Walking on the Edge

I’m walking on the edge, but it’s not what you think. I’m not about to fall off for I am safe here. As a matter of fact, the edge is my happy place. Let me explain. First of all, the ‘edge’ of my day is the very same as the ‘margin’ of my day; the […]

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Beauty and the Ugly

One of my favorite stories and movies of all time is “Beauty and the Beast.” In this fascinating fairy tale, Beast ultimately and magically turns into a handsome prince. Of course! It’s a fairy tale! Let me break it to you gently: This is not the way it works in real life. Ugly never miraculously […]

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An Uncertain Eternity

Are you uncertain about a deceased loved one’s eternity? Perhaps your loved one died by suicide or murder; or extenuating circumstances surrounding the death included mental illness. These scenarios make the grief process more complicated. It’s during these times that the unrelenting “Whys?” plague us unmercifully. We may be tormented by the question, “Where is […]

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“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”

There’s a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”! Not that I know anything about this song! Jerry Lee Lewis made it famous in 1957. Let’s just say that was way before my time, but I did check it out on the internet recently, because a conversation I had reminded me of it. “Karen, you’re shaking me […]

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The Double Life

Jason lived a double life. The loving husband, awesome father, and active church member on Sunday was also a “con-man” (controller/manipulator) involved in porn, shady deals, and emotional and often sexual affairs—until one day, his secret sins were exposed in the Light, and his world came crashing down. We’ve all seen this play out in […]

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Incommunicado While Incognito–My Hiding Place

I’m incognito at Walmart at 6:30 in the morning, which means I have no makeup on, wearing sunglasses, a baseball cap on my head, and ragged ill-matched clothes. I’m in a hurry and I’m in hiding. I can’t talk to anyone looking like this. Surely no one will recognize me. “Hi, Karen, how are you?” […]

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Come Journey with Jacob. Is This Word for You?

You and I are on a journey through this life. What are some things we can do to make it a good one? Read Genesis 35:1-5 with me and let’s see what we can learn from Jacob’s journey. Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who […]

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Never Underestimate the Pinch

A pinch goes a long way in cooking, the Kingdom of God, and life in general. I always said, “If I couldn’t read, I would not be able to cook.” I read and follow recipes meticulously. That’s how I do it. My husband’s grandmother, on the other hand, never had use for a written recipe. […]

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Love Big This Christmas

What does “Love Big!” look like to you? Is it when you are first to say to your spouse, “I’m sorry; please forgive me. Can we start over?” when you’ve both just blown up in each other’s face? Yes, that is loving big! When you wait for your spouse to go first, that is loving […]

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Amazement and Its Two Very Different Reactions

Amazement is the wonder I experience at a circus. For a few short hours, I’m amazed by each performer. It holds my attention, but I walk away unchanged. Therefore, it is just another entertaining afternoon. I’m amazed yet unfazed. “When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him […]

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