Tuesday, February 10, 2015

            For years, I have prayed Isaiah 61 over my family, asking the Lord to give beauty for ashes, asking Him to indeed grow these daughters of mine into oaks of righteousness, a planting for the display of His splendor. I have cried tears straight into the words “freedom for captives” as I begged this promise for a certain few of my little ladies specifically. I have rested in the promise of the oil of joy instead of mourning and I have rejoiced with the prophet Isaiah as each one has come to her own understanding that He has clothed her with garments of salvation and a robe of righteousness. My eyes stuck right there on Isaiah 61 praying in hope those words of verse 11, that the Lord would cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all nations.
            Only on Saturday morning, the morning after I married the very most Christ-like man I have ever met, did my eyes wander down past verse 11, down the page to Isaiah, Chapter 62. As if, now that I was beginning this new chapter of life, maybe God would give me a new chapter to pray over my family. My breath caught in my throat as I read these words that I somehow had never read before.
            “The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory. You will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow. You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. No longer will they call you Deserted, or your name Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah (my delight is in her) and your land will be Beulah (married). For the Lord will take delight in you and your land will be married. As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.”
            Right there on the thin, gilded page, was his heart for me, for Benji, for each of my girls, for our family – that we would know His delight in us, the way He rejoices over us.
            The last two years have been a different season. A season of quiet, of dark and sadness, of joys that felt too personal to share with anyone other than my Heavenly Father. I have tried to write many times, but I have been learning the beauty of the secret place, just Him and me. The Lord who knows my heart has been whispering to me of a new season for a long time, and my flesh has worried that this new season might take me out of my secret hiding place with Him, that somehow a physical, tangible relationship with another might take away from my relationship with my Builder, My Lover, My Life-Giver.
            Little did I know that this new relationship would only enhance the other.

            I became Mrs. Majors on January 2nd of this year. Benji is a discipler of men and a faithful maker of breakfast. Long before we shared a home we shared a hometown with only a few hilltops to keep our adolescent lives from ever intersecting.  As the Lord would have it, we would only meet on the other side of an ocean after He had captured our hearts with a love for the Ugandan people and a desire for The Word to go forth in this place. At first I was hesitant, but while Benji was patient, God was faithfully working on my heart. I watched him teach Bible studies and disciple men and fix my kids’ bikes. We laughed over coffee and all the crazy things that are life here. He taught me more and more about the love of Jesus, in his words, and in his example. He captured my heart. And on the night he washed my feet and asked me to be his forever, the yes jumped off my lips as if it had always been waiting there just for him.

I imagined marriage would be good. Wonderful even. But I did not even begin to understand that it would be this holy. I didn’t know that I would melt under this man’s gaze that is so full of the love of the Father for me. I didn’t imagine the way his delight in me would be my daily reminder of the way my Father delights in me. My husband’s love is just another way God has chosen to pour our His extravagant love on me, another constant reminder that He rejoices over me, and over each one of our daughters.
            I watch them come alive under the loving gaze of their new father, I hear the delight and the certainty in their voices as they call “Dad.” And without me even having to ask, God who knows my heart has given me my new prayer over them: that in knowing the delight of their earthly father, they would begin to grasp the delight of their Heavenly Father all the more. That they would be a crown of splendor in His hand, that they would embrace this new name: “my delight is in her.”


God gives good gifts. His delight is in me, in us, in them. May our delight be evermore in Him.





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Jes Brookes said...

Congratulations, Katie! God, I pray that you strengthen and unify Katie & Benji. May their hearts burn for you brightly and strongly. Entwine them together and catch the little foxes that want to ruin their togetherness. Would you use them to be your light in the darkness, and to show each of them your love for them. Blessings!

DIANE said...

We are rejoicing with you and your husband from the other side of the world, Katie... We Praise God for what He has done!!

karlee said...

Congratulations! What a sweet, sweet love. I wish you many, many years of happiness.

McVal said...

Congrats on your marriage and that God is the center of it!
Stopped over from Southern Gal's blog!

RichRoamer said...

It is so beautiful to see Gods love on display in your life. May you love the journey forever. I can't wait to see what else is in store for you.

Julie Anderson said...

Ben and Katie, we are SO thankful. Our Heavenly Father is such a wonderful Matchmaker, delighting in bringing his kids together and then delighting in their delight! We praise Him with you.

Katie, we are so glad we could meet you and your young(er) ladies a couple of years ago. A big Hello to them!

Steve and Julie Anderson (Luke's dad and mom ... and now Ishael's too!) :)

Angie Thier said...

Hi Katie, you don't know me, but I wanted to tell you what an answer to prayer this is for me. When I read your book years ago, I thought about how good it would be for you to have a husband to share this ministry. I had many of the same concerns (like no longer loving Jesus fully because your time is divided. Totally I Cor. 7!) when I wed 15+ years ago. But I've also learned how God shows His love and support through a Godly husband. I also knew for you, it'd have to be a very specific type of man, one who loved God greatly and Uganda. It's been years since I've prayed for that for you, but it's so encouraging to see God give you such a man. And for your girls to have a father in their lives! What a blessing! Thank you for sharing! Much love, Angie in San Antonio TX USA

Rhonda said...

You are radiantly beautiful!! May God's richest blessing continue to pour out over you in this new page of your journey called life.

Joanna said...

So happy for you. I have recommended your book to many. When I read it the first time I never guessed that God would call our family to serve Him in Uganda. Now we are living here and love working with these dear people that you first introduced to me. Thank you Katie. God's blessings on your marriage, and ministry.

