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August 2020 Archives

Printable Issue 4263  Today is Monday, August 3rd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4263














Triumph Over Suffering
By Anne Graham
Lotz


"In the time
of trouble, He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His
tabernacle He shall hide me."


~ Psalm 27:5 NKJV
 


"Believers of every generation have triumphed over their suffering as they placed

their faith in God, trusting Him even when they didn't understand why. And
every generation has suffered to a greater or lesser degree.


"My generation has not been exempt. There has been unfathomable
hopelessness and helplessness in the killing fields of Cambodia under the
Khmer Rouge, in the massacres under the vicious anarchy of the Red Guard in
China, in the senseless slaughter between tribes in Rwanda, in the torture
chambers supervised by the butcher of Baghdad ....... Sometimes it is just
so hard to understand!


"Yet God is bigger than our suffering. We can have hope as we place
our trust in Him-- in His faithfulness and in His ability to work out in
our live His purposes that will be for our ultimate good and His eternal
glory. So.........when you suffer, just trust Him!"



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Printable Issue 4264  Today is Monday, August 3rd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4264
The fourth of seven exchanges. What we get at the foot of the cross because of what Jesus did for us!

Taken from 'Praying Grace;  55 Meditations and Declarations on the Finished Work of Christ' by David A. Holland:
 
OUR SICKNESS FOR HIS HEALTH
 
"For He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities;the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed."

~Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
 
"We know that sickness and disease are not God's will for His people because there was no illness in the Garden of Eden. Pain and  infirmity were not part of the lovely creation that God declares 'good'. Sickness was and is a result of the fall and its ensuing curse.

"God introduced  Himself to the Israaelites as 'The Lord who heals you' (Exodus 15:26). Jesus attacked sickness and physical brokenness every time He encountered it. .

Some believers do not believe in physical healing. Others 'understand that physical healing is an integral element in Jesus' atoning work, miraculous restorations are not unusual' for these believers.

"At the cross, you can exchange your brokenness---spiritual, physical, and emotional --for Jesus' wholeness."

 
"Jesus, thank You for everything You suffered and took upon Yourself in Your atoning death.

"You were wounded for my transgressions, bruised for my iniquities; the chastisement for my peace was upon Your head, and by Your stripes I am healed. By Your grace, I will not let any of what You purchased go to waste or go unclaimed. You took my sickness and brokenness so I could have Your wholeness and health. I receive it!"

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Printable Issue 4265  Today is Monday, August 3rd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4265















I like
to plant flowers. I tend to have quite a few of them. Various varieties
of size, heights, and colors of marigolds, line the sidewalk coming
up into my farm home.

There are three solar lights in amongst the marigolds that grow parallel
to my kitchen window.

I noticed the other evening that none of the three were lighting up the
night. At second look, I could see why. The marigolds were now taller
than the lights, so no sun could be collected during the day.

That is me; how about you? The only light I have is the Light reflected
and collected from the "SON". Don't have much light of my own.
Praise God!
 


'When Jesus spoke again
to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will
have the light of life.”'


~John 8:12

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Printable Issue 4266  Today is Monday, August 3rd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4266
Anyone like me? For decades, maybe my whole life, I have had to depend on God and His Love and Care. And I have many, many memories of how He has done it for me. Us. My world. Our world.

But this time? Lots of things needing help:  political unrest, world in crises, pandemic, people with troubles. Lots of them. Will God come through this time? We have a tendency to wonder.

"Lord, with all my heart I thank you.
I will sing praise before the armies of angels.
I face your Temple as I worship,
giving thanks to for all your lovingkindness
and your faithfulness,
for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name. When I pray, you answer me by giving me the strength I need."

~ Psalm 138:1 - 3 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "Thanksgiving should be an integral part of our lives. This theme is woven throughout the psalms. As we thank God for material and spiritual blessings, we should also thank him for answered prayers. Remember when you asked God for protection, strength, comfort, patience, love, or others special needs and he supplied them? Beware of taking God's provisions and answered prayer for granted."

