Karen (Girl) Friday, I want to take a moment to thank you for your acceptance of this interview.
So very excited to have this time to get to know you a little better, including your "Write Life." You have been such an inspiration to the Christian Poets and Writer Facebook Group. Ever since the first post I had the pleasure to prose of yours, I knew you had a unique gifting to bring exhortation to the Body of Christ.
Let me start out by asking you....
1. What writing project are you working on now?
A devotional book, I’m Being Followed. A personal story of being watched and followed inspired this theme of God’s intentional pursuit, sending Goodness and Mercy to follow believers all the days of our lives.
2. Tell us about your published work.
• First published article, Where’s the Gravy, WHOA Women Magazine, October, 2014, Volume 4, Issue 4. Print. (Here’s a link to read the article on my blog, http://www.karengirlfriday.com/?s=+Gravy)
• Original devotions published with online, 2014-2016.
• Monthly writer for National blog.
3. Who or what inspires your writing?
As long as I can remember, I’ve been a lover of words. And I love God’s Word. My tagline—Expressing scriptural truths as life happens. Real. Authentic. Soulful.
4. Who or what encouraged you to write?
As a pastor’s wife and women’s ministry leader, I shared my devotions and Bible Studies with others who confirmed the calling. Many encouraged me to consider putting my thoughts and insight “out there” in the writing world.
5. What experiences or education helped to prepare you?
I earned a communications degree and have always had a love for speaking. Starting with oratorical contests in the fourth grade (yes, way back). Communicating God’s truth is a pleasure for me. Since I penned my own talks, Bible Studies, and devotions, I felt a calling to share them with others in the publishing industry. My passion for mentoring other disciples and writing from my raw emotions and real life experiences is the place I thrive.
6. Do you see your writing as a gift or calling?
I see it as both. Relish in this Scripture, “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29, ESV.) One of the meanings for irrevocable—cannot be changed or reversed. As followers of Christ, God’s calling on our lives and the gifts He places within us are irreversible. We cannot undo them.
The Message Translation of Romans 11:29 states, “God’s gifts and God’s call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded.” God is in the full warranty business. Eternal life is under full warranty. Heaven is a full warranty contract. Being "in" Christ comes under full warranty. His gifts and callings in our lives—under full warranty. Whatever God has called us to cannot be undone. This includes writing. It’s my hope these thoughts from Romans 11 will encourage other writers on their journey.
7. What do you hope to accomplish in your writing?
• Connecting real life experiences to the timeless truths of Scripture.
• Making God known and giving believers an avenue to know Him more.
• To bring people to the cross of Calvary.
• To be a messenger that God is real and He releases people from captivity.
• To disperse the message that I publish peace and salvation and that readers would hear my voice, “my God reigns.” (See Isaiah 52:7.)
• To share my story of God’s powerful love and grace, proving His existence.
Thank you Karen for sharing in this interview. It is apparent that the Call on your life has been taken very seriously and you have gracefully made your call an election sure. Reaching the masses to bring encouragement, edification and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all that opened their hearts to receive. I articles and reads have definitely been inspiration to my life and I thank you for your obedience to follow through. God bless you in all your ways.
Here’s how you can connect with Karen or follow her encouraging and inspirational reads:
Facebook writer’s page; https://www.facebook.com/karengirlfriday/
Facebook personal page; https://www.facebook.com/karen.clarkstonfridayInstagram; https://www.instagram.com/KCFriday/