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January 2008 Archives

Printable Issue 1222  Today is Tuesday, January 1st, 2008; Karen's Korner #1222
Happy New Year! Wow! I remembered to changed the year....
 
Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for bringing me; bringing us into a new year. Thank You for the world and the days which You have given to each us; help us to treasure our days, hours, and steps.
 
Thank You for the day which You gave us yesterday! Thank You for turning our world white with the dusting of frost! Thank You for hanging the fluffy particles on the trees, bushes, and weeds! Thank You for painting pictures in the lattice-work of fences and cattle panels of our farmstead. I loved walking in Your winter wonderland; it was and is beautiful.
 
Thank You for calling my attention to the world around me; sometimes I no longer see it because it is the 'same'. But not today; not yesterday. As I walked behind the house yesterday, I couldn't help but notice a thin thread - a spider's web spun between the branches of a tree. I wouldn't have seen it, but it too was dusted with frost and stood out boldly. Beautiful!
 
Help me to do that with so many other things in Your world; my world! Help me to SEE things which are there and have been there all the time. Help me to appreciate it and enjoy it. Use me; use us to share what we know, see, and experience with others!
 
I want to SEE You this year in a way that I have not in the past. Help me! In the name of Your Son Jesus who showed us how to love and learn and share. Amen.
Printable Issue 1223  Today is Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008; Karen's Korner #1223
A forwarded email from Kevin and Judy Ofstethun:
 
THE TOP TEN PREDICTIONS FOR 2008 
     
     
1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
      2.  Prayer will still work.
      3.  The Holy Spirit will still move.
      4.  God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
      5.  There will still be God-anointed preaching.
      6.  There will still be singing of praise to God.
      7.  God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
      8.  There will still be room at the Cross.
      9.  Jesus will still love you.
    10.  Jesus will still save the lost.
   
    God whispers in your soul and speaks to your mind. Sometimes when you don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at you.
   
    It's your choice:   Listen to the whisper, or wait for the brick.
Printable Issue 1224  Today is Thursday, January 3rd, 2008; Karen's Korner #1224
An email daily devotional from Joel and Victoria Osteen, mailed about six months ago:
 

God is at Work for You

“I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future”  - Jeremiah 29:11 (NCV).

"Too often, we think God is just out there - watching and waiting for us to get things right. God is a big God, but He loves you and He wants to help bring the best things possible into your life. God is at work in your life each and every day, blessing you and preparing you for great and wonderful things that you can’t even imagine! Your entire perspective will radically change when you realize God is in your everyday experiences. Even when we are not completely faithful to Him, He is always faithful to us! Make God your hope and rely solely on Him, and He’ll faithfully work things out that will bless you, protect you and encourage you!"

God, thank You for always having my best in mind. I know that You love me and want the best for Your children. Help me to be faithful to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Printable Issue 1225  Today is Friday, January 4th, 2008; Karen's Korner #1225
This is the time of year when we see 'top 10' lists of all kinds of things. According to Gimundo, this $3 invention is on the list of 'top inventions' for 2007 (in part). Katie Couric is quoted as saying, "It's a straw…As we go about trying to discover the next big thing, we should remember to first simply look around us before looking at the stars or into a microscope."
 
The article says to check out the web site telling more about it; I haven't. It's www.lifestraw.com
 
The $3 Invention That Could Save Millions of Lives

"Most of us take clean drinking water for granted – heck, many of us even have the choice of drinking bottled water or clean tap water. But for one-sixth of the population – about a billion people – the essential act of taking a drink of water is fraught with risk. Each day, about 6,000 people – mostly children – die from waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera and dystentery.

"Enter a Denmark company called Vestergaard Frandsen Group, whose main business is malaria prevention – its primary product is insecticide-laced mosquito netting and sheeting.  Working with an Atlanta company called The Carter Center, it came up with a personal water filter, dubbed the LifeStraw, that uses a series of  mesh filters that block bacteria, plus iodine and carbon to kill what's left. The result is water that's cleaner than many developed countries' tap water.