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Printable Issue 4267  Today is Tuesday, August 4th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4267
As we have turned the page to August, lots of thoughts about schools. Students. Teachers. Parents. Those making decisions about educations at all levels.

It has always been a challenge to make the right choices but this year it is extremely difficult. Who knows the right things to do.

I received these couple of Bible verses and a prayer from the National Day of Prayer Task Force:

Psalm 78:1-4 NIV:  "My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old— things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done."

Please join me in praying for our schools::

"Lord Jesus, we come to You now to lift up all of our schools to You; public, private, home and Christian schools across America. Please give them wisdom in their decisions on where to teach as well as what to teach. We ask that You guide and guard the hearts, minds, eyes, and ears of our students as they open their books and hear the lessons in their classroom from pre-K through college. Let them be filled with Truth and light. Give then Christian friends to encourage their walk with You and let them be bold to share Your Word and love with others on their campus as they live out life in You and for You."

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Printable Issue 4268  Today is Wednesday, August 5th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4268

The fifth of seven exchanges. What we get at the foot of the cross because of what Jesus did for us! Amazing!!

Taken from 'Praying Grace;  55 Meditations and Declarations on the Finished Work of Christ' by David A. Holland:
 

OUR SHAME FOR HIS GLORY

"....looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before
Him endured the cross,
despising the same,
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God:"


~ Hebrews 12:2 NKJV
 

"The first shame is that sense of uncleanness we feel when we sin, resulting in damage to ourselves or others. Its close companion is our English word guilt. The second shame is that humiliating sense of defilement and worthlessness we feel when we are used, abused, or wounded by others.

"In other words, we feel the first shame when we hurt someone else, and the second when someone hurts us.

"Jesus experienced and carried both forms of shame with Him to the cross. When Jesus looked ahead to the cross, He didn't see pain. He saw unspeakable shame. Our shame heaped upon Himself in almost infinite measure.

"One of the great wonders of the cross is that Jesus did more than bear our sin. He bore the first great consequence of sin---our shame. No matter what we've done or what has been done to us, we are invited to come to the cross and leave our shame there.

"Knowing this, why would we continue to carry a single particle of it?"


"Jesus I look to You, the author and finisher of my faith. For the joy that was set before You, You endured the cross, despising the same. Now You are seated at the right hand of the throne Of God. Thank You for pressing through---despising the shame---and enduring the cross for me.

"I come to the cross and leave the guilt for my sin there. I leave the defilement and humiliation of every time I have been hurt or abused there, too. I will not insult Your grace or waste Your sacrifice by continuing to carry my shame. In exchange, I take up Your joy and innocence as my own."

 

 

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Printable Issue 4269  Today is Thursday, August 6th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4269

Today's entry from Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence". (My apologies to those of you who have her book or flip calendar). What Sarah writes is always so timely and we have to be reminded often of Who we are and Whose we are:

 

"When things seem to be going all wrong, stop and affirm your trust in Me. Calmly bring these matters to Me; and leave them in My capable hands. Then, simply do the next thing. Stay in touch with Me through thankful, trusting prayers, resting in My sovereign control. Rejoice in Me---exult in the God of your salvation! As you trust in Me, I make your feet like the feet of a deer. I enable you to walk and make progress upon your high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility."

~ Taken from Job 13:15 (NKJV); Psalm 18:33; Habakkuk 3:17 - 19 (AMP)

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Printable Issue 4270  Today is Friday, August 7th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4270
Most readers of Christian materials are familiar with writer Max Lucado.

A while ago he confessed about his praying habits:  "Some people excel in prayer. They inhale heaven and exhale God. They would rather pray than sleep. Why is it I sleep when I pray?" He acknowledged that we all pray 'some'.

So for those of us who identify more with Lucado than with the 'SEAL Team Six of Intercession', he developed this short prayer:
"Father, You are good.
I need help; heal me and forgive me.
They need help.
Thank You.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.

In keeping with his thinking,a friend gave me a booklet by Lucado "Pocket Prayers", 40 simple prayers that bring peace and rest. Here is one of them:

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
~ James 1:17

"Dear Father, your blessings are perfect. All that you give is good. From ceration to the end, your gifts bring life to this earth.

