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Archive for the month “May, 2014”

New Day, New Me!

I know it’s not exactly new year but it’s a new day, and any day is a good day to reinvent yourself. Welcome to the new me!
Hi. Kari Grace here. Sharing her heart out there in the blogosphere, believing God people in need will find her ramblings. It taken guts, so if you’re offended by my random thoughts, or even disagree with my opinions, feel free to do that. Just please don’t post hate comments or send me hatemails. You have the right to your opinions, and I respect that. The first amendment gives you that – I would never violate it. But please do the same for me. You share yours on your page, and I’ll share mine on mine. I never was any good at politically correctness. Are we still friends?
That being said, there is so much more to me than a beautiful pen. I love life, and have a plethora of interests and hobbies. I enjoy trying new things and seem to learn something new every day. A mind is a terrible thing to waste; I actually enjoy expanding my cranium. It’s really the only place a gal wants wrinkles.
Lived in North Carolina for the last twenty plus years but I originally hail from the other side of the pond, which goes a long way to explaining why I talk funny, and often spell funny too.
First thing you may need to know is that I’m passionate about my God and my faith. I love all people of all religions but, like Mother Teresa, I’m partial to my own. My convictions run deep; the Lover of my soul gave me worth when I had none, and I owe Him my everything. My faith defines me. I’m also five foot three, fifty-something and feisty. Just so you know.
Topping those plethora of interests and hobbies are: writing, health, (I’m almost obsessive…)and quotes that really make you think. Here are a few of my absolute faves, in case you’re interested:
Frank Peretti: He is ordering my life, and doing all things well
Tony Dungy: there are two kinds of men in the world – those who are humble, and those who are about to be
Victor Frankle: we can endure any what, as long as we have a why (he should know; he’s a holocaust survivor and lived thru unspeakable horrors)
Only the devil can remember your sins Joseph Prince
We do have a zeal for laughter in most situations, give or take a dentist ~Joseph Heller

I like my blue eyes, and I’m finally ok with my crazy curly red hair. I care more about the inside than the outside. Dorothy Parker said once that beauty is skin deep but ugly goes clear to the bone. Couldn’t agree more.
I love life, and horses, as well as music, from bach to jazz; I’ve even been known to play the flute on occasion. My fave singers are Vicci Beeching – she’s English too, btw – and Anthony Evans. He wrote a song called I choose Now. Mmmm. Words to live by. And i really, really love to read. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is one I highly recommend. Small, but insightful. And you HAVE to read what happened to him after his wedding…
I’d love to make some new friends here so please feel free leave your contact info. Today I pray God would bless you richly in all you put your hand to.
Kari, the new creature in Christ Jesus
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May I Ask You a Favour?

Here’s a link to this year’s entry. Would you please take the time to go and read it, then tell me what you think? Pretty pleeeze? K

http://www.familyfiction.com/short-stories/the-story-2014-contest/almost-perfect/

Musings

The Legend of the Sand Dollar is very special to me, and I’d like to share it with those who care enough to follow my blog. So here goes:
The Sand Dollar, or “Holy Ghost Shell”, is one of the most unusual specimens of marine life. The markings on the shell symbolize the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. On the top side of the sand dollar, the outline of an Easter Lily is clear to be seen. At the center, a five pointed star representing the star of Bethlehem appears. The five narrow openings are representative of the four nail pierce marks and the spear wound in Jesus’ side during the Crucifixion. When the sand dollar is broken, five little dove-shaped pieces are found inside. This is a reminder that because of Christ’s sinless life, death, burial and resurrection, the Holy Spirit now lives in those who are the Body of Christ.
Hope this story encourages you today. If not, try going back through a few of my previous ramblings and you’re sure to laugh…
Kari, the God-loving, shell-seeking, starfish-saving redhead
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ps. the visual is in honour of my friend Gary who just happens to drive trucks… you like?

