Friday, April 18, 2014

It's Friday..........

But Sunday's coming….

It was a simple sermon, starting softly, building in volume and intensity until the entire congregation was completely involved, repeating the phrases in unison. The sermon went something like this.

It’s Friday. Jesus is arrested in the garden where He was praying. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. The disciples are hiding and Peter’s denying that he knows the Lord. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is standing before the high priest of Israel, silent as a lamb before the slaughter. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is beaten, mocked, and spit upon. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Those Roman soldiers are flogging our Lord with a leather scourge that has bits of bones and glass and metal, tearing at his flesh. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. The Son of man stands firm as they press the crown of thorns down into his brow. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. See Him walking to Calvary, the blood dripping from His body. See the cross crashing down on His back as He stumbles beneath the load. It’s Friday; but Sunday’s a coming.

It’s Friday. See those Roman soldiers driving the nails into the feet and hands of my Lord. Hear my Jesus cry, “Father, forgive them.” It’s Friday; but Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, bloody and dying. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. The sky grows dark, the earth begins to tremble, and He who knew no sin became sin for us. Holy God who will not abide with sin pours out His wrath on that perfect sacrificial lamb who cries out, “My God, My God. Why hast thou forsaken me?” What a horrible cry. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. And at the moment of Jesus’ death, the veil of the Temple that separates sinful man from Holy God was torn from the top to the bottom because Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, heaven is weeping and hell is partying. But that’s because it’s Friday, and they don’t know it, but Sunday’s a coming.

And on that horrible day 2000 years ago, Jesus the Christ, the Lord of glory, the only begotten Son of God, the only perfect man died on the cross of Calvary. Satan thought that he had won the victory. Surely he had destroyed the Son of God. Finally he had disproved the prophecy God had uttered in the Garden and the one who was to crush his head had been destroyed. But that was Friday.

Now it’s Sunday. And just about dawn on that first day of the week, there was a great earthquake. But that wasn’t the only thing that was shaking because now it’s Sunday. And the angel of the Lord is coming down out of heaven and rolling the stone away from the door of the tomb. Yes, it’s Sunday, and the angel of the Lord is sitting on that stone and the guards posted at the tomb to keep the body from disappearing were shaking in their boots because it’s Sunday, and the lamb that was silent before the slaughter is now the resurrected lion from the tribe of Judah, for He is not here, the angel says. He is risen indeed.

It’s Sunday, and the crucified and resurrected Christ has defeated death, hell, sin and the grave. It’s Sunday. And now everything has changed. It’s the age of grace, God’s grace poured out on all who would look to that crucified lamb of Calvary. Grace freely given to all who would believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary was buried and rose again. All because it’s Sunday.

At the end of the message the pastor shouts out:

It’s Friiidaaaay!

And the whole congregation responds:

But Sunday’s Coming!

Waiting for Sunday,

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Today Should Be The Day….

It's well past my bedtime on Sunday morning, December 1st……

Today should be the day…..

Friday, November 15, 2013

My Living Locket

I LOVE my Origami Owl Necklace!

I LOVE that in just a simple piece of jewelry, it tells the whole story of our family.  

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Young Living Essential Oils

I am so thankful to have recently been introduced to Young Living Essential Oils by my friend Beth!

Bryan and I have used Melaleuca oil (tea tree oil) for lots of things for many years and have never been disappointed!  I am excited to branch out and learn more about how these therapeutic grade essential oils can benefit and heal our family.

Friday, October 18, 2013

100 Envelopes to Bring MinLan Home!

MinLan Matters

100 Envelopes to Bring MinLan Home

Thanks so much for checking out our 100 Envelopes Fundraiser!

We have 100 envelopes numbered one to one hundred.

We are asking for friends, family, complete strangers, anyone, to sponsor an envelope or MORE than one if you like!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Did You Know….

Did you know that October is Down Syndrome Awareness month?  Not to be confused with World Down Syndrome Day each year on 3-21. ;-)

Last year, this momma was in "surgery mode" and I could not even begin to think about spreading awareness!  This year I've let my Facebook/Instagram/blogging break get me off course and I have missed the first 14 days of October!  Where has this month gone?!?!?!!?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Happy First Happy Heart Day Neely!

Sorry for the barrage of pictures! Spent some time today going back through the pictures from last October.  Amazing the emotions that just those pictures bring back up.

The weight of her surgery that was pressing down is indescribable unless you have been there.  You just think you know…..


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