"Teach me to accept what you've given. I may not always understand circumstances, but show me how they are blessings and give me gratitude for all of your gifts.

"Rain your blessings on my fiends and family today. Give them hope whatever they face. May they recognize that the good and perfect gifts are from you.

"Thank you that your blessings never end.You give them to us at unexpected times.

"In Jesus name, Amen."
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Printable Issue 4271  Today is Monday, August 10th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4271

Where I live in Wright County, we have gotten some rain in the last 24 hours! What a blessing!

We had been missing any of even the smallest showers. Hope wherever you live, you have gotten some of the much needed water!

From Anne Graham Lotz:
 

He Is the Almighty

"I pray.........that you many know.......His incomparably great power for us who believe."
~ Ephesians 1:18 & 19 NIV
 

"What problem are you facing that is bigger than you are? Praise God for the omnipotence of Jesus Christ! He is the Almighty - mightier than all. Greater, more powerful, than any problem or situation you or I will ever face. In fact, one reason God allows us to have problems and be in situations that seem bigger than we are is so we can discover His 'incomparably great power for us who believer'.

"If our lives are easy and if all we ever attempt for God is what we know we can handle, how will we ever experience His omnipotence in our lives?

"It is when we are in over our heads...
when we are cornered with no way out.......
when we are facing the Red Sea in front of us, the desert on either side of us, and the Egyptian army in back of us.....
that's when we discover His power!"
 

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Printable Issue 4272  Today is Tuesday, August 11th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4272
Thank God that He is always the same! It's me that I sometimes have problems with. 

Sometimes for no particular reason, my feelings take a vacation and go who knows where. I don't like it! I want to be loving and kind always. I want to trust Jesus at all times. And then....

Thank You, God that you are understanding and caring of me. Of all of us!

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"Hallelujah!
Yes, praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing His praises!
How delightful, and how right!
He counts the stars and calls them all by name.
How great He is!
His power is absolute!
His understanding is unlimited!
His joy is in those who reverence Him,
those who expect Him to be loving and kind!


~ Psalm 147:1,4, 5,11 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "Sometimes we feel as if we don't understand ourselves--what we want, how we feel, what's wrong with us, or what we should do about it. But God's understanding is unlimited and therefore He understands us fully. If we feel troubled and don't understand ourselves, we need to remember that God understands us perfectly. We need to take our minds off ourselves and focus it on God  We should strive to become more and more like Him. The more we learn about God and His ways, the better we understand ourselves."

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Printable Issue 4273  Today is Wednesday, August 12th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4273
Last week I shared with readers a short prayer 'formula' for praying for others, who are not 'pray-ers' by Max Lucado.

"Father, You are good.
I need help; heal me and forgive me.
They need help.
Thank You.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.


Taken from from Lucado's  "Pocket Prayers", 40 simple prayers that bring peace and rest. Here is another one of them. If this simple prayer isn't for you today, it might be perfect for someone in your life:


"They said to Him,'Lord, that our eyes may be opened.' So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him."

~ MATTHEWS 20:33 - 34

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"Father, you are the Healer and Miracle Maker. You can give sight to the blind and a voice to the voiceless.

"Would you heal my body? I am in pain and need the healing only you can give. Give me an optimistic outlook despite my weaknesses.

"For my family, please bring them miraculous healing in body and mind. Strengthen their faith and encourage them.

"I thank you that you always hear my cries for help.

"I pray this in the name of the great Healer, amen."

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Printable Issue 4274  Today is Thursday, August 13th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4274

A number of weeks ago the hanging geranium on the south side of my farm home needed some help. The red blooms needed to be trimmed off. Some leaves were yellow. Others were brown.

So I brought out the scissors. Cut back all of the blooms. Plus some of the leaves. Pulled out the dead ones.

Today I counted more than two dozen flowers. The leaves are green. Maybe not as bright as the spring. But pretty nice!

As I marveled I couldn't help but think about us. Do we sometimes begin to droop? Need to have some of our tired blooms picked off to make room for new ones? So that we can GO again?
 

