Friday, April 22, 2011

What makes Good Friday ... good

When I was younger, I couldn't understand why we called it Good Friday. It was horrible Friday! Jesus DIED that Friday. I could understand why we celebrated the resurrection on Easter Sunday - He arose, He lived, He overcame death and sin! But why Good Friday? Why not mourn instead of celebrate?

As an adult; a fallen, sinful adult who knows she can never earn the love she's been shown, I can finally understand why Good Friday is good. Sin has always required a blood sacrifice. Something, someone, had to die. A lamb was slain as an offering ... a sinner was struck down in his tracks ... and on Good Friday our Lamb was crucified. Humiliated. Spat upon. The very people He came to save mocked Him and turned their backs on Him. His Father had to look away as He took our sins upon Himself. If I never received another good thing in this life or eternity - this would be enough. Even if I never even DID another good thing, I'd still be included in the flock of his precious sheep.

Instead of giving me what I deserve, God gave me His Son. And He didn't stop there. In a little over two weeks time, friends and family who love us will gather with us to celebrate our marriage. He has trusted us with the stewardship of our relationship, our friendships, income, our bodies. I can't wait to see what He has planned. How could I not give Him everything after all He gave to me on Good Friday? And how could I keep this gift to myself?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Slacker ... or not

The wedding is three weeks from yesterday! I'm so excited!!! This weekend, because of a meeting for the medical mission trip in Nicaragua we'll be attending (more on that in a bit) I didn't go to my parents' house to work on wedding stuff. And in a way, it was kinda nice to have a quiet weekend at home even though Tim was working.

Well, I had planned for it to be quiet. I ended up cleaning the kitchen, dusting, and somehow going to get an envelope from another room turned into ... furniture rearranging. We still haven't quiet gotten "Jewel's room" (ok, the bird doesn't REALLY have a room - but I do put her in there at night) to the point that it'd be a nice guest room - but at least now the sleeper sofa can be a bed. And Tim's dresser is now in there instead of in the living room. It was odd, looking at a dresser in the livingroom/kitchen.

Despite the fact that I got a Kindle for Christmas - we have a LOT of books. And we've both already been through them to clear things out. But, the Kindle should mean it won't get worse.

The apartment is definitely becoming more and more of a home. Hopefully soon we can hang pictures - we certainly have plenty to hang. I really like the layout of the apartment - it's really a four-plex. And you can't beat the view we have of a grassy, bluebonnet dusted pasture off the balcony in back. Or the constant breeze (well, right now it is more like a violent wind) we can enjoy back there in the evening. Even in the heat of summer it almost feels cool.

The Nicaragua meeting was informative. It is going to take more trust in God than we originally thought - it costs more than we originally thought. We were planning on just paying for it out of pocket ourselves, but we may actually have to hope some of our wedding gifts are donations toward the trip. But God has made it clear to both of us that this trip is His will ... so onward! I'm excited, even if there is a little anxiety about paying for it.

Today I wrote the photographer's last check ... and I'm sending off for samples/writer's guidelines for Focus on the Family's "Clubhouse" and "Clubhouse Jr." magazines. Something I've been meaning to do for a while - I have a story I need to send them.

After the wedding, I'm going to be changing the name of my blog :-) I've already got it picked out, and I can't wait to unveil it! I may need to find or make a spiffy new background as well.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Dennys has gone too far

I just have to say that I think Denny's "Maple Bacon Sunday" is a big no. Gross. I hope it isn't Blue Bell ice cream - that's a waste of good ice cream. SURELY this is an April Fools joke?

Hot, crisp bacon = yummy! But don't you know the grease is going to congeal into semi-solid opaque globs? On slippery half-melted ice cream? No. Yuck. That sounds like something somebody threw up.

I can't say the bacon pancakes look too appetizing either.