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About Kari

Posted by on Oct 4, 2007 in About Kari, Kari | 12 comments

About Kari

My name is Kari and I am a young wife and mother.

I was born and raised in a small city in Georgia by two wonderful Christian parents that made sure I was in church from birth, well, two weeks old, but who’s counting? I was made to walk the line according the Scripture all my life. I was fortunate to have a wonderful up bringing in a godly home where, honestly, my parents never fought in my presence and lived out true, godly loves in front of me. I can count on one hand how many mistakes I saw my parents make. I have gained from them and I am raising my children by the examples my parents were. Actually, most parents today are modeling how their parents raised them, positive and negative! God has really showed me how blessed I am to have been surrounded by such purity and wholesomeness even into my adulthood. I have seen very little ugliness in my life for which I am so thankful and my number one goal in life is to show my children that very same godly example.

My husband and I just celebrated our 10-year anniversary. We dated for 6 1/2 years and it was wonderful. We are so blessed to have really been each other’s first loves. We remained pure through our dating and we intend to teach purity to our children. Josh has seen some ugliness in his up bringing although God has saved both of his parents and did allow him to be brought up in church. That is how we met. It is really unbelievable how God brought us together because most of our dating life we were unsaved. We lived the Christian life, but we were not Christians. It wasn’t until 2002, the year we married, that God revealed to us we were playing “church” and showed us our sin. I am a people pleaser and therefore I was living my life just like my parents to have their approval. Josh and I both lived good, moral lives and each of us thought the other was a Christian so we tried to please each other by doing good. I am so thankful that God revealed to us the Truth about Himself and that we were not truly Christians. We both accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior and surrendered our lives to him. We were and still are no different than any one else that gets saved. God soon after called us into the full-time ministry. I thought he called Josh to be a preacher, but later I discovered he was calling me also, not to be a preacher, but to be a preacher’s wife. That title has much more meaning behind it than most people realize- even more than I thought. God was molding me into who He wanted me to be, and still is!

One year after our wedding we felt called to go to school somewhere for Josh to get schooling on just how to be a good preacher. Seminary was on our mind and we actually felt God was strongly calling us to the first one we visited! Seven hours away from our family and friends was not what we first expected, but we realized that it would be better for us to follow God and not our emotions. We made the right decision because God has shown us time and time again that this was indeed His plan for our lives. It is so nice knowing we are doing exactly what God has called us to do.

The purpose of this website is for all ladies to learn and discuss topics related to family in order to provide our families with a Christ centered home. Whether or not you are a mother and/or a wife, I pray that you will benefit from reading the content here in this website.

 

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  1. Josh

    Kari,

    Thank you for being such a wonderful wife! I am so blessed to have you as my partner in the ministry. You work very hard behind the scenes to make me a better preacher, and I am very appreciative of that quality you possess. If I could give a summary to the outside world of who you are by using only two words I would choose – “Dedicated” and “Christ-Like.”

    Dedication: You never give up! This became evident to me when you had a miscarriage on Tuesday night and you were keeping children in the nursery all alone on the following Wednesday evening. I always knew you were dedicated, but it truly hit me at that moment.

    Christ-Like: No, you are not perfect, but you strive to be a Christ-like lady each day of your life. After being married to you for the past 5 years of my life, I can actually say that you are a Godly wife, mom, pastor’s wife, friend, and church member. I thank you for putting Christ first!

    My prayer is that this website will be an encouragement to other young women to become a truly dedicated Christian lady in a day when that is a rare gem.

    I love you and I am glad to be your husband!

