Courageous Joy as I Bow


This is an Flip camera-video of a talk that I gave on March 24th, 2012 for a women’s retreat. It is about 50 minutes long.  The theme for the retreat was “Courageous Joy as I Bow,” and my portion focused on gifts. During another portion of the day, I read the book The Giving Tree and summarized O’Henry’s short story, “The Gift of the Magi.”  The video begins a few minutes into my talk, so I am explaining how both of these stories contribute to some of our misconceptions about gifts and giving by portraying sacrificial giving as depleting. While these stories are sweet, they reinforce our cultural belief that giving leaves the giver in a stump-like, hairless, and watch-less state; mildly happy, but ultimately diminished.

If you’d like to follow along on the handout that I’m referring to, you click here and then print it.

Part 1a

Part 1b

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Thanks for viewing this teaching. I pray it blesses you. :)


4 Responses to Courageous Joy as I Bow

  1. Corina March 27, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    WOW! Thank you for courageously bowing your gift. God’s power and presence is undeniable
    in the video and in your life. Face blown off!

  2. Mary Lomma March 28, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    So thankful to you for throwing your staff in!!! Very clever and unforgetable teaching,
    I am so blessed to have spent some time w you and to know Corina or I would have missed this message. Blessings on you,Mary

    • Katrina March 28, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      Thank YOU! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it. I do love teaching and sharing what God has taught me. :)


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Ephesians 4:29, 31-32 (MSG)

29 Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. 31-32 Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.


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