Today is Friday, July 1st, 2022; Karen's Korner #4695|
"The Lord is my fort where I can enter and be safe; no one can follow me in and slay me. He is a rugged mountain where I hide; he is my Savior, a rock where none can reach me, and a tower of safety. He is my shield. He is like the strong horn of a mighty fighting bull. All I need to do is cry to him---oh, praise the Lord---and I am saved from all my enemies!
~ Psalm 18:2 & 3 LAB
Bible Commentary: "God's protection of his people is limitless and can take many forms. David characterized God's care with six military symbols.
"God is like:
1) a fort or place of safety where the enemy can't follow;
2) a rugged mountain full of hiding places,
3) a rock that can't be penetrated by any who would harm us;
4) a tower high above our enemies,
5) a shield that comes between us and harm,
6) a horn to scare the enemy away or to warn us if he comes too close.
"If we need protection, look to God."
Today is Thursday, June 30th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4694|
For a good number of years, I have had a flip calendar on one of my stands by Mother Teresa titled "Heart of Joy". Do I read it every day? No. But occasionally i pick it up and read several of her entries.
Her wisdom reaches on beyond her lifetime. Here are a couple of morsels to start the day:
"This is the only condition that
Christ really places on us:
'Love one another as I have loved you.'
And we know very well how much he has
loved us! He died for us!
""We must convert our love
for Christ into deeds,
must express Christian love
in concrete loving ways."
"Let's give thanks to God,
we who belong to him in a special way.
He has created us for greater things; to love
and to be love; to be holy as he is holy."
"Sacrifice, to be real, must cost:
it must hurt; it must empty us of self."
and you will find peace."
*Jesus must be brought to every
man and woman. Jesus is the only answer."
Today is Wednesday, June 29th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4693|
My Bible is pretty well used up and marked up. I like to mark significant thoughts in the margins. Today's Karen's Korner's verse says near it, "a favorite of our minister' - September 1985 (our minister at the time).
"And it is He who will supply all your needs
from His riches in glory,
because of what Christ Jesus has
done for us."
~ Philippians 4:19 LAB
Bible Commentary: "We can trust that God will always meet our needs, but we must remember that He may not supply them all in this life. Christians suffer and die (tradition says Paul himself was beheaded), and God does not always intervene to spare them. In the new earth, however, when sin has been permanently destroyed our wants and needs will be abundantly supplied for eternity."
Today is Tuesday, June 28th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4692|
Number 30 of "100 Things God Loves About You"; simple reminders for when you need them most by Tama Fortner.
God loves your 'Good mornings."
"In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly."
~ Psalms 5:3
"With a yawn and a stretch, your eyes peek over the edge of the blanket just as the morning sun peeps over the horizon. Maybe you're bright and eager and bouncing out of bed. Or maybe you're mumbly and grumbly and pulling the covers back over your head.
"Either way, don't forget the very best way to start your day is by saying 'Good morning!' to the One who made it. Because the One who tells the sun to rise just loves to hear your voice first thing in the morning."
Today is Monday, June 27th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4691|
This is Anne Graham Lotz inspirational email in my inbox yesterday. She talks about 'worry'. Whether we tend to be worriers or not, we have enough technology and media coming our way to cause us somethings for which to 'fear' Here is her antidote.
The God of All Comfort
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...who comforts us inn all our tribulation."
~ 2 Corinthians 1:3 - 4 NKJV
"Medical studies have proven that worry attacks the central nervous system, the circulatory system, and the digestive system of our bodies. Charles Mayo, of the Mayo Clinic, said, 'You can worry yourself to death, but you cannot worry yourself to a longer life.'
"Noah was exposed to such frightening experiences he could have worried himself to death; after all, he survived the equivalent of a nuclear holocaust. While Sunday school stories conjure up in our minds the picture of Noah as a quaint, folksy, old zookeeper with a plump, rosy-checked wife, he was in fact a very strong, courageous man of character and faith who could have been tremendously traumatized by the most violent catastrophe in history.
"Surely Noah knew the paralysis of fear and the total paranoia of worry. But he also knew by experience that the God of the storm is also the God of all comfort, able to calm his fears as he kept his faith in God and his focus on God."
