The Deeper Story - Discovering God's Heart for Me

Magnolia

August 17, 2016 | by: Angela Karum | 3 Comments

I was 16 when I met Magnolia. Through a friend, my mother had heard about a woman in her early 40’s, dying in a charity hospital in Villavicencio, Colombia, where we were living. She began to visit Magnolia several times a week. One day, she invited me to join her. I didn’t want to go. But she insisted, so I reluctantly agreed. We boarded the bus and took the long ride into the poorer neighborhoods of Villavicencio. ... Keep Reading

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The Power of Thanks

June 11, 2016 | by: Angela Karum | 2 Comments

“But I don’t feel thankful,” I protested. “How can I give thanks for these things? I hate that this is happening!” It was 5 am and I was up before the birds, wrestling with God over His request for me to thank Him in everything. How could I thank Him for the chaotic, heartbreaking situation I was in? I mean, I didn&rs... Keep Reading

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Incoming

May 18, 2016 | by: Sharon Bruce | 4 Comments

I asked my friend, Sharon Bruce, to write a guest post. I've known Sharon since the early days of Restoration Church when we served food together at Palmetto House. Besides being an amazing cook, Sharon is one of those rare souls that you can just relax and be yourself around. She has an eye for noticing the Creator's hand in the small, lovely deta... Keep Reading

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I need a Hero! (part 2)

April 19, 2016 | by: Angela Karum | 1 Comments

The stakes were high. Word had come to Gideon that the kings of Midian had made an alliance with the kings of Amalek and other nations to the east. Marching on Israel with combined forces 135,000 strong, they had crossed the Jordan River and were camped in the Valley of Jezreel, ready to attack. Gideon’s army of 32,000 men were outnumbered 4... Keep Reading

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I need a Hero! (part 1)

March 9, 2016 | by: Angela Karum | 2 Comments

He was an unlikely hero. The youngest in his family, no status, no influence, no position, no money, no expectations, no potential, no courage, Gideon was hiding out threshing a bit of barley in a winepress to keep it from being destroyed by the Midianites. Cruel thieves, those Midianites! They waited till harvest was ready and swooped down on the... Keep Reading

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Respect

February 17, 2016 | by: Angela Karum | 1 Comments

“You don’t respect me!” I stood there stunned as I listened to my husband’s accusation, my thoughts in a confused whirl. How can he say that? Of course I respect him. His words haunted me over the next few weeks as I watched my marriage crumble. A friend gave me the book “Love and Respect” and when I read the r... Keep Reading

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March of the Toads

January 20, 2016 | by: Angela Karum | 6 Comments

I’m afraid of frogs and toads – my one phobia. When my kids and I moved into our first home in Florida in the summer of 2008, we discovered a tiny black toad living in the mulch around my rose bushes. It was sort of cute so I resisted my natural freak-out tendencies and allowed it to stay. Soon after we settled in, Tropical Storm Fay h... Keep Reading

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Here With Me

December 16, 2015 | by: Angela Karum | 5 Comments

I see you standing there. People walking around you. I see you smile and respond when asked a question, like everything is fine. But the minute they walk away, your face changes, the smile fades, your shoulders droop, like the weight of the world is hanging on you. I see that look in your eyes… Loneliness. The haunting questions of the he... Keep Reading

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When Facetime Isn’t Enough

November 18, 2015 | by: Angela Karum | 2 Comments

I’ve delayed writing this blog post because I don’t know what to write about. Actually, the problem is I have too many things to write about. I could write about trusting God – what that means, how that works, how that impacts our relationship. I could write about our feelings of inadequacy and how this gives opportunities for God... Keep Reading

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How to Handle Failure

October 21, 2015 | by: Angela Karum | 1 Comments

I am not a runner. Physical stamina is not one of my strengths. The last time I ran a mile was in high school for PE and I almost fainted (due to undiagnosed anemia). But I considered myself a realist and accepted my limitations. Until recently. My life coach invited me to train for a half-marathon. The very idea terrified me. But she challenged... Keep Reading

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Disappointed

September 16, 2015 | by: Angela Karum | 2 Comments

Heartsick. That’s how I felt while my friend was talking. As the realization sank in that what I was hoping and praying for was not going to happen, the disappointment was overwhelming and I felt sick at heart. I think I said something appropriate, but I cried bitter tears as I drove home. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” P... Keep Reading

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Worth

August 20, 2015 | by: Angela Karum | 5 Comments

I used to enjoy watching “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS. It was fascinating to see someone who brought an item to be appraised, such as a painting bought at a yard sale for $5, and it turned out to be painted by a famous artist and worth $500,000 at auction. What seemed to be insignificant and disposable was really a treasure. We measure o... Keep Reading

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How I Came to Restoration Church

July 21, 2015 | by: Angela Karum | 3 Comments

I never considered myself “church-planting team” material. In early 2008, I had shown up like a refugee on my sister’s doorstep with my two little kids, penniless, jobless, homeless, heartbroken having left a shattered marriage, and feeling like a failure in everything that matters. As I began the hard work of putting my life bac... Keep Reading

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Rest

June 24, 2015 | by: Angela Karum | 2 Comments

Following Jesus can sometimes be exhausting. When we think about what it means to live the Christian life, usually things like loving your neighbor, serving others and obeying God come to mind. It can seem like a long to-do list of one worthy action after another, while trying to avoid sinning and doing things that we know we shouldn't. Jesus sai... Keep Reading

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