God, I have to admit I don't like it when You pull, prod, or snip things in my life. But thank You for making needed 'changes' in my life/our lives. All You do is because You love us and want the best for me/us! We thank You for Your tender, loving, care! In Jesus' name. Amen.
 

Printable Issue 4275  Today is Friday, August 14th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4275
An inspirational thought sent to my email box recently, penned by Anne Graham Lotz:

TOGETHER FOREVER

"We eagerly await a Savior---who----will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body."

~ Philippians 3:20 - 21 NIV

"As wonderful as my loved ones are and as much as I miss them, they are not perfect! And if your loved ones are like mine, your relationship with them on earth has not been perfect either. To think of living forever in the same home with my brother would give one pause! But when we get to Heaven, the joy of seeing our loved ones once again is immeasurably increased when we realize that all of us will indeed be perfect! There will be no more.......

*  disagreements or cross words,
*  hurt feelings or misunderstandings,
*  neglect or busyness,
*  interruptions or rivalry,
*  jealousy or pride,
* selfishness or sin of any kind!

"There will be nothing at all to mar our full enjoyment of being with our loved ones forever and ever!"

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Printable Issue 4276  Today is Monday, August 17th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4276
It's amazing how much we are loved by God! Sometimes we forget.

Among other things yesterday, part of our church sermon reminded us how much God loves us and takes care of us. Regardless of our feelings. Our communion mediation told, in part, about our being 'adopted into His family'. Didn't do much to deserve that either!

"And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in Him. May your roots go down dee pinto the soil of God's marvelous love, and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God's children should, how long, how wide, how deep and how high His love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it."

~ Ephesians 3:17-19 LAB
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Bible Commentary:  "God's love is total, says Paul (writer). It reaches every corner of our experience. It is long - it continues the length of our lives. It is deep - it reaches to the depths of discouragement, despair, and even death. It is wide - it covers the breadth of our own experience, and it reaches out to the whole world. It is high - it rises to the heights of our celebration and elation. When we feel shut out or isolated, we need to remember that we can never be lost to God's love."

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Thank You, Jesus, for loving us so much!


Printable Issue 4277  Today is Tuesday, August 18th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4277
A couple of short thoughts taken from 101 inspirations on a spiral flip collection titled "Touched by An Angel Everlasting Love". It sits on one of my end tables. You can guess by the title, it isn't new!

"We mess up sometimes.
You haven't exactly thrown God for a loop, you know.
He can handle it."


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"It's time for forgiveness.
Forgive. Be forgiven.
And God will fill you with a peace beyond all understanding."


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"There's nothing to be afraid of.
One one side, there is life.
And on the other side........there is life too."


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"God loves you.
He will not fail you.
He wants you to know that He will walk with you all the way, 
but it's up to you to take the first step."


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"God will take care of you.
I promise He will."


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"There's going to be good times.
There's going to be bad times.
The good Lord can use you all the time."


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Printable Issue 4278  Today is Wednesday, August 19th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4278
The sixth of seven exchanges. What we get at the foot of the cross because of what Jesus did for us! Amazing!!

Taken from 'Praying Grave:  55 Meditations and Declarations on the Finished Work of Christ' by David A.Holland:

OUR POVERTY FOR HIS ABUNDANCE

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though He was rich,
yet for our sake He became poor,
so that you through His poverty might become rich."

~ 2 Corinthians 8:9 NASB

"First, He became radically poor the moment He stepped out of eternity and stepped into this fallen, broken, time-bound world.

"Second, whatever possessions Jesus accumulated in His life were taken from Him on the eve of His death. At the trial before Pilate, He had nothing left but the robe on His back, a little physical strength, and His dignity. Soon even these would be stripped away.

"He was poor in every way a person can be. No possessions, no comfort, no defenders, and no friends. Why? So beggars like you and me could become children of the King.

"We come to the cross to make a wonderful, absurd, unreasonable, too-good-be-true exchange. We bring our utter bankruptcy and leave it there, then walk away rich in love, hope, peace, power, and yes, in abundant material possessions for our every need."

