Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thursday's True Confessions

I've spent way too much time on Twitter today.

I've also wasted much more time than I usually do on Facebook.

I fed my (still recovering from colds) children tortillas spread with Nutella for lunch because I let us run out of bread and I couldn't make their usual lunch of PB&J. (Wow. 3 confessions for the price of 1 in that sentence alone.)

I've dumped my "To Do" list for the day. No dusting, baking, cleaning, or exercising were done here. Neither was the "shower".

I'm still in my pajamas. As are 2 out of my 3 chillins. And I just might go get dogfood, diapers, and drive through the bank like this. They may ask me not to come back. Ever.

I'm in a sour mood. Even after reminding myself of Philippians 2:14 ("Do everything without complaining or arguing.") at the beginning of my day. Need to work on that "lead by example" thing.

I spoke harshly to the ones I love most. Oh, let's just call it what it really was. I yelled.

I picked a few pimples that left lovely red marks on my face. Am I in Jr High again?!

I sat down with my kids to cuddle and read a chapter from Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and instead ended up getting irritated with them for being kids and sent them to bed. (That was last night.)

Oh. I've also worried about some things.

And I'm not blaming any of this on the Cabin Fever and Multiple Sick Kids Syndrome that is ravaging me, mind, body, and soul....but mostly, mind.

Wait. Yes I am.

Or I was anyway.

So, I'm off to make some confessions to the True One who already took care of it on the cross but can also help me get through it in the here and now....

And there will also be some hugging of the offended and some apologies made...

And maybe a shower...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

We had EVERYTHING this Easter.

There were no Easter bunnies.

No Easter baskets.

If you are looking for pictures of our perfectly coiffed family dressed in their Easter best, you won't find it here.

There were no new Easter outfits bought this year. But we were clothed in clean, good clothes.

The table was not decked with ham, rolls, and the like. But we didn't go hungry.

It was not a relaxing, quiet week spent at home. But I wouldn't have spent it any other way. It was worth it. HE was worth it.

I don't have pictures and narratives of ways we spent our time this Easter weekend.

But I DO have something of THE HIGHEST importance to tell you....

We all sin.

And the penalty for that sin is death. But there is One who died, once, for all.

My Jesus was nailed to the cross. He had the power to free Himself at any time. But He didn't. His unfailing, unending love for YOU, for ME, held Him there. It cost Him everything to set us free. And He gave it willingly.

He died.

He was buried.

But 3 days later...


I serve a risen Savior! And one day He WILL return and take me, and anyone who would believe and trust in Him as their Redeemer, their Savior, their Lord, home with Him for eternity!

If you have never made that decision to follow after Jesus Christ, don't delay!! *Run to the cross! Run to the Savior! Mercy is there, arms open wide. Fall on His grace. All is forgiven. Hide in the hope of Love crucified. RUN TO THE CROSS!!* And the best part? You don't need to do anything before you run there...He will take you

Romans 3:23
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

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

Romans 5:8
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Isaiah 53:5
"But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.

Romans 10:13

Romans 10:9-10
"That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

Romans 8:38-39
"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

He is EVERYTHING you need.

*Words from our church's Easter presentation that we were blessed to be a part of this past week and weekend.