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Printable Issue 3714  Today is Tuesday, January 16th, 2018; Karen's Korner #3714

I had fun at Christmas time. I had decided to give little presents to people every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Just for fun; maybe someone who was shut-in or maybe not have many people in their world. Or maybe those I just happened to see when I was running errands. It was fun!

So much fun that I had a sense of 'why is this over' as the day came closer. I just felt like there were so many people to love and care about. So little time.

And then I thought about Jesus and His Life, He knew why He had come and why He had to die. Even if He was the Son of God, even if He lived a perfect life, He could only by one place at one time. So many people to love; so little time.

But He also knew that if He died and rose from the dead, His Spirit would be given to each believer. The Holy Spirit given to each one of us!

His Spirit could be sent and shared with dozens. Then hundreds. Then thousands. Then millions. His 'army' could march on into eternity. Together.

Today is a good day to learn. Love. Share His Life and Love with others.......

Printable Issue 3713  Today is Monday, January 15th, 2018; Karen's Korner #3713

As readers know, I read (not every day) Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence". I like all of them; some more than others. Here is what Young wrote for January 13:


"Try to view each day as an adventure, carefully planned out by your Guide. Instead of staring into the day that is ahead of you, attempting to program it according to your will, be attentive to Me and to all I have prepared for you. Thank Me for this day of life, recognizing that it is a precious, unrepeatable gift. Trust that I am with you each moment, whether you sense My Presence or not. A thankful, trusting attitude helps you to see events in your life from My perspective.

"A life lived close to Me will never be dull or predictable. Expect each day to contain surprises! Resist your tendency to search for the easiest route through the day. Be willing to follow wherever I lead. No matter how steep or treacherous the path before you, the safest place to be is by My side."

~ Taken from Psalm 118:24; I Peter 2:21

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Printable Issue 3712  Today is Friday, January 12th, 2018; Karen's Korner #3712

"About four o'clock in the morning, Jesus came to them (his disciples), walking on the water! They screamed in terror, for they thought he was a ghost.

"But Jesus immediately spoke to them, reassuring them. 'Don't be afraid!' he said.

"Then Peter called to him: 'Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come over to you, walking on water.'"

~ Matthew 14: 25 - 28 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "Peter was not testing Jesus, something we are told not to do. Instead he was the only one in the boat to react in faith. His impulsive request led him to experience a rather unusual demonstration of God's power. Peter started to sink because he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the high waves around him. Then his faith wavered when he realized what he was doing. We may not walk on water, but we do walk through tough situations. If we focus on the waves of difficult circumstances around us without looking to Christ for help, we too may despair and sink. To maintain our faith in the midst of difficult situations, we need to keep our eyes on Christ's power rather than on our inadequacies."

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Printable Issue 3711  Today is Thursday, January 11th, 2018; Karen's Korner #3711

Jesus is the Bridge Builder

"God's plan for humanity, crafted in the halls of heaven and carried out on the plains of earth. Only holiness could have imagined it. Only divinity could have enacted it. Only righteousness could have endured it.

"When God chose to reveal himself, he did so through a human body. The hand that touched the leper had dirt under its nails. The feet upon which the women wept were calloused and dusty. And his tears--oh, don't miss His tears. They came from a heart as broken as yours or mine has ever been. So people cam to him! Not one person was reluctant to approach him for fear of being rejected.

"Remember that the next time you find yourself amazed at your own failures! Or the next time you hear a lifeless liturgy. Remember....it's man who creates the distance. It's Jesus who builds the bridge!

~ By Max Lucado

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Printable Issue 3710  Today is Wednesday, January 10th, 2018; Karen's Korner #3710

While I am 'up and running' again, some korners are going to readers. Others aren't receiving them. Son-in-law Tim continues to work to resolve the problem!


Among other things over the holidays, I traveled to Washington for a short week to visit my sister Jill and her family in the Seattle area.

I returned home on Friday last week. Responding to 'orders' at the Sea-Tac Airport, I had my boarding pass and photo ID ready for checking in. Went through security. Started gathering my things afterwards. To speed up the process and rather than unzip a couple of things to get my driver's license back into the right spot, I instead doubled over my boarding pass with license and put it in my jacket pocket. "I'll get this to the right spot when I get to the boarding area and begin my wait," I thought.

I walked through the airport to my waiting area. Searched my left pocket. Boarding pass. No license. I searched right around where I sat. Retraced my steps. Asked a TSA agent where I had last seen it. He searched. No license. Even though I was going to have a layover in Denver, I didn't need to go through security again.

Worst case scenario: I'd have to get a duplicate license at the courthouse when I got home. Could be worse.

I started my walk back to my boarding area, going with and against the sea of fellow travelers. Stopped at a gift shop, grabbed something to eat, had a bathroom stop. When I took my seat, the gal from the service counter there, walked over to me and said, "Is this your driver's license? Someone left this on my desk." (How could she recognize me......my photo doesn't like me, does it?)

Can you believe it? Thousands of people all going some place else and I was important enough to be 'found'.

