What Happened

WHAT HAS HAPPENED?
Prayers has been taken out of schools.
Teachers no longer teach the Golden Rule.
Doctors killing babies before they are born,
What has happen to America, where has our pride gone?

Neighbors killing neighbors, crime is in our land,
What happened to “United we stand”?
Mother against daugther, father against son,
What happen to the love, where has it gone?

What has happened to us, no one seems to know,
Resect and love has left, where did it go?
What has happened to “In God we trust”?
Turn back to God Americia, this is a must.

Prayer is the key to change thing the right way;
We all must stop and take time to pray.
Ask Him to help each and every day,
And teach our children how to pray.
By Rose Depew

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

The Answer To All Things

“What’s next Lord?” is what our heart will shout,

When we become filled with worry & doubt;

There’s no reason to ask this at all,

Jesus is the answer to problems, great & small!

“I can’t take much more” is what we tell the Lord,

When trials are greater than we can afford;

We may cry tears of great sorrow & grief,

But in Him is sweet peace & relief!

“What is coming along?” is said as things go wrong,

When situations come that just don’t belong;

He has the answer to all things taking place,

And there’s nothing too difficult for His grace!

God has the answer before our problems begin,

All we need to do is seek wisdom from Him;

He can handle every circumstance, trial, or task,

He is just waiting for our faith to trust & ask!

 

Content

Are parents trying too hard to make their kids happy? And is that having the opposite effect? These questions introduce an interview with Lori Gottlieb, author of an article on the subject of unhappy young adults. Her conclusion: Yes. Parents who refuse to let their children experience failure or sadness give them a false view of the world and do not prepare them for the harsh realities of adult life. They’re left feeling empty and anxious.

Some Christians expect that the Lord will be the kind of parent who protects them from all sorrow and disappointment. But that’s not the kind of Father He is. He lovingly allows His children to go through suffering (Isa. 43:2; 1 Thess. 3:3).

When we start with the mistaken belief that it’s an easy life that will make us truly happy, we become weary trying to live out our faulty belief. But when we face the truth that life is difficult, we can invest our lives in the pursuit of a good and godly life instead. That kind of life strengthens us for the times when life is difficult.

God’s goal is to make us holy, not just happy (1 Thess. 3:13). And when we are holy, we are more likely to be truly happy and content.

A contented person has learned to accept the bitter with the sweet.

Have You Disappointed God?

by Ricky Smith

Ephesians 4:30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Have you ever disappointed God? The very thought caused my stomach to churn! Much has been said about “grieving the Holy Spirit”. The word literally means to disappoint or sadden. I recall as a child often wanting to please my parents and even often seeking affirmation. While others may need physical discipline, I have the type of personality that can be broken by knowing that I have let someone down. The ultimate failure is knowing that I have disappointed or saddened my God.

Ephesians 4:30 is written in the context of how important it is to use words that build up and promote unity. When we don’t extend grace in response to the grace he has extended to us, it breaks His heart.

We should honor Him in all things, to include our words and love others. We read in Ephesians 1:13 that we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit. This truth is repeated here in 4:30.  While our sin cannot remove us from the hand of God, our actions which grieve the Holy Spirit can damage the seal which historically exists to affirm the authority of the Sealer. The point is that our actions and words ultimately serve as evidence of our redemption and a witness to the Hope of Glory.

In a positive respect, our commitment to building others up serves as a positive witness to point others to Jesus. On the flip-side, our refusal to obey the Lord in this regard can inhibit others from seeing the seal of the Spirit in our lives and the glory of God. This breaks His heart and should break ours as well with a motivation toward holiness.

The Two Bears

By David H. Roper

Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. Proverbs 13:10

Some years ago, my wife, Carolyn, and I spent a few days camping on the flanks of Mount Rainier in Washington State. When we were returning to our campsite one evening, we saw in the middle of a meadow two male bears boxing each other’s ears. We stopped to watch.

There was a hiker nearby, and I asked him what the conflict was about. “A young female,” he said.

“Where is she?” I asked.

“Oh, she left about 20 minutes ago,” he chuckled. Thus, I gathered, the conflict at this point was not about the female bear but about being the toughest bear.

