A Heavy Heart

12:06 AM

training staff
photo taken in ouray, colorado
ywam training staff 2000
karen with her beautiful smile, far left
such fun times...

My heart is so very heavy as I write this post, mourning the loss of a longtime friend.  A roommate of mine before I was married.  She stood in our wedding.  Jeremy and I stood in her wedding.  We traveled to India together and all over the U.S., making so many great memories along the way.

I am reminded of the recent sermon series at church...what am I going to do with this ONE LIFE that Jesus gave me?  Karen's life challenged me in so many ways.  Her joy of the Lord and her pure and simple devotion to Him was contagious and made you want to know Jesus more.  Her ONE LIFE challenged many people and I know encouraged them to walk a little closer with Jesus.  It challenges me to make a difference with my ONE LIFE, not always through what I do, but through who I am in Him.

Karen had an amazing voice and I can still hear her singing at our wedding, "To God be the glory...great things He has done!"  Yes!  Great things He has done through Karen's life!

For now I will cry, mourn, treasure the memories, and thank God for such an amazing woman who exuded the love of Jesus.  Karen, give the "big man upstairs" a hug and a kiss from me!  I love you!

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  1. Praying for you now, Jen. As well as other friends and family of your dear friend.

    May you be embraced by the overwhelming love of our Father....

  2. What a wonderful tribute to your friend. She sounds like the kind of woman I'd want to be around. Maybe I will get to meet her [in heaven]

    {{{{Jen}}}} I pray the peace that passes understanding embrace you and her family today. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  3. Oh so sorry!!! I wish I had had the joy of knowing her. She does indeed have a radiant smile.
    May God grant you peace and may it be multiplied to her family and dear friends.

  4. This was a beautiful tribute to Karen. It's interesting...anytime I thought of Karen and remembered her, I thought of you, too. You were together so much and my memories include both of you so many times.

    Peace to you, Jen.

  5. I am so sorry to hear this...I will pray for you in the midst of this sadness for you.


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