Uncharacteristic as it is for my Monday posts, I’m just going to do a recap of some of Easter’s highlights. Since it’s my favorite holiday, I’m going to continue to let my thoughts dwell on the great time we had celebrating Resurrection Day! Continue reading “Easter Reflections”
Our Best Efforts
Yesterday was a challenging day in my 4’9″ world! When I ran into the grocery to buy a container of sour cream, it was inside a cooler refrigerator on the TOP shelf…and the front of the box was empty! That meant I had to R-E-A-C-H on my tip toes, pull the box forward and hope that a sour cream container in the back would slide into my hand.
Then on to look at some fresh flowers. On the TOP shelf was a pot of greenery I was interested in. Using my resourceful short-person-skills, I got as tall as I could, pulled the green stem towards me and then the rest of the pot followed behind. Mission accomplished.
I left the store and moved on to do some decorating at church. When I got up to the storage place where our spring wreaths were hung, they were hanging as high as they could be, dangling from nails like a loose tooth in a kindergartner’s mouth. No amount of stretching was going to get those wreaths down! I looked around me for something long, and found a piece of metal that I knew would do the trick. I slid the metal under the top part of the wreath, lifted it and then lowered it into my waiting hands.
As I thought back to each of those scenarios, I remembered that I had been offered help in each of those situations, but it came at the wrong time. This short lady had already made her move and gotten the job taken care of!
All these efforts reminded me of a truth connected to Good Friday. This is a day that reminds us of the death of Christ on the cross. He died to take our place, paying in full the payment due our sins. Before He died he uttered,
It is finished.
You see, He did everything necessary for us to be forgiven and to give to us eternal life. Nothing is left for us to complete in order to gain salvation. It was all done on the cross by the Lord Jesus.
Just as I refused the help from those who offered to assist me, people often ignore Christ’s perfect solution to their sin problem. Many ignore His plea to take care of their sin debt, and reach up on tip toes for their best efforts – good works, humanitarian deeds or kind acts, thinking that will allow them to reach up to God’s high standard. But their efforts are far less fruitful than a short person’s attempts to grasp out-of-reach items. They will never attain God’s standard because it is holiness. Only Christ was without sin. He alone could reach what is necessary for us to be forgiven. And when He steps in, He is always on time.
If you’ve never accepted His sacrifice for your sin, stop trying to step in with your best efforts, and realize that He’s done it all. Your salvation is complete. All you have to do is receive what has been accomplished on your behalf by acknowledging your sinfulness, and your need for Christ. Then turn your back on your sin and receive Him.
Because of Him salvation is at hand!
Rejoicing in Good Friday and Easter morning,
Helping Children Understand Easter
When I was eight years-old I made the most important decision of my life. I received Christ as my personal Savior. Ever since that day I have had the confidence that Christ paid the penalty of my sins and I am His! I know I’ll spend eternity with Him – not because of anything I’ve done, but because of what Christ did for me.
That decision did more than give me a happy ending to my story! It also gave me a Continue reading “Helping Children Understand Easter”
Organizing Plans for a Special Dinner- Like Easter!
This Sunday is Easter – my favorite holiday! I’m excited about attending our church services, worshiping the Lord with a thankful heart, hearing God’s Word preached, and then having guests in our home for a special Easter dinner. What a great day to look forward to!
Because the meal is quite involved, I knew I needed to really get my plans organized. I even started my preparations last weekend. I thought I’d share my plans with you about how I am working to get everything ready as much ahead of time so I won’t be Continue reading “Organizing Plans for a Special Dinner- Like Easter!”
Five Spring Tablescapes
Spring! I believe it is my favorite season. Its newness reminds me of Easter and the hope Christ’s resurrection gives to dead things – like my sinful life! How thankful I am for life in Christ!
Then spring also makes creation come alive! We can see the beautiful life as described in this passage ~
Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteouness, and the people with his truth. Psalm 96:12, 13
Spring is also a great time to bring life inside our homes! It can start at the kitchen or dining room table. I love making pretty tablescapes, but I love it even more when I gather all the needed items from my house and don’t have to purchase one thing!!
I gave myself a challenge to create as many centerpieces for a spring tablescape using the colors green, blue and yellow with just things I had on hand. I set simple dinnerware on the table to give the idea of what the table setting might look like, but I focused on creating different springtime centerpieces. Here are the results ~
#1 – I have had this silk tulip arrangement for quite a few years. It looks so real that most people think I had a delivery from the florist! This dressier centerpiece is high enough that it doesn’t obstruct the view at the table. In other words, you don’t have to pick it up to have a conversation with the person sitting across from you!!
#2 – This is the live plant from my laundry room! I popped it into a yellow pot and that was it! A burlap bow or ribbon would be pretty tied around the pot. This makes a good every day kind of table.
#3 – My sister brought me this cute little felt basket when she visited recently. It’s filled with Easter grass, treats and some plastic eggs. The turquoise cake stand adds a little height and makes it a little more grand than if it was sitting right on the table. This would be a nice centerpiece for Easter breakfast with the family.
#4 – This is a live Asparagus Fern that I keep in my kitchen. Fresh greenery is always a plus to have on hand and put to use in centerpieces! I like it LOTS better than the silk variety! This fern and basket give a more casual look to the table.
#5 – Using an odd number is always wise when you’re adding decor to your home. Here are three blue Mason jars lined in the center of the table with silk yellow flowers spilling over to the other jars.
Well, that was fun! Do you have a favorite? Which do you vote for?
I hope this inspires you to make your kitchen table pretty for spring!