Wanted to share a video with you of my Daughter Cassie singing Easter morning at service she is singing with Mike Huff one of the guys on our praise and worship team. They played clips from the movie "Passion of The Christ"
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 It's a story of redemption. We all have our own story our own scars to bear. Some of us think about them everyday not always meaning to but we do. ~lots of bad choices ~people...people are very good at reminding you of all your wrongs ~it could be a place, a song or even a smell that will make you wench at your past My scars were never visible but they hurt all the same and for many years I would revisit how unworthy I felt I was how many people in my life I had disappointed never feeling like I could measure up to the expectations of others. And then there were those who prayed... They never gave up on me and spent day after day speaking words of encouragement into my life. Reminding me God still had a call on my life and despite how I felt he still loved me. That's where John 3:16 comes in. The definition of redemption :Deliverance upon payment of ransom; rescue. No matter how many times I got it wrong, no matter how many people still whispered...... For God so loved me he paid my debt, took my guilt and rescued me.
On Sunday my Daughter did a special song at church I had no idea what she was singing it happen to be one of my favorite songs and it reminded me once again...
After endless vitamin C thoughts and loads of hand sanitizer I still managed to catch some sort of "bug" I felt myself going down hill Friday afternoon at work managed to make it home throw some food to the kids and honestly couldn't tell you what went on in this house all weekend.
I have vague memories of NyQuil and Z packs and do remember waking up with Cassie in my face saying "Just making sure your breathing Mom." how thoughtful of her.
As much as I would think that it couldn't my family survived without me for a few days Husband kicked in and did the laundry and believe it or not no one died of starvation. I do remember loud voices and something about a deer and a dent in the truck and off and on revving up of some unknown vehicle outside...
When I awoke from my slumber Chad Allen told me he had hit a deer (actually the deer hit him) while taking his girlfriend home he said I went out and looked at his truck the night it happen I remember none of that. Thankfully they were ok his truck has some dents but that can be fixed.
And somewhere during my slumber my Son decided to trade his GSXR 750 aka crotch rocket. Understand when he purchased this bike I was not a happy Mamma I begged him not to buy it and when he brought it home I nearly passed out so after a new paint job and some tweekes he decided to trade it (answer to prayers)
So when I walked out in the yard this is what I found....
WOW...this makes me feel sooo much better
At least it's not a street bike but seriously?
~Kids can survive on ham and cheese loaf
~Our family can throw down some serious viral what-what around here
~I'm ready for it to go away
What we will see will only last for a short time,but what we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18
2013 has arrived and for many of us we have gladly said so long to 2012. I myself have faced many struggles in 2012 some of which I left behind and a few I have managed to bring with me into this new year, and asking "Seriously God? How long is this going to last?"
For some of you, the journey has been long.Very long and stormy...In no way do I wish to minimize the struggles you have had to face along the way. Some have shouldered burdens that few of us could ever carry. You have bid farewell to life-long partners, parents or siblings. You have been robbed of life-long dreams, and have been given bodies that are breaking down way before the warranty is up. You have family who can't tolerate your faith and make you feel misunderstood. You have bills that outnumber the paychecks and challenges that seem to outweigh the strength...
And you are tired.....
Its hard for you to see the City in the midst of the storms..the light at the end of the tunnel. The desire to pull over to the side of the road come to a screeching halt and get out entices you.
You want to go on, but most days the road seems to long....
Much to long to work overtime.
Much to long to fit in a story after bath time.
Much to long to listen to a friend on the other end of the line go on and on about her long road.
Much to long to spend extra time reading your Bible.
Let me encourage you.....God never said that the journey would be easy, but he did say that there is light at the end of the tunnel and the arrival would be worthwhile.
Trust him my friend because what we can't see will last forever! Blessings!