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January 2022 Archives

Printable Issue 4606  Today is Monday, January 3rd, 2022; Karen's Korner #4606
Today's entry - January 3 - from "365 Days of Prayer for Women", written by Stephanie Sample:

THIS WORK MATTERS

"Whatever you do, work heartily,
as for the Lord, and not for men."
~  Colossians 3:23 ESV

"God, I know your ways are perfect and that you placed me exactly where I am for a reason. There are moments though, that my life seems like endless drudgery. How can this work matter? These dishes, this sidewalk that needs clearing of snow. Help me remember all I do is for you. Let me clear the sidewalk, as if you were about to walk on it----to wash the dishes as if you were going to eat from them. Give me a glimpse, when I need it, of the many thankless tasks you've done for me, and he energy to do the job before me as if for you."

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What is your reason for doing all your tasks?"

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Printable Issue 4607  Today is Tuesday, January 4th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4607
"The Lord says,
'I will make my people strong
with power from me! 
They will go wherever they wish,
and wherever they go,
they will be under my personal care."


~ Zechariah 10:12 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "God promises to strengthen his people and reveals that this strength comes from God. When we stay close to God, his Spirit enables us to do his will, despite the obstacles. When we stray from God, we are cut off from our power source."

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Father God, thank You that You promise to strengthen us as Your people. Will you help us to remain close to You, we have a tendency to wander away, like people across the ages. You have the answers. We don't! Thank You that You never give up on us and that You love us and want to take care of us. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Printable Issue 4608  Today is Wednesday, January 5th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4608
Several quotes from 'Side Notes', the vertical thoughts in the margins of the December/January publication of OUR IOWA magazine:

"Snowmen fall from heaven --
unassembled."

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"Faith is holding on tight
when the going gets windy."

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"Always do right --
this will gratify some people
and astonish the rest."
~ Mark Twain

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"You can always pray for someone,
when you don't have the strength
to help in any other way."

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"Did you hear about the guy
who got hit in the head with
a can of soda?
He was lucky it was
a soft drink."

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*"Everyone one you meet
deserves to be greeted with
a smile."

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"What lies behind us
and what lies in front of us
are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us."

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"Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain,
but all happiness
and growth occurs while 
you're climbing it."

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Printable Issue 4609  Today is Thursday, January 6th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4609
Number 20 from the book "100 Things God Loves About You", which I purchased to give as a gift. I like it so well I am going to keep it. Read it and re-read it! In a world filled with lots of distractions, we need to be reminded of His Love for us:
 
GOD SIMPLY LOVES TO LOVE YOU

"As the Father has loved me,
so have I loved you."

~ John 15:9

 
"Ever dream about that guy? You know THAT guy. The one who's crazy about you, who can't wait to spend time with you. The one so in love with you that he constantly sends you little gifts to let you know he's thinking about you.

"Well, THAT guy is real. No, really! No matter what your relationship status might be, THAT Guy is crazy about you, can't wait to spend time with you. He's so in love with you that He constantly sends little gifts to let you know He's thinking about you. He's God---and He simply loves to love you."

 
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Printable Issue 4610  Today is Friday, January 7th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4610
Bible verse and prayer taken from a recent email by Kathy Branzell, President of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. National Day of Prayer is set annually for the first Thursday of May.
 
"Your hands made me and fashioned me;
Give me understanding,
that I may learn Your commandments."


~ Psalm 119:73 NASB

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"Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, You are the Alpha and Omega, the God is, was, and is to come. You are ALL mighty, wonderful, powerful, and worthy of all praise. You are the Author and Perfecter of faith and our lives, and we have nothing to fear as we walk in the safety of the shadow of Your wings. You are our refuge and our strength. You never leave us or forsake us, and we desire to love You with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Please increase our understanding of Your will and ways so that we can worship You with our lives. Thank you for all that You have done and will do as we commit to learn and respond to You in 2022."

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Printable Issue 4611  Today is Monday, January 10th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4611

(FYI - I am going to be away from my computer and home; in and out the rest of the winter. This the final Karen's Korner until Tuesday, January 25!)

It is written by Anne Graham Lotz, as she tells about struggling at times with depressing thoughts. Billy Graham's daughter struggles at times with depressing thoughts? Oh, that's right she is a human being!

 

Life-Giving Power

"Your Word has given me life"

~ Psalm 119: 50 NKJV

 

"Sometimes when we are depressed, we feel lifeless. It's hard to get out of bed in the morning. We seem to have no energy to do even the most routine functions. If you are depressed by the greatness of your problems, read God's Word! That's where you find help. That's where you find joy. Let the rushing waters of the Living Word drown out all other sounds and voices. There is life-giving power in the Word of God!

"At the most difficult times in my life - the loss of a baby, the forced removal from a church, the execution of a friend, the robbery of our home - God's Word has sustained me. There have been times when I have only been capable of reading a few verses at a time, yet the supernatural life-giving power of the Word of God has not only helped me maintain my emotional and mental balance, it has given me strength to go on, even if only one day at a time."

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