Today is Friday, March 29th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4000

Wow! Look at the number of today's Karen's Korner! #4000! I just looked back and I started this venture in March 2003; 16 years ago this month! Who knew?

Writing, editing, sharing these weekday thoughts began because of our daughter Merry. I had nine leftover emails from her plus a had a handful of thoughts I had near the time of her death that I didn't want to lose nor forget. Thus Karen's Korner started!

Thanks to my son-in-law Tim who helped me with my web site and for you as faithful readers; some who have been along for the ride since it began. Thanks to God who keeps me focused and grounded. Where would we be without Him?

So as a tribute to Merry and in celebration of this milestone, I am sharing one of her nine forwarded emails, sent to us a week almost to the minute before she died:

"A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, 'Who would like this $20 bill?' Hands started going up. He said, 'I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.'

"He proceeded to crumple the bill up. He then asked, 'Who still wants it?' Still the hands were up in the air.

"'Well,' he replied, 'What if I do this?' And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. 'Now who still wants it?' Still the hands went into the air.

"'My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God's eyes. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still preciously to Him."

"Psalm 17:8 states that God will keep us, 'as the apple of His eye'.

"THOUGHT:  'The worth of our lives come not in what we do nor who we are but by WHOSE WE ARE!'

"You are special. Have a great day!!"