The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me 
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn.
To grant to those who mourn in Zion – 
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning;
the garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair, 
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair cities,
the devastations of many generations.
Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks’
foreigners shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers,
but you shall be called priests of the Lord;
they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;
you shall eat the wealth of nations,
and in their glory you shall boast.
Instead of shame, there shall be a double portion;
instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot;
therefore in their land they shall possess a double portions;
they shall have everlasting joy.
For I the Lord love justice;
I hate robbery and iniquity;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;
al who see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
mys soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with garments of salvation;
He has covered me in the robe of righteousness.
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a brie adorns herself with jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts.
and as a garden causes what is sown in ti to sprout up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all nations.
Isaiah 61
Oh, how He has loved us! Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!

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  1. Merry Christmas Katie – May you be blessed in the same way you are a blessing to so many others –
    I work in Tanzania Africa – and my heart to serve the least began many years ago – you inspire me on days when I am down – and certainly bring smiles on the days that are up. May you and your girls enjoy the holiday season.

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  2. Dearest Katie and family –
    May you be blessed in the same way you are a blessing to so many others. I care for children/widows in Tanzania Africa – you are a true inspiration to keep going even when it is so difficult..thank you for all that you do to encourage – even though you don't know you are doing so…Merry Christmas
    Your friend – Pamela http://www.simple-hope.org (Wisconsin)

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  3. Katie,

    I received your book Kisses from Katie as a Christmas gift from my daughter-in-law, Sheryl. From the introduction, I am been amazed at your steadfast love for God and His children in Uganda. As I continue to read your story, I compare you to Mother Teresa. You are an Angel sent by God. What a truly wonderful mother you are to your beautiful children.

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  4. what a beautiful, God knitted family! I see heart bursting joy in each smile and Gods marvelous love radiating from you all!! Praying for you Katie and praising the Lord for how he is working miracles and giving hope through you!
    Joy to the world-the Lord has come!!!!!

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  5. I love all of those bright, beautiful smiles! God bless you and your amazing family, Katie! Reading your blog often brings tears to my eyes, but it encourages me so much and is a little reminder of that “bigger picture” that it is often easy to forget about. 🙂

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  6. Just beautiful, Katie and daughters! Do you realize how much and how many you bless? May God continue to use you all for His glory. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
    Paige Tucker
    Bay Minette, AL

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  7. Katie, you are all beautiful! Your girls radiate the love of Jesus, it's just oozing out of them and their gorgeous smiles! Happy New Year!

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  8. Hey Katie, I recently read your memoir based on several recommendations. You are truly an inspiring person. Your family is beautiful!

    I was actually adopted from China, and I appreciate everything you do for orphans everywhere 🙂

    Samantha, from Indiana

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  9. Dearest Katie,
    You have such a beautiful heart. You are such a inspiration to me.
    Your heart is always wanting to serve jesus, even when things get wild. Me and my two other friends ( and our moms ) started a bible study with the 6 of us. We have been reading your book, and it's inspired all of us that it's so important to seek out God. To listen to his calling. And to make him our first priority. I pray that the Lord blesses you and your sweet girls.
    In Christ, Katherine

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  10. Dear Katie,
    Me and a group of girls ( and our moms) started a bible study. And we have been reading your book ''Kisses from Katie'' and i have to say. You have such a beautiful heart, always wanting to serve God. Making him your priority . Thank you for being such an amazing example . May the Lord bless you and Keep you. May his face shine apon you, may you remain in him forever and for always .
    I pray that the Lord will bless you, and your very sweet girls.

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  11. Katie, Thanks for being you and letting the Lord using you and sharing your journey right here so that we can come along with you…my children and I read your posts together and we talk about your choices and how you are choosing God's way…they are challenged by the way you are living your life so that they may better live their lives! Thanks so much.
    Louisa

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  12. When I look at the faces of these beautiful, strong young women the first thing that comes to my mind is that every one of them will be a world changer (and they already are) because of Jesus in them, and because of their mom's example of living the Gospel. If the only thing you ever did was love your daughters and raise them to know Jesus that would be amazing, and yet, with God's grace, love and help you do so much more. Thank you, Lord!

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  13. Hi Katie! I just finished your book.
    It made me laugh and cry.It encouraged and challenged me also.
    Thank you for being a shining exmaple of Christ!!!!!
    I hope your week is a great on.

