Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

Be Still And Know

Be still & know that He has a glorious face,

We’ll see Him pour out abundant mercy & grace;

He blesses our heart more than we ever deserve,

With every promise, He always keeps His word!

Be still & know we’ll see God’s love & affection,

There’s comfort to live in His hedge of protection;

His hand will guide every single step we take,

And God has never led anyone into a mistake!

Be still & know He listens to each prayer we pray,

Whatever the size, He hears every word we say;

He often sends answers addressed by His love,

That’s how it is with our gracious Father above!

“Be still & know that I am God” is wisdom He gives,

Showing us direction in the best way we can live;

So many rich blessings God will on us bestow,

All we need to do is take time, be still & know!

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

Keep On Going

Keep on going, although life’s pathway gets tough,

When it seems like your spirit has had enough;

If you’ve been betrayed by family & others,

He’s the Friend that sticks closer than a brother.

Keep on going, when you’re in the valley below,

When things troubling you, only the Lord knows;

The Lily of the Valley will lead every step you take,

And His guidance causes no errors or mistakes.

Keep on going, toward the founder of your faith,

He will always be there, every moment of the day;

Even in times when you feel you’re traveling alone,

He’ll give you enough strength & mercy to go on.

Keep on going, when you want to quit in life’s race,

There’s no problem greater than God’s grace;

When you become weary, troubled, & weak,

He’ll carry you while He meets all your needs!

Stanford

In 1884 a young man died, and after the funeral his grieving parents decided to establish a memorial to him. With that in mind they met with Charles Eliot, president of Harvard University. Eliot received the unpretentious couple into his office and asked what he could do. After they expressed their desire to fund a memorial, Eliot impatiently said, “Perhaps you have in mind a scholarship.” “We were thinking of something more substantial than that… perhaps a building,” the woman replied. In a patronizing tone, Eliot brushed aside the idea as being too expensive and the couple departed. The next year, Eliot learned that this plain pair had gone elsewhere and established a $26 million memorial named Leland Stanford Junior University, better known today as Stanford!

Man looks on the outside, but God looks on the heart.

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

My Heart of Thanks

Thank you, Lord, for the start of each brand new day,
For leading me along in every step I take;
I know it will be much easier for me to stand,
As long as I keep my hand in your hand.

Thank you, Lord, for strength when my faith is weak,
For those peaceful words my heart hears you speak;
Even on days when I might stumble & fall,
Your love reminds me you’re still Lord of all.

Thank you, Lord, for the faithful friends you give,
Sweet blessings bestowed on my life as I live;
You’ve placed them in my life for me to love,
I’m so thankful for your rich gifts from above.

Thank you, Lord, for the wonderful Savior you are,
For being the Blessed Redeemer of my heart;
You are worthy to be worshipped and adored,
I love you for being my Master and Lord!

It’s The Little Things

The Danger of Growing Up

Meagan Davis

“Lord, we trust you with our eternities, why can’t we trust you with our lives?”

This is the prayer that my resident assistant prayed in our meeting. My thoughts began to drift. Why? Why do I trust God for something so great yet not for something so small? I trust Him to care for me for time unending but not for just a few short years.

We start out our Christian life just like a child. We take God at His every word. We trust Him. We are so sure of Him. Just like a little baby may walk right into a pool, we would take that step of faith off the cliff knowing God will help us soar.

But then, we grow up.

You have more fear of danger now than you did as a child. You may be afraid of roller coasters, of flips on a trampoline, of drowning in the ocean, of safety while traveling. When you were younger, the thought of being hurt may have never crossed your mind. Just like this, we are more scared now than at the beginning of our Christian walk. At first, we are excited; now, we are anxious. Instead of growing up God’s way, we grow comfortable in our Christian walk. We become spiritually sure of ourselves. We think we know enough to decide on our own future. We think we know better than God. And when things don’t go exactly our way or we don’t know what is going on, we are scared of His plan.

But why? God is the same God now as He was in the beginning, as He was when He saved you! Malachi 3:6a says, “For I am the Lord, I change not.” And we know that God thinks the best for us (Jeremiah 29:11). So why do we fear? Why trust God to save you from the biggest danger of your life but doubt Him in the small things? Where did the saving faith go? I encourage you to grow up spiritually, but let God be your Abba Father. Still trust Him with that child-like faith that brought you to Him in the first place.

Gossip

Everyone likes a good story, right? Well, not necessarily. What about the person the story is about? Does that person like the story? Probably not, spreading rumors only hurts others and destroys our credibility. Who is going to trust us with anything when they think we’ll tell everyone else? Gossip is also a way we judge others, which really isn’t our job. God is in charge of judging people, not us. Gossip only ends up creating greed, hate, envy, murder. Gossip is also a sign that we are not really active in our faith and in our lives. If you think about it, the busier we are, the less time we have to gossip. We no longer have the time to get wrapped up in someone else’s life. Gossip is bred out of boredom. It may start as a simple conversation about people, and then escalates quickly. The Bible clearly tells us to do more than discuss other people’s lives.
Leviticus 19:16 – Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the Lord
Proverbs 11:13 – A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
Romans 1:29 – Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
1 Timothy 5:13 – And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
Matthew 7:1 – Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Proverbs 18:8 – The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
So What Do I Do About Gossip?

