Finally Home

 

 

 

Reflections: Finally Home

I love the small agricultural communities where we live in Southern Alberta. The people are loyal and caring in the lives of others’ and consistently supportive and helpful. 

As many of you know I have been living between my house and the new apartment for over a month.  Three weeks ago, while getting ready for a lady’s potluck I stopped at my house for a few items. Running into the house I found and collected my dessert, locked the doors and hurried to my event.

It wasn’t until the next day when my daughter and I were going to continue working at the house, we realized we had no keys. I had left them on the kitchen counter the night before. 

I canvassed around town to see if anyone knows of someone who could pick a lock, but no one wanted to admit to it.   So, after a week we called a locksmith, who would be delighted to help us for a grand total of $200.00 plus mileage. After all, he had to leave town and come all the way out to a rural Alberta?

We kindly thanked him and said we wanted to think about it. However, my daughter and I thought that was a little steep.

The next day while expressing my predicament to my sweet neighbor, I asked if she might suggest someone who might help us. She said she would ask around.

After lunch, I got a call from her reporting she had unlocked the door. She told me she and a few others had put their heads together and figured out a plan. 

As she related her story, she stood on someone’s shoulders and climbed to the second story bathroom window and could narrowly squeeze through the window and fell into the tub and shower.  I could never have climbed up to get to the window much less get my body through it. I am so thankful for a small talented friend.

After the break-in and keys retrieval, we immediately went to the hardware store and had three sets of keys made. We didn’t want to get caught without an extra key again. 

As I stopped for the mail and groceries in the afternoon, several people inquired if we had been able to get in the house yet and retrieve the keys. It seemed there was genuine concern from various people in my community about my predicament. Others may have chalked it up to another blonde week with a few giggles.

The last few months racing back and forth between two residents has been confusing. I have found myself forgetting appointments, a date or even what day it is. My mind is continually running trying to remember all that needs to be done.

There are times when life spins out of control, and it’s tough to see how it ends. Do you ever feel like life is spinning out of control?

God reminded me the other morning as I was reading my Bible in Isaiah.

For since the world began no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him.

Isaiah 64:4

The wonder of knowing that God faithfully cares about every detail, even where I live gives me enormous hope. In fact, it blows my mind!  He knows what I need. How I love you, Lord. ©

Thank you, dear friends, for spending your time with me.
I love you all and am praying. 

 
HUGS,
Lovingly, Karan

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  • Lucille Gleddie

    What a wonderful experience... to know that so many really do care.

  • Karen

    Karan your words always speak to me of God’s faithfulness💖 Plus you always bring a smile to my face😊 Thank you dear friend

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  • Mouth Engaged

    Mouth Engaged

     

     

    Reflections: Mouth Engaged

    Does your mouth often engage before your brain does? I will admit mine does. Thinking back to a time when we stopped for fast food with my girls, and a young man took our order. He had trouble remembering my order and getting it put into the computer.

    In my mind, I suspected he was a few Fries short of an order. As the line grew longer the people behind me we are getting restless with this never-ending comedy of errors. I was on my last nerve and almost told this guy what a nitwit I thought he was. However, I thought it.

    Looking up from the register with a huge grin of recognition on his face, he said, “like your dog-tags, I have one too.” In shock, I recalled I had my “WWJD” (What Would Jesus Do) dog tag on, and he then showed me his tag. I stood with my mouth open as he described how his youth group at church were all wearing “WWJD” tags to remind them to be kind and look for ways to serve others. He also told me how excited he is about getting his new job, it’s his first day!

    As I left, with my order I smiled and thanked my young server and felt convicted about my sour attitude. Thanking God for keeping me from saying what I was thinking. I am sure I would not have pleased Him at all. Have you ever felt like God just slapped you across the face with a rebuke so strong that you never forget that moment or how you felt?

    Remembering the day I bought the necklace and thought it was a good reminder for me to watch my words and actions so I could honor the God I love. I need to find the necklace again, and put it back on and remind myself God cares how I represent Him, and I should too. We live in a world where people desire to see God’s love. If we were the only Bible people read, I wonder what their opinion of Him would be.©

    True love doesn’t consist of holding hands… It consists of holding hearts.

    Psalm 42: 1, 11

    As the deer longs for streams of water,
        so I long for you, O God.
    I will put my hope in God!

      I will praise him again—
        my Savior and my God!

    Dear Friend, thank you for spending your time with me. 

    What has God been teaching you this last year? 

    Hugs, 

    Lovingly, Karan

     

     

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  • Joanna L Henning

    Well, isn't this swell, just to remind me of the time I threw the plastic knives at the owner of the greek fast food kiosk in the mall. Temper, temper. Once there was a girl who had a little curl, when she was good she was very, very good, but when she was bad, she was HORRIBLE.

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  • A New Year’s Resolution

     

     

    Reflections: A New Year’s Resolution

    As I start a New Year, I like to take stock of the past year’s goals. Trying to refocus on what priorities are important to me in 2019. Last year’s list was ambitious, I became discouraged and felt guilty because I couldn’t keep up the pace, I had set for me.

    I often wonder why we put such pressures on ourselves. Is it the fast-paced world we live in that makes us feel like we need to charge forward, chasing those elusive dreams and goals of our lives?

    However, as I look back at 2018, I realize the best love lessons came only with complete dependence and contentment in God. Also, the prayers of wonderful friends and family who encouraged loved and cared me when I was not so lovely myself.

