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Monday, June 1, 2009

How Katie's Life Affects Us ....

As we have had the privilege to share Katie's story with so many, to walk along side of her on a daily basis, be a part of her ministry, and love on her family in Uganda from afar; I have noticed many people always say to me how her stories make them feel "inadequate, guilty, etc" and I always challenge them with the thought that Katie has made many of God's scriptures come to life for us.  She has spurred us on to action, to pray harder for direction, to feel blessed with all that God provides for us daily, and has made many of God's children in Africa real to our hearts.  I am thankful for the TRUTH she shares and it has blessed our life and brightened our path that God is leading us on ... 

So my challenge to us all is if God places someone in our path, who is walking in a way that causes our hearts to stir, DON'T FEEL GUILTY, but feel blessed that your eyes are being open and put your hands and feet to work !! 

THANK YOU LORD FOR KATIE ... Thank you for making the LEAST OF THESE so REAL to the Oatsvall Team ... Continue to break our hearts for what breaks yours ... 

19 kind words.:

Holly said...

Wow. I have chills.
You can't know how prophetic that was.
Like from God's heart to mine.
Just now.
Confirmation.
He loves the orphans and has not forgotten ONE of them.
He HAS placed someone in my path and my eyes ARE being opened and I have not known what to do.
Thank you Lord for GWEN...for using HER as a beacon of light shining YOUR SON to all that she comes into contact with. Thank you for blessing her, calling her and equipping her to walk in that calling. Lord, increase her territory. Surround her with Your favor as a shield and increase her faith. You are MORE than able!

Cheryl said...

Amen Sister!!

Katie has had a bigger impact on my life than she will EVER realize!! It was after reading her story, which definitely stirred my heart and opened my eyes, that I came to the realization that feeling guilty wasn't going to get things done! So...I got busy! Praise God!!

Wonderful truth in this post!

Along with Katie... Team Oatsvall is also stirring the hearts of people to "put hands and feet to work"!!

Bless you sweet friend!!

Kari said...

We HEART Katie. I love your post Gwen!! Thank you for helping us get to know this amazing friend of yours a little better:) I wish like crazy that I could come to the concert and meet Team Oatsvall & Katie, but we'll be praying & cheering!!!!!!!!!
Katie has made a huge impact in our lives:)
Can't wait to wear my super cool T shirt
xoxo

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

SOOO true.....I love her stories, her servants heart. It makes me want to do something....to seek God, to make sure that I am giving my all. We are not Christians to feel comfortable. We are Christians to seek God's face and be in His Will!

The Ferrill's said...

Oh yes! You are right...we are so blessed that the Lord would send Katie, you, so many countless others to inspire us to trust Him more, know Him more, love Him more and more each day! I am thankful for so many that He places in my path each day who encourage me to persevere!

I LOVE THE SHIRTS! Got them today! (My new uniform! ;)

anna said...

Amen sister!!! I too am SOOOOOOO thankful for her!

love anna

Tracy said...

and thank you! for running with His banner!

Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

So well said. We too are so grateful that God is using people to open our eyes. Katie is one of them for us as well.

Jewels of My Heart said...

AMEN!
Lord God.... Consume us with your all consuming fire! Let us shine bright for YOU!

Jenn in GA said...

my thoughts were the same as cheryl's; she just posted first.

gwen, you and your husband are stirring hearts and challenging status quos in ways you'll never know.

blessings to you too! see you in a little over a month!

Diane said...

I just know that Katie was made by God to do what she is doing...and, me, well, I'm made by Him, too, and doing best what I do:) all because of Him!

We are many parts, all one Body and the Gifts we have, we are Given to share!!

Thanks for sharing, Team!!!

Noboyz said...

Gwen,
that was beautiful! I am sure Katie is blessed to have you in her life as well.
:)

Brenda said...

WOW...well said :) That totally makes sense to me...It says in the bible that we're gonna suffer to get to God...

Tina said...

And again all i can add is you amaze me!

Kristi J said...

I can't wait to see Katie on the
28th...She inspires me each and every day :) kj

Rhonda said...

Continue to break our hearts for what breaks Yours...AMEN!

Gwen O, I love you sista! I'm so sorry to have dropped off the planet these past couple of months but life with a senior and all that that has entailed has consumed every moment.

I'm currently reading your blog and doing some catching up on the Oteam....

I love y'all,
Rhonda

Eight Isn't Enough said...

All I can say is Thank you, Thank you for this post.

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

Thank you, indeed, to Jesus for blessing Katie with the strength and tenacity to do all she has done.

Thank you, Gwen, for sharing her story with all of us.

Thank you, Katie, for reminding us that we will find Jesus amongst the least of these.
Robbie

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I sent out the shirts.. thank you again..
LOVE ya girly...