Today is Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007; Karen's Korner #1097

Last week our extended family received some unwanted news about a family member; this time not health issues, but potentially devastating just as well! And this is the Joel and Victoria Osteen daily devotional email which arrived the next morning. Seemed like it spoke volumes to me and I shared it with this family member:
Wise Words from a Prophet

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior” Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NIV).

"The prophet Habakkuk knew what to do when things seemed completely hopeless. His world was literally falling apart. In fact, the situation was so bad it seemed trouble was bursting through the seams of his life. So what did Habakkuk do? He rejoiced and praised the Lord in spite of everything! That may seem contrary to you and even silly. But you have probably lost something or someone who is very dear to you, so you can know how Habakkuk was feeling. But follow the prophet's example. When something bad happens to you, thank God - not because you're suffering, but because you know He is still faithful and loving. God wants to bless you, and He can lift your head above any problem!"

"God, I need Your strength to stand up in the midst of troubled times and say, 'Thank you, Lord'; despite what is happening around me. Help me to learn this lesson from Your prophet Habakkuk and apply it to my life today and every day. In Jesus' Name. Amen."