Celebrating Six Years of Sharing from this Glory-Bound Lady
Volume 6 Number 8
Posting # 252 “So! How Well Do You Think You Knew Karen?”
February 22nd, 2023
So, just how well do you think you knew Karen?
Many of my dear friends consistently read “Karen’s Notes,” and quite a few folks share them regularly. Frequently I hear from folks who say, “I’ve just started reading these posts and wish I had had the opportunity of getting to know her.” On the other hand, those who have known Karen over the years are apt to text or email me with the words, “Sounds just like her!”
Let’s see how well you knew her. When Karen was a pre-teen, see if you can pick out the one thing she never envisioned herself being. I’ll share the correct answer a little later in this post.
1. A veterinarian 2. A Latin teacher in a public school 3. A pastor’s wife
4. A farm owner 5. A single missionary to Africa
A number of things drew me to Karen when we were in school together. I not only considered her absolutely beautiful physically, she loved the Lord, and His Word was important to her. I have been privileged to watch her spiritual journey as her life partner. I loved watching her put biblical principles into practice as well as listening to her share these on the phone with ladies with whom she was speaking. I discovered something interesting that she wrote.
“My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up” (Psalm 5:3). Karen not only underlined Psalm 5:3 in her Bible, she circled the last four words of the verse, “and will look up,” drew a line from the circle to the margin and wrote the word “EXPECTATION.”
What a greater reminder. Here’s what she wrote one day.
“And will look up” with expectancy! It is important to:
1. Establish a daily time with the Lord.
2. Spend time in His Word.
3. Pray for specific needs of others and self.
4. Listen. Be still before the Lord and praise Him.
Here’s my takeaway.
“EXPECTATION.” I watched these principles growing into specific areas of trust, submission to the Lord, and discovering the opportunities that the Lord had for her. Even though I have sought to consistently make these principles my daily practice, I need to be careful not to grow careless. These four principles require me to be intentional and consistent. It will be the same for you.
Let me send you on your way with a smile.
Did you guess which one she never envisioned for herself? It was # 3. A pastor’s wife! Did the Lord ever have a surprise for her. She honestly considered as very real possibilities all of the other options, that was, until that day I asked her for a date, and she said, “Yes!” The Lord surely had a surprise for her!