Tuesday With Karen

The battle of your mind happens each day,
It has lots to do with the words you say;
You’ll become what your mind thinks about,
Thinking on God will make you sing & shout!

Get rid of evil thoughts, keep good ones in,
Godly thoughts come as a focus on Him;
Put restrictions on them each day you live,
Trust in God for the loving grace He gives!

Satan, the Father of untruth and lies,
Does all he can to torment any mind;
He even tempted Jesus Christ to sin,
Jesus used God’s Word for victory then!

As a man thinks in His heart, so is he,
Bring it all to Christ, lay it at His feet;
He loves you, in spite of any mistakes,
His presence, in you, He never forsakes!

KI

Afraid

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”   Psalm 56:3 

from clm
Well, that old “holiday”, Halloween is getting closer and I’ve already seen lots of Halloween decorations in the stores. Another thing we have to look forward to this time of year is all those scary movie advertisements. What’s with that anyway? Actually most of them don’t look scary, just full of violence.

When I was little, those old black and white vampire movies were scary enough for me. Just the look in that vampire’s eyes would send me right under the blanket. I didn’t even need to see any blood. I’d hide my head under the covers until I thought it was safe to come out. Actually I still hold the blanket up in front of my face if I don’t want to see something gorey or scary on television. When I’m smart, I just turn it off. Yes! I admit it. I’m a scaredy-cat!

I got to thinking about being afraid and some of the things that we as Christians are afraid of.

  • Things of Our Own Making
    Adam in the Garden of Eden comes to mind. Well, what do you know. I guess humans have been scaredy-cats from way back. Here it was at the very beginning of the earth and Adam was “afraid”.Remember Adam and Eve had eaten of the fruit that God told them not to. They weren’t hiding under the covers but they were hiding in the garden.And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Genesis 3:8-10

    Breaking fellowship with the Lord is a scary place to be. I know some people live right there most of their lives, getting farther and farther away from God.

    There are other consequences of our own making too, not necessarily all rooted in sin. It may be that sometimes we have to make decisions that are hard because we know there are going to be consequences that come along with those decisions.

    Sometimes these things of our own making seem to be lurking there like a big shadow in the dark that comes right up to us and shouts, “boo!”.

  • Things That Are Bigger Than We Are.
    Are you familiar with Goliath and the challenge he gave Saul and the Israelites in 1 Samuel? Here comes that big giant of a Philistine and it sent shivers through those big strong men that were in the army. When I read that chapter I can just hear Goliath’s words of challenge just bellowing out of him. It says that,“When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.” 1 Samuel 17:11Ever have something come in your life that was just bigger than you are? An extremely heavy burden that you’ve had to bear? It looks like a monster in the dark with its big fangs looming over you.

    Things that are way bigger than us and make us feel tiny in comparison are one of those things that make us afraid.

  • Things That We Don’t Understand.
    Look at Mary, the mother of Jesus in Luke chapter 1. The angel came to her and told her that she was chosen to carry the Christ-child. Certainly Mary had reason to be afraid. She didn’t understand what was happening.“And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. ” Luke 1:29, 30I think that the things we don’t understand sometimes are the scariest. It’s hard to deal with those things because we don’t know how to process it or see it in a tangible form.

    It’s like the howling sounds of the wind on a dark and stormy night shrieking at us.

  • Things That Give Us Immediate Danger.
    That story of Peter walking on the water comes to my mind. Remember how he got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. He was fine until he started looking around and took his eyes off of the Lord.“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Matthew 14:30, 31 Peter’s fear was of immediate danger. He thought he was going to drown right then and there if the Lord didn’t help him. Don’t you hate those immediate danger situations? They are scary. You might be in the middle of one right now.

    It’s like those big old waves are staring at you in the face and starting to cover you until you feel you can’t breathe anymore.

Conclusion:
There are always going to be things that are going to scare us and make us afraid, even as Christians. Fear is an emotion we have built in us as humans but we shouldn’t let fear overtake us.

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”   Psalm 56:3 

Bump

from ladies devotional

Bump In The Night 
Julia Bettencourt


What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”   Psalm 56:3 

Well, that old “holiday”, Halloween is getting closer and I’ve already seen lots of Halloween decorations in the stores. Another thing we have to look forward to this time of year is all those scary movie advertisements. What’s with that anyway? Actually most of them don’t look scary, just full of violence.

When I was little, those old black and white vampire movies were scary enough for me. Just the look in that vampire’s eyes would send me right under the blanket. I didn’t even need to see any blood. I’d hide my head under the covers until I thought it was safe to come out. Actually I still hold the blanket up in front of my face if I don’t want to see something gorey or scary on television. When I’m smart, I just turn it off. Yes! I admit it. I’m a scaredy-cat!

