Sunday, April 15, 2012

Living Hope

Last week I mentioned that we had talked about the Resurrection in Sunday School and it had left me with so much to consider and to think about this week.  Well, today was another repeat of what we did last week. We had scripture to discuss, which I included at the end of the post, and it was one of those "Aah-Haa" moments. It was just amazing.  It was one of those times when you have read that scripture numerous times and you think you understand it and then you read it again and WOW, it just blows you away!!!!!! 

We talked about having a Living Hope.  It is something that is very real. It is very powerful.  It can and should determine what and how we live each day.  So I was thinking about those to words.  So lets take them and run with it so to speak.

Living.  Christ, came to this earth as fully human and fully God. That in itself to me is something that I, to this day, still have a hard time wrapping my human mind around.  He came here and lived on this earth and never sinned. He died a horrible death on a Roman cross and was buried. He rose again on the third day. He ascended into Heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father. He is living. He is alive. He is listening. He is caring. He is everywhere. He is powerful. He is interceding for me. He is ALIVE!!!!!!!!  He is living. There is no doubt about it!!!!!!

Hope- probably one of my favorite words and most misused words. Hope is often used so lightly.  We "hope" we get that job. We "hope" that we get that raise. We "hope" we have time to do this or that.  We even go so far as to say that we "hope" that Jesus will answer our prayer. We "hope" He will do this or that for us.  We have a HOPE.  We have real hope. When we pray we should ask EXPECTING!!!!!  We use it so lightly, and we should use it with confidence. I mean if we think about this and consider....His word has stated that He hears and listens and he answers!!!!!!!!!  Do you and I really believe that? Do we really get it? There is so much in that simple 4 little letter word. There is so much power in it!!!!!  It has really challenged my prayer life to the point of being CONFIDENT that He hears and will answer.  It doesn't mean that the answer will be what Pam wants but what is best and that is where my confidence and hope can be. 

So now lets put the words together.  Living Hope.  We can come to a Living Lord with our Hope!!  I can come before Him with whatever is coming at me and ask that He will give me what is needed and KNOW that he will.  Is that powerful? Does that give you power? Does that mean that you and I should live differently? Does that mean we should claim that power on a daily basis?  ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!! I walked out of Sunday School with my head held high realizing that there is nothing that my Living Hope can't handle. He is my Living Hope!!!!!!!!!
What about you?  Do you have this Living Hope? Do you want to know more about my Living Hope?  Just let me know!!!!! I would love to share it with you!

Scripture we discussed
1Peter 1:3
Eph. 1:15-23
Eph. 2:4-7
Eph. 3:14-21
John 12:23-24

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Still Pondering Easter!!!!!!!

I have been away for a bit and it's time to get with the program and get things moving. There seems to be so much that I would love to write about and there never seems to be nearly enough time to do it.

Work- It's going well. Life working 3rd shift is difficult but right now it seems to work. Our/My plan/prayer is that I will be able to move into a Weekend Option position. The ability to work on Saturday night and Sunday night and one 8 hour during the week. This sounds really weird but it would be perfect with Kaleb starting school. No after school care, no worries about holidays and early dismissals etc. It would just be the ultimate. Now we wait for the Lords answer and His timing knowing that He does answer His children.

We have a new Sunday School teacher and his method of teaching is something I think that we are really going to enjoy. We are very excited about it!!!! Change can be hard but this is going to be something wonderful! Its amazing what the Lord does and how much He can change us.

This past Sunday was wonderful. We discussed of course Easter but the question was posed...."Why Celebrate The Resurrection?" It was a very profound question that I had never considered. Something that we usually just kind of take for granted. It was something to really think about and I have had it on my mind for the past couple of days. He gave us scripture and I will share that. Yet, the question remains, WHY?

So, let me as you Why do you celebrate The Resurrection? Then I will share with you the scripture and the my thoughts on it!!!!!

Something to Ponder Today,

Monday, April 2, 2012

So much and so little time

This has been such a busy time. Time seems to just fly and it can be very overwhelming at times to the point of saying "please, can we just stop for a while". One thing after another takes your time and energy. I'm amazed every time I write something else in my calendar.

Bo is starting a new job in Greensboro this week. Kind of bitter-sweet I think. He was not looking. They came looking for him. Leaving where he is I am sure is hard because when you work with people day in and day out, become a tight knit group, it's hard to leave. I know that from experience. It will all be good once he gets settled. Congrats!!!! Honey! I love you!!!!

Kyle has officially moved to Raleigh. It was a good move. It was time but for a Mama's heart, it was a little rough. He is doing great and will continue to do so, I am sure. I'm so proud of him I could just bust!!!!!!

Tonya moved into an apartment to. She found a great little place in a great part of town. Close to everything she would need. She's close to a park so she and Little One can go for walks. She is excited and for the first time in a VERY long time, I think she is proud of herself. She is making huge strides in her growing up and I'm so proud!!!!

Kaleb is growing up so very fast. He is now reading the little phonics books. You know the "I can run" books. It's amazing to watch. He is trying to sound out anything he sees. Sometimes he is right on and gets it. Other times require a bit of help. He gets so excited when he's right. Loves the show Super Why on PBS. It's about reading, sounding out words and spelling. He participates just like he is part of the show. I just LOVE it!!!!!!

Well, that's the latest from here. Oh yes, I'm still running like a crazy woman every chance I get. Still planning on October. Still pretending to be "Jillian" to my friends....hahahaha