Kara and I met years ago in a bible study. Honestly the first time I met her I didn’t quite get her. Over time I understood the way her mind worked… always deep, amazingly insightful and super encouraging. Our friendship has grown over the years as we talk about life and non-profit leadership.
There honestly no way explain all the ways God has used Kara in my life, but here are a few that stand out.
Years ago Kara would encourage me, in all situations, to have “palms up”. That God was in control and to not hold onto anything too tightly. She would text it to me regularly, sometimes reminding me of this truth, other times reminding herself. I soon adopted this as my own (I talk about it here Palms Up, and even got a tattoo on because of it A permanent reminder).
I have quoted Kara more times than I can count, “if you really love someone you will always want what is best for them.” I bring it up it when talking about leadership, marriage, friendship and any relationship really.
Kara also is the friend I was with who inspired me to move forward with Akron Women on Purpose. I wrote about it in this post Be obedient to the next step.
I’ve had the privilege to hear her insights over the years and wanted to share some of her with all of you. I’ve posted two videos, the first one is her story that she shared at Akron Women on Purpose and the second is when she spoke at TEDxAkron. Both are amazing, honest, and powerful! I truly am so proud to call her my friend.