Hope and Restoration

“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!”

Palm Sunday begins the journey through Holy week and to Jesus’ death and Resurrection. As we celebrate on Easter Sunday, we are reminded that Jesus came into the world for us. Jesus came to restore our relationship with God. And in return we are called to be forgiving and to be forgiven. One thing I love about the 40 days of Lent and Holy week is the reminder of this awesome hope…a hope that comes in the midst of death and the Resurrection.

And in that hope, we are reminded of life…that life does come out of death. What a beautiful reminder for us all. This week I have spent a lot of time around new life. On Friday, a dear friend and I met up for lunch where I got to meet her new son who is almost a month old. We sat and visited for quite awhile. And as we visited, the little guy snuggled down on my chest and just slept. I think I held him for like an 30 minutes or more. I was hoping he would open his eyes for me but he never did. Apparently he was content just the way he was. Today, I sat and held a church member’s new little baby who is about two months old. Again he snuggled right down into my chest and listened to my heart beat. I literally could have sat their all day with him snuggling in. I returned home to open up FB and read that my dear friends J and C’s daughter decided to make her entrance into the world today too. There is something absolutely spectacular about new life. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t have to be asked twice to hold an infant?

(It also happened to be First Communion Sunday at DLC this morning for our 5th graders and their homes. In coming to the table, we are reminded again of what Jesus did for us. Jesus died on the cross for us; to restore our relationship with God and each other. At the table, God also reminds us of God’s grace and hope; reminding us that we are forgiven and that we too should be forgiving as well. Yet another reminder of God’s grace, mercy, love and hope…)

And in the midst of this new life, I am reminded of this amazing grace…this amazing hope that God offers to all of us; a hope that is always there. Yes, I still deeply yearn to be a momma and to have someone call me “mommy”. However hope outweighs that yearning. (I’ll be honest there are days when that hope is clouded by the deep yearning but most days, God reminds me of this hope; a hope that I cling to in the midst of this thing I want so deeply!)Because God in sending God’s Son into the world reminds us of this amazing love, grace, and mercy that only God can offer.

“This is how much God loved the world; He have his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him,anyone can have a whole and lasting life(John 3:16-17;The Message).”

Time to Breathe Friday Five

This week’s Friday Five is simply a moment to BREATHE. Stop and tell us five ways that you “catch your breath” and then move on in the work God calls you to do.

Are these five things people? places? music? hobbies? chocolate? Or perhaps a memory?

1. Spending time with my friends…going out for lunch, seeing a movie, etc.

2. SuperAwesomeBibleCamp is one place I love to go to catch my breathe. It is such a holy place to me. It is a place I love to go to recharge my batteries. WTS is another place that is such holy sacred ground for me as well.

3. Trying out new Pinterest recipes and/or other Pinterest projects

4. Scrapbooking

5. Watching my favorite shows and movies and listening to my favorite music. I DVR my shows during the week. And on the weekends, I love to just sit and watch my favorite shows and just take a moment to breathe.

To My Beloved….

To My Beloved….

I don’t know who you are or what you look like. However every day I pray for God to bring you into my life. As long as I can remember I’ve wanted a husband and a family. I know that God will bring you into my life when you and I both are ready!

I’m so thankful for everything God has given me. I’m blessed with awesome family and friends. I’m blessed to have an amazing job and awesome colleagues. My life is so full of blessings yet I still wait and yearn for you!

Some day soon I hope that God brings you into my life! There is no doubt in my mind that God has heard every prayer I have said for you. I know that you will be an amazing Godly man who loves me for who I am. I know you will be sweet and kind and caring and full of laughter and joy! I also know you will hold my hand and wipe away my tears when I’m sad. (And the tears, my beloved, will come often which you will embrace and won’t scare you away!) You will be the person I can talk to about anything! And our love for each other will be grounded in Gods love! This is so important to us both!

Once God brings you into my life, I will continue to see what our future holds; a child which I yearn for every day too, years filled with love, and so much more!

So I wait for you, my beloved! I wait for our lives to meet and to be joined by God’s love. There are days I wish even harder for God to bring you into my life like on a Friday night when I feel somewhat lonely. Until we meet I continue to pray and trust Gods leading.

So for now I wait… And as I wait know that I all ready love you. Because God is working hard to find the perfect match for both of
us. So for now I wait; I wait for you my beloved!