About Karla Jo

I have no credentials. I am not a college graduate. I’m not the president or founder of anything. I am a writer, but not an author (yet). I do not have a schedule of speaking engagements.

There, that’s out of the way. Now you know the short list of who I’m not. There is a longer list, but it would just depress both of us, so why go there?

Here is who I am:  I am a follower of Christ. I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother (YaYa). I live in Waco, Texas and I can’t fall asleep unless I’m wearing socks

I write far more comfortably than I talk. In a perfect world, I would engage in conversation solely by passing notes.

I spent most of my life feeling and believing that I was less than, and like I just didn’t fit in anywhere. I wasn’t just uncomfortable around other people, I was uncomfortable in my own skin. So much contributed to these feelings, but I believe it began when I was molested as a very young girl. The shame of that never left until Jesus healed me.

I always felt best when I was alone. That too made me feel strange, or somehow wrong. I’ve since learned that my need for alone time is because I am a high introvert, not because there’s something wrong with me that needs to be fixed.

The feeling of being less than and inadequate still lingers sometimes, like the smoke from a candle you’ve blown out. But Jesus has made me whole. He taught me that who I am is who He loves and that I am who I am on purpose. It took decades, but I am free from the chains of not being enough.

In 1989, Jesus caught the heart He had been pursuing, and I have been following Him home ever since. Along the way, I discovered a calling to minister primarily to women in the Church. Through the years I have met and become friends with some extraordinary women. All of them flawed, all of them in the process of becoming more like Jesus, just like me. Through these friendships, I have learned to trust others with my real self. They taught me what it looks like to be part of a community, how to work through confrontation or difficulties without walking away from the relationship. I’ve learned to worship, pray, care for others, fight for others, and to have fun, all because I have been part of a company of women who love Jesus. Women scattered around the country but still settled very much in my heart.

While I do love the face to face life of ministering to and being friends with women, I feel most alive (and in my comfort zone) when I am creating something with words. This is where I get to tell you what God is speaking to me and doing in me, and encourage you to move closer to Him, to trust Him because He is oh so good. So I hope you will hang around a bit and find something that encourages you, makes you laugh or cry or just want to know Him more.

Welcome to my words. Let’s be friends!