Why I Selected Kate Motaung To Interview
Kate Motaung is clearly a leader and inspiration to Christian women bloggers. When Lisa-Jo Baker stepped down as host of Five Minute Friday, she asked Kate to take the reigns. When Lisa-Jo announced her decision she called Kate, “my word sister, my fellow lover of Five Minute Friday and women and the courage it takes to put their words down on paper.”
Kate took over seamlessly and has put her own stamp on the FMF community. She even organized a wonderful retreat for Christian women bloggers in 2015. I look back with envy of those who were able to attend and regret that I could not.
She influenced my blogging life greatly through the years with her faithfulness in hosting the FMF linkup. Some weeks because of my disability that was the only day I could post.
Her spirit of love and generosity toward writers and bloggers knows no bounds. She has even guest posted for my own link up, Literacy Musing Mondays. She wrote about her love for historical fiction.
Even now Kate continues to encourage others. She launched a special edition of the Write 31 Days community three years ago: 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. This year Christina Hubbard is also helping with 31 Days writing challenge. In doing so Kate and Christina are helping numerous Christian women bloggers find inspiration to participate. That is just how giving she is! I love the prompts for this year.
Now on to her interview written by her. Her words will lift your heart.
Kate Motaung’s Biography Information
I grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan before spending a decade in Cape Town, South Africa. I married a South African, and we have three children. I serve as a writer, editor, and virtual assistant at Refine Services, Publishing Consultant for Fistbump Media, and host of the weekly link-up Five Minute Friday. I blog at katemotaung.com, and my memoir is forthcoming through Discovery House.
Kate’s Gospel story: How she came to know Christ as her Savior.
I was blessed to be raised by a Christian mom who always took me to church. I made a profession of faith in front of my church when I was in 7th grade, but then went through a period of backsliding in high school. During my first year of college, the Lord convicted me of my double lifestyle and caused me to choose life.
Her Favorite Verse and How It Became Important to Her
2 Corinthians 12:9 has always been a great comfort to me:
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
I can testify that God’s grace has indeed been sufficient for me, and continues to be sufficient every day. This verse also reminds me that I’m not meant to be strong on my own, or boast in my own accomplishments. I need to depend on His grace in everything, everyday.
Her Blogging Story
My mom had cancer for nine years before the Lord called her home when she was 59 years old. Toward the end of her life, I started a private blog that I only shared with about three or four people. It was more of an online journal where I processed my thoughts and emotions. It became a lifeline to me.
After my mom passed away, I started a more public blog and began to submit articles for other publications as well. Writing has always been my primary means of expression, and I now pray that this gift from God will be used to bless and minister to others as well.
Her Blogging Mission
My blog is called Heading Home because I want to remind myself and my readers that this life is not our home. We’re simply passing through. For the believer of Jesus Christ, we’re on our way to an eternal home with our Lord and Savior. I’d like my blog to point people to the hope found in Jesus, and to remind them that for those who love and follow Him, the best is yet to come.
Her Top Three Posts Based on Readership Statistics
Her Three Favorite Posts
What Inspires Her to Write for Christ?
I believe God has given gifts to every person He’s created, and that it brings Him glory when I we use our gifts in a way that pleases and honors Him. My hope and prayer is that my writing will be a fragrant offering to Him, as well as a blessing to His children.
Her Favorite Song
Blessed be Your Name by Matt Redman is a song that has evoked many emotions in me during a number of varying seasons. The Lord has given and He has taken away—blessed be His name.
Authors Who Inspire Her or Motivate Her to Write
A Personal Blogging Story
I once asked permission from a family to write about the unexpected loss of their daughter. I was nervous to do so, but God prompted me to share part of their story. I feared my humble words wouldn’t do justice to their experience. After the article went live, I sent the link to the grieving mother. She wrote back and included these words: “Thank you for being faithful to write.” This encouragement has stayed with me, and often motivates me to keep pressing forward in this writing life.
Her Blogging Tips
Your blog is not the boss of you. Write when and how God inspires you to do so, not because you feel some sort of obligation or self-imposed commitment to meet a certain standard or frequency. Do what you can to use your blog to be a blessing.
Last Minute Thoughts On Inspiration and Uplifting
Related to my answer to the question about what inspires me to write for Christ, God has equipped you with gifts. Use them to His glory. Don’t try to be like the next person, or compare yourself with what someone else is doing or how well they’re doing it. [bctt tweet=”Just focus on being faithful to His call on your life, and seek to bear fruit for His glory.” username=”Maryandering @k8motaung”]
“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” ~ Hebrews 13:20-21, NIV
Social Media Links
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Your turn: What inspired you most about Kate Motaung and her blogging story? Have you read her blog and what do you find inspirational about it?
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