Tuesday With Karen

10251921_10202188204966731_3580872110139598899_nby Karen Icenhour

Grace Much Greater

He gives you grace much greater than your pain,

Strength for the day, and joy that remains;

So if Satan tries bringing you hurt & defeat,

Remind him your Saviour makes you complete.

His grace is much greater than silver or gold,

Its blessings are so beautiful to behold;

To look on His grace is a work of art,

That will amaze & wonder your human heart.

His grace is much greater than any action or deed,

Stronger & sweeter than anything you might need;

He thinks on you daily with His righteous heart,

Bestows on you riches that never depart.

His grace is much greater than anything on your mind,

It gives sweeter peace than you will ever find;

So leave your heart in the midst of His hands,

He’ll handle what you do & don’t understand!

Love or Hate

from ODB

Chris Simpson’s life used to be consumed by hate. After he and his wife lost their first child, he was confused and angry. He directed that anger toward various ethnic groups and covered his body with hate-filled tattoos.

After listening to his son mimic his hatred, though, Simpson knew he needed to change. He watched a Christian movie about courage and began attending church. One month later he was saved and baptized as a follower of Jesus Christ. Simpson is now a new person and is leaving the hate behind him, which includes the painful and expensive process of having his tattoos removed.

The apostle Paul knew something about this kind of deep transformation. He hated Jesus and persecuted His followers (Acts 22:4-5; 1 Cor. 15:9). But a personal encounter and spiritual union with Christ (Acts 9:1-20) changed all of that, causing him to reevaluate his life in light of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. This union with Christ made Paul a new person. The old order of sin, death, and selfishness was gone and a new beginning, a new covenant, a new perspective and way of living had come.

Following Jesus is not turning over a new leaf; it is beginning a new life under a new Master.


How You View Your Day

It may be the day after your favorite team had just lost its final game and the dream of a championship was now over.

But then an old song comes on the radio that transformed your perspective.  Casting Crowns singing “Glorious Day.” “One day they led [Christ] up Calvary’s mountain, one day they nailed Him to die on a tree.” Nothing encouraging yet. “Suffering anguish, despised and rejected”—more bad news. But then the song describes the good news of Christ’s resurrection and His victory over death.

Out of that worst of days—out of the noontime darkness on that Jerusalem hillside—has come the only true hope for mankind. Because Jesus “took the nails for me,” as the song says, “He carried my sins far away.” And one day He’s coming back—“O glorious day!”

Perhaps today did not start out well for you. Maybe you face a host of trouble that threatens to turn this into a day of despair. Turn your attention to Jesus. Review what He did for you at Calvary and how He conquered death by His resurrection: “He is not here; for He is risen”! (Matt. 28:6). That can make any day a glorious day!

Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever;
One day He’s coming—O glorious day!


PSALM 19: 1-3 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shewth His handiwork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night shewth knowledge.  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

“God’s accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs.

For example, the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days.

Those of the canary in 14 days.

Those of the barnyard hen in 21 days.

The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days.

Those of the mallard in 35 days.

The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days.

(Notice, they are all divisible by seven).

God’s wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant. The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs.  For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.

The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first.

A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first.

How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation!

God’s wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grains.

Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.

Each orange has an even number of segments.

Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.

Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.

Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number.

The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather.

All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks. The Lord specified thirtyfold, sixtyfold, and a hundredfold – all even numbers.

God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day, so that Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed!

Thus the Lord in His wonderful grace can arrange the life that is entrusted to His care in such a way that it will carry out His purposes and plans, and will be fragrant with His presence. Only the God planned life is successful. Only the life given over to the care of the Lord is safe.

— Author Unknown

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

Why Worry, My Child?

Why worry, my child? Your life is in My hands,
My grace is there, for all you don’t understand;
Life may send troubles with extra special needs,
My love & care is there, providing sweet victory!
Why worry, my child? My word is yours to receive,
Costing you nothing, just trust in Me & believe;
Every promise I made still holds true today,
And I listen each time you seek My face & pray!
Why worry, my child? I’ll never leave you alone,
I watch over you daily, & know what’s going on;
In the shadow of My wings will be your refuge,
Until your calamities are passed over & through!
Don’t worry, my child, I hold you within My hands,
Nothing can happen before hearing My command;
Trust in Me fully, in all trials, great and small,
For when you do, you won’t need to worry at all!

It’s the Little Things

by Meagan Davis

Being Real

A little taste of spiritual heaven on earth.