Anonymous said...

You have inspired me. From the time I was a lonely soldier in the Barnes and Noble bookstore of the town I live in called Loveland, Colorado. Searching, searching for something different, housed in that big box store full of even smaller, more personal, intimate reading digests. But being the avid reader that I have always been, I walked around searching for something thicker and deeper to quench my thirst when I happened and stumbled upon the new release shelf and sitting down was the hardback cover of your book with your girls, and the colors, and the smiles, oh yes, I found what I was looking for. And then I went home and digested and devoured it all up and got on board with Facebook, the blog, etc etc, I have even ordered a bracelet, a spiral one with lots of red and green colors that I have accidentally lost, but I am reinspired again by all of the beautiful beauty of the magical colors of the rainbow in the new earrings that I want to save for. You see, my name is Amber Tilton and I am 37 years old and I am a single mother of a 12 year old girl, Aislinn, which means a vision of beauty or a dream. And so I think everything that I am doing or have done has led me to this one moment and whilst wanting to be discouraged a few weeks ago about the news on Facebook that you had been married, I myself found myself, hurt, jealous, a bit angry and sad. Not because of you but because of me. I read this blog just now and yes, yes again you have inspired me and I thank you. A beautiful life story you own. Thanks be to God. Mine too is comin around the mountain when he comes, I'm really scared, and really excited, its everything I think I want and everything, too, I don't know yet. I Love you. Keep going Katie. :)

NancyCarol said...

Hallelujah!

Esther said...

Congratulations! Enjoy this very special time. May He bless you richly.

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you!!! You are a blessing to so many!

Thank you for all you do.

Crystal

Anonymous said...

Ohmygoodness! This is exactly what I needed to hear today. This happy ending or beginning, whichever way you tend to look at it, has made my day richer. I have only recently found your blog and your book, which I am still reading but have quickly been fascinated with your life and how God has used you. I was complaining just yesterday how you haven't posted in awhile. To a high school senior, your life sounds amazing and like you truly live with meaning and are a steward of God which is my deepest desire for my life. When looking at your blog as I have been doing for the past few weeks at lunch, to my friends enjoyment I barely contained my excitement, as I noticed that you posted a new one. I want to take a gap year after I graduate from high school in May and do a mission trip, much like you did. My story is different but many points are the same. My plans are pretty much at a standstill at this point since the organization I am going through have no openings and it's frustrating. I have gotten so much out of your story and it gives me hope (and patience) for my future and whatever God's plans are for me. Thank you so much for being such a great role model for me!

Hannah Baugh said...

Katie, I am so so happy for you and your new husband. Your story has blessed me more than you will ever know. God has used your obedience to Him and your complete trust in Him to help me more than word can describe. Thank you for sharing your journey, the good and the bad, with everyone. I'm praying for you and your family, and the work Amazima Ministries is doing to further His kingdom. God bless!

Little Oak Table said...

Absolutely Beautiful! Congratulations!

3 Wishes Photography said...

Congratulations! We share the same anniversary, well almost, my wedding day was January 2, 1993!! My 3 girls, Melia was is 11 and Sabrina and Ryanne, who are 10 are currently reading your book and being inspired by the way the Lord is working thru you. Praying for you, for Benji and all your lovely ladies. Cija

Unknown said...

Beautiful Katie! My family and I have been praying God will bring a godly husband in your and your girl's life. I have tears of joy that our sweet God answered. Congrats! I will continue to pray for you and your family.

Susan Olla said...

Happy for you:) We have been praying for you and the work God has given you for a few years now.We believe God will multiply your efforts and the fruit of the ministry there. Thanks for the great example of loving obedience to our Lord. God Bless -- the Ollas

afsmiths said...

Absolutely amazing! How wonderful! Rejoicing in the Lord with you! My daughters and I have each read your book. Thank you for sharing your life love story! Beautiful, just beautiful! :)

Debbi said...

I have been waiting for your story and what a story it is. I am so thrilled for your whole little family. May God continue to pour his blessings on you!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful...reading through tears...and praising God with you! I pray the same for all of my daughters as well!
Amy, Mom of many in Texas

Jeremy and Katie Guy said...

Your story is just so amazing! I could read for days and days. I have not been to your blog in sometime simply because I know you do not post often as you are busy doing His work...which I commend you for...and the one day I pull your blog up, you posted!!! And you got married! Congrats!! You are beautiful inside and out!!! - Katie, Atlanta, GA

marygems said...

Rejoicing with you from New Zealand Katie and Benji....God is faithful and GOOD and He has seen that as 2 become one, the ministry blessings will be multiplied as in once can put a thousand to flight, but 2, 10,000.
May grace mercy and peace be multiplied to you both in this new season, and thank you for sharing your joy with your readers and followers.
Love,
Mary,

Anonymous said...

Rejoicing with you and your precious family! Glory to God!

Jennifer Camp said...

Bless you, sweet Katie. I am so grateful for your beautiful words here. They touch my heart and remind me of God's amazing love. He is so amazing. May God continue to bless you with His tender, quiet love--both you and your dear husband.

Drift mom said...

Congrats to find a Godly man that loves the people of Uganda as you have for years. You are both an inspirations. May the love you have for each grown more and more each day as you give of yourselves so freely for others. May the Lord bless each of you and your daughters! o happy for you..Daw jut a person who has followed what you have been doing...

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful bride! What a handsome groom! Congratulations to you both. I couldn't wait to show your pics to my 3rd grade students at Legacy Christian Academy. The way God writes our story is just as beautiful as the heavens declaring His Glory. Katie your life story is "shouting" His Glory. I can't wait to see the next chapter unfold for you and your family. Dancing for joy for you all!

