Karen

What music are you listening to right now?
I only listen to my Christian XM radio station “The Message”. I love it! Praise and worship every time I am in the car!

What has been the biggest “faith moment” in your life?
I suffered a serious ankle injury that required 3 surgeries and 4 years of my life. My whole life came to a screeching halt and nothing was the same as before. Severe pain, hopelessness, fear, desperation and loneliness all were a part of my daily routine. I cried out to God multiple times daily and He answered my prayers by revealing himself to me and showing me important truths and discoveries. I truly could not have made it without Him, He carried me and never left me during that horrible time of my life. He continues to remind me of those days and for that I am grateful. He has changed my life and given me purpose to shout His praise every day!

What are you studying in your quiet time?
I am (again) studying Experiencing God. I have done this study several times but always seem to read or learn something new every time!

What has God been teaching you lately?
Obedience and truth. I want my life to count for Christ. I was placed here on this earth at this given time for a purpose. I want to live for Him and in order to do that, I have to be obedient. I also want my life to exude truth. If we are not truthful with ourselves, then how can we be truthful for Christ and be an example for others?

Who has the most influence on your spiritual journey?
I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home. My parents love the Lord and were my first influence, they remain very much a large influence on me today. Many more wonderful influences have come through the years, but I am so grateful for the influence of my wonderful friends, JT & Sheryl Turner and Russell & Stepheni Wright. I so appreciate the deep talks, the accountability, the love and the desire that they put in me to work harder, dive deeper and be a better Christ follower! I am so blessed…

Where do you go to church and why?
I attend Owensboro Christian Church in Owensboro, Ky. OCC is a non-denominational Christian Church that is committed to loving God, loving others and serving our world. It is a mission-minded church and has many mission projects going on within the body as well as outside of the body. They seek to better the kingdom in all they do and continually strive to increase their efforts. The pastor as well as other staff members love the Lord and live this out in their daily walk.

What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
I have many favorite bible verses, how can you pick just one? There is one though that I have continued to call on over and over.

(Phil. 4:13) “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”

This verse has been a great source of strength to me when I could not do things on my own. I continually call on this verse in trying times.

What are the last three books you have read?
I am currently reading Experiencing God, The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children and Crazy Love.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Ukraine for missions, or Greece or Italy for a personal trip. I love to travel and would someday love to travel the world.