Today is Tuesday, May 26th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4217|
First published in 2004, Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence", it still reads like today's headlines.
Her entry for today (May 26) resonates, as when it was printed, pandemic or no pandemic:
"In a world of unrelenting changes, I am the One who never changes. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Find in Me the stability for which you have yearned.
"I created a beautifully ordered world; one that reflected My perfection. Now, however, the world is under the bondage of sin and evil. Every person on the planet faces gaping jaws of uncertainty. The only antidote to this poisonous threat is drawing closer to Me. In My Presence you can face uncertainty with perfect Peace."
(Taken from Revelation 22:13; John 16:33 AMP)
Today is Monday, May 25th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4216|
Happy Memorial Day! A day to remember and reflect.|
My dictionary definition says, "last Monday of May, a legal holiday for honoring dead members of the armed forces of all wars."
Some define it as those 'killed in military service'.
As I reflect, I think of Craig Carlson of neighboring Goldfield who lost his only son in Afghanistan; of Mary Waters who lost her only brother in Vietnam, three of my high school classmates died during the Vietnam conflict as well.
Since my mom was one of fifteen, and the ages some of her siblings were at that time, there were six siblings or in-laws serving during World War II. I can remember mom telling about her mother, plus a couple of her friends, couldn't stand the thoughts of their children and friends serving in harm's way at that time. So they chose to get together to pray for their safety during battles. Not only did my six uncles return from the war, none of them were injured during their service.
And then we tend to remember our loved ones who have died without military service. Always good to remember. To stop and reflect.
It is a harder year to celebrate our memories due to the virus but we can remember. Just have to think a little harder. We can do it!
Heavenly Father, thank You for memories. Thank You for people willing to serve us so we can maintain our way of life, of love, of freedom, to be able to worship You! Thank You for the sacrifice of Your Son to give us freedom for this life and the one coming! Thank You for Your Love and Your Care. Amen.
Today is Friday, May 22nd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4215|
Yesterday was a major flower planting day for me, trying to be ready for upcoming rains.|
As I set out some petunias, marigolds and snap dragons, I heeded the advice of a neighbor from a number of years: cut them back. I always hate to do that and I didn't do it for all of them! Pull the bloom off the petunia. Give the two dozen snap dragons, a major hair cut; some were ready to have a 'snap' bloom in the near future.
Why do that? We usually pick the showiest ones from the greenhouse? According to Alice Moss, "it makes the flowers branch out and become fuller and more beautiful' all summer.
Does a difficulty in our lives do the same thing? Things we don't like. Pruning. We don't like 'unwanted' cuts and pulled off 'blooms'. But does God have even greater plans forus?
John (writer) says in John 15:3 & 4 in part): "God has already tended you by pruning you back for greater strength and usefulness....:"
Thank You, God, that Your plans for each of us, don't always match we think or believe. Remind each of us how much You love us; how much You care for us. Remind us, too, that You have big plans for each of us and that You never want do anything to hurt us. We are loved by You! Amen.
Today is Thursday, May 21st, 2020; Karen's Korner #4214|
National Day of
Prayer held on Thursday, May 7, was organized differently this year due
to social distancing.
"For the earth will be
filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the
~ HABAKKUK 2:14 NIV
Glory Across the Earth" was the title of one of the brochures, asking
people to pray for: church, government, family, education, business,
military, and media.
This is installment #3, since this would have been the final week of school
for most schools and graduations for many:
Pray for EDUCATION:
Ephesians 1:17 NASB
"LORD, Who gives wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, we
pray that campuses would be filled with Your glory."
"We know that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We
pray that every student and educator would live in reverence and relationship
* That all campuses will be a safe place to learn.
* That all curriculum taught in every classroom will be true and beneficial
to the spiritual as well as the intellectual growth of students.
* That there will be at least one Christian club on every campus for prayer,
Bible study and fellowship that will strengthen student believers and glorify
God on campus.
* That the decisions makers, administrations and educators would be supported
and make sound decisions that glorify God and serve our students in every
area of education."
(Luke 18:16; Proverbs 2:3 - 6; Proverbs 8:10 - 11)
Today is Wednesday, May 20th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4213|
Something written and sent by Anne Graham Lotz of her AnGeL ministries:
The Pearly Gates
"The twelve gates were twelve pearls,
each gate made of a SINGLE PEARL."
~ Revelation 21:21 NIV
"Pearls are formed when a small grain of sand becomes embedded in an oyster, irritating it. To soften the irritation, the oyster coats the grain of sand with a smooth layer of what is called mother of pearl. As long as the oyster can feel the irritation, it continues to coat the sand with layers of pearl.
"What kind of irritation would have been necessary to form the pearls that make up the gates of our heavenly city when they are so large they can fit into a wall that is two hundred feet thick? It must have been more than just irritation. It must have been horrendous, severs suffering!
