Today is Monday, May 29th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3566|
Happy Memorial Day!
A day to remember those who have fought and died to keep our country free and safe.
Several rattling thoughts for the day:
* Our coins say "In God We Trust";
may that remain true in our nation; let's pray that it becomes more and more of a reality in the lives of all of us!
We also say:
"United States of America";
sometimes it feels more like the Un-tied States--or divided states--of America.
Let's pray that one-by-one we can become more and more 'united!
God has blessed America since its beginning; this Memorial Day, let's ask Him to continue to bless our country in the future:
God Bless America
By Irving Berlin
"God bless America, land that I love
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above.
"From the mountains to the prairies
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America, my home sweet home
God bless America, my home sweet home.
Today is Saturday, May 27th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3565|
(A Saturday edition to offset Tuesday when I was away from my computer).
Annually, a number of middle school students locally put on a 'seniors night' when grandparents and retirees return to school for one evening. There are a number of 'class' offerings.
One of the classes was planting a couple of garden seeds and receiving some growing tips. Our class started a couple of flower seeds (I can't recall the kind!), but they could be grown inside or out. After mine started in its pot indoors, I decided to set it outside, not far from my basement door.
The nice 'green plant' didn't do well. It didn't die; it didn't thrive either.
But in the last week, I see that it is really doing well: not from the top but from regrowth, coming from the roots! It's going to make it and thrive.
Makes me think of us when we are 'rooted' in God's love and life. It isn't so much about us, but about Him!
"Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done."
~ Colossians 2:7 (TLB)
"Thank You, God, for the lives we have in You. Thank You that we can grow because of our 'root system'. You are a good, every day God! We can count You and Your Love for all of us! Amen."
Today is Friday, May 26th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3564|
"In a world of unrelenting changes, I am the One who never changes. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Find in Me the stability for which you have yearned.
"I created a beautifully ordered world: one that reflected My perfection. Now, however, the world is under the bondage of sin and evil. Every person on the planet faces gaping jaws of uncertainty. The only antidote to this poisonous threat is drawing closer to Me. In My Presence you can face uncertainty with perfect Peace."
~ By Sarah Young, from "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence"
as if Jesus is talking with us today, May 26;
taken from Revelation 22:13; John 16:33 (AMP)
Today is Thursday, May 25th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3563|
"Commit your work to the Lord, then it will succeed."
~ Proverbs 16:3 LAB
Bible Commentary: "There are different ways to fail to commit our work to the Lord. Some commit their work only superficially. They say the project is being done for the Lord, but in reality they are doing it for themselves. Others tend to give God temporary control of their interests, only to take control back the moment things stop going the way they expect. Still others commit their task fully to the Lord, then put forth no effort themselves. They wonder why they do not experience success. We must maintain a delicate balance: trusting God as if everything depended on him, while working as if everything depended on us. Think of a specific effort in which you are involved right now. Have you committed it to the Lord?"
Today is Wednesday, May 24th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3562|
A Deposit of Power
~ written by Max Lucado
"Many Christians view their conversion something like a car wash. You go in a filthy clunker, and you come out with your sins washed away---a cleansed clunker. But conversion is more than a removal of sin. It is a deposit of power! It is as if a brand-new Ferrari engine was mounted in your frame. God removed the old motor that was caked, cracker, and broken with rebellion and evil; and he replaced it with a humming, roaring version of himself.
"The Apostle Paul described it as being 'a new creation, old things have passed away; behold all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are fully equipped. Do you need more energy? You have it. More kindness? It's yours. Hebrews 13:21 promises that God will equip you with all you need for doing His will. Just press the gas pedal. God has given you everything you need for living a godly life!"
Today is Monday, May 22nd, 2017; Karen's Korner #3561|
"A man without God is trusting in a spider's web. Everything he counts on WILL collapse."
~ Job 8:14 LAB
Bible Commentary: "One of man's basic needs is security and people will do almost anything to feel secure. Eventually, however, our money, possessions, knowledge, and relationships will fail or be gone. Only God can give lasting security. What have we trusted for our security? How lasting is it? If we have a secure foundation with God, then feeling of insecurity cannot uproot us."
