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Printable Issue 4534  Today is Thursday, September 23rd, 2021; Karen's Korner #4534
Installment #3 of 4 from "Take Our Positivity Challenge" by Sabra Ciancanelli, Editor of Guideposts magazine.

Pretty easy, common sense items. But maybe one will get to your 'to do' list today. Five of them:


"Pray for someone else.
Keep a list of loved ones and others in your community to pray for.

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Organize a shelf, drawer
or other small space. 
Clearing clutter makes room for fresh energy.
Set a timer for 15 minutes and go for it!


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Focus on a jigsaw puzzle,
crossword or word search.

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Watch a favorite
feel-good movie.

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Donate something
you are no longer using."

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Printable Issue 4533  Today is Thursday, September 23rd, 2021; Karen's Korner #4533
Installment #3 of 4 from "Take Our Positivity Challenge" by Sabra Ciancanelli, Editor of Guideposts magazine.

Pretty easy, common sense items. But maybe one will get to your 'to do' list today. Five of them:


"Pray for someone else.
Keep a list of loved ones and others in your community to pray for.

*
Organize a shelf, drawer
or other small space. 
Clearing clutter makes room for fresh energy.
Set a timer for 15 minutes and go for it!


*
Focus on a jigsaw puzzle,
crossword or word search.

*
Watch a favorite
feel-good movie.

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Donate something
you are no longer using."

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Printable Issue 4532  Today is Tuesday, September 21st, 2021; Karen's Korner #4532
For the past few years, I plant some 'hilled' vegetables on an old concrete pad at my farm home. Because the pad has cracks, seeds can be planted in them. Three hills each of cantaloupe, cucumbers, pumpkins, squash, and watermelon. If weeds can grow in them, so can what is planted!

They each came up like normal. But because of the dry, hot weather, everything matured faster than normal. 

I had a handful of pumpkins that turned orange too soon. The vines died pretty early too. So I picked them. Much lighter weight than I thought they should be.

A single vine sprung up the burn pile behind my house. I had no idea what it was nor what would happen to it as the summer wore on, as it twined itself around the livestock panels which circle the burn area.

As time progressed, a single pumpkin grew and produced one pumpkin. It is turning orange now; the vine remains green. I haven't picked it yet but it is much heavier than the 'planted' ones. It is looking good!

I like to compare its growth to our lives. Some of us were 'planted and grew' in tended gardens. Others of us, maybe not. But we can grow and produce good fruit in spite of our beginnings. Maybe because of any adversity!

God is in charge! And our 'fruit' can be harvested and enjoyed! Praise Him!!

" Bless the Lord, the God of Israel,
who exists from everlasting ages past -
and on into everlasting eternity ahead.
Amen, and amen!


~ Psalm 41::13 LAB

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Printable Issue 4531  Today is Monday, September 20th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4531
I embarking on reading the book of Philippians today. It is four chapters; it will probably take me a couple of weeks to get it read.

It is written by Paul to the church at Philippi.

Here is the introduction paragraphs:

"The word 'happiness' evokes visions of unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning, strolling hand in hand with the one you love, being surprised on your birthday, responding with unbridled laughter to a comedian, or vacationing in an exotic locale. Everyone wants to be happy; we make chasing this elusive ideal a lifelong pursuit; spending money, collecting things, and searching for new experiences.

"But if happiness depends upon our circumstances, what happens when the toys rust, loved ones die, health deteriorates money is stolen, and the party's over? Often happiness flees and despair sets in.

"In contrast to happiness is 'joy'. Running deeper and stronger, joy is quiet, confident assurance of God's love and work in our lives, that He will be there no matter what! Happiness depends on happenings, but joy depends on Christ."

KEY VERSE:  "Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice!" - (Philippians 4:4).

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Printable Issue 4530  Today is Saturday, September 18th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4530
(Since I missed one day this week for a 'korner', here is a Saturday one!)


"You (God) bound the world together so that it would never fall apart."

~ Psalm 104:5 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "The world runs like a beautifully crafted machine. God himself holds it together. The same power that holds the world together also binds us together as believers."

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Join with other believers tomorrow (Sunday) at church!
Printable Issue 4529  Today is Friday, September 17th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4529
In Psalm 103, the introduction says, "God's great love for us. What God does for us tell us what He is really like." David (writer) tells reads 'about God'.

A number of Bible teachers tell that we can 'pray back Scripture'; using the words as prayers. Here David is talking about God:I am going to change the words into addressing God:  You!

