POP Blogular

New Girl In TownI was popular once!  Everyone should have the chance to be POPular – liked, admired and enjoyed by many – at least once in a lifetime.

My moment came my senior year in high school.  I started at a brand new school in a new town with all new people.  I was the “new girl”!

Most kids would be traumatized to start a new school. I felt I’d been given an incredible gift from God – an adventure!

My life was swept clean.  I had a fresh start.

Not that I had anything to run from.  I didn’t have a sordid past. I was only 17 years old. I simply had the chance to be seen through new eyes that weren’t clouded by awkward past moments, my five older siblings or any other hand-me-down.

I wasn’t the baby sister of four older brothers.

I’d been given my own personal space. My own identity. I didn’t need to fight for food, clothes, the shower, our parents’ attention or my own voice.

I was whoever I wanted to be.  I could be different or finally be me.

I got a job and bought lots of new clothes at Bloomingdale’s.  I was ready.  I didn’t expect to be popular or even set out to be popular.  I just wanted to be me!  What happened next was just as shocking to me as to anyone else.

I went to school and people noticed me!  My first day, I was asked to sit with the cheerleaders, football players and other ‘populars’.

I admit I wasn’t popular but I was part of the ‘in’ crowd. I felt popular. They even assigned me an available ‘in’ guy.

Too bad we didn’t hit it off! The boy not the group.

I’m sure my ratings would go up with the least, lost and left out if I had a glass shattering tale of the shallowness of  ‘populars’ but I didn’t find them much different than most other high school kids.

They all had their talents and skills.  They were creative and had self-expression.  They weren’t cookie cutter copies of  billboard models.  They had emotions, thoughts and flaws.

They just did stuff or looked in a way that brought attention.  I don’t recall them being cruel or mean to anyone, just a bit unaware of most everyone else.

Their lack of concern seemed balanced by others over concern for what they thought, wore or did.

My popular moment was fleeting. We remained cordial friends but I drifted away for lack of common ground. They were much more fast paced, had a history together and interests I didn’t share.

I met different friends, left the larger, more popular group for a smaller group of folks who had similar interests, made me laugh and seemed to understand my sense of humor.

My day in the spotlight didn’t cure me.  I’ll always be tempted by the popular vote, would LOVE to be Freshly Pressed, am very envious of popular bloggers and crave readership (likes, comments, shares, nominations and awards).

The popular blogs are creative, unique and self-expressive. That’s why they attract attention and there is always hope I’ll be one – some day!

I’m not sure when but…I am still the new girl in town!

I like being unique.  I’m comfortable being different.  I love having my own personal space and appreciate my intimate group of readers!  Maybe I’ll never be blogular but I am having fun being me!

Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. .. 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry…about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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Blogiversary Blessing

BlogiversaryLord,

Thank you for blessing

~ Sisters of Christ ~

as we

Pray, Laugh, Cry and Grow

together in truth

Bless this blog

and all who venture here

Help me share your Good News!

I love you. Amen

You’re the Inspiration

Unexpected PastorI dreamed of making a difference. I hoped to make this world a better place because of my contribution to society.  I wanted to be smart, strong and self-sufficient. I hoped to be loved, honored and adored. But most of all I wanted to be safe and make this world a safer place.

I thought I could do all that by earning my doctorate in psychology, conducting research and publishing my work of empirical facts.

I am comfortable writing research papers, training manuals, and creating informational brochures and videos.  I love conducting workshops, seminars and other training sessions about child welfare, retirement, management, leadership development, marriage…really any subject I can research that allows me to walk around a room full of people, tell stories and share information.

I’m not a creative writer. Prior to this blog, I may have written one strange poem. Prior to therapy, I never dreamed of writing, publishing or even sharing the intimate details of my life.  My secrets were safely locked away somewhere by God.

I didn’t think I had or wanted access to them; and I definitely didn’t plan to share my shame with the world. I was afraid my past would rob me of my professional credibility just as my past always crept up to shatter every hope, dream or relationship I ventured.