I made up my mind I was going to thank United Airlines when I got home. My chance came on Saturday afternoon when I got an online survey. Along with all the 'boxes', there was a place to 'say something'. The drop down menu on the screen had about ten categories on what I could say:  troubles with 'baggage'; 'seating'; 'wait time'; 'climate'. No place was there any place for me to say 'thanks'. I chose 'other'.

A couple of' take-aways' for me:  there are lots of good people out there. LOTS of them. If we listen only to the news, we might wonder. I was deemed important to somebody. I wasn't sure about my fate at the airport. But I (all of us) are important enough to God ALWAYS to be with us wherever we go. Whatever we do.. And when good things happen, thanks is part of continuing those good things.....

Praise God!

Printable Issue 3709  Today is Tuesday, January 9th, 2018; Karen's Korner #3709

(I should be up and running. Sent out a Karen's Korner yesterday, but I have no indication from anyone - including me - that it actually went out. I am going to try again today (including my opening paragraph for yesterday).

"Hey, I am back up and running!

"My apologies to Karen's Korner readers for being 'off the air' since mid-December. There were problems with my server and the only 'readers' I could contact were the ones who emailed me wondering what was happening. Son-in-law Tim got me up and running again.

"I had several good potential Christmas 'korners' but Christmas 2018 is coming."

If this one doesn't go out, nor tomorrows, I'm contacting Tim again.

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"The godly pray for those who long to kill them."

~ Proverbs 29:10 LAB

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Bible Commentary: "Proverbs is full of short characterizations that, put together, give us a picture of what it means to be a godly (God-like) person. This one parallels Jesus' counsel to pray for our enemies (Matthew 5:44). Few acts are harder to do, that is why godliness is rare. Measured by this standard, are you like God?"

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I have a way to go;

what about you?

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Printable Issue 3708  Today is Monday, January 8th, 2018; Karen's Korner #3708

Hey, I am back up and running!

My apologies to Karen's Korner readers for being 'off the air' since mid-December. There was problems with my server and the only 'readers' I could contact were the ones who emailed me wondering what was happening. Son-in-law Tim got me up and running again on Saturday.

I had several good potential Christmas 'korners' but Christmas 2018 is coming.

Instead we will welcome 2018! This is something sent to me by a friend yesterday. It is a poem complete with You Tube graphics. Here are the words:


NEW YEAR'S PRAYER

By Charlotte Anselmo

Thank You Lord for giving me

The brand new year ahead

Help me live the way I should

In each new day I tread.


Give me genuine wisdom

That I make help a friend

Give me strength and courage

So a shoulder I might lend.


The year ahead is empty

Help me fill it with good things

Each new day filled with joy

And the happiness it brings.


Please give the leaders of the world

A courage born of peace

That they might lead

And all the fighting cease.


Please give all upon the earth

A heart that's filled with love

A gentle way to live

With blessings from above.....



Printable Issue 3707  Today is Tuesday, December 12th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3707

Question?

What might happen when you carry six plastic bags, some with groceries and one from the hardware store? And put them on your kitchen counter? But one slips out of your hand? The one with a dozen eggs (only item in the bag) which hits the kitchen floor?

I tried that 'experiment' yesterday.

Unless you want to try it, this is the 'test' results:  Eight of them will be fine, but will need to be washed off. One will have a crack in it. The three others will be smashed, but the plastic bag will hold the 'goo'.

Just in case you're interested!

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"Entering the house where the Baby and Mary his mother were, they threw themselves down before Him, worshiping. Then they opened their presents and gave Him

gold,

frankincense,

and myrrh."

~ Matthew 2:11 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "The astrologers gave their expensive gifts because they were worthy presents for a future king. Bible students have seen in the gifts symbols of Christ's identity and what he would accomplish. Gold was a gift for a king; frankincense, a gift for deity; myrrh, a spice for a mortal man who was going to die. These gifts may have provided the financial resources for the family's trip to Egypt and back."

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Printable Issue 3706  Today is Monday, December 11th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3706

"Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem, in Judea, during the reign on King Herod.

"At about that time, some astrologers from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,

"'Where is the newborn King of the Jews? for we have seen the star in far-off eastern lands, and have come to worship him."

~ Matthew 2:1 & 2 LAB

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Bible Commentary on these verses: "The astrologers traveled thousands of miles to see the King of the Jews. When they finally found Him, they responded with joy, worship, and gifts. How different from the approach people often take today. We expect God to come looking for us, to explain Himself, prove who He is, and give us gifts. But those who are wise still seek and worship Jesus today, not for what they can get, but for who He is."

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Printable Issue 3705  Today is Friday, December 8th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3705

Today's devotional thought by Max Lucado:

Joseph Went Out On A Limb

"After His mother, Mary, was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

~ Matthew 1:18 NKJV

"Joseph was perched firmly on his branch in the tree. Predictable and solid, Joseph had no intention of leaving it. That is, until he was told to go out on a limb. Conceived by the Holy Spirit? Come on! Who will believe me? Pride told him not to do it, but God told him to do it.

"I have a feeling you can relate to Joseph. One foot in your will and one foot in His. His will or yours? Disrupting, isn't it? You can bet it won't be easy. Limb-climbing has never been easy. Ask Joseph. Better yet, ask Jesus. He knows better than anyone the cost of hanging on a tree!