"The 9-inch blue plastic straw can be carried or worn around the neck.  Each straw, estimated to cost approximately $3, cleans a person's drinking water for about a year. It's no wonder that Time Magazine named it an invention of the year, and Forbes put it on its list of ten things that will change the way we live.

"And it's so simple. 

"LifeStraw is not being mass-produced yet, but several nonprofit organizations are distributing them."

Printable Issue 1226  Today is Tuesday, January 8th, 2008; Karen's Korner #1226

(Each day when I email Karen's Korner, I email it through my web site and also my own computer. Yesterday I emailed via my computer but forgot to send it through the web site. Here is "yesterday's edition', along with my apologies.)

Last weekend our  2 1/2 year old granddaughter, Molly, stayed with us overnight. She enjoyed dragging around a little basket which contained a set of salt and pepper shakers.

I came into our family room where Molly was holding one shaker upside down, watching the salt flow out and onto our carpet. Patterns of white were being formed"What are you doing, Molly?" I asked.

"I'm making a mess!" was Molly's response. It was already a mess, so I watched as Molly continued.

"Are you done now?" I asked, in a short time.

"Yep!" she said.

"Well, let's get in cleaned up," I said. "You have to help!"

So we got a kitchen carpet sweeper and the vacuum. In a couple of minutes, it was clean again!

Makes me think about God and our relationship with Him, as our Heavenly Father. He wants us to tell Him 'that we are making a mess' with what it is we might be doing. He might watch as we continue in our endeavors.

When He asks if we are 'done now', He is more than willing to work with us, using his vast resources to help clean up our messes. Many times we can't do it by ourselves. And Him, being God, isn't going to do it for us either. He asks us to depend on Him to work in our lives to beat that addiction, repair that relationship, or tap into His love, joy, peace, or some other gifts from His treasure chest.

Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for loving each one of us more than I love Molly! Thank You for watching over every detail of our lives.  Help us to confess 'our messes' which we don't have the ability to 'clean up'. Thank You for giving us Your Power and Love to make changes in our lives. You can do with us, and for us, things we cannot do without You. Thank You for being such a caring and strong Heavenly Father. In Your Son's Name who came to give us a new relationship and a new hope. Amen.

Printable Issue 1227  Today is Tuesday, January 8th, 2008; Karen's Korner #1227
Another installment of exerpts from my Christmas gift book titled "If there is no God...." by Mark Winter.
 
If there is no God,
who choreographed the waltz of the planets?
 
Our solar system is a ballroom where each planet dances a vast minuet around the sun.
The earth alone covers about six hundred million miles every year.
 
"The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
-- Psalm 19:1
 
~~
 
If there is no God,
why hasn't man been able to destroy the Bible?
 
The French skeptic Voltaire once wrote,
"If we would destroy the Christian religion, we must first of all destroy
man's belief in the Bible."
In 1778, fifty years after Voltaire's death,
the Geneva Bible Society converted his home into a publishing firm,
using his own printing press to produce thousands of Bibles.
Truth is not difficult to destroy--it is impossible.
 
"Your word, O Lord, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens."
-- Psalm 119:89
 
~~
 
If there is no God,
who's answering all those prayers?
 
In early 1904, a young Welshman named Evan Roberts
began to pray fervently for a spiritual awakening.
Later that year, a fiery revival swept through Wales,
packing church buildings, decreasing crime, and
increasing productivity in the coal mines.
Policemen even shut down their stations and formed choirs.
 
"I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it,
and it will be yours.
-- Mark 11:24
 
~~
 
If there is no God,
who installed our blood vessels?
 
Imagine a distribution network that could instantly provide products
to every human being on earth.
Such a system exists in your body, where more than
sixty thousand miles of blood vessels -
enough to wrap around the earth two and half times -
transport nutrients to every cell of the body twenty-four hours a day.
 
