Monday, January 15, 2007

Purpose Driven Life

We’ve all read the book around here. Living life with purpose is important. Last year we looked at graduate schools with Katy and plans were in place for a very different life. Katy had planned to finish her course work for a degree from Mary Baldwin College by this December and set her course for graduate school in the fall. Now we wake up in the morning and read scripture and Spurgeon and pray for the needs of our family and others. If Katy feels good enough she gets out of bed and gets ready for the day. If she still feels good after that we plan something based on her energy level. We’ve all learned to go in the strength that she has. By the grace of God we are all adjusting to the detour quite well, while keeping our eyes on our purpose.

Katy was not only promised more time on earth; she was also told by the Lord that doors would open for her even if she never went to graduate school. Last week a door of opportunity opened that we are thrilled about. Her adviser at Mary Baldwin College submitted her name as a possible candidate for writing articles for the school paper. Her adviser emailed Friday to tell Katy that she had the position if she wanted it. Katy has already decided on the topic for her first article. She will write about rare diseases and the Genetic Alliance Gala she attended last fall in Washington. We are so happy for her. Writing is something she enjoys and she can do it with very little physical effort. I wonder how many opportunities are missed as we plow through life with our own agenda. In Katy’s case, the plowing came to a screeching halt, and God got her undivided attention. Her situation changed, but her life purpose has not. She has desired to live the life that God has planned for her, and this is it. And isn’t it the desire of Christians around the world to live for Him and then stand before Him one day and hear the words, “well done, my good and faithful servant.”

  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    YAY!! You go girl!! :-) I don’t know how the school feels about it, but I’d love to read your writing. Is there some way you could post it here in a separate section?
    With love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. Star LaBranche Says:

    Hey there, Katy!

    I really like your blog and I’m looking forward to reading your article for the paper.

    Have a great week!

    -Star LaBranche

  3. Trisha Ferris Says:

    You probably hear from others how extraordinary you & your family are. I once told someone that you guys are the REAL Christians, implying that most of the rest of us are painfully faking it. But I’m beginning to learn that we’re all pretty ordinary, each with our private idols that need to be revealed & turned from. And yet our God chooses to continue to show up & work through us & use our words & actions as He chooses. The extraordinary One is Jesus who is in you & with you, who is in me & with me. What disappointment you must have struggled with as you realized your dream of a degree might not materialize, & here God is using you, your illness, & the gift He has given you to do something you would never have imagined. You’re on of the neatest people I’ve ever known & the Lord has used you immensely in my life. What a shame it would be if your life pointed only to yourself & not to Him. Thank you for always giving Him credit for everything. To Him be glory!

  4. Doris Harriff Says:

    Have you ever thought that part of God’s purpose for Katy is to help bring new understanding, thus opening the way for new treatment(s) for HPS?

    Aunt Doris

  5. Julie Wensley Says:

    Wow! What an awesome opportunity. And Trisha said it so well - anything good we do is only because of Jesus. He is the extraordinary one. And you continually point us all back to Him. We will be praying for you as you embark on this new exciting adventure. I have a feeling that the readership of the Mary Baldwin Newspaper is going to greatly increase!

  6. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Katy e-mailed me the other day to tell me this and now I’m feeling terrible because I meant to congradute her, but I was so busy trying to remember all the medical stuff I wanted to share that I forgot!! Shame on me!!! Congrads Katy and I’d love to read it too! The most fun I ever had as a writer was when I had a weekly column in college. I ruffled a few feathers here and there, but that was okay. Grin!

  7. Sandy Says:

    Congratulations to Katy! What a great opportunity. I know you’ll do well and will definitely open people’s eyes on many topics. You go, girl!

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