Ordinary Miracle

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KarlaMy Featured Blogger this week is K.L. (Karla) Hale of Flannel with Faith. If anyone exemplifies the fact that bloggers can be more than just “blogging friends,” it’s Karla. Over the years I’ve followed her, I’ve come to value her not only as a gifted communicator, but as a dear friend, one with a heart full of compassion. Read this post, and then read the comments about it at her blog site, and you’ll see why the word love is used so much. More than that, I’m guessing you’ll feel the same.

Flannel with Faith

“How am I going to explain this diagnostic summary to this parent?” I asked myself. Twenty-two years of life is all I had under my belt. Teaching, and motherhood, were new. My heart answered: “Be kind. State the facts. Tell this mom that a test does not define her child. Speak with love and compassion. Share the gifts and talents this young boy possesses.” My prayer at that age is the same prayer I speak aloud today. “God, give me the right words.”  

Sometimes my words can’t clearly express my heart. To my advantage, I knew a world before cell phones and devices. I’m so blessed to have grown up in the seventies and eighties. Speaking with courtesy and having good manners seemed to be a reasonable standard. The heart is even more powerful than words. The lack of words, too many words, the wrong words…they don’t always represent…

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26 Responses to Ordinary Miracle

  1. Ah, thank you for sharing this love filled response to a difficult diagnosis. Special,loving lady.

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  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    Karla has a very special place in my heart. Even though we’ve never met I feel I have known her forever. Her courage and faith are an example of Gods precious love for those going through tough times. I feel like I’m talking with one of my own daughters. Thanks for sharing her with others who will be equally inspired.

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  3. K.L. Hale says:

    Mitch, I’m in tears. You have been such a support and encouragement to me; even when you may not realize it. This feature touches my heart ❤️. I feel the prayers, love, and support and I’m so thankful to know you, and my family here on WP. God bless you and yours! Love, Karla 💛

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  4. Mitch, you have connected me to so many wonderful people like Karla. Thank you thank you thank you.

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  5. gpavants says:


    She’s great and the song is too. Thanks,


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  6. murisopsis says:

    One of my favorite bloggers!

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  7. Lisa Beth says:

    Beautful post from a gifted writer and believer. I love Charlotte’s Web embedded – the closing song wonderfully wraps up K.L.’s inspiring post.
    Thanks Mitch!

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  9. Ann Coleman says:

    She is a wonderful blogger and a very courageous and inspirational person! I’m not sure how I first discovered her blog, but I’m sure glad I did!

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  10. Jane Tawel says:

    Hi Mitch — I have no idea why I no longer get emails for your posts? I will try to figure that out, but yes — Karla is incredible in every way you say. Prayers for her big time right now! Shalom, Jane

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  11. Dawn Marie says:

    My heart smiled when I saw you featured Karla. 😊 Her love of God, family, and friends exudes from her writing and I have been made a better person because of her authentic sharing of self. 💕 Hugs to you for featuring her wonderful blog site.

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  12. Laura Denise says:

    Following! Because Karla said to. 🙂


  13. Thank you Mitch for featuring Karla who is the light of the world. I am inspired by her faith, love, hope, heart and she inspires each of us daily to smile and face our obstacles as they come up and always accept ourselves while we expect a miracle. And I’m praying for that for her too.


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