Kori Yates…she’s an adventurer. She’s not the Romancing the Stone kinda adventurer, but she is definitely an adventurer. Adventures are a subjective thing. Me? An adventure might be going to Walmart in the middle of the night.
Kori is a military wife and mother of two. That, in and of itself, would be an adventure for most anyone. Can you imagine moving from one part of the country to another every three or four years? I mean, it was hard enough as a single Marine with a grand total of 1200 pounds of personal effects. Military families do it with whole households worth of furniture and other goods. Not to mention transitioning the kids from one school to another…one church to another, etc. And that’s just the administrative stuff.
Military families do without their loved ones for extended periods of time as they deploy overseas to places that are not very pleasant. Dad doesn’t come home for dinner every night. Being a military wife means being married but being a single parent as well for extended periods of time. It’s gotta be tough. The uncertainty involved can be very stressful and, without someone to guide you through it, you may find yourself wanting to give up.
So how do these military families deal with all of this? Well, the Army has alot of support in place for the families of deployed troops. But what beats anything the Army can put together is the support they get from each other.
And this is where Kori shines. Now, I chose that phrase intentionally. Enter Kori Yates: Author, Speaker, Military Wife. Kori published a book back in 2011 that, topically, was written specifically to minister to military wives. She has since been busy doing speaking engagements, writing articles for periodicals and working locally with wives where she is stationed with her husband, Major Yates. Kyle is as much a part of Kori’s ministry as she is a part of his career as an Army officer. Kori does for the ladies what Kyle does for his soldiers. They are two of a kind.
Kori believes, and I feel she is correct, that God has put her where she is and has given her an additional adventure. God’s adventure is THE adventure. The adventure mentioned above with her family is the added adventure. Once we realize that the reality we know is actually an adventure inside God’s reality, things really get interesting.
The shining Kori does is that mentioned in Matthew 5:16…
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
– the Lord Jesus Christ
Kori lives this. The stress that comes from the uncertainty mentioned above is, as we used to say, “nuthin’ but a thang” to God. God will get you through anything He brings you to. I think that the challenge of conveying this to people is one of the things Kori thrives on.
As for her book, the post below is a celebratory one about it being available on Lifeway’s site but it is cheaper on Kori’s site.
Even though the Romancing the Stone thing is something Kori would eat with a spoon if given half the chance (but that would require our sister to be kidnapped…), God has plans for Kori. They might not include the ‘expedition to the jungles or South America’ kinda stuff, but ya never know. Kori is just along for the ride with God and is just waiting for where the adventure He has her on will go tomorrow.
P.S. Kori is my sister, but don’t hold that against her.