I sat by the fireplace in my porch and looked out the window at this beautiful sight the other morning. This is so rare for me to do in the morning because I like sleep :) I love sunsets for that reason.
Here's a few taken by me or my family on recent vacations we've been on.
The view from the backyard of the project I stayed in while in Guatemala.
Forget the past. Look ahead. Our goal is heaven. Keep our eyes on Jesus. "Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Here's the biography from her website.In December of 2006, 18-year-old Katie Davis from Brentwood, Tennessee, traveled to Uganda for the first time. She was immediately captivated with the people and the culture.
"In the summer of 2007, Katie returned to Uganda to teach Kindergarten at an orphanage. As she walked the children home, she was shocked to see the sheer number of school-aged children sitting idly on the side of the road or working in the fields. She learned there were very few government-run public schools in Uganda, and none in the area where she was working. Most schools in Uganda are privately operated and therefore require school fees for attendance, making impoverished children unable to afford an education. God laid it on Katie's heart to start a child sponsorship program, matching orphaned and vulnerable children who are unable to afford schooling with sponsors anywhere in the world. A gift of $300 will provide allowance for one child to go to school,, providing school supplies, 3 hot meals each day, spiritual discipleship, and medical care. Originally planning to have 40 children in the program, Katie had signed up 150 by January 2008. Today the program sponsors over 600 children. Shortly thereafter, Katie established a non-profit organization calledAmazima. The organization seeks to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the people of Uganda who need it most. In the Lugandan language, Amazima means "truth." Also, Katie became a mother for the first time in January of 2008 to three orphaned girls. Katie also reached out to the Karimojong people of the Masese community. The poorest of the poor, and losing their children to malnutrition and starvation at an astounding rate, she noticed their desperate need for nutritious food. She started a feeding program to the community, nourishing over 1,200 children Monday through Friday. This allows the children to attend school and therefore not go to the street to beg. Also provided is medical care, Bible study, and general health training. As friendships developed with the Karimojong people, Katie wanted to help the women in the village provide for their families. She initiated a self-sustaining vocational program to empower these women to make unique Ugandan magazine bead necklaces. They are also taught money management skills. The necklaces made by the Karimojong women are purchased and sold in the United States. Now the mother of 13 daughters, Katie offers, 'People tell me I am brave. People tell me I am strong. People tell me good job. Well here is the truth of it. I am really not that brave, I am not really that strong, and I am not doing anything spectacular. I am just doing what God called me to do as a follower of Him. Feed His sheep, do unto the least of His people.'"
Her heart is inspiring. I had a wonderful summer serving our Father (read about it here) and would love to be a missionary if God calls me to do so. This is a great book to read and will change your heart. Follow her blog for a shorter read if you'd like.
Here's an excerpt from her book that I love.
"People often ask me if I am afraid, if I think my life is dangerous. I am much more afraid of remaining comfortable. Jesus said to not fear the things that can only destroy the body but to fear the things that can destroy the soul (Matt. 10:28). So I am running from the things that can destroy my soul: complacency, comfort and ignorance. I am much more terrified of living a comfortable life in a self-serving society and failing to follow Jesus than I am of any illness or tragedy. (Davis)"