Today is Friday, December 2nd, 2016; Karen's Korner #3450|
Yesterday I was working on our class' Sunday School lesson. As you can imagine, it about the Christmas story and Jesus' birth. Only a handful of verses from Matthew chapter 1 is what we will be studying.
A couple of verses really caught my attention:. It's about Joseph and him learning that his bride-to-be is pregnant:
"Then Joseph, her fiancé, being a man of stern principle, decided to break the engagement but to do it quietly, as he didn't want to publicly disgrace her."
~ Matthew 1:19 LAB
Bible Commentary on this verse: "According to Jewish civil law, Joseph had a right to divorce her, and the Jewish authorities could have her stoned to death. Joseph was faced with a difficult choice after discovering Mary was pregnant. Perhaps he thought he had only two option: divorce Mary quietly or have her stoned. But God had a third option --- marry her. In view of the circumstances, this had not occurred to Joseph. But God often shows us that there are more options available than we think.........."
Father in Heaven, thank You that in every situation of life, there are more options open to us than we could ever imagine! We think the medical diagnosis may be terminal; You say that it can be the beginning of new life. We believe that a relationship may be over; You can heal it. Thank You that you are an 'outside-of-the-box' God and nothing impossible for You......and for us, if we but believe! Thank You. Amen.
Today is Thursday, December 1st, 2016; Karen's Korner #3449|
OUR IOWA magazine always has some 'sayings' included vertical in the margins of many of the pages of each edition.
There are some good ones in its Holiday Issue just out.
I am including a handful for today's Karen's Korner; I really liked them! I will have another installment in one of next week's 'korners':
"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple:
~ Bob Hope
"Time spent in getting even would be better spent in getting ahead."
"The older generation thought nothing of getting up at 5 every morning,
and the younger generation doesn't think much of it either."
"Daily prayer lessen daily cares."
"A society grows when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in."
~ Greek proverb
"There is nothing like 20 below to make you appreciate 20 above."
* "Real abundance is found when we join hands with the ones we love."
"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone."
~ Charles M. Schultz
Today is Wednesday, November 30th, 2016; Karen's Korner #3448|
I was reading John 3 this morning. Once again it is inspiring.
We don't have to be around Christian circles very long before we read, hear, or know, John 3:16:
"For God loved the world (us!) so much that He gave His only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
The next one is lesser well-known but also a good one:
"God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it (us!), but to save it (us!)." ~ John 3:17
The whole chapter is a good one, but the last verse really grabbed my attention:
"And all who trust Him---God's Son---to save them have eternal life; those who don't believe and obey Him shall never see heaven, but the wrath of God remains." ~ John 3:36
Bible Commentary on this verse: "Jesus says that those who believe in Him have eternal life (not will have eternal life). Thus eternal life begins at the moment of spiritual rebirth. To receive eternal life is to possess God's life which by nature is eternal. The reception of this life now guarantees an eternal life with God.
"Jesus sets before us the greatest choice of life. We are responsible to decide today whom we will obey; God wants us to choose life. To decide to put off the choice is to choose not to follow Christ. Indecision may prove fatal."
Eternal life. Not condemned. And that eternity begins when we ask Jesus to part of that 'forever life' and 'forever family'. Sounds like a plan; sounds too good to be true. And it sounds too good to pass up!
Today is Tuesday, November 29th, 2016; Karen's Korner #3447|
Something written by Max Lucado:
It's Not The Journey
"This is God's invitation to us. Set your hearts on your home! In God's plan, it's all about the King and His kingdom. He wrote the script, built the sets, directs the actors, and knows the final act---an everlasting kingdom. Scripture say, 'At the right time, He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ---everything in heaven and on earth' (Ephesians 1:10 NLT). Reach for it.
"The journey home is nice, but the journey is not the destination. Those who are content with nothing more than joy in the journey are settling for too little satisfaction. There is more to this life than THIS life. The Bible tells us 'God.......has planted eternity in the human heart' (Ecclesiastes 3:11). In God's narrative, life on earth is but the beginning. It's the first letter of the first sentence in the first chapter of God's great story that He is writing with your life."
Today is Monday, November 28th, 2016; Karen's Korner #3446|
In the first chapter of John, there is a listing of the disciples as Jesus began picking them. Not only are they named, Jesus comments on them. Here are what He said about two of them:
"Jesus looked intently at Peter and said, 'Your are Simon, John's son--but you shall be called Peter, the Rock."
"As Philip and Nathanael approached, Jesus said (of Nathanael), "Here comes an honest man...."
~ John 1:42 & 47 LAB
So Jesus calls Peter and Nathanael and He speaks of them as a 'Rock" and an 'honest man'. Do you think they each might have looked over their shoulder saying, "Are you talking about me?"
What does He say about each of us as we are 'called'?
And we might be saying, "No, not me!"
But Jesus looks beyond who we know to be us, to who He knows we can become as His followers!
