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The Meaning of Life - Big He, Little Me

Monday, November 26, 2012

I don't know if the same thing's happenin' where you are, but in my church God seems to want to visit every single Sunday! And I'm lovin' it!
Yesterday was no exception. In fact, I'm getting rather used to His presence. Yes, I spend time with Him during my day-to-day life but there's something very special when a bunch of BELIEVErs get together (no, that's not a typo, I mean believers who REALLY BELIEVE) - He seems to take it very seriously and responds to hunger in a big way. I feel like I'm in the Garden of Eden sometimes, and that He's talking to me during the cool of the day. Not that it was a warm fuzzy message - oh no, it was definitely a check-up-from-the-neck-up one. But it's good. We all need to re-evaluage our priorities every once in a while, and I promise you if you'll take the time to listen to thise you will. So glad the man of God I serve shared this. I needed it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlsZuB0Og
WQ&feature=share
One more thing. I saw this and again, it reminded me of things I had let slip. It's not that I don't know them, but they're foundational truths I've lost sight of. Short, but very good for the heart. In her own words, "Hell is not for me, any more." Wise words, from a wise woman.
http://www.bible-knowledge.com/christian
videos/jesus-appears-to-woman-after-sh
e-leaves-islam/
I truly pray this day finds you blessed and surrounded by His presence, but most of all I pray you're more in love with the Lover of your soul than you ever have been in your life.

  
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IAMDARLENE 12/6/2012 8:18PM

   

I am deffinately going to those links you gave us!! The things you wrote really spoke to me. Thanks bunches!! Hugs, Darlene

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SWIMLOVER 12/3/2012 11:51AM

  Our church was on fire on The LORD yesterday! I could feel HIS PRESENCE there!
I love worshipping the LORD at home but I love worshipping the LORD with other Believers!

Thank You for your blog!

GOD BLESS!
Louise

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/27/2012 4:09PM

  That's a really good thing your church is on fire.

I've been at mine for decades. I do like it, but it so many have moved or gone elsewhere, it is an adjustment. emoticon

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LINTPICKER 11/27/2012 7:44AM

    I love my church too. I don't get to sit in the service during the preaching, I am ministering to kiddos at that time. The real blessings I get are when I see the kids get it! Sometimes you wonder if they are listening, but then they surprise you by saying something brilliant! My husband is our pastor, so I hear his sermons throughout the week. He loves to tell me how God is talking to him. God is awesome!

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STITCH4EVER 11/26/2012 3:55PM

    WE ONCE HAD A GUEST PASTOR AT OUR CHURCH THAT BLEW ME AWAY. ONE TINY THING HE SAID HAS STAYED WITH ME FOREVER. HE SAID, "HE IS THE GREAT 'I AM'. AND I AM NOT" AS LONG AS I KEEP THAT IN MIND, I DON'T STRAY TOO FAR FROM HIS SIDE.
ERIN

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PRINCESSAMY 11/26/2012 10:50AM

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CHUM48 11/26/2012 10:49AM

    I chose to skip church yesterday and missed out on what you shared. I agree with what you say every time I get together with BELIEVErs, that warm and fuzzy feeling, meaning with my Jesus is awesome. Like the day to day is wonderful, praise God for that, being with BELIEVErs builds even more. Thanks for sharing! Have a blessed week!

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EDITOR 11/26/2012 10:47AM

    Yes! No need to show up there if He is not there to greet you!

