Category Archives: DEVOTION: Jesus speaking

“P’s” of prayer

Perfected
I have wanted to share this idea for a while and even captured this photo back in July when I saw this beat-up white delivery truck with only one word on the entire vehicle, “Perfected.” It was this morning, when my AM readings included Psalm 138 and a devotion by Pastor Chuck Smith on prayer, I felt motivated to post it today.

Have you ever had someone come to mind to pray for, or even run into someone and thought, “I should say a prayer for him or her,” but didn’t know quite what to pray? Can be slightly frustrating? I mean, it’s not bad to just say, “God, please bless so-and-so,” but maybe there could be more? At some point in this last year, I had the “P’s of Prayer” come together for me (I think God was graciously meeting me with some divine inspiration), and they have helped me to pray for others when I don’t have anything specific in mind for them. The last “P,” “Perfection,” has a Scripture tied to it too.

It goes something like this…(and most often I say it for an individual man or woman.)

 

Heavenly Father,

would you give XXXXXXX Your PERSPECTIVE, that is, a Scriptural truth or truths

they are needing to know right now, or today, or for this week…;

may they go forth in Your POWER and not their own, yes, strengthen them;

would you PROVIDE and PROTECT them physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and/or materially;

and finally Lord, I pray for Your PERFECTION, that is, “would you perfect that which concerns them.” (Psalm 138:8—NKJV)

In Jesus Name, Amen.

The shadow of the cross

shadow of the cross

It’s so interesting as I have the story of Jesus’ birth in my 1-Year Bible/New Testament reading  (Luke 2:1-24) today—Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross for all the sins, of all mankind. Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords, the Good Shepherd, Friend of sinners…

Born in a barn of sorts (not a castle as one might expect) and visited by shepherds (not by royalty).

Who died on a cross outside Jerusalem (not on Holy Mount Zion), but on the hill Golgatha–“the skull,” between two thieves.

The Gospel of Luke says, “do not be afraid…good tidings…great joy…to all people…born…a Savior…Christ the Lord…a babe…Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Jesus lived His entire life in the shadow of the cross as Savior of the world.

It also says in Luke that God “made the Savior known” to the shepherds and that they glorified and praised God for what they heard and saw…

There are no secrets with God, He has no hidden agenda, but a fully disclosed true story of salvation without any respecter of persons. The sacrifice of Jesus-sinless, His body broken, His blood spilt, in order to repair the separation between a perfect God and imperfect man, redeeming man’s sinful nature with His righteousness, in order that man may be in eternal relationship with his Creator and Heavenly Father–nothing short of “peace and goodwill toward men.”

Love and blessings, Karin

Note on photos: I took these photos one afternoon while watching TV at my parents. As the sun began to set, it shone on a shelf, casting a shadow off of an iron cross and a hand-carved Olive Wood sculpture of Mary seated upon a donkey and Joseph which I had bought for my parents while on my trip to Israel in 1998.

shadow of the cross

 

 

38 Roots and wings and then SOAR!

IMG_20151228_072602132Stockings are an abundantly fun occurrence for our family at Christmas–filled to the brim with cool stuff. My stepdad enjoys finding the perfectly suited magazine for each of us and this year was no exception.  I ended up with Small Room Decorating.

When I finally opened it up, I couldn’t have been more pleased (and encouraged) with the title of the Editor’s letter, “make tiny spaces soar.” What a great inspiration to take into the New Year!

(Photo: Also featured and right in line with Bird’s-eye View by Karin–a hummingbird cookie cutter from my mom and a small cutting board and knife from one of my sisters.)

I guess this post fits two of my three main blog categories– “HOME:studio living” and “DEVOTION: Jesus speaking.”

The last couple of years I’ve really anticipated and then camped out on the personal Psalm reading I end up with on December 31 and January 1, as I always align the calendar date with the Psalm number (so I don’t loose track). I guess this reading is significant because (a.) I have it two days in a row and usually repetition with the Lord carries some weight and (b.) it’s the Psalm that ends a year and begins another. And sometimes, my personal Psalm reading aligns with my 1-year Bible reading, which happened this year, and as of 12/31/15 and 1/1/16, I have…(drumroll please…) Psalm 1.

“I will delight in the law of the LORD, I will meditate day and night,
then like a tree firmly planted I’ll be, grounded in the Word.
Blessed is the one, who follows the way of the Lord, blessed is the one.”
(Worship song version)

Sally Lloyd-Jones says, “home is the place you set out from.”  So in 2016, I believe the Lord wants to make sure the Bible (His very voice!!) is my home base, and that it will be from this rooted and grounded place, where He would then love to see me soar into the wild blue yonder……….

Now doesn’t that seem like a good and faith-filled flight plan?

PSALM 1:1-6

 

 

Caught up in CHRISTmas (week 4)

…that’s how I’m praying it will be.

“…come and behold Him…”

bright and morn. star mammoth

 

December 2015–Week 4

Name:
10“then the angel said to them (the shepherds), ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’”  Luke 2:10, 11

Statement of Faith:
“So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, ‘let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the lord has made know to us.” Luke 2:15

Praise:
13“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’”  Luke 2:13, 14

 

(Note: I’m in Mammoth right now for Christmas. This photo happens to be Mammoth 2010.)

