resurrection season

by admin on March 26, 2015

Behold the Lamb

 

This weekend the Christian world celebrates Palm Sonday. Ron Drake, our Pastor, has always referred to it as Lamb Selection Day. This is the day God instructed Moses to tell the people of Israel to choose a lamb, an unblemished lamb, for their Passover meal, which would be five days later. You can read the Biblical account here. A good commentary on this event can be found here.

Bear with me for a moment and let’s go back to our brother’s, John the Baptizer’s, encounter with his cousin Jesus at the time He came upon John at the Jordan River baptism site. John, with his blustery, boisterous voice, and wild appearance, was passionately preaching to the throngs of people, that One greater than He would come – One whom John did not consider himself worthy to (even) loosen His sandal strap. The very next day, we can imagine that John was standing in the river with folks lined up to be baptized, when he looked up and saw Him (I get God-bumps on my arms as I type that), the first thing out of his mouth…

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1.29

And, this weekend we enter into the season of great sorrow and great triumph. Our Lamb was slain; our Lion of Judah resurrected, ascended, and, will, indeed return one day with a mighty roar!

This holy season is also filled with celebration and happy events for our little ones. Egg hunts, baskets, bunnies, chocolate, jelly beans – there is nothing wrong with those things when they are secondary to the Real Event. Let’s teach our children well and make blessed memories in the teaching!

 (An Easter vignette on our dining room table!)

I’ve written an excellent story (one of my most favorite!), based on Scripture and a lot of “reading between the lines”, about the man Malchus – you know, the one hot-headed Peter sliced his ear off in the Garden of Gethsemane (Biblical account here)? It is a read-aloud story for e.readers and it will be offered FREE beginning at 12.01 a.m. March 27 and ending at 11.59 p.m. on March 28. I believe you will enjoy it as much as your children will! The Amazon link is right here. If you miss the freebie, or just want it NOW, it is only a 99 cent download! Do me a fave, if you do read it? Please leave a review on Amazon – for some reason :) I love to read your words!

xo

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dare to be a daniel

by admin on March 25, 2015

I’ve been reading the Old Testament book of Daniel. I am reading it s.l.o.w.l.y. because it is like a treasure chest! You open it and all the good stuff keeps pouring out! And, as it is pouring out, I want to be sure that every gem pours IN, to my spirit. The book opens with Daniel being a young, smart, faithful (approximately) 15-year old Jewish boy. He and his three friends (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) find themselves in the king’s palace, at the very beginning of the exile of the Jews into Babylon.

Most of us know the Bible story from Sonday School about Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo (new names given the friends mentioned above) in the fiery furnace in Daniel chapter 3. It is a (true) story of hope and redemption. The book of Daniel continues to draw one in.

The entire book of Daniel is packed tight with nuggets of gold! In just twelve chapters, Daniel ages 70 years and writes what was revealed to him about the End Times. It is a book of adventure, angelic encounters, kings that grow claws and graze on grass, mysterious writing on walls, and, it will raise the hair on your skin and make you faint of heart.

Daniel is confident in his God and bold in his faith. In chapter 9, at 82-years of age, he prays one of the most humble, powerful, and moving prayers of the entire Bible. It’s something how boldness comes with aging! He takes upon himself all of Israel’s sin and goes before the LORD God, in sorrow and repentance pleading for forgiveness and mercy. As I read this prayer, my spirit leapt within me and I began to cry out for my family. This family of mine that has been blessed by generational blessings and faithful prayers by Grandparents and great Grandparents. I had to adopt Daniel’s heartfelt words and pray them back to The One who cares the most. The One who loves greater than I am able…

Daniel 9_17_19

 

If Daniel can be so bold, then so can I!

xo

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in Truth. 3 John 4

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carol’s g-free cream cheese spread

March 24, 2015




Tweet Email  Ingredients (fuzzy Kindle-app photo!) Carol’s G-Free Cream Cheese Spread This stuff is so good to have around. It is low-carb, high-protein, gluten-free, and just plain yummy. We love it. It’s great on G-free crackers, celery, or carrot stix. Easily doubled for larger quantity. Here’s what you need: 1-8 oz package of cream cheese, […]

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welcome home, kara tippetts

March 23, 2015




Tweet Email I have been reading Kara’s blog for some time now – what an amazing woman she is and what a difficult story she was given to live out. Yesterday, Kara lost her battle to cancer but won the Victor’s crown. I know, beyond a shadow of doubt, sweet Kara will truly rest in […]

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five minute friday: real

March 20, 2015




Tweet Email Joining the flash mob of writers over at Kate’s place today. Interesting word too, should conjure up some great posts! REAL-ly! Five minutes for REAL. I’m ready, set, go… I am going to keep it real today. I am confessing to you, my friends, my nemesis. I am a neat person. I do […]

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early spring wonder!

March 18, 2015




Tweet Email March (5th) Full “Worm” Moon – caught early in the morning as it was lowering in the western sky!  Went to Statesville to visit the fam’ this past weekend and, of course, Spring is sprung THERE – brought some home with us!  Mr. or Mrs. Fox Squirrel robbing the birdfeeder outside the kitchen […]

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five minute friday: plan

March 13, 2015




Tweet Email It’s finally Friday! The day we gather over at Kate’s for an impromptu flash mob of writing! Today’s one word? PLAN. Lots of ideas rolling in my head, so let’s get to it…     Five minutes…begins now…     When I saw plan, at least three things popped. Jeremiah 29.11 Proverbs 16.9 […]

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leaning

March 11, 2015




Tweet Email Have you noticed how words and sayings become trendy? I’ve noted the term “lean in” has become popular among bloggers. I went back through my book, The 31 Days of Hope, and realized I had used that term in one of the devotions, trends tend to be catchy! And, trends are interesting. My […]

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what i learned in february

March 10, 2015




Tweet Email I’m doing it again! For some reason, this is a difficult exercise in writing. Not sure why. Maybe because it’s so personal and revealing??? Here goes… Emily Freeman, a fellow North Carolina sister, writes over at Chatting in the Sky and she does this monthly review and asks bloggers to join her. I’m going […]

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five minute friday: gather

March 6, 2015




Tweet Email I missed FMF for the past two weeks because Hubs, Sam the dog, and I left the frozen tundra of our mountain home and went to sunny Florida for 12 glorious days. Basically, I unplugged from all social media, save for an occasional glance-over on my Kindle of my work emails and Facebook, […]

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