Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

Put It In God’s Hand

Put it in God’s hand, in everything you may face,

Rest assured, you’ll be lead by His amazing grace;

So when you are weak with things going wrong,

Just His holy presence will make your spirit strong!

Put it in God’s hand, whatever life brings your way,

You’ll find peace as He leads in what to do & say;

There are no errors in anything He has done,

No mistakes in God’s handiwork, no, not one!

Put it in God’s hand, when you have a special need,

There’s nothing God’s able hand cannot meet;

Our heart may get concerned, then worry & fret,

But there’s not one need God hasn’t answered yet!

Put it in God’s hand, & leave it there to stay,

We are so much wiser to let Him lead the way;

Yes, we’ll see our life go so much better,

If we let Him have His way altogether!

Written from what I heard said @the dedication of

the Lawrence twins.


Rushmore Reminder

By Mart De Haan

In 1941, sculptor Gutzon Borglum completed his work on Mount Rushmore. The 60-foot-high granite heads of four US Presidents now stand like sentinels of democracy over the Black Hills of South Dakota. The imposing likenesses of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt remind visitors of our nation’s heritage and history.

God told Israel’s leader, Joshua, to take 12 stones from the middle of the Jordan River for a similar purpose (Josh. 4:1-7,20-24). The Lord wanted future generations to have a memorial to their national history. He wanted them to remember that as He parted the Red Sea to get them out of Egypt He also parted the Jordan to get them into the Promised Land. He wanted them to live not only in the present, but with the reminder of the values, faith, and experiences of their founding fathers: Moses, Aaron, and Joshua.

God understands our human nature and knows that “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” occurs all too often in our spiritual lives. We need physical reminders of spiritual truths. We need to pile up stones, write journals, and tell family stories to help us remember the miracle of God’s provisions that neither we nor our children can afford to forget.

Think About It

How has God shown Himself to be faithful to you and your family in the past? How can you make sure you’ll remember? With whom can you talk about it today?



We must pray if we want to be saved.
(Romans 10:13)

We must pray if we want to have a clear conscience.
(I John 1:9; Acts 8:22)

We must pray if we want to know and influence God.
(Psalm 55: 17; Acts 13:22)

We must pray if we want to beat the devil.
(Daniel 10:2-3, 12-14; Ephesians 6:17-19)

We must pray if we want to defeat demons.
(Matthew 17:21)

We must pray if we want revival.
(II Chronicles 7: 14-1 5

We must pray if we want a lost person to accept Christ.
(Romans 10:1)

We must pray if we want to know and do God’s will.
(Matthew 6:9-10)

We must pray if we want to be strong in times of persecution.
(Matthew 26:41, 56b)

We must pray if we want our needs to be met.
(Matthew 7:7-11)

We must pray if we want God to take care of our enemies.
(Judges 16:28-30; Romans 12:9)

We must pray if we want out of a mess.
(Jonah 2)

We must pray if we want to move the universe for God.
(Joshua 10:12-14)


“Prayer moves the hand of God Who moves the hearts of men.”

Coronavirus Fears

Mark 4:35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

This story holds a profound lesson challenging our response to fear.

It is important to recognize that the fear in this story was valid. This is not a story about irrational anxiety. Notice the language in the text describing “a great windstorm,” “the waves beat[ing] the boat” and “that the boat was already being swamped.” This was real. The disciples were lifelong fishermen who knew the sea and could recognize genuine danger, and they were convinced they’d die.

This makes the contrast with Jesus all the more remarkable. Look at how Jesus acted: “He was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.” Mark paints a picture of serenity, but one surrounded by chaos. I wonder how the disciples viewed Jesus at this moment. He was one of the few in the boat who was not a trained fisherman. Perhaps they viewed his nonchalant attitude as a symptom of ignorance rather than an enduring sign of faith. They faced real danger, one they expertly understood, while their teacher seemed oblivious and out of touch.

It was at that moment Jesus awoke. I like to picture Him slowly sitting up, maybe stretching for a moment and then stepping out to command the waves to “be still!” Instantly, the wind died and seas calmed. At His word. The very word that spoke the sea into existence.

