cold, hard tile floor is my 11 year old with her blanket pulled tightly around herself. It doesn’t look as if she has rolled out of bed; it looks intentional. I nudge her awake. “Honey, what are you doing on the floor?” Why would anyone ever choose to sleep on this, the hardest of surfaces, with a comfortable bed just inches away?

“Remember,” she mumbles sleepily, “I just want to remember. Some people don’t have a bed,mom. I didn’t have a bed, mom. God gave me a bed. And I wanted to remember what it was like to not have one.”

We have to remember. Because how can we ever move forward if we don’t look back? This God, He makes promises and in remembering we see the truth: this God, He keeps promises.

A new year is such a perfect invitation to remember. I look out over this vast blankness, yet to be filled with His promises and fulfillments, yet to be riddled with hard and splashed with joy. It threatens to be overwhelming. For a moment, pondering the how’s and the why’s and the what-if’s seems much more alluring than meditating on these promises printed on thin paper. In knowing who I am not, I forget who He is always: powerful, able, faithful. But then I think back over the hard and the joy of last year, the faithfulness of God in each one of those moments and I know that I can move forward with this Father holding my hands.

I peek my head back in a she’s sound asleep, her chest rising and falling against the tile. I kneel there for a moment and think hard about all He has done, how far He has brought us. I am completely overwhelmed by His goodness and His faithfulness. We can do tomorrow. We can do this year, with all of its unknown and all of its hard and all of its joy because we trust in this God who has given us so much to remember.

Will you join me this month in remembering? I have spent the last month of quiet pondering all that God has done this year. Allowing myself to be completely overwhelmed by the beauty of life with this Savior friend by my side and in awe of the miracles He has performed, big and small, on our behalf. I had to ponder and cry and laugh and lay prostrate on the bathroom floor in gratitude for all that He has done. And now He is whispering, “It is time to share. Tell my people what I have done for you.”

So with no fancy writing and no eloquent words and no worrying about punctuation (because His works are too perfect to be embellished), I am going to spend this month remembering out loud His goodness, taking a cue from my 11 year old daughter and remembering all He has given and knowing that in Him there in only more to come.

Thank you for praying us through 2011. Please rejoice with us at all He has done!

Shout for joy to God all the earth!
Sing the glory of His name; give Him glorious praise!
Say to God, “How awesome are our deeds!
So great is our power hat your enemies come cringing to you.
All the ends of the earth worship you and sing praises to you;
they sing praise to your name.”
Come and see what God has done:
He is awesome in His deeds toward the children of man.
He turned the sea into dry land;
they passed through the river on foot.
There did we rejoice in Him who rules by His might forever,
whose eyes keep watch on all the nations –
let not the rebellious exalt themselves.
Bless our God, O people;
let the sound of His praise be heard,
who has kept our soul among the living, who has not let our feet slip.
For you, Oh God have tested us; you have tired us as silver is tried.
You have brought us into the net; you have laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads.
We wnt through fire and water, yet you have brought us into a place of abundance.
Come and listen, all you who fear God;
let me tell you what He has done for me.

Psalm 66:1-12,18

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  1. I love that you said we have to remember and in remembering we the truth this God who keeps his promises. So much truth spoken in remembering. Just finished your book and I am going to reread before passing it on. Way to go for being obedient and choosing Him daily and focusing on the one in front of you.
    P.S. I was showing a coworker your book and she said I went to high school with her. Such a small world


  2. I received your book from a friend and it has literally been life changing for me. I've been to Africa twice, and each time, I left a piece of my heart there. Your book and these blogs have helped me “remember” that passion, and the call God has given me to not only care about the poor but care for them. I have drawn strength and courage from you and your children to step into whatever it is God has for me. THANK YOU for sharing your life with us!


  3. Praying for you, your children, your ministry, for Uganda, and for the world. That all might come to know the peace that transcends all human understanding.

    Remembering how lucky we are to have everything that we have, but most of all – our salvation through our Savior.

    Rejoicing in your courage to obey and follow. In His Service, and for His glory, Jessica


  4. Katie,

    The more you write, the more I totally fall in love with your heart for Jesus, for others, and to remember 🙂 I love the theme of remembering in the Bible. And the greatest thing in the world is to be remembered by God Himself – the One Who is all in all:

    Samson: Judges 16:28: Then Samson called to the LORD and said, “O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.”

    Hannah: 1 Samuel 1:11, 19-20: And she vowed a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head” . . . and the LORD remembered her. And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the LORD.”

    Nehemiah 13:31: Remember me, O my God, for good.

    David: Psalm 25:6-7: Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!

    Asaph: Psalm 74:2: Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old, which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage! Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt.

    Jeremiah: Jeremiah 15:15: O LORD, you know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance take me not away; know that for your sake I bear reproach.

    Habakkuk: Habakkuk 3:2: O LORD, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O LORD, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.

    The thief on the cross: Luke 23:42-43: And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”


  5. Your work in Uganda makes me feel God's amazing work, heart, and power. Thank you for updating your blog and writing your book, it's so inspirational and challenging. We take so many things for granted in our culture and never stop and realize. We will be praying for you and your lovely family for this upcoming year, 2012.


  6. Your work in Uganda makes me feel God's amazing work, heart, and power. Thank you for updating your blog and writing your book, it's so inspirational and challenging. We take so many things for granted in our culture and never stop and realize. We will be praying for you and your lovely family for this upcoming year, 2012.


