Good Friday

love hurtsOur church service was a lovely reflection of the timeline Jesus went through from the Last Supper to his death. I am always struck by the love and sacrifice Jesus made. It shows how precious Father, Son & Holy Spirit think we, their creation, are to them. Father sends His only Son, part of the Trinity. The Son takes off His deity and becomes like us. He lives a life committed to the Will of the Father to let us know we can do it too. The Holy Spirit available to us because of Jesus sacrifice and our need of a Teacher & Helper!
WOW! I don’t know about some people, but that gives me a picture of love unbridled. We sin, we fall short, we mess up, we are broken and needy. In the midst of this God pours out love, sacrifice, redemption, salvation, eternal life.
John 3:16 is so well known, and rightly so, but I love what comes in the next verse.
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His [a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17 (NASB) We know He sent Jesus because He loved us so much. But I think the even better news was in verse 17, NOT to judge the world, but to SAVE the world! Thank you Jesus, that you loved me enough to keep me from eternal judgement and a life apart from You!
I had an interesting conversation with an employee. He said he didn’t want to go to church for Easter. That got me thinking, what if Jesus, while praying in Gethsamene, said “Never mind, they’re not worth it” Where would we be? I know there have been many times I didn’t go to church because I was tired, busy, didn’t want to, whatever pitiful excuse I may have had. We are so blessed that we have a Savior who didn’t make excuses, but made the sacrifice.
I am in a very different place in my walk with God. I want to be in church every opportunity I can get now. One of the girls at work while the conversation was going on said “Oh Anna loves Jesus” And it’s so true, I can’t get enough of Him! I still get lazy, or complacent, but my desire is growing, along with my faith and happiness.
I pray this Easter, God reveals how much of a priority He made you, and perhaps you will make Him a priority this Sunday, and beyond. God bless and HOSANNA TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST!

The Sound of Silence?

Really?  Let.It.Go study you are stretching me so much.  One of our recent challenges was to be quiet and listen for God to speak to us.  When I make this an intentional exercise, I suddenly get ADD.  I think of every other thing possible and my brain refuses to SHUT UP!  It is a really taxing exercise.

This is not to say I did not do the exercise.  I did do it and I did hear from God.  Does anyone else spend quiet time with God in the shower?  I find there are less distractions there.  I mean really your just washing, it’s not rocket science and doesn’t require a lot of attention.  So I asked God to help me focus on and Him, and really tried to listen. 

Guess what?  The God who made me, He knows I have quiet time ADD! I really didn’t hear anything in the shower from God, ok, maybe a chuckle.  He had to have, I was trying to redirect all those stray thoughts to QUIET!  So, I got out and as I was drying off and getting ready for my day,  thought about one of my email inboxes and how I needed to clean it out.  BOOM!  God broke in!

He told me that that is like my quiet time with Him.  There is so much Junk and Spam vying for my attention, that it’s hard to focus on Him.  Thanks for the picture God.  So, I am trying to read God’s “email” and delete all the spam. 

Thankfully God also talks to me through music.  I have always connected with music.  In high school psychology, we had to say which sense we would hate to lose, and I said hearing.  I could not imagine a life with no music. 

I like to listen to Christian radio overnight when sleeping.  God just shows me His love by having a song playing that  really connect to as my brain wakes up.  It’s like Him saying “Good Morning, time to wake up!”  It really starts my day on the right track.  Sometimes, music brings me revelation, peace, exhilaration and so much more.  I can understand David’s heart to sing and dance for the Lord. If you saw me in my alone time of praise and worship, I think it would look something like that. 

Psalm 150:4   Praise Him with the tambourine and dancing; praise Him with strings and flutes!

This song makes me want to share God’s love and live this life for Him better!   I hope it encourages you too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-2dKOfbC9c