The Flaw of Attraction

I haven’t read the book, but I do know a little about it. The Law of Attraction. And it is a law. God says that death and life are in our tongue – we and we alone get to choose which we want.
Colossians 1.26 and 27 says it this way: For ages and ages this message was kept secret from everyone, but now it has been explained to God’s people. 27 God did this because He wanted you Gentiles to understand His wonderful and glorious mystery. And the mystery is that Christ lives in you, and He is your hope of sharing in God’s glory.
Kerry Shook talks sometimes about what he calls, “the Principle of Positioning.” If we run on ahead of God, or even drag our feet, then we won’t be in the right place at the right time when God gives the blessing. He has also been known to say, “the longer the wait, the larger the wave,” encouraging and exhorting with Isaiah 40.31: those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
If you’re feeling left-out today, or unnoticed, abandoned or rejected, remember this powerful truth. God is willing and able to share His secrets. He says His secrets are with those who fear Him, Psalm 25.14. I decided a long time ago that I’m not a secret blabber, I’m a secret keeper. And guess what? God shows me His secrets. Sometimes small, sometimes great, but always precious.
Be encouraged today. The REAL secret is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Kari, the secret-keeper
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Lest We Offend

I’m feeling feisty this morning. Sorry if that offends anyone but it’s true. I’m sick of being told by a culture that doesn’t know and doesn’t serve the One who gave them life telling me what I can and cannot do and say. Someone I highly respect breezed through here recently in what the English call “a flying visit” and boy, did he leave a deposit in me!!!

Pat Schazline is the kind of guy you either love or hate, but passion draws me like a magnet. Even if I don’t agree with what you’re passionate about I respect the trait deeply. Pat recently wrote a book called “I Am Remnant” and I have only one thing to say about it: like Kenneth Copeland said once, “If that don’t light your fire your wood is wet!” He addresses many issues prevalent in our culture and exposes the whole “politically correct” theology. My Father sent His Son to die for me, so if He considers me worth dying for I surely consider Him worth living for! Even to the point of speaking up when I’m in a hostile environment. My pastor mentioned 1st Peter 5 verses 8 and 9 yesterday, and taught on balance. I’ve been accused many times of being too heavenly minded, but I happen to disagree. I have a lot of friends from all religions and all walks of life so I’m obviously earth-good enough that I can connect with my fellow homo sapiens. Pastor Al said we’re “living in different days” and how we “have to be watchful”. Sin always separates, but I meet many who insist on living like the world on Friday and shuck and buck with the best of them two days later. You can’t get figs from thistles, or so the NKJ version of Matthew 7.16 believes. I heard Joyce Meyer ask a rather profound question, which she tends to do, but this one totally got my attention that day: are people squeezing your fruit? After all, we’re known by it. What do people see when they squeeze me? Not always what I’d like for them to see, I admit. But one thing gives me hope. I know who I am and Whose I am. If nothing else, that alone will help me to act right, live right, even talk right. A good friend, Debbie, shared something yesterday you also might be interested in. She said God is not a Santa Clause – if I’m good I’m gonna get. He’s so not about works. He’s all about relationship. When it comes to God, the words of another friend, Scott, come to mind: It’s only for the hungry. He says if we seek Him we’ll find Him, but many I meet are just too busy to take the time to do it. John Bevere says you will sever what you fear, and asked recently, “do you want popularity, or effectiveness?” Definitely the latter, in my opinion. And the only way I will be is if I spend time with the Author of life itself. I’ve learned you can teach a man to fish but you can’t make him drink the water. You’re on your own, Jack. Nobody can do it for you. Nope. If we want close encounters of the God kind, and I surely do, I’ve got to get it for myself. He’s a moving God, so I’ve got to move with the cloud, but if I’m out of touch with His Spirit I won’t notice when He’s done with something. I don’t want to be left behind, I want to be close to the front in what He’s doing in the earth. I want His heartbeat to be mine. Are you in?

http://www.covenantlovechurch.org/clc-media/sermons/message/the-simeon-cry/watch

Stay blessed!

Kari, the slightly outrageous but very devout

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