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I Forgot the Nails Ė from Tree (the Manger) to Shining Tree (Calvary)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Yep, I admit it, Iím a true redhead and Iím prone to forget things. I love practical things I can really grab a hold of and run with, things that will change me on a very deep level. Yesterday my pastorís wife made a point I think is worth repeating. It had to do with nails. Iím really visual, so totally helped that she had a prop Ė one of those nails with a ribbon on. You may have seen them. Iíve got one hanging on my tree. Yet I still forget.
Forget what? you may ask. Forget the nails. What nails? Well, for one, the nails in my Saviourís hands and feet. Thatís what Christmas is all about, after allÖ isnít it? The nails? Because the nails lead to the cross, which leads to the tomb, which leads to the road to Emmaus. Right? I mean, the whole point of Easter was His sacrifice for us so that we could receive eternal life. At least, thatís what I believe.
OK. Back to the nails. The kind your husband came home without,t after a whole day spent Home Depot. Believe me, Iím well familiar with that scenario. Tava made the point that Jesus was likely very familiar with nails. In those days they didnít have too many choices, since there wasnít a whole lot of epoxy around, so pretty much the only thing that could hold things together would have been nails. As she quite rightly said, it would be logical to assume there were could well have been nails in the very manger Jesus was placed in after His birth. Which would mean that His life started with nails, and ended with nails. Hence the importance to me right now of the concept of nails.
I donít know if youíve ever done any research on what He actually went through on the day of His death from a medical standpoint, but it was horrific. And Iíve come to understand that everything they did to my Jesus, it should have been me. Those were my nails, the ones they put in His hands and feet Ė it was my sin and shame He bore that day. Itís been said before but itís good to remember; He was born to die. Literally. Frances J. Roberts said once that our sins are no longer covered, theyíre washed away. How I thank God for the NEW Testament. Weíre not under the law but under grace. Talk about the ultimate ďForgive and Forget.Ē Iíve been forgiven, and my sins have been forgotten, Psalm 103.12 tells me. Thrown deep into the sea of forgetfulness, according to Micah 7.19. Talk about the ultimate do-over. How much more of a fresh start could you possibly need?

Kari, the conscious-of-the-nails
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LINTPICKER 12/25/2012 11:29PM

    God's greatest gift, greatest promise, greatest sacrifice, giving us our greatest hope.

God sure loves us huh!

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AVANELL 12/25/2012 8:45AM

    Very good thought! We often get so caught up in the birth of Jesus that we forget that He was destined to die a horrible death by nails or spikes that would hold Him that cross!

Thank you for reminding us of just why He came to earth to live.....to die!

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CMFARRELL36 12/24/2012 3:48PM

    I'm with you in thanking God for the New Testament, for the state of Grace, for giving what to a human would be the most treasured "possession", His own Son.
It is so good to be able to remember and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, rather than just the media and shopping hype.

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TONYVAND1 12/24/2012 9:42AM

  Thank you for the reminder of why Christ came to this earth

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EDITOR 12/24/2012 9:34AM

    Believe me, Kari, being a blonde is far worse. Merry and blessed Christmas to you.

May Christ disturb us with those forgotten nails that were pounded into His flesh. Not just nails but spikes. And may the wonderful Carpenter, by trade, be pleased when we always recall the Christmas story that we are blessed by to have reminders, as such as your blog. Merry Christmas! emoticon

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I Hear You Knocking...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ö but you canít come in. Dave Edmunds made it famous, but how many Christians live their lives there? God is always speaking, but Iím not always listening. One of the things I so treasure about Joyce Meyer is that sheís really hard to misunderstand. Take, for instance, this one passage from her book, How to Hear from God:

