Karen Pashley is an author, an encourager, and a storyteller. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Word Weavers International, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, in 2014 she won the unpublished novel competition at the Blue Ridge Christian Writers’ Conference.
In addition to being passionate about women’s fiction, Karen is an accomplished foodie and the founder of Girls Dine In. The monthly “girls only” gathering at her home is part supper club, part cooking class, and part inspiration.
Karen and her husband, Jay, live in Nashville, Tennessee with the youngest of their four daughters.
Just as all good novels include a plot twist, the Author and Creator of our lives often writes in a twist that ultimately blesses us more than our original plan. Have you ever experienced such a “Divine Detour”?
For sure. Divine Detours are what makes the Christian journey so fascinating! One detour in my life happened a few years back. We wanted to move from Florida to Upstate New York to be near our families. We bought property, started the building plans, hired the architect. But something was keeping us from feeling at peace as we moved towards construction. We continued to try and appease the uneasy feelings, but eventually agreed that we didn’t feel led to move, and we pulled the plug on the project. We decided to stay put in Florida. A few months later, my husband and I visited Nashville for an impromptu weekend getaway. We fell in love with the area. We left wondering if maybe we were being led to move the family to Nashville. Several months later, we stepped out in faith and asked God to show us some specific signs. He did. We uprooted our kids, left behind our house and our business, and moved. The detour took us down a path of faith and leaning on God that never would have happened otherwise. And it has deepened our family’s trust in God’s plan for our lives.