Karen Mulder

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A Keepsake


What is in your Bible?  A faded dry flower?  A note?  A special picture? Recently at Bible study, Dori gently removed an envelope from her Bible and said, “I think I finally have the courage to read this card to you.  I received this card seven years ago when my husband died, and its words have […]

Be A Hero


Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs during his baseball career.  However, on one particular day toward the end of his career when the Braves were playing the Reds in Cincinnati, the great Bambino was no hero.  He fumbled the ball and threw badly.  In one inning alone, his errors were responsible for most of the […]

Are You Jesus?


Several years ago a group of computer salesmen from Milwaukee went to a regional sales convention in Chicago.  They assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for dinner.  But with one thing or another, the meeting ran overtime; so, the men had to race to the station, tickets in hand.  […]

Older People Have Ears and Feelings


Do we sometimes forget that older people have ears and feelings? Please remember that even though an elderly person may be experiencing some dementia, they still have ears and can hear. They still have feelings, and they still struggle to hold on to some self-respect and dignity. Follow the wise saying which my mother taught […]

God’s Word in Each Room


One day when I was caring for my friend Pat, a cancer patient, she asked me to type and print her favorite Bible verses- one verse on each sheet of paper.  Then we posted one verse in each room of her home.  Then she said, “Now when I walk into a room I have something […]

Mothers Only Want


Mothers only want their kids to say, “Thanks, Mom.”  Something, anything to let us know all those sleepless nights and anxious days weren’t for nothing. I got that in spades this year.  Along with exactly the perspective and laughter I needed: A reminder there’s no such thing as a Perfect Mother. . . or a […]

Signs of Alzheimer’s


Many people, including myself, want to know what signs to look for.  For wisdom on this subject I went to wonderful resource, Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers.  Frank Broyles, is Athletic Director Emeritus for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. His wife, Barbara, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Frank says, “I had many questions and spent […]