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Rosalie J. Karjala

Rosalie Karjala is a veteran teacher and author of “Roller Skating in a Buffalo Herd” (amazon kindle e-book), a gathering of her teaching adventures. She is a soon-to-be ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. More important, she is wife to Ernie (50 years and counting), with whom she shares the joy of four children and ten grandchildren, plus two great grandchildren, Violet and Bronson. She posts a variety of ramblings on her blog, asktheaardvark.org. Besides writing, she loves to read, walk, share Scripture, and play the piano.

Scripture in Winter Light
November 26th, 2018

Scripture in Winter Light

Rosalie J. Karjala

As autumn moves along, do you find yourself bracing for the dark days to come, as I do? Encroaching darkness It’s early December in northern Minnesota. I love this state, but its bleak landscape seems to mirror my dread of the coming winter. The relentless flatness ...

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The Power of Thanksgiving
November 19th, 2018

The Power of Thanksgiving

Rosalie J. Karjala

The word “Thanksgiving” has taken on a whole new meaning since the Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated together in 1621. Since that first Thanksgiving, we Americans have layered the word with thoughts of turkey roasting in a warm kitchen, pumpkin pie piled high with whipped cream, and families gathering. ...

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How Can Reading Scripture Strengthen Your Faith?
November 5th, 2018

How Can Reading Scripture Strengthen Your Faith?

Rosalie J. Karjala

Cruising along in Hebrews 11, the famous “faith” chapter, I am struck by verse 6: “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (NIV). Now that statement stops me in my tracks. If faith is that important to God, it should be important to me. Is faith something more ...

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Find Sure Footing in the Bible During Big Changes
September 24th, 2018

Find Sure Footing in the Bible During Big Changes

Rosalie J. Karjala

How often have you heard this? “Oh, if only my life could get back to normal.” Or … “What a crazy year this has been. I can’t wait until things get back to normal.” We wait for the dust to settle, and when it finally ...

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Do You Believe in the Resurrection of the Body?
April 30th, 2018

Do You Believe in the Resurrection of the Body?

Rosalie J. Karjala

Just when we New Englanders thought that we would not outlive winter’s grip, signs of spring begin to appear. It’s subtle. You have to watch for it. The bare willow trees turn sunny and golden. Crocuses and tiger lilies poke up through the dark earth, rising ...

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The Bible’s Simple Truth of How to Love My Neighbor
April 9th, 2018

The Bible’s Simple Truth of How to Love My Neighbor

Rosalie J. Karjala

My son the linguist never met a word he didn’t love. And he delights in sharing his etymological treasures with whoever will stop and listen. Recently we celebrated my birthday with breakfast at a little restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean near San Diego. As we watched the morning sunlight ...

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Discovering Jesus’s Indiscriminate Love in the Gospels
February 26th, 2018

Discovering Jesus’s Indiscriminate Love in the Gospels

Rosalie J. Karjala

The Ignatian spiritual exercise of Gospel Contemplation lets you use your imagination to interact with a passage of Scripture. The reflection below delves into Luke 7:36-50. Feel free to try it on your own! Read the Gospel passage twice slowly. Close your eyes and reflect: What do ...

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How to Uncover the Delight of Bible Reading
February 5th, 2018

How to Uncover the Delight of Bible Reading

Rosalie J. Karjala

In September, I embraced the inevitable. Summer was ending—the light narrowing and slanting toward autumn. Each year we New Englanders welcome the change while bracing for another winter. We look forward to the first nip of frost, the crunch of a freshly picked apple, the sweet aroma of wood ...

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