God, help us to be like Noah. Help us to keep our focus on You and not the problems of this life swirling all around us. When we focus on anything but You, we worry. You are the God of all comfort and we worship You. Thank You for loving us and taking care of us. Amen.
Today is Friday, June 24th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4690|
The last of seven topics prayed for at this year's National Day of Prayer, events held across our country the first Thursday in May.
Overall topic: 'Exalt the Lord Who has Established Us" (Colossians 2:6 & 7).
ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA
"We Exalt the Lord Who has Established Arts, Entertainment and Media:
"Lord, You poured out Your beauty and complexity in Your creation. You establish our talents for Your testimony; our gifts for Your glory on stage, sets, and screens. (James 1:17; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11) We pray that the arts would exalt You and reflect the majesty of our Creator; never worshiping creation or that made by our hands; (Deuteronomy 4:15-20) that music and museums would be filled with Your praise, and that media would speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15) Let those who dance worship You as King David did, expressing praise and overflowing with gratitude. (2 Samuel 6:14)
"We Pray for Arts, Entertainment, and Media."
Today is Thursday, June 23rd, 2022; Karen's Korner #4689|
We are all aware of leaders, countries, and nations on several continents who are corrupt and cruel to some of their people.
God wants us to pray for them and us. He knows. He listens. He acts. Sometimes not in our time frame.
"For the needs of the needy shall not be ignored forever; the hopes of the poor shall not always be crushed.
"O Lord, arise and judge and punish the nations; don't let them defy you!"
~ Psalm 9:18 & 19 LAB
Bible Commentary: "The world may ignore the plight of the needy, crushing any earthly hope they may have. But, God, the champion of the weak and needy, promises that this will not be the case forever. The wicked nations who forget the Lord and refuse to help their people will be judged by God. He knows our needs, he knows our tendency to despair, and he has given us the promise that he himself will care for us. Even when others forget, he will remember."
Today is Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022; Karen's Korner #4688|
Today's writing from "365 Days of Prayer for Women" (and men?) By Stephanie Sample.
NEVER TOO BIG
"You don't have enough faith," Jesus told them. "I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible."
~ Matthew 17:20 NLT
"Lord God, mover of mountains, I'm standing at the bottom of one right now. I know I believe you can, but I'm not sure I believe you will. It seems too big, the kind of thing you did ages ago, but not today. It feels like the kind of miracle you'd work for someone with more faith, or someone who has done more for you. Help me with my unbelief, Lord! Move this mountain, God! Fill me with confident hope,. Take this little mustard seen and water it. Let it grow in the certainty---huge and full---that even today, in the name of Jesus, you can and you do and you will."
What mountains do you need faith to remove?
Today is Tuesday, June 21st, 2022; Karen's Korner #4687|
The Bible is filled with stories of people who do the wrong things, have bad things done to them, say or think the wrong ways.
But not God, those same pages in His Book just ooze with His Love for us!
Why? I don't know, but we get it, as His Children! Our job? Is to believe it and accept it!
"And He knows
the number of hairs on your head!
you are far more valuable to Him
than a whole flock of sparrows."
~ Luke 12:7 LAB
Bible Commentary: "Our true value is God's estimate of our worth, not our peers. Other people evaluate and categorize us according to how we perform, what we achieve, and how we look. But God's love gives us the real basis for our worth------we belong to Him.
Today is Monday, June 20th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4686|
In a world filled with anger, bitterness, hate, and evil, it is sometimes hard to remember who we are and Whose we are!
Item #1 from the book "100 Things God Loves About You"; simple reminders for when you need them the most by Tama Fortner:
God loves your story.
"All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be."
~ Psalm 139:16
"You have an amazing story. How can you be sure? Because it was written by Yahweh, the Lord God Himself, before you were even born. He knew every twist of the plot and every unexpected turn. Every joy, every sorrow. Wherever you go, He has already been. He will walk before you and with you as Lord and Guide and Friend. And when you entrust your story to Him, He promises you the best of endings---a happily, heavenly, forever after.