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Printable Issue 3606  Today is Monday, July 24th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3606

Yesterday's Sarah Young and her "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence". It must be a God-thing' as Chad, who presented our communion thought, talked about 'light' as well:


"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 all 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

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Printable Issue 3605  Today is Friday, July 21st, 2017; Karen's Korner #3605

Because we are pretty dry here, there are lots of opportunities to water gardens! Watering doesn't match rains, but it helps.

One time a few days ago, the water in my hose stopped. I tried to trace the lack of water flow back down the hose. I couldn't find any kinks. Oh, no, not a water well problem!

One more look and I found the problem. It was a kink, only hidden from first glances. Undo the kink; water began to flow.

Dear Father in Heaven, thank You that Your 'living water' flows continually.

It's the kinks in our lives that cause us problems.

And we can't 'undo' them without Your help of finding them and then straightening our paths.

We are needy and vulnerable; we need help every day!

And then........here comes the water of 'love, life, hope, help, peace, joy' just to name a few.

Thank You for being our Forever Friend.

Amen.

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Printable Issue 3604  Today is Thursday, July 20th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3604

Some of the things happening in our nation and world, we like. Other things we don't care much about.

I went to a leadership summit in Des Moines on Saturday. Among other presenters was Kellyanne Conway, who serves as a counselor to President Trump. She didn't give a speech but was asked questions by her interviewer.

She was asked to give her list of things for which we could consider praying, thinking of our country. Here is her 'non-political' listing:

Pray for:

* our nation as a whole;

* our government and its officials, those elected or unelected, regardless of their political affiliations;

* that we would be more humble and kind;

* for additional prosperity and safety;

* us to be more fearful of God;

* that we might be less suspicious of one another;

* that we might disagree on policies but not on people and personalities;

* for additional wisdom which only comes from God.

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Sometimes we get too caught up on what we want and dismiss others; how they think and in what they believe. Regardless of our political views, I am sure most of us can pray for the health and healing of both Representative Steve Scalise who still recovers from a gun shot wound and for Senator John McCain as he struggles with his new brain cancer diagnosis.

Thank You, God, that You are bigger than each of us and can take care of every individual and every care. You are the great I AM!

Printable Issue 3603  Today is Wednesday, July 19th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3603

Our crops this spring/summer have looked good; still do. But we need rain. Yesterday weather forecasters said there was 80% chance of rain. No rain.

Will we get some today? Or in the near future?

I have marked in the margin of my Bible near Ecclesiastes chapter 7, "harder farm economic times in 1982". And we are still here!

The underlined verse is:

"Enjoy prosperity whenever you can,

and when hard times strike,

realize that God gives one as well as the other---

so that everyone will realize that nothing is certain in this life."

~ Ecclesiastes 7:14 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "God allows both adversity and prosperity to come to all. He blends them in our lives in such a way that we can't predict the future or count on human wisdom and power. In prosperous times, we love to give ourselves the credit. Then in adversity, we tend to blame God without thanking Him for the good that comes out of it. When life appears certain and controllable, don't let pride make you to comfortable or God may allow adversity to drive you back to Him. When life seems uncertain and uncontrollable, don't despair----God is in control and will bring good results out of tough times."

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Printable Issue 3602  Today is Tuesday, July 18th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3602

Many of you have, and read, Sarah Young's "JESUS CALLING:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence"; thoughts are always good.

I have to confess that I don't get around to reading them every day. No matter. They are good whatever day they may, or may not be read.

This is today's:

"I am nearer than you think, richly present in all your moments. You are connected to Me by Love-bonds that nothing can sever. However, you may sometimes feel alone, because your union with Me is invisible. Ask Me to open your eyes, so that you can find Me everywhere. The more aware you are of My Presence, the safer you feel. This is not some sort of escape from reality; it is turning in to ultimate reality. I am far more Real than the world you can see, hear, and touch. Faith is the confirmation of things we do  not see and the conviction of their reality, perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses."

