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Printable Issue 4095  Today is Friday, August 16th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4095
Today's inspirational thought from Anne Graham Lotz:


Created in God's Image


"God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created;

male and female he created them."

~ Genesis 1:27 NIV


"Nothing like man had ever existed in the universe prior to his creation. Through the power of God's Word, man was brought into existence from nothing. What sets man so distinctly apart from the animals that he required a separate creative process of God? The distinct difference between man and all other animals and life forms that man was created in the image of God.

"By creating man in His own image, God fixed a gulf between animals and man that will never be bridged. Man always has been and always will be man. The fossil evidence confirms this. No one has ever found the 'missing link', and no one will because it's missing! It doesn't exist! Since Creation, approximately ten billion human beings have been born, yet there is not a single recorded case of one ever being genetically less than a human being. Man was created in God's own image with a capacity to know the Creator in a personal relationship.

"Do you know Him??"














Printable Issue 4094  Today is Thursday, August 15th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4094
Pretty time of the year at my farm home. Lots of flowers in my flower beds are in full bloom. Weeding now is at a minimum because flowers have outgrown them!


Whenever I get ready to weed or do weed whacking, I always begin at the front. Where I can best see out my kitchen windows. Where people driving into my yard or walking up my sidewalk can best view the multiple blooms. Back side of my house gets left for my attention another day. People, me included, can't pay attention to what they can't see.


Do I do that with things in my life? Out of sight; out of mind.


But not God! He sees the 'unseen'. What others can't see about my life. Things I try to ignore. Maybe don't even recognize about myself.


Psalm 139 tells much about God. About me. About others. Chapter introduction says, "God is all-seeing, all-knowing, all-holy, all-present. God know us, God is with us, and His greatest gift is to allow us to know Him." Verse 12 says, "For even darkness cannot hide from God; to You the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike you You."


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Printable Issue 4093  Today is Wednesday, August 14th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4093
First four verses of Psalm 108. My introduction says the author is David and the theme is 'Victory in God's strength. With God's help, we can do more than we think."


"O God, my heart is ready to praise you!

"I will sing and rejoice before you.

"Wake up, O harp and lyre!

"We will meet the dawn with song.

"I will praise you everywhere around the world, in every nation.

"For your lovingkindness is great beyond measure, high as the heavens.

"Your faithfulness reaches the skies."

~ Psalm 108:1 - 4 LAB


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Printable Issue 4092  Today is Tuesday, August 13th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4092
I always like it when someone sends me something he/she believes might make a good 'Karen's Korner. This one was sent to me by my sister Jill. Her comments, 'Taken from a small book by Max Lucado, called 'God Will Use This For Good', written in 2013 but applies today'.



"Dear Jesus,

It's a good thing you were born at night. The world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.

"The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear of threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?

"Your world seems a bit darker these days. But you were born at night, right? You came at night. The shepherds were night-shift workers. The wise men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod's jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.

"Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.

"Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won't you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed and pain. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.

"We ask you, hear us, help us, be born anew in us.

"Hopefully,

"Your Children."


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Printable Issue 4091  Today is Monday, August 12th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4091

Installment #3 of 3, taken from The Progressive Farmer magazine, edition October 2018. From an article titled 'Cornerstone', all thought about 'forgiveness'. Shared by Troy Severson at a recent Lake Cornelia early morning outdoor church service at Lake Cornelia:


"To err is human, to forgive divine."

~ Alexander Pope

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"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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"The weak can never forgive.

Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

~ Mahatma Gandhi

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"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice."

~ Abraham Lincoln

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"Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness.

Forgiveness is letting go of the past,

and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions."

~ Gerald G. Jampolsky

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"Thank you, dear God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.

Thank you for the rain.

And for the chance to wake up in three hours and go fishing.

I thank you for that now, because I won't feel so thankful then."

~ Garrison Keillor

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Printable Issue 4090  Today is Friday, August 9th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4090

This is today's inspirational thought sent out by Anne Graham Lotz.

