Welcome to my Life
inside the Crucibles
Hi! I'm Alethea Karen. My chosen pronunciation is "UhLEETHeeya KahREN. Because my name is pronounced so many incorrect ways, I thought I'd put my preference out there--FIRST! Depending upon where you look, together the names mean “Truth", "Pure", "Unsullied", and "Strength".
I live in the crucibles.
What is a crucible ?
Simply put, a crucible is a vessel, a container used in melting substances that need to be melted at a very high temperature--a temperature that does not affect the vessel. Silver and gold are two precious metals that are melted and purified in a crucible.
Today, a severe test, such as grueling rigors athletes undergo, is sometimes called a crucible. Situations can also be called crucibles when they causes great changes to occur.
Over the years, I learned that my life is a combination of several crucibles--not just one HUGE refining pot. Realizing that made it possible for me to understand why I functioned differently depending upon the group I was interacting with or the situation I was in. I also realized I was not alone, even when it sometimes seemed I was.
God promised to never leave or forsake me, so He was always there. In truth, when I felt most alone and in deepest pain, it was because in trying to escape the heated confines of the crucible, I distanced myself from Him. I jumped out of the crucible and landed right in the fire!
I also hope you share subjects you want to talk about in the Forum, ask questions, and give feedback. Let's respectfully talk about the things that matter, supporting and encouraging each other.
“The Crucibles” exists to help individuals realize everyone lives in heated vessels that change us. We seek to guide the process from surviving to thriving in life’s crucibles—one person at a time.
Our vision is to be the place where the wounded receive more than an emotional bandage; to be a community where people come to be heard, to obtain compassionate support, and find help as they seek healing.
Our vision includes the ability to provide funding for respite care to cancer caregivers and revenue to support the ministry of The Crucibles.
No one is alone in the Refiner’s fire.
Sometimes we get ourselves into things ~
and need a little help to get out.