Karla’s Korner: Thoughts for the New School Year…and Beyond

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New School Year Thoughts for the New School Year…and Beyond It’s Sunday afternoon and I have just returned from taking my son for his last week of summer camp. Next summer he will be too old to attend resident camp but has high hopes of becoming a junior counselor. For us, school starts in one week so this last week is a bit bittersweet for him; for all of us. The summer has been busy but one of a less structured schedule for him. While his dad and I work during the day he has been able to ...

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Karla’s Korner: Ages and Stages of Friendships

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Ages and Stages of Friendships Ages and Stages of Friendships…. I’ve written a lot about friendships and how important it is to have friendships. I read a blog earlier this week by a man who for most of his life claimed to be a loner. He saw no need for love in his life. It was his opinion that he was better off without a lot of the distractions and complications brought on by excessive friendships and love relationships. But somehow the right woman slowly crept into his life and he realized ...

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Karla’s Korner: Pushing Through The Tough Stuff

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Pushing Through The Tough Stuff… Sitting in front of my computer on Friday evening staring at a blank page with my mind filled with “stuff”, my heart heavy with the anxieties of a tough week and personal struggles that have worn me to my very core I began to replay a conversation I had with a special friend that afternoon. This friend, a mentor of sorts, and I get together every six weeks or so to dig into our thoughts, pray and nurture our spirits. What I like about these sessions is that he ...

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Karla’s Korner: Lessons in Trust, Faith and Perseverance

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Lessons in Trust, Faith and Perseverance… I went to summer camp this past week to teach Bible lessons to summer resident campers at the faith based camp my family supports through work, ministry and service. This camp is very dear to us as our children started off as campers there about eight years ago. Since the first time we drove through the gates onto the beautiful 780 acres of land we have felt a sense of peace and belonging. Now, with my son participating in his last year of resident camp ...

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Karla’s Korner: The Truth Hurts

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How do you react when the truth hurts? This past week I found myself in a unique situation that quite frankly I could not have handled five years ago. I happened to be at my church preparing for the fellowship meal for my Wednesday night Bible study group (it was my turn to cook) when another church member showed up a little early with her daughter. Not feeling very well that day I was tired, stressed and would have really been happier to stay at home, but since I had the food I was there. When ...

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Karla’s Korner: Apologies, Forgiveness and Moving On

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Apologies, Forgiveness and Moving On... The past two weeks have been less than favorable for television chef and business woman Paula Deen. She has been brought to her knees for admitting that she used inappropriate words some 30 years ago when referring to African Americans. She has lost her contracts with various corporations and is being dubbed a racist. Having been a fan of Paula Deen for many years I have found myself feeling sad for her situation and in wonder at just how all of this ...

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Karla’s Korner: Nothing is Important

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“Nothing” is Important…. After spending another weekend away from home attending a church conference, fighting crazy traffic for nearly four hours home, unpacking, doing a few loads of laundry I found myself searching for ideas to write about. I sat for nearly an hour staring at the blank computer screen wishing my brain would produce a page full of wise words to share with my weekly readers. But what happens when I can’t come up with anything? I continue to sit in quiet and wait for ideas to ...

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Karla’s Korner: A Lesson in Friendship

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Friendship A Lesson in Friendship Last week I shared that my mother-in-law passed away and the feelings I had surrounding that time of sadness. On Thursday my family travelled to North Carolina to say our final good-byes to her and to spend time in grief and celebration of her life with family and friends. I have been fortunate not to have had to experience many funerals but each time I do I struggle with the finality of it all and find myself filled with “what if’s” or “I wish I had’s”. We ...

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Karla’s Korner: Remembering, A Final Good-Bye

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Remembering: A Final Good-Bye As I sit here alone in my bedroom I can barely see my computer screen. My eyes are filled with tears and my heart aches with sadness. My phone rang at 2:00 a.m. this morning (Sunday); it was my husband who was working out of town for the weekend telling me that his mother had just passed away. Dazed from sleep I muddled through the conversation desperately wanting to be with him at that moment. As I fell back into my bed, alone in the quiet of my home my mind ...

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Karla’s Korner: Friendships of the Soul

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Friendships Friendships of the Soul….. I have this thought rolling around in my head; one that can be adapted to many situations. Can a person love another person without having ever met the; can you really know a person without having ever met them face to face? Can you be friends with someone without having ever met them? While most would answer “no” my answer is “yes!” When I started writing nearly four years ago I had no idea the volume of people my words would reach. I had absolutely ...

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