Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour
Watching God At Work
Watching God at work is an awesome thing to do,
Just to witness His power is a great thing to view;
His thoughts are above ours, in power & might,
He is there beside us, showing us what is right!
Watching God at work will cause us to be blessed,
Everything He does is filled with righteousness;
Not one time has He ever done anything wrong,
Having Him in our heart keeps the spirit strong!
Watching God at work keeps our heart amazed,
Anything He touches is filled with His sweet grace;
The touch of His hand makes things fresh & anew,
And there are so many things that only He can do!
Watching God at work starts in getting redeemed,
Forgiving every sin by the blood of Calvary’s tree;
He gives eternal life because Jesus died for sin,
And works in His children as Teacher & Friend!

Let Honor Meet Honor


By Randy Kilgore

I’ve always been impressed by the solemn, magnificent simplicity of the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The carefully choreographed event is a moving tribute to soldiers whose names—and sacrifice—are “known but to God.” Equally moving are the private moments of steady pacing when the crowds are gone: back and forth, hour after hour, day by day, in even the worst weather.

In September 2003, Hurricane Isabel was bearing down on Washington, DC, and the guards were told they could seek shelter during the worst of the storm. Surprising almost no one, the guards refused! They unselfishly stood their post to honor their fallen comrades even in the face of a hurricane.

Underlying Jesus’s teaching in Matthew 6:1–6, I believe, is His desire for us to live with an unrelenting, selfless devotion to Him. The Bible calls us to good deeds and holy living, but these are to be acts of worship and obedience (vv. 4–6), not orchestrated acts for self-glorification (v. 2). The apostle Paul endorses this whole-life faithfulness when he pleads with us to make our bodies “a living sacrifice” (Rom. 12:1).

May our private and public moments speak of our devotion and wholehearted commitment to You, Lord.

Grant me the strength this day, O Lord, to persevere, to return honor to Your name where I am serving. My desire is to give myself in selfless devotion because of Your love for me.

The more we serve Christ, the less we will serve self.

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

In God’s Hand Of Grace
In God’s hand of grace, things become right,
Even in the midst of our very darkest night;
He puts things together like it ought to be,
Right down to our smallest, tiniest need!
In God’s hand of grace, our worries disappear,
The love He gives us removes our greatest fear;
He knows our frame, that we’ll be weak & fail,
His loving kindness makes us win & prevail!
In God’s hand of grace, are answers to prayers,
If we call on Him, He will always be there,
He listens as we pray, meeting every need,
And His Word tells us to Ask & Receive!
In God’s hand of grace, are blessings of love,
He watches over us from His throne above;
He takes us into a sweet precious place,
 Yes, carried by God’s great hand of grace!

 

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour
Blessed Beyond Measure
Blessed beyond measure, the heart of the saved,
God oversees His own, day after passing day;
He’s better to His child than we ever deserve,
Comforting our heart with His loving words!
Blessed beyond measure, in His perfect will,
From there, He makes us enriched & fulfilled;
If we ask Him to lead & guide all our trust,
The blessings we’ll see are bountiful on us!
Blessed beyond measure, as we bow to pray,
God never misses a single word we say;
Even if the words are difficult to find,
He knows the very thoughts of our mind!
Blessed beyond measure, with God in our heart,
He’ll never forsake us, His Spirit won’t depart;
To have Him in our heart is an eternal treasure,
From being His, we’re blessed beyond measure!
No matter what we face, God is always good, & very willing to love on His children when we need it! KI

 

Spending Time

Be Still and Know that He Is God

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10

I read in the newspaper about a fighter plane that fired off a weapon and was moving so fast that it overtook the bullet and shot itself down. Literally! There are a lot of folks I know doing the same thing. They are shooting themselves down.

They don’t take time to slow down and to be still and know that God is God. They don’t take time to experience His serenity and inner quietness. Isaiah 30:15 says, “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”

How much time do we take to be quiet before the Lord? If you don’t have time to do this, you are too busy! You are going to miss life looking for it.

I have a question for you. Are you spending time alone with the Lord every day? If not, let this be your wake-up call.

Tuesday With Karen

It’s Only The Lord

It’s only the Lord, keeping us safe & sound,

With strength & blessings that truly abound;

We may question how things will take place,

Nothing is too hard for His wonderful grace!

It’s only the Lord, giving sweet peace within,

He wraps us in His arms as we trust in Him;

His loving care is waiting & ready to provide,

Great comfort for all we’re facing in this life!?

It’s only the Lord, who makes us fulfilled,

As He leads us in the center of His will;

If we face conflict we’ve never endured,

The Lord keeps our spirit strong & secure!

It’s only the Lord, doing impossible things,

He gives joy within, a sweet song to sing;

If our valley is greater than ever before,

Miracles take place if you follow the Lord!

                                  4-22-18

From fatigue & broken sleep since Leslie’s surgery

on 4-5-18, & the Lord keeping me seizure free!