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Printable Issue 4554  Today is Thursday, October 21st, 2021; Karen's Korner #4554
A second 'serving' of Side Notes from the October/November issue of OUR IOWA magazine. The vertical entries in the margins of each issue:


"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.
Have you used one to say, 'thank you'?


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"The best day to accomplish something
is the day before tomorrow."


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"All of us could take a lesson from the weather.
It pays no attention to criticism."


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"There is no greater joy than 
making a difference in someone's life."


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"The most destructive force in the universe is
gossip."


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"What goes up but never goes down?
Your age!"


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"Failure is the path of 
least persistence."


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Printable Issue 4553  Today is Wednesday, October 20th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4553
From Max Lucado:

Stand Out and Assist

"1 Peter chapter 2, verses 9 and12 read, 'You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God…Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God.'

"How do God’s people live in a godless society? Do they blend in and assimilate? No, this is the time to stand out and assist. We were made for this moment. This is no time to play around. You were made for more than social media and flashy parties. You were made to serve the almighty God and be a temple of his Holy Spirit. Society offers nothing. Hollywood can’t satisfy your needs. Madison Avenue makes big promises but leaves people naked of hope. Godless living is no life to live."

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Printable Issue 4552  Today is Tuesday, October 19th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4552
Several weeks ago a friend introduced our prayer group to "365 Days of Prayer for Women", which she was given as a gift when her sister passed away.

We liked what was written for that day! Another friend tracked down books for all of us who wanted them! I wanted a copy!

This is today's entry. Get ready I will share some of them with you at times. They are composed by Stephanie Sample. By the way, they could be good for 'men' as well!

Willing to Listen


"A wise warning to someone who will listen
is as valuable as gold earrings or fine gold jewelry."


~ Proverbs 25:12 NIV

"Lord, thank you for the advisors and counselors you've provided as I've gone through life. You gave them wisdom and patience, and I benefit from both. You, and they forgave the times I was too arrogant or stubborn to listen, and you rejoiced with them when I heard them, saving myself the trouble of another lesson learned the hard way. Thank you also for the chance to pass this blessing on, as you've placed people in my life who are willing to listen to me. Thank you for tenderness and grace toward them as they ignore my advice. And thank for wisdom on the days they take it to heart."

ARE WE WILLING TO LISTEN?

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Printable Issue 4551  Today is Monday, October 18th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4551

""But a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw him, he felt deep pity. Kneeling beside him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his donkey and walked along beside him till they came to an inn, where he nursed him through the night. The next day he handed the innkeeper two twenty dollar bills and told him to take care of the man. 'If his bill runs higher than that,' he said. "I'll pay the difference the next time I am here!'"

~ Luke 13:33 - 37 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "This parable pictures the love Jesus has for us. Like the traveler, we have been wounded and left to die, and we can do nothing to save ourselves. But Jesus came along and took us to a place of healing. Our salvation is his doing, not our own."

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Printable Issue 4550  Today is Friday, October 15th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4550
Daily devotional sent out by Dr. David Jeremiah, long-time pastor at a California church, radio personality, and conference speaker. Date was Tuesday, October 12.

"For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea."

~ Isaiah 11:9
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"In 2013, may liberal thinkers boasted in the apparent success of the socialist government of Venezuela. Journalist David Sirota said the U.S. should envy the work of Hugo Chavez, and celebrities celebrated his socialist cause----celebrities like Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Oliver Stone, and Michael Moore. But constitutional rights were suspended in 2016, and now a third of the citizens of Venezuela don't have enough food to eat. Nearly one in five are eating garbage. Over five million people have fled, and Americans who set foot in Venezuela are subject to kidnapping and extortion.

"Why is socialism so attractive to so many people? It eventually turns governments into gods. Socialism ultimately fails because productivity declines when one person's labor is given to another. God's Word values the importance of work and the integrity of God-given rights.

"One day Jesus Christ will govern the world, and His knowledge will touch every life. Until then, let's work hard to be productive, and let's guard ourselves against destructive philosophies."