Nicolette Onyeama said...

This is truly one of the most beautiful descriptions of love that I have ever seen. I absolutely needed to read this today! Thank you for pursuing Jesus each day and for inspiring everyone who reads anything you write to seek the same Secret Place you have found. Your words of love are riveting, piercing and life-changing! You truly inspire me to follow Jesus wherever he leads. Thank you for living like a woman "after God's own heart". You are a fantastic role model to 20 year-olds like me. Thank you for sharing parts of your sweet, crazy, God-filled life with those of us that need to be inspired to live for Jesus alone!

Nicolette Onyeama said...

This is truly one of the most beautiful descriptions of love that I have ever seen. I absolutely needed to read this today! Thank you for pursuing Jesus each day and for inspiring everyone who reads anything you write to seek the same Secret Place you have found. Your words of love are riveting, piercing and life-changing! You truly inspire me to follow Jesus wherever he leads. Thank you for living like a woman "after God's own heart". You are a fantastic role model to 20 year-olds like me. Thank you for sharing parts of your sweet, crazy, God-filled life with those of us that need to be inspired to live for Jesus alone!

Nicolette Onyeama said...

This is truly one of the most beautiful descriptions of love that I have ever seen. I absolutely needed to read this today! Thank you for pursuing Jesus each day and for inspiring everyone who reads anything you write to seek the same Secret Place you have found. Your words of love are riveting, piercing and life-changing! You truly inspire me to follow Jesus wherever he leads. Thank you for living like a woman "after God's own heart". You are a fantastic role model to 20 year-olds like me. Thank you for sharing parts of your sweet, crazy, God-filled life with those of us that need to be inspired to live for Jesus alone!

Nicolette Onyeama said...

This is truly one of the most beautiful descriptions of love that I have ever seen. I absolutely needed to read this today! Thank you for pursuing Jesus each day and for inspiring everyone who reads anything you write to seek the same Secret Place you have found. Your words of love are riveting, piercing and life-changing! You truly inspire me to follow Jesus wherever he leads. Thank you for living like a woman "after God's own heart". You are a fantastic role model to 20 year-olds like me. Thank you for sharing parts of your sweet, crazy, God-filled life with those of us that need to be inspired to live for Jesus alone!

Nicolette Onyeama said...

This is truly one of the most beautiful descriptions of love that I have ever seen. I absolutely needed to read this today! Thank you for pursuing Jesus each day and for inspiring everyone who reads anything you write to seek the same Secret Place you have found. Your words of love are riveting, piercing and life-changing! You truly inspire me to follow Jesus wherever he leads. Thank you for living like a woman "after God's own heart". You are a fantastic role model to 20 year-olds like me. Thank you for sharing parts of your sweet, crazy, God-filled life with those of us that need to be inspired to live for Jesus alone!

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful bride you are Katie! Richest blessings on your marriage! xx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Katie! With best wishes for many years of happiness with your husband and children! God bless the work of your hands.

Lauren said...

I kid you not, this EXACT same verse was one of my favorites when the Lord placed His promises in my heart. The morning after my wedding day, I too returned to them, and the morning after my wedding day, the Lord too highlighted this verse that I had never noticed before!!! Your words continually speak to my heart. I feel that although I've never met you, the Lord uses your story to continually encourage my life!!! May He guide you both on into the infinitely more that He has for your lives. To CHRIST be ALL THE GLORY!!!

MB said...

He makes all things beautiful in his time. Congratulations!

Connie said...

This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing, Katie!

Danika Anderson said...

Katie Congratulations on you and your husband celebrating the Sacrament of Holy matrimony. My confirmation sponsor shared you're book with me years ago, and this blog post with me yesterday. Ever since I read your book, I have been inspired to go to Uganda one day. I would love for you to check out my blog too! It's called Classy Mermaid Danika. You may like it!
God bless you beautiful girl!

Salem Afangideh said...

Congratulations Katie!! What a beautiful verse & season you are in. Praying more blessings over you & yours

Anonymous said...

Katie, your gift at writing brings God's truth alive for me in today's world. Thank you for your faithfulness. God bless you in marriage.

Anonymous said...

God gives good gifts...
Amen!!

Anonymous said...

I am so delighted in the joy God has brought to you and Benji and your girls! This joy is spreading to many near and far! May you continue to be blessed in the amazing love of our God!

Pamela

One Crowded House said...

This is such lovely news. You both Sparkle with Joy. Congratulations. I check back often and was so pleasantly surprised to see you had updated!
Blessings to you both (to ALL of you!)
Tanya (mom to 8)

Tammy said...

Oh my goodness... you are just GLOWING! Beautiful blog. SO happy for you two, and your girls! Praise Him!

Jana Schmitt said...

Katie,
Congratulations!!! This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing this intimate part of your journey. Benji must be one amazing man to have won your heart!

I've been following your blog and praying regularly for you and the girls since I read "Kisses from Katie" a couple of years ago. Now I'll be adding Benji to the prayers! Your love for the Ugandan people and your story of sacrifice, mercy and extravagant love is such a picture of Jesus and such an inspiration to me and so many others. His Light shines brightly through you and it's a beautiful thing to behold. Standing in faith with you for the secondary school! This is exciting!!

God's richest blessings to you & Benji and your girls!

Jana Schmitt
Celina, TX

Britt Watt said...

Congrats katie! Married life is so wonderful and fun!

Shannon Hazleton said...

