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Printable Issue 5063  Today is Wednesday, February 21st, 2024; Karen's Korner #5063
"How wonderful it is;
how pleasant,
when brothers live in
harmony!

~ Psalm 133:1 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "David (writer) stated that harmony is pleasant, precious, and refreshing. Unfortunately, harmony does not abound in the church as it should. People disagree and cause division over unimportant issues. Some seem to delight in causing tension by discrediting other.s. Harmony is important because:

1) it makes us a positive example 
to the world and helps draw others to us;
2) it helps us function as a body of believers
as God meant us to, giving us a foretaste of heaven;
3) it is renewing and revitalizing because there is less tension to sap our energy.

"Living in harmony does not mean we will agree on everything; there will be many opinions just as there are many notes in a harmonious chord of music. But we will agree on our purpose in life---to work together for God. Our outward expression of unity should reveal our inward unity of purpose."

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Printable Issue 5062  Today is Tuesday, February 20th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5062
A writing shared with me from my sister. I really liked it. A different twist. It didn't have a title.

"You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.

Why did you spill the coffee?

'Because someone bumped into me!!!'

Wrong answer.

You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea. Whatever is inside the cup is what will spill out.

Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It's easy to fake it, until you get rattled. So we have to ask ourselves... 'what's in my cup?'

When life gets tough, what spills over?
Joy, gratitude, peace and humility?
Anger, bitterness, victim mentality and quitting-tendencies?

Life provides the cup, YOU choose how to fill it.

Today let's work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation, resilience, positivity; and kindness, gentleness and love for others."

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Printable Issue 5061  Today is Monday, February 19th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5061
A dose of 'love' from "100 Things God Loves About You" by Tama Fortner. Number 87:

GOD LOVES YOUR OBEDIENCE

"If you love me,
keep my commands."


~ John 14:15

"For the world, obedience is a four-letter word. Following Jesus is just about following rules. And faith is really another name for thou shalt and thou shalt not. At least, that is what the world sees.

"But not you. You see obeying Jesus in a different light. Instead of seeing only what Jesus asks of you, you see the amazing, awesome, glorious picture of what He gives to you. Mercy! Grace! Salvation! And you know that His commands---which truly ask so very little of you ----are to protect and to save you. Because He loves you."

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Printable Issue 5060  Today is Friday, February 16th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5060
Something shared by a friend at one of our weekly Bible studies:


"I asked God to take away my habit. God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.
 
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.
 
I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned.
 
I asked God to give me happiness. God said, No. I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.
 
I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.
 
I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.
 
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, No. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.
 
I asked God to help me LOVE others as much as He loves me.  God said…Ahhhh, finally you have the idea!"

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Printable Issue 5059  Today is Thursday, February 15th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5059
A writing by Max Lucado and sent in my inbox a few days ago:

ACCEPT GOD'S OFFER

"A person can be religious and yet lost. Attending church won’t make you God’s child. You must accept his offer. 'For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God' (1 Peter 3:18).

"It makes no sense to seek your God-given strength until you trust in his. 'It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for' (Ephesians 1:11 MSG).

"Take a few moments and talk to God. Whether you are making a decision or reaffirming an earlier one, talk to your Maker about your eternal life. You might find this prayer helpful: Immanuel, you are with me. You became a person and took on flesh. You became my Savior and took on my sin. I accept your gift. I receive you as my Lord, Savior, and friend. And because of you, I’ll never be alone again."

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Printable Issue 5058  Today is Wednesday, February 14th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5058
Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Ash Wednesday! As we begin the Lenten season!

Whether we get Valentine's Day cards, greetings, gifts, or not, God sends His greetings today and every day!

I John chapters 3 and 4 tend to ooze with His Love for us:

"See how very much our Heavenly Father
loves us,
for He allows us to be call His Children---
think about it---
and we really are!


