• Unexpected Blessings from Cancer

    Lightning Bug Love

    The inside message on the Valentine’s Day card was simple and sweet. However, the message on the outside of the card received much more of my attention. No catchy rhyme or thought-provoking poem. No sugar-coated phrase or scripture reference on…

  • Lessons From A Sheep

    The Cast Sheep

    A sweet friend and fellow Christian writer recently posed a question about what items bring comfort to you. After a moment of contemplation, I quickly honed in on a small figurine given to me by a friend. While the figurine…

  • Unexpected Blessings from Cancer

    Dare to Dream

    Dreams are defined as a “cherished aspiration or ambition.” We love to dream about brighter days, adventurous times, and richer lives. Dreams motivate us to be a better person, strive for higher goals or work towards long-awaited desires. The dream…

  • Count Your Blessings

    Restoration and Remnants

    When considering how best to address the New Year as well as a new decade, the idea of restoration came to mind. Perhaps some of us feel the need of a little restoration to face the challenges 2020 will bring.…

  • Count Your Blessings

    My True Love

    One of the most entertaining carols to sing at Christmas is “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Who doesn’t love trying to recall all of the drummers, pipers, ladies dancing, and lords-a-leaping in the correct order? Heck, I can barely remember…

  • Count Your Blessings

    A Name Like No Other

    Ozbel, Tiberius, Sharmela, Truly, Elfie, Akeema, Ridge, and Curran. BuzzFeed deemed these unusual first names as belonging to a list of 100 of the most beautiful names that stand out from the crowd. My name is Karen Gail O’Kelley Allen.…

  • Count Your Blessings

    Bless This Food

    November brings a splash of colored leaves before they fall to the ground, thoughts of gratitude as we contemplate God’s blessings, family gatherings around the three-leaved table, acorns and hickory nuts in the yard, preludes of Christmas with neighborhood lights…

  • Count Your Blessings

    Blessing and a Curse

    One of my husband and I’s favorite detective shows is “Monk.” Adrian Monk is a brilliant detective from San Francisco who has an obsessive-compulsive disorder he uses to solve murder cases. He calls his disorder “a blessing and a curse.”…

  • Unexpected Blessings from Cancer

    Wearing the Label

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month which causes me to reflect upon my own experiences as well as be cognizant of the importance of breast cancer awareness. Recently I was telling someone about how it seemed unlikely sixteen years ago…