Beautiful. Katie, I'm so grateful to God for this blessing in your life; He is the giver of all good gifts. Thank you so much for sharing, and congratulations!

p.s. it was good to hear from you again on your blog.

Chanda Marie Griese said...

Praise our heavenly Father for the gift of marriage! Rejoicing with you sister!

Sharon LeBeau said...

Dear Katie,

I rejoice with you sister in Christ! What an answer to prayer. I had prayed that God would send you your husband and He did....so faithful. I believe he was hand picked by God himself. Thanks for sharing your beautiful words that always pull on my heart strings. I come away with such encouragement each time I read. In a world so filled with chaos and tragedy, this made me smile. 😊
Oh blessings on you and your new life!

See you round the throne,

Sharon LeBeau

Anonymous said...

May The Lord Bless you as you serve him together. Lovely story, amazing God, He has lavished such blessing over you both! Excited to hear all that He has planned for you!

Kate N. McNeel said...

Congratulations on your marriage! May God bless your lives. I am reading your book , and I am enjoying hearing about your experiences in Uganda. Your book will continue to bring awareness and connect needs with those who can meet them. Thank you for your bold unselfish nature. I pray that The Lord will keep you and your family safe and well.

Kate N. McNeel

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your new life together! What a wonderful blessing, and a story in time for Valentine's Day to refresh my hope that a Christ-like man with a servant heart might be in my future as well. Thank you, Katie

Nine said...

Katie! You're married! Oh my goodness. You guys are a stunning pair, and you made such a beautiful bride.
I've followed your journey for a long time now, and Kisses From Katie has been one of the best books I've ever read.
I hope you find complete and utter JOY in being married, and in this new, exciting journey God has planned for you. You are a role model to many people, and a good example of what love should look like. Thank you.

The Johnston Family said...

Blessings to you in your marriage! I love the truth you shared.

The Johnston Family said...

Blessings to you both in your marriage! I love the truth you shared.

Hope Rising Farm said...

Katie....oh what a beautiful provision from the Lord for you and your girls! God always knows best and you are a wonderful example to all young girls to do the Lords work and the Looking to the left and to the right as to who is working along side you in your ministry and that is who the Lord has for you! So excited for you...what a wonderful blessing!

Praying for your family, your ministry and your walk with God'

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful!

Rose Chandler Johnson said...

What a beautiful testimony of God's love and grace. Thank you for sharing and may God continue to richly bless your love and your lives for His glory.

naomir5034 said...

How very wonderful! I have been checking back faithfully every week or so, and I had no idea the Lord had this for you in your life. I too have learned so much of the love of God through my marriage (me who grew up without a daddy). I pray your home will literally overflow with love and your girls will be crowned with God's glory.

Ana Lizeth Cuevas said...

How beautiful! I'm super happy for both of you and the new chapter in your life.

Danny Fernandes said...

Kate, congratulations!I'm so happy for you and your family be more complete now. You deserve and God has given you one more time. I pray for you and all Uganda. One day I hope to visit and help the Amazima project with my hands. Kisses from Dani

Anonymous said...

May God's love keep and protect your family on this godly journey.

Gigi said...

Wow! I am crying tears of joy for you right now. He who has promised is faithful. I am so very happy that you found a God fearing, Christ worshiping, lover of Jesus walk beside you and share all of lifes ups and downs. Your girls will be even more blessed than they already are. They get to see what the love of a real man looks like. Oh goodness, the tears. Rejoicing with you both.

Anonymous said...

Katie,

we have been waiting to hear from you...so hoping to hear of updates on the little ones...(we like pics :-) )

It is wonderful and so exciting to see your smile and share in your moments of joy as well as be reminded of the beauty of marriage.

So much to do in this world of Ebola, poverty, war and moral deterioration...glad you and your Amazima team are doing well.

Watching from afar...trying to do my part to help with our fellow man here in little Memphis TN.

Forever touched...



An a

Elizabeth. said...

Oh, Katie, this post brought such joy to my heart! I am so excited for you & Benji and inspired by your servant's hearts. Many blessings to your dear family! <3

Sienna said...

Katie, this is so incredible! How wonderful to have a God-given companion to love alongside you and your girls.

Katie, I can't express the way God has used you and your story in my life. I long to follow Him to the inth degree... but I'm scared. I hope you'll find time to respond, but could you help me through advice? At what point did you know God had called you to Uganda? I'm in college and part of me longs to give everything away and give my entire being to Christ, but then I don't know if that's the wisest thing to do... I don't even have a particular place I'm feeling led. If there is any advice you have for me, please tell me. I do so want to follow in Christ's steps, but I lack the courage and confidence to know if He's telling me to drop everything right now.

Thank you so much, Katie. You've given me a model of what following Christ looks like, and for that I'll always be grateful. To God be the glory.

Sienna

Anonymous said...

So incredibly beautiful, Katie!!! SO very happy for you!! Praise God for His faithfulness to you both! After I read your story this summer I prayed God would bring a Husband to be your support and a Father to your girls- love how he provides!! He grew you and had you wait awhile- and then, what a surprise!!! Congrats to you both!!

With Love,
Amanda from St. Louis
(My husband & I were in Uganda 8 years ago with eMi! I read your book after talking to Jeff Austin this summer and hearing how God partnered eMi with you all! Love how God is at work!!!!)

Katie Churchill said...

Congratulations katie!!! This is such a wonderful God story. Continually prayer for you and your ever expanding family <3

rebecca grant said...

