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Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
We talked with Kate McCord on Chris Fabry Live!, author of In the Land of Blue Burqas. She sold everything, gave up her lucrative job, and moved to Afghanistan. We came up with some principles for decision making from her experience that may help you. This is for when you feel God is telling you one thing and people around you are saying another.
  1. Plug in with God and his Word. Stay plugged in.
  2. Be plugged in with the body of believers.
  3. Submit to God by submitting to your authorities. Don't just hear them out, listen to them.
  4. What are your motives? Are you making a decision because God is saying this or you want God to let you do what you want to do?
  5. Whatever the decision, you will need the support of people who love you. Don't abandon them or isolate yourself from that support.
  6. Give yourself time. If you are forced to make a decision on the spot without time to pray and process, wait.
  7. You must count the cost. Others can help you see the true cost of the decision you're making and help you see the implications for yourself and those you love.
  8. When you make a decision with your life as a child, you bring your parents along with you, whether you like it or not. Consider them while making the decision.
  9. This is not just about your life, it's really about GOD. Allow him to work. Give him the opportunity to do something big. If you take things by the horn and wrestle this decision to the ground, you don't allow him the time or place to affirm and approve the decision.
  10. Take things one step at a time. Have a plan for where you want to be down the road, but allow God to guide you through the doors he wants to open when he wants to open them.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

We were wanting to buy a horse for a ministry opportunity with the youth in our church. We prayed that God would lead us to the right horse and looked at LOTS of horses but they didn't seem right. Then we found a horse that was so quiet and gentle and it was the only horse that I didn't have a knot in my stomach when we looked at him. It just felt like he was the one God lead us too. We rode him for 1 year before letting any children ride him. The next spring when I rode him he bucked me off and we weren't able to get back on him for 18 months. Finally we did and had the trainer working with him and he bucked her off. We ended up giving him away because we couldn't trust him as a mentoring horse. We thought he was the one. Either we were wrong or Equine Ministry isn't what God wants for us. Not going to open anymore doors that God doesn't open for us. It's too expensive :-)

Katie Martin said...

To Anonymous,

Don't give up on moving forward, if you sense the Lord moving you forward. Some people become hurt, wounded, or puzzled when something like this happens. Then they base all future decisions on fear, not taking steps of faith when they should. Remember, God is bigger than our mistakes, if it was a mistake with the horse, maybe it wasn't. You are not sure yourself. Maybe it will make sense later to you. Keep yourself open to God's plan in your life. I am praying for you!