(No Karen's Korner tomorrow as I will be away from my computer. Wednesday's will be sent later in the day!)
Today is Friday, May 19th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3560|
GLORY FOLLOWS SUFFERING
"I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."
~ Romans 8:18 NKJV
"Bad things do happen to those Jesus loves. But remember this spiritual principle: Glory follows suffering, and life follows death.
"Miss Audrey Wetherell Johnson was a woman greatly beloved of God. Born in England, educated in Europe, delivered from agnosticism, and transformed by God's grace into a gifted Bible teacher and preacher, she answered God's call to the mission field in China during the 1930s. After years of teaching pastors and church leaders in a theological seminary in Beijing, Miss Johnson was scooped up with other missionaries and placed in a Japanese concentration camp for three years of intolerable and unmentionable suffering. Yet once again we glimpse God's glory when we learn that Miss Johnson was finally released, came to America, and began Bible Study Fellowship, an international ministry that now has approximately one million men and women who use her material and format to God's Word each week.
"If something bad has happened to you, would you look forward to the glory that IS coming?!!
~ Anne Graham Lotz
Today is Thursday, May 18th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3559|
"in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."
~ Genesis 1:1 KJV
"Then the Lord said to Noah, 'Go into the ark you and your whole family.....take with you two of every kind of animal, a male and its mate......"
~ Genesis 7:1 & 2 NIV
Most people are becoming aware of a replica of Noah's Ark and the Creation Museum which are a handful of miles apart in Kentucky. It is becoming a destination for a vacation or a stop on travelers' way to other points of interest.
Several people from the Clarion Church of Christ have put together a short-trip that direction from here in Iowa to Kentucky from Thursday - Sunday, August 10 - 13, and we are inviting you to travel with us, if your schedule allows or if it seems interesting to you.
It should be affordable. Cost is $50 for the round trip, riding on a 15-passenger van; staying for three nights at a motel. Rate is $85 per night which can house up to five people with queen-sized beds complete with a hot breakfast each morning. Two-day tickets (one day at each museum) range in prices of $35 - 60, for children, senior citizens, or adults.
It is about a 10-hour trip from Clarion to our destination. One day out; one day at one museum; another at the other; and then our return trip. Look at a map, we can pick up people along the way. We will be traveling south on I-35 and then east on I-80.
If you'd like more information, let me know and I will direct you to the right person. It will take a $50 payment to secure a seat on the van. All other amounts will be paid when we actually on our trip.
It promises to be an adventure!
Today is Wednesday, May 17th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3558|
Today's entry from Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence":
"As you sit quietly in My Presence, remember that I am a God of abundance. I will never run out of resources; My capacity to bless you is unlimited. You live ina world of supply and demand, where necessary things are often scarce. Even if you personally have enough, you see poverty in the world around you. It is impossible for you to comprehend the lavishness of My provisions: the fullness of My glorious riches.
"Through spending time in My Presence, you gain glimpses of My overflowing vastness. These glimpses are tiny foretastes of what you will experience eternally in heaven. Even now you have access to as much of Me as you have faith to receive. Rejoice in My abundance---living by faith, not by sight."
~ Taken from Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17
Today is Tuesday, May 16th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3557|
A couple of weeks ago, for a second time, I ran (not fast, but not walking!) at the Grand Blue Mile (one mile) as part of the Drake Relays....with several thousand of my closest friends!
I couldn't help but think about 'how blessed' I am with good health at my age!
Unless I am hit by a falling meteor (or some other untimely event), some day I will have a decline in my health. So then am I 'unblessed'??
Do we equate blessings with good health? materials successes? happy, growing family members? some other things we 'like'?
What about when we get job losses? financial reverses? less-than-the-best health diagnoses? Are those 'un-blessings'?
I think Jesus was telling his disciples about 'His blessings' from the Beatitudes:
"Looking at His disciples, he said:
"Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
"Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
"Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
"Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man."
~ taken from Luke 6:20 - 22 NIV
Sometimes when we get things we 'like', we are blessed with God's hand.
Other times when we get things we 'don't like', we are blessed with God's heart
As part of God's Kingdom, everything is doable!
I am blessed (as are you!) today. And we can plan on being blessed by Him tomorrow!!