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  14. I just finished your book, Katie. I keep hearing that children's song, “I've got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart…” Thank you and I look forward to reading more about your journey…….

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  15. I just finished your book, Katie. I keep hearing that children's song, “I've got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart…” Thank you and I look forward to reading more about your journey…….

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  16. I just finished reading your book. I've never cried so much through a book in my entire life. Next to God's word, your book is next in line for the most transformative, life-altering book I've ever read. Truly, my life is changed, because of you…because of Jesus. Thank you for being a servant that has said “yes.” Now, we and so many others are saying, “yes.” I talk about “Katie Davis” like we're long lost friends, but we're better than that….we are sisters in Christ. :o) I look forward to meeting you one day in heaven. Until then, I am on the other side of the globe, praying for you.
    A new friend and sister in Christ,
    Becky

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  17. Love all the smiles 🙂 I love your book, when I read it, I feel like I'm on the other side of the world, right there with you all! I hope to meet you someday, and your beautiful daughters!

    Your sister in Christ

    -Anna

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  18. I have only just heard of your story. I am a new christian, and when I heard of the book you wrote, I could not rest until I got a copy. What an amazing thing you are doing for the Kingdom of God! I can only hope I can do something for his Glory. I am not sure yet what my spiritual gifts are. I know reading your blog and book, my first instinct was to do like you. I began speaking with my children what their opinion on Africa was, and what they would be willing to give up for “the least of these” I am beginning research, much like you did when you searched to orphanages to help in, to find where I will be of the most use for God. Thank you Katie for showing me that thinking about it does nothing, the action of walking in Jesus Christ is the only way! I will be continuing to read your blog love, peace and blessings from God to you and your most beautiful family! 🙂
    Kimberly Brock
    Cottage Grove, Oregon

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  19. Hey Katie!

    Words cannot tell how happy I am to be able to make direct contact with you! I loved your book and so hope to meet you someday! may God bless you and yours and your family is gorgeos!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Moriah

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  20. Although you don't know me, I pray for you all the time… your book is an encouragement to me to go out, no matter how hard it may be. I can't wait to meet you and your girls someday, whether that be on earth or in heaven! Until then, Katie, I'm praying for you.
    In Christ, Laura

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  21. Hi Katie, I opened your book and fell in love with the picture of the three sisters in the middle. Of course, I loved your book, too!

    After been in Haiti for a short term mission trip, I wanted to paint the road to Hinche. The other two paintings I did from some rough sketches I did while on our bus on the highway. But I just had to use the pic of the three sisters, altered for a Haiti representation, for one of the three. I now seek permission as I love the picture and what it says. I blogged about it too. Before I enter it in the Artist Mag contest, I wanted to seek permission to use it as reference. I did not copy the photo. I used it as reference, as us artists often do. I'm so it love with it and all you do!

    I would have emailed if I could figure out how to do that. Forgive me for jotting the note on your blog. (Which I will sure sign up for!)

    God's abundant blessing and even more love to you!
    Sue Kemnitz

    (SueKemnitz.com—scroll down the entry and to see the picture.)

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  22. Your daughters are so beautiful! Your book changed my life. Thank you for making me see the world with another eyes! Kisses from Brazil!

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  23. Not sure where to post this, but I recently compiled a list of single foster and adoption blogs on my blog. From the comments, I realized I wanted to do more to connect people who've decided to jump into the deep end of fostering and adopting without a partner. This (http://bit.ly/116zRxt) is my attempt to do that. So, my hope for this blog is to be so much more than a blog, I want it to become a large support network for single Mamma's and Daddies all over the place.

    Please check it out and let me know if you’d like to be involved. 🙂

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  24. What beautiful gifts God has BLESSED you with. Your book has forever opened my eyes to true unconditional love that only God through Jesus can give.

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  25. What beautiful gifts God has BLESSED you with. Your book has forever opened my eyes to true unconditional love that only God through Jesus can give.

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  26. You have such a beautiful family, Katie. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your gorgeous daughters with us. Give each of them a kiss and a hug for me. Patricia has gotten so big!!! All of them have! So big and beautiful!

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  27. What a sweet family! I have just read your book and I was captivated by it and couldn't put it down. thank you for all the work you do, even if we never realize people around the globe are suffering.

    Your book was so inspiring and encouraging as a Christian.

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