Easter fun

Eggs!

FlowerGirlSmThis week we’ve been preparing to have family over to our house for Easter. Along with our kids and grandkids, we’re having both sets of grandparents plus John’s and my brothers and sisters. Between tables in the family room, dining room, and patio, as well as kitchen counter seating and patio furniture, we should be able to find space for everyone.

We’ve been planting flowers and sprucing up around the house.  The flowers on the tables will eventually end up in the flowerbeds, but I thought I’d keep them indoors for the weekend to add more of a spring feel inside. And of course there was some egg decorating.

FlowersSmThe really crazy (and nice!) thing is that all I’m cooking is potatoes and ham.  Everyone else is bringing every blessed thing, right down to cups and plates and oodles of dessert and lots of eggs for the kids to hunt. Should be a lovely time!

I hope you have a blessed Easter as well.  I saw this amazing video on facebook and wanted to share it here in case you haven’t seen it yet.

Our Redeemer lives!  Halleluiah!

 

 

All the people said Amen

Magnificent

I can’t tell you how much I love this song.

forest-cross

When darkness clouds the day
When we are afraid
You are there

When trouble closes in
Its hard to trust again
You are there

And we fix our eyes on You
Our hope is found in You

You are Glorious, Almighty
Infinite and Holy
Gracious, Full of Mercy
Love without an end
Magnificent God, Magnificent God

Our hearts are full of wonder
Captured by Your beauty
Falling on our knees we worship You alone
Magnificent God, We bow before all You are

Gathered in this place to glorify Your Name
You are here

Your Presence is revealed as hearts are being healed
You are here

And we lift our eyes to You
Our hope is found in You

surrender

with you
I am tired
I am broken
Unsure at every turn
Though You told me where to go
I lost the road
Been a while since I have heard You
And doubts are creeping in
How can I continue walking on my own?

I need to know you’re here
With me

Cause I become a desperate soul
When Your unfailing love feels far
I need to know You won’t let go
Through it all
You can have my broken heart
Everything that’s left in me
And I will surrender
Surrender, surrender

Your promises feel distant
Though I’ve followed them this far
What is there left to hold on to
When You’re gone?
And it’s hard to keep on breathing
As the question tears my heart
What if I am left to fight this on my own?

I need to know you’re here
With me

Cause I become a desperate soul
When Your unfailing love feels far
I need to know You won’t let go
Through it all
You can have my broken heart
Everything that’s left in me
And I will surrender
Surrender, surrender

I’ve seen the way You love me
I’ve heard the things You say
I’ve felt the way You held me in Your arms

Your love is overwhelming

Press on

I must confess that I still don’t get it all
Lord I believe that all your words are true
Doesn’t matter where I’m going if I’m going with You
I press on, I press on, I press on
When I still don’t get it

Deep waters

Running from the waves on the beach.   This year my 18 year old had as much fun taking pictures as I did. Deeper

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

This is amazing grace

 

grace

This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You’d lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me

Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of Glory, the King of Glory

Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

true love

true love

so encouraged

Love this bracelet Well, I’m sitting here in an airport again today.  My first flight was canceled and I was rebooked on one that departs Atlanta just after 5 PM and is scheduled to arrive home in Boise rather late tonight.  I’m hoping for no more delays or cancellations, because I am more than ready to get home to my precious clan.  But wow, it was a good weekend.

I was so blessed by Created for Care this year.  The gals who put on this retreat truly think of so many ways to care for the mommas who come. Yummy food, fun sessions, a movie, music, and just tons and tons of faith-filled encouragement. The schedule allows lots of down time for visiting, and the keynote speaker was really inspirational. It was just very obvious that she walks with the Lord in the big and little moments of each day.  It was amazing to me to see how SO many messages from different speakers came together with a continuity that could only be God-breathed.

One personal example. A few days before I left for the weekend, I prayerfully pulled together what felt like 2/3 of my second breakout session of the weekend.  Wednesday morning came, the day before I was to leave. I knew I didn’t have that talk done, but felt peaceful about it and instead spent the day playing with my younger girls.  On the plane Thursday I pulled that unfinished talk out again and scribbled a few edits, but soon set it aside again, still feeling peaceful, like it was done enough for now.  Then Friday evening I sat in the main session at Created for Care, first hearing worship music, and then Beth Guckenberger, and was suddenly scribbling frantic notes about my talk, which I realized dovetailed beautifully with what she spoke about.  Oh, that woman knows her Bible.

The Bible verses and story that she shared were like yellow highlighters in my brain, showing me the bits of my talk that I needed to expand and flesh out.  Saturday morning it was more of the same.  Listening, scribbling, and seeing this beautiful connection between the worship, Beth’s stories, and mine. After that morning session I went back to my room, teary-eyed, on fire to finish writing.  (Good thing, because I was going to give it in 2 hours.) I finally saw clearly that my whole talk had BEEN there all along– it just needed God to come in with His highlighter and show me what parts of my story were supposed to be in bold.  And yeah, a few bits that were bunny-trails.. Turns out that particular talk didn’t need any ‘how I….’  bits, because the real message was how GOD has been at work.

There’s no doubt in my mind that He had a divine theme for that weekend, a message that He wanted mommas to hear session after session after session.  I’m sure I didn’t say everything perfectly in my own message.  But I was incredibly touched to see the Holy Spirit so actively at work in each gathering, in each message, and in each heart, including my own. What a good God we serve.

Just a few verses Beth highlighted this weekend in hope that you also will experience some of the encouragement we heard this weekend:

  • Josh 1:8 reminds us to keep the word of God always in our hearts and minds.
  • Matt 11:28-30 is a reminder to release our burdens and lean on Jesus.
  • Ex 8 tells how Pharaoh waited a DAY before he got rid of those darned frogs. (Kinda like us, holding onto our own ‘pet’ sins and worries).
  • Ex 15  tells us that Miriam and the Israelite women brought tambourines into the wilderness.  They came PREPARED to celebrate victory from God. What a neat reminder that the battle– and its victory– belongs to the Lord. (A friend’s take on that story.)
  • Ezekiel 36:26-27 He will give us a new heart, remove our heart of stone and give us a new spirit.
  • Lamentations 3:21-24  The Lord is our portion. His compassion never fails. His mercies are new every morning.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!!

PS- The bracelet is by MudLove.

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