" I bless the holy name of You, God, with all my heart.
Yes, I will bless You Lord and not forget the glorious things You do for me.
You forgive all my sins.
You ransom me from hell.
You surround me with lovingkindness, and tender mercies. 
You fill my life with good things!
My youth is renewed like the eagle's!
You give justice to all who are treated unfairly.

You are merciful and tender towards whose who don't deserve it.
You are slow to get angry and are full of kindness and love.
You never bear a grudge, nor remain angry forever.
You have not punished us as we deserve, for all our sins, for Your mercy toward those of us who fear and honor You, is as great as the heights of the heavens above the earth.

You have removed our sins as far away as the east is from the west.
You are like a father to us,
tender and sympathetic to those of us who reverence You......."


(verses 1 - 13)


Printable Issue 4528  Today is Thursday, September 16th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4528
(Sorry for no 'korner' yesterday; some computer troubles early in the daily)

"Take Our PositivityChallenge!" by Sabra Ciancanelli, editor of Guideposts.. Shared at ecumenical Bible Study. There are 21; installments;  #2 of 4:

"Start your day
with a positive quote or affirmation.


Send a gratitude email or letter
to someone who has influenced your life.

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Give your diet a makeover.
Pick one not-so great eating habit,
and replace it with a healthier option.

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Get creative.
Doodle, draw or sculpt with children's modeling clay. Don't worry about what your artwork looks like or how good it is, just have fun.


Watch the sunrise or sunset.
Put it in your calendar so you don't forget."

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Printable Issue 4527  Today is Tuesday, September 14th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4527
The title for the chapter of Ephesians 4 is "Unity in the Church"; here are the first two verses:

"I beg you---I, a prisoner here in jail for serving the Lord----to live and act in a way worthy of those who have been chosen for such wonderful blessings as these. Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowances for each others' faults because of your love."

Bible Commentary:  "God has chosen us to be Christ's representatives on earth. In light of this truth, Paul challenges us to live worthy of the name 'Christian', meaning 'Christ's one'. This includes being humble, gentle, patient, understanding, and peaceful. People are watching ou rlives. Can they see Christ in us? How well are we doing as His representatives?

"No one is ever going to be perfect here on earth, so we must accept and love other Christians in spite of their faults. When we see faults in fellow believers, we should be patient and gentle. Is there someone whose actions or personality really annoys you? Rather than dwelling on that person's weaknesses, or looking for faults, pray for that person. Then do even more----spending time together and see if you can learn to like him or her."

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Printable Issue 4526  Today is Monday, September 13th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4526

          This is Anne Graham Lotz daily email from last weekend, as we walk away from September 11 remembrances:

God’s Primary Purpose

 

By Anne Graham Lotz
 
“I will fear no evil, for you are with me: your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
 
Psalm 23:4, NIB

 

“Trusting God to accomplish His primary purpose through our pain was eloquently expressed by the widow of Todd Beamer. Todd was a passenger on the fateful United Flight 93 when it was hijacked by suicide bombers on September 11, 2001. He and other passengers overpowered the hijackers, thwarting their use of the plane as a flying missile apparently aimed at the very heart of Washington, D.C. But the passengers were unable to prevent the plane from a nosedive crash into a vacant field in Pennsylvania, so September 11, 2001, was the date of Todd Beamer’s entrance into heaven.

"Lisa Beamer gave us a snapshot of her faith that is being developed through suffering when she told an interviewer, ‘God says, ‘I knew on September 10, and I could have stopped it, but I have a plan for greater good than you can ever imagine.’ I don’t know God’s plan, and, honestly, right now I don’t like it very much. But I trust that He is true to His promise in Romans 8:28*.’

“Thank you, Lisa, for trusting God when you don’t understand why!”

(* Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans.")
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Printable Issue 4525  Today is Friday, September 10th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4525
As we get ready to remember 9/11, twenty years ago. And think about the world and 'our world' today.

Something written by Sarah Young and her "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence" for September 10:

"I am always available to you. Once you have trusted Me as your Savior, I never distance Myself from you. Sometimes you may feel distant from Me. Recognize that as feeling; do not confuse it with reality. The Bible is full of My Promises to be with you always. As I assured Jacob, when he was journeying away from home into unknown places, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. My last recorded promise to My followers was: Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Let these assurances of My continual Presence fill you with Joy and Peace. No matter what you may lose in this life, you can never lose your relationship with Me."

~ Taken from Isaiah 54:10; Genesis 28:15; Matthew 28:20

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