The crows in our back yard
The past couple times I have called my sister, she have told me about all the beautiful birds that come to her bird feeders. My sister Barb lives in the house that my parents lived in before they died. My mother had the bird feeders in the same place as my sister has her birdfeeders so the birds know where to go for food. I not have bird feeder in my yard and our back yard is next to a corn field. Our family also composts our food near the fence near the corn field which attracts the crows and sometime buzzards. Sometime I do see beautiful color birds in our yard and I am thankful birds too. On November 19 , I encourage those who read our blog to the “Count 1,000 ways he loves you” challenge from Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. I wrote this story so if you have not started our list of ways God loves, you can understand that the things on your list do not have be big or one time only. I know I have wrote about this book a couple of times but I want to keep bringing up so I have a way to be accountable in my journey in trying to list 1,000 ways that God loves me. So here are my list starting with number 65
- essential oils
- The soap dispenser that never seem to empty out
- Warm chili
- Floors even if they are cold
- Cookies to give to our friends who work at convenience stores on holidays
- For two crockpots to make Thanksgiving meals
- A dish washer
- Spending time with my daughter
- Having a great husband
- Warm days in the end November
- That is raining and not snow
- Our kids are caring people
- Warm clothing and blankets
- Sun shine
- The design the sun makes on the car window when it has frost on it
- Friends to send Christmas card to.
- Having someone to hang out with
- A friend who goes out to lunch with you
- The sun that melts the frost on the car window.
- The way the frost paints God’s earth
- Christmas cards from friends and family
- Beautiful sunrises
- A warm December
- A friendly smile at the Post Office
- A song on the radio
- Fun family times
- Safety on the road
- The gift God has given us to brighten others’ lives
- A 50 cent raise
- Hugs from friends who I have not seen in a while
- Cookies to give to those who work on Christmas
- The clouds that look like frosting on the mountains
- Hugs from the children at church
- Our children are out of school
- A small voice saying “Hi Pastor Ham”
- A good husband
- A blessed Christmas
- Watching our grandson open his Christmas presents via Face Time.
- The smell of food
- How the car lights look on the grass covered with frost in the dark of morning
- The comfort the moon gives you on the dark morning
- A planet you can see on a dark morning to remind you are not the center of the universe
- Warm cup of hot coco
- Watching my grandson play on Face time
- Safety on the roads (my husband and daughter were almost kill because a driver crossed the lines)
- Spending time with the family
- A gift of popcorn from a friend
- Money to pay of our car loan
- Low gas prices
- To have someone to curl up to and hug after a nightmare
- Warm soup on a cold day
- Having the kids home from Canada for a week
- Friends caring for us as they plowed us out after a big snow storm
- Friends to pray for us
- Going out to breakfast with my husband
- Having extra time in the morning to spent in a warm bed
- An e-mail that makes you smile
- Having a friend who you can be open with.
- Safety on the road (we drive a lot)
- For the seven cardinals
Thursday in Easter Week
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body
may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Wednesday in Easter Week
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
“Here the whole world (stars, water, air,
And field, and forest, as they were
Reflected in a single mind)
Like cast off clothes was left behind
In ashes, yet with hopes that she,
Re-born from holy poverty,
In lenten lands, hereafter may
Resume them on her Easter Day.”
(Epitaph for Joy Davidman)”
― C.S. Lewis
Tuesday in Easter Week
O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen.
Monday in Easter Week
Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with awe the Paschal feast may be found worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Easter Evening (March 27, 2016)
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 | New Living Translation (NLT)
Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.
Easter is all about being made new. As I mentioned this morning, it’s cool that easter happens in the spring, just as everything is coming to life – at least if you are living here in the Shenandoah Valley. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5; “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.” In our own denomination of the Wesleyans, “Made New” is what we talk about. It comes up in conversations quite a bit. This is what Paul is writing in 1 Corinthians above. Sin is just like yeast. It doesn’t take much sin at all to make a mess of a person or even a church or the body of Christ. Look at the damage that has been done by just a little bit of sin in the body of Christ. We are to be like the unleavened bread that was baked for the Passover. They didn’t have to wait for it to rise – it was new bread – they didn’t have to wait for the leaven to work – it was ready to bake at a moments notice.
So let’s apply this – today is Easter Sunday. For many it could be a Sunday of new beginnings. Let’s celebrate by getting rid of the sin in our lives – as the writer of Hebrews says, “the sin that so easily entangles us and trips us up” and feast on the real bread from heaven – Jesus Christ. Let’s live in his truth and not truths that we have made up.
He Is Risen!
It is early evening on this last Sunday in March. This month has been quite mild, with some very nice days – yes, it came in like a lion, but it is going out like a lamb. Speaking of lambs – today is Easter Sunday. It was good to worship with our friends at Waynesboro Wesleyan Church this morning. We had a larger crowd than usual, but then again on this day which is really the centerpiece of the Christian year, you would expect that. Following worship, we went out for a snack because we had Easter dinner planned for this evening. We had ham, sweet potato casserole and asparagus w/hollandaise sauce. It was really good. Anna made the sauce.
On Friday night, we got a chance to see our kids via Facetime. Robert was doing quite a bit of talking. It is always good to see them whether in person or via Facetime. We did it at McDonalds, because our internet connection isn’t always the best and considering something was happening at church – we decided to go out.
I have had a busy week at work and with spring break for our local school district, this week will probably be even busier.
In the big news for the week, Pam and I will be heading north next weekend to candidate at a church. We would appreciate your prayers – we will let you know more details next weekend. This is a door that God has opened for us and we want to pursue that. We are looking forward to that and I am preparing a sermon to preach on Sunday. The working title is “Empty.” Again we would appreciate your prayers for wisdom and God’s direction.
That’s about all I have for this evening. I have to take a look at that sermon…Blessings…
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the
day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.