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About Karen Romine

I am a woman after God's own heart. I want to see, feel, think and do like Him. I have a heart made for worshipping Him, and a voice created to sing His praises. He has gifted me in many areas, and given me many abilities in order to bring glory to Him. I am a Worshipper, a Leader, a Musician, a teacher, a Sister, an Aunt, and a Friend. What else is there to know? Some of my favorite quotes are: I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. Phil. 4:13 (The Message) 1-4If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. 5-8Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. 9-11Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father. Phil 2:1-11 (The Message) Romans 8:28 James 1:5 Romans 12:1-2 Habakkuk 2:3 "Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate." ~ William Arthur Ward ~ "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail." ~ Confucius ~ "Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either." ~ Golda Meir ~ "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

Personal Short Sales


Please indulge me in a moment of navel gazing.

I’ve been on a sojourn of self discovery and self awareness lately.  The pilgrimage has been an opportunity to view my life with new eyes.  To see myself through the lens of truth has been beneficial, but at times biting.  The first step to being the person that God created me to be…the person that I want to be is being real with myself.  That means coming face to face with my foibles…so I can fix them.  It’s a journey that’s been long overdue, and I’m glad to say that I’ve been embracing it.

I had an interesting conversation tonight.  I was telling my friend how I could sell anything to anyone.  And I believe that.  However on the drive home I had an epiphanic moment…one of those face to face instances that kind of rocked my world.  The truth of my statement was hidden in the phrase that I left off.  “I can sell anything to anyone because I believe in the product.”  Which made me think about all the times I sell myself short.  It doesn’t take a world class jumper to make the next leap.  The reason I sell myself short is because I don’t believe in the product.  Wow!

In my conversation with my friend, I was encouraging him. He’s one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. He has so much going for him. He’s compassionate, super intelligent, has a great sense of humor, he is empathetic and so much more. I couldn’t understand how he didn’t see those things in himself. As I drove away, I began thinking back on our discussion, and I realized that we had something else in common. I felt as if someone was holding a mirror up before me, and for the first time I could see my reflection clearly.  That’s when I heard the words I was saying echoed back to me…the same words people have said to me so many times. And in that instance, I saw how easily I discounted each encouragement.

And that’s when the light bulb illuminated.

I need to believe in my product. I have been selling myself short, but no more. Watch out, y’all! My fetters have been loosed. I can’t wait to see how different things will be from now. I’m ready for the next leg of this journey.

What about you?  How do you sell yourself short? What will it take to make you see yourself the way others see you?

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Weight Loss Wednesdays 5-25-11


This is the second episode of Sweet-Tea-Theology’s Weight Loss Wednesdays. The continuing journey to wellness with Karen Romine. Will you accept the call to action to challenge me? I dare you!

Single Life


This is a talk that I will be sharing with a group of female residents at the Sumter County Correctional Intitute in June of this year.  I had some fellow attendees ask me to post it here.  It is long, the talk is supposed to last from 15 to 20 minutes. 

10th Talk – Residents Encounter Christ #14

Good morning, Ladies.  I’m going to talk to you this morning about a lifestyle that can be both the most frustrating and the most rewarding that you’ll ever know.  My talk is about the single life and I promise that you can be single, but never be alone.  Hi.  My name is Karen, and I am living that life.

From the time that we are born, little girls are conditioned to long for love.  We are told fairy tales with damsels and princesses who wait to be rescued by heroes and handsome princes.  We dream of weddings and dresses…of ceremonies and happily ever afters.  But the single life of reality doesn’t usually turn out that way, does it? Continue reading Single Life