  7. Katie. This is beautiful. You. Your life. What you are doing. Your kids. What you are teaching them. Wow. Katie. Wow. This is truly amazing. I will continue to pray for you and your family. I got your book for my birthday and I am beyond excited to dive into it! <3 to you and your beautiful family.



  8. Just finished your book and so blessed to hear of your work. Working on putting a clinic in Zambia and I could relate with your love for the people. You are wise beyond your years and God so loves your heart.


  9. Katie,

    Words can not describe how GOD has touched your life. I saw your story on the local news back in Oct. and bought your book and started reading your blog. God has touched my life through reading how he has worked through you. Keep up the amazing work you are doing!


  10. What a SWEET blessing for all of us to journey 'the Journey' with you and your girls, Katie. What a PRIVILEGE to get to pray for yall! THANK YOU for allowing us in blog-land to see our Father's heart for all.
    Yall are among those we pray for everyday!
    Lots of hugs…


  11. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your beautiful family. And praying Psalm 66 for you today, as it is one of my favorite passages. Love to you all!


  12. I read your book several weeks ago and have been checking your website everyday to see if you've posted. I am in awe of what God has done thru you and for you…and then I realize all He does thru and for ALL of us-perhaps not on the scale that you are witnessing. 🙂

    Your story is amazing. I wake up every morning thinking about the life you have chosen to live, and this most recent post has encouraged me to proclaim outloud the blessings I experience as well.

    Praying for you and your girls as you live and love out loud!


  13. Thank you Katie for sharing with all of us. The work you do in His name is beautiful and you and your family shine so brightly. Thank you for being a light in the darkness. You, your family and Amazima ministries is in my prayers.


  14. Thank you so much for all that you've allowed the Lord to do through you! As you look back and remember, I have just heard your story, and just received your book – you are literally living the life that God has given me a longing and vision for! Thank you for obediently remembering!


  15. Katie and girls. What a privilege to see into the life the Father has blessed you all with. My daughter Hannah and I began to read your book together this evening. At times I was so filled with emotion the words would hardly come out of my mouth. And that was just through the introduction. Tears of sadness mixed with joy and an awe of the Father's love all wrapped in one. Thank you for allowing us to walk with you and your girls on your faith journey. Looking forward to your upcoming blogs as you build on altar of thanks and praise to our glorious Savior and King Jesus with the stones of remembrance. What a beautiful record of God's faithfulness to gift to your daughters to always help them remember. Happy New Year! Praying God's continued blessing on your family.


  16. Your daughter's words give me chills. Please let her know they touched my life, here in the rural hills of Pennsylvania. I too am in awe of all the Lord's goodness. He too has called me to thank him for things yet to pass. Thank you for sharing and reminding me!


  17. Someday i want to do good like you, like Him. Your blogs remind me that I'm not the only one who aspires to do something greater, and to be someone better than I ever dreamed I could. Thanks for being my light,
    God Bless


  18. I loved this post so much that I shared it on my blog: riahsrr.wordpress.com

    I did use the picture from your previous post with all of your feet. I hope that was okay! I made sure to give you/your blog credit. I CANNOT wait to read your book!

    May God continue to bless you!


  19. Katie.
    i did not want your book to end, please do another one (in your spare time) ha
    it has helped me love and give thanks for my family in more godly ways. thank you for sharing your life with the world.


  20. Such beautiful words from a transparent heart.

    Oh, that we would all commit to remembering. I choose to remember with you.

    Blessings to you and yours. May the grace of our Father overwhelmingly touch every aspect of your lives.

    Love you in Christ,


  21. Hi Katie

    I have been reading your blog for a while and wanted to post you a message, stange as it may be, from a complete stanger. I lead a ladies bible study/prayer group in the UK and last night showed them your youtube video and summarised your story. They were stunned to silence. All of them challenged and inspired.

    What surprised them the most was how normal and 'real' you were. God uses the most ordinary of people to accomplish His extraordinary plans.

    Many blessings on you, those you serve and your ministry.

    In gratitude for the way you reflect Jesus,

    Kim Young


  22. Katie, I wanted to tell you that your posts are very encouraging. I am 17 years old and I want to be a missionary to Africa. I have your book and I sometimes imagine myself being there as I read. I pray that God continues to do great things in your life in the bush.


  23. Katie,
    Thank you for opening my eyes to the needs in Uganda. I feel privileged to have sponsored a child for this year.
    May God continue to richly bless you and your girls!


  24. Katie,
    Thank you for sharing your life in Christ with us all. Your girls are beautiful!
    Because of you I am privileged to have sponsored a child in Uganda this year and hope to every year.
    May God continue to Bless you and your girls and all that you set out to do for the cause of Jesus Christ.


  25. Katie, I am 22, live in Tyler Texas. I am currently reading your book and following your blog. I am daily amazed at your story and the things God is doing through you. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of God's grace and pure love. Remembering his protection, strength and guidance over this past year, and knowing He will continue to lead. Praying for you and your beautiful family!


  26. katie you are a wonderful person or a person serving a wonderful God or both. Your beautiful story has touched my heart and I am sending you money to sponser a child. What you are doing could only be done through the power of our almighty God and Savior.
    Your friend in Christ. Naomi


  27. I bought your book for my 25yr. old daughter. She is going to Zimbabwe in Sept. for 2 weeks. She said they have the highest rate for kids having Aids there. I read the book in 3 days,and then ordered it for a teen in my Sunday School class. My 10yr.old son has also started reading it. It is an awesome book. I wish I could do what you do. I love the way you give God the Glory for everything. He is the Awesome one.


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