Kitchen Angel — 21 Comments

  1. Wow, I can relate to this. I think we all bite of more than we can chew. I know I have. My heart is to big sometimes. The three guilt. I also have felt like a failure before God.I mean, this wasn’t just a friend I let down, but the creator of the Universe. After I got back from that trip, I snapped out of it and, like you, found something to help the body and that made me happy and not a failure. Good blog Karen.

    • Thanks, James. No worries about the typo. Glad you can relate to my experience.

  2. Thanks for your entertaining and uplifting authenticity, Karen. This one “hit the spot” for both. I love your blog!!!

    • Thanks, Carolyn. I love knowing you’re reading my blog and that this one hit the spot!

  3. yes Karen, if God didn’t call you to this type of ministry, then it couldn’t work out. Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re correct, Mary. I probably did not check in with the Lord first–just plowed ahead thinking if there was a need I was supposed to fill it!

  4. Hi Karen, I loved this topic and have signed up in the past for things that really didn’t fit me. Your honesty is so refreshing. I really appreciate you. xxoo

    • Pam, thanks for relating. I appreciate you too. We’re soul sisters.

  5. Dear Karen,

    I love this blog. So pleasent to read, just the clean-cut, right-to-the-point writing style is my textbook learning material as a new writer.

    Your brutal honesty with solutions provided is like the guiding lamp post for real life issues we so often encounter, me included. Philosophical wisdom of it!

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Jing, nice to hear from you. I’m humbled to think my writing is helping you as a new writer. God bless you on your path.

  6. Thanks you for this article- it is a very important lesson that women really need to hear. Of course we all have to do things we don’t love sometimes, but our regular ministry or ministries should flow from our giftedness, time commitments and passions! Thanks Karen for helping me and others let go of the guilt and serve the Lord from our sweet spots!

    • Angela, thanks for commenting. I especially like your last few words about serving from our sweet spots! I’m going to remember that.

  7. I love your transparency, Karen. We can’t be everything to everybody, but we sure try to be! Thank you for this reminder that God has a place for us to serve uniquely fitted to the gifts and talents He has given us. A place where using that skill for others will energize us and fill us with joy. God bless you for using your gift of writing so we can be blessed by it.

    • Thanks, Michele. I feel blessed by your writing gift so it is nice to know you are blessed by mine too.

  8. I also thank you, Karen, for sharing honestly. I can sure relate. I always thought if I heard of a need, God intended me to do it. Then I realized that an opportunity is not necessarily God’s open door. What freedom. I’m proud of you and all of us who stop doing something midstream when we realize it’s not God’s will for us. But it sure is hard to say no sometimes. Thank you!

    • Kathy, great to hear from you. Thanks for validating my point that not every need is a call on our lives. God will make clear when to say ‘yes’ and when to say ‘no’–if we ask him.

  9. Karen this article really hit home for me. It’s beautiful how authentic and honest you are about your feelings and your needs. It’s a gift of freedom when we release something that no longer serves us without guilt. Your writing is a healing balm upon my heart. I recently let go of tremendous responsibility that I had in a world wide organization. My health was deteriorating and I knew that it wasn’t God’s will for me to be going down the path of a workaholic. Thank you again for writing such an inspiring article. Bless you dear friend.

    • Thanks so much, Sandy. You are a very encouraging person yourself. 🙂

  10. Best one I’ve read by you. Loved it! Especially this:

    “But I knew I could not pretend any longer. I was not serving them or myself. I was trying to turn a lie into a truth–and it wasn’t working.”

    Turning a lie into a truth is such a habit when we want so much to be “good people.” I love that you recognized your resentment growing. I have made the same mistake, remember the averted eyes, the unwillingness to recognize my passive-aggressiveness.

    Great writing and post. Thank you.

    • Thanks, Julie. I appreciate knowing other people get into the same predicaments as I do. I resigned from another post yesterday–a commitment I made based on a friend’s enthusiasm. When the ‘dread’ overtook me, I politely declined and the awful feeling disappeared. The other party was gracious, as well, which helped. I’m learning . . .

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