January 2020 Archives
Today is Thursday, January 9th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4128|
I'm back! Welcome!|
I haven't done a Karen's Korner since October 1, 2019. I had some server problems so I could not send messages. With a friend's help, we are trying something different to send them. Let me know if you receive this 'korner' (at least some of you!).
And we will be rolling for the future!
You may think that I do these for you. And hopefully that is true. But I really miss doing these daily! So here we go! My God be blessed and glorified, by both the sender and the readers!
"Shout with joy before the Lord, O earth!
Obey Him gladly; come before Him, singing with joy.
"Try to realize what this means-------the Lord is God!
He made us---we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
"Go through His open gates with great thanksgiving;
enter His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him and bless His name.
For the Lord is always good.
He is always loving and kind,
and His faithfulness goes on and on
to each succeeding generation."
~ Psalm 145 LAB
Today is Friday, January 10th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4129|
Something I received this morning as an inspirational thought by Anne Graham Lotz. Timely as we move into the weekend.
A Day Set Apart
"If you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lords' holy day honorable....then you will find your joy in the Lord."
~ Isaiah 59:13 - 14 NIV
"In the beginning by His own example, God patterned our week to include not only the discipline of work but also one day of every seven that would be 'set apart'; different from the other six days.
"For a majority of people today, there is very little difference between the way they keep Sunday and the way they keep Saturday. Sunday has become more of a holiday than a holy day. Sunday was not designed just so we could sleep late, meet friends for brunch, go shopping to take advantage of weekend sales, do extra yard work or house work, attend the latest movie, or watch the playoff game on TV. Sunday should be not only for physical rest and restoration but for spiritual refreshment and expression of our devotion to God.
"Has the day that is supposed to be set apart, fallen apart? Consider what you can do to keep Sunday special -- different from the other six days of the week."
Today is Monday, January 13th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4130|
Yesterday's communion meditation was given by Chad Chapman. We thought it was a good one, so I am sharing it this morning (in part):
Chad, his wife Raejean, and daughter Kenna had the opportunity to travel to Florida over the Christmas holiday. He told that they spent much of their time on the beach enjoying the sun and collecting shells. "It isn't hard to find shells, as they are laying everywhere," he said. "Most of them are about the size of a quarter. Many are chipped and broken." He said they tired of the collecting and started to play in the ocean, wading, or relaxing.
The second day, Kenna came wading toward them with larger and more elaborate shells. She told them she would shuffle her feet across the bottom on the ocean until she felt something sharp. "When she would feel a sharp object, she would stop and dig it up," he said. The family embarked on the shuffling and digging; collecting the nicer, bigger, more beautiful treasures.
Chad compared his thoughts to studying the Bible. "It is extremely helpful with life-guiding information," he said, "Sometimes we keep it at the surface level, like the edge of the sea shore. Sometimes we keep it just at the surface level. The safe stuff, like the edge of the sea shore, Sometimes we try to ignore the parts we know we either aren't going to like or we know we will struggle with. But it's those times when we dig deeper into the Living Waters, and not worry about the sharp, possibly painful items, that we truly grow in our faith, and are rewarded with nice, beautiful rewards." And he showed as one of their larger shell treasures!
"Let's pray: Father God, we come before You at this time of communion, as a way to remember You even better. It's a way to remind us that You want an even greater relationship with us, and You want us to dig deeper into Your Word with that relationship. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen."
Today is Tuesday, January 14th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4131|
An Ordinary Life
"God chose things the world considers foolish in order shame those who think they are wise."
~ 1 Corinthians 1:27
" I invite you to pray
this prayer with me:
" 'Loving Father, you
made me, so you know very well that I am but dust. Yet you have
called me into your kingdom to serve you at this specific place, at this
specific time, for a very specific purpose. Despite my
ordinariness, I belong to youâ€”and you are anything but ordinary!
Help me pour out your grace and compassion among others that they, too,
may experience the richness of your love. Through me, my Father,
show others how you can use an ordinary life to bring extraordinary
blessing into the world. In Jesusâ€™ name I pray. Amen.' "
~ Written by Max Lucado
Today is Wednesday, January 15th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4132|
Most of us are familiar with the 23rd Psalm. It starts off:|
"The Lord is My Shepherd,
I shall not want."
There are lots of translations these days; few different words. Close to the same meanings. But I really like the my Life Application Bible translation of the same verse:
"Because the Lord is My Shepherd,
I have everything I need."
