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Printable Issue 4866  Today is Monday, March 13th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4866
One of the songs we sang at worship service yesterday. Written by Gloria and Bill Gaither in 1972. The two have written some pretty good songs which we can recall quickly.

Let's Just Praise the Lord

"Lift up your hands..
and praise the Lord.

~Psalm 134:2

"Let's just praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Let's just lift our hearts to heaven
and praise the Lord;

Let's just praise the Lord,
Praise the Lord,

Let's just lift our hearts to heaven
and praise the Lord."

(Alternate words to 'hearts' are
'voice' and 'hands'.)

Printable Issue 4865  Today is Friday, March 10th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4865
This weekend Daylight Savings Time resumes. And as the days get longer we have more 'light'.

1 John says that God is Light. The second part of verse 5 (through verse 7) says, "God is Light and in him is no darkness at all. So if we say we are his friends, but go on living in spiritual darkness and sin, we are lying. But is we are living in the light of God's presence, just as Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin."

The Bible Commentary on these verses says (in part): "Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy and reliable. Darkness represents sin and evil. To say 'God is light' means that God is perfectly holy and true, and that he alone can guide us out of the darkness of sin. Light is also related to truth, in that it exposes whatever exiists, whether it is good or bad. In the dark, good and evil look alike; in the light, they can be clearly distinguished."

Dear Heavenly Father, if we choose to walk in Your Light, we have Your good, Your truth Your holiness. we can't do all of these things on our own. Thank You for Your many, many gifts and blessings. Always more than we deserve. We are thankful and blessed beyond measure.
In Jesus' Name. Amen
Printable Issue 4864  Today is Thursday, March 9th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4864
Been awhile since we looked at “100 Things God Loves About You:  Simple reminders for when you need them most by Tama Fortner.
Number 28.

God Loves the way you trust Him.
“I give them eternal life, and they
shall never perish,; no one will
snatch them out of my hand.”
~ John 10:28
“Do you ever skip to the last page? Ever just have to know how it all ends? Did the butler really do it? Did the guy get the girl? But even when you know the end, you still don’t know the middle----the hows, whens and wheres.
“Kind of like life, isn’t it? You can know the end because God promises His children a happily ever after. But the middle is part of the mystery of life. Mystery calls for trust. And when you trust your life to God, no one can ever snatch you out of His hand.”

Printable Issue 4863  Today is Wednesday, March 8th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4863
"Praise the Lord,
O heavens!
Praise him from the skies!
Praise him,
all his angels,
all armies of heaven.
Praise him,
sun and moon,
and all your twinkling stars.
Praise him,
skies above.
Praise him,
vapors, high above the clouds.

"Let everything he has made
give praise to him."

~ Psalm 148:1 - 5 LAB

Bible Commentary:  "All creation is likea majestic symphony or a great choir comprised of many harmonious parts which together offer up songs of praise. Each part (independent, yet part of the whole) is caught up and carried along in the swelling tides of praise. This is a pciture of how we as believers should praise God -- individually, yet part of the great choir of believers worldwide. Are we singing our parts well in the worldwide choir of praise!"


Printable Issue 4862  Today is Tuesday, March 7th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4862
The February 27 entry in "365 Days of Prayer for Women" by Stephanie Sample talks about KINDNESS. Our world could use a bit more; maybe a lot MORE!

Releasing Kindness

" Love your enemies, and do good and lend,
expecting nothing in return, and your reward
will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High,
for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil."

~ Luke 6:35 ESV

"Father, your incredible kindness illustrates the value you place on it. It pleases you to show kindness to me, and likewise, when I am kind to others. I do love to please you, and what does it cost me to smile, to say hello, or to hold open a door? Would you move through a room and not acknowledge me? Why, then do I keep my head down? Help me release your kindness into the world, God. Lift my eyes and open my mouth and let your beautry spill forth. Remind me that as I'm a kinder person, the world is a kinder place."

"Who can we release kindness to today?"

Printable Issue 4861  Today is Monday, March 6th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4861
Jesus Predicts His Death the Third Time

"Now they were on the way to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking along ahead, and as the disciples were following they were filled with terror and dread.

"Taking them aside, Jesus once more began describing all that was going to happen to him when they arrived at Jerusalem.

