Today is Friday, July 3rd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4245|
I have been spending
some time weeding my flower gardens. Petunias are planted around my utility
pole in front of my farm home. Marigolds are along the sides of the sidewalk
coming toward my kitchen door. They are really getting pretty and in full bloom
this time of the year.
While they are newly weeded, I can spot a sprig of grass or weed here and
there. So do I focus on the beauty of the plantings? Or do I pay attention to
the weeds which are at a minimum?
I choose the showy flowers.
As we celebrate the 4th of July tomorrow and our country's Independence Day,
do we look deeply at the flaws and imperfections of our past and its leaders
and heroes? As one writer said, "We are a flawed nation because we have
always had flawed people in it. Including us!"
No, I choose to look at the heroes.
In 1939, Irving Berlin wrote 'God Bless America', Think back to that time, It
must have appeared there was trouble on every horizon.
Might be a good prayer for today and this weekend:
America, land that I love.
Stand beside her and
Through the night
with the light from above.
From the mountains
to the prairies, to the ocean white with foam --
God bless America,
my home sweet home!"
Today is Thursday, July 2nd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4244|
Most Karen's Korner subscribers know that I am a Bible reader. Not a Bible scholar.
I read a chapter or two in one of the books of the Bible. Then move on to another book. Right now I am read 1 John; five chapters. Chapters one and two: God is Light. Three and four: God is Love. Chapter five: God is Life.
"See how very much our heavenly Father loves us,
for He allows us to be called His children----
think of it----
and we really are!
But since most people don't know God,
naturally they don't understand
that we are His children."
~ 1 John 3:1 LAB
Bible Commentary: "As believers, our self-worth is based on the fact that God loves us and calls us His children. We are His children, NOW, not just sometime in the distant future. Knowing that we are His children encourages us to live as Jesus did."
Today is Wednesday, July 1st, 2020; Karen's Korner #4243|
I hope that you enjoy Max Lucado's writings as much as I do. This one he write about 'God Happens' and how God can make good out of evil things which happen to us and around us. I think most of us agree with that. But generally it doesn't happen as fast as we would like!|
"It's the repeated pattern in Scripture. Evil. God. Good. Evil came to Job. It tempted him and tested him. Job struggled. But God countered. He spoke truth and declared sovereignty. Job, in the end chose God. Satan's prime target became God's star witness and good resulted.
"Evil came to David and he committed adultery. Evil came to Daniel and he as dragged to a foreign land. Evil came to Nehemiah and the walls of Jerusalem were destroyed. But God countered. Because He did, David wrote songs of grace, Daniel ruled in a foreign land, and Nehemiah rebuilt Jerusalem with Babylonian money. Good happened.
"With Jesus, bad became good like night becomes day---regularly, reliably, refreshingly, and redemptively. Evil. God. Good. When God gets in the middle of life---evil becomes good!
Today is Tuesday, June 30th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4242|
Virus. Pandemic. Spread. Social Distancing. Infected. Quarantine. Vaccine.
Some of us might get it others. Many others probably not. We wait for researchers to get a vaccine to help bring us back to normal.
There is another 'virus' that affects us all. And it starts from the day we are born. It's called 'living in this world'. Some call it 'sin'. Highly contagious. 100% infection rate. 100% death toll.
God knew what the 'pandemic' would cause and He did something about it:
"For God loved the world so much that He gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." ~ John 3:16 LB
He knew the infection rate and the destruction it would cause. But here's the trigger, we have to 'believe' so we will 'not perish'. Jesus is the 'vaccine'.
"God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it,
but to save it." ~ John 3:17 LB
Our question should be: Have we taken the vaccine (Jesus) to protect ourselves? What about our family? friends? others?
Thank You, Jesus, that we have You as our 'vaccine' and we are free from death and are walking on to eternal life with You!
Today is Monday, June 29th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4241|
Psalm 91 was Jim's aunt Jessie Shupe's favorite chapter of the Bible.
Theme: "God's protection in the midst of danger. God doesn't promise a world free from danger but He does promise His help whenever we face danger.
