It is an honor to introduce my guest, Karen Friday, to you. Karen and I met on Twitter and quickly discovered kindred spirits. Karen is a pastor’s wife, author and speaker, and has a heart for those seeking to know the Lord more. Together we are praying for you, our reader, that the words of her heart will resonate deep within and draw you closer to the One who loves you.
I found you.
Childhood memories of hide-and-seek in a park or neighborhood. The dynamic of
playing the game outdoors was thrilling.
the perfect spot. Stumbling upon a nook or refuge offering the ultimate in
concealment were rare treasures. It brought a calm assurance. A certainty to be
declared the hide-and-seek winner. To make it safely back to home base.
efforts to curtail my breathing, not moving a single muscle as if frozen in
heart felt tender as the hard parts of life found me again and again. A job was
lost bringing financial stress. Church ministry was in a difficult season.
Loved ones were going through illness, suffering, heartbreaks, or tough times.
dreams glittered for others. My spirit careened toward discouragement.
But hardships swaggered upon each hiding place as unwelcome guests.
questioned the Lord during the brokenness:
shattered again? I’m
weary. Disappointment is surrounding me on every side with no where to run and
no safe place to hide.
my hand in Spiritual school and question the Administrator’s guidelines or perceived silence on a matter?
emotions before God of the universe. I discovered He desires intimate
questions before Him. I’m learning
to listen. His word has a lot to say about His hide-and-seek guidelines:
deliverance. Psalm 32:7 ESV
not, here I come.” I may not
always understand the circumstances and sometimes life won’t make sense. But I have stumbled upon a
refuge offering the ultimate concealment in the midst of life’s hurts.
Lord. He surrounds me with shouts of deliverance:
of a rare treasure—“Blessed
assurance, Jesus is mine. O what a foretaste of glory divine.”
(Blessed Assurance by Fanny J. Crosby.)
His face and my heart cries out to Him, I found you.
wife and lover of words through writing, blogging, and speaking. For over a
decade, she has balanced the busy life of church ministry with working from her
home office in marketing. Karen earned a communications degree and has
experience in a broad spectrum of business services where she is frequently
referred to as Girl Friday. A blogger, Karen ‘Girl’ Friday engages a community every
week, Hope is Among Us, expressing scriptural truths as life
happens. She has published a number of articles and devotions in both print and
online media. An inspirational speaker, Karen addresses a wide variety of
audiences. She is passionate about mentoring women and discipling followers of
Christ to live with authentic faith. Karen and Mike Friday reside in East
Tennessee and have two grown children. The entire family is fond of the
expression, “TGIF: Thank God it’s
owe Monday an apology.
Among Us Facebook community can be found at www.facebook.com/karengirlfriday.