 

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Caught up in CHRISTmas (week 3)

snow falling from the tree

 

…that’s how I’m praying it will be.

“…come and behold Him…”

 

December 2015–Week 3

Name:
1“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, ‘where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’”  Matthew 2:1, 2

 

Statement of Faith:
4“…he (Herod the king) inquired of them (all the chief priests and scribes of the people) where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, ‘in Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.’” Matthew 2:4- 6

Praise:
9 “…the star which they had seen in the East went before them (the wise men), till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy…11 and fell down and worshipped Him.”  Matthew 2:9-11

 

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Caught up in CHRISTmas….(week 2)

banner advent in studio

 

…that’s how I’m praying it will be.

 

“…come and behold Him…”

 

December 2015–Week 2

Name:
“‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us.’”   Matthew 1:23

Statement of Faith:
20 “… behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife…”  Matthew 1:20, 24

Note: (Faith always requires a step, and then another…)

Praise:
46And Mary said,My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my savior.’”
Luke 1:46, 47

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Creator…creation…confirmation…

Star and palm trees- Balboa islandBefore my walk around Balboa Island this evening (12/3), I was working on a Scripture card to go in the Christmas care packages our church is putting together for our missionaries. (Our graphic this year is a star against the sky.)

“The true Light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.”
John 1:9 (NIV)

I guess someone could say (or I could think), “you sure spiritualize things…”, but the truth is, the Creator of all things can use anything to get our attention or confirm something in His Word…to let us know that He really does see us and hear us and care for us…

Jesus, Immanuel, translated “God with us”.

Caught up in CHRISTmas…

hummingbird ornament…that’s how I pray it will be.

Two years ago, I helped to draft an advent of sorts for my church. Since then, I have used the “NCL Christmas Nativity” as a way to focus on the birth of Christ and prepare my heart to truly enjoy and celebrate this holy and joyous time.

The Scriptures revolving around the Son of God coming to earth become almost new when seen through the lens of God’s names, statements of faith, and praises.

“…come and behold Him…”

Blessings, and here’s to a Merry Christmas indeed!
Karin

 

December 2015—Week 1

 Name:
31“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son,
and shall call His name JESUS.
32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest;
and the Lord God will give Him the
throne of His father David.” Luke 1:31, 32

 Statement of Faith:
“For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37

 Praise:
“For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name.” Luke 1:49

More joy

P.S.

More JOY–How could I not include this other Scripture on joy, especially when I almost included it in “Joy Bringers”  and it appeared in my one-year Bible reading the day after “Joy Bringers” was published?

(Two versions below)

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  James 1:2-4 (NKJV-translation)

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4 (The Message-paraphrase)

and MORE JOY— I recently discovered the song, “Joy of the Lord,” by Rend Collective and when I was on YouTube yesterday (Fri., Nov. 20) checking out their music once again, I thought to myself, “wait a minute, you just did a post on Joy and should share about this band and this song in a ‘P.S. post’.” If you play it and enJOY it :-), then I encourage you to buy it in support of these amazing artists.

 

AND EVEN MORE JOY found in a previous post “The reason to write

Joy Bringers

During the summer I went to Sherman Garden’s with my friend and while perusing the gift shop I came across the book, Garden Blessings. I randomly opened it to this jubilant poem entitled “Lilies”,

 “After the storm–
yellow lilies.
There you stand
holding a huge bouquet.
Mustard streaked petals
open
reaching back
wings flung wide.
Trumpeting courage
blowing jazzy joy.”

 

birdseyeviewbykarin-hummingbird graphic-yellow
This ode of triumph reminded me of my favorite little “Joy Bringers”–hummingbirds! The nickname was inspired by an email I received from a friend who was sick at home. She wrote, “BTW, while I’ve been home sick God has given me the joy of watching hummingbirds every single day! A little family has definitely moved in as there are more than one outside our sitting room window.”

“Joy Bringers” indeed. And because I’m always up for inserting a Scriptural word of encouragement, how about this one, “…do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10

Another post about my visit to Sherman Garden’s: Garden of treasures

 

 

 

Wonderful, wondrous, wonder

Earlier today I saw the media putting up a tweet from an ISIS supporter, maybe you saw it too. In it he says at one point to “Americans Dogs”, “you will see wonders.” His statement is rooted and wrought with dark evil and wickedness as has been displayed in the Middle East. When I think of wonders, as I did this evening, I think of the wondrous God of the Bible who does wonderful things that make me wonder. His wonders are rooted and wrought with goodness, justice, and righteousness.

In doing a word search on wonders, it most often appears in reference to when God delivered the Jews out of Egypt in the Exodus. Tonight, the Lord was faithful to bring to remembrance my Psalm reading from earlier today which states, “to Him alone who does great wonders, for his mercy endures forever…”  Psalm 136:4 (NKJV)

The link below is for a weekly show  where two pastors compare current world events to Bible prophesy. It’s amazing to see God’s predictions and promises coming to pass in our generation. They are wonderful warnings indeed.  Praying for Chattanooga and our Nation.

 

World News Briefing on www.hischannel.com

7/16/15