Part 2:  Relationships Are Hard, By Karen Rowe


Jesus Gives Us Our Sight, By Karen Rowe


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Daily Devotion to God’s Holy Word.

Part 2:  Relationships Are Hard, By Karen Rowe

Dear Friends,

I want to begin by boldly looking you in the eye and telling you the good news of Jesus Christ.  He was beaten and bruised for you.  He was crucified for you.  He died.  And Three (3) Days later after he died, Jesus was Resurrected.  Jesus loves you.  Jesus did all this for you that if you believe on Him and the work that He did for you, you can have eternal life with God.

Friends, this is for you – and for all men, women – even for you; and for those you might not like.  If you believe, just ask Jesus to come into your heart. Salvation through and by Jesus will come in to you; and you will not perish, but have eternal life.


When you receive this, you will never be the same.

I have had Jesus in my heart for a long time; I don’t ever remember not having Jesus in my heart.  I have always believed.  And, I did say the prayer of Salvation with Billy Graham; and I have been Baptized by faith; because Jesus guided my heart to be.

May I share a testimony with you again at this time?  Do you remember me writing about the woman who ran the bus-stop sign?  Do you remember the end of that testimony, I believe she was a Christian too?  Do you remember me writing how, we both argued about who was wrong; and how disturbing that was to the Holy Spirit who dwells in me?  Do you remember how I called my husband after she sped off laughing at me – convinced she had won something?  Friends, I remember that day, like it was yesterday, because in some ways it was.  Why do I share this with you today?  Because of what Jesus did for me!

I want to retell the part about how my peace was gone when all I wanted to do was to pray for a “flower-pot” to fall on her head; BUT I knew I couldn’t!  Friends, does it sound so familiar in Today’s arguments about who is wrong and despicable that they are in the position that they are in?  Either way of the spectrum, Salvation has come to me; and I can still say, I still see photos of what I see as despicable and cringe inside of me at the audacity of what I view as wrong – as the enemy deceives the world.  But in Christ, we are not of the world; we live in the world with a purpose.

I didn’t name the names – I will simply say, “the other leading brand.”  Can you agree that you might have an opinion too?  God will help you & me, regardless of which side we might be standing from the agreement God calls us to that is 1st with God’s will be done.  Isn’t that the prayer Jesus taught the 1st followers to pray; and Jesus prayed himself:  “…nevertheless, not my will Father, but your will be done.”  The Holy Spirit will either correct our way of thinking to His; or He will give us the freedom to love / not hate to pray for others for the good of both our souls; and especially for the benefit of our inner peace Jesus died and was resurrected to give us His Peace.


So, on my drive – angry and filled with hate; let’s get real, if it is not love for another person; it is either hate or indifference; neither of which are love.  So, please be patient with me as I am honest; it was an ugly disturbance to my inner peace; BUT GOD!


I noticed

one thing more powerful than my anger.

On my drive, I noticed one thing more powerful than my anger.  My peace was missing!  Sure, I still remembered her mocking smile as she sped off blaming me; and admitting no sorrow for almost killing me; and thank you Lord for protecting our son crossing that street.  But I noticed one thing more powerful than my anger – My Peace of Jesus was missing!

I prayed, I rebuked the devil, I claimed the blood of Jesus, I did everything I knew to regain my peace with Jesus; BUT NOTHING WORKED!  UNTIL, something happened by God’s loving Grace!  Forgiveness poured down my throat like warm oil and in that very moment, I forgave her and began praying for her like I had never prayed for someone I HAD hated before.  The Holy Spirit did that!


Forgiveness poured down my throat like warm oil and in that very moment, I forgave her and began praying for her like I had never prayed for someone before.