This is the phrase that I use to describe the place where I get to serve this summer. The Wilds is a Christian camp where I’m counseling elementary age and teenage girls this summer. After a week of staff training, you would think that I would be completely prepared, right? Well, I don’t know. There are going to be situations where I need help this summer, and I definitely need God with me each step of the way. But there are a couple of things that stand out to me from this week. One is that I have to be real.
We listened to a session about the kind of Christianity that young people are witnessing. The speaker made these three points: teens are witnessing a lifeless, loveless, and legalistic Christianity.
When I first went to the Wilds as a camper, one of the biggest things I noticed was that these people were real. They really do love God, they really do love me, and they really have fun doing both of these. A ministry at the Wilds is all about serving God and serving others. It’s doing what’s right even though it’s hard. It’s loving even when someone is very difficult to love. It’s completely surrendering to God’s Word and doing what He says.
As a counselor this summer, I know that I have to be real. Teenagers can spot a phony so fast! I have to have genuine love for God and those around me. But this application isn’t just for camp. God calls us to love and obey Him no matter where you are! What difference would it make if others looked at your life and said, “What you see is what you get. He is really trying to please God with his life.”
Would others say that your talk about God matches your walk with God? I hope so! Be real today!


It was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Button, who lives in Chula Vista , CA . He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to ‘explain God.’ I wonder if any of us could have done as well?
(and he had such an assignment, in California , and someone published it, I guess miracles do happen!)


‘One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grownups, just babies. I  think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn’t have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.’

‘God’s second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.’

‘God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad’s head asking for something they said you couldn’t have.’

‘Atheists are people who don’t believe in God. I don’t think there are any in Chula Vista . At least there aren’t any who come to our church.’

‘Jesus is God’s Son. He used to do  all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn’t want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn’t know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said OK’ And God did not let Jesus stay in the grave, but raised him from the dead.

‘His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn’t have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.’

‘You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty  all the time.’

‘You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there’s anybody you want to make happy, it’s God!

Don’t skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn’t come out at the beach until noon anyway.’

‘If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared, in the dark or when you can’t swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.’

‘But…you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.  And…that’s why I believe in God.’


Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who Jesus is:

·         The Word: He pitched His tent with us and put flesh on God’s promises. John 1

·         Son of God: He’s got the whole world in His hands. Matthew 16:16

·         Son of Man: He knows our sorrows up close and personal. Matthew 17:12

·         Son of David: He loved His people, even if they didn’t recognize Him. Matthew 1:1

·         Teacher: He tells us what we need, even if it’s not what we want to hear. John 3:2

·         Provider: He can make a little go a long way. Mark 6

·         Mediator: He’s right in the middle of our struggles, pleading our case. 1 Tim.2:5

·         Suffering Servant: He got busted up for us. Isaiah 53

·       Lion of Judah: He can take care of His enemies with just His roar. Rev. 5:5

·        Counselor: He’s the cure for our addictions and struggles. Isaiah 9:6

·        Immanuel: He never gets tired of being with us. Isaiah 7:14

·         King of Kings: He has all power. Rev. 17:14

·         Good Shepherd: He patiently and lovingly tracks down His runaways. John 10:11

·         Friend of Sinners: He offers grace to those stumbling around in darkness. Matthew 11:9


Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

He’s True To His Promises

He’s true to His promises, from beginning to end,

Every word He has said, will be honored by Him;

God keeps everything His word has spoken,

There is not even one letter He has ever broken!

He’s true to His promises, each minute of the day,

There’s not a situation His love will forsake;

Anything He says, we’ll always see Him do,

He is so very faithful in leading us through!

He’s true to His promises, He’ll never falter or fail,

His faithfulness is real, & will forever prevail;

Our sinful frame makes us stumble with mistakes,

Yet any word He speaks, He will never forsake!

He’s true to His promises, leads us by His own hand,

All He does for us, much more than we understand;

Man might betray & hurt us as we walk along,

Nothing He says or does to us will ever be wrong!

Little Things

By Meagan Davis

Everyone Has a Story

At this time during camp, I would be just getting to know my campers. I would be doing a short survey during devotions just to learn a little more about them. I would ask questions like “What do you want to be when you grow up” and “When is your birthday?” I would also ask about salvation and areas that they want to see God change in their lives. All this is so that I can get to know their story.

“Everyone has a story.”
This is a phrase that was often said in our team meetings every Monday. It was something that I didn’t think about much until I was placed face to face with loving people every week whether I wanted to or not. The story could be a comedy, romance, or many times a tragedy, but sometimes, I am so quick to jump to conclusions instead of seeing the needs in peoples life. It’s easy to judge by appearance or speech or attitude. But it’s not easy to love just like Jesus commands us to. During His ministry, Christ went searching for the unlovable. He healed lepers, caused the blind to see, made the lame to walk. He defended an adulteress. He associated with a woman from Samaria. All of these were outcasts. They were the ones who everyone looked down on, but Jesus looked at them with compassion. But many times, we ignore people and the love they need to be shown. We may look on them with pity, but do we care enough to do anything about it? Do we really show them Christ-like love?
At camp, it was easy to love those placed in my cabin because I had to. And I thoroughly enjoyed it! I have so many sweet friendships now with girls that I never would have met had it not been for camp. I got to love on girls who just needed a friend. They needed to know that someone cared. My real test though comes at home, school, and anywhere else this life may take me. Maybe there is a person with a story I already know. Or maybe it’s a person who I just meet because of Divine intervention. Whoever I may come into contact with I have to decide to love the unlovable and remember that everyone has a story.