Have You Wondered Where I’ve Been?

Cinderella adventure with infoIf you are like me, most of you have been so busy you didn’t notice my posts have been a bit sporadic lately.  I am trying hard this year to expand my speaking ministry.  I speak regularly for Stonecroft Ministries and love being able to share my testimony in person and help others find Jesus as their Savior.  It’s my passion to inspire and encourage women, so when my pastor’s wife asked me to do a women’s event for our church, I jumped on it!

Some of you are local so I thought I’d put one last invitation out there for any of you who might want to join us on May 17 for A Cinderella Adventure!  One of my friends, Ellen, did a wonderful speaker page for the event that I thought I’d share.  It’s turning out to be a wonderful day.  Hope you can join us!

Click here to meet the Speakers!

What’s So Good About Good Friday?

Image courtesy of bela_kiefer / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of bela_kiefer / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Do I blog on this every year?  I’m not sure.  I’m too old to remember those details and too lazy to look it up.  Every year when it is Good Friday, I am totally amazed that anyone would think that the day Jesus was killed on the cross was good!  I think this should be Bad Friday and Easter should be called Good Sunday…when He rose again!  Doesn’t that make more sense?

I don’t know about you, but it seems that Good Friday is always a reflective day for me.  Yes, I had breakfast with a friend, did some laundry and mowed the grass, but I’ve had Jesus on my mind all day despite my daily activities.   I am still amazed to think that He, being God, would actually suffer on a cross for my sins and yours.  When I think about His sacrifice, I bow in awe.  What a wondrous thing to know and love a Savior that loved me so much that He died a brutal death for me.  Wow.

Lately, I have been appalled with all the trash I see up and down the sides of the highways.  I don’t understand why someone can’t hold their garbage in their car until they get home to put it in a can.  Granted, there are those mishaps where someone might be hauling a load in their pickup truck and have stuff blow out.  But, really?  Could that many fly-aways account for the amount of trash accumulating on the side of the roads?

This scenario reminds me of our relationship with Jesus.  We make choices in our lives that aren’t always right in God’s eyes and according to His teachings in the Bible.  The fact is, we all leave a trail of trash here and there that isn’t so pretty and probably doesn’t smell real good either.

Today as I think about the sacrifice that Jesus made for my sins, I am even more convicted to never sin again.  He gave His life so that I could be free of garbage in my life and be holy in Him!  Why do I keep throwing my trash out the window for Him to have to come behind and clean up?

Today, I am humbled.  Lord, please forgive me for those things that I have done that stink up my environment.  I pray that you will protect the innocent people that I have negatively affected with my littering.  You have given your life for me and I don’t want to ever take that for granted.  I trust that your death–the price you paid for my sins even when I didn’t deserve it– will continue to recycle my life into something you can use for Your good.  Praise and thanks to the One Who gave His life for me and for you!

Now I know why it is called Good Friday.  It is a good and beautiful gift we were given on this day.

1John 1:9  (NKJV)  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

My Christmas Memories…

My favorite nativity scene on our mantle.
My favorite nativity on our mantle.

I am really stepping out of my comfort zone this time with a video.  It’s easy to hide behind my words that I get to go over and perfect every little thing.  But here I am…because I love Jesus…putting it all out there for the world to see!  I am sorry it’s a little longer, but I hope you’ll get a cup of coffee and sit around the fire with me while I share what’s on my heart this Christmas season!

Click here for the video of My Christmas Memories