First, if you catch yourself falling into gossip – stop. If you don’t passon the gossip there is nowhere for it to go. This includes gossip magazines and television. While it may not seem as “sinful” to read those magazines, you are contributing to gossip.

Also, when you are faced with a statement that may or may not be gossip, check out the facts. For instance, if you hear someone has an eating disorder, go to the person. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to the person yourself, and the rumor is something serious, you may want to go to a parent, pastor, or youth leader. Getting someone to help in a serious situation is not gossip as long as the information stays with you and the person you go to for help. You may hear someone saying bad things about you or a friend, if you know it is not true, then, you should talk to them about it. If you want to avoid gossip, focus on creating helpful and encouraging statements. Let the gossip and end with you and remember the Golden Rule – if you don’t want people to gossip about you, then don’t participate in gossip.
Proverbs 26:20 – Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
Deuteronomy 13:14 – Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you;
Matthew 7:12 – Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

When Your Heart Needs Help

When your heart needs help, lay it in the Lord’s hand,

He’ll never leave you, but give you strength to stand;

At your weakest point, when you can’t even speak,

Listen to His small voice, He still says “Peace!”

When your heart needs help, bow & seek His face,

He’ll never at all withhold from you His grace;

He’s willing to share with you everything He has,

All you need to do is come before Him & ask!

When your heart needs help, come to God & cry,

The answer you’ll receive will be the right reply;

Even when your heart is burdened & broken,

Comfort will come if God’s voice has spoken!

Tricks

A sower went out to sow. —Mark 4:3
Jesus was known for teaching people through parables, which are stories that illustrate a spiritual truth. One of His most famous parables was about a man who sowed some seed. As the story goes, the seed falls on four different types of soil, three types that are bad and one that’s good.
When Christ explains the parable’s meaning, we find the seed represents God’s Word, and the different soils represent the different hearts that people can have toward the Word. And when it comes to the three types of soil that are bad, there’s a warning to be noted for each of them. Here’s the first warning:
Some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
Here’s the spiritual reality Jesus is alerting us to: When God’s Word falls on the hearts of certain people, Satan’s forces are going to try and snatch it away. There’s a demonic game plan to disrupt the Word’s work in their lives. It may not be overly obvious to the natural eyes, but in reality there’s an attack that’s spiritually motivated. So what is the purpose? To prevent God’s Word from affecting hearts that need it. We need to recognize that there’s going to be demonic resistance to the Word’s work. Satan isn’t just going to sit back and let people grow close to God. He’s going to put up a fight. He’s going to do his best to ruin things. And he’s going to swoop down and snatch up the truth before it can have an effect.
That’s a warning we need to heed. We heed it by praying against this type of heart attack and waging spiritual war on behalf of everyone who might be susceptible to Satan’s agenda to rob them of God’s Word.
Stand against the tricks of the devil.

Lovest

Suggested Further Reading: James 2:1-17

If you do not help the one that you see has the greatest need, I am afraid the love of God dwelleth not in you. It is a duty we owe to the poor of the Lord’s flock, and we reap many advantages we should not have if we had not to remember the poor. Now, allow me to press home this obligation: why should we remember the poor? I shall not urge it upon the ground of common philanthropy and charity; that were a too mean and low way of addressing Christian men, although even they perhaps might be benefited by it. I shall urge it in another way. “Remember the poor,” because they are your Lord’s brethren. What! Do you not feel, like David, that you would do anything for Jonathan’s sake? And if he hath some poor sick son, some Mephibosheth, lame in his feet, wilt thou not seat him at thy table, or give him a maintenance, if thou canst, seeing that Jonathan’s blood is in his veins? Remember, beloved, the blood of Jesus runs in the veins of poor saints; they are his relatives, they are his friends; and if that move thee not, remember, they are thy friends too. They are thy brethren if thou art a child of God; they are allied to thee; if they are sons of God, so art thou, and they are brethren of thine. What! Let thy brother starve? If thou canst, wilt thou not relieve thy brother’s necessity, not shield him from the cold, not ward off hunger, not provide for his needs? Oh! I know thou lovest Jesus; I know thou lovest the friends of Jesus, and I know thou lovest thine own family; and, therefore, thou wilt love thy poor brethren, wilt thou not? I know thou wilt; thou wilt relieve them.
CSpurgeon

Bible

Words of Spirit and Life

The Bible is unique among books, which means simply that no book has been produced just like it.

The Bible is not a book of history, though it contains much history, and all it does contain is authentic. It is not a book of science, though all its pronouncements upon the facts usually falling into the category of science are accurate and trustworthy. It is not a book of biography, though its biographical sketches are easily the most inspiring in the world. It is not a book of philosophy, though it is the sum of all that is deep and sound philosophy. It is not a book of astronomy, though its references to the sun and the stars rate among the loftiest sayings ever recorded. It is not a book of psychology, though its knowledge of the workings of the human mind astonishes the reader and lays bare his soul. It is not strictly a book of theology, though it is the source of all the true theology this fallen world will ever know.

What, then, is the Bible? It is the Book of Life. “The words that I speak unto you,” said our Lord, “they are spirit, and they are life.”
Tozer