WHAT DID YOU GIVE FOR CHRISTMAS?

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
December 14, 2017

I was thinking back today about my favorite Christmas memory as a child. It was the Christmas we got a puppy: Pee Wee.  Pee Wee became a member of the family (as all my dogs before and since have been). It occurred to me that all my favorite memories of Christmas as a child were about what I got for Christmas.

As an adult, my favorite Christmas memories are not about the things received, but about the things I gave.  I want to share three memories. One snowy Christmas Eve, my husband, daughter and I went caroling through our neighborhood. Our last stop was at our next door neighbor’s house.  We were invited in and shared a lovely time of fellowship with these beloved Christian neighbors. Another Christmas day, my family, our dog Stormy, and some friends went to a local nursing home.  The residents gathered in the recreation room where they joined us in singing Christmas carols.  Stormy was the hit of the party. He was always popular as a therapy dog at the home. Seeing the joy on the faces of the residents warmed my heart. My third Christmas memory is when I gave a necklace to my daughter with an inscription that simply read, “I love you, From Mom, 12-25-2015.”  I hoped it would be a meaningful gift and am thrilled to learn she wears it daily.

What joy God must have in that He gave His only Son.  Giving is the essence of Christmas. Perhaps we should adopt a different question to pose to our friends after Christmas. Instead of asking them what they got, ask them what they gave. I suspect they will be more blessed talking about the giving rather than the getting.

CREATED TO PRAISE THE LORD!

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
December 13, 2017

Several years ago I decided my Christmas tree needed more of a Christian theme.  That is hard to do when many of the ornaments are of secular characters.  I have Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Santa Claus, a Snowman, a Christmas mouse, and scores of other ornaments that have nothing to do with the reason for the season.  That’s okay.  They are fun and cute. Although I have many Christian ornaments,  what else could I do to make my tree more focused on the Baby Jesus?  I decided to place a manger under the tree with Baby Jesus lying on a bed of hay. It would be the best gift under the tree.  Now, what else could I do to make the scene more authentic? Short of bringing in real animals, there was not much to do.  So, I brought in stuffed animals; a pony, a moose, a dog, a lamb and, of course, weren’t there bears roaming the woods outside the stable?  I brought in teddy bears. There is a mama bear in a rocker, and all her baby bears sitting in her lap or beside her chair. All the animals are focused on the manger and the baby. I have quite a menagerie!

I really enjoy putting this scene together every year.  I am reminded that all creation is here to praise the Lord.  We are told that “even the mountains and hills will break forth with singing, and the trees will clap their hands!” Isaiah 55:12.  Why would not the animals in the stable praise Him? I have no trouble at all believing that the animals in the stable that night stood around in awe as they watched the God of the universe come to earth in the form of a tiny baby.  Whether they did or not, that is the concept I am trying to show in my manger scene.

As you think about the baby in the manger, allow praise to well up in your heart. We are all created to praise the Lord, and if we don’t, the rocks and hills will. Don’t let the season pass without expressing praise and gratitude to the Father for sending the Son.

 

 

THE HEALING TOUCH OF MUSIC

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
December 12, 2017

Recently our choir presented its annual Christmas cantata.  This year, the music and lyrics were especially moving.  Many congregants commented how deeply touched they were by this lovely cantata.

I was reminded of an article I read several months ago about the healing power of music. The article from Charisma Magazine points out that music bypasses the mind and goes straight to the heart.  Perhaps that is why we are just as moved by instrumental music as music with lyrics. Certain instruments and keys seem to bring about healing. I quote from the article, “Music is a powerful force that originated in the heart of God-it has always existed in heaven; it is the language of heaven and plays a role in everything God does.” (Charisma Magazine, February 2016, “Sounds That Set The Captive Free”, Jennifer LeClaire.) The article talks of healing ministries that primarily use music to bring about the healing process.

Unfortunately, not all music these days is the kind God created for us. However, there is much music He did create for us to immerse ourselves in, especially at Christmas.  Music can usher us into the very presence of God where ultimate healing takes place.

Fill your home and your life with God’s music.  If you have a need or a healing, allow the God of music to touch your heart and soul. As you sing the beautiful carols of the season, give your heart back to Him and allow Him to meet any need you have.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT THAT COUNTS

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
December 11, 2017

It has always been my family’s custom to drive through the nicer sections of town to view Christmas decorations.  The big beautiful homes are usually tastefully decorated. When our daughter was little, we thought it amusing that she preferred the gaudy decorations to the more tasteful ones.  As she has grown up, so have I.   A few years ago while driving through a poor section of town, there were no elaborate displays of lighting or decorations. I did notice however, that many, if not most of the small, modest homes had at least one candle. I realized God does not measure our Christmas spirit by which house has the most beautiful decorations.  He measures it by the Spirit in our hearts.  Now, I get a warm feeling when I see even the most simple, modest sign that someone inside the home wants others to know that the household recognizes the Spirit of the season.

Even though the secular world has hijacked Christmas, as Christians, we must make certain that the brightest light in our world during this season is the light of Jesus in our lives as we celebrate His birth. That must be the light others see.  No matter how bright, elaborate, or big our outward displays, the light of the baby Jesus in our lives is the only one that counts.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS

YOUR DAILY MOMENT:  Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
December 10, 2017

I fly a Christmas flag on my house every year.  It is a lovely flag with an angel heralding the good news of the birth of Christ. The flag is at least fifteen years old and needs to be retired.   Today, I went online shopping for a new Christmas flag.  Now, you would think when you go to a flag company website and do a search for Christmas flags there would be some flags with Christian themes.  I went through hundreds of flags and very few had any Christian message at all. Mostly, I saw Santa Claus, Snowmen, Christmas wreaths, candles, candy canes, decorated homes, and trees, but no Jesus. I suppose this is what we have made of the birthday of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords: a secular holiday devoid of the Christ of Christmas. It made me sad. I did finally find one and will fly it proudly when it arrives.