His question is one we must all answer, “Why are you afraid?”

Take a moment and ask yourself.

Fear can be a symptom of a lack of faith. It is human to imagine a worst-case scenario occurring in the future—whether a pandemic, economic collapse or something else entirely. But, do we remember that God will be with us in that future? Do we see only waves or is our attention fixed on Jesus who still rests in the boat? Fear is a form of thinking in which when we imagine a future in which God will not be present. Even in a “worst-case scenario,” Jesus has a funny habit of showing up and transforming into something else entirely.

This does not negate the reality of human suffering and grief. Jesus repeatedly demonstrates His compassion for those suffering. Furthermore, we should not feel condemned for the fear we feel. It’s natural to worry and, no matter how strong your faith, you’ll probably still deal with it to some extent. But this does challenge us to lift our perspective so we are not defined by fear. No matter what occurs in this life, Jesus—the very Word of God—is still with us. He still has authority over the storm, and He has conquered death itself. We may go through trials, but we live in hope.

It is all-too-easy and all-too-human to let fear grow bigger than God. Like the disciples, we follow Jesus during everyday life, but what happens when a storm appears out of nowhere and threatens to swamp us? How do we view Jesus? As a man who doesn’t understand the danger of the situation? Or as a God who reigns over all the earth? Our perspective changes everything.




“Poor Old fool,” thought the well-dressed gentleman as he watched an old man fish in a puddle outside a cafe. So he invited the old man inside for a drink. As they sipped their coke, the gentleman thought he’d humor the old man and asked, “So how many have you caught today?”

The old man replied, “You’re the fourth.”\


While he was visiting, my father asked for the password to our Wi-Fi.

“It’s taped under the modem,”  I told him.

After three failed attempts to log on, he asked, “Am I spelling this right? T-A-P-E-D-U-N-D-E-R-T-H-E-M-O-D-E-M?”


“What’s a hipster?” asked my four-year-old cousin.

“Someone who will wear something just to look different,” I said. “They’ll often buy clothes in thrift shops and wear thick glasses.”“Is Grandma a hipster?” he asked.


Just as she was celebrating her 80th birthday, our friend received a jury-duty notice. She called the clerk’s office to remind them that she was exempt because of her age.

“You need to come in and fill out the exemption forms,” the clerk said.

“But I filled them out last year,” she replied.

“You have to fill them out every year.”

“Why? Do you think I’m getting younger?”


by Phillip Yancey

In its “plot,” the story of the Bible ends up very much where it began. The broken relationship between God and human beings has healed over at last, and the curse of Genesis 3 is lifted. Borrowing images from Eden, Revelation pictures a river and a tree of life (Rev. 22:1-2). But this time a great city replaces the garden setting—a city filled with worshipers of God. No death or sadness will ever darken that scene. When we awake in the new heaven and new earth, we will have at last a happy ending.

Heaven is not an afterthought or an optional belief. It is the final justification of all creation. The Bible never belittles human tragedy and disappointment—is any book more painfully honest?—but it does add one key word: temporary. What we feel now, we will not always feel. The time for re-creation will come.

For people who feel trapped in pain or in a broken home, in economic misery or in fear—for all of us—heaven promises a timeless future of health and wholeness and pleasure and peace. The Bible begins with the promise of a Redeemer in the book of Genesis (3:15) and ends with that same promise (Rev. 21:1-7)—a guarantee of future reality. The end will be the beginning.

Beyond earth’s sorrows, the joys of heaven;
Eternal blessings with Christ my Lord;
Earth’s weeping ended, earth’s trials over,
Sweet rest in Jesus, O blest reward! —Gilmore

Wade’s Wednesday

funny-misspelled-sign-good-brakeBy David McCasland

Like many people, when I read a newspaper or magazine I notice the misteaks in grammar and spelling. (You saw that, didn’t you!) I’m not trying to find errors; they leap off the page at me! My usual reaction is to criticize the publication and the people who produce it. “Why don’t they use ‘spell check’ or hire a proofreader?”

