Hey Y'all! Shelley here. I'm so excited today because I get to host a guest blogger, for the very first time. I'm so honored and humbled to introduce you to a very special lady named Karen Dame.
Karen is a very beautiful lady inside and out and has such a wonderful healing testimony. I have been privileged to have had her in my life for the past several years. When God said in His Word that He would give us beauty for our ashes (Isaiah 61:3), He gave me Karen. She is such a wonderful blessing, mentor, friend, and mother figure. One day I hope to talk her into allowing me an exclusive interview to talk about her healing experience. Until then welcome, Karen to my blog! I sure do love you, Mighty Woman of God!
Ya Che Kohan!
As a child I would walk from my back yard, through the
neighbor’s yard, to reach Grace’s house. She would sit on the porch of her
summer kitchen where she would bake and cook. She had a fenced in back yard and
I would follow the fence line to the field, walk to school then take the same
path back home.
Grace was an older lady from Lithuania. She always wore her
stockings rolled down to rest on top of her shoes, a cotton printed dress with
an apron that had two enormous pockets in front. She spoke very little English,
but that didn’t matter because I was considered deaf and heard very little. However,I read lips very well.
The aroma of her homemade bread baking would fill the
neighborhood. As I would walk along the fence line making my way home from
school, Grace would be standing at the gate with a loaf of hot bread for me to
take home. Her face was rough and wrinkled, but her eyes sparkled and she had a
beautiful smile. As she handed me the bread, she would say “Ya che kohan!” I soon learned to repeat it back to her. Dad would
send me over with a basket of sweet grapes from his arbor and Grace and I would
make jelly. Some days we would make bread or Golabki (polish cabbage rolls) or paczki (polish fried pies).
Grace showed me kindness. She had such a sweet, gentle
spirit. She let me know I was important and just because I was broken (deaf)
she loved me even more. She would take her rough hands, place them on my
cheeks, kiss me on the forehead and say, “Ya
che kohan!” She lived faith, virtue, godliness, perseverance and love.
(1 Peter 1:1-7 NKJV)
So was my experience with Grace.
Well time has moved on, quickly I might add, and there are
days I’d like to go home again. Now, I
am the older woman. I pray I have touched lives as this precious lady touched
mine. For I remember a time when I was lost and searching for that fence line
to hold on to and follow back home. Seeking for and finding Grace (Jesus
Christ) waiting for me, calling, “Ya che
kohan!” Reaching out to my brokenness and loving me even more because of
it. For when I realized how broken I was, I realized how desperately I needed
Grace is always standing and waiting for you. Always softly,
with great compassion saying, “I love
you!” Listen, can you hear His voice? He’s waiting to fix your brokenness,
to heal your hurts and disappointments. He’s waiting with arms open wide to
receive you, waiting for you to come home.
“Ya che kohan!”
“I love you!”
*Karen Dame lives in Southern Illinois with her husband, Tim and their fur baby, Sophiedog. They have four children and eleven grandchildren. Besides her love for God's Word, which shows in her writings, Karen sings gospel and plays classical music on piano. You can connect with Karen through Facebook, or contact her through email at email@example.com.
Shelley again; I hope you've enjoyed Karen's post today. Please show some love by clicking in the comment box below and leaving a word of encouragement for her. It's under the big, pink flower. ;-)
Love and Blessings!
Shelley Wilburn is the author of Walking Healed and the Walking Healed Companion Bible study. You can find these books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Shelley also loves to hear from her readers. You can connect with Shelley through various social media, available at the links in the right margin, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where Do I Fit In? It's a question many people ask themselves, but often never find. Shelley Wilburn was one of those people. For over forty years, she suffered mental and emotional intimidation and abuse from many different people, including family members.
However, May 30, 2012 was the turning point when God miraculously healed her. Through her ministry, Shelley tells of the complete change that God has done in her life. Using her love of writing, riding motorcycles, and wearing mismatched socks, Shelley has developed a unique ministry of encouraging others using biblical truths and stories from her own personal life experiences. She and her husband D.A. even have a very unique motorcycle ministry.
Shelley and D.A. live on five-and-a-half acres they lovingly call their "Rinky Dink Farm." Together with their moody little dog, Buster, they love to watch the wild animals cross their field. Shelley and D.A. also have three grown, married children and three grandsons.