Karen's Devotions

This is a selected collection of my devotions e-published on Daily Devotions, Journey Christian Church, Irvine, California; George Bragg, Editor. To join the mailing list, email George, gbragg@cox.net.

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As a 25+ year homeschooling vet, post-cancer, math prof, mother of five, master's track and field athlete, and certificated private pilot, I have a lot to share about what God has done in my life. In 2000 I began writing devotions as something to try when it seemed like accoustic pianists were becoming an endangered species at church. I have since found great blessings from writing and sharing. God is good.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Please and Thank You

First Published July 29, 2009

I Peter 5:6
"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you in due time…"
Philippians 1:3
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…”
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In the course of growing up my parents were instrumental in teaching me two phrases by which I could properly make requests. They stand out as seemingly magical, and they are often able to soften hearts and hold a person’s attention. You know them. They were “please” and “thank you.”

Granted, some of us didn’t have parents who, after you asked for a treat like a cookie, stood there dumbfounded waiting with an inquiring gaze, until you came up with the magic words. But by the time we became adults, we had learned that these two phrases were very powerful.

The thing that may have been completely missed, though, is the basis upon which these phrases exist. “Please” is a plea or begging emphasis. Beseech. To truthfully plea verbally, you must plea in your heart. This is called humbling yourself. So I believe that “please” is a complex reflection of an earnest plea. “Thank you” is a directed acknowledgement of gratefulness, particularly after receiving something, deserved or otherwise.

The sad part though, is that even under the guise of politeness, these phrases are not uttered enough. We won’t grind our time with stories of rudeness and selfishness. My focus today is us making a difference in our life and in the lives of others.

So the change will begin with us. Let’s included these two phrases in our requests and notice how they make a difference in how others respond. You may also want to share with others how “please” and “thank you” put you in a proper frame of spirit when you present requests to the Lord in prayer. Would you today put forth an extra effort in this? Please? Thank you.
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Dear Lord, we know that words are powerful. Without them, Man could not know about you, your Son, and your plan of eternal salvation. Please help us today to influence someone by using “please” and “thank you.” We pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.

Copyright 2009 Karen Vaughn

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Happy Birthday USA

We made it to the family reunion on July 4th. Hard since my mom passed away in December. The t-shirt design (by cousin Jeff Jackson) shows those of generations 1-3 who are no longer with us. Mom and Dad are pictured nearest "rd".
Thanks to cousin Turiya Roberts for hosting the event. Next year's reunion will be in Rockford, Ill. May the Lord bless this family.