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TONYVAND1 11/26/2012 10:46AM

  I too had a great day in His presence yesterday

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How can I say thanks?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

My words are inadequate to express the depth of my gratitude to the One who loved me enough to give His life for mine, and change the course of my destiny. It started before I was even born. Jeremiah 1.5 says simply this: ĎBefore I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.í Well, I donít know about the whole prophet thing but I do know that I know that I know that He knew me, and had a plan for me. Why, you ask. And rightly so.
Iím nothing if not honest, blunt at times, so Iíll just cut to the chase. I shouldnít be here. Thatís a trite saying to some, but to me itís a fact. Yep. I was born dead. Beyond dead, actually. ďWhite asphyxiatedĒ, according to my mother. Blue asphyxiated is bad enough, but whiteÖ well, thereís very little hope of life for a baby born like that. When she talks all things medical she knows her stuff Ė as a midwife in the east end of London for many years she has tales to tell that are not for the faint of heart. She didnít get around to mentioning I was born dead for about 40 years but when she did, it affected my life profoundly. That verse I came to relate to on a very intimate level.
Right now I seem to be living in a Romans 8.28 mode, telling myself that God is greater than my circumstances, and that ALL things work together for my good regardless of how I feel on a daily basis, because Iím called to walk by faith and not by feelings. How can I say thanks to the Creator of the universe, who saw fit to give me life, despite the odds? I canít help but be thankful. If nothing else, Iím thankful for life.
Iím thankful for my two daughters. Weíve been through a lot together, and a motherís love runs deep. They keep me on my knees. They say things, do things, choose things, that cause me pain. Hang around folk I wouldnít choose for them. Use language they have no business using. I wanna slap them upside the head sometimes. One has decided ďthat whole religion thing works for you, mum, but not for meÖĒ and that another lifestyle does. The other has decided to date a man outside of her faith. If itís still even her faith. Still, theyíre mine and I love them.
Iím thankful that the youngest is still alive and kicking. Usually me. Two days ago she was in a major serious car accident, and she lived to tell the tale. Iím thankful thereís still hope for her to return to the God of her salvation, the One she used to know quite well. If He can save this stubborn gal, He can save anyone!!!
Iím thankful for the heroes who die daily for my right to live my life as I see fit and God directs. Iím thankful for the gift of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness because of men who will give their all to defend those freedoms. John 15.13 says that there is no greater love than the one that lays down its life for a friend. And these guys donít even know me. I honour them and thank them for their sacrifice.
Iím thankful for true friends. The circleís been getting smaller lately, but the ones that remain have been proved faithful. God told me once that a friend in need is a friend in DEED. Theyíre gentle. Patient. Time after time after time. How I treasure them.
Iím thankful for the gift to write. I lost that dream so many years ago and am in a season where God is restoring all the years the locusts have stolen. I am finally brave enough to pour out my heart on paper and be transparent, hoping to touch souls and leave fruit that remains.
Iím thankful for Godís grace. (Itís my middle name, and I choose to embrace the grace rather than resist it, like I did for so very many years.) His mercy. His unending love. His goodness. Iím thankful for every new day. The chance to encourage, strengthen, help someone in this sin-filled world. I choose to rejoice despite my feelings, and be glad because regardless of my feelings, circumstances, or even finances, Heís still worthy. I choose to praise His name, even when it looks like Heís not working and I canít see my way out. Iím thankful IN all things but not always thankful FOR all things. Yet one thing I know. Thou remainest. God is good, and His mercy endures forever. How can I say thanks? How indeed.

  
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SWIMLOVER 12/3/2012 11:54AM

  What a wonderful blog of giving Thanks to the LORD! Thank You for sharing this with us!

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LINTPICKER 11/24/2012 9:27PM

    amen and amen

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TONYVAND1 11/23/2012 8:53AM

  What a great testimony and a wonderful tribute to God.

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CATBRAY 11/22/2012 1:36PM

    I felt your story in my heart. Well said .
Your not alone , with raising these children . I can say as the bible said , teach your children in the way they should go, they will return to the lord .

Mine did

Happy Thanksgiving DAy
You blessed me this day & reminded me of faith , active faith .

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EDITOR 11/22/2012 12:12PM

    Kari, you gave your thanks to Him perfectly!