I don’t hate anyone.  But I feel that gouge when I see people hate Jesus.  I have come close to that feeling a time or two, but friends, hate is exhausting.  Love is of God.  Friends, when we attempt to act on our emotions and of what we see, think or form an opinion about someone, it is in opposition to God.  Fighting with God is exhausting!  But when we come to rest in knowing that Jesus fights our battles for us; there is peace in knowing that “For God has So loved the world.”  Jesus come not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

I pray warm oil pours over you too in this moment to love people and pray for those whom you disagree with.  I suggest that if you are young, please don’t dismiss this as old-fashioned, because you are intelligent and have a degree or two.  Let the Lord paint a different picture to you that you might be fighting against God; and the devil has you convinced you are standing up for what is good?


I merely suggest that we each look to God for His Response – in how am I to respond to the wrongs we see rampant in the world?  Friends, relationships are hard:  Hence the Title:  Part 2:  Relationships Are Hard, By Karen Rowe, but Jesus is Peace; and Wisdom comes through and by reading the word of God with the Holy Spirit directing our mind in how we must change the way we think.  My hand is up first!  That is why I study the Bible!  God corrects my way of thinking to be transformed more like Jesus.


Hanging above my computer as I typed this, I looked up:












Author Unknown


We see people all over the United States of America divided on what we stand.  Can we stand divided?  However, In God We Trust, still stands.  We see relationships with those we CAN’T UNDERSTAND shocking us in what each might believe.  I could name a few people who disagree with me; and I could name more that agree with me, but all that matters if I agree with God. Is there Peace?


What God Knows About Me

… any tendency whatever to lead me to be careless about pleasing God.

When you do this then you will know me and you will know true happiness and peace.


I grew up in an era in which a television commercial was not allowed to say anything bad about the competitor.  For example:  If a Tide Laundry Detergent commercial come on, it would use words, like “The Other Leading Brand;’ Audiences respected respect to the name.   Even to the name of another laundry detergent, called Cheer.   How much more valuable are we to God?

How much more valuable are we to God?

We have watched this evolve, like we have seen the shock factor wear off gradually with many things that are not acceptable with God; and, have become VIEWED by the world, like it is acceptable behaviors in the way we respect the name of God; and the names of other people.

Jesus is Love; God Is Love is a Different Love.

I watched people looting a moving train yesterday; and all I could see is a people following people.  It was mass destruction; but all I could see was where was the love in their life?  Did they not know?  Have they not seen?  Jesus.  And, friends, this is another call on our life as the Church:  To Demonstrate the True Christ Jesus to those who may not have ever seen (known or believed) this love God has for the world.

If that was you yesterday, can I be one of the 1st to tell you that Jesus loves you anyway!

I don’t have to spell it out for you, but can you agree?  that there are moral indecencies that the world has set into motion that have become more comfortable to see; but for those of us who follow Jesus; still we rest on what God’s Word says.  PEACE.  Not everyone is going to agree with God.  And, I am sorry if I cause offense, but Jesus come to cause offence, so that we can see the Salvation of the Lord working in all life.  Yes, I am also speaking to me.  Hence the title today:  Relationships are Hard, Part 2; and right after Understanding comes through and by understanding, Part 1; and brought to placement with the Intro, Have your lips been touched by the Coal? (from the Book of Isaiah).


Spend more time on this thought:

Jesus loves people; and Jesus died, was buried, and 3 days later He was Resurrected, so that through Jesus the Christ, we might believe to receive God’s Spirit of Grace; and Eternal Life.


Personal choices of right and wrong thoughts, actions, lifestyles … any choice that we can make are between a personal relationship between [“Just Jesus.” and me]Thoughts are simply opinions, before our thought comes into agreement with the Word of God.  For this reason, I write to you as a way to shed light on what the enemy of God has been up to for a long time –this is not just a recent current of events.