So who inspired me to blog? My husband, The Unexpected Pastor. He is the gifted blogger.  He loves starting new blogs, writing posts, publishing his work.  He’s written lots of stories, poems, a few books and is always dreaming of more.

I love reading his work because it is good – funny, thought-provoking, perfect grammar with words that take me into someone else’s world for a moment – leaving my mess behind. Blogging was definitely his idea and his craft.

I expressed my creative energy on canvas.  I love to paint!

I shared my spiritual gifts with a women’s bible study in our home when our children were little and led many studies for youth, adults and couples at church but after my last group ended, I couldn’t find a consistent time to form another.

I appreciated the break for a while but as days moved into months, I started feeling anxious and called to do something. I attended lots of studies but began to feel like a leech. I needed a ministry.

But my schedule just wouldn’t open up to start anything!  I couldn’t have a group this Monday at 7, next Saturday at 9 and lets pick back up in a few weeks…

My husband immediately knew I needed to start a blog.  Finally, I stopped looking at him like a deranged lunatic and published my very first post on April 10, 2012.

Sisters of Christ was born.

I assumed I was proving him wrong and I’d be done blogging as soon as I ran out of ideas but I got hooked.  I met an incredible family of bloggers around the world that continue to nurture and sustain my faith, encouraging me to break the chains of the past and enjoy today!

God’s love letter (the Bible) and our Daily Post have lots of topic to blog about.

I can write and publish at my convenience. And followers read at theirs – cool!

Sisters of Christ also provides a great wall to hang my paintings to view anytime by anyone from anywhere – the lighting is always perfect. Awesome!

I don’t know if my blog is making the world a better place but I know it is making me a better person.

And my hubby – he is my favorite fan!  The other day he greeted me with, “I am so proud of you!  I love your blog!”  He made my day!

I do love it when he’s right!  Amen!

Blog Award Nominations

Academy AwardThank you Lord!  I needed this!

The Lord must have whispered in the ears of my blogging sisters, telling them I needed encouragement because when I checked my blog I felt like I walked into the Academy Awards. Wow-three (3) awards! I am incredibly grateful, honored, humbled and uplifted!

Since all three awards have basically the same acceptance rules, I will combine my acceptance speeches by posting all three at once.

Reality AwardThe Rules for accepting this award are as follows:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

The Water BearerInner Angels and Enemies

3. Answer the Questions

4. Pass the award  to any other bloggers you want —link to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back

 

REALITY Blog Award Questions: A few I answered more completely in former posts, so I inserted the links.

 If you could change something what would you change?

I love the changes God brings into my life especially when God “turned my wailing into dancing; removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy” Psalm 30:11.  More about Celebrating Change

If you could relive one day, when would it be?

My wedding day – I would marry my husband a hundred times over again! It was a perfect day thanks to God and my hubby!

What’s one thing that really scares you?

Wicked people.

What one dream have you not completed yet, and do you think you will be able to complete it?

I love school!  I could go to college forever! I always wanted to earn my doctorate and God-willing – I will! Two degrees down and one to go!

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?

I enjoy putting myself into scripture, putting myself into the sandals of one of our biblical sisters – usually the wild ones. Caught in the Act

 

kreativ_blogger_award_zpsc05a7feaThe Rules of this award are:

1. Thank & link back to the blogger who nominated you.

Cheryl ShowersBurning Fire Shut Up In My Bones

2. List seven random things about yourself.

3. Nominate 10 other blogs that you admire and enjoy.

4. Notify the nominees.

5. Display the award logo on your blog.

Inspire AwardThe Very Inspiring Blogger Award rules are as follows:

1. Link back to the person who nominated you

Cheryl Showers  Burning Fire Shut Up In My Bones

2. Post the award image on your page

3. Tell seven (7) random facts about yourself

4. Nominate fifteen (15) other blogs

Seven (7) random things about Karen:

  1. I am an extrovert. I am inspired and energized by the beautiful people around me.
  2. I hate exercise but it is always more fun with someone else!
  3. I love to paint and wish I had more time to put all the inspiring images in my head on canvas!
  4. I am sensitive!  I hate being yelled at or made fun of!
  5. The lens I keep handy: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
  6. My daughter continues her battle with Crohn’s Disease.  I pray all my readers lift her up in prayer.
  7. I am thankful my children and I are living a happily and safely ever after in Christ’s peace.

