Kara’s Collection: Someday

Kara’s Collection: Someday

From an article originally posted November 14, 2012…

I read this today and was encouraged. It is from my favorite author Paul David Tripp, A Shelter in Time of Storm:

Trust in God isn’t a thin hope in some not very sure outcome. Hope in God is rather a present investment in a future guarantee. What God says will be done. What God has promised will come to pass. His word is reliable because in his grace he wants to bless us, and in his power he has the ability to do anything he has promised to do. When you live with his promises in view, you live with confidence, courage, and unshakable hope.

The Grace of Grieving in Community

The Grace of Grieving in Community

I am struggling to express how our Kara celebration was on her birthday. Some of the words I’ve used when asked are: lovely, perfect, sad, weird, heart-warming, encouraging, raw. Or, as I told Jason, “It just sucked, but it was good to be with others in the midst of the suckiness.” Not my most articulate/poetic moment…

Jill and I have texted back and forth—we can’t decide if it was a sweet, healing time or if it was just plain sad. Probably both. And as Justine said, the pain is still so raw that it was enough to just be in each other’s presence without any expectation.

Kara’s Collection: Forgive me

Kara’s Collection: Forgive me

From an article originally posted November 13, 2012…

A few weeks ago I was out to dinner with some friends. My friend said she wanted to come to my chemo because it looked like such a party. I know she was teasing, but what she said really struck me. I so highly value honesty, and I believe I have been honest through my struggles, but then I post pictures like this in chemo....

Kindred Spirits: Sharon’s Story

Kindred Spirits: Sharon’s Story

I’m still in shock most days. I’m not exactly sure when it’s going to sink in that Kara has gone to Heaven. Weekly I think about texting her—asking her advice or telling her something inappropriate. Y’all, she loved TMI stuff.

She had a blog before the one that everyone has started reading. Last week I was missing her something fierce and wanted to hear her words again.  I vaguely remembered the name of the blog and googled a couple of key phrases. I found it and found all her words before cancer and before all those ugly/beautiful things were a part of her world (ps. I love the internet)...

Kara’s Collection: Fretful Wednesday

Kara’s Collection: Fretful Wednesday

From an article originally posted November 5, 2012…

Last week one of my favorite people put on Facebook, “I chose a salad today over a cookie, Philippians 4:13.” I laughed hard at that. You see that verse is: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

But it is true—in big and small things, Christ gives us the strength to do what we cannot do in our own strength.