When the shock factor wears off, people tend to get comfortable believing what the world says; doing or saying what is offensive to God / and or offensive to others.  Just because someone agrees with us does not make us more intelligent / neither an expert on any subject.  What really matters is that we “Roll our thoughts upon the LORD, [COMMIT and TRUST them WHOLLY to GOD], and He will cause our thoughts to become agreeable to God’s will; and THUS our thoughts will be established and succeed.” That Wisdom is written in the Book of Proverbs … Chapter 16 and Verse 3; I believe?  The point is,  The more a human being mind accepts that a behavior is okay and not deemed as wrong (if everyone else is doing it), the more that person will tend to follow the wave that is set in motion; and be deceived by the enemy of God.

Why do I write you?

Why do I write you?  Because God loves you; and the Lord has been heavy laden for you; Jesus wants you to know how much He loves you; for you to lay your burdens down before His feet and take up your cross and follow Him.  And, The Bible is filled with Wisdom waiting to help you, SO THAT, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (Ephesians 4:14, KJV).”


Spend more time on this thought:

Matthew 7:5, KJV

In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads: Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; … You hypocrite! First, remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.


The Lord has revealed His thoughts to me about these things, and I would like to invite you to open your Bible to a couple of verses; and pray with me; that we Be the Change.

“Lord, we thank you for loving us so.  Please pour out your love on us that we can love others in the same way that God is Love.  Pour out your amazing Grace before our eyes, that eyes will open and see beyond the present and into the eternity of Whom you are.  Open our ears to hear in your word that you use all things for the power of your Glory to be seen through all men.  Father, I thank you for hearing our prayer.  Help me write, as you help us all hear.  Lord let the reader know that Your goal is that Jesus is seen in us, not me, but Jesus seen in us – The Church.”  And, in Jesus Name, I pray amen.



Intro into Part 2: 

What Reflections did you draw from Matthew Chapter 13:24-30; & 36-43 ?

If you have not studied that Chapter, please pause to go do so now.  I invite you to return; and continue reading, if the Lord puts it on your heart to do so.

If you are returning; Continuing on…

By now, I hope you have also read:  The IntroPart 1


Part 2:  Relationships Are Hard, By Karen Rowe


Relationships in this world are hard.  But that is just it!  We are here to help each other grow in the love God has for us; and to help others see the love God has for them.

Relationships ?

What makes them hard?

What makes them easy?

When we aren’t heard, understood = when we disagree?


I believe sight goes much deeper than being understood … Faith.


Being understood can only happen when we begin losing our vision . . . Faith.


Like now that a revelation has come to me this morning, oh how I wish I could have understood why my mom would want to rely on my sight.


Don’t we want people [we care about] to want to help us?

Don’t we want people to understand how we feel?

Don’t we want people to understand why we say what we say, think what we think and feel the way we feel … what is real inside of us?


Don’t we want people to understand how we feel?



Don’t we want people to understand what is impossible?

Or is it impossible?



Could you agree we can only understand what we can understand?

Would you agree, that understanding comes through and by understanding?  Hence the title of Part 1:  Understanding Comes Through & By Understanding, Part 1, By Karen Rowe

We can NOT conjure up understanding.

The Holy Spirit has taught me:

When we feel, we need to realize (that feeling of right or wrong) is VERY REAL inside of us.  But, we must learn how to get it (that very real emotion) out of the inside of us & to the outside of us; and in the right way.

The Holy Spirit taught me like this:

We must Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us transform that VERY REAL feeling (not in the form of gossip), BUT in the form of a prayer – as we lean on Jesus; to get what is real (real emotions / right or wrong) from on the inside of us; to the outside of us.

Peace!  And Power!

See?  Not in the form of a Gossip Release that splashes all over people.

Rather in the form of a prayer that the Spirit flows over all people.


Understanding God’s View can come to us through and by Christ …  IF we lean in on Jesus and seek our understanding from the Source of understanding, which is our Creator and Father Himself.

Yes, first we must be Born-Again spiritually through and by believing in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ!  And, this confession of Jesus is what it takes for our Creator to become our Father!  And, then we always still need Him still!  We can never outgrow our need for the Creator; nor the Father, which are one in the same!  It is Jesus, whom transforms the Relationship we have with our Creator!