~ Taken from Acts 17:17-28; Hebrews 11:1 (ASP)

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Printable Issue 3601  Today is Monday, July 17th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3601

Max Lucado is a popular writer because what he writes is so easy to read and understand. This one talks about giving thanks.......not just at Thanksgiving time!


Give Thanks

"Some things just weren't made to coexist. Long-tailed cats and rocking chairs? Bulls in china shop? Not a good idea. Blessings and bitterness? That mixture doesn't go over well with God. Combine heavenly kindness with early ingratitude and expect a sour concoction. Perhaps you've sampled it. Gratitude doesn't come naturally. Self-pity does. Bellyaches do. Grumbles and mumbles----no one has to remind us to offer them Yet they don't mix well with the kindness we've been given.

"Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff. To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God's accomplishments. To rehearse His accomplishments is to discover His heart. Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. So practice gratitude! As Ephesians 5:20 puts it, 'Give thank for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.'"

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Printable Issue 3600  Today is Friday, July 14th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3600

"How dare you tell me, 'Flee to the mountains for safety,' when I am trusting in the Lord?

For the wicked have strung their bows, drawn their arrows tight against the bowstrings, and aimed from ambush at the people of God.

'Law and order have collapsed,' we are told. 'What can the righteous do but flee?'

"But the Lord is still in his holy temple; he still rules from heaven. He closely watches everything that happens here on earth."

~ Psalm 11:1-4 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "David's (writer) faith stood in dramatic contrast to the fear of his advisors. Faith in God keeps us from losing hope and helps us resist fear. David's advisors were afraid because they saw only frightening circumstances. David was comforted and optimistic because he knew God was greater than anything his enemies could bring against him."

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Printable Issue 3599  Today is Thursday, July 13th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3599

According to God's Purpose


"In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 NIV

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"Romans 8:28 says, 'In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.' In other words, when you are in the purpose, or will, of God, everything that comes into your life can work for your good. You may immediately question how the pregnancy of your unmarried daughter can work for your good, or how your terminal illness can be for your good. If, by 'good', Romans 8:28 meant your comfort, convenience, health, wealth, prosperity, pleasure, or happiness, we would all question it! But your ultimate good is conformity to the image of Jesus Christ. And when you are in God's will --- 'called according to his purpose'---everything God allows into your life is used by Him to make you like Christ.

"Everything!"

~ By Anne Graham Lotz

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Printable Issue 3598  Today is Wednesday, July 12th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3598

Today's entry from Sarah Young and her "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence":


"Whenever you feel distant from Me, whisper My Name in loving trust. This simple prayer can restore your awareness of My Presence.

"My Name is constantly abused in the world, where people use it as a curse word. This verbal assault reaches all the way to heaven; every word is heard and recorded. When you trustingly whisper My Name, My aching ears are soothed. The grating rancor of the world's blasphemies cannot compare with a trusting child's utterance:  'JESUS'. The power of My Name to bless both you and Me is beyond your understanding."

~Taken from Acts 4:12; John 16:24

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Printable Issue 3597  Today is Tuesday, July 11th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3597

Today's Max Lucado daily inspirational thought.

Maybe it is my age, but it seems that there is becoming a rash of people who are dying who are 'younger than we'd like'. Seems we don't 'mind,' or get used to, people who die in their 80s and 90s, but we are 'shocked' by those who die unexpectedly in their 50s and 60s:


A Reunion is Coming

"The word good-bye. This word may be the challenge of your life. How does a person get through raging loneliness, strength-draining grief? The rest of the world has moved on and you ache to do the same. Take heart. God has served notice. All farewells are on the clock.

"1 Thessalonians 4:16 begins, 'The Master himself will give the command. Archangel thunder! God's trumpet blast! He will come down from heaven and the dead in Christ will rise. Then the rest of us who are still alive at the time will be caught up with them into the clouds to meet the Master. Oh, we'll be walking on air. And there will be one huge family reunion with the Master. Reassure one another with these words!' (MSG)

"Revelation 21:4 promises He will wipe every tear from our eyes. Isn't this our hope? God has promised a restoration of all things. All things-----and that includes yours!

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