ďWe are to seek the Lord wholeheartedly. Many want God to take care of them, but they donít really want to sacrifice the time and devotion it takes to grow in the knowledge of Him and His Word Ė and they donít want to commit time to pray.
God told Abraham, ďI will make a covenant with you. I will make your name famous. I will make you rich. I will do things for you that nobody else could doÖ but hereís your part; you must walk wholeheartedly before MeĒ, (see Genesis 12-15). Abraham fell on his face before God. He knew he was in the presence of an awesome God who meant businessÖ Godís glory is a wonderful exchange for our wholehearted devotion.Ē

If weíll focus on Him, and deliberately set aside all the distractions of our lives, it will keep our spirit free to hear and receive all the good things Heís trying to give us. God wants to prosper us to the extent that everyone on earth who sees our lives will know there He exists, and Heís faithful to His promises. Itís not our rep thatís on the line, itís His. Numbers 14.14 says that the inhabitants of the land had heard that He was with the Israelites. Isaiah 62 says that nations will see their righteousness, and the kings will see their glory.

Kerry Shook talked recently about what he called, ďThe Art of Being All There.Ē He said that our heavenly Father asks the same of you that anyone close to you wants Ė to be loved. With all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Whatever you value, your heart will follow, according to Luke 12.34. When you give something your undivided attention it stands out, because itís uncommon. Most people donít bother. As well as undivided attention, he also talked about giving constant appreciation, suggesting that we actually emoticon those closest to us what you can do to make them to feel loved. How many times I forget to ask. Many are stuck in dysfunction, afraid of change, because the familiar is non-threatening. I believe the comfort zone is the dead zone, where feelings are almost non-existent. I'll take passion any time, even if it's a little misguided. A passionate person I can work with. The reward for trust is always greater than the risk. I long to be what Kerry calls a, ďSoul-saving stationĒ. Many of my friends are dying to know Jesus, whether they know it or not. Gloria Copeland talked many years ago about how God's will for our lives is simple - to hear, and do. To pray, and obey. Will I show and tell? Yes, I will. Will you?

Kari, the
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TONYVAND1 12/20/2012 10:02AM

  Al He wants from us is our hearts. We need to trust and obey like Mary did when the angel came.

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SWIMLOVER 12/20/2012 12:32AM

  Thank You Kari for posting thsi blog! I will pray and obey HIM!




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AVANELL 12/19/2012 7:56PM

    I will pray and obey and show and tell! Yes, I will! Thank you!

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EDITOR 12/19/2012 2:15PM

    Thanks, Kari!

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To Much Static

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The bible is clear Ė John 10.27 says that Godís sheep hear His voice, and they follow Him. In her book, How to Hear from God, Joyce Meyer talked about what she called, ďkeeping your receiver deceiver-freeĒ. There are so many good things to ponder there that I highly encourage reading it, too many to mention in one redhead rambling, but one thing Iíd like to hone in on is that she brings up the fact that many Christians arenít expecting to hear His voice. If Heís our Father, why wouldnít we hear Him? Since I read that chapter my prayer has become simple. Keep me safe from deception and defection. Why defection? Well, Iíve heard many a tale of those who have defected because of oppression or domination. A definition given at http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/def
ect?s=t is ďto desert a cause, country, etc., especially in order to adopt another.Ē Deception is subtle, and slow, but very very sure.
I for one am man enough to admit I get easily distracted from the lifelong goal of focusing on Him, pleasing Him, living for Him. A few years ago I read a book by Terri Blackstock, Last Light. It had a fascinating ďwhat if?Ē premise Ė what if our world as we know it was changed? Permanently? By the loss of all things mechanical? She reminded me that God says we are, and I quote, ďaliens in a land not our own, sojourners passing through, pilgrims on our way to a destination we havenít quite reachedÖ sometimes the letting go is hardÖ sometimes His will is for us to look toward home, anxiously waiting for that day when we reach the gates of our own city. That place where all our ultimate comforts lie. That place where we will be welcomed in like dearly loved children long awaited.Ē Hebrews 11.13 says that our real home is not this earth, the so-invading and encroaching here-and-now; in reality, we are aliens and strangers, and that the city our God has prepared for us is nothing like this one. Why am I so quick to focus on the temporal rather than the eternal? I have no idea. But one thing I do know Ė Iím a work in progress and although I may not be where I want to be Iím nowhere near where I used to be. Iím so thankful for His mercy. My pastor said once if His mercies are new every morning, then we must continually need them! Just a thought. Iím learning to rest, and to simply receive, living in the revelation of my middle name. Grace. Iím peaceful, patient, and content. Are you?

