From Katie: My real-life friends tell me Wacky Wednesday is their favorite day of the month. I think they like seeing their names in “print.” After STORY, my cyber friends get some extra shout-outs now too. I’ve also stolen from some creative friends (Christine and Tammy, read their blogs) and included my own creative notes for STORY. Welcome to the ridiculous and ridiculously profound things heard in conversation, exchanged on Twitter, or found in books throughout the month of September. <>< Katie
Kevin: Smelling like Christ is like B.O.–you can’t control it. It just comes.
Beth Clark: People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it in one way or another. [Kisses from Katie, XI]
Katie: Ok, I have to go. I’m at work.
Mom: But we’ve only talked for ten minutes!
Katie: Just pretend you’re Dad and get antsy if we talk beyond seven minutes.
Mom: Ok, Honey, I gotta go because I have nothing else that I wanna do now so I’ll talk to you later. Love you. Bye. How was that?
Katie: Perfect. Love you too. Bye.
Bob Goff: No one’s going to believe how good our Father is if we act like orphans.
Billy Bob: Where’s my car?
Adam: Probably not in the women’s bathroom?
Katie Davis: Sometimes working in a Third World country makes me feel like I am emptying the ocean with an eyedropper. [Kisses from Katie, XVIII]
Blaine Hogan: The difference between telling a good story is the difference between Leviticus and Jesus.
Katie: Marketing is just journalism where you’re allowed to lie.
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Mike: How many jobs are you working now?
Mike: Six! You’ve gained two since we talked last week?
Juanita: She had five last week. Are you sleeping?
Juanita: Are you eating? Clearly not much.
Mike: She alternates: sleep one day, eats another.
Isaac Rentz: Creativity is supposed to be really, really hard.
Katie Davis: We are not called to be safe. We are simply promises that when we are in danger, God is right there with us. And there is no better place than in His hands. [Kisses, XX]
Woman: Who here as been in an actual food fight and who started it?
Sonny Lemmons: My last one was in July. I saw some friends and threw a sausage at them. Seemed like the thing to do at the time.
Katie: If we decopodge his bike to the wall, he’ll find a bus.
Erica: Where are you from?
Katie: Wisconsin. I’m surprised my accent didn’t give me away sooner.
Erica: Actually, based on your accent, I was thinking more like Minnesota or somewhere near there.
Amber [age 23]: People still tell me I have a Pennsylvania accent and I haven’t lived there for 24 years.
Katie Davis: The physical environment of Uganda is one huge paradox: amazing, breathtaking beauty juxtaposed against immense poverty and desolation. [Kisses, 19]
Dad: I can’t believe you guys didn’t exchange business cards much at STORY.
Mom: Or even LinkedIn accounts. You exchanged Twitter handles?
Both: That’s so weird to us.
Katie: Pastor Rob and John were flipping off Sunday School.
[I was trying to say they were alternating...]
Tracy: Are you standing in awe and fear of your circumstances or are you standing in awe and fear of God?
Nicole Unice: Not one match. Is there an eHarmony for socks?
Katie Davis: Many times, as I looked at the candle illuminating my room on those dark and sometimes lonely nights, He reminded me that I could light candles in the hearts of others as long as I let Him fill my heart first. [Kisses, 21]
Grandpa: The desktop computer is really a pain to travel with. You know, on the airplane it’s your two carry-on bags. So we decided to get a laptop because packing it and the wireless router thing is a lot easier, right?
Darrell Vesterfelt: We’re all quirky writers, and I love it!
Katie [frog voice]: I have moments where I sound like myself.
Sara: That wasn’t one of them.
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Katie Davis: My goofy, trash-loving children are constant reminders of God. They look at things I see as used, broken, and dirty and they see treasure. Can you imagine? God looks at everyone, broken, old, dirty, probably not a whole lot more exciting than an old toilet paper roll, and sees treasure. Sometimes He loves dearly, something He would die for. [Kisses, 79]
Pete Wilson: Family should pursue God-sized obedience rather than me-sized solutions.
Stephanie: Instead of going to the Deaf event tonight, I’m going to watch Switched at Birth.
Rachel Held Evans: Proverbs 31 is Pinterest in real life.
Sonny: Who’d you share a cab with on your way over here?
Katie: That was 14 hours ago; I have no idea.
Man: You’re not going to believe this but my wife and I have given up desserts except maybe on Sunday.
Man: You know how in the Middle Ages people whipped themselves? It’s kind of like that. There’s a candy bar in my refrigerator and every time I open it it’s tempting me to eat it. I finally decided I was going to throw it away! But then I decided, no, I’m going to keep it as a test of morals.
Woman: Now where’d you say that candy bar was?
Man: I’m not telling you!
Rachel Held Evans: A woman’s highest calling is to follow Christ. [Not motherhood]
Katie Davis: But God whispers to me that I really have only one home and that is with Him. I will never be content on this earth. I will always be a nomad. It was meant to be that way. My heart was created with a desire for a home, a nest, a sanctuary, and that can be found only with Him in heaven. And I will continue bouncing form one home to another, loving with everything I have in whatever location I currently reside, excitedly awaiting the day when I am called heavenward and He says to me, “Welcome home.” [Kisses, 128-129]
Katie: The bathroom is laughing at me talking to my computer.
Ben Nockles: The way we treat children says a lot about our culture, our condition, and our church.
Keith: If we made an altar everywhere God is, we wouldn’t be able to walk on this earth because we’d be hitting our shins on rock altars everywhere.
Aaron McManus: If I don’t fail every day, I didn’t learn enough that day.
Ali: She’s more of a geek… like you, David.
David: You have known me for two days and you are all ready calling me a geek. Clearly I need to re-evaluate how people see me…
Katie Davis: My knees are dusty orange, stained by the soil into which they press for hours as I beg God for mercy and strength to continue. My tears flow in puddles that do not soak into the red, parched earth of Uganda. The puddles and the color of my knees remind me that I was not to leave this life unstained or unscarred. Even Jesus kept His scars after the resurrection. My stains are beautiful to Him and as I become dirtier and more beat up, I am becoming perfect, transformed into the image of the One who made me. And I am thankful. [Kisses, 258]
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