He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!

Easter liilyHe is Risen!!!  He is Risen Indeed!!!! 

Hello and Happy Easter.  Hope you have a wonderful Easter!  May you enjoy the true meaning of this amazing day.

“He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” — 1st Corinthians 15:4.

He (Jesus) is alive and I’m forgiven!  Heaven’s gates are open wide (this is from a song and I don’t remember the title).  This is a great song and I wish I could remember more.  My mom knows the words so I will check with her.  I will post something another day.

Here are the words to one of my favorite Easter hymns.  I can just hear the organ and trumpets as I sing it:

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

3 crossesHymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!

But the pain which He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation hath procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as His love, Alleluia!
Praise Him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia!

In addition to a yummy lunch after church, my family will also enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.  That is always a fun part of it as well.

Praise and worship, food and fellowship, and fun and candy go hand-in-hand.  All of these elements will make for a fun and blessed Easter Sunday.

I hope and pray that you have a wonderful Easter and terrific week!  God Bless You!!

Merry Christmas to You!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAI wanted to wish my friends, family, blogs followers and readers a very Merry Christmas!  Hope you have a very blessed holiday!

A few Sundays ago, our Pastor told a story in his sermon that is what I think the holiday is all about.  An autistic boy had a part in the Christmas play.

He played the inn keeper and was supposed to tell Joseph and Mary that there was no room for them in the inn.

Instead this boy said, “I know what I am supposed to say, but Mary and Joe, there is room.  Why don’t you take my room?”

Isn’t that the sweetest? This boy knew that Christmas and Christ are about love and helping others!  May we all live that kind of life!!

This Christmas Eve and Christmas, I look forward to time with family and dear friends, good food, baking cookies, going to church tonight with my family, cookies and hot chocolate after the service, watching Ian open his gifts and stocking on Christmas morning, and the love of the Christ Child!

Here are a few quotes about Christmas:

  • “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”– Burton Hillis
  • “From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas brings us closer to each other.” — Emily Matthews
  • “The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.” — WC Jones
  • “For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.”– W. J. Tucker
  • “At Christmas, all roads lead home.”– Marjorie Holmes
  • “Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving, and of families united.” –Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”– Laura Ingalls Wilder

May you have a blessed and wonderful Christmas!  Remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!!

We Are Special!

daisyOver the weekend, I rewatched some of the final episodes of the 2nd season of the wonderful “Downton Abbey.”   It was fun to see the storylines again!  And, I cannot wait until the new season starts in January!!!

This is a great show about Lord and Lady Crawley, their children, other family members and friends, and their servants.  It has “upstairs” characters and “downstairs” characters.   Have you watched it?  If not, you should tune in when PBS starts the new season next month.

One line that I heard on the show gave me pause.  Daisy is the kitchen maid and on the bottom of the totem pole in the downstairs staff.  She is often treated very badly and like the bottom rung person that she is.  That in itself is sometimes hard to watch.

Although she is treated so poorly, she proudly and honorably does her work as all of the downstairs staff does.  They all seem content to be at their station in life, although she is ready for some changes and tries to make them happen.

She said, “I have never been special to anyone.”  Isn’t that sad?  I know that it is a character giving a line but I couldn’t help but think there may be real people out there who feel that way.  That truly made me sad.

Everyone is special and should be treated as such.  The Lord above gave each and every one of us unique gifts and talents.  I hope that you know that about yourself!!

For many years, the word special has been used in a more derogatory meaning or as a joke.  Like the Church Lady on “Saturday Night Live” used to say, “Isn’t that special?”  That was funny but has changed the meaning of the word.

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, “Special” is defined as “distinguished by some unusual quality; especially : being in some way superior <our special blend>: or held in particular esteem.”

We use the term “special needs student” for a child who learns a little bit differently or may need extra help with school work or reading.  And there are the Special Olympics, which are an amazing opportunity for students to compete in sports and feel what it is like to be on a team.

I am fortunate to have parents, aunts and uncles, and grandparents and other precious adults who told me and showed me that I was special.  I always felt that way as well as loved.  That is something I am truly grateful for.

Now that I am a parent, I am teaching and showing Ian that he is special.  Actually Kirk and I are doing that together as his parents.  This is important to us as parents that he learns that he is loved, cared and provided for, and special to us.

I hope and pray that you too feel special!  Please remember that all of us are special to Jesus.  He loves us and wants us to know what it is like to be loved and truly valued.

My prayer is that you too feel special and loved and valued!  And, I also pray that we help others in our life realize how special they are to us!  Let us share that love!!