OLD DOGS AND NEW TRICKS

YOUR DAILY MOMENT; inspirational thoughts to begin your day.
February

In my home, I have several pictures that were painted by relatives.  One was done by my mother-in-law and the other, an aunt. It is interesting that each of these ladies began to paint late in her life.  When they were younger, they were too busy working and raising their families to pursue their passions. Once their children were grown and they had retired, they began to paint.

I doubt that these paintings would show well in New York, Paris, or Venice, but we cherish them in our home.

When I look at these treasures, I realize we are never too old to pursue our dreams and our passions. It also occurs to me that we are never too young. God has work for us to do regardless of age. The retiree can make the excuse that I am too old to learn something new. The younger person might say, I am too busy with life to take on anything else. The truth is if God has something for us to do he will provide the ability, the means and the time.

Today, let’s stop making excuses about why we can’t do what God wants us to do and realize the truth in Philippians 4:13.  We can do all things, no matter what our age, through Him who give us strength. THEREFORE, GO FOR IT!

P.S. Former President George W. Bush has just released a book of paintings and stories about heroic military men and women. He did not start painting until he left the White House.  I don’t have my copy yet, but I have seen enough of the publicity to feel safe in recommending it; especially on a day when the devotion was about the lovely women in my family that began their passion for the canvas late in life.  I am adding it today to the suggested reading list.  Clicking on any link below will take you directly to Amazon where you can review and buy the product.  Buying from my links helps me offset the cost of bringing you YOUR DAILY MOMENT, each day.  Be blessed.

Karen

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Suggested reading and listening list
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 GodHow Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege

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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LEARNING TO WALK

YOUR DAILY MOMENT; Inspirational thoughts to begin your day.
February 27, 2017

When I was about twelve years old, my father made me a pair of stilts in his woodworking shop. I loved those stilts and was so excited when he gave them to me.  Of course, I could not walk with them, but I was eager to learn.  It was not easy. I remember working tirelessly to master the art of walking on them. Time after time I would try and fail. Then there was the day I took my first step.  It was like learning to walk. Then I was able to put two steps together, then three. I can still remember how much joy those stilts gave me, but not until I learned to walk with them.

My daddy was pleased that I liked the gift and enjoyed watching me work to use them. Had I received the stilts and put them aside without ever trying to conquer the skill of walking on them, I am sure my father would have still loved me but would have also been disappointed that I never enjoyed what he had given me.

There is an analogy here for the Christian.  From the time each of us accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior, the attempt to walk begins. Some take in all the spiritual nourishment available and work very hard to walk in the faith. Many quickly have the strength to take the first step and then another until they are up and running and helping others to get up and running.  I have a picture in my mind of a loving God looking down upon us and laughing with joy as we take those first steps, just as my father watched me take the first steps on stilts. I can picture the same loving God saddened that we never seem to get out of spiritual infancy.  He loves us no less, but He wants us to enjoy the abundant life that comes from growing as Christians and discovering the keys to the Kingdom.

Every day presents us with new opportunities to walk in our faith. Today, take advantage of every chance to grow in this Spiritual journey we are on.

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Suggested reading and listening list:
Worship changes everything. Experiencing God in every moment of life
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

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

HE MUST BECOME GREATER, I MUST BECOME LESS

YOUR DAILY MOMENT
February 26, 2017

There is a verse of Scripture in my Bible that is highlighted and circled.  When I highlight a verse, it is significant.  When I highlight and circle, it is very significant. One such passage is John 3: 30, “He must become greater; I must become less.”

The setting is where John the Baptist is discussing his role as the precursor of Jesus. John’s purpose was to point the way to Jesus.  Some of John’s disciples were jealous that Jesus had begun to attract some of John’s followers. In addressing his loyal devotees, John reminds them that he, (John) was not the Christ.  Jesus was the Christ.  For Jesus to assume His proper place in John’s life, Christ would have to become greater, and he (John) must become less.

When I read that verse many years ago, it was as though it leaped off the page.  Surely, Christ cannot become Lord until he increases and we decrease. Darlene Zschech says it best in her book, “Worship Changes Everything, Bethany House, 2017.” “When I become less, and I proclaim Jesus as greater, a miracle begins to happen in my heart. I am changed.”

Today, let’s resolve to exalt Him to a higher place than ourselves and allow Him to change our hearts as He increases and we decrease.

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Suggested reading and listening list:
Worship changes everything. Experiencing God in every moment of life
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

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

 

PRAYING WHOLESALE PRAYERS

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day.

February 25, 2017

I was reading last night from “Life’s Ultimate Privilege,” by Devern Fromke.  I mentioned this book in a previous devotion, and it is on the suggested reading list.  In this book, the phrase, “wholesale praying,” caught my attention.

