Good Morning Friend!

Today is: Tuesday April 24

Outside is: a bit overcast but has the potential to get warm later.

I can smell: garlic, onions and chicken…

In the oven for dinner: I have some chicken bone broth in the crock pot right now…It has been bubbling all night long! It smell so good!! So I will probably have some kind of chicken soup for dinner!!

Thinking about: Belle is in testing this week. That means my mind is in overdrive praying that she will test well this year. I know she has tons of knowledge in her cute little brain. Sadly, she tests just like her momma. Ask her a question and she will draw a blank every time its on a test. Now if you ask her during a conversation around the dinner table…she will have the answer plus a “PUNNY” comeback!!

Project I am working on: actually I just finished cleaning up some old pot stands that we acquired from some of our older neighbors. She had made them back in the day and then as she got older they got lost in her back garden. They were covered in cobwebs and rust but had tons of potential!! I sanded the rust off. Wiped off all the spiders and webs then my husband spray painted them for me. Oh my goodness are they not so uber cute now!! So retro!! Very late 60’s early 70’s looking and fabulous!! I will have to take a picture and show you!!

Mood today: very pensive. The bombing that happened in Sri Lanka the other day really bothered me. How people can be so evil, kill random strangers for what? I cannot fathom this demonic thinking. I feel such sorrow for the families who are without their loved ones today for no reason other than they went to work or church. It hurts my soul.

What I am reading: I am reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Belle right now. Really sad that it caught on fire as we are reading about it. I personally have been reading Hope in the Dark by Craig Groeschel. It is exactly what I needed to be reading. It is exactly what the title promises, hope in the dark. I will say more when I finish it, but so far I do really recommend it.

School Stuff: Lets see…We are learning about the Tang Dynasty right now. Actually all the dynasties are pretty interesting no matter how many times I study them with the kids. We have been adding the geography into our history and really trying to understand the topography of ancient Asia. I already mentioned the literature we are going through. Hunchback is not Belle’s favorite. She liked Jungle book so much more! We are also going through Beauty By The Book by Laurie Cole. It is her first “big girl” bible study and she is really doing well!! She is also taking an apologetics course that she is really excelling at!! Then we still cover all the basics like math, grammar and science. Rebecca is just trying to finish early! She is so ready to graduate!! Just 5 more weeks and she is done!! Oh mercy!! I will have graduated the oldest 3 and only have one left!! Kinda sad, but kinda excited to really focus just on Belle for her last 6 years of school :)

Picture to share: it should be of the plant pot stands I just redid but Blu looked so cute all cuddled up next to me, I am sharing a picture of him instead.

I love this cat

Have a blessed week my friend :)

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Sunrise Service

Sunrise Easter Service 2019

Such a beautiful way to start our Easter Sunday.

Early morning service, coffee in my hands, snuggled up in my warm blanket, surrounded by my church family, worshiping our beloved Savior and being blessed by the Word of God.

Something is just so perfect about watching the sun creep up into the sky, listening to the birds start to sing while having your soul filled up with the impacting words of your pastor’s sermon, all while in the presence of The Holy Spirit. So eternally lovely.

Also having the privilege of starting my Easter off with these amazing godly young women was a definite bonus!! Love each of these fabulous ladies!!

Praying your Resurrection Day is abundantly blessed!!

Celebrate!! The tomb was empty!! He has risen! He has RISEN indeed!

Dark Saturday

Lord,

today is a dark day to remember. For simple minds could only see that Jesus was dead. A man innocent of any wrongdoings was punished the most cruel ways known at that time. he went as the lamb goes to the slaughterhouse…silently. Hearts must have been broken, stomachs void of any morsel, for the bread of life was no longer among them.

Heavenly Father, Your precious Son was hard at work that day! He had appointments to meet death and conquer it!! Battles were fought that dark Saturday. Battles that easily defeated the enemy and were won because He loves us!! He wanted to keep us close. Jesus who suffered and died, did everything that Friday and Saturday for us!! He loves us that much!! When it looked to us that the battle was lost, our King destroyed, He was actually annihilating darkness and filling eternity with His precious light! Just for His Chosen, His beloved!! Thank you God for such a precious blessing!! A blessing we do not deserve yet in Your goodness give to us freely, the opportunity to accept Your love and grace for all eternity!!

