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My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


People of the past liked to express their love of religion and beauty with objects carved from wood...they were tiny enough to look like walnuts.

        *In the 16th century they were produced mainly in northern Europe.
        *Only the wealthy could afford them.
        *They were a symbol of faith and a person's status.
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There are those who use prayer beads to count the number of prayers that have been said. In early years people used stones or knots in a rope.

Whatever is used or not used the importance of prayer cannot be ignored. It is my way to commune with God. To tell Him what are my needs, fear, worries, and to listen to His answers. When I pray I often use various images to stay focused because too often my mind can wander or be distracted.

My prayer list is long...for my sister recently diagnosed with breast cancer, for a dear friend who recently had a stroke, for my ovarian cancer sisters, for my dear friend's daughter who just gave birth to her first child AND diagnosed with breast cancer, and I pray for my own health to be free of cancer, plus many many more. There is so much suffering and need.
Some of us pray with our hands folded, others arms outstretched above their heads, some kneel while others stand, some of us close our eyes and some of us look upward, there are those who have designated times of the day they pray, while others pray when they feel the need or desire.

I believe in the power of prayer because it provides healing, guidance, forgiveness, and help. I know I am alive today because of the prayers that were heard and responded to with a yes. God is far wiser than me and sometimes he says no to my prayers while offering me comfort.

I believe in prayers of thanks...each morning I give thanks for the day, thank God for my husband and family, thanks for my health and safety, and  thanks for the beauty of the world. 

Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday in the United States ...For us in the United States, this Thursday is a time of giving thanks. We celebrate through food, gatherings of family and friends, and gratitude. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. The act of gratitude is too often overlooked or taken for granted. It is a day for me to most humbly give thanks to my Creator, my God, for all that I have been blessed with.

        I wish you each the most blessed Thanksgiving. I am grateful that each of you are in my life.