Amazing Love

Today, this Thursday before Easter is Maundy Thursday. It is the day known to Christians as the day Jesus ate His Last Supper with his Disciples, washed their feet, and gave them a New Commandment to “Love one another, just as I have loved you.” John 13:34

What does this new commandment mean for us today?

Jesus loves everyone and He made the greatest sacrifice to give us Salvation, an incredible gift that secures us from the penalty that we deserve. As our verse tells us today, “He died for us while we were still sinners.” Jesus gained nothing from loving us, but we gained everything.

Today on this Maundy Thursday, I am taking time to meditate on the command Jesus’ spoke to his disciples in that upper room. The room he humbled himself to wash their feet. The King of Kings, served those He loved.

How can we be better servants for our Savior? How can we better carry our his command to Love others as he has loved us?

Here are a few ideas that came to mind:

Pray for those who have harmed us and pray blessings over them.

Check on our elderly neighbors during this time of having to shelter in place.

Call or Facetime family, friends, and relatives you haven’t spoken to in some time.

Donate to a food pantry or organization that provides for the needy, veterans, or homeless.

Donate to a charity of your choice.

Whatever it is, let’s just shine Jesus’ light of love to everyone!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

My Redeemer Lives!

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Thank you God for being a God who never changes as we live in a world that is constantly changing. We can count on your promises Lord, that you are with us, you are protecting us, and you work for all that is good. Help us to see as you see during these times, Father. Fill us with your Holy Spirit that we may never doubt your unchanging ways. Give us patience when we want to run ahead of your Will and your timing. May we find everlasting Joy in knowing you alone are all we need as you are our Redeemer. In your Son’s precious name, Amen.

Hosanna!

I was just sitting this morning reminiscing of Palm Sundays of my youth. In Sunday School we would make crosses out of palm leaves. Walking into service we would be handed a FULL palm branch (as a little person that was a big deal! wink wink), which may have been taken away at some point during the service for being used as inappropriately to annoy my sisters. Ah, what nostalgic memories.

For the past several weeks most of the country and myself included have been going to church via the internet. I’ll admit it’s not the same as being in our church homes with our church families, however one of the most wonderful qualities of our Lord is that he is Omnipresent. He is always everywhere.

God’s word tells us:

Job 34:21 (ESV) “For his eyes are on the ways of a man and he sees all his steps.”

Jeremiah 23:24 (ESV) “Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.”

Matthew 18:20 (ESV) “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

So even though right now we are mandated to our homes to worship we are not alone. The news may make us feel like we are living in very dark times, but we are not alone. People are out of jobs right now, but they are not alone. The doctors, nurses, and all health care workers on the front lines are not alone. The sick are not alone. The grieving are not alone.

This Holy Week let’s make a joyful noise from our homes shouting “Hosanna!” expressing our adoration and praise for our Savior Jesus. Knowing that His death on the cross saved us from our sins forever can be a wellspring of Joy everyday. Let’s have faith and trust in our Savior to know that He is with us, we are not alone.

“And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting:

“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9 ESV)

Light Of The World

Let’s ask God how we can be “The Light” for someone today.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

Finding Strength

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How can I pray for you this week? Send me an email in the contact section. I promise not to put you on a list and send you tons of mail.

One of the joys I am finding during this crazy time in our world and having to “shelter in place” is the time I am getting to spend with my husband and two of our kids. We are playing old board games, watching Jeopardy together, and getting out in the backyard throwing the Frisbee and playing an old shoot around favorite “HORSE”. (If your’re not familiar it’s a basketball game) . Oh and we are laughing, a lot. Even when it appears there is not a lot to laugh at these days, we are finding laughter in ourselves, movies, and frankly we laugh just to laugh. Medicine for the soul.

I mentioned we get to be with two of our kids, one of the four is out in California. He calls weekly to give us updates and we got a rare “Face Time” with him a few days ago which was a welcomed treat. He is doing great and though he has been staying in he has been able to do what he loves, read, read, and read some more!

The fourth, well I hate to say as a mom who loves her son with all her heart, I’m not so sure how he is doing today. He made the choice to “social distance” himself from his family long before “social distancing” became a “thing”. I “Look to the Lord’s strength” daily and know deep in my soul that He has this child of His under His loving wings. God doesn’t have grandchildren, only children. I have faith today that I can let go and let my heavenly Father take care of his wayward son. That brings me peace and an odd sense of joy. And just maybe one day he will come home.

My prayer today is for our world to be able to get back to running again but better than we were before. I pray we will be more compassionate, more caring, more loving, and more sharing. I pray we will find more ways to bring each other joy and laughter.

What are you doing to find joy during these days. Let me know in the comments.

Rest From Your Sheltering In Place

Over the past almost 15 days now our family has been really trying hard to heed the calling of our Government leaders by staying home. I don’t know about most of you, but I am getting a little cabin fever even though the weather here is finally drying up so I can get out and walk. I need a little rest from my hours of Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, online yoga and workouts and cleaning toilets!

Today’s verse of the day tells us just how to get the rest we need, not just during this time of the Covid-19 crisis we are facing, but once we get back to our “normal” lives.

“Come to Me” Jesus makes no qualms about it. He commands us to get ourselves straight to Him and He will give us all the rest we need. Any time of day or night. In good times and bad.

Even when you think all you have been doing is resting your body, I guarantee you, your mind just might need some rest right about now. I know mine sure does from all the negative media, even though we have limited our watching the news. in our home. And for my amazing husband, who is a News junky, this has been an awesome feat! ( Well to be quite honest I have become a little addicted to a particular morning news show myself!)

God’s word tells us in Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Let’s renew our minds during these unsure, social distancing times with God’s truth and light. Let’s renew our minds, hearts, and souls daily in The Word of God. We will be refreshed and revived.

We are not alone. God is with us and He is in control.

I am putting my full faith and trust in Him. Won’t you join me.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!