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Printable Issue 5129  Today is Thursday, May 23rd, 2024; Karen's Korner #5129
"With God's help
we shall do mighty things,
for He will
trample down our foes."

~ Psalm 60:12 LAB

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In the margin of my Bible,
I wrote on 6/30/89:

"HIS help,
not because of OUR goodness.
But because of HIS holiness!"

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Printable Issue 5128  Today is Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024; Karen's Korner #5128
Pray with me:

ABSENT OF JUDGMENT

"Do not judge,
and you will not be judged;
do not condemn,
and you will not be condemned.
Forgive,
and you will be forgiven."

~ Luke 6:37 NKJV


"Lord God, you are the only rightful judge. Only you see into our hearts, past the lies we tell, the masks we wear, and the scars handed down through generations. Forgive me for the times I borrow your gavel, thinking I know who someone is though I can't possible know their heart. My opinion does nothing to influence your verdict of them, but it may very well seal your decisions regarding my fate. I'm sorry, Father. I have no business hurling stones at anyone. Remake my heart in the image of Jesus:  absent of judgment, void of condemnation, and overflowing with forgiveness."


Are our hearts overflowing with forgiveness??"


~ Taken from
"365 Days of Prayer for Women"
By Stephanie Sample
For May 21 (yesterday)

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Printable Issue 5127  Today is Tuesday, May 21st, 2024; Karen's Korner #5127
Something written by Max Lucado and in my computer inbox yesterday, May 20:
 
A  Delightful Dollop of Gratitude
 
Declare with David: 'I will] daily add praise to praise. I’ll write the book on your righteousness, talk up your salvation the livelong day, never run out of good things to write or say' (Psalm 71:14-15 MSG).

"Gratitude is a mindful awareness of the benefits of life. Studies have linked the emotion with a variety of positive effects. Grateful people tend to be more empathetic and forgiving of others. People who keep a gratitude journal are more likely to have a positive outlook on life. Gratitude improves self-esteem and enhances relationships, quality of sleep, and longevity. If it came in a pill form, gratitude would be deemed 'the miracle cure.' It’s no wonder, then, that God’s anxiety therapy includes a large, delightful dollop of gratitude."

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Printable Issue 5126  Today is Monday, May 20th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5126
"No one will be able to oppose you
as long as you live,
for I will be with you
just as I was with Moses:
I will not abandon you
or fail to help you."

~ Joshua 1:5 LAB


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Bible Commentary:  "Joshua's new job consisted of leading more than a million people into a strange new land and conquering it. What a challenge -- even for a man of Joshua's caliber! Every new job is a challenge. Without God it can be frightening. With God it can be a great adventure. Just as God assured Joshua he would be with him, he is with us as we face our new challenges. We may not conquer nations, but every day we face tough situations, difficult people, and temptations. However, God promises that he will never abandon us or fail to help us, regardless of how we feel. By asking God to direct us, as Joshua did, we too can conquer many of life's challenges."

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Printable Issue 5125  Today is Friday, May 17th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5125
As we move through May, spring planting is hitting a high note! Because it has been a bit wetter here in north central Iowa than it has been the last couple of years, we have been delayed in getting some of our seeds or started plants into the ground.

The last few days I have been turning the soil in some of my flower beds. And the weeds have taken over! There are long, white roots of my crab grass, running everywhere. Left unchecked, I would have clumps of crab grass overtaking my flowers!

As I looked at the lengthy roots, I couldn't help but think of us as Christians sending out 'roots' and 'runners' to add more to His Kingdom. And there would be no end to the 'starter' plants in the world, our world.

Jesus said as he was leaving this world, "Go and make disciples in all the nations." (Matthew28:19).

We 'go' when we band together in church and worship. We 'go' when we do a short-term mission trip. Or financially support a foreign missionary worker or mission outreach. We 'go' when we serve a neighbor or someone in need. The list of ways we can 'go' is limitless.

We just need to keep sending out root runners, like my relentless crab grass!
Printable Issue 5124  Today is Thursday, May 16th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5124
This is today's Max Lucado.

Maybe it is because two of my sisters and I were planning to go to Europe in a few days, but plans needed to be rescheduled for a later date. Or maybe because we dad was in World War II and it would have been his birthday tomorrow.

But this one really captured my attention.

All of Max's are good.

"In the days leading up to the war with Germany, the British government commissioned a series of encouraging posters. The first poster was distributed in September of 1939: Your courage, your cheerfulness, your resolution will bring us victory.

"Soon a second poster was produced: Freedom is in peril. Defend it with all your might.

