The Father Comforts … all by Himself

One recent Sunday I so badly wanted someone to know the hardness of what I was talking to God about; the topic will remain unnamed, but I just wanted people to know.

I’m sitting there.   More

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My Feet Hit the Floor All Tingly

Let’s be authentic, okay?  I’ve been battling getting up early this week to meet with Jesus.  It’s not that I don’t want to, because I do, but man, sleep, life worries, laziness, work worries, house duties … it all seemed to get in the way this week.  Yesterday I had a good lunch hour and spent it journaling; I was talking to God about my desires for Him and how I planned to get up early the next day to meet with Him.  Because He’s worth it.  He’s worth waking up early.  He’s worth putting housework off.  He’s worth pushing worries aside to concentrate on Him and my relationship with Him.  Why? Because He controls and sustains all that anyhow.  I’m not in charge of it, He is.  And if I come to Him and surrender it all to Him from the start of my day, it allows me to remember — all day long — that He is in control and will take care of my heart through it all.

I woke up 3 minutes before my alarm today.  That never happens! But it was sweet.  I thought about going back to sleep for 3 minutes, but who was I kidding … I’d never get back up!  So my feet hit the floor, all tingly.  And this song popped into my head: Come Ye Sinners by the Robbie Seay Band.  Listen to it.  Give it it’s 4 minutes and enjoy.  Allow your heart to come to Jesus as you listen.  Receive and be reminded of the truths in this song.  Enjoy Him right now and every moment of today.  I’m in it with you!

Come Ye Sinners Robbie Seay Band

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It’s Sunday – Are You Praying For Your Pastor?

photo-2I hate to admit this … it’s very humbling in fact.  And even takes courage on my part to ‘put it out there’.  I was raised in a church that did a GREAT job of teaching me that daily time with Jesus (a ‘quiet time’ as we called it) was vitally important to a growing spiritual life.  I’m so glad I was taught that because it is true.  Sometimes you want to read scripture and pray, sometimes you don’t, but none the less … doing it daily is vital if you want to have a growing relationship with God.  Since I did my best to do that every day of the week, I somehow told myself that Sundays were ‘break’ days.  Since I was about to get up and go to church, I didn’t need to have a quiet time that morning.  No one ever told me to believe that or do that, somehow, I just thought it was okay to skip my quiet time on Sundays because I was going to church that day.

 

THAT IS SOOOOOO NOT TRUE!  Listen to this …  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.

No Fasting on Sundays

photo-2Did you know it is a part of the Lenten tradition to NOT fast on Sundays?  I had no idea!  The reason?  We treat every Sunday like a Mini-Easter.  We celebrate His resurrection.  So how do we have a Mini-Easter celebration every Sunday?  I have a few suggestions …  More

Lent, Ash Wednesday & Easter

Did you grow up celebrating Lent?  I never did.  I’m guessing it was only because I was not in a church that did.  I did grow up going to church though, and still do.  My faith is very important to me.  I’m a 100% believer in Jeremiah 17:9:

“The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 NAS

My heart is sick.  It’s in a dead-end situation and in need of a Savior.  I also believe 100% in Romans 6:23 and Romans 10:9:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6:23 NAS

“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Romans 10:9

All that being said … I need Jesus.  Scripture says I do and I know it.  I need Him to do a good work in and through me on a minute-by-minute basis, every day of my life.  Christmas and Easter are two Christian holidays I don’t take lightly.   More

Showing love in February

photo-2This month we’re focusing on ways to show love.  Yesterday, on February 1st we posted our first blog about it … showing love through blueberry muffins.  Showing love is something that is not that hard to do, but does take just a little thought and effort; a little bit of time thinking about someone else and what they love.  Scripture is pretty specific about this topic.

2″Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,”

Philippians 2:3-5a

Nothing.  I am to do nothing from selfishness.  Well, that’s just not going to happen.  And that’s why I need the grace of God so badly.  Jesus is our mediator.  He knows we can’t live up to that standard.  Not living up to that standard shows us our need for a Savior.  There’s no way we can reconcile the brokenness we have with God because of our sin.  So Jesus made the way for us to be brought back to God and to be reconciled in that relationship with Him.  Scripture is pretty clear about that, too.

For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just (God) for the unjust (us), so that He (Jesus) might bring us to God,”
1 Peter 3:18a (emphasis & parenthesis added)

How amazing.  Jesus is the one that bridges that gap between us and God so that we might have a personal relationship with Him.  Okay, okay, I get it, Holly, but WHY are you going off on this tangent when all I want to do is read about how to ‘show love’ to those around me.  Well, going off on this tangent is SUPER important because God is the author and creator of love.  And scripture says that ‘we only love because He first loved us‘.  We can’t know true love or even show or give true love unless we know Him first.  Knowing God in a personal and intimate way is the BEST way to show love.

Do you know Jesus?  Do you have a personal relationship with Him?  Have you acknowledged your need for His redeeming work on the cross? I did that for the first time when I was 10.  Will you do that for the first time right now?  Accept God’s love for you and enjoy a whole new perspective on love this month of February.

Alone

As young mothers we often feel the need for some “alone” time, time to relax, unwind, spend a few minutes focusing on ourselves and our own needs.  Selfish?  I really don’t think so because those times can be times of renewal and re-energizing.  I, on the other hand, don’t need alone time from raising children, but as an introvert I need some More

Created for His Glory

Our hearts are made to worship.  We crave.  We crave something, anything to set our affections towards.  We seek it out.  Food, Love, Romance, Rest, Health, Wealth, Accolades.

Did you know scripture says that we were created for the sole purpose glorifying God?  God talks about it in the book of Isaiah when He is redeeming Israel:

“Everyone who is called by My name,
And whom I have created for My glory,
Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.” Isaiah 43:7, emphasis added

Is your life marked by living for the sole purpose of glorifying God?  I know mine doesn’t always reflect that.  Sunday morning is a great time to turn your heart back to Him, the One who formed my inward parts and wove me in my mother’s womb“. You could do this by going to a local church and worshiping alongside other people who believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ.   I highly recommend this.  It is my favorite form of worship.  I get to do it weekly at a church that my husband and I started 4 and a half years ago, North Village Church.  You could also do it right now by listening to a few songs that might draw your heart in to Him.  I’ll leave you with some…. More

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