One of the many things we chase after as human beings is joy. I admit I seek joy just as much as the next person. Yet, as I’ve gotten older, and hopefully wiser, I have come to learn that I have sought out joy in the wrong places. No, I’m not saying I’ve sought out “friends (or joy) in low places!” But I have through the years looked to things or people for my joy.
You can’t find your joy in others. Other things, other places, or other people. If I only had this house, that car, or wore the right clothing. Or if I could go to this vacation spot, live in this area or have that job. If I could only marry this person, have that kind of family, hang out with those people.
As the team here at Ask God Today Ministries has been sharing some of our Christmas memories and stories, I’d like to share mine with you today. Let’s just say that this particular memory taught ME a lesson about Christmas from a three year old!
Listen in as I explain how that three year old impacted my Christmas so many years ago!
Hi I’m Tammy Karasek. I’m one of the contributing writers here at Ask God Today Ministries and as we are celebrating Christmas this month of December, we’ve all decided to share a little Christmas memory or story with you. And I’m happy to share mine with you.
I must confess that I’m a (more…)
When I hear the word harvest, I immediately think of gathering.
Near where I live, farmers have been gathering the last of their grain to store up for the winter to come.
When I read the following scripture, I had to me stop and re-read it, as it wasn’t speaking about my normal thought of what a harvest would be.
“And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (James 3:18 ESV)
A “harvest of righteousness.” This expression made me pause to try to understand it more clearly. So I dug farther. I looked up the various definitions of both harvest and righteous. (more…)
by Tammy Karasek
May always brings thoughts of joy and sadness for me. My grandma’s birthday is this month, and she would have been 105 years old tomorrow (5/16/15). I lost her 46 days before her 100th birthday in 2010. I often say, “Oh, if I could just have one more day with my grandma.” So many questions I’d ask, so many things I would love to tell her. I wish she could know what a great example she was to me, how much I truly miss sitting and holding her hand as she tells me a sweet story of “down home.”
My grandma was always such an inspiration to me in my walk with the Lord even when I didn’t understand what her life exemplified to my young heart and mind. She totally lived out the example in Titus Two:
“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” (Titus 2: 3-5)
My memory is (more…)
by Tammy Karasek
Have you ever shown up for work, whether a volunteer project or paid job, with a bad or less than excited attitude and just decided to do the bare minimum that was required of you?
Yeah, me neither!
Okay, so that’s false! I have to say that I’m not proud of the fact that I have done so more times than I’d care to admit.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
But what’s the difference, right? The job was done. What’s the problem?
Well, there’s a big problem. Whether you have raised your hand to volunteer for a project or have been hired and will be paid for a job, there are certain (more…)