Heartburn

School buses are barreling by, and the summer heat hangs on.  Excitedly I await my favorite season.  The hot winds will cool slightly, and the leaves will fall in position.  Not being here with you, in this space, has caused a disconnect for me.  I’ve longed to write.  Each day I’ve been ready to see you-to read your thoughts of the world around us.  Simply, I’ve missed you. 

My heart burns for victims of devastation and tragedy.  Yet, in our own lives we MUST celebrate.  What can you celebrate today?  I’m celebrating another granddaughter! 🤍 My family is my greatest blessing.  Although I’m not near all of them I still celebrate them. Just days after her birth I published my first children’s book.  None of us have easy journeys. And there are days we may want to “throw in the towel”. Instead, let’s throw around some good news. With faith and belief, I will “press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Jesus Christ, is calling us.”-Philippians 3:14  


Heartburn

Tragedy after tragedy fills the screen.  Meanwhile I’m able to freely grab my cup of coffee, worship how I please, wear what I want, and shop as I need.  My rights are only limited by my own common sense, judgement, and wisdom.  Should I choose to go rogue on rational there will be consequences.   I feel heartburn coming on.

Countries suffering for rights while we fight over masks and mandates.  Temperatures rising and falling with the waves of wastefulness.   The waste of human life. Wasted money to entertain us.  Wasted food as others starve. 

I have heartburn.

My heart burns for the needy in my neighborhood.  My heart burns for the brave who battle.  My heart burns over barbarian behavior.  My heart burns because of devastating disunity.   My heart burns over tactless tension.  My heart burns over fiery feuds.  My heart burns over illogical indifference.  My heart burns due to habitual hate.  My heart burns due to jabs of judgement.

How can I reduce heartburn? How do I digest the dreadful?

Stop gulping greed. Chew chatter fully. Loosen cliquish clothes. Avoid the Acid.  Stand up straight with sensitivity. Elevate with empathy.  Swallow small bites of sincerity.

I’ll deter heart damage while I can.

Friends may your hearts blaze with blessings.   May your hearts ignite with inspiration. May your hearts inflame with inexplainable insight.  May your hearts scorch without scorekeeping.  May your hearts light with laughter.  May they burn for beauty.

My heart boldly begs for a breakthrough-and a hope in humanity.  May our hearts burn with love.    

Have faith 💚

This is just a cover of a copyrighted song by Anne Murray; uke cover -Anne Murray Me–just an attempt at one of my favorite songs and artists. I hope we can all share good news!

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53 thoughts on “Heartburn

  1. atimetoshare.me

    I love this Karla. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. We’re all suffering from heartburn because of the current events in our world we’re forced to feed upon. I think the best way to fight heartburn, is a healthy serving of the meat and potatoes of /God’s Word. The best nourishment around. Again congrats on two exciting pieces of good news.

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    1. It’s so good to “see” you, Katelon. Thank you for the lovely words. I haven’t picked up the uke in many months. For several reasons I struggle being in front of people anymore singing. Music has been such a big part of my life. And it’s so good for the brain and heart connection. I’d love to hear your music, Katelon. Wouldn’t it be great to learn from one another and play together? I hope you take care too. ❤️

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      1. It was always a little scary for me learning to sing in front of people when it was only me or one other person. I grew up singing in choirs and an 8 person group also, in high school. Music left me when my son left for the third time in 2007. I even bought a portable keyboard, trying to get myself back into music but it didn’t happen. Yes, music is such an amazing healer.

        I lived for 4 months at the Lama Foundation in NM, 3 of those in a one person tent, and 1 in a small cabin without electricity or plumbing. It had beautiful views of the Rio Grande gorge and river, aspens all around. One time I was walking across the meadow with my guitar, having a strong asthma attack. I sat down, pulled my guitar out of the case and starting singing and my breathing opened up completely. After playing, I put the guitar away and walked on, asthma returned. It was a startling experience.

        Yes, it would be fun to play and learn from each other and share time and space 🙂 <3.
        love, katelon

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      2. How fascinating, Katelon. I enjoyed learning more about you. I understand about music leaving you. I’ve had situations similar when I couldn’t find my “song”. I grew up singing in church and around Momma’s piano with she, Dad, and sisters. It is harder now to sing in front of people. But a video didn’t seem to bother me too bad. But still a bit nervous. Your time in NM sounds dreamy and right in my wheelhouse. Take care and keep making music 🎶 love, Karla

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  2. Great word for our time. Thank you. We in our calloused disconnection from the real world (from reality) contribute to so many of the problems we decry. We all could use more “heartburn,” me included. Great song, well done. Thanks so much for the heart in this post.

