As a teenager, writing became part of my therapy as I walked through my recovery from childhood abuse. Writing allowed me to sort through the thoughts and feelings swirling around in my head and heart. I could write what I couldn’t say out loud. In my journals, I found the ability to speak truth into those painful places. The truth that God loved me, even in my broken, wounded state. The truth that He could redeem my life from the mess it was and bring healing to those places I thought would be the end of me. The truth that He would use me and my story to bring Him glory and honor. It was in my writing that I found my voice and my purpose.
I began using that voice in 1996 as I was big and pregnant with my first child sharing my story at a women’s retreat. Since then, I have spoken at numerous MOPS events, women’s retreats and conferences, and youth events. My hope is to encourage others to genuinely experience the depth of God’s love in a way that brings redemption, healing, and freedom to live the abundant life Jesus came to give.
In addition to writing and speaking, I’m also a wife and mother. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 28 years. We have shared many adventures in that time, including raising five great kids.
We were blessed to have our first, a daughter, right before we celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. In our delight of having her, we told God of our desire to have more. In His unique way of doing things, He gave us a set of quadruplets, consisting of two girls and two boys, twenty-one months after the birth of our first child. Yes, that’s five kids under the age of two! Thankfully, God provided a gracious and loving church body which helped with everything from caring for babies, to making meals, to yard work, to house cleaning, and anything else that came up. We would not have survived that first year without them!
As if life weren’t already crazy enough, at age three one of our sons was diagnosed with autism. Even though we knew it was coming, the diagnosis was still a tough pill to swallow. We had a lot of questions about his future and ours. Once again, God provided. He guided us to great doctors, therapists, teachers, and friends who taught, supported, and encouraged us as we navigated this new road.
Now, sixteen years later, all five of our kids have graduated high school and are currently in various colleges in Texas. So now my high school sweetheart and I are in transition, learning to live as almost empty nesters. I’m enjoying the time with my husband and the new adventures we are having, but my favorite times are still when everyone is able to make it home for a family dinner.
Now I’m on a quest of becoming Karen. I’m learning who I am and God’s purpose for me in this new season. I’m learning to abide deeply in His love and embrace the woman He created me to be. I hope that as you read, you find encouragement to wade deeply in God’s love and find His purpose for your life, knowing that you are not alone on this journey.