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I rest in the grace of Christ as I serve Him in the roles of wife, mother, art teacher, blogger, and much more! God has led me through too many difficulties to count. My desire is to share lessons learned with others. And to show that God is good!

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  1. I can very well relate to this, Karen. Sometimes we are burdened by, even guilty of, our own shortcomings when in fact we only have to tap God’s grace.

    This is such an encouragement. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Thanks Abby. In my own life, my striving for perfection keeps me preoccupied with me and my shortcomings instead of allowing me to focus on the greatness of my God. Thanks for reading.
      Karen

    • Thanks for reading, Charina. I love that even when I fail Him, He still picks me up and loves me and gives me a fresh start. God’s goodness and grace toward us is richer than we imagine. Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. Thank-you. Brought instant tears to my eyes and was EXACTLY what I need to hear.
    xo
    Linda

  3. I feel all of these things on a daily basis. He is enough and I turn to him often. Then I wander around blindly, trying to do better, be better instead of continually turning to Him. It’s so hard, solely relying on Him.

  4. Thank you so much for this! Reading this my eyes welled up with tears. I love knowing that someone understands my own thoughts and feelings. Thanks for encouraging me with the Truth! 🙂

  5. I have a problem with looking at the broad picture, then I get overwhelmed and don’t feel like I can do it. I have learned with God’s help to take it one step at a time, one thing at a time, and it becomes that much lighter.

    • Hey Lisa,
      I can relate to what you are saying. The big picture (and all that entails) is overwhelming. Grace for the day is something I can grasp.
      Karen

  6. This was beautifully written. I so often feel exactly the same. Falling short in all aspects of my life. I struggle remembering that I am Loved by Him. I hope that someday I can actually have that knowledge so imbedded in my soul that even through the chaos I can feel the Love!

    • Dear Rose,
      I read a phrase once in a book that spoke to me and I often say it to myself, “Even so, He loves me.” Much of the time I can falsely believe that I have to live up to some crazy expectation God has for me, when in reality He loves me like I am, where I am, and how He created me to be.
      Thanks for your authenticity.
      Karen

  7. I could have written that exactly! Not so eloquently, but with the same message. My husband is often asking me why I take thigs so personally and the truth is that I really don’t know. It is nice to know that I am not the only one, because most days I feel like no one understands. I too and telling my heavenly father sorry a lot. Thanks for sharing, it meant a lot to me to be able to read this today.

    Blessings,
    Melissa

    • Hey Melissa,
      Thanks for sharing and being real. I believe the Father longs for us to stop beating ourselves up and “trying harder” and walk in His love. I pray that you will experience more and more of those moments of His delight in you.
      Karen

  8. “Father, will you help me to be a better mom, a more patient wife, a more gentle person, a kinder neighbor, etc.?” That is my prayer for today.

    Some days I can be on edge over the simplest things and others nothing seems to bother me. Lack of sleep is one cause, stress, work deadlines, etc are others. I must learn like you to ask God for patience, peace & to know Him and feel His grace overwhelm us daily, hourly.

    Great post!

  9. This was a fantastic post and very well needed. We often don’t comprehend how wonderful God is because our tiny brains can’t take all of Him in. I think when we finally get to see Him, a lot of us are going to be speechless because the mere sight of Him will take our breaths away.

  10. Once a person told me that God created human beings not human doings, to just be, to just exist is often the only call for a moment that we can manage and it pleases God if we just be still and know He is God. So during those times when I know I just do not feel like I measure up I try to remind myself I am a created human being and put my eyes back on my Creator. Thank you so much for your honesty and encouragement for just being human.
    Mrs. J.

    • Thanks Eileen. I can remember my college pastor challenging us with that idea of human beings and just knowing Him. At the time I found the idea really hard to swallow. Pain and years later, I have found rest in my beloved.
      Blessings,
      Karen

  11. I really enjoyed what you wrote. It is so true…we try so hard to “do” for Him, when He wants our love and atttention most of all. “Martha, Martha…you are worried about many things. Only one thing is needed…” When we rest in Him, He will lead us to “do” the blessings and work He has for us, and it will flow from Him, not us.

    I want to join your website but I went there and it is very messed up. Can you let me know how I can sign up, for when it is fixed?

    Thanks. May God bless you all.

    Terri

    • Hey Terri,
      Thanks for reading and for letting me know that the website wasn’t working. There have been alot of technical changes on it recently, so I will get my tech crew (husband) to get it straightened out asap (tomorrow).

      Blessings!
      Karen

  12. Hey Terri,
    I made some changes on the website. It should be working now. Let me know if you have any more problems with it.
    Thanks,
    Karen

  13. Wow, Karen, this speaks right to my heart. I do the same thing so often, speaking lies to my heart. I love how you explain God’s grace to us. This is beautiful.

    • Thanks Shelly. And you hit the nail on the head with “speaking lies to my heart”. That is exactly what is going on when we play those recordings. Blessings.
      Karen

  14. Ohhhhhhhh…
    My mother told me when I was a teenager, what I’d always suspected. That I’d been a disappointment to her my entire life.
    I’ve forgiven her for those words, but the scar of them is still there, and the ones from all the years that I knew the truth of those words before she even spoke them.
    I know my Father loves me, and that He rejoices over me and that I bring Him joy, but often I feel like I’m failing Him and everyone else in my life so badly.
    It is so good to be reminded of the truth – that He is not disappointed in me!
    Thank you.