You may have a similar experience in your area of expertise. It seems that often, the more we know about something, the more judgmental we become over mistakes. It can infect our relationships with people as well.

Yet Philippians 1:9 expresses a different approach. Paul wrote, “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;” God’s plan is that the more we know and understand, the more we love. Rather than cultivating a critical spirit and pretending we don’t notice or don’t care, our understanding should nourish empathy. Criticism is replaced by compassion.

Instead of our being faultfinders, the Lord calls us to be “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” (v. 11).

When the Lord fills our hearts, we can overlook mistakes, hold our criticism, and love others, no matter how much we know about them!

Lord, by Your grace, please replace my critical spirit with Your love and compassion for others.  

To err is human; to forgive, divine. —Alexander Pope

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

Moreover, Abundantly

Moreover, abundantly, is how God’s hand works,
He gives us special blessings within His church;
He loads us with benefits each day afresh & anew,
It’s awesome to just think upon all God can do!
Moreover, abundantly, God gives us loving care,
There’s nothing His touch can’t handle or repair;
He listens when we humbly call upon His name,
Supplying every need, giving joy that remains!
Moreover, abundantly, God guides us how to live,
His wisdom will lead us in how to love & forgive;
When our heart learns to earnestly seek His face,
We’ll come to know His wonderful mercy & grace!
Moreover, abundantly, is how God’s heart operates,
Faithful, holy, & just are are a few of His Godly traits;
His work in our life brings sweet riches & treasures,
By Him, we’re abundantly blessed beyond measure!
**Written after the sermon by Bro. Paul Hebert
@Second Baptist of Dallas(a.m.)

Set For Cold Weather

by Julia Bettencourt

“…in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”   Philippians 4:11-13

Growing up in Ohio, I learned the meaning of cold and winter. Of course I didn’t truly understand it until I grew up and moved to a warmer climate. Now if I go back to Ohio in the winter, I can barely stand the cold. When I was little my whole world was Ohio and I actually thought it was normal to wear several layers of clothing and be bundled up so much you couldn’t move, dig out driveways of snow, scrape ice off your car, and do all the other things that go along with snow, ice, and winter.

In our spiritual lives, we all have “winters” too and we have to winterize for them in order to face them. When winter comes it is a time of bleak and dark dreary days. We must face the fact that winter can be hard and trials are hard. Just like the season of winter, our spiritual “winters” can leave us discouraged, lonely, and depressed.

There are some things that can make the cold of our winter very intense. We need to winterize and guard against them.

    1. The Cold Air Culprit of the World.
      When we are going through trials and hardships, we sometimes tend to let our guard down and it’s so easy for worldly influences to take over in our lives. It seeps through the cracks around the doors and windows just like the winter air. It may be the influence of worldly friends, worldly music, worldly thinking. It all can work overtime on us as we face trials in our lives. We’ve got to dig out the caulk and weather stripping and block those cracks and holes. Using God’s Word is the best way to do this. If we have it in our hearts, it can help stop the winter air of the world from seeping into our lives.“Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
      that I might not sin against thee.”   Psalm 119:11


    1. The Icicles of Cold Attitudes.
      During the winter it is easy to develop a bad attitude. It doesn’t take much at all for some of us. In comes the dreary days, the cold and chill, and drip…drip…we have formed those icicle attitudes. We become cranky and out of sorts with our family and anyone who we come in contact with. We also tend to complain more about anyone and anything.When we are in the midst of a trial we sometimes automatically go into icicle attitude mode. We don’t have any fellowship with anyone to help encourage us through our trial because who wants to be around us? We have to remember that no one else can fix our bad attitudes. Only we can do that. It’s not easy either to adjust your attitude during a “winter” because the weight of that ice is bearing down on us. I’ve found that the simplest way to start working on adjusting a bad attitude is to take a step back and just remember who God is and who we are not.“Be still, and know that I am God:”   Psalm 46:10


