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Printable Issue 4661  Today is Monday, May 16th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4661
One of last week's Karen's Korners, I wrote about our dog Rocky and his antics of 'hope'.

Today is #61 of "100 Things God loves About You" by Tama Fortner", also about '

God loves your hope.

"And I will hope in your name,
for your name is good."


~ Psalm 52:9


"Maybe it's been a rough day or week. Maybe even a rough month or year. It may even have been a rough life. But you keep going. You keep clinging to your Savior's hand. You keep hoping. Because you know what is promised, and because you know the One who promised is faithful. And because you know He loves you and your beautiful shining hope."

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Printable Issue 4660  Today is Friday, May 13th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4660
Last week was National Day of Prayer, with people from across the country. There were seven different topics of concern.

The first installment of seven was FAMILY  and with the overall theme of "We Exalt The Lord Who Has Established Us.":


"We Exalt the Lord Who has Established the Family:  We praise You Lord as our Creator; making each of us in Your image, and to be in a relationship with You. You are our Father and we are Your children. You said, 'It is not good for man to be alone' and created woman , to be united to man in marriage. (Genesis 2:22 - 24) It is only by Your wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. (Proverbs 24:3-4) We pray that every parent would train up their children in Your Word and prayer and Your name would be praised in all generations. (Proverbs 22:6 & Psalm 45:17) We pray for the widow and the orphan; that they would know Your everlasting love and presence as You never leave or forsake us.  We pray for the family."

 

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Printable Issue 4659  Today is Friday, May 13th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4659
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Printable Issue 4658  Today is Thursday, May 12th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4658
When I am in the kitchen rattling around, I can count on my dog Rocky, to come running. He looks up at me with pleading eyes. Maybe I might give him a drink of water, some food, or a treat. Whether he needs it or not. 

I would describe his intentions in one word:  HOPE! Hope that I might 'listen' to his silent plea. Sometimes he needs a drink or food. Many times he doesn't. While I don't always give it to Rocky, he always has hope!

I wonder if that compares to our asking our Heavenly Father for something. He wants us to come running to Him. Because of His Love for us, He gives us what we seek. Sometimes He may not because the things we might be asking for aren't the best answer. 

Our job? Always have HOPE!

According to Bible web site (biblegateway.com), there 180 references to 'hope' in the Bible. 

"Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from Him.

Truly He is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress.
I will not be shaken.

~ Psalm 62:5,6 NIV

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God, help us today to have hope for whatever we might be facing! Thank You that You are our Rock and we don't need to be shaken!
Printable Issue 4657  Today is Wednesday, May 11th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4657
Something by Anne Graham Lotz for the day.

LIKE JESUS

"Whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son."

~ Romans 8:29 NKJV


"Do you ever get frustrated with the habits of sin in your life? I do? Even thought I have been to the Cross and received forgiveness for all my sin, I still sin. I don't want to. I try not to. I have sin! But I still sin. The reality of sin is the single most discouraging, defeating, depressing fact in my life. But I can look forward with hope. Because one day, when I get to me Father's House, all of my sin.....

* my sinful tendencies,

* my sinful thoughts,

* my sinful actions,

* my sinful words,

* my sinful feelings.......

all my sins, are going to fall away like a stinking garment that finally drops off and is discarded. What will be left will be the character of Christ that has been developed in me during my life on earth, and I will be like Jesus!

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Printable Issue 4656  Today is Monday, May 9th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4656
A dose of God's Love to begin the week.

Taken from "100 Things God Loves About You"; Simple Reminders for When You Need Them the Most. By Tama Fortner. Number 52.

God Loves Your Hands.

"The Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete."

~ Deuteronomy 16:15


"Holding, lifting, touching, serving. So many things your hands can do. For God, for others, and for you.

"Palms lifted up in praise. Fingers wet with wiped-away tears or sticky with the messes of children, of life, of service. The work of your hands may not always seem important to you or to a world too busy to take notice. But to the one you touch, to the one whose tears you wipe away, and to the One your hands really serve, there are few gifts more precious. God loves the work of your hands."

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Printable Issue 4655  Today is Friday, May 6th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4655
Yesterday's National Day of Prayer had brochures guiding people toward topics on which to pray.

The theme was "Exalt the Lord" Who has established Us (Colossians 2:6,7)

This is the opening prayer:

"Lord, we exalt You. We are filled with awe and wonder as our praise joins the heavenly hosts saying, 'Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.'

