Apr 28, 2011

Apr 22, 2011

A Joyous Easter To You!

I love anything written by Max Lucado.  The following excerpts are from Lucado's online daily devotional, relevant to the meaning of Easter.  I love the bunnies and chicks and baskets that are part of the Easter/Spring celebration, but I cherish the true story of Easter.

I will be spending Easter with my husband, our daughter, and our two granddaughters at my parents home in Tennessee.  My Easter will be blessed and I'm wishing each of you a wonderful and blessed Easter too!

March 21:
Never More Human
By Max Lucado

“He poured out His soul unto death.” Isaiah 53:12 NKJV
The scene is very simple; you’ll recognize it quickly. A grove of twisted olive trees. Ground cluttered with large rocks. A low stone fence. A dark, dark night . . .

See that solitary figure? . . . Flat on the ground. Face stained with dirt and tears. Fists pounding the hard earth . . .

That’s Jesus . . . God was never more human than at this hour. God was never nearer to us than when he hurt.

March 22:
He Planned It
By Max Lucado

“This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge.” Acts 2:23 NIV

Jesus planned his own sacrifice.
He intentionally planted the tree from which his cross would be carved.

He willingly placed the iron ore in the heart of earth from which the nails would be cast . . .

Christ was the one who set in motion the political machinery that would send Pilate to Jerusalem . . .

He didn’t have to do it—but he did.

March 27:
Three O’Clock
By Max Lucado

“At noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours.” Matthew 27:45 TEV

Of course the sky is dark; people are killing the Light of the World . . .

The sky weeps. And a lamb bleats. Remember the time of the scream? “At about three o’clock Jesus cried out.” Three o’clock in the afternoon, the hour of the temple sacrifice. Less than a mile to the east, a finely clothed priest leads a lamb to the slaughter, unaware that his work is futile. Heaven is not looking at the lamb of man but at “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29, RSV).

March 28:
A Tree That Will Never Fall
By Max Lucado

“God is strong and can help you not to fall.” Jude 24

Can God really keep you from falling?

To answer that, go to a . . . tree on a barren hill. A tree older than time. A tree that covers the mistakes of your past and the problems of your future. Be assured—that tree will never fall.

March 29:
Such Love
By Max Lucado

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34, NIV

How Jesus, with a body wracked with pain, eyes blinded by his own blood, and lungs yearning for air, could speak on behalf of some heartless thugs is beyond my comprehension. Never, never have I seen such love. If ever a person deserved a shot at revenge, Jesus did. But he didn’t take it. Instead he died for them. How could he do it? I don’t know. But I do know that all of a sudden my wounds seem very painless. My grudges and hard feelings are suddenly childish.

March 31:
On Behalf Of Jesus
By Max Lucado

“This man has done nothing wrong.” Luke 23:41

Finally someone is defending Jesus. Peter fled. The disciples hid. The Jews accused. Pilate washed his hands. Many could have spoken on behalf of Jesus, but none did. Until now.

Kind words from the lips of a thief. He makes his request. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42).

The Savior turns his heavy head toward the prodigal child and promises, “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).

Apr 20, 2011

Happy Easter From Our Tiniest Bunny


This little bunny is Amelia, our newest granddaughter.  Many of you have been praying for her and her daddy since Christmas 2010 when our son lost his beautiful 29 year old wife during the birth of their first child.  Amelia is a tremendous blessing for all of us, especially her daddy.  Life has settled down a bit, however we're still in that mode of not being able to believe all this has happened.  It's been 4 months since Jen died and little Amelia entered our lives.  Our son Jacob is flourishing in his role as a new father, though he grieves terribly for Jenni.  But God is good and He has allowed all of to see that there is light and joy and life at the end of the tunnel.  Little Amelia is the happiest and most contented baby I've ever seen...and of course her Mimi thinks she's just about the most beautiful too!

I hope to post more often again now - I've missed interaction with all of you.  And I am so grateful for your love, prayers, and concern for our family.  May each of you be blessed this Easter by the renewal of nature around us and the joy that only God can provide!