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rose colored glasses

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

Yesterday at our Wednesday night bible study, our pastor taught a beautiful lesson that has reminded me once again that God does indeed wear glasses. Glasses? Why would you think that God Almighty would even need glasses? He’s All Powerful, All Knowing,  and All Present. He sees everything, so why would He wear glasses? Pastor stated that when God looks on His children, He does not see us as the sinful beings we really are. But rather, He sees us through His blood. By nature, we are all depraved and sinful. Jeremiah 17:10 states that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. But when Jesus died on the cross, He shed His precious blood for our sins. When we are born again of the water and the Spirit, His blood covers us and cleanses us (I John 1:7). Because of this, when God looks at me, he doesn’t see the old Karen. He is looking at me through His blood. An old Wayne Watson song came to mind last night as I was praying.

Rose Coloured Glasses
By: Wayne Watson

Heavenly Father–Have You got a moment
There’s something I don’t understand
How from Your window–Watchin’ Your children
You hold back the wrath of Your hand
Does Your window pane–Bear a lasting stain
That a sinful rain can’t wash away

Chorus

His gaze always passes thru rose coloured glasses
Everytime He looks on my heart
And thru love’s forgiveness
Thru purity’s fire
I am my God’s desire

Heavenly Father–Just one more question
I don’t mean to take so much time
But tell me–How much did it hurt You
To give from Your garden
The most lovely rose from Your vine
When the petals fell–When the colours ran
Was it then and there You first saw me holy

Chorus

His gaze always passes thru rose coloured glasses
Everytime He looks on my heart
And thru love’s forgiveness
Thru purity’s fire
I am my God’s desire

So you see, I think God does wear glasses, and I’m so thankful that He does!

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God is quite popular on Sunday.  Millions of people around the world stop what they’re doing to visit a building where the sole purpose is to meet with others to worship, sing, and learn about God.  But then Monday rolls around.  What place does God have in their lives then?  When the emphasis is on a thousand other things, they can easily go all week without considering Him.

Where did we get the idea that God wants our attention only on Sunday?  Certainly not from the apostle Paul, who said we are to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17) –a sure sign that God is listening on Monday through Saturday too.  Paul also wrote, “Rejoice always” (V. 16), which indicates that we shouldn’t stop singing just because the organ stops playing.

Sunday is a special day to give direct attention to God.  But don’t forget Monday!  __J.D.B. (Taken from Our Daily Bread)

Worship God on Sunday, then walk with Him on Monday.

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When wisdom enters your heart, . . . discretion will preserve you. (Proverbs 2:10-11)

Toward the close of World War II, one Allied unit was assigned a crucial mission in Berlin. Each soldier had to memorize a map detailing all of Berlin’s important military sites ─ in a single night! In just a few hours, each soldier had committed the map to memory. The mission was a success.

Several years later, the Army conducted an experiment to see if that original feat could be duplicated. They offered a similar unit an extra week’s furlough ─ an attractive incentive ─ if they could carry out a comparable mission without a hitch. But the second unit could not match the success of the first. What made the difference? The lives of the men were not at stake.

Christians are engaged in a spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18). Our road map, our plan of strategy against Satan’s military strongholds, is the Bible. The more of it we memorize, and the more thoroughly we know it, the more effective we will be for God.

─H.W.R.

If your life depended on knowing the Bible, how long would you last?

Taken from Our Daily Bread

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Christmas 2007

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

I had mentioned in a post earlier this month about defining moments in our lives. There are also defining Christmas moments, and this year was no exception. I started out Christmas with a horrid, itchy rash all over my face and body. It had been forming for a few weeks and seemed to peak on Christmas day. Christmas morning began with the  family gathering in the living room to read the Christmas story. This year, instead of Mike reading the entire account, each of us was assigned a portion of scripture to read. For some reason, the Christmas story really came alive for us this year, and a thought-provoking discussion ensued: When did the wise men first see the star? Did others see it or just them? Was Jesus a baby when they came with their gifts, or was he a toddler? Why did Herod have all the boys from 2-years old and downward killed if Jesus had just been born? Isn’t it amazing that Jesus’ birth was announced by angels to a bunch of lowly shepherds? Kings and shepherds both witnessed the Christ child. What was the significance here? So many questions we had, and it has spurred us on to study the scriptures more on this topic. It was truly an enjoyable time of discussing the scriptures with family.

