Friday, April 13, 2012

Thankful Thursday

"Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords
 are swept by the breeze of human kindness."
~Author Unknown

#45-55





45. My newly planted garden!




46. Hospitals. This is a hard one for me to give thanks for- I'm not a fan of needles. But I am thankful for a good doctor, a good hospital to have surgery in, and the surprise of my mom coming!


47. Pretty discoveries. Left: an old barn in my neighborhood and on the right is our surprise grapevine growing in the backyard.










48. Painted lamps and freshly sewn pillows to spruce up our entryway!




  


49. Weddings!


50. Incredible views of my city



51. Getting projects done!

52. Easter

53. A present from my momma

54. My finished mirror


55. My goofy husband :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Re-Membering



This past week has been a time for remembering. My heart needed to re-mind itself what Holy Week is all about. I spent time reading the story of the crucifixion and the resurrection, but these weren’t just stories this year. This year it was real.  

I thought about it as I pulled weeds. I spent hours battling the results of this sin curse. The briars scratched and pricked my skin as I pulled them out of the ground. As the crimson drops pooled on my arms, I thought about a Man who didn’t deserve to have a thorn-crown hammered on his head. I thought about the significance of the crucifixion happening during the Passover, when custom dictated a lamb be killed in remembrance of when the death angel passed-over the Israelites in Egypt. He was my sacrificial lamb. 



I remember and I picture the blood from His sacrifice spread across the door posts of my heart. I am marked for eternity; the enemy cannot have this heart. 
***

You are the King enthroned.

Holy week is over, but the reminders are still fresh in my memory. I spent this past week thinking about the ways you were humiliated, beaten, and broken for me. On Sunday, you came as king. The Jews put their hope of overthrowing Rome in You. They didn’t know You came as a different kind of Savior. By Friday, they came armed with swords and begged a ruler they didn’t even like for Your death. They still called you king, but this time it was only in the mocking words nailed above Your head. Three days later, the empty tomb sat gaping, revealing what we have celebrated, what our whole faith is based around; the grave could not hold this King.

All of that, for sinners.

I am reminded of Your Kingship today as I read Old Testament words. You were the King who sat enthroned between the cheribum on the Ark of the Covenant, yet today You are the King who sits enthroned at the right hand of the Father. I praise you, King of righteousness, King of glory. You are the only King who deserves a crown and a throne in heaven. You are the only King who would humble himself to die for the unworthy. Thank you.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thankful Thursday

"Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords
 are swept by the breeze of human kindness."
~Author Unknown

#31-44




31. Beautiful sunsets this week

32. My new Great Dane nephew-puppy. He's going to be the size of a horse soon!

32. Spring rain: dripping off my windshield and pooled in the street 


34. Cupcakes!!



35. Reminders to praise on the hard days

36. The amazing clouds we have had this week!



37. Aleia - best restaurant in town. It has such cool decor too!
 I mean, the door is a castle door!

38. Riding shotgun with my husband...
sunroof open and windows down.


39. The candy store


40. My mother-in-law and her family
41. My shadow


42. Baby birds! On the left is a nest we found in the bushes at work, and on the right is a nest with babies waiting to be fed. The nest on the right is in a wreath on someone's front door here in town! I couldn't even tell there was a nest in there because it was camouflaged so well!


43. Friends who bring their kids to our house to feed the ducks. Love these guys!


And I saved the best for last...



44. This week, I am thankful, humbled, and amazed at the love of my Savior that drove Him to leave Heaven and come here to die for me. There will be a longer and better post later about this, but I didn't want to let a day devoted to thankfulness pass by without mentioning the Reason I am here to give thanks.