Kate Motaung

Why do you write?:  To encourage others in their spiritual walks and to remind readers to keep an eternal perspective. We’re just pilgrims here, passing by on our way to our eternal home.

Describe where you write.:  Depends on the time of the day. Sometimes the library, sometimes Panera. Sometimes at my dining room table, or in the love seat tucked in the corner of my lounge.

Who or what is your muse?:  Other writers whose voices I love, such as Lisa-Jo Baker, Emily Wierenga and Susan Meissner inspire me to be a better writer.

Three wishes . . .:  For my three kids to grow and mature in their relationship with Christ and to trust in Him alone for salvation; that my writing would glorify God, even if only one person is blessed by it; to set my heart on things above, not on earthly things.

Favorite childhood book, and why?:  I remember really loving The Polar Express when my mom read it to my sister and me every year at Christmas time.

Explain when is your ideal time to write.:  Usually after my kids go to bed, when silence permeates the house.

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.:  Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss. It challenges me to grow in my spiritual journey every time I read it.

E-book or print? Why?:  I prefer reading print books. There’s just something about holding the words in my hands and turning the pages that makes the reading experience more enjoyable.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?:  My prayer is that they would find hope through the message of the gospel, and be challenged to seek first His kingdom.

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Read a review of her book Letters to Grief here.

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Five Minute Friday: Change

Change.  An aspiring politician and educator knocked on our door the other evening while we were eating dinner.  My hub answered the door and talked with him briefly before being handed a flyer highlighting his views on issues.  What was interesting to note was how there was no mention of his being Republican, Democrat, Independent, or other, and I thought that rocked.

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The point, at least as I inferred it to be, is the need for change regardless of which belief system you align yourself.

Isn’t this true for all problems in this world?  Does it matter whom does what?  Shouldn’t it simply matter that something . . . anything is being done at all to bring about change for the better of all?

While reading a post written by Lisa-Jo Baker the other day, she mentioned a friend in financial trouble who needed a vehicle to stay afloat for her family’s livelihood.  The small group at this woman’s church agreed to pray for her, but, as Lisa-Jo Baker pointed out, what she really needed was a car, which, it turns out, is exactly what Baker did for this woman . . . loaned her a car.  Goosebumps ran up and down my arms after reading this.  This is change in action and has inspired me to think more along those lines. .  .instead of simply praying, do. . . for change.

 

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed . . .

1st Corinthians 15:51

 

What does change mean to you?  Join in Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday, #FMFParty

 

 

Five Minute Friday: Begin

Begin.  This word can have so many connotations.  For my oldest daughter, beginning a new year of school at a different building is the least on her list right now.  The hub and I are offering lots of hugs and squeezes and assurances she will love it again once she begins again.

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The Hub and I at the BEGINning of summah.

It seems like only yesterday was the beginning of our summer together where we had weeks ahead of us with long days and later nights.  It’s hard for me to believe this summer is almost over, and we will all begin again without having accomplished all we had hoped to accomplish during this break from school:  multiple trips to the water park, more found furniture painted, much time spent with loved ones, etc.

The end of this time together with my girls and Hub is tugging at my heart, but this new beginning of the academic year means memories yet to made.  Begin.

Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday:  Begin

Five Minute Friday: Finish

Finish . . .  Reading Lisa-Jo Baker’s response to Finish makes me think of my own “passing the torch,” so to speak, on a not grand scale at all.

In October of 2011 I went on a women’s retreat with an amazing group of women blessings from Troy United Methodist Church.  Prior to this weekend, I had my first mammogram at the age of 40 which called for an ultrasound and then a breast excision.  So, my upcoming surgery was definitely on my mind.

The women’s group leading workshops at the retreat published Between the Lines.  Inspired and refreshed from the weekend, I read through the magazine and decided I wanted to have a similar publication for the women at my church.  Also, I thought the creation of Ruby Magazine would make for a welcoming distraction for what turned out to be a diagnosis of breast cancer.

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The magazine/blog ended up having an amazing three-year run with women blessing interviews, personal essays, recipes, and prayers, but I felt it needed to come to a finish this summer as the contributions dwindled.  It was time to finish.

When I put out a request for someone to take over, woman blessing Steph went above and beyond by creating The Gentle Yoke, an open faith forum and digital magazine.  Now, I have the pleasure of reading her posts and responding to them.  So, my finish was really just a blessed beginning.