A Mommy’s Time With Jesus

So every morning I try to spend time with jesus.  For me, this is just a time of prayer (confession, repentance, surrendering my heart and plans to His will, etc.) and reading scripture.  I have really had some stuff on my heart lately.  I’d been wanting to take some time and ‘get it all out’ in prayer with God.  I do that by journaling.  Here is what my journal was from late last week: (I’ve omitted some details that don’t need to be ‘out there’ just yet!) Still … you’ll get the gist:  More

I Burnt The Resurrection Rolls

Seriously.  I burnt them.  See …

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The tops don’t look so bad.  But you’ve used those prepackaged crescent rolls before, right? You know how GREAT they are when they are lightly browned? Where they are fluffy and just cooked all the way through? These were hard and flaky.  Check out the bottoms …

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YUCK! I bit into one and threw it away.  My sweet kids?  These guys?

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They ate them right up!!! They didn’t even care.  Isn’t that sweet 🙂

My hope in Jesus dying on the cross to make a way for me to have a relationship with God the Father is so deep and hits on so many levels, but it also hits on the basic level of this:

I can’t even make resurrection rolls correctly and I need His help to just make breakfast every day!!! Praise Jesus for the hope He gives us!!!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

You can find the recipe for ‘Resurrection Rolls’  like I did, by googling it.  🙂 

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday.  That’s what today is.  In one week from today we celebrate Easter and the resurrected Christ.  Today, however, we hone in on a journey Christ took that has a bit of a heavy tone to it.  He knew what this next week of His life had in store.  We know what this next week of His life had in store.  Not many other humans on earth did at the time.  Maybe no one else.  Here is where it is found in scripture:

Matthew 21:1-11

21 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

Say to the daughter of Zion,
Behold your King is coming to you,
Gentle, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David;
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest!”

10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

‘Hosanna’ is a term used to express adoration, praise or joy.

‘Son of David’ – There is a prophecy in 2 Samuel 7 that tells of a Messiah coming.  Christ is the fulfillment of that prophecy and is our Messiah. You can see geological proof of that in Matthew 1.

‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord’ is a direct quote from Psalm 118:26.  He is worthy to be blessed and praised because He came to take away the sins of the world. And in scripture, where we meditate today, He was on His journey to do just that.  His journey to the Cross was less than a week away.  This triumphant entry was the beginning of that journey.  He was headed into Jerusalem, where He knew He would eventually be captured, scourged and put to death on a cross for us.

Why? Just so we can know Him and be in relationship with Him.  Jesus had to take our sin away so we could be put back into a right relationship with God.  Jesus did that for us.

Today, and all this week, let’s remember that.  Let’s think on that and rest in that.  What does it mean to you that Jesus endured all that He did for you? You are that important to Him.

So What About All The Bunnies, Chicks, Eggs and Peeps?

Well, honestly, I don’t know. I grew up with bunnies, chicks and eggs at Easter. They bring back good memories. I had a really easy time believing in Santa Claus as a child. That was totally believable to me. But the Easter Bunny … now we’re stretching it a bit! Isn’t that funny?! I totally believed in a jolly fat guy who delivered gifts, via flying reindeer, to all children in one night, but a magical life-sized bunny painting eggs for children … no way.

My mom always did a GREAT job of making every season and holiday something special. We celebrated it and decorated the house for it. I tend to do the same thing. I like wreaths and outside décor for seasons and holidays. I have cute spring and Easter decorations that I enjoy. I have dishtowels with eggs and chicks on them. We dye eggs every Easter with the kids and have an egg hunt. That’s always fun … a tradition we all enjoy.

But this year I’m rethinking it all a bit …

Not because it’s bad or evil. Not because I want to be different than everyone else. I’m rethinking it all because God has caused my heart to pause. As Valentine’s Day came to a close and I took down my heart-shaped red décor, I started thinking about my Easter décor and when I was going to decorate. It was then that I felt the Holy Spirit create a small tension inside of me about it all. Did you know that’s how God speaks to us? There’s a beautiful story about it in 1 Kings 19. Elijah was instructed to go and stand on a mountain before the Lord. He was trying to hear from God. There were all these things that happened that made loud noises – a strong wind, an earthquake, a fire – but scripture says “and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing” 1 Kings 19:12.

Y’all — that was the Lord. That was Him speaking to Elijah. You see, I try to spend time in scripture, prayer, confession and surrender daily JUST FOR MOMENTS LIKE THESE!!!! How exciting it is to have moments of quietness where you are discerning that the Lord is asking you to take pause and think about something.

So that’s what I’m doing. I’m reading about it. I’m praying about it. I’m talking to my husband about it. I’m processing with my children about it. I’m NOT throwing the baby out with the bath water and throwing all my Easter decorations away. I have them around my house now. Cute little Eggs on my mantel and chick towels in my bathroom. I’m holding it all with an open hand and asking Jesus to guide Michael, me and our family through it. What is He calling us to do? Why are we doing what we’re currently doing?

This Lenten season, I ask you just to pause and think about why you are doing what your doing. When you do that … ask God to show you what HE wants you to do. Ask Him to speak to you, just as He did to Elijah, and give you a heart that discerns His voice. Pray with faith … expecting Him to speak to you. And then let me know about it…I’d love to hear how God is speaking to you!

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