"The life of a creature is in the blood."
-- Leviticus 17:11
 
***
 
 
Printable Issue 1228  Today is Wednesday, January 9th, 2008; Karen's Korner #1228
This is a daily devotional email from Shirley Choat:
 
"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of  God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe."
~~ Philippians 2:14,15
 
"When Benjamin Franklin decided to interest the people of Philadelphia in street lighting, he hung a beautiful lantern on the end of a long bracket, attached to the front of his home. He kept the glass brightly polished and carefully lit the wick each evening at the approach of dusk. Anyone walking on the dark street could see this light from a long way off and came under its warm glow. It wasn't long before Franklin's neighbors began placing lamps outside their homes. Soon the entire city realized the value of street lighting and followed his example with enthusiasm.
 
"This same power of example works for the Christian, and Paul's words in our text apply to every believer. The world is affected by what we say and do when we set a good example.
 
"As lights in the world, we who are believers in Christ, have the privilege of illuminating its dark places. Although we are not of the world, we are in the world. We must not allow ourselves to be shaped by its pressure; instead, we are to exert our influence on it. 'Let your light so shine before men..'  ~ Matthew. 5:16"
 
      I want my life to shine for Jesus
      So that everywhere I go
     The watching world will see He loves them
      And His saving grace will know.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - "Don't expect God to use you as a lighthouse somewhere else, if He can't use you as a candle where you are."
Printable Issue 1229  Today is Thursday, January 10th, 2008; Karen's Korner #1229
"If the Shoe Fits" is something written a little while ago by my friend Chris Lousias. She has a flair for writing, research, and sharing her faith in, and love for, Jesus with others.
 

If the Shoe Fits

 

The Lord said…I will give you every place where you set your foot. ~ Joshua 1:3

 

When the Bible says “and the Lord said”,  our ears should perk up because God doesn’t waste words. He will follow through with His Word.

 

Each time it is leading us in a direction that will help us to grow for our betterment and for the fulfillment of His Kingdom to come.  Mark His Words, everything leads to the increase of His Kingdom; we are the asphalt of that road to Heaven for others.

 

Joshua was Moses’ successor.  When the Lord said these words to Joshua, Moses had just died and Joshua had millions of Israelites standing around on the east side of the Jordan kicking the sand with their sandals wondering what the next move was.  You can imagine that Joshua was feeling lonely at the raw emotions of just losing his mentor and friend, while waiting expectantly to hear the voice of God.

 

God didn’t bring the Israelites to the shores of their deliverance to strand them and He isn’t going to do that to us either! Reading further in the book of Joshua, we know that God promised them the land of plenty, but they had to have an active participation in the receiving of that deliverance.  God does that so we can learn to depend on His promises by building up our faith every time we defeat something that is keeping us from our abundant blessing.  

 

Where are you placing your foot?  Is it for the salvation of a family member or a friend?  Are you placing it in a position of finding financial freedom?  Or some other truth of God’s Word?

 

He said He will give you every place where you set your foot.  Don’t doubt what God says.  He is the most trustworthy and faithful Promise you can depend on.  Keep in mind Joshua was in constant communication with God.  Did you catch that?  He was in constant communication with God!

 

When a servant of God takes the time to listen, God always communicates.  He gives us the direction and strength we need to conquer the territory He has promised to each of us.  He speaks through His Word (the Bible). He speaks through praise and worship songs and prayers. He speaks through others with whom we come in contact. He speaks through thoughts which only He can give.  He speaks through dreams and visions and, for a very few, audibly! Talk to Him; wait for His direction and He will give you every place where you set your foot.

 

Heavenly King, the praise You deserve is beyond what our voices can lift up to You.  Accept our meager adulations.  As we walk the path of our salvation, let us step into the shoes of the most Holy Jesus and walk THAT path.  Fill us, Holy Spirit, with Your strength.  Help us to familiarize Your voice to our ears.  Through Your Promise of the Blood of Jesus, we will win the victories promised us.  Use us to increase the boundaries of the Kingdom.  In the Holiest name of Jesus, Amen.
Printable Issue 1230  Today is Friday, January 11th, 2008; Karen's Korner #1230
The Welds will be gone for a few days; no Karen's Korner next week! Stay tuned.....)
Ready for some humor? No one can explain things like children; a forwarded email from Mariel Betts:
 
