Kara’s Collection: Tears and Celebration

Kara’s Collection: Tears and Celebration

from an article originally posted September 10, 2014…  

It felt like an impossible day to get through. But we made it. We cried hot tears. My girlfriends stood by and watched through tears, but they showed up. They were there. And a thousand more would have come if I had asked. Just to smile at me through my tears. And in the smiling, letting me know it’s going to be okay. Somehow, it will be okay.

5 Things Rest Is Not

5 Things Rest Is Not

Pursuing rest over the last 8 months has been slow and pain staking. I haven’t found a manual on how to do it, and it hasn’t been as easy as I expected to find books or sermons or expert opinions; it’s been a clumsy process of asking around, experimenting, and trial and error. I’ve discovered no magic bullet, much to my dismay. That said, I’ve encountered so much grace; when I’ve told my friends, I’m sorry—I don’t have much capacity in this current season of pursuing rest, I’ve been met only with grace upon grace, kindness and love and support. I’ve been met with friends asking how they can love me and how they can care for me and my family. I feared that withdrawing for a season would mean that I might lose friends, but so far, I’ve only experienced a deepening of relationships in which their concern has cocooned me and kept me safe.

Kara’s Collection: Blessed Today

Kara’s Collection: Blessed Today

from an article originally posted September 9, 2014…

The news today wasn’t great. It was devastating, but we are not without options. I will give details when we are ready. But today, we have today. So I walk into it seeking goodness.... And guess what? It’s there. Today, I could move. I could spend my energy cooking for my loves, my friends, my people. I could cry a big ugly cry, and my deepest grief was heard. I could cry out my brokenness, and I could cook.

Kara’s Collection: Don’t Ask...

Kara’s Collection: Don’t Ask...

from an article originally posted September 9, 2014…  

I can’t sleep. Tomorrow is feeling impossible on so many levels. First, I get to take my boy to the dentist. It will prove to be the highlight of my day. I love our new dentist. Dr. Brennan Johnson. He’s the bee’s knees (okay, I’ve been watching A River Runs Through It again). But then I walk into my day, a day where my phone will likely ring from one of my many doctors that have read the scan from today. I will know immediately by the tone if it’s my kind-faced oncologist.

Kara’s Collection: No Condemnation in Christ

Kara’s Collection: No Condemnation in Christ

from an article originally posted September 8, 2014…

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1

No condemnation. None. Never. In Christ means nothing can condemn me today, this day or any day. That is a freeing truth. The IN CHRIST I enjoy frees me for freedom. I then, in turn, get to spend my freedom well. I get to spend my freedom telling of this freedom. I get to face the dreaded snort today with no condemnation. Maybe a little trepidation, but no condemnation.