Kari, the grace-full
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IAMDARLENE 12/16/2012 11:17PM


Thank you! I love this! I especially love the words you used toward the end when you said, "I'm learning to rest and simply recieve..."

His grace is sufficient for "even me". love, Darlene

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KATSTEAM 12/12/2012 3:30PM

    emoticon emoticon

I have seversl books of joyce meyers .
I have learn so much over the years with her teachings .

God Bless

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SWIMLOVER 12/12/2012 2:08PM

  Kari, I love what you have written! I agree with Christine, please share this wonderful work on "Write His Answer Christian Writer's Group.

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HUZZAH39 12/12/2012 11:20AM

    Beautiful piece! Why not share it on the "Write His Answer Christian Writer's Group?"

Blessings, Christine
(Current Team Leader)

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TONYVAND1 12/12/2012 10:12AM

  Listening to Him every day.1

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EDITOR 12/12/2012 8:49AM

    Too much static, Kari? I am still reaching upward, and after reading about white noise, I do so much want to continue to block out distractions and hear The Shepherd's sweet voice.

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One Tip, One Story

Monday, December 10, 2012

I've got one tip and one story for you that I hope will bless you. I can't take credit for either, since two Facebook buds posted them, but I wanted to share them with my SP buds because I found one interesting and one encouraging.
Baby Carrots - The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for IG, METRO, LOBLAWS, etc.
The small cocktail baby carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots, which are put through a machine that cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots Ė most people probably know this already.
What you may not know and should know is the following:
Once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots, they are dipped in a solution of water and chorine in order to preserve them (this is the same chlorine used in your pool.) Since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they receive a high dose of chorine. You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your fridge for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots. This is the chorine, which resurfaces. At what cost do we put our health at risk to have esthetically pleasing veggies?
Chlorine is a very well-known carcinogen, meaning it causes cancer. Please pass this on to as many people as you can. Iíll never buy them for veggie dips again!
"Nothing is Impossible to HIM...
A young man working in the army was constantly humiliated because he believed in God.
One day the captain decided to humiliate him before the troops. He called the young man and said, young man, take the key and go and park the jeep in front. The young man replied, I canít drive. The captain said, but then ask your assistance from God! Show us that He exists! The young man took the key and walked to the vehicle, praying the whole time. As a result, he parked the Jeep to the place PERFECTLY well, as the captain wanted. The young man came out of the Jeep and saw them all crying. They all said together: we want to serve your God! The young soldier was astonished Ė he wanted to know what was going on. The captain was crying, and he opened the hood of the Jeep, showing the young man that the car had no engine. Then the boy said, See? This is the God I serve, the God who gives life to what does not exist."
SO NOW THE QUESTION. Do you know Him? The God who gives life to what does not exist? The One who considered you to die for? Do you want to? You can. Here's one way:-

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SWIMLOVER 12/13/2012 7:08AM

  Thank You for sharing about these baby carrots. I did not know about them. Good information to know!

Yes, I serve and worship the GOD who gives life!


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TONYVAND1 12/11/2012 10:08AM

  Great story and yes I serve the God that gives life where none exist.

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CANADIANGIRL15 12/11/2012 8:52AM

    I've heard about the baby carrots before and haven't bought them since! Loved the other story.... we serve an awesome God!

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IAMDARLENE 12/10/2012 7:00PM


I appreciate both of these!

