"Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other guy to die." — Karen Jensen
My apologies in advance if you work at a K-Mart or if you love them, but I have a confession to make: I used to hate them. And really, I pretty much hated all superstores like them.
For one thing, they’re just so huge. You have to walk for miles and miles looking for things, and that just eats up time. For another thing, there are sixteen checkout stands but only two are ever open. Right? So the lines are long, and the checkers seem to move in slow motion.
Well, one day Jesus helped me get over my hatred of super stores (my neighborhood K-Mart in particular), and I just have to testify that when the Lord gives us His supernatural help with something, He can make everything fall into place so much better than you or I ever could.
On this particular day, back when I was a pastor’s wife, I had about a hundred things on my to-do list. I was stressed. So stressed, in fact, that I was planning to skip my morning devotions because I didn’t have time for them. But I felt the Holy Spirit gently prompt me, “Karen, if you’ll put Me first, I can set your day straight.” So I went ahead and read my Bible and prayed before I headed out for the day.
The first thing on my list required a stop at K-Mart, where I had to pick up some oil for a hinge. I wasn’t sure where the hinge oil might be located in the store, so I was prepared for a long walk and then a long wait at the checkout line. But, I had that promise from the Holy Spirit: “If you’ll put Me first, I can set your day straight.”
And do you know what happened?
Have you ever had so many things racing through your mind that you couldn’t make any kind of rational decision, much less hear the voice of God about it or get His leading? I have! In my mind the conversation sort of sounds like this: “If I do it this way, then that will happen. Or I won’t be able to do that thing. But if I choose this other way, then it might lead to this—or I’ll look like a fool. But if I don’t do this, then there won’t be enough to make sure that happens” (and on it goes).
Know what I mean? It seems like fifty things need to happen before you can go in the right direction, and you don’t even know where to start.
I’ve learned that when I get to the point that there are too many thoughts in my head, then it’s time to just stop. I know I’ve gotten too far off track and I’m trying to do too many things in my own strength. At that point I need to shut everything off and just get with the Lord to find out where I am and what needs to be done.
APRIL 2015 - I did a lot of traveling this month, but thankfully some of it was close to home. One of the best things about that is Bob comes with me! Here we are with Pastors Brian & Shelly Gobar and their wonderful daughter Stephanie (one of my former students!) of Joy Christian Church in St. Cloud, MN. I was blessed to be the speaker for their first-ever women's conference and also two Sunday morning services.
MARCH 2015 - This month we celebrated our one-year anniversary! It's hard to believe a year has gone by already - wow, that was fast. To celebrate, we re-visited our honeymoon spot in California for a little anniversary vacation. The weather was perfect (again!) and we had a wonderful, romantic, and restful time. Then we stopped here at Stinson Beach on our back to the airport -- it was beautiful!
FEBRUARY 2015 - February was another busy month of PR for my book, "How to Make the Right Decision Every Time," plus some ministry meetings, but we managed to squeeze in some fun when I was home. Here Bob and I are at the hilarious play "Triple Espresso" in downtown Minneapolis with our dear friends from Living Word Christian Church, Tim & Renee Burt. If you get a chance to see this one, do it -- you'll laugh till you cry!
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