Wholesale praying is the way many of us often pray. Rather than praying for a specific need, we pray in generalities. For example, we may ask God to heal the sick. That covers a lot of territory, and of course, God is perfectly capable of healing the sick everywhere. How many of us lift our heads after a prayer like that and expect to see all the sick healed? God would have us pray specifically. “Lord, my friend John needs $95.36 to pay a bill.  I pray that You will supply that need.”

So why pray that way?  When we pray for specific needs, we must expect specific answers. It takes an extra measure of faith. Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is perceiving as fact, that which is not revealed to our senses.” To perceive our prayers as already having been answered even before we call is an act of great faith and a belief in a God that can do anything.

Praying with that kind of faith requires an intimacy with our Lord. When we know Him intimately, we won’t pray amiss. Asking for a million dollars to land on our doorstep is likely not a specific prayer He would answer. However, when we pray for a need that is clearly in His will, we can pray specifically and with confidence.

 

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Suggested reading and listening list:
Worship changes everything. Experiencing God in every moment of life
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

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

FOR IN MY WEAKNESS, CHRIST IS STRONG

YOUR DAILY MOMENT:  Inspirational thoughts to begin your day.
February 24, 2017

I read a quote today about strength and it reminded me of how often the Bible talks about strength.  First the quote: “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

Before you read further, stop and think of the Scripture verses that address strength. My first thought was Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” I suspect most readers think of that verse first. As I researched some of the many verses in the Bible regarding strength, the one that stood out to me was 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10. ” But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

When we understand our weakness, we realize our only choice is to depend on Him who gives us strength. We cannot do all things through Christ until we first realize we are weak, but He is strong.

Today, whatever your struggle, delight in your weakness so that Christ can be your strength.

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Suggested reading and listening list:
Worship changes everything. Experiencing God in every moment of life
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

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

 

FLYING BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS? TRY READING THE MANUAL.

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day.
February 23, 2017

Have you ever heard the phrase, “flying by the seat of your pants?” The phrase refers to trying to accomplish a task or mission for which you have no experience, no directions, manual, or help.  I tend to do that often. I prefer trying to figure it out myself and ultimately become so frustrated that eventually relent and ask for help or pick up a manual. I know it would be easier to just read the instructions first.

We are often like that when it comes to living the Christian life.  We want to do the right things, we want to live in a Christlike manner, we want to be obedient to God, but we are flying by the seat of our pants!  It would be so much easier if we picked up the manual, God’s Word, and became familiar with the instructions.  We could spend more time talking with and listening to the manufacturer; the God of the universe.

Let us resolve today, before starting the task of Christian living, to read the manual for awhile and talk with and listen to the manufacturer.  After doing those things, we can, with confidence, go about doing those tasks to which God has called us without flying by the seat of our pants.

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Suggested reading and listening list:
Worship changes everything. Experiencing God in every moment of life
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

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

HAVE A SPIRITUAL MUSCLE SPASM?


THERA CANE

I suspect most of you are wondering what is in the picture? I call it my “shepherd’s staff” because of its design.  It is not.  It is a Thera Cane and is a handy device to help get rid of those pesky back spasms or cricks in the neck that occur when we move, sleep, or sit in the wrong position for an extended period. Yesterday, I had a painful back spasm. It had been building for a couple of days and finally became unbearable.  I took my Thera Cane, my “shepherds staff,” and in a short while had relieved the area that was in spasm.  I have saved quite a few trips to the Chiropractor by using this simple little device.

Of course, there is an analogy to be made here. My “shepherd’s staff,” allows me to gently prod the muscle and break up the tightness that causes spasm.  When muscles stay in that condition, they could cause misalignment that would lead to problems elsewhere. The Thera Cane helps stop more serious muscle spasms before they start.

Similarly, the shepherd uses his staff to gently prod his sheep back into the fold before they get into trouble. If allowed to wander they could find themselves in great danger.

Our Good Shepherd, Jesus, does the same for us.  “All we like sheep have gone astray.” Isaiah 53:6. Having a sinful nature, try as we might, we can’t depend on our good intentions to keep us from going astray.  The further we are from His staff, the more likely we will become hopelessly lost. The closer we stay to the Shepherd, the easier it is for Him to keep our Spiritual muscles in good condition. 

