Sunday, April 20, 2014

Journey to Jesus - He is Risen

My station during the EGGstravaganza was the tomb. I got to share the news that Jesus was risen! He was alive again! 

Jesus Has Risen
28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

I hope that you have a blessed day. Happy Easter! 


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Journey to Jesus - Waiting

*Full disclosure, this one isn't necessarily scriptural....just my own Holy Week confession.*

I hate waiting. I can't stand it. Waiting for company to come for dinner. Test results to be published. Software to download. You name it I hate it. So, imagine being Jesus' friends and disciples. It's Saturday, yesterday he was crucified and you've just buried him. If you trust in his teaching then you know that on Sunday He will be risen from the dead, but on Saturday you impatiently wait. If it was me, I'd spend all day Saturday fidgeting, cleaning, not being able to sit still, and probably annoying those around me.

I would probably have to cook, or take a walk, or the biblical equivalent of going for a run to let off steam. I would have been a mess that day. I would have baked bread for all of my neighbors, cleaned my house from floor to ceiling, cooked enough food for an army, and still would not be able to calm my self down.

I am a terrible waiter, but it's Saturday...and Sunday is coming!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Journey to Jesus - Good Friday

Matthew 27:32-50

New International Version (NIV)

The Crucifixion of Jesus

32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. 37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews.
38 Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[a] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[b]
47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

His friend denied him, His Father turned his back on him. He was beaten, mocked, and hung on a cross. He took on the sins of the world, and died so that we could be made new in Him. The veil was torn, man was no longer separated from God. Jesus bridges the gap.....He was placed in a tomb, and the tomb was sealed. Pilate placed his guards at the tomb to keep watch. 

It's Friday.....but Sunday is coming! 


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Journey To Jesus - The Last Supper and the Praying in the Garden

Matthew 26:17-19, 26-28

The Last Supper

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

That night, in the upper room Jesus and his disciples shared a meal. Jesus washed their feet (I didn't include that scripture here), taking on the role of servant he washed their feet, then broke bread with them. This was their final meal with their friend and master, Jesus knew that soon he'd be betrayed by one of them. 

Matthew 26: 36-40


36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn't you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.

I have to be honest and tell you that I don't think I'd be any better than the disciples. It was late, and they were tired. I'd assume that the garden was quiet, peaceful would take a lot for me to keep my eyes open and not doze off. It wasn't long before the soldiers showed up in the garden with Judas, to take Jesus away. That night he was put on trial, mocked, and beaten. 

I can't imagine witnessing the events of that night, and the next day. I can't imagine the hurt and the heartbreak that his friends were feeling as the events unfolded. 

Stop back tomorrow! 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Journey to Jesus - The Triumphal Entry

On Saturday our church hosted it's first annual Easter EGGstravaganza. When the children and their families entered the gym, they started on a Journey for Jesus. Their Journey began with Palm Sunday and the triumphal entry. From there they traveled along (from room to room) hearing the story of Jesus. From the Triumphal entry they went to The Last Supper, The Garden of Gethsemane, The Cross, The Tomb, and The ABC's of salvation. I was at the tomb. I got to tell the children and their families that Jesus was risen from the dead, the tomb was empty, He is alive just as he said! When they completed their Journey they exited into an Easter carnival full of games, crafts, and lots and lots...I mean LOTS of candy!

With this week being Holy Week (if you've been reading my blog for a while you know this is my favorite week) I'd like to recount the Journey to find Jesus with you.

I'm a day late with this one, but here it is anyway!

Palm Sunday - The Triumphal Entry

This is where Jesus' final week began. He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey as crowds of people greeted him, waving palm branches and shouting "Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"

New International Version (NIV)Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:“Say to Daughter Zion,    ‘See, your king comes to you,gentle and riding on a donkey,    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Random Ramblings

Hello!! It's been a while since I posted something here other than a Quick Takes post, and I figured I need to get back here and keep things up, so here I am...and let me apologize right now for the random ramblings that are soon to come.....

 I'm actually here hiding...hiding from actually writing...the blinking line on the word document in the other window is mocking me. It knows that I have writer's knows that I have nothing of substance to add today, but that I need to add something...anything. Now, I should be honest and tell you that I don't have total writer's block...I'm just blocked on this first book. I've written out a great (at least in my opinion) scene for the third book, but can't seem to get the first to move forward, and I have well, nothing for the second book. Well, not nothing...I have a concept....and a few characters but I don't know how it will fit with my timeline. It needs to fit nicely between the first and third while also staying true to the history and the right time period and so far it doesn't. That means that I have to either adjust the timeline of the first one, the third one, or scrap the second one all together. I don't really want to scrap it so right now I need to do a good bit of research and figure out what will work for the second one.

At this point I'm basically doing everything I can to force myself to write...I don't really write in order so that helps. I'm stuck in a scene pretty early on, and I've just moved forward to another chapter farther on in the book. That seems to help when it comes to beating the block, but this time I just can't seem to get the early scene to move... That's not to say that it's slow, or hard to follow, or bad (at least I hope not) it just means that I need to sit down and really work on moving the scene forward.