"Lord, what an extraordinary Savoir You are. How unfathomable are the depths of Your grace!

"I stand today in awestruck wonder and overwhelmed with gratitude for what You were willing to do for me and every other lost human soul. I declare that because of Your work on the cross, I am amply supplied, have all sufficiency in all things, and can therefore abound in every good work. You humbled Yourself and took on the form of a servant. The fact that You have freely given me all things frees me to do the same. I can serve and give and bless because I have been made rich in every way."

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Printable Issue 4279  Today is Thursday, August 20th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4279
Over time most of us have bookmarks and sayings which enhance our lives. Many times we get to the place we barely see them.

Here are a couple 'in my life":

"Friendship doubles Joy
and Halves Grief." 

~ Egyptian Proverb 
(free standing cross on my chest of drawers)
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"Life hemmed in Prayer seldom ravels"
(wooden hanging on my kitchen wall)
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"As for God, His way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is flawless.
He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him."

~ Psalm 18:30

"My heart is confident in You, O God;
no wonder I can sing Your praises with all my heart!"

~ Psalm 108:1
 (Two sided bookmark in my Bible)
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FEARLESS


"Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me: 
your rod and your staff, the comfort me."

~ Psalm 23:4


"I still remember the days
I prayed for the things I have now."

(Another bookmark in my Bible)

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Printable Issue 4280  Today is Friday, August 21st, 2020; Karen's Korner #4280
Something from Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence", from tomorrow August 22 (since we don't do weekends!):

"Trust Me,and don't be afraid. I want you to view trials as exercises designed to develop your trust-muscles. You live in the midst of fierce spiritual battles, and fear is one of Satan's favorite weapons. When you start to feel afraid, affirm your trust in Me. Speak out loud, if circumstances permit. Resist the devil in My Name, and he will slink away from you. Refresh yourself in My holy Presence. Speak or sing praises to Me, and My Face will shine radiantly upon you.

"Remember that there is no condemnation for those who belong to Me. You have been judged NOT GUILTY for all eternity. Trust Me, and don't be afraid for I am your Strength, Song, and Salvation."

~ taken from James 4:7; Romans 8:1 & 2; Isaiah 12:2

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Printable Issue 4281  Today is Monday, August 24th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4281
This is the third time I have shared with readers a short prayer 'formula' for praying for others, who are not 'pray-ers' by Max Lucado.
"Father, You are good.
I need help; heal me and forgive me.
They need help.
Thank You.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Taken from from Lucado's  "Pocket Prayers", 40 simple prayers that bring peace and rest. Here is another one of them. This is #36:

"And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted."
~ James 6:11

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"Oh, Father, you multiply the loaves and fishes. Your perform miracles that you alone are capable of. You speak all there is into being.

"Help me experience your mighty power today. Show me that you are capable of more than I could ever ask or imagine. And when I see your power at work, help me be grateful for it.

"I pray for everyone who feels there is not much to give thanks for right now. They have lost a child. They are sick. They have lost jobs. Fill their hearts with inexplicable gratitude, for you are still good.

"I give you thanks for your almighty power and kindness. You didn't have to feed five thousand men on that hill two thousand years ago, but thank you for showing your loved even through lunch.

"In Jesus' name I pray, amen."

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Printable Issue 4282  Today is Wednesday, August 26th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4282
















"Where is the
man who fears the Lord?
 

 "God will teach him how to choose the best." 


~ Psalm 25:12 LAB

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Bible Commentary:   "To
fear the Lord is to recognize him for who he is:  holy, almighty,
righteous, pure, all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-wise. Seeing God in
this light, we see ourselves for who we are:  sinful, weak, frail, and
needy. When we recognize God for who he is and ourselves for who we are, we
will fall at his feet where he will teach us to choose the best -- his
ways."

"God, we can't thank You enough for being our God.


Our Father. 
Our Caregiver.


Thank You that You
know all things, see all things, and control all things.

We can't. And don't.
Help us let You be
God so we don't have to.

We want to be Your
Children.

Help us to rest in
You.

Thank You for
taking care of every detail of our lives,

whether we feel
like it, act like it or not.

