Good news! My audiobook officially released! You can buy it direct, or from your favorite audiobook distributor: Audible, Amazon, Google Play, Apple, Scribd, Kobo, Walmart, Chirp, hibooks, NOOK Audiobooks. For those who are interested, here is also a short video that I released to share some context for this project.
Grab a pen: If you could give voice to one thing, what would that be?
Your voice matters.
My voice matters.
Ruby's voice matters.
Thanks for listening! I pray that this story continues to bring great healing to people, and great glory to God.
My daughter, Aimee, is eating now. She is nine months old and the grab, squash, throw, pile, disperse, shove, and resist game has begun. Meanwhile I watch, learn, observe, take cues, try to out-smart her, teach her, feed her. Quite the ordeal. Every day. My latest strategy is to put one spoon in her hand, while I feed her directly with another. Incredible how well she eats when she feels in control. Selah.
This morning I took note of an interesting pattern. Aimee will take great care to protect her food when she is hungry. It goes straight from her tray to her mouth. If she drops it, she goes on a hunt for it. Her adorable head hangs far over the side of the highchair in pursuit of lost food. Each and every parcel is valued and protected. Until, she is full. Then, it all changes. The food has no defender, no protector, no securement to its intended mission. It’s anarchy for the food, and for me.
Hunger keeps us focused. It helps us protect what we need. It forces our attention to the destiny of a thing and strengthens us to see it arrive there. When we lose our hunger, we stop protecting what we need. We start wasting our time, efforts, energy, and perhaps throwing off our tray of life the very things that keep us healthy. It is similar with desire; desire is a form of hunger. Apathy is a friend to no one.
Do you have it?
Do you want it?
Do you want it back?
God is eager to answer your prayer for spiritual hunger. Just ask. Pause. Pray this with me now, Father, I ask that you would renew and ignite my hunger for You.
Grab a pen: Are you feeling apathetic? When did it start? Give it to Jesus. What does He have for you instead? Re-write this in your own words, "I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water." Psalm 63:1
I pray that your spiritual hunger would be re-ignited by Friday this week, and in that you would experience a renewed protection in your life of the things you most need. Have a great week!
p.s. Ruby Joy Audiobook releases soon! I will post links to it as soon as it is posted!
This letter dispatches from an unexpected scene. My husband tested positive for COVID recently, and our lives entered a spin cycle as a result. Today is our last day in this quarantine. We are all fine. My greatest challenge has been discouragement. I wonder if discouragement is the greater threat to our world these days.
My compassion deepened in the last ten days for people. The isolation, the single parenting, the unsolicited fear responses, the uncertainties, the cancellations, and the mounds of laundry and disinfecting are not a pleasant bunch of herbs for life. My hat is tipped to all of you for your own courageous journeys in the last year. Your chin up is no small feat! Meanwhile, there is less to be afraid of than we anticipated, a lot less.
The silver lining in this time for me is the remembrance that the less choices I have, the more likely I am to choose God. Limited options press us into our best option, dependence on the Father. The less we have, the more we lean on Him. In the downsizing, the quiet, the loneliness, the sadness, and the losses there is an invitation to drink from the Fountain of Life. It never runs dry.
Grab a Pen: List the ways you feel limited right now. Next to that list, list the ways that these very things make a way for you to move into greater dependence on the Father.
Have a great week, friend, and if yours is as unexpected as mine – chin up – we’re going to get through this!
Katie Luse is a speaker and writer who is passionate about navigating life with eyes on a hunt for beauty.