The KLRC Blog

If we could have coffee today I'd ask, "Do you ever feel like your life needs to be perfect?"

If you answered yes, I've got a secret weapon to share with you. It turns out gratitude can actually help us beat the pressure to be perfect. Here's why.

In an October 7th article in the BBC News, it was reported that, "Many Volkswagen cars being sold in America had devices in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve results."

What apparently happened was that VW Engineers decided to make the cars temporarily change its emissions when it was hooked up to something that tested it so it would pass with flying colors. However, once the testing unit was no longer connected, the car reverted to a more powerful but much more pollutant process.

An old man was gravely ill, so the pastor went to call on him. The man was not receptive. As soon as he saw the clerical collar, he turned away and refused to speak. The pastor suspected that the man’s food supply had run low. So when he left the house, he stopped at a local butcher shop and had two lamb chops sent over.

He called again in a few days and the old fellow was a bit friendlier. On his way home, the pastor left another order with the butcher.

If we could have coffee today I'd say: A lie our hearts often hear is, "I'm invisible. No one really sees me." But the truth our hearts need is, "The eyes of the Lord are on those whose hope is in His unfailing love." {Ps. 33:18}

Sometimes it can seem like the spotlight of life shines on everyone but us. She has more facebook likes. He has more accomplishments. They get far more attention. But God gently whispers to our hearts, "I see you."


Willow Run manufacturing plant may not mean anything to you, but it has a unique place in our nation's history and in the history of business.

The prevailing method of building a B-24 bomber saw production of about 1 plane per day. Although something like this had never been tried before a plan was sketched out on paper in the middle of the night that became the largest manufacturing plant in the US that at it’s peak instead of the 1 plane per day, Willow Run produced 1 bomber per hour.

Recently I shredded years of old records.

As I did so, I walked through some of the most wonderful and hardest places of my life. Like the year I had cancer.

Shredding those records was both healing and joyous. 

It’s wonderful to have nice things, but let me give you this word of warning: do not identify who you are with what you own. If you try to value who you are through what you own, you will either overestimate yourself or underestimate yourself.

When you achieve enough wealth to buy a Mercedes Benz and then say to yourself, "I’m finally worth a Mercedes Benz!" you have cheapened your worth. You are worth more than any car of any make or model.

What would it FEEL like to be completely out of debt?

No credit cards, no car payments, no student loans, no medical debt, no personal loans to family or friends, not even a mortgage payment, nothing.

Notta. Zilch.

What would that feel like?

Years ago, I was an "eye-for-an-eye, tooth-for-a-tooth," kind of girl. I longed for payback for the people who hurt my heart.

I felt God asking me to move forward so that I could heal, but I remained stuck.

Nine year-old bat boy Kaiser Carlile died after being struck in the head by a bat in what was a freak accident. He was doing something he loved. His dad said the players were heroes to him and he looked up to them, and even though he was wearing a helmet, he was accidently struck and killed. What a tragedy.

It may sound flippant, but accidents happen all the time. In the Bible we read about Jonathon’s son who, when he was five, was being hurried away by his nurse when he fell and became crippled. Or when a young man was listening to the apostle Paul preach and he fell out of a window. The fact that we are often surprised when we hear a story like Kaiser’s is a mystery since we seem to encounter so many accidents along life’s journey.