Today is Wednesday, August 5th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4268|
The fifth of seven
exchanges. What we get at the foot of the cross because of what Jesus did for
Taken from 'Praying Grace; 55 Meditations and Declarations on the
Finished Work of Christ' by David A. Holland:
OUR SHAME FOR HIS GLORY
Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was
Him endured the cross,
despising the same,
and has sat down at the
right hand of the throne of God:"
~ Hebrews 12:2 NKJV
shame is that sense of uncleanness we feel when we sin, resulting in damage
to ourselves or others. Its close companion is our English word guilt. The
second shame is that humiliating sense of defilement and worthlessness we
feel when we are used, abused, or wounded by others.
"In other words, we feel the first shame when we hurt someone else, and
the second when someone hurts us.
"Jesus experienced and carried both forms of shame with Him to the
cross. When Jesus looked ahead to the cross, He didn't see pain. He saw
unspeakable shame. Our shame heaped upon Himself in almost infinite measure.
"One of the great wonders of the cross is that Jesus did more than bear
our sin. He bore the first great consequence of sin---our shame. No matter
what we've done or what has been done to us, we are invited to come to the
cross and leave our shame there.
"Knowing this, why would we continue to carry a single particle of
"Jesus I look to
You, the author and finisher of my faith. For the joy that was set before
You, You endured the cross, despising the same. Now You are seated at the
right hand of the throne Of God. Thank You for pressing
through---despising the shame---and enduring the cross for me.
"I come to the
cross and leave the guilt for my sin there. I leave the defilement and humiliation
of every time I have been hurt or abused there, too. I will not insult
Your grace or waste Your sacrifice by continuing to carry my shame. In
exchange, I take up Your joy and innocence as my own."
Today is Tuesday, August 4th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4267|
As we have turned the page to August, lots of thoughts about schools. Students. Teachers. Parents. Those making decisions about educations at all levels.|
It has always been a challenge to make the right choices but this year it is extremely difficult. Who knows the right things to do.
I received these couple of Bible verses and a prayer from the National Day of Prayer Task Force:
Psalm 78:1-4 NIV: "My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old— things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done."
Please join me in praying for our schools::
"Lord Jesus, we come to You now to lift up all of our schools to You; public, private, home and Christian schools across America. Please give them wisdom in their decisions on where to teach as well as what to teach. We ask that You guide and guard the hearts, minds, eyes, and ears of our students as they open their books and hear the lessons in their classroom from pre-K through college. Let them be filled with Truth and light. Give then Christian friends to encourage their walk with You and let them be bold to share Your Word and love with others on their campus as they live out life in You and for You."
Today is Monday, August 3rd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4266|
Anyone like me? For decades, maybe my whole life, I have had to depend on God and His Love and Care. And I have many, many memories of how He has done it for me. Us. My world. Our world.
But this time? Lots of things needing help: political unrest, world in crises, pandemic, people with troubles. Lots of them. Will God come through this time? We have a tendency to wonder.
"Lord, with all my heart I thank you.
I will sing praise before the armies of angels.
I face your Temple as I worship,
giving thanks to for all your lovingkindness
and your faithfulness,
for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name. When I pray, you answer me by giving me the strength I need."
~ Psalm 138:1 - 3 LAB
Bible Commentary: "Thanksgiving should be an integral part of our lives. This theme is woven throughout the psalms. As we thank God for material and spiritual blessings, we should also thank him for answered prayers. Remember when you asked God for protection, strength, comfort, patience, love, or others special needs and he supplied them? Beware of taking God's provisions and answered prayer for granted."
Today is Monday, August 3rd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4265|
to plant flowers. I tend to have quite a few of them. Various varieties
of size, heights, and colors of marigolds, line the sidewalk coming
up into my farm home.
There are three solar lights in amongst the marigolds that grow parallel
to my kitchen window.
I noticed the other evening that none of the three were lighting up the
night. At second look, I could see why. The marigolds were now taller
than the lights, so no sun could be collected during the day.
That is me; how about you? The only light I have is the Light reflected
and collected from the "SON". Don't have much light of my own.
'When Jesus spoke again
to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will
have the light of life.”'
Today is Monday, August 3rd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4264|
The fourth of seven exchanges. What we get at the foot of the cross because of what Jesus did for us!
Taken from 'Praying Grace; 55 Meditations and Declarations on the Finished Work of Christ' by David A. Holland:
OUR SICKNESS FOR HIS HEALTH
"For He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities;the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed."
~Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
"We know that sickness and disease are not God's will for His people because there was no illness in the Garden of Eden. Pain and infirmity were not part of the lovely creation that God declares 'good'. Sickness was and is a result of the fall and its ensuing curse.
"God introduced Himself to the Israaelites as 'The Lord who heals you' (Exodus 15:26). Jesus attacked sickness and physical brokenness every time He encountered it. .
Some believers do not believe in physical healing. Others 'understand that physical healing is an integral element in Jesus' atoning work, miraculous restorations are not unusual' for these believers.
"At the cross, you can exchange your brokenness---spiritual, physical, and emotional --for Jesus' wholeness."
"Jesus, thank You for everything You suffered and took upon Yourself in Your atoning death.
"You were wounded for my transgressions, bruised for my iniquities; the chastisement for my peace was upon Your head, and by Your stripes I am healed. By Your grace, I will not let any of what You purchased go to waste or go unclaimed. You took my sickness and brokenness so I could have Your wholeness and health. I receive it!"
