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Printable Issue 4400  Today is Friday, March 5th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4400
A milestone:  Karen's Korner #4400! I like the ones which end in 00. Whatever that might mean. This one needs to be a good one! Any of the 'korners' have touched my heart and mind in some way.

Today's is no different.

I receive a inspirational thought daily written by Max Lucado. The series I have been receiving lately are all about God's Love. Pretty basic but something we need to be reminded of. Often! Especially when we experience changes we don't care much about. Pandemic. Heath or financial changes. Changes in our world. Or our lives.

Here is a recent one of Max's:

A Fountain of Love That Won't Run Dry

"You don’t influence God’s love. You can’t affect the love of God. If your actions altered his devotion, then God would not be love; instead, he would be a human, for this is human love.

"Don’t you need a fountain of love that won’t run dry? You’ll find one on a stone-cropped hill outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus hangs, cross-nailed and thorn-crowned.
When you feel unloved, ascend this mount and meditate long and hard on heaven’s love for you. Both eyes beaten shut, shoulders as raw as ground beef, lips bloody and split. Fists of hair yanked from his beard. Gasps of air escaping his lungs.

"As you peer into the crimsoned face of heaven’s only Son, remember this: “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8 NLT).

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Printable Issue 4399  Today is Thursday, March 4th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4399
I like it when Karen's Korner readers share something they have found or written. This is something my sister, Jill, texted me a bit ago which I really like. I don't know the author.

Whether we 'inherit' a lot in this life or not, look what we inherit as believers! First think about yourself. Then pause for a moment to think of a person/people who you love and who are in heaven right now:

One minute after a believer dies:

* Angels usher your soul to Heaven  (Luke16:22)

* You immediately enter God's presence  (2 Corinthians 5:6 - 8)

* You are conscious, in command of your thinking, feeling, speech, and memories  (Luke 16:19 - 31)

* You participate in magnificent worship with angels and believers before the throne of God and Christ  (Revelation 4 - 5)

* You are aware to some degree of activities and events on Earth  (Revelation 6:9 - 10)

* You will recognize and communicate with believers who preceded you to Heaven  (Luke 9:28 - 36)

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Printable Issue 4398  Today is Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021; Karen's Korner #4398
When I was getting ready to be gone for a couple of weeks, among my packing and readying things at home, I had to 'pack' for our dog, Rocky to be gone as well.

He was going to spend time staying at a family's home in Clarion. Rocky saw me getting his container of food ready, grabbing his lead strap,,,his food and water dish; as well as the pet taxi in which he always sleeps.

And he was getting excited!

He had no idea where he was going but my 'ready-ing', he had seen before. This meant he was going some place. And I ride in one of our vehicles was in the offing!

Out the door he ran with me. Jumping into our pick up!

I wonder sometimes how excited I am when something 'new' is happening in my life. When God has a new thing planned for me. I don't know what it is, nor where I am going.

But do I get excited about the 'trip' because I have trusted Him other times and He always has His best in mind for me? Or do I question? Worry? Sulk? Because I am not so sure 'this time' where we are going?

Father in Heaven, help me to be like Rocky. I want to be excited about the journey ahead. Help me to trust You. Help me to enjoy the trip. Wherever it might lead. In Jesus' Name Who already planned my/our journey; the one for this life. And the one into eternity. Amen.
Printable Issue 4397  Today is Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021; Karen's Korner #4397
"But Christ gave himself to God for our sins as one sacrifice for all time, and then sat down in the place of highest honor at God's right hand, waiting for his enemies to b laid under his feet.

"For by that one offering, he made forever perfect in the sight of God, all those whom he is making holy."


~ Hebrews 10:12 - 14 LAB

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I sometimes write in the margins on my Bible, as thoughts come to me. And date them:


"We are all perfect in God's sight."   ~ 2/2/99

"In an imperfect world, we must never forget how much God loves us!:    ~ 10/21/10

Thank You, Father God, that You are our perfect Heavenly Father, and that You love us so much. Help us to see ourselves as You see as........perfect in Your Love. Thank You, for doing for us, what we can never do for ourselves...making us holy! And for use in Your purposes. We don't know how You do it, but thank You! In the name of Your Son, our perfect sacrifice. Amen.
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Printable Issue 4396  Today is Monday, March 1st, 2021; Karen's Korner #4396
Happy to be back after a couple of weeks away from my computer! Looks like we might be nearing spring in Iowa.....if not now, soon!

The past little bit most of Max Lucado's daily inspirational thoughts have been on God and how much He loves us. Who can't use a bit more of His Love!

God's Marvelous Love

"In his letter to Ephesians, Paul urged, 'May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves,…' (Ephesians 3:17-18).