Lord may we accept this gift and share it with others! Let them know how incredible our Savior is!! Help us to share with others in a way that their hearts will recognize that they need THE SAVIOR. May we all spend some time with You silently this Saturday, filled with the Holy Spirit, reflecting on this precious day. May our joy and thankfulness be abundant as we prepare for Easter Sunday.

Amen.

It is Friday

It’s Friday Lord God.

Good Friday.

It changed everything. You brought beauty out of the brokenness. Jesus, the innocent sacrifice, hung there on the cross at Calvary, tortured and beaten for our sins. He paid the price for us with His own precious blood. There is such power there. Victory is Yours! You continued the hope through the Resurrection that Sunday, death was conquered!! We can celebrate Friday and see it for Good because of the joy of Sunday. Please Lore keep the power of the cross real to us. It is a time to mourn the pain inflicted upon the Savior because of our life choices. Thank you Lord that we are forgiven by the wounds You received on our behalf. Touch not only our hearts but hearts throughout this world with the message of the enormous price paid for our sins. Best of all may it be known from the east to the west, that there is redemption for all who simply have the faith to ask.

Holy Thursday Prayer

May we not be distracted by the world and remember Your sweet mercy and amazing love. Cause us oh Lord, Your people to fall on our faces. Lord so many are in desperate need of prayer right now!! I ask that you help us to remember to lift up our struggling brothers and sisters to You in our daily prayers. Alone our burdens are heavy, but when we lift them together, to bring them to Your glorious feet, they feel less…they are lighter. Our hearts are not in the dark alone. Your light shines brighter with community.

Oh mighty Father, this is the season we celebrate the miracle of the resurrection of Your blessed Son. Such an incredible series of events that changed the world forever. The gift was more than we deserve and quite often we forget just how incredibly blessed we are to have a redeemer who shed His precious blood so that we might live eternally.

Help us sweet Jesus, to always humble ourselves in all we do, to seek the face of God. That our actions will reveal our love for You in every aspect of our lives. Awaken our desire to serve You Lord!! May we serve You with joy in our hearts!! Having the knowledge of serving our ONE TRUE KING is such and honor! Lord Jesus, we adore You!! We are so thankful You have given us this day to wake up and fulfill the plans You have for us!! Thank You Lord!! Thank You!!

In Your Glorious Name we humbly pray,

Amen

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Easter Preparations Prayer

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Holy Heavenly Father,

we come before You today with so much JOY in our hearts!!

Celebration Plans are in the making!! Celebrating together OUR RISEN KING!! Lord God we pray that You will bless all the preparations that are being made for Easter services all over the world this week. May the hands of the preparing servants be blessed as they happily dive into their work. May the Holy Spirit help make sure that everything that is created by these incredibly fabulous volunteers, ministry leaders and pastors working long hard hours this week, will come to CHANGE LIVES of those coming to church to visit. May those new visitors feel our true WELCOME throughout our celebration time while bearing witness to the grace and love of Jesus Christ. Lifting prayers nowt that we would be willing to make the sacrifices needed wherever necessary to make the visitors and the new believers feel totally welcome and wanted. May also any unbelievers that we may come in contact with feel that they are safe to come to a place where they can feel the peace and joy of Jesus, welcome the Good News and accept the free gift of salvation!!

Praying so strongly that You will direct all our Easter plans so that we will bring Honor and Glory to the Kingdom!! Holy Father in heaven, we love You immensely!! May Your will be done this Easter time, changing hearts and bringing Your children humbly to the cross to worship the most precious offering ever.

Amen.

Bind my wandering heart to Thee

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God makes me wait often, and I hate waiting.

Its never fun. While I am anticipating God moving, I know in my impatient heart, that a blessing is on the way…but it usually comes in a combination I don’t expect. God always has a purpose in bringing me to a place to suffer a great trial. His plan is never to separate me from His love for me. I see and care about only the instantaneous. I forget that God ALWAYS has a bigger and better picture in mind for me. I swear I really wonder sometimes why I have such heartbreaking trials, or why I have multiple challenging testings at the same time!! I will NEVER DOUBT God’s loving care for me. He will walk with me, His beloved daughter, through these trials for a greater glory…for His Glory.

God wants for me to learn to endure this burdensome trial and to fully trust in Him, so deeply, so that I can fulfill His purpose for me.