"I wonder........are the pearls a reminder, every time you and I enter My Father's House, that we enter only because of the intense suffering and death of God's Son? Do those pearly gates reflect the Cross of Jesus Christ?"
Today is Wednesday, May 20th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4212|
Last week I began sharing something my sister Jill had mailed to me, a follow up to a sermon series her church had.
It's titled "Father's Love Letter". Since it is lengthy, I decided to make it part of Karen's Korner in three installments.
Today's is #2. Enjoy, in case you feel unloved and unlovely today:
* I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Matthew 7:11)
* For I am the perfect father (Matthew 5:48)
* Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand (James 1:17).
* For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33).
* My plan for your future has always been filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
* Because I love you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).
* My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore (Psalm 138;17-18(.
* And I rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
* I will never stop doing good to you (Jeremiah 32:40).
* For you are my treasured possession (Exodus 19:5).
* I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul (Jeremiah 32:41).
* And I want to show you great and marvelous things (Jeremiah 33:3).
* If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me (Deuteronomy 4:29).
* Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).
* For it is I who gave you these desires (Philippians 2:13).
* I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
* For I am your greatest encourager (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).
*I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles (2 Corinthians 1:14).
Today is Monday, May 18th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4211|
Anybody but me getting tired of some of our new words which we hear often? Quarantined? Social Distancing? Closings? Postponed?
Isn't God listening to our prayers?
"A thousand years are but as yesterday to You!"
~ Psalm 90:4 LAB
Bible Commentary: "Moses (writer) reminds us that a thousand years are like a day to the Lord. God is not limited by time. It's easy to get discouraged when years pass and the world doesn't get better. Since we cannot see into the future, we sometimes wonder if God is able to see the future. But we shouldn't make the mistake of assuming that God has the same limitations as we do. God is completely unrestricted by time."
God, thank You that You are God and we are not! Thank You that Your timetable is not ours. We ask that you change this virus and pandemic. Help us to be patient, no matter what is happening to us. Lead us and guide us. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Today is Friday, May 15th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4210|
Last week was the annual National Day of Prayer; organized differently this year due to social distancing. This is the theme:
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea."
~ HABAKKUK 2:14 NIV
"Pray God's Glory Across the Earth" was the title of one of the brochures, asking people to pray for: church, government, family, education, business, military, and media. Last week I included the prayer for government.
Today is the prayer for BUSINESS:.
Colossians 1:9b - 11a NASB
"Lord, We pray that You will fill every workplace in our nation with Your glory."
"We pray that all we do, every word, plan, strategy, goal, transaction, and relationship would bring You glory. We give You glory for our knowledge, talents, and opportunities."
* Business owners and management would lead their employees with godly practices and equity.
* That every worker would know that they have value and influence, and therefore will work with excellence as working unto God.
* That every workplace from the school, military, home, office, store, and more will be filled with those who are praying and living out their faith in Jesus with love, excellence, and respect.
* That believers would know that their work is a part of their worship of God."
(Luke 9:25; Philippians 2:12b -16a)
Today is Thursday, May 14th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4209|
Below is something I saw on Alina Bosch's facebook page which I liked. Don't know if she wrote or not, but very timely:
"As governors are trying to figure out how to ease back in to a new normal, please remember:
* Some people don’t agree with the state opening.... that’s okay. Be kind.
* Some people are still planning to stay home.... that’s okay. Be kind.
* Some are still scared of getting the virus and a second wave happening....that’s okay. Be kind.
* Some are sighing with relief to go back to work knowing they may not lose their business or their homes....that’s okay. Be kind.
* Some are thankful they can finally have a surgery they have put off....that’s okay. Be kind.
* Some will be able to attend interviews after weeks without a job....that’s okay. Be kind.
* Some will wear masks for weeks....that’s okay. Be kind.
* Some people will rush out to get their hair or nails done.... that’s okay. Be kind.
* The point is, everyone has different viewpoints/feelings and that’s okay. Be kind.
* We each have a different story. If you need to stay home, stay home. But be kind .
* If you need to go out, just respect others when in public and be kind!
* Don’t judge fellow humans because you’re not in their story. We all are in different mental states than we were months ago. So remember, be kind."
Today is Wednesday, May 13th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4208|
Here's a 'Max Lucado'; his thoughts have a way of bringing theology, simply, into our lives:
Faith No One Can Take
"Ginger was six years old when she and her Sunday school class made get well cards for church members. Hers was a bright purple card that said, 'I love you, but most of all God loves you!'
"She and her mom made the delivery. My dad was bedfast, the end was near. He could extend his hand, but it was bent to a claw from disease.
"Ginger asked him a question as only a six-year-old can, 'Are you going to die?' 'Yes. When, I don’t know.' She asked if he was afraid to go away. 'Away is heaven,' he told her. 'I’ll be with my Father. I’m ready to see Him eye to eye.'
"A man near death, winking at the thought of it. Stripped of everything? It only appeared that way. In the end, Dad still had what no one could take: faith. And in the end, that’s all he needed!"