"You established the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. You alone are the Creator; the earth is Yours and all it contains is for Your glory. You created and established all of us as Your image bearers. May our lips and lives continually praise You, reflecting and magnifying You in all our words and ways. You are the author of our days, You have established Your plans and purpose for us. We respond to your glory and authority in obedience to Your Word and will. You have established prayer that we, Your children, can communicate with our Heavenly Father directing, strengthening, and discipling us in Your everlasting love. We join heaven's activities as we lift up our prayers and pour out our praise, repentance, thanks, intercession and supplication.

"Lord, You have established America through the hearts of our founding fathers and the documents they penned declaring our dependence on Your sovereignty and supremacy. We overflow with gratitude having been firmly rooted and built up in our faith in You.

"Let our reputation be of our faith in Christ alone, our love for all people, and fruitful lives bearing the attitude, affections, and actions of Your Spirit, Who dwells and works within us and through us. We pray for America:  the Church, Family, Education, Military, Workplace, Government, Arts, Entertainment and Media. United in Your love, we exalt the Lord who has established us.
In Jesus Name we always pray, Amen!"

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Printable Issue 4654  Today is Thursday, May 5th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4654
Today is our country's National Day of Prayer. President Truman signed legislation in 1952 authorizing the annual event which has been held every year since.

It is held annually the first Thursday of May.

Taken from the National Day of Prayer web site:

"Through the efforts of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, more than 35,000 prayer gatherings will be conducted by about 40,000 volunteers across the United States. Several million people are expected to participate in this call to prayer. Some celebrities, such as popular musician and Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs, will join millions of Americans in praying for the nation."

Wright County's event will be held today at the Dows Community Center at 11 a.m. Join that event or any event to pray for our country.

If you have no idea where an event might be, figure out a way to pray with a friend or two. Or check out the web site and let God lead you to pray for our nation.

What an honor! What an opportunity!

"Father God in Heaven,
we worship You!
You are our God, worthy of our praise!
What a heritage our country has to have been founded on Your principles and love. We are the recipients of wise and caring men who followed You in making their decisions.
Forgive us for wandering way from some of those humble beginnings.
We seek You. Your guidance. Your hope. Your help.

We pray for all of those in leadership, both nationally and closer to home. Lead them and guide them. Their thoughts and decisions.
Guide us. We know they are only as strong as we allow them to lead, help us to follow their leading.

Thank You for Your Love and Care.
We are only as strong as we allow Your leading into each of our lives.
In Jesus' Name.
Amen.

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Printable Issue 4653  Today is Wednesday, May 4th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4653
Framed sayings are so popular now. Sometimes just a single word.

There is a new hanging in the women's restroom of our local pizza restaurant. I wanted to share it with Karen's Korner readers today:

LIFE IS AMAZING.

AND THEN IT'S AWFUL.

AND THEN IT'S AMAZING AGAIN.

AND IN BETWEEN THE AMAZING
AND THE AWFUL.

IT'S ORDINARY AND MUNDYNE AND ROUTINE.

BREATHE IN


THE AMAZING.

HOLD ON


THROUGH THE AWFUL AND

RELAX AND EXHALE

DURING THE ORDINARY.

THAT'S JUST LIVING.


HEARTBREAKING, SOUL HEALING, AMAZING.

ORDINARY LIFE.

AND IT'S BREATHINGLY BEAUTIFUL.


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And God reaches out to help us with all of it!
Printable Issue 4652  Today is Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022; Karen's Korner #4652
Today is my birthday! And I have some fun things planned for the day.

I thought I would see what Sarah Young and her "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence" for May 3.

I talks about not being able to serve two masters. Said a lot to me. I tend to wander. Sharing Karen's Korners helps me to focus. But I still can drift!

Here you go:

"YOU CANNOT SERVE TWO MASTERS.

"If I am truly your Master, you will desire to please Me above all others. If pleasing people is your goal, you will be enslaved to them. People can be harsh taskmasters when you give them this power over you.

"If I am the Master of your life, I will also be your First Love. Your serving Me is rooted and grounded in My vast, unconditional Love for you. The lower your bow down before Me, the higher I lift you into intimate relationship with Me. The Joy of living in My Presence outshines all other pleasures. I want you to reflect My joyous Light by living in increasing intimacy with Me."

~ Taken from Matthew 6:24; Revelation 2:41; Ephesians 3:16-17; Psalm 16:11

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