I have had a lot of conversations with the ceiling this year. Most of them begin with, “Are You sure, Lord? I mean really sure?” Most of the time, this question pops out of my mouth when He’s asking me to do something for which I feel woefully unprepared. I know He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent—that everything that happens does because He has the perfect knowledge and power to make it so. However, I sometimes look at where I was eight or nine years ago and compare it to now, I am speechless.
At In Touch Ministries, I serve as an editor and a writer for the magazine, which is something I never imagined myself doing a decade ago. But, in all that time, He was preparing me spiritually to do the things He has ordained. I am humbled beyond measure that the Creator of the universe not only knows me and calls me His child, but also loves me enough give me a talent with which to serve Him. In short, this article is proof that God is truly in control.
I taught a wonderful young woman named Catie Carter who passed away in June of 2010, but before she left, she managed to touch thousands of people in the Jacksonville area. God wasn’t content to let it stop there though. Because of His perfect plan, I was in a position to share her testimony with millions of readers around the world. I have no idea how many people the Lord will touch as a result of this connection. But He does….and always has. I simply cannot wait to see what happens!
I would like to thank Catie’s family–her parents, Jimmy and Kerri, and her siblings, Emily, Jimmy, Lindsay, and Ellie–for being willing to share their precious girl’s story with me. Because of your courage, faith, and strength, people you and I will never know will have a chance to meet her and will be changed as a result.
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6 thoughts on “In a Manner Worthy of the Saints”
What a beautiful story. You have such a way with words and you always manage to uplift me and make me think. Thanks, Jamie.
Catie was an amazing girl, and it was a privilege to have played a small part in sharing her story with so many people. She made me reconsider a great many opinions I had about life and its purpose. Thank you so much for telling me that it had an impact on you!!
I worked with Catie’s grandmother and this story touched my heart. I knew so much yet so little. Thank you for sharing such wonderful memories and verses that are so fitting!
You are very welcome. It was truly my privilege to share her, and I am honored her family allowed me to do so. Thanks so much for stopping by, reading, and commenting!
It has been very well-received so far. I can’t wait to see what comments come up on the website!