It is Jesus, whom transforms the Relationship we have with our Creator!

To Our Father …

Have you ever noticed when you just need a word of greater understanding & think, Surely someone has taught on This? … & then open the Bible and discover it has been written.  Understanding brings peace.





Have you ever gotten your feelings hurt, because your intent was misunderstood; in fact not understood;  and in other words, left you feeling the love you have in you was rejected?


I believe that is how God can feel, except that God understands all things!


How did this revelation begin?

I got my feelings hurt.  I felt rejected.   BUT God knew my heart!  And, in fact I wasn’t rejected at all.  God revealed to me through His Word how I was feeling; why I felt like I felt; and He assured & comforted my searching mind with the Solution has already come!  Grace! And, the message God has really revealed to me is that we MUST let each other grow up around us!  Our position is to grow in Christ too!


See this Picture of Jeremiah.

I felt rejected & wondered why. I didn’t tell God I wanted to cry. By Faith, I did a few good things that served in what I felt in my heart I should do (IN SPITE OF HOW I FELT).
During that time, I hear the voice of the Lord say to me, it is because of enmity!
I know this word! But Lord, I need to understand.
I began to read / research the Bible’s definition of enmity.
I said, Lord, BUT what is the SOLUTION? I know it is Christ! Help me understand HOPE in Jesus MORE and MORE!
Then, I opened my Bible – It opened to the Book of Jeremiah .
The Lord said, don’t turn the page – LOOK at what I say!



Friends, could you agree that as a people, Don’t we want people to understand our view?  What we see, how we think & why we say what we say what we say … what is real inside of us?


Let us begin!


What is the difference in what we think?


What is real on the inside of you that is, would be, might be, or could be rejected by someone?  And why can’t we all agree?


There can only be one right answer after all; right?


Actually; there are two answers we all must address:


  1. Our carnal mind thinks one way.
  2. Our spiritual mind thinks God’s way [As we are in fact Born-Again in the Mind of Christ (The Holy Spirit of God)].


The Bible says in 1 John 4:1-5

1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.




And, so we have this messed up blend down here on this earth as we are all born dependent 》 to grow independent 》 to grow dependent = till we all see the same; we need the Spirit of God in us to live.


Whew!  That was a mouthful!  Will you read that again if you don’t see the spiritual growth in picture form?


We need Jesus & the Holy Spirit is our new eyes & new Mind in Christ to see as God sees.




God already knows what you are going through in not being understood.


God knows why.


God knows the outcome;


Jesus will reveal to you to see Him in the right time …


And there is more …


Let’s wrap this up!

Have you ever noticed when you just need a word of greater understanding & think, Surely someone has taught on This & then open the Bible and discover it has been written.

Understanding brings Peace.




The Lord said it is enmity.

I asked, Lord, What is the Solution?

I prayed; looking at a deeper understanding of enmity.  The Lord opened up to me the Book of Jeremiah  31 beginning verse 15.


The Lord said, don’t turn the page.  I was trying to go to Genesis; but the Lord strongly convinced me not to turn the page.


I wrote, Appreciate any teaching.



The Lord reveals to us what we need and when we need it.


SO to wrap this up?


  • Carnal nature
  • Spiritual nature


  1. How can we see before we get There?
  2. How can we understand until we comprehend?
  3. How can we agree before we understand we can’t agree?


  • When does agreement happen?

When we agree to agree that we can’t agree  …  [Referring to “in the carnal nature mind”].


I used to have difficulty in believing that statement, because I could only see that there was ONE mind in Christ.   I used to think it was bogus to say, “we agree to disagree” … Because to me that was disrespectful to Jesus, when Jesus has made it so we can agree.  BUT, and but; I couldn’t see what he already understood spiritually.  None of us are growing at the same levels.




We can’t argue with those who can’t understand the impossibles we might have already been blessed to see as possible through and by Jesus.  See?    What we see as in one way; God is working Salvation for all in many ways! … And, for the benefit of all who might believe.