ANGELS EXPLAINED BY CHILDREN
 
** I only know the names of two angels, Hark and Harold.
        ~~ Gregory, 5
 
** Everybody's got it all wrong. Angels don't wear halos any more. I forget why, but scientists are working on it.
        ~~ Olive, 9
 
** It's not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to Heaven, and then there's still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes.
        ~~ Matthew, 9
 
** Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else.
        ~~ Mitchell, 7
 
** My guardian angel helps me with math, but he's not much good for science.
        ~~ Henry, 9
 
** Angels don't eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows!
        ~~ Jack, 6
 
** Angels talk all the way while they're flying you up to Heaven. The main subject is where you went wrong before you got dead.
        ~~ Daniel, 9
 
** When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath, somewhere there is a tornado.
        ~~ Reagan, 10
 
** Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go south for the winter.
        ~~ Sara, 6
 
** Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who's a very good carpenter.
        ~~ Jared, 8
 
** All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn't go for it.
        ~~ Antonio, 9
 
** My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth.
        ~~ Lynn, 9
 
** Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don't make the animals get better, they help the child get over it.
        ~~ Vicki, 8
 
** What I don't get about angels is why, when someone is in love, the shoot arrow at them.
        ~~ Sarah, 7
Printable Issue 1231  Today is Monday, January 21st, 2008; Karen's Korner #1231
(Being emailed from Dallas, Texas!)
Final installment of several exerpts from "If There is No God..." by Mark Winter.
 
If there is no God,
why is faith so good for you?"
 
In the early 1980s as a young doctor in Missouri,
Harold Koenig noticed patients turning to the Bible for comfort and strength.
After rigorous research, Dr. Koenig concluded that
religious faith benefited ailing persons.
His findings prompted him to write a book
on the healing power of faith and
return to his Christian roots.
 
"Daughter, your faith has healed you.
Go in peace and be freed
from you suffering."
~ Mark 5:34
 
~~~
 
If there is no God,
who invented the idea of LOVE?
 
Bertran Russell, the Nobel Prize-winning freethinker,
was an opponent of Christianity.
Yet he once admitted that
"Christian charity, emanating from the concert of a God of love"
is the "only hope" for human survival.
 
"We love because he first loved us."
~~ I John 4:19
 
~~~
 
If there is no God,
why would the world celebrate Christmas?
 
In 1998, the Cuban government reinstated Christmas
as an authorized holiday after a twenty-nine year ban.
After the announcement, Bishop Adolfo  Rodriquez triumpahtly announced,
"The church is separate from the state,
but it is not separate from the people.
 
"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given, and the
government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
~~ Isaiah 9:6
 
~~~
 
If there is no God,
why have so many biblical prophecies come true?
 
In Science Speaks, Peter Stoner calculated that the probability of
one person fulfilling eight selected biblical prophecies was 1 in 1,107.
The likelihood of one person fulfilling forthy-eight prophecies was
1 in 10,157.
Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled sixty-one
major Old Testament prophecies!
 
"Prophecy never had its origin in the will of man,
but men spoke from God as they were carried
along by the Holy Spirit."
~ 2 Peter 1:21
 
~~~
Printable Issue 1232  Today is Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008; Karen's Korner #1232
(One more Karen's Korner from Texas; Jim and I attended Joel Osteen's church on Sunday in Houston! More details about that when we get back to Iowa!)
 
A daily devotional from Joel & Victoria Osteen:
 

No Eye Has Seen

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him."   I Corinthians 2:9

"Have you ever tried to imagine what God might have in store for your future? No matter how great the dreams are that you may be able to come up with, God has more in store for you than you can even begin to imagine! It’s starts in this life and then carries over into the eternal life. God is a creative god and His thoughts and plans go way beyond our thoughts and plans. No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has imagined what He has in store! Let that encourage you today to dream bigger. Get your expectancy up. There’s nothing that you can come up with that is beyond God. He wants to see you rise higher and it starts with your thinking. Think bigger. Think expansive. God wants you to excel and go beyond where you are. He wants to a see you fulfill the desires of your heart! Keep standing strong in faith, and dreaming big, and you will see the life of victory He has prepared for you'

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me and for preparing great things for my future. Help my thoughts to become agreeable to Your will. Increase my vision and give me Your strength to fulfill all that You have placed in my heart. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Printable Issue 1233  Today is Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008; Karen's Korner #1233
(Still in Texas for one more day!)
 