Big difference between 'wants' and 'needs'! What I might 'want', doesn't necessarily match what I 'need'.
Bible Commentary on Psalm 23:1 - "In describing the Lord as a shepherd, David wrote out of his own experience because he had spent his early years caring for sheep. Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection. The New Testament calls Jesus the Good Shepherd, the great Shepherd, and the head Shepherd. As the Lord is the Good Shepherd, so we are His sheep--not dumb, frightened, passive animals, but obedient followers wise enough to follow one who will lead us in the right places and in right ways. This psalm is not to focus on the animal qualities of sheep, but the discipleship qualities of those who follow. When we recognize the Good Shepherd, we can choose to follow Him!"
Today is Thursday, January 16th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4133|
Really enjoy Sarah Young's 'Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence' and her daily thoughts, taken from various Bible verses.
Don't always read them every day but they seem to always hit the spot. This is yesterday's - January 15:
"My face is shining upon you, beaming out. Peace that transcends understanding. You are summoned by a sea of problems, but you are face to Face with Me, your Peace. As long as you focus on Me, you are safe. If you gaze too long at the myriad problems around you, you will sink under the weight of your burdens. When you start to sink, simply call out 'Help me, Jesus' and I will lift you up.
"The closer you live to Me, the safer you are. Circumstances around you are undulating, and there are treacherous-looking waves in the distance. Fix your eyes on Me, the One who never changes. By the time those waves reach you, they will have shrunk to proportions of My design. I am always beside you, helping you face today's waves. The future is a phantom, seeking to spook you. Laugh at the future! Stay close to Me."
~ Philippians 4:7; Matthew 14:30; Hebrews 12:2
Today is Friday, January 17th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4134|
My dog, Rocky, an eleven-year-old pug, has been my friend and companion for about nine years. He looks to me for his provisions, walks with me on a leash (or sometimes walks beside me without a lead strap), and waits for me to set down my dinner plate if I decide to eat in front of the television. Then he jumps on my lap and cuddles up near one of my legs for a rest.|
It is a good relationship!
I couldn't help but think about Rocky and our relationship and how God would like for a similar relationship between me and Him! He'd like for me to look to Him for His daily provision, to go with Him wherever He might lead, and for me to 'jump into His lap' whenever the opportunity presents itself!
Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for Your love for us and how You want to take care of each one of us as Your Children. Help us to want You as much! You are knowable. Help us to trust You and love You in return. In Your Son's Name. Amen.
Today is Saturday, January 18th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4135|
Karen's Korner readers know my 'phobia' of numbering. Mondays should end in 1 or 6; Fridays in 5 or 0. Since I started in the 'middle', you get a bonus on Saturday, to get a '5', and to begin on Monday with the right numbering.|
The Bible verses are from John 6. As always the disciples and people near Him were confused on Who He was and what He wanted. They wanted food and healing. He wanted them to want more, longer term things which He had in store for them:
'The truth of the matter is that you want to be with me
because I fed you,
not because you believe in me.
But you shouldn't be so concerned about perishable things
No, spend your energy seeking eternal life that I the Messiah,
can give you.
For God the Father has sent me for this purpose.'"
~ John 6:26 & 27 LAB
Bible Commentary: "Jesus criticized the people who followed Him only for the physical and temporal benefits, not because they were spiritually hungry. We should follow Christ because we need the truth. Many people use religion to gain prestige, comfort, or votes. But those are self-centered motives. True believers follow Jesus simply because they know His way is the only way to live.
"Satisfying God does not come from what we do, but from what we believe. The first step is accepting that Jesus is who He claims to be. All spiritual development follows on this affirmation. Declare in prayer, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.' and embark on a life of belief that is satisfying to your Creator."
Today is Monday, January 20th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4136|
A large mid-section of the United States experienced a winter snowstorm the past few days. It caused a number of people to be 'shut in' for several days, including me.|
Rarely do I miss church but I wasn't plowed out until mid-afternoon yesterday. When I got out, I ran! Had some things I needed to drop off at church, among other things. There was quite a 'pile' of church bulletins sitting on the back table. Obviously, a number of people were like me.
One of the items in yesterday's bulletin was a request by one of the missions we support, asking for our prayers. So since church members didn't get the information, Karen's Korner readers will today!
Mike Cahill is commercial pilot by trade but does 'mission trips' when he is in various parts of the world. His mission is giving out gospel tracts while he is 'on his own time'.
