Linking up with Lisa Jo again -this week to participate in Five Minute Friday.
Today’s word is Grace – ready, set go –
Karlena you taught me so much about grace.
Today I remember you even more as we celebrate your 3rd “birthday” in Heaven.
This time of year is especially hard because of that and while I continue to praise God that you are healed and worshipping in His glory…..my heart continues to ache because you aren’t here.
Karlena had a spirit of grace.
Knowing that her life would take a very specific path, in what would be a short amount of time, she chose to live her life with faith and grace.
When friends turned away because they couldn’t deal with the changes that were happening to her, she loved them anyway. She understood how it might be difficult for some and she showed them grace in its purest form.
While I was angry for her and felt unforgiveness because I knew her heart was hurt – she modeled grace in a tangible way.
Karlena loved well.
To love well we often have to be willing to extend grace, and she did that. With her family, with her church friends, with me.
When I didn’t call often enough – she offered grace. I always felt like my call, my presence was so important to her, no matter the distance of time between them.
She knew God was calling her to live well and love generously because her life was short.
But all of our lives are short aren’t they?
What an example to spend your days being a picture of acceptance and grace towards God’s plan for your lives even when it hurt.
She challenged me to view life from her perspective. To be brave. To walk in the path that God has chosen for me in faith.
In 2008 I went to a Women of Faith conference with Karlena and the theme was Grace. I wrote this post in honor of her then. It seemed fitting to share today on the anniversary of her passing.
I love you friend. I can’t believe another year has passed but your memory and legacy is still alive and well here. Thank you for showing me how to live graceously.