Most fights aren’t about policy and principle, or about right and wrong; they’re almost always about pride. The wise man of Proverbs swings his axe at the root of the problem when he writes: “Pride leads to conflict”. Quarrels are fueled by pride, by needing to be right, by wanting our way, or by defending our turf or our egos.

On the other side, wisdom resides with the well-advised—those who listen and learn, those who allow themselves to be instructed. There is wisdom in those who humble themselves—those who set aside their own selfish ambition; who acknowledge the limits of their own understanding; who listen to the other person’s point of view; who allow their own ideas to be corrected. This is the wisdom from God that spreads peace wherever it goes.

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

God Is Above The Storm

God is above the storm, no matter how hard it might be,

There is no thunder or lightning His eye cannot see;

When we find ourselves in a storm on any day,

God is so good, to pour out His mercy & grace!

God is above the storm, though He may seem far away,

“Peace be still” are words He still knows how to say;

When clouds seem dark, & fierce winds are blowing,

God knows the direction every action is going!

God is above the storm, controlling by His command,

There’s nothing taking place He doesn’t understand;

The wind may blow hard & the waves might roll high,

But nothing happens here that surprises God’s eyes!

God is above the storm, & will forever more be,

Everything that takes place happens under His feet;

So before we start to become worried or distressed,

We need to remember God handles things best!

Trusting God

Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 18Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

Have you ever felt like you were working against God? We naturally assume that when God gives us resistance as we move in one direction, we’re meant to go in a different direction. Not necessarily. Sometimes God arranges for resistance to our plans so that we might grow, resulting in our good and His greater glory. Sometimes God invites us to trust Him even when our limited perspective leads us to conclude that events are unfolding which seem to be against God’s plan. Sometimes God invites us to persevere, and trust Him against the odds. It’s one way God exercises our faith, causing it to grow.

Thought and actions

Psalm 19:14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Robert Browning said, “Thought is the soul of the act.” Emerson said, “Thought is the seat of action. The ancestor of every action is thought.” If God destroyed the world once for its continually evil imaginations, is it not reasonable to believe that all of the sin, lust, and licentiousness that is rampant today grieves His heart just as it did in that day? Many people dream of sin, imagine sin, and—if granted the opportunity—would indulge in sin. All they lack is the occasion to sin. So, in the sight of God, they are sinners as great as though they
actually had committed immorality. All transgressions begin with sinful thinking.

You who have come to Christ for a pure heart, guard against the pictures of lewdness and sensuality which Satan flashes upon the screen of your imagination, select with care the books you read, choose discerningly the kind of entertainment you attend, the kind of associates with whom you mingle, and the kind of environment in which you place yourself. You should no more allow sinful imaginations to accumulate in your mind and soul than you would let garbage collect in your living room.

We’re all tempted, but we don’t have to give in. Here are a few ways to stay strong.

Prayer for the day—I need my thoughts to be continually purified by the cleansing power of Your Spirit, almighty God.

Waste Of Time?

Waiting Time Is Not Wasted Time

“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14

Do you know the story of Joshua and how the wall of Jericho fell down after the Israelites marched around it once a day for six days, then seven times on the seventh day? Why not just walk around Jericho one time? I think it was because God was testing their faith.

God was teaching them that waiting time is not wasted time. Isaiah 28:16b says, “He that believeth shall not make haste.” God is never in a hurry, like we are. We get upset when we miss a section in a revolving door! God is also never late. He knows what He is doing.

Do you know what our problem is? We’ve been around Jericho six times and we’re ready to quit. Say with the psalmist: “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him” (Psalm 62:5).

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

God Knows What He’s Doing

God knows what He’s doing, every second of the day,
He is never astounded, confused, or dismayed;
Our heart still wonders about things taking place,
But God handles it all with His amazing grace!

God knows what He’s doing, every move He makes,
His hand can never make an error or mistake;
Our carnal frame fails us, chooses wrong or sin,
But there’s no need to worry when we trust in Him!

God knows what He’s doing, His acts holy & pure,
Anything He does will be lasting & endure;
His thoughts are above all we think or know,
But God’s love on us, He freely bestows!

God knows what He’s doing, works wonderful ways,
He has the perfect plan, giving joy that remains;
Thank God, He receives our admiration & trust,
He knows what He’s doing in watching over us!