Miracles do still happen! If it wasn't for the Lord and His grace, I can only imagine where I'd be....It wouldn't be good that's for sure!!

I'm glad you told ud about those little carrots! love, Darlene

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EDITOR 12/10/2012 6:09PM

    No, I did not know that about the carrots.

On the God we serve post, yes, He is the Engine that drives us all!

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Knock on (Worm)Wood

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Today I was reading Proverbs 5 and it spoke so many things to me. It's all about a dad giving his kids the inside scoop on the life of what he calls "an immoral woman." To me, though, it spoke volumes about heart attitude, in both male and female.
Here are just a few of my thoughts for you to ponder, should you feel so inclined:
Lips dripping honey - how many times in your life have people told you enticing things? And you didn't run? Even though you knew it would leave a lasting impression?
Words smoother than oil - most of us know a smooth-talker when we meet one, but sometimes we stop to listen.
What really jumped out at me was verse 4 - but in the end she is bitter as wormwood. Now THAT'll preach! How many people, both male and female, athiest and professing Christian alike, do you know that are bitter as wormwood? Not sure what wormwood is, but I sure don't like the sound of it and, to be honest, I'd rather not get anywhere near it. Sounds scary!
Her feet go down to death - that tells me it's a choice that you, and only you, can make. Nobody can make it for you, and you can't blame it on anyone else. Nobody made her feet go anywhere.
Her ways are unstable - though I doubt she even realized it. Wow. How anyone can say the bible is irrelevant to today I just can't imagine. Read today's headlines and you'll see people with unstable ways that led to unwise choices that led to heartbreaking consequences. He-llo!
Lest you give your honour to others, and your years to the cruel one - I'm not sure who the cruel one is, but again, it sounds like something I'd rather stay away from. You?
You mourn at the last, when your flesh and your body are consumed, and say "how I hated instruction" - how many are languishing in a physical or mental prison of their own making, mourning their choices but unable to change them?
Drink water from your own cistern... rejoice with the wife of your youth - and I'm told the divorce rate for Christians is higher than for non-believers. Joyce Meyer said once that the root of all sin is selfishness. I've thought on that a whole lot and I'm convinced she's right.
Why be enraptured by an immoral woman, and embraced in the arms of a seductress? Why indeed? But I believe this refers to so much more than a woman. How many do you know that are enraptured and embraced by the love of a car? A job? A hobby? Just about anything in this world can become an idol if we let it. We have a choice. I choose Christ.
The ways of man are before the Lord - I learned this verse years ago and it's been going round and round in my brain recently. I even saw an article about what a guy called "abounding lawlessness and abating love". Ain't that the truth.
His own iniquities entrap the wicked man - in our society today it's never anybody's fault. We'll Freud ourselves out of all our problems before we'll ever admit to them.
He shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray - seems pretty clear to me. The devil made me do it? I don't think so, Flip. Just sayin.
A man I respect highly, Chuch Swindoll, recently said something so very profound - rash actions never pay off. He also said that wise women seldom miss the best use of timing and tact. Iím not as wise or as tactful as Iíd like to be, but Iím willing to change.
Kari, the imperfect but wormwood-free
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LINTPICKER 12/7/2012 9:38PM

    We let sin enter into our lives in sooooo many ways!! Best to run from it, especially when it sounds like wormwood!! emoticon

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TONYVAND1 12/7/2012 10:49AM

  Right on thanks for sharing the wisdom from Proverbs

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KATSTEAM 12/7/2012 1:32AM

    hi my spark friend

I am a follower of Joyce . I like swindle also.
many will die from lack of instruction .

The Lord said my people perish from lack of knowleadge.
emoticon well said emoticon

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EDITOR 12/6/2012 3:46PM

    Proverbs has such good advice that is so needed in today's society! Thanks for preaching it. I wonder how many will catch the reference to Flip Wilson? emoticon

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