Today begins a Mexico Mission Trip for 3 days (January 20 - 22) with his friend Tim Berends. They will be in Aguascalientes, a city of about one million, hoping to give out between three and four thousand tracts while on the streets during their brief time in Mexico.
"We like to reach people one-on-one," Cahill said. "The tracts are printed in their language. We go to city squares where there are lots of people.. Buses are a main source of transportation which gives us even more opportunities.."
While Cahill has visited 23 different countries with the gospel tract ministry, he returns to Mexico the most often because the people there are the most receptive. "Most often people will stop to read them right on the spot."
Why does he do this? "God promises His Word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11)", Cahill said.
And who doesn't want to see more people in heaven! So Cahill and Berends 'job' is giving out the good news of the gospel. Our job? is to pray: for them and their safety and for the readers of the printed materials; and their response to what they have been given. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers the next couple of days!
Today is Tuesday, January 21st, 2020; Karen's Korner #4137|
A collection of sayings; many of them from the current edition of OUR IOWA magazine:|
"Don't point a finger --
hold out a hand!"
"Worse than quitting --
being afraid to begin."
"Don't look back.
That's not the way you are going!
"The younger we are the more we want to change the world.
The older we are the more we want to change the young."
"Wherever you are,
God is already there."
"Letting go sometimes takes more strength
than hanging on."
"If you put out another's candle,
you also will be in the dark."
"When you handle yourself, use your head.
When you handle others, use your heart."
~ Donna Reed
"When it snows, you have two choices -
make snow angels.
Today is Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4138|
Something by Anne Graham Lotz:
When Bad Things Happen
that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who
have been called according to His purpose."
~ Romans 8:28
God let bad things happen to good people? to innocent people? to me?
Sometimes His ways seem so hard to understand!
In Romans 8:28, Paul wrote to reassure believers who lived in a city
dominated by Nero, a madman with absolute power. He wrote
encouragingly, ' We know that in all things God works for the good of
those who love him who have been called according to His purpose.'
Phrased another way, Paul was reminding the children of God they can be
confident that ......
all things work together for good,
brokenness leads to blessing,
death leads to life,
and suffering leads to glory!
"So when bad things happen, just trust Him!"
Today is Thursday, January 23rd, 2020; Karen's Korner #4139|
"Later, in one of His talks,
Jesus said to the people,
'I am the Light of the world.
So if you follow me,
you won't be stumbling through the darkness,
for living light will flood you path.'"
~ John 8:12 LAB
Bible Commentary: "Why is eternal life in Christ a light to all mankind? Because death brings eternal darkness and only Christ's eternal life planted in us will keep us alive in His new Kingdom for eternity. Christ is eternally alive because He Is God.
"What does it mean to follow Christ? As a soldier follows his captain, so we should follow Christ as our commander. As a slave follows his master, so we should follow Christ as our Lord. As we follow the advice of a trusted counselor, so we should follow Jesus commands to us in the Bible. As we follow the laws of a nation, so we follow Christ's laws because we are citizens of heaven."
Today is Friday, January 24th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4140|
I enjoy it when Karen's Korner readers share things. Kim Marker sent this to me earlier this week (in part).
It was from Mary Southerland titled "The Prayer of a Righteous Woman"; telling about Corrie ten Boom who landed in a Nazi prison camp with her sister Betsie for helping Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust:
"While imprisoned at the concentration camp, Corrie tells the story of the time she had a terrible cold. She told her sister how much she just wished she had a handkerchief. Betsie suggested that Corrie pray for one. Corrie laughed at that ridiculous idea. Why would God be concerned about something so trivial as a handkerchief?
"But Betsie prayed, 'Lord, you see my sister Corrie has a very bad cold, and in Jesus' name, I ask you today for a handkerchief for her. Amen.'
"Shortly after that Corrie heard someone call out her name. She looked out the window of the barracks where she saw a friend of hers, also a prisoner, who worked in the hospital at Ravensbruck.
"'Here,' her friend said. 'Take this ! I'm bringing you a little present.' She pressed it into Corrie's hand.
"'I opened the little package,' said Corrie. 'and it was a handkerchief!'
"'How did you know I needed a handkerchief? Did you know I have a cold?' Corrie asked.
"'No,' said her friend. 'I was sewing handkerchiefs from an old piece of sheet, and there was a voice in my heart that said, 'Bring a handkerchief to Corrie ten Boom!'
