Welcome to ‘WHILE I PONDER with Karlene.’

Hi, friend!

Sharing words is my way of encouraging others. It’s in the beautiful and difficult of life that these stories are forged.

From a young age, I’ve been a ponder-er, wishful thinker, and dreamer. In this space, I strive to connect my pondering with God’s Word and His love for us.

Today, I’m a wife, mom, Gigi, friend, author, blogger, minister, and servant of God. Most days, you can find me writing at the computer, or spending time with my adorably wild grandsons.

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I’ve been blogging for over a decade. Over the years, I’ve tried most of the things—podcasting, Zoom-led Bible studies, Facebook Groups, and more. Here’s what I now know. Writing the words God gives me is what I love doing, and this seems to resonate with others.

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On ministry, work, education…

Born the daughter of a preacher, I literally grew up on the front row of the church. For most of my adult life, I've worked as an administrative assistant in the Christian nonprofit arena. I’ve served the Church at the local level, district, international, and university. For the past decade, I've served on the board of trustees and as a virtual assistant for a Christian nonprofit. I hold a Master of Ministry from Southwestern Christian University.

On faith and purpose…

I believe…my primary purpose is to bring glory to God. Some days I fall short but, by God's grace, I can get up tomorrow and try again.
I believe…the Bible is the Word of God, the full and complete revelation of the plan and history of redemption for mankind.
I believe…we are meant to enjoy life and in doing so, we demonstrate the joy and freedom we have as children of God.
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Karlene Arthur

Contending for the faith. Inspiring hope. Living well. | Karlene has been blogging and writing for over a decade. Consider subscribing to ‘While I Ponder with Karlene’, a reader-supported publication.