I got to thinking about being afraid and some of the things that we as Christians are afraid of.

  • Things of Our Own Making
    Adam in the Garden of Eden comes to mind. Well, what do you know. I guess humans have been scaredy-cats from way back. Here it was at the very beginning of the earth and Adam was “afraid”.Remember Adam and Eve had eaten of the fruit that God told them not to. They weren’t hiding under the covers but they were hiding in the garden.And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Genesis 3:8-10

    Breaking fellowship with the Lord is a scary place to be. I know some people live right there most of their lives, getting farther and farther away from God.

    There are other consequences of our own making too, not necessarily all rooted in sin. It may be that sometimes we have to make decisions that are hard because we know there are going to be consequences that come along with those decisions.

    Sometimes these things of our own making seem to be lurking there like a big shadow in the dark that comes right up to us and shouts, “boo!”.

  • Things That Are Bigger Than We Are.
    Are you familiar with Goliath and the challenge he gave Saul and the Israelites in 1 Samuel? Here comes that big giant of a Philistine and it sent shivers through those big strong men that were in the army. When I read that chapter I can just hear Goliath’s words of challenge just bellowing out of him. It says that,“When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.” 1 Samuel 17:11Ever have something come in your life that was just bigger than you are? An extremely heavy burden that you’ve had to bear? It looks like a monster in the dark with its big fangs looming over you.

    Things that are way bigger than us and make us feel tiny in comparison are one of those things that make us afraid.

  • Things That We Don’t Understand.
    Look at Mary, the mother of Jesus in Luke chapter 1. The angel came to her and told her that she was chosen to carry the Christ-child. Certainly Mary had reason to be afraid. She didn’t understand what was happening.“And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. ” Luke 1:29, 30I think that the things we don’t understand sometimes are the scariest. It’s hard to deal with those things because we don’t know how to process it or see it in a tangible form.

    It’s like the howling sounds of the wind on a dark and stormy night shrieking at us.

  • Things That Give Us Immediate Danger.
    That story of Peter walking on the water comes to my mind. Remember how he got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. He was fine until he started looking around and took his eyes off of the Lord.“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Matthew 14:30, 31 Peter’s fear was of immediate danger. He thought he was going to drown right then and there if the Lord didn’t help him. Don’t you hate those immediate danger situations? They are scary. You might be in the middle of one right now.

    It’s like those big old waves are staring at you in the face and starting to cover you until you feel you can’t breathe anymore.

God is Still Working

When his mother, Eva Mae Lefevre asked Mylon to join the family for a concert in Memphis and sing his new song, Without Him, he had no idea that Elvis Presley would be in the audience, and would ask to meet him and record his song.

Without Him was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1963, and within the next year, 126 artists had recorded Mylon’s songs.

In his secular career, he recorded, toured or hung out with many Rock and Roll artists. In the early 1970’s, after using drugs for 10 years, he nearly died from a heroin overdose. Determined to put his life back together, he spent time in a rehab facility and then slowly began his return to the Christian faith.                    

In 1980, Mylon again “committed [his] life to Jesus”, quit secular rock and roll and became a janitor at his church (Mt. Paran Church of God), in Atlanta, Georgia. He started a Christian band named Mylon and Broken Heart in 1981, with some musicians he met in a Bible study.

Later, Mylon became a preacher and teacher, and his recordings focused on worship and praise music. He and his wife Christi minister in about 75 churches a year. He has also spoken at motorcycle rallies, NASCAR owner/driver chapel services, NFL and NBA chapel services, and in the former Soviet Union, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Cayman Islands, and Mexico.

He currently travels around the United States, ministering, teaching and singing. He sometimes can be seen on television networks, such as TBN and Daystar.

Without Him,  By Mylon Lefevre

Without Him I could do nothing,

Without Him I’d surely fail;

Without Him I would be drifting,

Like a ship without a sail

 Jesus, O Jesus, Do you know Him today?

Do not turn Him away!

O Jesus, O Jesus, Without Him

How lost I would be

 Without Him, I would be dying,

Without Him I’d be enslaved;

Without Him life would be hopeless –

But with Jesus, Thank God I’m saved.

 Jesus, O Jesus, Do you know Him today?

You can’t turn Him away!

O Jesus, O Jesus, Without Him

How lost I would be

Friday Funnies

Thunderstorm 

One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, “Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?” The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. “I can’t dear,” she said. “I have to sleep in Daddy’s room.” A long silence was broken at last by a shaken little voice saying, “He’s a big sissy.”