This incident made me wonder if we proudly “fly” the flag of Christ in our lives, especially at Christmas.  I have been to the grocery store several times this week and I don’t believe I ever told anyone, “Have a blessed Christmas because  Jesus is born.”  I did not tell anyone of the Christ of Christmas.  I am ashamed.  There are so many opportunities to enter a conversation about Jesus, more so at Christmas than any other time.

Will you join me today in resolving to make Christ central in everything you do this Christmas? If we look for opportunities, God will open the doors.

By the way, have a blessed Christmas because Jesus is born!

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

WHISPER HIS NAME

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
December 8, 2017

At our church, we sing a lovely chorus, Whisper His Name. I think of it as a patriotic song because it speaks of our freedom in this country to sing God’s praise to the top of our voices, but that sometimes it just feels right to whisper His name.

Thinking of that song reminded me of an incident that happened many years ago.  My husband was driving a motor route for a local newspaper. His overnight drive took him on mountainous roads which had many dangerous curves.  One snowy night his car slid off the road and he was unable to control it.  It began to go over a bank.  There was no time to do anything: not anything, but whisper the Name of Jesus.  As he whispered that Name, the power that is inherent in the Name, turned that car around and got it back on the road.

As Christians, we pray in the Name of Jesus.  It does not have to be a long, drawn out prayer. Sometimes there is no time for that.  There will be times when all we can do is breathe His name.

Whether there is an urgent need, or you just want to express praise to the Lord Jesus, try whispering His Name. There is power in the Name.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
December 7, 2017

Today marks the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  There are many people alive today who remember that awful morning of September 7, 1941.  There are a few Pearl Harbor survivors still alive. The words, “remember Pearl Harbor,” became a war cry for Americans throughout World War II. Remembering Pearl Harbor gave our military men and women the incentive to fight for freedom, even when all seemed lost.

As I remember Pearl Harbor, I think of all the battles that have shaped the outcome of history.  I also think many of these battles would have had a different outcome had God not been on our side.

The United States of America has always been a force for good in the world. I believe it is so because we are a Nation founded on Judeo-Christian values. I fear many of those values are under attack. When we abandon those values, I must wonder if God will abandon us.

Please pray today for our country. Thank God for the brave men and women who have, and still do keep us safe and free. Pray for a Great Awakening that will turn our nation back to God.  In battle or anything in life we want God on our side.  “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE TODAY THE BEST OF YOUR LIFE

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
December 6, 2017

I read a Mark Twain quote today; “Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” What a nice thought and goal for us to strive to achieve each day of our lives.

What makes our days beautiful?  I believe the more we do for others makes our own lives become richer and fuller.  I also believe we are more blessed when we give than when we receive.  How many times have you done something for someone in need, only to have a blessing come back to you many times over?  We don’t do those good deeds in order to receive more in return.  God, however,  wants to bless us as we serve others.  We can’t out give God.

Serving others may not make ever day more beautiful than the one before, but it gives it a better chance.

Resolve today to do something good for someone else and give yourself a chance for a better day than yesterday.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT AS UNTO THE LORD

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
December 5, 2017

This week I went to hear a Christmas cantata by a church choir in a nearby city.  This church is known for its phenomenal music program.  Being a music lover, it is always a highlight of my Christmas season.  As usual, the music was magnificent. Last night, however, I was captivated by one young lady in the orchestra.  She obviously  played her instrument well, but I not only enjoyed listening to her play, I enjoyed watching her play.  I don’t think I have ever seen anyone with the look she had on her face as she was playing.  It was a though she were in a trance as she worshiped, not only through her own music but by the music of the choir and orchestra around her.  Once, when she was not playing, she closed her eyes and nodded her head as if to say, “this is good, and it is for you Lord.”

As I thought about her I was reminded of a Scripture verse, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working unto the Lord, not for human masters,” Colossians 3:23.  I know this young lady was working as unto the Lord.  I could tell by her countenance.  I am sure she wanted to please the conductor, but more than that, she wanted to please God.  We may not all have the incredible gift of music this young lady had, but we all have the same mandate: “to work as unto the Lord.”  It doesn’t matter if you are a mechanic, a grocer, a teacher, a ditch digger, or garbage truck driver, God has given you a job to do as if you are working unto Him.

I was blessed by watching this young lady as she played for the Lord. No matter what you do, you will bless someone if you do as unto the Lord.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

WINNING DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN FINISHING FIRST

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
December 4, 2017

My husband, Joe, ran the Christmas Classic yesterday.  It is an annual 5k run which is followed by our town’s annual Christmas parade.  He usually comes home with a medal.  Today he wasn’t sure because he left before the awards ceremony.  He did find out later that he won first place!!  He is used to winning first place because most of the time he is the only one competing in his age bracket!!  That said, still, what he did was an accomplishment.  He trained, worked hard, (even with a bad knee) and did his best.

Often we talk about Paul running to win the prize.  That, however, is not what the scripture says.  “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24.  When we run in such a way as to get the  prize, it suggests we know we may not win but we are still giving it our best.  We are running as we would if we thought we would be the winner. I believe that is what God expects from each of us; our best. We tell our children, “don’t worry if you don’t win if you have done your best.” Paraphrased this verse says, “If you have done your best, you are the winner.”  That is what God is saying to His children.; just do your best in serving Me and you will win the treasure I have stored up for you in heaven.

P.S  I don’t believe everyone should get a trophy just for participating.  Only those who have done their best should be rewarded.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com