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Printable Issue 4326  Today is Monday, October 26th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4326

Something shared with my sister Jill, from her friend. I liked it; hope that you do too!

Gracefully Broken!
 

"I was in Dollar Tree last night. There was a lady and two kids behind me in the LONG line. One was a big kid, one was a toddler. The bigger one had a pack of glow sticks and the baby was screaming for them. The Mom opened the pack and gave him one; which stopped his tears. He walked around with it smiling. But then the bigger boy took it and the baby started screaming again..

"Just as the Mom was about to fuss at the older child, he bent the glow sticks and handed it back to the baby. As we walked outside at the same time, the baby noticed that the stick was now
glowing. His brother said, "I had to break it so you could get the full effect from it.'

"I almost ran because l could hear God saying to me, 'I had to break you to show you why I created you. You had to go through it so you could fulfill your purpose.'

"That little baby was happy just swinging that
'unbroken' glow stick around in the air because he didn't understand what it was created to do, which was 'glow'.

"There are some people who will be content just 'being' but some of us that God has chosen, we have to be 'broken'. We have to get sick. We have to lose a job. We go through divorce. We have to suffer with the disease of addiction. We have to bury our spouse, parents, best friend, or our child because, in those moments of desperation, God is breaking us, but when the breaking is done, then we will be able to see the reason for which we were created.. so when you see us glowing, just know that we have been broken but healed by His Grace and Mercy!!! 

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Printable Issue 4325  Today is Friday, October 23rd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4325
(Some computer difficulties yesterday, thus a Saturday 'korner)

Installment #2:

I received this from Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelism Association yesterday:

30 Days of Prayer for Our Nation

"Our country is in trouble -- and God is our only hope. America as we know it will not survive unless God's people call on His Name and ask for His intervention. Will we commit to fervently pray for our nation and its leadership?

"PRAY HUMBLY,
PRAY BELIEVING---AND
PRAY WITH THANKSGIVING---
OUR NATION"S FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT!"

 
(Here are several of them):

"DAY #10:  "Since the pandemic began people across the nation have suffered great losses:  businesses, jobs, and  -  most costly of all  -  the lives of loved ones. Ask God to heal broken hearts, comfort the grieving, restore livelihoods, and provide for struggling families,

"The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever!"  
(Psalm 22:26)

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" DAY #12:  Lockdowns and quarantines due to the pandemic have isolated people like never before. Loneliness has become epidemic, and suicide rates are rising. As many silently struggle on their own- including the sick and elderly - ask God to comfort the hurting, to move Christians to care for forgotten neighbors, and to give hope where there doesn't seem to be any.

"Even thought I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me."  
 (Psalm 23:4)

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"DAY14:  Pray for all evangelistic ministry taking place in the U.S.; this year - especially online outreaches, as events and church services are postpones and cancelled.

"Pray  -  that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ."   (Colossians 3:3)

"DAY 16:  Pray for Christians in our nation who are suffering because they are standing up for their faith in Jesus Christ. Ask God to strengthen them and give them courage in the face of hostility.

"Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." 
 (I Corinthians 15:58)


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Printable Issue 4324  Today is Thursday, October 22nd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4324
"Stop your anger!
Turn off your wrath.
Don't fret and worry---
it only leads to harm.
For the wicked shall be destroyed,
but those who trust the Lord
shall be given every blessing."

~ Psalm 37:8 & 9 LAB

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Bible Commentary:

"Anger and worry are two of the most destructive emotions. They reveal a lack of faith that God is in control. We should not fret and worry. Instead, we should trust in the Lord. When we dwell on our problems, we will become anxious and angry. But if we concentrate on God and His goodness, we will find peace. Where do we focus our attention?

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Printable Issue 4323  Today is Wednesday, October 21st, 2020; Karen's Korner #4323
From a recent daily inspirational thought written by Max Lucado:

THE GREAT I AM IS NEAR

"Jesus says to us what He said to the disciples on the stormy sea, 'It is I! Don't be afraid' (John 6:20).

"The literal translation of what Jesus said is 'I AM, don't be afraid!' I AM. That's God's name. When we wonder if God is coming, He answers with His name, 'I AM'; When we wonder if He is able, He declares, 'I AM.' When we see nothing but darkness, feel nothing but doubt, and wonder if God is near or aware, the welcome answer from Jesus is this, "I AM!'

"Pause for a moment and let Him tell you His name. Your greatest need is His presence. Yes, you want this storm to pass. Yes, you want the winds to still. But yes, yes, yes, you want to know, need to know, and must know that the great IAM is near. Remember, friends, you are never alone."

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Printable Issue 4322  Today is Tuesday, October 20th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4322

I received this from Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelism Association yesterday:

30 Days of Prayer for Our Nation

"Our country is in trouble -- and God is our only hope. America as we know it will not survive unless God's people call on His Name and ask for His intervention. Will we commit to fervently pray for our nation and its leadership?

"PRAY HUMBLY,
PRAY BELIEVING---AND
PRAY WITH THANKSGIVING---
OUR NATION"S FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT!"