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  3. Karla, your voice is so beautiful. I have been singing that song around the house for several days.

    I am having a hard time putting words to my heartburn. I never remember a time in my life that the news was so bad. Evil is rampant, people are suffering, hearts are breaking and the only answer is Jesus. He has and always will be the answer. I couldn’t face a minute without Him. Thank you for sharing. You are a skilled and gifted writer. Congratulations on your book and precious grand baby. ♥️🎶

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    1. Thank you, Pam. Your comments are uplifting and appreciated. Anne Murray has been a favorite for years. My music loves are all over the board. I don’t know where I’d be without God. Or without faith. There have been many times I wanted to give up. And miracles happened. I’d rather try to describe and experience unbelievable miracles than fall prey to mishandled madness. ❤️ I’m so excited about the family growth and the love they all share between one another. It’s what keeps the world going around. Love and hugs, Pam. 💛🤗

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  4. Yes dear lady, there is a lot coming in that is hard to digest but its burn will diminish as we let go our own undigested bits. Our own faith and courage will then see clearer and be able to see the pain behind it all and allow us to give in empathy instead of from our own fears.
    And congratulations to all for the new arrival, may her journey be a little calmer but fruitful to that love awaiting us all 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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    1. Mark, thank you so much…”but it’s burn will diminish as we let go of our own undigested bits.” Beautiful. I don’t ever want to waste my pain. By using it to love others more I’m healing myself. I can’t wait to meet the newest bundle of joy in our family! 💕🥰🙌🏻

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  5. We are inundated with bad news on a daily basis, holding on to the good takes intention and practice. This was a wonderful reminder my friend to hold on to the blessings in this life, there are many, and should be harbored, not overlooked. Congratulations on the new member of your family, what lovely news. BTW you have such a beautiful voice, I throughly enjoyed the attached song, much love to you, C

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    1. C, your words touch my heart ❤️. Thank you so much. I’m happy you enjoyed this post and song. 🎶 Harbor the blessings in life, not overlook them~I love that. I daily remember my blessings. It’s not always easy, but it’s so needed. Much love to you, K 💛

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  6. I suffer the heartburn too. My treatment is to work at the food pantry with the St. Vincent DePaul Society. I’m working with Sparky to make sure we are serving as many as possible…. My friend saintvi is gathering clothes to send to a missionary friend for her to distribute and I’m doing my part too. We all do what we can to help those near and far. But my most constant aid is prayers for this broken world….

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    1. It doesn’t surprise me how you handle the heartburn. I appreciate you. I have found helping others is indeed a wonderful antacid. I love your heart and mission. Your friend is on a wonderful heart plan too. My prayer life is more active. ❤️ thank you for all you’re doing to make our world a brighter place. 💕

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  7. My heart burns with you Karla. But I am comforted by the love that surrounds me and by the understanding that I see in the people around me. I will never forget those who suffer while I do not and those who have so much less than I do.

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    1. Thank you, Pam. I love your response. It really is a comfort being loves and understood by those around you. Thank you for this beautiful reminder. I’ll not forget either. You’re a blessing my friend~to me and so many others. ❤️

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  8. You bring up a great point, Karla, how I feel guilty celebrating anything when many people are facing serious challenges right now. I think the possibly correct word is ‘dichotomy’ when describing lifestyles, limitations on our planet.

    Powerful sentences: “How can I reduce heartburn? How do I digest the dreadful?” I am (trying) to maintain hope in humanity. I was always a fan of Anne Murray. Goosebumps listening to your song, Karla! Thank you for sharing beauty!❤️

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    1. Good morning, Erica. I appreciate and understand well your thoughts. Thank you so much for your lovely comments and support. I have an app called Abide (I recently had a friend tell me how she enjoys this and thanked me for sharing it). Between my own quiet times in devotion and hearing these daily affirmations it’s easier for me to “block” out the negative. Nature is really my place to ground (thinking of your beautiful pics and grandgirl), but the summer heat has hindered. But the days will come again and I, like you, hang on to hope and look for the good all around. It’s there! Stay safe and we’ll. ❤️💛💚

