Monday, April 13, 2015

You Were Created For.....

 
Hi friend!!!


Happy Monday Morning!
 
 Have you ever wondered what you were created for?

Are you living the life God intends for you to live?
 
Or are you playing things safe and never taking risks or trying something new?

Following God's purpose may not feel safe and may seem like it's too big, or hard, or not you {or whatever excuse you want to use}, but it's when we live the way God planned for us that we truly live.

 
"A ship in harbor is safe,
but that is not what ships are built for."
John A. Shedd
photo courtesy of Photobucket
 
When I create a quilt I expect it to be used for warmth and comfort. If it were to be kept safe on a closet shelf it would not be fulfilling the purpose I created it for. And that would make me sad. There's a lot of planning, time and love that goes into the making of each one of my quilts.
 
I wonder if it makes God sad when we play things safe and don't live each day fully? When we refuse to try new things....  especially things He is placing on our hearts to do or talents He's given us to use.
 
Starting today, let's choose to live brave and fulfill our God given purpose. 
 
Because you see, friend.......
 

"We weren't made to just survive the day.
We were made to thrive."
Casting Crowns
 


 Love ya, 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Sunrise ~ when the sun doesn't shine

Hi friend!

Happy Easter!

This year hubby and I decided to do things a little bit different for our Easter celebration. It's been pretty low key the last few years for a variety of reasons. This year we wanted to start a few new traditions.

We changed things up by going to our church's Saturday evening Easter service. (Yes, I'm pretty sure Jesus is ok with us celebrating Easter on Saturday. So now, don't judge)

Due to our different church's schedules we haven't gotten together with family on Easter in quite a few years. Since we went to church last night, I'm now able to cook dinner (turkey is in the oven) and have mom over for Easter dinner early this afternoon.

Also, it allows us to do something I've wanted to do for years - go to an Easter sunrise service. So, we decided that this year we'd to go to Kyle's bench (the cemetery) to watch the sunrise, read the account of the empty tomb on that first Easter morning and thank Jesus for the hope we have of one day seeing our son again.

 
 
Yesterday, on my way to work there was a beautiful sunrise. A big bright orange ball of sunshine rising in the eastern sky and making the line of clouds that hung above the horizon and over the tree tops glow with yellow, orange and a bit of pink. I couldn't wait for today to see this from the tranquil and open view we'd have at Kyle's bench.
 
This morning we got up early, fed the dog, got dressed, grabbed the camera and Bible and walked outside to a cool morning and .....
 
.... a sky full of clouds. Huh?! Didn't see that coming.
 
 
 
As we made the short drive to the cemetery, I couldn't help but watch the sky for any sign of the clouds breaking. I also sent up a silent prayer for the Lord to please push the clouds away so I could have my special Easter sunrise.
 
I also began thinking about Jesus' followers. How were they feeling on that first Sunday morning after that horrible day when Jesus died?
 
Did they see only dark and cloudy skies ahead?
 
Did they wonder if the sun would ever shine again?
 
Grief can do that to you. It can make even the sunniest day with zero percent of rain feel dark and like storm clouds are gathering and the threat of rain is imminent.
 
But there is hope.... there is always hope when you know Jesus.
 
 
 
Even in the midst of death and grief you can still believe.......
.... the sun (and the Son) is there....
.... yes, it is (He is), even if you can't see it.
 
 
This morning I read the Easter story, hubby prayed and thanked Jesus for His sacrifice. And we waited for the sun.
 
 
 
Finally, the clouds parted a bit. There was even a touch of gold around their edges.
 
Definitely not as glorious as yesterday's sunrise.  And that's really ok. 
 
It was still a very special time......
.... to think about the sacrifice God made by sending His Son to die on the cross
.... to ponder Jesus' great love for each of us
.... to praise Him for making a way for us to one day live with Him in heaven
.... to rejoice in the knowledge that we will be reunited with our son again one day
 
 
"At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in. But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of the Master Jesus. They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there. The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship. The men said, “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?” Then they remembered Jesus’ words."  Luke 24:1-8(MSG)
 
Love ya,

Monday, February 23, 2015

My One Word for 2015 ~ BRAVE

Hi friend!

Well, since it's the middle end of the second month of the year it seems kinda late to be "announcing" my One Word for 2015.

Guess I'll be brave and go for it. Ha!


My One Word for 2015 is:
BRAVE
 




To me it's kind of a scary choice.  Do you see the irony there?  That brave is scary?

I guess it's because I don't know what I might need to be brave about.

Will something happen that will again break my heart and I'll need to be brave.....
now that's scary.

Or will I need to be brave in growing my faith and praying bold prayers .....
not so scary, hard maybe. But, growth is good.

Or will I need to be brave enough to make changes in my life.....
could be scary or could be good.

Or maybe it's just gong to be a reminder to live each day to the fullest.

Well, whatever this year of living brave brings, whatever the reason it was laid on my heart, I know that Jesus is with me and will be my help and strength.


"For I am the Lord, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you."
Isaiah 41:13


Love ya,