The Death of Jesus, Luke 23 44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[e] When he had said this, he breathed his last. 47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. 49But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things. ______________________________________________________________________________________ It’s GOOD FRIDAY. I want to hurry on to Sunday, but I am compelled to reflect on the incomprehensible significance of this day of remembrance. I am soberly reminded of where I would be without Jesus’ death on the cross. As quickly as I am saddened, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. As sure as I shed a tear from the heaviness of it all, I shed a tear of joy for what He did for me and for everyone in the whole world. Colossians 2:13-14 “When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgression, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, […]
Molly lost her first tooth today! She and Ruby were wiggling and wiggling and wiggling it after it was nearly falling out after eating an apple. Here are some of the things I heard them say during the ordeal: Ruby: “Molly, if you don’t stop moving I will never get it out.” Ruby also said: “I’ll pull it off quick […]
Mack had a rough night. He got in my bed early this morning. I don’t know for sure if he was overly-tired or if he is having allergy issues like the rest of us. He is so funny when he thinks he is sick. He puts on THE most pitiful face and walks slowly around the house, careful to let out groans at calculated intervals to ensure no one has forgotten about him. I am not sure where he got this wording, but I am sure it was from me in some way or another. If one of the kids is sick I am always saying, “Don’t get in her face” or “Don’t sit next to her” or, if it’s really bad, I assign the sickly one a couch and no one can touch it or them or even walk near the couch. HA! Anyway, when Mack is feeling under the weather, he loves saying to the girls, “Don’t get towards me.” Just a minute ago he said, “Mama, Ruby is TOWARDS ME!!!!!!!!!!” It makes me laugh.
Today would have been Gran’s 64th birthday here on earth. I am heavy-hearted when I let myself really think about her not being here with us, but I cannot allow my mind to dwell on what we miss out on with her in Heaven. She is in HEAVEN. Heaven with Jesus. It does not get any better than that. Last […]
I am studying ESTHER with Beth Moore’s material. CRAZILY, my great friend Mary is also studying it. We were having just a normal conversation the other day. I mentioned I was studying ESTHER. She said she was, too. I told her I was only on week 2 of Beth Moore’s study. She said, “I am only on week 2 also!” I love when God does stuff like that. Now we have someone to talk to about all the great things we are learning. Here’s a quote that resonated with me this morning from that study: “As painful as the process may be, that which shatters our superficiality also shatters the fetters of our fragility and frees us to walk with dignity and might to our destinies. We are not the fragile flowers we’ve considered ourselves to be. We, like Esther, are the warrior princesses of God.” -Beth Moore And this one: “Strength comes from muscles, and muscle develops with a workout. This is as true spiritually as physically.” -Beth Moore
Today I got a fun package from my mom…a very cute shirt that I love. What a nice surprise! Not only one package, but two packages were at the door. The other was from the Koester family for Mack and me for our birthdays. Mack got a fun shooting target. Turns out, Mack and Josh and Ruby really liked it! […]