'A third poster was never released to the public, but was held in reserve for an extreme crisis, such as an invasion by Germany. It was never seen until nearly sixty years later. It read: Keep calm and carry on.

"God’s sovereignty doesn’t negate our responsibility. It empowers it. Trust God to do what you can’t. Obey God, and do what you can. Just…keep calm and carry on."


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Printable Issue 5123  Today is Wednesday, May 15th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5123

Yesterday's entry in "365 Days of Prayer for Women" by Stephanie Sample (May 14):
 

AS IT SHOULD BE

"If we know He hears us every time we ask Him,
we know we have what we ask from Him."


~ 1 John 5:15 NCV



"Glorious, God, we ask, and you answer. Not every prayer, exactly as it is worded, but every pure intention, exactly as it should be. If I pray for a job interview to go my way, you know whether security, meaning, or even convenience is what my heart desires, and that is the prayer you answer. If a relationship doesn't work despite many prayers, I know you have responded to the need I hoped that person would meet. Thank, you, Lord, for knowing my heart. Your generosity is without exception or fault; your gifts are always good."

Do we know God hears us
every time we speak to Him?"


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God,
help me to pray more.
To believe more!
Thank You that You hear
our every prayer! 
Amen.

Printable Issue 5122  Today is Tuesday, May 14th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5122
Some Bible verses we hear more often than others. Here is one we hear quite a bit:

"Yes, all have sinned;
all fall short of God's glorious ideal;
yet now God declares us 'not guilty' of offending Him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in Hi kindness freely takes away our sins."

~ Romans 3:23 & 24 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "Some sins seem bigger than others because their obvious consequences are much more serious. Murder, for example, seems to us to be worse than hatred, and adultery seems worse than lust. But this does not mean we can get away with some sins and not with others. All sin makes us sinners, and all sin cuts us off from our holy God.  All sin, therefore, leads to death (because it disqualifies us from living with God), regardless of how great or small it seems. Don't minimize 'little' sins or overrate 'big' sins. They all separate us from God, but they all can be forgiven.

"When a judge in a court of law declares the defendant not guilty, all the charges are removed from his record. Legally, it as if the person had never been accused. When God forgives our sins, our record is wiped clean. From His perspective, it is as though we had never sinned."
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Printable Issue 5121  Today is Monday, May 13th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5121
One of "100 Things God Loves About You" by Tama Fortner. #37:

GOD LOVES THE WAY YOU
LET HIM RESCUE YOU.


"Reach down your hand on high;
deliver me and rescue me
from the mighty waters."

~ Psalm 144:7


"You're drowning. Going down for the third count. No, it's not water that's swallowing you; it's the world. Maybe it's too-long-to-do-list in a too-short day. Or the slings and arrows of gossips who delight in your struggles. Or loneliness, weariness, or emptiness. Whatever the cause, you're drowning and you are at the mercy of threatening waves. But like Peter, you reach up to God and cry out, 'Lord, save me!' (Matthew 14:30). And He does.........because rescuing you is just something He loves to do..."

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Printable Issue 5120  Today is Friday, May 10th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5120
Happy Mother's Day!

We will know never know the affects our prayers have made on others. Nor will we know what a difference prayers said for us have made over the years of each of our lives.

Here is something shared by Anne Graham Lotz this week about her mother Ruth Graham and her praying for others. We all get to experience some of those differences made in the lives of the Graham family - Samaritan's Purse; Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; Anne's ministry; and countless others.

My Mother's Abiding Joy

"In Your presence is fulness of joy;
at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."


~ Psalm 16:11 NKJV

"As a teenager growing up, my room in our house was directly over Mother's. At night I could see the lights from her room reflected on the trees outside my window. When I slipped downstairs hoping to talk to her a few minutes, I would find her shapely form bent beside her bed in prayer. It was useless to wait for her to rise because she would be there for hours on end, so I would trudge back up to my room. And no matter how early I awoke in the morning, I would see those lights from her window once again reflected on the trees outside. When I tumbled down the stairs, I would find her seated at her big, flat-top desk, earnestly studying one of the fourteen different translations of the Bible spread out around her. My mother chose to make abiding in Christ one of the priorities of her life.

"Mother's abiding was rooted in a love relationship with Jesus that was the secret of her life. As a result of her abiding, and the obedience that was integrated into it, the hallmark of Mother's life was joy. Her face radiated it! Her eyes sparkled with it! And I'm left to wonder...what outward evidence of my inner r relationship with Jesus do my children see?"

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