In the midst of all this dialog, the phone kept ringing. I think we had about six interruptions total. We even had a deliveryman from the airport drop off Jeremy’s misplaced luggage from his trip to Maine. The nicest interruption was a phone call for me from Rose who works at our local bible bookstore. This sweet lady and I had struck up a friendship of sorts in 2007, and she just wanted to call to wish me a Merry Christmas. How thoughtful of her!

As I was preparing for the Christmas meal, Jeremy our son called us all into the family room to announce his engagement to Molly. Ever since Jeremy was a small boy, Mike and I have prayed that he would find the right woman to share his life and faith with. There was a song by Wayne Watson that came out in the late 80’s called “Somewhere In the World Tonight.” This song depicted a man praying for the little girl who would grow up and someday marry his son. Here are the words to that song:

Somewhere in the world today
A little girl will go out to play
All dressed up in mama’s clothes
At least the way that I suppose it goes
Somewhere in the world tonight
Before she reaches to turn out the light
She’ll be prayin’ from a tender heart
A simple prayer that’s a work of art

Chorus
And I don’t even know her name
But I’m prayin’ for her just the same
That the Lord will write His name upon her heart
‘Cause somewhere in the course of this life
My little boy will need a godly wife
So hold on to Jesus, baby, wherever you are

Somewhere in the world out there
That little girl’s learnin’ how to care
She’s pickin’ up her mama’s charms
Or maybe, swinging’ ’round in her daddy’s arms
Somewhere in the world to be
Though the future’s not real clear to me
Theirs could be a tender love
Grounded in eternal love above

Repeat Chorus

Yes, this was a defining moment for not only me, but also our entire family. For it is the beginning of a transition period for which we have been preparing since we gave birth to our son almost 26 years ago. We welcome Molly with open arms of love and warmth.  Our prayer is that as their love grows deeper for one another, together may their love for the Saviour who created love,  also deepen.  May they share many defining moments with each other and Him.

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Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

I believe that within every person, there is an emptiness or void that can only be filled by God Himself. But until we realize this, we try to fill that hollow place with so many things to satisfy the desire. Some of the things I sought after to fill my void were relationships, possessions and hobbies. For others it’s travel, career, money, power. The list goes on. But when I opened my heart to the Saviour, and He filled me with His Spirit, what a wonderful change took place in me. The void was gone, and the desire fulfilled! He gave me so much. He still does. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. The Bible says that in His presence is fullness of joy. When the wise men saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy! So this Christmas, as you’re opening gifts, remember the greatest gift of all; Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. All that we desire is fulfilled in Him. He is our joy.

JESU JOY OF MAN’S DESIRING
(by Johann Sebastian Bach)
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,
Holy Wisdom, Love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls, aspiring,
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashion’d,
With the fire of life impassion’d,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying, round Thy throne.
Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings!
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty’s fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom’s holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.

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Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

I found this poem on a Christmas card and thought I would share it with everyone:

If you look for me at Christmas,
You won’t need a special star.
I’m no longer just in Bethlehem,
I’m right there where you are.
You may not be aware of Me,
Amid the celebrations.
You’ll have to look beyond the stores,
And all the decorations.
But if you take a moment,
From your list of things to do,
And listen to your heart, you’ll find
I’m waiting there for you.
You’re the one I want to be with,
You’re the reason that I came.
And you’ll find Me in the stillness,
As I’m whispering your name.

Love, Jesus

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jesus_manger

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

Life is made up of moments…segments of time in which a series of events take place. Most of us can look back on our lives and recall episodes that we’ve experienced which forever changed us. I call these defining moments. Giving birth to our son Jeremy was one of those moments for me. I took one look at our tiny newborn son, and it was love at first sight. I would never be the same again.
Some 2,000 years ago, a moment like no other occurred. In a lowly manger in Bethlehem, a young virgin gave birth to a tiny babe who would forever change history. God had become like one of us. Divinity had arrived. When I think of the humble beginnings of our Savior as a helpless baby lying in a bed of hay, and about the glory song sung by multitudes of angels, my heart is stirred.

What can I give to the One to whom all things belong? There is only one gift I could give — all of my moments, my unfailing love, unwavering loyalty and unending praise! I want to remain by the manger long enough for all my foolish pride to expire, my vanity to disappear and my values to align with God’s. My moments belong to Him.

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