Monthly Archives: March 2014

Psalm 95… where Blessings and Joy meet sin ~

The Old Rugged Cross Cedar Necklace

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John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
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There were several lessons in today’s sermon on Psalm 95.

It is an unusual Psalm, changing the tone midstream, from the Joy and Exhilaration of praise to “Listen to God,” and “Don’t be like your ancestors who complained when they were thirsty.”

The surface lesson of the Psalm is about Meribah and Massah, where the Israelites, having been led from Egypt through the parting waters of the Red Sea; having danced with joy at the Pharoah’s defeat at the Hand of God; having complained of the lack of food and offered quail and bread from heaven and then they complain of thirst, asking “Is God with us or not?”

Enough to try any human’s patience, let alone God.

The message, a merciful and caring God who, in spite of his anger, was not angry with the people forever, but only for forty years.

And even Jesus, knowing his future of being betrayed, sent to death, and utter loneliness, offered to his followers a gift of forgiveness on the very night he would be betrayed. He broke bread, gave it to the disciples and said “Take and eat, this is my body.” He handed out the wine, and said “This wine is the blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sin.”

Jesus did this not only to demonstrate that he would die, but to demonstrate that he was the passover lamb. It was a yearly ritual sacrifice that required the shedding of the blood of an unblemished lamb. Now, once and for all, God was giving the sacrifice for sin to every man who would take it.

The gospels are clear. God is not a god of just one people. Jesus did not refuse to meet the poor, the downtrodden, or the sinner. The mixture of joy and sin in Psalm 95 accentuates this side-by-side glory of God meeting man. Where we may be afraid to tread, or refuse to visit, Jesus did. Jesus met the woman at the well, the tax collector, the centurion, and leaders willing to hear. God is the God of all. He has a gift, that which does not condemn, but that which says,

Yes, walk with Me, and listen to what I have to say, and accept My gift of Love, and I will be by your side, forever!

What a promise!

God is with you until that day that He meets you face to face and you tell Him that He is not your friend. My prayer is that the day YOU meet Him face to face is a day you can honestly say “Thank you for hanging in there with me, and I’m sorry I didn’t know You sooner.”

Jesus said in John 15:13 “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

What a sermon I heard today!

Blessings!

Karen

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Searching coloring pages you can use?

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Searching “.org coloring page” I found lists and lists of choices for free coloring pages to print. This one is from http://www.firesafekids.org/coloring.html

The question I posed was: Who would post coloring pages?

Answer: Those who most want to get their message across… Charities and Public service organizations!

So, I searched .org coloring pages! No limit to what your kids (and you?) can learn!

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Space saving idea for promotional venues ~

This one I'm using to promote our publishing company...

I’m using this to promote our publishing company…and it’s latest work

Buy yourself a four sided photo box.

I got this one at Hobby Lobby.

You can put your photo or a photo promoting your business in the lid, save your older works inside, and put your four latest works in the windows around the sides.

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Enjoying the beauty of God’s World

I love sunsets. I’ve always felt they were prettier after many years of driving at both ends of the day. Reorienting to a New Day starting at Sunset also gives me time to reflect. At this hour, I’m not in a hurry and can learn. I will rest, not from the day behind, but for the day ahead. In beauty…

Late Winter Milkweed pods. The pond has melted and the light is beautiful.

Late Winter Milkweed pods. The pond has melted and the light is beautiful.

I love it when an animal senses that all i want is a photo. Stock still, yet still cautiously aware of me.

I love it when an animal senses that all i want is a photo. Stock still, yet still cautiously aware of me.

Looking to the east gave me a surreal photo, As if cutouts of the trees were pasted onto a grey canvas.

Looking to the east gave me a surreal photo, As if cutouts of the trees were pasted onto a grey canvas.

The colors of the evening began to scatter themselves over the western horizon.

The colors of the evening began to scatter themselves over the western horizon.

Deepening color developed as the sun dipped lower in the west.

Deepening color developed as the sun dipped lower in the west.

The end of the day left such a  glorious range of color.

The end of the day left such a glorious range of color.

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Gold at the end of the Rainbow…

I was fortunate to have the chance to drive through the end of the rainbow on a trip several years ago. We saw that we were approaching the rainbow, and suddenly we were in the middle, raindrops falling all around us in sparkling shimmers of “coins” full of light!

I finally learned what the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow meant!

What is the significance of the clover? Apparently St. Patrick used it to teach people about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

Both are wonderful representations of what happens in journey with God!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Pot of Gold

The true “pot of Gold” is shimmering light!

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Water and the Spirit…

printable fall coloring page windy autumn day

John 3:3-5 proved to be a difficult task to explain for the intern pastor. He spent most of the sermon discussing how confusing this passage was.

Bible Gateway has this:

John 3:3-5

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.”