Verses 1 - 6: "We live within the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered by the God who is above all gods.
"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 for the fatal plague. 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."
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."
Today is Friday, June 26th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4240|
Some words of wisdom from Mother Teresa's "Heart of Joy".
Who can't use some of her wisdom and heart today?
"To be able to do something beautiful for God,
we need Jesus.
Each one of us needs to encounter Jesus.
Without Him, we can do nothing."
"We all need to pray, to sacrifice,
to be totally open to God.
Then He can use us as He sees fit."
"Love does not measure;
it just gives."
"We have a great deal of worth in the eyes of God.
I never tire of saying over and over again
that God loves us."
"Lord Jesus, We want to imitate You who told us:
'I am meek and humble of heart.'
We ask You that day, by day, You lead us in this path.
We wish to bring You, dear Christ, to others."
Today is Thursday, June 25th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4239|
What's not to like from Sarah Young's thoughts written and published in book form, or mine is a daily flip calendar, "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence"?
They are all good; this is today's:
"Open your hands and your heart to receive this day as a precious gift from Me. I begin each day with a sunrise, announcing My radiant Presence. By the time you rise from your bed, I have already prepared the way before you. I eagerly await your first conscious thought. I rejoice when you glance my way.
"Bring Me the gift of thanksgiving, which opens your heart to rich communion with Me. Because I am God, from whom all blessing flow, thankfulness is the best way to draw near Me. Sing praise songs to Me; tell of My wondrous works. Remember that I take great delight in you; I rejoice over you with singing."
~ Taken from Psalm 118:24; Psalm 95:2; Zephaniah 3:17
Today is Wednesday, June 24th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4238|
By Anne Graham Lotz
"Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass."
~ Psalm 37:5, NKJV
"At times our understanding is limited. We simply have to trust our heavenly Father to know best. We have to trust God’s silences and respect God’s mysteries and wait for God’s answers.
"When we pray for the healing of a loved one, and he dies . . .
"When we pray for release from a financial burden, and we go bankrupt . .
"When we pray for reconciliation, and we are handed divorce papers . .
"When we pray for our career, and we get laid off .
"When we pray for protection, and we are robbed . .
"We just have to trust Him.
"Trust Him. Trust Him!"
Today is Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4237|
God is in this Crisis
By Max Lucado
"Do you recite your woes more naturally than you do heaven’s strength? No wonder life’s tough. You’re assuming God isn’t in this crisis.
"Isabel spent her first three and a half years in a Nicaraguan orphanage. As with all orphans, her odds of adoption diminished with time. And then the door slammed on her finger! Why would God permit this innocent girl to feel even more pain?
"Might He be calling the attention of Ryan Schnoke sitting in the playroom nearby? He and his wife had been trying to adopt a child for months. Ryan walked over, picked her up, and comforted her. Several months later, Ryan and Christina were close to giving up, and Ryan remembered Isabel. Little Isabel is growing up now in a happy, healthy home.
"A finger in the door? God doesn’t manufacture pain, but He certainly puts it to use. Your crisis? You’ll get through this!"
Today is Monday, June 22nd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4236|
A couple of Bible verses from Psalm 84, talking about worshiping in the Temple. And the advantages of being in God's presence together.
Good news as we begin to re-open our churches. With various restrictions or ways to worship after being a part for a number of weeks.
"How lovely is your Temple,
O Lord of the armies of heaven.
"How happy are those who can live in your Temple, singing your praises."
~ Psalm 84: 1, 4 LAB
Bible Commentary: "The writer longed to step outside the bustling world and meet God inside his holy Temple. We can meet God anywhere at any time, but we know that going into a church building helps us step aside from the busy mainstream of life into a place where we can quietly meditate and pray. We find joy, not in the beautiful building, but in the praying, singing, teaching, preaching, and fellowship that take place there."
Thank You, God, for being able to worship together in our churches of choice. Help us not to take that opportunity for granted. Lead and guide us as we choose to sing, pray, worship, and fellowship together this coming week. Thank you, that while our 'how' might change, our 'Who' never changes. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.