Karen KingIn looking back over my life, there have been physical changes ~ that’s for sure. Emotional experiences have brought happiness and sorrow. But I have also been thinking about how life is not in things or possessions or degrees or the praise of men but it is about God and people.  So this is my personal life sketch.

I was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, on July 18, 1953.  I am the youngest of five children.  I have two older brothers, an older sister and a twin sister!  I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma. My husband Bob and I met in high school.  Then Bob moved to Norman to attend the University of Oklahoma and I moved to Oklahoma City to work. Three years later we were married and we moved to Tulsa where Bob worked for an oil and gas company.  I worked as a secretary until Sarah was born in 1980, then I was a “stay-at-home” mom.  Taylor was born in 1984 so my life was filled with family, my church and volunteer activities. I also homeschooled our children for three years.

God has used many circumstances to shape my life.  No doubt the event that changed my most wonderful world and made me re-evaluate my life was in 1996 when I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 43.  From that point forward, nothing was the same.  I changed my diet.  I changed my activities. I even changed the way I thought!  Well, I say I changed the way I thought.   Actually it was God who changed my thinking, because I could not have changed my thinking without Him.  From having cancer to the birth of our grandchildren and many other circumstances including the death of my twin sister to a disease called ALS, I have become aware of how much in life I do not control. God has shown me that every day of my life is a gift from Him. Life is fragile.

The most important decision I have made in my life was on November 8, 1964 at the age of 11, when I became a follower of Christ. This decision has made me understand more about how to trust God to take unplanned and sometimes painful circumstances and give me hope, because He has given me life.  I am thankful that Jesus saved me from my sins and that as I have trusted him as my Savior and Lord, He has given me joy and peace not only today and tomorrow, but forever.

This life is short and ever-changing. We need to build our life on a foundation that does not change!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

           From The Holy Bible