August 2019 Archives
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
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."
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)
"The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution
to the healing of the world."
~ Marianne Williamson
"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
"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."
"Forgiveness is not about forgetting.
It is about letting go of another person's throat."
~ William Paul Young
please show me everything I need to understand about
forgiveness and surrender."
~ Elizabeth Gilbert
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
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
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!"
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
"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.
"The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
~ Mahatma Gandhi
"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice."
~ Abraham Lincoln
"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
"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
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'.|
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.
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
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."
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??"
Today is Monday, August 19th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4096|
Who among us hasn't heard an ambulance siren and wonder if something happened to a loved one? What about a job loss and we become convinced 'we will never find another one'? An unexplained headache? We jump to the conclusion it is probably a terminal brain tumor?|
Max Lucado in his book "Anxious for Nothing", tells of how we are 'wired' for things that may happen to us quickly and it is good. Our rapid response to a child headed for traffic. for example. But that same mechanism can conjure up things that are not happening nor may never happen to us. We become fearful. Anxious.
Here is where faith in God comes in. We need to ask Him. Trust Him. Believe Him.
Here is what Lucado penned (page 137):
"Maybe this image will help. When a father leads his four-year-old son down a crowded street, he takes him by the hand and says, 'Hold on to me.' He doesn't say, 'Memorize the map' or 'Take your chances dodging the traffic' or 'Let's see if you can find your way home.' The good father gives the child one responsibility: 'Hold on to my hand.'
"God does the same with us. Don't load yourself down with lists. Don't enhance your anxiety with the fear of not fulfilling them. Your goal is not to know every detail of the future. Your goal is to hold the hand of the One who does and never, ever let go."
Today is Tuesday, August 20th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4097|
"Oh, praise the Lord, for He has listened to my pleadings.
He is my strength, my shield from every danger.
I trusted in Him and He helped me.
Joy rises in my heart until I burst out in songs of praise to Him."
~ Psalm 28:6 & & LAB
Bible Commentary: "In the sports world, there is a phrase, 'A good offense is the best defense.' In the spiritual battle around us, God is our strength and shield. He is our defense against all that would harm us. If we trust in Him, He will certainly defend us from the vicious attacks of our enemies."
Today is Wednesday, August 21st, 2019; Karen's Korner #4098|
Something from Sarah Young and her "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence". From a couple of days ago. Always good!|
"I continually call you to closeness with Me. I know the depth and breadth of your need for Me. I can read the emptiness of your thoughts when they wander away from Me. I offer rest for you soul, as well as refreshment for your mind and body. As you increasingly find fulfillment in Me, other pleasures become less important. Knowing Me intimately is like having a private wellspring of Joy within You. This spring flows freely from My throne of grace, so your Joy is independent of circumstances.
"Waiting in My Presence keeps you connected to Me, aware of all that I offer you. If you feel any deficiency, you need to refocus your attention on Me. This is how you trust Me in the moments of your life."
~ Taken from Psalm 131:2; Psalm 21:6; Psalm 37:7
Today is Thursday, August 22nd, 2019; Karen's Korner #4099|
Today's Karen's Korner is several final thoughts by Max Lucado on his last page of "Anxious for Nothing". He speaks the truth that, if we have troubling thoughts, they are usually regrets in the past or fears of the future.|
Today? We can handle and enjoy each day. With God's help.
"Today I will live today.
Yesterday has passed.
Tomorrow is not yet.
I'm left with today.
So, today, I will live today.
Relive yesterday? No.
I will learn from it.
I will seek mercy for it.
I will take joy in it.
But I won't live in it.
The sun has set on yesterday.
The sun has yet to rise on tomorrow.
Worry about the future? To what gain?
It deserves a glance, nothing more.
I can't change tomorrow until tomorrow.
Today, I will live today.
I will face today's challenges with today's strength.
I will dance today's waltz with today's music.
I will celebrate today's opportunities with today's hope.
"May I laugh, listen, learn, and love. And tomorrow, if it comes, may I do it again.
"A new day awaits you, my friend. A new season in which you will worry less and trust more. A season with reduced fear and enhanced faith. Can you imagine a life in which you are anxious for nothing! God can. And, with His help, you will experience it."
Today is Friday, August 23rd, 2019; Karen's Korner #4100|
Another milestone today - 4100 Karen's Korners. Thanks for staying with me as readers! You are a blessing to me!|
Today's 'korner' is something my sister Jan mailed to me. It is some thoughts from Jason Robinson of Wisconsin. She had ripped the page out of an inspirational thought booklet so I don't the publication.
As we begin a new school year, it is a good one:
"Always in the Stands"
"When I was in school my father attended all of my activities -- football games, basketball games, wrestling tournaments. For a long time I thought it was only because of our close relationship. However, his support of student athletes continued until he was well into his sixties. Only at my father's funeral did I learn from my brother the true reason our father spent so much time at these events. My father had told him: 'When I was in school, my parents never came to anything because they were always drunk or at the bar. I go to all these activities for the kids whose parents don't show up. They can count on me to be in the stands. I am always there so they have support from someone.'