    1. The Blizzards of Circumstances.
      Winter can bring so many things along with it. Blizzards being one of the worst as the effects it leaves is so devastating. Circumstances in our lives can also be devastating. Bills mount up. Family members get sick or even die. Relationships get sour, and many other circumstances weigh down on us until we think we can’t go on because we can’t see what’s down the road. I think that during these times we need to remember that God sees the outcome. He’s our Potter and we are the clay.“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he
      hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”   Job 23:10


  1. The Jack Frost of Depression.
    Better bundle up because if you are going trough a trial, then depression is going to come nipping at your heels sooner or later. Just like the dark and bleak days of winter have a depressing effect on us, trials seem to frost our lives with depression. The problem is that when we are in the midst of a “winter”, it is so easy to just let it nip away at us. I think depression is one of the worst things of a “winter” because I’ve had my problem with it and it still seems like it is always there looming and wanting to nip…nip away. There’s no easy way out of depression but keeping our lives in tune with God can help guard against it. Regular personal devotions and a time with God each day can go a long way in dealing with it.“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry
    aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”   Psalm 55:17



by Julia Bettencourt

“…Choose you this day whom ye will serve…” Joshua 24:15

When I was growing up we always played board games and I still enjoy playing them with my kids. My favorites are games like Boggle and Scrabble because I love words. Guess you can tell how much I like words by how much I write. I think the game all my family likes to play the most is Monopoly. We don’t do that one as much except when my kids are off from school because the game usually lasts so long we end up taking breaks and then coming back to it. Sometimes we go back to it the next day.

Our board games are all stacked up in the corner of our family room (not so neatly) and I was looking at that stack recently and thinking of all the strange names they all have. Those words they use for game names have stuck around in my head for several days now and after thinking about them for awhile, I decided we could learn a little about choices we make in our lives from some of them.

  • Monopoly
    What’s monopolizing your time? What is monopolizing your thoughts? What is monopolizing your life?Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
  • Clue
    Are you seeking the answers? Finding out all the mysteries of the Bible? Do you have a clue about what you believe and why?Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Psalm 119:18

    With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Psalm 119:10

  • Twister
    Are you twisted up with sin? Sin has a way of entangling you. You can’t serve two masters.No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24
  • Risk
    Do you take chances with your witness? Are you showing up in places or doing things that you know could tempt you? That can cause some risky consequences.Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:13-15
  • Sorry
    Do you confess your sins so you keep your fellowship with the Lord? Do you follow the biblical guidance on forgiving others?If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

    Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Colossians 3:13

  • Trouble
    Are you a troublemaker? Do your actions cause others to fall?Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge
    this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to
    fall in his brother’s way. Romans 14:13

    Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the
    believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith,
    in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

  • Chutes and Ladders
    Are you climbing higher in your Christian life or are you sliding down? Are you growing and moving forward?Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13,14

    I noticed this game wasn’t in our topsy-turvy stack of games in our family room, but as I was thinking about these game names, that one came to mind. My kids have outgrown it now but when they were pretty little, they loved it. So like our Christian lives, here we are moving ahead and climbing higher, and we don’t stay in the Word or start skipping church, and swish, we slide down that chute and have to pick ourselves back up and push forward again.

We play games as entertainment, to spend time with our kids, or just for the plain enjoyment of the game. We think of games as light hearted things, but everyday living isn’t quite so light hearted. We move space to space and hit high-points and low-points on the way. The thing is that we don’t move around that great game-board of life by taking some dice in our hands, rolling, and seeing what numbers come up before we move. Our spaces and directions we move in are all by our own choices. Only we have the power to decide which way we are going to go, how many steps we are taking, and how long we will stay at a point.

We don’t go along and have to stop and pick up a card that says, “Today you will spend time with the Lord in prayer” or “Today you will sin”. It doesn’t work that way. We choose what we end up doing. We have control of the board. Sure, circumstances and things come up in our lives but only we choose how we deal with them. Only we choose how we are going to live from day to day.

In Joshua chapter 24, it is talking about where Joshua brought all the tribes of Israel together and reminded them Who God was. The people had gone off to serve other gods and Joshua gave them a powerful demand that day, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve”. It’s what we’ve got to think about ourselves every day. Are we going to serve the Lord today as we take life step by step?

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15