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Itís All Good!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I learned a fact on Friday morning. I learned this: if the cosmos had mass of 10 to the 27th power more, it would have imploded. If it had 10 to the 27th power less matter, it would have exploded out beyond itself. So say leading astrophysists. We also needed a moon to stabilize earthís axis. Now donít tell me these things just happen. I say to all saints far and wide, come, let us gather together and tell God how good He is. My worship pastor says thatís Godís favourite song - God is good, and His mercy endures forever. She has a point. Itís all over the bible. Thereís something the world calls The Pygmalion Effect. It refers to the phenomenon that says the greater the expectation placed upon people, the better they will perform. In 1966, Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson published the results of a powerful study later known as The Pygmalion Effect. Rosenthal and Jacobson's research, conducted at an elementary school, was simple. Tell a few teachers and tell that they were the best teachers in the school and therefore had the most academically gifted students in their class that year. Untrue. Both teachers and students were randomly chosen. However, the study showed an amazing result - that teachers' expectations could influence students' intellectual abilities, to the point where they excel beyond their peers. To a tune of 32%, if memory serves. Itís all up to us. As a man thinketh in his heart, so IS he, Proverbs 23.7 says. Iíve been in a hard time in my life for quite a while but I CHOOSE to believe God is good, and that His mercy endures forever. That Heís working in my life when I donít feel it and donít see it. That He knows everything about me, and still loves me. Army Captain Chris Plekenpol said something I pray I never forget Ė ďYou can never let your current circumstances determine the presence of God.Ē This, from a man who lost a soldier within 4 minutes of arrival. Yes, 4 minutes. Do I trust Him? Yes I do. Do I understand? No, I donít. But I trust in His faithfulness.
As a funny little take-away, Joseph Prince said something the other day that really made me think. Hereís a paraphrased version: When your relatives say, Wow! You look so young! Is it detox, or Botox? You can say, itís NO tox! Itís all Jesus, man!

Kari, the hopeful saint
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EDITOR 11/15/2012 2:12PM

    Trusting in His faithfulness too. Good for you!

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TONYVAND1 11/15/2012 10:43AM

  Good blog thanks for sharing.

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Shout it From the Rooftops

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Omygosh I am so stoked right now! If youíre reading this and even slightly interested in why, Iíll let you in on a little secret.
It started off with a healthy dose of I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me, Philippians 4.13 [namely, be brave]. Then it worked its way up to I am persuaded He is well able to keep that which I have committed to Him, II Timothy 1.12 [principally, my life], with some The Lord will perfect that which concerns me, Psalms 138.8, finally settling on You have delivered my soul from death and will keep my feet from falling, Psalm 56.13. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights, (New Living Translation) sure helped, though, with a little Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip, Psalm 18.36 thrown in for good measure. And hereís why.
God tells us to be a good steward of all He has given us. I fall short many times, especially in the area of heights. Iím not exactly fond of them. Not terrified, by any means, but I do have a healthy respect for anything over 6 feet tall. Consequently, I avoid this issue in life whenever possible. The roof was proof of this. Until today. However, I will only procrastinate for just so long Ė eventually Iíll feel Iíve prayed enough that Iím ready to take on certain things regardless of the inherent torture entailed, because itís reached the point where putting it off is worse than addressing it. It took me several days but this morning that thing was ďthe roofĒ. What roof? Mine. Itís only a single story rather humble dwelling place but still, the view from above can be intimidating at times. Iíve done it before, and itís always under duress. But every time I do it my faith grows.
I seem to be in a season where my life is not exactly what youíd call a thriving success. My carís needed a new transmission for 6 weeks and thereís not a thing I can do about it. Iíve been unemployed for over 2 years and again, thereís not a thing I can do to change that either. I think I might have gone insane if not for His sweet presence in my life every day totally changing me and growing me. Plus my frequent adventures in blogging help me download what's on my heart. Today I think I might have gone insane if not for God totally changing my life and my frequent adventures in blogging.
Today I feel like David. Now thereís one more lion and one more bear God helped me overcome, one more time. And I praise Him, and thank Him for His faithfulness to a little redhead sometimes feels lost and lonely and very, very small but then remembers that sheís the apple of her Daddyís eye, and that He sees all of her tears, her flaws, her insecurities, and still adores her.