To me, explaining the power of the Spirit is easy.

You see someone’s smile, you hear their kind voice. You feel the warmth of their skin as you share a touch. Your brain has no understanding of this except through the energy transferred by nerve impulses into various areas of the brain. Your body can generate energy that is read by machines.

Okay. lets get practical. Jesus also uses the metaphor of the wind a little later in this passage.  “You do not know where it comes from or where it is going…,” Jesus said a few verses later.

If I throw you a beach ball, can you catch it? Can you throw it back to me? Can you see it and feel it? How do you know?

Good. If I throw you a ping-pong ball, can you catch it, throw it back to me, see it and feel it? How do you know?

Good. Let’s get smaller… how about a peppercorn? How do you know?

Smaller still… how about a mustard seed? How do you know?

There are smaller things that we can’t see until they’re under microscopes. Wait… Don’t you know?

Yes, you do…you feel the wind as it touches you and passes by… What you feel, and what you see in the effect of the wind as it moves objects in its path, is the movement of many small atomic particles. If they weren’t there, you would feel nothing.

You can’t catch the wind and throw it back – well, maybe you can, you just wouldn’t know whether or where you threw it.

So, where am I when it comes to tying all this together? The Spirit of God is the energy God has created to power us, to power change, to make a difference in this world. That question I asked above, “How do you know?” makes all the difference in being Born of the Spirit. You don’t know because someone tells you – you know because you’ve experienced it. You know the power of God, and that He exists.

Jesus said, “Where two or more of you are gathered, there I am in the midst.” Mt. 18:20

He also said, “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it is yours.” Mark 11:24

Prayer, for the believer, is a special gift. Like other skills that we learn, our knowledge of God and how He works gives us a special confidence in Him. It takes experience with Him to know that your prayer is powerful and that concentrated prayer is even more so. Scientifically, when energy is focused, it holds more strength and power. Prayer also is sometimes answered in years instead of days or hours, or instantaneously. Is it any wonder that Jesus would speak of these things?

As you explore the supernatural, you may just find yourself returning to the One who told it all… our Creator and our Lord.

Finally, If you aren’t “there” yet, don’t worry. Touch God, and you will touch eternity.

Karen

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More Winter…

You may be facing yet more cold and snowy weather today… or due tomorrow. *Sigh*

Most of us are very tired of the Winter of 2014. It has been an up and down battle for many of us, dealing with the cold or clearing snow over and over again.

It makes me want to simply snuggle up instead of braving the roads, and I’m awfully glad I don’t have to drive for a living anymore.

That doesn’t negate the need to be very prepared for winter driving. Clearing snow is a given. Warming the vehicle to ready it for driving down the road is a given. Driving on slippery roads isn’t. Are you facing the prospect of getting caught on a slippery surface? Here are tips from someone who has driven a bus for 15 years…

1)     Start out earlier, if you can. More time to get where you’re going will allow you to make informed choices. Avoid “rush hour” – going over plowed secondary roads will be faster and less prone to accidents than the main roads if potentially slippery weather is predicted to roll through the area.

2)     Decide on routes that will give you more “go power.” If you can avoid the street with the huge hill, do so (If you live on the street with the huge hill, you’ve already learned to park somewhere else if you need to get somewhere). Avoid unplowed streets. If you must drive on an incline, make sure you’ve got sand, salt, or kitty litter in your car, preferably giving you extra weight over the wheels. Plan to move steadily from one point to another and don’t stop on the incline.

3)     Shift your transmission to S or first gear. You will have more ability to control the car in slippery situations.

4)     Finally, go slowly. Speed is the major factor in a slide when you realize you have no traction.

And, just because you’re reading this… you have my prayers for your safety.  Blessings! Karen

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Honorable mention in 2014!

We are proud to announce our newest book, Dead Man Talking, has been awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2014 Great Northwest Book Festival!

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More sunsets

The evening started out looking like the clouds wouldn't catch the light...

The evening started out looking like the clouds wouldn’t catch the light…

The reds grew neon...

The reds grew neon…

Filling more of the sky.

Filling more of the sky.

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This was my favorite photo of them all…

 

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Learning God’s lessons about colors at sunset ~

The sunsets are teaching me more about color ~ this is the eastern sky at sunset.

The sunsets are teaching me more about color ~ this is the eastern sky 3/7/14.  The colors of deep blue at the bottom topped with a luscious pink were too beautiful.

The blue is at the top and the red at the bottom in this rainbow gradient from my previous picture.

The blue is at the top and the reds at the bottom in this rainbow gradient from my previous picture….

The red light from the west caught this log and gave it a special "petrified" look to it.

The red light from the west caught this log and gave it a special “petrified” look.

This tree caught the last rays of light over the horizon.

This tree caught the last rays of light over the horizon. The limbs at the top are light, and the lower ones are in darkness.

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