"'When we get there,' he told hem, 'I, the Messiah, will be arrested and taken before the chief priests and the Jewish leaders, who will sentence me to die and hand me over to the Romans to be killed. They will mock me and spit on me and flog me with their whips and kill me; but after three days I will come back to life again.'"

~ Mark 10:32 - 34 LAB
(can also be found in Matthew 20:17 - 19;
Luke 18:31 - 34)

Bible Commentary:   "Jesus' death and resurrection should have come as no surprise to the disciples. Here he clearly explained to them what would happen to him. Unfortunately, they didn't really hear what he was saying. Jesus said he was the Messiah, but they though the Messiah would be a conquering king. He spoke to them of resurrection, they wondered how a person could come back to life after being dead. Because Jesus often spoke in parables, the disciples may have thought his words on death and resurrection were another parable they didn't understand. The Gospels include Jesus' predictions of his death and resurrection to show that they were God's plan from the beginning, not an accident."

Printable Issue 4860  Today is Friday, March 3rd, 2023; Karen's Korner #4860
Something written by Anne Graham Lotz and sent out several days ago. If we have read the Bible, gone to Sunday School and church at least some, there is a lot we should know. But we tend to forget Who we are and Whose we are.


"Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.

~ Lamentations 3:22 - 23 NKJV

"God as the Judge of all the earth, determined the wickedness of Cain's civilization and could no longer be tolerated, and He sent the Flood to wash it away. God, Who judged the world, is the same God Who saved the world from His own judgment by providing the ark as a means of escape. Praise God! That's His goodness!!

"Like pouring oil on troubled waters, our knowledge of Who God is calms our fears. So.......keep your faith and keep your focus!

God is faithful
and gracious
and good
and loving 
and patient
and holy 
and righteous
and merciful."


Printable Issue 4859  Today is Thursday, March 2nd, 2023; Karen's Korner #4859
"The Lord lifts the fallen,
and those bent beneath
their loads." 

~ Psalm 145:14 LAB

Bible Commentary:  "Sometimes our burdens seem more than we can bear and we wonder how we can go on. The psalm writer stands at the bleak intersection of life's road and points toward the Lord, the great burden bearer. God is able to bear our unbearable burdens because He (all in verses in Psalm 145):

* is great beyond discovery - verse 3
* does glorious things across many generations - verse 4
* is full of glory, splendor, majesty, and miracles - verse 5

* does awe-inspiring deeds - verse 6
* is righteous - verse 7
* is kind, merciful, patient, and loving - verse 7
* reaches out to us with compassion - verse 9

*rules over an unending kingdom - verse 13
* is our source of food, water, and help - verse 15
* is fair in all His dealings and full of kindness - verse 17

* remains close to those who call on Him - verse 18
* listens to our cries and sends His protection - verse 19 & 20

"If we are bending under a burden and feel that we are about to fall, we are encouraged to turn to God for His help. He is ready to bear our burdens."

Printable Issue 4858  Today is Wednesday, March 1st, 2023; Karen's Korner #4858
This is my second time through reading "365 Days of Prayer for Women" by Stephanie Sample.

Some days I read a couple; other days a skip reading from it.

Here is a good one from February 15, near Valentine's Day:


"I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them.
And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and
give them a heart of flesh."

~ Ezekiel 11:19 NASB

"Lord, I love imagining a world where every heart is yours. I picture an end to hunger, to war, and to oppression. None of those things would exist if we all had hearts that beat for you. How could anyone be hungry when none of us could bear it? Who would there be to fight against, if we were of one heart? Remove our cold hearts; replace them with pieces of yours. What could be more beautiful than to see you reflected in every face I see, and to know everyone I meet is truly my brother or sister? Is this heaven I imagine? If so, then heaven, come!"

Are our hearts one with God?

Printable Issue 4857  Today is Tuesday, February 28th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4857
Each edition of OUR IOWA magazine has some 'words of wisdom' in the vertical margins on its pages titled "Side Notes". Here are several from the February/March 2023  issue:

"Flowers are like friends.
They bring color to your world."

"The love of family and
admiration of friends
is much more important than
wealth and privilege."
~ Charles Kuralt

"A house becomes a home
when you can write
'I love you' 
in the dust on the furniture."

"Don't let today's disappointments
cast a shadow on
tomorrow's dreams."

"Have patience with all things,
but first of all with

"People may doubt what you say,
but they'll believe what you do."

"Never put off until tomorrow
the hug you can give today!"