I'm also doing everything I can think of to avoid writing; browsing Pinterest, scanning Facebook, texting my friend and fellow writer about BBC's Robin Hood and how AWESOME it is, texting that same friend about our mutual love for Marvel villian Loki, and watching the Hobbit as I sit and type this. Can I tell you how much I love the Hobbit? Because I really love it. Of all of Tolkein's works The Hobbit is my favorite...not just in terms of the movie adaptations but the books as well. Bilbo Baggins will forever be my favorite Hobbit, and I love Martin Freeman in the role. Also Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield doesn't hurt : )

Captain America: The Winter Soldier starts in theaters this weekend and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little excited about this one. Pretty much anything Marvel does is good in my book, so I'm really looking forward to this one, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out next summer which is also quite exciting!

It is officially baseball season! (that has nothing to do with anything really, I just thought I'd share my excitement with you)

Okay, that's enough random rambling for one night...I really do need to get writing! If this blog is good for anything, it sure does help me work through my creative shut-down...and now for a cute picture from the web...


Friday, March 28, 2014

7 Quick Takes: 3/28/14

Another Friday means another installment of Quick Takes...I just finished up an exam for my online class and only have one left to do! This semester is finally coming to an end, and I honestly can't wait! I have today off, and plan on relaxing, doing a bit of writing, and watching movies with my mom, so if you don't mind I'm just going to get right to the takes....

1.) Last week I didn't post because I was extremely tired. I would have written the post Thursday and then published, but I didn't....then I could have posted live on Friday but I didn't do that either. You see, I spent all day Thursday painting. First thing Thursday morning I gutted my room, and over the course of 12-15 hours I painted two coats of paint above and below the awful horrible kill-it-with-fire bane-of-my-existence  chair rail, painted the chair rail, and painted all the trim...then I had the joy of putting everything back together. By the end of the night I was sore, tired, and so not in the mood to write. I only wish that I had gotten better pictures to share, but here is what I can show you....

2.) The NCAA Basketball tournament began on Thursday and our church is having a little friendly bracket competition...I spent most of the first weekend tied for first place in a field heavily dominated by the men I work with....I was extremely proud of myself...until Sunday....the wheels fell off the wagon Sunday when the Kansas Jayhawks lost........and busted my poor little bracket.....

3.) Sunday night my Bible Quizzing kids had their last practice before the big District Quiz Meet on Saturday. Dad wrote a stellar Jeopardy style game for them, and they are all ready for the meet. This season they were studying the book of Genesis, and next year we'll move on to Exodus....I still have a trophy on my shelf from when I was a quizzer....The last time I quizzed we were in the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel....I loved being a quizzer, and I feel like I've come full circle now that I'm one of the coaches. 

4.) Tuesday night I went out with a group of great ladies from church; we went to dinner and then headed to the cinema to see God's Not Dead. I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend you go see this movie! It was phenomenal. I will try to summarize without spoiling...

Josh is a college Freshman who has to fulfill a humanities credit, so he takes an intro to philosophy class. On the first day in class the professor tells his students that he wants to "get the argument out of the way" so he has them write God is Dead on a piece of paper, sign their name, and turn it in for full credit as an assignment. Josh refuses, stating that he is a Christian and he could never renounce his faith in that way. The professor then tells him that over the course of three classes Josh is to make his argument to the class....prove to the class that God's NOT dead.....The class could then decide; is Josh right or the professor. Josh makes his case, citing arguments from both sides of the issue, and ultimately the class decides that............................... 
(you thought I'd spoil it didn't you? I told you I wouldn't) 
There are several other story lines mixed in with the main story, but they all revolve around the main premise that God's Not was a very well done film, and I would very much recommend everyone see this movie. 

5.) I'm going to jump back to Sunday for a moment...

The Good was no other option.........Will?! No!

Okay, but really....and fans of The Good Wife out there?? I'd love to hear your thoughts about Sunday night's episode...are you as grief-stricken as me....

Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman, and only my favorite TV show host) tweeted about the episode on Sunday, and by Monday after I'd finally watched it, I responded to her on a whim....and this just made my day!!
Seriously though....DAY. MADE!!

6.) I have had serious writer's block this past week....or two....I am so stuck in fact that my character has been left sitting on a bench for the last week....or two....because I can't figure out where she needs to go next!! I am however working on what I hope will be the concluding book in the series. I am in the process of writing the turning point scene. I hesitate to call it the climax because that's not really what it is; it's the scene that changes the lives of my characters, and ultimately changes the direction of the story. That's why I hesitate to call it the climax, because calling it that suggests a resolution to that scene, which wouldn't necessarily involve my characters. I have to admit that through this process I've gained so much more respect for authors of historical fiction...really authors in general. I've had such fun walking this path, and learning my style, and technique, and really working on honing this skill....but let me tell you, it is hard! It gives me  a much greater appreciation for the books that I love! 

7.) I'm about to head out and run some errands, so this is it for me today! OH! Good news for my fellow Michiganders....the snow is melting! 


As always, I'm linking up with Jen and the others over at Conversion Diary. Make sure to head over there and check out the rest of this week's Quick Takes!

Have a wonderful weekend!