Today with Kara

Don’t Pull The Plug September 22, 2017

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Last Halloween, we hosted a giant party for friends and family. (I am not on Team Devil, I am on Team Cooperate-With-Your-Boss) ūüėČ Most of the decorations were homemade and very cute. One particular area was that of lizards, frogs, and snakes in jars. We used those soak-and-grow toys which get much bigger when they sit in water.

Today, my mind is grabbing that concept to work out something that the Holy Spirit is teaching me. These toys represent us. The children of God. We soak freely in His presence, and we are filled with Him. The longer we spend time with Jesus, the more we are saturated with His nature and goodness.

The drain on the tub is covered by a stopper called “Grace”. When negativity, complaining, whining, and criticism try to pull out our plug, we simply must keep a tight seal on the basin with the grace of God.NewChic.comNewChic.com

Eventually, we become so swollen with the Holy Spirit, that we can be placed in any situation and be squeezed tightly. Whatever we have filled ourselves with is what will flow out to the world around us. Jesus. Even if we are knocked around and handled wrongly, the Kingdom comes out everywhere we go. It really is a beautiful and wonderful thing to be filled with Him!

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Eventually, however, we need to get back in the tub and rest. Soak. Be still and know. Ask God to pour out His Spirit and fill you to overflowing. This is the rest of God for His children.

Be blessed. Rest in Him. Jesus loves you so.

 

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RESTORE // The Film – Part 1 March 7, 2013

I love this concept beyond words.

I don’t love fellow humans being called “The least of these.” It reminds me of how my old church branded people as “bus kids” for life because they were reached through the bus ministry. It carried an unfair stigma.

I still love this video.

 

It’s ALL About The LORD March 3, 2013

Going through a hard time?  These Scriptures are guaranteed to help you!

1. Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

2. Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

3. Psalm 37:7  Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

4. Psalm 96:1 O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

5. Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

6. Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

7. Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

8. Psalm 37:4,5 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

9. Psalm 106:1 Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

10. Psalm 96:9 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.

11. Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

12. Isaiah 7:11 Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

13. Psalm 103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

14. Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

15. Psalm 31:4 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

16. Psalm 34:3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

17. Isaiah 24:15 Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

18. Psalm 18:3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

19. Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

20. Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

21. Deuteronomy 28:9 The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.

22. Deuteronomy 30:2,3 And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee.

23. Deuteronomy 30:8,9 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:

24. Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

25. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him form the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 

 

Romans 12:2 February 18, 2013



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The Hiddenness of God February 16, 2013

 

DIY April 26, 2010

The Holy Spirit fills us, empowers us and is working perfectly to accomplish¬†that which is for our good and God’s glory.¬† Thankfully, we are not robots, and God allows us to be co-creators and partners with him in accomplishing his will in earth (your life) as it is in heaven.¬† It is a privilege to not only participate in this exciting process, but to have guidelines spelled out in God‚Äôs Word of what we can do ourselves.

  • Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:20)
  • Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another (Mark 9:50)
  • Yield yourselves unto God (Rom. 6:13)
  • Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith (2 Cor. 13:5)
  • Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19)
  • Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God (Eph. 5:21)
  • Submit yourselves therefore to God (James 4:7)
  • Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord (James 4:10)
  • Keep yourselves from idols (1 John 5:21)
  • Building up yourselves on your most holy faith (Jude 1:20)
  • Keep yourself in the love of God (Jude 1:21)

Most importantly, we know we can do ALL things through Christ!  He empowers us to be all that we were created to become!  Such bliss!

 

Renew Your Mind #13 April 5, 2010

Act like a child!¬† It’s so profoundly simple that we tend to think it isn’t true.¬† “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

Humility, gratitude, truth, clean hands, pure heart, faith, spiritual songs – all important keys to being filled with the Spirit and entering the Kingdom.

Do right, don’t lie, be kind, share,¬†tell the truth, trust me, say “Thank you, Yes Sir, No Sir, Yes Ma’am, No Ma’am.”¬† When did this drone of direction from our parents get written off as unuseful¬†and inapplicable?¬† It¬†is¬†a beautiful thing when you are able to become as a child and enjoy the vast richness of the fullness of God and his kingdom.

(I know that’s not what Jesus looked like…)