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."  

~ Margaret Thatcher

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Printable Issue 4549  Today is Thursday, October 14th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4549
Yesterday's entry from Sarah Young and her "Jesus Calling;  Enjoying Peace in His Presence"; written as if Jesus is talking directly to its readers:


"Beware of seeing yourself through other people's eyes. There are several dangers to this practice. First of all, it is nearly impossible to  discern what others actually think of you. Moreover, their views of you are subject to each viewer's spiritual, emotional, and physical condition. The major problem with letting others define you is that it borders on idolatry. Your concern to please others dampens your desire to please Me, your Creator.

"It is much more real to see yourself through My eyes. My gaze upon you is steady and sure, untainted by sin. Through My eyes you can see yourself as one who is deeply, eternally loved. Rest in My loving gaze, and you will receive deep Peace. Respond to My loving Presence by worshiping ey in spirit and in truth."

~ Taken from Hebrews 11:6; John 4:23 - 24
Printable Issue 4548  Today is Wednesday, October 13th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4548
Quotes from 'Side Notes', taken from the October/November 2021 OUR IOWA magazine. Shared in the outside margins, vertically:


"A word to the wise 
isn't as good as
a word from the wise."


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"Look at what you have left,
not what you have lost."


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"You are an old-timer
if you remember when folks
sat down to dinner
and counted their blessings
instead of calories.


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"If you don't know where you are going,
you'll wind up someplace else."
~ Yogi Berra


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"There is no greater joy
than making a difference in someone's life."


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"A child's greatest period of growth
is the months after
you've purchased new school clothes."


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*"Life is not holding a good hand;
life is playing a poor hand well."
~ Danish proverb


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Printable Issue 4547  Today is Tuesday, October 12th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4547
"That evening Jesus' disciples went down to the shore to wait for him. But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn't come back, they got into the boat and headed out across the lake toward Capernaum. But soon a gale swept down upon them as they rowed, and the sea grew very rough. They were three or four miles out when suddenly they saw Jesus walking toward the boat! They were terrified, but he called out to them and told them not to be afraid. Then they were willing to let him in, and immediately the boat was where they were going!"

~ John16:16 - 21 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "When Jesus came to the disciples during a storm, walking on the water, he told them not to be afraid. We often face spiritual and emotional storms and feel tossed about like a small boat on a big lake. In spite of terrifying circumstances, if we allow Christ to take control in our lives, he can give us peace in the midst of any storm.

"Faith is the mindset that expects God to act. When we live with this expectation, we can overcome our fears."
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Printable Issue 4546  Today is Monday, October 11th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4546
A Privileged Position
 
“You are my friends if you do what I command.”
 
~ John 15:14 NIV

By Anne Graham Lotz
 
“What could be a greater privilege than to have Jesus call us His friend? If I told you that the Queen of England was my friend, you would probably snicker. And rightly so. But if the Queen stated that, ‘Anne Lotz is my friend,’ it would be impressive. It would indicate a relationship based on personal knowledge that she publicly affirmed.

“Jesus did more than say you and I could call Him our friend. He promises He will call us His friends! Now that’s impressive! That’s a privileged position!”
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Printable Issue 4545  Today is Saturday, October 9th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4545
"I was glad for the suggestion
of going to Jerusalem,
to the Temple of the Lord."


~ Psalm 122:1 LAB

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Sorry for no Karen's Korner yesterday; I was away from my computer.

This Bible verse talks about 'going to the Temple' and worshipping together. We have lots of ways and opportunities to worship together, especially after COVID. In person at church, over the internet, you tube, facebook, television. 

Tomorrow is the day. Let's JUST DO IT!

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Bible Commentary:  "Going to God's house can be a chore or a delight. For the psalmist, it was a delight. As a pilgrim to one of these great religious feasts, he was excited to worship with God's people in God's house. We may find worship a chore if we have sin in our lives or if our love for God has cooled. But if we are close to God and enjoy his presence, we will hunger to worship and praise him. Our attitude toward God will determine our view of worship."

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