Help us today to
celebrate You.

In Jesus' Name.
Amen.

"

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Printable Issue 4283  Today is Wednesday, August 26th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4283

Plugged into the Power Source

By Anne Graham Lotz

"In Your hand is power and might;
in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all."

~ ! Chronicles 29:12 NKJV

"The crowning jewel of Creation was man himself. He was created for a distinct purpose. If the purpose is lived out, life is fulfilling. If the purpose is rejected or ignored, life will never be what it was meant to be.

"A light bulb is a simple glass globe. If placed on a desk or table, it is meaningless as well as useless. But if it is fitted into a lamp and plugged into a power source, it fulfills its purpose for existence, taking on meaning as a source of light that is useful for daily living.

"Apart from the Creator's purpose, you and I are like a light bulb lying in a meaningless, useless state. We need to fit into the Creator's original design, plugging into the power source -- our relationship with Him -- if our lives are to be what they were meant to be."
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Printable Issue 4284  Today is Thursday, August 27th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4284

The seventh, and last, of seven exchanges. What we get at the foot of the cross because of what Jesus did for us! Amazing!!

Taken from 'Praying Grave:  55 Meditations and Declarations on the Finished Work of Christ' by David A.Holland:

OUR DEATH FOR HIS LIFE


"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned...For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provisions of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!"

~ Romans 5:12, 17 NIV

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"Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, when they ate 'you will certainly die' (Genesis 2:17 NIV). They ate but they didn't fall over physically dead the instant they disobeyed God's command.

"Physical death became a part of their future and the future of their billions of offspring yet unborn.

"But all this changes when it comes to the cross. The greatest exchange of all -- our death for His life. It is a tragedy of unspeakable proportions when anyone dies without having made that exchange, a tragedy God sent Jesus to prevent. At the cross, Jesus made it possible for us to exchange our death -- in every form -- for His life in every form.

"'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy,' Jesus told us. 'I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full' (John 10:10 NIV). At the cross, we traded our lives of walking death for one in which we are fully alive in every way."

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"Father, how amazing it is to know that the power of death has been shattered in my life. Jesus has borne my death, and my spirit has been made alive by Your Holy Spirit. Yes, death once reigned in me through Adam, but I have been to the cross and exchanged my death for Your abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness.

"I declare that abundant life in every aspect is mine-- here, now, in this world. And physical death holds not sting for me, because You have gifted me with eternal life. Thank You for allowing Jesus to die my death, so I can live in Him and He in me. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is living, working, and flowing in me."

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Printable Issue 4285  Today is Friday, August 28th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4285

"Yes, if you want better insight and discernment,
and are searching for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure,
then wisdom will be given you,
and knowledge of God himself;
you will soon learn the importance of reverence
for the Lord and of trusting him."

~ Proverbs 2:3 - 5 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "These verses highlight two ways we respond to God, ways that correspond to two basic aspects of his nature. First, we have reverence and awe for him. At the same time, we have confidence and trust in him. Our reverence for God recognizes his transcendence---his perfection and power over his created world. Our confidence and trust are our responses to his immanence--his everyday presence in our lives."

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Printable Issue 4286  Today is Monday, August 31st, 2020; Karen's Korner #4286

Last Friday I was to have a 10-minute outpatient procedure at the Mason City hospital. First I needed a COVID test on Tuesday morning. Wednesday afternoon the hospital called to cancel it because I had tested positive.

I was to be quarantined until this coming Friday and let our county public health department know who I had been around from Saturday until they called back with my results.

So far I have none, or maybe minimal symptoms. People who I have identified are one-by-one being told they are negative or are being tested. At any rate, to date, no one is sick.

But I had a number of people praying for a good outcome!

Psalm 50:15 says, "I want you to trust Me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you and you can give Me glory."

If I had my way, I would trust God perfectly. Probably not in this life! I heard a speaker one morning last week say, "We all have perfect hearts because they have been reclaimed by Jesus. We just don't have perfect lives nor perfect minds."

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

Praise God! Hard to tell what He has in mind next! Thanks for caring and praying. Best of all 'believing'!