    Josh

  2. Tiffany Roberts

    Hey Mrs. Kari,
    I have a topic that I would love for you to post on…(you might want to re-word it cause I am not sure how to say it in one topic), but what do you do in the inbetween moments? When you know God has something awesome in store for you but your inbetween that revelation moment? Like waiting 6 1/2 years to marry Josh and waiting a year to try for another baby. Looking back it seems like life goes by in a flash, but when your in the moment it slowly creeps by. Like being in college, your there studying, but sometimes you feel like you’re not getting anywhere and sometimes it feels like forever till you get out. You know how in the bible it says “and they traveled, or they waited, and so on”, but it never elaborates on this moment and if the person ever wanted to give up or if it was hard. So, I would love to know your thoughts on this subject and what to do while your in the inbetween. Thanks! and I think you’re site is awesome. (Sometimes I think God allowed you and Bro. Josh to date so long so that Thomas and I could have a roll model.It’s so neat how God does stuff like that.) Thanks again!
    Love ya, Tiff

  3. Jaime

    This is awesome! I am so glad to have you both in my life! I am proud of ya’ll, and I miss you both! (and Karis, of course!!)

    Lots of love,

    Jaime

    I’ve passed this on to my friends!

  4. Candice Becker

    Kari,

    I’m very excited about your website and congratulations for the success! You and Josh have done a great job with it!

    I will be checking in often and have already enjoyed reading your testimony! Even though I am familiar with it : ) I believe its always encouraging to hear other people share what the Lord’s done in their life!

    I hope that I can grow and daily strive to become a more godly wife, mother, friend, daughter, etc. I’ve always looked up to you as an example and you’ve never failed me! Thank you for your friendship and for this wonderful website!

    I love you and am honored to be your friend!

    Candice

  5. Stephanie Roberts

    Kari,
    Thank you for this website. I am looking forward to reading the different blogs that you post. I need a Godly place where I can talk with other women on the same issues that I struggle with in the ministry. Thank you for being an encouragement. I need to grow more everyday in my walk with the Lord. This website brings me confirmation on a decision I made yesterday through my Bible Study. Thank You!!

  6. Valerie Lane

    Kari,
    I am very excited about your web site! Congratulations on the new baby surprise!!

    Reading your testimony really meant a lot to me. I have recently realized that I to was living the Christian life because I thought that was what was expected of me and the right thing to do. I thought I was saved when I was about 10 years old, however, through Jennifer, Chris, Jeremy, and my own bible reading it was not until much later on that I began to realize the depth of my own sin and how desperately I needed Jesus Christ as my savior. I was baptized when I was younger and have been struggling with whether or not I should be beptized now. Does anyone have any words of wisdom to share??

    Thanks,
    Valerie

  7. Kari

    Valerie,
    I am so glad you brought this up. Many people are in your same shoes. I have a very strong conviction about this. Baptism is done AFTER salvation as a symbol of the change that happened in your heart. When you were baptized as a young child, as was I, we were not truly experiencing baptism as it was intended. I do believe you should be baptized again in order to experience the outward sign of the inward change that happened when you did accept Christ and He cleansed your soul! I can tell you from personal experience that my baptism after my true salvation was incredible. You will not regret it!

  8. Kari

    Tiffany,
    Thank you for your feedback. I will be praying over the answers to your questions and put them into an article soon! I can tell you personally that dating this long is only going to give you and Thomas a HUGE advantage over other new married couples. You will be able to take off in your new marriage with much more personal knowledge about one another that most couples use the first year struggling through! This is NOT wasted time and you must not ever view it as that. You keep on and God will bless!!!

  9. Darlene

    Kari,
    I’m so excited for you and tell Josh he’s done an amazing job, as always! I’ve enjoyed all the subjects so far, my favorite being on One spouse in the household being saved. It’s a daily struggle but I’ll keep my faith and trust God to do the rest.

    To Valerie:
    I’m Josh’s Mom and I can tell you from experience that I thought for many years I was saved and was babtized when I was in my 20′s. It wasn’t until November 21, 2004 that God finally convicted my heart and showed me that I wasn’t saved. Being babtized after that was the most exciting and amazing experience. It’s just the right thing to do. Pray and God will lead you.

    Love to you, Josh,Karis and Baby B.
    Your Mother-in-law,
    Darlene

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