This is a good pass-along email which we received from Wendi Harrah since we have been gone:
 
Enjoy Your Hot Chocolate
 
A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired. During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work and lives. Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups - porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the hot chocolate.
 
When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said, "Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best, for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. The cup that you're drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate. In most cases, it is just more expensive and in some cases, even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was hot chocolate, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups. And then you began eyeing each other's cups.
 
"Now consider this: Life is the hot chocolate, your job, your money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The cup you have does not define, nor change the quality of life you have. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us. God makes the hot chocolate, man chooses the cups.
 
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything they have."
 
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. And enjoy your hot chocolate in 2008!
 
 
 
Printable Issue 1234  Today is Thursday, January 24th, 2008; Karen's Korner #1234
(Emailed from southern Missouri!)
 
Several quotes:
 
** God does not so much want us to do things as to let people see what He can do.  God is not looking for extraordinary characters in His instruments, but He is looking for humble instruments through whom He can be honored throughout the ages.  
        ~ A. B. Simpson
 
 
**  "There is a famine in America. Not a famine of food, but of love, of truth, of life." 
     ~ Mother Teresa
 
 
 ** It's good to follow your pastor when he follows the Master.
        ~ author unknown
 
 
** THE POWER OF PRAYER.
I believe that God only gives three answers to prayer:

1. 'Yes!'

2. 'Not yet.'
3. 'I have something better in mind.'
 
 
**  What water is to the body, the Word of God is to the soul.
 
***
Printable Issue 1235  Today is Friday, January 25th, 2008; Karen's Korner #1235
We are back in Iowa and home after parts of twelve days away!

Before we left, our church family knew that our pastor Tim Platt was facing some heart surgery the following Wednesday. Doctors knew there was some artery blockage, so an angiogram was in the offing with whatever heart procedures were deemed necessary to follow.

On Sunday, January 13, after our worshp services, anyone who wanted to stay longer to pray with and for Tim was invited to do that. The brief celebration time attracted about 50 from our congregation. We had the opportunity to tell Tim what he meant to us, to use those words as a prayer of thanksgiving to God for Tim, and pray to for a few minutes that God would grant Tim a stint versus heart bypass, as the recovery time would be much easier and shorter

And on Wednesday that is what happened:  Tim had a stint to eleviate his heart discomfort.

On Monday of this week, we had several emails from friends that Tim's parents were both killed in an auto accident not far from their home, where Tim's dad is also a pastor. One of two funeral services for Marvin and Lola are today.
 
Our church family thought we were praying for Tim for one thing, but in reality, we were praying for something even more and bigger than his heart problems.

I don't know much about the significance of numbers in the Bible. One, three, seven, ten, twelve, forty. But I have friends who study those things. Because this is 2008, I have been hearing the number eight being tossed around.
 
So I asked a friend for the Bible significance of eight. While she is not a Bible scholar, Chris studies a lot. According to Chris, eight is connected to new beginnings. There were eight people on the ark who were left to restart the world. On the eighth day, Jewish babies are circumcised, representing them as being set apart as one of God's chosen. David was the eighth son of Jesse. He was to begin the reign of a series of kings that would bring forth the King of Kings - Jesus!

The number of days between our church's prayers for Tim and the day that his parents were killed? Eight! The number of days for new beginnings; and 2008 the number of a year for new beginnings!! New beginnings for Marvin and Lola, as they begin their heavenly existence that they had taught and believed throughout their 50 years of marriage and ministry. New beginnings for Tim Platt and his two other brothers, who are also pastors; as well as for a sister who is a school teacher, and their families

New beginnings for all of us in 2008, if we but allow God to begin His work in us, one more time

Dear Father God, thank You that You know things that we do not. Thank You that You take care of things that we cannot. Thank You for Your love and care for the Platt family today; for our church family; and for every family who is a part of the Karen's Korner reading family. You are big enough to take care of each one of us today and for forever. In Jesus' name. Amen. 