Most of us have something going on in our lives we don't care much about at any given time. But what happens when those things double up and we have multiple things happening that we don't like?

Here are Anne's thoughts:


He is the Almighty

"I pray.......that you may know.........his incomparably great power for us who believe."

~ Ephesians 1:18 - 19 NIV


"What problem are you facing that is bigger than you are?  Praise God for omnipotence of Jesus Christ! He is the Almighty - mightier than all. Greater, more powerful, than any problem or situation you or I will ever face. In fact, one reason God allows us to have problems and be in situations that seem bigger than we are is so we can discover His 'incomparable great power for us who believe.'


"If our lives are easy, and if all we ever attempt for God is what we know can handle, how will we ever experience His omnipotence in our lives?


"It is when we are in over our heads.....

when we are cornered with no way out........

when we are facing the Red Sea in front of us, the desert on either side of us, and the Egyptian army in back of us....


"that's when we discover His power!"


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Printable Issue 4089  Today is Thursday, August 8th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4089
I like my perpetual flip calendar from Sarah Young and her"Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence". I didn't read any of the days while I was gone last week. Sometimes I read the wrong day's. I enjoy any of them when I read them.

This is one I read this morning but dated for August 6:


"When things seem to be going wrong, stop, and affirm your trust in Me. Calmly bring these matters to Me, and leave then in My capable hands. Then, simply do the next thing. Stay in touch with Me through thankful, trusting prayers, resting in My sovereign control. Rejoice in Me---exult in the God of your salvation! As you trust in Me, I make your feet like the feet of a deer. I enable you to walk and make progress upon your high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility."


~Psalm 42:7 (NKJV); Psalm 95:1-2; Matthew 7:24:25



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Printable Issue 4088  Today is Wednesday, August 7th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4088


Your Work Is Important to God


"God views your work worthy of its own engraved commandments. 'You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest' (Exodus 34:21 NASB).

"Whether you work at home or in the marketplace, your work matters to God. And your work matters to society. Cities need plumbers. Bones break. We need people to repair the first and set the last. Someone has to raise kids, raise cane, and manage the kids who raise cane.

"So , whether you log on or lace up for the day, you imitate God. Jesus said, 'My Father never stops working, and so I keep on working, too ' (John 5:17 NCV). Your career consumes half of your lifetime. Shouldn't it broadcast God? Don't those forty to sixty hours a week belong to Him as well?"


~ by Max Lucado


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Printable Issue 4087  Today is Tuesday, August 6th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4087

Installment #2 of 3, taken from The Progressive Farmer magazine, edition October 2018. From an article titled "Cornerstone"; all thoughts about 'forgiveness'. Shared by Troy Severson at a recent Lake Cornelia early morning outdoor church service:


"For if ye forgive men their trespasses,

your heavenly Father will also forgive you."

~ Matthew 6:14 (KJV)


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"The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution

to the healing of the world."

~ Marianne Williamson


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"To love means loving the unlovable.

To forgive the unpardonable.

Faith means believing the unbelievable.

Hope means hoping when everything seems hopelessness."

~ G.K. Chesterton


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"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark;

the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."


~ Plato


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"Forgiveness is not about forgetting.

It is about letting go of another person's throat."

~ William Paul Young


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"Dear Lord,

please show me everything I need to understand about 

forgiveness and surrender."

~ Elizabeth Gilbert


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Printable Issue 4086  Today is Monday, August 5th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4086
(Back after a week away. Good to be back and being able to share thoughts and Bible verses!)


"Jehovah is constantly thinking about us

and He will surely bless us."

~ Psalm 115:12 LAB


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Bible Commentary:  "'Jehovah is constantly thinking about us' says the psalm writer. What a fantastic truth! There are many times when we felt isolated, alone, and abandoned, even by God. In reality, He sees, understands, and is thinking about us. When depressed by problems or struggling with self-worth, be encouraged that God keeps you in His thoughts. If He thinks about you, surely His help is near."


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