May God bless you and Benji and you girls and your entire community with His greatest intentions, may God greatest desires be fulfilled in and through your lives. Thank you so much for being faithful to the call our Lord a Jesus has on you. It is an example to our family.

Christine Chavez said...

Katie,
Thank you so much for sharing! I am touched by your blog for a number of reasons... What you wrote about your husband and the way he looks at you made my heart ache for my husband. We were married for only 3 1/2 years and he went to Heaven to be with Jesus a year ago, but he had a gaze for me that could melt my heart, as you said, and I miss that so much. That's a beautiful gift. Enjoy it. The Isaiah 61 verses you pray for your girls are some verses that God led me to after my husband's death and I pray them often too. I will be going to Masese in June with H.E.L.P. Uganda and hope to help in an orphanage while I'm there. God has had orphans on my heart for at least ten years and I am excited to go and see what He has for me as I walk out this new life. Thank you again for sharing!

Susan Shipe said...

So happy for you and Benji and your girls, our love and prayers from NC!

Erin said...

I am so very happy for you Katie! I have been reading your blog for several years now and have so often been encouraged by your words of wisdom and encouragement from God's word. Felt led to look at your blog this afternoon for a little encouragement. How very excited I was to see this post! I will be praying for you and Benji. What a wonderful way God has shown you His love for you. I will continue my prayers for you as you begin this new season of life with Benji by your side. From another friend you've never met! Thanks for being a good friend from afar.

Anonymous said...

I am overly rejoicing on how God reward is the best thing in the world. I am very happy for you. The best is yet to come. The Lord gives only good gifts. Your faith life story inspires me a lot. You have touched millions around the world, more than you may think. I keep thinking about your courage and obedience and I get inspired. Truly, the love of God radiate through you.

Andy and Tamara said...

Oh Katie, you are indeed a beautiful, beaming bride! So so happy for you and your beloved in this next chapter. This grants hope to a weary, hurting world. Many thanks for sharing your beautiful story. Yes, marriage does bring you closer, and it brings a new understanding of the intimacy God desires. More wedding pictures, please.

Bianca Jago said...

Congratulations!!! So wonderful :)

Sending love from New Zealand.

Michelle said...

Congratulations! You both look so happy. I'm glad God sent you to each other.

Cindy said...

God indeed writes fairytale stories--better than fairytales--the real thing. I keep hoping you'll post a whole album of pictures, but I'm trying to be content with this one new one. :) I couldn't be happier for you my sweet friend. The lows have been lower than anyone thought possible, but who knew the highs could be this high? His blessing poured out on you is absolutely delightful. <3

Sun Ju said...

Wow, congrats!!! Katie, you must delight with Benji and your family. Many blessings and thank you for your lovely update.

Sun Ju said...

Thank you Katie for your beautiful updated story. Many blessings in your new chapter of life with Benji.

Gabrielle Marie said...

Yay! So happy for you! Praying for you in your new chapter in life.

Gabrielle Marie said...

So happy for you! Praying for you in your new chapter in life!

Lori Safford Bitar said...

Congratulations and God's blessings Katie. I gave my 15yo daughter Lydia your book/devotional 3 years ago, shortly after she lost her earthly father. I was a widow at age 49 with 3 teenagers, two boys in wheelchairs with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. God was so gracious to bring a godly man into my life. He was volunteering at a Joni Family Retreat and I was there with my 3 kiddos. We are now married and I am so grateful. Lydia and I will be coming to Uganda on a Wheels for the World Missions trip to bring wheelchairs. We will be partnering with Father's Heart Mobility Ministry. May God use us there and change us forever. God Bless your holy union with Benji and your precious family!

Melody Chen said...

Katie, this is awesome. I love reading through your words. I can really feel how real God is through these passages. Thank you Katie and so happy for what's coming up to you.

Melody Chen said...

Katie, through your words I can really much feel how God is so real. Thank you Katie!

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful new chapter in your story…so exciting!!!

duchamp6 said...

Congratulations!! Jesus shines through you so richly. I am thankful you were obedient to the gospel, it has encouraged and pushed me out of my comfort zone. Great is your reward in heaven. God bless you and keep you, shine his face on you and give you peace.

Sherrie Cho said...

PRAISE GOD! Your book and this post has not only inspired, but encouraged and uplifted my spirit time and time again. Your story of God's perfect plan is evident more and more. I really do hope that you can one day (if not already) publish your love story with Benji for others to be encouraged that God's plan is perfect even when we are not. That his plan for us is to prosper us and not harm us. I am so happy for you that God has given you a man after His heart and someone that you can build the kingdom with together, helping each other. What a blessing! Man, this is so incredible. God bless you and your family. I hope and pray that I and my future family could serve and love the way you and your family do together for the Lord.

Sherrie Cho said...

PRAISE GOD! Your book and this post has not only inspired, but encouraged and uplifted my spirit time and time again. Your story of God's perfect plan is evident more and more. I really do hope that you can one day (if not already) publish your love story with Benji for others to be encouraged that God's plan is perfect even when we are not. That his plan for us is to prosper us and not harm us. I am so happy for you that God has given you a man after His heart and someone that you can build the kingdom with together, helping each other. What a blessing! Man, this is so incredible. God bless you and your family. I hope and pray that I and my future family could serve and love the way you and your family do together for the Lord.

Vedawattie Ram said...

Just so precious! Incredible!
Veda from Guyana

lover of Jesus, Mother of Girls! said...

That's our Jesus...while He is MORE THAN ENOUGH, he does the MORE THAN WE CAN THINK OR IMAGINE.
Enjoy the gift!