"Though my father wasn't religious, his example reminds me of the way our Lord shows us love and hope by never leaving us alone. Much as my father was always in the stands for the kids, when Jesus ascended into heaven, He left the Holy Spirit to comfort us. We can place total faith and hope in that truth."
"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling."
~ Psalm 68:5
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Like the best earthly fathers, God is always there for me."
Prayer: "Dear Father, continue to show us through others that You are always watching over and guiding us along life's path. Amen."
Today is Monday, August 26th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4101|
"Oh, the joys of those who do not follow evil men's advice,
who do not hang around with sinners,
scoffing at the things of God.
But they delight in doing everything God wants them to,
and day and night are always meditating on his laws
and thinking about ways to follow him more closely."
~ Psalm 1:1,2 LAB
Bible Commentary: "God doesn't judge people on the basis of race, sex, or national origin. He judges them on the basis of their faith in him and their response to his revealed will. Those who diligently try to obey God's will are like healthy, fruit-bearing trees with strong roots and God promises to watch over them. God's wisdom guides their lives. In contrast, those who don't obey God have meaningless lives which blow away like dust. There are only two paths of life from which to choose -- God's way of obedience or the way of rebellion and destruction. By choosing your pathway, you choose your eternity."
Today is Tuesday, August 27th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4102|
Something sent to me last week by Karen's Korner reader Steve Watne.|
It is something written by Pastor Rick Warren of "The Purpose Drive Life" fame:
"So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today."
~ Matthew 6:31-34 NLT
"How do you know you're not experiencing the love of God?
"You can't simultaneously worry and worship God. Every time you worry, you've forgotten how much God loves you. Worry is really acting like an atheist. It's pretending you're an orphan rather than a child of God.
"Jesus said these words (written above).
"He tells us there is a truth that's much more important than anything we're worrying about. 'We have a heavenly Father who created us, loves us, wants what is best for us, and is watching over us.' He is working for our good and has given us hundreds of promises of His faithfulness..
"Worry is pretending you don't know any of that.
"My son Josh doesn't like to fly when there's turbulence. A few years ago, he was on a plane experiencing constant turbulence. He told me later, 'I had to decide whether I would worry or worship. So instead of worrying, I put in my ear buds and put on a bunch of worship songs.'
"You'll either worry or worship for the rest of your life. You'll either panic or pray. You'll either look at your problems or look at God.
"Which will you choose?'
Today is Wednesday, August 28th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4103|
I bought myself a 'Christian' t-shirt last week. Never owned one before. I have camp shirts and mission shirts but not a message Christian one.|
It has six or eight bright colors with the largest print of "Jesus Christ", horizontal in red and rusty colors. The other names around the ages, also horizontal or vertical or wrapped around a couple of directions, are all names for Jesus:
King of Kings
Lamb of God
Lion of Judah
Prince of Peace
Bread of Life
Lord of All
And I'd bet there are others. Lots of them!
Today is Thursday, August 29th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4104|
The first three verses of Psalm 3. I must like them because I used them in Karen's Korner in 2014 and again in 2017.|
"O Lord, so many are against me.
So many seek to harm me.
I have so many enemies.
So many say that God will never help me.
But Lord, you are my shield, my glory, and my only hope.
You alone can lift my head, now bowed in shame."
~ Psalm 3:1 - 3 LAB
Bible Commentary: "Sometimes life offers little hope, and when hope is gone,only despair remains. When facing problems, trials, suffering, and death, we may feel like giving up. David ran from his beloved son who threatened to kill him, knowing there was no hope except in God. When we feel like there is not hope, when life has disappointed us to point of despair, we also have only one hope. But God is all the hope we need because he promises to be a shield to protect us. When we focus our thoughts on God, our hope is restored."
Today is Friday, August 30th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4105|
Something written by Anne Graham Lotz. It is talking about 'trusting God'. We might know that is what we are supposed to do but what happens when we can't get it done?|
Like everything else: Ask God to help us!
It is Time to Simply Trust
"Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?
~ John 11:40 NIV
"Having commanded the stone to be rolled away from the place where Lazarus was buried, Jesus challenged Martha not only to obedience but to expectant faith: 'Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?' (John 11:40). In essence, He was saying, 'It's time to place all of your small, mustard seed-sized faith in Me and My promise to you.'
"Martha had said she had faith. She intellectually believed what Jesus had said. But Martha needed to make the transition from faith to trust. Because while belief is the consent of the mind and faith is a choice of the will, trust is a commitment of the heart.
"The time had come for Martha to put her faith into action by surrendering all of her hopeful expectations and heartfelt longings and practical common sense and simply trust Him.
"And the time has come for you and me to simply trust Him. Trust HIM!