Today is Friday, November 17th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3690|
The Still, Small Voice
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want."
~ Psalm 23:1 NKJV
"Do you sometimes cry out, as I have, 'God, don't You see my tears? Don't You see my broken heart? God, never mind me, but how can You bear to see the agony of my loved one? God, I know that You care. I just don't understand why You don't intervene in this situation right now. Why don't You do something? And, God, why did you do that?'
"Then, to my heart, I seem to hear His still, small voice whispering, 'Anne, trust Me I know what's best.' And I'm left to wonder why I think I know better than God what's best for me or my loved one."
~ by Anne Graham Lotz
Today is Thursday, November 16th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3689|
Our Sunday School lesson last week, lesson #9, titled "The Gospel is Good News" from our lesson booklet "Answers in Genesis" Among other portions, it states 'the good news of the Bible is not just one way among others, rather it is clearly the ONLY way to be reconciled to God'.
'Why is Jesus the only way?'
* "Christ alone was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin and as such, He alone qualifies to be Savior.
(Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38)
* "Christ alone is God incarnate and as such, He alone qualifies to be Savior.
(John 1:1-18; Hebrews 1:1-3; 2:14-18; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)
* "Christ alone lived a sinless life and as such, He alone qualifies to be Savior.
(2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 7:23-28; 9:13-14; 1 Peter 2:21-24)
* "Christ alone died a penal, substitutionary death and as such, He alone qualifies to be Savior.
(Isaiah 53:4-6; Romans 3:21-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
* "Christ alone rose from the dead, triumphant over sin and as such He alone qualifies to be Savior."
(Acts 2:22-24; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
~ Taken from Bruce Ware, "Only One Way? The Exclusivity of Jesus Christ and the Gospel
Today is Wednesday, November 15th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3688|
My sister Jill who recently moved from Minnesota to Washington to be nearer her daughter and family, was missing family and friends back in Minnesota and Iowa as we approach the holiday season. She hit upon the idea of each day making a list for which she was thankful.
Day #6 she became thankful for honest people.
She had lost her billfold while shopping last Thursday with her daughter and new granddaughter. Colleen couldn't find her coupon pouch. Maybe they had been targets of a pick pocket. On Saturday, Colleen found her coupons at the bottom of the diaper bag.
Okay, it must have been a lost billfold. Jill began the search, retracing her steps and beginning the process of cancel bank and credit cards, and pondering what to do about replacing her Minnesota drivers license.
"On Monday, I got a call from Macy's in the mall," Jill said. "Someone had found my billfold in the parking lot on Friday and turned it into the store. It must have fallen out of my purse while we were trying to load the stroller in the back of the car." Something the twosome isn't really good at yet.
As she drove to the store to retrieve her prized possession, she reflected on the incredible honesty of the person who had found it. "Someone had turned in my wallet with everything intact. Even the cash!" Jill said.
Not only was the 'finder' honest, the Macy's employees went out of their way to find its rightful owner. Everything in her billfold said 'Minnesota' and there was no phone number. Her Macy's credit card had her address; no phone number. By continuing their search through her various cards, eventually they got her number! "When Macy's called and left a message, I was sure it was some Black Friday phone ad. But, lo and behold, they had my billfold! So I have a number of people for which to be thankful!"
If we were to listen to news, we sometimes might be left wondering: "Are there any honest people out there any more?"
Ask Jill: "I thank God for honest people!"
Today is Tuesday, November 14th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3687|
"Those who love Your laws have great peace of heart and mind and do not stumble."
~ Psalm 119:165 LAB
Bible Commentary: "Modern society longs for peace of mind. Here is clear-cut instruction on how to realize this in our lives. If we love God and obey His laws, we will have 'great peace of heart and mind'.
Today is Monday, November 13th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3686|
On Saturday, I (and several hundred of my closest friends!) attended an annual Women's Conference near a neighboring community. The theme was "Take Hold: Let Go! Move Forward! Live Bold". The all day event had as its main guest speaker well-known author Sharon Jaynes.
Today I am sharing a handful of her bullet points from the day's event:
* Let go of our feelings. Take hold of our True Identity.
* We may not feel enough; God says, 'I am!'
* Spot your NOT; Swat that NOT.
* God looks for people who will obey!
* We say, "NO WAY!" God says, "Yah-Weh (Yeah, Way!; Hebrews name for God!)"
* God says He can 'use whatever happens to us' (Romans 8:28). Don't ask God to remove those things; He will 'repurpose' them.
* Our past shapes us......then God sends us!
* Everyone has a story; our stories can be used by God.
* Only God can change our stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
* God isn't interested in making us comfortable. He uses life's situations to make us comfort-ABLE!
* Never compare ourselves with others. Comparison kills our 'calling'.
