Palm Sunday

As a young girl at First United Methodist Church Dimmitt, Tx, two vivid memories I have are Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. On Palm Sunday all the children lined the sanctuary waving giant green palms to start the service. On Easter Sunday we would fill a wooden cross in the front of the sanctuary with every kind of beautiful flower our members could find in west Texas. Even though I didn’t know the significance of these traditions at the time, I am thankful for the life saving seeds that were planted in my life.  As a girl loved by Christ and being pointed to His saving grace these two out of the ordinary Sundays were beautiful and fun to me but what do they mean to me today as a women who has been saved and changed by King Jesus?

Today I am reflecting on Palm Sunday.

“The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!””
‭‭John‬ ‭12:12-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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I can’t help but think about Jesus knowing what was ahead of him while people were shouting praises at him with palm branches in hand.  He knew he would face a torturous week in order to save us.

Palm Sunday is a reminder of:

The journey Jesus would take to save us from sin and death.

Ultimate sacrifice

True Love

Undeserved Mercy

Amazing Grace

Forgiveness

Salvation

Redemption

Life everlasting with God Almighty

And this is a list I will probably  continue to add to…

This is how much He loves us.

I am not only waving a palm for a wonderful man. Today I am waving a palm for the Son of God who was fixing to face a painful week to save you and I spiritually.

Jesus, as we approach what we call Passion week, may we remember Your sacrifice and Your love for all of us. As we recognize how much we are loved by You, help us love others so that they may know You also!

 

 

Spring Break 2016

It’s been a day of worship, rest, rain & mud. As I stood at my dryer and took these pictures I reflected upon my day.

I find myself thankful about things that the Lord brought to light during an amazing service this morning and regretting my frustrations about muddy boots.

Sundays are oh so good for the soul. 🙂

Spring break is this week and I really want to have fun with my kids right here on the ranch. Some of you might think this comes easy to me and on occasion it does but most of the time I get all tied up in knots about mud, crumbs and letting my 8 year make his own tang (FYI, he is messy). Then I start to plan activities away from home that cost money and the truth is, we can have just as much fun at home without my nagging. This is a real struggle for me. Selfishness rears it’s ugly head. I get frustrated because I am the one that cleans up the mud, crumbs and tang. I can imagine some of you relate. When did I loose my fun gene? When did crumbs dictate my fun level?

So my prayer tonight is, God, help me have fun with my kids. Help me to play and laugh.

It is only with Christ’s help that I can let go and have fun. I do not want these small inconveniences (or are they?) to get in the way of our Spring Break 2016. Who would have thought that I would be asking Jesus to help me have fun? I spent a lot of my life repenting for having too much fun (or what I thought was fun).

Proverbs 17:22 says a cheerful heart is good medicine. In my application notes it says, to be cheerful is to be ready to greet others with a welcome, a word of encouragement, and an enthusiasm for the task at hand. My task at hand is spring break with my two amazing kids. What a gift!

Lord, help me welcome my children with enthusiasm in whatever their creative minds dream up to do and have fun.