"That little hanky, made from an old piece of a sheet, was a message out of the Heavens to me!' Corrie said. 'It told me that there is a Heavenly Father who hears one of his children pray for an impossible, small thing; a handkerchief. And the Heavenly Father says to one of His other children, 'Bring a handkerchief to Corrie ten Boom!'
Southerland goes on to say: "Prayer isn't a religious exercise. It isn't a holy vending machine and does not require us to jump through a certain number of hoops in order for God to hear and respond.
"Prayer is the declaration of our total and utter dependence on God. When we pray, we are telling God that we are desperate for Him. We are saying 'yes' to whatever the minute, day, or future holds.....even before we know what that may be..
The Bible verse she included: "For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength," written by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:25.
"Father, I am sorry for the times I doubt You. Teach me how to pray with the childlike faith that pleases You. Help me learn to trust - I mean really trust You with every detail of my life. I want to be a prayer warrior for you! In Jesus' Name. Amen."
Today is Monday, January 27th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4141|
Last Monday I asked Karen's
Korner readers to consider praying for Mike Cahill and Tim Berends as they were
going on a short-term mission trip to Aguascalientes, Mexico, a city of one
million people to pass out Gospel Tracts.|
This is an update of what they were able to do. "By Godâ€™s grace the Lord
allowed Tim and I to pass out around 3000 tracts (includes tracts passed out in
the airports as we traveled)," said Cahill. "It was encouraging
to see many, many people reading the tracts." He included several photos
of people stopping to read them; estimating probably 95% of the people eagerly
"Please pray for those seeds that were planted," Cahill said.
"Pray that others water, and God gives the increase (1 Corinthians
3:6-9). Even though everyone may not physically be going to Mexico, by
praying fervently for those that have received the Gospel, each person becomes
a vital part of this outreach. The Lord promises in Isaiah 55:11 that His
Word wonâ€™t return void.".
Today is Tuesday, January 28th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4142|
"Since we, God's children, are human beings--made of flesh and blood--he became flesh and blood too by being born in human form; for only as a human being could he die and in dying break the power of the devil who had the power of death. Only in that way could he deliver those who through fear of death have been living all their lives as slaves to constant dread."
~ Hebrews 2:14 &15 LAB
Bible Commentary: "Christ's death and resurrection free us from the fear of death because death has been defeated. Do some of our loved ones need the freedom from the fear of death which only Christ can give? All who live in dread of death should have the opportunity to know the truth of Christ's victory. How can we share this understanding with those close to us?"
Today is Thursday, January 30th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4143|
STAND UP FOR THE HAVE NOTS
"In the game of life, many of us who cross home plate do so because we were born on third base. Others aren't even on a team. Some people are poor because they are lazy and they need to get off their duffs. Others, however, are poor because they were born in the wrong place. A latitude largely vacant of libraries, vaccinations, clean water, and paved roads.
"The ultimate solution to poverty is found in the compassion of God's people. The Bible endorses not forced communism but Spirit-led volunteerism among God's people. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
"What about you? Why not teach an inner-city Bible study? Use your vacation to build houses in hurricane-ravaged towns? Run for public office? Get out of your comfort zone...for Christ's sake."
~ By Max Lucado
(Editor's note: mine!): A couple more suggestions: if we can't physically 'go and d'o, how about sending some $ so that someone else can? Or how about encouraging someone else for the things they are doing to serve or help others?)
Today is Thursday, January 30th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4144|
shared with our Bible study group yesterday by our leader Carolyn Bowman:
RECIPE FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR
"Take twelve whole months,
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy,
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
"Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch at once,.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.
"Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.
"Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer,
one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.
"Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy, garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness.
"You're bound to have a happy new year."
(Author not included
with the writing).
Today is Friday, January 31st, 2020; Karen's Korner #4145|
(Note: I will be away from my computer next week.
Look for the next Karen's Korner on Monday, February 10!)
Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling; Enjoying Peace in His Presence" from yesterday, January 30:
"Worship Me only.
"Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your god.
Worries, if indulged, develop into idols.
Anxiety gains a life of its own,
parasitically infesting your mind.
Break free from this bondage by affirming your trust in Me
and refreshing yourself in My Presence.
What goes on in your mind is invisible,
undetectable to other people.
But I read your thoughts continually,
something for evidence of trust in Me.
I rejoice when your mind turns toward Me.
Guard your thoughts diligently;
good thought-choices will keep you close to Me."
~ based on Psalm 112;71; 1 Corinthians 13:11