Today is Friday, November 10th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3685|
Happy Veterans Day to our military and veterans.
I am planning to do something to celebrate/congratulate them today and the actual day on Saturday! Hope you do too!!
Here is something I received this morning in a 'today's Turning Point written by Dr. David Jeremiah" with a military twist:
Like a Mighty Army
"You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."
~ 2 Timothy 2:3
"Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, known as Monty, wrote in his memoirs, 'I have always held the view that an army is not merely a collection of individuals, with so many tanks, guns, machine-guns, etc. The real strength of an army is, and must be, far greater than the sum total of its parts, that extra strength is provided by morale, fighting spirit, mutual confidence between the leaders and the led...and many other intangible spiritual qualities.'
"In many ways, that describes a church. In our narcissistic world, we have to remember church is not about us---our tastes, preferences, desire, comforts, and conveniences. We're in a spiritual battle, and our churches need members who do not seek their own way. WE must keep Christ as our Commander and we must honor one another in gentleness and kindness. Disgruntled church members can damage a congregation's ministry. Rather than being harsh or opinionated, try being humble, gentle, and encouraging. The Church of God is a mighty army with one Commander, marching to the rhythm of His grace."
"We are not divided, all one body we, one in hope, and doctrine, one in charity.
Onward Christian Soldier, marching as to war.
With the cross of Jesus going on before."
~ Sabine Baring-Gould, in 'Onward Christian Soldiers"
Today is Thursday, November 9th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3684|
Harvest season is more than upon us. It is getting closer to a conclusion for the fall season. Corn fields turn into bent-over, empty stalks. Then the earth is turned a bit of black, from heavy tillage equipment.
Yesterday I finished my yard work with help, digging and storing my cannas. Last week I hunted for any onions which I had planted in mid-May. It was a 4' x 4' area between my well house and machine shed. The tiny area started with my hoeing and care. Later it was overcome with weeds and grass. No matter better dig to see what is there.
As I dug, the onions - probably half as many as I had put in the ground from my onion sets bag - were about exactly the same size as what I had put into the ground five months earlier.
Too many weeds, I am pretty sure! Couldn't successfully compete with the other 'wild' plants.
As I dug, I thought about me/us, does the same thing happen to us as Christians? Can't grow successfully due to too much competition with 'weeds'?
Father God in Heaven, will you help us to 'weed' the 'gardens' in our lives? Show us what is crowding out Your best in each one of us. And after we know what we could or should do, will You help us to make the needed changes? Like always, we are going to need Your help! In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Today is Wednesday, November 8th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3683|
"Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy,
and where thieves do not break in and steal."
~ Matthew 6:20 NIV
"God is one of our most precious commodities. We hoard gold, we wear gold, we invest in gold, we work hard for more gold -- we love gold! We sacrifice our families, our friends, our reputations, our health -- all so that we can increase our supply of earthly treasures. We want to buy more things.....
so we can dust more things
so we can break more things
so we can get more things
so we can show off more things
`` none of which will last!
"Jesus commanded His disciples not to lay up treasures on earth where moth and rust corrupt and where thieves break in and steal, but to lay up treasures in Heaven. I wonder what treasures we will have in Heaven as evidence of our work and witness on earth -- if any?
"While it is said we can take nothing with us to heaven -- we can! We can take somebody else!"
~ By Anne Graham Lotz
Today is Tuesday, November 7th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3682|
Jesus Knows How You Feel
"Remember when you sought a night's rest and got a colicky baby? Remember when you sought to catch up at the office and got even further behind? And you can add to the list of interruptions sorrow, excitement, and bedlam. Sound familiar? Take comfort---it happened to Jesus too.
"You may have trouble believing that. You probably believe Jesus know what it means to endure heavy-duty tragedies. You're no doubt convinced Jesus is acquainted with sorrow and has wrestled with fear. Most people accept that. But can God relate to the hassles and heartaches of my life? Of your life?
"For some reason this is harder to believe. Jesus knows how you feel. His eyes have grown weary. His heart has grown heavy. He had had to climb out of bed with a sore throat. He has been kept awake late and has gotten up early. Jesus knows how you feel!"
~ By Max Lucado
Today is Monday, November 6th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3681|
Our heads are on swivels. People being run down by a rental truck; mass killing a small Texas church service!
It appears these things will continue. So will the rhetoric of what to do about it. Wicked people and evil is, and has always been, in the world.
If you get the chance, maybe read Psalm 37 today. The introduction in my Bible says, "Trust in the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act. This psalm vividly contrasts the wicked person with the upright
"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
Bible Commentary: "Anger and worry are two of the most destructive emotions. They reveal a lack of trust 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 feel peace. Where do we focus our attention?"