There are so many incredible blogs on WordPress.  It was very difficult to nominate just a few.  I wish I had time to express my appreciation for each but the music started to play 300 words ago and they turned my mic off 150 words ago.

 Please take a moment to visit and enjoy the blogs I follow and nominate:

The Unexpected Pastor

life of a female bible warrior

clotildajamcracker

theseeker

christinnerharbor

wordsinbreathing

elroyjones

beautifulmess916

revenga73

The Trials & Triumphs of a Passionate Parent

dionnemast

On the Brighter Side

Not Your Victim

Sunshine Delinquency

gracegreenwoodauthor

consciousquared

100 Blessings


This is my 100th post! Thank you Lord for 100 inspirations to pray, laugh, cry & grow with my sisters of Christ in truth!

Here are a few scriptures to celebrate 100:

Matthew 18:12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?

Thank you Lord for noticing when I’m missing, persistently seeking me, joyfully finding me, letting me rest upon your shoulders and bringing me home! Amen!

Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

Thank you Lord for all of your promises, especially for leading me away from those who hurt me, for giving me the promise of a new life, a new family and everlasting peace. Amen!

Luke 8:8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

Lord, I pray this blog is good soil to plant your seed, yielding a crop 100 blessings times what was sown. Amen!

Freshly Dressed

Luke 12:26-28 (NIV)

…Why do you worry…?

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!

Have you ever had a selfish moment, day or season? Well this is a shallow post for my selfish season.

Last night I was touched by God in a really fun way at the Women’s Christmas party.

My daughter is sick again. I’ve been tired, scared and a bit freshtrated!

I can see the concern in my husband’s eyes and hands. I’m dumbfounded our teenage daughter is so accepting of her illness, even when she cries out in pain, she rarely complains.

I know it’s not about me but I feel helpless. I have no “mom” tricks to ease the pain or make it better. We’re in the holding pen as we wait for test results and next steps.

Last night we went to the Christmas party and every gift I opened was immediately stolen by someone else. I became the official gift opener. Until I opened my last package which held my gift.

I’d picked it up before and heard that quiet voice saying it was mine but I chose other more colorful packages which all revealed great gifts quickly snatched. Finally I opened my gift, the scarf featured in the photo.

My eyes smiled and my lip curled up the moment I saw it. I knew it was mine! It matched the shoes I bought the day before.

It was soft like the tender touch of a fellow sisters’ hand during challenging times. Around my shoulders, it feels like being wrapped in angel wings.

It softly whispers, I’ve heard you daughter. I love you and I’m here!

The daily post of the day asks if I had to make a choice, would I stop blogging or stop reading posts? Writing or reading? Talking or listening?

I’m ashamed to admit, I’d stop blogging. I’d stop putting myself out there for public consumption.

I’d return to my closet, wait for better times, wrapped in my new soft scarf that matches my shoes.

There are so many great blogs on WordPress!  Would I really be missed? Is my story so unique? Different?… I’m not sure.

I may not be bold, but my new scarf is and so is my God! Amen!

I better grabbed my Kindle before heading for the closet! ❤

Tongue Held Adventure

Daily Prompt: Last Words

You have the chance to write one last post on your blog before you stop blogging forever. Write it.

I’m not good at good-byes. I prefer to disappear. No uncomfortable or awkward feelings.

I admit this would be a bit of a relief after the pressures of writing the book jacket for yesterdays prompt.

But fear creeps under the door, making its way towards me, threatening me and making my blog shudder. We’ve only just begun. Do you hear the music in the background?

It’s the end of the blog as we know it. The end of the blog as we know it…and I feel…


Proverbs 10:19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

I promised to stop writing when I ran out of things to say, since this is the end – Farewell! I look forward to meeting again in paradise. For now let’s s go have an adventure!