Anonymous said...

~Katie,
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!
I am sooooo happy for you!!!!!!!
You are such an adorable couple!!!!!!!
You and your family are in my prayers!!!!!!!
Love you guys!!!!!!!

~God Bless,
Brooklyn

Lucy said...

So very very happy for you.

beth said...

Thank you for sharing your heart. I treasure your insight when you said: your husband's love is just another way for God to pour out His extravagant love over you.

He loves us SO much.

beccaluvsafrica said...

Thanks for sharing Katie! God has given you and Benji such an amazing love story and it is so encouraging to me, as one who also has been called to missions. I know that God doesn't give the gift of marriage to everyone, but it's so great to be reminded of His loving Father's heart and that His plans for us are best. It's so awesome to see how you have sacrificed in leaving your home and the possibility of marriage in the US and He has blessed you for it!

Anonymous said...

I am just finishing Kisses From Katie & so pleased to know you've found your Forever and are happy in God's blessing of a husband!
I wish you many more years of togetherness and love.

Peace Be With You,
Manya Vartdal
Florida

Silvie said...

First, congratulations! May your marriage be a glimpse of heaven for you and for everyone who encounters you and your husband!

Second, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you sharing your life through this blog. For me it's very real. I can't even find words to describe it. I feel like I really see God through your words and experience, and it's more real than most what I hear elsewhere. It gives me hope to not give up on Him and keep searching Him.

Thank you, from all my heart.

Anonymous said...

Katie, I have recently prayed, laughed and cried my way through your book. Thank you for all you do for the least of these in Uganda and for adopting all those precious little girls, what a beautiful family! God is so glorified through you, praying for stength, wisdom and a heart for you to hear God in all he calls you and your new husbnad Benji to do. Many hugs and Many prayers, Sandy from Canada

Anonymous said...

So happy for you. Congratulations! May God continue to bless you as you seek to serve the people of Uganda together. God knew your heart.

Carolyn said...

I loved your book and have read many, many of your blog posts. I am in awe of every thing you have done!
I am 17 and graduate in 3 months. You life is an inspiration and very much what I feel called to do! I going to go to college for Early education so that I can teach but I really want to care for children who do not have someone to care for them! I have no idea how to get in that situation but I am sure God will open the door when I get to that point
My heart is overwhelmed with joy as I read your blogs and look at the pictures!!
-cj.dogs@yahoo.com

Peg Martin said...

Katie,
I rejoice for you and Benji. You do not know me but I have followed you as your life has parralleled my daughter's Mary-Kate Martin. She has a similar story to yours as she serves the young girls/women in Swaziland, Africa. Her non profit is called Hosea's Heart. Her blog spot is africa-katesheart.blogspot.com
Praise God for his continued flooding of blessings on your life.
Peg martin

Jacque Coleman Kenyon said...

Congratulations Katie! What a beautiful love story!! A friend told me I had to ready your book, so I just started and very excited to see you are blogging! Please keep that going so we can continue to be a part of what you are doing. Thank you for letting the world know how we can be a part of your ministry in Uganda with a donation! God Bless you, Benji and your family!!

Sarah said...

Congratulations Katie! I am so happy for you! I prayed for this to happen someday after reading your book! :)

Laurel said...

Wow! I am so excited for you and the girls and all that the Lord has brought you through Benji.

I closed my old blog 15 months ago, and have not looked at a blog in all that time. As with you, it has been a deep, hard, dark season for me . . . but as with you, the Lord has brought me through and I look forward to all that He has for me in this new season.

Many blessings and prayers to you!

Laurel (aka: Mama D. or Mama of 13)

Marisa Dickerson said...

Hi Katie! If you could pretty please email me asap at ducttapedickerson@hotmail.com that would be amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! *tears* you all are so beautiful! God is good! Thank you for being faithful ♡

Linda said...

You, and your faithful, serving love for Christ inspire and bless me in immeasurable ways! This post brings tears of joy as you share so eloquently how the Father has worked in your life to bring you your precious life partner. God bless you both as you carry on Kingdom work in the most beautiful fashion!!

Kris said...

So happy for you! And your children! It's beautiful how God speaks to us through the scriptures.

Amos Heidi Collins said...

Hi Katie, I was so surprised and overjoyed to read on your blog of your marriage to Benji! I started crying because I was just so happy for you both. God is so good! Your book has inspired me so much-it is Jesus working in you and how you allow Him to do so that just blows me away and makes me want that same relationship-though as you said, the joys also come with sufferings/loss as you open your heart to others. Your story points people to Jesus, not to yourself, and I love that. Benji is a blessed man! And you are a blessed wife, because he must be pretty awesome to have snagged you for his bride! God bless you both and your huge beautiful family, and Amazima and the people you serve. -Heidi (a sister in Christ, though we've never met. See you in heaven one day!)

intlxpatr said...

Thanks be to God! He loves you so, and provides for all your needs so lovingly! Wishing you all happiness as you serve in Uganda.

Alli said...

That really encouraged me Katie, I have been feeling a call to go to the mission field and have a fear that I will be giving up that precious gift from The Lord, I am only a junior in high school, your story really inspires me to follow The Lord even when it means giving up a nice home and a great relationship, God has blessed you for you faithfulness and I hope to follow that example!! Thanks you for your encouragement and congratulations!

vivagood said...

