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!

Accuracy

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

Friday Funnies

ROAD RAGE

Eddie was driving down the road and met a car coming the other way.

Although there was room to pass easily, Eddie forced the oncoming car to slow down and wound down his window and shouted ‘Pig’.

Astonished, the other driver looked in his rear view mirror and swore at Eddie.

Then his car hit the pig

INTEREST

A blonde walks into a bank in central New York City and asks for the loan officer. She says she’s going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000.

The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of security for the loan, so the blonde hands over the keys to a new Rolls Royce. The car is parked on the street in front of the bank; she has the title and everything checks out.

The bank agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan. The bank’s president and its officers all enjoy a good laugh at the blonde for using a $250,000 Rolls as collateral against a $5,000 loan. An employee of the bank then proceeds to drive the Rolls into the bank’s underground garage and parks it there.

Two weeks later, the blonde returns, repays the $5,000 and the interest which comes to $55.41. The loan officer says, “Miss, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire. What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000?”

The blonde replies, “Where else in central New York City can I park my Rolls for two weeks for only $55.41 and expect it to be there when I return?”

COVERED BRIDGE

A truck with two truckers was had just passed through small town and was driving on the back roads on the way to a slightly bigger town when they came to a covered bridge with a sign that read:

CLEARANCE 11’2″.

So, they got out and measured their rig. It was 12’3″.

“What do you think?” the passenger trucker asked the driver.

The driver looked around carefully, got in the truck and thin shifted into first as he said, “Well, there’s not a cop in sight. Let’s take a chance!”

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!

God

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!)


EXPLANATION OF GOD:

‘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.’



Reminder

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

 

Friday Funnies

OUT SMARTED

Jacob is always being teased by the other neighborhood boys for not being so smart.

Their favorite joke is to offer Jacob his choice between a nickel and a dime — Jacob always takes the nickel. One day, after Jacob takes the nickel, a neighbor man takes him aside and says, “Jacob, those boys are making fun of you. Don’t you know that a dime is worth more than a nickel, even though the nickel’s bigger?” Jacob grins and says, “Well, if I took the dime, they’d stop doing it, and so far I’ve made $10!” 

THIEF

A man being mugged by two thugs put up a tremendous fight! Finally, the thugs subdued him and took his wallet. Upon finding only two dollars in the wallet, the surprised thief said “Why did you put up such a fight?” To which the man promptly replied “I was afraid that you would find the $200 hidden in my shoe!”

Front Seat

A policeman in the big city stops a man in a car with a pig in the front seat. “What are you doing with that pig?” “I saw him walking down the street and picked him up, I didn’t know what to do.” said the driver. The police exclaimed, “You should take it to the farm.” The following week, the same policeman sees the same man with the horse again in the front seat, with both of them wearing sunglasses. The policeman pulls him over. “I thought you were going to take that horse to the farm!” The man replied, “I did. We had such a good time we are going to the beach this weekend!”