Dear Father God, thank You for who we are and thank You that you see us for who we can become as we look to You for Your wisdom and care. Help us to agree with You and Your assessment of each one of us, and become all we were designed to be in You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Today is Friday, November 25th, 2016; Karen's Korner #3445|
(First an apology for the several typing errors in yesterday's Karen's Korner. It doesn't work well to be the typist and editor because I tend to read what I want it to say and not what is there. I have corrected it; should you want to print it out/copy it for any reason, go to www.karens-korner.com, find the computer printer icon in the right hand corner to print out a copy.)
Everyone Has a Plan
By Dr. David Jeremiah
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."
~ Jeremiah 29:11
"Boxer Mike Tyson once said, 'Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth.' It's amazing how easily our plans are derailed. If you've ever planned a trip, a church event, a family gathering, or the launch of a business plan, you know to expect the unexpected. Sometimes life punches us in the mouth.
"Our Almighty God has a plan for our lives, and His plans are never derailed. In Jeremiah 29, the prophet Jeremiah warned his people of coming judgment and impending invasion. The nation of Judah was about to be punched in the mouth. But God's plans were undeterred, and Jeremiah reassured them of their eventual return and restoration to the land. 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you.........plans to give you hope and a future.' (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
"It's important to plan and prepare for life. But if your plans have suffered a setback, don't let discouragement overtake your mind. Your heavenly Father loves you. He knows all about it, and His plans will unfold with grace and mercy, in His timing and for His glory."
"Sometimes our plans don't work out because God has a better one."
Today is Thursday, November 24th, 2016; Karen's Korner #3444|
Sarah Young's entry for today from "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence";:
"Thankfulness takes the sting our of adversity. That is why I have instructed you to give thanks for everything. There is an element of mystery in this transaction: You give Me thanks (regardless of your feelings), and I give you Joy (regardless of your circumstances). This is a spiritual act of obedience--at times, blind obedience. To people who don't know Me intimately, it can seem irrational and even impossible to thank Me for heartrending hardships. Nonetheless, those who obey Me in this way are invariably blessed, even though difficulties may remain.
"Thankfulness opens your heart to My Presence and your mind to My thoughts. You may still be in the same place, with the same set of circumstances, but it is as if a light has been switched on, enabling you to see from My perspective. It is this Light of my Presence that removes the sting from adversity."
` Written as if Jesus is speaking; taken from Ephesians 5:20; Psalm 118:1; Psalm 89:15
Today is Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016; Karen's Korner #3443|
It's Thanksgiving tomorrow. A time to be thankful!
But every day is a day to be thankful. Adds to our good mental health.
Here is my broad list:
* I am thankful for God, who is also my heavenly Father. He takes good care of me;
* I am thankful for a measure of good health. I think of being able to breathe, hear, see, and the list goes on and on;
* I am thankful for my family who I can love/care for and they can love/care for me;
* I am thankful for friends, more than I could have ever have dreamed of;
* I am thankful for jobs to do; several for which I receive compensation, more that I do as a volunteer;
* I am thankful for the gift of time which I can share with others;
* I am thankful for resources - more than I need - which I give away to those more needy than I am;
* I am thankful for being raised and continue to live on a farm in Iowa, and in being able to reside in the U.S.A.;
* I am thankful that regardless what might happen next in the world or my world, God has my back and He will be there today, tomorrow, and forever!
What a broad list and it could be longer!
What about you? What would you share as your 'thankful' list for November?
"No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16 LAB
Today is Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016; Karen's Korner #3442|
One day last week I wanted to walk outside. Boy was it windy; didn't know if I was going to keep going or not.
When I turned out of my driveway to head south, I walked in front of our neighbor's building site to the west. It blocked off the winds. Still windy, but I couldn't feel it. I did a couple of laps in front of the buildings using them as protection from the blasts.
Sort of like life itself. Sometimes the winds of change blow. But if we trust God and walk with Him, the wind still threaten us but we walk with His protection and we can't feel it, as those without His guarding hands.
"This I declare that He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I am trusting Him. For He rescues you from every trap, and protects you from the fatal plaque. He will shield you with His wings! They will shelter you. His faithful promises are your armor. Now you don't need to be afraid of the dark any more, nor fear the dangers of the day, nor dread the plagues of darkness, nor disasters in the morning."
~ Psalm 91:2 - 6 LAB
Bible Commentary: "God is a refuge, a shelter when we are afraid. The writer's faith in God as Protector would carry him through all the dangers and fears of life. This should be a picture of our trust---trading all our fears for faith in Him, no matter what kind of fear it may be."
(If you have the chance in the near future, read all of Psalm 91.)
Today is Monday, November 21st, 2016; Karen's Korner #3441|
A writing for Thanksgiving week:
"...in wrath remember mercy."
THE FIRST NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING
By Dr. Richard G. Lee from 'In God We Still Trust"
"in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln initiated the first annual National Day of Thanksgiving and Praise on October 3, 1863, issuing a formal Proclamation, passed by an Act of Congress:
"...No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
"And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, and sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to head the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and Union."
- words by Abraham Lincoln