Oh my goodness. First of all, I've been following your blog for several years now, so impressed and amazed at how you've followed the Lord's calling on your life and how well you love others. I felt like I knew you (even though I don't) since we share a hometown and probably several friends and connections because of that. My mom sent me a link a while back that you got married and I thought, "That's awesome! he must be an amazing man of God." And then today I read this and I got chills when I read the name Benji and my eyes scrolled down and I saw the last name -- Majors. God is amazing. I've known Benji since he was in jr high and I was a few years older in college. I was one of his youth leaders and he was always one of my favorites. A servant even as a teenager, a love for other and with an amazing sense of humor as well. SO SO COOL! I love that you are now a couple. I love seeing how God brings people together who fit so well and can further His kingdom with His gifts and talents. Please give your new hubby a hug and tell his that Alexis (Goodman) Ward says hello. :)

Bree said...

So beautiful! A big congratulations and His blessings upon your marriage and sweet family! And thank you for sharing your heart and your story. Your book touched my heart immensely. To God be the glory! Amen

kelli sanders said...

I'm just beginning to read your blog. I first heard of you through Jennie Allen's book "Anything" and her messages speaking about your blog's impact on her life. After reading only two blogs, I have 2 words that come to mind about you: "Pure heart." Thank you, Katie.

Molly Lee Foster said...

This is a beautiful story Katie! God bless you and Benji and you family!

eartmother55 said...

Congratulations! Your story and the sharing of your faith is so inspiring!

'Rhoades Traveled'... One Family Under God said...

His ways are always far better than we could've ever imagined. May your marriage be blessed.

Juf said...

Oh wow, so happy for you! And so happy for your example of what Godly marriage is supposed to be like!

Mya Briggs said...

So happy for you both:)

Amoysue said...

God is so good and as we do His will He delights to give us good things. Finding such a wonderful husband and father for your girls is a great thing! I cried when I read about his love for you and for your girls. I am so happy for you! You are in my prayers. My son Matt and his wife Jessica visited Uganda last year and stopped by your place as well. This year they had our first grandchild and he still went back by himself for 10 days to dig a well for an orphanage. Thanks for all you are doing for His kingdom! We live in China but hope to visit Uganda someday. Sue Brown

TexasVet said...

Congratulations on your marriage! My husband and I are listening to "Kisses From Katie" on cd as we drive to a Bible conference. We're so enjoying listening to your journey in grace. Thank you for sharing and God be praised. It's a blessing to see Him bless you so. God be glorified! -Josh and Erica White

Moriah S. said...

So happy for you, Katie!! Blessings to you and you husband. You were a beautiful bride. *smiles*

Hannah Bullock said...

Congratulations on your marriage!
I hope to write shortly, but I just wanted you to know that you are a blessing to me. Your marriage, also, came as a relief to me too. I've been reading your book and just completed it today, although I've had it for almost a year. I put off reading because I cried every time I turned the pages. There's so much your book has taught me about Jesus, and especially because God has called me to be a missionary in the Philippines in the future, although I want to go now :D. I have only visited an orphanage there once, but I hope to go back when God says it's time. The reason your marriage was a relief to me is because I thought you would end up single, and in ways, I thought I would too. I am 19 and have never had a bf. I've waited and waited for God to send The One, but it has not been time yet. In your book when I read that God has asked you to break up with your bf, I was honestly devastated. How can I expect to have a future husband one day when someone like Katie doesn't. But oh does God love to bring surprises. I'm so happy for your marriage, and I hope to marry someone one day that shows me deeper the love of the Father, so I can show love to others as well. I hope all of your kids are doing well! Btw I loved at the end of book about the interview, and the interviewer asked what you did during droughts. Your answer was perfect... there are no droughts when we drink from the well that never runs dries. Such a great statement and reminder of Jesus who gives us life and love daily. God bless!

Julie Bilotich Dubicz said...

LLOVEEEELLYYY TO HAVE A TRUE AND REAL GENUINE GODLY MAN...JOY IN TRUTH & SHALOM.

Kim said...

While reading your book recently I cried at your breakup with your boyfriend, but knew that God would have another. I rejoice in God finding the perfect match for your work. Being married and having a husband I was a missionary with is a true blessing from God.

Kaitlyn Little said...

Katie! My names is Kaitlyn and the story of what the Lord did in your life changed my life forever. I am 18 years old and I have a heart for missions, but I am also a young girl who wants to be in love. I have to constantly remind myself to wait on the Lord's timing and you waiting has been such an encouragement. Thank you for being such a devoted follower of Christ and showing me what it looks like to have a deep relationship with the Lord!! So happy for you!!

Kaitlyn Little said...

Hi Katie! The story of what the Lord did in your life changed my heart and life forever. After reading your book and following your blog, the Lord has given me a heart for missions. I am 18 years old and eager to see what the Lord will do in my heart and life! I am also a young girl who wants to fall in love. You waiting and letting the Lord write your love story is such an encouragement! I can't thank you enough for being a devoted follower of Christ because it has taught me a lot. I am praying for you, Benjii and your girls!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Praising God with you for His gracious and overwhelming goodness!

Anonymous said...

Praise God. Congrats

Julie Sawyer said...

I just finished reading your book. Thank you for writing about Uganda but most of all for your including the scriptures and lessons God taught you. They are so in line with what God has been speaking to me. Really is awe of God's incredible love.i was praying g throughout the book God would bring you a special husband, so glad to see these pictures of your wedding. Thank you for sharing your life.

Julie Sawyer said...

I just finished reading your book. Thank you for writing about Uganda but most of all for your including the scriptures and lessons God taught you. They are so in line with what God has been speaking to me. Really is awe of God's incredible love.i was praying g throughout the book God would bring you a special husband, so glad to see these pictures of your wedding. Thank you for sharing your life.

