February 6, 2024

Episode 60 – “Your Desires, God’s Plans” with Katara Washington Patton

What does it mean to “navigate the blues” with Christ as the center? Join us as we hear Katara Washington Patton’s journey of realization that her faith in the Lord can still co-exist with the feelings of grief, struggles, and seeking out mental health resources.
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Show Notes


Guest Bio:

A regular contributor to Our Daily Bread, Katara Washington Patton currently serves as the Executive Editor of the VOICES Collection by Our Daily Bread Publishing, and is the author of eight books, including her latest book, the best-selling title Navigating the Blues

After graduating summa cum laude from Dillard University in Mass Communication and English, Katara went on to complete her Master of Journalism at Northwestern University and receive her Masters of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She has worked in the editorial and acquisitions departments at Weekly Reader Corporation, Jet Magazine, Urban Ministries, Inc. (UMI), McGraw-Hill, The African American Pulpit, The Chicago Defender, Tyndale House Publishers, and Christian Century Magazine. In 2014, she was named Nonfiction Editor of the Year by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

Katara is a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana. She and her husband, Derrick, reside on the south-side of Chicago. They have one daughter, Kayla. Katara is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. As much as possible, she tries to enjoy a Zumba class and a competitive game of Scrabble to keep her life balanced.


Summary of EPISODE:

On the outside, it seemed like Katara Washington Patton was on track to get everything she dreamed of. Yet, when she started aligning her desires with God, her life took on a beautiful, unexpected journey. And no matter if she’s going through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, Katara has realized that her joy in the Lord can still co-exist with the feelings of grief and struggles. See how navigating the blues and unexpected plans with God’s heart and our faith can also look like accessing the mental health tools and people He graciously brings into our lives.


    Notes and Quotes:

    • “There’s highs and there’s lows. . . we know we pray real hard in the lows and we rejoice real high in the highs. But what happens when life is years upon, years upon years of being in the middle? How do you deal with that?
    • “Jesus is the answer. But at the same time, Jesus gives us people. Jesus gives us medicine and technology to help us in the midst of [struggles]…in the midst of things that we cannot handle.”
    • “I can have my Bible, I can have my faith, I can have my Jesus and I certainly can have my therapist helping me unpack some of those things.”
    • “[God] let me know that He still had me and He still had people that He was placing in my life to fill that void.”


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    Verses Mentioned In Show:

    • Psalm 51
    • Psalm 22:1

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