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  9. What a beautiful voice. I’ve thought about this a lot and now I think bad news sells. Chinese papers (back in the day, don’t know about now) ONLY published good news. My students thought (from reading American papers) that America was a dangerous place where we were all likely to be raped and/or murdered when we walked outside our front door. I think we’re a morbid people who get off on being angry and outraged, a people who indulge their paranoia until it becomes rage. But being that angry and outraged makes it emotionally impossible to look at a problem objectively and work toward a solution. It’s a lot easier to be pissed off than it is to take action or BE in the present moment. We go around afraid and angry, forgetting how short our lives are, never asking if we really want to live like that. Me too. I get drawn in just like everyone else. But I think every person who fights it is a light in the darkness. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Martha, for your support and kind words~always. 🎶 I’ve read what you wrote twice. It sums up a lot of how I feel. The Chinese papers sound lovely. “We go around afraid and angry, forgetting how short our lives are…”, wow. I get drawn in too. As much emotion as I have, particularly with love for family and dogs 😉, I really try to stay logical and in a problem-solving posture. Some want a quick fix, others may not want a fix at all because chaos becomes comfortable, and some may not want to take the time it requires to put all angles on the table and really think. I will not overcomplicate my faith. I want to hear THE voice~not the masses of “majority matters” madness because a “side” must be taken. Jesus was a simple man with an uncomplicated message. But boy, we sure can muddle and mess! Love from me and Finn ❤️💛🤗

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  10. There is so much in this post that really touched me – nice singing too, by the way! – but the line that really stuck and squirmed and bubbled in my heart was the line where you said, “My heart burns over illogical indifference.” I haven’t fully processed all my responses to it yet, but in saying this, you have really touched some bedrock truth. Blessings to you, Karla!

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  11. Karla, first, congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter and the publication of your first children’s book! Exciting news! A book that you will be reading to her soon, if you haven’t already. 💕 How wonderful. I enjoyed hearing you sing and strum some tunes. Bravo to you! Enjoy your week and many splendid blessings to celebrate. 💖

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  12. Jean McDonald

    I was raised by 2 people who were always negative & always saw the worst forgetting the best or that people just have the right to their opinions. It is my ever present goal & what i have to work on every single moment of every day to be joyful & see the best which is very difficult in today’s world.It is definitely a heart burn world right now! What a multi talent you are! Beautiful voice! Congrats on both your “babies” this month! Love you dear friend! 💙☕💝💖🙏💕

    On Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 2:40 PM Flannel with Faith wrote:

    > K.L. Hale posted: ” School buses are barreling by, and the summer heat > hangs on. Excitedly I await my favorite season. The hot winds will cool > slightly, and the leaves will fall in position. Not being here with you, > in this space, has caused a disconnect for me. I’ve lo” >

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    1. Vicki, I appreciate your support and friendship so much. Your comments end up in a “special” area and I retrieve them a bit late~my apologies! You’re a role model for us. Many may not escape an environment of negative because of repeating what you only know to do. You broke that brassy barrier and still stay positive even after cancer. I’m so glad I’m this crazy world to have people like you to keep me grounded and focused on what truly matters. And your kind words to me go straight to the heart. I had dinner at the campground and the memories are so lovely. I see you walking your precious Cletus and think of the peaceful path the two of you always made. Love you oodles and noodles. ❤️💚💛

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  13. 😭😭😭 my heart burns with yours, my heart burns over dead soliders, children being slaughtered, sons and daughters left behind, my heart burns over those persecuted. My heart burns over division, lack of love, my heart burns and I cry out Abba Father, Jesus have mercy, I cry for Rivers of Living Water, an outpouring, Living Water to estinguish the burn forever, in Jesus name. May God show forth mercy! 💦😭

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  14. A very challenging and yet hopeful post. To view the tragedies all around the world is heartbreaking. It stirs within us a feeling of overwhelming loss and suffering. We are blessed beyond imagination, yet we so often take it for granted and feel we are entitled. In the end it will be the same for all of us… we take nothing with us when we go. We hare here to spread the good news of life and hope to those around us.

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    1. Thank you, Dwight. Your response is so wise and true. I’m preparing to post a poem I wrote over the weekend as I watch 9/11 documentaries. Speaking of entitlement…as we sit in our world of comfort I continuously remind myself of my blessings and all about a God who loves the entire world he created. I’ll keep sharing hope just like you!

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  15. Autumn is my favorite season, and I feel blessed to be able to spend more time outdoors during my retirement mode. Karla, your use of “heartburn” is an insightful metaphor. Our task is not to allow the negative events around us darken the happiness we so richly deserve. Having a relationship with the Lord has proven to be my best antacid pill.

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