"Let God love you. Let Him love you dearly, let Him love you daily, let Him love you deeply. Grab hold of His love and never let go. 'God is love' (1 John 4:16). One word into the passage reveals the supreme surprise of God’s love—it has nothing to do with you. Some people love you because of you. Not God – He loves you because He is He. He loves you because He decides to. Self-generated, uncaused, spontaneous.

"His constant-level love depends on His choice to give it."

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Printable Issue 4395  Today is Friday, February 12th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4395
First of all, I want you to know that I am going to be away from my computer for several weeks. This is the last Karen's Korner until the first of March.

I will miss all of you and the opportunity to share!


I have had a handful of responses from Karen's Korner readers as to their favorite Bible verses in response to yesterday's korner. I am sure that I will have more coming and many of you have thought of one but didn't email a response. We all have favorites!

Deb. J. who has been a beautician by trade shared:

Proverbs 31:30.  " Grace is deceitful beauty is vain but a women that feareth Jehovah she shall be praised "

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Miriam J. who has had her share of health issues typed:

 PHILIPPIANS 4:13:  "I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS WHO STRENGTHENS ME!!!"

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From Shelley F.:

Luke 1:37:  “For nothing is impossible with God.”


From Judy R., who typed 'because I have a problem with being quiet, I love Psalm 46":
 
"Be still and Know I am God."




And from Jane W.: who reminded me and all of us:

"Don't forget to say 'thanks' every morning!"

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Printable Issue 4394  Today is Thursday, February 11th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4394
This is a good day to CELEBRATE!

Celebrate our relationship to Jesus.  "I am the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus!" Whether I feel like it, act like it, or not!

"My heart, body and soul are filled with JOY!" the Bible says.

God has given us so much 'stuff':  His love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, mercy, grace. The list is long!

I like Psalm 23:1. Our most familiar one is "The Lord is My Shepherd, I shall not want." But we sometimes want a bunch of stuff we don't have; may never will! My Life Application Bible says, "Because the Lord is My Shepherd, I have everything I need!" Might be a big difference.

So what I a favorite Bible verse of yours? Want to share it?? And I will share it with Karen's Korner readers.
Printable Issue 4393  Today is Wednesday, February 10th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4393
Pretty familiar Bible Verse:
 
"This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.


~ Psalm 118:24 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "There are days when the last thing we want to do is rejoice. Our mood is down, our situation out of hand, our sorrow or grief overwhelming. We can relate to the writers of the psalms who often felt this way. But no matter how low the psalmists got, they were always honest with God about how they felt. And as they talked to God, their prayers ended in praise. When we don't feel like rejoicing, tell God how we feel. We will find that God will give us a reason to rejoice."

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And the final verse (29) of chapter 118:
 
"Oh, give thanks to the Lord,
for He is so good!
For His lovingkindness is forever."


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Printable Issue 4392  Today is Tuesday, February 9th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4392
Today's entry from Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence" is good. So is yesterday's. All of them are hard not to like.

They were first printed in 2004 and read like today's newspaper. Probably because the world and what happens in it, doesn't change much!

I am choosing to share yesterday's - February 8:


"I am above all things;  your problems, your pain, and swirling events in this every-changing world. When you behold My face, you rise above circumstances and rest with Me in heavenly realms. This is the way of Peace, living in the Light of My Presence. I guarantee that you will always have problems in this life, but they must not become your focus. When you feel yourself sinking in the seas of circumstances, say 'Help me, Jesus!' and I will draw you back to Me. if you have to say that thousands of times daily, don't be discouraged. I know your weakness, and I meet you in that very place."

~ Taken from Ephesians 2:6; Matthew 14:28 - 32

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Printable Issue 4391  Today is Monday, February 8th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4391
This is today's inspirational thought by Max Lucado titled "We are Weary". If we aren't 'weary' from things on his list, I'd guess all of us are weary from things connected with COVID-19.

WE ARE WEARY

"We are weary. Weary from relationships that don't work or careers that don't satisfy or bodies that refuse to heal. Weary from too many trips to the cemetery, therapist, or happy hours that are anything but . Our shoulders slump. Our eyelids droop. We are tired. A tired generation.

"Blame it on the 'reach for the moon, work ethic. We saddle up the horse called 'go get 'em' and do exactly that. Blame our weariness on the internet revolution. We're never unplugged. Blame our exhaustion on a peculiar pride we have in margin-less living. We are proud of our long hours and late flights. The consequence? A society of exhaustion. Are you among them? You don't have to be. Jesus has an invitation for you. 'Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest' (Matthew 11:28).

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