Saturday, April 11, 2009

It's Here!

Well, Easter is finally here. The holiday that all Christians eagerly await all year. Oh, we love the meaning of Christmas, but it is just the beginning. Easter is the observance of our Christian faith that reminds us that Christ has given us victory over death and sin through His Resurrection. I read each morning from "Our Daily Bread". It is published through RBC Ministries and every day I find spiritual truths that I need for that particular time in my life. I hope that I won't violate some law by posting here some of today's lesson, but I thought it was so relevant to the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. So if I get in trouble, I am going to plead ignorance!

The Day With No Name
In Louisiana, a woman lies buried beneath a grove of 150-year-old oak trees in the cemetery of an Episcopal church. Only one word is carved on her tombstone: "Waiting."
A friend of mine knows an elderly pastor who delivered a stirring Good Friday sermon titled "It's Friday, but Sunday's Comin'." In a cadence that increases in tempo and volume, his sermon contrasts how the world looked on Friday - when the forces of evil seemed to have triumphed - with how it looked on Sunday. The disciples who lived through both days never doubted God again. They learned that when God seems most absent, He may be closest of all.
The sermon skips one day, though - Saturday - the day with no name. What the disciples lived through in small scale, we now live through on cosmic scale. It's Saturday on planet earth; will Sunday ever come?
That dark, Golgothan Friday can only be called good because of what happened on Sunday Easter opened up a crack in a universe winding down toward decay. And someday God will enlarge the miracle of Easter to cosmic scale.
Meanwhile, we wait in hopeful anticipation, living out our days on Saturday, the in-between day with no name.
it's Saturday. But Sunday's comin'. -- Phillip Yancey
Thought for the day: God took the worst deed of history and turned it into the greatest victory!
Happy, Happy Easter!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009


It has been a long time since I have blogged. I didn't realize how long until I started this post and saw the date. I have been on the computer in small spurts (Facebook and such) because with a broken foot, I do better with it up instead of in a sitting position. Hopefully, after this coming Friday and with a good report from the Dr. and x-rays, I will be able to take off the boot and get back to a somewhat normal existence!

In the last post, I reported that I was on a diet. I am still on a diet (as I have been most of my life!). Since I began on 1-1-09, I have lost 18 1/2 lbs. Because I have broken my foot, in the last 5 weeks I have been able to do no walking. That has limited my loss per week, but God is good and has allowed me to loose or maintain. I am on this diet with 2 friends who are prayer warriors - you know - people who promise to pray and you darn well know they're going to pray! We not only pray for one another but we also encourage and support one another. It is soooooo easy to get discouraged when you slip up and eat something that you shouldn't. Confessing to someone who is going through the same temptations you are and knows how you feel, is a great way to get back on track fast.

I finished up my Bible study of Daniel last week. WOW! How exciting this time around. I have studied Daniel in the past but not with the intensity as this past 12 weeks. I learned so much. In the past I have never really wanted to know what is going to take place in the last days. It didn't matter to me - I was saved - ready to go - knew He had a mansion prepared for me - couldn't wait. With this study I have learned much about His plan. How to reconcile Daniel and Revelation - that they go hand in hand. My mind has changed. I hunger to know more and am going to other sources to use along with His Word. Daniel lived a life of integrity. I want to be a Daniel. I want to live my life so that God can use me.

Well, spring has come and gone here in East Tennessee. Yesterday it was in the mid seventies - sandal weather. Today it is 36 and snowing - fuzzy sock weather. We have this beautiful red bud tree outside our living room window. I should have known when it went into full bloom, we were going to get a snow! That's the way April is - very unpredictable!

At the top of this post is a picture of my grandson Brandon and his fiance' Keyna. It was taken at their wedding shower yesterday. It was a fun time with family and friends. The ladies giving the shower had more than outdone themselves with food, food and more food (all the better to have fun with!). It was a perfect occasion to cheat on a diet!