Printable Issue 1236  Today is Monday, January 28th, 2008; Karen's Korner #1236
A poem by the Poem Lady, Teresa:
 
LIFE IS A MIXTURE OF SUNSHINE AND RAIN
 
LIfe is a mixture
of sunshine and rain
Laughter and teardrops
pleasure and pain---
 
Low tides and high tides
mountains and plains
Triumphs, defeats
and losses and gains---
 
But always in all ways
God's guiding and leading
And He alone knows
the things we're most needing---
 
And when He allows sorrow
or some dreaded afflictions,
Be assured that it comes
with God's kind benediction---
 
And if we accept it
as a gift of His love,
We'll be showered with blessings
from OUR FATHER ABOVE.
 
~~
Printable Issue 1237  Today is Tuesday, January 29th, 2008; Karen's Korner #1237
Today's writing is forwarded to me by former Clarion resident Deb Mechem Lange; it was complete with color and graphics. The story is still the same without:
 
 
Once there was a man who asked God for a flower and a butterfly. But instead, God gave him a cactus and a caterpillar.
 
The man was sad; he didn't understand why his request was mistaken. Then he thought, "Oh, well, God has too many people to care for;" and decided not to question.
 
After some time, the man went to check up on his request that he had left forgotten. To his surprise, from the thorny and ugly cactus a beautiful flower had grown. And the unsightly caterpillar had been transformed into the most beautiful butterfly.
 
God always does things right!
 
His way is ALWAYS the best way, even if to us it seems all wrong.
 
If you asked God for one thing and received another, TRUST! You can be sure that He will always give you what you need at the appropriate time.
 
What you want..........is not always what you need!
 
God never fails to grant our petitions, so keep on going to Him without doubting and murmuring.
 
Today's THORN is tomorrow's FLOWER!
God gives the very best to those who leave the choice up to Him!!
 
**
Printable Issue 1238  Today is Wednesday, January 30th, 2008; Karen's Korner #1238
Psalms chapter 121
 
My Bible commentary says,
"..a child's prayer expressing assurance and hope
in God's protection day and night.
We never outgrow our need
for God's untiring watch over our lives...."
 
 
  I look up to the mountains—
      does my help come from there?
  My help comes from the Lord,
      who made heaven and earth!

 He will not let you stumble;
      the one who watches over you will not slumber.
 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
      never slumbers or sleeps.

  The Lord himself watches over you!
      The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
  The sun will not harm you by day,
      nor the moon at night.

  The Lord keeps you from all harm
      and watches over your life.
 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
      both now and forever.

**

Printable Issue 1239  Today is Thursday, January 31st, 2008; Karen's Korner #1239
I get many good emails from others. I hang on to the one's I like the best. Unfortunately, they come in faster than I can pass them along. Here is a Shirley Choat writing from several days ago (in part):
 
"For physical training is of some value,
but godliness has value for all things,
holding promise for both the present life
and the life to come."
~~ 1 Timothy 4:8
 
  When Friday comes many are likely thinking about hitting the bike trail, heading for the beach, or teeing off in the morning mist.
 
  Paul told Timothy that physical exercise does profit us "a little". Regular exercise and recreation can help to restore our perspective, to tone up our muscles, and to recharge our batteries. But Paul said that "godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come."
 
  The trouble is that many Christians today emphasize physical exercise. Paul also said, "Exercise yourself toward godliness" Regular spiritual exercise such as prayer, Bible study, walking in the Spirit, sharing Christ with others, serving others, and living a pure and holy life are profitable for both time and eternity.
 
   Looking forward to the weekend is fine. And there's nothing wrong with biking, swimming, golfing, or other forms of recreation. But remember, the greatest profit comes from exercising "toward godliness."
 
A healthy body, healthy mind,
Should be the Christian's goal;
But it is more important still
To exercise the soul.
 
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
 
To keep spiritually fit,
feed on God's Word and exercise your faith.
 
~~~