Karen Mulder

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Someday I Will


“Someday is not a day of the week.”  — Unknown We are surrounded by people who need our care. The problem is too often our hearts say “go” but our heads say “no” and we procrastinate. I procrastinate. Do you? Too often I follow the words of Mark Twain who said, “Never put off until […]

The Fixers Can’t Fix


As caregivers, we want to “fix” the hurting person. We feel that if we can rush in with the right “golden nugget” of wisdom to hand to the hurting person, all will be resolved. Then we can make a quick exit and get on with our own life. The truth is, seldom can we fix […]

What Is Right In The United States?


Today there are so many messages listing: “What’s Wrong with America.”  Maybe, it is time to also remember “What is right with America.” So please join me and share: “What’s right with America?“ What’s right with America? I see people helping people: I see nine middle school teachers leading a West Ottawa Adventure School which […]

You Saved My Life!


“Everybody can be great. . .because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. A Simple Gesture  by John Schlatter Mark […]

Coping With Loneliness


Edna says, “I lost my mom in 2005, my husband in 2009 and in 2013 my dad died.  I feel so lost.  I have no one.  I sometimes feel that God has forgotten me.  Where do I turn?” God responds to those who are lonely and sad.  In Isaiah 58:10, God says, “If you offer […]

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?