 
(Here are several of them):

"DAY 1:  Nationwide transformation must begin in individual hearts. Pray for God to bring repentance and widespread renewal to the church so that believers will boldly share His love with others---and ask Him to draw lost people across our country to faith in Jesus Christ.
 
"If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
(2 Chronicles 7:14)


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"DAY 3:  "In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, ask God to heal those who are sick, protect the weak, strengthen our frontline medical workers, and bring solutions to the coronavirus.
 
"For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence."
(Psalm 91:3)


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"DAY 5:  "Pray that Christians across our nation will take advantage of their God-given right and vote for candidates who will stand for Biblical values and protect our religious freedom.
 
"When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan."
(Proverbs 29:2)


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"DAY 6:  "Pray for the men and women in law enforcement. Ask God to give them wisdom as they serve, guard them from harm, and bless their families.
 
"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you."
(Deuteronomy 31:6)


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Printable Issue 4321  Today is Monday, October 19th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4321

This was a Bible verse and commentary of another Karen's Korner - #2503 on February 6,2013.


"Where there is ignorance of God,
crime will run wild,
but what a wonderful thing it is 
for a nation to know 
and keep His law."

~ Proverbs 29:18 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "These proverbs were written under a monarchy. If the king was law-abiding, the people tended to follow suit. In a democracy, the people themselves are the leaders. When they turn to a standard higher than themselves and keep God's moral laws, the nation becomes strong. When everyone does whatever seems 'right in their own eyes' (Judges 17:6), the nation becomes weak and can no longer effectively protect its citizens. We should not be ashamed of our high moral standards - they make our country a better place."
 

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Printable Issue 4320  Today is Friday, October 16th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4320
TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

"That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He may be glorified."
~ Isaiah 61:3 NKJV

By Anne Graham Lotz

"When I was growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, every Sunday afternoon, weather permitting, my parents, my siblings, and I would go hiking. Inevitably, our climbs would take us to the ridge where the trees were so enormous we could all hold hands and still not be able to encircle the trunks. When I asked my mother why the trees were so much larger on the ridge than anywhere else, she replied that it was because the winds were the strongest and the storms were the fiercest on the ridge. With nothing to shelter the trees from the full brunt of nature's wrath, they either broke and fell, or they became incredibly strong and resilient.

"God plants you and me in our faith as tender saplings then grows us up into 'trees of righteousness', using the elements of adversity to make us strong. And He leads us to endure, not just somehow, but triumphantly as we choose to praise Him, regardless of the storms swirling within us or the winds howling outside of us."

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Printable Issue 4319  Today is Thursday, October 15th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4319
"Oh, give thanks to the Lord,
for He is good,
His lovingkindness continues forever."


~ Psalm 136:1 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  " Repeated throughout this psalm is the phrase, 'for His lovingkindness continues forever.' This psalm may have been a responsive reading, the congregation saying these words in unison after each sentence. The repetition made this important lesson sink in. 'Lovingkindness' is a translation of a Hebrew word that envelops the aspects of love, kindness, mercy, and faithfulness. We never have to worry that God will run out of love because His lovingkindness flows from a well that will never run dry."

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Printable Issue 4318  Today is Wednesday, October 14th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4318
Yesterday's entry in Sarah Youngs' "JESUS CALLING:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence":

"Take time to be still in My Presence. The more hassled you feel, the more you need this sacred space of communion with Me. Breathe slowly and deeply. Relax in My holy Presence while My face shines upon you. This is how you received My Peace, which I always proffer to you.

"Imagine the pain I feel when My children tie themselves up in anxious knots, ignoring My gift of Peace. I died a criminal's death to secure this blessing for you. Receive it gratefully, hide it in your heart. My Peace is an inner treasure, growing within you as you trust in Me. Therefore, circumstances cannot touch it. Be still, enjoying Peace in My Presence."

~ Taken from Psalm 46:10; Numbers 6:25 - 26

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Printable Issue 4317  Today is Tuesday, October 13th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4317
Joy Tillman, who is in her early 80s and lives in the community apartments in Clarion, called me to ask some advice. She had someone she wanted to thank.

A few days ago she took our public transit van to the local dollar store. Picked up a number of items in her yellow basket. When she got to the check out, she learned that the only way she could write a check was with an ID. "I offered to leave my things there and take the van back to my apartment to get my ID," Joy said.

A gal, next in line, who Joy believed was in her early 30s,. stepped up to offer to pay for Joy's items. "I wanted her name and address to be able to pay her back," she said. "She wouldn't let me nor did I see the register's receipt, so I don't even know what they total was."

Joy wanted me to brainstorm with her on ways she could thank this unknown stranger and let others know of the gal's kindness.

Together we thought of a few. One way is to feature the 'good deed' in today's Karen's Korner. Thus this writing.

Thanks, Joy, for sharing your story with me and with others. Our world could use a lot more of that kind of kindness! Wouldn't you agree?