April 23rd, 2014
This weekend was so beautiful. After such a harsh winter, any sunny days that allow green grass to show….is bordering on the edge of sweet summertime and let’s go swimming weather.
I don’t lie. The slightest bit of warmth equals people outside doing fun-in-the-sun activites.
Just passing by…
Someday, we’ll have to get our own bikes. Not share just one.
There was even a little sun bathing on the back patio. It’s been covered with old carpeting and snow for too long.
Everyone enjoyed the weather outside.
I love spring!!!
April 21st, 2014
Yesterday, I posted my family's obligatory Easter pics on Facebook for the whole world to see because doesn't everyone want to see how much older other families look? Or how everyone has changed and gotten fatter? Of course they do. By this morning the pictures had generated over 60+ likes or comments. As I read through the names I couldn't help but think of what each person means to me or my family. Every person, special for one reason or another. Then, I pictured that friend in my mind and thought about the joys, struggles, grief and pain each of them live with everyday. What a great opportunity for me to pray for my friends and family!
Who doesn't need prayer?
Life is full of ups and downs, joys, sorrow… good days, bad and victories too. Knowing the lives of friends and family (you & I) have a window into what they need most. So, why not pray for them?
You went all-out when you filled my heart and life up with friends & family. Thank you for each one of them. Help me to honor them and influence each one for YOUR GLORY!
Now how about some Easter pictures!!!
Ally, Gavin & Gates…proof that God loves me lavishly!
I still can't believe how fast this day came… grown up kids on Easter 2014!
My favorite man!
I hope your weekend was as beautiful as ours! He is risen, friends!
April 18th, 2014
Nothing in this world can match what Jesus did on the cross for me (and you). No pay it forward, no extreme home make-over, no jackpot lottery win…nothing compares to this act of love.
Jesus Christ died…for me and for you.
My hope is found in Him.
Today as I thank God for my salvation and my future in heaven…I can’t do it without remembering what it cost. His life for mine. So, knowing me like I do…I feel overwhelmed with gratitude.
Jesus’ death was horrible and wicked but did it for me anyway.
Thank you Jesus. Your love for me is never ending. Your sacrifice is too much for my heart to take in. Thank you for dying for me.
April 17th, 2014
How often do we say that to someone and then never do it? If you're like me, you don't NOT pray for them because you don't care or are a big liar. It's just easy to overlook or forget. Maybe we've even gotten a little weak in our prayer life.
No one modeled prayer quite like Jesus did.
On the night before His crucifixion Jesus went to the garden with the apostles to pray. He knew the task at hand was going to need serious prayer. It was to be His biggest act of love so far and while He was certainly God in flesh…..He prayed that His Father God would let this cup pass if there were ANY OTHER WAY.
Scripture records that Jesus prayed so hard and with such agony that an angel came to comfort Him. Only hours away from His arrest, Jesus continued to pray there in Gethsemane while His followers fell into a restful sleep nearby. He needed strength, the kind that comes from God and He needed His followers to join in with that petitioning.
I can't imagine a need greater than sacrificing your life for all mankind. It just doesn't match up to anything I've ever had to struggle with or pray about. Yet, every prayer I've ever uttered matters to God. Every tiny little stress that I've cried over and each request I've offered up….He hears and cares about. No matter how small.
As I think of my Lord on this Maundy Thursday, I praise Him for His love for me and I'm inspired by His willingness to pray for "any other way" and YET accept the answer with a love like no other.
It's only a matter of time now…..the soldiers will be here soon.
Won't you pray?
April 16th, 2014
Judas would bargain with the life of Jesus for 30 silver pieces and then have the nerve to question him (the Lord Jesus), "Is it me, Rabbi?". Reading the scripture (Matthew 26:14-25) of that Passover meal moment today….most of us find it rather gutsy or even downright disgusting.
Who betrays Jesus? Who betrays Jesus in the worst of ways and then behaves as if he knows nothing about it?
I do and you do too.
In my new church, communion is offered each service… which is new for me (a good ole Baptist girl). Every week, I find myself clearing out piles of garbage from my heart as I sit reflecting on what Christ Jesus has done for me. As I think on this "new to me" church practice, I recognize how much I actually look forward to it. I think it has something to do with my need for heart accountability along with my personal opportunity to thank HIM for what HE has done for me. His death…..gives me life.
I may not recieve 30 silver pieces for betraying Christ…but I teeter on the edge of making my own self look good when I try to fit in with people around me and by conforming to those who are not in alignment with God. It may be in some simple way that I blow off the Lord for something I want selfishly but betrayal it all is just the same. Like Judas, my reward is regret and sorrow.
I think about how Judas must have felt once he realized just what he had done to Jesus. Then, I think about how many times I've been just as neglectful with my relationship with Christ. While I haven't handed my Lord over to murderers….I have pretended to be cooler than I am and skipped out on opportunities to share Jesus with people in my midst (maybe too afraid to speak up). Either way, I have NO room to judge Judas. I'm just as pathetic as every other sinner.
But, good news. Jesus knew all along how awful I would be and that I would need Him & His forgiveness. So, on to Calvary He went…
I'm guilty. I betray you. I neglect you. Yet you still love me. Forgive me for my pathetic faith and renew in me a fire that no one or thing can squelch!
April 15th, 2014
Every step Jesus walked…..He knew what lay ahead of Him. He understood the mockery, He was completely aware of every stone that would be thrown and He kept moving forward towards Calvary.
For me….for you!
Because He couldn’t leave us as we were…
He understood how much we needed a Savior. He was willing to suffer. It’s funny how we throw around such words as suffering or inconvenienced in our everyday lives.
Friends, we do not know suffering.
You, the God of all….love me! I will shout to the world, YOU ARE MIGHTY and I am YOURS!