On the Road to Contentment — 16 Comments

  1. Thank you Karen for opening up your life for us to see how God has worked through your pain and difficulties. It helps others like me who are just a short jog behind you, keep going through the valleys and reinforces the importance of faith- trusting God and not “leaning on our own understanding.”

  2. Unlike your earlier beginning I was in church each Sunday (my Dad was the Minister) and was learning about the Bible in Sunday School classes. My parents never talked with me about joining the church but when I was about nine years old we were having a revival in Dad’s church and when the invitation was given at the end of the service for anyone who wanted to join the church to come forward. I started crying and I walked down and Dad took my hand. He simply asked me if I wanted to join the church. I do not remember anything else about the service, answering questions about believing in Christ, etc. but I just remember that I knew I wanted “to be a good girl”. I had no idea what it meant to be a real Christian nor what it meant or involved to be a church member-just wanted to ‘be good’. I have made many mistakes in my life and things I regret but I have always known that God would forgive me if I would let Him! I too, was a divorced woman and it really hurt in more ways than one. I never thought that would happen but it did. Life has not been easy but it has been good. Forgive me if I have shared this before: in one of our Sunday School lessons just a few years ago the writer suggested we write a Psalm and share it with the class. I thought that would be easy and I put my lesson book aside, got out my pen and paper and wrote the following: ” I know that my Redeemer liveth, He’s with me every day, tho sometimes I do not feel Him, that’s when I have gone astray. Some times I make bad choices and feel I’m going to fall, but thank God I have the assurance He will help me IF I CALL !” when I read it I thought it sounded rather juvenile and felt I could do better than that. GUESS WHAT? I thought and thought and then suddenly realized and said to myself, ” you ninny, those were not YOUR words, God planted them in your mind”! The next morning I was the only one who had written a Psalm out of a class of more than 30! They had me read it and I had to be honest and tell them that God wrote it for me.
    Karen you are such an inspiration and I realize more and more we have shared a lot of the same experiences and realize how very blessed we are that we found our relationship with God and He has helped us to hold on to His continuing love and presence regardless of our actions or our circumstances. I am still falling short of where I need to be but I know God will be with me always and always help me but I also know I have to LET HIM! I commune with Him each day and He will guide me when I keep my eyes on Him!
    Love and blessings to you and many thanks for sharing the story of your life!! You are indeed blessed! Margaret

    • Margaret, you always inspire me with your comments and stories from your life. Thank you so much.

  3. Another jewel from you heart to ours. Thank you Karen for sharing yourself with so many who need that encouragement ..
    “He’s my rock, He’s my fortress, He’s my deliverer. I Him will I trust.
    Praise the Name of Jesus.”

  4. Thank you for inspiring & encouraging me by sharing yourself & your journey. I am currently learning to live & sing again in the middle of my brokenness.
    Always appreciate your words.
    (Enjoying The Upside of Downsizing again too!) 😉
    Happy Spring!
    Smiles, BRC

  5. Dear Karen,
    Thank you once again for your heartfelt words of exhortation and inspiration. God has indeed given you a great gift for expressing some of His great truths through your own life experiences. Philippians 4:12 has always been a key verse for me, too. Its amazing how my own journey at times has parallled yours. Like you, I’ve also come to understand that knowing Jesus is the only source of my contentment. Sitting at His feet is the only place I want to be!

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