Karen Mulder

Recent Articles

What May I Do to Help You?


Often when asked, “What may I do to help you?” most people are hesitant.  “Oh, nothing, really,”  they say.  “I’m fine.”  (Perhaps they aren’t sure themselves, can’t make a decision, or don’t want to inconvenience you.)  So we need to make an educated guess about what a person’s needs might be.  It is helpful to […]

A Mini-Vacation from Suffering


How can you help someone take a “mini-vacation” or take a break from suffering?

Are You a Gossip?


Are you a gossip and don’t know it? “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.”  Proverbs 11:13 “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.”  Psalm 141:3 When someone tells you his sad story or bears her raw-self, keep that confidence.  Do […]

Would You Help My Mom?


I was in Meijer grocery store (which is always a bit overwhelming for me).  I was looking for cakes for Steve’s birthday, and a hand grabbed mine.  It was a little boy (7 or 8 years old) asking if I could help his mom.  I said, “yes;” so, I left my cart and went to the next […]

A Day In Prison


by Randy Simpson My day is filled with loneliness and despair, and wondering and thinking about my future!  Being in prison is a world of loneliness, and I do struggle with that each day. Try to imagine what it would be like to be empty inside, and hungry and not be able to fill your […]

Walk and Talk


I was depressed.  I could not get myself to do what I knew would help me. If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.  ~Raymond Inmon I knew that a good brisk walk would give me energy and lift my spirits, but as  […]

Groceries Delivered With A Smile


When I was ill with a terrible cold—the kind that makes you feel miserable and you can  barely move your body from one room to another—a friend called and said, “I am at the grocery store, what may I pick up for you?” I responded, “Oh I would love some orange juice and three cans […]