Kari, the surefooted deer
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TONYVAND1 11/9/2012 9:36AM

  God is great! Thanks for sharing

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EDITOR 11/9/2012 2:34AM

    When you need prayer, God sends pray-ers in. When He needs praise, the people are willing to do so.

We praise and thank You God for being a protector and provider for the one who has no visible means but Your aid. We adore You and we bless Your Holy Name for all You are doing in Kari's life. Continue to bless and encourage her through Your Word. And all the people said, Amen.

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JUSTLLAMA 11/9/2012 1:58AM

    Great blog!

Philippians 4:13 is one of my favorite verses.

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PURPLEPEONY 11/8/2012 7:25PM

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What a wonderful God we serve!

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LINTPICKER 11/8/2012 6:48PM

    lifting praises to God! What a great way to put confidence into our lives!

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Guilty as Sin

Friday, November 02, 2012

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. ~ Romans 8.1
Doesn't that give you hope? I see many people get all caught up in the 'no condemnation' thing, and that's good, but that's not what floats my boat. For me, it's the NOW. Right here, today, in the midst of my mess. We're as guilt free as we're ever gonna get. Why won't we walk in it? Do we really take His Word at face value, and just step out on faith? Sigmund Freud believed guilt was the result of what he called "social restraint", going against the social norm. My pastor says that Christianity is a counter-culture, not a sub-culture. Looking at the behaviour of Jesus I'd have to agree. Talk about a social misfit! He stirred up trouble wherever He went!
Christian writers Bruce Narramore and Bill Counts have a very different take on this than Freud. They belive there's a true guilt - which is an object fact - but also a false guilt - a subjective psychological feeling of pain and rejection. Guilt is destructive; we see this in the tragic stories making headline news. Robert S. McGee, in his book The Search for Significance, maintains that, "it causes a loss of self-respect... causes the human spirit to wither... eats away at our personal significance..." Sound familiar? It's a strong motivator, yes, but I've never seen any good come of it long-term. Guilt never encourages, inspires, builds up, which is what God's kids are supposed to do. Where's the disconnect? As McGee quite rightly points out, conviction deals with behaviour - not status before a holy, just God. His motivation is love, protection, and correction, not humiliation. Is ours? I call it fickle feelings. We react, rather than act. Romans 7.6 says that we now live in newness of Spirit and not by the letter of the Law. Where there's no law there's no sin, because there's no standard. But we're called to a higher standard, that of Christ Himself, Romans 8.2, which produces in us the need for grace. When we rely on the law we're assured of failure, because we'll never measure up. Performance will never produce self-worth. Don't know about you, but I need grace. Grace, grace, and more grace. How I love my name.
I won't be the one to cast the first stone. Will you?
Kari, the guilt-free
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KHDOESMK 11/9/2012 9:22AM

    I have also heard guilt is from the devil, with no escape, and conviction is from the LORD enter repentance and receive forgiveness and grace! emoticon

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LINTPICKER 11/2/2012 9:01PM

    What constantly resounds in my head is "my grace is sufficient for you". I have to trust God's grace on my life and that is all I can depend upon.

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STITCH4EVER 11/2/2012 12:30PM

    I HAVE RECENTLY JOINED A NEW CHURCH AND , ALTHOUGH I KNOW MY SCRIPTURE, IT IS DIFFERENT GETTING USED TO HOW OTHERS DO THINGS. THE MESSAGE IS THE SAME, BUT THE FORMAT IS DIFFERENT IN THE SERVICE ITSELF. I FIND MY GREATEST PEACE IN "BE STILL! AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD."
ERIN

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EDITOR 11/2/2012 10:48AM

    Kari, the devil says, "Guilty as charged." Christ says, "Paid in full."



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