Inspiring Quotes from Katie Davis

Katie Davis with her 14 adopted daughters in Uganda.

“I have learned that I will not change the world, Jesus will do that. I can however, change the world for one person. I can change the world for fourteen little girls and for four hundred schoolchildren and for a sick and dying grandmother and for a malnourished, neglected, abused five-year old. And if one persons sees the love of Christ in me, it is worth every minute. In fact, it is worth spending my life for.”

“It may take place in a foreign land or it may take place in your backyard, but I believe that we were each created to change the world for someone. To serve someone. To love someone the way Christ first loved us, to spread His light. This is the dream, and it is possible.”

 “We are not called to be safe, we are simply promised that when we are in danger, God is right there with us. And there is no better place to be than in His hands.”

“I don’t always knew where this life is going. I can’t see the end of the road, but here is the great part: Courage is not about knowing the path. It is about taking the first step. It is about Peter getting out of the boat, stepping out onto the water with complete faith that Jesus will not let him drown.”

“People from my first home say I’m brave. They tell me I’m strong. They pat me on the back and say, ‘Way to go. Good job.’ But the truth is, I am not really very brave; I am not really very strong; and I am not doing anything spectacular. I am simply doing what God has called me to do as a person who follows Him.”

“I have learned to accept it, even ask for it, this ‘more than I can handle.’ Because in these times, God shows Himself victorious. He reminds me that all of this life requires more of Him and less of me. God does give us more than we can handle. Not maliciously, but intentionally, in love, that His glory may be displayed, that we may have no doubt of who is in control, that people may see His grace and faithfulness shining through our lives.”

“We bend. I bend to sweep crumbs and I bend to wipe vomit and I bend to pick up little ones and wipe away tears… And at the end of these days I bend next to the bed and I ask only that I could bend more, bend lower. Because I serve a Savior who came to be a servant. He lived bent low. And bent down here is where I see His face. He lived, only to die. Could I? Die to self and just break open for love. This Savior, His one purpose to spend Himself on behalf of messy us. Will I spend myself on behalf of those in front of me? And people say, “Don’t you get tired?” and yes, I do. But I’m face to face with Jesus in the dirt, and the more I bend the harder and better and fuller this life gets. And sure, we are tired, but oh we are happy. Because bent down low is where we find fullness of Joy.”

“I am blown away that my God, who could do this all by Himself, would choose to let me be a little part of it.”

“Jesus wrecked my life, shattered it to pieces, and put it back together more beautifully.”

(All quotes taken from Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, by Katie Davis. Highly recommended.)


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11 thoughts on “Inspiring Quotes from Katie Davis

  1. I read your book 3 times through! My name is Amanda I’m 14 and I am homeschooled and live in Georgetown Texas. I was saved when I was 10 and ever sence then I have always wanted to be a missionary to Africa, though I don’t know where yet . I have a sister that lives in Swaziland , Africa and I hope to one day meet Wenzewe ! I have 8 people in my family and 2 other sisters, one who lives in Swaziland ,and the other in Bolivia , so that makes 10. So I’m so glad you have so many kids! We use to foster kids to until they sadly closed all group homes, but we want to adopt but here it is very expensive and hard to do. I constantly look at your pictures and look forward to my future where God leads me to Africa!! Thank you so so much ! Love in Christ Amanda .

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  3. The WHOLE ENTIRE book impacted me! I’m truly inspired by Katie Davis.

    • Addison,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I agree. It’s a great book.

  4. Clearly, from God’s perspective, those who are blessed with riches are supposed to share with the poor, meaning that those who don’t have the resourses to get what they need can do so, to the point that the poor aren’t so poor anymore. ~Katie Davis~

  5. I am reading this book in the mornings to my granddaughters. (turning 13 & 8) We are loving it so far. (we just started yesterday) I so want to develop in them a heart for orphans and for missions. I have such a wonderful opportunity in that I am raising and homeschooling them both. We will be praying for ways that the Lord will allow us to be involved with Harvest Ministries and with the children of The Guma Na Yesu Childrens Center this year. We love your ministry and I know that the Lord has put you in our hearts!!! and for a reason but not sure of just how or what it is He wan’t us to do.
    Blessings to you, your beautiful family and to the children and teachers at the Childrens center.
    Susan

    • Susan!– It’s so wonderful to hear from you and to know how you’re instilling a heart for missions and orphans in your granddaughters. Thank you for your love and prayers!

  6. “I have learned to accept it, even ask for it, this ‘more than I can handle.’ Because in these times, God shows Himself victorious. He reminds me that all of this life requires more of Him and less of me. God does give us more than we can handle. Not maliciously, but intentionally, in love, that His glory may be displayed, that we may have no doubt of who is in control, that people may see His grace and faithfulness shining through our lives.”- Katie Davis…I LOVE this, because I can relate. I have gotten to a point in my life where I’ve experienced “more than I can handle”, and have seen God show himself victorious in my life. He has glorified himself, and he has shown me his incredible grace and faithfulness in my life. And I have been encouraged time and again by people like Katie Davis.

    • That part “God does give us more than we can handle,” is pretty thought-provoking, isn’t it? That way our love and capacity and stretched, and we have to rely of His strength and grace!

  7. This part ministers to me this morning:

    “Courage is not about knowing the path. It is about taking the first step.” Jesus is our Guiding One, our Wisdom, our Good Shepherd. He won’t let us down!

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