Mya Briggs said...

Hi my name is Mya Briggs. I'm 13 and I have 35 brothers and sisters. I love all the posts you put up. I also love your dress:) Happy for you. God bless you and your family.

Benitha said...

ohh Katie, am so happy that you are now married, it has been a long time without reading your blog and today i opened it and i was to jump of joy but just know that you inspire me. all the best in this new chapter of your life with Benji. i love you much

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Katie! Thank you so much for teaching me that I need to seek God first, and he will care for me and guide me after. This is amazing!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Katie and Benji!! I had been praying for Katie to find a husband but I guess God had already answered my pray! lol God bless you and keep you as you as you serve Him together.

Joanna Schmidt said...

Congratulations, Katie and Benji!! I had been praying for Katie to find a husband but I guess God had already answered my pray! lol God bless you and keep you as you as you serve Him together.

Mary Ann Etling said...

Congratulations! Your story is inspirational! You are absolutely beautiful inside and out!

Danielle Elliott said...

Hi Katie, I wanted to let you know that about 50 women from my church just read your book together for a small group study. We met last night and we are all so challenged. Thank you for writing, "Kisses from Katie." I searched out your blog to see if you ever got married and I see you did! When I shared this with the ladies they squealed with delight! I would love another book written by you to hear how your ministry exploded and how more lives are being changed! We are all challenged to walk in greater intimacy and obedience with the Lord. Thank you for sharing your life.
Love-
Life Church Fergus Falls, MN ladies
Danielle Elliott
Danielle_elliott27@yahoo.com

Julie Farmer said...

Congrats! I am so happy for your family! Excited for all the ways God will continue using each of you for His glory! Thank you for your steadfast example of faithfulness.

Anonymous said...

I just finished your book last night and had been praying that you would have a helpmate over the last few weeks, not knowing this great news from earlier in the year! He hears our prayers outside of time and space. He is our Eternal Father. I am awaiting my helpmate and I am so ecouraged by the faithfulness of our Father both here and in His Kingdom to come-constantly being reminded that my great Helpmate has already come.

Nicole Ellis said...

This is literally the most amazing encouraging beautiful romantic godly thing I have heard in a long time. This is beautiful. It just is. I'm jealous with a godly jealous. This is all I want to do in my life, literally. This is beautiful!!!!

Elorie Jo-anah Raymond said...

Katie, you crossed my mind tonight and I looked for you and Amazima on Instagram, didn't find you there. But I'm happy to have seen pins of you on Pinterest and found out about this beautiful day of yours! Though late, I'd like to congratulate you, your husband, and your girls! I was delighted to read the great news. God bless. PS: I'm now following Amazima on Pinterest. Glad to have found you there. :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!!!!! Im so happy for you!!!!! I just started reading your book. i love it so much!!!!!!!! My name is Amelia. Im 13 and currently living in the middle east for 4 months away from my home (america), my father, and my 2 older, recently married, sisters. I miss them so much!!!!!! My mom is here helping out at a women's sewing center where they share about THE SON and about OUR FATHER. Please pr@y for me that I would be bold, not stressed out, that i will learn the language,i will lean on the FATHER and not on myself, and i won't miss my friends and family to badly.

With Love,
Amelia

Brian and Andrea Johanson said...

How fun to "stumble" on this post of yours on the very day that my husband and I are celebrating our "26th Anniversary of Meeting." He had to ask me to marry him 3 times before I said yes (even though I KNEW he was the man God had for me) and we had a long, two-year engagement before we officially said "I do." Reading your post today has brought such a sweet smile to my face and reminded me of things I needed to remember. Thank you for your words and the life you and your family live as one in Him!

Judy said...

So late to read this - September now. The Lord's mercies are (indeed) new every morning. His gifts are always perfect - in time and substance. Just thrilled for you!

Deborah Addington said...

Katie...I just finished reading "Kisses from Katie" and have been so inspired and touched by your book. I came to the website and saw that God had brought a special young man into your heart and life. I CAN'T WAIT to see what God has in store for you both and wish you all of God's blessing as you minister in Uganda. Thank you for opening up your life to the world. I am a Children's Director and recently had 2 of my 6th grade girls express that they feel God wants them to be missionaries. So I purchased 2 of your books for them to read. I know they will be educated as well as inspired by your book.

Jaechang Lee said...

Hi, congratulation Katie! I've read your book;KISSES FROM KATIE
It was quite impressive and very radical.
I mean, you are really the person who do God's work.
I read your book with glory.
God bless you and congratulation your wedding.
I think your fiance looks the person who do the same work you are doing in Uganda.
Take care!

Margie said...

Congratulations! May God's blessings shower down upon you and give you joy and peace both on this earth and in the world to come.

Anonymous said...

Katie- I read your book several years ago and was inspired by your story. You and I are near the same so it was just amazing to read about someone so young so passionate for Christ. For some reason, after reading your book I felt very strongly that I was to pray the Lord would bring you a husband. To be honest, I haven't read your blog or kept up with your doing's since that time, though occasionally I would still pray. Today is the first time I have visited your site since I read your book, and what wonderful news, you are married! I will not take sole credit for that :) but how wonderful is the body of Christ that Jesus can move the hearts of His people to move to Africa or pray for someone they have never met. I wish you a long and blessed life together!

rusty4661@yahoo.com said...

So glad two beautiful people have found each other & gotten together. Congratulations!!!

milkweedlake said...

How wonderful! Congratulations on your marriage and your pregnancy! Wishing you many happy years together. <3

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