My Heart's Home


(My Heart’s Home is a double entendre.)

Who am I?

That’s what you want to know, right? Well, I’ve been searching for that answer almost half a century and I think I’m just now figuring it out:

I’m a mess.

I’m an imperfect person, perfectly loved by a perfect God.

“He loves this mess?” I ask myself every day and He always answers the same: A resounding YES!

Just as I am.

I can’t do anything to: merit His favor, earn His love, garner His praise. He loves, accepts and cherishes me just because I am His child.

And that’s all that really matters, isn’t it? To be loved. Accepted. Cherished. That’s all I’ve ever wanted. That’s all any of us want, really. He created us this way.

That’s the EXCITING stuff, now I can share a few other facts, since inquiring minds want to know:

Having obtained a B/A in literature/journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University, I was mainly a newspaper reporter/freelance writer for several San Diegan newspapers and magazines in the early 90s. However, my writing career careened off course after several speed bumps, detours and a few flat tires. Now I’m back on track, with my mettle to the pedal, blazing full speed ahead.

I grew up in California and attended high school on Maui, where my parents and one of my three older brothers live. How I ended up in Indiana is a long story!

Here’s the edited version: I ‘met’ my husband online at a Christian Matchmaking website. He was the first one to write and I’ve felt drawn to those blue eyes ever since. He was born/raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, so I ended up moving there and then to Indiana, after his job offer in 2004. We married on July 19, 2003 and had our son, Austin, on April 2, 2005.

I am writing/illustrating my first book for other women who are broken, crack(ed) pots like myself and I couldn’t be more excited. My album of 12 divinely inspired songs will début soon, as well, if I can stop adding songs to it! I also recently began a face painting business called “Face It.”

It is a wonderful time in my life and I feel I’m right in stride with where God wants me. It’s a FANTASTIC FEELING to have my gifts for writing, music and art gelling this way. (“Hey, Mom, I may not be a starving artist, after all!”)

I’ve traveled through many a valley, but through it all, I’ve tasted and seen that my God is good.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8

May the Author and Finisher of my faith inspire me with the perfect words to encourage, uplift and inspire you my friend, whatever road you’re traveling today.

So welcome! I hope you’ll kick off your shoes, grab your cocoa-moko choko-foo-foo latte (with extra whip cream, of course) and make yourself right at home at My Heart’s Home.

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“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story–those He redeemed from the hand of the foe…” Psalm 107:2



  1. Hi Karen….
    Thanks for the msg on FB to tell me about your blog. I had gotten a notice about it before but haven’t checked it out until now. I am in the midst of some stuff that is life changing as well. I’m just beginning to understand how to REST in HIM and allow Him to minister to my deep needs. You know what they are…..remember all those meetings…..all that confession…. Believe it or not….there are still deep roots from those wounds also. As much as God has shown us about His love….I still had some strongholds that even I wasn’t aware of. He is bringing it all out in some very painful ways. Breaking me down so I can look up. Man! After all that Lifeskills and all the other counseling, etc, it’s hard to believe these things are still present in my heart.

    Thanks for writing and I did sign up for the emails and will continue to follow your blog. It is coming at a very timely point in my life!!

    Love ya girl,

    Comment by Melody Niel — April 25, 2011 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  2. Karen,
    I read your comment on Seth Haines blog and clicked over to see if you were a blogger. Your words hit me hard and I wanted to reach out, so here I am. I don’t want to write a lot here publicly, but if you want to connect with another broken pot, email me at I would love, love to hear from you…love your stories and your message and what I ‘see’ of your heart. I have no other way of contacting you, so I hope you’ll write.

    Comment by whole mama — July 30, 2012 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

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