Bad Weather

Ole and Lena were sitting down to their usual morning cup of coffee listening to the weather report on the radio.
“There will be 3 to 5 inches of snow today, and a snow emergency has been declared,” the weather report said.
“You must park your cars on the odd numbered side of the streets.”

Ole said, “Jeez, okay,” and got up from his coffee.

The next day they were sitting down with their morning cups of coffee.
The weather forecast was, “There will be 2 to 4 inches of snow today, and a snow emergency has been declared.
You must park your cars on the even numbered side of the streets.”

Again Ole replied, “Jeez, okay,” and got up from his coffee.

Two days later, again they’re sitting down with their cups of coffee and the weather forecast said, “There will be 6 to 8 inches of snow today, and a snow emergency has been declared. You must park your cars on the…” and the power went out and Ole didn’t get the rest of the instructions.

He turned to Lena, “Jeez, what am I going to do now, Lena?”

Lena replied, “Aw, Ole, just leave the car in the garage today.”

Funeral

A newly-ordained pastor, in the first days of his first call, was attempting to console the widow of an eccentric man who had just died. Standing before the open casket, the nervous young pastor said, “I realize this must be a very hard blow for you, Mrs. Bean. Just try to remember that what we see before us is only the husk, the shell of your dear husband–the nut has gone to heaven.”

It’s the Little Things

The Danger of Growing Up

By 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.

Wade’s Wednesday

God’s Provision

By David Jeremiah

And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear, go and do as you have said,
but make me a small cake from it first…” 
1 Kings 17:13

The widow glanced at all she had left: a handful of flour and a little oil. As she went outside to gather sticks for her and her son’s last meal, she was preparing herself for the end. When she met the prophet Elijah and he requested water and bread, she explained her situation.

Elijah encouraged her to look beyond her circumstances to God’s provision. As she prepared Elijah’s meal that day and each day that followed, she had a choice to either trust God’s provision or to protect the little she had.

When God prompts us to serve, it’s easy to focus on our resources instead of His. It’s easy to list our lack of resources as an excuse or to mistakenly take the glory for ourselves when we have the resources. We forget that everything we have comes from God. Elijah asked the widow to set aside fear and to serve based on the God she was serving.

God is powerful and all glory belongs to Him. He changes circumstances and redeems even the darkest of circumstances. In the midst of situations the world sees as hopeless, we can cling to Elijah’s words, “Do not fear.”

Tuesday With Karen

Set Your Mind On God
Set your mind on God in all that you do,
Seek for His wisdom to daily guide you;
If things come along to make you upset,
Trusting in His grace, you’ll never regret!

Set your mind on God in this sinful world,
As Satan’s evil wiles unto you are hurled;
Think upon God’s love if you get perplexed,
God’s wisdom always knows what to do next!

Set your mind on God, feast on His true Word,
He’ll give you advice, anytime you’re hurt;
He guides you in the path of truth & right,
In your darkest day, He’s the shining Light!

Set your mind on God, think upon His Ways,
His grace will guide you in all you do & say;
His thoughts are higher, righteous, & divine,
Trusting His Word brings sweet peace of mind!

He’s Faithful & Just


He’s faithful & just in all that He does,
We’re very blessed by giving Him our trust;
God oversees & cares for His own flock,
With a great compassion that changes not!

He’s faithful & just in the Word He speaks,
The promises He makes, He’ll truly keep;
God has never spoken one Word to man,
He didn’t fulfill by His perfect plan!

He’s faithful & just in daylight & dark,
Working in us daily, deep in our heart;
God hears His children crying out in prayer,
There is sweet peace to know He is there!

He’s faithful & just, yes, forevermore,
Our Savior, Redeemer, & risen Lord;
He’s our blessed Hope, walking by our side,
When He returns, we’re His beautiful bride!

KI

We Have God’s Word

We have God’s Word to instruct us each day,
For any question, He shows us the Way;
He has the answer for all that we ask,
His wisdom & grace gives peace that lasts!

We have God’s Word, it’s still alive & true,
There’s nothing at all He won’t lead us thru;
In each day anew, He’s giving us grace,
Guiding our steps in the Truth, Life, & Way!

We have God’s Word for anything we need,
Spending time in it brings fellowship sweet;
Great wisdom is there, instructing our life,
Every Word within is holy, true, and right!

We have God’s Word, if we need advice,
Anything He says leads in doing right;
He’s there to listen, if His Way, we seek,
He’s always true to the Word He speaks!

KI