    Looking forward to 2019, the most important choices affecting my life, are this moment and eternity. I ask myself one question, “Then What?

    Then What?

    When I get a car, Then what?

    When I get a job. Then What?

    When I am married and start raising a family. Then What?

    When I make lots of money, Then What?

    When I retire. Then What?

    When I spend my retirement years doing a lot of resting and relaxing. Then What? What then is left?

    What legacy will I leave behind? Will others want to follow? Or will they remember something else? 

     Jeremiah 31:3

    The Lord appeared to us in the past. He said, “I have loved you with a love that lasts forever.

    I have kept on loving you with a kindness that never fails.

    He knows what each day holds for us and loves and cares about every detail. I am able today, to remember the past, be thankful for the present, and look forward to the future because I have a living Savior that walks with me through life. I love you, Lord, thank you for Christmas, for a New Year, a Savior and a future. © Karan Gleddie

    Thank you, dear friends, for spending your time with me.
     I love you all and am praying. 

    Happy New Year, Hugs to All

    Lovingly, Karan

     

     

     

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  • Joanna

    Thank you Karan, this really hit the spot in my heart today that needed a good punch. Love you so much, and Happy Birthday, you are beautiful inside and out. Amazing love is what you give to me.

  • Colleen Cox

    Happy New Year, Karen! Thank you for blessing us with this news letter. Brings me a big time smile every time ❤

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  • Merry Christmas Dear Friends

     

     

     

    Merry Christmas Dear Friends:

    Looking back over the year I have been amazed how God’s love and care have constantly been close beside me. There have been times I have felt alone, even in a crowd, how can that be?

    I was afraid of the unknown and forgot that God is my strong comfort and strength. Have you ever found yourself there?  I am thankful for family and friends who have encouraged me and prayed for me. Words cannot express my love and gratitude to each one.

    I am almost moved now, and the Christmas tree is up. To be able to remember the joy of Christmas and the precious gift of God’s son gives me confidence for the future.

    Catherine Pulsifer, Said:  When we remember a special Christmas, it is not the presents that made it special, but the laughter, the feeling of love, and the togetherness of friends and family that made that Christmas special.” 

    Would You Follow?
    Anonymous

    How many would follow the star tonight
    If it shone past the Milky Way,
    Leave comfortable homes and follow it still,
    Over the hills and away.

    How many would open their doors tonight
    For a weary and shabby pair?
    Make room at hearths for a Stranger-Child,
    Though the Infant be wondrous fair?

    How many would give of their goods tonight,
    The best they possess and more,
    For their faith in a star and an angel choir
    And a King forevermore?

    We criticize the folk of a bygone time
    For indifference to Mary’s plight.
    How many would do any better now?
    Would you follow the star tonight?

    The Hope of all the world was born that night In Bethlehem.

    What will you be doing when you hear His name.

    The shepherds accepted Him

    The wise men expected him

    The King rejected him

    The innkeeper neglected him

    And you? —-Do you have room for him?

    Thank you for the privilege of calling you friends, you bless me more than you will ever know.

    I am sending you a special Christmas wish as you celebrate this joyous season with families and friends.

    Hugs,

    Lovingly  Karan

     

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  • Jeanne Hillis

    Thanks Karan, Merry Christmas and all the best 2019 has to offer.

  • Karen Thompson

    Merry Christmas Karan 🎄🎄 You bless us all with your gift of encouragement And by pointing us to the Savior🌟

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  • The Holiday Season

    A Reindeer Game

    The game show contestant was only 200 points behind the leader and about to answer the final question – worth 500 points!”

    To be today’s champion,” the show’s smiling host intoned, ”name two of Santa’s reindeer.”The contestant, a man in his early thirties, gave a sigh of relief, gratified that he had drawn such an easy question. “Rudolph!” he said confidently, “and, …Olive!”

    The studio audience started to applaud (like the little sign above their heads said to do,) but the clapping quickly faded into mumbling, and the confused host replied, “Yes, we’ll accept Rudolph, but could you please explain…’Olive?!?’”

    “You know,” the man circled his hand forward impatiently and began to sing, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glowed. *Olive,* the other reindeer…” Author unknown

     

     

     

     

     

    The Holiday Season:

    I love the Christmas season, expecting the cherished times with family and friends that no amount of money or wrapping could buy.

    The smell of Christmas baking, the glowing tree with the Angel on top, I would love to keep the tree up all year long if I could. It is so relaxing to sit under the glow of lights and meditate and reflect on the former years. And reflect on God’s love and grace.

    As I reflect on this last year, I am reminded of all the love, encouragement and prayers of family and friends. What an extraordinary year. Although there are many difficulties, I can see how each season has put amazing color in my life. Giving me meaning and enriching everyday life. With faithful friends who pray for me, a trustworthy and compassionate God who loves me, and a Savior who forgives me. 

    I read a little quote that said, “Dark fears flee in the light of God’s presence”. In this hectic season, we need to take the time to breathe and walk in his light and presence. What a beautiful thought of comfort and peace God brings to us as we look forward to 2019. ©

    For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders.

    And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

    His government and its peace will never end.  Isaiah 9: 6 & 7a

    Praying you have a wonderful Christmas season with your family and friends. 

    Thank you, dear friends, for spending your time with me.

    Have a wonderful weekend. HUGS

     Lovingly, Karan

    What is your favorite Christmas recipe?  

     

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  • Louan Lundberg

    Merry Christmas Dear Friend

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