Chapter 3:1
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"Dearly loved friends,

Chapter 4:1
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"Dear friends,
let us practice loving each other,"


 Chapter 4:7
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" It is not our love for God,
but His Love for us
when He sent His Son
to  satisfy God's
anger against our sins."


Chapter 4:10
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"Dear friends,
since God loves us as much as that,
we  surely ought to love each other too."


Chapter 4:11

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Printable Issue 5057  Today is Tuesday, February 13th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5057
Today is 'Fat Tuesday' or 'Mardi Gras'.

Mardi Gras is a Christian holiday and popular cultural phenomenon that dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites. It became incorporated into a Christian celebration. it’s celebrated in many countries around the world—mainly those with large Roman Catholic populations—on the day before the religious season of Lent begins. 

Most of us know that New Orleans celebrates, not only the day but a number of days before the actual event.

A number of years our family traveled to New Orleans where husband, Jim's cousin lived. She sent us home with a box of Mardi Gras beads and decor with the words, "You need to have a Mardi Gras party!"

Then became our family tradition of cooking a four-course meal on 'the day', beginning in 1990. We have hosted 35 Mardi Gras meals over the years, when we would invite ten people to eat with us. Once guests came, they would not be invited a second time. Do the math; we have hosted lots of people!

Because of the busyness of this week with Valentine's Day etc., I decided not to do it this year! Maybe I am done. Who knows??

At any rate, today is a good day to celebrate Mardi Gras. Our way. Any way. As we come to the Lenten season and Valentine's Day tomorrow!

God, let us remember
You and Your Love
Today!
And every day!
Amen.
Printable Issue 5056  Today is Monday, February 12th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5056
Is the mention of God and His Kingdom making a comeback in the public sector? Has attempted His elimination been at our own peril?

More than one person mentioned on news talk shows this morning that several Super Bowl ads focused on Jesus or some aspect of spiritual life.

A weekend ago I had the privilege to attend ISU's high school honor bands, entertaining at CY Stephens Auditorium in Ames, as a guest of our 'bonus" granddaughter. There were more than 200 musicians.

There were two honor bands - Gold and Cardinal. Both bands played five selections. Each one had a different guest conductor, featured from out of state colleges. One of the selections for each one was a familiar hymn. As every song was introduced, conductors told the listening crowd, some background of the writer and the reason  for the writings.

Gold played "Amazing Grace".

Cardinal played "It is Well With My Soul".


AMAZING GRACE
By John Newton, 1779

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me?
I once was lost,
but now am  found,
was blind, but now I see.
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IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
by Horatio C. Spafford, 1873

"When peace, like a river,
attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll,
whatever my lot,
thou hast taught me to say,
It is well,
it is well with my soul."

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Printable Issue 5055  Today is Friday, February 9th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5055
God,

Help me to be more like my dog, Rocky.
I let him go outside first thing in the morning
to run free and do 'his business'.

In a few minutes, he scratches
on my kitchen door
wanting to come back in.
I looked out my kitchen window.
He sits there patiently,
because he knows I will let him in in a couple of minutes.

He knows me.
He knows what I have done in the past.
Once again I will let him back in.

When I pray and ask You for something,
help me to sit and wait patiently.
Because I know what You have done for me
in the past.
And today will be no different.

Forgive my impatience
and my lack of faith in
You and for what I ask.

You make my smile!

In Jesus' Name.
Amen.
Printable Issue 5054  Today is Thursday, February 8th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5054
A couple of Bible verses for the day. I mark in the margins of my Bible when I use them for a Karen's Korner. I must like these as I sent them in 2013 and again in 2019.

Here you go:

"What a glorious Lord!
He who daily bears our burends
also gives us our salvation.
He frees us!
He rescues us from death.
But He will crush His enemies,
for they refuse
to leave their guilty, stubborn ways."


~ Psalm 68:19 - 21 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "Each day, we must deal with our share of earthly burdens. As we face these burdens, the Lord is there to help us bear them. Each morning, praise God for the strength He will send us today. It is a sure as the sunrise."

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