Peace be with you.

God is working Salvation out for all men!

And, God is still in America!


There is not just one mind at work down here, when we are in Christ!  Okay, hold on; Yes there is ONE MIND in and of God; and through and by Christ Jesus.  YET, Jesus has made the Mind of God available to humans now too!  So, if we have been truly Born-Again, There are many minds at work down here on earth (Human minds (souls) & the Mind of Christ).  Every level of growth known to man – God understands!    It is the way God made it; and the way sin has dictated nature to be.  That, here and now there is a battle going on within our minds constantly; and in our relationships, which should always begin and end with God being at the center of (as far as it depends on me).  See, we can’t change minds, but Jesus can change ours!  Just Be The Change, because Jesus has won that Victory for us in Christ!


Many minds … each of us have 2 minds (IF we have been truly Born-Again).  We still have the old self (carnal nature way of thinking that is enmity against God.  BUT, we also have been blessed by Grace with a new mind in Christ that we must be trained in to follow, trust in and obey. The New Mind is Powerful in Jesus the Christ.  Thank you Jesus!  And To God be the Glory!


Why must we be trained in the Mind of Christ?  Because we don’t want to admit it is me that needs to grow; and emotions get in our way.   We think.  We feel.   And emotions get in our way.   BUT God brings us understanding, so that we can communicate in the Mind of Christ.  Lord, I pray to bring us Understanding so that we can be what wheat is meant to be!



What is the wheat good for ?


At this time, please pause to pray for understanding; and go read about the purpose God has for you in your life.


Reflecting:  What revelations have you drawn from Matthew Chapter 13:24-30; & 36-43 ?


Growing:   What Reflections can you draw from 2 Corinthians Chapter 10:

 (KJV and take a look at NLT):   Verses 1, 2, 3, 4 … 3, 4, 5 … 7, 8


Believing:  HOW?  Do you know what Isaiah says?  Prepare for Part 3 by reading Isaiah Chapter 6.




I hope you have / or will read:  The Intro; and, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5:



Up Next?  Part 3:  How Do We Agree With God?  By Karen Rowe



It is a different Love!  Jesus!  Follow Jesus!

Love in Christ,

and the Hope in Today Ministries, Team!  We need each other to get to where God calls us to go!





Jesus peers before us, so He already knows … Faith in Christ is where all blessings from God are discovered! Follow Jesus and Trust in God. There is no fear in Love, but perfect love drives out fear. That’s why there is a calm that comes over you when you hear the Word of God preached. And that is why fear creeps in AT you when you hear the media preach. JESUS calms the storms and there is no mountain Satan can build high enough that faith IN CHRIST can’t tear down. Jesus is the name above all names.

Faith pleases God. And it is impossible please God without faith.

BUT LET a man EXAMINE himself, AND SO LET him eat OF THAT bread, and drink OF THAT cup.
1 Corinthians 11:28 KJV

FOR THIS CAUSE many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
1 Corinthians 11:30 KJV

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
James 1:12 KJV


And, Always Remember 2 Things!

1.  When you receive this, you will never be the same!

2.  God for us.  God with us.  God in us. 

NOW … Believing on Jesus, 


After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)

Holy Spirit You are Welcome Here!

And to God be the Glory!

Love in Christ,




Holy Spirit encourage the readers today.  Lift our minds higher to God’s Thoughts.  Bless those who will receive.  And, keep molding our hearts to be always ready to bloom for the glory of God to be a blessing to us all.

and pray …in the Spirit of the Most Holy God.  God knows what He is doing.

Love in Christ,
Karen Rowe

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If you have questions, we are here to help …

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…till next time! 

Love in Christ,

Karen Rowe

Personal Motto:  “I don’t have it all figured out, BUT GOD DOES … Follow JESUS!”
Personal Revelation Life Verse:  And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him (1 John 4:16 HCSB)

Thank you Jesus!
Holy Spirit you are welcome here!

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