Today is Monday, August 3rd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4263|
Triumph Over Suffering
By Anne Graham
"In the time
of trouble, He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His
tabernacle He shall hide me."
~ Psalm 27:5 NKJV
"Believers of every generation have triumphed over their suffering as they placed
their faith in God, trusting Him even when they didn't understand why. And
every generation has suffered to a greater or lesser degree.
"My generation has not been exempt. There has been unfathomable
hopelessness and helplessness in the killing fields of Cambodia under the
Khmer Rouge, in the massacres under the vicious anarchy of the Red Guard in
China, in the senseless slaughter between tribes in Rwanda, in the torture
chambers supervised by the butcher of Baghdad ....... Sometimes it is just
so hard to understand!
"Yet God is bigger than our suffering. We can have hope as we place
our trust in Him-- in His faithfulness and in His ability to work out in
our live His purposes that will be for our ultimate good and His eternal
glory. So.........when you suffer, just trust Him!"
Today is Tuesday, July 28th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4262|
This is the date 21
years ago that our daughter Merry was killed in a car/semi accident.
She was a sender of emails. Some were serious. Others funny. Sometimes crazy.
Unfortunately I only saved 9. One is included today. Since there are so few,
undoubtedly you have read it before. No matter:
From me to you.........
Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Do not set your goals by what other people deem important.
Only you know what is best for you.
Do not take for granted the the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life,
for without them, life is meaningless.
Do not let you life slip through your fingers by living in the past nor for
By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.
Do not give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
It is a fragile thread that binds us to each other.
Do not be afraid to encounter risks.
It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Do not shut love out of your life
by saying it is impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love is to give love;
The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly.
Do not dismiss your dream.
To be without dreams is to be without hope;
To be without hope is to be without purpose.
Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been,
but also where you are going.
Life is not a race,
but a journey to be savored each step of the way."
A side note for the
day: this year on June 17, it would have been Merry & Ed's 25th
wedding anniversary. As Ed has, all twenty-one years since her untimely
death, he has made the trip to Clarion to put flowers on her grave and to
'talk with Merry' sometime each calendar year.
Easy to love a guy like that!
Today is Monday, July 27th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4261|
This week is birthday week for our family: sister, sister, niece,nephew, niece. Happy birthday Eileen,Jill,Deb, Jim, and Colleen!
No matter what ages we are. Or if this is birthday week or not. We are all getting older. Some of us are farther 'up the ladder' than others.
"I will keep on expecting You to help me.
I praise Your name and more.
I cannot count the times when You have faithfully rescued me from danger.
I will tell everyone how good You are,
and of Your constant, daily care.
I walk in the strength of the Lord God.
I tell everyone that You alone are just and good."
~ Psalm 71:14 - 16 LAB
Bible Commentary: "As we face the sunset years (not everyone in my birthday list are that old!), we recognize that God has been our constant help in the past. As physical powers wain, we need God even more, and we realize He is still our constant help. We must never despair, but keep on expecting His help no matter how severe our limitations (above list, not there yet!). Hope in Him helps us to keep going, to keep serving Him."
Today is Friday, July 24th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4260|
(On yesterday's Karen's Korner, I failed to put the accompanying Bible verse telling about one of the seven exchanges which happens at the foot of the cross; when we received His (Jesus) acceptance for our rejection:
"He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces He was despised, and we held Him in low esteem."
~ Isaiah 53:3 NIV)
Yesterday's "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence" by Sarah Young:
"I am the Light of the World. Men crawl through their lives cursing the darkness, but all the while I am shining brightly. I desire each of my followers to be a Light-bearer. The Holy Spirit who lives in you can shine from your face, making Me visible to people around you. Ask My Spirit to live through you, as you wend your way through this day. Hold My hand in joyful trust, for I never leave your side. The Light of My Presence is shining upon you. Brighten up the world by reflecting who I AM."
(Taken from John 8:12; Matthew 5:14 - 16; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Exodus 3:14)
Today is Thursday, July 23rd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4259|
The third of seven exchanges. What we get at the foot of the cross because of what Jesus did for us!
Taken from 'Praying Grace; 55 Meditations and Declarations on the Finished Work of Christ' by David A. Holland:
OUR REJECTION FOR HIS ACCEPTANCE
"Jesus suffered for our sins, having our sins laid upon Him as He was crucified. He was despised and rejected by His people. He was betrayed and abandoned by His closest friends. But far beyond these cruel blows, as He became sin itself for us. He felt His own Father withdraw His comforting presence.
"Jesus suffered your rejection so you might have His acceptance. You can purpose today to never again fall back into the trap of disqualifying yourself. You can learn to fight for your heart confidence to feed it and strengthen it with God's Word and attach undermining, condemning thoughts with scriptural truth.
"Fly to Him, child of God. Run as fast as your feet can carry you. Know that you are accepted, loved, and unspeakably welcome. Then, with grateful mindfulness of all He has done for your, pour out to Him your requests."
"Father, I have been to the cross and exchanged my rejections for Jesus' acceptance. I stand in grateful wonder that He took on the rejection I deserved so that I could experience the acceptance He deserves. What a wonderful exchange.
"I will maintain and protect the confidence of my heart before You. I will not fall back into the trap of disqualifying myself. I will not casually set aside such a costly and precious gift of Your acceptance. I run to You freely and expectantly, knowing that I am as welcomed and accepted as Your Son."