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NOTICE THE THERA CANE LINK BELOW

Suggested reading and listening list:
Worship changes everything. Experiencing God in every moment of life
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

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

 

MARCHING INTO HELL FOR A HEAVENLY CAUSE

YOUR DAILY MOMENT- inspirational thoughts to begin your day.
February 21, 2017

I usually have music playing in my home throughout the day. Yesterday, my music of choice was Broadway songs. One song that I have always loved is,  “The Impossible Dream,” from the hit show,”Man of La Mancha.” ( Playwright, Dale Wasserman, Lyricist, Joe Darion, Composer, Mitch Leigh) I know that over my lifetime I have either listened to, played, or sung that powerful selection hundreds of times. Yesterday, as it was playing, one phrase stood out in a way I had never thought of before. The show and the music are not written in a Christian context, but I heard them as though they were.  As the lyrics develop the theme, they explain how one might achieve an impossible dream. The one phrase that grabbed me was, “to be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause.”  When I heard those words, the Spirit leaped in me.  I instantly thought, “that’s what Jesus did!”  Jesus marched into hell to achieve the heavenly cause of salvation.  Some theologians believe Jesus literally spent the time between His crucifixion and resurrection, in hell.  The Apostles Creed states that he descended to hell. Several verses of scripture support that belief, however, it is unclear and open to interpretation if He spent that time, literally, in hell. If it was not a literal hell, His suffering on the cross was a figurative hell. He achieved “the impossible.” I can’t comprehend that kind of commitment to a cause so that your sins and mine might be redeemed.

In America, we are sheltered and protected from religious persecution. There are, however, Christians around the word who are suffering their kind of hell to advance the Kingdom of God on earth.

Today, let’s thank God that Jesus marched into hell for our salvation . and pray for those who suffer persecution for the cause of the Gospel of Christ.

Suggested reading and listening list:
Worship changes everything. Experiencing God in every moment of life
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

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

FOR ME TO LIVE OR DIE IS CHIRST

YOUR DAILY MOMENT; inspirational thoughts to begin your day.
February 20,2017

Most Christians are familiar with Corrie Ten Boom.  She was the only member of her family to survive the Nazi concentration camp in which they were placed. That is a story for you to read. ( The link here is to only one of many of the great books she wrote. As you follow this link it will take you to other books by Corrie Ten Boom ) Corrie, in relating the horrors of the holocaust, became one of the most powerful voices for Christ in the twentieth century.

In my Sunday School class yesterday, while studying a passage in Philippians 4, our teacher spoke of a quote by Corrie Ten Boom. “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today or its strength.”
I suppose if anyone had reason to worry, it was Corrie.  Seeing the unimaginable atrocities of the death camps would be beyond what most of us Christians (who know not what it is to be persecuted for our faith ) could conceive. However, Corrie stood on her faith in Christ. I can imagine her saying, just as the Apostle Paul said, “for to me to live is Christ and to die is gain,” Philippians 1:21. There was no need to worry. Whether in life or in death nothing could ever happen to her that would separate her from Christ.

Most of us spend far to much time worrying and it saps us of our strength, and our ability to think clearly. Resolve today to live in the moment knowing nothing can ever happen today or tomorrow that will remove us from His hand.

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I strongly encourage you to visit the products page.  You will find the link at the top of this page.  I can personally recommend all these products, and they are very affordable. Today, I add several Corrie Ten Boom Books to the products page.
Be blessed,
Karen

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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WHAT DAY WERE YOU BORN?

YOUR DAILY MOMENT February 19,2017

Last night my husband and I, with some friends, had an early birthday celebration for another friend. The lovely lady for whom we had the party is a very young eighty three.  Until she was fifty-nine years old she had never seen a birth certificate and had always believed her date of birth to be February 23.  The family bible had the 23rd recorded as the day she was born and back then you believed what was written in the family history section of the bible. Upon receiving the official document she learned her birthday was February 24. From that time on she had two birthdays; one on the 23rd and one on the 24th.  She and her family always celebrated the date that her mother inscribed in the bible.  Eighty three years ago, especially in rural areas, it was not unusual for a country doctor to travel the county for a week, deliver a half dozen babies and try to remember what date each was born when the time came for him to complete the certificate. My friend believes the doctor was wrong. However, officially and legally her date of birth is February 24.

I tell you all this for two reasons.  First of all, in the grand scheme of things it is not important to know the exact time, place or date . The story does remind me that what is important is that God knew what day it would be before she was ever born.  From the beginning of time God not only knew the date, but how many hairs, if any, would be on her head.  He made her and designed every part of her being; physical, emotional and spiritual. From the beginning of time He loved her. She was “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13.

The second reason for telling you the story is that it is completely unimportant to know much, if anything, about your physical birth. You see, my friend would go on to have yet, another birthday; the day she was born into the family of God. On that day her name was not written in the family bible but in the Lambs book of life.  When she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior she was born again.  That day will be the only one that matters in eternity.

Today, celebrate your spiritual birth. Thank God for sending Jesus so that we all might be born again if we believe in Him and accept the gift of salvation.

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I strongly encourage you to visit the products page.  You will find the link at the top of this page.  I can personally recommend all these products, and they are very affordable. 
Be blessed,
Karen

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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