Today I drove my son's girl friend to the airport so she could board a plane to head to the Philippines... She teaches advanced math at a local high school here in NC, but got a call that her mother had a heart attack and was in a coma, her organs were shutting down...and it was a matter of time. As I dropped her off at her terminal, we prayed together and I got back in the car for the hour drive home.
That morning I had been cleaning out boxes I had stored in my closet. and I had found a cd entitled My Jesus is Everything by Anne Graham Lotz... I listened to it 4 times between the airport and home... this is it... truth spoken...
You can have all this world.... just give me Jesus...
I LOVE Holy week activities unfortunately none of the local churches had all three, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Morning.. to concentrate I believe on these events really embeds the great work Christ did for us...
Here was my facebook post:"We all die, fact.... but only one, who lead a perfect life, could over come death.... Jesus, it proves he is what he said he was... The Christ, the One we have been looking for.... not only was he a sacrifice for my wrong doings... but His resurrection gives us a hope and a promise that those who believe in Him will have eternal life, since through this death and resurrection we have become adopted sons and daughters..... of God...how awesome is that!"
Despite the lack of " High Church", and a large crowd for Easter, we did enjoy brunch at one of our favorite restaurants with my inlaws and Christopher. ( Continued prayers for Mom in law please as she goes in for her 3rd infusion on Tuesday)
..AND I was able to see her beautiful azaleas..
and I was also able to have a nice visit with Josh as we went to visit my Mom...
AND I got to spend some time with this one a couple days...
I made a lemon pound cake from the last Taste of Home magazine... not very lemony but great texture.
..because I have great friends,I also received this handmade sweet little bunny for my "Bunnyville" collection...
Its the beginning of another busy week...but remember Christ has conquered death!
what a trying week this past has been. Any time I have to find a new groove and my old groove is rattled, I get off kilter. Unfortunately my Mom is the same way... so two folks whose personalities crave sameness... one with dementia, one who has never cared for an elderly person with dementia, add and extra dog in the mix.... well... you get my drift...
1. We gave Vika a journaling Bible for Christmas this past year and in it was a Bible reading plan. Chris, Christopher, Vika and I decided to read the Bible thru this year together. Our conversations and the daily feeding of ourselves with the WORD has been a strong encouragement as each of us are in a season of challenge.
2. This snowman mug was a gift from Jeremy , Kathy and Wyatt, along with a crochet bag and a beautiful set of crochet hooks. The neat thing about little shovel in the handle is it comes out...and is a perfect place to rest my crochet hook while I take a sip of tea! I have been crocheting a bunch lately...and Vika and Christopher rounded up the crochet goodness with a yarn bowl.
I love it! Hooking happily away!
3. ..and a cuppa comfort
Jamie, Emily and Jake gifted me these wonderful teas... I have been enjoying a special cup when I need a boost.
4. Hello Fresh. This is a weekly box for ingredients to prepare 3 meals that are unique and healthy. I LOVE trying new recipes , its something I really enjoy, new taste combinations, fresh herbs, but in this season a trip to the grocery for those ingredients is hard to do...so every Thursday Hello Fresh delivers everything I need for those three meals. I have so much fun following the recipes and creating new dishes.
I have a coupon code for 40.00 your first box if you would like to try. The click here and you can read all about it and the code is st.
When Mom moved in we signed up for basic cable so she could watch her shows. We rarely if ever watch TV, but lately, after we have given mom her evening ice cream and made sure she was settled in bed, we relax by watching this show. It has been a great stress buster to walk away from the computers and just visit with each other talking about the show and unwinding for the day...
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
I honestly wish I could say I was a " good" person, but the truth of the matter is I am filled with pride, envy, I have broken the commandments, I have not loved my neighbor, I have not put God first in my life...
Thankfully, God became flesh so that I might have a perfect sacrifice for all these sins, the evil, I have stuffed into my life... God in flesh is Jesus... my Hope, Joy, Peace and Love....I can rest in eternal security knowing that the best gift I have ever received is the gift of salvation I don't have to pay for my wrong doings, Jesus paid that price for me.
Tonight as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, if you have not asked Christ to be that savior ... that sacrifice for you... I pray you will...
From our house to yours, We wish you a Merry Christmas.. ~ Rejoice!
Continuing this Advent on the Names of Jesus, Lamb of God. One of the first Bible verses I memorized was John 1:29... Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world"...
This is a wonderful teaching tool for children.
In the Old Testament, the Child of Israel were required a perfect sacrifice as forgiveness of their sins, a lamb innocent and without blemish. But God's justice and God's love combined for the most perfect Lamb, Jesus Christ. . and this man Jesus, was totally man , totally God, innocent of sin, without blemish and he became our sacrifice.... for the forgiveness of sin so we might enter in to God's perfection... once this Lamb was sacrificed on the cross, those who are called are sin free in the eyes of God. Once for all, our sins are paid if we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord..... our Lamb... (Romans 10:9)
Saturday we were able to watch the God given earthly illustration to this perfect love with the wedding of Molly and Trent, a dear sweet girl I have known since she was 4. It was beautiful and marriage sermon was beautiful in declaring Christ's love for us.
Tomorrow I hope to have a lamb craft up to go with this lesson, in the mean time.. even a young child can memorize John 1:29... ( Hid the Word in their hearts!)
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15
Such a precious gift we have from God in Christ Jesus. The gift of free grace.... for while we were sinners, with out understanding of this special gift, Christ gave himself up, a perfect sacrifice for those sins. No strings attached, a gift.
Its a shame we buy into all the materialism of this season, when the perfect gift is right in front of us. I am guilty of it.... I buy the " one more thing" because there doesn't seem to be enough money in the world to show the folks in my life how much I love them. But the greatest gift we can give our children? Watering the seed of Christ Jesus.
wrap a box, have the family open this one first.... inside the box... put the word Jesus, our Indescribable Gift.
these words really touched my heart. While each of us has a different " earthly" religion, it reminded me so much that we are the church, together I pray it touches your heart as it did mine.... Thank you Vonna!
is a personal journey. It cannot be taught and many people both in the past and present scoff at it. I am one of those people that have never doubted. I was born and raised in the faith and I've always believed, no I've always known to the marrow of my bones - I've known. I've never strayed and I've always held firm to the rock. That doesn't mean I'm not a sinner.
(wait a minute while I quit laughing)...
I'm as sinful as they come, probably more sinful than most, but the fact remains that God planted a seed in my heart long before I was aware. That seed was nourished by my parents, by my grandparents and it grew. I know without a doubt that I'm to let my little light shine for all the world to see and that is what God intended. It is through testimony of one's faith that the Glory of God grows. Whether one believes it or not, is no matter to me. All I am to do is show that I live the life I do because of my faith. I don't care what denomination one may or may not prescribe to, cling to it. Share it, in a non-judgemental, loving way. Show it through your actions, through your deeds, through your light.
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Matthew 24:6
There doesn't seem to be very much peace right now in the world..... wars... rumors of wars...but with in us, the children of God understand that there is peace. Peace in knowing that no matter what our eternity is with Christ... the " Prince of Peace will defeat evil, and with evil defeated.... there will be peace.
The Names of Jesus Unit Study suggests drawing peace symbols ... all I can think of is the good old 70's.... and of course a dove.
I normally do not land on end times theology as a habit....but I found this video by Pastor Joe Fox informative. He is retired special forces I believe... he has creds ...
So, be alert.... but also remember we have a Prince of Peace.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6